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

Immigration Opinions, 1/31/16


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1. "Against Trump – For Now," Mark Krikorian
2. "Raising Human Trafficking Awareness Everywhere Except at DHS and HHS, Where It's Sorely Needed," Dan Cadman
3. "Disney and Racketeering to Deprive Americans of Their Jobs," Dan Cadman
4. "Egregious Border Inspection Failures at JFK Airport," Dan Cadman
5. "Placating Iran, Abandoning National Security," Dan Cadman
6. "Concrete Evidence of the Continuing Plunge in Both Civil and Criminal Immigration Enforcement," Dan Cadman
7. "The Washington Post's Kathleen Parker's Gushing Ode to Governor Haley: A Moderate's Diatribe," Stanley Renshon
8. "Rubio and His 'Non-Criminal' Illegal Aliens," Jon Feere
9. "South Sudanese TPS Announced Four Days in Advance," David North
10. " 'Something Old, Something New' on Exploiting Young Aliens," David North
11. "Central America and Mexico Agree to Continue Transfer of Cubans to U.S.," Kausha Luna
12. "The Socialist Face of 'Immigrant Rights'," John Perazzo
13. "Cuba's Next Flood Of Immigrants Arrives," Investor's Business Daily
14. "U.S. Commits $9.5 Mil to Migrant Education," Judicial Watch
15. "Trump Boycott isn't About Kelly, it's About Fox Being Pro-Open Borders," Ann Coulter
16. "I Was Hoping for a Taller Honest Man," Ann Coulter
17. "Immigration and Your Father’s Oldsmobile," Richard Butrick
18. "Repeal the Cuban Adjustment Act," USA Today
19. "On Immigration, I am A Dissident For the Right," Arthur Schaper
20. "A World Where Muslim Pedophiles Roam Freely," James G. Zumwalt
21. "Immigration, Citizenship, and Cosmopolitanism," Arthur Milikh
22. "Leave the Visa Waiver Program Alone," Brian McNicoll
23. "Illegal Immigration is not the Only Problem — Visas are Too," Armand V. Cucciniello III
24. "Indiana Should Avoid Arizona’s Immigration Mistakes," Alex Nowrasteh
25. "What if Bloomberg Said Trump Is Right About Immigration Policy (In General)?," Steve Sailer
26. "The Supreme Court’s Ticking Time Bomb for the GOP," Linda Chavez
27. "Cruz’s Record on Immigration Can’t Be Redeemed by Sen. Jeff Sessions," Jennifer Rubin
28. "The Moral Urgency of Immigration Reform," Archbishop José H. Gomez
29 "The Anti-Trump Is Martin O'Malley," Pat Garofalo
30. "2016 is Forcing Immigration Activists to Tear Up Their Old Playbook," Dara Lind
31. "The Republican Conflation of Immigration and ISIS," Peter Beinart
32. "Immigrants from Central America who Pose no Danger are Being Sent Home, Usually Because They Lack Legal Representation," Robert M. Morgenthau
33. "The Supreme Court, the Nativists and Immigrants," The New York Times
34. Sweden: "Sweden Announces It May Expel Up to 80,000 ‘Asylum Seekers'," Thomas Lifson
35. Sweden: "Swedish Army Prepares For War as Police Flee Mob of Muslim ‘Migrants’," Carol Brown
36. U.K.: "Migration Worries in America and Britain," The Economist
37. U.K.: "How Immigration Transformed London into an UnBritish City," Brenda Walker
38. U.K.: "UK’s Cameron Wants ‘Emergency Brake’ on Tax-Funded Income Supplements for Immigrants," Dan Calabrese
39. Germany: "Germany's 'Rapefugee" Crisis,' Stephen Brown
40. Middle East: "Life in a Refugee Camp: What Happens to Those Who Flee Syria’s Civil War," Doug Bandow


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Against Trump – For Now
By Mark Krikorian
The Corner at National Review Online, January 22, 2016
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Dr. Frankensteins say beware of monsters. The editorial and several symposium contributors were clear that voters have good reason to be outraged at the serial betrayals by the Republican political class, even if Trump is the wrong vessel for that outrage. But a few of the contributors have helped perpetrate those betrayals – they’re part of the reason that Trump resonates with so many voters, and I’m loath to take their advice on dealing with the problem they helped create.

Tom Sowell, Ed Meese, Andy McCarthy – criticism of Trump from men like this carries real weight. But – to pick one counter example – Russell Moore? He’s one of the leaders of the Evangelical Immigration Table, a Soros front group pushing for Obama’s immigration agenda. He’s written that “our Lord Jesus himself was a so-called ‘illegal immigrant.’” He’s tweeted that a border wall is a “golden calf.” He exemplifies the yawning gap between elites and the public that fuels Trump’s rise.

In short, Dr. Moore is one of the many Dr. Frankensteins who created Donald Trump. Rather than calling on us to turn away from his creation, Moore might do better to retire from public life and devote himself to quiet good works.
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http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/430210/against-trump-now?target=author&tid=982

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Raising Human Trafficking Awareness Everywhere Except at DHS and HHS, Where It's Sorely Needed
By Dan Cadman
CIS Immigration Blog, January 29, 2016
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If you read the Post article carefully, you will also note that the abuse was finally stopped after raids by the FBI — not DHS Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents, who are a part of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). As has been discussed before in prior postings by myself and Jessica Vaughan, HSI has pretty much abandoned the "immigration" part of its mission. It conducts a minimal amount of anti-smuggling/human trafficking work these days; audits of, and enforcement actions against, employers who hire or abuse illegal alien workers are near nonexistent; and little or no attempt is made at compliance programs directed toward the huge number of visa overstays or, more troubling from a national security perspective, foreign students.

All of this appears to be because HSI is made up primarily of ex-Customs agents, many of whom would rather hack off a foot with a rusty saw than soil their hands with immigration work. Many former colleagues have been forthright in telling me that HSI supervisors work mightily to weed out ex-INS agents from their ranks and force them over to ICE's other division, Enforcement and Removals Operations.

The Post cites Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) as having demanded the facts of the trafficking case from DHS and HHS, as well as further details about the methods used to hand "border surge" minors over to putative relatives. Perhaps he needs to delve further into what has happened at ICE, which has been allowed to internally recreate segregated and stove-piped mini customs and immigration enforcement organizations in its midst with little or no oversight.
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http://www.cis.org/cadman/raising-human-trafficking-awareness-everywhere-except-dhs-and-hhs-where-its-sorely-needed

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Disney and Racketeering to Deprive Americans of Their Jobs
By Dan Cadman
CIS Immigration Blog, January 27, 2016
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More ironic than the administration's double standard is that many of our erstwhile "conservative" politicians, including those campaigning for president, have dabbled their hands in this unsavory stewpot and found creative ways to legislate increases in "temporary" worker programs (such as slipping provisions unnoticed and unheralded into massive omnibus budget bills), while at the same time touting their sympathy for the common man and promoting their adamant stance against illegal immigration ... because illegal aliens take American jobs. Do they realize the disconnect in their stances, or do they think we're so mind-numbingly foolish as not to see it?

But back to the lawsuit. This one is well worth watching, for two reasons:

First, it has the makings of a class action, meaning that everyone wronged by Disney's actions may be permitted by the court to participate. And where a 900-pound-gorilla like Disney is concerned, that pile-it-on factor may make the difference, because although Disney is all kindness and treacle at the front door, it has a bare knuckles reputation in the back corridors of its amusement parks where the employees are to be found.

Second, and most noteworthy, the lawsuit is being filed as a racketeering action under the civil federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) statute, which can be found at 18 U.S.C. Section 1964. This provision allows each individual harmed to collect triple damages as well as legal costs. Those costs could mount up pretty quickly, especially in a class-action suit. But any potential payout pales compared with Disney's profits. The real harm will be to the company's prestige (and, consequently, its stock value) if it is found to have engaged in racketeering to cut Americans out of their jobs.
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http://www.cis.org/cadman/disney-and-racketeering-deprive-americans-their-jobs

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Egregious Border Inspection Failures at JFK Airport
By Dan Cadman
CIS Immigration Blog, January 27, 2016
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Once is shocking; twice is criminal negligence. The alien smuggling law prevents "any person" from bringing in, in any manner, individuals known to be aliens other than at a designated place. (See 8 U.S.C. Section 1324(a).) In this case, the "designated place" is the international arrivals port of entry, not a domestic arrivals-and-departures gate from which the passengers could (and did) deplane and walk away en masse. Under the law, corporations are "persons" – initiating the prosecution would make a point that apparently hasn't gotten through.

Better yet, at subsection (b) that same provision of law also permits seizure and forfeiture of the conveyance used to "bring in" aliens, in this case the commercial aircraft. The government should take it. (It would not be the first time this has been done with a commercial aircraft flown by a grossly negligent aviation company flying international routes; it was done in New Orleans several years ago.) What better way to make a point with an aviation company that can't or won't live up to its responsibilities?
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http://www.cis.org/cadman/egregious-border-inspection-failures-jfk-airport

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Placating Iran, Abandoning National Security
By Dan Cadman
CIS Immigration Blog, January 25, 2016

Some things have an inevitability about them. For instance, as surely as the night follows the day, if you give this president or his cabinet a legislative inch, they are sure to go a mile or more with it, congressional intent be damned. Not to mention that this Congress never learns its lessons, always giving the president that inch and then expressing dismay and outrage when he abuses it.

Such is the case with the Visa Waiver Program Improvement Act (VWPIA), which was folded into the omnibus budget bill passed last month and signed by the president into law. Other than the VWPIA, there was precious little in that bill to give solace to those of us who would like to see immigration laws enforced fully and fairly.

Some welcome and overdue features contained in the bill were designed to tighten up the visa waiver program. It has become increasingly evident that the program as constructed (which has undergone no substantive changes since prior to the events of 9/11) was no longer capable of providing the umbrella of security needed to confront global terrorism realities.

One of the provisions of the VWPIA prohibits use of the visa waiver program by travelers who have been in Syria or Iraq anytime from March 1, 2011, onward or who are "dual nationals" of Syria or Iraq, or other countries designated as state supporters or sponsors of terror (such as Sudan and Iran). Instead, these individuals are required to seek visas through interviews with American consular officers, although the law carves out exceptions for citizens of visa-waiver-participating countries who served in military or civilian government capacities in Syria, Iraq, or other designated countries.
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Significantly, however, the law also provides that the Homeland Security secretary can issue waivers, including for dual nationals. (This is the "inch" referred to above.) No sooner had the VWPIA become law than Iran began publicly grumbling about this proviso, arguing that it would impede the country's post-sanctions economic development and thus violate the nuclear arms "non-treaty" agreement. Shockingly, Secretary of State Kerry immediately responded to Iranian complaints by floating the idea of applying waivers to these "dual nationals", even though the injured-economy argument seemed specious, at least to me. I speculated that it was more likely Iran was actually concerned that the new regimen might impede its continuing and aggressive program of theft of sensitive military equipment, plans, technology, and materiel — transfers of which will, logically, remain banned subsequent to lifting of embargoes and sanctions as part of the nuclear deal.
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http://www.cis.org/cadman/placating-iran-abandoning-national-security

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Concrete Evidence of the Continuing Plunge in Both Civil and Criminal Immigration Enforcement
By Dan Cadman
CIS Immigration Blog, January 23, 2016

Two recent reports from Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) reflect the continued erosion of immigration enforcement under the Obama administration.

On January 20, TRAC reported that criminal prosecution for immigration offenses fell 22.3 percent from November 2014 to November 2015, and more than 36 percent over the course of five years, excluding magistrate court (which deals exclusively with petty offenses).

The following day, TRAC announced that "ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] Detainer Use Stabilizes Under Priority Enforcement Program". The Priority Enforcement Program (PEP) is the replacement to the Secure Communities Program mandated by Homeland Security Security Jeh Johnson as a part of the president's "executive actions" on immigration. It significantly restricts the ability of immigration agents to file detainers against aliens arrested by police on criminal charges.

I have no idea what TRAC means by "stabilizes". A quick look at Figure 1a of their report shows a more accurate state of affairs, if one considers the number of detainers being filed over the course of five years, from a high in April 2011, when Secure Communities became fully effective nationwide and kicked into high gear, versus October 2015. I would use other phrases: "plummeted" or "Dropped like a stone". Or, as my colleague Jessica Vaughan has noted, particularly in relation to detainers filed at county jails, where the lion's share of criminals of any stripes are held after being booked for offenses small and large: "a stunning free fall".
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http://www.cis.org/cadman/concrete-evidence-continuing-plunge-both-civil-and-criminal-immigration-enforcement

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The Washington Post's Kathleen Parker's Gushing Ode to Governor Haley: A Moderate's Diatribe, Pt. 3
By Stanley Renshon
CIS Immigration Blog, January 27, 2016
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As for Parker, Obama's frequently used straw men could take a lesson from her:

Haley's gentle cri de coeur neatly exposed the battle lines. On one side are those who deploy anger, bias, nativism and fear. On the other are those who want to reshape the GOP into a party that's based on ideals of inclusiveness and respect for others (like, maybe, a first-generation, Indian-American daughter of Sikh immigrants), exercises caution through reformed immigration policies without demonizing swaths of people, and recognizes that winning hearts and minds begins with civility and communication.

Yes, that must be right! "On one side are those who deploy anger, bias, nativism, and fear."

And on the other side are those like Parker, and others of her sensibilities like co-moderate David Books at the New York Times, who writes that Ted Cruz is "brutal" and not a good Christian", as well as being "satanic" and a "pagan".
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http://www.cis.org/renshon/washington-posts-kathleen-parkers-gushing-ode-governor-haley-moderates-diatribe-pt-3

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Part 2, January 26, 2016
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Finally, Parker takes notice. The governor finally said something worth thinking and writing about, and for which she should be praised.

Is it the moving way that the community came together after the racially inspired murders? No.

Is it the laundry list of the president's failures or the aspirations of the GOP to do better? No.

Is it Governor Haley's strong stance against illegal immigration and her strong welcoming stance to legal, well-vetted immigrants? Absolutely not!

It is GOP extremism.
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http://www.cis.org/renshon/washington-posts-kathleen-parkers-gushing-ode-governor-haley-moderates-diatribe-pt-2

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Part 1, January 25, 2016
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Kathleen Parker is a conservative opinion writer at the Washington Post, but a soft one. That is, she is willing to take a look at the impact of political correctness on military preparedness, or how a focus on self-esteem creates thin-skinned college students. Yet, she is also willing to smear Trump supporters, on the basis of a rinky-dink study of their supposed "authoritarianism". That is "obvious" because people who want their "children to be respectful, obedient, well-behaved and well-mannered have a propensity to support Trump." Why soon they'll be teaching their children Nazi salutes!

Mostly, and as is obvious from the above examples, she is upset by "extremists" and Americans' failure to call them to account. Just who is "extreme" and the reasons that they are placed in that category is a helpful and clarifying set of questions.

Parker's latest ode to reasonableness, as she sees it, is a column devoted to "Nikki Haley's righteous gamble".
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http://www.cis.org/renshon/washington-posts-kathleen-parkers-gushing-ode-governor-haley-moderates-diatribe-pt-1

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Rubio and His 'Non-Criminal' Illegal Aliens
By Jon Feere
TheHill.com, January 27, 2016
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So what does Rubio mean by "a felon"? Does he mean that an illegal alien must be arrested, prosecuted and found guilty of a felony in a court of law before he or she faces deportation? It seems so. And that's only after he or she presumably serves any jail sentence for the felony at an additional cost to taxpayers. Wouldn't it make more sense to remove an illegal alien at the first possible opportunity, simply because of illegal immigration status? Immigration law doesn't require an additional act of violence for it to be enforced.
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http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/immigration/267141-rubio-and-his-non-criminal-illegal-aliens

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South Sudanese TPS Announced Four Days in Advance
By David North
CIS Immigration Blog, January 22, 2016
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For several years now, USCIS has announced in the Federal Register that aliens in the United States as of the announcement date can secure Temporary Protected Status, but you had only a matter of hours to qualify.

Now — and this may be the first time — USCIS has announced today that it will officially announce on Monday, January 25, that anyone from South Sudan (an admittedly dangerous territory) who is in the United States on that date can qualify for the status.

There is little travel from South Sudan to the United States; so little, in fact, that an earlier grant of TPS for the South Sudanese in 2013 attracted all of 10 successful applicants, as we reported in a CIS Backgrounder on TPS generally. South Sudan broke off from Sudan a few years ago; it is a largely Christian and animist nation, while Sudan is largely Muslim. This time around, USCIS is guessing that 25 to 150 people will apply.
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http://www.cis.org/north/south-sudanese-tps-announced-four-days-advance

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"Something Old, Something New" on Exploiting Young Aliens
By David North
CIS Immigration Blog, January 27, 2016
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What's new in the situation is the technique used by the traffickers to secure new workers. They would go to detention centers for the illegal aliens and ask for the release of the teenagers on the grounds that they were friends of the family. The article indicates that these applications were not vetted closely, if at all, and frequently no fingerprints were taken of the "friends".

The Post, to its credit, put the story on the front page this morning, and devoted a full interior page to the continuation, complete with a map, photos, and graphics. The reporter is Abbie VanSickle, who is with the Investigative Reporting Program at UC/Berkeley.

This kind of reporting is so valuable, and so rare. We have, however, seen comparable work from BuzzFeed, such as its coverage of the H-2B program, cited in an earlier blog.
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http://www.cis.org/north/something-old-something-new-exploiting-young-aliens

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Central America and Mexico Agree to Continue Transfer of Cubans to U.S.
By Kausha Luna
CIS Immigration Blog, January 26, 2016
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Diplomats and immigration officials from Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico (as well as Panama, Honduras, and Belize) and the International Organization for Migration met in Guatemala City to review the initial transfer of 180 Cubans. The regional governments deemed the earlier trial run of 180 Cubans a "success." As such, the countries agreed to schedule two flights a week out of Costa Rica. The next flight is scheduled for February 4. The original route will continue to be used; the Cubans will be flown from Costa Rica to El Salvador and bused through Guatemala to the southern border of Mexico. Priority will be given to households with pregnant women or children, taking into account the date of entry into the country and the number of visas granted, and that these people have the financial resources.
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http://www.cis.org/luna/central-america-and-mexico-agree-continue-transfer-cubans-us

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The Socialist Face of “Immigrant Rights”
Inside the corrosive agendas of Congressman Luis Gutierrez.
By John Perazzo
FrontPageMag.com, January 29, 2016
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Luis Gutierrez has it all figured out: In his view, America is a fundamentally racist nation that treats nonwhite immigrants with contempt and disrespect, and any effort to enforce existing immigration law is, by definition, a reflection of that racism.

In other words, Luis Gutierrez is a very sick, delusional demagogue whose agenda is, quite literally, to destroy the American society that he utterly despises—and then remake it in accordance with his own racialist and socialist obsessions. Or to put it more succinctly, Luis Gutierrez is a proud Democrat.
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http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/261636/socialist-face-immigrant-rights-john-perazzo

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Cuba's Next Flood Of Immigrants Arrives
Investor's Business Daily, January 26, 2016
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Now it’s being exploited by Cuba’s government. Those coming here aren’t the freedom seekers of 50 years ago. They’re mostly economic refugees, seeking jobs or taking advantage of the U.S.’ extraordinarily generous welfare benefits.

This underscores not just the moral bankruptcy of President Obama’s Cuban policy, but also the willingness of our so-called neighbors, such as Mexico, to dump their own problems on the U.S.

Thousands of Cuban immigrants are traveling from Cuba to Ecuador, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and other countries. And how have these nations treated their fellow Spanish speakers? They’ve closed their borders to them. Now, along with Mexico, these countries are helping Cubans make the trek to the U.S.

Now they’re our problem.
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http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/cubas-next-flood-of-immigrants-arrives/

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U.S. Commits $9.5 Mil to Migrant Education
Judicial Watch, January 27, 2016
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CAMP services include outreach to eligible persons, counseling, tutoring, skills workshops, financial aid stipends, health services and housing assistance. HEP targets migrants who are at least 16 and not enrolled in school and offers developmental instruction and counseling services to prepare them for high school graduation or the alternate General Educational Development (GED) certificate. Successful candidates then get counseling, job placement, healthcare, financial aid stipends, housing and cultural and academic programs, according to the Office of Migrant Education. HEP candidates already qualify for a free public school education in the U.S., but for whatever reason don't attend classes and the government is taking the extra step to help them.

The $9.5 million injection comes as the country's public schools are forced to absorb the exorbitant cost of educating the recent influx of Central America minors that have entered the U.S. through Mexico in the last year and a half. A study determined that educating the initial 37,472 (the number has since grown) Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) made it into the U.S. will cost an astounding $761 million a year. The figure includes special Limited English Proficient (LEP) classes conducted in Spanish or in other indigenous Central American languages as well as free school meals for the new arrivals. In many cases the UACs have very little education, making the task all the more difficult for overwhelmed teachers and administrators.

But even before the U.S. got bombarded with hordes of Central American minors a few summers ago, the cost of educating illegal immigrants was exorbitant. This is especially true in border states because they absorb a huge chunk of the illegal aliens. For instance, California spends an estimated $12.3 billionannually educating children of undocumented immigrants, a recent study reveals, yet only a small percentage of students are proficient in reading. A different study determines that Texas spends $8.5 billion on kindergarten through 12th grade for illegal aliens, including supplemental English instruction. Arizona spends $810 million and New Mexico almost $500 million.
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http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/detail/us-commits-95-mil-to-migrant-education?f=immigration

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Trump Boycott Isn't About Kelly, It's About Fox Being Pro-Open Borders
By Ann Coulter
TheHill.com, January 28, 2016

Fox has made a habit of insulting Trump — provided he's not there to respond. After the first debate — which, incidentally, all the polls say Trump won — Fox let it be known that the moderators had been prepared to forcibly remove Trump from the debate if he failed to follow the rules. Brett Baier even revealed their cute little speech before they would escort him to the elevator: "We don't want to have to escort you to the elevator outside this boardroom. But we're locked and loaded."

Trump has gotten along well enough with bankers, unions, mafia dons and New York City bureaucrats to make himself a billionaire. Why him? Why not Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)? And why leak it after it was obviously not necessary?
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http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/presidential-campaign/267300-trump-boycott-isnt-about-kelly-its-about-fox-being

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I Was Hoping for a Taller Honest Man
By Ann Coulter
Human Events Online, January 27, 2016
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TRUMP: I’ll use the word anchor baby. Excuse me, I’ll use the word anchor baby.

Now, everybody says “anchor baby.” It turns out that if Republicans don’t immediately go prostrate and apologize for failing to adhere to the Nation magazine’s stylebook, the word police don’t have a “Plan B.”

After San Bernardino, Trump proposed a temporary ban on Muslim immigration, and the media reacted as if he’d flown two planes into the World Trade Center. He didn’t budge. It turned out that no one who is not a sanctimonious douche was offended.

Trump keeps saying these things — and he’s not exactly getting kudos from the media. (Except on my webpage, where he’s a huge hit!) He’s never backed down. I’m beginning to think he believes what he says. Maybe it’s time to stop believing what the “conservative” media says.
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http://humanevents.com/2016/01/27/i-was-hoping-for-a-taller-honest-man/

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Immigration and Your Father’s Oldsmobile
By Richard Butrick
American Thinker, January 23, 2016
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Basically, the re-energize narrative is that immigrant vitality, innovation and determination is what has been largely responsible for the industrial might, power and growth of the United States. The narrative asserts that without the social readjustment caused by the new ideas and vitality that immigrants bring to the U.S., the U.S. would have become moribund and set in its ways. It is the challenge of assimilating a new immigrant population with its new ideas and new perspectives that forces the U.S. to constantly reinvent itself.
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http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/01/immigration_and_your_fathers_oldsmobile.html

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Repeal the Cuban Adjustment Act
USA Today, January 25, 2016
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U.S. immigration policies on Cuba also provide reason for cynicism in politics. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, the two Cuban-American Republican senators running for president, both portray themselves as tough on illegal immigration and border enforcement. But neither can bring himself to advocate repealing the Cuban Adjustment Act.

Rubio says it should be re-examined. But his focus is on making adjustments that would end the back-and-forth travel, while leaving its central tenets intact. Cruz argues the law is still necessary given the continued existence of a communist regime in Havana.

The United States needs laws that will deter illegal immigration, not encourage it. Enforcing these laws would be easier if they were at least consistent, fair and defensible. The Cuban Adjustment Act is none of the above.
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http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/01/25/cuban-adjustment-act-obama-rubio-cruz-wet-foot-dry-foot-immigration-editorials-debates/79129624/

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On Immigration, I am a Dissident For the Right
By Arthur Schaper
Townhall.com, January 25, 2016

Coupled with aggravated entitlements, the federal government has refused its one simple nation responsibility: secure the border. Pro-amnesty proponents forget that a conservative Republican—Ronald Reagan—signed off on amnesty, with a law from Congress (take notes on your phone and pen, Obama!). The condition? A secure border.

We still don’t have one, and with the rising terrorist threats as well as rampant criminality along the border and in major cities, a guarded border is not just a political talking point, but an unequivocal necessity.
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http://townhall.com/columnists/arthurschaper/2016/01/25/on-immigration-i-am-a-dissident-for-the-right-n2109339/page/2

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A World Where Muslim Pedophiles Roam Freely
By James G. Zumwalt
Family Security Matters, January 29, 2016
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But what happens in Muslim countries today does not stay in those countries.

As Muslim immigrants have settled in Europe, their religious leaders discourage assimilation in order to maintain Islam's "purity." This has resulted in hundreds of "no-go zones" being established throughout Europe (751 alone in France), where host nation law enforcement dare not go. This leaves Shariah to dictate Muslim community behavior-i.e., a legal system that allows male sexual abuse of children.

A 2014 report in the United Kingdom revealed between 1997-2013, approximately 1,400 children in Rotherham Borough had been abducted, trafficked to other cities, beaten and sexually molested by multiple perpetrators.

Despite such horrific child abuse, staff members interviewed to identify the perpetrators were reluctant to describe them as Muslims for fear of being labeled "racist."

In Sweden last week, police called to a refugee center to stop Muslim males from repeatedly raping a boy were forced away by a mob of "outraged" migrants.

With President Barack Obama opening America's doors to 100,000 Syrian refugees (many of whom are young males) in the very near future, their non-assimilation will give rise to no-go zones here (some already exist) where Islamic lust for child sex will be nurtured.
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http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/detail/a-world-where-muslim-pedophiles-roam-freely?f=must_reads

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Immigration, Citizenship, and Cosmopolitanism
By Arthur Milikh
The Heritage Foundation, January 21, 2016

Somewhere between eleven and twelve million illegal immigrants live in the United States. In border states, the problem is especially noticeable. Millions of people violated the law in coming here and continue violating the law by remaining here. The federal government will do nothing about it, and the states are powerless to do anything about it. The result is the halfway house in which we live: Americans are losing confidence in the justice of our laws and the public’s right to make demands on its government.

As the philosophical premises of cosmopolitanism and multiculturalism have become more and more widely accepted, Americans have lost sight of the real meaning and value of citizenship. This loss is at the heart of our nation’s immigration crisis.
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http://www.heritage.org/research/commentary/2016/1/immigration-citizenship-and-cosmopolitanism

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Leave the Visa Waiver Program Alone
By Brian McNicoll
Townhall.com, January 30, 2016
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The visa waiver program is there so people we all agree we want to be able to enter the country can do so with minimal hassle. They are people from our 38 closest allies in the world who are allowed to enter for up to 90 days for tourism, business or to travel through the U.S. to other locales.

This does not allow anyone in unchecked. Even those who receive visa waivers must go through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization, or ESTA, which screens identities against multiple law enforcement and terrorism data bases that include information not only from us but from foreign governments as well.

The program was improved just last August to further tighten passport requirements, codify air regulations and sketch out the role of air marshals.

And in December, Congress passed – as part of the Omnibus spending measure – yet another round of reforms to strengthen provisions that allow the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department to kick out any countries they determine don’t share enough information on terrorist threats and those that present a “high risk” to U.S. security.
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The mission of immigration security always is to sort out the well-meaning from the bad apples. The visa waiver program actually helps us do that. It not only sets up a process to ease travel to the United States from citizens of our closest allies, it allows us to inspect and bring about upgrades to the security procedures in use in those countries.

The program gives us leverage to insist on stringent security requirements from our allies, including counterterrorism, law enforcement, border control, aviation and document security standards. Countries must ensure their passports and travel documents meet our technical anti-forgery standards, and these other countries’ operations are inspected regularly by American officials to ensure ongoing compliance.
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http://townhall.com/columnists/brianmcnicoll/2016/01/30/leave-the-visa-waiver-program-alone-n2111916?utm_source=thdaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl&newsletterad=

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Illegal Immigration is Not the Only Problem — Visas are Too
By Armand V. Cucciniello III
Time.com, January 27, 2016
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The visa system ultimately boils down to two words: risk tolerance. Do we Americans accept an imperfect system whereby some rogues and/or Islamic extremists pass through the screening process? Or do we rigorously review our current immigration policy, understanding that our guiding principles and moral philosophies regarding who should be allowed into the U.S. are in desperate need of robust filters and screening mechanisms that may result in religious or ideological profiling?
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http://time.com/4187213/immigration-visa-system/

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Indiana Should Avoid Arizona’s Immigration Mistakes
By Alex Nowrasteh
Cato.org, January 19, 2016

E-Verify hurts businesses by saddling them with another expensive workplace regulation. Although there is no fee for using E-Verify, it comes with a complex 88-page manual that explains legal costs for businesses who comply with the program. As a result of those legal costs, businesses on average bear a $147 cost per E-Verify check.

E-Verify also doesn’t do much to enforce immigration laws. An audit found that E-Verify approves 54 percent of illegal immigrants as legal to work. If an illegal immigrant is being run through E-Verify, a coin toss has a better chance of identifying them.
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States are rightly frustrated with illegal immigration. But business death penalties and harsh laws will only worsen the situation. In Arizona, it hurt entrepreneurs, saddled businesses with expensive regulations, and did little to stop illegal immigration. That’s a bad deal for Indiana.
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http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/indiana-should-avoid-arizonas-immigration-mistakes

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What if Bloomberg Said Trump Is Right About Immigration Policy (In General)?
Steve Sailer
VDare.com Blog, January 28, 2016
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Here’s a question: What if Bloomberg publicly changed his mind on immigration and said that he now realizes that Trump, while strident and graceless about how he’s phrased it, has a point? Bloomberg could say he’d favored high immigration in the past, but he now realizes that the U.S. had had massive immigration for a long time now, and that by 2016 we’ve already gotten most of the advantages out of an era of high immigration that there are to be gotten, while the disadvantages are mounting, so now it’s time for a number of years of greater restrictiveness.

Moreover, Bloomberg could say that Democratic politicians like Clinton and Sanders deep down know that more immigration isn’t good for the working class, but they still want more immigration because it’s good for Democratic politicians. As a nonpartisan independent, Bloomberg could deride the Democrats for importing ringers to win elections. And he could likewise deride the Republican establishment for trying to solve their partisan problem with Hispanics with a “comprehensive immigration reform” policy that’s bad for the country.

Bloomberg really, really wants to be President. He’s explored running for President before. But it’s been hard for his hired experts (and he can afford the best) to figure out a way for him to win. He’d have to do something to shake up politics, like announce that he was wrong and Trump was right on immigration. As an example of plutocrat cluelessness, he could use the time he went on the radio in 2006 and said illegal aliens were crucial to fairway maintenance.
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http://www.vdare.com/posts/is-paris-worth-a-mass-what-if-bloomberg-said-trump-is-right-about-immigration-policy-in-general

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The Supreme Court’s Ticking Time Bomb for the GOP
By Linda Chavez
The New YorkPost.com, January 22, 2016

As the Hispanic electorate grows, Republicans increasingly need to win more Hispanic votes to be competitive in states such as Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Florida (where non-Cuban Hispanics now outnumber the more Republican-leaning Cuban-American population) and even Virginia, which has grown more Democratic in recent years.

Pushing a line on illegal immigrants that we should “round ’em up and kick ’em out” will simply shove Hispanics into the Democrats’ arms for generations. Democrats will shake their heads in sympathy all the way to Inauguration Day.

The Supreme Court is likely to issue its decision in June or early July, by which time the parties will likely have settled on a nominee even if the conventions will be weeks away. The decision could inject an issue back into the campaign at a time when it may have withered away.
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http://nypost.com/2016/01/22/the-supreme-courts-ticking-time-bomb-for-the-gop/

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Cruz’s Record on Immigration Can’t Be Redeemed by Sen. Jeff Sessions
By Jennifer Rubin
The Washington Post, January 29, 2016

The average Iowa voter may be saying, “Who the heck is Jeff Sessions, and why should I take his word for it?” Cruz was telling voters not to believe their lying eyes but to take the word of some other state’s senator and a bunch of talk radio demagogues. Good grief. The man is a U.S. senator, running to be commander in chief, and he is citing Mark Levin and Rush Limbaugh as character witnesses? It was a low moment for the onetime collegiate debate champ. (By the way, if in 2013 Cruz was introducing a poison pill, he was a convincing liar, making others believe he actually supported legalization.
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https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2016/01/29/cruzs-record-on-immigration-cant-be-redeemed-by-sen-jeff-sessions/

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The Moral Urgency of Immigration Reform
By Archbishop José H. Gomez
CNN.com, January 27, 2016
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The DAPA and DACA programs together would provide immediate relief and peace of mind, no matter how temporary, to up to 5.2 million of these people. About 5.5 million U.S. citizen children could benefit directly from their parents receiving deferred action under the DAPA program.

Right now, U.S. immigration policy betrays our country's founding principles and historic commitment to be a beacon of hope for the peoples of every nation. The common good can never be served by deporting some little girl's dad. A just and compassionate society must not allow this.

People do not cease to be our brothers and sisters just because they have an irregular immigration status. No matter how they got here, no matter how frustrated we are with our government, we cannot lose sight of their humanity -- without losing our own.
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http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/27/politics/gomez-immigration-column/

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The Anti-Trump Is Martin O'Malley
By Pat Garofalo
U.S. News and World Report, January 28, 2016
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Still, as historian Aaron Sanchez wrote recently, "The O’Malley campaign seems to be the only campaign that has built Latinos, Latino issues, and Latino messaging into the foundational structures of its campaign." But the first primary state with a healthy Latino presence is Nevada, on Feb. 20, two very long weeks after New Hampshire. Even there, former Secretary of State Clinton is already dominant in the polls, and a Sanders win in either Iowa or New Hampshire (or both!) will give him momentum and the press narrative going into that contest. By that point, it might already be too late for O'Malley, if it isn't already.

Not that all Latinos or immigrants vote only on immigration reform, or that the records of Sanders or Clinton on the issue are bad. In fact, it might actually be Trump's carnival-barking that hurts O'Malley too; Trump has a hideous approval rating among Latinos, and presumably any qualm they have with any of the Democrats would be forgiven when facing the prospect of Trump winning the Oval Office.

According to data from the polling firm Latino Decisions, Republicans have to get more than 40 percent of the Latino vote in a number of states to be competitive in a national election. Despite Trump's claims that Latino voters actually really love him, that isn't happening if he's the nominee. It's just too bad that his demagoguery covered up what could have been an interesting intra-Democratic debate and overshadowed the fact that O'Malley is actually the one with the best immigration record.
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http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/pat-garofalo/articles/2016-01-28/the-trump-effect-on-latinos-and-martin-omalleys-immigration-pitch

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2016 is Forcing Immigration Activists to Tear Up Their Old Playbook
The politics of their issue have been completely transformed. Can they adapt?
By Dara Lind
Vox.com, January 28, 2016
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Advocates found they were wholly irrelevant in the Republican primary and much courted in the Democratic one. In other words, they found that they'd become, at least functionally, a Democratic Party interest group.

But that's not the way they see themselves. "Our allegiance is not to any of the parties," says Jimenez. "We have seen very clearly how both parties have played this game."

Even now, Sharry maintains, the long game isn't to elect Democrats. It's that "Republicans are going to have to be so afraid that they ultimately come around, or they're going to be so bad that they lose their majority in both chambers of Congress as well as the White House." The fact that the latter looks more likely than the former right now doesn't change the advocates' self-conception: They stand outside both parties.

That means that they're not well-equipped to compete in the "invisible primary" — the jockeying for favor that candidates do with party elites. "Our goal moving into the electoral cycle definitely was not siding with a particular candidate," says Jiménez. "We're not going to endorse a particular candidate," Sharry says of America's Voice. "And I think that's true of many of the organizations."
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But if the next occupant of the White House isn't a Democrat, they're in trouble. Not only will they not have leverage with a Republican president, but, Jiménez says, "we'll have to advocate and organize to protect our community against these commitments that they have made in their campaigns."

That makes the 2016 general election tremendously important.
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http://www.vox.com/2016/1/28/10858898/immigration-primary-2016

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The Republican Conflation of Immigration and ISIS
In Thursday’s debate, the candidates focused on radical Islam, even when questioned about undocumented immigrants.
By Peter Beinart
The Atlantic, January 28, 2016
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As public policy, this makes little sense. Obviously, the United States should take care not to admit jihadist terrorists. But since would-be terrorists constitute a miniscule percentage of newcomers to the United States, drastically reducing legal immigration—or not granting the undocumented citizenship—in order to prevent ISIS members from entering America is like using a sledgehammer to squash a fly. It’s the equivalent of declaring that because terrorists could put a bomb in a cargo bin, the U.S. will slash its import of foreign goods.

But politically, it serves a purpose. By putting ISIS at the center of their immigration rhetoric, Republican candidates make immigration seem more threatening and less ambiguous. It’s one thing to depict immigrants as people who depress wages and crowd schools. It’s another to depict them as potential killers. That utterly dehumanizes them.
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http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/01/the-problematic-immigration-rhetoric-in-the-republican-debate/433920/

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Immigrants from Central America Who Pose No Danger Are Being Sent Home, Usually Because They Lack Legal Representation
By Robert M. Morgenthau
The New York Daily News, January 27, 2016

America has long pledged to be a welcoming home for immigrants fleeing persecution and seeking asylum. But there is no way to identify those deserving protection without affording immigrants the due process required, if not by our Constitution, then certainly by basic human decency.
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http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/robert-m-morgenthau-america-deportation-nightmare-article-1.2510403

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The Supreme Court, the Nativists and Immigrants
The New York Times, January 20, 2016

There are more than 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States. No one, besides Donald Trump, believes the nation has the resources, or the will, to deport them all. The clearest solution is to focus on removing those who pose an actual threat to public safety while deferring action on most of the rest and helping them “come out of the shadows.” In 2012, the Obama administration allowed young immigrants who were brought here as children to be given work permits and be exempted from deportation, a program that has worked well. In November 2014, the president announced a plan to offer work permits and a three-year reprieve from deportation to as many as five million undocumented parents of American citizens or permanent residents, provided they had no criminal record and had lived in the country at least five years.

Getting hardworking people who have deep roots in their communities out of the shadows isn’t a new issue. In a 1980 presidential debate, George Bush decried the harsh efforts to marginalize undocumented immigrants. “We’re creating a whole society of really honorable, decent, family-loving people that are in violation of the law,” he said. Mr. Obama, along with other reality-based politicians on both the left and the right, understands this, but congressional Republicans have refused to pass any meaningful immigration reform.
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http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/20/opinion/the-supreme-court-the-nativists-and-immigrants.html?_r=0

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Sweden Announces It May Expel Up to 80,000 ‘Asylum Seekers'
By Thomas Lifson
American Thinker, January 28, 2016

Strained to the breaking point by the largest per capita influx of Muslims claiming to be “refugees,” Sweden’s government is finally planning to vet and even expel those invaders who are not legitimately escaping the threat of death. If, that is, they can find them (which is a big if).
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Of all the political parties, only the Sweden Democrats are willing to speak openly about the problems associated with Muslim invaders, and for their honesty, they are shunned by the other parties and vilified in the media. However, the public is turning toward the S.D. because of the default of the establishment. This move, thus, represents a real change.
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http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2016/01/sweden_announces_it_may_expel_up_to_80000_asylum_seekers.html

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Swedish Army Prepares For War as Police Flee Mob of Muslim ‘Migrants’
By Carol Brown
AmericanThinker.com, January 27, 2016

The county, as we know, is in very deep trouble. How, or whether, Sweden will be able to extricate itself from the grip of Islamic supremacism remains to be seen. So far there is little evidence to suggest Swedes grasp the nature of that which afflicts them, which in my view began with a complete collapse of national pride – a feeling now replaced with shame. Dhimmitude is as rampant as the savages who wreak havoc. Sweden has allowed itself to be held hostage by the drive to be “multicultural” at all cost, including the death of the nation.
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http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2016/01/swedish_army_prepares_for_war_as_police_flee_mob_of_muslim_migrants.html#ixzz3ya7OXq1K

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Migration Worries in America and Britain
The Economist, January 29, 2016
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In Britain worries about immigration are at higher levels than in America, probably because the subject is ever present in the news: from the general election in May, and UKIP’s surprising success in the popular vote after running on an anti-immigrant ticket (disguised as an anti-European Union stance), to a summer stacked with images of asylum-seekers clinging to the beaches of Europe, after horrifying journeys across the Mediterranean in overloaded dinghies. These events coincided with immigration polling passing 50% in Britain for the first time ever, peaking at 56% in September. Proving that this is truly a global world, American anxiety about immigration also peaked in September, which Gallup suggests was a response to the European migrant crisis, a crisis faced by the Old Continent 3,500 miles away.
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http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2016/01/public-opinion-and-immigration

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How Immigration Transformed London into an UnBritish City
By Brenda Walker
VDare.com, January 24, 2016

There’s a new book about how the English capital has been turned into a third-world sewer by immigration, titled “This Is London: Life and Death in the World City” by Ben Judah.
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London is no longer majority white because of the Labour Party purposefully recruiting foreigners who would be more likely to vote liberal. Tony Blair and his leftist cronies acted as a fifth column to welcome historic enemies (Muslims) into Britain to undermine the traditional people — and they succeeded.

As a result, the remaining native Britons can feel like strangers in the old neighborhoods.
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http://www.vdare.com/posts/how-immigration-transformed-london-into-an-unbritish-city

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UK’s Cameron Wants ‘Emergency Brake’ on Tax-Funded Income Supplements for Immigrants
By Dan Calabrese
Canada Free Press, January 29, 2016

How anyone could have thought this was a good policy, I cannot imagine. People migrate to your country from elsewhere and can’t find a job that pays what they want or need, so the government says, hey, no problem, we’ll supplement your income.

Remember this fundamental principle: When you subsidize something, you get more of it. So if you want lots of people coming into your country who can’t earn enough to live without taxpayyer subsidies, then by all means, offer those subsidies! They’ll come. And they’re coming to Britain in such large numbers, Prime Minister David Cameron wants to put an “emergency brake” on it. So why not just put a stop to it altogether? Well that gets tricky, because Britain is part of the European Union, and one component of the treaty that established the EU says member states are supposed to extend their welfare benefits to people who migrate from other member states.

So Cameron is now in the unenviable position of seeking permission from other countries to alter his own economic policies:
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http://canadafreepress.com/article/78545

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Germany's "Rapefugee" Crisis
YouTube plea for protection from 16-year-old German girl reveals the widespread nightmare of migrant sexual violence.
By Stephen Brown
FrontPageMag.com, January 29, 2016
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If anyone possessed any doubts about Muslim migrant attitudes toward the ‘infidel’ women of their host countries, these doubts should have been painfully and publicly dispelled last New Year’s Eve at Cologne’s central train station. A thousand of the new arrivals, mostly young Arab men, gathered there that evening and, like packs of hyenas, molested hundreds of women, raping several.

“We are so scared,” said Wilhailm, expressing the fear young women are now forced to face. “We don’t want to be scared to go to the grocery store alone after sunset.”

Since the Muslim migrants’ appearance in Germany, Wilhailm says, “life has been hell. These men often commit verbal and physical acts of sexual violence against women out alone.” She says she herself has had a couple of bad experiences.

“But one day, a terrible thing happened at the supermarket,” Wilhailm said. “I ran all the way home. I was so frightened for my life. There’s no other way to describe it.”

Another time, men she called “Muslims” told her and her friend they were “sluts” for wearing t-shirts. Addressing Muslim men of this ilk in her video, Wilhailm responded:
“You have no right to attack us because we are wearing t-shirts. You also have no right to rape.”
Unfortunately, for Germany’s young women, there are too many new migrants who believe that they do.
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http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/261643/germanys-rapefugee-crisis-stephen-brown

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Life in a Refugee Camp: What Happens to Those Who Flee Syria’s Civil War
By Doug Bandow
Cato Institute, January 4, 2016

They are determined to preserve a little memory of home, and use wastewater to keep the plants alive.

The future weighs heavily. Many refugees want to return to their homes, which may no longer exist. Others would like to try life outside of the camp in Jordan, but cannot go legally without financial sponsorship.

The country already is saturated with refugees, inflating rents, filling jobs, and creating resentments. Some residents hope for resettlement elsewhere, an unlikely prospect as political opposition to increased immigration rises.
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http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/life-refugee-camp-what-happens-those-who-flee-syrias-civil-war

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