Aug 08

Chicago Sues to Defy Sanctuary Ban

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has filed suit against the Trump Administration’s plan to cut federal funding to sanctuary cities like Chicago that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration law enforcement. Sarah Flores, a spokeswoman for the Justice Department, replied to Emanuel’s action with the following statement, “In 2016, more Chicagoans were murdered in New York City and Los Angeles combined. So it’s especially tragic that the mayor is less concerned with that staggering figure than he is spending time and taxpayer money protecting criminal aliens and putting Chicago’s law enforcement at greater risk.”

Read more at foxnews.com.

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Aug 04

Trump Endorses RAISE Act

President Trump endorsed legislation which eventually would cut legal immigration in half. Legal immigration is now that the highest sustained level in our history at more than a million a year.

The legislation, introduced by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA), is called the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act. By cutting immigration, it aims to reduce competition for American jobs. Specifically, it would cut back on immigration based on family connections and favor applications from people with needed skills. “This legislation,” said President Trump, “demonstrates our compassion for struggling American families who deserve an immigration system that puts their needs first and that puts America first.”

Read more at nytimes.com.

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Aug 03

Mass Migration Is Not a Right

More Misinformation from the Media:

Migration is a human right. A person anywhere in the world has the right to migrate, just as there is free speech and free association. In fact, most other rights follow from the right to migrate. If governments are allowed to lock up people behind walls, then it’s only a matter of time before other rights will dissipate, too. If we do not recognize migration as an inviolable human right, and if we do not give up the idea of the wall, we are bound to lose human rights for all of us. [Link]

American citizenship, by having become associated with the hypernationalist project, will at first look enviable and untouchable, but ultimately will be cheapened as to be worth nothing. For the courts, as they face Trump’s assault, the challenge is clear: Do away with the plenary power doctrine and extend full constitutional rights to immigrants. Rights should depend on personhood not citizenship. . . . – Everyone’s Wrong on Immigration: Open Borders Are the Only Way to Defeat Trump and Build a Better World, Anis Shivani, Salon, 3/15/17

Fact Check: Anyone can claim anything is a human right. And diverse peoples have very diverse ideas as to what rights humans should possess. For a traditional American they are the rights embodied in our Constitution; for a devout Muslim the values embodied by Sharia Law. In either case, rights have no force or meaning unless codified into law upheld by a government.

Thus it is pointless to talk about rights without reference to the laws and values of different countries. In the United States, we believe that citizens have the right to decide what kind of society they want to have. And so they can decide whom to admit and whom to exclude. In effect, America is the private property of Americans, and property—in our American view—is a fundamental human right.

If Shivani thinks that migration is an “inviolable human right” would he be willing to allow migrants without limits to settle on his property and use his possessions? That’s basically what he’s asking America as a country to do.

The key issue is the rights of citizens. And Shivani understands this principle perfectly well, which is why he hopes to cheapen citizenship “as to be worth nothing.” He proposes to extend constitutional rights to everyone in the world. But the Constitution wasn’t intended for everyone. As its Preamble states, it is a document primarily upholding the laws and liberties of “We the People of the United States.” Constitutional rights extended outside this mooring and context, have no force or meaning.

The “right” of mass migration to the United States will not—in the long run—result in more freedom for anyone, native or immigrant. The chaos of clashing cultures and conceptions or rights will tear our society apart, unless an authoritarian government steps in to hold it together. This indeed is why many left-wing extremists push immigration. They see a chaotic society as opportunity to seize power.

Shivani may not be one of them, but it is clear that he is not a loyal American. Making our citizenship meaningless makes our country meaningless. Nevertheless, Shivani deserves credit for at least being honest enough to state clearly what he believes. A lot of immigration advocates seem to believe the same thing, but they hide their beliefs as a means to advance them.

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Aug 02

King: End Capitol Hill Sanctuary

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) has introduced legislation to empower Capitol Hill police to enforce immigration law. This would allow them to arrest illegal aliens who protest in Washington. Said King, “The Capitol Police, a federal law enforcement agency, do not have explicit statuary authority to enforce our immigration laws. Without clear authority, they are not investigating the immigration status of protesters opening claiming that they are here illegally while disrupting committee proceedings and shutting down congressional offices.” The congressman added that it makes no sense to seek an end to sanctuary cities when Capitol Hill offices “serve as sanctuaries for lawlessness.”

Read more at nationalexaminer.com.

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Aug 01

l8 Texas Sheriffs Join Immigration Enforcement Effort

Eighteen Texas sheriffs have signed up to participate in the federal program that checks the immigration status of inmates in county jails.  U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials announced the latest official partnership agreements for the 287(g) program on Monday.

Under the program, sheriff’s office personnel are trained so that people jailed locally and found to be in the country illegally can be held until federal agents decide if deportation is appropriate.  The 18 departments bring the number of ICE partnerships to 60 in the largest jump in participation in five years.  ICE officials said they plan to continue recruiting partners for the program.

The 287(g) program can be seen as the opposite of Sanctuary City programs where liberal local officials refuse to cooperate with ICE in removing illegal alien criminals from the U.S..

Source:  http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jul/31/18-texas-sheriffs-added-to-immigration-enforcement/

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Jul 31

Graham Challenges Voters to Remove Him

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), a long-time support of supporter of amnesty and mass immigration has challenged voters in his state who oppose this agenda. At a recent Capitol Hill press conference, Graham stated, “To the people who object to this, I don’t want you to vote for me because I cannot serve you well.” The senator said he wanted to be “fair” to the 11 million illegal aliens now living in the U.S. as well as increase legal immigration, now running at the highest sustained level in our country’s history.

Read more at breitbart.

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Jul 28

ICE Chief: Charge Sanctuaries with Smuggling

Thomas Homan, acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), has proposed that city leaders of sanctuary cities be charged with violation of federal anti-smuggling laws. He also stated that ICE will step up work site enforcement and increase deportations.

Read more at washingtontimes.com

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Jul 27

Cutting Immigration Is a Great Idea

More Misinformation from the Media:

President Trump’s “to do” list still includes cutting legal immigration. A Washington Post survey of 18 economists over the weekend found that 89 percent said that it was a terrible idea for Trump to curb immigration to the United States. . . . The bottom line is: The United States needs more workers. U.S. unemployment is at 4.4 percent. . . . That implies there aren’t many people struggling to find work. . . . From an economics standpoint, the key is to get more workers with the desired skills into the country. It’s why the tech industry is lobbying for more H-1B visas. . . . Carl Tannenbaum, chief economist at Northern Trust . . . is concerned . . . that the president’s anti-immigrant rhetoric and travel ban are already encouraging the best young minds in the world . . . to look elsewhere for their . . . early careers. – Cutting Legal Immigration 50 Percent Might Be Trump’s Worst Economic Idea, The Washington Post, Heather Long, 7/17/17. [Link]

Fact Check: This article offers no reason to believe that these economists have any particular expertise on immigration. Economics is a broad field, and the economic impact of immigration may not be the specialty of most or all of these economists.

Does the United States really need more workers, supplied by an endless stream of mass immigration? Some of our economic elites say this is so, as they profit handsomely from the cheap labor that the stream provides. But does legal immigration, now at the highest sustained level in our history, meet real needs of our society in general?

Yes, the official level of unemployment is low, but this does not argue for an open door for immigration. That level, the so-called U-3 figure, greatly underestimates the number of Americans struggling in the job market. A more accurate measure is the U-6 figure which includes people who have given up looking for work, people who haven’t looked lately, and people who cannot find full-time employment and have to settle for part-time employment, usually low-paying. The U-6 rate is almost twice the C-3 rate.

Overall, during the past several decades we have developed a low-wage economy. During that time, the rise of the present wave of immigration has contributed to wage suppression. Thus if we want wages to increase, we should curtail immigration.

Research shows that immigration harms America’s poor and working-class people most of all, but they aren’t the only ones harmed. Despite the never-ending pleas of the tech industries for more foreign H-1B workers, strong evidence reveals that there are plenty of qualified Americans available to do those high-end jobs. The companies prefer the visa holders because they can pay them less.

As companies have complained about a lack of qualified American workers, a number of them in recent years have decided to terminate their U.S. workers, but not before requiring them to train their foreign replacements. Obviously, the foreign replacements were not more qualified than the Americans who were training them.

Additionally, a strong argument that we will not need immigration for workers is that America is on the brink of a revolution of automation. Studies project [Here and Here] that almost half of U.S. jobs now done by humans will be done by computers and machines in the fairly near future. In that situation, a shortage of workers would be the least of our concerns.

One thing humorous about Long’s article is the quote from Tannenbaum about Trump’s travel ban discouraging foreigners from coming here. The purpose of the travel ban is to screen out potential terrorists. No doubt they are willing to do jobs that most Americans refuse to do. But their skills are hardly those we would care to have.

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Jul 26

Trump: ‘We Are Liberating’

In an address in Youngtown, Ohio, President Trump likened his stand against sanctuary jurisdictions as a policy of liberation. He affirmed that “American cities should be sanctuaries for law-abiding Americans — the people that look up to the law, the people that respect the law — not for criminals and gang members that we want the hell out of our country.” He added that “We are actually liberating towns and cities. We are liberating. People are screaming from their windows, ‘Thank you, thank you,’ to the Border Patrol and to General Kelly’s great people that come in and grab these thugs and throw them the hell out. We’re liberating our towns and we’re liberating our cities.”

Read more at washingtonexaminer.com.

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Jul 25

Gutierrez Attacks Trump

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) is one of the leading advocates of illegal aliens in the House of Representatives. In a recent speech, he called President Trump a “criminal” who must be driven from office by impeachment. The congressman expressed his “love”  for the illegal aliens in the DACA category to whom President Obama unlawfully granted amnesty. Gutierrez once declared that his only loyalty was to “the immigrant community.” Evidently that excludes loyalty to America as a country governed by the rule of law.

Read more at breitbart.com.

 

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