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Friday, April 14, 2017

Not all illegals come here for jobs

I want to do a This Is Your Presidency on Obama/This Is Your Presidency on Trump thing about the Mexican border, but I am a writer, Jim, not a graphics engineer.

"So is that good enough, Mister Trump?"

From Reuters on May 28, 2014:
Tens of thousands of children unaccompanied by parents or relatives are flooding across the southern U.S. border illegally, forcing the Obama administration and Congress to grapple with both a humanitarian crisis and a budget dilemma.
An estimated 60,000 such children will pour into the United States this year, according to the administration, up from about 6,000 in 2011. Now, Washington is trying to figure out how to pay for their food, housing and transportation once they are taken into custody.
The flow is expected to grow. The number of unaccompanied, undocumented immigrants who are under 18 will likely double in 2015 to nearly 130,000 and cost U.S. taxpayers $2 billion, up from $868 million this year, according to administration estimates.
The shortage of housing for these children, some as young as 3, has already become so acute that an emergency shelter at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, has been opened and can accommodate 1,000 of them, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said in an interview with Reuters.
Nothing quite says caring parent like sending a 3-year-old on her own thousands of miles away. (I believed there was a difference between giving a child to a trusted agency. However, there are other circumstances such as kindertransport, or a mother leaving an infant at a church, which I had overlooked. Perhaps this is the situation here. Readers have made me see the light. I apologize.)

That was Obama's America.

Trump's America is law-abiding.

From BBC:
The number of people arrested crossing the Mexico border into the US has fallen to the lowest level in 17 years.
There were fewer than 17,000 arrests of undocumented migrants in March, the least since 2000, according to US Customs and Border Protection.
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told Congress the decline was "no accident", crediting President Trump.
The deadline for contractors to submit a design proposal for Mr Trump's planned border wall was on Tuesday.
You know what else is at a 17-year low?

From Market Watch:
Initial jobless claims cling near post-recession low
Initial jobless claims were essentially unchanged at 234,000 in early April, holding near extremely low levels that show the U.S. labor market is going strong despite a slowdown in hiring last month.
Economists polled by MarketWatch has expected new jobless claims to total 245,000 in the seven days stretching from April 2 to April 8.
The more stable monthly average of jobless claims was somewhat higher at 247,250, the government said Thursday.
The number of new applications for unemployment benefits has registered less than 300,000 for 110 straight weeks, the best performance since the 1970.
Now I am not going to go Global Warming on my readers. Employment did not rise because illegals stayed home.

But what it does show is a disconnect between illegals and jobs.

If their aim were employment, they would still come no matter what the consequences. The worst that would happen is you worked for a short time and got sent home. Most are single men.

But for those who come here for welfare, the price of being caught now exceeds the benefits. The welfare crowd does not want to bother with it as they usually include children who have to enroll in school and then leave school again.

I suspect we will see the cessation of mass border crossings, and the violent crime and drugs that go with them, for the next eight years.

From Investors Business Daily:
President Trump's newly installed U.S. attorney general, former Sen. Jeff Sessions, is doing something unique for a top U.S. law official: He's actually enforcing immigration law. What a concept.
On Tuesday of this week, Sessions highlighted a "get tough" strategy to curb illegal immigration as he visited the U.S.-Mexico border at Nogales, Ariz. Essentially, his plan boils down to this: If you commit a crime, and entering the U.S. illegally is a crime, you might just end up in court. Yes, we've heard the promises before, so we shouldn't be too surprised. But now the promises are actually turning into policy.
"Where an alien has entered the country — which is a misdemeanor — that alien will now be charged with a felony if they unlawfully enter, or attempt to enter, a second time, and certain aggravating circumstances are present," he said.
But he had more to say: "For those that continue to seek improper and illegal entry into this country, be forewarned," Sessions said. "This is a new era. This is the Trump era."
In case you didn't get the message, he went on: "The lawlessness, the abdication of the duty to enforce our immigration laws, and the catch-and-release practices of old are over."
There is not a new sheriff in town.

There is a sheriff.

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  1. I am against illegal immigration. But the idea that parents are bad for sending their kids to what they think is a better life is not what I believe. In the 80's Korean parents would send their children to a hospital near here for risky and complex surgery they could not get in their country. They arrived with a signed autopsy permit. That says love to me not neglect.

    1. you are a complete idiot. please do not vote or drive a motorized vehicle.

    2. I >personally< know several S. Korean families who immigrated LEGALLY to the US, leaving other family behind, in order to enroll their children in US public schools and college. They didn't sneak across the border at night or pay someone a fortune to lead them surreptitiously across the desert of our porous southern border. And, instead of going on welfare, they paid full freight to give their kids the benefit of an American education. That is real sacrifice.

      What many of us object to is people taking advantage of someone else's generosity without asking...and later being resentful for having gotten kind help, as if they were entitled to it and we are obliged to offer it. Mexico, for example, is not an abjectly poor country. They have the means and the resources to provide a decent standard of living for their citizens. What they apparently lack is the will to do that or the concern for the value of the lives of their people. I don't believe the US is legally or morally obligated to solve Mexico's self-inflicted social problems. The US can offer Mexico help with that task as best we can, but Mexican citizens should not think of the US as Mexico's sugar daddy.

    3. You are a fool Ron. Many of the Korean children I am talking about were adopted by American parents. They proved to be highly intelligent and artistically talented, even at a young age. Also, For your info, the patented inventor of both Freon and Teflon was a single Korean American who worked for Dupont. He was my organic chemistry professor long ago. Great guy.

    4. If I may interrupt, I believed there was a difference between giving a child to a trusted agency. However, there are other circumstances kindertransport and a mother leaving an infant at a church, which I had overlooked. Readers have made me see the light. I apologize.

  2. Jeff Sessions - what a GREAT pick as AG.

  3. How are they sending their children? Alone? With Coyotes? With other unreputable escorts?

  4. Sweet Home Alabama! He's already kicking ass like the Crimson Tide do.

  5. Jeff Sessions is Trump's best cabinet pick by far.

  6. When I sent my kids to the neighbor to watch them, I usually paid her a tidy sum to do so.
    Oh, and I asked her first.