Oct 25

GOP Senators Plot Amnesty

A group of key Republican senators, most of whom are partial to cheap labor interests, are working on amnesty legislation for illegal aliens in the DACA category.  According to Politico, a publication which reports on Congress, they are not planning to demand significant concessions from the Democrats to pass the legislation.  One example is that they have “all but ruled out” seeking legislation to make the E-Verify system mandatory. E-Verify enables employers to determine the legal status of people they hire by accessing federal data bases.  Making the system mandatory would do much to stop employment illegal aliens and thereby discourage illegal immigration.

Read more at politico.com.

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Oct 24

SC Governor Proposes Sanctuary Ban

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster says he will seek to require cities in his state to prove that they are not sanctuary cities for illegal aliens. The governor said that he was not aware of any cities that are now embrace this status. Nevertheless, he stated, What we are doing here is to make clear that such an announcement will  not be accepted. We want people of this state to know that law enforcement is doing its job in South Carolina.” An estimated 85,000 illegal aliens live in the state.

Read more at mcclatchydc.com.

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Oct 23

Baseless Lawsuits Seek to Uphold DACA

Lawsuits are seeking to uphold the DACA amnesty that President Trump rescinded. They claim that the president did not go through the necessary procedures to repeal it. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach affirms that these lawsuits are baseless. An authority on immigration law, Kobach notes that President Obama went through none of these procedures when he unilaterally proclaimed DACA in defiance of the Constitution.

“In other words,” said Kobach, “the plantiffs are claiming that even though President Obama did not jump over the necessary procedural hurdles to create DACA (which makes it null and void), President Trump still has to jump over those hurdles in order to end it.”

Read more at breitbart.com.

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Oct 20

Bush Bashes ‘Nativists’

Former President George W. Bush upheld globalism and mass immigration in a recent speech. He proclaimed that “we cannot wish globalism away,” and asserted that “We seen nationalism distorted into nativism, and forgotten the dynamism that immigration has always brought to America.” Critics of the speech replied that this “dynamism” too often consists of transferring wealth from working Americans to economic elites.

Read more at breitbart.com.

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Oct 19

Sentiments Alone Make Bad Policy

More Misinformation from the Media:

The words on the plaque are from a sonnet written by Emma Lazarus in 1883 to help raise money for the American contribution to the monument. Americans built the base. . . . American embraced the sentiments of that poem, and yet Americans mistreated generations of immigrants. The question of who will be accepted as American is a longstanding one. . . . In 1882 Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act to keep Chinese laborers out of the [United States]. . . . In 1965, along with other civil rights legislation, the government abolished earlier restrictions based on national origin. . . .

Nations want to control their borders and expect that people will abide by that law. That expectation has more moral weight when the laws are built on a just foundation. Our track record is not good. – Beyond Dreamers, the U.S. Needs a Moral Immigration Policy, The Seattle Times, Jerry Large, 9/7/17 [Link]

Fact Check: Immigration advocates always urge us to base immigration policy on the poetic sentiments of Emma Lazarus. Certainly there is nothing wrong with poetry, but sentiments without practicality guarantee bad policy. And this is precisely why we have the dysfunctional immigration policy we have today. With legal immigration now running at the highest sustained level in our history (more than one million a year), we face diversity which threatens unity, stress on our environment and resources, and economic disadvantages for American workers.

Nevertheless, many immigration advocates get so high from sniffing sentiments that they actually imagine that their lack of practical concern is a moral virtue. Evidently that is the case with the writer above. In his mind, it was immoral for the United States to show preference or lack of preference for any group of potential immigrants.

One example he cited was the Chinese Exclusion Act. Its purpose was to protect American workers on the West Coast from inundation by low-wage Chinese labor. What was so horrible about a policy that upheld the interests of Americans? Shouldn’t their well-being be the primary concern of the American government?

Actually, for a lot of immigrant advocates, the answer is no. In their rarified version of “morality” America comes in second to global vision. Notice that his writer refers to the 1965 immigration law as “civil rights” legislation. The implication is that foreigners should have rights to come to the United States. By giving immigrants priority to bring in their relatives, that legislation gave them significant authority over admission to the U.S.

But civil rights, properly defined, are the rights of citizens. And if they truly have a country, one based on democratic principles, they have the right and duty, for the benefit of their country, to put any restrictions they like on immigration. Many immigration advocates disagree, not only because they are impractical, but also because—with their global orientation—they are not patriotic.

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Oct 18

Judge Blocks Travel Ban — Again

Once again a federal judge has blocked President Trump’s travel ban on people from countries with ties to terrorism. The pretext for the ruling is that the ban is anti-Muslim. The ban includes only eight countries, thus excluding most Muslim countries. One of the eight countries, North Korea, is non-Muslim.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee said the ruling was “dangerously flawed” and “undercuts the president’s efforts to keep the American the American people safe.” She added, “We are are therefore confident that the judiciary will ultimately uphold the president’s lawful and necessary actions and swiftly restore its vital protections for the safety of the American people.”

Read more at cnbe.com.

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Oct 17

Sessions: ‘Rampant Fraud’ in Asylum System

Attorney General Jeff Sessions declared that the U.S. asylum system is “subject to rampant abuse and fraud.” He added that “[A]s this system becomes overloaded with fake claims it cannot deal effectively with just claims.”

Read more at washingtonexaminer.com.

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Oct 16

Immigrant Total Sets Record

A study by the Center for Immigration Studies based on data from the Census Bureau found that:

“The nation’s immigrant population (legal and illegal) hit a record 43.7 million in July 2016, an increase of half a million since 2015, 3.8 million since 2010, and 12.6 million since 2000.

“As a share of the U.S. population, immigrants (legal and illegal) comprised 13.5 percent, or one out of eight U.S. residents in 2016, the highest percentage in 106 years. As recently as 1980, just one out of 16 residents was foreign-born.”

Read more at cis.org.

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Oct 13

DOJ Warns Sanctuary Cities

The Department of Justice Issued a strong warning to cities which refuse to cooperate with federal immigration law enforcement. Among these sanctuary cities are New York, Philadelphia, New Orleans, and Chicago. In a statement issued with the warnings, Attorney General Jeff Sessions affirmed that “jurisdictions that adopt so-called ‘sanctuary policies’ also adopt the view that the protection of criminal aliens is more important than the protection of law-abiding citizens and the rule of law.”

A spokesperson for New York City Council Speaker Melissa Viverito replied that “New York City will continue to do everything in our power to protect our vulnerable immigrant communities against these deranged threats. We will not be changing our policies.” The spokesperson was not quoted expressing concern for communities of citizens.

Read more at newsweek.com.

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Oct 12

Immigration Won’t Save Social Security

More Misinformation from the Media:

The Bipartisan Policy Center issued a new white paper Tuesday that details one crucial twist to the ongoing immigration debate.

Authors Kenneth Morgan and Theresa Cardinal Brown write that immigration can help boost the solvency of the Social Security Trust Fund:

“The logic is simple: Immigrants tend to be of working age when they move to the United States. Furthermore, research indicates that foreign-born individuals are more likely to be employed than their native-born counterparts, as native-born individuals tend to have more flexibility to enter retirement, enroll in school, or enter disability. More people working and paying into the Social Security system decreases the old-age dependency ratio, which extends trust-fund solvency.”

The report also notes that undocumented immigrants may help trust fund solvency, too. – How Immigration Can Help Save Social Security, The Fiscal Times, Yuval Rosenberg, 8/22/17.

Fact Check: The claim that immigration can save Social Security rests on the idea that present and future legal immigration can significantly lower the average age of the U.S. population. But that, as a recent paper by the Center for Immigration Studies notes, depends on whether the birth rates of immigration are significantly higher than those of natives.

The birth rate of immigrants is presently higher, but the gap between the two has narrowed substantially during the past decade. In 2008, the paper observes, “immigrant women had a TFR [Total Fertility Rate] of 2.75 children; by 2015 it had fallen to 2.16 — a .6-child decline. For natives it declined from 2.07 to 1.75 — a .33-child decline.”

The paper further notes that “If present trends continue, the TFR of immigrants may drop below 2.1 in the next few years, the level necessary to replace the existing population. An immigrant TFR of less than 2.1 would mean that, in the long run, immigration would add to the aging of American society.”

With respect to illegal immigration, a claim commonly made is that illegal immigrants are assisting Social Security through their taxes because they, unlike legal immigrants, will never draw Social Security benefits. That, however, is not necessarily the case. It now appears that as many as 800,000 illegal aliens in the DACA category will eventually receive amnesty and access to Social Security. Aside from amnesty, there are other means for them to attain legal status.

As for contributing to Social Security, as many as half of Illegal aliens don’t contribute because they work off the books and therefore pay no federal taxes. And those who pay federal taxes often use the Earned Income Tax Credit to receive tax refunds. Illegal aliens commonly work at low-income jobs, which means that the total of all taxes they pay (including Social Security taxes) are much less than the total of all public benefits they receive.

Social Security faces serious problems with a declining base of support. But mass immigration is not the answer. Fiscal concerns aside, the stress it places on our national culture and unity is an enormous contribution to social insecurity.

 

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