Obama Legacy Watch: Accelerated Syrian Refugee Influx Is Noted

It was reported on Tuesday that 225 Syrians arrived in the US on Monday, which was a record number for a single day. It’s not the sort of performance most Americans want, as shown by a Rasmussen poll of a couple weeks back, in which 59 percent of voters opposed the Obama’s import of 10,000 Syrians this year. But Obama is aimed toward his professed legacy of fundamentally changing America — which Muslim immigration will definitely do — and he doesn’t care what the little citizens want.

Below, these self-identified “refugees” demanded to be allowed entrance to Europe — or else!

It apparently didn’t make an impression in the White House when FBI Director James Comey testified last October in a House hearing that the US government cannot adequately screen Syrians for jihad connections because Washington has no access to Syrian databases. There is no way to do background checks without records, period, end of story.

But a little thing like admitting potential jihad enemies into the country does not seem to be a problem for Obama, who certainly likes Muslims very much. He has praised Muslims for helping to build America (a fantasy at best), while he has castigated Americans and Christians for ancient supposed misdeeds like the Crusades.

Still, it would reflect badly on Barack Hussein Obama if some of his Syrian imports were to commit murderous jihad in America. That topic was discussed on Tuesday between former CIA Director Jim Woolsey and Fox Business host Stuart Varney who inquired, “Why this sudden increase? Is this a mad rush to get them in?”

Director Woolsey answered, “I don’t know. I have an easier time getting inside the heads of terrorists and dictators than American politicians. . . The Director of the FBI says it’s really hard to vet people from that part of the world. Passports are easily bought and sold and modified and so forth. It’s a difficult problem but you can’t just ignore it and start admitting people.”

Responding to the political motivation, Woolsey observed, “He [Obama] seems to be making a number of changes, accelerating them here the last weeks to months of his administration because he wants to leave a legacy of some things that I and I think a lot of other people are very worried about, such as making nice to the Iranians and being a bit relaxed about their getting nuclear weapons. That’s not a heritage I would like to see him leave.” Regarding the influx of a million Muslims into Europe, Woolsey thought that there are “parts of London where sharia is the law. We couldn’t tolerate something like that.”

That remark about sharia being unacceptable in American neighborhoods was bravely spoken. But let’s check back on growing Islamic communities in Dearborn and Hamtramck Michigan and Lewiston Maine in a few years to see how well sharia is being resisted under the demographic onslaught.

If increased Muslim immigration is allowed to continue, there will be other towns threatened with sharia and worse.

State Department sets new single-day record for Syrian refugee approvals, By Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, May 24, 2016

The State Department admitted 80 Syrian refugees on Tuesday and 225 on Monday, setting a new single-day record as President Obama surges to try to meet his target of 10,000 approvals this year — sparking renewed fears among security experts who say corners are being cut to meet a political goal.

Officials insisted they’re moving faster because they’re getting better at screening, and say they’re still running all the traps on applicants.

But the new spike in numbers is stunning, with more people accepted on Monday alone than were approved in the entire months of January or February.

“The Obama administration is on full throttle to admit as many people as possible before the time clock runs out on them,” said Jessica Vaughan, policy studies director at the Center for Immigration Studies. “This is the classic scenario when political expediency trumps prudence, and someone slips through who shouldn’t have, and tragedy ensues.”

Powerless to stop the civil war in Syria, Mr. Obama has instead offered the U.S. as a safe haven for those fleeing the conflict, promising to accept 10,000 refugees between Oct. 1 and Sept. 30. As of Tuesday evening, he’d approved 2,540 — an average of about 10 applications a day.

To meet the 10,000 goal, that pace will have to spike to nearly 60 approvals a day. Continue reading this article

San Francisco Update to Sanctuary City Policy: Only Convicted Axe Murderers May Be Deported

The city’s Board of Supervisors met on Tuesday to sort out whether the current coddling of illegal aliens should be changed following the shocking death of Kate Steinle last July at the hands of a five-times-deported criminal. Unsurprisingly, the supes only clarified the enormous extent to which illegal aliens, including convicted criminals, are protected in San Francisco: the supervisors specified that only defendants charged with a violent crime and convicted of a violent crime within the past seven years can be referred to ICE for deportation. That is a rather limited category, one that protects foreign criminals rather than public safety.

Keep in mind that Steinle’s killer, Mexican Francisco Sanchez, admitted in a jailhouse confession that he moved to San Francisco because of its sanctuary policy, showing the program’s attraction to foreign criminals.

Kate Steinle was shot to death while strolling with her father on a popular San Francisco pier.

The pro-criminal outcome is not a surprise to anyone who has followed San Francisco’s descent into the love of murder diversity. If the 2008 triple murder of the Bologna family by an undeported MS-13 gangster who had attacked a pregnant woman on a bus didn’t convince the foggy anarchists to hand over dangerous foreigners to ICE, then nothing would.

Fox New reported on the San Francisco supervisors’ decision:

MARTHA MCCALLUM: San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously voting to uphold their so-called sanctuary city policy despite coming under fire this past year when 32-year-old Kate Steinle was shot and killed by a convicted felon who was living in the United States illegally, her accused killer protected by that controversial policy. Adam Housley, live in San Francisco where it seems like nothing is going to change because of all that. Good morning, Adam.

ADAM HOUSLEY: Yeah Martha, nothing’s going to change in that unanimously approved legislation which upholds the sanctuary city law. Remember the backlash, you touched on it, with Kate Steinle who was killed here last year. The man who she was killed by was wanted by ICE and was not turned over because of the sanctuary city law in San Francisco. Now what this measure does basically is it clarifies the protections available to illegal immigrants here, the measure calling for law enforcement officers to notify Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE only if a defendant is charged with a violent crime and has been convicted of a violent crime within the last seven years. That would be the only time city workers, including police officers, could disclose immigration status. Supervisor John Avalos sponsored the legislation.

JOHN AVALOS: What it would do is make sure that we’re very clear about who is responsible for any part of the workaround detaining people and notifying people, notifying ICE.

HOUSLEY: The San Francisco sheriff is resisting the limitation, says she wanted more say in the whole situation. She was elected here, of course, and would not necessarily have to follow this new city rule.

MCCALLUM: It’s got to make people think twice about the safety of that city, given what’s happened.

Illegal Alien Crossings Reach Two-Year High

The Washington Times reported Tuesday that illegal border crossings were the highest in two years. This is another item in the Obama countdown, where he knows he can get away with anything because Congress won’t take any sort of action. He’s releasing stone-cold jihadists from Gitmo, engaging in an apology tour dismissive of America’s strength in world affairs and assuring foreigners that their illegal entry to the United States will not be stopped.

Illegal aliens keep coming because they know they won’t be deported — or do they fear a President Trump?

Sheriff Paul Babeu of Pinal County Arizona discussed the lawlessness with Neil Cavuto on Tuesday. The sheriff has been trying to warn the American people of the danger, not that there is much that can be done while Obama is still in charge.

SHERIFF BABEU: We’re talking about no enforcement of the law. There’s no consequence when it comes to illegal immigration, evidenced in that number you just gave — 40,000 illegals — this is just in one month, so this is replicated, this is an all time high just in April. . . What ends up happening — and you heard Brandon Judd of the Border Patrol even say under oath before Congress — all these people are being released and there’s no consequence. . . If we can have 80,000, 120,000, just in my part of Arizona alone that are apprehended, then it stands to reason that ISIS or possible terrorists could come in here with military training, deliberate plans and all the financial resources.

Border chaos is Obama’s preferred normal and he’s getting plenty of it.

Illegal immigrant border crossings surge to highest level in nearly two years, By Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, May 23, 2016

The number of illegal immigrants crossing the southwestern border surged in April, reaching the highest point in nearly two years as Central American families and children traveling alone continued to test the Obama administration’s border controls.

More than 38,000 illegal immigrants were caught in April, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in new figures released Monday — the highest since July 2014, which was near the peak of the last surge that exposed massive holes in border and immigration policy.

The number of illegal immigrant children caught while traveling alone — known as unaccompanied alien children, or UAC — reached 5,219. And the number of family members caught traveling together reached 5,616.

But perhaps more worrisome is the spike in other illegal immigrants, who topped 27,000 for the first time in nearly two months, signaling that the problems at the border are not simply children and families fleeing violence back home, but also include the regular type of illegal immigrant traveling to the U.S. for work, and enticed by the promises of lax enforcement. Continue reading this article

Germany: Hostile Muslim Migrants Make Women Fearful of Being in Public Places

Two teenaged girls were sexually assaulted recently during a Berlin street festival celebrating diversity — what a cruel joke that word has become.

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And this crime wasn’t prevented by the substantial police presence, which was alert to mob attacks after the fiasco of mass sexual violence on New Years in Cologne where over a thousand women were attacked.

Concerned German citizen Olaf Spermer participated in a protest after the Cologne attacks against Chancellor Merkel’s policy of admitting so many foreigners. He remarked, “Especially what annoyed us in the past weeks and months, was the whole situation regarding foreigners, that how things were handled and not only I, but many people, think that it will all end in a very bad way.”

A German morning show reported on the Berlin attacks, and the growing fear of German women about their diminishing public safety was an important theme. That reaction is just what jihadists want, since they believe women should stay home out of sight, just as Islamic sharia law dictates. Islamic immigration is making European women less free in their own nations.

TV HOST: Two young women suddenly found themselves surrounded, sexually molested, and robbed. The incident strongly reminds us of the sex mob on New Year’s Eve in Cologne, and of course, the question remains: How safe are these big events for us women?

VOICE-OVER: Groped, forced to the ground, and robbed. Two 17- and 18-year-old girls just wanted to dance to African music at the Carnival of Cultures, when they suddenly found themselves surrounded by about ten men. A barkeeper named Melanie was nearby.

MELANIE: “I just heard that one girl threw herself on the floor, to make it appear as if she had blacked out, so that they might leave her alone, but on the contrary she immediately was robbed and groped. One passerby put himself in between, but they pushed him completely to the side.”

VOICE-OVER: But the passerby did not give in. He positioned himself protectively in front of the girls. The police then arrived, and they were able to arrest three teenage suspects. But this did not remain the only incident of this kind; attacks took place multiple times. Maik Mischek was a witness to many cases of the so called “Mob-Dancing” [“Antanzen”] ploy.

MAIK MISCHEK: “There just were so many pack formations, aggressive behavior, especially towards women, they move in small groups, about four to ten people, and then they just kinda push and dance into the women, and when they are so close to the women, they grope the women’s breasts, they grope butts, they just grope, in the most vile and disgusting way.”

VOICE-OVER: The Carnival of Cultures is the most popular street party in the capital city. Over 1.5 million people yearly visit this usually very peaceful event. These attacks over the weekend showed a dark side, and it reminded people of the sex mob attacks on Silvester Night in Cologne, during which over 1,100 women were attacked near the main train station through the use of “Mob-Dancing”, sexually molested and robbed. After the attacks in Berlin now, fear has become a constant companion.

MELANIE: Now of course one thinks about whether to even go to street parties, after a certain time at night I personally don’t go out anymore, especially not alone, if I were all by myself. One would constantly look back over one’s shoulder, be afraid, how suddenly, somehow a guy is behind you, or in front of you, if it turns into a group, you just don’t know. Continue reading this article

Retrofit Transforms Big-Rig Trucks Into Self-Driving Vehicles

It’s not that hard to imagine public acceptance of self-driving buses that poke around a simple route at a safe 12 mph, like the ones being tested in Greece. Also unthreatening is the little Google concept car designed with city driving in mind, shown below:

However, a self-driving big rig with no human in charge of a 80,000-pound loaded vehicle barreling along at highway speeds is another matter entirely.

Below, a self-driving truck made by Daimler was tested last year near the Hoover Dam in Nevada.

Still, the money to be saved by deleting drivers is catnip to business, and developers are focused on making the technology work. Otto, a start-up formed by former Google employees, is working on an add-on kit that will make an 18-wheeler self-driving. One of the developers, Lior Ron, recently discussed the project with Neil Cavuto:

The Wired article below is informative, and it assures us that even an autonomous big rig will have a human inside.

But will having a minder really help if a bad situation blows up quickly? In a circumstance where seconds matter, having a semi-engaged driver aboard may be the worst of all possible worlds. It’s somewhat reminiscent of the 2013 accident where an Asiana plane crashed on the seawall at the edge of the San Francisco Airport runway, killing three passengers. After the accident was analyzed, it was determined that the pilot wasn’t prepared to fly the plane manually during the emergency. Furthermore, a study from the FAA found that in general, pilots depend too much on automated flight systems, and many don’t have the skills to handle the plane by hand.

It’s not hard to imagine a similar future for big-rig truck drivers. Certainly the shipping companies would invest in the self-driving kits to save money, hoping to pay drivers less or get rid of some or all of them. One strategy would be platooning, where several undrivered trucks are linked electronically to the leader.

At any rate, the upshot is to save money by having fewer drivers to pay.

Keep in mind that automation in transportation as well as in many other job categories makes immigration an obsolete government program. If indeed half of US jobs are taken by smart machines in a couple decades, as Oxford researchers have forecast, American citizens will need those remaining jobs.

$30K Retrofit Turns Dumb Semis Into Self-Driving Robots, Wired.com, May 17, 2016

THE TRUCKING INDUSTRY is ready for revolution. Autonomous trucks aren’t as sexy as driverless cars, but they could have a bigger impact on our lives. Within years, they could make the roads safer, the air cleaner, and deliveries cheaper.

All of this is closer than you think. Last year, Daimler unveiled the world’s first autonomous semi. Volvo is working with Europe’s Project Sartre to develop road trains where a caravan of robo-trucks follows a leader.

The effort makes sense when you consider that trucks carry around 70 percent of the freight that transported across the US, and demand is growing. But shiny new trucks like the Daimler’s autonomous Freightliner will a long time to penetrate the market. Daimler says that won’t start happening until about 2025, meaning the 3.46 million big-rigs already on US roads aren’t getting any smarter anytime soon.

That’s why a new startup is developing a $30,000 kit that can make any truck built since 2013 autonomous. Otto, which comes out of hiding today, is led by Anthony Levandowski, who worked at Google on Streetview and mapping, and Lior Ron, who was the Google Maps Product Lead. They’re moving fast—the company launched in January and has about 40 employees nicked from Apple, Tesla, and Cruise, the autonomous startup GM recently bought for $1 billion. Continue reading this article

Europe’s Imported Muslim Violence Problem Is Taken Seriously by New York Times

Austria is holding an election on Sunday, and the immigration restrictionist candidate Norbert Hofer is polling well. The media calls him far right for having such unliberal views, but Europe is reaping what its elites, particularly German Chancellor Merkel, have sown, namely the open borders offered to the West’s 1400-year enemy of Islam.

Muslims are behaving normally, i.e. raping and pillaging among the infidels, but that barbaric conduct appears to be a surprise to the government suits in big offices. Elites imagine that historic enmity will disappear just because they want it to, even as “Rapefugees Not Welcome” signs are a common sight at citizen demonstrations.

A totally predictable result of open-borders anarchy is the growth of pro-borders patriots, such as in Germany where the AfD party made noteworthy gains in March, showing voter dissatisfaction with Merkel’s suicidal policy of inviting the hostile Muslim world.

An interesting sidebar is a recent report by the New York Times of the imported violent crime problem. Normally the paper just ignores the genuine havoc created by Muslim diversity loosed upon Europe. But a piece in Saturday’s paper took the suffering seriously and cited it as a factor in the Austrian election.

To be sure, the usual weasel words and phrases are used, like “anti-immigrant sentiment” being “whipped up” for political purposes. Still, the human cost of Merkel’s Muslim infatuation is examined by a look at the victims, particularly the grandmother who was raped by a migrant and now experiences anxiety and needs more care. The Afghan convicted of the crime received a sentence of only 20 months imprisonment because he claimed he was a minor — a common ploy among the invaders to get better treatment.

Migrant Crimes Add Volatile Element to Austria’s Election, By Alison Smale, New York Times, May 21, 2016

VIENNA — By any measure, the string of crimes has been terrible. A grandmother of three, walking her dog, raped along a riverbank. A 10-year-old boy sexually assaulted at a public swimming pool. A 21-year-old student gang raped near the giant Ferris wheel at Vienna’s famed Prater park. A 54-year-old woman beaten to death on the street.

The fact that the crimes were committed by recent migrants from war zones and an immigrant who had lived illegally in the country for years added an especially volatile element to the political climate ahead of the presidential election on Sunday, when Austria could become the first European country to elect a far-right candidate as head of state since the end of Nazism.

Nationalism and anti-immigrant sentiment had already been whipped up by the surge of refugees who streamed into Austria last year. Now, the assaults and the coverage of them in the tabloid press could help the far-right presidential candidate, Norbert Hofer of the Austria’s Freedom Party, in what appears to be a tight race against Alexander Van der Bellen, a former Green Party leader.

The Freedom Party has assailed crime and migrants for years, but the backlash against the latest influx of asylum seekers has been especially fierce in this election season. Chancellor Werner Faymann, the leader of the coalition government, was forced out on May 9 after the two centrist parties that have dominated Austria for decades were trounced in the first round of presidential voting.

Sunday’s runoff between Mr. Hofer and Mr. Van der Bellen could turn on concerns that the country’s leaders lost control under the tide of refugees and migrants who reached Europe last year.

At least 90,000 people applied for asylum in this country of 8.4 million before Austria’s government shut its borders and persuaded all the Balkan states, through which the migrants trekked from Greece, to follow suit.

Since then, the challenges of integrating the refugees have become clearer as concerns about crime, sexual mores and cultural clashes come into stark relief across Europe, highlighted by the New Year’s Eve assaults on German women by Arab or North African men in Cologne.

A link between the increased numbers of asylum seekers in the country and any rise in sexual assaults and other crimes has not been established statistically, the Interior Ministry and the Vienna police say.

Over all, the agencies said, crime has declined in the Austrian capital over the past decade.The number of criminal offenses nationwide also declined, to 417,000 in 2015 from 427,000 in 2014, although a slight rise was recorded in the first quarter of this year, the Interior Ministry said.

But especially grim acts, starting with the rape of the grandmother in September, have been hashed over with increasing intensity, feeding the anti-migrant sentiment that helped propel Mr. Hofer to first place in the first round last month.

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Sylvia Bubits, 54, walked a path her mother once took daily before she was raped last September.

“Is it just a feeling? Or actually the shocking reality?” the biggest-circulation daily, Kronen Zeitung, asked in early May, reporting on sex crimes and robberies in three Austrian cities. The newspaper asserted that women increasingly fear some public spaces, and questioned whether “one really cannot detect a trend in the statistics.”

Sylvia Bubits, 54, is living the conflicts dividing Austria. She is a longtime resident of Traiskirchen, the town just south of Vienna that hosts Austria’s largest center for refugees. Displaced people first arrived from the conflicts of the Cold War, then from the Balkans and now from the Middle East and beyond.

Ms. Bubits is also the daughter of the woman, now 72, who was raped while walking her dog on Sept. 1. Since the attack, Ms. Bubits said, her mother has gone from being healthy to ridden with anxiety and requiring close attention.

“It goes up and down,” Ms. Bubits said, but “it’s basically as if she was suddenly 90.” Continue reading this article

California Reports Explosive Growth of Foreign Students

After years of complaints from taxpaying California parents that their qualified kids were not being admitted to state universities, a recent report found that numbers of foreign students has skyrocketed over the last decade. So much for government accountability in a one-party Democrat state.

At the prestigious UC Berkeley, shown below, 30 percent of the fall freshmen class of 2014 were not California residents.

CaliforniaForeignStudentGrowth2006-2016State universities insist they are broke and rely on the higher non-resident tuition to make ends meet. So foreigners and out-of-staters take more slots leaving fewer for residents.

A state auditor’s report released a few weeks back showed that universities lowered standards for non-residents to favor their admission.

Meanwhile, the University manages to dispense financial aid for illegal alien students who are also taking up slots that should go to California citizen young people. The illegals get cash for school under the California Dream Act which is estimated to cost taxpayers $65 million this year (California: 20,000 Illegal Alien College Students Sign Up for Free-to-Them Money).

Like Washington, Sacramento’s motto is “Americans last.” And people wonder why Trump is winning.

California’s foreign student population explodes over decade, Sacramento Bee, May 19, 2016

The number of foreign students studying in California schools doubled from 2006 to 2016, with public, private and community colleges seeing sharp growth, new federal data show.

The trend comes as learning abroad at a prestigious American university becomes more popular among foreign students, and as California public colleges increasingly count on the revenue generated by the higher tuition international students pay.

California schools enrolled about 205,000 foreign students in March, up from 99,000 in 2006, according to the U.S. Department of State. About 75 percent of those students were in public or private colleges.

That translates to about 5 student visas per 1,000 California residents. Only four states – Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York and Delaware – had a higher ratio of student visas. Most of those states, like California, have renowned schools attractive to international students.

The most recent data on foreign student enrollment by individual college comes from 2014. Among California colleges, the University of Southern California enrolled the most international students in 2014, about 10,000, or almost a quarter of the student body, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Most of those students were in graduate school.

Next in line were UCLA and UC Berkeley, which each had more than 6,000 international students in 2014, or close to 15 percent of their student body. In the California State University system, San Jose State had the highest number of international students, at 3,600, or 11 percent of its student body. Among community colleges, Santa Monica College topped the list, enrolling about 3,300 international students, roughly 11 percent of its student body.

More than 80 percent of foreign students studying in California come from Asia, federal data show.

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The trend has come with some controversy. The California state auditor recently issued a report saying the University of California has disadvantaged resident students because of an increased emphasis on recruiting applicants from out of state and overseas. The UC system took in $727 million in nonresident fees in 2014-15, including foreign and out-of-state students, up from $227 million in 2005-06. UC officials say the extra money allows them to underwrite slots for California students following years of budget cuts.

Uber Will Begin Testing Self-Driving Cabs in Pittsburgh

It wasn’t that long ago that the gig economy of independent contractors performing services was hailed as the hip new way of work. One such job has been people operating their own cars as taxis using ride-sharing aps on their smart phones to connect with riders.

However, technology is moving rapidly these days, and the ride-share companies are moving into self-driving vehicles to cut out the cost of drivers. For one, Uber plans to move to a self-driving model as shown by its hiring of dozens of Carnegie automation experts. General Motors is investing $500 million in Lyft, indicating GM thinks the self-driving world is coming and wants to be a part of it.

Here’s a video of about the Uber robot car read by a robot:

The Daily Mail at least noted in passing that the technology would put nearly half a million human drivers out of work.

So America won’t need any more immigrant taxi drivers then, right?

Uber drivers, beware: Taxi app tests self-driving car in Pittsburgh that could put all of its ‘contractors’ out of work, Daily Mail, May 19, 2016

Google’s self-driving car may own the streets on the west coast, but Uber has staked its claim on the east – meaning its nearly half million drivers may need to look for other work.

The ride-sharing pioneer announced it will begin testing autonomous vehicles around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the next coming weeks.

The hybrid Ford Fusions, complete with Uber logos, will soon be seen mapping Steel City and testing its self-driving capabilities on public streets.

Included in the announcement is a photo of an all black hybrid Ford Fusions that is fully equipped with a variety of sensor, radars and high-resolution cameras.

Not only does the San Francisco- based firm believe self-driving cars are the way of the future, it says this technology has the potential ‘to save millions of lives and improve quality of life for people around the world’. Continue reading this article

Muslim Refugees Endanger the Safety of All Americans, but Particularly of Women

Remarks concerning the 2017 US Refugee Admissions Program

Following is a memo sent to the State Department concerning the refugee resettlement policies of the government, as helpfully suggested to readers of Refugee Resettlement Watch:

Washington’s refugee rescue project has gone from an expensive do-gooder welfare program to a dangerous national security threat.

The government is not admitting the true victims of Middle East horrors but is instead welcoming the perpetrator tribe: the Washington Times reported last November that among Syrians admitted as refugees, 96 percent were Muslim and only 3 percent were Christians. In the Middle East, Christians are subject to genocide by ISIS and other jihadists, and Christian communities are being destroyed. One tragic headline from NBC: “Has Last Christian Left Iraqi City of Mosul after 2,000 Years?”

Worse, our government has reduced its refugee screening program from two years to three months. However the latest iteration of “good enough for government work” probably doesn’t matter anyway: FBI Director Comey admitted last October in a House hearing that the US cannot adequately check Syrians for jihad affiliation because Washington cannot access Syrian databases. There is no way to do background checks without records, so even the three-month screening is a farce.

Nevertheless, refugees are being dumped in American communities, many of which do not understand the extent to which they are being endangered. President Obama is determined to unload 10,000 Syrians into the country within this fiscal year no matter what the threat. Last September, Secretary of State Kerry announced the US would “significantly increase our numbers for refugee resettlement” despite the danger to Americans, and he noted, “And in the next fiscal year, we’ll target 100,000, and if it’s possible to do more, we’ll do.”

Mike McCaul, Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, observed last year, “Many Americans are understandably concerned about the threat posed by inadequate security screening procedures for refugee seeking entry into the United States. ISIS themselves have stated their intention to take advantage of the crisis to infiltrate the west. We have to take this threat seriously.”

Senator Jeff Sessions, Chair of the Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, has expressed his concern about increased numbers of refugees. Within the context of how immigration of various categories is running at record highs, he noted the diminished ability of the nation to cope with the influx, which is worsened by overcrowded schools, the weak jobs economy and other factors. In September, the senator called for a long-term strategy to deal with Islamist ideology, and that did not include inviting thousands more of them to live among us. Instead, he emphasized the strategy of containment, which America used successfully in the Cold War.

Europe shows the horror Washington is rushing willy-nilly to imitate. For those of us who value women’s rights and safety, the mass sexual attacks that occurred on New Years in Cologne and other cities were a reminder of how bad Muslim diversity can be. On February 15, the AP reported that of the 73 suspects arrested thus far out of more than a thousand criminal complaints, the “overwhelming majority” were refugees, according to Cologne prosecutor Ulrich Bremer.

It’s no surprise then that a word has sprung up to describe the new social reality brought by unrestricted Muslim immigration: Rapefugee. A Google search of that descriptive term can be quite illuminating.

One result of the demographic earthquake is that police have begun telling European women to stay home because authorities cannot guarantee their safety on the newly Islamified continent. Police in Östersund in northern Sweden have warned women not to be out on their own after dark. Continue reading this article

Expanding Pavement and Subdivisions: The Cost of Unlimited Immigration

Say good-bye to the open visas of yesteryear; say hello to tracks of suburban housing from sea to polluted sea. There’s no surprise: as Washington has admitted millions of immigrants decade after decade, all the newbies need a place to live — or the Americans hope to flee to some undiverse community where English is still spoken.

Perpetual immigration comes with a big cost to American open spaces which cannot be unpaved or restored to a pristine state. According to a report released this week concerning 11 western states, an area totaling 4,321 square miles was developed from 2001 to 2011.

Natural beauty is part of our national heritage, but it is being destroyed by extreme immigration. Plus California in particular has suffered from a terrible drought over the past few years, but nobody in government ever says population growth may well overwhelm the water supply.

In frontier America, the open spaces of the West represented potential and hope for the future, as expressed in the 1867 Albert Bierstadt painting below, Emigrants Crossing the Plains.

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Around 27 percent of California’s population (more than 10 million people) is foreign born, a fact not mentioned in the Mercury’s news article.

America’s vanishing West: California losing most land to development, By Paul Rogers, San Jose Mercury News, May 17, 2016

The Oakhurst subdivision abuts open space in Clayton, Calif. (Contra Costa Times)

The Oakhurst subdivision abuts open space in Clayton, Calif. (Contra Costa Times)

The natural landscape of the American West is gradually disappearing under a relentless march of new subdivisions, roads, oil and gas production, agricultural operations and other human development, according to a detailed mapping study released Tuesday.

From 2001 to 2011, an area totaling 4,321 square miles — or 15 times the size of San Jose, Oakland and San Francisco combined — was modified by development in the 11 Western states, the report found, with California losing the most natural land, and Wyoming and Utah changing at the fastest rate.

“We are nibbling away at our wild places at a fairly rapid clip,” said Mike Dombeck, former chief of the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in the 1990s.

The report — at www.disappearingwest.org — was produced by scientists at Conservation Science Partners, a non-profit research organization based in Truckee, , who spent a year analyzing more than 30 large databases and a decade of satellite images over Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Continue reading this article

Switzerland: “Robots” Promote Guaranteed Income for Humans

Robots were on parade recently in Zurich to demonstrate in favor of a basic income for all citizens, a referendum item which is slated for the June 5 Swiss election.

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Whether you agree with the solution, it’s refreshing to see people debating the socially transformative problem — what are humans supposed to do for income when half or more jobs are done by smart machines over the long term? As NYU Professor Gary Marcus remarked last Labor Day, “Eventually I think most jobs will be replaced, like 75 or 80 percent of the people are not going to work for a living.”

That’s a social apocalypse headed this way, and most political leaders are on snooze-mode.

It’s particularly disappointing that the debate-filled presidential campaign has had zero discussion about a likely cause for the jobless recovery — surely automation is at least partially (largely?) to blame, in addition to excessive government regulation. Clearly the recession caused many businesses to switch to machines to save money, and the result is being seen in lower employment. (See my Social Contract article: Presidential Candidates: Why Is Automation’s Job Destruction Not Being Debated?.)

As I have described, only two governments have grappled with the approaching automation behemoth: Tennessee and Israel. More attention in the states would be welcome, as well as in Washington, if the people in the Congress aren’t too busy with fundraising for re-election.

The idea of a guaranteed basic income as a remedy to technological unemployment has been floating around on the internets where the automation future is being discussed, both pro and con. The strategy was included in Martin Ford’s important book, Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future. He cites Hayek as a conservative proponent of the proposal.

Of course, a government that controls and dispenses incomes sounds a whole lot like socialism, and we know how well that hasn’t worked. If anyone can come up with a capitalism-based response to the robot catastrophe, inquiring minds would love to hear it.

It looked like the Zurich robots had a good time, at least.

Naturlich, the robots should also advocate for an end to immigration in Switzerland, because foreign workers will not be needed in the near future, if they ever were. In fact,

Automation makes immigration obsolete.

However, it should be noted that the Swiss have been generally sensible about maintaining control of their sovereignty and society by voting to limit foreign residents.

‘Robot’ activists in Switzerland demand guaranteed income for all humans, RT.com, May 1, 2016

A “robot rally” has taken place in Zurich, with more than 100 activists wearing cardboard costumes in the streets as part of a major call for the introduction of Unconditional Basic Income (UBI) in Switzerland.

The Swiss are set to go to the polls on June 5 in a referendum on a guaranteed income for everyone. The sum proposed stands at 2,500 Swiss Francs ($2,500). The Swiss people will be voting on a new article in the country’s constitution which stipulates that the federal government would have to implement the UBI with an “amount high enough for people to live off in dignity.”

According to the organizers of the first rally of its kind in the world, activists from the Unconditioned Basic Income (BGE) movement, claim that the main idea of an UBI is to secure the basic needs of human life unconditionally. Calling themselves “the robots”, they argue that humans should be free and not struggle for basic income.

“We want to work for the humans to relieve them from the struggle for income. We are really good in working. But we do not want to take away people’s jobs and thereby bring them into existential difficulties,” a BGE declaration adopted earlier this year reads.

Fearing that soon the dangers of robotization in the workforce will cost humans their jobs, the “robots” decided to play an active role in defending the idea to introduce “an Unconditional Basic Income for all humans.” Continue reading this article

Industry Still Imports Cheap Foreign Labor in Violation of US Law

Sunday’s front page of the San Jose Mercury News headlined with an investigative piece about how businesses obtain cheap foreign labor. The piece details how companies use the various visa-laundering companies that admit sketchy workers and allow business to evade US laws regarding immigration, wages and work conditions. The local company Tesla was the case under scrutiny.

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The face of the story is Gregor Lesnik, a Slovenian electrician hired to work at Tesla’s Fremont plant. He worked 10-hour days, six days a week installing pipes in a Tesla paint shop until he fell through the roof. He sustained serious injuries, for which none of the companies which aided his hiring wanted to be financially responsible: being a subcontractor is a common and convenient excuse. Lesnik is currently engaged in a lawsuit that has shined a light on the corrupt cheap labor system.

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The Tesla company has recently gotten a lot of positive press when thousands of people lined up to order the high tech cars the business has promised to produce. The founder of Tesla, Elon Musk, has been successful in recent launches of Spacex, a reusable space vehicle. Apparently cheap foreign labor has been part of his business model.

Hopefully this report will spark more investigation of how American citizens are being cheated out of needed jobs.

This video from the Mercury story explains how the visa scam worked in Lesnik’s case:

Here’s a local news report:

The online news story has more photos and charts:

The Hidden Workforce Expanding Tesla’s Factory, By Louis Hansen, San Jose Mercury News, May 15, 2015

The automaker’s urgent upgrade of its Fremont facility benefited from cheap, imported workers, but did the companies involved flout visa and labor laws?

When Gregor Lesnik left his pregnant girlfriend in Slovenia for a job in America, his visa application described specialized skills and said he was a supervisor headed to a South Carolina auto plant.

Turns out, that wasn’t true.

The unemployed electrician had no qualifications to oversee American workers and spoke only a sentence or two of English. He never set foot in South Carolina. The companies that arranged his questionable visa instead sent Lesnik to a menial job in Silicon Valley. He earned the equivalent of $5 an hour to expand the plant for one of the world’s most sophisticated companies, Tesla Motors.

Lesnik’s three-month tenure ended a year ago in a serious injury and a lawsuit that has exposed a troubling practice in the auto industry. Overseas contractors are shipping workers from impoverished countries to American factories, where they work long hours for low wages, in apparent violation of visa and labor laws.

About 140 workers from Eastern Europe, mostly from Croatia and Slovenia, built a new paint shop at Tesla’s Fremont plant, a project vital to the flagship Silicon Valley automaker’s plans to ramp up production of its highly anticipated Model 3 sedan. Their story emerged from dozens of interviews conducted by the Bay Area News Group, and an extensive review of payroll, visa and court documents.

Yet neither the contractors involved nor Tesla itself have accepted legal responsibility for the hiring practices, long hours and low pay. While most of the imported workers interviewed for this story said they are happy with their paychecks, their American counterparts earn as much as $52 an hour for similar work.

“There’s definitely something wrong with this picture,” said Rob Stoker, president of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Alameda County, who believes local sheet metal workers lost tens of thousands of work hours and millions of dollars in wages.

Critics say the U.S. government hasn’t done enough to halt such arrangements, and has become an unwitting partner by allowing the workers to enter the country on a nonimmigrant visa for tourism and business, known as a B1/B2. Replacing U.S. workers with foreign visa holders for construction work is an improper use of the business visa, they say.

Recruited by a small Slovenian company called ISM Vuzem, Lesnik, 42, and his co-workers were flown into the U.S. for months at a time, housed in nondescript apartments, and shuttled to the Tesla plant six and sometimes seven days a week, according to workers and the suit. Continue reading this article

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