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Yes, illegal immigration harms your family

Friday, March 9, 2018, 2:21 pm | Randy Thomasson

How does illegal immigration harm you, your children and grandchildren? You need to know.

The California Democrats’ so-called “sanctuary” law has collided with the U.S. Constitution and federal law, which is being enforced by the Trump Administration’s federal raids in California and federal lawsuits in U.S. district courts in California.

This very public issue requires a moral response from all of us — what’s right and what’s wrong? Please read four reasons why illegals harm you, your family, and our nation.

1. Loving your neighbor includes physically protecting people at home and nearby. Yet illegal aliens have caused more crimes in our state and nation:

In L.A., “dozens of members of a ruthless Salvadoran prison gang have sneaked back into town after having been deported for such crimes as murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and drug trafficking. Police officers know who they are and know that their mere presence in the country is a felony. Yet should a cop arrest an illegal gangbanger for felonious reentry, it is he who will be treated as a criminal, for violating the LAPD’s rule against enforcing immigration law.” City Journal, Winter 2004 (full of little-reported facts).

“About 50 Percent of California State Primary Convictions of SCAAP Illegal Alien Inmates in Fiscal Year 2008 Were Related to Drugs, Assault, and Sex Offenses”
United States Government Accountability Office, May 2011 (especially see pages 12 and 29)

“Using data collected in the SCAAP system for 2009, an average share of 5.4 percent of the prisoners in state and local prisons were criminal aliens. The share was more than double that average in California (12.7%) and Arizona (11.7%).” Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), May 2016

A 2005 federal government report looked at illegals in federal or state prisons, or local jails, in fiscal year 2003. According to the Heritage Foundation analysis of the report, “Those 55,322 illegal aliens had been arrested 459,614 times, an average of 8.3 arrests per illegal alien, and had committed almost 700,000 criminal offenses, an average of roughly 12.7 offenses per illegal alien. Out of all of the arrests, 12 percent were for violent crimes such as murder, robbery, assault and sex-related crimes; 15 percent were for burglary, larceny, theft and property damage; 24 percent were for drug offenses; and the remaining offenses were for DUI, fraud, forgery, counterfeiting, weapons, immigration, and obstruction of justice.” Heritage Foundation, March 13, 2017

“About one in five inmates in federal prison are foreign-born, and more than 90 percent of those are in the United States illegally” New York Times, December 21, 2017

2. Oppose murderous, anti-American terrorists? Oppose a porous border:

Based on the Department of Homeland Security’s 2015 Yearbook of Immigration Statistics:

Not every illegal alien who crosses the southern border dodges Gila monsters and skirts cacti in search of the American dream. Beyond old-fashioned killers, such as the remarkably brutal MS-13 gang, “special interest aliens” hail from nations rife with militant Islam, including Iran, Pakistan, and Syria. Most of these border jumpers may be perfectly harmless, but the risk that even a few may want to murder Americans is a needless gamble.

Federal agents in 2015 nabbed 3,977 people from the four places that the State Department then classified as “state sponsors of terrorism,” plus ten others that the Transportation Safety Administration since 2010 designates as “countries of interest.” All told, 67,180 individuals from those 14 nations were apprehended while attempting to enter, or residing in, America illegally — from fiscal years 2006 through 2015 — according to the Department of Homeland Security’s 2015 Yearbook of Immigration Statistics, released last November.

These latest statistics encompass all apprehensions within the U.S. and at its borders. However, among the 462,388 illegal aliens arrested in FY 2015, 331,333 (72 percent) were apprehended on the southern frontier. It is reasonable to believe that at least some of the illegals from these 14 trouble spots were among those who pierced the U.S./Mexican border. National Review, January 31, 2018

From “Terror and the Mexico border,” Christian Science Monitor, January 15, 2017:

Islamic militants purchase a nuclear device from a sympathetic official in Pakistan and ship the weapon on the flip side of a drug trafficking route through West Africa to South America. Next, the package is smuggled north to the United States-Mexico border.

Although this sounds like the plot line of a spy thriller, it is a scenario laid out in an online magazine produced by the Islamic State, the apocalyptic Syria-based terror group also known as ISIS.

“From there it’s just a quick hop through a smuggling tunnel and … presto, they’re mingling with another 12 million ‘illegal’ aliens in America with a nuclear bomb in the trunk of their car,” the 2015 ISIS article says.

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From November 2013 to July 2014, officials apprehended 143 individuals listed on the US terror watch list trying to cross the Mexico border and enter the US illegally, according to a confidential Texas Department of Public Safety report obtained by the Houston Chronicle.

And last summer, the US military’s Southern Command warned in an intelligence report that Muslim extremists were using existing migrant smuggling rings in Latin America to gain entry to the US across the Mexico border, according to an account in the Washington Free Beacon.

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…large numbers of individuals continue to enter the US without authorization and completely undetected.

Of prime concern are those from 35 so-called “special interest” countries. These are countries where terrorism is an acute problem.

In Fiscal Year 2014, the Border Patrol apprehended 4,585 unauthorized migrants from “special interest” countries, including 66 from Afghanistan, 223 from Iran, 173 from Iraq, 350 from Pakistan, 169 from Somalia, and 61 from Syria, according to the Office of Immigration Statistics.

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In the fall of 2015, for example, five Pakistanis and an Afghan were arrested near Patagonia, Ariz., after crossing the border roughly 20 miles to the south. While no links to terrorism were found at the time, a later search of a Federal Bureau of Investigation database revealed that the Afghan had family connections to the Taliban, according to The Washington Times. The Afghan is still in custody. The five Pakistanis sought refugee status and were reportedly released.

A few weeks later, the arrests of five men described as “Middle Eastern” near Amado, Ariz., along a common smuggling route, prompted an investigation by the Arizona attorney general’s office. It revealed a steady flow of money from Middle Easterners to human smuggling rings in Mexico.

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A growing number of individuals from special interest countries are attempting to cross the border. When they do, Border Patrol agents are instructed to detain them and notify Homeland Security agents or the FBI.

“I personally have arrested maybe a handful every year,” says one long-time Border Patrol agent.

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The conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch has also issued a series of reports claiming the existence of terror training camps on the Mexican side of the border.

“An internal Mexican law enforcement report obtained by Judicial Watch confirms that Islamic terrorists have ‘people along the border, principally in Tijuana, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León and Tamaulipas,’ ” according to one recent report. Christian Science Monitor, January 15, 2017

3. Illegal aliens cost you and your family a lot of money:

“California Accounted for about 70 Percent of Total Costs for Selected States to Incarcerate SCAAP Criminal Aliens in Fiscal Year 2008.” We estimated that California’s total cost to incarcerate SCAAP criminal aliens in fiscal year 2008 was about $1.1 billion. This represents about 70 percent of the $1.6 billion total estimated costs for the five states we reviewed, as shown in figure 21. California’s estimated cost is higher than the other four states due to higher per inmate incarceration costs and the larger number of SCAAP criminal aliens. In 2005, we estimated that California’s total cost to incarcerate SCAAP criminal aliens was about $510 million in fiscal year 2002 and $635 million in fiscal year 2003.
United States Government Accountability Office, May 2011 (especially see pp. 40-42)

The cost of imprisoning each of California’s 130,000 inmates is expected to reach a record $75,560 in the next year. That’s enough to cover the annual cost of attending Harvard University and still have plenty left over for pizza and beer. Gov. Jerry Brown’s spending plan for the fiscal year that starts July 1 includes a record $11.4 billion for the corrections department while also predicting that there will be 11,500 fewer inmates in four years because voters in November approved earlier releases for many inmates. Los Angeles Times, June 4, 2017

LOS ANGELES COUNTY—The Department of Public Social Services reported over $600 million in welfare and food stamp benefits were issued to illegal alien parents for their native-born children in 2014, announced Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. The $604 million consisted of $222 million in CalWORKs (welfare) and $381 million in CalFresh (food stamps). Nearly 20% of the County’s public welfare funds are spent on illegal immigrants. This does not include the $550 million in public safety costs, $500 million in healthcare costs, hundreds of millions spent on public education, or the $240 million cost to issue 1.4 million California driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants over the next three years. “California taxpayers are now spending approximately $2.5 billion each year on illegal immigrants, while the needs of our foster youth, homeless, mentally ill and crime victims go unmet,” said Antonovich. “We must serve the needs of our community, before serving those who are here illegally.” Michael D. Antonivch, February 11, 2015

4. For the United States of America to be its OWN county, its citizens must oppose illegal immigration, which violates our sovereignty:

Sovereignty means an entity (nation, state, individual, etc.) sets and enforces its own policies, and no other power can make it do what it does not want to do.

The United States of America is a sovereign nation with laws that must be obeyed within its borders. Allowing some people to break the law means the U.S. is no longer sovereign and that another force — invaders — is over it.

For example, if you had home rules for your children, but then a neighbor or a stranger came in and told your children they must obey their new rules, not their parents’, you’d be more than annoyed. You would have lost your sovereignty.

Like ancient invaders destroying government markers, or more recently, ISIS destroying thousands of years of irreplaceable artifacts, illegal aliens flout the laws of the United States, then once inside, change the culture from the inside out. It’s a matter of sovereignty and a matter of permission. Anyone who comes into your home or nation uninvited or unapproved is an invader by definition.

The first president of the United States, George Washington, understood that America is a sovereign nation and no vassal to any other. “But if we are to be told by a foreign Power (if our engagements with it are not infracted) what we shall do, and what we shall not do, we have Independence yet to seek, & have contended hitherto for very little.” George Washington letter to Alexander Hamilton in 1796

See the straightforward U.S. laws against illegal immigration:

8 U.S. Code § 1325 – Improper entry by alien

8 U.S. Code § 1227 – Deportable aliens

In conclusion, you see the evidence. “Illegals” streaming into our nation harm your safety, harm you financially, and threaten our national sovereignty. Remember, in the Bible, there were only two kinds of foreigners — those who were permitted, and those who weren’t. The former had to obey all the laws of the land; the latter were known as invaders.

Your land is devastated,
your cities burned with fire.
Right before your eyes your crops
are being destroyed by foreign invaders.
They leave behind devastation and destruction.
Isaiah 1:7

Who’s resigned in Sacramento?

Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 9:45 am | Randy Thomasson

 

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and does not support or oppose candidates for public office.

What does it say to you when elected officials stalk and corner “lesser” people for sexual “favors”?

It’s not unexpected that there are sexual wrongs being done at California’s State Capitol. Most state legislators are godless — which leaves them with the conscious or unconscious motivations of Money, Sex, and Power. For without loving God and people, it’s their default.

Two questions:

1. Have you noticed that every California state legislator who’s resigned or otherwise stepped down in the last few months over allegations of sexual misdeeds is a Democrat?

2. Will this change how you vote this election year?

For the sake of children’s role models, these are important questions for you to answer and to share with your friends. Will you think about them and ask others to do likewise?

Democrat assemblyman Raul Bocanegra of the 39th Assembly District, which covers Sylmar, San Fernando, Pacoima and Sunland-Tujunga, resigned after being accused of groping 6 women. The special primary election to replace him is April 3 (there are several Democrats but also two Republicans, one of which, with enough support, could qualify for the June 5 run-off by receiving the second-highest number of votes.

 

 

 

 

Democrat assemblyman Matt Dababneh of the 45th Assembly District, which covers most of the western San Fernando Valley. resigned after a lurid accusation that he exposed himself to a female lobbyist, with other women accusing him after he resigned. The primary election to replace Dababneh is also April 3, with a June 5 runoff.

 

 

The ironic sexual predator accusations against leading “Me Too” agenda Democrat assemblywoman Cristina Garcia of the Los Angeles County “Gateway Cities” of Montebello, Pico Rivera, Bell Gardens, Downey, Norwalk, Bellflower, Artesia and Cerritos even rocked some in the national media. A woman stalking and groping men? Garcia was forced to take unpaid leave pending the Legislature’s investigation.

 

 

 

Democrat state senator Tony Mendoza resigned rather than face expulsion after an investigation “found it was likely he made unwanted advances toward six women during his tenure as a lawmaker, including four women who worked as his staffers.” Saying he’s innocent, Mendoza has announced he’s running for re-election for the very same seat he just resigned from. Yes, sometimes politics is stranger than fiction. Overlapping Cristina Garcia’s Assembly district, the 32nd Senate District encompasses Buena Park and the “Gateway Cities” of Los Angeles County.

 

 

 

 

In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate — look at his character. It is alleged by men of loose principles, or defective views on the subject, that religion and morality are not necessary or important qualifications for political stations. But the Scriptures teach a different doctrine. They direct that rulers should be men who rule in the fear of God, able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness. It is to the neglect of this rule that we must ascribe the multiplied frauds, breaches of trust, peculations and embezzlements of public property which astonish even ourselves; which tarnish the character of our country and which disgrace government. When a citizen gives his vote to a man of known immorality, he abuses his civic responsibility; he sacrifices not only his own responsibility; he sacrifices not only his interest, but that of his neighbor; he betrays the interest of his country.
Noah Webster, the “Schoolmaster to America,” in 1823

The good, the bad, and the ugly in California

Monday, January 15, 2018, 11:15 am | Randy Thomasson

One the best Westerns ever made was 1966’s “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.” It starred Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, and Lee Van Cleef.

Here in 2018, you deserve to know “the good, the bad, and the ugly” about life in California and your prospects to do good. Here’s how I see it:

THE GOOD

1. Your chance to repeal the gas tax and DMV fee hikes: There’s a pretty good chance you’ll get to vote in November to repeal the unnecessary and corrupt gas tax and DMV fee hikes with a state constitutional amendment. This one has solid language and is currently gathering signatures. If approved, it will protect your family’s money and and trump the Governor, the Legislature, and the state Supreme Court.

2. Your chance to elect a family-friendly governor (and other state and local officials — it’s an election year and that’s good!): The major candidates for California Governor are currently 4 Democrats and 3 Republicans. If you want a mostly conservative governor, you’ll have that chance if you work to help your favorite candidate get elected. But for one of the Republicans to make the November run-off, I believe it’s necessary for other 2 Republicans to step aside.

And all the other statewide offices in California are up for grabs — Attorney General, Lieutenant Governor, Controller, Treasurer, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Insurance Commissioner. Add to this all 53 U.S. congressional seats in California, all 80 state Assembly seats, 20 of the 40 state Senate seats, and city and county and special district elections. What’s more, there will be statewide and local ballot measures.

Bottom line, if you want to change your government, get excited about the possibility of positive change this election year! Think lovingly, responsibly, and actively. Contact your favorite candidates to volunteer yourself and your family for half a day, at their campaign offices or in your neighborhood.

(SaveCalifornia.com provides the above information solely for educational purposes and does not support or oppose candidates for public office.)

3. This might be the year we get religious freedom for wedding-related businesses and pro-life property rights for crisis pregnancy centers:

At the United States Supreme Court is the all-important case of a Christian baker who went with his religious freedom and obeyed God by not promoting a homosexual “wedding.” The fact that at least four justices took this case means at least four affirmative votes in 2018 for the First Amendment (you won’t find homosexuality anywhere in the Constitution). The deciding vote, Anthony Kennedy, seems newly concerned about religious freedom being trampled by homosexual “marriages.” Increasing our chances for a victory is there weren’t even four votes on the high court to accept a Mississippi case from the Left arguing that homosexuality was more important than religious freedom.

And for California pro-life crisis pregnancy centers, there is real hope to see the unconstitutional AB 775 overturned. This 2015 edict of the Democrat politicians required pro-abortion signage in the lobbies of pro-life clinics. At its core, forcing pro-abortion messages at pro-life centers forces them to say what they don’t wish. It’s compelled speech, a direct violation of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which reads in part, “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech.” A similar guarantee is mirrored in the California Constitution.

Now at the U.S. Supreme Court to be heard this Spring, I believe AB 775 has a good chance of being ruled unconstitutional; in the meantime, no crisis pregnancy clinic should post pro-abortion messages. SaveCalifornia.com was privileged to help find plaintiffs for a companion case “lobbying” the high court to take up this vital appeal.

THE BAD

1. More unnatural, tyrannical pro-transsexuality laws: If you’ve been tracking with SaveCalifornia.com over the past year, you know that the Democrat politicians in Sacramento (plus a handful of anti-family “Republicans”) imposed on you new laws that take away your religious freedom, free speech, and ownership rights. In effect today is SB 219, which forces California care facilities to do things the transsexual way, or face fines, closure, even jail time. Another anti-family law that will further confuse children is SB 179, which creates a non-existent 3rd “sex/gender” called “nonbinary.” In September 2018, California birth certificates must have this option; then, in January 2019, the DMV will begin issuing “nonbinary” licenses to anyone who requests one. These new laws defy reality, logic, and fairness, and they spit in the face of Creator God who made people either male or female.

ACTION: If you know of a church-based or religiously-organized long-term care facility, please contact SaveCalifornia.com at 916-265-5650. The tyrannical takeover of religious care homes by SB 219 deserves a First Amendment lawsuit in federal court.

2. Legal marijuana being sold commercially in California: Under California’s foolishly-approved legalization of full-blown marijuana (Proposition 64 in November 2016), commercial sales of pot to adults ages 21 or older kicked in this New Year. Of course, any 21-year-old who wants to make a buck can buy the junk and resell it at a premium to high schoolers. In Colorado, after highly-potent, mind-altering marijuana was legalized only for adults in November 2012, the rate of children using it skyrocketed.

As SaveCalifornia.com explains on our MarijuanaHarmsFamilies website, the Liberal Left wants the next generation to think it’s “normal” to “get high.” Studies show marijuana is a gateway drug to cocaine and meth. Teens and young adults are especially at risk from today’s potent, mind-altering marijuana, which can permanently damage their developing brains and young lungs. If pot is legalized, your health and auto insurance will likely cost more because increased addictions, accidents, and drug rehab will burden all Californians. “Drugged driving” will become commonplace. It will be a new “right” to get high on marijuana at work, even in transportation jobs. Marijuana legalization means cities and counties can OK selling pot in grocery stores and permit marijuana operatives to buy thousands of acres of farmland.

Now, the good news is the Trump Administration has announced it will combat the legalization of marijuana in California and a handful of other states. Federal law says the truth — that marijuana is harmful and illegal. On January 4, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered federal attorneys (there are 4 U.S. attorneys in California and Sessions is hiring more) to enforce the federal law. This hopefully will mean shutting down commercial growers and sellers of marijuana in California. For the sake of children’s minds, bodies, and souls, please join me in hoping and praying that this will indeed happen.

3. More illegals in California than ever: It’s getting downright dangerous now that California’s new “sanctuary state” law is being implemented. The Democrat politicians’ new pro-illegal-alien policy places sharp limits on how state and local law enforcement agencies can cooperate with federal immigration authorities, placing California squarely and provocatively in conflict with President Trump and his calls to deport millions of undocumented immigrants.” Get it? Illegals who are career criminals will not be turned over to the feds but will be released “to go back out into the community, and people are going to be victimized.”

What’s the big picture? The Democrats in charge of California have been using all the magnets at their disposal to attract people to illegally cross over from Mexico. Invaders get virtually all the benefits of U.S. citizenship, including California driver’s licenses and government welfare, with zero legal need to learn English. Today, there is hardly any distinction or benefit of being a citizen versus a non-citizen. Illegally crossing the border has been rewarded with money, so it’s no surprise that, in 2014, California had at least 2.35 million illegal immigrants.

If the Trump Administration comes in strong to rid California of illegal-alien criminals, that would be a very appropriate use of federal power on a matter of national security in the rogue state of California. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), under the Department of Homeland Security, needs to get busy!

THE UGLY

1. Man-made wildfires and mudslides are the result of political neglect: The 9,133 separate wildfires in California in 2017 were not caused by lighting from the sky, but caused by negligent, unloving, or evil human beings. And the Democrat politicians in control of California government are permitting it.

Governor Jerry Brown labels California’s late-season wildfires “the new normal” and is publicly blaming “climate change” for this fall’s rapid spread of wildfires, while ignoring any cause of whoever or whatever ignited the flames in the first place.

Democrat politicians in Sacramento are asleep at the wheel. There have been decades of destructive wildfires in California, but the Democrats still haven’t passed good laws, such as requiring a wide swath — a “no burn zone” — between hillside brush and the houses beneath them; buying many more helicopters and jet planes to compose a quick-response, water-dropping “air force”; or announcing big fines for evil or negligent people who set or spread wildfires.

And beyond “downed power lines” that might have caused the big Santa Rosa fire in October, the Democrat politicians have refused to call on perpetrators to be identified and punished, when dozens of fires in October, November, and December “coincidentally” happened all at once. Wind doesn’t cause fires — people do, and there are enough evil young people in California who gain false significance by lighting fires on windy days. Yet as it is, Jerry Brown and the ruling Democrats are ignoring reality and are shunning the important warning that generations have heard from Smokey the Bear: “Remember, only you can prevent forest fires.” See more in my January 10 blog.

2. California has nearly the highest rate of sexually-transmitted diseases in the nation: The latest CDC statistics from September 2017 are described and linked here: “The problem is particularly severe in California, which has the nation’s second-highest rates of congenital syphilis. In 2012, 35 babies were infected. Last year, there were 206. “The number of reported STDs in California is increasing at a concerning rate,” Dr. Karen Smith, director of the California Department of Public Health, said in a statement Tuesday. “This is the third year in a row that we have seen increases in chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis.”

This is crisis affecting California youth! All of you who know your history or your Bible know that debilitating and even fatal STDs were rare when God’s biblical values of chastity until man-woman marriage and monogamous fidelity within marriage were embraced as the cultural norm. And there was a time when homosexuality and transsexuality, which spread STDs the most, was avoided by the wide majority of people. Oh, the protection and benefits of obeying God’s commands!

ACTION: In your own family and church, please shepherd children’s hearts so that they willingly embrace sexual purity. Here’s a great resource: “Prescriptions for Parents”

3. Nationwide, most who were raised in the Church leave “faith” behind upon adulthood: Why? The government schools’ deceptive lies against God’s existence and miracles have been very successful. The major objections of young adults who abandoned their Protestant or Catholic faith are caused, in part, by the following: Unscientific “evolution” which claims there is no Creator or Sustainer; lack of belief that miracles have happened and can still happen; lack of critical thinking in the Church; no answers to hard questions about God and the Bible; lack of comprehensive bible study; lack of consistency in parents’ faith; and dissatisfaction with the “God is in control” mantra in the face of evil and tragedy.

ACTION: Prioritize teaching apologetics — WHY to believe WHAT you believe — to every family and every youth group within your church. Free videos | “I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist” | More free ideas

Korean War Veterans Memorial, Washington, D.C.