Aug 15

Sessions to DOJ: Cut SPLC Ties

The Justice Department sometimes works with the radical left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), an organization that generally labels support for immigration restriction as “hate.” Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the time has come for this collusion to stop. He  noted that the SPLC uses hate designations “as a weapon [to] bully and intimidate” individuals and groups it doesn’t like. ” Critics have described the SPLC as a neo-communist organization.


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Aug 14

Yoder Invites Mass Migration

Peter Kirsanow, a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, strongly criticized the amendment to the 2019 spending bill authored by Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS). Yoder’s amendment would reverse the asylum reforms of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and reinstitute the Obama Administration policy of releasing illegal aliens with their promises to show up for asylum hearings. Kirsanow affirmed that the amendment would encourage “massive waves” of foreigners to enter the United States and thereby depress wages of poor American workers.



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Aug 13

Taxpayers Mostly Fund Refugee ‘Volags’

The U.S. refugee resettlement involves “charitable” organizations called “volags” (voluntary agencies). A study by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) notes that these organizations have a vested financial interest in increasing refugee resettlement. Despite their name, most of their funding is not voluntary. Very large shares of their funding comes from American taxpayers.

The study notes that “These volags are funded, for the most part, by the U.S. government. Government funding ranges from a low of 58.5 percent to a high of 97.3 percent.  .  .  . Yearly compensations for the heads of these organizations range from a low of $132,000 to a high of $671,749.”


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Aug 10

Ingraham: Immigration Erases America

Fox News Host Laura Ingraham stated that “In some parts of the country it does seem that the America we know and love doesn’t exist anymore. Massive demographic changes have been foisted upon the American people. And they’re changes that none of us ever voted for and most of us don’t like. Now much of this is related to both illegal and, in some cases, legal immigration.  .  .  .”


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Aug 09

Open Borders Are Lunacy

More Misinformation from the Media:

President Trump’s recent tweets against open borders comes as no surprise. . . . Trump, however, has it exactly backwards: the solution to America’s immigration problems is open borders, under which the United States imposes no immigration restrictions at all. . . .

Expenditure on the welfare state will contract because even if immigrants vote for welfare spending, existing residents will vote for less generous benefits. . . . Immigrants will not flood America, although the rate of immigration might increase. . . . Crime will not skyrocket. Available evidence shows that immigrants are no more crime-prone than natives. . . .

U.S. culture will not change dramatically. America’s immigrants have a long history of assimilation, and  most have at least some affinity for American values. . . . Even if values and culture change, so what? That happens in free societies. Who says America’s current values—some of them deeply evil—are the right ones?

America has nothing to fear, and much to gain from open borders. – Forget the Wall Already, It’s Time for the U.S. to Have Open Borders, USA Today Opinion, Jeffery Miron, 7/31/18 [Link]

Fact Check: Immigrants wouldn’t flood America? Immigration today, averaging more than one million a year for more than twenty years, is at the highest sustained level in our history. And the author admits that this rate of flooding might even increase. Most likely, that increase would be considerable as revealed by a international Gallup poll a few years ago. It found that 150 million adults abroad would like to move to the United States. That, however, would only be the start because these people no doubt would like to bring their spouses and minor children. Maybe others would come later.

The initial total could be at least as high as 350 million, more than our total current population. With open borders we extend the invitation for all of them to come as soon as they can. Many or most would come from poor countries as they do low. No doubt they would find our welfare system appealing and would cast their votes accordingly. Does the author really imagine that native-born voters could withstand this electoral tide? Also promoting poverty and welfare use would be the wage suppression caused by mass immigration.

The author claims that open borders would not boost crime by stating that immigrants are not more crime-prone than natives. This may be true for legal immigrants, but this proves the opposite of the author’s point. Legal immigrants aren’t particularly crime-prone precisely because they are vetted by our immigration system to screen out people with criminal backgrounds. With open borders there would be no screening.

The author’s most outrageous observation is that the American people should have no right to decide what the character and culture of their country should be. In effect, they must put everyone’s freedom of movement ahead of their right as Americans to decide democratically what the culture and character their country should be. The author apparently doesn’t care much about American freedom because he doesn’t really care much about America as a sovereign nation.

His perspective, as an associate of the Cato Institute, is libertarian, the ideology that views human as atomized economic units with no other concern than self-interest. In the libertarian calculus there is little provision for such affections as lover of heritage, love of country, duty to community, or concern for future generations. The author maintains that America has some evil values, and he is right about that. Examples are the myopia and greed of some Americans that blinds them to the patent lunacy of open borders.

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Aug 08

Trump Plans ‘Public Charge’ Enforcement

Under the law prospective immigrants who are likely to become “public charges” (i.e.,  dependent on public assistance) can be denied admission, and those who are admitted and later become public charges can be deported. It is a law, however, which is rarely enforced. The Trump Administration is making plans to change this situation.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security stated: “The administration is committed to enforcing existing immigration law, which is clearly intended to protect the American taxpayer by ensuring that foreign nationals seeking to enter or remain in the U.S are self-sufficient. Any proposed changes would ensure that the government takes the responsibility of being good stewards of taxpayer funds seriously and adjudicates immigration benefit requests in accordance with the law.”


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Aug 07

Most Refugees Not in Danger

The Center for Immigration Studies cites data from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) showing that “For most refugees, resettlement is not a matter of life an death.” Of the refugees it submitted for resettlement in 2017, only 1.1 percent were in “emergency” status and only 6.4 percent were in “urgent” status. The remaining 92.5 were classified as “normal” status, which the UNHCR defines as “[circumstances] where there are no immediate medical, social, or security concerns which would merit expedited processing.”


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Aug 06

Arrested Aliens Received DACA

A common narrative of the media is that the recipients of the DACA amnesty are all young people who deserve permanent residence in America and a path to citizenship. Nevertheless, many critics of the program noted that the screening procedures of the program were lax. Now a study by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has found that eight percent of DACA recipients had arrest records for crimes at the time of their approval for DACA, and that 13 percent were arrested foe additional crimes after their approval.

USCIS Director L. Francis Cissa noted that “The truth is that we let those with criminal arrests for sexually assaulting a minor, kidnapping, human trafficking, child pornography, and even murder be protected from removal.”


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Aug 03

Trump Considers New Refugee Cut

The Trump Administration is considering another cut in refugee admissions. Last year the administration reduced admissions to 45,000 a year. The proposal under consideration would reduce the annual total to 25,000.


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Aug 02

Laws Must Be Enforced–Indeed

Immigration agents have taken a heavy-handed approach to enforcing the law around the United States . . . . They are separating families and creating a heightened atmosphere of fear where many undocumented immigrants are retreating from society—avoiding work, not taking children to school or to medical appointments, and not reporting crimes. . . . City leaders are speaking out. Mayor Megan Barry wrote a letter to ICE decrying the agency’s detention tactics, and on Tuesday Metro Council is holding the second of three readings of two bills that would change the way local public employees and officials interact with federal immigration agents. . . . The nation’s immigration system is broken. Laws must be enforced, but tearing communities apart is not the way to get the job done. – Nashville Must Put the Feds in Check on Immigration, Tennessean Editorial Board and the USA Today, David Plazas, 6/19/18 [Link]

Fact Check:  This commentary seems to regard any enforcement of immigration law as “heavy-handed.” Why should it be a problem if enforcement discourages illegal aliens from taking and holding American jobs? That is what the law requires. Also, it is not appropriate to keep illegal aliens from using tax-paid educational and medical services intended for American citizens.

The issue of enforcement separating families is one illegal alien advocates commonly raise to manipulate emotion and overshadow all other issues related to illegal immigration. One key point to consider is that domestic law enforcement commonly breaks up families, when it sends fathers, mothers and children to jail. This is the understood consequence of people breaking the law.

For illegal immigrants, the penalty they face is deportation if they have not committed other crimes which call for incarceration. Being deported doesn’t necessarily mean they will be separated from their families. They can choose to take their families home with them. In many other cases, they left their families at home when they came to the U.S. In these cases, deportation would promote family reunification.

Illegal alien advocates commonly claim, as does this editorial, that local enforcement of immigration law discourages illegal aliens from reporting crimes to police. But this claim seems to be more speculation than anything else. Considerable research and other data indicate otherwise.

The editorialist comes across as insincere when he says immigration laws must be enforced but not “tear communities apart.” Presumably he refers to communities of illegal aliens. If immigration laws are enforced those communities would come apart, and properly so, as their members are either deported or persuaded to return to their homelands.

Illegal alien advocates may pay lip service to the rule of law, but it becomes increasingly obvious that open borders are their real agenda.

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