Sep 11

Rep. McCaul Wants to Head DHS

Texas Rep. Mike McCaul wants to be appointed head of the Department of Homeland Security, according to an article in Politico. Immigration control advocates are not pleased by this possibility. McCaul has endorsed amnesty in the past and is identified with cheap labor interests that want open borders. He is also weak on the Trump Administration’s proposal to build a wall on the Mexican border. Critics call him “No-wall McCaul.”

Read more at breitbart.com.

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Sep 08

USA Today Dumps on Trump

In politics, the “wedge issue” is a weapon deployed to gain tactical advantage. You find some hot-button social controversy – crime, say, or gay marriage – and push it aggressively to divide the opposition and leave it dispirited. President Trump’s decision . . . to rescind an Obama-era executive order protecting 800,000 “Dreamers” – undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children – represents a variant. Call it the reverse wedge issue. Trump has applied it in the manner of a boomerang against himself and his party.

Republicans are divided over DACA. Immigration purists want nothing short of mass deportations, while political pragmatists fear that ending it will do long-term damage to innocent people and to the party.

The pragmatists are right to worry. Deportations, if they actually come up in six months when Trump’s action is set to take effect, would be a disaster at many levels. Dreamers – hardworking, U.S.-educated –are a vital part of the American economy. . . .  They engender widespread support from the American public and business interests. – Trump’s DACA Reversal Won’t Only Hurt Dreamers, USA Today Editorial Board, 9/5/17. [Link]

Fact Check: Most interesting about this article is its phony solicitude toward President Trump. The truth of the matter is that USA Today is vehemently anti-Trump and supportive of mass immigration. Almost certainly it wants the president to fail.

The article suggests that Trump’s primary reason for repealing DACA is just to use it as a “wedge issue” for political gain. But could there be another reason, namely that the president believes in the Constitution and the rule of law? Regardless of what one thinks about legal status for so-called “Dreamers,” DACA was an unconstitutional edict decreed by President Obama. Under the Constitution, Congress makes laws, not the executive.

During his campaign President Trump promised to repeal this unlawful edict. This and other promises to reform immigration garnered him strong popular support. Keeping his promise should sustain that support rather than damaging it.

With the president’s action, Congress has the opportunity to vote on DACA and enact it legally if it so chooses. Its supporters say this is the right thing to do because the beneficiaries are supposed to be people who were brought to the U.S. at a young age by their illegal alien parents and therefore were not guilty of willfully breaking U.S. immigration laws.

Nevertheless, more than a few of them may not be so innocent. The Obama version of DACA has been lax in screening applicants for the program. Many may not have been young children when they came, and others may not have been eligible because of criminal records. Also, the dreamers are not commonly the high achievers that the media often portray them to be. As for their economic contributions, which are hardly vital, one should consider that they take jobs that Americans—many of them disadvantaged and low-skilled—could be doing. “Business interests” favor this amnesty for the same reason they support all amnesties. It provides them cheap labor.

Some immigration restrictions are willing to accept legal status for Dreamers on a case by case basis with proper vetting. But in exchange for this concession they want overdue steps to end illegal immigration and bring about genuine immigration reform. Two examples are making the E-Verify system mandatory and sharply reducing legal immigration. Democrats in Congress have indicated that they are not willing to compromise.

If they persist in this stand, one wonders if the media will attack them for preventing Dreamers from getting legal status. In all likelihood that won’t happen. The media, one way or another, aims to cast Trump as the villain.

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Sep 07

Gutierrez Attacks Kelly

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), one of the most outspoken advocates of illegal aliens in the U.S. House of Representatives, strongly attacked White House Chief of Staff John Kelly for the Trump Administration’s decision to end the DACA amnesty. Said the congressman, “General Kelly is a hypocrite who is a disgrace to the uniform he used to wear. He has no honor and should be drummed out of the White House along with the white supremacists and those enabling the president’s actions by ‘just following orders.’ ”

Gutierrez, who never served in the military, is a Latino supremacist who once stated that his only loyalty was to the “immigrant community.”

Read more at dailycaller.com.

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Sep 06

Carlson: Alien Advocacy Un-American

Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson strongly implied that advocates of amnesty and other benefits for illegal aliens have an un-American agenda. With their advocacy, said Carlson, “Borders, citizenship and the rule of written law itself [are] all abandoned in favor of worldwide rule by unaccountable technocrats. . . . When you refuse to control your borders you are saying that the country doesn’t belong to its people. But to the whole world  When you give away citizenship to anyone who wants it, you are saying that citizenship isn’t worth anything.”

Read more at breitbart.com.

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Sep 05

Trump Repeals DACA

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Trump Administration is repealing the DACA amnesty that President Obama unilaterally decreed. By doing so, he ignored the constitutional authority of Congress to pass laws. Sessions noted that DACA showed “disrespect for the legislative process.” The program will phase out at the end of six months unless Congress renews it. Some observers believe that the administration will seek concessions from immigration advocates if they want to keep DACA or some version of it. Those concessions might include passage of mandatory E-Verify, border fencing, and significant reduction of legal immigration.

Read more at foxnews.com.

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Sep 05

Companies Forced to Hire Americans

U.S. companies often maintain that they face labor shortages which require them to hire foreign workers who come on temporary visas. This summer that claim faced a test when companies were not able to get all the H-2B seasonal low-wage, foreign workers they wanted. What happened? An article in Politico reported that they filled their positions by advertising for Americans and raising wages.

Read more at politico.com.

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Sep 01

Judge Blocks Sanctuary Law

A federal judge, Orlando Garcia, issued a preliminary injunction blocking SB4, the Texas law that bans sanctuary cities in the state. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton promised to “continue fighting for Senate bill 4 and said he was “confident that SB4 will ultimately be upheld as constitutional and lawful.”

Read more at www.theguardian.com.

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Aug 31

They Fear It Would Work

More Misinformation from the Media:

[T]he president and his surrogates have ramped up their draconian rhetoric and harsh policy proposals in hopes of scaring people into the shadows or out of the country altogether. Fear, a central component of Trump’s campaign, has now become a governing tool. On the campaign trail, he scapegoated immigrants to rally support for a political agenda based on a supposed white, Christian, law-abiding, U.S.-citizen “us” and a non-white, Muslim, Mexican and Central American criminal immigrant “them.”

Levels of fear have run high in immigrant communities. Organizations have canceled cultural events to avoid the possibility of an immigration raid; people have sought sanctuary in churches; and some have decided to leave the country, or “self-deport.” . . .

Despite the limited effectiveness of self-deportation campaigns in pushing people out of the country, they remain an essential component of the deportation machine, as . . . Trump’s incessant anti-immigrant fearmongering make clear. – The Core of Donald Trump’s Immigration Policy? Fear, The Washington Post, by Adam Goodman, 8/24/17

Fact Check: This writer seems to think it’s outrageous that lawbreakers should fear law enforcement. What’s wrong with that? How is it harsh or draconian? Fear is not necessarily a bad thing. Indeed, in proper measure, it can be a good thing if it restrains bad behavior.

This writer, one can reasonably deduce, does not think that breaking our immigration laws—and other laws illegal aliens commonly break—is bad behavior. Furthermore, he doesn’t seem to think that there is much difference between citizens (us) and non-citizens (them), and that pointing to such a difference is “scapegoating.” Actually Trump didn’t say anything about citizens being only white and Christian. He just said citizens, but this writer, as is typical of so many immigration advocates, cannot resist the temptation to indulge in race baiting.

If illegal alien advocates don’t believe in the significance of citizenship, then it follows that they also don’t believe in the significance of countries, particularly our country. That being the case, it would be most helpful for public understanding if they would plainly admit that they have no national loyalty or patriotism. Most, however, will not do so for the sake of expediency. Such an admission certainly would repel most Americans.

Much of this article argues against self-deportation, the view that if illegal aliens fear immigration law enforcement they will go home on their own over a period of time. Nevertheless, the author provides few reasons as to why it wouldn’t work. Self-deportation is the answer to the claim that dealing with the huge illegal alien population in the U.S. would require immediate mass round-ups which would be costly and socially disruptive. Illegal alien advocates may talk about fear all they like, but one fear they seem to have is that self-deportation would work.

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Aug 31

Mexican Labor Not Needed for Harvey

According to Richard Fisher, the former president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Houston cannot be rebuilt in the wake of Hurricane Harvey without “Mexican labor.” He did not specify as to whether they would be legal or illegal. Research suggests, however, sufficient numbers of American construction workers are available to do the work. The Center for Economic and Policy Research found that there are 3.3 unemployed construction workers for every 2.5 job openings.

Commenting on this and other data, The Daily Caller commented that “there are unemployed and underemployed workers whom Texas builders could recruit to rebuild Houston. Part of that strategy could also include offering higher pay to match wage growth in other sectors of the economy.”

Read more at dailycaller.com.

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Aug 30

287 (g) Agreements Increase

Under the Trump Administration the 287 (g) program has expanded. Named after the federal law that authorizes it, 287 (g) allows law enforcement to assist federal immigration law enforcement. Last month, 18 new jurisdictions joined the program making a nation-wide total of 60. Illegal alien advocates strongly oppose 287 (g). The Obama Administration tried to phase it out.

Read more at myajc.com.

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