Today’s Immigration Headlines – July 1, 2015

Refusing to Engage the Facts

Writing for New York Magazine, Annie Lowrey focuses on the controversy around Ann Coulter’s new book without engaging its substance. “What emerges from her research is the kind of argument that should elicit an uncomplicated response from pro-immigration liberals and the country’s 40 million or so immigrants: something like, “what, no?!” But thus far, Coulter has found herself struggling to annoy, enrage, and otherwise provoke the mainstream media or the left.”

The Fake Frenzy Over High Tech Talent

The New York Review of Books has a long article reviewing recent books about the supposed shortage of STEM workers.

“Teitelbaum stresses a fact of the labor market: contrary to the warnings from a variety of panels and roundtables, public and private employers who might hire STEM workers have not been creating enough positions for all the people currently being trained to fill them. Take physics, a quintessential STEM science. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in its latest Occupational Outlook Handbook, forecasts that by 2022 the economy will have 22,700 nonacademic openings for physicists. Yet during the preceding decade 49,700 people will have graduated with physics degrees. The anomaly is that those urging students toward STEM studies are not pressing employers to ensure that the jobs will be there. And as we shall see, the employers often turn to foreign workers for the jobs they have to fill.”

900,000 Illegal Aliens Were Ordered Deported But Remain Free

“Nearly 1 million of the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in the United States have been ordered to leave the country but remain, many hiding in plain view as they take advantage of an overwhelmed federal system, according to new documents. In the latest demonstration that the U.S. legal and police system appears unable to enforce immigration laws, documents show that about 900,000 undocumented immigrants, including 170,000 criminals, have been ordered deported “in absentia,” meaning a judge kicked them out without them even knowing it,” the Washington Examiner reports.

Manufacturing Loss, Immigration Contribute to Inequality

“A recently published study from an economics professor concludes that the declining manufacturing base and increases in low skilled immigration have served to increase income inequality in the U.S.,” Breitbart News reports.

“‘The overall evidence suggests that the manufacturing and immigration trends have hollowed-out the overall demand for middle-skilled workers in all sectors, while increasing the supply of workers in lower skilled jobs. Both phenomena are producing downward pressure on the relative wages of workers at the low end of the income distribution,’ reads the abstract to Hebrew University Professor Eric Gould’s paper.”

Cruz Says Trump Doesn’t Need to Apologize

“Texas Senator and Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said Donald Trump shouldn’t apologize ‘for speaking out against the problem that is illegal immigration’ on Tuesday’s ‘Fox & Friends’ on the Fox News Channel,” Breitbart News reports.

“Cruz argued, ‘Amnesty is wrong. It’s unfair to millions of legal immigrants, immigrants like my dad, who came legally in 1957, penniless and not speaking English. When it comes to Donald Trump, I like Donald Trump. I think he’s terrific, I think he’s brash, I think speaks the truth. And I think NBC is engaging in political correctness that is silly and that is wrong.’”

Federalist Contributor Questions Official English

“Ann Coulter’s new book on immigration, ‘Adios America,’ just hit number six on The New York Times’ nonfiction bestseller list. The media coverage of Coulter’s controversial book, coupled with President Obama’s 2014 executive amnesty and a fresh wave of immigrants crossing the desert this summer, have exacerbated and brought to the fore the chronic frustrations of pro-sovereignty Americans. As a result, speaking English will undoubtedly enter the debate as yet another point of contention,” says Georgi Boorman at The Federalist.

“…English is not what keeps this country unified. Indeed, it is not even what brought us together. Although English has been by far predominant throughout American and pre-American colonial history, German and Dutch were also prominently spoken during the colonial era. It’s estimated that during the 1750s roughly one-third of Pennsylvanians spoke German,” she says.

“What brought America into existence was an ideology of independence; what kept America together were the principles of democracy, limited government, and the very ideas expressed in our Constitution: equality of men and man’s natural rights, including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

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  1. avatar Leland says:

    Annie Lowrey is the textbook example of the standard media response to Ann Coulter. Either call her names or just state she’s wrong. But the facts can’t be disputed. Hispanics have far greater participation than their share of the population in welfare programs of all kinds, high school dropout rates, single mothers, and gang membership. Over their lifetimes on average those things guarantee they will be net users of government money, not contributors. If Lowery could dispute any of those things she would. But she can’t.

    Not to mention that a lot of the things that are not considered as “crimes” when it comes to Latinos, like stealing identities to work, obtaining licenses under false pretenses, or failing to show up in court when required, would all get American citizens in legal trouble. There are two sets of rules, one for illegals, who get rewarded for bad behavior, and legal residents and citizens who get in trouble for the same things. You try stealing someone else’s identity and see if you get a pat on the head. Those are things that media flacks like Lowrey ignore.

    • avatar Leland says:

      Some will say that high school dropout rates for Latinos have “fallen”. Meaningless because they are still far higher than Asians, whites, and even blacks.