Jihad and immigration

December 14, 2010

Sweden recently found itself a target for Islam’s jihad against the West everyone else, but, before that, it had become a locus for jihad recruitment among emigrant Muslims. At Big Peace, Steve Emerson of the Investigative Project on Terrorism looks at terrorist connections in Sweden, particularly among immigrant  Somalis:

Somali’s al-Shabaab recently issued a new recruitment video, targeting international jihadists and particularly Somali youth living abroad. In a Swedish-language section, former Swedish resident Abu Zaid called on his audience to “make Hijra,” to immigrate to Somalia. Drawing his finger across his throat, Abu Zaid also threatened cartoonist Lars Vilks, whose drawings of the Prophet Muhammad have led to death threats that now keep Vilks living in seclusion. “Know what awaits you, as it will be nothing but this, slaughter,” Zaid told the Swedish listeners, “If you can, kill this dog Lars Vilks. Then you will receive a great reward from Allah.”

Some of the approximately 25,000 Somalis living in Sweden have responded to al-Shabaab’s call. Police and residents report that roughly 20 youth left to join the terrorist group, particularly from the heart of the Swedish Somali community, Stockholm’s suburb of Rinkeby. The Swedish state security police, SAPO, stated that five of them have been killed and 10 are still at large in Somalia. Al-Shabaab recruitment was also linked by Swedish authorities to a Somali youth center in Rinkeby, which had been receiving funds from the Swedish government. In addition, two Somali immigrants, one from Stockholm and another from Gothenburg, recently received 4 year sentences for planning to go and fight with al-Shabab.

Somalia is in danger of turning into a new Afghanistan: a failed state that is fertile ground for al Qaeda and other Salafist groups. Indeed, one of Somalia’s major jihad groups, al Shabab, has aligned with al Qaeda and is recruiting among Somalis in the United States. The recruitment has been focused on bringing people back to fight in Somalia, but it would be naive to discount the possibility of Somali recruits waging jihad here in America at some point in the future.

Articles like these bring home the dangers of radicalism in immigrant Muslim communities: many of the 9/11 hijackers were students in Germany. The tube bombers in Britain and the jihadists who attacked the Glasgow airport were British Muslims, either immigrants themselves or the children of immigrants. The suicide bomber in the Stockholm attack was apparently radicalized in the British town of Luton, a known hotbed of extremism.  Here in the US, the Times Square bomber, Faisal Shahzad, was a naturalized citizen from Pakistan.

All this reminds us of the need for effective counterintelligence. While it would be wrong and unjust to make a blanket assumption that all Muslim immigrants are terrorists or likely recruits for jihad, it would be an act of deep denial and politically correct blindness to refuse to see the potential for radicalization of at least some among those immigrants and watching for the signs. That means both developing contacts and informants among the Muslim community and planting undercover operatives at known radical mosques. Yes, that’s distasteful –as it should be– but it’s also necessary for our own defense in an age of terrorism and war.

Otherwise we’re going to be left asking the same stupid questions about what happened and why, when the answers are right before us, if we would only look.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)

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What we believe: Immigration

November 14, 2010

In part six of his series of video essays, Bill Whittle examines what American conservatives believe about immigration, the rival concepts of the US as a melting pot versus a mosaic, and who the real racists are:

There are those who say that it’s difficult to balance openness to immigrants with laws that control immigration, to which I reply “nonsense.” While a nation of immigrants, we are also founded on the rule of law and equality under the law; as Whittle points out, how is turning a blind eye to illegal immigration and granting amnesty to those here illegally in any way fair and just to those who have played by the rules? And, in an age when terrorists actively wage war against us, can we be so foolish as to ignore the armed men who cross our borders nightly? Indeed, at the most basic level, how can a nation that cannot control its own borders truly call itself “sovereign?”

All of these issues and more have nothing to do with race or ethnicity, yet everything to do with whether American citizens, freeborn and naturalized, truly rule in their own land.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Citizenship and the pursuit of Happiness

July 1, 2010

While the Earth still vomits oil into the Gulf of Mexico, our national debt reaches crisis levels, and al Qaeda continues its plan to kill thousands more of us,  President Obama has chosen to focus the vast powers of his office on immigration reform.

Okay…

Anyway, Reason.TV has sought to shed a little light where there’s mostly been fire and smoke, so they went out and asked legal immigrants who became naturalized citizens why they came to the US. The following video was the result, and it’s well-worth your time:

(via Big Government)


The Mexican president is a rank hypocrite

June 21, 2010

On his recent visit to the US, Mexican President Felipe Calderón took several occasions to sanctimoniously lecture Americans about the “evils” of Arizona’s SB 1070, a law the directed state law enforcement to enforce federal immigration law. He even did so in an address to a joint session of Congress:

The contentious issue of Arizona’s immigration law has been a key issue for Calderon during his U.S. visit. The measure, which will allow law enforcement officers to ask for proof of legal residency of anyone who is being investigated for a crime or a possible legal infraction, has drawn widespread criticism in Mexico.

“I strongly disagree” with the measure, Calderon told members of the House and Senate. “It is a law that not only ignores a reality that cannot be erased by decree,” but also introduces the “terrible idea” that racial profiling is acceptable.

Calderon also had a message for undocumented Mexican migrants currently in the United States: “I want to say to the migrants — all those who are working really hard for this great country — that we admire them, we miss them, [and] we are working hard for their rights … [and] for their families,” he said.

And their remittances, which are Mexico’s second-biggest source of revenue. Funny he didn’t mention that…

Anyway, what makes our distinguished visitor such a stinking hypocrite is Mexico’s treatment of its own illegal immigrants across its southern border. William Booth of the Washington Post has the story:

As the Mexican government condemns a new immigration law in Arizona as cruel and xenophobic, illegal migrants passing through Mexico are routinely robbed, raped and kidnapped by criminal gangs that often work alongside corrupt police, according to human rights advocates.

Immigration experts and Catholic priests who shelter the travelers say that Mexico’s strict laws to protect the rights of illegal migrants are often ignored and that undocumented migrants from Central America face a brutal passage through the country. They are stoned by angry villagers, who fear that the Central Americans will bring crime or disease, and are fleeced by hustlers. Mexican police and authorities often demand bribes.

Mexico detained and deported more than 64,000 illegal migrants last year, according to the National Migration Institute. A few years ago, Mexico detained 200,000 undocumented migrants. The lower numbers are the result of tougher enforcement on the U.S. border, the global economic slowdown and, say some experts, the robbery and assaults migrants face in Mexico.

The National Commission on Human Rights, a government agency, estimates that 20,000 migrants are kidnapped each year in Mexico.

While held for ransom, increasingly at the hands of Mexico’s powerful drug cartels, many migrants are tortured — threatened with execution, beaten with bats and submerged in buckets of water or excrement.

“They put a plastic bag over your head and you can’t breathe. They tell you if you don’t give them the phone numbers” of family members the kidnappers can call to demand payment for a migrant’s release, “they say the next time we’ll just let you die,” said Jose Alirio Luna Moreno, a broad-shouldered young man from El Salvador, interviewed at a shelter in the southern state of Oaxaca.

Luna said he was held for three days this month in Veracruz by the Zeta drug trafficking organization, which demanded $1,000 to set him free. He said he was abducted by men in police uniforms and taken to a safe house with 26 others.

Read the whole thing and keep it in mind for the next time some unctuous Mexican official tries to lecture us about our treatment of illegals. Hell, illegals who make it to the US should be given a prize for surviving Mexico.

(via Fausta)

RELATED: How Mexican law discriminates against even legal immigrants.


Time for Los Angeles to boycott California?

May 17, 2010

I love it. Last week, the LA City Council took a stand in defense of sanctimonious, ignorant racial pandering and, lead by Chief Panderer Ed Reyes, voted to boycott the state of Arizona over its new immigration law – while still buying power and water from the Copper State, of course.

Maybe someone should have told Ed (and the rest of the bozos) that California already has a similar law on the books:

(a) Every law enforcement agency in California shall fully cooperate with the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service regarding any person who is arrested if he or she is suspected of being present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws. (b) With respect to any such person who is arrested, and suspected of being present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws, every law enforcement agency shall do the following: (1) Attempt to verify the legal status of such person as a citizen of the United States, an alien lawfully admitted as a permanent resident, an alien lawfully admitted for a temporary period of time or as an alien who is present in the United States in violation of immigration laws. The verification process may include, but shall not be limited to, questioning the person regarding his or her date and place of birth, and entry into the United States, and demanding documentation to indicate his or her legal status. (2) Notify the person of his or her apparent status as an alien who is present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws and inform him or her that, apart from any criminal justice proceedings, he or she must either obtain legal status or leave the United States. (3) Notify the Attorney General of California and the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service of the apparent illegal status and provide any additional information that may be requested by any other public entity. (c) Any legislative, administrative, or other action by a city, county, or other legally authorized local governmental entity with jurisdictional boundaries, or by a law enforcement agency, to prevent or limit the cooperation required by subdivision (a) is expressly prohibited.

(Source)

Be sure to read the original article to see just what a fool this “public servant” is.  With Los Angeles possibly facing bankruptcy and with its finances so bad that it’s refusing to pay for sidewalk repair, the council’s most urgent priority is to get hysterical over another state’s law?

Meanwhile, I eagerly await the council’s decision to boycott Laker and Dodger games and wine from Northern California.

(via Hot Air)


Eric Holder admits he’s an ignorant fool

May 13, 2010

So, while discussing Arizona Senate Bill 1070, the controversial immigration bill, the Attorney General of the United States admits that he has been criticizing it harshly … without having read it:

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., who has been critical of Arizona’s new immigration law, said Thursday he hasn’t yet read the law and is going by what he’s read in newspapers or seen on television.

Mr. Holder is conducting a review of the law, at President Obama’s request, to see if the federal government should challenge it in court. He said he expects he will read the law by the time his staff briefs him on their conclusions.

“I’ve just expressed concerns on the basis of what I’ve heard about the law. But I’m not in a position to say at this point, not having read the law, not having had the chance to interact with people are doing the review, exactly what my position is,” Mr. Holder told the House Judiciary Committee.

“Not in a position to say?” That’s exactly what he has been doing:

The top U.S. prosecutor said he understands the frustration behind the Arizona law, but he warned during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week” that “we could potentially get on a slippery slope where people will be picked on because of how they look as opposed to what they have done.”

Something that’s specifically prohibited in the amended version of the bill, Mr. Attorney General. Although now we can see why you wouldn’t know that, since you can’t be bothered to read the bill (PDF) before mouthing off.

Who does he think he is, anyway? A congressman?

LINKS: More at Hot Air.


Preach it, Gabriella!

May 8, 2010

In Tucson, legal immigrant and US citizen Gabriella Sesito Saucedo Mercer addresses the city council in opposition to a proposal to sue the state of Arizona over its new immigration bill:

Applause

(hat tip: Hillbuzz)

Edited to correct the speaker’s name, based on her comment at Hillbuzz.