Near 1 in 4 of US children born of foreign parents

May 29, 2010

The illegal immigration debate piqued my curiosity about the demographics in the United States.

 The 2009 population estimate = 307,006,550

 October 2008 population = 287,347,000

 In 2008, 66,556,000 or nearly 1 in 4 were people of foreign-born parents

SOURCE: US Census Bureau


400 lawmen take down 596 illegals

May 7, 2010

The southEASTERN US saw a three-day enforcement surge by ICE and its law enforcement partners at the end of April according to US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.

The THREE day enforcement surge coined Operation Cross Check brought in 596 illegals — 544 men and 55 women — representing 60 different nations, including countries in Latin America, Asia, Europe, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

The southeastern surge comprised Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Puerto Rico.

Operation Cross Check involved nearly 400 federal and local law enforcement officers and agents.

With an estimated daily influx of 10,000 illegal immigrants, some believe the current count stands as high as 20 million in the US.

ICE removed 136,126 criminal aliens from the United States last year.

As the busiest border in the United States, the southWEST border of Arizona must be very busy indeed with illegals simply walking across the border. 

When we think of a fence along the border we perceive a fence something akin to the Great Wall of China refusing penetration. In this informative YouTube video  — I learned more about our border “war” and the “fence” in these few minutes than I have from combined media coverage.

This YouTube video recorded immigrant sentiments towards the US. Similar activity is being displayed in Arizona currently.

What the press isn’t saying about illegal immigration

April 23, 2010

Curious why the new term “human trafficking” is often paired with “illegal immigration” in the news I started digging around and was surprised with my findings. If what I’ve read is correct it may be another slithery piece of legislation no one is talking about – except the illegals.

In a world of political correctness where “illegal alien” has been replaced with “undocumented immigrant”; “Manmade disaster” replaces  “terrorism”; has “smuggling” been replaced with “trafficking?

Why are news reports escalating about Mexican nationals involved in human trafficking? After all, living close to the border I’ve heard of human smuggling for years when the police catch illegals.

Why the change in phrase from “smuggling” to “trafficking”?

Imagine a group of people crossing the US border illegally with the assistance of a “coyote” (person paid to smuggle illegal immigrants across the border). Friends, family and organizations often assist settling the immigrant into his new life once across the border. 

Now imagine the same group of individuals crossing into the US and gathering inside a residence. Once securely inside a residence, shoes are removed and an “anonymous” phone call is made to “tip” authorities that the address is harboring “victims” of human trafficking, frequently with claims of beatings and ransoms.  When the authorities raid the residence the “victims” are rescued and the  “coyote” is long gone.

The difference between how an illegal is officially listed as entering this country may be the difference between being shipped back where they came from or given all the perks of a “victim” in his new home.

Is the first scenario considered human smuggling while the latter is cited human trafficking?

By definition, a smuggler will facilitate illegal entry into a country for a fee, but on arrival at their destination, the smuggled person is usually free. Trafficking involves a process of using physical force, fraud or deception to obtain and transport people.

An illegal discovered in this country from human smuggling will be arrested and deported.

An illegal discovered in this country as a “victim” of human trafficking receives United States emergency services including shelter, case management, interpretation services, medical care, dental care, crisis counseling, legal/immigration assistance, criminal justice system advocacy, job training and transportation under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA). In addition, a T Visa may be available for the “victim” and qualifying family members.

The “T” visa is a nonimmigrant classification for people who are victims of a severe form of human trafficking. The “U” visa status is a nonimmigrant classification for victims of certain crimes who are willing to assist government officials in the investigation of the criminal activity. On 12/8/2008, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced an interim final rule that allowed “T” and “U” nonimmigrants to adjust their status and become lawful permanent residents.

Certain qualifying family members are eligible for a derivative T visa. If primary T visa holder is under 21 years of age then he may apply for a derivative T visa on behalf of the spouse, children, parents and unmarried siblings under age 18. If primary T visa holder is over 21 years of age then he may apply on behalf of his spouse and children.

Have the illegals found a loophole in our legal system simply by taking off their shoes, placing an anonymous phone call and creating a story?

Illegal immigrations details:
Some believe as many as 20 million illegal immigrants are in the United States. With news of “Immigration Reform” coming from Washington “undocumented immigrants” are flooding across the border in hopes of becoming American citizens.

Repeated attempts to enter this country are so frequent that the US government has reportedly spent over $51M in past years flying illegal aliens farther into Mexico’s interior in an attempt to reduce ease of re-crossing the border.

“…crossing the border is not a crime per se. It is civil.” – 4/19/2009 Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano (former Gov. of AZ).
Human rights activists have placed water on the US side of the border to aid illegals.

A cell phone application, coined the Transborder Immigrant Tool has been developed by a professor at U.C. San Diego. Working like a GPS system in a car, it helps guide illegal immigrants across the U.S.-Mexico border.

The Homeland Security Department has stated that it’s $2 billion virtual border fence has been a “complete failure,” and is trying to figure out how to proceed.

When we think of a fence along the border we perceive a fence something akin to the Great Wall of China refusing penetration. In reality, the fence – where there is one — is ten feet tall and made of mesh material. I found an informative YouTube video explaining how the government calculates border “fencing” — I learned more about our border “war” in these few minutes than I have from combined media coverage.

Arizona is the busiest border crossing point for illegals. On late friday of 4/23/2010 — a cool 70 degree day by Arizona standards — the Governor of Arizona signed into law Senate Bill 1070 — the toughest measure against illegal immigration in the country. The new law would ramp up law enforcement by allowing the police to request, upon reasonable suspicion of anyone being in the country illegally to produce “an alien registration document,” such as a green card, or be charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor and pay a minimum $500 fine. It would be a state crime to be in the country illegally and bar what is called “sanctuary city” policies.

Arizona Governor  Jan Brewer declared upon signing the bill into law “decades of federal inaction and misguided policies” have created “a dangerous and unacceptable situation.”

Obama called the Arizona Senate bill 1070 “misguided” and instructed the Justice Department to examine it to see if it’s legal.

According to the press the country is outraged.

According to Rassmussen Reports 70% of Arizona voters favor the new law.

According to the SEIU (Service Employees International Union) website “Hundreds of Arizona voters, youth, and community activists are pushing for Governor Jan Brewer to veto the bill.”

School kids texted each other and ditched school to enjoy the beautiful weather outside to participate in the demonstration outside the state capital. As in the past, school administrators are not discouraging the juveniles from their right to free speech.

I ran across this old, yet interesting YouTube video and it saddened me.

Presidents’ law-breaking Aunt Zeituni gets day in court

February 9, 2010

Although not highly publicized by the mainstream media, last week Barack Obama’s Kenyan Aunt Zeituni Onyango who has been in the United States illegally since 2004 went to court regarding her continued stay in the United States. For those who have never heard of Zeituni it’s an interesting story.

Recently, I touched on the illegal immigration issue when I wrote, “Needing immigrants to do those dirty jobs.” Some of the illegals work here while others …don’t.

Today I received a note (see bottom of this post) from one of my readers reminding me that the immigration issue is still polarizing.

Zeituni’s story:

Obama’s Auntie —  a Kenyan citizen — arrived to the United States in 2000 on a tourist visa at Barack Obama‘s invitation. She never went back to Africa. In 2004, her request for asylum was rejected, and she was ordered deported. She didn’t go.

In 2008, during Obama’s run for the Presidency, a European news agency reported that Zeutini — in her mid 50’s — was living illegally in the United States. In hushed tones, the blogosphere went alive with reports that not only was Baracks favorite aunt living illegally in Boston – but she has been living in the US off of our tax dollars in public housing.

According to World Net Daily, Boston Housing Authority spokesman Bill McGonagle told the Herald she received a small stipend over the past year for working six hours a week as a volunteer resident health advocate in her complex.

Speaking with the UK Times Online outside her home in Boston, Zeituni confirmed she was Obama’s beloved “Auntie Zeituni” in his published memoir. However, she declined to answer most other questions about her relationship with the presidential contender until after the November 4 election.

“I can’t talk about it, I just pray for him, that’s all,” she said, adding: “After the 4th, I can talk to anyone.”

In November 2008 — immediately after the Presidential election — the now “lawyered up” Zeituni announced a legal fight against the 2004 deportation order.

In April 2009 Baracks’ Auntie appeared in a closed hearing in response to the two previous orders to leave the US. She was wearing a rust colored wig and using a cane.

The Judge gave her a 10-month reprieve (a stay of deportation) with a scheduled full hearing on her asylum set for February 4, 2010.

In July 2009 Zeutini told the Boston Herald in an interview that the pearls and dress she was wearing were gifts from her nephew Barack.

February 4, 2010 saw Zeituni arrive to the courthouse in a wheelchair for the closed hearing. Handicapped from the paralyzing consecuence of the autoimmune disorder Guillain-Barre syndrome she is learning to walk again. The Boston Harold described the scene at the immigration hearing as an entourage of gray suits and ear pieces.

The judge gave attorneys 30 days to present final written arguments. Zeituni is allowed to stay in the US until a decision is made at the scheduled May 25 follow-up hearing.

May 14, 2010 saw the US Immigration Judge Leonard Shapiro, in Boston award asylum to the disabled, public housed Aunt Zeituni. Asylum was granted on the grounds that Zeituni had a well-founded fear of being persecuted by some members of the Kenyan government if she were returned to Kenya.

August 17, 2010 under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) the court documents were released to the public regarding the asylum case. According to the 29-page report — which is posted on Scribd, the judge made mention of a government official who leaked information regarding the aunts’ status to the press prior to the Presidential election. (apparently, this too, was Bushs’ fault)

August 19, 2010 the Kenyan Government speaks out — view YouTube video below — against the US court ruling on Zeituni Onyango stating, “…the government us unhappy with the court ruling about the Zeituni Onyango asylum case. …the allegations made against the country are not only untrue, but unrealistic to any person who understands our country.” The press release went on to say that when one seeks residency in a country one should speak the truth. Additional comments were made regarding immigration in general.

By all accounts, it seems that the Kenyan Government is the one telling the truth. It’s common knowledge that many of President Obama’s relatives not only live peacefully in Kenya, but are now celebrities. The Kenyan government connected grandmother “Sarah” Obama’s home to the national power grid and made the road leading to her village more passable since Obama’s election win.

UPDATE: September 2010 – Zeituni grants a request for an interview to WBZTV-Boston.

Zeituni is not unlike others living in this country refusing to leave.

They’re called illegal aliens.

If you recall, amnesty for illegals is on Obama’s “to do” list.

Today I received an e-mail from one of my readers:

Let me see if I got this right

If you cross the North Korean border illegally you get 12 years hard labor.

If you cross the Iranian border illegally you are detained indefinitely.

If you cross the Afghan border illegally, you get shot.

If you cross the Saudi Arabian border illegally you will be jailed.

If you cross the Chinese border illegally you may never be heard from again.

If you cross the Venezuelan border illegally you will be branded a spy and your fate will be sealed.

If you cross the Cuban border illegally you will be thrown into political prison to rot.

But, if you cross the United States border illegally you get:
 A job
 A drivers license
 Social Security card
 Welfare
 Food stamps
 Credit cards
 Subsidized rent or a loan to buy a house
 Free education
 Free health care
 A lobbyist in Washington
 Billions of dollars worth of public documents printed in your language
 The right to carry your country’s flag while you protest that you don’t get enough respect

I just wanted to make sure I had a firm grasp on the situation. ~anonymous

The person who wrote the letter above overlooked two other  things offered to the cornucopia of new US residents.

HIV-positive travelers and immigrants have been banned from entering or traveling through the United States without a special waiver since 1987. The President announced in late 2009 that he would eliminate the HIV entry ban into the United States. Obama’s new immigration: hope, change and HIV

2009 saw a Supreme Court ruling in favor of a Mexican citizen who gave his US employer counterfeit Social Security and alien registration cards containing his name but other people’s identification numbers. According to the ruling, the court has to prove a person knowingly used someone’s identification as opposed to making up a number and causing identity theft by chance. Supreme Court rules on identity theft

Past Supreme Court ruling on illegal Constitutional rights may set precedent on health care

September 11, 2009

One of the issues within the healthcare argument is if illegal aliens will be covered within ANY of the new legislation.

President Obama assured everyone on prime-time television that no illegals will be covered by his healthcare program.

There are also those who claim that our reform efforts would insure illegal immigrants. This, too, is false. The reforms—the reforms I’m proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally.

People should look towards the legal court rulings in the past to make a reasonable conclusion pertaining to the healthcare issue regarding illegals.

Maybe that’s why Rep. Joe Wilsons’ unexpected and disrespectful outburst to the President, “you lie” crossed his lips.

This court case may give us a clue to our medical future.

The  case involved the ruling on Alien Children Education Litigation

The Fourteenth Amendment provides that

[n]o State shall . . . deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

The Fourteenth Amendment of the US Constitution was put to the test in the Plyler v Doe case which was elevated to the US Supreme Court.

In Plyler v Doe, a move to block illegals from attending school in Texas as a  financial measure designed to avoid a drain on the State’s fisc, the increases in population resulting from the immigration of Mexican nationals into the United States had created problems for the public schools of the State, and that these problems were exacerbated by the special educational needs of immigrant Mexican children.

The question presented was whether, consistent with the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, Texas may deny to undocumented school-age children the free public education that it provides to children who are citizens of the United States or legally admitted aliens.

Justice Gray concluded

[e]very citizen or subject of another country, while domiciled here, is within the allegiance and the protection, and consequently subject to the jurisdiction, of the United States.

Court Ruled: In Plyler v. Doe (1982), the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that all children who reside in the United States regardless of their immigration status, have the right to a free education. Public schools are not required to ask about a students legal status and consequently there is now a don’t ask, don’t tell mentality for fear of discrimination law suits. 


Needing immigrants to do those dirty jobs

September 8, 2009

The media continues to tell us that we need immigrants to do dirty jobs Americans’ won’t “do.” Are Americans unwilling to do those jobs or are they being pushed out of them? 

Watch Mike Rowe’s Dirty Jobs and decide for yourself who’s willing to do those dirty jobs.

This year President Obama said: I guarantee you will need an “education.”

I beg to differ with President Obama. And so should you.

But this isn’t just about President Obama. This is about the way we’ve begun to think as a country.

The foundation of this country was built on the integrity of performing an honest days work, superior workmanship and the quality of ones’ character. A mans word meant something and he returned what he borrowed. Always.

That’s our prestigious history, yet I never hear any emphasis on the characteristics that made this country the greatest in the world

Granted, a formal “education” has it’s place and it’s a noble goal set by families and individuals. Likewise, alot of Americans — not formally educated — have contributed to the historical building blocks that has made our country the greatest.  “Smarts” trumps a formal “education.” Smarts is what built this country.

Have you ever watched a construction site? Do you think those are college or ivy league “educated” people swinging those hammers?

Someone needs to swing the hammer, install the phone line, build the bridge, dig the ditch, fix the road, milk the cows and unplug the sewer line. The list is endless of  Americans we need to hold down those jobs that don’t need a college degree.

I saw a short interview with Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe. Dirty Jobs is a cable television show that gives viewers a glimpse of different dirty jobs across America. As a guest, Mike Rowe performs the spotlighted job for a day.

I applaud him.

Mike Rowe is the first person in this country who has publicly stood up for those people who are silently in the background keeping this country running. Those dirty jobs that don’t necessarily need a college education to perform.

Those jobs are equally as important in running this country. The people are educated who are doing those jobs although they may not have gone to college.

Those jobs will never go away.

When did the idea slip into our culture — without any dispute —  that Americans won’t do “those” jobs?

Our own government is suggesting citizenship to illegal immigrants in our country on the pretense that they are the only people who will do the work. I suppose it sounds better than to say illegals have permeated the employment opportunities for the less formally educated Americans in this country. Tomato. Ta-mah-to.

Again, I refer to Mike Rowe. Watch Dirty Jobs and make a mental note of who the people are doing those dirty jobs.

I refute the idea that Americans won’t do those jobs and that everyone needs a formal college degree.

Additionally, I offer a grateful thank you to all those Americans who are not being acknowledged.

I offer an apology for every hard working American without a formal college education for the way our President insinuates you are something less without a college degree.

I’m ashamed as an American to have bought into the two ideas.

So should you.

See how identity theft crosses over into the illegal immigration debate.

Immigratation: testing more than just Americans

May 26, 2009

This BBC Panorama video is about 30 minutes long and documents the immigration problems within England. Could we be in the beginning stages of the same issues?

Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr., (D-IL) has proposed an Amendment to the US Constitution for all persons – irrespective of citizenship – to have a RIGHT to decent, safe, sanitary, and affordable housing. The right shall not be denied or be abridged by the United States or any State.

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