Feb 13

States Target Sanctuary Cities

Following the lead of President Trump’s stand against sanctuary cities, political leaders in several states are considering legal action against municipalities within their boundaries that have sanctuary policies. A sanctuary city is one that refuses to cooperate with federal immigration law enforcement to remove illegal aliens. The states are Texas, Colorado, Ohio, Maine, and Alaska.

Read more at washingtonexaminer.com.

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Feb 13

ICE Raids Net Illegal Alien Criminals, Spark Protests

Amid howls of protest by Hispanic advocacy groups and left-wing politicians, agents of the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency apprehended and detained hundreds of criminal illegal aliens last week and began to process them for deportation as part of Operation Cross Check.  But the operation still falls far short of capturing the hundreds of thousands of known criminal aliens still at large.

Cristina Jimenez, executive director of United We Dream was one of many Hispanic leaders who criticized efforts to expel criminal aliens.  “Our community has seen an increase of ICE activity where we have heard ICE agents are going to people’s homes and detaining people,” she said.

ICE said it conducted operations in several states and arrested 200 people, the majority of whom had criminal convictions. The agency said the arrests were part of a targeted operation that is routinely done by its fugitive operations team. During such operations the agency may also arrest other people who may have violated immigration laws, the agency said.

But ICE has much more work to do.  Every year, federal immigration authorities release into the U.S. population foreign nationals convicted of crimes — including murder — both because the U.S. Supreme Court has prohibited indefinite detention or because their home countries refuse to take them back even after immigration judges have ordered deportation.

At least 121 killings within a four-year span were carried out by convicted immigrants who were not deported, according to a 2015 U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee report.

“This disturbing fact follows ICE’s admission that, of the 36,007 criminal aliens it released from ICE custody in Fiscal Year 2013, 1,000 have been re-convicted of additional crimes in the short time since their release,” according to the report.

The Committee revealed that 121 immigrant convicts were charged with homicide following their release from ICE custody between 2010 and 2014. It also noted that in 2014, ICE released 2,457 immigrant convicts because of the Supreme Court ruling prohibiting detention of deportable foreign nationals beyond six months.

In a speech in Phoenix during the campaign, presidential candidate Donald Trump vowed to deport immigrant criminals regardless of whether their countries agreed to take them back.

“There are at least 23 countries that refuse to take their people back after they’ve been ordered to leave the United States,” Trump said. “Including large numbers of violent criminals. They won’t take them back. So we say, ‘Okay, we’ll keep them.’ Not going to happen with me, not going to happen with me.”

One possible way to convince foreign countries to  accept their native citizens after committing crimes in the U.S. would be to deny future visas to citizens from countries reluctant to take back deportable nationals.  But so far, President Trump has made no announcement of such a policy.

 

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Feb 12

USA TODAY Gives Illegal Aliens Advice on ICE Raids

USA TODAY, one of the nation’s largest newspapers, Saturday published a helpful article for illegal aliens worried about the ICE arrests being carried out across the nation entitled: “What to do if immigration officers come knocking at your door.”  The article reproduces, in Spanish and English, material from pro-illegal groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), United We Dream, and the Immigrant Defense Project, offering legal advice to illegals if they are the subject of raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  Advice such as: do not open the door, ask to see a warrant, remain silent and do not sign anything until you speak to a lawyer, do not give ICE your passport, etc.

In efforts to advance or to stop the alien invasion, there can be no doubt on which side the MSM labors:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/02/11/immigration-raid-ice-immigration-and-customs-enforcement/97791700/

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Feb 11

Enforcement of Immigration Law Resumes With Raids Across Nation

Illegal aliens realized the Obama era was over as U.S. immigration officers arrested hundreds of illegals in raids across the nation this week.  On Jan. 26, President Trump issued an executive order instructing agents to enforce the laws, reversing Obama orders preventing immigration agents from deporting most illegals.

The raids targeted known criminals, but also netted some illegals without criminal records, leading to howls of protest from alien rights activists and weepy news stories in the pro-alien media.

Source:  http://www.dallasnews.com/news/immigration/2017/02/10/trump-order-immigration-agents-raid-target-rich-communities-texas-elsewhere

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Feb 11

Trump: I Won’t Let America’s Enemies Use Our Immigration System to Harm Us

President Trump, in his weekly radio address, maintained his determination to protect Americans from foreign enemies who seek to exploit a generous immigration and refugee system to insert terrorists into the United States:  “My administration is committed to your security … we will continue to fight to take all necessary and legal action to keep terrorists, radical and dangerous extremists from ever entering our country.  We will not allow our generous system of immigration to be turned against us as a tool for terrorism…. We must take firm steps today to ensure that we are safe tomorrow.”

The President told reporters Friday he was mulling a “brand new order” on immigration as his original executive order faces further delay on appeal: “We need speed for reasons of security…”

Source:  http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/319064-trump-immigration-cant-be-turned-against-us

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Feb 10

Kristol Says U.S. Workers Are ‘Lazy’

Bill Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard, stated during a public discussion that “[I]f things are so bad . . . with the white working class, don’t you want to get new Americans in?” He said we should welcome immigrants as workers because native-born workers have become “decadent, lazy [and] spoiled.” Kristol is a leader of the neo-conservative movement which commonly speaks of behalf of the business interests which want an endless stream of cheap foreign labor. Before making his remarks, Kristol stated that he hoped “this thing isn’t being videotaped or else shown anywhere.”

Read more at dailycaller.com.

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Feb 10

‘9th Circus’ Ignores Law to Fight Trump

The ultra-liberal U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, known as the Ninth Circus for its frequent record of being overturned by the Supreme Court, had to disregard settled basic law to uphold a Seattle federal district court judge’s restraining order on President Trump’s executive order halting admissions from seven Muslim nations.  Commentator Scott McKay notes that the district court’s ruling contained virtually no law and was based on the judge’s opinion that Trump’s order and rhetoric weren’t suitably PC.

McKay notes three legal rules that are inarguable.  First, that the U.S. Constitution vests plenary power in the President where foreign policy, which includes immigration, is concerned.  Statute makes that power clear, giving the President authority to prevent the entry of any aliens or class of aliens he finds detrimental to the interests of the U.S.

Second, there is no constitutional right of a foreign national to enter the U.S.  Any constitutional rights of aliens commence only upon their arrival in America.

Third, previous presidents have issued similar bans of travel from or to various nations based on their assessment of risk.

McKay suggests that Congress consider dividing the 9th Circuit.  Whatever the outcome of this case, “legislating” liberal judges at war with President Trump and Middle America may be heading the nation toward a constitutional crisis.

Read more here:  https://spectator.org/trump-the-9th/

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Feb 09

Immigration Binging Isn’t Good for Us

More Misinformation from the Media:

One aspect of Donald Trump that has particularly bothered me has been his denunciations of immigrants. . . . I hope . . . [to] make people realize that we are all the descendants of immigrants. If you are a Native American, maybe your ancestors came 15,000 years ago; if you are English, perhaps 400 years ago. . . .

Yes, immigration brings challenges, including security risks that we’ve seen with terrorism. Yes, there are challenges, with immigrants sometimes displacing low-skilled workers in particular. But above all, immigrants bring hard work, diversity, and global connections. On balance, they strengthen this country. So we can’t have open borders, but neither should we vilify immigrants and scapegoat them. Because they are us. Right, Mr. Trump? – Speaking the Truth to Trump on Immigration, The Opinion Pages, The New York Times, Nicholas Kristof, 1/18/17.

Fact Check: President Trump has never denounced vetted legal immigrants. However, he did state that some illegal aliens are dangerous criminals. Why that obviously true statement should be controversial is hard to understand. In any case, immigration enthusiasts have seized it for their purposes. As they so commonly do, they conflate legal and illegal immigrants as if there is no difference between the two. Their notion at least suggests that they have little regard for American law and sovereignty—which further suggests that they have little regard for America, at least as most citizens understand the meaning.

The claim “we are all immigrants,” or descended from immigrants, is not strictly true. By general understanding, an immigrant is one who moves to a settled society. The people who pioneered and settled it, as well as their descendants, technically aren’t immigrant stock. Those who settled and laid the foundation of what is today our country were primarily the English settlers of 400 years ago and for some time thereafter. This “Englishness” is evident in our language and much of our culture.

But even if one accepts the idea that we are all immigrants and their descendants, this in no way implies what the immigration enthusiasts insinuate, namely that we are forever bound as “a nation of immigrants”  to welcome the entire world to our shores. An analogy will illustrate. Let’s say that Joe applies for a job at the Acme Corporation. He informs the interviewer that he must be hired simply because he is applying. “After all,” he says, “nearly everyone here was once a job applicant like me, so Acme is a ‘company of job applicants’—so you must employ me.”

One might imagine that the interviewer would reply, “Acme doesn’t exist to hire people; it hires people to serve its corporate purposes such as providing quality products and making a profit.” Similarly, America as a nation, doesn’t exist to admit immigrants. It exists first and foremost to serve its citizens and its national interests. A reasonable level of immigration might serve those purposes, but unending mass immigration doesn’t and never will.

Kristof implies immigration-derived diversity is an unmitigated benefit, one that always “strengthens this country.” But is diversity always good? That’s like asking if alcohol is good. It depends on the amount. Some scientists say that a glass of wine a day will promote good health. But does that prove that binge drinking whiskey will make you even healthier?

Since 1965, the U.S. has binged on immigration and diversity, and the consequences have not been good. One confirmation of this reality came from Harvard sociologist Robert Putnam who extensively studied the impact of diversity in cities across the country. He found that the more diversity there was, the less social and civic cohesion there was—a situation which doesn’t bode well for our national future. As a supporter of diversity, he was bothered by his findings.

Kristof deserves credit for acknowledging that there at least some downsides to immigration and that keeping our borders totally open is not a good idea. Nevertheless, he seems far closer to that position than any understanding of the need to moderate excessive immigration. He and journalists like him are much more inclined to “vilify and scapegoat” immigration restrictionists than paying heed to their legitimate concerns.

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Feb 08

Senators Propose Legal Immigration Cut

Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA) have introduced legislation which would cut legal immigration in half. For the past two decades legal immigration has been at around a million a year, the highest sustained level in our history. Cotton said this reduction would benefit American workers. “We are taking action,” he affirmed, “to fix some of the shortcomings in our legal immigration system. Returning to our historically normal levels of legal immigration will help improve the quality of American jobs and wages.”

Read more at foxnews.com.

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Feb 07

Trump’s Immigration Orders In Line With Law and Tradition

 

President Donald Trump’s executive order to impose a temporary moratorium on admitting foreigners from seven Mideast countries was met with noisy howls of protests from the news media, Democrat politicians, and left-wing activists who charge that the order is not only contrary to America’s founding principles but also illegal.   In reality, the howlers are distorting the truth in both cases.

The truth is that America’s founders never intended the country to be a “nation of immigrants,” and in fact the U.S. has a long history of immigration restriction based on national origin.

In his “Notes on the State of Virginia,” Thomas Jefferson warned about letting in too many foreign citizens.  He said,  “They will bring with them the principles of the governments they leave, imbibed in their early youth; or, if able to throw them off, it will be in exchange for an unbounded licentiousness, passing, as is usual, from one extreme to another. It would be a miracle were they to stop precisely at the point of temperate liberty. These principles, with their language, they will transmit to their children. In proportion to their numbers, they will share with us the legislation. They will infuse into it their spirit, warp and bias its direction, and render it a heterogeneous, incoherent, distracted mass. ”

America was founded not by immigrants, but colonists who were mostly from the mother country of England.  They feared that foreign populations would distort the new country’s cultural heritage.

Alexander Hamilton wrote, “foreigners will generally be apt to bring with them attachments to the persons they have left behind; to the country of their nativity, and to its particular customs and manners. …  The influx of foreigners must, therefore, tend to produce a heterogeneous compound; to change and corrupt the national spirit; to complicate and confound public opinion; to introduce foreign propensities. In the composition of society, the harmony of the ingredients is all-important, and whatever tends to a discordant intermixture must have an injurious tendency.”

Other of America’s founders, including John Jay and George Washington, expressed similar sentiments.

As a result of these views, America often put strict controls on who could enter the country and who could become citizens.  America’s first naturalization law, The Naturalization Act of 1790, limited citizenship to “free white persons” of good character, and excluded American Indians, slaves, indentured servants, and free blacks.  It further specified that citizenship was not available to anyone “whose fathers have never been resident in the United States.” American Indians were not allowed to be citizens until 1924.

The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 prohibited immigration of all Chinese labor.  It was renewed in 1892 and again in 1902.

The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 codified what was called the National Origins Quota System, which imposed a quota on immigrants based on their country of origin.  It revised the 1924 system to allow for national quotas at a rate of one-sixth of one percent of each nationality’s population in the United States in 1920. As a result, 85 percent of the 154,277 visas available annually were allotted to individuals of northern and western European lineage.

Those American immigration traditions of restriction were not abandoned until relatively recently in our history.  In 1965 liberal Sen. Edward “Ted” Kennedy sponsored and arranged for passage of legislation signed by President Lyndon Johnson that repealed the traditional national origins system and opened America’s border to immigration from Asia, Africa and India.

Despite the noisy protests and false reports in the news media, President Trump’s executive order is no violation of federal law, which states, “Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.”

In 1982 the Supreme Court  ruled,  “an alien seeking initial admission to the United States requests a privilege and has no constitutional rights regarding his application, for the power to admit or exclude aliens is a sovereign prerogative.”

So when President Trump issues an order to protect Americans from alien terrorist attacks by temporarily suspending admission of a certain group of foreigners until the U.S. develops thorough vetting procedures to screen out potential terrorists, he is well within his authority granted by federal law, and his action is perfectly compatible with America’s long tradition of immigration restriction.

 

 

 

 

 

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