The mayor of Toronto says the city will need to open an emergency reception centre over the next seven days to deal with an influx of refugees.
John Tory says the federal and Ontario governments should take action to relieve the growing pressure refugee claimants are putting on the city’s shelter system.
He says 10 new refugee claimants are added to Toronto’s shelter system each day — 334 additional refugee claimants have arrived since he last appealed for help on April 26.
At the current rate of arrivals, Tory says Toronto projects that refugees will represent more than 50 per cent of the city’s shelter residents by November.
Tory says he’s looking for a number of things from Ottawa and the province, including co-ordination and leadership to help with the immediate placement of new arrivals outside of the city’s shelter system.
He also wants dedicated provincial and/or federal staff to facilitate and operate the placement, sustainable funding, and reimbursement of all costs, including those incurred in 2017 and projected for 2018.
That reimbursement includes $64.5 million in projected costs for ongoing housing and operations, Tory said.
Emilio Estefan was watching the news during the summer and was increasingly saddened by the racist and xenophobic rhetoric he kept hearing on television about Mexicans and immigrants.
It was those hateful and “not positive things” about Hispanics that motivated the Cuban-American music producer to write “We’re All Mexican” – a raucous anthem celebrating the love that many immigrants have of living in the United States. [they seem to like the welfare more than they like the English language]
“We have so many problems, and they are talking about Mexicans being rapists and killing people. That wasn’t right,” Estefan told Fox News Latino ahead of the song’s release on Monday. “We love this country. We don’t take things for granted.”
He said the song is about the “love affair” immigrants have with the United States.
“It’s not about Donald Trump. It’s not about politics,” Estefan added.
For the single, the 19-time Grammy winning producer brought together some of the biggest Latino recording artists including wife, Gloria Estefan, Carlos Santana, Pitbull, Wisin, Thalia, Taboo from the Black-Eyed Peas, Carlos Vives, Jencarlos Cancela, Rita Moreno, Pepe Aguilar and others.
“[The song] is to inspire Latinos and to show people that we love this country,” Estefan told FNL. “Thirty-five singers in the song, all celebrating American diversity.”
Yes, let’s all celebrate child sexual abuse, drunk driving, identity theft, a willful ignorance of the English language, excessive welfare utilization, and an unwed teen pregnancy rate higher than Blacks.
Imagine rural England five years into a Labour government led by Ed Miliband, and propped up by the SNP and perhaps also the Greens. If you can’t imagine, let me paint the picture for you using policies from their election manifestos and only a small amount of artistic licence.
The biggest house-building programme in history is well under way, with a million new houses mainly being built in rural areas. Several ‘garden cities’ have sprung up in Surrey, Sussex and Kent, though in truth the gardens are the size of postage stamps. No matter, because having a big garden is a liability since right to roam was extended so that ramblers can walk across your lawn.
Oh, and if you’re thinking of walking a dog, think again. The killing of any animal outdoors, whether intentional or accidental, is deemed to be ‘reckless hunting’. Consequently, most dog owners simply cannot risk letting their dog off the lead in case it catches a squirrel, the penalty for which is a prison sentence…
…Dairy farming is at an all-time low as more and more farmers throw in the towel in the face of the growing threat of TB to their herds from badgers, after Labour ended the badger cull. Consequently, most milk is imported from Holland and Belgium.
After pressure from the Greens, horse-racing has been subjected to so many new rules that an increasing number of courses find it financially unviable to continue…
…New targets for ‘zero carbon homes’ mean that country cottages must pay a levy to continue to use open fires and log-burners. Four-by-fours are subject to an emissions tax, so a lot of poorer families cannot get about when it snows. Tractors have to pay a congestion charge.
All rural businesses and public services must abide by the terms of Labour’s National Adaptation Programme, under which everything they do must take account of climate change, with mandatory reporting every year on how they have acted to reduce carbon emissions. Sadly, many village shops and schools can’t cope with the red tape and go under…
Aerial view of London.
…His [Simon Kuper’s] column is about London becoming a place in which no normal person can afford to live in future. Neither London nor New York will be livable in ten years. Only last Saturday, 18 April, there were six shootings in the space of a few hours, including a 15-year-old girl in the Bronx. And it hasn’t even got warm yet, which is when the bullets tend to fly. In Brooklyn, houses are being sold for $6 million, whereas 20 years ago the price was less than 150,000 big ones. One house in Brooklyn Heights has a $40 million price tag. Last year I described 432 Park Avenue as an undulating middle finger to good taste. It is 1,396-feet high, the brainchild of a horrible real-estate shark I had the bad luck to go to school with. He was big and brash but wouldn’t go out for sports. His name is Harry B. Macklowe. I am sure some American citizens might end up owning an apartment there, but I am equally certain that they will be naturalised Americans, born under a somewhat bluer sky in Taiwan or India, or southern China.
London, of course, is no longer the grey, grimy city that I moved to 40 years ago because it was fun. On Friday nights one could get the best table anywhere as the Brits queued for hours on the M4 to prove they were country gentry. No longer. The Gulf Arabs have descended and there are no tables available anywhere, anytime. Property prices, needless to say, are at nosebleed levels, and even the upper middle classes are moving out. London’s state schools cannot meet the standards of private ones — too many immigrant children who don’t speak English at home — which means that only rich foreign people with children will be welcomed by London’s warm and extremely expensive embrace….
The original column by Simon Kuper is at the pay-walled Financial Times (link given above). A version of the same piece is available here (free). The main points are made in the piece above.
The Center for Immigration Studies issued an analysis of the Census report which includes the chart above.
The replacement of traditional American people continues briskly, according to Census projections out to 2060.
In the near term, the US population will reach a record high percentage of immigrants in 2023, just eight years from today…
…The future America planned by elites will be more crowded and therefore regulated, because order must be enforced to prevent chaos among the increasingly diverse population. Plus, Americans will experience more pavement, less open space and more water shortages…
Over at Vox, Matt Yglesias briefly summarizes the case for more immigration:
Studies done in the United States show that immigration raises average incomes of native-born Americans, including native-born Americans with low skill levels. Immigration is, of course, even better for the incomes of the immigrants themselves, which makes reduced barriers to migration one of the biggest possible game changers for overall global growth. What’s more, as the Economist’s Ryan Avent has recently shown, more immigration could be a highly effective fix to the currently hot topic of secular stagnation.
There are many assumptions packed into this paragraph, and they’re worth examining closely.
First, Yglesias is right to observe that immigration raises the average income of native-born Americans. It’s not clear, however, that immigration raises the average incomes of native-born Americans more than a range of other policy measures, like shifting towards consumption taxation, reforming Social Security and Medicare, or drastically improving the productivity of our education system…
As the mist begins to lift the view across the Punch Bowl, Somerset is revealed. Andrew Wheatley.
David Lammy thinks that Britain has no immigration problem because of ‘huge green spaces’
The would-be London Mayor insisted the UK did not have too many immigrants.“If you look at our population, it can manage, there are huge green spaces in the country where there aren’t immigrants,” he told BBC Breakfast.
“It’s not too high, it’s not.”
Mr Lammy attacked the Conservatives for committing to a “silly target”, which they failed to hit, of cutting net immigration to under 100,000 a year – and for cutting the English language classes he said helped newcomers integrate into British society…
Now wouldn’t a mosque really make this photo look better? And set aside lots of land — Muslims don’t do cremation and they won’t share your graveyards. And all that empty space — you know how many extra people they have in Africa, especially the Muslims, since they don’t do birth control (at least the African ones don’t). The Swiss are positively selfish!
Immigration and integration of foreigners remain the biggest concern of Swiss voters, according to a survey conducted for the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation six months ahead of national elections.
The poll conducted last month found that 49 percent of voters rank immigration, integration and the issue of refugees seeking asylum in the country as the nation’s biggest problems.
The issue came in front of worries about bilateral relations with the European Union, ranked as a top concern by 24 percent of respondents, and the environment, seen as a major problem by 12 percent of voters.
By contrast, the strong Swiss franc, which has worried economic forecasters, was only considered a problem by three percent of respondents…
When does a personal problem become society’s problem? How many people have to be in a situation before it ceases to be a source of shame and starts to become a spur to action? What’s the tipping point? These questions are thrown up by a new Shelter report, The Flyers and the Triers.
The phrasing is diplomatic. The “flyers” are defined as having “made minimal sacrifices to buy a home, having received substantial financial and emotional support from family”; “triers”, meanwhile, “struggled for longer to buy a home (if they got there at all). They had less help, and had to rely more on their own efforts.” You could just as well call them the Minted and the Screwed, or go traditional: the Haves and the Have-nots. It is to the credit of the charity how tactful it remains in the face of such blanket evidence of systemic failure.
Number-crunching reveals what most people who’ve housed themselves will already know – that a renting family will be £561,000 worse off over its lifetime (£1.36m worse in London). Other studies show house prices in 20 London boroughs went up last year by more than the average salary of a nurse. (“If you want a pay rise,” Tristan Carlyon of the National Housing Federation drolly observed, “then the way forward is clear: be a house.”) Rent and wages are so out of kilter that at one point in 2013 rents were going up five times faster than salaries…
About 330 people have drowned as their rubber dinghies sank in the Mediterranean between Libya and Lampedusa, Italy. This latest tragedy is a twofold demonstration of the failure of European border policy. Not only have European states not taken the necessary measures to save lives in the Mediterranean, they have established a series of ‘legal’ obstacles for those fleeing intensifying conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa…
…In response to the latest tragedy, JRS Italy director Fr Camillo Ripamonti stated, “Once again, we are stunned with horror. We will not and cannot accept that the Mediterranean continues to be a migrant graveyard. It crucial that the EU and its member states swiftly act to ensure the safety of refugees.”
“Where has our solidarity gone?” asks JRS Europe director Fr Jean-Marie Carrière. “These are European borders and all member states should help face the humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean with all possible means. Italy demonstrated that it is possible to save lives. Imagine what could be achieved if all 28 EU member states really worked together for refugees. We must open safe and legal channels for protection seekers as well as boost search and rescue capacity.”
And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon England’s mountains green:
And was the holy Lamb of God,
On England’s pleasant pastures seen! — William Blake, ~ 1808
How would one describe a market in which the value of the same commodity varied by more than 100 to one? “Hugely distorted” is the answer. Yet that is precisely the situation for land near England’s most prosperous urban centres…
…The core question…is what is to be done with the green belts around our cities. Supporters of the policy of “urban containment” argue that this is a small island whose countryside risks being concreted over.
In fact, the land in green belts alone is one and a half times greater than in all cities and towns together. Moreover, the towns are far “greener” than green belts. Gardens cover nearly half of the 10% of England that is urbanised, while the dominant use of land in green belts is intensive arable farming, which is mostly hideous and offers less biodiversity than urban parks and gardens. Nor do green belts offer much if any amenity to the bulk of the population that lives in the great cities. Their value goes to the small number of people who own houses inside them.
So what is to be done? The price mechanism should rule…We do need to stop constraining the growth of the places where people really want to live. It is untrue that the green belts are areas of outstanding amenity. They are rather sources of increasing misery, as an ever-larger population is crammed into an artificially limited space.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the op-ed attracted only 14 comments, of which few seemed concerned about the green belt per se. I noticed this one:
Why not flatten Martin Wolf’s house — which I’m assuming is in London — and replace it with a high rise block?
When they’ve replaced all the houses and gardens in London with high rise blocks, I’ll be very willing to cede some of the green belt.
(Martin Wolf is the author of the op-end).
I am not familiar with the green belt in the UK, of course. But we also have one in greater Vancouver. Since I no longer live there I do not know if similar proposals are afoot there too (the house prices in Vancouver are extremely high).
Britain’s schools need more support to cope with an “influx” of immigrant children, Osted’s chief schools inspector has said.
Sir Michael Wilshaw said it was a “big issue” for Government if schools are being faced with a large number of new pupils from other countries without the resources to deal with them.
Speaking on LBC Radio Sir Michael said: “Schools need the resources to deal with that. When they’re faced with an influx of children from other countries, they need the resources and capacity to deal with it and if those resources aren’t there, that’s a big issue for Government. That’s the first thing and we’ll be producing reports on this quite soon.”
His comments will raise fresh concern that high levels of immigration are putting a strain on the education system…
According to official figures, the number of schoolchildren speaking English as a second language has soared by a third in just five years. The proportion of non-native speakers in primary schools has now reached almost 1-in-5 following a year-on-year increase over the last decade. The number of pupils who speak another language in the home exceeded 1.1 million for the first time this year.
In some parts of London, children with English as a second language now make up as much as three quarters of the school roll, with around half of pupils being classified in towns and cities such as Slough, Luton and Leicester…
For us to have that conversation, and for it to be constructive, we need to follow three essential guidelines: stick to the facts; don’t demonise your opponents; and, above all, don’t condescend to the public.
At MigrationWatch, it has always been our belief that the only way to navigate the choppy seas of the immigration debate is to stick to the facts. That is how we have reached our current position at the forefront of the debate, despite being a small and largely voluntary organisation.
Some facts are, of course, disputed. But the broad picture is fairly clear. Although the business lobby and academia focus on the economic benefits of immigration, the reality is that their case is surprisingly weak, particularly at the current massive levels.
The most thorough economic analysis was conducted by the House of Lords Select Committee on Economic Affairs in 2008. The panel included two former chancellors of the Exchequer, a former governor of the Bank of England, an eminent labour market economist and a former head of the Financial Services Authority. You would think that, between them, they might know a thing or two. They concluded, evidently somewhat to their surprise, that “we have found no evidence for the argument, made by the government, business and many others, that net migration generates significant economic benefits for the existing UK population”…
I am not normally I “well, let us see who benefits from this” conspiracy type, but it is becoming increasingly clear that some people in the UK are benefitting and it is not the average guy. NYT article on housing in London below the fold.