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Texas Activist: State Should End Sanctuary Cities

Texas has a reputation for being tough on crime, and that’s because we need to be. The state not only has to deal with the consequences of its homegrown criminals but often also those from many other nations, since we’re a high immigration and a border state. So in many cases, the criminals are here illegally. Shockingly, of the more than 200,000 of what law enforcement agencies refer to as “criminal aliens” booked into Texas jails between June 2011 and August 2016, 66 percent of them — more than 134,000 — were identified as being in the country illegally...

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Former Colorado Governor: Mass Immigration is an Environmental Issue

I wasn’t the only politician who understood mass immigration’s effects on the environment when I left the Colorado governor’s house in 1987, but there was certainly a lot more when I started. Since the nineties onwards, the silence on the negative effects of runaway population growth in America has been deafening. This is why I’ve joined a lawsuit filed this week challenging our immigration authorities on failing to calculate the costs of their population growth-inducing policies. Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), all federal agencies must take a “hard look” at every “major federal action” they commit to. While...

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52 Percent of California Driver’s Licenses Going to Noncitizens

More than half of driver’s licenses issued by California this year have gone to noncitizens illegally residing in the Golden State. Since January, approximately 397,000 illegal aliens have passed both the written and driving parts of the exam, making up 52 percent of the state’s newly licensed drivers. More than 1.1 million illegal aliens have attempted the written test and 436,000 have taken the driving test, doubling previous years’ numbers. Although DMV officials expected 1.4 million applications in the first three years of the program, they are 75 percent to goal in just the first nine months. The surge is the result of enactment of a 2013 bill – Assembly Bill 60 – which requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue a driver’s license to an applicant despite his or her ability to provide proof of legal presence in the country. “Our roads are now safer knowing 400,000 people who were likely already driving are licensed and insured,” Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Watsonville, told the Sacramento Bee. But wouldn’t California’s roads be even safer if they did not have any unlawfully present people driving on them? Handing out driver’s licenses does not improve public safety. To the contrary, it encourages more illegal immigration because it tells lawbreakers they will not be prosecuted for breaking our federal immigration laws. In order to get illegal immigration under control, we must do...

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Walker Withdraws: What Influenced him on Immigration?

On Monday, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker dropped his bid for the Republican nomination. Before dropping out, Governor Walker was one of only three out of the originally 17 Republican candidates who had even suggested our government ought to rethink rates of legal immigration with the needs of American workers, not employers, in mind. Eighty-four percent of Republicans are dissatisfied with the level of immigration we have now. Yet despite overwhelming support for reducing immigration levels, there are now only two candidates in a field of 15 supporting this majority Republican position. One reason is the excessive influence of business support for mass immigration. Back in February, three top Republican donors, health care CEO Mike Fernandez, fast-food CEO Andrew Puzder, and private equity manager Spencer Zwick, sent a message to all potential candidates. They, and their networks of large donors, want the Republican nominee to explicitly back amnesty and increased immigration during the primary. This puts Republican candidates (who are not billionaires) in the position of choosing between donors and voters.  Clearly Walker’s own past record of support for amnesty and pressure from deep-pocketed special interests left voters unsure of Walker’s commitment to true immigration reform. For instance, in August, Walker suggested that he favored eliminating birthright citizenship. Then, the next day, a prominent multi millionaire who had donated to his campaign, Stanley Hubbard, confronted him on the issue. Hubbard...

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Report on Immigration Detention Centers is ‘Illegitimate’

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) released a report Thursday that condemned immigration detention center conditions and called for family detainees to be set free. Two of the eight commissioners dissented, claiming even before any evidence was gathered the chairman had already decided what the group’s conclusion would be. “Instead of conducting an actual investigation, it [the commission] structured its initial fact-finding simply to amplify stale rumor and innuendo,” Commissioner Gail Heriot published in her dissention. “No effort was undertaken to establish whether the allegations—all of which were already public—were fact or fancy.” USCCR said its investigation revealed some detention centers and contracted facilities were not in line with detention center standards, specifically those related to medical care and legal information. The commission recommended the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reduce the use of detention, ensure humane treatment of detainees, increase the use of alternatives to detention, allow legal and pastoral access to detention facilities, and strengthen due process protections, according to the press release. Each of those conclusions were dissected and disputed by Commissioner Peter Kirsanow in his 24-page rebuttal. “Like mold on food left in the refrigerator for too long, the report has spread into an attack on the enforcement of the country’s immigration laws, and perhaps on their very existence,” Kirsanow argued. “Much of the report is at least intellectually dishonest, other parts simply dishonest....

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President Trump Must Keep His Immigration Promises

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