Over in France, Muslim immigrants have been a disastrous addition to society, and have caused disturbances from weeks-long periods of “civil unrest” to burqa riots. But perpetually cranky Islamists are not the only diversity problem facing the French, who were recently polled as disapproving of the gypsies, er Roma who reside there.
A new poll published on Saturday finds a whopping 77 percent of French people agreeing with a recent statement by Socialist Interior Minister Manuel Valls, who said that Roma immigrants are inherently “different” and “will have to return to Bulgaria and Romania” . [. . .]
Below, police ejected Roma squatters from Villeneuve-d’Ascq in northern France last year.
Pro-diversity sentiments will probably suffer a setback due to a current trial that shines a light on Roma cultural practices, which are objectionable and illegal. Roma apparently value skills in thievery — who knew?
Three Croatian Roma families traded women on the strength of their stealing skills and used children like conscripts to a criminal army, a French court was told Monday.
A total of 27 people aged between 19 and 55 are charged by the court in Nancy, eastern France, with offences ranging from criminal association to people trafficking in a trial taking place against the background of a highly charged debate over the treatment of Roma migrants from eastern Europe.
Gilles Weintz, the police officer who took charge of a complex probe into the families’ activities, said they were behind more than 100 robberies carried out in 2011 alone, in France and neighbouring parts of Belgium and Germany.
We don’t see many instances of efforts toward justice coming from Mexico when the victims are American, so sightings are welcome and deserve commendation.
In 2003, 21-year-old Christina Applegate (pictured) was struck by a drunk-driving illegal alien Mexican in Franklin Township New Jersey. Newly married at the time, Christina has been in a coma ever since and lives on a feeding tube and ventilator under the care of her father.
Juan Luis Bautista, the drunk-driving illegal, was arrested, posted bail and escaped to Mexico — apparently local authorities didn’t think he was a flight risk. He was rearrested there in 2010, thanks in part to the diligence of county police who fed information to Mexican officers about Bautista’s background.
In 2011, Bautista was sentenced to 2 ½ years in a Mexican prison for the injury to Applegate, four years for use of a fraudulent driver’s license and a fine of around $600. More recently federal prosecutors decided that the punishment was insufficient for the permanent injuries caused, and added three more years to the sentence.
Of course, less than ten years for the complete destruction of a life is hardly adequate, but any increase in punishment is a move in the right direction. Bautista is not a particular threat to Mexicans so you have to conclude the the prosecutors’ act was one of decency.
This case is a pleasant change from the meddling of the Mexican government to protect its criminal exports: the murders of two Texas girls comes to mind. Jennifer Ertman, 14, and Elizabeth Pena, 16, were brutally raped and murdered in a 1993 gang initiation, after which the Mexicans went to great lengths to stop their guy Jose Medellin from being executed.
Bur we should never forget the preventable crimes allowed by Washington’s open borders. Christina Applegate got a life sentence of existing in a vegetative state.
FRANKLIN — A Bridgeton man convicted in a 2003 alcohol-fueled car crash that put a Franklin Township woman in a decade-long coma will spend more time in a Mexican jail for the offense.
The Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office said 32-year-old Juan Luis Bautista will serve an additional three years on top of the 6 ½ he was sentenced to in 2011.
The additional prison time was added after an appeal was filed by Mexican federal prosecutors.
Bautista fled to Mexico after he was charged with first-degree vehicular injuries in 2003. The television show “America’s Most Wanted” filmed a segment on the case in 2004. He was picked up there in 2010.
Applegate, then 22, sustained severe head injuries in the September 2003 crash. She was married and living in Franklin Township at the time. Applegate remains in a coma and is now in the care of her father in another state, authorities said. Continue reading this article
Over at the New York Times, sensitive scribblers are concerned that Somali immigrants may have been part of the jihad team that mass murdered over 60 shoppers at a Nairobi mall last week, and US-residers fear a backlash. The immigrants worry that Americans will utilize pattern recognition to surmise that Islam is a religion of murder (as instructed by their holy book), not peace, as the propaganda insists.
The flagship newspaper of liberalism is once again defending the failed ideology of multiculturalism rather than telling the truth about the danger posed to this country by the immigration of foreigners with a hostile belief system. Why would any sane nation welcome potential enemies? Democrat President Franklin Roosevelt didn’t hold cultural celebrations with Germans and Japanese during WWII, but Obama (and his predecessor Bush) have held Ramadan dinners at the White House.
Moreover, the author characterizes violence as being a norm throughout Somali society. Physical force is used to enforce conformity in the family, at school, and in society generally. “Violence as you will have guessed by now, was an integral part of my upbringing,” she observed and said that was “typical.” There is a chapter titled “Violence and the Closing of the Muslim Mind,” which is an eye-opener even for those deeply critical of Somali culture. Near the end of that chapter she reflected, “Islam is not just a belief; it is a way of life, a violent way of life. Islam is imbued with violence, and it encourages violence.”
So is Somali diversity the sort Americans want to accept?
MINNEAPOLIS — As American law enforcement agents pored over evidence collected from the deadly siege at a Nairobi shopping mall to learn, in part, whether those responsible had any ties to the United States, people of Somali descent here braced for what they fear could result in a new wave of stigmatization and scrutiny.
“Everyone is scared,” said Ahmed Hirsi, who helps lead a youth group in the Twin Cities, the heart of the nation’s largest Somali-American population. “The community is holding its breath — all over again.”
In an investigation that has unfolded since 2007, federal authorities concluded that more than 20 young men from Minnesota left for Somalia to join the Shabab, a Somali Islamist group that has been deemed a terrorist organization and linked to suicide bombings.
Now the Shabab have claimed responsibility for the attack that killed more than 60 people in the Westgate mall in Nairobi. A Kenyan official suggested on Monday that some of the attackers may have been from Minnesota, though American officials say they have not determined whether there is any link.
“If this sort of recruitment has somehow happened again, it takes us way back,” Mr. Hirsi said, adding that most in the community were vehemently opposed to the Shabab, revolted by the attack in Nairobi and appalled at the suggestion of a Minnesota connection. Continue reading this article
Media interest in the mess following the catastrophic Colorado floods has dribbled off to near zero, but the Associated Press is concerned that illegal aliens are suffering unduly because of insufficient benefits coming from the government. The AP story includes lots of yucko pictures of trailers turned to soggy messes.
The story notes how the foreigners have received private donations of “amazing” generosity. But the illegals feel entitled just because they live there: this is America and they want maximum free stuff.
One illegal person says, “We were flooded like everyone else. We suffered the same damage. “We pay taxes, we work here. We’re not getting something for free.”
So pony up, citizen taxpayers. Lawbreaking foreigners want more free stuff. They could relocate to Mexico where business is booming, but that would be too much trouble apparently.
EVANS, Colo. (AP) — Immigrants living in the U.S. illegally returned to their mobile home parks in flood-ravaged Colorado to find that there was little left to salvage — not the water-damaged cars, not the old family pictures and not the sheds carried away by the rushing waters.
The destruction, however, was only the beginning of what’s been a nightmarish two weeks. They didn’t have flood insurance. And because they are not citizens or legal residents — and don’t have family members who are — they won’t get the federal government’s help.
“They say that faith and hope die last,” said Juan Partida, 40, a dairy worker who along with his wife Mari, who is pregnant, do not qualify for federal emergency aid because they are in the country illegally. “We need to have faith and hope that we’ll get help.”
How quickly they can rebuild their lives, relying largely on local government and nonprofit organizations, will have long-term ramifications on the Weld County industries that depend on their labor, from meatpacking plants and farms to construction and hotels.
“They’re out of their homes, and a lot of them have lost their vehicles in this, they’re impacted. So the economy is going to be impacted,” said Lyle Achziger, mayor of Evans, a city on the northern plains whose population of 19,500 is 43 percent Latino.
Achziger said officials responding to the disaster have been learning about the immigrants’ importance to the region’s economy. He said the city hopes to get people help by getting them to register with the city, county and other volunteer aid organizations.
“We have told them that immigration status is not our focus. And I will repeat that again, that is not our focus. Our focus is getting people out of the cold, getting a roof over their head and getting them a warm meal,” he said. Continue reading this article
National security is supposed to be job #1 for the federal government, yet it continues to admit persons from hostile societies as immigrants. Why?
If a trip to the local mall soon requires a walk through a metal detector and a wanding, you can thank Washington’s crazy-diverse immigration policies for the worsening restrictions.
The Bloomberg article below doesn’t mention the local Somali threat, and neither did the Fox report, although the AP mentioned Minnesota Africans in a disconnected sort of way, observing, “Minnesota is home to the largest Somali community in the U.S.”
Mall of America, the largest U.S. shopping center and entertainment complex, said it’s increasing security after Islamist militants attacked a Kenyan mall, killing at least 67 civilians.
The suburban Minneapolis mall, owned by real estate development and finance company Triple Five Group of Edmonton, Alberta, is monitoring the news from Nairobi and working with law-enforcement agencies, the center’s management said today in an e-mailed statement. The Bloomington, Minnesota, property, which opened in 1992, has more than 520 stores, an indoor amusement park, an aquarium and a movie theater.
“Mall of America has implemented extra security precautions,” according to the statement. “Some may be noticeable to guests, and others won’t be. We will continue to follow the situation, along with law enforcement, and will remain vigilant as we always do in similar situations.”
U.S. mall owners face the challenge of protecting sprawling properties filled with hundreds of people without disrupting business. After an attack such as the one in Nairobi, the companies may ask local police for patrol cars at their properties or bring in additional security officers, said Malachy Kavanagh, a spokesman for the International Council of Shopping Centers, a New York-based trade group.
The death toll from the four-day assault is the worst since al-Qaeda bombed the U.S. Embassy in downtown Nairobi in August 1998, killing 213 people. Three floors in the building collapsed during the attack, leaving an unknown number of bodies buried beneath the rubble, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said yesterday. Continue reading this article
He was clearly a hostile character who should have been deported after two arrests and 8 months in jail for aggravated harassment which occurred before the bombing. Furthermore, Aldosary was denied citizenship “pursuant to terrorism related grounds of inadmissability.”
This is one strange Iraqi, and the dinky gun possession trial did nothing to enlighten the public further about him. Why did the government bother with a firearms trial when a terror conviction could easily put him away for life, not to mention the apparently non-terror murder?
Whatever the curious background of this case, the fact remains that yet another Muslim foreigner has committed criminal and terrorist actions endangering the public, and our legal system has to sort out the mess.
PHOENIX (AP) — An Iraqi man charged in state court with detonating a homemade explosive device outside an Arizona Social Security building is set for sentencing in December after a jury found him guilty on three federal counts of being a felon in possession of guns and ammunition.
Abdullatif Ali Aldosary had pleaded not guilty in the federal case after authorities said they found guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition hidden in his attic and behind dresser drawers.
Opening statements began Wednesday. The jury reached a verdict Friday after about an hour of deliberations.
Sentencing is set for Dec. 9. Aldosary faces up to 10 years in prison for each of the three counts.
Prosecutors explained that Aldosary had a previous felony conviction and therefore wasn’t allowed to own firearms or ammunition.
Aldosary’s attorney told jurors to be skeptical of the government’s case, and not to believe that just because the weapons were found inside his home that he knew they were there.
Separately, Aldosary faces multiple state counts, including 14 attempted first-degree murder charges, arson and use of explosives. Authorities say he detonated a homemade explosive device on Nov. 30 outside a Social Security Administration building in Casa Grande. No one was injured in the blast. Prosecutors said the attempted murder charges stem from 14 employees who were inside the building at the time of the explosion. Continue reading this article
California Democrats think they know better than anyone else, in particular concerning immigration enforcement, which they don’t like very much at all.
Liberal arrogance is on full display in the state capital where the snotty D-legislators regard traditional concepts like public safety with disdain. Or at least the Dems don’t think that everyone deserves the same level of legal protection: approved victim groups like illegal aliens are thought deserving of special treatment because of their alleged mistreatment by nasty corporations and old-fashioned citizens who still insist upon national sovereignty.
The latest California affront to law and borders is the so-called TRUST Act (aka AB 4) which disallows the Secure Communities federal-state enforcement partnership.
As is pointed out by several knowledgeable persons in the video report below, the TRUST Act (which is awaiting Jerry Brown’s signature) violates federal law, specifically:
Notwithstanding any other provision of Federal, State, or local law, a Federal, State, or local government entity or official may not prohibit, or in any way restrict, any government entity or official from sending to, or receiving from, the Immigration and Naturalization Service information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual.
Police in California would be prohibited from helping deport some illegal immigrants under a bill being considered by Gov. Jerry Brown, in a proposed change some say would violate federal law.
The so-called Trust Act would bar police from cooperating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers on a variety of cases. Proponents say the bill is narrowly focused and only applies to those illegal immigrants arrested for minor crimes.
Prosecutors and sheriffs disagree.
“If you or I were victimized by someone stealing our identity, selling drugs in our community, burglarizing our home or embezzling our money, that’s okay? That’s a minor crime under this bill,” complained Marin County Sheriff Robert Doyle. “If this law passes, we will not be able to put holds on people who have previously been deported. So someone could be deported one, two, three, four — 10 times and that would not be cause for us to put a hold on them.”
The California District Attorneys Association and the California Sheriffs’ Association oppose the law, in part because it also conflicts with federal statutes.
“It makes no sense and is unconstitutional,” said former ICE Director Julie Myers Wood. “The federal government has sole authority to enforce immigration law. In this instance California is telling the feds what you can and cannot do.” Continue reading this article
Closer to home, terror expert Erick Stakelbeck discussed al Shabaab, pointing out the large number of hostile Somalis who reside in Minneapolis, which is not far from the Mall of America, the largest shopping center in the country.
In Nairobi, the pile of bodies (all non-Muslims by design of the killers) is still being sorted out, but local Muslims are worried only about how the jihadist murder of more than 60 innocents will affect the Somalis.
Hopefully the Kenyan authorities will use the attack to at least do some roundups and deport the illegal aliens and Shabaabers.
In the shabby “Little Mogadishu” quarter of Kenya’s capital, Somalis feared the militant attack on a Nairobi shopping mall could trigger a violent backlash against them.
Islamist group al Shabaab said it carried out the raid on the Westgate center, that killed at least 59 people, in revenge for Kenya’s military campaign against its fighters in Somalia.
In the congested Eastleigh neighborhood, memories were still fresh of the mobs who targeted homes and shops in November after a suspected al Shabaab attack on a minibus killed nine.
“A mob of youths can … attack us like last time,” said Mohamed Warsame, sitting next to a stall selling “khat” leaves, which are chewed as a stimulant across the Horn of Africa.
The elderly man said he expected the police would at least mount more raids to round up illegal immigrants and suspected militants.
Groups of Somali men talked in hushed tones and at one electronics shop, the owner changed channel to switch from the live coverage of the mall assault drama to a tennis match.
“I don’t think those people who attacked the mall are true Muslims. Islam does not support killing of the innocent. Anyone who kills an innocent person has killed humanity,” said a woman in her 40s who would only gave her first name, Zuleka.
She said she had lived in Kenya for more than a decade, one of thousands of ethnic Somalis who have fled years of war and turmoil to seek a better life in east Africa’s biggest economy. Continue reading this article
It’s good to hear that at least one person in the Congress is concerned that the al-Shebaab attack on the Nairobi shopping mall may inspire copy-cat behavior in co-religionist Somalis here. As Rep. Peter King noted on ABC’s This Week on Sunday, at least 40 to 50 Somalis residing in this country left for their homeland to be trained in jihadist warfare. Plus there is no lack of interest among those remaining, as shown by at least two groups of convictions this year of Somalis for funding terrorist activity, specifically two Somali women in Minnesota and four immigrants in San Diego including an imam.
MARTHA RADDATZ: Now for more let’s bring in Republican Congressman Peter King, a member of the House intelligence committee who has been briefed on the Nairobi attack. Congressman King thanks for joining us this morning.
What can you tell us about what kind of attack this was, who they believe is responsible in.
PETER KING: Well, Martha, this was a very sophisticated attack, very similar to what we saw in Mumbai. And by all indicators, this was carried out by al Shabaab, which is based out of Somalia.
When I was chairman of the Homeland Security Committee two years ago I conducted a hearing on al Shabaab. It’s extremely deadly organization, very well trained. And it’s one of the only al Qaeda affiliates which actually has actively recruited here in the United States. There is at least 40 to 50 Somali-Americans have gone from the United States to Somalia to be trained. A number of them have been killed, but there’s other still alive.
So I am — I would assume that the FBI and local law enforcement are looking into those Somalia-American communities today if any leads or indicators using all their sources and resources to make sure there’s no follow-up attempt here in the United States.
RADDATZ: And how about any information on whether some of those Somali-Americans might be involved in the attack, anything on that yet?
KING: I have not heard if any of them are involved or not. We know there’s probably still 15 to 20 Somali-Americans who are still active over there. The concern would be if any of those have come back to the United States and would use those abilities here in the United States.
Also Martha, this shows the really growing influence of al Qaeda in Africa. You have al Shabaab now in Somalia going off into Kenya, carrying out an attack outside its own country.
For years, the State Department did not want to declare al Shabaab a terrorist organization, because they thought it was focusing on tribal issue within Somalia. Now, we see, by attacking into Kenya they certainly have an international dimension to them.
You also have Boko Haram in Nigeria. And other — and also you have al Shabaab working closely with al Qaeda in the Arabian peninsula in Yemen.
So we’re talking about very significant terrorist groups here which are showing a capacity to attack outside of their borders and actually recruit people from here in the United States. Continue reading this article
As exemplars of the most extreme anti-American, anti-sovereignty leftism, San Francisco loves to poke normal citizens in the eye whenever possible. City leaders take pleasure in being the non-America outpost on the edge of the continent and would secede if not for all the federal cash it receives.
The state is headed in the same direction, given the super-majority of Democrats and complete disappearance of any Republican presence in the capitol. So Democrats feel free to enact their most outlandish left-wing fantasies.
One of the long-time targets of liberal state pols has been the federal Secure Communities, a common-sense program where the immigration status of arrested persons is checked along with their previous criminal history using a federal database. Deporting them removes dangerous persons from the country.
Proponents of the new proposal says it will still snag violent felons, but the urge toward permissiveness among California libs is not receding.
The upshot is that public safety is not a Democrat value, so the state is close to officially ignoring Secure Communities.
Sonia Cauich is not the kind of person federal authorities are looking to deport under the immigrant-crackdown Secure Communities program. But she’s exactly the kind of person who could trigger big changes in the program.
Cauich, 41, was almost sent back to Mexico two years ago when she was arrested by San Francisco police after calling 911 to report that her cousin was beating his wife and had hit her as well. He had disappeared by the time police arrived, but they ended up taking Cauich, who was undocumented, into custody.
A victim of domestic violence herself, Cauich says she was taken away from her sons – 6 months, 3 years and 10 years old – and held in County Jail for three days before being transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement and nearly deported.
She has since left her abusive husband and gotten a visa. But her children say they are terrified of the police.
“When the kids see the police, they are traumatized,” she said through an interpreter. “It was impactful for them – they don’t forget. … I tell my oldest, ‘If anything happens, you call the police.’ He says, ‘No, what if they take you?’ ”
Legislative push Supporters of changes to immigration policy are holding up stories like Cauich’s as telling examples as they work to pass legislation across the nation to buck the federal Secure Communities program. That program asks sheriffs to keep immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally, but who are otherwise cleared for release, behind bars until federal authorities can pick them up for deportation.
Critics of the program are looking at two victories in California, where legislation rejecting the program statewide and in San Francisco are on the verge of becoming law. Continue reading this article
The indispensable man was back on the Senate floor on Thursday, defending American workers who are struggling to survive in the jobless recovery. Senator Sessions warned clearly about the danger of an immigration bill conference committee, where a tough enforcement House bill would be blended with the disastrous Senate monstrosity, and amnesty would be rammed through. Corporations are laying off thousands of Americans, yet are demanding more foreigners be made available to hire in the place of citizens.
In another snip from the same speech, Sessions noted the Census finding that middle class incomes have declined for 18 years. That means money isn’t being saved for college and young people are postponing marriage. Four million fewer people are working today than in 2007, even though the population has grown. Of the jobs created this year, 77 percent are part-time. Workforce participation is the lowest since 1975.
With such a severe systemic job shortage, should the government double legal immigration in the next decade and beyond? Certainly not.
Here’s a companion press release from Thursday, that contains a lot of the important facts from Sessions’ speech about the economy:
WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, delivered the following speech today as the first in a series of remarks on the state of the U.S. economy:
“I have directed my staff on the Budget Committee to conduct a detailed analysis of the economic conditions facing working Americans: their wages, their employment, their household finances. I will give a series of talks over the coming weeks looking at their financial condition and the state of our nation economically. I will also attempt to look at the causes leading to our current financial difficulties and suggest some steps to restore America’s financial future.
The sad fact is that the state of middle- and lower-income Americans is worsening on nearly every front. The slow growth of the economy (the slowest economic recovery from a recession since World War II) is restraining the normal upward movement in income that previous generations have experienced. And, if you don’t have a job, you’re twice as likely to only find part-time as full-time work—if you can find any work at all.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, middle class incomes have declined for 18 years. Different parties, different presidents, different majorities in Congress. That means that savings for college and retirement are growing at all-time lows.
Young people are not marrying as early as they want, due to bad economic prospects. That means that families are launching later in life, which gives couples fewer years to pay down a mortgage or raise children.
Perhaps the single greatest source for economic anxiety for working Americans is the fear of losing their jobs.
It’s not just the unemployment rate, which remains too high at 7.3 percent in August 2013. It’s the number of people we all know who are working well below their potential because nothing is available that uses their job skills. It’s the number of people we know who have given up looking for work, or who are working part-time because nothing full-time is available for them.
Fewer people are working today than in 2007. That’s actual numbers—even though population has increased. Just before the recession hit in December of 2007, about 62.7 percent of the working-age population was working. If that same percentage was working today, we would have 154.1 million jobs. But we don’t. We have 144.2 million jobs and only 58.6 percent of the population is working.
Further east, in San Antonio, another bad apple of diversity has been located. The report says the arrest is for benefit fraud, but that the Iraqi refugee Ahmed Tayyeh (pictured) has al Qaeda connections. Surely there is a bigger story here, that will hopefully be revealed in time.
Plus, the case shows how little vetting the government does on the unsavory and dangerous characters it lets in here by the boatload — 200,000 Iraqis! More Muslims. Just what we don’t need.
SAN ANTONIO — On the surface, Ahmed Khudhur Tayyeh is a refugee, resettled in San Antonio in 2008 by the United Nations to help him escape persecution in his native Iraq.
The way this region’s Joint Terrorism Task Force tells it, however, the 39-year-old is suspected of having ties to Al-Qaida.
He was arrested earlier this month on an indictment charging him — not with terrorism — but with theft from the government, defrauding the Social Security Administration out of $7,995 in disability benefits and with withholding information that he had been getting a side income.
As one of nearly 200,000 Iraqi refugees approved by the U.S. government for resettlement in America since 2007, Tayyeh was given a green card, despite giving conflicting stories about how he injured his leg. In one story he allegedly said he took a hit from an improvised bomb, in another he said he was kidnapped by Iraqi police and shot in the leg. The government here gave him disability benefits because the injury supposedly prevented him from working. Continue reading this article
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