Obama must be hoping that the 14 million unemployed citizens won’t notice that he wants to amnesty 20+ million workers into the legal economy. That’s not a very friendly thing to do in the jobless economic recovery. One indicator was the large turnout when McDonald’s announced it would interview for 50,000 jobs on April 19.
He hosted a gaggle of liberal swells today (including New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and criminal coddling former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger) at the White House to discuss comprehensive amnesty. But these days, the sovereignty-friendly House of Representatives has more important things to do than reward foreign lawbreakers.
Despite long odds against immigration reform, President Obama on Tuesday urged a wide range of activists and officials to keep pushing the issue. The president told the group, which included Rev. Al Sharpton, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, that for Congress to act, they will have to put pressure on Capitol Hill.
“All politicians have to listen to their base,” Sharpton told reporters after the White House meeting.
Sharpton acknowledged that Obama was “very candid” about immigration reform’s bleak hopes for passage.
But Bill Bratton, a former police chief of Los Angeles and New York City, said Obama asked the group of about 70 participants “to commit going forward to keep the debate about this issue alive.”
Obama has come under fire repeatedly by Hispanic and pro-reform groups who have questioned his commitment on the issue.
As the president prepares to travel to Nevada on Wednesday, a state that highlights the growing importance of Hispanic voters, Obama sought to demonstrate that he still considers the issue a priority.
Eric Garcetti, president of the Los Angeles city council, said that Obama “made a very compelling case that he will not let this issue go.”
Ahead of the meeting, the White House said in a release that Obama would talk to the group about “how we can work together to foster a constructive national conversation on this important issue as we work to build a bipartisan consensus in Congress.”
A recent Rasmussen survey indicates that more Americans than ever believe birthright citizenship is a bad policy and should be changed.
As a 2008 CBS report (Illegal Immigrant Births – At Your Expense, see video below) revealed, pregnant illegal aliens deliberately come to give birth in this country so their kid can get all the benefits of US citizenship, which helps the whole family at the welfare office. The policy is definitely a magnet for foreign lawbreakers.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 61% of Likely U.S. Voters believe that a child born in the United States to a woman who is here illegally should not automatically become a U.S. citizen. That’s up slightly from last August but is the highest level of support for a change in the existing law found in five years of Rasmussen Reports surveying.
Twenty-eight percent (28%) disagree and feel that children born to illegal immigrants in this country should automatically become American citizens as is currently the practice. That’s down six points from August. Another 11% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Eighty-four percent (84%) of voters believe that before anyone receives local, state or federal government services, they should be required to prove they are legally allowed to be in the United States. Only nine percent (9%) oppose such a requirement.
Most voters continue to feel that the policies of the federal government encourage illegal immigration, but voters are now almost evenly divided over whether it’s better to let the federal government or individual states enforce immigration laws. At least one state, Arizona, has been considering a law that would deny full citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants. [. . .]
While most voters favor stronger enforcement of immigration laws, just over half (55%) of voters nationwide also are at least somewhat concerned that efforts to identify and deport illegal immigrants will end up violating the civil rights of some U.S. citizens. Forty-two percent (42%) don’t share that concern. This includes 21% who are Very Concerned and 12% who are Not At All Concerned.
Seventy-seven percent (77%) of Republicans and 63% of voters not affiliated with either major political party oppose automatic U.S. citizenship for children born in this country to illegal immigrants. Democrats are evenly divided on the question.
Also, 75% of Democrats are concerned that efforts to identify and deport illegal aliens will violate the civil rights of some U.S. citizens, a view shared by just 39% of Republicans. Unaffiliated voters are narrowly divided on the question.
There are sharper differences of opinion as far as the Political Class is concerned. Seventy percent (70%) of those in the Political Class favor automatic citizenship for the children of illegal immigrants, but 70% of Mainstream voters are opposed.
Mainstream voters also believe much more emphatically that those seeking government services need to prove they are in this country legally. They also are far less concerned than Political Class voters about violating the civil rights of some U.S. citizens. Continue reading this article
Cairo resident Gamma al Banna is a prolific author on the subject of Islam. The 90-year-old man is also the younger brother of Hassan al Banna, the late founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, so he is not unconnected on the subject of political Islam.
One subject on which Gamma al Banna differs with the Brotherhood is the sacking of women because, he says, “There is nothing in Islam or the Koran that says a woman must cover her hair.” He thinks Muslims residing in Europe should abide by its customs, not go out of their way to emphasize difference.
A 1959 photo of Cairo University students shows no women wearing the hijab, but by 2004 90 percent cover their hair.
Al Gamma further opines, “The Muslim mind is rusty. It has done nothing the last thousand years. A thousand years ago the innovation ended.”
News from across the pond suggests that Eurabia is forming up rapidly. Britain in particular has tried appeasement instead of insisting upon assimilation for its Muslim immigrants with disastrous results. Weakness on the part of authorities has inspired hostile Muslims to push ever harder for sharia rule in the land of the Magna Carta. Muslim immigration has proved to be socially destabilizing wherever it has been tried.
The rights of women and gay persons are radically diminished in sharia zones, as explored in a French documentary from last year. The filmmakers visited the Tower Hamlets, a neighborhood occupied by serious jihadists. One statistic: “Aggression against gay people has increased 200% between 2009-2010.”
Now the British print media has noticed how bad the situation has gotten. Independent women enter sharia zones at their own risk, as do gay people.
Women who do not wear headscarves are being threatened with violence and even death by Islamic extremists intent on imposing sharia law on parts of Britain, it was claimed today.
Other targets of the ‘Talibanesque thugs’, being investigated by police in the Tower Hamlets area of London, include homosexuals.
Stickers have been plastered on public walls stating: ‘Gay free zone. Verily Allah is severe in punishment’.
Posters for H&M which feature women in bikinis and a racy poster for a Bollywood film have been defaced.
It is believed Muslim extremists are behind a spate of attacks being investigated by police, according to the Sunday Times.
An Asian woman who works in a pharmacy in east London was told to dress more modestly and wear a veil or the shop would be boycotted.
When she went to the media to talk about the abuse she suffered, a man later entered the pharmacy and told her: ‘If you keep doing these things, we are going to kill you’.
The 31-year-old, who is not a practising Muslim, said she has since been told to take holiday by the pharmacy owners and now fears she may lose her job.
She said: ‘Why should I wear a hijab (headscarf) or burqa? I haven’t done anything wrong.’
Other incidents reported include the placing of stickers across the white-minority borough which state it is a ‘gay-free zone’ and the daubing of paint on posters for clothing shop H&M featuring women in bikinis. Continue reading this article
It was great to see Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT), the Chairman of the House Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, tear into the border suits who defend policies that threaten national security.
The current situation enables violent foreign narco-thugs. Environmental regulations hamper the ability of Border Patrol agents to move around in public lands, giving the Mexican drug smuggling criminals an extra advantage.
And for people who care about protecting the environment of the border area, the damage done by millions of illegal aliens tramping through leaving tons of garbage far outweighs the footprint left by the Border Patrol agents doing their job. In 2009, Arizona conservationists picked up 234 tons of trash left by aliens in that state alone.
Washington • Border patrol agents would be able to cross into sensitive wilderness areas, build and maintain roads, construct fences and patrol the areas with vehicles without fear of breaking environmental laws under a bill introduced this week again by Rep. Rob Bishop.
The Utah Republican, chairman of the House Natural Resources subcommittee over federal lands, says his bill would allow border agents to secure the border without what he says are barriers — literally physical barriers in some cases — put up by public land managers.
Bishop, who toured the border in Arizona last year and plans to go next week as well, is holding a joint hearing Friday with the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, to look at border security along the U.S.-Mexico line.
He says federal lands along the U.S. border are a “haven of criminal activity” and environmental laws meant to protect the lands are actually allowing border crossers to destroy them.
“I have seen firsthand the damage that has been done to our federal lands from trash, foot traffic and man-made fires,” Bishop said in reintroducing the bill he proposed last session. “Providing Border Patrol with the necessary access to deter and apprehend those who cross through our federal lands illegally would deliver the greatest benefit to both national security and the long-term health of our federal lands.”
Matthew Chandler, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, under which border patrol operates, said the department doesn’t comment on pending legislation. But he noted that DHS is fully committed to cooperating with Interior and the Forest Service, which also has lands abutting the international border.
Interior spokeswoman Kendra Barkoff also declined to comment on pending legislation but noted that the department’s work with Homeland Security has allowed basic border security infrastructure to be strategically located on federal lands to meet DHS’ goals.
Interior, Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Agriculture entered into an agreement in 2006 that allows border patrol to enter sensitive wilderness areas in pursuit of criminal activity, though Bishop has contended the deal still hampers the ability to secure the border.
Another problem of course is legal immigrants and illegal aliens taking American jobs. If the eight million jobs held by illegals (according to Pew Hispanic) were liberated by universal E-verify, then those positions would open up to citizens and a substantial portion of the jobs crisis would be solved. But liberal Sacramexico would never go there.
Have the politicians never asked business owners why they are leaving? Many have voiced their complaints but Sacramento hasn’t seemed interested. In 2009, Gov. Schwarzenegger reluctantly released a state report showing the enormous regulatory burden in California (nearly half a trillion dollars annually), but Sacramento’s liberal leadership snoozed through that warning sign as well. (Listen to John and Ken’s program on the headache-inducing study about state regulation.)
A long-time observer of California’s propensity to chase out job creators is Joseph Vranich, the Business Relocation Coach. He was interviewed by the John and Ken radio show on Friday about a recent article describing how employees now ask their bosses to leave the state. Diversity is not mentioned, although one person wanted to avoid the Los Angeles school system.
If I hadn’t heard it from clients I wouldn’t have believed it – Californians are asking their companies to leave the state.
Some time ago a decision-maker told me he had evaluated the benefits of moving his department out of Los Angeles. He said: “When I discovered how substantial the savings would be, I quipped in front of my staff, ‘We should move to Texas.’ I was surprised by what happened next – people approached me one by one, came in my office, closed the door, and asked that we move to Texas. Once I saw the employee reactions, I’d like for the relocation to occur.”
Businesses relocate generally for cost factors (taxes, the burdens of excessive regulations, high rents) but people move for life-style reasons. Here is a sampling of employee motivations:
“I lived in Texas before and I’d like to go back - fewer traffic jams and I can afford to buy a house there.”
“When the owner told me about the move to Nevada I jumped at the chance to go. The company can grow better there and I’ll have more opportunity to stay in this field and move up.”
“One reason the owner liked Colorado was because of the better schools. I thought, well, we’re going to have kids and we don’t want them in the Los Angeles school system.”
“My company is fabulous. I will move wherever it decides to go. If it’s someplace that’s cold, I’ll get used to it!”
What is the “staying power” for Californians in new places? I don’t know. But a manager and his wife who grew up in Huntington Beach moved to Pennsylvania and love it so much that she said, “We’ll never go back.”
I’ve heard “I’ll never go back” from a number of people.
The message isn’t getting through in Sacramento. For example, this week the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), will issue a report about why the state fares poorly in many published state-level business climate rankings or “indexes.” The organization doesn’t like it that California often ranks at or near the bottom of just about such rankings. One of PPIC’s arguments is that “California’s poor ranking among the business climate indexes focusing on taxes and costs is offset by natural advantages (in particular, good weather), and these favorable factors enable California’s economy to perform reasonably well.”
Yes, California has good weather.
For those of you who plan to read the new PPIC report, print out this list – Why do Companies Leave California? Here Are Ten Reasons (Updated) – put the documents side-by-side, and decide for yourself which is more relevant to the state’s future.
Disclosure: I’ve written before about how PPIC’s work on the state’s business environment is poor – see New Think Tank Report on California’s Business Exodus: Useless.
While Sacramento remains fuzzy-headed about California’s hostile business climate, the state is experiencing the fastest rate of company out-of-state and out-of-country relocations since I put a specialized trackingsystem into place two years ago. Activity from Jan. 1 through April 12 of this year shows that 69 California company disinvestment events have occurred, an average of 4.7 per week – greater than the 3.9 average per week last year. See more at Calif. ‘Disinvestment Events’ Reach New High As Companies Opt for Other States, Nations posted yesterday.
By the way, the number one location for California companies to relocate to, or to divert capital for facilities that in the past used to be built here, is Texas with 14 such events.
My list doesn’t overstate the case (we probably learn about only one out of every five company departures), but others understate the problem. One state agency employee in meeting with a moving company CEO said, “Claims of businesses leaving are exaggerated. All we lost last year were seven companies – here’s the list.” The executive read the list and said, “Do you realize you don’t have written down here even one of the companies that we moved out of the state last year?”
This week, when PPIC issues its report, something more important will be happening.
At any time during this week that I want to feel optimistic about California ending it’s business-hostile ways, I won’t think of the PPIC event on Wednesday. Instead, I’ll focus on the activities on Thursday and Friday when Dan Logue, a member of the state Assembly, and his colleagues meet with Texas Gov. Rick Perry and also conduct a hearing on business issues.
He and some of his colleagues are taking the self-financed trip to Texas to learn what California is doing wrong and what Texas is doing right. The Orange County Register did a nice job explaining what the trip is all about in California politicians to check out Texas business.
The fact-finding delegation will probably get an earful from former California business owners who fled the state’s excessive regulations and high taxes. But I wouldn’t be surprised if some rank-and-file employees also showed up to say why they volunteered to leave California – or even encouraged it.
Say, isn’t the federal government $14 trillion in the hole? An easy target for financial pruning would be this boondoggle: a multi-million-dollar educational program to cut obesity among a certain tribal group.
Why does this bunch need a big infusion of ethno-specific funding? Don’t kids still learn about the basic food pyramid in grade school?
LONG BEACH – A health research center at Cal State Long Beach was awarded a $3.75 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop classes and programs aimed at combating obesity in the Latino community, the university announced Monday.
The grant was awarded to the National Council of La Raza-Cal State Long Beach Center for Latino Community Health, Evaluation and Leadership Training.
“Within the five-year grant time frame, we will be able to develop and integrate a graduate certificate in Latino nutrition, chronic disease and childhood obesity to our university’s larger curricular fabric,” principal investigator Britt Rios-Ellis said.
Each year, seven research fellowships and full-tuition scholarships will be provided to graduate students who will be trained to conduct community- based research on childhood obesity prevention within the Latino community, according to the center.
As a result, project officials hope to bolster the number of Latino graduate students with masters degrees in nutrition and public health.
“Our health science and nutrition graduates will join a legion of new leaders to improve the well-being of our Latino population,” according to Gail Frank, CSULB nutrition professor. “It is such a privilege to be recognized for our approach and to obtain strong federal funding from USDA to continue our programs.”
For the diversity file: in Afghanistan (which Washington wants to improve) women and girls are sold just like animals. Islam says that oppressing females is the right of men, so nothing is changing on that front.
As a fifth-generation California farmer who is also a classicist and military historian, Victor Davis Hanson is one of the most astute observers of the state’s dystopic diversity. Last December he started biking around for a ground-level view of his farm-country environs and characterized what he saw as Two Californias.
Now he is back, fearing the place is on a “razor’s edge with disaster.”
We calibrate California’s decline by its myriad of paradoxes. The nation’s highest bundle of gas, sales, and income taxes cannot close the nation’s largest annual deficit at $25 billion. Test scores are at the country’s near bottom; teachers’ salaries at the very top. Scores of the affluent are leaving each week; scores of the indigent are arriving. The nation’s most richly endowed state is also the most regulated; the most liberal of our residents are also the most ready to practice apartheid in their Bel Air or Palo Alto enclaves.
We now see highway patrolmen and city police, in the manner of South American law enforcement, out in force. Everywhere they are monitoring, watching, ticketing — no warnings, no margins of error — desperate to earn traffic fines that might feed the state that feeds them. I could go on. But you get the picture that we are living on the fumes of a rich state that our forefathers brilliantly exploited, and now there is not much energy left in the fading exhaust to keep us going.
I see California in terms now of the razor’s edge with disaster not far in either direction. A postmodern affluent lifestyle hangs in the balance here without a margin of error. Let me give some examples.
I drive a lot on the 99 Freeway both northward and southward. (What follows would apply to the 101 as well, or, in fact, to most state “freeways.”) In vast stretches of the 99 it is unchanged from the two lanes when I first began driving in 1969, but now with worse pavement, larger potholes, and treacherous shoulders. Yet the state then had about 20, not 37 million people, and around 12 million licensed drivers, not well over 25 million (and who knows how many unlicensed drivers?). Nonetheless, our ancestors were brilliant sorts, and left us a well-engineered and planned grid that can still handle all sorts of the minor challenges. So on a day of perfect weather, with good drivers, at low traffic hours between 9 and 2, and without ongoing road maintenance or construction, I can make the 190 miles to either Sacramento or Los Angeles in three hours — just as I used to in far older, less reliable cars of 30 years past.
But that is rare these days. You see, there are too many proverbial ifs now. Tamper with just one variable — leave too early or return too late; have some rain or fog; have one of the two lanes shut down for anything from tree trimming to pothole filling; experience one idiot whose lawn-mower or paint sprayer fell out of his open flatbed truck — and the fragile system shuts completely down, creating paralysis for thousands of backed-up drivers. For our generation’s grid to work as it should, we would need three lanes, in good condition, perhaps four — and a pool of drivers who were all trained, licensed, registered, and insured. But you see, we had other priorities and values the last twenty years and so we took for granted the freeways we inherited. So we indulged and as the proverbially obese clogged our arteries. Continue reading this article
In a major upcoming speech, Prime Minister David Cameron is promising battered Britain a respite from years of immigration overload by a particularly hostile bunch of diverse foreigners. He says he will decrease legal immigration by a substantial number: “we would aim to reduce net migration to the levels we saw in the 1980s and 1990s” according to the text of the speech.
If Britain actually were to do such a thing, it would be revolutionary, something that would make unhappy citizens around the world demand similar restrictions from their own governments.
In his most forthright speech on the issue since he became Prime Minister, he will say that mass immigration has led to “discomfort and disjointedness” in neighbourhoods because some migrants have been unwilling to integrate or learn English.
Pledging to cut the numbers entering Britain to tens of thousands, rather than hundreds of thousands, Mr Cameron will say that “for too long, immigration has been too high”.
He will also promise to “stamp out” forced marriages, saying that “cultural sensitivity” cannot be allowed to stop the Government from acting.
In the speech to party members in Hampshire, the Prime Minister will attack Labour for claiming it was racist to talk about immigration, saying it is “untruthful and unfair” not to speak about the issue, however uncomfortable.
The Prime Minister will also blame the welfare state for creating a generation of workshy Britons, leaving the jobs market open for migrants. Figures show that of the 2.5 million extra people in employment since 1997, three quarters were foreign-born workers. Continue reading this article
Donald Trump has been getting a lot of attention for his possible run for the Presidency and positive results in polling. The press likes to emphasize his curiosity about Obama’s birth certificate (a tail-chaser, IMHO), but the public’s appreciation for the hotel magnate probably has more to do with his straight-talk style of expressing his views.
Trump recently remarked that there is a problem with Islam — something the country has largely recognized but which most political leaders ignore out of fear.
“Bill O’Reilly asked me, is there a Muslim problem? And I said absolutely, yes,” he said. “In fact I went a step further. I said I didn’t see Swedish people knocking down the World Trade Center.”
“I’m certainly not an expert to put it mildly, but there’s something there that teaches some very negative vibe” Trump said about the Koran.
“There’s a lot of hatred there that’s some place,” he continued. “Now I don’t know if that’s from the Koran, I don’t know if that’s from some place else. But there’s tremendous hatred out there that I’ve never seen anything like it.”
Now if he would only recommend that America end Muslim immigration for national security reasons. . .
Wayne Simmons is a former CIA agent who is warning about the likelihood that Obama will bring thousands of Libyan refugees here. He was interviewed by Judge Andrew Napolitano on the Fox Business network April 11 (Bringing Al-Qaeda to Us).
Simmons certainly knows the problems associated with America’s refugee program, which has welcomed hostile and criminal groups into our midst in the name of national virtue. He remarked, “We have allowed asylum for what has now become the single largest street gang in the world, MS-13.” He also noted that there are now 17 Somali gangs in this country, due to Washington’s misguided do-goodery.
Regarding the Libyans he said, “It will not be long until the C-17s or perhaps commercial airlines will be coming in and out of McGuire Air Force Base and then right across the fence to Fort Dix. . . The big problem, Judge, is we don’t know who these people are. It is virtually impossible for us to run a background check on the majority of these people and that’s how a lot of these terrorists are allowed to slip into the United States.”
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