It’s disappointing that only 58 percent of Americans believe that ballots should be English-only, a decrease of 10 points from five years ago.
Language diversity in elections does not come cheap because of translation and printing costs. For example, Los Angeles County spent $3.3 million to produce ballots in seven languages and hire diverse poll workers in the 2002 primary.
Plus there’s the tiny detail that becoming a naturalized citizen requires the ability to speak and understand English. So no legal voter should need a Spanish or Mandarin or Tagalog ballot, by definition.
When voters goes to the polls, most still want to see their ballots in English only.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 58% of Likely U.S. Voters think election ballots should be printed only in English. Thirty-eight percent (38%) disagree and feel ballots should be printed in both English and Spanish. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Seventy-eight percent (78%) of Republicans and 60% of voters not affiliated with either major party support ballots only in English. Fifty-nine percent (59%) of Democrats prefer bilingual ballots.
In 2008, then-presidential nominee Barack Obama said that “instead of worrying about whether immigrants can learn English,” Americans “need to make sure your child can speak Spanish.” But voters strongly disagreed and also did not feel it was important for Americans to be bilingual or trilingual. Most also felt that government documents should be printed in English only.
Britain is failing to support the basic values of Western civilization as it allows political correctness to mask the ill effects of Muslim immigration. The latest example is how police have covered up violent efforts by local unfriendlies to Islamize their borough, the Tower Hamlets.
Victims say that officers in the borough of Tower Hamlets have ignored or downplayed outbreaks of hate crime, and suppressed evidence implicating Muslims in them, because they fear being accused of racism.
The claims come as four Tower Hamlets Muslims were jailed for at least 19 years for attacking a local white teacher who gave religious studies lessons to Muslim girls.
The Sunday Telegraph has uncovered more than a dozen other cases in Tower Hamlets where both Muslims and non-Muslims have been threatened or beaten for behaviour deemed to breach fundamentalist “Islamic norms.”
One victim, Mohammed Monzur Rahman, said he was left partially blind and with a dislocated shoulder after being attacked by a mob in Cannon Street Road, Shadwell, for smoking during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan last year.
“Two guys stopped me in the street and asked me why I was smoking,” he said. “I just carried on, and before I knew another dozen guys came and jumped me. The next thing I knew, I was waking up in hospital.”
“He reported it to the police and they just said they couldn’t track anyone down and there were no witnesses,” said Ansar Ahmed Ullah, a local anti-extremism campaigner who has advised Mr Rahman. “But there is CCTV in that street and it is lined with shops and people.”
Teachers in several local schools have told The Sunday Telegraph that they feel “under pressure” from local Muslim extremists, who have mounted campaigns through both parents and pupils – and, in one case, through another teacher – to enforce the compulsory wearing of the veil for Muslim girls. “It was totally orchestrated,” said one teacher. “The atmosphere became extremely unpleasant for a while, with constant verbal aggression from both the children and some parents against the head over this issue.”
One teacher at the Bigland Green primary school, Nicholas Kafouris, last year took the council to an employment tribunal, saying he was forced out of his job for complaining that Muslim pupils were engaging in racist and anti-Semitic bullying and saying they supported terrorism. Mr Kafouris lost his case, though the school did admit that insufficient action had been taken against the behaviour of some pupils. The number of assaults on teachers in Tower Hamlets resulting in exclusions has more than doubled from 190 in 2007/8 to 383 in 2008/9, the latest available year, though not all are necessarily race-related.
Tower Hamlets’ gay community has become a particular target of extremists. Homophobic crimes in the borough have risen by 80 per cent since 2007/8, and by 21 per cent over the last year, a period when there was a slight drop in London as a whole.
Last year, a mob of 30 young Muslims stormed a local gay pub, the George and Dragon, beating and abusing patrons. Many customers of the pub told The Sunday Telegraph that they have been attacked and harassed by local Muslim youths. In 2008 a 20-year-old student, Oli Hemsley, was left permanently paralysed after an attack by a group of young Muslims outside the pub. Only one of his assailants has been caught and jailed. Continue reading this article
More good news on the state enforcement front: Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has signed his legislature’s tough bill into law. It’s heartening that state elected officials are still moving forward, despite the barrage of criticism and lawsuits they know they will face.
And yes, the enemies of the nation are squawking up the usual storm of protest against the defense of American sovereignty.
Alabama’s new law cracking down on illegal immigrants will likely survive legal challenges from advocacy groups that say it is unconstitutional and racist, analysts told Fox News.
The law, which takes effect Sept. 1, empowers police to arrest people suspected of being an illegal immigrant if they are stopped for another reason and requires businesses and schools to verify whether workers and students are in the country lawfully. It also makes it a crime to knowingly transport or shelter illegal immigrants.
As soon as Republican Gov. Robert Bentley signed the bill into law Thursday, the ACLU and Southern Poverty Law Center were vowing to defeat it in court.
“It is clearly unconstitutional. It’s mean-spirited, racist, and we think a court will enjoin it,” said Mary Bauer, legal director for the Southern Poverty Law Center.
“By signing this bill into law, Gov. Bentley has codified official discrimination in the state of Alabama,” said Cecillia Wang, director of the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project. “We will take action to keep this law from going into effect to ensure that the civil rights and liberties of all Alabamans are protected.”
Legal experts told Fox News that they expect the case to head to the Supreme Court where they believe the state will prevail.
“I think the states have the right to do this,” said Jay Sekulow, chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice. “I think it will be successful.”
Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, which advocates strict immigration laws, says the one in Alabama is fair.
“It does not go too far,” he said. “The ACLU will object to anything that involves immigration enforcement.”
“There are a lot of different pieces to it but I think probably the most important part is completely fair and very neutral and very effective, is requiring all businesses when they hire someone to check that info, the Social Security number against the federal government online E-verify system. Common sense. It works well.”
There are an estimated 120,000 illegal immigrants in Alabama, a nearly fivefold increase from a decade ago, according to the Pew Hispanic Center. Alabama isn’t the only Southern state cracking down on illegal immigrants. Georgia passed a similar measure a few weeks ago and that law goes into effect July 1. Civil liberties groups have already sued that state in an attempt to block the law.
The Alabama law was modeled on Arizona’s. A federal judge blocked the most controversial parts of Arizona’s law last year after the Justice Department sued. The case appears headed for the U.S. Supreme Court. A less restrictive law in Utah also was blocked after a lawsuit was filed.
“The states are sick and tired of the federal government basically doing nothing to protect the individual citizens from what is a serious problem,” Sekulow said.
Krikorian said these laws send a clear message to illegal immigrants.
“The point is to make it as difficult as possible for an illegal alien to put down roots, to make it hard to live a normal life,” he said, explaining that not being able to get a job or an apartment makes it less appealing to be an illegal alien.
“So if you are thinking of going there, you think twice, and if you are illegal already, you think seriously about packing up and leaving,” he said.
Bonnie Erbe’s PBS show “To the Contrary” usually centers on an all-woman panel balanced between liberals and conservatives taking on a specific topic. This week’s show has no discussion segment but is all documentary style, looking at immigration’s mostly negative effect on the American workforce, healthcare, poverty and natural resources like farmland and water supply. These are the issues about which liberals claim to care, but won’t admit that excessive immigration is harmful to poor Americans and environmental sustainability.
Roy Beck and Steve Camarota are among the experts interviewed for the show.
WESLACO — State officials lauded the quick, heavy, multi-agency gunfire response to bullets coming from drug runners on the Rio Grande early Thursday, saying a single shot against a U.S. law enforcement officer is “one too many.”
Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw said there would be “zero tolerance” to attacks against U.S. officers.
“We are going to use overwhelming force. We’re going to use tactics…You shoot a law enforcement officer, you’re going to get return fire,” McCraw said.
Texas Rangers, state game wardens, and U.S. Border Patrol sprayed as many as 300 rounds during the exchange near Mission early Thursday, wounding at least three suspected operatives of the Gulf Cartel.
McCraw, leading a press conference attended by dozens of high-level state and federal law enforcement officials, said there was a possibility one or more of the drug runners was killed.
Mexican military, arriving some three hours after the exchange, seized the inflatable raft with its load of about 400 pounds of marijuana. No arrests were made.
The bad guys fired first, McCraw said, recounting an incident that began at 6:18 a.m., when three Texas Parks and Wildlife boats and one Border Patrol boat approached a red Dodge Durango waiting on U.S. riverbanks.
They then saw the raft full of drugs, he said. As they approached the raft, large, jagged rocks flew from the Mexican side of the river, wounding two game wardens. The rocks were followed by four to six gunshots.
“Make no mistake, from a Texas standpoint it was not just a shooting incident,” he said. “It was an attempted capital murder of both Texas police officers and Border Patrol agents, and we’re investigating it that way.”
It’s good to see Roy Beck, of NumbersUSA, appear on C-SPAN’s morning call-in show. C-SPAN has not been fair over the years to the friends of borders and sovereignty, so their welcoming Roy Beck is a nice change.
Roy used the occasion to emphasize how Congress’ policy of open borders has deeply harmed American workers, something you don’t hear on the media even in this terrible economy.
In any normal case in Texas of a man who had murdered a mother while carjacking her vehicle, the sentence would have been a slam-dunk trip to the executioner. But since killer Timoteo Rios escaped to his native Mexico, the Mexican government required a promise of no capital punishment in order to allow the perp’s extradition.
So the jury quickly found him guilty of capital murder and the sentence was an automatic life in prison.
The Houston murder got a lot of attention in 2008 because the victim, Tina Davila (pictured), was the mother of five who was protecting her baby in a carseat from being taken along with the SUV.
A jury on Thursday took only an hour to convict Timoteo Rios of capital murder in the stabbing death of a woman protecting her 4-month-old baby from a would-be carjacker.
The April 2008 incident, including Tina Davila’s struggle with a man over her car keys and her collapse inside a cellphone store in east Houston, was captured on surveillance video that was presented during opening arguments in the two-day trial.
Rios, a 26-year-old Mexican national who has lived in the U.S. since he was 2, received an automatic sentence of life in prison without parole.
Davila’s older daughter, 20-year-old Patricia Matt, said the sentence was a good outcome since Rios was not eligible for the death penalty.
The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) scandal of sending guns to Mexican organized crime in a poorly considered “sting” is moving along with a Congressional hearing next week to be chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa.
Every news report brings more details of how the Fast and Furious guns were used in crimes, including the killing of Agent Brian Terry in a gun battle on American soil. One ATF weapon shot down a Mexican helicopter, and up to 150 Mexicans have been killed by guns from the program.
The hearing to be held next Wednesday by the Oversight Committee will be the second one examining the gunrunning scandal. The May 3 hearing was quite lively, where Attorney General Holder got a thorough and well deserved grilling. Senator Grassley, a leader on this issue, will testify, as will the family of Brian Terry.
Rep. Issa stated last month that the decision to pursue the gunrunning scheme was made in Washington, not by officials located on the border. He has compared it to Iran Contra in terms of government stonewalling, since the ATF has not responded to his subpoenas.
I hope someone will ask why the administration doesn’t want law-abiding citizens to own guns, but is fine with shipping heavy duty firearms to Mexican organized crime.
Officials at the Department of Justice are in “panic mode,” according to multiple sources, as word spreads that congressional testimony next week will paint a bleak and humiliating picture of Operation Fast and Furious, the botched undercover operation that left a trail of blood from Mexico to Washington, D.C.
The operation was supposed to stem the flow of weapons from the U.S. to Mexico by allowing so-called straw buyers to purchase guns legally in the U.S. and later sell them in Mexico, usually to drug cartels.
Instead, ATF documents show that the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms knowingly and deliberately flooded Mexico with assault rifles. Their intent was to expose the entire smuggling organization, from top to bottom, but the operation spun out of control and supervisors refused pleas from field agents to stop it.
Only after Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry died did ATF Agent John Dodson blow the whistle and expose the scandal.
“What people don’t understand is how long we will be dealing with this,” Dodson told Fox News back in March. “Those guns are gone. You can’t just give the order and get them back. There is no telling how many crimes will be committed before we retrieve them.” Continue reading this article
Was rancher Larry Links shot and killed by an illegal alien? There is no evidence of the identity of the killer. However the 68-year-old man was shot on his property near Interstate 10, a major drug smuggling corridor.
She sat down for an interview with the Vlad Tepes Blog to discuss Muslim diversity.
In the 1990s Storhaug traveled all over Pakistan, even to the tribal areas. She would routinely bicycle around Islamabad at that time. She reports that it was “shocking” to feel the lack of freedom during her recent visit, compared with only a few years ago because of increased Islamization. Her friends told her not to leave the city because of safety concerns.
When asked about safety for women now that so many Muslims live in Scandinavia, she replied, “There is no doubt that the freedom, the level of freedom I had as a young woman, young women in Norway will not have, and don’t have actually today and they will not have it in the future, as far as I can see. So the freedom for women in Europe is going backwards.”
“Girls in school, they are mocked by Muslim boys and they dye their hair black, yes. Blondes are dying their hair black, that is correct. And some of them also move to other parts of Oslo to be let alone.”
Senator Jeff Sessions was being interviewed on the subject of the Senate’s budget irresponsibility, but he made a point of hailing the Supreme Court’s decision regarding Hazleton’s version of local immigration enforcement. Then he went on to condemn the Senate’s paralysis on writing a budget and the dangers of dithering while the economy heads off a cliff.
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