During her recent filibuster speech before the House, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi stated that illegal aliens in the DACA category are “the pride of our nation.” She also said that it was a “proud day” for her when her six-year old grandson wished that he was Hispanic instead of being white.
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More Misinformation from the Media:
The case for restricting immigration seems superficially plausible. . . . [But] when you wade into the evidence you find that the case for restricting immigration is pathetically weak. If you start in rural New England and drive down into Appalachia. . . . These places lack the diversity restrictionists say is straining the social fabric. [They are] marked by economic stagnation, social isolation, family breakdown and high opioid addiction. . . . But these trends are largely within the native population. Immigration provide the antidote. They start new businesses at twice the rate of non-immigrations. Roughly 70 percent of immigrants express confidence in the American dream, compared with 50 percent of the native-born.
Immigrants have much more traditional views on family structure than the native-born and much lower rates of out-of-wedlock births. . . . What about the rise of social distrust? Restrictions often cite a 2007 Robert Putnam study finding that more diversity leads to less trust. But Putnam tells me they are distorting his research. He found that diversity’s benefits outweighs its disadvantages . . . over the long run. . . . – The East Germans of the 21st Century, David Brooks, The New York Times, 1/29/18. [Link]
Fact Check: Yes, there are some parts of America with high native-born populations that are having problems. One reason is the globalist ideology that has caused the industries in these areas to move abroad—and it is that same globalist ideology that invites immigrants here to take American jobs, so that our economic elites can enjoy cheap labor. Brooks writes for those elites, and thus has little sympathy for working-class Americans. If he did he might notice that depressed American communities often have many redeeming aspects such as a sense of community, appreciation of American heritage, and patriotism.
If Brooks really believes that immigrants are such superior beings who bring prosperity to everything they touch, how does he explain California, the state with the highest number and percentage of immigrants? Before mass immigration it had a dynamic economy, one providing abundant middle-class jobs. It had excellent government, education, and infrastructure. It had a pleasant laid-back lifestyle with abundant wide-open spaces.
Today much of that quality of life is gone, in large-part because of massive Third World immigration, legal and illegal. The economy increasingly resembles a classic Third World profile with relatively few well-to-do people at the top, lots of poor people at the bottom, and not many people in between. California today has a higher percentage of people living in poverty than any other state.
A big reason is that immigrants tend to vote for Democratic politicians with anti-business views. Hispanics, who comprise the largest group of immigrants, lean in favor of big government and against capitalism. As government in California has taken on Third World characteristics, education and infrastructure have suffered. Massive population growth, largely due to immigration, have brought overcrowding and the stress of gridlock on the state’s roads and highways.
Brooks claims, as all immigration enthusiasts do, that immigrants are more likely to start businesses and be self-employed. But the truth, according to statistics from the Census Bureau, is that the self-employment rates of natives and immigrants are almost identical. A further point to consider is that many immigrants in business get an advantage over natives because they receive benefits of affirmative action from the government.
A statistic that the enthusiasts don’t mention is that Immigrant households are more likely to use welfare than native households. This should not be surprising because our immigration policy significantly imports poverty. Many immigrants are not paragons of family values. Hispanic immigrants have a higher rate of illegitimate births than white natives.
Robert Putnam may claim that restrictionists are “distorting” his research, but he’s the one who seems to be doing that. Putnam, a supporter of diversity, discovered to his horror as he researched that the more diverse a community is the less social trust it has. To counter that finding he expresses the child-like faith that diversity, somehow or some way, will work our just fine in the end. Brooks embraces Putnam’s faith while ignoring his facts.
It perhaps is not surprising that more immigrants than natives believe in the American Dream, as natives watch immigration change their country beyond recognition and extinguish their dreams. As mass immigration takes on the character of colonization, it is scarcely surprising that the colonists are optimistic. Adding to their optimism is the welcome of our elites give them, even as those elites scorn their fellow Americans.
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The union representing employees of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) says that President Trump’s immigration plan is inadequate. The union’s president Chris Crane stated, “We simply cannot in good faith support any legislative effort on immigration that does not include provisions regarding immigration detainers, sanctuary cities and smuggling cities and the smuggling and trafficking of children across U.S. borders. ”
Read more at jicreport.com.
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Refugee admissions have declined under the Trump Administration. For the first four months of fiscal year 2018 were only 6,708. The total for the same period of fiscal year 2017, almost all of which was during the Obama Administration, was 32,448.
Organizations in the U.S. that sponsor refugee resettlement (called VOLAGs) are disappointed by the decline. They receive huge sums of taxpayers’ money to carry out their so-called charity.
Read more at breitbart.com.
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In recent years illegal aliens have learned that making bogus claims for asylum is a way to remain in the United States. As a result the Department of Homeland Security says that the system has reached a “crisis” where it has become “increasingly vulnerable to fraud and abuse.”
Asylum applicants get work permits while their cases are being processed. The processing can often take years. The Trump Administration is trying to remedy this problem by speeding up review of asylum claims.
Read more at washingtontimes.com.
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Billionaires Charles and David Koch are “conservatives” who support mass immigration in order to provide cheap labor for business interests. They have expressed strong opposition to President Trump’s proposal to cut “chain migration,” the policy largely responsible for giving us the largest sustained level of immigration in our history–more than one million immigrants a year for the past twenty-five years.
Read more at breitbart.com.
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More Misinformation from the Media:
President Trump’s sweeping legislative framework for an immigration compromise has been deemed dead on arrival by many on both sides of the issue on Capitol Hill. The White House is trying to walk a very fine line between the restrictionist demands of some GOP lawmakers and the more moderate and reformist approach of most Democrats and a handful of Republicans. It won’t work.
The blueprint is too extreme to be taken seriously. It includes the one measure that has the support of 87 percent of Americans — legalization for up to 1.8 million so-called Dreamers, unauthorized immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. But it also includes the biggest cuts to legal immigration in nearly 100 years. It also requests [funds] . . . to build up a deportation force. Just as problematic is the proposed 40 to 50 percent reduction in legal immigration by restricting family migration and ending the diversity visa lottery program. — No ‘Art of the Deal’ for the Dreamers, The Boston Globe, Editorial, 1/27/18 [Link]
Fact Check: Just what is moderate about granting amnesty to 1.8 million illegal aliens, almost a million more than those who have applied for the DACA program? The argument is that they deserve clemency because, as children brought here by their parents or other relatives, they did not choose to break our laws.
Nevertheless, do we really know if all these people really came in to the U.S. as children? The screening for DACA applicants was loose, but at least these people felt they could make a case that they were brought here. The other million or so haven’t bothered to try. Why should we feel obligated to them? In any case, everyone who wants this amnesty should have to apply through a new and more stringent application process.
Also, if we must have an amnesty for illegal aliens, it is only reasonable—as President Trump proposed— that immigration control advocates get some concessions in exchange. One that’s certainly required is ending chain migration, which allows immigrants to bring in their relatives, who bring in their relatives and on and on. If this policy isn’t ended, the Dreamers who get amnesty will be able to petition for their parents and other relatives to get legal status too—the very people who did willingly break our laws.
For the past 25 years, largely due to chain migration, we have had the highest sustained level of immigration in our history, more than a million a year. Thus it is hardly “problematic” to reduce this extreme level by half. The Globe’s editorial writer cites a poll showing that most Americans support an amnesty for Dreamers. This writer might consider that a majority of citizens, according to a recent Harvard-Harris poll, want immigration cut in half. Thirty-five percent want less than 250,000 and year, and 19 percent would like an annual level of less than 500,000.
As for “building up a deportation force,” the editorialist might note that we already have such a force. It is the federal agency called Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Its purpose is to enforce existing immigration laws. Surely there shouldn’t be anything “problematic” about that.
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In his State of the Union Address, President Trump reaffirmed his proposal to grant amnesty to 1.8 million illegal aliens in exchange for a reduction of chain migration and other reforms. Breitbart News published a “Fact Check” article which maintains that this figure would only set the stage for a much larger number, perhaps as many as 4.5 million. This projection is based on the history of the 1986 amnesty when many more illegal aliens got amnesty than the number originally proposed.
Read more at breitbart.com.
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Illegal alien advocates often claim is illegal aliens, aside from their unlawful status, commit fewer crimes than native-born Americans. A recent study by the Crime Prevention Center challenges this claim. It found that illegal aliens between the ages of 15 and 35 comprise 8 percent of Arizona’s prison population, even though they are less than three percent of the state’s population. The director of the Center, John R. Lott Jr, noted that they disproportionately commit serious crimes. As one example is that they account for 13 percent of first and second degree murder convictions in Arizona. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently cited this study in a statement about crime committed by illegal aliens.
Read more at washingtontimes.com.
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In an interview, TV host Laura Ingram asked former Mexican President Vicente Fox if there should be a border between the United States and Mexico. He replied, “God didn’t create borders. We shouldn’t have a border.” He went on to describe Mexican illegal aliens in the U.S. as “heroes.”
Ingram noted the hypocrisy of Fox calling for an open border with the U.S. when Mexico, under his leadership, took strict measures to protect its territory from illegal immigration. She noted to Fox, “You deported 140,000 in 2003. You deported 120,000 in 2002. And from 2002. And from 2002 to 2006, the number of detainments and deportations was up 74 percent. So you’re trashing the United States for deporting Mexicans and other people from our country . . . and meanwhile you were deporting plenty of people . . . .”
Read more at lifezette.com.
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