Immigration Headlines – Jan 8, 2015

DHS Raids May Have Started in NJ

“Immigration activists from across the state gathered in front of the federal building that houses U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Thursday afternoon to protest planned raids across the nation as news spread that they may have started in New Jersey,” says.

Open Borders Activists’ Legal Attack on Detention Policy

“When mothers and children streamed across the Texas border in 2014, the Obama administration devised a strategy to manage the influx, putting them in detention centers to convince others that illegal crossers would be caught and sent back,” the New York Times says.

“But that strategy is now under intense legal and political attack, leaving the administration with limited options as it tries to stem a new families fleeing and seeking asylum amid escalating violence in Central America.”

AFL-CIO Wants Immigration Enforcement to Stop

“One of the most powerful national unions condemned President Barack Obama when it pledged to openly defy the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) recent crackdown on illegal immigrants Wednesday,” the Daily Caller reports.

“While amnesty has been a central tenet of Obama’s immigration policy, the AFL-CIO argues his administration has failed to properly help illegal immigrants. The DHS has recently been conducting more armed raids against those suspected of coming into the country illegally. The union has pledged to defy the administration to stop the deportation raids.”

California Issues 600,000 Licenses to Illegal Aliens

“California issued some 605,000 new driver licenses last year to immigrants residing in the country illegally, surpassing expectations for the program’s first year and granting more freedom for those who obtained the permit,” the Press Enterprise wrote.

“Approximately 830,000 undocumented applicants have sought the licenses since Jan. 2, 2015, the first day they were available following passage of a law, AB 60, that was supported by immigrants and their advocates and some traffic safety experts, and reviled by those opposed to illegal immigration.”


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  1. The FOX News Varney Business Report This Morning Talked About FREE SPEECH

    And how Donald Trump gave it back to Americans without PC. My gosh, MSM actually got that one right….they praised Trump for this BTW.

  2. avatar Leland says:

    “Every effort to enact immigration legislation must expect to meet a number of hostile, and, in particular, two hostile forces of considerable strength.”

    “One of these is composed of corporation employers who desire to employ physical strength [broad backs] at the lowest possible wage and prefer a rapidly revolving labor supply at low wages to a regular supply of American wage earners at fair wages.”

    “The other is composed of racial groups in the United States who oppose all restrictive legislation because they want the doors left open for an influx of their countrymen regardless of the menace to the people of their adopted country.”

    Wow, does that sound familiar. Must have been written recently. Actually no. That was a letter written to Congress on March 19, 1924 by Samuel Gompers, founder and president of the American Federation of Labor, the AFL. It concerned legislation before Congress, ultimately passed, to drastically cut the high levels of immigration in the early 20th century.

    Like the Catholic Church, the present AFL-CIO is looking to immigrants, legal or illegal, to boost their declining membership. Never mind that what they are doing is hurting American workers at all levels, and that they are carrying the water of corporate groups like the US Chamber of Commerce who want mass immigration to lower wages.

    As for the number of illegals applying for drivers licenses in California “surpassing expectations”, this basically puts the lie to the claim that the number of illegals has declined. The widely cited “study” by Pew Research that more Mexicans have left this country in greater numbers than those who have come in is largely based on figures provided by the Mexican government. The Mexicans want to keep the borders open because of the 30 billion that Mexicans here send back to that country. California politicians already act as agents for the Mexican government, so why would Mexico want to stop that.

    • avatar William says:

      Mr. Gompers is rolling in his grave at the state of the union he founded. Now we have Richard Trumka heading the organization’s eventual demise. A few years back I watched Trumka give a labor day talk that not once mentioned the human toll of forming the union, but only of the new immigrant workers mainly in the service industry. I remember listening to the old timers talk of life before the unions and it was not the “good old days”. I listened to gal call into the Chris Moore KDKA radio show and recount an episode in which she watched a family thrown out of their “company” home. Why were they thrown out you might ask, well it seems that the man of the house had been crushed in the company’s coal mine the day before. She watched as the family carried out the coal stove that had a skillet still on the burner with food in it.

      The Steel mills would fire immigrant workers from one nation and replace them with a new immigrant group. Unions today are about the dues collected and not about the workers. Management in the early 20th century thrived on exploiting compliant cheap immigrant labor just as today’s high tech companies do.

      Someone suggested putting a tax on all remittances to Mexico but for some reason you don’t hear anything about it. I think it is something that should be done.

      • Our Founding Fathers Simply Called It Tariffs

        When foreigners export more to America than they import….they pay the balance in Tariffs. I believe its in the Constitution too.

      • avatar Leland says:

        Union membership was highest, 28.3%, in the 50s. Now it’s 11%. Not by coincidence, that 50s peak, was after several decades of low immigration, about a quarter of now. And the difference between the top 2% and all the rest in terms of wealth has markedly increased since then. American workers have no bargaining power when corporations insist that they have the right to bring in endless numbers of foreign workers. The erosion of wages and the mass immigration of the last 30 years have gone hand in hand.