Mexico fires 7 officials from immigration agency

MEXICO CITY – Seven top officials were fired Thursday from Mexico’s National Immigration Institute, part of a wider cleanup effort at the embattled department amid rampant migrant kidnappings and accusations that some agents have been involved.

The officials directed operations in seven states most traveled by Central American migrants trying to reach the United States and where some of the worst atrocities against migrants have occurred, the Interior Department announced in a statement.

They include the director in the northern state of Tamaulipas, where a group of Central American migrants recently accused immigration agents of pulling them off buses and handing them over to criminal gangs. Six agents from the immigration institute were arrested after migrants identified them in photographs.

The plight of migrants is a source of discomfort in Mexico, which regularly lobbies for better treatment of its own immigrants in the United States.

But despite many efforts to root out corruption, Mexican immigration officials and police are often found to be involved in the kidnapping of migrants, who are regularly extorted for money and, more recently, targeted by drug gangs trying to forcibly recruit them as traffickers.

Link to article.


Yet Another Reason Why The US Must Rethink Its Immigration Policy

Oregon Teen Arrested in Plot to Bomb Holiday 
Mohamed Osman Mohamud

A Somali-born teenager attempting to detonate what he believed was a car bomb in a packed downtown Portland Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Friday night was arrested by authorities, who had spent nearly six months tracking him and setting up a sting operation, officials in Oregon said. 

The bomb in a van parked off the Pioneer Courthouse Square was a fake — planted by F.B.I. agents at the culmination of the elaborate sting — but “the threat was very real,” said Arthur Balizan, Special Agent in Charge of the F.B.I. in Oregon, who identified the suspect as Mohamed Osman Mohamud, a19-year-old naturalized citizen.

“Our investigation shows that Mohamud was absolutely committed to carrying out an attack on a very grand scale,” Mr. Balizan said in a statement released by the Department of Justice.

He added: “At the same time, I want to reassure the people of this community that, at every turn, we denied him the ability to actually carry out the attack.”

The foiled plot was just the latest jarring terrorist attempt aimed at mass gatherings in the United States, including an attempted car bombing in Times Square this past May. In that case, a Pakistani-born American citizen was arrested and pleaded guilty.

“This defendant’s chilling determination is a stark reminder that there are people — even here in Oregon — who are determined to kill Americans,” Dwight C. Holton, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon said.

Mr. Mohamud, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Corvallis, Ore., had been planning for more than a year to cause mass harm to a large and unsuspecting gathering of people — including children — in their own element, according to the affidavit.

Woman sent $800 to Somali terror group

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A woman charged in San Diego with aiding a Somali terrorist group is accused of sending $800 to two fighters in the organization.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports an unsealed search warrant affidavit states that Nima Ali Yusuf was recorded on several phone calls arranging to send cash between January and July.

The 24-year-old is accused of conspiring in California and elsewhere to aid al-Shabab, an al-Qaida-linked militia trying to create an Islamic state in Somalia.

Authorities say Yusuf sent the money in small amounts of $50 or $100.

She was the fourth person charged in the past month in San Diego with helping al-Shabab. The others are accused of helping raise money and route funds to the radical Islamist group.


Mexican Politician Predicts Half Of Migrants Returning To Mexico For the Holidays Will Remain

Miguel Márquez Márquez, a functionary in the Mexican state of Guanajuato, predicted that of the 75,000 migrants in the US who will visit for the Holidays, one-half will not return to the US.

He said the immigrants’ best allies were the Democrats, and now with the strong Republican showing in the November 2 elections, hopes of immigration reform have faded. Márquez said that two years ago, President Obama relied heavily on the Latino vote for election, but the Republican gains in November are a clear signal to the disillusioned immigrants waiting for immigration reform.

Link to article in Spanish.


Patrick J. Buchanan On The Perils of Immigration

Pat Buchanan is far more conservative than Fulano. Pat has an interesting editorial out on the problems the Europeans are having with immigration — both legal and illegal. When you read it, you will immediately see the parallels with what is currently happening in the US.

Fulano is not opposed to legal immigration. But we have learned some lessons. America needs immigrants that want to be Americans. Immigrants that want to join us in our common goals and help in our common defense. Of late, that is NOT what has been happening, especially with illegal immigrants. While there is no doubt that some immigrants seek to be Americans and join us, there are many who are only here for short-term goals: money, free education, handouts, etc.

Here is a part of what Pat Buchanan had to say:

Patrick J. Buchanan

 Is Europe’s adventure in international living about to end?

At Potsdam, Germany, this weekend, Chancellor Angela Merkel told the young conservatives of her Christian Democratic Union that Germany’s attempt to create a multicultural society where people “live side by side and enjoy each other” has “failed, utterly failed.”

Backing up her rueful admission are surveys showing 30 percent of Germans believe the country is overrun by foreigners. An equal number believe the foreigners come to feed off German welfare.

Merkel had in mind the Turks who came as gastarbeiters, guest workers, in the 1960s. Some 2.5 million now live in Germany. Arabs and East Europeans have come more recently. One survey puts the Muslim population at 5 million.

“Multikulti is dead,” says Horst Seehofer of Merkel’s sister party, the Christian Social Union of Bavaria. He wants no more immigration from “alien cultures.” Turks and other Muslims are not learning the language, he contends, not assimilating, not becoming Germans.

Awareness of deep differences with Turkish neighbors became acute for Germans when, grieving in solidarity with America after 9/11, they learned that Turkish sectors of Berlin were celebrating Islam’s victory with barrages of bottle rockets.

Like all of Europe, Germany grows nervous.

Link to the editorial.