Wednesday, September 11, 2019


Mark Calabria Supported Stringent Financial Regulation of Fannie and Freddie Before He Opposed It

Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency Mark Calabria testifies on Capitol Hill during a committee hearing on "Housing Finance Reform: Next Steps" in Washington, DC, September 10, 2019. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Federal Housing Finance Agency chief Mark Calabria announced on Tuesday that he opposed designating Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as “systemically important financial institutions,” or SIFIs, a regulatory label that brings an institution under stringent financial regulation.

That was a reversal of his earlier support for the designation.
In an op-ed for The Hill in 2015, Calabria and Alex Pollock, now a distinguished senior fellow at the R Street Institute, set out seven reforms they said were necessary before Fannie and Freddie could be released from conservatorship.
The final reform:
Designate them as the Systemically Important Financial Institutions (SIFIs) they indubitably are.  Fannie and Freddie are as big as JPMorgan, Citigroup, and Bank of America and have conclusively demonstrated their ability to generate huge systemic risk. If they are not SIFIs, then no one is; if anybody is a SIFI, then they are.  This is simply recognition that all large financials should be treated similarly under the law.
This is a very different stance than Calabria took this week in testimony before the Senate Banking Committee. There he argued that while the Financial Stability Oversight Council should review the companies under its process for determining whether SIFI designation is appropriate, he said he agreed with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin that if well-capitalized, they would not need to be designated. He also said he did not think it appropriate in advance of the process to say they should be considered SIFIs.
Secretary Mnuchin and Calabria sit on the council that would make that determination. Mnuchin, a chair of the council, effectively wields a veto power over SIFI designations.
The FHFA did not respond to a request for comment about this change in his position.


Poll: Beto O’Rourke Struggles to Conjure Support in Home State of Texas

Democratic presidential candidate and former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke wipes sweat from his brow as he speaks at a campaign stop at a coffee shop Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
AP/John Locher

Beto O’Rourke (D) is struggling to garner support in his home state of Texas, with Joe Biden (D) maintaining his lead in the Lone Star State and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) taking a second-place position, according to a University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll released Wednesday.

The poll, which surveyed 550 registered voters likely to vote in the Texas Democrat primary, was taken August 29 – September 8 and showed Democrat voters flocking to O’Rourke’s competitors.
Texas voters overwhelmingly selected Biden as their first choice, with the national frontrunner garnering 26 percent support. Warren came in second place with 18 percent support, followed by O’Rourke, who fell to third place with 14 percent support. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) followed, just two points behind O’Rourke with 12 percent support.
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D), Juli├ín Castro (D), Andrew Yang (D), and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) followed with five percent, four percent, three percent, three percent, and two percent, respectively. The remaining candidates saw one percent support or less. The margin of error is +/- 4.17 percent.
The Texas Tribune noted O’Rourke’s slow descent in his own state:
“If you look at this in the context of the trajectory of the polling in this race, Warren is moving and O’Rourke is static — not only nationally, but in his own state,” said James Henson, who runs the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin and co-directs the poll.
“He’s down by one point [from the previous UT/TT Poll], and Warren increased by 5 points,” he said. “Her movement nationally is also being expressed in Texas.”
“In a crowded field in which you know many of these candidates are not going to be in this race by the time voting happens in Texas, second choices matter,” Henson said. “And when you look at second choices, Warren’s support is deep and numerically larger than Biden’s.”
Most Democrats surveyed, 43 percent, considered “Defeating Donald Trump” as the most important factor in the 2020 Democrat race. Health care and gun control followed with 12 percent each. Nine percent chose “climate change” as the most pressing issue of the Democrat primary race.
The UT/TT Poll parallels the results of the Texas Lyceum poll released last week, which showed Biden leading the pack in Texas with 24 percent to O’Rourke’s 18 percent. While the former Texas lawmaker came in second place instead of third, it was still a five-point drop from the previous month’s results, signaling a slow decline.
Despite O’Rourke’s struggle to break into the top tier of Democrat candidates, he will appear on the Democrat debate stage alongside nine of his competitors in Houston, Texas, Thursday evening.

Border Patrol Disrupts Human Smuggling Efforts near Texas Border

56 Migrants found by Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents in human smuggling stash House. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol)
File Photo: U.S. Border Patrol

Rio Grande Sector Border Patrol agents disrupted multiple human smuggling incidents–including the rescue of 26 migrants from stash houses. They are frequently raped, beaten, and further extorted by groups often connected to Mexican cartels.

Rio Grande City Station Border Patrol agents received a tip Monday about a group of migrants being held in a stash house. The agents requested assistance from the Starr County Sheriff’s Office and raided the house in Rio Grande City, Texas. A search yielded eight illegal immigrants. Agents determined the migrants’ nationalities to be Mexican and Honduran, according to federal officials.
Over the weekend, agents in the same area discovered two additional stash houses located in Rio Grande City and Weslaco. Agents fount 18 migrants from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico. Officials did not report any arrests of human smugglers.
Elsewhere in the sector, Rio Grande Valley Sector agents disrupted 27 additional smuggling attempts during a three-day period. The interdictions resulted in the arrests of 41 human smugglers with 81 migrants, officials stated.
On Saturday morning, agents working near Sullivan City received a tip about a vehicle picking up a group of illegal immigrants, officials stated. A search resulted in the discovery of an abandoned vehicle. Agents also located six migrants.
That same day, McAllen Station Border Patrol agents received another tip about a white sedan picking up a group of migrants near Los Ebanos, Texas. Agents again found an abandoned vehicle that became stuck on railroad tracks, officials reported. The agents searched the area and found five people who fled from the vehicle. Some of the migrants identified the driver and a passenger who carried out the smuggling operation. Agents determined both to be U.S. citizen juveniles. The other three people apprehended were identified as migrants not legally present in the U.S.
During August, the Rio Grande Valley Sector continued to lead the nation in the apprehension of migrants. These agents apprehended 22,356 migrants — nearly half of the 50,693 along the entire southwest border with Mexico, according to the August Southwest Border Migration Report.
Of those, the agents apprehended 13,537 Family Unit Aliens, 1,969 Unaccompanied Alien Children, and 6,850 Single Adults. This represents nearly a 40 percent drop from the previous month’s sector total of 36,855. However, the apprehensions are still 34 percent higher than August 2018’s total apprehensions for the sector.
Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior political news contributor for the Breitbart Texas-Border team. He is an original member of the Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX and Facebook.

LOOPHOLE USED BY INVADING SAUDIS 9-11 STILL OPEN WITH 6 MILLION VISA OVERSTAYS..... Got to keep wages for Americans depressed at any price

Loophole Used by 9/11 Hijackers Still Open with 6 Million Visa Overstays in U.S.

9/11 hijackers

There are at least six million illegal aliens who arrived in the United States the same way seven of the 9/11 Islamic terrorist hijackers came to the country: by overstaying a visa.

All nineteen 9/11 terrorists — who murdered nearly 3,000 Americans and injured more than 6,000 others in 2001 — arrived in the U.S. legally, with 16 obtaining tourist visas and three others obtaining business and tourist visas.
In total, seven of the 19 terrorists overstayed their visas at some point either before the 9/11 attacks or at the time of the attacks and were supposed to be deported, but never were.
Those terrorists who overstayed their visas include:
  • Hani Hasan Hanjour from Saudi Arabia
  • Nawaf al-Hamzi from Saudi Arabia
  • Mohamed Atta from Egypt
  • Satam al-Suqami from Saudi Arabia
  • Waleed al-Shehri from Saudi Arabia
  • Marwan al-Shehhi from the United Arab Emirates
  • Ahmed al-Ghamdi from Saudi Arabia
Eighteen years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the loophole where legal immigrants become illegal aliens after overstaying their visas remains fully open, with at least 4.5 to six million foreign nationals living in the U.S. who should have been deported after their visas expired, according to Pew Research Center.
In total, there are roughly 11 to 22 million illegal aliens living in the U.S. at any given moment, and more than 1.2 million foreign nationals are legally admitted to the country every year — like all 19 terrorists were.
Foreign nationals arriving on temporary visas continue to go largely untracked by the federal government despite The 9/11 Commission Report pleading with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to implement a nationwide biometric entry-exit system, which would identify legal immigrants who have overstayed their visas and help in deporting them.
As of March, there were more than 415,000 illegal aliens in the U.S. who had overstayed their visas. This includes more than 300,000 illegal aliens who arrived in the U.S. from countries that are not part of the Visa Waiver Program, which allows certain nationals to come to the country for up to 90 days without obtaining a visa. In total, 20 foreign countries have visa overstay rates that exceed ten percent.


Or are we still sleeping?

September 11, 2019

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism.
Two things happened in 2001.
Islamic terrorists carried out their most successful attack on America with the murder of 2,977 people. And the number of immigrants obtaining permanent residency passed a million for the first time in a decade. Before 2001, a million plus was a streak that might linger for a few years before falling back.
These days it’s the new normal. Aside from one blip, we’ve been riding the million plus train for over a decade. The resistance to that trend is currently the one thing we seem to have learned from 9/11.
After decades of being massacred by terrorists who have come here as tourists, refugees and immigrants, we are finally trying to close the door on travelers from Islamic terrorist states.
And it only took 16 years.
That’s because learning nothing from the past has been our specialty.
"A flag bearing a crescent and star flies from a flagpole in front of the World Trade Center, next to a Christmas tree and a menorah,” The New York Times reported in 1997.
Four years earlier, Muslim terrorists had bombed the World Trade Center in an unsuccessful effort to bring down the towers. Omar Abdel Rahman, the blind sheikh at the center of the terror plot, had urged, “We . . . have been ordered with terrorism because we must prepare what power we can to terrorize the enemy of Allah and your enemy. The Koran says ‘to strike terror.’”
Mohammed T. Mehdi, the Muslim activist responsible for the flag of Islam flying at what would become Ground Zero, had been an adviser to Rahman. The U.S. Attorney’s Office had listed Mehdi as an unindicted co-conspirator in the trial of the blind terror sheikh. And nevertheless, the flag flew.
Imam Sirraj Wahhaj, an unindicted co-conspirator in the bombing, who had testified as a character witness for Rahman, had already become the first Muslim cleric to present an invocation prayer to the House of Representatives. He was introduced by Rep. Nick Rahall who had proposed the idea. The invocation included a Koranic curse aimed at Christians and Jews.
That same year, President George H.W. Bush had taped his own Eid message for Muslims.
In 1996, Hillary Clinton inaugurated the first Eid event at the White House. Capitol Hill politicos held their own Iftar event that year. Regular Islamic prayers began to be held on Capitol Hill in 1998. The State Department hosted its first Iftar event in 1999. So did the Pentagon. All of this is still going on.
Not only haven’t things gotten better since then, they’ve gotten much worse.
The height of our counterterrorism efforts took place after September 11 with Operation Green Quest. That was our last serious effort at cracking the infrastructure of Islamist terrorism in this country. These days counterterrorism mainly consists of informants and undercover operatives catching lone ISIS supporters before they carry out an attack. Going beyond that was unacceptable even before Obama.
Under Obama, the Muslim Brotherhood was in the White House and Hezbollah had a free hand.
The War on Terror also reached its height in the creative and relentless attacks on Al Qaeda and the Taliban after 9/11. But, before long, that campaign degenerated into nation-building, endless legal proceedings for captured terrorists in the Bush era, and feeding thousands of soldiers into a meat-grinder with restrictive rules of engagement and negotiations with the Taliban in the Obama era.
By 2003, our response to Islamic terrorism had reached its peak. It’s been downhill from there.
It took 4 years for the lessons of the World Trade Center bombing to be so thoroughly forgotten that an unindicted co-conspirator was able to get the flag of Islam flown at the site of the twin skyscrapers.
It took even less time for the lessons of 9/11 to fly away leaving behind hollow memorials.
After Qari Yasin, a top Al Qaeda terrorist, whose terror plots had killed U.S. Air Force Maj. Rodolfo I. Rodriguez and Navy Cryptologic Technician Third Class Petty Officer Matthew J. O’Bryant, was taken out in an airstrike, there was no mention of the fallen American military personnel killed by his attacks.
Instead Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, the point man for the tough bombing campaign against ISIS, declared, "The death of Qari Yasin is evidence that terrorists who defame Islam and deliberately target innocent people will not escape justice."
That was in 2017.
20 years after the flag of Islam flew at the World Trade Center, we were no longer killing Islamic terrorists to avenge our dead or even to defend ourselves, but to punish those who “defame Islam.”
Meanwhile, Kris Bauman, who had argued that, “the Obama Administration must find creative (but legal) ways to include Hamas in a solution” held down the position of Senior Director for Israeli, Palestinian, Jordanian and Egyptian Affairs from 2017 to 2018 until John Bolton took over the National Security Council. These days, Bauman heads the Eisenhower Center at the Air Force Academy.
The problem is structural.
Our national security infrastructure and our entire strategic apparatus is run by people who think like Mattis and Bauman. It’s run by them under Democrat and Republican administrations. Their views represent the consensus that terrorism can’t be defeated, it can only be defused or appeased.
There’s been some debate over whether we should be negotiating with the Taliban.
We’ve been officially negotiating with the Taliban since at least 2013. That’s a long time to be holding talks when there’s nothing to actually talk about. We will eventually withdraw from Afghanistan. The Taliban will eventually take over Afghanistan. What then is there to talk to the Taliban about?
And yet our foreign policy apparatus insists that we can’t pull out until we get the Taliban to commit to respecting Afghanistan’s constitution. Why do we care about the Afghan constitution anyway? Did thousands of Americans really die in Afghanistan to uphold a constitution that upholds Islamic law?
Or did we begin this war to avenge our dead and to punish the perpetrators and their allies?
The debate over interventionism and appeasement has left September 11 behind. The interventionists insist that we have an obligation to spread democracy and the appeasers claim that we’re warmongers
Neither side likes this country very much. And neither side cares about what happened on this day.
If we are to have a meaningful strategy, it has to begin on a fall Tuesday. It has to start in the cockpit of one of the hijacked planes. It has to start with a prayer from a terrorist and from one of his victims.
“In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate,” a terrorist declares on the Flight 93 cockpit recording. That’s followed by the sounds of the terrorists assaulting a passenger.
“Please don’t hurt me,” he pleads. “Oh God.”
Flight 93 is a reminder that we are a brave and courageous people. But that we have to wake up first.
And to wake up, we have to understand what it is we’re facing. On September 11, 2001, hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands, and eventually millions of Americans were forced to wake up.
Some died. Most went back to sleep. And some still remember.
9/11 was neither a beginning nor an ending. The war we are in has gone on for over a thousand years. It might go on for another thousand making a mockery of the appeasers who lecture about “endless war.”
Wars go on for as long as one side is willing to fight them. The nightmarish reality is that the other side is willing to fight forever. That is a truth too troubling for most people to come to terms with.
But until we understand that, we will have learned absolutely nothing from September 11, 2001.
This is not WW2. It’s not the Cold War. It’s a clash of civilizations. Technology, jet planes and the internet, have allowed our civilizations to overlap each other. War is the inevitable result.
Immigration, not bullets and bombs, is the main weapon of a clash not between armies, but civilizations.
16 years later, we have only begun, not to fight, but to defend ourselves against a clash of civilizations.


“Indian officials want to swap their cheap labor to U.S. investors in exchange for a larger flow of remittances, contracts, expertise, technology, and energy back into India. The two sides have gradually created a U.S-India Outsourcing Economy, which is worth roughly $78 billion to India each year.”

H-1B: San Jose tech firm discriminated 

against non-Indians, favored visa holders, 

lawsuit claims

Caucasian plaintiff seeks class-action status

By ETHAN BARON | | Bay Area News Group
PUBLISHED: September 9, 2019
A San Jose subsidiary of an Indian digital-services company favored hiring Indian and South Asian workers for its U.S. jobs, and used the H-1B and another visa to accomplish its discrimination, a new lawsuit seeking class-action status claims.
Happiest Minds, which has its U.S. headquarters in San Jose, used visas and discriminatory hiring and firing practices to fill its ranks with South Asian workers, most of them Indian, the suit alleged. At least 90 percent of the firm’s U.S. workforce is South Asian, while the rate is about 12 percent across this country’s information-technology industry, the suit claimed.

Happiest Minds, which according to the suit employs about 200 workers in the U.S., did not respond to a request for comment on the claims in the suit.
The suit was filed by San Jose sales professional Tami Sulzberg, who said in a court filing that she started at Happiest Minds in January 2018 as a director of business development and was fired about four months later. Sulzberg claims she was replaced by an Indian man who was on an L-1 visa. The L-1 is a non-immigrant work permit for managers or executives transferred into the U.S. from a company’s affiliate office in a foreign country.
The suit also pointed to purported use by Happiest Minds of the controversial H-1B visa, intended for jobs requiring specialized skills. The H-1B, heavily relied upon by Silicon Valley technology firms, which push for an expansion of the annual 85,000 cap on new visas, has become a target for the administration of President Donald Trump. The administration has dramatically boosted denial rates for the visa after reports of abuses by outsourcing companies. Critics of the visa charge that outsourcers and tech companies use it to supplant U.S. workers and drive down wages.
Sulzberg’s suit, filed Friday in U.S. District Court in San Jose, alleged that Happiest Minds received 188 new H-1B visas or H-1B visa amendments between 2013 and 2018, plus 12 new L-1 visas in 2018 alone.
“To fulfill its employment preference for South Asians and Indians, Happiest Minds seeks to maximize the number of visas it receives each year from the federal government,” the suit alleged. “All, or substantially all, of the individuals for whom Happiest Minds secures visas are South Asian and Indian.”

Preference in hiring is given to South Asian and Indian workers who can be brought in using a visa, the suit claimed.
“Similarly, non-South Asian and non-Indian individuals are often displaced from their current positions in favor of South Asian and Indian visa-ready individuals,” the suit alleged.
Sulzberg claimed in the suit that she had been the only non-Indian among the approximately 25 salsepeople in Happiest Minds’ U.S. offices. Her purported troubles started during a sales meeting about six weeks after she started at the firm, the suit claimed.
“Ms. Sulzberg was the only female employee at the meeting and the only individual who was non-South Asian and non-Indian,” the suit alleged. “Ms. Sulzberg was excluded by her South Asian colleagues who spoke in Hindi, thereby precluding her from participating in certain conversations, and was specifically asked not to attend the first portion
of the meeting involving the whole group.”
During her presentation at the meeting, which was supposed to last an hour, the firm’s South Asian CEO rudely interrupted her, saying he didn’t want to look at her PowerPoint and telling her, ‘Move on, move on,’ before cutting her off after 10 minutes, the suit claimed. The CEO also asked her to book him a hotel room for an upcoming meeting “despite the fact that Ms. Sulzberg’s sales role did not involve such administrative or secretarial responsibilities,” the suit alleged.
The following month, after receiving approval from a senior vice-president to attend a conference in Las Vegas to pursue sales, Sulzberg was told by that executive that the CEO didn’t want her to go, the suit claimed. However, an Indian employee was permitted to attend, the suit alleged.
From shortly after her hiring until she was fired, Sulzberg was evaluated on the basis of how many meetings she obtained, an evaluation standard used at the company for junior salespeople lacking her experience, the suit claimed.
Happiest Minds did hire someone to generate meetings for her, but he went on paternity leave soon after he came on, and didn’t start setting meetings for her until a few weeks before she was terminated, the suit alleged. Despite her lack of help, Sulzberg on her own hit her meetings target, the suit claimed. But less than two months after meeting the requirement, Sulzberg was told her meetings numbers were “below par” and she was ordered to generate two to three meetings per week, the suit alleged. The day after that, she was fired, with the CEO telling her it was for “not having enough meetings,” the suit claimed.
“This excuse was pretextual, as Ms. Sulzberg had many meetings with large companies during her short tenure with the company,” the suit alleged, adding that her prohibition from attending the conference kept her from generating additional meetings.
Four other non-South Asian salespeople were terminated, with one of them replaced by a South Asian man on a visa, the suit claimed. While Happiest Minds fired Sulzberg a few months after hiring her, it retained a South Asian salesman who “did not sell any new business for the company during his first year of employment with Happiest Minds and continues not to meet his sales goals,” the suit claimed. The man had been given a sales portfolio worth more than $400,000, allowing him to generate ongoing revenue from current clients, but “Ms. Sulzberg was not afforded the same benefit,” the suit alleged.
The suit seeks a judge’s approval as a class action, to bring in anyone not of South Asian or Indian origin who applied for jobs at Happiest Minds in the U.S. and weren’t hired, or whom the company involuntarily terminated. It also seeks an order forcing the company to adopt a non-discriminatory method for hiring, firing and other employment-related decisions, plus unspecified damages.

India Has More than 630,000 Illegals in the 

United States

Two Indians have been sent to jail for just three years after smuggling hundreds of Indians into the United States.

Hema Patel, 51, worked with Mexican coyotes and charged $28,000 to $60,000 to bring individuals across the Canadian and Mexican borders. When the illegals were caught, she also used her Texas bail-bonds business to spring her clients from detention, according to an ICE press release.
Patel and her business partner, Chandresh Kumar Patel, were both sent to jail for three years. Patel also had to give up her Texas house, two hotels, $7.2 million in bail bonds, $400,000 in cash and 11 gold bars, the ICE statement said.
The case spotlights the growing number of Indian workers and family members who are working illegally in the United States or are trying to smuggle themselves into the United States.
The growing numbers of illegal-immigrant Indians hope to hide among the growing number of legal Indian immigrants. For example, the illegals can take jobs in retail, service, and restaurants serving the legal Indian population.
Roughly 4 million Indians live in the United States. Roughly half are contract workers or are the spouses and children of the contract workers. At least one-sixth — or roughly 630,000 — are illegals.
A June 2019 report by the Pew Research Center said India is now the leading source of legal migrants into the United States:
More than 1 million immigrants arrive in the U.S. each year. In 2017, the top country of origin for new immigrants coming into the U.S. was India, with 126,000 people, followed by Mexico (124,000), China (121,000) and Cuba (41,000).
In 2016, the Pew Research Center reported that Indians are also the fast-growing group ofillegal migrants. The population of Indian illegals spiked from 350,000 in 2009 to 500,000 in 2014. Their 130 percent growth far outpaced other countries — but it has since been supplanted since 2017 by the massive wave of migrants from Central America.
“The [illegal immigrant] population from India increased by 265,000, or 72 percent, from 2010 to 2017,” said a report by the Center for Migration Studies. The estimate puts the Indian illegal population at 630,000 people in 2017, including roughly 250,000 Indians who overstayed their tourist or work visas.
Another 40,000 Indians overstayed their visas in 2018.
In June 2019, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol said roughly 9,000 Indians were caught illegally entering the United States in 2018, up from 3,162 in 2017.
The 2018 Indian inflow was a surprise, one official told Breitbart News in 2018. “Overwhelmingly [they are] claiming asylum, based on political and religious discrimination back in India … it is not a script or any particular document [but] every story is pretty much the same,” the official said.
Many Indian illegal migrants are allowed out of detention to get jobs before their asylum hearings, reportedly with bonds of only about $20,000.
U.S.-based labor traffickers bring in most of the illegal migrants who sneak across the border, he said.
The Indian “facilitators in the United States are using them as indentured servants [saying] ‘Come work for me three to four years, and every paycheck I keep so much until you pay off your [debt],” the official said.
Mexican coyotes deliver the migrants to the border after taking their passports and other identification, he said. The migrants then get caught, ask for asylum, and are released because of the enormous backup in the immigration courts. Once released, the migrants can begin working for their Indian traffickers.
The identification documents are returned to the migrants once they pay off their smuggling debts, the official said.
This current inflow of Indian illegals is so large that it has created its own backlog of almost 30,000 migrant Indians waiting for asylum hearings, according to June 2019 data federal data tracked by Syracuse University.

Indian migrants have many opportunities to plead for asylum in the United States because India is so diverse. For example, Muslim and Hindu communities have been fighting each other for decades in Kashmir and other districts, while Sikhs, Christians, and lower-caste Indians suffer discrimination in the Hindu-dominated, caste-divided, polyglot patchwork country of roughly 1.4 billion people.
In response to the Indian migration, U.S. officials have begun telling Indian asylum applicants that they must first seek safety in safe areas of their home country before they can ask for asylum in the United States.

Neil Munro

Trump's appointee Ken Cuccinelli at USCIS reminds his asylum officers they can't give asylum to migrants who didn't seek safety in their home country. This is just one of many initiatives in admin's 'broad strategy' to prevent a worldwide rush to America.
Some Indian illegal migrants are protesting judges’ deportation decisions by going on hunger strike until they are released into the United States. “My clients feel that the detention system has not been fair, and they have met with judges who have an inherent bias against asylum cases from India,” their attorney Linda Corchado, told the India-West website.
The inflow of Indian illegals rarely makes the news because it is not yet a recognized idea in the established media — and it is overshadowed by the huge inrush of Central American migrants. Also, many newspapers hire immigrants to cover the immigration beat, so shifting the focus of media coverage towards the concerns of migrants, and away from the sordid business of labor trafficking and the politically important issue of the Americans’ priorities.
However, the media mentions are rising, partly because of trafficking deaths and the growing federal efforts to detain and deport the Indian illegals. In June 2019, for example, Reuters reported:
A six-year-old girl from India died of heat stroke in an Arizona desert after her mother left her with other migrants to go in search of water, a medical examiner and U.S. Border Patrol said on Friday.
The girl, Gurupreet Kaur, soon to celebrate her seventh birthday, was found by U.S. Border Patrol west of Lukeville, Arizona on Wednesday, when temperatures reached a high of 108 degrees Fahrenheit (42 Celsius), U.S. Border Patrol and the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner (PCOME) said.
A pro-migration Indian activist blamed the U.S. government for the little girl’s death and urged that the government welcome migrants. “U.S. border militarization, forced migration, and rejection of migrants attempting to cross at ports of entry have created an environment where a child like Gurupreet can die in the desert, alone,” Lakshmi Sridaran, interim co-executive director of South Asians Leading Together, told the news site. She continued:
Until this system is completely defunded and a new one is created that upholds the dignity of all migrants – we will continue to see unspeakable tragedies, notwithstanding the countless deaths that go undocumented. While ICE and CBP have experienced unprecedented surges in their budgets, their treatment of migrants has plunged to new lows.
In January 2019, immigration officials used a fake university to catch up to 600 Indian graduates who were violating visa rules to win U.S. college-graduate jobs.

Neil Munro

Feds use a fake university to bust college-grad labor traffickers who funneled at least 600 Indian grads into jobs around the US. The trafficking was hidden within the quasi-legal workforce of 1.5 million H-1B, OPT, L-1, TN, etc. white-collar visa-workers.

Also, federal law enforcement officials have arrested numerous Indian-born business executives and corporations for fraudulently getting H-1B visa workers into jobs sought by American graduates. In August 2018, Breitbart News reported:
Pradyumna Kumar Samal, allegedly lied to federal agencies when he said the visa-workers were imported for existing contracts, and he allegedly effectively forced his Indian employees to work for less than the promised wage-levels, said the [federal] statement:
“Nearly 200 workers may have been brought in under the phony applications.  The employees were forced to pay SAMAL’s companies a partially-refundable “security deposit” of as much as $5,000 for the visa filings, regardless of whether they were assigned to any projects that provided them with income.”
Federal officials downplay the scale of Indian illegal migration and say little about the number of Indian migrants who are sent home.

Laura Ingraham

Two ICE officers escorting three deportees (carrying white plastic bags) through El Paso Airport. Destination: Newark then India.

The expanding flow of Indian legal and illegal migrants spotlights the vast population of poor young Indians, and also the Indian government’s economic strategy of exporting workers to other countries, including the United States.
India’s population is so huge that India has roughly 178 million young men aged 20 to 34. That number is more than one young Indian male for every two Americans in the entire U.S. population of 326 million.
In February 2019, the Forsyth County News reported from an community of Indian WalMart employees in Arkansas
Ani Agnihotri, program chair of the USA-India Business Summit … said India has a massive and young population that could provide skilled, English-speaking workers ready to relocate “even at a seven-day notice” and said the majority of doctors in the United Kingdom and about 15 percent in America are of Indian descent.
“India has the youngest population in the world. About 25 percent of the population of India, which is 1.25 billion, is below the age of 25,” he said. “We will be the provider of the workforce of the world in about 15 years, after 2035.”
Indian officials want to swap their cheap labor to U.S. investors in exchange for a larger flow of remittances, contracts, expertise, technology, and energy back into India. The two sides have gradually created a U.S-India Outsourcing Economy, which is worth roughly $78 billion to India each year.
“The movement of high-skilled individuals, personnel, Indian professionals in the U.S., through such programs as H-1B … has been a mutually beneficial partnership,” Indian ambassador Harsh Shringla told a July meeting of business lobbyists in D.C.

Neil Munro

India's ambassador explains why Indian gov't & biz are pushing HR.1044 & S.386 green-card/country-caps bill. Bonus: He thanks Dem/GOP Representatives for helping India's economic strategy with vote to outsource more US graduates' jobs to Indian H-1B/OPTs.
U.S. and Indian businesses employ roughly at least 700,000 Indian visa-workers and 200,000 student-workers in the United States. This huge workforce also brings at least 700,000 Indian-born family members into the United States. Each year, about 20,000 of these temporary workers and their family members get green cards via the “Adjustment of Status” process.
Some of these visa-workers hold jobs in elite companies, and some of those have become senior executives of U.S. companies, including CEOs of Google, Microsoft, and MasterCard, for example. Also, some of the teams which have created valuable companies in the United States also include Indians among their founders.
A large number of Indians living in the United States are contract workers hired for routine technology jobs, including jobs at WalMart and Bank of America, that would otherwise have gone to American graduates. Many Indian visa workers are stuck in lower-wage software sweatshops, where they work long hours in the hope of eventually getting green cards.
Indians display their success in business and education, for example, by highlighting the success of Indian children in American civic competitions, such as high school science competitions and spelling bees.
Some Indian visa-workers reject India’s cheap-labor business style, and embrace American values.
Many of the Indians bring their own culture and politics into the United States. This diversity includes pro-Hindu political parties, regional nepotism, as well as the 4,000-year-old ideas of caste.
The caste system creates a civic hierarchy, and it is so ingrained in Indian society, Hinduism, marriage rules, parenting, education, and careers that it is visible in Indians’ DNA, according to a 2013 press release by Harvard Medical School:
“This genetic data tells us a three-part cultural and historical story,” said [Harvard professor David] Reich, who is also an associate member of the Broad Institute. “Prior to about 4000 years ago there was no mixture. After that, widespread mixture affected almost every group in India, even the most isolated tribal groups. And finally, endogamy [marriage within caste] set in and froze everything in place.”
Caste distinctions are almost completely invisible to Americans, but Indian Hindu H-1B workers have told Breitbart News distinctions can be obvious in casual contact, names, and in business developments.

Neil Munro

You're racist for opposing US corps hiring cheap Indian contract-workers to fill jobs sought by American grads & millennials, says lobbyist working with Sen. Mike Lee & Kamala Harris. Group is very close to passing a green-cards-for-Indian-grads giveaway

The caste system gets little criticism from American progressives because they expect to gain an overwhelming share of votes from immigrant Indians.
Many U.S professionals have told Breitbart News that Indian-born managers bring their Indian cultural practices into American workplaces.
“Indian [managers] only hire Indians because they can manipulate them, exploit them, and the young workers just take it because [any job in the United States] is better than being back in a poverty-stricken nation,” said Jay Palmer, a software expert who forced to train his Indian replacement when he was pushed out of his Florida job at Disney Corp. Indians in the United States, “will work 70 to 80 hours a week … and they won’t complain.”
In a lawsuit against Infosys, a major Indian company operating in the United States, American witnesses reported;
Hiring Manager Instructions: an Infosys hiring manager admitted “There does exist an element of discrimination. We are advised to hire Indians … because they will work off the clock without murmur and they can always be transferred across the nation without hesitation unlike [a] local workforce.”
Talent Acquisition Unit Observations: Recruiters in Talent Acquisition observed that Indians were highly favored, and it was extremely difficult to move non-South Asians ahead in the hiring process. Non-Indians were regularly rejected as being “not a good fit,” – an Infosys euphemism for “non-Indian.” This discrimination is on-going. In 2016 for example, an Infosys manager in their Talent Acquisition Unit observed that of Infosys’ 2,900 hires in the United States, 2,200 (76%) were Indian. She observed a similar hiring disparity in prior years.
Applicant Data Manipulation: Infosys manipulates applicant tracking data in such a way that consideration of non-South Asians and non-Indians is minimized, and the hiring of South Asians is maximized. For example, recruiters have observed that non-South Asian applicants were repeatedly deleted from Infosys’ applicant tracking system, forcing one recruiter to keep a separate spreadsheet of applicants on his computer. Recruiters have also observed South Asian applicants, located by Infosys’ “sourcers” in India, manually entered into the applicant tracking system despite those individuals not having formally applied, thus streamlining the hiring process. Individuals sourced in this way were moved “to the front of the line” ahead of applicants in the U.S. A recruiter also observed that applications for United States positions were regularly not reviewed, and in 2016, approximately 11,000 to 12,000 were rejected en masse.
The growing population of Indians in the United States has increased the diversity of crimes. In 2017, for example, ICE reported:
the owner of several Milwaukee-area gas stations was charged Tuesday with forced labor involving aggravated sexual abuse, harboring an alien for financial gain, and document servitude …  Harshinder Bhatia, 58, forced and threatened an Indian national woman to work causing her to believe that if she did not perform such labor and services, she would suffer serious harm.  The indictment charges that this crime involved aggravated sexual abuse and was furthered by Bhatia possessing the victim’s passport.
In 2015, ICE reported:
Naga Srinivasa Rao Pilla, 38, faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in federal prison for bribery of a public official. Pilla was also charged with procurement of citizenship or naturalization unlawfully, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years … According to the criminal complaint, Pilla, who was ordered removed by an immigration judge, offered to pay the ICE officer $2,000 to help him obtain immigration benefits.
In 2009, a United States consulate in India reported very high levels of corporate and official corruption:
H-1B fraud is one of the top two visa categories for fraud throughout Mission India. All posts regularly encounter inflated or fabricated educational and employment qualifications. The vast majority of these documents come from Hyderabad. In the 18 months prior to the start-up of consular operations in Hyderabad, FPU Chennai investigated 150 companies in Hyderabad, 77 percent of which turned out to be fraudulent or highly suspect (ref F). Most of those cases slated for site visits were to verify the experience letters for H-1B applicants who did not meet minimum educational qualifications.
Tighter procedures helped block migrants who were pretending to be clerics, the consulate reported:
During the last two years, most R-1 [religious worker visa] fraud was detected amongst Tibetan refugees, Sikh raagis, and Hindu priests … R-1 fraud includes both fraudulent beneficiaries and fictitious inviting parties. Since DHS began requiring petitions for R-1 applicants in November, R-1 fraud referrals have almost completely dried up. Since DHS requires 100 percent on-site verification of petitioners, however, many potential R-1 applicants now apply for B1/B2 visas in an attempt to avoid closer scrutiny.
USCIS officials also stepped up oversight of Indians with religious visas in the United States. In 2011, for example, ICE reported:
On Nov. 10, a federal jury in the Eastern District of Wisconsin found Sagarsen Haldar, 31, aka Gopal Hari Das, guilty of conspiring to commit immigration fraud. Haldar identifies himself as the founder, president, CEO, and spiritual leader of Gaudiya Vaisnava Society (GVS), a religious temple located at 2425 W. Ramsey Ave. in Milwaukee.
According to evidence at trial, Haldar conspired to sponsor more than two dozen Indian nationals to enter the country under religious worker or “R-1” visas. Typically, the R-1 applications falsely stated that the individuals were religious workers from India who planned to be priests and perform religious work at the GVS temple in Milwaukee. In fact, the Indian nationals had no religious training or experience, and had no intention of being priests or performing religious work once they arrived in the United States.
Indians complain that their society is riddled with official and caste corruption. In April 2019, for example, the country’s former education minister revealed that she had padded her resume by claiming to have won a college degree. reported:
Union Minister Smriti Irani on Thursday accepted that she doesn’t have a college degree. In her poll affidavit, Smriti Irani said that she did enrol for an undergraduate course in Delhi University but did “did not complete the three-year degree course”.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi faces the same accusations.
Immigration Numbers
Immigration is a government economic strategy which seeks to stimulate economic growth and stock prices by inflating the supply of labor and consumers.
Each year, roughly four million young Americans join the workforce after graduating from high school or university. This total includes about 800,000 Americans who graduate with skilled degrees in business or health care, engineering or science, software, or statistics.
But the federal government then imports about 1.1 million legal immigrants and refreshes a resident population of roughly 1.5 million white-collar visa workers — including approximately 1 million H-1B workers and spouses — and about 500,000 blue-collar visa workers. The government also prints out more than one million work permits for foreigners, tolerates about eight million illegal workers, and rarely punishes companies for employing the hundreds of thousands of illegal migrants who sneak across the border or overstay their legal visas each year.
This policy of inflating the new labor supply boosts stock values for investors by ensuring that employers do not have to compete in a free market for American workers with offers of higher wages and better working conditions.
This policy of flooding the market with cheap, foreign, white-collar graduates and blue-collar labor shifts enormous wealth from young employees towards older investors, even as it also widens wealth gaps, reduces high-tech investment, increases state and local tax burdens, and hurts children’s schools and college educations.
The cheap-labor economic strategy also pushes Americans away from high-tech careers and sidelines millions of marginalized Americans, including many who are now struggling with fentanyl addictions.
The labor policy also moves business investment and wealth from the Heartland to the coastal cities, explodes rents and housing costs, shrivels real estate values in the Midwest, and rewards investors for creating low-tech, labor-intensive workplaces.
The federal government does not inflate the supply of money because it fears inflation would damage the value of money.

Neil Munro

The NYT insists there is no money worth following in the immigration debate. This is Flat Earth journalism, and it allows NYT's snob staff & readers to throw the Racist! smear at millions of normal Americans who worry about their families' wages & housing

Amazon Opens Biggest Campus Yet – in India

E-commerce giant Amazon has opened its largest campus yet, but it is not its American HQ2, it is located in Hyderabad, India, as the firm prepares for aggressive expansion in the country.
Bloomberg reports that Amazon has opened its largest campus building ever in the south Indian city of Hyderabad in preparation for aggressive expansion in an attempt to compete with retail giant Walmart in India. Amazon is making a huge push in India where the majority of commerce is still done through small brick and mortar family-owned shops.
Amazon’s country manager for India, Amit Agarwal, commented on the Indian retail market stating: “E-commerce is so small in India relative to the total consumption, less than 3%.” Last year, Walmart spent $16 billion to purchase India’s biggest startup, Flipkart Online Services Pvt. in an effort to expand within the country. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has stated that the firm will invest $5.5 billion as part of its India expansion.
Amazon’s new campus is the first building the company has owned outside of the United States and spans 1.8 million square feet of office space and will accommodate approximately 15,000 workers. John Schoettler, vice president of Amazon’s Global Real Estate and Facilities, commented: “The largest buildings in Seattle house about 5,000 employees.”
Agarwal added: “This facility will build services globally,” citing Amazon Web Servers, Kindle, Alexa, and Amazon Home Services as services that could be expanded from the Hyderabad offices. Agarwal noted that Amazon Home Services is “innovating on things like doorstep pick-up and electronics repair.”
Amazon is also reportedly in negotiations to purchase a 10 percent stake in one of the largest brick and mortar retailers in India, Future Retail. Local media reported that Amazon is aiming to add food delivery to its list of Indian services and is in negotiations with multiple food companies to launch the service.
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