Refugee Level May Go to Zero

The Trump Administration is considering the possibility of zero admissions of refugees next year. According to Politico, officials are citing “ongoing security concern” as a reason for this reduction. Refugee admissions have declined substantially during the Trump Administration, from 111,000 in fiscal year 2017 to 30,000 in fiscal year 2019.

Read more at cnn.com

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African Illegals Keep Coming. What Are They Bringing with Them?

The U.S. Border Patrol issued the following press release on Friday, July 19:

Del Rio Border Patrol Sector African Arrests top 1,100

July 19, 2019
Immigrants are from 19 African Countries

DEL RIO
, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Del Rio Sector have arrested over 1,100 people from countries in Africa since May 30. “The apprehension of people from African countries illegally crossing our borders continues to increase,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz. “Our agents this year have encountered people from 51 countries other than Mexico including 19 countries from the continent of Africa.” Del Rio Sector continues to see people from the continent of Africa illegally crossing the border into the United States.                                                    

We’ve commented on this before, most recently in our July 12 post entitled “With Europe Blocked, the African Exodus Turns to America.” The problem is growing, and it is accompanied by another, potential problem that could make the first a nightmare.

Health Care Workers Learn Safe Disposal of Ebola Victims’ Remains

A few days before the CBP announced, the World Health Organization declared the ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern.”

Alexandra Phelan, a global health expert at Georgetown University, said the declaration was long overdue. “This essentially serves as a call to the international community that they have to step up appropriate financial and technical support,” she said.  Nevertheless, she still warned against the implementation of travel restrictions, claiming that they might “restrict the flow of goods and health care workers into affected countries.”

Of course, common sense would suggest that travel into affected countries need not be restricted, only travel back out.  And surely health care workers could be adequately managed in both directions. The Congolese epidemic was declared nearly a year ago, on August 1, 2018.  Since that time nearly 1600 victims–out of 2297 afflicted– have died, making this the second deadliest outbreak in history.

Unfortunately, the open-borders mania that has the West in its grip seems to be more powerful even than the real threat of a global pandemic of a disease that is invariably fatal in at least half of cases.

As Krutika Kuppalli, MD,  of Stanford University School of Medicine pointed out, “With our increasingly connected world, infectious diseases are only an airplane ride away, making it possible for a person exposed to Ebola in rural Africa to be in a major metropolitan city within 36 hours.”

A July 15 article on the medical profession website Medscape, apparently giving up as well on travel restrictions,  stresses the importance of travel screening.  (Travel screening is when you go to the doctor and they ask, “Have you recently traveled to Africa?” relying upon your giving an honest answer.) Quoting Dr. Kuppalli, the article says, “‘Northeastern DRC has been plagued by years of violence, leading to mass displacement of Congolese fleeing the area. Owing to the mobile population, there is an increased risk of individuals who have been exposed to Ebola crossing the border into one of the surrounding countries.'”

We know from the Border Patrol reports cited above that it isn’t just the “surrounding” countries at risk. Every place in the world is just “a plane ride away” from ground zero of the epidemic.  Without a travel ban, the U.S. is currently relying on screening of patients, which Amy Arrington, MD, of the Texas Children’s Hospital believes  is the “weakest link in US-based Ebola prevention efforts.” She says flatly, “What keeps me up at night is potentially missing a patient just by not being able to travel screen.”

That should keep us all up at night, as screening alone is not the answer. Regardless of the collective mania for open borders, travel and immigration restrictions are vital. All of our lives may depend upon them.

For more, see 4K2.org.

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Migrants Testing Border Defenses

CBP Training

In the past few weeks on a number of occasions, large groups of migrants along our southern border have attempted to rush the border and overwhelm border guards. So far, the attempts have been thwarted by the CBP, but not without effort.

  • On Wednesday, July 3, Border Patrol officers temporarily closed  the Hidalgo International Bridge at McAllen, Texas, with concertina wire and barricades after several groups of migrants attempted to rush the port of entry.
  • The next morning, July 4, the Border Patrol closed the Gateway International Bridge at Brownsville after receiving a tip that a group of Cuban migrants were planning  to cross the border by force.  Immediately prior to the closing, Mexican officers had dispersed a crowd of 300 that had gathered on the Mexican side.
  • On Monday, July 15, border guards at the Ciudad Acuna-Del Rio Port of Entry in Texas used heavy machinery to set up a series of concrete and metal barricades and barbed wire to prevent a rush by migrants that was being arranged over social media.
  • On Friday, July 19, shortly after 4 a.m., a group of approximately 47 migrants tried, in three waves,  to rush the border at the Pharr International Bridge near McAllen.  The CBP made the following announcement: “Ignoring commands to stop, the group suddenly rushed the temporary barricades, bent metal poles and disabled the concertina wire affixed to the barrier.”  The migrants fought with CBP officers, attempting to rip away the agents’ protective gear.  Sixteen were arrested but only two charged.  Migrants on the Mexican side were dispersed by Mexican officials.

The uptick in these attempts represents an increasingly emboldened attitude on the part of illegals attempting to gain entry to our country in any way possible. These are not humble “asylum seekers” fleeing real or imagined threats in their home country. They are would-be invaders who see the reports of  how our border agents have been reduced to the level of  nurse-maids for illegals,  and they correctly perceive a collective  lack of American will.

Unless something is done, sooner or later, the charges and the rushes will begin to break through.

For more, see Breitbart News.

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L.A. Sheriff’s Department Infiltrated by Gangs

For decades, Latin American countries have had to deal with the problem of gangs or militias being active within their own police departments.  The city of Los Angeles, California, is 47.5 percent Latino. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department employs 10,000 officers,  and 45 percent of them are Latino, closely corresponding to the city’s overall demographics.

We are not shocked, therefore, to learn that the FBI is now investigating reports of gang activity within the L.A. sheriff’s department. Going by such names as Banditos, Spartans, Regulators, and Reapers, the gangs tend to adopt identifying tattoos. The Banditos, for example, employ a tattoo design of a skull accompanied by sombrero, bandolier, and pistol.

Gangs in L.A. law enforcement are no more recent than those in Latin America, and not all gangs are exclusively Latino.  Twenty years ago, for example, the L.A. Times published a story regarding the “Lynwood Vikings,  a “neo-Nazi, white supremacist gang.”  But circumstances today point primarily to a Latino origin.

On July 10, the Times reported that the Banditos, attached to the East L.A. station have been using “gang-like tactics to recruit young Latino deputies” into their gang.  The Times states that the FBI investigation began earlier this year when another, non-gang group at the East L.A. station filed a complaint charging the Banditos, who control much of the station’s day-to-day  work, with endangering the lives of officers “by not sending backup to help on dangerous calls,  [enforcing]  illegal arrest quotas and [carrying] out other forms of harassment.”

One specific charge had to  do with a fight that took place last September between Banditos and an out-numbered group of non-gang officers, some whom suffered injuries.

Latin America is the world’s most violent region. The Washington Post reports that “just four countries in the region — Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela — account for a quarter of all the murders on Earth,” a staggering fact. Importing actual criminals into the U.S. is surely bad enough, but to import a culture that breeds criminal gangs within law enforcement is madness.

For more, see Breitbart News.

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Mexicans Support Deportation

A poll by the Mexican newspaper Reforma and the Washington Post found that a majority of Mexicans (55 percent) favor deportation of Central American migrants who cross Mexico to reach the U.S. Sixty percent believe that the migrants are a burden on Mexican society.

Read more at nationalreview.com

 

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John Tanton, Immigration Reform Pioneer, Passes Away

We are sorry to learn of the  passing of John Tanton, a pioneer in the area of immigration control and a man who foresaw early on the need for serious immigration policy changes in the U.S. His death, at the age of 85, came Tuesday at his home in Petoskey, Michigan.

Peter Brimelow of Vdare Tweets on Dr. Tanton’s Death

Daniel Stein, president of Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), said in a press release: “John exemplified what it means to be a citizen of a free country. The relentless need to inquire, to understand, to shape and guide – all in the service of the greater public good. He always used to say, ‘a good deal of life is trying to figure out what to do until the undertaker comes.’”

Dr. Tanton (he was an ophthalmologist by profession) knew instinctively what to do during that time. Over the years, he created, co-founded, and/or chaired a remarkably large number of influential organizations, among them:

  • Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)
  • Center for Immigration Studies
  • NumbersUSA
  • U.S. English and ProEnglish
  • The Social Contract Press
  • U.S. Inc.

Dale Herder, chairman of the board of U.S. Inc, made the following announcement on behalf of the family:

“Dr. Tanton’s long illness ended Tuesday, July 16th, shortly after 1 p.m. local time. He will be missed by everyone in our office and by our community.  His leadership as an environmentalist, and as a population and immigration expert, has inspired thinkers and leaders in our nation for over half a century.”

For the 2017 Vdare article mentioned above, see “Univision Discovers John Tanton.”

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Carlson Is Right to Condemn Omar

The Quote Below More Misinformation from the Media:

“’Tucker Carlson said something nauseating racist last night’ is a statement roughly as newsworthy as “the sun rose again this morning.” Still, the host’s latest diatribe against America’s first Muslim congresswoman merits examination. . . . Like most racist demagogues nowadays. Carlson fancies himself an inconclast. . . . So before cataloguing the cowardly evasions and racist lies in Tucker’s monologue. I’ll quote it at length.

Carlson: “ ‘In a recent piece in the Washington Post, the reporter put it this way, quote, ‘In Omar’s version, America isn’t the bighearted country that saved her from a brutal war and a bleak refugee camp. It wasn’t the meritocracy that helped her attend college or vaulted her into Congress. Instead, it was the country that failed to live up to its founding ideals, a place that has disappointed so many immigrants, refugees, and minorities like her. . . . Omar isn’t disappointed by America. . . . She’s enraged by it. . . . Illan Omar is living proof that the way we practice immigration has become dangerous to this country.’ . . .

“But Tucker Carlson is living proof that the way we coddle conservative snowflakes has become dangerous to this country.” – Tucker Carlson’s Latest Attack on Ilham Omar Is a Pack of Racism Lies, Eric Levitz, NYMag, 7/10/19 [Link]

Fact Check of (first) Quote: The political left uses the words “racist” and “racism” as all-purpose incantations to discredit and silence any and all dissenting points of view. Levitz’s article is a perfect example. Carlson strongly criticizes Omar to be sure, but where in his remarks is there any indication that he’s targeting her because of her ethnicity and race? He criticizes the content of her character and beliefs, not the color of her skin.

Levits claims that Omar’s criticisms of America are reasonable and that she is properly upset about our country failing to live up to its ideals. But where on earth does any country always live up to its ideals? Perfection will never be found this side of Heaven. Levits obsesses about America’s history of slavery and racial injustice, but has little to say about the good of America and its ongoing effort to ensue justice for all.

Neither does Omar, despite the fact that this country has offered her many opportunities, most notably the pathway to become a congresswoman. Carlson is quite justified in criticizing her apparent lack of gratitude. And he is not off the mark to suggest that she is a radical with real hostility toward this country.

To illustrate, Omar, a Muslim, was recently asked if she would disavow sympathy for Al-Queda, the Muslim terrorist organization that orchestrated the 9/11 attacks. She refused to answer. Also, recently, she was asked if she would condemn the attack by a domestic terrorist on a facility of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Washington state. Again, she refused to reply.

Too often these days, we hear many disturbing things from immigrants and their native-born advocates—expressions which suggest that immigrants no longer have an obligation to assimilate to our society and feel loyalty to it. One question to ask is whether assimilation is even possible with our current immigration policy of unprecedented numbers and diversity. It’s not “racist” to ask if the Melting Pot is close to a meltdown.

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Munro: Immigration Harms U.S. Workers

Neil Munro, who writes for Breitbart News, recently cited figures which illustrate how mass immigration harms American workers, while benefiting unscrupulous business interests that seek cheap labor. He noted that:

“Each year, roughly four million young Americans join the workforce after graduating from high school or university.

“But the federal government then imports about 1.1 million legal immigrants and refreshes a resident population of roughly 1.5 million white-collar visa workers — including approximately one million H-1B workers — and approximately 500,000 blue-collar visa workers.

“The government also prints out more than one million work permits for foreigners, tolerates about eight million illegal workers, and does not punish companies for employing the hundreds of thousands of illegal migrants who sneak across the border or overstay their legal visas each year.

“This policy of inflating the labor supply boosts economic growth for investors because it ensures that employers do not have to compete for American workers by offering higher wages and better working conditions.”

Read more at breitbart.com

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Ilhan Omar: “A Warning to the Rest of Us”

The twitterverse is still alive with furious buzz about President Trump’s tweets the other day suggesting that (unnamed) persons not happy with life in America should go back where they came from.  A few days before that tweetstorm, we told you about Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson’s comments regarding one of the persons Trump was presumably referring to–the only one who didn’t “come from” the U.S.–Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), who is a native Somalian and who came to us by way of Kenya.

In the July 10 post, Carlson referred to some of Omar’s comments about her life in America (it’s terrible) and then suggested a change to our immigration system in line with President Trump’s subsequent remarks. He said, “Ilhan Omar has become living proof that the way we practice immigration has become dangerous to this country. . . . No country can import large numbers of people who hate it and expect to survive. She’s a living fire alarm, a warning to the rest of us. We better change our immigration system immediately or else.”

This is sufficient cause to pay a little added attention to Ms. Omar’s experience as an immigrant.  The Minneapolis Star Tribune has recently done just that.

Referring to results of an investigation by a state campaign finance board, the Star Tribune states that Ms. Omar may be guilty of immigration fraud as well as violations of various state election laws as well as anti-incest laws as well as perjury as well as God knows what else.

The violations revolve around just who Ms. Omar married and when–and why–did she marry him. In 2014 and 2015 she filed joint income tax returns with the man who happens to now be her current husband, Ahmed Hirsi. She appears to have first “married” Hirsi in 2002, though in an Islamic, not-legally-binding ceremony.  In 2009, she does appear to have actually (but perhaps not really legally) married a UK citizen named  Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, from whom she divorced in 2011. There is evidence that Elmi is actually Omar’s  biological brother, whom she married to smooth his move from the UK to the U.S., a marriage that was thus in violation of immigration laws, not to mention Minnesota anti-incest laws.

These charges and others have been floating around Minnesota in newspapers and web chat rooms for years,  and the case is so convoluted it is difficult to sort out the facts. Here are some links for those interested:

There is certainly enough smoke here to suggest a real fire (or “fire alarm” as Carlson would have it). The picture that emerges is of a foreigner sufficiently savvy to game our broken immigration system, flaunt any number of our laws, and get herself elected to our national assembly where she is embraced by the media and this country’s political far left.  Such persons are dangerous. We would be wise to heed Carlson’s advice: “We better change our immigration system immediately or else.”

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Immigration Adds 43 Million Since 1990

A new study by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), found that 30.8 million immigrants (legal and illegal) have settled in the U.S. since 1990. Their U.S.-born children and grandchildren total 12 million. Thus immigration has accounted for 42.8 million more people in the U.S. during the past 29 years. That total is greater than the combined population of 22 states, and accounts for one in eight residents of this country.

Supporters of mass immigration often that it is necessary in order to increase the working-age population and thereby sustain Social Security and Medicare. But the CIS study found that this has not been happening, one reason  being that the the average age immigrants is increasing. The addition of immigrants and their progeny since 1990 has only increased our working-age population (16-64) from 63.9 percent to 64.4 percent.

Read more at cis.org

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