There are 3.6M ‘Dreamers’

It is estimated there are 3.6M illegal immigrants who were brought to U.S. before their 18th birthday.

The political debate over the fate of “DREAMers” — undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children — has overlooked just how many there are in the country today: about 3.6 million.

That number of people whose lives risk being uprooted is not widely known, in large part because so much public attention has been focused recently on 800,000 mostly young DREAMers accepted into the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

This smaller group of DREAMers is in the spotlight because President Trump terminated DACA in September, saying it was an illegal overreach of executive authority that can only come from Congress, which is negotiating with Trump on a compromise immigration plan.

While many politicians use DREAMer and DACA interchangeably, the terms are “not a distinction without a difference,” said House Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md.

DREAMers got their name from the DREAM Act, a bill that has been proposed in Congress since 2001, but never passed, that would protect that group of immigrants.

The 3.6 million estimate of undocumented immigrants brought to U.S. before their 18th birthday comes from the Migration Policy Institute, a non-partisan, non-profit think tank that studies global immigration patterns. That is roughly a third of all undocumented immigrants in the country and does not include millions of their immediate family members who are U.S. citizens.

A number so large raises the stakes for both sides in the dispute over whether to deport DREAMers, allow them to stay under prescribed conditions or provide them with a path to citizenship.  USAToday

Video: John Stossel – Southern Poverty Law Center Scam

Video: John Stossel – Southern Poverty Law Center Scam

Whole volumes could be written about the scam that is the Southern Poverty Law Center, but this short video from John Stossel does a great job exposing the corrupt organization in a bite-sized format.

The SPLC is known as one of the most, if not the most, wealthy civil rights organizations in the United States. It didn’t start out this way, and even Stossel said he once believed in their mission. But not anymore. Now, the SPLC has become a well-funded hate group that targets Christians, Jews, and conservatives. People and organizations who don’t deserve to be smeared as hateful make the SPLC’s so-called hate list.

“I suspect the center keeps its hate list long, ‘cause crying hate brings in lots of money,” Stossel says. TruthRevolt

California Is The ‘Poverty Capital Of America’

“Guess which state has the highest poverty rate in the country? Not Mississippi, New Mexico, or West Virginia, but California, where nearly one out of five residents are poor.”   L.A. Times Kerry Jackson.

California has only 12% of the American population, it is home to about 1/3 of the nation’s welfare recipients.

The GDP of California increased approximately twice as much as the U.S. national average (12.5%, compared with 6.27%).

California policymakers waged a war on poverty, spending between the years 1992 and 2015 $958 billion in social welfare programs.

“The generous spending, then, has not only failed to decrease poverty; it actually seems to have made it worse,” states L.A. Times Kerry Jackson.

Why?

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, some states — principally Wisconsin, Michigan, and Virginia — initiated welfare reform, as did the federal government under President Clinton and a Republican Congress. Tied together by a common thread of strong work requirements, these overhauls were a big success: Welfare rolls plummeted and millions of former aid recipients entered the labor force.

The state and local bureaucracies that implement California’s antipoverty programs, however, resisted pro-work reforms. In fact, California recipients of state aid receive a disproportionately large share of it in no-strings-attached cash disbursements. It’s as though welfare reform passed California by, leaving a dependency trap in place. Immigrants are falling into it: 55% of immigrant families in the state get some kind of means-tested benefits, compared with just 30% of natives.  LATimes

Lack of welfare reform that would require those receiving government assistance to work.

So the first answer Jackson gives to the question, why would poverty be rising even in the face of this incredible anti-poverty spending? Is the fact that there is a decoupling, a moral decoupling of receiving the benefits and the expectation of work. As I’ve pointed out many times, that’s a biblical principle now verified in public policy. AlbertMohler

The self-interest of 883,000 full-time employees of the social-services community.

Self-interest in the social-services community may be at fault. As economist William A. Niskanen explained back in 1971, public agencies seek to maximize their budgets, through which they acquire increased power, status, comfort and security. To keep growing its budget, and hence its power, a welfare bureaucracy has an incentive to expand its “customer” base. With 883,000 full-time-equivalent state and local employees in 2014, California has an enormous bureaucracy. Many work in social services, and many would lose their jobs if the typical welfare client were to move off the welfare rolls.  LATimes

The high cost of living is a disincentive to work.

Further contributing to the poverty problem is California’s housing crisis. More than four in 10 households spent more than 30% of their income on housing in 2015. A shortage of available units has driven prices ever higher, far above income increases. And that shortage is a direct outgrowth of misguided policies.

“Counties and local governments have imposed restrictive land-use regulations that drove up the price of land and dwellings,” explains analyst Wendell Cox. “Middle-income households have been forced to accept lower standards of living while the less fortunate have been driven into poverty by the high cost of housing.” The California Environmental Quality Act, passed in 1971, is one example; it can add $1 million to the cost of completing a housing development, says Todd Williams, an Oakland attorney who chairs the Wendel Rosen Black & Dean land-use group. CEQA costs have been known to shut down entire homebuilding projects. CEQA reform would help increase housing supply, but there’s no real movement to change the law.

Extensive environmental regulations aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions make energy more expensive, also hurting the poor. By some estimates, California energy costs are as much as 50% higher than the national average. LATimes

Video: Ami on the Loose – Game Show! Democratic Party Platform Or Communist Manifesto!

Video:  Ami on the Loose – Game Show! Democratic party platform or communist manifesto!

“We play a game with liberals to see if they can tell the difference between the Democratic Party platform and the communist manifesto!”

Afghan Asylum-Seeker “Youth” Charged With Attempted Murder For A Knife Attack On A Swedish Police Officer

A culture-enriching “youth” from Afghanistan.

“We do not know anything about any underlying motive”, said prosecutor.

A man faces trial over a knife attack on a police officer in central Stockholm last year.

Police officer Ted Eriksson was patrolling the Södermalm district of southern Stockholm on August 31st when a man ran up to him from behind and stabbed him in the neck with a knife. The officer received minor injuries and was able to leave hospital the same day.

A suspect was seized immediately after the attack, which happened near the Björns Trädgård subway exit at Medborgarplatsen, by another officer who took up the chase.

The man has now been formally charged with attempted murder.

He said at the time that he was 17, but a medical age assessment test has indicated that he was older than 18, according to the prosecutor, who will therefore urge the court to try him as an adult.

He also faces charges relating to assault on August 25th and 29th, as well as making threats against other pupils at a senior high school in Tyresö, southern Stockholm.
TheLocal

Crimes in high school

In addition to the assassination attempt, the man is charged with assault and unlawful threats on August 25, as well as assault on August 29. The events had taken place at Tyresö Gymnasium, against two different students at the school.

“He had begun school at Tyresö high school a few days before. I have no indication that he has been expelled from school; I do not know exactly what action was taken by the school,” said the police prosecutor Daniel Suneson. GatesOfVienna

Nick Loeb, Jon Voight, and Alveda King Making New Roe v. Wade Movie

“This is the untold story of how [abortion activists] lied and manipulated Jane Roe, the media, and the courts into the decision to allow abortion in 1973,” Loeb told LifeNews.

Two Hollywood actors are coming together with pro-life leaders to produce a film detailing the true story behind Roe v. Wade.

Academy Award-winning actor Jon Voight and actor/producer Nick Loeb are involved in the making of “Roe v. Wade: The Movie,” along with Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and others.

“This is the untold story of how [abortion activists] lied and manipulated Jane Roe, the media, and the courts into the decision to allow abortion in 1973,” Loeb told LifeNews.

The film will follow key advocates in the abortion fight in the 1970s, including former abortionist Dr. Bernard Nathanson and Betty Friedan on the pro-abortion side and Dr. Mildred Jefferson, the first African American woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School, on the pro-life side…

The film also will address the racism intertwined in the abortion industry through Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger and others, and Jefferson’s fight for unborn babies as well as people of color…

King is slated to play a cameo in the film and Voight a U.S. Supreme Court justice. The film will be feature-length.   LifeNews

The film is being funded in part via donations at IndiegogoThe webpage states:  “A true story of the most corrupt court case in history that led to the murder of 60 Million Babies.”

Switzerland Rejects Citizenship Of Applicants Who Were On Welfare In The Previous Three Years

Switzerland’s tough stance.  Good

Switzerland has banned citizenship to anyone who has lived on welfare in the country in the previous three years unless they pay back the money they received.

An earlier law made it possible for migrants to apply for citizenship provided they were not on state handouts when they made their application.

But the rules have since been tightened as part of a new civil rights act which came into effect on January 1.

The new legislation also requires applicants to prove a greater level of integration if their bid is to be successful, according to Kronen Zeitung.

As part of the new criteria they must show they have ‘cultivated contacts’ with a number of Swiss people.

There are also new language requirements, which vary depending on the canton they are living in.

Although not part of the European Union the Swiss Government has pledged to play its part in resettling families fleeing Syria.

In 2016, they announced they would take 3,000 asylum seekers from the war-torn country.

It was reported at the time that the country also aimed to settle up to 50,000 asylum seekers who had managed to make their way across the border and into Switzerland  DailyMail

Iran Protests: 3 Deaths In Custody Spark Human Rights Concerns

The protests in Iran are still ongoing.

At least three demonstrators believed to have been killed in custody amid violent crackdown on anti-government protests

Human rights activists in Iran have raised concerns about mass arrests during the country’s largest protests in nearly a decade after at least three demonstrators died in a notorious Tehran jail.

Two members of the Iranian parliament close to the reformist camp confirmed on Monday that one detainee, Sina Ghanbari, had died in Evin prison.

Separately, Nasrin Sotoudeh, a prominent human rights lawyer, told the Guardian on the phone from Tehran that at least two other protesters had died in the jail. They have not yet been identified.

At least 21 people died after violent clashes between protesters and security guards during more than a week of demonstrations. Most of those killed were protesters and some were security guards, according to officials. More than 1,000 people, including at least 90 students, were arrested.

“I spoke to a prisoner in Evin prison and I was told that three detainees had lost their lives,” Sotoudeh said. “When authorities resort to mass arrests, they cannot claim to protect their rights. It is not possible in such a situation for the judicial process to take its due course.” TheGuardian

Video: What Is Hate Speech? We Asked College Students

Video:  What Is Hate Speech? We Asked College Students


“How should “hate speech” be defined, and should it be regulated? We went to the campus of USC to ask college students, who are on the front lines of America’s free speech battles.”

ReasonTV’s Justin Monticello concludes the video by saying, “Granting the government the power to decide what’s acceptable to say presumes that what brings us closer to the truth is not the free exchange of ideas, but the wise decision-making of politicians.”

Saudi Authorities Detain 11 Princes After They Protested At A Royal Palace Over Austerity Measures Including Being Forced To Pay Their Own Utility Bills

Last November, Saudi princes, high officials, and senior businessmen were rounded up in a crackdown on corruption.

Saudi authorities have detained 11 princes after they protested at the royal palace in Riyad against austerity measures including having to pay their own utility bills.

Saudi Arabia has introduced reforms including cutting subsidies, introducing value-added tax (VAT) and cutting perks to royal family members in a bid to deal with a huge budget deficit caused by falling oil prices.

The princes had gathered on Thursday at Qasr al-Hokm palace demanding the cancellation of a recent decree that halted state payment of water and electricity bills for royal family members and seeking compensation for a death sentence implemented in 2016 against one of their cousins, Prince Turki bin Saud al-Kabir.

‘Despite being informed that their demands are not lawful, the 11 princes refused to leave the area, disrupting public peace and order. Members of the security services stepped in to restore order and the princes were arrested,’ the public prosecutor’s statement said, without identifying the princes.

‘Following their arrest, they have been charged on a number of counts in relation to these offences. They are detained at Al-Hayer prison south of the capital pending their trial.’  DailyMail

Antifa Teacher Yvette Felarca Ordered To Pay Legal Fees Of Former President Of Berkeley College Republicans

Good.  She abused the court system.

An Alameda County Superior Court Commissioner ordered Yvette Felarca, the controversial Berkeley middle school teacher and activist, to pay $10,000 in attorney’s fees and $1,100 in court fees for her failed attempt to get a permanent restraining order against Troy Worden, the former head of the Berkeley College Republicans.

Commissioner Thomas Rasch issued the order Thursday before a scheduled hearing at the Hayward branch of the court. He said that Felarca’s legal actions were not brought in good faith. Felarca’s attorneys dispute that characterization and have said they intend to appeal the ruling.

The case involved two political opponents who played large roles in 2017’s conflicts concerning President Trump, conservative speakers, and free speech issues on campus. Felarca is a national organizer for the far left group By Any Means Necessary and has protested vigorously against the speakers the BCR brought to campus, including Milo Yiannopoulos and Ben Shapiro. Worden was president of the BCR until he was ousted late last year. But his actions with that group propelled him into the national limelight.

Felarca got a temporary restraining order (TRO) against Worden in September after alleging he was stalking and harassing her for her political activities on campus. A judge initially ordered Worden to stay 100 yards away from Felarca, but later reduced that distance to 10 yards. Felarca then applied for a permanent restraining order in October but withdrew the application the day of the hearing, making Worden the prevailing party entitled to receive lawyer and court fees.

Worden’s attorneys characterized the $11,100 payment as a victory, and said it proved that Felarca and her organization, By Any Means Necessary, had fabricated claims that Worden was stalking Felarca on Sproul Plaza on the UC Berkeley campus.

“By ruling that Yvette Felarca did not demonstrate good faith in filing the restraining order, the court recognized the frivolous nature of Felarca’s actions,” Mark Meuser, Worden’s attorney, said in a press release issued after the decision. “The award of attorney fees should send a strong signal that she cannot abuse the court system to silence speech.” BerkeleySide

Pulse Nightclub Terrorist’s Wife: I Knew He Was Going To Orlando To Attack

Noor Salman, the wife of terrorist Omar Mateen, had knowledge of the massacre Omar Mateen was planning, he killed 49 people and injured  58 people.  She knew, which makes her an accessory.

A handwritten statement given to the FBI by the wife of Pulse nightclub gunman Omar Mateen says she saw him prepare for the deadly attack for months and knew that the LGBT nightclub was his target…

She told agents multiple times she knew his plans and that he was going to attack the Orlando club when he left their home.

She told agents she knew “my fears had come true and he did what he said he was going to do. I was in denial and I could not believe that the father of my child was going to hurt other people.”

The statement includes that during a two-year span before the attack. Mateen would browse jihad websites almost everyday and frequently watch beheading videos. He was angry and frustrated about treatment of Muslims in the Middle East and talked about retaliating against Americans.

“He said if he did jihad everybody would know who he is,” Salman wrote in the statement.,,

Salman’s attorneys have been fighting against the use of the statement in court, claiming that she was in custody and had not been read her Miranda rights, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Prosecutors have said she was not under arrest and that all of her statements were voluntary, though she told agents several stories before writing the statement, which included an apology for lying to the FBI.

She wrote that Mateen bought a rifle about four days before the attack. She saw it in the trunk of his car and asked him about it. He told her not to say “anything to anybody,” covered it up then said it was for his security guard job.

Days ahead of the attack, Mateen bought ammunition and went to the shooting range “a lot,” Salman wrote. He told her it was for work. He also spent a large amount of money and made Salman a beneficiary on his bank accounts, telling her it was “in case something happened,” she wrote in the statement.

In the statement, Salman described driving slowly by several destinations, including Disney World and Pulse nightclub, before the shooting. He asked Salman when driving by Pulse, “How upset are people going to be when it gets attacked?” the statement said.

Federal prosecutors say Mateen was casing potential targets. It’s unclear why he chose Pulse.

Two days before the shooting, Salman saw Mateen looking at the website for the club. When she saw what he was doing, he said, “this is my target,” the statement reads.

Salman told FBI agents, “I knew that the time to attack the club was close.”

The night before the attack, he left the house and looked “pumped up,” she wrote in the statement, adding he told her, “This is the one day.”

He had a handgun in a holster around his waist and put on a backpack that had ammunition inside, she wrote, adding she knew “this was the time that he was going to do something bad.”

“I knew when he left the house he was going to Orlando to attack the Pulse nightclub,” she wrote.  USAToday