Nov 17

Farm Sector Moves to Automation

As a result of steps by the Trump Administration to improve immigration law enforcement, illegal immigration has declined. As a consequence, farmers who have used illegal alien workers are looking to automation as a means to get their work done. One observer states that “The mantra in agriculture now is automate what you can and pay well for the labor you absolutely have to have.” A report by an agricultural forecaster in 2014 predicted substantial growth of automation in “every aspect of farming, milking [and] food production.”

Read more at www.reuters.com.

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Nov 16

We’re a Nation of Americans

More Misinformation from the Media:

We’re not talking about Trump’s building a wall between the United States and Mexico. . . . [T]he wall will never be a part of a serious immigration discussion, outside the most xenophobic and bigoted circles. . . . No, this is about Trump’s endorsement of a Senate bill that would cut in half. . . . There are, of course, noble principles in favor of immigration. America is a nation of immigrants. We welcome your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. . . . And we are stronger for having diverse cultures and ideas. [A study found] that immigration has had little or no impact on long-term wage growth. . . . Those findings align with the findings of . . . the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Immigrants take jobs Americans don’t want. – Maximize Economic Growth by Welcoming Immigrants, The Denver Post Editorial Board, 9/4/17. [Link]

Fact Check: One may certainly disagree with aspects Trump’s plan for a wall. Indeed, many experts believe that building fences at strategic areas on the border would be more cost-effective than a barrier along the whole border. But would the Post’s Editorial Board accept even that? The tenor of their writing makes one wonder. For many immigration advocates it seems that any concern about border security is “xenophobic and bigoted.” If that’s what they think about our border, and by extension our country’s rule of law, what does that say about their loyalty to our country?

Immigration enthusiasts seem to think that they win any argument about immigration by simply repeating the mantra “nation of immigrants” and emoting about “huddled masses.” If we are a nation at all we are a nation of American citizens, whose rights and interests precede those of foreigners. That is the essence of a nation. To say we are nation of immigrants provides no guidance as to what level of immigration is in our national interest or what kinds of immigrants we should take.

Are we really stronger for having diverse cultures and ideas? Certainly it depends on what that kind of diversity and ideas are being discussed. Diversity and ideas that cause strife undermine our common culture certainly don’t make us stronger. And this is what is happening as we accept massive streams of immigration from countries which have beliefs and values quite often antagonistic to our own.

The editorial board goes on to cite a study claiming that immigration doesn’t have a long-term impact on wages. Such studies, however, are often based on assumptions which may or may not happen in the future. We do know, however, what has happened in the past, specifically since the present wave of mass immigration took off in 1965. During the ensuing decades, our wage levels have stagnated. Is this just a coincidence?

One interesting thing about the National Academies of Sciences study, cited by the Editorial Board, is its data showing that immigration currently suppresses the wages of working people, and that this suppression boosts the profits of employers. In effect, mass immigration takes from the poor and gives to the rich. As the media often serve as the mouthpiece for wealthy elites, their advocacy of mass immigration becomes most understandable.

As for the cliché claim that immigrants only take jobs Americans don’t want, data from the Census Bureau reveal that native-born Americans are the majority of workers in almost every occupational category. Even in the few fields where immigrants are the majority, there are still considerable percentages of Americans.

The Editorial Board of The Denver Post has little to offer the discussion of immigration other than name calling, vapid sentimentalism, and faulty analysis. In these respects it resembles most advocacy of mass immigration in the media.

 

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Nov 16

Illegal Immigration Surges — Courts and Obama Holdovers Cited

After falling in the early months of the Trump administration, illegal immigration is surging once again.  ICE has run out of detention space and is having to tell Border Patrol officers to take captured illegals back to the Mexican border and release them, rather than hold them for formal deportation.

Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, said Wednesday: “The moment we start releasing them out our front door, you’re going to see a huge increase take place in the numbers coming across.”  Mr. Judd said the tough enforcement rhetoric from the president is good and had an immediate impact earlier this year in persuading aliens not to make the journey north.  Arrests at the border surged to 26,000 last month he said.

Tyler Houlton, acting press secretary at the Department of Homeland Security, suggested the problem was in the courts: “We enforce the law but are severely constrained by litigation, court rulings and debilitating legal loopholes that limit our ability to carry out our mission.”

The other reason for the increase in illegal entries is Obama-appointed officials still in high positions at DHS. Chris Crane, the president of the National ICE Council, in a letter to President Trump this week, warned that the president’s top officers were preventing him from hearing what is really going on.  “While officers view the President’s position on enforcement as courageous, the Trump administration has left all of the Obama managers and leadership in place, a group that ICE Officers know after the last eight years to be completely incompetent, corrupt and anti-enforcement,” Crane wrote.

Read more here:  https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/nov/15/catch-and-release-illegal-immigrant-restarted-texa/?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWkRJNU5USmlaR1prTm1RMiIsInQiOiI0YlBjUzMzVE0rZU9PQ3FuOGFPSGgyVmwwNG1ybDc2bW1hU09MVW5GOURvMnBEdWs5RTNHejlcL0R2eUN5QkhFU3lSOVZ5OTBwcjE4K3ZvVlpodytoSjlZWFFTT01ndmlyOWZ0bUlnclcyMTJwQ3RBWjJGVmhmSXRPWk91K2pWTVwvIn0%3D

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Nov 15

Obama Holdovers Still Control ICE

The union that represents the agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) maintains that holdovers in ICE from the Obama Administration are still undermining effective enforcement. The head of the union, the National ICE Council, stated, “While officers view the president’s position on enforcement as courageous, the Trump Administration has left all of the Obama managers and leadership in place, a group that ICE officers know after the last eight years to be completely incompetent, corrupt, and anti-enforcement. . . . [These] holdovers continue to undermine law enforcement operations, and wage war against their own law enforcement officers.”

Read more at washingtontimes.com.

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Nov 14

Brat Proposes Compromise Bill

Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA) said that Republican leaders are considering compromise legislation that would allow for illegal aliens in the DACA category to get legal status. In exchange for that, they would require curtailment of family-chain legal immigration, an end to the diversity visa program, and making it mandatory for businesses to use E-Verify system, which helps prevent hiring of illegal aliens.

“If we get these three,” said Brat, “DACA could be a part of that. I’m open to that compromise, but it can’t be any weaker than that.”

Read more at thehill.com.

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Nov 13

Bannon: ‘We’re a Nation of Citizens’

Breitbart News Executive Stephen Bannon says the time has come to challenge the cliche that America is “a nation of immigrants.” Says Bannon, who formerly served as policy adviser to President Trump, “We’re a nation of citizens; we’re not a nation of immigrants. So now are we to start act like citizens first. All policy should be oriented to making the working people in this country and the middle class in this country have a better shot at success. And we’ve gotten away from that. What we’re done is brought in huge global competition for their jobs, for their schools.”

Read more at breitbart.com.

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Nov 10

DHS Nominee Supported by Amnesty Advocates

President Trump’s nominee to head the Department of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielson, has strong support from amnesty supporters who served in the administration of former President George W. Bush. Endorsing her at the Senate confirmation hearing was Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), a leading supporter of the 2013 amnesty bill. Nielson once chaired a committee at the World Economic Forum which promoted mass immigration to the U.S. and Europe.

Many immigration reform advocates question President Trump’s decision to nominate Kirstjen to head the agency charged with enforcing immigration law.

Read more at breitbart.com.

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Nov 09

Citizens Should Come Before Foreigners

More Misinformation from the Media:

My family’s story wouldn’t be possible without the “diversity lottery” program. . . . The diversity visa program should also be preserved. . . . At a time when groups ranging from state-sponsored media to terrorist organizations denounce the United States as “the Great Satan,” America can’t afford to turn its back on an opportunity to portray itself as an open, tolerant and diverse nation.

Most important, America is obligated to live up to its promise as a shining city on a hill for aspiring immigrants across the world. The country has always served as a place where people were limited only by the bounds of their imaginations or the scope of their dreams. No person has a greater claim to the American dream than any other, and it would be uniquely un-American to systematically exclude the residents of some nations in an immigration system that disproportionately favors those who are related to those already in the United States.

We face a number of complex challenges in both immigration and national security. As we confront them, however, we have to remember that in America, you’re defined less by where you came from and more by where you are going. – We Need the Diversity Visa Lottery, The New York Times, Opinion, Machmud Makhmudov, 11/217 [Link]

Fact Check: This writer’s bias for the diversity visa program is understandable. But his personal interest is no argument that this program helps the national interest. It doesn’t. Each year, 50,000 people win this lottery on the basis of pure luck, with no relation to what talents or abilities they may have to improve our society. In recent years, a high percentage of these visa holders have come from terrorist-sponsoring countries.

The notion that we must allow this flow to continue in order to impress foreigners, including terrorists, is soft-headed absurdity. If anything, it would serve to arouse their contempt toward what they would regard—most rightly so—as weakness of will and intelligence.

The writer claims that we are “obligated” to aspiring immigrants and their dreams. Certainly he is entitled to his opinion, but it is not an opinion rooted in a proper understanding of our nationhood and our founding document, the Constitution. Specifically, the Preamble of that document states that our union exists to serve the general welfare and domestic tranquility of “we the people”—meaning citizens. Their interests come before those of “aspiring immigrants” and other foreigners.

Thus it is absurd to maintain that no one “has a greater claim to the American dream than any other.” First and foremost, Americans have a claim on the American Dream before anyone else. And if excessive levels of immigration threaten the dreams of Americans, such as by reducing their wages and job opportunities, then reducing immigration—far from being un-American—is the proper solution.

It is unfortunate that this writer, as an immigrant, has not assimilated to traditional American thinking, which views us as a distinct country in the world. Rather, it appears that his assimilation is to the viewpoints of what Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) calls “our cosmopolitan elites.” He notes that these elites in government, business, and media see nothing special about our country’s sovereignty, citizenship, or identity. It’s hard to imagine an outlook more profoundly un-American.

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Nov 08

Referendum May Challenge CA Law

Californians who oppose their state’s law granting sanctuary to illegal aliens are seeking a referendum to overturn that statute.  A spokesman for this campaign, Ben Bergquam, said sanctuary is “lawless.” He further stated that “It’s politicians protecting criminal illegals at the expense of law-abiding citizens. It’s a slap in the face of American sovereignty and the citizens of our country.”

The proponents of the referendum will need to gather signatures of at least 365,880 registered voters by Jan. 3, 2018, in order for it to appear on the November 2018 ballot.

Read more at sacbee.com.

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Nov 07

Bannon Explains Illegal Immigration

Former White House Chief strategist Steve Bannon addressed the Remembrance Project, an organization of American families who have lost loved ones because of crimes committed by illegal aliens. During his speech he expressed his view as to why illegal immigration goes on and on.

Said Bannon, “[It] is not some random law of the universe . . . this not physics, okay. This is an act of commission. The elites in this country, the economic, political, and the media elites allow this to happen because they want it to happen.

“The multicultural globalist corporations want cheap labor, and the progressive Left wants cheap votes. This is not a conspiracy. And you are not wing-nuts. This is broad daylight.”

Read more at breitbart.com.

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