Salinas Mexicans Learn Computer Science for Excellent Future Jobs -- That's the Plan, Anyway

I heard a radio version of this story on Friday. The idea is to take a bunch of Mexican immigrants and teach them computer coding to liberate them from the tomato fields and get swell jobs in tech. They are getting a bachelor’s degree in computer science in three years, even though many start not knowing calculus and some require remedial English. What could possibly go wrong?

This program typifies the liberal conceit that anyone can be jammed into any position with no consideration of interest, aptitude or culture, as long as they are exposed to an expensive government program designed with diverse sensitivities in mind. Liberal do-gooders keep trying to prod uninterested, unqualified hispanics into scholarly pursuits, with little success, because the culture does not value it. Generations of supposed assimilation don’t have much effect on the tribe’s stubborn disinterest in educational advancement either.

None of the hispanics in this project seem interested in programming computers to do neat things; they just want the money.

Check out the Mexican mom in the video who thinks she can get a job at Google. “Being Latina, a woman and bilingual, I have the opportunity to help them, be able to create programs and solve problems for that culture,” she chatters in Spanish. She can barely speak English, and her school-age child doesn’t do much better. Is this embarrassing example the best KQED can present for its diversity fairy tale?

Another point of interest: Hartnell College (a two-year community college), which is handling the coding project, was put on probation for accreditation issues in 2013 by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges for the second time in six years. How does it offer a four-year degree in three years, even in partnership with a California State University?

And anyway, why the rushed approach to education? It would make sense for students who start out needing remedial work to take more time rather than less. Do the Mexicans not have the patience to complete a normal four-year college education? The liberal brains behind this scheme may think a hurried schedule of courses will prevent dropouts — good luck with that.

The whole thing seems like a scam. There will be no follow-up coverage in three years showing successfully employed graduates because there won’t be any. Either the students will drop out when the course work gets harder or they will graduate with inadequate skills to survive the IT marketplace.

From Fields to Code, College Program Helps Farmworkers Make the Leap, KQED, March 21, 2014

Rogelio Mendoza mows the front lawn outside his family’s modest home in Salinas. It’s a warm weekday evening, and his wife, Norma, is cooking dinner for their three boys.

“Carne, beans and some posole … that’s what’s we’re having today,” says Norma as she serves her oldest son, Alonso, who just came home from a long day of classes at Hartnell Community College in Salinas.

The-21-year-old is the first in the family to attend college.

Alonso says some days he feels like “his head is going to explode” with so much new information. But he admits that schoolwork is much better than farmwork.

“Having your back hurt, and your arms hurt … you can’t compare that kind of tired to having your mind stress over homework,” Alonso says.

The Mendoza family is a farmworker family.

Alonso’s father, Rogelio, has been planting and harvesting in the fields for more than 30 years. Alonso joins his dad during the summers spending long hours picking lettuce and strawberries.

“You get home … and you don’t even want to talk to nobody,” Alonso recalls. “I would fall asleep on the floor … then wake up and it’s already time to go back to work.”

Experiencing that kind of manual labor motivated Alonso to graduate from high school.

He says teenagers who drop out of school tend to work in three places: the mall, a fast-food restaurant or the fields.

“(Young people) don’t see themselves doing something big in life,” he says. “They get paid $10 an hour and they settle for that.”

But Alonso refuses to settle.

About a year ago, he was registering for his classes at Hartnell College when he learned about the Computer Science and Information Technology-In-3 Program, an accelerated degree program specifically for students of farmworker families.

In partnership with California State University, Monterey Bay, Hartnell is promising a bachelor’s degree in computer science in just three years. Continue reading this article

France: Violent Muslims Claim ‘City Is Ours’ — or Else They Will Burn It Down

Look out, Dearbornistan and other US victims of Muslim immigration. France’s Islo-violence may well be a preview of coming attractions. America should pay attention and learn from Europe’s misery, but elites would rather cling to their liberal notion that any diversity is strength, even the murderous, misogynous type.

The latest outbreak occurred in Yvelines, a suburb of Paris. Some Muslim boys felt miffed after interacting with local gendarmes, and a riot broke out. So sensitive, these aspiring headchoppers!

Gates of Vienna blog helpfully provided a transcript:

Another Day, Another Riot in the Banlieues, GatesOfVienna, March 18, 2014

02:22  And after Forbach last week it’s the police of (?) in the Yvelines
02:26  who were the target of the city’s delinquents. The scenario is sadly banal
02:30  Sunday afternoon, having picked up an individual on the wanted list
02:34  a police patrol had tried to arrest him
02:38  This attempt immediately attracted a mob of about 60 people
02:42  who violently attacked the police. Teargas
02:46  used by the police did not stop the aggressors who then attacked an
02:50  employment agency, breaking its windows and setting fire to it.
02:55  They also targetted the police station
02:59  one car completely destroyed by the flames
03:03  their anger apparently increased by the fact that during the clashes the police
03:07  had targetted young Muslims coming out of the mosque.
03:11  While calm had been restored towards 1 am, 15 riot police cars
03:15  were still stationed around “Employ & Enterprise” while Riot- and Mobile Police
03:19  guarded public buildings and intersections.
03:23  The message addressed to the authorities is clear:
03:27  ”The city is ours, we do as we please, and if you don’t agree we burn it”.

No Problema for Mixed Illegal Alien Families to Enroll in Obamacare

Another day, another enunciation from the White House that illegal aliens will be shielded from deportation unless they are axe murderers. It’s getting hard to keep up with the list.

The latest is a twofer — Obamacare is touted among the diverse and the aliens get to feel more comfy in sovereignty-free America. The President appeared on a Univision sports program (because he has nothing more pressing to do) and assured families including unlawful foreigners that nobody would be deported as a result.

Wait, don’t illegals know deportations are way down under Obama? Spanish radio is probably squawking the usual lies about loving daddies being yanked away from adorable doe-eyed kiddies by jack-booted federal agents.

The following article falsely claims that Obama is a big deporter. In fact, the current DHS counts border toss-backs as deportations, unlike earlier administrations.

Obama to Hispanics: We won’t deport relatives because you enroll in ObamaCare, The Hill, March 18, 2014

President Obama on Tuesday sought to assure legal immigrants that they can sign up for ObamaCare without worrying that “the immigration people” will come for family members who are in the country illegally.

In an interview with Univision Deportes, a Spanish-language sports radio show, Obama said immigration officials won’t have access to the personal information that consumers provide when signing up for healthcare on the new exchanges.

“Well, the main thing for people to know is that any information you get, you know, asked with respect to buying insurance, does not have anything to do with … the rules governing immigration,” Obama said. “And you know, you can qualify if you’re a legal resident, if you are … legally present in the United States.

“You know, if you have a family where some people are citizens or legally here, and others are not documented, the immigration people will never get that information.”

Adolf Falcon, the senior vice president of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, told The Hill that Hispanic families are wary of Obama’s assurances because of his record on deportations. Continue reading this article

German Citizens Angry about Government Dumping Asylum Seekers in Their Town

Here’s a fascinating video from the informative IslamVersusEurope blog showing concerned Germans rejecting the government’s sudden announcement that a number of asylum seekers would be jammed into their apartment building. The video includes a tour showing small rooms filled with beds like a barracks, with 12 refugees using one bathroom. The guide announces, “This year we have to accept 200 more refugees in the Upper Bavaria region.” Such cramped quarters could easily lead to angry young men, since refugees are often more demanding than grateful.

The German residents have many concerns, such as how the newbies can take part in shared responsibilities when they don’t speak the language. In a gathering with residents, a government bureaucrat (mayor?) opens by stating, “I welcome you to our information meeting about asylum seekers in need and the right to a place.”

What about the citizens’ rights?

The meeting ended in anger, as a young German man stepped onto the stage to confront the bureaucrat that residents were not consulted at all. A middle-aged man was concerned about the safety of women and girls, “and my wife completely alone.”

The video news report does not specify the origin of the asylum seekers. Are they from Africa? Syria? They must be an undesirable diversity for reporters to keep their identity secret.

Speaker Boehner Invites Pope to Address Joint Session of Congress

No Pope has ever spoken to the Congress before, but the Speaker thinks that it’s fine to offer him a uniquely high honor (and violate the separation of church and state) even though the nation is still majority Protestant (52 percent, more than double the number of Catholics).

What is the purpose of the invitation? Is the Pope supposed to provide some sort of moral guidance to Americans? Really? The Vatican and its local outlets have been mired for decades in the pedophile priest sex abuse scandal, which is still going on: a Google News search (1 month) for Pedophile Priest on March 15 got 513 results. The Kansas City Diocese currently has more than two dozen sexual abuse lawsuits pending. Powerful (retired) Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony has recently been more thoroughly outed as protecting pedophile priests, with the result that his “moral authority” has been eroded, according to the curiously friendly LA Times.

The situation at the Vatican is not much better, where its famously corrupt bank is facing reform from recent actions by the Pope, although the bank has been remarkably stubborn in its criminality. A recent Frontline episode, Secrets of the Vatican, included a jawdrop litany of various degeneracy and corruption.

Seriously, who thinks any official from the Catholic church can claim moral authority?

The new Pope has been on the job for a year and has gotten praise for his kindness and rejection of the church’s lavish riches. Many in the press loved his first foreign trip, a visit to Lampedusa the southerly island outpost of Italy, where he welcomed Africans fleeing their homelands in search of a European lifestyle.

Okay, Pope Francis is a globalist who doesn’t mind that Europe has a problem with demanding African “refugees”; after all, he is an Argentine.

Worse, the Pope is clearly naive about Islam, writing last fall that “authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence.”

On the contrary, the Koran is full of urging to smite the infidel whenever possible, containing at least 109 verses of such instruction. Pope Benedict was more realistic about the historic violence of Islam.

Allowing the Pope to address Congress is another instance of history being disregarded, specifically the fact that many of America’s early settlers came to escape the tyranny of the Vatican. One example is the Protestant Salzburgers who came to Georgia after thousands were expelled from the homes in Germany by the Catholic archbishop. In addition, the better known Puritans came to escape the Church of England, which they thought retained too many elements of Catholicism.

Let’s hope Francis doesn’t lecture the Congress on amnesty for illegal aliens, but it’s a lead-pipe cinch that he will. Catholic elites believe that “Any family in economic need has a right to immigrate,” which is arguably more Marx than Jesus, but the men in cassocks never tire of demanding amnesty.

Boehner invites Pope Francis to address Congress, USA Today, March 13, 2014

WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, extended a formal and open invitation Thursday to Pope Francis to address a joint meeting of Congress.

If the pontiff accepts, it would be unprecedented. No pope or religious leader that serves as a head of state has ever addressed Congress, according to the U.S. House Historian’s office.

“His address as a visiting head of state before a joint meeting of the House and Senate would honor our nation in keeping with the best traditions of our democratic institutions,” Boehner said in a statement. ” It would also offer an excellent opportunity for the American people as well as the nations of the world to hear his message in full.”

Boehner, who is Catholic, said Pope Francis has inspired millions of Americans with his “pastoral manner and servant leadership” to reflect on matters of human dignity, freedom and social justice.

“These principles are among the fundamentals of the American idea,” Boehner said, “and though our nation sometimes fails to live up to these principles, at our best, we give them new life as we seek the common good.” Continue reading this article

Bob Goodlatte to Fundraise in Silicon Valley

This doesn’t look good. Bob Goodlatte, powerful Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, is going to money-troll among the open-borders billionaires in the capital of the tech world.

He has done some good things, such as recently opposing asylum for Mexican cartel gangsters (not too hard, admittedly, but better than snoozing), but he also came out for the “legalization” verbal cloak for amnesty on Spanish-language TV. So he is not exactly trustworthy.

Congressman Goodlatte does have a primary challenger, high school teacher Paul Bevington.

Goodlatte’s twitter handle is @RepGoodlatte.

Goodlatte to Fundraise in Silicon Valley as Tech Community Pushes Immigration Fix, Roll Call, March 14, 2014

House Judiciary Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte, R-Va., is scheduled to hold a high-dollar fundraiser in Silicon Valley next week — but frustrated tech donors are already grumbling about the event, disappointed by the lack of progress from House Republicans on one of their top policy priorities: immigration legislation.

According to an invitation obtained by CQ Roll Call, the Goodlatte fundraiser is organized by TechNet, which bills itself as the “preeminent bipartisan political network of CEOs and Seniors Executives that promotes the growth of technology-led innovation.” Suggested contribution levels for Wednesday’s round table and reception with the powerful chairman range between $10,000 and $40,000 for the Goodlatte Victory Committee.

Not every big-time tech donor, however, is ready to cut a check, because Goodlatte’s Judiciary Committee has jurisdiction over immigration legislation.

“In this case, because there’s been mixed messages from the Republicans, before I write my check, I wanted some assurances that Bob Goodlatte would be prepared to discuss immigration reform and what the timetable is for immigration reform, because we’re coming down the wire here with the [midterm] elections [approaching] and we need accountability,” said Ron Conway, a top angel investor and venture capitalist, adding that he had contacted TechNet via email with his concerns.

As CQ Roll Call reported last week, Republicans are risking political retribution from their most prominent donors if they do not pursue immigration legislation — and soon.

According to Political MoneyLine, Conway and his wife have already donated more than $140,000 this cycle to Republican and Democratic candidates. That’s enough to earn them a spot just within the top 100 individual contributors, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

“I’m waiting to hear back from TechNet, that they can assure us that Bob Goodlatte can give us a tangible schedule … then it’s worth it for us to cut the big checks,” Conway said. “Bob Goodlatte is a huge gatekeeper in this regard, and we need his help.” Continue reading this article

Senator Sessions Condemns Administration’s Further Weakening of immigration Enforcement

The press is full of stories about open-borders pests demanding more “humane deportations” (code for saying they want NO repatriations). The President appears amenable to going further. He used the occasion of an early St Patrick’s Day event to remark, “There’s no reason why we can’t do for this generation of immigrants what was done for a previous generation, to give them that chance.”

Of course, Irish immigrants (most of them at least historically) have come to America lawfully, but the President acts like illegal aliens’ lawbreaking entrance is the same as how many citizens’ ancestors came to this country.

Such an attitude of lawlessness at the top of our government presents a danger to all Americans from terrorists and criminals. Of course rewarding lawbreaking foreigners with work permits and protecting them from deportation is an insult to all legal immigrants who have spent thousands of dollars and dealt with lawyers to do it the right way.

Senator Jeff Sessions remains the tireless defender of law enforcement and sovereignty, firing off a statement on Friday criticizing the weakening of immigration enforcement. Of particular interest was his link to a 16-page heavily detailed list of actions taken to disassemble the system: Timeline: How The Obama Administration Bypassed Congress To Dismantle Immigration Enforcement.

Here’s the Sessions press release:

Sessions Responds to President’s Immigration Announcement, False Deportation Statistics, March 14, 2014

WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement today after the President requested a review of the Administration’s immigration enforcement policies for the purpose of further relaxing enforcement standards:

“It is astonishing that the President would order an ‘enforcement review’ not for the purposes of repairing enforcement but weakening it further. According to ICE’s own published statistics, the vast majority of those removed from the country have been convicted of a crime or involved with a serious crime. Illegal immigrants in the U.S. who don’t meet the Administration’s ‘priorities’—even if they come into contact with immigration enforcement—are widely exempt from federal immigration law. And approximately two-thirds of removals last year were in fact not deportations at all but were instead of apprehensions of those interdicted crossing the border. This lawlessness is a large factor in the decline of wages for Americans, immigrant and native-born, alike. President Obama should demonstrate more concern for struggling American workers of all backgrounds. Indeed, in addition to decimating current immigration law, he is pushing to double the number of foreign guest workers who companies bring in to take jobs.

This latest action further demonstrates that the Administration cannot be trusted to enforce any immigration plan from Congress. Congressional Democrats, who have helped empower this state of illegality, must be held to account for their actions.” Continue reading this article

Bill Gates Observes Society Is Unprepared for Lower Labor Requirements

On Thursday, Bill Gates spoke at the American Enterprise Institute about his foundation’s efforts against poverty worldwide titled From Poverty to Prosperity (more details in his annual letter).

Mixed into his discussion of tax policy were his observations that smart machines were coming on strong and the effects on the labor market would be profound.

Following is a snip from the talk’s transcript:

FROM POVERTY TO PROSPERITY: A CONVERSATION WITH BILL GATES, American Enterprise Institute, March 13, 2014

[. . .] MR. GATES: Well, technology in general will make capital more attractive than labor over time. Software substitution, you know, whether it’s for drivers or waiters or nurses or even, you know, whatever it is you do – (laughter).

MR. BROOKS: We wonder that too sometimes. (Laughter.)

MR. GATES: It’s progressing. And that’s going to force us to rethink how these tax structures work in order to maximize employment, you know, given that, you know, capitalism in general, over time, will create more inequality and technology, over time, will reduce demand for jobs particularly at the lower end of the skill set.

And so, you know, we have to adjust, and these things are coming fast. Twenty years from now, labor demand for lots of skill sets will be substantially lower, and I don’t think people have that in their mental model.

MR. BROOKS: So aligning the incentives in our economy to move away from taxing labor, moving to something like a progressive consumption tax is just a smart thing to do to stimulate – to have an economy that’s better aligned?

MR. GATES: Well, I think economists would have said that a progressive consumption tax is a better construct, you know, at any point in history. What I’m saying is that it’s even more important as we go forward because it – the distortion – I want to distort in the favor of labor. And so not only will we not tax labor, things like the earned income tax credit, you know, when people say we should raise the minimum wage, I think, boy, you know, I know some economists disagree. But I think, boy, I worry about what that does to job creation.

The interviewer at AEI was too polite to note that a few year back, billionaire Gates was appearing before Congress pleading that the government admit a monster stream of (cheap) foreign workers.

Below, billionaire Bill Gates visits India, the home of many of Microsoft employees.

One example of Gates lobbying from 2008:

Bill Gates to Congress: Let us hire more foreigners, Cnet News, March 10, 2008

WASHINGTON–For the second year in a row, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates ventured to Capitol Hill and urged Congress to let more foreign-born engineers work in the United States and to direct larger numbers of tax dollars to research and education.

Just as he did around the same time last year before a U.S. Senate committee, Gates on Wednesday contended America’s competitiveness in the global economy is “at risk.” He said Congress, the administration, and the next president must commit to overhauling immigration policy and encouraging both public and private research investment.

“It makes no sense to educate people in our universities, often subsidized by U.S. taxpayers, and then insist they return home,” he told the House of Representatives Science and Technology Committee during a two-hour hearing. [. . .]

The H-1b tech visa remains popular among today’s billionaire moochers looking to displace American workers who would like to remain middle class.

Now, however, we can see the future, where an estimated 45 percent of US jobs are vulnerable to robots or automation over the next two decades, as reported in Oxford University research.

Therefore the claims of amnesty hawks, notably Rep Paul Ryan, that boomer retirement means America needs millions of immigrants are simply false.

The nation does not need a doubling of legal immigration going forward. In fact, ZERO immigration looks more appropriate as more is learned about the robotic future’s shrinking labor needs.

Illegal Alien Pursues Lawsuit against Colorado Rescuers Who Saved His Life

How screwed up is this? An illegal alien’s miserable life is saved during last September’s terrible floods in Colorado, but the rescue wasn’t performed perfectly according to Roy Ortiz’s high standards, so he is suing every agency in sight.

Ortiz claims $40,000 in medical bills, yet he intends to sue for $500,000 for property damage and “emotional distress.”

Below, local first responders rescued Ortiz during the catastrophic flood. At least 1,750 people and 300 pets were saved from flood waters, so presumably police were rather busy.

The case was explored on Wednesday’s Fox News. Gretchen Carlson interviewed the litigant, and it’s obvious the well-fed Ortiz is not a born-in-America English speaker. (Spare video link here.)

At around 3:30, Carlson pursues the subject of Senor Ortiz’s immigration status:

CARLSON: And by the way, is Mr. Ortiz a US citizen? Is he here legally in this country?

LAWYER: Well, that has no bearing on anything with this case but the fact of the matter is that…

CARLSON: I think our viewers would like to know that, is he in this country legally or is he not? Is he a US citizen?

LAWYER: That has no bearing on this case and it certainly doesn’t prevent him from presenting any civil claims. That’s completely irrelevant to the matter at hand.

CARLSON: Okay, well, you told me earlier in the commercial break that you believe that he is undocumented and he is not here legally in this country. It’s an important point as we’re looking at all the details of this case. It’s an important point.

Instead of a big payout from the citizen taxpayers, how about an investigation of moocher Ortiz, such as what kind of fake identification he has. Is he using some American’s Social Security number (a felony)? Inquiring minds want to know.

Colorado Man Could Sue Divers Who Saved Him From Submerged Car, ABC News, March 10, 2014

A Colorado man, despite acknowledging that he’s lucky to be alive after being trapped in a submerged car, has filed an intent to sue his rescuers for half a million dollars.

Roy Ortiz filed his intent to sue the county of Boulder and his rescuers for a tentative $500,000 as a “preservative” measure, his attorney, Ed Ferszt, told ABCNews.com.

Ferszt said the county should have closed the road during floods in September. He said the first responders were also included because they did not realize Ortiz was trapped in the car until they prepared to lift it out of the water.

“He was not seen or it was assumed no one could have survived it,” Ferszt said. “No one discerned he was there.”

The incident began Sept. 12 when Ortiz was driving to work. His vehicle hit part of a washed-out road and then plunged into a creek. Continue reading this article

Which Half of American Jobs Will Be Eliminated by Smart Machines?

The business and tech press now frequently cover the approaching jobs tsunami from automation and robots, yet the immigration-obsessed Congress appears to be oblivious to the workplace revolution that will change modern society to its roots.

Surely, half of American jobs being replaced by smart machines within 20 years means that the nation’s supposed need for immigrant workers (if there ever was one) is ZERO.

Oxford University estimated last year that 45 percent of American jobs would be automated in 20 years, although some experts think that the transformation may occur even faster.

With 20 million citizens looking for full-time work, the 30 million additional immigrants over the next decade planned by the Senate and President are absolutely unneeded, given automation.

Bloomberg News had a recent report that included a big scary chart of jobs on the way out, the only truly surprising item of which is that an estimated 77 percent of Bartenders (!) can be computerized away.

Really? Getting your morning joe at a robot coffee machine is one thing, but a neighborhood bar is entirely different. A good bartender is a combination banker, psychologist, jobs counselor and all-around promoter of friendly socializing.

Seriously, why go to a bar with a robot serving up drinks when it’s cheaper at home? Besides, for a newly laid-off worker, a non-human drink mixer may be an insult too far.

Your Job Taught to Machines Puts Half U.S. Work at Risk, Bloomberg News, March 11, 2014

Who needs an army of lawyers when you have a computer?

When Minneapolis attorney William Greene faced the task of combing through 1.3 million electronic documents in a recent case, he turned to a so-called smart computer program. Three associates selected relevant documents from a smaller sample, “teaching” their reasoning to the computer. The software’s algorithms then sorted the remaining material by importance.

“We were able to get the information we needed after reviewing only 2.3 percent of the documents,” said Greene, a Minneapolis-based partner at law firm Stinson Leonard Street LLP.

Artificial intelligence has arrived in the American workplace, spawning tools that replicate human judgments that were too complicated and subtle to distill into instructions for a computer. Algorithms that “learn” from past examples relieve engineers of the need to write out every command.

The advances, coupled with mobile robots wired with this intelligence, make it likely that occupations employing almost half of today’s U.S. workers, ranging from loan officers to cab drivers and real estate agents, become possible to automate in the next decade or two, according to a study done at the University of Oxford in the U.K.

“These transitions have happened before,” said Carl Benedikt Frey, co-author of the study and a research fellow at the Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology. “What’s different this time is that technological change is happening even faster, and it may affect a greater variety of jobs.”

Profound Imprint
It’s a transition on the heels of an information-technology revolution that’s already left a profound imprint on employment across the globe. For both physical and mental labor, computers and robots replaced tasks that could be specified in step-by-step instructions — jobs that involved routine responsibilities that were fully understood.

That eliminated work for typists, travel agents and a whole array of middle-class earners over a single generation. Continue reading this article

Diverse California: Chinese Want to Keep Prop 209’s Ban on Affirmative Action

In 1996, Californians voted with a 54 percent majority to prohibit racial preferences via Proposition 209. Race hucksters have been squawking ever since, and certain institutions, particularly the University of California, have come up with a string of squirrelly work-arounds, such as “holistic” admissions.

The latest liberal revolt against achievement is SCA5, a bill passed in the California Senate along party lines that would overturn Prop 209 and return the state to affirmative action in college admissions. If passed by the Assembly, then the proposal would become an initiative to be decided by the voters possibly in November.

What’s interesting is that Chinese Californians are beginning to understand how much they have benefited from Prop 209, under which their studious young folks are no longer bumped out of contention for top college slots by unqualified (but diverse!) hispanics and blacks. As a result, a “groundswell of Asian American opposition” is forming up against the legislation to reinstate affirmative action (according to uber-lib Daily Kos).

It’s odd how Chinese have been so snoozy about affirmative action, commonly supporting it in polling, when their success in America has been due to hard work and academic achievement, not race set-asides. According to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau of Labor Statistics, 51.8% of all Chinese Americans have at least a bachelor’s degree, considerably higher than American population as a whole (28.2%).

Diversity mongers often don’t know what to do with scholarly, successful Asians. In 2005, UC Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau warned of a “diversity crisis” at the school, blaming Prop 209. This when, as of 2004, the number of Asian undergraduates was 9,390, versus 6,980 whites (a stat from my LTE printed in response).

Faced with a threat to merit-based college admissions, the often apolitical Chinese are organizing against SCA5.

Asians rally against SCA 5, call it revival of Affirmative Action, Pasadena Star News, March 8, 2014

Asians in the San Gabriel Valley and beyond joined forces Friday to rally against a proposed Senate constitutional amendment that they said would punish their children for working hard to achieve the American Dream.

Olivia Liao, president of the Joint Chinese University Alumni Association, said Senate Constitutional Amendment No. 5 is racist because it allows public education institutions to give preferential treatment on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin.

“(Legislators) feel like the Chinese-American community isn’t paying attention to politics,” Liao said. “We are concerned citizens. We need to stand up when things are not right; we need to be heard. We shouldn’t have any (exceptions) related to race. After all, America is a free country.”

State Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, is sponsoring SCA 5, an amendment that would repeal portions of Proposition 209, which prohibited discrimination against people based on their unchangeable identities. If passed, the amendment would allow public education institutions to give preferential treatment on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin.

About 65 people — including 11 current and elected officials from San Gabriel, Monterey Park, San Marino, Claremont and Walnut — agreed that affirmative action ended with the November 1996 passage of Prop. 209. Bringing the program back, they said, would lower the ranking of the UCs and Cal States. Continue reading this article

‘Run Away’ Now Administration’s Prime Directive for Border Patrol

Mexico’s vicious drug cartels and Islamic jihadists must certainly be happy to hear that throwing a couple rocks at officers will give them free entry to the United States. The reason is the instruction of the DHS for the Border Patrol to behave more gently toward violent alien invaders.

One might reasonably suspect that demands from open-borders activists that officers being physically attacked should withdraw rather than respond with self-defense. And in fact, that has been the case: U.S. border agency under pressure to reform use-of-force policies (LA Times, 2/28/14). Plus, the administration is obviously friendly to any opportunity to decrease border security to please the raza crowd.

However rock-throwing has been dangerous for Border Patrol agents. In 1979, a BP chopper was brought down with a rock.

As shown by the examples below, rocks thrown by illegal aliens cause serious injuries to Border Patrol agents.

Welcome terrorists, criminals, job thieves and mooches! America is open to you.

DHS tells American border guards to run away from illegal immigrants hurling rocks at them, fleeing in vehicles, Daily Caller, March 8, 2014

Top administration officials have directed 21,000 border patrol officers to retreat whenever illegal immigrants throw rocks at them, and to avoid getting in front of foreign drug-smugglers’ vehicles as they head north with their drug shipments.

“Agents shall not discharge firearms in response to thrown or hurled projectiles… agents should obtain a tactical advantage in these situations, such as seeking cover or distancing themselves,” said the instructions, issued Mar. 7, under the signature of Michael Fisher, chief of U.S. Border Patrol.

Agents were also directed to keep their weapons holstered when drug smugglers drive by.

Agents can’t use guns against “a moving vehicle merely fleeing from agents,” say the instructions.

The new instructions do allow agents to use guns to defend themselves from vehicles that drive at them. “Agents shall not discharge their firearms at a moving vehicle unless the agent has a reasonable belief that… deadly force is being used against an agent,” the new instructions say.

However, the instructions also suggest that officers be penalized if they don’t step back. Agents “should not place themselves in the path of a motor vehicle or use their body to block a vehicles’s path,” according to new instructions.

The new curbs were praised by advocates for greater immigration, including Juanita Molina, director of the Border Action Network. New Jersey Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez, and Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren, according to the Los Angeles Times. Continue reading this article

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