John Fonte has written a fine salute to Senator Jeff Sessions while the Alabama legislator awaits taking his position as Attorney General in the Trump administration. Hopefully, the rude Democrat logjam in the Senate will break up soon and allow this most honorable senator to advance to his next duty.
I will miss Sessions’ informative papers, critiques of legislation in list form and press releases from his office, revealing to concerned citizens what the US Senate was doing to their country, using immigration as a sledgehammer.
Nominee for attorney general has upended GOP norms by putting the people first
In the final centuries of the Roman Republic, two political forces struggled for power: the optimates (patricians or elites) and populares (plebeians or the majority of the citizens.) In ancient Rome and modern America, for the most part, elites (particularly corporate and financial) have traditionally been thought of as “special interests” associated with the political Right, as opposed to the bulk of the common people on the political Left. From the days of the “Gilded Age” in the late 19th century until very recently, the Republican Party has been labeled as the party of Big Business, corporations, the Chamber of Commerce, “special interests,” the rich, and so on. Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign in 2012 seemed to epitomize this familiar narrative.
The conventional wisdom was vigorously challenged during the congressional debate over “comprehensive immigration reform” in the spring and summer of 2013 by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), President Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general.
On July 29, 2013, Sen. Sessions sent a memo to all Republican members of Congress stating that the “GOP needs to flip the immigration debate on its head” and adopt “a humble and honest populism.” Sessions stated that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) “confirms that the proposal [the 2013 “Gang of Eight” immigration bill] will reduce wages and increase unemployment. Low-income Americans will be hardest hit.” He noted that “immediate amnesty and a drastic surge in low-skill immigration” would hurt “working Americans of all backgrounds.” Sessions urged Republicans to say “no” to “certain business demands and powerful interests who shaped the immigration bill in the Senate. ”
Instead, immigration policy, Sessions insisted, with its “lasting social, economic, and moral implications” should serve the interests of the American people as a whole, not the “financial interest of a few CEOs.” Republicans should “make an unapologetic defense of working Americans” which would be both the right thing to do (“prevent the implementation of a disastrous policy”), and be politically effective (“begin a larger effort to broaden our appeal to working Americans of all backgrounds.”) Continue reading this article
If you watched CNN or other liberal media the last few days, you might think there was a major uprising of Americans against President Trump’s decision to pause immigration and visits from certain terror-supporting nations.
But Rasmussen poll conducted January 25-26 showed the opinion of voters reflected concern for protecting public safety, not a politically correct worry about the feelings of sensitive Muslims.
Most voters approve of President Trump’s temporary halt to refugees and visitors from several Middle Eastern and African countries until the government can do a better job of keeping out individuals who are terrorist threats.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 57% of Likely U.S. Voters favor a temporary ban on refugees from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen until the federal government approves its ability to screen out potential terrorists form coming here. Thirty-three percent (33%) are opposed, while 10% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Similarly, 56% favor a temporary block on visas prohibiting residents of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the United States until the government approves its ability to screen for likely terrorists. Thirty-two percent (32%) oppose this temporary ban, and 11% are undecided.
This survey was taken late last week prior to the weekend protests against Trump’s executive orders imposing a four-month ban on all refugees and a temporary visa ban on visitors from these seven countries.
A couple of Bay State mayors have been waving their diversity flag and doubling down in support of sanctuary, like Boston’s Mayor Martin Walsh who promises a safe space for foreign invaders in his city’s city hall:
“If people want to live here, they’ll live here,” Walsh said yesterday. “They can use my office. They can use any office in this building. Any place they want to use. They’ll be able to use this building as a safe space.”
Why do liberal mayors think immigration to America is a right? Should the billions of poor people on the planet be permitted to move here just because they want to?
The mayors say they want to keep their communities safe, but crime victims of illegal aliens see it differently because sanctuary cities are less safe for American citizens.
Milford, Massachusetts, resident Maureen Maloney objected to the arrogant mayors because she lost her son Matthew Denice when a drunk-driving illegal alien dragged him to death. The Ecuadoran alien, Nikolas Guaman, had a long rap sheet but was protected by Massachusetts’ sanctuary policy, allowing him to remain and eventually kill 23-year-old Matthew.
Any grandstanding mayor who actually harbors illegal immigrants should be prosecuted by the feds, said the grieving mother of a Milford man killed by a motorist who faces deportation after his jail sentence is up. . .
“The ripple effect of losing Matthew is not just the pain and suffering of me and his immediate family,” she stressed. “He had a longtime girlfriend. They were planning on getting married. He had a huge circle of friends and extended relatives. The ripple effect just goes on and on and on.
“I hear them saying that we’re separating these (illegal immigrant) families. Well, my family has been permanently separated. And I can’t call heaven and I can’t visit heaven. I have to go visit a grave,” she said. “The illegals do have other options. My son has no options. He had a very promising life, and it’s gone. There’s no other way to put it.”
She recently spoke on a Boston radio show:
Sheriff Thomas Hodgkins of Bristol County Massachusetts won’t accept the liberal do-gooder blather about protecting illegal aliens. He was interviewed on Fox News on Sunday and discussed the illegal aspect of sanctuary policy.
ED HENRY: You might call it a Sanctuary City Showdown. Some mayors are speaking out after president Trump’s executive move to strip funding for sanctuary cities.
BOSTON MAYOR MARTIN WALSH: You are safe in Boston. We will do everything lawful in our power to protect you.
SOMERVILLE MASS. MAYOR JOSEPH CURTATONE: Somerville will stand with you regardless of your race, creed, color, gender. . . We know what makes America great. Continue reading this article
The story about ultra-wealthy Silicon Valley types buying land where they can hunker down raises immediate questions — what the heck do the tech rich have to fear anyway? They are on top of the world with wealth and influence, plus they can afford to buy a house in Palo Alto.
As it happens, the tech elites fear public fury over the jobless future they have created with automation and artificial intelligence.
The fears vary, but many worry that, as artificial intelligence takes away a growing share of jobs, there will be a backlash against Silicon Valley, America’s second-highest concentration of wealth. (Southwestern Connecticut is first.) “I’ve heard this theme from a bunch of people,” Hoffman said. “Is the country going to turn against the wealthy? Is it going to turn against technological innovation? Is it going to turn into civil disorder?”
Below, Tesla cars are assembled in Fremont California by robots. Automotive manufacturing once supplied jobs for millions of Americans, but now the industry is largely automated.
Tech entrepreneurs fearful artificial intelligence will displace so many jobs there will be a revolt against those responsible
Billionaires in the world’s tech capital Silicon Valley are reportedly preparing for the apocalypse by buying underground bunkers, guns, ammo and motorcycles.
Fearful that artificial intelligence will displace so many jobs that there will be a revolt against those responsible for the technology, the are entrepreneurs readying themselves for doomsday like scenarios. Continue reading this article
Fake hate crimes claimed by Muslims are getting to be quite a thing, to the point where spokeshuman Ibrahim Hooper of the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR) felt a need to explain it away. He says the reason for all the fake hate crimes is that muslims are driven crazy by the terrible “Islamophobia” that they suffer from meanie suspicious Americans.
“Islamophobia” is a go-to excuse for any misbehavior that muslims cannot easily escape. Now we supposed to believe that “Islamophobia” makes them insane. (Remember that a phobia is an irrational fear, while some muslims really are trying to kill us.)
Say, if America is so horrible, why don’t fragile Islamics move back to the loving Ummah community in the Middle East or North Africa? There’s plenty of Islo-territory.
Even fake hate crimes are caused by “Islamophobia.”
Here’s a new twist: the establishment propaganda media’s narrative that Muslims are always victims is breaking down with the continuing revelations that Muslims have faked “anti-Muslim hate crimes,” and so now ABC News has doubled down: Muslims are victims, you see, because they fake anti-Muslim hate crimes. They’re driven crazy by “Islamophobia,” doncha know.
“These false reports unfortunately give ammunition to the industry of Islamophobes who promote the demonization and dehumanization of Islamic Muslims,” says Hamas-linked CAIR’s Ibrahim “Honest Ibe” Hooper. “Islamic Muslims,” Ibe? Are there non-Islamic Muslims now? Anyway, note how deftly Hooper plays the victim card even in the process of being exposed for falsely playing the victim card: the fake hate crimes are not a challenge to the veracity or trustworthiness of Muslims; rather, they’re tools in the hands of the alleged “Islamophobes” who supposedly “promote the demonization and dehumanization of Islamic Muslims” — as if its demonizing and dehumanizing someone to ask him to be honest. Continue reading this article
(b) To better inform the public regarding the public safety threats associated with sanctuary jurisdictions, the Secretary shall utilize the Declined Detainer Outcome Report or its equivalent and, on a weekly basis, make public a comprehensive list of criminal actions committed by aliens and any jurisdiction that ignored or otherwise failed to honor any detainers with respect to such aliens.
One of the more appealing aspects to the candidacy of Donald Trump was the seriousness with which he approached illegal alien crime and his obvious compassion toward families who had lost a loved one in crimes that would have been prevented by real borders. Relatives of crime victims were invited to speak at Trump’s Republican convention.
Although this information should absolutely be made public — because the extent of illegal alien crime has routinely been hidden by authorities — it’s unclear how much effect the information will have. In certain locales, protecting illegal alien criminals is practically a religion. In San Francisco, the murder of Kate Steinle by a career alien criminal deported multiple times caused officials no regret about their sanctuary policy at all. In fact, the city doubled down on its criminal shielding program because apparently immigration diversity is the peak value of liberals.
Interestingly, during a KQED radio show on Thursday discussing sanctuary in San Francisco, Angela Chan (senior staff attorney for the Asian Law Caucus) condemned the “hysteria” surrounding the Steinle killing, which she called a “horrible tragedy” rather than a preventable crime. Funny how citizens’ deeply felt concern about injustice and public safety looks like “hysteria” to leftist political operatives.
President Trump on Wednesday ordered the Homeland Security Department to begin releasing a name-and-shame list of sanctuary cities, listing the specific crimes such as murder or robbery committed by those who have been released back into their communities under the sanctuary policies.
That was one of a number of less-noticed but potentially far-reaching moves tucked inside two new executive orders erasing decades of previous immigration enforcement policy and replacing it with the Trump plan, which calls for aggressive enforcement of existing laws.
Border Patrol and interior enforcement agents have been unshackled from the limits imposed by former President Barack Obama, as Mr. Trump said he wants to see them doing the jobs they were hired for.
He said he wants to enlist those local police and sheriff’s offices that are eager to enforce immigration law, and will punish those that throw up roadblocks — including the new name-and-shame list.
Some 279 cities and counties refused to cooperate on at least some deportations in 2016, accounting for 2,008 immigrants who were shielded, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Each of those immigrants’ convictions will now be publicly listed so residents can see the level of crimes committed by those released into their communities, under the Trump orders.
Analysts said that list could help rally internal opposition to sanctuary cities, which are already rallying to defy Mr. Trump. Continue reading this article
The howls were loud, multilingual and self-righteous from the liberal city when its lawbreaking sanctuary policy was knocked down by the new president on Wednesday, as a noisy gaggle formed up on the City Hall steps to make loud demands in Spanish about their bogus “right” to live here illegally.
In an upside-down liberal view of reality, Mayor Ed Lee asserted that sanctuary made the city safer: “We stand by our sanctuary city because we want everybody to feel safe and utilize the services they deserve, including education and health care.”
Illegal alien sanctuary was not safe for Kate Steinle and the Bologna family however.
”I want Dreamers for our children also. We’re going to work something out. On a humanitarian basis it’s a very tough situation. We’re going to work something out that’s going to make people happy and proud. But that’s a very tough situation.”
Number Five: Cancel Unconstitutional Executive Orders & Enforce All Immigration Laws
We will immediately terminate President Obama’s two illegal executive amnesties, in which he defied federal law and the constitution to give amnesty to approximately 5 million illegal immigrants.
But when spokesman Sean Spicer was recently questioned about the administration’s immigration priorities, he responded, “And as he said throughout the campaign, we’ve got a series of individuals we’ve got to figure out — people who have overstayed their visas, people who have committed crimes. . . So for now, the focus is going to be on people who’ve done harm to our country.”
Wait, DACA aliens stealing jobs and college slots that should go to young citizens isn’t harmful??
Certainly the murderers and rapists should be prioritized to be rounded up and sent home, but the DACA program requires a simple stop be put on enrollment. Otherwise, DACA continues open and adds aliens to the freebie list.
Furthermore, the argument that DACA aliens are innocent because they were brought by their parents as kids is not an excuse. Every young person lives at the mercy of their parents’ decisions and must sort out their circumstances given their inheritance. And why is it cruel for aliens to be forced to live in the land of their birth? Why can’t brown or hispanic people build excellent societies? Isn’t it racist to think brown persons must be rescued by white countries? Mexico would certainly be forced to work more effectively if it didn’t use immigration to the US as a crutch for its dysfunction.
As a dealmaker, President Trump should understand that the fine legal points of a permanent future DACA amnesty will not be the message sent around the non-English-speaking world. The smugglers will use the amnesty as a selling point, as they used the Trump election as a reason for a run on the border. With a DACA amnesty in fact or rumored, smugglers may pitch kids as tickets, as they did to great effect over the last couple years of Obama border anarchy. Will there even be border enforcement when kids are present?
It’s hard to limit lawbreaking into little sectors when anarchy has been the rule for years. For that reason, enforcement needs to be guaranteed, tough and all-encompassing.
President Trump should remember the wisdom of Adam Smith who observed, “Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent.”
Finally, Roy Beck has started a Twitter campaign to fight back against the rumored DACA amnesty. I’m using the existing hashtag #EndDACA.
Who knew we wouldn’t get even a week’s break from fighting immigration amnesty?
After eight years of Obama purposefully undermining traditional American society, many citizens are relieved to see him jet off to a life of golf and Democrat politics. But he has left behind some rather pointed reminders of his likes and dislikes, in particular that he admires Muslims and disrespects Americans and Christians (whom he disparagingly called Crusaders).
One of Obama’s final acts as president was to send $221 million of US funds to the Palestinians, even though House Republicans thought they had blocked just such a money move. In doing so, Obama managed to insult a number of people in one stroke — Americans (whose money it was), Republicans and Benjamin Netanyahu who as Prime Minister of Israel will face a wealthier enemy neighbor. Not only can the money purchase additional weapons, but it might also supplement the Pals’ jihadist welfare program (Palestinian Authority Pays Terrorists and Their Families $140 Million a Year, Washington Free Beacon, 7/7/16).
WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials say the Obama administration in its waning hours defied Republican opposition and quietly released $221 million to the Palestinian Authority that GOP members of Congress had been blocking.
A State Department official and several congressional aides said the outgoing administration formally notified Congress it would spend the money Friday morning. The official said former Secretary of State John Kerry had informed some lawmakers of the move shortly before he left the State Department for the last time Thursday. The aides said written notification dated Jan. 20 was sent to Congress just hours before Donald Trump took the oath of office.
In addition to the $221 million for the Palestinians, the Obama administration also told Congress on Friday it was going ahead with the release of another $6 million in foreign affairs spending, including $4 million for climate change programs and $1.25 million for U.N. organizations, the congressional aides said. The aides and the State Department official weren’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter and demanded anonymity. Continue reading this article
American women dodged a bullet when Donald Trump was elected president rather than Hillary. Candidate Clinton had promised to admit many Syrian refugees along with millions of other diverse foreigners to add to Democrat voting rolls. One estimate forecast that two Clinton terms would resettle an additional 1.5 million Muslims into the US.
Candidate Trump, by contrast, noticed the national security catastrophe unleashed by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s opening Europe’s borders. After the mass murder in Orlando by a Muslim, Trump prudently called for a “temporary” ban on Islamic immigration because “we must find out what is going on.”
It’s therefore odd to see thousands of American women protesting Trump when Hillary’s immigration profligacy would have decreased safety for all, but particularly for women.
MARTINA K.: Recently I’ve been becoming ever more upset and enraged that we women are left in the lurch as victims. I don’t ride on my bicycle alone any more through the fruit farm to meet my husband and avoid public transport when it’s dark. I’ve had concerns about working alone in the garden of our local museum in the summer. I actually thought that my age would gradually start to protect me. But if you make the effort and read through newspapers and police reports from across Germany, for the year 2016 you find at least 6 rapes of pensioners and three attempted rapes, one of these ended in death. The victims were between 60 and 90. In the years before you would hear of this only in isolated cases, one or two cases per year, these disgusting crimes.
Surveys are interesting enough, but sometimes an individual story can better illustrate profound social changes. Ulrike Trebesius, a German member of the European Parliament, described how her life has become more dangerous because of unwise immigration:
ULRIKE TREBESIUS: Katrin Göring-Eckardt [member of the Green Party] said sometime in 2015 that Germany will change and that she is looking forward to that. Now, Germany has changed, and the Greens may find this enjoyable, but the citizens’ feeling of safety is suffering under it. 58% of the women who were asked in a recent survey for Bild am Sonntag declared that they don’t feel safe anymore on Germany’s streets and cities, and that they have adjusted their behavior accordingly. Continue reading this article
There’s nothing like a good list of facts to elucidate a topic, and the flurry of recent hate crimes untruthfully claimed by Muslims indicates the rarity of the real thing. But victimhood is a major value of the left, so emotive, colorful lies continue to be spewed.
There were no Nazi visas during WWII because even the Democrat President Franklin Roosevelt understood that importing enemies as immigrants would be unwise. But today, Islam has declared war on the west, although many politicians pretend otherwise. The sensible policy should therefore be NO Muslim immigration for the duration.
Islam book author and JihadWatch blogger Robert Spencer has a little list that shows a pattern about hate crime hoaxes and how they are political tools…
As Trump’s inauguration approaches, the fake hate crime industry has kicked into high gear. A rash of widely reported “anti-Muslim hate crimes” have turned out to be hoaxes perpetrated by Muslims.
Hate crimes are political capital in our petulant, victimhood-idolizing society: when real incidents don’t exist, there is incentive to invent them. The Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) andotherMuslimshaveonmanyoccasionsnothesitated to fabricate hate crimes, including attacks on mosques. For CAIR and its allies, this is part of a larger agenda. They wish to deflect attention away from jihad terror attacks and plots, and to end law enforcement scrutiny of what is supposedly an unjustly despised and harassed group.
1. On Saturday, Washington’s Bellevue Reporter noted regarding the arrest of Isaac Wayne Wilson — who is suspected of an arson attack on the Islamic Center of Eastside — that “law enforcement officials are shying away from calling it a hate crime.” But why? Especially since Wilson “reportedly has a history of contentious interactions at the mosque — including a conviction for malicious mischief”?
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Mike Hogan said:
At this point, we haven’t seen any evidence that this is a hate crime. A hate crime is proven by words or actions that the perpetrator was targeting a community because of feelings of animosity towards them.
If Isaac Wayne Wilson has “a history of contentious interactions at the mosque,” wouldn’t law enforcement officials have ample evidence of “words or actions” showing “that the perpetrator was targeting a community because of feelings of animosity towards them”?
Logically, they only would not have such evidence if his “contentious interactions” at the mosque had nothing to do with it being a mosque or with the Muslim identity of the people who go there. Is Isaac Wayne Wilson himself a Muslim? Is this yet another fake anti-Muslim hate crime? Continue reading this article
Rep. John Lewis’ recent disparagement of President-elect Trump as not ”legitimate” has brought a minor flurry of histories of the congressman’s bogus racism accusations against political foes. Rush Limbaugh called him a Democrat Party hack and John Hinderaker defined the Georgia representative as ”an utter fraud” in a recent Powerline column.
One of the most effective was Joel Pollak’s excellent list of lies:
Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) is a civil rights hero. He is also one of the most partisan members of the Democratic Party, and frequently accuses his political opponents, falsely, of racism.
Lewis also uses his iconic stature to deflect criticism when he is called out for these false attacks, exploiting — and, arguably, demeaning — the civil rights movement.
Here are five of the worst recent examples of what has become, for Rep. Lewis, a shamefully routine practice.
2008: Falsely accused Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Gov. Sarah Palin of racism. Lewis attacked McCain and Palin, then running against Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) for president: “Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin are sowing the seeds of hatred and division,” he said, going on to suggest that the Republican ticket were creating the climate for racist terrorism. “[Democrat] George Wallace never threw a bomb … but he created the climate and the conditions that encouraged vicious attacks against innocent Americans … four little girls were killed on Sunday morning when a church was bombed in Birmingham, Alabama.” Years later, McCain still had not forgiven him: “I’ll never forgive John Lewis,” he told AL.com in 2013.
2010:Falsely claimed that Tea Party demonstrators said the “N-word” during anti-Obamacare rally. Lewis joined several other members of the Congressional Black Caucus in claiming that a crowd of thousands of Tea Party protesters on the steps of Capitol Hill had shouted the “N-word” at them when they walked through the crowd — apparently in the hope of provoking a reaction. “It surprised me that people are so mean and we can’t engage in a civil dialogue and debate,” Lewis claimed. But he never proved the accusation — and when Andrew Breitbart offered to donate $10,000, then $100,000, to the United Negro College Fund for any video evidence of the “N-word,” none surfaced — despite hundreds of cameras present.
2012: Falsely accused Republicans of wanting to take Americans back to Jim Crow. Lewis gave a speech at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina in which he recalled being beaten by white racists, along with fellow Freedom Riders, in 1961. He concluded by implying that Republicans wanted to bring back those days of blood and hatred: “Brothers and sisters, do you want to go back? Or do you want to keep America moving forward?”
2016: Falsely compared Donald Trump to George Wallace. Reviving his theme from 2008, Lewis said that Trump reminded him of the governors of the Jim Crow South and the police who let dogs loose on demonstrators: “I’ve been around a while and Trump reminds me so much of a lot of the things that George Wallace said and did … Sometimes I feel like I am reliving part of my past. I heard it so much growing up in the South…I heard it so much during the days of the civil rights movement. As a people, I just think we could do much better,” he told the Los Angeles Timesin an interview.
2017: Falsely claimed Trump is “illegitimate” because of a Russian “conspiracy.” Joining the tin foil hat brigade, Lewis claimed that Trump was a kind of “Manchurian Candidate” put in place by Russia: “I don’t see the president-elect as a legitimate president. … I think there was a conspiracy on the part of the Russians, and others, that helped him get elected.”
2016: Falsely claimed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) played no role in the civil rights movement. Lewis, a supporter of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s bid for the presidency, tried to trash Sanders’s civil rights credentials. “I never saw him. I never met him,” Lewis said. Proof later emerged of Sanders’s arrest in civil rights protests in Chicago in the 1960s.
Rep. Lewis is clearly a Democrat Party man, who uses his status as a civil rights “icon” to make the most outrageous allegations of racism about political opponents without receiving public condemnation.
But he’s arguably worse than that because he has worked against the welfare of his constituents, black Americans and citizens in general by his amazingly hard-core advocacy of mass amnesty for millions of job-stealing illegal aliens.
Plus, Lewis is not just an amnesty voter and chatterbox from hell — he has applied his civil rights pixie dust to illegal immigration by using the historic style of marches, civil disobedience and arrests to the issue. In doing so, he equates black Americans’ pursuit of long-denied civil rights with invasive foreigners’ demands for equality with citizens. In 2013, he was one of eight uber-left Democrats who were arrested in a pro-amnesty action in DC when they blocked a street.
Below, in 2013 Congressmen Charlie Rangel, Luis Gutierrez, Al Green, Keith Ellison and John Lewis marched in Washington DC to promote mass amnesty for illegal aliens.
John Lewis was later arrested in an act of civil disobedience when he blocked a street near the capitol demonstrating his support for illegal alien amnesty for millions of foreign job-stealers.
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