Immigration Headlines – Jan 19, 2016

Deportation Rumor Mill Goes Nationwide

“Late last year, it was revealed that the Department of Homeland Security was going to step up pursuit of people with deportation orders. Arrests took place the first weekend of January; DHS has confirmed that 121 people were detained in those operations,” NPR says.

“That may not sound like much compared to the estimated more than 11 million people living in the U.S. illegally. But the actions sent a chill through the immigrant community’s spine and started the rumor mill churning.”

Rubio Tacks Toward Enforcement

“Under attack from rivals and stagnating in the polls, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has taken an increasing hard line against illegal immigration. Saturday night was no different, except for the location: the congressional district of one of the biggest crusaders against illegal immigration on Capitol Hill, Rep. Steve King,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

“Mr. Rubio sought to leave no room for Mr. Cruz to outflank him on the right, and he didn’t address the question of what he would do about the 11 million illegal immigrants already living in the U.S.”

DHS Now Looking at Refugee Social Media

“Homeland Security is now trying to screen the social media accounts of Iraqi and Syrian refugee applicants, an agency chief said, as evidence emerges that immigration officers missed potential clues that foreign fighters left in cyberspace about their intentions,” the Washington Times reports.

“Leon Rodriguez, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency that screens refugees, told C-SPAN in an interview aired Sunday that they now have permission to scour Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites looking for online trails that could expose a security risk from among the tens of thousands of applicants.”

Immigration – Wage Connection Debated

“At a time when wages are stagnant and record numbers of Americans are not working, the foreign-born population of the United States is exploding to record breaking heights in both size and proportion of the U.S. population — something most of the political elite maintains is good for U.S. workers,” the Daily Caller wrote.



  1. Sacrificial Lamb Statistics

    Mention like a few hundred deportations and justify the DHS’ existence? LOL….now I’m rolling on the ground in laughter [crying won't help].

  2. avatar Leland says:

    The Daily Caller link lays the case out very well. There is a chart covering the years from 1945 to 2010. Using data from the Congressional Research Service it tracks the foreign born population and the average wages earned by the bottom 90% of taxpayers. The immigrant population was steady at around 10 million from 1945 to 1970. After that it was a rapid increase up to 40 million in 2010. Wages rapidly grew from 1945 to 1970, close to doubling, but from 1970 on they have been, on average, stagnant at best.

    It’s obvious. Massive immigration, demanded by business, has gone hand in hand with stagnant or falling wages for almost all of the country’s workers. Blame it all on offshoring and trade pacts? No, because up until the early 90s those weren’t really factors.

    There is also a link within the Daily Caller story to a Washington Post piece about how immigration is great for everyone and it quotes two “researchers” who acknowledge that wages for the lowest skilled are affected but they insist “an influx of low skilled immigrants should encourage low skilled native born to invest in more education and skills training”.

    First of all, why is it their burden to do that, just to accommodate foreign workers. Second, many have neither the time nor money to do it, as in a worker with a family and financial obligations. Third, why bother. Because business insists they have the right to bring in all the high skilled labor they want. Case in point, most American born STEM graduates do not have jobs in their fields but big tech says they need more visas.