Jan 19

Sessions Makes a Moral Case

More Misinformation from the Media:

While the Bible has plenty of contradictory passages, scripture scholars and religious leaders . . . widely agree God’s central message to the Israelites is to protect and defend the stranger. . . .  Christian leaders frequently draw from biblical sources to make a moral case for why we need just and compassionate immigration reform that includes an earned pathway to citizenship. . . . The Southern Poverty Law Center notes that Sessions has extensive ties to both anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim extremist groups. . . .  [Sen.] Sessions might want to find fodder in the Bible for his reactionary positions, but the fact is he is isolated and out of with more than a millennium of Christian thought and discipleship. . . . The senator has a right to his views, but dressing them up in Christian clothing is an insult to those who take Jesus seriously. – Jeff Sessions Needs a Sunday School Lesson on Immigration, John Gehring, Religion News Service, 1/6/17

Fact Check: This article attacks Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) for defending immigration control from a Christian perspective. Contrary to Gehring’s claim, no systematic reading of the Old Testament would conclude that its central message “is to protect and defend the stranger.” The central message is that Israel was to maintain her religious and national integrity—specifically by refusing to mix and blend with neighboring nations.

The commandments to protect strangers must be seen in that context. Strangers (foreigners) were allowed to dwell in Israel, either temporarily or long-term, on the provision that they respected the laws of Israel. On that basis were granted respect and protection. Thus there is no analogy between those strangers and illegal aliens today—and certainly no moral imperative to reward their lawbreaking with the prize of our citizenship. A biblical scholar who delineates these issues well is James Hoffmeir, author of The Immigration Crisis, Immigrants, Aliens, and the Bible.

Compassion unbalanced by the virtues of justice and prudence brings sentimental permissiveness and ultimately chaos. This is where mass uncontrolled immigration will carry a nation. It is antithesis of the biblical order in which affirms the division of mankind into nations—each with its own character. The contemporary movement to erase borders and blend humanity into one is simply an updated version of the rebellion against God at Babel recorded in the book of Genesis.

It is a cause championed today by anti-Christian secular humanists and the cultural Marxists who espouse the doctrines popularly known as political correctness. Unfortunately, some Christians who lack discernment have allowed these worldly ideologies to cloud their thinking. Interestingly, Gehring cites the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as it were a legitimate source, rather than the purveyor politically correct bigotry that it is. Most specifically it shows its anti-Christian colors by ludicrously labeling Christian organizations such as the American Family Association as “hate groups.”

Neo-Babelism is the doctrine truly at odds with a millennium of Christian thought. Theologians ranging from St. Thomas Aquinas to John Calvin have affirmed the legitimacy of nations, and by corollary their right—as ancient Israel—to preserve their identity and character. Those who take Jesus seriously are not typically deluded by the gospel according to St. Marx.

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Jan 18

Hunter Targets ‘Sanctuary Campuses’

Some campuses are following the lead of “sanctuary cities” by stating their refusal to cooperate with federal immigration law enforcement. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) has introduced legislation to deter them from doing so. It would deny federal funds to these “sanctuary campuses.” Said Hunter, “This effort is not about telling colleges who they can and can’t accept for enrollment, but whatever decision they make will either mean they receive federal money or they don’t — it’s that simple.”

Read more at washingtontimes.com.

 

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Jan 17

Deportation Figures Nosedive

Deportations of illegal aliens from the interior have declined by 73 percent since 2009. The Obama Administration claims that it has removed focus from most illegal aliens in order to focus on deporting illegal aliens who pose a criminal threat to the public. While the percentage of these aliens as part of the total of illegal aliens deported has sharply increased, the numbers of those criminals being sent home have steadily declined. In 2016 they totaled 60,000, down from approximately 150,000 in 2010. There are two million deportable criminal aliens now residing in the U.S.

Read more at cis.org.

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Jan 16

Trump: Merkel Policy ‘Catastrophic’

President-elect Donald Trump denounced the open-border policy of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. He stated: “I think she made one very catastrophic mistake and that was taking all of these illegals, you know taking all of the people from wherever they come from. And nobody even knows where they come from.” He added that “People, countries want their own identity.”

Read more at breitbart.com.

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Jan 16

Battle Over Immigration Looms

January 15, 2017

The mayor of our nation’s capital will soon be using money from collected from taxpayers nationwide to provide a haven for illegal aliens.  At the same time, a Democrat senator and a Republican senator have joined forces to try to protect amnestied illegals through legislation, indicating that a major national battle over the nation’s immigration policy looms.

Last week, Washington, D.C., became the  latest city to join a growing list of cities run by left-wing mayors that have pledged to use taxpayer money to protect illegal  aliens from deportation under the incoming administration of Donald Trump.

In a dramatic depature from the policies of President Barack Obama, President-elect Trump and incoming Attorney General Jeff Sessions have promised to enforce immigration laws, sending shock waves through some corporate boardrooms, non-profit foundations, ethnic advocacy groups and others benefitting from unchecked illegal immigration.  Democrat political strategists, for example, fear that reductions in the Hispanic immigrant population will shrink their future electoral base.

The nation’s capital is joining Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco and New York, where advocates of cheap imported labor have vowed not only to defy federal immigration law by refusing to cooperate with immigration authorities, but also to provide legal aid at taxpayer expense to illegal aliens facing deportation.

In addition to local revenues, D.C. also receives federal tax dollars collected from taxpayers nationwide who have no say in how those dollars are spent.

Democrat D.C. Mayor Muriel Browser announced she will set aside a whopping $500,000 in city revenues for grants to immigration lawyers and ethnic advocacy groups to protect the estimated 25,000 or more illegals living and working in her city.

“If immigration enforcement changes and problems arise, DC’s immigrant population will have our support and the support of DC’s legal community,” said Browser.

She said she will launch the initiative by shifting funds from the Office on Latino Affairs to a new “Immigrant Justice Legal Services Grant Program.” City officials said that the fund would also accept donations from individual residents or groups.

Nonprofits, private organizations and law firms in Washington will be eligible to win the grant money. Groups can begin applying Jan. 23, the first Monday that Trump will be in the White House.

Although the funds are coming through the Latino affairs office, groups that promote or defend illegal immigrants from any region are eligible for grants. The mayor’s aides said they envision nonprofit immigrant groups pairing with law firms to win grants,  creating a network of new tax-funded legal services for illegal immigrants.

More evidence that a battle over immigration policy is breweing came from Capitol Hill. Democrat Sen. Dick Durbin (IL) and Republican Lindsey Graham (SC) are introducing legislation they call the “Bridge Act” to extend “protected status” to illegal aliens who received a reprieve from deportation through an executive order from President Barack Obama’s “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” known as DACA.  Their bill would give an estimated 750,000 illegal aliens work permits renewable every two years if they commit no serious felonies while in the U.S. illegally.  Because DACA was implemented by executive order, it can be rescinded by President-elect Trump after he takes office.  So the senators are trying to preserve the amnesty policy in federal law out of the reach of action by presidential orders.

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Jan 15

Former U.S. Attorney: Alien Crime Real

Former U.S. Attorney Troy A. Eid, the first Arab-American U.S. Attorney, writing Saturday in The Denver Post, states: “President-elect Trump recognizes that the federal government isn’t as serious as it must be about immigration and border security.”

“A symptom of the prevailing political and bureaucratic dysfunction is the federal government’s willingness to tolerate what federal authorities call ‘criminal aliens’ who offend against other illegal immigrants living here as well as U.S. citizens.  Criminal aliens inflict a disproportionate amount of damage to the rest of us.”

“In 2013 — the most recent year in which data are available — one in every four criminals sentenced to federal prison in the United States was an illegal alien who, after committing at least one felony in our country, was deported but returned illegally to commit more crimes.”

“According to the U.S. Sentencing Commission, the average criminal alien in federal custody has already been deported 3.2 times before returning to our country; one offender had been deported 73 times.”

“Not surprisingly, many criminal aliens get here by illegally crossing our country’s border with Mexico.  Securing that border is just plain common sense.”

“The security benefits of a more extensive border security ‘wall’ or fence along the Mexican border, beyond those portions already in place, are hardly speculative.  Among many other recent international examples, when Israel finished its security fence along its Egyptian border, 36 people were caught trying to cross compared to 10,440 the year before.”

Read more here:  http://www.denverpost.com/2017/01/14/trump-poised-to-reform-americas-failed-immigration-policies/

 

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Jan 15

‘We Are Here To Stay’ Protest Rallies Begin Across Nation

Leftists protesting the promised policies of immigration law enforcement by soon-to-be president Donald Trump have begun marches, rallies and other protests in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and other cities across the U.S.

Readers caring to read the same old MSM tales of innocent immigrants of color living in fear, yet bravely fighting for justice against the forces of evil, may go here:  http://www.npr.org/2017/01/14/509866821/groups-protest-trumps-immigration-positions-across-the-country

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Jan 12

ICE Deportations Hit lO-Year Low

Deportations of aliens from the interior of the U.S in 2016 have declined 73% since 2009, the year President Obama took office, according to a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies.  The report analyzes FY 2016 statistics recently released by Obama’s DHS.

Unlike in past years, the Obama administration reports contain only a fraction of the important statistics that traditionally were published on the work of the federal immigration agencies.  Instead, the Obama-DHS reports claim “success” because most of the aliens removed were “priorities” under Obama directives that leave most illegals safe from deportation.

Read more here:  http://cis.org/ICE-deportations-hit-10-yr-low

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Jan 11

Trump Promises Border Wall Soon

President-elect Donald Trump promised that construction of a wall on the Mexican border will begin as soon as he enters office. He also reaffirmed his stand that Mexico should pay for the wall.

Read more at mexiconewsdaily.com.

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Jan 11

Rubin Spreads Falsehoods

More misinformation from the media:

Anti-immigration advocates, including Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), have long peddled phony facts and misleading rhetoric to support their objection to both legal and illegal immigration. Some of their allegations are easily debunked. Immigrants are not “pouring” over the border. And President Obama dramatically increased the number of deportations: ‘The Obama Administration has deported more people than any other . . . administration in history’. . . . Contrary to President-elect Donald Trump’s rhetoric [the administration’s] focus has been on violent criminals. . . . Moreover, more people are leaving the United States to cross the border to Mexico than are coming the other way. . . . the notion that immigrants are “stealing” our jobs is belied by the near full employment figures (4.6 percent unemployed) – The Numbers Don’t Lie, But Anti-Immigration radicals do, Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post 12/27/16

Fact Check: While accusing immigration restrictionists of lying, Rubin repeats one of the biggest whoppers around these days, the tale that President Obama carried out “record deportations.” We have refuted this falsehood many times on this site, but it still keeps circulating in the media—which is why we call it the lie that will never die.

It’s false because it pads genuine deportations from the interior of the U.S. with illegal aliens caught at the border and sent back home. No previous administration tried to use this bogus means of accounting. It allowed Obama to appear to be tough on illegal immigration, even as he systematically (DHS) undermined immigration law enforcement. Eventually, the Department of Homeland Security admitted the truth about deportations, as did President Obama himself.

The administration claimed that its enforcement effort—such as it was—had the aim of deporting dangerous criminals. But that too is an exaggeration. On quite a number of occasions DHS has released such offenders after having them in custody.

As for Rubin’s claim that illegal border crossings are declining, she needs to look at some recent figures. Illegal immigration is rising after dropping off for several years, and it exceeds the number of illegal aliens going home. Perhaps the number of Mexicans leaving the U.S. is now greater than the number coming in, but Central Americans and others have replaced them as the cutting edge of illegal immigration.

By placing the word stealing in quote marks Rubin suggests that there is nothing wrong with foreigners taking American jobs. In fact that word is quite appropriate when they take jobs that properly should go to citizens. American citizens should come first in America—otherwise our citizenship and our country don’t mean much. The official unemployment figure of 4.6 percent grossly understates the reality of employment in the U.S. It does not include people who haven’t looked for work recently, or who are so discouraged that they have given up looking for work altogether. Also, it doesn’t included people who can’t find fill-time employment and have to settle for low-paying part-time jobs. Add these groups to the official figure and the total is more than twice as high.

Another issue is wage suppression, a situation clearly aggravated by immigration. Since 1970, when mass immigration began to take off, wages in constant dollars have scarcely risen.

Rubin presents herself as a “conservative” defender of free enterprise, but it appears more likely that she’s simply a journalist shill for cheap labor interests. If she and those interests really cared about free enterprise they would call for an end to the mass immigration that is pushing American politics to the left. To illustrate, Hispanics comprise the largest group of immigrants, and they are more strongly disposed against capitalism than any other group in American society, including people who identify as liberal Democrats. It is no coincidence that California turned hard left as it became the state with the largest number and percentage of immigrants.

Surely a columnist as knowledgeable Rubin must be aware of what immigration is doing to conservatism. The fact she won’t speak of this connection, as a supposed conservative, speaks volumes about her honesty.

 

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