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Author: Catalina Lehmann

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Catalina joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 2015, and is responsible for leading the development and execution of a comprehensive, integrated digital outreach and engagement strategy. Catalina has experience working for another nonprofit, a news radio network, two members of Congress, and a think tank. She holds a B.A. degree in International Studies from American University.

Take Care of Our Veterans, Not Illegal Aliens

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress, 49,993 veterans were homeless on any given night in 2014. Furthermore, 44% of all homeless veterans across the country live in California, Florida, Texas, and New York. California alone is home to 24 percent of our nation’s homeless veteran population. California is also known for bending over backwards to give its illegal alien residents unprecedented privileges and benefits. Many of our veterans have been cast out on the street while illegal aliens are gaining access to Social Security, Medicare, housing programs, and several other benefits. When President Obama announced his executive order on immigration, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said the following: “It’s absurd, the things Obama thinks he can get away with… Taking money away from American war heroes, veterans who served this country bravely and proudly, and handing it over to people who aren’t even American citizens, and don’t speak our American language.” This year on Veterans Day, let us remember the men and women who have served our country and protected our freedoms. Our nation should address the needs of our veterans instead of contemplating ways to give taxpayer benefits to illegal aliens. That is not what our veterans fought for....

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FAIR’s Border School 2015

Two weeks ago, FAIR hosted the third annual Sheriff Border Summit in McAllen, Texas. The summit is an educational training event created specifically for sheriffs from around the nation. On the first day of the summit, participants heard from various guest speakers about national security, terrorism, transnational gangs, sanctuary city policies, public safety, and the role of sheriffs in ending illegal immigration. The second day of the summit included a tour of the Texas-Mexico border with U.S. Border Patrol and the Texas Department of Public Safety. Later, attendees met with Texas Border Volunteers (TBV) at a local ranch. Richard Valdemar, a nationally recognized gang expert and speaker at the summit, gave a presentation on gangs. Valdemar explained that illegal immigration often influences the gang problem in the United States and stressed the importance of law enforcement taking action to prevent gang related crime. Many gangs, such as Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), are taking advantage of the immigration crisis at the U.S. border and have even been discovered recruiting unaccompanied alien children (UACs) being held at detention centers. It is critical to keep gang members off our streets because they are a danger to our society. The tour of the Texas-Mexico border was enlightening. Border Patrol took participants on boats along the Rio Grande where it was possible to observe drug cartel houses, deflated rafts used by illegal aliens to paddle...

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Protest to Occur at “The Happiest Place On Earth”

Disney has received criticism for laying off hundreds of American tech workers and forcing them to train their replacements, H-1B visa holders who will work for less pay. Outsourcing jobs in the United States is hurting American workers. On October 17, there will be a protest held at both Disney Land in California and Disney World in Florida from 9:00AM to 1:00PM. Floridians for Immigration Enforcement (FLIMEN), a Florida-based immigration reform group, is supporting the boycott and protest. FLIMEN believes that Disney should be held accountable for harming the workers that were laid off. “American workers matter… and the only way to send that message to Disney’s management is for American consumers to boycott its amusement parks, movies, and entertainment products across the board,” said Jack Oliver, the president of FLIMEN. If you would like to be involved in Boycott Disney Now’s efforts, sign up to join the protest in person or sign their petition that will be sent to Congress....

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President Trump Must Keep His Immigration Promises

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