Category Archives: Immigration

April 24, 2017

Immigrants flooded California construction. Worker pay sank. Here’s why

Construction in Los Angeles has shifted from a heavily unionized labor force that was two-thirds white to a largely non-union one that is 70% Latino and heavily immigrant.

Eddie Ybarra and Francisco Martinez, both in their 40s, work side by side building the walls of two of the newest condo buildings in downtown Los Angeles. They drive pickup trucks to work, park in adjacent lots and both take their lunch break around 10 a.m. That’s about all they share.

Ybarra, born in Los Angeles, has built a solidly middle-class lifestyle on more than two decades in the carpenters’ union, earning $40 an hour on top of a pension, healthcare and unlimited vacation days.

Martinez, born in Guadalajara, Mexico, works for a nonunion contractor, installing metal panels and other parts for $27.50 an hour. He doesn’t have retirement savings, his insurance doesn’t cover his family and he gets five vacation days per year.

The story of these two men illustrates the radical shift that has put construction front and center in the national debate over declining blue-collar jobs and President Trump’s views of immigration.

In the span of a few decades, Los Angeles area construction went from an industry that was two-thirds white, and largely unionized, to one that is overwhelmingly Latino, mostly nonunion and heavily reliant on immigrants, according to a Los Angeles Times review of federal data.

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Caller Tells Katie: Working With Migrants Changed My ‘Liberal’ Husband (Video)

This caller told Katie Hopkins to say that her husband has built a “hatred of a certain demographic” after working with migrant rescue boats.

Jessica, whose family call her a “bleeding heart liberal”, phoned Katie Hopkins to say that her husband has built a “hatred of a certain demographic” after working with migrant rescue boats.

She told the Sunday morning LBC Presenter that her husband, who she said was of similar thinking to herself, came home from working with rescue boats “heartbroken” and a changed man.

Jessica added that it was the way male migrants behaved in particular, that led to his change of heart.

She told Katie: “It was a really, really traumatic time for him. He was doing three-week stints and they were picking bodies out of the sea. Babies, women, it was awful.

“But at the same time, he said they were processing men, adults, in their 30s who all had phones with Isis stuff on the phones, they were being separated.

“When they were being handed over to the authorities with the information explaining that these guys had all this on their phones, and what their ages were, and they were just being processed through.

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April 22, 2017

America: Built by pioneers, not immigrants

Lindy Daniel stresses impact of ‘the builders and founders of this great nation’

I’m sick of hearing it. “America is a nation of immigrants,” they say. Well, they’re wrong. You can’t immigrate to something that isn’t there.

America is not a nation of immigrants. America is a nation of pioneers and builders. They didn’t come to America. They came to a New World. They cleared the forests. They tamed the earth. They built their homes with their bare hands, crafted their government out of their own hearts, and carried law and justice on their backs. They built communities worth crossing the world for – young havens of civilization – but they didn’t stop there. They formed those communities into 13 states, connected them together and built a nation.

The overwhelming majority of the growth of Colonial America leading up to the Revolution and beyond was due to high birth rates, not new arrivals. Higher immigration barely picked up at all until around 1830 and did not truly commence until the latter half of that century. But neither in that time did the new Americans settle as “immigrants.” They arrived in New York, in Philadelphia, in Baltimore, but they didn’t stay. “Go west,” they said, and go west they did. They packed up their wagons with meager supplies and plentiful guts, and they pioneered Nebraska. They pioneered Colorado. They pioneered Wyoming Territory, and they pioneered all the way out the Oregon Trail. They braved the mountains, the deserts, the outlaws of the Wild West, the winters, the wilderness and the hostile Indians. They were frontiersmen and frontier women, and they turned a wild and dangerous land into a home for America’s children.

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Wilders: Defend Our Freedom (Video)

“The Netherlands are no longer the Netherlands. We are being colonized. Our population is being replaced by people with norms and values that are not ours. By a culture of hate and violence. But this is our country. And we have to take it back. The Netherlands must be ours again.” Geert Wilder

April 21, 2017

UK Housing Crisis: Half of All New Homes Will Go to Migrants

Almost half of all new houses built in the UK over the next five years will go to migrants, meaning an extra home will need to be constructed every five minutes.

The extra 5.3 million new properties are needed as the UK’s population continues to boom. Up to 2.4 million houses will go to migrants, the Department for Communities and Local Government claimed.

Over the next 22 years, therefore, Britain will need to house up to 243,000 new households every year, according to the statistics. Net ­migration accounts for an estimated 45 per cent of this growth.

The figures were presented to the House of Lords in response to a question put by Lord Green of Deddington, Chairman of Migration Watch, which campaigns for lower levels of migration.

Lord Green told the Upper House: “To put the point slightly more dramatically, that would mean building a new home every five minutes night and day, for new arrivals until such a time as we can get those numbers down.

“I know there is a strong view in the House that there is a lot to be said for migration. All I am pointing out is that there are also costs.”

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Marine Le Pen: ‘Mass Immigration Is Not an Opportunity for France, It’s a Tragedy for France’

Front National leader Marine Le Pen has declared that, following years of unrest, riots, and terrorism, “Mass immigration is not an opportunity for France, it’s a tragedy for France.”

“I will protect you. My first measure as president will be to reinstate France’s borders,” promised Ms. Le Pen, triggering enthusiastic applause and chants of, “This is our home!” from a patriotic crowd of 5,000 supporters waving the tricolour flag.

“The choice on Sunday is simple,” she said. “It is a choice between a France that is rising again and a France that is sinking.”

She denounced her opponents as merchants of “savage globalisation”, echoing her comments on major rival Emmanuel Macron in an interview with La Croix:

“I have always said that I’d like to be up against Emmanuel Macron in the second round because then the choice will be clear-cut,” she said. “He is an unashamed globalist who wants to speed up the total opening of borders, free-exchange, and the evisceration of France in favour of private and financial interests.

“I, on the other hand, propose a return to the nation-state, the most effective structure to ensure security, prosperity, and democracy, and to protect our identity.”

Ms. Le Pen urged her supporters to fight for that vision at her Paris rally, encouraging them to go try and persuade friends and relatives to lend her their vote amid rumours of record voter abstentions.

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April 20, 2017

9 Shocking Facts About Our Border with Mexico

Illegal immigrants are constantly extorted, the women are often raped, and anyone who dares to cross without paying the cartel fee faces serious consequences.

1. It is common for the bodies of dead migrants to be found after starvation and exposure to heat on U.S. soil.

After illegal immigrants get past the river or fence, they still have to clear a secondary checkpoint by U.S. Border Patrol. Those checkpoints are routinely set up between 60 and 80 miles north of the border. In places like Falfurrias, Texas, human smugglers force illegal immigrants to walk dozens of miles through harsh desert-like terrain in order to get around the checkpoints. That harsh trek in addition to the extreme weather in Texas and Arizona often leads to fatal consequences where human smugglers often leave behind those who are not able to keep up with the pace. Unfortunately, the remoteness of those areas often leaves families searching for answers since many of the heavily decomposed bodies found in those areas remain unidentified.

2. The entire border is broken down into regions or “turf” controlled by Mexican narco-cartels.

Mexican cartels fight for the lucrative corridors into the U.S. and the turf they win extends deep into both countries. The Drug Enforcement Administration’s maps give a general overview of which regions specific groups control and the U.S. can be seen broken up into Mexican cartel turf. From the Tijuana Cartel south of San Diego all the way to the Gulf Cartel south of Texas along the Gulf of Mexico, each region is controlled by organized crime group factions operating under the banner of a Mexican “cartel.”

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Polish Government Will Not Allow ‘Bloody Harvest’ of Multiculturalism

The Polish interior minister affirmed Poland will not repeat the Western European policy of multiculturalism which he said has led to the “bloody harvest” of multiple terror attacks across the continent since the start of the migrant crisis.

“The policy of multiculturalism in Western Europe is bringing about a bloody harvest in the form of terrorist attacks,” Mariusz B?aszczak told Polish Radio on Tuesday.

The conservative Law and Justice (Prawo i Sprawiedliwo??, PiS) government has refused to accept migrants from the Middle East and Africa under an EU programme to relocate across the bloc some 98,000 asylum seekers currently residing in camps in Italy and Greece.

At the EU summit on the migrant crisis in September 2015, Poland’s previous coalition government led by Donald Tusk’s Civic Platform (Platforma Obywatelska, PO) agreed to accept 4,500-5,000 asylum seekers.

However, the following month PiS swept the parliamentary election and proceeded to reject the previous government’s migrant position.

“Our predecessors, agreeing to receive thousands of refugees – and de facto immigrants from the Middle East, and northern Africa – were striving to bring about such a crisis,” B?aszczak said.

He added that while PiS was in power, it would “not allow a repeat of what we are dealing with in Western Europe”.

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‘No Border Wall’ Mural on State Property Depicts ICE Agent Choking ‘Mexican Worker’

A mural painted on state property near San Diego—depicting an ICE Agent strangling a Mexican worker as he sends money home—is stirring up a new controversy, according to a San Diego Union Tribune news story.

The new mural is located on the south support pillar under Coronado Bridge at the Interstate 5 underpass in what is now called, “Chicano Park.”

The location of the park was scheduled to become a new CHP substation in the early 1970’s, but protestors from the “Barrio Logan” community staved off the plan, facing off against the state—seizing the land for “chicanos” and demanding that a park be constructed to showcase chicano art.

The mural—painted by Salvador “Sal” Barajas—one of the artists who painted the first “Historical Mural” in the park in 1973 that highlights key figures and history of the Chicano movement, was commissioned by a border activist group known as Border Angels.

Border Angel’s founder, Enrigue Morones has been trying to raise the $10,000 for nearly a decade—but credits Trumps election with the new enthusiasm.

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April 19, 2017

Venezuelan Oligarchs Who Robbed Country Bring Cash and Corruption to Miami and Houston

“They come here to enjoy the fruits of their ill-gotten gains.”

More than 1.5 million Venezuelans have fled into the diaspora spurred by the election of Hugo Chávez, Maduro’s predecessor, as president in 1998. Many settled in the United States, including in Houston — lured by its oil and gas jobs — and Miami, the American metropolis closest to South America. Some are poor and working-class Venezuelans in search of economic opportunity. Some are professionals who were purged by the Chávez government. And some are the same corrupt businessmen who stole billions from the Venezuelan government and plunged the country into the worst economic crisis Latin America has seen in a generation.

“They go out and they buy the most expensive house, the most exotic cars, the fastest airplanes,” says Otto Reich, a former U.S. ambassador to Venezuela. “They do it here in the United States because they’re afforded the personal security that their fellow citizens are denied in Venezuela… they come here to enjoy the fruits of their ill-gotten gains.”

Venezuelans call them boligarchs, a portmanteau of “bolívar” (Venezuela’s currency) and “oligarch.” Hundreds hide in plain sight in Venezuelan enclaves such as Weston, Florida; and Katy, Texas. These American boligarchs include Roberto Rincón and Abraham Shiera, a pair of Venezuelan businessmen who bilked their country’s state-run oil company, PDVSA (PAY-duh-veh-suh), out of $1 billion before they were caught.

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