Monday, February 28, 2011

Not Just A Problem In The United States

Germany, too, has a problem with immigrants who refuse to assimilate. While we have immigrant problems from all over the world, the largest group of unassimilated immigrants are those from Mexico. In Germany the problem is Turks who have been in Germany for generations but still consider themselves Turks.
Thousands of Turkish immigrants gave Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan a rock star welcome in Germany on Sunday in a show of national pride that remains fervent, even after decades spent in Germany. He told them they remain part of Turkey, and urged them to integrate into German society -- but not to assimilate.

The lyric keeps echoing around the hall in Düsseldorf. "The land belongs to us all." The sentence isn't referring to Germany, but to Turkey.
Immigrants are waving hundreds of Turkish flags and the chanting and the music are deafening. One woman shouts "Turkey is great!" into a microphone to cheers from the crowd. Everyone in the ISS Dome, a huge sports and concert venue, is fired up, as if they're waiting for a rock star. There's only one show in town this Sunday, and his name is Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The Turkish prime minister has come to Germany. He wants to meet Chancellor Angela Merkel but first he wants to speak to his "compatriots." To people who have been living in Germany for decades, who were born here, and of whom many have German passports.

They have come from all over Germany to see him live, some 10,000 people. They say things like: "The Germans will never accept us, but we have Erdogan." Or: "At last someone feels responsible for us, for the first time a Turkish prime minister isn't forgetting his compatriots abroad." One woman says: "Erdogan may get Merkel to see us as part of this society. He is our savior."

Some 3 million people of Turkish origin live in Germany, most of them descendants of Turks invited by the government in the 1950s and 1960s as "guest workers" to make up for a shortage of manpower after World War II.

Muslim immigrants have been the focus of a heated public debate in Germany over the last year, with conservative commentators and politicians accusing them of failing to integrate into German society. Many immigrants in turn complain that they are still being called "foreigners" even if they were born in Germany, have German citizenship and speak the language perfectly.

'I Am Here to Show That You're Not Alone!'
They are foreigners if they still consider themselves Turks. They are foreigners if they cheer a foreign politician. They are now unwelcome foreigners.

The savior arrives almost an hour and a half late. "Turkey is proud of you," the crowd chants in this city in the heart of the Rhineland. "We are proud of you," Erdogan replies.

He starts out by appealing straight to people's hearts: "I am here to feel your yearning with you, I am here to enquire about your welfare. I am here to show that you're not alone!"

Erdogan wants to give his audience a clear identity. "They call you guest workers, foreigners, or German Turks. It doesn't matter what they all call you: You are my fellow citizens, you are my people, you are my friends, you are my brothers and sisters!"

"You are part of Germany, but you are also part our great Turkey," says Erdogan.

It sounds like a domestic campaign speech ahead of elections in Turkey this summer. Erdogan is wooing for votes among Germany's Turkish population. In previous elections, immigrants with Turkish passports flew to Ankara, Istanbul or Antalya just to cast their ballots at the airport.

That is why Erdogan keeps highlighting the successes of his government in his speech, and paints a picture of Turkey as a modern, major power. "We're not a country that draws on help, we provide help too," he says. And: "Now my compatriots are no longer traveling in buses, they go by plane." There are martial-sounding tones too: "Now Turkey will at last start building its own war planes."

'No One Has the Right to Deprive us of Our Culture'
Obviously not a German culture.

Erdogan portrays himself as a supporter of democracy and freedom of opinion. Turkey is changing, he says, adding that all artists and writers who left Turkey and went into exile should return. The message is that the European Union should let Turkey join.

In a newspaper interview published ahead of his speech, Erdogan urged Merkel to drop her opposition to Turkey's accession to the EU. "Never have such political obstacles been put in the path of an accession country," he said.

Human rights, innovation, progress -- the rural way of life that many Turks now living in Germany left behind them in the 1960s, no longer exists, Erdogan told the crowd. "We mustn't cling to it anymore. I want you to learn German, that your children learn German, they must study, do their masters degrees. I want you to become doctors, professors and politicians in Germany," says Erdogan.

And then he repeats the sentence that caused such a stir at a speech he held in Cologne three years ago. He warns Turks against assimilating themselves. "Yes, integrate yourselves into German society but don't assimilate yourselves. No one has the right to deprive us of our culture and our identity."
If your identity and culture are Turkish; then leave Germany.

Erdogan knows that this statement amounts to a provocation in Germany -- no politician here is demanding that Turkish immigrants should deny their roots or give up their culture. Erdogan adds: "German newspapers will pick up on this tomorrow, but that's a mistake."

His message to devout Muslims is similar. "Islamophobia should be seen in the same way as anti-Semitism," he says.
Just as charges of anti-Semitism were used to keep the Germans down in the interests of Soviet Communism, so charges of Islamiphobia are used to protect Al Queda and extend the Caliphate. Leftist Jews and their enablers in the Jewish community will rue the day that they unleased Islamicism on the West and Germany in particular. Of course, Germany today puts people in jail for anti-Semitism, now Germans will also go to jail for Islamophobia. No free speech, thanks to leftists Jews and Islamists.
And he has brought along a gift for his compatriots -- a kind of light-weight dual citizenship. The so-called "Blue Card," which gives Turks with German citizenship certain rights in Turkey, is to be upgraded. Holders of the card will, in the future, have the same rights as Turkish citizens in dealings with authorities and banks.
For minutes, confetti in the red and white Turkish national colors rains onto the stage. Erdogan's speech is over.

It was a call for more integration but with strict conditions attached. Adapt yourselves a bit, don't allow yourselves to be treated badly and if there's a problem, I'll come and help! It was a speech that did nothing to reinforce any feeling of belonging to Germany -- Erdogan steadfastly appealed to the Turkish national pride of people who have been at home in Germany for four generations.

One woman stood outside the hall with tears streaming down her face. "I don't need to go on a summer vacation this year. In my heart, I've just spent hours in Anatolia."
So, if you love it so much, why not just go back if you are so Turkish? Perhaps she does not want the hijab and a clitorectomy?
Well, no surprises really, they are still Turks, even if they have a German passport, they are in no sense German, even if they might accidentally speak German. They are Turks to the core. Just as Mexicans here are Mexican first, last, and always.

The Next Immigrant Terrorist

Thanks to the Visa Waiver Program, the next Muslim terrorist coming to the United States is Anjem Choudary. This wanker plans to protest in the name of Islam our Muslim President. Ironic, ain't it.
A hardline Muslim cleric who sparked anger across the U.S. with his anti-American comments in a television interview this month is to hold a protest outside the White House.

British extremist Anjem Choudary - who once said 'the flag of Islam will fly over the White House' - has announced he will lead a demonstration calling on Muslims to establish the Sharia law across America.

The rally, planned for March 3, is to take place just weeks after his on-screen row with Fox News presenter Sean Hannity.

Mr Choudary, 43, called Americans 'the biggest criminals in the world today.' The former leader of outlawed group Islam4UK told the Daily Star 'we expect thousands to come out and support us.'

Mr Choudary said the March rally was organised by the Islamic Thinkers society, an extremist group based in New York.

Two other British extremists, Abu Izzadeen and Sayful Islam, have also been asked to speak at the demonstration.

Izzadeen is the hate preacher who caused fury last year when he called British soldiers 'murderers' the day he was released from jail after a three-and-a-half year sentence for inciting terrorism.

Mr Choudary told the newspaper: 'The event is a rally, a call for the Sharia, a call for the Muslims to rise up and ­establish the Islamic state in America.
However, whether the three will be able to enter the U.S., especially Izzadeen, remains to be seen. Even a tourist visa requires applicants to answer questions on whether they have been involved in acts of terrorism or plan to commit crimes in the U.S.
At this writing it is still up in the air. Obama obviously is sympathetic to Choudary and the Third World Islamist cause. And there are no adults in the Regime willing to advise against such an obviously foolish political move. Janet Reno Napalitano could stop it by placing Choudary on the Terrorist Watch List or the No-Fly List, but, she, being the radical lesbian, also sympathizes with anything anti-American, anti-white, or anti-heterosexual...ooppsss, missed that one. Choudary wants to execute homosexuals like Napalitano, but Islam beats dyke in any minority oneupsmanship contest. So she will play along with Islam up until she is executed, much like the Old Bolsehviks who died during the Great Terror with "Long Live Comrade Stalin" on their lips.
'This is a unique event taking place in Washington, outside the White House which, Inshallah, (God willing) will garner huge support.'

He hit U.S. headlines just two weeks ago after his furious exchange with Mr Hannity on Fox News. The presenter became so enraged with his anti-American comments he ended the interview by calling him a 'sick, miserable, evil S.O.B'.

The East London-based cleric's anti-American stance is well-documented. Last year he led protesters in burning the American flag outside the U.S. embassy in London on September 11.
And in October, he told an ABC chat show that 'one day the flag of Islam will fly over the White House.'

He told the Daily Star: 'They have seen our activities in the UK and Europe and have decided they want to challenge the vacuum in ­freedom and democracy and the ­people in the front line of the struggle against Islam and Muslims - the ­American ­government and the ­establishment.

'They have invited and ­myself and Sayful Islam from Luton to come over to address the crowd and rally support.
'We are going to address ­corruption in the Senate, corrupt foreign ­policy, the mayhem around the ­Muslim world, the drug and ­alcohol culture, ­promiscuity and the pandemic of crime in America.

'It is only right the call is made in the heart of Western ­civilisation in front of the biggest pharaoh that ­exists today, which is Barack Obama.'

He added: 'I think the American people’s hearts and minds are open to receive Islam as an alternative way of life. We expect thousands to come out and support us.
As was pointed out previously, terrorism in this country is a function of immigration. It appears that the United States will be getting alot more terrorism come Thursday.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Immigration: The Source Of Terrorism

Immigration gave us the first wave of terrorism, including the first attack on the World Trade Center, the attack on the CIA, 9/11, the Times Square Bomber, and myriad attacks since then. Few have been actual home-grown terrorist, including the white Muslim terrorists from Carolina and the black Muslim terrorist involved in the attack on the Army recruiters in Georgia.

But now DHS has suddenly realized that the next terrorist attack will be a lone wolf inspired by, but independent of, Al Queda. However, what DHS does not admit is that these future terrorist attacks will again be linked intimately with immigration. Whether it be legal immigrant based terrorism like Major Nidal Hasan, employment based immigration like H-1B immigrant terrorists Faisal Shahzad, or non-immigrant student visa terrorists like Khalid Aldawsari. Well, glad to see that DHS is catching up with reality. Since 9/11, all the attacks have been the New Wave. DHS is just 10 years behind.

The next wave of Al Qaeda recruits are born or educated right in the United States. Most are just old enough to remember 9/11, yet a decade a later they are turning their back on the United States.

The threat posed by this new generation of terrorists was underscored this week by the case of Khalid Aldawsari, a 20-year-old Saudi national who came to the United States legally in 2008 to attend college in Texas. Now he is accused of plotting to bomb a series of U.S. targets, including the Dallas home of former President George W. Bush.

What is striking about the Aldawsari case is that he wasn't arrested in an FBI sting operation. Law enforcement sources were quick to point out that a central tip came from a chemical supplier who said he was suspicious about the amount of phenol Aldawsari wanted to buy.

Authorities allege that Aldawsari was a “lone wolf,” not working with others and apparently not connected to or receiving direction from an overseas terrorist network.

The threat from so-called lone wolf operators was the subject of a recent intelligence assessment obtained by Fox News as part of an on-going investigation into the American born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who is said to be an operational planner for Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen. The assessment, titled “Evolution of the Terrorist Threat to the United States,” clearly says the threat is more diversified than ever before.

While there is no way to know how many lone wolf operators are inside the U.S., the threat has evolved since 9/11.

In simple terms, there are now three threat streams. The first originates in the tribal areas of Pakistan with the remaining Al Qaeda leadership, also known in intelligence circles as Al Qaeda core. U.S. officials says they are diminished by the CIA drone campaign, but they still try to launch large-scale attacks.

The second comes from Al Qaeda affiliates, like Awlaki’s group in Yemen. This is the group said to be behind the attempted Christmas Day underwear bomber, as well as the failed cargo jet bomb plot in October 2010.

And the third is the homegrown or self-radicalized operative.

“The United States now faces a diversified threat from a number of violent 'jihadist' groups that are aligned ideologically with, but not necessarily directed by al-Qa’ida (AQ) in Pakistan,” The internal DHS assessment says.

“These individuals identified with the ideas and goals of the global violent jihadist movement, but lacked direct guidance and instructions from the leadership from a formal terrorist network,” the assessment continued, referring to a half dozen recent lone wolf cases. “Given recent activity by Al Qaeda and its affiliates, we have to operate under the premise that other operatives are in the country and could advance plotting with little or no warning.”

In the Aldawsari case, court documents allege that he was inspired by Usama Bin Laden in the wake of 9/11 before he was a teenager. He allegedly wanted to create an Al Qaeda branch in the U.S.

As the case unfolds, more is likely to be revealed about his motivations and whether he, too, was inspired by the American cleric Awlaki, linked to more than a dozen cases in the U.S.

The new generation, especially those inspired by Awlaki’s brand of hate, often can be called digital jihadists -- Al Qaeda 2.0. They seek the radical message on the Web. They even find training. But most of all, they find like-minded individuals who reinforce their radical views through social networking sites. It gives them the courage to act.

The lone wolf scenario is seen by many counterterrorism officials as one of the most concerning. The larger the plot, the more individuals who are involved, the more likely it is to find a lead and unravel the operation.

If a suspect is not e-mailing or phoning anyone to develop the plot, it can be virtually impossible to thwart. In the Texas case, it is alleged that the suspect slipped up as he was gathering the remaining components to make IEDs.

Aldawsari pleaded not guilty on Friday. His lawyer, Rob Hobson, issued a statement Friday that reads in part:

“This is not Alice in Wonderland where the Queen said 'first the punishment then the trial.' This is America, where everyone is entitled to the presumption of innocence, due process, effective representation of counsel and a fair trial.

"I request that everyone take a step back and allow the legal proceedings to unfold in a timely and orderly fashion. The eyes of the world are on this case and the treatment of this accused person. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to show the world how truly fair our legal system is; even to those who are accused of trying to harm our country.”

But what is absolutely clear is that this threat is not only real, but manageable. It could be ended by stopping immigration of Muslims by stopping chain migration and prohibiting immigration from Muslim countries in non-family categories. It is not a difficult decision to end both chain migration and other immigration by Muslims. But the political will is another question. But the survival of this country depends on it. Otherwise we will have cities filled with IEDs, assassinations, and widespread terrorism.

Friday, February 25, 2011

These ICE Sweeps Are A-OK

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has a scitzoid personality when it comes to sweeps of criminals. On one hand at one particular time, sweeps of criminals are bad. At another time in another place, sweeps of criminals are good. As you see, it all depands on whose behind is being gored.
Let's deal with the more recent and "good" sweeps:
WASHINGTON — A little more than a week after an American law enforcement agent was shot to death by gunmen suspected of being drug traffickers in Mexico, federal authorities struck back Thursday with raids across the United States that rounded up more than 450 people believed to have ties to criminal organizations south of the border.
The authorities said sweeps were conducted in nearly every major American city; involved more than 3,000 federal, state and local law enforcement agents; and resulted in the seizure of an estimated 300 kilograms of cocaine, 150,000 pounds of marijuana and 190 weapons. Derek Maltz, a special agent at the Drug Enforcement Administration, said the sweeps were part of a multinational investigation that could lead to more arrests and seizures in the United States, Mexico, Colombia and Brazil.

Mr. Maltz said that the message the authorities hoped to send with the sweeps was as important as the suspects being brought in. The operation came eight days after Jaime Zapata, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent, was gunned down on a Mexican highway. Mr. Maltz said the planning for the operation had begun before Mr. Zapata’s shooting, but he acknowledged that the United States hoped to show it would not tolerate attacks against its agents.
And straight from ICE's mouth:

Louie Garcia, a deputy special immigration and customs agent involved with the sweeps, echoed that thought in an interview with The Associated Press. “This is personal,” he said. “We lost an agent. We lost a good agent. And we have to respond.”
"We have to respond..." Does that mean in other cases it does not have to respond? Which brings us to the time and place where sweeps were bad, just recently in fact, and in Maricopa County of all places, Ground Zero of drug and alien smuggling:
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office is the only law-enforcement agency in the country to lose its authority to enforce federal immigration laws on the street under a revamped and controversial program that lets local and state agencies act as immigration officers.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said Friday that they limited the ability of the Sheriff's Office to enforce federal immigration laws because of the office's record of conducting wide-ranging crime sweeps intended to identify illegal immigrants. Those sweeps - the Sheriff's Office has conducted 11 in the past year and a half - have led primarily to arrests of people who have not committed serious crimes. The revamped federal program places a priority on going after dangerous criminals, not illegal immigrants encountered as the result of minor offenses like traffic violations.

"At the end of the day I determined the sweeps and immigration enforcement of Maricopa County was not consistent with new priorities, which is removing severe criminal offenders who pose a danger to society," said John Morton, assistant Homeland Security director in charge of ICE.
This is not to say that conducting sweeps of illegal alien drug smugglers is not a good idea. It is. In fact such sweeps are a highly productive law enforcement method in the war on crime. It is both highly effective and frightens large groups of criminals. I think though if sweeps are effective against illegal alien drug smugglers, why hasn't that tactic been used before and more frequently? Here obviously is a need to send a message to the illegal alien drug gangs, but there would not be such a problem to respond to if sweeps against illegal alien drug gangs were more frequent.
However, since sweeps are both obviously legal and effective against illegal alien drug gangs, therefore they are also highly effective against other criminal groups, such as illegal aliens in general. We know where they live, what neigborhoods and businesses they frequent, what, for the most part they look like, what language they speak. They are an obvious and easy target for the legitimate law enforcement tactic of conducting sweeps.
So, why does John Morton condemn sweeps when they are conducted by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, but not when sweeps are conducted by his own agents at ICE? Perhaps Morton really is not interested in arresting to many illegal aliens. They might be voting for his boss, Barak Hussein Obama, that is why. But, then, I think drug dealers also voted overwhelmingly for Obama as well. Perhaps this sweep of Mexican cartel members this is just boob bait for bubbas.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Thank You Jorge Bush

The President infamous for placing foreigners on a pedestal for the superior family values has given us another gift that keeps on giving: Saudi university students.
After the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the number of students from Saudi Arabia dwindled in the United States.

In the wake of the revelation that 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudi nationals, the number of new students arriving in the United States plummeted from more than 4,000 in 2001 to 1,008 in 2005, according to the U.S. State Department.

But a program initiated by President Bush and Saudi King Abdullah has brought about 10,000 new students to U.S. colleges during the current academic year, bringing the number of Saudi students for the fall semester of 2006 to 10,936.

The previous high mark for Saudis studying in the United States was 10,440, in the 1980-'81 school year, according to the International Institute of Education, a New York-based nonprofit group.

An additional 3,000 Saudi students are expected for the semester beginning in January. Most of the Saudi students are fully funded by scholarships from their government.

Nail Al-Jubeir, spokesman for the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, D.C., said the leaders of the two nations are committed to reversing the recent trend of Saudi students staying out of the United States.

"Hopefully, the goal is to get something like 20,000 in the United States in all fields," Al-Jubeir said.

In August 2006, 283 Saudi students were enrolled in Illinois institutions of higher learning, Al-Jubeir said. Southern Illinois University at Carbondale had the most with 56, followed by Western Illinois University with 45. Figures on other Illinois universities were not available.

University of Illinois officials declined to comment on the number of students at the Champaign-Urbana campus; a Saudi graduate student at the U of I estimated there are about 33 Saudi students there.

Al-Jubeir, who came to the United States with his family in the 1970s, said the Saudi students throughout the United States have been received very warmly.

"From all the 10,000-plus students, we have not received any complaints," said Al-Jubeir, 43, who calls himself a product of the Saudi scholarship program of the 1980s. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees at American University in Washington, D.C.
And here is what we get for our openness to the Religion of Bombs from the Kingdom of Hate:
WASHINGTON – Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, 20, a citizen of Saudi Arabia and resident of Lubbock, Texas, was arrested late yesterday by FBI agents in Texas on a federal charge of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction in connection with his alleged purchase of chemicals and equipment necessary to make an improvised explosive device (IED) and his research of potential U.S. targets.

The arrest and the criminal complaint, which was unsealed in the Northern District of Texas, were announced by David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; James T. Jacks, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas; and Robert E. Casey Jr., Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Dallas Field Division.

Aldawsari is expected to make his initial appearance in federal court in Lubbock at 9:00 a.m. on Friday morning. Aldawsari, who was lawfully admitted into the United States in 2008 on a student visa and is enrolled at South Plains College near Lubbock, faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.

According to the affidavit filed in support of the complaint, Aldawsari has been researching online how to construct an IED using several chemicals as ingredients. He has also acquired or taken a substantial step toward acquiring most of the ingredients and equipment necessary to construct an IED and he has conducted online research of several potential U.S. targets, the affidavit alleges. In addition, he has allegedly described his desire for violent jihad and martyrdom in blog postings and a personal journal.

“As alleged in the complaint, Aldawsari purchased ingredients to construct an explosive device and was actively researching potential targets in the United States. Thanks to the efforts of many agents, analysts and prosecutors, this plot was thwarted before it could advance further,” said Assistant Attorney General Kris. “This case serves as another reminder of the need for continued vigilance both at home and abroad.”
All be praised for their family values from south, really south, of the Rio Grande. Thanks for nothing Jorge.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Careful What You Wish For

Which to the radical left, the AILA, the immigration bar, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the AFL-CIO, what they wanted: an end to the Bush Administration's feeble attempt at immigration enforcement through the Social Security Administration "no-match" letters. These letters told an employer that an employee had provided incorrect information on their Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. While some employees do have legitimate errors on their W-2s, the overwhelming number of errors are the result of identity theft or false information on a W-2 from an illegal alien or criminal trying to live life on the lamb.

Huzzahs for the left. However the sweet taste of victory has turned sour: Now the left, or at least the immigration bar and their U.S. Chamber of Commerce, has found the bitter taste of victory unpalatable. As is sometimes true when you get what you wish for. It appears that the safe-harbor provisions that the no-match rule offered but now non-existent are sorely missed by the exploiters of illegals and their minions at the immigration bar:

Picketing of Chipotle locations by the Service Employees International Union and community organizations last week after an ICE I-9 investigation uncovered the use of false documents was misdirected. The dramatic, painful and disruptive manner in which hundreds of Chipotle workers were discharged is the direct result of ICE’s callous manner of delivering its Notice of Suspect Documents, issued during the course of an I-9 inspection.

The issuance of a Notice of Suspect Documents can not only devastate a workforce and render a company unable to fulfill key contracts, it can also abruptly disrupt the livelihood of essential workers. Rightly or wrongly, these workers have considered the U.S. their home, and have been vital to the employer’s operations. They have contributed social security withholdings and taxes, thus helping to keep our fragile economy afloat.

When an ICE notice is received, the most critical issue that employers need to address is how rapidly to respond to and resolve the discrepancies contained therein. The notice cautions that unless the employee presents valid identification and employment authorization, other than the documentation previously submitted, the employee is considered unauthorized, and continued employment can result in civil penalties ranging from $375 to $3,200 per unauthorized alien for a first violation. As the notice admonishes: “This is a very serious matter that requires your immediate attention.”

Glaringly absent from the notice is: 1) any guidance on how to resolve the discrepancies, other than to contact the Special Agent if it is felt that the notice is erroneous; or 2) how much time an employer has to resolve the discrepancies.

According to published accounts, Chipotle executives said that their pleas for a modest 90 day grace period to resolve the issues raised went unheeded. The AILA Verification and Documentation Committee has made the same pleas to ICE, asking for the adoption of a fair and humane policy regarding the time period for an employer to adequately address “no-match” letters.

In an ICE regulation (72 Fed. Reg. 45,611 (Aug. 15, 2007)) that was rescinded in November 2009, DHS provided for a 90 day safe harbor period for resolving no-match issues. Since its rescission, ICE field offices have, in a seemingly random fashion and without national guidance, decided the appropriate time period, which can range from days to a couple of weeks. In some cases, ICE has provided no time frame whatsoever.

Absent regulatory or policy guidance, the employer is walking on a minefield if the employer fails to take prompt action to discharge employees suspected of working illegally. If a land mine explodes, the employer faces civil or criminal liability for knowingly continuing the employment of unauthorized workers under a “constructive knowledge” standard.

In addition to redirecting the picketing to ICE offices, how about also taking it to Congress, which has failed to address the labor needs of American employers? Employers trying to follow the rules set forth in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 should not be expected to be document fraud experts. Their task is to simply ask for identity and work authorization documents and to record them on a Form I-9. Yes, ICE may argue that it has established E-Verify to check the legitimacy of documents at the time of hire. But, what about the hundreds of thousands of employees who have been hired over the last nearly three decades – employees who are vital to this country’s continued economic viability?


What could have saved Chipotle was nevermore and their decisions some years ago to fight the no-match letters is burning them badly. So sad, too bad..payback be a bitch...you reap what you sow...tough shit Sherlock...could not happen to nicer people.

But all kidding aside, employers had the opportunity to cover their asses, but gambled and lost. How they are whining like children. Now they must pay the piper, for he always must be paid, or else the G-man cometh.

More Sound And Fury Signifying Nothing

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been in the news again for its I-9 audits of employers. The Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, is the document completed by all employers when hiring employees in the United States. ICE under the Obama Regime decided that its workplace enforcement strategy will be based on reviews of I-9s by auditors and investigators in a selected centralized unit. Most of the work of this unit will be directed at the employers, not the aliens.

Brett Dreyer (Unit Chief, ICE Worksite Enforcement) spoke of the broader issue and politics of immigration enforcement. While politicians wrestle with immigration policy, the Worksite Enforcement Unit is responsible for enforcing the existing law utilizing its 26 Special Agent in Charge (SAC) districts and 150 smaller offices. The FY 2010 statistics certainly reveal that their new enforcement strategy is proceeding according to plan, with a record number of I-9 reviews and civil fines this year. Brett mentioned that ICE’s worksite focus will remain on employers and that I-9 inspections will most likely continue in “blasts” in all 50 states, which naturally increase public awareness and attention.


Correspondingly, illegal aliens are not the target of ICE anymore, despite the well publicized, but few and far between, arrests of employers who knowingly, rather than winking and nodding, violate the law.

The significant difference between the general ICE strategy of audit enforcement and insignificant number of criminal arrest enforcement is dwarfed by the actual result of both; more actual illegal immigration.

The three major ICE operations of late have been the I-9 audit of Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants on one hand and the twin criminal operations in southern California directed at similarly twin bakeries, S & S Bakery and The French Gourmet.

Chipotle recently admitted in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it had 450 employees in Minnesota who either resigned or were dismissed because of employment authorization problems.

DENVER — Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. says it fired about 450 Minnesota employees last year who couldn't prove they were eligible to work in the U.S. [Sic. Most resign immediately when notified that there was a problem with the documents that were submitted as part of their hiring process. They also usually freely admit that they are illegal, either explicitly or by immediate resignation. This is true in almost all cases when an employer confronts employees with discrepancies concerning their documents. However the press and advocacy organizations almost always claim the former employees were fired.]

The Denver-based restaurant chain previously hadn't disclosed how many workers were dismissed after a Department of Homeland Security audit of employees' work documents, saying only that it was in the hundreds.

Chipotle disclosed the number in a filing last week with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Chipotle says it requires all employees to have documents proving they are eligible to work in the U.S. but some workers may still be unauthorized.

A federal audit of workers' documents also is under way at Chipotle restaurants in Virginia and Washington, D.C., to see if their documents are authentic or contain false information.


Of course, the shoe is about to drop at the remaining Chipotle restaurants in the rest of the United States and similar results should be expected.

Contrast what Chipotle experienced with that of S & S Bakery:

More than 40 people were arrested at an Otay Mesa bakery by federal agents Wednesday. The bakery's owner Jesse William Fadick, two bakery supervisors, Rigoberto Sarmiento-Machuca and Rogelio Machuca-Sarmiento, and an employee, Abel Baizabal, were charged with conspiracy to harbor illegal aliens.

S & S Bakery subscribed contracts with schools, the military and health care facilities which might be the reason they were made a target for a tighter scrutiny.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested 41 suspected illegal immigrants at the company's 35,000 square foot facility while three more suspects were arrested at homes in other parts of the county.

By Thursday night, at least 12 people had been released for humanitarian reasons, including a mother who has a two year-old child that was left in the care of someone else. The mother has been released to care for the child but the father is still detained and they will still face deportation.



And at The French Gourmet:

SAN DIEGO - A San Diego-area French bakery, along with its owner and a manager, are charged in a 16-count indictment unsealed Wednesday resulting from an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) into allegations the business knowingly hired undocumented workers.

The French Gourmet, Inc, of San Diego, Calif., together with its president and one of the company's managers, are accused in the indictment handed down by a federal grand jury here April 15. The indictment alleges the defendants conspired to engage in a pattern or practice of hiring and continuing to employee unauthorized workers, a misdemeanor, in addition to 14 felony counts, including making false statements and shielding undocumented alien employees from detection.

Also named in the indictment are the bakery's owner, Michel Malecot, 52, and a company manager, Richard Kauffman, 51, both of San Diego. The men are charged with 12 felony counts for making false statements and shielding undocumented alien employees working at the bakery from detection. They were arraigned Wednesday. If convicted, Malecot and Kauffman face a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each count.

The indictment also seeks criminal forfeiture of proceeds gained from the corporation's unlawful activities.

"Employers have a responsibility for maintaining the integrity of their workforce," said Mike Carney, acting special agent in charge for ICE Office of Investigations in San Diego, "This indictment shows ICE's commitment to holding businesses accountable when they repeatedly ignore immigration laws as it relates to their workforce. The goal of our enforcement effort is two-fold, first to reduce the demand for illegal employment and, second, to protect job opportunities for the nation's lawful workforce."

According to the indictment, the company's managers, including Malecot and Kauffman, certified on the firm's Employment Verification Forms (I-9) that the documents they examined appeared to be genuine, and to the best of the their knowledge, the employees listed on the I-9 were eligible to work in the United States.

The managers then put the illegal workers on the company's payroll and paid them by paycheck until they received "no match" letters from the Social Security Administration (SSA) advising that the Social Security numbers being used by the employees did not match the names of the rightful owners of those Social Security numbers.

After receiving the "no match" letters, The French Gourmet, Inc., then allegedly conspired to pay the undocumented employees in cash until the workers produced a new set of employment documents with different Social Security numbers.

In May 2008, ICE agents executed a federal search warrant at The French Gourmet and arrested 18 undocumented workers. During the searches, ICE agents seized employee and payroll records as evidence in the criminal case.

In 2009, ICE implemented a comprehensive strategy to reduce the demand for illegal employment and protect employment opportunities for the nation's lawful workforce. Under this strategy, ICE is focusing its resources on auditing and investigating employers suspected of knowingly employing illegal workers. The goal of the enforcement strategy is to promote national security, protect critical infrastructure and ensure fair labor standards. ICE is using all available criminal and administrative tools, including civil fines and debarment, to penalize and deter illegal employment. In fiscal year 2009, ICE worksite investigations resulted in a total of 410 criminal arrests, including 114 management personnel.


Notice the difference in the numbers of illegal aliens affected; 450 at Chipotle and 59 at the two bakeries. However, none of the illegal aliens at Chipotle were arrested. They are free to remain in the U.S. to find jobs at, well S & S Bakery and The French Gourmet, among other employers in desperate need of a docile and underpaid workforce.

But even more evident of ICE's deliberate mismanagement of immigration law enforcement is that fact that of the 41 illegal aliens at S & S, 12 were immediately released. One at least had anchor babies at home, and will more likely than not, never appear for her deportation hearing, much less never be actually deported.

By Thursday night, at least 12 people had been released for humanitarian reasons, including a mother who has a two year-old child that was left in the care of someone else. The mother has been released to care for the child but the father is still detained and they will still face deportation.

She and the others will undoubtedly join the more than 715,000 absconders who have failed to leave the U.S. after being ordered deported.

So, the final score is 462 illegal aliens remaining in the U.S. and only 47 illegal aliens in custody. With all of ICE's efforts many more illegal aliens are free to remain in the U.S. than have been merely arrested, much less actually deported. Not much of an accomplishment for the millions of dollars spent by ICE in its supposed new enforcement strategy. It sounds like the illegal aliens are winning this campaign.

Monday, February 21, 2011

No Surprises Here

Linda Chavez, the most vituperous supporter of illegal immigration among all RINOs is now making an alleged case for conservative support for LBJ. Johnson was of course one of the worst Presidents this Republic suffered under.

Conservatives revile Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th president, for his massive expansion of federal power and the welfare state. But he deserves credit in my book for two important accomplishments of his five years in office. After becoming president when John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963, Johnson used his considerable influence with his former colleagues in the U.S. Senate (he had been majority leader before Kennedy tapped him for vice president) to secure passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. That law transformed the country, largely bringing to an end nearly 200 years of state-supported discrimination on the basis race. Without Johnson’s support — a former opponent of civil-rights laws — the bill would never have passed in its current form and the nation might have endured decades more struggle to realize the principle that all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.

But Johnson also deserves credit for his willingness to fight the expansion of communism in Southeast Asia. Historians can argue with his tactics and his micromanagement of the Vietnam battlefield from the Oval Office, but he was a fierce opponent of communist tyranny, something that cannot be said of many liberals in his era and after. The disgraceful scenes of Americans fleeing South Vietnam on helicopters, abandoning their allies on the ground, occurred not during LBJ’s tenure, but during his successor’s, Richard M. Nixon.

Johnson basically surrendered the fight against North Vietnam after the Tet Offensive, ending bombing and special operations attacks on North Vietnam, all mostly because the war was threatening the expansion of the welfare state. And his meddling was not just interference in the operation of the war, but a deliberate policy of not winning.

But Chavez seems to have forgotten that we have a new Jim Crow, a new segregation, a new regime of legal discrimination based on race and sex. That is the tyranny of affirmative action. From blacks over-represented in Federal employment, to private corporations like Wal-Mart openly practicing race based discrimination in its legal representative hiring and contracting. Just as she benefited personally from illegal immigration, she also benefited from the open regime of discrimination against whites and men. No surprises there.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Guess Who Is Coming For Dinner

Abduwali Abdukhadir Muse, the surviving Somali pirate of the Maersk Alabama incident has been sentenced to 34 years and 5 years probation. Yeah, what is with the five years probation. Well, that is what most federal criminal defendants get, usually 3 or 5 years. For what that is worth as federal probation officers don't usually follow these guys too closely.

MANHATTAN (CN) - A federal judge tearfully read victims letters on Wednesday before sentencing Abduwali Abdukhadir Muse to 405 months in a federal prison, the maximum penalty the law allowed, for leading the April 8, 2009, hijackings of the Maersk Alabama container ship in the Indian Ocean.

Muse was the sole survivor of the four-member Somali pirate crew that attacked a U.S. cargo ship and abducted its captain. Remarkably youthful and underweight in appearance, Muse, who is thought to be in his late teens, appeared contrite during the sentencing hearing.

He pleaded guilty in May two counts each of hijacking, kidnapping and hostage taking.

Prosecutors said Muse was the leader of the pirates and among the first to storm the Maersk Alabama after shooting at the container ship from their boat. Once Muse boarded the ship, a crew member lunged out of hiding to tackle and subdue him.
The rest of the pirates took the ship's captain, Richard Phillips, hostage for four days, after offering to leave the Maersk in exchange for a lifeboat and Muse, who was briefly held in the ship's safe room with his hands bound by wire.

Prosecutors said Muse distributed $30,000 in cash taken from the Maersk to the other pirates on the lifeboat. The U.S. Navy took Muse into custody when Muse thought he was negotiating the release of the captain, as SEALs killed the other pirates and rescued Capt. Phillips.

"I am sorry very much about what happened to the victims who were in the ship," said Muse, dressed in a green long-sleeved shirt and khaki pants at the sentencing hearing. "I ask for forgiveness to all the people who I harmed and to the U.S. government."

Colin Wright, one of Muse's victims, advocated for more than 700 merchant marines still in captivity off the coast of Somalia and blasted the ship's captain for steering the crew into pirate-infested waters.

Wright, a third officer aboard the Maersk, said that Muse and his companions kept his shipmates locked in a 130 to 140 degree room near the equator, and they were barely able to walk when the were released."

Muse's prison term, which spans more than 33 years, ensures that when he is released from prison, he will be older than the average life expectancy of a Somali man, Muse's federal defender Fiona Doherty said. She added that there will be "no chance" that his parents, still living in Somalia, will be alive when he gets out.

U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska, moved to tears by the letters of the hijacking's victims, said that she grounded her top-line sentence on the "extreme level of violence and sadism" that Muse showed aboard one of the ships.

"He relished in the suffering of his victims," Assistant U.S. Attorney Brendan Robert McGuire said.

Although Muse was very thin, one of his victims said in an interview following the sentencing that he appeared to have "gained weight."

Neither the federal judge nor the prosecutor was moved by Doherty's remarks about Muse's upbringing amid crushing poverty, drought, hunger and government-sanctioned criminality pervasive in Somalia.

Doherty said that birth records in Somalia were obliterated by years of civil war, and that Somalia has topped Foreign Policy's failed states list for three years.

Dental treatment Muse received at the Manhattan Detention Center confirmed that Muse grew up with "severe" and "acute" malnutrition in Puntland, an autonomous region of Somalia, Doherty said. She added that seven of his teeth have been removed, and two more must be extracted.

Doherty said the dental work also corroborated Muse's parents' statements that their child is quite young: The defense contends that he was 16 years old when he led the hijacking, but the prosecutor said that Muse lied about his age and was prosecuted as an adult.

Muse gave the government "many ages" and "used his youthful appearance" to his advantage, McGuire said.

A defense sentencing memo said that Muse was abused by his father and left home for days after being tied to a tree and told he would be eaten by a lion.

Doherty argued that Muse was driven to piracy by his poverty. She referred to a study by Prof. Lee Cassanelli that argued that Puntland officials provided tacit sanctioning and encouragement for pirate networks in exchange for bribes.

McGuire, the prosecutor, played down the circumstances of Muse's childhood and emphasized "his choices and his actions."

Muse and his "gang" had the option to leave with tens of thousands of dollars from the ship's safe, but he insisted on multimillion dollar ransoms, McGuire said.

Doherty countered that a Somali elder, who was a contact of the U.S. Navy, said that naval officers shot and killed Muse's companions while they were trying to surrender.
McGuire strongly denied that, saying that Muse and his companions "forced the Navy to be heroes on that day, and heroes they were."

Doherty also added that Muse tried to commit suicide multiple times in prison, and was diagnosed post traumatic stress disorder and depression while being held in isolation at Manhattan Detention Center.

McGuire said that Muse "repeatedly boasted that he was the leader," and the government's sentencing memo makes repeated reference to Muse laughing during interrogations.

"It will be his voice that [the victims] hear, and it will be his laugh that will haunt them," McGuire said.

Although Muse led the operation, Doherty said to depict him as a ringleader "flies in the face" of how experts say modern piracy operates.

"I was recruited by individuals who were smarter than me," Muse said, through a court translator.

Wright, the Maersk crew member who survived the hijacking, agreed with the federal prosecutor that the sailors were "defenseless," provided no security and given only pocket knives to protect themselves against armed pirates.

He claims Capt. Richard Phillips put the crew in a "very bad situation" by ignoring three emails telling him to keep a 600-mile distance from the Somali coast. At least one Maersk crew member has sued the ship and Waterman Steamship for risking the lives of their employees.

Judge Preska's voice cracked several times while reading letters from the victims. One letter said that piracy is nothing like its Disney depictions.

Heather Cronan, a wife of a third captain, wrote to Muse: "The unimaginable struggles of Somalia are not my fault."

John Cronan's letter pointed out that the ship was delivering food aid.

Preska's wavered as she read Cronan's statement.

"I held my daughter's picture in the dark, praying I'd have the opportunity to tell [my children] I love them one last time," Cronan wrote.

Judge Preska said that Muse called Capt. Phillips "stick-mouth" because Muse gagged him with a stick after the captain tried to chew through his constraints.

Muse and his companions also held a mock execution for Capt. Phillips, Preska said.
In addition to his 405-month sentence, Preska imposed five years of supervised release and $550,000 in restitution.

"For five days that must have seemed like an eternity to his victims, Abduwali Abukhadir Muse terrorized the captain and crew of the Maersk Alabama," Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement. "Now he will pay for those five days and the events leading up to them. Today's sentence makes it clear that piracy on the high seas is a crime against the international community that will not be tolerated."

Before imposing her sentence, Preska said that the most recent report noted 111 incidents of piracy off the coast of Somalia, about a 200 percent increase from the previous year.

What many do not know is that the Bush Regime some years ago stopped deporting Somali nationals to Somalia after a Federal District Court Judge ruled such deportations illegal. The theory was that Somalia had no government, so we could not deport people to a country without a government. The Bush Regime in its usual weak-kneed response failed to appeal such decision in a timely manner, or, as it should have done, just deport the alien anyway, as the District Judge had no authority to determine the nature of the Somali polity or any authority over a lawful deportation. There is no Federal law that allows District Court judges, or any Article III judge, to make such a determination. The foreign state or lack there of is of no import to the Immigration and Nationality Act which governs deportation and there is no clause therein stating that an alien cannot be deported to a nation state without a functioning government.

But the Obama Regime continues the Bush Regime policy of not deporting Somalis. And Muse will be a future beneficiary of that policy. In less than 34 years and six months, he will be the newest immigrant on welfare. Yes, less than 34 years as well as the six months he has to serve in prison until a court orders his release because the executive branch will not deport him to Somalia. While the Federal prison system does not have probation as in early release from a sentence, it does have 15% credit for time served on good behavior. So, in about 30 years Muse will be out on the streets, all thanks to a lawless, conniving District Court judge who love illegal aliens from Somalia and wants his own immigration policy, a feckless Bush Regime and an Obama Regime who is obviously sympathetic to Muslims from East Africa...all to our detriment. I wonder how many people he will kill, rob, or rape when he is released.


On September 17, 2003 the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a January decision that effectively bans the removal of Somalis to their country of origin. This ruling affects more than 2,700 Somalis in the United States who are facing deportation. The ruling settles—at least temporarily—the uncertainty that ensued following an Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in May, when a three-judge panel ruled that the United States could deport Keyse Jama, a Minnesota Somali man, back to Somalia. At the time, it was unclear whether the decision would have broader consequences for other Somalis in removal proceedings in the United States.

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling overturned an earlier decision by Minnesota District Judge John Tunheim, which stated that federal statutes prohibited Jama’s deportation in the absence of a functioning Somali government. This ruling provided the basis for a class-action suit filed in November by Perkins Coie, a Seattle-based law firm, which sought to impose a nationwide ban on Somali deportation. The Western District of Washington Court Judge Marsha Pechman in Seattle ruled in favor of the deportation ban in January.

The most recent opinion by Ninth Circuit Court in September found that the U.S. deportation statute required acceptance by the government of the country to which an alien would be deported. The ruling came as a relief to many Somalis residing in the United Sates and represents an important victory for immigrants’ rights.

Hundreds of Somalis residing in the United States have already been returned to their homeland. Between 1997 and 2002, the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (now divided into three agencies administered under the Department of Homeland Security) deported some 200 Somalis, according to an INS document released in November 2002.

In February 2002, roughly a year before Western District of Washington Court Judge Marsha Pechman decided to ban Somali deportation, the United States and Canada deported more than 30 Somalis in a joint operation. At the time, immigration officers transported the deportees from their homes and detention centers across the United States and Canada to Niagara Falls before transporting them on a chartered flight to the Somali capital of Mogadishu. Immigration service agents left the deportees in a hotel in Mogadishu. Many did not know the capitol city any more than they knew the U.S. cities they had arrived in more than a decade ago.

Background

Protracted civil conflict has mired Somalia in political turmoil since 1991, leaving the failed state without a functioning government for more than a decade. Fighting between rival, clan-based factions and drought–induced food shortages have claimed over a half million lives, displaced hundreds of thousands of Somalis internally, and forced hundreds of thousands more to flee to approximately two dozen countries, including the United States.

The security situation in Somalia remains tenuous despite continued efforts to install a new transitional governing body and stabilize the country. Even in Somaliland, which declared independence from the rest of Somalia in 1991 and has enjoyed a measure of stability and a functioning government, incidents of violence have grown more frequent and security for foreigners has deteriorated.

In October, Italian aid worker Annalena Tonelli was fatally shot in her home in Borama. In another incident, an unidentified gunman shot two British teachers working in a school compound. The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator condemned the murder of the two British international aid workers, saying that such acts of violence not only threatened the lives of aid workers, but also jeopardized Somalis’ access to aid.

The 2002 U.S. State Department Report on Human Rights Practices reported that Somali UN workers were frequently kidnapped for ransom in Mogadishu, and numerous civilians were killed in clashes between factions in the capital. Many of those knowledgeable of the human rights situation in Somalia feared that Somalis removed from the United States to their home country would face accusations of espionage or fall victim to kidnapping and extortion, possibly resulting in death.

In May 2002, the body of a Somali man recently deported from the United States was discovered near a Mogadishu factory. According to reports, the man had been kidnapped the previous evening.

Future Uncertain

The Ninth Circuit ruling provides some relief, but the future remains uncertain for Somalis facing deportation. The U.S. government will likely appeal the decision to a larger group of judges on the Ninth Circuit Court or to the U.S. Supreme Court. Furthermore, while the class action lawsuit prohibits the deportation to Somalia of people living anywhere in the United States, it excludes those Somalis who have previously filed petitions challenging the legality of their removal under the federal statute that requires acceptance by the country of removal. Finally, while the ruling also upheld the decision to release four Somalis who had previously been detained by the Immigration Service in Washington State, the ruling does not extend to release all Somali class members who are being detained.

Authorities released two Somali detainees, Issak Abdull and Ali Farah, from detention in Louisiana on October 23. A third Somali man remains in custody. The three Somali detainees filed petitions in mid-November 2002 that were still pending when Judge Pechman issued her ruling in January.

Some Somalis may still be held in immigration detention in locations throughout the United States. The Immigration Service has not been forthcoming with information regarding class members, despite repeated requests. A declaration submitted to Judge Pechman in January 2003 by David Venturella, Deputy Director for Detention and Removal Operations at the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (BICE), indicated that there are over forty Somali detainees in roughly a dozen Service Districts in the United States. Venturella’s declaration did not provide information such as names and locations of the detainees.

Action

Many Somalis in detention may not be aware of Judge Pechman’s ruling, which prohibits the government from indefinitely detaining people who face deportation but whose countries of origin will not accept them. Once Somalis in detention learn of the suit, they may be able to obtain their release. However, the Bureau of Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s refusal to provide the names and locations of the detainees impedes advocates’ efforts to seek release for Somali detainees.