Thursday, August 1, 2013

The Problem of Illegal Immigration

Illegal Immigration

In a recent survey four hundred thousand business executives were asked their opinion on the illegal immigration issue. These executives who are employees of some of the top companies in North America were simply asked if they supported illegal immigration and what should be done about the estimated  12â��24 (76,000,000 million by the year 2012) illegal or undocumented immigrants that currently reside within US boarders. Because the mainstream media often claims that business leaders are in favor of illegal immigration because they need the cheap labor, the results were somewhat surprising.

Three-quarters of the respondents answered that they oppose illegal immigration. Of those executives, nearly half believed that immigrants should be immediately deported back to their country of origin. About one quarter supported some form of partial amnesty, while only five percent supported full and total amnesty. In the end, most executives believe illegal aliens should not receive special treatment for breaking the law and that they should go through proper channels and apply for citizenship legally. The minority of respondents believed in some type of guest worker program for qualified applicants.

So what accounts for the massive disconnect between the media perception of business executives and their actual, documented opinions? One reason might be the simple fact that business leaders pay attention to the economy and that they are aware of the increasing costs of illegal immigration. As we speak there are between 12 and 24 million illegal immigrants in the country today. Many of these immigrants do not pay taxes and it is estimated that this costs the government $35 billion a year in income taxes. And who do you think has to cover the cost of that discrepancy?

The truth is that business leaders are often subject to the highest tax rates in the land and they know their rates will only increase as the number of tax cheats increase. At the same time they know that illegal immigrants receive in excess of $30 billion a year in government benefits. You don't need a degree in accounting to conclude that people who do not pay taxes while they receive government benefits are costing the country a fortune. In the end, it is the average tax payer who has to cover the cost of benefits that illegal immigrants cannot or will not pay for.

It is also an undeniable fact that illegal immigration is putting a strain on the public school system. Recent reports tell us that over 96 percent of the increase in enrollment in schools is due to immigration, legal or otherwise. The parents of these new students often do not pay any taxes, which means that they are contributing nothing to the education budget. It also means that these costs are passed along to everyone else in the form of higher property and income taxes.

Illegal immigration is also doing a number on hospitals throughout the US. According to their own reports, hospitals paid over $35 billion dollars in uncompensated healthcare last year. The majority of these unpaid bills can be traced back to illegal immigrants. The hard truth is that illegal immigrants don't have healthcare so they use the hospitals as if they were a doctor's office, and hospitals simply cannot deal with the deluge. In fact, many hospitals in high immigrant states like California and Texas have been forced to close their doors because they can no longer afford to cover the unpaid bills.

In the final analysis, the country simply cannot afford the massive influx of tens of millions of foreigners, most of whom do not pay taxes, do not have health insurance and do not speak the language. Business leaders seem to know this and they are finally making their opinion known.

Govt. to flush out illegal immigrants

Aliens crackdown continues

Crackdown on Foreigners

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The government is talking tough, insisting that it will not relent in the crackdown on foreigners who are in the country illegally. Internal Security Minister Professor George Saitoti and Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere said the operation that has seen over seven hundred aliens arrested so far will continue for as long as security operatives deem it necessary. Meanwhile the government has also admitted that deporting Al Faisal is proving a hard nut to crack, Citizen TVs Associate Editor Abdi Osman reports.

Ethiopians charged

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A Kibera magistrate Grace Nzioka on Friday ordered 89 foreigners who were living in the country illegally to pay a fine of 10,000 shillings each and be deported immediately. The 89 Ethiopians who were arrested mid-week risk a jail sentence of 3 months should they fail to pay the fine and will be deported after serving the sentence. Nimrod Tabu reports.

Kenya: Gov't to pay $460k to rendition victims
Posted: Aug 01, 2013 5:44 AM CDTUpdated: Aug 01, 2013 12:25 PM CDT
Associated Press
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - A Kenyan court has awarded compensation to 11 victims of the largest illegal deportation of terrorism suspects in Africa to countries with appalling human rights records, a lawyer said Thursday.
The illegal deportations to countries that do not uphold human rights were meant to facilitate long periods for interrogations of the suspects - beyond the prescribed periods - by various security agencies including the FBI and CIA, said Mbugua Mureithi, who represented the 11 victims.
Some of the suspects deported to those countries had complained of torture, he said.
Judge Mumbi Ngugi ordered the Kenya government to pay nearly a total of $460,000 as restitution and ruled that their 2007 deportations from Kenya to Somalia and finally Ethiopia were unlawful and unconstitutional, Mureithi said.
The court announced the judgment Wednesday but the written report was to be released Thursday, he said.
The victims, eight Kenyans, two Tanzanians and a Rwandan, were part of a group of more than 100 who were detained in Ethiopia. Some were caught at different times sneaking into Kenya from Somalia, where they were escaping a U.S.-supported Ethiopian army offensive against an Islamic extremist group that controlled much of Somalia. Others were arrested in Kenya.
The Islamic Courts Union had seized control of much of southern Somalia in 2006. Ethiopian authorities worried the Islamic extremists had designs on Ethiopian territory that is ethnically Somali and the U.S. was concerned the Somali Islamists were harboring terrorists. The Ethiopians entered the country at the end of 2006 and drove the Islamists from power.
The CIA began an aggressive program in 2002 to interrogate suspected terrorists at an unknown number of secret locations from Southeast Asia to Europe. Prisoners were frequently picked up in one country and transferred to a prison in another, where they were held incommunicado by a cooperative intelligence service. But former President George W. Bush announced in 2006 that all the detainees had been moved to military custody at Guantanamo Bay.
Some of the more than 100 suspects held in Ethiopian renditions were detained for more than 18 months before being released without charge.
Mureithi said Ngugi found that the 11 suspects had been tortured although she exonerated the companies which provided the planes to ferry the suspects from liability. Mureithi said he was not happy with the amount of compensation the court awarded.
"In order to prevent this from happening again the court should have given higher compensation," Mureithi said. "The compensation is not commensurate to the experiences the victims were put through."
He said the court's judgment is "precedent-setting" but is not enough to stop Kenya's government from carrying out such rights violations.
"Unlike in the West where decisions of the court are taken seriously, and it changes behavior, I don't think things are taken seriously in this country. This is just another judgment. I am trying to be optimistic but I don't think this will change things," he said. "That's why substantial damages are necessary they should feel pain in the pocket."
Mureithi said he is waiting for instructions from his clients on whether to sue the United States for its role in the interrogations.
Human rights groups have long accused Kenyan authorities of having a tendency to circumvent the law when they face public pressure for action against crime or terrorism.
Rights groups have accused the police of a culture of executing terror suspects when they cannot secure convictions. The group Muslims for Human Rights says 13 people who were suspected of having links to terror groups have either been killed or have disappeared in unclear circumstances in Kenya so far this year. At least 18 people were killed or disappeared last year, it said.
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Deported drug lord arrested in Nairobi's Eastleigh area

NAIROBI, KENYA: An Ethiopian national who was among drug lords deported last month over involvement in narcotics trafficking has been arrested in Nairobi's Eastleigh area.
Police say Solomon Walde Haulu, 76 sneaked back to the country at undisclosed date and hid in Eastleigh where he was arrested on Thursday night. He had been deported on June 11 for being in Kenya illegally and over accusations of being a drug trafficker.
He was linked to local and international drug trafficking network despite his old age. He also operated a major gang in Nigeria section of Mathare slums, which police say is the main supply point of hard drugs in the city.
According to police, he sneaked back to Kenya from Uganda through the Malaba border and he did not have documents at the time of his arrest.Â
Haulu was expected in court on friday as police continue with their investigations.
"He seems to have either used an orthodox route here or he hid the documents to avoid being known how he came but we will know," said head of Speacial Crimes Prevention Unit that arrested him following a tip off. He was found in a house next to the one he used to stay before his deportation.Â
The man is among close to 30 other foreigners who were deported in June  for  alleged involvement in international crimes. Seven out of theforeigners are believed to be key members of drug cartels operating in Kenya and have in the past been arrested on narcotic offences.
And police are yet to trace the whereabouts of a Nigerian national who sneaked back days after he was too deported.
An officer based at the Namanga border post, Edward Kabiu Njau, was charged in court for unlawfully assisting Eneke Chimenze to enter the country illegally on July 9. Mr Chimenze had been deported together with the controversial Nigerian drug dealer Anthony Chinedu.
He has been on the run since then.
"We still fear he may harm the officers who participated in his deportation or other people in general. Efforts to get him are ongoing," said Nairobi Area head of CID Nicholas Kamwende.
When they were deported on June 3 they caused drama in Lagos prompting the detention of their plane for two weeks.
The Nigerian government came out to declare that it was the one holding the seven Kenyan government officials and five airline crew who had escorted Mr Chinedu and his compatriots.
Chinedu’s deportation caused a diplomatic storm after authorities in Lagos detained a plane that deported them for days saying it had flouted their aviation rules.
The plane and its crew, immigration officials and police were later released on the intervention of president Goodluck Jonathan
Russian Kurtasov Andrey, 42 was also deported several days after then acting interior cabinet secretary Githu Muigai ordered for his deportation.
They include Anthony Chinedu, Johnson Obina, Eneke Chimenze, Emmanuel Peter, Paul Maison, Christopher Nanyelu, John Peter Osinomuno, Ismail Adengule, Michael Olabaji, Paul Owasene, Adu Kolawale, Kenneth Chikenzi, Johnson Obina, Adebiyi Oluwatosini, Peter Sessie and Obira Onzama.
Also deported were Diawara Mamady and Komani Camara (Guinea Bissau); Solomon Haulu ( Ethiopia), Abubakar Toure (Ivory Coast), Mohammed Dokure (Burundi), Asif Mohammed and Mohammed Khan (Pakistan), and Mohammed Kamara (Sierra Leone).

Kenya: Manhunt for deported drugs

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Twenty-seven foreigners, mostly Nigerians, have been arrested in a swoop following the surreptitious return to Kenya of one of the suspected Nigerian drug traffickers deported to Nigeria last month.
Thirteen of them are to be arraigned in court on Monday on charges of being in the country illegally, said Dr Josiah Musili, head of investigations and prosecutions at the Immigration Department.

Eneke Chimenze alias Anaeke Chimezie was deported together with the controversial Nigerian businessman Anthony Chinedu.

But officials said an immigration officer at the Namanga border point cleared him even after the border control database indicated that the man was a prohibited immigrant.

Police have launched a manhunt for the suspect.

The new director of Immigration Services, Ms Jane Waikenda, visited the the Namanga border post on Saturday where she warned officials that stern action would be taken against those involved.

Meanwhile, an Administration policeman and his alleged lover were murdered in Migori County on Friday night.

The naked bodies of the two were found lying on the roadside in the sugarbelt town of Awendo by residents.

The killers also took the AP’s AK47 rifle loaded with 30 rounds of ammunition.

The woman was raped before being killed and both had their throats slit.

An officer investigating the incident who requested not to be named because of the sensitivity of the matter said the AP had just left a night fundraiser in aid of a colleague who died in a road accident two weeks ago, when he was attacked.

“We are aware he was having an affair with the woman, but we are approaching the investigations with an open mind,” he said.

On Saturday, police officers cordoned off estates in Awendo Town in a bid to recover the stolen firearm.

Four suspects were arrested and were being interrogated in connection with the killings.

“The government apparatus should try their best and recover the firearm because it will be used to escalate insecurity in this region,” said Awendo Town resident Mr Joachim Oloo.

The bodies were moved to the Migori District Hospital mortuary.

Residents protested on Saturday over growing insecurity.

Source: Daily Nation

Another 10 illegal foreigners deported

Updated Wednesday, June 5th 2013 at 22:11 GMT +3

Kenya: Ten more foreigners who have been in the country illegally were Wednesday deported to their countries.
This brings to more than 20 the number of aliens sent back to their home countries since Monday.
Sources said the President had sanctioned the process after it emerged most of them were involved in ‘dirty businesses’, including drug trafficking and child molestation.
Those arrested on Tuesday night were from Sierra Leon, Nigeria, Ghana and Congo.
Yesterday, lawyer Cliff Ombeta said the suspects were rounded up from their houses in Nairobi and detained at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) ahead of their deportation.
“I am headed to the airport to see the ten foreigners being detained there before being deported,” said Ombeta.
He complained the suspects’ deportation was not procedural, adding some of them had pending criminal cases in court.
But a senior Government official said the process was in order and Attorney General Githu Muigai had approved it. “The minister is legally mandated to order deportation of such people and he had done that,” said the official.
Controversial Nigerian businessman Anthony Chinedu was deported from Kenya on Monday.
Ombeta claimed a Kenyan chartered flight that delivered him to Lagos had been detained there for unclear reasons with eight police officers and immigration officials on board. We could not verify the claims but Chinedu, who called Nairobi, said he was free in Lagos but the plane was detained for flouting rules there.

Kenya court humiliates and deports 89 Ethiopians (video) | September 24th, 2010
A court in Kenya sentences 89 Ethiopian refugees 10,000 shillings each and orders their immediate deportation. These Ethiopians went to Kenya to escape from the fascist junta in Ethiopia led by the despot Meles Zenawi. Kenya court’s decision is not only immoral, it is also in violation of international law that call for the protection of refugees. Meanwhile, the despot’s wife is in Washington DC on a shopping spree with the money she looted from those poor refugees (see here).

Neglecting the Suffering of Refugees is Collaborating with Oppressors

May 22, 2010
Press Release 006 22-05-2010
Neglecting the Suffering of Refugees is like Collaborating with Oppressors
According to a research done by Advocacy for Oromia (AFO), an organization that is dedicated to protect the rights, explore, promote, and disseminate issues related to the Oromo people and Oromia, the suffering and horrific conditions of Oromo refugees in countries neighboring Ethiopia and elsewhere is intensifying and their condition is deteriorating. The evidence we gathered from various sources corroborate that several refugees from Sudan, Kenya, Punt land (Somalia), and Yemen have been living under continuous threat and finally deported to Ethiopia, to the same repressive TPLF led Ethiopian regime they escaped from. Few details of the reports of the conditions of Oromo refugees AFO received in the last few days are as follows
According to a letter AFO received from our reliable sources, Oromo refugees who were given refugee status and refugee ID card five years ago, are now in panic condition following their refugee status cards have been taken away and forced to deportation to Ethiopia without their willing. The UNHCR representatives in Sudan were asked on this matter and indicated that they “have entered into conflict with Sudanese authorities “because of this illegal deportation which violated international rules for refugees.” Oromo refugees living in Sudan who are subjected to deportation appealed to international community to put pressure on the Sudanese authorities to refrain from deporting Oromo refugees to the brutal regime of Ethiopia they escaped from.
Punt land
Refugees in Punt land (Somalia) also faced a similar situation. According a report by VOL, the radio program of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) broadcast of May 13, 2010, “among 40 Oromo refugees who were to be deported to Ethiopia, three Oromos have been killed by Punt land government forces, three others were severely wounded, three others have managed to escape, and all the remaining have been forcefully deported.” AFO has corroborated the authenticity of the news of VOL from independent sources.
Oromo refugees in Kenya live under uncertain conditions. The Kenyan authorities have repeatedly deported Oromo refugees who have escaped persecution back to the Ethiopian government without their consent. In a letter AFO received from Kenya, an Oromo refugee who have been forcefully deported and tortured explains his situation as follows. “My name is Legesse Angessa. Me and some of our friends were released from prison in 2004 by the help of UN personnel and sent to Dhadhab refugee camp. While we were living in Dhadhab, I was abducted from the camp together with my friend whose name is Teklu Balcha Dhinsa, now in Kalitti prison, and deported to Ethiopia. We were transferred to several prisons and severely tortured. Finally, I managed to escape from Ethiopian prison and now I live in Kenya again. While Kenya is supposed to protect the safety of refugees, I am a living testimony that the Ethiopian intelligence and armed personnel freely move in Kenya and abduct any person without any question. I still live in fear in Kenya.”
AFO has made an intensive research on the condition of Oromo refugees in Kenya. Several Oromo refugees have been abducted and taken to Ethiopia on several occasions. In 2004 for example, 150 Oromo refugees who escaped to Kenya and were living in Moyale-Kenya, have been forcefully deported back to Ethiopia and all have been subjected to prison. Among those subjected to prison after being deported are: 1) Adunya Dhaba, a former student of Mekele University, 2) Legesse Abetu, a former student of Finfinne (Addis Ababa) university, 3) Teshale Tesfaye, a former student of Finfinne University.
The year 2005 was one of the times in which deporting Oromo refugees to back to Ethiopia have been intensified. For example among those deported in 2005 the following are known to be in one of hidden prisons of Ethiopia. 1) Mr. Liiban Jaarsoo, age 40, 2) Mr. Olqabaa Lataa, age 50, and, 3) Amansiisaa Guutaa, a former student of Finfinne University.
In 2007 two Oromo refugees Tesfahun Chemeda and Mesfin Abebe were abducted from Nairobi, Kenya, and deported to Ethiopia. Both of them were legal refugees registered by UNHCR in Kenya. Their whereabouts remained unknown until October 2008 during which they were taken to Ethiopian court. They were convicted by the the Ethiopian Kangaroo court on March 31, 2010 together with 13 other Oromo civilians by fabricated charges of having relations with the OLF. Mesfin Abdissa is convicted to death and Tesfahun Chemeda is convicted to life.
Reports of the suffering of Oromo refugees reaching AFO from several parts of the world such as Yemen, Malta, Japan, Djibouti, etc are similar. Oromo refugees are terrorized from many parts of the world, and in many instances are forced to return to Ethiopia. UNHCR seems unable or in some cases unwilling to rescue them. It should be underscored that the reason for leaving their country is repression, imprisonment, harassment, torture, and fear of widespread unlawful and arbitrary killing which has been extensively reported by human rights organizations such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, U.S. State department human rights report among others. And yet, international organizations particularly UNHCR chose to be silent when Oromo refugess are dehumanized and deported to the dictatorial and brutal regime they escaped from. AFO would like to emphasize that neglecting the suffering of these Oromo refugees is the same as collaborating with the reppressive brutal regime in Ethiopia.
Advocacy for Oromia (AFO)

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