Today’s Immigration Headlines – July 17, 2015

USA Today Editors: Sanctuary Policies Violate Common Sense

“A little bit of common sense and discretion might have prevented the killing this month in San Francisco of Kathryn Steinle — a victim not only of random gunfire but of the mindless handling of the city’s immigration policy,” USA Today says in an editorial.

“Her accused killer is Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, a Mexican immigrant who had a felony drug record going back 20 years, had been deported five times and had repeatedly sneaked back into the USA (which raises serious questions about border security that the current, polarized debate isn’t addressing in a helpful way).’

How Easy is Building a Border Barrier

“Donald Trump’s proposal to build an impenetrable wall along the U.S.-Mexico border is highly unrealistic and would cost untold billions of dollars, according to experts, documents and former and current government officials,” the Washington Post reports.

“As he campaigns for the Republican nomination for president, Trump has vowed to erect a massive structure to keep out illegal Mexican migrants. ‘Building a wall is easy, and it can be done inexpensively,’ he said Thursday in an interview with The Washington Post. ‘It’s not even a difficult project if you know what you’re doing. And no one knows what they’re doing like I do.’”

Appeals Court Hears Arguments Over Amnesty Plan

“Lawyers for Texas and a coalition of states opposing President Obama’s executive action on immigration made their case to a federal appeals court here Friday, sparring about whether the president has the authority to shield an estimated 5 million immigrants from deportation, and the costs that would impose on states,” the LA Times reports.

“Texas and 25 other states sued to halt the programs, an extension of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans. The larger program, known as DAPA, would offer three-year work permits to parents of citizens and other legal residents, but not recent arrivals or those with serious criminal records.’

ISIS Inspired Attack in Tenn.

“If evidence reveals that Thursday’s shooting rampage in Chattanooga, Tennessee, was an act of ISIS-inspired terrorism, CBS News senior security contributor Michael Morell would not be surprised. ‘This is the wave of the future,’ he said Thursday on ‘CBS This Morning,’” CBS news reports.

California Plan Would Let Illegal Aliens Buy In to Obamacare

“California lawmakers and activists are spearheading a first-in-the-nation plan to let undocumented immigrants buy Obamacare health insurance.
Supporters say the California proposal, which would need federal approval and couldn’t start until 2017, is the next logical step in expanding health insurance to a population that was intentionally excluded from the president’s health-care law. But uniting the two highly combustible issues of Obamacare and immigration could reignite a fierce health-care reform controversy,” Politico reports.

“To Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which was a leading voice against the comprehensive immigration reform bill that stalled in Washington two years ago, the California proposal signals a weakening in enforcement of immigration laws. ‘A bill like this is a camel’s nose. If you see a camel’s nose under the tent, it’s not too long before the whole camel will be in the tent,’ he said. ‘Or the tent will be on the ground.’”

The True Cost of Immigration

“Democrats, along with a number of equally feckless Republicans, are extolling the virtues of “comprehensive immigration reform.” Such jargon obscures their real agenda, which is the abandonment of the rule of law in favor of a political expediency that benefits the ruling class and its campaign contributors. A ruling class and campaign contributors who seek to “fundamentally transform the United States of America” into a nation where progressive power is permanent, and cheap labor is plentiful. Hence, while those virtues are put front and center before the public, the vices associated with illegal immigration are relegated to the back of the proverbial bus. Here’s a look at some of those vices,” says Arnold Ahlert.

O’Malley Says He Can Lead on Immigration

“Sitting in a crowded church basement, Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley touted his recently released immigration platform, calling for amnesty and healthcare for all illegal immigrants as well as a new White House agency to handle immigration. Asked about Hillary Clinton’s recent push on immigration, the former Maryland governor stated that he hadn’t seen enough of the other candidates’ plans on the issue to pass judgment but left no doubt that he believed he was at the forefront,” the Washington Examiner reports.

Bush Changes Tone on Trump

“Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has clearly decidedly softened his anti-Donald Trump tone after attacks on the billionaire real estate magnate—his biggest 2016 intra-GOP competition at this point—have backfired. When Yahoo News’ Jon Ward asked Bush in an interview if he’s preparing to battle Trump in the debates—as Politico’s Alex Isenstadt reported earlier on Thursday—he flatly denied it,” Breitbart News says.

The Real Immigration Debate

“Are all undocumented immigrants criminals? No. But some are. How many has been a subject of recent public debate, speculation and exaggeration. There are many undocumented immigrants being treated as criminals by people who see all undocumented immigrants as criminals. Conversely, many immigration advocates do not want to admit that there is a criminal element within the immigrant community. What is missing in this war of rhetoric is a substantive discussion about how to get at the real criminality within the immigrant community, while fairly dealing with the majority of unauthorized immigrants who are not truly criminals. That is the conversation that should be happening and isn’t,” The Hill says.

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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. Trump is the Sacrificial “Racist” Loud Mouthed Lamb

    Notice the media takes his poorly chosen comment [I think he could have kept it more palatable] out of context, but purposely omits from his remark that some illegal aliens just came here to feed their family.

  2. avatar M from NM says:

    To Leland:

    The Republicans cannot out promise the Democrats in terms of freebies, however this is why the Republicans must appeal to patriotism. It’s important and it is about time that Americans require Latinos to say literally where their loyalty lies. It’s eventually going to get to that anyway. Better to do it now rather than later. At least then, Americans know where they stand with respect to the Hispanics in this country. And it will force the Hispanics to make a choice and quit playing both sides of the fence when it’s convenient.

    • avatar M from NM says:

      I forgot to add that when people finally choose a side, I think there will be more American patriots than Hispanic loyalists–at least for now. However, if the train wreck that is illegal immigration from Latin American isn’t stopped, then down the road American patriots might not win.

      • avatar Leland says:

        You have a point but I have seen polls where the majority of Mexicans in this country identify more as Mexican than American.

  3. avatar BillT says:

    Yes, I am shocked and stunned that USA Today would besmirch Sanctuary Cities. What is interesting to me is the liberal line is that we are freeing the oppressed from “living in the shadows”. The reality is that “living in the shadows” is exactly what our oppressed illegal alien Mr. Sanchez wanted before he murdered Kate Steinle. He chose San Francisco because he could hide from Federal officials.

    Years ago I lived in Phoenix and one of the Arizona Republic’s articles was on Mexican rapists. There was a pattern of Phoenix women being raped by Mexicans that went on for decades. It seems that when our less fortunate illegal wanted some sex they would come to Phoenix, commit the rape and then head back to Mexico. And why was Mexico such a sanctuary for rapists you ask, because they had a national policy not to extradite Mexicans to America. By the way the some of the same rapists would repeat their crimes in Phoenix and again head back to their motherland sanctuary.

  4. avatar Leland says:

    Click the link for Arnold Ahlert’s article with is subtitled “Our Unsustainable Predicament”. That sums up the whole argument. We cannot continue to allow people to enter or stay who end up on government assistance programs at rates far above native born Americans and are far less educated.

    Refugee organizations in Florida are reporting a funding “crisis” because so many people are leaving Cuba and the minute they reach the US, legally for visits or entering illegally, they claim “refugee” status and they know they won’t be returned. Hey why not, they know we’re suckers. This country then automatically makes them eligible for virtually every welfare/assistance program for at least a year and usually longer.

    And the remarks by Maryland Governor Martin O”Malley, who is running for the Democratic nomination, and who wants to give government healthcare to illegals, is just further proof that the Republicans will never get any substantial portion of the Latino vote because the Democrats will always out promise them.