Dec 14

Acting AG Calls for Asylum Reform

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has called for steps to stop the abuse of our asylum laws by illegal aliens. He observed:

“Asylum is only  for those who fear persecution on the basis of their race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group.

“But what happened is that word got out that you could game the system.  People found out that you could apply for asylum and then get a work authorization in the United States while you waited for a court date.  That might take years—and you could disappear before that ever happened anyway.

“Word got out that you could cross the border illegally, live here as an illegal alien—and then, if you got caught, you could just claim asylum.”

Read more at justice.gov

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Dec 13

Open Borders Deny U.S. Liberty

The Quote Below – More Misinformation from the Media

As technology and globalization continue shrinking the world, people and ideas move quickly and freely. Political borders become increasingly irrelevant. But that’s fine because the qualities that define Americans don’t depend on geography. Rather, it’s their history of liberty, pluck, ingenuity, optimism and pursuit of happiness. . . .

If Congress seriously wants reform, it might begin by returning decisions on immigration to the individuals involved, in obedience to the Constitution’s Ninth and 10th Amendments. But Congress will need to go further. Requiring taxpayers to subsidize immigrants’ healthcare, education, food, shelter, or anything else breeds resentment. . . .

That’s right: The Constitution does not authorize the federal government to control immigration. Nor does it say anything about illegal immigrants. – “Why Restrict Immigration at All,” Christian Science Monitor, 6/7/07, republished on austrianeconomicblogs.org, Don Boudreaux, 5/8/18 [Link]

Fact Check on Quote: If political borders are really becoming “irrelevant” then countries are becoming irrelevant—including America. Is that what most Americans want? Yes, we have a history of liberty, and most of us want the liberty to decide what kind of country America will become. With open borders, foreigners will flood our land, and they will determine what our future will be.

A recent Gallup poll found that almost 160 million people would like to move to the U.S. Not doubt they would like to bring their spouses and children, thus adding tens of millions more. The enormity of such numbers would push us beyond the cultural, social, and economic breaking point. To cite one example, many of these people are from poor countries, and no doubt their poverty would qualify them for our welfare programs. Wouldn’t that bankrupt those programs?

The author says we shouldn’t worry because Congress could simply pass a law preventing the new comers from accessing welfare. Such a statement reveals the most astounding ignorance about the real world of American politics. The Democratic Party would move hastily to recruit and organize the immigrants to a powerful new voting constituency for welfare programs. In that situation, there is no way those programs would end.

The author’s claim that the Constitution has nothing to say about immigration is false. Article I, Section 8, Clause 4 authorizes the establishment of “an uniform Rule of Naturalization.” Our immigration laws establish rules for naturalization by setting limits on who can reside in America and become a citizen and who can’t. The Founding Fathers did not believe in open borders. No responsible person does.

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Dec 12

Illegal Border Crossings Increase

Last  month illegal crossings of the Mexican border nearly reached 52,000, the highest number for November since 2006. Princeton Researcher Steven Kopits projects that the total number of illegal crossings will rise to 600,000 in Fiscal Year 2019–nearly double the number of 310,000 in Fiscal Year 2017.

Read more at breitbart.com

 

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Dec 11

Trump: Military Can Build Wall

President Trump said that if the Democrats will not support legislation to build a border wall, we will use the military to accomplish that task. He stated, “People do not yet realize how much of the wall, including really effective renovation, has already been built. If the Democrats do not give us the votes to secure our country, the military will build the remaining sections of the wall. They know how important it is!”

Read more at foxnews.com

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Dec 10

Smugglers Encourage Child Migration

Human smugglers are “advertising” their services to potential migrants in Central America, notes Kevin McAleenan, commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The pitch they give, says McAleenan is that “If you bring a child with you, you will be released if you cross the border illegally and you’ll be allowed to stay in the United States.”

Read more breitbart.com

 

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Dec 07

Goodlatte: House Leaders Sabotaged Bill

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), the retiring chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, charged that GOP House leadership sabotaged the immigration reform legislation he proposed. It was a compromise bill which would have granted work permits to 700,000 illegal aliens in exchange for significant cuts in legal immigration and steps to enforce immigration laws.

The leadership, apparently at the behest of cheap labor interests, put for another bill which offered broader benefits to illegal aliens and fewer cuts in legal immigration. This bill, Goodlatte complained, diverted enough Republican support from his legislation to ensure that it would fail.

Read more at breitbart.com

 

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Dec 06

They Ignore the Cries of Americans

The Quote Below—More Misinformation from the Media

Why? Because all of us — every human on the planet — respond to the cry of a child. It is hard-wired in us. What sound is more primal, more wrenching, more vivid, more capable of cutting through the noise to connect us to something deeper? What sound is more effective in dispelling the dangerous myth of tribalism and reminding us of the essential truth of our common humanity? . . .

Meanwhile, the Trump administration has shown no signs of backing down on its larger ambition of curbing immigration — legal and illegal alike — and dismantling America’s traditions as a refuge for the world’s tired, poor and huddled masses. . . .

What is required, then, in 2019 and beyond, is not only a reversal of an immigration agenda sharply at odds with this country’s highest ideals, or an end to the hateful and divisive rhetoric deployed on its behalf. What we need is something more: a shift in our hearts, an expansion of our capacity for moral understanding. — America’s Crisis of Conscience, The New York Times, Laurene Jobs, 12/3/18  [Link]

Fact Check of Quote: This article is a classic example of emotional manipulation to short-circuit rational discussion of immigration policy. Yes, it is disturbing to hear children cry, but it is dishonest not to consider the full context of why this happened on our border. Illegal aliens are bringing children with them, often exposing the children to great danger, because our government has sent the signal south of the border that bringing children gives you a better chance of staying in the U.S.

Thus, a good way to relieve distress of children separated from parents at the border is to remove the incentive to bring them. One means is enacting reforms to discourage illegal aliens from making bogus asylum claims.

The writer makes no constructive suggestions of this kind, perhaps because she doesn’t think that securing our border is necessary or justified. America’s mission, she suggests, is offering admission to the tired huddled masses of the globe. A reasonable person might ask if we can afford take them in without a meltdown of our Melting Pot. Such a person might also reason that if we can take everyone in, we must have some effective means to keep them out.

But practicality makes little impression on people who prefer to get high on feel-good emotionalism. This is not to say that emotion and sentiment are wrong, but the lack of balance between idealism and realism certainly is. Also wrong is emotion for only one side. Immigration enthusiasts like this writer, to cite an example, seldom show sympathy toward the pain suffered by American parents of children murdered by illegal aliens.

More broadly, these enthusiasts seem to have little compassion for the tired huddled masses of American citizens who yearn to breathe free from the burdens of mass immigration: overcrowding, stress on the environment and resources, depressed wages, divisive diversity, and multicultural confusion.

If immigration enthusiasts really want to exercise “conscience,” they should abandon their delusions of moral grandeur and practice some humility. It’s a virtue that these self-proclaimed virtuous people seldom if ever possess.

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Dec 05

Pelosi Promises House Amnesty

In response to a letter from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) promised that she, as House Speaker, would promote House passage of an amnesty for illegal aliens in the DACA category. One of the letter writers also demanded that the legislation have no “poison pills,” i.e., concessions which would improve border security such as the wall desired by President Trump.

Read more at cbsnews.com

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Dec 04

Immigrants Use More Welfare

A report by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) found that immigrant headed households use significantly more welfare than those of native-born Americans. It found that “In 2014, 63 percent of households headed by a non-citizen reported that they used at least one welfare program, compared [with] 35 percent of native-headed households.  .  .  .  Compared [with] native households, non-citizen households have much higher use of food programs (45 percent vs. 21 percent for natives) and Medicaid (50 percent vs. 23 percent for natives).

Read more at cis.org

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Dec 03

Gallup: Immigration the Top U.S. Problem

A Gallup survey found that Americans viewed immigration as the country’s leading problem. Twenty-one percent expressed his view in November–up from 13 percent in October. Thirty-seven percent of Republicans said immigration was the leading problem, compared with 18 percent of independents, and 10 percent of Democrats.

Read more at gallup.com

 

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