It’s so bad that even the famously fertile immigrants are having fewer babies. It’s normal for the birth rate to decrease during a long period of economic contraction, so the downward trend in births is an indicator that uncertainty about the future has caused many, both citizens and immigrants, to scale back family production.
A steep decline in births among immigrant women hard hit by the recent recession is the driving force behind the record low U.S. birthrate, according to the Pew Research Center.
The annual number of births per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44 dropped 8% in the U.S. from 2007 to 2010 to 64 births per 1,000, according to a report released Thursday by the nonpartisan Pew center. The U.S. birthrate peaked during the baby boom, at 122.7 in 1957.
Immigrant women, both legal and illegal, still have a higher birthrate than the U.S. population as a whole. Yet the rate for foreign-born women dropped 14% between 2007 and 2010, to 87.8 births per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44, compared with a 6% decline for U.S.-born women, to 58.9 births. The birthrate plunged 19% for immigrants of Hispanic origin during that period; among Mexicans, the largest group among Hispanics, the rate plunged 23%.
“Latinos have been hit particularly hard by the recession, and the downturn in births is especially sharp for immigrants,” said D’Vera Cohn, co-author of the Pew study, which is based on analysis of data from the Census Bureau and the National Center for Health Statistics. Continue reading this article
The latest addition to America’s war criminal rogues’ gallery is Bosnian Sulejman Mujagic, accused of murder and torture while an Army commander during the ethnic war in the former Yugoslavia. He was arrested in Utica, where 6500 Bosnians reside in one of the largest Bosno-settlements in the US.
ALBANY, N.Y. — A fugitive accused of killing one prisoner and torturing another after a 1995 battle in his native Bosnia has been arrested in upstate New York, federal authorities said Wednesday.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said Sulejman Mujagic, 50, of Utica now faces extradition at the request of authorities in Bosnia-Herzegovina, where he is charged with unlawful killing of the enemy and unlawful wounding and torture of a prisoner of war while commanding a platoon in the Army of the Autonomous Province of Western Bosnia.
Mujagic was fighting for a region that had seceded from the central government during the Bosnian war and attacked the prisoners from the Army of Bosnia-Herzegovina after a battle on March 6, 1995, according to court documents. Continue reading this article
Two lame-duck Republicans, Senators Jon Kyl and Kay Bailey Hutchison, floated a modified DREAM scheme, one with no path to citizenship, on their way out of town. See the wonky details on Sen Kyl’s website: KYL, HUTCHISON PROPOSE ACHIEVE ACT.
After an election in which the Hispanics voted overwhelmingly for President Obama, the White House and Republicans on Capitol Hill are making overtures about immigration reform. House Speaker John Boehner says he’s sure he can make a deal next year with the White House on a comprehensive bill. A steady procession of prominent GOP leaders are warning that Republicans won’t win the White House again without improving their outreach to Latino voters. On Monday, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R) explained the problem this way.
“It’s really hard to get people to listen to you on economic growth, on tax rates, on healthcare, if they think you want to deport their grandmother. It’s very difficult to get people to listen to anything else you’re saying,” Rubio said. “So I think it’s critical. There’s just common sense involved here in terms of how you portray it. Policy matters, too, but rhetoric is important.”
A comprehensive immigration bill would tackle three problems: border security and workplace enforcement; a revamp of the legal immigration system; and the thorniest issue of all — what to do with the 11 million people already here illegally. Continue reading this article
Time listed a diverse crew of 40 for its annual award, not all of whom were even actual persons, including the Higgs Boson and the new Mars Rover. The inclusion of “Undocumented Immigrants” was one of the more controversial of this year, though other sketchy characters were also present, from Kim Jong Un to Sandra Fluke and Bashar Assad.
Certainly the Person of the Year title has never recognized positive qualities as much as media notoriety, such as Hitler and Stalin in the late 1930’s when their tendencies were known. (See wikipedia’s history with a list of mug shots though not covers.) Last year the winner was “The Protester” recognizing the Arab Spring and many other worldwide political movements, and in 2010 Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was picked as a nod to the rise of social media.
A glance at the picture shows that the “Undocumented” are actually DREAMers, youngish people who claim not to be responsible for their good fortune of being transported to the US by lawbreaker parents. Nobody ever argues that children of bank robbers should be allowed to inherit the proceeds of dad’s ill-gotten gains, but DREAMers believe they are Special, and they demand maximum benefit for residing in stupid-generous America.
You can see the entire list of 40 with reader choices here. Mohamed Morsy, the Islamist President of Egypt, currently is leading with the largest number of positive votes, so perhaps the Muslim Brotherhood is a fan of Time magazine.
An invisible population stepped forward on June 15, 2012, to stake its claim to the American Dream. On that day, President Obama declared that certain undocumented immigrants — a group simply labeled “illegal” by many — would not be subjected to deportation, under broad-ranging conditions. Suddenly the logjam of immigration reform shifted, as more than 1 million undocumented young people who had been in the country for the past five years found themselves with new opportunities. What is more, the sympathies of other groups of people who have undocumented relatives — and thus are mindful of their plight — may have clearly shifted to a President on a campaign for re-election, as evidenced by the preponderance of Hispanic and Asian-American voters casting their ballots for Obama. Chastened by the results of the vote, the GOP has warmed to a legislative fix, increasing chances of comprehensive reform.
Word must be spreading around the planet that America, despite its worsening proximity to financial Greecification, is still a soft touch for diverse victims needing free stuff on the taxpayer’s back. Yep, the US is social services purveyor and flophouse to the world.
The latest recipients are Saudi women, one of the most genuinely oppressed groups on earth, who somehow learned about available goodies in America even in their curiously cloistered lives. (One recent example of subjugation: Saudi women can now be electronically monitored by their male owners and the government.)
In 2007, I investigated the system of freebies for persons, mostly females, who can convince authorities that some crime has befallen them: Victim Visas–How America Stupidly Rewards Misfortune and Fraud. Then in 2010, the Obama administration noticed the U Visa as yet another portal for illegal aliens as the numerical limit (10,000 plus family members) was reached for the first time. Incidentally, since nearly all immigration comes from misogynous cultural diversity today, it’s not surprising that more foreign women seek rescue from their piggyman relatives when they see the freedom of American women.
Five Saudi women living in the United States replaced their student visas with “victim visas” following disputes with male members of their families.
The women, whose change of status renders them ineligible for financial support from Saudi Cultural Bureau in Washington DC, were accompanying their families to the United States and went to court after they got into fights with their husbands or brothers, the Saudi edition of al-Hayat newspaper quoted a source from the bureau as saying.
One of those women, the source explained, is a student currently living with her children in an orphanage because of a dispute with her husband. Continue reading this article
The relatives of those killed in the November 2008 terror attacks expressed relief over the execution of Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving gunman, who was hanged by the Indian authorities Wednesday morning in Yerwada jail. Justice has finally been delivered, many said.
Ragini Sharma, the widow of S. K. Sharma, a railway ticket collector: She expressed gratitude to the president and said, though it was delayed, but “we did get justice,” according to Samay Live, a television news station.
“I am happy that it was done secretly, otherwise some human rights people would have opposed it,” said Ms. Sharma, who lost her husband in the terror attacks. [. . .]
It’s good that the victims are satisfied that some justice was achieved by a mass murdering jihadist being hanged. A horrific crime requires the ultimate punishment.
Perhaps the execution will inspire the fearful, politically correct US Army to move forward with the trial of Fort Hood mass murderer Maj Nidal Hasan. The trial for the 2009 crime has been postponed for months over silly arguments about whether Hasan must be shaved to appear in court, with predictions that the “trial could start in 2012″. What’s the holdup here? Get on with it.
India secretly hanged the lone survivor of the Pakistan-based militant squad responsible for a rampage through Mumbai that killed 166 people, sparking celebrations days before the fourth anniversary of the assault on the financial capital.
Pakistan national Mohammad Ajmal Kasab was the enduring image of the bloody assault, which traumatized India and raised fears of copycat attacks on foreign cities. Pictures of the boyish gunman wearing a black T-shirt and toting an AK-47 rifle as he strode through Mumbai’s train station were published around the world.
Kasab was executed on Wednesday morning amid great secrecy, underscoring the political sensitivity of the November 26, 2008, massacre, which still casts a pall over relations between nuclear-armed rivals Pakistan and India.
“All the police officers and personnel who lost their life in the battle against the terrorists have today been served justice,” Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said after Kasab was hanged in a jail in Pune, southeast of Mumbai.
Kasab was charged with 86 offences, including murder and waging war against the Indian state, in a charge-sheet running to more than 11,000 pages.
It was the first time a capital sentence had been carried out in India since 2004. There was celebration on the streets of Mumbai and other cities as news of the execution spread, but militant groups in Pakistan reacted angrily, as did residents of his home village of Faridkot.
People set off fireworks and handed out sweets in Indian cities. Some held up photos of Kasab with a rope noose superimposed over his head.
Attack survivor Vishnu Zende, who was working at Mumbai’s train station where nearly 60 people were killed, said the execution brought it all back.
“When I heard the news of Kasab’s execution today, I remembered those horrifying moments of the attack,” Zende said.
“My eyes were filled with tears.”
An effigy of Kasab was hung by the neck from the entrance gate of the station by a right-wing local party. A crowd of about 30 shouted “Pakistan murdabad” (death to Pakistan) as they beat the effigy, which had shoes hung around its shoulders.
In Pakistan, a senior commander of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group, which India blames for the assault on Mumbai, called Kasab a hero and said he would inspire more attacks. Continue reading this article
The young men are part of a trending uptick of increased Islo-terror plots. As analyst Walid Phares noted in 2010, “According to open-source reports, between 2001 and 2008, U.S. agencies stopped one or two terror attempts a year. However, from 2009 until today, the government has been uncovering one or two cases a month, a troubling growth in jihadi activities.”
Hostile Muslims apparently believe they are on a roll around the world to establish an Islamic caliphate of totalitarian sharia rule, and the belief shows up in increased jihadist activity. Muslim immigration continues to be an unwise public policy, to say the least
Below, two of the four mega massacre hopefuls: Ralph de Leon aka Rafiq Abdul Raheem (left) and Arifeen D. Gojali.
One interesting aspect is that Sohiel Omar Kabir, 34, is said to have converted Ontario resident Ralph Deleon, 23, and Upland resident Alejandro Santana, 21, to the doctrine of killer Islam. How did that conversation go?? “Hey guys, let’s all go jihad and murder American infidels for Allah.”
Kabir was born in Afghanistan and served in the Air Force from 2000 to 2001, although the documents did not specify why he spent only a year in the service.
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (KTLA) — Four Southern California men have been charged with plotting to join Al-Qaida and the Taliban in Afghanistan in order to kill Americans.
According to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in the Central District of California, the defendants conspired to provide material support to terrorists in preparation for or in carrying out: conspiracy to kill, kidnap, maim, or injure persons and damage property in a foreign country, killing and attempting to kill officers and employees of the United States, killing nationals of the United States, conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction outside the United States; and bombing places of public use and government facilities.
The defendants, listed below, are also known by alias identities listed in the criminal complaint.
Sohiel Omar Kabir, 34, a former resident of Pomona and naturalized United States citizen, born in Afghanistan.
Ralph Deleon, 23, of Ontario, a lawful permanent resident alien, born in the Philippines.
Miguel Alejandro Santana Vidriales (further described herein and in the criminal complaint as Santana), 21, of Upland, a lawful permanent resident, born in Mexico and whose application for citizenship is pending in the United States.
Arifeen David Gojali, 21, of Riverside, a United States citizen.
The complaint, which was unsealed today during the defendants initial appearance in U.S. District Court, alleges that in 2010, Kabir introduced Deleon and Santana to radical and violent Islamic doctrine and various extremist material, including essays and lectures by now-deceased Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula leader, Anwar Al-Awlaqi. Continue reading this article
Welcome to the Land of the Free. . . Stuff! That’s the message being sent loud and clear by Washington to immigrants. No wonder they keep coming.
Not that long ago, a would-be legal immigrant was required to show he wouldn’t become a “public charge,” meaning newbies would be self-supporting, not scrounging taxpayer-funded benefits. In fact, that prerequisite was spelled out in the Immigration and Nationality Act:
(4) Public charge
(A) In general
Any alien who, in the opinion of the consular officer at the time of application for a visa, or in the opinion of the Attorney General at the time of application for admission or adjustment of status, is likely at any time to become a public charge is inadmissible.
Ask not what you can do for your country, but what your new country can do for you.
“Welcome to USA.gov,” a website maintained by the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), bills itself as the “primary gateway for new immigrants to find basic information on how to settle in the United States” — featuring a prominent section for new immigrants about how to access government benefits.
“Depending on your immigration status, length of time in the United States, and income, you may be eligible for some federal benefit programs,” the Web page reads.
“Government assistance programs can be critically important to the well-being of some immigrants and their families. Frequently, however, there is a lack of information about how to access such benefits. Benefit programs can be complicated and you may be given misleading information about how they operate.”
The DHS page offers links to government websites that explain how to access benefits including food stamps, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid, Medicare, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and the “official website with information on all available federal benefit programs,” with a nonworking link to Benefits.gov. Continue reading this article
A Brooklyn federal courtroom was clownified on Friday as an immigrant jihadist warbled a little Islamic ditty to celebrate his murderous religion and invite the judge to join up.
The singer, also known as Adis Medunjanin (pictured), 28, was being sentenced to life in prison for plotting to blow up subway cars jammed full of Americans, after being found guilty of the crime last May.
Interestingly, Medunjanin is himself an American citizen, having come here at age 10 from Bosnia with his parents. He graduated from Flushing High School but was not impressed by America’s generous welcome or its western system of law and society. So he traveled to Pakistan along with two school pals, Najibullah Zazi and Zarein Ahmedzay, hoping to join the Taliban and kill US soldiers. They ended up at an al Qaeda camp where they were convinced to return to Queens and murder on American territory.
It’s noteworthy that if the Bosnian were an illegal alien, he would be a perfect Dreamer, having lived for much of his young life in this country, supposedly absorbing our culture and values. Except assimilation didn’t happen at all. Medunjanin hates everything about this country, having cooked up an Islamist-leftist stew in his mind of despising both infidels and capitalism.
Weren’t Bosnians supposed to be the “moderate Muslims”? — a category now apparently as realistic as unicorns, given instances of actual behavior. Muslim immigration is a bad policy, dangerous to public safety and national security, and should be stopped.
The Queens man who trained overseas with al Qaeda and plotted a suicide bombing on the city’s crowded subway system sang Koranic verses in open court today as he was sentenced to spend the rest of his miserable life in prison.
Bearded terrorist Adis Medunjanin, 28, broke out in song as he, defense attorney Robert Gottlieb and federal prosecutors stood at the foot of Judge John Gleeson’s bench in Brooklyn federal court.
In fact, Medunjanin wearing a black suit and white dress shirt, announced his intentions to Gleeson.
“I would like to be praising God in Arabic,” he said. “As a Muslim, it is my duty to invite you into this great religion.”
After singing prayers in Arabic, Medunjanin read verses from the Koran in English as his parents, sister and extended family members watched from the gallery.
He then launched into a verbal assault on the US and blasted its foreign policy and overseas wars, condemning torture and mass killings.
“I ask you, what is democracy? What kind of system endorses torture? I ask you, is this really the best system that humanity has ever produced?”
He also criticized the very wealthy and questioned why so many suffer from hunger in the world.
“I would like to ask, in what kind of world are we living – full of hate and lies? The rich keep getting richer. The poor keep getting poorer. Oppression is on every corner. I ask you, where is the peace?”
“I ask all the people who worship the money: When we die, can we bring the money with us? We have so much food, we could feed all the world.” Continue reading this article
Silly Republicans learning the wrong lessons from the recent electoral debacle should study the recent opinions gleaned from the little citizens. According to Gallup’s pollsters, the re-election of Obama has apparently not made Americans want to give up law and sovereignty in order to please foreign lawbreakers. A strong majority (62%) want illegal immigration stopped.
Of course, the hispandering effort isn’t aimed at Americans as a whole (so 20th century) but toward the new grabby entrants from the south, millions of whom got here via earlier amnesties from 1986 on, plus now-adult anchor babies who benefited from an ongoing (and unpopular) misunderstanding of the 14th Amendment.
Decades of Washington rewarding lawbreaking foreigners and their failures to function adequately in society have created a tribal cadre of uber-entitled underachievers, whose demands for government goodies including amnesty are unquenchable forever. It’s hard to end an addiction to free stuff, particularly when the addict doesn’t want to quit.
The actual project of assimilating hispanics to traditional American values requires far more effort than a little surrender of sovereignty. The liberal media culture has been promoting values of permissiveness and tribal diversity for decades, which has affected newbies along with everyone else. Many schools from kindergarten upwards don’t teach American history and values any more, often preferring the diversity curriculum, the opposite of what Victor Davis Hanson described in his excellent school memoir, The Civic Education America Needs.
Why would anyone allow these barbarians to immigrate en masse to their country? A recent poll of Muslims residing in the United States found that 40 percent believe they should be judged by sharia law, not the US Constitution. As Stakelbeck noted later in the piece, there have been around 50 court cases in at least 23 states where sharia law was cited in some way, so creeping Islamism is here too.
LONDON — Stoning for adultery. Amputations for theft. Death for apostates. And second-class status for Christians and Jews. This is life under Sharia law, the Islamic system practiced in countries like Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Great Britain.
Yes, Great Britain.
There are reportedly some 85 Sharia courts now operating there, with Islamic judges ruling on cases ranging from financial to marital disputes among British Muslims.
“We went into some proceedings and there were a couple of Islamic judges sitting up above the rest,” said Alan Craig, who recently stepped down as leader of the Christian Peoples Alliance party. “And there was one Muslim woman who was suing for divorce.”
Craig is a former city councilor in East London, home to several Sharia courts where women face open discrimination.
“A woman’s witness value is half that of a man,” Craig told CBN News. “So [the courts] will tend, therefore, to take the man’s position in a divorce.”
Craig is working with Baroness Caroline Cox to pass a bill in Britain’s House of Lords protecting women from this Sharia oppression. Continue reading this article
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