Thursday, July 21, 2011

Born Identity: Kids of Foreign Diplomats Granted U.S. Citizenship at Birth

The citizenship clause of the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution has been a matter of debate ever since it was proposed just after the Civil War. The 14th was intended to ensure automatic United States citizenship to all former slaves with all the rights and privileges as all other citizens.

Today the debate generally surrounds children illegally brought to the U.S. by their parents before the children were old enough to understand the situation and consent to illicit transport. On one count, however, everyone has been in agreement - the children of foreign diplomats who are born in American hospitals or anywhere on US soil are not "subject to the jurisdiction" of the United States and are therefore not to be granted U.S. citizenship.

However, because of lose enforcement of the principle, newborns of foreign diplomats are being automatically granted US citizenship and Social Security Numbers by hospital employees who are not required to inquire into the citizenship status of the partents.
But even that low standard is not being met according to the new Center for Immigration Studies report.

A lack of direction -- intentionally or unintentionally -- from the U.S. Congress has resulted in children born to foreign diplomats on U.S. soil receiving U.S. birth certificates and Social Security numbers – effectively becoming U.S. citizens – despite the limiting language within the Citizenship Clause of the 14th Amendment.

The CIS report also found:
Despite Congress's clear intent, the current application of the Citizenship Clause is so lax that the United States has a de facto universal birthright citizenship policy that denies U.S. citizenship by birth to no one.

There is no federal requirement that hospitals ask new parents if they are foreign diplomatic staff. The same birth certificates are issued to all newborns.

The State Department is currently rewriting guidelines on birthright citizenship, signaling a possibly significant departure from current 14th Amendment jurisprudence. The agency claims that children born to foreign diplomats are "entitled to birth certificates."

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes that children of foreign diplomats are not eligible to receive SSNs, but there is no mechanism to prevent such issuance.

Children of diplomats who receive U.S. birth certificates and SSNs have greater rights and protections than the average U.S. citizen because they can enjoy all of the benefits of U.S. citizenship but also can invoke diplomatic immunity if they break a law. A lack of direction from Congress has created what one might consider a "super citizen" who is above the law.

In order to end the practice of granting automatic U.S. citizenship to children of foreign diplomats, Congress could author regulations requiring declaration of parental diplomatic status on birth certificate request forms. As an alternative, Congress could require parents to have SSNs before a U.S. birth certificate or SSN is issued to a newborn. While this latter proposal might create better results and be more easily administered, it would have the effect of ending automatic birthright citizenship not just for children of diplomats, but also for children of illegal aliens and temporary aliens – an outcome that is more aligned with the intended scope of the 14th Amendment than the outcome created by current practices.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Fake Canadians to be Stripped of Citizenship

Canada is about to track down and deport 1800 people who fraudulently obtained citizenship. The suspects who used human smugglers or illegal immigration consultants, or posed as refugees were identified by Vancouver federal immigration investigators and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Minister Jason Kenney told reporters, "For those who simply touch down and try to get a Canadian passport as a ... passport of convenience, who don't pay our taxes but who do consume our social benefits, I think that's dishonorable." That's quaint, but totally understandable and I agree.

Border jumpers will be notified and have the right of appeal which can delay deportation for years. However, Conservatives introduced legislation last year to speed the expulsion of illegals. Since Canada's 1867 founding, only 67 people have been stripped of citizenship. The current revocation unprecedented and should serve as an example to their southern neighbor, Baja Canada.

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Disgruntled CEOs Abound

Steve Wynn ragged on Obama the other day. He was, however, not the only CEO who has called out the thug antics of Obama. Investor's Business Daily has a few more:
• 3M's George Buckley, who blasted Obama last February as anti-business. "We know what his instincts are," Buckley said. "We've got a real choice between manufacturing in Canada or Mexico — which tends to be more pro-business — and America," he told the Financial Times.
• Boeing's Jim McNerney, who in the Wall Street Journal last May called Obama's handpicked National Labor Relations Board's suit against his company a "fundamental assault on the capitalist principles that have sustained America's competitiveness since it became the world's largest economy nearly 140 years ago."
• Intel's Paul Otellini, who told CNET last August that the U.S. legal environment has become so hostile to business that there is likely to be "an inevitable erosion and shift of wealth, much like we're seeing today in Europe — this is the bitter truth."
• Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus, who observed to radio host Hugh Hewitt last month that Obama "never had to make payroll," that "nobody has ever created a job in this administration" and that the president is "surrounded by college professors."
• GE's Jeffrey Immelt, one of Obama's biggest supporters, who hit out at the president last year. "Business did not like the U.S. president and the president did not like business," the FT reported him saying. "People are in a really bad mood. We have to become an industrial powerhouse again, but you don't do this when government and entrepreneurs are not in sync."
• Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett, another Obama backer, who blasted Obama's bank tax in January 2010 as a "guilt tax," once called Obama's carbon tax idea "regressive" and this month denounced Obama's obsession with corporate jets.
These aren't the only ones. CEOs of battered oil companies like Chevron and Exxon Mobil, media companies like Fox News and Forbes, and business groups like the Chamber of Commerce have also spoken out. When the creators of jobs and wealth are saying the same thing, isn't it time for the White House to listen up?
I would prefer the White House to continue ignoring the CEO smart guys. It is time for Obama supporters to listen up and realize they've been conned.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Green Vehicles of Salinas Crashes

Local government subsidized Green Vehicles notified the California city of Salinas they had closed up shop yesterday. Salinas had an initial investment of $300,000 in the start-up that promised to create 70 jobs in the area. Even after an infusion of another $200,000, Green Vehicles folded almost before any cars were produced.

KSBW has the whole story that is reminiscent of another car company of the last century. In the late 1930's, Germany had backed an automobile maker that was going to build a car for the common people, the volk. So certain of initial success, management deducted money from each employee's paycheck and put it toward the purchase of one of the new cars. Unfortunately, an international misunderstanding we now call World War Two cropped-up. The company made only two cars before transferring manufacturing to the NAZI party to produce war material. After the war, Volkswagen Beetle became one of the most popular and successful cars ever produced with the VW van becoming part of the non-conformist American hippie conformal uniform.

Whether we like or hate the idea of alternative energy/green cars, they will be produced eventually. Green Vehicles was a first attempt for one man and he will try again. Let's hope that next time he does so with private financing and customers in hand, not with promises and a fistful taxpayer dollars.

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DOJ Charge Two with Conspiracy to Act as Unregistered Agents for Pakistan

NBC's Pete Williams (yeah, I know! NBC!) reports this morning the FBI has arrested an American-Pakistani as an
agent of Pakistan's official state intelligence service, accusing him of making thousands of dollars in political contributions in the United States without disclosing his connections to the Pakistani government.

Syed Ghulam Fai will appear in federal court this afternoon in Alexandria, Virginia. He's not charged with being a spy. But he is charged with being an unregistered agent or lobbyist of the Pakistani government.
According to the Dept of Justice, Office of Public Affairs, another Am-Pak man is also charged in the unregistered agent conspiracy.

Two individuals have been charged with participating in a long-term conspiracy to act as agents of the Pakistani government in the United States without disclosing their affiliation with the Pakistani government as required by law.
Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai, 62, a U.S. citizen and resident of Fairfax, Va., and Zaheer Ahmad, 63, a U.S. citizen and resident of Pakistan, are charged in a one-count criminal complaint in the Eastern District of Virginia. The complaint alleges that the defendants have conspired to: 1) act as an agent of a foreign principal without registering with the Attorney General in violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA); and 2) falsify, conceal, and cover up material facts they had a duty to disclose in matters within the jurisdiction of Executive Branch agencies of the U.S. government.
Fai was arrested this morning. Ahmad remains at large and is believed to be in Pakistan. Both face a potential sentence of five years in prison if convicted.
“Mr. Fai is accused of a decades-long scheme with one purpose – to hide Pakistan’s involvement behind his efforts to influence the U.S. government’s position on Kashmir,” said U.S. Attorney MacBride. “His handlers in Pakistan allegedly funneled millions through the Kashmir Center to contribute to U.S. elected officials, fund high-profile conferences, and pay for other efforts that promoted the Kashmiri cause to decision-makers in Washington.”
According to an affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, Fai serves as the director of the Kashmiri American Council (KAC), a non-governmental organization located in Washington, D.C., that was founded in 1990 and also goes by the name “Kashmir Center.” The KAC describes itself in educational materials as a “not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising the level of knowledge in the United States about the struggle of the Kashmiri people for self-determination.”
The affidavit alleges that, although the KAC held itself out to be a Kashmiri organization run by Kashmiris and financed by Americans, the KAC is one of three “Kashmir Centers” that are actually run by elements of the Pakistani government, including Pakistan’s military intelligence service, the Inter-Services Intelligence Agency (ISI). The two other Kashmir Centers are in London, England, and Brussels, Belgium.
According to the affidavit, a confidential witness told investigators that he participated in a scheme to obscure the origin of money transferred by Pakistan’s ISI to Fai to use as a lobbyist for the KAC in furtherance of Pakistani government interests. The witness explained that the money was transferred to Fai through Ahmad, an American living in Pakistan. A second confidential witness told investigators that the ISI created the KAC to propagandize on behalf of the government of Pakistan with the goal of uniting Kashmir. This witness said ISI’s sponsorship and control of KAC were secret and that ISI had been directing Fai’s activities for the past 25 years.

Let's be clear - both individuals are American citizens and have every right to make donations to any American political organization and individual they so choose. They do not have the right, however, to act as agents of a foreign entity without declaration.

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Steve Wynn Rips Obama

Obama is "responsible for this fear in America."

Wynn Resorts CEO, Steve Wynn, bluntly said what many Americans, and businesses people around the world, are thinking about Obama and the current business climate change during a Wynn Resorts conference call Monday. Here are the most damning comments from Wynn:

There are a host of opportunities for expansion in Las Vegas, a host of opportunities to create tens of thousands of jobs in Las Vegas. I know that I could do 10,000 more myself and according to the Chamber of Commerce and the Visitors Convention Bureau, if we hired 10,000 employees, it would create another 20,000 additional jobs for a grand total of 30,000. I believe in Las Vegas. I think its best days are ahead of it. But I'm afraid to do anything in the current political environment in the United States. You watch television and see what's going on on this debt ceiling issue. And what I consider to be a total lack of leadership from the President and nothing's going to get fixed until the President himself steps up and wrangles both parties in Congress. But everybody is so political, so focused on holding their job for the next year that the discussion in Washington is nauseating.

And I'm saying it bluntly, that this administration is the greatest wet blanket to business, and progress and job creation in my lifetime. And I can prove it and I could spend the next 3 hours giving you examples of all of us in this market place that are frightened to death about all the new regulations, our healthcare costs escalate, regulations coming from left and right. A President that seems, that keeps using that word redistribution. Well, my customers and the companies that provide the vitality for the hospitality and restaurant industry, in the United States of America, they are frightened of this administration.And it makes you slow down and not invest your money. Everybody complains about how much money is on the side in America.

You bet and until we change the tempo and the conversation from Washington, it's not going to change. And those of us who have business opportunities and the capital to do it are going to sit in fear of the President. And a lot of people don't want to say that. They'll say, God, don't be attacking Obama. Well, this is Obama's deal and it's Obama that's responsible for this fear in America.

The guy keeps making speeches about redistribution and maybe we ought to do something to businesses that don't invest, their holding too much money. We haven't heard that kind of talk except from pure socialists. Everybody's afraid of the government and there's no need soft peddling it, it's the truth. It is the truth. And that's true of Democratic businessman and Republican businessman, and I am a Democratic businessman and I support Harry Reid. I support Democrats and Republicans. And I'm telling you that the business community in this country is frightened to death of the weird political philosophy of the President of the United States. And until he's gone, everybody's going to be sitting on their thumbs. Real Clear Politics

Wynn has previous called out Obama and the fawning media last April in an interview with Neil Cavuto on FOX Business so I guess Wynn Resorts will not be getting an ObamaCare waiver anytime soon.

Read the full conference call here.

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Good Lord, I Have A Bald Spot!

This is me, in the Hawaiian shirt, with sisters and cousin at our family summer picnic in Lincoln, CA, July 3.

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