The recent (Friday, Oct. 21) article about First District Supervisor candidate Angela Valles’s concerns regarding the resettlement of Syrian refugees in her community without public notification (Valles Angered over Syrian Refugees’ entry into Victorville, October 20, 2016) misled readers about federal immigration law while also attempting to tarnish the reputation of one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious immigration reform organizations in the process. Valles had good reason to be upset that Syrian refugees were resettled into Victorville without consultation from the federal government. In fact, pursuant to 8 U.S.C. § 1522(a)(2)(A), federal agents responsible for administering the...Read More
Author: Bob Dane
About The Author
Bob Dane, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s Executive Director, has been with FAIR since 2006. His deep belief is that immigration is the most transformational determinant of where we are heading as a nation and that our policies must be reformed in the public interest. Over many years on thousands of radio, TV and print interviews, Bob has made the case that unless immigration is regulated and sensibly reduced, it will be difficult for America to reduce unemployment, increase wages, improve health care and education and heighten national security. Prior to joining FAIR, Bob spent twenty years in network radio, marketing and communications after an earlier career in policy and budgeting within the Reagan Administration. Bob has a degree from George Mason University in Public Administration and Management.
Immediately after GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump released his plan, Immigration Reform that Makes America Great Again, on Sunday, August 16, the media – along with the illegal alien special interests groups – launched a misinformation campaign labeling it as “mass deportation.” Dara Lind of Vox appears to be the first out of the gate just hours later when she editorialized, “it’s important to stress that Trump has not explicitly called for deporting the children of unauthorized immigrants, even if those children are US citizens, en masse. But that’s the logical conclusion of his plan.” By Monday, most of the media were parroting the prepared statements made by special interests railing against the plan. “Trump has reignited the GOP’s longstanding obsession with mass deportation,” said Pablo Manriquez, Democratic National Committee director of Hispanic media, in a statement appearing in the Boston Herald. Throughout the following week, “Trump” and “mass deportation” were interchangeably acceptable headlines for all the major syndicated news outlets, including a widely distributed wire story by the Associated Press, “Donald Trump calls for mass deportations faces realities of nation’s messy immigration system,” and Bloomberg with, “Trump deflects questions about high cost of mass deportation plan.” Even FOX News took the bait. In a highly charged question to the candidate, Bill O’Reilly asked, “Do you envision federal police kicking in the door in barrios around the country, dragging...Read More
Kate Steinle’s murder three weeks ago by a previously deported illegal alien has sparked national outrage, intense debate, nonstop media coverage, two congressional hearings, testimony from a grieving father and law enforcement officials pleading for an end to sanctuary policies. All this after months of emerging evidence showing the Obama administration has been releasing criminal aliens by the tens of thousands. Granted, no one rioted. After Michael Brown’s shooting in Ferguson by a police officer fearing for his life, Obama signed an Executive Order establishing the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, culminating in 81 pages of recommendations that police departments nationwide are compelled to follow. Yet after Kathryn Steinle was murdered by an illegal alien who was deported five times with seven criminal convictions, Obama responded by adamantly promising he would veto any legislation that halts the sanctuary policies directly causing her death. Obama’s Lawless Cartel – his administration, his Far Left friends along with the special interests who advocate on behalf of illegal aliens – are dug in and doubling down on their opposition to any solution that detains criminal aliens and saves lives. Despite the overwhelming and incontrovertible evidence that Kate Steinle’s life was lost because of sanctuary policies, the Far Left just doesn’t care and they told us so these past few weeks: White House Spokesman Josh Ernest blamed Republicans for Kate’s murder because...Read More
They say the first stage for survivors of someone who has died is denial. Predictably, in the aftermath of Kathryn Steinle’s murder at the hands of a previously deported illegal alien released because of San Francisco’s lax policies, politicians nationwide are scrambling to deny why their particular jurisdictions don’t fit neatly into the definition of a “sanctuary city,” despite the fact they all are. Not that they’re mourning for Kathryn Steinle; they’re simply trying to weasel out of responsibility for what has become a dangerous public policy and an increasingly toxic label for cities. No single definition exists. Rather, sanctuary cities are loosely defined as municipalities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration law enforcement efforts and/or extend various benefits to illegal aliens, thus creating a welcoming environment. Policies fall into two categories. A “don’t ask” ordinance prohibits city workers from asking about a person’s immigration status. A “don’t tell” policy prevents them from reporting a suspected illegal alien to immigration enforcement officials. Some jurisdictions have sanctuary policies detailed in bills, ordinances or resolutions publicly available for review. Many, however, simply have longstanding police department practices of ignoring immigration status. However, it’s not what they’re called or how city leaders choose to self-describe them that matter, it’s the policies they engage in that define them. If local police elect not to inquire or act on immigration status at any...Read More
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” First, how on Earth did his Trump’s poll numbers rise after saying this? It isn’t what he said it’s that he said something. Trump’s statement reflects the outrage and powerlessness the public feels about an issue that is spiraling out of control which the other candidates are dancing around. When Americans speak freely about immigration they’re often ignored, marginalized and demonized. Trump’s statements — while not delicate or entirely factual — tapped into that raw emotion. Most are not drug smugglers, or rapists. But the same open borders that have allowed millions of people to enter illegally in search of jobs, incontrovertibly allow dangerous criminals to enter as well. And this week, in the wake of Kathryn Steinle’s murder at the hands of an illegal alien deported five times, Trump’s comments have spurred a conversation about the link between crime and illegal immigration. So are all illegal aliens criminals? All illegal aliens break the law. The only way you can say they don’t is to claim we have no immigration laws. The illegal alien population is composed of those who cross the border illegally and others who enter legally but overstay their visas. The former is a crime and the latter is a civil offense, both are deportable offenses under the Section 237 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which says: “Any alien who is present in the United States in violation of this Act or any...Read More