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

Immigration Opinions, 5/27/16


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1. "Ron Unz, Immigration Convert," Mark Krikorian
2. "Right of Return, Illegal Alien Edition," Mark Krikorian
3. "The EU Invites Us to Contribute Generously to Their Migrant Crisis," Dan Cadman
4. "Reflections on 'New Americans'," Dan Cadman
5. "The Trump Ticket," Dan Cadman
6. "What Is an ‘Appropriate’ Surety Company for Immigration Bond Purposes?," Dan Cadman
7. "Reflections on the EU's 'Operation Sophia'," Dan Cadman
8. "Opposition To ‘Illegal Aliens’ Is Opposition To Borders," Jon Feere
9. "Federal Judge Issues Stinging Order on Obama Administration's Conduct in DACA Litigation," Jon Feere
10. "What’s Wrong with EB-5? A Picture Is Worth 1,000 Words," David North
11. "Soccer Camp Ignores Millions of Americans to Exploit H-1B Soccer Coaches," David North
12. "Elon Musk's Name Is Mud in the Foreign Worker Field," David North
13. "Univision Hits a New Low in Its Report on South Carolina-Based 'Americans Have Had Enough'," Jerry Kammer
14. "Palestinians and Syrians Buy Honduran Identities to Make Their Way to the U.S."Kausha Luna
15. "John Kerry: Enthusiastic Proponent of a 'Borderless World'," Michael Cutler
16. "America is Getting Everything But Justice From Obama's Justice Department," Jay Sekulow
17. "Time to Cut Back on Legal Immigration, Says Expert," Paul Bremmer
18. "Border Patrol Union Chief Dares to Speak Obvious Truths Before Congress," Jazz Shaw
19. "The Fraud Behind the California Drivers’ Licenses for Illegals," Thomas Lifson
20. "Remaking Rutland with Refugees," Sonia Bailley
21. "Give Us Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Unassimilated Masses Yearning for a Handout," James Longstreet
22. "Illegals Sue Landlord for Requiring Documentation They Have a Right to be in United States," Thomas Lifson
23. "Obama's Refugees and Surging Deadly Diseases in America," Matthew Vadum
24. "The Muslim World is a Permanent Refugee Crisis," Daniel Greenfield
25. "The 2016 Election is Fanning the Flames of Hate and Mistrust," Linda Chavez
26. "Obama and Hillary: Incoherence on Foreign Policy and Immigration," Conrad Black
27. "The Contours (and Immigrant Status) of Crime," Edwin S. Rubenstein
28. "San Francisco Update to Sanctuary City Policy: Only Convicted Axe Murderers May be Deported," Brenda Walker
29. "Judge Hanen’s Recent Unwarranted Order in United States v. Texas," Joshua Breisblatt
30. "House Judiciary Marks Up Criticized Visa Security Act," Joshua Breisblatt
31. Europe: "Pope Hails Election of Sadiq Khan, Celebrates Mass Muslim Migration Into Europe," Virginia Hale
32. Australia: "Australia’s Offshore Cruelty," Roger Cohen
33. Australia: "Refugees Aren't the Only Immigration Issue," William Bourke


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Ron Unz, Immigration Convert
By Mark Krikorian
The Corner at National Review Online, May 27, 2016
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/435981/ron-unz-immigration-convert?target=author&tid=982

Libertarian tech millionaire Ron Unz was very active in the immigration issue in the 1990s, and not on my side. As he put it in Commentary:

My political activities in California had extended back a few years, beginning with a decision to challenge Pete Wilson for renomination in the Republican gubernatorial primary of 1994; running on a pro-immigrant and anti-affirmative-action platform, I won 34 percent of the vote. In that same year, I played a prominent role in the (unsuccessful) campaign to defeat Proposition 187 and, after that, in the (more successful) effort to block anti-immigration legislation in Congress.

Then, in 1998, he championed Prop. 227 to dismantle bilingual education in California in order to better promote assimilation, but went out of his way to say he wasn’t an immigration restrictionist. After the victory of that initiative he offered a prescription for how the GOP could deal with hot-button ethnic/racial issues: “A strong and forthright stand in favor of assimilation should be combined with an equally strong and forthright stand in favor of beneficial immigration.”

In other words, Unz was a high-immigration assimilationist, one of those who believe that there’s nothing wrong with mass immigration that ending multiculturalism won’t fix.

Not anymore.

Unz is running in California’s 35-person jungle primary to succeed Barbara Boxer in the Senate. And he has changed his thinking on immigration. The relevant section on his site begins bluntly: “Immigrants are generally fine people, but immigration is too high, causing our society all sorts of problems. As a U.S. Senator, I would propose cutting legal immigration and drastically reducing illegal immigration.”

Making the crucial distinction between being “pro-immigrant” and “pro-immigration,” Unz writes that immigration levels “should be sharply reduced, probably by 50% or more.” Regarding illegal immigration, he proposes a large increase in the minimum wage to draw Americans into low-skilled jobs, based on the proposition that “Minimum wage laws are far easier to enforce than immigration laws.” I’m not sure that’s true, and I’d prefer allowing wages at the bottom to rise organically by keeping out foreign labor through enforcement of immigration laws.

He’s also proposed to leave the number of H-1b visas used by tech firms at the current level, but auctioning them off, with the goal of reserving them for the big firms seeking top talent rather than the low-rent outsourcing firms from India. (Tech immigration expert Norm Matloff doubts that would work.) Even if Unz were to pull off a second-place finish in the June 7 primary, the transformation of the state by decades of mass immigration ensures Democrat Kamala Harris’s victory in November. But Unz has been quite a successful political entrepreneur so it’s notable that he’s joined the camp of the immigration skeptics.

That’s why, quibbles aside, I sent my widow’s mite.

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Right of Return, Illegal Alien Edition
By Mark Krikorian
The Corner at National Review Online, May 25, 2016
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/435688/illegal-alien-right-return?target=author&tid=982

At yesterday’s Senate immigration subcommittee hearing, Brandon Judd, head of the Border Patrol agents’ union, decried the “catch and release” policy imposed by the White House. (His statement starts at 2:05:50.) He estimated that some 80 percent of the illegal aliens that are apprehended are released into the United States. The key lines from his statement (emphasis added):

If you are an unaccompanied minor we will not only release you, but will escort you to your final destination.

If you are a family unit, we will release you.

If you claim credible fear [of persecution], we will release you.

If you are a single male and we do not physically see you cross the border and you claim that you have been in this country since 2014, we will release you.

Some are let go with Notices to Appear, a kind of summons, though the head of ICE’s immigration enforcement branch testified at the same hearing that something like half of aliens with such notices never show up to their hearings. (Surprise!)

But what’s most interesting is that final entry in Judd’s litany. It’s based on this line from Obama’s November 2014 executive action memo outlining enforcement priorities, which includes in its second priority of people to deport:

aliens apprehended anywhere in the United States after unlawfully entering or re-entering the United States and who cannot establish to the satisfaction of an immigration officer that they have been physically present in the United States continuously since January 1, 2014 (Emphasis added)

This is not only a de facto amnesty for any illegal alien in the interior who settled here on or before December 31, 2013, but when applied at the border (as it obviously is) amounts to an illegal-alien right of return. Open borders, indeed.

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The EU Invites Us to Contribute Generously to their Migrant Crisis
By Dan Cadman
CIS Immigration Blog, May 27, 2016
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One suspects that, without naming our country, the United States was the primary focus of his remarks. Of course, he blithely overlooks several facts:

* Our country already accepts more immigrants for permanent resettlement annually than the rest of the world combined;

* Our refugee and asylee programs are significantly more robust than those of most of Europe;

* The United States is the most generous foreign aid donor in the world;

* Much of the migrant crisis the EU faces was provoked by the ill-considered statements of Chancellor Angela Merkel saying that Germany would accept migrants without limitation; and

* The migrant crisis confronting the EU has been both continued and exacerbated by their shockingly ineffectual response to date.
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http://cis.org/cadman/eu-invites-us-contribute-generously-their-migrant-crisis

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Reflections on "New Americans"
By Dan Cadman
CIS Immigration Blog, May 26, 2016
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It's a sharp rebuke of the status quo, at least where immigration law enforcement under the Obama administration is concerned, on two levels:

First, that such gangs proliferate because of the systemic incapacity of this White House and its Department of Homeland Security leadership minions to meaningfully distinguish between "families" and "felons" — usually under the rallying cry of "family unification" — despite the president's insipid and notorious executive actions on immigration speech of November 2014.

Second, that (as the article's title makes clear) the investigation was conducted by the FBI and not the investigative division of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which bills itself as the largest investigative agency in the Department of Homeland Security and tells us, despite all evidence to the contrary (see here and here), that "Most of today's crimes are transnational in nature. ... We have prioritized immigration enforcement by targeting, first and foremost, criminal aliens and those who pose a threat to the nation."
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http://cis.org/cadman/reflections-new-americans

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The Trump Ticket
By Dan Cadman
CIS Immigration Blog, May 25, 2016
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One wonders whether this latest duck-and-feint is something that came out of the meeting a few weeks ago between Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan, who famously said he was not ready to support Trump with the flimsiest of prompting (speaking of politician-coy). This faux reticence seems to be the go-to ploy for Ryan, who used a similar tactic when protesting (much too loud methinks) that he didn't want, really didn't want, to be elected speaker when John Boehner was unseated. We're left to ask: Is Ryan trying to squeeze Trump into the "proper" mold before he gets the blessing of Republican elites at the upcoming convention by encouraging him to choose an acceptable open-borders running mate to take the edge off of Trump's earlier tough talk about immigration?

Ryan himself is notoriously open-borders minded, although like Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg and many other elites, how he lives and what he preaches for the rest of us are in stark contrast.

Many people in the pro-enforcement/less-immigration camp are understandably nervous Trump supporters. They're wondering whether he'll walk the walk, as well as talk the talk. They are not unaware of his own business flirtations with use of "H" visa workers at his Mar-a-Lago resort and elsewhere.
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http://cis.org/cadman/trump-ticket

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What Is an "Appropriate" Surety Company for Immigration Bond Purposes?
By Dan Cadman
CIS Immigration Blog, May 24, 2016
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If what is being described is an entirely different proposition from the government-sponsored and funded ATD, I'm all for it. Under such a scenario, the ankle bracelet is simply a requirement imposed by the bonding agent, not the government. The government sets the bond, and in return for agreeing to put the money up, the surety company requires the alien to wear a monitoring bracelet so that they are able to track him and be sure he shows up for court when he's supposed to — after all, it's their money on the line. This costs the government nothing on contractual outlays and it renders aliens a more acceptable bail risk. (In recent years, the rate of aliens absconding from proceedings, leaving bonding companies in the lurch, has been so high that many surety agents have ceased to underwrite appearance bonds in removal proceedings.)

Finally, and importantly, such a model eliminates questions of success or failure for electronic monitoring, or at least puts that onus on the bond companies. For the government, it becomes a simple proposition: Has the alien appeared for his hearing and for his removal, if ordered deported? If not, breach the bond and demand that the surety company, as obligor, pony up the money. In the end, market forces would determine whether or not ankle bracelets and other forms of ATD are successful, because faced with mounting losses, bond companies would simply stop imposing them as a condition of posting bond, and probably get out of the business of immigration bonds.
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http://cis.org/cadman/what-appropriate-surety-company-immigration-bond-purposes

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Reflections on the EU's "Operation Sophia"
By Dan Cadman
CIS Immigration Blog, May 23, 2016

Not quite two weeks ago, the British House of Lords issued a report based on their examination of "Operation Sophia" and declared it to be a failure. Operation Sophia is the European Union's attempt to end the maritime smuggling of people from the shores of North Africa, primarily Libya, into the EU via Italy.

Various British media, including the BBC and the Telegraph, immediately trumpeted the news. That cannot have pleased either EU bureaucrats and sophisticates in Brussels or the anti-Brexit forces in Britain, including such unlikely bed partners as Prime Minister David Cameron of the Conservative Party and his opposition in the Labour Party given that migration, legal and illegal, is such a sensitive topic right now and inextricably entwined with the thorny issue of Britain's continued (or abandoned) EU membership.

Of course Operation Sophia is a failure. From time immemorial, the coastal peoples of North Africa have been fishermen, pirates, or smugglers of contraband and humans, exactly as opportunity provides (think "Barbary States"). Arrest one smuggler, another will take his place; destroy one boat or raft, more will be found. Laudable as anti-smuggling measures are, the key problem is that Operation Sophia focuses on the symptom and not the cause.

When government maritime operations include a component that plucks aliens out of the sea and places them directly onto the shores of the desired destination, they incentivize mass illegal migration. Smugglers only exist as long as there is a profitable market for their services. The EU is still depositing those pulled out of the waters of the Mediterranean onto Italian territory, from whence they can be "redistributed" throughout Europe, although the backlash against that notion — which has been pushed by the German and French governments — has been growing among other continental EU member states not so pleased with being recipients.
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http://cis.org/cadman/reflections-operation-sophia

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Opposition To "Illegal Aliens" Is Opposition To Borders
By Jon Feere
CIS Immigration Blog, May 24, 2016
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The media's bowing to illegal aliens and their supporters shows up in other areas as well. Not too long ago, everyone referred to mass legalizations of illegal aliens as amnesty. Today, the media has embraced the language of advocacy groups and regularly uses "pathway to citizenship" or "regularization of status" or "comprehensive immigration reform." But the media still refers to tax amnesties as amnesty. It's just another example of the media's special treatment of illegal aliens.

The term "alien" is not, nor has it never been, a pejorative. It's a concise, legal term that helps with straightforward communication in a very complex area of law and policy. A foreigner can be a legal alien (e.g. a tourist) or an illegal alien (e.g. a visa-overstayer). The word "alien" was recently used 26 times in the Supreme Court during oral argument for United States v. Texas, most often by the Obama administration's solicitor general, but also by Sotomayor, Kegan, Roberts, and Ginsburg.
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http://cis.org/feere/opposition-illegal-aliens-opposition-borders

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Federal Judge Issues Stinging Order on Obama Administration's Conduct in DACA Litigation
By Jon Feere
CIS Immigration Blog, May 23, 2016
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Hanen writes that after reviewing the filings in the case one thing became "indisputably clear: the Justice Department lawyers knew the true facts and misrepresented those facts to the citizens of the 26 Plaintiff States, their lawyers and this Court on multiple occasions." Hanen rejects the government's defense that the attorneys "either 'lost focus on the fact' or that somehow 'the fact receded in memory or awareness'." He notes that the government brief admits that its lawyers, including the ones who appeared before him, "knew that the Defendants were granting three-year DACA renewals using the three-year period" and that "the Government's lawyers chose not to tell the Plaintiff States or the Court."

Hanen calls the decision to hide the information from the court "unethical" and notes that it "is certainly not worthy of any department whose name includes the word 'Justice'."

Hanen explains: "Regardless of how one spins the facts prior to the injunction, no one after the injunction could conceivably think that the three-year extensions were not a matter of contention and were not now enjoined. Yet counsel, who knew of the DHS activity, were not only silent, but their motion was certainly calculated to give the impression that nothing was happening or had happened pursuant to the 2014 DHS Directive — when, in fact, by that time over 100,000 applications had already been granted."

The order is worth reading in full as it includes citations from the court transcripts detailing the way in which the Obama administration misled the court and the states, as well as Hanen's takedown of the administration's defenses.
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http://cis.org/feere/federal-judge-issues-stinging-order-obama-administrations-conduct-daca-litigation

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What’s Wrong with EB-5? A Picture Is Worth 1,000 Words
By David North
CIS Immigration Blog, May 26, 2016
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The EB-5 program is supposed to channel investment to depressed urban or rural areas. But Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Pat Leahy (D-Vt.), chairman and ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee and EB-5 reformers, say it provides too much capital to glitzy, downtown urban areas.

The news item, which would involve about 10 percent of a year's supply of EB-5 visas, neatly supports their position:
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http://cis.org/north/picture-caption-worth-1000-words-whats-wrong-eb-5

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Soccer Camp Ignores Millions of Americans to Exploit H-1B Soccer Coaches
By David North
CIS Immigration Blog, May 25, 2016
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Ashley's Soccer Camp in Montclair, N.J., prefers to ignore these numbers and, as a result, hired a dozen foreign H-1B coaches at promised salaries of $18,000 to $55,000 a year. The camp did not, in fact, pay the coaches at the promised rates and, as a consequence, has been hauled into a Department of Labor administrative court and has agreed to pay back wages of $175,000 to the foreign coaches, as well as a $10,000 administrative fine according to this paywall-blocked article

Note that the soccer camp — presumably a string of them under the same management — was not zapped by Labor for hiring the aliens when oodles of Americans would have been available for those jobs — it was caught for paying them less than promised.
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http://cis.org/north/soccer-camp-ignores-millions-americans-exploit-h-1b-soccer-coaches

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Elon Musk's Name Is Mud in the Foreign Worker Field
By David North
CIS Immigration Blog, May 23, 2016
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Tesla uses the familiar the-dog-ate-my-homework excuse — it was a contractor, not Tesla itself, that hired the workers. That's exactly the rhetoric used for generations by agri-business; the man in the big mansion on the hill overlooking the fields explains that he did not exploit those ill-paid migrant workers, it was that nasty crew leader.

If Tesla is smart enough to build electric cars, is it not smart enough to know what's going on within its own factory? Apparently not.
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http://cis.org/north/elon-musks-name-mud-foreign-worker-field

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Univision Hits a New Low in Its Report on South Carolina-Based "Americans Have Had Enough"
By Jerry Kammer
CIS Immigration Blog, May 26, 2016
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And yet Univision anchor Maria Salinas, a highly regarded journalist, made her brief discussion of the group part of a story she prominently labeled as an examination of "xenophobia." She noted that the Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled Americans Have Had Enough as a "hate group."

That is a smear tactic that the SPLC's Heidi Beirich and Mark Potok have used with a reckless malice we discussed in the 2010 investigation titled "Immigration and the SPLC". The "hate group" tag is often nothing more than a shoddy and cheap stunt to advance the cause of wide-open immigration.

Salinas's story then compounded the insult by putting the words "Group de Odio" — "Hate Group" — on the screen as she began a brief exchange with Roan Garcia-Quintana, the executive director of Americans Have Had Enough. Salinas did not use quotation marks, effectively affirming the smear.

Applying the network's party line, she said to Garcia-Quintana, "You are an immigrant. You came from Cuba. Why are you against immigrants?"

He responded: "I'm not against immigrants, I'm against illegals."

That is a distinction that Univision, in repeated defiance of basic journalistic principles, fails to make.
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http://cis.org/kammer/univision-hits-new-low-its-report-south-carolina-based-americans-have-had-enough

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Palestinians and Syrians Buy Honduran Identities to Make Their Way to the U.S.
By Kausha Luna
CIS Immigration Blog, May 27, 2016
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The pattern of operation, as laid out by La Prensa, is as follows:

Contact: The foreigner contacted the smuggler who transacted the Honduran identity card that would allow [the foreigner] to go to the US Embassy to apply for an entry visit to the United States, and [the smuggler] would contact a RNP official to get the identity.

Alteration: The RNP official managed with his contact in the municipal registry of Siguatepeque to alter the data of a living or deceased person, whose family had not submitted the death certificate so that their ID number would be assigned.

Changes: The employee used his access key to the system and opened the database, taking the profile of the person or another that had never gotten an ID; they changed the name and printed the birth certificate with the number of the identity.

Process: With the illicit certificate in hand, the client or the smuggler went to another municipal registry, in this case Comayagua, and there processed his ID. Then [he] went to the Honduran embassies or Migración to apply for a Honduran passport.

The investigations suggest that the registration of Arabs is the first case of mass documentation in which this pattern was followed and there's a specific geographical area where the illegal procedures were performed. A source said that there are other documented cases (but not to the scale of the Arab cases) where people from Colombia and Cameroon were fraudulently registered in the Atlantic zone of the country and later solicited their ID card at other registries in the same jurisdiction, or a different one, to not leave a trace.
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http://cis.org/luna/palestinians-and-syrians-buy-honduran-identities-make-their-way-us

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John Kerry: Enthusiastic Proponent of a 'Borderless World'
By Michael Cutler
Family Security Matters, May 24, 2016
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His delusional statement that it is impossible and unwise to look inward or attempt hide behind walls should give us all a serious "cause for pause." His blatantly globalist philosophies are diametrically opposed to oath of office and responsibilities and America's best interests.
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As for "hiding behind walls"- metaphorically, our borders are America's walls. With the growing threats posed by ISIS and other international terrorist organizations and transnational criminal gangs and organizations, our borders must be secured and seen for what they truly are- our first and last line of defense. I discussed these issues in my recent video, Michael Cutler Moment: Obama's Pathway to the 'Borderless World'.
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Yet Kerry ignored that the Tsarnaev brothers, who carried out that deadly attack, were admitted into the United States with visas the State Department issued or that the recent San Bernardino, California terror attack involved a woman, Tashfeen Malik, who was admitted into the United States on a K-1 (Fiancee) visa.

While CBP (Customs and Border Protection) Inspectors inspect aliens seeking to enter the United States, the State Department issues visas to aliens who are required to secure visas prior to entering the United States. It also determines policies concerning the admission of refugees into the United States.

Indeed, over the past several decades, most of the terrorists who have carried out, or attempted to carry out, attacks in the United States were aliens who had been admitted into the United States with visas.
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http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/detail/john-kerry-enthusiastic-proponent-of-a-borderless-world?f=immigration

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America is Getting Everything But Justice From Obama's Justice Department
By Jay Sekulow
FoxNews.com, May 24, 2016
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Based on what’s happening inside the Obama administration’s Justice Department, it’s clear the Department of Justice is not doing justice.

These recent court findings underscore what we have known for some time: the Justice Department is focused on settling political scores, instead of upholding the Constitution and the rule of law.

In the immigration case, the conclusion by Judge Hanen that the DOJ attorneys were “unethical” and “intentionally deceptive” is symptomatic of a pattern of behavior that appears to be the rule, rather than the exception – behavior that should trigger disbarment proceedings against the attorneys involved.
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http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2016/05/24/america-is-getting-everything-but-justice-from-obamas-justice-department.html?cmpid=NL_morninghl

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Time to Cut Back on Legal Immigration, Says Expert
'It would be a great way of dealing with a lot of the enduring problems we have'
By Paul Bremmer
WorldNetDaily.com, May 23, 2016
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Richwine authored a study this month that found immigrants cost U.S. taxpayers about $6,200 per year in welfare benefits, but natives only cost taxpayers about $4,400. He said the price tag associated with immigration makes it an emotional issue for a lot of people.

“Sort of counterintuitively, I’ve found in my own career that I will sometimes write about controversial social issues, and some people pay attention; some people don’t. It’s not a big deal,” he said. “But when I talk about issues that affect people’s wallets, people get really, really interested.”

Ordinary Americans may bristle at the high welfare cost of immigrants, to be sure, but Richwine noted corporate executives also have a huge financial stake in immigration. They want to import cheap labor to reduce costs and increase profits.

“So you know they’re going to fight tooth-and-nail to get the immigrants they want, to get the cheap labor they want because it directly affects their bottom line,” Richwine said.

Immigration proponents often say our country needs immigrants “to do the jobs Americans won’t do,” and Richwine said there is some truth to that. The labor force participation rate for native-born Americans is only 62 percent, while it is a slightly higher 65 percent for immigrants.

Richwine conceded native-born Americans have been leaving the workforce for a long time, even before mass immigration started. However, he said massive immigration levels exacerbate the problem of idleness among natives, particularly low-skilled ones. In his view, government and big business use immigration as a crutch rather than figure out how to get Americans back to work.

"Immigration has become a Band-Aid in a sense that we don’t have to work hard to figure out exactly what the problem is – why are [natives] not working? Is it because they get too much welfare? Is it because the wage isn’t high enough?” Richwine said. “If we didn’t have the Band-Aid of immigration, we would be forced to confront those problems rather than just allowing the immigrants to keep coming in and doing the jobs that natives will not actually do.”
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http://www.wnd.com/2016/05/time-to-cut-back-on-legal-immigration-says-expert/

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Border Patrol Union Chief Dares to Speak Obvious Truths Before Congress
By Jazz Shaw
HotAir.com, May 24, 2016
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Some of the specifics provided by Judd will likely come as a wow, I could have had a V-8 moment. One of the biggest issues hindering law enforcement is the catch and release program which has been in place for several years now. If an agent sees a single male near the border (in some cases, still wet from crossing the river) and the suspect tells them that they’ve been in the country since 2014 they simply let them go. “We will take your word for it.”

He added that the illegal immigrants are practical people who realize that there is a cost associated with crossing the border illegally. That cost comes in various forms, but it should include the cost of being apprehended. There are also benefits to making it to the United States. As long as the cost doesn’t exceed the benefit, there’s little reason not to make the attempt… repeatedly, if necessary. And since many of those seeking entry are here on behalf of the cartels and engaging in drug and weapons trafficking, the benefit can be very, very high indeed. Why not just lie to the Border Patrol agents and go about your clandestine business?
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http://hotair.com/archives/2016/05/24/border-patrol-union-chief-dares-to-speak-obvious-truths-before-congress/

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The Fraud Behind the California Drivers’ Licenses for Illegals
By Thomas Lifson
American Thinker Blog, May 22, 2016

Californians were deceived when the state’s Democrat-dominated legislature and governor rammed through legislation granting drivers licenses to illegal immigrants. The extraordinary step of granting drivers licenses to people with no right to be in this country was justified to Californians on the basis of the need to reduce the number of uninsured motorists, who cause damage and injury to other without having any means to pay for the losses they cause.

It is now clear, after a year and a half, that this sales pitch was a fraud. Hollie McKay of Fox News reports:
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But it is even cheaper not to buy insurance. And the insurance only benefits the people harmed by the illegal immigrant driver. If you have no assets in this country, having sent your savings back home to, for instance, build a nice house for your family, there is no way the person you hurt can recover medical bills or pay for the auto repairs by suing you.

The nation’s most populous state, home to an estimated 2.67 million illegal immigrants (more than 6% of its population), has defrauded its citizens, and I hope I will be excused for thinking that the design of the program to prevent any real data from being discovered was deliberate.
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http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2016/05/the_fraud_behind_the_california_drivers_licenses_for_illegals.html

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Remaking Rutland with Refugees
By Sonia Bailley
American Thinker, May 24, 2016
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Showing compassion to Syrian refugees who have suffered persecution at the hands of their government by taking them in seems like the morally correct thing to do -- but not at the expense of American financial stability (national debt of nearly $20 trillion), health security (rise in infectious diseases, especially tuberculosis, brought in by refugees) and national security (global jihad on the rise).

Given the rising number of Rutland’s low-income citizens in desperate need of assistance, city officials should be leading efforts to develop ways to take care of their own first, including war veterans, seniors, drug addicts, and the homeless. Many refugees in the U.S. today are supported by lifetime cash assistance programs, while Americans are being pushed off time-limited welfare programs. According to Corcoran, refugees are treated as U.S. citizens in that they qualify for all federal, state, and local welfare programs after one month. This raises the refugee resettlement costs to billions of dollars a year.

More questions need answering. Where will the refugees work? Will employment specialists help refugees ahead of unemployed Americans? Is there enough public housing for refugees given the number of homeless in any given American town? Can the school system handle multiple foreign languages and illiterate children? Who will pay for English Language Learner (ELL) services for refugees in public schools, or for mandated interpreters? Will social disruption occur? And if it does, will Rutland’s police force be ready? What happens when the town can’t afford refugee resettlement anymore?
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http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/05/remaking_rutland_with_refugees.html

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Give Us Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Unassimilated Masses Yearning for a Handout
By James Longstreet
American Thinker Blog, May 25, 2016
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Extended financial support greets and welcomes customs and culture in direct conflict with American values and traditions.

In Michigan, food stamps are issued to Arab men and their wives. Thankfully, it is limited to four wives.

The federal government sponsors non-assimilation and fosters what essentially is illegal behavior. To allow multiple wives is to allow a different system of law. To allow a different system of law is to cede a portion of our country.

Can it be anything but intentional?
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http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2016/05/give_us_your_tired_your_poor_your_unassimilated_masses_yearning_for_a_handout.html

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Illegals Sue Landlord for Requiring Documentation They Have a Right to be in United States
By Thomas Lifson
American Thinker Blog, May 25, 2016

The pernicious legal doctrine of “disparate impact” threatens to claim another commonsense and useful practice. Steve Birr of the Daily Caller News Foundation reports:

Four Latino families filed papers to sue their Virginia landlord Monday after he threatened eviction due to illegal family members living on the premises.

The civil rights lawsuit filed by families living in Waples Mobile Home Park in Fairfax County, Va., claims it is discriminatory to require a social security number for residency. The landlords at the mobile home park are requiring residents to provide either a social security card, passport or valid visa with documentation to renew their leases, reports The Washington Post.
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http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2016/05/illegals_sue_landlord_for_requiring_documentation_they_have_a_right_to_be_in_united_states.html

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Obama's Refugees and Surging Deadly Diseases in America
The lethal violation of the nation's most basic public health protocols.
By Matthew Vadum
FrontPageMag.com, May 26, 2016
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Prior to the Obama era, tuberculosis was a rare diagnosis and many thought the disease had more or less been eradicated in the United States. Multi-drug-resistant strains of tuberculosis have been reported in populous California, Florida, Texas, and New York, all of which have large concentrations of illegal aliens.

Breitbart News reports that the four individuals in the Hoosier State with active tuberculosis (TB) were sent there by the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement in 2015. The origin countries of the quartet were not publicly available at time of writing but they're not the only refugees in that state with tuberculosis. Just 77 percent of the 1,885 refugees the feds sent to Indiana last year completed the post-arrival medical screenings that identified the four persons with active TB. No medical data is available for the remaining 420 who were not screened. Of the 1,885 refugees, 80 percent came Myanmar.

Last year close to 400 migrants with latent TB arrived in Indiana, according to state health authorities. Indiana's TB rate had been falling in the five decades up to 2010, but it is now rising as more migrants move to the state.

While latent TB itself is not infectious, 10 percent of those with latent TB later develop active infectious TB, a particularly nasty ancient disease.
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http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/262979/obamas-refugees-and-surging-deadly-diseases-matthew-vadum

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The Muslim World is a Permanent Refugee Crisis
It’s never going to stop unless we shut the door.
By Daniel Greenfield
FrontPageMag.com, May 25, 2016
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Muslim countries with lower literacy rates, especially for women, are never going to be economic winners at any trade that doesn’t come gushing out of the ground. Nor will unstable dictatorships ever be able to provide social mobility or access to the good life. At best they’ll hand out subsidies for bread.

The Muslim world has no prospects for getting any better. The Arab Spring was a Western delusion.

Growing populations divided along tribal and religious lines are competing for a limited amount of land, power and wealth. Countries without a future are set to double in size.

There are only two solutions; war or migration.

Either you fight and take what you want at home. Or you go abroad and take what you want there.
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http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/262936/muslim-world-permanent-refugee-crisis-daniel-greenfield

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The 2016 Election is Fanning the Flames of Hate and Mistrust
By Linda Chavez
The New York Post, May 20, 2016
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When the show "Finding Your Roots" profiled me in 2012, it discovered that 97 percent of my DNA is European, 51 percent of it Northern European — a fact that would probably shock those who’ve assumed otherwise, but which I consider utterly irrelevant to who I am: a writer, a mother, a wife and, yes, an American.

What has come to bother me about such questions and misconceptions is that whoever is doing the asking or categorizing isn’t seeing me, but the box in which they think I fit. Today’s politics are making matters much worse.

It’s "us" against "them," and it occurs on both sides of the aisle. The left blames "white privilege," while the right proclaims "America first," but isn’t keen on having immigrants join "We, the people."

Until we get back to at least striving to become the one out of many that we once aspired to, we are likely to see greater animosity and divisions among the 320 million people who call America home. This is bad for individuals and even worse for our nation.
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http://nypost.com/2016/05/20/the-2016-election-is-fanning-the-flames-of-hate-and-mistrust/

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Obama and Hillary: Incoherence on Foreign Policy and Immigration
By Conrad Black
National Review Online, May 18, 2016
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In immigration, as in matters of more urgent national-security importance, dithering, posturing, and pretense are no substitute for policy. In all her official and electoral positions, Hillary Clinton is a practitioner of this sort of cynicism, and Donald Trump, as many are beginning to sense, will not let it all pass in the manner of Mitt Romney and Bernie Sanders. Obama’s historical record will reflect his achievements and failings as president, but he came to the White House with a pretty clean public slate. Hillary Clinton trails a great deal of cumbrous baggage and the nation does not, and should not, feel a sense of guilt that no woman has yet been president. This situation is not comparable to the national shame, from which Barack Obama benefited, at what Mr. Lincoln called “the bondsman’s 250 years of unrequited toil,” followed by a century of segregation. Hillary Clinton may conceivably get back to the White House (and might even be a capable leader), but not by pandering to partisans of illegal immigration. Nor will Mrs. Bill Clinton get there by calling Donald Trump a sexist, even if she is echoed by Woodward and his claque. The Times and the Post now have less influence than Rush Limbaugh, and they have earned that distinction.
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http://www.nationalreview.com/article/435509/hillary-clinton-foreign-policy-immigration-incoherence

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The Contours (and Immigrant Status) of Crime
By Edwin S. Rubenstein
VDare.com, May 23, 2016
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In a 2011 report, Criminal Alien Statistics, the Government Accountability Office (known until 2004 as the General Accounting Office) studied the 249,000 illegal aliens for whom SCAAP funds were paid in 2009. It found that these aliens had been arrested a total of 1.7 million times, an average of roughly seven arrests per illegal alien inmate, and had been charged with 2.9 million separate offenses—roughly 12 offenses each.

All told, these criminal aliens accounted for the following number of arrests for the following offenses:

* Homicide: 25,064
* Sex offenses: 69,929
* Assault: 213,047

GAO found that about 66 percent of the SCAAP criminal illegal aliens in state prisons were born in Mexico and another 17 percent were born in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Cuba, or Jamaica. Overall, more than 90 percent of the non-citizen inmates in federal prisons are Hispanic.

Local jail inmates were even more heavily Mexican. Seventy percent were born in Mexico, while another 13 percent were from other Latin American countries.

These folks are supposed to be deported when their prison terms are up. But many stay here decades after getting deportation orders because federal, state, and local law enforcement officials are unwilling or unable to expedite their removal. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) estimates that 300,000 to 450,000 criminal aliens who are eligible for removal are detained each year in federal, state, and local correctional facilities.
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http://www.vdare.com/articles/national-data-the-contours-and-immigrant-status-of-crime

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San Francisco Update to Sanctuary City Policy: Only Convicted Axe Murderers May be Deported
By Brenda Walker
VDare.com Blog, May 26, 2016
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The city’s Board of Supervisors met on Tuesday to sort out whether the current coddling of illegal aliens should be changed following the shocking death of Kate Steinle last July at the hands of a five-times-deported criminal. Unsurprisingly, the supes only clarified the enormous extent to which illegal aliens, including convicted criminals, are protected in San Francisco: the supervisors specified that only defendants charged with a violent crime and convicted of a violent crime within the past seven years can be referred to ICE for deportation. That is a rather limited category, one that protects foreign criminals rather than public safety.
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http://www.vdare.com/posts/san-francisco-update-to-sanctuary-city-policy-only-convicted-axe-murderers-may-be-deported

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Judge Hanen’s Recent Unwarranted Order in United States v. Texas
By Joshua Breisblatt
ImmigrationImpact.com, May 24, 2016
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Judge Hanen claims DOJ misled him when, with respect to implementation of expanded DACA and DAPA, its lawyers stated early in the litigation that they “really would not expect anything between now and the date of the hearing.” In fact, this assertion regarding the proposed deferred action initiatives was correct. Expanded DACA and DAPA were scheduled to be implemented on February 18 and May 19, 2015 respectively, but then were enjoined on February 16, and have not yet been implemented. However, Judge Hanen claims that DOJ’s failure to state at this time that the three-year deferrals had begun was intentional and constituted a misrepresentation.

DOJ asserts that its lawyers merely misunderstood what Judge Hanen was asking in terms of implementation. The focus of the case was on the proposed new initiatives—expanded DACA and DAPA—not on original DACA. Further, DOJ notes in a brief on this issue that if it was trying to hide this change from two to three year increments, the agency did a bad job considering it was posted on the Department of Homeland Security’s website.
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http://immigrationimpact.com/2016/05/24/judge-hanens-recent-unwarranted-order-united-states-v-texas/

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House Judiciary Marks Up Criticized Visa Security Act
By Joshua Breisblatt
ImmigrationImpact.com, May 26, 2016
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Some of the new security measures in the legislation include: special security measures for nationals of specified countries, namely Iran, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen; greatly expanding the use of DNA testing; in-person interviews;, and mandatory checking of social media before certain visas could be approved. The measure would also raise the burden of proof for visa applications to “clear and convincing evidence,” an exceedingly higher standard than the current preponderance of the evidence standard. The legislation was strongly supported by the Chairman of the Judiciary, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), who said, “The Visa Integrity and Security Act takes a number of steps to strengthen visa security, curb fraud, and enhance the integrity of our nation’s immigration system.”

On the other hand, Democrats on the Committee and a variety of organizations expressed deep concerns over the bill. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce called the new standard of review for visa applications “very concerning” and noted that “imposing this new, higher standard in a top-down, one-size-fits-all approach would curtail the agency’s flexibility to make decisions in a plethora of different immigration-related circumstances with the likely result of longer processing times and increased denial rates.” The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) called the raised standard of review “an exceedingly high standard that is completely inappropriate for the visa process.”
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http://immigrationimpact.com/2016/05/26/visa-security-act/

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Pope Hails Election of Sadiq Khan, Celebrates Mass Muslim Migration Into Europe
By Virginia Hale
Breitbart.com, May 22, 2016
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Even today, the Muslim country Indonesia is currently committing what has been widely described as a genocide against Christian West Papuans with mass migration, violence and the banning of Papuan nationalism.

Pope Francis also claimed Europe’s declining birth rate is a “grave problem” that makes mass Muslim migration “necessary.” He described this “demographic emptiness” as a result of “a selfish search for well-being.”

The Pope stated that Muslims and Christians need to learn to live peacefully together, citing Lebanon as a good example of this. Though Lebanon is perhaps not the best illustration for the Pontiff to draw upon.

Lebanon was a majority Christian country up until the 1960s. In the 1970s, after an influx of Muslim refugees, tens of thousands of Christians were ethnically cleansed from the country.
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http://www.breitbart.com/london/2016/05/22/pope-celebrates-mass-muslim-migration/

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Australia’s Offshore Cruelty
By Roger Cohen
The New York Times, May 23, 2016
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Australia’s “offshore processing” is falling apart and must end. The Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea ruled in April that the Australian-funded detention center on Manus Island was illegal. In Australia, only retroactive legislation enacted after a lawsuit was filed provided legal support for a policy that was in effect pursued illegally since 2012.

This country’s history includes the long and unhappy chapter of its White Australia policy under which a vast land mass was portrayed as under threat of invasion by uncivilized “natives” from across Asia. Politicians like Dutton are playing scurrilously on similar fears.

A nation of immigrants, short of agricultural labor, Australia has benefited when it has overcome its fears, as with the admission of Vietnamese “boat people” in the 1970s. As Steven Glass, an international lawyer, observed in introducing Eva Orner’s new movie, “Chasing Asylum,” “What, exactly, are we scared of?” Even women raped and impregnated on Nauru have been treated as if they are security threats.
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http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/24/opinion/australias-offshore-cruelty.html?ref=opinion&_r=0

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Refugees Aren't the Only Immigration Issue
By William Bourke
The Sydney Morning Herald, May 26, 2016
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Conflation of refugees with our population pressures is putting at risk broad public support for immigration – and Australia's proud record of welcoming refugees.

The starting point to ending the confusion and properly educating the public is to remove the jurisdiction of Australia's humanitarian intake (refugees and asylum seekers) from the Immigration Minister. There should be separate "humanitarian" ministerial responsibility for this sensitive issue.

We can then have a mature debate about population, and whether it's best to lower immigration back to the long-term average of 70,000 per year – without any reduction in refugee numbers.

I believe this more sustainable immigration program would secure broader and long term public support for immigration – and refugees.
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http://www.smh.com.au/comment/refugees-arent-the-only-immigration-issue-20160525-gp3v70.html

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