The billionaires are patient but they see a squishy GOP leadership in the House and mean to take advantage when they can. John Boehner had a meeting with President Obama on February 25 and the Speaker remarked that the topic they agreed most upon was immigration.
The advocacy group linked to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is going after House Republicans with a new ad prodding them to act on immigration reform this year.
The 60-second spot called “Do Nothing,” released Monday, takes a notably tougher tone against the House GOP by putting blame on Republicans for stalling reform in Congress this year. The ad buy from the Council for American Job Growth, an affiliate of the Zuckerberg-backed FWD.us, totals about $500,000 and will run in all 50 states for two weeks, according to a person familiar with the buy. Continue reading this article
If the powerful of business and politics have their way, America will be burdened with a historical high percentage of immigrants.
As shown by Census figures for 2010, the United States is already headed for a record proportion of foreign-born, even without the monstrous Senate bill which doubles legal immigration and hands out millions of work permits like candy.
Forty million immigrants is clearly excessive. (Or is the number 45 million, as asserted in the article following?) Washington’s crazed open-borders policy is not what Americans want or need.
In California, now in a historic drought, there is not enough water for those already here, as shown by growing calls for mandatory restriction. While agriculture uses the majority of water, when there is a shortage, the citizens are called upon to cut back. Millions of additional water users would not be a good idea in California, population 38 million.
Business likes to complain that retiring boomers are leaving a worker shortage. However employers aren’t telling the whole truth about the future employment landscape: as robotics and automation perform increasingly complex tasks, humans are being phased out of many jobs. (See my article, Three Stakes in the Heart of the American Dream.)
If Congress passes immigration reform legislation this year, it will dramatically add to what the Census Bureau is calling the “Second Great Wave” of immigration in U.S. history.
Opponents of the legislation have seized on the Census Bureau’s analysis of migration patterns to warn of an explosion of foreign-born population over the next few decades.
“Once again, the country is approaching a percentage of foreign-born not seen since the late 1800s and early 1900s,” the Census Bureau wrote on its blog this week. “Will this proportion continue to increase, perhaps exceeding the high of nearly 15 percent achieved in both 1890 and 1910?”
The agency estimates that 40 million people living in the United States in 2010 were born elsewhere, approximately 12.9 percent of the population. That is the highest population of immigrants, percentage-wise, since the 1920s, according to the Census Bureau.
Opponents of granting citizenship to 11 million illegal immigrants and expanding legal immigration flows have pounced on the study.
“After 40 years of large-scale immigration, rising joblessness, failing schools and a growing welfare state, would not the sensible, conservative thing to do be to slow down for a bit, allow wages to rise, assimilation to occur, and to help those struggling here today?” Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said Thursday, when he delivered the keynote address to commemorate the Tea Party Patriots’ fifth anniversary.
An aide to Sessions estimated the number of foreign-born people living in the United States has now reached 45 million.
Sessions’s office estimates that number could swell by at least 30 million over the next decade if Congress passes the Senate immigration bill.
The legislation would expedite permanent legal status for an estimated 5 million people waiting for green cards and increase the number of green cards issued each year from 1 million to 1.5 million. Continue reading this article
It’s curious that immigrant Somali Barkhad Abdi has gotten so little publicity regarding his Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor in the film Captain Phillips, based on the true story of diverse piracy on the high seas.
Perhaps Abdi suffers from a lesser level of blackness in the Hollywood scheme of values, where historical slavery is the most important fact about black Americans, and therefore Twelve Years a Slave has gotten the big buzz for Best Picture and other awards.
Barkhad Abdi (center) makes a pretty convincing pirate in his first film role.
I tried with no luck to find a film clip showing the Navy SEALs doing their excellent sharpshooting that saved the real Captain Phillips, and this trailer was the closest.
Barkhad Abdi lived in Somalia as a boy before relocating to Minneapolis and has dreamy memories of the homeland typical of immigrants. It was “beautiful” and “Everyone loved each other, everyone was a neighbor, there was a community.” Until they started killing each other in tribal warfare.
Seriously, Abdi didn’t have to do much acting. “I understand the pirates’ motive,” he observed. “They wanted money.”
Plus, he is personally familiar with crime (like lots of Somali immigrants), having committed fraud and illegal drug possession. But he doesn’t seem to have been deported.
Now Abdi hopes for a big Hollywood payoff with a thespian future.
From taxi driver to Oscar nominee! Newcomer Barkhad Abdi has generated an immense amount of buzz following his breakout role as desperate Somali pirate Abduwali Muse in the Paul Greengrass-directed film Captain Phillips.
The first-time Oscar nominee for Best Supporting Actor has received several trophies so far this season, including Best Supporting Actor at the BAFTA Awards. The 28-year-old goes up against Golden Globe winner Jared Leto, and seasoned Hollywood actors Bradley Cooper, Jonah Hill, and Michael Fassbender at the 2014 Oscars on Sunday, Mar. 2.
Here are five things to know about the new guy in Tinseltown:
1. Captain Philips Was His First Role Ever With no prior acting experience, director Greengrass cast him in the role of pirate leader Abduwali Muse opposite Tom Hanks’ Captain Phillips. “That’s why I got the job, they had to have a Somali person play it,” Abdi told The Daily Beast of scoring the role opposite two-time Oscar winner Hanks. “I understand the pirates’ motive,” he continued. “They wanted money. They were desperate guys.” Continue reading this article
One hears a lot of crazy talk from Texans about how their rock-solid conservatism will withstand efforts of Democrats to turn the state blue. Oh, we’re not like nutty California, they sniff. But confidently conservative Texans are whistling past the demographic graveyard.
Democrats see politics moving in their direction not from the popularity of the liberal idea of an intrusive nanny state, but because of increased numbers of hispanics. After all, Mexicans et al greatly prefer big government as a deeply held cultural value that doesn’t disappear even after generations of residing in the US.
In Texas, the old Obama team thinks they can recreate the magic: “Si se puede!” The Democrats understand the power of demographic change and encourage immigration because it benefits them, even though America will be unrecognizable if they get their way.
In one of the country’s most conservative states, newly hopeful Democrats measure their progress by ringing a bell.
For those working to turn Texas from Republican red to Democratic blue, it’s the sound of one more volunteer agreeing to join their ranks. On a recent Saturday, phone-bank volunteers in a modest office here smacked the bell every five minutes or so, adding to the nearly 12,000 who have joined the effort.
In the past year, alumni from Democratic President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign quietly have built a grassroots army in Texas, where gun-rights advocates brandish semi-automatic rifles on city streets and pickup trucks bear “SECEDE” bumper stickers.
Battleground Texas, as the group is known, is backing Democratic state Senator Wendy Davis’ underdog bid for governor this November against Republican Greg Abbott, the state’s attorney general.
But those involved say their larger goal – likely to take years to realize, if ever – is to make Texas as competitive in national elections as politically divided states such as Virginia and Ohio. That means identifying potentially Democratic voters, namely those in the state’s booming Hispanic population, and persuading them to show up at the polls.
It is an unusually ambitious effort in U.S. politics. National parties typically measure progress in two- and four-year election cycles, with less focus on longer-term operations.
If Democrats succeed, they could upend the state’s low-tax, low-regulation approach to governance and give their party a decisive advantage in presidential elections for years to come.
Battleground Texas faces a steep climb, however.
Democrats have not won a statewide race in Texas for nearly 20 years, and the party now has trouble fielding candidates for many congressional, state and local races.
They also face procedural barriers that they say can make it tougher to register voters than in many other states, and often discourage minorities and low-income residents from participating. Those include a new law that requires residents to show state-issued photo IDs to vote.
But the group has two factors on its side: the state’s growing Hispanic population, which has favored the Democratic Party over Republicans by a 19-point margin in recent polls, and the meticulous door-to-door organizing techniques honed nationwide during Obama’s two presidential campaigns. Continue reading this article
When the Iraqi tried to obtain permanent residency in 2011, his request was denied “pursuant to the terrorism-related grounds of inadmissibility” under a section of the Immigration and Nationality Act.
Yet as a part of the current sentence, Aldosary is required to have three years supervised probation plus mental health treatment upon release, as explained in the following article. Wait, what about the murder and bombing?
And what does it take to deport a dangerous foreigner these days?
A Coolidge man awaiting prosecution in state court for murder and attempted murder, among other charges, was sentenced Monday to five years in federal prison stemming from his Sept. 20 conviction of being a felon in possession of firearms and of ammunition.
Abdullatif Ali Aldosary, 48, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton on Monday morning in Phoenix. The judge combined his sentences, pointing out that he faced up to 10 years in prison on the three counts. Aldosary has 14 days to appeal his federal sentence.
Additionally, Aldosary was fined $7,500 and ordered to pay a $100 court fee. He was sentenced to three years supervised probation after he’s released from federal prison, ordered to participate in a mental health program and to have no contact with any employees of the Casa Grande Social Security office.
“The court believes the defendant presents an extreme danger to the community,” Bolton said during the sentencing hearing. Continue reading this article
Two small enclaves of Spain lie on the coast of Morocco and are a gateway to Europe for voracious African men anxious to reach the gravy train. Ceuta and Melilla, shown on the map, have increasingly been a magnet for Africans seeking free stuff in the European welfare states.
Spain has spent a lot of money to fortify the cities against the violent intruders, but they are insistent. Over 200 broke in on the night of February 28, a major assault numerically.
The invasion is another version of Camp of the Saints, only overland rather than using boats (an influx which is still happening through the southern Italy island of Lampedusa). Speaking of that prescient novel, its author, Jean Raspail, said in an interview last year that he felt that European civilization was being overwhelmed by millions of diverse foreigners who refuse to assimilate.
They keep coming, because culturally weakened Europe has no stomach to keep them out.
On the most recent JihadWatch segment on Canada’s SunTV, a major topic of Michael Coren and Robert Spencer was the sentencing of the two Islamic thugs to life in prison for the daytime slaughter of a British soldier on a London street.
On last May 22, two Africans ran down fusilier Lee Rigby as he walked on a street near the Royal Artillery Barracks, then they proceeded to hack the injured man to death with knives. (The loyal sons of Allah often shrink back from a fair fight, preferring uneven attacks.) While killer Michael Adebolajo (pictured) held a bloody meat cleaver, he lectured local passers-by about the Islamic principles for the cold-blooded murder.
As Judge Sweeney sentenced the two men, he took time to remark, “You each converted to Islam some years ago. Thereafter you were radicalised and each became an extremist, espousing views which, as has been said elsewhere, are a betrayal of Islam.”
Delusional politicians in thrall to diversity, from George Bush to Tony Blair, don’t want to admit the level to which they have endangered their nations by allowing Muslim immigration to continue, so they spout the lie that Islam is a “religion of peace.”
The administration wants the citizens to trust it to perform immigration enforcement, but it can’t even keep a convicted terrorist bomber from working in its signature social welfare program.
The government doesn’t do a good job screening new immigrants, as illustrated by the number of war criminals admitted over the years. And lately, the feds have decided to weaken screening standards so lots of Syrian Muslims can be received as refugees. Public safety and national security are not a high priority in Washington these days.
It can be hard to determine the backgrounds of people from dicey dirt-bag countries, but the terrorist in question was imprisoned in Israel, an ally which presumably has shareable accurate records of such things. Hopefully the perp, Rasmieh Yousef Odeh, will get maximum prosecution, but that is not a sure thing in today’s non-enforcement environment.
As shown by the photo of a rally in Odeh’s behalf, she has support among the anti-American Palestinian immigrants residing in the country. Why does Washington continue to admit enemies? How many lives is diversity worth?
A terrorist from Jordan briefly worked as an Obamacare navigator in Illinois while authorities remained unaware of her conviction for involvement in a deadly grocery store bombing and two other attacks.
Rasmieh Yousef Odeh was convicted in Israel for her role in several bombings, including the 1969 attack on an upscale Shufersol grocery store, which killed two Hebrew University students who had stopped in to buy groceries for a hiking trip in the Jerusalem hills. Leon Kanner and Eddie Joffe were killed by a bomb hidden in a candy box tucked on a shelf, which also injured nine or 10 others, according to a website maintained by the Israeli government to commemorate terror victims.
The Illinois Department of Insurance quietly revoked Odeh’s certification as a Navigator In-Person Counselor on November 24, explaining in a disciplinary report that the decision was “based on an investigation which revealed that she had been convicted in Israel for her role in the bombings of a supermarket and the British Consulate in Jerusalem and failed to reveal the conviction on her application.” Continue reading this article
It can be iffy to compare polling done by different companies, since the exact wording can affect outcome. Still, a recent Rasmussen survey may reflect considerable disillusion in government, perhaps as a result of the monumental failure of Obamacare.
Voters have a slightly more favorable view of the federal government this month, but they still want less of it. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 36% have a favorable opinion of the federal government. Most voters (59%) continue to view the federal government unfavorably. These findings include just six percent (6%) who have a Very Favorable impression of the federal government and 25% who view it Very Unfavorably. (To see survey question wording, click here.) [. . .]
The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on February 20-21, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.
Compare this with a 2012 Pew poll, designed to show cultural diversity of hispanics, where just 48 percent of the general population would opt for smaller government with fewer services and lower taxes. Hispanic immigrants have a liking for big government that lasts generations even as they reside in America, as shown by the Pew investigation:
The good news is that American voters have gotten a big reminder in recent months from Obamacare of how smaller government works better, as the Constitution wisely designed. The bad news is that importing big-government hispanics via immigration will be even more desirable for Democrats who want to fundamentally change the country to a full-service liberal tyranny.
How stupid are judges to take the word of a stone-cold gangster that he has renounced a life of crime, particularly when the criminal gets a big payoff for the lie, er statement? But that’s what happened in a recent appeals court decision which could set a dangerous precedent.
Besides, if a gangster fears his MS-13 buddies, many of them reside in this country, so there would be no greater safety here than in the alien’s homeland.
KRIS KOBACH: “Once one case like this emerges, where an illegal alien is able to avoid deportation, particularly a criminal one like this guy, then the word spreads in the jails and in the prisons that to avoid being sent home you just have to renounce your gang membership like he did. I fear we’re going to see a lot of gang members all across the United States, illegal alien gang members, and these are very deadly gangs, doing what this guy did now and saying ‘you can’t deport me now.’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Congressman Randy Forbes (R-Va.) today sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder asking what the Department of Justice plans to do in light of a recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit that could endanger our communities by allowing criminal gang members to receive asylum in the United States or withholding of removal by simply claiming that they have renounced their membership in the gang. In the case of Martinez v. Holder, the court ruled that Julio Martinez, an unlawful immigrant from El Salvador, could stay in the United States because he renounced his membership in the notoriously deadly MS-13 gang and returning to El Salvador could jeopardize his safety. This decision encourages fraud and creates a new loophole where gang members can simply claim that they are no longer a member of a gang in order to game the immigration system. This undermines the federal government’s ability to enforce our immigration laws and promote public safety.
Below are excerpts of the letter. To view the full letter, click here.
“We are concerned that based on this decision [by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit], gang members will be able to receive asylum or withholding in the U.S., simply by telling immigration authorities that they have renounced their membership in the gang. In the Martinez case, an MS-13 gang member did just that. Surely it is likely that when gang members are placed in removal proceedings, they will claim that they are no longer a member of a gang and have renounced gang membership in an attempt to circumvent removal. Even aliens who have in fact left gangs were members of criminal organizations and do not deserve the protections of asylum or withholding.
“We are deeply troubled by this decision as it interferes with the Federal Government’s ability to effectively enforce our immigration laws. Decisions such as this are serious impediments to both the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) and the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) ability to promote public safety through the removal of deportable aliens who may be involved with organized criminal activity.
“It is no secret that criminal gangs are a continuing national problem … Current and former gang members should not be shielded by our asylum or withholding system. Indeed, the Committee has already marked up legislation, HR. 2278 – the SAFE Act, which clarifies that anyone who is or has been a member of a gang may not receive asylum or withholding on any grounds … While the Committee has done its part, we would like to know what DOJ plans to do to address this problem.”
After the 2012 failure of the GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, there was plenty of anger, recrimination and fault-finding, but the Republican Party made no changes of personnel at the top. In March of the following year, Reince Preibus promised $10 million for diverse outreach, which seems only to have gone for the promotion of amnesty on behalf of the establishment.
Now, well over a year past a stunning loss, the GOP’s voters don’t see much has been learned from the debacle, given the Pew finding that only 28 percent of Republicans see party communication as adequate, 70 percent regard it as fair or poor.
The suits have lost faith in conservative principles and the leadership has attacked the Tea Party grassroots instead of embracing them. The Republicans should be using the failure of Obamacare as the teachable moment of the century, illustrating the danger of overgrown autocratic liberalism. But the lack of a clear voice for constitutional principles may make the party seem unreliable to independent voters.
The moment requires courage, but the Republicans are shrinking back in fear, hoping that they can win in November by keeping a low profile. It doesn’t help that the House leaders support open borders and need to be threatened with a revolution in the grassroots ranks to pull back on amnesty for the time being.
In short, the establishment Republican Party doesn’t articulate principles of limited government and national sovereignty well because it doesn’t believe in them. That’s hard to trust.
Congressional Republicans’ unhappiness with their party’s performance has been evident for months. Most recently, just 12 percent of House Republicans voted for a bill to raise the debt ceiling, whose scheduled vote resulted in at least one Tea Party group calling for Speaker John Boehner’s removal.
GOP members of Congress aren’t the only Republicans disappointed with the party’s policies. In January, even before the debt ceiling vote, just 28% of Republicans and Republican leaners said the GOP was doing a good or excellent job in standing up for its traditional positions of smaller government, tax-cutting and conservative social values, while seven-in-ten (70%) rated their party’s job as “only fair” or “poor.”
The percentage of Republicans and leaners who rate the party’s performance positively has fallen 12 points since the GOP took control of the House in November 2010, according to a Pew Research survey last month. Over the past decade, the only time Republicans have been more negative about their party was in April 2009 — in the wake of Barack Obama’s election victory — when 21% rated the job it was doing as excellent or good.
Democrats, on the other hand, have become more likely to say their party is standing up for its traditional positions. Roughly half of Democrats and those who lean Democratic (49%) rated their party as doing an excellent or good job on things such as protecting minorities’ interests, representing working people and helping the poor and needy. This is up 11 points from August 2011, but about the same as November 2010. Continue reading this article
With so much gibberish emanating from the White House and its willing stenographers on the topic of jobs and the economy, sometimes the rock-bottom basics need to be explained to those who may never have heard of them.
In a discussion of Obama’s pitch for government raising the minimum wage, Ann Coulter re-explained the concept of supply and demand, and how excessive immigration is mauling American workers. More immigration means additional competitors for every individual job, not very nice of our government at a time when more the 20 million citizens are jobless.
ANN COULTER: The reason the natural minimum wage, what people are being paid at the low end of the scale, is so low is because our immigration policies are dumping millions of low-wage workers on America, so I think Republicans should introduce a bill saying no more immigration until the minimum wage that employers need to pay through the laws of supply and demand just rises. A country like Australia, which has very restricted immigration policies, has an extremely low unemployment rate and a minimum wage that is just naturally about twice what ours is.
We Republicans believe in supply and demand, and Democrats believe in everything being a handout from government whether it’s because you lost your job because of the minimum wage, we’ll give you food stamps and unemployment insurance, or we, the beneficent government, will give you this minimum wage. That isn’t the way a natural market works. We need to cut off immigration until the minimum wage naturally rises. [. . .]
[Immigration] is part of what is leading to income inequality, and as a result of income inequality it is the people at the top of the income scale who want lots and lots of low-wage workers. They want enough to start building the pyramids. They want to have gardeners and nannies and maids and pay them less and less and less, so low-wage workers coming in through our immigration policy are fantastic for the ultra-rich; it’s very bad for the people who are competing for those jobs.
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