Jun 02

Catch and Release Continues

The Trump Administration proclaimed an end to  the “catch and release” policy of the Obama Administration. But Brandon Judd, who heads the union representing Border Patrol agents, disagrees.  He stated, “Obama’s catch and release is definitely continuing and our government is releasing illegal aliens into U.S. communities. The steps taken for such releases have slightly changed and the numbers are not as high, but it is still occurring. Under Trump, ICE is holding more illegal aliens than what they did under Obama, but make no mistake, ICE is still releasing a good number of illegal aliens into U.S. communities. Americans need to know this.”

Read more at breitbart.com.

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Jun 01

Population Growth Not Necessary for Prosperity

More Misinformation from the Media:

What makes America great? . . . [T]he dynamism of entrepreneurs less hamstrung by an oversize welfare state. . . .  But virtually no nation has ever sustained rapid economic growth strong growth without strong population growth. And at a time when every major country including the United States faces continued decline in population growth, workers are an increasingly precious source of national economic strength. . . . The main reason fewer Americans participate in the labor force is not because they are discouraged, but because they are getting older. . . . [T]he likely result is that the United States and Britain will go ahead and limit immigration. To the extent they do—and their rivals do not—they will undermine their key economic edge. – To Be Great Again, America Needs Immigrants, Ruchir Sharma, The New York Times, 5/6/17. [Link Here]

Fact Check: Immigration advocates commonly repeat this claim that large-scale and unending population growth is necessary for prosperity. If this is true, being packed tighter and tighter like sardines would seem to be a high price to pay for the alleged economic benefits. Nevertheless, there is no real proof that population growth equals prosperity.

It is true that a growing population creates a larger economy, but that doesn’t mean that a larger economy is a more prosperous one. More accurate measures of prosperity are the median level of income and the distribution of wealth. Since mass immigration began after the 1965 immigration act, our population has sharply increased, but our wage levels have stagnated and our middle class has significantly declined, with the percentage of rich and poor increasing.

Immigration is one factor in making the rich richer, as it transfers money from lower-income people, in the form of lower wages, to higher income people in the form of profit. When the wealthier classes and their media mouthpieces claim that immigration enriches the economy, the economy they speak of is that of the wealthy.

The article also raises the claim that without immigration the U.S. won’t have enough workers to sustain prosperity. Interestingly, this is at a time when we have a large and growing number of working age people (not just the elderly) who have dropped out of the workforce. A high percentage of them are people without college degrees—the demographic most likely to face job competition and reduced wages from immigration. If immigration were curtailed, rising wages might attract a large number of these people back into the workforce.

The claim that we will need more workers certainly flies in the face of numerous predictions that robots and computers will be doing a high percentage of jobs now done by humans. A study done at Oxford University estimates that this percentage will come close to fifty percent. In this situation we will be doing well just to provide employment for the people already here.

One way that continuing mass immigration most definitely will harm the economy is by changing the electorate to favor socialistic policies. Sharma notes in his article that our economy performs well because, relatively speaking, it is not hamstrung by “an oversize welfare state.” Immigrants, however, are inclined to support the welfare state and socialistic policies in general. Many come from countries with strong statist traditions, and many of them are poor and low-income people. To illustrate, Hispanics, who comprise the largest number of immigrants in the U.S. have an even lower view of capitalism than adherents of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

In just about every respect, America was a greater country before the current wave of mass immigration surged forward, more prosperous for more people and more united in values and goals.

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May 31

Refugee Flow to Increase

Despite President Trump’s proposal to cut refugee admissions, the State Department has announced that it will increase the number of refugees from the current level of 900 a week to approximately 1,500.

Read more at latimes.com.

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May 31

Study Finds Aliens Voting in Virginia

More than 5,500 noncitizens were registered to vote in Virginia this decade, and were only bumped from the rolls after they self-reported themselves as noncitizens, according to a new report released Tuesday.

Read more here:  http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/may/30/illegals-in-virginia-registered-vote-in-elections/

 

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May 30

Zuckerberg Pushes Globalism

In his speech at the Harvard commencement, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called on his listeners to see themselves as “citizen[s] of the world” who have “grown up connected.”

“This is the struggle of our time,” he maintained. “The forces of freedom, openness and global community against the forces of authoritarianism, isolationism and nationalism. Forces for the flow of knowledge, trade and immigration against those who would slow them down.”

The billionaire Zuckerberg made no mention of average patriotic citizens having the freedom of preserve their countries and ways of life against the authoritarian designs of wealthy globalists.

Read more at npr.org.

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May 29

California Bills Target Private Business to Protect Illegals

California Democrats are expanding their efforts to resist President Trump’s crackdown on illegal aliens with bills to prohibit private business cooperation with federal immigration officers.  Democrats in control of state government have already limited police cooperation with immigration authorities and promised more taxpayer-paid services to illegals. 

Two bills are advancing in the state Assembly: one would bar landlords from disclosing tenants’ immigration status or reporting them to immigration officials; a second bill would prohibit employers from letting immigration agents come into worksites or view employee files without a warrant or subpoena.

Both bills are sponsored by Democrat Assemblyman David Chiu of San Francisco.

Read more here:  http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/35531993/california-bills-target-private-business-to-help-immigrants

 

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May 26

Judges Ignore Law to Stop Trump From Protecting Nation

Kevin Williamson of National Review exposes the anti-Trump bias and weak reasoning of liberal federal judges striking down the President’s so-called “Muslim Ban.” Some excerpts:

President Donald Trump’s second attempt at restricting travel from certain predominantly Muslim countries has been struck down for a second time, and for a second time, the courts are in the wrong.

Chief Judge Roger Gregory of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals makes a two-part argument that one must admire for its creativity: In the first part, he argues that, because of Trump’s dopey anti-Muslim comments during the campaign, it is reasonable to conclude that the travel restrictions constitute “invidious discrimination,” a constitutional no-no. But the Constitution, as Judge Gregory readily admits, does not protect the rights of foreign nationals not under the authority of the U.S. government…

Yet, he argues in the second part, failing to apply the standards of U.S. civil rights law to … the entire population of the rest of the world, presumably, makes it likely that the U.S. government will violate the civil rights of U.S. citizens who share certain demographic features…

This represents what is known as outcome-oriented judicial reasoning: Pick your conclusion first, and then construct a case around it in whatever way is most convenient.  It is also preposterous.  It is plain judicial politicking of the sort that undermines the standing of the judiciary and the faith of the people in that judiciary.

Read more here:  http://www.nationalreview.com/article/447999/donald-trump-muslim-ban-struck-down

 

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May 25

The Manchester Terror Attack

Scott McKay, writing in The American Spectator, does not mince words:

“I am not Islamophobic.  I am Islamofedup.  Especially after the horror of Manchester and the compounding horror of the never-ending assault from the Cultural Marxist Left which demands that the racist civilized West do nothing in response to atrocities.

My friend Christopher Holton rightly observed that a society that does not act to protect or at least avenge their children is not a society that deserves to survive.  In the UK, they allow Muslim gangs to sexually enslave their children when they’re not allowing Muslim loons to blow them up as they leave pop music concerts.  Our betters in the American ruling class demand the same of us, as do their counterparts in Germany, France, Holland and elsewhere.

And we are told we must not reject these horrors and rout out those who commit them, because if we do we become like them.  This is balderdash.  The Manchester bomber wouldn’t have been in England but for the fateful decision to take his father in as a refugee.  By now, it should be obvious that the smart course is to find places in the Muslim world for Muslim refugees to go, because Sharia Islam is a culture that does not mix with Western civilization and will prey on us whenever it can.  It must be quarantined elsewhere.

But the political class in the West neither understands this nor has the will to practice it.  So there will be more Manchesters.  Lots more.”

Source:  https://spectator.org/a-bit-of-this-a-bit-of-that/

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May 25

Illegal Aliens Commit More Crimes

More Misinformation from the Media:

President Trump, eager to find a rationale to cleanse the country of undocumented immigrants, continues to link such immigrants to rising crime rates and gang violence. . . . But there is no evidence to back up that claim. In fact, study after study, has found that immigrants actually commit fewer crimes than the population at large. That makes sense. Immigrants, whether legal or illegal, sacrifice much to come here. . . . In fact the libertarian Cato Institute noted in a recent report that “no matter how researchers slice the data . . . the numbers show that immigrants commit fewer crimes than native-born Americans.” – Immigration, Crime and More Falsehoods from Trump, Editorial Board, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 2/24/17 [Link Here]

Fact Check: Actually, the president doesn’t have to search for any rationale to send illegal (not undocumented) immigrants home. It’s the law, so the president already has a rationale—not to mention the duty—to enforce it.

Do studies show that “immigrants” commit fewer crimes than native-born Americans? Some studies do, but as Ronald Mortensen at the Center for Immigration Studies notes, “[They fail] to distinguish between crimes committed by legal immigrants and those committed by illegal aliens.”

Legal immigrants tend to have lower crime rates than citizens for the simple reason that our immigration laws and procedures are designed to screen out criminals. This is indeed why we have immigration laws. Lumping the much more numerous legals together with illegals gives a distorted picture of the illegal alien crime rate.

To state what should be the obvious, illegal immigrants exceed citizens in lawbreaking because all of them by definition are lawbreakers. It seems that the media commonly ignore this point because they really don’t think that immigration laws are sufficiently significant to be called laws. But, as we have seen, they serve the useful purpose of screening out criminals. And they also serve to protect American workers and taxpayers.

A further point to keep in mind is that to stay and work in the U.S. illegal immigrants have to break multiple laws, some of which are felonies. Among them are document fraud, tax evasion, Social Security fraud and perjury.

But what about serious crimes by illegal aliens unrelated to their immigration status? Without conflating legal immigrant crime rates, many commentators still insist that illegal aliens commit such crimes at a lower rate than natives. The problem with this claim is that no one keeps an overall comprehensive record of illegal alien crime—and some researchers charge that this is by design.

Criminologist Ron Martinelli notes that “It is in fact difficult, but not impossible to locate accurate crime statistics involving illegal immigrants. The statistics are buried both to suit a political agenda and to avoid public outcry.” Nevertheless, he maintains, it is possible to assemble data from various sources to create a more or less complete picture, and it reveals a higher crime rate by illegal aliens.

In an article in The Hill, Martinelli puts these pieces together. One of them is the statistic from the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Sentencing Commission that “as of 2014, illegal immigrants were convicted and sentenced for over 13 percent of all crimes committed in the U.S.” With illegal aliens being 3.5 percent of the population, a crime level this high is grossly disproportionate to their numbers.

Is it really unwarranted to suspect that illegal aliens as a group are prone to crime in general? People who habitually break some laws probably don’t have strong scruples about breaking others.

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May 25

Obama Administration Admitted Known MS-13 Gang Members

The Obama administration knowingly let in at least 16 admitted MS-13 gang members who arrived as illegal immigrant teenagers in 2014, a U.S. senator said Wednesday.  Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, said a whistleblower turned over Customs and Border Protection documents detailing the 16 aliens who were caught crossing the border.

“CBP apprehended them, knew they were MS-13 gang members, and they processed and disbursed them into our communities,” Sen. Johnson said. 

MS-13 is notoriously violent, with beheadings or amputations by machete a common punishment inflicted on those that defy the gang.

Read more here:  http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/may/24/whistleblower-dhs-knowingly-let-ms-13-gang-members/

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