Japanese Artist Pulls Refugee Drawing
“A Japanese artist has come under fire after using a photograph of a young Syrian girl taken by Save The Children to draw a cartoon accusing refugees of ‘faking’ plight. The drawing, by cartoonist Toshiko Hasumi, shows a young Syrian girl claiming to want to be a refugee in order to get ‘gourmet food and luxury at the expense of someone else’. It has been widely shared online in Japan since being posted on Facebook by Hasumi last month, leading to more than 10,000 people signing a petition demanding it be taken down,” the Daily Mail says.
Merkel Faces Political, Legal Challenges Over Refugee Flood
“Political backlash against German chancellor Angela Merkel intensified on Friday as her most conservative ally threatened to take the government to court if it doesn’t adopt measures to limit the flow of migrants into Germany. As the number of migrants flocking to Germany has continued to swell, Ms. Merkel’s open-arms policy has exposed a widening rift inside the government over how to tackle the biggest migrant tide Germany has witnessed since WWII,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
Immigration Debate More Polarized
“American views on immigration have grown more polarized, with Republicans taking harder-line positions as Democrats and independents take more liberal stands, a new poll indicates,” the LA Times wrote.
Obama Speech on “Anti-Immigrant” Sentiment
“Speaking to an Hispanic group on Thursday night, President Obama combined his call for an overhaul of the immigration system with a denunciation of some of the Republican presidential candidates. ‘The anti-immigrant sentiment that has infected our politics is not new, but it is wrong,’ Obama said at the annual Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Gala,” USA Today reported.
Hillary Tracks Against Immigration Enforcement
“Hillary Clinton wants to halt the deportation of immigrants in the country illegally, offer them a path to citizenship and allow them to obtain driver’s licenses. It wasn’t always this way. In past years, Clinton insisted she was ‘adamantly against illegal immigrants,’ voted as a senator to construct hundreds of miles of fencing along the border with Mexico to keep them out and opposed giving them driver’s licenses,” McClatchyDC.com reports.
Pro-Amnesty Heckler Targets Hillary
“Hillary Clinton was in the middle of a short speech at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Gala here Thursday when an immigration protester stood up and began shouting. The protester, Juan Ramos from United We Dream Action, a DREAMer immigration group, held up a large white sign and heckled Clinton on private prisons and mass incarceration,” CNN says.
What The Wall Street Journal Doesn’t Get About Welfare Use by Immigrants
“The Wall Street Journal published an editorial this week that highlighted the positive aspects of the National Research Council’s mixed assessment of immigrant integration. The Journal’s positive spin is unsurprising, given that its editors have been advocates of open borders for decades,” says Steven A. Camarota Director of Research at CIS.
“More surprising – or if not surprising, at least disappointing – is that the Journal included a deeply misguided attack on CIS’s recent study of immigrant welfare usage. Our study found that 51 percent of immigrant-headed households used at least one form of welfare in 2012, compared to 30 percent of native households.”
Open Borders Are a Myth
“It’s a truth universally acknowledged that no nation can sustain open borders. Even the wealthiest, most popular “nations of immigrants” such as the United States cannot possibly accept everyone who wants to immigrate or even qualifies to do so. Nations have the core right and duty to choose who can immigrate: come in, stay, work and become a citizen. They do it through immigration laws established by democratic representative government and that are to be enforced. Saying that, immigration decisions certainly are one of the most difficult any nation state must make,” says Peggy Sands Orchowski.
Liberal Columnist Horrified that People Understand Illegal Immigration
“When we hear May (or anyone else for that matter) using the word migrant we need to heed the power of collocations. Thanks to years of fear-mongering by rightwing press and politicians, I’d argue that both migrant and immigrant have become deleteriously collocalised with another word – illegal,” says James Gingell in The Guardian.