San Francisco: Nearly Deported DREAMer Is Celebrated

A couple years ago, San Francisco media were agitated about illegal alien student Steve Li, a 20-year-old poster boy for DREAMy style propaganda.

Rallies were held by supporters, a Facebook page was started and the media showed concern. A local leftie rag’s headline shrieked: Only a miracle can save Steve Li now.

Actually, all it took was busybody Senator Feinstein to rescue him from deportation.

Interestingly, Steve Li studied nursing not to become a useful member of American society; instead “his goal [was] to open a medical clinic serving the immigrant community.”

Tribe comes first, rather than gratitude to a nation that has been more than generous.

Now San Francisco has cooked up a special program for the DREAMers, because subsidized education and a free pass to American opportunities are apparently insufficient.

San Francisco City Hall honors immigrant youths, Bay City News, September 13, 2012

Two years ago, a nursing student was arrested at his San Francisco home and faced deportation because of his status as an undocumented immigrant. On Wednesday, that young man, Shing Ma “Steve” Li, was among several students who were honored at City Hall for completing a national summer internship program for undocumented youths.

“Dream Summer” is an internship program for youths eligible for the proposed Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, or the DREAM Act. The internship gave about 150 students the opportunity to work this summer at social justice and labor organizations around the U.S.

While the DREAM Act stalled in Congress, the students are now eligible for work permits under deferred deportation, an executive order signed by President Barack Obama earlier this year that allows youths who meet certain age and educational requirements to stay in the country. Continue reading this article

DREAM Scheme Amnesty Off and Running

The Obama administration is happy to note that its DREAMer work permits for illegal alien scammers are now being doled out.

Here in California (where the June unemployment rate was 10.7%) a local pro-diversity scribbler focused on a couple of recipients now thrust into the legal labor marketplace. The San Francisco Bay Area alone is estimated to get 65,000 DREAMy workers.

Interestingly, only 82,000 aliens have applied thus far, as reported by the Christian Science Monitor: DREAM Act-lite: 7 in 100 eligible illegal immigrants apply, so far, Sept 19. Perhaps many are fearful of admitting the degree to which they have broken the law, such as stealing a Social Security number, which is a felony.

Not to worry! President Obama doesn’t want any screw-ups or negative press about his hispanic freebie right before the election. Border officers have already been told that “DREAMer” is the magic word that overrules law enforcement.

And as an immigration lawyer recounts in the article below, once the illegal masses realize that every alien wins, they will flock to the local rubber stamp office, er neighborhood USCIS.

Obama administration approves first 29 work permits for young illegal immigrants, By Matt O’Brien, San Jose Mercury News, September 14, 2012

While some remain wary about coming forward, 82,000 young illegal immigrants sought work permits from the Obama administration in the past month, and a small group of 29 people learned their applications were approved in recent days.

Soon, Mayra Gomez could join them. She and her husband, a private and mechanic in the U.S. Army Reserve, received a letter at their East Palo Alto home on Monday from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services telling Gomez to come to the agency’s San Francisco office to get her fingerprints taken.

Once a sign of a looming deportation, this fingerprint check was a message to Gomez she had one final step before she can get a work permit.

“I’m thinking about it all the time,” said the 23-year-old UC Berkeley graduate, whose family brought her across the border from Mexico when she was a child.

Gomez declined a well-paying job offer this summer because she has no legal right to work, but that could change soon. More than just a job, however, Gomez said she is looking forward to living without the constant fear she could be torn apart from her U.S. citizen husband and their 1-year-old son.

Demographers estimate more than 1.2 million young illegal immigrants, and about 350,000 in California, could immediately qualify for the Obama administration’s two-year work permits and protection from deportation, but nationwide only 82,361 had applied in the first month since the Obama administration began accepting applications on Aug. 15.

Officials said it will take an average of four to six months before applicants get an answer. For Gomez and some others in the Bay Area, however, the notice is coming sooner. She applied on Aug. 28 and has her fingerprint appointment in two weeks.

The federal government said Friday it has now scheduled 63,717 such “biometric” appointments at immigration offices around the country, and 1,660 cases have gone through the background check and imminently await a decision. Twenty-nine cases have already been approved.

“By approving some cases quickly, it alleviates some of the fears of other applicants,” said Mark Silverman of the San Francisco-based Immigrant Legal Resource Center.

An immigration lawyer in the Bay Area since 1983, Silverman said he was pleasantly surprised that so many people have already applied but knows more will come out of the shadows once they see signs that the promised relief actually works.

“The same thing happened during the amnesty program of ’87 and ’88,” Silverman said. “After people saw their friends and neighbors were getting their applications approved, that encouraged more people to apply.” Continue reading this article

UCLA Discontinues Illegal Alien DREAMer U

It’s a rare thing for any California institution to backtrack on a dumb program for illegal aliens these days, but the persistent agitation of Assemblyman Tim Donnelly accomplished just that.

The Really Bad Idea was UCLA creating its own special college for unlawful foreign students at a significantly lower cost than what the in-state Americans pay.

The high level of taxpayer subsidy was not the only problem however: the project was specifically designed to educate more community organizers, shown by its requirement that applicants must “demonstrate commitment to immigrant/labor rights and social justice.”

(Even without DREAMer U, it would be interesting to see an analysis of how many aliens are majoring in ethic whatnot rather than useful subjects like medicine and science.)

A Fox News discussion from a few weeks back highlighted the aspect of training leftist activists:

Thanks to Tim Donnelly for getting this turkey axed — at least for the time being.

UCLA shuts down controversial illegal immigrant college program, Fox News, September 13, 2012

EXCLUSIVE: Following scrutiny from a California lawmaker, the University of California is shutting down a controversial college program for illegal immigrants, though the reasons for the closure are not satisfying critics of the so-called National Dream University.

Critics of the plan of the so-called National Dream University (NDU) welcomed the decision to stop the program, though they weren’t satisfied with the reasons given for its closure.

“I believe the procedural issue gave UCLA an out, but it was public pressure and public scrutiny during such difficult economic times that was ultimately turned Dream University into a nightmare for UCLA President and regents,” says California Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks).

NDU earlier this summer began actively recruiting those seeking a college degree and a career in activism focused on immigration issues. Its website, which has since been taken down,  promoted “an educational opportunity to those who have demonstrated leadership and commitment to the immigrant and/or labor rights movements {with admission} open to everyone, regardless of their immigration status.”

Operated by the UCLA Labor Center and the National Labor College, NDU would have offered credit for online courses in immigrant rights and political advocacy. At about $2,500, tuition was thousands less than what legal residents pay to attend UCLA, one of California’s premier public universities.

Assemblyman Donnelly was the first lawmaker to publicly express outrage. “Here, you’re going to have the taxpayers subsidizing it, so that illegal aliens can go to college, have their own little college, teach their own ideology, and all at taxpayer expense,” he said in August. Continue reading this article

Middle Eastern Muslims Celebrate 9/11 Anniversary by Attacking US Embassy and Consulate

Fundie Muslims around the world must be feeling pretty chipper these days. The last little while has been largely successful from their point of view. The so-called “Arab Spring” turned out to be an extremist smoke screen that disappointed much of the diversity-bewitched press, but was a big success for Islamists. The Muslim Brotherhood now runs Egypt, the cultural center of the Middle East. The Muslims ejected standing governments in Tunisia and Libya, and are agitating in Syria and elsewhere in the region. Things are going their way.

So it is not surprising that the Islamists chose 9/11 to invade the US Embassy in Cairo to insult the despised American infidels by tearing down the flag and replacing it with their own al Qaeda flag.

The Obama’s State Department shamefully responded with an immediate apology for Constitutionally protected free speech:

U.S. Embassy Condemns Religious Incitement September 11, 2012

The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others

Sensing a political faux paux brewing up, Obama later apologized for the apology, but the damage was already done: his government cowered in fearful deference to a mob of Islo-hoodlums.

Meanwhile a similar gang of Islamist thugs overran the US consulate in Benghazi, killing a State Department officer, and got a mild response from Secretary Clinton.

American State Department Officer Killed in Libya Consulate Attack; Cairo Embassy Also Stormed in Protest Over Film, ABC News, September 11, 2012

An American State Department employee was killed in Benghazi, Libya, today, when Libyans stormed the U.S. consulate, angry about a U.S. movie reportedly linked to controversial Pastor Terry Jones.

Anger over the film that some believe insults the Prophet Muhammad also led to protests in Cairo, where demonstrators climbed the walls of the U.S. embassy, took down the American flag and replaced it with a black flag.

“I condemn in the strongest terms the attack on our mission in Benghazi today,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a statement released tonight. “As we work to secure our personnel and facilities, we have confirmed that one of our State Department officers was killed. We are heartbroken by this terrible loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and those who have suffered in this attack.” [. . .]

These attacks have a similar smell to the months-long Danish cartoon jihad a few years ago, where a few drawings were used by the Muslim propaganda machine to incite rioting and death around the world.

Guess what, hostile Muslims: speech criticizing Islam is not exactly a rare pursuit in free societies. If Pastor Terry Jones is making a film, it’s unlikely to be any more influential than the kind of commentary that goes on all the time. Jones was just a convenient excuse — the real agenda was to embarrass America on September 11.

More to the point, it’s very dangerous for Washington to be seen as fearful in the Middle East. The President and his underlings must not apologize for free speech. Perceived weakness will only incite a more frenzied mass jihad movement with additional embassy invasions and deaths to follow. Appeasement never works and doubly so with hostile Muslims.

Your Tax Dollars (and Credit Card) at Work in Pakistan and Beyond

A few days ago, the national debt reached an unimaginable $16 trillion. And yet, the Washington spending beast trundles along as if the country weren’t about to be overwhelmed.

One example is the State Department, the “diplomacy” of which is often little more than bribery. Its budget escaped major cuts in 2012, leaving over $50 billion to disburse to a mostly crude gaggle of beneficiaries.

Borrowing billions from unfriendly Red China to give to Islamist Pakistan et al is the sort of thing that infuriates citizens, particularly as long as the nation is in a financial hole of epic dimensions.

Here’s a recent example of how trying to buy love is a fool’s errand:

Jailed doc who helped nail Bin Laden warns Pakistan sees U.S. as ‘worst enemy’, Fox News, September 10, 2012

Pakistan’s powerful spy agency regards America as its “worst enemy,” and the government’s claims that it is cooperating with the US are a sham to extract billions of dollars in American aid, according to the CIA informant jailed for his role in hunting down Usama bin Laden.

In an exclusive interview with Fox News, Shakil Afridi, the medical doctor who helped pinpoint bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound before last year’s raid by SEAL Team 6, described brutal torture at the hands of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence, and said the agency is openly hostile to the U.S.

“They said ‘The Americans are our worst enemies, worse than the Indians,'” Afridi, who spoke from inside Peshawar Central Jail, said as he recalled the brutal interrogation and torture he suffered after he was initially detained.

Egypt, now ruled by hard-core Islamists, is another case of hope outweighing reason in Washington. Andrew McCarthy noted during an August Press Club speech that the Obama administration has gone to great lengths to accommodate the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Following are just a few items from McCarthy’s list of items indicating a “policy sea change”:

● The State Department has an emissary in Egypt who trains operatives of the Brotherhood and other Islamist organizations in democracy procedures. We’re helping them get elected.

● The State Department announced that the Obama administration would be “satisfied” with the election of a Muslim Brotherhood–dominated government in Egypt.

● The State Department has collaborated with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, a bloc of governments heavily influenced by the Brotherhood, in seeking to restrict American free-speech rights in deference to sharia prohibitions against examination and negative criticism of Islam.

No amount of foreign-aid cash will dissuade Egypt from sharia now. But the Obama administration still thinks stupid generosity with borrowed money will purchase good will and cooperation:

To Back Democracy, U.S. Prepares to Cut $1 Billion From Egypt’s Debt, New York Times, September 3, 2012

WASHINGTON — Nearly 16 months after first pledging to help Egypt’s failing economy, the Obama administration is nearing an agreement with the country’s new government to relieve $1 billion of its debt as part of an American and international assistance package intended to bolster its transition to democracy, administration officials said. [. . .]

Does helping volatile Egypt acquire expensive warships sound like a good idea, even as the US is cutting the country major slack on debt? The Obama team thinks so:

Obama aids Egypt as it tries to buy U-boats, Daily Caller, September 10, 2012

President Barack Obama’s deputies are negotiating a $1 billion aid package with Egypt’s new Islamist government, even as Egypt’s cash-strapped military revealed that it is trying to buy $1 billion worth of German submarines that could threat Israel’s fast-growing offshore energy projects.

The Germans government has pointedly declined to deny the incendiary revelation about Egypt’s request to buy the two submarines. Continue reading this article

Mannheim, Germany: Kurdish Cultural Festival Riot Injures 80 Police

Muslims apparently can’t behave even during celebratory occasions. Forty thousand Kurds were experiencing the charm of their ethnic togetherness which ended up in a battle with 600 police who were called to restore order.

Maybe Muslim festivals in Europe are not a good idea. Like Muslim immigration.

Kurdish gathering turns violent in Mannheim, The Local, September 9, 2012

Around 80 police officers were injured and 31 people arrested in Mannheim on Saturday after an international gathering of about 40,000 Kurds erupted in violence triggered when a teenager was stopped with a banned flag.

Police stopped the 14-year-old at the entrance to cultural festival on the city’s Maimarkt because he was carrying a forbidden flag, the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper reported on Sunday.

After security guards unsuccessfully tried to block him from entering the festival’s grounds, they called the police for backup.

Before long around 2,500 Kurds were in an hours-long stand-off with 600 police officers, the paper reported. The police spokesperson said the “outbreak of violence was enormous,” and added that he had never experienced something like it in his 30 years on the force.

Hundreds, “if not more than a thousand” people ran at the police, some throwing stones, water bottles, bricks and fireworks, a police spokesman told the paper. Continue reading this article

GOP's Anti-sharia Plank Defended

Props to counter-jihadist and supporter of women’s rights Brigitte Gabriel for smacking down sharia-friendly Congressman Keith Ellison, shown in the video below. He had criticized the GOP platform for supporting the Constitution in the face of assaults by foreign law, particularly sharia. In an interview with Mother Jones (Rep. Keith Ellison: GOP Is “Basically a Bigoted Party”), the congressman spun the issue, saying “There has never been any legislation offered to establish Shariah law—not at the federal level, not at the state level. There’s not been a municipal ordinance opposing this, there’s not been anything.”

That may be so, but the situation is quite different at the court level. According to a 2011 report from the Center for Security Policy, Shariah in American Courts, identified 50 cases from 23 different states involving “conflict of law” between sharia and American state law. So the Muslim congressman was deliberately misleading. Or very ignorant about Islamic diversity.

New Mexico: Decade of Illegal Alien Drivers Licenses Fails to Increase Insurance Purchase

One of the favorite fantasies for public consumption of open-borders raza activists is the idea that if states reward illegal aliens with drivers licenses then the foreigners will buy car insurance as a sign of their newfound responsibility.

Of course, that theory makes no sense at all. Foreigners who break the law to enter this country obviously don’t respect our society and do only the minimum to maintain their scam. They want drivers licenses because possessing them makes life easier, both in terms of identification and surviving traffic stops by the local constabulary.

Now New Mexico has investigated their history of awarding DLs to aliens and — mirabile dictu! — the silly policy did not increase the prevalence of insurance. Instead, the purchase of auto insurance decreased. We are so surprised.

(Notably, the California legislature recently passed a bill to give DLs to DREAMer aliens — it requires only the Governor’s signature to become law.)

Undocumented Immigrant Drivers License Law Fails to Boost Number of Insured, Fox News Latino, September 09, 2012

Santa Fe, N.M. –  When New Mexico began issuing driver’s licenses to non-citizens in 2003, then-Governor Bill Richardson had argued the policy would reduce the high number of uninsured drivers in the state.

Nearly a decade later, national statistics indicate the law failed to live up to its expectations.

New Mexico continues to rank near the top of the list of states with the most uninsured drivers, consistently registering nearly twice the national average, according to the Insurance Research Council.

In 2000, before the law went into effect, 26.3 percent of New Mexico drivers were uninsured. In 2008, a year before Richardson left office, that number had jumped to 29.5 percent, making the state number one in the country for uninsured drivers. By 2009, the last year figures were available, the state dropped to second place with 25.7 percent of its drivers uninsured. Continue reading this article

Mayor Villaraigosa Limps Back to Los Angeles after Failing His Close-Up

Los Angeles’ hispanic Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa had his moment in the glare of the national spotlight at the Democratic Convention, and did not get good marks. His handling of the changes to the party platform from the stage was arguably the worst, most cringeworthy moment of the convention, as the audience refused to co-operate and hooted against including God in the document. [Watch.]

The situation wasn’t of Villaraigosa’s own making — a photo of the teleprompter shows the results of a voice vote were a foregone conclusion — but an important skill in our present world of vacuous appearance-based politics is the ability to maintain the facade no matter what happens. He looked ineffectual and the party appeared embarrassingly undemocratic.

The appointment of the mayor as convention Chair was seen by many as a freebie from the White House to freshen up the prospects for a failing ethnic politician whose shine had faded considerably. But poor performance may chill his hopes to become Governor of California.

Or not. Ability to perform the basic functions of the job seems less a requirement in the one-party state, where non-white ethnicity is increasingly numero uno. Failure is no problema. If the liberal media loves a pol, they will cover up or avoid the bad behavior.

In his speech to the convention, Villaraigosa also ad libbed about his affirmative action doorway to success:

Antonio Villaraigosa Speech: 2012 Democratic Convention ‘Most Diverse’, Huffington Post, September 6, 2012

[. . .] Villaraigosa said his own story, as the grandson of a Mexican immigrant and son of a single mom, shows why encouraging diversity is important.

“I got there on an affirmative action program, and some would say I got in through the back door,” he said. “But one thing’s for sure: I got out through the front. That’s the open, inclusive America that we love.”

After graduating from UCLA (where he was a leader in the Mexican reconquista club MEChA), he attended the unaccredited People’s College of Law and failed to pass the bar exam after four attempts. So he turned to politics for a career, after working as a labor organizer.

The L.A. Weekly has been keeping tabs on the mayor’s sketchy behavior for years, and recently did a review on the occasion of his return from the DNC.

Why Antonio Villaraigosa, Barack Obama’s Top Cheerleader, Has Been Deemed a ‘Failure’ in Los Angeles, LA Weekly, By Patrick Range McDonald, September 7 2012

With the Democratic National Convention now over, it’s clear that President Barack Obama has chosen, of all people, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to be a high-profile cheerleader for his 2012 re-election campaign.

That decision has caused a lot of head scratching in Los Angeles. He was, after all, deemed a “failure” by Los Angeles magazine and the “All-About-Me Mayor” by L.A. Weekly.

Since American voters will be seeing a lot of Villaraigosa in the coming months, and he’ll undoubtedly push for a high-level White House job if Obama is re-elected, here are some important things they should know about our mayor…

In 2008, L.A. Weekly published the feature story “The All-About-Me Mayor,” in which we found that due to numerous trips out of town, self-promotion events, and other time wasters, Villaraigosa had over a ten-week period only spent 11 percent of his time on the nuts-and-bolts work of running the nation’s second largest city.

That’s right. Only 11 percent. Continue reading this article

Nashville Workplace Diversity Now Includes Jihadist Threats

Amal Ahmed Abdullahi, a 29-year-old employee of Dell in Nashville, was arrested Friday for warning a co-worker that as an infidel he deserved to die and she was just the Muslim to blow him away.

Abdullahi is not identified beyond being a “Nashville woman” by the Tennessean newspaper, but a filmed news report (below) says she is a Somali immigrant. That’s not surprising, since the heartland has been under assault via Islo-immigrants by foreign and US Islamists against the American Bible belt, lately spearheaded by the Murfreesboro mega-mosque.

Little background on the threatener is given, yet the Nashville police spokesman said the case is “not reflective of Nashville’s Muslim community.” (Actually, there’s been a lot of hostile activity in that area.) He didn’t use the word “backlash” but meant to deflect concerned citizens capable of pattern recognition from drawing a rational conclusion — that Muslim immigration is a danger for public safety and national security.

Nashville woman accused of making terrorist threats toward co-workers, The Tennessean, September 8, 2012

A Nashville woman was charged with attempted terrorism Friday after investigators said she threatened to hurt co-workers at the South Nashville Dell facility last weekend.

The trouble began when a CEVA Logistics employee said his co-worker Amal Ahmed Abdullahi, 29, of Zermatt Avenue, approached him during his shift last Saturday.

According to a release from Metro police, Abdullahi told the employee that “her people were dying for Allah every day; that she was ready to die for Allah; that this whole country will be Muslim soon; that this country is full of non-believers and that this place (her work place) is full of non-believers; that all unbelievers should die; that her life starts after death; that her life is not here, nobody pays attention to her and she should pick up a gun and shoot all these people.”

CEVA Logistics signed the arrest warrant as the prosecutor against Abdullahi, accusing her of intimidating/coercing a civilian population. Continue reading this article

Coren & Spencer: Muslims Attempt to Silence Historian

The latest episode of Michael Coren and Robert Spencer’s update on hostile Islamists contains a reminder that more Muslims in a society means less free speech. In fact, anyone saying the slightest critical thing about Islam is apt to get shortened rapidly around the neck area. A historical investigation that does not agree precisely with the Koran is likely to put its author on the jihad hit list.

As has happened to historian Tom Holland who produced a documentary for Britain’s Channel 4 about the origins of Islam. His film, Islam: The Untold Story (trailer) got 1200 complaints in a week, plus he has received threats to his safety.

Holland’s investigation into Islam found little evidence of the existence of Mohammed, similar to the theme of Robert Spencer’s most recent book Did Muhammad Exist? Holland naively thought that “the origins of Islam are a legitimate subject of historical enquiry” to be probed in the same way he had pursued other subjects. He apparently didn’t understand that questioning the Prophet is blasphemy and may bring calls for death, as happened to Salman Rushdie for a novel about which diverse Muslims disapproved.

The presence of Islam means less freedom and no free speech regarding religion, so the US would be wise to end Muslim immigration before it’s too late.

Daily Show Investigates Democrat Inclusion

Judging from the political spiels emanating from the Democratic Convention, the word “diversity” appears to have fallen from favor. The new expression is “inclusion” which adds a warm and cuddly aspect to the celebration of cultural difference. (The fact that human nature is hard-wired for tribalism matters little when liberal groupthink dictates otherwise.)

So it was interesting to see the uber-lib Daily Show do a segment from the convention titled “Hope and Change 2 — The Party of Inclusion.” In it, activist Democrats congratulated themselves over their tolerant big tent filled with latinos, gays, women, the poor, everyone under the sun, EXCEPT, “gun-totin’ hillbilly tea-partiers,” in the words of one.

I couldn’t get the embed codes to work, so to see the clip check out the revealing (and amusing) video posted on The Daily Show website.

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