Nov 25

Story about Mexican Migration Misleads

More Mexicans are now leaving the country than are coming into the country. While tougher enforcement has been a significant factor in the reversal, most of the departing Mexicans are leaving on their own, a Pew Research Report said Tuesday. Citing Mexican census figures, the report found that 1 million Mexicans and their families (including U.S.-born children) left the U.S. from Mexico between 2009 and 2014.

It said that U.S. Census data for the same period shows an estimated 870,000 Mexicans entered the U.S. Among the most common reasons Mexicans are saying adios to the USA are a slow economic recovery and the fact they miss their families back home, the study found. . . . Another factor that may be discouraging northern migration is tougher enforcement of immigration laws at the border and inside the U.S. . . . The Obama Administration has deported more Mexicans than any other president. – 11/19/15

Fact Check: A problem with the Pew report, cited in this article, is how it defines Mexicans. Specifically, it maintains that 140,000 fewer Mexicans entered the U.S. than left between 2009 and 2014. Nevertheless, included in that number are “U.S.-born children” who number 100,000. Under current interpretation of our law, they are American citizens. So should Pew be counting them as Mexicans?

In any case, the Pew figures still show more leaving (40,000) than entering. This has led some to suggest that illegal immigration across the Mexican border is no longer a significant problem. But those who cite the Pew figures commonly don’t cite research showing a sharp rise in Mexican migration since 2014, causing a net increase of 740,000 Mexicans living north of the border. This could be the start of a new trend.

Meanwhile, the flow of non-Mexicans across the border continues. Since July of 2014, there has been a net increase of 460,000 Central Americans in the U.S. Illegal immigration is still very much of a problem, and a big reason is that the Obama Administration has substantially ceased to enforce immigration law—contrary to the claim of the money.cnn article.

Currently, the administration shields more than 80 percent of illegal aliens from deportation, even as it unconstitutionally tries to grant amnesty to five million of them. The claim that Obama has carried out more deportations than any other president is an endlessly repeated lie which refuses to die. Even his Department of Homeland Security admits that it isn’t true. In reality, deportations have gone down under Obama.

On another issue, one thing interesting about the Pew Report is that close to 800,000 Mexicans have gone home since 2009 on their own accord. If that many left with scant immigration law enforcement, undoubtedly a lot more would leave if enforcement were strict. This is a strong argument against the claim that we must grant amnesty to illegal aliens because we can never roundup and deport the 11 to 12 million who currently live here. The fact is we don’t have to. Many are inclined to go back on their own. If we give them encouragement they will do so, and over time the total residing in the U.S. will significantly decline.

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Nov 24

Texas Poll: Illegal Immigration Greatest Threat

A University of Texas/Texas Poll found that illegal immigration was the top concern of Texas voters. Twenty-two percent said that illegal immigration was the greatest threat to the U.S. followed by 18 percent who said that terrorism was the greatest threat. Co-director of the poll, Daron Shaw, observed that “Even before the terrorist attacks in Paris . . . Texans expressed deep concern over border security.”


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Nov 23

Goodlatte Questions Vetting of Refugees

In response to claims by federal officials that they can detect refugee applicants who are lying through interviews, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) observed that there are now five million illegal aliens in the U.S. who broke their promises to leave the U.S. after their temporary visas expired. If interviews were not effective in detecting their intentions, he asked, then how can we be sure that vetting refugees through interviews will work?


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Nov 20

Obama Shields 80% of Illegals from Deportation Despite Courts

President Obama’s executive amnesty to give work permits and Social Security numbers to more than 4 million illegal aliens, announced a year ago, is stalled in the courts and headed to the Supreme Court.  What many people do not realize is that the rest of his executive actions (in many situations refusing to act to enforce the immigration laws) are in place, protecting more than 80% of illegal aliens from any danger of deportation.  Obama’s policies effectively order agents not to deport nearly all illegal aliens.

There has been a major drop in arrests of illegals in the Southwest near the border, deportations are dropping sharply, even many illegal aliens with criminal records are being allowed to stay.

“There are 7 or 8 or 9 million people who are now safe under the current policy. That is a victory to celebrate while we wait for the Supreme Court,” said radical pro-alien Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), one of the Hispanic activists who convinced Obama last year to ignore Congress and declare amnesty by executive fiat.


Posted 11/20/15 by Margaret Hull

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Nov 19

Eisenhower’s Action Was Successful

In Tuesday night’s GOP debate, Donald Trump turned to history to provide a model for his plan to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants. . . . While not calling it by its name, Trump was praising Eisenhower’s ‘Operation Wetback,’ which Trump claims significantly reduced unlawful immigration in the early 1950s. Here’s the problem: It wasn’t ‘successful’ then, by Trump’s standard, and it is not a model for a considered immigration policy now. It was an inhumane program. . . . [It] is just one of many shameful episodes of forceful removal in American history, from the Trail of Tears . . . to the forced relocation and incarceration of over 100,000 Japanese-Americans during World War II. – Sorry, Trump. Ike’s Shameful Program Failed, Sarah Coleman,, 11/12/15.

Fact Check: Quite to the contrary, the operation successfully met its goal of sharply reducing illegal immigration—and it did so for a significant length of time. The operation took place in 1954. Six years later when Eisenhower left office, illegal immigration declined by 97 percent, according to official records. It began rising again in the early sixties, but didn’t reach the crisis stage that it had before Eisenhower’s action until the seventies. Thus the nation enjoyed close to two decades with a relatively secure border. Certainly that counts as a success.

Coleman also says the operation is discredited because it was “inhumane.” In many instances deportation by trucks and ships was indeed unpleasant. Yet Coleman admits that the Border Patrol make every effort to warn illegal aliens of the impending roundup and encourage them to go home on their own. And the great majority of those living in the U.S. did just that.

During the operation, Border Patrol officers arrested and deported about 120,000 illegal aliens, while more than a million went home on their own accord. This is the most important lesson to learn from the operation. If illegal aliens see that we mean business with our enforcement, many over time will self-deport.

Effective enforcement does not necessarily mean inhumane enforcement. If we made mistakes during the 1954 roundups we can learn from our mistakes and try not to repeat them. Today, we have tools to deal with illegal immigration that didn’t exist in 1954. One is the law against hiring illegal aliens and the E-Verify system that helps employers determine whether people they hire are authorized to work in the U.S. Making E-Verify system mandatory for all employers would help deny employment to illegal aliens and encourage many to go home on their own. Nothing particularly harsh about that.

Of course, there are some who seem to think that any enforcement of our immigration laws at all is “inhumane.” If that’s what they really believe, it follows that they don’t have much concern about the pain and losses that illegal immigration inflicts on their fellow Americans. And this lack of concern certainly says something about their patriotism.

A gross flaw in Coleman’s statement is equating law enforcement against illegal immigration with forced Trail of Tears expulsion of American Indians with a legitimate claim on their land and the forced relocation of Japanese-American citizens. Illegal aliens have no claim on America, and they do not have the rights of citizens because they are not citizens. Like so many in the today, Coleman doesn’t seem to grasp what the concept of citizenship means.


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Nov 19

Poll: Americans 2 to l Oppose Syrian Resettlement Plan

A Bloomberg Politics national poll found that 53 percent of U.S. adults oppose the Obama Administration’s proposal to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees in the U.S. Twenty-eight percent said they support the proposal, which has no religious restrictions. Eleven percent said they would support a limited program to accept Syrian Christians, who face persecution from Muslims in their home country. President Barak Hussein Obama says that the idea of excluding Muslims is “shameful” and un-American.


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Nov 18

FBI Director: We Can’t Screen Terrorists from Refugees

The federal government does not have the ability to screen out terrorists from the Syrian refugees that President Obama wants to bring into the country, said FBI director James Comey in a statement last month before a House Committee on Homeland Security hearing. He observed that “We can only query against that which we have collected. And so if someone has never made a ripple in the pond in Syria in a way that would get their identity or their interest reflected in our database, we can query our database until the cows come home, but there will be nothing show up because we have no record of them.”


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Nov 17

Orban: Left-Wing Elites Want Immigrants as Voters

Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban charges that left-wing elites in both Europe and the United States hope to utilize growing numbers of immigrants as voting blocs to increase their power. These elites, he charges, have little sympathy for the rights of native-born people to maintain their cultures and national identities.


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Nov 16

Governors Refuse Admission of Refugees

In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, the governors of 15 U.S. states have announced that they will not admit Syrian refugees. Authorities have revealed that at least one of the terrorist attackers in Paris was a Syrian refugee.


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Nov 14

Dems Race Left on Immigration

While Donald Trump’s success has helped lead many of the GOP presidential candidates to take a strong stand for limiting immigration, in the Democratic nomination fight, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley are going in the other direction — promising Hispanics they would expand Obama’s executive amnesty (already in legal trouble) to even more illegal aliens and open up parts of Obamacare to illegals.

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Posted 11/14/15 by Andrew Lewis

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