Jan 16

CEOs Support Amnesty

More than 100 CEOs of U.S. companies have urged Congress to pass an amnesty for illegal aliens in the DACA category. In a letter to House and Senate leaders, the CEOs stated that failure to legislate this amnesty would “[create] an impending crisis for workforces across the country.” Critics charge that the “crisis” they far is less access to cheap labor.

Read more at fnewsus.com.

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Jan 15

ICE Steps Up Business Inspections

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is stepping up inspections of businesses suspected of hiring illegal aliens. The agency recently targeted 100 stores around the country.  Top ICE official Derek Benner said that the inspections will continue and will increase. He added that “It’s not going to be limited to big companies or any particular industry. ” The Trump Administration’s expansion of immigration law enforcement has increased deportation arrests by 40 percent.

Read more at apnews.com.

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Jan 12

Non-Citizens Commit More Federal Crimes

A study by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) found that non-citizens (legal and illegal immigrants) are proportionately more likely to commit federal crimes than native-born Americans. Non-citizen adults are 8.6 percent of the U.S. population, but they are 21 percent of the total of the people convicted for non-immigration crimes.

The author of the study, Steve Camarota,  notes that most crimes are committed at the state and local levels, but it is hard to obtain good data at those levels on the participation on non-citizens. In any case, says Camarota, federal law enforcement is “still enormous.”

Read more at cis.org.

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Jan 11

What’s Wrong with Enforcement?

More Misinformation from the Media:

Is this what immigration enforcement looks like? A dozen workers waiting on the side of the road to be hauled off to who-knows where, while police crack jokes at their expense?

Earlier this year, a Maine State Police trooper pulled over a van alongside Interstate 295. Suspecting the occupants were in the country illegally, the trooper called U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, then waited along with another trooper for ICE to arrive. In the end, the driver and one of the passengers were arrested, and it appears some of the other passengers were detained by federal agents. The stop took two hours . . . .

These were workers not criminals, presumably valued by their employer. They are thousands of miles from home, because this is where the opportunity is, and because the United States for decades has welcomed the contributions of undocumented workers but not provided them a reasonable path to  citizenship. Now after a sudden shift in policy by a scapegoating president, their lives can change forever because of a traffic stop, whisked away by federal agents and given few rights. — Our View: Immigration Policy Takes a Turn for the Worse, The Editorial Board, Portland Press Herald (ME), 12/22/17 [Link]

Fact Check: If this is what immigration law enforcement is like, what’s wrong with it? Why should the editorialists of the Press Herald object to the laws of our country being enforced? Evidently they don’t believe that immigration laws are legitimate, as evidenced by their claim that the illegal aliens arrested were “not criminals.” It may be that they have violated civil rather than criminal statues, but they are still lawbreakers (and therefore criminals). The penalty for their crime is deportation.

The editorialists say that “we” welcomed “undocumented workers.” And just who is this “we?” Certainly it isn’t most Americans, particularly those who have had to compete with them for jobs. Who are they then? Prominent among them are businessmen seeking cheap labor, politicians seeking cheap votes, and journalists seeking to serve one or both of these selfish interest groups.

Even more outrageous is the claim that people who are in our country illegally are somehow entitled to “a reasonable path to citizenship.” If the Press Herald editorialists believe that citizenship should be a reward for lawbreaking, they have a very low view of the significance and meaning of our citizenship.

It would be nice if these editorialists, and many other apologists for illegal immigration, could be more honest about what they believe. As they apparently believe that our immigration laws and citizenship are unimportant, it is reasonable to conclude they don’t think our country is very significant either—that it is just a territory without any form or character where anyone can come and go for any reason. They won’t make a statement so blunt because they know it would spark outrage from genuine Americans.


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Jan 10

Will Trump Fold on Immigration?

Supporters of genuine immigration reform were disturbed by his recent statement that there might be a two-phased immigration agreement. He seemed to suggest that an amnesty for the DACA illegal aliens could pass first and then reforms such as ending chain migration and building a border wall.

The obvious problem with such an approach is that if the amnesty passes, reformers will lose any leverage to get the reforms they want. The outcome would be a repeat of the 1986 immigration bill. That legislation granted amnesty to three million illegal aliens, but once the amnesty advocates got what they wanted they did not carry out their promises to beef up immigration law enforcement.

Read more at abcnews.com.

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Jan 09

DHS to End Salvadoran TPS

In 2001 the U.S. government allowed 250,000 El Salvadorans to settle in the U.S. following a major earthquake in that country. They were permitted to stay under a policy called Temporary Protected Status (TPS). As its name states, TPS is supposed to be temporary. After conditions in their home countries improve, TPS recipients are supposed to return.

After seventeen years the Salvadorans are still here–long after the impact of the earthquake subsided. For this reason the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that the Salvadorans must leave by September 2019 if they cannot find another way to maintain their legal status.

Read more at cnn.com.

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Jan 08

Poll: Most Americans Want Less Immigration

A recent Pulse Opinion Research Poll told asked Americans what they thought the proper level of legal immigration should be. The poll informed them that the current level of immigration is around one million a year.

Twenty-two percent said none at all, 23 percent said 250,000, and 15 percent said 500,000–making a total of 60 percent who believe that the current level should at least be cut in half. Fifteen percent said that we should continue to admit one million a year, and twelve percent more said the total should be more than that. The remaining people people surveyed said they were not sure what the annual level of immigration should be.

Read more at breitbart.com.

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Jan 05

U.S. Muslim Population Growing ‘Rapidly’

The Pew Research Center estimates that the U.S. Muslim population is growing at the rate of about 100,000 per year. According to the center, the number of Number of Muslims legally residing in the U.S. grew from 3.31 million in 2016 to 3.45 million in 2017.  Muslim advocacy groups, such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations, maintain that the total of Muslims is significantly higher, between 6 and 8 million. There is general agreement on the reasons why the Muslim population is growing: immigration and a high Muslim birth rate.

Read more at wnd.com.

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Jan 04

Natives Can Manage Motels

More Misinformation from the Media

About two-thirds of the 1 million people granted permanent residence in the US each year come from all over the world based on family connections. But there might be a negative impact of halting family-based migration.

“If you get rid of chain migration or limit it severely, you’re not just impacting the lives of immigrants, you’re actually impacting the US economy at large,” says Pawan Dhingra, sociology professor at Tufts University.

The motel industry is one example. Indian immigrants own half of the motels across America, despite making up just a small percentage of the population.

Dhingra says that immigrants can bring their extended family to the U.S. to help get small businesses off the ground, providing them with jobs while saving on labor expenses. – Putting an End to ‘Chain Migration’ Could Have a Negative Economic Impact, PRI, The World Staff, 12/12/17 [Link]

Fact Check: Think about what this piece is saying. Should we really be happy that immigrants have taken over half of the motels in America? Immigration advocates often tell us that Americans aren’t willing to pick strawberries in the hot sun for minimum wage. That may be true, but are we to believe that owning and running motels is also something too difficult and unpleasant for Americans to do?

Immigration advocates no doubt will claim that the success of Indian immigrants is due to their ability to compete and win in business. But is this competition fair, and does it really benefit native-born Americans? Chain migration is a policy which gives preference to family ties and connections for admission to the U.S.—rather than for skills and talents for our country.

Family ties in many foreign countries often mean intense family networking and nepotism. And when people from those countries settle here they compete as a group against Americans who tend to be more individualistic. Giving these immigrants further advantage is that they often come from cultures where cutting corners and shady dealings are accepted ways of doing business. Many charge that questionable practices are not uncommon among the Indian motel owners.

Even more unfair is that Indian and other Asian businessmen get preferential benefits from the Small Business Administration on the basis of affirmative action. Supposedly they are disadvantaged when in fact they have and their ancestors have faced no history of discrimination in the United States. Indian-American households earn almost twice the national average income.

Once again, do we really need immigrants to manage our motels? It’s a job a lot of native-born Americans probably would like to do. Cutting chain migration might give them the opportunity.

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Jan 03

ICE Director: Charge Sanctuary Officials with Crimes

The acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Thomas Homan, said that officials in sanctuary cities and states should be charged with crimes. His statement follows California officially becoming a sanctuary state by prohibiting police officers from assisting federal immigration law enforcement.

Homan noted, “The state of California better hang on tight because the smuggling organizations are using the sanctuary cities law. . . . More illegal aliens will be coming to California. More criminal aliens will be coming to California. So California bit off a lot more than they can chew.

Read more at dailycaller.com.

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