May 24

No, He Didn’t Say That

More Misinformation from the Media:

“These aren’t people. These are animals.”

That’s how President Trump described undocumented immigrants during a White House meeting Wednesday, venting frustration at officials in both Mexico and California.

“You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are Trump said in the meeting. “These aren’t people. These are animals.” . . .

And Trump’s not the first to use such rhetoric: Adolf Hitler justified the Holocaust by saying Jews weren’t people but rats, as NPR notes. In the Rwandan genocide, Tutsis were called not people, but cockroaches, and slaveowners justified slavery by calling their slaves not people, but animals.

Reviewing a book on such rhetoric, NPR’s Neal Conan said that “it’s important to define and describe dehumanization, because it’s what opens the door for cruelty and genocide.” – OnPolitics Today: Trump Calls Undocumented People ‘Animals,’ Rhetoric with a Dark Past, Josh Hafner, USA Today, 5/16/18 [Link]

Fact Check: USA Today wasn’t the only source of this story. A number of other corporate media outlets reported this same basic narrative as well. It was a journalistic feeding frenzy of anti-Trump animus. In reality, the story was a perfect example taking a statement out of context to create a false impression. It’s a perfect example too of fake news.

Here’s the full context of what President Trump said. In a conversation with the president about sanctuary cities Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims stated, “There could be an MS-13 gang member I know about, if they don’t reach a certain threshold, I cannot tell ICE about them.” Trump responded, “You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people, these are animals, and we’re taking them out of the country at a level and at a rate that’s never happened before.”

The president was not referring to all “undocumented immigrants,” the media’s deceptive euphemism for illegal aliens. What he said was that MS-13 a particularly vicious criminal gang. Many of its members are illegal aliens from El Salvador and other Latin American countries. MS-13 has a well-deserved reputation for murder, mayhem and extortion. The motto of its members is mata, viola, controla (kill, rape, control). Calling these criminals animals is hardly inappropriate. One MS-13 member recently convicted of murder goes by the street name of “Animal.”

Before the advent of the Internet, the mass media could get away with deceptions like this false charge against Trump. Now, there are too many people with access to information to allow such gross trickery to go undetected. With exposure of their scam, many media outlets had to admit—very grudgingly—that their Trump tale wasn’t true.

This episode reveals a profound lack of journalistic integrity in the corporate media. Their extreme prejudice against Trump and reasonable immigration control have unhinged them. USA Today’s likening of Trump to Hitler and genocide is a case in point. It all goes to show that citizens seeking valid information about immigration should develop a healthy skepticism toward the corporate media and seek knowledge from other sources.

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May 23

Brown Warns Democrats

San Francisco’s former mayor, Willie Brown, a Democrat, says that his party is mistaken to ignore the popularity of President Trump has gained for his stands on various issues including immigration. He observed that, “Americans are actually happy these days. They are making money. They feel safe, and they agree with the president’s protectionist policies, his call for more American jobs, even his immigration stance.”


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May 22

Gallup: Immigration Top Public Concern

A Gallup poll conducted in April found that immigration and illegal aliens are the second greatest public concern. The top concern is dissatisfaction with government (23 percent), followed by immigration at 11 percent. After that are race relations (7 percent) and gun control (6 percent).


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May 21

Ryan Wants ‘Third Alternative’

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) is reportedly seeking a “third alternative” bill to provide amnesty for illegal aliens in the DACA category. One proposal would grant this amnesty, but would provide adequate concessions for genuine immigration reform–including an end to chain migration, mandatory use of the the E-Verify system by businesses, and steps to increase border security. The second proposal is a DACA amnesty with almost no concessions.

Supporters of the first alternative say it is an adequate compromise, and that any fewer concessions for reform are inappropriate.

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May 18

Social Security Director: Pass E-Verify

Nancy Berryhill, the acting director of Social Security, endorsed E-Verify, the system that enables businesses to check federal data bases to determine whether the people they want to hire are legally authorized to work in the United States. In testimony before Congress she stated, “Mandatory use of E-Verify by employers would help reduce the incidence of fraudulent use of [Social Security numbers].”

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May 17

American Dream Has Its Limits

More Misinformation from the Media:

Mr. Trump says he wants a “merit based” immigration system, and a few would argue with the idea that people with marketable skills should get a leg up in the process of coming to America. But what he means is that he wants to shut down two pathways by which people immigrate legally—the diversity lottery is a small program by which people from nations that have not historically been major sources for U.S. immigrants get the chance to apply to come here. We believe it has value in spreading the promise of the American Dream throughout the globe. . . .

Those crunching the numbers estimate that this policy change alone could cut the approximately 1.1 million people who come to this country legally every year by as much as half, Given the outsized role immigrants play in entrepreneurship and innovation—not to mention the vitality they bring to an aging workforce—that is a heavy price to pay for keeping America white and European as possible. – On Immigration, Trump Has Come Up with an Idea Even Worse than the Wall, The Baltimore Sun, Editorial, 1/29/18 [Link]

Fact Check: Just why should we want to offer the “American Dream” all over the world? This is utopian nonsense, with no connection at all to the real world. The human population of our planet grows by about 80 million people a year. Does anyone in his right mind believe that we can take in even a small percentage of that increase without our American Dream becoming an American Nightmare of balkanization, overcrowding, and poverty? We do the world and ourselves a favor by encouraging people to pursue their dreams where they are. A good idea is to return to the original meaning of the Statue of Liberty, which was to enlighten the world with our ideals, not invite the world to move here.

As it is, we have no need to take in 1.1 million people a year, as we have done for the past 20 years or so—the highest sustained level in our history. Constantly sustaining this surge is chain migration, which allows immigrants to bring in their immediate and extended relatives, who in turn bring in their relatives, and on and on.

Chain migration defeats diversity by limiting the stream of immigrants to the source countries of previous immigrants. Without chain migration, there would be no justification whatsoever for the diversity lottery, a program which awards entry to the U.S. on the basis of a lucky lottery draw, rather than skills our country might need. Chain migration has a similar effect, by giving higher priority to immigrants’ family connections than our country’s needs.

As a consequence, chain migration has had the effect of “importing poverty.” Immigrant households are significantly more likely to use welfare than native-born households. Contrary, to the Sun’s claim, immigrants do not play an “outsized role” in entrepreneurship and innovation. The Current Population survey of the Census Bureau reveals that immigrants and natives have about the same rate of self-employment. Furthermore, the immigrants coming in under chain migration and other current policies are not sufficiently young or fertile to prevent our society from growing older on average.

As is common with immigration advocates, the Sun’s editorialists engage in race baiting, with the claim that Trump’s proposals involve nothing more than “keeping America white.” The purpose is to hide the numerous downsides of mass immigration.

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May 16

Trump Cracks Down on Employers

The Trump Administration is cracking down on employers who hire illegal aliens. It has significantly increased audits of employers and prosecutions. As the Associated Press notes, “There were 594 employers arrested on criminal immigration charges from Oct. 1 to May 4, up from 139 during the previous fiscal year, and 610 civil immigration charges in the same period, compared to 172 in the preceding 12-month period.” The administration says its goal is to create a “culture of compliance” in the workplace.


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May 15

Billionaires Push GOP for Amnesty

The billionaire Koch brothers, big donors to Republicans, are pushing Republican candidates in he mid-term elections to stress support for tax cuts and amnesty for illegal aliens. This is despite the fact that tax cuts have already passed this year and that amnesty is not popular with Republican and conservative voters.

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May 14

Ellison: No Borders

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, recently wore a t-shirt at a May Day parade which stated in Spanish: “Yo no creo en fronteras” (I don’t believe in borders). President Trump sharply criticized Ellison “as an example” of what he called the Democratic Party’s extremism on immigration.


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May 11

Republicans Push Discharge Petition

Seventeen Republican House members have signed a “discharge petition” to bring a vote on the DACA amnesty to the floor of the House. Almost all Democrats are expected to sign it. If a total of 25 Republicans sign on, the petition will pass, and a vote will take place. The bill is strictly to grant amnesty, and offers no concessions to genuine immigration reformers such as an end to chain migration or funds to build a border wall.

Without an end to chain migration, the amnestied DACA illegal aliens will be able to bring in a stream of their relatives in the future. Many Democrats favor chain migration as a means of building their party’s political clout. The Republicans supporting the discharge petition seem to think that this will help them win their up-coming mid-term elections.


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