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Oklahoma’s Crackdown on Illegal Immigration

Posted by Joshua Price on October 31, 2007

Oklahoma’s, along with Georgia’s, new laws cracking down on immigration will be worth monitoring over the next year. We could be seeing a return to using the states as policy laboratories used to spawn new ways of solving federal problems. If theses new approaches are successful we may have found a blueprint for solving the federal problem of illegal immigration.

From The Houston Chronicle:

All eyes are on Oklahoma this week where one of the most stringent anti-illegal immigration laws in the country goes into effect Thursday.

The sweeping law would prohibit illegal immigrants from getting jobs and state benefits, and would make it a felony to harbor or transport undocumented workers. The law also prevents illegal immigrants who arrested from posting bond.

But on the eve of the legislation’s effective date, pressure is mounting against the measure. There are already media reports of thousands of immigrants fleeing the state, putting construction projects at a standstill. Employers are worried about the effects of the law.

The Associated Press reported that a representative of Catholic Charities on Tuesday delivered almost 1,100 signed pledges opposing the law to Gov. Brad Henry’s office. From the AP story:

Richard Klinge, director of advocacy and legal services for Catholic Charities, carried a foot-tall stack of pledges into Henry’s office from parishioners at the predominantly Hispanic Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oklahoma City.

The pledges vow “opposition and defiance” to the law scheduled to go into effect Thursday that targets illegal immigrants. In spite of the law, Klinge said the church will continue to serve the poor and needy regardless of their immigration status.

One of the familiar arguments for curbing illegal immigration is that the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. cost the government billions of dollars.

But a story in The Journal Record raises questions about whether Oklahoma’s law will actually cost more to enforce. The story says the author of the legislation asserted that illegal immigrants “cost the state untold millions of dollars to provide schooling, emergency health care and welfare benefits, along with increased costs for incarcerating illegal immigrants and even for maintaining public roads traveled upon by illegal aliens.”

However, there’s a cost to losing this pipeline of workers. An excerpt from the story:

Instead of allowing those working toward citizenship to continue contributing to the state’s economy both as laborers and consumers, the state will be removing a segment of its work force and dumping those workers into an already overcrowded prison system until they can be deported, said opponents of the law. Furthermore, the state will soon have to address the fact that deportees often leave behind dependants of all ages who may or may not be U.S. citizens.

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Declining Dollar Major Problem

Posted by Joshua Price on October 30, 2007

Well there’s more great news out there resulting from globalism and internationalism. The U.S. dollar has hit a record low. From The Washington Times:

Barry Katz, a retired lawyer in Silver Spring, is angry and worried about the steep fall of the dollar and what it’s doing to his buying power as an investor and consumer.
It took only 82 cents to buy a euro just a few years ago, and now it takes $1.44, he noted. Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar has achieved parity with the U.S. greenback for the first time in a generation.

“Whatever happened to ‘Sound as a dollar?’ You remember that expression?” he said. Mr. Katz blames political leaders for allowing the dollar to sink so far, so fast.
Mr. Katz is not alone in registering alarm about the rapid decline of the dollar, which recently hit record lows against the euro and a basket of the world’s top currencies. A survey by UBS AG this month found the dollar’s drop is contributing to pessimism among U.S. investors, with 39 percent saying it’s hurting the investment climate “a lot,” and many saying it’s forcing them to plan less holiday spending.
The worries go all the way to the top in global finance, where some officials are worried a rout in the dollar could destabilize the world economy and markets. International Monetary Fund Managing Director Rodrigo de Rato recently noted the potential for serious disruptions from the steep fall of the dollar, which he said could be the result of a broad loss of confidence in the dollar worldwide or the cause of such a loss of confidence.

The story continues:

Central banks from Russia to South Korea, increasingly burned by their traditional investment of dollar reserves in U.S. Treasury bonds and AAA-rated U.S. debt securities, are diversifying out of the dollar and devoting more and more of their reserves to the euro and other currencies.
To facilitate the trend away from U.S. Treasury securities and toward investments far afield from Africa to Siberia, China, Russia, the United Arab Emirates and some other emerging countries have set up national investment funds with an estimated $3 trillion in assets to invest in stocks and venture partnerships around the world.
Besides cutting the purchasing power of Americans, these moves away from the dollar pose a big challenge for the U.S. economy in the long run. The investment of the bulk of the world’s reserves in U.S. bonds and other assets has been a critical source of financing for gigantic U.S. budget and trade deficits. Without that money, the U.S. government and consumers will not be able to go on spending 6 percent more than they produce each year.

This is yet another consequence of globalism. We have been told over and over again how important foreign investment is this country and our political and economic institutions, along with China, have helped to devalue the U.S. dollar to attract more foreign investment.

Can’t you see what’s going on here? America is being sold off chunk by chunk by the globalists, and the devaluing of the dollar makes us more vulnerable to more suspect foreign investment.

I recognize that I’m not being a “good” Republican by saying all of this, but something has got to give.

We have been so brainwashed by the liberals, the media, and the globalists to hate this country or at least disengage from any semblance of nationalism, and a result, we have undergone a form of American desensitizing–an absence of a common culture.

This is all part of the desired end goal of a borderless world. Actually, a world without America.

When are people are going to wake up and see how many Arab and Asian countries are getting rich off of our decline? Perhaps they do see it but choose to ignore it because their only loyalty lies in making more money, not to any particular country, especially America.

That’s good people. Keep doing business with communist China and terror-sponsoring Arab nations and see where it gets you. Your money won’t save from a Chinese takeover or a suicide bomb, but please, sleep well with your multi-million dollar 401(k) you helped accumulate by doing business with those types of countries. You are greedy traitors that are intent on making a damn dime at the expense of U.S. sovereignty and security.

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Another Example of Our Great Arab “Allies”

Posted by Joshua Price on October 30, 2007

This is from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Washington — The United States is reconsidering some aid to Mideast ally Yemen after the reported release of a convicted leader in the fatal terror bombing of a U.S. warship. Yemen scrambled Monday to say the suspect is in custody.

State Department Spokesman Sean McCormack said the United States is raising the case of Jamal al-Badawi with Yemen.

“This was someone who was implicated in the Cole bombing and someone who can’t be running free,” he said. “He needs to be in jail.”

Separately, the Millennium Challenge Corp., a U.S. agency that distributes foreign aid based on nations’ track records for good government, canceled a ceremony set for Wednesday to inaugurate a $20.6 million grant to Yemen.

The agency is reviewing its relationship with Yemen, including the country’s commitment to the rule of law, in light of al-Badawi’s reported release, an MCC official said. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the review is not complete.

The MCC notified Yemen of the cancellation on Friday, the same day the White House blasted Yemen for reportedly releasing one of the al-Qaida masterminds of the 2000 Cole bombing, which killed 17 sailors.

Yemen’s embassy in Washington released a statement Monday “clarifying” that al-Badawi is in custody. The statement did not address the MCC ceremony or a Yemeni government official’s assertion last week that al-Badawi had been released.

“Jamal al-Badawi was never a free man,” an embassy official said.

Statements issued in Yemen on Sunday had also said that al-Badawi was in government hands.

None of the Yemeni statements spelled out where or under what circumstances al-Badawi is detained, but a State Department official said Monday that an employee of the U.S. Embassy in Yemen saw al-Badawi in a jail cell in Aden on Monday. Earlier, U.S. officials had suggested al-Badawi might have been only under house arrest or other loose government control.

Witnesses had told the Associated Press last week that al-Badawi was at home and greeting well-wishers in Aden, the port city where the bombing took place. It was not clear Monday whether al-Badawi was under house arrest or making a government-supervised home visit at the time. It was also unclear when he was returned to a jail cell, or whether U.S. pressure played a role.

The Yemeni embassy official, speaking on condition of anonymity to describe a law enforcement matter, said al-Badawi had been under government control since Sept. 16. That was apparently when al-Badawi, who had escaped from prison along with 22 others in 2004, turned himself in.

Al-Badawi, who is wanted by the FBI, was convicted in 2004 of plotting, preparing and helping carry out the Cole bombing. He received a death sentence that was commuted to 15 years in prison.

A senior security official in Yemen had said Thursday that al-Badawi was granted his freedom after pledging loyalty to Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Yemen considers itself a strong partner with the United States in the fight against terrorism, and U.S. officials say Yemeni intelligence services have been helpful since the Cole attack. At the same time, U.S. officials grumble about what they call a history of lax detention policies that may have helped al-Badawi escape in 2004.

Here’s another example of a so-called Arab ally in the War on Terror doing something counter to helping us. I’m sure the Washington elite will say that Yemen has been a wonderful and helpful ally in the war, but this is another piece of evidence showing how our Arab “allies” are stabbing us in the back. The list is growing: United Arab Emirates, Syria, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, etc. Yeah, with friends like these who needs enemies?

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Thoughts on Third-Party Concept

Posted by Joshua Price on October 29, 2007

Like many disgruntled and disheartened conservatives I have given quite a bit of thought to the legitimacy of a potential third-party–a conservative party–in our political system. I’m tired of hearing how our system is set up to serve only two parties. Currently that’s true, but it doesn’t have to stay that way.

I am all for taking the Republican Party back to it’s conservative base, but if elite and influential Republicans don’t start listening–sincerely listening, not just pandering–to conservatives, we will have no choice but to seek third-party status.

We hear from the institutionalized Republicans that we (conservatives) need the Party more than the Party needs us. Well you would think they would have gotten the message from last year’s trouncing, but apparently they didn’t. And just think, Republicans still got a fairly significant conservative vote. That won’t be there next year if things continue this way.

Now they will continue to say that if conservatives don’t for a RINO, or a flat-out liberal, that all we will be doing is electing Hillary. What they don’t understand is that if conservatives are forced to run a third-party candidate it will get a much larger share of the electorate than say a Ross Perot. They don’t see that. They truly believe that globalists and the Republican first, conservative second crowd makes up the overwhelming majority of the Party. Keep thinking that, and if that indeed is the case, then I don’t want any part of the Republicans.

The bottom line here is that a third-party candidate for conservatives is becoming a real and powerful option.

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Immigrants Distancing Themselves from Home Country

Posted by Joshua Price on October 26, 2007

I cam across an interesting story in The Washington Post today.

The majority of Hispanic immigrants maintain ties to their native countries by sending money, calling or traveling to their homelands, but most see their future in the United States despite these long-distance links, a new study has found.

Just 9 percent of Latino immigrants are “highly attached” to their birth countries — defined by researchers as doing all three “transnational activities”: dispatching funds, phoning weekly or going home in the past two years. Most sustain moderate bonds by doing one or two. But those attachments fade with time, according to a Pew Hispanic Center report based on a nationwide survey of Latinos.

This make perfect sense. You see the reason that many Latino immigrants feeling less attached to their home countries is because they have essentially moved their home countries here. I mean just walk through some communities in metro Atlanta or Los Angeles and you will honestly believe you were in another country.

There has been little or no assimilation by most recent immigrants to this country. I’m not suggesting that immigrants to this country abandon or forget their native culture and homeland, but they ought to learn, embrace and become part of our (America’s) culture, not force theirs upon us.

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