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A CIS Weekly update on immigration policy related
opinions from the United States and around the world.

Immigration Opinions, 5/6/16


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1. "#NeverHillary, Mark Krikorian
2. "Bill Would Defund CAM, the Stealth Executive Action Program Abroad," Dan Cadman
3. "Has the Notion of 'Executive Action' for Syrian Refugees Even Infected the UNHCR?," Dan Cadman
4. "On Prosecutorial Discretion and Tired Analogies," Dan Cadman
5. "A Romantic Start that Turned into a $20 Million H-1B Fraud Case," David North
6. "Some Minor Good News on Visa Mills — Accrediting Official Leaves Job," David North
7. "Open Letter to Governors: Don't Go Overseas for EB-5 — It Might Backfire," David North
8. "The UN's #RefugeeChildren Campaign," Kausha Luna
9. "Immigration Fraud Linked to San Bernardino Jihadist's Family," Michael Cutler
10. "President Obama: Accessory to the Crimes Committed by Illegal Aliens?," Michael Cutler
11. "Ten Years After Immigration Protests, What Has Changed?," NPR's All Things Considered
12. "Earthquake Amnesty in Works for Illegal Aliens From Ecuador, DHS Quietly Grants 'Migratory Relief' in Spanish," Judicial Watch Corruption Chronicles
13. "U.S.-Funded Study: Mass Immigration From Mexico Ended, Border Enforcement Has Backfired," Judicial Watch Corruption Chronicles
14. "Mexico Is Sending Us Colonists, Not Immigrants," Tom Tancredo
15. " 'Make America Mexico Again': Why Americans Are Fed Up With Illegals," Todd Starnes
16. "Obamacare, Illegal Aliens Pushing New York to Bankruptcy," Daniel Greenfield
17. "Importing Terror," Joseph Klein
18. "The Real Flag Issue," Lloyd Billingsley
19. "Martinez as Trump’s VP?," Jonathan W. Emord
20. "Protesters Have Jumped the Shark," Victor Davis Hanson
21. "The Nihilism of Sanctuary Cities," Victor Davis Hanson
22. "ISIS Plotting To Infiltrate Open U.S. Border," Investor's Business Daily
23. "And Then There Was The One," Ann Coulter
24. "Immigration Debate Yields No Meaningful Policy Reform," Deseret News
25. "How Immigration Laws Harm Skilled Immigrants and Americans," David Bier
26. "LePage, Trump Right on Immigration," Gayle Finkbeiner
27. "Trump's and Sanders' Immigration Plans Would Shake the Biomedical World," Bruce Y. Lee
28. "Trump Is the Nativist Dream Candidate," Alex Norasteh
29. "Trump’s Trade Wall Will Make Americans Poorer," Simon Lester
30. "History Shows Immigration is Good for Economy," Michael Powelson
31. "Stop Waving Mexican Flag at Trump Protests," Marcos Breton
32. "Obama's Cynical Games May Doom Immigration Reform," Shikha Dalmia
33. "Obama's Immigration Orders Are on the Right Side of Law and Justice," Kica Matos
34. Canada: "Immigration Fraud Makes Us Vulnerable," Farzana Hassan
35. U.K.: "Why is the Brexit Camp So Obsessed With Immigration? Because That’s All They Have," Peter Mandelson
36. Germany: "Germany’s Chancellor Merkel Gives Muslim 'Refugees' Immediate and Unlimited Welfare Benefits...," Walid Shoebat
37. E.U.: "Refugee Nightmare 2.0 — the EU’s 2nd Migration Tsunami Has Begun," William F. Jasper
38. E.U.: "Closed Borders Will Make Europe Collapse," Carlo Bastasin
39. Australia: "Australia’s Controversial Migration Policy," J. Weston Phippen


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#NeverHillary
By Mark Krikorian
National Review Online, May 4, 2016

Donald Trump is unfit to be president. He’s a braggart and a liar. And a serial adulterer. He’s behaved shamefully during the primary campaign. He wouldn’t recognize the Constitution if he tripped over it in the street. He doesn’t know even the Cliff Notes version of any policy issue. The idea that the party of Lincoln and Reagan, Coolidge and Eisenhower, Justice Harlan and Senator Taft has nominated Trump is appalling.

And I’m going to vote for him anyway.

I condemn no one for deciding otherwise. There are plausible arguments for not voting for him in November – to repudiate him and his style of politics, to uphold conservative principle. Staying home, voting for a third party, or writing someone in are all honorable alternatives. (Actually voting for Hillary is not.) And if you think his defeat is literally inevitable, these are easier choices to make.
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But while his defeat is clearly likely, I do not think it inevitable. As president, Trump would not do half the things he’s promised his supporters, nor half the things his detractors fear. All the illegals aren’t going to be deported and the wall will be tied up in eminent domain litigation for years; likewise, he won’t nuke Belgium or seize the New York Times.

But he would make appointments, and personnel is policy, more so than ever in the post-constitutional era Obama has ushered in. There are hundreds of posts that matter, but two stand out. The first is obvious: the Supreme Court. We have no real idea whom Trump might nominate, but he or she could not help but be better than Hillary’s choices.
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http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/434914/hillary-is-worse?target=author&tid=982

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Bill Would Defund CAM, the Stealth Executive Action Program Abroad
By Dan Cadman
CIS Immigration Blog, May 5, 2016
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And, when stretching that rubber band as far as it will go still doesn't get you far enough, there is always extensive application of the immigration parole authority, which has been the subject of much abuse in the past seven-plus years by officials within the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

A perfect case in point is the Central American Minors (CAM) Program, jointly administered by DOS and USCIS in three countries: El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Indeed CAM (which has been the Obama administration's stealth "immigration executive action" program, operating abroad as it does, outside the daily view of the American public) appears to have been the impetus for the #RefugeeChildren Campaign discussed by Luna in her blog, if one harkens to the words the UN is using in it promotional materials.

Readers will remember that the CAM program was formed as a last-ditch effort by the administration to end the embarrassment of the surge of families and minors hitting our southern border during the summer of 2014 — although from that perspective, it has been a failure, since the flow has not been stemmed. Even so, it presses forward, and when even the most liberal USCIS asylum officers can't find enough of a rationale to determine that an interviewee faces persecution on the five recognized grounds for granting refuge or asylum, no problem! There's always that wonderful tool parole, which can be shaped and molded like Silly Putty to do whatever needs done to be sure they are given their "alternative pathway" north, at U.S. taxpayer expense.

When I lamented this tendency toward collusion between the United States and UNHCR to exceed the boundaries of international and domestic law, I expressed the hope that congressional legislators would direct a sharp eye toward these incursions in order to curb them.

I'm happy to report that at least one has. Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona has introduced the "Central American Amnesty Termination Act of 2016".
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http://cis.org/cadman/rep-gosar-introduces-bill-defund-cam-obama-administrations-stealth-executive-action-program-a

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Has the Notion of "Executive Action" for Syrian Refugees Even Infected the UNHCR?
By Dan Cadman
CIS Immigration Blog, May 2, 2016
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For readers of this blog, and indeed for the American public at large, the relevant point is that Syrians who have removed themselves from the immediate conflict zone into safe regions such as Turkey have once again shown themselves to be something other than "refugees fleeing violence" by their involvement in prior attacks and thwarted attacks in the places that have provided them safe haven: Turkey, Europe, and elsewhere. That the jihadists have managed to intermingle so thoroughly with those truly in need of refuge is troubling in the extreme.
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http://cis.org/cadman/has-notion-executive-action-syrian-refugees-even-infected-unhcr

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On Prosecutorial Discretion and Tired Analogies
By Dan Cadman
CIS Immigration Blog, May 2, 2016
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Suppose that I am pulled over driving 52 miles per hour in a 45-mph zone. I know full well that I was being lead-footed and so docilely give the officer my license and registration when asked. He goes back to his vehicle to do all the appropriate checks and after several minutes returns, hands me back my documents, all of which were in order — nothing expired, the vehicle in good repair. He proceeds to tell me that because I have no prior violations or points on my driving record, he is going to issue me a warning instead of a ticket. An exercise of discretion? Almost certainly.

But imagine this instead: The mayor of a major metropolitan area issues a policy memorandum stating that henceforth, as a matter of "prosecutorial discretion," police officers are to issue no summonses and make no arrests for traffic offenses. In an accompanying public statement, the mayor asserts that statistics reflect the need to focus attention on serious crimes as a priority for police enforcement, not to spend needless time on lesser offenses.
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http://cis.org/cadman/prosecutorial-discretion-and-tired-analogies

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A Romantic Start that Turned into a $20 Million H-1B Fraud Case
By David North
CIS Immigration Blog, May 4, 2016
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Reading between the lines of one of those stolid, just-the-facts-ma'am indictments, we find that the principal conspirator, Raju Kosuri, organized in 2000 what sounds like a rent-a-programmer corporation, EcomNets, Inc., which either had then, or secured later, a tenuous tie to Danville, Va., a tired old factory town that was losing its furniture manufacturing business. (A reporter for the local paper, the Register-Bee, told me Monday that Kosuri's firm maintained a very small operation in Danville, though it had proclaimed much larger ones in the past.)

Back to the romance: In 2001, Kosuri used his new corporation to file an H-1B petition for Smriti Jharia to work for the firm as an H-1B. She was either then married to, or later became married to, Kosuri — the indictment is not helpful in this area. Kosuri, at the time of the indictment, is a lawful permanent alien, but probably did not have that status in 2001 when he used H-1B to bring his bride to this country. Had he had a green card in 2001 it would have been far easier, faster, and cheaper to cause her migration as a spouse. (The indictment can be seen in the PACER system of electronic court documents as case 1:16-cr-00043-LMB.)

Perhaps operating on the well-known premise that a couple that preys together, stays together, the two apparently remain married to this date, and both were indicted together, as were four others.
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http://cis.org/north/20-million-h-1b-fraud-case

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Some Minor Good News on Visa Mills — Accrediting Official Leaves Job
By David North
CIS Immigration Blog, May 2, 2016
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ACICS is in trouble because it has given accreditation to lots of bad schools, notably a number of for-profit ones, including, to quote the AGs:
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Such schools often gobble up Pell Grants and Veterans Administration funding, but provide little to the students concerned. In other cases, substantial student loan indebtedness occurs.

Meanwhile, back on the immigration front, ACICS has accredited Herguan College of Sunnydale, Calif., for its graduate programs. Herguan's former owner and CEO, Jerry Wang is now in a federal prison for immigration fraud, as we reported earlier.

Two other schools in the Bay Area that major in Indian foreign "students," Silicon Valley University and Northwestern Polytechnic University, also are accredited by ACICS. The venerable Times of India, however, stated that they were "massive academic rip-offs."

On the East Coast, the tiny American College of Commerce and Technology (ACCT) has also been accredited by the ever-obliging ACICS. ACCT, which is located in a modest office building in the D.C. suburbs (Falls Church, Va.), recently submitted a financial report to the State of Virginia that managed, in the course of five lines of type, to spell the word "interest" four different ways. Some of the financial concepts used in this report were, to say the least, creative, as we noted earlier.
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http://cis.org/north/some-minor-good-news-visa-mills-accrediting-official-leaves-job

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Open Letter to Governors: Don't Go Overseas for EB-5 — It Might Backfire
By David North
CIS Immigration Blog, May 1, 2016
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Perhaps the most glaring example of these dangers was recorded in a cover story in Fortune in 2014. The story detailed how former Governor of Illinois, Pat Quinn (D), subsequently defeated for re-election, pitched Chinese investors in China for an EB-5 real estate deal in Chicago that was a complete hoax from the start until it was broken up by the SEC. The conspirators secured a series of photographs of themselves with the governor, and used them in the scams.

This kind of bad luck can fall on your immediate colleagues as well. The Securities and Exchange Commission broke a scandal in Washington State involving a former Tibetan monk who used $125 million in EB-5 moneys as his "personal piggy bank". The program had been heavily touted by Lt. Governor Brad Owen (D).

At the extreme, one governor's former cabinet member, an enthusiastic booster of the EB-5 program, was found dead of a shotgun wound in the stomach after EB-5 trips to China, one of which he double-billed to the state. This was the late Richard Benda who worked for then-Governor Michael Rounds (R) of South Dakota, as we reported in a blog a couple of years ago.

Rounds, so far, has escaped real harm from his state's EB-5 program and currently sits in the U.S. Senate. A former staff member of his administration, Joop Bollen, faces a preliminary hearing on May 16, as the South Dakota state government has finally indicted Bollen for inappropriate use of state funds.

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The UN's #RefugeeChildren Campaign
By Kausha Luna
CIS Immigration Blog, May 4, 2016
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This campaign is yet another example of the one-dimensional migration narrative propagated by open borders supporters. While violence is one of the push factors for migration to the United States, the campaign fails to acknowledge other principal push and pull factors, such as better economic and educational opportunities, family reunification, and recent U.S. immigration lenience toward Central American migrants. As my colleague Nayla Rush recently explained, family reunification is a key factor in the migration of Central American minors. Therefore, the assertions of campaigns like the one described above should not be taken at face value. One should evaluate why these minors are really coming to the United States, question labels such as "refugee children," and question policies intended to benefit these presumed refugees.
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http://cis.org/luna/uns-refugeechildren-campaign

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Immigration Fraud Linked to San Bernardino Jihadist's Family
By Michael Cutler
Family Security Matters, May 4, 2016
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Furthermore, as I noted in my March 18, 2016 article for FrontPage Magazine outrageously, managers at USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) the division of DHS, barred ICE agents from entering their offices the day after the terror attack at San Bernardino. These ICE agents, working with the JTTF, went to that office hoping to encounter Marquez who was scheduled to be interviewed with his "spouse" in conjunction with their immigration petition.

Inexplicably, the ICE agents were obstructed not assisted by DHS managers.

My article was entitled, "Are DHS Leaders Seeking an MVP Award From ISIS? - The day after the San Bernardino terror attack, why exactly did USCIS managers block a team of ICE agents from entering their facility?"

Where cranking out immigration benefits are concerned, it is clear that under the Obama administration the orders of the day amount to, "Damn the terrorists- full speed ahead!"

A final thought-

I has been widely reported that the allegations of marriage fraud were developed during the terror investigation. I cannot help but wonder if an investigation into the bona fides of the marriage in this case would have been independently initiated if that investigation would have uncovered the terror plot before the carnage of December 2, 2015.
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http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/detail/immigration-fraud-linked-to-san-bernardino-jihadists-family?f=must_reads

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President Obama: Accessory to the Crimes Committed by Illegal Aliens?
By Michael Cutler
FrontPageMag.com, April 26, 2016
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To provide my perspectives on the use (or, rather, misuse) of prosecutorial discretion, I wrote an op-ed for Fox News Latino, “Obama Invokes Prosecutorial Discretion to Circumvent Constitution and Congress” that was published on June 17, 2012 -- two days after President Obama stood in the White House Rose Garden to proclaim that “since Congress failed to act” he was going to take action. Of course to Obama, his concept of a "failure of Congress to act” was the refusal of Congress to pass bad legislation. When Congress votes down bad legislation, they most certainly are acting.

Obama also deceptively said that this was about children, kids and young people, even though illegal aliens as old as 31 years of age could apply for this program, provided that they claimed that they entered the United States prior to their 16thbirthdays. Without any interviews or field investigations being conducted, fraud likely permeates this program that has an approval rate of more than 95%.

In my Fox News Latino piece, I noted that what Mr. Obama referred to as “Prosecutorial Discretion” should be more properly referred to as “Prosecutorial Deception.” Incidentally, I cannot pass up the opportunity to note that while the term “alien” has come under attack by Obama and his supporters, the open borders anarchists, the term “DREAMers” is derived from the acronym for the “Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors” Act.

The “a” in DREAMers stands for “aliens.” How remarkable that when it suits the purposes of these individuals, the unpalatable suddenly becomes more than acceptable. Hypocrisy is alive and well in the Orwellian lexicon of this administration and the lexicon of Hillary and Bernie, who would succeed him.
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http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/262615/president-obama-accessory-crimes-committed-illegal-michael-cutler

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Ten Years After Immigration Protests, What Has Changed?
NPR's All Things Considered, May 1, 2016

We're going to keep talking about immigration. As we mentioned, from March through May of 2006, mass immigration protests were held throughout the U.S. Some 500,000 people rallied in Los Angeles. All in all, protest and rallies were held in 140 cities and 39 states. So we wondered just what is the legacy of those marches on March 1, 2006? We've invited several guests to talk about that.
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MARTIN: Jessica, what about you? Do you remember - as I mentioned, you're looking at this from a very different perspective. Do you remember where you were and what you were doing in 2006? Do you remember if you had any reaction to those marches at that time?

VAUGHAN: Yes, I do. In 2006, I was working at the Center for Immigration Studies. So these protests were of interest, of course. But to me, it - they seemed pretty irrelevant to the policy debate at the time, except to the extent that they served to maybe harden views on both sides. You know, I really don't think the marches have made much of a difference in policy terms.

Since they're still going on 10 years later and we still haven't seen policies enacted that the participants in the marches want to see, you know, I think it's pretty clear that they have not been effective in achieving comprehensive immigration reform.

While they may have felt empowering to the people who took part, there were also people who had a negative reaction to these marches and were upset by the Mexican flags being flown. And, you know, of course - you know, that was a big strategic error on the part of the protesters that they haven't repeated since. People told them, like, look, you know, it doesn't do any good to march through the streets flying the flags of other countries if what you tell people that you're wanting is to become part of America.

So, you know, I think there was actually some backlash as a result of the marches. And that persists today, where for a lot of people the marches are a symbol of our continued failure to enforce immigration laws.
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http://www.npr.org/2016/05/01/476380435/10-years-after-immigration-protests-what-has-changed

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Earthquake Amnesty in Works for Illegal Aliens from Ecuador, DHS Quietly Grants “Migratory Relief” in Spanish
Judicial Watch Corruption Chronicles, May 6, 2016
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Considering this record, it’s not unreasonable to assume that the administration will eventually issue an earthquake amnesty for illegal aliens from Ecuador. Officially this is known as Temporary Protected Status (TPS), a humanitarian measure designed to temporarily shield illegal immigrants from deportation during emergencies. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is consulting with “appropriate agencies” as it evaluates the earthquake’s impact and Ecuador’s recovery efforts to determine if a TPS order is necessary, according to a newspaper report in El Salvador that quotes a DHS spokesperson. The agency is already helping Ecuadoreans in the U.S. by granting work permits and waving visa fees if candidates show that their financial situation has been hurt by the earthquake, according to a document posted in Spanish on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website. It states that USCIS offers “migratory relief measures” for those affected by natural disasters such as the recent severe earthquakes in Ecuador, Japan and Burma. This is clearly targeted at Ecuadoreans since Japanese and Burmese don’t usually speak or read Spanish.
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http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2016/05/earthquake-amnesty-in-works-for-illegal-aliens-from-ecuador-dhs-quietly-grants-migratory-relief-in-spanish/

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U.S.-Funded Study: Mass Immigration from Mexico Ended, Border Enforcement Has Backfired
Judicial Watch Corruption Chronicles, May 2, 2016
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Their recent study is titled “Why Border Enforcement Backfired,” a collaborative effort between American researchers and their Mexican counterparts at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, a publicly-funded education center specializing in social science. Besides the government cash that regularly flows to the MMP, the study itself got an infusion of taxpayer dollars from the NICHD which operates under the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the nation’s medical research agency which annually doles out tens of billions of dollars to hundreds of thousands of researchers at universities and institutions around the globe. Established in 1962 under President John F. Kennedy, NICHD has a monstrous budget of its own ($1.3 billion in 2015) and distributes quite a bit of money to causes that seem to follow leftist protocol.

In this instant the research found that “border militarization” has actually resulted in higher numbers of illegal immigrants coming to the U.S. from Mexico. That’s because border enforcement has “affected the behavior of unauthorized migrants and border outcomes to transform undocumented Mexican migration from a circular flow of male workers going to three states into an 11 million person population of settled families living in 50 states,” this esteemed group of academics claim. They argue that border enforcement emerged in response to “moral panic” about the perceived threat of Latino immigration to this country. “The end result was a self-perpetuating cycle of rising enforcement and increased apprehensions that resulted in the militarization of the border in a way that was disconnected from the actual size of the undocumented flow,” researchers found.

It gets better. In a promotional announcement released by his university, Massey, the lead researcher, says this: “Rather than stopping undocumented Mexicans from coming to the U.S., greater enforcement stopped them from going home.” Here is his attempt to explain that absurd theory: “Greater enforcement raised the costs of undocumented border crossing, which required undocumented migrants to stay longer in the U.S. to make a trip profitable,” Massey said. “Greater enforcement also increased the risk of death and injury during border crossing. As the costs and risks rose, migrants naturally minimized border crossing — not by remaining in Mexico but by staying in the United States.” Are we supposed to take this guy seriously? It’s bad enough our tax dollars fund his work! One of his Ivy League pals, who also studies immigration, urges policymakers to pay attention to this earth-shattering research. Her name is Mary Waters, also a sociology professor, and she says this study shows that “throwing money at militarizing the border led to the growth of undocumented immigration and if we had just done nothing, undocumented immigration would be much lower.”
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http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2016/05/u-s-funded-study-mass-immigration-from-mexico-ended-border-enforcement-has-backfired/

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Mexico Is Sending Us Colonists, Not Immigrants
By Tom Tancredo
Breitbart.com, April 30, 2016

When hundreds of people waving Mexican flags attack Americans attending a Trump for President rally in southern California, the media excuses the violence and the bullying as a justifiable expression of Mexican distrust of Trump’s policies. Why is Mexican nationalism a good thing but putting American interests first needs defending? Why is building a fence or a wall to block illegal entry an unacceptable step in protecting American sovereignty, but it is just fine for the Mexican government to actively violate American sovereignty on a daily basis?

Back in 2006 when the Kennedy-McCain amnesty plan was being debated in Congress, similar events took place with Mexican flags prominently displayed in rallies supporting the amnesty legislation. In one scene captured by a news photographer, an American flag flown at a California university campus was taken down and then flown upside down by protesters waving Mexican flags. That photo and similar pro-Mexican images generated an understandable backlash that turned the debate around and defeated the amnesty plan.

“America First” is a policy that makes sense not only in US-Mexican relations, it makes sense across the board. Maybe the political elites who think differently are about to be taught a lesson.
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http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/04/30/mexico-sending-us-colonists-not-immigrants/

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'Make America Mexico Again': Why Americans Are Fed Up With Illegals
By Todd Starnes
FoxNews.com, May 2, 2016

There was a time in this nation’s history when having 13 million people breach your border would have been considered an invasion. We used to fight wars over such a hostile act.But these days instead of repelling the invaders, the Obama administration gave them food stamps, free health care, and a voter registration card. We’ve been invaded and our government has provided aid and comfort to the enemy.

In both Indiana and California the protesters tried to bully and intimidate law-abiding Americans into silent submission. They tried – but they failed.You see, the illegals need to understand something – “We the People” will no longer be silent. We will not allow our sovereignty to be violated anymore.

The American taxpayers have reached a boiling point. We are tired of illegals taking American jobs. We are tired of illegals living off our tax dollars. We are tired of illegals causing mayhem in our streets. And more than anything, we are tired of lawmakers who refuse to defend American sovereignty.

The truth is we don’t know who or what has been coming across our southern border. We don’t know what dangers lurk in our neighborhoods.
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http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2016/05/02/make-america-mexico-again-why-american-are-fed-up-with-illegals.html?intcmp=hpbt3

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Obamacare, Illegal Aliens Pushing New York To Bankruptcy
By Daniel Greenfield
FrontPagMag.com, May 5, 2016

Undocumented illegal aliens are having a documented effect on New York City's finances.

New York's flailing left-wing mayor is proposing $2 billion for the city's hospitals as part of an $82 billion budget. A budget that the city can't afford. What's driving the costs? Illegal aliens and ObamaCare.
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http://www.frontpagemag.com/point/262739/obamacare-illegal-aliens-pushing-new-york-daniel-greenfield

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Importing Terror
Obama's plan to accelerate vetting of Syrian "refugees” for U.S. entry.
By Joseph Klein
FrontPageMag.com, May 6, 2016
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The current resettlement vetting process for self-proclaimed refugees begins with an initial screening by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The applications of some who make it through this preliminary UN screen are referred to United States authorities for further consideration and possible resettlement. UNCHR’s role in the front end of the vetting process should be reason enough for alarm.

The United Nations has called for more open borders to accommodate the millions of “refugees” and other migrants whom have left the Middle East and North Africa. To this end, UNCHR is said to be looking for alternative avenues to admit Syrian refugees that are faster than the current refugee “resettlement” vetting process. UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi suggested a number of such alternatives last March, at a high-level meeting held in Geneva to discuss “global responsibility sharing through pathways for admission of Syrian refugees."

Among the alternative “pathways” listed by the UNCHR High Commissioner for Refugees were “labour mobility schemes, student visa and scholarships, as well as visa for medical reasons.” He added, “Resettlement needs vastly outstrip the places that have been made available so far... But humanitarian and student visa, job permits and family reunification would represent safe avenues of admission for many other refugees as well.”

The net effect of expanding the grounds for admitting Syrian refugees to include job and student related visas could be to bump American citizens from jobs and scholarships that are given to the refugees instead.

Apparently, the Obama administration is onboard with looking for alternatives to the current refugee resettlement system that depends on cooperation with the states. Perhaps it is reacting to the fact that numerous states have recently elected to opt out of refugee resettlement programs, including New Jersey.
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http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/262745/importing-terror-joseph-klein

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The Real Flag Issue
The agenda to 'Make America Mexico Again.'
By Lloyd Billingsley
FrontPageMag.com, May 6, 2016
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When Californians vote on issues such as English as the state’s official language (Proposition 63, 1986); benefits for undocumented immigrants (Proposition 187, 1994); racial preferences in college admissions (Proposition 209, 1996) and bilingual education (Proposition 227, 1998) Mexican flags suddenly appeared by the thousands. This reflects the tenaciously held belief that California somehow remains part of Mexico, and that Mexicans are only coming to what amounts to their own country. They are therefore entitled to education, medical care, drivers’ licenses, welfare, and in-state college tuition. Politicians give tacit assent to this package.

Vice President Joe Biden explains that illegal immigrants are “already Americans.” In her recent book Hard Choices, Democratic presidential frontrunner and former First Lady Hillary Clinton helpfully explains, “after all, much of the southwestern part of the United States was part of Mexico.” So little wonder that Mexicans stream across the border, with additional encouragement from “sanctuary cities” such as San Francisco. There Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi welcomed even violent felons such as Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, a Mexican national and five-time deportee accused of gunning down Kathryn Steinle. In similar style, in 2014 two Sacramento County police officers fell victim to Mexican national and repeat deportee Luis Enrique Monroy Bracamontes, who said in court, “I killed them cops.”

Instead of restricting sanctuary cities, California politicians are more concerned with driving old Dixie down. A bill by Orinda Democrat Steve Glazer removes the names of Confederates such as Robert E. Lee from schools, public buildings and such. If politicians are in the mood for purges, they can find more fertile ground in Spanish colonialism.
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http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/262743/real-flag-issue-lloyd-billingsley

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Martinez as Trump’s VP?
By Jonathan W. Emord
NewsWithViews.com, May 2, 2016
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Martinez is a tough and extremely popular governor with an approval rate of over 60%. An attorney, Martinez has been a strong advocate for removing the influence of the political class from her state. She barred state agencies from hiring lobbyists. She signed an executive order eliminating sanctuary status for illegals in her state. She sold the state’s luxury jet previously used by the governor, obtaining $2.51 million to add to the state’s coffers. She created a system to grade public schools on their performance and to ensure publication of those grades to the public. She vigorously opposed environmental measures that sacrifice jobs without any meaningful improvement in the environment. She opposed efforts to increase the minimum wage, explaining that the proposed increase would cause job losses in the state. She supported tax cuts to encourage business development in the state.

Of Mexican descent, she is the daughter of a father who was an American war hero and a Golden Gloves boxer. She is fiercely patriotic and a strong advocate of secure borders with Mexico. She utterly rejects race based and gender based politics. She opposes enactment of laws that advance the interests of people solely based on their gender or their race, advocating instead meritocracy without regard to race or gender and a free market.

Although rightly opposed to sexist and racist politics (she does not tout her Latina heritage or gender as qualifications for her office but, instead, asks voters to consider her record and policy positions), Martinez would effectively neutralize a number of superficial gender and race based positions advanced by Democrats. It would indeed be the case that she would be the first woman and the first Latina to serve as Vice President. That factor would draw the attention of those whose vote for Hillary is predicated solely on her gender or who favored her solely because of her avowed ties to minorities but who have held their noses because of Hillary’s legal troubles. In addition, Martinez’s presence on the Trump ticket would help nullify the substantively vacuous charge that Trump will disserve American women as president.

Perhaps most importantly, her presence on the ticket would help dispel arguments that an open border policy is advantageous. Governor Martinez knows first-hand why a secure border is essential, offering the best hope of stemming the risks of crime and terror from illegals crossing the border.
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http://www.newswithviews.com/Emord/jonathan448.htm

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Protesters Have Jumped the Shark
By Victor Davis Hanson
National Review Online, May 5, 2016
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Protesters have a right to object to Donald Trump’s various crudities, as long as they do so peacefully and respect the right of free speech. But recently, disrupters at a Trump rally in California likewise jumped the shark when some waved the flag of Mexico or bore placards with slogans such as “Make America Mexico Again.” If the protest was directed against Trump’s pledges to deport undocumented immigrants to Mexico, then it made little sense to celebrate the country to which protesters did not wish immigrants to return, or to suggest that immigrants’ new home should become identical to the old home that they had chosen to leave.
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http://www.nationalreview.com/article/434974/protestors-have-jumped-shark

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The Nihilism of Sanctuary Cities
By Victor Davis Hanson
PJMedia.com, May 2, 2016

Sanctuary cities are on record as having released over 10,000 known criminal aliens into the general population whom Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were attempting to deport. In addition, hundreds of thousands of criminals are currently protected from deportation as they await trials and sentences. Among them, most infamously, is Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, a seven-time convicted felon and five-time deported illegal alien who was not turned over to ICE by the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department that held him in custody on a drug charge. He was instead released just weeks before he murdered Kate Steinle.
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The apparent principle of sanctuary cities is akin to roulette. The odds suggest that most illegal aliens detained by officials are not career felons and thus supposedly need not be turned over to ICE for deportation. On the chance that some of their 10,000 released criminals will go on to commit further crimes in the manner of Juan Lopez-Sanchez, officials then shrug that the public outcry will be episodic and quickly die down, or will at least not pose political problems as great as would come from deporting aliens.
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https://pjmedia.com/victordavishanson/the-nihilism-of-sanctuary-cities/

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ISIS Plotting To Infiltrate Open U.S. Border
Investor's Business Daily, April 28, 2016
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The FBI secretly recorded Omar and his cell mate discussing several times the possibility of attacks in the U.S, as well as murdering an FBI agent. Images from the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, as well as that of Osama bin Laden, were found on Omar’s phone.

Most chilling was the account of a plot to help ISIS fighters from Syria infiltrate the U.S. through Mexico, which wouldn’t be hard to do thanks to the lack of border enforcement by the Obama administration.

Under Obama’s loose immigration policies, which allow removable aliens to remain in the country, many illegal immigrants who commit additional crimes while in the U.S. are being ignored, even though local police have urged ICE to take control of criminals in their jails and kick them out of the country.

According to newly obtained government figures, ICE last year opted not to deport but to release 19,723 criminal illegal immigrants, including 208 convicted murderers, more than 900 convicted sex offenders and 12,307 convicted drunk drivers.

Overall, those released into virtually every U.S. state carried a total of 64,197 convictions among them, or an average of 3.25 convictions each, according to a Center for Immigration Studies analysis. The data also reveal that the released group committed a total of 8,234 violent crimes.
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http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/isis-plotting-to-infiltrate-open-u-s-border/

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And Then There Was The One
By Ann Coulter
Human Events Online, May 4, 2016
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It’s odd. When Trump launched his campaign by talking about Mexican rapists and the wall, his critics hysterically denounced him, rushing to TV to say he did NOT represent the Republican Party! Only after it became resoundingly clear that large majorities of Americans agreed with Trump did his critics try a new tack: He doesn’t believe it!
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Also, a lot of people didn’t like the phrase “self-deportation.” Why not just say: “They’ll go home the same way they came”?

So is Trump lying about his signature issue, immigration? The countervailing evidence to that 2012 pop-off is:

* Nine months of Trump soaring to the top of the polls and slaying all comers by talking about how he’s going to build a wall and make Mexico pay for it;

* His never, ever, ever backing down on the wall, sanctuary cities, anchor babies, suspending Muslim immigration, etc., etc., despite unprecedented attacks from both the liberal and “conservative” media;

* The fact that he talks about immigration at every single one of his massive rallies and always gets the biggest, most sustained standing ovations when he mentions the wall;
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http://humanevents.com/2016/05/04/and-then-there-was-the-one/

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Immigration Debate Yields No Meaningful Policy Reform
Deseret News, May 5, 2016

There is reason for frustration over the large number of people who fall between the cracks separating the procedures of jurisprudence and the procedures leading to deportation. But the solution to that problem lies in the hands of Congress, which has dallied and dawdled when it comes to addressing immigration policy in any kind of comprehensive manner. Pointing fingers in a high-profile legislative hearing might vent frustration, but it does nothing to advance the cause of fixing a situation that has long been obviously in need of repair.

The sense of déjà vu was particularly keen during testimony that veered into whether local police agencies need to step up and help enforce immigration law. Former Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank testified at the hearing on behalf of a law enforcement advocacy group that it would be bad policy for local police to serve as deputized immigration enforcement agents, something he argues would lead officers to engage in racial profiling. He makes a good point, but it’s a point that’s been made before, by him and many others, over a long period of time in a long list of governmental and policy-making venues.
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http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865653598/In-our-opinion-Immigration-debate-yields-no-meaningful-policy-reform.html?pg=all

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How Immigration Laws Harm Skilled Immigrants and Americans
By David Bier
TheHill.com, May 5, 2016
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Instead of a first-come, first-served process that considers the value of talent and the needs of the American workforce, current policy mechanically discriminates against some immigrants simply because they come from a populous country. It has no rational basis.
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Some lawmakers advocate simply abolishing the H-1B visa and making green cards more available. The problem with this proposal is that 95 percent of all high-skilled green card recipients came to the United States with an H-1B or other similar work visa. The H-1B is the gateway to America. If Congress got rid of the H-1B, it would effectively destroy the high-skilled legal immigration system.

America needs H-1B workers. They have made incredibly positive contributions to America's economy and culture. Forcing them to wait decades for a green card has no discernible benefit. We should recognize the contributions that H-1B workers make to our economy and society by protecting their rights.
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http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/immigration/278805-how-immigration-laws-harm-skilled-immigrants-and-americans

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LePage, Trump Right on Immigration
By Gayle Finkbeiner
The Kennebec (ME) Journal
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Many foreign workers are coming to Maine and the country legally each year. This comes at a time when thousands of young Mainers and millions all across America cannot find jobs. Americans see their wage levels depressed and job opportunities diminished by the importation of foreign labor by the cheap labor lobby in many industries, including tourism.

Often, American workers are forced to train foreign ones and then are replaced by those who work for lower wages. If they refuse, they are given no severance pay. This happened with the Walt Disney Corp. and Southern California Edison.

This year’s presidential campaign has been driven by a candidate who promises to crack down on both illegal immigration and the bipartisan policy of having legal immigrants replacing American workers.

This anti-American worker policy should stop. LePage and Trump are right on this issue and voters are responding. We need immigration policies that benefit American workers and the interests of the American people, not the interests of the Chamber of Commerce, foreign immigrants, and the millionaire donor class.
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http://www.centralmaine.com/2016/05/02/lepage-trump-right-on-immigration/

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Trump's and Sanders' Immigration Plans Would Shake the Biomedical World
By Bruce Y. Lee
Forbes, May 1, 2016
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If the gates were narrowed for foreign scientists, could the U.S. biomedical world fill the void? Not immediately. And maybe not for a while, if ever, unless the current situation changes. The pipeline of U.S. citizen biomedical talent has been long eroding. Other countries such as those in Asia are not simply the source of cheap labor. In many cases, they are the source of highly skilled, talented and motivated people. Many biomedical graduate programs are also now filled by citizens of other countries. Therefore, changes in immigration policy could expose what has been a growing deterioration in the U.S. biomedical talent base.

Regardless of your stance on immigration, it is important to recognize reality and understand that increasing support, incentives and funding for U.S. citizens to enter and stay in the biomedical world has to be part of either side of the argument. If you want to narrow the immigration gates, you need to simultaneously support initiatives that will augment U.S. biomedical education and research programs. Otherwise, many biomedical endeavors would lack personnel and could fall apart. Similarly, if you want to maintain or even relax and expand the H-1B visa program, unless you simultaneously bolster support for U.S. citizens interested in biomedical careers, you will continue to erode the U.S. competitiveness in the biomedical world.

Investment in and opportunities for U.S. citizens in the biomedical world have been shrinking. According to a Scientific American article, only about 25% of those obtaining PhDs in the U.S. will ever land a faculty job that allows them to apply for research grants and only about two-thirds of these jobs are at a real research university. There are also reports of how research and development activities and efforts in industry have been declining. Pharmaceutical layoffs, especially those in research and development, make for more unstable career paths in biomedical research. Funding for scientific research and development has steadily declined (in real dollars) throughout the past decade. As this article from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Fogarty Center explains, this trend has caused concerns about the U.S. losing biomedical leadership to Asia. This Nature article describes how stress, long hours and low morale are problems among U.S. biomedical scientists.
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http://www.forbes.com/sites/brucelee/2016/05/01/trumps-and-sanders-immigration-plans-would-shake-the-biomedical-world/2/#47c18c4b5cc3

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Trump Is the Nativist Dream Candidate
By Alex Nowrasteh
Cato Institute, May 4, 2016

Donald Trump’s win in Indiana has practically clinched the Republican nomination. Since July 2015, Trump has led in most polls of GOP candidates. Immigration restrictionism is his most popular policy position. That position and the way he’s talked about it have defined his candidacy and set him apart from the get go. Trump is the nativist dream candidate – virtually whatever happens now can be blamed on his anti-immigration position.
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Trump is the real anti-immigration candidate that nativists have been praying for. He owns the anti-immigration label no matter what he does or says to distance himself from it in the general election. He spouts their ideas and appeals to their biases on a national stage. He is the perfect spokesman in tone and style for such a policy position. The political failure of immigration restrictionists in the past was always blamed on their moderation. Now they have a real anti-immigration radical to test their theory – so we should give them appropriate credit for Trump’s failure in November.
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http://www.cato.org/blog/trump-nativist-dream-candidate

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Trump’s Trade Wall Will Make Americans Poorer
By Simon Lester
Cato Institute, May 2, 2016

Just as bad is the figurative wall he advocates for cross-border trade and investment flows: He wants to stop trade coming into the United States and investment going out, through high tariffs on imports and penalties for U.S. companies who decide to operate abroad.

The effect would be to harm the economic interests of all Americans, through reduced competition, higher prices and lower economic growth.
Whether Trump could achieve any of these goals as president is unclear. But what is clear is that if he could, his “de-globalization” and “re-nationalization” of the world economy would make everyone worse off.

Trump’s position seems to be driven mainly by a handful of anecdotes about Ford, Carrier and Nabisco having operations in Mexico. Something about these traditional American brands being in Mexico bothers him.

But in taking this position, Trump is pretending not to know how modern companies operate. He could learn a lesson from his own companies, who regularly invest money in places other than the United States.
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http://www.cato.org/blog/trump-nativist-dream-candidate

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History Shows Immigration is Good for Economy
By Michael Powelson:
The Ventura County (CA) Star, April 30, 2016
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The opposite of immigration — emigration — hurts a nation's economy. Mexicans, Guatemalans, Haitians, Filipinos and Indonesians have all fled their native lands for the U.S., and the economies of those countries are weak and unstable.

The reason is obvious. Mexicans come to the U.S. to produce wealth, which means they are not producing wealth in Mexico. This also is true of the other nations mentioned. Weak economies encourage emigration, which further weakens demand and lowers production.

There are an estimated 12 million undocumented workers in the U.S. who, if deported, would cause our economy to experience a massive collapse. With 12 million fewer consumers of housing, food, gas, electricity, clothing, cellphones, cars and car insurance, demand would plummet and throw even more people out of work.

Local, state and federal tax revenues also would plunge, worsening government budgets already in serious crisis.

Immigrants have always enriched the U.S., and forcing them out — for whatever reason — would be a disaster for the economy.
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http://www.vcstar.com/opinion/columnists/michael-powelson-history-shows-immigration-is-good-for-economy-31532e81-febb-31d3-e053-0100007ffd4c-377648981.html

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Stop Waving Mexican Flag at Trump Protests
By Marcos Breton
The Sacramento Bee, May 3, 2016
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Last week, the Mexican flag was visible during angry protests of Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president. There it was, being waved at a Costa Mesa rally, where some anti-Trump demonstrators later clashed with police. And again in Burlingame, where he addressed the California GOP convention.

The message these flag-wavers send to TV cameras and the broader public is contradictory and counterproductive. The Mexican flag inflames bigots and also dilutes what should be the primary objective of those protesting Trump. Their rallying cry should center on full and inclusive participation in the American political system. It should be about fully assimilating into American society.
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http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/marcos-breton/article75467177.html

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Obama's Cynical Games May Doom Immigration Reform
By Shikaha Dalmia
Reason Magazine, May 2, 2016
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Just as bad is the figurative wall he advocates for cross-border trade and investment flows: He wants to stop trade coming into the United States and investment going out, through high tariffs on imports and penalties for U.S. companies who decide to operate abroad.

The effect would be to harm the economic interests of all Americans, through reduced competition, higher prices and lower economic growth.
Whether Trump could achieve any of these goals as president is unclear. But what is clear is that if he could, his “de-globalization” and “re-nationalization” of the world economy would make everyone worse off.

Trump’s position seems to be driven mainly by a handful of anecdotes about Ford, Carrier and Nabisco having operations in Mexico. Something about these traditional American brands being in Mexico bothers him.

But in taking this position, Trump is pretending not to know how modern companies operate. He could learn a lesson from his own companies, who regularly invest money in places other than the United States.
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http://reason.com/archives/2016/05/02/obamas-cynical-games-may-doom-dapa

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Obama's Immigration Orders Are on the Right Side of Law and Justice
By Kica Matos
TheHill.com, May 2, 2016
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Many legal articles have been written that focus on the legality of the president's executive orders, so I will not add to that already rich body of work. Others have examined specific legal issues and how particular justices see the law and statutes and interpret the Constitution. Yet others have looked at the jurisprudence of the more conservative justices and made compelling arguments that on a host of issues, including standing, they should also be persuaded to rule in our favor. Yet others have pointed to the rich history that exists of presidential grants of immigration relief dating back to President Eisenhower in 1956. These and many other legal and policy arguments undergird our conviction that we are on the right side of the law.

Beyond these strictly legal matters, however, lies an even more powerful issue: that of justice. And while history is replete with examples of our country's highest court turning its back on Lady Justice on any number of issues — slavery, civil rights, voting rights, women's rights — there are also examples when this institution has played a leading role in writing the story of America-s living Constitution — the foundation of who we are — in a way that has delivered justice for Americans and forever changed their lives.
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http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/immigration/278337-obamas-immigration-orders-are-on-the-right-side-of-law-and

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Immigration Fraud Makes Us Vulnerable
By Farzana Hassan
The Toronto Sun, May 6, 2016

The report from federal Auditor General Michael Ferguson on cracks in Canada’s immigration system — allowing criminals and terrorists to enter and take advantage of our prosperity and tolerance — is causing justifiable concern.The system is technologically flawed, enabling human error or manipulation to go undetected.

Plenty of questions need to be asked when the vetting process for prospective immigrants is not only undertaken hastily at times, but lacks adequate checks and balances.The immigration process must also assess carefully the countries from which immigrants originate. If their processes are also flawed, as is the case with war-torn countries, where most systems and infrastructure have all but broken down, we can expect to see no end to the cracks and lapses that exacerbate our already flawed system in Canada.
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http://www.torontosun.com/2016/05/05/immigration-fraud-makes-us-vulnerable

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Why is the Brexit Camp so Obsessed with Immigration? Because That’s All They Have
Since having its economic arguments blown apart, Vote Leave has had no other option but to rely on xenophobia
By Peter Mandelson
The Guardian (U.K.), May 2, 2016
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I believe that British people want an immigration system that is fair and managed. They don’t want anyone taking us for a ride, but people who come here to work hard, pay their taxes and support our public services (like the 120,000 EU nationals working in our health and social care system) should be welcomed. I also believe the public value even more highly an economy that is growing, creating jobs and keeping prices low.

On the remain side, we must strain every sinew to persuade people that inside the EU they can have both economic prosperity and managed migration. Whereas, outside, we would be swapping economic security for Farage and Vote Leave’s vision of Britain: closed, inward-looking, intolerant and anti-foreigner. That’s the difference between patriotism – love of your own country – and nationalism: hatred of other people’s countries.

Over the course of the campaign, I hope that the British public will see through the narrow, divisive arguments peddled by the leave campaign. Polling evidence suggests that, if we get our arguments across effectively, economics will trump immigration as the deciding consideration for most voters. That’s why the remain campaign, at this stage in the race, is in a better place than those who would have us leave.
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http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/may/03/brexit-camp-immigration-economic-vote-leave

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Germany’s Chancellor Merkel Gives Muslim “Refugees” Immediate and Unlimited Welfare Benefits But Now Forces Europeans to Wait on a List for 5 YEARS
By Walid Shoebat
FreedomOutpost.com, May 1, 2016

If you are a German or EU citizen, German Chancellor Merkel just threw you under the bus.

According to a new law being pushed by Merkel’s cabinet, Muslim “refugees” will qualify for immediate and unlimited welfare benefits. However, German and EU citizens will not only have to apply, but they will have to wait for 5 years until they are able to start collecting.

I have volunteered with homeless people for over a decade, and I can tell you for a fact that almost nobody waits on any lists to receive welfare. The only waiting list is for subsidized housing (Section 8 vouchers), and that is usually about 18 months at the longest. Welfare wait times, if any, are very short and usually only to determine eligibility.

Even then, most welfare is for a matter of a few months. It is the few people who literally do not care that would be the majority of those getting welfare for 5 years or more.
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http://freedomoutpost.com/germanys-chancellor-merkel-gives-muslim-refugees-immediate-and-unlimited-welfare-benefits-but-now-forces-europeans-to-wait-on-a-list-for-5-years/

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Refugee Nightmare 2.0 — the EU’s 2nd Migration Tsunami Has Begun
By William F. Jasper
The New American, May 4, 2016
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New Tactic for “Cheap Ticket” to EU: Send Distress Call, be Rescued

The human smugglers who are bringing the migrants to Europe have struck on an ingenious tactic that allows them to transfer much of the risk and cost of their smuggling operations to the backs of the EU taxpayers. Der Spiegel explains

Intelligence agencies are warning that hundreds of thousands of people are now waiting in North Africa for their chance to flee across the sea. Particularly from Libya, the dream of Europe looks closer than ever before: The often inadequately equipped boats put to sea by the migrant smugglers must only leave Libyan territorial waters 12 nautical miles from shore before sending out a distress call. Ships patrolling the waters of the southern Mediterranean as part of the EU operation Sophia must then collect them in accordance with international maritime law. Since September, some 13,000 migrants have been brought to EU territory as a result of this tactic.

“Recently, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz warned of the procedure,” notes Mayr, “calling it a cheap ‘ticket to Europe.’ At a meeting in Luxembourg a week ago Monday, he and his EU counterparts offered assistance to the largely powerless Libyan prime minister to build up a coast guard. The reality, though, is that as long as the Libyan authorities refuse to grant EU ships permission to patrol Libyan territorial waters in their efforts to combat smugglers, the surge of migrants heading for Europe will not abate.”

Meanwhile, unwilling to wait for Italy to take sensible action to stem the migrant flow, Austria has begun building fences at four of the country’s border crossings with Italy, including, most importantly, at the Brenner Pass, the heavy traffic route through the Alps. Likewise, Hungary and its Balkan EU neighbors have joined Austria in defying the EU Commission, reinstituting their own border controls, contrary to the open borders-free movement terms of the EU’s Schengen Treaty.
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http://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/europe/item/23111-refugee-nightmare-2-0-the-eu-s-2nd-migration-tsunami-has-begun?tmpl=component&print=1

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Closed Borders Will Make Europe Collapse
By Carlo Bastasin
Brookings Institute, April 29, 2016
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There are reasons to believe that this is not an occasional protest, but a step toward a new form of authoritarian populism. This trend is taking hold of Europe in much the same manner as what happened in the first half of the previous century. This may sound alarmist if not for the fact that European societies are on a slippery slope that provides momentum for authoritarian politics—a slope formed by the combined effects of the economic and migrant crises, which makes the prospect of closing national borders compelling for voters. We have already assented to barbed wire fences going up in Eastern Europe to keep refugees out. Now, Austria is erecting “walls” on the Slovenian and Italian borders.

The Continent is back to building barriers. It will not take long before economic retaliation and trade limitation begin to erode the Single Market—the bedrock of the European Union. Autarchic policies might come of age once more. It is already in the making. The re-nationalization of politics has been a defining feature of the European crisis since 2008. As I have tried to highlight in my book “Saving Europe” (Brookings Institution Press, 2015), the rhetoric of “to each his own” or the idea of “risk reduction without risk-sharing” hides a lack of willingness to respond together to a common threat. This is a remnant of the European nation states of past centuries, which had been founded on the principle of self-sufficiency, rather than interdependency, in order to prepare for the frequent eventuality of war.
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http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/order-from-chaos/posts/2016/04/29-european-borders-nationalization-bastasin

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Australia’s Controversial Migration Policy
By J. Weston Phippen
The Atlantic, April 29, 2016

JTo be sure, it’s not that Australia has an issue with refugees––in fact, it has agreed to resettle 12,000 Syrians, atop the refugees it typically takes through its Humanitarian Programme. It granted 13,800 refugee visas between 2013 and 2014, and 20,000 between 2012 and 2013.

But the arrivals by sea seem to prompt anger. One reason for this could be that migrants and refugees who try to reach Australia by sea are, in fact, coming illegally. Those that are being resettled through its Humanitarian Programme, meanwhile, are registered refugees being accepted under Australia’s international obligations. The two main parties also contend that its policies deter human-smuggling.

The problem seems only to be when Australia discusses migration by boats, said António Guterres, the former UNHCR Commissioner, “and there, of course, we enter into a very, very, very dramatic thing. I think it is a kind of collective sociological and psychological question. They receive, I think, 180,000 migrants in a year. If you come to Australia in a different way, it’s fine but if they come in a boat it is like something strange happens to their minds.”
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http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2016/04/australia-immigration/480189/

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