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Democrats Keep Pushing For Open Borders — Why? by The Elephant's Child

Democrats are excoriating the Republicans for being mean to the poor Mexicans, but we’ve been through that before. Now Senators Feinstein, Van Hollen, Cardin, and Kaine are urging the Senate to pass protections for “Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and “Dreamers”– the “kids” to whom Obama illegally promised amnesty, because they just wanted to go to college and were dreaming of becoming real Americans. The oldest of the “kids”— are now 39.The senators have introduced the SECURE Act (Safe Environment from Countries Under Repression and in Emergency Act) which would allow qualified TPS and DED recipients to apply for legal permanent residency.

Well, we have already learned that illegals are told how to apply for amnesty, and what to say, that will get them in. Senator Cardin (D-Md) said  The Senate must act and the president must sign into law protection for Dreamers, who mostly have known no other country but America, as well as Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) recipients, many of whom have been here for decades as violence and repression continue to rage in their home country,” Forgive me, but I doubt whether the good senator has any idea where these people come from and what the conditions are in their home countries.

We have immigration laws. You apply at a consulate or embassy, follow the rules and wait your turn. We have figured out about how many new immigrants we can handle each year, then we have all the H-1B workers needed by various industries to work for less money than the locals will, and their wives and children, and there really are people fleeing vicious treatment by their governments, so why the push for more and more immigrants? Is there some reason why we are required to just let everybody in? Other countries have immigration laws too, some far more restrictive than ours.

I welcome legal immigrants and am glad to help them get started, but I am not friendly towards open borders and illegal border crossers. Democrats like to parrot phrases like “We are a nation of immigrants” and extoll all the contributions of earlier waves of immigration. Are new immigrants likely to vote Democrat, support higher taxes and not be in favor of those old outmoded things like the Constitution and the rule of law? Why do Lefties depend so much on feeeeelings?



Another View of Immigration and Becoming a Citizen by The Elephant's Child

There’s a splendid essay on “Citizenship and Choice” by Angelo Codevilla at American Greatness (Excellent website) Angelo M.Codevilla is a senior fellow of the Claremont Institute, professor emeritus of international relations at Boston University and the author of To Make And Keep Peace (Hoover Institution Press. 2014) on immigration and citizenship. Here’s an excerpt from his essay:

My friend, Peter Schramm, recalled his father—realizing that the 1956 revolution against the Soviets was going to fail—telling the family that they would flee to America. Now Peter, who was 10 years old at the time, would have gone anywhere his father asked him to go, but he was confused about why his dad had chosen America, so he asked, “Why America?” His father’s answer is instructive: ““Because, son. We were born Americans, but in the wrong place.”

My own experience confirms his. On the foggy morning of August 8, 1955, as the S.S. Constitution slipped past the Statue of Liberty, I stood with a couple of hundred other immigrants on the port rail of the third-class section. There were tears, and not a few sobs. None of us spoke any English. I was 13 and, like the others, had seen America in the movies, had heard stories, and had gone through the extensive screening process. We knew the basics: equality, freedom, opportunity, non-stop work, and utter seriousness. Having chatted with many of the others over the 10-day voyage, it seemed that I was already an American patriot in the company of American patriots.

Had we read what Lincoln had to say about immigrants becoming citizens, “equal in all things with us,” we would have cheered even more than did his 1858 audience: “When they look through that old Declaration of Independence they find that those old men say that ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,’ and then they feel that that moral sentiment taught in that day evidences their relation to those men, that it is the father of all moral principle in them, and that they have a right to claim it as though they were blood of the blood, and flesh of the flesh of the men who wrote that Declaration, [loud and long continued applause] and so they are. That is the electric cord in that Declaration that links the hearts of patriotic and liberty-loving men together.”

Do read the whole thing, it’s not much longer. It is a proper and useful contrast to the histrionics of the Left who want all immigrants admitted at once without screening, or order, want ICE abolished  because “ripped from their mothers’ arms” has become their theme, because new immigrants are likely to vote Democrat, and the only goal of the Left is to be fully in control.

Like Alexandria Ocasia Cortez, newly elected to Congress, they want free college for all, free health care for all, and have no clue about where the money will come from. It will come from somewhere, and we’ll just pay for it. She is currently somewhat indignant because she will need an apartment in Washington DC, and doesn’t know who is going to pay for it.



When Talking Immigration, Ususally No Two People Are Talking About The Same Thing. by The Elephant's Child

pic_embed920_042815_SM_Amnesty-Rally-GThe biggest problem with writing about the immigration issue is usually that no two people are actually talking about the same thing. There are those who look benignly on the issue and proclaim that immigrants have greatly benefitted the United States, ‘melting pot’ and all that. And they are absolutely correct.

The assumption is that our illegal immigrant problem is located on our southern border and entirely Hispanic. Pundits have made fun of Governor Scott Walker for suggesting that there is a problem with our border in Canada. We may be annoyed with Mexico at present, but we love Canadians.

Walker is quite correct. There is a different, much less publicized form of illegal immigrant coming in from Canada. U.S, Customs and Border Protection  (CPB) has apprehended border jumpers from Albania, The Czech Republic, Israel and India. The downturn in our employment numbers has had the benefit of lowering the incentive to try to get in. They cross the waterways by boat, jet ski or by swimming, and Wisconsin is on the border.

There are H1B immigrants. Obama has granted their wives permission to take jobs. The August jobs report came in with only 173,000 new jobs, and only 62.6 percent of working age Americans actually working. Disney not only fired their tech workers — to be replaced by H1B immigrants, but forced them to train their replacements or lose their severance pay.

We  have illegal aliens marching in the streets with signs proclaiming that “No Human Being Is Illegal,” which is a fatuous statement. According to Merriam Webster: il•le•gal (adj.) not allowed by law, or not according to or authorized by law. Simple clear definition. No racial or ethnic prejudice is involved. Alien (noun) a person who was born in different country and is not a citizen of the country in which he now lives. A foreign born resident who has not been naturalized and is still a subject or citizen of a foreign country. The illegal-immigration lobby has banned the term ” illegal alien.”

There is an assumption by some that illegal aliens are here because they want to be Americans. Yet, in 2001 Christopher Jenks reported that “Roughly 10 % of the American population now speaks Spanish at home.”

Many Mexicans…see themselves as sojourners who will return home once they have made some money. The typical Mexican male earns about half what a non-Latino white earns, so if he compares himself to other Americans he is likely to feel like a failure. But if he compares himself to the Mexicans with whom he grew up, he is likely to feel quite successful. So he clings to his Mexican identity, sends money back to his parents, goes home for holidays with gifts that his relatives could not otherwise afford, tries to buy property in Mexico for his retirement, and retains his Mexican citizenship.

Victor Davis Hanson writes in an important column about some of the current problems. Do read the whole thing.

“Mexico and Central American nations receive $50 billion a year in remittances from their expatriate citizens in the United States. But if illegal aliens were impoverished and exploited as their home countries alleged, how could they transfer such monumental sums back home — and why would not their mother countries worry about the ensuing burdens placed upon their low-wage-earning citizens abroad?”

“Then the myth arose that criminality among illegal aliens was in fact lower that found in the general population, as if it mattered not at all that a quarter of all federal prisoners were in the United States illegally, or that some states reported that more than a fourth of their felonies were attributable to illegal aliens, or that around 20,000 illegal aliens from south of the border were routinely incarcerated in California prisons alone. Completely lost in the back and forth was the old notion that an immigrant, legal or illegal, was supposed to be a guest, whose behavior should be the model, rather than defended as no worse than those whom he joined.”

The State Department only occasionally releases numbers of people on the waiting list for family based immigration. In 2009, they reported that more than 2.7 million people were awaiting interviews overseas for their immigrant visa. There were also another 2.7 million waiting in the United States for USCIS to process their family visa application. Visa demand at that time was more than 20 times what our law allows in annual visa issuances. That’s for family members of legal immigrants.

Canada and Australia limit their numbers of immigrants roughly as Harvard and Stanford limit their admissions. They have many applicants and see no reason why they should not admit only those most qualified and most likely to be of the most value to the country. Why is this not a sound idea?

In 2012, 4.6 million individuals world-wide who had been approved to be sponsored for green cards by U.S. citizens had to step aside for a while in order for the USCIS to process the deferred action applications of people hoping to qualify under the Obama administration’s Dreamers Scheme.

None of this has anything to do with the influx of illegals and unaccompanied children who arrive on top of Mexican trains to be greeted at the border and disseminated by the Obama administration all over the 50 states. Few have reported back to Immigration as they were told to do, and have just dissolved into the general population.

Partisan politics has intruded on legal immigration laws. Democrats want more Democrat voters, and are anxious to get them registered to vote, ignoring our voting laws as well as our immigration laws. It’s little wonder that Donald Trump has struck a sensitive chord in the general electorate.  Unfortunately his only solution is to build a great big wall — across all 2,000 miles of our southern border.
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