Egypt Devolves into Chaos, as Muslim Brotherhood Strikes Back

For a supposedly “conservative” network, Fox News is remarkably averse to exploring the threat to Western civilization that Islamic jihad presents. By comparison, SunTV’s Michael Coren has a segment with expert Robert Spencer nearly every week.

Given the worsening unrest in Egypt, Fox welcomed author Erick Stackelbeck to discuss the Muslim Brotherhood, which is the granddaddy of Islamic jihad activity in the modern era. Founded in 1928, the group is well organized and happy to further its aim of worldwide sharia governance by working within the existing political system, including considerable influence in the Obama administration.

Stakelbeck warns that the Suez Canal may be targeted by Islo-extremists who want to crash the world economy by blocking the movement of oil.

Think the Muslim Brotherhood has no friends within the United States? A 2007 Pew poll found that a quarter of young Muslims residing in America supported suicide bombing to defend Islam.

Shown below is the rally of 500 US residents who showed up in Chicago to demonstrate their support for the Muslim Brotherhood and Morsi in July.

Right on schedule, the US-residing terrorists-in-suits at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) piped up with the suggestion that Obama “take steps” to protect the “pro-democracy” forces in Egypt — aka, the Muslim Brotherhood. Curiously, the Egyptian army is the most reasonable bunch in the backward sandlot of eighty million inhabitants.

Plus, Obama has consistently supported pro-sharia movements in the Middle East, so why shouldn’t the CAIR creatures demand that he double down?

CAIR Says Obama Must Act Against Massacre of Pro-Democracy Protesters in Egypt, Digital Journal, August 14, 2013

WASHINGTON, Aug. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today called on the Obama administration to take concrete steps to end the ongoing massacre of pro-democracy protesters in Egypt and to seek the restoration of democracy.

In a statement, CAIR said:

“CAIR joins all those who value freedom in strongly condemning today’s massacre of pro-democracy protesters in Egypt and calls for lifting the newly-imposed state of emergency and its inevitable denial of basic human rights. Those responsible for these horrific attacks on peaceful sit-ins must be held accountable and brought to justice.

“As we condemn the killing of peaceful protesters, we also condemn the reported attacks on Christian properties in Egypt and call for calm and national unity in the face of concerted campaigns to divide Egyptian society along religious and political lines. Continue reading this article

Canada's Asylum Reform Reduces Claims by Half

Our northern neighbor shows that do-gooder aspects of immigration needn’t be masochistic self-flagellation for the receiving country. By contrast, the United States of Obama is currently doing a doormat imitation by its reaction to a new invasion gimmick of demanding asylum using just the right complaint phrase, namely that the pesticans have a “fear of persecution.” Mexicans et al are mouthing the correct words, even though their situation is one of high crime, not state oppression.

By that standard, Chicagoans could claim asylum in welcoming welfare havens like Sweden or Britain.

Canada has reasonably determined that not all nations are gulags of torture and cruelty. Claimants from genuine totalitarian states are therefore accorded more credibility than likely moochers.

Interestingly, the article below observes that a number of Mexicans have been admitted under the new rules. Some Mexes — specifically police officers, government officials and journalists who have opposed the cartels — might be allowed entry given the criteria of genuine individual danger. But that Canadian policy is entirely different than the surrender to invasion happening now in the US Southwest.

Michael Coren, of Canada’s SunTV, defended the new policy from accusations of it being mean-spirited from the usual open-borders suspects and diversity cultists.

Asylum claims down by more than half in 2013,, August 12, 2013

OTTAWA — Little more than six months after the government first unveiled a list of so-called “safe” countries considered to be unlikely producers of refugees, the number of asylum claims has dropped dramatically.

In total, Canada received half as many asylum claims in the first half of this year as it did during the same period last year — 4,558 compared to 10,375.

Between January and June of this year, Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) received just 104 claims from Hungary — once the chief producer of asylum seekers, many of them Roma, and a particular concern for the federal government which has argued many of them are illegitimate and merely abusing the system.

During the same period last year, Canada received 13 times as many claims from Hungary — 1,389 of them to be exact.

Meanwhile, 68 claims from Mexico — another mega producer of refugee claimants — were referred to the IRB during the first six months of this year. During the same period last year, Canada received 224. Continue reading this article

Marco Rubio: Congressional Amnesty Is Better Than Emperor Obama Decree

The Little Prince from Cuba has returned, tippy-toeing back into the immigration debate after major rebuffs from concerned citizens who don’t like Washington giving their country away to lawbreaking invasive foreigners. Schumer’s poodle is now trying to convince the public that enacting amnesty the legislative way is a swell strategy to thwart the overreach of the imperial president.

One little problem: the effect is the same for America, from an immediate employment amnesty for 10-20 million illegals (allowing them to apply for any US job) to hugely expanded legal immigration — 46 million in 20 years according to the CBO.

America’s job-creating engine has been largely shut down by the President’s anti-business regulations and Obamacare, yet the government plans to import tens of millions of excess workers in the near term for non-existent jobs. How is this a workable plan?

Rubio: Immigration Reform Better Than Obama Executive Order, ABC-Univision, August 13, 2013

Sen. Marco Rubio is warning that President Obama may allow many undocumented immigrants to stay in the U.S. by executive action if Congress fails to pass an immigration reform bill.

Rubio (R-Fla.) has remained relatively quiet since he helped pass a major immigration bill through the Senate in June. The legislation would legalize undocumented immigrants in exchange for border security and enforcement provisions.

But now he’s reemerging with a new message for conservatives who have criticized his efforts and don’t want to see immigration reform pass: Congress can pass a bill with both border security and legalization, or they can sit on their hands and Obama could offer legal status to undocumented immigrants by himself.

“I believe that this president will be tempted, if nothing happens in Congress, he will be tempted to issue an executive order as he did for the DREAM Act kids a year ago, where he basically legalizes 11 million people by the sign of a pen,” Rubio said in an interview Tuesday on WFLA Radio’s “The Morning Show with Preston Scott.” Just over a year ago, President Obama enacted his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provides temporary relief from deportation for certain young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. Over 400,000 individuals have benefitted from the program, according to government data. Continue reading this article

Canteloupes Vs. Mortarboards: the Media Attack on Rep. Steve King

The loud leftist press continues to hammer Rep. Steve King about his statement that many more drug smugglers than valedictorians would be amnestied under the DREAM aspect of the big freebie legislation. Once lib scribblers agree upon an easily defined target to vilify, they are sharks smelling blood.

King stated that “for everyone who’s a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there that weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.”

If King had used a sports metaphor, he might have been better off. If he had said “calves the size of soccer balls” it would have avoided images of hispanic agricultural pickers, which the amnesty hustlers hate with a passion. Raza types want to promote the false idea of hispanic scholastic achievers being the norm rather than the exception. The same message is attempted by DREAMer kiddies wearing graduation outfits whenever they are mooching amnesty or begging for a free college education.

There are plenty of stories in the diversity-enthralled media about more hispanic students entering college, but not so much reporting about how many actually graduate. In fact, less than half of hispanics make it through a four-year education. Plus, many diverse students require intense remedial classes in English and math to learn basic skills they should have mastered in high school.

The upshot is the continuing failure of hispanics to achieve academically. While more than half of Asians in the US have college degrees, only 9 percent of Mexicans reach that level. For details, see the Educational Attainment page of the larger 2012 Pew study The 10 Largest Hispanic Origin Groups: Characteristics, Rankings, Top Counties. The chart shown here is from that report. (For comparison, 40 percent of white Americans have earned a bachelor’s degree.)

The point is that Congressman King was entirely accurate in his characterization of hispanics as not natural valedictorians. Wearing mortarboards doesn’t make them scholars.

Steve King: Immigration remarks not debunked, Politico, August 11, 2013

In what became a heated argument, Rep. Steve King on Sunday once again defended his controversial remarks about drug smugglers among immigrants who could be legalized under the DREAM Act, setting off a tense exchange with Republican strategist Ana Navarro.

Appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” the Iowa Republican was asked to a respond to a his remarks that “for everyone who’s a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there that weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.”

King said his statements were accurate and have been misconstrued.

“My numbers have not been debunked. I said valedictorians compared to people who would be legalized under the act that are drug smugglers coming across the border. My characterization was exclusively to drug smugglers,” King said.

Host David Gregory said the remark had been debunked in that it was impossible to know how many valedictorians or drug smugglers would be involved in the DREAM Act.

“Then, what’s their number? How many valedictorians do they suggest? And I’ll tell you, I’ve seen the drug smugglers,” King said. “For this to be characterized by Dick Durbin as valedictorians, I’m telling the American people that I recognize that. … But this proposes to legalize a lot of people that will include the people who are drug smugglers up to the age of 35.” Continue reading this article

Mexicans: Now They Are Claiming Asylum in Droves

Mexican invader pests are flooding the border with a new gimmick to get in, and naturally the Obama administration is on board (if not the source of the scam). The gate-crashers claim asylum because they are scaredy-scared of Mexican drug violence: all the flockers have to do is say the magic keywords that they have a “credible fear of persecution.”

Wait, weren’t we told that nobody from Mexico is coming any more??

And anyway, “persecution” is quite different from a general high level of violence in society.

Judicial Watch reports that Mexes can purchase a $300 video that instructs them what to say to maximize chances of being allowed to remain in the US.

Incidentally, not all regions of Mexico are overrun with drug gangs. For instance, Yucatan’s “Mayan Riviera” is booming and offers jobs and safety to willing workers. Fearful Mexes could easily scurry to a safer area within their own wealthy nation (#14 in GDP!).

One might think that an up-and-coming country with a growing middle class might discourage such low-life behavior by its citizens, but Mexico remains addicted to the easy-money remittances from its expats ($21 billion in 2012) and can’t pull the needle out of its arm.

Agencies buying hotel rooms for surge of Mexican illegal immigrants, others released, Fox News, August 12, 2013

EXCLUSIVE: A sudden influx of illegal immigrants from Mexico requesting asylum is overwhelming immigration agents in San Diego, forcing agencies to rent hotel rooms for some undocumented families and release others to cities around the U.S.

Documents obtained exclusively by Fox News show Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been paying for hotel rooms for dozens of recently arrived families to relieve overcrowding inside the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa, Calif., processing centers. Some ICE employees are working overtime and others have been asked to volunteer to work weekend shifts. “Duties include intake, placements, transports and release of family groups and unaccompanied minors,” according to a memo obtained by Fox News.

The surge has raised suspicions about what is driving the influx, amid claims that illegal immigrants have learned they can attempt to get asylum by using a few key words — namely, by claiming they have a “credible fear” of drug cartels.

“This clearly has to have been orchestrated by somebody,” said former U.S. Attorney for Southern California Peter Nunez. “It’s beyond belief that dozens or hundreds or thousands of people would simultaneously decide that they should go to the U.S. and make this claim.”

Sources say one day last week, 200 border-crossers came through the Otay Mesa Port of Entry claiming asylum while and as many as 550 overflowed inside the processing center there and in nearby San Ysidro.

“People were sleeping on floors – they had nowhere to put them,” said one source, a long-time border agent and supervisor. “This shouldn’t be happening. Unless there is an immediate and well-publicized policy change, this situation will become another debacle.”

At a hotel near San Diego — which Fox News agreed not to identify for security reasons — ICE vans arrived several times over the weekend with immigrant families. They were escorted to the second floor by two armed, uniformed agents. Two border agents secured the entrance and side door.

Documents obtained by Fox News show that recently on a single day, dozens of illegal immigrants were being transferred to an area hotel where rooms cost $99 a night. Others were released to addresses in Texas, Florida and even Brooklyn, N.Y.

ICE sources say the addresses are almost always bogus. When they don’t show up for court, they are removed by an immigration judge in absentia.

Most of the immigrants came from Mexico, but others listed their native country as Haiti, Romania, Guatemala and Iraq. Some were over age 50, others were under a year old. Thirty were transported to a hotel. Seventy were released around the country. Continue reading this article

Los Angeles School Diversity Update, by Way of Matt Damon

Like numerous conservative outlets, the Daily Caller has smacked actor Matt Damon as a hypocrite for putting his kids in private school after being a loudmouth for public schools. A Hollywood liberal who is a phony and doesn’t follow his own stated beliefs?? What a surprise.

Hey, I’ll admit to being appreciative of Damon’s talents, in particular his performance in Team America World Police:

Damon made the choice during his move from New York City to Los Angeles. Perhaps he realized that LA has a special kind of intense diversity that may not present a valuable educational experience for Hollywood elite kiddies. One fact is revealed in the Los Angeles Unified School District fact sheet for 2011-2012 — the percentage of white students does not even reach 10 percent, while hispanics number almost three-quarters.

The LAUSD is a behemoth territory encompassing 710 square miles serving all of the city of Los Angeles plus part or all of a couple dozen other communities, with an enrollment of 920,000 and a budget of $6.6 billion for 2011-12.

In liberal communities, lip service is paid to educational diversity, but in practice it’s quite a different story. In uber-left San Francisco over 29 percent of students attended private school as of 2005, a rate that was nearly three times the national average. Los Angeles the city is tops nationwide in charter school enrollment, but private school numbers are curiously hard to find.

Another measure of diverse scholastic failure is illustrated by the chart showing that 44 percent of adult hispanics in the city of Los Angeles do not have even a high school education, the second worst level in the nation. The chart is a little confusing as a stand-alone, but it does clearly mean hispanics in the original 2012 Pew study, Characteristics of the 60 Largest Metropolitan Areas by Hispanic Population.

Los Angeles is a stew of hispanic diversity failure, from school dropouts to gang crime. Damon has said the schools aren’t “progressive” enough, which they most certainly are at least according to their diversity, which is definitely a progressive value.

Matt Damon loves public schools for your kids, but not his, Daily Caller, August 6, 2013

Matt Damon fervently supports American public schools and increased funding for American public schools. Strangely, however, he has chosen not to send any of his four children to the schools he loves so much.

The mega-wealthy, left-wing actor divulged his decision in a weekend interview with a British newspaper, reports the Daily Mail. He was promoting a new science-fiction movie, “Elysium.”

Perhaps the most delicious part of the story is Damon’s wacky rationale: he says public schools just aren’t sufficiently “progressive” to suit his politics.

Damon, 42, is moving to Los Angeles from New York. Just like millions of Americans, except in the completely opposite way, he claimed he doesn’t “have a choice” when it comes private schooling.

He did call public schools “unfair,” though, and not what they were back when he was a kid. Continue reading this article

Obama Decrees Thousands of Syrian Refugees for America

It’s not enough for Obama & Co. that they may be on the brink of importing a mass population of future Democrats (i.e. 46 million in 20 years according to the CBO), but a recent project is to welcome thousands of Syrians as refugees. What could possibly go wrong?

The refugee system has been a handy doorway for enemies to gain entrance to stupid-generous America. One example: after a couple of Iraqi refugees were found to be pursuing jihad, the government rescreened 58,000 now residing in the US who had been recently admitted without adequate investigation.

Below, Iraqis Waad Ramadan Alwan and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi entered the US as refugees, but their terrorist activities made them long-term jailbirds.

The fear of jihadists using America’s permissive refugee program is well founded and has even been noticed in Washington. Last December the House Homeland Security Committee held a hearing titled Terrorist Exploitation of Refugee Programs. Chairman Patrick Meehan noted in his opening statement that “intelligence indicates that the threat posed by refugees with ties to al Qaeda is much broader than was previously believed.” But the bureaucrats promise to do better in the future, for sure!

Below is the Chairman’s opening statement:

Obama dropped hints for a couple months about wanting Syrian refugees, but now there’s a number: 2000. It’s not a huge number by itself, but the door is now open to many more. And though Syria is 90 percent Muslim, one could safely guess that 100 percent of the refugees will be worshippers of Allah. Christians stuck in ummah territory are apparently unwelcome. Why does the administration continue to welcome tribes unfriendly to American values who present a national security threat?

Exclusive: U.S. Will Now Let in Thousands of Syrian Refugees, The Cable (Foreign Policy), August 8, 2013

With conditions continuing to deteriorate in Syria, the Obama administration is making a major policy shift by agreeing for the first time to allow thousands of new Syrian refugees into the United States, The Cable has learned.

The numbers are relatively small: just 2,000 refugees, compared to an estimated two million people who have fled Syria during the civil war. But it’s a significant increase from the 90 or so Syrian refugees who have been permanently admitted to the U.S. in the last two years. And it’s not entirely uncontroversial. The refugees, mostly women and children, will be screened for terrorist ties — a process that could take a year or more to complete.

Unlike previous efforts by the Department of Homeland Security to give temporary protected status to Syrians already in the United States, the State Department effort will bring in Syrians from overseas for permanent resettlement in America.

“Referrals will come within the next four months. We will need to interview people and perform security and medical checks,” Kelly Clements, the State Department’s deputy assistant secretary for Population, Refugees, and Migration, tells The Cable. Continue reading this article

Ann Coulter Reminds Hannity that Crushing Amnesty Is Job #1

Ann Coulter visited Sean Hannity on Thursday to emphasize the defeat of the Senate immigration bill, remarking, “Remember Americans, the most important thing is stopping amnesty!” She takes the message consistently to that Fox News show, perhaps because Hannity has required severe retraining after coming out strong for amnesty soon after the Romney defeat.

Hannity had accepted the bogus idea of consultants and other Republican leaders (like RNC Chair Reince Priebus) that illegal alien coddling was necessary for Republican electoral success in the immigration-caused new demographics. In fact, there was only 4 percent difference in hispanic votes for amnesty promoter John McCain (31%) in 2008 and pro-enforcement candidate Mitt Romney (27%) in 2012. (See chart from Pew Research.)

It’s good that Coulter and a few others are stepping up to the plate. Amnesty is the disappearing issue, from Fox News to talk radio. Mickey Kaus wrote a blog the other day titled, If Amnesty Wins, Blame Cruz, but a better choice for that label might be radio conservative Rush Limbaugh, who only talks about immigration when a caller brings it up. It looks like the guy has given up on saving the country and his show is just going through the motions. Limbaugh can’t afford to hang up his spurs and lose millions of dollars, so he keeps up the rap, smacking easy targets like Obama, but neglecting to engage on amnesty even during August, the month of important town halls across America. His urging for concerned citizens to show up could make a difference, but he’s running on snooze mode. In a 2006 radio interview, Limbaugh challenged Vice President Cheney about hundreds of millions of immigrants being admitted under pending legislation, but now the passion is worn down. Only the El Rushbo persona remains.

Fortunately, we still have a few patriots on air like Laura Ingraham, an attorney who read the Senate bill and speaks against amnesty often, and Mark Levin who remains fierce in defending liberty from foreign invaders and their treasonous facilitators.

Federal Reserve Jihadist Nafis Sentenced to 30 Years

Bangladeshi Muslim Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis (pictured) came to America with the intention to destroy the American economy by bombing the New York Federal Reserve Bank. He hoped to kill lots of Americans. But now he’s sorry, so sorry, and claimed that his hostile actions were caused by suffering a childhood stammer and being dropped by a girlfriend. Darn! — life is hard!

In fact, he now says he loves the United States, regretting his attempted attack, and convinced the judge of his change of heart such that he got only 30 years in the slammer rather than life. Apparently the judge didn’t know that lying to infidels for Islam is encouraged by the religion, a practice called Taqiyya. Speaking truthfully is required only when conversing with other Muslims.

Also noteworthy is how Nafis got into the United States: he entered by a student visa, a doorway which has unleashed terrorism more than once. He attended Southeast Missouri State University for the spring semester of 2012, then left for New York to pursue jihad. The elite view is that if unfriendlies just got to know Americans then the hostile feelings would fade away, and a massive program of foreign college students (particularly Saudis) has grown as a result. In addition, greedy universities hunger for the full-ticket tuition the foreigners pay and care nothing about the national security threat that certain tribes of auslanders present.

Quazi Nafis Gets 30 Years In Prison For Federal Reserve Bank Bomb Plot Case, CBS New York, August 9, 2013

The man who tried to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank Building in lower Manhattan has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to terrorism charges.

“I’m ashamed. I’m lost. I tried to do a terrible thing. I alone am responsible for what I’ve done. Please forgive me,” Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis said during his sentencing Friday in Brooklyn federal court.

Judge Carol Bagely Amon accepted his remorse as genuine, but added that there’s no doubt Nafis intended to bring down the Federal Reserve Bank building and kill everyone in it, along with scores of innocent people on the outside, WCBS 880′s Irene Cornell reported.

Nafis was arrested last October in an FBI sting operation. Continue reading this article

Texas Parents Face Illegal Alien Who Killed Their Daughter

This story is all too common: a previously arrested (but not deported) drunk driving illegal alien takes the life of an innocent American. Had the government repatriated Osvaldo Cerda after his several marijuana arrests, he wouldn’t have been here to kill Heather VanHoozer, a 24-year-old nursing student.

Below, the VanHoozer family in happier times: parents Alan and Debra with Heather in the center. Heather was killed by a drunk driving illegal alien a year ago.

A local TV report discussed the illegal alien aspect, unlike too many news accounts when the perps are border-jumping foreigners.

Like many average citizens faced with a preventable death at the hands of a foreigner who should have been deported, the VanHoozers are shocked and surprised that their government did so little to protect their family. But in the new globalized America, foreign lawbreakers have more rights than upstanding citizens.

Parents prepare to face daughter’s accused killer in court, WFAA, August 7, 2013

Every morning before work, and every evening after work, Alan and Debra VanHoozer stop at the cemetery on Garland Road.

The headstone is just a few feet away from away busy street. It is inscribed with three names: Alan, Debra and Heather.

It’s just not right that their daughter was the first to be buried.

“There’s nothing worse… nothing worse a parent can go through,” Alan VanHoozer said.

Heather VanHoozer died 11 months ago in a terrible crash on Centerville Road in Garland. She was 24 years old.

Police said Osvaldo Cerda, then 18, was drunk when he T-boned the car of Heather’s boyfriend. According to the police report, even after the crash, a witness saw Cerda put a beer can to his mouth, then toss it down and crush it before running away.

Police caught him not far from the scene.

“He took our pride and joy. Heather was our life,” Debra Van Hoozer said. Continue reading this article

Grand Jury Indicts Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's Kazakh Pals

This case is a fine example of how foreigners will defend the most disgusting criminals of their tribe rather than respect the rule of law. Dzhokhar’s college buddies knew that he had bombed the Boston Marathon, killing several and maiming dozens, yet they aided in covering up his crime by removing evidence from his apartment. Did the Kazakhs support the Tsarnaev act of jihad, or was their action based solely on tribal loyalty?

Below from left, the three Kazakh boys Azamat Tazhayakov, Dias Kadyrbayev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev visited New York’s Times Square, a popular terrorist target.

Naive politicians think the government should staple green cards to the diplomas of any and all foreign students with useful degrees, without considering whether they would be loyal law-abiding citizens. Instead of examining the threat to national security of admitting possibly hostile foreigners willy-nilly, Washington admitted a record number of foreign students to US campuses in 2012: 764,495. Unfriendly Red Chinese and Saudis were the most numerous.

However, there is good news today, namely the serious treatment of the Kazakh criminals with possible hard time and deportation. But wouldn’t it be better to screen foreign students more carefully before admitting them in the first place?

Grand jury indicts two Kazakh students in Boston bomb probe, Reuters, August 8, 2013

A grand jury on Thursday indicted two students from Kazakhstan on obstruction of justice charges, alleging they helped hide evidence related to the April Boston marathon bombing that killed three and injured 264, the U.S. Attorney’s office for Massachusetts said.

Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, both 19, were college friends of surviving bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

They are charged with removing a backpack containing fireworks and a laptop from Tsarnaev’s dorm room after the FBI released pictures of Dzhokhar and his older brother Tamerlan in an effort to learn the names of the bombers.

The pair were first charged on May 1 with conspiracy and remain in federal custody. They could face up to 20 years in prison on obstruction of justice charges, in addition to five years if convicted on conspiracy charges.

Both also face the possibility of deportation. Continue reading this article

Census: Language Diversity Has Proliferated in America

The Census has published an updated report about what languages are spoken in the United States and the numbers must look like good news to professional translators, because English is less present. The newbies keep their home-country languages and millions speak those languages at home. In fact, the US is 5th largest Spanish-speaking country, a fact which must be cheering for La Raza, but is a sign of cultural fracturing for the national community.

The Census has set up an interactive map that allows the curious reader to explore the modern language universe, e.g. to see how many people speak Arabic around Detroit or Persian in Los Angeles. There is also a written report: Language Use in the United States: 2011.

But the big headlines are about Spanish. According to the 2011 Community Survey, a fifth of US residents speak a language other than English at home (60.6 million) a number which has tripled in the last three decades. Of those 60+ million, two-thirds are Spanish speakers. A Spanish-language density map is shown below.

Nearly 38 Million In U.S. Speak Spanish At Home, Census Says, Fox News Latino, August 07, 2013

Nearly 38 million U.S. residents speak Spanish at home, a stunning increase over the 1980 number of 11 million, according to the U.S. Census.

Spanish-speakers accounted for roughly two-thirds of the nearly 61 million who speak a language other than English at home, the Census report said.

At the same time, proficiency in English seems to be on the rise among Spanish-speakers, with 5.6 percent of this group saying that they speak English “less than very well,” compared with 5.7 percent over the 2005-2011 period.

Overall, the number of people in the United States who speak a foreign language at home has tripled since 1980. Continue reading this article

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