Bishop Anthony B. Taylor recently met with Pope Benedict in the Vatican, and the subject of immigration of questionable legality appeared to be high on the agenda.
The Arkansas Bishop sounded quite upbeat about hispanic Catholics filling southern pews, after his years of suffering with the preponderance of English-speaking Protestants who have been the major population in the Bible Belt for generations.
Bishop Taylor complained, “This blessing and opportunity to welcome and defend the newcomer is felt especially in our overwhelmingly Protestant states of Arkansas and Oklahoma. When I was a child, Catholics constituted 3 percent of the population of our province — we were weaker than the beer! — and the local Church was almost entirely English-speaking.”
The horror! Traditional Americans behaving traditionally.
Below, a patriotic Catholic in Ohio prepared to protest his church’s open-borders position and distribution of bogus matricula identification cards. A 2009 Zogby poll showed 64 percent of parishioners preferred immigration enforcement rather than the mass amnesty supported by Catholic elites.
VATICAN CITY — Meeting Pope Benedict XVI for his first “ad limina” visit March 16, Bishop Anthony B. Taylor thanked the pope for his support of immigration and refugee issues.
The bishops of Arkansas and Oklahoma met privately with the pope and each gave a presentation on concerns from their dioceses.
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City gave an overview of the state of the Church in the province of Oklahoma and Arkansas, and Bishop Edward J. Slattery of Tulsa spoke about the work of Catholic Charities.
Before addressing the pope, Bishop Taylor introduced his guest, Deacon Andrew Hart of Little Rock, a seminarian at the North American College in Rome who will be ordained a priest in July. Hart met the pope for the first time in January 2010 when the pope had a private audience for the students for the college’s 150th anniversary (See related story on Hart’s experience here ).
“For me, it was a wonderful experience of the universality of the Church and of the primacy of the See of Peter,” Hart said. “People from every nation and background have been coming to this city for thousands of years to greet the successor of St. Peter and to see the man through whom the Holy Spirit continues to guide the universal Church.”
Bishop Taylor also presented the pope with a spiritual bouquet gathered by Arkansas Catholic (See related story on spiritual bouquet here ).
Bishop Taylor, a former Oklahoma priest, explained to the pope about influx of Hispanics from Mexico and Central America to the area.
“This blessing and opportunity to welcome and defend the newcomer is felt especially in our overwhelmingly Protestant states of Arkansas and Oklahoma. When I was a child, Catholics constituted 3 percent of the population of our province — we were weaker than the beer! — and the local Church was almost entirely English-speaking. Thanks to the large waves of immigrants from Mexico, Central America and Vietnam during the last 40 years, the Catholic population in our two states has doubled, and in many parishes Spanish-speaking immigrants now constitute more than half of the Catholics in the area.”
He told the pope that 55 percent of Catholics in the Arkansas are Spanish-speaking immigrants and their children.
“When I was ordained in 1980, Mass was offered in Spanish in only one parish in the entire Archdiocese of Oklahoma City — now it is offered in 37 parishes — 1/3 of all the Catholic churches — and the same dramatic growth has occurred in Arkansas. And although we have too few priests who are fluent in Spanish, I am proud of how committed most of our priests are to doing whatever they can to equip themselves to be able at least to administer the sacraments in Spanish and respond to their parishioners’ needs in a culturally sensitive way. People can tell when their pastor cares about them and they respond to his love even when his command of Spanish is poor.”
Bishop Taylor lamented that the Church is one of the few institutions in the state that will speak out against “hurtful” immigration legislation.
“We bishops and many of our priests take very seriously our obligation to speak out in defense of their human rights,” he said “Moreover, we strive to make our parishes a place of welcome and safety for our immigrant brothers and sisters. Often we have to challenge even our own English-speaking Catholics to open their hearts to welcome new immigrants, most of whom — at least initially — lack proper documentation and are forced by their unauthorized presence to live in the shadows, subject to all kinds of discrimination and economic exploitation. Yet while these members of our Church continue to face many problems and difficult challenges, we have also experienced much good will extended to them by their English-speaking fellow parishioners.” Continue reading this article
The size of Arizona’s undocumented-immigrant population has dropped significantly in recent years and is now near its lowest level in a decade, according to new government estimates.
A report released Friday by the Department of Homeland Security, based on 2010 census data, estimated there were 360,000 illegal immigrants in Arizona as of January 2011.
That is down 110,000 from a year earlier. It also is down 200,000 from the peak in 2008, when an estimated 560,000 illegal immigrants lived in Arizona. Those estimates are based on 2000 census data.
Experts say the the primary factor behind the exodus was the lack of jobs during the recession, but tighter border enforcement and tough immigration laws also played a role.
A DHS official cautioned against making direct comparisons between the estimates released Friday and earlier DHS estimates because they are based on census data a decade apart.
But, experts say, the new figures confirm a strong downward trend in the size of the undocumented population in Arizona, which has long been considered ground zero for illegal immigration. The size of the state’s undocumented population and the state’s reputation as the main corridor for illegal immigration along the U.S.-Mexican border feed into that consideration, they say. Continue reading this article
In an economy where at least 14 million Americans are officially unemployed, the last thing we need in a new visa program admitting more legal immigrants to compete against jobless citizens for scarce jobs.
But certain members of the Senate think that additional thousands of foreign workers would be a swell idea.
WASHINGTON – Congress may have finally found an immigration issue it can agree on in an election year: letting in more Irish people.
At a time when the volatile issue of comprehensive immigration reform is hopelessly stalled in a divided Congress, senators of both parties are rallying behind legislation that would allow 10,500 Irish nationals to come to the U.S. to work each year.
The legislation by Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., has been attacked by critics as a cynical ploy to win Irish-American votes as Brown battles for re-election in a state where one in four residents is of Irish descent. It also has been decried by both pro-immigration and anti-immigration groups as an example of favoritism toward European immigrants over Hispanics and Asians.
But supporters of the bill — including Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York — say they are trying to help reverse discrimination against Irish nationals that was inadvertently created by a 1965 overhaul of the U.S. immigration system.
That overhaul, designed to end a bias against immigrants from Latin America, Asia and Africa, made it difficult for Irish immigrants to obtain visas despite their strong cultural ties to the U.S., supporters of Brown’s bill say. Hispanics and Asians have been the dominant immigrant groups to the U.S. since 1965 and, as they become citizens, their close family members have been given priority for U.S. visas as part of the U.S. government’s emphasis on family reunification.
About 40 million Americans identify themselves as being of Irish descent, or about 13% of the U.S. population of more than 313 million. Hispanics make up about 16% of U.S. residents. The number of Irish immigrants granted permanent legal status in the U.S. has plunged from nearly 38,000 in the 1960s to about 16,000 in the 10 years from 2000 through 2009. Continue reading this article
There is certainly widespread relief that Toulouse police have ended the killing spree of Mohamed Merah, who had murdered seven people over the last little while (including three children) for the greater glory of Allah. He was shot dead when trying to escape police who had surrounded his home.
But many Muslims who have left Islamic societies to reside in France can only think of how the monstrous crimes might effect them. The Muslims believe traditional French will generalize blame on all for the action of one jihadist and a backlash against Islamic diversity will result.
Anyway, Muslims in France feel they are misunderstood little lambs, put upon by “islamophobia” when their non-assimilation is pointed out, and then they squawk “Backlash!” when none is on the horizon. They worry about their own skins when serious self-reflection would be more appropriate.
One bit of unintended hilarity occurs near the end of the article below where one interviewee said mass murderer Merah couldn’t have been a “real Muslim” because Islam is so peaceful.
PARIS: French Muslims said on Wednesday they feared a backlash and increased inter-religious tensions as police besieged a suspected Islamist militant who allegedly killed seven people including three Jewish children.
Police were trying to negotiate the surrender of Mohamed Merah, a 23-year-old Frenchman of Algerian descent suspected of killing three soldiers last week and three children and a teacher at a Jewish school on Monday.
Officials say he has visited Afghanistan and Pakistan, bragged of being an Al-Qaeda member and claimed to have acted to avenge the deaths of Palestinian children. On the streets of Paris and its suburbs, French Muslims denounced his attacks and said they hoped his acts would not spur anti-Islamic feelings in France.
“Killing young Jews to avenge young Palestinians causes nothing but revulsion,” said Abdelhak Eddouk, a Muslim leader in the Paris suburban region of Essonne.
“This type of person hurts everyone,” he said, adding that he feared that “in an election period, some will take advantage of this to stigmatise Islam as a religion and Muslims as citizens.”
Ezdine Ould Mohamed, the head of a local Muslim cultural association in Essonne, urged politicians to “ask the right questions and act responsibly” after the attacks. Immigration has been a top theme in the campaign for France’s April-May presidential election, with right-wing President Nicolas Sarkozy declaring this month that there were “too many foreigners” in France. Sarkozy allies and far-right candidate Marine Le Pen have also lashed out against the widespread production of Islamic halal meat.
In Paris’s working-class neighbourhood of Belleville, home to a large North African community, butcher Lassaad Fkiri said he feared the shootings would add fuel to the rhetoric. “I think politicians will fan the flames, after the halal debate, and some will use these dramatic events to point the finger at Muslims,” the 39-year-old said.
Outside a mosque in the Paris suburb of Clichy-sous-Bois, 31-year-old Mema Camara said she hoped most in France would not link the killer with all Muslims.
“He would not have done this if he were a real Muslim. God forbids us from fighting. I really hope there will be no confusion between this madman and the entire community,” she said.
Nearby, 51-year-old Nasreddine Hanifa said he believed the killer had been “recruited by extremists” and most likely “brainwashed,” but that he needed “to be punished for these horrible crimes.”
One item under discussion was the estimate that there are “hundreds” of Hezbollah agents working in the United States. Chairman King questioned the panel about that idea in the video below and there was general agreement:
The DEA has conservatively linked at least half of the FTOs [Foreign Terrorist Organizations] with involvement in one or more aspects of the global drug trade, but I believe that number to be far greater, especially when considering that there are so many ways to make hundreds of millions, if not billions of dollars in the industry. Generating contraband revenue from involvement in the industry can include the taxing of farmers, taxing finished drugs and the movement of drugs and precursor chemicals across borders, providing security to traditional cartels at clandestine laboratories, cache sites and airstrips, the manufacture of drugs, the transportation of drugs, and the distribution of drugs.
The real threat posed by this activity are the countless opportunities groups like the Quds Force and Hezbollah are presented with to develop and nurture relationships with organized crime and terrorist groups here in the Western Hemisphere, in Africa, Europe and many other countries. They are provided with many opportunities to learn from the most sophisticated organized crime syndicates in the world: the Colombian and Mexican drug trafficking cartels, which include the FARC. And these relationships most likely provide the Quds Force and Hezbollah with opportunities to leverage the transportation, money laundering, arms trafficking, corruption, human trafficking and smuggling infrastructures of the Colombian and Mexican drug trafficking cartels, as well as other organized crime and terrorist groups around the world.
I watched part of the hearing but didn’t hear anyone ask about Tehrangeles, as the Iranian section of Los Angeles is called by the many Persians who live there. It would certainly be an ideal place for Hezbo operatives to live and blend in.
Interestingly, the new reality TV show on Bravo, the Shahs of Sunset which focuses on rich young Iranians in LA, reveals a high level of assimilation to the material values of Beverly Hills.
Iranian-backed militant group Hezbollah may have hundreds of operatives based in the United States, and Hezbollah – not al-Qaida – poses the greatest terrorist threat to Americans, the Republican chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Peter King, said today.
Since September 11 2001, America’s counter-terror officials have focussed on al-Qaida and home-grown radicalised American extremists, said the New York representative at a hearing of his committee. But, now, the terrorist threat to the United States is shifting.
‘As Iran moves closer to nuclear weapons and there is increasing concern over war between Iran and Israel, we must also focus on Iran’s secret operatives and their number one terrorist proxy force, Hezbollah, which we know is in America. That’s right, we know Hezbollah operatives are here.
‘The question is whether these Hezbollah operatives have the capacity to carry out attacks on the homeland and how quickly they can become fully operational,’ King said.
Opening the hearing, King said, ‘we have a duty to prepare for the worst’, and referred to the 20 Hezbollah-related prosecutions that have taken place in the United States since 9/11.
He also referred to a murder plot allegedly directed by the Iranian government to kill the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. last year as a further warning sign of the potential threat that the country poses to Americans. Continue reading this article
A sign of the times is how another Mexifornia county (out of 58) is now required to provide ballots in Spanish, as required by the Voting Rights Act. Napa is one of 27 counties in the state so encumbered with the extra expense of producing non-English voting materials.
Karime Jacobo of Napa said she’ll likely request her voting material come to her in Spanish, even though she speaks English well.
Jacobo has that option because this year, for the first time, Napa County voters can get their ballots and other election material either in English or Spanish. Solano County still prints its election material exclusively in English, though that’s unlikely to last.
“My vocabulary isn’t that good in political issues and I feel I understand those things better in Spanish,” Jacobo said.
A new federal list issued in October, requires 248 cities and towns nationwide to add other languages to their election material, according to local county election officials.
More than 1 in 18 jurisdictions must now provide material like pre-election publicity, voter registration and absentee ballots as well as Election Day ballots, in various foreign languages.
Napa County Registrar of Voters John Tuteur said data collected between 2008 and 2009 determined that the county has met the demographic criteria requiring voter information printed in Spanish. The Department of Justice makes that determination based on this data, Tuteur and Solano County Registrar of Voters Ira Rosenthal said.
“Some counties have up to seven or eight languages, but Napa County has only one additional language,” Tuteur said. “It’s based on census data collected in something called the American Community Survey.”
Solano County’s ballots and other voter information are printed only in English, although Rosenthal said his office had expected the county to make the federal list this year.
“No group in Solano County meets the threshold to require the information be printed in any language other than English, though we’re assuming we will at some point, probably in Spanish and possibly Tagalog, is what we’re anticipating,” Rosenthal said.
Rosenthal said whenever new languages are added, the printing process becomes more expensive.
“It adds complexity and cost to elections, anyway it’s done,” he said.
The company that ordinarily prints Napa County’s voting material employs certified translators who will convert it into Spanish, Tuteur said. He said he estimates this will add about 25 percent to the typical printing costs. Continue reading this article
QUITOBAQUITO – It was a tour of public lands with splendid scenery, a glib guide – and lethal firepower on hand just in case.
The tour last week – to Quitobaquito Spring at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument south of Ajo – was guarded by federal officers armed with assault rifles and other weapons.
“It’s because of the perception that exposure to human and narcotics smugglers is a bad thing for the visiting public,” said Matthew Vandzura, chief ranger at the monument on the Mexican border.
Sardius Stalker, a seasonal park ranger who led last week’s tour, put it another way: “It’s like going into a bad neighborhood” where protection by “armed escorts” is essential.
A quick glance back in time can help explain the need for armed protection on a public park tour.
The Quitobaquito site – a natural oasis in the desert fed by a gushing spring – and many other parts of the 330,689-acre monument have been closed to the public without escorts for much of the past decade. Continue reading this article
Now a new study is out from the Wilson Center (Mexico: A Middle Class Society, Poor No More, Developed Not Yet), arguing that Mexico is becoming a middle class society. For example, the average number of years in school has increased since 1976, from 4.8 years to 8.3 years in 2006. Housing is becoming more spacious. Women account for 45 percent of the labor force. Additional young people are attending college, and family size has shrunk to a more economically manageable 2.3 kids.
The Washington Post even quoted a Mexican economist remarking “Mexico is now a middle-class country, which means we don’t have any excuse anymore.”
Now if only Mexico would react accordingly to its new economic improvement and end its demands for handouts and open borders from America. Right, that’ll happen.
QUERETARO, Mexico — A wary but tenacious middle class is fast becoming the majority in Mexico, breaking down the rich-poor divide in a profound demographic transformation that has far-reaching implications here and in the United States.
Although many Mexicans and their neighbors to the north still imagine a country of downtrodden masses dominated by a wealthy elite, the swelling ranks of the middle class are crowding new Wal-Marts, driving Nissan sedans and maxing out their Banamex credit cards.
The members of this class are not worried about getting enough to eat. They’re worried that their kids are eating too much.
“As hard as it is for many of us to accept, Mexico is now a middle-class country, which means we don’t have any excuse anymore. We have to start acting like a middle-class country,” said Luis de la Calle, an economist, former undersecretary of trade in the Mexican government and the co-author of a new report called “Mexico: A Middle Class Society, Poor No More, Developed Not Yet.”
The stereotype is no longer an illegal immigrant hustling for day labor outside a Home Depot in Phoenix. The new Mexican is the overscheduled soccer dad shopping for a barbecue grill inside a Home Depot in booming Mexican cities like Queretaro. Continue reading this article
In another report about Islam’s conquest-by-immigration of Europe, the estimate is that Oslo, Norway’s capital city, will be half “immigrant” by 2040. (The word “Muslim” seems to be verboten in politically correct Norway, but that is the meaning.) Islamic residents have shown little interest in assimilation and in some instances are downright unfriendly:
In response to the figures, Oslo’s current mayor thinks increased Islamic diversity is just fine:
Oslo’s mayor Fabian Stang has said he is unconcerned by statistics showing that immigrants will make up half of Oslo’s population three decades from now.
His reaction stood in stark contrast to that of Progress Party leader Siv Jensen, who immediately called for tighter restrictions on immigration when Statistics Norway published its projections on Tuesday. [. . .]
When asked about safety for women now that so many Muslims live in Scandinavia, she replied, “There is no doubt that the freedom, the level of freedom I had as a young woman, young women in Norway will not have, and don’t have actually today and they will not have it in the future, as far as I can see. So the freedom for women in Europe is going backwards.”
“Girls in school, they are mocked by Muslim boys and they dye their hair black, yes. Blondes are dying their hair black, that is correct. And some of them also move to other parts of Oslo to be let alone.”
More on the problem of Muslim violence against European women in this video:
Immigrants are set to make up almost half of Oslo’s population by 2040, according to Statistics Norway, new figures show, prompting an immediate call for more restrictive immigration policies from Progress Party leader Siv Jensen.
In less than 30 years from now, 70 percent of the Norwegian capital’s first and second generation immigrants will have their roots in countries outside the 30-member European Economic Area, Statistics Norway said.
The study, the first ever projection of immigration trends to be published in Norway, shows that the largest cities will also see the biggest upsurge in immigrant numbers.
Immigrants are defined in the statistics as either people who have either moved to Norway from another country, or the Norway-born children of two first-generation immigrants.
According to Statistics Norway’s most likely scenario, Oslo’s immigrant population will rise from today’s 28 percent to 47 percent in 2040. Continue reading this article
In Brussels, the capital of Europe, hostile Muslims are pleased with their progress in implementing totalitarian misogynous sharia law. They got a foothold via immigration and use their polygamous families producing mass quantities of children as a force multiplier of population. Dale Hurd of CBN was on the spot asking tough questions of fundies who plan on Muslim Belgistan in the near future — and got undisguised answers about intent. Friends of Western Civilization are glum under the demographic bulldozer of jihadist diversity:
Muslim immigration is a form of national and cultural suicide. Why does America continue with welcoming likely enemies when the European disaster is so clear?
BRUSSELS and ANTWERP — Brussels is the capital of Europe. But some are now calling it the Muslim capital of Europe.
The graffiti on a building in Belgium says it all: “Welcome to ‘Belgistan.” Muslims are still a minority in Belgium, but in the capital of Brussels, they’re already the largest religious group, comprising one-quarter of the city’s population.
In less than 20 years they’re expected to be the majority.
The most confrontational Muslim group here is Sharia4Belgium.
Many don’t take the small group seriously. But Sharia4Belgium head Fouad Belkacem, alias Abu Imran, sounded very serious when he told CBN News he expects Muslims to dominate Belgium and the world.
“The Sharia will dominate,” Imran said. “We believe Sharia will be implemented worldwide.” [. . .]
Sharia4Belgium is a public relations nightmare for those Muslim groups that try to play down their ties to radicalism and Sharia law.
Imran was completely open with CBN News, saying Islam and Sharia law are inseparable, and that democracy is evil.
“Sharia is Islam, to be clear,” he said. “There is no difference between Islam and Sharia, it’s just a name.”
“Democracy is the opposite of Sharia and Islam,” he said. “We believe Allah is the legislator. Allah makes the laws. He decides what is allowed and what is forbidden.”
CBN News asked Imran about self-described “democratic Muslims” who are against the extreme parts of Sharia law.
Attention! States with neighbors that have their own tough immigration laws: you will be stuck with the illegal alien fleebies if you are seen as a doormat.
Sadly, the “Big Easy” has seen an uptick of foreign pests because the city leaves aliens alone, and next-door Alabama has chased them out with its state enforcement. Louisiana did nothing to kick out the aliens who came to mooch jobs after the Katrina disaster, and they never left New Orleans. Some of the tribe like to call it Nuevo Orleans, to mark territory and announce they are pleased to occupy another American city.
Now more are coming from Alabama, illustrating once again that enforcement works.
NEW ORLEANS (CNN) — Humberto Guzman drove big rigs in Alabama for two months. As an undocumented immigrant from Honduras, he feared being deported everyday.
“The police would come after us a lot,” Guzman said. “Where we parked was the problem because they always asked us for our papers.”
Last week, two more parts of Alabama’s tough immigration law, which makes it more difficult for illegal immigrants to live and work in the state, were blocked by a federal appeals court. Another piece, requiring schools to check the immigration status of students, was put on hold last year. The entire law is being challenged by the federal government and activist groups.
Anticipating the worst, around the beginning of the year, Guzman packed his belongings and headed for Louisiana. He was familiar with the state. In 2005, after Hurricane Katrina, illegal immigrants like Guzman flocked to the city. They came in droves, drawn by the high paying jobs.
“Louisiana is a state where [police] don’t bother you. Over [in Alabama], you can’t even eat in peace,” Guzman said of the reason why he chose to come to the state, instead of stopping in Mississippi on his drive-in from Alabama. “The governor from here has been very kind to us…and he’s Republican!” Continue reading this article
Rick Santorum pinned a tail on the Puerto Rico statehood donkey, but with a major proviso — that a future state would have to embrace official English. That’s no small requirement when 95 percent of Puerto Ricans are Spanish speakers. Unsurprisingly, the Puerto Ricans think the condition of accepting America’s English language is a rude affront to their hispanic culture.
Furthermore, Puerto Rico admitted as a state would be a Trojan horse of eventual official Spanish bilingualism in the United States, and must be avoided.
Rick Santorum waded into a controversial issue today when he gave an interview to El Vocero, one of the biggest newspapers in Puerto Rico.
The issue? The island’s primary language.
The paper asked the former Pennsylvania senator if he would back Puerto Rican statehood if Spanish along with English remained its official languages.
“Like any other state, there has to be compliance with this and any other federal law,” Santorum told the paper. “And that is that English has to be the principal language. There are other states with more than one language such as Hawaii but to be a state of the United States, English has to be the principal language.”
Univision News reports that the language question has been long simmering. Univision points out that this is yet another issue that could put the GOP in a harsh light for the Latino electorate and could also complicate Republican politics in the state. Continue reading this article
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