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Archive for the ‘Immigrants’ Category

Europe Starting to Seal Borders

Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 13, 2011

American Progressives like President Obama often point to Europe for examples of enlightenment on social issues.  However, these same Progressives turn a blind-eye towards European actions that are in opposite of their Leftist agendas for America.  This includes France making it illegal for Muslim women to wear the burka and Switzerland outlawing minarets on Muslim mosques.  It also includes European leaders like Germany’s Merkel and England’s Cameron calling multiculturalism a failure.

Europe has added another notch in its march away from failed Progressive policies.  Italy and France have been granted the right by the European Union (EU) to reintroduce border controls.  Previously, the Schengen area called for open boarders within the EU.  However, according to EU home affairs commissioner, Cecilia Malmstrom: “To safeguard the stability of the Schengen area, it may also be necessary to foresee the temporary reintroduction of limited internal border controls under very exceptional circumstances.”  Skipping the EU’s doubletalk, Europe is being emendated with north African immigrants because of the unrest in the Arab world.

While President Obama and his Leftist associates sue Arizona for attempting to secure its borders, not a word is said about Europe’s current border efforts.

If this Blog were to use the tactics of the Left, it would accuse the Europeans of being racist since many of the people attempting to gain access to Europe are dark-skinned Muslims.  Instead, we believe that Europe’s actions, like those of Arizona, are focused on border security, a requirement for any sovereign state.

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Shariah Law in Minnesota?

Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 26, 2010

America has become a great success in part because it has been the “melting pot” of the world.  With cultures from all continents, this diversity helped produce a great nation; that is until the Progressives took over the Country and turned strength into weakness.

All Americans are decedents of immigrants, most of who came to the Country between the mid 1800’s and early 1900s.  Immigrants came from Europe, and to a lesser extent Asia, and brought with them diverse religious backgrounds.  At the same time there was commonality; they all desired the better life that America offered, both economically and politically.  They took lower echelon jobs and focused on their children’s’ education and growth.  This resulted in many of these families’ next generation becoming successful, thereby also strengthening the Country.

These earlier immigrants got little assistance from the government with few social programs in place.  Instead, immigrants created strong bonds of family and community who helped the newcomers on their journeys.  While they maintained their religions, immigrants were determined to become Americans and assimilate into their new country as they understood this was the path to prosperity.

Contrast this earlier the melting pot with the current version.  Now, many immigrants come from Mexico, with a large subset coming from Africa and the Asian sub-continent.  Instead of being cajoled by realities on the ground towards assimilation, they are told by Progressives to maintain their differences.  They are also aided by governmental programs, for example, to maintain their own languages.  Most damaging to long-term prosperity, they are given handouts through governmental programs that kill incentive to achieve.

While this newer approach towards immigrants may have initially been well-intentioned by the Liberals who promoted it, the results have been failure.  Assimilation into the American culture has been stymied and many children of immigrants do not speak English as a first language.  This puts them in a subclass of poverty and they now blame their adoptive country for their failures.

The language barriers and failed social programs now have a new partner.  Immigrants from countries with Muslim majorities are demanding that the Shariah (Muslim law) be integrated into America.  This shows the growth of Progressive insanity.  Shariah law is the antithesis of the U.S. Constitution.  It subjugates individual freedoms to “rules” called for in the Koran.  It also subjugates the majority, women, to the male majority.

Where are Progrssives in the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) and NOW (National Organization of Women)?  They are most likely more concerned with the Sarah Palins of the world.  After viewing the video below, while a bit dated, you choose the danger.

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8 percent of U.S. Births to Illegal Aliens

Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 12, 2010

According to the Pew Hispanic Center in cooperation with the Census Bureau, 8 percent of births in the United States during 2008 were to illegal aliens.  That’s about 340,000 babies.

While illegal aliens compose about 4 percent of the U.S.’s adult population, due to high birthrates, their children are a much larger share of the newborn population, equaling about 7 percent of those younger than 18.

These simple numbers tell a story of crisis and one reason that the Country’s finances are in havoc.  The Progressives started this crisis by creating a nanny-state with handouts for all sorts of issues.  Then, they allowed the handouts to be given to illegal immigrants and their offspring.  That opened the floodgates at our southern border.

The illegals are not to be blamed for wanting benefits that they cannot receive in their own countries.  It is the Progressives who created this mess and now force us to seal the borders.  Now these Progressives claim “racism” against anyone who demands corrective action.  The numbers prove this claim to be fallacious.

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Democrat Governors Don’t Like Obama’s Lawsuit Against Arizona

Posted by Steve Markowitz on July 13, 2010

The New York Times reported that various governors, including Democrats, are unhappy with Obama’s lawsuit against Arizona.  One Democrat, Governor Phil Bredesen of Tennessee said: “Universally the governors are saying, ‘We’ve got to talk about jobs.  And all of a sudden we have immigration going on.”  …..  “It is such a toxic subject, such an important time for Democrats.”  Another, Governor Christine Gregoire of Washington stated: “They described for me a list of things that they are doing to try and help on that border.  And I said, ‘The public doesn’t know that.’ ”

So now Democrat governors are joining over 60% of Americans that have problems with the Obama Administration suing Arizona for its immigration law.  But this President cares little about the will of the people or even politicians from his own Party.  Obama promised “change” and conveniently avoided telling the public what that meant.  He is determined to implement that “change” irrespective of what his employer, the U.S. citizens’, desire.  In the private sector that is called insubordination and grounds for dismissal.  In government, it is merely arrogance.

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Peggy West, Democrat Country Supervisor from Wisconsin.

Posted by Steve Markowitz on June 26, 2010

The Progressives and loony-Left often resort to the narrative that those that disagree with them are lacking in intelligence and education.  Through this narrative they attempt to get a pass on legitimate debate of the issues.  This approach was successful enough in 2008 to get Barack Obama elected president without one day of executive experience to his credit.  The folly of that approach shows since the election.

Talking of intellect and the Left, the video below of Peggy West is incredible.  Ms. West, a County Supervisor from Wisconsin, wants her town to boycott Arizona for their audacity of wanting to enforce immigration laws.  How crude of them!

In defense of her position Ms. West proffers the view that Arizona’s law is unacceptable since that State, unlike Texas, does not have a border with Mexico.  Progressive intellect in action!  Facts be damned; if it sounds good say it.  Why not, Ms. West saw it work so well during the last presidential election.

I have a suggestion for the good folks in Wisconsin.  First, check Ms. West’s resume carefully.  If she indeed did finish high school, or heaven forbid college, pull their accreditation!

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Eric Holder Admits Arizona’s Immigration Law is Not Racist

Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 13, 2010

Shortly after Arizona passed its new immigration law, the Progressives went on the attack.  President Obama, the Progressive-in-Chief, made the following comments:

“That includes, for example the recent efforts in Arizona, which threaten to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans.”

“We can’t start singling out people because of who they look like, or how they talk, or how they dress.”  …..  “We can’t turn law-abiding American citizens, and law-abiding immigrants, into subjects of suspicion and abuse.”

Remember when the President advised America not to jump to conclusion about the Fort Hood killer and Islam’s role in the carnage?  He would be well advised to take his own suggestions relating to Arizona’s new law.  This law does not allow profiling or unlawful police checks.  But more to the point, Obama’s own Attorney General, Eric Holder made the following statement on last weekend’s “This Week” interview with ABC’s Jack Tapper:

“I don’t think it’s racist in its motivation.  But I think the concern I have is how it will be perceived and how it perhaps could be enacted, how it could be carried out.  I think we could potentially get on a slippery slope where people will be picked on because of how they look as opposed to what they have done, and that is I think something that we have to try to avoid at all costs.”

So it seems that Obama and others are not really concerned about the law but how it is “perceived”, “could be enacted” or “carried out”.  Those concerns could be expressed about any law.  Isn’t that what judges and defense lawyers are for?  Should we use these lame standards no law would pass the acid test.

The Progressive’s protests of immigration reforms are not as altruistic as they often claim.  It’s about power and votes.  Their policy of offering government handouts to legal and illegal immigrants is an efficient means of buying votes.  But that assumes the immigrants come and are allowed to stay.  Yes, Chicago politics have gone national.

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The Cost of Illegal Immigrants: More Progressives’ Lunacy

Posted by Steve Markowitz on April 22, 2010

Immigrants have been a major source of strength for America throughout our history.  We must continue to “import” new blood to remain an economic power, especially with our lower birth rate and graying population.  However, something has gone terribly wrong in recent decades with our immigration policies

Most immigrants came (and come) to America in search of a better standard of living.  They often came uneducated, but with a work ethic that often allowed their families to climb the ladder to better paying jobs within a generation.  This unwritten agreement, hard work at lower level jobs in return for an improved standard of living has been broken not by immigrants, but by Progressives determined to create a shortcut to the American dream.  Coincidently, at the same time these Progressives created jobs for themselves at the  new government agencies required to implement their plans.  The results have been a failure that includes millions of illegal immigrants who now hide in an underground society.

At the forefront of the Progressive view of immigration is the belief that immigrants are due the same benefits as other Americans as soon as they arrive, even if they come illegally.  This created an ever increasing loop of illegal immigration by incentivized it with quick benefits and also creating a cash cow for the Mexican government via funds sent back to Mexico.  This explains why the Mexican government doesn’t want the gravy train to stop.  There are other problems caused by the Progressives’ including the theory that immigrants don’t have to learn English, keeping them in need of other Progressive “help” in perpetuity.

Today I received one of those Internet “funnies” that sadly shows the lunacy of the immigration mess Progressives have created.  In the example, sooner or later Joe Legal will determine that Joe Illegal has it better than he and will conclude that he too is better off on the dole.  As they say, once too many people get on the wagon, there will be no one left to push it.  My guess is that either the Progressives don’t think that far into the future or they believe that they will have their fat government pensions before the system totally breaks down under the weight of unsustainable costs.

JOE LEGAL vs. JOSE ILLEGAL

There are two families: “Joe Legal” and “Jose Illegal“.  Both have two parents, two children and live in California.

Joe Legal works in construction, has a Social Security Number and makes $25.00 per hour with taxes deducted.

Jose Illegal also works in construction, has NO Social Security Number and gets paid $15.00 cash per hour “under the table”.

Now pay attention …

Joe Legal:  $25.00 per hour x 40 hours = $1,000.00 per week or $52,000.00 per year.  Now take 30% away for state and federal tax and Joe Legal has $36,400.00 left.

Jose Illegal: $15.00 per hour x 40 hours = $600.00 per week or $31,200.00 per year.  He pays NO state or federal taxes and now has $31,200.00.

Joe Legal pays medical and dental insurance with limited coverage for his family at $600.00 per month or $7,200.00 per year and now has $29,200.00 left.

Jose Illegal has full medical and dental coverage through state and local clinics at a cost of $0.00 per year and still has $31,200.00.

Joe Legal makes too much money and is not eligible for food stamps or welfare and pays $500.00 per month for food or $6,000.00 per year.  Joe Legal now has $23,200.00.

Jose Illegal has no documented income and is eligible for food stamps and welfare, due to his “anchor children” that were born in the US and still has $31,200.00.

Joe Legal pays rent of $1,200.00 per month or $14,400.00 per year and now has $8,800.00 left.

Jose Illegal receives a $500.00 per month federal rent subsidy and pays out that $500.00 per month or $6,000.00 per year.  Jose Illegal still has $31,200.00.

Joe Legal pays $200.00 per month or $2,400.00 for car insurance and now has $6,400.00.

Jose Illegal says “We don’t need insurance!” and still has $31,200.00.

Joe Legal has his $6,400.00 to pay utilities, gasoline, etc.

Jose Illegal has his $31,200.00 to pay utilities, gasoline, plus what he sends out of the country every month.

Joe Legal now works overtime on Saturdays or gets a part time job after work.

Jose Illegal has nights and weekends off to enjoy with his family.

Both Joe’s children attend the same school. Joe Legal pays for his children’s lunches while Jose Illegal’s children get a government sponsored lunch. Jose Illegal’s children have an after school ESL program. Joe Legal’s children go home and he needs to pay for a babysitter to watch them while he and his wife work.

Both Joe’s enjoy the same police and fire services.  Seeing anything wrong with this picture?

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American Hospitality or Stupidity?

Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 17, 2009

A “benefit” of running a blog is the input received from readers.  The comparison below was forwarded to me by an associate, Pamela, and includes a humor mix, along with a dose of reality.  Sure makes America look foolish.

Throughout history America has been a country improved by its diversity and immigrants.  Those of us who have the good fortune of knowing our immigrant parents or grandparents have heard the stories.  They came to this country poor, but improved their life and the lives of their families through hard work and ingenuity.  They didn’t come to America for handouts or entitlements, but came for the opportunities that it presented.  The “system” worked wonders.  Leave it to government to fix that! Read the rest of this entry »

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