Jun 18

Trump Promises Deportations of “Millions”

Last night, President Trump tweeted the following:

So far, that’s all we really know.  All else is speculation.

The Washington Post speculates that Trump is referring to the implementation of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) blitz of illegals that has been in preparation for months. The administration has learned to keep such operations secret because local officials in “sanctuary cities” are prone to tipping off their illegal populations.

According to the Post, Trump and  senior immigration adviser Stephen Miller have been encouraging Homeland Security officials to “arrest and remove thousands of illegals whose deportation orders were expedited by the Justice Department this year as part of a plan known as the ‘rocket docket.'”

The paper further speculates that Acting ICE director Ronald Vitiello and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen were removed from their posts when they hesitated to implement that plan, fearful of public outrage at the sight of its being applied to migrant children.

Former FBI and Border Patrol official Mark Morgan, who replaced Vitello, has said publicly that his agency will pursue the removal of illegals who have been issued deportation orders and that this will include families with minor children.

DHS officials say that virtually all family units that have entered the United States illegally since 2017 are still here. Some are still awaiting adjudication on asylum claims, but most have simply skipped out on court hearings and disappeared into the country.

We’ll see what the sweep is able to do.

For more, see the Columbus Dispatch.

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Jun 17

Florida Bans Sanctuaries for Illegal Aliens

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation banning sanctuary cities and counties in Florida. A sanctuary jurisdiction is one that city is a city that forbids its employees to cooperate with federal immigration law enforcement.

DeSantis stated,  “I am proud to sign the bill presented to me by the Florida Legislature to uphold the rule of law and ensure that no city or county jurisdiction can get in the way of Florida’s cooperation with our federal partners to enforce immigration law. This is about public safety, not about politics. We must do everything within our power, and use all the tools available to us, to ensure that our communities are safe.”

Read more at foxnews.com

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Jun 17

Is the Deal Working? Mexico Steps Up Immigration Enforcement

The deal struck by President Trump with Mexico that avoided implementation of his threatened tariff–a deal that has been roundly criticized on the left and the right–may be bearing some fruit.

This weekend appeared to show an uptick in immigration law enforcement within Mexico and on her borders.

Armed soldiers wearing black armbands signifying the newly created Mexican National Guard were spotted checking identification and removing undocumented passengers at a checkpoint near Ciudad Cuauhtémoc, in Chiapas.  Elsewhere in Chiapas, National Guardsmen searched for migrants and smugglers among backroads in the darkness.

In the gulf coast state of Veracruz, 791 illegal migrants were removed from tractor-trailer trucks and the drivers arrested.

Outside Comitán in Chiapas on Sunday, National Guardsmen manned roadblocks, and illegal Honduran migrants could be seen in a nearby holding cell.

Also on Sunday, National Guardsmen were spotted patrolling along the Suchiate River, which forms Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala, an area that previously had been open to illegal border crossers.

Although these are for the most part merely anecdotal reports from individual reporters, they are welcome signs.  So far, however, they might indicate only a token effort on the part of the Mexican government to present a show of cooperation. The deal struck between the U.S. and Mexico  set into motion a 45-day clock, during which Mexico must show effective migrant control to avoid the tariff.

The use of the National Guard, which had recently been created for more domestic crime prevention, is an apparent indication of good faith.  Another such indication is a change at the top of Mexico’s National Migration Institute (INM), the federal agency charged with controlling migration within the country.  On Friday, the director of that agency, a sociologist named Tonatiuh Guillen, resigned, and was replaced by the former head of Mexico’s prison system, Francisco Garduno. The INM  then announced that  1,000 immigration agents had been deployed in the north and south of Mexico and that by Tuesday, 6,000 National Guard troops would be patrolling the southern border with Guatemala.

We hope the Trump administration is verifying these moves and that they keep up the pressure. The clock is ticking.

For more, see ABC News.

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Jun 16

Will There Be an Immigration Czar? If So, Who?

About three weeks ago, on May 23, we reported (rather confidently) that President Trump would appoint an “immigration czar” imminently and that he would be former Virginia attorney general and immigration hawk Ken Cuccinelli.

In doing so, we forgot the first rule of reporting on this administration: never be confident.

Cuccinelli, who no doubt would have been a fine choice for the largely undefined role, was instead on June 10 named Acting Director of Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency that manages legal immigration.

Ken Cuccinelli (l), Tom Homan (r)

(This announcement was greeted by criticism from both parties–or, we should say, both left and right wings of the single ruling party, owned and financed by wealthy donors–and there was widespread speculation that he could never get Congressional approval if nominated for the “official” post. He has been too critical of too many high-level potentates in the Republican wing and for the Democrat wing he’s little short of the Antichrist. Texas Republican Senate John Cornyn charged, “He’s made a career attacking other Republicans,” which should disqualify him for doing almost anything.  And Kamala Harris, who is running for president, said his appointment was “a threat to our country’s ideals.”)

So Cuccinelli is out for the czarship and maybe for any non-Acting role of any sort.  Enter Tom Homan, former Acting Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). On Friday, June 14, in an interview with Fox News, Trump (prematurely, it turns out) announced that Homan was coming back into the administration as “border czar.”

This, apparently, was news to Homan, at least according to CNN, for what that’s worth.  Homan, now a Fox News contributor, told his colleagues after Trump’s announcement that details were still being worked out. Originally offered the then ill-defined position by former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, he had rejected the appointment because he felt it lacked sufficient authority.  The details still under consideration probably refer to the shortcomings he saw in the original proposal.

Will he or won’t he? Like so much in the Trump era, it remains to be seen.

For more, see Fox News.


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Jun 15

Coast Guard Interdicts 4,500 Boat People

The Coast Guard has announced that since October of last year it has intercepted 4,500 persons, most of them Haitian and Dominican along with about 300 Cubans, while attempting to reach the U.S. by boat.  Since May 20 alone, approximately 2,474 Haitian migrants have attempted to “illegally enter the U.S. via the maritime environment.”  This week the Guard released a video discouraging the growing practice of “asylum seekers” to take small and often un-seaworthy craft, manned by inexperienced sailors, to cross the hundreds of miles across open water from the islands of Hispaniola or Cuba to, typically,  the Florida coast.

Still from Coast Guard Video Showing Overloaded Haitian Boat

On Monday an overloaded 30-foot boat containing  36 Haitian males and 14 Haitian females was interdicted  about 46 miles north of Cap-Haïtien, Haiti.  That same day, 12 Cuban migrants were  interdicted 12 miles off of Villa Clara Province, Cuba.  On Tuesday, 18 Dominican migrants were returned home after being apprehended the previous day off the coast of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. On Wednesday,  a Coast Guard cutter intercepted an overloaded 45-foot wooden freighter, filled with 177 Haitian migrants,  in the Bahamas. On Thursday, another cutter intercepted a 20-foot vessel with 14 Haitian migrants and two suspected smugglers aboard, roughly 46 miles east of Boca Raton.

Clearly, in addition to their missions of marine rescue and drug law enforcement, the Coast Guard is being kept busy intercepting would-be illegal migrants. Fortunately, migrants apprehended on the high seas are typically returned to their homeland, while smugglers are arrested.

For more, see the Migrant Interdiction section of the Coast Guard News.

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Jun 14

The West Doesn’t Owe the World

The Quote Below: More Misinformation from the Media

“There is a lot of debate these days about whether the United States owes its African-American citizens reparations for slavery. It does. But there is a far bigger bill that the United States and Europe have run up: what they owe to other countries for their colonial adventures, for the wars they imposed on them, for the inequality they have built into the world order. . . .

“The creditor countries aren’t seriously suggesting that the West send sacks of gold bullion every year to India or Nigeria. Their people are asking for fairness: for the borders of the rich countries to be opened to goods and people. . . , they are asking for immigration as reparations.

“Today, a quarter of a billion people are migrants. They are moving because the rich countries have stolen the future of the poor countries. . . . Before you ask them to respect our borders, ask yourself: Has the West ever respected anyone’s borders? . . . Immigration quotas should be based on how much the host country has ruined other countries. Britain should have quotas for Indians and Nigerians; France for Malians and Tunisians; Belgium for very large numbers of Congolese.

“Some 12 million Africans were enslaved and carried across the Atlantic by European powers. Should not 12 million people from Africa be allowed to live in the countries enriched by the toil of their ancestors?” – Why Should Immigrants ‘Respect Our Borders’? The West Never Respected Theirs, Suketu Mehta, The New York Times, 6/10/19  [Link]

Fact Check of Quote: Expressions of racial animus are generally frowned on these day—and that is good. Unfortunately, there is one exception. As expressed in this article, it holds that peoples of European descent have a uniquely evil history of oppressing others, and that all other groups are rightly entitled to seek reparations from them—and other forms of comeuppance as well.

This article suggests that the only way for the West to atone fully for its sins is to lie down and be overwhelmed by the descendants of its alleged victims. The appeal is supposedly for justice, but it’s hard to miss the rather obvious malice.

The notion of a uniquely evil West is fake history and defamation. Certainly it is true that some (but not all) European countries engaged in colonialism and slave commerce. But those who obsess about these injustices ignore the far longer time that Europe itself was the victim of these activities. From about 700 to around 1700, Muslim powers in Western Asia and North Africa launched constant waves of aggression against Europe. Not respecting European borders, they colonized Spain, parts of Italy and all of Eastern Europe. They held these areas for hundreds of years, and enslaved millions of their inhabitants.

As late as the early 1800s, slave raiders from the coasts of North Africa were capturing and enslaving Europeans, perhaps more than a million beginning in the 1500s. This slave raiding was one reason that prompted France to take military action in North Africa and begin colonization there. It is most ironic that some of the Muslims claiming the right to enter Europe because of European injustices are themselves descendants of Muslim colonizers and slavers.

European involvement in the Atlantic slave trade was indeed a lamentable chapter in European history. But honest history revels that Africans were just as much involved in that evil traffic, as it was they who enslaved their fellow Africans and sold them to the Europeans. Allowing mass immigration from Africa could reward the descendants of those slave dealers.

One point the anti-European narrative always omits is that Europeans repented of their involvement in slavery and subsequently did more than any other people to eradicate human bondage. Quite often other peoples gave up slavery only because Europeans forced them to end it. For centuries the Western nations have led the way in advancing the ideals of human freedom.

Without a doubt European colonization in some instances was brutal and oppressive. At the same time, in some instances, it also conferred great benefits on the colonized peoples. One example in Africa was the eradication of the slavery. Colonial governments established rule of law, built infrastructure, developed resources, and established public health and sanitation. Often these improvements remained after independence.

The United States in particular has little reason to feel guilty about colonialism. This country only held one major overseas colony, the Philippines, to which we voluntarily granted independence after World War II. Thereafter, the U.S. took the lead in urging European countries to follow our example and free their colonies.

The idea that past colonialism justifies mass immigration today fails by way of comparison. European colonialists in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, areas now sending immigrants to Europe, did not inundate their colonies with European people. The demographic make-up of those places remained pretty much the same. But immigration to Europe now threatens to replace or substantially replace the indigenous populations. As an example, less than half the population of London is ethnic English.

The Western world did not build its power and prosperity through exploitation, but through inventive genius. And this genius has greatly benefitted the rest of the world as well. To cite one example, in the early 1960s it appeared that India and other developing countries were on the brink of a major famine. That didn’t happen, however, thanks largely to the work of an American agronomist named Norman Borlaug. His research launched the Green Revolution, which vastly increased crop yields. His work spared as many as a billion people in the developing world from starvation.

The West has much to offer the world, but mass immigration threatens to overwhelm the Western counties and thus render them unable to help anyone. The claim that the West must commit demographic suicide to atone for past sins has nothing to do with fair play. It’s a dishonest claim—and judging from the tone and tenor of its advocates—one motivated by envy, vengeance, and spite.

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Jun 14

Portland Seeks Help with Migrants, Lewiston Wary

The city of Portland, Maine, once the most covetous of communities regarding African immigrants, appears to be coming to the realization that in fact you can have too much of a good thing.

The city’s quest for more and more immigrants from African nations has been well documented. Now that that particular message has spread globally and more and more immigrants have begun pouring in, city officials appear to be re-thinking their policy.

This week Portland City Manager Jon Jennings set up an emergency shelter for more than 250 “asylum seekers” he had just learned were unexpectedly headed to his city.  Jennings said city officials were told during a conference call that more than 700 African immigrants had just crossed the border and were en route to various destinations, including Portland.

Many migrants, especially from Africa, ask to be sent to Portland, because of the support the city has traditionally provided and because the city already has an entrenched immigrant community.

Jennings indicated that he would be asking neighboring communities to share in the bounty.

One of those neighbors is the city of Lewiston, which has had its own experiences with African immigrants. In the early 2000s, thousands of Somalis began coming to Lewiston, and were initially greeted enthusiastically by locals.  It didn’t take long, however, for the bloom to fall from the rose as the consequences of this in-migration became clear. Rising crime, increased poverty, growing demand on welfare services, and a host of related problems over the years disabused most Lewistonians of their naivete.

By 2002, 18 months after the first Somali arrived, followed by more than a thousand with more on the way, the mayor at the time wrote an open letter to leaders of the Somali community asking them to slow their migration to the city.  Yet still they came, and began to have children. Last year, some of those children beat to death a local white man, prompting the town to cancel “World Refugee Day” festivities on June 20.

(Those interested in learning more about Lewiston’s experience with the Somali influx can find a wealth of stories at Ann Corcoran’s website, Refugee Resettlement Watch.)

Consequently, the prospect of accepting offloaded “refugees” from Portland is less than appealing, to Lewiston citizens and officials alike.  Lewiston City Administrator Ed Barrett said Thursday. “[A]t the moment, our housing market is fairly tight with few vacancies and, as you know, the city does not operate a public shelter. In addition, we do not have a community fund available like Portland does….” Lewiston Mayor Kristen Cloutier said Thursday night she had not discussed the matter with Portland officials.

Comments on social media clearly indicated the public opinion. More than 600 comments on the newspaper’s Facebook page uniformly expressed opposition to accepting any more “refugees.”

Whether Lewiston has any say in the matter is an open question.  They have to be somewhere, and for some reason known only to God, they can’t be sent back.

For more, see the Lewiston Sun Journal.


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Jun 13

NY Assembly Approves Licenses for Illegals

The New York State Assembly voted 86-47 to allow illegal aliens to obtain driver’s licenses. To become law, this bill must pass the state senate and be signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.  A poll in March found that 61 percent of New Yorkers oppose licenses for illegals. Twelve states currently permit illegal aliens to get driver’s licenses.

Read more at breitbart.com

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Jun 13

New Study Examines Immigration Trends

The Pew Research Center on Wednesday released a study surveying illegal immigration up through 2017, before the advent of massive caravans and the migrant surge that began in 2018.

The study shows, in part, that Mexicans no longer make up the majority of undocumented immigrants in the U.S.  Instead, they now constitute about 47% of the illegal population, or 4.9 million out of an estimated 10.5 million.  According to the study, between 2007 and 2017, the number of illegals from Asia increased by 130,000 and those from Central America rose by 400,000.

During the ten-year period, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, North Dakota, and South Dakota saw the largest  increases in immigrants while California, Arizona, New York, Illinois, and Florida saw the largest declines. The study shows California had 775,000 fewer unauthorized immigrants in 2017 than in 2007.

There are two reasons to consider these estimates with a grain or two of salt. (1) As noted, the figures are a couple of years old and are “pre-caravan” and “pre-surge.” (2) The numbers used are from official U.S. Census estimates, figures that have been called into question by other studies. For example, a joint study by Yale University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology estimated the total of illegals in the U.S. at 22.1 million, more than twice that of the Pew Study.

Meanwhile, old statistics aside, 2019 keeps rolling along. Estimates for this year include:

To examine the Pew Study yourself, see the Pew Research Center.

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Jun 12

Most Migrants Skip Asylum Hearings

In testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan stated that in a survey of 7,000 cases of migrants who claimed asylum, only ten percent showed up for their asylum hearings. This finding helps confirm that asylum claims by migrants, in most cases, are simply a scam by illegal aliens to get into the U.S.

Read more at foxnews.com

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