You can’t have millions of Mexicans residing in America and not see Mexican-style corruption take root. It’s a lead-pipe cinch. The bribery-infused culture is part of the whole package, which is why mordida doesn’t stop at the Rio Grande.
Mexican kiddies grow up paying bribes to teachers for better grades, and the mordida comes into play for traffic tickets, building permits and other everyday transactions. An estimated 12 percent of Mexico’s GDP is lost to corruption and one study found that 87 percent of Mexicans pay at least one bribe during their lifetimes.
We naive Americans who believe in fairness are sheep allowing the wolves to enter and steal thousands of jobs.
HOUSTON – A decade ago it was the illegal workers who lived and spoke from the shadows. Times have changed.
Nowadays, if an American citizen tradesman like “Duane” blows the whistle on cut-rate, illegal labor, there is a genuine risk of being cut off by the contractors he counts on for work.
“I’d be blackballed,” said Duane.
That is why FOX 26 News agreed to hide his identity. ”I don’t know how they are getting away with it, but they are,” said Duane.
Duane is referring to the mass employment of what he calls ‘clearly illegal’ workers on nearly every high-profile construction project in the Houston area.
The 25-year veteran of the building trades is absolutely certain because he worked alongside the undocumented at dozens of Houston’s signature sites like Reliant Stadium and the Toyota Center. ”If you hollered INS, they’d scatter.The job would clear out in 20 minutes,” said Duane. So why talk now? For Duane it comes down to jobs. When economic times were better there was work for everyone, but these days what little work there is often goes to workers with no legal right to be here.
“Those jobs are jobs we American citizens who were born here and live here and pay taxes, we could have. We could probably make a good dent in the unemployment picture, especially in Texas if some of these illegal aliens weren’t doing these jobs,” reasoned Duane.
While the local contractor’s association acknowledges 90 percent of it’s workforce is Hispanic, it’s members continue to claim no one knowingly hires illegal labor. ”These people are the ones who actually apply and are willing to work in the working conditions and the wages being offered,” said Russell Hamley of Houston’s Associated Builders and Contractors. ”Maybe the top 25 percent are U.S. citizens. The other 75 percent is questionable,” counters Duane. FOX 26 News shared the claims of widespread employment of illegals with Kenneth Fontenot of Carpenters Union local 551. Continue reading this article
The flooding of America with millions of Mexicans and other foreigners has become so extreme that society is literally upside down for citizens, where Americans must know the invader’s language to work in their own country.
It’s out of control and must be fixed. America must remain a monolingual society. So-called bilingualism (aka foreigner language rules prevail) will balkanize this country faster than anything else.
The current employment depression and unfairness of the new paradigm indicate the wisdom of an immigration moratorium for several decades, at least.
HOUSTON – These days Becky Cusak spends a lot of time around the house. Too much time.
“I was born and raised here in Texas and I’ve never had a problem finding a job before,” Cusak said.
Laid off more than a year ago from a construction company front office job, her ongoing effort to get back on a pay-roll has run into a barrier: a language barrier.
“I know what I’m doing. I can go and run your entire office with no problems at all, its just nobody wants somebody who can’t speak Spanish now,” she explained.
Fourteen months of job search futility has left this married mother of a teenage son with a sense of intense frustration.
“You have to be bilingual because they have customers who only speak Spanish,” she said.
Lots of customers.
Of the more than 1 million Hispanic adults in the greater Houston area, research indicates more than half speak little or no English and more than 60 percent were born outside the US. Continue reading this article
Here’s another marker of the worsening failed-state syndrome next door: Mexico City admits that government authority has disappeared from the Gulf state of Veracruz, leaving it to the ultra-violent Zeta crime syndicate.
As the graphic indicates, Veracruz is not a small piece of land. At more than 30,000 square miles, it accounts for 3.7 percent of Mexico’s territory. Its coastline of just over 428 miles makes it desirable real estate, for both commerce and crime.
Presidente Calderon is nearing the end of his term, and his war against the drug cartels has not been successful. The cartels have been demonstrating their growing power in various ways; one example was the Zetas dumping 35 bodies on a city freeway during rush hour last month in downtown Boca del Rio, Veracruz.
Presidente Calderon tries to spin the chaos as being the responsibility of previous government officials (perhaps taking a clue from his amigo in Washington). But Calderon has been in charge for five years, and he owns the issue of combating drug cartels. He suggests the lawlessness is a local problem, although he has not been shy about sending the army into other areas to push cartels back.
In Mexico today, surrender is an option.
With that fact in mind, Washington should take the necessary steps to keep invasive Mexicans OUT.
Mexican President Felipe Calderon said Friday that the violence-plagued Gulf coast state of Veracruz had been left in the hands of the brutal Zetas drug cartel.
Calderon has complained in the past that previous governments allowed Mexico’s cartel problems to grow and didn’t do enough to stop them. But he hasn’t previously suggested a state was largely turned over to traffickers.
In comments to a meeting of crime victims’ groups in Mexico City, Calderon did not say specifically who he thought was responsible.
“I believe Veracruz was left in the hands of the Zetas, I don’t know if it was involuntary, probably, I hope so,” said Calderon, who added that “if we hadn’t taken on organized crime, they would have taken over the country, I assure you.” Continue reading this article
SANTA MARIA - Currently anyone who is stopped at a DUI checkpoint and is determined to be sober but driving without a valid drivers license is issued a citation and has their vehicle impounded for 30 days.
Assembly Bill 353 changes that law.
Under the new law written by Democrat Assemblyman Gil Cedillo of Los Angeles, if a sober driver is caught at a DUI checkpoint without a valid drivers license, law enforcement officers must release the car to a qualified driver representing the registered owner.
If a legal driver is not readily available, AB 353 says the vehicle is to be released to one later at the impound yard.
“It’s problematic in the sense that they are going to drive that vehicle again”, says Santa Maria Police Chief Dan Macagni, “a licensed driver will drive around the corner or to a house and release it back to the unlicensed driver, putting them back on the road and that puts all in danger, so we’re a little disappointed with the Governor’s decision.”
Some Latino lawmakers and Latino advocacy groups like PUEBLO have alleged that DUI checkpoints have been misused to unfairly target illegal immigrants most of whom do not have drivers licenses.
They argue 30 days of impound fees, which can reach as high as $1500, turns out to be more than the car is worth leaving some drivers without transportation creating a chronically unfair cycle that will never change until California issues driver licenses to undocumented immigrants.
The practice has also generated millions of dollars in fines and fees for cities and tow companies.
Santa Maria Police say its not about the money, its about public safety.
“We’ve towed as many as 40 in one given night”, Chief Macagni says, “we’re going to have to conduct our DUI checkpoints in an area that is conducive to parking several vehicles for the safety of my officers and the other motorists that are coming through, our goal is to improve the safety out on the roads for our motorists that are there legally and if you don’t have a drivers license your shouldn’t be driving, the law is the law.”
Macagni points out AB 353 applies only to vehicles that go through DUI checkpoints and not vehicles that are stopped during routine police patrols or other police business.
However, the tuition giveaway hits home in a way that more distant goodies (e-verify disallowed, no confiscation of illegal alien vehicles) do not. Parents who have scrimped and saved the tens of thousands of dollars required for even a state university education now see that lawbreakers will take college slots and cash that should go to their kids. That’s personal, and the parents are furious.
Leader of the resistance Assemblyman Tim Donnelly reported on the John and Ken radio show October 12 [Listen, starting at 3:30] that his office can’t keep up with all the people who want to volunteer — over 5000 at that time. However, it takes up to two weeks for the Attorney General to approve the specific title and summary language on the printed petitions, so there is some breathing room before signature gathering can begin.
California Assemblyman Tim Donnelly has hit the ground running with a referendum to disallow the new law giving taxpayer financial aid to illegal alien college students. Governor Brown signed the bill into law on Saturday and Donnelly filed the papers on Monday to begin the referendum process that will hopefully remove the despised law.
Assemblyman Donnelly’s organizing website is up: see Stop AB131.com. Citizens who want to help can send money or sign up as clipboard warriors to gather signatures on petitions. On Tuesday, the John and Ken radio show reported that Donnelly had received over 5,000 emails in the first 24 hours.
Many Californians are outraged that in this time of extreme financial crisis, a new entitlement has been created for illegal aliens that will cost an estimated $40 million annually and will aid lawbreakers to take college slots that should go to citizen kids.
Slamming the California Dream Act as “fundamentally unfair” to U.S. citizens, Assemblyman Tim Donnelly on Monday filed a referendum seeking to repeal the controversial law that grants state financial aid to illegal immigrants.
“You hear heartbreaking stories of some (illegal-immigrant) kids who are obviously very intelligent, and your heart breaks for them because their parents broke the law and you don’t want them to have to pay,” Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, said by phone Monday evening. “But is it fair for every American citizen and every legal immigrant to have their dreams deferred so those illegals can have theirs?”
Assembly Bill 131 by Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, qualifies illegal immigrants who are accepted into California public colleges to receive Cal Grants, community college fee waivers and other state financial aid beginning in 2013. According to the legislation, state aid will only be dispersed to illegal immigrants after it’s been given out to all qualified legal residents or U.S. citizens.
“Going to college is a dream that promises intellectual excitement and creative thinking,” Gov. Jerry Brown said in a statement after signing the bill into law on Saturday. “The Dream Act benefits us all by giving top students a chance to improve their lives and the lives of all of us.’”
The undocumented students must be working toward legal citizenship, have a high school diploma or equivalent and have attended a California high school for three years.
“Many of them were brought here when they were 5 or 6 years old, so they had nothing to do with the fact they are here,” said Richard Turnbull, trustee with the Democratic Club of Victor Valley. “The fact is it can only be a positive effect because they speak English already, they’ve already obviously passed all their prerequisites in order to be a university student or college student. … I believe that it is an investment in America’s future.”
But Donnelly argued the bill included no mechanism for ensuring legal residents get the aid first. He believes the Dream Act will incentivize more illegal immigration and that taxpayers shouldn’t be subsidizing the education of illegal-immigrant students, even if it was their parents who brought them here illegally.
“All children are subject to the consequences of their parents’ actions, and it isn’t the role of government to stand in the gap there and solve every problem because some parents have chosen to act irresponsibly, to put their kids at risk,” he said.
The so-called Arab Spring was a dinosaur media fabrication from the beginning, probably created to support their guy Obama’s program of naive outreach to retro and/or dangerous societies like Syria and Iran.
In Egypt’s Tahrir Square, liberal reporters swooned over the glorious revolution — a characterization that worked only when blinders were firmly in place. Scribblers wanted to imagine they were witnessing a historic transformation, but realists didn’t have to look far to see the same old Muslim Egypt. The gang rape of CBS reporter Lara Logan during a public celebration was a big hint that new freedoms weren’t for everyone: women weren’t invited to the party.
Neither are the Coptic Christians who comprise about 13 percent of the population. Many Muslims would prefer that the infidels just go away so sharia law can be instituted in the country. The hostility has worsened since Mubarak’s ouster. Periodic church burnings and violence have been part of Coptic experience in Egypt. However, this week’s street battles in Cairo were a major escalation, with army tanks attacking civilians, which can be seen in films. Two dozen were killed and a couple hundred wounded in the rioting.
Powerline notes that Obama planned on apologizing to Japan in 2009 for the US nuking two cities to end WWII, as revealed by Wikileaks. But Secretary of State Clinton advised the President that Japan would regard such a display as “deeply offensive.”
Perhaps the diversity beast now must be fed with increasing actions of submission from white Americans to satisfy diverse residents who are feeling their political oats.
Anyway, many Chinese committed fraud to get into America under the scam known as “paper sons in which various Chinese aliens claimed to be related to someone already residing here, often for a price. The fraud could not be uncovered because so many records were destroyed in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire. A recent controversy erupted when Mayor Ed Lee was revealed as not a real Lee (a powerful clan), but instead was a paper son beneficiary.
So the Chinese posture of moral superiority is hardly deserved. Can we Americans get an apology for thousands of fraudulent Chinese immigrants? It only seems fair.
Oh, and can a white American immigrate to the People’s Republic of China and become a citizen today?
Isn’t it curious how this diversity thing runs only one way?
(10-10) 15:59 PDT Washington — As it prepares to pass a bill this week to punish China for undervaluing its currency, the U.S. Senate has passed a resolution expressing regret for the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act and subsequent laws that banned most Chinese immigrants from the United States and denied them citizenship.
The resolution, S. Res. 201, was sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. and Scott Brown, R-Mass. It passed unanimously by voice vote on Thursday. The vote cleared the way for a companion bill in the House by Rep. Judy Chu, D-Monterey Park (Los Angeles County), who is the first Chinese American woman elected to Congress.
Large-scale Chinese immigration began with the California Gold Rush in 1848. After the federal government authorized and supported construction of the first transcontinental railroad during the Civil War, railroad companies recruited Chinese laborers to build the Pacific portions of the track and predominantly Irish laborers to construct the line from the East.
Worker recruitment was marked by kidnappings, misleading contracts and in some cases, sales of laborers. The resolution said the Chinese railroad workers “faced grueling hours and extremely harsh conditions in order to lay hundreds of miles of track and were paid substandard wages,” and that without their work, construction would have been “seriously impeded.” Continue reading this article
The item below is a personal story from a Dallas-area writer, James H. Reza, who recently experienced the worsening anarchy on the highways caused by the law enforcement’s permissive treatment of unlicensed illegal aliens who nevertheless drive on American roadways.
A recent example of liberal irresponsibility has been the death of young Matthew Denice in Milford, Mass., at the hands of a previously arrested drunk-driving illegal alien. Governor Deval Patrick has nevertheless clung stubbornly to his policy of maintaining a Sanctuary State for foreign criminals.
James Reza is a retired engineer of Mexican heritage who defines his own feeling by saying that “all American Hispanics are not thrilled with illegal immigration.” He condemns the open-borders lawlessness, which one day came close to killing his son-in-law:
A couple of weeks ago, Cecilia, my daughter, in a somber voice asked me, “Dad, can you pick up Landon (my grandson) at school? Chris (her husband) just had a bad car accident on his way to pick him up.” As I drove to Nolan Catholic High, I saw a parade of cars on the road where Chris had his accident. Avoiding the congested road, I opt to go another route to Nolan. After I picked up Landon I informed him of his dad’s accident and that we were going to the accident site to check on his dad. When we arrived at the accident scene Landon and I were shocked. Chris’ car was totaled, as was the car that hit him. It had rained and the roads being slick the driver who was speeding lost control of his car causing the bad accident. As I assessed the accident I was surprised that Chris was not seriously hurt, thanks to his air bag, which according to police saved his life or serious body injuries. As the police questioned Chris and the other driver I noticed that he didn’t speak a word of English nor his 3 passengers. Folks, not only was the driver and his passengers illegal aliens, the driver didn’t have a driver’s license or car insurance. Had the illegal alien who had no business driving killed my son in law, I think my daughter and my grandchildren would have faced a difficult time in their future lives without their dad who is a great father and provider for his family.
When I learned that the illegal alien who hit my son in law’s car had no license and insurance I became incensed, not only at the police who didn’t arrest all of them for being here illegally and causing a near fatal accident, but at the damn uncaring car dealers who advertise in their car lots “no licencia, no seguranza, no problema!” (No license, no insurance, no problem!) My fellow Americans, when are we going to send a strong message with our votes to all the worthless politicians in Washington, in our state and our cities, that we are fed up with all the illegal immigration mess! Having lived in North Fort Worth, a predominately Hispanic community for almost 48 years I saw with my own eyes the untold number of atrocities committed by illegals and how they would return to their homeland without every being prosecuted for the misdeeds. No matter how gruesome the crimes these illegals commit, the Mexican government will not extradite them if they are to face the death penalty. What Mexico really means is, “feed them, give them their medical needs, incarcerate them for life, but just don’t kill them!” Folks, we shelter thousands of Mexican criminals with our tax dollars.
Last week, as I watched a crime TV series I was appalled at a crime a young illegal alien male committed no more than 30 miles from my house in Denton, Texas. The illegal abducted a young teen girl, tortured and raped her, and then he torched her car and took off to Mexico to live with his grandparents. Later, when he was extradited to face a jury they sentenced him to life. After the trial ended the mother of the illegal young man went to the mother of the teen girl and asked for forgiveness. At that moment I remembered when Gov. Perry in his TV debate stated (here I’m paraphrasing), “We help the children of illegal aliens get tuition help in their education because through no fault of their own their parents brought them here.” When will politicians like Gov. Perry realize that not all children of illegals are here to get an education! Many commit crimes as this young man did in Denton. With this tuition help to the children of illegal aliens, Gov. Perry along with other politicians exacerbate the illegal alien catastrophic situation in our country. Continue reading this article
Gov. Jerry Brown, in an earlier official incarnation, recommended that politicians should “paddle to the left, paddle to the right.” But truth be told, Democrat Brown has been very left-wing, notably when he allowed state government employees to become unionized, which has been a major element in California’s sinking finances. His recent decisions show how well he fits into crazy-leftist Sacramento, where the Mexican tail wags the Democrat dog.
On Monday, Brown okayed the non-impoundment of vehicles belonging to unlicensed drivers, making the highways far more hazardous. It was the only punishment for illegal alien drivers who don’t even get a handslap in this state. Now they will have zero reason to avoid driving.
Below is a July report (DUI checkpoints: Profit over practicality?, KABC Los Angeles) when the bill went through committee, where bogus claims were made that checkpoints were a scam for the state to make money. That was just to cover up the Raza objective of making life easier for illegal alien diversity, even though the legislation makes the highways more dangerous for everyone. Crime victim mom Ellen Rosenberg of Westlake Village appeared and held a picture of her son, Drew, who was killed by an unlicensed driver last year.
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Brown also signed a bill prohibiting police from arresting many unlicensed drivers and impounding their cars at drunken-driving checkpoints.
Advocates for illegal immigrants backed the bill, AB353 by Assemblyman Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, saying the immigrants are in a costly bind. They can’t obtain driver’s licenses, but must drive to support themselves, and were significantly impacted by the fees for impounded cars.
Under the law, police cannot impound a car at a checkpoint if the only offense was driving without a license.
Citation, no arrest
Officers must make a reasonable effort to contact the registered owner of the car, or a licensed driver authorized by the registered owner to pick up the car. Police may issue a citation for driving without a license but cannot arrest the driver.
Mark Silverman, director of immigration policy at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, said the law helps build trust between police and the immigrant community.
“It’s good for the immigrants, it’s good for public safety, it’s good for everyone but the towing companies,” Silverman said.
But Dan Rosenberg, who testified against the bill after his 25-year-old son was killed last year by an unlicensed driver in San Francisco, was furious when he learned Brown had signed the bill. He vowed to work to repeal it.
“He’s just sentenced hundreds of people to death this year by signing this bill,” said Rosenberg, who lives in Westlake Village (Los Angeles County).
Studies by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety have found that unlicensed drivers are more dangerous than licensed drivers.
In the United Kingdom, security experts conservatively estimate that 200 Islamic suicide bombers residing in the country are ready to go. Police are considering the opportunities for mayhem afforded by the Olympic games taking place in London next summer. At the same time, Muslim jihadists could strike on any ordinary day, as four did July 7, 2005, when they set off bombs on their bodies and killed 52 Londoners on public transportation.
Britain’s constant level of deadly threat from Muslim immigrants should be a reminder to America of the insanity of welcoming potential enemies by the thousands every year, as diversity-crazed Washington continues to do. In fact, Muslim immigration is on track to increase in America. Could anything be more unwise from a national security perspective? If Muslim immigration is allowed to continue, we can expect to see similar behavior here. The only difference between the US and Britain is the number of Muslim immigrants, and we are catching up to the European level of foolishness.
At least 200 potential terrorists are actively planning suicide attacks while living freely in Britain, intelligence chiefs have warned ministers.
A senior intelligence source has revealed that the figure is a “conservative” estimate of the threat facing the country from UK-based Islamist suicide bombers.
The would-be killers are among 2,000 extremists who the security services have said are based in Britain and actively planning terrorist activity of some kind.
The figures are contained within a secret government report on the “enduring terrorist threat” facing the UK from al-Qaeda and affiliated organisations, The Sunday Telegraph has been told.
While the deaths of Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki may have left al-Qaeda without a charismatic leader, both the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, and the Security Service, MI5, believe the organisation remains as dangerous as ever.
The warning comes as Britain begins preparations for next year’s 2012 Olympic Games, which has been described by MI5 as the biggest security operation in the country’s history.
But senior sources believe that rather than targeting Olympic venues, where security will be extremely high, terrorists will be tempted to attack areas where crowds are likely to congregate such as train stations and public events. Continue reading this article
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