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Trump's immigration policies were supposed to make the border safer. Experts say (trunc)
07/20/2018 3:13:47 AM PDT · by blueplum · 24 replies
CNN ^ | 20 Jul 2018 | Ray Sanchez, Nick Valencia and Tal Kopan,
Experts say the opposite is happening. Before US immigration authorities detained him and took his son, the Honduran migrant said he spent three days in the hands of armed men who identified themselves as members of the Gulf Cartel. Christian, who did not want his full name used, said he was traveling to the US border with his 7-year-old ..."They told us if we didn't pay that they were going to kill us," recalled Christian, who said he was freed three days later after relatives wired money {snip} . The smugglers prefer migrants with family in the US. They know...

‘I Love Peace,’ Says Boyle Heights Cafe Owner Of Protest Over Support Of Trump Immigration Policies
07/19/2018 10:34:55 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
cbs2la ^ | 07/18/2018
On Thursday, protesters held signs and screamed at patrons in front of Asher Caffe & Lounge located at 945 S. Boyle Ave. in Boyle Heights, a traditionally Jewish neighborhood that is now predominately Latino. They say they oppose the cafe and the owner over his support of Trump’s immigration policies. “So what’s the connection? This is what I don’t understand. I’m confused — the connection between Donald Trump and good coffee,” Israeli-born businessman Asher Shalom told CBS2 News. The kosher cafe was set to have a grand opening on July 12, the day anti-gentrification activists were met by Los Angeles Police...

Gallup: Record Percentage Say Immigration Top Problem for USA
07/19/2018 10:07:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
Cybercast News Service ^ | July 19, 2018 | 12:33 PM EDT | Terence P. Jeffrey
A record 22 percent of Americans said this month that they believe “immigration/illegal aliens” is the most important problem facing the United States, according to Gallup polling numbers released on Wednesday. “The 22 percent of Americans in July who say immigration is the top problem is up from 14 percent in June and is the highest percentage naming that issue in Gallup's history of asking the ‘most important problem’ question,” Gallup Editor in Chief Frank Newport said in an analysis of the survey. “The previous high had been 19%,” Newport said. […] “Immigration reached 19 percent of mentions as the...

Immigration Surges to Top of Most Important Problem List (Gallup Poll)
07/19/2018 9:58:43 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 19 replies
Gallup ^ | 7/18/2018 | Frank Newport
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Immigration has risen to the top of the list when Americans are asked to name the most important problem facing the nation -- edging out the government, which has been the top issue each month since January 2017. The 22% of Americans in July who say immigration is the top problem is up from 14% in June and is the highest percentage naming that issue in Gallup's history of asking the "most important problem" question. The previous high had been 19%. ... Of course, partisan groups almost certainly have differing reasons for viewing immigration as the top...

Obama on Immigration Border Crisis: "That Could Be My Child"
07/18/2018 7:48:33 AM PDT · by gattaca · 58 replies
RCP ^ | July 17, 2018 | Ian Schwartz
... And we can enforce the law while respecting the essential humanity of those who are striving for a better life. For a mother with a child in her arms, we can recognize that could be somebody in our family, that could be my child.

With new immigration policy, Trump administration gutting the right to asylum
07/18/2018 6:50:15 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 38 replies
The Hill ^ | 07/18/18 | Raul A. Reyes
Go away. That’s the message the Trump administration is sending to migrants at our southern border. Under a new policy being implemented, fear of domestic or gang violence will no longer be accepted as grounds for asylum. This follows a decision by Attorney General Jeff Sessions that people making such claims will be turned back by border officials before they can plead their case in court. Announcing the decision last month, Sessions said it “restores sound principles of asylum and long-standing principles of immigration law.” Actually, this move by the Trump administration further guts the right to asylum. It goes...

Poll: Americans want tough immigration reform, the wall, English spoken.......
07/17/2018 9:10:01 PM PDT · by caww · 18 replies
washingtonexaminer ^ | 7/17/2018 | Paul Bedard
The centrist Bipartisan Policy Center on Tuesday released a Luntz Global survey that revealed a conservative shift in the public’s view of immigration reform. Key findings directly from the report: ..Americans support the construction of a border wall, they also believe that technology and personnel, as well as border barriers, are critical to improving the nation’s border security. ..Voters strongly believe that people living illegally in the United States should have a path to legal status, but it shouldn’t be ‘for free.’ ..Concerns were highest over immigrants competing with U.S. citizens for government benefits and lower on job competition. ..Nearly...

Echoing Trump's emphasis, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty focuses on immigration in bid for old job
07/15/2018 3:42:11 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 13 replies
Star Tribune ^ | July 14, 2018
Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty has made immigration the major policy focus of his comeback bid for governor, delivering a tough message amid a heated national debate as he tries to win over Minnesota Republicans. Since launching his campaign in April, Pawlenty has decried undocumented immigrants receiving government benefits, highlighted the case of a 90-year-old Carver County farmer beaten to death by two undocumented immigrants in 2015, called for a “pause” in refugee resettlement to Minnesota and spent weeks hammering some of the DFL candidates for governor for saying Minnesota should be a “sanctuary state” that bans local police from enforcing...

Newt Gingrich: GOP could win big in November thanks to Democrats’ radical, unrealistic immigration..
07/13/2018 5:32:06 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
Fox News ^ | July 13, 2018 | Newt Gingrich
Full title: Newt Gingrich: GOP could win big in November thanks to Democrats’ radical, unrealistic immigration stanceRepublicans have the chance to secure a major victory and expand their 51-49 majority in the U.S. Senate in the November midterm elections – largely because Democrats are advocating radical, impractical and unpopular immigration positions. As more and more Democrats throw their support behind so-called sanctuary cities, abolishing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and promoting open borders, more and more Americans are expressing their vehement opposition to these positions. Most recently, in their fervor over the child-detention issue, every Senate Democrat scrambled to...

George W. Bush: I am ‘disturbed’ by the immigration rhetoric
07/13/2018 12:42:47 PM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 89 replies
the hill ^
Former President George W. Bush is “disturbed” by the "rhetoric" in the current immigration debate. Bush attended an event at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Ark., on Thursday with former President Bill Clinton, CNN reported. He said the current immigration debate “undermines the goodness of America.” "I think it doesn't recognize the valuable contributions that immigrants make to our society," Bush said. "And it obscures the fact — the rhetoric does — that the system is broken and needs to be fixed." There has been a national debate over handling immigration after the Trump administration implemented what it...

London mayor says preposterous for Trump to blame crime on immigration
07/13/2018 6:52:10 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 57 replies
Reuters ^ | JULY 13, 2018 | Kate Holton
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said it was preposterous for Donald Trump to blame a rise in violent crime in the city on immigration after the U.S. president criticized his handling of crime and militant attacks.

George W Bush: ‘I’m Disturbed’ by Immigration ‘Debate Taking Place’
07/13/2018 5:28:10 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 158 replies
brietbart ^ | 06/12/2018 | John Binder
Former President George W. Bush says he’s “disturbed” by the immigration debate occurring under President Trump, where after decades, Americans are speaking out against mass immigration to the United States. During a panel discussion alongside former President Bill Clinton, Bush said the current immigration debate “doesn’t recognize” the “valuable contributions” of foreign nationals. “I’m disturbed by the debate that’s taking place because I think it undermines the goodness of America,” Bush said. “I think it doesn’t recognize the valuable contributions that immigrants make to our society. And it obscures the fact — the rhetoric does — that the system is...

Trump: Europe is 'losing its culture' because of immigration
07/12/2018 6:34:25 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 82 replies
The Hill ^ | 12th July 2018 | MAX GREENWOOD
President Trump is railing against what he described as the migration of "millions and millions of people" into Europe, declaring that the continent is "losing its culture" to refugees and asylum seekers from the Middle East and Africa. In an interview with the British tabloid The Sun published Thursday, Trump said that it is a "shame" that European leaders had allowed so many migrants to enter their countries' borders. “Allowing the immigration to take place in Europe is a shame," the U.S. president told the tabloid, which his owned by conservative media mogul Rupert Murdoch. "I think it changed the...

Rep. Black Introduces ‘Zero-Tolerance’ Bill for Illegal Immigration
07/12/2018 5:56:13 PM PDT · by 100American · 15 replies ^ | July 11, 2018 | Gavi Greenspan
( – On July 10, Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) introduced the Zero Tolerance for Illegal Entry Act, which would make it a felony to cross the U.S border illegally and would mandate an E-Verify system for American employers to ensure that they are not hiring illegal immigrants.

Illegal immigration foes move to bypass liberal legislatures, take anti-sanctuary measures to voters
07/11/2018 6:49:40 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
The Washington Times ^ | July 11, 2018 | Valerie Richardson
There’s virtually no chance that the uber-progressive Oregon legislature would ever repeal the state’s oldest-in-the-nation sanctuary law, which is why locals worried about illegal immigration have turned to the voters. The Stop Oregon Sanctuaries campaign submitted roughly 110,000 signatures last week to qualify an anti-sanctuary measure for the November ballot, more than the 88,000 required, stunning liberal activists and laying the groundwork for a landmark ballot battle. “This has national ramifications and our opponents know that,” said Cynthia Kendoll, president of Oregonians for Immigration Reform, which led the petition drive. “The thing that people don’t realize is that very seldom...

Trump: Democrats must fix our Immigration. Illegals and traffickers know how it works.
07/11/2018 11:12:23 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 9 replies
Twitter ^ | July 11, 2018 | Donald J. Trump
Democrats in Congress must no longer Obstruct - vote to fix our terrible Immigration Laws now. I am watching what is going on from Europe - it would be soooo simple to fix. Judges run the system and illegals and traffickers know how it works. They are just using children!

Judge dismisses most of Trump administration lawsuit over California immigration laws
07/09/2018 5:55:58 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 39 replies
The Hill ^ | 07/09/18 | Max Greenwood
A federal judge on Monday dismissed most of the Trump administration's lawsuit seeking to knock down a series of California immigration laws, delivering a major blow to the Justice Department's efforts to crack down on so-called sanctuary states. U.S. District Judge John Mendez tossed out the part of the lawsuit seeking to invalidate Senate Bill 54, which limits cooperation between local and state law enforcement and federal immigration enforcement. He also dismissed an effort to block another law — Assembly Bill 103 — which allows the California attorney general to review and report on immigrant detention facilities. Mendez also tossed...

[Catholic Caucus] (Barf Alert) Italian Catholic priests go to war with Salvini over immigration
07/09/2018 3:54:28 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
The Guardian ^ | July 9, 2018 | Angela Giuffrida and Lorenzo Tondo
Gianfranco Formenton, a priest in Umbria, has long preached against racism. Gianfranco Formenton, a priest in Italy’s central Umbria region who has long preached against racism and in support of migrants, knows what it is like to clash with Matteo Salvini, the recently installed interior minister and leader of the far-right League party. In response to the party’s xenophobic rhetoric in 2015 – the year more than a million migrants arrived in Europe and 150,000 landed on Italy’s southern shores – he put a sign up on the door of his church in San Martino di Trignano, a hamlet of...

On Immigration and the Supreme Court, Democrats Are Snookered
07/09/2018 5:18:11 AM PDT · by sickoflibs · 25 replies
National Review ^ | July 3, 2018 | Conrad Black
And their only serious leader may be Michael Bloomberg, who will be 78 in 2020. It appears to have been the Supreme Court of the United States, the most unremitting and inscrutable center of government, that has been a deus ex machina in clarifying issues for the American voters in the run-up to the midterm elections. It is almost a mnemonic feat now to recall 17 months ago when Senator Chuck Schumer was weeping on the Senate floor, in emulation, he said, of the Statue of Liberty, over President Trump’s proposed curtailment of the rights of entry into America from...

California, long a holdout, adopts mass immigration trials
07/09/2018 2:40:41 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 27 replies ^ | July 8, 2018
<p>SAN DIEGO (AP) - California will introduce group trials on Monday for people charged with entering the country illegally.</p> <p>Federal prosecutors in Arizona, Texas and New Mexico have long embraced these hearings, which critics call assembly-line justice. California was a lone holdout, and the Justice Department didn't seriously challenge its position until the arrival of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.</p>
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