North Carolina Raids Target Illegal Aliens
“Robert Zuniga, an immigration lawyer based in Charlotte, said his clients had the foresight to not open the door when officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) surrounded their house. Unable to enter, the officers left and the family went into hiding. Zuniga’s clients were not the only family to be targeted earlier this month — ICE conducted a series of immigrant raids primarily in North Carolina, Georgia and Texas. According to a press release from Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, 121 individuals were arrested over the course of New Year’s weekend as a part of these raids,” the Daily Tar Heel reported.
Denmark Approves Bill to Seize Assets to Pay for Refugee Costs
“Danish lawmakers on Tuesday approved controversial measures to seize cash and valuables from refugees to help pay for their stay in the country,” USA Today reports.
“Denmark says the new laws are needed to stem the flow of refugees. Earlier this month the Scandinavian nation, along with neighboring Sweden, tightened border controls to reduce the flow of migrants and refugees reaching its territory.”
How One Judge Made the Refugee Crisis Worse
“When President Obama appointed Dollie Gee to the U.S. District Court in 2010, he undoubtedly didn’t expect her to mount a frontal challenge to his administration’s detention and deportation policies. But five years after her elevation as the first Chinese American woman on the federal bench, Gee ruled last summer that holding Central American women and children in private detention lockups was illegal,” the American Prospect wrote.
“Gee didn’t mince words. She called the detentions ‘deplorable.’ And she denounced as ‘fear-mongering’ the claim by Homeland Security lawyers that the detentions would discourage more people from leaving Central America.”
S.F. Protest of Deportations Blocks Traffic
“Police arrested 16 people who blocked traffic Tuesday in San Francisco’s Financial District as part of a protest that called for an end to federal deportations that organizers say target immigrants from Central America. Over 200 protesters rallied near the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office at 630 Sansome St. just after 10 a.m.” KRON4.com says.
DHS Criminal Enforcement Drops 22 Percent
“Criminal immigration enforcement has declined 22.3 percent in the past year, according to Justice Department data compiled and analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC),” Breitbart News reported.
“In November 2015 there were 4,861 new immigration prosecutions, 13.2 percent lower than the month prior and 22.3 percent lower than the number of new immigration prosecutions in November 2014, exactly one year earlier.”
Migrant Flow to Europe Exposed the Problem of Open Borders
“About 1.1 million came to Germany alone in 2015. At the same time, the adoption of the principle of freedom of movement within Europe has triggered massive, but largely unnoticed, intra-European migration flows. In 2014, Germany experienced an unprecedented net inflow of 304,000 people from other EU countries, and the number was probably similar in 2015,” wrote Hans-Werner Sinn.
“Some EU members, including Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Spain, France, and the initially welcoming Denmark and Sweden, have reacted by practically suspending the Schengen Agreement and reinstating border controls. Economists are not really surprised at this. In the 1990s, dozens of academic papers addressed the issue of migration into welfare states, discussing many of the problems that are now becoming apparent. I myself wrote much on the subject at the time, trying — mostly in vain — to raise awareness among policymakers.”