Following is Chairman Mike McCaul’s thoughtful opening statement, which you can also read online here.
Rep. Candice Miller thought that economic sanctions should be taken against the Central American sending nations rather than giving them $250 million in aid as Obama has done, which will just be stolen.
“I think we need to stop foreign aid to Centrals immediately,” she declared.
Miller’s press release repeated the points made in the hearing, including her suggestions for actions to be taken:
WASHINGTON – Today, after the Homeland Security Committee hearing on the unprecedented number of unaccompanied children crossing the southern border, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10), Vice Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, issued the following statement calling for the U.S. to stop sending aid to Central America and Mexico until they agree to help with efforts to stop this humanitarian crisis:
“Unfortunately, Central America has had a long history of bad economies and violence. Both of these things are probably as bad now as they have ever been, but to say that’s the reason we suddenly have tens of thousands of children almost entirely coming from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, traveling thousands of miles all the way up Mexico and then illegally entering the U.S., simply isn’t true.
“This humanitarian crisis can be laid directly at the feet of President Obama as a result of his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy of 2012 and tone deaf messaging fueling the misconception that these illegally-smuggled children will be allowed to stay.
“Several weeks ago, I called on the President to call up the National Guard. Clearly, this is a national emergency, and individual states like Texas and Arizona shouldn’t have to foot the bill for their National Guard, because this is a national problem. Continue reading this article
Congressman Mike Rogers, the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, appeared on CBS’ Face the Nation show on Sunday, discussing the recent success of the ISIS jihad army in the Middle East. (Transcript)
ROGERS: It’s not that they may have designs on Jordan, they do have designs on Jordan. So, think of the government of Jordan. Now it has hundreds of thousands of refugees that are acting as a destabilizing factor for the government of Jordan, hard to keep them, they had to build housing for them. Imagine if hundreds of thousands of people showed up on your border and you have to take care of them, that is a destabilizing factor.
The crazy-left members of the LA City Council recently added Muslims to the growing list of diverse tribes demanding more positive attention from the mainstream. One of the problems with modern liberal thinking is the inability to consider the concept of “enemy” — multiculturalism seems to have that effect.
Not every Muslim human is a murderous headchopper (like Mohammad Fazi, recently released from Gitmo), but their religious operating manual directs followers toward violence and to kill the infidel. Below, Michael Coren reads some edifying passages from the Koran to show the problem:
Every year, Los Angeles celebrates a number of heritage months: Latino, American Indian, African American, Asian and Pacific Islander American, and LGBT. Now you can add one more to that list this year.
The Los Angeles City Council adopted a resolution on Wednesday recognizing the contributions and activism of the Muslim American community and declared July 2014 as Muslim American Heritage Month.
Council member Curren D. Price, who introduced the resolution, represents one of the largest and longest-standing Muslim community centers in South LA — the Bilal Islamic Center.
“Residents from my community approached me to commemorate the Muslim community and culture, and I felt it was only appropriate to celebrate this culture as we do dozens of others in our city,” said Price. “Our city’s diversity, and our acceptance and tolerance of our different beliefs, is part of what makes our city great.”
Earlier this year, Project Islamic Hope, an L.A.-based civil rights activist group, collaborated with council staff to work on an initial draft that would later be introduced to the council.
“It’s a very important resolution. It’s historic,” Najee Ali, the project’s founder, told KCET. “It will help bring Los Angeles Muslims closer to the mainstream and civic life and affairs of our city where we will have a chance every year to highlight the various cultural traditions of the Muslim community.” Continue reading this article
On World Refugee Day (June 20), the ever helpful mainstream press presents the refugees as the issue du jour — important for public awareness according to liberal values, but not important enough for explaining the causes. The New York Times headlined Refugees at Levels Not Seen Since World War II but did not place the story on Friday’s front page.
Perhaps details are unkind to diversity ideology with its crazy idea that all cultures are equal.
Below, a Syrian refugee camp.
The Associated Press listed the countries on earth with the worst refugee problems. Funny, but most refugee-creating conflicts have been propelled by Islam and its belief that murder for Allah is the highest good. The top three — Afghanistan, Somalia and Syria — are all Muslim-on-Muslim wars, either tribal or religious.
Therefore the refugees caused by jihad should remain within the worldwide Muslim community (the ummah), not rescued by the West. It’s only fair.
The countries generating the most refugees are all conflict zones. The three biggest refugee populations are from Afghanistan, Somalia and Syria, which together account for more than half of all the world’s refugees, according to an annual report by the Geneva-based U.N. refugee agency. By descending order, the top 7 are:
Afghans have been fleeing the country in droves for decades, and their country is still the single biggest source of refugees although Syria has emerged as a strong second. As of the end of 2013, 2.56 million Afghan refugees were living in 86 countries, meaning one of every five refugees in the world is from Afghanistan. Most are in Pakistan or Iran, followed by Germany.
A heavy flow of Syrians fleeing the civil war, now in its fourth year, was behind a huge increase in the overall number of refugees last year. The fighting forced 2.47 million people to flee the country and left 6.5 million others internally displaced by the end of 2013. Only two years before that, Syria ranked 36th in the U.N.’s annual Global Trends Report on source countries for refugees. Most of the refugees have gone to neighboring countries, especially Lebanon, which has been strained by the influx. Syria’s exodus last year was the single-biggest since the 1994 Rwanda genocide, when 2.3 million fled their homes.
The number of 1.12 million refugees from the lawlessness in Somalia is little changed from a year earlier. The pace of the exodus into Kenya and Ethiopia slowed a bit in the past two years amid hopes for improved security, but 9,700 Somalis still risked journeys across the Gulf of Aden or the Red Sea to reach Yemen.
In 2013, the number of Sudanese refugees rose to 649,300, an increase of 80,000 from the year before. Chad and South Sudan were the biggest recipients. Since conflict broke out in 2011, some 294,000 Sudanese have fled the country.
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
At least 55,000 people originating from the Democratic Republic of the Congo were forced to seek refuge in neighboring countries. Still, the overall number of DRC refugees dropped from 509,500 at the start of 2013 to 499,500 a year later. The main reason was the return of almost 63,000 DRC refugees from the Republic of Congo. Another reason the number dropped resulted from the verification of registration records in Uganda and other countries in the region.
The Asian nation has generated the sixth-most refugees in the world, some 479,600 by the end of 2013. Much of this is from the statistical inclusion of 57,500 unregistered people from Myanmar in the refugee camps in Thailand, a change from the past.
There were 401,400 Iraqi refugees in 2013, far less than the 745,900 reported a year earlier. Many had fled into Syria and Jordan, but with the war raging next door the number of Iraqi refugees reported in Syria dropped from 471,400 down to 146,200. Many other Iraqis fled to Iran and Germany.
On Tuesday, June 17, I reported on the government’s stealthy attempt to house 500 young border jumpers in a recently closed black college in Lawrenceville, Virginia (population just 1438): Virginia Town Rejects Illegal Alien Kid Drop. On Thursday, an overflow crowd of concerned citizens packed the local high school auditorium to express their outrage at their small community being swamped with illegal aliens. Many citizens showed up with “No illegal immigrants” signs which were not allowed in the meeting, although plenty of police were present. The objections included disease, crime, government overreach and Washington’s warped priorities about spending.
Anne Williams is urged to sit down during a hearing on bringing immigrant children to Saint Paul’s College. U.S. officials acknowledged a contract had been signed June 12, with the refugees to arrive June 19, without consultation with local elected officials.
The upshot was that the resettlement plans were put on hold because of citizen anger. However the government has already signed a lease on the property, and if hundreds of thousands more illegal alien kiddies arrive, then Washington may say screw the Americans’ complaints.
The article below waits until the end to mention the planned Lawrenceville facility would be “one of at least a hundred of these types of shelters across the U.S.”
A fiery debate is raging over a controversial plan to house hundreds of undocumented, teenage immigrants in central Virginia. The Brunswick High School auditorium was packed Thursday night, during a town hall meeting over the issue. Angry neighbors spoke out about the move to set up the emergency shelter at St. Paul’s College in Lawrenceville. The college closed last year after financial difficulties and low enrollment.
Federal Health and Human Services Department officials say they’re putting the effort to convert St. Paul’s College into the shelter on hold. That decision comes among backlash after short notice of the project was given to the community. The community learned of the plans just over a week ago. Federal officials say talks over using the school as a shelter began just a few months ago. However, the ink is already dry on a lease between the school and the federal government.
Neighbors waved “no illegal immigrant” signs well before the town hall meeting started.
One man questioned during the town hall discussion, “When did the U.S. government go into the orphanage business?” His comment received wide applause.
“I’m looking at potentially having to move away,” said Ariel Daniel, a resident who’s opposed to the project.
Hundreds of Central American kids who crossed the border without their parents were supposed to arrive at St. Paul’s College Thursday. Those plans stalled after the immense backlash. The proposed emergency shelter on the college campus would house them until they’re reunited with family members.
“The proposed plans to have St. Paul’s College used as a facility for the UAC (unaccompanied alien children) is on hold,” said Essie Workie of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to the crowded auditorium. Workie also apologized to the crowd for the lack of communication.
Outraged neighbors continued to express fears over safety, security, disease, and how tax dollars are being spent.
Federal officials assured residents that all children will be screened for disease and criminal backgrounds. Officials told the crowd that the number of UAC’s has skyrocketed in recent years, to an estimated 60,000 in 2014. Officials say legally, these children must be cared for. However, the audience didn’t seem convinced, especially with problems facing their own hometown.
“We’re concerned about the children like everybody else. We have a lot of children in our area that need help too,” said Ray Thomas, who owns a business in the area.
Federal officials say the emergency immigrant shelter won’t go forward unless it’s backed by the community.
St. Paul’s College would be one of at least a hundred of these types of shelters across the U.S. Stay with NBC12 for updates on this story.
Here’s yet another example of why Muslim immigration is a very bad policy and must be ended: some mysterious Allah worshipper complained to an apartment manager about an American flag hung from a resident’s porch and she ordered him to remove it as a “threat.”
Do Muslim immigrants not understand that the United States is full of citizens who love to display their national flag? Perhaps diverse Saudis, Pakistanis et al do not understand patriotism based on their homeland experience.
Below, US citizen Duy Tran moved into a new apartment and immediately hung his flag which was called a “threat to the Muslim community.”
Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005 – States that a condominium association, cooperative association, or residential real estate management association may not adopt or enforce any policy, or enter into any agreement, that would restrict or prevent an association member from displaying the U.S. flag on residential property within the association with respect to which such member has a separate ownership interest or a right to exclusive possession or use.
This behavior is not unusual. Muslims have a habit of demanding Islam-submissive changes when they arrive as immigrants in a new territory.
One example from Moscow is memorable: A young Russian woman in a fur hat voiced her fears about Muslims, “I am scared. They come into our neighborhood and begin to tell us things we can and cannot do. We like to walk our dogs here and have outdoor barbecues, but the Muslims can say you cannot cook pork or walk your dog around here.”
WEBSTER, Texas — A Webster man says his apartment complex manager told him his American flag was a “threat to the Muslim community,” and that he has to take it down. But he’s not giving up without a fight.
Stepping onto Duy Tran’s balcony in Webster, one thing is clear: “It means a lot to me,” he said.
He’s talking about his American flag that he proudly put up when he moved in just a few days ago. But then an apartment manager at the Lodge on El Dorado told him he had to take it down.
“What really stunned me is that she said it’s a threat towards the Muslim community,” said Tran. “I’m not a threat toward anybody.” Continue reading this article
Limbaugh portrays himself as a great patriot, the Mayor of Realville, but he has routinely ignored the one issue that will permanently transform America into just another failed liberal conglomeration. When he has spoken on demographic remaking of the nation, he has been informative, but apparently has not seen it as important, often not mentioning immigration for weeks at a time unless brought up by a caller.
Now I think this would be a great time for me to give you a little bit more detail on what’s happening with this influx of illegal kids crossing the border. Remember, they’re not from Mexico, we’re told. These are “unaccompanied alien children,” and they have a name, UACs, and they are from Central America, which means El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua. Not Mexico. And they are “pouring in.”
They’re pouring into Arizona and they’re pouring into Texas, which has consequences. When they get across the border they are being “transferred to Border Patrol facilities elsewhere along the border — US government officials are scrambling to find places to put them.” Here’s the problem: “[B]ased on current immigration and asylum laws, the vast majority of those children could be legally staying right here in the United States before long.”
Now, remember, the conventional wisdom in Washington is the Republicans had better adopt the policies of the Democrats so that they get some Hispanic support so that they can win some elections again. And if they don’t do that, it’s sayonara — or adios. Yet here we have the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, “Hispanics Help Drive President Obama’s Approval Rating to a Fresh Low.”
How is this possible?
Republicans are buying into the idea that they have to be for amnesty to win Hispanic votes, yet Obama’s erased the border, he’s promised illegals amnesty, and he’s tanking in this poll. We’re being overrun at the moment with unaccompanied children from Central America. Maybe could it be that the Hispanic population of this country wants a secure nation just like everybody else?
This president — who has presided over the opening of the Southern border to tens of thousands (if not hundreds of thousands now) illegal aliens and children, not just from Mexico, but from other Central American countries — is going to come before you today and present himself as an expert and eminently qualified to detail for us our future policy in Iraq.
In Europe, Catholic churches have generously (or foolishly) turned their sanctuaries into flophouses for African fleebags looking for a freebie life in the First World.
Below, the Catholic church of St Curato D’Ars in Palermo has been transformed into a dorm to house African men swarming to reach Europe.
Father Rosario Francolino remarked about the local efforts being made at his church: “We’ve substituted the altar with beds. I think this is the most beautiful mass that this community could celebrate in these days. Palermo’s community is alive to events and showing great interest.”
Perhaps their brother churches could do likewise in America, where we have a similar tsunami of unwanted illegal aliens crossing through Texas claiming refugee status. Catholic Charities has set up a welcome center in McAllen Texas but that hardly compares with the dedication of opening up church sanctuaries to the beloved migrantes.
Plus, the Central Americans flooding south Texas are fellow Catholics, unlike the Africans invading Europe who are mostly Muslims and animists. Catholic clerics residing in America could surely be as welcoming as those across the Atlantic.
But so far, the wealthy Catholic church has merely dinked around the edges of providing for their hispanic co-religionists and has been happy to let the American taxpayer bear the burden, estimated at $2 billion for the short term.
African migrants whose boats ran into trouble in the Mediterranean Sea are seeking shelter in a Sicilian church after being rescued by the Italian navy.
Over the weekend, the Coastguard and Navy plucked 300 migrants from the water as well as recovering the bodies of 10 who had died after their dinghy had overturned.
Some are now packed into the Catholic Church of St Curato D’Ars in Palermo, Sicily where they are seeking temporary shelter.
Naval officer Salvatore Scimone said in one incident, 39 survivors had grabbed on to the dinghy after it overturned on Saturday until emergency services were able to rescue them and bring them to safety aboard another boat.
However he added that he feared that an undetermined number of others were still missing in the sea north of Libya.
In a separate rescue, three Italian ships took aboard 281 migrants who said they were Syrian and whose fishing boat had ran into problems.
They were then being taken by the ships to the Italian mainland.
Tens of thousands of migrants attempt to enter Europe illegally every year via Italy, crossing the Mediterranean in rickety smuggling boats.
More than 40,000 people made the crossing last year, many on overcrowded and dangerous wooden boats, with investigators estimating that 20 per cent ultimately end up in Britain.
This prompted Pope Francis to say that the Vatican would throw open its monasteries and convents as shelters, adding the church should be the ‘first port of call’ for migrants. Continue reading this article
And the robot revolution is not confined to industrial production; it will become “omnipresent” according to the CEO of Google.
Professional occupations like doctor, lawyer and architect are no longer safe from smart machines, as noted in the article following.
The higher-end job threat from automation is another reminder that America does not need to double legal immigration, as legislated in the Senate amnesty bill S.744. The automated future is taking shape before our eyes, from robot hamburger flippers to Sergey Brin’s self-driving cars but the amnesty-addled politicians in Washington don’t see the approaching cliff.
Advances in technology have long been recognised as a threat to manual labour. Now highly skilled, knowledge-based jobs that were once regarded as safe could be at risk. How will they adapt to the digital age?
Last year, reporters for the Associated Press attempted to figure out which jobs were being lost to new technology. They analysed employment data from 20 countries and interviewed experts, software developers and CEOs. They found that almost all the jobs that had disappeared in the past four years were not low-skilled, low-paid roles, but fairly well-paid positions in traditionally middle-class careers. Software was replacing administrators and travel agents, bookkeepers and secretaries, and at alarming rates.
Economists and futurists know it’s not all doom and gloom, but it is all change. Oxford academics Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael A Osborne have predicted computerisation could make nearly half of jobs redundant within 10 to 20 years. Office work and service roles, they wrote, were particularly at risk. But almost nothing is impervious to automation. It has swept through shop floors and factories, transformed businesses big and small, and is beginning to revolutionise the professions.
Knowledge-based jobs were supposed to be safe career choices, the years of study it takes to become a lawyer, say, or an architect or accountant, in theory guaranteeing a lifetime of lucrative employment. That is no longer the case. Now even doctors face the looming threat of possible obsolescence. Expert radiologists are routinely outperformed by pattern-recognition software, diagnosticians by simple computer questionnaires. In 2012, Silicon Valley investor Vinod Khosla predicted that algorithms and machines would replace 80% of doctors within a generation.
In their much-debated book The Second Machine Age, Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee argued that we now face an intense period of creative destruction. “Technological progress,” they warned, “is going to leave behind some people, perhaps even a lot of people, as it races ahead … there’s never been a worse time to be a worker with only ‘ordinary’ skills and abilities to offer, because computers, robots and other digital technologies are acquiring these skills and abilities at an extraordinary rate.”
So where does that leave the professions, whose hard-won expertise is beginning to fall within the power of computers and artificial intelligence to emulate? The efficiency of computerisation seems likely to spell the end of the job security past generations sought in such careers. For many, what were once extraordinary skillsets will soon be rendered ordinary by the advance of the machines. What will it mean to be a professional then? Continue reading this article
The administration has been relocating the unaccompanied children (arriving at rate of at least 400 daily) from the south Texas border to military bases like Fort Sill Oklahoma and beyond.
Now we learn that one of the beyonds was a recently closed black college in Virginia, St. Paul’s College located in Laurenceville, population 1438. The government intended to do an unannounced deposit of 500 illegal alien children on the campus, but plans were discovered and people spoke up. Concerns mentioned include communicable diseases and gang violence from the “teenagers.”
An interesting detail was how the administration signed a lease for five months, with an option to extend it for up to three years. So a rapid solution, either deportation or amnesty, is not necessarily the plan. The administration might like the idea of establishing Europe-style deluxe refugee camps where asylum pests live for years while their cases are considered.
Another Washington scheme was to house some of the high maintenance young people at a closed Baltimore office complex, but the mayor and both Senators (all Democrats) objected and the plan was shelved. Democrats believe scruffy immigrants are for thee but not for me.
Below, the administration saw the pleasant campus of St. Paul’s College as an acceptable refugee camp for junior illegal aliens.
The deal is on hold for now. Hopefully the skeptical townspeople will prevail.
The Obama administration Monday abruptly halted plans to shelter some of the children surging across the border at a defunct college in rural Virginia, as the White House has continued to see its efforts to house the children throughout the country be thwarted by opposition from local officials.
As many as 500 children were to start arriving this week at St. Paul’s College, a recently closed historically black college in Lawrenceville, Virginia. But the Health and Human Services Department’s plans were stymied, at least temporarily, after town and county officials objected to the short notice and complete lack of community input.
“We were stunned,” said Robert F. Pecht III, president of the Lawrenceville Town Council, who learned of the plan Friday evening. “We were told it was a done deal. The lease was signed, and that was it.”
As the feds worked over the weekend preparing the campus for the arrival of the children, whom officials said would be ages 11 to 17, public outrage erupted in the community, which is about 70 miles south of Richmond.
Letters flooded the town council offices, including from nearby residents threatening to boycott the town if the college became a way station for illegal immigrant youths. Continue reading this article
You know the drill: as soon as Allah’s armies displace thousands from their homes in some Islamistan, the Washington appropriators swing in to action to borrow billions to assist tribes that hate America. The lawmakers are so well trained that they don’t even need urging from the members of the Refugee Industrial Complex.
Furthermore, the Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee thought Obama’s request for $2 billion in refugee assistance wasn’t generous enough and upped the amount to $3 billion.
Aren’t we happy to have fiscally conservative Republicans running the House?
Below, a refugee camp in northern Syria.
If the government rescued Christians and Jews from the Middle East slaughter-fest, it would be a different matter, but such common sense is regarded as evil discrimination in PC Washington.
With an eye toward Iraq, Congress is moving far beyond the White House in providing refugee assistance as part of new spending bills this week covering the State Department and foreign aid budget.
Late Monday, Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee outlined their $48.3 billion package, including over $3 billion for refugee accounts. And Senate Democrats are expected to provide in the same range when they mark up their version of the annual appropriations bill on Tuesday.
In his own 2015 budget in March, President Barack Obama requested just $2 billion for refugee assistance — a one-third cut from what had been enacted in January for 2014. But the Appropriations leadership is clearly uncomfortable with this approach and wants more available, given Syria’s bloody civil war and the spreading turmoil in Iraq.
Indeed, the U.S. has already begun to draw on refugee accounts to deal with the Iraqi crisis, and recent estimates by the United Nations indicate hundreds of thousands have fled in their homes as cities like Mosul have fallen to Sunni Islamist militants.
This adds to a refugee caseload already strained by Syria’s civil war, fighting in southern Sudan and the Central African Republic.
“As needs are constantly shifting, it would be premature to predict how much more we will contribute to each emergency,” said a spokesperson for the State Department. “Last fiscal year , we obligated $2.36 billion. Given the increased needs we are seeing this year, we expect to obligate more than last fiscal year.” Continue reading this article
Of course, British society is threatened by enemy Muslims who got inside the gates via immigration. The situation should be an example that admitting Islamic immigrants is the worst public policy ever, but nobody in Washington is paying attention.
LONDON — The British government has announced that schools will be required to teach “British values.”
The news comes after Islamists took over several schools in the United Kingdom. This alleged plot to turn British faith-based schools into Muslim training academies has been dubbed “Operation Trojan Horse.”
“Individuals with a religious motivation have taken public money and basically created madrassas, basically created religiously motivated schools that promote intolerance, and this in some cases is a criminal enterprise,” Islamic expert George Igler said.
The decision comes at a time when Britain was already in an uproar over the explosion of Muslim halal food in the nation’s food supply and after revelations that several predominantly Muslim sex gangs around Britain were using English girls as sex slaves.
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