Today’s Immigration Headlines – April 14, 2015

Disputing the Costs of Educating Illegal Alien Minors

“The U.S. Supreme Court has already affirmed these [illegal immigrant] kids’ right to a free public education, though some states—California, for one—have seen the law challenged both directly and indirectly. In the 1982 decision in Plyler v. Doe, the Court by a 5-4 vote held that states can’t deny school to students because of their immigration status. The dissent largely argued that the decision should be left up to school districts, adding that “the long-range costs of excluding any children from the public schools may well outweigh the costs of educating them,” says Andrew Simmons in The Atlantic.

Illegal Aliens Get Free Plane Rides from Uncle Sam

“A border enforcement advocacy group is taking the Obama administration to task for using taxpayer funds to pay for transporting illegal immigrants to the U.S. under the guise of ‘family reunification,’” OneNewsNow writes.

“The Migration Policy Institute has just issued a new report titled “Unaccompanied Child Migration to the United States.” It attributes the 2014 surge of children into the country illegally to two factors: (1) violence and poor economic conditions and (2) reconnecting with family in the United States.”

Suspected ISIS Camp Identified in Mexico

“ISIS is operating a camp just a few miles from El Paso, Texas, according to Judicial Watch sources that include a Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police Inspector,” Judicial Watch writes.

“The exact location where the terrorist group has established its base is around eight miles from the U.S. border in an area known as “Anapra” situated just west of Ciudad Juárez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. Another ISIS cell to the west of Ciudad Juárez, in Puerto Palomas, targets the New Mexico towns of Columbus and Deming for easy access to the United States, the same knowledgeable sources confirm.”

American Students Say They Would Become Illegal Aliens to Get Lower Tuition

“Campus Reform asked out-of-state students attending UVA and UMD–both of which offer in-state tuition to illegal immigrants–whether they would consider renouncing their U.S. citizenship to become “undocumented students” eligible for in-state tuition,” Campus Reform reports.

Huckabee Releases Immigration Video

“Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, making moves ahead of a likely GOP campaign for president, is releasing a video that focuses on illegal immigration and helping ‘every American earn his or her maximum wage,’” the Daily Caller writes.

“The web video, shared first with The Daily Caller, will be disseminated by Huckabee’s America Takes Action political organization on Tuesday.”

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  1. avatar BeResponsible2 says:

    “Illegal Aliens (should) Get Free Plane Rides from Uncle Sam”

    …back to their home countries.

  2. avatar Leland says:

    Andrew Simmons repeats the usual propaganda in his Atlantic article. He talks about how much illegal children “bring to the classroom”. Only later in the story does he discuss how nearly 50% drop out of high school, which pretty much guarantees a lifetime of government assistance of various forms. He also goes into the routine about how it would cost 400 billion dollars to physically deport all illegals, which is a fake argument. The vast majority will leave if we refuse to give them SS numbers and drivers licenses, and if at the same time we prosecute those who use false documents or work illegally. He doesn’t explain how rewarding illegal entry with permanent residence here will discourage more illegals. But don’t confuse people like him with the facts. Or logic.

    Speaking of which, Wolf Blitzer had a woman on CNN today and they were discussing the one year anniversary of the kidnapping of those girls in Nigeria and how it brings “shame on the world” because they’re still missing. Huh??? It’s a horrible tragic situation, but what are we supposed to do? They were no doubt scattered to a dozen countries within days. If you want to call shame on someone, call it on the the people who support these Islamic groups. But somehow, we get the criticism.

    A few days ago Christiane Amanpour was saying the West “doesn’t care” about Syria. Again, put the blame where it belongs, on the dysfunctional Arab/Muslim countries who can’t seem to move beyond a cycle of repression and war. We just get the blame when we get in the middle. The people who supported the invasion of Iraq were naive in the extreme to think that we could get rid of Saddam and democracy would flourish all over the middle east. They had the chance to do that, but they fell back into the fighting they always do. Us staying in Iraq another 20 years wouldn’t have changed that. Besides, the biggest donor to the Syrian refugee camps, at 3 billion dollars, is, you guessed it, the US. I would say we “care”.