Mar 10

Think U.S. Immigration Policy Is Crazy? Take a Look at Canada’s

An official of one of the top cheap labor lobbies, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, spoke to the local Chamber in Salt Lake City this week, advancing the usual party line of skilled-worker shortages, the need for “immigration reform” (i.e., more immigrants), and the like.

Jeff Lungren, the chief health care and immigration lobbyist for the Chamber,  sounded a bit of a warning in his presentation: it turns out there may be a growing “immigration gap” between the United States and our northern neighbor Canada.

Noting that Canada has launched a marketing campaign to entice foreign workers away from the United States, Lungren said, “There are some industries that if they have trouble with our immigration system, you’ll see them go to Canada.” He explained that the Canadian government has set up billboards along California Highway 101, luring H-1B-challenged companies to “pivot to Canada.”

So what’s up with this push by the Dominion?

The billboards do exist. (See left.) They point to a Canadian government website that explains in detail, to both worker-starved employers and would-be immigrant workers, how to make it all happen.

On the worker section of that website,  wanna-be Canadians are guided through a tangle of programs, classifications, rules, forms, and procedures toward a new life in Canada.

Among the programs listed, one that catches the eye is the  “Atlantic Immigration Pilot,” whose mission is to attract foreign workers to “Atlantic Canada”:  New Brunswick, Newfoundland and the provinces of Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island.

This program was originally slated for three years when founded in 2017 and has now just been extended to 2021. In their March, 2019, statement, they proudly announced, “There are already over 2,535 approved permanent residents destined for or already in the Atlantic Canada.”

While the site is jam-packed with helpful hints such as “How to get a work permit processed within two weeks,” there are a number of steps for a foreigner wishing to immigrate. Step 5, for example, is “Get a settlement plan.” One does this, it turns out, by hooking up with a “settlement service provider.”  Twenty-two such providers are listed, and at the top of the alphabetic list is the “African Diaspora Association of the Maritimes” (ADAM, get it?) .

Finding the African Diaspora in the Maritimes would seem a bit incongruous, but it’s a diaspora after all.  And that means they’re scattered all over the place.  Over at ADAM’s own website, we find that the group has just now welcomed 35 “refugees” to Halifax, Nova Scotia.

We’re not sure how “refugees” fit in with the allegedly skilled workers that they’re supposed to be recruiting. In fact, the focus of the group seems to be more along the lines of refugee recruitment, than skilled-worker recruitment.

For example, a headline from last year on the CBC News website proclaims “Group wants Canada to bring in 20,000 African refugees.” Yes, that group is ADAM. The article quotes ADAM chairman Godfred Chongatera, an immigration lawyer, complaining that African refugees are not getting their fair share of attention by the Canadian government, at least not to the extent that the Syrians got last year.

“We are not in any way against Syrian refugees or government bringing Syrian refugees,” Chongatera insisted.  “We support it and we think the government should continue to do that but we think there is a real problem in Africa.”​ No doubt.

It’s not clear whether the hoped-for new African-Canadians will all be settled in the Maritimes or sprinkled throughout Canada.  But given the apparently confused mission of organizations like ADAM (recruiting third-world talent versus recruiting the third world itself), it makes us wonder if maybe the one isn’t just an excuse for the other.

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Mar 09

Power Play: House Dems Support Illegals Voting

Echoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s remarks earlier this week, the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday voted in favor of localities’ permitting illegal aliens to vote.  A resolution by the Republican minority  to condemn the practice failed 228-197, a vote that went largely along party lines with only six Democrats voting with the Republicans.  A similar resolution six months ago, while the House was still under Republican control, had passed, with the support of 49 Democrats.

The resolution came as part of debate on HR1, the so-called “For the People Act,” a much broader initiative to greatly expand voter participation and, not coincidentally, bolster Democrats’ chances to win every subsequent election, local or national.

There are no federal laws prohibiting individual localities from allowing the votes of non-citizens and persons in the country illegally.  In July of last year, for example, San Francisco began allowing such voting in school board elections.  The Republicans had hoped to impede such efforts on Friday, but without success.

Instead, they were left scratching their heads. “What kind of government would cancel the vote of its own citizens, and replace it with noncitizens?” asked Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX).

Answer: A government run by a faction hell-bent on seizing and holding power in perpetuity.  “We are prepared to open up the political process and let all of the people come in,” said John Lewis (D-GA).

The “For the People Act” is the Democrats’ major legislative priority for 2019.  Couched as an “anti-corruption” bill, it is essentially a move to federalize all voting in the U.S.  Along with their expected effort to impeach President Trump,  their hope is to use it as a power play to eventually solidify permanent Democratic control of American government at all levels.

For more, see the Washington Times.

 

 

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Mar 08

Pelosi: “Newcomers make America more American”

In a press conference in Austin, Texas, yesterday, Nancy Pelosi admitted the real purpose of the Democrats’ push for open borders: more voters.

Pelosi Talks “Voting Rights” for All Newcomers

Pelosi praised all 1.5 million “newcomers” taking up residence in the United States this year, bizarrely proclaiming , “These newcomers make America more American. ”

“We want them, when they come here, to be fully part of our system. And that means not suppressing the vote of our newcomers to America.”

Pelosi continued, emphasizing that she meant to include the mostly illegal “newcomers” sneaking across the southern border: “We, in California, see people coming from a different direction, but the same welcome. You see them coming, many from the south, southern border, but should be the same welcome.”

Packing the voter rolls with “newcomer” voters is, of course, nothing but a power play by the Democratic Party.  An article by John Binder in the March 7 edition of Breitbart News reveals the numbers.

  • In the 2020 election campaign, one in 10 voters will be foreign born, a situation that overwhelmingly favors Democrats.
  • In the 2018 Congressional contest, nearly 90 percent of House districts with a foreign-born population above the national average were won by Democrats.
  • In the 20 U.S. states with the largest share of foreign-born residents, Democrats already control 32 out of the 40 seats.
  • In the 2016 Presidential race, Hillary Clinton received 64 percent of the immigrant population’s vote; Trump only 31 percent.

These statistics and many more like them show that for all the sanctimonious blather uttered by Nancy Pelosi and her kind, it all boils down to power. And the Democrats aim to get it and keep it, by any means necessary.

For more, see Breitbart News.

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Mar 07

There Is an Emergency on the Border

The Quote Below: More Misinformation from the Media

“In FY 2017, CBP [Customs and Border Protection] recorded the lowest level of illegal cross-border migration on record, as measured by apprehensions along the border and inadmissible encounters at U.S. ports of entry,” according to the Trump administration’s DHS report released in December 2017. Did the situation at the border change dramatically over the next 13 months and go from an historic “lowest level of illegal cross-border migration” to a national crisis? The answer is, “No.”

“Border Patrol apprehensions along the Southwest border in FY 2018 were the 5th lowest level of illegal entry recorded in the past 46 years. (Apprehensions are a proxy for illegal entry.) While the 396,579 apprehensions in FY 2018 represented a 30 percent increase from FY 2017, that’s largely because the 303,916 apprehensions in FY 2017 were the lowest number of apprehensions recorded along the Southwest border since 1972 – nearly a half century ago

“Here is the big picture: The most important overlooked immigration development is that illegal entry by individuals from Mexico has plummeted by more than 90 percent since FY 2000, according to Border Patrol apprehensions data. That means large-scale illegal migration by Mexicans to the United States – the original public justification Donald Trump used for building a wall along the border – is simply over. Demographics and improved economic conditions in Mexico ended it.” — There Is No Border Crisis, Stuart Anderson, Forbes 1/10/19 [Link]

Fact Check on Quote: A weakness of this analysis is that it ignores one reason why the arrival of illegal aliens dipped so low in FY 2017. During that period President Trump sent a firm message that our country would be cracking down on illegal border crossings. Many potential illegal aliens got the message and stayed home. Unfortunately, open borders interests sabotaged much of what Trump tried to do. When that became apparent south of the border, the flow of illegal immigrants began to rise.

The increase to about 400,000 apprehensions, as the author says, is still relatively small compared with surges of illegal immigration in the past. Nevertheless, a spike of 30 percent is certainly significant—particularly if it signals the beginning of a sustained upward movement. Recent figures from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are giving support for this view.

As reported by The Washington Post, “While arrests along the border fell in recent years to their lowest levels in half a century, they are now returning to levels not seen since the George W. Bush Administration, driven by the record surge in the arrival of Central American families.” DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen  says apprehensions are now on track to reach one million for in this fiscal year. In testimony before the House, she stated, “[l]legal immigration is simply spiraling out of control and threatening public safety and national security.”

The numbers, however, are not the only problem. Many migrants are bogus asylum claims. Often they bring children with them. They know that under our current law, the children can serve as a free pass for them to skip asylum hearings and settle illegally in the U.S. Taking care of the children is diverting the Border Patrol from carrying out its job to secure the border. As this is happening, the Border Patrol notes that a growing number of the border crossers are criminals with prior arrest records in the U.S.

The author is current to observe that conditions in some ways have improved in Mexico. But the power of the drug cartels in that country suggests that its stability is not guaranteed. A future crisis in that country could push migration again. In any case, there are plenty of Latin Americans other than Mexicans who would like to move to the U.S. A recent Gallup survey found that 42 million are so inclined and that five million of them are actually planning to make the move within the coming year. Lax border control would be a green light for them to come, one and all.

Eventually the courts will decide whether President Trump has authority to declare a national emergency and build a border wall. Whatever the case, the situation at the border is indeed an emergency.

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Mar 07

McAleenan and Nielsen Grilled by Separate Congressional Committees

Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan revealed that the cartels controlling the smuggling racket stand to make $2.5 billion this year. Migrants pay anywhere from $5000 to $7000 a person to cross Mexico and get into the United States. They might pay as much as $500 just to set foot into the Rio Grande. (Some sources say the price of admission to the U.S. can be as much as $12,000.)

McAleenan and Nielsen Appeared before Separate Committees

In his testimony, McAleenan agreed that shifting demographics has caused a massive overload to the immigration system. While in absolute terms, the numbers of migrants today may not be greater than in years past, the makeup has changed dramatically. Earlier groups consisted largely of young male adults. Today,  most adults are accompanied by one or more minor children, many of them in need of medical care. Facilities  do not exist to handle this demographic, providing the open-borders fanatics in Congress the opportunity to play the shaming card against government officials.

Children kept in “cages.” Children separated from their parents. Families broken up. Appearing before the House Homeland Security Committee yesterday, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was subjected to the phony outrage of Rep. Nanette Barragan (D-CA), who charged, “You have no feelings, no compassion, no empathy here.”

Addressing the “broken families” narrative, Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan pointed out an inconvenient truth: many of the adults claiming to be parents  are lying.   In recent months, he said, the Border Patrol has identified at least 1,700 cases where adults fraudulently claimed to be parents. Such facts, running counter to their narrative, are ignored by the fanatics.

Instead, the open-borders ideologues in Congress and elsewhere continue to deny there is any crisis and reject all remedies offered by the administration.

“Real border security cannot be achieved by building a wall on the southern border, blocking asylum seekers, or separating children from their parents,” said Rep. Benny G. Thompson (D-MS), chairman of the committee grilling Nielsen.

Then what might achieve “real border security,” Congressman?  Answer: silence.

 

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Mar 06

Drudge Report Covers Immigrant Surge

The Drudge Report for today features more stories on the huge migrant surge we reported on yesterday.

Drudge Report, March 6, 2019

Drudge’s main feature is a link to an article from the March 6 edition of the Wall Street Journal: “Record Immigration Surge at the Border.”  In that piece, WSJ quotes Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan:  “This situation is not sustainable. The system is well beyond capacity and remains at the breaking point.”

According to the CBP,  last month more than 66,400 people were arrested while illegally crossing the border, making it the busiest February since 2008.

WSJ confirms our report of yesterday, that adults traveling with young children now make up the bulk (60 percent) of detainees, as asylum seekers have figured out that that gives them an excellent chance of being quickly released into the U.S.

In addition to the WSJ feature, today’s Drudge Report serves up the following links:

Illegal immigration at worst rate in decade… Washington Times article quoting Brian Hastings, chief of law enforcement operations of the Border Patrol: “We have four specific cases here recently that we’ve seen those family units used as a diversionary tactic.  The word of mouth and social media quickly gets back to those in northern triangle countries: If you bring a child, you’ll be successful.”

Invasion intensifies… Conservative Review piece that quotes  Mark Morgan, former Border Patrol chief, on the changing demographics of illegal border crossers:  “Today, family units and unaccompanied minors seeking asylum account for more than 60 percent of those being apprehended. The essential difference is they are not removed! Through our country’s broken asylum laws and bad judicial precedent, this new demographic of illegal aliens are caught and released into cities throughout the country.”

Busloads… NPR report quoting Border Patrol agent Manuel Padilla: “The entire system right now is at full capacity. Actually, it’s overwhelmed.”  Concludes with this warning: “Humanitarian groups and immigration authorities are bracing for even more migrants in the months ahead. The number of people crossing the border illegally typically crests in the spring, as temperatures warm.”

Will ‘surpass Obama Era’… Breitbart piece quoting Princeton Policy Advisors researcher Steven Kopits:  Illegal immigration will reach “a phenomenal pace of acceleration” in 2019.

 55 Illegals Transported to Hospitals Each Day…  Another Breitbart report, this one quoting Chief Hastings (see above) concerning migrant health:  “If the [current] trend continues, Border Patrol agents will refer 31,000 people for medical treatment this year.” This will add to the nearly 100 million dollars spent on migrant medical care over the last four years.

 

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Mar 05

GOP Elites: Keep Quiet on Immigration

Columnist Michelle Malkin charges that the “establishment Republican ruling class” doesn’t want citizens to question the present flow of legal immigration, now at the highest sustained level in our history. They want cheap labor, with little concern, says Malkin, for the negative effects of this policy on American workers.

Read more at breitbart.com

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Mar 05

Illegal Immigration Surging toward Record Levels

Put any nonsense you may have heard about illegal immigration subsiding into the category of fake news.

The truth is, illegal border crossing is surging, increasing like never before. In their March 4 edition, the Washington Post is reporting that detentions of illegal border crossings rose 39 percent from February to March in 2018. The similar increase expected this year will boost the total of detentions to 100,000 for a single month.

Detainees on the Rio Grande

Most of those apprehended are groups of adults and children (automatically assumed to be “families,” though no verification is required or even possible in most cases). Migrants and their coyote handlers have figured out that political opposition within the U.S.  to the separation of families, coupled with a severe shortage of suitable detention facilities, is forcing DHS officials to quickly release those detained.

 

 

The Post interviewed one such migrant, Guatemalan Dionel Martinez, who says he paid $2500 to coyotes to transport him and his young son through Mexico and across the border, where they were apprehended and released.

“Across rural Guatemala,” the Post quotes Martinez as saying, “word has spread that those who travel with a child can expect to be released from U.S. custody. Smugglers were offering two-for-one pricing, knowing they just needed to deliver clients to the border — not across it — for an easy surrender to U.S. agents.”

No longer do illegals attempt to cross successfully. They simply get to American soil and surrender, knowing they will be protected by policies bought and paid for by leftists and the cheap labor lobby.

While the Trump administration has made attempts to abandon “catch-and-release,” they have been blocked by continual lawsuits and leftist judges. The “remain in Mexico” policy, whereby asylum seekers are compelled to return to Mexican soil while their cases are considered, is slowly being expanded, though at the levels of illegal crossings mentioned above, the numbers are low enough to be inconsequential. Only 150 were sent back to Mexico in February from San Diego, the only port of entry yet to implement the program.

The numbers of migrants, mostly but not exclusively from Central America, coming or planning to come are staggering. Current known levels suggest at least one million illegals will enter this year, joining another two million admitted legally through a myriad of visa schemes and at least eight million illegal workers already in the U.S. That number of one million, however, may be drastically underestimated. A Gallup poll in February found that at least five million Central Americans are planning to come to America this year and another 42 million want to come, given a chance.

Martinez, quoted above, told the Post that the men from his village near the town of Chiquimula were all leaving, each bringing a child with them. “If this continues, ” he said, “I don’t think there will be anyone left in Guatemala.”

They will instead have become de facto Americans.

For more, see Breitbart News and the Washington Post.

 

 

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Mar 04

FL Gov Seeks Sanctuary Ban

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wants his state legislature to outlaw sanctuary cities for illegal aliens. He also called for sheriffs in the state to sign up for the 287(g) program, which would allow them to cooperate with federal immigration law enforcement.

Read more at floridatoday.com

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Mar 04

Trump in Charge – and Charging toward 2020

As the Washington Times rightfully declares, this year’s CPAC amply confirms that “the conservative movement has been redefined by President Trump.” As evidence, they cite the results of a  CPAC poll, conducted by Jim McLaughlin. According to McLaughlin: “The president is capturing the heart, the mind, the soul of the conservative movement.”

In his two-hour-plus speech, Trump outlined the upcoming 2020 presidential campaign.

“[The Democrats are} embracing open borders, socialism and extreme late-term abortion, We believe in the American dream — not in the socialist nightmare.”

“Socialist” is a charge every Democratic aspirant will hear throughout the campaign, primary and general. The party has, in fact, by hitching its wagon to a wet-behind-the-ears former bartender-turned-firebrand from the Bronx (@AOC, aka Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez), made a fateful decision and handed Trump a remarkable gift.

We’ll see what he does with it.

 

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