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Why a Prominent Massachusetts Sheriff Opposes a State Sanctuary Bill

Introduction: Apparently undeterred by string of violent crimes committed by illegal alien criminals who have been released back onto the streets of American as a result of federal, state and local sanctuary policies, the Massachusetts Legislature is considering a bill that would create statewide sanctuary policies. In a powerful testimony against House Bill 1228, Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson argues that the legislation poses a threat to public safety and would require law enforcement officers to violate their oath to uphold the law. TESTIMONY HB 1228 SHERIFF THOMAS M. HODGSON SEPTEMBER 16, 2015 page 1 of 3 The essence of this bill leads to one fundamental question that we as elected representatives of the American people and legal residents must answer. Are we here to protect the citizens and legal residents of the commonwealth with regards to their public safety, public health, and financial welfare, or are we here to do everything we can to give cover to, accommodate, and not offend people who have violated our laws? This legislation not only asks law enforcement officers to violate their oath to faithfully and impartially enforce the laws, but forbids us from detaining serious criminal illegal aliens from going back into our communities to victimize more innocent people. Further, this law would forbid us from cooperating with federal ice agents, by sharing booking lists, allowing them to use our facilities...

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How Democrats Can Achieve Three Top Priorities – Blog 3

Democrats have outlined three defining challenges of our time: Income Inequality, Climate Change, and Civil Rights.  If they were truly interested in addressing these three issues, they need to rethink their position on immigration. Immigration alone has an order of magnitude greater impact on these issues than any current or proposed government program or policy. Democrats need to have an honest discussion on immigration, analyze the facts and data, and adopt policies that lift up all Americans. In the last of three blogs, I address how immigration affects the issue of civil rights. Civil Rights Fifty years after enactment of the Civil Rights bill of 1964, far too many African Americans still lack the opportunities to succeed in the U.S. President Obama’s own initiatives highlight the disparities in education, employment, and involvement in the criminal justice system. Peter Kirsanow, a U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner and former member of the National Labor Relations Board sent a letter to President Obama last year detailing how immigration has devastated the African American community. He cites research that shows immigration accounted for 40% of the decline of black employment from 1960-2000. Kirsanow notes African Americans and illegal immigrants compete for the same jobs and the labor surplus prevents wages from rising. In many industries, illegal immigrants have displaced African Americans. While 51% of native-born African Americans do not have an education beyond high...

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How About Real Protection for the American Worker?

In a speech given at a Labor Day rally, Hillary Clinton threatened to send American employers to jail for “wage theft” and praised President Obama for promoting “paid family leave”: “I was very proud that President Obama said today he is going to require federal contractors to provide seven days of earned paid sick leave… And he’s going to fight for paid family leave, something that I’ve been fighting for for 30 years and we’re going to get it done.” How about we also defend the American worker by revisiting our immigration policy and by holding American employers accountable? We summarized in an issue brief Harvard economist George Borjas’ input on how immigration affects the American worker. Look at it from a supply and demand perspective, he said: immigration’s supply of workers leads to the price of labor going down. Conversely, in sectors of the labor market that are not significantly affected by the influx of immigrant workers, the price of labor goes up. What Borjas teaches us is that the presence of low-skilled immigrant workers tends to lower the wages of American low-skilled workers. So, if we cared about the well-being of low-skilled American workers who are being hurt by additional competition, our immigration policy would be geared towards minimizing or stopping the entry of low-skilled immigrants. We also need to be tough on employers, but not the way Mrs....

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Presidential Candidate Spills Democratic Party’s Secrets

Presidential candidate Lincoln Chafee is giving the Democratic Party a headache and it’s not because he has consistently been the lowest-polling contender on the right. While speaking at the Democratic National Committee’s summer meeting last week, the former Rhode Island governor and U.S. senator shared a little too much about why he believes Democrats support amnesty. “We’re right on immigration, the fastest growing voting bloc in the country,” Chafee said. “Of course we want that people to be treated with respect, and to vote Democratic.” Chafee’s statement contradicts what his party has largely claimed, that reforms to immigration policies...

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How Democrats Can Achieve Three Top Priorities – Blog 2

Democrats have outlined three defining challenges of our time: Income Inequality, Climate Change, and Civil Rights.  If they were truly interested in addressing these three issues, they need to rethink their position on immigration. Immigration alone has an order of magnitude greater impact on these issues than any current or proposed government program or policy. Democrats need to have an honest discussion on immigration, analyze the facts and data, and adopt policies that lift up all Americans. In the second of three blogs, I will address the nexus between immigration and climate change. Climate Change While Climate Change is hyper-politicized, I think we can all agree that burning tons of fossil fuels is not good for the environment.  President Obama recently launched the latest round of Climate Change plans and actions to use the EPA and others to restrict coal plants, invest in renewable energy, and push for more fuel-efficient vehicles.  Combating climate change is all about reducing carbon dioxide emissions. The U.S. has one of the largest CO2 emissions per capita, from heating and powering our homes and businesses, personal and commercial driving, and consumption of food, goods, and services. A majority of immigrants to the U.S. come from nations with a fraction of per capita CO2 emissions.  The U.S. emits five times the amount of CO2 per person as Mexico and over 8000% more per person than...

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President Trump Must Keep His Promises On Immigration

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