Nov 08

Referendum May Challenge CA Law

Californians who oppose their state’s law granting sanctuary to illegal aliens are seeking a referendum to overturn that statute.  A spokesman for this campaign, Ben Bergquam, said sanctuary is “lawless.” He further stated that “It’s politicians protecting criminal illegals at the expense of law-abiding citizens. It’s a slap in the face of American sovereignty and the citizens of our country.”

The proponents of the referendum will need to gather signatures of at least 365,880 registered voters by Jan. 3, 2018, in order for it to appear on the November 2018 ballot.

Read more at sacbee.com.

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Nov 07

Bannon Explains Illegal Immigration

Former White House Chief strategist Steve Bannon addressed the Remembrance Project, an organization of American families who have lost loved ones because of crimes committed by illegal aliens. During his speech he expressed his view as to why illegal immigration goes on and on.

Said Bannon, “[It] is not some random law of the universe . . . this not physics, okay. This is an act of commission. The elites in this country, the economic, political, and the media elites allow this to happen because they want it to happen.

“The multicultural globalist corporations want cheap labor, and the progressive Left wants cheap votes. This is not a conspiracy. And you are not wing-nuts. This is broad daylight.”

Read more at breitbart.com.

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Nov 06

Visa Lottery Linked to Terrorist Countries

The so-called Diversity Visa Lottery has come under public scrutiny following the truck attack in New York City allegedly by a suspect who came to the U.S. under this program.

Each year the Diversity Visa Lottery randomly admits fifty thousand people to the U.S. as immigrants based only on their luck to win the lottery selection. During the past five years about 30 percent of Visa Lottery recipients have come from countries that Immigration and Customs Enforcement has listed as terrorist sponsors.

Read more at breitbart.com.

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Nov 03

Trump: End Chain Migration

President Trump in an interview with Fox News said that chain migration must end. Essentially it is the system by which immigrants are allowed to petition for their extended families to come to the U.S., and those family members in turn can petition for their relatives to come in a seemingly endless chain of immigration.

Chain migration helps to drive our current high level of legal immigration, more than a million immigrants a year. It also places the family connections of immigrants above other concerns of national interest in setting immigration policy.

The president said that if Democrats want passage of an amnesty for illegal aliens in the DACA category, they must accept an end to chain migration. Said Trump, “Yes it will be part of a DACA deal. I don’t think any Republican would vote for anything having to do with leaving chain migration. Chain migration is a disaster for this country, and it’s horrible.”

Read more at reuters.com.

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Nov 02

Selecting Immigrants Is Right and Proper

More Misinformation from the Media

It’s quite another to claim that America values immigrants because of this contribution: this paves the way to thinking that America should make decisions about immigrants based on whether they can benefit the economy. . . . [T]he administration’s fundamentally hateful immigration agenda . . . . would stop immigrants from being able to bring their family members to the United States. . . .

Refugees don’t fall into the economic logic of immigration. The argument for accepting refugees is not that they are good—for the economy, or for the country’s ability to meet its international obligations, or even because they are good people – but that America is good.

If immigration is debated only in terms of whether it benefits the economy, politicians begin to divide people into two categories: “valuable” and “illegal,” When countries make people illegal, the world comes apart. When we agree to talk about people as cogs, we lose our humanity. – Immigrants Shouldn’t Have to Be ‘Talented’ to Be Welcome, The New York Times, 9/7/07 [Link].

Fact Check: In the minds of immigration enthusiasts it is “hateful” to consider any restrictions on immigration—which says far more about the state of their minds than it does about anything else. According to a Gallup poll few years back, about 150 million adults around the world would like to come to the U.S. Is it truly “hateful” to believe that we have good and practical reasons not to want such a tidal wave of humanity to wash over our shores?

But actually the prospect would be far worse than that. Under current U.S. law, if we let all these people in, they could petition to bring in their spouses and young children. In addition to that they could petition to bring in their parents, adult children, and siblings. And these relatives can petition to bring in their relatives in a seemingly endless chain.

One thing we need to decide is very simple: Is American immigration policy for the benefit of Americans, or for the benefit of foreigners? The patriotic answer is the former, and the immigration enthusiast answer, implied if not stated, is the latter. If the enthusiasts truly believe that preference for one’s country is “hate,” the majority of Americans should take note and reject their counsel.

With the system of chain immigration we have now, the family connections of immigrants have more sway over immigration policy than many serious concerns about national interest. One such interest is whether we should be importing poverty, a consequence of our chain immigration policy. Simple common sense pleads that we should not.

This is the position of the Trump Administration. It proposes to cut back legal immigration, now at the highest sustained level in our history, and also the categories of family connections. It would keep the ones for minor children and spouses and eliminate the others. To a much greater degree than now, immigrants would be admitted on the basis of their ability to contribute to our society. If we must limit immigration—and certainly we must—our goal should be to have immigrants who will help our country rather than impose a burden on it.

As for refugees, the writer makes a valid point that humanitarian concerns should come first. But we need changes to have a sound refugee policy. Most definitely, the definition of refugee should return to its original meaning, some who faces a personal threat of persecution. Today the definition has broadened to include members of groups which may face forms of discrimination in their homelands. Also necessary is the understanding that resettling refugees in countries closest to their homelands is more cost effective and humanitarian than trying to bring so many of them to the United States.

The author’s claim that “when countries make people illegal the world comes apart” is rhetorical overkill and a flight into unreality. Our country doesn’t make anyone illegal. People become illegal when they break our laws, and because they are lawbreakers we have every reason not to value their presence. A more accurate statement than the author’s would be that countries come apart when they cease to enforce their laws.

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Nov 01

Terrorist Suspect Entered on Visa Lottery

Terrorist suspect Sayfullo Saipov allegedly rammed his truck into pedestrians in New York City, killing eight and injuring 11 more. Witness said he shouted the Muslim battle cry, “Allahu Akbar” as he fled after  committing his crime. In notes found in his truck, Saipov identified himself as a Muslim radical.

Saipov came to the United States from Uzbekistan under the Visa Diversity Lottery, an immigration category which randomly admits 50,000 people a year from countries around the world, including countries with ties to terrorism. Critics charge that the lottery is very weak on screening applicants. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) stated that “The diversity lottery serves no discernibe humanitarian or economic interest. . . . It is a policy that has far outlived its usefulness, if indeed it ever had any utility.”

Read more at breitbart.com; foxnews.com; and nytimes.com.

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Oct 31

House Judiciary Passes E-Verify Bill

The House Judiciary Committee passed legislation to make the E-Verify system mandatory, by a margin of 20 to 10, with all Republicans on the committee voting for it and all Democrats against it. This vote clears the way for the full House to consider the measure.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) affirmed that “one way to make sure sure we discourage illegal immigration in the future is to prevent unlawful immigrants from getting jobs in the U.S. Requiring the use of E-Verify by all employers across the country will help do just that. The web-based program is reliable and fast way for employers to electronically check the work eligibility of newly-hired employees. ”

Read more at judiciary.house.gov.

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Oct 30

Immigration Harms Poor Americans

American “progressives” see mass immigration as a way to relieve world poverty, says Harvard economist George Borjas. But they don’t seem to care what this “poverty program” does to working Americans, particularly those who are law-skilled and poor

Said Borjas, “The largest drop is probably the wage drop suffered by the workers who now face more competition in the labor market. It is not a huge drop, but it is certainly not zero. And we should find particularly worrisome when this wage drop is imposed on workers who can least afford it. And this obviously tends to aggravate the the forces that lead to greater inequality in our economy.

“The other big loss that we need to think about in terms of low-skill immigration is the increased cost of government services we provide them. According to the latest National Academy report, this number could easily exceed over 50 billion a year.”

Read more at breitbart.com.

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Oct 27

Foreign Language Numbers Set Record

Last year, according to the Census Bureau, a record number of 65.5 million U.S. residents over five years of age spoke a language other than English at home. This is nearly twice the total of this category in 1990 and almost three times the total of 1980. The Center for Immigration Studies noted that “The largest percentage increases since 2010 among languages with more than 400,000 speakers were for Arabic, Hindi, Urdu, Chinese, Persian, Haitian, and Gujarati. Hindi and Gujarati are spoken in India; Urdu is spoken in Pakistan.”

Read more at cis.org.

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Oct 26

Illegal Aliens Get More Than They Pay

More Misinformation from the Media:

President Trump’s tax returns remain a mystery, but the collective tax payments of the undocumented immigrants he loves to bash are not: They contribute an estimated $11.74 in state and local taxes. That’s an effective tax rate of 8 percent nationwide. By comparison the top one percenters pay an effective tax rate of 5 percent.  . . . The Trump administration is hell-bent on implementing harsh policies to push undocumented workers further into the shadows, and ultimately wants them all deported. But that will come at a huge cost both to the economy—and the government’s offers. – Undocumented Immigrants Pay More Than Their Fair Share of Taxes, Editorial, The Boston Globe, 4/18/17 [Link]

Fact Check: The estimate of state and local taxes comes from The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. A number of media outlets have cited this statistic. It may well be accurate, but it alone tells nothing about whether illegal aliens are genuinely contributing to our society. The true measure is whether or not they contribute more in taxes than they receive in public benefits.

An Internet link on the Globe’s editorial claims that “the contributions of these [illegal] workers absolutely outweighs their cost.” Nevertheless, a click on that link brings up an empty page. A reputable source on what illegal aliens are paying and taking is a study done in 2013 by the Heritage Foundation. This study notes that illegal aliens are low-wage earners. And like all low-wage earners, native-born as well as foreign-born, the total they pay in taxes is relatively small.

Thus the comparison of tax rates sheds no light on what illegal aliens are really contributing. They may pay at a higher rate than the top one percent, but the sum of what they pay is much less than that top bracket. The Heritage study tallied all the local, state, and federal taxes paid by illegal alien households, while adding up all the local, state, and federal benefits they receive. It found that these households on average pay $10,334 in taxes per year, and get $24,721 in benefits—a net liability of $14,387. In terms of total amount, they receive $54.5 more in services than the taxes they pay.

The media so often try to persuade Americans that we should ignore the wholesale violation of our immigration laws because of alleged advantages we gain from illegal immigration. A closer look usually shows that the liabilities outweigh the assets.

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