Known Gang Member and Accused Killer Was Amnesty Recipient

When Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley appeared on Fox News a few weeks ago, he said he had information from a reliable source leading the Senator to believe that a known gang member had gotten a DACA pass to stay in the country despite having a criminal record.

Now there is more information to back up Grassley’s contention that Emmanuel Jesus Rangel-Hernandez was a DACA recipient despite having known gang affiliation. He is accused in the murder of four people including a contestant on “America’s Next Top Model” in North Carolina.

Rangel-Hernandez had been arrested for marijuana possession and was not deported. Even when ICE officials were notified of his criminal record, he was still allowed to remain in the US under Obama’s DACA amnesty program.

Below, murder victim and aspiring model Mirjana Puhar (left) and accused murderer Emmanuel Jesus Rangel-Hernandez (right).

Fox News had an update on the case on Friday:

In a March 20 letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, Grassley and Senator Tilson (R-NC) expressed their reservations about the lack of oversight in the DACA amnesty program:

Furthermore, whistleblowers have alleged that Mr. Rangel-Hernandez’s DACA ‎application was approved although U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) had full knowledge that he was a known gang member.  This raises serious concerns about USCIS’s review and approval of other DACA applicants and points to potential vulnerabilities in the system.‎ Therefore, we are seeking the Department’s official policy related to DACA adjudications for suspected or known gang members.

When Senator Grassley appeared on the Fox program mentioned above, he observed,

For a long period of time I and my staff have been noting, within the DHS, immigration division, there’s been a great deal of peer pressure among the adjudicators to get to Yes. In other words, if you can’t approve these people and they’re denied, we’re going to send it up the chain of command for approval. The message goes out then that we want these people not deported.

Funny how public safety counts for so little by the current administration.

Meet Sawyer the Robot, Baxter's More Precise Cousin

The company that created Baxter, the $25,000 robot designed to do manufacturing jobs 24/7, has come up with a new machine that is smaller and capable of finer movements. So while Baxter can pack boxes and other simple movements, Sawyer’s more delicate touch allows it to perform some aspects of electronics manufacturing, for example.

The company’s artsy video with dramatic music highlights the machine’s flexible arm:

Below, Rethink Robotics co-founder Rodney Brooks poses with Sawyer (left) and Baxter (right).

The price of the new robot is reported to be $29,000 and its expected lifetime is 30,000 hours, which puts the cost at around a buck an hour plus a little electricity. What manufacturer wouldn’t snap up a bunch of the units to replace humans who take coffee breaks and expect a living wage?

A major talking point of robot builders is that the machines “help” humans rather than replace them in an integrated workplace. A recent Financial Times article about Sawyer was titled, “Robots rub shoulders with human buddies.” How reassuring.

Interestingly, that article noted, “Last year Volkswagen said it plans to use robots to cope with a shortage of new workers caused by retiring baby boomers.” One reason cited by proponents of increased immigration in this country is the idea of a labor shortage caused by the retirement of millions of the boomer generation. But employers are fine with using robots which are cheaper and more convenient.

But clearly human workers are rapidly becoming obsolete in manufacturing, which is obvious when you see modern automobile assembly lines that are entirely robotic.

Given the workplace revolution that is happening right now, America certainly doesn’t need to import millions of immigrants for future jobs that won’t exist. Oxford University researchers estimated in a 2013 report (“The Future of Employment”) that “about 47 percent of total US employment is at risk” to be replaced by smart machines.

The horrible Gang of Eight Senate bill mandated doubling legal immigration forever, and open-borders proponents would love a “compromise” of hugely increased immigration now and promised enforcement sometime at an undefined later date. But initiating a huge demographic change based on a wrong idea about labor needs would be a bad mistake because it would massively increase an angry unemployed underclass, among other social and economic problems.

Meet Sawyer, a New Robot That Wants to Revolutionize Manufacturing, Time Magazine, March 19, 2015

There’s a new robot in town.

Meet Sawyer, a new robot unveiled Thursday by Rethink Robotics, a Boston-based robotics company aiming to make factories more efficient, safer and more productive.

Weighing in at 41.9 lbs and standing 3.3 feet tall, the one-armed Sawyer is smaller and more flexible than Rethink’s only other robot, the double-armed Baxter, which debuted in 2012. While Baxter has helped companies do heavy duty work like loading boxes, Sawyer was created to automate more detailed, smaller tasks, like testing circuit boards and machine tending — jobs that have traditionally proven too intricate for industrial robots.

“[Baxter] gave us a tremendous base of companies that were thinking like us. We have a vision, idea and experience, but we don’t necessarily have all the answers,’” Rethink CMO Jim Lawton says of Sawyer’s development, which began in late 2013. “It’s like taking one step across the river. You can’t get there in one step, so you need to build commercially viable products as stepping stones. Eventually, you get to the other side of the river.”

Rethink’s customers have already used both robots — though Sawyer only in field tests — to perform low-level factory jobs, positions that are often menial, dangerous or undesirable. The machines are also relatively cheap: Sawyer will start at $29,000 when it’s introduced more widely this fall, while Baxter starts at $25,000; similar robots can cost several times more. The robots’ signature touch is digital “faces” that double as easy-to-use interfaces, allowing companies to get Sawyer and Baxter up-and-running within hours or days.

Together, Sawyer and Baxter are just two of the many robots fueling fears automation and other technologies are taking humans’ jobs. Rethink is used to the criticism: factory labor has long been a politically charged topic, and the seven-year-old startup has often been in the spotlight thanks to its big-name investors like Bezos Expeditions and Charles River Ventures. Rethink’s most recent funding round in January raised $26.6 million. That’s considered a significant investment in the robotics industry, which is expected to grow 12% globally every year, according to the International Federation of Robotics. Continue reading this article

Professor Warns H-1b Expansion Could End Tech Jobs for Americans

Rutgers Professor Hal Salzman was a standout witness in Tuesday’s Senate hearing because of his grasp of the facts and skill at explaining the danger to citizens’ employment from bad policies.

Senator Sessions questioned the professor on the subject of legislation:

SESSIONS: In an article that appeared in US News and World Report you wrote, “Guest workers currently make up two-thirds of all new IT hires.” . . .

What would happen if the guest worker green card provisions in the Gang of Eight bill or the Skills Act or the I-Squared became law? How would it change things?

SALZMAN: It would dramatically increase the number and we find based on those estimates that would provide enough guest workers to fill 100 percent of the jobs with perhaps 50 percent left in reserve that could then be used to backfill and replace current workers. So the current bills supply more than even what the industry says it needs to fill every new job.

SESSIONS: And you’ve written that universities graduate twice as many people with STEM degrees (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) each year as there are job openings in this field. Would you comment on that?

SALZMAN: Yes, I mean overall our universities are very good at providing the work force that’s needed. Current numbers suggest half to two-thirds of graduates find a job in a STEM field. And what’s important to also notice is when we do observe a shortage, as happened in the petroleum industry, you see wages go up. And when wages have gone up, student enrollments increased dramatically. In other words, students are very sensitive to the market signals about where there is demand, where wages go up and they respond, which brings up the curious question which is if there is demand out there, why haven’t we seen wages increase?

Witness Ron Hira also noted in the clip that the state of California has hired foreign workers to process unemployment insurance system.

Speaking of the formerly Golden State, I’ve been reporting for a while that California’s state universities have been admitting more foreign students because they pay full tuition, and the system needs the money. But the following item came up in the hearing and is rather shocking when you think about it:

SALZMAN: And, along the way, [increased STEM visas] will erode the nation’s innovation foundation anchored in American universities as they close their doors to U.S. students, just as the California State University system did when it decreed that its graduate programs were closed to state residents and, to increase revenue, effectively favored admissions to foreign students who now comprise over 90 percent of some STEM masters programs.

Get that? The state universities’ graduate programs are closed to state residents because foreigners pay more money, even though California parents have been supporting the system with tax dollars for years. How screwed up is that?

In addition, Senator Sessions posted a summary of the hearing:

Sessions summarizes academic finding from hearing on corporate abuse of guest worker programs, March 17, 2015

“The day is over when high-paid immigration lobbyists can simply demand as much labor as they want at the lowest possible price.”

WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, issued the following statement today after the Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the displacement of U.S. workers through the H-1B and related guest worker programs:

“In 2013, columnist Byron York called attention to a curious and alarming fact: the same companies lobbying for more guest workers were laying off American workers in droves.

Today’s hearing called by Chairman Grassley leaves no doubt as to what is happening: large corporations are using foreign worker programs explicitly for the purpose of replacing American workers at lower wages. This is exactly what happened to hundreds of loyal workers, mothers and fathers employed by Southern California Edison. Continue reading this article

San Francisco Loony Leaders Push Local Voting for 16-Year-Olds

San Francisco is famous for its crazy left politics (like sanctuary and coddling diverse criminals), and the latest is a doozy. The lefty lights of the city have decided that lowering the voting age to 16 for local elections will help engage the kiddies in political struggle.

Apparently the schools are not creating sufficient cadres of young communist community organizers, who are so admired in the city.

The problem is that young people are not mature. They have protections as minors under the law because they are not capable of the responsibilities of adults. In particular, recent research has found that the teen brain is not wired up to have the full functionality of reason until around age 25. Young people are moody and impulsive, making them more susceptible to the emotional appeals that the left likes.

San Francisco Progressives Push For Lowering Minimum Voter Age To 16 For Local Elections, KCBS, by Phil Matier, March 17, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — They can drive, they can work, and now a group of San Francisco city officials, including two supervisors want 16-and 17-year-olds to be eligible to vote.

San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos will introduce a measure—the first of its kind in a major U.S. city on Tuesday to do just that.

Avalos, Supervisor Eric Mar and other supporters say it will encourage civic engagement among youths and instill lifelong voting habits.

While two small cities in Maryland already have such voting laws where the teen turnout is four times of that of adults, the measure here should make interesting fodder for talk shows and web blogs because this is San Francisco after all.

But in order to pass, the Board of Supervisors would have to approve a charter amendment which would then go on the ballot for all currently eligible voters to decide. This November would be the earliest that such vote could be decided on.

This push comes from a combination of some city teens who want to take part in the voting system and the city’s progressives.

The San Francisco Youth Commission recently passed a resolution asking for the expansion of voting rights to 16- and 17-year-olds. But there is also the assumption that they will make choices that will lean liberal. That’s why the measure is being pushed by the progressives—including Public Defender Jeff Adachi—who have lost ground in recent elections due to the growing moderate movement represented by Mayor Ed Lee. Continue reading this article

Senate Hearing Examines H-1b Visas and US Worker Displacement

On Tuesday morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing titled Immigration Reforms Needed to Protect Skilled American Workers that mostly centered on replacement of citizens by foreign workers.

The fraud-friendly H-1b employment visa has been a problem for years and shows how little the government cares about protecting hard-working Americans who spent years and plenty of money acquiring skills in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). Nevertheless, Republican Senators Hatch, Flake and Rubio are sponsoring an expansion of tech visas.

The egregious layoff of 400 tech workers from a state utility came up during the hearing and was reported here in February: California: Hundreds of American IT Workers Are Replaced by Foreigners using H-1b Visas.

Senator Grassley is the Chair of the committee (read his Opening Statement), but he left for a vote after a while and didn’t return, leaving Senator Sessions to run the hearing. His Youtube channel posted several videos of interest.

Here is a clip of Senator Sessions, which is titled after his remark, ‘We Have No Obligation To Yield The Lust Of Big Business’ For Low-Paid Guest Workers.

Jay Palmer was the one regular American given the opportunity to speak among the experts. He told his story of being an unemployed tech worker because of his whistleblower activities in a visa fraud case. [Testimony]

Howard University Professor Ron Hira discussed the myth of the H-1b program which supposedly protects American workers against being displaced by cheaper foreigners, but instead has created a “lucrative business model” of replacement employees. [Testimony]

Rutgers Professor Hal Salzman noted that the expansion legislation would admit more foreign STEM workers than the total of new technology jobs. [Testimony]

Breitbart covered the hearing in detail.

Expert Tells Senators Massively Increasing H-1b Guest Worker Visas Would Send Message to americans Your Job Is Up for Grabs by Foreigners,, March 17, 2015

At Tuesday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on H-1B guest-worker visas, one of the country’s leading experts on the high-tech guest-worker program said that with proposed legislation like the Senate’s “I-Squared” bill that would triple the number of guest-worker visas, Congress’s message to any American worker making more than $60,000 year is: “your job is up for grabs.”

Howard University Public Policy Professor Ron Hira made those remarks after referencing the $60,000 wage floor for H-1B workers and saying that it was a myth that companies pay guest-workers prevailing wages and actively look first for Americans to fill jobs that are eventually given to H-1B guest-workers who are no better qualified or specialized than the American workers they are replacing.

Rutgers University Public Policy Professor Hal Salzman mentioned that the Senate’s “I-Squared” bill would allow 180,000 H-1b visas a year even though industry lobbyists said the tech industry needed 120,000. What that means, according to Salzman, is that it would proved the industry “enough guest-workers with 50% left in reserve,” which would allow the tech industry to essentially fill all new job openings with guest-workers with enough visas leftover to replace more American workers.

“In sum, current policies and the proposed changes in high skill guest-worker visas and immigration policies that increase the supply of guest-workers are likely to accelerate the already deteriorating labor force conditions and career prospects for STEM graduates and workers,” he testified.

Hira said that Southern California Edison’s abuse of the H-1B program “is flagrant but isn’t an isolated case.” He mentioned documented cases of Disney in Florida, Cargill in Minnesota, Harley Davidson in Wisconsin, Pfizer in Connecticut, and Xerox in Rochester all having gamed the H-1B program to displace American workers. Continue reading this article

Democrats Blast Obama's Secret Trade Negotiations

One eternal mystery is why liberals oppose trade deals that offshore US jobs to foreign nations while they ignore excessive immigration that has the same negative effect of Americans’ losing their employment. It has never made sense to me.

Lou Dobbs examined the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on his Monday show:

ED ROLLINS: The thing that needs to be discussed right up front is how many jobs it’s going to cost. It’s great to have rhetoric about the prices being lower, more jobs, all the rest of it — doesn’t ever seem to happen.

LOU DOBBS: We have never seen it happen. It is so much bull that is stacked so high — well, I don’t want to continue with the extraordinary metaphor.

Below, Shanghai is the world’s busiest port because Red China manufactures what Americans buy as a result of trade policies championed by transnational elites. The U.S. trade deficit with China soared to $342 billion in 2014.

Labor is concerned, as it should be. Obama has been screwing his loyal labor constituents for years by opposing the Keystone pipeline. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka recently promised to go “all out” to fight the President’s globalist trade agenda.

And if the deal is so great, why would it have to be negotiated behind closed doors? That’s the Democrats’ question of their Dear Leader.

House Democrats angry over Obama’s classified trade meeting, By Kevin Cirilli, The Hill, March 15, 2015

House Democrats are criticizing President Obama’s administration for holding a classified briefing on trade with top administration officials, saying it’s an attempt to push a trade program in secret.

Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman will meet with House Democrats on Wednesday in a classified briefing to discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Members will be allowed to attend the briefing on the proposed trade pact with 12 Latin American and Asian countries with one staff member who possesses an “active Secret-level or high clearance” compliant with House security rules. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) told The Hill that the administration is being “needlessly secretive.”

“Even now, when they are finally beginning to share details of the proposed deal with members of Congress, they are denying us the ability to consult with our staff or discuss details of the agreement with experts,” DeLauro told The Hill.

Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) condemned the classified briefing.

“Making it classified further ensures that, even if we accidentally learn something, we cannot share it. What is USTR working so hard to hide? What is the specific legal basis for all this senseless secrecy?” Doggett said to The Hill.

“Open trade should begin with open access,” Doggett said. “Members expected to vote on trade deals should be able to read the unredacted negotiating text.” Continue reading this article

California Considers Another Winter with Little Rainfall

Spring starts in a few days, which is always good news, but here in crowded Mexifornia, winter rainfall has been disappointingly slim. The drought is bad and getting worse because the stored water in reservoirs has become even more drained.

How bad is the drought?

A study published in December characterized it as the worst in 1200 years.

Below, the depleted Almaden Reservoir near San Jose, California, in February 2014.

One warning came from NASA water scientist Jay Famiglietti who wrote a March 13 opinion piece in the LA Times titled California has about one year of water left. Will you ration now?.

Last fall, it must be noted, that La Times published a crazy front-page reassurance that Californians needn’t fear a 70-year dry spell that must have been written by a committee. See my analysis: LA Times Says California Mega-Drought Won’t Be That Bad.

Famiglietti’s message has had resonance, with Time Magazine using the piece to criticize the lack of penalties on water wasters. Breitbart picked up the original and supplied background details.

The LA Times piece had several recommendations including statewide water rationing now, acceleration of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014 and top prioritization for long-term state water management strategies.

It would be nice if Gov Jerry Brown would provide some leadership instead of being asleep on the water supply issue. Worse, he recently called amnesty opponents to be “un-Christian.”

Of course, California has the largest number of illegal aliens, estimated at around three million, and they are all using state water.

Brown fancies himself an environmentalist, but his astounding policy of welcome toward all illegal aliens from Mexico is unsustainable regarding water supply. There is not enough water for today’s population yet Brown wants more to come.

Victor Davis Hanson is a retired classics professor as well as a fourth-generation Fresno-area farmer. He had some interesting musings about California’s odd mixture of denial about water:

A Tale of Four Droughts, PJ Media, March 15th, 2015

California is not suffering one drought, but four. Each is a metaphor of what California has become.

The first California drought, of course, is natural. We are now in the midst of a fourth year of record low levels of snow and rain.

Californians have no idea that their state is a relatively recent construct — only 165 years old, with even less of a pedigree of accurate weather keeping. When Europeans arrived in California in the 15th and 16th centuries, they were struck by how few indigenous peoples lived in what seemed paradise — only to learn that the region was quite dry on the coast and in the interior.

Today, modern Californians have no idea of whether a four-year drought is normal, in, say, a 5,000 natural history of the region, or is aberrant — as wet years are long overdue and will return with a vengeance. That we claim to know what to expect from about 150 years of recordkeeping does not mean that we know anything about what is normal in nature’s brief millennia. Our generation may be oblivious to that fact, but our far more astute and pragmatic forefathers certainly were not.

If one studies the literature on the history and agendas of the California State Water Project and the federal Central Valley Project, two observations are clear. One, our ancestors brilliantly understood that Californians always would wish to work and live in the center and south of the state. They accepted that where 75% of the population wished to live, only 25% of the state’s precipitation fell. Two, therefore they designed huge transfer projects from Northern California that was wet and sparsely settled, southward to where the state was dry and populated. They assumed that northerners wanted less water and relief from flooding, and southerners more water and security from drought, and thus their duty was to accommodate both. Continue reading this article

Business Is Thrilled That Automation Raises Productivity, but Doesn't Mind Mass Unemployment

How is an economy supposed to function when human workers are becoming obsolete because of smart machines in the workplace? Leisure time is certainly nice, but humans require money for acquiring goods and services. Curiously, the captains of industry don’t seem to notice the consumption part of the economy equation, and when people don’t get paychecks they are not shopping.

A 2013 Oxford University study (“The Future of Employment”) asserted that nearly half of American jobs may be automated in 20 years, so the Jetsons future is rushing toward us. The jobless recovery suggests that big automation is already here to a degree, and its negative effects upon employment will only grow.

In a 2014 PBS Newshour report (below), co-author of “The Second Machine Age” Andrew McAfee imagined a future society like ancient Greece, where “citizens debated democracy and led enlightened lives; they were supported by the work of human slaves. . . we won’t have human slaves, we’ll have an army of technologies that are doing the heavy lifting required for a society.”

Robot utopia — woo hoo!

When enlightened Athenians weren’t debating democracy, they were also sentencing Socrates to death for his unpopular opinions, so the cultivated lifestyle experienced a few bumps along the way.

In addition, roboticist Rodney Brooks explained how the Baxter robot (pictured) does unpleasant tasks that no human in the factory wants to do. He perhaps does not understand that people don’t flock to factories to do fun things, but to perform jobs to get a paycheck.

What kind of society would evolve where leisure would be the norm rather than work? These days, when we meet someone new we ask, “What do you do?” Perhaps in the future that question will be, “What’s your hobby?”

The world is an interesting place: some people would be very happy filling a life with intellectual or artistic pursuits. But probably not everyone.

Anyway, the future robotic utopia imagined by McAfee has a lot of troubling details to be ironed out.

For one thing, importing millions of immigrant workers for non-existent future jobs is a very bad idea. Some of today’s unemployed persons are angry (e.g. Ferguson), and they have a right to be after the government allowed the shipment of whole industries overseas and imported foreign workers by the millions to take the remaining jobs. Now workers face smart machines who don’t need sleep, lunch breaks or paychecks. (See my article “Three Stakes in the Heart of the American Dream.”)

Jeb Bush recently visited New Hampshire and while there endorsed the Senate’s failed Gang of Eight amnesty bill which included the doubling of legal immigration. Unfortunately he is typical among politicians in ignoring the effect of automation on the nation’s requirement for future workers. America needs Zero imported workers.

Robots may make it harder for some Americans to get ahead, CNBC, by Heesun Wee, March 13, 2015

More linebacker than running back, Baxter is a tough, reliable worker. His arm span is wide and he takes instruction well, all valuable assets on a manufacturing shop floor.

Baxter is a robot and made by Rethink Robotics, a start-up founded by Rodney Brooks, who produced the Roomba vacuum when he was at iRobot in the 2000s. Robots and more broadly automation have been around for decades, especially in the auto industry. We’re talking six-figure robots in cages that are so big they could hurt workers if the machines toppled onto humans.

Robots have since advanced and are smaller, nimble and more affordable. Small- to medium-sized businesses are introducing automation onto shop floors. Some economists see a future where robots will push down labor costs and lift productivity so companies will think twice before offshoring U.S. jobs.

Automation is forecast to raise productivity by as much as 30 percent in many industries, and cut labor costs by at least 18 percent in the coming decade, according to recent research from The Boston Consulting Group. As an example, “We’re thinking about something like a 16 percent drop in the labor costs for manufacturing plants over this time period,” Hal Sirkin, a senior partner at The Boston Consulting Group, told CNBC. The researchers did not spell out how labor cost savings might translate into potential number of jobs lost to automation.

This is the embedded “botsourcing” fear. More robots = lost jobs. Or seen another way, higher wage pressures = more automation. And maybe even more worrisome is a suspicion that robots will not only jeopardize jobs but make it even harder for less-skilled workers to remain employed, let alone get ahead.

From 1995 to 2013, technological changes accelerated America’s output per worker. But those gains were offset by income inequality and a drop in labor force participation. Those working or looking for work have declined to around 62.8 percent from prerecession levels of around 66 percent, suggesting more Americans are getting discouraged and disappearing permanently from the workforce. President Barack Obama laid out how middle-class stagnation is dragging down the economy in the 2015 Economic Report of the President released by the White House last month.

So if advanced robots knock out more automatable jobs, will lower-skilled workers fall further from the pack and essentially vanish from the American jobs landscape? This is a big debate among economists and experts on robotics. Continue reading this article

Senator Grassley Moves to Block Tax Refunds to Illegal Aliens

Funny how Obama’s temporary-but-generous amnesty for five million included a “loophole” of free money for the foreign grifters via the tax code.

Semi-limited anarchy turns out to be messy, because removing a major brick from the structure of laws necessitates specific repairs here and there. You can’t have just a little chaos. It spreads.

Here’s Senator Grassley’s press release on the issue:

Senators Introduce Bill Disallowing Tax Credit Under 2014 Executive Actions, March 10, 2015

WASHINGTON – Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Mike Enzi of Wyoming, Mike Crapo of Idaho, Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, David Perdue of Georgia, Tim Scott of South Carolina, Pat Roberts of Kansas, Johnny Isakson of Georgia, Jim Risch of Idaho, John Boozman of Arkansas and John Cornyn of Texas today introduced legislation to disallow the Earned Income Tax Credit for those made newly eligible for past benefits under the President’s executive actions on immigration.

“This tax credit is meant to help the working poor get into the workforce,” Grassley said.  “It isn’t meant to benefit individuals who aren’t authorized to work in the United States.  Congress implemented that policy in 1996. The legislation introduced today upholds the principle that many of us in Congress support.  The tax code shouldn’t reward those who broke our immigration laws.”

“Congress should always be looking to protect the tax dollars of hard working Americans.  This legislation would ensure that those individuals who were not here legally cannot use their new status to claim tax credits that they were not entitled to,” said Enzi. [. . .].

When Senator Grassley discussed the legislation on the Senate floor, he observed, “This bill should be a no-brainer for any of my colleagues that agree that we should not reward individuals for breaking our immigration laws and our employment laws.”

That’s the good news. The bad news is that GOP leadership isn’t interested in supporting Grassley’s legislation. Nothing angers citizens like the government giving free money to illegal alien swindlers, but the dense fellows at the top of the Stupid Party are clueless again.

Is it too much to ask that the government take human psychology into account when shaping policies? As Senator Grassley himself observed, later regretting his vote for the 1986 amnesty, “You know what I found out? If you reward illegality, you get more of it.”

GOP wary of new immigration battle, The Hill, March 12, 2015

Senate GOP leadership is staying away from a proposal to ensure illegal immigrants don’t get tax break payouts from the government, with the party still smarting from a battle over Department of Homeland Security funding.

Senior Republicans generally say they support the goals of the bill from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) that seeks to keep immigrants protected from deportation by President Obama’s executive actions from claiming several years’ worth of earned income tax credits.

Conservative lawmakers and outside groups are still angry that the GOP didn’t continue the fight to withhold Department of Homeland Security funding, which they viewed as the best avenue to combat Obama’s decision to shield millions of immigrants in the U.S. illegally from deportation.

“I’m clearly one of those who thinks that we need to continue to push very aggressively and that we should have pushed harder earlier,” said Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), another co-sponsor on the tax credit bill. Continue reading this article

California State University Long Beach: Illegals Get Special Counseling Center

Nestor Moto, the chairman of the College Republican Club from Cal State Long Beach, appeared on Fox News to discuss the new “Dream Success Center” dedicated to serving the illegal alien students on campus. According to Moto, there are only 11 guidance counselors for the entire student body of around 28,000 individuals, yet the lawbreaking foreigners receive special treatment.

MOTO: The problem we have with this this resource center is the allocation of funds, the allocation of resources. I spoke with the Veterans Resource Center on Monday. We have 530 veterans on our campus and we have zero counselors available to them, and the undocumented immigrants have one counselor available to them and it serves 650 students. Another issue is the fact that we have 27,000 undergraduates on our campus and we only have 11 advisors.

That’s the main issue, the fact that the faculty and the administration wanted to allocate the resources and the funds to illegal immigrants instead of our veterans, instead of our disabled students, instead of our actual students who paid taxpayer dollars for this.

The decision of the university to provide extra services for lawbreaking foreigners is particularly galling since students have been forced to pay rapidly increasing tuition over the past few years.

Also, the idea that 6400 illegal alien students are taking slots that should go to state residents is outrageous at a time when the number of California kids attending state universities has fallen precipitously. Budget problems have forced the system to take higher numbers of international students who pay full tuition, but somehow there is room for thousands of moocher illegal aliens.

Campus Reform reports that there are three other counseling facilities for illegal aliens in the CSU system.

Cal State Long Beach to open center for undocumented students, Long Beach Press Telegram, March 4 2015

LONG BEACH — Undocumented students at Cal State Long Beach will get a new hub on campus Monday when the school unveils its new “Dream Success Center” inside the University Student Union.

The center will be the fourth such spot on a campus in the 23-school California State University for the system’s estimated 6,400 undocumented students, about 650 of which attend CSULB.

Other campuses include Cal State Northridge, Cal State Fullerton and Cal State Los Angeles.

The center came about after efforts from student leaders, as well as advocates for undocumented students, pushed campus officials on the issue.

In March 2014, the student government passed a resolution to support the creation of a resource center for undocumented students, and the following month, undocumented student leaders met then-Interim President Donald Para and recently appointed President Jane Close Conoley to talk about their campus-related concerns. Continue reading this article

USCIS Union President: Open Borders Endanger National Security

In the Middle East, Allah’s loyal headchoppers are having great success in taking over large swaths of territory and killing many opponents along the way. They see themselves as being on a roll, progressing rapidly to the much desired world caliphate of sharia law ruled by… them! So convenient.

Below, ISIS jihadists beheaded 21 Coptic Christians in February. They were following directions of the Koran (8.12) to “strike disbelievers on their necks” .

Jihadists would love a redo of 9/11, only bigger with many more American deaths. Yet the administration prefers open borders to import future Democrat voters even though that policy endangers the nation. For example, a recent Texas government report noted that the “Texas-Mexico border is not secure, and this lack of security undermines public safety and homeland security.”

Allah’s choppers may be bloodthirsty savages, but they are not stupid in pursuing their goals. They cruise the internet as much as anyone, and cannot have missed the pathetic state of America’s border security. How many rented a kid and hopped a train during last year’s border surge where foreign moppets were keys to the kingdom? Just exchange those robes and turbans for Mexican duds, learn a little Spanish and jihadists are all set for easy illegal entry.

Responsible officials are worried about the national security threat for good reason. One such knowledgeable fellow is Kenneth Palinkas, president of the National Citizenship and Immigration Services Council employees union, and his agency vets persons applying for legal status in the US. He remarked in a March 3 statement, “By not scrutinizing each and every applicant to the fullest extent possible to ensure America’s security, we invite an even more catastrophic event than what occurred on 09/11/2001.”

Palinkas appeared on Fox News Monday to explain further.

PALINKAS: To my knowledge, deportations are down, extremely down. because the deportation offices themselves have this program where they just catch and release, unless it’s a heinous crime being committed. . .

Now with these other programs that the president wanted to put through, you’re apt to, they’re not going to be properly vetted because the people who are going to perform the job of vetting these people — remember, it’s on an application. it’s not an interview, so, you’re only going get so much information out of that form. . .

We don’t have a proper accounting whatsoever, and I don’t see it getting any better. When you lessen the requirements, when you lessen the vetting, meaning the background checks, things of that nature, when you push people through, when you just decide that, oh, as long as you only have maybe a misdemeanor or not a bad misdemeanor, whatever that means, I don’t know, you might qualify. So, you have people that came here illegally committing crimes, and then still asking for this benefit. What about the people that filed and went the lawful status way?

Obama Slams Voter ID in Selma Speech

The President engaged in partisan politics Saturday when he participated in the 50-year anniversary of the Selma civil rights march. At one point in his speech, Obama remarked, “Right now, in 2015, 50 years after Selma, there are laws across this country designed to make it harder for people to vote.”

Yes, that’s correct. Our laws prohibit children, felons and illegal aliens from voting. Voter ID helps prevent ineligible persons from skewing elections. It’s important for the nation to have reliable, accurate elections.

The remark was discussed on Fox News Monday morning.

TUCKER CARLSON: What about the real problems facing black America like a massive unemployment rate? . . . Laws designed to make it harder to vote: have those laws made it harder to vote?

CHARLES PAYNE: I know in the last Presidential election, more black people voted than whites, at a higher percentage, so if they were designed to stop people from voting, they were pretty ineffecive. The idea of voter ID is very reasonable and then the idea that somehow that impedes adults from getting ID or getting identification is almost insulting to someone’s intelligence, so it bothers me that this is an issue to begin with and it’s doubly more worrisome that it would have been brought up Saturday at an event that marked 50 years of progress. . .

CARLSON: As an American you hate to think of your President acting like a demagogue but in this case, to address the struggles of black America and not mention the unemployment rate seems a little odd. . .

PAYNE: It’s time for us to look in the mirror. According to one report 47 percent of black males are not graduating from high school. . . We know we are moving into a knowledge-based economy. Listen, voting has given us a lot of power, but . . . the way out of poverty won’t necessarily be the ballot box but individual effort in a knowledge-based economy.

The unemployment rate for black citizens is nearly twice that of the nation as a whole.

Having a strict voter ID doesn’t hurt blacks, it helps them by keeping illegal aliens from voting. It won’t be good for any Americans, but particularly blacks, when Mexicans et al are voting in our elections and gaining more power.

One example: on the Laura Ingraham radio show this morning [LISTEN], she interviewed the President of the Prince George County NAACP, Bob Ross, about special public schools being set up for illegal alien students who don’t speak English. Ross believes that the project takes taxpayers’ dollars away from black citizen students’ education. Laura noted the “huge amount of resources being poured into the immigrant community” particularly the schools.

Blacks should wake up and smell the tacos, because the whole immigration diversity rainbow thing is not working out so well.

NAACP Battles Latino Group Over Special Schools For Immigrant Students, Daily Caller, March 4, 2015

A Maryland chapter of the NAACP and the Latino activist group Casa de Maryland are squaring off over a plan to open two new schools to help immigrant students learn English.

The Prince George’s County chapter of the NAACP calls the facilities “separate but unequal,” and its president, Bob Ross, fears that money for the schools will be diverted from black schoolchildren, WUSA 9 in Washington, D.C. reports. Continue reading this article

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