Drunk-Driving Obama Uncle Tries to Slime Arresting Officer

One symptom of media that are hopelessly enamoured with Barack Obama shows up when they refer to his drunk-driving illegal alien uncle Omar (pictured) as the half uncle, an expression which is new to me. (See article following.) Perhaps that is helpful way to sort things out in Obama’s polygamous family, which can get complicated very quickly. Uncle Omar is the half brother of the President’s father.

The terminology does tend to distance the lawbreaking uncle from the exalted penumbra of the President.

A recent wrinkle in the Uncle Omar story has been his request for the driving record of the arresting officer. Say, what? Uncle Omar nearly crashed his truck into a patrol car and was driving with a blood alcohol level of .14 percent. This latest move is a desperate lawyer’s trick to distract.

Fellow officers pointed out that the ploy is no way to determine guilt or innocence in a case of drunk driving.

Cops rip Obama uncle’s defense, Boston Herald, January 13, 2012

Defense attorneys digging for something to latch onto in a Framingham cop’s driving past are being bashed by the police brotherhood who argue the bust of President Obama’s half-uncle on a drunken-driving charge is the issue, not the officer’s history behind the wheel.

The Framingham cop who arrested Onyango Obama has about a dozen on-duty accidents — mostly minor — to his name, according to records requested by defense attorneys and obtained by the Herald yesterday.

But the paperwork on patrolman Val Krishtal shows none of the dirt defense attorneys said they had hoped to dig up, and cops around the state are saying Obama’s legal team is barking up the wrong tree in its attempts to strike the Aug. 24 traffic stop by painting Krishtal as out of line.

“It’s sort of discouraging” said James Machado, a Fall River police sergeant and executive director of the Massachusetts Police Association. “I understand defense attorneys taking tacks and questioning police officers’ integrity, but to bring someone else’s record out there? What influence would that have on him doing his job? If you have motor vehicle violations, you can’t give out citations?”

Obama’s lawyers, P. Scott Bratton and William L. Harvey III, requested the records after learning Krishtal had totaled his cruiser in November, smashing into a stone wall en route to a report of shots being fired. They say the patrolman may have been driving too fast just before the Obama stop, in which the president’s uncle turned into traffic, cut the officer off and forced him to slam on his brakes. Continue reading this article

Remittances to Mexico Are Up 8%

According to the elite liberal media, illegal immigration has “sputtered to a trickle” and therefore the time is ripe for a massive amnesty, in the minds of the ever-hopeful Raza gang. (If illegal immigration were exploding to record levels, that would be time for amnesty also.)

However, it’s interesting to note that remittances to Mexico are on the uptick — $23 billion last year — which is a strong indication of millions of Mexicans working here and sending their disposable income home. If fewer Mexicans are entering illegally (doubtful), not many are packing it for a return to the dear homeland.

Naturally, the pro-Mexico Los Angeles Times (located in a county where the November unemployment rate was 11.5 percent) thinks increased remittances are a swell sign of hispanic diversity bubbling along, not the strip-mining of America.

Remittances to Mexico are rebounding, Los Angeles Times, January 11, 2011

Head to 4th Street and Broadway in downtown Los Angeles and you’ll see signs of a labor market on the mend.

At a Continental Currency Services Inc. branch, a check-cashing and money-transfer business, housekeeper Maria Guadalupe Gutierrez waited patiently in line on a recent afternoon to wire $200 to her mother in Chiapas, Mexico.

Gutierrez used to send more before the economy tanked and clients stopped having their houses cleaned as frequently. But things have picked up lately, and she is getting more calls.

“I hope it keeps getting better,” said Gutierrez, 38, before rushing off to finish errands downtown.

Ending a three-year slump, remittances to Mexico are finally on the upswing, thanks to an improving U.S. job market. Analysts expect that money sent home last year by Mexicans living abroad, most of them residing in the United States, will top $23 billion when Mexico’s central bank releases annual figures this month. Although still below the peak of $26 billion in 2007, that would be a solid 8% increase over 2010.

Money transfer giant Western Union Co., whose revenue sagged during the recession, saw its remittance business strengthen in 2011. The Colorado company reported a 5% increase in revenue from its Mexico business in the third quarter compared with the same period in 2010. Its stock price is up more than 13% over the last three months.

The fact that many (if not most) foreigners use Western Union to move money when electronic banking now exists is noteworthy. It shows my 2002 suggestion that remittances should be taxed would still work, even in our more digitized time.

The figures underscore falling unemployment rates in California and nationwide, where sectors such as construction, manufacturing, restaurants and hotels that employ large numbers of Latino immigrants are creating jobs.

“People are working more,” said Jesus Hernandez, manager of the downtown Continental Currency branch, as he and another teller hustled through a line of 12 people. Money “wires are coming back up.”

The uptick is also good news for Mexico. Remittances are the nation’s second-largest source of foreign exchange, behind petroleum sales. And they’re a lifeline for millions of low-income Mexicans who use the funds for basics such as food, education and housing. Continue reading this article

Kris Kobach Endorses Romney

The Republican primary season has been a downer, with way too many awful amnesty hacks like Newt “Americano!” Gingrich and Gov. Rick Perry (shown below with Presidente Vicente Fox), Mexico’s best friend since George W. Bush.

I’ll admit to becoming more kindly disposed to Romney after hearing him questioned on the John and Ken radio show in 2008, about which I blogged at the time (Romney Quizzed on John and Ken Show). Listen to the interview here. He had the right answers on policy and sovereignty, plus grasping the psychology of self-interested invaders.

Romney has actually campaigned on immigration enforcement. We know that political promises don’t mean a lot when the office is won, but he is saying the right things now, which is more than you can say for most of the others.

Ann Coulter has endorsed Gov. Romney largely on the basis of his immigration enforcement position. So has Bay Buchanan.

And today we heard that enforcement architect Kris Kobach has endorsed Romney.

Romney’s push against amnesty makes immigration a defining issue, Washington Times, January 11, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Mitt Romney collected the endorsements Wednesday of the architect of Arizona’s immigration-crackdown law, marking the final step on a journey that has taken him from lukewarm support of legalization to the Republican presidential field’s most ardent opponent of amnesty.

And with Mr. Romney inching closer to wrapping up the GOP’s nomination, it sets up what would be the strongest contrast ever between the two major parties’ candidates on immigration.

“Romney stands head and shoulders above the crowd,” Kris W. Kobach, Kansas’ secretary of state and the architect of the Arizona law, told The Washington Times, praising Mr. Romney for treading where other Republican candidates have refused to go. “Immigration is one of those issues that will appear to be a hot button — some elected officials who are afraid of offending anyone will avoid taking tough stands on immigration, and he took a tough stand.”

Mr. Kobach’s endorsement follows those of other leaders in the immigration crackdown movement, including Bay Buchanan, who ran Tom Tancredo’s presidential campaign in 2008 and who is the sister of former presidential candidate Patrick J. Buchanan.

It’s no surprise that the issue is popping up with 10 days to go before Republicans vote in South Carolina’s primary. South Carolina has passed its own Arizona-style law seeking to make illegal immigration a crime, giving state and local authorities police powers, and Republican primary voters in the state are overwhelmingly in favor of it.

The Obama administration has sued to halt the South Carolina and Arizona laws, as well as similar laws in Utah and Alabama, and those cases are winding their way through federal courts.

Mr. Romney and others in the Republican presidential field have said they support the states’ efforts, and Newt Gingrich on Wednesday told South Carolina voters that one of his first actions as president would be to drop the lawsuits.

Still, those who favor a crackdown on illegal immigration say Mr. Romney has emerged as their clear favorite over the past few years. He has embraced the use of E-Verify, the government’s voluntary system for checking work status; has talked about attrition of the numbers of illegal immigrants in the country through enforcement of laws; has called for building more border fencing; and has embraced state efforts to pick up enforcement where the federal government has failed.

Most of all, he adamantly vowed to block legalization bills. He recently said he would veto the Dream Act, which would grant legal status to illegal-immigrant students and young adults, who are usually considered the toughest cases because many of them were brought to the U.S. by parents and have never known any other country. Continue reading this article

Brother of Illegal Alien Crime Victim to Run for Milford Selectman

Michael Denice is the brother of Matthew, the young motorcycle rider who was cruelly dragged to death last year by a previously arrested drunk-driving illegal alien in Milford, Massachusetts. Michael has just announced his candidacy for the office of Selectman in his home town.

Below, Michael Denise is the fellow in the white sweater in the center of the group assembled in Milford to protest the preventable death of Matthew Denise.

Denice plans to run for selectman: MyFoxBOSTON.com

The preventable death of Matthew Denice illustrated how little the state of Massachusetts cares about public safety for citizens. The accused Ecuadoran, Nikolas Guaman, had several prior arrests, including assaulting a police officer. Democrat Governor Deval Patrick was particularly egregious in defending the state’s sanctuary policy that protected the killer alien. Senator Scott Brown urged the governor to adopt Secure Communities statewide, but Patrick wouldn’t budge.

As someone who has followed the issue of illegal alien crime, I know that family members of victims speaking out can make a big difference. After Sean and Donna Wilson were killed by a drunk-driving illegal alien with 17 arrests, daughter Heather Steffek worked within the political system to improve immigration enforcement in Tennessee and Nashville. The city later implemented 287(g).

Ed Kowalski, the uncle of murdered high school student Elizabeth Butler, has testified before elected officials in New York and Arizona about the crimes committed by illegal aliens.

Any time the public is reminded that illegal immigration is not a victimless crime, it’s a good thing.

You can check out Michael Denice’s Facebook page about his candidacy.

Brother of Milford man who died in accident to run for selectman, Milford Daily News, January 11, 2012

The older brother of the Milford man whose death in a motorcycle accident spurred furious debate about illegal immigration has announced his intention to run for selectman this spring.

Michael Denice, 26, who lives at 22 Debbie Lane, has taken out nomination papers and has set up a Facebook page about his candidacy.

If Denice makes the ballot, he would likely face Dino DeBartolomeis, who is seeking his 11th term on the board.

“The citizens of Milford need a voice on town issues. I have seen many changes occur in Milford over the past several years, including a rise in crime, an increase in immigration-related issues and a decline in the local economy and businesses,” Denice said in a statement. “We need selectmen that will not only work for the people, but more importantly work with the people in the community.”

Denice is the brother of Matthew Denice, 23, who police say was dragged to his death Aug. 20 by a pickup truck driven by Nicholas D. Guaman, an Ecuadorean who is in the country illegally. Police say Guaman was drunk when he hit Denice, who was riding his motorcycle at Congress and Fayette streets.

Guaman has been charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter while driving, motor vehicle homicide while under the influence, among other charges.

At a September forum in Town Hall designed to clear the air about the local Ecuadorian community, Michael Denice chided Ecuadorean officials, complaining that illegal immigrants have to work under the table, cannot drive with a legal license and must violate other laws just to stay in the country.

“What is your solution for those illegal immigrants already here today?” he asked, prompting a standing ovation from a crowd at Town Hall.

Korean Pleads Guilty to Running Superstore of Identity Theft

Illegal aliens who come to rip off Americans have a natural interest in ID theft because it benefits them so directly. Good fake papers are the keys to the kingdom of jobs, mortgages, banking and outright theft using credit cards.

On Monday, Korean Sang-Hyun Park pleaded guilty in a New Jersey courtroom to being the ringleader of a so-called crime superstore. Park was arrested with 53 other Koreans for the scheme last fall — like many foreigners, he kept the jobs created within the tribe. The crime organization is credited with stealing $4 million via fraud from credit card companies, banks and lenders.

Alleged leader of massive Bergen County identify theft, fraud ring pleads guilty, Newark Star-Ledger, January 10, 2012

NEWARK — The alleged leader of a massive identity theft and financial-fraud ring run by Korean immigrants living in Bergen County sat impassively at the defense table Monday, as he listened to the judge’s words through a quick-talking court interpreter.

Sang-Hyun Park, 45, could manage only a barely audible “yes” as he answered the judge’s numerous, detailed questions Monday, before he pleading guilty in Newark federal court to running a complex identity theft scheme between 2007 and September 2010 that costs numerous banks millions of dollars.

Clad in a dark-green prison jumpsuit, Park is likely be deported to South Korea after serving what is expected to be a decade or more in prison. He was perhaps the biggest player among the 54 people rounded-up in a massive federal sweep in 2010, authorities said.

“Today, ‘Jimmy’ Park admitted he ran an organization which obtained Social Security numbers through fraud, manufactured fake IDs, ripped off banks and retailers and laundered a portion of millions in profits overseas,” U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman said Monday.

In all, authorities said, Park defrauded various credit card companies, banks and lenders out of about $4 million. He and his co-conspirators also claimed more than $182,000 in tax refunds from the Internal Revenue Service through the filing of false and fictitious tax returns and accompanying documents, they said. Continue reading this article

Islamic Violence against Women Increasing in the West

Muslim immigration to the West has brought an assortment of barbaric social practices we could well do without, particularly crimes against women. The worst is the murder of insufficiently subservient women (aka honor killing), a practice which is accepted in Islamic nations, but not so much in America and Europe.

For some reason, Muslim immigrants think they can behave as if they were back in their dar al-Islam backwater. Didn’t they read the immigration brochure and the part about obeying US laws?

Stubborn foreign misogynists should consult Islamo-jailbirds who learned the cost of their actions, like wife beheader Muzzammil Hassan and daughter killer Faleh Almaleki. Both are doing hard time for importing Islamic savagery to America.

Say, maybe we would be better off without Muslim immigration and the objectionable diversity they bring.

Below, reporter Dale Hurd notes how honor killing in the West is on the rise.

Islamic ‘Honor Violence’ Rising in the West, CBN, January 4, 2012

BARCELONA, LONDON, and PARIS – As Muslims migrate to the West, and more Muslim young people adopt Western ways, honor violence is increasing.

Warning: this report contains some disturbing scenes that should not be viewed by children.

• A Canadian woman was strangled by her father because she refused to wear a headscarf.

• An Italian had her throat slit by her dad while she was held down by three uncles.

• An American woman was run over by her father in his Jeep Cherokee.

• Two sisters were shot by their father in a New York taxi.

They were all the victims of honor violence. They may have defied the wishes of their parents, or adopted Western ways, or tried to leave Islam.

They did something that, in the eyes of their families, brought shame and dishonor.

So they were killed. Many were tortured first.

Honor Killing on the Rise

The precise number of honor attacks worldwide is unknown because many are not reported, or are reported as accidents or suicides. But one new report said 3,000 honor attacks were committed in Britain last year alone.

Norwegian activist Hege Storhaug left journalism to devote her life to helping the victims of honor violence after doing a story about a Norwegian girl who was forced to marry her cousin from Pakistan.

“I was astonished when she said, ‘My parents were willing to kill me if I didn’t enter this marriage, to protect their own honor,” Storhaug said.

Storhaug showed us graphic photos of Pakistani women who had acid thrown in their faces by their husbands’ family because they did not bring a big enough dowry to the marriage. Continue reading this article

Florida: Muslim Immigrant Arrested for Bomb Plot

The latest Islamo-terror attempt demonstrates once again what a bad idea Muslim immigration is. Sami Osmakac, a naturalized citizen from Kosovo, was arrested for his plan to blow up parts of the Tampa area. He plotted to bomb a night club and a sheriff’s office, and to use assault rifles to kill Americans.

In order to become naturalized, Osmakac had to live among Americans for several years. But familiarity did not elicit kindly feelings toward the people and country that welcomed him.

Osmakac reportedly wanted to “die the Islamic way” i.e. in the act of murdering lots of infidels for dear Allah. We are urged by elites to celebrate immigrant diversity, even though allowing the entrance of a historic enemy has not worked out well, despite the media propaganda to the contrary.

Below, Muslim immigrant and terror suspect Sami Osmakac.

The Islam practiced in the former Yugoslavia is supposed to be of the “moderate” variety. But that hasn’t always been the case. In 2007, a young Bosnian Muslim, Sulejman Talovic, went to a Salt Lake shopping mall and killed six people. (See Refugee Rampage in Salt Lake.) An off-duty policeman shot him dead at the mall, so details of his motivation were not revealed, and the incident was consigned to the diversity memory hole.

Osmakac is yet another Muslim immigrant whose American Dream is to kill as many Americans as possible. . .

‘Why not die the Islamic way?’: Kosovan immigrant, 25, to Florida ‘planned to cause havoc with car bomb, machine guns and explosives belt’, Daily Mail (UK), January 9, 2012

A 25-year-old Muslim man born in Kosovo allegedly developed a bomb plot to attack crowded locations in Tampa with a car bomb, machine guns and other explosives.

Sami Osmakac, a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Kosovo – a disputed Balkan state once a part of the former Yugoslavia that declared its independence from Serbia in 2008 – was charged today with one count of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.

Osmakac, of Pinellas County, Florida, allegedly bought explosives and guns from an undercover FBI agent, which had been made unusable.

He told the agent last month that he wanted an AK-47-style machine gun and Uzi submachine guns, investigators said.

Osmakac was arrested on Saturday and due to appear in court on Monday after being charged over the alleged bomb plot in Tampa.

Shortly before his arrest he made a video of himself explaining his motives for carrying out the planned attack, authorities said.

He said in the video that Muslim blood was more valuable than that of people who do not believe in Islam, according to a criminal complaint.

Osmakac allegedly added that he wanted ‘payback’ for wrong that was done to Muslims and bring terror to his ‘victims’ hearts’ in Tampa. Continue reading this article

London: African Witchcraft Murder Trial Continues

The immigration of Africans to the west has brought some very brutal customs, shocking to residents of the First World. The category of witchcraft covers many abhorrent behaviors, like child sacrifice, such as that of Adam whose headless torso was found in the Thames in London a decade ago.

Another reason for violence from Africans is the fear of witchcraft among others. A 15-year-old Congolese boy, Kristy Bamu, residing in Paris visited his sister and her husband (court sketch shown) in London for Christmas in 2010. Instead of having a nice vacation with the family, he ended up dead because they thought he was a witch. After several days of beatings, they drowned him.

Not all diversity is equal, for sure.

Kristy Bamu ‘murdered over witch claim’ in Newham, BBC, January 5, 2012

A 15-year-old boy was tortured and drowned by his sister and her boyfriend because they believed he was a witch, the Old Bailey has heard.

Kristy Bamu, from Paris, was found dead in Newham, east London, on Christmas Day in 2010.

The boy had 101 injuries and died from being beaten with a metal bar and drowning, the court heard.

His sister Magalie Bamu and her boyfriend, Eric Bikubi, both Congolese and aged 28, of Newham, deny murder.

Prosecutors told jurors of acts they described as “depraved”, “wicked” and “cruel”.

Mr Bikubi admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, a plea not accepted by the prosecution.

‘Armoury of weapons’
Kristy and his siblings were visiting the couple for Christmas, but Mr Bikubi had accused the boy and two of his siblings of witchcraft, the court heard.

All three were beaten and other children were forced to join in the attacks. But it was Kristy who became the focus of Mr Bikubi’s attention, the prosecution said.

The teenager was said to be in such pain after days of being hit with an “armoury of weapons” including sticks, pliers, a metal bar, hammer and chisel that he begged to die. Continue reading this article

Sympathetic Press Waves Bye-Bye to Foreign Job Thieves on Their Last Day

The ICE removal of 200 illegal alien workers from Pacific Steel in Berkeley has been an opportunity for the liberal media to show its heartfelt empathy with illegal alien job stealers.

In December, the local ABC affiliate showed up to agree that’s it’s unfair to send the aliens packing right before Christmas: “Kicking these workers to the curb just before Christmas is really an act of hostility,” said Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin (Pacific Steel forced to lay off 200 workers, Dec. 18, 2011).

Say, I’ll bet the new legal workers had a nice Christmas, what with California’s unemployment rate at 11.3 percent, as of November.

More recently, the Contra Costa Times showed up for the last day on the job for 200 illegals (out of 600 workers) to note the tears of sadness as they packed up their hard hats at Pacific Steel.

Again, the solicitude of the press for illegal foreign workers is over the top. You would think there is no jobs crisis of years’ duration in which formerly middle-class Americans are living in tents and once booming Silyicon Valley is filled with unemployed people running out of benefits and options.

But then, there’s little danger that reporters will be replaced by illegal workers, so there’s not much genuine caring in the newsroom for job loss.

Below, workers at Berkeley’s Pacific Steel.

Aside from the press’ distracting show of overwrought sympathy, it should be noted how easy it was for the feds to clear out the illegal pests merely by requiring the business to run an I-9 audit to check the employees’ Social Security numbers. The legal tools to fix this problem have existed for years; what’s missing is the political will to eject cheap exploitable foreign workers. Too bad the DHS won’t go the extra mile and repatriate them all but Obama doesn’t do deport.

The Republican Presidential candidates all agree that they will enforce the border, which is not a solution given modern transportation. The real frontline of immigration enforcement remains the workplace.

Steel workers spend emotional last day at plant, Contra Costa Times, January 4, 2012

Tuesday began like any other workday for David Herrera.

Only his mother’s grave, distant expression as she cleaned their already immaculate Bay Point home suggested this would be his last day at Pacific Steel, where he worked for more than a decade.

A recent federal immigration audit found that approximately 200 employees, a third of the foundry’s workforce, couldn’t prove they are legal residents.

The company has been firing those workers in groups each week since October; the most senior employees worked their last day this week.

“Since I crossed the border, I always knew this could happen,” said Herrera, 37, who has mapped out an escape route at every factory he has worked at since he came to this country in 1991. “You get used to living with it.”

Around noon, Herrera put on his yellow hard-hat and got into his truck. On the porch lay an identical hat — his wife’s, who was fired from the same plant a few months ago.

Pacific Steel is one of the largest foundries in the nation. The company started making steel parts for trucks and buses in the shadow of Interstate 80 in West Berkeley 75 years ago, when the now-posh neighborhood was predominantly heavy industry.

The quality inspection warehouse where Herrera has worked for 12 years is dimly lit and filled with the roar of machines and the clanking of metal. Herrera took his place sorting metal pieces that connect trailers to trucks.

The men working on either side of him were new hires. Continue reading this article

Peter Brimelow Discusses Immigration in 2012 with Michael Coren

In his second interview with Michael Coren on Canada’s Sun Network, Peter Brimelow discusses why excessive immigration persists despite its obvious harm to American workers.

Los Angeles: Accused German Arsonist Appears in Court

In the video below, CBS in Los Angeles reports that suspected arson terrorist Harry Burkhart flew into Las Vegas from Chechnya (his birthplace, an outpost of Islamist separatism) on a Russian passport last October. Apparently that degree of hostile diversity is no problema in today’s wide open America.

Does Burkhart have a head full of Islamic poison against America or is he just a garden-variety crazy? He played up the insanity angle in court, but his long-time hairstylist did not describe him as disturbed. We may never find out, given the court system’s disinterest in jihad as a possible motive.

It was further discussed that Burkhart and his mother may have engaged in insurance fraud via fire in Germany, which is why that government requested the mom be returned to them.

Accused Hollywood Arsonist Appears Ill In Court, CBS Los Angeles, January 4, 2012

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Suspected Hollywood firebug Harry Burkhart, 24, appeared in a Los Angeles court Wednesday to answer 37 charges in a string of fires set in Hollywood, West Hollywood, and surrounding areas.

Burkhart, who used a German interpreter, appeared ill after entering the courtroom. He was twitching and leaning his head back, requiring the assistance of three deputies to stand and, even, hold his head up. The judge ordered photographers present to not take his picture.

It was reported earlier Wednesday that Burkhart was under suicide watch.

The accused fire starter faces 28 counts of arson of property and nine counts of arson of an inhabited structure.

Prosecutor Sean Carney charged that Burkhart engaged “in what essentially amounts to a campaign of terror in this community.” Continue reading this article

Mississippi Schools Struggle with Spanish Influx

National Public Radio notes the increase of Spanish-speaking kiddies in southern states and the pressure their language diversity has made on schools.

Unsurprisingly, the liberal radio network assumes the advisability of bilingualism where Spanish is accepted as a co-equal language in America. Spanish education will “help create the next generation of bilingual doctors, executives and teachers,” the report states.

Earlier waves of immigrants received no special educational programs with credentialed bilingual instructors, but were expected to learn English by hearing it from their teachers.

NPR’s report focuses on the small Mississippi town of Vardaman, population 1300, where nearly half of the elementary school students are Spanish speakers.

There is no mention of the cost of educating so many foreign children or the immigration status of their farmworker parents. (A report elsewhere observes the routinely high level of pregnant teens and dropouts in high school among the hispanics.)

The linked story includes an audio file of the radio version:

Rise In Spanish Speakers Has School Trying To Adapt, NPR, January 4, 2012

Year over year, the number of Spanish-speaking kindergarteners at Vardaman Elementary School in northeast Mississippi has been on the rise.

Census numbers show the South has the fastest-growing Hispanic population in the country. Now, Vardaman Elementary is about to become Mississippi’s first predominantly Latino primary school, and that’s posing special challenges when it comes to finding teachers who can help Spanish-speaking students adapt to the American classroom.

Vardaman Takes Its Own Approach
Resources are scarce in the school’s small farming community of Vardaman. But of the town’s approximately 1,300 residents, at least one-third are Hispanic — and that number is growing.

Over at Vardaman Elementary, many of Angela Barnette’s second-grade students are American-born, but close to half are also native Spanish speakers. It’s a language Barnette doesn’t speak, but she does her best to encourage it. She says she often picks books with English and Spanish words to read to the class.

“They love it when they see the teacher who can’t speak [Spanish],” Barnette says. “It makes them feel special that they can say those words and the others can’t. They love that.”

Across the country, debate continues over how best to teach English-language learners. Some states, like Arizona, have English-immersion policies mandating that no Spanish be spoken in the classroom. Other states, such as Texas, use a bilingual approach. Mississippi leaves it up to individual districts to determine the best method. Continue reading this article