Minuteman Project http://minutemanproject.com Bringing national awareness to the illegal alien invasion Tue, 04 Aug 2015 18:57:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Corrupt politics brings us rampant illegalityhttp://minutemanproject.com/9519/ http://minutemanproject.com/9519/#respond Tue, 04 Aug 2015 18:44:05 +0000 http://minutemanproject.com/?p=9519 I would like to express my disappointment in person to the Huntington Park City Council.   However, because those of us with viewpoints opposed to the encouragement and literal promotion of the illegal alien invasion of the USA are put at risk of vile attack by anti-free speech loons, we are not safe to do so. Free […]]]>
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Frank Medina and Julian Zatarain

I would like to express my disappointment in person to the Huntington Park City Council.   

However, because those of us with viewpoints opposed to the encouragement and literal promotion of the illegal alien invasion of the USA are put at risk of vile attack by anti-free speech loons, we are not safe to do so. 

Free speech is reserved to the meanest thugs wielding the biggest clubs.  

I pray the next resident of the White House actually enforces U.S. laws and indicts all of the corrupt political governors of “Sanctuary Cities” who have had anything to do with the pandering of this outrageous, rampant invasion of our country.  

The reckless stupidity of the sanctuary city fanatics only promotes more lawlessness. After all, why should anyone obey any laws at all when respect for our laws has been morphed by our political governors into something that only applies to those persons naive, gullible, or downright foolish enough to obey our laws?  

The sanctuary city promoters, especially the wimpish city council members who encourage it, are an insult to anyone who ever served in the military or lived a law-abiding life. 

“Mainstream politics” is no different from “mainstream media.”  They are both incurably corrupt.

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Two illegal aliens named to city panels in Californiahttp://minutemanproject.com/two-illegal-aliens-named-to-city-panels-in-california/ http://minutemanproject.com/two-illegal-aliens-named-to-city-panels-in-california/#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 17:51:09 +0000 http://minutemanproject.com/?p=9516 Two illegal aliens have been named to city commissions posts in Huntington Park, California, and a lot of people aren’t happy about it: Julian Zatarain, 21, and Francisco Medina, 29, were named to the Huntington Park parks and recreation commission and the health and education commission, respectively. The town, which is about 5 miles from […]]]>

Two illegal aliens have been named to city commissions posts in Huntington Park, California, and a lot of people aren’t happy about it:

Julian Zatarain, 21, and Francisco Medina, 29, were named to the Huntington Park parks and recreation commission and the health and education commission, respectively. The town, which is about 5 miles from downtown Los Angeles, has long been a first stop for many undocumented immigrants moving to the United States from Mexico and other parts of Latin America.

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Officials in Huntington Park said that while undocumented immigrants may not be able to vote, that should not prevent them helping their communities in other ways.

But critics blasted the move, saying it awards lawbreakers.

Robin Hvidston, executive director of We the People Rising, an immigration enforcement group in California, said the appointments take two commission seats away from U.S. citizens.

“To appoint commission seats to individuals who are breaking federal laws demonstrates that lack of respect for U.S. law,” she said.

California law actually doesn’t prohibit illegals from serving as appointed commissioners. However, Zatarain and Medina will have t undergo background checks and will not receive the monthly stipend, which usually ranges from $25 to $75. Still, opposition remains:

While city officials have generally praised the move, some residents and immigration hardliners are deriding the appointments as bad examples for the rest of the country and something that will bring unwanted attention to the working-class city.

“There are more qualified people,” Linda Caraballo, a former councilwoman and resident of Huntington Park, told the Times. “How could they be policy advisors if they can’t even vote for the council members? This is just going to bring media attention, it’s going to create national debate and it is something the city of Huntington Park doesn’t need.”

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Republican White House hopefuls lash out at illegal immigration in 2016 debate previewhttp://minutemanproject.com/republican-white-house-hopefuls-lash-out-at-illegal-immigration-in-2016-debate-preview/ http://minutemanproject.com/republican-white-house-hopefuls-lash-out-at-illegal-immigration-in-2016-debate-preview/#respond Tue, 04 Aug 2015 16:07:04 +0000 http://minutemanproject.com/?p=9514 Kathleen Ronayne And Steve Peoples, The Associated Press MANCHESTER, N.H. — The Republican Party’s presidential class demanded aggressive steps to curb illegal immigration, seizing on a delicate political issue while facing off in New Hampshire on Monday night during a crowded and pointed preview of the 2016 primary season’s first full-fledged debate. All but three […]]]>

Kathleen Ronayne And Steve Peoples, The Associated Press

MANCHESTER, N.H. — The Republican Party’s presidential class demanded aggressive steps to curb illegal immigration, seizing on a delicate political issue while facing off in New Hampshire on Monday night during a crowded and pointed preview of the 2016 primary season’s first full-fledged debate.

All but three of the 17 major Republican candidates for president participated in what was essentially a debate lite, which — unlike Thursday’s nationally televised debate in Cleveland — didn’t have a cut-off for participation.

Without exception, the candidates aimed their criticism at Democrats instead of each other in a two-hour meeting where they had more in common than not. Not mentioned was the candidate making the most news headed into Thursday’s debate: Donald Trump. The billionaire businessman declined to participate in Monday’s gathering, but is poised to take centre stage later in the week.

Monday’s meeting offered a prime-time practice round for the GOP’s most ambitious, appearing on stage one at a time, who addressed several contentious issues, immigration topping a list that also included abortion and climate change.

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who may not qualify for the upcoming debate as one of the GOP’s top 10 candidates in national polling, called the flow of immigrants crossing the border illegally “a serious wound.”

“You want to stanch the flow,” he said as his Republican rivals watched from the front row of the crowded St. Anselm College auditorium. On those immigrants who have overstayed visas, Perry charged, “You go find ’em, you pick ’em up and you send ’em back where they’re from.”

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum went further, calling for a 25 per cent reduction of low-skilled immigrants coming into the country legally.

“Everyone else is dancing around it. I’m going to stand for the American worker,” Santorum declared.

Monday’s participants included seven current or former governors, four senators, a businesswoman, a retired neurosurgeon and one former senator. Trump, who launched his presidential bid by calling Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals, was among only three major candidates who didn’t participate.

Monday’s event was broadcast live on C-SPAN and local television stations in Iowa and South Carolina — states that, along with New Hampshire, will host the first contests in the presidential primary calendar next February.

Just an hour before the forum began, the Senate blocked a GOP-backed bill to strip funding from Planned Parenthood, reviving a debate on social issues that some Republican officials hoped to avoid in 2016.

Three of the four senators participating in Monday’s event —Marco Rubio of Florida, Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky — did so via satellite from C-SPAN’s Washington studio so they wouldn’t miss the high-profile vote.

“We had to be here to vote to de-fund Planned Parenthood,” Cruz said.

It’s a welcome debate for Democrats who see women — married women, particularly — as a key constituency in 2016. Leading Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, who would be the nation’s first female president, lashed out at the attacks on Planned Parenthood in a web video released before the GOP forum.

“If this feels like a full-on assault for women’s health, that’s because it is,” Clinton said in the video, criticizing by name former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush,Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Perry.

Democrats are also eager to debate Republicans on immigration.

GOP leaders have acknowledged the need to improve the party’s standing among Hispanic voters. Yet while many Democrats favour a more forgiving policy that would allow immigrants in the country illegally a pathway to citizenship, most Republicans in the field instead focus on border security.

Rubio, once a lead salesman for a comprehensive immigration overhaul, said Americans want the border fence completed and more border security agents before there’s any discussion of what to do with those 11 million immigrants in the country illegally.

Others offered a softer tone. Ohio Gov. John Kasich said “law-abiding, God-fearing” immigrants should be allowed to stay. Those who break the law, he said, “have to be deported or put in prison.”

Bush said fixing the nation’s immigration system is a key part of his plan to help the economy grow 4 per cent each year. He also called for reducing legal immigration, particularly the number of people allowed to enter the country to rejoin family.

President Barack Obama injected another contentious issue Monday when he unveiled new emissions limits on power plants designed to address climate change. He called it a moral obligation and warned anew that climate change will threaten future generations if left unchecked.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker called the move “a buzz saw to the nation’s economy.”

“I want to balance a sustainable environment with a sustainable economy,” Walker said.

Several candidates involved Monday night won’t make the cut for Thursday’s debate. Those on the bubble include South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and former technology executive Carly Fiorina, who charged that Clinton has repeatedly lied during investigations into her use of a private email server and an attack on an American embassy in Libya while she was secretary of state.

“These go to the core of her character,” Fiorina said.

After the debate, Kasich was asked about Trump’s absence.

“I never thought about him,” the Ohio governor said. “It’d have been great if he’d have been here.”

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Peoples reported from Washington.

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Republican Candidates Focus on Immigration Ahead of First Debatehttp://minutemanproject.com/republican-candidates-focus-on-immigration-ahead-of-first-debate/ http://minutemanproject.com/republican-candidates-focus-on-immigration-ahead-of-first-debate/#respond Tue, 04 Aug 2015 13:41:45 +0000 http://minutemanproject.com/?p=9511 Republican Candidates Focus on Immigration Ahead of First Debate VOA News Last updated on: August 4, 2015 6:49 AM Immigration was a key focus Monday night as Republicans hoping to be the next U.S. president took part in a forum ahead of the party’s first official debate. Fourteen of the 17 major contenders were in […]]]>

Republican Candidates Focus on Immigration Ahead of First Debate

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Last updated on: August 4, 2015 6:49 AM

Immigration was a key focus Monday night as Republicans hoping to be the next U.S. president took part in a forum ahead of the party’s first official debate.

Fourteen of the 17 major contenders were in New Hampshire for the two-hour event televised nationally on the same cable network that shows congressional proceedings and on local channels in the first states to vote in the nomination process early next year.

Billionaire Donald Trump, the current leader in national polls, declined to participate, as did former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.

Individual interviews

The rest of the crowded field took turns speaking in individual interviews, a format different from the debate to be held Thursday in Cleveland, Ohio, which will allow candidates to address one another.

That event will be limited to the top 10 candidates in national polls, according to party rules.

They focused criticism on Democrats, particularly that party’s leading candidate, Hillary Clinton, while expressing the need to focus on securing the nation’s borders as a major component of immigration policy.

“Until we get that border secure, it’s not going to stop,” former Texas Governor Rick Perry said. “It’s like a serious wound, you want to staunch the flow and that’s not what’s happening in this country now.”

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said one piece of immigration reform should be limiting the number of people who are allowed to enter the U.S. to join family already living in the country. Florida Senator Marco Rubio also backed that idea.

“We admit 1 million people a year legally to the United States, but we do so primarily on the basis of whether or not they have a relative living here,” Rubio said.

“We cannot afford to do it that way anymore. In the 21st century, legal immigration must be based on merit, on what you can contribute economically, basically whether you are coming to be an American as opposed to simply live in America,” he added.

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum advocated for a 25 percent cut in the number of low-skilled immigrants legally allowed into the country.

Ohio’s Governor John Kasich said there should be an expansion in the guest worker program, and that illegal immigrants already in the U.S. who otherwise obey the law should be allowed to stay.

Carbon emissions

On other topics, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker attacked the plan President Barack Obama unveiled Monday to cut carbon emissions from the nation’s power plants, calling it a costly “buzzsaw” to the American economy.

“I want to balance a sustainable environment with a sustainable economy, but the two have to go hand in hand,” Walker said.

Obama’s Democratic Party has not yet announced a schedule for debates among its candidates in the November 2016 election. Five Democrats have declared they are in the race, with Clinton the clear leader in polls.

South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham took aim at Clinton at Monday’s forum, suggesting she is being dishonest about her lack of public stance on the proposed Keystone oil pipeline and her controversial use of personal email during her time as secretary of State under Obama.

“When she tells us, ‘Trust me you’ve got all the emails you need,’ we haven’t even scratched the surface,” Graham said.

Thursday’s Fox News event figures to include the same themes, as well as Trump, as candidates take part in the first of 12 debates planned by theRepublican National Committee.

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Camp Counselor Kept Job, Immigration Benefit Despite Being ‘Potentially Egregious’ Riskhttp://minutemanproject.com/camp-counselor-kept-job-immigration-benefit-despite-being-potentially-egregious-risk/ http://minutemanproject.com/camp-counselor-kept-job-immigration-benefit-despite-being-potentially-egregious-risk/#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2015 20:38:27 +0000 http://minutemanproject.com/?p=9509 Monday, August 03, 2015 Camp Counselor Kept Job, Immigration Benefit Despite Being ‘Potentially Egregious’ Risk WASHINGTON – A California camp counselor now charged with child molestation was considered to be a “potentially egregious public safety” risk months before his arrest, but was still allowed to keep his job and immigration benefits, according to the U.S. […]]]>

Monday, August 03, 2015

Camp Counselor Kept Job, Immigration Benefit Despite Being ‘Potentially Egregious’ Risk

WASHINGTON – A California camp counselor now charged with child molestation was considered to be a “potentially egregious public safety” risk months before his arrest, but was still allowed to keep his job and immigration benefits, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The information responds to questions raised by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley regarding federal immigration authorities’ investigation of the counselor who was in the country based on executive actions taken by President Obama prior to his arrest.

USCIS confirmed that Edgar Covarrubias-Padilla was granted work authorization through the President’s deferred deportation program, commonly known as DACA, which allowed him to work as a camp counselor at Walden West Science Camp. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was aware that Covarrubias-Padilla was under investigation for child exploitation as early as November 17, 2014, according to records provided by USCIS. While USCIS acknowledged that ICE officials “typically apprise USCIS when a recipient of DACA or an immigration benefit is an investigative target,” USCIS failed to learn of the ongoing investigation until March 31, 2015.

According to the response from USCIS, Department of Homeland Security officials notified the Santa Clara Sheriff’s Office of Covarrubias-Padilla’ssuspicious activities on April 29, 2015, the same day that ICE officials confirmed he was employed by the Santa Clara Office of Education. It wasn’t until May 13, 2015, six days after Covarrubias-Padilla was arrested for child molestation and distribution of child pornography, that immigration officials took action to revoke his DACA status and work authorization.

It remains unclear why no action was taken to revoke Covarrubias-Padilla’s work authorization and immigration benefits, given that multiple agencies were aware of the ongoing investigation, that he was employed by the Office of Education and that he was considered a “potentially egregious public safety” risk. Grassley raised this and other questions in a recent letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.

A signed copy of the letter is available at: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/sites/default/files/judiciary/upload/2015-07-30%20CEG%20to%20DHS%20%28DACA%20Covarrubias%20follow-up%29.pdf. Full text of the letter follows:

July 30, 2015

VIA ELECTRONIC TRANSMISSION

The Honorable Jeh Johnson

Secretary

Department of Homeland Security

Washington, DC 20528

Dear Secretary Johnson:

On July 23, 2015, I received a response from Director Rodriguez on your behalf. My initial letter, sent to you May 20, 2015, inquired into the current status ofEdgar Covarrubias-Padilla, a man recently arrested and charged with child molestation, and distribution and possession of hundreds of images of child pornography while a recipient of the President’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) benefit. Because Covarrubias-Padilla was granted DACA, he was able to receive an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) and work as a camp counselor at the Walden West Science Camp in California. It was at the camp that he allegedly molested and victimized children.

It is now clear that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had begun investigating Covarrubias-Padilla for child exploitation as early as November of 2014, yet DHS failed to revoke his DACA status for another six months. The Committee has documentation of a TECS record in Covarrubias-Padilla’s A-file that reads, “Suspect of Ongoing Criminal Investigations Relating to Child Exploitation” placed November 11, 2014. Covarrubias-Padilla was arrested onMay 7, 2015.

Although the Director’s response letter states that “ICE field offices typically apprise USCIS when a recipient of DACA or an immigration benefit is an investigative target,” in this case, USCIS failed to learn of the investigation until months later on March 31, 2015. Despite both components’ knowledge of Covarrubias-Padilla’s investigation by March of 2015, and a referral to the Background Check Unit (BCU) as a “potentially egregious public safety case,” the revocation of DACA did not occur until May, 13, 2015, several days after his arrest.

To help the Committee understand the circumstances surrounding the criminal investigation of Covarrubias-Padilla prior to his arrest, and the decision to revoke DACA, please provide responses to the following questions no later than August 13, 2015. Please number your answers in accordance with these questions:

1. Which agency or law enforcement entity conducted the criminal investigation relating to child exploitation referenced as a TECS hit in Covarrubias-Padilla’s A-file” Please provide all documents related to this investigation.

2. What, specifically, was Covarrubias-Padilla under investigation for related to child exploitation” Please provide all documentation relating to this investigation.

3. Because DACA is a discretionary program, USCIS could have exercised its discretion and revoked Covarrubias-Padilla’s DACA benefit when it became aware of the criminal investigation for child exploitation. Revocation of DACA in the months prior to the arrest could have prevented Covarrubias-Padilla from working as a camp counselor and victimizing children. Why was DACA not revoked at any time before his arrest” Please provide any policies in place detailing why a revocation was not warranted.

4. If DACA is not revoked for a recipient who is under a criminal investigation of child exploitation, are there criminal investigations that would warrant an immediate termination of DACA once USCIS determined the identity of the DACA recipient” Please list the types of investigations that would result in revocation.

5. How much and what type of information would have been deemed sufficient to make a determination prior to rendering a final adjudication on revocation of DACA in this case?

6. What happened to the information once USCIS forwarded it to the BCU” When did the BCU resolve the hit?

7. On April 28, 2015, the ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HIS) office in San Jose, California alerted the Santa Clara Sheriff’s Office of the “suspicious activities” involving Covarrubias-Padilla. However, DACA was not revoked until a few days after his arrest in May of 2015. Why was DACA not revoked when the sheriff’s office was notified?

8. Why was DACA ultimately revoked on May 13, 2015? What factors were assessed in this decision?

9. Why did it take four months for both components to be apprised of the criminal investigation of Covarrubias-Padilla” What policies are in place to ensure both ICE and USCIS are informed of a criminal investigation of a DACA recipient to ensure swift revocation when appropriate” Please provide the relevant policies.

10. Why does USCIS not require periodic TECS checks before the two year renewal date?

Thank you for your attention to this important matter. Should you have any questions, please contact Katherine Nikas of my Committee staff at 202-224-5225.

Sincerely,

Charles E. Grassley

Chairman,

Committee on the Judiciary

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Jeb Bush unveils border security, immigration reform planhttp://minutemanproject.com/jeb-bush-unveils-border-security-immigration-reform-plan/ http://minutemanproject.com/jeb-bush-unveils-border-security-immigration-reform-plan/#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2015 18:39:06 +0000 http://minutemanproject.com/?p=9507 By SERGIO BUSTOS, Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush is outlining a six-point strategy to bolster security at the nation’s border and overhaul its immigration laws. The former Florida governor said Monday that finding a solution to the status of people in the country illegally “is a nonstarter if our borders […]]]>

By SERGIO BUSTOS, Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush is outlining a six-point strategy to bolster security at the nation’s border and overhaul its immigration laws.

The former Florida governor said Monday that finding a solution to the status of people in the country illegally “is a nonstarter if our borders are not secure against future illegal immigration.”

Bush is proposing the estimated 11 million people living in the country illegally could earn legal status “over time,” after they pass a criminal background check, pay a fine and learn English, among other requirements.

Bush outlined his proposal Monday morning, before traveling to New Hampshire to speak at an evening forum. Bush posted details of his plan to medium.com, a social media website.

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SUBCOMMITTEE CHART: U.S. TO ACCEPT MORE NEW IMMIGRANTS ON GREEN CARDS WITHIN DECADE THAN THE ENTIRE COMBINED POPULATIONS OF IOWA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, AND SOUTH CAROLINAhttp://minutemanproject.com/subcommittee-chart-u-s-to-accept-more-new-immigrants-on-green-cards-within-decade-than-the-entire-combined-populations-of-iowa-new-hampshire-and-south-carolina/ http://minutemanproject.com/subcommittee-chart-u-s-to-accept-more-new-immigrants-on-green-cards-within-decade-than-the-entire-combined-populations-of-iowa-new-hampshire-and-south-carolina/#respond Mon, 03 Aug 2015 17:10:21 +0000 http://minutemanproject.com/?p=9505 News release from Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.): Background From  Subcommittee On Immigration And The National Interest The overwhelming majority of immigration to the United States is the result of our visa policies. Each year, millions of visas are issued to temporary workers, foreign students, refugees, asylees, and permanent immigrants for admission into the United States. […]]]>

News release from Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.):

Background From  Subcommittee On Immigration And The National Interest

The overwhelming majority of immigration to the United States is the result of our visa policies. Each year, millions of visas are issued to temporary workers, foreign students, refugees, asylees, and permanent immigrants for admission into the United States. The lion’s share of these visas are for lesser-skilled and lower-paid workers and their dependents who, because they are here on work-authorized visas, are added directly to the same labor pool occupied by current unemployed jobseekers. Expressly because they are admitted into the U.S. on legal immigrant visas, most will be able to draw a wide range of taxpayer-funded benefits, and corporations will be allowed to directly substitute these workers for Americans. Improved border security would have no effect on the continued arrival of these new foreign workers, refugees, and permanent immigrants—because they are all invited here by the federal government.

The most significant of all immigration documents issued by the U.S. is, by far, the “green card.” When a foreign citizen is issued a green card it guarantees them the following benefits inside the United States: lifetime work authorization, access to federal welfare, access to Social Security and Medicare, the ability to obtain citizenship and voting privileges, and the immigration of their family members and elderly relatives.

Under current federal policy, the U.S. issues green cards to approximately 1 million new Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) every single year. For instance, Department of Homeland Security statistics show that the U.S. issued 5.25 million green cards in the last five years, for an average of 1.05 million new legal permanent immigrant annually.

These ongoing visa issuances are the result of federal law, and their number can be adjusted at any time with a new federal law. However, unlike other autopilot policies—such as tax rates or spending programs—there is virtually no national discussion or media coverage over how many visas we issue, to whom we issue them and on what basis, or how the issuance of these visas to individuals living in foreign countries impacts the interests of people already living in this country.

If Congress does not pass a new federal law to reduce the number of green cards issued each year, the U.S. will legally add 10 million or more new permanent immigrants over the next 10 years—a bloc of new permanent residents larger than populations of Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina combined.  All of these new permanent immigrants will be added on top of the current population of permanent immigrants in the United States.

This has substantial economic implications.

The post-World War II boom decades of the 1950s and 1960s averaged together less than 3 million green cards per decade—or about 285,000 annually. Due to lower immigration rates, the total foreign-born population in the United States dropped from about 10.8 million in 1945 to 9.7 million in 1960 and 9.6 million in 1970.

These lower midcentury immigration levels were the product of a federal policy change: after the last period of large-scale immigration that had begun in roughly 1880, immigration rates were lowered to reduce admissions. The foreign-born share of the U.S. population fell for six consecutive decades, from 1910 through 1960.

Legislation enacted in 1965, among other factors, substantially increased low-skilled immigration. Since 1970, the foreign-born population in the United States has increased more than four-fold—to a record 42.1 million today. The foreign-born share of the population has risen from fewer than 1 in 21 in 1970, to presently approaching 1 in 7. As the supply of available labor has increased, so too has downward pressure on wages. Georgetown and Hebrew University economics professor Eric Gould has observed that “the last four decades have witnessed a dramatic change in the wage and employment structure in the United States… The overall evidence suggests that the manufacturing and immigration trends have hollowed-out the overall demand for middle-skilled workers in all sectors, while increasing the supply of workers in lower skilled jobs. Both phenomena are producing downward pressure on the relative wages of workers at the low end of the income distribution.”

During the low-immigration period from 1948-1973, real median compensation for U.S. workers increased more than 90 percent. By contrast, real average hourly wages were lower in 2014 than they were in 1973, four decades earlier. Harvard Economist George Borjas also documented the effects of high immigration rates on African-American workers, writing that “a 10% immigration-induced increase in the supply of workers in a particular skill group reduced the black wage of that group by 2.5%.” Past immigrants are additionally among those most economically impacted by the arrival of large numbers of new workers brought in to compete for the same jobs. In Los Angeles County, for example, 1 in 3 recent immigrants are living below the poverty line.  And this federal policy of new large-scale admissions continues unaltered at a time when automation is reducing hiring, and when a record share of our own workers here in America are not employed.

President Coolidge articulated how a slowing of immigration would benefit both U.S.-born and immigrant-workers: “We want to keep wages and living conditions good for everyone who is now here or who may come here. As a nation, our first duty must be to those who are already our inhabitants, whether native or immigrants. To them we owe an especial and a weighty obligation.”

It is worth observing that the 10 million grants of new permanent residency under current law is not an estimate of total new immigration over the next decade. In fact, the increased distribution of legal immigrant visas tend to correlate with increased flows of immigration illegally: the former helps provide networks and pull factors for the latter. Most of the countries who send the largest numbers of citizens with green cards are also the countries who send the most citizens illegally. The Census Bureau estimates 13 million new immigrants will arrive, on net, between now and 2024—hurtling the U.S. past all recorded figures in terms of the foreign-born share of total population, quickly eclipsing the watermark recorded 105 years ago during the 1880–1920 immigration wave before immigration rates were lowered. Absent new legislation to lower green card allotments and the unprecedented level of future immigration, the Census Bureau projects immigration as a share of population will continue setting new records each year, for all time.

Yet the immigration “reform” considered by Congress most recently—the 2013 Senate “Gang of Eight” comprehensive immigration bill—would have tripled the number of green cards issued over the next 10 years. Instead of issuing 10 million green cards, the Gang of Eight proposal would have issued at least 30 million green cards during the next decade (or more than 11 times the population of the City of Chicago).

Polling from Gallup and Fox shows that Americans want lawmakers to reduce, not increase, immigration rates by a stark 2:1 margin. Reuters puts it at nearly a 3:1 margin. And polling from GOP pollster Kellyanne Conway shows that by the huge margin of nearly 10:1 people of all backgrounds are united in their belief that U.S. companies seeking workers should raise wages for those already living here—instead of bringing in new labor from abroad.

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Minuteman Project Leader Endorses Donald Trump for President!  Suggests Cruz Run as VP.http://minutemanproject.com/minuteman-project-leader-endorses-donald-trump-for-president-suggests-cruz-run-as-vp/ http://minutemanproject.com/minuteman-project-leader-endorses-donald-trump-for-president-suggests-cruz-run-as-vp/#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2015 15:07:04 +0000 http://minutemanproject.com/?p=9502 Dear Americans, I have long held that the illegal alien population in the United States hovers just above 30 million…about 10% of the nation’s population. The annual cost to subsidize such a huge impoverished population is about $380 BILLION annually. That’s almost 1/2 TRILLION dollars annually! Go figure why the USA is $18 TRILLION in […]]]>

trumpcruz2016_360Dear Americans,

I have long held that the illegal alien population in the United States hovers just above 30 million…about 10% of the nation’s population.

The annual cost to subsidize such a huge impoverished population is about $380 BILLION annually. That’s almost 1/2 TRILLION dollars annually!

Go figure why the USA is $18 TRILLION in debt after so many decades of encouraging the transfer of poor and unskilled masses from Mexico and Central America (and other countries, too) into the United States.  

US taxpayers are required to pay off this enormous debt with increased tax levies in the future. Not just income tax increases, but increases in sales taxes, real estate taxes, DMV fees, excise taxes on utilities and telephones, and various other increased surtaxes, etc., etc…with no end in sight.

Donald Trump appears determined to bring our nation back under the rule of law insofar as U.S. immigration laws are concerned.

Americans, please join me in endorsing Donald Trump for president 2016. Furthermore, I think Texas Senator Ted Cruz is an excellent pick for vice president. These two candidates think the same, talk the same…and, hopefully will walk the same once in the White House.

This is our last chance to elect a presidential administration that will finally take on the enormous task of returning America to its heralded status as a “nation of laws.”

Part of that enormous task is to repatriate the millions of illegal aliens currently occupying US territory back to their homelands, where they can stand in line at a US embassy to apply for legal entry into the United States of America…just like the millions of “LEGAL” immigrants have done before them. For many of them, they will not be allowed to return to our country, and rightfully so.

Immigrants from around the world are invited to America at the pleasure of the United States citizenry, not at the fleeting whim of anyone who just wants to come here regardless of violating our laws.

If we are to be a civilized nation, governed by its people under the rule of law, then we must actually enforce our laws, America. The alternative is to devolve into a nation of anarchy where laws are meaningless and apply only to those persons naive or foolish enough to obey them.

For too long our political governors have let the mobs of millions of illegal aliens rule our country.

It is finally time for the “mob rule” and the political tyranny to stop.

Does Donald Trump have your support, America?  He has mine.

Jim Gilchrist,
Founder and President,
The Minuteman Project
A Multi-Ethnic Immigration Law Enforcement Advocacy Group
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Release of immigrant families in imprisonment ordered by Judgeshttp://minutemanproject.com/release-of-immigrant-families-in-imprisonment-ordered-by-judges/ http://minutemanproject.com/release-of-immigrant-families-in-imprisonment-ordered-by-judges/#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2015 13:27:59 +0000 http://minutemanproject.com/?p=9500 A California court ruling could set free more than 1,700 women and children who are being held by the Department of Homeland Security in facilities in the town of Dilley and Karnes County, Texas. As of Monday, immigration judges were getting the word out to release these families, as part of a court decision inCalifornia […]]]>

A California court ruling could set free more than 1,700 women and children who are being held by the Department of Homeland Security in facilities in the town of Dilley and Karnes County, Texas. As of Monday, immigration judges were getting the word out to release these families, as part of a court decision inCalifornia that struck down the Obama administrations policy regarding the handling of Central American illegal immigrant families and unaccompanied minors.

The Flores decision of 1993 would define these families as “unlawfully detained”, and Judges began ordering the release of nine families on conditional parole, without bail. No word on when they will actually be released from the facilities, according to an article in the San Antonio Express-News.

A pro-bono legal team made up of four groups including, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the American Immigration Council, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc. and the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, had sent a letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), raising a number of complaints, including the delayed releases.

In the story from the Express-News, the Department of Homeland Security , which oversees ICE, hasn’t said if it will appeal the ruling. A spokeswoman said Saturday that the department is “reviewing it in consultation with the Department of Justice.”

Federal Judge Dolly Gee, California Central District Court, ruled that ICE had violated the 1997 Flores decision. She said ICE is violating the court’s orders on how juveniles in the custody of ICE are supposed to be treated, according to the Catholic Sentinel.

Gee found it “astonishing that the defendants have enacted a policy requiring such expensive infrastructure without more evidence to show that it would be compliant with an agreement that has been in effect for nearly 20 years or effective at achieving what defendants hoped it would accomplish,” the Sentinel reported.

The two Texas facilities are operated by large for-profit commercial prison companies. The Karnes County Residential Center is operated by the Geo Group. The South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley is operated by the nation’s largest for-profit commercial prison company, the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA).

Breitbart Texas reporter Bob Price visited the Dilley facility on Sunday while returning from the Laredo Sector of the Texas/Mexico Border. While photographing the outside of the facility from a public street, he was ordered to leave and told he could not take pictures of the complex.

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Bernie Sanders slams open border policyhttp://minutemanproject.com/bernie-sanders-slams-open-border-policy/ http://minutemanproject.com/bernie-sanders-slams-open-border-policy/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:28:15 +0000 http://minutemanproject.com/?p=9496 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is confounding the Left by expressing an opinion that an open border immigration policy would “make everybody in America poorer”: “You’re doing away with the concept of a nation state,” Sanders said, “and I don’t think there’s any country in the world that believes in that.” […] On Thursday, Sanders […]]]>

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is confounding the Left by expressing an opinion that an open border immigration policy would “make everybody in America poorer”:

“You’re doing away with the concept of a nation state,” Sanders said, “and I don’t think there’s any country in the world that believes in that.”

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On Thursday, Sanders was grilled about the comments on MSNBC by anchor Alex Seitz-Wald. No doubt, Sanders views on the issue of immigration seemed off the current left-wing script, where the immediate acceptance of all hopeful immigrants to this nation is a matter of moral urgency.

Sanders’ interviewer for Vox even couched the issue as a moral responsibility we have to people all over the world. The fact that an open borders immigration policy would make foreigners better off economically was itself an argument for the policy.

Sanders responded, “I think from a moral responsibility we’ve got to work with the rest of the industrialized world to address the problems of international poverty, but you don’t do that by making people in this country even poorer.”

The exchange, and especially the shocked reaction to it,  goes a long way to explain how out of step Sanders is with today’s left-wing activists. That a multi-decade democrat socialist activist finds himself on the conservative wing of his party on a major policy issue probably says more about the lurch of the party, though.

Although, to be fair, Sanders also did claim that open border policy is a “right wing proposal” backed by the “Koch brothers.”

Also, it should be noted that this position isn’t new from Sanders. However, it is receiving renewed attention due to his presidential run.

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