America’s Senator Jeff Sessions Defends Trump as Immigration Enforcer

Senator Sessions appeared on Fox News Sunday morning and for once he had an interviewer — Tucker Carlson — who is knowledgeable enough on the subject of immigration to have a decent conversation with the senator.

Below, Senator Sessions spoke at candidate Trump’s Mobile, Alabama, rally on August 21, 2015.

Unfortunately, Senator Sessions was too polite to call Trump’s touchback scheme what it is, namely just more lipstick on the amnesty pig, characterizing touchback as “not… the best solution.”

From a psychological viewpoint, rewarding illegal behavior is always wrong, and particularly so when it followed the failed amnesty from 1986 when the promised enforcement never happened. Even hinting that some sort of forgiveness might be considered after shutting the border is poison. Any reward for bad behavior just incites more of same — something that parents and teachers know.

On the other hand, Sessions was quite right to emphasize that globalized economy of outsourcing, excessive immigration and bad trade deals have been devastating for all working Americans. In earlier interviews, he has admitted that he voted for globalist trade deals because of the rosy promises, but quit when he figured out the claims were bogus.

In discussing how he came to endorse Trump, Sessions recalled last spring, “My view was: This excessive flow of immigration was impacted adversely the wages of the American people, which is a plain fact. I also concluded that the trade agreements weren’t working as promised, and [were] depreciating the wages, the manufacturing base, and the jobs of Americans, and they both needed to change, and he was out there.”

Importantly, Senator Sessions recognizes that immigration must be legal, controlled and reduced for the benefit of the American people. As the senator said, “The idea that you would bring in more workers to take jobs while Americans are unemployed, having to go on welfare, is ludicrous.”

In fact, the reduction of immigration should be severe, considering the increasing use of automation and software to do human jobs.

TUCKER CARLSON: So BuzzFeed which is a fashion blog that has a news component to it had a headline this morning saying in effect Donald Trump has changed course completely on immigration: he’s no longer for deportation. It was a story about a meeting he had the other day with Hispanic supporters of his. Is that true? Has he changed his view on deportation?

SENATOR JEFF SESSIONS: He has not changed his view but he had a great meeting with people who had different ideas and — I understand, I wasn’t there — but he had a good discussion, he listened to all the different views. Look. we need a lawful system of immigration. Trump is absolutely clear and correct on that. We must rein in the lawlessness first. We can’t talk about these other issues until that occurs. I think that remains his firm position.

CARLSON: So that anywhere between 10 to 12 million people here illegally whatever the number, Trump has suggested that they would be required to physically leave the United States, reapply in order to come back legally. Is that…

SESSIONS: I don’t know that he has formally said that he has discussed that, other people have discussed that. That’s the touchback idea. I’m not sure that’s the best solution to the problem, but it’s one solution.

CARLSON: What do you think is the best?

SESSIONS: I think we have to first end all the lawlessness. This can be done, Tucker. It’s very accomplishable with a strong president. A few laws would help, but actually you could do it with current laws, and that’s when you can begin to talk or more appropriately be honest about what you want to do with people who have been here a long time.

CARLSON: So what about legal immigration? We’ve got over a million low-wage low-skilled workers coming in every year into an economy that clearly can’t support them. Would Trump change that?

SESSIONS: We’ve got to consider that. Canada has a great system where they evaluate people: they apply, they rate them given points for things that are good for Canada. First and foremost, an immigration system should protect and serve the interests of the American people. We shouldn’t bring in people that can’t be vetted coming from areas of the world that are dangerous. We need to bring in people with higher skills. We should look for people who love America and value our values and want to be a part of that. People who learned English before they come should get a preference over people who can’t speak the language. So there’s so many rational things that absolutely need to be done as part of an immigration reform that I totally think this country is ready to discuss. Continue reading this article

Turkish No-Go Zone in Germany Shows Cultural Invasion, Not Immigrant Assimilation

Here’s an interesting alternative travelogue to diverse Germany from Canadian journalist Lauren Southern, who works for The Rebel, Ezra Levant’s media creation. Southern visited European areas of interest like colorful Calais and Molenbeek, as well as the Turkish no-go zone in the German city of Duisburg.

LAUREN SOUTHERN: When I was in Europe one of the most shocking things I saw was the lack of integration from their immigrants. In some German towns there’s more than just cultural conflict: people pledge allegiance to entirely different nations.

Despite being warned by my cab driver that the area was dangerous for Canadians, I decided to take a quick trip to the district of Duisburg, Germany, called Marxloh. Estimates say that Duisburg is home to around 100,000 Turkish people in a city of a population that is just under 500,000: that’s a pretty big demographic and it shows.

When I was walking through the town my jaw was dropping, I could not believe what I was seeing and that I was still in Germany. There were cars everywhere with Turkish flags, windows with Turkish flags, and giant Turkish flags hanging from buildings above stores. Everyone spoke Turkish and the stores prominently featured Turkish goods. I didn’t hear anyone speaking German when I was in Marxloh. I think I saw a grand total of two non-Turkish people.

How can this even be considered a part of Germany anymore? These people are not only not integrating, but they openly commit themselves to another country. It almost felt like a turf war, like the Turkish people there were claiming the land as their own, like any group of people would do when they conquer city and put up their flag.

In Marxloh, Germany has surrendered its sovereignty. The Turks have completely dominated the area. There were few German flags left in Marxloh, and when I did see them, they seemed like a sad little protest on conquered land, a harrowing symbol of the weary soul of Germany. Why else would you move to a country if you are in love with another? If you’re so obsessed with Turkey, why not stay there? If you have no intention of being a German, why not move back?

Germany is being conquered culturally quite literally, and as immigration increases and Germany leaves its borders open, the borders of these enclaves will expand until the country is unrecognizable.

You see this all over the world. We have cultural enclaves in Canada where people don’t learn the language, don’t integrate or mix with other Canadians and have an entirely different culture. Our governments claim these communities are evidence of multiculturalism. But when you go to these enclaves, there is no evidence of integration. It is just segregation and this fragile equilibrium cannot last for long.

Below, a street scene in Duisburg’s Turkish zone, with burqas, satellite dish and Turkish flags.


I’ve reported previously about Turkish PM Erdogan’s regular visits to his colonists in Germany to remind them of their roots. When he makes speeches to his people, he urges them to stay loyal to Turkey, even declaring in 2008 that “Assimilation is a crime against humanity.” His exhortations seem to be working — if they are even needed in Turkish enclaves.

For more disturbing details of immigration-spawned lawlessness, see Soeren Kern’s 2015 report Police Warn of No-Go Zones in Germany.

Leftist Summer Camp Teaches Racist Victimhood to Kiddies

When I attended summer camp in the previous century, we kids learned important skills like building fires and tying knots. I still remember the correct up and overs to produce a perfect square knot.

But nowadays, leftwingers run summer camps that can resemble Hitler Youth gatherings in terms of indoctrination: it’s Alinsky for kiddies.

Here’s a snap from Saturday’s San Jose Mercury front page:


BabyRacist-newsweekThe sign held by one boy that says “Racism isn’t born, it’s taught” shows a basic misunderstanding of human nature common to the left. In fact, tribalism is an ancient, hard-wired aspect of our psychology and cannot be erased by the brainwashing the left likes to use. Remember the 2009 Newsweek cover story, Is Your Baby Racist? (Yes.)

Lefties run the schools and often train kids to be little community organizers. I ran into an example in 2010 when I attended the Ninth Circuit Court in San Francisco as Arizona’s pro-sovereignty law was being argued. There was a group of mostly white kids from King Middle School in Berkeley with signs protesting Arizona’s law as Jim Crow and racist. I talked to one boy who told me they learned the stuff in class and appearing at the protest was part of their school work — talk about assisting your own dispossession! This brainwashing can lead kids into becoming anarchists or Occupiers.

Bay Area kids learning about social justice issues at rallies, summer camp, San Jose Mercury, August 12, 2016

OAKLAND — With a smile stretching from ear to ear, a girl with dreadlocked hair and purple rain boots yelled, “Mic check!” — initiating a chant among others sitting in a circle at Abundant Beginnings summer camp.

“What do you want?” she shouted confidently. “Justice!” other campers replied. “When do you want it?” she followed. “Now!”

The chant echoed across Oakland’s Lake Temescal on a sunny summer day, just as shouts from Black Lives Matter or other civil rights protesters resonate on overcast nights in downtown Oakland.

But these weren’t the voices of typical protesters.

Leading the chant was 3-year-old Jonnie-mae Taylor, of Berkeley.

While some Bay Area children spent their summers sharpening their math skills or playing group sports, Jonnie-mae and other campers — about 20 of them on this day, between 2 and 10 years old — learned about social responsibility and justice during outdoor activities.

The camp is one of many places kids are testing their voices about social issues. In a handful of recent Bay Area demonstrations against police violence involving people of color, those leading the chanting and carrying signs were children and teenagers — often encouraged by parents or older youth eager to impart critical life skills at a time when tensions are high across the country. Continue reading this article

America’s Senator Jeff Sessions Warns That Obama’s Syrian Refugee Program Endangers America

In his usual polite and scholarly way, Senator Sessions has laid out the case to condemn the President’s reckless (at best!) importation of unscreenable foreigners from the millennial enemy of western freedom — Islam. As the Senator notes, “Good public policy puts the safety and security of this country first,” and welcoming unknowable Syrian Muslims into our neighborhoods fundamentally violates that principal.

What could possibly go wrong with Obama’s scheme?

Preventable terror, suffering and death, for starters — as is happening now in Europe’s summer of terror, following Chancellor Merkel’s insane flinging open the continent’s borders and subsequent jihad invasion.

We should learn from Europe’s terrible immigration catastrophe, not ignore it.

Sessions: Refugee Terrorism Increases While Obama Increases Flow, August 10, 2016

WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration and The National Interest, issued the following statement today about the Obama Administration’s refugee policies, its temporary amnesty for Syrians in the United States, and dangers posed by admitting large numbers of refugees to the United States:

“Despite a clear nexus between immigration and terrorism, and warnings from top officials in his own Administration about their inability to properly vet refugees, President Obama remains in denial ‎about the dangers that his policies pose to the United States. Instead of taking a sober assessment of the ‎dangers that we face, and analyzing the immigration histories of recent terrorists so that we can more effectively safeguard our immigration system from being infiltrated, the Obama Administration leads the United States down a dangerous path – admitting as many refugees as possible from areas of the world where terrorists roam freely, and granting a temporary amnesty to Syrians living in the United States illegally. And contrary to the assertions made by many, the potential for future terror activity is real.

Our primary effort, and that of our allies, should be to provide support to those who are displaced as close to their homes as possible, and work to return them home as soon as possible. Of course, our foreign policy should always seek to avoid situations where such violence and chaos occur. But instead of pursuing these policies, the Obama Administration continues with its radical plans.

The 10,000 Syrian refugees his Administration will admit this Fiscal Year represent a nearly 500 percent increase over the roughly 1,600 Syrian refugees who were admitted last year. This radical increase places the safety and security of the American people at risk, there will surely be consequences.

Since September 11, 2001, we know that at least 40 individuals who were admitted to the United States as refugees have been convicted for, or implicated in, terrorism or terrorism-related offenses – and the total is likely much higher. Some were admitted as adults, others as children, but these cases refute the false assertion that those admitted to the United States as refugees never engage in terrorism. But because these facts do not fit within his worldview, President Obama rejects them. ‎And in so doing, he rejects his sacred oath for what he perceives as political gain.

Plainly, there is no way to properly vet these refugees. Our intelligence databases are only as good as the information that goes into them – meaning that the absence of derogatory information in our systems about an individual does not ‎mean that admitting that individual carries no risk. Nor do we have an effective method to screen refugees for the possibility of potential post-entry radicalization.

Good public policy puts the safety and security of this country first. There is no doubt that this continuous, dramatic increase in refugees from areas of the world where terrorists roam freely will endanger this nation. We must change course.”

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Maya Language Speakers Need Interpreters to Mooch Asylum and Freebies

Sometimes journalistic artistes who seek to mold public opinion via compelling sob stories of illegal aliens miss the mark by including too many details about diverse dysfunction. The LA Times’ Tuesday front-pager may have lurched into the fact zone concerning Maya illegals and the number in the Central American horde who have crossed Obama’s open border. Meanwhile, we are supposed to feel sorry for illegals from the south who don’t even speak Spanish.


The fact that more than 100K Centrals have arrived here illegally in recent years is alarming enough: they are straining schools and local budgets wherever they alight en masse. But the many who are minors without parents are a recipe for gang formation, particularly when the need for unskilled labor is shrinking enormously. Interestingly, the excuse du jour for asylum whiners is that gangs at home are pestering them to join, but then they end up in gang towns like Oakland.

Did any American vote for this country to be the deluxe flophouse of the world?

Wanted: Mayan indigenous language interpreters, Los Angeles Times, August 9, 2016

The day Vinicio Nicolas found out whether he would be allowed to stay in the United States, and hopefully far from the gang trying to recruit him in Guatemala, he brought along an interpreter.

With the stakes so high, he wanted someone who spoke his native tongue. He had arrived in the U.S. just eight months before, and his English wasn’t good. But neither was his Spanish.

The language the 15-year-old needed an interpreter to wrestle with — for the sake of his future — was an ancient Mayan one called Q’anjob’al, or Kanjobal.

Successive waves in recent years of more than 100,000 immigrants from Central America — many of them boys and girls who came without their parents — have created a shortage of people who can translate Mayan languages, especially K’iché (Quiché) and Mam. This is an especially acute need for arrivals from Guatemala, which is home to more than two dozen indigenous languages, but also from countries such as Honduras.

Before entering an asylum office in Anaheim, interpreter Aldo Waykam asked Vinicio how he was feeling: “Tzet x’i a kul?”

“Watx,” the teenager replied. Good.

Spoken by almost 80,000 people in mostly rural municipalities in Huehuetenango, Guatemala, Kanjobal is common in places like Santa Eulalia — where Vinicio grew up — but rare everywhere else.

Mam, a Mayan language spoken by more than 500,000 people in Guatemala, ranked ninth in the top 10 languages spoken in U.S. immigration court last fiscal year. Quiché ranked 11th. Both surpassed French, according to the Department of Justice Executive Office for Immigration Review. Continue reading this article

Robert Spencer: Jihad Terror Is the New Normal for Europe

The editor of JihadWatch did a fine job of explaining the state of Europe following the Merkelized immigration of Muslim unfriendlies. The latest atrocity was the machete attack on two Belgian policewomen in the town of Charleroi, for which ISIS has claimed responsibility.

Another day, another Muslim terror attack in stupid-diverse Europe: Belgian police investigate machete jihad.


Robert Spencer appeared on Fox Business Monday to answer the question “Is jihad terror the new normal in Europe?”

Of course the answer is Yes, because ISIS has been happy to walk through the door that German Chancellor Merkel opened when she invited displaced Syrians to her country (and legions of other Muslims joined in). The important point is that ISIS is using the overwhelming numbers of unidentified foreigners to swamp the police.

Spencer warned the same thing can happen here (where the FBI already is investigating 900 terror cases). And right on cue, it was reported on Monday that if the Obama surge of quickie screening continues, the number of Syrians admitted next year may reach 30,000.

Of course, the proper number for Muslim immigrants is ZERO. America does not need workers, the nation is quite diverse enough and citizens don’t want the traditional culture overwhelmed by hostile jihadist foreigners.

ASHLEY WEBSTER: In Belgium, two police officers were attacked over the weekend by a man with a machete screaming in Arabic. It’s familiar story unfortunately, Robert Spencer, author of the Complete Infidels Guide to the Koran. Is this the new normal for Europe, do you believe, these types of stories? Because it feels like we’re hearing about them almost on a daily basis.

ROBERT SPENCER: There’s no doubt that it’s the new normal for Europe. The Islamic state ISIS has called for these kinds of attacks. They’ve made a concerted effort to get people into Europe to launch these kinds of attacks from within the refugee influx. Remember the two of the Paris attackers last November were refugees. This man was an Algerian national who’d come into Europe in 2012, and so there are many many others embedded among the peaceful refugees who are actually Islamic jihadis. There are going to be many many more attacks like this one.

WEBSTER: And the question is how much at risk is the United States? We know that Europe has struggled with this: they have a large number of migrants, refugees, to your point, that have come in. What about the United States? Where are our vulnerabilities?

SPENCER: Our vulnerabilities are everywhere. The more people, the more refugees that Barack Obama brings in, the more likely this kind of thing is to happen in the United States. Remember that Tashfin Malik, the San Bernardino shooter, had passed five separate background checks from five different US agencies, and so we’re bringing in only refugees who were vetted and checked — and that vetting is completely useless.

WEBSTER: What’s interesting and then to that point, I want to get back to Europe and France. One of the suspects arrested in the death of the priest in in northern France had actually been on their radar, very much so, even had a tracking bracelet on his ankle and yet they were unable to stop this attack, but we don’t have — I don’t think anyone has — the resources to follow suspects 24 hours a day.

SPENCER: That’s the ISIS strategy, and see, that man’s tracking bracelet, it was actually turned off for three hours every morning, and that’s when he did this attack. And the ISIS strategy is to overwhelm law enforcement in Europe and the United States with so many of these jihadis that we just can’t possibly keep track of all of them, and it’s working.

WEBSTER: How do we stop this? I would assume that you would believe this is going to continue. Will it increase in its frequency?

SPENCER: It’s going to increase; there’s just no doubt about that. That’s a hundred percent certainty. One of the things we have to do is really reconsider whether we need to bring these refugees in, when the Saudis, for example, are taking absolutely none of them and attributing their refusal to the fact that there are terrorists among them. We ought to be able to do the same thing.

Administration Is on Track to Hit 10K Syrian Refugee Goal

It looks like the friend of all Muslims in the White House is going to reach his dangerous aim of importing 10,000 Syrian refugees into the US during this fiscal year, even though they cannot be screened for terror ties according to testimony from FBI Director James Comey. On the President’s value scale, extreme diversity apparently ranks higher than national security or the safety of Americans.

Washington used to assure us little citizens that its examinations of potential jihadists from the Middle East were thorough and took 18 to 24 months. Then the administration decided on the “surge” strategy to squeeze extra Muslims into the country by cutting the investigation to three months.

A related point: 31 suspected ISIS terrorists have been arrested in the U.S. In the past year. Wouldn’t it be better to keep the unfriendlies out?

Below, U.S. Ambassador to Jordan Alice Wells (top left) poses with a Syrian family on their way to be resettled in Missouri after a quickie processing.

Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies appeared on Fox News recently and explained that Obama has a time constraint because he wants to look extra virtuous at his UN refugee confab coming up:

MARK KRIKORIAN: I don’t think there was any chance they weren’t going to hit this goal. The administration, the White House, set this number at 10,000 by the end of the end of September because President Obama is hosting a refugee summit at the UN in late September, so he has to to browbeat other people, other countries, to take in more Syrian refugees. So there’s no way that it wasn’t going to happen. What’s interesting though, is they clearly have cut corners. . .

Now to speed it up, they’re cutting it down to something like three months.

In fact, the administration has sped up the screening process so much that it may well exceed its numerical goal and import extras. What could possibly go wrong?

Obama administration to go beyond 10,000 Syrian refugees, By Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, August 5, 2016

80 percent approved, 7 percent denied

Administration officials said Friday that the 10,000 Syrian refugees President Obama wants to welcome this fiscal year is a floor, not a ceiling, and they can go even higher than that total.

“We can now say that we’ve welcomed 8,000 Syrian refugees so far this year and we are very confident we will welcome at least 10,000,” Assistant Secretary of State Anne C. Richard told reporters in updating the flow.

At today’s pace, more than 12,000 refugees could be admitted by the end of September, which marks the end of the fiscal year.

Those are part of the 85,000 total refugees from around the world that Mr. Obama has said he can accept.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Leon Rodriguez said he’s confident his officers can screen out potential terrorists and other bad actors even without access to the tools Mr. Comey said are important. Continue reading this article

France Cancels Public Events because of Security Fears

France has reacted to a string of murderous jihad attacks from its Muslim residents by calling off a number of public gatherings that might attract more mayhem. Soldiers and well armed police are more apparent on streets already, so authorities must think that their existing forces are not adequate to protect people from the worsened threat from the Islamic fifth column.

Below, French soldiers guarded Notre Dame Cathedral where parishioners had to go through a bag check for Christmas services.

So the French people will have fewer events to attend, but of course jihad-attracting crowds cannot be eliminated in stores, in the subway, in schools and elsewhere.

Over the last 18 months, the French has endured the Charlie Hebdo attack, the multiple jihad attacks in Paris last November and the Bastille Day Nice jihad where a Mohammed-driven truck killed 85 and injured over 300.

This carnage is what happens with Muslim immigration. Too bad the big boss in Washington isn’t paying attention.

Armed police guard the St. Tropez beach.


Among the cancelled events announced in France so far are the Nice Cycling Championships set for mid-September and the well known Lille flea market which attracted 2.5 million visitors over two days last year. Also scrapped were the popular open-air cinema at the Parc de la Villette in north-eastern Paris and the car-free day on the Champs-Elysées. The Quai 54 basketball tournament was cut, and had scheduled an appearance by NBA star Kobe Bryant.

All of this looming danger and fear has a depressing affect on the people. Civilization is based around the expectation of safety, and when that disappears, the public sphere is seriously undermined.

Even the most starry-eyed advocates of diversity must realize by now that Muslim immigration is a society killer and should be avoided by all nations that want to preserve peace, freedom and sovereignty.

Summer sun can’t mask creeping anxiety in France, The Local (France), August 4, 2016

The summer is in full swing in France but beneath the surface there is growing anxiety.

With every new terror attack, French citizens stoically declare that “life goes on”, but despite this show of defiance, a creeping anxiety has taken hold of society.

Outwardly, the French summer is in full swing, restaurant and bar terraces — targeted in a November attack on Paris — are packed and vibrant, beaches are covered with sunseekers and streets as busy as ever.

However beneath the surface, many are feeling the strain after a string of terror attacks over the past 18 months.

“There is a cumulative effect. At first (a terror attack) is an unexpected event, but now we are in a situation where we fear it happening again,” said Evelyne Josse, a Belgium-based psychologist and trauma expert.

Users of a popular French online medical forum describe panic attacks on the metro, being paralysed with fear at the prospect of taking trains to go on holiday or going to the beach, with one woman writing she feels that going out in a crowd is like playing Russian Roulette.

“The anxiety is always there,” 32-year-old Thibaut Chaize told AFP on his way to work in Paris. Continue reading this article

Barbarian Jihadist Pakistan Is #7 in US Immigrants

Is it not appalling that backwards Pakistan is one of the top immigrant senders to this country? — up to a million residents estimated. In fact, there are so many Pakistani immigrants residing in America that they are now disallowed from the evil Diversity Visa.

Below, Pakistani Muslims celebrate after burning down Christian homes in Lahore.

The former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz was interviewed by Stuart Varney on Friday, who mentioned that westerners are appalled by Pakistan’s honor killings — estimated at a thousand per year. And yes, Pakistanis have brought that barbaric practice to America, specifically Buffalo resident Muzzammil Hassan who beheaded his independent wife in 2009.

Just consider some news from Pakistan and its people:

●  Christian women were kidnapped near their home in Sargodha (Punjab) and forced to marry Muslim men.

● A suicide bomb killed 15 outside of a polio vaccination center in Quetta. The Taliban has murdered dozens of public health workers who vaccinate children to prevent polio.

● The social media star Qandeel Baloch was murdered last month by her brothers for dishonoring the family.

The US government rejects criminal individuals from immigrating (theoretically at least) — why does it admit criminal cultures?

As 7th largest immigrants, Pakistanis not eligible for US diversity visa, Pakistan Express Tribune, July 22, 2016

KARACHI:  After forming the seventh largest immigrant population in the United States (US), Pakistanis are no longer eligible for the diversity visa.

The diversity visa is a special immigration lottery that allowed families from countries with low rates of immigration into the US to qualify for the move. A lot of Pakistani families used this facility to immigrate to the US, leading to an immigrant population of between 700,000 and one million Pakistanis.

According to the US law, diversity laws are only allowed to counties that have low rates of immigrants, said US consulate in Karachi’s spokesperson Brian Asmus, during a media tour of the Karachi consulate’s visa section on Friday. Pakistan had 104,000 immigrants in the 10 years between 2005 and 2014, he said, explaining why Pakistanis are no longer eligible.

The state department has only stopped diversity visas and there are a lot of other options, such as petitions, student, visit and exchange programme visas, which come under the non-immigrant category. “One can always apply for immigrant visa if they have immediate family in the US,” explained US consulate’s Non-Immigrant Visa chief Mary Pellegrini. Continue reading this article

Geekwire: Presidential Candidates Ignore Automation Job Challenge

Last winter I wrote an article for The Social Contract titled Presidential Candidates: Why Is Automation’s Job Destruction Not Being Debated? (PDF version here). That piece covered the whole primary field, which turned out to be easy because none of the various 20+ contenders discussed the looming economic and social threat of machines and software replacing humans.

Naturally, I pointed out that immigrant workers would not be required in America’s automated future.

Interestingly, Geekwire’s article on the automation topic mentions immigration, but tech expert Moshi Vardi thinks that potential immigrants may be dissuaded from coming if they learn there is more competition for low-skilled jobs — really? Professor Vardi has been effectively warning about the technology threat to society, but he may not fully grasp the magnetic pull factor of American freebies on the third world.

The report below confirms my assessment that it is unwise for first-world nations to continue admitting immigrants, particularly with lower skill levels (hello, Germany!), because a growing underclass of unemployed persons will create social problems in the future.

In short:

Automation makes immigration obsolete.

Other than ending immigration, the fixes for the long-term future challenges caused by smart machines are rather limited. A basic income program for all is briefly discussed in the piece below, but that proposal sounds difficult to implement — not to mention being the mother of all illegal immigrant magnets.

Neither Trump nor Clinton is addressing the biggest challenge to jobs: automation, Geekwire, by Alan Boyle, July 30, 2016


Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are both promising to bring good-paying jobs back to America, but analysts say neither of them has addressed one of the biggest challenges looming ahead: the impact of automation and the rise of artificial intelligence.

Some argue that the challenge will soon become impossible to ignore.

“Job losses due to automation and robotics are often overlooked in discussions about the unexpected rise of outside political candidates like Trump and Bernie Sanders,” Moshe Vardi, an expert on artificial intelligence at Rice University, said before this month’s conventions.

Previously: AI prophets say robots could spark unemployment — and a revolution

Vardi pointed out that manufacturing employment has been falling for more than 30 years, and yet U.S. manufacturing output is near its all-time high.

“U.S. factories are not disappearing: They simply aren’t employing human workers,” Vardi said.

That trend is hitting America’s working class particularly hard.

“While manufacturing is the most striking example, there is considerable evidence that automation is transforming other sectors of the labor market, and there’s increasing evidence that this leads to economic stratification, the decline of the middle class and the subsequent undercurrent of misery that is driving support of Trump,” Vardi said.

The transportation sector is likely to be next, as autonomous vehicles start moving products and people. It’s widely recognized, for example, that the biggest expense for ride-share services like Uber is the driver’s pay.

In an email to GeekWire, Vardi said the automation of transportation could eliminate millions of jobs in the United States. “This is going to be a huge f…. deal,” he wrote.

So far, automation has disproportionately affected routine occupations, University of British Columbia economist Henry Siu noted this month during a White House AI workshop in New York. “Those are occupations that perform a narrow set of rule-based and repetitive tasks,” he said. That category takes in middle-class workers ranging from machine operators to travel agents to administrative assistants.


Historically, employment in routine jobs has bounced back after recessions. But the past three recessions and recoveries have shown significant declines in routine jobs, which makes for “jobless recoveries.” (Credit: Jaimovich and Siu, 2015, via Artificial Intelligence Now)

In the years ahead, artificial intelligence is likely to bring automation’s disruptive impact to less routine occupations, Siu said.

Continue reading this article

DHS Allows Thousands of Syrians to Remain in US

Obama’s countdown to post-President is notable for even less border enforcement and increased numbers of potential unfriendlies from the Middle East, in particular unscreenable Syrians. FBI Director Comey testified to Congress last year that Syrians cannot be checked out for jihad affiliations because the US has no access to Syrian records. Yet they are welcomed even when the danger is well known.

The latest open door to potentially dangerous Syrians was the Monday announcement of DHS chief Jeh Johnson that 8000 Syrians of varying legality would be allowed to remain in this country under the Temporary Protected Status category. TPS has long been a joke even in the chaotic immigration realm because “temporary” actually means forever, or at least for an indeterminate period.

Below, hostile Syrians in Syria, which is where they should remain. Jihadis have said they would use the refugee crisis to enter western nations.

The issue was explained on Fox News Tuesday:

ELIZABETH PRANN: The Department of Homeland Security granting protected status to more than 8,000 Syrian refugees living in the US, whether they’re here legally or not. The move is fueling fears ISIS terrorists could slip into the country unnoticed. Secretary Jeh Johnson saying refugees can’t go back home saying quote in part, “Attacks against civilians, the use of chemical weapons and irregular warfare tactics as well as forced conscription and use of child soldiers have intensified the humanitarian crisis.” National correspondent William La Jeunesse is live in Los Angeles. William can you explain this program to us.

WILLIAM LA JEUNESSE: Sure, it’s back door and a less controversial way to invite and allow more Syrian refugees to stay in the US legally than trying to go through Congress, regardless of those immigrants arrived here legally or not. Critics say the problem is there’s nothing temporary about Temporary Protected Status. It was created in 1990, the program, and not once in 25 years has anyone been required to leave because their status ran out. So the decision by Secretary Johnson provides amnesty to 8000 Syrians already here. They will get a work permit, a social security number, a driver’s license and are eligible for welfare. Now what’s different here is this is kind of a rolling amnesty. Typically protected status only applies to a select group of immigrants affected by a specific event — earthquake or hurricane. This designation however not only grandfathers all Syrians in who have been arrived before 2012, but all who arrived since then. It does not expire, Elizabeth, until 2018. Continue reading this article

Kremlin-Clinton Corruption Gets a Look

The rapid attribution of the DNC email hack to the Russians who supposedly wanted to help Trump in the election certainly looked suspicious, since Hillary Clinton is far more tangled up with the Kremlin than Trump. It was reported over a year ago that the Clinton Foundation received millions of dollars from investors in a deal that ended up with Russia owning part of America’s uranium reserve. How is that not treason on the face?

Monday’s Wall Street Journal has an article by Peter Schweizer, focused on Hillary’s efforts to help Moscow to get technology transfers which undermined US national security. Schweizer was the researcher who wrote the book Clinton Cash, which was the basis for the important documentary of the same name — watchable online at Breitbart: Clinton Cash Movie. The enormous size of the Clintons’ grift is astounding, in addition to the many dangers it created for America. Every voter should watch the Clinton Cash documentary.

KT McFarland appeared on Fox News on Monday and expressed her alarm about the level of public corruption in the Clinton Foundation:

KT MCFARLAND: To me that’s always been the more serious question about the Clintons is frankly the public corruption. When the Clintons left the White House, Secretary Clinton herself said we were dead broke, but then they set up the Clinton Foundation. She was the senator from the state of New York donations poured into the Clinton Foundation from foreign, governments, from foreign corporations and from wealthy foreign individuals, as well as American corporations and rich Americans. But then somehow when she was Secretary of State, certain decisions were made that favored those people who donated to the Clinton Foundation. Now the Clintons have said that’s just a coincidence. Their friends in the mainstream media have said, oh that’s a conspiracy theory to make that connection, but I as an American say, well i’d like to see the books. I’d like to see… let’s have a little sunlight on this. Was there a connection between decisions she made as Secretary of State and donations that went into the Clinton Foundation? Because if that’s the case, what happens when she’s president? I think what they ought to do is either show everybody the books of the Clinton Foundation, let auditors pour through it to make sure there’s no public corruption, or secondly close down the Clinton Foundation if she becomes elected.

Hillary Clinton also has a handy connection to the Muslim Brotherhood through her assistant Huma Abedin. Yet the Senator claims to be the defender of women’s rights, even as she vows to increase Muslim immigration.

Does Hillary believe in anything beyond self-agrandizement through her crime-family business?

UPDATE: here’s a video of Peter Schweizer being interviewed about the Clinton-Kremlin connection on the Hannity show Monday night:

The Clinton Foundation, State and Kremlin Connections, Wall Street Journal, by Peter Schweizer, August 1, 2016

Why did Hillary’s State Department urge U.S. investors to fund Russian research for military uses

Hillary Clinton touts her tenure as secretary of state as a time of hardheaded realism and “commercial diplomacy” that advanced American national and commercial interests. But her handling of a major technology transfer initiative at the heart of Washington’s effort to “reset” relations with Russia raises serious questions about her record. Far from enhancing American national interests, Mrs. Clinton’s efforts in this area may have substantially undermined U.S. national security.

Consider Skolkovo, an “innovation city” of 30,000 people on the outskirts of Moscow, billed as Russia’s version of Silicon Valley—and a core piece of Mrs. Clinton’s quarterbacking of the Russian reset.

Following his 2009 visit to Moscow, President Obama announced the creation of the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission. Mrs. Clinton as secretary of state directed the American side, and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov represented the Russians. The stated goal at the time: “identifying areas of cooperation and pursuing joint projects and actions that strengthen strategic stability, international security, economic well-being, and the development of ties between the Russian and American people.” Continue reading this article

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