If there is anything dumber than Muslim immigration generally, it is admitting members of the hostile Islamic tribe into the US military. Training potential fifth columnists in the use of weapons is unwise for national security and public safety.
Today’s reminder of the wisdom of prudent crime prevention is the AWOL Muslim soldier arrested in Killeen, Texas, for plotting an attack on Fort Hood. That was the place where in 2009 Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan murdered 13. Perhaps Fort Hood is considered to be the site of an Islamic victory and therefore worth a revisit by a dedicated Soldier of Allah.
The character in question, Pfc. Nasser Abdo, had sought and recently received conscientious objector status, because he learned that being deployed would necessitate him to take up arms against fellow Muslims. The Army occasionally requires shooting people — who knew??
An Army private has been arrested in connection with an alleged plot to attack Fort Hood that authorities suggest was close to being carried out. The arrest, first reported by Fox News, comes nearly two years after a deadly shooting rampage at the base.
Pvt. Naser Jason Abdo, an AWOL soldier from Fort Campbell in Kentucky, was arrested by the Killeen Police Department near Fort Hood and remains in custody at the Killeen jail.
Abdo, 21, was found with weapons, explosives and jihadist materials at the time of his arrest, a senior Army source confirms to Fox News. He was arrested at around 2 p.m. Wednesday after someone called authorities to report a suspicious individual.
Eric Vasys, a spokesman with the FBI’s San Antonio Office, said authorities found firearms and bomb making components inside Abdo’s motel room. Sources also say Abdo was attempting to make a purchase at Guns Galore in Killeen, the same ammunition store where Maj. Nidal Hasan purchased weapons that were allegedly used to gun down 13 people and wound 30 others at the base on Nov. 5, 2009.
Sources said Abdo had enough materials to make two bombs, including 18 pounds of sugar and six pounds of smokeless gunpowder — a possible trigger for an explosive. A pressure cooker was also found. Another counterterrorism source said the bomb making materials and methodology came “straight out of Inspire (a terrorist magazine) and an Al Qaeda explosives course manual.” Continue reading this article
King’s opening remarks (Watch) noted that the hearing was part of an ongoing investigation.
At this hearing, the third in a series, we will examine Somalia-based terrorist organization al Shabaab’s ongoing recruitment, radicalization, and training of young Muslim-Americans and al Shabaab’s linking up with al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).
A new fact from the hearing was that 40 Somalis residing in America have returned to their beloved homeland to fight for jihad with al-Shebaab (pictured), not the 20+ number that has been the usual figure for several years.
One interesting witness was the St. Paul Chief of Police, Thomas Smith. His testimony was enthusiastic about the wonders of police “outreach” to Somali youth. (Read it here.) He made the St. Paul police sound more like social workers than crime-fighting cops. Smith described an array of fun athletic programs: “Our Police Athletic League has over 300 Somali American youth participants who compete in soccer, flag football, softball and volleyball games that are organized, coached and refereed by Saint Paul Police Officers.” Kumbaya is alive and well in Minnesota!
Of course, top quality outreach like St. Paul’s does not come cheap. Chief Smith praised the success of AIMCOP (African Immigrant Muslim Community Outreach Program). AIMCOP is a two-year program funded by a Bureau of Justice Assistance grant at a cost of $670,679 to the taxpayers.
The point is that hostile, culturally inappropriate groups like Somali Muslims are a really bad choice for immigrants and cost the taxpayer a pile of money as a result. They arrive with a dislike of our values, and the young men act out via crime, gangs and Islamic violence. Extreme diversity in immigration is favored by liberals as a way to demonstrate their flawed belief that all cultures are morally equal, which they most certainly are not.
Agencies like the police, schools and social services are faced with the task of socializing hostile tribes that do not want to assimilate. Taxpayers are then forced to spend a lot of money to run expensive programs to keep Somali boys out of trouble.
It would be cheaper and safer to end the failed social experiment of diverse immigration, particularly Muslims.
One soccer game and camping trip at a time, St. Paul police officers are spending time with Somali-American youth to help counter the threat of Islamic radicalization, the city’s police chief testified Wednesday in Washington.
Police “began to engage in serious outreach work with our Somali-American residents” in 2004, said Chief Thomas Smith. That became the foundation for the African Immigrant Muslim Community Outreach Program (AIMCOP), funded largely through a federal grant.
In addition to youth work, police hold community education meetings targeted at Somali adults, and regular meetings between Smith and elders.
“We strongly believe that by creating these safe, diverse and ongoing opportunities for Somali-American youth and the police to interact, that trust, cooperation, friendship and mentorship will increase, and opportunities for al-Shabaab to recruit and radicalize our youth will decrease,” Smith said in remarks prepared for a U.S. House Homeland Security Committee hearing in Washington. Continue reading this article
In Washington, it’s business as usual in some precincts, where many of the top Democrats haven’t heard (or don’t care) that the country is broke.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton objects to reductions in her cushy budget that allows her to be Ms. Generous around the world on the nation’s depleted credit card. In fact, the State Department has been shoveling money at corrupt countries where much of the aid has been stolen or wasted on ridiculous projects.
Too much of foreign policy consists of thinly disguised bribery to shape behavior overseas. Maybe it works to a degree, but the country can no longer afford it.
How wasteful and objectionable are State Department programs? Very. One example that got a lot of attention last year was the use of tax money to build mosques overseas, as part of a cultural preservation program, or something. According to FactCheck.org, “The State Department says that, in total, the fund has contributed nearly $26 million to approximately 640 cultural heritage sites in more than 100 countries, and more than half was given before Obama took office.”
Another example of crazy diverse waste is Clinton’s scheme to empower Afghan women by giving them cell phones:
[. . .] The connection Maryam sees between women and wireless is apparent to the world’s biggest telecommunications companies, which have begun a push to bring female customers in the developing world to the same level as men. The U.S. and Australian agencies for international development are backing the effort by Vodafone Group Plc, France Telecom SA and others with $1 million to fund research into how to find and keep women like Maryam, and to persuade men that handsets aren’t a threat. [. . .]
The U.S. is helping fund MWomen to bring women’s handset use on par with men’s and change “the all-too-common belief that cell phones afford more freedom to women than they deserve,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said at an Oct. 7 press conference.
Sen Tom Coburn didn’t get much press coverage for his own detailed analysis of wasteful spending (and how to save $7 trillion), which was regrettable. But it is all online for inquiring minds to see: Back in Black: A Deficit Reduction Plan. Following is Coburn’s July 18 press conference about the analysis on C-SPAN:
The State Department section of Coburn’s report is linked here.
When the American people are asked what government spending should be cut in order to balance the federal budget, foreign aid programs generally top the list. In fact, the annual State and Foreign Operations appropriations have increased over 80 percent from 2002 to 2010, adjusting for inflation. President Obama‟s budget request for Fiscal Year 2012 is a record-high $59 billion for State and Foreign Operations appropriations.
Back to the Secretary of State’s complaints about her budget being trimmed a little:
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is urging a group of House Republicans to give up their push for a bill that would slash payments to the United Nations and limit aid to Egypt, Pakistan and the Palestinian Authority, among other groups.
Clinton said in a letter Tuesday that she would urge President Barack Obama to veto the bill if it passes in both houses of Congress because the measure “would be debilitating to my efforts to carry out a considered foreign policy and diplomacy, and to use foreign assistance strategically to that end,” The Washington Post reported.
The bill cleared the House Foreign Affairs Committee last week in an effort to cut $6.4 billion from the president’s request for $51 billion in foreign aid for 2012. While it has the potential to pass the GOP-controlled House, it’s seen as unable to get through the Democrat-led Senate.
The bill would impose “onerous restrictions” on State Department operations and foreign aid, Clinton wrote, and the “severe curtailing” of dues payments to international groups including the UN and the Organization of American States would be damaging.
The legislation’s proposal to block funding to countries that don’t meet corruption standards “has the potential to affect a staggering number of needy aid recipients,” as do proposals to restrict aid to Egypt, Lebanon, Yemen and the Palestinian Authority. The bill would only allow the flow of money to those countries if the Obama administration was able to certify that no members of terror groups or their sympathizers were serving in their governments.
Brad Goehner, a spokesman for Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), the chairwoman of the House committee, told the Post that the letter was “disappointing, particularly given the current debt crisis, that the Obama administration is fighting to keep sending taxpayer money to foreign organizations and governments that undermine U.S. interests.”
The mainstream press from the Los Angeles Times to the commie People’s World agree that California’s new partial DREAM Act is a great thing. The whole Mexifornia DREAM Act couldn’t be pushed through even the totally Democrat government, so its evil author, Sen Gil Cedillo, chopped it into two parts.
The less objectionable section was just signed into law, wherein illegal aliens can mooch financial aid from private sources. The next piece of legislation AB131 is still in the state Senate and would permit illegal aliens access to public funds like Cal Grants. Illegals already get taxpayer-subsidized in-state tuition, which adds to their huge sense of entitlement.
Of course, it is crazy public policy to allot scarce funds and college slots to educating illegal aliens who cannot work legally even after graduation. What about citizen students whose parents have paid into to system for decades? As Assemblyman Tim Donnelly observed, “Bottom line is California doesn’t have enough money to take care of its obligations to its citizens right now.”
But Governor Jerry Brown called opponents “wrong morally and humanly.” Brilliant. Liberals believe they are morally superior when they spend other people’s money to uplift adored victim groups, such as illegal alien kiddies.
New law covers private funding; governor signals he may also favor expanding public Cal Grants eligibility.
Following through on a campaign promise, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law Monday easing access to privately funded financial aid for undocumented college students. He also signaled that he was likely to back a more controversial measure allowing those students to seek state-funded tuition aid in the future.
Assemblyman Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles), author of the private financial aid measure, described it as an important but incremental step toward expanding opportunities for deserving students who were brought to the U.S. illegally through no choice of their own. Cedillo is pressing ahead with a more expansive measure that would make certain undocumented students eligible for the state’s Cal Grants and other forms of state tuition aid.
Brown said he was “positively inclined” to back that bill but would not make a decision until it crosses his desk.
“I’m committed to expanding opportunity wherever I can find it, and certainly these kinds of bills promote a goal of a more inclusive California and a more educated California,” Brown told reporters after the bill-signing ceremony Monday.
For Brown, signing Cedillo’s bill was a gesture of goodwill toward Latino voters, who helped elect him in large numbers last fall. Legislation providing education funding to undocumented students has been a top priority for many Latino groups, which have found many of their efforts thwarted so far at the federal level. Last year proponents failed to marshal enough votes in the U.S. Senate to ensure passage of the federal DREAM Act, which would have created a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. before age 16 if they attended a college or served in the military.
Brown’s position on the California Dream Act was being closely monitored after he angered some prominent Latino leaders by vetoing a bill last month that would have made it easier for farmworkers to organize. Though Brown noted in his veto message that he signed legislation helping farm workers unionize during his first stint as governor in the mid-1970s, his veto was sharply criticized by the United Farm Workers, which counted the bill among their top priorities.
But several analysts who study Latino politics said the California Dream Act was far more important symbolically to many in the Latino community. Fernando Guerra, director of the Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University, said the bill was viewed by many as a measure of social acceptance of Latinos because it would increase opportunity for the best and brightest among the undocumented. Continue reading this article
In 2009, an American convert to Islam, Abdulhakim Muhammad (pictured), drove to a Little Rock Army recruiting office where he shot and killed Pvt. William Long and wounded Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula.
In his trial last week, the defense attorneys hoped to convince jurors that Muhammad had a delusional disorder — a common ploy in Islamic crimes of violence, because the actions often look like those of a crazy person.
On Monday, however, he arranged a plea deal with the prosecutor in which he pleaded guilty to murder in return for life in prison, to avoid the death penalty.
In Peter King’s hearing last March about the radicalization of Muslims residing in America, one witness was Melvin Bledsoe, the father of the convicted killer, who was originally named Carlos Bledsoe. (Read his testimony.) He told the committee how his son had been ensnared by Islamists in college in Nashville and brainwashed with the hateful ideology of Muslims against the world. In 2007 Muhammad traveled to Yemen to learn about his adopted religion, where he absorbed more of the hate-America belief system. When he returned to this country, he wanted to retaliate against the military for what he considered to be American wars against Islam, leading to the jihadist attack on US soldiers.
An interesting sidebar of the trial is how it supposedly has stirred up the dread fear of “backlash” against Muslims among the local slaves of Allah. There is a problem though: the complaint from Muslims is that they are being beaten up and robbed, but nobody has reported a crime to the police. Perhaps a few unkind glances have been magnified by fertile imaginations. Actual hate crimes against Muslims are rare, according to FBI research, but Muslims plug away at their victim fantasy regardless.
Here are more details about the crime and sentence:
(CNN) — A man accused of shooting two soldiers at a military recruiting center in 2009 pleaded guilty Monday to the crime and received a sentence of life in prison without parole.
Abdulhakim Muhammad, formerly known as Carlos Bledsoe, was charged with killing Pvt. William Long, 23, and wounding Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula, 18. The attack happened June 1, 2009, outside a recruiting center in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Muhammad faced 12 charges in total — capital murder, attempted capital murder and 10 counts of unlawful discharge of a firearm from a vehicle — according to Stephanie Harris, a spokeswoman with the state court system.
In Arkansas, defendants cannot plead guilty in a case in which the death penalty is a possibility.
Prosecutors agreed to drop the death penalty in exchange for Muhammad’s plea, Harris said.
A Muslim convert from Memphis, Tennessee, Muhammad was 23 at the time of the fatal shooting. He was angry at the U.S. military because of “what they had done to Muslims in the past,” Little Rock homicide Detective Tommy Hudson has said.
The nation’s budget is circling the drain, but the President took time off from his busy leadership activities to make a re-election pitch to the annual convention of the National Council of La Raza (“the Race” in English).
As usual, Obama “blamed Republicans” for his inability to enact a massive amnesty. He obviously hoped his audience would conveniently forget that Democrats had total rule of the White House and Congress for nearly two years. Apparently they did misremember, because plenty of cheers were heard at his inaccuracies.
Interestingly, a Judicial Watch investigation has revealed that under Obama, the government now gives La Raza $11 million annually for its nefarious programs.
Regarding amnesty, the President admitted to his friendly audience that “The idea of doing things on my own is very tempting. I promise you, not just on immigration reform.”
Actually, the President has already instituted an administrative semi-amnesty via the Morton memo which directed ICE employees to deport only the worst of the worst violent criminals. But the hispandering is never enough when there is a semblance of border security.
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you! Thank you so much. (Applause.) What an extraordinary crowd. Thank you. Please have a seat. It is good to be back with NCLR. (Applause.) It is good to see all of you.
Right off the bat, I should thank you because I have poached quite a few of your alumni to work in my administration. (Laughter.) They’re all doing outstanding work. Raul Yzaguirre, my ambassador to the Dominican Republic — (applause) — Latinos serving at every level of my administration. We’ve got young people right out of college in the White House. We’ve got the first Latina Cabinet Secretary in history, Hilda Solis. (Applause.) So we couldn’t be prouder of the work that so many folks who’ve been engaged with La Raza before, the handiwork that they’re doing with our administration. And as Janet mentioned, obviously we’re extraordinarily proud of someone who is doing outstanding work on the Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor. (Applause.)
Recently, 100 Latino officials from across the government met with Latino leaders from across the country at the White House. I know some of you were there. And I think all who attended would agree that we weren’t just paying lip service to the community. Our work together, not just that day but every day, has been more than just talk.
What I told the gathering at the White House was we need your voice. Your country needs you. Our American family will only be as strong as our growing Latino community. (Applause.) And so we’re going to take these conversations on the road and keep working with you, because for more than four decades, NCLR has fought for opportunities for Latinos from city centers to farm fields. And that fight for opportunity –- the opportunity to get a decent education, the opportunity to find a good job, the opportunity to make of our lives what we will -– has never been more important than it is today.
And we’re still climbing out of a vicious recession, and that recession hit Latino families especially hard. I don’t need to tell you Latino unemployment is painfully high. And there’s no doubt that this economy has not recovered as fast as it needs to. The truth is it’s going to take more time. And a lot of the problems we face right now, like slow job growth and stagnant wages, these were problems that were there even before the recession hit.
These challenges weren’t caused overnight; they’re not going to be solved overnight. But that only makes our work more urgent — to get this economy going and make sure that opportunity is spreading, to make sure everyone who wants a job can find one, and to make sure that paychecks can actually cover the bills; to make sure that families don’t have to choose between buying groceries or buying medicine; that they don’t have to choose between sending their kids to college or being able to retire.
My number-one priority, every single day, is to figure out how we can get businesses to hire and create jobs with decent wages. And in the short-term, there are some things we can do right away. I want to extend tax relief that we already put in place for middle-class families, to make sure that folks have more money in their paychecks. And I want to cut red tape that keeps entrepreneurs from turning new ideas into thriving businesses. I want to sign trade deals so our businesses can sell more goods made in America to the rest of the world, especially to the Americas.
And the hundreds of thousands of construction workers — many of them Latino — who lost their jobs when the housing bubble burst, I want to put them back to work rebuilding our roads and our bridges and new schools and airports all across the country. There is work to be done. These workers are ready to do it. (Applause.)
So bipartisan proposals for all of these jobs measures would already be law if Congress would just send them to my desk, and I’d appreciate if you all would help me convince them to do it. We need to get it done. We need to get it done. (Applause.) Continue reading this article
Thirty-four-year-old Corrie Damske (pictured) was in the midst of a life assessment, considering how to channel her artistic talents into career goals, according to close friends. The resident of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. was also the mother of a 9-year-old daughter.
But plans of a productive future were destroyed in an instant when her car was struck head-on by a drunk-driving illegal alien going the wrong way on an interstate highway on New Year’s Day.
MILWAUKEE – The man who killed a mother while driving drunk and the wrong way on I-94 on New Year’s Day has been sentenced to 15 years in prison and 7 years extended supervision.
Leopoldo Salas-Gayton, 41, was convicted of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, homicide by the use of a vehicle with a prohibitive alcohol level, and operating without a valid license and causing death to another person. He is also living in this country illegally. The crash killed Corrie Damske, 34, who also had a blood alcohol level above the legal limit.
Damske’s family and friends attended Friday’s sentencing. Her mother, Sharon Hvala tearfully told the judge about her daughter and the loss the family feels.
“It has torn the very heart out of myself and my family and left us with an absence so profound,” said Hvala. “There will never be again a full extent of happiness again in my life.”
Gayton was wheeled into the courtroom in a wheelchair, then pulled out again to be read letters that were submitted to the court on behalf of Damske’s friends and family.
He returned to the courtroom sobbing.
The state prosecutor told the judge Salas used his vehicle as a weapon.
The judge later agreed.
“You didn’t set out to kill someone that day but you did set out to drive drunk,” Circuit Judge Dennis Cimpl told Salas.
Salas sobbed hearing Damske’s family speak. A translator relayed the words.
He read a letter in Spanish, asking Damske’s family for forgiveness and mercy.
Damske mother said the remorse is meaningful to her but she says Salas made his choices, choices that leave her shattered.
“I feel judge Cimpl did his job and nothing will bring my daughter back and it’s just been a bad situation all the way around.”
The Obama administration deported nearly 400,000 people last year – a record – with the number driven up by those tossed out for traffic violations and drunken driving, according to a report on Friday.
The focus on ousting those with relatively minor offenses raises questions about whether the administration has lived up to its promise to focus on deporting the most dangerous offenders, the Associated Press says. [. . .]
To anyone who is watching closely, it is obvious that the dinosaur media underplays the incidence of attempted jihadist attacks in America.
A recent Fox News report noted around half-way through as something of an aside that “a case of homegrown terrorism with links to an international group have popped up every two to three weeks since January 2009.”
So there is a regular drumbeat of attempted jihad attacks, but it is rarely reported. Ho hum! Speak no ill of Islamic diversity or immigration: that’s the media’s #1 priority, certainly not public safety.
It can be fascinating to search for “terror trial” in Google News (which covers one month) to see what’s going on in the back pages of elite media interest. Here are some items relating to the activities of hostile Muslims as reflected in court recently:
● In Minnesota, 18 Somali residents have been charged with traveling to their homeland to support the al-Shebaab jihadist group. Ahmed Hussein Mahamud is currently in the dock and pleaded not guilty. Another man, Omer Abdi Mohamed, pleaded guilty to helping his fellow Muslims travel to Somalia for the purpose of jihad.
The killing of Usama Bin Laden in May by Navy SEALS may have damaged the al Qaeda organization in Pakistan and Afghanistan, but the terror group’s franchise in Yemen, its American-born leader Anwar al-Awlaki and homegrown threats are the next wave of terrorism, according to a new government report.
Nearly a decade after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Bin Laden was only part of the story.
“Terrorism didn’t begin with him and hasn’t ended with him and we have all these other groups in addition to core al Qaeda,” Napolitano said of Bin Laden in an interview with Fox News.
Napolitano’s comments come on the heels of a new Department of Homeland Security progress report that examines whether the 9/11 Commission’s recommendations are being implemented. The 9/11 Commission was a bipartisan, independent study group created in the wake of the 2001 terror attacks to account for what happened and to find ways to prevent the next attack.
The new DHS progress report shows that homegrown terrorism is central to the emerging threat picture.
Recent Justice Department documents show a case of homegrown terrorism with links to an international group have popped up every two to three weeks since January 2009. Just last week, a 22-year-old Pennsylvania man was accused of using the Internet to encourage domestic attacks by jihadists.
“We cannot presume that a threat would come at us from abroad, so the whole notion of violent extremism happening within our shores is very different,” Napolitano said.
She also confirmed that plots have been disrupted without the public’s knowledge, but wouldn’t say how many. “There have been many plots that have been interfered with over time, yes,” Napolitano said.
The new report claims information sharing has been expanded since 9/11 and a multilayered approach to airline security has been adopted. Intelligence is used more broadly to identify high-risk passengers and cargo before they enter the U.S. The agency contends those measures could lead to less-invasive screening in the future.
“What is called divestment,” Napolitano said. “[A]ll the things you have to take off as you go through the (airport) gate – we’ll be able to relieve some of those restrictions over time.”
But Napolitano says cyber-security remains a weakness.
“We are still somewhat new at it,” she said. “It’s so rapidly developing and changing so rapidly that almost by the time to talk about a particular virus, or piece of malware it’s already anachronistic, it’s already out of date.
The former chairman and vice chairman of the 9/11 Commission said in a statement the Department of Homeland Security had made progress in the time since the terror attacks, but gaps still exist, and the nation is not as safe as it could be. They pointed specifically to the communications of first responders.
Fox News National Correspondent Catherine Herridge contributed to this report.
Interestingly, reports came out yesterday that more than 500K illegal aliens reside in the nine counties surrounding the San Francisco Bay (Study finds half million illegal immigrants in Bay Area) The numbers come from the Public Policy Institute of California study, At Issue: Illegal Immigration. The estimates are based on the number of ITIN tax filers, which leaves out major groups, like children, the elderly, the unemployed and those working under the table, so it’s a pretty bogus study.
As rental prices soared and families took flight over the past decade, thousands of undocumented immigrants have left San Francisco, a new study suggests.
Roughly 30,000 of San Francisco’s 809,000 residents are undocumented immigrants, according to a study from the Public Policy Institute of California. At just 3.7 percent of the population, that’s the lowest rate in any of the nine Bay Area counties.
Undocumented immigrants left San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties between 2001 and 2008. At the end of that period, the report suggests, there were 12,000 fewer undocumented immigrants in San Francisco, 9,000 fewer in San Mateo and 61,000 fewer in Santa Clara.
“My best guess: I think San Francisco is expensive, a lot of the Bay Area is,” study author Laura Hill said. “A part of it is housing costs. San Francisco is also so small that you could work there and live elsewhere.”
Some immigrant advocates cautioned that such population estimates have historically been hard to pin down.
“One question that always comes up is that you’re talking about a very difficult-to-count population,” Supervisor David Campos said. “It’s hard to tell where these people are. That’s one of the problems we had with the census.”
Campos represents the Hispanic-heavy Mission district, where recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau showed a large Hispanic population decline.
“One of the concerns is the lack of affordable housing and the cost of living,” Campos said. “That has pushed a lot of families out, not only outside the city limits, but to the outskirts of The City where housing is more affordable.”
The study revealed that undocumented immigrants live all across California, Hill said. The Bay Area’s population consists of about 8 percent undocumented immigrants, with agricultural Napa County topping the list at 12 percent.
Hill said her study is the first to estimate the number of undocumented immigrants per county by using information from the IRS. Although many undocumented immigrants don’t pay taxes, the report said nearly 6 percent of all 2008 California tax returns used an alternative identification number employed by such immigrants.
It’s a nice change to see sympathetic coverage of an American suffering in this rotten economy, instead of more boilerplate about the plight of poor illegal alien Juan who came for a better life (sniff).
The subject of the article, David Martin (pictured), has valuable accounting skills but lives in Fresno County, where the official unemployment rate is 16 percent. He lives hand to mouth, barely making ends meet, after losing his job more than a year ago.
Meanwhile, Washington continues to admit over a million legal immigrant workers annually, a number which is larger than new jobs created. How is that policy supposed to work for Americans? Obviously, it isn’t expected to work.
“In 2007 the average time to get a new job was five weeks. It’s now near six months. And that implies a whole segment of the population, the more elderly or the middle-aged who may never get employed again.”
If David Martin has 50 cents left over at the end of the month, it’s a very good month.
That’s a difficult situation to accept for someone who used to make $50,000 a year in the accounting field. But he has been out of work since March 2010, and times are hard.
“You go through days of depression — and I mean really deep depression — where you can’t even see tomorrow. And it’s like, man, this is a hopeless situation,” said Martin, 47. “[You think] that you’re useless. I mean, my God, if I was useful, people would be hiring me, right?”
Martin’s situation is not so unusual these days. The anxieties have risen for the 46.8% of unemployed Californians — just over 1 million people — who have been out of work for longer than 27 weeks, which is the threshold for long-term unemployment, according to the state Employment Development Department.
The unemployment rate in Fresno County is 16%. The EDD doesn’t track long-term unemployment by county, but in the past year, about 900 people who had been unemployed longer than six months signed up for help at Fresno County Workforce Connection, an organization that runs job resource centers for the unemployed. That’s nearly half of everyone who signed up, and it doesn’t count people who passed the six-month mark while working with the group.
Martin keeps busy applying for jobs and working at the Sanger ranch house where he lives. A friend owns it, and he helps to maintain it in order to get a reduction on his rent. But even so, every day becomes harder to get through, he said.
“The longer you’re unemployed, the more you start doubting yourself,” Martin said. “Every night, I pray that God gives me the strength and wisdom to get through this.” Continue reading this article
A construction worker admitted Monday that he beat a woman unconscious and tried to molest her in a bar bathroom, an attack she said occurred after she wouldn’t dance with him.
Mbarek Lafrem said nothing beyond brief answers to a judge’s questions as he pleaded guilty to assault and attempted sexual abuse. The March 2010 attack left the woman bloodied, half-undressed and wedged between a toilet and a bathroom stall divider in a sprawling midtown Manhattan lounge.
Manhattan State Supreme Court Justice Ronald Zweibel promised Lafrem a 16-year prison term at his sentencing, set for Sept. 1. Prosecutors had asked for 20 years.
“He felt it was the right thing to do at this juncture,” Lafrem’s lawyer, Yana A. Roy, said after court.
Born in Morocco, the 32-year-old Lafrem told police he came to the United States in 2004. He was living in Norwood, Pa., but staying at a Manhattan hotel for a metal work job when he crossed paths with the woman, a nurse who was then 29, at Social. The three-story bar is near Manhattan’s theater district and the southern edge of Central Park.
“The attack on this woman was quick and brutal,” Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said in a statement Monday. Continue reading this article
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