POWERLINE | Immigration “reform” has something to do with amnesty for the 11 million or so who are now here illegally, but it has a great deal more to do with drastically increasing the future flow of legal immigrants. The Senate’s bill would authorize tens of millions of new immigrants over and above present levels, almost all of them–contrary to breathless news accounts of Mark Zuckerberg’s lobbying–low-skill. Why would anyone consider this a good idea? It will crush America’s working class by increasing unemployment and driving down wages. It will strain the nation’s welfare and health care systems to the breaking point. So why does anyone support it?
Candid answers to that question are hard to come by, but former ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis let the cat out of the bag at this year’s Congressional Black Caucus political conference. It’s all about racial solidarity, and political power:
PEW: ILLEGAL ALIEN NUMBERS RISING AGAIN | VDARE | The sharp decline in the U.S. unauthorized immigrant population that accompanied the Great Recession has bottomed out, and the number may be rising again. An estimated 11.7 million unauthorized immigrants were living in the U.S. in March 2012, according to a new preliminary Pew Research Center estimate. Different trends appear among the six states in which 60% of unauthorized immigrants live—California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New York and Texas. Of these, only Texas had increases in its unauthorized immigrant population between 2007 and 2011. The analysis also finds that the post-2007 population dip was sharper for Mexicans than for unauthorized immigrants as a whole.
AS ECONOMY REBOUNDS, ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION ON THE RISE | NBC | After dropping during the recession, the number of immigrants crossing the border illegally into the U.S. appears to be on the rise again. The total number of immigrants living in this country unlawfully edged up from 11.3 million in 2009 to 11.7 million last year, with those from countries other than Mexico at an apparent all-time high, according to a report released Monday by Pew Research Center’s Hispanic Trends Project. The change is within the margin of error for this survey, and there will be a more precise census measure released later this year. Still, based in part on other factors such as increased U.S. border apprehensions, the sharp decline in illegal immigration from 2007-2009 has clearly bottomed out, with signs the numbers are now rising, Pew said.
AFTER SHARP DROP-OFF DURING RECESSION, NUMBER OF IMMIGRANTS IN US ILLEGALLY EDGES UP TO 11.7M | AP | WASHINGTON — The number of immigrants crossing the border illegally into the U.S. appears to be on the rise again after dropping during the recession. The total number of immigrants living in this country unlawfully edged up from 11.3 million in 2009 to 11.7 million last year, with those from countries other than Mexico at an apparent all-time high, according to a report released Monday by the Pew Research Center’s Hispanic Trends Project. The change is within the margin of error, and there will be a more precise census measure released later this year. Still, based in part on other factors such as increased U.S. border apprehensions, the sharp decline in illegal immigration from 2007-2009 has clearly bottomed out, with signs the numbers are now rising, Pew said.
SLIDE IN ILLICIT U.S. IMMIGRATION STALLS, MAYBE REVERSED | REUTERS | The sharp decline in the number of unauthorized immigrants in the United States that accompanied the 2007-2009 recession has bottomed out, and the number could be on the rebound again, according to a new study released on Monday. The Pew Research Center report found that as of March 2012, 11.7 million unauthorized immigrants were living and working in the shadows in the United States, according to a preliminary estimate based on U.S. government data. The number of such immigrants in the country peaked at 12.2 million in 2007 and fell to 11.3 million in 2009, bucking an upward trend that had held for decades, the study found. The center cautioned that the new findings were provisional.
• illegal Immigration Appears To Be On The Rise, Reversing Downward Trend: Pew — FNL
• Illegal Immigrant Population Shows Some Signs Of Growth, Estimates Show — NYT
• Illegal immigration may be back on the rise — USA TODAY
• Illegal immigration on the upswing, up to 11.7 million: report — WASHINGTON TIMES
• New Signs Of Rising Illegal Immigration Into US — BREITBART
• Undocumented Immigrants in U.S. Now Total 11.7 Million — LAHT
• Undocumented Immigration in U.S. Seen Rising With Economy — BLOOMBERG
CAPS | As usual on the immigration front, during the past few days Americans who care about the country’s future endured plenty of bad and ugly news with a smattering of good sprinkled in.
Here’s the latest outrage that proves how costly, especially to California, the nation’s flawed immigration laws are. Earlier this week, CAPS’ website led with the announcement from Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich that the latest Department of Public Social Services report showed more than $376 million in CalWORKs benefits and food stamps have been distributed through July to 60,000 illegal alien parents for their 100,000 native-born children.
In his statement, Antonvich said:
When you add the $550 million for public safety and nearly $500 million for healthcare, the total cost for illegal immigrants to county taxpayers exceeds $1.6 billion a year. These costs do not even include the hundreds of millions of dollars spent annually for education.
The estimated annual K-12 education cost for California’s immigrants is $10 billion.
Immigration is a vital area of concern where the attack at the shopping mall in Kenya is concerned.
America’s borders and immigration laws are America’s first line of defense against international terrorists and its last line of defense.
News reports about the ongoing shopping mall attack in Kenya include unconfirmed assertions that at least three of the attackers were from the United States while other attackers include citizens of Canada, Great Britain and Finland. These three countries are also countries that participate in the Visa Waiver Program under which citizens of 37 countries do not need to first apply for and obtain visas to enter the United States. The Visa Waiver Program removes an important layer of security to protect America and Americans. An effectively administered visa program essentially moves America’s borders to U.S. embassies and consulates where visas are issued.
FOX NEWS LATINO | FALFURRIAS, Texas – By the time the woman perished, she had probably slogged 25 miles through dry ranch lands in her quest to enter the United States. She was found just feet from a highway where she might have been picked up and taken to Houston with other migrants making the same journey.
Not long ago, her body would have been taken to a funeral home for a cursory attempt at identification, then buried in this town an hour north of the Mexico border under a sign reading “unknown female.”
Her death, probably from hypothermia, is part of a mounting body count that has overwhelmed sparsely populated Brooks County, providing further evidence that immigrants are shifting their migration routes away from the well-worn paths into Arizona and instead crossing into deep southern Texas. The changing patterns have put an extra burden on local governments with limited experience in such matters and even fewer financial resources.
“There are some counties that have the economic wherewithal to take on these issues, and there are other counties that just don’t have any money, so that puts them into a real bad bind,” said Raquel Rubio Goldsmith, coordinator of the Binational Migration Institute at the University of Arizona, which researches immigration issues.
BY BRENDA WALKER | VDARE | As exemplars of the most extreme anti-American, anti-sovereignty leftism, San Francisco loves to poke normal citizens in the eye whenever possible. City leaders take pleasure in being the non-America outpost on the edge of the continent and would secede if not for all the federal cash it receives.
The state is headed in the same direction, given the super-majority of Democrats and complete disappearance of any Republican presence in the capitol. So Democrats feel free to enact their most outlandish left-wing fantasies.
imageOne of the long-time targets of liberal state pols has been the federal Secure Communities, a common-sense program where the immigration status of arrested persons is checked along with their previous criminal history using a federal database. Deporting them removes dangerous persons from the country.
• Forget It, Juan, It’s Not The Old Chinatown–Chinese Immigrants Organizening For Self-Defense Against Hispanic Criminals — VDARE
LAREDO MORNING NEWS | An Arizona truck driver caught transporting 54 illegal immigrants in North Laredo after being involved in a hit-and-run accident Aug. 19 was indicted this week in federal court, court documents show.
An indictment filed Tuesday charges Mark Robert Nagele, 56, with one count of conspiracy to transport undocumented people within the United States and three counts of transport and attempt to transport illegal immigrants for financial gain.
Each count carries a punishment of up to 10 years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine. Nagele, of Tucson, Ariz., is due back in court for arraignment at 11 a.m. Sept. 26 in Courtroom 2C with U.S. Magistrate Judge J. Scott Hacker.
Nagele’s charges stemmed from his tractor-trailer being involved in a hit-and-run accident reported at 9 p.m. Aug. 19 in the 300 block of 300 block of North Ejido Avenue, near Chacon Creek.
I rarely open carry. Besides, I like the “surprise” feature of concealed carry and at my age I could need that extra second or two to “prevail”.
In Indiana “guns aren’t welcome here” signs are not enforceable. Yes, the company can ask you to leave and not come back but law enforcement can’t charge you with anything for ignoring their sign.
Of course schools, government building and military facilities are off limits to weapons.
I say if you don’t like a company’s policies then let your feet do the walking and your $$$ do the talking.
One Old Veteran
WASHINGTON TIMES | COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.— Gun owners are devoted to the Second Amendment, but it turns out many of them are also fans of caramel macchiatos.
Last week’s letter from Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz requesting that customers leave their firearms at home has yet to trigger an organized backlash, even though some gun owners say they’ve decided to go elsewhere for their morning cup of joe.
“I obviously don’t feel it was a good decision, but it’s a free country,” said Paul Paradis, owner of Paradise Sales gun shop in Colorado Springs.
Mr. Schultz did not ban firearms, but issued a “respectful request that customers no longer bring firearms into our stores or outdoor seating areas.” Some gun owners say they sympathize with Starbucks‘ dilemma.
• Lewis Machine And Tool To Relocate Out Of Illinois — GUNS.COM
CAPS | Around the world, employer interests long ago determined that an inexpensive way to attract trusting young people into the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields is to falsely claim that there is a “looming shortage” of scientists and engineers. Such a public relations approach is far less expensive to employers than raising salaries or improving working conditions.
The August 30, 2013 IEEE Spectrum article, “The STEM Crisis Is a Myth,” provides an excellent post-1934 myth chronology. By attracting young people, the desired talent glut is far more likely. Talent gluts drive down wages and facilitate illegal employment age, gender, disability and national origin discrimination. Low wages maximize the gains for the economic elite.