Father: My Son Was Murdered in Cold Blood by an Illegal Alien Criminal

One of the early problems facing President Trump after his inauguration will be dealing with sanctuary cities where illegal aliens including violent criminals are protected from prosecution and deportation by liberal governments. Many are doubling down with their pro-crime policy, most egregiously San Francisco, responsible for the preventable deaths of four people during the last decade because of the city protecting dangerous illegal aliens. Certainly President Trump can cut millions of dollars in federal funding to get their attention. But some liberal cities seem really stuck on the upside-down idea that protecting violent foreign criminals from law enforcement is somehow a 21st century version of human rights. Go figure.

Trump spoke often during his campaign about the crime victims of illegal aliens, including in his acceptance speech where he remarked, “Of all my travels in this country, nothing has affected me more deeply than the time I have spent with the mothers and fathers who have lost their children to violence spilling across our border.”

There are likely to be more of those tragic stories yet to come because of so many criminal aliens simply released from prison onto American streets during the current administration. A recent number for criminal aliens on the loose is 820,000: 84 percent with felonies, serious misdemeanors which sounds low after eight years of Obama immigration anarchy, but it’s bad enough.

Sanctuary policies cause pain and death to innocent Americans who deserve better treatment from their government. One example is the murder of 25-year-old Spencer Golvach by a dangerous illegal alien criminal on a killing spree.

Below is Spencer Golvach, before he was shot in the head as he sat in his truck waiting for the light to change in Houston.

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Spencer’s father Dan appeared on Fox Business recently to remind Americans of the danger from open borders.

ELIZABETH MacDONALD: First the sanctuary city of Chicago proposed a $1 million legal defense fund to protect illegal immigrants, never asking the taxpayers whether they’re worried about Chicago turning into a magnet for illegal criminals. Now San Francisco doing five times that amount, proposing a $5 million illegal immigrant defense fund. San Francisco town supervisor defending the proposal saying “We are proud to be a sanctuary city. . . we’re going to invest the resources needed to make sure that the 44,000 undocumented people who live in the city get legal representation if they’re taken into court.”

My next guest’s 25-year-old son Spencer Golvach was shot and killed by an illegal immigrant who had been deported already four times. This illegal immigrant hid in a sanctuary city. Spencer’s father Dan Golvach joins me now. Dan, it’s an outrage and it’s a disgrace what happened with the loss of your son. Quickly, can you please tell the viewers what happened.

SPENCER GOLVACH: January 31st of last year my son Spencer was sitting at a red light less than a mile from his home in the neighborhood I grew up in northwest Houston, and a four-time deported illegal alien that had done five years in prison for attempted murder and had a 15-year rap sheet just pulled up next to Spencer and randomly blew his brains out. He moved on down the road and shot and killed another motorist and then shot yet another motorist and then his last deed was an attempt to kill a Harris County Sheriff’s Department Deputy and fortunately the deputy was able to take him out. Continue reading this article

Trump Administration May Spur Sob Story Storm

One likely effect of the Trump administration will be a resurgence of the illegal alien sob story, a literary sub-genre popular in liberal publishing which is easily written according to a long accepted style. The precursors are already showing up.

Sunday’s San Francisco Chronicle had an above-the-fold front-pager with the print title “As Trump era nears, immigrants seek advice.” Of course, the subject is illegal aliens looking for an angle, not “immigrants” who are law-abiding people and don’t need to scam the system.

Unsurprisingly, the loyal friend of job-thieving foreigners — Catholic Charities — is leading the help brigade.

Counselor Beltrand Arellano (right) helps Mexican citizen (and illegal alien) Efrain Salazar with his questions at the Catholic Charities legal clinic in San Francisco.

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Senior Salazar does not approve of President-elect Trump, calling him “heartless” — in Spanish of course, since he is a moocher here only for the dollars, not to assimilate and become an American. Salazar claims he is “contributing” to America by “paying rent” — although he has actually stolen a citizen’s job.

Funny how these newspaper scribblers are always interested in the opinions of foreign lawbreakers. I can’t remember similar concern with the feelings of Kate Steinle’s parents regarding San Francisco’s decision to keep its sanctuary policy even after their daughter was shot dead by a five-times-deported alien criminal.

(Interestingly, the Chron did report a few days ago that some residents of the ultra-liberal city have a strain of NIMBY: SF supports immigrants — just not into our neighborhoods. Oops, even San Franciscans are not so devoted to diversity after all!)

Maybe President Trump will figure out that a good judo move might be to push for a journalist employment visa, since that is the only major jobs category not facing immigrant replacements. That strategy would strain the liberal values of reporters, which are probably not so deep when their jobs are the ones threatened by foreign diversity.

Immigrants seek guidance as Trump era nears, San Francisco Chronicle, December 17, 2016

Efrain Salazar, looking tired and down, sat in the waiting room of a drop-in immigration clinic on a recent afternoon because he couldn’t wait any longer.

His sister, a U.S. citizen, applied for permanent residency for Salazar, an immigrant from Mexico living in San Francisco illegally, in the late 1990s. He’s moved around a lot since then and taken a lot of different jobs, and he never bothered to find out where he was in the line for a green card. Until now.

“I’m wondering where I am in the process,” said the 63-year-old Potrero Hill resident, who works as a prep cook in a Marina neighborhood restaurant.

One person prompted Salazar’s sudden interest: President-elect Donald Trump. Salazar is one of many immigrants without documentation who are anxious about their fates under the Trump administration and are turning to drop-in immigration clinics for legal advice.

“The way he acts is not the way a president should act,” Salazar said as he waited. “He’s heartless.” Like the others interviewed at the clinic, he spoke in Spanish through an interpreter. “We came here to work, we’re paying rent, we’re contributing. Why is he discriminating so much against us?”

There are at least two dozen legal organizations that offer immigration assistance in San Francisco, and many of them run drop-in clinics in which a lawyer or an immigration counselor sits ready to help whoever walks in the door at little to no cost. Anecdotally, the clinics report more clients and a big increase in fear and anxiety since Trump’s election.

That was certainly the case at the nondescript offices of Catholic Charities at Eddy and Gough streets the other day. Salazar and 14 other immigrants showed up in the morning and scored the 15 available slots for the weekly clinic, while others were turned away. The lucky ones were told to come back that afternoon to wait for time with Beltrand Arellano, an immigration counselor and the only person offering legal guidance at the clinic that day. Continue reading this article

Muslim Girl Claimed Hate Crime by Trump Supporters, Now Busted for Hoax

Two weeks ago, a muslim teenager alleged she was attacked on a Manhattan subway by drunk Trump advocates, but she has now admitted the whole thing was a lie. Yasmin Sewei’s excuse now is that her father was already angry that she dated a Christian, so when she was out late she cooked up a lie appealing to Trump haters which apparently included her muslim-strict dad.

Hate crime hoaxes are a popular activity for lying liberals and increasingly for muslims seeking victimhood.

Actually, daddy looks to be a big disciplinarian in the Islamic tradition, judging by the photos of the arraignment where little lying Yasmin appeared with her head shaved. That style is a change from her previous heavily made-up appearance, and reports say her parents required the muslim makeover. Actually, Yasmin is lucky she wasn’t killed and probably would have been if the family was back in Egypt.

Below is part of Thursday’s New York Daily News front page:

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Of course, the bigger crime is muslim immigration. They despise our culture and values and should not be allowed to immigrate here. Some diversity is just appalling.

Muslim college student made up Trump supporter subway attack story to avoid punishment for missing curfew, New York Daily News, December 15, 2016

A Muslim student who said she was harassed on the subway by drunken, hate-spewing white men shouting “Donald Trump!” lied to police because she broke her curfew, law enforcement sources said Wednesday.

Yasmin Seweid, 18, joined a growing list of local and national alleged hate-crime victims when she told cops she was taunted Dec. 1 on the No. 6 train by three men who called her a terrorist and tried to snatch her hijab off her head while straphangers did nothing.

But Seweid finally broke down Wednesday and was arrested after she admitted to detectives that it was all a big lie.

“Nothing happened, and there was no victim,” a police source said.

Police sources say Seweid made up the story because she didn’t want to get in trouble for breaking her curfew after being out late drinking with friends.

Her strict, Muslim parents allegedly forced Seweid to shave her head over the incident and were upset that she was dating a Christian, sources said. Continue reading this article

Geert Wilders’ Popularity Rises Following “Hate Speech” Conviction for Suggesting Fewer Moroccans in Holland

Apparently people in the Netherlands are just as sick of elite opinion about the wonderfulness of diversity as Americans are. A recent poll from the country found an uptick in the favorability toward the political party run by MP Geert Wilders, the Party for Freedom (PVV).

A few days ago, Wilders was convicted of hate speech by a court for agreeing with a crowd of supporters that “fewer” Moroccans would be an advantageous policy and one he would pursue.

Here’s his Youtube response to the conviction:

GEERT WILDERS: Dear friends, I still cannot believe it, but I have just been convicted. Because I asked a question about Moroccans. While the day before yesterday, scores of Moroccan asylum-seekers terrorized buses in Emmen and did not even had to pay a fine, a politician who asks a question about fewer Moroccans is sentenced. (Transcript continues)

It should be noted that the recent trial was third time Wilders had been brought before a court on “hate speech” charges. I wrote about the first trial in 2010, and this legal persecution of a conservative politician for free speech is getting old. Perhaps the judges will chill now that they have their desired scalp. Or maybe not.

Below, Geert Wilders appeared at his first free speech trial in 2010.

Incidentally, the Netherlands is one of the more densely populated nations on earth (#30 out of 241), so calling for less or zero immigration generally is entirely sensible.

Finally, the trend in Europe has been to criminalize any criticism of Islam — not the way free nations should behave.

Dutch Populist Leader Wilders Rises in Polls after Conviction, Breitbart London, December 12, 2016

(AFP) – The party of populist anti-Islam Dutch MP Geert Wilders has risen strongly in the polls since the lawmaker was tried and convicted of discrimination, according to a survey published Sunday.

If legislative elections due next March were held this week, Wilders’ Freedom Party (PVV) would pick up 36 out of 150 seats in the lower house of parliament, making it the biggest single political group, it found.

Before the trial began on October 31, the PVV was credited with 27 seats.

During the trial, but before his conviction on Friday, its estimated share rose to 34 seats. It currently has 12 lawmakers. Continue reading this article

Hate Hoaxer (?) Muslim Who Torched Mosque Is Sentenced

When a Houston mosque was hit by arson on Christmas Day 2015, the Hamas-affiliated Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) immediately swung into action with an accusation that the fire was an anti-muslim hate crime:

‘Suspicious’ fire breaks out at Houston mosque on Christmas Day, MSNBC, December 26, 2015

. . . The Houston chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations called on authorities to investigate a possible bias motive in the case.

“Because of the recent spike in hate incidents targeting mosques nationwide, we urge law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for this fire,” said CAIR-Houston Executive Director Mustafaa Carroll. . .

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But less than a week later, a frequent worshipper at the mosque was arrested for the crime. No apologies from CAIR were heard.

Man charged with setting Houston mosque fire says he was a devout attendee, Houston Chronicle, December 30, 2015

A Houston man has been arrested in connection with a suspected arson at a mosque on Christmas Day, but the motive for the crime remains a mystery, with the suspect maintaining he was a regular at the mosque. . . .

Below, the arsonist, Gary Nathaniel Moore, at the time of his arrest. He was recognized from a surveillance video.

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The good news is that the arsonist was recently sentenced to four years in prison for the fire, with no mention of his motivation. But if Moore just liked seeing things burn as a true pyromaniac would, why incinerate a mosque rather than an infidel structure? Continue reading this article

American Youth Face Dismal Economic Future

Friday’s Wall Street Journal front page had an ugly picture of what young people face in today’s downsized US economy: Barely Half of 30-Year-Olds Earn More Than Their Parents.

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The human costs are now adding up for economic globalization, specifically decades of outsourcing entire industries and massive immigration. In addition, automation is coming on strong to take even more jobs, from manufacturing to careers requiring education like finance.

No wonder a 2015 poll from Harvard found that nearly half of those ages 18 through 29 believed that the American Dream is dead to them. How are kids supposed to choose a career that will pay a middle class income and won’t become obsolete in a decade or two because of technology? And what about the half of the population that’s below average? Not everyone is cut out to be a robot scientist.

Last fall, Pew Research released a study finding that America Is no longer majority middle class, another snapshot of the same process of overall economic shrinkage:

Certainly the prospect for the young of earning less than their parents is a bitter realization indeed that the American Dream is fading away. Bad government policy and technology have made it so.

Barely Half of 30-Year-Olds Earn More Than Their Parents, Wall Street Journal, December 8, 2016

As wages stagnate in the middle class, it becomes hard to reverse this trend

Barely half of 30-year-olds earn more than their parents did at a similar age, a research team found, an enormous decline from the early 1970s when the incomes of nearly all offspring outpaced their parents. Even rapid economic growth won’t do much to reverse the trend.

Economists and sociologists from Stanford, Harvard and the University of California set out to measure the strength of what they define as the American Dream, and found the dream was fading. They identified the income of 30-year-olds starting in 1970, using tax and census data, and compared it with the earnings of their parents when they were about the same age.

In 1970, 92% of American 30-year-olds earned more than their parents did at a similar age, they found. In 2014, that number fell to 51%.

“My parents thought that one thing about America is that their kids could do better than they were able to do,” said Raj Chetty, a prominent Stanford University economist who emigrated from India at age 9 and is part of the research team. “That was important in my parents’ decision to come here.”

Although there are many definitions of the American Dream—the freedom to speak your mind, for instance, or the ability to rise from poverty to wealth—the economists chose a measure that they said was possible to define precisely.

The percentage of young adults earning more than their parents dropped precipitously from 1970 to about 1992, to 58%, found Mr. Chetty, Maximilian Hell and David Grusky of Stanford University, Nathaniel Hendren and Robert Manduca of Harvard University, and Jimmy Narang of the University of California at Berkeley.

The percentage steadied for around a decade and plunged again starting in 2002, according to the economists. Continue reading this article

Robots Shrink Workforce in California Distribution Center

Kudos to the Los Angeles Times for an excellent report of how automation displaces human workers in a warehouse environment, which unfortunately is a pattern followed by many industries: bring in the smart machines and employ fewer human workers.

Amazon has been the leader of warehouse robotics, with its proprietary Kiva machines, and has received enormous media attention for its incredibly fast processing and shipment of customer orders made possible by modern technology. However, other technologies have been developed to perform similar tasks in other distribution sites.

The Times headline reveals a lot: “Warehouses promised lots of jobs, but robot workforce slows hiring.” Just a few years ago, when the Skechers warehouse/distribution center for Moreno Valley was initially proposed, the facility was expected to provide lots of jobs for local folks. But the technology has come on so rapidly that the final employment offered turned out to be far less than hoped.

Is anyone in Washington paying attention? President-elect Donald Trump hopes to return manufacturing from abroad to the United States, but the same automation revolution is rewriting that industry as well. In fact a recent study found that automation is a worse cause of job loss compared to trade deals. Jobs can indeed be reshored through Trump’s efforts, but the numbers will be fewer than desired because of automation.

According to the forecasts of automation experts, the future workplace will be fundamentally undermined by smart machines and computerization. The Gartner analytical company predicts that one-third of jobs will be performed by robots by 2025, and that trend goes beyond manufacturing to cognitive tasks like financial analysis and medical diagnostics. A 2013 report from Oxford University researchers estimated that “nearly half of U.S. jobs are vulnerable to computerization” in less than 20 years. A report this year from the consulting firm McKinsey and Company, found that 59 percent of manufacturing work could be automated in the next decade.

The best policy that Trump could pursue regarding employment would be to end immigration entirely, because the work universe is shrinking rapidly, and Americans will need all the remaining jobs. In fact,

Automation makes immigration obsolete.

Back to the Skechers warehouse, check out the cheerful video, brimming with efficient conveyor belts sending boxes of product off to purchasers, but with a notable lack of human workers:

Below, a Skechers automated warehouse shows shoes in chutes ready for shipment.

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Where are shoppers supposed to come from in the jobless future? Captains of industry aren’t interested in that part of the market equation.

Warehouses promised lots of jobs, but robot workforce slows hiring, By Natalie Kitroeff, Los Angeles Times, December 4, 2016

When Skechers started building a colossal distribution center in Moreno Valley six years ago, backers promised a wave of new jobs.

Instead, by the time the company moved to the Moreno Valley, it had closed five facilities in Ontario that employed 1,200 people and cut its workforce by more than half. Today, spotting a human on the premises can feel like an accomplishment.

There are now only about 550 people working at one cavernous warehouse, which is about as big as two Staples Centers combined. Many of them sit behind computer screens, monitoring the activities of the facility’s true workhorses: robotic machines.

It’s a sign of things to come.

In the last five years, online shopping has produced tens of thousands of new warehouse jobs in California, many of them in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The bulk of them paid blue collar people decent wages to do menial tasks – putting things in boxes and sending them out to the world.

But automated machines and software have been taking up more and more space in the region’s warehouses, and taking over jobs that were once done by humans. Today, fewer jobs are being added, though some of them pay more.

Amazon, one of the biggest dogs in warehousing, has built 20 new fulfillment centers outfitted with robotics in the last three years, four in California. Since 2014, the company has added 50,000 warehouse workers nationwide — and more than 30,000 robots.

Robots are muscling their way into almost every single occupation, but they pose a direct and immediate threat to people working in storage, industry experts say. That work is repetitive and fits into a chain of supply and delivery that generates reams of data.

For the nation’s 879,800 warehouse workers, 102,800 of whom are in California, profound change is already here.

“The modern warehouse tends to be creating fewer jobs…. Automation is replacing the lowest-end jobs,” said Chris Thornberg, a founding partner at Beacon Economics, a Los Angeles consulting firm.

That shift mirrors the path taken by American manufacturing, where there are fewer jobs going to more qualified people. It underscores how tricky it will be for President-elect Donald Trump to follow through on his promise restore American assembly jobs en masse. Continue reading this article

Illegal Aliens Increase Use of “Magic Words” to Claim Asylum

The asylum racket has been growing by leaps and bounds as the open-borders president’s term reaches the end: if an illegal alien border crosser says he is a victim in just the right way, he gets on the royal road to eventual legality and lots of free stuff.

A few years ago, the scammers were mostly from Mexico, as I noted in 2013: Mexicans: Now They Are Claiming Asylum in Droves. But the Central Americans have been coming on strong and are now a major moocher group.

Speaking of Centrals, the Los Angeles Times reported in mid-November that some of them were ending up in wealthy Mexico: “As the U.S. gets harder to reach, more Central Americans look to a Mexican dream”. The paper judged that “growing numbers of other Central Americans who have concluded that if they can’t reach the United States, the next best thing is Mexico.”

That solution sounds likes a win all around. Hondurans and Salvadorans et al won’t have to live in the culture of the hated yankees, and we Americans might imagine a return to a nation of laws.

In 2014, Obama set up a refugee plan for “unaccompanied” kiddie Centrals, thereby adding to his growing illegal immigration magnet.

Washington Times reporter Stephen Dinan recently wrote about the current uptick in illegal asylum claimers and appeared on Fox Business Tuesday to explain the details, noting:

STEPHEN DINAN: This has been going on for a while. What really happened is an exponential increase in the number of people who are showing up at the border, either being arrested by the Border Patrol or showing up at an official port of entry. These are illegal immigrants: they arrive and when they get here, they’ve been coached to use as you said “magic words” that entitle them to at least beginning the asylum process and under Obama administration policy from 2009 once they begin that process they’re usually let free into the US while they await their proceedings and their hearings, giving them a chance to disappear along with the rest of the illegal immigrants already in the country.

Illegal immigrants claim fear of home country as ‘magic words’ to gain asylum, By Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, December 4, 2016

Nearly one out of every 10 illegal immigrants crossing the southwest border is now demanding asylum, using “magic words” to claim they fear their home country, and turning a program intended to be a humanitarian lifeline into a new path for unauthorized migrants to gain a foothold in the U.S.

It’s a major change over just the last five years as lax Obama administration policies entice ever-more migrants to try to exploit the loophole, which the Border Patrol’s chief calls a “fail in policy.”

In 2010, less than 1 percent of those at the border were requesting asylum from the agents or officers who nabbed them. Now it’s 9 percent, according to statistics the Immigration Reform Law Institute pried loose from the government through an open-records request and provided to The Washington Times.

The migrants are being coached by friends and family or smugglers, who collect thousands of dollars per person for their efforts, on the “magic words” to say to get put on the asylum track, border officials say.

“We know that they’re coaching individuals on specifically what to say when they come here, that they just rattle off and they memorize the magic words that they need to say so that they’ll fall within the statute of credible fear,” Border Patrol Chief Mark Morgan told the Senate Homeland Security Committee in a hearing last week.

Most recently thousands of Haitians who have been living in South America since a 2010 earthquake in their home country have swarmed northward, claiming asylum when they reach California. They were arriving at a rate of more than 100 a day.

Central Americans have also caught on, helping feed the surge of children and families straining border operations in Texas.

But the Obama administration, while aware of the loophole, has not suggested any changes. Continue reading this article

Demography Is Destiny: Bulgarian Demographer Describes European Population Replacement Dynamic

Open borders are bad enough, but when the im-vaders are muslim unfriendlies, they have the added force multiplier of polygamy which can create enormous families, thereby causing rapid demographic change.

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In 2005, I blogged about polygamous families sleeping in shifts in France because apartments are designed for monogamous groupings: there are so many ways in which Islam does not fit in the West.

Below, hordes of Syrian and other Muslim men have marched into Europe on the welcome mat German Chancellor Merkel stupidly provided.

Keep in mind that the population of Africa is now around 1.2 billion and its growth is not slowing down. Africa could send a hundred million humans to Europe and not even notice they’re gone.

The Gates of Vienna blog recently posted a video with transcript of a Bulgarian talk show where the immigration topic was on the table: Bulgarian Demographer: 100 Million Migrants in Europe by 2050.

TRANSCRIPT:

MODERATOR: Let us hear Mr. Bardarov too, who has been quietly listening to our discussion so far from the height of his position as a man of letters, a demographer and so on… how he sees all this process — an ordinary refugee crisis or a civilizational shift, and what did we, Bulgarians, learn about ourselves from this crisis?

GEORGI BARDAROV (Associate Professor, Sofia University): My opinion is that we have been witnessing global changes since the beginning of the 21st century, and this is not some kind of temporary phenomenon. What puzzles me are other processes: that Europe turned out to be unprepared for this refugee wave, given the data from UN and Eurostat that I used four years ago for my monograph — “Immigration, conflicts and transformation of identities in the EU”. The UN published a chart that predicted 1.5 million immigrants per year as far back as 2007, 1.2 million from Asia, 377,000 from Africa each year.

If it really happens every year, if they were to be as many as last year, this means that by the middle of the century there will be about 60 million new immigrants, and taken together with those already living on the continent and their high birth rate, this makes about 100 million by the mid-21st century. So we really are witnessing a global change, It is not without precedent in world history — It is enough to recall the Migration Period, when the ancient world was populated by barbarian tribes, or the settling of the New World by Europeans during the 19th and 20th centuries. Continue reading this article

Mississippi Factories Illustrate the New Manufacturing

Sunday’s Sixty Minutes episode had an interesting segment about the growth of manufacturing in the United States. The show focused on the economic developer Joe Max Higgins, who is both colorful in the southern style and business smart. Nevertheless, the piece provides a window on modern manufacturing, where robots do the repetitious tasks and human workers need technical knowledge for the new factory jobs.

Below, the PACCAR engine manufacturing plant in Mississippi has lots of robots and around 500 human workers.

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(If the video below doesn’t work, try the CBS Sixty Minutes link below to watch.)

It’s a good news, bad news story: manufacturing is actually going strong in America, but far fewer jobs are being created because of automation and its increased efficiency. For example, one new steel mill in the story needs only 650 workers when it earlier would have required 4000 for the same productivity.

So America does not need any immigrant workers from Mexico or anywhere else.

How an economic developer is bringing factory jobs back to Mississippi, CBS News Sixty Minutes, December 4, 2016

Joe Max Higgins is credited with generating about 6,000 manufacturing jobs in Mississippi’s Golden Triangle, one of the poorest areas in the country. How’s he doing it? Bill Whitaker reports.

Bill Whitaker: This past week, Donald Trump cut his first deal as president-elect. He leaned on Carrier, the heating and air conditioning company, to keep 1,000 jobs in Indiana from going to Mexico. The company got a generous tax break in return. In the last few decades, America has lost millions of factory jobs offshore. But you might be surprised to learn U.S. manufacturing is showing signs of coming back due to cheap energy, proximity to customers, and a rising cost of labor in China. Nearly a million manufacturing jobs have been created since the Great Recession. About 350,000 are unfilled because factories can’t find properly trained American workers. The new plants demand more brainpower than brawn.  It’s called advanced manufacturing and if you want to see what it looks like you need to go a place off the beaten track: The Golden Triangle. That’s a bit of a misnomer because it’s one of the poorest regions in the poorest state: Mississippi.

If you have heard of the Golden Triangle, it might be because of this: Mississippi State football.  Around here, everybody loves the Bulldogs.  And “bulldog” is an apt description of the man who runs economic development for the area: Joe Max Higgins.  He considers job creation a full contact sport.

Joe Max Higgins: The only way we win any deal is to tear off everybody else’s face. We gotta kill everybody to win the deal.

Ferocity is a job requirement. During the recession, unemployment in some parts of the Triangle got as high as 20 percent.

Joe Max Higgins: We’re going to come up with a program.

At 6.0 percent, unemployment is now just above the national average and a lot of people here credit Joe Max Higgins. He has attracted $6 billion of advanced industry including this mill run by Steel Dynamics.  It’s one of the most hi-tech steel mills in the country.  He got this helicopter factory up and running. Truck maker PACCAR used to build engines only in Europe.  It opened its first U.S. plant in the Triangle.

Bill Whitaker: Companies were moving around, this offshoring. They were going to countries where everything’s cheaper?

Joe Max Higgins: For some companies, offshore wasn’t as great as they thought it was or as it was portrayed to be. Many of the companies said “Hey, if it’s gonna be consumed in the U.S., we can produce it in the U.S. cheaper and more efficiently than we can elsewhere and bring it in.”

Bill Whitaker: They save money by being here in Mississippi?

Joe Max Higgins: Uh-huh.

Higgins has brought in 6,000 jobs to the tri-county area since 2003.  That might not sound like a lot to people in big cities.  But to the people here in the small towns of the Golden Triangle, it amounts to about half the manufacturing jobs lost during the last 25 years. Through the 1990s, factories here produced textiles, toys, and tubing.  One by one, they shut down and thousands of low skilled jobs vanished.
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Trump Is Right to Say Illegal Aliens Are Voting

It’s obvious Green Party candidate Jill Stein is running a scam when she complains about voter machine hacking by the Russians, which is impossible on a widespread basis, while she doesn’t care about illegal alien voting, which could in fact be quite numerous.

Hans van Spakovsky co-wrote a book about vote fraud, ”Who’s counting? How fraudsters and bureaucrats put your vote at risk” and he recently explained details of the issue on Fox News.

Van Spakovsky mentioned the necessity to institute voter ID because US voting is based upon an honor system and that is not satisfactory. The public continues to support voter ID as a common sense requirement even though liberals complain that it is racist and black people couldn’t possibly manage to have proper identification. A Gallup poll from August found that 80 percent of Americans support voter ID laws.

PAUL GIGOT: A vote recount got underway in Wisconsin Thursday, part of a push initiated by Green Party candidate Jill Stein that includes Michigan and Pennsylvania as well it claims of voting irregularities in these battleground states. President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter to blast the recount effort as a scam while alleging serious voter fraud in Virginia New Hampshire and California tweeting last Sunday quote “In addition to winning the electoral college in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.”

Hans von Spakovsky is a former member of the Federal Election Commission and a senior legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation. He is also co-author of the book “Who’s counting? How fraudsters and bureaucrats put your vote at risk.” So welcome to the program. Let’s start with the recount: is there any evidence of enough voter fraud in these states to overturn the election outcome?

HANS VAN SPOKOVSKY: Well remember, Jill Stein is not claiming voter fraud; she’s claiming hacking of the voting machines. She has absolutely no evidence of any kind to do that and in fact the way that those machines work, they are not tied into a central computer system, they are not networked, that is, the machines for example that scan ballots. So that the ability of hackers to get into is just about nil. This is a complete and total waste of time by Jill Stein.

GIGOT: Just to just to take her suggestion of a hacking seriously for a second, what would a hacker have to do in our decentralized electoral system to be able to influence the outcome of the result? How would they have penetrated so many different sites?

VAN SPOKOVSKY: They could for example — most electronic voting machines again — they’re not networked, so you’d have to get physical access to each electronic voting machine. Similarly in precincts that use paper ballots, the kind that are optically scanned by a computer, you’s have to get somehow physical access to the computer scanner and that is almost impossible. So the chances of this being hacked, it’s just about nil. Continue reading this article

President Trump Effect: Mexican Ambassador Says They Are Not the Enemy

The new sheriff isn’t even in town yet, and he is having a big impact already. Carlos Manuel Sada Solana, the Mexican ambassador to U.S. visited Phoenix recently to spread some propaganda around, like how Mexico is a friendly neighbor.

Funny, I have a different impression — along with millions of other Americans. Let’s review some recent history:

In 1997, Presidente Ernesto Zedillo proclaimed to the National Council of La Raza in Chicago, “I have proudly affirmed that the Mexican nation extends beyond the territory enclosed by its borders.”

Mexican American Legal Defense Fund founder Mario Obledo stated in 1998, “California is going to be a Hispanic state. Anyone who doesn’t like it should leave. Every constitutional office in California is going to be held by Hispanics in the next 20 years.” People who don’t like such demographic changes “should go back to Europe.” (Incidentally, Mr. Obledo was also the California Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare under Gov. Jerry Brown during his first reign.)

A Zogby poll in 2002 found that 58 percent of Mexicans agree with the statement, “The territory of the United States’ southwest rightfully belongs to Mexico,” as indicated in the photo below.

And who can forget the illustrated guide for illegal immigration published by the Mexican government in 2005?

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Remember, Mexico is a wealthy nation, now ranked at #15 for world GDP, but it chooses to push its citizens to work illegally in the US and send billions of dollars in remittances home every year. It’s easy money.

Less recently, Mexico considered a proposal to join Germany in WWI to go to war against the US with the return of the American Southwest offered as a prize (brought to light with the revelations of the Zimmerman Telegram).

Somebody should ask Ambassador Solana whether Mexico has disavowed its Aztlan plan about the reconquista of the Southwest? Seeking to seize a huge expanse of American territory certainly defines an enemy.

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Ambassador to Trump: ‘Mexico is not the enemy’, USA Today, December 1, 2016

Carlos Manuel Sada Solana, the Mexican ambassador to U.S., talks to The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com about the Trump presidency and NAFTA..

PHOENIX — If President-elect Donald Trump follows through with his campaign promise to build a border wall that Mexico will pay for, he can expect to run into a wall of his own: the Mexican government.

Mexico’s top diplomat to the U.S. says there is no way Mexico will pay for the wall. Not only that, a wall would send a “negative” message that would undermine years of economic and diplomatic cooperation between the two countries that contrary to public perception has benefited both countries.

That cross-border relationship includes the creation of more than 100,000 jobs in Arizona.

“We have said time and again Mexico is not paying for the wall,” Carlos Manuel Sada Solana, Mexico’s ambassador to the U.S., said Wednesday during a meeting with reporters and editors at The Arizona Republic, azcentral.com and La Voz.

“That is something that has been said several times by the president of Mexico, the secretary of foreign affairs, secretary of economy, the secretary of finance,” he continued. “So we are not paying for the wall.”

Sada also balked at Trump’s suggestion that he may try to force Mexico to pay for a border wall by taxing money transfers, called remittances, from workers in the U.S. to their families in Mexico.

Attempting to tax remittances would raise “legal issues” that Mexico would fight, Sada said.

“There is also legal issues that are at stake, and if that is one of the alternatives, we will find out what we have to do in that case. But this is not a deliberate action for Mexico to pay for the wall,” he said.

Sada also pointed out that fencing and other types of barriers already exist along 700 miles of the 2,000-mile-long border, including in Arizona. Building an actual wall could hurt the environment and curtail trade between the two countries. Continue reading this article

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