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Updated 18 July 2019
Politics Conservative Party
It would be a huge mistake if the next PM does away with immigration targets
Daily Telegraph, 18 July 2019.
In 2010, as the Conservatives returned to government after 13 years
in exile, George Osborne warned his colleagues. "Our promise to cut
immigration is a big reason we're here," he said. "Support the Home Office
in getting it done, or we won't be sitting here much longer."
time went on, ministers' support for immigration control waned with
Osborne's. While the numbers came down at first, they soon went shooting
back up. Yet when the Tories faced the electorate again, in 2015, they
repeated their pledge: annual net migration would be cut to the tens of
Today, net migration stands at 258,000 per year. And
Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson want to drop the target. Boris refuses to
promise to cut the numbers, and supports an amnesty for illegal immigrants.
The target and, perhaps, the Tory promise to reduce immigration
is no more. ...
On its own a target is obviously not a
mechanism for reducung immigration. A target matters only if you are trying
to hit it, and ministers gave up on that a long time ago. Blaming a target
when the policies to achieve it have been deliberately and cynically
weakened makes no sense at all. ...
This is why it is impossible to
take the politics out of immigration. If you put it in the hands of liberal
technocrats, they will always insist the economy needs higher and higher
Without clear and aggressive objectives to reduce
immigration set by politicians on behalf of voters annual
statements and independent offices will simply become a means of "managing"
massive levels of immigration. ...
... But we must have a clear
objective to cut immigration overall. Without that, there will be no
pressure on ministers and officials to bring the numbers down.
to do that, the Conservatives need to answer questions they have long
dodged. If we are dependent on migration for plumbers, electricians and
engineers, why do we neglect technical and vocational education? If we are
reliant on foreign doctors and nurses, why is NHS workforce planning and
training not better? If farming cannot find local workers to pick crops,
why don't we invest in technologies to end back-breaking and miserable
work? If the hospitality industry cannot persuade young people to work in
restaurants and hotels, isn't one answer to pay them more? ...
we answer these questions, we can set demanding objectives that allow us to
reduce and control immigration. But if we continue to dodge them we will
never get to grips with the problem.
The public consistently votes
for lower immigration, and is consistently ignored. They deserve a
government that listens, and has a plan to deliver what they demand.
Why are there so few Polish people on British TV?
The Spectator, 20 July 2019.
Have you ever seen a Pole on British television? Poles are the
biggest immigrant group in Britain, numbering between 900,000 and one
million, so you might think they would be all over the TV. But no, there
are hardly any. ...
There are plenty of programmes that focus on
British Asians: Informer, Muslims Like Us, Citizen
Khan, Man Like Mobeen, My Asian Alter Ego, The Big
Asian Stand-Up, Goodness Gracious Me and more. Meanwhile there
are almost no documentaries, dramas or sitcoms about Poles in the UK. ...
Why do we not hear about this lack of representation? There are
campaigns for all sorts of minority groups to be represented better on TV
and we hear a lot about the need for more female or LGBT voices to
be heard. But when it comes to Poles, no one seems to care. I searched the
Guardian website for any mention of Polish marginalisation. Nothing.
Granted, Poles don't seem to mind. Polish migrants
rarely get involved with identity politics. Being white and Christian, they
are a lesser concern to the sort of left-wing activist who gets worked up
about cultural representation. ...
'Cultural representation' is a
modish issue, but it is not half as important for most people as a good
income, an affordable home, decent schools and healthcare.
Immigration Brexit, Global Britain
If we want to build a Global Britain, the migrant salary cap must go
CapX, 17 July 2019.
It's been said time and time again that leaving the European Union
is an opportunity for the UK to build a fairer, more streamlined
immigration policy. If we're serious about sticking to these sentiments,
and becoming a more global Britain after Brexit, scrapping the current
annual salary threshold for migrant workers would be a good place to start.
The current threshold of £30,000, which is set to extend to
all non-UK workers once the UK leaves the European Union in October, has
faced widespread criticism, including from business, policy experts and
both Labour and Conservative MPs.
The White Paper from last year
introducing Theresa May's 'skills-based immigration system', described by
the Prime Minister as a plan that "welcomes talent, hard work, and the
skills we need as a country", seemed primarily designed to crack down on
But far from being in the UK's so-called
"best interests", the tightening of immigration policy makes it harder for
skilled migrants (many of whom have received their education or training
here) to work in the UK. ...
Rather than extending harmful minimum
salary restrictions to EU citizens, Brexit should be an opportunity to
scrap damaging immigration policies altogether and establish an equal
playing field for all prospective migrants. Britain needs a system which
treats migrants as individuals rather than as widgets with value,
determined solely by their nationality or current income level.
establish a more global Britain, which looks as much to India and North
America as to the continent, any post-Brexit government should seek to
eliminate the built-in prejudice favouring European migrants. But this
levelling should come by eliminating the economically damaging immigration
requirements in their entirety, not by extending the policy to inflict
Promisingly, both Conservative leadership
contenders have expressed a willingness to reconsider the policy. As well,
Home Secretary Sajid Javid has recently asked the Migration Advisory
Committee to reconsider the proposal. ...
After October 31, the UK
should seek to preserve and enhance its position as a global hub for
entrepreneurial talent. Immigration represents potential for the UK economy
that will benefit everyone, it is not something to be feared.
Diversity universities, USA
The Diversity Distortion
James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, 17 July 2019.
In 1996, Alan Sokal, a professor of physics, submitted a hoax
article to Social Text, a journal of postmodern cultural studies,
which published it. Last year, in what became known as the Sokal Squared
hoax, James Lindsay, Helen Pluckrose, and Peter Boghossian created 20 fake
papers that they submitted to several cultural studies journals. Seven of
them had been selected for publication at the time the hoax became public.
The point of the Sokal Squared hoax was to highlight the lack of
rigor in what the authors of the hoax called "grievance studies," academic
programs addressing issues of race, gender, sexual orientation, and
identity. But in the uproar over the hoax, a more fundamental question has
been overlooked. Why are there so many such programs? What accounts for the
rapid proliferation of university departments devoted to the study of
minority cultural identity? ...
... Is there something beyond their
inherent academic value that is driving the growth of cultural studies
programs at the expense of other departments and, perhaps, the overall
health of the university?
The answer is yes. It is the contemporary
university's quest for a diverse faculty.
Almost all elite
universities make it a top priority to increase the number of minorities
and women on their faculty. Yale is pursuing a $50 million initiative to
enhance faculty diversity; Brown has committed $100 million to hiring 60
additional faculty members from historically under-represented groups;
Princeton committed funds to support 15 to 20 diversity hires.
problem is that universities cannot simply go out and hire the desired
minority and women faculty. ...
... Faculty hiring is an employment
decision and employment decisions are governed by Title VII of the Civil
Rights Act. ...
Under Title VII, universities may undertake
strenuous affirmative action efforts to assemble the most diverse pool of
applicants possible. They may specifically recruit African
Americans, women, and other minorities to apply for faculty positions. Once
the selection process has begun, however, Title VII prohibits any
consideration of a candidate's race, color, religion, sex, or national
These legal restrictions mean that to diversify their
faculties, universities must create new positions that would appeal only to
women or minority scholars or for which women and minority scholars are
likely to be the most qualified candidates. The surest way to do this is to
increase the number of positions in women's studies, critical race theory,
LGBTQ studies, and other cultural identity-based programs. To a significant
extent, the growth of what the Sokal Squared authors derisively refer to as
grievance studies is a by-product of universities' efforts to obtain a more
This would not be not harmful if, in fact, the
university's most urgent academic need is in the cultural studies area. But
it can be quite damaging to a university if this is not the case. ...
... The drive for diversity now diverts the development of the
university's curriculum away from the path dictated by its educational
values, needs, and goals. In a classic example of the tail wagging the dog,
the university's academic mission becomes subservient to its drive for
Employment drought of workers
Open up immigration or 'cripple' industry, business bosses warn the next prime minister
Daily Telegraph, 17 July 2019.
The economy faces a devastating drought of workers if the
immigration system is not seriously overhauled after Brexit, businesses
have warned, with a skills shortage already biting in industries such as
hospitality and construction.
Retailers, recruiters, tech bosses,
universities and other key sectors have written to Boris Johnson and Jeremy
Hunt to demand a border which "works towards building a successful economy
that is open and attractive".
"The proposed future immigration
system risks exacerbating the UK's already chronic skills and labour
shortages and could cripple a number of businesses across sectors," said
the coalition of business and education groups. ...
calls for the threshold for migrant workers to be lowered from £30,000
per year to £20,000; the temporary work route to be extended from one
year to two years and the reinstatement of the two-year visa for
international students graduating from British universities. It comes after
Mr Johnson refused to commit to bringing down net migration.
Politics Conservative Party
Most people think it is right to reduce migration. We need a Sustainable Immigration Plan
Mark Harper MP
ConservativeHome, 16 July 2019.
[Mark Harper was Immigration Minister from 2012 to 2014]
One very clear message that the electorate continues to send to
politicians is the importance of having a sensible migration policy that
controls the levels of immigration into our country. ...
Conservative Party has spent nine years and three general elections
pledging to bring net migration down to the tens of thousands, yet last
year it stood at 253,000 a year. It is clear that some new thinking is
required to make our migration policy more effective, and this involves
moving beyond our current net migration target.
What was a powerful
statement of intent in 2010 now stands as a visible statement of a target
that we have never managed to hit. ...
Despite being maligned as
too tough by the Left, the target has proved weak. It sits above different
migration routes and therefore gives no indication of the government's
priorities between different skills, industries or types of migration. It
has no teeth with Whitehall departments, allowing the merry-go-round of
departmental and business special pleading to continue with no
consideration of the trade-offs.
As a result, net migration adds a
city the size of Newcastle upon Tyne to the population each year. If you
add up cumulative net migration since 2010, a total of 1.4 million more
people have come to the UK compared to if we had hit our net migration
target every year. It is hardly surprising that a majority of every age
group, ethnicity and both Remain and Leave voters support reducing
immigration and three quarters of people think reducing immigration to the
tens of thousands is the right thing to do.
That is why I support
new proposals this morning from the thinktank Onward to replace the target
with a long-term Sustainable Immigration Plan published by the Home
Office every year and presented to Parliament. This would force the
Government to set out its own plans and forecasts for immigration, across
different routes, skills and nationalities and make the trade-offs that are
inherent in immigration policy.
But this plan needs teeth. That is
why we should go one step further and create a new independent Office for
Migration Responsibility along the lines of the independent Office
for Budget Responsibility to enable Ministers to be held to account
on the impact of their own immigration policies. This body would provide
the information needed to enable Parliament to hold Ministers' feet to the
fire on their promises on immigration and bring an end to unattainable
We must restore public confidence in immigration policy by
not only setting out a well-structured and actionable plan to make sure
politicians have the ability to decide which and how many
people come into the country every year, but by being truly accountable for
delivering on it.
Albanian gang of 12 men are jailed for a total of 33 years for supplying cocaine to City workers in London's Square Mile
MailOnline, 16 July 2019.
An Albanian gang supplying cocaine to City workers in London's
Square Mile has been jailed for 33 years.
The twelve-strong gang,
comprising two lieutenants, eight couriers and two others was busted with
1.2 kilos of the drug, worth £144,000.
City of London Police
also recovered £20,000 cash and two phones used by the controllers
which were described as 'extremely active' drug lines. ...
lieutenants were Bledar Ponari, 28 and Fjoralb Fera, 21.
Immigration abroad asylum claims, USA
Trump to stop migrants claiming asylum after crossing Mexico in major border crackdown
Independent, 16 July 2019.
Donald Trump's administration has taken steps to officially end
asylum protections for Central American migrants arriving at the US-Mexico
The US Justice Department published a new rule in the
Federal Register on Monday that would make migrants passing through another
country before arriving in the country initially ineligible for asylum.
The rule appeared set to provoke an extensive legal battle between
the Trump administration and immigrant rights groups.
expected to go into effect on Tuesday, also applies to children who have
crossed the border alone.
There are some exceptions: If someone has
been trafficked, if the country the migrant passed through did not sign one
of the major international treaties that govern how refugees are managed,
or if an asylum-seeker sought protection in a country but was denied.
US law allows refugees to request asylum when they arrive at the
country's borders regardless of how they did so, but there is an exception
for those who have come through a country considered to be "safe".
But the Immigration and Nationality Act, which governs asylum law,
is vague on how a country is determined "safe"; it says the determination
is made "pursuant to a bilateral or multilateral agreement".
now, the US has such an agreement, known as a "safe third country," only
Under a recent agreement with Mexico, Central American
countries were considering a regional compact on the issue, but nothing has
been decided. ...
The rule applies to migrants who are arriving to
the US, not those who are already in the country.
Officials say the
changes are meant to close the gap between the initial asylum screening
most people pass and the final decision on asylum most people do not win.
Tens of thousands of Central American migrant families cross
the border each month, many claiming asylum.
Asylum illegal immigration
Refugees living on British military base in Cyprus allowed to settle in UK
Channel 4 News, 15 July 2019.
They were marooned on a British military base in Cyprus for 20
years, but now five refugee families are finally being resettled in the UK.
Their arrival here will end the long-running dispute with the
British government, which initially refused to accept them after they were
rescued by the RAF from their shipwrecked boat.
Their case went all
the way to the highest court in the land before the Home Office finally
relented, insisting this was an exceptional one-off decision.
Politics Conservative Party
Two of Theresa May's closest aides denounce her migration target as a 'visible statement of failure'
Sunday Telegraph, 14 July 2019.
Two of Theresa May's closest aides have denounced her migration
target as a "visible statement of failure" and called for it to be scrapped
by her successor.
Will Tanner and Richard Chew, who advised Mrs May
in the Home Office and Downing Street, warned that net migration is adding
the equivalent of a city the size of Newcastle to the population each year,
despite the Conservatives' repeated promises to reduce levels to "tens of
In a report to be published on Tuesday, Mr Tanner and
Mr Chew state that voters from every age and ethnic minority group believe
that migration levels should be reduced.
Unless Mrs May's successor
replaces the target with a "proper plan to achieve control", he will leave
an "open goal for Nigel Farage", according to Mr Tanner, the former deputy
director of the Downing Street policy unit.
The report for Onward,
a centre-Right think tank launched last year, will claim that plans put
forward by Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt on migration will both fail to
reduce the pressure on public services and restore public trust in the
Mr Johnson has advocated an Australian-style
points-based system. ...
The report will warn that points-based
systems are "typically used explicitly to increase migration, while simply
abolishing the net migration target with no alternative, as proposed by
Jeremy Hunt, will just release pressure on Whitehall".
Politics Conservative Party
Britain's Johnson backs illegal migrants amnesty
Al Arabiya / AFP, 14 July 2019.
Boris Johnson, the frontrunner to be Britain's next prime minister,
said Saturday that he supported the idea of an amnesty for illegal
However, he said any efforts to regularize the status of
long-term irregular workers must be matched by a clampdown on new arrivals
to avoid creating a "pull factor."
Johnson first floated the idea
of an amnesty when he was mayor of London. Now running for leader of the
ruling Conservatives, he said he remained in favor.
there were around 500,000 people in London who had lived there for a decade
or more but never registered and "are not able to pay taxes."
don't think it's commonsensical to think we can deport such a large number
of people. We do need to think of how to regularize their status," he told
a leadership campaign event in the east of England.
He said that
despite the government's efforts to clamp down on irregular migration,
deporting people was "very difficult legally" and the number of removals
was "vanishingly small."
"What I'm proposing would probably not
make much practical difference in the existing state of affairs, it would
regularize what is already going on."
However, he added: "We have
to show that we would simultaneously deport first bounce, as it were,
people who are coming in illegally." ...
He himself is a strong
advocate of immigration, saying it was one of the reasons London and the
south-east of England was so dynamic.
However, he acknowledged many
voters wanted to know there was some control, and has previously proposed
to ensure new arrivals speak English, have certain skills and have a job
Multiculturalism misconduct, doctors, nurses
Foreign doctors are revealed to be behind 60% of all sex assaults on patients - but NHS wants fewer of them taken to disciplinary hearings
Jake Ryan and Stephen
Mail on Sunday, 14 July 2019.
Foreign-trained doctors commit six in ten cases of sexual
misconduct with patients, even though they make up only a third of NHS
medics, shock new figures reveal.
They accounted for 23 of 38
proven incidents in the past three years, according to figures obtained by
The Mail on Sunday. Allegations include indecent behaviour, sexual assault
and even rape.
The alarming statistics have emerged just as the NHS
has introduced targets to reduce the numbers of black and ethnic minority
staff almost two-thirds of whom trained abroad being hauled
before disciplinary hearings.
Britain's 95,000 doctors from black
and minority ethnic backgrounds (BME) are more than twice as likely to be
referred to the GMC as their white colleagues. There is a similar pattern
with other staff such as nurses.
NHS chief people officer Prerana
Issar, who recently joined from the United Nations, wrote: 'It is not
acceptable that if you come from some backgrounds, you are more likely to
enter the formal disciplinary process, stay in it longer and have more
career-limiting outcomes. We must change this and quickly.'
document gives NHS trusts what it calls 'aspirational goals' to reduce the
likelihood of BME staff being referred for disciplinary action, so the
rates are more in line with white staff.
Deported thief is allowed back into the UK under EU freedom of movement laws
The Sun, 14 July 2019.
A Portuguese robber booted out of Britain after being jailed here
has been allowed back under EU freedom of movement. ...
known only as J Pedro, got 28 months in 2015 for two robberies while
studying at a UK university.
At the end of his prison term, he was
He was caught trying to sneak back illegally in 2016 and
stopped. But his lawyers were able to argue that under freedom of movement
laws, which would end under Brexit, he must be allowed to return.
His legal team also claimed he was traumatised by his mother's
death three years before his crimes. ...
Judge Doron Blum said:
"The offending had to be considered in the context of his mental health."
Last week it emerged a Romanian national who carried out a
string of serious criminal offences could not be deported because he is
protected by EU law.
Denis Viscu, 20, received 14 convictions for
20 offences including robbery and knife possession between July 2014 and
Benefits and costs aid for immigrants
Millions of pounds to be made available to help communities cope with influx of migrants
PoliticsHome, 13 July 2019.
Millions of pounds will be ploughed into communities to help them
cope with a large influx of migrants, it has been announced.
cash will be spent on tackling rogue landlords, helping to alleviate rough
sleeping and boosting English classes.
A total of £28m will be
distributed around the country from the Government's Controlling Migration
Fund, which has now made more than £100m available since it was set up
in 2016. ...
Stockport Council used money from the fund to develop
a bilingual teaching assistant programme to support children who start
school or nursery with little or no English.
Population pressure housing
Why is immigration routinely ignored in discussion of the housing crisis?
Conservative Woman, 13 July 2019.
The UK's young people are bearing the brunt of a housing crisis
that is pricing them out of owning their own homes.
Watch, we have never claimed that immigration is the sole reason for the
problem only that rapid, immigration-driven population growth is one
of several important factors to consider.
The truth is that housing
is a prime example of the potential negative impacts of uncontrolled
immigration that are not captured by economic analyses but which are widely
felt by many every day.
Despite this, many dismiss the impact that
immigration-driven population growth has in adding to housing demand.
In one example, a Guardian journalist launched an attack on
the outgoing Prime Minister after Theresa May uttered this sentence: 'The
sheer volume [of net migration] has put pressure on public services, like
schools, stretched our infrastructure, especially housing.'
writer said the idea that immigration is putting pressure on public
services and housing 'bears no resemblance to reality' and accused Mrs May
of 'scapegoat[ing]' those from overseas. (Incidentally, recent polling, for
instance by Ipsos Mori, suggests that two-thirds of the public agree with
Mrs May that immigration puts pressure on public services and housing.)
Our updated briefing on housing says that action to reduce
significantly the level of net migration (which has averaged nearly 300,000
per year over since 2014) needs to be part of any solution to the housing
The briefing makes the following points:
1 The UK
has a housing crisis because supply is insufficient for current population
growth. Home ownership is falling and a growing number of young people have
to live with their parents due to high rents.
2 Immigration is an
important factor. For example, it drove up house prices in England by about
20 per cent between 1991 and 2016 (Government bulletin, April 2018).
3 ONS statistics (summarised in Table 2 in Annex A of our paper)
show that 90 per cent (or 1.1 million) of the rise of 1.2 million
households in England between 2005 and 2015 can be attributed to additional
households with a non-UK born head.
4 It has been projected by the
ONS that immigration to England at current levels will generate the need to
build one home every six minutes, night and day.
5 Even this
underestimates the impact of immigration on future housing demand, since it
takes account only of future arrivals. The relatively young age structure
of the existing non-UK born population means this will also drive future
6 The UK housing crisis must be addressed but not
by building on the green belt and eating up more of our countryside. A
major reduction in immigration has to be a significant part of the
solution, in addition to improvements in the supply of housing.
majority (54 per cent) of those who say there is a housing crisis have said
they see immigration as the main reason (Parliamentary briefing, 2017).
8 55 per cent of 18-24-year-olds support the government's promise
to reduce the immigration by a significant amount. Immigration is clearly a
key factor in rising housing costs.
Population pressure schools
Secondary schools face 420,000 rise in pupil numbers following baby boom in the 2000s that was partly driven by high immigration
Daily Mail, 12 July
Secondary schools will need to find 418,000 extra pupil places over
the next decade following a baby boom, estimates show.
for Education figures published yesterday predict the secondary school
population will hit 3.3 million by 2027 a rise of 14.7 per cent.
It follows a baby boom in the early 2000s partly driven by an
increase in immigration, which has put pressure on primary places for years
and will now feed through secondaries.
Last year the overall number
of secondary pupils rose by 1.9 per cent on 2017 to 2,849,000, while
primary schools saw a 1.1 per cent rise in the population expected
to fall by 2027.
The DfE document states direct immigration of
pupils born outside the UK 'has a very small effect on the school age
population', but adds: 'The birth rate, which has a much larger effect, is
in turn affected by any increase in the number of children born to non-UK
born women (who overall tend to have higher fertility rates).'
adds: 'The number of children born to non-UK born women rose by around 75
per cent between 2002 and 2013, although this was a period of increased
Immigration abroad Islam, public opinion, Germany
Half of Germany sees Islam as a threat, survey claims
MailOnline, 12 July 2019.
One in every two Germans sees Islam as a threat, according to a
survey published on Thursday.
The latest twice-yearly 'Religion
Monitor' poll by the Bertelsmann Foundation found that 50 per cent of those
interviewed were suspicious of the religion, Bild reported.
only 13 per cent of respondants wanted immigration halted, the foundation's
religion expert Yasemin El-Menouar was keen to point out.
'Widespread scepticism of Islam' did 'not necessarily equate to
Islamophobia,' she said.
'Apparently, many people currently view
Islam less as a religion, but above all as a political ideology and
therefore exempt it from religious tolerance,' El-Menouar said.
Some 5 million Muslims live in Germany - 1.5 million of them in the
western state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Crime child sexual abuse, police politics
The child sex victims betrayed by police who were afraid of being called racist [part 1]
Daily Mail, 12 July 2019.
[Adapted from Survivors: One Brave Detective's Battle To Expose The Rochdale Child Abuse Scandal]
For a few months, I genuinely wondered if I was going mad. As a
serving police officer, I was convinced I'd witnessed a gross miscarriage
of justice and yet no one seemed to agree.
At its heart were
two vulnerable young sisters, who'd been aged just 12 and 15 when they were
caught up in the tentacles of an Asian paedophile gang in Rochdale.
'Trust us,' we'd told Ruby and Amber. 'We'll do our utmost to bring
all of these vile men to trial, so that no other children will have to
suffer at their hands.'
But we hadn't. Instead, we'd pulled back
and let most of the abusers off the hook. And that made me boil with fury,
particularly as it was me who'd coaxed the sisters over several months to
relive their searingly painful experiences in a police interview suite.
But what could I do? I was just a detective constable, and my
bosses refused to take my complaints seriously.
I appealed for help
to the Police Federation, the Children's Commissioner and the Independent
Police Complaints Commission, but no one would support me. I was completely
on my own. ...
Not only had Amber and Ruby suffered an appalling
injustice but most of their abusers were still walking the streets
of Rochdale. ...
... Two years before, Rochdale police had launched
an investigation into Asian paedophiles who were abusing children
but wound it up without charging a single man. ...
Roll on a couple
of years. In 2010, Greater Manchester police launched Operation Span to
take up where Rochdale police left off.
And they quickly realised
that without Amber and Ruby's testimony, many of the paedophile gang would
walk free. That's where I came in.
Over six months, I got to know
the two girls and eventually persuaded them to do a series of taped
interviews. As a police officer, I'd heard dreadful things, but what the
girls told me was in another category altogether.
Lured in by young
men, the girls had been passed on to dozens of older Asians chiefly
Pakistani for sex, and had even been threatened with a gun and a
Between them, the sisters provided compelling and highly
detailed evidence against 29 men. Already, Amber had identified nine of her
abusers in video identity parades and there were more to come. So I
was feeling confident when the police arranged the first meeting between
officers from Operation Span and the barrister appointed to prosecute the
As the officer dealing with the victims central to the case,
I confidently expected to be there. But for some reason, I was excluded.
By ignoring what Amber had said on tape, and all the evidence
to back up her allegations, they'd hit on a convenient way to reduce the
number of Asian defendants.
Why? Because the people at the top
perceived the ethnicity of the offenders and the low status of poor white
girls as a toxic mix. I'd go further: by putting fewer Muslim defendants in
the dock, the police calculated they'd be less likely to incite accusations
of Islamophobia. ...
Crime child sexual abuse, police politics
The child sex victims betrayed by police who were afraid of being called racist [part 2]
Daily Mail, 12 July 2019.
I was in the depths of despair. How could the police force be
turning a blind eye to children who'd been raped on a daily basis? Why was
I the only one who seemed to care? ...
Just when I thought things
couldn't get any worse, there was a horrific development.
Prosecution Service had belatedly realised that they did need some of
Amber's evidence for the trial, after all. Unfortunately, they had
alienated her to the point where they knew she wouldn't help.
they did something utterly inhumane. They listed Amber as an offender so
that some of what she'd said on tape could be used in court. To cap it all,
they didn't even tell her.
This meant Amber couldn't have access to
legal representation and had no chance of defending herself. I'd never
heard of anything like this in my life; nor has any lawyer I've spoken to
The ironies piled up.
Months before, the CPS itself
had officially designated Amber as a victim; and now it was lumping her
together with paedophile abusers. Yet everything she'd said on tape had
been from the viewpoint of a witness and victim.
In short, the CPS
tactic was screwed-up, wicked and bizarre. Yet I couldn't alert Amber or
her family, because to do so might jeopardise the trial.
men were tried in the end. Had Amber's testimony been used in full, the
number would probably have exceeded two dozen.
As it was, the case
was built around the evidence of Ruby and two other girls. Inexplicably,
Ruby was asked only about the paedophile who'd made her pregnant at 12. Not
one of her other abusers has ever been charged.
At the trial, in
May 2012, eight men originally from Pakistan and one from Afghanistan were
given sentences ranging from four to 19 years. Two men were acquitted.
By early 2017, all but two of the abusers had been freed. In
addition, four of the offenders were granted millions of pounds of
taxpayers' money to fight deportation back to Pakistan.
conclusion of the trial, I wept as I watched Assistant Chief Constable
Steve Heywood deliver a speech on the court steps.
'This has been a
fantastic result for British justice,' he crowed. 'These victims have been
through the most horrendous of crimes, and I just want to commend their
There and then, I decided I had to speak up about the
abusers who were still at large. I needed to resign from my job and become
a whistle- blower. ...
Amber, however, continues to be punished.
Not long after Three Girls had been broadcast, I received a panicked phone
call from her at 1am.
Someone had identified her and put a photo of
her house on Facebook. Given that many of her abusers still live in
Rochdale, she was understandably alarmed.
She followed my advice to
call the police straight away to tell them she was in danger. But when
officers looked her up on their database, they could find no record of her
ever having been a paedophile victim.
So they refused point-blank
to help her.
Crime child sexual abuse
SYP silent on number of child abuse suspects released without bail conditions
Rotherham Advertiser, 12 July 2019.
Thousands of child sex abuse suspects were released without bail
conditions across the country after the Government made changes to the bail
act but South Yorkshire Police has refused to say how many are from
Nationally, 2,993 child abuse suspects were released
without bail conditions in the year after the Government made changes to
the bail act an increase of 1,047 per cent.
A panel of MPs
led by Rotherham's Sarah Champion said this would mean fewer suspects were
prevented from contacting their accusers.
South Yorkshire Police
(SYP) failed to respond to politicians' requests under the Freedom of
Information Act for pre-charge bail statistics as part of the cross-party
inquiry into survivors' experiences of the police and Crown Prosecution
Ms Champion, who chairs the All-Party Parliamentary
Group (APPG) on Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse, said the drop in
the number of suspects given pre-charge bail conditions presented a "huge
risk to survivors, witnesses and the public". ...
Across the 20
constabularies that provided information, 2,993 suspected child sexual
offenders were released without conditions termed as being "under
investigation in 2017/2018, compared to 261 the previous year
an increase of 1,047 per cent. ...
The report also found only 54
per cent of survivors had reported their abuse to police, with those not
reporting citing their reasons as "not believing the police would
successfully prosecute" (30 per cent) or "believing the police would be
unsupportive" (27 per cent). ...
The inquiry said it recognised
police were under strain from increased reporting and limited resources,
noting a huge rise in reports of CSE offences over the past decade.
But Ms Champion said: "Our inquiry found overwhelming evidence of
persistent failure by the police and CPS to support and secure justice for
adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse."
Survivors were "losing
faith in the criminal justice system", she said, and did not feel listened
to by the police or CPS.
Population European Union
EU population rose by one million last year to 513.5 million due to immigration, report says
MailOnline, 11 July 2019.
The European Union's population swelled to 513 million last year,
according to a study which says that immigration is responsible for
ballooning the number of people living in the bloc.
million immigrants pushed the total population figure to its highest ever
In 2018 the number of deaths trumped the amount of births
by 300,000, meaning that the only explanation for the expansion was the
increased flow of migrants. ...
A 0.5 per cent hike was recorded in
the UK's population, burgeoning the country's share of the EU's overall
citizenship to 13.6 per cent.
Crime child sexual abuse, police politics
The real angel of the north: The abuse of young girls by Rochdale sex gangs is one of the great scandals of our time. In a shattering new book, the policewoman who revealed the truth breaks her
silence and shames the superiors who betrayed her...
Daily Mail, 11 July 2019.
[Adapted from Survivors: One Brave Detective's Battle To Expose The Rochdale Child Abuse Scandal]
They were robbed of their childhood by a gang of Asian paedophiles
and dismissed as 'white trash' by people who should know better. ...
... So why weren't they prosecuted?
As the former police
officer who was once at the centre of the Rochdale sex-gang investigation
and as the whistleblower who exposed its appalling flaws I
believe I know the answer. It's politics.
Politics appear to drive
too many policing decisions. Indeed, my own view is that if you're promoted
to superintendent or above, you can freely let go of your conscience, it
seems, and move smoothly up the ladder. ...
When I graduated from
police college in 1997, I was already aged 42 and the mother of four
A few years later, I landed my dream job as a family
liaison officer with Greater Manchester Police. Then, at the end of 2010, a
detective chief superintendent summoned me to his office and asked me to
join Operation Span.
It was being set up to investigate the serious
sexual abuse of vulnerable white children by men of Asian origin which had
been going on for a long time. And he needed me to interview the two
sisters at the heart of the investigation. ...
What he went on to
tell me almost defied belief.
Rochdale police had launched an
investigation into the town's sex gangs a couple of years before. Yet,
despite powerful evidence against them, not one man had been charged. ...
That didn't worry me, though. What did very much so
was the thought of gaining the trust of vulnerable girls, only for the
police to let them down yet again.
I knew only too well that this
could happen, and not just because of their previous experience. As a
police officer, I'd already taken part in a similar investigation in 2004
and all the men had escaped scot-free. ...
before, I'd had high hopes when I joined Operation Augusta, which focused
on girls sexually abused by Asian gangs in Manchester.
I'd been astonished to discover that social workers had compiled lists of
dozens of these abused children, and repeatedly called in the police
but nothing had been done.
Yet now, the police seemed to have had a
change of heart and had become fully committed to bringing the abusers to
By spring 2004, we had an initial list of almost 207
Asian men who we believed had been abusing at least 26 children. And we
knew this was the tip of the iceberg. ...
No one had been charged,
let alone convicted. I was devastated. All that work, and for what? It just
didn't make sense.
I tried to speak to my bosses about it, but hit
a brick wall. ...
By shutting down the operation, the police could
avoid accusations of Islamophobia and the threat of riots on the streets.
There was a lot of boasting from the abusers about 'chilling
with white girls'. Indeed, looking back, I believe strongly that we should
have brought in a 'racially aggravated' element to the investigation. There
was no doubt these girls were being targeted for their ethnicity and
the perception that white girls are 'easy'.
Crime fraud, deportation
Sierra Leonean mother, 44, who used false ID to live in a council flat in UK for 10 years and swindle £164,000 in benefits was not deported - 'but is now applying to stay using her REAL
MailOnline, 11 July 2019.
A Sierra Leone fraudster who used a bogus identity to get UK
residency and swindle over £164,000 in benefits is still demanding to
remain in Britain, a court heard.
Aminata Bangura, 44, was refused
leave to remain as a student in 2004, but won her Home Office case under a
The single mother was moved up the council waiting
list after having a son, now aged ten, who needs lifelong NHS care.
Bangura, of Camberwell, was sentenced to two years imprisonment in
May last year for the immigration offences, but was released after eight
Yesterday, Judge Silas Reid questioned why she had not been
automatically deported as a non-UK resident who had received over twelve
The judge was sentencing Bangura for a
Southwark council benefits scam that came to light after her prison
'She's a Sierra Leone citizen so what's going on there
with automatic deportation that should have followed sentencing?' he asked.
The sentence she received last May included fraudulently
obtaining a £50,000 student loan, plus around £50,000 in working
tax credits, child tax credits and child benefit. ...
sentenced to ten months imprisonment, suspended for eighteen months and
ordered to complete 80 hours community service.
Immigration abroad crime, Germany
German Prosecutor: Rule of Law in Berlin 'No Longer Functional'
Breitbart, 11 July 2019.
German prosecutor Ralph Knispel has claimed that courts in the
German capital are so overburdened, they lack the capacity to carry out
litigation against suspects.
In Berlin alone, there are an
estimated 8,500 arrest warrants yet to be carried out, according to Knispel
who said that the criminal scene in the city is "laughing at the justice
system", German news magazine Focus reports.
Immigration abroad multiculturalism, USA
Schools scramble to handle thousands of new migrant families
Indiana Express / New York Times, 11 July 2019.
Migrant children arriving in record numbers are creating challenges
for school districts across the country. ...
Schools in places like
Lake Worth, a city near President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort that has
become a favorite destination for Guatemalans, are scrambling to hire new
staff and add summer sessions to support the newcomers.
the Palm Beach County school district enrolled 4,555 Guatemalan students in
kindergarten through 12th grade, nearly 50% more than two years earlier.
Many of the students come from the country's remote highlands and speak
neither Spanish nor English. The number of elementary school students in
kindergarten through fifth grade more than doubled to 2,119 in that same
Ana Arce-Gonzalez, the principal at South Grade Elementary
School, in the heart of Lake Worth's immigrant enclave, said that in 25
years as an educator she had never experienced anything like it. The school
saw its enrollment rise from 820 at the beginning of the last school year
to 910 in the spring, pushing it over capacity.
"It speaks to what
is happening at the border," she said.
Under a 1982 Supreme Court
decision, all children, regardless of immigration status, are entitled to a
K-12 education. With hundreds of thousands of new parents and children
crossing the border in recent months, districts across the country are
having to transfer teachers to affected schools, expand bilingual training
for staff and prepare for students who may be traumatized. ...
Critics say immigrant students could do better if the district
provided more support, including hiring more interpreters. But district
officials said it has been tough to hire speakers of Mayan languages, such
as Q'anjob'al and Mam, whose educational qualifications fulfill state
Employment pay, wages
Ethnic minority pay gap in UK still stubbornly wide
Financial Times, 10 July 2019.
The pay gap between white British workers and those from ethnic
minorities remained stubbornly wide last year, prompting calls for
government action to close it.
White British workers earned on
average 3.8 per cent more, a figure broadly unchanged since 2013, and the
gap rises to 20 per cent for some ethnic groups.
Only employees of
Chinese and Indian background were paid more than white British ones, in
contrast with large pay penalties for those of black African, Pakistani and
Chinese employees in Britain had median
hourly earnings of £15.75, about 30 per cent higher than the
£12.03 of white British, according to Office for National Statistics
data, released on Tuesday. This is the largest gap since data were
available in 2012, when the difference was less than 10 per cent. Indian
workers earned £13.47 an hour.
Yet the Chinese are the
smallest ethnic group in the UK, accounting for 0.5 per cent of all
employees. In contrast, the majority of other groups continued to be paid
significantly less than the white British.
In 2018, the median
hourly pay of those of Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin was £10 and
£9.60 respectively, marking a pay gap of as much as 20 per cent with
Non-British white employees, the largest minority
ethnic group thanks to immigration from the EU, earned 5.8 per cent less
than their British counterparts. ...
The difference in median pay
gaps largely reflects the fact that more than 40 per cent of Chinese
employees were in the highest earning quartile.
In contrast, about
two in five workers of Bangladeshi and Pakistani backgrounds were in the
lowest earning quartile. Those groups also had a lower proportion of people
in employment, with high inactivity rates among women.
The pay gap
partially reflects differences in age, education and occupation as well as
language proficiency. However, when accounting for those factors, the pay
gap remains, the ONS said, although it is smaller.
Multiculturalism culture, ethnic diversity
Ethnic diversity makes Britain's culture great. It would be a disaster if we lost it
The Guardian, 10 July 2019.
Today, some of our most brilliant prospects in art and culture are
from minority ethnic or migrant backgrounds. We present a gloriously
multicultural face to the world. And that is important not just for the
story we tell to others, but for the stories we tell ourselves. ...
The British actor Riz Ahmed refers to this as "stretching the flag,
so it's big enough to embrace all of us". He is talking about how art can
remould how we see ourselves and the country that we live in. The
Pakistani-British heritage of his youth is just as much a part of our
modern national story as the playing fields of Eton, remote Shetland
communities or the multi-ethnic melting pots of Leicester, Birmingham and
London. But it is only through the representation of that experience in our
national culture that those truths are cemented across the whole country.
We should be confident and proud about this story yet it is
too rarely told.
Now a report from Global Future does exactly that,
demonstrating not only the increasing diversity of our cultural industries,
but how popular that diversity is. According to the report, nearly 40% of
our leading cultural figures are from migrant or minority ethnic
backgrounds. In other words, diversity is making an outsized contribution
to British culture. And the size of the contribution is going up all the
time: five years ago it was less than a third.
survey of 2,000 UK adults suggests nearly seven in 10 of us agree that
diversity has improved our culture, against 15% who disagree. Food, music
and sport are the cultural industries where people believe diversity has
had the greatest impact. ...
Diversity is what makes Britain's
culture great. But recently it has felt as though we have lost sight of
this self-evident truth. Brexit, polarisation and the poisonous debate
about immigration threaten to turn our diversity into division. That would
be a historic disaster for the country.
RideLondon admits photoshopping picture of black woman to appear 'diverse'
Metro, 10 July 2019.
Organisers of RideLondon, an annual festival of cycling, have come
under fire after it emerged a photo on their website had been edited to
make the event appear more diverse.
The photograph on the website
had been photoshopped to include a black woman participating in the event.
The picture has since been deleted from the site, the Sunday Times
The full picture showed a group of male riders, with
female riders from ethnic minorities on either side.
the two men shown in the image took part in the event in 2018, one of the
women only did so the previous year.
Event director Hugh Brasher
confirmed that the image had been created from three separate photos and
was intended at highlighting the diversity of people who take part in
events, including the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 sportive. ...
'It is not our usual practice to use composite images and this
image has been removed from our website.'
Diversity Labour Party
Labour has never elected a Kurdish MP. It's time for that to change
New Statesman, 10 July 2019.
Like many other peoples, Kurds have found a home in Britain, a
place we can enjoy freedoms not afforded to our brothers and sisters
elsewhere. Today some 250,000 Kurds live in the UK, predominantly from
Turkey, but from all over the Kurdish regions. ...
... In numerous
areas across Britain Kurds have worked hard to deliver Labour gains. And
yet, we still lack representation in the Parliamentary Labour Party. ...
However, for Labour to truly be the party for the many and not the
few, the transformation must extend to political representation. We are
lagging behind. In 2010 the Conservative Party selected and elected its
first Kurdish MP, to a safe seat and one without any significant BAME
It is time for Labour to give a clear voice in
Parliament to the diverse range of communities from which they draw their
support. By selecting MPs from diverse backgrounds, we can become a party
which truly embodies a progressive vision for the Britain we should aim to
build after the next General Election.
Politics Brexit, Conservative Party, Labour Party
The ship of English fools: with Johnson, Corbyn and Farage at the helm, Britain is heading for disaster
New Statesman, 10 July 2019.
Brexit, a breakdown of the national psyche, is a collective
enterprise, and the sooner we talk honestly about its origins and likely
results the better the chances of an eventual recovery. ...
was it David Cameron who was ultimately responsible for the referendum; it
was Tony Blair, with the waves of mass immigration he triggered after 1997,
and from Europe in 2004. ...
Brexit backers voted not so much on
the EU itself, or on austerity though both played their part
as in protest at migration overall, chiefly from beyond the EU, which was
larger, harder to assimilate and more unpopular. That is why Farage and his
Brexit Party continue to poll well today. In a typically casual,
contradictory lie, Boris Johnson recently hailed the huge success of
immigration it has certainly succeeded in helping him into No 10
while lamenting the lack of integration.
There is another
area where discussion is mute. As a result of Brexit, non-EU immigrants are
outnumbering Europeans still further (a February Office for National
Statistics report showed non-EU net migration at the highest level since
2004). If Brexiteers are happy with this they should say so as Jacob
Rees-Mogg did when he said that preference on immigration should go to the
Commonwealth rather than Europeans, "with whom we have no connection". A
Catholic, like Rees-Mogg, and no connection with Italy, France and Poland?
These are not thoughts decent people want to catch themselves
thinking, yet they cannot be indefinitely repressed. ...
clear: I favour immigration, at moderate levels over time. If I were a
Pakistani, Bangladeshi or Iraqi I might well seek to come to Britain; if I
were a low-paid worker on a council house list in a deprived northern town,
I might vote Brexit to keep them out; and if I had enjoyed an expensive
education, and my partner and I had jobs in the City dependent on cheap
immigrant labour, we would take care to ensure that our liberal,
anti-Brexit sentiments were known to all. ...
... After touring the
North and Midlands in 2006 I wrote a book called Time To Emigrate?,
predicting an eventual crisis over migration.
Crime organised crime, gangs
Audit of organised crime
Professional Security, 9 July 2019.
Serious and organised crime (SOC) is growing; in scale and
complexity; whether cyber-crime from Ukraine, Russia and Nigeria, or
illicit drugs coming into the UK from transport hubs on the Continent and
Channel and North Sea ports. International links of such crime are known;
most cocaine that enters the UK is produced from Bolivia, Colombia and
Peru, while the Mediterranean remains a major transit route for organised
immigration crime to the UK.
The government is responding, yet some
significant and avoidable shortcomings may prevent government and its
partners from meeting its aim, according to the National Audit Office
UK government does not yet have the data that it needs to
respond effectively. In 2018, it found that it had a weak understanding of
the scale of four out of nine types of serious and organised crime. /.../
The Home Office and the National Crime Agency (NCA) do not know whether
their efforts are working and are not yet able to target resources against
the highest-priority threats, the 57-page report concludes. ...
NAO describes tackling serious and organised crime as a significant and
complex challenge. More than 4,500 organised crime groups operate in the UK
in changing and unpredictable ways, often using violence and intimidation.
These crimes also know no borders and many groups work in large networks
spanning countries. The nine types of serious and organised crime assessed
in 2018 were modern slavery and human trafficking; organised immigration
crime; child sexual exploitation and abuse; money laundering; fraud and
other economic crime; international bribery, corruption and sanctions
evasion; cyber crime; illegal firearms; and illegal drugs. In 2019, the
government identified ten types of serious and organised crime, adding
organised acquisitive crime.
Illegal immigration human trafficking
More than 500 victims of trafficking detained in 2018, UK study finds
The Guardian, 9 July 2019.
Hundreds of victims of trafficking have been locked up in detention
centres by the Home Office instead of being looked after in safe houses and
provided with a package of support, the first research into the extent of
the problem has revealed.
The report, carried out by the data
mapping project After Exploitation using freedom of information responses,
reveals that 507 victims of trafficking were detained in 2018 despite Home
Office guidance that this group should not normally be locked up. ...
Last year, 2,726 suspected victims of trafficking were identified,
meaning almost one-fifth were put in detention. It is understood that of
the 507 who were detained, 422 were released within a week of a positive
"reasonable grounds" decision being made. ...
A Home Office
spokesperson said: "...
"Any person who claims they are a victim of
trafficking will, with their consent, have their claim considered by a
trained specialist and will not be required to leave the country while this
decision is pending. A positive decision entitles that person to support
and guidance and is taken into consideration when deciding their
Multiculturalism diversity, literature, schools
GCSE exam board adds more ethnically diverse texts, after complaints of too many 'dead white men'
Daily Telegraph, 9 July 2019.
Britain's biggest exam board has added a more diverse set of texts
to its English GCSE syllabus, following complaints about there being too
many "dead white men".
Edexcel, which is owned by Pearson,
announced on Monday that from this September, schools will be offered more
poems, plays and novels to choose from including those written by authors
from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.
"decolonise" the curriculum have been gaining pace at universities, where
students have urged faculties to update reading lists. The move by Pearson
is one of the first indicators that the movement is now gaining momentum in
In addition to the works of William Wordsworth and
Robert Bridges, the GCSE poetry anthology will include the Pakistani-born
Imtiaz Dharker and Grace Nichols, who is Guyanese.
post-1914 Literature paper will feature plays by Tanika Gupta, who is of
Indian heritage, and Benjamin Zephania whose parents are from Barbados.
Other new texts include the novel Coram Boy by Jamila Gavin, who
was born in India, and Boys Don't Cry by Malorie Blackman, the former
Children's Laureate whose parents are from Barbados.
Pearson's head of English, Drama and Languages, explained that the move
followed calls for the selection of texts on offer to be more
representative of different cultures and ethnicities. ...
decision by Pearson, which will affect around 50,000 students, follows
calls from Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education
Union, for schools to look beyond teaching about "dead white men". ...
She said that in order to thrive, children need to be able to see
people like themselves reflected in the curriculum, adding: "If a powerful
knowledge curriculum means recreating the best that has been thought by
dead, white men then I'm not very interested in it."
Immigration abroad Switzerland, Germany
Switzerland: Pool Lifeguards Under Constant Threat from Migrant Men
Breitbart, 9 July 2019.
Lifeguards across Switzerland are routinely threatened and abused
by migrant-background youths, according to the president of the country's
Michel Kunz, President of the Badmeister
Association, said that the level of abuse, particularly towards female
lifeguards, has increased saying in comments reported by 20 Minutes: "I
have already experienced a lot, but what is currently happening in Swiss
swimming pools is no longer sustainable."
According to Mr Kunz,
swimming pools in Switzerland have become places where "cultural
differences clash. This is because some believe that women have nothing to
say and become aggressive towards our employees."
find that those bathers who are out of favour with women are often young
people and men with a migrant background. They are not used to women giving
instructions," he added.
Vice-president of the Swiss Badmeister
Association Sibylle Rykart added that she had been the victim of attacks
including threats and had been spat on. "It did not exist before. This
disrespect is a sign of the times," she noted.
Bürgi described her own encounters with migrant-background men, saying
she had to flee her pool and call police after a group of four young men
"Our problem as lifeguards is men, especially with
a different cultural background. Most are between 18 and 22 years old. But
it starts with 10-year-olds," she said.
Neighbouring Germany has
also seen troubles with migrant-background men and their behaviour at
swimming pools. Last week in the town of Kehl, the local pool was forced to
close early after a group of 50 North African-background men terrorised
Even more serious has been the number of sexual
assaults committed by migrants in swimming pools, especially those
involving children as victims.
Immigration public opinion
Boris Johnson And Jeremy Hunt Not Trusted On Immigration, Reveals Report
HuffPost, 8 July 2019.
The British public do not trust Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt to
handle immigration, figures published on Monday suggest.
poll for the British Future think-tank showed Johnson was distrusted by 49%
of the public on immigration and trusted by 22%, a net score of minus-27.
Fewer say they distrust Hunt on immigration (41%) but only 13% say
they trust him on the issue - a net score of minus-28.
problem is one both Tory leadership candidates inherited from Theresa May.
Just 18% of the public and only a quarter (25%) of 2017
Conservative voters think May did a good job of managing immigration
as prime minister and home secretary.
And only 13% of the public
agrees that "The government has managed immigration into the UK competently
The poll was conducted for British Future's
"Immigration after May what should the new prime minister change?"
report published today.
Distrust in politicians is widespread,
however, with no politician of any party securing a positive rating. Labour
leader Jeremy Corbyn's trust rating on immigration is minus-37.
The inside story of how brutal Albanian gangs rose from the UK's premier sex traffickers to kingpin cocaine dealers
The Sun, 8 July 2019.
Albanian gangs smuggling huge shipments of cocaine direct from
Europe have changed the face of the UK's drug market.
The drug is
at its cheapest since the 1990s and purer than it has been for a decade as
Albanian gangs use the laws of retail to pull off a near total takeover of
Britain's £5bn cocaine industry.
Thousands of Albanians
arrived in the UK in the late 1990s and early 2000s during a refugee
Many took jobs as door staff in the heart of London's
sex and vice trade in Soho - then dominated by the Maltese mafia - where
they first came to national attention. ...
Paul Holmes, a former
police inspector and head of Scotland Yard's sex trafficking unit,
described how the Albanians' brutality shocked his team of officers. ...
In 1999, asylum applicants categorised under Yugoslavia (Kosovo,
Serbia and Montenegro) were the highest at 17 per cent of 91,200, and then
eight per cent of 98,900 in 2000.
Tony Smith, former director
general of the UK's Border Force, explained how immigration officials
believed Albanians were claiming to be Kosovans on a large scale during
He said: "It was record numbers and a lot of them were
Kosovans, or at least said they were.
"The immigration service were
completely swamped at Dover, getting ferry-loads of these, even camping on
the beaches at Dover.
"We didn't have the time or even computers
back then to process them properly. It was probably the biggest case of
nationality switching we'd seen, that was the beginning.
really hard to dis-prove that stuff, then more likely they will put down
roots making removals very difficult and they stay by default."
brutally violent criminals, trading on their reputation as veterans of the
Balkan Wars, soon moved from smuggling people to guns and drugs into the
In Europe they became allies of the Turkish and Italian gangs
as enforcers, hitmen and traffickers of heroin from Afghanistan. ...
Police sources have described how in the early 2000s in London they
fought against Jamaican and Chinese drug gangs for control of the illegal
Now they have moved on to penetrate all levels of the UK's
£5 billion cocaine trade - from an army of dial-a-drug street dealers
to kingpin wholesalers controlling imports from South America and northern
Albanians now make up the second highest total of
foreign nationals in UK jails at 760, 433 of who are in for drugs offences
- just a handful behind Poland on 787 - despite only tens of thousands
living in the UK compared to almost a million Polish. ...
sources have warned that Albanians illegally flooding into the UK have
provided a fresh, ready-made workforce for the crime groups.
Repatriation/deportation crime, EU law
Judges rule that Romanian criminal cannot be deported under EU law
Sunday Telegraph, 7 July 2019.
A Romanian national who carried out a string of serious criminal
offences can't be deported because he is protected by EU law.
Viscu, 20, arrived in the UK in 2007 with his family and between July 2014
and March 2017 received 14 convictions for 20 offences including robbery
and knife possession.
But when the Home Office tried to deport him
they were blocked by judges who held that under EU law he had rights to
enhanced protection under the EU Citizens' Directive as he had lived in the
UK for five years.
During his legal fight to stay in the UK Viscu
was further convicted of four more offences, including possession of a
knife in a public place, burglary and possession of a Class A drug and was
sentenced to a total of 4 ½ years detention in a young offenders
In September 2017, the Home Office tried to deport
Viscu because he was a 'persistent offender'.
argued that although Viscu had lived in the United Kingdom since 2007 he
was not entitled to enhanced protection under EU law because the time he
had spent in custody 'broke the continuity of lawful residence'.
But a judge held that, since Viscu was a juvenile he could not be
sentenced to imprisonment and so his residence in the United Kingdom had
been 'continuous and uninterrupted' availing him of special EU protection.
Under Chapter IV of the Citizens' Directive, 'Union citizens who
have resided legally for a continuous period of five years in the host
Member State shall have the right of permanent residence there.'
member state can only expel an EU resident where they have strong grounds
to believe their presence poses a risk to the public.
But the EU
has added the caveat that 'previous criminal convictions shall not in
themselves constitute grounds for' denying an EU citizen their right of
Now the Court of Appeal has ordered that the case be
reheard in full.
Illegal immigration English Channel
43 suspected illegal immigrants detained in Kent after English Channel crossing
Sky News, 7 July 2019.
More than 40 suspected illegal immigrants have been detained by
border officials in Kent in the space of two days after crossing the
Eleven men aboard a small inflatable boat were
intercepted while on the water on Saturday and brought to Dover, before
another 10 people were found in the nearby village of Kingsdown.
None of their nationalities have been confirmed.
Office said coastal patrol vessel Speedwell and Border Force cutter Seeker
were scrambled to deal with the first incident of the day, with the 11 men
"transferred to immigration officials for their cases to be dealt with".
In the second incident, Kent Police and Border Force officials were
called to Kingsdown and found the group, who all presented themselves as
They have been medically assessed and are believed to be
well, and have been given to immigration officials.
Immigration abroad deportation, USA
Ken Cuccinelli: ICE Ready to Deport Approximately 1M Illegal Aliens with Final Deportation Orders
Breitbart, 7 July 2019.
Acting United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
Director Ken Cuccinelli says the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
agency is ready to deport about a million illegal aliens who remain in the
country despite having final orders for deportation. ...
pointing out that the pool of those with final removal orders is enormous,"
Cuccinelli said. "It's important to note, here we are talking about ICE
doing its job as if it's special. And really this should be going on on a
rolling basis for ICE and they've been interfered with, effectively, and
held up by the politics of Washington to a certain extent..." ...
Though Trump gave Congress two weeks to devise a plan to close
loopholes in the country's asylum system loopholes that have invited
millions of border crossers to the U.S. over the last decade no such
plan has been crafted that would pass the House and Senate.
latest Harvard/Harris Poll finds that a majority of Americans support
Trump's plan to mass deport illegal aliens following inaction from
Congress. This includes support from more than 8-in-10 Republican voters
and more than 5-in-10 swing voters.
As Breitbart News has
chronicled, there are about 1.7 million illegal aliens from Central America
and Mexico, alone, living in the U.S. despite already being ordered
deported or having pending deportation orders. The latest federal data
concludes that there are more than 925,000 illegal aliens, in total, with
final deportation orders who have continued living freely in the U.S. About
20 percent of these illegal aliens have at least one criminal conviction
and almost all are not in federal custody. Roughly 60 percent of these
illegal aliens come from Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala.
Charity and police break up UK's largest modern slavery ring
The Guardian, 6 July 2019.
The largest-ever modern slavery ring uncovered in the UK has been
broken up after a three-year investigation into its activities. Some of its
400 victims worked for as little as 50p a day.
Their labour earned
millions for members of a criminal gang led by a Polish criminal family,
which preyed on the homeless, ex-prisoners and alcoholics from Poland. Gang
members were jailed on Friday.
The gang tricked and then trafficked
vulnerable men and women ranging in age from 17 to over 60 to
Britain with the promise of gainful employment but instead housed them in
squalor and used them as what a judge described as "commodities".
Working on farms, rubbish recycling centres and poultry factories
in the Midlands, they were made to live in cramped, rat-infested
accommodation and reduced to going to soup kitchens and food banks to get
enough to eat. ...
Reporting restrictions were lifted on Friday
after the end of two trials of five men and three women, all originally
from Poland, who have all now been convicted of modern slavery offences and
Their conspiracy which ran from June 2012
until October 2017 was described by Stacey as the "most ambitious,
extensive and prolific" modern day slavery network ever uncovered in
Ignacy Brzezinski, one of several men convicted last
month for their part in the ring, is currently on the run but was sentenced
in his absence on Friday to 11 years.
Illegal immigration politics, Conservative Party
Migration Watch Slams Boris Plan to Give Amnesty to Illegal Aliens: 'Manna for Traffickers'
Breitbart, 6 July 2019.
The Migration Watch UK think tank has slammed Boris Johnson's
latest proposal to give amnesty to illegal migrants who have been in
Britain for 15 years, saying it would be "manna for traffickers".
Migration Watch issues a press release seen by Breitbart London
after the proposed illegal migrant amnesty a policy Johnson has
pushed for years as both Mayor of London and Foreign and Commonwealth
Secretary, in spite of his arguably unjustified reputation as a right-wing
populist cropped up among a raft of other policy proposals,
including replacing the 20,000 fall in police numbers during Theresa May's
time as Home Secretary and Prime Minister, and lengthening time in custody
for convicted sex offenders.
"It seems Mr Johnson is considering an
amnesty for illegal immigrants in order to avoid another Windrush,"
commented Migration Watch vice chairman Alp Mehmet, in reference to the
so-called Windrush scandal in which a relatively small number of legal
migrants, including convicted criminals, were wrongfully deported.
"This makes no sense," Mehmet insisted.
caught up in Windrush had every right to be here and bear no comparison to
people who have either entered illegally or stayed on illegally and know
full well that they have no right to be here."
"An amnesty for them
would be manna for traffickers. It would encourage further illegal inflows,
reward illicit behaviour, be costly to UK taxpayers and be grossly unfair
to migrants who follow the rules," Mehmet added.
"Amnesties do not
work, as Spain and Italy have proved."
Migration Watch highlighted
estimates that the illegal migration population in the United Kingdom is
already over a million, with the illegal population increasing by at least
150,000 per year or 70,000 a year net, according to their own
Multiculturalism free speech
Bradford: Football Club Chairman Resigns over Post Supporting Burka Ban
Breitbart, 6 July 2019.
The chairman of Bradford City Women's football club tendered his
"immediate resignation" after someone complained about Facebook posts in
which he suggested the Islamic burka should be banned.
veteran Mark Hird had been in post for only a matter of weeks when a
"concerned fan" contacted the multicultural city's Telegraph and
Argus newspaper to complain about his social media output, in which he
is said to have supported banning the burka and suggested Muslims should
either "adhere to our laws" or emigrate. ...
While polls suggest
that a majority of Britons believe the burka should be banned as it
is in many European and even Muslim-majority countries worldwide and
that Mr Hird was therefore expressing the majority view, the football club
appears to have come down against him very swiftly.
WFC have accepted the immediate resignation of chairman Mark Hird following
recent allegations made against him," said Matthew Kermode, Bradford City
Women's club's secretary, in an official statement.
Illegal immigrant who won £17,000 for unlawful detention is jailed for 11 years for trying to rape a drunk stranger on New Year's Day
Daily Mail, 5
Joseph Mjemer, 36, attacked the woman in her flat on New Year's Day
after meeting her in Carlisle city centre when she was 'completely
inebriated'. She woke up to find him trying to rape her. ...
judge, sitting at Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester, said the
question of whether Mjemer should be deported after he has served his
sentence 'is a matter for the Home Office and not this court'.
Mjemer was the subject of a deportation order, signed in April, but
is appealing against it. ...
The court was also told that Mjemer,
who was once described as a 'one-man crime wave' by another judge, had a
total of 64 previous convictions and almost two dozen aliases. ...
In 2011 the High Court awarded him £17,360 in compensation
after it ruled he had been wrongly imprisoned for five months in 2007 as
officials tried to determine where he came from.
He had arrived in
the country illegally as a stowaway on board a ship in 2003 and was held at
the time by Home Office officials.
But Mjemer went on to commit 20
offences in the three years after his arrival and was jailed several times
before he was taken into 'administrative custody' in 2007.
Racism hairstyle, California
California becomes first state to ban hairstyle discrimination
Daily Telegraph, 5 July 2019.
California has become the first US state to ban discrimination
against black hairstyles such as braids, twists and locks.
California's governor, Gavin Newsom, signed the law yesterday
making it illegal to discriminate against natural black hairstyles in
schools and workplaces.
The law makes California the first state to
explicitly recognise that those hairstyles are associated with race and
therefore protected against discrimination in the workplace and in schools.
It comes after years of nationwide reports of African American
school students being sent home over braids or natural styles that violated
dress code rules. ...
The law, which takes effect on January 1, is
significant because federal courts have historically held that hair is a
characteristic that can be changed, meaning there's no basis for
discrimination complaints based on hairstyle.
The US Supreme Court
recently declined to hear the case of an Alabama woman who said she did not
get a job because she refused to change her hair.
Illegal immigration English Channel
Channel migrants: Six children among 22 people in boats
BBC, 5 July 2019.
Immigration officials are questioning 22 migrants who crossed the
Channel in two dinghies in the early hours. ...
All were medically
assessed and found to be well, the Home Office said.
Charlie Elphicke, who photographed the abandoned dinghy, said the "very
expensive" outboard motor - which costs in excess of £2,600 -
"underlines how lucrative this business is and the people traffickers
behind this are making tens of thousands of pounds".
At least 827
people, including about 80 children, have crossed the Channel in small
boats since 3 November 2018.
Last month, immigration minister
Caroline Nokes said the government had "recently delivered drones and other
surveillance equipment to France enabling their law enforcement officers to
interrupt and disrupt attempted crossings".
Immigration abroad violent crime, Sweden
Swedish Police Head: Get Used to Current Level of Shootings
Breitbart, 5 July 2019.
Head of the Swedish Security Service (Säpo) Anders Thornberg
has told Swedes to get used to the current level of shootings, saying it
could remain high for many years to come.
Thornberg said that he
did not see an end to the current wave of shootings across the country
anytime soon, saying "this can continue for five to ten years" in an
interview with Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet. ...
added that he saw the trend in gun violence, which has its roots in
criminal gang activity, as being a problem for the whole of society rather
than simply an issue for the police alone. Like drug trafficking, Thornberg
said that the issue will be impossible to solve overnight. ...
the past weekend, Stockholm saw three separate shootings and two fatalities
as a result, leading Moderate Party leader Ulf Kristersson to comment that
the current situation was "extreme for a country that is not at war".
Politics democracy, liberalism, Israel
Immigration Policy and the Rise of Anti-Democratic Liberalism the Case of Israel [part 1]
Quillette, 4 July 2019.
[Gadi Taub is a Senior Lecturer at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem]
Like many EU countries, Israel now has a substantial community of
illegal migrants, mainly from Africa. Illegals number about 34,000, not
including some 8,000 more children born to immigrant parents in Israel.
/.../ As in Europe, Israeli media often refer to migrants simply as
"refugees," but this term only serves to obscure the matter. There are
clear indications that many have entered the country in search of better
economic prospects. Some 80 percent are able bodied men who have usually
passed through safe countries on their way to Israel. ...
the predominantly young and male demographic, it is perhaps not surprising
that per capita crime rates within this group are three to four times the
national average. Herein lies another parallel to the European situation:
Israeli police have only recently released these statistics, after years of
dodging requests out of fear they would end up encouraging biases.
In recent months, Tel Aviv's southern neighborhoods have become
recurrent scenes of street clashes between rival migrant gangs wielding
cold weapons: knives, stones, rods and the like. Mainstream media is
reluctant to report on such incidents, instead leaving the issue to take on
a life of its own online. Thus videos float around among Israelis on
Facebook showing frightening violent scenes of fights and riots.
The Israeli legal system, like its European counterparts, is not
designed to handle large-scale criminal activity by individuals whose
identities and whereabouts are not known, and who have weak, if any, ties
to the surrounding community. About half the indictments against migrants
in 2018 never made it to court because the suspects could not be located by
police and didn't show up. /.../ Life has changed dramatically for
residents of South Tel Aviv.
But this isn't just a local issue.
There are much greater problems with illegal immigration beyond its effects
on the local way of life of certain municipalities. To begin with there is
the proximity to Africa. /.../ For a country as small as Israel, this is an
existential concern. ... ...
There were therefore more policy
initiatives designed to underline the same message. One was the "Leave
Fund" conceived by the single NGO which sided with the state The
Israeli Immigration Policy Center, founded and headed by Yonatan
Jakubowicz. The idea was to withhold a portion of the immigrants' salaries,
to be returned to them only upon departure from Israel. This policy was
partially emasculated by the courts and then watered down further by the
state in the hope that some version of it will pass muster with the judges.
The question is still pending. ...
Currently things are at a
stalemate again. The state is dragging its feet in examining asylum
requests, but as time goes by, the immigrant community, which enjoys a wide
array of social services, is taking root in the south of Tel Aviv, and
everyone knows what the next step in this struggle will be: a campaign for
family reunification permits which, some fear, may end up tripling or
quadrupling the immigrant population, creating momentum for permanent
residence in the process. ...
... There's an overwhelmingly liberal
press, which has been almost entirely uniform in towing the party line, and
has the power to suppress truths and disseminate falsehoods. ...
Politics democracy, liberalism, Israel
Immigration Policy and the Rise of Anti-Democratic Liberalism the Case of Israel [part 2]
Quillette, 4 July 2019.
David Goodhart best captured the sociological aspect of this
relatively new class divide when he called its two factions the "Anywheres"
and the "Somewheres." We may also call them, in the tradition of Zygmunt
Bauman, the "mobile" and the "sedentary" classes.
The former, the
mobile Anywheres, are internationalist in outlook and often in lifestyle.
They are, as Goodhart emphasizes, equally comfortable in various corners of
a globalized world, and work in jobs which bring them in contact with their
peers in other countries. ...
The latter, the sedentary Somewheres,
are tied down to a local market, a local milieu and a local language. Most
importantly, their political power is also dependent on a specific nation
state and its democratic mechanism of government.
therefore be clear why immigration policy is key to this clash over the
locus of sovereignty: not only does it challenge the legitimacy of the
borders of nation states a crucial element of their sovereignty
it also challenges the concept of citizenship by deploying universal
human rights against the "exclusionary" idea of citizens' rights, and
citizen sovereignty. This is how universal human rights have made the
subversion of democracy seem altruistic.
Yet immigration policy is
but one arena in this struggle between the Anywheres and the Somewheres and
between their respective world views. And once we realize that we are
facing an explicitly anti-democratic form of liberalism, the common
denominator of many different policies which these elites support becomes
clear: a lax and inclusive immigration policy; a delegitimization of
national identities; a multi-cultural balkanization of national solidarity;
international trade agreements which favor mobility of both labor and
capital, and which reduce the control of states over their economic policy;
an erasing of borders under supra-national structures; an increase in the
power of unelected bureaucracies at the expense of elected politicians; a
preference for the judiciary over the legislative and executive branches; a
doctrine of judicial supremacy; the subordination of national to
international law; an emphasis on universal human rights at the expense of
citizens' civil rights; and support for international institutions at the
expense of state governments.
To the extent that such international
institutions embody these Anywhere views, it is worth noting that though
many of them are clearly liberal in outlook, they exercise jurisdiction
over people who have no democratic reciprocal control over them.
All this may well backfire in a terrible way against the moderate
forms of liberalism which have served democracies so well since World War
II. If there is one crucial lesson to be learned from the horrors of the
20th century, it is that the suppression of the right to self-determination
the source from which modern nationalism and modern democracy both
emerge, reciprocally supporting each other can push nationalism to
erupt in violent, anti-democratic ways. ...
Taking the long view,
we may also note that this clash between extreme liberalism and democracy
may well be destructive to both.
Diversity structural racism, implicit bias
Cambridge to assign white academics an ethnic minority mentor to combat racism and assist 'institutional change'
Daily Telegraph, 3 July 2019.
Cambridge University is running a "reverse mentoring" scheme for
staff to combat "structural racism".
Under the project, white
senior academics and management staff are assigned one of their black,
Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) colleagues as a mentor in order to
encourage "institutional change" at the university.
It is part of a
raft of initiatives that the university's equality and diversity department
has introduced over the past year, aimed at boosting diversity and driving
out racism. ...
The reverse mentoring scheme aims to "raise
awareness among white members of senior management of the issues
surrounding structural racism".
It also hopes to educate them about
the "advantages related to being white and the barriers faced by BAME
staff". It is hoped that the scheme will equip senior white dons with the
"confidence and skills to discuss issues related to race and racism" and
enable them to challenge racism when they come across it. ...
initiatives under way at Cambridge include a review of academic courses "to
ensure a diverse curriculum is offered", the university confirmed, adding
that this is still in its early stages.
The move follows calls from
students to "decolonise" the curriculum by adding more BAME writers to
The university has set up a Diversity Fund which
allocates grants to students or staff who wish to "promote race equality".
One project that has won funding was proposed by the Sedgwick
Museum, the university's geology museum founded in 1728, which hopes to
transform itself into a "more welcoming and accessible space for BAME
Cambridge has also introduced a new leadership programme
for staff, which includes training on race awareness and implicit bias, and
every College now has a Discrimination and Harassment Contact whose duty is
to oversee "a culture of continuous improvement". ...
not the first university to run a "reverse mentoring" scheme for staff.
Last year, a Government-funded project at Birmingham saw professors
assigned a junior female colleague from an ethnic minority as a mentor to
teach them about unconscious bias.
The scheme is backed by the
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, a government agency,
which is funding eleven "Equality, Diversity and Inclusion" projects as
part of an £5.5 million anti-discrimination drive in engineering and
Prof John Rowe, who is overseeing the project at
Birmingham University, said he hoped the scheme will allow eminent
professors to confront their own biases and leave them "feeling quite
Border controls Home Office
Staff shortages and Home Office delays stopping inspectors from holding government to account, chief inspector says
Independent, 3 July 2019.
Staff shortages and a lack of interest from politicians are
stopping the immigration inspectorate from holding the Home Office to
account, the head of the organisation has said.
In a damning
report, David Bolt, the independent chief inspector of borders and
immigration, said his force had been able to employ less than half the
number of inspectors that it is supposed to.
25 inspectors are
supposed to work as part of the body but only 11 were in post at the end of
March 2019. ...
While some replacements have since been recruited,
Mr Bolt said the inspectorate would be "significantly under strength for at
least the first half of 2019-20".
Mr Bolt also claimed that his
work has "slipped down the agenda" at the Home Office, highlighting the
fact that he had just one meeting with Sajid Javid, the home secretary,
He said: "During 2018-19, I had just one meeting with
the home secretary and two with the immigration minister. While I recognise
the considerable pressures on ministers, particularly over this period,
this added to my sense that the [inspectorate's] work had slipped down the
The chief inspector also criticised Home Office delays in
publish the inspectorate's reports.
In one case, a report was sent
to Mr Javid in early July but was not published until late November - more
than four months later. None of the seven reports were released within the
Home Office target of eight weeks.
The reports were often highly
damning of Home Office operations.
Repatriation/deportation failures, cost
Taxpayers have shelled out £10 MILLION in just five years on 'phantom' flights to return failed asylum seekers that are abandoned before take-off
MailOnline, 2 July 2019.
The taxpayer has shelled out more than £10 million in just
five years on 'phantom' flights to deport failed asylum seekers that are
abandoned before take off.
The eye-watering costs, caused by
last-ditch appeals and individuals refusing go quietly, have sparked
renewed demands for the system to be tightened up. ...
arise when officials book seats only for legal challenges to be launched
against deportation at the last minute - meaning they have to be abandoned.
There has been criticism that the Human Rights Act is being abused
to drag out cases.
Poorly-trained staff are also allegedly adding
to the issues by trying to put disruptive individuals on planes alone -
with pilots then refusing to have them on board.
According to the
latest Home Office accounts, the bill for cancelled repatriation flights
was £2.04 million last year.
That was down slightly from
£2.45 million in 2017-18. But it takes the bill for the past five
years to over £10 million.
Despite repeated pledges of a
crackdown, the scale of the problem has grown since 2014-15 when it cost
Miscellaneous Nigerians, prostitution
Outrage as UK agency says Nigerians respect wealthy prostitutes
The Cable, 2 July 2019.
Home Office, a UK ministerial department responsible for
immigration, says trafficked women from Nigeria who get wealthy from
prostitution are held in high esteem upon their return to the country.
In the June edition of its country policy on the trafficking of
women in Nigeria, it said: "Nigeria is a source, transit and destination
country for the trafficking of women and girls for forced labour and sexual
Making reference to the 2018 UK annual report on
modern slavery published by the Home Office, it said Nigeria is the 5th
most common country of origin of potential victims of modern slavery.
It said while the victims are subjected to reprisals when they
return home, those who get wealthy "enjoy high social-economic status".
The statement irked members of parliament and
anti-trafficking/anti-slavery activists in the UK who berated the
department, asking it to tender an apology. ...
women who return from Europe, wealthy from prostitution, enjoy high
social-economic status and in general are not subject to negative social
attitudes on return. They are often held in high regard because they have
improved income prospects." ...
Kate Osamor, Labour MP and chair of
the all-party parliamentary group on Nigeria, said home office's comment
made prostitution "look like a job".
She said of all the stories of
trafficking they heard "there was no happy ending" while also demanding an
Politics liberalism, political correctness
Letters: The PC stifling of reasoned debate is the enemy of Western liberalism
Daily Telegraph, 1 July 2019.
[Letter to the Editor]
I fear the enemy of Western liberalism may be much nearer to home
than Vladimir Putin (Leading Article, June 29). This enemy is the
"political correctness" that now seeks to stifle reasoned debate with its
bridle of mental totalitarianism.
This smothering of the free
thought of the individual will most certainly end the Age of Enlightenment.
The irony is that it has become the opposite of the diversity and cultural
pluralism under which it masquerades.
The rise of nationalism may
only be a form of psychological displacement: a reaction to the ever wider
spread of this cultural suffocation across national life. It should
therefore be viewed as a symptom, not a cause, of what may be happening in
Immigration abroad Africans, USA
The Next Influx: The Entire World's Poor and Dispossessed
Center for Immigration Studies, 1 July 2019.
Like the proverbial "bulge in the belly of the snake," unusually
high numbers of non-Latino migrants, obviously not from Central America,
are now reportedly passing from Colombia through Panama on their way to the
U.S. southern border. ...
Word of their successful entries into the
United States this year clearly reached home countries because now a swell
numbering as many as 35,000 is on an infamous migrant passage through which
migrants have long funneled from South America to North America: the Darien
I am told this by two eye-witnesses who have just returned
from the Colombia-Panama region on either side of the Gap. ...
Neither Colombia nor Panama routinely collect and publicly release
data regarding migrant flows through their territories, which American
homeland authorities often refer to as "exotics" or "extra-continentals"
because they are from outside the Western Hemisphere.
and Edrington separately told me in recent phone and email interviews that
a surge is underway the likes of which neither has ever seen and which
obviously surpasses what I witnessed in December. Both saw massive numbers
of Africans overwhelming government camps and smuggling infrastructure as
they push through to repeat the successes at the U.S. border of those who
have gone before them. ...
Holton told me he interviewed many
migrants on the Colombian side who uniformly told him they decided to go to
America, claim asylum, and take advantage of the disarray and laws about
which they've all heard, from media reporting and those who already made
it, that guarantee they will get to live and work for years in the United
States, and probably permanently. ...
Holton said everyone knew to
go to American "sanctuary cities," where local authorities won't cooperate
with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. ...
"A lot of these guys
obviously do not qualify for asylum," Holton told me. "When they talk to
me, they don't have a problem telling me it's for economic benefits, to get
a better job, to have a better life."
No matter, Holton said. By
claiming asylum, "They know they'll have to let them into the U.S. and that
they can stay for at least three years" before any ruling on their claims
comes back. "They're very clear on that."
Holton said government
sources on both sides of the gap estimated that 35,000 were in the
pipeline. The majority appear to be Cameroonians, Congolese and Ghanaians,
the largest numbers of those migrants he has ever seen and who now appear
to outnumber the traditional fare of Haitians and Cubans. Every migrant he
interviewed said they'd flown into visa-free Ecuador and caught buses or
rides to the Colombia-Panama frontier, where they'll hook up with Darien
Gap smugglers. ...
After my own trip to Panama and Costa Rica, I
disclosed the existence of a formal bilateral policy by which both
countries systematically transport migrants coming off the Darien Gap
through their own territories and on to Nicaragua, where the smugglers can
pick them up and keep them moving to the U.S. border.