Ex-foreign Service Officer Warns against Open Borders

Tucker Carlson had something of an Earth Day message during a Friday show segment, when he interviewed a former foreign service officer, David Seminara, who screened thousands of visa applications as part of his job. Seminara had recently written a cautionary piece for the Wall Street Journal (Opening Our Borders Would Overwhelm America), opining that a more liberal immigration policy would be disastrous for America. Both agreed that hundreds of millions of foreigners would like to move to a country like the United States, but the environmental limits of what the land can support must be a central part of the calculus.

Interestingly, the “B” word — Billion — was curiously avoided even though there are surely billions on earth who would move to the prosperous first world if allowed. In fact, Seminara mentioned in his article that a 2008 Gallup poll found one in four people in 82 countries would immigrate if they had the opportunity.

Below, California’s Lake Oroville in September 2014. The state just emerged this year from a harsh several-year drought with a record-breaking rainy season. Leaders in government had no plan of what to do if millions of residents ran out of water. One strategy, trucking it in to individual users, doesn’t seem practical for large communities.

Nobody bothers with trying to fix their own country any more. That’s not a good trend when the world population is around 7 1/2 billion people. The dissatisfied billions on earth cannot all relocate to the US and Europe.

Anyway, isn’t it racist to assume the diverse people need to be rescued by admittance to the white nations? If escape were not made so easy, many more would push for political and social reform at home which would be advantageous for all concerned.

TUCKER CARLSON: What’s going on in Oakland right now shows the idea of opening America’s borders to anyone who wants to come here — anyone — is increasingly popular. Within a few years the concept of open borders may even become part of left-wing orthodoxy, in fact it basically already is. But what would that look like if we had open borders? Dave Seminara is a journalist and former diplomat he just wrote a piece on that exact question and he joins us tonight. Dave, thanks a lot for coming on the show.

DAVE SEMINARA: Thanks for having me on the show, Tucker.

TUCKER CARLSON: So you say in this piece that you’re not anti-immigrant, like almost every other American. You like immigrants; I think we all do.

SEMINARA: Of course not. I have immigrants in my own family

CARLSON: You raised the question of what would happen if we actually did what many on the left are calling for, and I pose that question to you — what would happen?

SEMINARA: Well it’d be a really unfortunate situation, especially for working-class America, Tucker, I mean I think as Americans we forget how lucky we are to be born in a country like this and unfortunately you know for every one United States or UK or Germany there are ten Uzbekistans, Venezuelas and Somalias. Unfortunately there’s just very very many countries in the world that are absolutely dysfunctional and poor and corrupt that people are looking to get out of and there’s really only 20 or 30 countries, rich countries like ours, that people want to go to, so it’s a problem of supply and demand. Continue reading this article

Automation-Caused Job Loss May Spawn Third-World Instability, World Bank Warns

It would be a mistake to think that automation is a first-world affliction only. As the cost of robots decrease, they will replace workers in the third world also. (See my Social Contract article on this topic: How Automation Threatens Third World Stability.)

Third-world automation is happening now, as shown by robot arms painting motorcycle gas tanks in an Indian factory.

The video below produced by the VOA News observes, the automation-caused “loss of livelihoods could have far-reaching repercussions including the mass migration of displaced workers.” Third-world nations don’t have unemployment insurance and welfare programs to cushion unemployment, so millions may head for the generous first world to see what freebies they can get.

World Bank President Jim Kim says the time to act is now: “And so for every country in the world, we have to think very seriously about what are the investments we need to make right now in order to prepare ourselves for the economy the future.”

The World Bank is not my favorite institution, but Kim’s admonition to start planning now is a pleasant contrast to Washington’s total denial regarding the issue, particularly the recent blunder of Treasury Secretary Mnuchin when he remarked that the automation threat to jobs was 50 to 100 years in the future.

It’s particularly disturbing that the government’s immigration import program continues on auto-pilot when the actual need for immigrant workers is getting close to Zero. Even the RAISE Act (Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment) proposed by Senators Cotton and Purdue cuts legal immigration by only 50 percent over a decade.

The world of work is at the beginning of a revolution, and Washington is still playing according to 20th century rules.

And will the government protect the citizens from millions of economic “refugees” flooding across the border in an automation-fueled Camp of the Saints?

Automation Could Slash Jobs in Developing Countries, VOA News, April 20, 2017

WASHINGTON — World Bank President Jim Kim warns that two-thirds of jobs in developing nations could be wiped out by automation, a situation that could boost conflict and refugee flows.

Kim spoke Thursday in Washington as economic and political leaders from around the world gathered for meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

Kim says it is not clear how fast automation would cut jobs. He says the threat to employment opportunity comes as near-universal access to the internet means people in the poorest nations understand that others have much more comfortable lives. The result, Kim says, is soaring aspirations. Without economic growth and opportunity, those unmet aspirations could lead to frustration, unrest, or more refugees seeking jobs in other nations. Continue reading this article

Surplus Workers (Fueled by Immigration) Decrease Wages, L.A. Times Admits

It’s hard to imagine the Los Angeles Times expressing any negativity about illegal immigration ever, but Friday’s front page illustrated in plain dollars how supply and demand function in the workplace. Since the principle is little mentioned in today’s digital economy, here’s a briefo explanation regarding wages: a surplus of workers drives the payscale down while a shortage pushes wages up. That concept explains all you need to know about immigration: business’ endless push for open borders is based upon maximizing profits on the backs of citizen workers.

The Times article does push the union angle and barely mentions the illegal aspect, although the captions above specify “Ybarra, from Los Angeles” makes $40/hour while “Martinez, from Mexico” gets $27.50/hour. The paper apparently believes it is rude to point out that an illegal alien worker has stolen a job that by law belongs to an American citizen.

In addition, the article’s graph showing the increase of “Latino” workers does not estimate legality. At least a million illegal aliens reside in the Los-Angeles-Orange-County metro area, so we can guess that they are well represented in decent-paying jobs.

Mass immigration destroyed the blue-collar middle class in this country. Americans used to work in construction and make middle-class wages without a college degree, but Washington ended that lifestyle by opening the borders to millions of illegal workers happy to work for less than citizens. And the press wondered why Americans were angry and voted for Trump: a big factor has been the loss of middle class jobs because of displacement by foreign workers.

Immigrants flooded California construction. Worker pay sank. Here’s why, Los Angeles Times, April 20, 2017

Construction in Los Angeles has shifted from a heavily unionized labor force that was two-thirds white to a largely non-union one that is 70% Latino and heavily immigrant.

Eddie Ybarra and Francisco Martinez, both in their 40s, work side by side building the walls of two of the newest condo buildings in downtown Los Angeles. They drive pickup trucks to work, park in adjacent lots and both take their lunch break around 10 a.m. That’s about all they share.

Ybarra, born in Los Angeles, has built a solidly middle-class lifestyle on more than two decades in the carpenters’ union, earning $40 an hour on top of a pension, healthcare and unlimited vacation days.

Martinez, born in Guadalajara, Mexico, works for a nonunion contractor, installing metal panels and other parts for $27.50 an hour. He doesn’t have retirement savings, his insurance doesn’t cover his family and he gets five vacation days per year.

The story of these two men illustrates the radical shift that has put construction front and center in the national debate over declining blue-collar jobs and President Trump’s views of immigration.

In the span of a few decades, Los Angeles area construction went from an industry that was two-thirds white, and largely unionized, to one that is overwhelmingly Latino, mostly nonunion and heavily reliant on immigrants, according to a Los Angeles Times review of federal data.

At the same time, the job got less lucrative. American construction workers today make $5 an hour less than they did in the early 1970s, after adjusting for inflation.

In 1972, construction paid today’s equivalent of $32 an hour, almost $10 more than the average private-sector job. But real wages steadily declined for decades, erasing much of that gap.

So who’s to blame?

Trump faults immigrants for taking Americans’ jobs and pushing down wages.

In an April speech, the president promised construction workers that he would “protect your jobs by protecting our borders.” Continue reading this article

France: Muslim Bar Is a No-Go Zone for Women

With the French election coming up where Marine Le Pen looks like a contender, Islam diversity issues are front and center. A English-language news website for France recently reported on a December incident that bodes poorly for the future of French women in an increasingly Islamified nation: two women were told to leave a Muslim bar because of their gender.

Women simply cannot live according to western values of freedom in Muslim neighborhoods without endangering themselves.

Islam cannot be fixed because it regards itself as perfect; therefore it can only be quarantined, and immigration from Muslim nations should end.

The video following is an English explanation of the bar incident:

Muslim immigration has changed France profoundly.

The Local report on the No-Go Bar started out well enough, but had to finish the piece with complaints of how Muslims residing in France feel “besieged” because of unfair stigmas being attached to them. They should return to Islamistan if living in France is so objectionable, but they won’t.

And if these men are such great Muslims, why are they hanging out in a bar and drinking alcohol which is forbidden by Islam?

The ‘Islamic’ bar in Paris that became a French election scandal, The Local, April 19, 2017

France has been left divided after hidden cameras footage revealed men in an “Islamic” bar in Paris telling women they weren’t welcome.

Amar Salhi is still amazed at how his scruffy bar north of Paris sparked an election scandal after it featured on national television in December during a report about Islam and women.

In footage shot with hidden cameras and broadcast during prime-time by state media giant France 2, two women activists were seen facing a hostile welcome as they tried to go for a drink in the Jockey Club.

“There’s no mixing in this bar,” one client was heard saying.

“You’re not in Paris here… it’s a different mentality, it’s like the village back home (in north Africa),” said another.

One of the women left disgusted, comparing the situation in the multi-ethnic suburb of Sevran to Saudi Arabia.

In a matter of hours of the report airing, social media lit up with comments, from members of the far-right National Front but also others across the political spectrum appalled by the sight of women’s rights being trampled.

In the minds of some, the report appeared to crystallise widespread fears about the impact of immigration or Islamists imposing their rules in a country traumatised by a series of deadly terror attacks since 2015.

“Here’s the result of decades of submission,” wrote National Front vice-president Florian Philippot.

Salhi’s business became a punching bag as the Socialist party selected its presidential candidate in January, and has been a feature in speeches and debates ever since. Continue reading this article

Hungary’s Resistance to Islamic Invasion Gets Flack from Critical New York Times

In the spirit of No Good Deed Goes Unpunished, the New York Times bashed Hungary and its Prime Minister Viktor Orban for defending the nation’s freedom and sovereignty.

On Wednesday, the Times dedicated a big chunk of its above-the-fold real estate to picturing an Afghan family who experienced Hungary’s policy of detaining Muslim foreigners rather than welcoming Europe’s historic enemy.

Meanwhile in contrast, welcoming western Europe is suffering from worsening crime and conflict caused by the newbie Muslims’ misogynous culture and supremacist religious belief of world conquest for allah. Women’s safety in public has rapidly tanked in areas of high diversity, and going out after dark is an activity many women will not dare.

Eastern Europeans are more sensible regarding Islam since their ancestors lived under the brutal Ottoman rule. Present-day leaders like Viktor Orban have not forgotten the past where their European forebears lived under oppressive second-class status according to Islamic law.

If Hungary is indeed “hostile to migrants” as the Times says, that opposition has a deep historical cause of war and oppression.

But even as the Times criticizes “authoritarian” Orban, it admits “the rest of Europe is coming around to his approach.” Familiarity breeds contempt — particularly when the subject is barbarian Islam!

Already Unwelcoming, Hungary Now Detains Asylum Seekers, New York Times, April 18, 2017

HORGOS, Serbia — Double rows of razor-wire fences. High-tech watch towers equipped with search lights, motion sensors, cameras and loudspeakers. Hungary’s border with Serbia, specially fortified in the last two years to keep out migrants and refugees, is anything but a welcome mat.

Now, add to those deterrents detention camps — small container villages surrounded by razor wire, with a tiny playground for children.

Hungary, which already had one of the toughest immigration policies in the European Union, last month rolled out a draconian new asylum procedure that will reduce applicants to a trickle — 10 people a day — and essentially put them in prison camps for months while their cases are decided. Even after that, if the recent past holds true, more than 90 percent are likely to be rejected.

By May, several hundred asylum seekers already in Hungary may also be relocated to the detention camps, evoking ugly and unavoidable echoes of rounding up Jews, Roma and others during World War II.

But if Hungary’s authoritarian prime minister, Viktor Orban, provoked a loud outcry from his European peers by slapping up a razor-wire border fence two years ago as hundreds of thousands of migrants flooded into Europe, this time the condemnation, at least from his political peers, is more muted.

It is a measure of just how much the winds have shifted in his favor and against asylum seekers in Europe as nationalist, populist, far-right movements present a potent threat in a year filled with important elections, next in France and Germany.

If anything these days, Mr. Orban feels a sense of vindication and insists that the rest of Europe is coming around to his approach. He may be right. Continue reading this article

DHS Secretary Kelly Cites Border Terror Threats as a Top Concern

It’s not news that Islamic jihadists are joining up with Mexican drug cartels, but the recognition of the hellish partnership by the Homeland Security Secretary is. In fact, John Kelly says the threat keeps him awake at night.

Allah’s murderous thugs knew that Obama’s America had open borders and took advantage of that weakness. One example was the jihad-connected Pakistanis who were arrested near the border in 2015. In December of that year, several Middle Eastern men were arrested south of Tucson, and two of the group curiously had stainless steel cylinders in their backpacks. In 2011, it was reported that Hezbollah was working with the Mexican cartels. Last year we read that terror-associated Middle Easterners were smuggled across the border by Mexicans for the right price.

Fox News reported on the issue Tuesday:

BRET BAIER: Secretary Kelly is warning of a new and deadly connection responsible for increased crime and violence in the streets. Here’s chief intelligence correspondent, Catherine Herridge.

CATHERINE HERRIDGE: Transnational criminal organizations, including drug cartels and gangs, are building a relationship with foreign terrorist groups for financial gain.

DHS SECRETARY JOHN KELLY: The nexus between criminal networks and terrorist networks is real, and I would predict will get more sophisticated.

HERRIDGE: In his first major policy speech on threats facing America, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly predicts if foreign terrorists launched a successful plot like another 911, their operatives will not fly, they will cross through Mexico.

KELLY: That individual or individuals get into the United States through the southwest border. I’m staying up late at night every night to try to prevent that from happening.

HERRIDGE: Last week two Chicago-area men were indicted on ISIS-related charges. Kelly said the nation is in the midst of an unprecedented spike in homegrown terrorism, citing 36 newly opened cases in 18 states over the last 12 months.

KELLY: They have a single mission, and that is our destruction.

HERRIDGE: Kelly, who will visit the southern border again this week, defended the administration’s aggressive approach, arguing that a strong defense frustrates terrorists, drug shipments, the cartels and gangs. At the Justice Department alongside FBI director James Comey, the Attorney General hit hard on the same issue.

ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS: Because of an open border and years of lax immigration enforcement, MS-13 has been sending both recruiters and gang members to regenerate these gangs.

HERRIDGE: Both Sessions and Kelly said drug trafficking can’t be separated from border issues. Continue reading this article

News of Trump Enforcement Makes Illegal Immigration from Haiti Drops Like a Rock

It’s amazing what happens when word gets out that the United States is enforcing its existing immigration laws. People normally act to improve their lives, and if America is no longer giving away decent employment to foreign job thieves, then the moochers stop coming.

To that point, a recent news story reported the illegal Haitian flow to the border fell by 97 percent.

Fox News legal talker Judge Andrew Napolitano noted the change in policy recently, remarking, “It shouldn’t be newsworthy that the government is enforcing the law, but it is newsworthy because this government is so profoundly different from the previous government.”

Napolitano further observed, “We have given candidly, not just Barack Obama, but all presidents too much discretion. Congress’ job is to write the law; their job is to enforce the law. If they don’t like enforcing the law they should get a new job. There was a whole swath of immigration laws that Barack Obama chose not to enforce.”

In government, people determine policy, and President Trump’s selection of Jeff Sessions to be the nation’s top law enforcement officer sent a clear message. As the Senate’s top champion of immigration enforcement, Sessions was probably the strongest possible choice for law and borders.

Judge Napolitano concluded that news about a change in enforcement causes different behavior: “That is probably the best thing that Donald Trump has done. It doesn’t cost the government a nickel; it doesn’t cause blood, sweat or tears; it doesn’t disrupt families; it just makes people from outside the United States say, ‘You know what — it’s not the same there anymore. I’m not going to go. I’m not going to try and get in.’ It actually saves us money when he changes the tone.”

Here’s the report about the Haitians:

Haitians get word of Trump crackdown, slow flow to border by 97%, By Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, April 16, 2017

Sometime around November, word began to trickle back down the spine of Latin America: The U.S. was getting stricter about letting in Haitians at the border.

Not only had the Obama administration begun deporting Haitians after a six-year humanitarian pause, but President Trump also had just been elected, presaging an even tougher policy.

Many of those en route, such as the hundreds staged at migrant camps in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, figured they had gone that far and had little to lose by trying to finish the journey north.

But for the tens of thousands of Haitians in Brazil, Chile and elsewhere in South America who had been planning to journey north, the news was devastating. In a matter of weeks, the northward stream of people dried up.

It is one of the biggest among a plethora of success stories from the southwestern border, where illegal immigration appears to have nearly dried up in the two months since Mr. Trump took office.

Six months ago, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers manning the ports of entry were encountering more than 100 Haitians a day. By March, only weeks into Mr. Trump’s tenure, that had dropped to just 100 for the entire month — down a stunning 97 percent. Continue reading this article

Canada Is Welcoming! Not Like Trump’s Mean-spirited America

Now that spring has melted the snow around the Canada border, more illegal aliens squatting in the US are moving north for better mooching opportunities.

Below, a smiling RCMP officer helped a diverse child from cruel snowdrifts near Hemmingford, Quebec last winter.

What’s odd, by comparison, is that the Trump administration has reverted to Obama-style refugee numbers. In fact, the number of Syrian refugees has doubled compared to the same period last year, even though candidate Trump called them a dangerous “Trojan horse.”

It’s lucky for Americans that the left press has created so much fear among the illegal aliens and refugee fraudsters when the truth is rather different.

The PBS report strives to elicit a guilt response from Americans (whose taxes partially fund the liberal network). But there are problems, in particular the Somali woman Nasra with autistic kid. PBS says “She settled in Minneapolis on a U.S. medical visa to get treatment for her six-year-old autistic son.” But a medical visa is temporary, not an excuse for settlement. Plus a medical visa requires the recipient to show an ability to pay for the treatment, which seem unlikely. Nasra sounds like she got in as a refugee, since she said she would be killed if sent back to Somalia, just as the drill requires.

They all say they will be murdered if required to live in their own countries. It’s amazing anyone abroad manages to survive at all.

Amid Trump crackdown, U.S. immigrants head to Canada, PBS Newshour, April 15, 2017

LISA DESAI: Much of the four thousand mile American border with Canada is wide open and unsecured. In the first three months of this year, a steady stream of immigrants from all over the world braved the bitter cold to reach a country where they believe there’s less risk of detention and deportation.

Just north of Minnesota and North Dakota lies the Canadian province of Manitoba. The town of Emerson is a main entry point. An hour’s drive north is the provincial capital, Winnipeg, a city of 700-thousand. That’s where I met this woman from Somalia.

For her safety, we agreed to shield her face and call her “Nasra.” She settled in Minneapolis on a U.S. medical visa to get treatment for her six-year-old autistic son. Her family is part of a minority clan persecuted in Somalia’s civil war.

NASRA: I faced a lot of problems in Somalia. During the war, my father and my brother were attacked, and my mother and I endured so much pain — we left and never went back.

LISA DESAI: After President Trump listed Somalia as one of the countries whose citizens would be blocked from entering the U.S. Nasra decided that although she was legal, it wasn’t safe to stay.

NASRA: I heard that they were going to arrest people and take them back to Somalia and that they were going into people’s homes and they were going to separate families, mothers from children.

LISA DESAI: What would happen if you were deported back to Somalia?

NASRA: If I go back to Somalia I won’t stand a chance there, I would be killed.

LISA DESAI: In February, she left Minneapolis and became one of nearly 1,000 migrants, according to the Canadian Government, to cross from the U.S. into Canada this year. She paid a driver to take her and her son most of the way.

NASRA: We walked for hours, the snow was falling, we couldn’t see. It was cold, it was dark and if it wasn’t for God we would have died. Continue reading this article

MS-13 Spotlighted after Quadruple Murders on Long Island

The four male bodies found Wednesday in Suffolk County showed the brutality typical of the MS-13 gang. As a result, some concerned media people in nearby New York City paid attention.

Judge Jeanine Pirro appeared on Fox News Friday morning and reminded viewers that Obama’s permissive immigration policy for Central Americans admitted anyone who made it to the border, and they were redistributed all over this nation. That opening was a big opportunity for gangsters from south of the border, as noted by the judge (Watch):

JUDGE JEANINE: If you recall they came into this country in 2014 under the Obama administration policy of allowing in those from Central America — El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. I was one of those people saying look, as a DA, MS-13 is from El Salvador; they are without a doubt the most violent gang where initiation involves beating someone to death in front of others. . .

They came into this country, they told Border Patrol — “I’m MS-13, I’m a gang member” — and the Border Patrol could not stop them. They’ve got all of the indicia of being gang members, all the tats, and they have been allowed into this country. The Obama administration flew them all over.

They’re in your school, folks, they are in with your children in school. Now the two young girls who were murdered — and I had the parents on my show Justice a few weeks back — that’s not the last group of parents you’re going to see.

The poison pills from Obama just keep on coming.

And the judge is right when she says MS-13 are big into tats.

Tucker Carlson discussed the gang on Thursday, comparing them with the threat of ISIS on the basis of pure numbers:

TUCKER CARLSON: It’s fair to say, ISIS is the new global gold standard for awfulness, and they are indeed awful. Combine the Orlando, San Bernardino and Chattanooga terror attacks, and the groups is responsible for at least 68 deaths here in the U.S. over just the past three years and that’s bad. On the other hand, it’s nothing compared to MS-13. That organization, a mostly immigrant street gang is a far greater threat to your life than ISIS is. It’s the numbers.

It’s not just the bodies pile up in smaller numbers, and the coverage isn’t as splashy when they’re covered at all, because often they are not. Besides the four killings you just heard about in New York today, there’s Raymond Wood. He’s the Lynchburg teenager apparently murdered and left by the side of the road two weeks ago by a group of MS-13 members. All of them were here illegally, by the way.

There’s Kayla Cuevas and Nisa Mickens, a pair of teenage girls butchered with machetes by MS-13. They’re walking home from school in Brentwood, New York. We could go on and on and on. And in the future editions of the show, we will. But killing is not the end of the problem with MS-13; its members have been caught running child prostitution rings, they’ve been contacted by Mexican drug cartels and paid to run torture operations. And of course, they engage in the usual extortion, drug trafficking and human smuggling.

But unlike ISIS, MS-13 makes it hard to live in certain neighborhoods here in this country. Also unlike ISIS, there are a lot of them. ISIS may have a significant passive support in the U.S. and a lot of a suspect it does, but true active ISIS members — pretty small, maybe a few hundred at most. MS-13, by contrast, has at least 6,000 members, according to the government in this country, and they’re supported by more than 30,000 abroad. Yes, abroad. Because MS-13 is fundamentally a foreign threat.

Now, the administration is using a lot of firepower to defeat insurgents in the Middle East right now, and good for them. But what about the insurgency right down the road from you here in America? Because that’s exactly what it is.

Texas Voter ID Gets the Democrat News Treatment

CBS served up a tear jerker story about an 86-year-old black veteran, Floyd Carrier, who could no longer vote because his military ID does not include a photo. The immediate reason is the Texas voter ID law of 2011 that requires a photo identification card to vote. The larger problem is that times have changed since Carrier served as a young soldier, and now millions of illegal aliens inhabit our country and some of them vote unlawfully.

The need for photo ID in elections is clearly a result of open borders. The Democrat complaint of racism is a political response.

It’s the same thing with air travel. Taking a plane used to be like riding the bus, only with seat assignments. Passengers weren’t frisked and x-rayed; they just got on the plane. Flying was often a pleasant experience, not a horrible ordeal as it often is today.

Immigration has welcomed millions who hate America and the current security state has arisen as a result.

Texas’ voter ID law is “unexplainable on grounds other than race,” federal judge rules, CBS News, April 13, 2017

BEAUMONT, Texas — A federal judge has again struck down Texas’ voter ID law, ruling it is actually meant to keep minorities from voting, and the state is expected to appeal.

Eighty-six-year-old Floyd Carrier served his country in the Army, but in 2012, he wasn’t allowed to do his civic duty. He was denied the right to vote at the polling place near his Beaumont, Texas, home. Continue reading this article

Diverse Residents Complain That Assimilation Is Hard

As predicted in Trump Administration May Spur Sob Story Storm, Washington’s new management has produced a reaction of numerous sad tales about the struggles of illegal aliens in mean-spirited America. Poor sensitive dears — who knew invasion and job stealing were so stressful for the perps?

Tuesday’s Lost Angeles Times headlined the psychic trauma endured by a DACA illegal as she struggles with identity while attending a US-taxpayer-subsidized California state university in a slot she stole from a citizen: the Mexican citizen complains, “Sometimes I fell like I don’t belong anywhere.” (Hint: as an illegal alien moocher, she does not belong in the United States.)

Did none of the diverse residents (legal and illegal) ever think about the enormous stress generated by the adjustment required to manage in a new-to-them society? Big life changes cause major anxiety, even if the move is seen as being a positive. Some foreigners protect their cultural identity by restricting themselves to separatist barrios that seem just like home only with dollar bills.

But if larger success is desired, then some degree of assimilation — like speaking English — is needed, even while they clutch their homeland identity (shown by Pew polling to be durable among hispanics). At that point, normal human tribalism steps in, and immigrants discover they are neither fish nor fowl, but rather exist in an in-between space that many of a tender persuasion find uncomfortable. Sometimes the cultural alienation leads to gang formation and/or crime.

So mere whining about cultural discomfort, central to the Times article, is probably a lesser problem in the big picture. Let the sensitive snowflake tears flow down like a mighty river!

Trump wants immigrants to ‘share our values.’ They say assimilation is much more complex, Los Angeles Times, April 11, 2017

Growing up in La Puente in the 1980s, Alex Espinoza was a typical child of the Reagan era. He collected “Star Wars” action figures and played with Rubik’s Cube.

But Espinoza was Mexican, born in Tijuana and brought to the United States by his mother when he was about 2 years old. He downplayed his Mexican roots to fit in. At the time, it seemed the worst thing in the world for a boy to be labeled as “a TJ” — literally someone from Tijuana, but also shorthand for an unassimilated Mexican.

“I grew up preferring the taste of a Big Mac over a burrito. I grew up preferring the taste of tuna noodle casserole over menudo,” he said. “Until I went to Mexico as a grad student, Mexico was this kind of static in the background.”

Three decades later, President Trump has sparked a new debate over immigration and assimilation that has Espinoza and many others reflecting on what it means to blend into American culture.

While much has been made about Trump’s harsh talk of deporting those here illegally, the president’s comments about the need for immigrants to fully embrace American culture has renewed a long-running debate that dates back generations.

“Not everyone who seeks to join our country will be able to successfully assimilate,” President Trump said in a campaign-trail speech in which he called for new immigrants to pass an “ideological certification to make sure that those we are admitting to our country share our values and love our people.”

In one Republican debate, Trump declared that “we have a country where, to assimilate, you have to speak English … This is a country where we speak English, not Spanish.”

Though Espinoza and others might disagree with Trump’s policies on immigration, they say discussions about assimilation get to the heart of a balancing act all immigrants face: being American while preserving a strong sense of where they came from. Continue reading this article

America’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions Announces New Border Security Priorities

The Attorney General made good use of his Arizona border tour on Tuesday by laying out how border protection will be implemented going forward: in short, America’s existing immigration laws will be enforced, not avoided.

AG Sessions spoke to a group of law enforcement officers assembled in Nogales, Arizona.

A few important points: additional immigration judges are being brought on, federal prosecutors are instructed to prioritize crimes committed by illegal alien criminals and the AG himself said, “The catch and release practices of old are over.”

Here is a clip of Sessions’ remarks, with the written text shown further below:

Fox had a segment about the AG’s event on its news show:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Delivers Remarks Announcing the Department of Justice’s Renewed Commitment to Criminal Immigration Enforcement
Nogales, AZ, United States ~ Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Remarks as prepared for delivery

Good morning, everyone. Let me start by thanking the brave men and women of Customs and Border Protection, who not only served as our gracious hosts today, but who put themselves in harm’s way each day to secure our borders and protect us.

Here, along our nation’s southwest border, is ground zero in this fight. Here, under the Arizona sun, ranchers work the land to make an honest living, and law-abiding citizens seek to provide for their families.

But it is also here, along this border, that transnational gangs like MS-13 and international cartels flood our country with drugs and leave death and violence in their wake. And it is here that criminal aliens and the coyotes and the document-forgers seek to overthrow our system of lawful immigration.

Let’s stop here for a minute. When we talk about MS-13 and the cartels, what do we mean? We mean criminal organizations that turn cities and suburbs into warzones, that rape and kill innocent citizens and who profit by smuggling poison and other human beings across our borders. Depravity and violence are their calling cards, including brutal machete attacks and beheadings.

It is here, on this sliver of land, where we first take our stand against this filth.

In this fight, I am here to tell you, the brave men and women of Customs and Border Protection: we hear you and we have your back. Under the President’s leadership and through his Executive Orders, we will secure this border and bring the full weight of both the immigration courts and federal criminal enforcement to combat this attack on our national security and sovereignty.

The President has made this a priority — and already we are seeing the results. From January to February of this year, illegal crossings dropped by 40 percent, which was unprecedented. Then, last month, we saw a 72 percent drop compared to the month before the President was inaugurated. That’s the lowest monthly figure for at least 17 years. Continue reading this article

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