Congress is back from its August recess, which mostly means trouble, but at least Senator Jeff Sessions is on the floor with his enlightening remarks.
Regarding the President’s political postponement of amnesty until after the November election, Sessions noted,
“The American people have one chance to have their voice heard. The President is talking about unilateral, illegal action contrary to American law to legalize as many as 5 to 6 million people — and we shouldn’t inject it into the election? And the Democratic senators and other senators who fail to object to that? They should be protected and not be criticized for allowing it to occur? Is that what we’ve gotten to in a democracy? That the President can make this decision and not involve the American people?
What’s particularly disturbing is our Senate Democratic colleagues don’t object to the President carrying out his executive amnesty, unilateral amnesty. They only prefer that the President implement it after the election, after the race is over, so they don’t have to explain it to the people they represent. What’s wrong with the American people being able to influence their government? Is the President above that? Has he reached such a high level of popularity he doesn’t have to worry about what the American people say, think or believe? That he can just advocate and carry out policies based on political deals he’s made with big business and special interests?”
A recent study from USC put the proportion of illegal alien workers in California at 10 percent (which sounds on the low side). Sending the job thieves home would free up thousands of jobs for law-abiding citizens.
Sitting at her street vending booth with products arrayed neatly on a sequined purple tablecloth, Jackie Lloyd reflects nostalgically on the days when she had a steady salary and regular hours.
That was four years ago, before the 39-year-old was laid off from her job as an elementary school cafeteria worker and mounting bills forced her to venture into self-employment.
Now the Pico-Union resident hops from location to location, selling body oils, shea butter, soap and incense. She moves when nearby businesses complain or she feels unsafe.
Some days, her sales bring in $150. Others, they don’t break $20.
“If I just had a 9-to-5 job, it’d be guaranteed money,” she said. “Then again, I’m my own boss, and I meet different people every day.”
￼Once the domain of recent immigrants trying to scratch out a living, the ranks of sidewalk merchants have swelled since the economy soured in 2007. The group — an estimated 10,000 countywide — is now larger and more diverse, pulling in out-of-work professionals, war veterans and single mothers, according to a recent report by the Los Angeles chief legislative analyst’s office. Continue reading this article
The head of the UK Independence Party, Nigel Farage, recently visited the United States for a few days and got a fair amount of attention from the conservative media.
He spoke about the failure of “four decades of state-sponsored multiculturalism” in Britain when he appeared with Fox’s Neal Cavuto on Wednesday:
Farage sensibly recommended that ISIS fighters from Britain not be allowed to return to the country, a suggestion that PM David Cameron picked up, though Obama hasn’t.
NIGEL FARAGE: We’ve seen an increased radicalization within the United Kingdom, much of this I’m afraid to say is a self-inflicted wound. We’ve had four decades of state-sponsored multiculturalism. We’ve actually encouraged people not to come together and be British but to live separately, to live apart.
NEIL CAVUTO: Kind of like what we are doing here.
FARAGE: Yes, there are similarities. We even have the last Archbishop of Canterbury suggesting that Sharia law be acceptable in British cities. So, I’m afraid we have been weak and we have not been muscular in standing up and saying to people, ‘We are a Christian country. We have a Christian constitution, a Judeo-Christian culture. We’ve allowed our schools to be infiltrated. Our prisons, you know, are now perhaps where jihadism is on the march more rapidly than anywhere else. Much of this we’ve done to ourselves.
For another interview with Nigel Farage, check out Laura Ingraham’s talk with him, where the subject of immigration was included: “Controlling immigration is a logical, sensible thing to do,” Farage remarked.
Senator Jeff Sessions released a statement on Friday that warned of the dangerous time following the election when politicians feel free to take actions against the wishes of the voters, since the public’s memories are often short.
Obama has drawn back for the time being from his promise of an executive amnesty, largely in the hope that Democrat Senators in red states might benefit in November.
WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today after a Politico report about Senate Democrats’ continued support for the President’s planned executive amnesty, modified only by their desire to alter the timing until after the election:
“A development today reported by Politico ought to send shudders down the spine of those who care about our representative system of government. In an article entitled ‘More Senate Democrats urge Obama to delay immigration order,’ we learn that Senate Democrats—instead of opposing the President’s executive amnesty—urge him to issue it after they face voters in November. As one office relayed to Politico: ‘Obama should use his executive authority to make fixes to the immigration system, but after the November elections.’
The only thing that is more shocking than Senate Democrats’ support for the President’s planned executive amnesty is the cravenness of asking him to proceed beginning the day after the midterms. Once again, powerful politicians are colluding with powerful interest groups to deny you, the American citizen, the protection of your laws and your voice in government. They don’t care what you want, or what you think—they scorn and mock our good and decent citizens for wishing their laws to be enforced.
The federal government continues to redistribute illegal alien children around the country where local schools are forced to pay for their special extended needs beyond mere classroom education. A recent estimate from FAIR puts the price tag at $761 million for this school year, but that amount does not include a myriad of associated costs.
The Washington Times did a front-page story for Thursday’s paper with some analysis of available information about how many kids and where in America they have been dumped.
One county reports that up to half of the kids have experienced severe psychological trauma, which will show up in behavioral problems if it is not treated soon. However, it’s likely some of the traumatized kids speak some Indian language like Kanjobal, Quiche or Ixil and psychologists conversant in those languages are rare to none. So education is the least of the problems such schools face.
Border surge kids stretch budgets, need help with English, remedial education
Central American children may be surging across the southwest border, but their effect is felt in school districts across the country — and nowhere more than in Alexandria, Virginia, where federal authorities this year placed 205 in a city of fewer than 150,000 people.
The children could increase the school-age population in the county by more than 1 percent, marking a significant influx of students likely to need intense help with English and other remedial education programs.
No longer just a border problem, the surge is now an issue for officials in communities throughout the country, where 126 counties or cities have at least 50 children, almost all of them school age, who have been placed with relatives or foster families within their jurisdictions.
“It challenges us every day,” said Scott Kizner, superintendent of schools in Harrisonburg, Virginia. “A lot of these children require special services.”
With the school year gearing up, districts are grappling with the situation. One county reported that as many as half of the children from the border surge have experienced major psychological trauma, either from gang violence in their home countries or hardships such as hunger and rape during their journey to the U.S.
“We have seen kids who are traumatized by violence or being witnesses to violence,” said Patricia Chiancone, an outreach counselor at the Prince George’s County Public Schools’ international student counseling office.
More common are educational struggles. School districts say the children lag behind in English language skills and trail their peers in core subjects. Continue reading this article
I trust you had a wonderful birthday. For me, my family and hundreds of thousands of other Americans we will never have another wonderful birthday. We will never have another wonderful holiday and in fact we will never have another wonderful day. Yes, we smile, we laugh but it is a façade to allow us to be a part of the world. We try to forget but it is impossible. Every day we hear a song, see a photo, drive by a familiar place or receive a piece of mail addressed to them that brings it all back. We have all lost a child, a spouse, a parent a sibling or a partner to someone who entered the country illegally.
He made the letter public which has gotten a bit of attention from the news media, including an interview with Neil Cavuto on Fox News:
The Washington Times also reported on the Rosenberg case:
Calls immigration policies politically motivated as president weighs executive action
The father of a man killed by an illegal immigrant in a car crash has challenged President Obama to visit his son’s grave before declaring any executive action halting deportations.
In a letter that Don Rosenberg sent last month to Mr. Obama through top officials at the Homeland Security Department, the grieving father said his son Drew might be alive had the federal government deported illegal immigrants who had run-ins with the law.
“My son and all of the others are considered collateral damage in the quest for votes and campaign contributions,” he wrote. “Illegal immigration is not a victimless crime.”
Mr. Rosenberg’s son was killed while riding his motorcycle in 2010 when Roberto Galo, an illegal immigrant, made an illegal turn and crashed into him. Mr. Rosenberg said the man, who was driving without a license, ran over his son three times as he tried to flee the scene.
The grieving father wrote the letter as Mr. Obama was pondering more unilateral steps on immigration. The president said the moves are justified by a broken system and the need to keep families together in the U.S.
But Mr. Rosenberg said the immigration debate focuses too heavily on illegal immigrant families and not enough on American families affected by the actions of illegal immigrants. Continue reading this article
In the early 1930s, Winston Churchill warned against the coming threat of Hitler, German re-armament and the Nazi party. Today’s prescient politician with an eye on future danger is a member of the Dutch Parliament, Geert Wilders, who has been alerting the West about hostile Islam for years.
One action that got Wilders in trouble (specifically a trial for committing free speech) was producing a 15-minute documentary film, Fitna, that matched verses from the Koran with acts of terror:
He recently reiterated his arguments against Muslim immigration to his colleagues:
Madam Speaker, actually I was expecting flowers from you. I am celebrating an anniversary these days. Exactly ten years and two days ago, I left a party whose name I cannot immediately remember. During these ten years and two days. I have been much criticized. Most importantly for always saying the same thing.
My critics are right. Indeed, my message had been the same during all these years. And today, I will repeat the same message about Islam again. For the umpteenth time. As I have been doing for ten years and two days.
I have been vilified for my film Fitna. And not just vilified, but even prosecuted. Madam Speaker, while not so many years ago, everyone refused to broadcast my film Fitna, we can today watch Fitna 2, 3, 4 and 5 daily on our television screens. It is not a clash of civilizations that is going on, but a clash between barbarism and civilization.
The Netherlands has become the victim of Islam because the political elite looked away. Here, in these room, they are all present, here and also in the Cabinet, all these people who looked away. Every warning was ignored.
As a result, also in our country today, Christians are being told: “We want to murder you all”. Jews receive death threats. Swastika flags at demonstrations, stones go through windows, molotov cocktails, Hitler salutes are being made, macabre black ISIS flags wave in the wind, we hear cries, such as “Fck the Talmud”, on the central square in Amsterdam.
Indeed, Madam Speaker, this Summer, Islam came to us.
In all naivety, Deputy Prime Minister Asscher states that there is an “urgent demand” from Muslims to “crack down” on this phenomenon. Last Friday, in its letter to Parliament, the Cabinet wrote that jihadists are hardly significant. They are called a “sect”, a “small” group.
This is what those who look away wish, these deniers of the painful truth for 10 years and two days, the ostrich brigade Rutte 2.
But the reality is different. According to a study, 73% of all Moroccans and Turks in the Netherlands are of the opinion that those who go to Syria to fight in the jihad are “heroes”. People whom they admire.
And this is not a new phenomenon. Thirteen years ago, 3,000 people died in the attacks of 9/11. We remember the images of burning people jumping from the twin towers. Then, also, three-quarters of the Muslims in the Netherlands condoned this atrocity. That is not a few Muslims, but hundreds of thousands of Muslims in the Netherlands condoning terrorism and saying jihadists are heroes. I do not make this up. It has been investigated. It is a ticking time bomb. Continue reading this article
Business reporter Stuart Varney appeared on Fox News Thursday morning to comment upon the new unemployment figures:
STUART VARNEY: “The numbers are pretty good, I gotta say, those headline numbers hit you pretty good. But you dig a little deeper just beneath the surface and you see that not everybody is sharing in this recovery… What you’ve got is steady, not spectacular, growth.
Now the other side of the coin, the other side of the headlines, not everybody is sharing in this, prosperity is not widespread. You’ve got wages which are static, you’ve got a lot of part-time jobs being created, not full-time well paid jobs but part-time stuff. Youth unemployment very very high, the middle class is actually shrinking. So you’ve got, dare I say, a dichotomy, between what you’re seeing in the headlines in the official numbers and how it actually feels on the ground, the two are different things…
The other side of the coin is American corporations are frankly the best run in the world. They’re making do with far less, they’re squeezing more profit and they’re using technology in the best possible way. That’s why you’ve got Wall Street at an all time high.”
“Technology” means more computers, automation and robotics, and therefore fewer humans are required to accomplish the work. Improved technology is one of the three factors crushing the American worker: smart machines, outsourcing and immigration.
Below, a government chart shows how productivity and employment have moved apart in recent years.
If Republicans were smart, they would campaign on the Obama’s anemic recovery, hampered by over-regulation and other Democrat afflictions. In particular, GOPers should denounce amnesty as a stab in the back to American workers and focus on protecting American jobs.
The downward trend for workers in the workplace has not gone unnoticed. PBS Newshour reported an interesting poll on Labor Day that showed how pessimistic citizens have become about making a living: 71 percent say they believe the economy has permanently changed for the worse. Interestingly, part of the blame is placed on “foreign workers,” so Americans are aware of the government-produced demographic changes.
JUDY WOODRUFF: We turn now to another take on today’s economic picture.
Jeffrey Brown has that story.
JEFFREY BROWN: For many months now, the number of new jobs created has risen and the jobless rate has fallen substantially, all part of what looks like a slow, but steady recovery.
But a new study finds that Americans are hardly upbeat; 71 percent say they believe the economy has permanently changed for the worse. And that’s compared to 49 percent who thought so just after the economic crisis had hit.
Political scientist Cliff Zukin of Rutgers University worked on the survey, and joins us now.
Welcome to you.
Well, let’s start with the big picture, this idea that more people feel there’s been permanent damage now than even a few years right after the recovery. They’re more pessimistic now?
CLIFF ZUKIN, Rutgers University: They’re more pessimistic now.
I think they’re unhappy and I think they’re anxious. What we found is that the notion that there’s been a permanent change in the economy has grown, not receded, as we have now hit almost five years of continuous growth. And the key to understanding this is, it’s just not showing up in their personal life. Continue reading this article
It’s good to have a specific estimate of the education costs, however that’s just the tip of the iceberg. While an urban Mexican child probably has attended school, speaks Spanish (rather than Kanjobal) and knows how a pencil works, the Central American kiddies may have none of those advantages. The Centrals need to be brought up to zero (if possible), and that will cost a lot of American tax dollars.
A lot of the children gave a birthdate of January 1st. A lot of them could not sign their names; they had to sign their names with an X. And a lot of them were illiterate, not only in English, but also in Spanish, and spoke a tribal dialect, a mountain dialect, so it really made it difficult to place these students in any kind of a classroom setting.
The current border-crossing kids will need lots of special services, including expensive psychological treatment for trauma, and La Raza types will demand it if adequate welfare goodies are not forthcoming.
Many of the Central American kids will drop out of school because the latin culture does not stress scholarship as a top value the way Chinese values do. School sounds like a swell idea in the abstract, but Centrals don’t understand the daily grind of studying as a prerequisite to success.
And because there will be even fewer jobs for unskilled foreigners in the near future, many of today’s needy kiddies will turn to crime in a few years to get by. Some of the teens already have gang tattoos, so there will be plenty of opportunity to hook up with experts.
Back to the near-term educational cost estimate: it’s likely that most of the new stuff for foreigners will mean cutbacks in what American students get at school.
A new report puts the price of educating the thousands of illegal immigrant children who recently crossed into the U.S. at a whopping $761 million this school year — as some school systems push for the feds to pick up the tab.
The estimate comes from the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), which issued a report on the 37,000 “unaccompanied minors” – who mainly are from Central America – after analyzing data from the Department of Health and Human Services and education funding formulas in all 50 states.
The numbers underscore the concerns critics have raised for months about the burden the surge is putting on local school systems and governments.
“We’re not doing American students any favors by dumping in tens of thousands of additional illegal alien children,” FAIR’s Bob Dane told Fox News.
The report breaks down the costs by state. The biggest impact reportedly will be seen in California, Texas, Florida and New York. The Empire State leads the list with a bill of more than $147 million. Continue reading this article
Student visas are the perfect scam for any youngish-lookng person to enter the United States for whatever reason: simply enroll in some sort of educational institution from genuine accredited universities to low-rent visa mills, then never show up for classes and disappear into stupid-open America. The current estimate is that 6,000 foreigners considered concerning have taken advantage of this “system” among 58,000 visa overstayers this year overall.
Foreign students are compliant walking wallets in the mind of the educational industrial complex, currently adding $24 billion in easy money to the economy. As a result, education administrators insist on open borders for cash-carrying foreign students.
The Department of Homeland Security has lost track of more than 6,000 foreign nationals who entered the United States on student visas, overstayed their welcome, and essentially vanished — exploiting a security gap that was supposed to be fixed after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.
“My greatest concern is that they could be doing anything,” said Peter Edge, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official who oversees investigations into visa violators. “Some of them could be here to do us harm.”
Homeland Security officials disclosed the breadth of the student visa problem in response to ABC News questions submitted as part of an investigation into persistent complaints about the nation’s entry program for students.
ABC News found that immigration officials have struggled to keep track of the rapidly increasing numbers of foreign students coming to the U.S. — now in excess of one million each year. The immigration agency’s own figures show that 58,000 students overstayed their visas in the past year. Of those, 6,000 were referred to agents for follow-up because they were determined to be of heightened concern.
“They just disappear,” said Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla. “They get the visas and they disappear.”
Coburn said since the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, 26 student visa holders have been arrested in the U.S. on terror-related charges.
Tightening up the student visa program was one of the major recommendations made by the 9/11 Commission, after it was determined that the hijacker who flew Flight 77 into the Pentagon, Hani Hanjour, had entered the U.S. on a student visa but never showed up for school.
Edge said ICE agents are trying to locate every one of the 6,000 missing students, but acknowledged that “we really have a lot more work to do” to tighten up the student visa program.
Despite repeated concerns raised by Congress, federal immigration officials have also continued to grant schools certification to accept overseas applicants even if the schools lack accreditation, state certification, or any obvious measure of academic rigor.
There are now more than 9,000 schools on the government approved list. The list includes such top flight American colleges as Harvard and Yale, but it also includes 86 beauty schools, 36 massage schools and nine schools that teach horseshoeing. Foreign students can enter the U.S. on a visa to study acupuncture, hair braiding, or join academies that focus on tennis and golf.
Once the student arrives in the U.S., it is up to the schools to keep track of the visa-holder’s whereabouts — and report to the government if they repeatedly miss class.
That is a serious concern, Coburn said, because a number of for-profit schools appear to have been operating with a primary goal of selling visas, not educating students.
“We know we have a lot of non-accredited universities that are using this system to bring people in, collect money, and not educate them at all,” said Coburn, who is part of a bi-partisan group of senators that has been trying to tighten controls on student visas. “To me, it’s a mess.” Continue reading this article
What a nice surprise to see Ann Corcoran of RefugeeResettlementWatch being interviewed by the ever-curious Ginni Thomas at the DailyCaller.com. The title of the piece is tied to Labor Day, but the discussion is really about the refugee system as a whole and how shielded it is from any oversight from the American people.
Important points covered: the United Nations chooses the refugees to be resettled in America, citizens’ taxes pay the bill not churchie do-gooders and how the definition of “refugee” is being redefined to suit open-borders extremists.
As Labor Day looms, President Obama’s immigration policy looks to become a war on American workers. Without prioritizing who’s allowed to come to America, former liberal Ann Corcoran says “the American worker loses. The numbers are too high. We can’t assimilate this many people.”
Marylander Ann Corcoran, who says she was “tea party” before the movement existed, has written a daily blog, as a volunteer activist, at Refugee Resettlement Watch for the last seven years to inform and engage citizens.
Refugee Resettlement Watch is a small but growing daily blog focused on how the government has resettled over 3 million refugees since 1975. Without any financial backing, she is doing what the media and Congress have failed to do – tracking how a federal program is functioning. Corcoran, who has published over 2,500 posts now, says “the open border left wants no borders.” And those involved with resettling refugees with the U.N. and Washington want no scrutiny of this program.
American-bound refugees are selected by the U.N. Then the State Department and the HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement, are tasked to operate with nine major federal contractors who monopolize the program and contract work to 300 subcontractors to place refugees throughout the nation. According to Corcoran, HHS has now identified growing “pockets of resistance.” Ever vigilant, HHS sends another contractor, “Welcoming America,” to set communities’ “minds right.” Continue reading this article
How the nation of Churchill has fallen. Once a bastion of freedom and the ideals of Western civilization, the foolish embrace of multiculturalism has weakened its belief in foundational principles and opened its doors to barbaric enemies.
Now British-born and -raised Muslims are active jihadists spreading Allah’s special chaos in the Middle East. Authorities fear their violent return and recently increased the terror threat assessment to Severe, the second-highest level.
Obviously the lesson of Britain for Western nations is to end Muslim immigration completely yesterday.
LONDON – No one who has been paying attention to the growth of radical Islam in Britain should have been surprised that the terrorist who stood over murdered American journalist James Foley had a London accent.
Over a thousand British Muslims are now fighting for the Islamic State, also known as ISIS. And more are joining every day.
“The key thing to realize about British fighters in Syria is they’re not there to take a back seat role. They are very much at the forefront of this conflict,” Shiraz Maher, an expert at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, said.
Exporter of Terror Britain is now a major exporter of terrorists, the result of multiculturalism. There have been warning signs for years.
Eight years ago, CBN News showed viewers Muslims protesting in London against the Mohammed cartoons and chanting “Jihad is on its way.”
Today, Britain has functioning Sharia courts and Sharia patrols enforcing Islamic law on the streets.
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