Muslims Threaten Free Speech from Paris to Perth

Free speech is increasingly under attack in the West, due to Muslim immigration, but there has been little media attention given to alarms like the attempted assassination of Danish journalist Lars Hedegaard (pictured) in Copenhagen earlier this month.

A Muslim came to his front door pretending to deliver a package, but instead drew a gun and fired at Hedegaard for his outspoken views in warning against hostile Islam. In January, he began publishing Dispatch International to report the unpleasant news about Muslims in Europe which made him a bigger target for jihadists.

One might think the press would be concerned about censorship, but in general it has been paralyzed in fear, for safety concerns and dread of racism accusations, even though Islam is clearly not a race. During the Danish cartoon controversy of 2006, only a couple American publications actually printed the drawings of Mohammed.

Regarding the Hedegaard assassination attempt, only Canada’s SunTV has paid attention on this side of the Atlantic. You don’t see this sort of coverage on Fox News.

Hedegaard was lucky to escape with his life. But the assault shows what critics of Islam now face. The violence was not an anomaly: artist Kurt Westergaard was also attacked in his home by an axe-wielding Somali for upsetting sensitive Muslims. Lars Vilks has received numerous death threats for his drawings showing Mohammed as a dog.

In Paris, the humor magazine Charlie Hebdo was firebombed in 2011 for a slightly rude issue about Mohammed, yet the publication continues to produce edgy material, notably a cartoon biography of Islam’s prophet.

Here in the United States, cartoonist Mollie Norris of the Seattle Weekly was forced to go into hiding after suggesting the Everybody Draw Mohammed Day in support of free speech.

Another Cassandra is Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who is currently doing a speaking tour through Australia. The speech scheduled for Perth was canceled because the venue pulled out at the last minute: such is the effectiveness of intimidation and threats of violence.

Below is an Aussie press interview in which Wilders expressed his objections to Islam despite rather belligerent questioning. He warned Australians to learn from Europe’s mistake of allowing Muslim immigration.

One bit of good news: Wilders’ speech in Melbourne went ahead on February 19, despite scuffles outside from unfriendlies. Read the text here.

Senator McCain Visits His Constituents, Who Are not Pleased with Amnesty Plans

The Congress is taking another vacation, aka week-long recess, in this case for Presidents’ Day, and some legislators are holding town halls to listen to the concerns of the voters. Senator John McCain held one such in Sun Lakes, Arizona, near Phoenix.

Interestingly, his late pal and amnesty brother Sen. Ted Kennedy was mentioned — he’s gone, but his damage to the nation is not forgotten!

Many of the attendees were not happy with McCain’s amnesty plans.

According to the local reporter, it was a “75-minute town hall dominated by hostile questions about immigration reform.”

The Senator doesn’t like having his ideas questioned by mere citizens, and snarling ensued. He recited the common litany of chores the illegals do, as if having a class of low-paid (but high welfare using) labor was advantageous to Americans, or we owe them or something: “They mow our lawns, they care for our babies, they clean, they wash up…”

McCain fields fiery immigration questions at town hall, CNN, February 19, 2013

Sen. John McCain opened his town hall meeting in Sun Lakes, Arizona, on Tuesday with an invitation to answer “any comments, questions, or insults that you may have.”

He may have gotten what he wished for.

The Arizona Republican fielded spirited questioning from some people in the border state apparently frustrated with slow progress on the illegal immigration issue. Several rose at his forum in support of stringent deportation programs, which McCain does not favor.

“This is an overwhelming experience,” he said to one agitated questioner, telling him to sit down. “You’ve had enough time, sir. You’ve had enough time.”

The senator also spoke on the progress of the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” in the Senate, of which he is a member. They have been working to craft an immigration bill suitable to members of both parties.

Initially, McCain said, “I cannot tell you that I’m sure that we will reach a conclusion,” but later added, “We believe that there is a good, strong possibility that we come up with a plan and a proposal that most Americans would support.” Continue reading this article

Britain: Muslims Exhorted to Mooch Government Benefits for Jihad

Vladimir Lenin famously remarked, “The Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them.” Britain has gone a step beyond, namely providing generous welfare for self-proclaimed enemies of the nation who have sworn to destroy the traditional society and institute brutal sharia law. Muslim immigration has allowed this travesty to proceed.

News reports have been burbling up for years about moocher Muslims living in luxury, including extra bennies for polygamous wives of Muslims and a raft of welfare goodies for notorious jihad preacher Abu Qatada. The government is too terrified by political correctness to fix it.

(At least we don’t do such stupid things in America. Oh wait, the government is no longer checking prospective immigrants about whether they are likely to become a public charge, aka go on the dole.)

The latest insult is public jihadist Anjem Choudary being filmed saying Muslims should mooch as much as they can from the infidels in order to pursue Islam. He used to occasion to again state the Muslim intention to conquer the West and institute brutal sharia law everywhere. Choudary himself receives £25,000 a year in benefits from the unwilling British taxpayers.

Muslim preacher urges followers to claim ‘Jihad Seeker’s Allowance’, Daily Telegraph, February 17, 2013

A Muslim preacher is secretly filmed urging followers to take benefits from the state to fund a holy war.

Anjem Choudary was secretly filmed mocking non-Muslims for working in 9-5 jobs their whole lives, and told followers that some revered Islamic figures had only ever worked one or two days a year.

“The rest of the year they were busy with jihad [holy war] and things like that,” he said. “People will say, ‘Ah, but you are not working’.

“But the normal situation is for you to take money from the kuffar [non-believers].

“So we take Jihad Seeker’s Allowance. You need to get support.”

He went on to tell a 30-strong crowd: “We are going to take England — the Muslims are coming.”

Ridiculing the daily lives of UK workers, Choudary said: “You find people are busy working the whole of their life. They wake up at 7 o’clock. They go to work at 9 o’clock.

“They work for eight, nine hours a day. They come home at 7 o’clock, watch EastEnders, sleep, and they do that for 40 years of their life. That is called slavery.”

Choudary, a father-of-four, claims more than £25,000 a year in benefits, £8,000 more than the take-home pay of some soldiers fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan, according to the Sun, which covertly filmed the preacher at three meetings. Continue reading this article

Singaporeans Rally against Increased Immigration

Raza types typically auto-shriek accusations of racism against anyone who advocates American borders and immigration law enforcement. However, dislike of the importation of foreigners is, if not universal, then very common, as shown by the graph. It was a part of the 2007 Pew report titled “World Publics Welcome Global Trade — but Not Immigration”. A 2011 investigation from the Ipsos pollsters shows similar attitudes.

Everybody likes their own tribe the best. It’s human nature, from Sacramento to Singapore.

Singaporeans protest plans to increase immigration, CNN, February 16, 2013

Singaporeans don’t normally gather in public protest. Decades of single party rule and an iron hand when it comes to dissent has shaped a somewhat meek public. But a proposal by the government to allow more immigrants to come to Singapore in the next few decades to make up for a population shortfall has emboldened citizens to go public.

On Saturday, several thousand Singaporeans gathered in a small downtown park near an area known as “Speaker’s Corner” to vent their anger. Organizers estimated the crowd to between 3,000 and 4,000 and said it was the largest gathering since post-independence Singapore in 1965. Singapore police told CNN they don’t give crowd estimates.

At the heart of the issue is a so-called “White Paper on Population” recently issued by the government that proposes allowing the population to rise from 5.3 million to as high as 6.9 million by 2030 in order to keep the economy growing and to keep it a magnet country for business.

The government also says foreigners are needed to take care of the country’s own rapidly aging population.

Protesters on Saturday insisted they didn’t fear foreigners but worry about the loss of Singaporean jobs to foreigners, depressed wages and overcrowding that has taxed Singapore’s infrastructure, including housing and transportation. Protesters also say the government’s plans will make them a minority in their own country.

“Imagine a place where you can be a stranger in your own home,” a protester said.

Like many developed nations, not enough people are having babies. For more than three decades, the country’s fertility rate has been below replacement level, meaning Singaporeans aren’t having enough babies to replace themselves. This has had a huge impact on a tiny country striving to be a booming economy.

The government has relied on foreigners to fill executive ranks, as well as to perform low-wage jobs from construction to cleaning. While the country is one of the world’s wealthiest, it also has an enormous income disparity between rich and poor. Protesters say Singaporeans would have more babies if they were more confident of their economic prospects, and that the government should rely less on cheaper foreign labor and improve the wages of Singaporeans.

Senators Sessions and Vitter Warn against Repeating 1986 Amnesty

There was no statute of limitations in the promises made in the 1986 Reagan Amnesty, so we citizens are still owed the promises made 27 years ago, namely border and workplace security.

Even so, the open-borders diversity-first faction that rules Washington has rolled out a carbon copy of the 1986 law, and expect foolish Republicans to fall into line. Sadly, many have.

But not Senator Jeff Sessions, who was a whistle-blower against earlier amnesties and is a leader for sovereignty now.

On February 15, Senators Sessions and David Vitter cautioned against a repeat of the 1986 amnesty. In no other legislation has the gap between promises and execution been more vast, the two agreed.

Rasmussen Poll: Nearly Half Think Too Fast Growth Is Worse Than Too Slow

Among elites in Washington, population growth of any kind, even of stubbornly retro third-worlders, is preferable to a sustainable society. The reason is simple: expanding population causes GNP to rise, which looks good, even as per capita income of the citizens decreases. The idea of the country being full never occurs.

Yet even without a strong environmentalist voice reminding people of the limits of the planet to replenish natural resources, nearly half of poll respondents said too rapid population growth is worse than too slow. (Environmentalists are uncomfortable with population topics generally, and even more so when excessive immigration is connected with environmental harm.)

On U.S. Population Growth, 47% Think Too Fast Is Worse Than Too Slow Rasmussen Reports, February 15, 2013

While demographers ponder the impact of the nation’s declining birth rate, Americans worry more about a population that grows too fast rather than one that grows too slow. Only 25% of American Adults believe a population that is growing too slowly is a bigger problem for the United States than one that is growing too fast. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that nearly twice as many (47%) disagree and think a population that is growing too fast is a bigger problem for the country. Twenty-eight percent (28%) are undecided.

Here in California, fingers are crossed that the seasonal rains will start up again to replenish the snowpack and reservoirs. After a gangbusters fall season of rainfall, the faucet turned off in January. It doesn’t help that the state’s population has skyrocketed in recent decades, caused mostly by immigrants and their offspring. Water restrictions now come more frequently, as authorities try to temper the demand part of the equation, since little can be done about supply.

There are many reasons to object to excessive population growth, like not having enough jobs for the current residents. Since much of the growth is propelled by immigration, legal and illegal, citizens are rightly concerned about the cultural change in their communities and that the engine of assimilation is overwhelmed. Plus, while business loves the increased economic activity connected with millions more shoppers, the taxpayers must pay the billions of dollars in cost for new infrastructure and social services.

Is CIA Director Nominee John Brennan a Muslim?

This week’s JihadWatch chat on Canada’s SunTV was mostly taken up discussing the torture-murder of 15-year-old Kriss Donald by a Muslim gang in Scotland in 2004. The case came up because one of the killers was severely beaten up in prison.

A more important subject regarding American national security politics is Robert Spencer’s comment about whether John Brennan, the nominee for Director of CIA, might be a Muslim convert.

That allegation may sound far-fetched, but Brennan speaks Arabic, was CIA station chief in Saudi Arabia and has made remarks that only a Muslim would say, like stating that “Jihad is a holy struggle.”

Remarks by Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism John Brennan at CSIS, WhiteHouse.gov, May 26, 2010

“The President’s strategy is absolutely clear about the threat we face.  Our enemy is not “terrorism” because terrorism is but a tactic.  Our enemy is not “terror” because terror is a state of mind and as Americans we refuse to live in fear.  Nor do we describe our enemy as “jihadists” or “Islamists” because jihad is a holy struggle, a legitimate tenant of Islam, meaning to purify oneself or one’s community, and there is nothing holy or legitimate or Islamic about murdering innocent men, women and children.”

That’s a pretty ripe rationalization of Islam’s strategy in its 1400-year war on Western civilization.

More recently, John Guandolo, an FBI agent with knowledge of the jihadist threat, said that Brennan had been converted to Islam while working in Saudi Arabia.

Of course, the Senate hearing for Brennan’s confirmation as Director of the CIA had no questions about his curiously Islam-friendly remarks or association with dicey groups, like the Islamic Society of North America which represents the Muslim Brotherhood.

Another speech made by Brennan is of concern:

Here are a few troubling sentences from that talk (although much was in Arabic and was not translated):

“For more than three decades, I have also had the tremendous fortune to travel the world, and as part of that experience, to learn about the goodness and beauty of Islam. . . . In Saudi Arabia, I saw how our Saudi partners fulfilled their duties as custodians of the two holy Mosques of Mecca and Medina. I marveled at the majesty of the Hajj, and the devotion of those who fulfill their duty as Muslims by making that pilgrimage. And in all my travels, the city I have come to love most is Al Quds — Jerusalem — where three great faiths come together.”

The part of Michael Coren’s interview with Robert Spencer about Brennan starts at 6:24 in the video below, where Spencer observes, “Certainly John Brennan has been an incredible enabler of Muslim Brotherhood influence at the highest levels of government, and so Mr. Guandolo’s allegations don’t surprise me in the least.”

Geert Wilders to Tour Australia with Warning against Muslim Immigration

Geert Wilders is one of the most forthright defenders of Western Civilization against the onslaught of Muslim immigration, which is absolutely a war, only without the tanks and airplanes.

As a result, the Dutch parliamentarian has 24/7 security, with no semblance of a normal life because of the credible death threats. (Another freedom fighter, Lars Hedegaard, was the target of an unsuccessful assassination attempt earlier in February.)

The great thing about Wilders is that he isn’t afraid to name the cause of Europe’s Islam problem — immigration. In the interview below, with a liberal journalist, he responded fearlessly to unfriendly questions that “Islam and freedom are incompatible.” He further remarked, “I believe that we should stop the immigration, the mass immigration from Islamic countries.”

How sensible, to believe that Western nations should stop welcoming admitted enemies for the last 1400 years!

Here’s the transcript.

Geert Wilders interview – ABC Lateline, Australia, GeertWilders.nl, February 13, 2013

TONY JONES, PRESENTER: Now to our guest.
Geert Wilders is the Dutch anti-immigration and anti-Islam MP. He’s the founder of the right wing Party For Freedom.

Next week, Geert Wilders arrives in Australia for a visit that’s been a long time in the making. He planned to come here about a year ago and drew early support from Liberal Senator Cory Bernadi who later distanced himself from the idea.

Now he’s being sponsored by the anti-Islamic group The Q Society, on a road trip that’s sure to fire debate over what constitutes free speech or hate speech.

Geert Wilders joins us now live from The Hague. Thanks for being there.

GEERT WILDERS, LEADER, PARTY FOR FREEDOM: Well, thanks for having me on your show tonight.

TONY JONES: Are you on some sort of global jihad against Islam?

GEERT WILDERS: Indeed. I am more on a global jihad to preserve our freedom. I believe that even though I have nothing against the people or Muslims or anybody for that reason, I believe that Islam and freedom are incompatible. And I believe that the mistakes that we made in Europe in the last decades by allowing so much mass immigration from Islamic countries is a warning that if Australia is not vigilant enough to preserve the freedom, what has happened here might happen to Australia in the next decades as well.

TONY JONES: So very precisely you plan to warn Australian audiences of what you see as the danger of Islamic migration, is that correct?

GEERT WILDERS: Well, yes, I believe that once again, Islam and freedom are incompatible. Islam is according to me, my party, not so much a religion as well as it is a totalitarian ideology. In Islam there is not much room for anything else but Islam.

Look how in societies today where Islam is dominant and prominent, how any non-Islamic person, whether it’s a Christian or an apostate or a woman or a critical journalist, how they are treated. This is in a very bad way, often with the death penalty or imprisonment or all those kind of terrible things.

I believe that what with the mass immigration to our free societies, our societies will change, and it will change for the worse. And I’m proud to say you are not a racist or a bigot or anything like that if you say that the Netherlands, as Australia, is a culture based on Christianity, on Judaism, on humanism, and it should not, nor ever will become a society based on Islamic failures. We should fight it, we should stop it, we should be proud of who we are and define what we are not. Continue reading this article

Civil Rights Leaders Notice Amnesty Will Be Bad for Black Americans

American blacks should wake up and smell the tacos, because they are the influential minority of yesterday, due to hispanic immigration in the tens of millions. Numbers mean political power, and as hispanics increase their percent of voters (albeit slowly), they are becoming the chihuahua tail wagging the electoral pooch.

Jesse Jackson and other race hustlers have promoted the rainbow fantasy that colorful people could smack down mean old whitey when there was enough of them. In Washington, the Congressional Black Caucus has been all in for mega immigration and amnesty plots.

But the rainbow strategy hasn’t worked out well for several reasons. For one, blacks’ race loyalty to the great Obama has made them unduly shy to make reasonable demands for their votes, like not importing millions of job competitors from abroad. In fact, 93 percent of blacks voted for Obama in 2012 despite record unemployment and the President’s enthusiasm for illegal immigration.

Another important item is the normal human preference for one’s own tribe. American blacks often don’t get along with African immigrants, showing that race isn’t everything, despite the media fixation. Cultural differences become magnified in daily interactions. And a little extra melanin in hispanic skin is not going to make them more appealing to black citizens, particularly given the competition for jobs. And the hispanic gang violence against blacks in southern California as a means to ethnic cleansing.

In fact, increasing diversity means that average black Americans have to struggle harder with little attention, even as the dinosaur media fawns over non-white entertainment elites.

Civil rights leaders slam Obama’s immigration amnesty proposal, Daily Caller, February 13, 2013

The rewrite of immigration law now being pushed by President Barack Obama and major industry groups will disadvantage poor African-American communities, two Republican members of the federal U.S. Commission on Civil Rights say.

A “grant of legal status [to roughly 11 million illegal immigrants] will likely disproportionately harm lower-skilled African-Americans by making it more difficult for them to obtain employment and depressing their wages when they do obtain employment,” said the Feb. 12 letter by the commission’s vice chairwoman, Abigail Thernstrom and commissioner Peter Kirsanow.

The letter highlights the impact of a conditional amnesty on blue-collar African-Americans, who face increased competition for jobs and housing from the latest wave of immigrants. The competition is sharpened by the economy, which stalled in the last quarter of 2012.

The rewrite, dubbed a “comprehensive immigration reform,” is supported by many business groups, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the immigration lawyers’ associations. Continue reading this article

Five Illegal Aliens to Attend SOTU in Capitol; Lack of ID No Problema

One strict legal system for the little citizens; another, more permissive standard for the foreign lawbreakers who infest the country — that’s America today.

Today’s example is the invitation of five Democrats to illegal aliens to attend the State of the Union speech held in the nation’s capitol. Everyone else has to show proper American identification to get in the door, but not the invasive foreigners.

Naturally one of the inviters was amnesty pest Rep Luis Gutierrez (shown). His date for the evening is Gabino Sanchez, a Mexican unlawfully residing in North Carolina.

Why isn’t some pro-sovereignty Republican bringing an American who has can’t find employment because of illegal immigration? Why not invite a citizen who has suffered job discrimination because of not speaking Spanish?

Illegal immigrants attending State of the Union despite Social Security number requirement, Daily Caller, February 12, 2013

WASHINGTON — At least five Democrats say they are bringing illegal immigrants to the U.S. Capitol for the State of the Union address on Tuesday evening, despite a rule requiring guests to provide their Social Security numbers.

The government doesn’t seem to mind.

A document obtained by The Daily Caller indicates that all guests attending the president’s annual address to the country undergo a government background check, which is required by the House Sergeant at Arms.

That includes providing a Social Security number, which could pose problems for those in the country illegally and set off alarms for government employees performing the background checks.

“For guests who do not posses a valid Congressional ID, please provide their full name, Social Security number, and date and place of birth,” the Sergeant at Arms office wrote in a memo to congressional offices.

The Daily Caller obtained a copy of the memo, titled “How to Submit Guest Information for the 
State of the Union Address,” which instructs congressional offices how to submit the information online.

The memo states: “All information is collected in a secure manner solely for the purpose of performing a background security check.”

On Tuesday a spokeswoman with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency was mum about the presence of the illegal immigrant attendees.

“I don’t have any comment for you on this,” ICE’s Gillian Christensen said, when TheDC inquired whether the agency was aware of this. Continue reading this article

The Stupid Party Launches Spanish Language Twitter

Republican elites apparently confuse “outreach” with hispandering, as shown by the party’s Tuesday initiation of a Spanish language Twitter feed.

This action follows another colossally bonehead undertaking, the decision to put Senator Marco Rubio up as the responder to the President’s State of the Union address — in English and Spanish.

Note to GOP suits: Americans don’t want to be forced into bilingualism, either official or de facto. We don’t like paying for multilingual ballots or other government documents and expensive services for non-English speakers. Diverse immigration has become a largely negative force in society, particularly as our institutions are pushed into submission to foreigner demands, like “bi-lingualism” (aka Spanish) in schools and elsewhere.

A 2010 Rasmussen poll found that 87 percent of voters believe English should be the official language. That means citizens think immigrants should learn the language of the country they chose to inhabit. Americans in particular don’t want to be required to learn the language of the hostile raza invaders.

There’s nothing wrong with outreach of a proper nature. In fact, given the malice of the press and pop culture toward conservative ideas, basic education of newbies is quite necessary. I liked Mark Krikorian’s idea of Opportunity Centers and also his individual activity of teaching citizenship classes.

But a Spanish-language strategy (like Newt Gingrich’s bilingual Americano website) is far more damaging than helpful. If the GOP suits are determined to infuriate grassroots conservatives (and create a Tea Party Party), then they are doing well. Of course, any Spanish-language behavior on the part of Republicans sends the message that traditional language assimilation is no longer expected.

At any rate, tweet off a message of non-appreciation to @GOPespanol. I like the hashtag #AmericansSpeakEnglish.

Here’s what the media has to say — including negative Democrat opinions, naturally.

GOP launches Spanish-language Twitter account, CNN, February 12, 2013

(CNN) — As the GOP continues its renewed engagement of the Latino community, the House Republican Conference will use a new Twitter handle Tuesday: @GOPespanol.

The Spanish-language Twitter feed, launched Monday, will be active Tuesday night as part of the Republican Party’s response to the president’s State of the Union address.

As of Tuesday morning, the account had about 120 followers and a total of five tweets.

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida will deliver the official GOP response–both in English and Spanish–Tuesday night. It will mark the first time the party has broadcast its response in a second language.

After the GOP captured only a small minority of Latinos in the November elections, the party has boosted its efforts to reach out to the community, particularly by changing the party’s tone on immigration and pushing reform proposals. Continue reading this article

Chinese Scribbler Expresses Solidarity with Illegal Aliens

An MSNBC talking head, Richard Lui, has outed himself as a grandson of illegal aliens of the Paper Son variety, an odd category that occurred through an accident of history.

As it happened, the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire destroyed the city’s hall of records (shown below), including birth and immigration records. Conveniently, the disaster allowed Chinese to claim they were born here or were related to citizens (so-called Paper Sons), and there was no way to prove them liars. Later research revealed that every Chinese woman in the city would had to have given birth to 800 sons to account for the number of claimants.

Being descended from a Paper Son used to be less mentioned, but these days when anything goes, there’s no shame in grandad being a fraudster. Besides, the rationalization is given that the US is a mean racist country because of the Chinese Exclusion Act, so it’s fine for Asians to screw America.

The main point of Richard Lui’s little essay here, however, is to normalize lawbreaking in immigration: he is saying that millions came to America however they could, even illegally, so what’s the big deal? Latter day unlawful arrivers are just as good as the descendants of founders.

Plenty of Asians are illegal aliens or descendants of lawbreakers, Lui declared. To say that about a model minority is to raise up hispanics by denigrating his own people, not to mention the rule of law. He probably won’t be criticized by his tribe though, since the effort is a political statement in the service of expanding diverse immigration and the task of de-whitening America.

The many faces of immigration reform, San Francisco Chronicle, by Richard Lui, February 10, 2013

I am the grandson of illegal immigrants. My father’s parents came here as Paper Son and Paper Daughter. The “Paper” system involved buying real U.S. identities, sold by international agents, and then assumed, in this case, by my grandparents when they arrived in California. My real last name is Wong, not the name they bought – Lui.

They were “illegals,” and they weren’t Latinos.

Lui Lee (grandpa) and Quock Yuen Jow (grandma) took their illegal immigration secret to their grave. Their tombstone was the only place with their real name. They were scared their children would face the threat modern-day Dream-ers did – being sent back because of their illegal immigrant path.

Judy Yung, co-author of “Angel Island – Immigrant Gateway to America,” says my background is not uncommon. She estimates 1 million Chinese Americans either came here illegally or are descendants of illegal immigrants. The Pew Research Center more broadly estimates up to 15 percent of Asian American immigrants could be illegal. Of those 1.3 million illegal Asian immigrants, more than 100,000 are Dream-ers, says the Asian American Justice Center.

The point – despite immigration reform often being framed as a Latino issue, it’s also an Asian issue. And most importantly, it’s a uniting, American issue. For instance, the data shows Latino and Asian American communities share a surprising simpatico. Continue reading this article

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