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America Is Stupidly Shutting Out Immigrants. Isnít It? [1.6 Million Immigrants Yearly!]
Newsweek ^ | April 24, 2009

Posted on 04/24/2009 11:11:32 PM PDT by Steelfish

America Is Stupidly Shutting Out Immigrants. Isn’t It?

By Katie Baker | NEWSWEEK

Published Apr 18, 2009

Ever since 9/11, the general perception has been that America is over-building walls—both real and regulatory—to keep out immigrants.

Horror stories about Indian engineers getting strip-searched as suspected terrorists provoked business leaders like Bill Gates to argue that the U.S. is scaring away talent, to its own disadvantage.

Now the storyline has shifted, to focus on immigrants who are voluntarily leaving or avoiding America because the global financial crisis has tarnished its reputation as a land of growth and opportunity.

But the numbers tell a different story. According to a recent study by the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), total migration flows have been steady throughout the current decade, despite tighter background checks and interior crackdowns following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and despite the slowdown of the economy starting in 2007.

Every year since 2000, the U.S. has attracted more than 1 million legal immigrants, including more than 1.1 million last year, and another half million illegal migrants. The walls are not as high as we thought.

(Excerpt) Read more at newsweek.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: 2million; aliens; illegalaliens; immigration; legalimmigration

1 posted on 04/24/2009 11:11:32 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

We’re actually very, very generous with legal immigration, Katie. Now go back to Newsweak.


2 posted on 04/24/2009 11:15:40 PM PDT by wastedyears (Iron Maiden's gonna get ya, no matter how far!)
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To: Steelfish

...and in other news, deadly swine flu (that originated in Mexico) has been found in the US.

Have a nice day and keep voting Democrat. :)


3 posted on 04/24/2009 11:16:23 PM PDT by Tzimisce (http://groups.myspace.com/nailthemessiah)
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To: Steelfish
Now the storyline has shifted, to focus on immigrants who are voluntarily leaving or avoiding America because the global financial crisis has tarnished its reputation as a land of growth and opportunity.

Dude, it's a global crisis. Unless you have another globe available, leaving isn't really an option.

In fact, the economy isn't as affected here as in most of the rest of the world.

4 posted on 04/24/2009 11:16:36 PM PDT by Sherman Logan (Everyone has a right to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.)
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To: wastedyears

Try Bill Gates for the offense of “Flooding the US With Future D-rat voters, Changing American Culture for Personal Profit, and with MS aiding and abetting MSNBC”


5 posted on 04/24/2009 11:19:05 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Tzimisce
...and in other news, deadly swine flu (that originated in Mexico) has been found in the US.

So far, it hasn't been deadly in the US. No fatalities to date. Only 8 confirmed cases. Not (yet) a big deal.

This could change, of course, very quickly.

6 posted on 04/24/2009 11:20:47 PM PDT by Sherman Logan (Everyone has a right to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.)
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To: Steelfish

Didn’t Ted Kennedy write a law in the 1960’s that limited immigration from European Nations? and allowed greater numbers from 3rd world countries? We have diseases now that were once curable that are now showing strains that are resistant to medications. I say close the borders from 3rd world countries.


7 posted on 04/24/2009 11:25:22 PM PDT by Ballygrl
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To: Steelfish

...at this point I’d settle for deporting Congress. To Antarctica, because it’s the only continent that could survive them.


8 posted on 04/24/2009 11:27:44 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Sherman Logan

I hope you’re right. I live in Mexifornia..I mean, California.


9 posted on 04/24/2009 11:35:34 PM PDT by max americana
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To: wastedyears

Well, there are 15 million ILLEGALS in the country. How much more “nice and friendly’ do we have to be?


10 posted on 04/24/2009 11:37:10 PM PDT by max americana
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To: max americana

In his book “State of Emergency” that follows “Death of the West” Patrick Buchanan, deals with five major areas to preserve Judeo-Christian civilization in the US.

He aptly summarizes them as:

1. A “Time-Out” on all Immigration, for the purpose of assimilating those already here

2. No Amnesty for Illegals

3. The Border Fence

4. Outlawing “Anchor Babies”

5. Ending Chain Migration and Dual Citizenship

6. Ending the Welfare State “magnets”

7. Remigration - making it undesirable, through many factors, for immigrants to want to remain in the United States
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11 posted on 04/24/2009 11:42:45 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Sherman Logan

The point is that there are diseases coming over the border.


12 posted on 04/25/2009 12:01:58 AM PDT by Tzimisce (http://groups.myspace.com/nailthemessiah)
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To: Steelfish

I’ve got a better policy than dumbass Pat Buchanan -

1. Selection of immigrants. Accept those who can pass a battery of tests - intelligence, health, aptitude.

2. Selection of sources - preferential immigration from populations known to be easily assimilated, such as East Asia, Europe, India.


13 posted on 04/25/2009 12:22:35 AM PDT by buwaya
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To: Steelfish

The problem with the new immigrants is that many of them come here with their dumbass ideas about how America would be better if it were a Socialist or Communist state. The majority of them desire a government nanny state loaded with handouts and freebies and they end up voting that way. The Commie D’RATS are happy to oblige them in order to gain total power and control over the country.


14 posted on 04/25/2009 12:27:56 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Proud charter member of Napolitano's rightwing, nutcase American, watch list.)
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To: Steelfish

Boo.


15 posted on 04/25/2009 12:31:34 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Ballygrl
We have diseases now that were once curable that are now showing strains that are resistant to medications.

Diseases like antibiotic-resistant MRSA / Staph origiated in the developed world.

16 posted on 04/25/2009 2:00:05 AM PDT by MyTwoCopperCoins (I don't have a license to kill; I have a learner's permit.)
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To: buwaya

It’s illegal immigration that is completely ruining America today. As for legal immigration, there are plenty of checks and balances, especially on the financial front, that the consular office in the origin-country scrutinizes carefully. You can verify this by going to any foreign US consulate website, and reading the complex procedure for immigration.

With the illegals, however, the entire mechanism is destroyed. Even the lottery system for specific African countries, aids this.


17 posted on 04/25/2009 2:04:51 AM PDT by MyTwoCopperCoins (I don't have a license to kill; I have a learner's permit.)
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To: Steelfish

Reading newsweak is like splashing a bucket of garbage on your brain. How does this Trotsky rag stay in business? There aren’t that many doctors offices.


18 posted on 04/25/2009 3:12:46 AM PDT by sergeantdave (obuma is the anti-Lincoln, trying to re-establish slavery)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

We have domestics like this also - 53% in the last election.


19 posted on 04/25/2009 3:44:55 AM PDT by 1010RD (First Do No Harm)
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To: Steelfish
America Is Stupidly Shutting Out Immigrants. Isn’t It? [1.6 Million Immigrants Yearly!]

With increased cases of TB, swine flue, AIDS cases I would venture to say that the US is NOT shutting out immigrants. Well, then, maybe we are shutting out healthy Europeans and others who share our culture, respect our borders, and support our English language, all thanks to Ted Kennedy.

20 posted on 04/25/2009 4:13:08 AM PDT by olezip
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To: Steelfish

Bill Gates is a big supporter of the H1B visa program, allowing foreign student graduates to stay in this country for 6 years after graduation. Companies use this program to drive down wages for technical talent, as the H1B folks will accept lower than market wages for the privilege of remaining in this country. The justification, as Gates says, is that we don’t have sufficient talent in this country. While that may be true at some point in the future, I don’t believe it to be true now.

As I look to move from self-employed back into a technical position in industry, I have refused (so far) to apply to companies offering to help secure an H1B visa for applicants. They might as well advertise “Americans need not apply....”

hh


21 posted on 04/25/2009 6:07:03 AM PDT by hoosier hick (Gotta go, millions of Obama supporters are counting on me to pay their mortgages)
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To: Ballygrl

Ted K is one of the prime causes for the immigration mess including the so-called lottery visas. He has single- handedly destroyed this nation especially by his virulent opposition to SC nominees like Judge Bork.


22 posted on 04/25/2009 9:58:06 AM PDT by Steelfish
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins

As a legal immigrant who arrived in this country after waiting for two years, I can guarantee you I had to have a medical, submit biographical data, have a criminal background check, have fingerprints taken, have a COLLECT phone call from the US. consulate in Vancouver to advise me when I could come to Vancouver to complete an interview (there are only two Consulates in all of Canada which issue financee Visas) and pay $2,000 in fees as well as exactly $95 fees in U.S. dollars before even entering the U.S. Consulate in Vancouver I was also not allowed to take my 1/3 inch insulin needles into the Consulate with me. Upon arrival at the Rooseville border crossing in MT, I had to use the bathroom, but was not allowed out of the vehicle to use their porta potty until their border official decided I could do so. We were finally allowed inside the office and sat there for over two hours while the customs official did the paperwork to accompany the K-1 (fiancee) visa on July 23, 2002. We married July 26, 2002 and I officially became an immigrant in the U.S. Until I said “I do” I was only a tentative immigrant, in the eyes of of the old I.N.S. Now, according to the director of the Health and welfare dept in Idaho the holder of a K-1 Visa is only allowed into the U.S. for a period of 90 days to marry a U.S, citizen. It is so nice to know he can use google to find that information. (sarcasm intended)


23 posted on 04/25/2009 12:54:53 PM PDT by Chief Engineer
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To: Steelfish; 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3AngelaD; 3pools; 3rdcanyon; 4Freedom; 4ourprogeny; ...

Only a half-million illegals per year?
Dream on, Newsweek.


24 posted on 04/25/2009 1:33:04 PM PDT by HiJinx (~ Support Our Troops ~ www.AmericaSupportsYou.mil ~)
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To: wastedyears

...and even more generous with illegal immigration as well.


25 posted on 04/25/2009 3:25:05 PM PDT by Robert Lomax
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To: Steelfish

We should have special immigration quotas for journalists to immigrate here to replace stupid sh!ts like the Newsweek stooge who wrote this


26 posted on 04/25/2009 3:59:32 PM PDT by dennisw (Your action becomes your habit. Your habit becomes your character, that becomes your destiny)
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To: Steelfish; All

“Every year since 2000, the U.S. has attracted more than 1 million legal immigrants, including more than 1.1 million last year, and another half million illegal migrants. The walls are not as high as we thought.”

WRONG. Where do they get their figures?

According the the US Government.......Add them up.....legal entries are over 2 million every year. The Obama Administration wants MORE legal immigrants and wants to amnesty 12 to 20 million more illegal aliens!
http://uscis.gov/graphics/publicaffairs/DayinLife_050629.pdf
Some of the DAILY work of USCIS according to their own document:

* Conduct 135,000 national security background checks
* process 30,000 applications for immigrant benefits
* Issue 7,000 permanent resident cards (green cards -PER DAY)
* Welcome 2100 new citizens. PER DAY
* Welcome 3500 new permanent residents. PER DAY

More than 1 million people became citizens in 2008, with 780,000 taking the oath of allegiance in the first 10 months, according to preliminary figures from the Department of Homeland Security. In 2007, 660,477 people were granted U.S. citizenship.

Leading countries of birth of new citizens were:
Mexico (122,258), India (46,871), Philippines (38,830), China (33,134) and Vietnam (27,921)

Largest number of people naturalizing lived in:
California (181,684), New York (73,676) and Florida (54,563).
SOURCE: Office of Immigration Statistics, Department of Homeland Security
http://www.news-journalonline.com/NewsJournalOnline/News/WestVolusia/wvlHEAD03WEST012209.htm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hispanics made up nearly half of the more than 1 million people who became U.S. citizens last year, according to a Hispanic advocacy group. The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials said the number of Latinos who became Americans in fiscal year 2008 more than doubled over the previous year, to 461,317. That’s nearly half of the record 1,046,539 new citizens overall in 2008, a 58 percent increase from 2007. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gQKI-mUtzRTYIm7MjslLxEoz2zVgD97DFPI01

Study: Illegal Immigrants Having More Kids In US Associated Press ^ | April 14, 2009
http://www.thedenverchannel.com/money/19175382/detail.html

Growing numbers of children of illegal immigrants are being born in this country, and they are nearly twice as likely to live in poverty than those with American-born parents...

Overall, illegal immigrants’ children account for one of every 15 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. In 2008, California had the most illegal immigrants at 2.7 million, double its 1990 number, followed by Texas, Florida, New York and New Jersey.

“In the next eight years, the violent collection of criminal drug cartels could overwhelm the state and establish de facto control over broad regions of northern Mexico,” McCaffrey’s report said. “A failure by the Mexican political system to curtail lawlessness and violence could result in a surge of millions of refugees crossing the U.S. border.”

http://www.star-telegram.com/state_news/story/1245213.htm


27 posted on 04/26/2009 9:18:27 AM PDT by AuntB (The right to vote in America: Blacks 1870; Women 1920; Native Americans 1925; Foreigners 2008)
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To: Steelfish; All

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28 posted on 04/26/2009 5:38:06 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: hoosier hick
"The justification [for H1B], as Gates says, is that we don’t have sufficient talent in this country. While that may be true at some point in the future, I don’t believe it to be true now."

Not only is it not true now, it was never true -- unless you revise Bill's words just ever-so-slightly: "... sufficient talent in this country willing to work for third-world wages."

29 posted on 04/26/2009 11:50:04 PM PDT by Tenniel2 (Memo to politicians: Don't worry about "shovel-ready." Worry about "pitchfork-ready.")
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