Poll: Islam Fundamentalism Is Common in Europe

According to the liberal pro-diversity establishment, the true Islam is a “religion of peace” which has been hijacked by a small minority of extremists to commit numerous acts of terrorist violence. Elites further cling to the belief that Muslims residing in the West have assimilated to modern values.

Maybe not so much, if a recent poll in Europe is to be believed. A survey in several countries that contacted Muslims about their beliefs revealed that opinions thought to be extreme and rare were actually common. Those ideas include hostility toward gay persons and Jews, plus the belief that the West is out to destroy Islam (while at the same time many Muslims work to institute the worldwide rule of sharia law):

The survey results were published in WZB Mitteilungen, December 2013: “Fundamentalism and out-group hostility. Comparing Muslims and Christians in Europe”.

Even the diversity-prone Washington Post took notice, though the scribbler bashed Geert Wilders and other Europeans who have accurately warned of jihadist danger admitted via foolish immigration policies.

How widespread is Islamic fundamentalism in Western Europe?, Washington Post, December 13, 2013

One narrative about Muslim immigrants in Europe is that only a relatively small proportion holds views that are sometimes labeled as “fundamentalist.” Ruud Koopmans from the Wissenschaftszentrum in Berlin argues that this perspective is incorrect. He conducted a telephone survey of 9,000 respondents in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France, Austria, and Sweden and interviewed both Turkish and Moroccan immigrants as well as a comparison group of Christians.

His first finding is that majorities of Muslim immigrants believe that there is only one interpretation of the Koran possible to which every Muslim should stick (75 percent), and that religious rules are more important than the laws of the country in which they live (65 percent). Moreover, these views are as widespread among younger Muslims as among older generations. Continue reading this article

French Patriots March against Hostile Islam

On December 8, over a thousand citizens of France demonstrated in Paris about their disgust with the millions of Muslims embedded in their nation by unwise immigration. Not everyone in Europe is accepting the invasion without response.

Below, Muslims routinely pray en masse on Paris streets, an instance of Islam marking territory which French people find objectionable.

In addition, French nationalists have utilized music to rouse patriotic passions of the public:

Here’s a transcript of what marchers said, provided by GatesOfVienna.net

00:00 Christmas and Easter not “Holidays”
00:04 France = Christmas
00:08 France is Easter, not “holidays”
00:12 “Islam OF France” that’s
00:16 hot air (a lie) Islam IN France
00:20 we don’t want it! Continue reading this article

Victim Visa Quickly Reaches Limit

This year’s allotment of 10,000 U visa for crime victims has been used up since the visas opened up in October, so naturally the liberal open-borders types thinks America needs more additional slots for the fraud magnet category. Most of the U visas go to illegal aliens with the only qualification being claims of victimhood, so it’s just another scheme for scammers to get the keys to the kingdom.

For example, last spring a Mexican woman living in Marin County staged an armed robbery with a male relative to get a victim visa. There must be many more such cases that are not discovered by the police.

Word is getting out that America is the welfare agency for the world and permanent admittance can be gained via the victim visa. Several Saudi women in this country as students utilized the U visa to stay here permanently.

Congresswoman Diane Black had the right idea when she introduced the U Visa Reform Act of 2013 H.R. 463 which would limit chain migration, require that U visa holders be actual crime victims, and make the U visa a true nonimmigrant visa.

Rep Black sensibly observed, “While a criminal act against any individual in this country is inexcusable and reprehensible regardless of immigration status, it is not good immigration policy to staple green cards to police reports for those in the country illegally.”

Right, a black eye trumps a college degree in the United States of Victims.

If that isn’t bad enough, Washington also offers a T-1 visa for sex workers looking for a better life. Just the job skill America needs.

US Quickly Reaches Cap on Visas for Crime Victims, Associated Press, December 14, 2013

The federal government has already reached its cap on special visas for crime victims, just a few months into the fiscal year, the fastest the limit has been reached since the U.S. government started issuing them in 2008, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

The visas are meant to help authorities investigate crimes committed against people who are not legally in the U.S. and to provide a level of security to crime victims who otherwise might fear they could be deported if they come forward.

Some advocates say it’s a positive sign that the program is being used. It may also suggest that Congress should revisit the statutory cap of 10,000 on the so-called U visas.

The agency announced the cap was reached Wednesday, less than 2 ½ months into the fiscal year. The second-fastest year to the cap was 2010 — the first year it was reached — but that took 9 ½ months.

Although the cap has been reached, the agency continues accepting and reviewing petitions. Those initially deemed eligible are placed on a waiting list and will be in line to receive a U visa when next year’s allotment is offered beginning Oct. 1.

The visas were created in legislation passed in 2000, and the agency has issued them to more than 89,600 victims and family members since 2008. About 75 percent of U visas are granted on the basis of domestic violence or sexual assault crimes. Continue reading this article

France Reconsiders Assimilation -- and Threatens Its Own Identity

One step forward, two steps back. Maybe. France is thinking that the project of requiring Muslim immigrants to integrate into French society is just too hard and perhaps the authorities can just redefine the problem away. However, the surrender to insistent Muslim demands to remake France into a sharia-compliant country would be a fundamental change to the social structure and how the French see their national identity. Secularism and freedom from religion is foundational and stems from the 1789 revolution. Including Islamic values is a surrender of major proportions.

One specific issue has been the burqa ban, which was debated at length for a couple years before passage in 2010. But since then, riots over burqas have occurred in the towns of Marseille and Trappes.

Defender of traditional French values Marine Le Pen called the proposed plan “a declaration of war on the French Republic, the history of France and French culture.”

I’m guessing that the proposed Museum of Colonization designed to teach schoolkids about slavery and colonialism won’t include the history of Muslim Barbary pirates kidnapping more than a million Europeans to be enslaved. For more about that forgotten history, see Christopher Hitchens’ Jefferson Versus the Muslim Pirates.

France mulls overhaul of ‘assimilation’ policy towards immigrants, Daily Telegraph, December 13, 2013

A government report which proposes ending the ban on Muslim headscarves in schools and emphasising the ‘Arab-Oriental’ dimension of French identity has angered conservatives

A French government report has proposed a radical overhaul of the “assimilation” model which requires immigrants to abandon their culture for that of France, including ending the ban on Muslim headscarves in schools and naming streets and squares after notables of foreign origin.

In response to fears over growing racism and ethnic divisions in the country, it recommends emphasising the “Arab-Oriental” dimension of French identity, barring the media from mentioning a person’s ethnicity and promoting the teaching of Arabic and African languages in schools.

The report on how to better integrate France’s millions of citizens and residents of foreign origin was commissioned by Socialist Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault who plans to overhaul policy next year.

But it has drawn a furious reaction from the country’s conservative opposition, which said it amounted to an abandonment of French culture and secular values. “It will no longer be up to immigrants to adopt French culture but up to France to abandon its culture, its values, its history to adapt to the culture of others,” Jean-François Copé, leader of the UMP main opposition party, said.

The proposals include holding philosophical debates in primary schools to examine questions such as ethnicity, gender and religion and having less focus in school history books on “white, male, heterosexual” figures.

The text by a team of specially-appointed experts also suggests that school children should learn more about slavery and colonisation and that a Museum of Colonisation be created. Continue reading this article

Religion of Bullies Threatens London Liquor Establishments

On Thursday’s segment of JihadWatch on SunTV, Robert Spencer remarked about Muslim plans to harass London businesses which serve alcohol, because Mohammed says beer and similar beverages are verboten.

SPENCER: This is an increasing confrontation in Britain between the people who want to bring Islamic law to Britain and to radically change British society and people who believe things are okay as they are, and not only that, immigrants should essentially accept the mores of the country they are coming to rather than try to change the format. This confrontation is only going to grow, it’s not going to go away. This is just one more step toward what is unfortunately looking like an inevitable conflict, because while the British government is anxious to accommodate Islamic supremacist groups, at the same time when they start demanding that bars stop selling alcohol and close down and essentially alcohol be banned, there’s going to be a backlash.

In fact, several dozen did show up on Friday to threaten bar and restaurant owners with 40 lashes if they continued to serve alcoholic beverages.

Loudmouth pest Anjem Choudary led the mob in a march, shrieking Islamic threats.

The threat is not an idle one. Muslim vigilantes roam areas of London they claim for sharia and have attacked non-Muslims of whom they disapprove. A couple months ago, an American college student was beaten and put in the hospital because he was drinking beer with friends. (Video here.)

Violent behavior of this sort and worse is what happens when diverse Muslim immigrants reach a level of population where they can exert their will to create a sharia state by force. Britain has exacerbated the problem by coddling hostile Muslims in the vain hope that they will respond to nice.

Too many Muslim immigrants are soldiers of Islam who believe they have the right to force their religion on unwilling others, as has happened in nearly all of the Middle East, which used to be Christian. The West is crazy to continue admitting Muslim immigrants when many despise the freedoms we value.

Muslim protestors demand restaurants and shops stop selling ‘evil’ alcohol warning them they face 40 lashes if they carry on, Daily Mail, December 14, 2013

Dozens of Muslim protestors gathered to demand that businesses stop selling alcohol in a popular East London area yesterday.

The group, led by former Al-Muhajiroun leader Anjem Choudary, warned restaurants and shops in the Brick Lane area that they face 40 lashes if they continue to sell the product, which is banned under Sharia Law.

Around 60 men and women in burkhas handed over warning letters to Muslim-owned businesses in the area after the protest was initially delayed by a small number of English Defence League members staging a counter-protest.

Controversial cleric Choudary was at the forefront of the protest. The Al-Muhajiroun group he formerly led has been banned under terrorism laws.

Organisers told The Times the protest was held yesterday to coincide with the large number of office workers who would be in the area for Christmas parties.

Choudary told the crowd: ‘The shops are run by Muslims and they know they are selling alcohol and they know the sale and consumption of alcohol is completely prohibited.

‘We cannot live among the non-Muslims and see this evil take place.’

He told those gathered it was his wish that Sharia law, banning alcohol, should be enforced in Britain. [. . .]

Boehner Repositions for Amnesty

Talk about seizing defeat from the jaws of victory — that would be John Boehner’s leadership of House Republicans. The Speaker has been gifted with the most monumental screw-up in decades by the Democrats’ creation of socialist Obamacare for America which has crashed and burned worse than the Hindenburg.

It’s an epic opportunity for Reeps to kick back and allow liberal Democrats to self-destruct in arguably the most egregious manifestation of big government since the Russian Revolution.

Instead, Boehner apparently intends to tear the GOP to shreds by shoving through a mass amnesty to legalize foreigners when millions of American citizens still suffer unemployment from the lingering recession. In doing so, he would hand Obama a huge political win and rescue the President from the Obamacare catastrophe.

Is that any way to build the brand and win the Senate next year? Pissing off the conservative base is not a wise strategy for steering a political party. Rank and file Republicans will not accept amnesty, and will stay home on election day if it is passed.

Limbaugh opined on Friday that the GOP would be willing to lose some elections to get rid of the Tea Party, and that sounds at least partially right. Republican elites support the business globalization agenda of importing cheap foreign workers for any tasks that cannot be outsourced overseas. The populist conservatism of the Tea Party is particularly hated because it draws a clear line between traditional American values and the modern robber barons who run the country.

A recent Gallup poll determined only three percent of Americans thought immigration was the most important issue. The top item was dissatisfaction with government, a concern that a sledgehammer amnesty might tend to stoke.

Boehner hired an amnesty expert for his staff earlier this month, as a tip-off of intention. Democrat Leader Pelosi reported this week that Boehner had promised her that immigration would be taken up in 2014. The Speaker has gone out of his way to badmouth conservatives like Heritage and the Tea Party who oppose the establishment’s amnesty agenda. His plans are clear now.

Mark Levin: Boehner Trashing Conservatives to Get Amnesty Votes, Breitbart.com, December 12, 2013

On Thursday, conservative talk radio host Mark Levin said House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is lashing out at conservatives and throwing “temper tantrums” because he wants to delegitimize them as preparation for the looming fight over amnesty.

Levin said Boehner is “raising his voice” and throwing “temper tantrums” because he needs the votes of Republicans who are on the fence about immigration reform.

“He’s making it clear that it’s now time to take sides,” Levin explained.

Boehner has blasted conservative groups for opposing the budget, saying the Tea Party has “lost credibility.” Continue reading this article

Rapid Population Growth Returns to California

The failing economy of the once-Golden State has perked up enough to start drawing newbies once again, with more than 300,000 new residents in the last year. California had unemployment over 10 percent for four years, so October’s 8.7 percent joblessness indicates the uptick that is so attractive to outsiders.

In San Francisco, the tech industry is growing like gangbusters, leading to a building boom that is not welcomed in some quarters. In fact, the Manhattanization that was so long resisted in the city is now taking place, with skyscrapers popping up all over. More than a million square feet of office space is being built, with 26 high-rises going up in downtown.

However, this growth occurs at an unfortunate time, since this year has been one of the dryest on record, and 38 million residents puts a real strain on water supply. In fact, Senator Feinstein and Rep. Jim Costa voiced their concern to the governor (Lawmakers ask Brown to declare California drought emergency, Dec 11, San Francisco Chronicle). But elites decree that growth must go forward no matter what the consequences, so water supply is never mentioned.

California’s population growth highest since before recession, Associated Press, December 12, 2013

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s population grew by the highest rate in nearly a decade over the last year, swelling the state’s ranks to more than 38.2 million, new population figures released Thursday showed.

The state added 332,000 people between July 1, 2012 and July 1 of this year, a growth rate of 0.9 percent that is the highest since 2003-04, before the recession, the state Department of Finance reported.

Demographic experts said the increase highlights the recovery in the job market, especially since net migration added 66,000 people to the state — an increase of 71 percent from the year before. Alameda County, on the outskirts of Silicon Valley and home to a fast-growing technology sector, accounted for the largest share of the migration, with more than 15,000 new arrivals from other states and countries.

“We are at the beginning of an upturn in population growth driven by the reemergence of job growth in the state,” said Stephen Levy, director of the Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy.

Santa Clara County, home to Silicon Valley, and Orange County, which houses a sizable number of tech firms, each received more than 15,000 foreign immigrants, he noted. Continue reading this article

House Hearing Investigates Asylum Fraud

On Thursday morning, the House Judiciary Committee took up the subject of Asylum Abuse: Is it Overwhelming our Borders?

For Democrats and other friends of victimhood, providing an abundant welcome for the hard-luck cases of the planet is job #1. The Dems consider a cushy reception to be far more important than public safety from hostile characters, ranging from Mexicans claiming a “credible fear” (who may be cartel members) to head-choppy jihadists from around the Muslim world. The point is that more people are gaming the system because they are often successful, and there is no penalty for attempting asylum fraud.

The testimony of Ruth Wasem of the Congressional Research Service had several charts showing the rapid rise of asylum claims over the last year or two. Below is one example:

Make no mistake, the administration’s squishy attitude toward immigration enforcement has enticed very dangerous persons to claim asylum to gain entrance.

Mexican drug cartels exploit asylum system by claiming ‘credible fear’, Washington Times, By Stephen Dinan, November 21, 2013

The House Judiciary Committee has begun looking at reports that Mexican drug cartel members are abusing the U.S. asylum system to bypass regular immigration checks and get into the country, where some are setting up smuggling operations and others engage in the same violent feuds that caused them to flee Mexico in the first place.

In one instance, a woman made a claim of asylum and three months later was apprehended at a Border Patrol checkpoint with more than $1 million in cocaine, according to a memo obtained by the committee that says criminal gangs are exploiting holes in the asylum system.

The memo, viewed by The Washington Times, also details cartel hit-squad members who won access to the U.S. after claiming they feared violence after they “fell out of grace” with their employers.

In another case listed in the memo, two families involved in drug trafficking came to the U.S. claiming “credible fear” of persecution, then began targeting each other once they were here.

“It’s outrageous that members of Mexican drug cartels and others involved in illicit activity are so easily able to exploit our asylum laws and live in the U.S. virtually undetected,” said Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, Virginia Republican. [. . .]

Incidentally, I learned about the hearing by seeing a clip of Goodlatte on the Lou Dobbs Show. The Judiciary Chairman made the following remarks, starting at 5.20:

“. . . we will not even conference with it [the Senate bill] after we do our work in the step-by-step reforms that address enforcement of our immigration laws first doing legal immigration reforms and then finding an appropriate legal status but not a special pathway to citizenship for people who are illegally in the country.”

Of course, any “legal status” that allows the aliens to get work permits and be free of worry about deportation is all the invaders care about. They didn’t break into the United States so they could vote in our elections. For that reason,

Legalization IS amnesty.

You have to listen carefully when lawyers speak. Goodlatte likes to say he objects to a “special pathway” to citizenship for foreign lawbreakers, but legalization is negotiable.

In the following clip from the hearing, Congressman Trey Gowdy grills Deputy ICE Director Daniel Ragsdale about what constitutes a “credible threat” and other topics.

Following are Chairman Goodlatte’s opening remarks:

Statement of Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, Full Committee Hearing “Asylum Abuse: Is it Overwhelming our Borders?”, December 12, 2013

The United States of America is extremely hospitable to immigrants, asylees, and refugees.  Our nation’s record of generosity and compassion to people in need of protection from war, anarchy, natural disaster, and persecution is exemplary and easily the best in the world.

We have maintained a robust refugee resettlement system, taking in more United Nations designated refugees than all other countries combined. We grant asylum to tens of thousands of asylum seekers each year. We expect to continue this track record in protecting those who arrive here in order to escape persecution.

Unfortunately, however, because of our well justified reputation for compassion, many people are tempted to file fraudulent claims just so they can get a free pass into the United States.

The system becomes subject to abuse and fraud when the generous policies we have established are stretched beyond imagination by the Administration.  It also becomes subject to abuse when people seek to take advantage of our generosity and game the system by identifying and exploiting loopholes. Continue reading this article

Responsible Legislators Disagree with Obama that Terror Threat Is Diminished

One of the ways that the Obama Administration misleads about the jihadists threat is by its use of the term “al-Qaeda.” While that was the group that attacked us on 9/11, it is only one of dozens of similar jihad gangs around the world working for a global caliphate of universal Islamic rule. Several are well known, like Somalia’s al-Shabaab that recently massacred dozens of shoppers in a Nairobi mall (shown below).

Congressman Mike McCaul, Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, appeared on Fox News Monday to draw attention to Obama’s inaccurate characterization of the war on terror. The President routinely says, “Al Qaeda is on the run” which, strictly speaking, may be accurate. But other jihadist enterprises are on the march throughout the world. The murder of the American ambassador to Libya a year ago was a big win from the viewpoint of hostile Muslims everywhere, and that nation’s assembly recently voted to follow sharia law.

As Rep. McCaul remarked on Fox:

“The president has this narrative that I believe is a false narrative that gives a false sense of security, that since the killing of bin Laden everything is fine, al-Qaida is on the run, and this war on terrorism is over. And quite the contrary. I would say it’s not a pre-9/11 threat as he indicates, but rather a threat that spreads like wildfire, like a spiderweb across northern Africa. We’ve seen Egypt fall, we’ve see Libya fall, this is where they look for power vacuums and they breed and thrive in those vacuums, Syria now the culmination of the Sunni-Shia conflict is perhaps one of the biggest breeding training grounds in the world with jihadists pouring in from all over the world, not just from the Middle East but from Europe and the United States. [. . .]

But the smaller-scale attacks, like we saw in Boston earlier this year, we are not protected from. They are much more difficult to detect, deter and disrupt. So when he says we’ve taken out core al-Qaida, he’s talking about a very, very small faction of radical extremists.”

A few other examples of energized Islam: France felt it was necessary to send troops to Mali to knock back the sharia forces earlier this year. The majority Christian Central African Republic has been split by a civil war started by Muslims who took over the capital this year. The Nigerian city of Kano is run by jihadists, who destroyed the local supply of beer in November for the love of Mohammed. The jihad government of Egypt was taken out, but supporters of Allah-flavored tyranny hope to get back in power there.

Some wins, some losses, but overall the Islamic war of violence and demography is proceeding along nicely from their perspective.

Elsewhere, a bipartisan pair of legislators, Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and Congressman Mike Rogers (R-MI), recently agreed on CNN that America is less secure now than earlier (Watch).

CNN Transcript, State of the Union, December 1, 2013

CANDY CROWLEY: The big question that’s always asked, are we safer now than we were a year ago, two years ago? In general?

FEINSTEIN: I don’t think so. I think terror is up worldwide, the statistics indicate that, the fatalities are way up. The numbers are way up. There are new bombs, very big bombs, trucks being reinforced for those bombs. There are bombs that go through magnatometers. The bomb maker is still alive. There are more groups that ever and there’s huge malevolence out there.

CROWLEY: So congressman, I have to say, that is not the answer I expected. I expected to hear, oh, we’re safer. Do you agree?

ROGERS: Oh, I absolutely agree that we’re not safer today for the same very reasons.

So why doesn’t the government stop admitting Muslim immigrants? Doesn’t the country have enough diverse hostility yet?

Rasmussen Poll: Deportation Policy Not Tough Enough

While Obama-friendly stenographers in the press promote the idea that the administration has a “high rate of deportations”, 60 percent of the citizenry believes not enough homeward trips are happening. Perhaps the voters understand that the deport numbers are inflated to make Obama seem a serious law enforcement guy in order to advance the amnesty project.

But the President even admitted to an audience of hispanic journalists in 2011 that the record repatriation numbers were “deceptive” because of phony baloney counting. He can’t help himself from bragging about how clever he thinks he is.

Below, the public wants lawbreaking illegal aliens sent home pronto.

60% Think U.S. Not Aggressive Enough In Deporting Illegal Immigrants, Rasmussen Reports, December 10, 2013

More than 20 House Democrats last week urged President Obama to halt the deportation of illegal immigrants until Congress passes a comprehensive immigration reform plan, but voters by a two-to-one margin oppose that idea. Most already think the federal government is not vigilant enough in deporting those who are in this country illegally.

Only 29% of Likely U.S. Voters think the government should stop deporting illegal immigrants until Congress passes an immigration reform plan. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 57% oppose a halt to deportations. Fourteen percent (14%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Tijuana Tent City of Deported Lawbreakers Alarms Catholic.org

Typically, professional Catholic handwringers fret about Mexicans suffering in Mexico, and conclude it’s America’s fault. The specific Mexicans are deported individuals, so they are willful lawbreakers exhibiting hostility to American sovereignty and to the people of this country.

Tijuana’s tent city of deportees, aka La Mapa, is filled with hundreds of dome camper tents.

Plus, the writer insists upon calling them “refugees” as if they were victims rather than persons who created their own unfortunate situation through lawbreaking.

The “refugee” usage is only one of a number of melodramatic, inaccurate characterizations.

The evil pit of despair that awaits illegal immigrants deported to Tijuana, Catholic Online, December 6, 2013

Tijuana is home to a massive number of refugees awaiting a chance to return to the United States after being deported. Many of those refugees are making their homes in a semi-permanent tent city where drugs and violence are rampant.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) – As a virtual civil war continues in Mexico and the economy improves in the U.S., illegal immigrants are once again eying the United States as a destination for a better life. those who are caught are dumped in Tijuana where they must settle into a tent city.

Although many are entering the country illegally, they are doing what they can to assimilate. In the infamous “El Mapa” tent city in Tijuana, more than half of the residents speak English and have family waiting for them north of the border.

California authorities say most of the deportees, about two-thirds, have criminal convictions. This appears to be true, except those criminal convictions are not for violent crimes. Many are for misdemeanors including traffic infractions. A full one-third have no criminal record at all.

Mexican immigrants are lured to the United States with the tempting prospect of work and an opportunity to raise children in a place that isn’t riddled with gang violence. The southwestern border of the U.S. has always been porous with waves of immigrants passing both directions with the seasons since people can remember.

When Mexicans settle en masse in the United States, gang violence often follows. They bring it.

Continue reading this article

Democrats Cry Crocodile Tears over Citizen Unemployment, While Pushing Immediate Work Permits for Millions of Illegal Aliens

In the nation’s capital, hypocrisy is the universal sport, played enthusiastically by both parties in the Congress. However there are times when the craven political lies are so extreme as to make eyes roll back and heads explode from the shamelessness demonstrated.

One such was Thursday’s all-Democrat “hearing” to promote an extension of emergency unemployment benefits for American workers about to lose their checks. The purpose was to smack Republicans who want to end crazed overspending, and the Dems presented a theatrical tableau consisting of teary-eyed citizens telling their hard-luck stories.

At the same time, the Democrat loudmouths leading the “hearing” are the biggest advocates for amnesty for millions and a doubling of legal immigration — the worst policy imaginable for citizen employment. Far from being the friend of American workers, Democrats are their worst enemies. One example: ALL Senate Democrats voted for the loophole-ridden S.744 amnesty bill. That bill would be clearly harmful to US workers, since it would reduce average wages in America for 12 years and increase unemployment for 7 years, according to a CBO report.

Some star Democrats were in attendance at the dog and pony show, including former Speaker Nancy Pelosi (lifetime immigration enforcement grade F), former Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (lifetime immigration enforcement grade D) and liberal chatterbox Rosa DeLauro (lifetime immigration enforcement grade F).

The House Democrats ran true to form, and were more concerned with government benefits being spread around rather than improving the job-creation climate in the current economy, in which growth is tepid at best.

You can watch the entire presentation online through C-SPAN, although it is 90 minutes long with much headache-inducing political posturing: Long-Term Unemployment Benefits.

For a shorter sample, you can watch Nevada Congressman Stephen Horsford as he made a general statement about unemployment in his state, then addressed out-of-work electrician Stan Osnowitz:

“Stan, I want to ask you a specific question, because one sector that has been hardest hit in my state is the construction sector. And I have building trade workers and unions, like IBEW, and a lot of other trades that have been unemployed now for more than a year. And there really are no jobs in that sector coming back anytime soon in my community because of the sustained recession. The construction industry was our number two sector behind gaming. So it’s been hardest hit. So it is good to hear a union perspective. So I want to ask you, as a building trades worker, what about the quality of the job that you’re looking for? I mean you come from a sector with good, livable wages, good benefits with pension, and apprenticeship to come back and retrain. What happens to you if the jobs that they are trying to put you in don’t really provide for family-sustaining wages for you and your family?”

Stan Osnowitz:
“As you sit out of work, you start questioning your ability to do a job. Your worth drops, your self-confidence drops, and it takes quite a bit to build it back up. It’s hard to be unemployed. I feel myself as a craftsman. I build. I enjoy building. I like to look back on what I built and say I did that. That’s my pride. When I don’t have that, when I don’t have a job, you feel worthless. It’s a feeling I don’t like. I’ve been in the trade 43 years. I have worked everything from bridges, to steel mills, to car plants, and I’ve always given the top, best job I could, and the quality is what my pride is and that’s what I try to give. To do anything else is unfulfilling. It doesn’t give you a feeling of worth. It doesn’t make you feel good. It’s hard to do something else, not after all of these years and all the training: the continuous training that we go under.”

As it happens, Nevada has had a huge influx of illegal alien labor into the construction industry. In 2003, house framer William Ennis described how his career was ruined: “I started out making $800 to $1,200 a week here for a 40-hour week. It got to where I was having to work seven days a week, 12 hours a day, just to make $600 a week. And that’s just in the past three or four years.”

If anyone in Congress wanted to help jobless construction workers, a good start would be immigration enforcement.

In another screaming hypocrisy, Father Larry Snyder, the President of Catholic Charities USA, spoke at the hearing, remarking, “Our Catholic tradition teaches us that society acting through the government has a special obligation to consider first the needs of the poor and the vulnerable.”

In fact, Catholic Charities gets billions of dollars from the American taxpayer for questionable activities that include resettling refugees and advising illegal aliens about beating immigration law.

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