May 04

Progressives Go Over The Cliff

More Misinformation from the Media:

San Francisco is one of the most progressive cities in the nation, especially when it comes to national immigration. We believe so much in the natural right of people to join us here in America that we fought to keep our status as a sanctuary city, even in the face of being federally defunded for it. We pride ourselves on our rejection of plans to tighten immigration controls and deport undocumented immigrants. . . . If we in San Francisco so strongly believe that national immigration is a human right, then it seems strange to block migration into our own neighborhoods. –  SF Supports Immigrants—Just Not into our Neighborhoods, San Francisco Chronicle, Vincent Woo, 12/12/16. Link here.

Fact Check: Progressive is a fine sounding word, but it only has value in terms of where its progress goes. Progress over a cliff is no good at all, and the same may be said of the political label “progressive,” which is really just another name for radical left-wing ideology. One thing nearly all progressives agree upon is unswerving devotion to mass immigration.

According to author Woo, it is a “natural right” for anyone who wants to come to move here. Really? And just where does this alleged right come from? Mainly, it seems, from the thin air of their rarified ideology. To the contrary, rights that are real and down-to-earth are those of American citizens who are constitutionally entitled to decide what kind of society they wish to have. And this most definitely includes the right to maintain their national character and way of life.

With no restrictions on immigration we certainly would lose any semblance of what America is today, and the change most definitely would not be for the better. An international Gallup poll found that 150 million foreigners would like to move to the United States. Because they would no doubt bring their immediate family members with them, as well as some extended family members, the total of arrivals could reach half-a-billion.

Can any reasonable person imagine that an inundation of this magnitude—or even close to it—would not be a disaster for us? What would it do to our environment, the economic prospects of our working people, and our national cohesion?

Progressives ignore these questions for what appear to be two reasons. Many of them, with their upper-class status, live in gilded ghettos far removed from the maddening diversity they wish to inflict on everyone else. They can live in dream worlds because they can afford them. Other progressives, of the more hard-core variety, are far more sinister. They know full well that mass immigration brings distress and upheaval, and that’s precisely why they support it. With society in chaos, they can advance their revolutionary agenda—a strategy documented by author William Hawkins in his book Importing Revolution.

In any case, Vincent Woo deserves credit for calling the first group of progressives to live up to their professed ideals. He notes that many of them in San Francisco use various legal ordinances to keep diversity out of their neighborhoods. One hopes his idea will catch on. If progressives have to experience what they advocate, they might stop being progressives.

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May 03

Budget Bill Expands Foreign Worker Visas

The federal budget bill, now before Congress, has a provision to add as many as 20,000 foreign blue-collar workers under the H-2B visa program. They will compete with American workers for jobs. Cheap labor interests worked to include this provision in the budget.

Read more at breitbart.com.

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May 02

Pro-Immigrant Protests Across Nation on May Day

Leftists demonstrated across the nation on Monday to protest President Trump’s pledged crackdown on illegal immigration.  Strikes, marches and rallies were held in Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Washington, Seattle, New York and dozens of other cities.  

In Portland, the protests turned into a violent riot, with fires set, a police car burned, and windows broken.

Read more here:  http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/may/1/may-day-protests-turn-violence/

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May 01

Ag Secretary Pushes Cheap Labor Agenda

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says President Trump will not challenge the status quo of agriculture using illegal aliens for a large share of its workforce. According to Perdue, Trump “understands that there are . . . undocumented [i.e., illegal] immigrant laborers, out here on the farms, many of them that are doing a great job, contributing to the economy of the United States.” He added that sending these illegal aliens home “is not his focus nor will be my focus.”

Breitbart News points out that that these statements ignore the growing potential of mechanization to perform farm work. This transition would be of great social and economic benefit to the U.S., says Breitbart, but agricultural interests prefer the easier route of cheap and abundant illegal labor.

Read more at breitbart.com.

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Apr 28

Trump Base Concerned About Wall Delay.

Many of President Trump’s supporters are concerned about his apparent decision to delay construction of a wall on the Mexican border. That was one of his leading promises during the presidential campaign. Some observers believe that, for now at least, the base is more angry at the Republican establishment for the delay than at the president.

Read more at vanityfair.com.

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Apr 27

Agriculture Can Survive Without Illegals

More Misinformation from the Media:

President Donald Trump’s hard line against immigrants in the U.S. illegally has sent a chill through the nation’s agricultural industry. . . . Immigrants working illegally in this country accounted for about 46 percent of America’s roughly 800,000 crop workers in recent years. . . . The American Farm Bureau Federation say strict immigration enforcement would raise food prices 5 to 6 percent because of a drop in supply and because the higher costs farmers could face. . . . [Agricultural employers] say that U.S.-born workers have little interest in [farm labor]. . . . While lobbying for visa and immigration reforms, agricultural workers are also looking into contingency plans such as mechanization or a switch to less labor-intensive crops. – Farmers Fear Losing immigrant Workers Under Trump Crackdown, The Washington Post, Andrew Selsky/AP. [link here]

Fact Check: This article, like many of its kind, gives the impression that our agriculture would collapse if it were not for illegal aliens. Actually, illegal aliens are not much involved in the leading crops of the U.S. farm economy, wheat, cotton, corn, soybeans, alfalfa/hay, and sorghum. Production of these crops is largely automated.

Other crops, however, still require significant manual labor, and many illegal aliens are involved in their production. Examples are apples, oranges, grapes, tomatoes, cherries, and avocados. But does this mean that illegal immigration is the only way we can ensure that they are grown and harvested? Are there any other options? Articles like this one mention such possibilities, but then try to claim that they are not feasible.

One is for farmers to raise the wages of their workers so that more U.S. residents would be willing to do them. The standard reply is that hardly anyone in the U.S. will do this work, even for higher pay and even if they did, that would drive up our food prices.

It is true that agricultural work is not something a lot of U.S. residents like to do, but to say that none will is an overstatement. After all, as this article concedes, the majority of current crop workers (54 percent) are either native-born Americans or legal immigrants. If illegal aliens were mostly eliminated, as the article notes, food prices would go up around 6 percent. But that is just temporary. In the long run, according to an Iowa State estimate, the increase would only be three percent.

That would not be a bad deal, given the overall costs of illegal immigration. Many believe that most illegal aliens are farm workers. But that is far from true, as only about five percent of them are. In reality, most don’t like the demands of farm work much more than natives. Commonly they move on from agriculture to other work in the U.S. When they leave the fields, this creates an employment vacuum which entices another surge of illegal entrants.

It’s time to break this cycle. If we can’t find enough U.S. residents to do existing farm jobs, there are still other options. Two are mentioned in passing at the end of the Post’s article. One is farmers simply switching to less labor-intensive corps. The other is mechanization. Labor-saving farm technology has made great advances in recent years. What significantly holds it back is continued reliance on illegal alien labor.

Until mechanization reaches its full potential, farmers can rely on existing guest workers programs to bring in laborers legally. Many farmers claim that the programs are too encumbered with red tape. If that is the case, they might lobby to make them easier to use.

Without a doubt there are better ways to produce and harvest crops than allowing wholesale violation of our immigration laws. But you would never know it by reading the common take on this subject in the corporate media.

 

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Apr 27

Judge Who Blocked Trump Sanctuary City Order Exposed As Obama Bundler

Federal Judge William Orrick III, who on Tuesday blocked an executive order signed by President Trump dealing with sanctuary cities, has been revealed to be a major donor and fundraiser for former President Obama who appointed him to the bench.

Orrick’s ruling blocked the Trump administration from denying federal funds to sanctuary cities San Francisco and Santa Clara.  Orrick raised at least $200,000 for Obama.

Read more here:  http://freebeacon.com/politics/judge-who-blocked-trumps-executive-order-obama-bundler/

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Apr 26

Judge Rules against Trump

U.S. District Judge William Orrick issued a preliminary injunction against President Trump’s executive order threatening to cut federal funds to sanctuary cities. President Trump called the ruling “ridiculous,” and promised to take the case to the Supreme Court if that becomes necessary to uphold his order.

Read more at ap.org.

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Apr 25

ICE Raids in Texas Net 95 Illegals

Federal officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs enforcement (ICE) arrested 95 criminal aliens and other illegal aliens throughout Southeast Texas during a five-day enforcement action which ended Friday.  All of the foreigners targeted by ICE had prior criminal convictions.  82 of the 95 arrested had criminal histories that included homicide, aggravated assault, child abuse, DUI, drug trafficking, larceny, weapons possession, and illegal entry.

Read more at ice.gov.

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Apr 24

Illegals Get Green Light in New York

The Brooklyn, New York, district attorney is one government official willing to admit he wants to release criminal illegal aliens into the general U.S. population.

Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said in a statement that he intends to protect some illegal alien criminals from deportation.

“Now more than ever, we must ensure that a conviction, especially for a minor offense, does not lead to unintended and severe consequences like deportation, which can be unfair, tear families apart and destabilize our communities and businesses,” he said. “I am committed to equal and fair justice for all Brooklyn residents – citizens, lawful residents and undocumented immigrants alike.”

In other words, he thinks illegal aliens should not have to obey all the laws, even though under federal law, lawful residents, including green card holders, can be deported following convictions or guilty pleas, even for minor offenses.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said that all illegal aliens could face deportation, whether or not they commit additional crimes while in the U.S.

The Brooklyn DA’s office has hired two immigration attorneys to counsel staff on immigration law and to help illegals avoid detection and deportation by the federal government.

The DA’s announcement came as Mayor de Blasio continues to assert that New York City will remain a sanctuary city, despite threats of loss of funding under the Trump administration.

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