Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Fox 13 Report: Key members of Mexican cartel arrested in Utah:

Fox 13 news reports, at fox13now.com, on a bust of Sinaloa Cartel members in Utah along with large quantities of drugs and cash:

The written report is brief.  The video report on the site below contains more information:

http://www.fox13now.com/news/local/kstu-dea-drug-bust-arrests-2-nets-over-30-pounds-of-meth-20110831,0,1465424.story

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Friday, August 26, 2011

Obama's Comments on Univision on 3/28/11 about Administrative Amnesty:

This is a follow-up to a previous posting in which I posted a link to the video of President Obama's appearance on a Univision show which aired on 3/28/11.

Below is a link to a transcript of the show (the transcript is in English):

http://vidayfamilia.univision.com/es-el-momento/obama-y-la-educacion/article/2011-03-29/transcript-of-president-obamas-townhall

The show's primary focus was on education and Hispanics.  Immigration issues also came up as they related to this topic.

In addition to the link to the entire broadcast on Univision at youtube.com (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9xcB6ZnGcY&feature=player_embedded), Univision also has the entire broadcast on their website at: 

http://vidayfamilia.univision.com/es-el-momento/obama-y-la-educacion/obama-videos/video/2011-03-28/es-el-momento-a-townhall

Univision has also broken the program down into shorter segments on video.  One in particular is of special interest, given the actions by the Obama administration regarding their plans to review the deportation cases of all those already in the deportation process who are not guilty of serious criminal acts (about 300,000). 

It is my view, at this point in time, that Obama's administrative amnesty will clearly also mean that those in the nation who are not already in deportation proceedings and who have not committed serious crimes will be ignored in terms of deportations.  It also means that anyone who can enter or remain in the U.S. illegally and is not caught and prosecuted for a serious crime will also be ignored.  

In other words, Obama has opened the gates of America and hung up a sign that says:  Enter, behave, and we will look the other way. 

Unfortunately, it also means that those who are here now or who will come, and are criminally inclined, will have a free pass until they are caught.

So much for his oath of office, which charges the President to enforce our laws. 

The video segment of particular interest is 2.5 minutes long (you have to wait for an ad to play at the beginning).  The ad is in Spanish, but the video segment is in English and is available at: 

http://vidayfamilia.univision.com/es-el-momento/obama-y-la-educacion/obama-videos/video/2011-03-28/temporal-protection-for-students

Below I have pulled out some Obama quotes that are particularly relevant:


"With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that’s just not the case, because there are laws on the books that Congress has passed..." 
 
"There are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system that for me to simply through executive order ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as President."

Obama adds this as way out of his bind that will become the basis of his administrative amnesty and the foundation for his massive undermining of immigration law: 

That does not mean, though, that we can't make decisions, for example, to emphasize enforcement on those who’ve engaged in criminal activity.

So, if on 3/28/11, administrative suspension of deportations "would not conform with my appropriate role as President," then why is it compatible in August 2011? 

It is hard to describe the level of irresponsibility that this action by Mr. Obama embodies. 

Video: Sheriffs Begin Thumbing Their Nose At Obama's Unconstitutional Executive Order Immigration Waiver:

Sheriff Babeau of Pinal County in Arizona speaks good sense about Obama's administrative amnesty:


Friday, August 19, 2011

Video: Obama Answers a Question on Univision About Suspending Deportations of Illegal Alien Students:

Below is a video which aired on Univision probably in March of this year.

In the video, President Obama addresses the question of suspending deportations of illegal immigrant students through executive order.

His answer, given his recent actions, will surprise you.

It is clear to me that Mr. Obama is treading on very very thin ice on this matter and this broadcast demonstrates that Mr. Obama is fully aware of his role as president to enforce immigration laws.

Personally, the use of administrative action to suspend deportations indefinitely for 300,000 illegal aliens already in the deportation process is a sign that all those illegals here now, who have not been caught committing serious crimes, will not face deportation under the Obama administration.

It is also a strong sign to all those exterior to the U.S. that we will not deport them should they find their way here.

Mr. Obama's actions are, in short, beyond belief.

I personally believe, at this point in my understanding, that a president who declares that the will of Congress, as embodied in our immigration laws, is "suspendable" at his discretion has breached the constitutional separation of powers and has violated his oath of office.  

The relevant segment of the video is at: 18:40 - 21:10.




A video clip of just the relevant segment can be found at:

http://vidayfamilia.univision.com/es-el-momento/obama-y-la-educacion/obama-videos/video/2011-03-28/temporal-protection-for-students

Video: Ga's HB 87 Immigration Bill - The other side of the Debate:


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Video: Father Bascio on the Immorality of Illegal Immigration:

The people pushing HB116 as "the" compassionate approach to illegal immigration usually reduce the discussion to a prototypical representation of a nice hard-working family that will be ripped apart by enforcement of immigration laws.

This reductive process, however, needs to be challenged.

There are many dimensions to compassion and how illegal-immigration impacts communities in the U.S. and, indeed, the nations from which many illegals come as well.

Father Bascio passionately touches upon a larger view of how illegal-immigration affects the U.S. and the world.

He is well worth paying attention to and his ideas are important to consider.



Friday, August 5, 2011

The "Labor Shortage" Limbo Dance:

How low can they go?

Wages, that is...

The cheap labor lobby has worked hard to convince us that there are severe labor shortages in America (during a recession, no less, where millions have lost jobs).

Below I reproduce a short article from numbersusa.com that challenges the "labor shortage" campaign of the cheap labor lobby:

The article is available at:  https://www.numbersusa.com/content/nusablog/beckj/august-5-2011/labor-shortage-stories.html

'Labor Shortage' Stories

By Jeremy Beck, Friday, August 5, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT




The "labor shortage" claim is an old lobbying gambit that reporters still haven't caught onto. Mass-immigration activists learned decades ago that the press loves a scary story about shortages, whether it is true or not. In 2007, just before the recession Michael S. Teitelbaum, Vice President of the Sloan Foundation testified before Congress and noted that interest groups have a right to promote their own interests, but "politicians [and] journalists often believe, [and] Federal agencies often fail to analyze" the unsubstantiated claims of labor shortages. His testimony rings as true in this jobless recovery as it did four years ago before the recession.

Consider these statistics:
 Not Enough Skilled Americans?

In Politico's story, "Sen. Chuck Schumer tries reviving immigration bill," Sen. Schumer is quoted:
We decided we ought to start highlighting the fact that immigration creates jobs rather than takes them away,” Schumer, the No. 3 Senate leader, said in an interview. “Everyone agreed that is how we are going to start talking about immigration, as a job creator.
The U.S. has issued over one million permanent green cards every year for the past decade. During that same span, American-born workers increased by 13.5 million. Yet fewer American-born workers were employed in 2010 than in 2000. All of the net employment gains went to foreign workers. A diligent reporter should justifiably ask Schumer how much the U.S. would have to increase immigration before Americans start seeing those jobs?

The witnesses at Schumer's hearing say there aren't enough capable Americans to fill the jobs. This is where the media often fails the reader. The shortage claim is an invention of tech lobbyists. In response to the latest calls for more high-skilled foreign workers, Hal Salzman of Rutgers University, and B. Lindsay Lowell of Georgetown University published an op-ed in The Chronicle of Higher Education that stated, "There is actually no compelling evidence that, over all, the educational pipeline is failing to meet demand." Unfortunately, their analysis and other like it rarely makes it into hard news stories.

If reporters did a little digging, they would quickly find out what prompts "labor shortage" claims: money. Advocates from Alan Greenspan to the National Science Foundation support increased immigration for purpose of holding down salaries.

Not Enough Hard-Working Americans?

In the New York Times' story, "Farmers Oppose G.O.P. Bill On Immigration," illegal labor advocates warn that the Legal Workforce Act, which would require farmers to use E-Verify after three years, would "cripple" the U.S. agricultural industry. Farmers say they won't survive without illegal labor. If you think you've read this "labor shortage" story before, you probably have. The American media has been writing this story for nearly 50 years!

Illegal labor advocates like to talk about how American's aren't hardy enough to take these jobs. The mainstream media never reports that at least one-quarter of all crop laborers are U.S. citizens. In the Midwest, 48 percent of crop laborers are citizens.

The Associated Press reports on a new twist to the "job Americans won't do" argument. The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently found evidence of farmers discouraging and discharging American workers in order to replace them with H-2A workers. This has happened before, and whether these are isolated incidents or part of a larger trend, the point is that Americans will do hard work for the right pay and conditions.

Not Enough Innovative Americans?

The Wall Street Journal's headline "U.S. to Assist Immigrant Job Creators" echoes the mantra of the witnesses at Sen. Schumer's hearing. The Obama administration is easing the rules for high-tech H-1B visas and the so-called "investor's visa," the EB-5 visa (see analysis from David North, Center For Immigration Studies). "The measures won't require congressional approval," according to the Wall Street Journal, "because they don't constitute changes in current immigration law. Instead, clarifications will be issued for existing visa categories with the objective of enabling more entrepreneurs to gain entry into the U.S. and of bringing more speed and efficiency to the visa-application process." - emphasis added

Immigrants and native-born Americans have similar rates of self-employment. Yet, according to the chief of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services who announced the changes, "In this economy, it certainly is in the interest of this nation to welcome foreign talent." The most important "talent" to get the EB-5 visa is having $500 thousand dollars.

The greatest threat to the American workforce may not be our lack of innovation, but the ability of firms to move jobs overseas or import foreign workers to compete with Americans domestically. Ironically, the H-1B visa program enables both. See Diane Drozdowski's story on Dan Rather Reports.
Advocates of expanded immigration spend millions of dollars to hire lobbyists to plant their stories in the press. Five hundred thousand dollars may purchase a green card these days, but you can't put a price on the truth.

JEREMY BECK is the Director of the Media Standards Project for NumbersUSA

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Video: Brian Terry: Semper Fidelis & Honor First

The Stand With Arizona (and Against Illegal Immigration) Facebook site posted the following video in honor of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry who was shot and killed on the Arizona border in December 2010.  Their comments: 

"As we've reported, Rep. Darrell Issa, Chairman of the House Gov't Oversight Committee - who is exposing the criminal enterprise 'Fast and Furious', has also proposed the naming of a Border Patrol station in AZ after Agent Brian Terry. Now Issa has produced a moving video tribute, including Brian reading a poem he wrote soon before his death. Thank you Chairman Issa, especially for your respect for the Terry Family."

Soros Foundation a Funder of ImmigrationWorks USA (Co-Sponsor of Conference Featuring AG Shurtleff and Senator Bramble):

This is just a small bit of information which you may find interesting:

ImmigrationWorks USA, the organization that co-sponsored the "fly-in" in Washington, D.C. featuring Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff and Utah State Senator Curt Bramble is yet another organization that has received funding from a George Soros foundation.

The "fly-in" on immigration was held in Washington, D.C. on July 19, 2011.  (http://www.immigrationworksusa.org/uploaded/IW%20Hill%20briefing%20invitation%207_5_11.pdf)

The purpose of the fly-in event seems to have been to demonstrate that blocking enforcement-only approaches in the states is achievable while also pushing for comprehensive immigration approaches similar to HB116.

In other words, selling the cheap labor lobby line.

The link to Soros: ImmigrationWorks USA received 150,000 dollars from the George Soros foundation, Foundation To Promote Open Society, in 2009. 

This information comes from the foundation's 2009 990-PF form available at:

http://dynamodata.fdncenter.org/990s/990search/ffindershow.cgi?id=FOUN805

George Soros, as you may already be aware, is a billionaire financier of leftist causes - including many groups pushing for amnesty. 

Videos of the conference are also available on the ImmigratonWorks USA website at:

http://www.immigrationworksusa.org/stateflyin

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Deseret News Calls for "Cheap Labor":

The Deseret News reproduced an editorial from the Dallas Morning News on August 2, 2011.

The editorial can be found at:

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700167681/A-balanced-approach.html

The original editorial at the Dallas Morning News is at:

http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/editorials/20110728-editorial-deport-only-immigration-solutions-are-no-solution-at-all.ece

An astute observer at the "Repeal HB 116" Facebook Group noticed two very interesting things about this editorial.

The facebook page is at: 

http://www.facebook.com/groups/159701807416242/?ap=1

The first is that a paragraph was left out of the reproduced version at the Deseret News.

Was this an oversight?  Was it merely a mistake?  Was it intentional?

The reader must decide.

Here's the missing paragraph:

"A guy steals a car, they do the fingerprints, send it to Washington, have the person deported. That’s not the Boston I want. I want Boston to be a city that welcomes immigrants,” he told reporters."

The problem for the average American, and one that perhaps the Deseret News recognized, is that, unlike the mayor of Boston, most of us think that stealing a car is a serious crime!


The mayor of Boston, on the other hand, thinks that stealing a car should not be a deportable offense for someone who is here illegally in the first place!

The second thing the Repeal HB 116 facebook observer noticed is that the paragraph talking about "cheap labor" as a goal of immigration policy was left in!

I get the feeling that someone at the Deseret News is getting a stern talking to about now...

This paragraph is as follows:

"But that's not enough. The U.S. also must offer realistic hopes for those taking the legal route. A responsive visa system must help applicants get the permits they need quickly. Employers must have assurances that a large pool of legal migrant workers will be available to meet their demands for cheap labor."

The Deseret News, oddly enough, has come out and told the public what many opponents of HB116 have been saying:  it's about cheap labor.

This new honesty among the pro-HB116 Deseret News is refreshing. 

Let us hope that it leads to them to a new openness about how illegal immigration is really affecting Utah and the United States.