Is Washington DC not a dangerous enough city crime-wise? The current mayor, Vincent Gray, must not think so, since he has signed an executive order making illegal aliens safe from police inquiries about their immigration status. So lawbreakers get a pass, making public safety less a priority of the police.
Washington has had its share of preventable crime. When I think of Washington DC illegal alien violence, Chandra Levy comes to mind. She was murdered by a previously arrested illegal alien who was not deported, one Ingmar Guandique, a nasty piece of work. The case got loads of tabloidesque media coverage because Chandra was having an affair with despicable Congressman Gary Condit who acted guilty as hell. But the truth was found to be far less appealing by the press which paid little attention to Guandique’s murder trial, guilty verdict and sentencing to sixty years in prison.
One of the mayor’s mouthpieces said something unintelligible about Secure Communities, that the city really wasn’t opting out, although non-cooperation is what’s happening. The gibberish is another case of blatant lying that passes for political discourse these days.
The nation’s capital has officially become the latest safe haven for illegal immigrants.
District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray on Wednesday signed an executive order instructing police officers not to question people about their immigration status — even people who are arrested on other matters — unless immigration status is directly related to a criminal investigation.
“This executive order ensures public safety by ensuring that our police resources are deployed wisely and our immigrant communities feel safe cooperating with those who are sworn to protect them,” Gray said in a statement.
“The district is home to thousands of immigrants,” he added. “If they are afraid to cooperate with authorities on criminal investigations because they fear it might endanger their presence in the United States or the presence of a loved one, then it endangers their public safety and that of our entire city.”
Although district officials say the order only confirms a longstanding policy, critics still blasted the move.
“This is an abomination,” said Corey Stewart, the Republican chairman-at-large of Prince William County of Virginia, which is about 25 miles south of D.C. Stewart’s county has sued the Department of Homeland Security twice, seeking information on 4,000 illegal immigrants that the county has arrested and turned over to Homeland Security for deportation.
“This is the capital of the United States,” Stewart told FoxNews.com, “and to have the nation’s capital as a sanctuary city where essentially federal law is not going to be enforced sends all the wrong messages — not just in the United States but around the world.” Continue reading this article
Mexico’s Presidente Calderon (pictured below in the South Park style) has complained that Mexican citizens given a free trip home (courtesy of the American taxpayer) are committing crimes upon their return.
You would think he believes Mexicans have a right to be in the United States and should be allowed to stay no matter what. Such is the sense of entitlement that Washington’s permissiveness has created in Mexico.
MEXICO CITY – President Felipe Calderon on Monday accused U.S. authorities of deporting Mexican criminals to save on judicial costs, a policy that ostensibly “exacerbates” violence in this country.
Within the framework of the inauguration of National Immigration Week 2011 in this capital, Calderon said that, for example, U.S. authorities “are deporting up to 80,000 people in a year” into the border cities of Reynosa and Ciudad Juarez.
Some of these deported people “are migrants, certainly, probably all of them,” although some were “already involved in criminal acts” in the United States.
“In the face of the dilemma of pursuing the legal process in the American courts, which implies costs for the administration of justice in that country, they simply prefer to deport them to border cities, by which the cycle of violence is exacerbated even more,” he said. Continue reading this article
In contrast, the Third World is going gangbusters, as noted in the article below, which is standard boilerplate for world overpopulation reporting now that we approach the seven billion milestone. We read plenty of junk news in the press — entertainment trivia, horserace political updates and the shocker crime of the week — but there is almost nothing about the growing numbers of humans. That issue is transforming the world more than any other.
The Third World is becoming more crowded, violent and dysfunctional, and its residents from North Africa to Sri Lanka and Latin America are fleeing to the First World. So what happens there is very much felt here.
Below, already crowded India is expected to overtake China around 2030 as the planet’s most populous nation when the number of Indians reaches an estimated 1.6 billion.
She’s a 40-year-old mother of eight, with a ninth child due soon. The family homestead in a Burundi village is too small to provide enough food, and three of the children have quit school for lack of money to pay required fees.
“I regret to have made all those children,” says Godelive Ndageramiwe. “If I were to start over, I would only make two or three.”
At Ahmed Kasadha’s prosperous farm in eastern Uganda, it’s a different story.
“My father had 25 children — I have only 14 so far, and expect to produce more in the future,” says Kasadha, who has two wives. He considers a large family a sign of success and a guarantee of support in his old age.
By the time Ndageramiwe’s ninth child arrives, and any further members of the Kasadha clan, the world’s population will have passed a momentous milestone. As of Oct. 31, according to the U.N. Population Fund, there will be 7 billion people sharing Earth’s land and resources.
In Western Europe, Japan and Russia, it will be an ironic milestone amid worries about low birthrates and aging populations. In China and India, the two most populous nations, it’s an occasion to reassess policies that have already slowed once-rapid growth.
But in Burundi, Uganda and the rest of sub-Saharan Africa, the demographic news is mostly sobering as the region staggers under the double burden of the world’s highest birthrates and deepest poverty. The regional population of nearly 900 million could reach 2 billion in 40 years at current rates, accounting for about half of the projected global population growth over that span.
“Most of that growth will be in Africa’s cities, and in those cities it will almost all be in slums where living conditions are horrible,” said John Bongaarts of the Population Council, a New York-based research organization.
Is catastrophe inevitable? Not necessarily. But experts say most of Africa — and other high-growth developing nations such as Afghanistan and Pakistan — will be hard-pressed to furnish enough food, water and jobs for their people, especially without major new family-planning initiatives.
“Extreme poverty and large families tend to reinforce each other,” says Lester Brown, the environmental analyst who heads the Earth Policy Institute in Washington. “The challenge is to intervene in that cycle and accelerate the shift to smaller families.”
Without such intervention, Brown says, food and water shortages could fuel political destabilization in developing regions.
“There’s quite a bit of land that could produce food if we had the water to go with it,” he said. “It’s water that’s becoming the real constraint.”
The International Water Management Institute shares these concerns, predicting that by 2025 about 1.8 billion people will live in places suffering from severe water scarcity.
According to demographers, the world’s population didn’t reach 1 billion until 1804, and it took 123 years to hit the 2 billion mark in 1927. Then the pace accelerated — 3 billion in 1959, 4 billion in 1974, 5 billion in 1987, 6 billion in 1998.
Looking ahead, the U.N. projects that the world population will reach 8 billion by 2025, 10 billion by 2083. But the numbers could be much higher or lower, depending on such factors as access to birth control, infant mortality rates and average life expectancy — which has risen from 48 years in 1950 to 69 years today. Continue reading this article
How time flies. It seems like only yesterday that world population reached six billion, a doubling since 1960.
Actually, it was 12 years ago in 1999 that the six-billion milestone (more like a millstone) was crossed, but who’s counting these days? Overpopulation is largely ignored by the media because it gets various groups upset. Criticizing third world societies that produce more children than they can feed is now thought by liberal elites to be “racist” (the handy accusation that shuts down dissent), even though unpleasant mass starvation is often the result of overpopulation. But don’t say it.
Of course, the presence of too many people to be supported by a society’s economic and natural resources (aka sustainability) has long been recognized as an immigration push factor, although that element is rarely mentioned in individual cases.
You can’t have millions of Mexicans residing in America and not see Mexican-style corruption take root. It’s a lead-pipe cinch. The bribery-infused culture is part of the whole package, which is why mordida doesn’t stop at the Rio Grande.
Mexican kiddies grow up paying bribes to teachers for better grades, and the mordida comes into play for traffic tickets, building permits and other everyday transactions. An estimated 12 percent of Mexico’s GDP is lost to corruption and one study found that 87 percent of Mexicans pay at least one bribe during their lifetimes.
We naive Americans who believe in fairness are sheep allowing the wolves to enter and steal thousands of jobs.
HOUSTON – A decade ago it was the illegal workers who lived and spoke from the shadows. Times have changed.
Nowadays, if an American citizen tradesman like “Duane” blows the whistle on cut-rate, illegal labor, there is a genuine risk of being cut off by the contractors he counts on for work.
“I’d be blackballed,” said Duane.
That is why FOX 26 News agreed to hide his identity. ”I don’t know how they are getting away with it, but they are,” said Duane.
Duane is referring to the mass employment of what he calls ‘clearly illegal’ workers on nearly every high-profile construction project in the Houston area.
The 25-year veteran of the building trades is absolutely certain because he worked alongside the undocumented at dozens of Houston’s signature sites like Reliant Stadium and the Toyota Center. ”If you hollered INS, they’d scatter.The job would clear out in 20 minutes,” said Duane. So why talk now? For Duane it comes down to jobs. When economic times were better there was work for everyone, but these days what little work there is often goes to workers with no legal right to be here.
“Those jobs are jobs we American citizens who were born here and live here and pay taxes, we could have. We could probably make a good dent in the unemployment picture, especially in Texas if some of these illegal aliens weren’t doing these jobs,” reasoned Duane.
While the local contractor’s association acknowledges 90 percent of it’s workforce is Hispanic, it’s members continue to claim no one knowingly hires illegal labor. ”These people are the ones who actually apply and are willing to work in the working conditions and the wages being offered,” said Russell Hamley of Houston’s Associated Builders and Contractors. ”Maybe the top 25 percent are U.S. citizens. The other 75 percent is questionable,” counters Duane. FOX 26 News shared the claims of widespread employment of illegals with Kenneth Fontenot of Carpenters Union local 551. Continue reading this article
The flooding of America with millions of Mexicans and other foreigners has become so extreme that society is literally upside down for citizens, where Americans must know the invader’s language to work in their own country.
It’s out of control and must be fixed. America must remain a monolingual society. So-called bilingualism (aka foreigner language rules prevail) will balkanize this country faster than anything else.
The current employment depression and unfairness of the new paradigm indicate the wisdom of an immigration moratorium for several decades, at least.
HOUSTON – These days Becky Cusak spends a lot of time around the house. Too much time.
“I was born and raised here in Texas and I’ve never had a problem finding a job before,” Cusak said.
Laid off more than a year ago from a construction company front office job, her ongoing effort to get back on a pay-roll has run into a barrier: a language barrier.
“I know what I’m doing. I can go and run your entire office with no problems at all, its just nobody wants somebody who can’t speak Spanish now,” she explained.
Fourteen months of job search futility has left this married mother of a teenage son with a sense of intense frustration.
“You have to be bilingual because they have customers who only speak Spanish,” she said.
Lots of customers.
Of the more than 1 million Hispanic adults in the greater Houston area, research indicates more than half speak little or no English and more than 60 percent were born outside the US. Continue reading this article
Here’s another marker of the worsening failed-state syndrome next door: Mexico City admits that government authority has disappeared from the Gulf state of Veracruz, leaving it to the ultra-violent Zeta crime syndicate.
As the graphic indicates, Veracruz is not a small piece of land. At more than 30,000 square miles, it accounts for 3.7 percent of Mexico’s territory. Its coastline of just over 428 miles makes it desirable real estate, for both commerce and crime.
Presidente Calderon is nearing the end of his term, and his war against the drug cartels has not been successful. The cartels have been demonstrating their growing power in various ways; one example was the Zetas dumping 35 bodies on a city freeway during rush hour last month in downtown Boca del Rio, Veracruz.
Presidente Calderon tries to spin the chaos as being the responsibility of previous government officials (perhaps taking a clue from his amigo in Washington). But Calderon has been in charge for five years, and he owns the issue of combating drug cartels. He suggests the lawlessness is a local problem, although he has not been shy about sending the army into other areas to push cartels back.
In Mexico today, surrender is an option.
With that fact in mind, Washington should take the necessary steps to keep invasive Mexicans OUT.
Mexican President Felipe Calderon said Friday that the violence-plagued Gulf coast state of Veracruz had been left in the hands of the brutal Zetas drug cartel.
Calderon has complained in the past that previous governments allowed Mexico’s cartel problems to grow and didn’t do enough to stop them. But he hasn’t previously suggested a state was largely turned over to traffickers.
In comments to a meeting of crime victims’ groups in Mexico City, Calderon did not say specifically who he thought was responsible.
“I believe Veracruz was left in the hands of the Zetas, I don’t know if it was involuntary, probably, I hope so,” said Calderon, who added that “if we hadn’t taken on organized crime, they would have taken over the country, I assure you.” Continue reading this article
SANTA MARIA - Currently anyone who is stopped at a DUI checkpoint and is determined to be sober but driving without a valid drivers license is issued a citation and has their vehicle impounded for 30 days.
Assembly Bill 353 changes that law.
Under the new law written by Democrat Assemblyman Gil Cedillo of Los Angeles, if a sober driver is caught at a DUI checkpoint without a valid drivers license, law enforcement officers must release the car to a qualified driver representing the registered owner.
If a legal driver is not readily available, AB 353 says the vehicle is to be released to one later at the impound yard.
“It’s problematic in the sense that they are going to drive that vehicle again”, says Santa Maria Police Chief Dan Macagni, “a licensed driver will drive around the corner or to a house and release it back to the unlicensed driver, putting them back on the road and that puts all in danger, so we’re a little disappointed with the Governor’s decision.”
Some Latino lawmakers and Latino advocacy groups like PUEBLO have alleged that DUI checkpoints have been misused to unfairly target illegal immigrants most of whom do not have drivers licenses.
They argue 30 days of impound fees, which can reach as high as $1500, turns out to be more than the car is worth leaving some drivers without transportation creating a chronically unfair cycle that will never change until California issues driver licenses to undocumented immigrants.
The practice has also generated millions of dollars in fines and fees for cities and tow companies.
Santa Maria Police say its not about the money, its about public safety.
“We’ve towed as many as 40 in one given night”, Chief Macagni says, “we’re going to have to conduct our DUI checkpoints in an area that is conducive to parking several vehicles for the safety of my officers and the other motorists that are coming through, our goal is to improve the safety out on the roads for our motorists that are there legally and if you don’t have a drivers license your shouldn’t be driving, the law is the law.”
Macagni points out AB 353 applies only to vehicles that go through DUI checkpoints and not vehicles that are stopped during routine police patrols or other police business.
However, the tuition giveaway hits home in a way that more distant goodies (e-verify disallowed, no confiscation of illegal alien vehicles) do not. Parents who have scrimped and saved the tens of thousands of dollars required for even a state university education now see that lawbreakers will take college slots and cash that should go to their kids. That’s personal, and the parents are furious.
Leader of the resistance Assemblyman Tim Donnelly reported on the John and Ken radio show October 12 [Listen, starting at 3:30] that his office can’t keep up with all the people who want to volunteer — over 5000 at that time. However, it takes up to two weeks for the Attorney General to approve the specific title and summary language on the printed petitions, so there is some breathing room before signature gathering can begin.
California Assemblyman Tim Donnelly has hit the ground running with a referendum to disallow the new law giving taxpayer financial aid to illegal alien college students. Governor Brown signed the bill into law on Saturday and Donnelly filed the papers on Monday to begin the referendum process that will hopefully remove the despised law.
Assemblyman Donnelly’s organizing website is up: see Stop AB131.com. Citizens who want to help can send money or sign up as clipboard warriors to gather signatures on petitions. On Tuesday, the John and Ken radio show reported that Donnelly had received over 5,000 emails in the first 24 hours.
Many Californians are outraged that in this time of extreme financial crisis, a new entitlement has been created for illegal aliens that will cost an estimated $40 million annually and will aid lawbreakers to take college slots that should go to citizen kids.
Slamming the California Dream Act as “fundamentally unfair” to U.S. citizens, Assemblyman Tim Donnelly on Monday filed a referendum seeking to repeal the controversial law that grants state financial aid to illegal immigrants.
“You hear heartbreaking stories of some (illegal-immigrant) kids who are obviously very intelligent, and your heart breaks for them because their parents broke the law and you don’t want them to have to pay,” Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, said by phone Monday evening. “But is it fair for every American citizen and every legal immigrant to have their dreams deferred so those illegals can have theirs?”
Assembly Bill 131 by Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, qualifies illegal immigrants who are accepted into California public colleges to receive Cal Grants, community college fee waivers and other state financial aid beginning in 2013. According to the legislation, state aid will only be dispersed to illegal immigrants after it’s been given out to all qualified legal residents or U.S. citizens.
“Going to college is a dream that promises intellectual excitement and creative thinking,” Gov. Jerry Brown said in a statement after signing the bill into law on Saturday. “The Dream Act benefits us all by giving top students a chance to improve their lives and the lives of all of us.’”
The undocumented students must be working toward legal citizenship, have a high school diploma or equivalent and have attended a California high school for three years.
“Many of them were brought here when they were 5 or 6 years old, so they had nothing to do with the fact they are here,” said Richard Turnbull, trustee with the Democratic Club of Victor Valley. “The fact is it can only be a positive effect because they speak English already, they’ve already obviously passed all their prerequisites in order to be a university student or college student. … I believe that it is an investment in America’s future.”
But Donnelly argued the bill included no mechanism for ensuring legal residents get the aid first. He believes the Dream Act will incentivize more illegal immigration and that taxpayers shouldn’t be subsidizing the education of illegal-immigrant students, even if it was their parents who brought them here illegally.
“All children are subject to the consequences of their parents’ actions, and it isn’t the role of government to stand in the gap there and solve every problem because some parents have chosen to act irresponsibly, to put their kids at risk,” he said.
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