On a Fox News show Sunday morning, Tucker Carlson interviewed retired FBI agent Tim Clemente about the problem of large numbers of student visas being issued to residents of Islam nations. Clearly the subject was prompted by the recent report from the Conservative Review, linked below.
CARLSON: The ongoing threat seems even more imminent. Consider there are more than a hundred thousand muslim immigrants who come to America every year legally to study in colleges and many more who come through other avenues. So do we need to make changes to our national security and to immigration policy to keep us safe?
Joining us now retired FBI Special Agent, counterterrorism a tactical operations expert Tim Clemente. Thanks for joining us this morning.
Do law enforcement agencies see the massive increase in Islamic immigration to the US as a problem?
CLEMENTE: Well it’s a problem in that there are clearly individuals like Abdulazeez come from this pool. There’s no doubt that he was the perfect profile — his age, his education as far as being in the engineering sciences — that’s kind of typical, beginning as far back as the 9/11 hijackers and it’s something we’ve seen continuously, so clearly this is a pool of individuals that need to be looked at, need to be scrutinized when their applications for visas, either student or otherwise, are being considered, and the FBI has a daunting task as it is with individuals that are already here and we consider that hundreds of thousands more are coming this next year and beyond — it is, as Director Comey said, impossible to try and keep up with that influx.
The individuals alone that we already know may be involved with terrorist groups or may be leaning in that direction that need to be watched or put on watch lists is already something that overwhelms the manpower that the bureau has.
CARLSON: So is there any coordination between law enforcement and policymakers, so you know Congress lets in a certain number of immigrants from Muslim countries every year. Colleges lobby for more student visas because they want the money. The government of Saudi Arabia for example pays for all these Saudis to study in the United States. Does anybody ask, say, the Department of Homeland Security, what do you think it is?
CLEMENTE: I don’t believe there’s much coordination at all. The fact is that the freedoms we enjoy as Americans than those we extend to foreign visitors allow certain level of, let’s say, leniency on the part of the State Department and handing out those these applications, and you don’t need a national security clearance to come into the United States to study here from abroad, and so there’s no consideration of the national security threat, unless that individual is connected to someone directly or is themselves on some kind of watch list, there really isn’t a process in the middle there to see who they are and who they might be.
CARLSON: It’s interesting just to restate: there’s a lot of money at stake here, and colleges are making of a lot of money from this this influx of students, so last year just to put this on the screen, there are a hundred and twenty seven thousand visas issued to students from majority Muslim countries. That is a huge increase.
Is that primarily the threat? I’m looking at the screen here, 53,000 from Saudi Arabia, Iran 10,000, Kuwait 7,000, Nigeria which is about half Muslim seven almost 8,000, Indonesia 7900. Is this something that that law enforcement officials are concerned about?
CLEMENTE: [. . .] It’s a concern that is very hard to deal with when the restrictions on law enforcement are that you can’t just wantonly pick out people and try and I dig into their lives because you think they might be a potential suspect, there has to be more. The way our laws are written today there has to be a reasonable suspicion in order to move forward with an investigation and that has to be developed in a way that the United States Attorney General guidelines allow for the FBI or other intelligence agencies to continue scrutinizing these individuals, with a very high bar set.
CARLSON: We’re pretty much helpless, it sounds like.
Incidentally, Carlson is a rare media personality who confronts the vital immigration component in national security. On Friday’s Special Report news show, he asked rhetorically, “Is there a connection between a massive increase in Islamic immigration to the U.S. and a massive increase of acts in Islamic terror on our soil?”
Student visas are the perfect scam for any youngish-looking person to enter the United States for whatever reason: simply enroll in some sort of educational institution from genuine accredited universities to low-rent visa mills, then never show up for classes and disappear into stupid-open America. The current estimate is that 6,000 foreigners considered concerning have taken advantage of this “system” among 58,000 visa overstayers this year overall.
Foreign students are compliant walking wallets in the mind of the educational industrial complex, currently adding $24 billion in easy money to the economy. As a result, education administrators insist on open borders for cash-carrying foreign students.
● Faisal Shahzad arrived in America as a student, got an MBA and lived a quiet life in a nice suburb, earned by working as a financial analyst. Yet in 2010, he loaded up a van with explosives and tried to blow up Times Square in New York City, and was sentenced to life in the slammer for trying to reach his jihad goal. He even recorded a “Death to America” jihad video. Assimilation is often just skin deep among Allah’s helpers.
How many more potential Islamic terrorists like Mohammad Youssef Adbulazeer are living freely in this country? And to what extent is our political class going to continue their suicidal policies?
Several months ago, we estimated that roughly 1.62 million individuals from predominantly Muslim countries have emigrated here since 9/11. We counted all of the green cards issued to foreign nationals of 43 countries with either near-100% Muslim population or an overwhelming majority of Muslims. While some of these individuals are likely non-Muslims, we noted that it is a pretty fair estimate of the number of Muslim immigrants and coincides with the Pew estimate of 100,000 million Muslim immigrants per year.
A quick search and tally of the data at the IIE for the same 43 predominantly Muslim countries reveals that 127,332 student visas were granted to students from these same countries. Our government does this every year and the trend is only growing. That means that 14% of the annual student visas are from Muslim countries, an even higher share than immigrant visas relative to the total immigrant population.
Here in California, the illegal aliens are snapping up their mini-amnesty driver’s licenses like hotcakes. Apparently the government suits had feared that the skittish Mexicans et al would be too fearful to come pick up their highly desired DLs, but not to worry: they mobbed the DMVs.
And why wouldn’t they line up? It’s not like anyone gets deported during Obama’s latter days. And the foreign lawbreakers don’t even pay for the added costs of providing the goodies — an estimated $141 million in processing costs over three years which the California taxpayers subsidize.
The Democrats who run the place let taxpayers know who rates special treatment in this state — and it certainly isn’t the law-abiding people who pay the bills.
“There are now 400,000 more signals to people all over the world that working illegally in California is encouraged by the government itself,” Roy Beck of NumbersUSA observed about the roaring license distribution.
More than half of the driver’s licenses California has issued in 2015 have gone to residents living in the country illegally, reflecting the success of a new law extending licenses to people regardless of residency status.
A new California law offering licenses to undocumented immigrants has proved enormously popular. Nearly half a million people applied for those licenses between the start of 2015 and early April, exceeding the pace of California Department of Motor Vehicles’ expectations for 1.4 million applications over three years.
The number of applications from undocumented immigrants ballooned to 687,000 as of June, and immigrants in California illegally have outpaced other recipients. Of the 759,000 total licenses the DMV has issued, 397,000 – or 52 percent – have gone to the undocumented. More than 1.1 million undocumented immigrants have taken the written test, and another 436,000 have taken the driving test.
“I think it was a surprise how many people actually came in in the first six months,” said Jessica Gonzalez, a DMV spokeswoman.
While the surge initially meant customers faced longer wait times and had difficulty making appointments, Gonzalez said those logistical issues have eased as the initial rush subsided and the DMV made more appointments available to people who are renewing licenses and registering vehicles, rather than filing initial license applications. Continue reading this article
And now, following the preventable carnage in Chattanooga, Senator Paul recommends restricting immigration from Islamic nations. He didn’t call for a complete end to Islam immigration (the correct national security position), but it’s a start.
More elected officials should shake off the PC open borders and think how many deaths could be prevented if they would stop admitting the historic enemies of western civilization as immigrants.
HOUSTON, Texas — Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), a 2016 GOP presidential candidate, told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview here that he wants to restrict immigration from predominantly Muslim countries after the Chattanooga, Tennessee, terrorist attack.
Paul said in an interview backstage at a rally his presidential campaign is holding inside the Hyatt Regency here in downtown Houston:
I’m very concerned about immigration to this country from countries that have hotbeds of jihadism and hotbeds of this Islamism. There was a program in place that Bush had put in place—it stood for entry-exit program from about 25 different countries with a lot of Islamic radicals, frankly. I think there does need to be heightened scrutiny. Nobody has a right to come to America, so this isn’t something that we can say ‘oh their rights are being violated.’ It’s a privilege to come to America and we need to thoroughly screen those who are coming.
JihadWatch’s Robert Spencer appeared on Fox Friday morning to sort out the evidence regarding the killer’s motive:
STEVE DUCEY: Robert, was this guy on a jihad?
ROBERT SPENCER: Oh I don’t think there’s any doubt about that whatsoever. Look, the Islamic State made a call to people in the west to attack military personnel; that’s exactly what he did. They make a call to devout Muslims on the basis up Islamic principles and on the basis of grievances, where they say look, the infidels have done this so to us; they’ve done that to us. We have to strike back.
And this guy is a man who put a grievance in his high school yearbook* — that’s the place where he’s supposed to sum up who he is and what he’s all about and he puts a complaint and it’s exactly the kind the complaint that the Islamic state uses to try to exhort devout Muslims, as all his friends say Abdulazeez was, to commit jihad attacks.
DUCEY: Okay, in his yearbook he put this up, “My name causes national security alerts. What does yours do.”
Also three days before he apparently murdered these marines in Tennessee yesterday he updated his blog post and he wrote this, Robert, “Brothers and sisters, don’t be fooled by your desires. This life is short and bitter and the opportunity to submit to Allah may pass you by.”
Now I look at that, I don’t know exactly what that means. You look at this, you study this: what does it mean to you?
SPENCER: It sounds to me exactly like the appeals that the Islamic state has issued to Muslims to attack military personnel, police and civilians in the West. It’s exactly the same kind of language, the exactly the same kind of loyalties to the religion that they try to play upon and say this is a pietistick; it’s designed to lead to action into exactly the kind of action that Muhammad Abdulazeez took.
DUCEY: Robert you know the administration and law enforcement now seeing this guy, if he was a terrorist, he was never on their radar but isn’t that how ISIS is operating these days? You know, they find somebody who’s got a clean record and then they radicalize them through Twitter and Facebook and everything else.
SPENCER: Yeah, absolutely. Look, they have a whole manual called How to Survive in the West, and it says the try to blend in as much as possible. Don’t appear to be overtly Muslim, don’t carry around the koran, don’t have a long beard, don’t wear kaftan. Wear western dress. Don’t give anybody any indication that you might be somebody who would do something like this.
And we see it again and again after these attacks, that all the friends say, well this is the last guy I woulda thought would have done something like this. That’s exactly what ISIS wants.
DUCEY: And that is exactly what this guy’s neighbors told us live on this program an hour ago.
*Below is the whiney high school yearbook statement Abdulazeez made. Nothing like fulfilling his own complaint.
Who knew that even a tiny instance of immigration enforcement could occur in Obama’s America? Apparently Judge Andrew Hanen’s holding the feds accountable for the administration’s lawless mini-amnesty has been having an effect. The judge acted to halt the imperial amnesty in February, but the DHS continued to hand out work permits (The Real Amnesty) anyway.
WASHINGTON—If you are a DACA recipient who received a three-year Employment Authorization Document (EAD) after February 16, 2015, it was likely mistakenly issued and must be returned.
Approximately 2,100 DACA recipients were issued three-year Employment Authorization Documents, rather than two-year EADs, after the February 16, 2015, court injunction was in place. USCIS has taken action to correct this issue for these individuals and has updated their records to reflect a two-year period of deferred action and employment authorization. USCIS has re-issued and mailed the corrected two-year EADs to these individuals. USCIS has also notified these individuals that the three-year EADs are no longer valid and must be immediately returned, along with any related approval notices. USCIS is carefully tracking the number of returns of these invalid EADs and continues to take steps to collect the remaining cards. (Continues)
In fact, more was done than bureaucrats merely issuing a memo: agents will go door to door (!) to retrieve the unlawful amnesty documents. That’s the plan, at least. Let the raza shrieking begin!
Goosed into action by an angry federal judge, federal immigration authorities will go door-to-door demanding illegal immigrants return the three-year amnesty approvals the Obama administration issued to them in defiance of a court order.
Those who don’t return their three-year permits will have them terminated at the end of this month, the National Immigrant Justice Center, one of the advocacy groups briefed on authorities’ plan, said in a statement preparing immigrants for what could be a traumatic encounter.
The move comes as Homeland Security officials, fed up with slow-walking by illegal immigrants, are finally playing hardball after months of less forceful measures.
They’re scrambling to meet an end-of-month deadline set by Judge Andrew S. Hanen for recapturing thousands of three-year amnesties the department issued even after the court had entered an injunction halting the new amnesty program.
Unless all of the permits are recovered, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson could personally have to appear in court to explain the foul-up, Judge Hanen said in an order earlier this month.
But the home visits also come at a tricky time, when immigration is a heated issue, and any contact by authorities can be scary for immigrants. Advocacy groups, who were given a heads-up by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, are preparing to field calls from frightened immigrants.
“The USCIS home visits unfortunately will add to the mounting confusion and anxiety communities feel as they await a resolution in the executive action case, but individuals should know it is critical to comply with requests to exchange their work permits, whether they receive a letter or visit at their homes,” Vanessa Esparza-Lopez, supervising attorney for the National Immigrant Justice Center’s legal defense project, said in a statement.
In a new fact sheet, USCIS raised the number of erroneous “Employment Authorization Documents,” or EADs, it approved from about 2,500 to 2,600 — the third time it’s boosted that estimate. Continue reading this article
Despite the appearance of a publicity stunt in this case, the robot hotel is partially here. Check-in has been computerized for years and doesn’t require much human help. The bellhop robot can act as room service to deliver items to guests (pictured). However, the bed-making robot has yet to be invented, so humans are not completely obsolete in hotel biz.
If we think about future labor needs as hinted by the robot hotel, they will be greatly reduced. You certainly won’t need an immigrant from Mexico to tote luggage up to your room in the hotel of tomorrow. The scenario of fewer human workers is playing out across the economy from unskilled jobs like bellhop to professions in finance and medicine.
Meanwhile in the real world, the actual workforce is shrinking. As Steve Camarota observed in a May 7 opinion piece in USA Today, Labor shortage? Are you kidding?:
Today, about one out of three Americans ages 16 to 65 is not working; in 2000 it was one out of four. At the start of this year, 68 million working-age Americans (excluding prisoners) were not working — 19 million more than in January 2000. Many of those not working are not even looking for work and have left the labor force entirely. There is clearly no shortage of potential workers in America now or in the foreseeable future.
Certainly the increased regulation of business by the administration accounts for some of the workforce shrinkage, but so does the tech transformation of the smart machine workplace. And the latter cause is not a part of economic discussions in the big capitol city. The willful ignorance is dangerous.
SASEBO, Japan — From the receptionist that does the check-in and check-out to the porter that’s an automated trolley taking luggage up to the room, this hotel in southwestern Japan, aptly called Weird Hotel, is “manned” almost totally by robots to save labor costs.
Hideo Sawada, who runs the hotel as part of an amusement park, insists using robots is not a gimmick, but a serious effort to utilize technology and achieve efficiency.
The receptionist robot that speaks in English is a vicious-looking dinosaur, and the one that speaks Japanese is a female humanoid with blinking lashes. “If you want to check in, push one,” the dinosaur says. The visitor still has to punch a button on the desk, and type in information on a touch panel screen.
Henn na Hotel, as it is called in Japanese, was shown to reporters Wednesday, complete with robot demonstrations, ahead of its opening to the public Friday.
Another feature of the hotel is the use of facial recognition technology, instead of the standard electronic keys, by registering the digital image of the guest’s face during check-in.
The reason? Robots aren’t good at finding keys, if people happen to lose them.
A giant robotic arm, usually seen in manufacturing, is encased in glass quarters in the corner of the lobby. It lifts one of the boxes stacked into the wall and puts it out through a space in the glass, where a guest can place an item in it, to use as a locker.
The arm will put the box back into the wall, until the guest wants it again. The system is called “robot cloak room.”
Why a simple coin locker won’t do isn’t the point.
One important fact contained in Chairman Bob Goodlatte’s opening statement underlined the increasing lawlessness:
“Because of the failure by this and previous administrations to detain criminal aliens, and the failure to vigorously pursue fugitives, there are almost 180,000 convicted criminal aliens currently in removal proceedings who are living in our neighborhoods and almost 170,000 convicted criminal aliens who have been ordered removed yet are also living free. Under the Obama Administration, the total number of such convicted criminal aliens who are not being detained has jumped 28% since 2012.”
The July 1 murder of Kate Steinle came up during the hearing because San Francisco released a five-time-deported felon from Mexico to city streets who shot the woman as she strolled a popular pier with her father.
Congressman Trey Gowdy’s excellent prosecutorial skills were again on display as he questioned DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson:
GOWDY: Have you had a chance to look at the criminal history or Mr. Lopez-Sanchez?
JOHNSON: I believe I have.
GOWDY: It dates back to 1991. The criminal conduct occurred in five separate states. He’s committed local, state, and federal crimes. He was and is by any definition a career criminal. He violated at least three separate statutes when he simply picked up the gun before he shot and killed an innocent woman walking with her father. So to me, Mr. Secretary, he is Exhibit A that we must not have functional control over the border or he wouldn’t have re-entered so many times.
And he is, I am assuming, not able to pass anyone’s background check. I would hope that somebody with his criminal history couldn’t even pass our friend in the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform background check.
A couple of minutes later, the two disagreed about who was responsible for keeping criminal aliens in jail or deporting them:
GOWDY: Why don’t you make the detainers mandatory? If cities like San Francisco are not complying with detainers, why don’t you make them mandatory?
JOHNSON: I think that would be a huge setback in our ability to work with state and local law enforcement and I suspect they would agree as well.
GOWDY: I do not agree, and I’ll tell you why I don’t agree, Mr. Secretary. What I find ironic is you are not willing to mandate federal detainers, but you are willing to mandate that state and local law enforcement cannot assist you in enforcing immigration laws. Help me understand that. You can empower a city like San Francisco to ignore federal law but you won’t empower state and local law enforcement to actually enforce immigration laws. Help me reconcile that.
Chairman Goodlatte: Good morning to everyone and I want to extend our welcome to Secretary Johnson for testifying before us today for the second time. When Secretary Johnson testified last year, I stated that he was not responsible for the dangerous and irresponsible decisions made by DHS before he was sworn in. I stated that we could only hope that he would bring back a level of adult responsibility to the enforcement of our immigration laws. Unfortunately, since that hearing and under Secretary Johnson’s leadership, the deterioration of immigration enforcement has accelerated.
DHS under the Obama Administration has taken unprecedented steps in order to shut down the enforcement of the immigration laws for millions of unlawful and criminal aliens not considered high enough “priorities.” This is done under the guise of “prosecutorial discretion.” Unfortunately, new priorities issued by Secretary Johnson last November have turned the flight from enforcement into a headlong rush.
Although DHS previously deemed fugitive aliens to be a priority for removal, under Secretary Johnson’s guidelines, these aliens are no longer a priority if they were issued a removal order before January 1, 2014. This means that DHS is disregarding removal orders that have already been issued and wasting the millions of taxpayer dollars spent to obtain the orders.
Although DHS claims that gang members are a top priority for removal, gang members are most often convicted under State, not Federal law, and State convictions for gang-related activity are ignored under Secretary Johnson’s priorities.
Secretary Johnson considers as secondary priorities for removal aliens convicted of “significant” misdemeanors – such as domestic violence, sexual abuse or exploitation, burglary, unlawful possession of a firearm, drug trafficking, or drunk driving. Yet, even this priority falls away if the aliens simply show “factors” warranting relief.
Despite DHS’s pledge to prioritize the removal of serious criminal aliens, in the last year the number of administrative arrests of criminal aliens has fallen by a third. And the Department continues to release thousands of such aliens onto our streets. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has admitted to releasing 30,558 aliens with criminal convictions in 2014. Last Friday we received data from DHS regarding the recidivist activity of these criminal aliens ICE released in 2014 — 1,423 have already been convicted of new crimes like vehicular homicide, domestic violence, sexual assault, DUI, burglary and assault, among many others. Continue reading this article
Anyone familiar with the ongoing problem of illegal alien crime knows that the July 1 murder of Kate Steinle in San Francisco by a Mexican drug dealer was not an anomaly. Such mayhem is common: what’s uncommon is national attention by the media to the preventable crimes caused by immigration non-enforcement.
Former FBI agent Ron Hosko appeared on the morning Fox News show Friday with a few mug shots of illegal aliens who need capturing — in fact, some need recapturing after being released by the stupid-generous government. He noted that there are “three illegal aliens currently on the FBI’s ten most wanted list.”
BRIAN KILMEADE: Let’s go and move on to Saul Chavez where’s he’s wanted for the death — this happens a lot too — a death by aggravated DUI, leaving the scene of the accident, 2011.
RON HOSKO: Right, this was a tragic case. There were witnesses who believed that this 66-year-old victim could have survived had he just been hit by that car, and in fact Chavez is believed to have drug the victim for several hundred feet, was run down and caught by Chicago police, locked up. ICE had actually placed a detainer on this individual. He later got bond; his his family paid the bond; it was $25,000 and he walked free never never to return. My understanding is the family is suing the Cook County Sheriff for just that action.
KILMEADE: Yeah, they should sue the sheriff and they should sue the federal government. One time should be enough. He shouldn’t be here to begin with you do something like that in 2007, then you get out and kill again. Absolutely incredible. [. . .]
So these people, all illegals, but can we call them illegals?
HOSKO: Well, we can. My understanding is each of these people were in the country illegally at the time of these crimes, and then they of course fled the jurisdiction by their flight to . . . whether its Central America is the most common location for our fugitives, or Mexico, making it immeasurably more difficult for the FBI or other law enforcement to capture them. There are hundreds or thousands are these across the country and that’s where police can identify someone for the crime.
Why does an illegal alien accused of killing a man ever get bail? Does “flight risk” no longer mean anything?
I reported on Saul Chavez a couple years ago because it was a very bad case, including a DUI-convicted illegal alien released to drive Chicago streets and a local government completely abrogating its responsibility for public safety.
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But as Chavez sat in the jail, immigration became an emotional issue before the Cook County Board. Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia pushed a new policy aimed at ignoring federal detainer requests and allowing suspected illegal immigrants who’d been jailed in misdemeanor or felony cases to make bond.
It passed by a 10-5 vote in September. The political payoff was obvious: It was a Democratic Party appeal to Latino voters over the hot-button issue of illegal immigration.
Preckwinkle and supporters characterized it as a way to save taxpayers money, and she put out figures insisting that it cost $15 million per year to detain suspected illegal immigrants at federal request, without the county receiving reimbursement from the feds. Garcia said it was all about “ensuring the fair treatment of all people.”
When the proposal was debated, the sheriff’s office warned that even those charged with serious crimes could be allowed to flee.
Commissioner Timothy Schneider was perhaps the loudest voice against the policy, warning that criminals would run off to Mexico, and that Cook County would become a laughingstock.
“This is clearly, without exacerbating the situation, our Willie Horton moment here in Cook County,” said Schneider, R-Streamwood.
A couple years ago I reported on an immigrant physician who had been charged with malpractice and making millions of dollars in Medicare cash by misdiagnosing: Scammer Lebanese Doctor Is Accused of Deaths and Medicare Fraud. In the face of more than 500 patients swearing he had treated them to make maximum money rather than cure their ailments (if any existed), Dr. Farid Fata (pictured below) admitted his crimes. Some patients died from unnecessary or incorrect treatments chosen for top profitability. Fata poisoned people for money.
Fata admits to giving patients unnecessary treatments for insurance money
Calling the scheme “horrific,” a judge sentenced a Detroit-area cancer doctor to 45 years in prison Friday for collecting millions from insurance companies while poisoning more than 500 patients through needless cancer treatments that wrecked their health.
U.S. District Judge Paul Borman this week heard stories of brittle bones and fried organs as patients chillingly described the effects of excessive chemotherapy at the hands of Dr. Farid Fata.
Fata “shut down whatever compassion he had as a doctor and switched it to making money,” Borman said.
Moments earlier, the judge called it a “huge, horrific series of criminal acts.”
Fata, 50, offered no excuses before getting his punishment. Stone-faced all week in court, he repeatedly broke down in loud sobs as he begged for mercy Friday.
“I misused my talents, yes, and permitted this sin to enter me because of power and greed,” Fata said. “My quest for power is self-destructive.”
He said his patients knocked on his door for “compassionate care” but “I failed, yes, I failed.”
Fata pleaded guilty last year to fraud, money laundering and conspiracy. He didn’t strike a deal with prosecutors, so Borman needed much of the week to hear details about treatments. Patients and relatives hired a bus to get to court to watch.
“He preyed on our trust, our exhaustion, our fears,” said Ellen Piligiam, whose late father, a doctor, was administered powerful drugs he didn’t need for a tumor in his shoulder. Continue reading this article
Wilfredo Reyes was in the car from which Edwin Ramos shot and killed the three members of the Bologna family, whom he mistook for rival gangsters. Reyes was arrested in North Carolina in July 2012.
Danielle Bologna, who was made a widow by the preventable crime, has been in witness protection for seven years for fear of other diverse gangsters and made an emotional statement to the court that justice cannot be served in this lifetime for the loss of her husband and sons.
She also urged officials to prioritize public safety: “Violent criminals, convicted felons and gang members illegally in the United States should not be shielded by any law enforcement agency. I am begging community leaders to put public safety first so another preventable tragedy for another family is avoided.”
Unlike his gangster pal Ramos, Reyes is not an illegal alien and cannot be deported after serving his prison term. America now has generations of criminal diversity preying upon us.
In a matter of minutes, seven years of wrenching uncertainty ended for a onetime San Francisco family shattered by tragedy.
Wilfredo “Flaco” Reyes, a suspected leader of the MS-13 gang, was sentenced Friday to 10 years in state prison for his role in the mistaken-identity murders of a father and two sons, closing the final chapter of one of the city’s most notorious crimes.
Tony Bologna, 48, and his sons Michael, 20, and Matthew, 16, were driving just a few blocks from their home in the Excelsior neighborhood in June 2008 when their car was riddled with bullets. A third son, Andrew, survived the attack.
Prosecutors do not believe that Reyes was the shooter but that he was in the car.
“This is for my husband, Tony, my son Michael and my son Matthew Bologna,” Danielle Bologna, who supported Reyes’ plea deal, said through tears in San Francisco Superior Court. “It’s been a long seven years for justice, and we are finally here.
“You have taken so much away from us,” she said to Reyes. “I had a whole family and on the day of June 22, 2008, you destroyed it.”
Investigators determined that the Bolognas were killed in a mistaken gang shooting by Edwin Ramos, another alleged member of MS-13. He was convicted of their murders in 2012 and sentenced to three consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole.
Ramos admitted driving the other car, but testified that Reyes had leaned over from the passenger seat and fired the shots, in revenge for the shootings of two MS-13 members earlier that day. Prosecutors believe Ramos was lying about who pulled the trigger.
The case drew controversy when it was revealed that Ramos had, before the killings, been shielded from deportation twice after he committed gang-related crimes as a minor by city juvenile justice officials relying on San Francisco’s sanctuary city law.
That law has been expanded since and, this week, has come under intense scrutiny after a man who was released from County Jail — despite a federal request that he be turned over for deportation — allegedly shot and killed a woman on the Embarcadero. Continue reading this article
When presented with Rasmussen’s poll question, “Should the U.S. Justice Department take legal action against cities that provide sanctuary for illegal immigrants?” 62 percent of voters responded Yes.
However, it’s unlikely that the Obama DoJ would ever investigate a policy that the Democrats support so whole heartedly (except when it’s inconvenient).
Another question concerned cutting off federal funding for sanctuary cities, and that strategy is far more likely to gain traction since it falls within Congressional powers. Senator Tom Cotton has submitted legislation to defund illegal-alien-protecting cities. In the House, Congressmen Lou Barletta, Matt Salmon and Duncan Hunter have introduced similar bills. Certainly there will be many sponsors in the House. Obama would hate to sign defunding into law, but such legislation draws a line that the GOP desperately needs to make, particularly after its snuggling up with the President to pass his power-grabbing trade deal.
Following the murder of a young woman in San Francisco by an illegal immigrant from Mexico, voters want to get tough on so-called “sanctuary cities” that refuse to enforce immigration laws.
Sixty-two percent (62%) of Likely U.S. Voters think the U.S. Justice Department should take legal action against cities that provide sanctuary for illegal immigrants. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 26% oppose Justice Department action against sanctuary cities. Twelve percent (12%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Fifty-eight percent (58%) believe the federal government should cut off funds to cities that provide sanctuary for illegal immigrants. Thirty-two percent (32%) disagree, while 10% are not sure. This marks little change from May 2011 when legislation was unsuccessfully proposed in Congress to stop all federal funding for sanctuary cities.
Republicans and unaffiliated voters are much stronger supporters of both actions than Democrats are.
In addition to San Francisco, numerous major cities in the United States are now sanctuary cities including New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Miami, Denver, Chicago, Philadelphia, Houston and Detroit.
The socialist campaigning for President, Bernie Sanders, recently squirmed in liberal guilt over the issue of slavery in America. “As a nation, we have got to apologize for slavery” he said in a radio interview.
Slavery was an evil institution, no doubt about it. But it was not confined to America, as Bernie implied.
Slavery has been practically a universal institution throughout history and cultures until recently, yet liberals portray it as being uniquely American, all the better to bash the nation and bring it down for their political purposes: “America is so mean, here let me give you some free stuff from the government to make you feel better.”
Many liberal screeds against the US include a condemnation of slavery without mention that the practice existed in most places at the time of the colonies and lasted much later in many areas around the world.
An excellent resource on this matter is the scholar Thomas Sowell, who devoted a chapter on the universality of slavery in his 2006 book Black Rednecks and White Liberals.
Some kind soul has posted the audio version of the chapter on Youtube. It lasts over two hours, but the point about slavery ubiquity is made strongly in the first few minutes.
Here are the first few paragraphs, where the point is made in text.
Black Rednecks and White Liberals: The Real History of Slavery
Slavery was an evil of greater scope and magnitude than most people imagine and, as a result, its place in history is radically different from the way it is usually portrayed. Mention slavery and immediately the image that arises is that of Africans and their descendants enslaved by Europeans and their descendants in the Southern United States—or, at most, Africans enslaved by Europeans in the Western Hemisphere. No other historic horror is so narrowly construed. No one thinks of war, famine, or decimating epidemics in such localized terms. These are afflictions that have been suffered by the entire human race, all over the planet—and so was slavery. Had slavery been limited to one race in one country during three centuries, its tragedies would not have been one-tenth the magnitude that they were in fact.
Why this provincial view of a worldwide evil? Often it is those who are most critical of a “Eurocentric” view of the world who are most Eurocentric when it comes to the evils and failings of the human race. Why would anyone wish to arbitrarily understate an evil that plagued mankind for thousands of years, unless it was not this evil itself that was the real concern, but rather the present-day uses of that historic evil? Clearly, the ability to score ideological points against American society or Western civilization, or to induce guilt and thereby extract benefits from the white population today, are greatly enhanced by making enslavement appear to be a peculiarly American, or a peculiarly white, crime. Continue reading this article
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