Apr 02

Trump to Appoint Immigration Czar?

According to a report by the Associated Press, President Trump is considering appointing an “immigration czar” to be the face of his administration’s immigration policy.

Among the potential candidates for the post are former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

Kris Kobach (l.) and Ken Cuccinelli

Such “czars” are often appointed to oversee issues and policies that affect multiple government departments and agencies.  In the case of immigration, the Department of Homeland Security plays a major role, but also involved are the departments of Health and Human Services, State, Defense, and Justice.  As the AP explains:

The Justice Department manages the immigration courts that decide whether a migrant is deported; Health and Human Services manages the care of migrant children apprehended at the border; agencies within Homeland Security manage the allocation of legal status, immigration enforcement and asylum requests; and the Pentagon and the Army Corps of Engineers manage facets of border wall construction.

The position could be based either within the White House–which would require no Senate confirmation–or within the DSH, which would.

Both Kobach and Cuccinelli have taken strong positions on immigration control and would likely be popular with the Trump base in the Republican Party.  Both are opposed by the party’s cheap-labor business wing.

Mark Krikorian, director of the Center for Immigration Studies, who has been critical of White House immigration policy, observed that such a czar “could work, but it is often a bureaucratic way to be seen as doing something.”

For more, see Breitbart News.

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Apr 01

Administration Increases H-2Bs

The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) reports that the Trump Administration has not kept its word to reduce foreign guest worker programs that take jobs from American workers. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will raise the 2019 cap  on foreign workers with H-2B visas. The CIS report stated the following reasons why this is a bad idea:

Read more at cis.org 

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Mar 30

System Overwhelmed: “Never Seen Anything Like It”

Every day the numbers grow.

A Catholic relief center in McAllen, Texas, reports that whereas they had been accustomed to handling 200-300 migrants per day, that number has now shot up to 800.

The month of March is on target to record 100,000 apprehensions on the southwest border, the most in a decade.  As we’ve noted here many times, the demographics of today’s migrants are far different than those of 10 and more years ago. Back then, most were young males. Today, most are family units (or at least individuals designed to appear so; fraud is rampant), consisting of one or more adults and one or more minor children. Such units require special treatment, and it is their requirements that are overloading the system, requiring Border Patrol and ICE to release them back into the U.S.

Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan visited El Paso on Wednesday, saying, “The breaking point has arrived.” He reported that, currently, Border Patrol had in excess of 13,400 persons in custody, whereas even 6000 would constitute a crisis. “Thirteen thousand is unprecedented.” On a single day (Monday), more than 4000 migrants were apprehended. The next day, 4100 were apprehended, breaking a one-day record.

McAleenan went on to describe in detail the nature of the crisis–the crime, abuse, disease, expense, the Congressional failures and judicial overreach, and the sheer overwhelming number of persons. He pleaded with Congress to address the crisis, to provide much needed resources to deal with the situation, and to amend the laws to help bring the numbers down.

For his part, on Friday in a series of tweets, President Trump had this to say, addressing the government of the country through which the migrants come:

If Mexico doesn’t immediately stop ALL illegal immigration coming into the United States through our Southern Border, I will be CLOSING … the Border, or large sections of the Border, next week.

As usual, of course, critics rose up in a chorus to condemn the idea, and meanwhile, the crisis continues.

You can hear Commissioner McAleenan’s remarks at the USA Today website.

 

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Mar 29

1.5 Million More Illegal Aliens Projected

At the current rate of illegal border crossings and visa overstays, the current population of illegal aliens in the U.S.–now estimated at 11 million–will grow by 1.5 million by the end of the year. This projection suggests that illegal immigration is headed back toward its high levels of ten to twenty years ago,

Read more at breitbart.com

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Mar 29

Caravana Madre: Is the Mother of All Caravans Headed This Way?

Olga Sánchez Cordero, Mexico’s Minister of the Interior, warned on Wednesday that a huge, 20,000-strong, migrant caravan might be forming in Honduras.  To counter this threat, she said the Mexican federal government is planning to fortify the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, the narrowest part of Mexico.

Sánchez made her remarks after a Tuesday meeting with American Homeland Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in Miami.  The DHS issued a statement saying that Nielsen and Sánchez  “discussed ways the U.S. and Mexico can work together to address irregular migration and the record levels of illegal entries at the U.S. southern border.”

Unwilling to antagonize the U.S. and apparently growing weary itself of the seemingly endless treks of foreigners through their country, the Mexican government has developed plans to set up a “containment belt” across the Tehuantepec isthmus, which is about 124 miles wide at its narrowest point. This string of highway blockades and checkpoints will be manned by federal police and immigration agents, though Sánchez insisted the area would not be militarized.

Additionally, Mexico has decided to discontinue the handing out of “humanitarian visas” to migrants, a recent practice that has apparently only exacerbated the problem.

Migrant support groups such as Pueblo Sin Fronteras have pooh-poohed the idea of so large a caravan, insisting that “there has never been a caravan of the size that Sanchez Cordero mentioned.”  A spokesman for that group blamed Homeland Security Secretary  Nielsen for “creating fear.”

For more, see The Telegraph.

 

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Mar 28

Temporary Means Temporary

The Quote Below: More Misinformation from the Media

“There is no reason, aside from malice, for the Trump administration to end protection for immigrants from Haiti, Sudan, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Nepal or any of the other countries whose TPS status is nearing expiration.

“The TPS program began during the George W. Bush administration in 1990, and extensions have been routinely granted when conditions have not substantially improved in the subject countries. And in Haiti things have not substantially improved. . . .

“A series of federal lawsuits has put on hold the administration’s decision to allow Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to lapse for immigrants from six troubled countries, but nothing is yet decided. Protections for many of them are set to expire in July.

“Last month, the first of those lawsuits went to court, with attorneys for the plaintiffs arguing that TPS recipients had been denied an opportunity to challenge Trump’s ‘categorically defamatory assertions about all Haitians.’ The suit also contends, quite reasonably considering the president’s statements and tweets, that the administration’s decision to eject the immigrants is based on a ‘racially discriminatory attitude toward all brown and black people.’ “ – Haiti Is in Serious Trouble. Let Haitians with TPS Stay in the United States, Miami Herald Editorial Board, 2/25/19 [Link]

Fact Check on Quote: The purpose of TPS is to give refuge to foreigners in our country while their homelands are convulsed with natural disasters and other problems. The key word is “temporary.” After the problems subside, the foreigners are supposed to go home.

The Herald editorialists maintain that things have not improved in Haiti. It appears that the Trump Administration disagrees. Without a doubt Haiti is in serious trouble, but there is nothing new about that. From its very beginning that country has experienced nothing but problems. The key issue in this instance is whether the effects of the earthquake that struck Haiti almost ten years ago—prompting TPS for 46,000 Haitians–are still making the country much worse than it usually has been.

In any case, nearly ten years is long enough to allow recovery to take place, if recovery is going to happen at all. A decade or more isn’t temporary. It undermines our rule of law when we mislabel the intent of our laws. As one commentator noted, there is usually nothing so permanent than a temporary immigration program.

The Herald editorialists try to evade this point by pointing to alleged bias by President Trump. The lawsuit they endorse rests on the dangerous premise that discerning the emotions and motives of someone upholding a law is more significant than what the law itself actually says. Laws interpreted on the basis of mind-reading are scarcely laws at all.

President Trump did suggest that Haiti is a dysfunctional country, but a statement so obvious and true as that hardly qualifies as bias. The charge of racial discrimination is a shameless playing of the race card. Once again the law says “temporary,” and it applies equally to all creeds and colors.

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Mar 28

Another year, another 1.5 million illegals

The U.S. is expected to add no fewer than 1.5 million new illegal aliens to its population in 2019, according to a March 27 article by John Binder on Breitbart.com.  This number includes the following groups:

  • 434,000 border crossers that will be apprehended by Homeland Security and then released into the U.S.
  • 500,000 migrants who will successfully sneak across the border without interdiction
  • 630,000 who will enter the U.S. legally but then overstay their visas

The costs to American taxpayers is enormous and difficult to gauge. In 2017, a FAIR report estimated it to be $116 billion annually.  Meanwhile,  corporations and big business reap a windfall from the addition of low-wage workers to the economy. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine estimates that immigration “shifts about $500 billion in wages away from working and middle class Americans toward new arrivals and economic elites.”

 

For more, see Breitbart.com.

 

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Mar 27

DHS Releases Many Migrants

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS)–between March 5 and March 20–released 24,000 border crossers into the U.S. to await asylum and immigration hearings. Most won’t show up for those appointments, and they will add their numbers to the 11 million illegal aliens now residing in the U.S. One reason for the releases is that the recent influx of migrants has overwhelmed the detention facilities to keep apprehended migrants in custody. Congress recently refused to fund additional detention space.

Read more at breitbart.com

 

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Mar 26

House Fails to Override Trump Veto

The House of Representatives failed to override President Trumps’ veto to uphold his declaration of national emergency on the Mexican border. The vote for the override, 248 to 181, was 38 votes short of the two-thirds majority necessary to overturn the veto. The vote was mainly along party lines.

Read more at foxnews.com

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Mar 26

Highway Checkpoints Closed Near El Paso

Americans not living near our southern border may not be aware that the U.S. Border Patrol maintains highway checkpoints in the interior, often miles north of the border. These checkpoints, comparable to the “secondary coverage” of football team’s defense, operate to intercept illegal motor traffic that has successfully made it past the border.

Interestingly, Google Maps displays a map of some of these checkpoints, conveniently titled “Routes to Avoid – Border Patrol Checkpoints.”  (We’re not sure who Google is warning here.)

What’s newsworthy about this is that the El Paso port of entry has now been forced to close a number of highway checkpoints due to a lack of Border Patrol manpower. The surge of migrants and “asylum seekers” at the border itself, composed of family-type groups, many of whom are suffering from a variety of illnesses, has pushed the Patrol to the breaking point.  In recent days, they have had to close five highway checkpoints, thus giving up their “secondary defense,” in order to redeploy agents to the border.  There, all available agents are kept busy arresting and processing the hundreds of migrants who present themselves each day.

One day last week agents arrested 400 migrants in the space of five minutes.

The changed demographics of the migrants–who were once almost exclusively young men and are now adults accompanied by minor children–has also placed an added medical burden on agents. They estimate that along the southwestern border the Border Patrol makes at least 50 hospital runs every day.  Sick migrants are suffering from a variety of ailments– such as “flu, mumps, chicken pox, impetigo . . . and even one case of flesh-eating bacteria.”

Closing highway checkpoints would provide free passage not only for illegal aliens but also for illegal drugs coming into our country.  The Border Patrol reports that immigration checkpoints nationwide since January 1, had been responsible for the seizure of  “more than 6,000 pounds of marijuana, 52 pound of heroin, 456 pounds of cocaine, 1,188 pounds of methamphetamine and 36 pounds of fentanyl. ” And yet closing all the interior checkpoints and redeploying all agents to the border would not likely solve the manpower shortage of the seriously understaffed Border Patrol. As a consequence, the Department of Homeland Security has requested help from the Pentagon, which is expected to provide active-duty troops to assist in processing and caring for the constant stream of migrants headed north.

One immigration advocate when interviewed explained  that “the United States is a beacon of hope,” and that therefore the influx she and her group encourage will continue.  Without major changes legally and logistically, that country will instead eventually become lost in hopelessness.

 

 

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