TULTITLAN, Mexico (AP) — Deported from the United States after years working construction in New Jersey, Hector Augusto Lopez decided to rebuild his life in his hometown in eastern Honduras.
He found a steady job in a shoe store in Catacamas. Then, in March, he watched horrified as robbers shot three customers to death before his eyes. Soon after, he decided to make the hard and dangerous journey north again.
“In Honduras there is a lot of violence, a lot of robberies and a lot of poverty,” Lopez, 28, said as he waited to jump a cargo train just outside Mexico City on a recent afternoon. “There is no future there.”
Half a block away, dozens more U.S.-bound Central American migrants waited outside an overflowing one-story, crammed shelter, napping on pieces of cardboard, wrapping themselves in garbage bags against the cold and trading stories about their journeys north.
While the number of Mexicans heading to the U.S. has dropped dramatically, a surge of Central American migrants is making the 1,000-mile northbound journey this year, fueled in large part by the rising violence brought by the spread of Mexican drug cartels. Other factors, experts say, are an easing in migration enforcement by Mexican authorities, and a false perception that Mexican criminal gangs are not preying on migrants as much as they had been.
Central American migration remains small compared to the numbers of Mexicans still headed north, but their steeply rising numbers speak starkly to the violence and poverty at home. The perils of the journey have pushed smuggling fees as high as $7,000, as much as double the earlier rates, for a trip that takes weeks, or even months for those delayed by robberies, health problems or difficulties finding transportation.
Honduras, with a population of 8.3 million, had the world’s highest homicide rate in 2010, with 6,200 killings, or 82.1 murders per 100,000 inhabitants. That’s up from 57 murders per 100,000 inhabitants in 2008. Neighboring El Salvador had 66 homicides per 100,000 in 2010. The U.S., by comparison, saw about 5 homicides per 100,000 people. Continue reading this article
When John Morton (he of the infamous Morton Memo proto-amnesty) testified before a Congressional committee on Tuesday and said he would take action against communities that protect illegal alien criminals, I wondered what strange switcheroo had happened among Obama acolytes. The proximity of elections does focus minds in Washington as little else can on issues the little citizens care about, like public safety.
It’s hard to believe that the Obama crew has turned over a new leaf on enforcing immigration law, based on previous behavior.
While Obama has crowed about deporting a lot of bad guys, he admitted to an audience of hispanic journalists that the high numbers were “deceptive” because of phony baloney counting.
After eviscerating most of Arizona’s strict immigration law in court last month, the Obama administration is now considering going after the other side by suing sanctuary cities to force them to cooperate with federal deportation efforts, an agency chief told Congress on Monday.
John Morton, director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said he’s asked Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to take legal action against Cook County, President Obama’s home county in Illinois, to force it to turn over illegal immigrants for removal. He said he’s now awaiting a final answer from the Justice Department.
“They wanted to see how certain pieces of court decisions came out. I expect to hear from them shortly, and I can tell you that resolving the issue in Cook County is very important for me,” Mr. Morton testified to the House Homeland Security subcommittee on the border.
Cook County officials decided several years ago they did not want to cooperate with federal authorities’ immigration efforts and stopped providing them information that could help with deportations of those booked into county jails.
Last year, the county enacted an ordinance officially halting compliance except in the most major of cases, and then only after they reached a financial agreement with the federal government to cover the costs.
Mr. Morton said that’s effectively dried up all cooperation.
“Right now, it’s not a question of Cook County releasing some individuals to us,” he said. “They are releasing no individuals to us, including very violent offenders, and I just don’t think that’s good policy.” Continue reading this article
Yet another poll shows that the American people still approve of Arizona’s state approach to immigration enforcement, in which law and sovereignty are taken seriously. Not only that, they wish their state was more like Arizona in cracking down on immigration anarchy.
Perhaps the average citizen knows that legal immigrants are required to carry their green cards at all times by law, yet liberal scribblers continue to fret over the possibility that illegals might face a similar requirement.
(e) Every alien, eighteen years of age and over, shall at all times carry with him and have in his personal possession any certificate of alien registration or alien registration receipt card issued to him pursuant to subsection (d). Any alien who fails to comply with the provisions of this subsection shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall upon conviction for each offense be fined not to exceed $100 or be imprisoned not more than thirty days, or both.
Regarding the issue of what to do with the millions of existing illegal infiltrators, which concerns the anti-sovereignty cadres so thoroughly, nearly half of those polled (49%) thought the foreigners should be sent along home.
After the Supreme Court upheld Arizona’s law allowing police to check immigration status of those they stop in the course of their duties, an overwhelming majority of Americans say they want to see their own states enact the same kinds of laws.
The latest The Washington Times/JZ Analytics survey, released Monday night, found about two-thirds of all likely voters would like to see their own police be able to check status during routine traffic stops. Support was high across most demographics, including self-identified Republicans and independents, and even Hispanics favored the policy by a 55 percent to 41 percent margin.
After a challenge by the Obama administration, the Supreme Court last month struck down most of Arizona’s 2010 law that tried to create state penalties for illegal immigration, but the high court said states and localities do have the authority to empower their police to check the immigration status of those they detain during their routine duties.
All of the justices agreed the checks were legal in theory, though they said that could change if police use them in a way that violates other rights, such as detaining someone for too long.
In the poll, voters were told arguments for and against the law, then asked if they wanted to see their own communities enact something similar. Overall, 50 percent of voters said they “strongly” agreed with enacting that law, and another 17 percent “somewhat” agreed. Just 29 percent strongly or somewhat disagreed, and the rest were uncertain. Continue reading this article
In Italy, the criminal behavior of immigrants on public transportation has become so extreme that a politician has called for separate coaches for women and Italians. Violence against the public is a way that the increasing Muslim population shows that it is taking over, neighborhood by neighborhood, or bus by bus.
The need for such segregation demonstrates the failure of diverse immigration in Europe. Attacks on passengers are reported, although it’s likely that the media keeps the lid on such incidents so the populace will not further doubt the imposed ideology of “diversity” in the form of Islamic immigration.
Below is a video from 2010 illustrating a diverse public transportation experience in France — Muslims On Board!
A delegate from the Italian Northern League in Milan proposes to keep subway coaches only for italians due to the bad behavior of immigrants
The Northern League delegate Matteo Salvini proposed today to keep some subway coaches in Milan only for Italians and women due to what he called “bad behavior of immigrants”.
Salvini had no doubts in linking the rising lack of safety in the streets with the immigration phenomenon, to the point of declaring that “in ten years, natives from Milan will be a minority” and they will end up traveling separately in the subway just like crippled and disabled veterans in past times.
“If immigration is not stopped, then we will reach this point”, he assured. Meanwhile, “we ask for one or two coaches to be reserved for women, taking into consideration those hundreds of denounces for aggressions, sexual molestations, insults and bothering comments they have to endure every day”, he specified. Continue reading this article
This is the second post-sentencing bombshell about the case, after the news July 1 that Ramos “killed before”, specifically that he had nailed a gang rival in the Mission but authorities didn’t bother to arrest or deport him.
An alleged gang leader who spent four years on the run after a San Francisco man and two of his sons were shot to death in their car on an Excelsior neighborhood street could soon be on his way back to the city after being arrested in North Carolina.
Wilfredo “Flaco” Reyes, 31, whom police suspect of aiding the man convicted in May of the 2008 killings, was grabbed by San Francisco police and local law enforcement officers as he tried to climb out a window during a raid Monday on a home in Salisbury, N.C., authorities said.
Police had gone to the home in central North Carolina on a tip from the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. Extradition proceedings were scheduled to begin Tuesday to return Reyes to San Francisco, where he is wanted on a $5 million arrest warrant on three counts of murder.
Reyes, who is also known as Wilfredo Reyesruano, was a leader of a faction of the MS-13 gang who was with Edwin Ramos when Tony Bologna, 48, and his sons Michael, 20, and Matthew, 16, were shot to death coming home from a family outing June 22, 2008, authorities believe.
Three life terms Ramos, 25, was sentenced in June to three consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole for the murders. Authorities say he and Reyes mistook one of the Bologna sons for a member of the rival Norteño gang and opened fire on their Honda Civic from a car at Congdon and Maynard streets. Continue reading this article
The Lone Star state is suffering a terrible drought, and as often the case, the issue is portrayed as agriculture vs. people, which is true up to a point. But while droughts come and go (along with floods), immigration-fueled population growth is going only one way — up.
Farmers and ranchers need a lot of water to produce food — the number given in the NPR story below is 60 percent. But the city dwellers are the ones making the most noise when restrictions are enacted.
As Mark Twain wisely observed, “Whiskey’s for drinking; water is for fighting over.” That’s true now more than ever. However the elephant in the room is immigration-fueled population growth, as we know well in the low-rainfall, high-immigration west, e.g. California.
Water supply is a problem of overpopulation that cannot be finessed away. But the population aspect can be willfully ignored in media reports, as in NPR’s, where it merits only a single mention in passing, and that deals with future projections. From a water supply viewpoint, Texas is overpopulated now.
The punishing seven-year drought of the 1950s in Texas brought about the modern era of water planning. But the drought of 2011 was the hottest, driest 12 months on record there.
Though only a handful of towns saw their water sources dry up last summer, it got so bad that cities, industries and farmers began to think the unthinkable: Would they run out of water?
With the state’s population expected to double by 2060, Texas must begin an expensive and politically charged search for new water sources. No other reservoir in Texas better symbolizes the state’s competing demands for water than Lake Travis, nestled in the juniper-covered hills west of Austin.
Marina owners, a nuclear power plant, computer chip makers, rice farmers and the booming city of Austin all depend on Lake Travis and its upstream cousin, Lake Buchanan, for their existence.
Last summer, Lake Travis was nearly two-thirds empty. Today, the drought persists, and the lake is only half full.
Boat ramps lead to nowhere. Weeds encroach where bass used to swim. The views of million-dollar homes look out on boat docks sitting on a bed of dried mud.
Connie Ripley is a Texas homeowners activist. “A lot of people are trying to sell their properties because they’re just fed up with Lake Travis,” Ripley says. “I mean, we’re looking in Colorado right now. It’s just not worth the hassle of the lake going up and down and up and down constantly, when it could be managed better.” Continue reading this article
Immigration reporter Mario Guevara was recently turned down in his request for asylum in the United States, and he is miffed at the refusal.
The 34-year-old scribbler claims a list of reasons why he should be admitted. He says he feels like a “victim” and contends he has PTSD. He arrived in 2004 on a tourist visa and never left, then decided (years later) that asylum was the ticket to a permanent home in the first world. He says he fears retaliation from the Salvadoran army even though no journalist has been murdered in recent years in that country.
Below, well-fed failed asylum seeker Mario Guevara feels entitled to remain in the US as long as he pleases, remarking “I don’t see going to El Salvador as an option. Here in this country, I have found everything I need.”
Guevara is using the media to hustle support for his sob story, and almost sounds like he has convinced himself that he is an innocent party (rather than a schemer) and is therefore entitled to the whole assortment of US government benefits.
Naturally, he intends to appeal his case, doubtless assisted by a top-notch immigration lawyer, given his status as a Spanish media propagandist.
A reporter from El Salvador who has been reporting for years about immigration issues in Atlanta finds himself in a position similar to that of many of the sources he covers.
“I understand now what the people feel,” Mario Guevara, 34, told CNN on Friday. “Never in my life have I cried so much as in the last couple of days.”
Last month, an immigration judge turned down Guevara’s application for asylum and ordered that he, his wife and their 14-year-old daughter leave the country within 60 days. “It was the worst news of my life,” said Guevara, who works for the Spanish-language Mundo Hispanico, which is owned by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Their two younger children were born in the United States and therefore would be allowed to remain. His mother and brother, who serves in the U.S. Army, are also U.S. citizens.
The case traces back to 2003, when Guevara was working as a photojournalist for the Prensa Grafica newspaper in the capital city of San Salvador. Routinely assigned to cover anti-government demonstrations, he was accused by some of the demonstrators of working as an undercover agent for the government, which he denies. After he was attacked twice and threatened with death, he moved himself and his family to Atlanta, he said.
But he entered the country in 2004 on a tourist visa and did not immediately file the paperwork seeking asylum, he said. “I had plans to return to Salvador when the situation got better, but that never happened,” he said.
He has cited post-traumatic stress disorder as the reason for the delay.
The judge cited three reasons for the denial: the late filing, the fact that no Salvadoran journalists have been killed or attacked for political reasons during the past two years, and the fact that Guevara could not demonstrate that the police would not protect him, Guevara said. Continue reading this article
Signaling an improved labor market, remittances to Mexico rose in May, its highest level since October 2008, Mexico’s Central Bank reported this week.
Remittances, or money wired abroad by immigrants, totaled $2.34 billion in May, up 7.8% from the previous May.
And the average amount per transaction, $329.21, was up in May by 3.7% from a year before. Remittance experts said May is a particularly busy month for wire transfer operators, as many Mexicans living abroad send money forMother’s Day.
Money wired abroad by immigrants is often seen as a barometer of the economy. Immigrants have seen improved employment prospects as the labor market has improved gradually in recent months. The amount per transaction also rose in May, the central bank reported.
The uptick bodes well for Mexico, where remittances are the nation’s second-largest source of foreign exchange, behind petroleum sales.
Remittances to Mexico soared in the early 2000s as immigrants found abundant work during the U.S. housing boom. At the peak, 1 in 5 Latino immigrants in the U.S. was employed in the building trades, according to some estimates. Continue reading this article
July 4th was the tenth anniversary of the LAX terrorist attack by Egyptian Hesham Mohamed Hadayet who wanted to end his failure of a life in a blaze of jihadist murders, an event which was recalled on Los Angeles television.
[. . .] Upon hearing the news of the attack, Gov. Gray Davis remarked: “Like all Californians, I am outraged and deeply saddened to learn of today’s shooting…. That it happened on the day on which we honor what America stands for–liberty, security and diversity–makes this particularly more tragic.” [. . .]
Have we as a nation learned anything in the last ten years? I think so, but mostly in spite of the media rather than because of its reporting, which is still dangerously PC despite the growing pile of dead bodies.
Continued jihadist attacks by hostile Muslims have shown Americans that Islam is not your normal religion that teaches peace and brotherly love, but is instead a supremacist political ideology bent on world domination.
In the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX, passengers bustle under tight security, watched on camera and by armed officers. It’s the new normal in the wake of the 9/11 attacks and the shooting that happened at the El Al Airline counter on July 4, 2002.
Vicky Hen, a ticket agent for the Israeli airline, was shot and killed, along with a traveler, 46-year-old Yaakov Aminov, a father of eight. Four others were wounded before an El Al air marshal shot 41-year-old Hesham Mohamed Hadayet, an Egyptian national living in Irvine. Continue reading this article
The relentlessly open-borders President can hardly stand to let an occasion go by without twisting it into an amnesty plug.
On Independence Day, he welcomed a couple dozen immigrants serving in the military in a naturalization ceremony. Nice optics, but he couldn’t resist talking up his unlawful administrative amnesty and pushing for the whole enchilada of very expensive citizenship for millions of lawbreaking foreigners.
Interestingly, the Daily Caller noticed that Obama’s high-profile amnesty message appeared on the hispanic section of the campaign website, but was not similarly featured for black citizens, who are suffering record unemployment under the current President, who was supposed a friend but treats African-Americans like a doormat.
President Barack Obama used the White House’s Independence Day celebrations to tout his June 15 amnesty for at least 800,000 illegal immigrants, and to suggest that the sweeping change is more important to the nation than compliance with the law.
“Just as we remain a nation of laws, we have to remain a nation of immigrants,” he told his audience.
“That’s why… we’re lifting the shadow of deportation from … deserving young people who were brought to this country as children,” he said at a citizenship ceremony for 10 Latinos and 15 other people from Russia, the Philippines and Africa who have served in the U.S. armed forces.
Many legislators and lawyers say Obama’s decision to stop enforcing established immigration laws is a violation of federal law, which he is legally obliged to enforce. The Obama administration has claimed “prosecutorial discretion” as its means for ignoring the law.
Though the campaign denies an election-year relationship with the change, Obama is trying to maximize November turnout among Hispanics, which his campaign staff say is vital to victory in several states, including Florida, Colorado, and Virginia.
Obama’s June 15 de-facto amnesty offers work-permits to people who show documents saying they arrived as children. The White House’s July 4 citizenship ceremony included at least one Latino who was brought into the country as a child. Continue reading this article
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,
–That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. Continue reading this article
The President hasn’t lost any time in getting his no-deport program up and running. After all, the election is just 125 days off and Obama has some serious hispandering to accomplish in order to make up for not passing a comprehensive amnesty for millions of future Democrats.
Below, possible beneficiaries of Obama’s slightly limited amnesty.
But if any Americans think that the foreigners will be satisfied with their little work permits and assurance they won’t be booted out, forget about it. They don’t care to become Americans culturally, but they do want open borders for all the relatives and maximum free stuff — all benefits and no responsibility, in other words.
In San Antonio, for example, the foreigners are set to march around on Independence Day to make further demands. They certainly know how to be annoying by using an American patriotic holiday to clamor for their unworthy desires. The July 4th demand-o-fest is just the beginning of a series of such events, one of which is a September 15 march on Lincoln Memorial to demand the whole enchilada:
[. . .] “We’re not asking for the sky,” he said. “We’re asking for a just pathway to citizenship and legalization. Reuniting family is very key, and protection of civil and constitutional rights, which is what America is all about.” [. . .]
Right. Foreign thieves and brigands claim the right to everything honest citizens have built.
Federal immigration authorities have begun granting tentative legal status to illegal immigrants under President Obama’s deportation halt — and in some cases are even ignoring the administration’s eligibility rules to stop deportations for those who shouldn’t qualify, according to the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.
Rep. Lamar Smith, Texas Republican, said he’s learned some illegal immigrants who have been in the U.S. less than five years have had their deportations canceled, even though Mr. Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Janet A. Napolitano had listed the five-year mark as one of their criteria.
Mr. Smith also obtained documents laying out how U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) officers should actively search for illegal immigrants who are “apparently eligible” to have their cases dropped. Those illegal immigrants then would be granted tentative status.
“President Obama is granting amnesty to illegal immigrants behind Americans’ backs,” Mr. Smith said. “Although administration officials told congressional offices that it would take 60 days to implement the president’s amnesty plan, internal ICE documents show that illegal immigrants have already benefited from it, even though there are no standards in place.” Continue reading this article
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