African Absconders Head North for Europe

In north Africa, people are still escaping the failed Arab Spring. The Italian island of Lampedusa is located just 70 miles from Tunisia, making it a handy first stop for boat people desirous of relocating to the welfare heaven of Europe.

And they do. Last year the many thousands of uninvited foreigners overran the small island (less than 8 square miles) and one batch rioted because they didn’t like the treatment: when 1500 Muslims were told they would be repatriated home, they burned down the immigration center and fought with Italian police. The Africans also left mountains of trash where they camped and harassed local girls, making themselves most unwelcome non-guests.

The mayor armed himself with a baseball bat, reflecting the anger and alarm of the locals by that point. The Lampedusa residents demanded that the Italian government solve the problem by heading off boats at sea, which it appeared to do at least for a while.

In 2011, more than 50,000 crossed the Mediterranean to reach the Italian island. This year the number is around 1500, a big change from the earlier chaos. However, Italian authorities fear that a worsening situation in Tunisia or Libya will unleash the thousands once again.

Lampedusa and Malta take in African migrants, BBC, August 21, 2012

More than 400 African migrants have arrived on the Italian island of Lampedusa over the past three days.

Over the weekend Italian coast guards rescued around 350 migrants – mostly from Tunisia and sub-Saharan Africa – near Lampedusa from two boats. A further 81 arrived on Monday.

Maltese authorities also rescued 80 migrants on an overcrowded dinghy.
Lampedusa and Malta are the nearest gateways to Europe for thousands of African migrants.

Lampedusa lies about 80 miles (120km) from Tunisia, while Malta is about 220 miles (355km) from the Libyan capital Tripoli.

Many of the migrants arrive on overburdened and poorly equipped wooden boats.

Overwhelmed
On Tuesday Italian media reported that two policemen were taken to hospital after being injured in protests by a group of 14 Tunisian migrants in the town of Ragusa on Sicily.

The men were being held at a detention centre in Ragusa when they climbed the roof and began throwing glass and other objects, according to Italian news website Adnkronos. Continue reading this article

Surprise! Spanish-language Media Peddles Immigration

Spanish-language media has a strong anti-assimilation agenda based on its own self-interest. If the Mexicans and other hispanic immigrants get pulled into American culture (like speaking English) then Spanish radio and TV doesn’t have a captive audience. So Univision and Telemundo want Mexican newbies to stay tuned in and balkanized.

Spanish media has been one of the biggest promoters of so-called “bilingual” education which discourages immigrant kids from becoming proficient in English, as well as of open borders to keep new viewers and listeners coming. There has been a barrage of propaganda touting the advantages to the brain of being bilingual — but with no comparison to playing chess and studying math, etc.

Americans shouldn’t think of Spanish-language media as merely another expression of the country’s expanding diversity, when it is actually more like a fifth column with unfriendly intentions toward this nation.

When thousands of illegal aliens show up for May Day marches demanding amnesty, part of the organizing comes from Spanish radio and TV which urge unlawful foreigners to complain en masse. In Los Angeles, local Mexican radio guy Piolin is credited with turning out huge crowds of amnesty pests.

Below, Los Angeles May Day 2006

In 2010, President Obama dropped by Piolin’s studio for a little campaign behavior, promising to “punish our enemies” and “stop deportations.” Illegal aliens are an important part of Obama’s base, and he knows how to reach them — through Spanish media.

In a January article about Senator Marco Rubio, media critic Ken Auletta made an aside concerning the power of Univision:

WAR OF CHOICE: Marco Rubio and the G.O.P. play a dangerous game on immigration., The New Yorker, by Ken Auletta, January 9, 2012

The reach of Univision is often underappreciated. It is watched regularly by two-thirds of all Hispanic television viewers in the U.S. In Los Angeles, Miami, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and Phoenix, its stations’ newscasts rate higher than those of their English-speaking competitors. Some nights, the network’s national ratings exceed those of ABC, CBS, Fox, or NBC. And the audience is growing, in part because of demographics. Today, fifteen per cent of Americans are Hispanic; in 2050, the percentage will have doubled. According to Univision’s news president, Isaac Lee, the network is openly committed to “pro-Hispanic” immigration reform, and it has a particular slant on the news: a dog biting any man is not a story, but a dog biting a Hispanic man is. Sergio Bendixen, perhaps the leading Hispanic public-opinion researcher in the U.S. and Latin America, says that Univision is the most respected institution among Hispanics in the country, ahead of the armed forces and the Catholic Church. “It is considered to be the institution that protects Latin-Americans in the U.S. and fights the institutions that abuse them,” he says.

Perhaps Univision’s special treatment of hispanic immigrants can be blamed for their high opinion of their achievements in this country which is unsupported by actual performance.

If anything, a recent Washington Times piece describing the power of Spanish-language media understates its influence:

Spanish-language media ‘obsessed’ on immigration issue, Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan, August 30, 20

TAMPA, Fla. — For most voters, the Republicans’ nominating convention has been filled with speeches about jobs, the economy, federal spending and President Obama’s record. But for Hispanic voters getting their news from the Spanish-language press, the view is very different — and decidedly unsympathetic to the Republican Party.

Heading into the convention, English-language coverage of last week’s platform fights concentrated on abortion and gay marriage. But Spanish-language reports zeroed in on an immigration battle, which saw Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach win passage of a strict enforcement plank in the document.

While the English press this week has wondered about which Republicans would mention Medicare, and who would play the attack-dog role for the GOP, Spanish-language media have been focused on what hasn’t been addressed: immigration.

“The questions are, ‘Yeah, let’s talk about the economy, let’s talk about Medicare. But then why haven’t they talked about immigration?'” asked Alfonso Aguilar, executive director of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, who made the rounds of Spanish-language press in Tampa. “All the Spanish-language media is obsessed, focused, on that issue.”

That is not good news for Mitt Romney, whose position — the strictest enforcement stance of any major political party nominee in history — does not go over well with Hispanic voters.

Meanwhile, Mr. Obama has taken steps, including his recent non-deportation policy, that have helped erase criticism from immigration rights advocates. Continue reading this article

France: Marseille Mayor Requests Army to Fight Kalashnikov-armed Gangs

Last spring, the National Geographic magazine did a photo spread and article extolling Marseille (30-40% Islamic) as representing the ideal multicultural city, where a diverse population could get along. A few months later, the sweet fairytale was disproved by Islamic violence (detailed in my blog Happy Diversity Icon Marseille Experiences Muslim Rioting over Burqa).

The latest report from the coastal city shows worsening violence generally, although the perps are not specified beyond their being drug gangsters. One police chief noted the city “has for the past 50 years suffered from immigration and a tradition of gangsters.”

Funny how immigration and crime seem to go together.

Marseille mayor calls for army to be deployed to tackle gang warfare, Daily Telegraph, August 30, 2012

François Hollande on Thursday faced calls from the Socialist mayor of a tough Marseille neighbourhood to send in the army to tackle the city’s gang warfare.

The appeal highlighted the escalating drug violence in the Mediterranean port city that claimed its 14th victim in eight months earlier this week.

Kalashnikov-wielding gangsters shot dead Walid Marzouki, 25, a suspected trafficker, at close range on Wednesday night as he drove his black Twingo in the streets of France’s second biggest city.

It was the second gangland killing this month and the latest in a wave of deaths to hit Marseille Nord, one of the city’s toughest drug-infested suburbs, sparking Samia Ghali, the Socialist mayor of two local districts, to call for military intervention.

“Faced with the weapons of war being used by these networks, only the army can intervene,” Miss Ghali, also a senator, told local newspaper La Provence.

She said that the army should set up roadblocks around neighbourhoods to vet inhabitants for weapons and drugs “like in times of war”.

“It no longer makes any difference to send in a police car to stop the dealers. When 10 of them are arrested, 10 others take up the torch. It’s like fighting an anthill.” Continue reading this article

Germany Faces Salafist Jihad

Germany has accumulated a thick dose of Muslim diversity and has experienced the associated violence, and we now see the word “Salafist” used increasingly in press reports. Apparently it denotes a religious sect of Muslims who are even more hostile than the standard bunch. Or perhaps it is just a handy shorthand for an Islamic unfriendly.

Below, police arrest a Muslim rioting against free speech in Bonn earlier in the summer.

History has shown that when the Muslim population reaches certain levels, the degree to which they become violent to advance Islam increases. America should pay attention and end Muslim immigration before it’s too late.

Islam investigator Erick Stakelbeck presents an update to the situation in Germany:

Nazism to ‘Salafism': Islamists Threaten Germany, CBN News, by Erick Stakelbeck, August 30, 2012

MUNICH – From Nazism to communism, Germany has seen its share of radical ideologies over the years. Now the nation faces a new threat: Salafism.

It’s an extreme brand of Islam that preaches hatred of Christians and Jews. As CBN News discovered recently, Salafism is growing in Western Europe’s most populous country.

The Salafist Movement

In June, 1,000 police fanned out across Germany. They targeted the homes, schools, and mosques of Salafi Muslims.

Salafis model themselves after Islam’s prophet, Mohammed, and his followers and strictly follow Islamic sharia law.

Their ideology encourages violent jihad and is shared by al Qaeda and many other Islamic terror groups. It’s now taking hold among a small but growing number of Germany’s 4.3 million Muslims.

“We have a really dynamic growing Salafi scene,” German journalist Franz Feyder said. “Some of the security officers tell us that we have about 5,000 Salafis in Germany.”

Feyder follows Germany’s Salafi scene closely.

“The Salafi movement in Germany is creating an environment for violence and radicalization,” he told CBN News. “Not every Salafist is a terrorist, but every terrorist is a Salafist.”

That includes the gunman who murdered two U.S. soldiers and injured two more in an attack in Frankfurt last year, not to mention dozens of other German Muslims that have been arrested on terrorism charges since 9/11.

Still more have left Germany to wage jihad abroad.

“We can see is that a lot of jihadis with Salafist backgrounds are going to Afghanistan and to training camps, to Pakistan into training camps,” Feyder said.

“And what we can see as well is that a lot of jihadis are passing through the Horn of Africa,” he continued. “And they’re going to fight in Somalia, going to fight in Yemen, going to fight in Kenya.” Continue reading this article

Diverse California: Graffiti on Trees

For those of us who love California’s beautiful parks, the state’s abandonment of the system was a tragic portent of destruction to come. With no rangers nearby to keep an eye on the premises, theft and vandalism were sure to follow.

Below, a lush redwood glade in Marin County’s Samuel P. Taylor Park, slated for closure.

California has different priorities now. At the same time Sacramento was cutting funding to parks, it created a new entitlement for illegal aliens: last fall Gov Jerry Brown signed into law a taxpayer-funded tuition subsidy for unlawful foreigners, estimated to cost $65 million annually to start.

But California closed 70 parks to save $11 million per year. Such are the values of today’s Democrat-run California, even though the Dems claim to be the protectors of the environment.

Victor Davis Hanson (a chronicler of California decline) noticed a local news report about vandalism in a Fresno County park and used the incident to reflect further upon the state’s rapid unravelling.

Graffiti on Trees, High-Speed Rail to Nowhere — the Wages of Liberalism, PJMedia, by Victor Davis Hanson, August 27, 2012

Last week, while reading about an insolvent California’s insistence on going ahead with the first leg of a proposed high-speed rail line (total cost of the system: an estimated $100-$300 billion), I heard the following story on a local ABC news affiliate about a nearby low-Sierra lake:

Vandalism forces closure of Pine Flat campground

Monday, August 20, 2012
Amanda Perez
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — Acts of vandalism have forced officials to shut down a popular campsite in Fresno County. The Pine Flat Campground located below the Pine Flat Dam on Trimmer Springs Road is closed indefinitely. Nearby Winton Park remains open but things aren’t looking much better there. Vandals tagged rocks, barbeques, and even trees with graffiti. “It was horrible. It didn’t look like nature. It looked like a nightmare,” said visitor Jose Zarate of Fresno.

Unfair to the Vandals
You can read the rest of story at KFSN’s Website; additional news items detailed similar stories at other local lakes — a veritable Vandal assault on the vestiges of civilization (actually, that allusion is unfair to the Vandals): copper wire stripped out of power conduits, toilets and sinks ripped out of bathrooms, and, yes, more gang graffiti painted on trees.

I think the latter horror is what earned the local media attention. Destroying public property, assaulting other campers, closing down recreation sites are one thing — but graffiti on trees? That’s an insult that no liberal can stomach. In the grand struggle of environmental correctness versus multiculturalism, green wins every time. (Why do a few liberals oppose illegal immigration? Because of worries about environmental damage along the border.

The Tipping Point
I have a hard time timing car trips to Los Angeles because a large section of the 99 state “freeway,” north of Kingsburg, is still (after a half-century) two lanes, potholed, and crammed with traffic. But the rub is that the traffic is of a strange sort, one characterized by an inordinate number of drivers with loose brush, tools, appliances — almost anything — not secured in flat-bed pickups or piled too high in pickups and trailers. The debris commonly flies out on the road, causes an accident, and shuts down California’s main interior north-south lateral for several hours.

What is the common theme here?

When the liberal mind cannot cope with the concrete ramifications of its own ideology, it seeks a sort of tokenism. Unable to ensure that trees are not defaced? An ancient highway is not upgraded? Presto, zoom ahead to space-age high-speed rail, as if the conditions that created sprayed trees and mattresses lying among the pot-holes will not easily migrate to high-speed rail. That is, within 10 years I have no doubt that the Fresno-Corcoran (“rail to nowhere”) link will be periodically closed due to stripped copper wire conduit, mattresses thrown over the fence onto the tracks, and the general inability of the state to service the system due to the sort of daily vandalism seen at our local campgrounds.

If one third of the nation’s welfare population resides in California, and if seven million of the last ten million Californians added to the state population are now on Medicaid, and if Californians, as it is estimated, send approximately $10 billion a year in remittances to Mexico and Latin America, then something has to give. And the remedy for that something that gives is either teaching youth not to spray paint pine trees, or hiring unemployed ex-gang-bangers to pressure wash the graffiti off pine trees — or moving to a kinder, gentler Santa Cruz or Newport, feeling good on the beach, watching the sunset each evening, and cursing those evil conservatives who want to poison the 3-inch delta smelt and keep foie gras legal in California. Continue reading this article

California Puts Bracero Studies on the Curriculum

It’s hard for a normal mind to keep up with the wacky leftist groupthink that energetically runs amok in Sacramento. The project of remaking California into the perfect diversity utopia continues in the one-party state, with the latest eruption being a new law that encourages schools to include bracero history.

Last year, California became the first state to require the teaching of gay history, with an emphasis on the contributions of gay persons. So the state is maintaining its cred of being tops in the victimhood obsession.

(Meanwhile kids in Asia are studying math and science.)

Once our education system taught how embracing the work ethic would lead to success in America, but the narrative now is one of a cruel society making a nation of victims requiring government rescue.

It’s almost as if the Sacramento Democrats want to train a whole generation of community organizers…

California law encourages lessons on guest worker program, Reuters, August 29, 2012

California’s governor has signed a law encouraging schools to teach the history of a guest worker program that brought in Mexican farm laborers as the national immigration debate heats up.

The bill, signed by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown Tuesday, urges social studies teachers to include material on the “Bracero” program that brought in close to 5 million people over roughly two decades, forming the first big batch of modern Mexican immigrants, supporters said.

Many of those immigrants came to California.

The program, which ran from 1942-1964, was a crucial part of the post-war American economy, supporters said, adding that teaching its history would also highlight mistreatment of migrant workers, some of whom were never paid their due wages.

“School children will now be able to appreciate the great contributions made to this state during a critical time in our history by the Braceros,” the bill’s sponsor, state Senator Kevin De León, said in a statement.

The law, which focuses on the curriculum for grades 7-12, does not require teachers to include the Bracero program in their lessons, but encourages them to do so. Continue reading this article

San Antonio Hispanics Plan Their Own Ethnic War Memorial

A few years ago there was dust up over Ken Burns’ World War Two documentary “The War” coming from disgruntled hispanics who thought that their ever-so-special contributions had been overlooked. Even though the film was completed, Burns caved and added some material to appease the ethnic activists after being harangued at length.

The controversy is part of a larger strategy from the raza gang of rewriting hispanics into American history where they didn’t really exist. The activists want to exaggerate the importance of hispanics by implying that they have always been here in significant numbers (which they haven’t), and the belief that America couldn’t possibly live without them due to a high opinion of themselves which is unsupported by facts about financial and academic achievement.

The population of the whole country in 1940 was 132.2 million, and hispanics numbered around 1.6 million. Burns himself observed that the hispanic population during the war was only 1.4 percent.

MexicansResidingInUSAgraph
Thousands of hispanic citizens of the US served honorably in WWII, for which all patriotic Americans are grateful. But no other ethnic group has griped that they weren’t singled out as special by Ken Burns. And the number simply was not significant: an estimated 250,000 to 500,000 hispanics participated among the 16 million who went to war.

Back to today, the San Antonio troublemakers say that their mondo-monument (140 feet high!) will be a tribute to ALL veterans. However the Aztec Aztlan eagles betray the ethnic supremacist agenda. It would be as if German-descended veterans erected a statue with a Nazi swastika — it’s the symbol of a racialist ideology.

Hope still alive in effort to build Hispanic veterans monument, San Antonio Express, August 27, 2012

For four years, West Side residents have dreamed of building a towering monument to Hispanic military veterans as a way of paying them back for being underappreciated by history.

The proposed Hispanic Veterans Monument at Elmendorf Lake Park could become part of the ecosystem restoration planned there. But with an estimated construction cost of $2.25 million dependent on donations, the project also known as La Ofrenda (The Offering) has been slow-moving and faces challenges including public scrutiny.

Professionally prepared designs, which call for a 140-foot-tall tower laden with symbols including giant dog tags and Aztec eagles, must go through the city’s public art review process. Still, proponents gained momentum this month with a key endorsement from the Bexar County Commissioners Court.

The decades-old notion of honoring Hispanic veterans reignited in 2008 when the PBS documentary “The War,” by Ken Burns, largely excluded their contributions in World War II.

“This omission really was quite disappointing and really did serve as the catalyst for this monument,” said retired Marine Capt. Queta Márquez. She’s a leading advocate for the project that her mother, former City Council member Lourdes Galvan, instigated after Burns’ snub.

“It’s an offering from the perspective of the Hispanic community, to honor all veterans. It’s not racist. It’s not just about Hispanics,” Galvan said last week.

Since 2008, proponents have worked with artists, designers, engineers, construction experts and others to develop the plans for the steel structure that would sit partly on the lake’s main island and partly in water.

Adorning the tower would be three stainless steel eagles perched on moons, representing vigilance and the Aztec deity Huitzilopochtli. Atop the monument, inspired by nine-step Mayan pyramids, would be a medalla, with tentative designs showing Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Michael on its two sides. The 6-by-12-foot dog tags would bear the names of the five service branches. Continue reading this article

California Legislature Passes Legality-Lite Bills to Aid Illegal Aliens and Foreign Criminals

While states like Arizona and Alabama have succeeded to some degree in exerting more control over the illegal alien brigands in their midst, the California legislature is in a mad rush to legalize the millions in the state as far as it can.

One of the more egregious examples of power politics in the all-Democrat-run capitol was the unscrupulous technique called “gut and amend” to push through a bill that has not gone through the normal process.

‘Safe harbor’ for California illegal immigrants?, Daily News, August 23, 2012

Last winter, a Los Angeles-area lawmaker launched a petition drive to place an initiative on the California ballot. Its name was innocuous: The California Opportunity and Prosperity Act. Its aim was not: It would have allowed illegal immigrants to live and work in the state without fear of deportation.

Not surprisingly, the drive failed to get enough signatures, and that should have been the end of that.

But no. This week, Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes revived the effort to give as many as 2 million illegal immigrants “safe harbor” in the state. Using the sneaky “gut and amend” method of slipping controversial laws through the Capitol in the final days of a legislative session, the Democrat from Sylmar has turned a state Senate bill about vehicle pollution into a bill to make life easier for illegal residents.

Fuentes had told The Sacramento Bee the proposed ballot measure was a “moderate, common-sense approach” to immigration reform, and his spokesman told the newspaper this week that the effort “shows that we’re a compassionate state.” Both said it’s a reaction to the federal government’s failure to enact comprehensive immigration reform.

The state’s voters should be the judge of all that. Or, if such a significant change in such an important policy is to be considered in the Legislature, it should be done with time for careful thought and public comment, not in the frenzy of the last week of the 2012 session. [. . .]

California legislators must think the state has too much public safety to unleash foreign criminals with such abandon. It’s all up to Gov. Jerry Brown now to sign or veto the evil bills.

Following is an overview of the whole assortment of legislation that puts the pleasure of lawbreaking foreigners before the rights and safety of the citizens.

Flurry of immigration bills will test Gov. Jerry Brown, San Jose Mercury News, August 28, 2012

California lawmakers are pushing this week to pass four bills that would make life easier for immigrants living and working here illegally, but all require the support of a governor who chooses his immigration causes carefully.

Gov. Jerry Brown won praise last fall from Latinos and immigrant communities when he signed a law giving illegal immigrant college students access to state financial aid, but this season he must sift through a more complicated set of measures that opponents view as defying federal prerogatives.

The flurry comes in the last days of the 2012 legislative session and tests the compassion and political future of Brown, who supports a path to citizenship for California’s more than 2 million illegal immigrants but has repeatedly said the solution must come from the federal government.

Already on Brown’s desk is the Trust Act, which would partially pull California out of an immigration dragnet that has deported about 80,000 people from the state since Brown, as attorney general, signed a federal-state partnership in 2009. Continue reading this article

Sununu Aligns with Alien Amnesty

To the many establishment Republicans who believe as a matter of faith that a big amnesty for millions of foreign intruders is the key to future popularity, you can add John Sununu, the former Governor of New Hampshire. He apparently believes that the GOP can win the hispander bidding war against Democrats from Chicago.

Sununu urges comprehensive action on immigration, Los Angeles Times, August 27, 2012

[. . .] Asked in Spanish how a Romney administration might handle young people who were brought to the United States illegally by their parents, Sununu suggested that Romney might support a law to protect them – something that Romney himself has not said. Earlier this summer, before Obama announced his administration’s new policy, Rubio said he was trying to round up support among Republicans for a measure that would provide some type of legal status for the so-called Dream Act young people. Romney conspicuously did not endorse the idea.

Sununu appeared to take a step toward that. “We need to do something by law,” not just executive action, he said in Spanish. What one president does by executive action, a later president could undo, he noted. [. . .]

Did Sununu and the other R-suits snooze through the 2008 election?? Republican hispandering didn’t work then and there’s no reason to think it would work any better now.

Candidate McCain was a major amnesty promiser, and he had a history as a true believer (plotting with Ted Kennedy to reward foreign lawbreakers) so his offers were entirely credible. Discussing amnesty on Spanish-speaking Univision TV McCain declared he “would do it in the first day” of his Presidency.

But a generous pledge of mega-amnesty garnered Sen. McCain a pathetic 31 percent of the hispanic vote. (Even so, the failed candidate urged Mitt Romney to “tone down” his message of immigration enforcement with hispanics — so helpful!)

Does this abject failure deserve a second try? On what basis?

Hispanics know that the Democrat party offers the big trough of goodies, and they prefer an array of freebies to supplement their incomes rather than being self-sufficient. It’s a cultural thing. They come from a big-government culture and aren’t astute enough to understand that America offers more opportunity because of less government intrusion and more freedom — or at least it did until recently.

Research from Pew Hispanic informs us that hispanic immigrants prefer big government and do so for generations, unlike the traditional American population.

We shouldn’t forget the recent election in France, in which the Muslim vote provided the winning edge to Socialist François Hollande.

Demography is unforgiving.

Illegal Alien Kiddie Sob Story Outbreak, Just in Time for Republican Conclave

Is it just me, or is there a noticeable uptick in the Opravda media’s illegal alien sob stories, spiced up with children, conveniently coinciding with the Republican convention? The countdown to election day continues apace, and Obama needs his loyal press posse to step up their game with more of the same old crapdoodle: Republicans are mean… Democrats are compassionate… dear leader Obama loves little brown children, etc.

The Associated Press published a lengthy article on Saturday, loaded up with tearful photos of separated family members and sad stories.

Parents deported, what happens to US-born kids?, by Helen O’Nell, AP Special Correspondent, August 25, 2012

Alexis Molina was just 10 years old when his mother was abruptly cut out of his life and his carefree childhood unraveled overnight.

Gone were the egg-and-sausage tortillas that greeted him when he came home from school, the walks in the park, the hugs at night when she tucked him into bed. Today the sweet-faced boy of 11 spends his time worrying about why his father cries so much, and why his mom can’t come home.

“She went for her papers,” he says. “And she never came back.” [. . .]

Another item in the piece concerned a Mexican who brought her disabled son to get free-to-her medical care in stupid-generous America.

The concept of personal responsibility is curiously missing from emotional tales of youngsters who have been dragged across the border by lawbreaking parents, often putting the kids in danger. Or young children are sent north alone by manipulative family to wangle some sort of visa deal that will eventually include the whole family.

The Wall Street Journal reported 5/7/12 an “unprecedented surge” in unaccompanied minor border crossers (Child Immigration Is Rising). One impetus cited was Mexico’s new law allowing non-Mexicans kids to remain and cross into the US for “humanitarian” reasons. A contributing factor is America’s increasing willingness to let them stay (e.g. the foster care visa), another example of how the fish rots from the head down.

The press always thinks the family separations of economic fleebags are America’s problem to sort out, as welfare agency to the world. The media squawks loud and long about the incongruity of little children in the court system, but never blames the lawbreaking parents whose irresponsible behavior created the situation.

The New York Times kid-deport article featured an apple-cheeked moppet, Liliana Munoz, age 6, posed with a doll for the piled-on pathos the press loves:

Liliana’s parents left her in Mexico at age 2 to unlawfully enter the US to make money, and only later had her sent via Coyote Shipping Inc. They are lucky she is safe and wasn’t raped or killed on her illegal border crossing — a fate that affects too many children.

Such are the mythical Mexican family values we are supposed to respect.

The press ignores that the truly humanitarian, kid-friendly policy would be to shut the southern border down tight and punish (not reward) illegal crossers, using tough enforcement programs. If foreigners knew their lawbreaking would not result in a better life than the one they have, then they would stay home rather than endanger their own and their children’s lives. They might eventually put as much energy into reforming their homelands as they spend on getting to the US illegally. And if foreigners stayed home, then scribblers wouldn’t have easy-to-write boilerplate articles about a beloved victim class.

Young and Alone, Facing Court and Deportation, New York Times, August 25, 2012

The immigrant who was facing deportation rose to his feet, in a clean T-shirt and khaki pants several sizes too large, with his name — JUAN — printed on a tag around his neck.

But the judge could not see him. Juan’s head did not rise above the court’s wooden benches.

Juan David Gonzalez was 6 years old. He was in the court, which would decide whether to expel him from the country, without a parent — and also without a lawyer.

Immigration courts in this South Texas border town and across the country are confronting an unexpected surge of children, some of them barely school age, who traveled here without parents and were caught as they tried to cross illegally into the United States.

The young people, mostly from Mexico and Central America, ride to the border on the roofs of freight trains or the backs of buses. They cross the Rio Grande on inner tubes, or hike for days through extremes of heat and chill in Arizona deserts. The smallest children, like Juan, are most often brought by smugglers.

The youths pose troubling difficulties for American immigration courts. Unlike in criminal or family courts, in immigration court there is no right to a lawyer paid by the government for people who cannot afford one. And immigration law contains few protections specifically for minors. So even a child as young as Juan has to go before an immigration judge — confronting a prosecutor and trying to fight deportation — without the help of a lawyer, if one is not privately provided.

So far this year, more than 11,000 unaccompanied minors have been placed in deportation proceedings, nearly double last year’s numbers. Continue reading this article

Socialist-run France Faces Up to Its Hostile Muslim Allies

Things are getting interesting in France, in a bad way. This spring, Muslim voters provided the edge to elect the Socialist candidate, François Hollande. The Sons of Allah may be feeling their oats, now that they can claim a professed Islamo-friendly pol, a man who campaigned ethnically using a rap song that celebrated “Niggas in Paris.” That attitude was a big change from law-and-order candidate Nikolas Sarkozy who lost in his effort for re-election due to the changing demographics caused by immigration.

One possible result: the mid-August rioting in the city of Amiens that followed the familiar pattern of arson and violence against police.

Below, a video report of “youths” burning down buildings and attacking police. The government promises “improvements in housing and to offer a wider range of services” — mission accomplished!

Of course, Muslims will burn and pillage at the drop of a turban for any imagined slight, as occurred famously in the 2005 nationwide mayhem that lasted for weeks, and other smaller instances of civil unrest, e.g. in Marseille, Grenoble and the Normandy town of Evreux, to name a few.

Hollande’s election was supposed to bring Socialist-style kinder gentler policing and more handouts to keep the diverse “youth” pacified. But it’s doubtful there can ever be enough welfare goodies to satisfy the Allah bunch, and there’s nothing like an episode of domestic destruction to remind the elites of the demands (more like extortion) of deprived immigrants.

CNN’s report (France: Rioting in Amiens leaves police hurt, buildings damaged) noted “burned-out cars and the charred wreckage of a kindergarten and a sports center.”

There were follow-up stories of concerns about continuing violence: the BBC reported that French police were on “high alert” in case of more rioting, because copy-cat violence is popular in Islamized Europe. Two police were shot on Friday during urban unrest in the Paris suburb of Grigny, which certainly must add to the government’s jitters.

Hollande is stuck in a bed of his own making now. He campaigned on passivity toward Muslims and the socialists who have hopped on the Islam train. The recent events in Amiens must make him realize that a major blow-up is possible that would dwarf the 2005 anarchy and substantially weaken his Presidency.

So Mr. Hollande’s government is making law-and-order sounds about cracking down on no-go zones and such. Soeren Kern explains, and he does so without using the euphemisms of the obfuscating mainstream press referring to “youths” etc.:

France Seeks to Reclaim ‘No-Go’ Zones, by Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute, August 24, 2012

Despite the scale of the damage, French police have hesitated to make any arrests for fear of sparking more riots. Residents of the neighborhood know the names of the perpetrators but “nobody dares to speak for fear of reprisals.” “You can no longer order a pizza or get a doctor to come to the house.”

The French government has announced a plan to boost policing in 15 of the most crime-ridden parts of France in an effort to reassert state control over the country’s so-called “no-go” zones: Muslim-dominated neighborhoods that are largely off limits to non-Muslims.

The crime-infested districts, which the French Interior Ministry has designated as Priority Security Zones (zones de sécurité prioritaires, or ZSP), include heavily Muslim parts of Paris, Marseilles, Strasbourg, Lille and Amiens, where Muslim youths recently went on a two-day arson rampage that caused extensive property damage and injured more than a dozen police officers.

The crackdown on lawlessness in the ZSP is set to begin in September, when French Interior Minister Manuel Valls plans to deploy riot police, detectives and intelligence agents into the selected areas. The hope is that a “North American-style” war on crime can prevent France’s impoverished suburbs from descending into turmoil.

If the new policy results in a drop in crime, Valls is expected to name up to 40 more ZSP before the summer of 2013. Continue reading this article

Huma Abedin's Islamist Background Is Explained

I’ve written several posts on the important national security subject of Huma Abedin, the Secretary of State’s close aide, who has disturbing connections with the Muslim Brotherhood gang which is bent on creating a worldwide caliphate, starting with the Middle East where the project is going quite well in Egypt and beyond.

The controversy is somewhat dense, starting with five Republican members of Congress writing sober letters to relevant agencies inquiring whether Abedin had undergone proper background checks, for which they were condemned by the GOP establishment and the obedient media. Former prosecutor of terror cases Andrew McCarthy spoke up in defense of the Congresspersons in a detailed argument presented at the National Press Club, where he summarized, “Ms. Abedin had a very lengthy affiliation with an institute founded by a top figure at the nexus between Saudi terror funding, Brotherhood ideology, and al Qaeda’s jihad against the United States… No one I know, least of all me, is contending that President Obama or Secretary Clinton needed Huma Abedin in order to develop Islamist sympathies.”

Below, President Obama praised Huma Abedin’s patriotism at his deluxe Ramadan dinner at the White House on August 10.

Ezra Levant of Canada’s Sun TV recently presented a brief explanation of “Who is Huma Abedin?” showing her activities in jihadist Muslim organizations. Why is such a person plugged in at the highest level of the American government? Inquiring still minds want to know.

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