May 15

Poll: GOP Voters Want Immigration Cut

A Harvard/Harris Poll found that building a border wall was the top priority of Republican voters, and reducing all immigration, legal and illegal, is second. The latter finding suggests that President Trump may have trouble with his political base if he continues to endorse the current level of legal immigration, now running at more than a million a year.

Read more at breitbart.com

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May 15

Maine Importing Overclass of Immigrants

We reported yesterday on the squalor in southern Mexico and the Angolan migrant who was anxious to get to Maine because she “has contacts in Portland.” In January, we featured an article on the impact of immigration, primarily from Africa, on the city of Portland. Today, we note a video from Portland’s WMTW television news titled “Immigration could hold key to Maine’s economy, advocates say.”

Mainers Demanding More Immigrants in January

This report reveals a disturbing trend among some American cultural thought leaders–in this case centered in the state of Maine but likely spread throughout the U.S.–to regard more “highly skilled” immigrants as the solution to an aging native population and declining birth rate among natives.

Told strictly from the point of view of the “advocates” in the title and fairly gushing over the presumed superiority of Maine’s recently arrived African immigrants over native Mainers, the video makes the case that Maine needs to import a new overclass of highly skilled immigrants.  (One native Mainer associated with an immigrant-friendly business group says, “The immigrants who are coming here  have as a rule higher educations than we have…. We need these people!”)

The only obstacle to the immigrants’ assumption of their anticipated overclass role is language,  a problem for which high-tech has a solution.  Since learning “general English” takes too long, the Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center is providing businesses with online software that teaches prospective high-level employees business and technical jargon, omitting the “general” stuff traditionally used by mere citizens.

The smug assumption on the part of such “thought leaders” that people are fungible–like money, freely interchangeable, without regard to culture, background, and tradition–is wrong-headed, disturbing , and frankly suicidal.  These so-called “leaders” may succeed in importing an overclass and helping them bypass that pesky traditional language requirement that only “gets in the way” of their ascension. If they do, the territory currently occupying the limits of what we call the State of Maine may continue as an economy.  But there will no longer be a “Maine.”

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May 14

Family Fraud Common on Border

Many illegal aliens claim that they are the parents of children they bring with them. This helps them remain in the U.S. when they make claims for asylum. Many of these claims of family are bogus, according to investigations done by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Acting ICE Director Matthew T. Albence noted that “The results have been staggering thus far. In just a couple of weeks, we’ve interviewed 256 family units and identified 65 fraudulent families. Almost three out of every ten families we’ve interviewed have become fraudulent.” In one instance reported by the Daily Mail, a Guatemalan “rented” an eight-year-old boy for $130 to pose as a family when he illegally crossed the U.S. border.

Read more at breitbart.com and dailymail.co.uk

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May 14

Haitian and African Migrants Bring Squalor to Tapachula

We reported on May 9 that the government of Mexico is attempting to restrict the northward progress of migrants who have entered the country from the south.

The practice of issuing visas good only for Mexico’s southern region, combined with enforcement of long-neglected immigration laws, has resulted in the establishment of what UPI is calling a “squalid shantytown” in the city of Tapachula.  Curiously, this “shantytown” is populated not by Central American migrants but largely by Haitians and Africans, numbering in the thousands. These migrants arrive by air in Ecuador, which requires no visa. They then make their way along the Pan-American Highway up to and through the notorious “Darien Gap,” a 60-mile stretch of no-man’s-land jungle where the highway is unfinished. Eventually, those who make it through are stopped in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, of which Tapachula is one of the major cities.

In and around Tapachula, they squat, living on the streets and in makeshift shelters, defecating in the open, washing themselves in streams, and spreading filth and disease that have begun to alarm the native population.

One convenience store proprietor declared, “Piles of trash are everywhere and people are defecating near to where they have to sleep. I’m worried about everybody’s health, my family’s and theirs.”

The migrants themselves express one desire beyond the wish for an improvement in immediate living conditions: to get to the United States.  One Angolan who was interviewed said she wants to claim asylum in the United States and that she “has contacts in Portland, Maine.”  Another, a Haitian who had run into “political” trouble back home, said he and his family had spent the past 10 months in Chile, but “I really want to get to New York .”

Meanwhile, according to UPI, the “stench of rotting trash and human feces pervades the air” around the shantytown, and no one in officialdom seems to know what to do.

For more, see UPI.com.

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May 13

Immigration Tops All Federal Crimes

The United States Sentencing Commission has issued its annual report of federal crimes, and immigration-related crime tops all others, including those involving illegal drugs.

Source: 2018 Annual Report and Sourcebook of Federal Sentencing Statistics.

The commission said that immigration cases include, “trafficking in U.S. passports, trafficking in entry documents, failure to surrender naturalization certificate, fraudulently acquiring U.S. passports, smuggling, transporting, or harboring an unlawful alien, fraudulently acquiring entry documents, and unlawfully entering or remaining in the U.S.”

In the 2018 fiscal year, which ended in September, U.S. federal courts heard  69,425 cases, the overwhelming majority involving Hispanic males.

These cases accounted for 34.4% of all cases heard by federal courts, followed by drug-related cases at 28.1%.

The two categories had been nearly tied in the previous fiscal year.

For more, see the Washington Examiner.

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May 13

Diversity Isn’t Strength

The American Thinker recently published an article entitled “Is Diversity Our Strength?” It answered that question with a firm no. With respect to immigration, the article observed:

“Another form of where ‘diversity is strength’ has run amok is in our immigration system.  The impetus today seems to be to bring as many alien cultures into the U.S. as possible.  The media promote this as a way of building national strength.  It is not.  It is planting the seeds of fragmentation and balkanization.  And this foolish approach to immigration is further aggravated by the reluctance of the new arrivals to fully adapt to American norms and customs.  This resistance is encouraged and supported by the liberal hive, who view Americanization as a betrayal to their treasured diversity project.”

Read more at americanthinker.com

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May 12

Pentagon to Increase Support at Border

Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan visited the border at McAllen, Texas, on Saturday and declared that the DoD is “not going to leave until the border is secure.”

Shanahan Meets with Troops at McAllen; DHS Secretary McAleenan Is at Right

On Friday, Shanahan had approved the use of $1.5 billion of DoD funds to build more than 80 miles of “barriers” along the border. This comes on top of $1 billion authorized for transfer earlier.

Shanahan was accompanied Saturday by Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), signalling a growing relationship between the two departments. Shanahan  announced that he had appointed a two-star general, Ricky Waddell, to work with DHS to develop a plan for DoD assistance over a time frame of “at least two years,” to deal with the border crisis.

Currently, about 4,500 service members are stationed along the border. While prohibited from acting in a law enforcement capacity, they are engaged in erecting barriers, providing logistics,and transportation service and other activities in support of Customs and Border Protection.

For more, see the Washington Post.

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May 11

Congress Hangs Painting of Migrant Children

As a thoroughly modern example of “art for politics sake,” the House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress has hung in its collection a painting entitled “Bring Our Mom Back,” created by a young artist currently living in  Virginia, originally from Guatemala.

Bring Our Mom Back

The artist, a seventeen-year-old, is one of the winners of the 2019 Congressional Art Competition for high school students. Although  the painting does not relate to his own experiences, he says, “I had seen some images online of children separated from their families and I thought that was an important issue to highlight.”

The U.S. House of Representatives apparently agrees.

For more, see BBC.com.

 

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May 10

Millions Want to Leave Guatemala

A poll by a Guatemalan newspaper found that forty percent of Guatemalans–roughly five and-a-half million people– are planning to leave their country. Eighty-five percent of them said that the United States is where they would like to settle. As long as our border remains unsecured they have a green light to come.

Read more at dailycaller.com

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May 10

Border Agents Getting Sick from Migrant Contact

As we reported yesterday, two tractor-trailer rigs filled with migrants, many of whom with communicable diseases, were intercepted this week near the U.S. border in Mexico.

Previously, on March 26, we noted that U.S. Border Patrol agents are being kept busy transporting ill migrants to hospitals on a daily basis.

Today we learn that agents themselves are coming down with an assortment of diseases, contracted from the migrants with whom they come into contact.

Carlos Favela, president of the El Paso chapter of the Border Patrol union, told the El Paso ABC-TV affiliate on Wednesday that the number of agents calling into work sick or coming to work sick, has reached a new record.  According to Favela, an average of 20 to 25 agents in the El Paso sector are calling in sick every day.  Some, already out of sick days, are reporting to work sick.

Agents are routinely exposed to migrants suffering from any number of diseases, from  H1N1 virus and skin diseases to chicken pox and Legionnaires’ Disease.  Favela says the uptick in sick agents began at the same time as the surge of migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. in late 2018.

Border Patrol officials so far deny any increase in agents’ sickness, but Favela insists it is occurring and has asked the Centers for Disease Control to investigate.

In a related story, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced yesterday that the month of April set another record of migrant apprehensions on the border, with a total of 109,000.

For a video report, see KVIA.com.

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