Religious Groups Offer Sanctuary to Illegal Aliens
“Religious groups and activists vowed Wednesday to offer refuge to illegal immigrants who are the targets of ongoing federal raids meant to combat a new wave of border-crossing from Central America. The announcement recalled the sanctuary movement of the 1980s that provided safe haven to several thousand people fleeing civil wars in El Salvador and Guatemala, with churches in Los Angeles, Chicago and other cities sometimes filled with people seeking asylum in the United States,” the Washington Post says.
ICE Raids Prompt Concern from Illegal Aliens
“The rumors had been flying in the New York area since Saturday: Officials from Immigration and Customs Enforcement had swooped into churches and public schools, dragged away an undocumented family at the Staten Island Mall, pulled over drivers on the Southern State Parkway and set up blockades in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, and at the Staten Island Ferry. None of it appeared to be true,” the New York Times wrote.
“But in the wake of the Department of Homeland Security’s announcement that over the weekend it had started deporting families, particularly those from Central America who had entered the United States illegally in the last 18 months, no one — not even immigration lawyers — could separate fact from fiction.”
Does the GOP Need a New Immigration Position?
“No matter who wins the GOP’s presidential primary, the Trump phenomenon calls for some soul-searching on the right. One obvious place to start is immigration, since everyone agrees anti-immigrant sentiment is a big driver of Trump’s success,” says Pascal Emmanuel Gobry.
“Policy elites, on both sides of the aisle, have ignored the legitimate concerns of the white working class for decades — and the Trump surge may be comeuppance. Some 13 percent of the U.S. population today was born abroad. That’s up from less than 5 percent in 1970. But white, working-class voters now form the Republican Party’s base. For over 10 years now, a band of intellectuals known as “reform conservatives” have been arguing it’s time to pay attention to their concerns. One of the sharpest reform conservatives, and one of the earliest to understand the problem, has been National Review Executive Editor Reihan Salam.”
Attacks in Germany Prompt Demonstration
“Police in Germany are investigating what they describe as a series of mass sexual assaults that allegedly took place on New Year’s Eve in Cologne, Hamburg and other cities and allegedly involved men of Middle East and North African descent. Three suspects have been identified but their names have not been made public. The identity of the attackers has ramped up tensions over migration. Hundreds of people gathered in Cologne Tuesday night to protest against the attacks,” VOANews says.
Obama Administration Looks at Military Bases to House Surge of Illegal Aliens
“The new surge of illegal immigrant youths has forced the federal government to look at an emergency plan to house them at six military bases at at least two federal worker centers, according to the administration. The Pentagon is beginning “site assessments” at bases as far north as North Dakota and Massachusetts,” the Washington Examiner says.