Obama to Central America: Keep the Kids Home for Safety!

The post-Constitutional President spoke out recently about the illegal alien kiddie chaos on the border. Interestingly he didn’t mention the threat to national security caused by the Border Patrol being overwhelmed by being forced to provide childcare for unwanted foreigners.

His concern was the safety of the junior invaders. No mention of the negative effect on Americans, for example the swamping of local schools next fall with tens of thousands of non-English speakers jammed into classrooms. The government is planning $2 billion in taxpayer funds just for the care and feeding of the little aliens for a year now that America has gone into the orphanage business. One measure of how distracted the Border Patrol has become with childcare is the decline of drug seizures along the border.

Funny, but not everyone thinks the President is unhappy to see the human tsunami of future Democrats.

Plus the self-identified Constitutional scholar does not seen alarmed at the massive battering to the nation’s sovereignty that the mass invasion creates. Of course very few if any of the kids and their families will be deported, despite the President’s statement that “they’ll get sent back.” It’ll never happen.

Obama Warns Central Americans: ‘Do Not Send Your Children To The Borders’, ABC News, June 26, 2014

President Obama says tens of thousands of Central American children flooding into the U.S. along the southern border have created a “humanitarian crisis,” and he appealed directly to parents to stop sending kids north.

“Our message absolutely is don’t send your children unaccompanied, on trains or through a bunch of smugglers,” Obama told ABC’s Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos in an exclusive interview here. “We don’t even know how many of these kids don’t make it, and may have been waylaid into sex trafficking or killed because they fell off a train.

“Do not send your children to the borders,” he said. “If they do make it, they’ll get sent back. More importantly, they may not make it.”

The Department of Homeland Security says more than 52,000 unaccompanied minors have been detained along the U.S. border with Mexico this fiscal year. In addition, authorities have apprehended 39,000 adults with small children. The numbers reflect a significant uptick over last year, when just 24,000 unaccompanied minors were apprehended. The majority in the surge hail from Central American countries, and a disproportionate number are young women and under age 13, officials say. Continue reading this article

Senator Sessions’ Protections for US Workers and Taxpayers Are Blocked by Democrat Durbin

America’s patriot Senator, Jeff Sessions, took the floor on Thursday to advocate for citizen workers, noting, “We don’t need to be passing a law, like the Gang of Eight bill, that would double the H-1B workers brought into America, increase by 50% the annual flow, add another 5 million so-called ‘backlog’ workers, in addition to legalizing some 11-million plus [current illegal immigrants]—at a time when Americans are having wages fall and jobs are very, very difficult to find.”

Below, a freight train packed with illegal aliens hoping to get a raft of free stuff in America travels though Mexico.

Unfortunately the clip above doesn’t show the back and forth with Senator Durbin who defended tax benefits for illegal aliens. Fortunately, somebody was taking notes at The Blaze.

Dems block GOP bills to verify status, block tax credits to illegal immigrants, Blaze Blog, June 26, 2014

Senate Democrats blocked Republicans on Thursday from passing two bills that would require companies to verify the legal status of people before they hire them, and stop the government from handing out child tax credits to illegal immigrants.

Sessions tried to get approval for the two bills after saying illegal immigration is swamping the U.S., which is leading to reduce wages for Americans and higher costs as these immigrants start improperly receiving federal tax benefits.

He first tried to pass the Accountability Through Electronic Verification Act, sponsored by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa.) That bill would require companies to verify whether possible employees are legally able to work in the country.

But Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) argued that this e-verify provision was in the Senate’s broad immigration bill that passed a year ago, and said Democrats aren’t looking to negotiate passage of sections of that bill.

“We are not going to take that bill apart piece by piece, as the senator from Alabama suggests,” Durbin said. “I object.”

Sessions said if the e-verify program can be accepted by Democrats in the larger bill, they should be able to approve it quickly this week.

“[I]f it’s so good, why don’t we bring it up and pass it now?” Sessions asked. “Why do we have to pass along with it a bill that will double the number of guest workers in the country, and would increase immigration?”

Sessions then tried to pass the Child Tax Credit Integrity Preservation Act, which would change the law to ensure illegal immigrants cannot receive child tax credit benefits. But Durbin objected again, and seemed to indicate he believes these benefits should flow to non-citizens.

“I want to make sure that working families with small children have the helping hand of our tax code,” he said. “I want to stop any fraud in any program in our tax code, but I don’t believe this bill is a balanced approach to solving the problem, and I object.”

That left a stunned Sessions to note that the Treasury Department’s Office of Inspector General has said $4.2 billion in child tax credits were given to illegal immigrants.

“I am flabbergasted, amazed that we would sit by and $4 billion in child tax credit payments to go out that are not justified,” he said.

America's Open Borders Invite Jihadist Enemies

There’s no question that murderous Muslims are on the march from Africa to the Middle East, and are pumped to wage jihad beyond dar al-Islam, particularly to the United States.

Reporter Dale Hurd noted in ISIS a ‘Clear and Present Danger’ to US Homeland that the aggregation of jihadist groups was a national security threat:

One new danger mentioned was a non-metallic bomb being developed that could be smuggled onto commercial aircraft without detection.

But why would jihadists need to build fancy airplane bombs when they can easily transport serious WMDs across America’s wide-open southern border? The cartels run the place now, while the US Border Patrol is busy providing daycare for illegal alien kiddies from Central America.

Below, an incomplete border fence in Hudspeth County Texas.

Iraqi Extremists Promising Attack Could Slip Through Mexican Border, CBS News Dallas Fort Worth, June 18, 2014

SOUTH TEXAS (KRLD) – There are concerns that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria — an extremist group that has already captured several large cities in Iraq and is bearing down on Baghdad — could be responsible for the next 9/11 style terror plot on U.S. soil.

“This jihadist group ISIS and it’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi have promised direct confrontation with America, ” says Congressman Ted Poe (R-Houston). “He is looking forward to that day and he has said that publicly, we should believe him when he says that. These folks hate everything about the United States.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham, (R- South Carolina) echoed Poe’s remark, saying on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday that U.S. officials have warned the next major attack on U.S. soil could emanate from the region.

“The seeds of 9/11s are being planted all over Iraq and Syria,” Graham said. “They want an Islamic caliphate that runs through Syria and Iraq…and they plan to drive us out of the Mideast by attacking us here at home.”

And Poe thinks the likely way ISIS will get into the U.S. to commit a terror attack will be through the Texas-Mexico border.

“Of course the way they would come to the United States would be through the porous border with Mexico. The drug cartels will bring people into the country no matter who they are — for money,” says Poe. “Everyone in the world knows that the border between the United States and Mexico is completely porous.”

Poe thinks the way to prevent such an attack would be to secure the border. “And we should secure the border by putting the National Guard on the border so people don’t cross into the United States without permission.”

He adds, “National security does not start overseas; it starts at the border between the U.S. and Mexico.” Continue reading this article

House Considers Options against Border Chaos

On Tuesday, the House Committee on Homeland Security held a hearing titled, Hearing: Dangerous Passage: The Growing Problem of Unaccompanied Children Crossing the Border in which the chaos was discussed with DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson and a couple other officials.

Following is Chairman Mike McCaul’s thoughtful opening statement, which you can also read online here.

Rep. Candice Miller thought that economic sanctions should be taken against the Central American sending nations rather than giving them $250 million in aid as Obama has done, which will just be stolen.

“I think we need to stop foreign aid to Centrals immediately,” she declared.

Miller’s press release repeated the points made in the hearing, including her suggestions for actions to be taken:

Miller Calls for U.S. to Cut Off Aid to Central America and Mexico, June 24, 2014

WASHINGTON – Today, after the Homeland Security Committee hearing on the unprecedented number of unaccompanied children crossing the southern border, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10), Vice Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, issued the following statement calling for the U.S. to stop sending aid to Central America and Mexico until they agree to help with efforts to stop this humanitarian crisis:

“Unfortunately, Central America has had a long history of bad economies and violence. Both of these things are probably as bad now as they have ever been, but to say that’s the reason we suddenly have tens of thousands of children almost entirely coming from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, traveling thousands of miles all the way up Mexico and then illegally entering the U.S., simply isn’t true.

“This humanitarian crisis can be laid directly at the feet of President Obama as a result of his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy of 2012 and tone deaf messaging fueling the misconception that these illegally-smuggled children will be allowed to stay.

“Several weeks ago, I called on the President to call up the National Guard.  Clearly, this is a national emergency, and individual states like Texas and Arizona shouldn’t have to foot the bill for their National Guard, because this is a national problem. Continue reading this article

Rep. Mike Rogers Worries about Thousands of Destabilizing Refugees -- in Jordan

Congressman Mike Rogers, the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, appeared on CBS’ Face the Nation show on Sunday, discussing the recent success of the ISIS jihad army in the Middle East. (Transcript)

ROGERS: It’s not that they may have designs on Jordan, they do have designs on Jordan. So, think of the government of Jordan. Now it has hundreds of thousands of refugees that are acting as a destabilizing factor for the government of Jordan, hard to keep them, they had to build housing for them. Imagine if hundreds of thousands of people showed up on your border and you have to take care of them, that is a destabilizing factor.

Hey Congressman, that’s exactly what America is facing now only the number may not have quite reached 100,000 yet, with 90,000 forecast for this year and certainly a far more than 100,000 next year.

Of course, the human tide flowing across America’s open border is a horde of illegal aliens coming for economic reasons, but they are being treated as refugees.

The bit about Jordan’s refugee crisis starts at 8:25 if you want to listen:

The residents of Central America heard that if kids came to America illegally they would be treated as refugees and allowed to stay.

Los Angeles Celebrates ‘Muslim American Heritage Month’

The crazy-left members of the LA City Council recently added Muslims to the growing list of diverse tribes demanding more positive attention from the mainstream. One of the problems with modern liberal thinking is the inability to consider the concept of “enemy” — multiculturalism seems to have that effect.

Not every Muslim human is a murderous headchopper (like Mohammad Fazi, recently released from Gitmo), but their religious operating manual directs followers toward violence and to kill the infidel. Below, Michael Coren reads some edifying passages from the Koran to show the problem:

And what should Americans celebrate about having Muslims residing among us? Honor killings, like that of Noor Almaleki murdered by her father (pictured) in Arizona?

What about the jihadist mass murder of 3000 Americans on 9/11? Plus there is the plan for a sharia planet, the threat to free speech, and extreme oppression of women and girls.

Muslims are the historic enemy of the the West, with our Enlightenment values of science, reason and freedom of expression. Allowing them to immigrate here in the thousands every year is insanity. The Muslim population residing in the US doubled since the 9/11 attacks as of 2012.

What’s to celebrate, Los Angeles??

L.A. City Council Adopts Muslim American Heritage Month, KCET, June 20, 2014

Every year, Los Angeles celebrates a number of heritage months: Latino, American Indian, African American, Asian and Pacific Islander American, and LGBT. Now you can add one more to that list this year.

The Los Angeles City Council adopted a resolution on Wednesday recognizing the contributions and activism of the Muslim American community and declared July 2014 as Muslim American Heritage Month.

Council member Curren D. Price, who introduced the resolution, represents one of the largest and longest-standing Muslim community centers in South LA — the Bilal Islamic Center.

“Residents from my community approached me to commemorate the Muslim community and culture, and I felt it was only appropriate to celebrate this culture as we do dozens of others in our city,” said Price. “Our city’s diversity, and our acceptance and tolerance of our different beliefs, is part of what makes our city great.”

Earlier this year, Project Islamic Hope, an L.A.-based civil rights activist group, collaborated with council staff to work on an initial draft that would later be introduced to the council.

“It’s a very important resolution. It’s historic,” Najee Ali, the project’s founder, told KCET. “It will help bring Los Angeles Muslims closer to the mainstream and civic life and affairs of our city where we will have a chance every year to highlight the various cultural traditions of the Muslim community.” Continue reading this article

World Refugee Day: Jihad on the March

On World Refugee Day (June 20), the ever helpful mainstream press presents the refugees as the issue du jour — important for public awareness according to liberal values, but not important enough for explaining the causes. The New York Times headlined Refugees at Levels Not Seen Since World War II but did not place the story on Friday’s front page.

Perhaps details are unkind to diversity ideology with its crazy idea that all cultures are equal.

Below, a Syrian refugee camp.

The Associated Press listed the countries on earth with the worst refugee problems. Funny, but most refugee-creating conflicts have been propelled by Islam and its belief that murder for Allah is the highest good. The top three — Afghanistan, Somalia and Syria — are all Muslim-on-Muslim wars, either tribal or religious.

Therefore the refugees caused by jihad should remain within the worldwide Muslim community (the ummah), not rescued by the West. It’s only fair.

A look at countries generating the most refugees, Associated Press, June 20, 2014

The countries generating the most refugees are all conflict zones. The three biggest refugee populations are from Afghanistan, Somalia and Syria, which together account for more than half of all the world’s refugees, according to an annual report by the Geneva-based U.N. refugee agency. By descending order, the top 7 are:

Afghans have been fleeing the country in droves for decades, and their country is still the single biggest source of refugees although Syria has emerged as a strong second. As of the end of 2013, 2.56 million Afghan refugees were living in 86 countries, meaning one of every five refugees in the world is from Afghanistan. Most are in Pakistan or Iran, followed by Germany.

A heavy flow of Syrians fleeing the civil war, now in its fourth year, was behind a huge increase in the overall number of refugees last year. The fighting forced 2.47 million people to flee the country and left 6.5 million others internally displaced by the end of 2013. Only two years before that, Syria ranked 36th in the U.N.’s annual Global Trends Report on source countries for refugees. Most of the refugees have gone to neighboring countries, especially Lebanon, which has been strained by the influx. Syria’s exodus last year was the single-biggest since the 1994 Rwanda genocide, when 2.3 million fled their homes.

The number of 1.12 million refugees from the lawlessness in Somalia is little changed from a year earlier. The pace of the exodus into Kenya and Ethiopia slowed a bit in the past two years amid hopes for improved security, but 9,700 Somalis still risked journeys across the Gulf of Aden or the Red Sea to reach Yemen.

In 2013, the number of Sudanese refugees rose to 649,300, an increase of 80,000 from the year before. Chad and South Sudan were the biggest recipients. Since conflict broke out in 2011, some 294,000 Sudanese have fled the country.

At least 55,000 people originating from the Democratic Republic of the Congo were forced to seek refuge in neighboring countries. Still, the overall number of DRC refugees dropped from 509,500 at the start of 2013 to 499,500 a year later. The main reason was the return of almost 63,000 DRC refugees from the Republic of Congo. Another reason the number dropped resulted from the verification of registration records in Uganda and other countries in the region.

The Asian nation has generated the sixth-most refugees in the world, some 479,600 by the end of 2013. Much of this is from the statistical inclusion of 57,500 unregistered people from Myanmar in the refugee camps in Thailand, a change from the past.

There were 401,400 Iraqi refugees in 2013, far less than the 745,900 reported a year earlier. Many had fled into Syria and Jordan, but with the war raging next door the number of Iraqi refugees reported in Syria dropped from 471,400 down to 146,200. Many other Iraqis fled to Iran and Germany.

Lawrenceville Citizens Rally against Illegal Alien Kid Dump

On Tuesday, June 17, I reported on the government’s stealthy attempt to house 500 young border jumpers in a recently closed black college in Lawrenceville, Virginia (population just 1438): Virginia Town Rejects Illegal Alien Kid Drop. On Thursday, an overflow crowd of concerned citizens packed the local high school auditorium to express their outrage at their small community being swamped with illegal aliens. Many citizens showed up with “No illegal immigrants” signs which were not allowed in the meeting, although plenty of police were present. The objections included disease, crime, government overreach and Washington’s warped priorities about spending.

Anne Williams is urged to sit down during a hearing on bringing immigrant children to Saint Paul’s College. U.S. officials acknowledged a contract had been signed June 12, with the refugees to arrive June 19, without consultation with local elected officials.

One woman suggested a “perfectly good mothballed ex-prison next door” that would at least protect the townspeople from gang crime, but officials weren’t interested in any idea that would promote public safety.

Lawrenceville residents are right to worry about crime, since known gang members are among the hordes of aliens openly crossing the border.

WSMV Channel 4

The upshot was that the resettlement plans were put on hold because of citizen anger. However the government has already signed a lease on the property, and if hundreds of thousands more illegal alien kiddies arrive, then Washington may say screw the Americans’ complaints.

The article below waits until the end to mention the planned Lawrenceville facility would be “one of at least a hundred of these types of shelters across the U.S.”

Anger flares over planned alien teen immigrant shelter in Lawrenceville, WSMV.com, June 19, 2014

A fiery debate is raging over a controversial plan to house hundreds of undocumented, teenage immigrants in central Virginia. The Brunswick High School auditorium was packed Thursday night, during a town hall meeting over the issue. Angry neighbors spoke out about the move to set up the emergency shelter at St. Paul’s College in Lawrenceville. The college closed last year after financial difficulties and low enrollment.

Federal Health and Human Services Department officials say they’re putting the effort to convert St. Paul’s College into the shelter on hold. That decision comes among backlash after short notice of the project was given to the community. The community learned of the plans just over a week ago. Federal officials say talks over using the school as a shelter began just a few months ago. However, the ink is already dry on a lease between the school and the federal government.

Neighbors waved “no illegal immigrant” signs well before the town hall meeting started.

One man questioned during the town hall discussion, “When did the U.S. government go into the orphanage business?” His comment received wide applause.

“I’m looking at potentially having to move away,” said Ariel Daniel, a resident who’s opposed to the project.

Hundreds of Central American kids who crossed the border without their parents were supposed to arrive at St. Paul’s College Thursday. Those plans stalled after the immense backlash. The proposed emergency shelter on the college campus would house them until they’re reunited with family members.

“The proposed plans to have St. Paul’s College used as a facility for the UAC (unaccompanied alien children) is on hold,” said Essie Workie of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to the crowded auditorium. Workie also apologized to the crowd for the lack of communication.

Outraged neighbors continued to express fears over safety, security, disease, and how tax dollars are being spent.

Federal officials assured residents that all children will be screened for disease and criminal backgrounds. Officials told the crowd that the number of UAC’s has skyrocketed in recent years, to an estimated 60,000 in 2014. Officials say legally, these children must be cared for. However, the audience didn’t seem convinced, especially with problems facing their own hometown.

“We’re concerned about the children like everybody else. We have a lot of children in our area that need help too,” said Ray Thomas, who owns a business in the area.

Federal officials say the emergency immigrant shelter won’t go forward unless it’s backed by the community.

St. Paul’s College would be one of at least a hundred of these types of shelters across the U.S. Stay with NBC12 for updates on this story.

Texas: Muslim Demand That US Flag Be Removed from Apartment

Here’s yet another example of why Muslim immigration is a very bad policy and must be ended: some mysterious Allah worshipper complained to an apartment manager about an American flag hung from a resident’s porch and she ordered him to remove it as a “threat.”

Do Muslim immigrants not understand that the United States is full of citizens who love to display their national flag? Perhaps diverse Saudis, Pakistanis et al do not understand patriotism based on their homeland experience.

Below, US citizen Duy Tran moved into a new apartment and immediately hung his flag which was called a “threat to the Muslim community.”

Interestingly, the law is on Tran’s side. The Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005 disallows apartment managers from prohibiting US flag display:

Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005 – States that a condominium association, cooperative association, or residential real estate management association may not adopt or enforce any policy, or enter into any agreement, that would restrict or prevent an association member from displaying the U.S. flag on residential property within the association with respect to which such member has a separate ownership interest or a right to exclusive possession or use.

This behavior is not unusual. Muslims have a habit of demanding Islam-submissive changes when they arrive as immigrants in a new territory.

One example from Moscow is memorable: A young Russian woman in a fur hat voiced her fears about Muslims, “I am scared. They come into our neighborhood and begin to tell us things we can and cannot do. We like to walk our dogs here and have outdoor barbecues, but the Muslims can say you cannot cook pork or walk your dog around here.”

Man says apartment complex called his US flag a ‘threat to Muslim community’, KHOU 11 News Houston, June 18, 2014

WEBSTER, Texas — A Webster man says his apartment complex manager told him his American flag was a “threat to the Muslim community,” and that he has to take it down. But he’s not giving up without a fight.

Stepping onto Duy Tran’s balcony in Webster, one thing is clear: “It means a lot to me,” he said.

He’s talking about his American flag that he proudly put up when he moved in just a few days ago. But then an apartment manager at the Lodge on El Dorado told him he had to take it down.

“What really stunned me is that she said it’s a threat towards the Muslim community,” said Tran. “I’m not a threat toward anybody.” Continue reading this article

Limbaugh Hits Immigration Mess -- Another Ingraham Effect?

Mirabile dictu, Rush Limbaugh has mentioned immigration anarchy for the last three days in a row. Whatever has happened to increase the issue’s prevalence on his radio show?

Did Limbaugh notice while he was obsessing with his personal campaign against Obama that Laura Ingraham became the most influential radio talk-show voice by promoting pro-sovereignty Dave Brat in his amazing primary win over Eric Cantor? Even the New York Times recognized the power of certain conservative radio talkers: David Brat Was Aided by Influential Figures Like Laura Ingraham.

Limbaugh portrays himself as a great patriot, the Mayor of Realville, but he has routinely ignored the one issue that will permanently transform America into just another failed liberal conglomeration. When he has spoken on demographic remaking of the nation, he has been informative, but apparently has not seen it as important, often not mentioning immigration for weeks at a time unless brought up by a caller.

He was also painfully slow to grasp the perfidy of a certain diverse senator: Bewildered Limbaugh Is Still Defending Rubio. Perhaps the radio host is not as brilliant as he thinks.

But now, something appears to have changed, at least for the time being. Let’s hope he keeps talking about the greatest threat to America. We need all the help we can get.


Influx of Immigrant Kids is Part of the Left’s Plan to Remake America, June 17, 2014

Now I think this would be a great time for me to give you a little bit more detail on what’s happening with this influx of illegal kids crossing the border.  Remember, they’re not from Mexico, we’re told.  These are “unaccompanied alien children,” and they have a name, UACs, and they are from Central America, which means El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua.  Not Mexico.  And they are “pouring in.”

They’re pouring into Arizona and they’re pouring into Texas, which has consequences.  When they get across the border they are being “transferred to Border Patrol facilities elsewhere along the border — US government officials are scrambling to find places to put them.” Here’s the problem: “[B]ased on current immigration and asylum laws, the vast majority of those children could be legally staying right here in the United States before long.”


Take Note, GOP: Obama Drops with Hispanics, June 18, 2014

Now, remember, the conventional wisdom in Washington is the Republicans had better adopt the policies of the Democrats so that they get some Hispanic support so that they can win some elections again.  And if they don’t do that, it’s sayonara — or adios.  Yet here we have the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, “Hispanics Help Drive President Obama’s Approval Rating to a Fresh Low.”

How is this possible?

Republicans are buying into the idea that they have to be for amnesty to win Hispanic votes, yet Obama’s erased the border, he’s promised illegals amnesty, and he’s tanking in this poll.  We’re being overrun at the moment with unaccompanied children from Central America.  Maybe could it be that the Hispanic population of this country wants a secure nation just like everybody else?


Breathlessly Waiting for Obama, June 19, 2014

This president — who has presided over the opening of the Southern border to tens of thousands (if not hundreds of thousands now) illegal aliens and children, not just from Mexico, but from other Central American countries — is going to come before you today and present himself as an expert and eminently qualified to detail for us our future policy in Iraq.

Sicilian Catholic Churches Open Sanctuaries for African Camping

In Europe, Catholic churches have generously (or foolishly) turned their sanctuaries into flophouses for African fleebags looking for a freebie life in the First World.

Below, the Catholic church of St Curato D’Ars in Palermo has been transformed into a dorm to house African men swarming to reach Europe.

Father Rosario Francolino remarked about the local efforts being made at his church: “We’ve substituted the altar with beds. I think this is the most beautiful mass that this community could celebrate in these days. Palermo’s community is alive to events and showing great interest.”

Perhaps their brother churches could do likewise in America, where we have a similar tsunami of unwanted illegal aliens crossing through Texas claiming refugee status. Catholic Charities has set up a welcome center in McAllen Texas but that hardly compares with the dedication of opening up church sanctuaries to the beloved migrantes.

Plus, the Central Americans flooding south Texas are fellow Catholics, unlike the Africans invading Europe who are mostly Muslims and animists. Catholic clerics residing in America could surely be as welcoming as those across the Atlantic.

But so far, the wealthy Catholic church has merely dinked around the edges of providing for their hispanic co-religionists and has been happy to let the American taxpayer bear the burden, estimated at $2 billion for the short term.

Anyway, if churches get really crowded in Sicily, perhaps the Pope could open the Vatican itself for African campers. Lots more asylum claimers are coming this summer.

African migrants seek sacred shelter in Sicilian church after being plucked from the sea by Italian navy, Daily Mail, June 18, 2014

African migrants whose boats ran into trouble in the Mediterranean Sea are seeking shelter in a Sicilian church after being rescued by the Italian navy.

Over the weekend, the Coastguard and Navy plucked 300 migrants from the water as well as recovering the bodies of 10 who had died after their dinghy had overturned.

Some are now packed into the Catholic Church of St Curato D’Ars in Palermo, Sicily where they are seeking temporary shelter.

Naval officer Salvatore Scimone said in one incident, 39 survivors had grabbed on to the dinghy after it overturned on Saturday until emergency services were able to rescue them and bring them to safety aboard another boat.

However he added that he feared that an undetermined number of others were still missing in the sea north of Libya.

In a separate rescue, three Italian ships took aboard 281 migrants who said they were Syrian and whose fishing boat had ran into problems.

They were then being taken by the ships to the Italian mainland.

Tens of thousands of migrants attempt to enter Europe illegally every year via Italy, crossing the Mediterranean in rickety smuggling boats.

More than 40,000 people made the crossing last year, many on overcrowded and dangerous wooden boats, with investigators estimating that 20 per cent ultimately end up in Britain.

This prompted Pope Francis to say that the Vatican would throw open its monasteries and convents as shelters, adding the church should be the ‘first port of call’ for migrants. Continue reading this article

Professional Occupations Are Threatened with Displacement by Smart Machines

Informed observers have noticed that many manufacturing jobs have disappeared because of robots and automation, particularly among industries returning to the US from abroad where the updated plant needs far fewer workers. (See Manufacturing Is Returning to US, but Automation Means Fewer Hires.)

Oxford University forecast last year that 45 percent of US jobs were vulnerable to robots or computerization in the next two decades.

And the robot revolution is not confined to industrial production; it will become “omnipresent” according to the CEO of Google.

Professional occupations like doctor, lawyer and architect are no longer safe from smart machines, as noted in the article following.

The higher-end job threat from automation is another reminder that America does not need to double legal immigration, as legislated in the Senate amnesty bill S.744. The automated future is taking shape before our eyes, from robot hamburger flippers to Sergey Brin’s self-driving cars but the amnesty-addled politicians in Washington don’t see the approaching cliff.

Robot doctors, online lawyers and automated architects: the future of the professions?, The Guardian (UK), June 15, 2014

Advances in technology have long been recognised as a threat to manual labour. Now highly skilled, knowledge-based jobs that were once regarded as safe could be at risk. How will they adapt to the digital age?

Last year, reporters for the Associated Press attempted to figure out which jobs were being lost to new technology. They analysed employment data from 20 countries and interviewed experts, software developers and CEOs. They found that almost all the jobs that had disappeared in the past four years were not low-skilled, low-paid roles, but fairly well-paid positions in traditionally middle-class careers. Software was replacing administrators and travel agents, bookkeepers and secretaries, and at alarming rates.

Economists and futurists know it’s not all doom and gloom, but it is all change. Oxford academics Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael A Osborne have predicted computerisation could make nearly half of jobs redundant within 10 to 20 years. Office work and service roles, they wrote, were particularly at risk. But almost nothing is impervious to automation. It has swept through shop floors and factories, transformed businesses big and small, and is beginning to revolutionise the professions.

Knowledge-based jobs were supposed to be safe career choices, the years of study it takes to become a lawyer, say, or an architect or accountant, in theory guaranteeing a lifetime of lucrative employment. That is no longer the case. Now even doctors face the looming threat of possible obsolescence. Expert radiologists are routinely outperformed by pattern-recognition software, diagnosticians by simple computer questionnaires. In 2012, Silicon Valley investor Vinod Khosla predicted that algorithms and machines would replace 80% of doctors within a generation.

In their much-debated book The Second Machine Age, Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee argued that we now face an intense period of creative destruction. “Technological progress,” they warned, “is going to leave behind some people, perhaps even a lot of people, as it races ahead … there’s never been a worse time to be a worker with only ‘ordinary’ skills and abilities to offer, because computers, robots and other digital technologies are acquiring these skills and abilities at an extraordinary rate.”

So where does that leave the professions, whose hard-won expertise is beginning to fall within the power of computers and artificial intelligence to emulate? The efficiency of computerisation seems likely to spell the end of the job security past generations sought in such careers. For many, what were once extraordinary skillsets will soon be rendered ordinary by the advance of the machines. What will it mean to be a professional then? Continue reading this article

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