The hopes of the Romeike family of homeschoolers to remain in America seemed to have crashed and burned on Monday when the Supreme Court declined to take their asylum case, but on Tuesday the DHS intervened to allow them to stay indefinitely as long as they remain law abiding.
A German home-schooling family that was facing deportation by U.S. authorities will be permitted to stay here indefinitely, the leader of a national home-school support group said Tuesday.
“This is an incredible victory that I can only credit to Almighty God,” Michael Farris, chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), said on the group’s website Tuesday afternoon.
Mr. Farris said the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) verbally informed his office that Uwe and Hannelore Romeike and their six children were being granted indefinite deferred-action status.
This means “the order of removal would not be acted on” and the Romeikes, who live in Tennessee, can stay in America, HSLDA said.
Calls to the DHS to confirm the status were not immediately returned Tuesday.
Mr. Romeike said Tuesday he was extremely grateful for the support his family has received from Americans.
“As long as we can live at peace here, we are happy,” he said. “I wouldn’t have minded staying in Germany if the mistreatment targeted only me, but our whole family was targeted when German authorities would not tolerate our decision to teach our children. That is what brought us here.” Continue reading this article
I’ve been getting uninvited e-mails from CPAC about its upcoming yak-a-thon conference, and the schedule of speakers looks pretty snoozeworthy. But what can you expect from an organization (American Conservative Union) that has consistently been too hidebound to grasp the growing threats of hostile Islam and open borders?
The ACU is quintessentially establishment conservative, but seems like it wants to get hip to new things happening, like the Tea Party (albeit five years late).
An indication of CPAC’s slight lean toward grassroots is the lack of an invite to House Speaker Boehner, although uber-suit types like amnesty hucksters Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan are appearing as usual.
House Speaker John A. Boehner, who has tangled repeatedly with the right wing of the Republican Party, has not been invited to this week’s Conservative Political Action Conference, a major snub at the annual gathering and a sign of the top Republican officeholder’s struggle to find common ground with grass-roots activists.
People familiar with CPAC’s planning, who spoke only on the condition of anonymity, said the American Conservative Union, which hosts the event, never sent an invitation to Mr. Boehner, in part because it wanted the focus this year to be on leading conservative thinkers at the grass-roots level and not at the congressional or party leadership level. [. . .]
Good luck with that outreach thing. Critical issues like immigration enforcement are still overlooked because CPAC at heart represents Conservatism Inc. with a large dollop of Chamber of Commerce.
Breitbart News Network will hosting its second annual national security forum during the Conservative Political Action Conference and expand the event from a single panel to a full day of events with top conservative leaders.
Speakers for the event include former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, and Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Trent Franks (R-AZ), and Jim Bridenstine (R-OK).
Many of the speakers presenting at the Uninvited II were not invited to CPAC, which is organized by the American Conservative Union.
EMPAct America’s Henry Schwartz and Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon will be leading the summit; Center for Security Policy President and former Reagan official Frank Gaffney will moderate.
The summit will take place at the Westin Hotel around the corner from CPAC’s location at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center at National Harbor. This year’s “Uninvited” event will take place on Thursday, March 6, the first day of CPAC.
“Conservatives — and Americans more generally — must be informed about the various international challenges confronting the United States today and in the years to come, and what we can do to address them,” Gaffney said. ”The National Security Action Conference is a much-needed corrective to the failure of CPAC to cover such topics. Better yet, it will do so with many conservative leaders and others from whom especially the CPAC audience needs to hear, but no longer can.” Continue reading this article
Ever wonder how Muslims took over so much territory with their unpleasant totalitarian political system disguised by a cloak of religion? One major tactic: they make the lives of religious minorities completely miserable with second-class status and constant intimidation to the point where people give up and convert. If Christians or Jews don’t submit to the Islamic jackboot, they can keep their religion by paying a “tax”, a form of extortion called jizya, to keep their religion, although with extreme restrictions.
Radical Islamist rebels in the Syrian city of Raqqa are forcing Christians to pay for protection.
Christians must pay over $600 twice a year for the protection, convert to Islam, or “face the sword,” the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria said in a statement posted online.
The statement referred to the “dhimmi pact,” an ancient law allowing Christians and Jews to live in Islamic kingdoms if they paid a tax. Christians under protection will be allowed to worship privately, keep their own cemeteries and have their own clergy.
However, Christians must keep their religious items out of public sight. They are also not allowed to evangelize, bear arms, or pray where Muslims might hear them.
The ISIS terrorist group grew out of al Qaeda in Iraq and has become the most feared militia in Syria. Raqqa has been under rebel control since May 2013.
The billionaires are patient but they see a squishy GOP leadership in the House and mean to take advantage when they can. John Boehner had a meeting with President Obama on February 25 and the Speaker remarked that the topic they agreed most upon was immigration.
The advocacy group linked to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is going after House Republicans with a new ad prodding them to act on immigration reform this year.
The 60-second spot called “Do Nothing,” released Monday, takes a notably tougher tone against the House GOP by putting blame on Republicans for stalling reform in Congress this year. The ad buy from the Council for American Job Growth, an affiliate of the Zuckerberg-backed FWD.us, totals about $500,000 and will run in all 50 states for two weeks, according to a person familiar with the buy. Continue reading this article
If the powerful of business and politics have their way, America will be burdened with a historical high percentage of immigrants.
As shown by Census figures for 2010, the United States is already headed for a record proportion of foreign-born, even without the monstrous Senate bill which doubles legal immigration and hands out millions of work permits like candy.
Forty million immigrants is clearly excessive. (Or is the number 45 million, as asserted in the article following?) Washington’s crazed open-borders policy is not what Americans want or need.
In California, now in a historic drought, there is not enough water for those already here, as shown by growing calls for mandatory restriction. While agriculture uses the majority of water, when there is a shortage, the citizens are called upon to cut back. Millions of additional water users would not be a good idea in California, population 38 million.
Business likes to complain that retiring boomers are leaving a worker shortage. However employers aren’t telling the whole truth about the future employment landscape: as robotics and automation perform increasingly complex tasks, humans are being phased out of many jobs. (See my article, Three Stakes in the Heart of the American Dream.)
If Congress passes immigration reform legislation this year, it will dramatically add to what the Census Bureau is calling the “Second Great Wave” of immigration in U.S. history.
Opponents of the legislation have seized on the Census Bureau’s analysis of migration patterns to warn of an explosion of foreign-born population over the next few decades.
“Once again, the country is approaching a percentage of foreign-born not seen since the late 1800s and early 1900s,” the Census Bureau wrote on its blog this week. “Will this proportion continue to increase, perhaps exceeding the high of nearly 15 percent achieved in both 1890 and 1910?”
The agency estimates that 40 million people living in the United States in 2010 were born elsewhere, approximately 12.9 percent of the population. That is the highest population of immigrants, percentage-wise, since the 1920s, according to the Census Bureau.
Opponents of granting citizenship to 11 million illegal immigrants and expanding legal immigration flows have pounced on the study.
“After 40 years of large-scale immigration, rising joblessness, failing schools and a growing welfare state, would not the sensible, conservative thing to do be to slow down for a bit, allow wages to rise, assimilation to occur, and to help those struggling here today?” Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said Thursday, when he delivered the keynote address to commemorate the Tea Party Patriots’ fifth anniversary.
An aide to Sessions estimated the number of foreign-born people living in the United States has now reached 45 million.
Sessions’s office estimates that number could swell by at least 30 million over the next decade if Congress passes the Senate immigration bill.
The legislation would expedite permanent legal status for an estimated 5 million people waiting for green cards and increase the number of green cards issued each year from 1 million to 1.5 million. Continue reading this article
It’s curious that immigrant Somali Barkhad Abdi has gotten so little publicity regarding his Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor in the film Captain Phillips, based on the true story of diverse piracy on the high seas.
Perhaps Abdi suffers from a lesser level of blackness in the Hollywood scheme of values, where historical slavery is the most important fact about black Americans, and therefore Twelve Years a Slave has gotten the big buzz for Best Picture and other awards.
Barkhad Abdi (center) makes a pretty convincing pirate in his first film role.
I tried with no luck to find a film clip showing the Navy SEALs doing their excellent sharpshooting that saved the real Captain Phillips, and this trailer was the closest.
Barkhad Abdi lived in Somalia as a boy before relocating to Minneapolis and has dreamy memories of the homeland typical of immigrants. It was “beautiful” and “Everyone loved each other, everyone was a neighbor, there was a community.” Until they started killing each other in tribal warfare.
Seriously, Abdi didn’t have to do much acting. “I understand the pirates’ motive,” he observed. “They wanted money.”
Plus, he is personally familiar with crime (like lots of Somali immigrants), having committed fraud and illegal drug possession. But he doesn’t seem to have been deported.
Now Abdi hopes for a big Hollywood payoff with a thespian future.
From taxi driver to Oscar nominee! Newcomer Barkhad Abdi has generated an immense amount of buzz following his breakout role as desperate Somali pirate Abduwali Muse in the Paul Greengrass-directed film Captain Phillips.
The first-time Oscar nominee for Best Supporting Actor has received several trophies so far this season, including Best Supporting Actor at the BAFTA Awards. The 28-year-old goes up against Golden Globe winner Jared Leto, and seasoned Hollywood actors Bradley Cooper, Jonah Hill, and Michael Fassbender at the 2014 Oscars on Sunday, Mar. 2.
Here are five things to know about the new guy in Tinseltown:
1. Captain Philips Was His First Role Ever With no prior acting experience, director Greengrass cast him in the role of pirate leader Abduwali Muse opposite Tom Hanks’ Captain Phillips. “That’s why I got the job, they had to have a Somali person play it,” Abdi told The Daily Beast of scoring the role opposite two-time Oscar winner Hanks. “I understand the pirates’ motive,” he continued. “They wanted money. They were desperate guys.” Continue reading this article
One hears a lot of crazy talk from Texans about how their rock-solid conservatism will withstand efforts of Democrats to turn the state blue. Oh, we’re not like nutty California, they sniff. But confidently conservative Texans are whistling past the demographic graveyard.
Democrats see politics moving in their direction not from the popularity of the liberal idea of an intrusive nanny state, but because of increased numbers of hispanics. After all, Mexicans et al greatly prefer big government as a deeply held cultural value that doesn’t disappear even after generations of residing in the US.
In Texas, the old Obama team thinks they can recreate the magic: “Si se puede!” The Democrats understand the power of demographic change and encourage immigration because it benefits them, even though America will be unrecognizable if they get their way.
In one of the country’s most conservative states, newly hopeful Democrats measure their progress by ringing a bell.
For those working to turn Texas from Republican red to Democratic blue, it’s the sound of one more volunteer agreeing to join their ranks. On a recent Saturday, phone-bank volunteers in a modest office here smacked the bell every five minutes or so, adding to the nearly 12,000 who have joined the effort.
In the past year, alumni from Democratic President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign quietly have built a grassroots army in Texas, where gun-rights advocates brandish semi-automatic rifles on city streets and pickup trucks bear “SECEDE” bumper stickers.
Battleground Texas, as the group is known, is backing Democratic state Senator Wendy Davis’ underdog bid for governor this November against Republican Greg Abbott, the state’s attorney general.
But those involved say their larger goal – likely to take years to realize, if ever – is to make Texas as competitive in national elections as politically divided states such as Virginia and Ohio. That means identifying potentially Democratic voters, namely those in the state’s booming Hispanic population, and persuading them to show up at the polls.
It is an unusually ambitious effort in U.S. politics. National parties typically measure progress in two- and four-year election cycles, with less focus on longer-term operations.
If Democrats succeed, they could upend the state’s low-tax, low-regulation approach to governance and give their party a decisive advantage in presidential elections for years to come.
Battleground Texas faces a steep climb, however.
Democrats have not won a statewide race in Texas for nearly 20 years, and the party now has trouble fielding candidates for many congressional, state and local races.
They also face procedural barriers that they say can make it tougher to register voters than in many other states, and often discourage minorities and low-income residents from participating. Those include a new law that requires residents to show state-issued photo IDs to vote.
But the group has two factors on its side: the state’s growing Hispanic population, which has favored the Democratic Party over Republicans by a 19-point margin in recent polls, and the meticulous door-to-door organizing techniques honed nationwide during Obama’s two presidential campaigns. Continue reading this article
When the Iraqi tried to obtain permanent residency in 2011, his request was denied “pursuant to the terrorism-related grounds of inadmissibility” under a section of the Immigration and Nationality Act.
Yet as a part of the current sentence, Aldosary is required to have three years supervised probation plus mental health treatment upon release, as explained in the following article. Wait, what about the murder and bombing?
And what does it take to deport a dangerous foreigner these days?
A Coolidge man awaiting prosecution in state court for murder and attempted murder, among other charges, was sentenced Monday to five years in federal prison stemming from his Sept. 20 conviction of being a felon in possession of firearms and of ammunition.
Abdullatif Ali Aldosary, 48, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton on Monday morning in Phoenix. The judge combined his sentences, pointing out that he faced up to 10 years in prison on the three counts. Aldosary has 14 days to appeal his federal sentence.
Additionally, Aldosary was fined $7,500 and ordered to pay a $100 court fee. He was sentenced to three years supervised probation after he’s released from federal prison, ordered to participate in a mental health program and to have no contact with any employees of the Casa Grande Social Security office.
“The court believes the defendant presents an extreme danger to the community,” Bolton said during the sentencing hearing. Continue reading this article
Two small enclaves of Spain lie on the coast of Morocco and are a gateway to Europe for voracious African men anxious to reach the gravy train. Ceuta and Melilla, shown on the map, have increasingly been a magnet for Africans seeking free stuff in the European welfare states.
Spain has spent a lot of money to fortify the cities against the violent intruders, but they are insistent. Over 200 broke in on the night of February 28, a major assault numerically.
The invasion is another version of Camp of the Saints, only overland rather than using boats (an influx which is still happening through the southern Italy island of Lampedusa). Speaking of that prescient novel, its author, Jean Raspail, said in an interview last year that he felt that European civilization was being overwhelmed by millions of diverse foreigners who refuse to assimilate.
They keep coming, because culturally weakened Europe has no stomach to keep them out.
On the most recent JihadWatch segment on Canada’s SunTV, a major topic of Michael Coren and Robert Spencer was the sentencing of the two Islamic thugs to life in prison for the daytime slaughter of a British soldier on a London street.
On last May 22, two Africans ran down fusilier Lee Rigby as he walked on a street near the Royal Artillery Barracks, then they proceeded to hack the injured man to death with knives. (The loyal sons of Allah often shrink back from a fair fight, preferring uneven attacks.) While killer Michael Adebolajo (pictured) held a bloody meat cleaver, he lectured local passers-by about the Islamic principles for the cold-blooded murder.
As Judge Sweeney sentenced the two men, he took time to remark, “You each converted to Islam some years ago. Thereafter you were radicalised and each became an extremist, espousing views which, as has been said elsewhere, are a betrayal of Islam.”
Delusional politicians in thrall to diversity, from George Bush to Tony Blair, don’t want to admit the level to which they have endangered their nations by allowing Muslim immigration to continue, so they spout the lie that Islam is a “religion of peace.”
The administration wants the citizens to trust it to perform immigration enforcement, but it can’t even keep a convicted terrorist bomber from working in its signature social welfare program.
The government doesn’t do a good job screening new immigrants, as illustrated by the number of war criminals admitted over the years. And lately, the feds have decided to weaken screening standards so lots of Syrian Muslims can be received as refugees. Public safety and national security are not a high priority in Washington these days.
It can be hard to determine the backgrounds of people from dicey dirt-bag countries, but the terrorist in question was imprisoned in Israel, an ally which presumably has shareable accurate records of such things. Hopefully the perp, Rasmieh Yousef Odeh, will get maximum prosecution, but that is not a sure thing in today’s non-enforcement environment.
As shown by the photo of a rally in Odeh’s behalf, she has support among the anti-American Palestinian immigrants residing in the country. Why does Washington continue to admit enemies? How many lives is diversity worth?
A terrorist from Jordan briefly worked as an Obamacare navigator in Illinois while authorities remained unaware of her conviction for involvement in a deadly grocery store bombing and two other attacks.
Rasmieh Yousef Odeh was convicted in Israel for her role in several bombings, including the 1969 attack on an upscale Shufersol grocery store, which killed two Hebrew University students who had stopped in to buy groceries for a hiking trip in the Jerusalem hills. Leon Kanner and Eddie Joffe were killed by a bomb hidden in a candy box tucked on a shelf, which also injured nine or 10 others, according to a website maintained by the Israeli government to commemorate terror victims.
The Illinois Department of Insurance quietly revoked Odeh’s certification as a Navigator In-Person Counselor on November 24, explaining in a disciplinary report that the decision was “based on an investigation which revealed that she had been convicted in Israel for her role in the bombings of a supermarket and the British Consulate in Jerusalem and failed to reveal the conviction on her application.” Continue reading this article
It can be iffy to compare polling done by different companies, since the exact wording can affect outcome. Still, a recent Rasmussen survey may reflect considerable disillusion in government, perhaps as a result of the monumental failure of Obamacare.
Voters have a slightly more favorable view of the federal government this month, but they still want less of it. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 36% have a favorable opinion of the federal government. Most voters (59%) continue to view the federal government unfavorably. These findings include just six percent (6%) who have a Very Favorable impression of the federal government and 25% who view it Very Unfavorably. (To see survey question wording, click here.) [. . .]
The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on February 20-21, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.
Compare this with a 2012 Pew poll, designed to show cultural diversity of hispanics, where just 48 percent of the general population would opt for smaller government with fewer services and lower taxes. Hispanic immigrants have a liking for big government that lasts generations even as they reside in America, as shown by the Pew investigation:
The good news is that American voters have gotten a big reminder in recent months from Obamacare of how smaller government works better, as the Constitution wisely designed. The bad news is that importing big-government hispanics via immigration will be even more desirable for Democrats who want to fundamentally change the country to a full-service liberal tyranny.
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