Deferred Action, Immigration, Citizenship, at Whose Cost..?

Deferred Action, Immigration, Citizenship, at Whose Cost..?

map-and-compass_1ere is a question for you that I would love to get some feedback on — all together, with me? Great! Ever since our esteemed Emperor Obama decided on his own, no Congress, no real advisors, basically just special interest groups and what they aspire to do with what they have either borrowed, stolen, or committed some crime in order to get, the all hallowed purse.

As for me, I am just disgusted over the entire mess; especially when it concerns the little children that hurriedly rushed the border last autumn. 

These children can be offered to be part of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents program or DACA. I will not try and speak for you, but, what little was covered by the mainstream media — in addition to the festivities moving spritely in Switzerland on a deal that is a slam dunk for Iran.

On a recent Thursday evening, immigrants from Trinidad, Ghana and Haiti gathered at the Brooklyn Public Library’s Central branch to bone up on American history.

“I want you to name seven of the 13 British colonies,” instructor Miguel Angeles told his class, sitting around a large table in a sunny, third-floor boardroom overlooking Grand Army Plaza.

“We talked about this last week. Does anyone know?

The adult students were preparing for the civics test that new Americans must pass in order to become a U.S. citizen. During the naturalization interview, a United States Citizenship and Information Services officer picks 10 questions from a list of 100 — and applicants need to get six of them right.

“I really didn’t feel ready to do it,” said Shaliza Mohammed, 53, who left Trinidad for Ridgewood, Queens 27 years ago. The class is helping, she said.

Last fall, the Brooklyn Public Library began offering free citizenship courses like the one Mohammed attends. And in October the library also started hosting two Board of Immigration Appeals-accredited Immigrant Justice Corp fellows, recent college graduates who help with forms and advice once a week at several different branches.

“We were looking for ways to engage our communities in more robust ways, and more meaningful ways,” said Nicholas Higgins, director of library1n-2-weboutreach services in the library’s 60-branch system. The library secured a grant from USCIS and applied to be one of 17 citywide host organizations with the Immigrant Justice Corp fellows.

“I think one of the main focuses of our fellowship is to make sure that people have access to quality immigration services, because I’ve seen so many clients who say, ‘I paid $7,000 to X and they told me they would get me a green card. And I never heard from them again and they changed their phone number,’” said Fayette, a recent Brown University graduate from Boston.

While Brooklyn has launched the most recent initiative, the Queens Library and New York Public Library also offer immigrant services — from free English classes to help applying for the U.S. Department of State’s diversity visa lottery, which randomly gives green cards to people from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the U.S. Library branches around the city serve as enrollment centers for the city’s new Municipal ID.

Libraries can become trusted resources to help newcomers assimilate — as long as immigrants realize they are there. Pardon me, please…pardon me just a moment, please. Are all of your readers grasping what is being put forth here? Assimilation? Allow me to be the first one to let you know that if a person came to this Nation 27 perhaps even 30 years ago can’t pass, then why all the hoopla?

A recent national study found that just 60% of Latino immigrants had visited a library or bookmobile, compared to 83% of U.S.-born Latinos. Those who had, however, were among the most appreciative of what libraries offer and were more likely than other groups to say that the closing of a library in their community would have a major impact on their family, according to Pew Research Center research.

The first graduate to successfully pass her interview was Nohomi Yamazaki, a Japanese immigrant who now lives in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens.

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Who Could Possibly Trust Hillary Clinton now..?

Who Could Possibly Trust Hillary Clinton now..?

Hillary clintonWhat happens to people in government? Basic transparency is not only critical but also not an option for a public official. Neither is it a mere inconvenience to be ignored.

Newbies may deserve a benefit of the doubt; but those who have been around the block a time or two deserve nothing but relentless investigation. Furthermore, an investigation by independent contractors. I cannot speak for you but this much I know — Partisan politics as well as doing something to your own simply does not work in Washington, D.C.

Which, of course, brings us to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, one-time first lady and U.S. senator, who also seems to be running for president. Clinton has become caught up in a mind-numbingly unnecessary scandal of her own making after the New York Times revealed that she conducted government business entirely on a private email account as Secretary of State.

Few, if any, believe her claim that she was unaware such an action would create questions. After all, it is — or at least should be — considered standard operating procedure for public officials to conduct public business on government-operated email, and she should have known better.

However we contend that Mrs. Clinton was very much aware of her actions and definitely knew what she was doing. Yet, hillary_collage_resizedwhat she did not count on was getting caught! Moreover we believe just as we did during the “brain tumor, throat disorder” and whatever else she was suffering from — all during the Benghazi bull squat orchestrated by her boss and the Attorney General.

While Clinton was Secretary of State, she failed to utilize her government email account, using her own personal one instead. She isn’t the first to do it, but she failed to disclose massive batches of emails.

Her department was obligated to preserve her email records, and that didn’t happen until after she left office in 2013. Clinton and her designated staff members were allowed to pick and choose which emails were eventually turned over to the government and which to leave out as “private.” To claim she had no intent to deceive misses the point — it was still wrong. According to the Federal Information Act, it is officials who are to separate what is potentially hazardous for national security or any secret documents or actions. However, as we now know, Mrs. Clinton conducted this activity on her own.

What about her private-account emails to representatives of foreign governments? What about emails to U.S. officials on their private or government accounts?

This came about because the State Department asked all ex-secretaries for emails and other records from their time in office as part of an effort to improve its record keeping. Clinton’s advisers turned in 55,000 pages. About 900 were given to the House select committee investigating Benghazi.

How do we know they turned over everything of public interest? At the moment, we have little more than their word for it.

hillary_internThe Clinton camp’s cavalier disregard for the public’s need to know is disappointing but not surprising. If private email accounts aren’t in the hands of the government, they are beyond the reach of the Freedom of Information Act and congressional scrutiny. That’s why the rules exist. It should be up to government archivists who value transparency over concealment, to exercise their professional judgment about what is personal and what isn’t.

Thankfully, a 2014 law bars use of private accounts unless officials copy or forward emails into government accounts within 20 days. Now the public understands why such measures are necessary.

Restore transparency to the process and open the documents to inspection now.

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Islamophobia, causing identity crises and need for children to find themselves..?

Islamophobia, causing identity crises and need for children to find themselves..?

ISIS-childrens-training-campLate this evening I happened upon an article written by Rys Farthing, at Oxford University in the British newspaper, The Mirror, the article was titled, ‘ISIS wouldn’t be here if there wasn’t Islamophobia’: What young British Muslims think about radicalization.

There is rarely a day that passes that very similar thoughts cross my mind. However, it’s important to note that I am an outsider — meaning I’m not Muslim; furthermore, I have a very difficult time trying to absorb the entire meaning of it all.

I find it difficult to try and put anyone through a culture shock that I believe is happening to the wayward younger boys and girls in London, England as well as some who have left the U.S. to lock arm in arm with the radical side of a praxis gone array.

There is this notion I get when I hear the words “Islam” and “Muslim.” For some reason it’s very difficult for me to see what one has to do with the other. Now as far as school aged boys and girls are concerned I understand their dilemma; albeit, given their ages as well as the understanding of their parents, for me it resembles one single spark in the night.

A lot of today’s youth lack identity, and the most vulnerable are being drawn into extremism. Whether that be ISIS or the EDL, the reasons for joining seem to be similar. While the numbers of young people leaving are, thankfully, few in number, I’m still struck by the scale of the presence of ISIS and radicalization surrounding these young people’s lives.

“They’re targeting everyone now. If you’re on Twitter and following some Islamic thing, [ISIS] try for you as well.” It’s all over their social mediaISIS-childrens-training-camp2 feeds and they all know, or know of, peers who’ve gone.

As for me I’m definitely concerned about “following some Islamic thing…” This is a sobering notion; subsequently, reading an outcry for help, it is profoundly seen here talking with seven or eight school girls roughly in America would be freshmen or sophomores in high school whilst on the other hand in England they are most likely first or second form in class categorization.

The original author as well as the girls seem to be thinking that this conundrum that the girls find themselves in is an identity crisis. A sudden change in the course of a disease or fever, toward either improvement or deterioration is one definition of “crisis” whilst I think the next definition is far more useable — An emotionally stressful event or a traumatic change in one’s life.

The idea that the girls were born in England does not seem very likely. Therefore, that would land them into an immigrant status. I feel as long as someone continues to grasp or cling at something that in and of itself is contradictory the very least one could hope for these girls is confusion or the sense of unknowing. Now then, this is not extraordinary to a person in their teens when we are all out there trying to find our niche in society. It is okay to ask oneself, “who am I?” Or even discussing it with parents (highly unlikely) better may be a friend to assist in the proper accommodation of ideas.

If there is any one particular issue that thrusts out at me — is that some real “come to Muhammad” organizing needs to be completed. I use come to Muhammad in the very same sense that Christians often say “come to Jesus” meeting.

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A Look at the Usurpation of Politics

Same Sex Marriage…A Look at the Usurpation of Politics

Now realistically…who did not see this coming? From the instant this entire matter started wearing that fancy “federal” title we knew it was only a matter of time before a decent, respecting, God-fearing state would see the monumentous problems this intrusion has made.
Attorneys for same-sex couples turned away from a marriage license office in Alabama asked a federal judge Tuesday to clarify that local officials must issue the permits.

Gay_Marriage_Alabama-0df69The legal action is the latest twist in a standoff with Alabama authorities defying a federal court ruling that cleared the way for same-sex marriages in the state.

The request on behalf of more than 10 couples came after a majority of probate judges in the state closed up shop Monday rather than issue the licenses.

Alabama joined 36 states and the District with legal same-sex marriage after a federal judge overturned the state’s ban. (For those figuring that’s a HUGE 74%).

On the day that same-sex unions became legal in Alabama, local officials in dozens of counties on Monday defied a federal judge’s decision and refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, casting the state into judicial chaos.

Gay couples were able to get licenses in about a dozen places, including Birmingham, Huntsville and a few other counties where probate judges complied with the judge’s decision. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled early Monday that it would deny Alabama’s request to put the marriages on hold.

This action by the US Supreme Court is a step in maneuvering towards the goal of “Usurpation of politics” insofar as it rightly appears that the local, state, and Supreme Court’s of thirty seven states as well as the District of Columbia are not requisite with earlier decisions made by the federal government.

But in the majority of counties, officials said they would refuse to license same-sex marriages or stop providing licenses altogether, confronting couples — gay and heterosexual — with locked doors and shuttered windows.

Many of the state’s 68 probate judges mounted their resistance to the federal decision at the urging of the firebrand chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Roy Moore. He is best known for refusing more than a decade ago to comply with a court order to remove a monument to the Ten Commandments from the state Supreme Court’s offices.

But the probate judge in Mobile — scene of the most high-profile confrontation — has also asked for legal clarification from the Alabama Supreme Court in a counter move.

It was this court’s chief justice, Roy Moore, who had initially advised the probate judges not to give out the licenses.

“For now, we’re going to maintain the status quo,” the aide, Mark Erwin, told a crowd of about 20 people gathered at probate court.

Despite the chaos, hundreds of gay and lesbian Alabama couples managed to get marriage licenses Monday, activists said.

Some activists believe the state’s chief justice Moore also has intimidated probate judges. A letter late Sunday from Moore claimed probate judges could face reprimands from the governor if they issued same-sex marriage licenses.

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Jose Diaz-Barajas, 49, was arrested at Rio de Janeiro’s Tom Jobim airport

Think..then thrice!

Think..then thrice!

Brazil arrested a suspected Mexican drug trafficker on his way to watch his national soccer team play in the World Cup. He bought a ticket under his name.

Jose Diaz-Barajas, 49, was arrested at Rio de Janeiro’s Tom Jobim airport last night as he boarded a plane to Fortaleza, where Mexico plays Brazil today, Luiz Cravo Dorea, head of international cooperation at the Federal Police, said. The world soccer governing body, FIFA, had informed police that Diaz-Barajas, who was accompanied by his wife and two children, held tickets, Dorea said. FIFA spokeswoman Delia Fischer declined to comment when asked by e-mail about its cooperation with the police.

“Barajas was one of the most sought traffickers in the United States,” Dorea told reporters in Brasilia. “He will remain imprisoned in Rio until his extradition to the U.S. is determined.”
Since taking office in 2012, President Enrique Pena Nieto has succeeded in rounding up leaders of Mexico’s top drug cartels after drug-related violence left more than 90,000 dead or missing since 2006. They include Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, the world’s most-wanted criminal, and Miguel Angel Trevino, the head of the Zetas Cartel.

U.S. and international security agencies often beef up their presence in cities with large sporting events such as boxing and World Cup matches to nab kingpins who attend competitions, said Mike Vigil, a retired former head of international operations for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

“A lot of them are big sports fanatics,” Vigil said by telephone from Washington. “It’s a great time to apprehend these individuals.”

The Drug Enforcement Agency assisted in the arrest of Diaz-Barajas, said agent Joseph Moses, an agency spokesman.
Diaz-Barajas entered Brazil by land from Paraguay on June 11, according to the federal police. His arrest warrant was issued by Supreme Court Justice Marco Aurelio Mello, the police said in a statement.

Guzman, who gained fame after escaping from a high-security prison, built up the Sinaloa cartel, named after his home state, and is known for beheading enemies or hanging their bodies in public places.

Mexico’s government is also waiting for results of DNA tests that would confirm the death of Juan Jose Esparragoza, known as “El Azul,” the second-most-wanted leader of the Sinaloa cartel at large, according to a Mexican official who requested not to be named because the information is not public.

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An Impact of War Very Few Even Consider…

An Impact of War Very Few Even Consider…

The number of people displaced by violent conflict hit the highest level since World War II at the end of 2013, the head of the United Nations refugee agency, António Guterres, said in a report released on Friday, warning that “peace is dangerously in deficit.”

Pushed up dramatically by the war in Syria, the total number of people displaced by violence reached more than 51 million at the end of 2013, according to the agency’s “Global Trends” report for the year. This included 33.3 million people who fled violence but remained in their own country and 16.7 million refugees who fled to neighboring countries, it said.

“We are not facing an increasing trend, we are really facing a quantum leap,” Mr. Guterres told reporters in Geneva, noting that close to 11 million people were newly displaced in 2013. Half the world’s population of displaced people are children, he added, the highest level in a decade.

“There is no humanitarian response able to solve the problems of so many people,” he warned. “It’s becoming more and more difficult to find the capacity and resources to deal with so many people in such tragic circumstances.”

Moreover, the impact of conflicts raging this year in Central African Republic, South Sudan, Ukraine and now Iraq threatens to push levels of displacement even higher by the end of 2014, he said.
“What this demonstrates is that the international community today has very limited capacity to prevent conflicts and to find timely solutions,” Mr. Guterres said, spotlighting the failure of global powers to work effectively together. “We see the Security Council paralyzed in many crucial crises,” he added.

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DO NOT BLAME AMERICA OR AMERICANS

DO NOT BLAME AMERICA OR AMERICANS

Is what he is saying, in any way up to him? Is he paying for it? Senator Leahy should be censored.

Is what he is saying, in any way up to him? Is he paying for it? Senator Leahy should be censured.

America’s miserable failure to cope with illegal immigration is claiming another round of victims. Although this unnamed writer will remain unnamed, his condescending peerage of America’s immigration policy has not and will not go unabated or unnoticed. According to this writer he admonishes America for our miserable failure to cope with illegal immigration; furthermore he exhorts, that America is claiming — almost as planned — another round of victims. These are the kind of journalists that left their better side somewhere else.

Let us get rascally with this dupe, shall we? For one huge although unfounded reason America is getting blamed once again for not being the world’s nanny. One should never, ever forget that a nation’s immigration policy or lack thereof is the business of primarily the executive branch with congress filling in for the rough-over’s.

Because America has been the kindest, most civilized nation on earth — we suggest one look at their taxes inasmuch as this nation has billions almost trillions of dollars going out in aide to other nations on a no refund, not to worry about paying it back basis. Or if further proof is needed we implore you to simply walk in to any 7-11 store, gas station convenience store, restaurant or hotel to be further reminded. What will it take for this person to see or acknowledge more than twelve million people who are here illegally.

Thousands of Central American children and mothers who’ve been trekking across Mexico after hearing rumors that Barack Obama had stopped deporting border-crossers.foolmetwice-130x190

Okay then gossip and rumors have been around since the beginning of recorded history. We would like to ask you where someone on the shear risk and travel internationally to what — view the U.S.A. from the other side of the fence? Good grief person, whether or not Obama is giving that impression, is totally irrelevant to your argument. But what is relevant is the notion of this:

How safe, how good is it for the health of a child or in your particular case, both mother and child to travel such distances all based on a rumor. Just to let some whistles get blown here, please check my last month of publication…it all has to do with the incomprehensible claims that one, the House and Senate have been making here in the USA; whilst, the other articles have been about the competence of those who are willing to allow their children to travel alone, or, for those individuals who have simply sent their children with money to the United States with the knowledge that it is wrong and that it is illegal.
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