February 28, 2007
The flow of migrants from Eastern Europe seeking work in Britain rose last year, with more than 20,000 a month registering for the first time with the Government. Figures published yesterday show huge numbers of young migrants are continuing to head for Britain, more than two years after eight former Soviet bloc states joined the EU. A total of 232,000 initial applications for work were made last year – more than 20,000 up on 2005.
The continuing surge in the number of jobseekers is also highlighted by initial applications in October and November last year being 3,000 higher than in June and July. Yet in previous years the numbers fluctuated, with more applicants in summer than winter. Overall, more than 579,000 people have registered with the Government since May 2004, when Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland joined the EU. Almost two thirds of the total – 360,000 – were Poles, followed by Lithuanians and Slovaks, who made up 11 per cent and 10 per cent of applicants respectively. The figures do not include the self-employed, estimated at 200,000.
Although Liam Byrne, the Immigration Minister, insists that the large migrant work-force is benefiting Britain, the continuing increase will cause disquiet among Labour back-bench MPs who are concerned at the scale of migration. Local councils have also expressed concern about the impact of such large-scale migration on public services. John Reid, the Home Secretary, has reacted to their alarm by imposing strict curbs on Bulgarians and Romanians, the latest new EU entrants who can come to work in Britain.
Mr Byrne said the latest figures showed that migrant workers were filling skill and labour gaps that could not be met by the native population. He added: “We need to maintain progress on our immigration reforms and understand the transitional impacts from the accession in 2004 before we take the next step.” Initially, research [i.e. politically-inspired guesswork] for the Home Office estimated that up to 13,000 migrants would seek work in the first year after accession. David Davis, the Shadow Home Secretary, said: “These figures completely blow that estimate out of the water. Immigration can be of real benefit to the country but only if it is properly controlled, taking into account its impact on the economy, public services and social cohesion. This is demonstrably not the case.”
The figures show that although the number of Poles heading for Britain continues to increase, amounting to almost three quarters of all initial applications in the final three months of 2006, the number of migrants from the Czech Republik, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia fell by more than 25 per cent last year.
In another set of figures released yesterday asylum applications fell to their lowest level since 1993 last year as part of a general decline in numbers seeking refuge in the EU. Despite the fall, Britain remains the second-favourite EU destination after France. A total of 23,710 applicants, rising to 27,800 including dependants, sought asylum last year, compared with the record of 103,000 five years ago after the Home Office lost control of the immigration system.
The Home Office missed its target for deporting failed asylum-seekers in the last three months of the year but for 2006 as a whole hit the target set by the Prime Minister. Overall, 18,235 failed asylum-seekers and dependants were removed. [They need a TARGET for deporting illegals?? What about deporting all of them?]
February 28, 2007
Posted by jonjayray under Uncategorized
The article below is from a nationalist site but makes a good point. Why is London a world headquarters of TB? The demographics give a clear answer: Immigrants are only a small proportion of the overall British population but are a massive proportion of the TB sufferers. And since the immigrants concerned undoubtedly live at close quarters with others of similar ethnic origins, that some of those others become infected in no way detracts from the immigrant origin of the problem. Many of the “British born” TB sufferers mentioned would no doubt be relatives of immigrants. The fact that many sufferers lived in Britain for 2 years before presenting to a doctor is also of course meaningless, given the slow progress of TB. I presume that Britain, like any other advanced country, has some health screening for legal immigrants so the problem undoubtedly is a direct consequence of Britain’s large illegal immigration problem
“Lazy hacks at the Labour supporting Daily Mirror have made some very strange claims concerning TB (Tuberculosis)!
Apparently, despite all the reports from various health agencies and trusts, TB has little to do with immigration and everything to do with poverty! That’s why, presumably, it is at sky-high levels in places such as Leicester, Slough, Bradford, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Hackney – but not in Liverpool, Newcastle, Swansea and Plymouth!
Daily Mirror claim: “Half of all TB diagnosed is in British People that were born in the UK!” and “It’s a disease of the poor rather than a disease of immigrants”
Government’s Health Protection Agency says: “As in previous years the London region accounted for a substantial proportion of cases in 2005 (43%) and had the highest rate of disease (46.3 per 100,000). Most tuberculosis cases continue to occur in young adults (61% were aged 15-44 years) and in the non-UK born population (72%).”
Daily Mirror claim: “Most immigrants with TB tend to have already lived here for two years and contract it due to stress and poor living conditions”.
NHS says: “It is true that over half of the people diagnosed with TB in this country were born abroad but immigration alone does not explain the recent rise in TB cases. Around 40% of people born overseas who develop TB in this country have lived here for more than 10 years (but – presumably – have maintained physical contact with their home countries and with people from those countries – Ed.)
If the Mirror tells lies about TB what other subjects does this Labour supporting rag lie about?
And according to the World Socialist Web Site:
“Medical experts are warning about the developing threat of tuberculosis (TB) in Britain, and especially in London. The Annual Public Health Report 2000/2001 produced by the East London & The City Health Authority highlights some of the conditions that have enabled TB to take a hold.”
“Districts in East London have been particularly affected: Newham with 108 cases per 100,000 of its population has made London “tuberculosis capital of the affluent Western world”. The figures even put it ahead of Russia, where the collapse of the public health system has led to 91 cases per 100,000, whereas in India the figure is 41 per 100,000.”
In other words your average Londoner has a higher chance of contracting TB in, say, Barking – than he ever has in, say, Turkey!”
February 27, 2007
What a radical idea!
Arizona and Phoenix police officers will be trained so they can assist with the enforcement of immigration law, under a soon-to-be-announced agreement that changes the state’s approach to fighting illegal immigration.
The Phoenix area is to be the focus, but the plan will put local authorities on the front line when it comes to combating border-related crime such as drug and human smuggling. Members of Phoenix police and the Arizona Department of Public Safety who complete the Immigration and Customs Enforcement training will be able to act as federal officers.
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and Arizona Department of Corrections already have similar agreements in place, and sheriff’s deputies were scheduled to begin specialized immigration-law training this morning.
February 27, 2007
The UK Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) ruled Monday that a convicted terrorist from Jordan must return to his home country despite his arguments that he risks being tortured upon returning to Jordan. SIAC chairman Justice Ouseley said there was no real threat of persecution for Islamic cleric Abu Qatada, basing the commission’s decision on a 2005 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the UK and Jordan that guarantees deportees will not face abuse upon their return. While many argue that the MOUs are meaningless agreements, UK Home Secretary John Reid praised the commission’s decision to recognize the pact since it would allow the UK to continue deporting security threats.
Qatada, who has been held in a UK prison for the past five years under anti-terrorism and immigration laws, plans to appeal the SIAC’s ruling. He was convicted in Jordan for terrorist attacks and is allegedly linked to al Qaeda, which Qatada denies. Amnesty International UK expressed concern Monday at the SIAC’s ruling, saying the commission “discounted ample evidence showing the risk of torture if Abu Qatada is returned,” including Amnesty’s documentation of abuse of so-called “security suspects” such as beatings while victims are suspended from the ceiling for hours at a time.
The UK has come under criticism for its reliance on memorandums of understanding countries also including Libya and Libya. In 2005, Manfred Nowak, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture said the agreements circumvent the absolute prohibition in the Convention against Torture against the forcible return of detainees to countries where there is a risk of torture or ill-treatment. Source
February 26, 2007
Post excerpted from American Thinker
Europe’s demographic situation is in stark contrast to that of the United States, where the population officially passed the 300 million mark in October 2006. The United States is now the third most populous country in the world, behind China and India. Moreover, the United States is growing faster than any other industrialized nation… in fact, it is virtually the only developed country expected to grow this century. All analysts agree that America’s demographic dynamism will have major geo-political implications, especially for Europe.
Some Europeans are beginning to acknowledge this reality. The Paris-based EU Institute for Security Studies predicts that by 2025, Europe will represent only six percent of the world’s population and that its relative share of global wealth and trade will have shrunk. It says that
‘the ongoing debate on the future of Europe suffers from a lack of perspective on the global developments that are changing the context of European integration itself…the risk is that the Union and its Member States will be increasingly subject to, rather than agents of, change.’
The False Promise of Immigration
How did the United States, which turned 230 years old in July 2006, get so big so fast? American growth has been fuelled by a combination of economic stability, high birth rates and immigration. Indeed, the United States is the largest immigrant-receiving country in the world. Some 50 percent of the 100 million newest Americans are recent immigrants or their descendents.
Europe, however, is also a magnet for immigration: It will attract up to 1 million newcomers this year. But the European experience with immigration is quite different from that of America. Part of the reason is that many immigrants to Europe end up on welfare, while in the United States, almost all immigrants take one or more entry-level jobs and work their way up the economic ladder. Welfare is simply not the American way.
Islamic Conquest of Europe?
Moreover, most immigrants to the United States are fully integrated into American society by the second generation, regardless of their country of origin. By contrast, most immigrants to Europe are Muslims who refuse to assimilate and instead tend to cluster in marginalized ghettos on the outskirts of cities across the continent.
Here, too, the American experience is quite different. The best available estimates show that there are between 1.9 million and 2.8 million Muslims in the United States. And unlike their European counterparts, American Muslims generally do not feel marginalized or isolated from political participation. According to a 2004 Zogby Poll, American Muslims are more educated and affluent than the national average, with 59 percent of them holding at least an undergraduate college degree. Moreover, the majority of American Muslims are employed in professional fields, with one in three having an income over $75,000 a year.
But back to Europe: The Muslim population of Europe has more than doubled since 1980, and according to some estimates, there are some 25 million Muslims living on the continent today. Demographers predict that this figure may double by 2015, and that the number of Muslims could outnumber non-Muslims in all of Western Europe by mid-century. This prompted Princeton University’s Bernard Lewis to tell the German newspaper Die Welt that ‘Europe will be Islamic by the end of the century.’
This reality is already influencing European foreign policymaking and does not auger well for the future of transatlantic relations. Indeed, many analysts believe that the steady weakening of Europe is the underlying cause for the widespread anti-American and anti-Israel bigotry found among Europe’s elites, many of whom are bowing to pressure from Muslim residents as a way to buy a fake peace with radical Islamists. Says Fouad Ajami, a well-known authority of the Arab world: ‘In ways both intended and subliminal, the escape into anti-Americanism is an attempt at false bonding with the peoples of Islam.’
February 25, 2007
French far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen presented his election program today, vowing to halt immigration and integration with Europe, which he said was leading France to disaster. Making his fifth and probably last bid for the presidency, the 78-year-old told a convention of his National Front Party he would cut off social benefits to immigrants and “restore France’s borders”.
Amid cheers and chants of “Le Pen, president!”, the far-right leader said France was crumbling under poverty, unemployment, the dislocation of factories and “massive immigration”. “We cannot hide the fact that the situation today is catastrophic,” Mr Le Pen told more than 2000 supporters gathered in the northern city of Lille for the two-day convention. He accused his rivals of “sacrificing French products at the altar of Europe” and said the next president must heed the “no” verdict of the 2005 referendum in which a majority of French voters rejected an EU constitution.
During his one-hour speech, Mr Le Pen described immigration as “the major cause of the overall impoverishment” of the French and called for “strict immigration controls and the return of illegals to their countries”. “We will reserve all of the social benefits for the French people”, Mr Le Pen said, describing the measure as an application of his policy of national preference.
With two months to go before the first round of voting, Mr Le Pen is in fourth position in the polls, behind centrist Francois Bayrou, Socialist Segolene Royal and Nicolas Sarkozy, the candidate of the governing rightwing party.
The former Foreign Legion paratrooper stunned the nation when he qualified for the second round of voting against Jacques Chirac in the 2002 election with nearly 17 per cent of votes, beating Socialist candidate Lionel Jospin.
The National Front convention intended to step up Mr Le Pen’s campaign was overshadowed by a dispute over the collection of signatures from locally elected politicians that are needed to qualify as a candidate. Mr Le Pen accused unnamed politicians of waging a campaign of intimidation against mayors who had agreed to back his candidacy for the April-May vote. “A certain number of mayors who have signed (endorsement forms) are receiving phone calls from people who are trying to dissuade them from signing,” he said. Under the procedure, mayors and other elected officials fill out a form officially endorsing a candidate that is sent to the constitutional council, the body that decides on the eligibility of the contenders.
Founded 35 years ago, the National Front has seven MPs in the European parliament in Strasbourg and 150 regional councillors, but it has no representation in the National Assembly.
February 24, 2007
Posted by jonjayray under Uncategorized
1. Op-eds: Week-long debate between Mark Krikorian and Tamar Jacoby in the L.A. Times
2. Backgrounder: ‘Immigration, Intergroup Conflict, and the Erosion of African American Political Power in the 21st Century’
3. Backgrounder: ‘Becoming American: The Hidden Core of the Immigration Debate’
4. Testimony: ‘Preventing Illegal Employment: Federal ‘Basic Pilot’ Program is an Effective and Business-Friendly Tool’
5. Panel discussion transcript: ‘The State of Politics, Law, and Security in Mexico: Implications for U.S. Immigration Policy’
— Mark Krikorian
Late, great, immigration debate: What action on immigration can we expect out of the new Congress leading up to a presidential election? All this week, Mark Krikorian and Tamar Jacoby debate immigration.
LATimes.com, February 19-23, 2007
Secure Fence Act
Workplace immigration raids
Politics of immigration
Immigration, Intergroup Conflict, and the Erosion of African American Political Power in the 21st Century
by Frank Morris and James G. Gimpel
Center for Immigration Studies Backgrounder, February 2007
Excerpt: * While social scientists continue to debate the impact of large-scale immigration on low-skilled American natives, these same Americans certainly believe that high levels of immigration threaten their economic well-being. Current research shows that these fears are as much alive among African Americans as Caucasians.
* Conflict between African Americans and Latina/os for group position, status, and political power is increasing as most immigrants of Hispanic ancestry settle in areas proximate to African American populations in the nation’s largest cities.
* African American gains in office-holding appear to be leveling off at higher levels of office, while Latino gains are rapidly rising. These gains are coming at the expense of non-Hispanic white office-holders and African Americans, though African Americans are more threatened given their smaller overall numbers.
* Steadily rising immigrant populations will continue to change the racial complexion of U.S. House representation in a number of California, Texas, and New York congressional districts within the next 20 years.
* With the 2010 census redistricting, just a few years away, as many as six seats currently held by members of the Congressional Black Caucus could be given up to Latino candidates.
Becoming American: The Hidden Core of the Immigration Debate
by Stanley Renshon
Center for Immigration Studies Backgrounder, January 2007
Excerpt: ‘The central question of American immigration policy is how this country can help facilitate the emotional attachments of immigrants and citizens alike to the American national community. Given the centrifugal pulls of multiculturalism and international cosmopolitans this is easier said than done. Multiculturalists want to substitute racial and ethnic identities for an American identity, while cosmopolitans think that emotional connections to this country are too parochial and nationalistic and urge our citizens to look abroad for their primary attachments.
‘This paper argues that our current laissez faire policy regarding the incorporation of citizens and immigrants alike, our failures to enforce immigration laws, and the doublespeak that characterizes our responses to illegal immigration are deeply corrosive to the fabric of the American national community.
‘This country faces catastrophic dangers from abroad and major policy issues at home. In such circumstances, pervasive public feelings that reflect instrumental, shallow, or ambivalent emotional national attachments are not only undesirable, but also dangerous. But what can be done? Feelings of attachment cannot be mandated by legislation or instilled by clarion calls to patriotism.
‘This paper spells out a set of proposals to help facilitate and deepen the attachment of immigrants and Americans alike to our national community.’
Preventing Illegal Employment: Federal ‘Basic Pilot’ Program is an Effective and Business-Friendly Tool
Statement of Jessica M. Vaughan before the Colorado Senate’s State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee, January 31, 2007
Excerpt: ‘This legislation is a reasonable approach to a difficult problem, and is consistent with the direction many states are moving, and eventually federal government, I believe. The state of Georgia has already enacted a law making participation in Basic Pilot near-mandatory. The Arizona and Rhode Island legislatures will be considering full mandatory participation this year, and a similar Indiana bill passed a committee vote on January 18, 2007.
‘Mandatory verification of immigration status for new employment is not a silver bullet. Rather, it should be considered as one key part of a larger strategy to address illegal immigration that relies on partnerships between federal and state authorities, and between government agencies. This strategy acknowledges that the population of more than 12 million illegal immigrants realistically cannot be apprehended and deported one by one. Nor is the federal government likely to enact a mass amnesty to legalize this population. Instead, lawmakers should rely on an array of policies to increase the day-to-day enforcement of immigration laws, prevent employment, and encourage voluntary compliance with immigration laws. Other proven tools include electronic status verification for public benefits, immigration law training for state and local law enforcement and public agency employees, strict standards for drivers’ licensing, and rigorous identification standards for financial institutions. Adoption of these policies will convince a large number of illegal aliens that they would be better off returning home on their own, thereby easing the burden on local communities, and enabling federal authorities to concentrate their resources on the most problematic cases.’
The State of Politics, Law, and Security in Mexico: Implications for U.S. Immigration Policy
Panel discussion transcript, January 18, 2007
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