WASHINGTON — Two years into a civil war that shows no signs of ending, the Obama administration is considering resettling refugees who have fled Syria, part of an international effort that could bring thousands of Syrians to American cities and towns. [. . .]
Homeland security officials require careful vetting of refugees, with multiple interviews and background checks before they are allowed to enter the country. Under normal circumstances, the screening process can take a year or longer. [. . .]
A few years ago, thousands of Iraqi refugees had been admitted on a do-gooder whim, with little investigation. After a couple were found to be jihadist enemies of America (later tried and imprisoned), the 58,000 Iraqi refugees residing in the United States had to be rescreened.
Now the government intends to make the same dangerous mistake again with more Muslims who have no reason to accept western values. Many of the Syrian insurgents are Al Qaeda affiliated. How does this policy not imperil the American people?
The Department of Homeland Security on Monday issued new regulations that will allow more Syrian refugees to temporarily settle in the United States.
The department estimates that about 9,000 people will be eligible to come to America under the 18-month extension to March 2015 of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Syrians. Another 2,600 or so Syrians already here will be able to apply to renew their status. The Obama administration first gave TPS designation to Syrian citizens and residents last year, and the status was set to expire on Sept. 30.
“The extension of the current Syria TPS designation and re-designation is due to the continued disruption of living conditions in the country that are a result of the extraordinary and temporary conditions that led to the initial TPS designation of Syria in 2012,” the Homeland Security Department said. “The extension is based on ongoing armed conflict in that region and the continued deterioration of country conditions.” Continue reading this article
Did La Raza’s cartel division help write S.744? The notion that government’s top job is to protect public safety has been diminished greatly by the open-borders extremists.
Fortunately the criminal-friendly aspect of the bill is beginning to come to light. The legislation allows a great deal of discretion to the DHS Secretary about who may be deported. For example, if a drunk driver’s removal might cause inconvenience to his US-residing familia, he could be permitted to stay, despite the obvious danger to Americans.
The video above mentioned a couple of preventable deaths, one being that of Phoenix Police Officer Daryl Raetz (shown below with his wife and five-year-old daughter), killed by a hit-and-run driver, an illegal alien with priors.
But to the Gang of Eight and other friends of diverse crime, the preventable deaths of Americans killed by criminal aliens are unimportant, so the plan is to lessen the immigration enforcement that protects public safety.
As the House and Senate continue to debate overhauling America’s immigration system, new differences are emerging between the two chambers over how to handle criminal illegal immigrants.
The controversy is emerging after two police officers were killed, allegedly by illegal immigrant drunk drivers with prior DUI arrests.
“There are thousands of Americans killed intentionally and accidentally by illegal immigrants who have already been arrested and could have been deported from the U.S.,” said Kris Kobach, an attorney representing Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents who claim the Obama administration is preventing them from deporting law-breakers.
In Houston, police say 23-year-old Andres Munos was driving drunk on May 20 when he struck and killed 47-year-old Sgt. Dwayne Polk, a Harris County sheriff’s deputy. Munos, who is in this country illegally, was previously arrested in 2010 for drunk driving and unlawful carrying of a weapon.
In Phoenix, Jesus Cabrera-Molina admitted he was drunk and high on cocaine the night his SUV struck and killed Phoenix Police Officer Daryl Raetz — but he denies he was behind the wheel. Witnesses disagree, and Phoenix police have charged Molina with manslaughter.
Under a House bill now being debated, drivers like Munos and Molina would likely get deported immediately by ICE or local police, who would have the authority to enforce federal immigration statutes.
Under the Senate bill, however, illegal immigrants accused of non-violent crimes are entitled to a hearing and a taxpayer-funded lawyer. Those with three or fewer misdemeanors and some felonies would be allowed to remain if they had children or wives in the U.S. Continue reading this article
Word is getting around that Mexico is becoming more middle class (with 39 percent of Mexicans now so estimated), despite the grifter nation’s attempts to keep that information secret from the United States. Mexican elites would prefer that clueless Washington think of the crackhouse next door as poor relations, needing a continuing handout of free stuff and the nearly open border now being negotiated. The seven million illegal alien Mexicans residing here would benefit from the amnesty and those still in Mexico could look forward to the increased flow included in the “reform” scam.
Even with economic improvements however, Mexican pols are addicted to the cushion of easy-money remittances from their expats ($24 billion in 2012).
I’ve been writing since 2003 that Mexico is a very wealthy country and didn’t need transnational welfare from Uncle Sucker. The country has had a big population living in poverty but also has the financial resources to improve the well being of its citizens by investing in education and infrastructure.
Schools are still sub-par, according to a McClatchy investigation from June 2012. The current report at least shows the movement is in the right direction, albeit slowly.
One of the recent ruses of the open-borders gang is to demand America admit “narco refugees” of drug violence, when the claimers of victimhood could more easily relocate to somewhere peaceful in Mexico.
A new study on Mexico helps to explain the recent fall in Mexican immigration to the U.S. It suggests that Mexico is slowly becoming a “middle class country.”
The study by Mexico’s National Statistics and Geography Institute [INEGI] says that 42 percent of Mexican homes qualify as “middle class” while 39 percent of the country’s overall population falls into this social category. It also points out that at the turn of the century the middle class was only somewhat smaller, as it made up 38 percent of Mexico’s homes and 35 percent of the country’s inhabitants.
So yes, the growth in the Mexican middle class is miniscule compared to what is going on in China, where the middle class grew sixfold over the past ten years. But growth in Mexico’s middle class is still large enough to discourage some illegal immigration to the United States, as a recent Washington Post article suggests. Continue reading this article
In San Francisco, the famously kind-to-criminals sanctuary city has released a naked illegal alien who attacked several people in a BART station. Yeiner Perez (pictured), a citizen of Colombia, can be seen on a video knocking down a woman and assaulting others.
But according to sympathetic reporting from the notoriously pro-lawbreaker San Francisco Chronicle, the guy is a just a victim of mental health issues and needs treatment, not deportation.
Perez is apparently back performing acrobat tricks in public, perhaps even wearing pants.
In a country that cared about public safety, an insane violent illegal alien would be repatriated immediately. But if that dangerous alien behaves criminally in San Francisco, he gets free treatment, and the public’s need for reasonable security in a community space is discounted. Perez merely faces “possible” deportation.
The video below (with the naked bits pixed out) shows what a dangerous character was released.
The acrobat and circus performer who accosted several BART passengers while naked at a San Francisco station last month is facing possible deportation, officials said.
Yeiner Perez, 24, was arrested May 10 at the 16th Street Mission station after a incident in which he did handstands, flips and the splits on station turnstiles. He also lunged at and grabbed several passengers, as shown in a video recorded by a station agent.
The San Francisco District Attorney’s office is still weighing whether to charge Perez, but his arrest alerted federal immigration authorities to his presence and set in motion deportation proceedings.
Perez is from Colombia, said Slim Chance, the leader of a Berkeley circus troupe that Perez used to perform with. Immigration officials said he is not a U.S. citizen and is in the country illegally on an expired visa.
After Perez was arrested, he stayed overnight at California Pacific Medical Center on an emergency psychiatric hold, then was passed into BART police custody. He was in jail for 48 hours but was released because BART investigators had not yet put together the paperwork needed for the district attorney to review the case for potential charges, said BART Deputy Police Chief Ben Fairow.
Perez was then taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which scans local arrest records for suspected immigration violators. He was released that day with a GPS anklet and required to check in regularly by phone and in person while his deportation case proceeds. Continue reading this article
Has anyone else noticed that when Marco Rubio does his amnesty spiel, he begins talking really fast? In a June 13 radio interview with Andrea Tantaros, he stated the legalization of the Senate bill is not amnesty, and he said it lickety split, so listeners couldn’t process the crazy content of what he said.
Tantaros’ fawning over Amnesty Man as the great Republican hope was hard to take, and I won’t be seeking out her radio show. Still, the broadcast got some attention for the Senator’s remarks on a newly discovered benefit of illegal aliens, that they would pay for border security.
Say, what?! Here’s a snip from Byron York’s report:
[. . .] Rubio’s first reason was that the U.S. has no other choice than to legalize the 11 million. Enhancing security first would take an estimated four years, and Rubio declared, “We cannot wait another four years with 11 million people living in this country illegally without knowing who they are or why they’re here.”
But there was another reason. “We need to register them as soon as possible, not just to keep the problem from getting worse, but we’re going to require them to pay a fine, and that’s the money that we are going to use to pay for the border security,” Rubio explained. “If we don’t get that fine money from the people that have violated our immigration laws, then the American taxpayer is going to have to pay for border security.”
Apparently the Florida Senator thinks some substantial cash will be collected with the “fine” that foreign lawbreakers are supposed to pay. Actually, the bill does not specify exactly what that penalty would be in dollar terms, but it does allow waivers by which the foreigners can avoid any fees. So it looks like the vaunted “fines” are just as imaginary as border security.
Another who noticed the curious claim was Rush Limbaugh, who is still suffering from PRSD (Post Rubio Stress Disorder). On Friday, he was moaning again about his disappointment:
RUSH: Folks, I can’t tell you, I don’t even want to have to say this. This is painful. Did you hear what Senator Rubio said? We need to bring the illegals here so that they will pay for the border security that we need. I know. I can’t tell you, this is painful for me. [. . .]
I’ll tell you why it pains me, why it is really, really painful, this stuff. Because I really like Senator Rubio. I remember Senator Rubio campaigning against Crist. I know who Rubio is. I wish he would get out of this whole immigration fight and not tarnish himself because there is a lot of potential in Marco Rubio. This immigration thing is gonna taint him. I just hope it doesn’t.
Limbaugh knows who Rubio is?
The dark side of the force is strong with the young Rubio, who can create delusion in normally sensible conservative pundits. Limbaugh apparently remains a believer in Rubio, despite the evidence from the present and past history of blocking immigration enforcement. Limbaugh is still clinging to the fading hope that Rubio will snap out of an imagined beguilement from the clever tricksters in the Gang of Eight like Schumer and McCain. But it is Limbaugh who has been beguiled by Rubio’s powerful ability to deceive.
The big Death-to-America amnesty bill is being debated in the Senate now and we know what that means — it’s Sob Story Season! Yes, it’s time to drag out the most sniffle-inducing yarns about foreigners who created unhappiness for themselves by breaking America’s immigration laws. But in elite newsrooms, the problem is Americans’ mean-spirited insistence on having borders and sovereignty. Let’s all feel bad about having laws!
Here’s Wednesday’s front page of the New York Times, where the main image shows “immigrant” tears trickling down a cruel iron border fence — oh, the horror!
But even the liberal news-hacks admit that the picture is a contrived photo-op (“highly personal political theater” in TimesSpeak) to turn teardrops into forgiveness for lawbreakers. The article’s end interestingly reveals that the Brazilian DREAMer Renata Teodoro is not grateful to American taxpayers for her free education, but is instead “really angry” that she doesn’t have the whole enchilada of a borderless, full-benefit America already. Such is the entitlement mentality peddled by liberals who are unclear on the cost for all the welfare goodies.
Three young immigrants had a jubilant and painful reunion here on Tuesday with parents who had been deported from the United States, sharing hugs through the steel bars of the border fence that separates this American town from its Mexican twin.
The young adults are part of the movement of immigrants who grew up in this country without legal status who call themselves Dreamers. Their parents traveled to the Mexican side of the fence from Brazil, Colombia and Guadalajara, Mexico, seeing their children in person for the first time in many years.
The meeting, under a searing borderlands sun, was a new piece of the highly personal political theater that young immigrants have used to dramatize their support for a bill in the Senate to overhaul the immigration system. Hours before the encounter here, President Obama spoke at the White House to urge Congress to move quickly to pass the bill. Suggesting the growing influence of the youth movement in the debate, the president framed his remarks — both literally and politically — with Dreamers. Continue reading this article
Dumb-as-a-rock amnesty huckster Sean Hannity welcomed Ann Coulter on the occasion of her new, cleverly titled column, “If the GOP is this stupid, it deserves to die” (linked below). The stupidity to which she refers is the party suicide Republicans are contemplating by the passage into law of the Gang of Eight amnesty bill, which is a thousand pages of lies and treason against the American people.
Democrats terrify Hispanics into thinking they’ll be lynched if they vote for Republicans, and then turn around and taunt Republicans for not winning a majority of the Hispanic vote.
This line of attack has real resonance with our stupidest Republicans. (Proposed Republican primary targets: Sens. Kelly Ayotte, Jeff Flake, Lindsey Graham and Marco Rubio.) Which explains why Republicans are devoting all their energy to slightly increasing their share of the Hispanic vote while alienating everyone else in America.
It must be fun for liberals to manipulate Republicans into focusing on hopeless causes. Why don’t Democrats waste their time trying to win the votes of gun owners?
As journalist Steve Sailer recently pointed out, the Hispanic vote terrifying Republicans isn’t that big. It actually declined in 2012. The Census Bureau finally released the real voter turnout numbers from the last election, and the Hispanic vote came in at only 8.4 percent of the electorate — not the 10 percent claimed by the pro-amnesty crowd. Continue reading this article
She is the former Lt. Governor of New York, who has gotten attention for her consumer-focused book Beating ObamaCare.
Betsy McCaughey has turned her fine analytical skills to the S.744, which is designed to be too complicated for normal citizens to read and understand. Confusion is a very useful tool of the powerful against citizens trying to keep an eye on their government.
I couldn’t find a recording online of Betsy McCaughey on the Ingraham show, but the June 9 video below has some of the same topics. Ginni Thomas at the DailyCaller.com has been doing some great interviews with interesting people.
McCaughey believes the worst thing about the bill is how it weakens America’s security at a time when we increasingly under attack by terrorists. The legislation actually relaxes the rules for asylum seekers after the deadly Boston Marathon bombing, which was committed by asylees.
Former New York lieutenant governor Betsy McCaughey bets “you can’t find five members of Congress who have read” the Senate “Gang of Eight” immigration bill.
The former Democrat is experienced at reading large bills the Congress seems inclined to pass without reading, such as Obamacare. She tabs them, underlines them and tries to see the big picture of what will happen if the provisions of the bill are implemented.
In an interview with The Daily Caller’s Ginni Thomas, McCaughey brought her dog-eared immigration bill with her and pointed to it repeatedly.
“There are many interest groups involved in this bill,” she said.
“In fact, many, many, many — except one. I didn’t find anything for Joe Q. Citizen in this bill. I didn’t find anything for the average tax-paying citizen in this bill.”
“Somebody forgot to tell him about the meeting, so he or she is not represented in this bill,” she added.
McCaughey, author of “Beating Obamacare,” laid out six criticisms and unexamined problems of the bill beyond what she sees as the problematic pathway to citizenship and lax border security provisions of the bill.
According to McCaughey, the bill imperils national security by weakening rules for asylum seekers; outsources government jobs to community organizers, like happened in Obamacare; doubles the numbers of legal immigrants with green cards; contradicts Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio’s ads that promise new citizens will be self-supporting; costs too much; and impedes border agents from doing their basic enforcement job.
The popular radio host has started discussing amnesty, perhaps because of the many complaints from his listeners that he has been ignoring the worst threat to America in years.
So Limbaugh has been mouthing the appropriate words about amnesty being really a bad thing that ruined California etc., but it’s becoming more clear that his continuing recalcitrance likely stems from a stubborn political infatuation with the photogenic young snake-oil purveyor, once a great Republican hope for the future.
There is more proof of protectiveness from today’s show. Note the use of the word “clarify” from Rush in reference to Rubio’s pledge of amnesty on Spanish-language radio. It didn’t take much from Rubio to convince Rush that the Senator is acting in America’s best interest.
CALLER: [. . .] And I cannot tell you how seething mad I am, as I’m sure a lot of your listeners are, especially hearing, you know, one of the great hopes of the young Republican class, Senator Rubio, going down this path doing exactly opposite of what he initially said he was going to do.
RUSH: Well, let me clarify for you what he told me on the phone today. And he reminded me that he said this while he was here whenever his last interview was on the program. And he said it then, too. His point is, he’s not relegating border security to secondary status. He has just decided that we need to get these 11 million people, whatever they are, identified so that they’re it, that they’re the end of it, it stops after them. And the only way to do that is to immediately put them on the pathway to citizenship. But it’s all part of securing the border, is the point that he’s trying to make. His point is he’s really not changing his strategy or his opinion on this.
He points out there’s still the 10- to 13-year waiting period before they’re granted citizenship. I did on the phone this morning, I asked him, “Well, what about the idea, we had it yesterday, that those people during that 13-year period are not eligible to vote, they’re not eligible to get Obamacare benefits or any others, so what about the idea that they’re gonna be hired first, they’re cheaper?” He said, “Yeah, that’s a problem, and it goes to show we’ve gotta deal with Obamacare as well.” But he’s insistent that the legalization process is not the right to vote immediately, it’s not the right to collect benefits immediately. It’s simple drag ‘em out of the shadows so they’ll be identified so that we know that’s it, no more after that. Then we secure the border to make sure that doesn’t happen.
The Dutch freedom-fighter Geert Wilders (pictured) visited southern California last weekend to deliver a speech at an event titled “Europe’s Last Stand?”
Wilders analyzed the history and wrong ideas leading to the current liberal dislike of national sovereignty among European liberals, namely their belief that Nazi fascism was caused by bad patriotism.
As it happens, liberals believe that if they can just find the perfect construct of government, then utopia will result, so they keep plugging away, trying to find the secret recipe. California liberals, for example, have led the charge for diversity being the highest good, which if somehow turned into a principle of governance, then everyone can live happily in a multicultural Eden.
The California experiment has not been encouraging, from the liberal viewpoint, if honest. The Golden State gets less like paradise and more like Babel every year, with its growing population of diverse residents.
The unaccountable European Union is the real problem with government in Europe, Wilders believes, which doesn’t allow the Netherlands to protect itself by keeping out hostile Muslim immigrants. Disconnecting from the giant EU PC nanny state would allow more freedom of the people.
At a time when Washington’s super-sized digital snoopocracy feels threatening to Americans, we should all pay attention to Geert Wilders’ wise observations about patriotism and the nation-state.
The Resurgence of National Pride and the Future of Europe, Speech of Geert Wilders, Los Angeles, June 9, 2013
Dear friends, thank you for inviting me to Los Angeles. I always like coming to the United States. There are many things that I admire Americans for. One of them is that they are unashamedly patriotic.
The American Freedom Association [actually, the American Freedom Alliance: BW] has asked me to speak to you about the future of Europe.
Europe is in a terrible state. Bit by bit, European countries are losing their national sovereignty. The economy is in shambles. Islamic immigrants riot and terrorize the many locals. And when people’s throats are slit in the streets, while the murderers shout “Allahu Akbar,” the authorities appease the killers and declare that Islam has nothing to do with it.
Europeans feel that the gap between them en those who rule them is growing. Many no longer feel represented by their politicians. There is a complete disconnect between the people that truly rule Europe and the people that live in it.
The blame lies to a large extent with the European Union and the weak leadership within the European countries which have signed away their national sovereignty. The EU cannot be compared to the United States. Europe is a continent of many different nations with their own identities, traditions and languages. The EU is a supranational organization, but its leaders aim to turn it into a state. To this end they are destroying the wealth, identity and freedoms of the existing nation-states of Europe.
Before I elaborate, let us take a closer look at the terrible mistake that Europe made.
Following the Second World War, Europe’s leaders mistakenly thought that patriotism was the cause of the war.
All over Europe, not just in Germany, but everywhere, they equated the defense of national identity with extremism.
Politicians told the electorate that the nation state was dangerous.
On the rooftops of Europe’s parliaments and official buildings, they flew the EU flag next to the national flag, as if the nation is nothing but a province of a Pan-European empire.
On the number plates of European cars, they put the EU flag instead of the national flag, thereby forcing people to drive around with the symbol of their subjection.
They signed away their national interests for the goal of so-called Europeanization.
Such policies could never have been possible if the ruling elite had not fallen for the ideology of cultural and moral relativism. Patriotism, which is a virtue, came to be seen as a vice.
Today, the citizens of Europe are reaping the bitter harvest of this arrogance, this refusal to stand by the ancient nations of Europe, the mothers of modern democracy, the guardians of our liberty.
The EU stands for everything that is wrong in Europe.
It is a gigantic undemocratic transnational monster.
It issues legislation permeated with cultural relativism.
It meddles in the everyday lives of millions of people.
It has opened Europe’s borders to uncontrolled mass immigration, mostly from Islamic countries. And it has deprived Europe’s parliaments of a huge amount of their legislative powers. Continue reading this article
A vexing problem with mainstream media is their disinterest in the connection between excessive immigration and poverty. Apparently they never heard of supply and demand, even though the captains of industry know the principle very well. (Hint, an oversupply of workers leads to lower wages and big business profits.)
Analysts have said for years that the mass immigration of Third Worlders is importing poverty, so the concept is not exactly new.
Although the net benefits to natives from illegal immigrants are small, there is a sizable redistribution effect. Illegal immigration reduces the wage of native workers by an estimated $99 to $118 billion a year, and generates a gain for businesses and other users of immigrants of $107 to $128 billion.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 61% of Adults say if immigration laws were enforced, there would be less poverty in America. Only 19% disagree with that assessment, while 20% are not sure.
There’s nothing like a strong vote against asylum fraud to brighten one’s day. The sensible Swiss have said they have had enough of foreigners plopping themselves down in Switzerland and demanding the full trough of the nation’s generous asylum benefits. The national referendum passed with 79 percent of voters approving more restrictive asylum provisions.
The Swiss sign below says “Now is enough! Stop mass immigration.”
An interesting aspect is how many of the asylum grifters are draft dodgers from Eritrea, a nation which supplied the largest number of wanna-be asylees last year.
Naturally, Al Jazeera’s coverage focused on the earnest asylum seekers, although it let slip that the surge was “attributed in part to the Arab Spring uprisings.” Wait, why aren’t the strapping young men fighting for freedom in their beloved homelands? Because it’s easier to mooch.
Switzerland has voted overwhelmingly in favor of tightening the country’s asylum law. The controversial decision comes with refugee applications having risen to their highest level in more than a decade.
The asylum law revisions passed with 79 percent support from voters on Sunday, according to the final results of a national referendum published by public broadcaster SSR.
Celine Amandruz of Switzerland’s largest party, the Swiss People’s Party (SVP), welcomed the changes to the law. She insisted that nine out of 10 people who seek asylum in the country did so “for economic reasons.”
“There is clearly a need to change this system,” she said.
Parliamentarian Anne Seydoux-Christie also condemned the changes. Speaking against the official line of her Christian Democratic Party, Seydoux-Christie said the vote “marks a weakening of our humanitarian tradition, and certainly a lack of solidarity towards what is happening in countries in serious crisis.”
Conscription revision Among the most controversial revisions was eliminating military desertion as valid grounds to seek asylum.
For Eritreans, who accounted for the most asylum applications last year in Switzerland, military desertion was the most-cited reason. The African country imposes unlimited and low-paid military service on all able-bodied men. Continue reading this article
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