Washington to Spend Millions on Citizenship Campaign

For the your-tax-dollars-at-work file: the government is spending $3.5 million to urge legal immigrants to go all the way and become American citizens.

There’s a cheerful video, overflowing with patriotic diversity.

Not to be grinchy about Legal immigrants who came the correct way, but why should Washington be spending any money at all to convince people to become citizens? It would be better to let those chips fall where they may. Most immigrants, even legal ones, come for the money only and not to become Americans. It’s a regrettable devolution, but as a nation, we should just accept that, and not try to convince the unenthusiastic to pretend they feel something they don’t.

Furthermore, one has to wonder whether the Obama administration is hoping to register a few million more Democrats, since they appear to think long term.

US gov’t to promote citizenship in ad campaign, Associated Press, May 25, 2011

The federal government will run a national advertising campaign to encourage more immigrants to become American citizens and become more integrated into society, officials said on Wednesday.

The multilingual effort aims to reach roughly 7.9 million immigrants who are eligible to file applications to naturalize but haven’t done so. Many immigrants work, raise a family and go to school while holding green cards and only think about citizenship when they need to travel or abroad or when elections roll around and they can’t vote, immigration officials said.

The campaign in print, radio and digital media that will run primarily in California, New York, Florida and Texas between May 30 and Labor Day aims to put citizenship in the forefront of people’s minds and give them personal stories of immigrants who have naturalized.

“You’ve got to create that sense of urgency, and until they’ve reached that sense of urgency, they’ll just coast,” said Nathan Stiefel, division chief of policy and programs for the Office of Citizenship at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

It is the first time the immigration agency has launched a paid advertising campaign to promote American citizenship, said Mariana Gitomer, an agency spokeswoman. The effort — which will cost $3.5 million over three years — is part of an $11 million allotment by Congress to encourage greater immigrant integration.

Immigration experts say many immigrants don’t apply for citizenship because they fear they don’t speak English well enough or because they haven’t felt a pressing need to do so.

About 64 percent of immigrants naturalize and it takes them on average nine-and-a-half years to apply to do so, Stiefel said.

The ad campaign includes portraits of immigrants born in China, Vietnam, Mexico, Dominican Republic and the Philippines who indicate they are “proud Americans” and share snippets of their personal stories starting a business, educating their families and even running for office.

Pictures from the Texas Border Tell a Story

Dr. Michael Vickers’ ranch is located 69 miles north of the border, which is apparently not far enough to escape the anarchy of Mexico. Vickers showed a collection of photos indicating the day-to-day horror. One example was the human skull his dog dragged into the yard. They found the rest of the body the next day.

Massachusetts Illegal Alien Admirers Prefer Violent Crime over Secure Communities Program

Nothing reveals the bad faith of the open-borders gang more than their refusal to embrace policies that deal with dangerous criminals. Raza fanatics et al often say they are genuinely anti-crime blah blah, but when a program is actually effective in protecting the public from foreign thugs, the illegal-alien cheerleaders do everything they can to destroy it.

As they do against the common-sense Secure Communities policy.

Immigration and ‘Secure Communities’, By Jessica Vaughan and Mike Stopa, Boston Globe, May 24, 2011

MOST ILLEGAL immigrants worry about being deported, so it is not unusual that they fear the police. This fear erupted into protests when Governor Patrick announced in December that Massachusetts would implement Secure Communities, a federal program that helps Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) coordinate efforts with state and local police to find and remove criminal illegal immigrants.

Under this program, the fingerprints of arrested criminal suspects would be checked against federal immigration databases. In Boston, where it was first piloted, in the last two years, ICE put 268 felons on the path to removal to their home countries.

The Patrick administration has held public hearings across the state, ostensibly to explain the program to the immigrant population. But the governor’s delay exacts a real cost to our state.

According to ICE statistics, every day about 60 non-citizens are arrested in the Commonwealth. About half of these are illegal immigrants. Overall, we spend $30 million a year to incarcerate illegal immigrants in Massachusetts, according to state figures.

What rational argument can there be for allowing illegal immigrants who commit crimes to stay here in defiance of immigration laws?

We attended the public hearings in Framingham, Lawrence, Waltham, Chelsea, and Brockton, and watched representatives of ethnic and civil liberties groups, the Socialist Workers Party, and a service workers union speak against Secure Communities. These advocates declared that, far from enhancing safety for all, the information-sharing would undermine it, as immigrants would stop reporting crimes because they fear they would also be deported.

But this fear is unwarranted. It is not based on experience, but on the misleading portrayal of Secure Communities by its organized opponents who seem to believe that Massachusetts should remain a sanctuary for illegal immigrants. What they should be telling immigrants instead is that not a single innocent crime victim, not in Boston nor in the 41 other states where Secure Communities operates, has been deported after reporting a crime. It is longstanding ICE policy that victims and witnesses are not targets of immigration law enforcement.

Secure Communities might have protected Maria Palaguachi-Cela and her young son [pictured] from Luis Guaman, an illegal immigrant accused in February of murdering them and throwing their bodies in a dumpster outside their Brockton apartment. Guaman had prior arrests under different names, first for domestic violence in New York, and then for a stabbing in Brockton.

If this program had been in place earlier, ICE probably would have sent him home a long time ago.

Opponents cite statistics showing that the violent felons make up “only’’ 39 percent of the offenders processed by the Boston ICE office. But whether or not they are all violent is irrelevant. It makes little sense to the average person that petty foreign criminals should be immune from immigration laws. And many escape conviction because local prosecutors drop charges when they realize ICE will seek to remove them. Hundreds of others in this category are serial immigration scofflaws who have been ordered deported before.

By opposing Secure Communities, illegal immigrants adhere to a calculus that an imagined increase in the possibility of deportation if one reports a crime outweighs the danger of tolerating an entrenched criminal population. But, in reality, if Patrick allows Massachusetts to remain a sanctuary state, how many crimes will have to transpire before shattered and enraged citizens demand that he turn that calculation on its head?

Jessica Vaughan is a researcher with the Center for Immigration Studies. Mike Stopa is a nanophysicist at Harvard University who blogs at www.mikestopa.com.

Mexican Criminal Finally Imprisoned after Five Prior Repatriations

Below is an example of much that’s wrong with US immigration policy. Ricardo Elvin Martinez of Guadalajara, Mexico, has been deported five times and has been convicted of 24 offenses, including robbery, but apparently has suffered no more severe punishment than five free trips home.

Why would anyone be surprised that he returned numerous times to the full refrigerator USA? It’s all gravy. Even the legal sanctions are rewards: a flight from Norfolk to Guadalajara is worth several hundred dollars, assuming he gets the full service deportation to his town. Some illegals get themselves arrested before the holidays in order to fly Uncle Sam, where the price is right for a flight home.

The element that’s missing is negative reinforcement — punishment! — the memory of unpleasantness that causes the disinclination to repeat offend. These days, even prison can be a cushy deal (possibly nicer than the guy’s home), like the recently opened deluxe alien detention center in Arizona that’s more like a hotel than a jail.

That won’t do. An unpleasant experience is required in jail to create the proper negative impression connected with entering America illegally.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Maricopa County has the right idea with his famously non-luxurious jail accommodations with baloney sandwiches (shown below).

In Norfolk, man sent to prison after 5th deportation to Mexico, The Virginian-Pilot, May 23, 2011

An illegal immigrant with 24 convictions who has been thrown out of the country five times was sentenced Monday to 7½ years in prison following his latest conviction.

Ricardo Elvin Martinez, 47, of Guadalajara, Mexico, was caught here in September when a U.S. Customs officer found him sleeping in a shipping container on a cargo train that pulled into Norfolk International Terminals.

Martinez was sentenced in U.S. District Court after pleading guilty to illegally re-entering the country after he had been deported for having a felony conviction.

Martinez had been deported five times and was last removed in August 2009. His 24 convictions in five states include offenses for robbery, larceny and dealing cocaine. Four times he was caught near the Mexican border.

“Each time he turned right back around and unlawfully reentered the country, once within a matter of days,” the U.S. attorney’s office said in a court filing. Prosecutors asked for a nine-year prison term.

“Seemingly, his only purpose here has been to violate our laws and terrorize our citizens,” the filing said.

Martinez’s attorney argued for leniency, citing his client’s physical and mental problems stemming from being shot in the back of the head six years ago. The bullet remains in his skull, the attorney said in a court filing.

Somali Immigration: Extreme Diversity Is Pushed by Powerful Interests

I’m proud to say that I have been criticizing Somali immigration since 2003, when I wrote Banned in Lewiston: Female Genital Mutilation? to illustrate that not all diversity is equal, particularly regarding women’s rights and safety. In fact, Somalis are arguably the worst choice of any ethnic group on earth for immigration to a first-world country because of their barbaric cultural practices as well as propensity toward violent jihad and crime.

Female genital mutilation is the practice of hacking out a little girl’s private parts with a rusty blade. According the World Health Organization, its prevalence in Somalia is 98 percent, and immigrants to this country have shown little inclination to giving it up. The practice is a form of torture and has no place in America, where women have human rights. But authorities prefer to ignore the brutality which is an acceptable cultural behavior in Somalia and other African nations but is criminal here.

Somali misogyny goes beyond unimaginable mutilations; in Somalia, rape victims may be executed, such as the 13-year-old who was stoned to death in 2008.

In addition, Somalis are Muslims who often practice polygamy in accordance with Islam and need to be educated that wife-beating is unlawful here. They have shown ingenuity for crime, including food stamp fraud and gangster activities like sex trafficking.

A couple dozen Somali men returned to their homeland to join the jihadist group al Shebaab. One of them, Minneapolis high school graduate Shirwa Ahmed blew up himself and thirty others in Mogadishu in 2008.

Last November, a Somali who had attended several years of school here plotted to bomb a Christmas-tree-lighting ceremony in Portland, hoping to kill hundreds of families.

The subject of Somali immigration comes up now because PBS is about to show a propaganda piece, Welcome to Shelbyville (complete with local outreach), about the wonders of extreme Somali diversity. Multiculti liberals pretend that Somalis are just another group moving to America, very similar to many people’s ancestors. Anyone who objects to the enforced diversity is a racist knuckle-dragger, in the liberal view, and even the film’s trailer seems to go out of its way to slime the American residents of Shelbyville who don’t want to be Somalified.

Diversity cultists forget that immigration is supposed to benefit Americans, not insult our culture and values with their barbarity. Anyway, who needs the additional hostility? Don’t we have enough homegrown conflict already? Surely we have plenty.

The well funded slime machine has also done a number on a local reporter, Brian Mosely, as described below. See Refugee Resettlement Watch and Atlas Shrugs for more details.

Shame on PBS, the State Department and a number of liberal groups for sponsoring this misogynous propaganda, which is also dangerous from a national security perspective. They must think if they can convince Americans that Somalis are appropriate immigrants, they can dump any refugees they want in any town ad infinitem.

About “Welcome to Shelbyville”, By Brian Mosely, Times-Gazette, May 21, 2011

As many of our readers are aware, in late 2007, I wrote a five part series about the impact that the introduction of Somali refugees were having on Bedford County. The stories focused on how the refugees got here, their traditions and beliefs, and took an honest look at the many cultural clashes that were taking place between the locals and the newcomers.

The series provoked a huge controversy, along with much discussion and debate from members of our community.

Then, in August 2008, the Times-Gazette reported that a new union contract at the Shelbyville Tyson Foods facility replaced Labor Day as a paid holiday with the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr.

That story put Shelbyville on the national stage, with the topic touching off coverage from the national news media, as well as massive attention on the issue from talk radio hosts, websites and blogs, some of which continues to this very day.

The controversy the stories created led a documentary crew to Shelbyville in late 2008 to shoot “Welcome to Shelbyville,” which will air nationwide, May 24 on PBS at 9 p.m.. The film received financing from progressive migration advocates, and has been sponsored by the state department as overseas propaganda. The “propaganda” label comes from no less an authority than the New York Times. Continue reading this article

Lost Angeles: Diverse Gang Update

Here’s an interesting review of who’s up and who’s down in southern California crime. Black gangs manage to hang on, though the hispanic and illegal alien gangsters are gaining in power because of their exploding population.

Demography can be cruel: some blacks have been forced to find honest work as a result of the failing gang biz, we learn.

Nevertheless, elite liberals in Los Angeles remain in deep denial about the ethnic transformation of who the criminals are, to the point where reformed black gangsters are still sent to do-gooder fundraisers in Hollywood. Nobody wants to make the hired help in the mansion feel uncomfortable by using more representative Mexican hoodlums. So sensitive.

The Globalization of South Los Angeles, How government policy replaced American blacks with illegal immigrants in the South L.A. drug trade, by Tim Stanley, National Review, May 19, 2011

My driving instructor used to be a member of a South L.A. gang, but business dried up in the 1990s, and he was forced to get a job instead. He’s about five feet tall, but everyone calls him “Big.” “It was pretty sweet round here in the Nineties,” Big tells me as we navigate the barren streets between the Westside and South Central. That was what he calls the “golden age” of the Crips and the Bloods. Both African-American gangs are still strong, but they’ve lost a lot of their clout. “They were tough bastards, but they were our bastards,” says Big. “They were born around here, you know? They were real Americans.” And they sang and danced about it, too, turning South L.A. into a site of cultural significance for nearly a decade. It was here that the Rodney King riots started in 1992, turning the ghetto into the Immortal City of black poverty, fetishized in the hip-hop of Snoop Dogg and the movies of Spike Lee.

But, as Big explains to me, South L.A. has undergone some changes since then. The decline of the black gangs and the rise of a new Hispanic force based around 18th Street is a fascinating tale of globalization, endemic crime, and social turmoil. Likewise, the ignorance displayed by Hollywood and its environs north of the ghetto offers a glimpse into the myopia of West Coast liberalism.

Put simply, South L.A. used to be majority black; now it is majority Hispanic. In 1980, 71 percent of the population was African-American. According to the 2010 census, that figure has fallen to 31 percent, while the proportion of Hispanic residents is now 62 percent. One fun innovation the Hispanic migrants have brought with them is a culture of raising livestock at home. In contemporary South L.A., it is not unusual to be woken up at 6 a.m. by the sound of a rooster crowing. While turning onto Gage Avenue, I nearly drove my car into a goat. Continue reading this article

Coptic Bishop Warns Germans (and Everyone Else) about Islam

From the excellent KitmanTV: a Coptic bishop cautioned German Christians that what happened to his country (Egypt) can happen in Europe. Coptic Christianity was the majority religion in Egypt for hundreds of years until Islam was spread “by the sword” and beat down Christians, which it continues to do today.

In fact, why does any Western society continue to admit Muslim immigrants when the policy has been shown to be so destructive? More followers of Islam means increased violence and social disruption. Are diversity and political correctness more important than cultural survival?

Patrick Kennedy Speaks for Mental Health

After the shooting of Rep. Gabriel Giffords by a disturbed college dropout, I wrote that the crime was a failure of the community to demand mental health treatment for the young man, rather than of gun control (e.g. PBS Examines Mental Health Intervention in Light of Giffords Shooting).

Pima Community College knew very well that Jared Loughner was a dangerously unstable young man, and it suspended him from campus to ward off future lawsuits, instead of pushing him into much needed treatment. Students in classes with him feared getting shot Virginia Tech style.

Liberal media propagandists like Paul Krugman jumped on the Giffords shooting just hours afterward when nothing was known of the killer’s motivation to connect the mass murder with conservative rhetoric and Arizona’s freedom to carry.

So it was almost pleasant to see the execrable ex-congressman Patrick Kennedy interviewed about mental problems as being the last persistent stigma, and he specifically mentioned Jared Loughner as an example.

Mexican Cartels Operate Freely in Southern Arizona

How extensive is the Mexican organized crime’s incursion into American territory? Very extensive, and getting worse, judging from the presence of cartel spotters 100 miles north of the border. Not only that, authorities estimate that there are 200 to 300 cartel scouts occupying mountain peaks in southern Arizona, guiding the delivery of drugs and illegal aliens.

Mexican organized crime is as violent as any political enemy, and Rep. Mike McCaul has recommended that the cartels be added to the government’s list of terrorists.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration only recently bowed to public pressure to leave the National Guard on the border instead of removing the troops in June as was his plan.

Even so, Washington’s major attention remains focused on military operations abroad, particularly in Libya (where the 60-day legal limit has been reached).

Unsurprisingly, a recent Rasmussen poll showed that fewer than one-third of voters believe that the Mexican border is secure.

Foreign invaders operate at will on American soil, but the administration pretends there is no problem because of its political reasons of hispandering for the next election.

Cartels using Ariz. mountaintops to spy on cops, MSNBC, May 20, 2011

TUCSON, Ariz. — Hiking through rough Arizona desert terrain a few miles north of the Mexican border recently with a group of armed DEA agents, we were approached by a lone U.S. Border Patrol agent. He warned we should be careful up ahead, because two people believed to be spotters for a Mexican drug cartel had just been seen running down a ridge to elude U.S. authorities.

By now, agents told us, the men were probably hunkered down in a cave or crevice to wait out the patrol. But just to be safe, the DEA agents spread out to cover more ground as they moved forward again, watching closely for the suspected Mexican surveillance team likely sent by drug traffickers to spy on American law enforcement officials on their own soil.

Making our way slowly to the rugged hilltops about a mile away, we came across several caves carved out of the rock by wind and rain. On the floor of one of them, we saw clear evidence that a surveillance team had been camping out. Two blankets were spread out next to a pair of shoes. Nearby were boxes of food, tarps, water jugs, toothpaste and a portable stove, on top of which was a pan with fresh cooking oil still in it.

Agents also found radio chargers and car batteries used to power communications gear. They told NBC producer-photographer Al Henkel and me that Mexican surveillance teams will work in these mountains for 30 to 60 days at a time.

“They locate themselves up on these ridgelines, up in caves, hidey holes, ’spider holes’ we call them,” said DEA agent Todd Scott. He and the agents wondered if this particular “spider hole” was home to the two men just seen running away.

Estimated 200 to 300 drug scouts

Federal drug agents say Mexican cartel surveillance teams have set up observation posts on most of the mountain-tops in the Arizona west desert area, from the Mexican border to Phoenix more than 100 miles north. Most of that land sits inside the vast Tohono O’odham Indian reservation, which is the size of Connecticut, but is sparsely populated by only about 20,000 residents. Continue reading this article

Obama Punts Hispandering to Congress

Remember when comprehensive amnesty was a vital issue to the President? He travelled to the border city of El Paso on May 10 for a special speech aimed at his Mexican base, full of concern for their welfare.

Obama mocked immigration enforcement, suggesting that patriots wanted a moat on the border, with alligators.

Hey, I’m willing to give it a try.

Meanwhile, smuggling illegal aliens into America has grown into a very profitable enterprise, particularly for those who already have the infrastructure in place, namely Mexican organized crime.

Truckloads of migrants a billion-dollar business, Associated Press, May 19 , 2011

The United Nations estimates that smuggling migrants across Mexico’s border with the U.S. alone is a $6.6 billion business annually, compared to an estimated the $10 billion to $29 billion in illegal drug running. The migrant smuggling estimate doesn’t include another $1 billion paid by thousands of non-Mexicans to cross from Guatemala and travel north, according to a 2010 U.N. report on transnational crime.

Now Obama has transferred his amnesty issue to the Congress, where it will hopefully shrivel and die. However, there have been suggestions that some Democrats might try to jigger a deal to swap universal e-verify for the DREAM Act stealth amnesty, as noted below. Let’s not go there, Congress!

Obama puts immigration in Congress’ court, Associated Press, May 19, 2011

With a re-election campaign looming, President Barack Obama is pushing Congress to overhaul the immigration system, but lawmakers seems to have little appetite to take on the issue.

In recent speeches at the Mexican border in El Paso, Texas, and the National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, Obama said his administration has followed through on demands to secure the border, and now it’s time for Congress to put revamping immigration back on the agenda and make something happen.

“Comprehensive immigration reform is not only an economic imperative or a security imperative, it is also a moral imperative,” Obama told the prayer breakfast.

But Republicans say any effort to allow illegal immigrants to stay in the country or any effort that doesn’t address the inadequacies they see in border security is doomed to fail.

Although legislation has yet to be introduced, many lawmakers agree the most likely first step toward immigration legislation is a requirement that all businesses use E-Verify. The E-Verify program lets businesses know whether employees have the necessary papers to work in the U.S. Such legislation could give Democrats political cover by addressing immigration requirements that preclude tough crackdowns on immigrants, and give Republicans an opportunity to say they provided a new enforcement tool to stop illegal immigration.

The president’s recent push, which started in April with a White House meeting on immigration issues and other events involving Latino celebrities, prompted Senate Democrats this month to reintroduce the DREAM Act. The bill would give a path to legal status for law-abiding young people who were brought into the United States without documents as children and who either plan to attend college or join the military.

“Our immigration laws prevent thousands of young people from fully contributing to our nation’s future,” Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said in a statement announcing the bill he drafted. “These are honor roll students, star athletes, talented artists and valedictorians. These children are tomorrow’s doctors, nurses, teachers, firefighters, soldiers and senators, and we should give them the opportunity to reach their full potential.”

Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif., has introduced a similar bill in the House.

Republicans, who control the House, insist the DREAM Act will never pass.

“It’s amnesty for up to 2 million people,” said Rep. Lamar Smith, a Texas Republican and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, which has some jurisdiction over immigration legislation. “I just don’t see it when you are still talking about amnesty.” Smith said the bill rewards the undocumented parents and is “an open invitation to fraud.”

But GOP House members have pledged to introduce an E-Verify bill for employers.

Some Democrats have suggested a compromise bill incorporating elements of both DREAM and E-Verify, even as they acknowledge the prospects for such a deal are dim. Continue reading this article

Illegals Benefit from Affirmative Action

Citizen students, whose parents pay taxes to support the state university system, lose out when affirmative action guidelines are used to give advantage to illegal aliens.

Not only that, but the poorly prepared aliens frequently drop out, as noted in the video, according to the former Associate Dean of the University of Maryland. Illegals are seen by the admissions office as desirably diverse, unlike American citizen kids.

This item follows a recent report about the same institution:

University Insiders: Illegal Immigrants Get Affirmative Action, Fox News, May 17, 2011

This week, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley signed a bill to require the state’s public universities to give undocumented aliens — generally illegal — in-state tuition privileges.

The bill, known as the Dream Act, is already the law in ten other states, including California, New York, Texas and Illinois.

But critics argue that the bill will give illegal aliens better treatment than Americans and legal immigrants — thanks to existing diversity policies at universities. Continue reading this article

California’s Two-Tier Demographic Disaster

The latest news from California shows the stupidity of welcoming millions of unskilled immigrants and illegal aliens who have no desire to assimilate to American values of education and improvement. They may temporarily provide cheap labor for business, but the long-term harm is permanent.

A huge proportion of the state’s population is mired in stubborn poverty, according to a recent analysis of 2010 census data.

Dan Walters: Latest numbers reveal two-tier California, Sacramento Bee, May 18, 2011

A quarter-century ago, I wrote a series of articles about California’s megatrends that transmogrified into a book, “The New California: Facing the 21st Century.”

My chief premise was that intertwining cultural, demographic, economic and political forces were radically transforming the state.

I quoted one academic study that saw “the possible emerging of a two-tier economy with Asians and non-Hispanic whites competing for high-status positions while Hispanics and blacks struggle to get low-paying service jobs.”

Last week’s release of detailed 2010 census data and this week’s unveiling of a massive statistical study of Californians’ educations, incomes and health confirm that what was theory in 1985 has become reality. Continue reading this article