Foreigner Fantasy Run Off the Tracks

While mousing around earlier, I came across this bizarre pro-invasion item in Foreign Policy, celebrating the “contributions” that “migrants” make. The piece consists of 14 photos of foreigners dressed up in super-hero outfits, with the name of each and how much they regularly send home in remittances. Obviously the “contribution” is not to America, except to the exploitive employers who profit enormously from slave-cheap labor.

The opening includes a description of the photographer, who complains at length about the difficulty of being a “migrant.” She is clearly loyal to Mexico and Mexicans, indicated by how she uses the word “we.”

The Magnificent Migrants, Foreign Policy, by Dulce Pinzon, May 28, 2010

I was born in Mexico City in 1974. After college at the Universidad de las Americas in Mexico, I moved to New York to become a photographer in 1995. I’d grown up in a middle-class household; my dad owned a construction business. But after my savings ran out in New York, I had to do service work to get by: I worked as a waitress and a nanny, and realized how difficult it was to be an immigrant. Initially I had a student visa. Before I got my green card, I also had to go back and forth across the border every six months. It was a very humbling experience.

Meanwhile, I worked as an English teacher and a union organizer, helping Mexican immigrants with various issues, like landlord-tenant disputes. Through this work, I got to know many Latino workers in New York. I wanted to share their experiences, but not the story we usually hear, if we hear of them at all. In a sense, Latino workers in New York are hidden — hidden in kitchens, hidden inside houses. Most of the U.S. national news about immigration is very sad: bitter political disputes in Arizona, or images of desperate immigrants trying to cross the border. So much pain numbs you.

It is easy to overlook the practical contribution of immigrants to American society, as well as the enormous financial contribution they make in sending remittances home. A lot of Latino communities survive on that money; some say the sum of remittances even surpasses the income we get from selling oil, in the case on Mexico.

Photo below: ERNESTO MENDEZ from Mexico City works as a gigolo in Times Square New York. He sends home $200 a week.

Finally, a poster identified as WYCOFF made an interesting comment:

This pictoral seems to be trying to infantalize the Latino immigrants. It’s dressing them up in children’s costumes in order to make those opposed to illegal immigration look like bullies picking on child-like innocents. It touches on the weirdly paternalistic racial undertones that are inherent in the socially left-wing pro-illegal immigration arguments.

Watch Out for Somalis in South Texas

Apparently even far-off Somalia has heard that the US-Mexican border remains porous and is therefore a welcoming place for hostiles to enter. Somalis with unfriendly intent may have noticed how Obama assured Mexico’s Presidente Calderon that America is beyond all that national border stuff, while performing a pretend-enforcement tap dance (sending a handful of troops to be stationed at desks) to fool American voters.

Of interest on the Somali topic are the remarks of journalist Sara Carter, who is thorough and appears well connected to sources. She reported a few days ago about how the huge pool of Somali refugees in Yemen is a handy source of young snarly Muslims for terror recruiters:

Al Qaeda reaps recruits from Somali refugees in Yemen, Washington Examiner, May 25, 2010

Approximately 700,000 Somali refugees have made Yemen their home, and that population is expected to continue to grow in the face of the collapse of the East African nation, Yemeni and intelligence officials told The Washington Examiner. A significant number of those Somali refugees are believed to be members of Al-Shabaab Mujahideen, an Islamist insurgency group with strong ties to al Qaeda. […]

In April, The Examiner reported that 23 Somalis who entered Mexico illegally earlier in the year were believed headed for the U.S. after being released by Mexican authorities. Of the 23 Somalis, several were directly connected to Al-Shabaab, according to the law enforcement documents.

Intelligence suggested some were attempting to cross the southern border into the U.S. Intelligence officials say they have not been located.

Carter further suggested in the Tube below that American intelligence cannot rely on Mexican law enforcement as a helpful partner, with the release of the 23 Somalis cited as an example. Interestingly, she also noted that Mexican officials with whom she spoke are concerned that Presidente Calderon is too concerned with bashing Arizona and is not sufficiently focused on what is going on within Mexico.

Open-Borders Communists Harass Baseball Fans in the Capital of the Left Coast

On Saturday, I attended a San Francisco Giants home game with friends on a perfect evening for baseball by the Bay. The opposing team was the Diamondbacks, which attracted a couple hundred loud leftists to descend on the ballpark to march and shriek against border protection, in response to the tougher law recently passed in Arizona.

The photos I took, posted below, don’t begin to convey the headache-inducing decibel level of the obnoxious protesters.

Pink hair, tatts claiming counter-culture coolness, anti-sovereignty politics, demands/complaints in Spanish — yep, that covers it.

This fellow’s T-shirt celebrates the 40-year anniversary of Che Guevara’s death. Che was a popular symbol among this bunch.

It’s hard to imagine that Mexicans believe their dirtbag homeland to be a shining pueblo on a hill while they are struggling to escape it, but some do. Then-Presidente Vicente Fox remarked in 2006, “We are already a step ahead, having been born in Mexico. Imagine being born in the United States, oof!”

This guy pictured exhibits a historic swath of the Mexican supremacist/victim mentality — from Emilio Zapata (on the t-shirt, who is a figure from Mexico’s revolution) all the way to claiming PBS’ Dora the Explorer as a victim of police state brutality. If America is really Nazi Germany, then why would anyone want to raise their children here? Returning to gentle Mexico seems a no-brainer for persons with those beliefs. Instead, they demand to be given all the rights of citizenship.

Because this is San Francisco, expression of looniness is a given, such as the pink Stop Racism crown on this person.

Another day behind the lines, residing in post-America!

Rasmussen Poll: 2/3 of Voters Want the Military on the Border

Despite overwhelming public approval for Arizona’s tough immigration law, Obama looks like he intends to pursue a court challenge using the Justice Department. The man has an agenda, and protecting American sovereignty is not a part of it.

Speaking of support for an enforcement response, it is not going away:

67% Say Military Should Be Used On Border To Stop Illegal Immigration, Rasmussen Pollsters, May 28, 2010

Sixty-seven percent (67%) of U.S. voters say military troops should be sent to the Mexican border to prevent illegal immigration.  A new Rasmussen Reports nationwide telephone survey finds that just 18% are opposed and another 15% are not sure.

A majority of Democrats, Republicans, and unaffiliated voters all support the concept of using the troops to stop illegal immigration.

President Obama recently announced that he is sending troops to the Mexican border, but the stated purpose is to prevent the spread of drug-related violence.

The new survey also finds that just 26% of voters believe the U.S. Department of Justice should challenge the legality of Arizona’s new law in federal court. Fifty-six percent (56%) oppose such a challenge, and 18% more are not sure. Earlier polling found that most Americans trust the Arizona state leaders more than leaders in Washington, DC on the topic of immigration.

The Obama administration has been highly critical of Arizona’s new immigration law and is reportedly considering a variety of challenges to it.

A senior official at the Department of Homeland Security has said that it may not process illegal immigrants sent to them by Arizona authorities. Only 24% of voters support that approach while 55% disagree and believe Homeland Security should process the illegal immigrants arrested under the new law. One-in-five voters (20%) aren’t sure which course is best. […]

Fifty-eight percent (58%) of voters now favor passage of a law like Arizona’s in their own state, up slightly from 55% two weeks ago.  When asked specifically about the chief provision of the Arizona law, support is even higher. Sixty-nine percent (69%) of voters believe a police officer should be required to check the immigration status of anyone stopped for a traffic violation or violation of some other law if he suspects the person might be an illegal immigrant.

While most voters favor enforcement of laws against illegal immigrants, most also favor a welcoming immigration policy that excludes only “national security threats, criminals and those who would come here to live off our welfare system.”

Boston and Los Angeles were among the first to announce boycotts of Arizona, but 68% of Americans say it’s a bad idea for other cities or states to boycott Arizona over its new immigration law. Continue reading this article

More Domestic Terror Attacks Not Your Imagination

Does it seem like there are more acts of or attempts at terrorism in the United States by hostile Muslims in the last little while? Why yes, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

Perhaps Muslims see President Obama as either foolishly weak (with his silly outreach behavior) or regard him as one of them who won’t really mind the murder of infidels, per the Koran.

Terror Attacks Against U.S. At All-Time High, ABC News, May 26, 2010

The pace and number of attempted terror attacks against the U.S. over the past nine months has surpassed the number of attempts during any previous one-year period, according to an internal Department of Homeland Security report issued on Friday, May 21.

The report notes chillingly that while US officials “lack insights” they believe that “operatives are in the country and could advance plotting with little or no warning.”

The DHS “Intelligence Note,” a short, non-classified report, makes concrete the concerns of a number of homeland security experts who have discussed with ABC News the pace and nature of the individual attempts. The report notes that al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and the Pakistani Taliban have “expanded their focus” to include the United States.

Homeland Security and law enforcement officials interviewed by ABC News on the condition their names not be used are concerned that the pace will continue to ramp up and that increasingly the attackers will be difficult-to-detect homegrown extremists.

“Recent attempted attacks and plots in the United States progressed to an advanced stage largely because of these groups’ ability to use operatives that have access and familiarity with the U.S. and their employment of new and varied attack plans,” the three-page note concludes.

“Public statements highlighting group leaders’ intent to strike & and probable terrorist perception of success in challenging the U.S. even through failed attacks, suggest al Qaeda and associated groups will try to conduct operations in the United States with increased frequency.”

The attacks included the alleged May 1 attempt by Faisal Shahzad to detonate a car bomb in Times Square and the attempted Christmas Eve bombing of a Northwest Airlines Flight 253 by a suspect who managed to carry high powered explosives aboard the aircraft concealed in his underwear. In each attempt, U.S. intelligence failed to detect and prevent the attacks and it was only through failures in the construction of the improvised explosive devices that the attacks did not cause mass causalities.

See also CNN’s report: Document says number of attempted attacks on U.S. is at all-time high.

Mexico's Immigration Thuggery Remains Intact

When Presidente Calderon did his amnesty tour of Washington last week, he told CNN interviewer Wolf Blitzer that Mexico had cleaned up its act regarding treatment of foreign nationals within its borders.

The Situation Room, CNN, May 19, 2010

BLITZER: All right. Let’s talk a little bit about Mexico’s laws. I read an article in “The Washington Times” the other day. I’m going to read a paragraph to you and you tell me if this is true or not true. This is from “The Washington Times”: “Under the Mexican law, illegal immigration is a felony punishable by up to two years in prison. Immigrants who are deported and attempt to reenter can be imprisoned for 10 years. Visa violators can be sentenced to six year terms. Mexicans who help illegal immigrants are considered criminals.”

Is that true?

CALDERON: It was true, but it is not anymore. We derogate or we erased that part of the law. Actually, the legal immigration is not a — is not a crime in Mexico. Not anymore, since one year ago. And that is the reason why we are trying to establish our own comprehensive public policy talking about, for instance, immigrants coming from Central America… […]

BLITZER: So in other words, if somebody sneaks in from Nicaragua or some other country in Central America, through the southern border of Mexico, they wind up in Mexico, they can go get a job…

CALDERON: No, no.

BLITZER: They can work.

CALDERON: If — if somebody do that without permission, we send back — we send back them.

BLITZER: You find them and you send them back?

CALDERON: Yes. However, especially with the people of Guatemala, we are providing a new system in which any single citizen from Guatemala could be able to visit any single border (INAUDIBLE) in the south. And even with all the requirements, he can or she can visit any parts of Mexico.

BLITZER: I ask the questions because there’s an argument that people in Arizona and New Mexico and — and Texas, they say they’re only trying to do in their states what Mexico itself does in the southern part of Mexico.

CALDERON: I know. And that is a very powerful argument. But that is one of the reasons why we are trying to change our policy.

And let me be frank, Wolf. In the past, Mexican authorities were in a — in a — in an unfortunate way in the treatment for immigrants. But now we are changing the policy. We changed already the law. And that is different today. We are trying to write a new story, talking about immigrants, especially coming from Central American countries.

So Mexico supposedly made its immigration laws more humane as a way to not appear a complete hypocrite in comparison with America.

However…

It appears that the “reforms” Calderon claims for Mexico are imaginary, according to a recent report:

Activists blast Mexico’s immigration law, USA Today, May 25, 2010

TULTITLN, Mexico — Arizona’s new law forcing local police to take a greater role in enforcing immigration law has caused a lot of criticism from Mexico, the largest single source of illegal immigrants in the United States.

But in Mexico, illegal immigrants receive terrible treatment from corrupt Mexican authorities, say people involved in the system.

And Mexico has a law that is no different from Arizona’s that empowers local police to check the immigration documents of people suspected of not being in the country legally.

“There (in the United States), they’ll deport you,” Hector Vázquez, an illegal immigrant from Honduras, said as he rested in a makeshift camp with other migrants under a highway bridge in Tultitlán. “In Mexico they’ll probably let you go, but they’ll beat you up and steal everything you’ve got first.”

Mexican authorities have harshly criticized Arizona’s SB1070, a law that requires local police to check the status of persons suspected of being illegal immigrants. The law provides that a check be done in connection with another law enforcement event, such as a traffic stop, and also permits Arizona citizens to file lawsuits against local authorities for not fully enforcing immigration laws.

Mexico’s Foreign Ministry said the law “violates inalienable human rights” and Democrats in Congress applauded Mexican President Felipe Calderón’s criticisms of the law in a speech he gave on Capitol Hill last week.

Yet Mexico’s Arizona-style law requires local police to check IDs. And Mexican police freely engage in racial profiling and routinely harass Central American migrants, say immigration activists.

“The Mexican government should probably clean up its own house before looking at someone else’s,” said Melissa Vertíz, spokeswoman for the Fray Matías de Córdova Human Rights Center in Tapachula, Mexico. Continue reading this article

Obama's Border Band-aid of a Few Troops Won't Help

There are several important points in thee video below from Fox News reporting out of Douglas, Arizona, regarding how Obama’s deployment of 1200 National Guard troops to the border might work out. (By comparison, the plan of Senators McCain and Kyl called for 6,000 military personnel.)

One is the concern of locals that the National Guard won’t carry loaded weapons and will not be able to confront the dangerous drug gangsters now coming across. There is a shooting war going on in Mexico right now among the cartels and seriousness from Washington is required. A few soldiers for display purposes only will not create real deterrence.

Another consideration is that by placing a few troops on the border, Obama is signaling that NOW is the time for Mexicans et al to crash into the United States to get in on the mega-amnesty. Every time the he chats up Presidente Calderon, a surge of Mexicans breaks in.

Plus, a list of homelands shown of OTMs (Other Than Mexicans) contains various unfriendly nations, such as North Korea and Somalia.

Following is an example of a terror alert from today.

Feds Issue Terror Watch for the Texas/Mexico Border, Fox News, May 26, 2010

The Department of Homeland Security is alerting Texas authorities to be on the lookout for a suspected member of the Somalia-based Al Shabaab terrorist group who might be attempting to travel to the U.S. through Mexico, a security expert who has seen the memo tells FOXNews.com.

The warning follows an indictment unsealed this month in Texas federal court that accuses a Somali man in Texas of running a “large-scale smuggling enterprise” responsible for bringing hundreds of Somalis from Brazil through South America and eventually across the Mexican border. Many of the illegal immigrants, who court records say were given fake IDs, are alleged to have ties to other now-defunct Somalian terror organizations that have merged with active organizations like Al Shabaab, al-Barakat and Al-Ittihad Al-Islami.

In 2008, the U.S. government designated Al Shabaab a terrorist organization. Al Shabaab has said its priority is to impose Sharia, or Islamic law, on Somalia; the group has aligned itself with Al Qaeda and has made statements about its intent to harm the United States.

In recent years, American Somalis have been recruited by Al Shabaab to travel to Somalia, where they are often radicalized by more extremist or operational anti-American terror groups, which Al Shabaab supports. The recruiters coming through the Mexican border are the ones who could be the most dangerous, according to law enforcement officials.

Al Shabaab is a rough bunch inclined toward sharia law, as I noted in a blog, In Somalia, “Stoner” Has a Different Meaning.

Les Phillip: Retired Navy Pilot Runs for Congress in Alabama

So far, there are 32 black Republicans running for the House of Representatives.

Les Phillip, a Navy veteran, is campaigning in Alabama’s 5th district. His most recent ad tells quite a story in 30 seconds.

First Newark Schoolyard Trial Gets Conviction

The families of the three brutally murdered young people were satisfied and relieved that Roldolfo Godinez was found guilty. The trial was a long time coming since August 2007, when three college friends were slaughtered on a schoolyard by a group of MS-13 gangsters.

It is a good outcome in particular because the evidence linking Godinez to the actual murders was weak compared with the other accused. Yet he was found guilty on all 17 counts, including murder, felony murder, robbery and weapons violations.

Man Is Convicted in Newark School Murders, New York Times, May 24, 2010

NEWARK — In the first trial stemming from the shootings of four college-age friends in a schoolyard here nearly three years ago, a jury on Monday returned guilty verdicts for three murders and one attempted murder after less than a day of deliberations.

The jury in State Superior Court, in Newark, convicted Rodolfo Godinez, a 26-year-old gang member and native of Nicaragua, of all the charges facing him, including multiple counts of robbery, weapons charges and conspiracy. Each murder count carries a minimum penalty of 30 years to life in prison, and the sentences can be given consecutively.

“This man will never see the light of day,” the acting Essex County prosecutor, Robert D. Laurino, said.

As the jury foreman, a slender, middle-aged man, read the verdicts, several of the victims’ family members clutched one another, as some nearby wept silently. Shalga Hightower, the mother of one of the murder victims, Iofemi Hightower, shook visibly throughout the proceeding.

James Harvey, the father of another victim, Dashon Harvey, said afterward: “It’s truly a blessing from God. It’s to send a message to youth — ‘Do you really want to join a gang? This is what comes of it.’ ”

Mr. Harvey said it was gratifying to see Mr. Godinez “coming into court with a smirk on his face, and for us to have the last laugh.”

As the verdict was read, Mr. Godinez stared straight ahead impassively, his hands clasped in front of him, not turning to look at the jury. Judge Michael Ravin scheduled his sentencing for July 8.

Mr. Godinez’s lawyer, Roy Greenman, said, “Obviously, there will be an appeal on a number of grounds.” He declined to elaborate.

After three weeks of testimony, lawyers’ statements and instructions from the judge, the jurors began deliberations on Thursday afternoon. Judge Ravin gave them Friday off, and shortly after returning to court on Monday morning, they sent word that they had reached verdicts.

Prosecutors did not assert that Mr. Godinez, one of six defendants in the case, was the person who hacked at some of the victims with a machete, or the one who shot each of them, execution-style, in the back of the head with a .357-caliber Colt Trooper revolver. But they described him as a member and recruiter for the violent street gang to which the attackers belonged and as the one who summoned some of the others to the schoolyard on the night of Aug. 4, 2007, to instigate the attack.

Mr. Godinez came to the United States at age 9, probably illegally, and later gained legal residency, the authorities have said. At least one of the defendants is in this country illegally, and the status of another is unclear. Critics of United States immigration policy pointed to the schoolyard killings as evidence of a need for tougher enforcement.

At the time of the shootings, Mr. Godinez had been a fugitive for four years, after jumping bail on assault, robbery and weapons charges.

Interesting how the New York Times took pains to specify that Godinez was no longer illegal, “authorities have said.” More details would be welcome to make the claim more credible. And why was he given bail for violent crimes when he was a clear flight risk? Illegal aliens certainly live under a more permissive version of law enforcement than citizens.

The emotional high point of the trial came when the surviving victim, Natasha Aeriel, took the witness stand to describe the night when she, her brother Terrance Aeriel, Ms. Hightower and Mr. Harvey gathered behind the Mount Vernon elementary school to chat and listen to music. Ms. Aeriel recounted being sexually molested and slashed with a machete, hearing the shots that killed her brother and friends, and then being shot herself.

Troy Bradshaw, the Aeriels’ father, said after the verdict, “It’s still heavy on my heart.” He added that he had immense pride in his daughter, who might have to testify five more times.

That’s right. The families have endured one trial with five more to go. At least they have their faith and each other to lean on for emotional support.

Below, family members remarked on the verdict.

James Harvey with his wife Mary by his side reacts to Godinez verdict

Stop Sharia: the Poem

Look quickly: this video is rapidly disappearing from the internet. The images and words supporting justice for women living under totalitarian Islam (is there another kind?) has angered the Sons of Allah, who are complaining loudly about the video’s honesty. It’s only a couple minutes, but contains much truth about the suffering of innocents under Islam.

Stop Sharia Law Now (Mirror for Nessrriinn):

Lt. Colonel Allen West Discusses Immigration

The Florida candidate for the House of Representatives speaks to local citizens about border and sovereignty in Jupiter, Florida.

Dangerous Mexican Criminal Was Deported 9 Times (but Never Imprisoned)

What kind of punishment is it when violent criminal aliens are merely deported rather than imprisoned? They have no motivation to stay in Mexico when there is no negative reinforcement, merely a free trip home.

Those who commit crimes need to serve long terms in jail, breaking rocks into tiny little pieces, and be repatriated only following serious incarceration.

Investigators: Edmonds rape suspect deported nine times, KING 5 News, May 21, 2010

EDMONDS, Wash. – The KING 5 Investigators have learned that an illegal immigrant accused of raping a woman in Edmonds Sunday has been deported nine times. That’s much more than previously reported.

Immigrations and Customs Enforcement won’t comment on the case of Jose Lopez Madrigal. But KING 5 got the information through confidential sources and documents.

Larry Klein was the man who heard the alleged victim’s cries for help. Police say the suspect pulled the woman off the street to a dumpster and raped her.

“I could see the back of his head. I could see his pants were down. I could see her lying on the ground. I could hear her crying, but I couldn’t really see her face,” said Klein.

Klein called police, who quickly arrested the suspect. But learning his identity took much longer because of some 30 aliases. It was only through fingerprints that they identified him as Madrigal, a Mexican citizen.

Madrigal’s arrest and immigration record includes a staggering number of contacts with law enforcement since 1989. That’s the year he was convicted of theft using a firearm in California.

He was deported a couple of times after that. Then in 1999, he was arrested for drug sales in both San Diego and San Francisco. Records show that he was deported three times that year between April and August.

He was arrested for drugs again in Stockton, Calif. in 2000. In 2002, he pleaded to third degree sexual assault in Denver. Later that year, he was deported again. And in 2003, records show he was deported three more times.

The video report includes the perp’s rap sheet, which is long and varied. Several crimes were committed in California, so why didn’t Three Strikes put him away for 25 to life? The guy is trouble and should have been punished by long imprisonment, not just deported.

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