Reliable pro-borders leader Senator Jeff Sessions appeared on Laura Ingraham’s radio show recently to discuss the DREAM Act — how the legislation was rammed through the House with one hour’s debate, no amendments. Many who voted for the amnesty are not coming back next year.
Sessions called it “another example of [Congress] not listening to the American people… that the first thing to be done is to eliminate this mass illegality that we’ve got in the country. This is a surrender to illegality.”
Remember this guy? He was the 25-year-old Honduran crack dealer Jose Mendoza Cerrato who successfully masqueraded as a juvenile in permissive San Francisco using fake identification that portrayed him as being 17. So instead of being tried, imprisoned and later deported as an adult felon, he was sent at taxpayer expense ($7K/month) to a comfy group home in San Bernardino County to receive culturally appropriate liberal counseling. (See my blog item, Another San Francisco Poster Boy Crack Dealer.)
Anyway, the point is that illegals procure fraudulent IDs specific to their needs. If the miscreants need to be juveniles, then no problema. They just stipulate that requirement when ordering up their fake papers from the local distributor.
But since there is no requirement for the authorities to check any of the applicants’ papers, the varieties of fraud will most certainly include age. Persons who genuinely graduated from high school, but at a time inconvenient to pose as under 30, will buy a fake diploma online with a better date.
If the amnesty passes, I’m thinking there will be gigantic rush on hair dye among the post-30 alien crowd to look younger by coloring over the annoying grey.
There’s no punishment for lying on the application, so the question is who won’t apply? And who behind the desk will question anyone for looking too old? It won’t happen.
Sadly, the House vote on the execrable DREAM Act stealth amnesty wasn’t even close: 216 — 198 (see the House Clerk’s count for details). It wasn’t a pretty picture. The Lame Duck Democrat Congress cannot end soon enough.
Mark Twain said, “No man’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the congress is in session” and double that for the Reid-Pelosi operation.
The debate wasn’t completely overcome with stupidity and treason. There were sterling floor speeches exemplifying logic and good governance, like Rep Steve King’s:
Here’s Rep Ed Royce:
The Senate is supposed to take up the DREAM Act on Thursday morning where the prospects are less positive — so the experts say. Let’s hope so.
At least Jeff Sessions is a leader in the Senate for the issues of borders and sovereignty.
See also Roy Beck’s blog about how the legislation would turn millions of illegal aliens into legal workers to compete with jobless Americans:
When the House and Senate (presumably) vote this afternoon, I think it is important to frame the issue in terms of giving out millions of additional 10-year work permits.
You see, even people who don’t qualify in the first place or who do qualify for the provisional amnesty but never meet the educational criteria later — all of them can get a 10-year work permit from the start.
Here’s the way it would work under the latest DREAM amnesty bill introduced in the Senate (and coming up for a vote today):
THE 10-YEAR WORK PERMITS FOR PEOPLE WHO DO NOT QUALIFY
1. Application: The DREAM amnesty begins with illegal aliens filling out applications. They merely have to claim — not provide evidence — that they meet criteria of having been brought to the U.S. before age 16 and being under the age of 30 at time of enactment and being present in the U.S. at least 5 years before enactment of the amnesty, among other criteria.
2. Work Permits Given: Once they allege these minimal criteria, the illegal aliens are given “conditional lawful permanent resident status” and are given a 10-year work permit to compete directly with the 22 million Americans who want a full-time job but can’t find one.
Estimates suggest that up to 2 million illegal aliens could legitimately qualify for the opening application, and perhaps a couple million more might be or look young enough to fraudulently apply.
The wikileaks leaks, though clearly harmful to America’s national security, have nevertheless revealed some welcome information on vexing topics.
One non-surprise background item was the how Washington was not as clueless as it has appeared regarding the Mexico meltdown into anarchy in the government’s failing drug war. Perhaps the arrogant Presidente Calderon would not have gotten so much gushing applause from the Democrats in Congress for criticizing Arizona’s crackdown on immigration anarchy had the real facts been known at the time of his visit last spring.
The US has lost confidence in the Mexican army’s ability to win the country’s drugs war, branding it slow, clumsy and no match for “sophisticated” narco-traffickers.
Classified diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks also reveal a growing sense of alarm within Mexico’s government that time is running out in the battle against organised crime and that it could “lose” entire regions.
The memos detail blunders in the fight against drug cartels and a desperate search for a new strategy to save President Felipe Calderón’s administration from a bloodsoaked fiasco.
Another mystery solved is Scotland’s release of the Libyan jihadist who was convicted of the Lockerbie bombing because he was supposedly about to die from cancer and was promoted by the Scots as an act of “compassion.” It looked like a big lie at the time and wikileaks has shown the depth of weaselhood from our friends the British. The killer Al-Megrahi had murdered 270 people and the UK let him go because of some fears about loss of trade with Libya. No wonder the jihadists think the West is hopelessly stuck on money, with no other values.
Sir Vincent Fean, the UK’s ambassador to Tripoli at the time, also warned that continuing to hold Abdelbaset Al-Megrahi in a prison in Scotland could have “disastrous implications for British interests in Libya”.
Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, 57, was jailed in 2001 for the atrocity which claimed 270 lives in 1988. He was freed on compassionate grounds in August 2009.
The warnings were contained in secret communiqués sent from US embassy staff in Tripoli in August 2009, and produced in Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine.
One cable said: “The British ambassador expressed relief that Megrahi likely would be returned to Libya under the compassionate release program.
“He noted that a refusal of Megrahi’s request could have had disastrous implications for British interests in Libya.”
Then the cable appeared to quote the ambassador saying: “They could have cut us off at the knees, just like the Swiss.”
The warning is thought to refer to Col Gaddafi’s call in 2008 for a jihad against the Switzerland when police arrested his son Hannibal and daughter in law Aline Skaf.
The couple were released and charges relating to an altercation with their servants dropped.
However Libya responded by withdrawing billions of dollars from Swiss banks, cutting off oil supplies, denying visas and recalling diplomats.
At the time of the release of Al-Megrahi in August 2009, Gordon Brown, the Prime Minister, insisted that the UK Government had played no role in the release.
Now if we could just get more information about Area 51…
It used to be the case that an evening at the symphony or opera was a welcome respite from the daily onslaught of diversity propaganda. Sadly, the oasis of Western culture that classical music affords is slipping away also.
One example is the San Francisco Symphony’s yearly celebration of Mexican culture, including mariachi music and Day of the Dead accoutrements. There’s no associated low-rider car show — yet.
On his way through the lobby of Davies Symphony Hall, Donato Cabrera pauses in front of a colorful Ferris wheel, decorated with macabre gondolas in the shape of skulls, and puts on a pair of blue and red goggles at a 3-D Day of the Dead altar covered in images of famous Mexican folk heroes, devised by René and Rio Yañez.
In Houston, diversity has been escalated still further with a major incursion of Mexican culture in the form of a mariachi opera. The story line is a typical illegal alien sob story with a reality twist: immigrant granddad on his deathbed confesses he abandoned his original family back in Mexico when he came north. So the story is a lot more credible than many opera plots.
And the Houston Chronicle report managed a DREAM Act tie in. So convenient and timely!
Keep in mind: the opera celebrates illegal immigration and at least one of the musicians was an illegal. There’s no similar liberal media glorification of other mass crime, but here it’s “tears and hugs.”
The young mariachi — a trumpeter whose powerful vibrato bounds effortlessly from his wiry frame — isn’t the star of this opera.
He blends into the arc of strings and brass and midnight blue, bejeweled charro suits accompanying the singers in the spotlight. But he finds his story center stage.
The Houston Grand Opera’s production, To Cross the Face of the Moon or Cruzar la Cara del la Luna, touted as the world’s first mariachi opera, captures a Mexican immigrant family’s journey to Texas and the sacrifice and loss that come with it.
Without taking a stand on the politically charged topic, the opera humanizes members in our society often relegated to one dimension: hotel maid, landscaper, dark, wall-scaling figures in the stock footage that loops relentlessly on Fox News.
It’s not an opera that allows the audience to melt lazily into cozy seats. It calls us to stand in uncomfortable shoes. To feel the art in reality’s vivid relief.
David Moreno, a 20-year-old junior at the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg and a member of the school’s Mariachi Aztlan, didn’t experience the tragedy of the family in the opera. (The main character, lured by the promise of more money to support his family, leaves them behind to work in Texas. His pregnant wife and their young son try to reunite with him, but the wife dies crossing the border.)
Moreno says he saw his parents in the characters’ sacrifice and in their romantic ideals of what they hoped to achieve in America. Moreno came to Texas at age 5 on a vacation visa with his family and never left. He lived most of his life in fear of being found out, a captive of his undocumented status and the Valley checkpoints that locked the family away from the rest of the world.
“My threat every day was ‘what if we got stopped?’ My dad had to drive. And if we got stopped, they would take him away,” Moreno told me in an interview Sunday before the opera’s final performance at Talento Bilingue de Houston.
He has vague memories of the journey from Monterrey to El Norte and of the tears and hugs when the family reunited with mom in Rio Grande City. He remembers the one-room house his father paid for at first by mowing lawns on the owner’s property. As a child, he recalls seeing his father rise before dawn and come home after dark, eking out a living with odd jobs: painting, plumbing, roofing. His mother would clean houses and babysit. [. . .]
He eventually graduated from high school with honors and is now pursuing a music education degree at UTPA, with the hopes of teaching music or performing professionally. He’s the kind of student the proposed DREAM Act was written for. The legislation would provide a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants who came as children, stayed out of trouble and attended college or joined the military.
The Obama administration’s hypocrisy regarding workplace enforcement is nicely laid out in an article by la Times’ legal analyst David Savage. Candidate Obama favored a crackdown on employers of illegals (since employers are a favorite target for the left), but President Obama has fought any sort of workplace enforcement, particularly when the states take charge.
The Obama administration has even condemned use of E-verify, the 99% effective federal program that instantaneously checks whether new hires are authorized to work in this country. More precisely, Obama doesn’t want Arizona or any other state to mandate the use of E-verify.
Also fascinating is the political maneuvering behind the scenes that Savage reveals, where the administration’s original intent was to use strong enforcement against the employment of illegal aliens, but that policy melted away to nothing in the face of Raza demands. The Democrats used to represent working people at least somewhat; now they are the tribalist party only.
President Obama once favored a “crackdown on employers” who hired illegal immigrants, and as a candidate called for “much tougher enforcement standards” for companies that employed illegal workers.
But this week, Obama’s top courtroom lawyer will join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in urging the Supreme Court to strike down an Arizona law that goes after employers who hire illegal workers. The administration also seeks to void a part of the state’s law that tells employers they must check the federal government’s E-Verify database to make sure their new hires are authorized to work in the United States.
The move sets the stage for a high court ruling on the most disputed issue in immigration law: Can states and cities enforce their own laws against illegal immigrants, or must they wait for federal authorities to act?
The administration found itself in an awkward spot in part because the Legal Arizona Workers Act was signed into law in 2007 by then- Gov. Janet Napolitano. She said it would impose the “business death penalty” on employers caught a second time hiring illegal workers, and blamed “the flow of illegal immigration into our state … [on] the constant demand of some employers for cheap, undocumented labor.
“ Now, however, Napolitano is Obama’s secretary of Homeland Security, which enforces the immigration laws and administers E-Verify, a voluntary electronic program that checks whether new hires are authorized to work in the United States. Federal agencies and federal contractors are required to use the program.
This year, the administration had a fierce internal debate over what to do about laws in Arizona and elsewhere against illegal immigration. In November 2009, the high court asked the Justice Department to weigh in on the Legal Arizona Workers Act and whether it conflicted with federal law.
Several participants in the debate say Napolitano counseled against intervening in the case. She and others emphasized that the administration had tried to send the message that it favored strong enforcement, particularly against employers who were repeat violators.
But in the spring, immigrant rights advocates stepped up the pressure and argued that the administration had to take a stand against a second Arizona law. SB 1070 required police to check the immigration status of people they have lawfully stopped and suspect are in the country illegally. Activists feared it would lead to “racial profiling” and harassment of legal immigrants. Continue reading this article
Newt Gingrich is a clever fellow with many worthwhile ideas; his strength on national security and recognition that hostile Islam presents a severe danger are particularly welcome as a voice of reason against the loony peacenik in the White House.
However, Gingrich must be closely watched. He thinks his political brilliance can overcome cultural chasms which are largely unbridgeable. His outreach to hispanics is long standing and arguably extreme. When he was Speaker, a pet project was gaining statehood for Puerto Rico as a way to friend hispanics, despite the fact that Mexicans and Central Americans show no interest in Puerto Rican issues at all. In fact, a strongly Spanish-speaking state in the USA would create a bilingual country (like Canada), a deeply destructive dismantling of American community via official widespread language apartheid. The damage of Puerto Rico the state would be incalculable, in return for zero political gain.
Such dumb ideas based in diversity ideology have not gone away. Gingrich is one of those dreamy Republicans who likes to applaud hispanic family values, despite enormous evidence to the contrary, e.g. the growing number of out-of-wedlock births (which comprise nearly half of hispanic births in the US) and the willful abandonment of wives and children in the home country as part of illegal immigration.
In a blog from last winter (Newt Gingrinch’s Foray into Cultural Treason), I noted Gingrich’s statement that he supports English as the official language of the United States but “I’m also for campaigning in Spanish.” Only a coldly calculating politician could make that statement in all seriousness.
His bilingual website “The Americano” supposedly expounds conservative ideas for hispanics. But the site is not friendly toward traditional American values. For starters, the name is troubling — what is an “Americano” anyway? It sounds like a coded tribalism that Newt hopes to sneak under the radar. There’s immigration commentary (“Straight Talk”) from big-amnesty advocate Ruben Navarrette. And who knows what’s being written in Spanish?
Gingrich is looking more like a Presidential candidate with a side dish of hispandering, for example as he recently campaigned with his Americano gimmick at a two-day forum. Trashing sovereignty hero Tom Tancredo was clearly high on the agenda.
In last month’s midterm election, Hispanic voters again sided solidly with Democrats. The decades-long trend is increasingly worrisome to Republicans. So in one of several new outreach efforts, former GOP House speaker Newt Gingrich has started a Web site. It’s called TheAmericano.com. And over the past two days, he’s used it to host a forum for conservative Hispanics. [. . .]
GONYEA: Most of the attendees call themselves conservatives and Republicans. They’re in the minority within the Latino community. Gustavo Bujanda is a vice president at a Dallas PR firm.
Mr. GUSTAVO BUJANDA: In being a conservative, I find myself that I also disconnect tremendously with where, at least right now, the Republican Party, or large parts of the Republican Party, are.
GONYEA: He’s talking about immigration and the tough language Republicans often use when debating the issue. Former Colorado congressman and presidential candidate Tom Tancredo’s name came up a lot at this conference. This speech from his ‘08 run for the GOP presidential nomination. It is vintage Tancredo. (Soundbite of archived audio)
Mr. TOM TANCREDO (Former Representative, Republican, Colorado): We see our communities turning into what Theodore Roosevelt called polyglot boarding houses, made up of immigrants who refuse to assimilate and refuse to speak English…
GONYEA: Bujanda says such words, though not representative of Republicans as a whole, send a message about the party.
Mr. BUJANDA: When I hear members of the extreme right of the Republican Party speak in the language that they do about immigration, I frankly take offense because there’s something about me that they don’t like.
GONYEA: He says there needs to be outreach to Latino voters, yes, but also to the party itself. The conference featured a lot of such dialogue during formal sessions but also in hallways and over meals. And despite all the talk of making a positive case for Latinos to embrace Republicans whose core ideals match theirs, there was also plenty of frustration that Democrats are viewed so much more favorably by Latino voters.
As numerous polls have shown, the Arizona law had great public support, even after months of media lies saying the law included racial profiling. Immigration enforcement is a mainstream value, not a fringe issue as the MSM continues to prattle, like in the NPR report above.
Attention, Gingrich: Americans don’t want their country invaded by 30 million foreigners who are then rewarded with citizenship for their lawbreaking.
Does he really think he can peddle his anti-American hispandering without citizens noticing? (A similar political strategy didn’t work out so well for California governor candidate Meg Whitman.)
The video below shows Newt inviting hispanics to his Americano clambake, with no mention of issues that would be considered controversial by that audience, namely borders, language and culture. The image for the organization shows a map of North and South America, so that must be what “Americano” means — a resident of the Western Hemisphere. Illegal alien Mexicans et al like to claim that they are already Americans, just like the French are Europeans. Continents — so handy for hispandering!
The best way to increase conservatism among hispanics would be to stop immigration entirely so that the hispanics already here will have a better chance to improve their lives.
The Right Perspective comments on the Speaker’s contortions of logic and includes a clip from Laura Ingraham’s radio interview following his exercise in hispandering:
Ingraham then played a clip from the day before where Gingrich said, “we have to find policies that extend to every American, and that includes people who are not yet legal, every American, the opportunity to pursue happiness, the opportunity to have a work ethic, the opportunity to grow more prosperous, and we have to design a system where it is more advantageous to be legal than illegal.” She then asked Gingrich what he felt Americans voted for on November 2.
Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) appeared on a Fox News show this morning. The DREAM Act stealth amnesty for millions came up at about 1:35 into the video.
When asked whether the bill might pass during the Lame Duck Congress, Sessions responded, “I certainly hope not. The only chance is for them to try to ram it through during the last days of this Lame Duck Congress while the Democrats still have a majority. [. . .] It will be a close vote, for sure.”
According to recent number crunching done by the Center for Immigration Studies, the much ballyhooed DREAM Act stealth amnesty will cost taxpayers billions of dollars rather than provide a benefit. What a surprise.
On average, each illegal immigrant who attends a public institution will receive a tuition subsidy from taxpayers of nearly $6,000 for each year he or she attends, for total cost of $6.2 billion a year, not including other forms of financial assistance they may also receive.
(As an example of the poor reporting on this issue from even the friendly press, note how the occasional supporter of sovereignty Sean Hannity mischaracterized the bill as granting “amnesty to the children of illegal immigrants” in the video below. Of course, the “children” themselves are citizens of foreign countries, here illegally. Hannity fancies himself as the brilliant analyst, but can’t even describe important legislation correctly. Hannity was less concerned about border security when Republican George Bush was President. Anyway, what Senator Sessions had to say is more important.)
It would be interesting to know how many illegal students plan a professional career helpful to their tribe rather than the American people, but pollsters and reporters don’t seem to be interested in that topic. When California students hold protest rallies, some don’t even bother to create signs in English any more. When students complained last spring about increased tuition, another sign that popped up was “Defend Ethnic Studies” as a marker of leftist fervor.
Finally, will illegal kiddies who claim they are about to be deported get a guaranteed ticket to the university of their choice ahead of citizen students? I know a lot of colleges where such a plea would be a big plus.
TALLAHASSEE — The first crack at an Arizona-style immigration overhaul has been filed in the Florida Senate, with a proposal that would let law enforcement officers ask suspected illegal aliens to prove their immigration status and could penalize some legal immigrants who aren’t carrying proper documentation.
The bill, sponsored by Senate President Pro Tempore Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton, is the first volley in a likely long and heated debate over the future of immigration policy in the state. Since the passage of the Arizona law last spring, many Florida Republicans – including Gov.-elect Rick Scott – have argued that Florida needs a similar law and campaigned on the issue throughout the summer and into the fall.
“Any time you file a bill it’s basically opening up for dialogue, opening up for discussion, opening up for debate,” Bennett said.
Scott, in particular, made the Arizona law a major piece of his race for governor, frequently mentioning it at campaign stops and urging Floridians to follow his lead and make a donation to Arizona’s Border Security and Immigration Legal Defense Fund. Since his election in November, the incoming governor has been largely quiet on the subject and has not drawn up any specific proposals yet, but his spokesman said the governor maintains his position on the issue.
“I have no specifics right now on what an immigration bill would have to have, but his position is still if someone violates Florida laws, the police should ask if they are legal or not,” said Scott spokesman Trey Stapleton. “If they are in the state illegally they should be deported.”
Senate 0136: Relating to Enforcement of Immigration Laws S136 GENERAL BILL by Bennett
Enforcement of Immigration Laws; Prohibits the state or its political subdivisions from limiting or restricting the enforcement of immigration laws. Requires a law enforcement officer to request citizenship information under certain circumstances. Authorizes a law enforcement agency to transport an alien to a federal facility. Authorizes citizens to sue the state or a political subdivision of the state if the state or political subdivision is restricting the enforcement of federal immigration laws. Prohibits law enforcement officers from using race as a determining factor in an assessment under the act, etc. EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2011
Here’s the sort of normal horror that goes on more and more frequently because of open borders. An illegal alien thug broke into a 78-year-old woman’s apartment to rob the place and beat her so severely with a crowbar that she was left blind.
Jose Perez-Gonzalez (pictured at right) was convicted on Tuesday in Daly City, California.
A man has been convicted of charges that he beat and blinded a 78-year-old widow inside her Daly City home after she surprised him during a robbery attempt, a prosecutor said today.
Jose Perez-Gonzalez, 31, an illegal immigrant who was living in South San Francisco, broke into the woman’s home in the Serramonte neighborhood Jan. 12, 2008, by prying open a rear sliding-glass door. When the woman confronted him, Perez-Gonzalez beat her in the face with his metal pry bar, an attack that left her blind.
Police found the victim semi-conscious and near death after they responded to a silent burglar alarm. She now lives in a rest home. Her name has not been released.
Perez-Gonzalez was a tenant in a South San Francisco apartment building that the victim’s family owned. An acquaintance of Perez-Gonzalez telephoned the woman earlier in the day and posed as a package deliveryman to determine when she was going to be home, police said.
Perez-Gonzalez intended to burglarize the residence when no one was there, authorities said.
Police tracked him to his hometown of Guadalajara, where Mexican authorities arrested him in November 2008.
Judge Craig Parsons of San Mateo County Superior Court convicted him Tuesday of attempted robbery, residential burglary, mayhem, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse and possession of stolen property. He is being held without bail pending his sentencing hearing Jan. 10.
At least the Mexicans sent him back — we can be grateful for that.
An earlier report described the horror of the attack. . .
A brutal assault on a 78-year-old woman during a daytime burglary in an upscale Daly City home has left the victim in critical condition and prompted the city to offer a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of her suspected attacker, police reported Thursday. [. . .]
She was bleeding profusely from massive blows to the face and the head — the victim of repeated strikes to the head with a crowbar, according to police.
Officials have identified a 28-year-old suspect in the attack.
“It was horrible,” said Daly City police Lt. Jay Morena. “In my 28 years, I can’t recall anything similar — such a vicious attack on an innocent person inside her home in broad daylight.”
It’s crunch time for the despicable DREAM Act stealth amnesty, so its champion Senator Reid has gone to funny business. He pulled the old new-bill-at-the-last-minute gag — actually several versions of the bill, just to make it interesting. It’s an action designed to create maximum chaos for some reason. Perhaps he thinks something will turn up as he keeps tapdancing and spinning.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has pushed four different versions of the controversial immigration bill known as the DREAM Act without a hearing on any of them, drawing outrage from the top Republican on the committee that would have handled the package.
The Nevada senator, who narrowly escaped a defeat in the November election, has pursued an unusual approach to advancing the bill that gives young illegal immigrants who attend college or join the military a pathway to legal status.
Since September, his deputy Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., has introduced four slightly different versions all bearing the same name. Reid has moved them all to the calendar — he appears to be teeing up for a test vote, which could happen sometime later this week, on the latest version introduced on Tuesday.
But Republicans balked at the maneuvering. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, railed against the bill and the process Democrats were using to push it.
“We now may have a fourth version of the DREAM Act,” Sessions said Wednesday. “We haven’t had a hearing on that in seven years.”
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