Immigration issues

Fair Points: Illegal immigration hurts the environment and impinges our safety

In the following video, a former border patrol agent illustrates and describes the environmental issues and safety issues driving a need for a border fence.

It runs over 1900 miles from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean, but only about a third of it is actually fenced off. We’re talking about the US-Mexico border and it’s dividing America in half.

There’s the Open Border lobby which opposes common-sense immigration reform like added border security and building a wall — then there’s the rest of America that wants national security first.

The state of California has become a battleground for the immigration debate because of its sanctuary laws. So we travelled to San Diego, a neighboring city to Tiajuana, Mexico. There we met Chris Harris who served as a Border Patrol agent for 20 years.

A Trump supporter faces deportation

A San Diego Union Tribune article documents the plight of a minister who supports President Trump, but finds himself awaiting deportation proceedings.

Jorge Ramirez, an Oceanside minister and unauthorized immigrant, didn’t think he would end up in line for deportation when he encouraged his U.S. citizen daughter to vote for now-President Donald Trump.

In line with his conservative religious beliefs, Ramirez considers himself a Republican, he said in an interview at Otay Mesa Detention Center, where he is awaiting deportation proceedings. Border Patrol picked him up after staking out his house early one May morning, and he’s been in the detention facility since.

Ramirez said he does not know why he is being targeted for removal from the U.S. The Trump administration has said that it is targeting criminals and those who have already been ordered deported. Ramirez said he falls into neither category.

“Trump said, ‘Let’s keep all the good people here and all the bad people out,’” Ramirez said.

“That’s great, but I’m here,” Ramirez said of his detention situation. “If I’m here, anybody can be here. I’m not saying I’m the best person in the world, but I’ve tried to live a good life.”

Ramirez worked as a satellite television technician, and frequently went to Camp Pendleton. Issues with his security clearance brought him to the attention of authorities in December.

He said he supports the Republican agenda on both fiscal and social issues and that he still supports Trump.

(Read more at the San Diego Union Tribune)

Vice President Pence calls ICE agents heroes

A 6 July 2018 USA Today article discusses how Vice President Pence characterized ICE agents as “heroes.”

Vice President Mike Pence on Friday offered unqualified support for the government’s front line officers in the Trump administration’s immigration enforcement efforts in the face of calls for the abolishment of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

“We are with you 100 percent,” Pence said during a visit to ICE headquarters. “We will always stand proudly with our brave heroes of Ice and the Border Patrol.

“Under President Trump, we will never abolish ICE.”

Pence’s appearance along with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen comes as the Trump administration has been engulfed in controversy for separating young children from their undocumented parents as part of a “zero tolerance” border enforcement policy.

President Donald Trump abruptly halted the policy last month under mounting political pressure. The government now faces court-ordered deadlines to reunite nearly 3,000 children with their parents.

“The calls for abolishing ICE are not only outrageous, they are irresponsible,” the vice president said.

Pence said increasing public criticism against the agency was even putting officers and their families at risk, asserting that the agency was being “attacked and demeaned… at an unprecedented rate.”

“These attacks against ICE officers and their families must stop and must stop now,” he said.

He specifically cited Democratic lawmakers, including Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, saying their calls for shuttering the agency were “spurious” and “must stop.” He said the calls to abolish the 20,000-person agency responsible for apprehending undocumented immigrants in the interior of the U.S. have spread far beyond the “radical left.”

“The truth is that opposition of ICE has moved to the center of the Democratic Party itself, just when you thought the Democrats couldn’t move farther to the left,” he said.

Pence’s remarks drew applause from agency staffers gathered in an office studio.

(Read more at USA Today)

Tweets illustrating the need for border control

Harvard Harris Poll finds 81% of Americans want to cut legal immigration

According to the 7 May 2018 Voice of America article quoting a Harvard Harris poll, 81% of Americans want an end to legal immigration (possibly in order to allow our economy to take care of our own needy).

Immigration remains a hot button issue in American politics as the November midterm elections approach, and surveys of likely midterm voters suggests a large majority of Americans support limits on legal immigration.

According to an April survey (PDF) from the Polling Company, a conservative research firm, nearly two-thirds of Americans support reducing legal immigration.

The Washington-based company asked likely voters, “Current federal policy adds about one million new immigrants with lifetime work permits into the U.S. each year. Knowing this, which is closest to the number of new immigrants the government should be adding each year?”

Sixty-four percent said “the federal government should be adding less immigrants with lifetime work permits.” This sentiment was shared among men, women, Republicans, Independents, Democrats and Hispanic/Latino voters.

Those surveyed were asked to choose between six levels of immigration, more than two million, 1.5 million, one million (the current level), 750,000, 500,000 or 250,000 or fewer. Almost half (49 percent) the respondents chose 250,000 or less, 11 percent chose 500,000 and four percent said 750,000. Seventeen percent agree with the current level of one million per year.

The Polling Company findings are similar to a January Harvard/Harris poll(PPT) on Americans’ attitudes toward immigration.

Harvard/Harris found 81 percent of those surveyed favored less immigration than the current rate. It found nine percent want no immigration, 35 percent want less than 250,000 immigrants, 19 percent wanted between 250,000 and 499,999 and 18 percent wanted 500,000 to 999,999.

The Polling Company found about 60 percent support a path to citizenship for so-called Dreamers if their relatives are not given priority to enter the country.

Harvard/Harris found 77 percent of Americans said Dreamers should be given a path to citizenship, but 60 percent also do not want their family members to be given immigration priority.

Dreamers, who were brought to the United States illegally as children, have been allowed to remain, but have not been given legal residence. Under U.S. law a citizen or legal permanent resident can sponsor relatives from their home country to move to the United States.

The ability to bring one’s family is called “chain migration” by opponents and “family-based immigration” by proponents.

Almost 60 percent (59 percent) of both poll’s respondents said immigrants should only be able to bring in their spouse and minor children. Currently, parents, siblings and some non-nuclear family members can immigrate.

(Read more at the Voice of America)

Once we required immigrants to contribute to the social fabric. Now, 51% of immigrants in US on welfare

OneNewsNow reports in a 12 August 2018 article that the Center for Immigration Studies has found 51% of immigrants (both legal and illegal) are on welfare.

A research report revealed that more than half of legal and illegal immigrants living in the United States are receiving some sort of welfare benefits from the government.

The study also divulged that immigrants residing in the U.S. use 57 percent more taxpayer-funded food stamps than Americans who were native-born.

“In September 2015, the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) published a landmark study of immigration and welfare use, showing that 51 percent of immigrant-headed households used at least one federal welfare program – cash, food, housing or medical care – compared to 30 percent of native households,” CIS reported.

Drain on the economy?

This interprets to nearly $2,000 more in federal money received by immigrant households than native-born families nationwide.

“The average household headed by an immigrant (legal or illegal) costs taxpayers $6,234 in federal welfare benefits, which is 41 percent higher than the $4,431 received by the average native household,” CIS’s Jason Richwine divulged.

In several categories, immigrants are more costly to the American taxpayer than the native-born residents receiving federal aid.

“The average immigrant household consumes 33 percent more cash welfare, 57 percent more food assistance, and 44 percent more Medicaid dollars than the average native household,” Richwine added. “Housing costs are about the same for both groups.”

It was shown that immigrants from Panama all the way up to the southern border of the U.S. cost American taxpayers more than migrants from any other part of the world.

“At $8,251, households headed by immigrants from Central America and Mexico have the highest welfare costs of any sending region – 86 percent higher than the costs of native households,” CIS’s Richwine revealed.

A comparison between illegal aliens and legal immigrants was also made.

“Illegal immigrant households cost an average of $5,692 – driven largely by the presence of U.S.-born children – while legal immigrant households cost $6,378,” CIS’s report stated.

Low levels of education and poor performance at school are to blame for immigrants eating up such a large proportion of America’s welfare dollars.

(Read more at OneNewsNow)

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