Aug 24

Gallup: Most Oppose Immigration Increase

A recent Gallup poll found that only 21 percent of Americans support more immigration. Thirty-eight percent say they want less, and thirty eight say they support the current level. Many of the latter may not realize that for the past twenty years the U.S. has taken in approximately one-million legal immigrants per year, the highest sustained level in our history.

Read more at gallup.com.

 

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Aug 23

Colleges Offer Benefits to Illegal Alien Students

Colleges and Universities across the country are offering benefits to illegal alien students. These include scholarships, student loans, textbooks, and counseling.

Read more at foxnews.com.

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Aug 22

DOJ Ignores Asylum Fraud

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), strongly rebuked the Department of Justice for not investigating more than 3,700 cases of possible asylum fraud. Goodlatte, who heads the House Judiciary Committee, wrote a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch stating that “Immigration fraud is not a trivial matter that can be given lip service by this administration. Neither can it turn a blind eye to fraud and call it a ‘low priority.’ ”

Read more goodlatte.house.gov.

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Aug 19

Soros Influenced U.S. Refugee Policy

Hacked documents from George Soros’ Open Society Institute reveal that Soros successfully influenced President Obama to increase the number of refugees admitted to the U.S. Soros is a multi-billionaire currency speculator who uses his fortune to promote mass immigration. He opposes the sovereignty of nations.

Read more at breitbart.com.

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Aug 18

Immigrants Cost More Than They Pay

More Misinformation from the Media:

According to new research released by the Partnership for a new American Economy, immigrant-led households here in Mississippi earned $1.3 billion in income and paid more than $357 million into our tax system in 2014. Those tax contributions support local schools and government programs important to Mississippians. . . .  Further, there’s a growing supply of lucrative science, technology, engineering and mathematics jobs in the United States. . . . Yet our universities are not graduating the number of students needed to fill these positions. We need foreign-born candidates to help plug the shortfall. — US, Mississippi Need Immigration Reform, John N. Palmer, Clarion Ledger, 8/2/16

Fact Check: Immigration advocates like to cite figures showing that immigrants pay large sums in taxes. But that really isn’t significant unless we also know how much they consume in tax-paid benefits. If contributions exceed consumption, they are providing a net fiscal benefit. If consumption exceeds, contributions, they are a net liability.

Three years ago the Heritage Foundation did a study to measure nationwide what immigrants, on average, are paying in taxes, and the average total of what they’re taking in benefits. It found that the average household of legal immigrants imposes a net liability of $4,344 on society, and that for illegal immigrants the liability tab comes to $14,387 per household.

One reason is high welfare usage among immigrants. A study by the Center for Immigration Studies found that in 2012, 51 percent of immigrant-headed households (legal and illegal) used at least one welfare program, compared with 30 percent of native-headed households. Robert Rector one of the authors of the Heritage study once observed that U.S. immigration policy is significantly one of “importing poverty.”

The claim that we aren’t graduating enough students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics ignores the fact that the majority of American graduates in these fields work in other occupations. American companies avoid hiring them because they prefer foreigners on temporary visas. They can pay them less than Americans and make them put up with working conditions that American employees would not tolerate. The companies propagate the shortage myth to conceal their preference. The media, most commonly, are more than happy to help them.

 

 

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Aug 17

Almost Half of Refugees Are Muslim

A total of 63,000 refugees have entered the U.S. during the current fiscal year. Of that total, almost 29,000 (46 percent) are Muslims. This is the highest number of Muslim refugees admitted since 2002.

Read more at pewresearch.org.

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Aug 16

Immigration Moves Virginia to the Left

The Washington Post reports that the state of Virginia, in a little more than a decade, has moved from being a conservative Republican “red” state to becoming a liberal Democratic “blue” state. Mass immigration was the major reason for the shift. Immigrants significantly tend to vote for left-wing policies.

Read more at washingtonpost.com.

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Aug 15

DOJ Funds Sanctuary Jurisdictions

The U.S. Department of Justice, the agency that is supposed to enforce U.S. laws, gave more than $342 million in grant money to states and local jurisdictions which defy federal law by refusing to cooperate with federal efforts to deport illegal aliens. Critics of this practice say that federal funding of these states and localities should be cut off until they comply with the law.

Read more at cnsnews.com.

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Aug 12

Sessions: Refugee Policy Increases Risk of Terrorism

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) warned of that the Obama Administration’s refugee policy is increasing the danger of terrorism in the U.S. In a prepared statement, the senator declared:

Despite a clear nexus between immigration and terrorism, and warnings from top officials in his own administration about their inability to properly vet refugees, President Obama remains in denial ‎about the dangers that his policies pose to the United States. Instead of taking a sober assessment of the ‎dangers that we face, and analyzing the immigration histories of recent terrorists so that we can more effectively safeguard our immigration system from being infiltrated, the Obama Administration leads the United States down a dangerous path – admitting as many refugees as possible from areas of the world where terrorists roam freely, and granting a temporary amnesty to Syrians living in the United States illegally. And contrary to the assertions made by many, the potential for future terror activity is real.

Read more at sessions.senate.gov.

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Aug 11

Refugees Don’t Pay Their Way

More Media Misinformation:

There’s no tidy way to break down how much the U.S. spends per refugee. . . . But here’s how the main budget items in resettling refugees break down now with our current count of refugees, courtesy of [the National Conference of State Legislatures]. Keep in mind that the United States resettled about 70,000 refugees in fiscal 2014: Paying $582 million a year to resettle refugees is an unavoidable upfront cost if the United States wants to keep accepting refugees

But going back to the conventional wisdom that refugees are financial burdens: . . . [R]esearch from Denmark to Uganda to Cleveland [shows] they actually end up paying back their host countries by creating jobs (one study found that refugees are more likely to open small businesses) and encouraging their neighbors to specialize in jobs their better suited for, making economies run more efficiently. Here’s How Much the United States Spends on Refugees, The Washington Post, Amber Phillips, 10/30/15

Fact Check: This article deserves credit for admitting that our refugee policy has a high price tag. But to its discredit, it gives the impression that refugees soon pay back the costs they incur. This is a distortion to say the least. Refugees to the U.S., unlike other immigrants, are entitled to apply for welfare programs as soon as they arrive. They are selected on the basis of humanitarian criteria, rather than for skills, so they commonly continue to receive benefits for a long periods of time. Refugee advocates claim that they become self-sufficient within five years, but this alleged sufficiency does not exclude dependency on non-cash welfare such as food stamps and Medicaid.  

As far as being exceptional job creators, all immigrants including refugees own businesses at almost exactly the same rate as native-born Americans. And often the people immigrant employers hire are other immigrants. In terms of entrepreneurship, immigration does not offer the U.S. any net benefits.

The claim that refugees as well as all other immigrants promote economic efficiency is a standard line of immigration advocates. It maintains that immigrants mostly take jobs natives don’t want, and this allows native-born Americans to move into more attractive employment. One problem with this theory is that natives are the majority of workers in just about every job category. Immigrants and natives usually occupy the same economic space.

As David Frum explains in an article in The Atlantic, the efficiency argument is one commonly assumed by pro-immigration economists without a much empirical proof. Many Americans, he notes, are not moving to better employment because they can’t find it. Instead, they drop out of the workforce.   

A much more cost-effective way to provide for genuine refugees (i.e., those with a genuine claim to persecution) is to resettle them in places close to their homelands and then encourage them to go home when dangers there subside. Resettlement nearby is less costly than bringing refugees to the United States and other Western countries. Unfortunately, many refugee advocates in the U.S. want to bring refugees here because they have a strong financial interest in doing so. The media are often happy to assist them.         

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