Mar 15

SPLC Fires Dees

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is a radical left-wing organization which stridently attacks immigration restrictionists. The radical left supports mass immigration as a means to destabilize American society. The SPLC’s stock-in-trade is to label its opponents as haters and racists. Now it appears that the SPLC has practiced what it denounced. The organization revealed that it has fired its founder Morris Dees, citing his “inappropriate conduct.”

The Los Angeles Times reports that “the organization, whose leadership predominately white, has been wrestling with complaints of workplace mistreatment of women and people of color. . . . A letter signed by about two dozen employees — and sent to management and the board of directors before news broke of Dees’ firing — said they were concerned [about] internal ‘allegations of mistreatment, sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and racism. . . .’ ”

Read more latimes.com

 

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Mar 15

Senate Votes to End Trump’s Emergency Declaration

The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to end President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency in regard to the situation on the southern border.

Led by a solid Democrat bloc and followed by 12 Republicans, the vote passed 59-41, a decisive vote but not a veto-proof one.  Trump had already threatened to veto the resolution if passed.

The following Republican Senators voted with their Democrat colleagues to quash Trump’s order: Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Mike Lee (R-UT), Rand Paul (R-KY), Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Rob Portman (R-OH), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Roy Blunt (R-MO).

For it before he was against it.  Republican Thom Tillis of North Carolina appeared willing to support all possible sides of the issue.  After first announcing in a Washington Post op-ed that he would defy Trump and vote for the resolution, in the end Tillis voted against, thus avoiding an appearance in the list of defectors above.

Mr. Tillis is up for re-election next year.

For more, see Breitbart News.

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Mar 14

Miller Is a Patriot, Not a Hypocrite

The Quote Below: More Misinformation the Media

“Let me tell you a story about Stephen Miller and chain migration. It begins at the turn of the 20th century, in a dirt floor shack in the village of Antopol, a shtetl of subsistence farmers in what is now called Belarus. Beset by violent anti-Jewish pogroms and forced childhood conscription into the Czar’s army, the patriarch of the shack, Wolf Glosser, fled a village where his forebears had lived for centuries and too his chances in America. . . .

“I have watched with dismay and increasing horror as my nephew, an educated man who is well aware of his heritage, has become the architect of immigration policies that repudiate the very foundation of our family’s life in this century.” – Stephen Miller Is an Immigration Hypocrite. I know Because I Am His Uncle, David Glosser, Politico 8/13/18 [Link]

Fact Check on Quote: Stephen Miller is a senior policy advisor to President Trump. He firmly believes in immigration law enforcement and the need to reduce legal immigration, now at the highest sustained level in our history. Legal immigration, averaging around 1.3 million a year, is largely driven by immigrants who bring in their relatives—who in turn bring in their relatives in an ongoing chain of migration. Miller opposes this chain migration, in part, because it allows the family connections of immigrants to set immigration policy rather than national interest.

The thrust of the quote above is that the memory of one’s immigration ancestors should be the primary guide for setting policy. The implication is that no immigrant, or descendant of an immigration, has the right to bar anyone who wants to come to America. This idea totally misunderstands the nature of a nation.

To illustrate, let’s suppose a man applies for job at a business, and the head of the hiring department turns down his application. The applicant then objects, “How can you turn me down when you were once a job applicant like me? After all nearly everyone who works for your company was once an applicant. So who can a company of job applicants turn down anyone who applies for work?”

The obvious response is that companies don’t exist to hire people. They don’t exist to hire people. They exist to sell products and make a profit. It hires people on the basis of furthering those objectives. Obviously, the company would go out of business if it hired everyone who applied.

Nations, including our nation, exist to serve the common interests of their peoples. Thus we should admit immigrants on the basis of what they can contribute to our society. We are under no moral obligation to open our doors so that the world can swamp us. That obviously would be against our national interest.

Stephen Miller is no hypocrite when he puts country ahead of family history. A word for that is patriotism. Immigration advocates commonly emote about their immigrant grandparents. They would do much better to consider what kind of America their grandchildren will inherit.

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Mar 14

Sanctuary or No, Local Officers Still Helping ICE

On March 1, we reported, by way of KOAT News, that officials of the county in which Albuquerque, New Mexico, is located had proclaimed that henceforth no ICE agents would be permitted access to county inmate records. This sanctuary-type policy was to be in accord with their official “immigrant-friendly” stance.

Now it appears that those county officials may not have been quite so all-powerful as they had assumed, and that local officers might not feel quite so friendly toward potentially dangerous immigrants.

A new report in the Albuquerque Journal reveals that informal relationships among law enforcement officers at local and federal levels have continued to make inmate information accessible.

 

Upon learning the awful truth, the county commission chairwoman said, “I was surprised and horrified.”

ICE insists that it needs the cooperation of local authorities in its mission of protecting the public from dangerous criminals. When asked, Corey Price, with the ICE field office in El Paso,  called sanctuary policies “misguided efforts by those who ultimately want to shield dangerous criminals from being deported.”

Unfortunately for grandstanding elected officials concerned with attracting votes and media praise, many jailers and rank-and-file cops think the same way.

For more, see the Albuquerque Journal.

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Mar 13

Police Chief: End Sanctuary

The San Diego Police Chief Eddie Garcia denounced California’s sanctuary policies which protect illegal alien criminals from deportation. He stated, “This isn’t about politics, this is about public safety.” He made his statements in reference to a case involving the arrest of an illegal alien for stabbing a 59-year of woman to death. Because of the sanctuary policy, the suspect–with a long rap sheet–was not turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for deportation after previous arrests.

Read more at foxnews.com

 

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Mar 13

News from South of the Border

Here’s a very abbreviated rundown on events in Mexico in the past few days. Each of the following reports has come across within the last week:

Teen Migrant Claims She Was Repeatedly Raped During Journey to U.S.

Two Dead in Southern Mexico After Gunmen Attack Migrant Caravan

19 migrants kidnapped from bus in Mexico: president

‘Child Recycling’ Rings Smuggle Migrants into U.S., Says DHS

Five arrested in Cancun kidnapping of 39 Cubans

If you need more , check out “Cartel Chronicles” on Breitbart News.

Having said that, here’s an obvious item that would have gone without saying:

Mexican Top Cop: Security Is Deficient Throughout Country

The fact is, our neighbor to the south is a failed state, and has been throughout its existence.  Though the percentage of illegals actually from Mexico sneaking into the United States has decreased, that is only because those from the countries immediately to Mexico’s south–Guatemala,  Honduras, El Salvador–have skyrocketed. The percentage of illegals in the U.S. who are Mexican nationals is still more than 50%.

Were there no Central American caravans from those countries, there would still be ample reason for a wall between ourselves and the murderous and corrupt failed state that is Mexico.

 

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Mar 12

House Upholds Alien Voting

The Democrat-majority House voted to defend localities that permit illegal aliens to vote in their elections. The vote was a reversal of a vote six months ago when the Republican-majority House voted to condemn voting by illegal aliens. In defense of illegals casting ballots, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) stated, “We are prepared to open up the political process and let all of the people come in.”

Read more at washingtontimes.com

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Mar 12

Saying Goodbye to All That: Deindustrialization Continues in Lordstown

On March 8, Breitbart News featured a story about newly unemployed Aaron Applegate, an eleven-year employee at GM’s Lordstown, Ohio, assembly plant.

Central to the article is a video report from CBS News, which taped Applegate as he went about his duties on his last day of work at the plant, which is closing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GM’s Lordstown plant is the largest but not the only American plants the company is closing this year. All told, five plants will be closed, putting nearly 15,000 people out of work.

The Lordstown plant is known as the “Home of the Cruze,” its small sedan model. The plant has, in fact, been living on borrowed time for years, since GM announced, in 2015, that it would invest $350 million in a new plant in Coahuila, Mexico, to manufacture the Cruze.  By early 2017, shortly before his inauguration, then President-elect Trump tweeted:

 

 

 

 

 

Trump’s threat didn’t work. GM is simply discontinuing the model. GM now says American customers have lost interest in sedans such as the Cruze and are opting more for SUVs. So, on the day that CBS visited, the last of the Cruze models for the U.S. market was produced.

Lordstown is finally closing, but the Mexican Cruze plant that Trump railed against will continue–to manufacture the model for foreign markets.

 

 

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Mar 11

Brooks: Elites Don’t Care about Working Americans

Rep. Mo Brooks (AL) charged that American economic elites, whom he mockingly describes as “Masters of the Universe,” have little concern for American workers–as they push for more foreign workers to take American jobs. He stated:

“I’m not a part of the Masters of the Universe crowd who thinks we ought to be bringing in all this foreign labor and the reason for it is pure economics. . . .

“And to the extent you import a lot of foreign labor, then you are artificially increasing the labor supply which in turn means that you’re artificially suppressing the wages of American families who are often hard-pressed to make ends meet So I respectfully disagree that we need more foreign labor, to the contrary, I would like to see us reduce the foreign labor that comes into America so that American families who are struggling to make ends meet, particularly those of us who are earning the least amounts, would be better to take care of their own families and less likely to be dependent on the welfare.”

Read more at breitbart.com

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Mar 11

David Frum Takes All Sides of the Immigration Issue

Never Trumper par excellence David Frum has a longish article in this month’s Atlantic where, interspersed with obligatory jabs at President Trump, he outlines at length his confused take on immigration.

He starts, irrelevantly,  with immigration’s glories.  “Of the 122 Americans who won a Nobel Prize from 2000 to 2018, 34 were immigrants. Four of the five Americans who won Nobels in 2016 were born outside the country.  Of the 41 Fortune 500 companies created since 1985, eight had an immigrant founder. In many ways, the United States is a stronger, richer, and more dynamic country because of international migration.”

Why, he adds, he himself is an immigrant.  From Canada.  So it’s all good, right?

Not necessarily.  That stalwart defender of national sovereignty Hillary Clinton herself has advised Europe (free of charge, even)  to “get a handle on migration,” though at the same time she did hasten to proclaim her admiration for “the very generous and compassionate approaches that were taken, particularly by leaders like Angela Merkel.” By selling the birthright of future generations of Europeans as Merkel has done, Europe has now “done its part,” said Ms. Clinton.  Frum reports that her remarks have drawn rare criticism from other leftist politicians, because “immigration on a very large scale is politically stressful.” You have to feel for them.

American leftist pols used to be more receptive to immigration restrictions, Frum says. In 2015, Bernie Sanders charged that open borders was the policy of the right wing(!)  Even the sainted Barack Obama confessed in one of his autobiographies that he wished his auto mechanic could speak English.  Stressful indeed.

What happened to the left? Wait for it….Donald Trump, that’s what. Trump came along and forced his opponents into opposing every idea he ever had, including restricting immigration, which they really wanted to do. Honest.

There next ensue a few paragraphs excoriating President Trump for “demagoguery” for pointing out that a 7000-member caravan of Central Americans aiming for our southern border constituted a problem. The caravan was real and was in fact a problem, but Trump “manipulatively oversold” it.  He should have been more like Mr. Frum.   Nuanced and all that.

Frum then relates some pretty harrowing statistics about huge numbers of third-world people anxious to come to America.  But America, he assures us, can’t protect itself by “huddling behind a concrete barrier,” when large numbers of those aspirants can afford the price of a plane ticket. (Border control at airports being impossible for some reason.)

What follows in the rest of this mish-mash is David Frum agonizingly going back and forth, weighing the pros and cons of immigration and weighing them again, playing a sort of verbal ping-pong with himself, displaying that awful stressfulness he mentioned earlier.

Along the way, he comes up with some patently bogus “pros,” such as “Immigrants are making America safer” because they don’t commit crimes at the rate that natives do.  Similarly, “Immigrants are making America less self-destructive” because they have fewer firearms and don’t shoot themselves as often.  This silliness is contained near the end of his 8000 words, probably because he considered it a safe bet that no one would get that far.

Eventually, Frum seems to conclude that we should do something about restricting wholesale immigration, not to save the country or anything so rube-ish as that, but to preserve our left-leaning political parties. They are being threatened by those mean old fascists like Donald Trump and Marine LePen.  On behalf of the establishmentarian left, he writes:

“Immigration has done particular damage to political parties of the moderate left. From the 1970s until the 2010s, social-democratic parties dominated the politics of the European Union member states. As of last spring, among the 28 governments of the EU, only Malta, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, and Sweden were led by social democrats. The German Social Democrats have suffered a staggering series of defeats at the national and state levels. In the October 2018 state elections in Bavaria, they lost half their seats, finishing in fifth place behind the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany party.”

His pullquote lays it out: “If liberals insist that only fascists will enforce borders, then voters will hire fascists to do the job liberals refuse to do.”

And thereby put the liberals out of business.  The native-born people of Europe and America be damned, but we gotta save the system.

See The Atlantic for Frum’s article.

 

 

 

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