Jan 28

Brokaw Backs Down on Assimilation

NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw stated on Meet the Press that Hispanic immigrants should work harder to assimilate. These Hispanics, he said, should “not to be just codified in their communities but make sure that all their kids are learning to speak English, and that they feel comfortable in the communities. And that’s going to take outreach on both sides, frankly.”

This comment stirred great outrage among various immigration and ethnic advocates, which caused Brokaw to apologize for what he said. He pleaded, “I feel terrible a part of my comments on Hispanics offended some members of that proud culture. . . .  I’ve worked hard to knock down false stereotypes . . . and the great enduring American tradition of diversity is to be celebrated and cherished.”

Read more at newsmax.com

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Jan 28

Nearly Abandoned Town under Siege in New Mexico

A couple of days ago, we reported about a illegal alien with a flesh-eating virus who had been detained in a  remote part of southwestern New Mexico. This individual, still unnamed, was part of a group of 300 migrants taken into custody by the Border Patrol on Thursday, January  24. As a follow-up to that story, we learn about the moribund town of Hachita, the first populated place on the highway up from the Antelope Wells port of entry in New Mexico.

Hachita is not–or is no longer–really a town. It has no school and only a single store. The Catholic church is vacant, as are most of its other buildings . Maybe 34 persons live there. Maybe twice that. Opinions vary. What it does have is traffic, coming up from the port of entry 45 miles away, traffic in the form of illegals traipsing north from the border at Antelope Wells.

The groups of illegals come in two basic varieties. One is the asylum seekers. These walk past Border Patrolmen in full sight, with no attempt at concealment. They want to be detained, and usually are, near the crossing. That’s when they get a bus ride to Lordsburg, where they enter the asylum system. Thereafter, in accord with the prevailing “catch and release” policy of the U.S. government, they are in America, and are merely a skipped hearing away from quasi-permanent, unofficial residence.

The other variety are the ones that most frighten the residents of Hachita. These are the ones seeking to avoid capture, the cartels and the smugglers, the dangerous ones. As one local woman said,  “I’ve heard stuff and it makes me wonder, I don’t want to look outside, because you never [know] what’s outside your window.” Residents worry that the uptick in asylum seekers is drawing the Border Patrol agents away from pursuing this second group.

“I’m scared for my life and I’m scared for my kids’ lives. Who knows what’s coming across? They don’t know what’s coming in because they’re not catching them.”

As other ports of entry, such as El Paso, have gotten more attention by the Border Patrol, lesser known and more remote ports like Antelope Wells have experienced increased illegal traffic. The 300 detained last Thursday was the 26th group of 100 or more to be apprehended since October. 

The other day, the governor of New Mexico, Michelle Lujan Grisham, passed up an opportunity to come to Hachita and Antelope Wells, opting instead to visit Santa Teresa, in the southeast near El Paso. There she confidently reported, “There is no crisis.”

The folks in Hachita disagree.

 

For more, see MSN. com.

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Jan 27

Undocumented El Salvadoran Immigrant Murders Four in Nevada

An illegal alien from El Salvador has now confessed to murdering four persons in a Reno, Nevada, killing spree.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wilber Ernesto Martinez-Guzman, 19, a native of El Salvador who has been in this country illegally for at least a year, has been charged with the murder of four persons in Nevada: Jerry David, 81, and his wife, Sherri David, 80; Connie Koontz, 56; and Sophia Renken, 74. Police say robbery was the motive. The Davids were killed with their own gun, which Martinez-Guzman had stolen.

On Monday, President Trump referred to the murders in a tweet addressing his push for a wall:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more, see CNN.

 

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Jan 26

Illegal Alien with Flesh-Eating Virus Detained at Border

Coming on the heels of a World Health Organization report supposedly rebuking President’s Trump’s warning about migrant-borne disease, we have this report:  A migrant in New Mexico has been diagnosed with a flesh-eating virus.

According to Border Patrol officials, the unidentified man whose home country was not disclosed will require extensive medical treatment. He was detained Thursday along with 300 other migrants in a remote desert area of New Mexico near the town of Lordsburg.  Officials report that this area has seen a recent uptick in illegal migrant activity.  Nearly 10,000 aliens have been detained at New Mexico’s three Border Patrol stations since October.

 

 

 

 

 

For more, see the New York Post.

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Jan 25

CNN: Trump Will Proclaim Emergency

Cable News Network (CNN) reports that President Trump has drafted a proclamation to declare  a national emergency. According to CNN, the draft states, “The massive amount of aliens who unlawfully enter the United States each day is a direct threat to the safety and security of our nation and constitutes a national emergency.” Under this emergency, says the CNN report, the president would allocate $7 billion to build a border wall.  Most of that total would come from military funding.

Read more at breitbart.com

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Jan 25

Asylum Seekers in Mexico to Remain There While Cases Heard

The Department of Homeland Security has announced a new policy involving asylum seekers presenting themselves at our southern border.

Dubbed the “Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP),” the new policy calls for would-be asylees to remain in Mexico while their cases are evaluated.  It will be first implemented, perhaps as early as today, at the San Ysidro port of entry in San Diego, the nation’s busiest border crossing.  Asylum seekers will be bused into downtown San Diego for hearings, but will need to otherwise remain in Mexico during the process. The MPP is designed to deal with an obvious and long-term problem: once inside the U.S., the vast majority of asylum seekers as well as other illegal immigrants tend to disappear.  In addition, DHS officials say that fully 80% of asylum cases are found to be without merit.

The policy, which was negotiated with Mexican authorities, is expected to face legal challenges in the U.S. courts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more, see Fox News.

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Jan 24

There’s Nothing Right about Open Borders

The Quote Below: More Misinformation from the Media

When you see the immigration system up close, you’re confronted with its bottomless unfairness. The system assumes that people born outside our borders are less deserving of basic rights than those inside. My native-born American friends did not seem to me to warrant any more dignity than my South African ones; according to this nation’s founding documents, we were all created equal. Yet by mere accident of geography, some were given freedom, and others were denied it. . . .

People worry [that immigrants] will take jobs away from native workers, even though most studies suggests (sic) that immigration is a profound benefit to the economy, and there’s little evidence that it hurts native workers. And if we worry that they will hoover up welfare benefits, [we can] impose residency requirement on them. . . .

Economically and strategically, open borders isn’t just a good plan—it’s the only chance we’ve got. America is an aging nation with a stagnant population. We have ample land to house more people, but we are increasingly short of workers. At the global stage, we face two colossi—India and China—which, with their billions, are projected to outstrip American hegemony within two decades. – There’s Nothing Wrong with Open Borders, The New York Times, Farhad Manjo, 1/16/19 [Link]

Fact Check of Quote: It’s not the duty of Americans to provide “fairness” to every human being on planet earth. And it is not unfair that we may enjoy more rights and benefits than some foreigners. We enjoy these things because our ancestors made the sacrifices to provide them to us. They are our birthright and our inheritance—which we are entrusted and morally obligated to pass on to our descendants. If people abroad want to have what we have, they have no right to take it. Their proper response is to observe what is successful about our country and apply it in their own lands.

The notion of open borders lacks as much in practicality as it does in moral authority. Simply consider the numbers. A recent Gallup poll found that nearly 160 million foreigners would like to move to the United States. Most probably they would like to bring their spouses and minor children with them—thus making a total that would probably exceed 300 million.

Can the author of this piece at least conceive that we might have some real problems if that many people showed up tomorrow, invited by open borders. Could we face a meltdown of Melting Pot with diversity overwhelming our power of assimilation? Would our welfare system break down under the weight of so many people, mainly from poor countries. The author says don’t worry because we can vote to limit benefits. But when the immigrants become citizens, they will vote too, and with their numbers probably get what they want.

Other problems are wage suppression as low-wage foreign workers would flood our labor markets. Contrary to the author’s claim, mass immigration does suppress the incomes of downscale Americans. He assertion that immigration brings prosperity is belied by California, the state with the highest percentage and number of immigrants. Before mass immigration, the state a had a vibrant middle-class economy. Today California is coming to resemble the economic structure of the Third World homelands of many immigrants—a relative few rich people at the top, lots of poor and relatively poor people at the bottom, and not too many in between.

The author cites China and India as examples for us to follow. He doesn’t mention the gross overcrowding and environmental degradation of those countries. He might reflect that most Americans prefer our elbow room and our remaining wide-open spaces.

With open borders, we probably could expect a lot more than 300 million to come. They would be just the first wave. After that many more would see open borders as a signal for them to come too. And there would be no shortage of potential migrants to heed that signal.

World population is now increasing at a net rate of 80 million a year, mostly in poor countries. There is no way we could absorb even a small percentage of that increase, year by year, without our country being totally overwhelmed?

If most people around the world want a better life for themselves, they must find it by pursuing reforms in their own countries. We do them no service by encouraging them to run away from their problems with our overly-generous immigration policy. We can assist them with those problems, but not if we are overwhelmed ourselves.

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Jan 24

New policy in Mexico Is Encouraging Migrants

The more tolerant, even supportive, policy toward Central American migrants of the new Mexican federal government is encouraging a trend that had already reached alarming proportions.  Migrants from the south are now freely being granted visas to work in Mexico while en route to a hoped-for destination somewhere in the United States.

“If word gets out that people are able to get in [to Mexico] legally, to work, that creates a huge incentive for people who hadn’t thought of migrating,” said Andrew Selee, president of the Migration Policy Institute.

 

With at least three caravans currently at varying points along the northward route, at least 10,000 migrants have requested visas at the southern Mexican border.  Thus far, only 628 visas have been granted, resulting in a bottleneck in the south to match the bottleneck in the north, in Tijuana.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more, see the Washington Post.

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Jan 23

Nearly Half Want More Enforcement

A new Rasmussen Reports survey found that nearly half of likely voters (48 percent) believe that the government is not doing enough to stop illegal immigration. Twenty-eight said the government is doing too much to stop it, and 17 percent said that the government’s present efforts are adequate.

Read more at rasmussenreports.com

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Jan 23

Waves of caravans rising

We are again in a phase of continual exodus of migrant caravans from Central America.

As reported here, the caravan of Hondurans that departed that country on January 14, now grown to 1500, is now proceeding, unhindered by Mexican authorities, through the Mexican state of Oaxaca.

A second group of Central Americans, fully 5600 strong, are awaiting temporary visas at the Mexican-Guatemalan border.

And a third caravan of 400 has been underway in Honduras since Sunday.

In addition, social media in the region is urging the formation of yet a fourth group in February.

The ultimate destination of each of these groups is the United States, though the point at which they hope to cross is not specified. Most groups in the past have elected to target the San Diego/Tijuana area, which although further than, say, McAllen, Texas, the route is considered somewhat safer and California somewhat friendlier. If so, these thousands and those coming after them, will join a group of at least 3000, already stalled in Tijuana, a city whose resources and patience are wearing thin.

For more, see Mexico Daily News.

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