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About Cassie Williams

Cassie joined FAIR in 2015. She handles all media inquiries, pitches stories, conducts research, maintains databases, and works as a liaison between FAIR and the press. She brings experience from multiple political committees, Capitol Hill, and both local and national campaigns. Cassie holds B.A. degrees in History, Political Science, and Secondary Education.

Arkansas Senator Proposes Immigration Reform That Helps the American People

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It’s clear that the American public is fed up with the current immigration system, and there have been a lot of ideas and proposals floated around that attempt to fix the issue. Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) penned an op-ed in the New York Times with a perfect response to all of those who appear content with the current immigration crisis.

Cheap immigrant labor pads the pockets of the wealthy while ensuring the American dream is “just out of reach.” Critics say that closing the border and ending cheap foreign labor will “force employers to add benefits and improve workplace conditions to attract workers already here.” And according to Senator Cotton, that is exactly what should happen.

He states that higher wages, better benefits, and more security for American workers are the reason immigration reform is so important. Immigration policy should focus “less on the most powerful and more on everyone else.”

In his piece, he talks about wages and the law of supply and demand. With such vast numbers of workers, including an estimated 12 million illegal aliens currently residing in the U.S. and the one million legal immigrants the U.S. accepts annually, already low wages are continuing to plummet. Real wages for American citizens with and without high school diplomas have been declining since the 1970s, which Senator Cotton says is exacerbated by mass immigration and a surplus of labor.

To fix this problem, Cotton says the country needs secure borders, and the U.S. must decide who and how many can cross that border, keeping the American citizens’ best interests in mind. Today, these best interests would entail a large reduction in legal immigration and a focus on “ultra-high-skill immigrants,” though tomorrow it could be something else. A major flaw in our immigration policy is that it doesn’t evolve to fit the needs of the American people; the last time Congress substantially reformed the immigration system was a half-century ago.

Cotton proposes a policy that gives priority to language skills, education, and work experience which would allow immigrants like doctors to work in rural areas and not push down the working-class wages. He goes on to note that some critics call this “nativism” or “xenophobia,” but it actually gives immigrants who recently arrived to the U.S. a better chance at assimilation, finding a stable job, and achieving the American Dream.

 

Happy Birthday National Park Service! We’re Worried About You

Yosemite National Park in CaliforniaAs we celebrate the 100th birthday of the National Park Service, and applaud it for helping families create memories in beautiful parks all over the United States, it’s hard not to worry and wonder how many birthdays the National Park Service has left.

With immigration levels causing the US population to skyrocket, open land and space is becoming sparse. As populations grow, they inevitably expand into surrounding ecosystems and areas. This becomes a problem when the population growth exceeds the resources available.

Growing population means higher consumption of everything, including land, water, carbon fuel, and species’ habitats. As the United States continues to accept millions of new immigrants annually, farmland, forests, and other open spaces are being developed at more than double the rate they were in the 1990s. Eventually, there won’t be any more space to spread out, and  our national parks could be compromised.

Without any immigration, the U.S. population would grow from today’s 318 million to 362 million by 2050 – an increase of 44 million people. If the immigration trends of today continue, by 2050 the population will grow to be 438 million – an increase of 120 million.

Millions of acres of farmland are developed each year due to housing needs for our growing population. This comes at the expense of natural resources, species habitat’s, and the quality of life American see today.

The National Park Service lists air quality as a significant threat to the environmental health of their parks as well. As people continue to flood into the United States, pollution levels rise and the quality of the parks suffer.

National Geographic sites adjacent development as one of the top major threats to our national park system. Even if our parks remain untouched, what happens on a park’s borders can dramatically impact the environment and ecosystem inside the park itself. Mining, clear-cut lumbering, and other developments are typically prohibited inside parks, but still pose a threat to water quality, clean air, and other aspects of the park environment.

Thomas Kiernan, president of the National Parks Conservation Association, says encroaching real estate development and road construction are threatening the park system. As the population continues to rise, the need for housing and infrastructure will too.

It’s impossible to not look at immigration as a major issue for our environment. Those who ignore the impacts mass immigration into the United States are either deluding themselves, or shying away from a controversial topic they don’t understand.

Happy 100th birthday National Park Service! Here’s hoping we can put a stop to the mass unchecked illegal immigration, and continue to celebrate your contribution to the country for hundreds of years to come.

DHS Finally Thinks to Check Twitter

DHS_W_atThe Department of Homeland Security has proposed adding a line to forms that visitors to the United States fill out requesting them to voluntarily disclose their social media accounts. This is part of the debate over the Visa Waiver Program, which allows citizen of some countries to visit for up to 90 days without having to get a visa. After the string of attacks Americans have seen here at home and overseas, it’s no wonder screening and vetting the people coming to our county is now a top priority.

But is this too little too late? Representative Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.) called the proposal “lame.”

“What terrorist is going to give our government permission to see their radical jihadist rants on social media?” Buchanan said. “The only people who will share that information are those with nothing to hide.”

I have to agree. We’re expecting people to voluntarily put their social media information on these forms? Sure, if they’re coming to the U.S. for a selfie in front of Mount Rushmore, they’ll probably comply. But the people who have been working with ISIS, who come to the United State to carry out some maniacal plan to murder as many people as possible, will probably not be so forthcoming.

What’s truly astonishing is the fact that this is just now a proposal we’re seeing. Facebook has been around since 2004. Since the middle of 2015, Twitter has suspended over 125,000 accounts linked with terrorism.

Shouldn’t the federal government, not private companies, be stopping terrorists? I love the idea of getting all hands on deck, but thus far, the federal government hasn’t really been doing their part.

Even when private citizens alert the federal government about something, they often just ignore it.

Most of my friends wouldn’t agree to meet somebody for coffee until they’ve thoroughly checked all of their social media accounts, found their Myspace page from middle school, and read their college senior thesis online. That is the kind of dedication we should be seeing from immigration officers, whose job it is to ensure those coming to the U.S. are not threats to safety.

If the President Wants to Protect Public Safety, He Can Start Enforcing Immigration Laws

President ObamaDuring President Obama’s Tuesday speech announcing his new executive order on guns, he teared up talking about those who have lost their lives to gun violence.

What the president claims he wants is enforcement of the laws in order to protect the American people. Well President Obama, we couldn’t agree more.

Let’s punish those who are breaking the law instead of reward them. If somebody does something illegal (like cross the border), let’s not reward them with free education, healthcare, and jobs. We have laws in this country to protect Americans, and when we ignore those laws, whether they are immigration or gun laws, it should come at a price.

Just ask the friends of Kate Steinle, or the parents of 7-week-old baby Emily Cortez, or the husband of Sviatlana Dranko, all of whom were murdered by illegal aliens, if they think we should be enforcing immigration laws. These are just a few of the thousands of homicides committed by illegal aliens each year.

There is a reason it is referred to as ‘illegal immigration.’ Rewarding illegal aliens with benefits not only is unfair to those immigrants who play by the rules, but it further weakens respect for our nation’s laws – laws President Obama so passionately wants enforced.

President Obama’s emotional display in his speech against gun violence has stirred up a conversation about gun violence and enforcing laws. It makes me wonder why he had no tears – or even words – regarding the murder of Kate Steinle. And wonder whether he is only concerned with enforcing laws that suit his own political agenda.

A Refugee Risk Our Country Can’t Afford

2000px-LocationSyria.svgWith Americans questioning our national security and the risks posed by lax immigration enforcement, the president’s recent decision to admit more refugees is dangerous and tone-deaf.

The president is promising to admit an additional 10,000 refugees from Syria into the country, while offering vague assurances that they will be properly screened so they don’t pose a threat to our homeland.

This plan concerns many and not just because of last week’s horrific attack on Paris. Several of Obama’s own officials warned about the risks of accepting Syrian refugees, saying the U.S. wouldn’t “know a whole lot” about the individuals crossing our borders.

Though our president promises secure screening, the process has already proved itself ineffective. Two Iraqi refugees who settled in Kentucky after being admitted to the country turned out to be al Qaeda-linked terrorists. They were caught attempting to get their hands on weapons. Another refugee in Idaho was charged with supporting a terrorist organization and teaching people how to build bombs. Somali refugees in Minnesota have faced numerous convictions for collaborating with terror groups. A Bosnian refugee in Missouri, who entered the country with his wife and five others relatives, donated supplies and money to terrorist organizations in Syria and Iraq. All of these people made it into our country through the screening President Obama says is secure.

The Department of Homeland Security reports that about 174,060,462 people enter the United States from other countries each year. That’s over 476,000 each day. These figures include temporary non-immigrant visa holders as well as immigrants, refugees, and asylees. This staggering number doesn’t include the estimated 500,000 illegal immigrants who come to this country each year.

These numbers are overwhelming. The idea that we have the structure in place to properly screen and account for all of those people is laughable.

If even .00001% of these people were bad actors, that’s 1,740 folks we need to be concerned about. No screening system ever invented could claim credibility to the 1/10,000th degree.

The current revolving door imposes enormous screening burden – if not the guarantee of mishaps – so why would we admit a large block of refugees from a part of the world where conducting meaningful background checks is impossible? America is already at risk due to the massive number of arrivals raining an imperfect vetting process.

It only takes one terrorist disguised as a refugee living on American soil to transform our country forever with a major attack.