Immigrant Jihadist Sami Osmakac Is Convicted in Florida

We are told by diversity experts that Muslims from Europe are more “moderate” (less head-choppy) than their Arab ummah-brothers. But wanna-be bomber Sami Osmakac (pictured below), a naturalized citizen from Kosovo, had some extremely evil plans for Americans, as we learned in his recent trial. (See my 2012 blog, Florida: Muslim Immigrant Arrested for Bomb Plot.)

Trials are wonderful events, particularly when they reveal details about the behavior of jihadists residing in America. The public is cheated every time the government arranges a plea deal with a terrorist, because vital information about public safety is shut off. We need to know what is going on in our own country with the enemies that Washington welcomes as immigrants and refugees.

As usual, a Muslim terror trial is local news only, ho hum stuff according to the information keepers of the mainstream media.

Man guilty of trying to buy weapons in terror plot, Associated Press, June 10, 2014

TAMPA, Fla. — A Florida man was convicted Tuesday of trying to buy weapons for what authorities say was a planned terror attack on a Tampa casino and bar.

It took five hours for a federal jury to find Sami Osmakac guilty of possessing an unregistered automatic weapon and attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. He faces life in prison at an Oct. 7 sentencing.

The 27-year-old was arrested in 2012 after authorities said he tried to buy weapons, including a car bomb and an AK-47, from an undercover agent he thought was an arms dealer.

During closing arguments, federal prosecutor Sara Sweeney said Osmakac wanted to remotely detonate a car bomb near a Tampa Irish pub, then take hostages and start a shootout at the Hard Rock Casino in order to get Muslim prisoners released. He then was going to blow himself up when police closed in on him, Sweeney said.

“The most powerful thing you can see are the defendant’s own words,” she said, referring to a video he recorded before he was arrested. “His intent was to commit a violent act in America.”

During the three-week trial, jurors heard from psychiatrists who said Osmakac is mentally ill. Prosecutors also played videos recorded by a confidential informant.

In one of the recordings with the informant, Osmakac referred to blowing up bridges over Tampa Bay.

“If you take those bridges out and they won’t have food, medicine, they be shocked nobody can go to work, two million people, three million people will be sitting ducks,” referring to bridges connecting Pinellas County to Hillsborough County. Continue reading this article

Joe Biden: Immigration Must Be ‘Constant, Unrelenting’ for Economy

We know that liberals don’t care about having a productive business climate, as indicated by how much they regulate the life out of it. How then do they think economic growth can be induced into happening?

Judging by Joe Biden’s recent remarks to the National Association of Manufacturers, he envisions a ponzi scheme of endless immigration to goose up the GDP. Yep, the Vice President doesn’t worry about associated problems with unlimited population growth, like a threatened water supply, paving over farmland and gridlock as a lifestyle: to Biden, immigration is the universal solution.

Biden apparently disregards the value created by science and innovation, like the billion-dollar companies of Silicon Valley. He would rather pile in lots more cheap-labor immigrants who will vote Democrat. And because most of the newbies are low-skilled, many millions of them will be required to maintain the consumer economy.

Below, a drought-depleted reservoir in overpopulated California, February 2014.

Biden: We need ‘constant, unrelenting stream’ of immigrants, The Hill, June 10, 2014

Vice President Biden painted a rosy picture of the outlook for U.S. businesses Tuesday, but said economic growth hinges in large part on immigration reform, now languishing in Congress.

“We need it badly from a purely – purely economic point of view,” Biden said during remarks to the National Association of Manufacturers.

The call came amid a wide-ranging address to the business group, in which Biden said the United States is better positioned than its rivals to compete in the global marketplace.

“We have the most resilient economy in the world,” Biden told hundreds of people gathered at the business group’s annual conference. “We’re better positioned than any country in the world to lead the world in the 21st Century.”

Biden said a key to the country’s solid economic footing is the “the ‘constant, unrelenting stream’ of immigrants that has come to the United States for generations.

“Not dribbling,” Biden explained. “Significant flows.” Continue reading this article

Senator Sessions Hammers DHS Secretary about Border Lawlessness

America’s most patriotic Senator took DHS chief Jeh Johnson to task for the overwhelming chaos now happening on the border.

The occasion was a Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing on Wednesday. Johnson’s opening statement may be read online, if a headache is desired.

Senator Sessions blamed the current border anarchy on the administration, noting, “Your leadership and the president’s leadership has failed to send a clear message throughout the world that you can only come to the United States lawfully, In fact, you’ve conveyed a message that conveys just the opposite.”

Sessions also showed a photo of a Border Patrol officer who had been injured by a thrown rock:

New York Times Admits FGM Is an Immigrant Crime

Liberal publications are hypocrites about immigration, normally characterizing the influx of diversity into American communities as an entirely positive influence, while ignoring the appalling cultural practices of certain ethnicities and religions. Horrific crimes are reported, but they usually hang in the air with no cultural context provided to explain the motivation.

Today’s front page New York Times effort about female genital mutilation (FGM) is better than most, since the word “immigrant” is used, and more than once. It also mentions the specific nations where the savage behavior is most prevalent (i.e. Somalia, Guinea, Djibouti, Eritrea, Mali).

However being born in America doesn’t mean a person is culturally a part of this country, and being raised in a third-world family leaves some young people in the dark. Girls at risk for FGM (a federal crime) are unlikely to know how to get help.

Of course, the real question is why import such monstrous cultural norms via immigration in the first place? Leave the barbarians in their homelands where they can abuse one another away from civilization’s laws.

A Fight as U.S. Girls Face Genital Cutting Abroad, New York Times, June 11, 2014

ATLANTA — Last summer, an American-born teenager of Somali descent fled her parents’ home in a suburb here after she discovered that a coming vacation to Somalia would include a sacred rite of passage: the cutting of her genitalia. In Guinea, a New Yorker escaped to the American Embassy after an aunt told her that her family trip would involve genital cutting. And in Seattle, at least one physician said parents had sent girls back to Somalia to undergo cutting.

Immigrant parents from African and other nations have long sent their daughters back to their ancestral homes for the summer, a trip intended to help them connect with their families and traditions.

During their stays, some girls are swept into bedrooms or backwoods and subjected to genital cutting in the belief that it will prevent promiscuity, ready them for marriage or otherwise align them with the ideals of their culture.

“Vacation cutting,” as the practice is deemed by those who oppose it, has existed in immigrant enclaves around the world for decades. Federal law has banned genital cutting in the United States since 1996, and last year it became illegal to transport girls for that purpose.

But some are concerned that such cutting could be on the rise. The number of African immigrants in the United States has more than quadrupled in the past two decades to almost 1.7 million, according to the Census Bureau. The growing numbers have brought new attention to the issue, and have spurred a small Internet-age, app-enabled support network of girls and women who have been victims of cutting, or believe they will be.

About 228,000 women and girls in the United States have been cut or are at risk of it, according to an analysis that uses 14-year-old census data. Continue reading this article

Laura Ingraham Interviews Dave Brat on the Occasion of His Victory

On Wednesday, radio talker Laura Ingraham celebrated the stunning victory of Dave Brat over Majority Leader Eric Cantor. She noted that the national Tea Party organizations like Tea Party Patriots (where Jenny Beth Martin makes $500K) have become a new establishment and wrote Brat off. Local Tea Party folks pitched in to help with the campaign, but no money was forthcoming from the big organizations.

Laura discussed Dave Brat’s appeal — his warmth, courage and communications skills. She compared him to Sen Jeff Sessions as educating his constituents during the campaign on important issues like the harm for working people contained in amnesty. He is an economics professor, so he has a lot of practice in educating.

Brat called in for the interview and praised all the people who worked for his election, making the phone calls and knocking on doors. He said he ran as a Republican on traditional principles of fiscal responsibility, Constitutional governance, the rule of law, peace through strength and US sovereignty.

Listen to the interview on Laura Ingraham.com.

Fox News’ Brit Hume (an admitted supporter of amnesty) correctly recognized the power of conservative media:

“There are parts of this country where if Laura Ingraham, Ann Coulter and Mark Levin are on the radio supporting you, that’s worth a lot! In fact if somebody said would you rather have Freedomworks behind you or would you rather have any of those three radio talk show hosts in there plugging for you day by day, I think I know what my choice would be.”

The three people Hume mentioned are true warriors against amnesty. Coulter in particular will routinely bring up amnesty when the subject is something that appears unconnected but isn’t. By comparison, Rush Limbaugh only discusses illegal immigration when it’s unavoidable.

Dave Brat has a YouTube channel. The following press conference was posted on May 28 and focuses on immigration, particularly Cantor’s support for open borders and cheap labor for corporations.

Camp of the Saints on the Rio Grande

The border situation is chaos on steroids, with thousands of unaccompanied kids and families streaming in from Central America, where they heard on television that kids are guaranteed amnesty tickets.

In the video clip below, documentary filmmaker Dennis Michael Lynch warns that the invasion is only beginning:

“It’s about to get worse. . . Entire villages are emptying out and coming from Central America through Mexico to the United States. They’ll be hitting in the next couple weeks. What you are seeing right now is the tip of the iceberg.”

There’s no reason why millions won’t come, since Washington has announced America’s borders are wide open. Just bring a kid or claim to be one (with fraudulent ID). And be sure to say you have a “credible fear” of persecution.

Below: Many illegal aliens ride a freight train nicknamed The Beast from southern Guatemala. An estimated half million hispanics travel on the train north to America every year.

Remember the Mariel Boatlift? That Democrat-created crisis transformed Miami from a nice American city into a crime-infused Cuban one, after Castro dumped his prison population on the US. And that humanitarian crisis brought only 125,000 Spanish-speaking foreigners.

The Daily Caller reports, “a leaked estimate by a top official in the Department of Homeland Security says the 12-month inflow will reach 90,000 by October, and then grow by another 142,000 in the next 12 months before October 2015.” That’s over 230,000, nearly a quarter million that the Democrats hope to dump on US taxpayers.

On Monday, the White House requested $2 billion to pay for the feeding and lawyers of the illegal aliens. Consider it down payment.

Why aren’t there troops on the border? It may be hard to recall now, but Obama did post the National Guard on the border in 2010 so there’s no reason why he couldn’t do it again.

Border Patrol, Then and Now, as Expressed by the New Open Borders Strategy

Remember when the Border Patrol defended America’s perimeter from murderous jihadists, Mexican gangsters, various criminals and job thieves from around the world?

Lately, not so much. The federal law enforcement officers have been forced into welcome wagon providers to alien women and children enticed to enter America illegally by being told that a kid was a guaranteed ticket to stay. So many illegal kids have arrived in south Texas that the feds have been transferring them to Arizona — just a little smackdown from the feds to the state that dared to enforce immigration itself.

“Welcome, future Democrats!”

And just what is the cause of the sudden surge for El Norte?

Glenn Beck thinks that the administration has planted the story in Latin American media, which has been telling people to run for the border now.

The governments of the poor Central American nations would probably be agreeable to thousands of their citizens leaving for the US, because the remittances might well be more than the taxes those people would pay. In Honduras, for example, 20 percent of the GDP comes from remittances.

Back to Arizona and the alien kiddies, a Phoenix TV station reported June 6, DHS program that buses immigrants to AZ, no signs of stopping. The story follows the script of “humanitarian crisis” rather than a created crisis.

Indeed, the illegal aliens are being welcomed, not deported, so they keep coming. Word gets around. Why would they not come?

Singapore Chooses Immigration Limits

Somehow the people of Singapore missed the message from elites that massive diverse immigration is the best idea ever. Average folks have showed up in the thousands to protest the importation of foreign workers, including a group on this year’s May Day, even though public demonstrations are rare events there.

Below, thousands of Singaporeans protested immigration on May Day 2013.

Singapore is already one of the most densely populated nations on earth, with nearly 20,000 humans per square mile. Furthermore, companies prefer to hire cheap exploitable foreigners to replace qualified local people.

Where have we heard that before?

Anyway, the finance minister has announced that the government will lower the number of foreign workers to maintain social stability. (Funny how the “I” word — immigrants — doesn’t show up in this article.)

Let’s hope it happens, so we can observe a sensible immigration strategy that emphasizes the well being of citizens workers and the preservation of the national culture over saving a few nickels.

Singapore finance minister accepts slower growth as trade-off for social stability, Reuters, June 6, 2014

(Reuters) – Singapore is willing to accept slower growth as a trade-off for social stability as it aims to keep down the number of foreigners working in the city-state, Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam told Reuters.

Over the past decade, Singapore’s economy has expanded by a 6.4 percent annual average. Tharman said that he would be happy if Singapore grew 3 percent a year, as long as growth was driven mainly by gains in productivity.

“Three percent growth is good growth,” he said during an interview on Thursday.

High past growth has brought rising numbers of foreigners to work in wealthy Singapore, which in turn has spurred discontent among citizens angered by the strains put on infrastructure and services.

Between 2000 and 2013, Singapore’s population rose to 5.4 million from 4 million, with foreigners accounting for the bulk of the 35 percent increase.

Unhappiness about inflows of foreigners helped an opposition party gain ground in the 2011 general elections as the People’s Action Party, which has ruled Singapore since independence in 1965, won only 60 percent of votes, its worst showing to date. The next election must be held by January 2017.

Tharman, who is also a deputy prime minister, said the government accepts a slower growth rate as the cost of ensuring the country retains its national identity, combats over-crowding and keeps the ratio of foreign to local workers at around one-third.

NOT LIKE DUBAI
“We are never going to be Dubai, we are a country with a social ethos that we take very seriously,” the 57-year-old finance minister said.

The number of foreigners in Dubai is larger than that of locals, a result of its aggressive economic growth strategy. Continue reading this article

Central American Media: Take Your Kid to US, 'You Won't Be Turned Away'

In the dirtbag countries south of Mexico, broadcasters are telling people that NOW is the time for a run on the border and that a kid is the guaranteed ticket in.

The following story has a video within that starts out well enough explaining the media influence on the border surge but quickly devolves into a formulaic sob story about a cutesy six-year-old and her previously deported mom sniffling about wanting a future for her daughter.

Illegal Immigrant: Reports in Central America Encourage Trek North, KRGV TV Rio Grande Valley, June 3, 2014

McALLEN – Central Americans say news reports in their countries are encouraging them to make the journey north to the United States.

A mother and child told CHANNEL 5 NEWS that the message being disseminated in their country is, “go to America with your child, you won’t be turned away.”

The woman, Nora Griselda Bercian Diaz, from Guatemala, said she endured threats from the Zetas and extortion from corrupt Mexican police. She eventually crossed the Rio Grande with her 6-year-old Delmi Griselda Paul Bercian by her side.

The woman said she wants a U.S. education for her daughter.

“I want to study,” said the girl who hopes to one day become a doctor.

A CHANNEL 5 NEWS crew met the mother and daughter three hours after they crossed the border illegally. They were lost and searching for Border Patrol agents.

“I was planning to go to McAllen then call a friend for her to send me money on the bus,” Bercian Diaz said.

Bercian Diaz said she has no family in the United States. Her hope of staying here relies on her little girl. She said the message in her country is that America’s borders are open to all families.

News reports in Guatemala say mothers and small children are getting bus tickets, Bercian Diaz said. Continue reading this article

Phoenix Greyhound Station: Illegal Aliens Keep Coming

Illegal aliens continue to be driven from Texas to Phoenix and Tucson because DHS in Texas is overwhelmed by the amnesty-inspired run on the border. When the invaders arrive at the bus station, they are sent along their way with tickets to their destination.

Since temporary housing seems to be a problem, can’t Sheriff Arpaio set up a few more tents? When the 2013 sequester drama played out in illegals being released from prison, he offered free jail space to house the foreign pests.

Some people say they are shocked at the border chaos (“urgent humanitarian crisis” according to MSM), but it’s only Obama using his executive power to welcome future Democrats.

Retired INS Senior Special Agent Mike Cutler suggests that the thousands of unaccompanied illegal alien kiddies be reunited with their US-residing families and then ship the whole bunch home — family reunification done correctly!

The estimated tab for American taxpayers to provide welfare for illegal alien children from Latin America keeps rising and is now up to $2.3 billion next year.

Meanwhile, illegal aliens are being sent a thousand miles from south Texas to Phoenix — a little payback from the administration to the state that wanted to enforce immigration laws?

Incidentally, opening the border to the world is likely to prove an irresistable magnet to jihadists and other enemies.

Naturally, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer fired off a sternly worded letter of complaint to the White House, but the squirrelly media loves to focus on the adorable kiddies and their parent-caused travails.

FOX 10 News | myfoxphoenix.com

DHS continues to drop immigrants off at Phoenix bus station, Fox 10 News, June 3, 2014

PHOENIX (KSAZ) – One day after Arizona Governor Jan Brewer fired off a letter to President Obama, concerned about dozens of undocumented immigrants being dropped off at a Phoenix bus station, another bus load of immigrants arrived.

Early Tuesday morning FOX 10 saw a bus load of people dropped off by a bus with Department of Homeland Security markings.

The Greyhound spokesperson said that Arizona is the only state they’re aware of that is getting bus loads of people.

The Greyhound bus station near 24th St & Buckeye has turned into a refuge for bus loads of immigrants being dropped off by DHS.

FOX 10 was told immigration officials are moving hundreds of undocumented workers caught in Texas who are from Central America to Arizona. DHS says they don’t have the manpower to process them all.

Volunteers dropped off Powerade, diapers, and toys for the kids.

“I’m a mother with small children, I can’t imagine how exhausted, tired, and scared the women are. So I just wanted to be able to help them in any way possible,” said Ella Herrington.

A spokesperson for Greyhound said that up until a couple of days ago they were not given any notice that large groups of people were being dropped off. They say this had never happened before.

“We do not have an agreement of any kind with ICE or the U.S. Border Patrol. We recently established protocol with them which they now will inform us going forward several hours in advance before dropping off large groups of people to ensure we have the resources to accommodate them once they arrive,” said Lanesha Gipson. Continue reading this article

Time Magazine: Catholic Op-Ed Leans on Speaker Boehner for Amnesty

When I was a child, I recall political discussions in my family about whether the Catholic candidate John Kennedy would follow the orders of the Vatican if elected President. My parents were great supporters of President Eisenhower, a Presbyterian, and were suspicious of a possible Pope influence in the White House.

These days, the influence of Catholic elites to subvert the American interest is not mentioned in polite company — although it clearly occurs with clerical demands for an amnesty for millions of foreign lawbreakers, many of whom are Catholic. The powerful Conference of Bishops has spent millions of dollars to lobby for amnesty against Americans.

The bishops are arrogant enough to suggest that their demand for open borders for the world’s poor (turning this country into a welfare flophouse) is actually an expression of their superior liberal morality. The idea that the sexually corrupt Catholic church is a paragon of virtue is quite a stretch, so the cassocks hope for short memories of pedophile priests. Even with the astounding ethical failures, the bishops don’t hesitate to play the Catholic card on politicians of the faith, pretending that amnesty is a moral matter rather than a demographic strategy to keep pews filled.

A recent blatant example of the Catholic amnesty shakedown was a piece in Time saying Speaker Boehner “must decide between the social teaching of his faith and the political agenda of a fringe element of his party.”

Right, the Vaticrats regard the majority of citizens who want immigration to be a legal procedure to be “fringe.” In addition, the Tea Party is seen as part of that fringe and stands against the Gospel — that’s the imperious attitude of the know-it-all Catholic church.

The intimidation is strongly worded and sounds like a command from a superior: “If Speaker Boehner continues to balk on this crucial issue, he’ll face the uncomfortable reality of being in a public dispute with his Church.”

So does the Catholic church have undue influence against the sovereignty of America? It’s not for lack of trying.

Boehner’s Got a Catholic Problem on Immigration Reform, Time magazine, June 3, 2014

Catholic leaders are calling on House Speaker John Boehner to act swiftly on immigration reform

Three years ago Speaker of the House John Boehner received an honorary degree from the Catholic University of America, a prestigious religious institution that was founded and is still largely governed by the bishops of the United States. But the times have clearly changed.

Last week, the same bishops paid a visit to Capitol Hill to put more pressure on Speaker Boehner to pass comprehensive immigration reform this summer. This comes on the heels of a trip earlier this spring by the same bishops to the border town of Nogales, Arizona.

There Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley said that the bishops came on behalf of the Church in the United States “to be a neighbor and to find a neighbor in each of the suffering people who risk their lives and at times lose their lives in the desert.” Following his homily, Cardinal O’Malley and his brother bishops made a poignant gesture by reaching across the border fence to distribute communion to Mexicans on the other side.

Last week’s Mass and Capitol Hill visits were led by Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski. In his homily, Wenski had pointed words for lawmakers: “[o]ur immigration system is a stain on the soul of our nation. As a moral matter, it must be changed. We must pray that our elected officials recognize this and have the courage to reform it.”

Courage is exactly what the Speaker of the House needs right now. Nearly a year ago, the United States Senate passed a sweeping immigration reform bill. Boehner has said he won’t bring the bill to the House floor unless a majority of his Republican colleagues support it. But with nearly all Democrats supporting the bill, it’s clear that it would pass if it were brought to the floor for a vote. It’s widely known that Boehner personally supports immigration reform. In fact, earlier this year, he even went as far as to mock his fellow House Republicans who were afraid to take up the issues.

Make no mistake: Boehner’s opposition to the bill is purely political. He’s afraid that bringing up immigration reform will hurt his party in the fall elections and even hamper his own chances to be re-elected Speaker of the House. But recent polling suggests the former is unlikely.

If Speaker Boehner continues to balk on this crucial issue, he’ll face the uncomfortable reality of being in a public dispute with his Church. Educated by Jesuit and Marianist priests in Cincinnati, this is no small deal to the fifth Catholic elected United States Speaker of the House.

A national coalition of Catholic leaders calling on Speaker Boehner to act put it well: “[the current situation] is immoral and shameful. The eyes of our God — who hungers for justice and commands us to welcome the stranger and bind the wounds of those left by the side of the road — are on us. …As Catholics who share your commitment to the sanctity of life in the womb, we must not be complicit in the suffering of migrants dying in the shadows.

Speaker Boehner now must decide between the social teaching of his faith and the political agenda of a fringe element of his party. He doesn’t face this decision alone, however. If he stands up against the Tea Party and for the Gospel on this critical issue, he’ll find a Church who is willing to walk with him the entire way. That’s a team worth being on: after all, it is faith—not politics—that saves us in the end.

Christopher Hale is a senior fellow at Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good. He helped lead national Catholic outreach for President Obama’s re-election campaign. You can follow him on Twitter @chrisjollyhale.

Immigrant Students’ Soccer Field Grab Stomps Baseball Field of Dreams

Tuesday’s front page of the Los Angeles Times had one of its cloying diversity fables about immigrant and refugee kiddies making their way in confusing America, titled “Their goal: A level field.”

The story concerns how the diverse students at Oakland International High School have taken possession of a baseball diamond and turned it into a soccer field. The narrative is complicated somewhat by the fact that a parent group had raised $400,000 to turn the formerly empty lot into a proper baseball and they didn’t want the outfield messed up by soccer cleats. In 2007 the school district allowed the local group “Field of Dreams” to create and run the diamond.

But the immigrant kids wanted it because soccer defines “what we are,” different from the annoying Americans. They organized with social media, petitions and other lefty-style complaint strategies. Apparently they didn’t learn in school that agreements with a government entity and raising $400,000 to do improvements on a property are supposed to confer a degree of control.

An earlier article about the conflict was more detailed:

Tensions rise in baseball vs. soccer feud at Oakland high schools, Oakland Tribune, March 11, 2014

[. . .] The baseball field on their school grounds was built in 2008 by civic-minded parents who saw an abandoned field at a closed school that was perfect for a baseball field for Oakland Tech. They got approval to do it with their own money, $400,000 of it, and made it happen. They created a nonprofit called Field of Dreams and now raise $10,000 to $15,000 a year to maintain the field.

But at the same time the field opened, the school district decided to reopen the school site for newly arrived immigrants and refugees.

Since Oakland International opened, the soccer team at the school has been able to use the baseball field when the baseball team was not using it. But growing tensions this year over damage to the grass relegated them to an asphalt parking lot at the school.

“Because the Oakland International students look out the window and see that field every day, they feel it’s theirs, which is not the case,” said Oakland Tech varsity baseball coach Bryan Bassette. “It seems very opportunistic on their end to wait for it to be built and then stake a claim to it.”

Bassette said the soccer program at Oakland International High caused about $20,000 worth of damage this fall. They had nothing to offer to pay for the damage and did not offer to help during volunteer work days. [. . .]

The district allowed that the immigrants could use the field if they didn’t wear shoes with cleats. If you look closely at the front page photo, you can see cleats on one girl’s shoes.

Diversity means agreements don’t have to be followed by non-Americans, and citizens are supposed to shut up and take it.

Following is the article called “Their goal: A level field” in the newsprint version:

Soccer Field Skirmish a Lesson in Democracy for Immigrant Students, Los Angeles Times, June 3, 2014

At a recent soccer practice at Oakland International High School, the boys welcomed Paulos Gurmu, a newcomer from Ethiopia. After hours of running on asphalt under a blazing sun, they sat in a circle to dole out “positivity points.”

A Burmese teen who’d immigrated from a Thai refugee camp gave a point to Paulos, for “playing a lot on his first day, passing a lot.”

At a girls’ game the next day, Fernanda Barrera, a 10th-grader from Guatemala, screamed her coaching advice to fellow players from the sidelines. “Relax, blue, and pass the ball,” she yelled in stilted English, referring to her team by its shirt color.

English is a new language at this public school for recently arrived immigrants from nearly three dozen countries. A third are refugees, many of whom have witnessed atrocities in their home countries. A fourth had received little or no formal education before landing here.

It’s a Tower of Babel where unity comes in part through Soccer Without Borders, a program that got its start at this 7-year-old campus and has since spread globally. Founder Ben Gucciardi crafted it precisely to help youths bond across cultural chasms and blossom as leaders in and out of the classroom.

Through soccer, Barrera said, we “make communication with people who are different from us.”
Now the soccer program is uniting students in unexpected ways.

Tired of practicing on broken asphalt or, when lucky, on grass at a nearby school or city park, players have joined forces with the student leadership club to press for a field of their own.

The issue is sticky for the Oakland Unified School District, which made an admitted blunder years ago when it allowed a parent group to take the field next to the fledgling school and transform it into a baseball diamond — for students from a high school a quarter-mile away.

The campaign is teaching democracy in action — with all the blemishes of clashing views and compromise — to many youths accustomed to authoritarian regimes

Bolor Erdenebat, a 17-year-old junior who arrived from Mongolia in early 2013, said that back home, she didn’t know the meaning of “human rights.”

As a member of the leadership club, she launched an online petition that has gathered more than 2,400 signatures.

Her goal? “I want to give the immigrant students the same rights as U.S. citizens.” Continue reading this article

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