On Tuesday, a hearing was held in Sacramento to figure out how to distribute driving permits to foreigners without suitable identification. Naturally, the program will be a fraud magnet for criminals and bums of all sorts, which could have been considered earlier.
Why didn’t the brainiac legislators sort through this difficult stuff during the bill write-up stage? It’s a little late to worry now about empowering foreign criminals.
The hearing sounds like it was quite the zoo, with dozens of Spanish speakers griping about their new benefit and how it wasn’t exactly what they wanted.
However, the detail of who pays was not decided by the legislature, so the taxpayers may be stuck with the bill.
Another complaint was the difference of the new card from regular state licenses, identifying the holder as a non-citizen. The law requires applicants to sign an affidavit that they are not eligible to get a Social Security number, so the card is an admission of being an illegal alien. The licenses could therefore be used at some later date for deportation — hey, we can dream.
With California preparing to offer driver’s licenses to immigrants in the country illegally, the documentation needed to prove residency and the use of personal information emerged as key concerns at a Department of Motor Vehicles hearing on Tuesday.
Gov. Jerry Brown last year signed a bill creating special licenses for immigrants, capping years of effort by Democratic lawmakers and immigration advocates. Now the action moves from the Legislature to the DMV, which is under pressure to move quickly as it crafts regulations.
“In light of the urgent need for driver’s licenses, we respectfully request that you expedite the development of regulations and commence accepting applications for licenses as soon as possible,” read a Jan. 6 letter to the DMV signed by 24 members of the California Latino Legislative Caucus.
Dozens of people, many speaking in Spanish through interpreters, lined up on Tuesday to ask about how the process will play out.
The question of documentation was a dominant theme. Many speakers urged the DMV to accept a broad range of evidence establishing California residency, noting that many immigrants lack other forms of identification. Ideas included utility bills, baptismal certificates and union identification cards.
“You can put together where people live and that they’re part of a community by taking a flexible approach,” said Eric Vega, a professor at California State University, Sacramento, and a member of the Sacramento Immigration Alliance.
Countering that call for a broader approach was Shelia Byars, a DMV driver safety hearing officer who warned of seeing “fraud out of control” during her 18-year career.
“A utility bill, for me, does not establish residency,” Byars said. “If we’re looking at other ways of establishing identity,” she added, “then I think we need to go deeper than check-cashing cards and utility bills.” Continue reading this article
BOSTON — Lawmakers will soon consider passing a bill that would allow illegal immigrants to get a driver’s license.
The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, or MIRA, is backing the bill.
Policy director Shannon Erwin says that issuing licenses to undocumented immigrants would make the roads safer because they would have to pass all of the RMV requirements and get insurance.
“It would let more drivers take the drivers’ exam. More people to learn the rules of the road, more people to purchase individual liability insurance,” Erwin said. “Nobody wants to be in an accident with an uninsured driver.”
Maureen Maloney lost her son, Matthew Denice, in August 2011 when illegal immigrant Nicolas Guaman allegedly struck and killed Matthew with his truck, dragging Matthew’s body down a Milford street.
The American worker’s best friend, Senator Jeff Sessions, had an opinion piece published in USA Today on Sunday, although it has more facts than most news articles. His concerns are focused on the prospects for the US worker at a time when business elites are determined to expand the flow of cheap immigrant workers to increase profits. Naturally, Washington is happy to oblige its billionaire campaign funders, like Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Apparently politicians no longer in office feel they must make outlandish statements to get keep their names in the news.
Meanwhile, Senator Sessions hasn’t forgotten the purpose of government, according to Jefferson, “. . .to enable the people of a nation to live in safety and happiness. Government exists for the interests of the governed, not for the governors.”
In Tuesday’s State of the Union address, President Obama is expected to discuss the plight of American workers. At the same time, he is pushing Republicans to pass an immigration plan making the problem worse by increasing the flow of immigrant workers to compete against unemployed Americans and those struggling to get by in low-wage jobs. Yet, alarmingly, the move is regarded as a part of Obama’s agenda that has a chance of becoming law.
House Republicans should reply to the president’s immigration effort with a simple message: Our first duty is to help struggling Americans find good work and rising wages.
The president’s own economic adviser, Gene Sperling, recently noted that there are three unemployed people for every job available. Wages today have been flat since 2000. Last year, a record one in five American households received food stamps.
This is a national emergency.
So what is the president’s proposal? With three job seekers for every open job, he proposes doubling the number of guest workers entering every year, granting immediate work permits to millions of illegal immigrants, and tripling the number of new immigrants granted permanent residency over the next decade.
Today, the U.S. admits 1 million immigrants a year. The plan supported by the president and Senate Democrats would increase that to 3 million a year, or 30 million largely lower-skill immigrants over the next 10.
In another subject, Mexican behavior is yet more morally reprehensible, namely its efforts to protect its murderous citizens from American justice. The current criminal is illegal alien cop-killer Edgar Tamayo Arias whose case has gotten 20 years of legal review, and he is still guilty and needs to get his sentence carried out.
Incidentally, the Houston Police Department officer whom Arias murdered, Guy Gaddis (pictured) was only 24 when he died, so Arias has been housed and fed on the taxpayers’ dime in prison for nearly as long as his victim’s entire life.
Furthermore, the killer had earlier imprisonment in California but was not deported upon release, so he remained in this country to murder a police officer.
Note to Mexico: if you don’t want your criminals executed, then keep them at home, where the courts are famously more forgiving.
A Mexican held on death-row in a Texan prison for murdering a policeman will be executed tonight despite last-ditch appeals from lawyers for clemency.
Edgar Arias Tamayo, 46, was set for lethal injection this evening for shooting of Guy Gaddis, 24, in January 1994.
The case has been a focus of protests in his home town and diplomatic pressure, with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry calling for a delay to Tamayo’s execution.
Tamayo’s lawyers had lodged an appeal arguing that he was ineligible for the death penalty due to mental impairment.
But a court ruled the appeal had been filed too late.
Gaddis, who had been on the force for two years, was driving Tamayo and another man from a robbery scene when evidence showed the officer was shot three times in the head and neck with a pistol Tamayo had concealed in his pants.
The car crashed, and Tamayo fled on foot but was captured a few blocks away, still in handcuffs, carrying the robbery victim’s watch and wearing the victim’s necklace. Continue reading this article
“I think we’ve got an incredible opportunity to retake the Senate in 2014, to retire Harry Reid as Majority Leader, and the No. 1 thing Republicans could do to mess that up is to refuse to stand for principle,” Cruz told Houston’s Michael Berry radio show.
“If the House turns around and passes a giant amnesty deal that doesn’t secure the border and grants amnesty, they might as well go and put ‘Harry Reid for Majority Leader’ bumper stickers on the backs of their cars,” Cruz warned, “because it would be kicking conservatives, kicking the Tea Party, kicking millions of Americans in the teeth to make that same mistake again. So I hope they don’t do it.”
Meanwhile, the House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy recently chimed in with support for “legalization” (meaning no “path to citizenship”) which is a carefully worded politician’s dodge to avoid the truth. He was joining the strategy of Speaker Boehner (Obama’s amnesty poodle) to pretend that immediate work permits do not constitute rewards for foreign lawbreakers, even though stealing American jobs was the reason the aliens came in the first place. For that reason,
Legalization (with Work Permits) IS Amnesty.
Here are the Washington phone numbers of the House GOP leadership should you care to voice your concerns:
Speaker John Boehner — Phone: (202) 225-0600
Leader Eric Cantor — Phone: (202) 225-4000
Whip Kevin McCarthy — Phone (202) 225-0197
Is McCarthy testing the waters to see how far he can go? Perhaps he hasn’t heard from enough citizens who care about borders and sovereignty.
The third-ranking House Republican is offering support for a path to legal status that would allow millions of undocumented immigrants in the country to work and pay their taxes.
In a new interview published late Tuesday, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) hinted that those contours of legal status may be included in the immigration principles that House GOP leaders are poised to soon release.
“The principles aren’t combined or written out yet, but in my personal belief, I think you’ll go with legal status,” McCarthy told KBAK/KBFX Eyewitness News in Bakersfield, Calif. “That it will allow you to work [and] pay your taxes.” Continue reading this article
As Yogi Berra remarked, “You can observe a lot by just watching,” and the two-minute BBC video below reveals some important trends about how insistent Islam is overwhelming passive Europe in 2014.
The first thing the viewer sees is a cathedral jammed with the tents of Afghan fleebags hoping to wangle an asylum classification. A website called Sacred Destinations lists that church as significant, saying, “The Église du-Béguinage (Beguinage Church), dedicated to St. John the Baptist, is an elegant Flemish Baroque church in Brussels.”
Apparently the clerics in charge of a historically and architecturally important cathedral thought turning it into a flophouse for the enemies of Christianity was a fine idea. It speaks poorly of the belief of the Church in itself that local Catholics believed it was acceptable to defile a sacred space. Too bad Jesus isn’t around to overturn the tables of the money-changers, er multiculturalists.
Interestingly, the Church of the Beguinage was transformed into diverse housing starting in 2000, when foreign asylum seekers trashed by place, yet the parish priest welcomed similar guests again in 2008. Someone should tell the naive church people that Muslims see Christian charity as a sign of weakness, and in most cases they are correct.
One also notices that most of the asylum seekers are young men who could defend their country from the Taliban they now flee. They presumably approved when western soldiers fought and died for a better Afghanistan, but now that the foreign troops are leaving, the fleebags have scrammed.
The asylum seekers are not ordinary bums; they are focused and energetic moochers. The driving distance between Brussels and Kabul is 4434 miles, shown in the map below.
Assuming a road trip, the Afghan scroungers traveled more than two thousand miles through lands of the beloved Islamic ummah to reach the nations of the hated infidel. But Europe is more orderly and has welfare benefits galore, so Muslim fellowship was rejected for other rewards.
There’s nothing like the level of alarm there should be about being conquered by immigration of a thoroughly hostile tribe. Perhaps half a century of America supplying Europe’s defense needs has allowed them to forget about the dangers that enemies present.
One of Europe’s many problems is diversity-booster media, exemplified by the fawning story from the BBC:
Hundreds of Afghan asylum seekers are protesting in Belgium against being sent home. The BBC’s Duncan Crawford reports from a makeshift camp in Brussels where families say being forced to return would amount to a death sentence.
Sitting inside a cramped, cold tent erected under the ornate roof of a 17th-Century church, 27-year-old Marwa Mahbub, an asylum seeker from Afghanistan, explains why she is refusing to return to her home country.
“My life is in danger in Afghanistan,” she says. “I have problems with the Taliban. Most of the people here have problems with the Taliban.”
Marwa is among more than 200 Afghans who, since the end of last year, have set up home inside the Beguinage Church in central Brussels.
Originally from Helmand Province, she says she fled Afghanistan in 2008 after receiving death threats from the Taliban for promoting women rights.
Despite repeatedly applying for asylum in Belgium, her applications have been rejected.
“I’d prefer to die here than return to Afghanistan,” she says, watching her six-year-old daughter Maria and four-year-old son Zakie play on the stone floor.
Feeling of uncertainty The church has been transformed into a tent village. Pews have been moved aside to make way for mattresses. Men huddle around electric lamps trying to stay warm, while children play on the pulpit as if it were a playground climbing frame. None of them go to school. Continue reading this article
What do billionaire politicians do to keep busy when their terms in elected office end? One recently retired person, former Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City, is the newest active lobbyist for amnesty-legalization with work permits and doubling legal immigration.
It must be a country club solidarity thing. Memory-enhanced citizens might recall Bloomberg’s worry in 2006 that his golfing pals would suffer if illegal alien gardeners were deported: Bloomberg: Illegal immigrants help golfers (UPI).
Below, Bloomberg is particular about having top quality putting greens at the lowest possible cost.
So these days, he aims to chat up fellow elite Republicans about the need for a firehose supply of exploitable foreigners, as the ruling class brushes away the concerns of the little citizens who still stubbornly cling to their Constitution, culture and sovereignty.
Former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York will be in Washington next Friday, along with members of the United States Chamber of Commerce and several prominent Republicans, to pressure Republican lawmakers to take up an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws before the end of the current Congress.
The immigration summit, which will be Mr. Bloomberg’s first major public policy event since stepping down as mayor, is pegged to President Obama’s coming State of the Union address, in which he is likely to address problems with the country’s immigration system. The event’s organizers also hope to capitalize on momentum in the Republican-controlled House, where Speaker John A. Boehner and his leadership team are preparing to release a policy blueprint that is likely to include at least some path to legal status for the 11 million undocumented immigrants already in the country.
Other participants include Carlos Gutierrez, who was secretary of commerce under President George W. Bush and a founder of Republicans for Immigration Reform, a “super PAC”; Gov. Rick Snyder, Republican of Michigan; and Randy Johnson, senior vice president at the Chamber of Commerce.
The leaders plan to focus on the economic case for immigration reform, which they hope will be a compelling argument for Republican lawmakers — many of whom consider any overhaul that includes a path to legal status to be amnesty — to take home to their districts. Continue reading this article
Here’s a marriage made in hell: low-information jihadist fellows stoked on the Koran and unlimited amphetamines, which is now the situation in war-torn Syria.
The drug of choice is captagon, a somewhat milder form of amphetamine known more generally as Fenethylline that was used for a while to treat attention deficit disorder in kids.
The speed is not only keeping Muslims awake to kill for days at a stretch, it is also funding the war. The easily produced drug generates hundreds of millions of dollars yearly, keeping combatants supplied with material needs.
Normal negotiation probably won’t work in such a drug-crazed environment; Secretary of State John Kerry should be equipped with with crates of downers rather than precise peace plans when he does diplomatic visits.
Syria has witnessed a large rise in the use and manufacture of amphetamines as fighters on both sides of its civil war use the drugs for stamina in battle.
The conflict has turned it into a major consumer and exporter of the drugs, which are said to generate hundreds of millions of dollars in profits each year.
The main stimulant in question is Captagon, the former brand name of a drug first used as an antidepressant in the West in the Sixties. It is now banned in most countries because of its addictive properties.
According an investigation by the Reuters news agency, government forces and rebel groups accuse one another of using Captagon to fight prolonged battles without sleep. The pills, which many ordinary Syrians are also increasingly turning to, sell for between $5 and $25.
Captagon is often made by amateur chemists in makeshift laboratories. Production is cheap and simple, requiring “only basic knowledge of chemistry and a few scales”, according to Ramzi Haddad, a Lebanese psychiatrist.
“It gives you a kind of euphoria,” he said. “You’re talkative, you don’t sleep, you don’t eat, you’re energetic.”
A drug control officer in the central city of Homs said that he had observed the effects of Captagon on protesters and fighters held for questioning. “We would beat them, and they wouldn’t feel the pain,” he said. “Many of them would laugh while we were dealing them heavy blows.” Continue reading this article
President Obama has told Senate Democrats he expects Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to pass immigration reform this year, defying predictions the issue is dead for 2014.
Obama believes Republicans will feel politically vulnerable, if they fail to advance the issue, a high priority among Hispanic voters, according to Democratic senators who met with the president this week.
In light of Speaker John Boehner’s pending announcement of “principles” regarding immigration legalization with universal work permits (amnesty) for foreign lawbreakers, America’s best senator, Jeff Sessions of Alabama, has some principles of his own.
Unsurprisingly, Senator Sessions’ touchstone regarding immigration is based on how Washington policies affect the US economy and American citizens by flooding the job market with excess foreigners now and far into the future. His priorities were reflected in a Friday press release:
WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement after news reports previewed draft details on the prospective ‘immigration principles’ from House GOP leadership:
“President Obama and Senate Democrats have uniformly embraced an immigration plan that would devastate wages and working conditions for millions of struggling Americans to benefit a small cadre of lobbyists and CEOs. The proposal they created doubles the flow of immigrant workers, adds another 30 million new permanent residents to compete for every job, and guarantees illegal immigration will continue permanently in the future. House Republican leaders must dismiss the whispers of the consultant class, the pleadings of the business lobby, and the pressure campaign from the activists who believe illegal immigration is a civil right. It would be tragic if the Leader’s immigration principles were simply a ‘piecemeal’ repackaging of the Senate plan.
Instead, the GOP must embrace the national interest: placing its first emphasis on helping millions of Americans transition from welfare and unemployment to work and rising wages. In so doing, the GOP will not only aid struggling workers from all backgrounds, but will recapture the trust and faith of millions of Americans who have turned away from the party. Such clear and convicted action would also expose the influence special interests groups have wielded over the White House and Senate Democrats from day one. The House now stands alone as the last line of defense for millions of working Americans that form the backbone of the nation.
A sound immigration plan will help both citizens and immigrants alike—reducing unemployment, promoting assimilation into the middle class, and ensuring the consistent and faithful application of the law upon which our national greatness depends.”
Islamic immigration puts free women’s rights and safety in the crosshairs. If allowed, misogynous Muslim immigrants will put western women in chains here just as they have done throughout dar al-Islam.
The situation: 17-year-old Sonia Powers was told she had to surrender to the wishes of the new Muslim student in her martial arts class that she be segregated because of her gender. The affront took place in a publically funded community center, so it has the perceived blessing of the government.
SunTV host Brian Lilley has been analyzing the issue and how it shows the weakness of Canadian culture to attacks, where the rights of women are not defended out of a liberal idea of accommodation to diversity or something.
It’s not just Canada which is knuckling under to the demands of hostile Muslims. Daniel Pipes has been compiling a list of Muslim Hours at Municipal Swimming Pools in the West around the world that notes instances in America, specifically Seattle, Rutgers University, Portland, Baltimore and elsewhere.
As Thomas Mann remarked, “Tolerance become a crime when applied to evil.”
New York resident and writer Daniel Greenfield (aka Sultan Knish) has written about how Brooklyn has changed from a working class American town into a place where Islam’s supremacists have their own neighborhoods. The place is so insular that the ability to speak English is no longer needed to get by.
Below, a Muslim street in Brooklyn where there are no women or girls to be seen.
As a starting point, Greenfield uses the recent throat-slice murder of a successful Bangladeshi immigrant by a young tenant, a new immigrant (Tenant nearly beheaded Brooklyn landlord who had ‘humiliated’ him for being short on cash). Do the newbies arrive with unrealistic expectations of immediate success and riches, then become angry when they realize work is involved? The accused killer, Mohammed Siddiquee, had robbed the victim’s safe of $20,000 and was about to board a plane to Kuwait when police arrested him.
Many Muslims don’t deal well with the normal stress of immigration, in part because their attitude of Islamic superiority makes them inflexible to an extreme degree. As Greenfield observes, Islam’s “immigration is also a Jihad, a form of supremacist manifest destiny to colonize” so when bumps along the road occur for individual Muslims, they may become homicidally infuriated when thwarted.
Walk along Church Avenue and turn east onto McDonald Avenue and you will see where the old standards of working class Brooklyn, aging homes with faded American flags and loose siding, surly bars tucked into the shadows of street corners and the last video stores hanging on to a dying industry give way to mosques and grocery stores selling goat meat.
Mosques grow like mushrooms in basements, cell phone stores offer easy ways to wire money back to Bangladesh and old men glare at interlopers, especially if they are infidel women.
This is where Mohammed Siddiquee settled a dispute the old-fashioned way by beheading his landlord.
Mohammed wasn’t the first man in Brooklyn to use violence to settle a rental dispute, but beheadings are more traditional in his native Bangladesh than in Brooklyn, though over in neighboring Queens, Ashrafuzzaman Khan, Bangladesh’s most wanted war criminal, heads up the local Islamic Circle of North America, whose Islamist thugs beheaded poets and buried professors in mass graves.
Here in Kensington, where the alphabet streets that march across Brooklyn down to the ocean begin, the bars retreat along with the alphabet from those areas marked by the crescent and the angry glare. And there is another one like it at the other end of the alphabet where the Atlantic Ocean terminates the letters at Avenue Z bookending the Brooklyn alphabet with angry old men and phone cards for Bangladesh.
These spots aren’t no-go zones yet. There aren’t enough young men with too much welfare and time on their hands who have learned that the police will back off when they burn enough things and councilmen will visit to get their side of the story. That generation will grow up being neither one thing nor the other, ricocheting from American pop culture to the Koran, from parties with the infidels to mosque study sessions until they explode from the contradictions the way that the Tsarnaevs, who huffed pot and the Koran in equal proportions, did.
It isn’t the old men who plant bombs near 8-year-olds. It isn’t the young women laughing with their friends outside a pizza parlor, knowing that in a year or two they will have to go back home for an arranged marriage. It is the young men who call themselves Freddy or Mo at the local high school or community college, who drink and do drugs and who all their American friends swear aren’t serious about religion, until they suddenly become fatally serious.
For now the Bangladeshi settlements in Brooklyn are quiet places where the tenements and shops close off the streets into small private worlds with their own justice systems, feuds and secrets.
“I feel like I’m living in my own country,” the editor of one of the Bangladeshi newspapers in New York, said. “You don’t have to learn English to live here. That’s a great thing!”
Overhead may be the same sky, but Little Bangladesh has been cut off from Brooklyn and attached to a country thousands of miles away. Immigrants step off a plane from Bangladesh at JFK airport, get into a taxi driven by a Bangladeshi playing Bengali pop tapes and step out into a small slice of Bangladesh on McDonald Avenue. Continue reading this article
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