Today’s Immigration Headlines – Aug 13, 2015

Poll: Close to 75% of Employers Don’t Want More Foreign Worker Visas

“Should the federal government raise the cap on H-1B visas and allow more foreign workers to be temporarily employed in the U.S.? Almost three fourths of employers disagree with the idea for multiple reasons, according to a new poll of human resources managers. Over a quarter say yes, however – citing concerns about skills shortages in the U.S.” the Washington Times says.

Hungary Conscripts Unemployed to Build Border Barrier

“Hungary has drafted hundreds of unemployed workers to help speed up work on the country’s controversial anti-immigration fence that will run along the border with Serbia. Almost 500 people on job seeker’s allowance have been told to report for duty as labourers or face having their dole money stopped as Hungary races to complete the fence by the end of the month,” the Telegraph reports.

100,000 OTM Families and Children Caught at Border This Year

“The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Customs and Border Protection (CBP) apprehended 99,580 ‘Other Than Mexican’ families and unaccompanied children along the U.S. border with Mexico so far through June of fiscal year 2015 (Oct. 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015),” CNS News reported.

Sanders Vs. Klein Shows Split Over Immigration

“The recent fiery to-and-fro between old-style social democrat Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Vox-founder Ezra Klein was a perfect illustration of just how long it’s been since the Left was right on immigration. Klein, an immigration-novice who once stated we need open-borders or else the quality of Chinese restaurants would decline, attempted to rebut Sanders’ once-uncontroversial notion that excessive immigration depresses wages, by touting the increasingly popular, yet evidence-free, idea that an open-borders policy can actually solve global inequality. Although Klein’s response was less thoughtful assessment, more emotional spasm, it’s become standard argumentation for contemporary facts-be-damned Democrats,” says Ian Smith in a new op-ed.

Senator Wants Answers on Latest Murder by an Illegal Immigrant

“A key Republican senator is demanding that the Department of Homeland Security provide details about the immigration status of two men, including one illegal immigrant, who have been charged with the murder of a California woman,” the Washington Examiner wrote.

“Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said the murder of Marilyn Pharis on July 24 appears to be another example of how DHS is failing to do enough to ensure illegal alien criminals are removed from the country. Pharis’ death came just weeks after another illegal immigrant with a criminal record picked up a gun and fired it, killing Kate Steinle in San Francisco.”

Indiana Pre-School Program Excludes Illegal Aliens

“Children who are living in Indiana illegally will not be allowed to enroll in that state’s new preschool program. Nor will they be allowed to enroll in Indianapolis’ new city-based program, which Mayor Greg Ballard has touted as a solution to kindergarten readiness for low-income families in his city,” says.

America’s Looming Short Order Cook Shortage

“Good cooks are getting harder to come by. Not the head kitchen honchos, depicted in Food Network reality shows, who fine-tune menus, and orchestrate the dinner rush, but the men and women who are fresh out of culinary school and eager to earn their chops. The shortage of able kitchen hands is affecting chefs in Chicago, where restaurateurs say they are receiving far fewer applications than in past years,” says the Washington Post.

“‘I would be surprised if the slowdown in Mexican immigration isn’t responsible for more of the problem than many people realize,’ said Tyler Cowen, an economics professor at George Mason University who has written extensively about the economics of restaurants. ‘This sector is, as anyone in it will tell you, kept afloat by immigrants, especially Latinos. They’re essential to its health.’”

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  1. The Poll is Split Between Employers Brainlessly Seeking Cheap Foreign Labor Replacements for American Workers

    And the honest/legal employers wanting Americans on living wages around to buy their stuff.