Central American Media: Take Your Kid to US, 'You Won't Be Turned Away'

In the dirtbag countries south of Mexico, broadcasters are telling people that NOW is the time for a run on the border and that a kid is the guaranteed ticket in.

The following story has a video within that starts out well enough explaining the media influence on the border surge but quickly devolves into a formulaic sob story about a cutesy six-year-old and her previously deported mom sniffling about wanting a future for her daughter.

Illegal Immigrant: Reports in Central America Encourage Trek North, KRGV TV Rio Grande Valley, June 3, 2014

McALLEN – Central Americans say news reports in their countries are encouraging them to make the journey north to the United States.

A mother and child told CHANNEL 5 NEWS that the message being disseminated in their country is, “go to America with your child, you won’t be turned away.”

The woman, Nora Griselda Bercian Diaz, from Guatemala, said she endured threats from the Zetas and extortion from corrupt Mexican police. She eventually crossed the Rio Grande with her 6-year-old Delmi Griselda Paul Bercian by her side.

The woman said she wants a U.S. education for her daughter.

“I want to study,” said the girl who hopes to one day become a doctor.

A CHANNEL 5 NEWS crew met the mother and daughter three hours after they crossed the border illegally. They were lost and searching for Border Patrol agents.

“I was planning to go to McAllen then call a friend for her to send me money on the bus,” Bercian Diaz said.

Bercian Diaz said she has no family in the United States. Her hope of staying here relies on her little girl. She said the message in her country is that America’s borders are open to all families.

News reports in Guatemala say mothers and small children are getting bus tickets, Bercian Diaz said. Continue reading this article

Phoenix Greyhound Station: Illegal Aliens Keep Coming

Illegal aliens continue to be driven from Texas to Phoenix and Tucson because DHS in Texas is overwhelmed by the amnesty-inspired run on the border. When the invaders arrive at the bus station, they are sent along their way with tickets to their destination.

Since temporary housing seems to be a problem, can’t Sheriff Arpaio set up a few more tents? When the 2013 sequester drama played out in illegals being released from prison, he offered free jail space to house the foreign pests.

Some people say they are shocked at the border chaos (“urgent humanitarian crisis” according to MSM), but it’s only Obama using his executive power to welcome future Democrats.

Retired INS Senior Special Agent Mike Cutler suggests that the thousands of unaccompanied illegal alien kiddies be reunited with their US-residing families and then ship the whole bunch home — family reunification done correctly!

The estimated tab for American taxpayers to provide welfare for illegal alien children from Latin America keeps rising and is now up to $2.3 billion next year.

Meanwhile, illegal aliens are being sent a thousand miles from south Texas to Phoenix — a little payback from the administration to the state that wanted to enforce immigration laws?

Incidentally, opening the border to the world is likely to prove an irresistable magnet to jihadists and other enemies.

Naturally, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer fired off a sternly worded letter of complaint to the White House, but the squirrelly media loves to focus on the adorable kiddies and their parent-caused travails.

FOX 10 News | myfoxphoenix.com

DHS continues to drop immigrants off at Phoenix bus station, Fox 10 News, June 3, 2014

PHOENIX (KSAZ) – One day after Arizona Governor Jan Brewer fired off a letter to President Obama, concerned about dozens of undocumented immigrants being dropped off at a Phoenix bus station, another bus load of immigrants arrived.

Early Tuesday morning FOX 10 saw a bus load of people dropped off by a bus with Department of Homeland Security markings.

The Greyhound spokesperson said that Arizona is the only state they’re aware of that is getting bus loads of people.

The Greyhound bus station near 24th St & Buckeye has turned into a refuge for bus loads of immigrants being dropped off by DHS.

FOX 10 was told immigration officials are moving hundreds of undocumented workers caught in Texas who are from Central America to Arizona. DHS says they don’t have the manpower to process them all.

Volunteers dropped off Powerade, diapers, and toys for the kids.

“I’m a mother with small children, I can’t imagine how exhausted, tired, and scared the women are. So I just wanted to be able to help them in any way possible,” said Ella Herrington.

A spokesperson for Greyhound said that up until a couple of days ago they were not given any notice that large groups of people were being dropped off. They say this had never happened before.

“We do not have an agreement of any kind with ICE or the U.S. Border Patrol. We recently established protocol with them which they now will inform us going forward several hours in advance before dropping off large groups of people to ensure we have the resources to accommodate them once they arrive,” said Lanesha Gipson. Continue reading this article

Time Magazine: Catholic Op-Ed Leans on Speaker Boehner for Amnesty

When I was a child, I recall political discussions in my family about whether the Catholic candidate John Kennedy would follow the orders of the Vatican if elected President. My parents were great supporters of President Eisenhower, a Presbyterian, and were suspicious of a possible Pope influence in the White House.

These days, the influence of Catholic elites to subvert the American interest is not mentioned in polite company — although it clearly occurs with clerical demands for an amnesty for millions of foreign lawbreakers, many of whom are Catholic. The powerful Conference of Bishops has spent millions of dollars to lobby for amnesty against Americans.

The bishops are arrogant enough to suggest that their demand for open borders for the world’s poor (turning this country into a welfare flophouse) is actually an expression of their superior liberal morality. The idea that the sexually corrupt Catholic church is a paragon of virtue is quite a stretch, so the cassocks hope for short memories of pedophile priests. Even with the astounding ethical failures, the bishops don’t hesitate to play the Catholic card on politicians of the faith, pretending that amnesty is a moral matter rather than a demographic strategy to keep pews filled.

A recent blatant example of the Catholic amnesty shakedown was a piece in Time saying Speaker Boehner “must decide between the social teaching of his faith and the political agenda of a fringe element of his party.”

Right, the Vaticrats regard the majority of citizens who want immigration to be a legal procedure to be “fringe.” In addition, the Tea Party is seen as part of that fringe and stands against the Gospel — that’s the imperious attitude of the know-it-all Catholic church.

The intimidation is strongly worded and sounds like a command from a superior: “If Speaker Boehner continues to balk on this crucial issue, he’ll face the uncomfortable reality of being in a public dispute with his Church.”

So does the Catholic church have undue influence against the sovereignty of America? It’s not for lack of trying.

Boehner’s Got a Catholic Problem on Immigration Reform, Time magazine, June 3, 2014

Catholic leaders are calling on House Speaker John Boehner to act swiftly on immigration reform

Three years ago Speaker of the House John Boehner received an honorary degree from the Catholic University of America, a prestigious religious institution that was founded and is still largely governed by the bishops of the United States. But the times have clearly changed.

Last week, the same bishops paid a visit to Capitol Hill to put more pressure on Speaker Boehner to pass comprehensive immigration reform this summer. This comes on the heels of a trip earlier this spring by the same bishops to the border town of Nogales, Arizona.

There Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley said that the bishops came on behalf of the Church in the United States “to be a neighbor and to find a neighbor in each of the suffering people who risk their lives and at times lose their lives in the desert.” Following his homily, Cardinal O’Malley and his brother bishops made a poignant gesture by reaching across the border fence to distribute communion to Mexicans on the other side.

Last week’s Mass and Capitol Hill visits were led by Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski. In his homily, Wenski had pointed words for lawmakers: “[o]ur immigration system is a stain on the soul of our nation. As a moral matter, it must be changed. We must pray that our elected officials recognize this and have the courage to reform it.”

Courage is exactly what the Speaker of the House needs right now. Nearly a year ago, the United States Senate passed a sweeping immigration reform bill. Boehner has said he won’t bring the bill to the House floor unless a majority of his Republican colleagues support it. But with nearly all Democrats supporting the bill, it’s clear that it would pass if it were brought to the floor for a vote. It’s widely known that Boehner personally supports immigration reform. In fact, earlier this year, he even went as far as to mock his fellow House Republicans who were afraid to take up the issues.

Make no mistake: Boehner’s opposition to the bill is purely political. He’s afraid that bringing up immigration reform will hurt his party in the fall elections and even hamper his own chances to be re-elected Speaker of the House. But recent polling suggests the former is unlikely.

If Speaker Boehner continues to balk on this crucial issue, he’ll face the uncomfortable reality of being in a public dispute with his Church. Educated by Jesuit and Marianist priests in Cincinnati, this is no small deal to the fifth Catholic elected United States Speaker of the House.

A national coalition of Catholic leaders calling on Speaker Boehner to act put it well: “[the current situation] is immoral and shameful. The eyes of our God — who hungers for justice and commands us to welcome the stranger and bind the wounds of those left by the side of the road — are on us. …As Catholics who share your commitment to the sanctity of life in the womb, we must not be complicit in the suffering of migrants dying in the shadows.

Speaker Boehner now must decide between the social teaching of his faith and the political agenda of a fringe element of his party. He doesn’t face this decision alone, however. If he stands up against the Tea Party and for the Gospel on this critical issue, he’ll find a Church who is willing to walk with him the entire way. That’s a team worth being on: after all, it is faith—not politics—that saves us in the end.

Christopher Hale is a senior fellow at Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good. He helped lead national Catholic outreach for President Obama’s re-election campaign. You can follow him on Twitter @chrisjollyhale.

Immigrant Students' Soccer Field Grab Stomps Baseball Field of Dreams

Tuesday’s front page of the Los Angeles Times had one of its cloying diversity fables about immigrant and refugee kiddies making their way in confusing America, titled “Their goal: A level field.”

The story concerns how the diverse students at Oakland International High School have taken possession of a baseball diamond and turned it into a soccer field. The narrative is complicated somewhat by the fact that a parent group had raised $400,000 to turn the formerly empty lot into a proper baseball diamond and they didn’t want the outfield messed up by soccer cleats. In 2007 the school district allowed the local group “Field of Dreams” to create and run the field.

But the immigrant kids wanted it because soccer defines “what we are,” different from the annoying Americans. They organized with social media, petitions and other lefty-style complaint strategies. Apparently they didn’t learn in school that agreements with a government entity and raising $400,000 to do improvements on a property are supposed to confer a degree of control.

An earlier article about the conflict was more detailed:

Tensions rise in baseball vs. soccer feud at Oakland high schools, Oakland Tribune, March 11, 2014

[. . .] The baseball field on their school grounds was built in 2008 by civic-minded parents who saw an abandoned field at a closed school that was perfect for a baseball field for Oakland Tech. They got approval to do it with their own money, $400,000 of it, and made it happen. They created a nonprofit called Field of Dreams and now raise $10,000 to $15,000 a year to maintain the field.

But at the same time the field opened, the school district decided to reopen the school site for newly arrived immigrants and refugees.

Since Oakland International opened, the soccer team at the school has been able to use the baseball field when the baseball team was not using it. But growing tensions this year over damage to the grass relegated them to an asphalt parking lot at the school.

“Because the Oakland International students look out the window and see that field every day, they feel it’s theirs, which is not the case,” said Oakland Tech varsity baseball coach Bryan Bassette. “It seems very opportunistic on their end to wait for it to be built and then stake a claim to it.”

Bassette said the soccer program at Oakland International High caused about $20,000 worth of damage this fall. They had nothing to offer to pay for the damage and did not offer to help during volunteer work days. [. . .]

The district allowed that the immigrants could use the field if they didn’t wear shoes with cleats. If you look closely at the front page photo, you can see cleats on one girl’s shoes.

Diversity means agreements don’t have to be followed by non-Americans, and citizens are supposed to shut up and take it.

Following is the article called “Their goal: A level field” in the newsprint version:

Soccer Field Skirmish a Lesson in Democracy for Immigrant Students, Los Angeles Times, June 3, 2014

At a recent soccer practice at Oakland International High School, the boys welcomed Paulos Gurmu, a newcomer from Ethiopia. After hours of running on asphalt under a blazing sun, they sat in a circle to dole out “positivity points.”

A Burmese teen who’d immigrated from a Thai refugee camp gave a point to Paulos, for “playing a lot on his first day, passing a lot.”

At a girls’ game the next day, Fernanda Barrera, a 10th-grader from Guatemala, screamed her coaching advice to fellow players from the sidelines. “Relax, blue, and pass the ball,” she yelled in stilted English, referring to her team by its shirt color.

English is a new language at this public school for recently arrived immigrants from nearly three dozen countries. A third are refugees, many of whom have witnessed atrocities in their home countries. A fourth had received little or no formal education before landing here.

It’s a Tower of Babel where unity comes in part through Soccer Without Borders, a program that got its start at this 7-year-old campus and has since spread globally. Founder Ben Gucciardi crafted it precisely to help youths bond across cultural chasms and blossom as leaders in and out of the classroom.

Through soccer, Barrera said, we “make communication with people who are different from us.”
Now the soccer program is uniting students in unexpected ways.

Tired of practicing on broken asphalt or, when lucky, on grass at a nearby school or city park, players have joined forces with the student leadership club to press for a field of their own.

The issue is sticky for the Oakland Unified School District, which made an admitted blunder years ago when it allowed a parent group to take the field next to the fledgling school and transform it into a baseball diamond — for students from a high school a quarter-mile away.

The campaign is teaching democracy in action — with all the blemishes of clashing views and compromise — to many youths accustomed to authoritarian regimes

Bolor Erdenebat, a 17-year-old junior who arrived from Mongolia in early 2013, said that back home, she didn’t know the meaning of “human rights.”

As a member of the leadership club, she launched an online petition that has gathered more than 2,400 signatures.

Her goal? “I want to give the immigrant students the same rights as U.S. citizens.” Continue reading this article

Oakland Hammer Attack on Schoolgirl Was 100% Yemeni

Not all news reports of the assault on a nine-year-old girl mention that the hammer wielder and the victim are both recent immigrants from Yemen. The reason for the shocking violence that put the little girl in a hospital is chalked up to a “family feud” — was that enmity a tribal conflict imported from Yemen as well?

FYI, Yemen is 99 percent Muslim, with the majority being Sunnis and around a third Shia.

The attack illustrates the immigrant diversity that we are urged to celebrate is really just a failed experiment in liberal social engineering. Muslim immigration is a particularly bad idea.

Mother Arrested for Attacking 9-Year-Old Girl at School with Hammer, KGO-TV, May 30, 2013

OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) — A third-grader was beaten with a hammer inside a local school restroom. The woman police say is responsible is another child’s mother and an old grudge may have been what fueled the attack.

The young girl was brought to the ER at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland but we’re told her injuries are not serious.

The school district says the girl may have had an argument with the woman’s daughter, but the motive behind the attack goes much deeper than that.

Parents at Lafayette Elementary School are finding out the mother of a second grade student attacked a little girl with a hammer, around 10:30 a.m. Friday.

“That is very scary. I mean if I was here and I see a lady with a hammer I would take my daughter out right way. So that’s scary to hear,” said parent Antoinette Badio.

However, Oakland Unified School District officials say the woman concealed the hammer until she lured the third grader into the restroom and struck her body several times. The girl was taken to Children’s Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Oakland school district spokesperson Troy Flynt said, “The child was conscious during this process and in remarkably good spirits considering the incredible trauma she’d been through.”

The school district identified the woman as Haseemah Diame, a well-known volunteer at the school. Both Diame and her victim are new immigrants from Yemen.

“It seems there was some sort of family feud and this act was perpetrated as one of vengeance to get back against this other family with which this other woman had a conflict,” Flynt said.

Diame is now in the Alameda County jail facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon.

Transferred Illegal Aliens Are Unhappy with Quality of Lodging

Concerned citizens learned a few days ago that the Texas border was so overwhelmed with lawbreaking foreigners in search of Obama’s promised amnesty that authorities hauled 400 to Arizona and released them there.

Now we hear that the illegal aliens who got free bus service around America courtesy of the Border Patrol were displeased with the accommodations. Obviously Obama needs to decree more comfort and de luxe services for the invaders.

According to illegal aliens, America exists to serve them with jobs and free stuff. The citizens who live here are just furniture.

Buses dropping off scores of immigrants in Arizona, ABC News Phoenix, May 30, 2014

PHOENIX – After finding out bus loads of undocumented immigrants were being dropped off in Phoenix, many wonder what’s happening to them when they step off the bus.

A local organization is helping them by letting them use cell phones to call family in other states so they can get bus tickets out of Phoenix.

Many of those bused to Phoenix are families with children. Immigration and Custom Enforcement officials say most are from Central America and were detained in Texas.

Xiomara Maldonado told ABC15 that when she dreamed of coming to the United States, she never imagined how it would turn out.

“They saw us like animals,” she said about the holding facility in Texas.

She and her son are from Honduras. They entered the U.S. illegally and were caught in McAllen, Texas.

She said conditions were horrendous.

“Everyone was packed in like sardines. Too close to sleep. They came in the middle of the night to drop off bread and bang on the doors,” she said. Continue reading this article

More Automation Is on the Way in Service Jobs and Manufacturing

The Saturday morning business chatterboxes on Fox had an interesting discussion about how demands for a higher minimum wage will only drive employers to more use of automation. (A robot burger-flipper already exists that can produce 360 per hour, so businesses like McDonalds can reduce human employees whenever it wants.)

Naturally, nobody mentioned that increased use of smart machines means America doesn’t need to import millions of immigrant workers to replace retiring boomers.

The WSJ discussed the industrial trend toward more machines and fewer human workers.

New Manufacturing Trend: More U.S.-Based, More Robots, Less Jobs, Wall Street Journal, May 21, 2014

A shortage of low-cost labor in Asia is leading manufacturers to speed up the adoption of technology to automate their factories and to consider moving some operations back to the U.S. These U.S.-based digitally-equipped factories could increase productivity by using Big Data, software, sensors, controllers and robotics.

There are many advantages to this approach, said experts on a panel, Tuesday evening, at an event hosted by General Electric Co. in San Francisco. Goods will no longer need to be shipped around the world, lessening the impact to the environment. Fewer workers will be mistreated in far-flung factories and new U.S. businesses will emerge, they said. Still, some panelists acknowledged that as this automation spreads it could mean rising unemployment globally.

Today, there are fewer young workers available to work in factories in China. Not only has the population of young people declined but they’re increasingly going to college rather than working on assembly lines, according to Bloomberg Businessweek’s Christina Larson. From 2008 to 2010, the number of 18-year-olds in China dropped by one-fifth, she notes.

“We’re seeing a 30% drop in 19-year-olds in China for the next 10 years,” said Rodney Brooks, founder of Rethink Robotics, which makes humanoid robots that can work in factories alongside humans. Mr. Brooks also co-founded iRobot Corp., maker of the Roomba vacuum cleaning robot. Some of the factory jobs have moved to other countries in Asia such as Vietnam and Thailand but companies are running out of places with low-cost labor, he said.

“It seems to me the only thing we can do is to use technology to increase productivity of people in the U.S. and Europe,” said Mr. Brooks.

There’s still a great deal of factory work that can be automated. “Roughly 10% of the world’s workforce is employed sewing garments,” said Saul Griffith, co-founder and CEO of Otherlab, a research and development company working on computational manufacturing and design tools. The creation of airline blankets is one of the few sewing tasks that have been completely automated because the blankets are square, he said.

Even so, Mr. Griffith acknowledges the impact that automation has on jobs and workers. “We’re already seeing the widening gap between the rich and poor which is a result of having the capital to invest in automation,” he said.

Technology is hurting some groups disproportionately more than others, according to Erik Brynjolfsson, director of the MIT Center for Digital Business at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Those most at risk are unskilled and middle skilled workers. That applies not just to factory workers, but many so-called knowledge workers as well. “Routine information processing is in the bullseye of automation,” he said during an interview. “I think that’s only going to accelerate.”

He says society needs to encourage more education in areas where humans are still better than machines — such as leadership, motivating other people, and nurturing. People with these skills are “less likely to see their tasks automated,” he said.

Sacramento Requires Diverse Taxi Drivers to Speak English -- Protests Follow

Just when you think Loonidiversofornia has gone completely off the rails, it surprises you with an act of sanity. Who knew it was possible?

Due to complaints from citizens who take taxis in Sacramento, the city council unanimously passed an ordinance with requirements spelled out for cab drivers, particularly an ability to speak English. The city manager said the council has gotten one or two complaints a month from people who ended up at the wrong destinations because of failures of drivers to understand English.

A regulation that diverse drivers be expected to bathe at least occasionally was replaced with a stipulation that they dress professionally. In addition, drivers must drive cars under eight years old and accept credit cards, plus be able to count change and navigate the city.

An earlier report noted a cabbie didn’t know how to take a city official five blocks from City Hall to the Capitol.

Interestingly, the foreign cabbies all seem to know the English word “discrimination.” A group of them marched against City Hall to protest the requirements.

Their immigrant understanding of America is all rights and no responsibility.

New Regulations Bring English-Only Requirement To Sacramento Taxicabs, CBS Sacramento, May 28, 2014

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — New regulations passed by the Sacramento City Council will require taxi drivers in Sacramento to speak English.

Raheem doesn’t speak much English, but he says he’s good at his job driving a cab in Sacramento for years. He fears he may soon be out of a job.

The City Council passed new rules requiring drivers have proof of basic English skills, as well as making sure cars are eight years old or newer and that drivers wear professional clothing. The last requirement is a change from the proposed ordinance that required them to be hygienically clean.

Kazman Zaidi is the president of the Sacramento Taxicab Union, which denounced the new regulations.

“Maybe they can’t read English, but they can understand, and they can answer the question and where the customer need to go,” he said.

He estimates more than 100 of the 500 or so drivers in the area may not be able to pass the test, but says they are still good drivers.

“If they don’t pass this English test, they have to lose their job, you know?” he said. “And they will be out of business.”

Not all of the taxicab associations objected to the regulations.

Sacramento City Revenue Manager Brad Wasson says the new requirements are in a response to complaints from customers. Continue reading this article

Pricetag for Unaccompanied Kid Aliens Next Year: $2 Billion

As a result of Obama and Democrat pals chattering about an inevitable amnesty for all illegal aliens, there has been a huge rush on the border, including thousands of kids traveling by themselves which is a new symptom. Some of the kids hope to reach illegal alien parents residing in the US, while others are on their own. As a result, the cost of caring for so many is approaching billions of dollars, since illegal aliens get the best treatment that American taxpayers can be forced to cough up.

According to filmmaker Dennis Michael Lynch, the number of invading crossers are pushing authorities to the point of collapse, where the Border Patrol cannot even process the swarming illegals. AP reported that arrests in the Rio Grande Valley now average 1100 per day. Last week, authorities moved 400 illegal aliens from Texas to Arizona bus stops because detention facilities were full. (Why doesn’t the government have cheap and portable Sheriff-Joe-style tents to house illegals?)

But the kiddies are protected by American law and cannot be put into direct deportation proceedings. How stupid is that? No wonder they flock here for the free stuff.

Below, a hotel-like detention center for illegal aliens in Karnes County Texas.

Naturally, the mainstream press piles on the sob stories thick. Why aren’t the home countries responsible for the well being and safety of their own children? Why is the US taxpayer the source of welfare for the planet?

If the Border Patrol cannot handle the daily invasion, then it’s time for troops on America’s perimeter to protect sovereignty and national security.

Waves of immigrant minors present crisis for Obama, Congress, Reuters, May 28, 2014

(Reuters) – Tens of thousands of children unaccompanied by parents or relatives are flooding across the southern U.S. border illegally, forcing the Obama administration and Congress to grapple with both a humanitarian crisis and a budget dilemma.

An estimated 60,000 such children will pour into the United States this year, according to the administration, up from about 6,000 in 2011. Now, Washington is trying to figure out how to pay for their food, housing and transportation once they are taken into custody.

The flow is expected to grow. The number of unaccompanied, undocumented immigrants who are under 18 will likely double in 2015 to nearly 130,000 and cost U.S. taxpayers $2 billion, up from $868 million this year, according to administration estimates.

The shortage of housing for these children, some as young as 3, has already become so acute that an emergency shelter at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, has been opened and can accommodate 1,000 of them, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said in an interview with Reuters.

The issue is an added source of tension between Democrats and Republicans, who disagree on how to rewrite immigration laws. With comprehensive legislation stalled, PresidentBarack Obama is looking at small, administrative steps he could take, which might be announced this summer. No details have been outlined but immigration groups are pressing him to take steps to keep families with children together.

The minors flooding over the border are often teenagers leaving behind poverty or violence in Mexico and other parts of Central America such as Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. They are sometimes seeking to reunite with a parent who is already in the United States, also without documentation. Continue reading this article

Immigration Enforcement Flip-flopper Goodlatte Leans toward Sovereignty in Hearing

Don’t you love the six months preceding an election? Members of Congress behave like well mannered little lambs who want only to do the bidding of their voting constituents, even on issues like immigration where elites stand in opposition to the desire of the people that our borders and workplaces be protected from foreign lawbreakers.

Take Bob Goodlatte, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. In March, he was schmoozing for dollars among the billionaires of Silicon Valley who want open borders for cheapo tech workers. Last year he spoke in favor of “legalization” (aka amnesty) for illegal aliens on Telemundo Spanish language TV.

Nevertheless, at Thursday’s hearing, Oversight of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Goodlatte spoke like a true friend of immigration enforcement.

Ain’t Washington wonderful?!

Here is the Chairman’s opening statement prior to questioning newish DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson:

The written version was included on the hearing web page:

Hearing: Oversight of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, May 29

Chairman Goodlatte: Good morning to everyone and I want to extend our welcome to Secretary Johnson for testifying before us today for the first time.

The Obama Administration has taken unprecedented, and most likely unconstitutional, steps in order to shut down the enforcement of our immigration laws for millions of unlawful and criminal aliens not considered high enough “priorities.”

DHS does this under the guise of “prosecutorial discretion.”  The beneficiaries include many thousands of aliens who have been arrested by state and local law enforcement or convicted criminals who have been put in removal proceedings and who DHS simply has let back onto our streets.

In addition to simply not pursuing removable aliens, DHS has been granting hundreds of thousands of them administrative legalization and work authorization.  DHS does this under many guises, invoking doctrines with esoteric names such as “deferred action” and “parole-in-place.

The net effect of these policies has been described by former ICE Acting Director John Sandweg — “If you are a run-of-the mill immigrant here illegally, your odds of getting deported are close to zero . . . .”

Over the past few years, ICE had been claiming to have removed record numbers of unlawful or criminal aliens from the United States.  Of course, to the extent these numbers are valid, they would have simply reflected the vast increase in enforcement resources provided by Congress in recent years.  ICE’s budget had increased from approximately $3 billion in 2005 to $5.8 billion in 2013.

However, ICE’s removal numbers simply rely on smoke and mirrors.  In fact, almost two-thirds of the removals claimed by ICE in 2013 involved aliens apprehended by the Border Patrol along the border or intercepted by inspectors at ports-of-entry.  When we look at the number of true ICE removals of aliens residing in the U.S., we see that they have fallen 43% from 2008 to 2013.  Even President Obama has admitted that ICE’s “record” removals are “deceptive.”

Removals are down so dramatically because the Obama Administration is twisting the concept of “prosecutorial discretion” beyond all constitutional recognition – all in an unprecedented effort to create immigration enforcement-free zones.

Most disturbingly, despite the Administration’s pledge to prioritize the removal of serious criminal aliens, DHS is releasing thousands of such aliens onto our streets.  The Judiciary Committee discovered through subpoena that between October 2008 and July 2011, DHS declined to seek removal for almost 160,000 aliens who had been arrested by state and local law enforcement officers.  After these aliens were then released into our communities, about 17% were rearrested on criminal charges within only three years’ time.  The crimes charged included nearly 8,500 DUI’s, over 6,000 drug violations, and more than 4,000 major criminal offenses including murder, assault, battery, rape, and kidnapping.  In one of the most horrific cases, an unlawful alien DHS decided not to pursue after being arrested for attempted grand theft was later arrested on suspicion of killing a man chasing those who had robbed his 68-year-old grandfather. Continue reading this article

Obama Pushes Gitmo Shutdown in West Point Speech but Polling Shows Americans Want Jihadists Kept There

During the President’s poorly received speech at the West Point graduation on Wednesday, he brought up a favorite issue of the far left, namely the closing of the Gitmo prison holding jihadist combatants.

White House Speech Transcript

I believe in American exceptionalism with every fiber of my being.  But what makes us exceptional is not our ability to flout international norms and the rule of law; it is our willingness to affirm them through our actions.  (Applause.)  And that’s why I will continue to push to close Gitmo — because American values and legal traditions do not permit the indefinite detention of people beyond our borders.

If Gitmo were shut, then the remaining prisoners would be transferred to a prison on US territory which would put their incarceration under Constitutional protections designed for American citizens. ACLU lawyers would then work to have them released because the prisoners have been held indefinitely without trial, and if their home countries don’t accept them back then the jailbirds would have to be released into the United States under the Supreme Court ruling Zadvydas v. Davis.

In a February case, a Somali pirate was found not guilty in an American civil court and then applied for asylum. This situation could be replicated for all the Gitmo prisoners if Obama gets his way: from murdering jihadists to asylees in America collecting welfare.

Think it can’t happen? This is the same administration that recently released thousands of dangerous criminal aliens into American communities.

Meanwhile, a Rasmussen poll from this week shows that the American people want Gitmo left as is.

47% Say U.S. Safer Today Because of Guantanamo Prison, Rasmussen Reports, May 27, 2014

Most voters still oppose closing the Guantanamo terrorist prison camp and moving some of those inmates to a U.S. facility. Nearly half think the United States is safer because suspected terrorists have been imprisoned there.

Democrats in Congress are again pushing legislation to close the Guantanamo facility, but a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 27% of Likely U.S. Voters think the prison for suspected terrorists at the Guantanamo Naval Base in Cuba should be closed. That’s up slightly from 23% in April of last year but still down dramatically from the 44% who favored closure in January 2009 when President Obama first announced his plan to do so.

Fifty-four percent (54%) disagree and say the Guantanamo prison should not be closed, consistent with most surveys for several years. Eighteen percent (18%) are undecided.

A Thousand Africans Storm Spain’s Melilla Border, Half Get In

It doesn’t seem like Spain is trying very hard to keep the swarming Africans from climbing over its dinky Melilla fences and thereby gain entrance to Europe. Electrification or a moat would make breaking through harder — something should be done because the fence is not impressive at all.

Israel apparently builds serious border barriers — why doesn’t Spain copy what they do?

A thousand Africans tried on Wednesday and around half got through, and all of them will now be contacting everyone they know to tell them how easy it was to snooker the feeble Europeans and get in. Weakness invites more assaults.

1,000 migrants storm Spain’s African border, The Local, Spain, May 28, 2014

Around 1,000 would-be immigrants stormed the border fence between Morocco and the Spanish North African city of Melilla on Wednesday morning, with around 400 managing to enter the enclave.

The attempt to cross into Spain took place at 5.30am near Melilla’s Barrio China border post, Spanish daily ABC reported.

Those migrants who did manage to cross the six-metre (20-foor) high border fences into Spanish territory ran towards the already overcrowded CETI refugee centre.

A further ten immigrants spent some two hours on top of one of the border fences before coming down at around 7.30pm. Two remained on the fence at 8.30am.

The final number of people who attempted to cross is not yet known, but Wednesday’s border ‘assault’ is considered one of the largest ever, ABC said.

“It was a very large number,” the president of the city of Melilla, Juan José Imbroda, told Spanish public radio RNE. “An exterior part of the barrier was pushed over.” Continue reading this article

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