Apr 06

Article Speaks Falsehoods About Trump

More Misinformation from the Media:

One aspect of Donald Trump that has particularly bothered me has been his denunciations of immigrants. . . . maybe it just seems unfair to scapegoat people who are powerless and struggling. . . . Yes, immigration brings challenges, including security risks that we’ve seen with terrorism. Yes. There are economic challenges, with immigrants sometimes displacing low-skill workers in particular. But above all, immigrants bring hard work, diversity, and global connections. – Speaking Truth to Trump on Immigration, The Opinion Pages, The New York Times, Nicholas Kristof, 1/18/17

Fact Check: The truth of the matter is that Donald Trump has never denounced immigrants, as immigrants. He has denounced the violent crimes of some illegal aliens and he has warned of the dangers that improperly vetted refugees from terrorist–harboring might cause us. But again, this is not a denunciation of all immigrants, but of particular immigrants who pose particular problems.

Trump also has called for steps to stop illegal immigration, which is pro-rule of law, and not anti-immigrant. In fact, it affirms respect for the foreigners who wait their turn in line to come here legally. The president further has suggested that legal immigration be reduced. But this suggestion is not anti-immigrant any more than a company that cuts back on hiring new employees is anti-employee.

Just as the company adjusts its new hiring to conform to its capacity and needs, our country has the obligation to set immigration policy in accord with its interests. With legal immigration now at the highest sustained level in our country’s history, it would make sense to reduce it to a more moderate level. In many ways, that would help native-born Americans and the immigrants who have already settled here. By benefitting the latter, it is most definitely a pro-immigrant policy.

Immigration advocates commonly try to pull the deceit that immigrant and immigration are interchangeable words and that any proposal to reduce immigration implies hostility or disregard for all immigrants. An extension of this deceit is when they claim they are standing for the “powerless” when their advocacy clearly benefits the political and financial elites who gain from unchecked immigration. Indeed, many of the genuinely powerless people in our country are those harmed by immigration.

Kristoff mentions one group of them in passing, low-skill workers—who are both native and foreign- born. But his mention is in passing and perfunctory. No doubt his concern would be higher if immigrants were commonly seeking jobs as opinion-piece writers for The New York Times.

Yes, it’s true that many immigrants work hard, but due to their numbers this means that their wages tend to be low—a great benefit for firms seeking profits from a cheap labor force.  With low wages they often qualify for welfare, which is why immigrant-headed households use welfare at a considerably higher rate than native-born households. The firms call what they do “free enterprise,” but it’s hardly free for the taxpayers who subsidize the low wages with tax-paid public assistance.

While immigration enthusiasts constantly inform us that diversity is our strength, it most definitely isn’t when it overwhelms our powers of assimilation and becomes divisive. Some good evidence that it has is the research of Harvard sociologist Robert Putnam which reveals that the more diverse a community is, the weaker are its civic and social ties. As for global connections, these are not necessarily good, most specifically when those ties are so strong that they prevent assimilation and promote divided loyalties.

Kristoff is right about one thing. Immigration does bring challenges. But to suggest that challenges brought by our reckless immigration policies will always work our well is grossly ignorant and grossly irresponsible.

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Apr 05

Illegal Border Crossings Down

Arrests of illegal aliens sneaking across the Mexican border dropped sharply in March to 12,500, the lowest monthly figure in seventeen years. Secretary John Kelly of Homeland Security said that the decline was “no accident” but a consequence of President Trump’s stated plans to thwart illegal immigration. Border control advocates caution, however, that many people who would like to come illegally are waiting to see if Trump will carry out his promises. If not, they warn, the flow of illegal immigration across the border most likely will pick up again.

Read more at chicagotribune.com.

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Apr 04

Walls Can Be Efffective

The building of walls can be effective in stopping illegal immigration, said Ronald Colburn, a former deputy Border Patrol chief. Her noted that a wall built near Yuma, Arizona, reduced illegal crossings by 94 percent.

Read more at rollcall.com.

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Apr 03

l3 States Back Trump in Lawsuit

Thirteen states have joined forces in court to support President Donald Trump’s temporary ban on admitting travelers from six terror-exporting Mideast countries.

Left-wing federal judges in Maryland and Hawaii have issued orders preventing implementation of Trump’s executive order, claiming that the order violates the Constitution’s First Amendment prohibition on the establishment of religion.

The states supporting Trump’s action are Texas, Louisiana, Montana,  Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Kansas, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, West Virginia, and Misssissippi.

U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang of Maryland claims that President Trump’s order violates the Constitution because the ban discriminates against Muslims.  In their court briefs supporting Trump’s temporary ban, the states point out that the majority of the world’s Muslims from other countries are not affected by the order, and that it therefore  does not discriminate based on religion.

The suit brought against Trump’s order was filed by  the International Refugee Assistance Project, a refugee resettlement group sponsored by the left-wing Urban Justice Center which receives funding from multibillionaire international financier George Soros.

The refugee group also receives considerable funding from American taxpayers through federal grants to settle foreign populations inside the U.S. In 2015, the State Department gave the group $17,663,704 and the Department of Health and Human Services gave another $2,765,195.

Financier Soros is well known in political circles for his financial backing of left-wing groups and organizations. Breitbart News reported that documents from Soros’s Open Society Institute boasted that the billionaire and his foundation helped to successfully press the Obama administration into increasing to 100,000 the total number of refugees taken in by the U.S. annually.

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Apr 03

TX Governor: Jail for Sanctuary

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) said he will sign legislation that could impose jail terms on officials who uphold sanctuary policies. These policies prevent cooperation with federal immigration law enforcement to detain and deport illegal aliens. Said Abbott, “We have been pushing a piece of legislation in Texas that is going to pass that I will be signing into law that imposes even sterner penalties on counties. It will include things such as further defunding them. It will impose fines. And it could impose jail time for these sheriffs to enforce the laws. Oddly enough these sheriffs could wind up behind the very bars they are releasing these criminals from.”

Read more at breitbart.com.

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Mar 31

Remittance Fee Could Fund Border Wall

A group of House Republicans on Thursday introduced the first major bill to fund President Trump’s border wall, saying the government could collect billions by imposing a 2% fee on all the money Mexicans and other immigrants send home.  Estimates vary, but remittances from those in the U.S. to their relatives back home could top $130 billion a year.  A 2% tax could net more than $2 billion a year for the border wall construction.

Read more here:  http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/mar/30/mike-rogers-pushes-border-wall-bill/

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Mar 30

Daily News Writer Twists Truth

More Misinformation from the Media:

President Trump is lying to you. We don’t have a problem with illegal immigration in this country. . . . President Trump speaks and tweets about Mexicans as if they are all criminals, boasting proudly over the weekend about his “crackdown.” But the real facts about violent crime in America gets [sic] lost in all his racist rhetoric. Fact one: violent crime is way down. According to the Department of Justice . . . the rate of “violent victimization” dropped from 79.8 to 20.1 per thousand between 1993 and 2014. Fact two: Other statistics report that the largest group of “bad hombres” in this country is white people, who committed 43.9 percent of America’s 6.5 million violent crimes in 2012-13. – Trump’s Policies Are the Real Immigration Problem in the U.S., Gersh Kuntzman, New York Daily News, 2/14/17.

Fact Check: Kuntzman should be careful when he accuses President Trump of lying when he so blatantly twists the truth himself. Did Trump ever state, or even suggest, that all Mexicans were criminals? The following is the quote that his critics commonly cite to make charges similar to Kuntzman’s.       

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. . . .” They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

This quote refers not to all Mexicans, but to those who illegally enter our country. As Trump states, they are not Mexico’s “best.” In other words there are plenty of Mexicans in Mexico who are good people, better than the ones who break our laws. He truthfully points out that some of these illegal aliens commit serious crimes such as drug trafficking and rape. But he also “assumes” that others don’t commit serious crimes, and he generously describes them as “good people.”

On another occasion he declared, “We’re going to secure the border, and once the border is secured at a later date, we’ll make a determination as to the rest. But we have some bad hombres here and we’re going to get them out.” Again, he makes a distinction between “bad hombres” and “the rest” who may not be so bad.

What exactly is “racist” about his comments about bad illegal aliens? After all, illegal isn’t a race. A genuine expression of racial animosity is Kuntzman’s statement that white Americans are “bad hombres” because they committed 43.9 percent of the country’s violent crimes. That sounds like a high crime rate, but not when compared with the white percentage of the total population, 63 percent. When that many people, by percentage, commit significantly less than 50 percent of violent crimes, they can hardly be characterized—in general—as “bad hombres.”

The general decline of “violent victimization” since the nineties does not prove that illegal immigration isn’t boosting crime. At only 3.5 percent of the population, they could be significantly contributing to serious crime even as the overall rate goes down. Illegal alien advocates disagree, and it is an article of faith among them that the crime rate of illegal aliens (not counting offenses related to immigration law) is less than the rate of native-born Americans.

But the truth of the matter is that no one can say for sure because the federal government and state governments don’t keep comprehensive data on illegal alien crime. Possibly they don’t want the truth known for political reasons. In any case, much existing data suggest the illegal alien crime rate is disproportionately high.  Fox News did a study of federal and state statistics and found that “illegal immigrants are three times as likely to be convicted of murder as members of the general population and account for far more crimes than their 3.5-percent of the U.S. population would suggest.” The Center for Immigration Studies also cites data indicating that illegal aliens commit more crimes than natives.

One point to keep in mind is that violating the law is something that all illegal aliens do. And this unchecked lawlessness probably encourages those who are violent to act on their inclination.                

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Mar 29

Immigration Surges Toward Record

The U.S. foreign-born population (legal and illegal immigrants) is now 13.5 percent of the total population. If the current level of immigration continues, it will reach 15 percent in just six years, or approximately one in every seven U.S. residents. This percentage, as the Center for Immigration Studies notes, “will surpass the all time high in the United States reached in 1890” and will continue to increase.

Read more at washingtonexaminer.com.

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Mar 28

Boston Mayor Says Illegals Can Live In His Office

Announcing his defiance of federal immigration law and the Trump administration’s pledge to cut off funding to cities that protect illegal aliens from deportation, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh vowed to let illegal aliens live in his personal office, or any other office in the building.

“If people want to live here, they’ll live here,” Walsh said. “They can use my office. They can use any office in this building,” said Walsh.

He is just one of a number of big city mayors who think it is wrong to deport illegal aliens, even if they commit some crimes while in the U.S.  They have vowed to be “sanctuaries” for illegals.

Although it is not a legal or technical term, “sanctuary cities” are communities whose elected officials refuse to cooperate with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after local police have apprehended illegal immigrants. By federal law, they are required to inform the feds when they have an illegal immigrant in custody, even if he or she has not been convicted of a crime.

Several big cities, including New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, as well as dozens and possibly hundreds of smaller counties, cities and towns, also have refused to detain some illegal aliens who are being freed from detention after committing crimes, even though ICE requested that the aliens remain in custody so they can be deported.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions at a White House briefing said the Trump administration intends to withhold Justice Department  grants from cities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

“Failure to deport aliens who are convicted of criminal offenses puts whole communities at risk, especially immigrant communities in the very sanctuary jurisdictions that seek to protect the perpetrators,” Sessions warned.

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Mar 28

NYC Official Vows Defiance

A New York City official vowed to defy efforts by the Trump Administration to end that city’s sanctuary policies which protect illegal aliens from federal law enforcement. “We are going to be this administration’s worst nightmare,” declared New York City council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. She promised the city would prevent federal agents from entering certain areas of city property, limit their access to schools and school records, and provide legal services to illegal aliens.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has called on sanctuary jurisdictions “to carefully consider the harm they are doing to their citizens by refusing to enforce our immigration laws.”

Read more at fox5ny.com.

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