Staten Island Mexicans Gripe about Diverse Muggings

In the New York borough of Staten Island, Mexicans residing there now complain about attacks by black assailants, who must not have received the memo that diversity is our strength.

Interestingly, the Associated Press story has a semi-explanatory headline, and the race of the accused perps doesn’t occur until the third paragraph.

A little further along, the reporter states, “the immigration debate plays out in suspicion of outsiders and sometimes escalates into violence” as if there were no real problems caused by the Mexican invasion, which has come rapidly to the area. Mere discussion is assumed to cause the dread xenophobia.

Attacks against Mexicans inflame tensions in NYC, AP, August 16, 2010

When Rodolfo Olmedo was dragged down by a group of men shouting anti-Mexican epithets and bashed over the head with a wooden stick on the street outside his home, he instinctively covered his face to keep from getting disfigured. Blood filled his mouth.

“I wanted to scream, but I couldn’t because of the beating they were giving me,” said the 25-year-old baker. Nearly five months later, he is still taking pain medications for his head injuries.

Recorded by a store’s surveillance camera, the assault was the first of 11 suspected anti-Hispanic bias attacks in a Staten Island neighborhood, re-igniting years-old tensions between blacks and Hispanics in New York City’s most remote borough.

Residents of Port Richmond — where an influx of newcomers from Latin America over the past decade has transformed the community — alternately blame the attacks on the economy, unemployment and the debate over Arizona’s immigration law.

And although most of the suspects were described as young black men and investigated for bias crimes, a grand jury has indicted only one of seven people arrested on a hate-crime charge.

But Isaias Lozano, a day laborer, said he knows why he was attacked and robbed in December by “morenos” — the Spanish word he uses to describe his black neighbors.

“They hate us because we’re Mexicans,” he said while sitting at El Centro del Inmigrante, a center for immigrant day workers. “They aren’t robbing just anybody.”

Across the United States, the immigration debate plays out in suspicion of outsiders and sometimes escalates into violence. Port Richmond, tucked in a corner of New York City that most visitors never see, is wrestling with the perennial question of how people from different backgrounds can live together and get along.

Some community leaders here blame the attacks on hoodlums preying on day laborers, who are perceived as easy targets because they often carry cash home from work. Others say the Arizona law is stirring up a climate of intolerance, even these thousands of miles away.

“It’s a cascading effect,” said the Rev. Terry Troia, a board member of El Centro del Inmigrante. “There are negative impulses being put out there both nationally and locally. People on the fringe catch a piece of that, and they are acting on it.”

Some of Port Richmond’s black residents assert that newcomers’ presence touches a nerve. Mike Mason, 47, a teacher who works in New Jersey, said the arrival of Mexican immigrants had changed the texture of the community.

“America has got to do something as far as immigration goes,” he said. “In the morning you can see the streets lined with undocumented workers … That’s always in the back of people’s minds.”

Staten Island is a relatively isolated, suburban-like borough of New York City. It is home to nearly 500,000 people, most of whom live in detached homes instead of apartments, need cars to get around and a ferry to get across New York Harbor to Manhattan.

Between 2000 and 2008, the number of Hispanics living on the island grew roughly 40 percent, according to Census bureau statistics analyzed by City University of New York’s Latino Data Project, with much of that growth coming from the Mexican community.

Many of those began to coalesce around the Port Richmond neighborhood, which had long been predominantly black and low-income. The neighborhood’s main commercial thoroughfare, once marked by empty storefronts, suddenly came alive with Mexican businesses selling pinatas, bars playing Spanish-language heavy metal, and grocers stocking chilies and tomatillos. The neighborhood developed a new nickname: “Little Mexico.”

Later in the article, some black residents said that bias was not the main impulse for the attacks. Whatever the truth about motive, diversity as an uber-value has come in for a battering on Staten Island.

Cheryl Green Murder Trial Starts in Los Angeles

Justice is supposed to be swift, but it usually isn’t in the real world. These days, years normally pass between the commission of a crime and the trial of the accused. In the passing years, families have tried to return to some sort of normalcy after the loss of a loved one, only to have the scab ripped off when the events are cruelly recounted in the courtroom. That scenario is happening now in Los Angeles in the trial of a shocking murder.

Fourteen-year-old Cheryl Green (pictured) was shot and killed December 16, 2006, near her home in LA. The crime appears to be one of the many murders committed by hispanic gang members against random black citizens in a program of ethnic cleansing in the city. The trial of Cheryl Green’s accused killer has just begun.

Racial hatred blamed in girl’s slaying in Harbor Gateway area, LA Times, August 14, 2010

One moment, it was an idyllic December afternoon with a group of young people hanging out in the driveway, one young man showing his 6-year-old cousin how to play Tetris on a cellphone.

In the next, a gunman walked up and began firing into the crowd, sending people screaming and running, leaving a 14-year-old girl dead and others injured.

What led to the 2006 death of Cheryl Green was not a calculated crime but an indiscriminate racial hatred that has long plagued a narrow strip of Los Angeles squeezed between Torrance and Carson, known as the Harbor Gateway area, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

In opening statements in the trial of two Latino gang members charged in the murders of Cheryl Green and a potential witness, prosecutors described the racially charged environment of the Harbor Gateway area that led to the girl’s death. The slaying sparked outrage and highlighted long-standing black-Latino tensions in the neighborhood.

It was a world in which intimidating and killing blacks was a “full-time enterprise” for powerful Latino gangs, and walls covered in graffiti with racial epithets made it abundantly clear that blacks were not welcome in the area, Deputy Dist. Atty. Gretchen Ford told jurors.

Jonathan Fajardo, now 22, faces the death penalty if convicted of Green’s murder. Fajardo and a second defendant, Daniel Aguilar, 23, are also accused in the stabbing death of a potential witness, a fellow gang member whom they suspected of talking to the police shortly after the shooting. Aguilar is not charged in Green’s killing.

Ford said the chain of events began with a black man driving up in an SUV to a market in the area that members of the 204th Street gang frequented. When Fajardo and others approached the car, the man flashed a gun, and the gang members, who were unarmed, fled. […]

Green’s mother, Charlene Lovett, sat in the audience with other family members and sobbed upon hearing the scene of her daughter’s death described.

“It’s something that a mother should never have to envision in their mind, their child getting killed,” she later said outside court. “It’s horrible.”

Murder Victim’s Family Presses for Immigration Enforcement

The family of 14-year-old Shatavia Anderson, who was murdered by an illegal alien, are angry at the lackadaisical border control that made the killing possible.

Slain girl’s family demands immigration crackdown, Houston Chronicle, August 13, 2010

Family members of a teen gunned down last week railed against America’s immigration policy on Friday after learning one of the suspected gunmen was in the country illegally.

Melvin Alvarado, 22, and Jonathan Lopez-Torres, 18, have been charged with capital murder in the Aug. 7 shooting death of 14-year-old Shatavia Anderson.

Immigration officials have said Alvarado was deported in April 2008 and again in May 2009.

Shatavia’s uncle, Joe Lambert, said the country’s policy on immigration is “a big problem.”

“It’s really senseless, what happened to my niece, and I do not like it.” Lambert said. “They’re starting to come over here and they can do whatever they want. What you’re doing is giving them a green light telling them, ‘Hey, you can do whatever you want.’ ”

Lopez-Torres is a lawful permanent resident from Honduras.

The two men appeared Friday in court, where relatives of Anderson donned memorial T-shirts and called for tougher enforcement of immigration laws.

“I would like to see what they’re doing in Arizona done here,” Lambert said, referring to recent laws targeting illegal immigration in the Grand Canyon state.

Obama Supports Ground Zero Mosque

We already know of Barack Hussein Obama’s fondness for all things Islamic, following in the footsteps of his beloved father and reflecting the President’s formative years spent in Indonesia where he practiced Islam as a boy.

But he took the occasion of his White House Ramadan dinner to voice strong approval for the Ground Zero mosque after earlier calling it a local matter.

Obama backs mosque near ground zero, AP, August 13, 2010

President Barack Obama on Friday forcefully endorsed allowing a mosque near ground zero, saying the country’s founding principles demanded no less.

“As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country,” Obama said, weighing in for the first time on a controversy that has riven New York City and the nation.

“That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances,” he said. “This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable.”

Obama made the comments at an annual dinner in the White House State Dining Room celebrating the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

The White House had not previously taken a stand on the mosque, which would be part of a $100 million Islamic center two blocks from where nearly 3,000 people perished when hijacked jetliners slammed into the World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001. Press secretary Robert Gibbs had insisted it was a local matter.

It was already much more than that, sparking debate around the country as top Republicans including Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich announced their opposition. So did the Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish civil rights group.

Obama elevated it to a presidential issue Friday without equivocation.

While insisting that the place where the twin towers once stood was indeed “hallowed ground,” Obama said that the proper way to honor it was to apply American values.

“Our capacity to show not merely tolerance, but respect towards those who are different from us — and that way of life, that quintessentially American creed, stands in stark contrast to the nihilism of those who attacked us on that September morning, and who continue to plot against us today,” he said.

Obama harkened back to earlier times when the building of synagogues or Catholic churches also met with opposition. “But time and again, the American people have demonstrated that we can work through these issues, and stay true to our core values and emerge stronger for it,” he said. “So it must be and will be today.”

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an independent who has been a strong supporter of the mosque, welcomed Obama’s words as a “clarion defense of the freedom of religion.”

But some Republicans were quick to pounce.

“President Obama is wrong,” said Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y. “It is insensitive and uncaring for the Muslim community to build a mosque in the shadow of ground zero. While the Muslim community has the right to build the mosque they are abusing that right by needlessly offending so many people who have suffered so much.”

Entering the highly charged election-year debate, Obama surely knew that his words would not only make headlines but be heard by Muslims worldwide. The president has made it a point to reach out to the global Muslim community, and the over 100 guests at Friday’s dinner included ambassadors and officials from numerous Muslim nations, including Saudi Arabia and Indonesia. Seated around candlelit tables, they listened closely as Obama spoke, then stood and applauded when the president finished his remarks.

While his pronouncement concerning the mosque might find favor in the Muslim world, Obama’s stance runs counter to the opinions of the majority of Americans, according to polls. A CNN/Opinion Research poll released this week found that nearly 70 percent of Americans opposed the mosque plan while just 29 percent approved. A number of Democratic politicians have shied away from the controversy.

The question has never been about religious freedom, specifically whether Imam Rauf and his cronies have the right to build a mosque near Ground Zero: they clearly do.

The issue is how a group which claims to have healing and building inter-faith bridges as its goals could possibly be taken seriously when so many people object.

And a big question is where $100 million to build the thing is coming from.

The President is still in dreamland about Islam if he thinks that his personal charm can reverse its long war of 1400 years standing against the West. His Islo-pandering Cairo speech did not turn any jihadists away from killing for Islam, as the Koran dictates. And he does appear concerned with the views of Muslims, while rejecting American opinion, which opposes the structure.

Without question, the man is stunningly anti-American, who only became President by hiding his true nature. His campaign was one big lie. Around the time of his Cairo speech, he called America “one of the largest Muslim countries in the world”. That characterization is inaccurate to the point of stupidity — one reasonable estimate puts the US at #34 in Muslim population — but may express Obama’s desire for an Islamic future.

His Iftar speech treated Islam as if it had always been a part of America instead of a recent interloper [text]:

And tonight, we are reminded that Ramadan is a celebration of a faith known for great diversity.  And Ramadan is a reminder that Islam has always been a part of America.  The first Muslim ambassador to the United States, from Tunisia, was hosted by President Jefferson, who arranged a sunset dinner for his guest because it was Ramadan —- making it the first known iftar at the White House, more than 200 years ago.  (Applause.)

Like so many other immigrants, generations of Muslims came to forge their future here.  They became farmers and merchants, worked in mills and factories.  They helped lay the railroads.  They helped to build America.  They founded the first Islamic center in New York City in the 1890s.  They built America’s first mosque on the prairie of North Dakota.  And perhaps the oldest surviving mosque in America —- still in use today —- is in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

In fact, Thomas Jefferson is better remembered for dispatching the Navy to battle the Islamic Barbary Pirates in the country’s first anti-terror campaign. But Obama prefers a fantasy history of Muslims in America.

Watch for yourself to see the President’s remarks:

Napolitano: Enough Enforcement Already; Time to Amnesty Future Democrats

We knew what was coming, that a minuscule pretense of border protection would prompt immediate demands from the Obamatrons for rewarding lawbreakers. The ink was barely dry on the new, rather sparse border spending legislation before Homeland Security boss Janet Napolitano piped up for the big amnesty enchilada.

And the enforcement ducks aren’t in line by a long shot.

A small fraction (1200) of the recommended number (6000) of National Guard troops promised for August 1 are going to arrive somewhat later than that. Plus a few hundred million dollars for border security is small change in a town where nothing important goes for less than billions. Washington is sending Mexico $1.4 billion for its interior law enforcement, in one example of government priorities.

About those National Guard troops, 470 have received their orders and will be trained for border duty, and the remainder will arrive in 60 to 90 days (Guard troops receive orders, training for border duty, August 12, 2010, There’s no rush to defend America’s dangerously open perimeter, that’s for sure.

Napolitano: Now with ‘enough’ border resources, time to reform, Washington Times, August 13, 2010

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Friday said the administration has “enough” resources to secure the border now that President Obama signed into law a $600 million border security spending bill, and she said Congress must now act on the rest of immigration.

“This is what we asked for. And of course, what we asked for was what we thought would be enough,” Ms. Napolitano told reporters at the White House, hours after she joined Mr. Obama as he signed the bipartisan bill.

The law provides for 1,000 new U.S. Border Patrol agents, hundreds of border inspectors and interior enforcement personnel and two new aerial drones to patrol the remote Southwest.

Although it will take about eight months for the new agents to be hired and trained, Ms. Napolitano said the border is already secure enough that it should not be used by critics to “preclude discussions about immigration reform.”

“Sometimes I hear ‘securing the border’ and the goalpost just keeps moving — well, we’ve done this,” Ms. Napolitano said, echoing statements by Mr. Obama that it’s now time for a comprehensive bill that would provide illegal immigrants a pathway to legalization.

But border state lawmakers, while welcoming the additional resources, said it’s not enough. On Thursday, Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, Arizona Democrat, said Washington “still doesn’t truly understand the threats we face” in border states.

“I will keep saying it until they hear me – while this is a valuable first step towards protecting folks in the Southwest, it will take much more to make up for years of failed policies along the border,” she said.

Mr. Obama earlier this year endorsed a general framework for a bill and made a speech calling for action, but he is leaving the details to Capitol Hill. He and other Democrats have said the ball is in Republicans’ court, noting that several GOP lawmakers who were key to immigration reform in the past are now no longer supportive of a similar measure.

Below, the White House signing ceremony of the Southwest Border Security Bill was decidedly low key.

Refugee Kiddies Get a Preview of American School… Plus a Little More

The article excerpted below shows the usual media sympathy for the cultural difficulties refugee kids face in adjusting to American schools. The subject is a sort of preview school set up in Brooklyn to help them with stress-free practice sessions (no loud sirens), called the Refugee Youth Summer Academy.

Naturally there is no mention of enormous joblessness among adult refugees, which would distract from the earnest tone of the discussion.

Refugees prepare for next challenge: School in US, AP, August 12, 2010

For their first fire drill, students at the Refugee Youth Summer Academy trooped out of the building behind their teachers. All that was missing were the sirens.

The blaring alarms had been muted, for fear they could trigger terror in children who recently arrived from war zones and other conflict areas. The silent fire drill was part of the balancing act for staff at the six-week program that helps youngsters who have survived wars and refugee camps prepare for a new experience — American public school.

For some of the kids, formal education has been haphazard or nonexistent, said Elizabeth Demchak, principal of the school, run by the International Rescue Committee, which works with refugees and asylum-seekers.

For others, school consisted of sitting and taking notes surrounded by dozens of others with a teacher reciting a lecture. Preparing them means helping them learn how to go to school along with what they learn there.

Not much out of the same-old do-gooder tapdance so far. However, my BS detector popped up when I saw the photo below with the cut line explaining the subject being taught to quite young children: social justice.

Aren’t the Marxists trolling a bit young these days? And what do eight-year-olds (I’m guessing from the picture) learn about social justice anyway? When to phone the ACLU about suing your teacher? Why the American people who generously welcomed you are actually slavering racists? How to major in the ever-useful ethnic studies in college?

I would love to be a fly on the wall.

[ORIGINAL CAPTION] In this Aug. 3, 2010 photo, Hector Estrada, top center, who teaches social justice in a theater setting at the Refugee Youth Academy, address a group of immigrant students at the academy in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The Refugee Youth Academy is a six-week program run by the International Rescue Committee that tries to help refugee parents and children get familiar with what American school is all about.

Crime Victim Dad Tells His Story about Open Borders’ Terrible Cost

Thanks to Ray Tranchant for speaking out as the father of teenager killed in a crash caused by an illegal alien. The public hears too little about the crime victims of unlawful foreigners; the liberal press prefers to swoon over foreign perps and their sufferings in pursuit of a “better life” rather than consider the human tragedies caused by open borders.

The Obama administration insists that it is prioritizing its immigration enforcement to go after the dangerous foreigners first, which sounds reasonable enough. But the August 1 death of Sister Denise Mosier from a crash with a previously arrested drunk-driving illegal alien showed the system is still as criminal-friendly as ever.

The accused killer, Bolivian Carlos Montano, had earlier been handed over to ICE for deportation (twice!) but instead was released onto American streets. He had spent 20 days in jail for two drunk-driving convictions, so was clearly a bad crash waiting to happen. An obviously dangerous illegal alien was released with deadly consequences.

It’s a tale of malfeasance that is all too familiar to Ray Tranchant: Alfredo Ramos, the alien later found guilty of killing Tessa Tranchant and her friend Alison Kunhardt, had been convicted twice of alcohol-related crimes but was not deported.

After My Daughter’s Death — A Father’s View of the Immigration Debate, By Ray Tranchant, Fox News, August 11, 2010

My 16-year-old daughter, Tessa, was killed by an illegal immigrant in Virginia Beach three years ago while sitting at a stop light. Her friend Ali Kunhardt, 17, also perished instantly. […]

Alfredo Ramos, a previous DUI offender and alcoholic, seemed invisible in a system that was good at looking the other way. Virginia Beach and Chesapeake were being accused of being “sanctuary cities” as Bill O’Reilly and Geraldo Rivera screamed at each other during the national news hour. O’Reilly was right.

I know what sanctuary means more than most ever will.

Ramos was actually smug at the trial and took his lumps: 40 years in prison. There was nothing I could do but forgive him; forgiveness cleanses the soul. He was an uneducated foreigner patronized by local merchants who needed cheap labor.

Hundreds of thousands of illegals in Virginia do the same. We don’t share a border with Mexico, so the awareness here isn’t as great as Arizona or California.

But the dilemma in Arizona is more important to Virginians than it seems. Last Monday, Sister Denise Mosier was killed in Prince William County. An illegal immigrant from Bolivia with two previous drunken-driving convictions is charged with killing her and critically injuring two other nuns while driving drunk.

As with me, her friends say they have forgiven him and hold no grudges.

Later in the week, in response to this tragedy, the Secretary of Homeland Security said she would get to the bottom of why the illegals are not deported when they are repeat offenders.

Here’s what I would like to tell the Secretary: Ms. Napolitano, ICE was not there in 2007 when my daughter and her friend died. And, though ICE picked up the man who hit Sister Mosier, he wasn’t kept in custody and was sent back out the streets.

This problem is not new.

We know it’s not the people but the system that fails Americans again and again. There have been hundreds of similar stories in America since Tess and Ali died.

Rep. Luis Gutierrez from Illinois reminded me personally in a Congressional hearing that the solution lies with a comprehensive plan that includes amnesty. After all, he said, “they pick your grapes, clean your hotels and are then victimized.” Luis should worry about protecting U.S. Hispanics and instead of counting on prospective Hispanic votes.

But waving a magic wand over 12 million people will not solve this immigration problem. It worries me that we would even consider giving foreigners legal rights to Social Security, health care and school in a time of $14 trillion dollar deficits.

Consider that when 12 million get citizenship, 10 million of their relatives will migrate legally. Of course citizenship will make them pay into the system, but the amount won’t be realized for many years.

I don’t believe the current system can process this many people and verify that some are not criminals or terrorists, let alone pay benefits to new Americans.

No-Go Zones Are Noted

Young Muslims continue their violent behavior across Europe. However the media appear shy about saying directly that significant numbers of Muslim immigrants are barbaric thugs, pursuing sharia through rioting and anarchy.

Vlad Tepes blog posted a TV news report from Berlin, where police are struggling to maintain order in certain areas with high levels of diversity. The talking head burbled through a disconnected introduction comparing American ghetto crime to current civil unrest in Germany where police cannot easily enter some immigrant neighborhoods. Interestingly, “no-go area” is the phrase used in German.

“There were always major problems with Arab youth,” reported one officer.

Another described miscreants who declared, “This is mine, this is our area. German police have nothing at all to decide here. Go away already, we’ll deal with things between us.” (Muslims don’t recognize German law because they want a worldwide caliphate ruled by sharia.)

One thing that should be learned from Islamic sociology is that the larger the percentage of Muslims in a non-Islamic society, the worse the level of Islo-anarchy.

A 2009 report from Germany showed in more detail how hostile “youth” target police to injure or kill.

Given the Europeans’ disastrous experience with Muslim immigration, a prudent nation would realize the danger of importing historic enemies and end the practice. Wouldn’t it?

Muslim Opposes Ground Zero Mosque for the Right Reasons

I tend to believe that most of the so-called “moderate Muslims” offering public opinions are really jihadists once you scrape the taqiyya off and get to the inner Islamist core. (It’s considered moral to lie in the cause of advancing Islam, which makes communication with Muslims rather tricky.)

A few women Muslims have struck me as genuine however, like Nonie Darwish, which is not surprising since they have more to lose in a world where more societies are ruled by sharia.

Raheel Raza appeared on O’Reilly on Monday and had sensible things to say about the Ground Zero mosque. Could she have been serious? Possibly.

Here’s more from the same person.

Mischief in Manhattan, Ottawa Citizen, by Raheel Raza and Tarek Fatah, August 9, 2010

Last week, a journalist who writes for the North Country Times, a small newspaper in Southern California, sent us an e-mail titled “Help.” He couldn’t understand why an Islamic Centre in an area where Adam Gadahn, Osama bin Laden’s American spokesman came from, and that was home to three of the 911 terrorists, was looking to expand.

The man has a very valid point, which leads to the ongoing debate about building a Mosque at Ground Zero in New York. When we try to understand the reasoning behind building a mosque at the epicentre of the worst-ever attack on the U.S., we wonder why its proponents don’t build a monument to those who died in the attack?

New York currently boasts at least 30 mosques so it’s not as if there is pressing need to find space for worshippers. The fact we Muslims know the idea behind the Ground Zero mosque is meant to be a deliberate provocation to thumb our noses at the infidel. The proposal has been made in bad faith and in Islamic parlance, such an act is referred to as “Fitna,” meaning “mischief-making” that is clearly forbidden in the Koran. […]

If this mosque does get built, it will forever be a lightning rod for those who have little room for Muslims or Islam in the U.S. We simply cannot understand why on Earth the traditional leadership of America’s Muslims would not realize their folly and back out in an act of goodwill.

As for those teary-eyed, bleeding-heart liberals such as New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and much of the media, who are blind to the Islamist agenda in North America, we understand their goodwill.

Unfortunately for us, their stand is based on ignorance and guilt, and they will never in their lives have to face the tyranny of Islamism that targets, kills and maims Muslims worldwide, and is using liberalism itself to destroy liberal secular democratic societies from within.

Minnesota Somali al-Shebaab Trial Gearing Up

Up in the north country, the court system is creeping along at its usual pace to bring Somali terror supporters to trial. On Monday, two bagged ladies pleaded not guilty to passing the turban to raise funds for the particularly bloodthirsty fellows in the al-Shebaab bunch. (Shebaabers in Somalia helpfully purify Islam by stoning adulterers to death and executing soccer fans.

So the trial provides an interesting window into Somali diversity as it is practiced in America (where Washington has welcomed over 83,000 refugees from that locale in the last 25 years, according to Refugee Resettlement Watch).

Rochester, Minn. Women Plead Not Guilty to Supporting Somali Terrorists, Fox Twin Cities, August 9, 2010

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Two women from Rochester, Minnesota pleaded not guilty Monday to federal charges of supporting the Somali terrorist group al-Shabaab.

Amina Farah Ali and Hawo Mohamed Hassan entered their pleas before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Keyes in St. Paul, Minn. Keyes set a trial date of Oct. 12, but prosecutors told him that may change.

Ali and Hassan were among 14 people named in indictments unsealed last week. They are accused of being part of what U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder called ”a deadly pipeline” of money and fighters from the U.S. to Somalia.

The indictment alleges women and others went door-to-door in Minneapolis, Rochester and elsewhere in the U.S. and Canada to raise funds for al-Shabaab’s operations in Somalia. The indictment says the women raised the money under false pretenses, claiming it would go to the poor and needy, and used fake names for recipients to conceal that the money was going to al-Shabaab.

The indictment alleges Ali and Hassan also raised money by making direct appeals to people in teleconferences “in which they and other speakers encouraged financial contributions to support violent jihad in Somalia.”

During one teleconference, the indictment says, Ali told others “to forget about the other charities” and focus on “the Jihad.”

Local news (WCCO) had a pretty informative piece about the case:

Americans Recognize the Mosque Threat

The New York Times recently took a snooty look at heartland Americans who object to mosques being constructed in their communities:

Across Nation, Mosque Projects Meet Opposition, New York Times, August 7, 2010
While a high-profile battle rages over a mosque near ground zero in Manhattan, heated confrontations have also broken out in communities across the country where mosques are proposed for far less hallowed locations.

In Murfreesboro, Tenn., Republican candidates have denounced plans for a large Muslim center proposed near a subdivision, and hundreds of protesters have turned out for a march and a county meeting.

In late June, in Temecula, Calif., members of a local Tea Party group took dogs and picket signs to Friday prayers at a mosque that is seeking to build a new worship center on a vacant lot nearby.

In Sheboygan, Wis., a few Christian ministers led a noisy fight against a Muslim group that sought permission to open a mosque in a former health food store bought by a Muslim doctor.

At one time, neighbors who did not want mosques in their backyards said their concerns were over traffic, parking and noise — the same reasons they might object to a church or a synagogue. But now the gloves are off.

In all of the recent conflicts, opponents have said their problem is Islam itself. They quote passages from the Koran and argue that even the most Americanized Muslim secretly wants to replace the Constitution with Islamic Shariah law. […]

Recently, a small group of activists became alarmed about the mosque. Diana Serafin, a grandmother who lost her job in tech support this year, said she reached out to others she knew from attending Tea Party events and anti-immigration rallies. She said they read books by critics of Islam, including former Muslims like Walid Shoebat, Wafa Sultan and Manoucher Bakh. She also attended a meeting of the local chapter of ACT! for America, a Florida-based group that says its purpose is to defend Western civilization against Islam.

The Times can’t help but treat the anti-mosque protesters as ignorant know-nothings, but the people are clearly better informed about the Religion of Peace than the queen of elite media.

Consider: what has been in the news about Muslims over the last little while that might concern Americans?

Offhand, I can think of several terrorist behaviors: the Christmas underwear bomber (Abdulmutallab), the bomb plot against New York transit (Najibullah Zazi), the Times Square bomber (Faisal Shahzad), dozens of Minnesota Somalis returning home to pursue jihad and the Fort Hood mass murders (Nidal Hasan).

So it’s not like well informed citizens are worried about nothing. Fox News recently presented an excellent hour-long piece about honor killing in America, focused on the murder of Sara and Amina Said by their father for dating non-Muslim boys. (Watch Part One.) Many citizens are beginning to realize that sharia-infested Muslim diversity is not a good fit with American values of freedom and individual rights, as noted by Geert Wilders when he remarked, “Islam is not compatible with our western way of life.”

Is it unreasonable to think that mosques might be centers of jihad?

In 2005, Freedom House published its report Saudi Publications on Hate Ideology Invade American Mosques, which found Arabic documents declaring that Muslim immigrants must “behave as if on a mission behind enemy lines” in the land of the infidels. The materials furthermore condemn democracy as unIslamic and state women should be veiled and subjugated. JihadWatch noted “in 1999, the Naqshbandi Sufi Sheikh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani testified before a State Department open forum that eighty percent of American mosques had extremist leadership.”

On August 9, German police closed the Hamburg mosque that had been used as a meeting place for the 9/11 plotters because authorities believed it was again being used for terrorist purposes. (A Google search for mosque terror gets 2.4 million hits.)

Finally, there is no legislation in Washington calling for an end to Muslim immigration, so citizens are wisely targeting mosques to put out the unwelcome mat.

ICE to Reveal Alien Criminal Stats in Prince William County (or So It Says)

On August 1, a previously arrested drunk-driving illegal alien killed a nun, Denise Mosier (pictured left), and seriously injured two others. The alien, Carlos Martinelly Montano (pictured right), had twice been handed over to ICE for deportation, but had instead been released into the community pending a deportation hearing (occasions which have notably poor attendance among those invited).

A few days later, the Chairman of the Prince William County board of supervisors, Corey Stewart requested information from ICE that would reveal how many illegal aliens are being released by the agency into the county and their crimes.

The rather surprising news is that ICE has agreed:

ICE Agrees to Release Illegal Immigrant Data to Virginia Official, Fox News, August 7, 2010

“ICE contacted me this morning, with great news for Prince William County citizens. They have agreed to release to Prince William County the identities and final disposition of every convicted criminal illegal alien apprehended in Prince William County, Virginia and turned over to ICE through the county’s 287(g) partnership,” Stewart said in a statement.

Stewart said his county’s police referred Carlos Martinelly Montano for deportation twice in the past after he served sentences for drunk driving convictions. But immigration officials released Montano, who allegedly killed Sister Denise Mosier and injured two other nuns in the Aug. 1 accident, on his own recognizance pending a deportation hearing.

“Regardless of which side of the aisle you’re on, or on this issue, we can all agree that if you are an illegal alien and you’ve committed a crime, that you should be deported afterward,” Stewart told Fox News on Friday. “But this guy had been twice handed over to immigration officials and twice released back into the community even though there was an immigration detainer on him. And of course he’s gone right back out and committed the same crime and killed a nun.”

This is good news if true. Dependable illegal alien crime statistics are normally hard to find and squishy. The government has routinely covered up, lied about and obfuscated the degree to which predatory foreign criminals have had their way in easy-going America. Authorities like to say they are pursuing the real bad guys, but recent history is replete with multiple cases of dangerous aliens arrested and released without being deported, with tragic results. (One crime that comes to mind is the preventable deaths of Tennesseeans Sean and Donna Wilson at the hands of a drunk-driving illegal who had been arrested 14 times without being deported.)

Some information about illegal alien crime is available, but mostly in limited quantities for local jurisdictions. For example in 2008 the Houston Chronicle did a fine investigative series on alien crime from researching the Harris County records of arrests and releases. The use of 287(g) which checks the status of arrested persons makes the number of aliens arrested available.

A recently released stat from ICE’s home office is that 120,000 criminal aliens have been deported in the last three years,/a>. That number is only 40,000 per year, and doesn’t count the crimes or classify them regarding violence and deaths. What’s needed is a true picture of the mayhem resulting from open borders and inadequate immigration law enforcement. Of course, all working aliens are job thieves (and may use a stolen Social Security number, a felony), which is not an insignificant crime during this employment depression.

Statistics are lifeless artifacts, which is why I have focused on the individual stories of crime victims for, but numeric information is required to develop adequate enforcement policy.

Anyway, the video below has more about Supervisor Stewart’s success in getting ICE to reveal local statistics, particularly the number of dangerous foreigners released instead of deported. Obviously the death of Sister Denise Mosier indicates the Obama gang is no more serious about criminal alien enforcement than previous administrations.

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