immigration

Mayorkas Bobs and Weaves Around Truth

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Mayorkas Bobs and Weaves Around Truth
Article author: 
Joe Guzzardi
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Substack
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Tue, 01/09/2024
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In September 2022, weeks before the mid-term election, then-House Speaker Kevin McCarthy announced the GOP’s “Commitment to America,” a promise that a newly elected GOP majority would create an “economy that’s strong,” “a nation that’s safe,” “a future that’s built on freedom” and “a government that’s accountable.” Expanding the safe-nation vow, Republicans pledged to "secure the southern border," "reduce crime and stop fentanyl" and "defend our national security."

The GOP squeezed out a narrow House majority, and could do no better than a 50-50 Senate tie, leaving deciding votes to Vice-President Kamala Harris. In the ensuing 15 months, month-over-month border conditions consistently worsened. When McCarthy made his announcement, just before fiscal year 2022 ended, 2.8 illegal aliens had crossed the border, a record at the time. The following year, a House Committee on Homeland Security released its report titled “Startling Stats” which found that in FY 2023, CBP arrested 35,433 aliens with criminal convictions or outstanding warrants, including 598 known gang members, 178 of those being MS-13 members. CBP, including its Air and Marine Operations, seized 27,293 pounds of fentanyl coming across the Southwest border, an 88% increase over FY 2022, and enough to kill, the committee estimated, about 6 billion people. So much for the “Commitment to America” and its promise to secure the southern border, stop fentanyl, and defend national security.

For months, congressional Republicans made rumblings about impeaching Mayorkas, but their words were empty. The low point came when, in November 2022, California’s Tom McLintock, the House Judiciary’s Chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration Integrity, Security, and Enforcement, joined with Democrats and seven other Republicans to vote against a resolution to impeach Mayorkas. When, two years into the invasion, a leading Republican who oversees “immigration integrity” teams up with committed open borders Democrats like House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries and former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, enforcement is a pipe dream.

From the instant Biden signed his Day One Executive Orders that undid former President Donald Trump’s actions to restore prudent immigration, migrant caravans moved north. Interviewed along the way, the illegal aliens, also encouraged by Biden’s campaign promise to welcome asylum seekers and to end deportations, expressed confidence that work authorization and employment awaited them. Within a few weeks, the migrants’ predictions came true. At that relatively early juncture in what was Mayorkas’ clearly brazen and treasonous disregard for federal immigration law, the House should have impeached the DHS Secretary. In the end, the motion would have failed. But an early House effort might have moved the border chaos higher up on the public’s radar. Instead, unchecked, Mayorkas’ unconstitutional dismantling of established immigration law at the border and the interior accelerated.

 

Indiana Immigration bills 2024

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Indiana Immigration bills 2024
Article author: 
Greg Serbon
Article publisher: 
Indiana Federation for Immigration Reform
Article date: 
Tue, 01/09/2024
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  • Indiana Immigration bills 2024
    Here's the bills introduced in the Indiana Statehouse this session.
    
    House bills HB 1065 Instate Tuition Earl Harris ( Democrat ) Education committee
    
    https://iga.in.gov/legislative/2024/bills/house/1065/details
    
    Senate Bills
    SB 106 Instate tuition Niezgodski ( Democrat ) Doriot ( Republican)
    Education and Career Development Committee.
    
    https://iga.in.gov/legislative/2024/bills/senate/106/details
    
    SB 138 Driving Privileges cards Doriot ( Republican )  Homeland
    Security committee
    
    https://iga.in.gov/legislative/2024/bills/senate/138/details
    
    Last year I was the only one to speak against the Drivers Card bill.
    There are now 7 members on the Homeland Security committee instead of
    9 like last year.
    3 of the present 7 voted against the bill last year. We should be able
    to kill this bill in committee if we put in the effort.
    Sen. Michael Crider This clown was an FBI agent but supported the bill
    last year!
    Sen. James Tomes Voted against drivers cards last year
    Sen. James Buck  Voted against drivers cards last year
    Sen. Gary Byrne
    Sen. John Crane  Voted against drivers cards last year
    Sen. Blake Doriot
    Sen. Mark Messmer A union business owner
    Sen. Jean Breaux
    
    
    Thanks for the help
    
    Greg Serbon
    IFIRE 219-545-1206

Immigration makes Earth Day a cruel joke on Americans

Beginning next year, I suggest we celebrate Earth Day on April 1 rather than the traditional April 22 given that it is a fool's errand to continue pretending we care about the environment while our population continues to explode thanks to a decades-long policy of mass immigration. Read more about Immigration makes Earth Day a cruel joke on Americans

MLK Day: Illegal Immigration Crushes Opportunities for Black American Men, Civil Rights Commission Finds

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MLK Day: Illegal Immigration Crushes Opportunities for Black American Men, Civil Rights Commission Finds
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Article author: 
John Binder
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Brietbart News
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Mon, 01/16/2023
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America’s working class — and specifically black men — have had their employment opportunities and wages crushed by waves of low-skilled illegal immigration, the United States Commission on Civil Rights finds.

In 2008, the Commission issued a briefing report following deep analysis and interviews with various experts across the political spectrum. The goal of the report was to determine the role that illegal immigration plays in the lives of the nation’s working class and, more precisely, black Americans.

“In the midst of public debate over immigration reform, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights voted to examine the possible effects of illegal immigration on particularly vulnerable segments of the U.S. working population, specifically low-skill black workers,” the report states.

The Commission ultimately found that illegal immigration — on a scale ranging from 11 to 22 million illegal aliens living in the U.S., with millions of these illegal aliens holding jobs — has “tended to increase the supply of low-skilled, low-wage labor” that favors employers’ profit margins.

Black American men, with education rates lower than the average American, “are disproportionately employed in the low-skilled labor market, where they are more likely to be in labor competition with immigrants,” the Commission report states:

Illegal immigration to the United States in recent decades has tended to depress both wages and employment rates for low-skilled American citizens, a disproportionate number of whom are black men. Expert economic opinions concerning the negative effects range from modest to significant. Those panelists that found modest effects overall nonetheless found significant effects in industry sectors such as meatpacking and construction. [Emphasis added]

The Commission described the impact of illegal immigration on working-class Americans as a “piece of the puzzle that must be considered by policymakers in formulating sound immigration policy,” though recent proposals by Republicans and Democrats have focused almost exclusively on benefitting foreign nationals not yet in the U.S. rather than Americans harmed by decades-long mass immigration.

As a recommendation, the Commission suggested that the Bureau of Labor Statistics collect monthly figures on the number of illegal alien workers in the U.S. and compile data on how their employment is impacting jobs and wages for low-skilled Americans.

To date, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has refused to collect and compile such data.

Reflecting on Half a Century of Mass Immigration

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Reflecting on Half a Century of Mass Immigration
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Article author: 
Mark Krikorian
Article publisher: 
Center for Immigration Studies
Article date: 
Thu, 11/17/2022
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Summary

The signing of the Hart-Celler immigration bill in 1965 launched a new era of mass immigration, contrary to policymakers’ promises. Today on Parsing Immigration Policy, Peter Nunez, chairman of the Center for Immigration Studies board reflects on the impact that bill and other major policy changes have had on the flow of immigration, both legal and illegal.

Nunez, a former U.S. Attorney for San Diego and a former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Enforcement, speaks to the historical link between massive immigration and the level of drugs coming into the country. He emphasizes the difference between the way the media covers the topics today versus several decades ago, when, for example, President Jimmy Carter was forced to feign concern for the impact of immigration and appoint the Select Commission on Immigration and Refugee Policy, chaired by Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, President of Notre Dame. The Hesburgh Commission recommended that Congress enact legal sanctions on employers of illegal workers, which eventually shaped the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act. Later, a 1997 report from the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform, led by civil rights icon Rep. Barbara Jordan, would recommend a reduction in legal immigration, a rejection of guestworker programs, and further steps to address to illegal immigration.

From border enforcement to employer sanctions to amnesty to the rule of law, Nunez walks the listener through the last several decades of immigration history. In conclusion, he ponders who will be the next champion for the American worker and the rule of law?

In his closing commentary, Mark Krikorian, the Center’s executive director and host of Parsing Immigration Policy, discusses the possibility of immigration legislation, such as an amnesty for farmworkers and/or DACA recipients, during the upcoming lame duck session of Congress, and argues that no measures should be considered until the administration commits itself to enforcing current immigration law.

New Data: Illegal Population Up 2 Million under Biden

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New Data: Illegal Population Up 2 Million under Biden
Article subtitle: 
3.4 Million Increase in Total Foreign-Born
Article publisher: 
Center for Immigration Studies
Article date: 
Mon, 11/07/2022
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Washington, D.C. (November 7, 2022) - Based on data released just ten days ago by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the Center for Immigration Studies estimates that the total foreign-born (legal and illegal) population likely stood at 48.4 million in October of this year, by far the largest number in U.S. history.  This means the foreign-born population has increased by 3.4 million since January 2021, the month President Biden took office. (The foreign born include all persons who were not U.S. citizens at birth — naturalized citizens, green-card holders, long-term temporary visitors, and illegal immigrants). Based on our prior research, we estimate that about 2 million of this increase is from illegal immigration. 

The illegal immigrant population is almost certainly increasing faster now than at any time in U.S. history. This data is important because unlike border apprehension numbers, it measures the likely number of illegal immigrants actually living in the country, which is what will ultimately determine their impact on American society.

“The new figures released Friday from BLS indicate that the illegal immigrant population has exploded under Biden,” said Steven Camarota, the Center’s Director of Research.  He added, “The administration’s policies have consequences and we are clearly seeing them in the data.”

How We Know:

  • The employment situation report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) last Friday shows 45.9 million immigrants 16 and older (legal and illegal) living in the country in October.
  • Based on data from prior months, when all of the October data is released, it will show at least 2.5 million immigrants under the age of 16, for a total foreign population of 48.4 million — an increase of half a million since last month.
  • Month-to-month changes in the data are not necessarily meaningful because of sampling variability, but since January 2021, when President Biden took office, the total foreign born has grown by about 3.4 million, a very large and statistically significant increase. 
  • Both the Census Bureau, which collects the data, and the BLS which analyzes it, are clear that illegal immigrants are included in the households survey, officially known as the Current Population Survey (CPS).  
  • Based on our prior analysis we estimate that about 60 percent or about 2 million of the increase in the foreign born is from illegal immigration since January 2021.  
  • Looking at all foreign born workers (legal and illegal), the number is up 2.1 million October of 2019, before Covid, to October of 2022. There is no indication that there are “missing” immigrant workers as some have suggested.
  • While a large share of the recent increase in the total foreign-born population is due to illegal immigration, those in the country legally still account for three-fourths of all foreign-born residents.

Americans Seek Big Changes In Immigration Policy After Election: I&I/TIPP Poll

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Americans Seek Big Changes In Immigration Policy After Election: I&I/TIPP Poll
Article subtitle: 
Americans are tired of the way things are and want big changes
Article author: 
Terry Jones
Article publisher: 
tippinsights
Article date: 
Mon, 11/07/2022
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Among the many different issues that have roiled the electorate in this 2020 midterm-election cycle, perhaps none has had as large an impact as illegal immigration. American voters are fed up with the status quo and want major changes made, the latest I&I/TIPP Poll shows.

Given the more than 500% increase in illegal crossings in the last five years, we asked poll respondents what should be done about the "costly disruption of border cities, human trafficking, higher crime and suspected terrorists crossing the border."

One answer stood out as unworkable to the 1,359 voters who answered the online I&/TIPP Poll, taken from Nov. 2-4: "Keep the current policy in place," which was supported by only 11% of those responding. The poll has a margin of error of +/-2.8 percentage points.

So which policy responses were most popular among voters?

Among the five possible answers, 45% responded that "Close the border to all illegal entrants and immediately deport those who are caught," making that the No. 1 response.

That response was followed by "Implement a temporary worker visa program to allow in those that have skills that fit into our economy," not far behind at 36% of the responses.

The third most cited response was "Build a wall, close the border," at 29%. "None of the above" garnered 11% support.

Not surprisingly, while most respondents wanted something new done to stanch the flow of illegal entrants into the U.S., which reached 2.7 million in the 2002 fiscal year, political affiliation had a big impact on how the answers broke down.

For instance, the policy response of "Close the border to all illegal entrants and immediately deport those who are caught," received support from just 31% of Democrats, compared to 67% of Republicans. As is often the case, independents were somewhere in the middle, at 41%.

As for implementing a temporary visa program to let in skilled workers, that was most favored by Democrats, at 44%, while just 23% of Republicans chose that as the best path forward. Independents were closer to the Democrats, at 40%.

"Build a wall, close the border"? Just 15% of Democrats liked that response, versus 52% of Republicans and 24% of independents.

As for the "status quo," 18% of Democrats said that would be best, while just 4% of Republicans and 9% of independents agreed.

Clinton's Post-1994 Mid-Term Immigration Awakening

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Clinton's Post-1994 Mid-Term Immigration Awakening
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During and after his two-term presidency, Bill Clinton espoused sound immigration thoughts
Article author: 
Joe Guzzardi
Article publisher: 
Patch
Article date: 
Tue, 10/11/2022
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Every now and again, both during and after his two-term presidency, Bill Clinton espoused sound immigration thoughts that focused on the nation’s best interests. Most recently, Clinton, without naming Joe Biden, took direct aim at the sitting president’s open border fiasco.

On a CNN podcast, and in response to a question about economic migrants who are, in the host’s description, “gaming” the asylum system, Clinton replied that “there’s a limit” at which point open borders will cause “severe disruption.” Clinton added that the established immigration protocols, presumably a reference to the traditional agencies that assist incoming immigrants, function on the assumption that border conditions would “be more normal.”

“Severe disruption” may be the kindest way to describe the chaos in the Rio Grande Valley and other entry points along the Southwest Border. And severely disrupted is an understatement to define the conditions in sanctuary cities New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C. where the mayors are grappling unsuccessfully to accommodate the migrants that Texas and Florida governors Greg Abbott and Ron DeSantis send north. New York Gov. Kathy Hochul summoned the National Guard to help Adams with his plan, still in flux, to relocate the migrants to a Randall Island tent city. Adams, who declared the incoming migrants’ need for assistance “a humanitarian crisis,” pleaded to no avail with Biden for a minimum $500 million emergency aid infusion. Having no money to deal with incoming migrants is as disruptive, to use Clinton’s word, as conditions get.

Clinton has long been aware of over-immigration’s effect on American citizens. In his 1995 State of the Union address, given shortly after Republicans picked up eight Senate seats and a net 54 House seats post a GOP mid-term rout to win congressional control for the first time in four decades, Clinton spoke about the anxiety Americans experience during periods of unchecked immigration. Clinton listed many dangers that illegal immigration presents to Americans that included illegal hiring, the subsequent U.S. job losses and providing costly social services. Clinton’s word-for-word conclusion: “It is wrong and ultimately self-defeating for a nation of immigrants to permit the kind of abuse of our immigration laws we have seen in recent years, and we must do more to stop it.”

During his SOU speech, Clinton mentioned Barbara Jordan, the former U.S. representative who chaired the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform. The commission’s goal was to establish “credible, coherent immigrant and immigration policy.” The African-American Democrat from Texas endorsed significant legal immigration reductions with an emphasis on high-skilled admissions, fewer refugees, more deportations and a chain migration overhaul that would limit sponsorship to nuclear family members. Jordan distilled her immigration vision in a sentence: “Those who should get in, get in; those who should be kept out, are kept out; and those who should not be here will be required to leave.”

U.S. Deportations Fell 70% in Biden's First Year - 62% Drop for Criminal Aliens

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U.S. Deportations Fell 70% in Biden's First Year - 62% Drop for Criminal Aliens
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Judicial Watch
Article publisher: 
Judicial Watch
Article date: 
Mon, 08/01/2022
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As the U.S. gets bombarded with an unprecedented surge of migrants along the southern border, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) records show a shocking decline in deportations during the Biden administration’s first year including dangerous criminals. Removals by the Homeland Security agency created after 9/11 to secure the nation’s borders fell nearly 70% last year, according to government figures obtained by the Center for immigration Studies (CIS) this month. The Washington D.C. nonprofit had to file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to access the alarming stats because the Biden administration hides them. In the last decade ICE’s annual reports have contained detailed enforcement and removal information, but under Biden the agency has omitted damaging specifics from its most recent annual report.

The records obtained by CIS tell a disturbing story of an administration with detrimental policies that are destroying immigration enforcement. For instance, in fiscal year 2021, ICE removals dropped by a ghastly 70% even as the number of migrants entering the U.S. through Mexico shattered records. Agency figures reveal 59,001 removals from both the border and the interior of the country in 2021 compared to 185,884 in 2020. In 2019, the last full year under Trump administration policies, ICE removed 267,258 illegal aliens, more than quadruple the amount deported in 2021. Even convicted criminals were given a pass by the Biden administration, the ICE records show. Removals of criminal aliens dropped 62% in 2021 to 39,149 compared to 103,762 in 2020. In contrast, 150,141 convicted criminals were removed by ICE in 2019. Last year the agency also slashed the number of aggravated felons that were removed by 43% over 2020, from 9,161 to 5,221. Among the alien offenders are murderers, human and drug traffickers as well as rapists.

The removal of criminal aliens from the interior also dropped substantially even though the administration claims it is prioritizing deporting those who pose a threat to public safety. The ICE records show that in 2021 only 26,210 criminals were removed compared to 48,606 the previous year. In its assessment of the recently obtained ICE figures CIS, the nation’s only think tank devoted exclusively to the research of U.S. immigration policy, writes that “the drop in enforcement activity in 2021 is directly attributable to the implementation of the Biden enforcement policies.” A breakdown of removals by fiscal year clearly illustrates a steep reduction in every category—interior, border, illegal immigrants with criminal convictions and aggravated felons—after Biden policies were adopted. One major factor is the administration’s effort to diminish a federal-local partnership known as 287(g) that notifies ICE of jail inmates in the country illegally so they can be deported after serving time for state crimes.

Illegal immigrant population soars to 11.6 million

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Illegal immigrant population soars to 11.6 million
Article author: 
Paul Bedard
Article publisher: 
Washington Examiner
Article date: 
Wed, 06/01/2022
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President Joe Biden’s open borders policies have led to a more than 10% surge in the United States's illegal immigrant population, according to a new review of federal data.

Numbers reviewed by the Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that the illegal population grew from 10.2 million when Biden took office to 11.6 million in April.

“This means that illegal immigrants accounted for some 1.35 million (about two-thirds) of the two million growth in the total foreign-born population since President Biden took office,” according to the analysis from the Center for Immigration Studies.

As a result, the foreign-born population in the nation, which includes legal and illegal immigrants, is 47 million, or 14.3% of the total population, the highest in 112 years.

 

Without taking action to stop illegal crossings, more illegal immigrants are expected to pour over the border, raising the foreign-born population to a record level by Election Day, the analysis said.

“As a share of the total population, the foreign-born now account for 14.3% of the U.S. population — the highest percentage in 112 years. If present trends continue, the foreign-born share of the population will surpass the all-time high in American history by September of next year,” according to the report written by Steven A. Camarota and Karen Zeigler.

“Immigration is sometimes seen as like the weather — something outside the control of public policy," the report added. "In fact, it must be understood that the level of legal immigration as well as policies and resources directed at controlling illegal immigration all represent policy choices. The dramatic growth in the foreign-born population in the last 16 months are the direct result of those choices."

The center advocates strict immigration controls, warning that boosting the foreign, and especially illegal, population is costly to taxpayers.

 

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