Today’s Immigration Headlines – Oct 9, 2015

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,” 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.

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  1. avatar SecBorders says:

    From a recent news story:

    —The horrifying story of an “honor killing” in Germany spotlights the sheer madness of importing millions of unvetted, unassimilated migrants.

    The victim, a 20-year-old woman….is one refugee who had a strong case for asylum. She was gang-raped in Syria, emigrated to Germany two years ago, and found employment with the German government as a translator.

    However, she strongly suspected her family wanted her dead for being “unclean,” and her suspicions appear to have been confirmed, as the German police believe her father and brothers slaughtered her with knives and buried her body in a garden, allegedly at the instruction of her mother.

    As a recent study of honor killings pointed out, women “play a very active role in honor-based femicide, both by spreading the gossip underlying such murders and by acting as conspirator-accomplices and/or hands-on-killers in the honor killing of female relatives.”

    From FoxNews:

    In late September, the trial of a Pakistani parents—Shazia and Asadullah Khan—charged with murdering their 19-year-old daughter Lareeb in a case of “honor killing,” unfolded in the city of Darmstadt.

    The Khans considered their daughter’s activity dishonorable because she did not want an arranged marriage and stopped wearing a head scarf. Lareeb started a relationship with a young man and was caught shoplifting condoms. Shazia said at her trial: “At this point it became clear that there was sexual contact. When I showed the letter to my husband, he snapped.”

    With Germany’s agreement to take in some 800,000 refugees this year alone, and potentially millions more in the future, more such crimes are likely, said one expert,

    “This problem will worsen with the influx of Muslim refugees, as will … forced child marriage, forced arranged marriage, normalized battering and stalking of daughters, forced veiling and under-the-radar polygamy,” said Phyllis Chesler, who has written several studies on honor killings.

    • avatar Leland says:

      Liberals are always the first people to condemn gender and religious discrimination in the western countries, correctly so, but when it comes to others pointing out that Muslim countries are far worse in their attitudes towards the same things, that gets cast as “Islamaphobia”. There is nothing wrong, or incorrect, in pointing out Islam’s dismal record of human rights. Women are by law second class citizens in Islam.

  2. avatar Leland says:

    Doesn’t James Gingell of The Guardian have it backwards? He says “I’d argue that both migrant and immigrant have become deleteriously collocalised with another word-illegal”. No, it’s he and his ilk who have made both migrant and immigrant virtually interchangeable as far as whether those people are here legally or illegally.

    In fact, how many posts have you read that begin, “what is you don’t get about illegal?”. The average person understands the difference very well. People like Gingell attempt to obfuscate the difference.

    And as usual, he pulls the usual trick of painting anyone who wants immigration restrictions as “rightwing”. I have also seen a million posts, and had personal conversations, that begin “I’m a liberal but I do not support illegal entry”.

    • A Lot of Democrats Think They Still Have a Party That Supports Them

      Now I’m rolling on the ground in laughter. Crying won’t help.

      • avatar Leland says:

        Just look at the story above, about how Hillary has done a complete turnaround on illegal immigration. It was the one thing I really liked about her. Same thing with Harry Reid 20 years ago when he said birthright citizenship should be eliminated. Liars who will say anything for a vote. The only one of the Democratic presidential candidates I would [half way] trust on the immigration issue is Jim Webb. The others are from the same pandering cookie cutter.

        • avatar No Change says:

          So Leland how and what do you propose to do about the least of our problems: Illegal immgiration. Think about it…….if Congress is not able to deal with such easy issue to fix and it is politically and financially the least impotent in the short term……how do you expect Congress will ever fix but sit on this and others for as long as we are alive….Any solutions?..any takers……?….not just words at this point …..

          • avatar No Change says:

            impotent = important

          • avatar Leland says:

            If it’s such a small problem, you seem to put a lot of time and effort into it. Why is that? And the solution is to start making politicians pay a price. I think it’s likely that Boehner is leaving Congress because he was possibly looking at a primary defeat like then majority leader Eric Cantor last year. Boehner talked a good game about immigration enforcement, like Cantor, but in the end did nothing. Cantor got the boot.

          • avatar No Change says:

            it is that so Leland……….3 to 5% of the population is illegal….most of them work if not all …..yet you think that is our biggest problem?….that is small thinking…..look at the big picture……Welfare to refugees…proper legal immigration and the outsourcing and insourcing of workers………u think you can make the big guys pay a price…..that is a lot of talk but facts….like Trump.

          • avatar Leland says:

            Los Angeles County has almost 10 million people. More than 20% of welfare payments in that county go to families headed by an illegal. Explain why that’s not a problem.

          • avatar No Change says:

            I already told you the answer… 80%+ of Welfare are our own…………so if near 20% of our own in a county is in Welfare …That is alarming…Leland KEEP THE EYE ON THE PRICE……..if we eliminate those 80% we get rig of Welfare altogehter…..

            You spent too much time on 3 to 5% of the illegal population THAT MOST OF them DO WORK and completely dismiss the root cause …our fault…..your fix our freeloaders and problem solved.

            Amazing…… are simply close-minded………….SO you think if indeed 20% is true…that 20% is worse than 80%…….your should be in Congress…….

          • avatar No Change says:

            get the US population Welfare demographics then compare…..then fix it….then we are in business……besides do show proof of that 20%……by showing the same percent since Welfare was born……the whole story…..I don’t buy it………besides how can you call illegals to US citizens…….no illegal receives Welfare…

          • Its Easy No-Change

            Just enforce existing immigration laws on the books. Make eVerify 100% implemented and eliminate identity theft. Ya don’t need a bunch of attorneys feeding off the deficits to do that.

            Of course you’re against it….you don’t like a nation of laws, either do our organized crime Dem/Reps management that both hate Trumps’ rule of law positions.

          • avatar No Change says:

            SW actually what I would like to see is that our children were to be smarter than you are by the time they become professionals………in your case you assume what i like…but in my case I give you facts……

          • avatar No Change says:
          • avatar Leland says:

            There’s only one side of the story of being here legally. You have permission or you don’t. It’s funny how decades ago that we filled all those restaurant jobs with legal citizens, before this present wave of illegal immigration.

          • avatar No Change says:

            what are you talking about??…..the illegal immigration has always been here……….it is jut nobody never cared to be such an non issue…….