Senator Scott Brown Endorses Secure Communities

The issue of public safety is beginning to enter the political process in Massachusetts, now that concerned citizens have noticed that politicians would rather exempt illegal aliens from the the laws that the rest of us must follow. One example is the community anger over the preventable death of Matthew Denice in Milford.

Senator Scott Brown, who won a 2010 special election to fill the seat vacated by Ted Kennedy’s death, spoke up this week to support Secure Communities to better administer the government function of policing foreign criminals.

Under Secure Communities, the fingerprints of a person who has been arrested are sent to be analyzed for immigration status as well as to check for criminal background. Common sense, most Americans would agree — not “controversial” as many dinosaur media reports portray.

Senator Brown sent a letter (see below) recommending the adoption of the program to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, who refuses allow his state to take part in it because participation might lead to “profiling.”

Interestingly, Senator Brown might be running against consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren in the 2012 election, who says that she opposes Secure Communities.

The idea that a consumer advocate could be against improving public safety is another oddity of today’s upside-down politics. Warren says she is concerned that diverse peoples will fear reporting crimes to the police because they face bad consequences. However, not a single victim has ever been deported for reporting a crime where Secure Communities is in effect, according to an article by CIS researcher Jessica Vaughan.

Sen. Brown urges Gov. Patrick to back illegal alien measure, Boston Herald, Sept 14, 2011

U.S. Sen. Scott Brown asked the governor today to back a controversial measure that would allow law enforcement to track illegal aliens, playing to his Republican base on the same day a tough new challenger joined the race for his job.

In his letter, Brown writes to Gov. Deval Patrick urging for “full and immediate Massachusetts participation” in the Secure Communities program.

“During a Senate Homeland Security committee hearing yesterday, President Obama’s Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano described Secure Communities as ‘a key tool in our immigration enforcement efforts to identify those in the country illegally who are also committing other crimes, are fugitives from existing warrants, are multiple illegal entrants or security concerns,’ ” Brown writes. “I agree with Secretary Napolitano, and believe that Secure Communities plays an important role in keeping America safe.”

Brown’s letter comes as former Obama administration official and Harvard professor Elizabeth Warren enters the Democratic primary for Brown’s Senate seat. She backed the governor’s stance on Secure Communities during a campaign stop in Framingham today.

“I think there’s a real question about whether or not this bill really makes communities more secure,” Warren said. “If people feel like they can’t go to the police … that doesn’t make us more secure. I think we really have to think much harder about the ways to make American communities more secure.” Continue reading this article

Canada Poll: Islamic Diversity Mistrusted

A recent poll in Canada indicates that the propaganda project to portray Islam as consistent with Western values is not going over very well. Many people recognize the historical nature of the conflict between Islam and everyone else, calling the culture clash “irreconcilable.”

Perhaps the respondents remember the basic background that Islam was “spread by the sword” before modern Westerners were told not to hurt the sensitive feelings of headchoppers. Or maybe the persons polled have noticed the increasing number of attempted jihadist attacks as reported in the news.

Propaganda can only go so far in the face of actual events, particularly when there are now dissenting views in the media and on the internet.

Western, Muslim societies ‘irreconcilable’: poll, National Post, September 11, 2011

A majority of Canadians believes conflict between Western nations and the Muslim world is “irreconcilable,” according to a new national survey that revealed a strong strain of pessimism in the country leading up to Sunday’s 10th anniversary commemorations of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S.

The survey of 1,500 Canadians, conducted over three days last week for the Montreal-based Association for Canadian Studies, showed 56% of respondents see Western and Muslim societies locked in an unending ideological struggle, while about 33% — just one-third of the population — held out hope that the conflict will eventually be overcome. Continue reading this article

Tea Party Republican Debate Touches Immigration

Do these candidate creatures ever think about what they are saying? Even self-identified conservatives prattle on with the most ridiculous jabber about the revered institution of immigration: Rick Santorum says that immigration is the “lifeblood of this country” like the American nation is a junkie in need of a diversity fix.

He went on to recite reverent tripe about how his father and grandfather were legal immigrants, like he could do it in his sleep.

Wanna-be political leaders should instead talk about what immigration is going to do to their grandchildren when they live in an overcrowded diverse country of half a billion before mid-century.

Such was the level of immigration discourse when Wolf Blitzer MC’ed Monday’s Republican debate with a few questions supplied by Tea Party members. Although having the issue in the Presidential debates at all is a big improvement over previous campaigns.

But the one-time Pennsylvania Senator was positively bright in comparison with the Texas frontrunner.

Gov. Rick Perry seemed miffed about being booed over his taxpayer-subsidized in-state tuition for illegal aliens. He insisted that it was a states’ rights issue for him to take college slots from young citizens to give to aliens, while taxing unwilling Americans to underwrite the foreigners.

Nobody was smart enough to argue back that college graduate illegal aliens still cannot work legally in this country.

Perry had the nerve to suggest that it was somehow anti-Mexican or racist to enforce immigration laws, saying twice about the tuition break, “regardless of what the sound of their last name is.”

He also noted the special relationship of his state with its southern neighbor: “the state of Texas where Mexico has a clear and a long relationship with this state.”

Mitt Romney had the best overall answer to the whole worry about how Republicans can appeal to hispanics, saying that they come to work rather than collect welfare, so the rule-of-law party should be appealing to them.

Well, it sounds nice, even though the reality is not so hopeful, since millions of hispanics are illegals and they are not shy about mooching welfare.

Here’s a clip of the immigration segment of the debate:

The whole transcript is available on CNN: Full Transcript of CNN-Tea Party Republican Debate. The immigration part is exerpted below.

BLITZER: Welcome back to the CNN Tea Party Republican presidential debate. We’re here in Tampa. But we’re taking questions from across the country. 

Let’s go to Cincinnati. Please identify yourself and ask the question.

QUESTION: Yes, what — what would you do — what would you do to remove the illegal immigrants from our country?

(APPLAUSE)

BLITZER: Senator Santorum, maybe 11 million, 12 million illegal immigrants in the United States. What would you do? Continue reading this article

Rep. Steve King: Congress Should Investigate Obama Amnesty (and Subpoena Drunken Uncle Omar)

Most Washington Republicans have been curiously silent about immigration enforcement since returning from their August recess, during which the President enacted his executive amnesty.

Not so with dependable sovereignty defender, Rep. Steve King (R-IA). He wants a Congressional hearing to question Obama’s drunk-driving illegal alien Uncle Omar. Rep. King also thinks the House must oppose the President’s usurpation of Congressional authority to amnesty foreign lawbreakers which ignored years of rejected legislation.

Rep. Steve King Press Release: Drunken “Uncle Omar” Obama Gets Amnesty, September 09, 2011

As another of President Obama’s illegal alien relatives gets preferential treatment, King renews call for Congressional hearings

Washington, D.C.- Congressman Steve King (R-IA) today released the following statement renewing his calls for Congressional hearings into President Obama’s recently announced program that grants Executive Amnesty to illegal aliens. King’s statement is issued in the wake of media reports that President Obama’s drunken, illegal alien uncle, Omar Onyango Obama, has been released from the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Prior to his release, “Uncle Omar” Obama was being held subject to a 1992 deportation order, which was uncovered following “Uncle Omar’s” recent arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence, driving to endanger, and failing to use a turn signal. According to the Boston Globe, Federal immigration officials are only willing to confirm that Obama is “not in custody”, and they will not reveal whether he was released on bond, whether they are aware of his whereabouts, or whether they are still seeking his deportation.

“President Obama’s Uncle, Uncle Omar, has been picked up for drunken driving with almost twice the blood alcohol level that is allowable by law in Massachusetts. It’ll be the third time that he’s been interdicted with regard to being an illegal immigrant. He’s twice before been adjudicated for deportation, this time Immigrations and Customs Enforcement just released him, after they had him in custody, as if he’s not going to be a danger to our society.”

“The special privileges for the president’s family who are illegal immigrants, this is the second one. His Aunt Zeituni was also picked up as an illegal immigrant and finally granted an asylum by ICE, by the Department of Homeland Security. We need to have Congressional hearings into favorite treatment of the White House. This executive amnesty that the President has ordered, that they’re not going to enforce immigration law, and who pops up first? Drunken Uncle Omar. I want to subpoena drunken Uncle Omar to come into the House Judiciary Committee along with his attorney, who’s the same attorney that President Obama’s Aunt Zeituni had that got her asylum.”

“We must enforce our immigration laws and we must enforce those immigration laws equally across all society. Justice has got to be blind, it can’t play favorites, and I want to have hearings in the House Judiciary Committee over drunken Uncle Omar.”

On August 29, Congressman King suggested that drunken “Uncle Omar” Obama could be the first beneficiary of the President’s new Executive Amnesty for Illegal Aliens program. With today’s revelations, it appears that Congressman King’s suspicions were correct, and that the Obama administration may have used the new rules to grant amnesty to the President’s uncle.

It is also worth noting that this is not the first time an illegal alien relative of President Obama has appeared to benefit from preferential treatment. Last year, President Obama’s illegal alien aunt, Zeituni Onyango, had a deportation order overturned despite the fact that her previous request for asylum, made prior to her nephew becoming President, had already been rejected.

Rick Perry’s Achilles Heel Is Immigration Enforcement

Byron York is one of the more insightful scribblers in the beltway orbit, and he recently commented on Rick Perry’s terrible record on immigration enforcement (below).

Note to Tea Party patriots: Perry looks good when he is shooting up targets at the range, but he is way too friendly with Mexican interests. He is all sombrero and no cattle when it comes to the border.

In addition, Perry supports the worst kind of diversity, signing a bill that put Texas in the position of policing Islamic dietary laws (see Republicans: Just Say NO to Islamic Sharia Law). Whatever happened to the separation of church, er mosque and state?

Governor Perry angered many Texans with his disrespect for national sovereignty when he supported the highly unpopular Trans Texas Corridor, a land-grab/transportation scheme that would have advanced the North American Union by building a mega-road linking Mexico and the American heartland.

Below, in 2003 Texas Gov. Rick Perry, knowing how much Mexicans appreciate American firearms, displayed a revolver kept in a saddle in his office to then-Presidente Vicente Fox.

York: Will immigration cripple Rick Perry’s bid?, Washington Examiner, Sept 9, 2011

Commentary on the Rick Perry-Mitt Romney showdown at the GOP debate has focused on Perry’s “Ponzi scheme” critique of Social Security. It’s an important issue, and Perry will have to rethink the way he talks about Social Security in coming days. But not enough attention has been paid to Perry’s performance on an issue that could be his undoing in the GOP race: immigration.

The bottom line of Wednesday’s debate is that Perry, governor of a border state for more than a decade, didn’t have much to say about immigration. When asked how he would secure the U.S.-Mexican border, his answer was “boots on the ground” — Border Patrol agents — and more unmanned drone aircraft. That was about all Perry had to say, beyond criticizing President Obama. “For the president of the United States to go to El Paso, Texas, and say that the border is safer than it’s ever been, either he has some of the poorest intel of a president in the history of this country, or he was an abject liar to the American people,” Perry said. “It is not safe on that border.”

But what to do about it? Romney was more prepared for the question. First, he called for a fence along the border. Then, he called for more U.S. agents to secure the fence. And then he called for measures to turn off what he called the “magnet” drawing illegal immigrants to the United States. “Sanctuary cities, giving tuition breaks to the kids of illegal aliens, employers that knowingly hire people who are here illegally — those things also have to be stopped,” Romney said. Continue reading this article

Jailbird Uncle Omar Sprung from the Slammer

Oh, look. The President’s drunk-driving illegal alien uncle, Oyango Obama, has been released from jail, with no forwarding address for the public. What a surprise. Out of sight, out of mind, the suits must think.

White House press secretary Jay Carney promised the mysterious relative’s situation would be “handled like any other immigration case” so Oyongo-gate may be just another marker of Obama administration non-enforcement.

Drunk drivers are dangerous people; for example, in 2009 10,839 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes, and illegal aliens are frequent practitioners. But the authorities continue to treat drunk drivers as a nuisance only, particularly when the perps are illegal aliens. Their arrest should prompt immediate deportation or further prosecution — if public safety were valued by political leaders.

At least Uncle Omar didn’t kill anyone, as so many other foreigners have in our country.

Another item of interest is that Uncle Omar came as a college student, because Washington elites think education is a cheap way to teach foreigners to like America (e.g. 690,923 studied during the 2009/10 academic year). The problem is how frequently the auslanders like America too much and never leave.

Obama’s uncle quietly released from jail, Boston Globe, September 9, 2011

US officials refused to disclose any other information about Onyango Obama, who remained in the United States undetected until Framingham police arrested him Aug. 24 on drunken driving and other charges.

Yesterday, federal immigration officials refused to say whether the 67-year-old Framingham resident posted bond, whether they are keeping track of his whereabouts, or even whether they are still seeking his deportation, raising questions about public accountability in the case.

The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement website confirmed Obama’s release by listing him as “not in custody.”

Although the website confirmed it, Brian P. Hale, an agency spokesman, said he would not comment on the case because privacy laws and the agency’s policies prohibit it. He said the database is accurate, however.

As a result of the immigration agency’s refusal to discuss the case, it is unclear what happened to Obama after he left the Plymouth County House of Correction – or whether he could be returned to jail.

An official at the Plymouth County House of Correction who would not give his name said yesterday afternoon that Obama was no longer in custody. He had been taken to Burlington, where US Immigration and Customs Enforcement has offices, he said.

In Framingham, the people who shared a modest frame house with Obama on a residential street said they did not know where he was. A co-worker at Conti Liquors, where Obama worked, said they had not heard of his release.

His Cleveland lawyers, Margaret Wong and Scott Bratton, were unavailable for comment, and an assistant said they had not been notified that he was released.

Onyango Obama was the half-brother of the president’s late father. At the time of his arrest, Obama allegedly told Framingham police, “I think I will call the White House” to arrange bail.

But last week the White House press secretary, Jay Carney, said the president did not expect his uncle to receive special treatment.

Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies, which favors tougher limits on immigration, said the immigration agency should be more transparent, especially in a case involving a relative of the president. She said the public deserves to know the circumstances of Obama’s release, since he violated a deportation order and is accused of drunken driving. In a criminal court, she said, that would be public information.

Obama pleaded not guilty in Framingham District Court to charges of drunken driving, negligent operation, and failing to yield.

“This whole nonsense about privacy is a policy,” Vaughan said. “It’s not the law. It’s a choice that [the immigration agency] is making. I think it’s very cowardly on [the agency's] part, to be honest. Their behavior shows that they don’t want to be accountable to anybody.” Continue reading this article

Milford Mass. Sees Community Anger at Preventable Death

A sizable crowd showed up on Wednesday to protest the brutal death of Matthew Denice after he was dragged under a truck for a quarter mile following being struck by a drunk-driving illegal alien. The accused, Ecuadoran Nikolas Guaman, had several prior arrests, including assaulting a policeman. (See LTG’s earlier report, Family Protests Immigration Anarchy that Killed Matthew Denice.)

Below, the family of Matthew Denice and supporters filled a hall in Milford to protest the non-enforcement of immigration laws.

Rain did not deter an estimated 200 concerned citizens who rallied to demand better law enforcement from the state of Massachusetts, which is known for its extreme version of sanctuary to coddle lawbreaking illegal aliens. Governor Deval Patrick has made a point of rejecting the federal Secure Communities program that focuses on criminal aliens already in local custody.

Family and friends organized the event through their Justice for Matt Facebook page.

Family of Milford man call on governor to enact Secure Communities: MyFoxBOSTON.com

Family of Milford man call on governor to enact Secure Communities, Fox News Boston, September 7, 2011

MILFORD (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) – The family of a Milford man who was killed after he was struck by an alleged drunk driver and illegal immigrant want to sit down with Gov. Deval Patrick to discuss a program they say could have saved their son’s life.

The program is Secure Communities, the controversial program meant to target dangerous illegal immigrants by sharing fingerprints of people arrested by police with immigration officials.

At a peaceful protest outside Milford Town Hall, 23-year-old Matthew Denice’s family along with a crowd of about 150 people met inside town hall with town officials and representatives from the Ecuadorian Consulate, who expressed condolences to Denice’s family.

Denice was killed last month allegedly by 34-year-old Nicolas Guaman, who was allegedly driving drunk and without a license when police believe he struck and dragged the Denice to his death.

“We had the perfect storm here with this situation. I mean, if one of those factors had been different my son would still be here,” said Maureen Maloney, Denice’s mother. “If we had the secure communities act this person would’ve been deported. It probably could’ve saved my son’s life.”

A woman who also attended said she too lost a loved one to an illegal immigrant who also was driving drunk and was later deported.

Representatives from the consulate answered some questions, but ultimately said there’s no easy solution. Pablo Calle said, “We see the pain in their faces. We see what they want. We see they don’t want any immigrants coming to the country but that is something not this country not Ecuador, not anybody can fix. The answer is not in our hands.”

Family Protests Immigration Anarchy that Killed Matthew Denice

It’s noteworthy when a family that has suffered the loss of a loved one puts its pain aside and fights the evil that caused the death.

In Milford, Massachusetts, 23-year-old Matthew Denice (pictured) was killed when a drunk driving illegal alien smashed into his motorcycle and dragged the young man for a quarter mile as bystanders banged on the side of the perp’s truck trying to make him stop.

The driver, Ecuadoran Nikolas Guaman, is a career criminal with a long rap sheet. including assaulting a cop, who has been protected by Massachusetts’ sanctuary policy and its ardent defender, Gov. Deval Patrick. The Governor has fought against the common sense provisions of the federal Secure Communities policy because he apparently cares more about foreign lawbreakers than public safety for innocent Americans.

As Mike Maloney, Matthew’s stepfather, remarked last month, “If Guaman was deported some time ago, this would never have happened.”

On Wednesday, the family of Matthew Denice is leading a protest against illegal immigration in front of the Ecuadoran Embassy. See also the Justice for Matt Facebook page for more details.

Anti-illegal immigration protest tomorrow in Milford, Milford Daily News, September 6, 2011

The family of Matthew Denice is organizing a peaceful anti-illegal immigration demonstration outside Town Hall tomorrow before representatives of the Ecuadorean consulate are expected to meet with the Board of Selectmen.

The demonstration is scheduled to start at 5 p.m., an hour before Beatriz Stein, Ecuador’s consul general in Boston, and Pablo Calle, who is involved in Ecuadorean immigration to the United States, plan to meet with town leaders at Town Hall.

“We want to let the consulate representatives know illegal immigrants are not welcome in (Milford) and as a community we’re going to stand by that,” said Michael Denice, Matthew’s brother. “We want to send a message to the Ecuadorean consulate as well as illegal immigrants.”

Matthew Denice, 23, was killed Aug. 20 when police said Nicolas Guaman, an illegal immigrant from Ecuador, was driving drunk and hit Denice’s motorcycle.

Michael Denice encouraged participants to bring signs, banners and American flags to the demonstration. Information about the event spread through Facebook and about 100 people have indicated through the social networking website that they plan to attend, Denice said.

“We want to emphasize that this is going to be a peaceful demonstration,” he said.

Denice said he thinks the consulate representatives are coming to Milford to try and smooth tensions between Ecuadoreans and the community rather than resolve illegal immigration issues. Continue reading this article

Hispanics Numero Uno in Federal Prisons

Hispanic diversity hit a new high recently. Not only are hispanics the largest minority group in the United States, but they are now the top jailbird population in federal prison so far this year as well.

America continues to be culturally enriched by immigration diversity.

Hispanics new majority sentenced to federal prison, Associated Press, September 6, 2011

More than half of all people sentenced to serve time in federal prison so far this year for felony crimes were Hispanic, a major demographic shift swollen by immigration offenses, according to a new government report released Tuesday.

Hispanics already outnumber all other ethnic groups sent to prison for committing federal felonies.

Hispanics reached a new milestone for the first time this year, making up the majority of all federal offenders in the first nine months of fiscal year 2011, according to the U.S. Sentencing Commission.

Hispanics comprised 50.3 percent of all people sentenced in that time period, blacks 19.7 percent and whites 26.4 percent.

In comparison, last year Hispanics made up just 16 percent of the whole U.S. population. Continue reading this article

Actual Terror Attempts Are Increasing, but Pollsters Worry about Americans “Uncomfortable” with Muslims

The usual media suspects are wringing their metaphorical hands over the results of a new poll showing that many Americans are “uncomfortable with Muslims.”

Perhaps the diversity ideologues missed the Associated Press investigation released a few days ago:

AP IMPACT: 35,000 worldwide convicted for terror, Associated Press, September 3, 2011

The AP used freedom of information queries, law enforcement data and hundreds of interviews to identify 119,044 anti-terror arrests and 35,117 convictions in 66 countries, accounting for 70 percent of the world’s population. The actual numbers undoubtedly run higher because some countries refused to provide information.

That included 2,934 arrests and 2,568 convictions in the United States, which led the war on terror — eight times more than in the decade before.

Intelligent citizens have observed the violent behavior of jihadist Muslims residing in this country and made an informed opinion. Some Muslims (not every single one) are dangerous persons and suspicion is warranted.

And Islamist violence is on the uptick in this country. As analyst Walid Phares observed last year, “According to open-source reports, between 2001 and 2008, U.S. agencies stopped one or two terror attempts a year. However, from 2009 until today, the government has been uncovering one or two cases a month, a troubling growth in jihadi activities.”

Americans who are concerned about the worsening threat are the people paying attention.

The 41-page report may be read on the Brookings website: What It Means to Be an American: Attitudes in an Increasingly Diverse America Tan Years after 9/11.

The following graph is from the full report and is interesting in that Tea Party members are surveyed as a group:

Poll: Many Americans uncomfortable with Muslims, CNN, September 6, 2011

Washington (CNN) – Ten years after 9/11, Americans are wrestling with their opinions of Muslims, a new survey found, and where Americans get their TV news is playing a role in those opinions.

Nearly half of Americans would be uncomfortable with a woman wearing a burqa, a mosque being built in their neighborhood or Muslim men praying at an airport.   Forty-one percent would be uncomfortable if a teacher at the elementary school in their community were Muslim.

Forty-seven percent of survey respondents said the values of Islam are at odds with American values.

The Public Religion Research Institute and the Brookings Institution conducted the survey and issued a report, “What it Means to be American: Attitudes in an Increasingly Diverse America 10 Years after 9/11.”

“Americans are wrestling with fear, but on the other hand they’re also wrestling with acceptance,” said Robert P. Jones, CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute.

The results of the survey were announced Tuesday at the Brookings Institution in Washington.

One issue that seemed to divide respondents was sharia law. Continue reading this article

Mexifornia Update: Democrat DREAMers Are Schemers

In the Fox news report below, California Assembly Member Tim Donnelly remarks that the UC system has been cut by $500 million, the State University system has lost the same amount and tuition has been raised 12 percent.

And yet. . . Sacramento Democrats managed to find $40 million to give to illegal alien college students (aka the CA DREAM Act), while the state is closing 70 parks. Such are the priorities of California Democrats.

Senator Doug La Malfa has heard from constituents that their kids have had their Cal Grants cut. In Mexifornia, American citizens are last in line.

Concerned Californians can phone the state government and use the automated call system set up for the bill:

•  Call 916-445-2841
•  Press 1 for English
•  Then press 2
•  Then press 1
•  Lastly, press 2 to register OPPOSITION to the DREAM ACT!

Europe Faces Illegal Alien Tide as Gaddafi Revenge

Europe may face boatloads of rustic African males with the idea that they are entitled to a cushy modern lifestyle just because they reach the continent, Camp of the Saints style. The man of a dozen spellings, Col. Moammar, may be indisposed at the moment, but he has strategized to dump thousands of unfriendlies on Europe as revenge for its support of the Libyan rebels.

Below, more than 200 Africans sail from Libya to the Italian island of Lampedusa last spring in hopes of reaching Europe eventually.

According to the Al-Jazeera report below, Kadaffy recruited African migrants as fighters, which he now wants to unleash as “floodgates of immigration as a weapon against Europe.”

Wait, aren’t Islamic societies like Libya supposed to be all-welcoming to fellow Muslims? Many of the Africans certainly are members of the ummah, like the Somalis lurking in Tripoli. But even Muslims don’t like Muslim diversity.

Interestingly, the usually sensible London Telegraph characterized the Africans on Sept 3 as Libya’s lost immigrant souls with nowhere to go. Huh? Nowhere to go? What’s wrong the Africans returning to the countries of their birth, where they have relatives and other connections? That would be a nice project for the NGO do-gooders. Allowing the Africans to enter Europe would be wrong in so many ways, like national security for instance.

Europe braced for immigrant influx as chaos reigns, Sydney Morning Herald, September 4, 2011

TRIPOLI: With the Mediterranean stretching to the horizon, the fishing port at Janzour is a jewel on the coastline around the capital.

It is also where Muammar Gaddafi held Europe to ransom by threatening to flood it with illegal immigrants. While he was in power, he demanded billions of dollars in European Union funding for his help stopping human trafficking.

But, ever since the NATO bombing campaign started in March, he seems to have not only abandoned attempts to stop smuggling but also encouraged it as revenge.

For much of the past few months, men in uniform had been directing immigrants on to boats bound for Italy, witnesses said.

Africans who landed this northern summer on Lampedusa, an island south of Sicily, said their passage was free, in contrast with the $US1000 ($938) usually demanded by smugglers.

No boats have left since the rebels drove out Gaddafi’s men, but the human cargo is still stranded there; a thousand African men, women and children, clustered in the dirt under beached boats. They are hungry, scared, penniless and desperate to escape.

This raises the prospect of an influx of migrants to Europe in the months to come, with no guarantee that the rebel government will want or be able to stop it.

Many Africans fear they will be murdered by rebels taking revenge. Since Gaddafi’s soldiers fled two weeks ago, Libyan gunmen have prowled the camp, raping women and robbing the men at knife point.

Gaddafi had invited them into the country, giving them jobs and housing in return for their support. He used their presence to blackmail Europe.

Last year, Gaddafi warned that unless the EU paid him $6 billion a year to stop immigration, Europe would ”turn black”. Before that, Libya and Italy had co-operated with each other to stop immigration.

After NATO backed the rebels in March, Gaddafi again threatened to open the floodgates.

When the NATO bombing of Libya began, 28,000 Africans arrived on Lampedusa from Libya from March to August. There were few the previous year.