Many, many thanks to VDARE.com readers who have rallied (tax-deductibly!) to help us in our litigation Resistance to the post-Trump Big Tech/Big Media Reign of Terror against immigration patriots.
Up until now, we have told you mostly about our First Amendment suit against Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers for denying police protection to our projected 2017 conference in that city. The great Michelle Malkin, herself a resident of Colorado Springs, wrote a syndicated column on this atrocity here.
We will be updating you on this Colorado Springs situation shortly.
But, there are other situations! Right now, I want to tell you more about our claim against credit card processer PayPal for suddenly and arbitrarily cutting VDARE.com off from receiving donations, after an untroubled business relationship of some 12 years, in August 2017. Our Notice of Dispute, required by PayPal’s User Agreement, is here. [PDF]
I first posted about this matter in June here.
As I anticipated then, PayPal did indeed ignore our Notice of Dispute—no doubt arrogantly assuming that VDARE.com did not have the money to pursue the matter further.
And, of course, we are indeed worried about our donors’ money. But, nevertheless, we were able to file a Demand for Arbitration on August 12. (PayPal’s User Agreement requires that disputes be adjudicated in the first instance by the American Arbitration Association [AAA]). Our Demand for Arbitration is here. [PDF]
I know VDARE.com’s lawyer readers enjoy reading these documents—and generously offering us advice, which we’ve found most valuable! We are represented in this matter by Randazza Legal Group.
See, earlier, by Washington Watcher II: Bernie’s Past Common Sense On Immigration Will Haunt Him In 2020
Other family members who have lived there for decades will follow.
The atrocity was the work of one of the cartels battling for control of the drug traffic into the United States.
In Mexico's Sinaloa state in October, an arrest of Ovidio Guzman Lopez, son of "El Chapo," who sits in a New York prison, brought a military-style cartel attack on the state capital, Culiacan, followed by a surrender to the cartel gunmen by national guard and army troops, and a release of the captive.
"Is Mexico a failed state?" asks The Washington Times. Its editorial describes "Another Blood-Soaked Year in Mexico" where 17,000 people were murdered by July and the 2019 death toll is expected to reach 32,000.
USA Today reports: "Through August of the current fiscal year, the Border Patrol apprehended 457,871 migrants arriving as 'family units' ... a 406% increase compared to the 90,554 family unit apprehensions during the same period the previous year. Migrant families from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador made up almost 92% of the total."
Producer James Cameron and director Tim Miller have, in the latest Terminator epic Terminator: Dark Fate, taken another billion dollar entertainment franchise and driven it into the ground in the name of Social Justice, Hollywood-Style. Here’s how it happened.
The message of the first two Terminator films is in a line from Judgement Day, sequel to the 1984 original: “There is no fate but what we make for ourselves.” Heroine Sarah Connor utters that line in a powerful but regrettably deleted scene from the first film, and delivers this message: We have the power to change the present. The future is unwritten. Unfortunately, the latest installment of the franchise delivers a less optimistic message: You, white man, are doomed. Indeed, Terminator: Dark Fate might well be called Terminator: The Great Replacement.
The Marvel superhero films have been pushing that message as well, and now the latest Terminator adds its voice. Dark Fate, a direct sequel to James Cameron’s ground-breaking Judgement Day in 1991, literally pretends that the events in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator Salvation, and Terminator Genisys never occurred. What viewers get instead is a myth more in tune with our anti-white, anti-male present [‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ Director: Why Mackenzie Davis Will ‘Scare the F— Out of’ Misogynists, by Matt Donnelly, Variety, July 10, 2019].
That message still doesn’t work well. Empty theaters and $29 million in receipts greeted the new Terminator’s in its opening weekend. Losses for 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures and Skydance Media might exceed $130 million ['Terminator: Dark Fate' Puts Franchise on Ice, Faces $120M-Plus Loss, by Pamela McCintock, Hollywood Reporter, November 3, 2019].
We had elections this week for various kinds of state and local positions. The results were mixed, pluses and minuses, but it looked to me like mostly minuses. On the plus side:
Specifically, a yes vote would:
allow Affirmative Action policies by the state of Washington in the areas of public education, public employment, and public contracting as long as such policies do not constitute preferential treatment (as defined) and do not use quotas.
Of course the entire point of Affirmative Action is to give preferential treatment to favored groups, and quotas are the only way you can do so without risking legal trouble. Everybody understands this, but everyone has to pretend not to. Thanks to the voters of Washington State—well, 52 percent of them—for giving a good kick in the shins to the whole dishonest sham.
This initiative was in reaction to the famous law passed in 2010 by the state legislature, and signed by then-governor Jan Brewer, right, giving state law enforcement powers to help enforce federal immigration laws. Kritarchs of course struck down most of the law, but left it OK for officers to check a suspect's immigration status. The idea of the Initiative: to kill that last surviving portion of the 2010 law—to finish the job the kritarchs left un-finished. Instead, voters killed the initiative, leaving the law standing.
The big news in the October jobs data: The immigrant workforce population in the U.S. continues to fall—continuing the trend last seen in early 2017, when the late lamented “Trump Effect” was literally scaring immigrants away. But, also, immigrant displacement of American workers has begun declining again. Is Trump quietly (!) doing something right?
For the second straight month the foreign-born adult workforce population declined in October, year-over-year, by 725,000 or 1.68%, on the heels of a 427,000, or 0.99%, decline in September.
Not since the 2008 Great Recession have immigrant workers bailed in such numbers, year-over-year. Back then the outflux was driven by economic malaise. But now the economy is (relatively) strong. What is driving this exodus?
We continue to be cautious. This decline could be statistical noise. But there’s been a very clear, if erratic, downward trend in year-over-year immigrant worker growth since as far back as March 2018.
It is at least possible that the Trump Administration has actually been able to reduce the inflow through administrative measures: his Muslim ban, (upheld by the Supreme Court) his revised public charge rules, even more thorough adjudication by USCIS. (Vox claims that this more thorough adjudication has resulted in an “almost doubling average wait times for those applying for green cards, employment visas, citizenship, and other benefits”—and that’s before a new rule requiring immigrants to buy health insurance has taken effect: Trump just quietly cut legal immigration by up to 65%, by Nicole Narea, October 9, 2019. Link in original).See also Immigrant Population Growth in the U.S. Slows to a Trickle, by Sabrina Newman, NYT, September 26, 2019 and Report: Trump's Travel Ban Could Soon Get Even Bigger, by Alison Durkee, Vanity Fair, November 1, 2019.
The falling foreign-born workforce may also reflect renewed fear of apprehension and deportation—and, perhaps, an Administration that finally seems to be getting a grip on the influx at the southern border. Mexico, at the not-so-subtle urging of President Trump, has deployed thousands of troops along its border with Guatemala and taken other steps, with significant results.