France: Islam Plot to Bomb Paris Landmarks Is Foiled

From France, we learn that a follower of the Religion of Peace was arrested for plotting to blow up the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and a nuclear power plant. If successful, the attacks would have struck at icons of Western culture, as well as murdering many non-Muslim people.

The alleged perp was an Algerian butcher (!) residing in the south of France who was getting mass murder hints from his al Qaeda pals.

The case is yet another example that Muslims are a bad bet as immigrants — remember that 9/11 attack where the killers yelled Allahu Ackbar? Let’s just stop admitting Muslims into American communities before our luck runs out.

Terror plot targeting Eiffel Tower, Louvre foiled, French police say, Fox News, July 09, 2014

French authorities say they foiled an Islamic terrorist plot reportedly targeting the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and a nuclear power plant last year.

The revelation comes as the country unveiled new anti-terror rules which included a proposal to ban terror suspects from leaving the country if it is thought they intend to fight abroad, The Telegraph reported.

French authorities revealed they arrested a 29-year-old Algerian butcher living in southern France June 2013, after they found coded messages between him and a high-ranking Al Qaeda member discussing how “to conduct jihad in the place you are currently,” according to Le Parisien.

The suspect, identified in the newspaper report as Ali M, reportedly said he would target French landmarks including the Eiffel Tower, Louvre and “cultural events that take place in the south of France in which thousands of Christians gather for a month.” Continue reading this article

White House Wants Billions for Processing Dumped Alien Kids

The community organizer in the White House is using the current border crisis as a spending opportunity where enforcement of America’s threatened perimeter hardly appears at all: most items on the President’s want list are about providing services to illegal aliens rather than defending the nation.

On the other hand, the famously tight-fisted Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) observed on CNN’s Crossfire, “For $8 million we can put them all on a first-class seat back to their homes.”

In addition to the multi-billion-dollar cost for care of Central America’s children, open borders are a national security threat and a magnet to Islamic enemies.

A few days ago, it was reported that 70 percent of Border Patrol agents are no longer defending the border but instead are assigned to taking care of the alien children.

This news cannot have gone unnoticed among America’s enemies in Jihadistan where Allah’s army is on the march and has the United States in its sights.

Obama wants $3.7 billion more to tend to illegals, Washington Times, July 8, 2014

Federal officials last week paid $584 to buy four versions of Monopoly, five packs of playing cards, a dozen beanbag tosses and other games for illegal immigrant children — a small fraction of what the Obama administration now says it will take to clothe, feed, transport, house and, yes, entertain the children surging across the border.

Government contractors stand to see a good payday after President Obama submitted a request Tuesday for an additional $3.7 billion this year to cover the costs of handling the illegal immigrant families and, most costly, the unaccompanied children from Central America who are entering the U.S. in record numbers.

“There are significant resources that are required to deal with the situation,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said. “What we would like are some additional resources to make sure that we’re enforcing that law efficiently, both in terms of processing them through the immigration system, but also in terms of repatriating them if it’s found that they don’t have a legal basis for remaining in the country.”

Mr. Obama sent a letter to Congress detailing a request for 2014 alone: $879 million in additional funding to detain and deport illegal immigrant families, $116 million to transport unaccompanied children, and $522 million for more law enforcement both on the border and in Central America.

Mr. Obama also is asking for an additional $1.8 billion for the Health and Human Services Department to be able to house the children while they are awaiting immigration court hearings; $300 million for the State Department try to create better economic and security conditions in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador; and $64 million for the Justice Department to hire more immigration judges.

The request puts an initial dollar figure on the border crisis but does little to settle the heated dispute over the way Mr. Obama is handling it.

“President Obama created this disaster at our southern border, and now he is asking to use billions of taxpayer dollars without accountability or a plan in place to actually stop the border crisis,” said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte. “Most of the money requested in the president’s supplemental seems geared toward processing Central Americans than stopping the surge itself.” Continue reading this article

Catholic Church Urges Parishioners to House Illegal Aliens

A retired doctor and his wife phoned Rush Limbaugh on Tuesday to tell their story about the San Bernardino Catholic church urging members of the parish welcome illegal aliens into their homes. Not only did the archbishop invite parishioners to harbor lawbreakers (a felony, right?) but he also to keep quiet about it to the media. Furthermore, the government put the church up to the scheme.

One wonders how many diseased, non-English-speaking aliens Archbishop Barnes is taking in to his home.

No problema about the cost though, since the church promised to reimburse the generous (if foolish) care providers. However, the Catholic church receives millions of Americans’ tax dollars to pursue its alleged good works of refugee resettlement and other immigration services, shown as “Government Revenue” in the 2010 Catholic Charities graph, so it’s not so surprising that Washington and the church would work in partnership:

Catholic elites are highly invested in undermining American law and sovereignty. In 2013 they spent more than $3 million to lobby for amnesty for millions of foreign lawbreakers, most of whom are Catholics and are regarded by cassocks as reinvigorating the church’s dwindling attendance. Amnesty is seen by Vaticrats as a big plus for their side, but it would be terribly harmful for citizen workers who are already struggling in the jobless recovery.

Retired Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony was a big supporter of illegal alien amnesty, as when he protested Arizona’s immigration enforcement law in 2010.

Limbaugh was properly shocked by the call, particularly given his newfound interest in the America-killing immigration catastrophe of open borders. He has been slow on the uptake but seems more comfortable with the subject lately.

Stunning: California Couple Says They Were Asked to House Immigrant Children,, July 8, 2014

RUSH:  This is Ann and Ed in Southern California.  Welcome.  It’s great to have you on the phone.  Hello.

ANN:  Hello.

RUSH:  Hi.

ANN:  Hi, Rush.  How are you?

RUSH:  Just fine.  Thank you very much.

ANN:  Great.  Well, we have some interesting news.  My husband Eddie is on the phone with us.  We live in Southern California, and we’re Catholic, active Catholics in our community, and there was a town hall meeting last evening, emergency meeting called by our local parish priest, ordered by our bishop (unintelligible) and the Archdiocese of San Bernardino. They have made the decision that they’re going to absorb the immigrants that are coming through because the federal government called the bishop’s office on Monday and they’re gonna be busing these immigrants to our communities and asking us to open our homes and to house them for up to a month.  The church will reimburse us for any out-of-pocket expenses and we were told not to talk to anybody about it, especially the media. I’m not especially happy about it.  My husband is a retired doctor, and he will share his concerns with you regarding this matter.  Eddie, do you want to go ahead and talk about your thoughts?

EDDIE:  Longtime listener, Rush.  Thanks —

RUSH:  Thank you, Eddie.

EDDIE:  I’m very concerned about the health care crisis that we’re facing and these illegal aliens that are coming into the United States. Doctors are being asked not to talk to the media, they’re on gag orders, both doctors and nurses, and we got a big problem because there are a lot of diseases that can come through this border bringing all kinds of stuff —

RUSH:  Eddie, I just read that in some cases the lice are so bad you can see them crawling down the faces of some of the kids.

ANN:  Yeah, the lice won’t kill you, but Ebola will, and so will gonorrhea and there’s syphilis and AIDS and hepatitis and diphtheria and polio, meningitis, and this new coronavirus coming in from the Middle East, so —

RUSH:  Hang on.  I gotta take a break.  Hold your thought and we’ll continue after the break.


RUSH:  We rejoin Ann and her retired doctor husband, Eddie, on the phone jointly, together with us from Southern California.  Eddie, could you put Ann back to the phone or is she on with you?

ANN:  Yes.  Hi.  I’m here with you.

RUSH:  Okay, Eddie, I’ll come back to you in just a second, but, Ann, I want to clarify.  Did you say that it is the Catholic Church that the government called and asked for assistance?

ANN:  Yes. Continue reading this article

Open Borders Admit Tuberculosis and the Government Is Transporting It throughout the Nation

On Monday, Fox radio reporter Todd Starnes described the public health crisis boiling up from the thousands of illegal aliens swarming over the open border.

A very serious issue is tuberculosis, three cases of which have occurred in an illegal alien holding facility near Austin and at least four more among the illegals being held at Lackland Air Force Base.

The type of TB is unspecified, but as Starnes remarked, “Dr. Marc Siegel tells me that the strain of tuberculosis that is common in Central America is in fact that drug-resistant kind, but the big issue here is the shroud of secrecy that’s enveloped these facilities. HHS refuses to really go in depth and tell us exactly what is happening. I can tell you right now that many of my sources have been threatened, they say that if they speak out, if they speak to the media they could lose their jobs. They also say they face arrest…”

“Many of the people I talk to here in Texas firmly believe this is nothing more than a government-sanctioned invasion of our country,” Starnes concluded.

No wonder that the press and Oklahoma Congressman Jim Bridenstine have been blocked from inspecting the federal facilities. The truth is too alarming, in terms of the disease threat and the recklessness of the administration in its quest to repopulate America with big-government Democrats.

I wrote a piece for The Social Contract some years back which described the nature of tuberculosis:

The X-Ray Files, The Social Contract, Fall 2003

Tuberculosis is an airborne pathogen, propelled through tiny droplets via sneezing, talking or coughing…

Parents wishing to expose their children to cultural diversity in their educational experience may be additionally exposing them to infectious disease such as tuberculosis. There have indeed been cases of TB being passed in classroom situations. Briefly being in contact with a TB-infected individual is unlikely to infect a healthy person; lengthy contact in an enclosed space is generally required for the TB bacteria to pass from one person to another. In 1995, the CDC confirmed a case that an eight-and-a-half hour domestic airline flight caused four passengers to be infected with TB by one infectious passenger. In March of this year [2003], OSHA cited the Immigration and Naturalization Service’s Houston office for not protecting its workers from the danger of TB infection from immigrants, stating that workers needed respirators and training to avoid the illness.

So will American youngsters need to wear respiratory masks when they go back to school in the fall because of diseased alien kids forced into US classrooms?

And are Border Patrol agents being properly shielded from disease? Should they be wearing medical protective clothing to prevent TB, scabies and other third world afflictions?

See the Center for Disease Control’s manual “TB Respiratory Protection Program In Health Care Facilities” where the CDC warns that surgical masks may not be safe enough for medical workers in a tuberculosis environment.

LA Times Notices Obama's Kid Deportations Diminish

Who would have thought that the LA Times would dig up deportation data unfriendly to the administration and then plunk the graph on its Sunday front page? Unlikely, yet it did print a devastating chart:

The deportation figure would have been even more shocking had it been paired with a graph showing the kid surge over recent years. But maybe that’s too much to expect.

Perhaps the liberals at the Times are considering how the open-border influx will affect their region in terms of schools and crime.

Will there be back-to-school stories in September about the struggle of local classrooms to cope with 10,000 new non-English-speaking foreign kids? The number is just a guestimate, but is not unreasonable considering Los Angeles County’s enormous hispanic population.

A 2013 Pew Hispanic report (Mapping the Latino Population, By State, County and City) observed, “Los Angeles County, CA alone contains 4.8 million Hispanics, or 9% of the nation’s Hispanic population.”

The current government count of illegal alien kiddies is supposedly 50,000 (even though 240,000 Central Americans have arrived since April) — suspicious, no?

Even assuming the 50,000 number is true, there will be thousands more foreign kids in the coming months who will need to be put in school this fall, and the southland is diverse in hispanics beyond Mexicans. As of 2010, Los Angeles County had accumulated 358,825 Salvadorans, 214,939 Guatemalans, and 42,901 Hondurans, so plenty of magnet parents exist.

Another future calamity will be hugely increased gang crime, since the “teens” are not being checked for age, and the human flood surely includes many young cartel criminals. A few years back, San Francisco discovered one of its pampered “juvenile” crack dealers was actually 25 — multiply that by thousands.

Back to deporting alien kiddies:

Deportation data won’t dispel rumors drawing migrant minors to U.S., Los Angeles Times, July 6, 2014

President Obama and his aides have repeatedly sought to dispel the rumors driving thousands of children and teens from Central America to cross the U.S. border each month with the expectation they will be given a permiso and allowed to stay.

But under the Obama administration, those reports have proved increasingly true.

The number of immigrants under 18 who were deported or turned away at ports of entry fell from 8,143 in 2008, the last year of the George W. Bush administration, to 1,669 last year, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement data released under a Freedom of Information Act request.
Similarly, about 600 minors were ordered deported each year from nonborder states a decade ago. Ninety-five were deported last year, records show, even as a flood of unaccompanied minors from Central America — five times more than two years earlier — began pouring across the Southwest border.

The previously unavailable deportation data are likely to fuel the political debate over whether Obama administration policies are partly responsible for the 52,000 children and teens who have surrendered to or been caught by Border Patrol agents since last October, spurring fresh concerns about U.S. border security and immigration law. Continue reading this article

Congressman Goodlatte Reports on Texas Border Tour

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte is something of a squish regarding immigration enforcement and has been known to troll the open borders billionaires of Silicon Valley for campaign funds.

Still, the Virginia Congressman acquitted himself adequately when he recently toured the border and issued a brief press release which describes the anarchy succinctly.

Incidentally, the liberal press is still pushing the “fleeing from crime” story as the source of the human flood, even though violence has been a social norm in Central America for years.

“This trip has confirmed that the current crisis at the border is a disaster of President Obama’s own making,” Goodlatte stated.

We learn from Congressman Goodlatte that the “phone is ringing off the hook” in alien kiddie holding centers from parents who forced their kids on the dangerous journey to America. They should be prosecuted for child endangerment before being deported.

Press Release: Goodlatte Releases Key Facts Discovered during Rio Grande Valley Trip, July 3, 2014

Harlingen, Texas — This week, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) led a bipartisan trip to the Rio Grande Valley Sector of the U.S.-Mexico border to seek information about the sudden surge of children, teenagers, and families – largely from Central America – attempting to enter the U.S. illegally. On the first day, the congressional delegation toured several federal facilities and met with federal officials at a Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Refugee Resettlement facility, the McAllen Border Patrol Station, and Gateway International Bridge in Brownsville. The group also went on a riverine tour with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on the Rio Grande River to witness firsthand the challenges the Border Patrol faces. On the second day, members spent the day at the Port Isabel Detention Facility where they met with officials from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Department of Justice (DOJ), CBP, and HHS.

Below are key findings from the briefings.

1. The vast majority of Central American minors who are unaccompanied meet up with their parents who are already in the United States illegally. Further, these parents often had a role in smuggling the minors into the United States.  While touring several federal facilities, minors traveling from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras stated that they came here to be with a parent who is already in the United States illegally. At a tour of the HHS facility housing boys ages 8-17, Members were told that the phone is ringing off the hook with parents looking for their children who they know made – and often directed to make – the dangerous journey to the U.S. While Chairmen Goodlatte and Issa were on a ride-along with the Border Patrol along the Rio Grande, they witnessed the apprehension of a mother and child from El Salvador and a 15-year-old boy from Honduras.  The boy said he came to reunite with his mother, who has been in Los Angeles since he was six. Both said they were coming here in violation of law. Continue reading this article

Murrieta Citizens Protest Illegal Alien Dump

In Murrieta California on Tuesday, friends of American sovereignty physically blocked three government buses carrying illegal aliens that the administration wanted to relocate from south Texas. The buses, holding 140 aliens, were turned back from the planned offloading in Murietta and were instead sent to a Border Patrol station in San Ysidro. So the aliens weren’t deported back to Central America, but a point was made.

The protest made the CBS national news on Tuesday. Perhaps it will be shown in Guatemala City and points south.

It’s good to see rowdy demonstrations against the government forcing citizens to accept and financially support needy aliens at a time when many Americans are suffering from five years of jobless recovery.

Hundreds of angry citizens of Lawrenceville, Virginia, turned out in force to a town meeting last month to oppose the plan to house 500 foreign teenagers at a closed college campus nearby. Like the Californians, they were concerned about crime, contagious disease and the government’s misplaced priorities with the well being of non-Americans.

Migrant families arrive at Customs Border Patrol facility in San Ysidro, CBS News San Diego, July 1, 2014

SAN DIEGO – Three buses carrying migrant families arrived in Murrieta Tuesday to a crowd of protesters, who blocked the vehicles and forced them to turn around and head south again. The buses traveled south into San Diego County and arrived at a Customs Border Patrol facility in San Ysidro around 4:15 p.m.

The Ameristar charter flight from Texas, carrying migrant families, arrived in San Diego around 12:15 p.m. Tuesday at Lindbergh Field’s Landmark Aviation. The plane carried more than 100 migrants, including mothers and children. Tuesday afternoon, Homeland Security buses transported them to Murrieta, where they were met by a crowd of protesters chanting “USA” and “Go back home.” The protesters refused to clear the roadway, forcing the buses to turn around and head south to an unknown location.

In the wake of the children’s arrival, there’s growing concern among local residents.

Families in Southern California are outraged, even the mayor of Murrieta is objecting to migrant families being taken to their city, displeased at how the Federal government is handling the surge of undocumented parents and children. Continue reading this article

Public Health Crisis in San Diego: 40 Dumped Aliens Are Quarantined, 10 Hospitalized with Mystery Illnesses

The government is transporting diseased aliens around the country, endangering citizens and Border Patrol agents. And if the kids weren’t sick before they arrived, the crowded conditions created by the administration’s amnesty magnet infected them.

Below, a crowded government flop-house for illegal alien kids in Brownsville.

Remember Ellis Island? A major purpose was to detect foreigners with communicable diseases, like tuberculosis, and keep them out of the country to protect public health. Last year Indio High School, in southern California 100 miles from Mexico, tested all staff and students because one student had TB and 45 others tested positive for the disease, so the threat from contagion has not gone away.

But this administration has told medical personnel at the Lackland facility to keep quiet about the diseases present among the aliens, or else. Funny how the government threatens responsible whistle-blowers with punishment while the foreign lawbreakers get a full trough of benefits, like kids being delivered to illegal aliens parents by government workers.

The heath afflictions mentioned at Lackland included measles, scabies, chicken pox, lice and strep throat as well as mental and emotional issues.

Laura Ingraham interviewed Border Patrol Agent Gabe Pacheco on Thursday about his view of the public health threat. Listen.

Border Patrol union official says influx of migrants threatens agents’ health, national security, ABC 10 News San Diego, July 2, 2014

Questions swirl as more immigrants hospitalized

SAN DIEGO – A Border Patrol agents union representative told 10News the influx of undocumented immigrants now in Border Patrol custody is threatening the health of agents as well as national security.

“We have compassion for them …,” said union representative Ron Zermeno.

At about 12:45 a.m. Wednesday, one of the buses pulled out of the checkpoint and onto a freeway. Two people sitting behind the driver appeared to be Border Patrol agents wearing masks. 10News could not confirm if any children were on the bus. As 10News was trying to follow the bus onto a freeway, Border Patrol SUVs blocked the entrance to the freeway.

Zermeno told 10News Wednesday morning that 99 migrants were transported to various San Diego Sector Border Patrol stations for processing. According to Zermeno, 40 had been taken to Brown Field Station in Otay Mesa. Forty-two were taken to the Imperial Beach Station, and 17 to the Boulevard Station in southeast San Diego County.

Zermeno said Border Patrol agents were being pulled off the line to help with processing the immigrants. Zermeno told 10News this could pose a safety issue due to less agents on the street.

Meanwhile, 40 were being quarantined at the Border Patrol Chula Vista Station with active scabies and head lice. The facility will provide them with showers, laundry service and bedding. Another 10 people, mostly children, were taken to local hospitals with unknown illnesses.

“That’s my biggest fear: their health and also safety in the field,” said Zermeno.

Zermeno told 10News pulling agents could put national security on the line, adding, “The morale is the lowest I’ve ever seen it.”

Zermeno said he just wants to protect his agents and the border, as well as expose the truth because exposure seems to be a growing concern.

“I think the public needs to be aware. The average citizens [are not] aware because they could be exposed tomorrow. Continue reading this article

New (Actually Old) Border Scam: Rent-a-Kid

Since foreign moppets are the keys to Obama’s American kingdom, it is not surprising that spare children can be attractive items to ease passage. Business arrangements are the result.

As Latin America scholar George Grayson remarked regarding the large families of Catholic Central America, “As far as I know they pay the families (and remember these economies are in sad shape) and therefore to get maybe a few hundred dollars you’re willing to give up your 7th or 8th child.”

Hispanic family values!

However, terrible things can happen to kids when they are put in the hands of criminals. Democrat Congressman Henry Cuellar mentioned he was told by border authorities that one-third of the girls have been raped or otherwise abused. And those are the ones who make it.

Texas Official Believes Illegals Renting Kids To Cross Border, CBS Dallas Fort Worth, July 1, 2014

DALLAS, Texas (1080 KRLD) – As we enter the merciless summer months where temperatures average well above 100 degrees along the Texas Mexico border, the possibility exist for a larger wave of causalities among illegal immigrants trying to gain access to the United States.

With the oppressive summer heat “it’s going to be very, very dangerous in this part of the country to have young kids women and other folks to come in,” says Texas Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo, TX).

On Monday a South Texas sheriff announced the discovery of a 11 year old Guatemalan boys body about a mile from the border. Cuellar said the discovery of the boys body reinforces just how perilous the journey is into the US.

“Certainly I hope they stop coming because we probably will have more deaths as the hot weather continues,” says Cuellar. “It’s not just the heat that could kill them but there are other dangers.

Officials at Lackland Air Force Base told us that one-third of young girls that come across – and they were just like little babies; 10, 11, 14 years of age. That about one third of them get raped and/or abused on the way here.”

Cuellar says that as he was speaking to Customs and Border Patrol agents he was also discovering a disturbing trend of adults “renting” children in Central America in order to increase their chances of being able to stay in the U.S. once they cross over.

“I was talking to somebody that worked for Border Patrol, and he said that in the late 80′s there were a lot of kids from El Salvador coming in and what they were doing is they had a ‘rent-a-kid’ program.” says Cuellar “In other words they said ‘oh if I come in and I have a kid with me they’ll let me go.”  And the Border Agent told him “Henry, I’m seeing this again, I cannot believe it.” Continue reading this article

Ann Coulter Visits Paris and Avoids Algerians

America’s blonde sovereignty defender appeared on Fox’s Hannity show Monday, speaking from Paris where she bashed soccer and dodged rioting Algerians.

Early on, Hannity quoted from Coulter’s recent column: “I promise you: No American whose great-grandfather was born here is watching soccer.”

Coulter agreed with Hannity that Obama was happy to “create chaos” on the border with a human flood of aliens, remarking: “Just get them here. Just get them here. Like the 11 million illegal immigrants, and we can have Marco Rubio and Rand Paul going around and saying ‘What are you going to do? Deport them all? Deport them all?’ Just get them in and in a matter of years they’ll be voting Democrat and collecting welfare. Unfortunately, the country can’t afford it and we have our own poor people we need to take care of.”

Below, after Algeria’s advance in the soccer World Cup, immigrant fans flooded Paris’ Champs-Elysées carrying their foreign flags. Throughout the country, 74 were arrested for rioting.

Virginia Kindergarten Shows State's Diverse Future

The Washington Post has a curiously honest look at a school in Fairfax County, Virginia, where kindergartens are very diverse indeed. Immigration has imported poor, non-English-speaking children into a formerly white middle class area with predictable results. The foreign kids need the usual expensive special treatment, from ESL to remedial instruction and free food.

Below, extreme diversity is highlighted by a six-year-old burqa girl in the kindergarten of Lynbrook Elementary School in Springfield, Virginia. We know that the class is located in America from the flag.

Use of the term “challenge” in liberal journalism sometimes denotes a completely unsolvable social situation that cannot be wholly admitted. The Post article uses “challenge” three times.

In addition, the word “cost” occurs five times but only one dollar amount is noted: $18 million in increased costs for teaching English over five years. What’s the tab for supply closets turned into free food banks or 990 trailers to hold the excess students?

And what kind of education do the remaining American students get in such an environment?

No American ever voted to overpopulate the country with the world’s welfare seekers who care nothing about this nation’s history and beliefs, but that’s what has happened because of a diversity-mad immigration system with no Off switch. Remember that the Senate immigration bill the elites want as law would double legal immigration.

Despite the obvious failure, the diversity-programmed superintendent recited, “We view these demographic shifts and our growing diversity as a strength that we will continue to celebrate.”

In Fairfax County kindergarten classes, school system’s future comes into focus, Washington Post, June 28, 2014

The kindergartners of the Class of 2026, who finished their first year in Fairfax County schools Wednesday, constitute the largest and one of the most ethnically, culturally and socioeconomically diverse groups of students the county has seen, a fact that school system administrators say could pose significant challenges in the decade to come.

Long an enclave of predominantly white, middle-class families with a top-class school system, Fairfax has experienced a dramatic demographic shift in recent years that is nowhere more obvious than in the county’s kindergarten classrooms. The white student population is receding and is being replaced with fast-growing numbers of poor students and children of immigrants for whom English is a second language.

More than one-third of the 13,424 kindergartners in the county this year qualified for free or reduced-price meals, a federal measure of poverty, and close to 40 percent of the Class of 2026 requires additional English instruction, among the most ever for a Fairfax kindergarten class.

The demographic changes in Fairfax are likely to have long-term implications for the school system: Most of this year’s kindergarten class will spend the next 12 years in county schools. Schools officials believe that the challenges that come with a less-affluent and less-prepared population will exacerbate the system’s struggles with a widening achievement gap for minorities and ballooning class sizes.

The rising enrollment — the overall student body has surged by more than 22,000 since 2004 — is not sustainable at the current funding level, schools officials said, which could intensify already contentious battles for tax dollars with the county’s Board of Supervisors. School Board member Ted Velkoff (At Large), chairman of its Budget Committee, said the increasing number of immigrant families in Fairfax has affected — and will continue to affect — the school system’s bottom line.

“We are required to educate their children, and we want to. But there is a cost,” Velkoff said. “There is a cost to having these children in the system. . . . And I think the thing that is troubling is that the Fairfax County taxpayer has to take a disproportionate part of this bill.” Continue reading this article

Did Amnesty Chatter plus Cartels’ New Business Plan Create an Evil Confluence?

There’s no question the current border chaos of alien kids arriving in the daily thousands was fueled by Obama’s talk of amnesty for youngsters, not a situation of fleeing crime. Central America is very violent, true, but it has been so for years.

Another bit of evidence is provided by University of Chicago Law School Professor (and blogger) Eric Posner, who used data from a Customs and Border Protection website to construct an informative graph. A few added dates show the magnet effect of DREAMer amnesty talk. Note that the number of unaccompanied children was declining until Obama proclaimed his administrative DREAM reward:

But hearing that America’s border was open for moppets wouldn’t help Central American moochers if they couldn’t travel the 1800 miles to immediately demand food, housing, education and welfare benefits — the Centrals needed a ride.

Perhaps seeing a big money-making opportunity, the criminal cartels decided to rejigger their business model to expand human trafficking. Somehow the rumor mill revved up — whether it was manufactured by the cartels to make drug smuggling easier, or by some governmental entity, as Lou Dobbs suspects, “a strategy being carried out.”

So in addition to the Obama-created pull factor, an increased means to access America’s free stuff was made available.

In the following article, Mexico scholar George Grayson provides some interesting details about the drug gangs’ reconfiguration.

Tactical shift by cartels could be fueling migrant surge, USA Today, June 27, 2014

AUSTIN – The masses of unaccompanied youth who have recently crossed Texas’ southern border tell of gang violence and economic hardship as main motivators for their treacherous trip north.

But a tactical shift by Mexican drug cartels and their splinter groups could be fueling the exodus as well, analysts and law enforcement officials say.

Recent arrests of the leadership of the Zetas and Gulf cartels, which control much of the illicit human transit just south of McAllen, Texas, has dismantled the groups’ hierarchy and led to splinter groups that are shifting away from drug trafficking and getting increasingly involved in human smuggling, said Tony Payan,director of the Mexico Center at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. The cartels, now roaming Mexico in smaller, independent groups, work in tangent with so-called “coyotes” – or smuggling guides – to recruit families from their Central American neighborhoods and bring them north through Mexico with promises of better lives in the USA, he said.

As the U.S. has beefed up its border with Mexico, adding 21,000 agents, drones and new checkpoints, these criminal rings avoid venturing into the U.S., Payan said. Instead, they take their human cargo as far as the Rio Grande and tell the families to turn themselves in on the other side.

“This tactical shift by organized crime is in response to the effectiveness of Border Patrol,” he said. “Organized crime in Mexico has reconfigured itself.”

The Zetas, in particular, are borrowing from a tactic they’ve used for years while smuggling Cuban immigrants across the Mexican border, said George W. Grayson, a Mexico expert at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., who has written about border security. Under U.S. policy, Cuban migrants who reach U.S. soil are allowed to remain in the USA while they apply for permanent residency. In recent years, the Zetas have shifted that tactic to Central American youth, he said. U.S. policy allows the youth to be released to an adult, while they await a court hearing,

In smuggling the groups from Central America to the Mexico-U.S. border, the criminal rings have found a means of generating large amounts of revenue while limiting their exposure and risk in the USA, he said.

“They’re diversifying,” Grayson said. “They’re doing less in drugs, more in kidnapping, extortion, and human smuggling.” Continue reading this article

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