May 09

Trump’s Actions Aren’t Extreme

The Quote Below: More Misinformation rom the Media

Donald Trump’s purging of top leaders at the Department of Homeland Security illustrates just how extreme the president’s immigration policy has become. . . .

Trump forced out Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Sunday. . . . The timing couldn’t be worse. If ever there was a time our country needed to compromise on immigration issues, this is it. But Trump’s uninterested in compromise. He’s focused on separating families, building a wall and sealing the border with Mexico. The president’s promise of a border wall may have helped put him in the White House in 2016. But he has turned it into an irrational obsession. . . . When Nielson isn’t tough enough for Trump, that’s troubling. . . .

Meanwhile, days, weeks and years keep passing without comprehensive immigration reform. It’s a tragic loss to the nation.

As Bay Area Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-San Jose, points out, we’re a nation of immigrants, from industrialist Andrew Carnegie to Google’s Sergey Brin, who have brought innovations to our shores that have helped the country prosper.

The president should embrace the notion that we can both secure our borders — without a 2,000-mile wall — and still attract the best and brightest minds from around the world to further spur our economy. . . . Trump’s latest purge signals a deplorable shift away from America’s most treasured values. – The Mercury News (San Jose), Trump’s Immigration Obsession Borders on Irrational Editorial Board, 4/9/19 [Link]

Fact Check of Quote: This column errs with its claim that former DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielson was a tough immigration hard-liner. When she was appointed to head DHS, she received great praise from Republican amnesty advocates. She contributed to the campaign of Jeb Bush and worked in DHS under the administration of former President George W. Bush. Both Bushes were staunch supporters of amnesty.

With the border in “absolute crisis” (in the words of the acting Director of ICE Matthew Albence) it was not unreasonable for President Trump to seek a replacement for Nielson. Wanting a secure border is hardly “an irrational obsession.” The charge that Trump “focuses on separating families” suggests—maliciously it seems—that President Trump is purposely trying to separate them.

The reality is that some of our current immigration policies bring about separation by encouraging illegal aliens to bring their children, and other children, with them. This is because they know that having children in tow increases the likelihood that they can remain in the U.S. after making a bogus asylum claim.

The column speaks about the need for “comprehensive reform,” as euphemism commonly used for mass amnesty of illegal aliens. Certainly it would be far better to accomplish the basic task of getting our border under control before we think about anything else. By granting amnesty, a reward for lawbreaking, we simply encourage more people to sneak across our border.

The column also recites the piety that we’re “a nation of immigrants,” a tactic commonly used by immigration enthusiasts to deflect any critical analysis of our immigration policies. To a reasonable degree we can be proud of our heritage of immigration, but that pride must be toward legal immigrants—people who obeyed and respected our laws. This column focuses on illegal immigrants and seems to conflate them with a nation of (legal) immigration.

Immigration enthusiasts often fail to make distinction between the two kinds of migration to America. It suggests that they care little for our rule of law and our national sovereignty. It’s a shame that they don’t seem to treasure these treasured American values.

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May 09

289 Migrants, Some with Communicable Diseases, Found in U.S.-Bound Trucks

Officials of the Mexican border state of Tamaulipas have detained 289 migrants, some of whom were infected with measles, chickenpox, and other communicable diseases.  The migrants had been  crammed into two tractor trailer rigs.

Authorities had break into one of the freight containers to free the migrants, who were turned over to Mexican immigration officials.

Tamaulipas borders Texas. Its capital, Ciudad Victoria, is about 180 miles from Brownsville.

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May 09

Mexico Keeps Migrants at Bay with Regional Visas

The Mexican government, reportedly anxious to avoid trouble with the Trump administration, has come up with a new wrinkle in its efforts to keep Central American migrants away from the U.S. border.

The new wrinkle is regional visas.  Migrants entering Mexico from the countries to its south–primarily Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras–are now being offered $200 in Mexican pesos and a regional visa, good only for stay in one of four southern Mexico states: Chiapas, Campeche, Tabasco, and Quintano Roo. Should a migrant leave the southern region heading north, he would have to travel at least 950 miles illegally and be subject to arrest and deportation.

Migrants, predictably, are expressing outrage over the policy.  Most insist that their true destination is not the United States but cities in northern Mexico, such as Tijuana and Monterrey, near the Texas border.  Complained one, “Monterrey is a perfect city for me. If the government would just let me live and work in the north, I know my life would be better. . . I don’t want to live in southern Mexico. It’s too much like Guatemala.” He then declared, “I don’t want to live in the United States, but I know it’s a country of immigrants, and look how prosperous it is. Mexico needs to . . . let us live and work wherever we want. Migrants can make Mexico prosperous, too.”

But only if they’re close to the United States, apparently.

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May 08

Trump Wins on “Remain in Mexico” Policy

The Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy (formally known as the “Migrant Protection Protocol [MPP] and reported on here and here) received an unexpected boost from the  9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday, when the three-judge panel issued a stay on a lower court injunction that had sought to end the policy.

MPP, as yet being used only in a limited rollout, requires asylum seekers apprehended crossing the border illegally from Mexico into the United States to be sent back to Mexico to await their cases’ adjudication.

The Ninth Circuit has been a roadblock to many of President Trump’s initiatives, and pro-illegal immigration activists expressed horror at the surprise decision.  One Charanya Krishnaswami, an official at Amnesty International USA, said, “The decision to allow this cruel and irresponsible policy to continue will put many more people seeking protection in harm’s way.”

Two of the judges themselves, both Democrat appointees, expressed personal disagreement with the decision but ruled nevertheless on the basis of the law, rather than emotion.

For more, see the Washington Times.

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May 08

Trump Plan Won’t Cut Legal Immigration

According to a senor administration official, President Trump has endorsed the immigration proposal of his son-in-law Jared Kushner. That plan will not cut the overall level of legal immigration, now at the highest sustained level in our history–more than a million a year for the past twenty years.

In the past President Trump endorsed the need to cut legal immigration, saying this was necessary to protect American workers from wage suppression. The Hill reports a source saying that the impetus behind the plan was for “the GOP to appear virtuous and welcoming to immigrants rather than perpetually angry.”

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May 07

Trump Proposes to Deport ‘Public Charges’

The Trump Administration is considering a plan to facilitate the deportation of immigrants who use public benefits. Under the law, immigrants who hold green cards can be deported if they become “public charges,” i.e., recipients of public assistance. This law, however, is seldom enforced.


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May 07

A Day in the Life of the Border Patrol

KVIA, the ABC-TV affiliate in El Paso, has posted a video account of a reporter’s experience following Border Patrol agents on a typical day.

Recounting her day, reporter Shelby Montgomery said that she and the agent she accompanied found 40 migrants within the first 25 minutes.  Then came a radio call for help from another agent who had apprehended 30.  On the way to assist, the two saw three more groups of migrants, then a minute later, yet another group.

As usual, these groups are not looking to evade capture.  Mostly accompanied by minor children, they want to be apprehended and cared for, secure in the knowledge that U.S. policy requires that they will soon be released into America.

One male adult, holding a small boy in his arms, offered the following, somewhat bizarre, geographical explanation for his attempt to illegally enter the United States:

“We’re from Guatemala. Where we’re from, there are hills and mountains. The land doesn’t allow itself to cultivate.  So there is no money. I have to go somewhere else.”

Migrant Explains Need to Escape Hilly Guatemala

Within the last 30 days in the El Paso area, the agent explains, an average of 938 illegals have been caught each day.

The reporter and agent next drove along the border highway, where they encountered three more groups of migrants. The agent told them to keep walking until they reached the processing point.

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May 06

CIS Exposes Bogus Tech Worker Shortage

The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) has published a paper recounting  the stories of eleven Americans who lost their jobs to foreign workers who came to the U.S. on temporary visa programs. This is at a time when companies claim they can’t find enough Americans to fill job openings.

The author of the paper, Matthew Sussis, notes that “Big corporations and their lobbyists will often claim that there is a ‘shortage’ of American STEM workers that necessitates an ever-growing number of ‘high-skill’ visas, such as H-1B, L-1, and H4 EAD. This is absolutely false.

“In fact, only about a third of natives with college degrees in STEM fields actually hold STEM jobs, meaning there are millions of Americans who could be recruited prior to turning to foreigners. Foreign-educated immigrants are also less-skilled than U.S. degree holders when it comes to tests on numeracy, literacy, and computer operations. Foreign-educated immigrants with a college or advanced degree perform at about the level of Americans with only a high school diploma, according to test scores.”


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May 06

More Migrants Escape Tapachula Center

A new mass escape from the migrant detention center in Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico, occurred on Sunday.

On April 26, we reported on a mass escape by 1300 detained migrants, most of them Cuban, from the over-crowded facility.  The escape on Sunday was smaller–90 escapees–but also involved Cubans, who broke out of the facility in the early morning hours, causing minor damage.

There is no word yet on the whereabouts of the escapees, who are presumed to have continued their northward trek to the United States. Most of the April escapees either returned or were recaptured, and Mexico last week began deporting some back to Cuba.

For more, see Newsday.

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May 05

“Recycled” Children Being Used for Migrant Fraud

Illegal migrants’ use of children to fraudulently claim to be a family unit is not new. We’ve reported on this before (see “Aliens Use Kids for Fraud” from November 28 ).  Yesterday, the El Paso Times examined a current case of such fraud, where a child claimed by an adult migrant proved, upon questioning, not only to be unrelated to that adult but also to have been fraudulently claimed at least twice before by other adults.

Border Patrol Agent Questions Migrant and Children

No one knows how widespread the practice is, but it is sufficiently common to have acquired a name: “recycling.”  Migrant-smuggling gangs have learned that the company of a minor child can be a virtual guarantee of U.S. residence for an illegal border crosser, given the current “catch-and-release” policy of the U.S. Border Patrol and Department of Homeland Security.

Groups supporting illegal migrant entry of course pooh-pooh the contention that recycled children play a major role in migrant fraud, but Acting Department of Homeland Security head Kevin McAleenan says it’s a growing trend.  “We’ve uncovered child recycling rings where the same child is brought across the border multiple times, with a different adult to try to gain that release family units are required under court orders,” says McAeenan.

A tip-off that a child may not be as he or she is represented is that, historically, minor children were typically accompanied by their mothers. Today, many young male adults, unaccompanied by women, are showing up at the border with one or more children they claim as their own.  Border Patrol agents regard such cases as suspicious and have begun carefully questioning both adult and child to determine their relationship, if any.

Since October, no fewer than 78,976 “family units” have been apprehended by Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande valley alone.

For more, see “HSI investigates fake family units illegally entering U.S.,” a video report from

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