Monday, July 31, 2017



    DHS: Obama Gave Work Permits to 2.3 Million Migrants for 2016


    The Department of Homeland Security has released data showing how former President Barack Obama gave work permits to roughly 2.3 million migrants for U.S. jobs in 2016.

    The award of 2.3 million work permits was added to the 2016 inflow of roughly 1.1 million new legal immigrants and roughly 500,000 outsourcing visa workers, such as the H-1B white-collar workers. The combined inflow delivered 4 million legal foreign workers to Americans’ economy in 2016, just as 4 million young Americans turned 18 and began looking for decently paid jobs.
    From 2012 to 2016, Obama boosted this little-recognized work-permit inflow by 73 percent, from 1.3 million to up 2.3 million.
    The new data was released by the DHS as part of its new effort to implement President Donald Trump’s new pro-American policies. The data can be seen at a webpage headlined “Buy American, Hire American: Putting American Workers First.”
    The spike in migrant labor shows that Obama’s deputies “raised the art of bypassing Congress and abusing executive authority to a new level,” said Jessica Vaughan, policy director at the nonpartisan Center for Immigration Studies. “Most members of Congress ….. [and] people are completely unaware of this third pipeline of [foreign] labor,” she added.
    The foreign inflow has a large impact on blue-collar and white-collar Americans. For example, one Ohio-born American software expert told Breitbart News that:
    I have lost my job as part of a mass layoff four times. Three times were directly due to outsourcing and the other was because my security clearance did not come through … because of my finances over a finite period of time … [The] bank foreclosed on my house of ten years in the neighborhood where I grew up, near family. Bank would not work with me. House was sold at auction below market value…. Found job in NJ and stayed in a motel room for about six months until after Hurricane Sandy. We were kicked out when the demand for motel rooms increased significantly … I could not afford to keep my job anyway. My expenses exceeded my salary.
    The expert has a master’s degree in computer engineering and an 11-year-old daughter. She declined to have her identity revealed because she fears being blacklisted.
    My daughter has lived in five states in six year years (2009-2014, OH,MD,NJ,TX,NC) between the age of 6 and 11, impressionable years, because of my forced job search due to outsourcing … I don’t know how I will be able to afford college for my daughter. She is very bright, an ideal candidate. Outsourcing has cost my family literally hundreds of thousands of dollars, between the loss of income, job search and relocation expenses, secondary financial impacts, and the destabilization of my family.
    The massive inflow of foreign workers ensures that Americans are often frozen out of workplaces, she said:
    The significant majority of IT workers [in North Carolina] is from India, some from Phillipines and China. So many that they chattered among themselves in the work area right beside American team members who did not speak/understand their language. Foreign managers and project leaders promoted foreigners at the expense of Americans, to the point of sabotage, in order to send work to foreigners. American workers were virtually immersed within a group of people with work visas from India who spoke very broken English and did not add any above-average value. IT Departments are easy to spot because they look like little India. I was usually the only American on my group IT projects.
    The inflow of foreign labor annually transfers roughly $500 billion from American employees to employers and investor, reduces the use of wealth-boosting labor-saving technology and likely adds to the growing gap between ordinary Americans and the wealthy.
    For example, a recent study shows that fewer young Americans are pushing themselves up the income scale by the end of their careers. “The probability of ending where you start has gone up, and the probability of moving up from where you start has gone down … For whatever reason, there was a path upward in the earnings distribution that has been blocked for some people, or is not as steep as it used to be,” said Michael D. Carr, an economist at the University of Massachusetts in Boston and the co-author of a new study. The academic paper is titled, “The decline in lifetime earnings mobility in the U.S.: Evidence from survey-linked administrative data,” but the Atlantic magazine summarized the paper as “Poor at 20, Poor for Life.”
    Obama’s support for foreign workers highlights the progressives’ globalist claim that foreigners have similar rights as Americans — including the right to live in the United States. In November 2014, Obama told his supporters and the inattentive establishment media that:
    Sometimes we get attached to our particular tribe, our particular race, our particular religion, and then we start treating other folks differently. And that, sometimes, has been a bottleneck to how we think about immigration.  If you look at the history of immigration in this country, each successive wave, there have been periods where the folks who were already here suddenly say, ‘Well, I don’t want those folks’ — even though the only people who have the right to say that are some Native Americans.
    Each year, 4 million Americans turn 18 and join the workforce of 152 million other Americans in search of well-paying jobs. But Obama’s government hurt young Americans’ by expanding the labor supply via several mechanisms:
    Annually providing green cards to roughly 1 million legal immigrants, 90 percent of whom will enter the workforce. The current population of legal immigrants in the United States is roughly 30 million.
    Providing work-permits to a wide array of temporary outsourcing workers, which creates a resident army of roughly 1.1 million outsourcing workers. That population includes at least 461,000 H-1B white collar professionals, 95,000 H-2B blue collar seasonal workers, 76,000 H-2A agricultural workers, 215,000 J-1 seasonal workers and 311,000 L-1 white-collar and blue-collar workers, according to the Economic Policy Institute.
    Ordering immigration officials to largely ignore the population of roughly 8 million established or recent illegal immigrants. Roughly 40 percent of the illegals are “overstays” who did not leave the country when their tourist visas and work permits expired.
    Boosting the number of work-permit workers from 1.33 million in 2012 to 2.3 million in 2016.
    In contrast, Trump is developing a new merit-based immigration reform to aid young Americans by trimming the inflow of foreign workers into the U.S. economy. However, his proposals are opposed by many business groups which want to import new consumers and extra workers. 
    Federal work permits are formally called “Employment Authorization Documents.” Each permit normally lasts for one year, although the younger illegals approved under Obama’s 2012 ‘DACA’ amnesty get two-year work permits.
    Many of EAD recipients can annually renew their documents for several years. Many eventually go home and roughly 500,000 graduate each year to green cards, which provide them with long-term work permits and a path towards citizenship. 
    The 2016 EADs were given to 58 complicated categories of migrants and foreign workers, including 190,000 people admitted under Temporary Protected Status rules, 72,000 new refugees, at least 200,000 foreign students, and to at least 250,000 people who are trying to extend their temporary visas.
    The new EADs work-permit data exposes the scale of the EAD workforce but still leaves much complexity and uncertainty.
    Some DHS data is contradictory. The new data shows that 200,000 foreign students were given “Occupational Practical Training” EADs in 2016 after they graduated from U.S. colleges. But data provided by DHS to Breitbart News in June showed that roughly 330,000 foreign graduates were given “OPT” work permits in 2016. If that higher number is correct, Obama pushed the resident 2016 population of EAD workers above 2.4 million.
    Some of the EAD documents last more than one year, bumping up the total number of resident foreign EAD workers. For example, the DHS data showed that 186,902 younger illegal immigrants were given Obama’s “DACA’ two-year EAD work permits in 2016 — but another 514,678 were given two-year permits in 2015. Combined, those two-year EADs created a legal workforce of 700,000 DACA illegals in 2016, boosting the EAworkforcece to 2.3 million in 2016. 
    Obama’s welcome for Central American migrants spiked the EAD awards. For example, the number of people admitted to request a court-approved asylum status spiked from 54,827 in 2012 up to 269,806 in 2016. Another 78,713 people were given EADs in 2016 by being “paroled” into the United States, up from 28,4023 in 2012.
    Some of the 2016 EADs were given to illegal immigrants whom the Obama administration declined to send home. In 2016, 32,264 illegal aliens with a “Final Order of Deportation” were allowed to stay and work by the administration. Some of those working illegals were from foreign states that refused to accept their repatriated citizens. SInce January, Trump’s deputies have successfully pressured several foreign nations to accept their deported citizens. 
    The spouses of outsourcing workers — such as H-1Bs, J-1s and L-1s — do not have their own work visas. But Obama allowed 76,0000 of the spouses to get EADs. In 2016, EADs were given to 25,677 spouses of L-1 workers, who are employees of foreign companies given permission to work in the United States at wages levels set in their own countries, such as India. Also, EADs were given to 10,152 spouses of J-1 summer travel workers, and another 41,526 EADs were given to the spouses of H-1B workers following a regulatory change established in 2015. 
    Many outsourcing workers, such as H-1Bs, can get EADs when their visas expire. Under existing law, companies are allowed to request green cards for 140,000 visa workers and their families each year. Once an outsourcing worker is approved for one of the 140,000 green cards, he continued working by getting EADs until they eventually get their green card, perhaps several years later. Without the EADs, nearly all of the H-1Bs would return home. 
    Many EADs are awarded via myriad smaller visa programs. For example, 8,069 EADs were given to people in 2016 who have been approved to get one of the 10,000 “U Visas” granted each year to foreign witnesses of domestic crime. Another 2,264 EADs were given to foreigners who say their American spouse abused them.
    Trump’s new pro-American policies will trim the number of EAD workers in many of the smaller categories, said Vaughan. But the numbers will not drop much unless the administration uses its legal authority to curb the major programs, such as the H-1B, OPT, and DACA giveaways, she said.
     “It is no wonder that there is such abysmal labor force participation rates among Americans because a lot of these people are working in jobs that Americans and legal immigrants don’t have access to,” she said. “It shows where the Trump administration needs to take action if it is truly concerned about having employers hire Americans.”
    Many polls show that Americans are very generous, they do welcome individual immigrants, and they do want to like the idea of immigration. But the polls also show that most Americans are increasingly worried that large-scale legal immigration will change their country and disadvantage themselves and their children.
    The current annual flood of foreign labor spikes profits and Wall Street values by cutting salaries for manual and skilled labor offered by blue-collar and white-collar employees. It also drives up real estate priceswidens wealth-gaps, reduces high-tech investment, increases state and local tax burdens, hurts kids’ schools and college education, and sidelines at least 5 million marginalized Americans and their families.


    South Haven, Mississippi police accused of executing auto mechanic in address mix-up

    By Matthew MacEgan
    31 July 2017
    Last Sunday, Ismael Lopez, 41, an auto mechanic originally from Veracruz, Mexico, was shot and killed by police officers in Southaven, Mississippi, a suburb of Memphis, Tennessee in what officials have described as an apparent address mix-up. The attorney for Lopez’s family claims that he was shot in the back of the head execution style through the front door of their home.
    A statement released by Lopez’s family last week said he was a loving husband and father, a hard worker, and a mentor in the community. “There is no reasonable explanation about why or how this happened to our Ismael, but we believe his memory demands answers, accountability and justice.”
    Lopez had been a resident of the neighborhood for 13 years, and the only time the police had ever been to his home was when the family had been robbed. The officer who killed Lopez, unidentified as of this writing, has been placed on administrative leave.
    On Friday, attorney Murray Wells, who is representing the wife and son of Lopez, contacted the Justice Department to demand a federal investigation of the incident, saying that they believe the man’s death was an execution and that the officers involved should face criminal charges.
    According to District Attorney John Champion of northern Mississippi’s DeSoto County, two officers were present Sunday evening when Lopez was killed in his home. Champion stated last week that those officers fired their weapons after a dog “burst” out of the house as they searched for a suspect and claimed that Lopez had pointed a gun at them through an open door. Champion stated that the officers began shouting “put the gun down, put the gun down,” after which they fired multiple shots toward the door.
    Wells, however, gives a different account. After hiring investigators and interviewing Lopez’s neighbors, he discovered that police did not have a warrant for Lopez and were at the wrong address. He also reports that Lopez was shot through a closed front door and that he did not have a gun in his hand when he was killed. Wells stated earlier last week that “this is incredibly tragic and embarrassing to this police department that they can’t read house numbers.”
    An official autopsy report by the county coroner or a doctor has not been released and could take up to eight weeks to complete.
    According to local media reports a sheriff from a neighboring county had requested that Southaven police look for a domestic violence suspect who was not Lopez. The Southaven Police Department claims that the officers were supposed to serve a warrant to Samuel Pearman, who lives across the street from Lopez.
    Wells also disputed this claim, pointing out that Pearman had been identified and questioned by police as a possible witness to the shooting and was not detained as would be expected for someone with a warrant out for their arrest. “There was not an active warrant in effect on July 23. They were not, in fact, executing a warrant,” Wells noted. A warrant was not put out on Pearman until July 24, the day after Lopez was murdered by the police.
    “I wound up talking to the police that night too. They wanted to know what I heard. They said they were responding to a shots fired call,” Pearman stated in a Facebook Live video recorded just before he was arrested earlier this week on domestic abuse charges.
    “We haven’t talked to Mr. Pearman. We have been fortunate enough to let the press do some of that for us. So, we’ve been able to see his position. From what we understand, he’s terrified himself. He believes that he was the target of a coordinated effort to execute him,” Wells said at a public news conference in Memphis on Friday. “I don’t know the truth of that statement, but they sure came in guns a-blazing, I guess believing that Mr. Pearman was in there without an active warrant.”
    Lopez’s wife, Claudia Linares, claims that Lopez never had a gun in his hands and that police started shooting despite the family’s door being closed. A family friend relayed, “She said when he got up, she heard footsteps all the way up to the door, she heard the doorknob turn, and then after the doorknob turned it was just gunshots from there.”
    “We think it was an execution,” Wells explained. “Now, when you’re firing through a door, we think it complicates things. Physical evidence says their story isn’t true.”
    Wells suggested that “[t]his man died while running away from people who were trespassing on his premises.”
    The attorney also made a case that police and city officials are covering up facts about the shooting.
    At this point in time, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is still performing their investigation and will turn their findings over to Champion, who will decide whether to pursue charges. Southaven police have referred questions to the bureau, which did not immediately return a call from the media seeking comment. The DeSoto County coroner had also failed to return similar calls.
    In addition to criminal charges being brought against the officers involved, Wells also called for their resignation as well as that of the Southaven police chief. He told reporters that he was contacting the Justice Department asking them to bring in federal investigators.
    Federal investigations into police killings are incredibly rare and regularly concluded without charges being brought or prosecutions. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has promised to pull back even the pretense of federal oversight put in place by the Justice Department during the Obama administration.

    AMERICA IN SUICIDE: Is this the final death of the middle-class?

    "A growing number of people in the US,
    many of them working class and living 
    in small towns or rural areas, feel that 
    debt, deteriorating economic 
    conditions or outright poverty have 
    deprived them of a future worth living. 
    Scarpelli and Colant were erstwhile 
    successful professionals living in the 
    middle of New York City."

    Manhattan couple commit suicide due to “financial spiral”
    By Isaac Finn
    31 July 2017
    On the morning of Friday, July 28, a middle-aged couple jumped to their death from a building in mid-town Manhattan. In their suicide notes the couple explained they “cannot live with” their “financial reality.”
    According to media reports, Glenn Scarpelli, 53, and his wife, Patricia Colant, 50, were seen the night before their deaths removing their belongings from their home and putting them on the curb—a sign they may have been recently evicted. The following morning they leaped from the ninth floor of a Madison Avenue building, where Scarpelli worked as a chiropractor and Colant as his receptionist.
    The couple had placed their respective suicide notes and IDs inside plastic bags in their pockets.
    Scarpelli’s note, which was headed, “We had a wonderful life,” explained, “Patricia and I had everything in life,” before referring to the couple’s “financial spiral.”
    Colant’s letter also provided contact information for family and friends, and instructions on how to notify their two children about their deaths.
    Friends and relatives of Scarpelli and Colant have expressed shock to the media over the couple’s death, and it has been widely reported that the family was well known and liked at restaurants and bars in New York’s financial district—where they lived.
    Scarpelli was also known for generosity with his time. Following the events of September 11, 2001, he volunteered countless hours as a chiropractor at ground zero. Adam Lamb, a fellow volunteer, told the New York Post, “We helped adjust for stressed and freaked out firefighters, policemen anyone who needed help.”
    Amy Lambert, who rented a room at Scarpelli’s Madison Wellness Center, described him as someone who “just wanted to help people.” She also noted that he “never turned anyone away if they couldn’t afford his services.”
    Scarpelli’s father, Joseph C. Scarpelli, was mayor of Brick Township, New Jersey, until he was named in a federal government corruption probe. The elder Scarpelli was eventually sentenced to 18 months in jail.
    New York Police Department Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce told the media that the source of the couple’s money problems was unclear. However, part of the difficulties seem to stem from Scarpelli’s student loans. In 2013 a federal judge ordered him to pay almost $62,000 as part of a lawsuit by the government over his failure to repay loans he took out in 2000 as a student at Logan College of Chiropractic (now Logan University) in Chesterfield, Missouri in suburban St. Louis.
    Scarpelli and Colant also sent both their children to the prestigious Loyola High School, which costs roughly $38,000 a year. Their daughter Isabella, 20, is currently a student at St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas, and their son, Joseph, 19, attends the University of Miami.
    The family also had a lien against them from September showing they owed $23,304 in federal back taxes, and a separate lien in April 2015 revealed they were $232,295 in arrears.
    Numerous friends of the couple have told the media they were entirely unaware of the financial problems, and some have speculated that other factors may have contributed to Scarpelli and Colant’s decision to end their lives. Further details may well emerge over the course of the next few days.
    According to a report published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine in 2015, a close relation exists between the rise in suicide rates among 40 to 64-year-olds and economic instability or decline. The report notes that “external economic factors” were tied to 37.5 percent of all suicides in 2010 compared to 32.9 percent in 2005. From 2000 to 2014, the Journal pointed out, there was an increase in suicide rates by 43 percent for men and 63 percent for women between the ages of 45 to 64.
    A growing number of people in the US, many of them working class and living in small towns or rural areas, feel that debt, deteriorating economic conditions or outright poverty have deprived them of a future worth living. Scarpelli and Colant were erstwhile successful professionals living in the middle of New York City.