Reporting from Washington — Critics of the Obama administration’s decision to sue Arizona over its new law to control illegal immigration accuse the government of overlooking a more obvious target: the dozens of cities that called themselves a “sanctuary” for immigrants.
“Everyone has noticed the hypocrisy of the government going after Arizona and ignoring the sanctuary cities,” said Bob Dane, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform. “They have it exactly backwards. Arizona is applying federal law, and sanctuary cities are violating it.”
Justice Department lawyers on Thursday asked a judge in Phoenix to block Arizona’s law from going into effect on the grounds it interferes with federal immigration policy. The law is due to take effect in the coming week.
The Justice Department lawyers say the government wants to catch and deport criminal immigrants, but it does not wish to take custody of hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who areotherwise abiding by the law.
Right, as if unlawfully occupying American jobs and using stolen Social Security numbers (a felony) makes the aliens “otherwise abiding by the law.”
But worse than that is the threat to public safety when the most violent foreign criminals are treated like privileged characters, which is what happens in sanctuary cities.
Heather MacDonald explained how the policy is seriously hazardous to public safety by allowing known criminals to roam free:
LAPD officers recognize illegal deported gang members all the time—flashing gang signs at court hearings for rival gangbangers, hanging out on the corner, or casing a target. These illegal returnees are, simply by being in the country after deportation, committing a felony (in contrast to garden-variety illegals on their first trip to the U.S., say, who are only committing a misdemeanor). “But if I see a deportee from the Mara Salvatrucha [Salvadoran prison] gang crossing the street, I know I can’t touch him,” laments a Los Angeles gang officer. Only if the deported felon has given the officer some other reason to stop him, such as an observed narcotics sale, can the cop accost him—but not for the immigration felony.
The most important argument against alien sanctuary is the increasing list of crime victims, including Los Angeles high school football star Jamiel Shaw (shown) who was killed by an illegal alien gangster one day after the criminal was released from jail without being deported.
There is NO evidence that illegals speak up with evidence against criminals, which is the bogus reason given by many sanctuary supporters; the policy is promoted because the open-borders extremists do NOT care that the program helps violent criminals to stay and commit more crimes against innocent citizens. To them, open borders is an issue that supercedes the rule of law.
In case you didn’t know, 2010 is the 30-year anniversary of the Mariel Boatlift, the massive exodus of Cubans to south Florida with the blessing of both Fidel Castro and President Jimmy Carter. Jimmy may have thought it would be a generous act to welcome an unlimited number of unhappy Cubans, plus it would have the Cold War propaganda value of showing people fleeing commie Cuba for the freedom of America.
It didn’t work out quite so nicely. Crafty Castro saw an opportunity to cull his nation’s herd of undesirables, and he released Cuba’s criminals and the insane to the warm, foolish embrace of America. The influx of so many foreigners in a few short months destroyed Miami’s American nature.
Recently the folks at National Public Radio noted the anniversary by inviting Marielitos to phone in and share their memories of the event. Naturally the tone was celebratory about the diversity of the huge horde of foreigners who were plopped into Miami, the residents of which had no choice about the matter.
(The link below leads to an audio file of the radio broadcast.)
[HOST NEIL] CONAN: And the story that was in the Herald described it as a pivotal moment when the city became inevitable, started to change its identity to become the international city it is now.
[Ms. LUISA YANEZ (Reporter, Miami Herald)]: Absolutely. All of a sudden – you know, there have been Cubans here. There were Cubans here. But when 125,000 new Cubans arrived here, it changed Miami forever, totally. We became more of an international city. Spanish was spoken. It had been spoken before, but now it was everywhere.
You had a whole new crop of new Cuban arrivals in this area. So it really changed Miami forever.
CONAN: There was a battle over bilingual reforms that summer, the bilingualism went down, required to speak English, a battle that I think went on for 13 years.
Ms. YANEZ: Absolutely, and not everybody welcomed all the Cubans that arrived. So that created some tensions with the older residents here, who felt that they were losing their Miami. So they set out to prevent I guess Spanish becoming an official language in the city and the county. And that was very bitter. That created a lot of bitterness in the community.
Imagine the situation from the viewpoint of Miami residents. Washington deposited 130,000 unscreened refugees, many of whom were violent criminals, within six months who then insisted that the city must accept their language as official. But it’s the Americans who are criticized as unwelcoming because they “felt that they were losing their Miami.” The city’s rapid transformation from an American city into an “international” one is characterized as a positive development — perhaps to Cubans.
CONAN: In a lot of ways, you’re seeing in some ways the same battle that happened in Miami in 1980 happening in other places in the United States right now.
Ms. YANEZ: That’s true. You could say that that’s the same thing is happening out West, too. But Miami always bounces back. You know, we always we absorbed all those people. Today you know, back then, being, like my dad was saying, being a Mariel could be, you know, a negative term, what we would say somebody who was a Mariel was a you know, it wasn’t very nice.
But today, 30 years later, I think we’re just all Cuban refugees, escaping from the same regime.
The Mariel boatlift was one of the most disastrous examples of failed social engineering via immigration ever. But NPR attempted to paper over the catastrophe with cheerful first-person accounts. American residents of Miami were not invited to call in.
In the video below with clips from the time, one police officer noted that Miami’s homicide rate doubled the year following Mariel, and a detective described Cuba’s criminal export scam saying, “It was like an invading army was dropped in here to rape, pillage and burn in our town.”
Poor Muslims. Those who reside in the West claim they suffer terribly because of constant discrimination from mean-spirited homies.
Helpfully, the liberal media periodicaly reminds us callous Europeans and Americans of our cruelty. (But the snow job about Islam being a misunderstood Religion Of Peace has been undermined by the Muslims increasingly hostile behavior toward us infidels in the last little while.)
The relatively uncommon burka is just one of the issues making things tense. ‘It’s like the Jew before,’ one businessman says of the prejudice. ‘It’s dangerous.’
Reporting from Mantes-la-Jolie, France — Be patient. This is just a phase. It will all blow over eventually. That’s what Abdel Basset Zitouni tells the young people who come seeking his advice on getting a job or starting a business.
But Zitouni’s counsel isn’t just in response to questions about finding work in a depressed economy.
Many of the people who knock on his office door are Muslims from the housing projects in this city west of Paris who have felt the sting of discrimination.
They tell of an unwelcoming professional world, with regular bank rejections for business loans, or months without a callback for an interview.
Below, the Grenoble civil unrest left burned cars in the street.
Speaking of automotive property destruction, the Grenoble turmoil was a mere hiccup in the ongoing national car-roast that France has undergone because of Islamic diversity. New Years has become an annual conflagration, exemplified by the most recent:
Youths burned 1,137 cars across France overnight as New Year’s Eve celebrations once again turned violent, the French Interior Ministry said on Friday.
Car burnings are regular occurrences in poor suburbs that ring France’s big cities, but the arson is especially prevalent during New Year’s Eve revelry.
The number of vehicles torched was only 10 short of the record 1,147 burned this time last year, even though the Interior Ministry mobilized 45,000 police during the night — 10,000 more than 12 months ago.
Note to Sons of Allah: if you want a friendlier attitude from the French, then cutting back of mass car-b-ques would be a fine place to start. Destroying the family car of 200,000 people is no way to win friends and influence people
The rejection of the mosque by the American people additionally reflects the growing awareness that Islam is the enemy of our most basic values, despite the avalanche of liberal propaganda about the “Religion of Peace.”
Just 20% of U.S. voters favor the building of an Islamic mosque near the Ground Zero site of the World Trade Center in New York City, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.
Fifty-four percent (54%) oppose the planned building of a mosque near where Muslim terrorists brought down the skyscrapers by crashing commercial airliners into them on September 11, 2001. Three thousand people died in the incident and related attacks that day.
Americans don’t seem to be strongly engaged with the story, however. Just 22% say they’re following the story Very Closely. Another 29% are following it Somewhat Closely.
The developers of the 13-story Cordoba mosque two blocks from Ground Zero say the project is “about promoting integration, tolerance of difference and community cohesion through arts and culture.” Opponents of the project, including many who lost loved ones in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, see the mosque as a deliberate provocation that dishonors the memories of those who died.
Some have argued that the mosque will “honor” the 9/11 victims by promoting the peaceful side of Islam, but only 30% are even somewhat confident that the proposed mosque is being built to honor those who died in the 9/11 attacks. Fifty-eight percent (58%) don’t share that confidence. This includes 15% who are Very Confident and 32% who are Not At All Confident. […]
Thirty-eight percent (38%) of voters now feel America is safer today than it was before 9/11, up seven points from an all-time low of 31% in late May. Forty-five percent (45%) do not believe this to be true.
Last September, 49% of Americans said most of their fellow countrymen have already forgotten the impact of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Thirty-nine percent (39%) disagreed.
Voters 40 and older are much more likely to oppose the Ground Zero mosque than those who are younger.
Seventy-six percent (76%) of Republicans and 50% of voters not affiliated with either major party oppose building the mosque near the World Trace Center site. Democrats are evenly divided on the question.
Democrats are also much more confident that the mosque will honor those who died on 9/11.
Only 13% of voters think America’s relationship with the Muslim world will be better a year from now. Thirty percent (30%) say that relationship will get worse, and 48% think it will stay the same.
Below, the D-Day rally in Manhattan against the Ground Zero mosque drew a huge crowd.
Furthermore, the Cordoba Initiative is not an outreach program but a thinly disguised example of Muslims proclaiming Islamic supremacy in America.
In addition, the piece is an excellent example of what can be done with simple video. In it, Terry walks around a park where he played freely as a boy, but he describes how the park and his community have been changed for the worse from the illegal alien onslaught.
It would be great if sovereignty-minded citizens around the country made similar videos of their neighborhoods, explaining how excess immigration has harmed those places. Such testaments would be useful tools in our cause of saving the country as well as records for history.
California RINO gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman has blundered into the hazardous firing range of Los Angeles radio guys John and Ken for her rapid switch from “tough as nails” immigration enforcer in the primary to hispandering liar now in the general election. They are not happy that the E-bay billionaire is “talking out of both sides of her mouth in two different languages.”
More recently, the radio guys have been running the Heads on a Stick campaign to fight out-of-control spending by the California government.
Whitman’s Spanish-language advertising (including billboards like the one pictured that condemn Arizona’s immigration law and Prop 187) does not match up with her statements in English, and John and Ken have noticed — big time. For the past couple days, their website has demanded of Whitman, “Stop the Pandering!” and includes contact information for her campaign; plus the radio show has been filled with fierce invective against lying politicians. During the 2003 Gray Davis recall, they supported Schwarzenegger for governor as being the real deal on the immigration issue. But he turned weasel, and as a result of being misled, John and Ken say they are now more demanding of straight talk from candidates.
(For a sample of what’s going on, listen to the 3pm hour from July 21, where the Meg-bashing starts at 3:19 in: AUDIO.)
Their radio show has a huge audience in Los Angeles, and the Meg-bashing is now getting attention from other media, even the liberal LA Times:
A wise gubernatorial candidate should know better than to mess with John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou, hosts of one of the most listened to radio programs in the United States. The John & Ken Show broadcasts live from Los Angeles every weekday on AM-640, for an astonishing five consecutive hours—including during peak drive time.
Since the early 1990s, John and Ken have built an audience of millions—one listener at a time—by waging grass-roots campaigns against elected officials they find hypocritical. Where they have made the most serious ground is in taking on governors, which is why their newest target, Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman, should take heed. In 1993, John and Ken were instrumental in toppling New Jersey governor Jim Florio. In 2003, they were instrumental in getting Governor Gray Davis recalled.
“In October 2009, Meg Whitman came on our show and made her position on illegal immigration very clear,” John told me in an interview earlier today, explaining that Whitman’s “tone and her words were all about how tough she was going to be.” Then last Friday, a Spanish-language op-ed quoted Whitman as saying there was little difference between her and Jerry Brown when it comes to immigration issues. John and Ken read that and were stunned—Brown supports amnesty as “a path to citizenship.”
On Monday morning, along came the final straw: “Visuals have great impact,” John said, relating a tale told by a listener, who was driving though the San Fernando Valley, when he spotted Meg Whitman billboards all across Latino neighborhoods, in Spanish, using “defiantly words you’d expect from Jerry Brown!”
The billboards read, “No a la Proposicion 187 y NO a la ley de Arizona” and are signed by Meg Whitman. (Prop 187 aims to deny illegal immigrants access to health care, public schools and other social services; Arizona law aims to identify, prosecute and deport illegal immigrants.) […]
Will the candidate defend her actions on The John and Ken Show? She might have to—only this time, her campaign managers would be wise to brush up on the hosts’ backstory. ‘Cause when John and Ken talk, people listen and governors (or governors-to-be) fall.
But a tangle with John and Ken will seriously hurt her. She has been making rookie mistakes in a big league game, and is likely to spend over $100 million and lose the election– because she thought she could hispander on immigration and get away with it.
This case had a bad smell from the beginning, when the military was claiming “no problema” about dozens of Afghan trainees disappearing from Lackland Air Force Base near San Antonio. Some instances can be chalked up to low-rent Muslims taking advantage of being in America to escape their dirtbag homeland, sometimes to Canada where asylum is easy. Not all, however.
Fox News has been investigating, and it turns out the deserters had some help from the local invasion experts on the fine points of underground escape. Apparently the two groups’ shared interest — violating American sovereignty — is enough of a bond to overcome cultural differences.
A loose network of Mexican-American women, some of whom may be illegal immigrants, have been responsible for helping numerous Afghan military deserters go AWOL from an Air Force Base in Texas, FoxNews.com has learned.
Many of the Afghans, with the women’s assistance, have made their way to Canada; the whereabouts of others remain unknown. Some of the men have been schooled by the women in how to move around the U.S. without any documentation.
The Afghan deserters refer to the women as “BMWs” — Big Mexican Women — and they often are the first step in the Afghans’ journey from Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, to Canada, a diplomatic official told FoxNews.com. He requested anonymity because he is not authorized to speak publicly during an ongoing investigation by U.S. and international authorities into who helped the Afghans leave the Defense Language Institute’s English Language Center at Lackland.
The official’s account was supported by a source at the Defense Language Institute (DLI), who also requested anonymity. Foreign soldiers attend DLI to learn English before they receive specialized military training at various installations in the U.S.
The Afghan military men usually meet the women at three nightclubs in San Antonio, according to the DLI source, who accompanied some of the men to these locations and has been privy to discussions among them about the establishments and the women. The nightclubs include two military hangouts — Tiffany’s Cocktails and Mirage, located outside Lackland’s main gate — and Graham Central Station, a massive warehouse-like building in downtown San Antonio that houses “six nightclubs under one roof” that host a variety of theme nights. Photos on Graham Central’s website show scantily clad women rolling around in what appears to be Jell-O.
In the past eight years, no fewer than 46 members of the Afghan military have gone absent without leave from DLI. As most Afghans on the base do not have cars, many of them depended on the women to pick them up at Lackland’s back gate in the middle of the night and help them vanish.
The security angle is considered in this Fox TV clip:
When Mexico’s irritating Presidente Calderon was made to feel comfortable during his May visit by Obama about bashing Arizona, he responded by laying it on thick. He addressed Congress and proceeded to accuse the state, an important part of America, of racial profiling. Furthermore, the Democrat half of Congress stood and cheered the foreign leader of an unfriendly country as he condemned Arizona.
Seven other Latin American countries want to join Mexico in supporting a lawsuit challenging Arizona’s immigration enforcement law.
Bolivia, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Paraguay and Peru filed separate, nearly identical motions to join Mexico’s legal brief supporting the lawsuit filed by U.S. civil rights and other advocacy groups.
A federal judge formally accepted Mexico’s filing July 1 but did not immediately rule on the latest motions filed late last week.
Mexico says the law would lead to racial profiling and hinder trade, tourism and the fight against drug trafficking.
The ever-astute former UN AmbassadorJohn Bolton noted the connection between Washington weakness and nips from pipsqueaks:
There’s nothing like a softball “poll” to hide cultural dysfunction and promote an open-borders agenda. That’s what would be expected when Univision — the Spanish media company that profits from Mexifornication — is making up the questions. Put them together with the liberal Associated Press and what comes out is a happy-face portrayal of immigration in general and hispanics in particular.
For starters, hispanics profess to LOVE education and hope their kiddies will be college graduates, we read from the poll, but the truth is not so cheerful. In fact, hispanic kids have among the highest school dropout rates of any ethnic group. Talk is cheap; real achievement is harder.
Hispanics worry more than most Americans about losing jobs and paying bills. But they place a high importance on education and expect their children to go to college — even if most of them don’t expect the United States to elect a Latino president in the next 20 years.
An Associated Press-Univision poll of more than 1,500 Latinos shows them eager to blend into American society while still holding onto their cultural identity. They are likewise torn between hopes for tomorrow and daily doses of financial stress.
They are “eager to blend into American society” — how reassuring.
Back to the article at hand, even the AP had to admit that hispanic admiration for education does not extend to actual performance.
Despite their esteem for school, 37 percent of Hispanics are not high school graduates, compared with 14 percent of the overall population, Census Bureau data show. Twelve percent of Hispanics but 27 percent overall have college degrees or more.
Do we need another reminder that Muslim immigration is a very bad idea? This one is particularly vicious — how blind people with guide dogs are denied normal services by Islamists because they hate canines. Mohammed said dogs were “unclean” so Muslim hysteria about Man’s Best Friend verges on the psychotic.
Wherever Muslims immigrate, they demand that their religion take precedence over Western values, such as the right of the handicapped to use public services. If Muslim cabbies are unwilling to take fares with guide dogs, then they should find another line of work. Why is there even a question? Why should we accommodate their 8th century values, which includes cruelty to the blind?
The despicable situation described below occurred in Britain, but the United States has not been much better. When handicapped citizens run into sharia-demanding Muslims, the Islamists usually prevail. Authorities should tell rude sharia warriors to assimilate or leave, but that is not what’s happening.
Blind passengers are being ordered off buses or refused taxi rides because Muslim drivers or passengers object to their ‘unclean’ guide dogs.
One pensioner, a cancer sufferer, told how had twice been confronted by drivers and asked to get off the bus because of his guide dog, and had also faced hostility at a hospital and in a supermarket over the animal.
The problem to carry guide dogs on religious grounds has become so widespread that the matter was raised in the House of Lords last week, prompting transport minister Norman Baker to warn that a religious objection was not a reason to eject a passenger with a well-behaved guide dog.
While drivers can use their discretion to refuse to carry non-disabled passengers with dogs, they are compelled to accept guide dogs under disability discrimination law.
Yesterday both the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association and the National Federation of the Blind confirmed the problem was common, and, according to the latter organisation was ‘getting worse’.
The tension stems from a strand of Islamic teaching which warns against contact with dogs because the animal’s saliva was considered to be impure, the Muslim Council of Britain said.
It urged Muslims to show tolerance and common sense over the issue.
‘We need to be flexible on this,’ a spokesman said. ‘Muslim drivers should have no hesitation in allowing guide dogs into their bus or car.
‘If a dog does lick you, it’s not the end of the world. Just go home and wash yourself.’
George Herridge [pictured, along with his wife and dog], 73, a retired hospital maintenance manager, told the Daily Mail he was ’stunned’ to be twice asked by bus drivers to leave their vehicles because of his guide dog Andy, a black Labrador.
Mr Herridge, who lives with wife Janet, 69, in Tilehurst, Reading, said that on the first occasion two years ago, he got off at the request of a Muslim driver because some Muslim children on board were ’screaming’ because of the dog.
He found himself in a similar scenario in May last year, when a Muslim woman and her children became ‘hysterical’. Mr Herridge this time refused the driver’s request to alight.
He complained to the bus company which launched an investigation. It later informed him the matter had been dealt with ‘internally’.
(Note to Muslims: if forced to choose, many Westerners would prefer our furry canine friends rather than unpleasant Sons of Allah.)
Finally, the video below concerns stubborn Muslims cabbies who refuse passengers carrying liquor, but the principle of their demanding Islamic standards is the same — along with a similar craven response from authorities (Muslim Taxi Drivers Imposed Sharia Law in Minneapolis).
In this debate McCain stated at around 8 minutes in, “Amnesty means no punishment.” Presumably he believes that lawbreaking illegal aliens should be required to pay a small fine to pretend that they are being penalized for national trespassing.
Plus McCain sounded more concerned with the suffering of Mexicans both south of the border and moving illegally into this country than with the violent lawlessness his citizen constituents face daily on southern ranches. He made a special point that he would not deport the illegal mother of the wife of a soldier he met in Iraq. That’s our Johnny — always generously thinking about the misery of Mexicans. American citizens are on their own however.
This seems to be a pattern: a Muslim dies interacting with police and the whole gang erupts. That sort of incident is what started the 2005 multi-week civil unrest that started in France when a couple Muslim teenagers electrocuted themselves when they were hiding from the police.
France was on riot alert yesterday after hundreds of Muslim youths went on the rampage in Grenoble.
Shots were fired at police and dozens of shops and cars were set on fire in the Alpine town.
Trams and buses were also held up by gangs brandishing baseball bats and bars, and a service station was looted.
The violence followed the fatal shooting of Karim Boudouda, a 27-year-old man involved in an attempted robbery at the Uriage-les-Bains casino, near Grenoble.
Locals accused armed officers of overreacting by gunning down Boudouda, allegedly as he tried to give himself up.
A Grenoble police spokesman said: ‘There has been a very fierce reaction. As mourners gathered in a park to hear Muslim prayers for the dead man late on Friday night, trouble broke out. By Saturday morning tear gas was being used on the youths.
‘At about 2.30am a handgun was used to fire shots at the police. A youth was arrested, which seemed to make matters worse. The trouble went on until morning.’
Many fear the trouble will spread to other towns, as it did in 2005 when the death of two youths in Paris led to rioting and a state of emergency being declared across France.
Vladtepes has translated a video from a local news outlet.
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