Swiss Will Vote Whether to Limit Immigration

Switzerland has national referenda, in which the citizens vote their preferences about important issues facing the nation. The process has provided an interesting look at Swiss beliefs about immigration. In 2010 the Swiss voted for automatic deportation for foreign criminals. In 2009, voters approved a measure to ban minarets. In February of this year, the Swiss voted to reimpose limits on immigration from the European Union.

In 2012, a group collected signatures for a referendum on an environmentally based limit:

Swiss Ecopop group forces immigration referendum, BBC, November 2, 2012

A group of Swiss environmentalists has collected enough signatures to force a national referendum on immigration.

The Ecopop group says natural resources are under increasing pressure from overpopulation.

It wants annual population growth through immigration capped at 0.2% and a tenth of foreign aid to be used for birth control measures abroad.

Switzerland now has a population of eight million people – almost a quarter of them foreigners.

Ecopop gathered a petition with 120,700 certified signatures – easily passing the 100,000 threshold needed for a referendum on the proposed new law.

“The pressure on land, nature and the countryside is considerable, and quality of life is continuously deteriorating due to a lack of living space,” said Ecopop member Philippe Roch, a former director of the Swiss environment department.

The Ecopop organization has a website in German: They have a well produced video about rapid population growth in Switzerland, also in German: Was will die Ecopop-Initiative?

Below, a poster for the initiative shows a map of Switzerland covered by skyscrapers.

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Administration Organizes Amnesty Print Job for 34 Million

Obama’s long-promised post-election amnesty is shaping up at a yet-undetermined print shop capable of producing 34 million work permits and green cards over the next five years. Jessica Vaughan from CIS opined that the program would have a “sketchy funding arrangement” which could be a way for Congress to challenge it.

Naturally, the scheme is all about importing a new people, one more inclined to big government and the Democrat view of governance.

Rush Limbaugh devoted some radio time to the amnesty issue on Monday, which is alway welcome after long periods of snooziness about the greatest threat to America.

Regime Prepares for Surge of 9 Million Illegal Immigrant ID Cards, October 20, 2014


RUSH: From Breitbart: “Despite no official action from the president ahead of the election, the Obama administration has quietly begun preparing to issue millions of work authorization permits, suggesting the implementation of a large-scale executive amnesty may have already begun.”

Now, this is not a surprise. You’ve all known this was coming. It was gonna happen before Labor Day, but Obama couldn’t find a way to pin it on the Republicans. Luis Gutierrez, congressman from Chicago, he was running around all excited, he’d already set the system up to help people adjust to it after if it happened. He was predicting it. It was imminent. It was gonna happen. And then when it didn’t happen Labor Day, well, you know, it’ll happen right before the election. No, no, no, it won’t. It’s not gonna happen before. Now it’s gonna happen after the election. Continue reading this article

Netherlands Tries to Cope with Violent Muslim Refugees

The Netherlands has a bad problem with Muslim unfriendlies, just like the rest of Europe. But the Dutch are lucky in having a political leader, member of Parliament Geert Wilders (pictured below), who is willing to fight for western freedoms against sharia.

In the present example, Wilders and the Freedom Party which he leads are the main impetus for the government’s cracking down on illegal immigration and taking the threat of local jihadists seriously.

Unfortunately, Wilders’ defense of western values has come at great personal cost: because of the many threats on his life from hostile Muslims he has lived for the last decade with 24/7 security. (Video transcript here.) He has also been tried twice in Dutch courts for committing free speech about Muslim immigration.

Ignoring all the Muslim-caused problems for a second, it’s kind of shocking that Europe’s most densely populated country is still admitting immigrants and refugees. At a certain point, overpopulated countries should just say “Enough, no more, we’re full.” But the European Union wouldn’t permit that.

Dutch battle surge of desperate, violent Muslim refugees, Washington Times, October 19, 2014

Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party pushes government’s hard-line immigration stance

THE HAGUE — Nasir Galid fled Somalia hoping for a better, safer life. Instead, he died in an Amsterdam hospital five days after being attacked in a garage where he was living with other homeless immigrants.

Galid, 26, was one of about 100 refugees who have been roaming the Dutch capital for more than two years, occupying empty offices, abandoned garages and a disused church. All of them were supposed to have left the country after Dutch authorities rejected their asylum claims.

Police arrested two men, both in their early 30s, shortly after Galid’s assault in August. It’s not clear why Galid was attacked, but Pim Fischer, a Haarlem lawyer who represents some of Galid’s fellow refugees, said many of them are desperate and violent.

“Many of them are traumatized by their experiences, and they are being offered no future,” Mr. Fischer said. “The risks are very high.”

The Dutch Refugee Council estimates that 100,000 people live illegally in the Netherlands. Many are asylum seekers who are supposed to leave the country within 24 hours after the government rejects their requests to remain. Instead, they take over abandoned buildings as squatters or set up makeshift shelters.

The problem is expected to grow. A record 137,000 people moved to the Netherlands from other countries in 2013, though most were legal immigrants in a country that hosts many European headquarters of multinational corporations.

Since 2008, the Dutch government has taken an increasingly hard line on immigration as officials try to allay public concerns about overcrowding in Europe’s most densely populated nation.

Right-wing populist leader Geert Wilders has played an outsized role in the debate.

Mr. Wilders‘ anti-immigrant Freedom Party has been the third-largest group in the past two Dutch elections, in 2010 and 2012. He has used that position to pressure the government to “de-Islamize” the Netherlands, where Muslims make up about 5 percent of the population of 16.8 million. Continue reading this article

Obama Plans Work Permits for Millions of Illegal Aliens

Many people believe that Obama has checked out from his responsibilities as President. And it’s true that he prefers the golf course to the stresses of leadership. However, he is quite engaged when it comes to the care and feeding of illegal aliens who will soon become grateful Democrat voters.

Obama got his socialist healthcare from an all-Democrat legislature but now his remaining leftist legacy depends on his unconstitutional pen. And putting millions of big-government voters into the pipeline will bend America to the Democrat model for decades if not permanently.

Now we learn that the administration has done more than just endlessly promise a mass amnesty; it is gearing up to physically create the work permits that are the real amnesty, and a stab in the back of the 20 million unemployed citizen workers.

Obama’s Deputies Prepare To Print Work Permits For Millions Of Illegals, By Neil Munro, Daily Caller, October 20, 2014

President Barack Obama deputies are secretly preparing to print work permits for up to 11 million illegal immigrants over the next two years, despite the nation’s high unemployment, stalled wages and increasing automation.

If Obama actually goes ahead with the plan that is sketched in a federal contract document, he would provide employers with the ability to legally hire 13 million foreign workers even as 12 million Americans turn 18 in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

The plan to print millions of work permits and green cards — dubbed “permanent resident cards” — is outlined in Oct. 3 and Oct. 6 federal announcements to contractors.

The contract plan was discovered by the Center for Immigration Studies, which favors a lower level of immigration.

“The objective of this procurement is … to produce Permanent Resident Cards (PRC) and Employment Authorization Documentation (EAD) cards,” said the Oct. 6 official announcement at

“The requirement is for an estimated 4 million cards annually with the potential to buy as many as 34 million cards total,” the document says.

But the proposed five-year contract includes a so-called “surge” capability to produce an additional five million work-permit cards in one year. Continue reading this article

Tijuana Revives from Drug-Crime Oblivion

I love a happy deportation story, where the illegal aliens go home and readjust to living among their own people and speaking their own language 24/7. We know those things are important to foreigners because they complain endlessly about having to adjust to an English-speaking nation filled with Americans in order to mooch money and benefits from the United States.

A long-time favorite example of deportation success is the San Francisco Chronicle series that followed the Cuevas illegal alien family back to the Philippines where they found a civilized place and lots of relatives.

Good luck to all deportees. May you be so happy that you never think of America again.

Today’s heartwarming homecoming was written by Sam Quinones, a long-time observer of Mexican cultural byways. (See my review of his book “Antonio’s Gun and Delfino’s Dream” in the Fall 2007 Social Contract titled “Illegal Immigration: the Mexican Way to Self-Esteem.”)

The deportation angle is actually a device to introduce the new, improved Tijuana: the crime-battered border city is coming back from the brink. Go Mexico!

The Rebirth of Tijuana, By Sam Quinones, New York Times, October 17, 2014

Tijuana, Mexico — IN Tijuana the other day, I met a waitress named Mari.

Mari had left her home in Acapulco to cross illegally into the United States in 1999, but was deported three years ago to Tijuana. It had been a long time since she had seen her mother, so she went home to visit. But down in Acapulco, wages were low, work was scarce and violence was widespread. Then men raped her on a beach one night.

Mari fled back to Tijuana. Her waitress job, with tips, she told me, allows her to earn far more than she could scrape together in Acapulco, or in a Monterrey factory, where she worked for a time. And, after several years of savage drug violence, there’s peace in Tijuana now.

“This is my land of opportunity,” she said. “There’s more work here and it pays better.”

One reason I love Tijuana is that you can have this kind of conversation here.

Tijuana is not pretty. A city of 1.3 million people, it is chaotic, grimy, unplanned, loud, and it smells bad. It possesses none of the colonial architecture or history of Morelia, Oaxaca City or Zacatecas, across Mexico’s interior. On the contrary, most of its neighborhoods, stacked across alarmingly steep hills, are less than 40 years old.

But Tijuana’s beauty lies deeper, and has to do with why the town is flourishing now. Continue reading this article

Ann Coulter Visits O'Reilly and Observes 'The Country Has Changed' from Immigration

On Friday, political writer Ann Coulter joined Bill O’Reilly for a talk about the prospects of the Republican Party in the November election. O’Reilly pulled up a poll showing both parties are distrusted and asked Coulter her opinion about why Republicans aren’t doing better when Democrats, particularly the President, are doing such a rotten job.

She responded, “The country has changed and we keep thinking this is the same country that it used to be. Democrats have been bringing in ringers since the 1965 Immigration Act, you think it’s the same people voting, it isn’t. The Democrats get, basically, every immigrant group to block vote for the Democrat.” (Spare video link.)

Coulter further observed about Republicans, “”They’re not pushing the issues that Americans care about. They aren’t the populist party. They’re allowing themselves to be painted as the party of Wall Street and not the party of the people. If the Republican Party is going to win they’re going to have the populist party and bring up issues like immigration, which they won’t touch.”

When O’Reilly spouted some blather about a Republican supporting borders, Coulter responded, “Look, Americans are out of work. No more guest workers. we need a little time to consolidate, and instead of constantly sucking up to a group of people who will never vote for you, how about appealing to the other voters who are just going to stay home and say ‘screw you’?”

Were there more time, Coulter might also have mentioned another reason the Republicans poll poorly is the years-long media campaign to portray conservatives as not merely having a different political opinion, but being personally evil, specifically sexist (“war on women”!) and racist against the black President and every other colorful person.

One recent indicator of the media’s successful propaganda against conservatives was the Rasmussen poll showing the “Tea Party Is Still Most Toxic Political Label”. What is so terrible about the Tea Party? They stand for a Constitutionally smaller government, a balanced budget and national sovereignty — all popular issues, but the media has purposely smeared grassroots conservatives as bad people and so the stigma remains.

Census: California Has Highest Poverty Rate

The Golden State remains #1 in a most unfortunate category: poverty. Democrat regulatory policies strangling business certainly cause a lot of joblessness which keeps millions poor. Plus, the purposeful admission of millions immigrants and illegal aliens is a tremendous poverty driver.

California is particularly welcoming to illegal aliens. Democrat Governor Jerry Brown reportedly told a room full of Mexicans in August that they are “all welcome in California.”

In addition, California is sanctuary state (bad for public safety), is introducing drivers licenses for illegal aliens in January (at a cost of at least $141 million to the state) and offers in-state college tuition for illegal aliens. The state also provides financial aid for illegal alien students, 20,000 of whom pursued it last year. That’s 20,000 college slots taken by foreigners that are then unavailable for citizen students.

What a magnet.

All this liberal generosity is expensive, as calculated by the Federation for American Immigration Reform:

The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on California Taxpayers (2014)

Californians bear an enormous fiscal burden as a result of an illegal alien population estimated at almost 3 million residents. The annual expenditure of state and local tax dollars on services for that population is $25.3 billion. That total amounts to a yearly burden of about $2,370 for a household headed by a U.S. citizen.

The Sacramento Bee notes the results from a new Census Bureau report.

Census Bureau: California still has highest U.S. poverty rate, by Dan Walters, Sacramento Bee, October 17, 2014

California continues to have – by far – the nation’s highest level of poverty under an alternative method devised by the Census Bureau that takes into account both broader measures of income and the cost of living.

Nearly a quarter of the state’s 38 million residents (8.9 million) live in poverty, a new Census Bureau report says, a level virtually unchanged since the agency first began reporting on the method’s effects.

Under the traditional method of gauging poverty, adopted a half-century ago, California’s rate is 16 percent (6.1 million residents), somewhat above the national rate of 14.9 percent but by no means the highest. That dubious honor goes to New Mexico at 21.5 percent.

But under the alternative method, California rises to the top at 23.4 percent while New Mexico drops to 16 percent and other states decline to as low as 8.7 percent in Iowa. Continue reading this article

San Francisco Cringes at Anti-Jihad Bus Ads

San Francisco is famously liberal, but when its values are threatened by genuine bad guys, the libs run for cover. One would think that the gay-friendly city would stand strong against hostile Islam, which calls for the execution of gays. Iran hanged a couple of gay men last March for “perversion” which is not exactly an unusual action in that strictly Islamic nation.

Islam is also well known for enslaving women — remember Michelle Obama’s #BringBackOurGirls tweet in response to the Islamic kidnapping of hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls? The Koran is full of directions for Muslim men to oppress women including by physical force.

But many San Franciscans cling to the fantasy that Islam is a religion like any other instead of being a totalitarian ideology. At least that is the mainstream media’s portrayal of reaction to a new bus ad warning of Islam’s threat to freedom and public safety.

The bus ad is a creation of Pamela Geller, who has used commercial free speech and the First Amendment on earlier occasions to bring the issue before the public. Following is the bus ad which has upset San Francisco’s addiction to political correctness:

The Chronicle disparaged Geller’s efforts with a opinion piece from a couple of interfaith sillies. Neither is Muslim but they claim to know what the true Islam is. Meanwhile, thousands in ISIS say their actions represent the genuine Islam as written in the Koran.

Denounce Muni bus ads on Islam as false, San Francisco Chronicle, By Abby Michelson Porth and Michael Pappas, October 16, 2014

Thursday, advertisements appeared on San Francisco Muni buses depicting Islam as evil and claiming that devout followers of the faith are bound to be violent. This proclamation is utterly false and an attempt to manipulate the public with Islamophobic vitriol to address the very serious threat posed by the Islamic State group.

The faithful in San Francisco and beyond are greatly concerned by the Islamic State group’s advance in the Middle East, as its ideology is promulgated through violence and religious persecution. Last month, the interfaith community issued a statement condemning these atrocities. All Americans who value freedom of religion and speech should be gravely concerned about this group that captures and beheads foreign nationals, subjugates and beats women and is recruiting individuals from around the world to join their fundamentalist fight. But it is the Islamic State group and other extremist movements — not Islam — we must fear and fight. Continue reading this article

Tea Party Patriots Release ‘Border States of America’ Documentary

I happened to click over to yesterday afternoon and saw they were about to webcast the new Tea Party Patriots documentary about illegal immigration. Now the film is online and it’s worth your attention, with its ground-level examination of border-area chaos, Mexican cartel infiltration, the jihadist threat and worsened crime:

It’s great that a major Tea Party group has recognized the threat that open borders pose for America and is taking action. It wasn’t always so. After attending a Tea Party event in Sacramento in 2009, I contacted a T-honcho about the danger to Constitutional government from immense illegal immigration and he said he didn’t think it was important. So it’s good that leaders have wised up over time.

The film includes the observations of real experts like ranchers, local sheriffs and Border Patrol officers. There are a few Washington people like America’s Senator, Jeff Sessions, who discussed the all-important jobs issue (44:58):

“We don’t have a shortage of workers, we have a surplus of workers. We have a shortage of jobs. It’s not in the national interest to bring in huge numbers of workers in a time when wages are falling and jobs are hard to get. And Peter Kirsanow who’s a member of the US Commission on Civil Rights, an African American, he has made clear in repeated articles that immigration as they’re planning it and they have proposed will hurt African Americans the most. So the last thing we should be doing is doubling the number of people coming into the country to take jobs, allowing our lawful system of immigration to collapse.”

Here’s the self-blurb from the Youtube posting:

An unprecedented wave of illegal immigration is washing over America, threatening the fabric of our nation. But the Obama Administration refuses to enforce our immigration laws, resulting in tens of thousands of people illegally entering the US. Now, our new film reveals the full scope of this crisis.

The Border States of America takes viewers from the Rio Grande Valley to towns across the country, telling the story of human smugglers and drug cartels who profit from Obama’s policies; of American citizens whose lives are put at risk; and the social and economic toll on our communities. We cut through the fog to bring you the truth about what is really happening with the border crisis.

Television and film star Nick Searcy has come on board to narrate The Border States of America. He is an accomplished actor, director, and producer with a career spanning more than 30 years in cinema, television, and on the stage. With dozens of starring and supporting roles across a wide range of feature films and TV shows under his belt, we couldn’t be more excited to have him help tell this story.

For more information, see

Iran Cabinet Is Tops in American Collegiate Alums

Washington liberal elites love the fable that welcoming foreign students into US universities spreads American values on the cheap. The State Department in particular promotes student visas that directly harm US young people by displacing them from jobs (J-1 visa) to college slots.

The universities depend on foreign students writing checks for full tuition. And of course the liberal institutions preach diversity as the highest good, as shown by foreigners taking the place of US students.

But the idea that an American college education makes its recipients friendlier to this country is belied by an explanatory photo of Iran’s cabinet — “Iran has the highest US university alums in any foreign cabinet in the world”:

One notices the popularity of California campuses: San Jose State, Sacramento State, San Francisco State, Cal Poly and UC Berkeley. Obviously the young Iranians were not convinced by the free and easy lifestyle that personal freedom is superior to Islam’s famous oppression.

More concerning is the PhD in nuclear engineering from MIT held by the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, Ali Akbar Selehi.

A few weeks after 9/11, Sixty Minutes reported in Educating the Enemy that “One of the bitter ironies of Sept. 11 is that the hijackers who committed mass murder relied on skills they learned in America.”

Now the young students of yesterday have become the leaders of today’s hostile Iran.

Ten Border Kids Have TB

Having a moderately effective public health system has made Americans forget that a major function of borders has been to keep out communicable disease. In the Godfather II film, young Vito Corleone is quarantined for three months because he is feared to have smallpox.

Below, in the Godfather II film, immigrant males are given a health exam on Ellis Island.

That fictional story was realistically set in 1901, but nowadays we imagine our amazing medical advances allow us to ignore the necessity of quarantine, which seems so antiquated. Or at least that’s what the administration wants us to think — anything to maintain open borders.

In fact, public health is not on the to-do list for this administration at all, to judge from the continuing unrestricted entry of persons coming from the ebola hot zone via airports, not to mention the open southern border.

Ebola is the big public health threat today because it is communicable and its ease of transmission remains somewhat mysterious. But tuberculosis, a major killer in earlier centuries, has not gone away and it is still lethal, particularly in the third world, whose residents our open borders invite. In fact, the strain of TB that exists in Central America is said to be drug resistant.

Crowded government flophouses, like the one shown below in Brownsville, can promote the spread of TB.

10 Illegal Immigrant Minors Diagnosed with TB, Breitbart, October 12, 2014

DALLAS, Texas — Ten unaccompanied alien children (UAC), who entered the U.S. illegally, were diagnosed with Tuberculosis (TB) between January through September, CNS News is reporting. All were detained while trying to enter the United States from the Mexican border, according to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). Their points of entry were not disclosed.

According to CNS News, these children were allowed to stay in the United States.

ORR spokesman Kenneth Wolfe told the news outlet in an email that the children were isolated and treated, “after being rendered non-infectious, all 10 were released to verified sponsors in the U.S.” Continue reading this article

America’s Senator, Jeff Sessions, Condemns Obama’s Executive Amnesty Postponement to Protect Democrats

The American citizen’s best friend in Washington has strongly disapproved the White House’s open admission that Obama was postponing his unlawful executive amnesty until after the election to help Democrats.

Seriously, how arrogant can the administration be to admit such reckless lawbreaking openly? As spokesman Josh Earnest remarked on Wednesday:

“The fact is — or I guess, the concern is — that had the president moved forward with his plan prior to Election Day, you would have seen Republican candidates do more to make the immigration issue central to their campaign. And in the event that they were successful in their campaign, the concern would be that they would cite their opposition to immigration reform as a reason to their success. That is not a storyline that the president, or that anybody here, wanted to contribute to.”

Senator Sessions released comments:

Sessions Responds to WH Admission That Post-Election Amnesty Is Timed to Avoid Public’s Wrath, October 9, 2014

WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee and senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement today after a White House spokesman admitted that the implementation of an illegal executive amnesty was pushed back several weeks because they hoped it would delay public outrage until after the election:

“One is left breathless by the White House’s admission that it is timing its planned nullification of America’s immigration laws for after election day in the hope that it will spare Senate Democrats from the public’s wrath. Instead of rebelling against executive amnesty, Senate Democrats have supported it every step of the way. They continue to put their loyalty to Leader Reid and the White House ahead of the interests of the struggling American workers they are supposed to represent. America’s borders are not up for debate. Activist CEOs do not get to sit in a secret meeting at the White House, flanked by amnesty activists and Democrat consultants, and decide it’s time to scrub away our national boundaries.

We must not let this happen. We will not let this happen. The people of this country will not tolerate the decimation of their laws, borders, and wages.”

President Obama’s planned executive amnesty would provide work permits and “legal” status by administrative fiat to 5–6 million illegal immigrants, allowing them to compete for jobs against U.S. workers in all occupations. Simultaneously, President Obama is lobbying for the Senate immigration bill, which would double the number of new guest workers for corporations to fill jobs at lower wages.

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