Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Throngs of Immigrant Children Part of "New Dark Age" Assault


Thousands of Central American children don't make it to the U.S. southern border on their own. The smugglers who get them to the border, who tell their families that they will be able to stay in the United States, are part of the same organized crime networks that smuggle drugs, guns, and sex slaves. This is the Empire's Dope, Inc. apparatus. Anyone responding to this crisis in a knee-jerk "anti-immigrant" fashion—including the racist explosions that Drudge and other websites are so fond of reporting—are missing the point, and playing right into the Empire's hand.
• A Foreseeable Outcome •
Reuters reports that more than 52,000 unaccompanied children from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras have been caught trying to enter the U.S. since last October, double the number from the same period last year. Thousands more have been apprehended with parents or other adults.
As a senior Republican aide in the House said,
"There is a feeling that it's clear more resources are needed"
to deal with as many as 150,000 unaccompanied minors during the current fiscal year.
Obama today requested $3.7 billion from Congress in emergency funding, almost double the amount as initial reports indicated. The monies would go toward spending on border patrol agents, immigration judges, aerial surveillance, and new detention facilities. But it is Obama's policies—his support for Dope, Inc.'s drug legalization, and for the Wall Street policies which have impoverished the region beyond what the population can bear—which have created the conditions fostering this crisis. Just take one example: In Honduras, unemployment is officially 50%, but diplomats from that country have told EIR that real unemployment is closer to 70-80%. Is it any wonder that families will risk almost anything to get to the United States?
U.S. law signed by Bush in 2008 requires the U.S. to hold an immigration hearing before deporting a child from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador or any other country that doesn't border the U.S., Marc Rosenblum of the Migration Policy Institute told NPR. So part of the $3.7 billion would go for hiring more judges to conduct hearings, and provide facilities to house the children while they wait for the hearings. The New York Times reports that officials have not dropped a request for Congress to amend existing laws to give the Department of Homeland Security more authority to process and deport Central American immigrants more quickly.
• A Rash of Drug Deals •
In the past 120 hours, a rash of drug deals have gone down in the country—all courtesy of the support for drug legalization coming from Barack Obama, the man first elected President in large part due to dirty money coming from George Soros.
Today, members of the Cannabis Campaign for Legalizing Marijuana in D.C. submitted petitions to the Board of Elections to place Initiative 71 on the November ballot. It would allow a D.C. resident to possess up to 2 ounces for personal use, and to grow up to six plants and legally give marijuana away, though not to sell it. If the initiative were to pass, it would still have to survive congressional scrutiny. An earlier, weaker D.C. decriminalization measure was killed in committee by staunch anti-drug advocate John Mica (R-Fl.), WJLA-TV reports.
• Reducing the Crucial Water Supply •
Also today, Washington state became the second state, after Colorado, with recreational marijuana retail shops. USA Today reports that 24 stores opened, after being issued licenses yesterday morning. (Alaska voters will consider a measure for recreational sales in November. And the drug dealers have targeted Oregon, Arizona, California, Massachusetts, Maine, and Montana next.)
This past Saturday, with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's signature, New York became the twenty-third state to legalize marijuana for seriously ill or injured patients. Cuomo and top state lawmakers gathered at the New York Academy of Medicine yesterday for the bill-signing ceremony. The state's Department of Health now has 18 months to set up the program, which will allow state-certified doctors to prescribe the drug to patients with cancer, epilepsy, and other serious diseases and conditions. The state will award five contracts to private marijuana growers, who will each be permitted to open up to four dispensaries to distribute the drug to certified patients. Cuomo said it will take about nine months just to grow the marijuana. USA Today reports the new law will only allow the drug in non-smokeable forms, including pills, oils, and vapors.
Last Friday through Sunday, in Los Angeles, California Heritage Market became the site of a three-day farmers market for medical marijuana, the first in Los Angeles County. The farmers market let buyers bypass dispensaries, cutting out the middlemen, and allowing cheaper prices. Since the passage of Proposition 215 in 1995, patients have been allowed to form pot-growing "collectives," which have led to hundreds of dispensaries. Hollywood Reporter says in some neighborhoods they are more rife than Starbucks. Buyers were standing in lines at the farmers market for as long as an hour to get in.
Marijuana production in California is exacerbating the effects of the drought. Depending on the plants' size, and whether they are grown inside or out, marijuana plants require six gallons of water a day. In the area of northern California known as the Emerald Triangle, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife says that marijuana cultivation doubled just in the years 2009 to 2012. Scott Bauer of the CDFW told CNBC that growers are drawing more than 156,000 gallons of water a day from just a single tributary of the Eel River in Mendocino county. Many of the growers operate illegally on public lands.
Stream water rules in California are the same for growers of marijuana as they are for growers of any crop: Growers should divert no more than 10 percent of a stream's flow, and they should halt diversion altogether during late summer, when fish are most vulnerable to low water levels. But Bauer pointed out that those rules apply to permit holders, and most marijuana growers haven't bothered to get permits.