The border situation is chaos on steroids, with thousands of unaccompanied kids and families streaming in from Central America, where they heard on television that kids are guaranteed amnesty tickets.
In the video clip below, documentary filmmaker Dennis Michael Lynch warns that the invasion is only beginning:
“It’s about to get worse. . . Entire villages are emptying out and coming from Central America through Mexico to the United States. They’ll be hitting in the next couple weeks. What you are seeing right now is the tip of the iceberg.”
Remember the Mariel Boatlift? That Democrat-created crisis transformed Miami from a nice American city into a crime-infused Cuban one, after Castro dumped his prison population on the US. And that humanitarian crisis brought only 125,000 Spanish-speaking foreigners.
The Daily Caller reports, “a leaked estimate by a top official in the Department of Homeland Security says the 12-month inflow will reach 90,000 by October, and then grow by another 142,000 in the next 12 months before October 2015.” That’s over 230,000, nearly a quarter million that the Democrats hope to dump on US taxpayers.
Remember when the Border Patrol defended America’s perimeter from murderous jihadists, Mexican gangsters, various criminals and job thieves from around the world?
Lately, not so much. The federal law enforcement officers have been forced into welcome wagon providers to alien women and children enticed to enter America illegally by being told that a kid was a guaranteed ticket to stay. So many illegal kids have arrived in south Texas that the feds have been transferring them to Arizona — just a little smackdown from the feds to the state that dared to enforce immigration itself.
“Welcome, future Democrats!”
And just what is the cause of the sudden surge for El Norte?
The governments of the poor Central American nations would probably be agreeable to thousands of their citizens leaving for the US, because the remittances might well be more than the taxes those people would pay. In Honduras, for example, 20 percent of the GDP comes from remittances.
Singapore is already one of the most densely populated nations on earth, with nearly 20,000 humans per square mile. Furthermore, companies prefer to hire cheap exploitable foreigners to replace qualified local people.
Where have we heard that before?
Anyway, the finance minister has announced that the government will lower the number of foreign workers to maintain social stability. (Funny how the “I” word — immigrants — doesn’t show up in this article.)
Let’s hope it happens, so we can observe a sensible immigration strategy that emphasizes the well being of citizens workers and the preservation of the national culture over saving a few nickels.
(Reuters) – Singapore is willing to accept slower growth as a trade-off for social stability as it aims to keep down the number of foreigners working in the city-state, Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam told Reuters.
Over the past decade, Singapore’s economy has expanded by a 6.4 percent annual average. Tharman said that he would be happy if Singapore grew 3 percent a year, as long as growth was driven mainly by gains in productivity.
“Three percent growth is good growth,” he said during an interview on Thursday.
High past growth has brought rising numbers of foreigners to work in wealthy Singapore, which in turn has spurred discontent among citizens angered by the strains put on infrastructure and services.
Between 2000 and 2013, Singapore’s population rose to 5.4 million from 4 million, with foreigners accounting for the bulk of the 35 percent increase.
Unhappiness about inflows of foreigners helped an opposition party gain ground in the 2011 general elections as the People’s Action Party, which has ruled Singapore since independence in 1965, won only 60 percent of votes, its worst showing to date. The next election must be held by January 2017.
Tharman, who is also a deputy prime minister, said the government accepts a slower growth rate as the cost of ensuring the country retains its national identity, combats over-crowding and keeps the ratio of foreign to local workers at around one-third.
NOT LIKE DUBAI
“We are never going to be Dubai, we are a country with a social ethos that we take very seriously,” the 57-year-old finance minister said.
In the dirtbag countries south of Mexico, broadcasters are telling people that NOW is the time for a run on the border and that a kid is the guaranteed ticket in.
The following story has a video within that starts out well enough explaining the media influence on the border surge but quickly devolves into a formulaic sob story about a cutesy six-year-old and her previously deported mom sniffling about wanting a future for her daughter.
McALLEN – Central Americans say news reports in their countries are encouraging them to make the journey north to the United States.
A mother and child told CHANNEL 5 NEWS that the message being disseminated in their country is, “go to America with your child, you won’t be turned away.”
The woman, Nora Griselda Bercian Diaz, from Guatemala, said she endured threats from the Zetas and extortion from corrupt Mexican police. She eventually crossed the Rio Grande with her 6-year-old Delmi Griselda Paul Bercian by her side.
The woman said she wants a U.S. education for her daughter.
“I want to study,” said the girl who hopes to one day become a doctor.
A CHANNEL 5 NEWS crew met the mother and daughter three hours after they crossed the border illegally. They were lost and searching for Border Patrol agents.
“I was planning to go to McAllen then call a friend for her to send me money on the bus,” Bercian Diaz said.
Bercian Diaz said she has no family in the United States. Her hope of staying here relies on her little girl. She said the message in her country is that America’s borders are open to all families.
Since temporary housing seems to be a problem, can’t Sheriff Arpaio set up a few more tents? When the 2013 sequester drama played out in illegals being released from prison, he offered free jail space to house the foreign pests.
Some people say they are shocked at the border chaos (“urgent humanitarian crisis” according to MSM), but it’s only Obama using his executive power to welcome future Democrats.
Retired INS Senior Special Agent Mike Cutler suggests that the thousands of unaccompanied illegal alien kiddies be reunited with their US-residing families and then ship the whole bunch home — family reunification done correctly!
The estimated tab for American taxpayers to provide welfare for illegal alien children from Latin America keeps rising and is now up to $2.3 billion next year.
Incidentally, opening the border to the world is likely to prove an irresistable magnet to jihadists and other enemies.
Naturally, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer fired off a sternly worded letter of complaint to the White House, but the squirrelly media loves to focus on the adorable kiddies and their parent-caused travails.
PHOENIX (KSAZ) – One day after Arizona Governor Jan Brewer fired off a letter to President Obama, concerned about dozens of undocumented immigrants being dropped off at a Phoenix bus station, another bus load of immigrants arrived.
Early Tuesday morning FOX 10 saw a bus load of people dropped off by a bus with Department of Homeland Security markings.
The Greyhound spokesperson said that Arizona is the only state they’re aware of that is getting bus loads of people.
The Greyhound bus station near 24th St & Buckeye has turned into a refuge for bus loads of immigrants being dropped off by DHS.
FOX 10 was told immigration officials are moving hundreds of undocumented workers caught in Texas who are from Central America to Arizona. DHS says they don’t have the manpower to process them all.
Volunteers dropped off Powerade, diapers, and toys for the kids.
“I’m a mother with small children, I can’t imagine how exhausted, tired, and scared the women are. So I just wanted to be able to help them in any way possible,” said Ella Herrington.
A spokesperson for Greyhound said that up until a couple of days ago they were not given any notice that large groups of people were being dropped off. They say this had never happened before.
“We do not have an agreement of any kind with ICE or the U.S. Border Patrol. We recently established protocol with them which they now will inform us going forward several hours in advance before dropping off large groups of people to ensure we have the resources to accommodate them once they arrive,” said Lanesha Gipson. Continue reading this article
When I was a child, I recall political discussions in my family about whether the Catholic candidate John Kennedy would follow the orders of the Vatican if elected President. My parents were great supporters of President Eisenhower, a Presbyterian, and were suspicious of a possible Pope influence in the White House.
These days, the influence of Catholic elites to subvert the American interest is not mentioned in polite company — although it clearly occurs with clerical demands for an amnesty for millions of foreign lawbreakers, many of whom are Catholic. The powerful Conference of Bishops has spent millions of dollars to lobby for amnesty against Americans.
A recent blatant example of the Catholic amnesty shakedown was a piece in Time saying Speaker Boehner “must decide between the social teaching of his faith and the political agenda of a fringe element of his party.”
Right, the Vaticrats regard the majority of citizens who want immigration to be a legal procedure to be “fringe.” In addition, the Tea Party is seen as part of that fringe and stands against the Gospel — that’s the imperious attitude of the know-it-all Catholic church.
The intimidation is strongly worded and sounds like a command from a superior: “If Speaker Boehner continues to balk on this crucial issue, he’ll face the uncomfortable reality of being in a public dispute with his Church.”
Catholic leaders are calling on House Speaker John Boehner to act swiftly on immigration reform
Three years ago Speaker of the House John Boehner received an honorary degree from the Catholic University of America, a prestigious religious institution that was founded and is still largely governed by the bishops of the United States. But the times have clearly changed.
Last week, the same bishops paid a visit to Capitol Hill to put more pressure on Speaker Boehner to pass comprehensive immigration reform this summer. This comes on the heels of a trip earlier this spring by the same bishops to the border town of Nogales, Arizona.
There Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley said that the bishops came on behalf of the Church in the United States “to be a neighbor and to find a neighbor in each of the suffering people who risk their lives and at times lose their lives in the desert.” Following his homily, Cardinal O’Malley and his brother bishops made a poignant gesture by reaching across the border fence to distribute communion to Mexicans on the other side.
Last week’s Mass and Capitol Hill visits were led by Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski. In his homily, Wenski had pointed words for lawmakers: “[o]ur immigration system is a stain on the soul of our nation. As a moral matter, it must be changed. We must pray that our elected officials recognize this and have the courage to reform it.”
Courage is exactly what the Speaker of the House needs right now. Nearly a year ago, the United States Senate passed a sweeping immigration reform bill. Boehner has said he won’t bring the bill to the House floor unless a majority of his Republican colleagues support it. But with nearly all Democrats supporting the bill, it’s clear that it would pass if it were brought to the floor for a vote. It’s widely known that Boehner personally supports immigration reform. In fact, earlier this year, he even went as far as to mock his fellow House Republicans who were afraid to take up the issues.
Make no mistake: Boehner’s opposition to the bill is purely political. He’s afraid that bringing up immigration reform will hurt his party in the fall elections and even hamper his own chances to be re-elected Speaker of the House. But recent polling suggests the former is unlikely.
If Speaker Boehner continues to balk on this crucial issue, he’ll face the uncomfortable reality of being in a public dispute with his Church. Educated by Jesuit and Marianist priests in Cincinnati, this is no small deal to the fifth Catholic elected United States Speaker of the House.
A national coalition of Catholic leaders calling on Speaker Boehner to act put it well: “[the current situation] is immoral and shameful. The eyes of our God — who hungers for justice and commands us to welcome the stranger and bind the wounds of those left by the side of the road — are on us. …As Catholics who share your commitment to the sanctity of life in the womb, we must not be complicit in the suffering of migrants dying in the shadows.
Speaker Boehner now must decide between the social teaching of his faith and the political agenda of a fringe element of his party. He doesn’t face this decision alone, however. If he stands up against the Tea Party and for the Gospel on this critical issue, he’ll find a Church who is willing to walk with him the entire way. That’s a team worth being on: after all, it is faith—not politics—that saves us in the end.
Christopher Hale is a senior fellow at Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good. He helped lead national Catholic outreach for President Obama’s re-election campaign. You can follow him on Twitter @chrisjollyhale.
Tuesday’s front page of the Los Angeles Times had one of its cloying diversity fables about immigrant and refugee kiddies making their way in confusing America, titled “Their goal: A level field.”
The story concerns how the diverse students at Oakland International High School have taken possession of a baseball diamond and turned it into a soccer field. The narrative is complicated somewhat by the fact that a parent group had raised $400,000 to turn the formerly empty lot into a proper baseball and they didn’t want the outfield messed up by soccer cleats. In 2007 the school district allowed the local group “Field of Dreams” to create and run the diamond.
But the immigrant kids wanted it because soccer defines “what we are,” different from the annoying Americans. They organized with social media, petitions and other lefty-style complaint strategies. Apparently they didn’t learn in school that agreements with a government entity and raising $400,000 to do improvements on a property are supposed to confer a degree of control.
An earlier article about the conflict was more detailed:
[. . .] The baseball field on their school grounds was built in 2008 by civic-minded parents who saw an abandoned field at a closed school that was perfect for a baseball field for Oakland Tech. They got approval to do it with their own money, $400,000 of it, and made it happen. They created a nonprofit called Field of Dreams and now raise $10,000 to $15,000 a year to maintain the field.
But at the same time the field opened, the school district decided to reopen the school site for newly arrived immigrants and refugees.
Since Oakland International opened, the soccer team at the school has been able to use the baseball field when the baseball team was not using it. But growing tensions this year over damage to the grass relegated them to an asphalt parking lot at the school.
“Because the Oakland International students look out the window and see that field every day, they feel it’s theirs, which is not the case,” said Oakland Tech varsity baseball coach Bryan Bassette. “It seems very opportunistic on their end to wait for it to be built and then stake a claim to it.”
Bassette said the soccer program at Oakland International High caused about $20,000 worth of damage this fall. They had nothing to offer to pay for the damage and did not offer to help during volunteer work days. [. . .]
The district allowed that the immigrants could use the field if they didn’t wear shoes with cleats. If you look closely at the front page photo, you can see cleats on one girl’s shoes.
Diversity means agreements don’t have to be followed by non-Americans, and citizens are supposed to shut up and take it.
Following is the article called “Their goal: A level field” in the newsprint version:
At a recent soccer practice at Oakland International High School, the boys welcomed Paulos Gurmu, a newcomer from Ethiopia. After hours of running on asphalt under a blazing sun, they sat in a circle to dole out “positivity points.”
A Burmese teen who’d immigrated from a Thai refugee camp gave a point to Paulos, for “playing a lot on his first day, passing a lot.”
At a girls’ game the next day, Fernanda Barrera, a 10th-grader from Guatemala, screamed her coaching advice to fellow players from the sidelines. “Relax, blue, and pass the ball,” she yelled in stilted English, referring to her team by its shirt color.
English is a new language at this public school for recently arrived immigrants from nearly three dozen countries. A third are refugees, many of whom have witnessed atrocities in their home countries. A fourth had received little or no formal education before landing here.
It’s a Tower of Babel where unity comes in part through Soccer Without Borders, a program that got its start at this 7-year-old campus and has since spread globally. Founder Ben Gucciardi crafted it precisely to help youths bond across cultural chasms and blossom as leaders in and out of the classroom.
Through soccer, Barrera said, we “make communication with people who are different from us.”
Now the soccer program is uniting students in unexpected ways.
Tired of practicing on broken asphalt or, when lucky, on grass at a nearby school or city park, players have joined forces with the student leadership club to press for a field of their own.
The issue is sticky for the Oakland Unified School District, which made an admitted blunder years ago when it allowed a parent group to take the field next to the fledgling school and transform it into a baseball diamond — for students from a high school a quarter-mile away.
The campaign is teaching democracy in action — with all the blemishes of clashing views and compromise — to many youths accustomed to authoritarian regimes
Bolor Erdenebat, a 17-year-old junior who arrived from Mongolia in early 2013, said that back home, she didn’t know the meaning of “human rights.”
As a member of the leadership club, she launched an online petition that has gathered more than 2,400 signatures.
Not all news reports of the assault on a nine-year-old girl mention that the hammer wielder and the victim are both recent immigrants from Yemen. The reason for the shocking violence that put the little girl in a hospital is chalked up to a “family feud” — was that enmity a tribal conflict imported from Yemen as well?
OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) — A third-grader was beaten with a hammer inside a local school restroom. The woman police say is responsible is another child’s mother and an old grudge may have been what fueled the attack.
The young girl was brought to the ER at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland but we’re told her injuries are not serious.
The school district says the girl may have had an argument with the woman’s daughter, but the motive behind the attack goes much deeper than that.
Parents at Lafayette Elementary School are finding out the mother of a second grade student attacked a little girl with a hammer, around 10:30 a.m. Friday.
“That is very scary. I mean if I was here and I see a lady with a hammer I would take my daughter out right way. So that’s scary to hear,” said parent Antoinette Badio.
However, Oakland Unified School District officials say the woman concealed the hammer until she lured the third grader into the restroom and struck her body several times. The girl was taken to Children’s Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Oakland school district spokesperson Troy Flynt said, “The child was conscious during this process and in remarkably good spirits considering the incredible trauma she’d been through.”
The school district identified the woman as Haseemah Diame, a well-known volunteer at the school. Both Diame and her victim are new immigrants from Yemen.
“It seems there was some sort of family feud and this act was perpetrated as one of vengeance to get back against this other family with which this other woman had a conflict,” Flynt said.
Diame is now in the Alameda County jail facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon.
Now we hear that the illegal aliens who got free bus service around America courtesy of the Border Patrol were displeased with the accommodations. Obviously Obama needs to decree more comfort and de luxe services for the invaders.
According to illegal aliens, America exists to serve them with jobs and free stuff. The citizens who live here are just furniture.
The Saturday morning business chatterboxes on Fox had an interesting discussion about how demands for a higher minimum wage will only drive employers to more use of automation. (A robot burger-flipper already exists that can produce 360 per hour, so businesses like McDonalds can reduce human employees whenever it wants.)
A shortage of low-cost labor in Asia is leading manufacturers to speed up the adoption of technology to automate their factories and to consider moving some operations back to the U.S. These U.S.-based digitally-equipped factories could increase productivity by using Big Data, software, sensors, controllers and robotics.
There are many advantages to this approach, said experts on a panel, Tuesday evening, at an event hosted by General Electric Co. in San Francisco. Goods will no longer need to be shipped around the world, lessening the impact to the environment. Fewer workers will be mistreated in far-flung factories and new U.S. businesses will emerge, they said. Still, some panelists acknowledged that as this automation spreads it could mean rising unemployment globally.
Today, there are fewer young workers available to work in factories in China. Not only has the population of young people declined but they’re increasingly going to college rather than working on assembly lines, according to Bloomberg Businessweek’s Christina Larson. From 2008 to 2010, the number of 18-year-olds in China dropped by one-fifth, she notes.
“We’re seeing a 30% drop in 19-year-olds in China for the next 10 years,” said Rodney Brooks, founder of Rethink Robotics, which makes humanoid robots that can work in factories alongside humans. Mr. Brooks also co-founded iRobot Corp., maker of the Roomba vacuum cleaning robot. Some of the factory jobs have moved to other countries in Asia such as Vietnam and Thailand but companies are running out of places with low-cost labor, he said.
“It seems to me the only thing we can do is to use technology to increase productivity of people in the U.S. and Europe,” said Mr. Brooks.
There’s still a great deal of factory work that can be automated. “Roughly 10% of the world’s workforce is employed sewing garments,” said Saul Griffith, co-founder and CEO of Otherlab, a research and development company working on computational manufacturing and design tools. The creation of airline blankets is one of the few sewing tasks that have been completely automated because the blankets are square, he said.
Even so, Mr. Griffith acknowledges the impact that automation has on jobs and workers. “We’re already seeing the widening gap between the rich and poor which is a result of having the capital to invest in automation,” he said.
Technology is hurting some groups disproportionately more than others, according to Erik Brynjolfsson, director of the MIT Center for Digital Business at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Those most at risk are unskilled and middle skilled workers. That applies not just to factory workers, but many so-called knowledge workers as well. “Routine information processing is in the bullseye of automation,” he said during an interview. “I think that’s only going to accelerate.”
He says society needs to encourage more education in areas where humans are still better than machines — such as leadership, motivating other people, and nurturing. People with these skills are “less likely to see their tasks automated,” he said.
Just when you think Loonidiversofornia has gone completely off the rails, it surprises you with an act of sanity. Who knew it was possible?
Due to complaints from citizens who take taxis in Sacramento, the city council unanimously passed an ordinance with requirements spelled out for cab drivers, particularly an ability to speak English. The city manager said the council has gotten one or two complaints a month from people who ended up at the wrong destinations because of failures of drivers to understand English.
A regulation that diverse drivers be expected to bathe at least occasionally was replaced with a stipulation that they dress professionally. In addition, drivers must drive cars under eight years old and accept credit cards, plus be able to count change and navigate the city.
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — New regulations passed by the Sacramento City Council will require taxi drivers in Sacramento to speak English.
Raheem doesn’t speak much English, but he says he’s good at his job driving a cab in Sacramento for years. He fears he may soon be out of a job.
The City Council passed new rules requiring drivers have proof of basic English skills, as well as making sure cars are eight years old or newer and that drivers wear professional clothing. The last requirement is a change from the proposed ordinance that required them to be hygienically clean.
Kazman Zaidi is the president of the Sacramento Taxicab Union, which denounced the new regulations.
“Maybe they can’t read English, but they can understand, and they can answer the question and where the customer need to go,” he said.
He estimates more than 100 of the 500 or so drivers in the area may not be able to pass the test, but says they are still good drivers.
“If they don’t pass this English test, they have to lose their job, you know?” he said. “And they will be out of business.”
Not all of the taxicab associations objected to the regulations.
As a result of Obama and Democrat pals chattering about an inevitable amnesty for all illegal aliens, there has been a huge rush on the border, including thousands of kids traveling by themselves which is a new symptom. Some of the kids hope to reach illegal alien parents residing in the US, while others are on their own. As a result, the cost of caring for so many is approaching billions of dollars, since illegal aliens get the best treatment that American taxpayers can be forced to cough up.
Naturally, the mainstream press piles on the sob stories thick. Why aren’t the home countries responsible for the well being and safety of their own children? Why is the US taxpayer the source of welfare for the planet?
If the Border Patrol cannot handle the daily invasion, then it’s time for troops on America’s perimeter to protect sovereignty and national security.
(Reuters) – Tens of thousands of children unaccompanied by parents or relatives are flooding across the southern U.S. border illegally, forcing the Obama administration and Congress to grapple with both a humanitarian crisis and a budget dilemma.
An estimated 60,000 such children will pour into the United States this year, according to the administration, up from about 6,000 in 2011. Now, Washington is trying to figure out how to pay for their food, housing and transportation once they are taken into custody.
The flow is expected to grow. The number of unaccompanied, undocumented immigrants who are under 18 will likely double in 2015 to nearly 130,000 and cost U.S. taxpayers $2 billion, up from $868 million this year, according to administration estimates.
The shortage of housing for these children, some as young as 3, has already become so acute that an emergency shelter at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, has been opened and can accommodate 1,000 of them, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said in an interview with Reuters.
The issue is an added source of tension between Democrats and Republicans, who disagree on how to rewrite immigration laws. With comprehensive legislation stalled, PresidentBarack Obama is looking at small, administrative steps he could take, which might be announced this summer. No details have been outlined but immigration groups are pressing him to take steps to keep families with children together.
The minors flooding over the border are often teenagers leaving behind poverty or violence in Mexico and other parts of Central America such as Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. They are sometimes seeking to reunite with a parent who is already in the United States, also without documentation. Continue reading this article
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