Jan 29

Trump Restores Immigration Law Enforcement

“We are going to restore the rule of law in the United States,” said President Donald Trump last week as he signed a series of executive orders on immigration policy.  But despite considerable criticism in the news media and from left-wing politicians, President Trump did not launch any radical new laws.  After all, only Congress can write laws.  What President Trump achieved was only a reversal of policy, which means he directed the agencies of the U.S. government to enforce already existing federal immigration laws.

All of those laws were passed by majority votes in Congress from members of both political parties.

But under previous Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, many immigration laws were ignored, particularly with regard to deportation of apprehended illegal aliens, border security, and the illegal hiring of illegal aliens.

In direct language, President Trump declared, “The purpose of this order is to direct executive departments and agencies to employ all lawful means to enforce the immigration laws of the United States.”   At the signing of the orders at the Department of Homeland Security, he said, “We do not need new laws.  We will work within the existing system and framework.”

Among the orders he signed are directives to begin implementation of legislation already passed by Congress more than eight years ago to build a barrier along the border with Mexico to prevent the illegal immigration and drug smuggling that is at the root of so much street crime in the U.S. today.

In addition, the president directed the U.S. Border Patrol to arrest, detain, and hold for judicial processing all illegal aliens apprehended coming into the U.S.  Under the previous Obama administration, vast numbers of apprehended illegals were not detained but merely given a notice to appear at a future immigration hearing and released into the U.S. without tracking or reporting requirements.  Needless to say, most of those released never showed up for their immigration hearings.

And in one of the most far-reaching executive orders, the president directed federal agencies to conduct internal reviews and begin the process to withhold federal grants from cities and counties known as “sanctuary cities” that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.  He exempted grants for law enforcement from the order.

An estimated 200 or more self-declared “sanctuary” jurisdictions, such as New York City, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Denver, Seattle, and others, refuse to honor requests from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities to detain apprehended illegal aliens for deportation.  Those cities often even refuse to hold for deportation illegals convicted of crimes after they have served jail sentences.  Many of those criminal illegals released into American communities have committed other crimes against Americans, including rape and murder.

According to Reuters News Service, the ten most populous sanctuary cities receive more than $2 billion in federal aid annually for their municipal budgets , not including funds for law enforcement.  President Trump’s strategy is to withhold that money until the cities agree to cooperate with immigration authorities.

“A nation without borders is not a nation. Beginning today, the United States of America gets back control of its borders,” said the President.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jan 28

Obama Gave Foreign ‘Students’ l8O,OOO U.S. Jobs With $32 Billion in Wages

One example of the many ways recent immigration policies have put Americans last: the so-called “Optional Practical Training” program expanded by President Obama that paid U.S. businesses $2.7 billion to hire 180,000 foreigners for jobs that likely otherwise would have gone to Americans.  The program was supposedly set up for foreign students but actually included no training and put alien college grads in the high-paid jobs for three years, according to a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies.  The Center estimated the jobs paid an average salary of $60,000.

As an added incentive to hire foreign graduates of U.S. colleges (rather than American graduates), recent administrations have declared that these recent foreign grads are still “students” so that the usual payroll taxes (Social Security and Medicare) do not apply to either their employers or to the “students.”  So businesses can save tens of thousands of dollars on payroll taxes by hiring foreigners instead of Americans — and get paid some taxpayer dollars to boot.  Sweet deal.  Oh, and for our older citizens, the lost revenue to Social Security and Medicare only adds to deficits.

Read more here:  http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/obama-gave-foreign-students-180000-u.s.-jobs-32b-in-lost-wages/article/2613146

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Jan 27

Study Finds 8OO,OOO Aliens May Have Voted for Clinton

Hillary Clinton garnered more than 800,000 votes cast illegally by non-citizens on Nov. 8, according to a new study by political scientist Jesse Richman of Old Dominion University.  His number, based on calculations from national polling data by a consortium of universities is far short of President Trump’s estimate of up to 5 million illegal voters, but it refutes the claim by Democrats and the MSM that vote fraud is not a serious problem.

Read more here:  http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jan/26/hillary-clinton-received-800000-votes-from-nonciti/

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Jan 27

Trump’s ‘Radical’ Immigration Plan: Enforce the Law

Hundreds of thousands of protesters fill the streets, the nation’s leading newspapers and big-city mayors call his plans “un-American” and promise defiance.  So what, exactly, is President Trump’s immigration plan?

Commentator Byron York on Thursday examined the President’s newly-issued executive orders on immigration and found the key sentence: “The purpose of this order is to direct executive departments and agencies to employ all lawful means to enforce the immigration laws of the United States.”

York notes: “There’s one fundamental difference between the new White House and the old when it comes to immigration: Barack Obama ordered his administration not to enforce a number of immigration laws.  Donald Trump has ordered his administration to enforce them.”

Read more here:  http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/a-radical-immigration-plan-enforce-the-law/article/2613124

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Jan 27

Miami-Dade Repudiates Sanctuary

Florida’s Miami-Dade Country will no longer be a sanctuary jurisdiction. Its mayor Carlos Gimenez says that the county will “fully cooperate” with President Trump’s crackdown on sanctuary policies, i.e., policies of localities and states which bar cooperation with federal immigration law enforcement.

Read more at cnn.com.

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Jan 26

Is the Post Un-American?

More Misinformation from the Media:

While there are undoubtedly instances of terrible crimes committed by unauthorized immigrants—as there are by authorized immigrants, and green card holders, and it goes without saying citizens—they are hardly the rule. In fact, young immigrant males are incarcerated at roughly half the rate of native-born Americans. Illegal immigrants, like legal ones, are generally law-abiding and extremely hard working. – Trump Sticks with un-American Immigration Plans, Washington Post Editorial, 9/5/16.

Fact Check: This editorial is a long screed against President Trump’s proposals to enforce U.S. immigration laws. And just what is “un-American” about enforcing laws that the American people have enacted through their elected representatives? Is it the Post’s view that Americans are un-American, or that democracy and our country’s rule of law are un-American? Maybe the Post is less than fully American for suggesting these things. Without immigration laws we have no control over who comes to our country and what they might decide to make of it. In that situation we have no country we can truly call our own.

As one example, we have immigration laws in order to screen out foreign criminals. As a consequence, it may be that legal immigrants have a lower crime rate than natives. This might be the basis of the Post’s claim about fewer “young immigrant males” being incarcerated. But that claim seems to conflate legal immigrants with illegal immigrants, as the next sentence definitely does by stating that both groups are “generally law-abiding.”

Let that assertion sink in. People who willfully break our immigration laws are “generally law-abiding.” With this statement, the Post’s editors are revealing their true premise, namely, that immigration laws are so insignificant that they should not even be thought of as laws. Once again, this surely implies that our citizenship and our country are meaningless too.

But is it true that illegal aliens are less likely than natives to commit crimes for which they are arrested and incarcerated? The truth is that the data available do not provide a definitive answer. Still, significant evidence indicates that illegal aliens are more crime-prone in terms of arrests and incarceration.

Furthermore, they commonly break a number of laws—in addition to illegal residence—which seldom result in arrests. And these are not victimless crimes. They harm American workers by taking jobs they are not authorized to take while depressing the wage levels of those jobs. They benefit from social programs intended for American citizens.

About half of them are paid under the table at their jobs. As they pay no federal or state income taxes, they are practicing the crime of tax evasion. And when they do pay those taxes they often get refunds from the government. Illegal aliens consume much more in services than they pay in taxes.  Almost all illegal aliens use fraudulent IDs, some of them stolen from American citizens—which causes those citizens extreme inconvenience.

The Post’s editors don’t seem to have much concern about citizens, as is typical of America’s elite classes and the journalists who express their viewpoints. Thus some of these pundits deemed it controversial when President Trump stated that America should put Americans first. For a patriotic Americans it is hard to understand why such a statement would be controversial. A disturbing but reasonable explanation is that those who find it controversial aren’t patriotic.

 

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Jan 25

Trump Proceeds with Wall

President Trump is moving forward with his plan to build a wall on the Mexican border. On a number of occasions he has affirmed that Mexico will help pay for the project.

Read more at foxnews.com.

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Jan 24

DACA Program Continues

Immigration Control supporters are concerned that President Trump has not yet eliminated President Obama’s DACA program which grants legal status to a category of illegal aliens. Obama illegally proclaimed DACA in defiance of the constitutional separation of powers which gives Congress, not the president, the right to makes laws. Illegal aliens in the DACA category continue to receive permits to work in the U.S. Some immigration control activists are concerned that cheap labor interests in the Republican Party are pressuring the president not to act on DACA.

Read more at politico.com.

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Jan 22

Business Groups Aim to Fight Trump

January 22, 2017

As big business executives from around the country continue their pursuit of cheap labor, they are joining forces to protect illegal aliens in the U.S. from the possibility that President Donald Trump would revoke the amnesties and work permits granted to illegals during the Obama administration.

A coaltion of executives based in Chicago are organizing to fight Trump’s immigration reform plans, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has pledged to “turn up the heat” on Trump to prevent immigration restrictions.

A influential group of wealthy business leaders based in Chicago is lining up to fight Trump’s immigration plans.  They worry he will rescind amnesty and work permits granted under former President Barack Obama’s executive order known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

The Illinois Buisness Immigration Coalition includes 94 business CEOs and financiers as well as leaders of wealthy non-profit organizations.  It is led by John Rowe, chairman emeritus of Exelon, and includes Carole Browe Segal, co-founder of Crate and Barrel; Susan Crown, founder of a namesake social investment firm and member of the wealthy Crown family; Glenn Tilton, former CEO of United Airlines; Craig Duchossois, CEO of Duchossois Group; Frederick Waddell, CEO of Northern Trust; and Michael Sacks, CEO of Grosvenor Capital Management.

The group wants the estimated 750,000 illegals amnestied under DACA to be protected from deportation, and allowed to continue taking jobs from American workers.  The amnesty makes them eligible for certain welfare and unemployment benefits.

Under questioning at his Senate confirmation hearing, Trump’s Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions said rescinding the DACA amnesty “would certainly be constitutional.”  He added that he would have no objection to rescinding the amnesty, but that the decision “would need to be studied.”

At the same time, lobbyists from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are gearing up to pressure the Trump administration to scuttle his plans for immigration restrictions and push their own agenda through Congress, including eased access to foreign labor.

In an interview on C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers” program, Rob Engstrom, who is the national political director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, pledged before Trump’s inauguration  that the business group would “turn up the heat” on his admnistration and  push for more imported foreign labor.   The Chamber, which says it represents 3 milion businesses, has consistently defended illegal immigration.  In its publication, “Immigration: Myths and Facts,” the Chamber asserts,  “a border wall and mass deportation would have little impact on security, while severely damaging the U.S. economy in the process.”

The Chamber claims illegal aliens are a boon to the tax bases in urban areas, and that the workforce needs to be expanded by foreign labor.   However, the U.S. Bureau of Labor reports that a shocking 94 million Americans are not in the labor force.  That means  37.2 percent of the non-institutionalized, civilian population over the age of 16 is either unemployed or are not actively looking for work.

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Jan 21

Austin, TX Sheriff Declares Sanctuary for Illegals

Newly-elected liberal Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez  on Friday issued a new policy that prohibits deputies and jailers from inquiring about someone’s immigration status and limits how they can work with federal Immigration and Customs (ICE) officials.  While President Donald Trump was promising a new immigration policy that puts Americans first, and demonstrators were protesting Trump’s inauguration in trendy liberal Austin, Texas Governor Greg Abbott Tweeted he would cut funding to Austin for adopting sanctuary policies.

Read more here:  http://kxan.com/2017/01/20/travis-county-sheriff-issues-new-immigration-policy/

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