Battle of Vienna Film to Open

The movie shown in the trailer following looks like something that many westerners would love to see — a heroic depiction of the successful defense of Europe from the Muslim hordes in 1683. The film is even opening soon, October 12, in. . . Poland.

There are hints that the film may be available in the US at some point, like the IMDB listing for “September Eleven 1683″, and also what appeared to be a press release for the film.

Los Angeles Will Release Deportable Foreign Criminals from Jail into the City

The city of Los Angeles has suffered a number of preventable crimes committed by illegal aliens, but the Chief of Police Charlie Beck is less concerned with protecting public safety than maintaining communications with unlawful foreigners, saying, “We need to build trust in these communities.”

To that end, Chief Beck plans to disregard the successful federal program Secure Communities, which identifies already arrested criminals for their immigration status and turns illegals over to federal authorities for deportation.

Beck insists that under his leadership, only so-called “low-level” criminals will be released back onto the streets, rather than deported to their true homelands, so the little citizens needn’t worry about their safety.

However, the LAPD has not created an atmosphere of trust in this regard among the residents as a whole. The recent penalty phase in the trial of illegal alien Pedro Espinoza revealed that he exhibited very violent behavior in jail, like physically attacking a police officer during questioning, yet he was released onto Los Angeles streets rather than deported. Less than two days after being let go from jail, Espinoza murdered high school football star Jamiel Shaw.

Another action by Beck, under the direction of Mayor Villaraigosa, has been to end the impounds of vehicles driven by unlicensed drivers, a change which was admittedly enacted to benefit illegal aliens. The change essentially removed licensing as a requirement for driving, which made the roadways more dangerous. Unlicensed drivers are involved in one in five fatal crashes according to a 2008 study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

But threats to public safety are no problema for LA’s pro-illegal political leadership — Viva Mexico!

LAPD won’t turn over some illegal immigrants for deportation, Los Angeles Times Blog, October 5, 2012

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, announcing Thursday that hundreds of illegal immigrants arrested by his officers each year in low-level crimes would no longer be turned over to federal authorities for deportation, said he believes the change will help his department’s crime-fighting efforts.

“It strikes me as somebody who runs a police department that is 45% Hispanic and polices a city that is at least that, that we need to build trust in these communities and we need to build cooperation or we won’t be prepared,” Beck said.

The new rules, which are expected to affect about 400 people arrested each year, mark a dramatic attempt by the nation’s second-largest police department to distance itself from federal immigration policies that Beck says are unfair to undocumented immigrants suspected of committing petty offenses.

It’s the latest in a series of moves by Beck to redefine the Los Angeles Police Department’s position on immigration issues. Earlier this year, the chief pushed through a controversial plan that limits the cases in which police officers impound vehicles of drivers operating without a license — a group consisting largely of illegal immigrants. And he came out in favor of issuing driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. Continue reading this article

Illegal Alien Gets Kidney Transplant in San Francisco

Jesus Navarro is an illegal alien whose pathos-riven story inspired the liberal media to get involved in performing a do-gooder project. Some of the local media took on advocacy about getting Jesus an organ transplant, for example when the San Francisco Chronicle published a How To Help section in its article UCSF still may do Jesus Navarro kidney transplant, Feb 10, 2012.

For some background, see my earlier blog, California: Baby-waving Propaganda Underlies Illegal Alien Kidney Transplant Case.

In particular, Jesus was media-savvy enough to drag his cutesy anchor-daughter along to all his media appearances, with the unspoken message, “Don’t let my daddy die!!”

So now Jesus has a new-to-him kidney (meaning an American didn’t get one), courtesy of the generous UCSF hospital which provided the surgery for free to the Mexican. However, the upkeep is where the costs mount up — medications can range from $10,000 to $60,000 a year to prevent rejection of the organ for the remainder of the patient’s life.

Critics objected to California taxpayers getting reamed with the cost of his ongoing medical care, although it’s unlawful for Medi-Cal funds to be spent on illegal aliens, and the case’s notoriety would make it difficult to slide through fraudulently. No problema, says the reporter, Oakland’s La Clinica de La Raza has volunteered to perform all of Navarro’s post-surgery care for free.

However, “free” still means the taxpayers are on the hook. La Clinica gets a big chunk of its funding from government grants, $20,202,187 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011.

UC San Francisco performs kidney transplant for illegal immigrant after thousands support his cause, San Jose Mercury News, October 4, 2012

OAKLAND — Seven years of waiting are over for Jesus Navarro, an illegal immigrant who finally received a new kidney after his story motivated one man plus thousands of others to fight on his behalf for a transplant.

Navarro, 36, was recuperating at his small Oakland apartment Thursday with his wife and daughter after the successful transplant last week at UC San Francisco Medical Center. The hospital became embroiled in controversy nine months ago after Navarro came to believe — despite having private health insurance, despite his wife’s pledge to donate her own kidney — that his immigration status doomed his chances of a transplant.

“I’m hoping to be feeling well enough to do all the things I wanted to do but couldn’t,” Navarro said in Spanish Thursday, after receiving a kidney from an organ donor. More than anything, it means finally being an active, engaged husband to his wife, Angelica, and a doting father to their 3-year-old daughter, Karen.

Until he lost his job in January, Navarro would spend 12 hours every afternoon and night tethered to a dialysis machine then wake before dawn to leave for his job as a welder at Pacific Steel in Berkeley. Continue reading this article

Lewiston Somalis Demand Mayor's Resignation for Suggesting Assimilation

In Lewiston, Maine, Somali immigrants continue to be a problem. The latest unpleasantry is over the idea that they should assimilate to American culture, which the Somalis find insulting, and they are demanding that Mayor Robert MacDonald resign for his remarks.

With Somalis, it’s hard to tell whether the source of their general hostility is a tribal habit or Islamic supremacism.

Didn’t anyone tell them that fitting in was part of the immigration deal? That assimilation to American values, language and culture was the requirement for welcome and acceptance by the citizens? That detail was explained to newbies not so long ago. (See Cliff Notes Assimilation for Somalis for a reminder of the good old days of 2006 when at least a rudimentary outline of cultural integration was taught.)

The current atmosphere of political correctness has made the traditional idea of assimilation fall out of favor in certain quarters. School indoctrination from pre-school through college drills malleable minds with the false belief that diversity is the highest possible good in the universe.

But even with the massive educational and media campaign propagandizing diversity, citizens prefer traditional assimilation. A 2011 Rasmussen poll found “An overwhelming majority (73%) of voters say people who move to the United States from other parts of the world should adopt America’s culture, language and heritage.”

Below, Somalis demand that Lewiston’s mayor resign because they don’t want to assimilate to America’s culture and values.

One reads in the press that Somali expats are moving back to the dear homeland which is lately becoming more peaceful. In Mogadishu and beyond, there’s plenty of Somali culture for anyone who wants some, providing a viable choice for unhappy members of the diaspora. Flights leave North America for Africa regularly.

(You can send Mayor Robert MacDonald a message of support at

Maine mayor: Somalis should leave culture at door, Associated Press, October 4, 2012

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Ten years after a Lewiston mayor set off a firestorm by saying the city’s Somali population was growing too fast, a new mayor’s remarks about the immigrant community is sparking another wave of anger and calls for his resignation.

Somali immigrants and their supporters in this former mill city in central Maine say Mayor Robert Macdonald should apologize and step down for what they call repeated anti-immigrant remarks, including telling a British Broadcasting Corp. interviewer that immigrants should “accept our culture and leave your culture at the door.”

A group of about 50 protesters rallied outside City Hall on Thursday before delivering 1,400 petitions to Macdonald’s office, asking for his resignation.

The mayor’s remarks sounded like he was telling immigrants to abandon their religion, their language and their identities, said Nimo Yonis, 26, one of an about 6,000 Somali refugees who live in Lewiston and the neighboring city of Auburn. The mayor’s words were painful, hurtful and “represent hate,” she said. Continue reading this article

NYT: Obama DREAMers Scramble to Reconstruct Life Records

The New York Times is spinning a clever tale with the underlying idea that if illegal alien DREAMers can’t put together all their pertinent papers, then they won’t get their Obama amnesty. That assumption is hard to believe since previous amnesties were rubber-stamp affairs with massive fraud. CIS conservatively estimated that one-quarter of the foreigners forgiven by Reagan’s 1986 amnesty did so fraudulently. Other experts believe the amount of deceit to be far higher.

Plus, every DREAM amnesty proposal has been a disturbing assemblage of loopholes to benefit criminal undesirables like gangsters and drunk drivers.

Border Patrol officers recently reported being told to release any illegal crosser who claims to be a DREAMer.

Senator Jeff Sessions warned a couple months ago that the government is not serious about preventing criminals from gaming Obama’s DREAM amnesty:

Senator: Obama’s Immigration Policy Provides Safe Harbor to Criminal Aliens, Fox Radio, By Todd Starnes, August 7, 2012

President Obama’s new immigration plan will provide safe harbor to criminal aliens and will lead to a “capitulation to lawlessness” that could threaten public safety, according to U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions R-AL. [. . .]

“Individuals who assert they are under thirty are eligible for work authorization and legal status,” he said. “And while the administration purports that applicants for amnesty must have entered the country prior to the age of 16, it is a completely unenforceable and unverifiable standard. It will have a dramatic and adverse effect on ordinary enforcement activities.

In other words, thousands of simple deportation proceedings will be converted into prolonged trials over the age of entry, he said.

“The administration has no plan, and will not attempt any serious effort, to prove when a person actually entered the United States and at what age. Clearly, a 40 year-old could, with a few documents, fraudulently assert they were thirty years old and were brought to the US at age 15. Practically, there is no effective way to dispute such a claim. This action, at bottom, is a prosecutorial policy not to enforce plain law.”

Nevertheless, the New York Times wants us to believe that Obama’s unscrupulous immigration bureaucracy will actually reject ANY false or inadequate applications received from DREAMer pests. Inquiring minds look forward to learning the percent of petitions which are turned down — if that detail is ever investigated by the Opravda media.

Until that distant day, we must endure yet another version of the illegal alien sob story, paper trail variety:

Undocumented Life Is a Hurdle as Immigrants Seek a Reprieve, New York Times, October 3, 2012

Chul Soo, a 27-year-old illegal immigrant from South Korea, has lived on the fringes of society in recent years, working off the books at a video game store and a beauty supplies wholesaler in New York City, carrying neither a driver’s license nor credit cards, and having little contact with the government.

Now he is applying for a new program that offers illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children a reprieve from deportation if they can demonstrate that they have been in the country since 2007, among other requirements. Yet Chul Soo, who said he arrived in 1995, is finding that he has little in the way of proof of his whereabouts for the last five years.

“It’s frustrating,” he said, referring to his effort to piece together a mosaic of records. “I really need this right now.”

Since President Obama announced the program in June, illegal immigrants across the country have been scrambling to collect evidence to qualify.

Their challenge is this: How do you document an undocumented life? Continue reading this article

California: Governor Jerry Brown Splits on Anti-Public-Safety Bills

Good news, bad news. The worst first: Jerry signed the legislation allowing DREAMy illegal aliens to get state drivers licenses. That action surely pleased his unlawful foreigner base in Democrat precincts, but couldn’t be popular with the citizens as a whole. A state Field poll from last week found that 56 percent of voters rejected licenses for illegal aliens.

Gov Brown did decline to sign the so-called Trust Act, effectively vetoing a scheme of Assemblyman Tom Ammiano that would have gutted the effective Secure Communities federal program to identify already arrested unlawful foreigners.

As California’s Attorney General, Jerry Brow implemented the Secure Communities program in the state, so he was familiar with it. He issued a statement about his rejection of the Trust Act (AB 1081), a relevant snip of which follows:

Under the bill, local officers would be prohibited from complying with an immigration detainer unless the person arrested was charged with, or has been previously convicted of, a serious or violent felony. Unfortunately, the list of offenses codified in the bill is fatally flawed because it omits many serious crimes. For example, the bill would bar local cooperation even when the person arrested has been convicted of certain crimes involving child abuse, drug trafficking, selling weapons, using children to sell drugs, or gangs. I believe it’s unwise to interfere with a sheriff’s discretion to comply with a detainer issued for people with these kinds of troubling criminal records.

So Jerry Brown is not a complete whore in the service of illegal alien criminals, compared with Tom Ammiano and Assemblyman Gil Cedillo (the big backer on licenses for lawbreakers) — we are so relieved.

But you have to wonder how such a pro-criminal bill could be passed by both houses of the state legislature. (Democrat majorities perhaps?) Plus, the Trust Act was recommended by Cardinal Mahoney and the New York Times editorial board — two voices which have never cared much for public safety when it might interfere with expanding diversity. The Catholic elites in particular depend on illegal immigration to keep their pews filled; one example was the day-long conference held last January by San Francisco Archbishop Niederauer to campaign against Secure Communities.

At least some semblance of law enforcement will continue against the most dangerous foreign cimrinals — for the time being.

Brown acts on driver’s license, deportation bills, Los Angeles Times, October 1, 2012

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown signed a new law that will allow hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses and vetoed another that would have restricted sheriffs from helping federal authorities detain undocumented Californians for potential deportation.

His actions, announced Sunday as the deadline neared to finish work on nearly 1,000 bills sent to him by the Legislature this year, followed an intense week of protests, prayer vigils and lobbying by immigrant advocacy groups.

The governor also revived a tax break for Hollywood, allowed juvenile killers serving life in prison a chance for release and outlawed treatment intended to turn gay children straight. The laws take effect Jan. 1.

The immigration bills sparked the most controversy.

The driver’s license measure will make illegal immigrants eligible to drive legally in California if they qualify for a new federal work permit program. That Obama administration protocol allows illegal immigrants who came to the United States before they were 16, and who are now 30 or younger and meet certain other criteria, to obtain work permits.

“Gov. Brown believes the federal government should pursue comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship,” said Brown spokesman Gil Duran. “President Obama has recognized the unique status of these students, and making them eligible to apply for driver’s licenses is an obvious next step.”

Assemblyman Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles), the measure’s author, had been crusading for such a law since a broader measure he pushed through the Legislature in 2003 prompted a voter backlash. The earlier bill was signed into law by former Gov. Gray Davis, who was ousted from office soon afterward. Before it took effect, lawmakers repealed it. Continue reading this article

Mexico: Fast and Furious Guns Killed Innocent Victims

One might think that guns going to Mexican cartels would be used to murder rival gangsters in the ongoing regional skirmishes over turf in the country. That supposition is not entirely true, according to a recent investigation by Univision, which discovered gunwalked weapons were used in the terrible 2010 Juarez massacre where 16 people, mostly teens, were murdered during a birthday party.

In the United States, the death of Border Agent Brian Terry, pictured below, in a shootout with Mexican cartels in Arizona put a face on the gunwalking scandal. At least one Fast and Furious firearm was found at the crime scene about 10 miles north of the border.

The Univision network researched the F&F guns from a list obtained from the Mexican government to see how many of those weapons were used in crimes that killed Mexicans.

Incidentally, Univision’s report was broadcast on Sunday night, though it did not have English subtitles as had been reported earlier.

Fox had a pretty good report, although the network persists in using the adjective “botched” to describe the operation, which remains an unproven characterization.

Furious’ guns tied to 2010 Juarez massacre, other murders in Mexico, Fox News, October 01, 2012

For the first time, Mexican victims of crimes tied to the botched Operation Fast and Furious are being identified, including teenagers killed in a 2010 massacre.

A new report finds dozens of weapons recovered in Mexico have been connected with the ill-fated and ill-conceived anti-gunrunning program. While some Mexican authorities estimate 300 of their citizens have been injured or killed by Fast and Furious guns, little has been known about those weapons south of the U.S. border until now.

Through the Mexican Freedom of Information Act, Spanish-language network Univision and Fox News obtained a list of 100,000 weapons recovered in Mexico in 2009 and 2010. The guns were then compared with the serial numbers of the 2,000 guns sold in Fast and Furious.

Univision identified a total of 57 more previously unreported firearms that were bought by straw purchasers monitored by ATF during Operation Fast and Furious, and then recovered in Mexico in sites related to murders, kidnappings and other actions by Mexican hit men and drug cartels.

In an investigative special that aired Sunday, Univision revealed one such massacre that was later found to be linked with Fast and Furious.

It happened in January 2010 in Juarez, Mexico, where cartel members burst into a home killing 16 people — mostly teenagers — at a birthday party. While the gunmen were targeting members of a rival gang attending that party, some of the victims were innocent bystanders. Continue reading this article

Texas Ranchers Say the Border Is a War Zone

The current administration keeps repeating that the border is secure and nobody is crossing illegally any more (despite numerous indications otherwise), so a recent report from Texas is informative.

Ranchers are the first responders in the alien invasion, and they say it’s still violent and dangerous for all concerned.

The Texas Department of Agriculture has recorded a number of interviews with ranchers and officials and posted them on its own Youtube channel, to inform the public and Washington. The agency also runs a website titled Protect Your Texas Border.

Following is the Introductory Video which provides an overview of the situation, dated September 5, 2012:

Rancher Doctor Mike Vickers of Brooks County says, “The border is not secure; it’s dangerous. We’re in a war zone here. Washington is just a mass of deception. There’s absolutely no truth to what they’re saying.”

A local news report emphasized the DIY aspect of citizens’ position of having to defend the border because Washington’s efforts are not adequate.

If Border Patrol won’t help Texas farmers, ranchers say they’ll do it themselves, KENS 5, September 27, 2012

FORT HANCOCK, Texas – Border security has not been much of a presidential campaign issue but it’s still a hot topic in Texas where the agriculture commissioner launched the latest episode in a web series called “Texas Traffic.”

The 16-part series is described on the Texas Department of Agriculture web page as “true stories of drug and human smuggling” and features border ranchers and farmers as well as local law enforcement.

In Texas, most of the 1,241 miles of border is private property and much of it is along the Rio Grande.

“Our property is from here to the river,” said Jim Ed Miller standing in his cotton fields where yellow flowers are in full bloom.

His family has had to deal with people illegally crossing the border and cutting through farmland.

“My homeland security wife and daughter only saw three coming by the house. By the time I got here, I assume two already got in the sand hills. One was in the cotton patch, “said Miller describing a recent incident on a call to the Border Patrol. Continue reading this article

Poll: California Not Mexifornia Just Yet

California is a very blue state these days, but that doesn’t mean the folks have gone over to the evil open-borders side of Satan and his minions. An interesting Field Poll was published 9/28 verbosely titled California Voters Somewhat Ambivalent about Government Policies toward Illegal Immigrants Living Here.

However, the “ambivalent” attitude cited refers to the number of poll respondents who chose “path to citizenship” on the question of what to do with illegals versus all the other responses that showed disapproval of awarding privileges and benefits to lawbreaking foreigners.

There’s no surprise to the skew: the choices given on what to do with illegals omitted the best choice, namely attrition through rigorous law enforcement. Self-deportation clearly avoids the unpleasantries of being busted and then deported, and gets the foreigner home the same way he got here — how empowering! Self-esteem is left intact.

Here’s an explanation taken from the Field report of its polling:

In the survey a random sample of California registered voters were first told “as you may know, there are an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States, including approximately two and a half million living in California,” and then asked which policy option came closest to their view about what government policy should be toward illegal immigrants currently residing in the United States. The three alternative approaches offered were mass deportation, temporary work permits, and a path to citizenship. In this setting, the large majority of California voters (67%) support a path to citizenship. This compares to 14% who favor allowing temporary work permits and 13% support deportation.

When the choices were reasonable and had to do with costs dumped on taxpayers, Californians were much less forgiving on spending tax money on lawbreakers. Poll responders also rejected handing out state drivers’ licenses (also accepted as universal ID) to sketchy foreigners.

By a 56% to 40% margin California voters oppose allowing illegal immigrants living in the state to get a California driver’s license. However, there are a number of differences in views about this across subgroups of the voting population. [. . .]

Majorities oppose granting illegal immigrants the same entitlements that legal residents of the state get in two other areas – receiving tuition discounts at the state’s public universities (61% to 33%) and having access to government health and financial assistance benefits (65% to 27%).

Unsurprisingly, the media took the more liberal path-to-citizenship characterization, as indicated by headlines, although that spin is not entirely accurate:

FIELD POLL: California voters support path to citizenship, Riverside Press-Enterprise

Poll Shows Most California Voters Want Citizenship Path For Illegal Immigrants, CBS San Francisco

Poll: Calif. voters favor immigrant citizenship, Associated Press

California voters support path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, say no to driver’s licenses, Sacramento Bee

Ezra Levant: The Project Documentary

On Friday, Canadian broadcaster Ezra Levant introduced the Blaze’s new documentary that investigates the infiltration of the Muslim Brotherhood into the highest levels of the US government. The basis of the film is a written plan that was discovered during a 2001 raid by police in Switzerland of a jihadist hideout.

Called “The Project” by its authors (also the name of the critical film about it), the document is a roadmap for how Muslims can accomplish Civilizational Jihad, and many of its strategies can be seen in action today, successfully chipping away at foundational the freedom of speech in the name of sensitivity and presenting Islam as not an enemy.

Of particular interest in the film is the detailed explanation of the FBI scrubbing its instructional materials of all critical references to Islam because the agency’s Muslim “advisors” insisted they be removed.

Such feeble-minded political correctness from federal law enforcement endangers us all. As military strategist Sun Tzu recommended, “If you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles.”

You can see the documentary online for the time being at least:

Diverse Rioting in Victorville High School

In California, the diversity keeps increasing but the peace and love promised by multicultural acolytes in a less white state still hasn’t materialized.

Schools in particular have been the petri dishes showing the difficulty of different tribes getting along, as occurred this week in diverse Victorville, California, east of Los Angeles. The city’s Silverado High School has experienced rioting between blacks and hispanics for two days running.

Below, the ethnic distribution of Silverado High School in Victorville.

Riots Break Out Between Black, Latino Students At Victorville School, CBS Los Angeles, September 28, 2012

VICTORVILLE ( — Students at a high school in Victorville said violent fights have been breaking out between African-Americans and Latinos for the past two days.

Rafael Muñoz said a group of people started the fights at Silverado High on Wednesday, which have poured out into the streets.

“One person started fighting, then the other would jump in. And continuously jump in and (it) ended up to be mob fighting. (I) got pepper sprayed by the security,” he said.

Cellphone video caught one brawl, which spilled into 14-year-old Jeremy Buenrostro’s lawn.

“They busted my lip. Well, they broke my tooth. And then I have some knots on the back of my head,” he said.

Monica Rodriguez, who asked the school for extra security and complained to police, said the riots are a recurring problem. Continue reading this article

FY2013 Refugee Numbers Reported

Today CBS reporter Mark Knoller noted: “Pres Obama authorizes admission of 70,000 refugees to the U.S. in fiscal year that begins Oct 1. Down from 76K last year and 80K in 2011.” (@MarkKnoller)

He then updated with more details about the allocation of how many from what region:

Africa . . . . . . . . . . . . .12,000
East Asia. . . . . . . . . . . .17,000
Europe and Central Asia. . . . . 2,000
Latin America/Caribbean. . . . . 5,000
Near East/South Asia . . . . . .31,000
Unallocated Reserve. . . . . . . 3,000

The 3,000 unallocated refugee numbers shall be allocated to regional ceilings, as needed.

The United States has more than enough undereducated Third-worlders, some of whom need instruction to hold a pencil or operate an electric light.

But they keep coming, because there is no OFF switch in Washington.

All of these new residents need education and eventually jobs in a terrible economy that is getting worse, not better. Refugees are dumped in communities regardless of whether the town’s resources can support them. For one example, see my January blog: Oakland Is Burdened with Unemployable Refugees Having Expensive Health Problems.

It doesn’t help when the United States takes economic fleebags who have made it as far as Malta or Lampedusa because it sends the message that a welfare-filled future in the first world awaits lucky foragers. They could stay home and work to improve their own societies, but when liberal western governments hand out an array of free stuff, it can be irresistible. On a planet of seven billion residents, an all-welcoming first world is an irresponsible message to impart because the numbers don’t work.

Nearly 1,000 refugees relocated to US from Malta since 2007, Malta Indendent, May 17, 2012

A total of 27 Somali and Eritrean migrants, including three families, yesterday left Malta for the US under the US Refugee Resettlement Programme (USRRP). This brings the total of refugees relocated in the United States since 2007 to 985.

US Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley and Home Affairs Minister Carmelo Mifsud Bonnici bid them farewell on the start of this new journey in their life. [. . .]

Below, Africans head for outlying islands of Europe, like Malta and Lampedusa.

Even the diversity enthusiast New York Times noticed the problem on Malta. The island’s response of setting up even rudimentary refugee centers demonstrates that “If you build it, they will come.”

A Tiny Mediterranean Nation, Awash in Immigrants With Nowhere to Go, New York Times, September 22, 2012

VALLETTA, Malta — On a recent evening, the immigrants living in the steel shipping containers out by the abandoned airport here began to bed down for the night, pulling their mattresses outside to escape the suffocating heat.

Some had lived at this government-run “open center” for several years. Others had arrived more recently. Most shared a sense of defeat.

“Really, it’s very bad,” said a Somali man who gave his name as Z. Mohamed. He had fled war in Somalia, was imprisoned in Libya as he made his way north and now finds himself in this grim complex, with its communal water taps and bathrooms. “You can see with your eyes how it is and every week I go to the employment center for a job, but there is nothing. They never call.”

Perhaps nowhere are the consequences of the European Union’s one-size-fits-all immigration rules more apparent than here in Malta, a tiny archipelago in the Mediterranean between Libya and Italy, which now has the highest ratio of immigrants per capita of any European Union member. Many of its immigrants are caught in a limbo, unable to find jobs or afford housing — and unable to move off the island.

It’s not that Mr. Mohamed and the other new arrivals wanted to come to Malta. Most had never heard of the place until their flimsy boats foundered on the way to Italy, and the Maltese coast guard rescued them from the sea. For that they are grateful.

But now what, they ask. This densely populated nation, 400,000 people in an area a tenth the size of Rhode Island, has little to offer them. But under European rules, because they first landed here, they are pretty much stuck here. Continue reading this article

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