Maximum security inmate, a Somali, on the loose in Portland, ME

Update December 5th:  Portland, rest easy, this one is back in jail,  here.

I’m starting to think we should have a daily feature—call it the Somali crime of the day.  Thanks to Blulitespecial, here is our featured story this evening.  (Last night it was the Somali ponzi scheme from San Diego).

Portland police have egg on their faces after a Somali, former refugee, who was in jail for robbery and brandishing a gun was released by accident.  Although when you read this it all sounds pretty improbable, and Ismail was awfully good at acting on short notice, don’t you think?

Portland police, Cumberland County sheriff’s deputies and the Southern Maine Violent Crimes Task Force scoured Portland on Thursday for a maximum-security inmate who was mistakenly released from the county jail.

Police said Ahmed Hussein Ismail, 23, should be considered dangerous. He is charged with robbery and aggravated reckless conduct with a gun.

Ismail’s release Wednesday night is the focus of an internal affairs investigation by the sheriff’s department. Sheriff Mark Dion said Thursday that he had not yet gathered all of the facts about how the embarrassing error occurred, but that he takes responsibility.

The incident began when someone arrived at the jail Wednesday night to bail out another inmate, Ismail Mohamed Awad, 20, whose bail was $240.

When someone seeks to bail out an inmate, a bail commissioner is called. The commissioner tells officers in the jail’s intake area the name of the person being bailed out so paperwork can be completed and the person can be prepared for release.

On Wednesday night, a corrections officer apparently called to the jail’s maximum-security pod and asked that ”Ismail” be brought to the intake area to be bailed out, Dion said.

Dion couldn’t explain why Ismail’s yellow jumpsuit, worn to indicate a maximum-security prisoner, didn’t alert anyone that he shouldn’t be released on $240 bail. Ismail was being held on $50,000 bail.

Ismail played along, Dion said, signing bail paperwork as if he was Awad and taking Awad’s clothes and identification.

And, citizens of Portland rest assured the Somali elders will turn him in!

Ismail is of Somali descent, and Craig said police have been in touch with leaders in the Somali community, asking for their help in persuading Ismail to turn himself in.

”I want to assure the public, we will find the suspect. He will be arrested,” Craig said. ”We have been working around the clock.”

If you are wondering what happened to fellow Somali Awad, he is out too. Someone went and fetched some more clothes for him.

Awad finally was released on bail at 2:20 a.m. Thursday, according to a timeline provided by the jail. He had to wait for someone to bring him a change of clothes, to replace those taken by Ismail.

Just one more story about the joys of multiculturalism and how diversity strengthens a community, right Catholic Charities of Maine?

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The US State Department has admitted over 80,000 Somali refugees to the US in the last 25 years and then last year had to suspend family reunification because widespread immigration fraud was revealed through DNA testing.  That specific program has not yet been reopened, but will be soon.  Nevertheless, thousands of Somalis continue to be resettled as I write this.

According to ‘Islamic News’ blog, Australian right wing party is calling for a moratorium on Muslim immigration

This story is posted on a blog called Islamic News and there are no citations (that I could find) for this information.  Maybe one of our Australian readers could confirm this pretty forthright (if true) position of the Christian Democratic Party.  No politically correct mushiness here.

Australian right Christian Democratic Party is anti-Muslim campaign in anticipation of the federal by-elections in Sydney. Manifesto of the Party, released before the Saturday vote, calls on voters “stand up for Christian values” and requires a ten-year ban Muslim immigration to Australia.

Party nominated nine candidates to contest for a seat the electoral district Bradfield, conservative areas of Sydney, home to the most affluent city dwellers.

Party leader Fred Nile has accused certain circles of the Muslim population in the reluctance to assimilate and forming plans to establish an Islamic state in Australia . He also advocates the introduction of tighter controls over Muslims in the armed forces.

He cited the example of Britain, which Muslims call for the establishment of sharia courts. In connection with what he called a moratorium on Muslim immigration, and not to increase the share of Muslim population above the current 1,7%.

A Melbourne Muslim activist is quoted as saying this would threaten “harmony” and “multiculturalism.”  Sounds like they have the lingo down pat!  Makes you wonder if Wade Rathke has been community organizing in Australia.

Some in Australia getting worried about Muslim immigration, article tries to calm fears

Just now I came across this story in the Australian today with a title seeking to comfort, “Fears of Eurabian Future Unfounded.”  Obviously, in the wake of the Swiss ban on minarets, debate on a topic we have discussed frequently on these pages is heating up—demographic changes, due mostly to Muslim immigration and high birth rates in Europe forewarn of a possible end to western civilization.  This article attempts, for three fourths of the article, to convince us those fears are unfounded; then near the end hits the reader with this!

A paper by the US Council on Foreign Relations reports: “Most analysts say that many of Western Europe’s Muslims are poorly integrated into society. They cite closed ethnic neighbourhoods, high crime rates in Muslim communities, calls for use of sharia law, the wearing of the veil and other examples as evidence of a conflict with European values.”

The report says Muslims are more likely to be poor and live in segregated, crime-prone neighbourhoods. Many self-segregate because of language barriers and cultural mores, such as the Muslim prohibition on drinking.

Unemployment rates are up to double those for other minorities.

Bassam Tibi, a German Muslim academic who holds a professorship at Cornell University and is director of the Centre for International Affairs at the University of Gottingen, says European societies offer limited opportunities to Muslim immigrants, even those with citizenship. “In America, if you get citizenship, you’re an American,” he says, whereas Muslims in Europe are not seen as “citizens of the heart”.  [I beg to differ with the good professor on his assertion about America. I have heard first hand that many Somali Muslims when becoming citizens refuse to take the oath of citizenship.]

He says many Muslim immigrants contribute to the problem by seeing themselves as members of a “transnational Muslim community” with no obligations to European society. “They themselves create obstacles. There is a mutual rejection of one another.”

Tibi hopes that Muslim and non-Muslim Europeans can learn to live in harmony, as they did in medieval Islamic Spain. [This supposed harmony in Spain* has been exagerated, and besides the Muslims ran the show.]  If they can’t, he warns: “It’s a recipe for civil war”.

So, that’s how an author who was working really hard to convince us and his/her fellow Australians that the fears of  a Eurabian future for Europe are unfounded ends his argument—oh well, maybe a civil war!   Are you comforted?

Next!  More from Australia, here.

* Update December 5th: Coincidentally our friend Always on Watch posted on the myth of harmony in Islamic Spain, here, yesterday.

Migration Policy Institute’s top ten migration issues of 2009

After posting on reports from the Migration Policy Institute just minutes ago, a reader sent me this newsletter from MPI announcing their top ten migration issues of the year.  In announcing the list, editor Kirin Kalia said this in the E-newsletter dated two days ago:

Our fifth annual Top 10 Migration Issues of the Year debuts today…


With the global recession touching so many facets of life, you won’t be surprised that the Top 10 of 2009 covers the various ways the economic meltdown has shaped migrants’ lives and pushed countries to adapt their policies. The issue discusses events that made headlines, such as the bulldozing of the Calais “jungle,” as well as the less visible ones, like Brazil’s legalization of Bolivian migrants.

Last Sunday, Swiss voters said yes to banning construction of minarets, surprising Swiss leaders and emboldening the far right across Europe, not to mention shocking Muslims worldwide.

See Judy’s good post on the Swiss minaret ban here.

This is MPI’s Top Ten (lots of good information here):

The Recession’s Impact on Immigrants The recession that began in the United States two years ago and spread to most other parts of the worlds has had a deeper and more global effect on migration than any other economic downturn in the post-World War II era. Among the immigrants most affected are those in North America, Asia, and Europe.


Enforcement Tactics Shift in the Obama Era – But What About Immigration Reform? In the absence of congressional action on any broad immigration reform, the election of President Barack Obama was expected to lead to changes in US immigration policy at the executive level.


Buyer’s Remorse on Immigration ContinuesThe global recession has caused countries that once welcomed foreign workers by the tens and hundreds of thousands – particularly Spain – to rethink generous immigration policies as unemployment rates have risen.


What the Recession Wasn’t Some speculated that increasing unemployment could prompt thousands of immigrants to head home and citizens of hard-hit countries to assault immigrants for taking “their” jobs and causing other problems. However, no country in 2009 has seen a mass exodus of immigrants due to the recession, and immigrants have not been systematically attacked.


Recession Prompts Some Governments to Cut Immigrant Integration Funding Commitments to immigrant integration have proved hard to keep in Spain, Ireland, and some US states as governments reexamined their recession-battered budgets in 2009.


Canada Bucks the Trend and Keeps Immigration Targets SteadyDespite the highest unemployment rate in nearly a decade, Canada chose to leave untouched its long-standing points system and the number of immigrants admitted for permanent residence.


The World Is Talking about Climate Change and MigrationDiscussions about climate change and migration ramped up in 2009, in large part due to a number of conferences and reports surrounding the highly anticipated United Nations (UN) Climate Change conference in Copenhagen.


More Countries Entering into Post 9/11-Era Information-Sharing Agreements Over the past year, long-standing discussions and negotiations have resulted in several new information-sharing initiatives that seek to boost security while facilitating travel for legitimate travelers.


Some Relief for Immigrants in the Developing World South Africa, Brazil, and Costa Rica – all destinations for migrants from the region – sought to make the lives of immigrants a little better in 2009.


Asylum Seekers Unnerve Governments As violence flared from Afghanistan to Iraq to Mexico this year, hundreds of thousands fled over land and by boat in search of safety. Asylum seekers’ main destinations – Europe, Australia, and Canada – were not new, but the governments in these countries took a harder line in 2009.

Dueling studies seek to answer question about whether immigrants benefit the economy, or not

I’m laughing as I write this because it reminds me of how the debate over global warming has raged for years with dueling scientists presenting their “facts” on both sides of the issue of whether we are warming or not, and whether man has caused the warming.  It took a hacker or a leaker to help us sort out the facts.  Now we see the dueling economists on the issue of immigrants and the economy.

The other day I posted this story about a new report from the Federation of American Immigration Reform that says immigrants (legal and illegal) cost Maryland a pile of money.   In response I received (from a reader) this study  posted at the Migration Policy Institute, with the press release title, “Report Finds Illegal Immigration Has Negligible Impact on U.S. Economy Despite Benefit to Employers, Unauthorized Workers.”   Here is the summary from MPI:

Illegal immigration’s overall impact on the US economy is negligible, despite clear benefits for employers and unauthorized immigrants and slightly depressed wages for low-skilled native workers, according to this report by University of California, San Diego Professor of Economics Gordon Hanson for MPI’s Labor Markets Initiative. The largest economic gains from illegal immigration flow to unauthorized workers, who see very substantial income hikes after migrating, Hanson says, suggesting that policy changes could increase the positive contribution that low-skilled workers make to the US economy by converting illegal flows to legal ones.

Basically it says the illegal immigrants are faring well as are the employers, but government is not getting its cut, so let’s legalize the illegals.  Of course the big question I have is would those immigrant salaries be so low that they wouldn’t be taxed anyway?

Then on MPI’s home page just below the above study announcement is this one:  “Tied to the Business Cycle: How immigrants fare in good and bad economic times.”   MPI’s summary:

Immigrants surpassed native-born workers in several key labor market outcomes from the mid-1990s through 2007, recording higher employment and lower jobless rates — but the trend was reversed with the onset of the current recession. The report, which analyzes employment and unemployment patterns over the past 15 years and two recessions, shows that immigrant economic outcomes began deteriorating before the current recession officially began in December 2007, tracing immigrants’ declining fortunes largely to the housing bust which began in spring 2006.

I am not an economist, so I’m not pouring over these studies and passing  judgement, however if it interests you, be sure to read this post from last year in which I link economist Edwin Rubenstein’s large body of work on the subject.

Be sure also to revisit the work of Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation where he reports on the cost to the US taxpayer of unskilled immigrant labor, here.

Bottomline, common sense tells us that a large pool of unskilled laborers will push wages down so the big businesses who are working hand in glove with the open borders groups (churches too!) are making out like bandits especially when we know that welfare/food stamps and things like emergency medical care (you, the taxpayer) picks up the tab for other areas of the unskilled workers’ lives.  And, by the way, even legal low-wage employees don’t pay taxes (I’ve heard that only approximately 45% of US families pay taxes).  I guess we need to keep our fingers crossed that some internal e-mails are leaked between economists so that we can better get a feel for who is telling the real story.

Readers, if  you have more studies on either side of the issue, please send links and I’ll add to this post.  Either put them in comments or mail to me at