Today’s Immigration Headlines – June 17, 2015

Mexican Gov’t Says Trump “Prejudiced and Absurd”

“Mexico’s interior minister on Tuesday lashed out at Republican U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump, labeling comments he made about the country in his announcement speech earlier in the day as “prejudiced and absurd.” The real estate mogul and TV personality barged his way into the 2016 U.S. presidential election in a blitz of boasts and inflammatory comments, some of them directed at the United States’ southern neighbor,” Yahoo News reports.

New York Times Criticized for Sterotyping Irish J-1 Students

“Many in Ireland have taken issue with a New York Times article that, while reporting on the [deaths of several Irish students in California in a balcony collapse], framed Irish college students as stereotypical partiers, part of thousands who are ‘flocking to the West Coast to work in summer jobs by day and to enjoy the often raucous life in a college town at night,’” Mashable reported.

“One paragraph in particular has attracted the bulk of the anger, with critics claiming it focuses on victim-blaming rather than reporting on the balcony collapse itself.”

The work-visa program that allowed for the exchanges has in recent years become not just a source of aspiration, but also a source of embarrassment for Ireland, marked by a series of high-profile episodes involving drunken partying and the wrecking of apartments in places like San Francisco and Santa Barbara.

“Irish Labor Party politician Aodhán Ó Ríordáin told Mashable he found the New York Times coverage ‘stunning in it’s insensitivity.’”

Disney Cancels Plan to Replace American Workers

“In late May, about 35 technology employees at Disney/ABC Television in New York and Burbank, Calif., received jarring news. Managers told them that they would all be laid off, and that during their final weeks they would have to train immigrants brought in by an outsourcing company to do their jobs. The training began, but after a few days it was suspended with no explanation. In New York, the immigrants suddenly stopped coming to the offices. Then on June 11, managers summoned the Disney employees with different news: Their layoffs had been canceled,” the New York Times reports.

Jobs Group Files for Judgement in Suit Over H-4 Work Rule

“A group of tech workers who claim to have been replaced by employees on H-1B visas asked a D.C. federal court Monday to grant them judgment in their suit challenging a new rule allowing certain H-4 visa holders to work, saying the rule exceeded the power of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Just a few weeks after the court refused to temporarily block the rule, plaintiff Save Jobs USA moved for judgment on all counts in its complaint, which included claims that DHS overstepped its bounds by allowing H-4 visa holders to work,” Law360 reports.

Texas Plans Big Effort on Border

“Other states along the nearly 2,000-mile Southwest border — New Mexico, Arizona and California — do not come remotely close to the resources Texas has committed. And Texas is doing so long after last year’s surge in immigrants crossing the border illegally has subsided. So why is Texas setting up what appears to be a parallel border patrol alongside the federal force?” says the AP.

“Google ‘cartel crime in Mexico’ and just put a time period of the last week, and you’ll see some dramatic instances of what the cartels are doing in Mexico right now,’ Abbott told reporters this month following the legislative session. ‘The first obligation of government is to keep people safe and that means ensuring that this ongoing cartel activity, which is not abating whatsoever, gains no root at all in the state of Texas.’”

Senate Committee Approves DHS Appropriation Bill

“A Senate subcommittee on Tuesday approved a $47.1 billion bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security, the Coast Guard and other agencies in fiscal 2016. The base portion of the bill contains $40.2 billion in spending, which is $543 million more than 2015 and $1.18 billion less than President Obama’s request,” The Hill reported.

Dominican Republic Ready to Round Up, Deport Illegal Aliens from Haiti

“The Associated Press reported Tuesday that the head of the Dominican Republic’s immigration agency, Army Gen. Ruben Paulino, said his agency will begin patrolling neighborhoods with large numbers of migrants on Thursday. ‘If they aren’t registered, they will be repatriated,’ Paulino said, according to the AP,” the Washington Post wrote.

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  1. avatar E. Hammer says:

    I would like to know more about: “The Mexican Migration Project, established 1982,”
    “The Treaty of Guadeloupe Hidalgo,” and

  2. The Open Border Pundits Would Call Trump Racist

    How about someone aware of demographic planning to prevent overpopulation and destruction of America?

    • avatar crq says:

      Silly man, that would mean that someone would have to work towards a clearly stated & codified (& sensible) agenda, what….do you expect this gov’t to do it?

      Then they might have to slow down the dumbing down of America & do some real work…we can’t have that…

  3. avatar Leland says:

    Italy is upset that the rest of Europe won’t “share the burden” of illegals from North Africa. Maybe that’s because Italy is fueling the problem by picking up the illegals when they are only a few miles off the African coast and bringing them to Italy. Return them to North Africa and the problem will stop. They know exactly where these ship come from. Either that or be overwhelmed.