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Opposing immigration wasn’t always racist


Opposing immigration wasn’t always racist

By Peter Skerry   APRIL 16, 2017

T oday, the battle lines over immigration policy are sharply defined. In the last two years, Donald Trump’s rise has drawn attention to the Republican Party’s lurch toward the right. Opposition to current levels of immigration, illegal and otherwise, has taken on a tone that is stridently populist, even reactionary.

Meanwhile on the left, big-city mayors and blue-state legislatures are declaring sanctuaries for undocumented residents. Democrats have criticized not just Trump’s limitations on refugees, travelers from Muslim countries, and H-1B visas, but also his stepped-up enforcement of existing immigration laws. While liberals and progressives have stopped short of endorsing open borders, they’ve come to treat opposition to illegal immigration and constraints on illegal immigration as unacceptable, even racist.

In academia and the media, Trumpism is receiving plenty of attention. Yet the Democrats’ new default position — that opposition to illegal immigration and constraints on legal immigration are virtually unacceptable — is just as extreme, certainly by historic standards. The shift in the liberal perspective has just received far less scrutiny.

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ICE slams N.J. jail for releasing man despite detainer request


By Rebecca Everett | For
on March 14, 2017 at 6:32 PM, updated March 15, 2017 at 7:12 AM

MOUNT HOLLY TWP. — The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released a statement slamming Burlington County officials for releasing an immigrant that federal officers wanted held.

The release said that ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations were later able to arrest the man in question, Denner Dos Santos, 22, a Brazilian, in Mount Holly on Feb. 22.

ICE said that the county “failed to honor a detainer lodged by ICE” to hold Dos Santos when he was in custody back in July.

ICE can make detainer requests to local law enforcement or jails to hold an individual that ICE suspects is “subject to removal from the United States” for 48 hours past the time they would have originally been released.

It allows time for ICE officers to take that person to a facility where they can be held pending deportation hearings.

Khaalid H. Walls, a spokesman for ICE, said that the agency filed its detainer request with the county July 11, and yet Dos Santos was released the following day.

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Princeton sex assault suspect charged in 2nd incident

By Anna Merriman | For
on July 01, 2016 at 4:40 PM

PRINCETON – A man accused of breaking into a Birch Avenue home and sexually assaulting a woman in her sleep Wednesday, also broke into another home on the same street weeks earlier, police said Friday.

Pedro Arias-Santiago, 26, of Princeton, was initially arrested just after midnight Wednesday after a 28-year-old woman said she woke up to find him sexually assaulting her in her sleep. She ran from the house and called police, who quickly arrested Arias-Santiago outside.

The news of the assault was widely published and on Thursday, another woman came forward.

The second woman – a 19-year-old from Illinois – told police she was staying at the home on Birch Avenue around 5 a.m. on June 14 when Arias-Santiago came in through an unlocked door. She heard Arias-Santiago inside and confronted him, police said. Arias-Santiago fled the house but the woman did not file a report until this week.

She was not sexually assaulted in the burglary, police said.

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DHS Confesses: No Databases Exist To Vet Syrian Refugees

10/06/2015 06:47 PM ET

Immigration: As the White House prepares to dump another 10,000 Syrian refugees on U.S. cities, it assures us these mostly Muslim men undergo a “robust screening” process. Not so, admits the agency responsible for such vetting.

Under grilling from GOP Sen. Jeff Sessions, head of the Senate subcommittee on immigration, the Homeland Security official in charge of vetting Syrian and other foreign Muslim refugees confessed that no police or intelligence databases exist to check the backgrounds of incoming refugees against criminal and terrorist records.

“Does Syria have any?” Sessions asked. “The government does not, no sir,” answered Matthew Emrich, associate director for fraud detection and national security at DHS’ U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Sessions further inquired: “You don’t have their criminal records, you don’t have the computer database that you can check?” Confessed Emrich: “In many countries the U.S. accepts refugees from, the country did not have extensive data holdings.”

While a startling admission, it confirms previous reporting. Senior FBI officials recently testified that they have no idea who these people are, and they can’t find out what type of backgrounds they have — criminal, terrorist or otherwise — because there are no vetting opportunities in those war-torn countries.

Syria and Iraq, along with Somalia and Sudan, are failed states where police records aren’t even kept. Agents can’t vet somebody if they don’t have documentation and don’t even have the criminal databases to screen applicants.

So the truth is, we are not vetting these Muslim refugees at all. And as GOP presidential front-runners duly note, it’s a huge gamble to let people from hostile nations enter the U.S. without any meaningful background check. It’s a safer bet just to limit, if not stop, their immigration.

“If I win, they’re going back,” Donald Trump vowed. “They could be ISIS. This (mass Syrian immigration) could be one of the great tactical ploys of all time.”

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‘We can’t take any more!’ Germany stops ALL trains from Austria as they reintroduce border controls and temporarily suspend Schengen Agreement


Germany has become the destination for many desperate Syrian refugees
Munich, which has been the main entry point, is now at breaking point
Germany has announced a reintroduction of ‘temporary’ border controls
The move marks a dramatic shift back from Europe’s Schengen agreement
Europe is struggling to deal with the huge influx of people fleeing violence


PUBLISHED: 07:54 EST, 13 September 2015 | UPDATED: 02:18 EST, 14 September 2015

Germany’s open-door policy to refugees appeared to be unravelling tonight following the country’s reinstatement of border controls to curb the overwhelming influx of migrants.

Europe’s top economy halted all trains from Austria and, in an historic move, temporarily suspended the open borders Schengen agreement in response to the arrival of tens of thousands of Syrian refugees in recent days.

The decision marks a dramatic shift away from the current abolishment of passport checks throughout Europe’s Schengen zone.

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N.J. Supreme Court ruling a lifeline for young immigrants

AUGUST 26, 2015, 12:58 PM    LAST UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26, 2015, 11:46 PM

Young people living in New Jersey who entered the United States illegally as minors have the right to apply for a federal amnesty program geared toward those under 21 who were battered or abandoned in their home countries, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

The court handed a victory to three immigrants who walked across the U.S.-Mexico border — one young man from India now living in Passaic County and two teenage girls from El Salvador now in Elizabeth — who argued that they could not return home because they faced life-threatening conditions such as extreme poverty and rampant gang violence.

In a 6-0 decision, the high court ordered new hearings before New Jersey family judges to determine whether the three were abused, neglected or abandoned in their home countries and whether their “best interest” is to stay in the United States.

No matter the outcome, they then may apply to federal authorities for “special immigrant juvenile status,” the court said. Only the U.S. Department of Homeland Security can make the final decision whether to grant them legal status — and, in the case of the two girls, to stop or continue their deportation proceedings, the court said.

Writing for the court, Judge Mary Catherine Cuff also found that the young man was subjected to gross negligence by his mother, his sole caregiver in India, where he was born. That finding, which reversed a lower-court ruling, could help him persuade federal officials to grant him legal status.

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Mexico Does Not Want its Own People

WOW!!!….Mexico doesn’t want their “OWN” people!

Three cheers for Arizona!

The shoe is on the other foot and the Mexicans from the State of Sonora, Mexico do not like it. Can you believe the nerve of these people? It’s almost funny.

The State of Sonora is angry at the influx of Mexicans into Mexico!!!

Nine state legislators from the Mexican State of Sonora traveled to Tucson to complain about Arizona’s new employer crackdown on illegals from Mexico.

It seems that many Mexican illegals are returning to their hometowns and the officials in the Sonora state government are ticked off.

In January 2008, a delegation of nine legislators from Sonora (the Mexican state immediately south of Arizona) came to Tucson to express concerns that Arizona’s recently enacted Legal Arizona Workers Act (an employer sanctioned law which imposed penalties on employers who knowingly hired persons lacking documentation of their status to legally work in the United States) would have a “devastating” effect on Sonora. After a press conference held at the offices of Project PPEP a day prior to the delegation’s meeting with Hispanic legislators, the Tucson Citizen reported the Sonoran representatives posing questions such as the following:

At a news conference, the Sonoran legislators said that Sonora — Arizona’s southern neighbor, made up of mostly small towns — cannot handle the demand for housing, jobs and schools it will face as illegal Mexican workers [in Tucson] return to their hometowns without jobs or money.

They want to tell [Arizona legislators] how the law will affect Mexican families on both sides of the border.

“How can they pass a law like this?” asked Mexican Rep. Leticia Amparano Gamez, who represents Nogales.

“There is not one person living in Sonora who does not have a friend or relative working in Arizona,” she said in Spanish.

“Mexico is not prepared for this, for the tremendous problems it will face as more and more Mexicans working in Arizona and sending money to their families return to hometowns in Sonora without jobs,” she said.

Amparano said the Mexican legislators are already asking the federal government of Mexico for help for Sonora.