Oct 17

Sessions: ‘Rampant Fraud’ in Asylum System

Attorney General Jeff Sessions declared that the U.S. asylum system is “subject to rampant abuse and fraud.” He added that “[A]s this system becomes overloaded with fake claims it cannot deal effectively with just claims.”

Read more at washingtonexaminer.com.

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Oct 16

Immigrant Total Sets Record

A study by the Center for Immigration Studies based on data from the Census Bureau found that:

“The nation’s immigrant population (legal and illegal) hit a record 43.7 million in July 2016, an increase of half a million since 2015, 3.8 million since 2010, and 12.6 million since 2000.

“As a share of the U.S. population, immigrants (legal and illegal) comprised 13.5 percent, or one out of eight U.S. residents in 2016, the highest percentage in 106 years. As recently as 1980, just one out of 16 residents was foreign-born.”

Read more at cis.org.

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Oct 13

DOJ Warns Sanctuary Cities

The Department of Justice Issued a strong warning to cities which refuse to cooperate with federal immigration law enforcement. Among these sanctuary cities are New York, Philadelphia, New Orleans, and Chicago. In a statement issued with the warnings, Attorney General Jeff Sessions affirmed that “jurisdictions that adopt so-called ‘sanctuary policies’ also adopt the view that the protection of criminal aliens is more important than the protection of law-abiding citizens and the rule of law.”

A spokesperson for New York City Council Speaker Melissa Viverito replied that “New York City will continue to do everything in our power to protect our vulnerable immigrant communities against these deranged threats. We will not be changing our policies.” The spokesperson was not quoted expressing concern for communities of citizens.

Read more at newsweek.com.

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Oct 12

Immigration Won’t Save Social Security

More Misinformation from the Media:

The Bipartisan Policy Center issued a new white paper Tuesday that details one crucial twist to the ongoing immigration debate.

Authors Kenneth Morgan and Theresa Cardinal Brown write that immigration can help boost the solvency of the Social Security Trust Fund:

“The logic is simple: Immigrants tend to be of working age when they move to the United States. Furthermore, research indicates that foreign-born individuals are more likely to be employed than their native-born counterparts, as native-born individuals tend to have more flexibility to enter retirement, enroll in school, or enter disability. More people working and paying into the Social Security system decreases the old-age dependency ratio, which extends trust-fund solvency.”

The report also notes that undocumented immigrants may help trust fund solvency, too. – How Immigration Can Help Save Social Security, The Fiscal Times, Yuval Rosenberg, 8/22/17.

Fact Check: The claim that immigration can save Social Security rests on the idea that present and future legal immigration can significantly lower the average age of the U.S. population. But that, as a recent paper by the Center for Immigration Studies notes, depends on whether the birth rates of immigration are significantly higher than those of natives.

The birth rate of immigrants is presently higher, but the gap between the two has narrowed substantially during the past decade. In 2008, the paper observes, “immigrant women had a TFR [Total Fertility Rate] of 2.75 children; by 2015 it had fallen to 2.16 — a .6-child decline. For natives it declined from 2.07 to 1.75 — a .33-child decline.”

The paper further notes that “If present trends continue, the TFR of immigrants may drop below 2.1 in the next few years, the level necessary to replace the existing population. An immigrant TFR of less than 2.1 would mean that, in the long run, immigration would add to the aging of American society.”

With respect to illegal immigration, a claim commonly made is that illegal immigrants are assisting Social Security through their taxes because they, unlike legal immigrants, will never draw Social Security benefits. That, however, is not necessarily the case. It now appears that as many as 800,000 illegal aliens in the DACA category will eventually receive amnesty and access to Social Security. Aside from amnesty, there are other means for them to attain legal status.

As for contributing to Social Security, as many as half of Illegal aliens don’t contribute because they work off the books and therefore pay no federal taxes. And those who pay federal taxes often use the Earned Income Tax Credit to receive tax refunds. Illegal aliens commonly work at low-income jobs, which means that the total of all taxes they pay (including Social Security taxes) are much less than the total of all public benefits they receive.

Social Security faces serious problems with a declining base of support. But mass immigration is not the answer. Fiscal concerns aside, the stress it places on our national culture and unity is an enormous contribution to social insecurity.


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Oct 11

Poll Shows Strong Support for Trump Plan

A recent poll show strong support for the immigration reforms proposed by President Trump. The poll, commissioned by America First Policies, found that most Americans oppose sanctuary cities, give preference of American workers getting jobs, and want the E-Verify program to be made mandatory for businesses. The poll also found that by a margin of two to one Americans want to end chain migration, the policy of allowing immigrants to bring in their extended family members who in turn bring in their extended family members in a seemingly endless chain.

Read more at breitbart.com.

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Oct 10

Poles Stand against Muslim Migration

Hundreds of thousands of Poles stood at various locations on Poland’s borders to protest the Islamisation of Europe by mass migration from Muslim countries. The even was held on October 7th, the anniversary of the battle of Lepanto in 1571 which helped to save Europe from Muslim subjugation.

Read more at breitbart.com.


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Oct 09

Trump Proposes 7O-Point Immigration Plan

President Trump has unveiled a 70-point plan to reform immigration policy. The White House said these steps must accompany any legislative action to give permanent legal status to illegal aliens in the DACA category. As reported by The Washington Times, the plan would “ensure major changes to border security, interior enforcement, and the legal immigration system.” A senior White House official stated that “Anything that is done addressing the status of DACA recipients needs to include these three reforms and solve these three problems. If you don’t solve these problems then you’re not going to have a secure border, you’re not going to have a lawful immigration system, and you’re not going to be able to protect American workers.”

Read more at washingtontimes.com.

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Oct 06

Politico: Trump Wants Legal Cuts for DACA

Politico, a publication which covers Capital Hill, says that the Trump Administration will demand substantial cuts in legal immigration in exchange for a DACA amnesty for illegal aliens. Spearheading this proposal, according to Politico, is the administration’s top immigration advisor Stephen Miller.

Read more at politico.com.

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Oct 05

RAISE Will Raise U.S. Wages

[The RAISE Act] . . . would slash legal immigration to half of its current level . . . [and] shift the U.S. from a family-based immigration system to what they call one based on merit. . . .

The RAISE Act is an immigration-reduction bill. It won’t strengthen the U. S. economy – studies consistently show that immigrants boost the economy.

The merit-based argument doesn’t hold water, either. The countries they noted for having “merit-based” immigration, Canada and Australia, admit more than twice the number of immigrants to their countries that the U.S. does, based on percentage of overall population. . . .

[This is] just a measure to keep out hard-working people who are eager to contribute to the U.S. economy. Congress must reject it. – Editorial: Trump Throws His Weight Behind a Terrible Immigration Bill, The San Francisco Chronicle, 8/2/17. [Link]

Fact Check: Our current system of legal immigration is based primarily on family connections. An immigrant comes and then petitions to bring in his extended family members, who in turn petition to bring in their members—and on and on in a seemingly endless chain. It is this chain migration that has given us the highest sustained level of immigration in our history, and average of more than one million immigrants a year for the past 25 years.

This is a system where immigrants, with their preferences for their relatives, are given significantly more say-so over admissions than anyone else. And their preferences for relatives are not necessarily providing us with people who match our national needs. Contrary to what the Chronicle article says, they are not necessarily hard-working or particularly able to contribute to our economy. As a case in point, many immigrants are poor and relatively unskilled. As a consequence, immigrant-headed households are more likely than native households to receive welfare benefits.

The RAISE Act aims to change this policy by making needed skills a much larger criterion for admission than family connections. By doing so, it can emulate countries like Canada and Australia, but without their high levels of immigration. The Chronicle informs us that we must keep the status quo because “immigrants boost the economy.” Really?

This is the common line of immigration enthusiasts (supported by “studies”). It seldom calls forth any critical analysis, but let’s carry this claim to its logical conclusion. If one million immigrants a year boosts the economy, then wouldn’t ten million a year boost it ten times more? Maybe even the enthusiasts would hesitate before claiming that.

Even if they continue to assure us that immigration always helps the economy, we might inquire as to whose economy. Certainly, it benefits the upper levels of society, whose interests the media commonly represent, but not average working people—particularly those at the lower end of the economic scale. Immigration enhances profits by suppressing workers’ wages. In effect, mass immigration may be described as a Robin Hood in reverse policy. It takes from the poor and gives to the rich.

The reason the RAISE Act was given that name is that its sponsors aim to raise the wages of American workers by reducing legal immigration to a more moderate and reasonable level. Could that really be so “terrible?”

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Oct 04

ICE Increases Enforcement in Sanctuaries

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is increasing enforcement in so-called “sanctuaries” for illegal aliens, those jurisdictions where officials refuse to cooperate with its efforts. ICE officials say that this increased focus is necessary to compensate for the absence of cooperation.

Read more at nwpr.com.

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