Rwanda Genocide Perp -- Admitted as a Refugee -- Is Sentenced to Prison

In its haste to welcome the victims of the world, Washington’s rubber-stamp refugee policy has taken in a rogue’s gallery of despicable war criminals. The latest, Beatrice Munyenyezi (pictured), a commander in Rwanda’s systematic mass murder of Tutsi tribal members, is quite a piece of work, but is by no means unique in depravity.

Some of the noteworthy diverse criminals residing in America have included:

● Bosnian Sulejman Mujagic, was accused of murder and torture while an Army commander during the ethnic war in the former Yugoslavia. He was arrested in Utica in 2012, where 6500 Bosnians reside in one of the largest Bosno-diverse settlements in the country.

Gonzalo Guevara Cerritos was arrested in 2006 for being an illegal alien and also a member of the Salvadoran military death squad that brutally murdered six priests in 1989.

Kelbessa Negewo was an Ethiopian government official who participated in torture of political enemies who objected to the marxist regime. After immigrating to the US, he was later recognized in a New York City elevator by one of his torture victims.

Marko Boskic was a Serb militia triggerman who helped execute thousands of residents of Srebrenica in the 1995 massacre. Even so, he entered the US in 2000 using his real name and settle in Peabody Mass where he had numerous arrests for drunk driving and such, but was only tracked down when Boston Globe reporter Elizabeth Neuffer investigated. In 2010, the US extradited Boskic to Bosnia where he was tried and imprisoned.

Back to today’s case, where a Rwandan woman has been convicted of lying about her history of human rights abuses to enter the United States and sentenced to prison:

Rwandan who was given U.S. citizenship is jailed for 10 years for her role in country’s genocide where half a million were slaughtered, Associated Press, July 15, 2013

A woman who lied about her role in the 1994 Rwanda genocide was sentenced on Monday to ten years in prison, a fate her lawyers say is tantamount to a death sentence.

Rwanda native Beatrice Munyenyezi, from New Hampshire, remained stoic as U.S. District Judge Steven McAuliffe sentenced her to the maximum prison time. She declined her right to address the court.

Munyenyezi, 43, was convicted in February of entering the United States and securing citizenship by lying about her role as a commander of one of the notorious roadblocks in the city of Butare – where Tutsis were singled out for slaughter as they tried to evacuate.

According to some reports, a fifth of the 500,000 massacred during the Rwandan genocide were killed in Butare.

However due to the chaotic nature of the genocide, it has been difficult for experts to put exact numbers on how many died.

She also denied affiliation with any political party, despite her husband’s leadership role in the extremist Hutu militia party.

McAuliffe acknowledged she has led a crime-free and productive life since her arrival in New Hampshire in 1998 but said it was a life lived under false pretenses. Continue reading this article

Advances in Farm Robotics Lessen Need for Foreign Workers

Powerful business elites insist they need a massive immigration amnesty and vastly increased legal immigration because boomers are aging out of the workforce, so America needs to import tens of millions as replacement models.

However, the labor market has been gradually changing with increased efficiency in many occupations, from office work to agriculture, and much of that evolution stems from advances in technology and robotized machinery. Humans are becoming less necessary in many areas of employment because of robot replacement.

There is some good news here — fewer illiterate Mexicans are needed to tend fields of growing food because robots can do the strenuous ag work more cheaply.

Below, a computerized robot weeds a lettuce field in California.

The harvester shown below from a few years ago was advertised as replacing 35 laborers.

Robots to revolutionize farming, ease labor woes, Associated Press, July 13, 2013

SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — On a windy morning in California’s Salinas Valley, a tractor pulled a wheeled, metal contraption over rows of budding iceberg lettuce plants. Engineers from Silicon Valley tinkered with the software on a laptop to ensure the machine was eliminating the right leafy buds.

The engineers were testing the Lettuce Bot, a machine that can “thin” a field of lettuce in the time it takes about 20 workers to do the job by hand.

The thinner is part of a new generation of machines that target the last frontier of agricultural mechanization — fruits and vegetables destined for the fresh market, not processing, which have thus far resisted mechanization because they’re sensitive to bruising.

Researchers are now designing robots for these most delicate crops by integrating advanced sensors, powerful computing, electronics, computer vision, robotic hardware and algorithms, as well as networking and high precision GPS localization technologies. Most ag robots won’t be commercially available for at least a few years.

In this region known as America’s Salad Bowl, where for a century fruits and vegetables have been planted, thinned and harvested by an army of migrant workers, the machines could prove revolutionary.

Farmers say farm robots could provide relief from recent labor shortages, lessen the unknowns of immigration reform, even reduce costs, increase quality and yield a more consistent product. Continue reading this article

Peaceful #Justice4Trayvon Memo Didn’t Reach Oakland

According to the all-knowing media, nationwide demonstrations against the Not Guilty verdict of George Zimmerman were “mostly peaceful.” Apparently Oakland is not worthy of attention, since the Saturday night riot there was moderately destructive.

The damage to the downtown Sears store, for example, was estimated at $50,000 and required special thug tools to smash its heavy-duty glass windows and doors. Businesses in downtown Oakland have to be reinforced against the periodic violent outbursts by the local underclass, which is particularly unruly given the city’s permissiveness toward it. The Oakland Occupy movement lasted longer than almost anywhere else and was extremely violent.

Bay Area groups march in support of Trayvon Martin, San Francisco ABC, July 14, 2013

[. . .] Businesses across downtown Oakland were busy cleaning up after a demonstration late Saturday night turned to destruction.

All remnants of a violent protest Saturday night, when 100 people gathered after the verdict was read, marched through downtown Oakland and left destruction in their wake.

At Flora, on the corner of 19th and Telegraph, employees and patrons had to duck for cover under tables as the restaurant’s windows shattered around them.

“It was really scary for everyone,” witness Jessica Moncada said. “But the attitude, even with our staff, is that everyone understands why people are so angry. So there’s not a lot of animosity I guess towards the people, but one of our girls was pushed up against a wall, and so that’s not okay.”

Down the block, Sears has been a target during past demonstrations. On Saturday night, the business sustained the worst damage yet. Witnesses say the protesters used weights to smash nearly 30 windows and doors.

“I’m going to say pretty close to $50,000, around there,” said Manny Minjarez with San Lorenzo Glass. He says that’s the approximate cost to replace the windows that they’d already replaced before.

Despite all the damage, there were no arrests and no injuries. [. . .]

There were likely no arrests because Oakland was recently forced to pay out over $1 million to Oscar Grant protesters claiming police brutality. So the already violent city can expect to have even less police protection.

Being a business owner in downtown Oakland is a daunting endeavor, given the high crime and occasional mass anarchy.

One business hit was Dogwood, an upscale bar. Its Facebook page noted how anarchists had smashed all their windows on Saturday:

last night a group of black block idiots decided to smash our windows while drinking patrons sat inside. we will be closed today to clean but back open tomorrow, Monday. thanks for all the kind words. Oakland really sucks sometimes but it’s the city I love and wouldn’t change it’s heart, maybe just some of its spectators that like to cause mischief

Congressman Brooks Counts Foreign Workers Replacing Americans in Senate Amnesty Bill

In a recent television interview, Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL) informatively strung together some known numbers about the Senate amnesty atrocity S.744:

REP BROOKS: We’re talking about under the Senate Gang of Eight bill roughly 44 million foreigners who are either already here, given legal status or who will come here over the next decade according to the Department of Homeland Security. We only have 144 million people who are employed in our civilian work force; 44 million coming in or legalized versus 144 million, you’re talking about, even the CBO admits this, rising unemployment over the next decade, a decline in our domestic product per capita, and the situation only going to get worse. We need to focus on Americans, not foreigners.

Now don’t get me wrong; I welcome immigration, but we need to bring in people who are going to add to our society by producing more in taxes than they are going to consume, very important in the context of these trillion-dollar deficits that have been racked up under this administration.

California: Saudi Princess in Slammer for Slavery

In Orange County, a Saudi woman who lists her occupation as “princess” has been arrested for keeping a slave.

Was Meshael Alayban (pictured) unaware of legal prohibitions against human ownership in the United States? When her countryman Homaidan al-Turki ended up in a Colorado prison for similar behavior, it was quite the news item in The Kingdom. The state Attorney General was summoned to Riyadh and made to spell out why America expects super-precious Saudis to obey infidel law.

JihadWatch explains that the immutable Koran permits human bondage and the practice remains a cultural norm in many places. Sadiq al-Mahdi, former prime minister of Sudan, wrote in 1999 to Mary Robinson, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, that “the traditional concept of JIHAD does allow slavery as a by-product.”

As one of six wives married to the grandson of the king of Saudi Arabia, the princess is wired. The embassy is putting $1 million toward her $5 million bail. If a trial is forthcoming, it would surely be an instructive demonstration of the expanse of diversity in America.

Saudi princess arrested in human trafficking case, Associated Press, July 10, 2013

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A Saudi princess was charged Wednesday with human trafficking for allegedly holding a domestic worker against her will and forcing her to work at an Orange County condominium, prosecutors said.

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas identified 42-year-old Meshael Alayban as a Saudi princess who was charged with one count of human trafficking. If convicted, she faces up to 12 years in prison.

Alayban was arrested after a Kenyan woman carrying a suitcase flagged down a bus Tuesday and told a passenger she believed she was a human trafficking victim. The passenger helped her contact police, who searched the Irvine condo where Alayban and her family were staying, authorities said.

The 30-year-old woman told authorities she was hired in Kenya in 2012 and her passport was taken from her on arrival in Saudi Arabia. She was forced to work excessive hours and was paid less than she was promised and not allowed to leave, authorities said.

“This is not a contract dispute,” Rackauckas told the court during a bail hearing Wednesday afternoon, likening the case to slavery. “This is holding someone captive against their will.”

An Orange County judge set bail at $5 million for Alayban and required her to submit to GPS monitoring. He also banned her from leaving the county without prior authorization. Continue reading this article

Support for Muslim Brotherhood Is Expressed in Paris — and Chicago

The excellent blog IslamVersusEurope translates articles from the non-English press about the spread of hostile Islam across the continent. A recent post noted the demonstration — in Paris — supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt’s recently deposed Mohammed Morsi.

Shocking stuff to be happening in the capital of France, is it not? We are fortunate that support for the terrorists-in-suits organization does not occur in America.

Oh, wait! An estimated 500 persons showed up in Chicago on Sunday to cheer for the Muslim Brotherhood, a group which supports the persecution of Egyptian Christians. As a result, the Coptic Christians have backed the Egyptian army’s actions against the Brotherhood government.

Naturally, the hopeful press focused on the democracy aspect, not the unfriendly nature of Morsi’s party.

At Chicago rally, a call for democracy in Egypt, support for Morsi, Chicago Sun Times, July 7, 2013

Thousands of miles away from the turmoil in Cairo, a group of about 500 people gathered Sunday on North Michigan Avenue to rally for democracy in Egypt.

People in the group waved Egyptian and American flags and chanted, “Bilaadi, bilaadi, laki hubbi wa fu’aadi” — “My country, my country, you have my love and my heart” — the first line of Egypt’s national anthem. Men, women and children came together in front of Egypt’s consulate, 500 N. Michigan, and held up signs that read “Support legitimacy, democracy & human rights” and “Morsi is my legitimate president.” Continue reading this article

Pope Visits Lampedusa with Prayerful Welcome for Intruder Africans

As he promised, Pope Francis showed up Monday on a southerly outpost of Europe to express sympathy with illegal alien Africans seeking to take European jobs at a time of high unemployment. (See my blog from last week Pope Will Pray for Invasive Africans, but Has No Apparent Compassion for Italians Who Bear the Brunt.)

Below, the Pope welcomed African workers to job-starved Europe in overwhelmed Lampedusa.

The Pope is behaving like a typical liberal, being generous with things that don’t belong to him. Europe is short millions of jobs for its own people, but Francis thinks Europeans are too selfish in wanting to maintain their culture and economy.

Why doesn’t Pope Francis prove his sincerity by welcoming a few hundred Africans to the country he rules? Vatican City is a nation of its own, with territory of 110 acres, an American ambassador and a flag. The most effective leadership comes from setting a good example, and the new Pope is missing a big opportunity to flaunt his virtue. Most of the Africans are likely Muslims, but that’s a big plus among crazy-leftist Europeans.

Al Jazeera’s report on the Pope’s do-gooder trip was surprisingly decent:

Britain’s leftist Guardian newspaper seemed kindly disposed toward the Pope, perhaps because of his extreme statement favoring the right of the worldwide poor to violate European sovereignty. This pro-illegal immigration view is an article of Catholic doctrine, as expressed by priest Michael Seifert during a 2005 Texas protest: “Any family in economic need has a right to immigrate, that’s our posture, if a family is hungry and the family needs work, then society should provide a way for people to do that.” The attention to Europe’s homegrown poor and their right to a job was lost because of the emotive photo op provided by the papal junket.

Pope Francis condemns global indifference to suffering, The Guardian, July 8, 2013

Pope uses visit to island of Lampedusa to highlight plight of migrants and asylum seekers who die trying to reach Europe

In perhaps the sternest homily of his papacy so far, Pope Francis has inveighed against “the globalisation of indifference”.

Speaking on Monday on the small island of Lampedusa, the point of entry into Europe for tens of thousands of migrants and asylum seekers, Francis said: “We have become used to the suffering of others. It doesn’t affect us. It doesn’t interest us. It’s not our business.”

Wearing vestments of penitential purple, the pope said he had chosen to visit Lampedusa on his first journey out of the Vatican after learning of a recent incident in which migrants had died at sea while attempting to cross from north Africa. The thought of their suffering had come back to him repeatedly like “a thorn in the heart”, he said.

As his plane landed, more than 160 Eritreans were coming ashore in the port – the latest of almost 8,000 arrivals on Italy’s southern coasts so far this year, according to UN figures. Another 40 are known to have died. Continue reading this article

Mexican DREAMers Pursue Fulfillment at Home

To hear illegal alien demanders talk, you would think that a free trip home to the land of their birth (and citizenship) would be the worst punishment imaginable. In fact, Mexico (the source of the vast majority of intruders) is a wealthy nation (#14 in world GDP), quite well appointed with the basic accoutrements of modern life, and getting better all the time. The growing middle class is now estimated to be 39 percent of the population and its best universities are graduating plenty of engineers to build needed infrastructure.

We immigration restrictionists want nothing but success for Mexico and points south, so the raza-obsessed inhabitants can speak Spanish all the live-long day at home and never want to leave for El Norte. It’s like the old Vulcan greeting:

“Stay home and prosper.”

Happy stories about self-deporting Mexicans finding fulfillment in their true cultural homeland are upbeat reminders about the hard-wired tribal nature of human beings.

In the United States, the young people pictured below are unwanted illegal aliens. In Mexico, they are citizens, welcomed to engage in the whole culture.

Why shouldn’t there be a Mexican Dream? CNN asks the question, sort of, when some Mexican kiddies return home.

Searching for the American Dream in Mexico, CNN, July 4, 2013

Mexico City (CNN) — After awaiting reforms that may or may not come, thousands of young undocumented immigrants have abandoned their American Dream voluntarily or because they were deported. They still consider themselves DREAMers, but now they dream in Mexico.

“I returned (to Mexico) because in the U.S. I always wanted to study dentistry. When I graduated from college, I ran into the problem that my great hope, the DREAM Act, still had not been approved,” said Pedro Hernandez, who lived in Los Angeles for eight years.

The DREAM Act — Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors — would remove a roadblock to education and a future in the United States for such youths.

Undocumented immigrant youths have the right to study through high school. After that, they can study at private universities — with high costs and without access to student loans — or in public universities — most of which charge them tuition at an “out-of-state” rate, which can be double what in-state students pay. Only some states have laws allowing undocumented students to attend state universities at in-state rates.

Those who manage to graduate tend to find job offers for unskilled workers, offering low wages. Continue reading this article

Brazilian Soccer Fans Behead and Quarter Referee

In the diverse non-American world, soccer sometimes becomes surprisingly violent among its devotees, and can also express nationalism in negative ways. (In 1969, Honduras and El Salvador fought a war over soccer, although the root cause had more to do with illegal immigration.)

In Brazil last month, rabid soccer fans went positively medieval. Two men were killed, one of whom ended up dismembered with his head on a stick. A referee, 20-year-old Octavio da Silva Catanhede Jordan (pictured) fatally stabbed a player during an argument over a call, after which the fans rushed the field and sliced him up. Apparently the fans didn’t think of performing a citizens’ arrest until police arrived.

Of course there are photos on a Brazilian blog, although mercifully small and blurry.

What can the Olympic Committee be thinking at this point? They chose Brazil for the 2016 Summer Games, in an act of liberal do-goodery to convince the country to shape up, a strategy which was semi-effective with Red China in 2008. The PRC managed to put on a decent show with only minimal arrests of western journalists and the amount of cheatingone might expect under a totalitarian state.

Brazil struggles with a growing lawless underclass and attempts at economic growth amid a culture of corruption which the Olympics tend to exacerbate.

Anyway, the Olympics honchos must now be hoping they can get through the Brazil games without a beheading.

Finally, the number of Brazil-born persons residing in the US as of 2011 is counted at 334,121.

Brazilian soccer referee beheaded by angry fans who put his head on a stake after he stabbed player, Daily Mail, July 6, 2013

A soccer referee in Brazil was gruesomely quartered and beheaded after he fatally stabbed a player on the field during a match.

The match took place June 30 at Pius XII stadium in Maranhao, northeastern Brazil.

According to Correio24horas, 30-year-old player Josenir dos Santos Abreu approached the 20-year-old referee, Octavio da Silva Catanhede Jordan, to argue a call.The two couldn’t come to terms so Catanhede Jordan told the player to leave the field.

Santos Abreu refused and the argument turned heated when the referee allegedly pulled out a pocket knife and stabbed Santos Abreu multiple times.

The player died en route to the hospital. Fans outraged by the stabbing – believed to be the player’s friends and family – stormed the pitch and cornered Catanhede Jordan.

The mob showed no mercy as they quartered and decapitated the referee and then placed his head on a stake. Continue reading this article

Grim Outlook for Jobless Teens

On Friday, PBS Newshour had a pretty dire segment about teenage unemployment, with a mind-bender headline: “Jobless Rate for Poor Black Teen Dropouts? Try 95 Percent.

Part of the piece checked out the Dorchester Youth Collaborative, a jobs program for minority kids who need the basics of behavior training and how to look for work and make a good impression. But the numbers don’t work — there are too many unemployed people of all ages searching for jobs, and inexperienced young folks are the least desirable for employers. What good is it to learn proper work skills if there are no jobs in which to use them?

Nobody mentioned that if the Senate has its way with immigration, there will be even fewer jobs for American teenagers. The recently passed bill allows 30 million people to legal status in the next decade. The CBO says the bill would reduce average wages in America for 12 years, increase unemployment for 7 years and reduce per capita GNP growth over 25 years. That’s not much of a future for our young people, thanks to the ruling elites.

PBS economist Paul Solman interviewed Andrew Sum, a university labor researcher who has followed youth unemployment for years.

Jobless Rate for Poor Black Teen Dropouts? Try 95 Percent, PBS Newshour, July 5, 2013

Paul Solman: Northeastern University economist Andrew Sum is featured in our youth joblessness story on the NewsHour Friday. His full picture of the crisis is essential reading, however, and so we share more of my interview with him here. For example, if you are a poor African-American high school teenage dropout, your likelihood of having a job is — 5 percent.

Paul Solman: You have used the term “age twist” to describe today’s job market? What do you mean?

Andrew Sum: What has happened is not a flat trend where every age group is moving up and down together as jobs grow and shrink. The younger you are, the more likely it is that you’ve been thrown out of the labor market. So for 16, 17, 18-year-olds, their employment rates have dropped to about half what they were a decade ago. Meanwhile, people 57 and over are more likely to be working today than they were in 2000. But the younger you are, the more likely it is you’ve been thrown out of the market.

Paul Solman: How does that compare to the historical relationship between age and joblessness?

Andrew Sum: Up until 1995, older workers were retiring more from the labor market so their employment rate was actually declining — from the 1960s — and then, starting in the 1990s, it began to change. The baby boomers were getting older. They had different work behavior and were more likely to stay in the labor market than their predecessors.

Paul Solman: That’s people like us?

Andrew Sum: That’s absolutely right. But among the young, we began to observe the problem after 2001. When the boom ended in 2000, the labor market, like it always does, generated lots of job losses for young people. What was different this time was that when the economy recovered, it generated no net new jobs for teenagers. Then along comes the 2007-2009 Great Recession, and the labor market for young people is destroyed.

The sad thing is that since the nation began to add jobs in 2009, we’ve created about 5.2 million additional jobs for America’s workers. Teenagers in the aggregate received none of them. Not one.

Paul Solman: So, there are no more jobs for teenagers today than there were when the recovery started in 2009?

Andrew Sum: That’s right. Not one. Continue reading this article

Demography Never Sleeps in California, Where Hispanics Are Now As Numerous As Whites

California remains the prime poster state for what happens after decades of open borders, with today’s example being the announcement that hispanics now number as many as whites. Of course, it doesn’t stop there. They keep coming, and millions more are invited by Obama’s amnesty.

Plus, the political transformation has been cataclysmic. Once a red state, California now is completely Democrat run, with a super-majority of Dems in the legislature and no Republicans in other offices.

The Sacramento Bee report below is rather optimistic that a majority-hispanic California won’t be a third-world slum similar to Mexico’s poor regions. Hispanics remain culturally averse to scholarly pursuits, despite sensitive liberal efforts to convince them to complete high school, much less graduate from college with a useful skill.

Latinos poised to catch up with whites in state’s population, Sacramento Bee, July 1, 2013

Perhaps today or certainly sometime very soon, another baby will be born or a new immigrant will arrive and the number of Latinos in California will equal the state’s non-Hispanic white population, according to official state population projections.

The change, to be marked today by a noon event at the state Capitol, has long been predicted by state demographers. It won’t instantly make Latinos an equally powerful political force in California, or bring their incomes into parity with non-Hispanic whites, or close the school achievement gap.

But it is an important milestone – and a reminder that these other goals will become easier to achieve as the number of Latinos continues to grow, several leaders and activists said.

“We are clinging to our culture, our heritage and our language as we assimilate into the American society,” said Orlando Fuentes, president of the Latino Democratic Club, an organizer of today’s event. “We are here because we want the same dream. We want to have part of the pie.”

The term Latino is an ethnic rather than racial designation, according to the Census Bureau. Most Latinos are white, but the bureau draws a distinction between Latinos and non-Hispanic whites.

Fifteen years ago, non-Hispanic whites outnumbered Latinos in California by roughly 5 million, census figures show.

But the Latino population has grown quickly through immigration and comparatively high birth rates. At the same time, the number of whites has fallen as birth rates in that population dropped and more of them left the state than came here.

“We’re adding a substantial number of Latinos through immigration,” said Hans Johnson, senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California. “Many of them are young adults ready to start families.”

Today, California has approximately 15 million Latinos and 15 million non-Hispanic whites. Continue reading this article

Pope Will Pray for Invasive Africans, but Has No Apparent Compassion for Italians Who Bear the Brunt

There’s a new Pope in the Vatican, and he is still making a first impression. So far, we have seen TLC, hugs and a simpler lifestyle. He recently announced his first foreign foray, and he chose Lampedusa as the place to display his special papal compassion regarding the deaths of several Africans on their way to the island, then on to Europe presumably. The choice may not have been the wisest, given recent history.

Below, Africans created a tent city of trash on Lampedusa in 2011.

Lampedusa is a small island which is the southernmost point of Italy, located only 70 miles from Tunisia. As a result, many thousands of young Muslim men have tried to reach it as a gateway to the welfare offices of Europe. Apparently numerous able young fellows have not been interested in fighting for the glorious Arab Spring. (Photos of the Africans in Lampedusa show 20-something men almost entirely.)

Tens of thousands of demanding “refugees” have deposited themselves on the island over the last two years and have rioted when told they would be repatriated. The mayor of the town picked up a baseball bat to defend himself from the refugees rioting in the streets.

One measure of the spreading refugee chaos is the necessity of nearby Malta (104 miles away) to institute a public health program at its refugee center to improve screening (€700,000 EU-funded health project to prevent spread of infectious diseases).

But the Pope has decided to side with Africans, likely Muslims, who drowned attempting to enter Europe illegally. Will his support for “refugees” inspire more to come? Italy currently has an all-time-high 12 percent unemployment, and 40 percent jobless among the young. Italy recently paid hundreds of African refugees 500 Euros each to go to Germany. Last year, an Italian politician suggested immigrant-free public transportation to protect locals from hostile Muslims.

Will Italians see the Pope’s compassion as stirring up more trouble for them? Perhaps Francis should consider Adam Smith’s observation: “Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent.”

Pope chooses migrant-flooded Lampedusa in first trip out of Rome, Reuters, July 1, 2013

Pope Francis has chosen the southern Italian island of Lampedusa for his first trip outside Rome, to show solidarity with tens of thousands of refugees who each year brave a perilous journey there in flimsy boats, the Vatican said on Monday.

The small island, Italy’s southernmost point, is the conduit for mostly African immigrants fleeing conflict or economic hardship in order to enter the European Union.

The Vatican said Francis was “profoundly touched” by the flood of immigration, and will throw a wreath of flowers into the sea in memory of the many who have drowned in waters off the island during the visit on July 8.

The pontiff will also meet groups of immigrants who have made the crossing and will celebrate a mass in a sports center on the island.

A holding center on the island built to hold 380 has long been overwhelmed, and the island’s predicament has become a symbol in Europe and Italy for those who see immigration as out of control.

Lampedusa’s regular population of about 6,000 has often been outnumbered by migrants sleeping in improvised tent encampments dotted around the island, which in normal times lives from fishing and tourism.

Over 50,000 people arrived there in a surge caused by unrest in North Africa in 2011, and recent good weather has caused another increase in the hundreds arriving each week as it allows a less risky crossing.

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