Do you remember this story from 2010 about a group of California high schoolers who got in trouble for wearing t-shirts with the American flag on Cinco de Mayo? They were sent home to change because the principal was afraid the shirts would incite violence at the school. The students and parents got angry because – how in the crap is the American flag supposed to incite violence? Then again, this is California. This is the same state where a university thought putting the American flag on campus would be considered too exclusive and offensive to international student minorities. To which I say – if the American flag is offensive to you, why in the world are you even here?
(Just as an aside – I wonder what would happen if I were to go to another country like Mexico or wherever and DEMAND that they take down the Mexican flags at their schools and government buildings. At best, I would probably be laughed at. At worst, I’d probably be arrested and/or shot. But I would never do that because I would be in Mexico and I EXPECT there to be Mexican flags everywhere in that country.)
Fast forward to now – this case in California has gone through all kinds of local and state courts throughout the years and it was heading to the Supreme Court – except SCOTUS decided not to hear the appeal on this at all -
The Supreme Court has denied an appeal from former California high school students who were ordered to turn their American flag T-shirts inside out during a celebration of the Cinco de Mayo holiday at school.
The justices did not comment Monday in leaving in place an appellate ruling that found that school officials acted appropriately because their concerns about racial violence outweighed students’ freedom of expression rights. Administrators feared the American-flag shirts would enflame the passions of Latino students celebrating the Mexican holiday.
Basically, if a school decides to hold a Cinco de Mayo celebration, the American flag is not welcome because it would incite Latino students to violence. At least, according to the courts and lawyers who decide this stuff in our country nowadays.
Weasel Zippers said it best about this case: Diversity and tolerance trump the First Amendment.
Only 1 in 6 Being Returned to Home Country
Despite past claims by the administration that it has resolved the crisis of unaccompanied alien minors (UACs) streaming across the border, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) records show that a second surge of minors crossing the border is now underway. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) records indicate that the Border Patrol has seized over 12,000 UACs so far in fiscal year 2015 (Oct. 1, 2014- Feb. 28, 2015) and over 10,000 aliens traveling in family units. The Border Patrol is transferring these aliens to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at an average of 2,000 UACs a month, meaning that the Border Patrol is returning only one in six of these apprehended minors to their home countries.
These numbers reveal that at the rate the UACs are currently crossing the southern border, this year will be second only to last year. Other than the small number sent home, these minors are released into the U.S. with a hearing date scheduled three to five years out. Cities and towns that received a large number of UACs last year will likely see more UACs arriving this year, particularly as the numbers of aliens actually apprehended at the border may be only about half of those trying to cross.
Last Thursday, at a hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, a panel of experts explored why attempts at stopping the flow of minors across the border are failing. Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) asked if the “counter advertising” campaign by the administration, meant to refute the advertisements of “coyotes” who claim that minors who reach the U.S. will be allowed to stay indefinitely, have been effective. Mr. Noriega answered that no counter advertising could be effective if the promises of the human traffickers were accurate, which they are. He explained that when illegal aliens arrive and are released into the country with a notice for a hearing at a future date, they assume they are “home free” and by the time they need to appear “there is going to be an amnesty or a legalization.” He also predicted that, with human trafficking – a “$6 billion” business – and executive amnesty continuing to offer an additional incentive to cross the border illegally, the crisis will worsen.
An illegal immigrant male residing in the United States is more likely to be gainfully employed than a male who is a legal immigrant or U.S.-born citizen
by EDWIN MORA
WASHINGTON, DC — An illegal immigrant male residing in the United States is more likely to be gainfully employed than a male who is a legal immigrant or U.S.-born citizen, a senior demographer at the Pew Research Center think tank told lawmakers.
In 2012, the most recent year for which data is available, an estimated 91 percent of illegal immigrant males were in the workforce. This compares to 84 percent of legal immigrant men and 79 percent of U.S.-born males, Pew Research Center demographer Jeffrey Passel in written testimony prepared for a March 26 hearing held by the Senate Homeland Security & Government Affairs Committee.
Put in a different way, legal and illegal immigrant males had a better chance to be in the workforce than U.S.-born men in 2012.
For women, the opposite is true. U.S.-born women are more likely to be in the labor force than immigrant females.
“Unauthorized immigrant men of working age [16 years of age and older] are considerably more likely to be in the workforce than U.S.-born men (91% versus 79%),” Passel declared in his written testimony.
“For women, the opposite is true; only 61% of unauthorized immigrant women are in the labor force, compared with 72% of U.S.-born women,” Mr. Passel continued.
The data provided by the Pew demographer shows that U.S.-born females are more likely to be in the workforce than illegal immigrant women (61%) and legal immigrant women (68%), respectively.
In 2012, there were an estimated 10 million more males (82. 3 million) participating in the workforce than women (72.7 million), according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
Overall, there were an estimated 8.1 million workers who are not legally authorized to work, both men and women, participating in the labor force in 2012 by either working or looking for work. Illegal workers made up about 5.1 percent of the labor force, which translates to nearly one-in-twenty U.S. workers, explained Passel.
The labor participation rate covers individuals working or looking for work.
“Unauthorized immigrants are more likely than the overall U.S. population to be of working age and less likely to be young or older,” explained Mr. Passel. “That is one reason that the unauthorized immigrant share of the labor force is higher than its share of the population overall.”
“While there have been some modest changes in labor force participation rates over the past 20 years, the participation of unauthorized immigrant men and women, relative to the U.S.-born population and legal immigrants, has remained essentially unchanged since 2005,” he added.
The top three states with the highest share of illegal immigrants participating in the labor force are Nevada (10.2% of the workforce), California (9.4%), and Texas (8.9%), revealed the Pew Research Center.
Most work in either the service, hospitality, or construction industry.
BY GARY FOUSE
As a retired DEA agent, It is saddening to see the decline and demoralization of any law enforcement agency, be it ATF in the wake of the Fast and Furious scandal, the Secret Service, the Justice Department, which I served proudly for a quarter century, or any other. That also includes the Department of Homeland Security, which was established after I retired, in the wake of 9-11.
I was reminded of this just in the past few days when it was announced that Harris Tarin, Washington-based official of the Muslim Brotherhood-linked Muslim Public Affairs Council, was joining DHS as a senior policy adviser to the Civil Rights and Civil Liberties section.
Tarin, like MPAC, hasn’t found a counter-terror enforcement action he likes. He has been a consistent critic of any attempt by law enforcement to develop intelligence within the Muslim community in the US. The NYPD has been a particular target of his ire over their own intelligence probes. That this man would be brought into DHS is a sad reflection on the leadership of Jeh Johnson, an empty suit hack that President Obama found in places only he could find to place into sensitive government positions.
Tarin isn’t the first suspicious character brought into DHS. That distinction belongs to one Mohamed Elibiary, who was hired by Johnson’s predecessor, the equally inept Janet Napolitano. Elibiary is an open supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood, a man who abused his position by extracting sensitive information out of a DHS computer, which he used to attack Texas Governor Rick Perry. But that’s not all. As described by the Investigative Project on Terrorism, Elibiary was a prominent participant and speaker at a 2004 Texas event that paid homage to none other to the Ayatollah Khomeini.
When it comes to protecting our southern border with Mexico, DHS’s priorities are Obama’s priorities. That is, accommodating the entry of thousands of Central Americans who are showing up at the border and falling into the arms of Border Patrol agents, waiving deportations-now by the millions- and finding a way to help DREAMERS realize their dreams. Protecting the American people and protecting our sovereignty are far down the list.
Where does that leave the thousands of dedicated investigators and patrol officers who want to do their job as they understood it to be when they signed on? Demoralized and counting the days until their retirement. That is the situation described to me recently by two friends in DHS. Unfortunately, for them, they are not counting days, rather years.
Obama’s push to legalize millions of illegal immigrants is leaving many Americans’ families locked out of the United States
White House Correspondent
President Barack Obama’s push to legalize millions of illegal immigrants is leaving many Americans’ families locked out of the United States.
American engineer Jimmy Gugliotta and his Argentinian wife and children have been stuck in Chile for so long that he’s pleading for donations to buy food and airfares while the U.S. visa agency slowly processes the visa documents needed by his wife and children.
“I was initially told the process would take 6 to 9 months and we had enough money to get us through until that time,” he wrote in his March 19 GoFundMe online appeal.
“We are trying to sell the few possessions that we have left,” said Gugliotta, who escaped a hard-knock childhood by learning computer design while earning $8 an hour in various manual labor jobs.
Chile’s immigration laws have kept Gugliotta from working in Chile, but U.S. immigration laws have kept him and his family from going home to the United States.
“I have been unemployed [in Chile] since early 2013, trying to get back to the U.S. to work… it has been 16 months and still no visa,” he added.
On March 25, he got another letter from the visa agency at the Department of Homeland Security.
“The National Visa Center (NVC) received your documents on 23-MAR-15. We are currently receiving an increased number of approved petitions from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. As a result, we are experiencing increased review times for documents received. “We expect it will be at least 60 days from the date we received your mail before we complete the review of your documents. We will notify you when we review your documents. “We are working to reduce these processing times and we appreciate your patience.”
According to Jessica Vaughan, the policy director at the Center for Immigration Studies, Gugliotta is a victim of bureaucratic incompetence exacerbated by Obama’s choice to rush millions of illegal immigrants past routine immigration barriers.
In November, Obama ordered his agency to reorganize themselves so they can start awarding work-permits and other documents to four million illegals who were brought to the United States by their parents.
That’s level with the number of Americans who will turn 18 in 2015.
The agency’s workload was also raised when Obama allowed roughly 130,000 Central American adults and youths to cross the southern border in 2014, and when he ordered officials to grant extra work-permits to roughly 100,000 spouses of foreign guest-workers.
Since 2009, Obama ahas also given work-permits to roughly 4.7 million foreign students, tourists and border-jumping migrants.
On March 23, Obama also invited companies to bring in “hundreds of thousands” of L-1B guest-workers, who can work in the United States while being paid wages level with the wages paid in their home country, such as India or China.
Obama’s support for foreign workers contrasts with this 2012 campaign rhetoric, in which he repeatedly told Americans that he would bet on American workers. “Ohio, we’re not about to take a knee and do nothing… I stood with American workers. I stood with American manufacturing. I believed in you. I bet on you. I’ll make that bet any day of the week,” he told a cheering audience Sept. 3, 2012 in Ohio.
This effort to provide documents to foreign workers has sidelined people with legitimate claims, said Vaughan.
Before Obama’s push for amnesty and more guest-workers, the spouses and immediate relatives of U.S. citizens were in the highest priority category for visas processing, and were supposed to be completed in five months, Vaughan said.
But by last December, the processing time had stretched out to eight months, she said.