New York Times Frets over Suffering Illegal Aliens in Fire-Ravaged Wine Country

The Times is concerned that the recent infernos in northern California have left many of the foreign workers homeless, or certainly with fewer housing choices. The paper fears that they might pick up and depart, leaving wineries with no workers for the vineyards.

Interestingly, many of the grape pickers are illegal immigrants, even though the H-2A visa allows farmers to have as many foreign ag workers as they want.

But technology provides the answer to any fire-caused labor shortage with a variety of agricultural robots. The video below reports that regarding the chore of pruning back shoots, “In a nine-hour workday, a crew of about 20 workers can get to 200 plants, but with these machines a crew of just three workers can get to over 14,000.”

The machine still needs a driver, but a self-driving tractor-robot for grape-picking can’t be far off.

A French inventor has created a more futuristic-looking machine, called a Wall-Ye, for tending the grapes, shown below. It is a tiny, less tractor-like machine that putters around from the ground level to do its thing.

So the New York Times needn’t worry about agricultural tasks getting done — that sector of the automation revolution is moving ahead quite rapidly.

As Fires Move On, Wine Country Wonders Whether Immigrants Will, Too, New York Times, October 17, 2017

Many of the foreign-born workers the region depends on are undocumented and do not qualify for most disaster aid. They may struggle to find affordable housing.

SEBASTOPOL, Calif. — The lush vineyards that dot the hillsides and valleys here largely survived the fires that leveled neighborhood after neighborhood to the east.

Crushed cabernet sauvignon, merlot and other grapes in tanks are now fermenting into wines that have earned California a prestigious place among global producers.

But the wine industry and the lodging, restaurant and construction sectors that help make this bucolic region a draw for millions of visitors each year are now bracing for a different crisis: the potential loss of many members of their immigrant work force.

Some 5,700 houses and structures have been destroyed and many more damaged by the blazes that barreled through Northern California last week. About 100,000 people were displaced, temporarily or permanently.

It is still too early to know how many of them were immigrants, who are in the most precarious position of any group. Because many of them are in the country illegally, they are ineligible for most disaster aid, raising concerns that those without places to live will move to other regions where housing is more plentiful and cheaper.

“To function, we have to be able to retain the immigrant workers in the area,” said Cameron Mauritson, who grows grapes on 350 acres in Sonoma County for 60 wineries. Losing them, he said, would be “catastrophic to our economy.”

In absolute numbers, the population of immigrants in Los Angeles, Oakland and other California metropolitan areas dwarfs that of Sonoma County. But immigrants play a significant role here: nearly one-fifth of the residents in Santa Rosa’s metropolitan area are foreign-born, according to an analysis by Manuel Pastor, a professor at the University of Southern California who studies immigration. Latin American immigrants, mainly from Mexico, dominate the blue-collar work force.

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Self-driving Cars Will Be Tested in Diverse New York City

General Motors announced that it would begin testing its self-driving cars in New York City next year which shows a high degree of confidence, given the level of density and human randomness.

Usually at this point I would point out the job loss that will result with all those automated autos which would naturally be cabs in NYC. But self-driving cabs may be an improvement over the sort of taxi service now available. A report from last year noted an increased diversity of language:

English No Longer Required for New York City Cab Drivers, VoxNews, Aug 20, 2016

Taxi drivers in New York City, a largely immigrant community, are no longer required to know English.

A bill approved by the City Council in April, which went into effect Friday, allows taxi license tests to be administered in foreign languages.

New York City’s taxi industry has been dominated by foreign-born drivers for decades – only 4 percent of current New York cab drivers were born in the U.S., according to the Taxi and Limousine Commission.

And it’s not like those foreign cabbies are responsible drivers who take safety seriously. One remembers cabbie carnage on New York streets like the Bangladeshi Mohammed Faysal Himon who caused young British tourist Sian Green to lose her leg. Himon became angry at a bike rider and swerved onto a crowded Manhattan sidewalk, hitting Green as she was eating a hot dog with a friend. Despite concluding he was emotionally unsuited to driving a taxi in the big stressful city, the dangerous foreign cabbie was back at the wheel a few months later.

An even more shocking accident caused the death of Sixty Minutes journalist Bob Simon. The limo driver in the preventable crash was Abdul Reshad Fedahi, an Afghan immigrant with nine license suspensions and only one functioning arm.

So self-driving cabs sound like a major improvement. Surely they are programmed not to drive on sidewalks.

GM will test self-driving cars in New York City, CNN Money, October 17, 2017

Self-driving cars will soon take on perhaps their biggest challenge yet: driving in New York City.

Cruise Automation, the self-driving arm of General Motors, announced Tuesday it will begin testing its Chevy Bolts inside five square miles of Manhattan in early 2018.

Testing in New York had previously been limited, due in part to a state regulation requiring drivers to keep a hand on the wheel at all times.

But in May, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a one-year pilot program to allow for testing of fully self-driving vehicles on public roads.

Cruise has applied for a permit, and a spokeswoman for the governor said that after months of conversations with Cruise the company is on a likely track toward receiving approval.

Leaders around the country are clearing the way for autonomous vehicles technology given the expected safety benefits. Car crashes are overwhelmingly caused by human error and there were more than 37,000 deaths caused by U.S. motor vehicle crashes in 2016.

Many experts expect self-driving vehicles to first be available to the public in Arizona, due to favorable weather and simpler road conditions. There are fewer pedestrians and cyclists to worry about in suburban settings.

But General Motors has made a habit of testings its cars in difficult, urban environments. It already tests in downtown San Francisco. Its cars there have been the victims of a series of fender-benders in the last month amid the rough-and-tumble nature of city driving.

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Mexican Experts Opine That the Trump Fence Is Hoppable

On Tuesday, the Washington Post front-paged its criticism of President Trump’s border wall, quoting Mexican touts saying they are unimpressed with the prototypes. Now it’s true that Mexes are acknowledged experts in national breaking and entering, but there is more to keeping out moochers and enemies that the story leaves unmentioned — like universal e-Verify to end the jobs magnet.

Still, I appreciated the quote from the insightful anonymous police officer: “What insults me is the government of Mexico, which doesn’t care about its own people. This is an insult. The money being robbed that they are not spending on schools, on science.”

Yes, indeed. Mexico is rich, consistently ranking around #15 in World GDP, so it could easily afford to provide better for its people.

A border wall is needed to block invasive jihadists, who won’t be stopped by universal e-Verify. Remember when filmmaker James O’Keefe crossed the border dressed as Osama bin Laden to illustrate the danger of open borders, shown below.

The Post story is reprinted in the San Jose Mercury, so you can click freely:

Mexicans see models of Trump’s ‘impenetrable’ wall, and they’re not impressed, San Jose Mercury, October 16, 2017

(Washington Post) SAN DIEGO — The prototypes of the Trump border wall are taking shape this month in a sun-baked swath of scrubland abutting a run-down neighborhood of Tijuana. Lined up next to each other, the 30-foot-tall concrete and steel sample barriers – some with extra-stout reinforced bases, others topped with metal spikes – certainly look ominous.

The requirements established to realize President Donald Trump’s vision call for “a fence that is impenetrable, it’s unscalable,” said Roy Villareal, acting chief patrol agent of the San Diego border sector. “They can’t dig under it. They can’t cut through it.”

Even these big warning slabs of concrete, the teeming construction site, and police and helicopters patrolling both sides of the border weren’t enough to stop a half-dozen would-be migrants from hopping the existing fence earlier this month and landing smack in the middle of the project, according to U.S. border officials.

Maybe the fence-hoppers were unlucky, or had chosen an ill-advised, hide-in-plain-sight strategy, but either way their experience is suggestive of how many Mexicans feel about Trump’s wall: no matter how it’s built, it’s not going to work.

“People are still going to cross no matter what is there,” said Kevin Avila Rodriguez, 17, who recycles trash and lives near the spot where the border wall prototypes are being built. “This won’t change things much.”

Most of the Mexican reaction to these prototypes ranges from offended to blasé. Residents of Tijuana and other border cities have lived with various types of American barriers for years, and they are used to them. The existing fence here, built in the mid-1990s, is roughly 10 feet tall and made out of metal sheets from helicopter landing pads left over from the Vietnam War. A second layer of more modern steel-mesh fence, 14 to 18 feet tall, stands behind that.

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Immigrant Population Reaches All-Time High

The Center for Immigration studies has just published a new report showing the immigrant population in the United States has grown to an unthinkable 43.7 million.

Tucker Carlson took the number with the proper seriousness and invited CIS’ director of research Steve Camarota to discuss how America is being changed forever by unrelenting mass immigration.

TUCKER CARLSON: The essential makeup of this country is changing rapidly in the face of massive immigration over the past 50 years. How quickly is it changing? Well a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies finds that as of last year American contains 43.7 million immigrants. That’s an increase of nearly 13 million since the year 2000 — it’s 2000, you remember 2000, not that long ago — 13 million new immigrants. Immigrants are now 13.5 percent of the population: that’s the highest figure in more than a century. You may like it, you may dislike it, but it’s a big deal. Steven Camarota is director of research at the Center for Immigration Studies — he wrote that new report and he joins us now. The first question is an obvious one which is, no matter where you are on immigration, this is a massive deal. It’s changing the country at the most basic level, and yet I don’t ever see this reported anywhere. Why is that?

STEVEN CAMAROTA: Yeah, it’s a great question. Look, I mean most of this immigration is legal and remember, it’s not the weather; it’s something we can control. The immigrant population — you just ran through some of the numbers — let me give you a hit with some more. The immigrant population has doubled since 1990, tripled since 1980 and quadrupled since 1970. Again it’s mostly legal; illegal is in there too, but it’s mostly legal immigration, and we don’t have the kind of national debate about this that we probably should. The impact is enormous.

Let me just give you one: one-third of all the children in poverty today in America live in an immigrant household. About half of immigrant households receive some form of welfare, but again we’re not getting much discussion; all we ever get is ‘Well we have illegal immigration, should we amnesty them, should we not?’ but the bigger question of what number of people can we assimilate and what makes sense for our country is seldom ever asked.

CARLSON: And even more rarely asked is what does the public want — it’s their country, it belongs to American citizens. I don’t see them being notified about this.

CAMAROTA: Right, in general surveys show that the public likes the immigrants that they know, but they mostly think that the level is too high and that a lower level would help with incorporation of the immigrants — assimilation and so forth. And I think so the public on the one hand likes the individuals but wants less immigration, but there are very few politicians who actually articulate that point of view.

CARLSON: That’s how I feel personally. I’ve met very few immigrants I don’t like; they’re mostly great, but that doesn’t mean the policy itself makes sense. Quickly, what does this mean for our population going forward?

CAMAROTA: Yeah, very roughly over the next 50 years, immigration is going to add maybe a hundred or 105 million new people above what it would otherwise be without immigration.

CARLSON: A hundred million?

CAMAROTA: Yeah a little over a hundred million, so that’s roughly equal to the population of Great Britain and Canada together. All the projections show it — Census, Pew, my own — everybody kind of agrees about a hundred million.

CARLSON: So out of a country of 320 million, that’s a totally different country. Continue reading this article

Afghan Immigrant Is Convicted of 2016 Chelsea Bombings

A jury decided on Monday that Ahmad Khan Rahimi (also “Rahami” in some reports) was guilty of setting up two pressure-cooker bombs in New York City that injured 30 people last summer.

Rahimi provides a cautionary tale about diverse immigrants because he seemed to be quite successfully assimilated as a young man. He arrived with his family at age seven in 1995, and was described as “very funny,” someone who “got along with everyone” in high school.

But Rahimi’s positive attitude toward America apparently disappeared following a trip to his homeland of Afghanistan. The mother of his daughter observed, “He would speak often of Western culture and how it was different back home, how there weren’t homosexuals in Afghanistan.” [Editor’s note: Funny, given Afghan men’s fondness for bonking boys!]

Nice that the bomber faces a mandatory life sentence.

New Jersey man convicted in New York City bombings that injured 30, Fox News, October 16, 2017

A New Jersey man was convicted Monday of planting two pressure-cooker bombs on New York City streets, including one that injured 30 people with a rain of shrapnel when it detonated in a bustling neighborhood on a weekend night last summer.

The verdict came after a two-week trial of Ahmad Khan Rahimi, 29, an Afghanistan-born man living in Elizabeth just outside New York. The charges, including using a weapon of mass destruction and bombing a public place, carry a maximum punishment of life in prison.

Prosecutors said Rahimi considered himself “a soldier in a holy war against Americans” and was inspired by the Islamic State terror group and Al Qaeda to carry out the late summer attacks in New York and New Jersey.

“Rahimi’s crimes of hate have been met with swift and resolute justice,” Acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim said in a statement. “Just over a year after his attacks, and following a fair and open trial, Rahimi now stands convicted of his crimes of terror by a unanimous jury of New Yorkers.”

In his closing argument, Assistant U.S. Attorney Emil Bove described an unusually large amount of evidence that pointed to Rahimi, including his fingerprints and DNA that were found on bombs in the Sept. 17 attack.

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Google Announces $1 Billion Initiative to Prepare Workers for Automation

Tucker Carlson has opined, “Google is the most powerful company in the history of the world” which sounds about right, yet the company’s leftist slant is noticeable in the speech it chooses to censor.

So it is a welcome change from the parade of bad behavior for Google to dip its corporate toe into the do-gooder field — or perhaps it is looking for some positive publicity for a change since America has fallen out of love with tech companies.

Whatever the reason, a major project to prepare people for the digitized automated workplace of the near-future is a very important thing to do, particularly when Washington remains asleep at the switch about the revolutionary changes to work.

The forecast of tech experts is rather dire: they have warned that the automated future will include massive job loss — why isn’t that a concern of the nation’s leaders? Oxford researchers forecast in 2013 that nearly half of American jobs were vulnerable to machine or software replacement within 20 years. Rice University computer scientist Moshe Vardi believes that in 30 years humans will become largely obsolete, and world joblessness will reach 50 percent. The Gartner tech advising company believes that one-third of jobs will be done by machines by 2025. The consultancy firm PwC published a report earlier this year that forecast robots could take 38 percent of US jobs by 2030. Forrester Research Inc. has a more optimistic view, that there will be a net job loss of 7 percent by 2025 from automation.

Bye bye, barista! Your next cappuccino may not be served by a human.

America certainly needs a tech-trained workforce. But there will be fewer jobs overall which indicates that Washington’s current policy of importing over a million legal immigrants annually needs to be retired as outdated. In fact,

Automation makes immigration obsolete.

For more info on the jobs program, check out Google’s thorough explanatory page Grow with Google.

Google to give $1 billion to nonprofits and help Americans get jobs in the new economy, USA Today, October 12, 2017

Woz U and Grow with Google both hope to make tech education more accessible. Video provided by Newsy Newslook

SAN FRANCISCO — Google will invest $1 billion over the next five years in nonprofit organizations helping people adjust to the changing nature of work, the largest philanthropic pledge to date from the Internet giant.

The announcement of the national digital skills initiative, made by Google CEO Sundar Pichai in Pittsburgh, Pa. Thursday, is a tacit acknowledgment from one of the world’s most valuable companies that it bears some responsibility for rapid advances in technology that are radically reshaping industries and eliminating jobs in the U.S. and around the world.

Pichai’s pitstop in an old industrial hub that has reinvented itself as a technology and robotics center is the first on a “Grow with Google Tour.” The tour that will crisscross the country will work with libraries and community organizations to provide career advice and training. It heads next to Indianapolis in November.

“The nature of work is fundamentally changing. And that is shifting the link between education, training and opportunity,” Pichai said in prepared remarks at Google’s offices in Pittsburgh. “One-third of jobs in 2020 will require skills that aren’t common today. It’s a big problem.”

Google will make grants in its three core areas: education, economic opportunity and inclusion. Already in the last few months, it has handed out $100 million of the $1 billion to nonprofits, according to Pichai.

The largest single grant — $10 million, the largest Google’s ever made — is going to Goodwill, which is creating the Goodwill Digital Career Accelerator. Over the next three years Goodwill, a major player in workforce development, aims to provide 1 million people with access to digital skills and career opportunities. Pichai says 1,000 Google employees will be available for career coaching.

In all, Google employees will donate 1 million volunteer hours to assist organizations like Goodwill trying to close the gap between the education and skills of the American workforce and the new demands of the 21st century workplace, Pichai said.

The announcements, which drew praise from state and local politicians including Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf, come as Google scrambles to respond to revelations that accounts linked to the Russian government used its advertising system to interfere with the presidential election.

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Justice Department Sends Final Warning to Illegal-Alien-Shielding Sanctuary Cities

Are the feds finally getting serious about dealing with sanctuary cities? It looks that way. On Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo delivering a final warning to jurisdictions in violation of 8 U.S. Code § 1373 would see pressure brought to bear:

AG JEFF SESSIONS: “Jurisdictions that adopt so-called ‘sanctuary policies’ also adopt the view that the protection of criminal aliens is more important than the protection of law-abiding citizens and of the rule of law,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “I commend the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office and the State of Connecticut on their commitment to complying with Section 1373, and I urge all jurisdictions found to be out of compliance in this preliminary review to reconsider their policies that undermine the safety of their residents. We urge jurisdictions to not only comply with Section 1373 but to establish sensible and effective partnerships to properly process criminal aliens.”

Below, sanctuary cities cause violence and death. San Francisco’s sanctuary policy directly led to the shooting death of Kate Steinle in 2015 at the hands of Francisco Sanchez, a five-times-deported illegal alien who chose to live in the city because he was protected there.

DOJ issues ‘last chance’ warning to sanctuary cities, Fox News, October 12, 2017

EXCLUSIVE: The Justice Department on Thursday delivered a “last chance” warning to cities suspected of having “sanctuary” policies to drop their resistance to federal immigration officials.

In a notice reviewed by Fox News, the DOJ announced that five jurisdictions “have preliminarily been found to have laws, policies, or practices that may violate” a key federal statute concerning cooperation with federal immigration officials.

They are: Chicago, New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia and Cook County, Ill.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a written statement that sanctuary cities “adopt the view that the protection of criminal aliens is more important than the protection of law-abiding citizens and of the rule of law.”

“I urge all jurisdictions found to be out of compliance in this preliminary review to reconsider their policies that undermine the safety of their residents,” he said.

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Puerto Ricans Flee Hurricane-Ravaged Island to the United States

Who didn’t see this coming? Thousands of Puerto Ricans are escaping their island’s flattened infrastructure to get to a place where things work — because, as American citizens, they can.

Wednesday’s Los Angeles Times front-paged the story, under photos of the catastrophic California wildfires.

Who can blame them for skedaddling en masse when the lights don’t turn on? What’s perplexing is how an island of hispanics with no cultural similarity or connection to the United States whatsoever got to be citizens. Interestingly, a March poll found that only 47 percent of Americans believed that residents of Puerto Rico are actually US citizens. Those 47 percenters must have missed the sentence in their high school history book where the US took possession of the island in 1898 following the Spanish-American War.

Say, perhaps Spain would like to have the island back. . . they could at least talk to each other. The US Census found that 95 percent Puerto Ricans do not speak English at home.

A Wikipedia article titled Puerto Rican Citizenship states, “On March 2, 1917, the Jones–Shafroth Act was signed, collectively making Puerto Ricans United States citizens without rescinding their Puerto Rican citizenship.”

So if this curious statement is accurate, the United States could divorce Puerto Rico without any harm to the residents because they are already bi-national and have a spare citizenship, so they wouldn’t be stateless. Puerto Rican independence would work out fine on the citizenship front and might be the only way to keep the whole bunch from moving here.

Puerto Ricans fleeing their hurricane-ravaged island are pouring into the U.S. mainland, Los Angeles Times, October 10, 2017

More than 700,000 Puerto Ricans had migrated to the mainland between 2006 and 2015. 

When Sinthia Colon’s sister-in-law called from Orlando offering plane tickets to flee Puerto Rico, she did not hesitate. Hurricane Maria had destroyed her small farm, wrecked the local power grid and spurred her town of San Lorenzo to impose a curfew to combat looting.

In a few hours, she was bound for Florida.

“It was, like, all of a sudden … I’m going,” Colon, 42, said shortly after arriving at a disaster relief center at Orlando International Airport with her daughter, son and mother-in-law. “I didn’t have time to make plans.”

Two weeks after the storm devastated Puerto Rico, tens of thousands of hurricane evacuees are packing scheduled flights and charter jets in what officials there and in states across the U.S. fear is the beginning of a mass exodus of historic proportions.

The mainland had already been absorbing record numbers of Puerto Ricans fleeing economic decline and a mounting debt crisis, with more than 700,000 migrating between 2006 and 2015. Some people also moved back over that time, but after decades of population growth, the island saw the total number of residents drop from about 3.8 million to 3.4 million — or more than 10%.

The majority of those who moved were of working age, compounding the economic damage.

Now that cycle is poised to accelerate in a migration that could have profound implications for the rebuilding of the island and for U.S. politics.

“This has no historical precedent for the United States,” said Jesse Keenan, a Harvard professor who specializes in climate adaptation and resilience.

“If just 10% of people leave, it’s going to have a huge impact, both in Puerto Rico and on the mainland,” he said. “If as many as 20% left, which wouldn’t surprise me, it would completely collapse the island’s economy and burden jurisdictions across the United States.”

As U.S. citizens, the evacuees have a legal right to move anywhere in the country. Many are bound for Florida, which is already home to more than a million Puerto Ricans, or nearly a fifth of the 5.4 million living in the 50 states.

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Tucker Carlson Considers Trump’s 70-Point List of Immigration Enforcement

On Monday, Tucker Carlson examined the latest from the White House about enforcing law and sovereignty, noting, “The administration has now put forward a 70-point immigration plan which calls for easier deportations of people here illegally, a border wall or a partial border wall anyway and new limits on chain migration, which is the idea that once you get here all of your relatives can come. Those are all preconditions for any future amnesty of DACA beneficiaries. Could this be the beginning of real immigration reform?”

Tucker chatted up a liberal radio host from Los Angeles, Ethan Bearman, who was quite chipper about continuing the import of foreign workers. Interestingly, automation came up and Tucker connected the dots. He didn’t say “Automation makes immigration obsolete” but pretty close!

ETHAN BEARMAN: I want people out of the shadows, so they’re not abused and they’re not subjugated by unscrupulous people who take advantage of them while they’re here working. By the way, one of the advantages of a long term change here with increased minimum wages is you’re gonna see Silicon Valley fill that void. John Deere just bought a huge company — it was over three hundred million dollars, to buy a company that makes the lettuce bot to automate some of that so there are long term trends that are happening here as well, but why are why do we want to be as mean as possible?

TUCKER CARLSON: I like immigrants, I actually really do. I grew up in California. I like them. But I think our primary responsibility is to Americans, but I wonder as a macro question, if we’re automating a lot of these jobs — and you just said we’re going to — why do we need 1.1. million legal low-skilled workers every year and an unknown but high number of illegal ones? What’s the point, what are they gonna do exactly? If jobs are going away, why are we importing all these people? Has anyone ever stopped to ask that question?

In fact, smart farm machines have been coming on strong for a long time, and the advances in ag technology are making human farm laborers a thing of the past. When a farmer can rent a robot weeding machine for $300/month, why would he bother with a crew of Mexicans? The future of farming is automated — along with many other industries.

Now, back to the larger subject of Trump’s List. NumbersUSA has a simplified enumeration, excerpted immediately below. The voluminous entire list follows that.

WH Immigration Principles Call for Ending Chain Migration & Mandatory E-Verify, October 8, 2017

BORDER SECURITY: Build a southern border wall and close legal loopholes that enable illegal immigration and swell the court backlog.

• Fund and complete construction of the southern border wall.

• Authorize the Department of Homeland Security to raise and collect fees from visa services and border-crossings

• Fund border security and enforcement activities.

• Ensure the safe and expeditious return of Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) and family units.

• End abuse of our asylum system by tightening standards, imposing penalties for fraud, and ensuring detention while claims are verified.

• Remove illegal border crossers quickly by hiring an additional 370 Immigration Judges and 1,000 ICE attorneys.

• Discourage illegal re-entry by enhancing penalties and expanding categories of inadmissibility.

• Improve expedited removal.

• Increase northern border security.

INTERIOR ENFORCEMENT: Enforce our immigration laws and return visa overstays.

• Protect innocent people in sanctuary cities.

• Authorize and incentivize States and localities to help enforce Federal immigration laws.

• Strengthen law enforcement by hiring 10,000 more ICE officers and 300 Federal prosecutors.

• End visa overstays by establishing reforms to ensure their swift removal.

• Stop catch-and-release by correcting judicial actions that prevent ICE from keeping dangerous aliens in custody pending removal and expanding the criteria for expedited removal.

• Prevent gang members from receiving immigration benefits.

• Protect U.S. workers by requiring E-Verify and strengthening laws to stop employment discrimination against U.S. workers.

• Improve visa security by expanding State Department’s authority to combat visa fraud, ensuring funding of the Visa Security Program, and expanding it to high-risk posts.

MERIT-BASED IMMIGRATION SYSTEM: Establish reforms that protect American workers and promote financial success.

• End extended-family chain migration by limiting family-based green cards to include spouses and minor children.

• Establish a points-based system for green cards to protect U.S. workers and taxpayers.

Here in the Scribd format is the whole 70-item thing.

Administration Immigration Principles by Alex Pfeiffer on Scribd

You Say Dreamers, I Say DACA — Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off

It was good to see Mark Krikorian note the difference between DACA recipients and Dreamers when he appeared Sunday on Fox News. Importantly, he reminded the audience that the Dreamers are a much larger group, perhaps three or four times that of DACA illegals, depending on how they are being counted — opening “a whole new can of worms” if Dreamers become the amnesty recipients.

Below, Dreamers paraded around Hollywood a few years back, wearing caps and gowns as they pretended to be scholars.

As I’ve pointed out before, the press conveniently prefers to confuse DACA and Dreamer, and anyway Dreamer sounds nicer than DACA to media scribblers.

The important point is that DACA comprises a specific list of around 780,000 known persons who signed up for the unlawful Obama program; Dreamers, on the other hand, can be any number the Democrats want. The D-Party hopes to inflate the numbers of illegal aliens receiving amnesty into the millions using confusion as a weapon.

Breitbart explored the Democrats’ devious discussions of DACA/Dreamers:

EXCLUSIVE– Sen. Durbin Spills the Beans on Amnesty: Admits ‘DREAM Act’ a Ploy for Open-Ended Amnesty, Breitbart News, October 7, 2017

Democratic leader Sen. Richard Durbin confirmed to Breitbart News that the Dream Act amnesty is open-ended and larger than his advertised number of the 780,000 people who have signed up for the DACA amnesty.

Breitbart News asked Durbin on Wednesday how many people would be included in the amnesty, which is co-sponsored by South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham. Durbin answered by saying:

We’re aiming at the DACA population, which is 780,000, but the Dream Act leaves that open.

Durbin spoke at a press conference arranged by Mark Zuckerberg’s FWD.us advocacy group. The event featured roughly 100 illegal aliens. Breitbart News asked the Illinois Senator when he would have a public estimate for the number of people who would gain from open-ended Dream Act, and he replied:

I don’t know that we have numbers. We can tell you 780,000 DACA. You have got ask how many are eligible for DACA today that didn’t apply, and I dont know what that number is. I really don’t. It is going to be more than 780,000, but I don’t know what it is.

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Tom Petty Is Remembered in His Gainesville Hometown

It was pretty remarkable when a stadium of 90,000 fans sang one of the top Tom Petty songs during a LSU/UFlorida football game to celebrate the Gainesville-born rocker who died recently.

Video of 90,000 Gators fans singing a tribute to Tom Petty in unison is amazing, Business Insider, October 8, 2017

Earlier this week, legendary rocker Tom Petty died
unexpectedly at the age of 66
. On Saturday, football fans
from his hometown came together to sing a tribute.

The moment came at the end of the third quarter during the game between the Florida Gators and the LSU Tigers. Before the start of the fourth quarter, the entire crowd came together to sing “Won’t Back Down” in tribute to the Gainesville native.

Only a few seconds were shown during the CBS broadcast. However, Twitter user Cody Worsham caught a larger chunk of the song from the stadium and it is amazing.

The best version of the song included musicians George Harrison and Ringo Starr joining the Heartbreakers. I listened to it frequently during the depressing Obama administration to cheer up.

California Goes Sanctuary State: Feds Respond with Alien Sweeps

Governor Jerry Brown apparently thought he was showing the pro-borders President Trump that California didn’t have to obey the nation’s immigration laws, even though it’s clear that the feds control who gets into the country. In fact, Brown’s illegal alien base and their supporters “cheered” when the gov signed the legislation making California a criminal-friendly sanctuary state.

The Trump administration didn’t let the challenge to law and sovereignty go unnoticed; in fact, it struck back with more arrests and a promise to expand, where garden-variety illegals will be swept up in the arrests.

Below, ICE agents arrest an illegal alien foreigner.

Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan noted in his October 6 statement that Brown’s action “will undermine public safety.” He also declared, “ICE will have no choice but to conduct at-large arrests in local neighborhoods and at worksites, which will inevitably result in additional collateral arrests, instead of focusing on arrests at jails and prisons. . .”

So Jerry’s ploy may backfire on his favorite people.

ICE will target California neighborhoods in wake of state’s new sanctuary law, By Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, October 6, 2017

The head of the federal deportation agency said Friday his agents will now have to go out into communities in California even more frequently to round up illegal immigrants, now that the state has embraced a full sanctuary policy.

Tom Homan, acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, made the comments a day after California Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB54 into law, canceling almost all cooperation state and local authorities can give to federal deportation officers.

He said the effect could be even more rank-and-file illegal immigrants snared because federal officers will now have to operate out in the community, rather than focus chiefly on prisons and jails.

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