Aug 29

Trump DOJ Forces Company to Pay

In a settlement with the Department of Justice, a company in Louisiana has to pay more than $100,000 to Americans workers who did not get jobs because the company hired foreigners through a work visa program. The Justice Department stated that the company “failed to consider or improperly rejected U.S. workers who applied for positions as sheet metal workers or laborers, and then sought to fill the vacancies with foreign workers under the H-2B visa program.”


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Aug 28

Trump Pardons Sheriff Joe Arpaio

President Trump pardoned former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio for violating a federal judge’s order against detaining illegal aliens. Critics of the order felt that it was politically motivated. A statement from the White House noted that “Arpaio’s life and career, which began at he age of 18 when he enlisted in the military after the outbreak of the Korean War, exemplifies self public service. After more than fifty years of admirable service to our nation, he is a worthy candidate for a presidential pardon.”

Read more at breitbart.

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Aug 25

Trump May End DACA

According to one report, President Trump may end the DACA amnesty for illegal aliens in the so-called “Dreamer” category. DACA was created by an edict of President Obama. His action ignored the constitutional requirement that delegates lawmaking to Congress, rather than the president. Since the decree of DACA, 800,000 illegal aliens have used it to gain legal residence and work permits.


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Aug 24

Trump Proposal Makes Good Sense

More Misinformation from the Media:

President Trump has endorsed legislation that would slash legal immigration in half. . . . The only way to understand Mr. Trump’s support for such an obvious turkey is as yet another attempt to energize his dwindling base of right-wing and nativist supporters. . . . This bill falls into that category. Its central premise—that it would help American workers is false. It’s true that an influx of workers can cause short-term disruptions to the labor market, but the impact on wages of native workers over a period of 10 years is ‘very small,’ according to a comprehensive National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine report published last year. [Link]

Moreover, as studies have repeatedly shown, immigration boosts productivity and economic growth; restricting it would have the opposite effect.  — Trump Embraces a Senseless Immigration Proposal, The Editorial Board, The New York Times, 8/7/17

Fact Check: Contrary to the claim of this article, support for the legislation, the RAISE Act, extends far beyond President Trump’s allegedly “dwindling” base. A Politico/Morning Consult poll found that voters strongly support the key provisions of the legislation. Forty-eight percent favor cutting legal immigration by half, compared with 39 percent who oppose that reduction. Forty-five percent support an end to family connections of immigrants being the primary means of selecting who comes here, while 39 percent support the current system.

The report cited by the article did say that the overall impact of immigration on U.S. workers’ wages was small. But it failed to reveal what else the report said. It found that immigration had a significant negative impact on the group of American workers who can least afford it, specifically those with limited skills and education with relatively low wage jobs. Data from the report shows that the wage suppression they suffer because of immigration is of benefit to wealthier classes which profit from cheap labor. In effect, immigration creates what might be called a Robin Hood in reverse effect. It takes from the poor and gives to the rich.

The assertion of the report that the negative impact of immigration doesn’t last long is based on speculation instead of hard data. Harvard economist George Borjas was one of the authors of the report. He observed that “[T]here is a huge caveat that the report repeatedly emphasizes and that I know will be left out of much of the media discussion. The zero average wage effect in the long run is built in by the mathematics of the model that purportedly describes the American economy. As the report puts it: . . . .  ‘[T]his result is built in by theoretical assumptions.’ Put bluntly, the claim that the long-run effect of immigration on the average wage is “very small” has nothing to do with the data. That claim is instead a by-product of a mathematical assumption.

Immigration advocates claim the economic sky will fall if we reduce legal immigration, now around one million a year to 500,000 annually. But during the seventies and eighties immigration averaged around that level of half a million, and the economy then was hardly a disaster. Indeed it was better in some ways during those decades, with a higher percentage of Americans in the middle class and less of a divide between wealth and poverty.

If Times’ Editorial Board truly wants to reflect on what is “senseless,” it should consider its unwavering support for unending mass immigration.

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Aug 23

Trump May Compromise on DACA

McClatchy DC reports that the Trump Administration may accept the DACA amnesty for illegal aliens in exchange for concessions in other areas of immigration policy including reductions in legal immigration, mandatory E-Verify, and funding for a border wall.


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Aug 22

Make E-Verify Mandatory

An article in The Hill states that the Trump Administration should place as much emphasis on the E-Verify program as it does with building a wall on the Mexican border. E-Verify enables employers to check federal data bases to determine whether new hires are authorized to work in the U.S. The program is now voluntary for employers. If it were made mandatory, this article points out, it would be a highly effective tool against illegal immigration by eliminating the “magnet” of jobs for illegal aliens.


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Aug 21

ABA Endorses Illegal Lawyers

The American Bar Association House of Delegates passed a resolution saying that illegal aliens should be able to take the bar exam and practice law. Many commentators noted the irony of lawbreakers being lawyers.


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Aug 18

U.S. Demands NAFTA Changes

The United States is seeking significant changes in the NAFTA treaty. U.S. Trade Rep. Lighthizer said that President Trump “is not interested in a mere tweaking of a few provisions and an updating of a few chapters. We believe NAFTA has fundamentally failed many, many Americans and needs major improvement.” Many believe that NAFTA has encouraged illegal immigration from Mexico.


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Aug 17

Immigration Isn’t ‘Rocket Fuel’

President Trump says accelerating the United States’ economic growth is one of his administration’s most cherished goals. . . . He embraced a legislative overhaul to the immigration system that, if enacted, would make that goal unattainable. . . .

Those employment-based immigrants [favored under Trump’s plans] would be selected according to a points system that would favor English speakers with higher levels of education and high-paying job offers. So much for the tired, huddled masses for whom the Statue of Liberty stands as a beacon. . . . While fresh immigrants do depress wages for some low-skill and minority workers, as Mr. Trump has argued, they act as rocket fuel for the overall economy. By cutting their numbers, Mr. Trump would undercut the nation’s prospects. – Trump’s War on Legal Immigration Would Cripple the Economy, The Washington Post, Editorial Board, 8/14/17 [Link]

Fact Check: The theme of this editorial is the tiresome mass immigration propaganda line that we don’t have enough native workers to maintain a prosperous economy. Once again, as this blog must keep repeating, we don’t have a labor shortage when millions of Americans are unemployed, out of the labor force, or involuntarily under-employed in part-time employment. Also, we are not facing worker shortages when experts agree that a large percentage of jobs now done by humans will be done by machines and computers in the near future.

Tiresome too is the sappy reference to “huddled masses” and the Statue of Liberty. Rather than deal with the practical issues of modern immigration policy, immigration enthusiasts invariably try to divert the discussion by milking emotion from a 19th century poem. As a matter of history, the original meaning of the Statue of Liberty was to “enlighten” the world with America ideals, not invite the world to come here. The statue was completed in 1886 and a plaque with the “huddled masses” poem added in 1903.

It’s interesting how the well-heeled editorialists of the Post, dismiss the wage depression that mass immigration inflicts on poor and low-skilled American workers. These huddled masses, yearning to breathe free from low wages and lost opportunities, are of little concern to those writers.

If mass immigration is such a wonderful “rocket fuel” for the economy then why have U.S. wages stagnated since the early seventies when the current wave of immigration began to rise. And why, since that time, has the U.S. middle class substantially declined. The economy that immigration mainly benefits is that of the wealthy who reap profits from cheap labor at the expense of workers. The Post represents the interests of that class.

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Aug 17

Kobach: Republicans Must Feel Heat

Kansas Secretary of State of State Kris Kobach, a long-time supporter of immigration reform, has endorsed the RISE Act, which would cut legal immigration in half. Legal immigration now runs at the highest sustained level in our country’s history.  About the prospects of this legislation passing, Kobach stated, “I think it has a shot. It wouldn’t say a long shot, but the odds are against it right now unless the red state Republicans can feel the heat from their base.


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