Mar 09

Pelosi: Illegal Aliens Make Us ‘More American’

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) harshly criticized the Trump Administration’s lawsuit against California for obstructing federal efforts to deport illegal aliens. She stated, “The people of California will not be bowed by the Trump Administration’s brazen aggression and intimidation tactics. California will continue to proudly keep our doors open to the immigrants who make America more American. We will fight this sham lawsuit and will fight all cowardly attacks on our immigrant communities.” Pelosi didn’t explain why it is “cowardly” to uphold the rule of law.

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Mar 08

Those Were Very Bad Bills

More Misinformation from the Media:

This is a tough topic, but it isn’t insolvable. In fact Congress came up with logical solutions twice in the past 11 years but each time lacked the political resolve to turn decent bills into law.

In 2006 Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Ted Kennedy (D-MA) put partisanship aside and drafted a comprehensive immigration bill that required undocumented immigrants to pay a fine and back taxes to apply for a six-year worker visa. After that period, they could pay another fine to get a green card granting permanent residency, and ultimately apply for citizenship. The Senate passed the bill, but not the House.

In 2013, the so-called Gang of Eight, which included four Republican and four Democrat senators, drafted legislation that set up a 13-year path to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants. The bill also would strengthen border security, provide more green cards for both farm and high-tech workers, and step up prosecution of employers who exploit illegal residents. That bill died too.

Both failed efforts showed Congress can write effective immigration legislation, but can’t pass it. – Why Immigration Reform Is Impossible with Trump as President. Philadelphia Inquirer, Editorial, 10/1/17. [Link]

Fact Check: The bills mentioned were only “effective” as wish lists for mass immigration interests. The 2006 bill proposed to grant amnesty to most of the 12 million illegal aliens living in the U.S. at that time, and provide them a pathway to citizenship. It also proposed to increase legal immigration from a little more than one million a year to 2.5 million annually.

And what would have immigration control advocates gotten in return for these monumental concessions? Very little. One was a promise to build a 370-mile wall along the Mexican border, but it was just a promise without the appropriation of money to carry it out. Also before we built the wall we had to “consult” with Mexico.

In addition, there were some wrist-slap penalties for illegal aliens who applied for amnesty, such as having to pay fines and some of the taxes they avoided. At the time it appeared unlikely that the understaffed immigration service could have enforced these provisions very well after taking on a new caseload of millions.

The 2013 bill offered even more of a bonanza to the interests supporting mass immigration, specifically those seeking cheap labor and those seeking cheap votes. Like the 2006 bill, it proposed to give amnesty to perhaps ten million or more illegal aliens, thus rewarding them for breaking our laws with a pathway to citizenship. It also sought to boost legal immigration from one million a year to two million for the first decade after passage and to 1.5 million thereafter.

As icing on the cake for cheap labor seekers, it proposed a sharp expansion of H-1B visas to allow foreign workers to take skilled jobs in the U.S.—which would have denied employment to skilled Americans.  Also, it would have increased low-skilled visas for foreign workers, thus harming Americans are the other end of the economic spectrum. The only redeeming feature of the bill, thrown in as a sop to immigration restrictionists, was making the E-Verify system mandatory to deter hiring of illegal aliens,

There was little “decency” about these bills. They were heavy-handed attempts to make immigration policy even more captive to vested interests. President Trump’s proposals for immigration control have their flaws, but at least they acknowledge that legal immigration, now running at the highest sustained level in our history, should be reduced. Further, they offer effective steps to deal with illegal immigration. Any bill lacking these provisions is not genuine reform.

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Mar 07

DOJ Sues California

The Department of Justice has sued the state of California for its obstructions of federal immigration law enforcement. Attorney General Jeff Sessions stated, “The Department of Justice and the Trump Administration are going to fight these unjust, unfair, and unconstitutional policies.” California Gov. Jerry Brown replied that the DOJ’s move to uphold the rule of law would “further divide and polarize America.”


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Mar 06

Mayor Seeks Funds to Hinder Deportation

San Francisco’s interim mayor Mark Farrell announced that the city aims to spend a large sum of taxpayers’ money to provide legal defense for every individual Trump Administration seeks  to deport as an illegal alien. He will seek $7 million from state sources and $3.5 million from the city. Said Farrell, “We are in unprecedented territory here. [Trump] is targeting our immigrant community, here in San Francisco. We are not going to stand for that.”

He didn’t explain what what is “unprecedented” about federal immigration authorities trying to enforce the law or why its wrong to target foreigners for deportation who are residing in our country illegally.


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Mar 05

ICE Likens Mayor to ‘Gang Lookout’

Although Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf alerted illegal aliens in her city to an upcoming ICE raid, ICE was still able to arrest 232 of them. Among those arrested, said the enforcement agency, were 115 who “had prior felony convictions for serious or violent offenses, such as child sex crimes, weapons charges and assault, or had past convictions for significant or multiple misdemeanors.”

Schaaf defended her decision to safeguard criminals in her city by saying that “I did what was right for my community as well as protect public safety. People should be able to live without fear or panic and know their rights and responsibilities.”

Acting ICE Director Tom Homan harshly criticized her action, “What she did is no better than a gang lookout yelling ‘police’ when a police cruiser comes in the neighborhood, except she did this to a whole community. This beyond the pale.” He estimated that as many as 800 illegal aliens were able to escape because of her warning.


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Mar 02

California Ranked Last

A study by U.S. News and World Report lists California as the state with the worst “quality of life” in the nation. This is interesting in light of the claim by immigration advocates that immigration always brings  economic and cultural enrichment. If that were true, California–with the highest number and percentage of immigrants–one would think the state would be near the top. Actually, by general consensus, it did have an excellent quality of life–before mass immigration.

Two of the categories in the study were the environment, which is stressed by immigration-fueled population growth, and social engagement which suffers from excessive diversity stemming from immigration.


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Mar 01

Yes, Let’s Cut Legal Too

More Misinformation from the Media:

For years, immigration hard-liners have argued that they have no complaint about legal immigration. It’s the law-breakers who get under their skin. Some no doubt still feel that way. But its’ becoming apparent that for many, legal immigration needs shrinking too. . . .

That’s unfortunate. Immigrants represent a net gain for America—they’re far more likely to start businesses than native-born residents, for instance, and immigration helps sustain economic growth by adding to the population of both producers and consumers.

Most of all, immigration is something to be celebrated in a liberty-loving country. The effort to stifle immigration is, at bottom, nothing but a big-government attempt to control both the hiring decisions of business managers and the free movement of people across political boundaries. America needs at least one party to argue that isn’t a government job. – Editorial: It’s Immigration, Not Just Illegal Immigration, After All, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Our Opinion, 1/13/18 [Link]

Fact Check: The national organizations promoting immigration control have always advocated cuts to legal immigration as well as steps to stop illegal immigration. Legal immigration has “needed shrinking” for quite some time. For the past 25 years it has averaged more than one million a year, the highest sustained level in our history. Mass immigration made some sense in the 19th century when our country was undeveloped, but it makes little sense today in a country which is full and developed.

Immigration pushers never tire of claiming that immigrants are more likely to start businesses than natives. But statistics from the Census Bureau show that natives and immigrants are in business for themselves at about the same rate. Adding more people to our population may increase the size of the economy, but it does not necessarily increase per capita income—the most pertinent measure of economic benefit. If lots of people alone make a country rich, then Bangladesh would be a very wealthy country.

Many people don’t like “big government,” but it’s hard to fault government for carrying out its proper functions, one of which is to secure our border. Without a border we don’t have a country. What the editors of the Times-Dispatch propose as the “free movement of people” is simple anarchy. Such “free movement” would deny the freedom of liberty-loving American citizens to decide what kind of country they want to have. And if we are to have a country, it is not unreasonable for Americans to insist that business managers hire legal residents.

If the Times-Dispatch editors really believe what they claim, they should be honest enough to admit that the concepts of nation and patriotism have no meaning for them. Sadly, it seems they’ve been sniffing the fumes of libertarian lunacy.

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Feb 28

CA Leaders Vow Defiance of ICE

California’ Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom has urged local leaders in California to follow the example of Oakland’s Mayor Libby Scghaaf who believes in warning illegal aliens of impending raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). As the San Francisco Chronicle observed, “Not only will Oakland and its police force not cooperate with ICE, but the city will actively seek to thwart efforts to detain and deport [illegal immigrants].”


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Feb 27

Kochs Call Illegal Aliens ‘Patriots’

The LIBRE Initiative is running ads calling DACA illegal aliens ‘patriots.’ Libre is backed by the Koch brothers, two “conservative” billionaires who support mass immigration. The ad narrated by a DACA illegal alien states, “We work hard, put food on the table, care for our families, and we pledge allegiance to this flag. We are patriots. We are DREAMers.”


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Feb 26

California Refutes Prosperity Claim

A common claim of immigration pushers is that immigration always creates prosperity. A good reply is the state of California. As the state with the highest number and percentage of immigrants, it certainly should be showing the enriching effects of immigration. It hasn’t.

An article exploring this reality recently appeared on The American Thinker website by Spencer Morrison. Its entitled, “If Immigration Creates Wealth, Why is California America’s Poverty Capital?”


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