Jul 20

Sanctuary Initiative on Oregon Ballot

An initiative to overturn Oregon’s sanctuary law protecting illegal aliens has qualified for the November ballot. If it prevails, it would be the first time such a law has been repealed. Californians tried last year to place an anti-sanctuary initiative on their state’s ballot, but their effort failed to gain the required number of signatures.

Read more at washingtontimes.com

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Jul 19

Immigration Needs Better Analysis

More Misinformation from the Media:

The immigration debate is about more than just policy. It’s about what it means to be an American, and whether that beacon of hope will continue to shine. . . . Much about the present moment is uniquely contentious. At the same time, these debates are consistent with our collective history. Immigration, especially in times of national challenge or unrest, has often met with fierce and ugly opposition. . . . Immigration has sometimes brought out the worst of our nation. Other times it has brought out the best as we have remembered what kind of country we claim and aspire to be. History demonstrates that when we have widened the circle of opportunity and welcomed new arrivals from beyond our shores, America has been made better and stronger. . . .

Research shows that immigrants are more likely than their American-born counterparts to start businesses. . . .  In our present difficult moment, it is important to reflect on our history and remember how much America has benefitted by choosing to embrace, rather than exclude, immigrants from a diverse range of backgrounds. – Immigrants Helped Build Our Nation. We Need to Embrace Them, Not Exclude Them, David Skorton, Opinion contributor, USA Today, 7/4/18 [link]

Fact Check: This article uses deceptive tactic immigration enthusiasts commonly use. It manipulates sentiment about immigration to deflect any critical and intelligent analysis of immigration policy. Let’s concede that immigration can bring some benefits to our country. But does this mean that it is always beneficial, regardless of the numbers and diversity and regardless of the time and context? That is like saying that fire is beneficial. Really? It depends on whether you’re talking about a pleasantly warming flame in a hearth, or a raging forest fire.

One can acknowledge immigration helped to build America in the 19th century when we were a frontier land of wide open spaces. But today America is built and developed, so why do we need to keep on admitting massive numbers of builders?

Skorton claims that opposition to immigration has been ugly. He should concede that support for mass immigration—particularly today—is most ugly as it proceeds from greedy “conservatives” who want an endless supply of cheap labor and power-seeking “progressives” who want cheap votes. Their disreputable agendas truly reflect “the worst of our nation.”

Skorton says we should look to what history “demonstrates” with respect to immigration. An outstanding example which seems to have escaped his attention is the aftermath of our country shutting down mass immigration in 1924. Following that step the wages of workers rose, and immigrants were able to rise into the middle class—a process which greatly enabled them to assimilate into our society. If we could only learn from this history, we would cut mass immigration and enjoy the same benefits.

The claim that immigrants are more entrepreneurial than native-born Americans is a commonly tossed cliché of immigration enthusiasts. It’s one that doesn’t square with statistics from the Census Bureau which show that immigrants and natives are self-employed at almost exactly the same rate. Another of their clichés is that the diversity we get from immigration strengthens our society.

Robert Putnam, a prominent sociologist and supporter of diversity, decided to test this theory. As he compiled his research he found to his dismay that the most diverse communities were the ones most lacking in civic ties and a sense of common purpose. Common sense could have told him what his studies revealed.

Immigration is a crucial issue in our society, and it deserves intelligent analysis. Sadly, that is seldom seen in the corporate “mainstream” media.

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Jul 18

Trump: The Solution Is Not to Come

When asked about the a solution to the problem of children accompanying  illegal aliens who come to the U.S., President Trump responded,  “Well, I have a solution. Tell people not to come to our country illegally. That’s the solution. Don’t come to our country illegally. Come like other people do. Come legally.”
A reporter then inquired, “Is that what you’re saying? You’re punishing the children?” Trump replied, “I’m saying this very simply: We have laws. We have borders. Don’t come to our country illegally. It’s not a good thing.”
Read more at cnn.com

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Jul 17

Many Children Needed Separation

The Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Homeland Security ((DHS) say that nearly half of the young children taken into custody after crossing the border needed to be separated from the adults who brought them. Some of those adults were not the children’s parents, and others had criminal records and posed a danger to the children. DHS cited “many instances where human traffickers have used children to cross the border to gain illegal entry.

Read more at dailymail.co.uk

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Jul 16

Trump Warns Europeans

President Trump warned European leaders that they had “better watch themselves” because mass immigration is “changing the culture of Europe.” He added that, “I think it’s a very negative thing for Europe. I think it is very negative. And I know it’s politically necessary correct to say that, but I’ll say it, and I’ll say it loud.”

Read more at washingtonpost.com

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Jul 13

House Dems Move to Abolish ICE

A group of Democratic House members are supporting legislation to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the federal agency that does interior enforcement of U.S. immigration law. A strong supporter of this plan is Sean McElwee, co-founder of Data for Progress and originator of the slogan, “Abolish ICE.”

Said McElwee, ” Now that we have clear consensus that ICE must be abolished, it’s time for a discussion about a humane enforcement system. That means the ending the criminalization of migration, creating a fast path to citizenship, limiting the scope of CBP’s enforcement, and ending our inhumane immigration detention system. The existence if the legislation proves that within the Democratic Party there is some interest in moving away from pandering to white supremacy.

Read more at washingtonpost.com

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Jul 12

Illegal Entry Should Be Punished

More Misinformation from the Media

The new and bewildering policies of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement seem more aimed at punishing people simply for being in this country illegally, as opposed to going after truly bad people who deserve to be removed. . . .

Does the nation benefit by forcing people whose only crimes were overstaying visas or entering the country illegally—the two most frequent immigration violations—to separate from their families? Until last year, ICE officers were forbidden by government order from arresting immigrants for either violation. Criminals were supposed to be the priority. – Immigration Crackdown Bypasses Criminals to Punish Family Breadwinners, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Editorial, 3/22/18 [link]

Fact Check: What is bewildering is why anyone thinks there’s something wrong with punishing foreigners with the penalty, proscribed by our law, of deportation. Even if they are relatively nice people, they are just as deserving of deportation as “truly bad people.” Illegal immigration, contrary to what they suggest, is not a victimless crime. Staying in America illegally for any length of times usually entails the violation of multiple laws, and many of them harm American citizens.

Among these violations are taking American jobs, using programs and public assistance at the expense of native-born citizens, tax evasion, and identity theft to create false IDs. Unchecked illegal immigration, in general, creates an atmosphere of lawlessness, which undermines our country’s rule of law.

The claim about “separating families” is the mantra illegal alien advocates use to manipulate emotion and sentiment in favor of their cause. The reality is that illegal aliens commonly separate themselves from the families they leave back home, and in some cases abandon them completely. In the case where they have family members in the U.S., those relatives can go back home with them if they are deported.

When President Obama was in office he used his authority to curtail immigration law enforcement. Now that President Trump is reversing that policy and enforcing the law, illegal alien advocates are outraged.     If they think that the penalty of deportation for most illegal residence is wrong, they should have the honesty to call for its repeal. Also, for the sake of consistency, they should call for the end of the United States as a sovereign country. That is what abolition of almost all immigration law enforcement implies.

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Jul 11

Immigrants Take Jobs from U.S. Teens

A study by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) reveals that immigration (legal and illegal) is having a negative impact of the employment of U.S. teenagers. The study notes that:

“The share of U.S.-born teenagers (16 to 19) in the labor force — working or looking for work — in the summer has been declining for more than two decades, long before the downturn that began in 2007. We project that things will improve only slightly this summer. At the same time as teenage employment has declined, the overall number of immigrants (legal and illegal) holding a job has more than doubled. The evidence indicates that immigration has likely accounted for a significant share of the decline in teen labor force participation. The decline in teen work is worrisome because research shows that those who do not hold jobs as teenagers often fail to develop the work habits necessary to function in the labor market, creating significant negative consequences for them later in life.”

Read more at cis.org

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Jul 10

Trump Nominates Kavanaugh

President Trump nominated Judge Brent Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy. In his written opinions Kavanaugh has indicated sympathy for enforcement of immigration law and the belief that immigration restriction serves to protect American workers.

Read more at breitbart.com

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Jul 09

Abolish ICE Means Abolish Borders

The movement among Democrats to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is one that conceals its real objective, says Mark Krikorian, who heads the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS).

He notes, “The point of abolishing ICE is to end all non-criminal deportations of illegal aliens. That would mean that every foreigner who manages to slip past the Border Patrol or who overstays a visa would be permitted to stay forever, so long as he isn’t convicted of an especially heinous crime.

“That would render our entire body of immigration law meaningless. The numerical caps on various categories and the requirements to qualify would be irrelevant because there be no agency to enforce them. #AbolishICE means nothing if not unlimited immigration and open borders.”

Read more at thehill.com

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