Amnesty and English — Telling Immigrants They Don’t Need to Learn English Does Them No Favor

NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE | The immigration debate is raging over the wisdom of legalizing 5 million people and the president’s authority to legalize anyone, but we’re overlooking an important aspect of the immigration situation. Consider Europe.

I don’t mean Europe’s own immigration situation; I just mean Europe qua Europe. In the long run, the European Union will probably collapse. The best it can hope for would be success as a commerce-clause organization, regulating interstate trade and setting metric norms. But the EU isn’t going to be the first act of a United States of Europe, because it will never be a melting pot, because everyone speaks a different language.

The Swiss can get away with four languages because of the intense geographical (or geological) bond that comes from the Alps. Tucked away in their little fortress kingdom, they can look down on the rest of Europe and feel Swiss. But theirs is a very, very unusual case. Belgium is always on the verge of dissolution, haphazard cobble of French and Flemish that it is. Czech and Slovak had equal legal status in Czechoslovakia, but the Slovaks were never thrilled that foreign movies got dubs in Czech only. The South Tyrolians, who speak German, want to leave Italy, and the Basques and Catalans, who speak Basque and Catalan, want to leave Spain. The Scots hold onto a lot of their Scottishness, but when it came time to vote, There was enough Englishness in Scotland– principally, the fact that most Scots speak English — to adhere to the United Kingdom. Shared language is the great homogenizer. During the Cold War cultural exchanges of the early Sixties, my grandfather Herbert Gelernter was invited to a mathematics conference hosted by the Soviets on the Black Sea. The Soviets didn’t speak English and the Americans didn’t speak Russian — but, as it turned out, plenty of Jews on both sides spoke Yiddish, and soon everyone was getting on famously. (Though my grandfather was later banned from the USSR for joining a human-rights petition.)

Consider North America. Crossing into the former Republic of Vermont isn’t much of a culture shock; neither is a trip into the former Republic of Texas. Most of Louisiana gave up French for English, and it’s quite happy being a United State. But Quebec still wants out of Canada. Most Québécois speak English, or some English, but their French language is a gold-standard guarantee of French culture. In the U.S., a French surname is meaningless as regards culture: You don’t hear the names Beaumont and Boyer and Duvall and assume they come with a different language, different culture, different foods. You don’t give it a second thought. Not so our neighbors to the north.

It boils down to this: How can you find common ground with someone if you can’t talk to him? Immigration to the United States used to mean plunging into the melting pot, and being absorbed into that glorious fondue that is the American people. But there’s a popular notion, dating back to the Seventies’ cultural revolution, that wanting immigrants to learn English is bigotry.

In fact, telling immigrants they don’t have to learn English is a crime against immigrants. In Israel, native Arabs speak Hebrew because the economy is driven by Hebrew-speaking business; Hebrew is the language of upward mobility. Learning it — even if God knows you have no intention of becoming a Jew — is prudent. It’s practical. Likewise English in the United States. There is a limited number of jobs you can get in this country without being able to speak English. And outside of being a Japanese free-agent pitcher, none of them pays well. When my paternal grandfather’s parents immigrated, they spoke Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, German, Hungarian, Yiddish, and Hebrew. But they made sure my grandfather’s mother tongue was English, because they wanted him to be able to go to college and get a good job (and attend mathematics conferences). Learning English — like learning to drive a car or do arithmetic — is part of the price of doing business in the United States.

Americans don’t have to speak English in spite of multiculturalism; they have to speak English because of multiculturalism. Would the country work if Pennsylvania spoke Dutch and Minnesota spoke Norwegian? Would life be better in a Tower of Babel? And just as learning English integrates you into the multi-ethnic mainstream of America, not learning English keeps you part of a separate class. And not being able to get a good job keeps you part of a separate class — the lower class. Economically speaking. Who could possibly want that? Cui bono?

Only a political party that gets votes by promoting strife and special interest. I won’t point any fingers.

But I will say this: Many of that party’s intellectuals sincerely believe that this country ought to be bilingual. They’re getting their way over amnesty; bilingualization is the next step. But, as the saying goes, a bilingual nation is a precarious nation. Raise your hand if you want to be Belgian.

— Josh Gelernter writes weekly for NRO and is a regular contributor to The Weekly Standard.

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Obama Plans to Fast-Track Legal Immigrants Into Democrat-Voting Citizenship

BY BRENDA WALKER | What a surprise — the administration wants to speed up the process to transform millions of immigrants into grateful Democrat voters. And after eight years of Obama, the Democrat Presidential candidate will need all the help he or she can get. Several million new Democrats might turn the trick for them.

Hispanics culturally prefer large government, and do so for several generations, according to Pew researchers. Democrats therefore see them as a fine fit with their governmental philosophy of welfare goodies for the masses to ensure party loyalty.

Republicans better sharpen up their message and pitch themselves as the jobs party, because demographic change is coming this way.

• White House Fears ‘President Cruz’ Will Overturn Exec Amnesty — BREITBART

• Hispanic Police Chief In Arizona Unwittingly Opens Up Avenue To Attack The Expansion Obama Regime Administrative Amnesty — VDARE

• 80 million immigrants by 2060 — WASHINGTON EXAMINER

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ILLEGALS “Develop” Amnesty Paper Trail

SAN DIEGO (AP) | Electricity bills. Speeding tickets. Dentist records. Money order receipts.

The search for documents is on for immigrants who may qualify for a work permit and reprieve from deportation under measures President Barack Obama announced last month. Applicants must prove they were in the country continuously since Jan. 1, 2010 — a tall order for many accustomed to avoiding trails. For critics, conditions are ripe for fraud.

The administration has not said which documents it will accept, but advocates are taking guidance from a 2012 reprieve for immigrants who came to the country as young children. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, allows vehicle registrations, baptism records, mortgages, postmarked letters — and those are just some suggestions from the agency that vets applications.

Los Angeles immigration attorney Carl Shusterman uses social media postings. A Facebook photo at Disneyland might work.

“It’s not the first thing I would use, but if you’re here illegally and getting paid in cash, you may not have as good records as someone paying into Social Security,” he said. “How do you prove you were here?”

Laura Lichter, a Denver immigration attorney, has used movie rental receipts, veterinarian bills and customer loyalty programs that detail purchase histories.

“You use what you got,” she said.

• Undocumented immigrants hoping paper trail will guarantee reprieve from deportation — FOX NEWS LATINO

• Illegals May Use Facebook Postings to Meet Exec Amnesty Residency Requirements — BREITBART

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MS-13 Gang Member Entered US Illegally, Caught 90 Miles Into Texas

BREITBART | A member of the violent MS-13 gang was captured approximately 90 miles into Texas after illegally crossing the porous U.S. border with Mexico. The arrest was made by a volunteer reserve deputy working together with U.S. Border Patrol agents. The law enforcement team was trying to help round up a large group of illegal immigrants who were being smuggled through Brooks County in an attempt to circumvent the Falfurrias Border Patrol Checkpoint.

• Eight Mexican Cartel Operatives Ran Atlanta Meth Ring — BREITBART

• The Arrest of El Durazno and Wave of Violence in Acapulco — BORDERLAND BEAT

• Border Fed Accused of Working with Mexican Drug Traffickers Denied Bond — BREITBART

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PBS Uses Deception to Defend Gun Control Movement

BREITBART | On December 19, PBS used deception to defend the gun control movement by claiming that although “the gun-rights lobby … holds an edge” two years after Sandy Hook, the gun control lobby is gaining ground because of Moms Demand Action, Everytown for Gun Safety, and financial supporters like Bloomberg.

PBS did not mention that Moms Demand Action’s last gun ban campaigns–conducted against Kroger, Fred Meyer, and Harris Teeter–failed. Nor did they mention that Everytown’s contributions to the gun effort–their research and reports on school shootings–include non-school shootings, shootings that didn’t happen, and accidental discharges of legally possessed firearms. They also left out the myriad of losses Bloomberg has been handed during the course of 2013 and 2014–from the Colorado recalls in September 2013 to the pro-gun Virginia delegate landslide in November 2013 to the reelection of Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke in August 2014, among others.

What PBS did mention is that gun control advocates are “starting to gain some momentum.” This is evident from the fact that “they’re spending more money than they have in the last decade,” and “they’ve expanded their grassroots game.” They cited gun control proponents’ attempts to “[change] the way they talk about [gun control]” and recent “legislative victories in several states.”

Meanwhile, Breitbart News previously reported that Texas is getting closer to overturning a 140-year ban on the open carry of handguns. And in the two years since Sandy Hook, Oklahoma has added open carry, as have Mississippi and Missouri. Other states, like Georgia and Idaho, have greatly expanded the locations in which guns can be carried for self-defense. Illinois became the 50th state to allow concealed carry; they even have concealed carry in Chicago. Florida expanded its Stand Your Ground law to allow the firing of warning shots, and numerous college and university campuses in Florida changed their policies to allow guns in cars on campus for self-defense.

At the federal level, pro-gun candidates ran roughshod over gun control challengers on November 4; this included a victory by pro-gun Republican Martha McSally, who won gun control proponent Gabby Giffords’ former seat in Arizona.

And the resounding defeat of Senator Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) 2013 gun control push still resonates.

But PBS said the gun control movement is getting ready to make its move. And part of that move includes abandoning the word “gun control” for a less-loaded term.

They quoted Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence, saying, “This framing of pro-gun versus anti-gun, or pro-restriction versus Second Amendment rights, is not a healthy way of looking at this issue if the goal is to save lives.” He asserted that they need to find a new way to frame their agenda so it does not look like an outright attack on the right to keep and bear arms.

• 8 Real-Life Cases of Ordinary People Saving Lives — PDW

• New Book From Gun Digest Offers Concealed Carry Education — PDW

• Texas Closer to Open Carry of Handguns — BREITBART

• Picture Controversy” HS Senior Fights To Put Hunting Photo In Yearbook — FOX NEWS

• When Security Fails, Gun Rights Are The Last Line Of Defense — DAILY CALLER

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4 Survival & Emergency Preparedness Videos 12.21.14

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TOP 5 Survival Items For Your Bugout Bag

Don’t get caught with your volts down!

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4 Firearm Related Videos 12.21.14

S&W Trench Warfare – Revolvers and Bear Scat

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I.O. Polish Hellpup 7.62×39 AK-47 Pistol Part III

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American Veteran News 12.21.14

• Budget experts: Move Tricare beneficiaries to Obamacare
• Luxembourg, US leaders commemorate Battle of the Bulge
• Not every GI is a Joe! VA works to help growing number of female veterans
• School awards Pearl Harbor survivor with replacement medals
• St. Paul woman learns fate of WWII soldier father
• The lost Christmas of 70 years ago
• Vet who once bought injured canine, now gets help from service dog
• Vietnam veteran’s family receives his medals
• Vietnam War Veteran Finally Receives Medals 25 Years Later
• Why the Dutch adopt graves and names of American WWII soldiers
• WWI memorial Approved in Washington

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Today’s Sermon: “Hoping for a Future Deliverer – Part 1″

Speaker: Mark Vroegop
Scripture: Isaiah 11:1-3
Series: Between Two Homes

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1There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. 2 And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. 3 And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge by what his eyes… Isaiah 11:1–3a (ESV)

Advent is a time of waiting and anticipation as we approach the celebration of the first coming of Jesus with a longing for his second return. The word “advent” is an anglicized version of the Latin word adventus, which means “coming.” If you grew up in a church that followed a liturgical calendar, you will know that Advent is the first month of the church calendar, which concludes on Pentecost Sunday in May.

Whether celebrating Advent has been a part of your spiritual journey or not, I think it is helpful to really focus our minds and hearts on the significance of what this time of year means in the story of redemption. After all, the entrance of Christ into the world as a baby was the inauguration of the plan of God to make atonement and forgiveness possible. Without Christ becoming human, there would be no salvation. And without Him becoming a helpless baby, there would be no model for Christian living or framework for our Christian relationships. This time of year has significance far beyond the traditions and our celebrations. Without Advent there would be no hope.

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Why Liberals Hate Christmas!

According to liberal dogma, Christmas is malicious folly fostered by right-wing capitalists strictly for profit and, must, therefore, be made illegal because:

The real messiah was born 1961 years after Christ in a mud hut somewhere in a Kenyan village a few thousand miles outside of Honolulu;

Christians cannot produce a valid birth certificate for Jesus Christ; therefore, He is not, has never been, and never will be, eligible to serve as president or messiah;

Turning water into wine is nothing compared to Barack Obama’s ability to turn paper (money) into precious metal (silver dime);

Biblical accounts concerning the birth of Jesus are clearly flawed because there were not so many as three wise men in all of the Middle East back in those days, and continuing to this day;

Christmas trees are bad for the environment, are a serious violation of separation of Church and state, and piss off both Muslims and Jews;

Stories about Joseph and Mary are offensive because bisexual, transgender, and gay couples are not given equal billing;

Singing Christmas carols in public is not protected free speech because none of the founding fathers were exposed to Silent Night, O Little Town of Bethlehem, or any other of the violent anti-Muslim lyrics so popular these days;

Believers in traditional Christmas fairy tales are generally gap-toothed, Bible thumping red necks who are silly enough to believe that a baby Jew was born to a virgin just to save the world;

Children should be protected from Christmas nonsense like Santa Claus and his elves, whereas teaching the young about Barack Obama and his tyranny is an essential part of a quality education

There you go: Liberal insanity at it best at Christmas!

• The Not-so-Subtle Bigotry of Snowflakes at Christmas! — JOHN LILLPOP

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UNBELIEVABLE: Students Back Deporting Americans in Exchange for Illegal Immigrants

THE HILL | How would you feel about deporting one American citizen in exchange for one illegal immigrant? The idea sounds absurd, right? Well apparently not to everyone.

Campus Reform asked students roaming the George Washington University campus in Washington, D.C. to petition President Obama to “deport one American citizen, in exchange for one undocumented immigrant.

After all, the fake petition reasoned:

“Everyone must be allowed a shot at the ‘American Dream.’ Americans should not be greedy. Let us right the wrongs of our past and make another’s dreams come true.”

Unbelievably, more than two-thirds of the students approached by Campus Reform signed the petition. While signing , one man even asked how his fellow Americans would be selected for the deportation process. How thoughtful.

“I think our immigration rules are crazy and I think it’s important,” another woman told reporter Maggie Lit.

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Obama’s ‘Gift’ to International Terrorists: Immigration Executive Action

CAPS | The December 11, 2014, Fox News article, “Fox News Poll: 81 percent expect ISIS attack on US, majority says keep Gitmo open,” makes it clear that the threat of a terror attack, carried out on U.S. soil, is of great concern to the overwhelming majority of American citizens.

This is certainly understandable. Although the terror attacks of 9/11 occurred more than 13 years ago, no one who lived through those attacks will ever forget what they experienced.

These concerns about terror attacks are not new and not limited to the general public. Before you review the material below I want you to recall how, in the days, weeks and indeed months after the terror attacks of 9/11, many politicians stood before the microphones and television cameras and demanded to know, “Why no one had connected the dots?” These articles and reports and many more like them are the “dots” that are easy to connect – if only our leaders were willing to see the connections.

We are at risk and yet our government and the politicians at the helm, including President Obama, are willfully ignoring what should be obvious to everyone.

There have been a series of subsequent failed terror attacks in the United States since September 11, 2001. Some of those attacks failed because of intervention by law enforcement or by bystanders, such as passengers on airliners, who took the necessary actions. Other attacks failed because of the ineptitude of the terrorists. Some time ago I noted that where the “War on Terror” is concerned, “If hope is not a strategy, then dumb luck is not a success.”

• Lawmakers DHS has a coordination problem — THE HILL

• Feds release anti-rape rules for illegal immigrant children housing — WASHINGTON TIMES

• DHS Chief Admits Forgetting Pledge of Allegiance — WASHINGTON FREE BEACON

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Mexican General Warns of Civil War as a Result of Corrupt Army’s Involvement in Massacre of 43 Students

BORDERLAND BEAT | COLIMA, Col. From his personal experience in the militia, where he tried without success to create the office of military ombudsman within the army (to protect the public from human rights abuses), the general in retirement José Francisco Gallardo Rodríguez affirms that, his attitude after looking at the facts of Tlatlaya and Ayotzinapa, is that president Enrique Peña Nieto is betting on repression.

What we see” – he says -” is a sign, an escape valve for the people through active participation in dissent and social mobilization, which these two serious developments show. Paradoxically the only support that Enrique Peña Nieto has as the President of the Republic are the armed forces’

In an interview, the retired General indicates that according to the Geopolitical Observatory of Armed Groups in Latin America there exists 42 such groups in Mexico.

“The Government must be very careful because it may cause a civil war in the country: we are seeing it in Michoacán, Tamaulipas, Guerrero; there are 16 states with the presence of self-defense groups”.

These groups, he adds, were not created to ask for the resignation of Peña Nieto or with the purpose of dismissing and supplanting the government, but because “there is no government, there are no institutions and there is a power vacuum that has been created because we have authorities of illegitimate origin, who have come through fraudulent elections”.

• Acapulco, Mexico mayor caught up in protest over missing students — FOX NEW LATINO

• Femicides Sow Fear in Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila — BORDERLAND BEAT

• Full of distrust, parents of 43 missing students comb Mexican state searching for their kids — FOX NEW LATINO

• Hipolito to be arrested today — BORDERLAND BEAT

• Interview of Hipolito Mora by Ciro Gomez Leyva — BORDERLAND BEAT

• John M. Ackerman discusses Ayotzinapa and what’s next — BORDERLAND BEAT

• Kidnappers in the crosshairs — BORDERLAND BEAT

• Massive Texas Meth Lab Busted Near Daycare and Church — BREITBART

• Mexico vigilante leader says elite police unit not involved in deadly clash — FOX NEW LATINO

• Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel Dominating U.S. Heroin Market — BREITBART

• Orders are given for two women who witnessed a massacre to be released — BORDERLAND BEAT

• Parents Ayotzinapa Students Protest in Front of Iguala Army Base — LA JORNADA

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Illegal Immigration Up, Deportations Down in 2014: Dhs

WASHINGTON TIMES | The number of illegal immigrants crossing the border rose in 2014, while deportations dropped, according to new statistics Homeland Security released Friday in a pre-holiday data dump that signaled potential problems on both sides of the immigration enforcement equation.

Apprehensions on the border, which Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says is a yardstick for overall illegal immigration, rose 16 percent in fiscal year 2014, while deportations from within the interior of the U.S. — the measure of how much the administration is going after long-time illegal immigrants — fell 24 percent.

Those numbers, which cover from Oct. 1, 2013, through Sept. 30, 2014, are from before President Obama announced his new temporary amnesty on Nov. 20. That is likely to lower deportations even more.

An administration official briefing reporters on condition he not be named said the drop in deportations was at least partially due to the surge of illegal immigrants from Central America, who he said require detention, flights and travel documents, which makes them more expensive to deport than Mexicans, who can usually be quickly sent back across the land border.

The official also said part of the problem is that so-called “sanctuary city” localities are increasingly refusing to turn immigrants over to federal authorities for deportation. Homeland Security said localities refused 10,182 different requests from federal agents to hold illegal immigrants the agents wanted to pick up for deportation.

“This required ICE to expend additional resources to locate, apprehend and remove criminal aliens who were released into the community, rather than transferred directly into custody,” the department said in a memo on the new numbers. “These changes further contributed to decreased ICE removals.”

Homeland Security officials have repeatedly said they are funded to deport about 400,000 immigrants a year, which means they are well short of that target.

The grim numbers are likely to inflame opposition on Capitol Hill to Mr. Obama’s amnesty, which congressional Republicans predict will lead to a new surge of illegal immigration.

• Supreme Court AZ Driver’s License Punt Exposes GOP Obamnesty Litigation Strategy As Futile Fraud — VDARE

• WH Exec Amnesty Won 2014 for Progressives — BREITBART

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Fast and Furious Crime Scene Photos From Phoenix 2013 Gang-Style Assault With Rifle Supplied by Obama DOJ

JUDICIAL WATCH |  (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it has obtained graphic crime scene photos taken at the site of a 2013 gang-style assault on a Phoenix, AZ, apartment building, including a close-up photo revealing the serial number of the AK-47 rifle used by the assailants.  As a result of Judicial Watch’s October 2, 2014, public records lawsuit, the weapon has been already traced to the Obama Department of Justice (DOJ) Operation Fast and Furious gunrunning program.  The photos were also produced by the Phoenix Police Department in response to this lawsuit (Judicial Watch v. City of Phoenix (No. CV2014- 012018)). Full batch of photos can be viewed here.

According to press reports at the time of the assault, police investigating the shooting that left two wounded found an AK-47 assault rifle in the front passenger area of a vehicle that had crashed into a fence surrounding the apartment complex. Inside sources informed Judicial Watch at the time of the crime scene investigation that the AK-47 used in the assault had been provided to the assailants as part of the Obama-Holder Fast and Furious program. On October 16, 2014, Judicial Watch announced that, based upon information uncovered through its October 2 public records lawsuit, the U.S. Congress had confirmed that the rifle was tied to the Fast and Furious operation.  Attorney General Eric Holder has already admitted that guns from the Fast and Furious scandal are expected to be used in criminal activity on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border for years to come.

• Retired jail officers sue D.C. for right to carry guns for protection — WASHINGTON TIMES

• Virginia GOP Officials Hit Out at Gov. Gun Control Package — PDW

• New York attorney general to retailers stop selling guns that look real — FOX NEWS

• U.S. Appeals Court Expands Gun Rights – WALL STREET JOURNAL

• Local Washington Officials Won’t Prosecute I-594 Violations — PDW

• CT Supreme Court Dirk Knives, Police Batons Protected Under 2nd Amendment — PDW

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