If there’s an appreciable difference between Muslim terrorists and Mexican drug thugs, it exists mainly in motivation (e.g. the belief of Allah types that jihadists get 72 virgins in the afterlife). The behavior is similar in many ways, down to the bombs and beheadings, designed to scare the public.
Mexican organized crime has certainly racked up an impressive body count of 35,000 since Presidente Calderon’s war on the cartels began in 2006. They are not slouches in the mass murder department, even when compared to The Religion of Peace.
So Mike McCaul’s idea that the cartels be added to the terrorist list makes sense.
Six Mexican drug cartels would be labeled as terrorist groups under legislation introduced Thursday by a Texas Republican.
Rep. Michael McCaul’s bill would add the six cartels to the Foreign Terrorist Organization list, which also includes al Qaeda, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Shining Path and the Real IRA.
McCaul said his legislation is necessary because violence on the Mexican border is increasing even as the U.S. is focused on foreign wars.
“The last time I visited the El Paso Intelligence Center and requested to go across the border to Juarez, the State Department told me they could not guarantee my safety,” the lawmaker said at a hearing Thursday on border violence.
McCaul pointed to the arrests of more than 450 cartel members within the United States this year as evidence of the drug gangs’ U.S. presence.
According to Brian Nichols, deputy assistant to the secretary of State, Mexican drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) are responsible for about 95 percent of the cocaine and significant amounts of other drugs in the U.S.
“Because U.S. demand for these drugs is a principal source of revenue for Mexican DTOs, we have a shared responsibility for, and interest in, confronting this threat,” he said.
McCaul, the chairman of a Homeland Security subcommittee, challenged President Obama to show leadership in the battle against the cartels, which he called “a war.”
He said the Merida Initiative, in which the United States and Mexican governments coordinate border security, is not working. Under the initiative, U.S. assistance to Mexico’s anti-drug trafficking efforts has jumped from $40 million a year to about $500 million.
“Mexico is in danger of becoming a failed state controlled by criminals,” McCaul said, pointing to the deaths of U.S. citizens, Mexican government officials and ICE agents over the past year. “It is time for the United States to show a serious commitment to this war on our doorstep.” Continue reading this article
The United States is not the only nation to have a recent Census counting the residents: India has announced the results of its decennial tabulation.
Demographers have predicted for years that India would overtake Red China as the planet’s most populous nation within a couple decades. The Indian count — an additional 181 million persons in 10 years — is breathtaking. That’s 18 million more people annually who need food, clothing, housing and eventual employment. India has had difficulties in providing the basics like food to its skyrocketing population. Of course, breakneck population growth in a poor country does nothing positive for environmental sustainability.
It should also be concerning to authorities that India’s gender disparity is the worst ever. The society remains deeply patriarchal, where boys are valued and girls are not. Unmarried young men can easily be drawn into gang crime or anti-social political activities, which is problematic when there are millions of such unconnected men. Researchers recognize these “bare branches” (as they are called in China) are a source of social destabilization.
I happened to be clicking around the TV last weekend and came across Rep. Steve King’s Conservative Principles Conference in Des Moines. Among the many speakers at the day-long meeting was Rosemary Jenks from NumbersUSA:
Requirements for the use of E-verify in Georgia have been undermined rather thoroughly. One masonry company is owned by illegal aliens with an E-verify account who are now suing for back wages. They figure they have nothing to lose — apparently they don’t fear jail or deportation.
Plus, the masonry work was on a military site. Doesn’t anyone have national security concerns about that? Illegal alien job thieves who fear deportation are an easy target for blackmail by foreign enemies.
ATLANTA – Illegal workers managed to spend months on a heavily secured military construction site in metro Atlanta. The FOX 5 I-Team has already uncovered several examples of illegal workers getting taxpayer funded construction jobs. But I-Team reporter Randy Travis says this one may be the most unsettling.
These undocumented immigrants are now coming forward because they claim they haven’t been paid for all the work they did on this project. But their presence on a military site may not be the most surprising element of this story.
An interview with a hispanic education advisor in the White House indicates an interesting combination of honesty and a sense of entitlement. Juan Sepulveda admits that hispanic students are at rock bottom of academic achievement (unlike other immigrant groups such as Asians who adapt readily to America’s education opportunities).
In fact, the hispanic education environment is so bad that teachers should be paid more to work there, Sepulveda opines.
Below, schoolkids in Atlanta celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with an ethnic potluck and paper sombreros.
Fox News Latino spoke to Juan Sepúlveda, head of the White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanics, about bad schools, good teachers, and the issues confronting our community.
President Obama is devoting Monday’s town hall to Latino education. (This will be televised on Univision at 7p.m. ET/PT Monday night.) Why now?
I would respectfully say that this isn’t the first time we’re having this conversation, we’ve been having it since we’ve come into office. And for good reason: The Latino community continues to be the largest and fastest-growing minority group. On the education side, at this time when we need to make tough decisions on the budget, the President has been very clear about saying that some things that are more important [than others.] Education remains a key part of our strategy.
What are the main challenges confronting Latino students?
We have the lowest educational attainment levels of any group. We’re the only group in the country that has less than half our kids in any kind of an early childhood program, so the achievement gap is starting pretty early: As our kids come into elementary school, they’re already having to try to catch up.
About half of our kids are not graduating high school on time. Of those who are picking up their diplomas, about half are not ready to go to college. At the higher ed level, only 13 percent of the community has a B.A. degree; if you throw in community colleges, you only get up to 19 percent. Only about 4 percent has a professional or a graduate degree.
The other thing we can’t forget about is adult education. It’s sometimes treated like a stepchild, but it’s the fourth pillar. Traditionally, the little adult education that we are taking is around English as a Second Language, which is important. But as far as career and technical training to help you bump up your skills so that, particularly in this tough economy, your family can make a little more money? Our adults aren’t taking those courses.
So how can we improve those numbers?
One piece that’s really critical: We’ve got to really push to make sure we have great teachers and great principals at each of the schools. That impacts us more than other communities and in a bigger way. Of the nearly 98,000 public schools in the country, there are 2,500 high schools and their feeder [schools] that account for 75% of all the drop-off in the Latino community. Our schools are the ones where there are more problems; they’re struggling the most. We need to focus on turnaround schools and find ways to incentivize teachers and administrators. We need to pay them more as they do the toughest job out there. Continue reading this article
Everybody likes their own tribe the best, a fact of psychology that is ignored by the insistent multiculturalism ideology so beloved by liberal elites. We humans just feel more comfortable among those who share our language and culture.
New research indicates that a hard-wired tribal instinct extends back into the pre-human family tree. The study is another indicator that group identification is a strong force that should be handled carefully.
The tendency to perceive others as “us versus them” isn’t exclusively human but appears to be shared by our primate cousins, a new study led by Yale researchers has found.
In a series of ingenious experiments, Yale researchers led by psychologist Laurie Santos showed that monkeys treat individuals from outside their groups with the same suspicion and dislike as their human cousins tend to treat outsiders, suggesting that the roots of human intergroup conflict may be evolutionarily quite ancient.
The findings are reported in the March issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
“One of the more troubling aspects of human nature is that we evaluate people differently depending on whether they’re a member of our ‘ingroup’ or ‘outgroup,’” Santos said. “Pretty much every conflict in human history has involved people making distinctions on the basis of who is a member of their own race, religion, social class, and so on. The question we were interested in is: Where do these types of group distinctions come from?”
The answer, she adds, is that such biases have apparently been shaped by 25 million years of evolution and not just by human culture. Continue reading this article
On Monday, post-American President Obama appeared on the Spanish network Univision to chat and take questions from non-reporters. (I can’t remember the last time he had a town hall with Americans in English.)
Unsurprisingly, the subjects were illegal immigration and amnesty. In answer to a question about deporting illegal alien students, Obama replied, “We want them to succeed.”
It would be nice if the President was more concerned that American citizens succeed — like having jobs and such.
Anyway, why can’t young people succeed in the countries of their birth? It’s arrogant to believe that a fulfilling life can only be lived in the United States.
Washington – President Barack Obama said Monday that he cannot sign an executive order preventing the deportations of undocumented students or granting them Temporary Protected Status, but he promised to continue pushing for legislative changes in Congress.
Deportation of students, along with the high Hispanic dropout rate and the scanty proportion of those young people who go on to college, were the key issues discussed at the town hall meeting Obama held Monday at Washington’s Bell Multicultural High School.
The videotaped question by a student holding a deportation letter opened the debate that took up the main part of the forum organized by the Univision television network and which was attended by some 600 parents, students and teachers.
“My question for the president is why (is he) saying that deportations have stopped or the detention of many students like me? Why is it that we are still receiving deportation letters like this one?,” Karen Maldonado asked, holding up such a letter.
Obama responded by citing his support for the DREAM Act, which would open up a route toward legalization for undocumented students who join the Armed Forces or complete two years of college.
Given that the DREAM Act was rejected again by the Senate last December, Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos, who was moderating the event, asked Obama if he could sign an executive order preventing the deportations.
“With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that’s just not the case,” the president said.
“There are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system that for me to simply through executive order ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as president,” Obama said.
MEXICO CITY — About 230,000 people have been displaced in Mexico because of drug violence, and about half of them may have taken refuge in the United States, according to a new study. [...]
“Independent surveys put their number at around 230,000,” according to the global report’s section on Mexico. “An estimated half of those displaced crossed the border into the United States, which would leave about 115,000 people internally displaced, most likely in the States of Chihuahua, Durango, Coahuila and Veracruz.”
How interesting. Half of Mexicans who relocated to escape cartel violence moved within Mexico. Persons with crime problems do NOT need to illegally enter the United States, because opportunities for safety still exist within Mexico.
Traffickers are aware of the risks of major provocations in Mexico City, home to the federal police, army, navy and intelligence services, not to mention many of the cartel leaders’ families.
When the highway shootouts and roadblocks by gunmen in her hometown finally became too much, Karla Garza found sanctuary in the unlikeliest of places: the big, bad capital, Mexico City.
Garza, a 21-year-old marketing student, switched campuses in December after her parents decided that even with its rampant robberies and kidnappings, Mexico City was safer than their home in Monterrey, a once-quiet northern city that for months has served as a battlefield for warring drug gangs.
“Ten years ago, my parents never would have imagined sending me to live in [Mexico City]. It would have been insane,” Garza said. Now, though, “the bad news is coming from Monterrey.”
Mexico City used to be an emblem of runaway crime, viewed by many Mexicans as a viper pit that was best avoided if you didn’t want to be mugged or forced at gunpoint to withdraw money from ATMs and hand it over. But four years of drug violence across much of the rest of the country suddenly has Mexico City looking like an island of tranquillity, despite its rampant petty crime.
“We haven’t had heads cut off. We don’t have blockades. We don’t have houses on fire. We don’t have bombs. We don’t have shooting in the streets,” said Eduardo Gallo, president of the anti-crime group Mexico United Against Crime. “We have some robberies, but we don’t see armed people in vans and trucks chasing each other.” Continue reading this article
Politico has a piece written by Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce explaining recent voting (not positive for enforcement) and how long it took to get SB1070 passed. Pearce emphasized how the war for American sovereignty and safety from hostile invasion requires tenacity over years.
As long as Mexico sees exporting its cheap workers north as advantageous, the parasite government there will continue to push them out. Of course, many US businesses prefer workers who arrive with an “Exploit Me” sign around their necks.
And Arizona is currently the freeway onramp for millions of illegal aliens.
The Arizona Senate on March 18 voted down five immigration bills I supported — most notably, one addressing the issue of birthright citizenship for children of illegal immigrants.
While I was disappointed with last week’s votes, it was not the last word on illegal immigration in Arizona. I am not backing off from in demanding our laws be enforced.
I know that the Arizona-led battle to enforce U.S. immigration laws cannot be won overnight.
I introduced what is now SB 1070 to no avail every year between 2005 and 2009, before it finally passed and was signed by Gov. Jan Brewer last April.
While SB 1070 has garnered unprecedented national attention, it was not the law that “started it all.”
Prior to SB 1070, I introduced many other measures that addressed illegal immigration — and eventually became law. In 2004, 56 percent of Arizona voters approved Prop 200, which denies certain government benefits to illegal immigrants and prevents voter fraud.
In 2007, then-Gov. Janet Napolitano signed the Legal Arizona Workers Act, which mandates E-Verify to all employers, ensuring they did not hire illegal workers. Additional laws that punish human smugglers; deny illegal immigrants bail, and set up a statewide task force to deal with illegal immigrant gangs passed prior to SB 1070.
These were all uphill battles. But we persevered.
Much has been made of an open letter that 60 chief executive officers of Arizona businesses sent me, urging the Legislature not to “pass any additional immigration legislation.” They focused on the supposed negative effects of a boycott of Arizona. But it is not unreasonable to suspect that a desire for cheap labor was also a factor.
Citing this letter, a New York Times editorial credited business opposition to the defeat of my bills, arguing “The reversal has to do with money, of course. The bills were dead once the state’s business lobby weighed in against them.”
There is no doubt that the business interests influenced some GOP lawmakers. But this is nothing new. All of my past immigration laws overcame strong opposition from the Chamber of Commerce and other special interest groups. Continue reading this article
Not every human being wants to be a free individual, despite noble-sounding declarations on that subject. Quite a number of Muslim immigrants prefer to be Allah’s obedient sheeple, even after experiencing the freedom that Western Civilization offers. They reject everything we value to be slaves in a totalitarian ideology.
A group of Muslims rallied in London on March 25 in support of Moammar’s side in Libya. Their march included numerous signs for sharia and against democracy.
It’s curious why such people don’t move to Iran or Saudi Arabia where they experience the full Muslim monty. Apparently Britain’s craven dhimmitude and generous welfare benefits are sufficient to overcome any spiritual loss vis-a-vis Islam.
The slow-motion scandal of the the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms smuggling guns to Mexico is rising ever higher. Some dim bulb in the ATF thought it would be brilliant idea to ship high-power weapons to Mexican gangsters in order to “track” them. Now President Obama is swearing he didn’t know nuttin! To Univision, no less…
President Barack Obama has denied any knowledge of a controversial US gun smuggling operation claiming he did not tell Mexico as he did not know about it.
The President told a Univision radio programme that Mexican president Felipe Calderon was not informed of ‘Operation Fast and Furious’ because he had no idea it was going on.
The operation allowed traffickers to bring weapons to illegally cross the southwestern border so they could be tracked.
The President’s busy schedule of bracketing college basketball may have precluded his being informed of ATF’s hare-brained scheme, but some high-level apparatchik knew, possibly Attorney General Eric Holder (who now says that Gunwalking is wrong). Whoever signed off on the bonehead plan to send US guns south to Mexican organized crime should be sacked ASAP. (The gunwalking scandal was the “final straw” leading to the resignation of the Mexican ambassador Carlos Pascual earlier this month.)
Revelations over the last weeks have not improved Obama’s relationship with Mexico City. El Presidente Calderon is miffed, and who can blame him? Nobody likes it when the neighbors cause extra troubles.
In an exclusive interview with CBS News, the lead ATF official in Mexico at the time Darren Gil says somebody in the Justice Department did know about the case. Gil says his supervisor at ATF’s Washington D.C. headquarters told him point-blank the operation was approved even higher than ATF Director Kenneth Melson.
All the players are pointing elsewhere, saying “I’m innocent.” What’s needed is a Congressional hearing where everyone is under oath. Not that a hearing would guarantee the truth, but reporters can only go so far.
The Hispanic population in the United States grew by 43% in the last decade, surpassing 50 million and accounting for about 1 out of 6 Americans, the Census Bureau reported Thursday.
Analysts seized on data showing that the growth was propelled by a surge in births in the U.S., rather than immigration, pointing to a growing generational shift in which Hispanics continue to gain political clout and, by 2050, could make up a third of the U.S. population.
“In the adult population, many immigrants helped the increase, but the child population is increasingly more Hispanic,” said D’Vera Cohn, a senior writer at the Pew Research Center.
In 2010, Hispanics made up 23% of people under the age 18, compared with 17% in 2000. In California, 51% of children are Hispanic, up from 44% in 2000.
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