Jul 29

Dems Go All-In for Open Borders

The first night of the Democratic National Convention highlighted illegal aliens (“immigrants” or “New Americans” in Dem-speak) who addressed the crowd in Spanish. Pandering to Hispanic pressure groups, the party platform dropped the requirement contained in the 2012 party platform that illegals promised amnesty learn English.

As Julia Hahn points out in a Breitbart post Thursday, there is a stark contrast between the Democrat and Trump GOP positions on immigration: “For instance, while the DNC featured illegal immigrants who addressed the crowd in Spanish, Trump’s RNC featured American citizens whose children had been murdered and whose families had been torn apart forever by open borders.”

Trump has described the difference between his views and Clinton’s as “a mainstream immigration policy designed to benefit America, or Hillary Clinton’s radical immigration policy designed to benefit politically-correct special interests.”

Read more here:  http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/07/28/democratic-party-discards-assimilation-promotes-spanish-speaking-illegals-at-convention/

Posted 2/29/16 by George Palmer

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Jul 28

Border Patrol Union: Hillary’s Amnesty Plan Endangers USA

The National Border Patrol Council Thursday warned that Hillary Clinton’s open borders/amnesty plans would aid Islamic terrorists and drug cartels invading America.  In a statement issued before Clinton gives her acceptance speech tonight, the 16,500-member council, which has endorsed Donald Trump, said: “Clinton’s call for amnesty in her first 100 days and expanding these dangerous [Obama] policies demonstrates her deeply alarming willingness to sell out the security of American families to advance her political or financial interests.”

The statement said that the influx of illegals was already growing, lured by Clinton’s promise of a mass amnesty.

The entire statement can be read here:  http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/border-patrol-clinton-amnesty-endangers-u.s.-cartels-islamic-extremists-set-to-invade/article/2598019

Posted 7/28/16 by George Palmer

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Jul 28

Here Aren’t the Facts

More Misinformation from the Media:

“Trump is wrong to use a young woman’s tragic death to criticize sanctuary-city policies. New immigrants, including illegal immigrants, are less likely to commit a violent or property crimes than U.S. citizens, and there’s little evidence that crime rates are higher in sanctuary cities than in non-sanctuary cities. . . .

“Trump seized another political opportunity in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris by declaring that he’d put a halt to all Muslim immigration ‘until we figure out what’s going on.’

“Refugees in general, and Syrian refugees in particular, already among the most intensely scrutinized immigrants to enter the U.S. . . . [T]he fact is that terrorist attacks in the U.S. by and large have been carried out not by refugees but by people here on student visas or naturalized American citizens.

“[We are] a country that relies on immigrants to maintain a vibrant, dynamic economy, and a healthy voting populace that can act as a bulwark against the rise of authoritarian strong men. . . .” – Donald Trump Is Wrong on Immigration . . . Here Are the Facts, reason.com, Zach Weissemueller, 3/6/16

Fact Check: It is common in the media to claim that illegal aliens commit less violent crimes than citizens. But after extensive research on the issue, columnist Ann Coulter maintains that the issue is not clear cut. Good overall statistics aren’t readily available, she speculates, because the media and other powers-that-be fear what they might reveal. She affirms, however, that evidence from a number of sources suggests that violent crime by illegal aliens is a significant problem.

In any case, all illegal immigrants are lawbreakers, and their crimes are not victimless. They take jobs and public funding that properly belong to American citizens. They use fake identification, sometimes stolen from citizens, and they practice tax evasion and fraud.

Crime rates in cities are the result of many complex factors, only one of which is the presence of illegal aliens. Therefore, comparing crime rates between sanctuary and non-sanctuary cities does not prove anything definitive about illegal alien crime. The problem with sanctuary cities is that they refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities and thereby impede the deportation of identified illegal alien criminals. Can anyone deny that this practice makes our streets less safe?  

The author may think that Syrian refugees are adequately “scrutinized,” but one who disagrees is FBI Director James Comey. He testified before Congress that warfare in Syria has destroyed the data bases needed to do background checks on people. Thus it is impossible to have adequate vetting of refugees. Whether terrorists are refugees or some other category of immigrant is secondary to the fact that many are Muslim. This is the point Trump is making.

And just why do we need endless mass immigration “to maintain a vibrant, dynamic economy?” The economy we had in 1965, when mass immigration began, was more vibrant and dynamic than the one we have today with its shrinking middle class and stagnant wage levels.

As for immigration protecting us from oppressive government, it’s hard to imagine a more preposterous view. Most immigrants today come from Third World countries with authoritarian traditions, and often they bring those views with them. To illustrate, Hispanics comprise the largest ethnic and cultural bloc of immigrants. They strongly favor “Big Government” which can tend toward authoritarianism and restrict freedom. Furthermore, the multiculturalism promoted by mass immigration weakens national unity and increases the likelihood that power seekers will use the fractured state of our society as an excuse to step in and impose their rule.

The reason.com article claims to offer the facts. What it actually delivers is mainly half-truths and pure falsehoods.                   

 

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Jul 27

EU Chief: Mass Migration No Matter What

Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the executive branch of the European Union, says that rising problems with terrorism and immigration should not deter the EU’s commitment to open borders and acceptance of migration from outside Europe.

Read more at breitbart.com.

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Jul 26

Kaine Promises Amnesty Legislation

Vice-presidential Democratic candidate Tim Kaine told the Spanish-language network Telemundo promised that a Clinton administration would push legislation within “the first 100 days” to give amnesty to illegal aliens. He predicted that Republican House Speaker Paul D. Ryan would assist the Democrats in this task.

Read more at washingtontimes.com.

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Jul 25

Few Syrian Refugees Are Christian

Very few Syrian refugees to the U,S. are Christian, despite the Muslim persecution on Christians in Syria. CNSNews.com reports that “Of the 6,726 total Syrian refugee arrivals since the beginning of FY 2016, 6,625 (98.4 percent) were [Sunni Muslims] and 23 (0.3 percent) were Christians – including 15 described simply as ‘Christian,’ five Catholics, two Orthodox and one Greek Orthodox adherent.”

Read more at cnsnews.com.

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Jul 22

Trump Calls for Immigration Reform

In his address to the Republican convention, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump affirmed the need to crack down on illegal immigration. He also pointed out the negative effects of excessive legal immigration, by noting that “Decades of record immigration have produced lower wages and higher unemployment.”

Read more at politico.com.

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Jul 21

We Can Prosper without Immigration

More Misinformation from the Media:

“But the debate goes beyond wages, research conducted by William Olney, associate professor of economics at Williams college, has found the availability of more low-skilled workers can prompt existing businesses to expand operations. Immigration also increases the number of small businesses in mobile, law-skilled intensive industries, such as manufacturing, wholesale trade and transportation and warehousing.

“Total immigrants, both legal and unauthorized, comprise roughly 17 percent, or more than 26 million, of the civilian U.S. workforce.

“It’s very difficult to imagine the economy functioning without this workforce, which has grown so large over a long period of time,” said Pia Orrenius, senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.
Fewer immigrants could mean lowered rates of U.S. productivity, less innovation and fewer small businesses that are created. “It would create enormous problems that economists would call a recession.

“U.S. innovation can also get a boost from immigrant college graduates. . . . They patent at a rate higher than native workers. . . . Olney and other entrepreneurship researchers have found high levels of business creation among immigrants. . . .” – The Front Line in a Trump Immigration War: State Economies, Heesun Wee, special to CBS.com, 7/18/16

Fact Check: This article, unlike most pro-immigration articles, acknowledges that immigration can have downsides such as wage suppression. This is commendable. Nevertheless, the author attempts to make the case by citing various authorities that the status quo of immigration offers far more benefits than liabilities.

The key idea it puts forth is that a steady flow of immigrants is necessary to have an adequate supply of workers. But the truth of the matter is that we already have plenty of people who could work. Seven years ago, 80 million Americans 16 years and older were not participating in the labor force. This year the total reached 94 million. Many of them, of course, are students and retired people. But the number in the prime working age bracket of 25 to 64 totals more than 40 million.

Immigration is playing a role in this American exodus from the workforce by taking available jobs and driving down wage levels. The article notes that 26 million legal and illegal immigrants hold jobs in the U.S. No one is suggesting that legal immigrants go home. Encouraging the slow but steady exit of the remaining seven million illegal workers with effective immigration law enforcement would not throw a monkey wrench into the economy. As they leave, available Americans could take their places.

In the coming decades, we’re simply not going to need significant numbers of immigrants. Today we stand on the cusp of a great revolution of automation and mechanized labor. A study done at Oxford University two years ago projected that by 2033, just 18 year from now, nearly half the jobs in the U.S. now done by people would be done by machines.

The notion that immigrants have vastly superior talent as entrepreneurs doesn’t hold water. Statistics from the Census Bureau show that they and natives have almost exactly the same rate of business ownership. In any case, immigrants are much more likely to be welfare recipients than entrepreneurs. The claim that immigrants are more innovative and more likely to get patents is debatable.

Those who maintain that we must have mass immigration to thrive and innovate need to explain how America thrived, prospered and innovated in such an outstanding degree between 1920 and 1970 when we significantly restricted immigration.        

 

 

 

 

 

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Jul 20

Deportations Continue to Decline

The Center for Immigration Studies reports that “ICE deportations continue to decline this year and are on pace to be the lowest since 2006, according to the latest ICE statistics. Deportations of criminals also keep declining, despite a nationwide litany of high-profile fatalities caused by criminal aliens, and despite the Obama administration’s claimed focus on removing deportable criminals.”

Read more at cis.org.

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Jul 19

Sessions Calls for Immigration Control

Speaking at the Republican convention before a national TV audience, Sen Jeff Sessions (R-AL) spoke against mass immigration and its negative effects on American workers. “Excess immigration,” he affirmed, “floods the labor market, reducing wages and job prospects.” He further observed, “Average Americans have been the first to note that something is wrong with this economy–our middle class is steadily declining . . . but the Washington establishment, the media, big corporations have been in denial.”

Read more breitbart.com.

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