Cuccinelli: Ryan ‘Submarined’ Reform

Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency, charged that former House Speaker Paul Ryan sabotaged key immigration reform legislation to support the cheap labor agenda of the Chamber of Commerce. In an address to the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Cuccinelli stated,  “Let’s not forget . . .  when [Rep.] Paul Ryan was the speaker, Paul Ryan submarined the best opportunity we had legislatively when [judiciary chairman Rep.] Bob Goodlatte’s bill . . . came through.  We had leadership there that defended the status quo. They were the Chamber of Commerce Congress. They wanted illegal immigration.”

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NYT Hits Restrictionists

The Quote Below: More Misinformation from the Media

“According to tax documents, Colcom has funded not only FAIR and other large organizations Mrs. May helped create, but also lesser known one like the American Immigration Control Foundation, which has likened immigration to a ‘military conquest’ with the effect of ‘substantially replacing the native population.’ “ – The New Nativists – Why a Banking Heiress Spent Her Fortune on Keeping Immigrants Out, Nicholas and Mike McIntire, 8/14/19 [Link]

Fact Check of Above Quote: This article is basically a hit piece against the immigration restriction movement, one evidence being the use of the smear word “nativists” to describe restrictionists. Users of this smear try to suggest there is something inappropriate or immoral about the citizens of a country, i.e., its natives, deciding what kind of immigration policy they want. Democratic government is a proper term to describe that kind of decision-making.

The main theme of the article is that a wealthy heiress, Cordelia May, created the Colcom Foundation, which in turn funded a number of restrictionist groups. The article tries to suggest that Mrs. May and this network are suspect and disreputable.

Example are the quotes from the American Immigration Control Foundation. The article presents the quotes as if it is self-evident that they are flawed. It does so with dishonesty. AIC Foundation has never claimed that immigration per se amounts to conquest. Immigration at reasonable levels can be beneficial. What we condemn is the kind of massive unrelenting immigration that we have today—which is overwhelming our powers of assimilation.

Immigration without assimilation indeed is similar to foreign conquest, particularly it results in a large -scale exodus of natives. In case the NYT writers haven’t noticed, this is precisely what has happened in California, the state with largest number and percentage of immigrants. As that tide of legal and illegal immigrants moved in, massive numbers of native-born Californians have moved out.

Overcrowding, a problem directly attributable to immigration, is a reason many Californians give for leaving. Certainly, the stresses and aggravations of multiculturalism have also prompted them to depart. In many ways California is coming to resemble the Third World homelands of many of its immigrants.

If the NYT wants to examine questionable funding by foundations, it should take its sights off Colcom, and focus on the bankrolling of radical open-border groups by the Ford Foundation and other major philanthropic donors. Some years ago, AIC Foundation published a book, Importing Revolution, which exposed this funding. Some of the recipients were Latino supremacists and Marxists whose goals were to use mass immigration to destabilize American society.

But it’s no surprise that the NYT would do this kind of reporting. The newspaper is solidly on the side of the open borders agenda. One factor that probably helps ensure this allegiance is that Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, an illegal immigration advocate, owns a substantial share of NYT stock.

The influence wealthy Americans no doubt weighs on the NYT as well. It is unfortunate that many—if not most—of America’s financial elites see mass immigration as part of their class interest. And sadly, it seems they have little concern about how it impacts their fellow citizens of other classes. Cordelia May was a shining exception to this dreary rule. She cared about America and used her fortune to advance that concern. The NYT’s hit piece is a tribute to her character.

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New Regulation Would Replace Flores

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is issuing a new regulation which would replace the Flores regulation which requires the release of children accompanying asylum applicants after twenty days. The Flores rule has encouraged bogus asylum seekers to bring children with them because the time limit on holding children makes it more likely that those making asylum claims will be released with the children while their claims are pending. Quite often they skip the asylum hearings and disappear.
Under the new regulation children can be held until the asylum claim is decided. Illegal alien advocates profess compassion for the children brought here, yet they oppose the new regulation which would discourage child trafficking across the border. Evidently they prefer the status quo which facilitates illegal immigration.
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H-1B Workers Take U.S. Jobs

Newly released federal data, notes Breitbart, shows foreigners on H-1B visas taking white collar U.S. jobs. Breitbart observes that:

“Every year, more than 100,000 foreign workers are brought to the U.S. on the H-1B visa and are allowed to stay for up to six years. There are about 650,000 H-1B visa foreign workers in the U.S. at any given moment. Americans are often laid off in the process and forced to train their foreign replacements, as highlighted by Breitbart News.”

“More than 85,000 Americans annually potentially lose their jobs to foreign labor through the H-1B visa program. Despite claims by the big business lobby, American workers who have been replaced by H-1B foreign workers say there is no shortage of talented and qualified citizens for high-paying, white-collar jobs.”

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South Asian Migrants Found Wandering in Southern Mexico

While conducting security patrols on the Nuevo Teapa-Cosoleacaque  highway in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, federal Mexican police have come across 65 migrants from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and India, wandering lost and confused.

Map showing Coatzacoalcos River in southern Mexico

The group, which had the U.S. border as their destination, were strung out along the highway, after apparently having traveled by boat down the Coatzacoalcos River, which flows north to the Gulf of Mexico.  After running out of supplies and becoming disoriented, the migrants at some point had left the river and continued their journey along the highway. When encountered, they were described as “severely dehydrated and starving.”

Mexican authorities provided the migrants with medical assistance, food, and water and conducted interviews.  The group said they had started out in April, when they first flew to Qatar, then to Turkey, and then to Colombia. At that point, they began their trek, apparently on foot, through  Ecuador, Panama, and Guatemala before reaching Mexico.

The migrants were transferred to a migratory center in nearby Acayucan, where their nationalities will be determined and they will be returned to their home countries.

For more, see Deutsche Welle.

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Mississippi Raids Were Justified

The Quote Below: Most Misinformation from the Media:

Less than a week after the worst massacre targeting Latinos in modern U.S. history, the Latino community was jolted again Wednesday by one of the biggest Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids ever. ICE’s arrests of 680 unauthorized immigrants working at seven Mississippi chicken-processing plants, coming on the first day of school, led to a new round of videos of innocent, vulnerable Latino children who had been forcibly separated from their parents on top of the thousands in the custody of the Border Patrol. . . .

Of course, in the eyes of President Donald Trump and his supporters, the dad got what he deserved, and if his family suffers as a result, it’s no one’s fault but the dad’s. This cold-hearted view is void of compassion, yes, but here are two points that show just how out of touch it is with U.S. economic realities. . . .

The first point is that America has a huge shortage of workers, and that hundreds of thousands of unauthorized immigrants who work in difficult jobs such as slaughtering chickens are filling low-wage jobs that most U.S. citizens disdain. . . . — Editorial: U.S. Needs the Workers That ICE Targeted, San Diego Union-Tribune, Editorial Board, 8/9/19 [Link]

Fact Check of Above Quote: This article begins by absurdly conflating a mass shooting with the actions of duly appointed agents carrying out their legal duties. The shooting victims and the apprehended illegal aliens were both Latino, but the similarity ends there. One action was criminal, the other legal and legitimate. And why should the “Latino community” (if we define that as Latino citizens), be “jolted” by enforcement against foreign lawbreakers? This article seems to suggest that Latino citizens should value their ethnicity more than their nationality.

As is so common with this type of article, the writer seeks to manipulate and milk sympathy for illegal aliens—with particular reference to separation of family members. Those who remain skeptical are said to lack “compassion.” In this particular case in Mississippi, however, ICE agents took great care to ensure that parents and children were not separated. Yes, they suffered inconvenience, but law enforcement doesn’t exist to promote convenience for lawbreakers. The mainstream media’s compassion toward illegal immigrants seldom if ever extends to American citizens. Their attitude toward those fellow citizens is “cold-hearted” indeed.

The claim about jobs “most Americans won’t do” is false. In almost every job category native-born Americans are the majority of workers. Unfortunately, we have many employers who make it difficult for Americans to do jobs by hiring illegal aliens and thereby lowering wage levels. After the raids in Mississippi, Americans showed up at the plants seeking work. Often after raids of this type, the plants that previously hired illegal aliens raise wages to attract American workers.

Cheap labor interests and their journalistic shills will never cease to proclaim that America faces a “labor shortage,” even in the face of current predictions that as many as 30 percent of U.S. jobs now done by humans could be automated within the next ten years or so. Perhaps these shills would be a little less enthusiastic about immigration if immigrants were competing to take their jobs as editors and writers.

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San Antonio Incident Part of Month-Long Wave

We reported yesterday on the attack on an ICE facility in San Antonio, where someone fired numerous shots into two buildings occupied to ICE employees and contractors.  The attack took place around 3:00 am, and although some ICE employees were present, no one was injured.  However, Fox News points out today that this was the fourth incidence of violence at ICE facilities just in the past month.

Map courtesy of Fox News

As you can see from the above graphic, attacks and acts of criminal violence on ICE have occurred across the country since mid-July:

  • Aurora, Colorado, July 12.  During an otherwise peaceful protest, a group bypassed a barrier and tore down the flags of the U.S., Colorado, and the GEO Group (a private detention company that is an ICE contractor) and replaced them with the flag of Mexico.  An employee of the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, which sponsored the protest, was physically attacked when she tried to intervene.
  • Tacoma, Washington, July 13.   A man armed with a rifle and incendiary devices attempted to set fire to the Northwest Detention Center, a holding facility maintained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. After hurling Molotov cocktails at the facility, he was shot and killed by Tacoma police before causing major damage or injury.
  • Washington, DC, July 16.  Protesters belonging to Never Again Action (a Jewish activist group) and the Cosecha Movement (a group of Latino activists) occupied and shut down an ICE office during a protest. Twelve were arrested by Department of Homeland Security officers.
  • San Antonio, Texas, August 13.  Shots were fired into two ICE-affiliated buildings.

In addition, on August 12, the day before the San Antonio shooting, anti-ICE protesters threatened employees of the GEO Group during a protest in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  Using some of the most alarming language to date, the protesters hurled threats at the GEO Group’s former general counsel John Bulfin:

One protester shouted, “We know where all your children live throughout the country … John Bulfin you have kids in [bleeped out], you have kids in [bleeped out]. “We know everything about you and you won’t just be seeing us here.”

“We know where you sleep at night,” another protester shouted, yelling out Bulfin’s address.  “We’re not actually joking. John Bulfin, you go to [bleeped out], you go to church on [bleeped out], you live on [bleeped out the] road. We are not joking.”

This so-called “doxxing” of their opponents is part of a new strategy of the Left adopted in recent years.  To dox is to publish or otherwise reveal personal information, such as addresses and location of their children’s schools, about individuals the leftists oppose. Its intent is to make those individuals fearful for themselves as well as their families, and thereby cause them to back down and otherwise surrender.  Republican politicians and officials have become familiar with doxxing. For example, the Mitch McConnell campaign recently accused Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and liberal Twitter personalities of “trying to dox some underage kids” by taking their photos at a picnic.

For more on the ICE facility incidents, see the Washington Examiner.

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Shots Fired at San Antonio ICE Facility

An FBI spokesman stated that a gunman or gunmen  “fired numerous rounds into an ICE facility” in San Antonio. ICE which stands for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, is the agency involved in the deportation of illegal aliens, ICE as drawn strong criticism from open border advocates and other left-wing extremists. Last month an armed man was shot by police when he tried to hurl incendiary devices at an ICE facility in Tacoma, Washington.

The FBI spokesman, special agent for San Antonio Christopher Coombs, stated that the bullets fired in San Antonio came close to hitting people. The director of the ICE San Antonio field office, Daniel Bible warned that “Political rhetoric and misinformation that various politicians, media outlets and activist groups recklessly disseminate to the American people regarding the ICE mission only serve to further encourage these violent acts.”

Read more at wsls.com

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That Statue of Liberty Poem

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services acting director Ken Cuccinelli is under fire today for suggesting that the Emma Lazarus poem, cast on a plaque bolted to the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, may not be good policy for the United States. What kind of country seeks to add the world’s “wretched refuse” to its population?

The poem, a sonnet entitled “The New Colossus,” is famous primarily for some lines in its second stanza:

“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

In addition to being a mediocre poet, Emma Lazarus was a wealthy New York socialite and socialist. She wrote the poem in 1883 at the behest of a group raising funds to construct a pedestal for the statue, which was yet to be constructed in France. The poem was first read at the opening of an exposition in December of that year and was then basically forgotten for many years, including the years that saw the ultimate arrival and re-assembly of the statue in 1885-1886. It was completely ignored when the statue was dedicated in 1886.

It wasn’t until after the turn of the century when the idea was floated to bolt a plaque bearing the poem to the pedestal.  That period was the heart of the “Progressive” era, and the act of marrying the poem to the statue was a Progressive-era co-opting of the original intent of France, which was to memorialize American independence.  No longer would the statue represent liberty. Thereafter, it would stand for a suicidal, open-borders ideology. As originally conceived, the statue did not relate to immigration at all.

A nation’s icons are an important part of its identity.  Two of our most valued icons are the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. To elevate a tawdry “occasional” poem to their same level is rash and irresponsible. It is also dangerous, when it contains the foolish twaddle of a socialite amusing herself with socialist utopianism.

This issue has arisen before and it probably will again. Previously,  White House immigration adviser Stephen Miller explained the poem’s significance–or lack thereof–during a press conference in 2017.

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Cuccinelli: Policy Should Benefit Americans

A CBS reporter suggested to USCIS acting director Ken Cuccinelli that the rule to bar immigrants who are likely to need welfare is at odds with the words of the Emma Lazarus poem: “Give me your tired, your poor/Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” Mass immigration advocates commonly quote these lines to manipulate emotion and prevent reasonable discussion of immigration policy. These advocates never offer sympathy to huddled masses of Americans who are tired of losing their country to mass immigration.

To the reporter’s question Cuccinelli replied, “I’ll drive it home with a sledgehammer here: America’s immigration system is first and foremost, for the benefit of America. Period.”

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