Today’s Immigration Headlines – July 14, 2015

Family of Calif. Murder Victim Back Stronger Enforcment

“The parents of a woman shot to death on a San Francisco pier said Monday in a cable television news interview that they support a proposal to give mandatory prison time to deported people who return to the U.S. illegally. Kathryn Steinle, 32, was walking along a waterfront in San Francisco when she was shot by a gun allegedly fired by Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, a Mexican national who was in the country illegally,” the AP reports.

Over 100 Minors Caught at Border Every Day

“A large number of unaccompanied alien children continue to illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border as 127 were apprehended per day doing so during the month of June, according to the most recent data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP),” CNS News reports.

Trump Finds Support Because Voters Care About Immigration

“Donald Trump has rocketed to the top, or near the top, of the Republican-primary field by focusing on illegal immigration and border security. Depending on the poll, Trump is garnering in the high teens of Republican voters. It might be that the high teens is the ceiling for Trump, but in a field with more than one dozen candidates dividing the voting pie, that’s enormous,” says Willaim Jacobson at National Review.

DHS Secretary Opposes Mandating Compliance With Detainers

“Department of Homeland Security Sec. Jeh Johnson says he opposes mandating compliance with detainers, and is in fact in the process of eliminating them. On a conference call with law enforcement officials last week, Breitbart News has learned, Johnson addressed recent bills introduced by lawmakers to force sanctuary jurisdictions to comply with federal immigration law and immigration detainers,” Breitbart News reports.

Confusing Cause and Effect

“For a country of immigrants, the U.S. can really lack compassion in its discussion of immigration. The latest example of paranoia takes the form of Donald Trump’s ugly portrayal of new arrivals as criminals—a sorry attempt by the political entrant to comb one over on the voting public, and a slap in the face to the very people building his buildings. Toward the far more comfortable end of the sanity spectrum, there are legitimate fears of companies exploiting loopholes in the H-1B immigration program to displace native workers with cheaper labor,” says Eric Jaffe at

“But even people with very reasonable concerns over working-class American livelihoods should feel comforted by a recurring trend that appears wherever and whenever people study immigration: as metro areas become more diverse, everyone becomes a lot better off.”

With Cuba Relations Improving, Calls to End Special Policy Rise

“Calls are growing for the Obama administration to end the decades-long practice of allowing Cubans who make it onto U.S. soil to stay here. The practice, which stems from the 1966 Cuban Adjustment Act and is informally known as the “wet-foot-dry-foot” policy, allows Cubans who make it to the United States to remain her legally,” Fox News Latino says.

“Some groups, such as the Federation for American Immigration Reform, or FAIR, want to see more than just a tweaking of the Cuban Adjustment Act. ‘With the re-establishment of full diplomatic relations with Cuba, our outdated Cold War immigration policies with that nation must end,’ Dan Stein, FAIR’s president, told FNL.”

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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. avatar Leland says:

    Does Eric Jaffe at Citylab prefer to lie or is he paid to do it? He says “As metro areas become more diverse, everyone becomes a lot better off.” Any city more “diverse” than Los Angeles?

    This from a blog on Curbed LA by Adrian Glick Kudlow on Feb. 10, 2015:

    “In Los Angeles and New York City, the median rent grew over 10% between 2006 and 2013, while the median renters income remained stagnant or even declined.” “An analysis by Zillow in December found that a renter should be making $97,000 to afford the average LA rental.”

    Are those people “better off”? Maybe Mr. Jaffe has a different definition.

    • Open Border Cash Allotments for IAs

      Come from high property taxes and this drives up rents.

      • avatar Leland says:

        The article Jaffe wrote is nonsense. California is both the most diverse state in the country and has the highest percentage of foreign born. It should be the example of why immigration helps the economy. Instead, their unemployment rate has been well above the national rate for years. More people, fueled by immigration, puts more upward pressure on real estate and rents. The state is virtually out of water and some towns now are supplied by tanker trucks. Their “backup” ground water supply is depleted, forcing ever deeper wells to be drilled.
        And yet few will admit how bad things are. They just encourage more immigration.

      • avatar BillT says:

        Also rents go sky high when multiple immigrants/illegals rent a house or flat. When I lived in Danbury they had a case where 25 illegal alien Chinese were living in one half of a duplex. They removed the appliances in the kitchen and put in bunk beds and had bunks throughout. What happens is 25 people contribute to the rent so the landlords can charge higher rents. This locks out a lot of traditional couples moving into the area since at most they have two incomes. Since the landlords plan to flip the house in a couple of years they don’t care about the wear and tear damage done to the house.

        The Chinese are well organized, in the above case they had a van pick up the migrants take them to work in the various Chinese restaurants and picked them up at night and delivered them to their sleeping quarters. I know of another case in Norwalk where 50 illegal alien Haitians lived in one house!

        • avatar Leland says:

          You are absolutely correct. It happens all over this country and as you say the traditional family is shut out because they cannot compete with the money paid by all those people. Frequently with legal aliens, several generations will live in the same home. Everyone who wants to think immigration is such a great thing needs to wake up. It’s good for business but not for the average American who has seen their wages decline
          because those illegals will work for less.