The New York Times reports that a stalwart refugee welcomer, the mayor of Manchester NH, is getting tuckered out with the flood of newbies with the gimmes. After taking in more than 2100 Somali, Sudanese and other diverse refugees into the city (pop. 109,000) in the last decade, Mayor Ted Gatsas wants to call a time-out.
He doesn’t want refugees to stop coming forever. He’s just tired. . . kind of like Lili von Schtupp in Blazing Saddles.
The Times takes pains to note that refugees are legal immigrants, and the mayor is not one of those crazed xenophobes who think there oughta be a limit somewhere.
MANCHESTER, N.H. — This city has long been a resettlement site for refugees, sent here by the State Department for a chance at a better life. More than 60 languages are spoken in the school system, with Somalis, Sudanese, Iraqis and other recent arrivals mixing with children whose ancestors came from Quebec to work in the mighty textile mills along the Merrimack River.
But this year, after decades of taking in refugees, Manchester said, “Enough.”
In a highly unusual move, Mayor Ted Gatsas and the city’s Board of Aldermen asked the State Department in July to halt resettlements here for now. A tide of more than 2,100 refugees over the last decade — most recently, Bhutanese families coming from camps in Nepal — has been more than the city of 109,500 can assure jobs and decent housing for, Mr. Gatsas said.
“We’re just saying, ‘Let us catch our breath,’ ” he said last week in an interview at City Hall. “This is about giving people the opportunity for a better life, and until I can get that person working and gainfully employed and getting to learn the language, I can’t do that.”
The mayor, a Republican who just won a second term, says he has nothing against refugees. His problem is with the International Institute of New England, a nonprofit agency based in Boston that brings them to Manchester and helps them adjust for several months, providing cash and other assistance. Continue reading this article
It’s reassuring that Newt Gingrich’s step into the cowpie of “humane” immigration in the recent debate has caused a firestorm with legs. (A Google News search two days after the debate in question for Gingrich Immigration got 2260 hits.)
He may have thought he was making a clever move into a general-election-style campaign, but he has to win conservative primary voters in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina first.
Newt Gingrich is surely an unashamed practitioner of the straw-man argument, conjuring up an absurd family-splitting scenario that sounds like memo from La Raza:
“If you’ve been here 25 years and you got three kids and two grandkids, you’ve been paying taxes and obeying the law, you belong to a local church, I don’t think we’re going to separate you from your family, uproot you forcefully and kick you out.”
Of course, there is no such plan to deport millions, nor will there be. Even we strict pro-sovereignty types don’t want the government to spend billions of taxpayer dollars to deport the whole invasive bunch. They can leave the same way they came, on their own dime, after America has become sufficiently unwelcoming toward their unwanted job-thieving presence. And they can take their meal-ticket jackpot babies with them — family values are saved in my plan.
Incidentally, any alien who has lived unlawfully in this country for 25 years doesn’t need papers from Washington to survive. He probably has a handful of fake ID cards and stolen Social Security numbers ripped off from honest citizens. Why confuse him now?
Gingrich apparently sees himself as a brilliant political strategist who can craft conservative policies that will nevertheless attract Mexicans and other Latin Americans who come from a culture where big government is preferred.
A popular idea among delusional Republicans is that hispanics’ family values make them natural conservatives. However, that view doesn’t fit well with a latino illegitimacy rate of 53.3 percent in 2010. Plus Mexican men seem quite willing to leave the wife and kiddies behind in the dear homeland, even though psychology informs us that a poor intact family is better for children than a split-up family with more cash.
Newt thinks he can do better, but his whole history of pandering outreach — from championing Spanish-speaking Puerto Rico as a state to his bilingual website espousing “conservative” values (cultural treason, IMO) — hasn’t made him a star among the raza bunch.
Congresswoman Bachman remains one of the better explainers of the issue, and said Gingrich “probably has the most liberal position on illegal immigration of any of the candidates” on the PBS Newshour November 23.
On Halloween night 2005, illegal alien Israel Diaz climbed through the bedroom window of 11-year-old Victoria Sandoval (pictured) in Albuquerque, then raped and murdered her. Her body was found the following morning by her grandmother.
Diaz was sentenced Tuesday to 59 years in prison.
It’s been a particularly hard road to justice for the family. A mentally retarded man confessed to the murder and went through a whole trial. But Diaz was arrested for burglary around that time, where his DNA was taken which matched up with the Sandoval killing. So the family had to endure two trials to reach a conviction of the guilty Mexican.
The family is reportedly satisfied with the sentence, but given that New Mexico does not have the death penalty, life without parole seems more appropriate for such a heinous crime.
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – It’s been a long wait for the family of Victoria Sandoval, the Albuquerque child who was raped and murdered in 2005.
Israel Diaz climbed through the 11-year-old girl’s bedroom window on Halloween night and then attacked.
The Sandoval family’s nightmare began the next morning when Victoria’s grandmother went into the girl’s room and found the child’s lifeless body.
“I’ve waited six years, and I got what I wanted,” said Clara Tenna, Victoria’s grandmother. She said she’s finally feeling some closure knowing that the man who killed Victoria won’t be able to hurt anyone else for a long time.
The Summary begins: “Wildland fires can result from both natural and human causes. Human-caused wildland fires are of particular concern in Arizona–especially within 100 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border because this is a primary area of entry for illegal border crossers and GAO has previously reported that illegal border crossers have been suspected of igniting wildland fires.”
Of course, anyone who follows border crime knows that illegals and drug smugglers often set fires intentionally for various reasons, from distracting police to setting signal fires when the invaders get lost and want to be rescued.
Disastrous wildland fires, which destroy homes and can kill, are yet another reason why the border needs serious attention such as a military presence, which would be easy given the recent withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan. Wouldn’t it be great for American soldiers to be protecting America for a change!?
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) – A study by Congress’ investigative arm shows investigators have linked 30 fires that erupted in a five-year period in Arizona’s border region to people who crossed into the United States illegally — a finding Sen. John McCain says backs up earlier statements he made about illegal immigrants and wildfires.
McCain said this year that fires are sometimes caused by illegal border crossers, but did not specify to which fires he was referring as blazes scorched the southern and eastern parts of the state. The statements quickly drew criticism from activists who jumped on him for “scapegoating.”
McCain and fellow Republicans framed the debate over his statements as a distraction.
“I hope this report is a lesson to the activists and public officials that would prefer to engage in partisan character attacks rather than focus the discussion on the vital need to secure our southern border,” McCain said Tuesday.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office report was released by McCain’s office Tuesday, and came at the request of the senator and fellow Republican Sens. John Barrasso of Wyoming, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Jon Kyl of Arizona, in July 2010. Continue reading this article
One reason for Kenyan suspicion of Somalis is the fear of the Islamist group al Shabaab (pictured) which busies itself in Somalia with murdering for Allah according to sharia precepts. Nobody wants a potential head-chopper moving in next door.
As a result of the suspicion, Somalis complain about “Somali-phobia.” (Will Islamo-phobia be next?) Somalis have a high regard for themselves and can’t understand the unfriendliness. One immigrant lamented, “Kenya is our second country,” but now they are treated like foreigners.
National Public Radio reported on the tense situation, but curiously didn’t criticize the Kenyans as being “unwelcoming” or xenophobic. Why not? Someone should tell the Kenyans that Somali diversity is enriching.
In the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, they call the Eastleigh neighborhood “Little Mogadishu” because it is home to so many Somali-Kenyans and Somali immigrants and refugees.
Last month, Kenya launched a military incursion into Somalia, vowing to crush the al-Qaida-linked Islamist group al-Shabab. Kenyan authorities say they will drive out supporters of the Islamist militants who are within their own borders — including in Little Mogadishu.
Now Kenya’s Somali community feels it has become the target of a security crackdown.
Kenya blames al-Shabab insurgents, who are fighting their own administration in Somalia — and now Kenyan troops in the country’s south — for a recent wave of kidnappings of Westerners inside Kenya. The Islamist group has not claimed responsibility.
The anti-Western al-Shabab group warns that Kenyans will “taste fire” for their government’s military operations, prompting an aggressive official Kenyan response.
Somalis have been accused of laundering millions of dollars of ransom money, collected by pirates who hijack ships. Little Mogadishu has seen a building boom, though the allegation — which was investigated by the Kenyan government — has never been substantiated.
Kenya says it suspects al-Shabab has underground networks operating inside Kenya.
Concerns About Discrimination Orwa Ojode, a deputy Kenyan minister for internal security, recently told Parliament that al-Shabab was like a snake — “with its tail in Somalia and its head in Eastleigh” — i.e., in Little Mogadishu.
Somali-Kenyans say they feel they are victims of discrimination and their political representatives are calling for restraint.
Aden Duale, a Somali-Kenyan member of Parliament, warns, “If you have a criminal, look for individual criminals, because sometimes we hear … it’s very easy to assume all Somalis are al-Shabab.” Continue reading this article
Australia is apparently just as goofy as every other somnambulant western society that allows enemies to plot the murder of infidels within its own borders. Plus, the turbaned jihadist in the video below received over a million dollars in welfare from the unwilling Australian taxpayer, even though he was an illegal alien.
The first mistake was permitting Muslim immigrants; plus funding them with government checks does not cool their hatred of non-Muslims.
Even top universities, like Stanford, offer degrees in chicano studies. Stanford further provides a chicano residence hall, Casa Zapata, so the young revolutionaries can communicate in comfort about their oppression. The dorm includes a mural in which Che replaces Jesus in a raza-themed diverse Last Supper (below).
Anyway, not every young chicano can get an expensive degree in ethnic marxism charged to the taxpayers as happens in state universities, so the indoctrination activists have moved into the high schools. This scenario has played out very publicly in Arizona, which had a particularly virulent form of Mexican studies — so much so that in 2010 state voters approved an initiative to end seditious ethnic programs. (See Raza Racists Angered at Arizona’s Ethnic Studies Prohibitions.)
Below, Tucson High raza students wore their Che-inspired revolutionary berets to protest the cut of their anti-American class.
A recent report from Tucson shows the raza bunch are as revolting as ever.
A new Arizona law aims to ban ethnic studies classes deemed to be divisive, and the state’s schools superintendent says Tucson’s program is in violation. Teachers and students are fighting back.
Reporting from Tucson — Arizona’s public schools chief had heard unsettling reports about what was being taught in the Tucson Unified School District’s Mexican American studies program and decided to see for himself.
As he sat in on a Chicano literature class, Supt. John Huppenthal noticed an image of Che Guevera hanging on a wall and listened to a lecturer cast Benjamin Franklin as a racist.
And though teacher Curtis Acosta did not directly portray Mexican Americans as an oppressed minority, he discussed educational theorist Paulo Freire and his “Pedagogy of the Oppressed,” which the Tucson High Magnet School students used as a textbook. To Huppenthal, the message was clear and disturbing.
“These kids got it,” he said. “They understood the framework that was being laid out — that Hispanics are the oppressed and Caucasians are the oppressors. That’s very troubling.”
A state law adopted this year aims to outlaw divisive ethnic studies, and Huppenthal will soon decide whether the Tucson district’s program violates the law and should be eliminated. In a state known for cultural clashes, the debate over the future of Mexican American studies in Tucson is particularly charged, prompting raucous protests and a host of accusations — of brainwashing, of sloppy academics, of racism.
Program proponents say the classes push Latino students to excel and teach a long-neglected slice of America’s cultural heritage — Chicano perspectives on literature, history and social justice.
Its critics — led by Huppenthal, a veteran state senator elected superintendent of public instruction last year — say that framing historical events in racial terms “to create a sense of solidarity” promotes groupthink and victimhood. “It has a very toxic effect, and we think it’s just not tolerable in an educational setting,” Huppenthal said. Continue reading this article
William Blake referred to “England’s green and pleasant land” in his poetic work Jerusalem, but a couple decades of crazed immigration has transformed the country into a very crowded place, with more pavement grey and less green — to the point where England has become the sixth densest nation on earth.
What’s new here is how the elites have presented the immigrant numbers as Great Britain-wide which misrepresents the increase in population and decrease in quality of life for citizens. Most immigrants have settled in England, so the effect is there.
High immigration has made England one of the most crowded countries in the world, a report said yesterday.
It found that 6.6 million foreign-born people live in England – and only 500,000 elsewhere in the UK.
As a result England has become the sixth most densely populated major nation, according to the analysis from the MigrationWatch think-tank. Only Bangladesh, Taiwan, South Korea, Lebanon and Rwanda have more people per square mile.
Sir Andrew Green, who chairs MigrationWatch which compiled the report, said: ‘The immigration lobby like to talk about the UK, obscuring the fact that England is six times as crowded as Scotland.
Voters oppose more strongly than ever granting automatic U.S. citizenship to a child born to an illegal immigrant in this country.
Now, nearly two-out-of-three Likely U.S. Voters (65%) say if a woman enters the United States as an illegal alien and gives birth to a child here, that child should not automatically become a U.S. citizen.
In Oakland, one of the persons arrested Monday during a sweep of the filthy crime-ridden Occupy zone downtown was an illegal Mexican who was then turned over to federal officials. That was the good news.
For the bad news, Francisco “Pancho” Ramos Stierle, was quickly freed on his own recognizance until his deportation hearing. Right. Who thinks he will show up?
Federal immigration agents took custody Thursday of a 36-year-old activist and Mexico native who was arrested during Monday’s police sweep of the Occupy Oakland protest encampment, then released him pending a hearing in front of a judge.
Francisco “Pancho” Ramos Stierle had been booked into Santa Rita Jail in Dublin on suspicion of two misdemeanors, refusing to disperse and loitering, after kneeling and meditating at Frank Ogawa Plaza outside City Hall rather than heeding police orders to leave early Monday.
Alameda County prosecutors did not charge Stierle, and immigration agents enforced a detainer Thursday that they had placed on his case, said sheriff’s Sgt. J.D. Nelson, a spokesman for the jail.
Virginia Kice, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said Stierle was subsequently released “on his own recognizance pending a hearing before an immigration judge. It will be up to the immigration courts to determine whether he has a legal basis to remain in the United States.”
In a statement his attorney released while he was still in custody, Stierle complained that Oakland leaders were spending money clearing out Occupy encampments while closing five public schools.
“This is the same thing happening across the country,” Stierle said. “We do not have an economic crisis, we have a crisis of priorities. We believe we are the 99 percent facilitating the healing of the 100 percent.”
Friends said Stierle, who has no criminal record, came to the United States six years ago on a student visa to seek a master’s degree in astrophysics at UC Berkeley, but dropped out over concerns about nuclear weapons proliferation.
Stierle works for Free Farm Stand, an urban garden in San Francisco that gives away its produce, and for Karma Kitchen, a weekly brunch in Berkeley where patrons are given free food while being asked to donate toward future meals.
Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) on Tuesday introduced a bill that would ship 10 percent of the returning military equipment from Iraq to the border of Mexico for border security.
“The American people have invested billions of dollars in equipment used to secure Iraq; now it’s time to use that equipment to secure the United States,” said Poe. “State and local officials are doing the job of the federal government—defending the international border with Mexico.”
In comments earlier today, Poe said the equipment is needed because U.S. border sheriffs say they are “outmanned, outgunned and out-financed by the drug cartels.”
Poe said equipment that could be shipped to the southern border includes humvees, night vision equipment and surveillance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). He said 1.5 million pieces of equipment have already left Iraq, and 900,000 remain in that country.
Poe added that the Send Equipment for National Defense (SEND) Act, H.R. 3422, would give the Defense Department the discretion to keep its equipment if DOD certifies that there is an urgent need to do so.
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