In Texas’ largest city, construction workers are nearly all hispanics, but not because building is job Americans won’t do. On the contrary, Mexicans have somehow taken over those jobs and keep citizens out while demanding bribes (mordida in Spanish) of their countrymen. A man who wants a job has to pay a bribe just to start, plus a weekly payoff to keep his position.
The whistleblower says job-site bribery goes on across Texas, but it’s likely that the same sort of corruption occurs in other areas of high Mexican residence, based on cultural patterns of behavior.
This is job theft and corruption by Mexicans on an industrial scale. It directly harms American workers during a wretched recession in which accumulating years of unemployment has pushed some into poverty. Is there an official investigation, somewhere? Inquiring minds want to know.
HOUSTON – These days, it’s just something you rarely, if ever, see: African-Americans laboring within the largely Hispanic construction crews working the Gulf Coast’s heavy industrial projects. Ricardo Charles says he knows exactly why and after 33 years in the building trade, he’s blowing the whistle.
== Black and White ==
Charles says those who run organized, largely Hispanic crews almost never hire willing African-American laborers.
“Oh no, blacks they are out of the question. Blacks are out of the question. Nobody wants a black person in there,” Charles insisted, a Mexican-American man.
The practice of rejecting black labor is deeply entrenched discrimination which extends to white workers as well, Charles says.
These men and women are effectively cut off from decent-paying construction jobs by secretive Mexican labor gangs.
“They are afraid that white people are not going to put up with their unethical acts,” Charles explained.
== The Mordida ==
He’s talking about bribes. They call it “Mordida” in Mexico, the bite.
“This is actually just like in Mexico. It’s not how much you know, it’s who you know,” Charles said.
For years, on nearly every major industrial construction site in Texas, workers have been quietly forced to pay the leaders of Mexican labor gangs hundreds of dollars up front just to obtain a job.
With each weekly pay-check, the kick backs from workers to gang leaders continue.
“It’s not only how much you pay to go in. You pay anything from $50 to $70 a week while you are in the project,” Charles insisted.
Anyone who objects to paying the price is quickly isolated and almost as rapidly cut loose from the job without cause.
“They have these groups that are going to harass you, they want to insult you, degrade you. They want to make it very, very hard on you. They want to make false accusations about you: that you don’t know how to do the job, you don’t know how to talk to them, but they are all in the same conspiracy. It is a gang, like organized crime,” Charles said. Continue reading this article
The report warns that Mexico’s crime syndicates have escalated their aims and now want to control territory within the United States (as they already have succeeded in doing in southern Arizona) to make narco-business easier: “In effect, the cartels seek to create a “sanitary zone” inside the Texas border — one county deep — that will provide sanctuary from Mexican law enforcement and, at the same time, enable the cartels to transform Texas’ border counties into narcotics transshipment points for continued transport and distribution into the continental United States.”
AUSTIN — From Texas Department of Agriculture – In an effort to protect U.S. citizens from spillover cartel violence while continuing to emphasize the critical need for enhanced Texas/Mexico border security, Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples today released “Texas Border Security: A Strategic Military Assessment.” The independent study, co-authored by retired General Barry McCaffrey and retired Major-General Robert Scales, was unveiled as part of the Protect Your Texas Border Summit at the Capitol.
“Washington keeps telling us our border is more secure than ever, but this detailed military assessment, by two of America’s top generals, offers proof to the contrary,” Commissioner Staples said. “It’s time to shed the cloak of denial and protect our citizens and national security. Would Washington stand by and allow terrorists from Canada to make daily incursions into New York? The answer is a resounding, ‘No.’ We expect and demand that same level of protection in Texas. It’s time for Washington to uphold its constitutional duty to protect Americans on their home soil.”
Commissioned jointly by the Texas Department of Agriculture and the Texas Department of Public Safety, the report offers a military perspective on how to best incorporate strategic, operational and tactical measures to secure the increasingly hostile border regions along the Rio Grande River. It also provides sobering evidence of why Texas landowners and officials have called for increased federal support to defend our southern border.
“During the past two years, the southwestern United States has become increasingly threatened by the spread of Latin American and Mexican cartel organized crime,” said Gen. Barry McCaffrey (Ret.). “I congratulate Commissioner Staples for his vision in creating awareness of the inadequate attention paid to violence stemming from the drug cartels in Mexico and Latin America.”
“The violence and ongoing threat to our security reflect a change in the strategic intent of the cartels to move their operations into the United States,” said Maj. Gen. Robert Scales (Ret.). “American cities and rural areas now have Latin American drug, gun and human smuggling cartels operating inside our borders.” Continue reading this article
Here’s an item of historic interest, a video of Mexican Presidente Vicente Fox thanking his compadre Governor Rick Perry for American taxpayer-subsidized in-state tuition for illegal Mexicans in Texas state universities, dated November 6, 2003:
Another measure of Gov. Perry’s generosity toward non-Americans is that “of jobs created in Texas since 2007, 81 percent were taken by newly arrived immigrant workers (legal and illegal),” according to a recent study from CIS. Perry has touted Texas as a powerful job creator under his governorship, but apparently very few of those jobs went to Americans.
Does Perry even like Americans? He castigated normal frugal citizens who object to subsidizing the college educations of illegal aliens, calling us “heartless” in last week’s Presidential debate:
“But if you say that we should not educate children who have come into our state for no other reason than they’ve been brought there by no fault of their own, I don’t think you have a heart. We need to be educating these children, because they will become a drag on our society.”
Incidentally, wasting $100K to provide an illegal alien with a college education only creates a very expensive “drag on society” who is still ineligible to work legally, like the useless law school graduate in California.
Gov. Perry shouldn’t listen to the liberal media when it endlessly intones that immigration enforcement is a far-right concern. On the contrary, an end to immigration anarchy is much desired by mainstream Americans, as demonstrated by numerous polls.
It’s amazing the suffering that goes on in this miserable economy, and how little attention it gets in the American press. The article posted below about middle-aged, formerly middle class people living in tents in New Jersey with cold weather coming on appeared in a British newspaper.
Massive job loss is worsening as economic pundits forecast a double-dip recession, while the few jobs that are available are given to cheap and exploitable foreigners. Americans are getting hosed by open borders, and nobody will name the enemy, specifically a federal government addicted to open borders and disinterested in the well-being of American citizens.
The white picket fence and manicured flowerbeds outside 1 Paradise Lane are straight from a picture postcard of idyllic suburban American life in the 1950s.
But its walls are no more than canvas. Its porch overlooks smouldering bonfires and scrawny hens scratching at dirt. And mail never arrives in the letterbox that was hand-painted by Marilyn Berenzweig.
Mrs Berenzweig, 61, used to make $100,000 (£63,333) a year as a designer in New York’s garment district. Now she and her husband Michael are down and out in ‘Tent City’ in Lakeland, New Jersey. There is no electricity or running water and racoons steal their food. “It’s not an easy life,” she said.
She and Mr Berenzweig, a former radio producer, are two of the 27 million Americans out of work or under-employed as recession stalks the US once more.
New census figures this month showed that more than one in seven is now in poverty, surviving on less than $11,139 (£7,054) a year each or $22,314 (£14,132) for a family of four.
The couple had to leave their $2,000 (£1,266)-a-month house after Marilyn lost her job. They lived with their 40-year-old daughter and her family for four months before a row drove them out.
After reaching the 90-week limit for unemployment benefits, they now receive less than $100 (£63) per week between them in food stamps. “The nearest supermarket is 2.5 miles away,” she said. “Usually we walk”. Social security will kick in only when she is 62, and her modest pension at 65.
“I’m scared about how life is going in America,” said Mrs Berenzweig. “I hope we’ll move into an apartment again one day. But we need money.” Continue reading this article
Add “bilingual” preference on the part of business to the increasing ways that Americans face unfair treatment in our own nation. More and more, citizens are expected to know the language of the invader while Spanish speakers do not need to speak English.
Today’s example of diminishing American rights in our own country comes from a letter to the Odessa American, illustrating that jobless citizens in hispanic areas have yet another obstacle to employment — the requirement to be “bilingual,” more accurately described as “Spanish speaking.”
Bilingual preferred, what does that really mean? As I look in the Odessa American for a job this is all I come across. Does this mean if I’m not bilingual I don’t qualify for the job?
Shouldn’t they already have employees there who can speak English and Spanish?
If I can’t speak Spanish, why does that disqualify me from a job? Can I help that I wasn’t born to speak another language? Should I be penalized or discriminated against because of this? Why should I have to learn another language because there are so many people who don’t know or want to learn English? Is this fair?
They offer free classes at Odessa College to learn English but they charge to learn Spanish or another language. I was born a U.S. citizen in the United States of America where English is our first language. Why should I have to learn another language just to “fit in” when this is the first and only language I know.
I know I have a lot of questions and I need answers, the thing is I don’t know who to ask. I feel “bilingual preferred” is a form of discrimination for the people who can’t speak or read Spanish. Does job performance even count anymore? I guess as long as your “bilingual” you can get the job. What about the rest of the people who don’t? How are we supposed to provide for our family, get a job just because we don’t talk the right language. I thought I was.
It was certainly a pleasure to see a substantial chunk of the Fox News Republican debate devoted to immigration — a far cry from the 2008 election in which the subject was barely mentioned.
The use of interactive technology, including Youtube questions asked by average citizens, livened up the debate format and brought subjects of genuine importance to Americans. Nearly 20,000 questions were submitted by concerned citizens.
Fox posted nifty word cloud graphics on the major topics of debate. Below is the one for immigration:
The debate was doubly pleasing because open-borders creep Rick Perry got a serious smackdown by other candidates after he continued his excuses for extreme permissiveness. He is particularly rabid on the subject of taxpayer subsidies for illegal alien college students. Gov Perry had the nerve to characterize the friends of taxpayers and sovereignty very negatively, saying, “But if you say that we should not educate children who have come into our state for no other reason than they’ve been brought there by no fault of their own, I don’t think you have a heart.”
The guy is Mexico City’s dreamboat candidate. But not so much for American citizens. We don’t need another Mexichurian Texas Republican, full of faux compassionate conservatism (aka screwing Americans to help illegal aliens and foreigners), in the White House. Been there, done that.
Back to the college tuition subsidy, I remain mystified why no Republican candidate pointed out that spending nearly $100k (in Texas) to educate illegal aliens is a complete waste of money because those foreigners will not be eligible to work legally after graduation. Plus, the illegal student takes a slot that should go to a citizen who will work and pay taxes upon getting a degree.
I couldn’t find a single video that included all the immigration issues brought up, so here are several, starting with Rep. Bachman:
Former Speaker Gingrich was quizzed on e-verify:
Gov. Perry stuck to his open-borders globalist ideology, while he still claims to be a conservative. Gov. Romney was not afraid to use the phrase “illegal alien” to refer to the perps:
Here is the transcript from Fox of the immigration segment:
CHRIS WALLACE, FOX NEWS: Congresswoman Bachmann, as you well know, a number of states are trying to crack down on illegal immigration. We got a bunch of questions on immigration like this one from Tim Emerson, this is a text question so you don’t need to look up there. Tim Emerson of California.
He wrote this, “would you support each state enforcing the immigration laws since the federal government is not?”
Congresswoman, could you answer Tim’s question? And if your answer is yes, how do you square that with the constitution which says that congress has the power to establish a uniform rule of naturalization?
BACHMANN: Well, the reason why he’s asking this question is because the federal government has failed the American people and has failed the states. It’s reprehensible that President Obama has sued the state of Arizona and the governor of Arizona for trying to protect the people in Arizona. That’s wrong.
BACHMANN: As president of the United States, I would do what my job would demand of me. That’s to uphold the sovereignty of the United States of America.
To do that, I would build a fence on America’s southern border on every mile, on every yard, on every foot, on every inch of the southern border. I think that’s what we have to do, not only build it, but then also have sufficient border security and enforce the laws that are on the books with the ICE agents, with our border security.
And here’s the other thing I would do. I would not allow taxpayer-funded benefits for illegal aliens or for their children. Continue reading this article
Lampedusa, the southernmost island outpost of Italy has been overwhelmed for months by thousands of North Africans, who are mostly young males who don’t want to fight for freedom in the celebrated Arab Spring. They are using the chaos to pose as refugees in order to enter Europe and avail themselves of its wealth and generous welfare system.
Over the last year, more than 48,000 illegal alien opportunists have at various times deposited themselves on Lampedusa, which covers less than 8 square miles and has the unlucky position of being only 70 miles from Tunisia.
Below, North Africans created a tent city of trash on the island of Lampedusa.
Tensions have accumulated on the island as the faux refugees have demanded better treatment from their unwilling hosts as well as entrance to the full refrigerator that Europe represents. When a recent batch of 1500 Muslim boaters were told that they would be repatriated, they burned down the immigration center and proceeded to riot. Perhaps they were trying to say that Italy’s immigration system is broken, or is insufficiently celebratory of diversity.
A Pew poll from January 2010 showed that Italians had among the highest “anti-immigrant” sentiments on earth, although Pew didn’t bother to specify illegal immigration. Whatever the specifics of public opinion, the images of hostile demanders of entry can’t be going over well in Italy.
The video below describes attacks by the North Africans against local people, and the mayor said he had armed himself with a baseball bat and was prepared to defend himself and the citizens. Too bad the mayor isn’t better equipped for self-defense.
Eleven people have been injured after refugees clashed with riot police on the Italian island of Lampedusa after hundreds of protesters burned the reception centre down.
The devastating fire started on Tuesday night when the Tunisian migrants, protesting against their immediate repatriation, allegedly set fire to their bed mattresses. The blaze reduced much of the controversial centre to a smoking ruin.
On Wednesday violence broke out between riot police and refugees on the island. Three Italian Carabinieri, a policeman and seven Tunisians have been injured.
The fire dealt a heavy blow to Italy’s ability to deal with a continuing flood of refugees from North Africa in the wake of the popular revolts in Tunisia and Egypt and the civil war in Libya.
More than 48,000 have reached the shores of southern Italy since the start of the year.
Many of the 1,200 migrants held in the centre fled when three fires broke out late on Tuesday.
As police stationed on the island rounded them up, the fires blazed out of control and destroyed three buildings in the complex.
The fires were allegedly lit deliberately by Tunisians protesting against their imminent return home, having been ruled to be economic migrants rather than bona fide asylum seekers.
Bernardino De Rubeis, the outspoken mayor of the island, said he had been warning the government in Rome for days that tensions among the migrants were increasing to breaking point.
“In the past few days I raised the alarm more than once. Enough is now enough,” he said, calling for Silvio Berlusconi, the prime minister, to call an emergency cabinet meeting to discuss the crisis.
He said islanders were fed up with having to host so many migrants. “We’re in a war, and the people will react. There are people here who want to go out into the streets armed with clubs.”
The mayor demanded that Italian navy ships be sent to the island “immediately” in order to transfer the migrants to camps in Sicily and the mainland.
He said police and paramilitary Carabinieri officers should have responded to the arson much more forcefully.
“We can’t understand why police and Carabinieri go in hard against fans in football fans – their own compatriots – while on Lampedusa it’s completely different. We need a strong hand on the island too. People are tired of all this, they want to get back to living in peace.” Continue reading this article
When Rep. Peter King held his three investigative hearings about hostile Islam, the squawking from the usual fifth-column suspects was loud and long. As Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, King’s inquiries pursued the threats that diverse Islamic unfriendlies pose for the nation now. But protecting national security didn’t sound like a good reason to enemies such as CAIR, which supports the terrorist Hamas group.
There’s bad news for the friends of jihad though: a recent poll showed that American citizens approve of King’s hearings. Bogus accusations of racism and/or Islamophobia from professional Islo-squawkers just aren’t working any more, looks like.
While New York Republican Rep. Peter King’s recent hearings on radicalization have sparked controversy among interest groups and in the media, a recent poll shows that a majority of Americans are supportive of his efforts.
According to a national poll of 1,000 likely voters conducted last month by Democratic pollster Pat Caddell and Republican pollster John McLaughlin for Secure America Now, 63 percent of Americans support the King hearings and believe “they need to continue because they are providing information which is valuable and important to stop terrorism in the United States.”
Twenty percent said the hearings should be discontinued because “they are offensive to Muslims and a waste of tax payer dollars.” Seventeen percent did not know, or refused to answer.
Rep. King welcomed the results, saying that they show his effort has broad support.
“The results of this poll demonstrate broad public support for the series of hearings that I convened in March to examine the ongoing and real threat of terrorist radicalization within the Muslim-American community,” King said, adding that the campaign to demonize him has not worked. Continue reading this article
At the end of WWII, Europe thought it would be a good idea to import some Arab temp workers for the big rebuilding project, who would then return to their backward homelands in a few years. But how you gonna keep ‘em down on the farm after they’ve seen Paree? Or something.
Praying in the streets of Paris is against the law starting Friday, after the interior minister warned that police will use force if Muslims, and those of any other faith, disobey the new rule to keep the French capital’s public spaces secular. [. . .]
But the public worship, the blocked streets, and the private security were already illegal, according to a 2010 report from CBN, the video from which is below.
The whole aim of the Muslims’ weekly pray-ins has been to intimidate Paris by showing their ability to overpower the streets whenever they please. The behavior is a reminder that annoying blockages could quickly spiral into civil unrest, like rioting for days or even weeks, as happened in 2005 all over France following the accidental electrocution of a couple of Muslim teens. When a gaggle of Muslims gets miffed, bad things can happen.
No surprise, the Muslims ignored the current proclamation. Perhaps the French authorities will organize some sort of enforcement next week to cope with their Muslim diversity.
PARIS — Hundreds of Muslims defied a French ban on outdoor prayer — which came into force Friday –and took to the streets and sidewalks of Paris to pray.
The French government announced Thursday it was banning praying outside, with officials pledging to enforce the ban from Friday.
But 200 Muslims ignored the ban and prayed on the streets in the neighborhood of La Goutte d’Or, Le Parisien newspaper reported.
French interior minister Claude Gueant said he had nothing against Islam but wanted it out of the public eye because France was a secular state.
He added, “Street prayers must stop because they hurt the feelings of many of our compatriots who are shocked by the occupation of the public space for a religious practice.”
Although officials would persuade people to pray in mosques, Muslims who continued to pray in the street would be arrested, Gueant warned.
The ban angered French Muslim leaders who said Muslims only prayed outdoors because of a lack of space in mosques in France.
The outdoor prayer ban is the latest move by the French government to remove Islam from the public sphere. Laws prohibiting students wearing headscarves in schools and banning women from wearing the full Muslim veil — the niqab –in public came into force in April.
Senator Scott Brown, who won a 2010 special election to fill the seat vacated by Ted Kennedy’s death, spoke up this week to support Secure Communities to better administer the government function of policing foreign criminals.
Under Secure Communities, the fingerprints of a person who has been arrested are sent to be analyzed for immigration status as well as to check for criminal background. Common sense, most Americans would agree — not “controversial” as many dinosaur media reports portray.
Senator Brown sent a letter (see below) recommending the adoption of the program to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, who refuses allow his state to take part in it because participation might lead to “profiling.”
Interestingly, Senator Brown might be running against consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren in the 2012 election, who says that she opposes Secure Communities.
U.S. Sen. Scott Brown asked the governor today to back a controversial measure that would allow law enforcement to track illegal aliens, playing to his Republican base on the same day a tough new challenger joined the race for his job.
In his letter, Brown writes to Gov. Deval Patrick urging for “full and immediate Massachusetts participation” in the Secure Communities program.
“During a Senate Homeland Security committee hearing yesterday, President Obama’s Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano described Secure Communities as ‘a key tool in our immigration enforcement efforts to identify those in the country illegally who are also committing other crimes, are fugitives from existing warrants, are multiple illegal entrants or security concerns,’ ” Brown writes. “I agree with Secretary Napolitano, and believe that Secure Communities plays an important role in keeping America safe.”
Brown’s letter comes as former Obama administration official and Harvard professor Elizabeth Warren enters the Democratic primary for Brown’s Senate seat. She backed the governor’s stance on Secure Communities during a campaign stop in Framingham today.
“I think there’s a real question about whether or not this bill really makes communities more secure,” Warren said. “If people feel like they can’t go to the police … that doesn’t make us more secure. I think we really have to think much harder about the ways to make American communities more secure.” Continue reading this article
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