Plan to House Illegal Alien Minors in Dallas Prompts Debate
“The decision to temporarily house hundreds of unaccompanied children from Central America in Ellis and Rockwall counties is prompting a passionate debate over illegal immigration. ‘It just boggles my mind that the United States would let these people come over here,’ said Christopher Bruton, who spoke out in front of the church camp near Maypearl where 500 children will be sheltered. ‘Every single one of them needs to go back home to where they came from,’” NBC News reported.
Cuban Immigration Surges
“The number of Cubans who have entered the U.S. has spiked dramatically since President Obama last year announced a renewal of ties with the island nation, a Pew Research Center analysis of government data has found. The U.S. has since opened an embassy in Havana, a move supported by a large majority of Americans, and public support is growing for ending the trade embargo with Cuba,” the Pew Institute says.
“Cubans seeking to enter the U.S. may receive special treatment under the Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966. Those hoping to live in the U.S. legally need only show up at a port of entry and pass an inspection, which includes a check of criminal and immigration history in the U.S. After a year in the country, they may apply for legal permanent residence.”
Why Franklin Graham Supports Trump on Muslim Immigration
“Amid an outcry over Donald Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims entering the country, prominent evangelist Franklin Graham has come out in support of the Republican presidential candidate’s plan, saying that he has been advocating a similar stance for months,” notes the Washington Post
“’For some time I have been saying that Muslim immigration into the United States should be stopped until we can properly vet them or until the war with Islam is over,’ Graham wrote on Facebook on Wednesday. ‘Donald J. Trump has been criticized by some for saying something similar. The new Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said yesterday that he disagrees — saying that ‘such views are not what this party stands for and more importantly it’s not what this country stands for.’’
Facing Reality on Refugees
“On Wednesday, FBI director James Comey alleged that the San Bernardino shooters were already plotting a mass-murder attack on the United States before Tafsheen Malik received the K-1 visa admitting her to the United States. Her husband-to-be, Syed Farook, was born a U.S. citizen. Yet his family’s immigration history should also raise searching questions about the process by which would-be Americans are selected,” David Frum says.
“Donald Trump’s noisy complaints that immigration is out of control are literally true. Nobody is making conscious decisions about who is wanted and who is not, about how much immigration to accept and what kind to prioritize—not even for the portion of U.S. migration conducted according to law, much less for the larger portion that is not.”
Zuckerberg Group Targets Trump in New Ads
“An immigration reform group backed by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and other major tech figures is taking aim at Donald Trump. The group, FWD.us, on Thursday released a video as part of a campaign to increase the chances that immigration reform legislation — which has so far eluded Congress — becomes law in 2017,” The Hill reported.
Michelle Malkin: Misreprsenting The Founding Fathers’ Views on Immigration
“President Obama claims that restricting immigration in order to protect national security is “offensive and contrary to American values.” No-limits liberals have attacked common-sense proposals for heightened visa scrutiny, profiling or immigration slowdowns as “un-American.” America’s Founding Fathers, I submit, would vehemently disagree,” says Michelle Malkin.
Texas Legislators Seek to Rein In Sanctuary Policies
“The rumor that she isn’t tough on criminal immigrants who pass through her jail has grown like a well-fertilized plant, embattled Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez told a panel of state lawmakers on Thursday, the Texas Tribune wrote.
“Valdez has been in Gov. Greg Abbott’s crosshairs since announcing last month that she will honor requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement to hold inmates, known as ICE detainers, on a case-by-case basis. But she said her comments were taken out of context following a meeting she had with ICE officials and immigrant advocates about how her jail was detaining — and then handing over — immigrants to federal authorities.”
Jan Ting: Court Rulings Support Legality of Trump Plan
“The hysterical response to Donald Trump’s proposal to restrict Muslim immigration is unwarranted. Contrary to the claims of Trump’s critics, the power to suspend the admission of ‘any aliens or any class of aliens into the United States’ is expressly reserved by statute to the president whenever the president finds that such admission ‘would be detrimental to the interests of the United States,’” says legal expert Jan Ting.
“Candidate Trump is telling us that President Obama should use this power, and that a President Trump would.”