Today’s Immigration Headlines – June 12, 2015

Photographer Focuses on Border Fence

“Ski lifts in the height of summer, a concrete zoo habitat with a smattering of plants: It is disquieting when human constructions clash with nature. Nature does not have intentions. The manmade does, and it can’t hide them,” says

“The Spanish photographer Ignacio Evangelista has made a career out of framing these unsettling contrasts. In the past few years, he’s aimed his camera at the artifice of national borders. ‘After Schengen,’ featured on CityLab in 2014, captured nature’s takeover of European border checkpoints following their abandonment after the 1995 Schengen treaty.”

AILA Members Demand Munoz Drop as Convention Speaker

“More than a dozen members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) are demanding that White House official Cecilia Muñoz be dropped as the keynote speaker for the group’s annual conference next week. They claim Muñoz, who is the White House Domestic Policy Council Director, represents an administration whose policies have been hostile and harmful to immigrants,” Fox News Latino writes.

Tancredo Says Coulter Book Will Shake Up GOP

“As Republican presidential debates and primaries approach, we can expect almost all candidates to sound tough on illegal immigration, regardless of their record or actual beliefs. This tough talk usually begins and ends with lofty rhetoric about how Republicans support legal immigration, just not illegal immigration,” says Tom Tancredo.

“But the 2016 candidates have a surprise in store, thanks to Ann Coulter’s new book, Adios, America! The Left’s Plan to Turn Our Country into a Third World Hellhole. Coulter forcefully dismantles both left wing clichés and Republican bromides.’

Hungary Ready to Build Border Fence to Stop Illegal Immigration

“Hungary’s prime minister on Friday said his government will consider building a physical barrier on the nation’s southern border as part of his quest to stop illegal immigrants from entering the European Union. Hungary shares its border in the south with non-EU member Serbia, where most illegal immigrants cross, and members Croatia and Romania,” the Wall Street Journal writes.

DC Murders Linked to Immigration Policy

“Needless to say, Darron Wint will never receive the punishment he deserves. But here’s the point: he never should have been in this country in the first place. He immigrated from Guyana in 2000, at age 20. His arrival here was legal, apparently because he was related to others from Guyana who were already in the U.S. So he was a “legal permanent resident.” But a permanent resident doesn’t get to stay forever; that designation merely means that there is no legal end point to the person’s stay at the time when he arrives,” says John Hinderaker at Powerline.

avatar About Dan Stein

Dan is FAIR's President after joining the organization in 1982. He has testified more than 50 times before Congress, and been cited in the media as "America's best known immigration reformer." Dan has appeared on virtually every significant TV and radio news/talk program in America and, in addition to being a contributing editor to, has contributed commentaries to a vast number of print media outlets.


  1. Do Foreigners Own the Big Three?

    We’d have to do a stock ownership check to figure that one out. I know our farms are being bought up by foreigners as they make corn alcohol for our gasoline with more oil to produce it than not using it and just using more fuel efficient pure gasoline. The foreign farmers then gouge us for corn and grain to animals, like cows and beef price increases.

  2. avatar Leland says:

    Looks like Hungary is getting fed up with illegals. I was reading a couple days ago that residents of northern Italy are starting to resist the central government’s insistence that they take in more refugees. It was suggested that some Italian companies have a vested interest in keeping the flow going because they collect big money for “processing” them.

    As far as the vote in Congress today, it was not specifically the TPP trade deal that was being voted on. But it’s a bad sign for the main bill that it lost by such a large margin. It was important enough to the president that he went to Capitol Hill today, but that backfired because most Democrats said his attitude stunk worse than three day old fish. But hey, he does say he takes “personally” any criticism of the deal.

    It’s funny how he said in 2008 that “NAFTA was a mistake”. Now he wants to pass something even worse, because it gives him authority to let companies import workers at will. The Republicans in general have always been behind the deal, but a lot of their constituents are catching on to the fact that this will cede enormous power to foreign corporations.

    • avatar Leland says:

      Just to add to this, one aspect little discussed is the health and safety aspect of these trade deals. The World Trade Organization just ruled in May that under NAFTA the US could not require country of origin labels on beef because it discriminated against other countries. Canada and Mexico are now free to impose tariffs on other American products if we keep that law in place.

      A few years ago thousands of newly built houses in Florida had to be completely gutted because imported Chinese drywall gave off gases that actually corroded metal piping. Recently companies have stopped selling Chinese linoleum because it contained high levels of formaldehyde. As a result if I see made in China on foodstuffs I won’t buy it because I have no idea under what conditions it was manufactured under.

      China is not a part of the TPP but other Asian countries with lower standards like Malaysia and Vietnam are. Given what the WTO ruled in the case of beef labels in this country, it’s no stretch at all to predict that those countries will be able to sue to get any country of origin labels removed, so you will really have no way of knowing where something came from.