Apr 19

Immigration Doesn’t Make Us Great

More Misinformation from the Media:

Among the daily noise of a dysfunctional government, the immigration debate has dragged on in Washington for so long that we have forgotten what is really at stake. America needs immigrants to be great. U.S. economic growth is fueled by two key factors: productivity increases usually led by technology . . . and workforce expansion. Productivity has been slowing for decades. Economists don’t necessarily agree why that is the case, but innovation just isn’t delivering the economic boost it once did. So, that leaves workforce expansion. Unfortunately, America’s workforce is shrinking because (a) baby boomers are retiring en masse, (b) our birthrate is now half what it was 50 years ago. . . .

On balance, immigrants are great additions to the American workforce, growing the economy and wages for everyone. Though some accuse immigrants of stealing American jobs, an extensive study by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine found that immigration . . . had no negative effects on the hours of wages of any worker with less than a high school degree.

Immigrants don’t typically take American jobs and, in fact, they create jobs. And immigrants just might be the ones who will help save Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. – America Needs Immigrants to Be Great, Andrew Tisch, Mary Skafidas, Fox News, 4/13/18 [Link]

Fact Check: Does America need immigrants to be great? A better question would be: Do we need the mass immigration we have today, the highest sustained level in our history, for national greatness? To get an idea, let’s look at the period of about 50 years before our current wave of immigration. It began in 1924 when legislation sharply restricted foreign arrivals and continued until around 1970 when the 1965 immigration act—the prelude to our current immigration policy—began to take effect.

During that 46 year interval, America became the leading industrial power of the world. Our manufacturing did much to ensure allied victory in World War II. After the war we developed an affluent, solidly middle-class society. Our innovation led the world and culminated in the Apollo manned moon landing. In light of this history, can anyone claim that we can’t be great without massive immigration?

Frankly, we are less great now than we were then, and excessive immigration has been one of the reasons. The “diversity” following in its wake has weakened national unity and morale. The authors of the Fox News article say that productivity has declined. Immigration may be one reason. Productivity largely consists of increasing economic output with mechanization. The flooding of our labor markets with immigrant workers has made it easier for employers to avoid the cost of mechanizing.

One example is agriculture where the availability of illegal alien workers has delayed application of crop harvesting technologies. Nevertheless, automation is proceeding in agriculture and throughout the economy. Within a couple of decades, a high percentage of jobs now being done by humans will be done by machines and computers. In that situation, we won’t need the workforce expansion that the Fox News authors claim we will.

An interesting contradiction in their article is their claim that immigration “raises wages for everyone” and then citing a study that it lowers wages for people with less than a high school degree. In their expansive enthusiasm for immigration, it seems that the harm done to America’s most vulnerable people is something beneath the notice of these well-heeled writers.

In any case, some evidence suggests that it isn’t just the poor who are being harmed by the large-scale influx of foreign workers. Tech companies claim that there is a shortage of American tech workers, which isn’t true. In any case, if there were a shortage, wages in tech fields would be rising, but they are not. The companies suppress wages by importing the foreigners and paying them less than Americans.

The belief that immigration will significantly lower our average age and renew Social Security is a vain hope. Immigrants, under current policies, will not be sufficiently numerous, young, or fertile to prevent an ageing society. At present, 66.6 percent of Americans are of working age. If immigration continues as it is now to the year 2050, 60.3 will be in that age bracket. With no immigration at all, the working age population would fall to 59.2 percent.

Again, this might not be a problem if we can increase productivity with applied technology. Mass immigration will slow down this process and burden American workers. Mass immigration is a great way to diminish our greatness.

 

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Apr 18

Evangelicals Call for Reform

An Evangelical Christian group has called for immigration reform. The group, Evangelicals for Biblical Immigration, endorses six legislative proposals:

1) Build the  border wall, as promised and funded years ago. 2 ) Upgrade Border Patrol and ICE staffing. 3) End chain migration and diversity visas. 4) End “sanctuary cities.” 5) Add voter integrity verification measures in all states. 6) Implement E-Verify in all states to help millions of Americans back to work.

Read more at evangelicalsforbiblicalimmigration.com

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Apr 17

Sanctuaries Release Gang Members

The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) notes that sanctuary jurisdictions are releasing alien gang members rather than turning them over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for deportation. CIS states:

“According to ICE statistics provided to the Senate Judiciary Committee, over a nine-month period in FY2017, 142 gang members that ICE was seeking to deport were released by the local law enforcement agency instead of transferred to ICE custody.  Two-thirds of the releases occurred in California, which has had a strict sanctuary policy in effect since January 2014. Fifteen of the aliens were members of the MS-13 gang and 127 were members of other gangs.”

Read more at cis.org.

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Apr 16

Study: Most Leave for Economic Reasons

Some claim that fear of violence is the main force driving Central Americans to migrate illegally to the U.S.  This, they maintain, should give them the right to apply for asylum.

A recent study study in Honduras, however, gives a different perspective. Conducted by a Jesuit-run research center, it found that 82.9 percent of people migrating during the previous four years left for economic reasons. Only 11.3 percent left because of violence. These figures show a significant shift from three years ago when the same organization found that 77.6 left for those motives, compared with 16.9 percent for fear of violence.

Since 2012 the the level of violence in Honduras as declined. From 2016 to 2017, the number of homicides decreased by 24.97 percent.

Read more at cis.org

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Apr 13

Northam Breaks Sanctuary Promise

Virginia’s Democratic Gov. Ralph Northham broke the promise he make during his election campaign to oppose sanctuary cities in Virginia. When asked if he would sign an anti-sanctuary bill, he stated, “If that bill comes to my desk . . . I sure will. I’ve always opposed sanctuary cities.” At the time many questioned the sincerity of this statement because Northam, as lieutenant governor, cast a tie-breaking vote that killed a bill against sanctuaries.

On April 9th, Northam broke his campaign pledge by vetoing legislation which would have outlawed sanctuary cities. The legislation, HB 1257, stated “No locality shall adopt any ordinance, procedure, or policy that restricts the enforcement of sanctuary cities in the Commonwealth of Virginia.”

Read more at cis.org

 

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Apr 12

We’re a Nation of Americans

More Misinformation from the Media:

Everyone loves a litmus test, and because abortion has proved too thorny these past few years, some on the left have proposed another bright line for candidates to toe: the abolition of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. . . .

It may seem odd, or even radical, that Democrats are asking for an agency to get the ax. Small government has always been a Republican principle. But the Democrats have some principles too, and one of them is the old concept of the United States as a nation of immigrants. Prospective presidential candidates claim they’d like to enact comprehensive reform to restore that vision. There’s no reason reform shouldn’t include disbanding a deportation squad. – ICE Deserves to Be Abolished, The Washington Post, Molly Roberts, 3/13/18 [Link]

Fact Check: Abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is an idea that seems to be picking up support on the far left. That isn’t surprising because it’s a truly radical idea. Eliminate ICE, and you virtually eliminate any effective immigration control. ICE in the interior of the U.S. to enforce immigration law. Without it, all an unauthorized foreigner has to do to stay here permanently is slip across the border or come in on a legal visa and then overstay it.

Abolishing ICE is the equivalent to inviting the world to come. A few years ago a Gallup Poll found that 150 million adults would like to move to the U.S. With their spouses and children who would come too, we would face a tidal wave of humanity, perhaps 400 million people. Can Ms. Roberts acknowledge that this might pose some real practical problems?

And simply citing the mantra “nation of immigrants” will not make those problems go away. This buzzword commonly works to silence any intelligent discussion of immigration policy. By suggesting that immigration alone defines America, it ignores numerous other facets of our national character. We’re also a nation derived from Western Civilization, with a strong affinity toward representative government and the rule of law. We’re a nation aspiring to a broad middle class with adequate wages and working conditions for working people. And we are a nation cherishing wide-open spaces and environmental protection.

To set immigration policy, we need to weigh all of these attributes. Saying we’re a nation of immigrants, does not answer such questions as whether the high level of immigration we had as a frontier country in the 19th century is appropriate for a fully-developed country in the 21st century. It does not give us guidance as to whether our diversity is becoming divisive.

“Nation of immigrants” doesn’t appear anywhere in our law. It’s a slogan and not a sacred precept. Those like Ms. Roberts who use it appear to concede that we are a nation, but abolishing immigration law enforcement effectively abolishes our nationhood. It negates the significance of our citizenship. If citizens cannot determine and enforce who comes and settles here, we simply become a colony of the world.

Roberts maintains that Democrats have principles, and one of them—it most definitely appears—is using immigrants to create a powerful Democratic voting bloc. A leading Democratic analyst even admits this strategy. Current immigration policy has the effect of “importing poverty,” which means many new constituents and voters for the Democrats’ agenda of Big Government. As Democrats pursue cheap votes, Republicans are scarcely blameless as they pursue cheap labor from immigration.

The only effective counter to these agendas is an informed citizenry that won’t be taken in by the “nation of immigrants” mantra and other propaganda for mass immigration. They must insist that we are a nation of Americans before anything else.

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Apr 11

Iowa Bans Sanctuaries

Iowa has passed a law which outlaws sanctuary cities and counties in the state. It bans any action by cities and counties which “prohibits or discourages the enforcement of immigration laws.” Supporters of the legislation said it came in response to a policy in Iowa City which prohibited local assistance to immigration law enforcement.

Read more at desmoinesregister.com

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Apr 10

Trump: End ‘Catch and Release’

President Trump has called on federal agencies to “expeditiously end” the catch and release policy. Under that policy people who cross our border and claim asylum are set free in the U.S. with the promise that they will appear at an asylum hearing to present their claim. Often they don’t show up and blend into the population.

The alternative is to hold them in custody until their hearing comes up. It present, however, there are not enough detention facilities to meet that need. President Trump also directed the agencies to locate other  facilities, such as military bases, which might be used for detention.

Read more at thehill.com

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Apr 09

Orban Wins in Hungary

Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban was re-elected for a third term, and his  Fidesz party won two-thirds of the seats in Hungary’s parliament. Orban made defense of his country against mass immigration a major issue in his campaign. His victory will encourage patriots in other European countries to resist demands by the European Union to open their borders to mass entry. Following his electoral success Orban proclaimed, “We and won [and] Hungary has won a great victory.”

Read more at reuters.com

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Apr 06

‘Caravan’ May Still Be Coming

President Trump dispatched troops to the border in response to reports that a “caravan” of migrants from Central America was moving through Mexico with plans to enter the U.S. Subsequent reports claimed that the caravan broke up. Dailymail.com, in the U.K, maintains this is not the case:

“Hundreds of immigrants from Central America are in a ‘caravan’ through Mexico which Trump had claimed was ‘broken up’ thanks to ‘the strong immigration laws of Mexico.’ [But] . . . the marchers are being issued passes which give them as long as 30 days to stay in Mexico and tell them to report to immigration centers which dot the U.S. border. Members of the caravan are being moved in a fleet of buses north to the outskirts of Mexico City for a rally where they will be given tips on how to apply for asylum in the U.S.”

Read more at dailymail.co.uk.

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