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It seems that reporter April Ehrlich might be a bit off center in Worker shortage coincides with immigration decline in her article published in the Argus Observer.
First of all, and not mentioned in the article is that Oregon law that makes it illegal for anyone under the age of 16 to work in the fields like many of us remember doing. We worked to earn money for school clothes, rides at the State Fair or saving for college. It was hot, dirty and most important, a valuable life lesson that I still treasure.
The reporter states that nationwide only 26% of ag workers are illegal aliens. That means that the remainder are US citizens or approved VISA workers who are willing to do the work.
Perhaps even more disturbing is the false wailing that illegal alien laborers only take the jobs Americans won't do - like picking our fruit and vegetables or working in the fields. The fact is, numerous studies show that less than 5% of laborers in the US illegally, are actually working in the fields. They, like most workers, want better jobs and move easily on to employment in construction, drywall, hotels and restaurants etc., pushing American workers and legal immigrants out of those very jobs.
The successful acquisition of employees can be described quite simply.
Adequate, competitive wages for the work being done, safe, decent working conditions, attractive benefits and, as most industrialized nations do, mechanize when possible to streamline and reduce the tedious, dirty jobs often associated with farm or factory work.
The alternative, which is practiced by many seeking to avoid the above, is to hire illegal labor. The fact is that it's against Federal Law to hire workers that are in the country illegally. There are VISA's available for ag labor, if only employers would do the paper work and be responsible. But, that's too much work and expense, apparently, when they can more easily hire illegal workers. After all, there are no real consequences for hiring illegal aliens - right?
Instead, those working here illegally are more easily cheated and abused as employees. Those working here illegally are often being paid under the table, or using a fake or stolen ID to get a job. Employers know they are hiring illegal workers, they know they are breaking the law and they know that it's likely an illegal alien worker won't complain about long hours, no breaks, unsafe working conditions or worse.
What kind of business model is this for the United States? We aren't some 3rd world country taking advantage of the poor with no other options - or, are we?
Why don't we have a real conversation about what needs to be done to make Oregon's farmers more competitive in world markets in a way that does not involve encouraging more illegal aliens to come here for those jobs. Why don't we invest in research to improve mechanization to make our farmers more competitive? I think we're smart enough to do that - don't you?
The appointment of Mark Morgan as Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol is the same as President Obama sitting in that chair.
By now Americans that are paying attention realize that our way of life is under attack by this administration and our institutions have been systematically corrupted by their influence. This message to the American people is to assist those that do care and are paying attention to connect the dots about how this administration is proceeding with their anti-American agenda to further corrupt border security. These similarly embedded corruptive agents that remain throughout government after this administration expires will continue their agenda if permitted to do so.
We watched in disgust as the ACLU, SPLC and the Department of Justice joined hands to attack the U.S. Border Patrol for unnecessary violence which was a bogus claim. We understood at the time those were the first major shots fired by this administration to fundamentally transform and cut the effectiveness of the U.S. Border Patrol to zero when it began.
Unfortunately, few in Washington D.C. care about National Security and Public Safety and gleefully go along with the administrations attack program that coincides with the Central American surge and the vast un-vetted numbers coming in under the guise of Refugee Resettlement. Silence is as effective an assent as a yea vote to these plans.
Such official D.C. chicanery gives credence to those doubting any actions by this government consider what is best for the American people.
This "appointment" is quite obviously another glaring example at first glance.
Zack Taylor, Chairman and Border Security Expert
From: COMMISSIONER KERLIKOWSKE
Sent: Monday, June 20, 2016 7:57 AM
Subject: Commissioner's Message: Commissioner Kerlikowske Announces Border Patrol Chief (Kerlikowske reports to Jeh Johnson who reports to President Obama.)
This morning I will be announcing that I have selected Mark Morgan as chief of the U.S. Border Patrol. You will see from Mark's long career in law enforcement and the leadership positions he has held that he will fulfill at the highest level the obligations and responsibilities of leading the outstanding law enforcement organization that is the Border Patrol. There was a national search for a chief and a professional and objective process used to select Mr. Morgan. The pool of candidates who applied yielded an array of extremely experienced, dedicated, and professional law enforcement executives in federal law enforcement and within the Border Patrol who sought this critical position.
I also want to address very directly the selection of someone who is not a part of the Border Patrol, (which is obviously part of the objective criteria?) The position of a law enforcement chief at the local, state, or federal level is one that demands an exhausting commitment of time; time that must be spent analyzing its future in light of rapid changes and time charting a course from a variety of perspectives. (NAFBPO comment, based on political objectives not related to enforcing existing law which constitutes a fundamental transformation.) That is why almost all federal law enforcement agencies have at various times chosen someone from outside their ranks to make that assessment and chart that course. (The border patrol did not make this choice, the Obama Administration made the choice which is the same as President Obama filling the position in person.) The U.S. Capitol Police (Vince Foster), U.S. Park Police, Coast Guard CID, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, ATF (fast & furious), and DEA among others have done the same in addition to large local and state law enforcement organizations across the country. None of those decisions to have a leader from outside the organization (officially) reflected negatively on the current leadership of those agencies. In the case of the Border Patrol, the current leadership across the top, from Headquarters to the field, consists of the finest group of men and women that I have worked with in my more than 40 years in law enforcement.
I welcome Mark as an important member of President Obama's leadership team at CBP and DHS and firmly believe that his experience listed below and long and successful career in law enforcement will be of great value to the men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol. (We doubt very seriously that Mark Morgan will benefit the National Security and Public Safety of America or the American people.)
R. Gil Kerlikowske Commissioner
Mark Morgan joins U.S. Customs and Border Protection with a 30-year career in the military and law enforcement related to anti-terrorism and border security operations. (Specifically, what were each and all of his contributions in fact, not in vague undefined terms?)
Mr. Morgan has a 20-year career at the Federal Bureau of Investigation where he is an Assistant Director. During his time at the FBI, which began as a special agent in 1996 assigned to the Los Angeles Field Office, Mr. Morgan served in multiple leadership positions.
In 2008, Mr. Morgan served as the Deputy On-Scene in Baghdad, Iraq where he was responsible for all FBI personnel and operations within the Iraq Theater of Operations within the Counterterrorism Division. (Specifically, what did he do? Did he assist in drafting the rules of engagement for U.S. Military there? Perhaps screening information deemed not appropriate for the American public? )
In 2010, he was named the Section Chief of the Strategic Information and Operations Center, with responsibility for leading the FBI’s global command and strategic intelligence center. (During the phase of the rise of ISIS what specifically were all of his recommendations, published and unpublished?)
The following year, 2011, Mr. Morgan was appointed as the Special Agent in Charge of the El Paso Division, where he was responsible for leading all threat-based and intelligence driven counterterrorism, criminal, cyber, and counterintelligence operations extending from the western tip of Texas to the City of Midland. (Was he involved in ensuring final development of the Transnational Crime Corridor from Juarez, CHIH, Mexico, into the United States by Wilderness Designations created by an Obama Executive Order in the Potrillo Mountains over the will of the people in the Southwest:
From 3 minutes 58 seconds to 14 minutes 8 seconds.
In 2013, as the Deputy Assistant Director, Inspection Division, Mr. Morgan directed day to day operations to ensure compliance and facilitate the improvement of performance by providing independent, evaluative oversight of all FBI investigative and administrative operations. (Specifically, did this include removing all training references to radical islamic jihad, Muslim Brotherhood and similar material from training texts and existing investigators guides ?)
In, 2014, Mr. Morgan served in a detail assignment with CBP as the Acting Assistant Commissioner for Internal Affairs where he planned, organized, and coordinated the complete re-design of CBP’s Use of Force Incident Response protocols. He directed operations related to the screening of potential employees for suitability, implemented internal security measures, and launched CBP’s criminal and serious administrative misconduct investigative unit. In this position, he was responsible for obtaining CBP’s new authority to investigate allegations of misconduct against CBP employees. (Specifically, did this include commendation medals for Agents engaged in deadly force situations wherein they did not use deadly force? Objectively speaking, what exactly did he cause to be implemented ?)
In 2015, he was appointed as Assistant Director of the FBI’s Training Division, in Quantico, Virginia, with responsibility for overseeing the delivery of training, professional development and defensive systems to the FBI workforce, and domestic national security, law enforcement, and international partners throughout the world. (Specifically, did part of this training serve as a policy blindfold to investigators for incidents like Fort Hood, San Jose and Orlando?)
Mr. Morgan was an active-duty member and reservist in the U.S. Marine Corps. Before joining the FBI, he served as a deputy sheriff in Platte County, Missouri and as an officer in the Los Angeles Police Department. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Central Missouri State University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. (Major Hassan was on active duty with the U.S. Army. Mateen was a security guard for Wackenhut before he became front page in Orlando. Whatever else are Morgan's qualifications we can be assured his main qualification is carrying out the Obama administrations policies as being levied against law enforcement agencies nationwide and further avoids protecting National Security and Public Safety through strict enforcement of existing Immigration Law
You may have heard David Cross on the Lars Larson Show each Thursday afternoon, reporting about the foreign national criminal of the week. You may have read David's detailed Guest Opinion pieces in newspapers across the state. You may have received or seen posted on our OFIR website, his reports on foreign national criminals held in the Oregon prison system.
David Cross is well known for his accurate, detailed research about foreign national crime and it hasn't gone unnoticed. The Center for Immigration Studies invited David to attend an immigration briefing at the National Press Club in Washington DC. this past weekend.
Read more about Breitbart's interviews at the event.
Once again, Oregon attracts attention from outside the state, this time for the Legislature's misuse and abuse of the Emergency Clause on new legislation passed in the Oregon Legislature.
Efforts are underway to stop the shenanigans via an initiative petition circulating throughout the state.
Read the full article by Montana resident Paul Nachman and then be certain you, your friends, neighbors and co-workers have all signed the petition and mailed it in before June 26, so the paperwork can be processed before the deadline.
Will some of the Syrian refugees the Obama administration is hustling through a truncated vetting process make their way to Oregon?
In early April, the Associated Press’ Khetam Malkawi reported, “the first Syrian family to be resettled in the U.S. under a speeded-up ‘surge operation’ for refugees left Jordan” for Kansas City, Mo. “While the resettlement process usually takes 18 to 24 months,” Malkawi wrote, “the surge operation will reduce the time to three months.” Its purpose? To help President Barack Obama meet his goal of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees this fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.
Between the start of the fiscal year last October and April 1, the State Department reports, 17 Syrian refugees had been resettled in Oregon. Obama’s surge could increase that number suddenly and dramatically — to the detriment, as we’ll see, of many Oregonians. First, however, let’s look at what 10,000 Syrian refugees could mean for the nation as a whole.
In regard to their country of origin, FBI counter-terrorist official Michael Steinbach told Congress last year, “We don’t have systems in place on the ground to collect information to vet ... The dataset, the police, the intel services that normally you would (consult) to seek information” about refugees don’t exist. Consequently, even under the more comprehensive pre-surge vetting, terrorists from Syria could and did slip through the cracks. One prominent example: Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab, a Syrian admitted to the United States as a refugee in 2012, returned to his home country and fought for the terrorist group Ansar al-Islam in late 2013 and early 2014. Afterward, eluding State Department screening yet again, he returned to the United States. Under Obama’s dramatically-shortened vetting process, even more Al-Jayabs likely will be able to enter our country.
Granted, not all Syrian refugees would be terrorists. But to the communities in which they settle and to Americans as a whole, they would constitute a significant fiscal burden. “More than 90 percent of recent Mideast refugees draw food stamps and about 70 percent receive free health care and cash welfare,” noted Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. Indeed, the Heritage Foundation’s Robert Rector estimates that the 10,000 Syrian refugees the administration aims to resettle here, over the course of their lifetimes, likely would cost U.S. taxpayers $6.5 billion.
And now, to Oregon.
Late last year, Gov. Kate Brown said our state “will ... open the doors of opportunity” to Syrian refugees. If she makes good on that, however, she may shut those same doors on some of our most vulnerable fellow citizens.
According to the Oregon Employment Department, some 200,000 Oregon residents are unemployed or underemployed. Indeed, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated recently, more than 16 percent of Oregonians live in poverty. The city of Portland, OPB reported late last year, has a shortage of some 24,000 housing units “affordable to the lowest-income renters” (those available for $750 a month or less); the Washington County housing market, said the county’s Housing Services Department, has recently suffered “a shortage of affordable housing for extremely low-income and low-income households.” And Oregon’s $7.4 billion K-12 school fund for the 2015-17 biennium, a state legislative committee determined last year, was almost $1.8 billion short of the amount needed “to reach the state’s educational goals.” Clearly, some of Oregon’s youngest and poorest would be harmed by an influx of refugees who would compete against them for already-insufficient jobs, shelter and education dollars.
What then, should Brown do?
Federal law 8 U.S.C. 1522 states that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which is charged with resettling refugees, “shall consult” with state governments “concerning ... the intended distribution of refugees among the states and localities before their placement.” Among the criteria for such placement: “the availability of (an area’s) employment opportunities, affordable housing, and public and private resources (including educational, health care, and mental health services.)” The law further directs HHS, “to the maximum extent possible,” to “take into account recommendations of the state(s).”
Citing this law, Brown should contact HHS and explain how an influx of Syrian refugees would harm some of her state’s most vulnerable residents. Coming from a Democrat friendly to the president’s overall agenda, her argument could sway the department’s chief refugee-resettlement officials.
Though the governor’s compassion toward refugees is laudable, it is to her fellow Oregonians — those she was elected to serve — that she owes her foremost responsibility. Immediately, she should contact HHS and say: For the sake of our own struggling people, send no more Syrian refugees to Oregon.
Cynthia Kendoll of Salem and Richard F. LaMountain of Cedar Mill are president and vice president of Oregonians for Immigration Reform
Oregonians are approaching the 9th anniversary of the tragic death of Deputy Kelly Fredinburg in a fiery head-on crash north of Gervais June 16, 2007. The driver of the car crossed the center line, killed Fredninburg and a passenger in his own car, who died a day after the crash.
Before he was indicted for his crimes, the driver fled to Mexico and to this day remains a fugitive. Below is a story from The Oregonian from 2014.
Suspect in 2007 crash that killed Marion County deputy remains at large, police say
The driver who police believe killed a Marion County deputy and another man in a late-night crash in 2007 remains a fugitive, authorities said.
Tips leading to the arrest of Alfredo De Jesus Ascensio are eligible for a reward of up to $21,000, according to a press release from Marion County Sheriff's Office.
Deputy Kelly Fredinburg, 33, was killed when Ascensio's vehicle crossed the center line on Oregon 99E north of Gervais, according to police at the time. Fredinburg's car caught fire and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
De Jesus Ascensio is wanted on two counts of criminally negligent homicide in connection with Fredinburg's death and Ascensio's 19-year old passenger Oscar Ascensio Amaya, who died the day after the crash.
De Jesus Ascensio was also hospitalized. Authorities believe he fled to Mexico around the time he was indicted.
The Fredinburg family helped create an Oregon Officer Reward Fund for arrests in criminal investigations of injury or death to police in the line of duty, the sheriff's office said. A reward of $20,000, along with another $1,000 offered by Crime Stoppers, is available for information that leads to an arrest in the case.
"I think about Kelly and his family quite often and reflect upon the sacrifice they have made," Sheriff Jason Myers said in a press release. "While nothing will replace the loss of Kelly, finding Alfredo DeJesus Ascencio and holding him accountable for his actions will bring some closure to this tragedy."
De Jesus Ascensio was 20 years of age at the time of the crash, was last believed to be in the area of Puacuaro, Michoacan, Mexico.
Anyone with information related to this investigation to find the suspect can report tips by calling 800-452-7888 in Oregon; or 1-503-823-HELP (4357) from anywhere in the United States. Callers from Mexico can call the Crime Stoppers Tip line, +011-503-823-4357. Tipsters should refer to case number is 07-28 and provide as much detail as possible, authorities said.
Ann Coulter has a gift for cutting right to the point. She explains how GOP candidates could sweep the elections this year with just a little understanding of what has happened in the past.
Key To Trump’s Victory: Math
With the California primary fast approaching, the media are rolling out their favorite fairy tale about how Republican Pete Wilson’s support for Proposition 187 in 1994 was a historic, game-changing error for the GOP, driving Hispanics from the party for good!
Both CNN and MSNBC retold this completely bogus narrative this week. NPR rolls it out once every two weeks.
I’m writing an emergency book on Trump right now, due today, and liberals won’t stop lying about Prop 187 — so for this week’s column, I’m telling the real story of that initiative, again. Maybe the 700th time is the charm!
In 1994, Gov. Pete Wilson of California was headed for defeat in his re-election bid. He had an abysmal 15 percent approval rating — syphilis had a higher approval rating. He ended up pulling out an amazing come-from-behind victory by tying himself to Proposition 187, a ballot initiative that would deny illegal immigrants non-emergency government services.
In the lead-up to the election, the media freely dispensed advice to Wilson, nearly identical to the advice they’re giving Donald Trump today.
Proposition 187, was, in the words of The New York Times, a “nativist abomination,” “xenophobic,” and a “platform of bigotry, racism and scapegoating.” Republicans faced an epic loss unless they repudiated Prop 187 and leapt on the Hispandering bandwagon — and pronto.
Unaware that the Times’ political advice was a gag, Wilson’s Democratic opponent, Kathleen Brown, was convinced opposition to Proposition 187 would propel her to victory. She campaigned against the proposition, urging voters to “send a message that says we understand that in diversity is our strength!”
Pete “Prop 187” Wilson won the election with 55 percent of the vote. That included 21 percent of the black vote — nearly three times the 8 percent average for Republicans in House races nationwide the same year.
Wilson’s 1994 victory on the back of Proposition 187 also happens to be the biggest margin for any Republican running statewide in California in the last 30 years, except for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger who won his 2006 re-election by one point more (after effectively becoming a Democrat).
Proposition 187 was even more popular than Wilson, winning 59 percent to 41 percent. It was supported by a majority of white voters, a majority of black voters, a majority of Asian voters — and a third of Hispanic voters, i.e., more of the Hispanic vote than Mitt Romney got.
Proposition 187 was twice as popular with Hispanic voters in California as George H.W. Bush had been two years earlier. In 1992, Bill Clinton won 71 percent of the Hispanic vote in California to Bush’s 14 percent. Texas Hispanics chose Clinton over Bush by nearly the identical percentage, 70 percent to 15 percent.
Maybe there’s something else Hispanics don’t like about Republicans.
In 1992, Proposition 187 wasn’t even a twinkle in California’s eye. Hispanics had no idea they were supposed to hate Republicans yet. Nonetheless, they voted in a landslide for the Democratic presidential candidate, and also for two Democrats running for the U.S. Senate that year.
The reason California can’t elect a Republican statewide isn’t that Hispanics got even madder at Republicans since Proposition 187. It’s that they’re a much larger part of the electorate, thanks to: (1) Reagan’s amnesty; and (2) the ACLU running to a Jimmy Carter-appointed judge to get Proposition 187 overturned.
As with gay marriage, abortion and any number of other legal absurdities, whenever liberals lose by allowing people to vote, they dash to the courts to give them whatever they want. Judge Mariana Pfaelzer’s ruling declaring the popularly enacted Proposition 187 “unconstitutional” was on appeal when Gray Davis became governor of California, and dropped the appeal.
The combination of amnestied illegals and their kids, and illegal aliens coming for the free government services and their kids, has resulted in a state where whites are only about 40 percent of the population and 60 percent of the electorate.
Pete Wilson’s victory with Proposition 187 ought to be studied by today’s GOP like General Eisenhower’s Operation Overlord. Today’s America has nearly the same demographics as California did in 1994 — aka “the California Republicans Swept With an Anti–Illegal Alien Initiative.” In 1994, California’s voting population was 75 percent white, 12 percent Hispanic, 7 percent African-American and 6 percent Asian. Today, the American electorate is 72 percent white, 10 percent Hispanic, 13 percent African-American and 3 percent Asian.
I understand why the left doesn’t want the GOP to try anything like Prop 187 again. But why can’t Republicans do the math?
Cynthia Kendoll, OFIR President was invited to attend the American Principles Liberty Summit Conference in Fresno, CA Saturday, May 21, 2016. the conference was fast paced with over 40 speakers and as many vendors booths to visit.
Interesting, knowledgeable speakers covered topics ranging from 2nd and 5th amendment rights, radical Islam and terrorism, legal and illegal immigration, the upcoming general elections and much, much more.
It seems that every day we hear of horrific tragedies perpetrated by illegal aliens. This tragedy, however, just might have been prevented if the old guy would have insisted upon hiring only workers that have been E-Verified by their employer and have the legal right to work in the United States.
It's fair, it's reasonable and it's smart to inquire of any business that you intend to have working in or on your property, if their employees have been verified for employment in the United States using the FREE Federal E-Verify program.
If the business doesn't use E-Verify, or suggests they "know" the guys they are hiring, I would urge you to take your business elsewhere. In Oregon alone, there are nearly 3,500 businesses that want to be certain they are hiring only those that have the legal right to work in the US., not just hire the cheapest labor they can find.
Who knows if this horrific tragedy could have been prevented, but, it might have been!
Protect yourself, protect your family, protect your property - insist on E-Verify.
PART OF THE USA TODAY NETWORK
May 10, 2016
Why are every one of these stories a "feel sorry for the undocumented illegals” story? These people were working in recognized professions in their own countries. They are educated and employed but could not follow the U.S. rules for immigration? Talk about stealing American jobs, this is it.
How about a story sympathizing with a Hispanic or other minority legal alien or citizen struggling to compete with the illegal aliens?
Benedict Lucchese, Camarillo
PART OF THE USA TODAY NETWORK
May 10, 2016
Our illustrious state of California has handed out professional licenses to illegal aliens to practice barbering, cosmetology, physicians, nursing and several other professions. This act is in direct conflict with federal law.
Meanwhile, the federal government stands by and does nothing. Is it any wonder people support Donald Trump?
Mary Vomund, Ventura
The News Journal PART OF THE USA TODAY NETWORK
May 10, 2016
The reporting about H-1B employees is yet another example of the corporate greed in our country.
The use of labor brokers and the way the employees are treated brings back lessons of the coal industry operators in the early 1900's. The problem of hiring and abusing cheaper labor from out of the state or is nothing new. Non Union construction companies have been doing it for years. They bring in out of state workers for much lower wages than in state union workers. In many cases they ship in undocumented immigrants and pay them next to nothing.
The H-1B employees take jobs away from our recent college graduates or higher paid employees in their 50's. The out of state workers and illegal aliens take jobs from Delaware Veterans and construction workers.
House Bill 283 sponsored by Senator Bethany Hall-Long will at least start to put skilled Delaware workers and our veterans to work on state funded construction jobs.
Maybe next she can sponsor a bill to stop the H-1B hires from taking all of the new tech jobs from Delaware's residents.
Livingston Daily Press & Argus
PART OF THE USA TODAY NETWORK
Reader wants more details on child molester’s status
May 10, 2016
(Editor’s note: The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency declined to verify the immigration status of Erik Lopez-Ferreyra to the Livingston Daily. However, anyone who is not a U.S. citizen – which includes resident alien, on a visa or here in this country illegally – can face deportation if convicted of a felony).
Thank you for printing my comment regarding the conviction of child molester Erik Lopez-Ferreyra. I noted that the last sentence of the article mentioned that Lopez-Ferreyra would likely be deported after his sentence was served. I questioned that the article did not address why. I had read all the previous articles in the Livingston Daily regarding this case, and could find no mention of why this might happen. It seems there is something in Mr. Lopez-Ferreyra’s immigration status (expired visa, in this country illegally, etc.) we have not been told about. I believe this is relevant information when it concerns a felon.
The Livingston Daily has published several articles on Mr. Lopez-Ferreyra, so I think I can rule out this being an oversight. Is it the paper’s policy to omit the information of a suspect’s illegal immigration status or reporter Ms. Roose-Church’s own activism? Perhaps the editor of this paper would better serve the readers by doing his job rather than playing ‘Where’s Waldo’.
WISCONSIN STATE JOURNAL
Trump is redefining the Republican Party
May 9, 2016
For years Republican voters have been sold on the idea that "overwhelming military superiority" keeps America the "greatest country" in the world.
Donald Trump comes along and tells Republicans we are not a great country anymore because we allow illegal immigrants to take our jobs, and because companies move manufacturing overseas. Our government leaders fail to win trade agreements and wars in the Middle East, Trump says, and they fail to keep jobs in America.
Trump is attacking the old guard Republicans for a failure to keep companies and jobs in America, and he says he has the answer.
That line of attack may very well carry Trump to the presidency unless Hillary Clinton has a stronger answer. But it is Trump's key argument about American jobs that has the Republican Party in rapid retreat if not confusion.
Why else would the old guard not show up at the convention?
-- T. Greg Bell, Madison
The Sacramento Bee
MAY 9, 2016 1:12 PM
Those here illegally are entitled to this: Exactly nothing
The people who call themselves “undocumented immigrants” in Merced County now expect the same health care benefits as everyone else. I believe they are entitled to the same benefits as legal immigrants, which is none.
When someone comes to our country legally, they must first sign away all rights to any kind of public assistance and if you come here illegally you are entitled to no more than they are. Every legal immigrant must have a sponsor who agrees to be responsible for that person in case they cannot take care of themselves. My niece married a man from Holland recently. After the wedding he returned to Holland and began the process of entering the country legally. This man has a spotless record, a college degree and speaks three languages, but it took nine months and almost $10,000 to return legally. My niece, a school teacher, had to sign papers promising her husband would never be a drain on American taxpayers. So why should illegal aliens who sneak across the border be entitled to benefits?
When you enter our country illegally you are an illegal alien, and American taxpayers should not be responsible for you.
Rita F. Silva, Los Banos
Livingston Daily Press & Argus
PART OF THE USA TODAY NETWORK
President Obama does whatever he wants, just like a king
May 9, 2016
One of the reasons why American politics is so polarized and our American system of government is at risk is because of President Barack Obama’s deliberate abuse of power and disregard of his constitutional duties to faithfully execute our laws.
Take America’s immigration laws. In 2010, pressed by his supporters to stop deporting illegal aliens and unilaterally grant them legal status, Obama said, “I’m president, I’m not a king. I can’t do these things just by myself.” In 2013, he said, “I’m not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed.” In fact, Obama publicly said more than 20 times that he did not have the legal authority to change immigration laws.
However, by 2014, Obama apparently had convinced himself that he could be a king. As he remarked to the French president, “That’s the good thing about being president, I can do whatever I want.”
Sure enough. In November 2014, Obama unilaterally announced sweeping changes to our immigration laws. Afterward, Obama noted, “I just took an action to change the law.” Hail the emperor and new king!
Feeling his kingship oats, Obama has unilaterally changed several mandates included in the Obamacare law (no authority for that). Recently, his administration issued several made-up regulations that his own treasury secretary previously admitted they did not have the authority to do.
Just a hunch on my part — but I’ll bet the Democrats would not be so tolerant of this abuse of power if a Republican president were making up these laws. Wake up, America!
The Jamestown Sun
Is U.S. headed in unwise direction with immigrants?
By Mark Schuttenhelm from Jamestown May 9, 2016
The Islamization of the United States is well underway, and U.S. citizens would be well served to pay attention to what is happening in Europe. That continent is, for all intents and purposes, finished. It’s been done in by a series of self-inflicted wounds driven by an obsession with political correctness.
The horrific stories are available. You see, the media across the pond is as corrupt as the U.S. Over here, crimes committed by illegal aliens are under reported or covered up by lefties in our media. In Europe, it’s the chaos and crimes being committed by Muslim migrants that gets shoved under the carpet. On New Year’s Eve past, over a thousand sexual assaults were committed against European women by Muslim migrants across Europe. The media did its best to cover it up. Two reporters admitted to the cover-up, justifying the whole sordid episode by saying they did not wish to provide ammunition to forces seeking to stop the never-ending Muslim invasion in Europe.
Here’s a sobering recent headline: “Belgian Interior Minister Jan Jambom says a significant part of the Muslim population celebrated terrorist attacks.” There’s more. Muslim migrants are doing things so disgusting in public pools in Europe that I cannot even specify their actions in this letter. And there’s plenty more for an inquisitive person to find — none of it good.
The man primarily responsible for the Islamization of Great Britain, a politically correct stormtrooper if there ever was one, has admitted that the idea of welcoming 2 million Muslims into England was a huge mistake. Trevor Phillips, the former head of Britain’s Equalities and Human Rights Commission and the man who popularized the term “Islamophobia,” has conceded he “got almost everything wrong” on Muslim immigration in a damning new report on integration, segregation and how Islamic followers are creating “nations within nations” in the West. He admits, “I thought Muslims would blend into Britain … I should have known better.”
Are we heading in the same misguided direction? The freewheeling immigration policies of the chief Muslim sympathizer of the free world have brought 750,000 Muslims into the U.S. in the last three years alone. In addition, President Barack Obama’s administration has quietly ramped up its Syrian refugee resettlement program despite repeated warnings from our top intelligence people.
Obama admits that a small percentage of Muslims are terrorists. But how many? One percent of 750,000 is 7,500. Half of 1 percent would still be 3,750. We know it doesn’t take many terrorists to ruin your day, and yet we the sheeple sit idly by as the current president happily plays Russian roulette with our lives.
Serving Lake Havasu City and the Lower Colorado River
Extreme measures needed
May 8, 2016
How appropriate that your article on the state budget, and how many tax dollars will be spent for school budgets, appeared on Cinco de Mayo.
When universities and all other levels of education offer seats to the children of illegal immigrants, citizens are hard pressed to understand huge sums set aside for classrooms and transportation costs.
We’ve come a long way from one-room school houses, but I dare say the quality of education isn’t as thorough these days.
Citizens are fed up with paying for other countries’ uneducated, who then march on our streets and tell U.S. how bad we are.
We now have a “reality show” heading to D.C. for that very reason. Takes extreme measures to get them to listen to citizens who don’t riot in the streets... yet.
Lake Havasu City
SJ Statesman Journal
PART OF THE USA TODAY NETWORK
We can’t afford Obama’s policies on drugs, immigration
Statesman Journal May 8, 2016
The survival of our country depends on us being involved and selecting good people who are willing to do the right thing for our country.
While we see ISIS as a serious problem that needs our attention, we are failing to address the serious problem we have with the drug cartels and their use of the illegal aliens who help them to smuggle in the illegal drugs that are destroying millions of our citizens and raising havoc with our economy. We all know of someone whose life has been shattered or destroyed by illegal drugs.
We need to pay attention to the causes of our national debt of $20 trillion. For instance, an illegal alien family with several children will cost taxpayers a lot with their schooling, medical and numerous other benefits.
With all the benefits and support the illegal aliens have acquired, they appear to have more influence with our politicians and especially with Obama than the U.S. citizens do.
For those of you who voted to re-elect Obama in the last election, please consider not ever voting again. We can’t afford this kind of thinking.
The State Journal-Register
College plan for illegal immigrants a poor idea
Posted May. 8, 2016
Once again I'm confounded, but not surprised, by the lackadaisical stupidity of state legislators. Their recent proposal to grant illegal immigrants basically free college education and squander even more money that they don't have, denying Illinois taxpaying families' children that ability also is reprehensible and disrespectful of their constituents and their supposed duties to this state.
We face financial strains sending our own kids to college. Look at the out of control student loan situation. Why would any sane person want more of their tax dollars to go to higher education for an illegal immigrant, while struggling for their own child to obtain it?
The state already spends every tax dollar they get like it was $10. They don't need to think up ways to go deeper in debt. Their only concern for the present, and many years to come, is to meet the unpaid obligations they have accumulated thus far and pay the bills.
But you know they won't. They give illegal immigrants safe haven cities, welfare, housing, Medicaid and now want free college for them too. What's next, free cars and homes? No way to slow or stop illegal immigrants sneaking into our country and sucking our system dry, and our neighbors out of this state.
Naples Daily News
PART OF THE USA TODAY NEWPWORK
May 8, 2016
Ed Ruff, Pelican Bay
The Daily News recently published an Associated Press article: Fla. heroin, fentanyl deaths skyrocket.
All articles written by the AP, Washington Post and Bloomberg News on this subject overlook several salient facts.
The article does say: "Fentanyl, which can be 50 times stronger than heroin, is a prescription drug, but street varieties from China (via Mexico) and Mexico are flooding communities."
What they don't ever say is that many of those who came here illegally from South and Central America and Mexico carried a back pack of these drugs across the Mexican drug cartel's drug and human trafficking routes as payment for safe passage across our Southern Border. If they don't agree to smuggle drugs, they are summarily executed.
Backgrounder #2568 on Immigration from June 2011: "In August 2010, 72 would-be illegal immigrants from Mexico were lined up and executed, their bodies discovered on a remote ranch a mere 90 miles from the U.S. border. The drug gang responsible for the kidnapping and murders, Los Zetas, captured its victims as they traveled through Tamaulipas, presumably on their way to cross the border illegally into the United States. When the 72 people refused to work for the gang, they were executed."
This warning is standard operating procedure for the cartels. American journalists take heed. These same cartels have killed many Mexican journalists for reporting their brutal criminal activity. Have you ever read that in this or any other paper? Maybe that's why our press gives them a free pass.
Cartels operate in more than 1,400 American cities, according to the FBI. I posted a 71-page history of illegal immigration on Sept. 11, 2013 at www.bypopularamendment.com if you are interested.
The Post and Courier
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
Public education is not a right for illegal immigrants
May 8 2016
I did not have to go past the first paragraph of the May 4 article by Paul Bowers to see a huge problem. This article is obviously written for sensationalization in stating that “some undocumented children may have been denied their right to a free public education while on South Carolina soil.”
Nothing could be further from the truth. No one in this country is entitled to a free public education as a right. Our rights are defined in our Constitution, and nowhere can you find the right to a free public education.
As a society we have determined that an educated citizenry is necessary for an informed electorate. This is a good thing and a noble endeavor. However, a free public education is a privilege and not a right. It is enjoyed by citizens of this country, and there is no obligation to confer this privilege on non-citizens.
We have a huge problem in the U.S. with millions of illegal immigrants, costing government at all levels huge sums in benefits. Just because they are in our country illegally does not make them entitled to the privileges of citizens.
ROBERT J. NAGY
This registered Democrat is voting Trump: PennLive letters
May 08, 2016
I am a registered Democrat, however, I will be voting for Donald Trump for several reasons, starting with the give-away programs touted by the Democrats. Presently, Medicare is cutting back on a number of things and more will be taken away to take care of the thousands of Syrian refugees the Democrats want to bring here.
As for the wall, we need a wall to keep out terrorists, we don't need a wall to keep out the Latinos. If we stop giving the illegal aliens free education, free healthcare, drivers' licenses etc., they will stop coming here.
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are promoting free college tuition and a whole lot more. Who will pay for this? Maybe Hillary can give us an idea of how to get rich.
Donald Trump is against giving millions to some foreign countries, those that hate us and would rather see us dead. Check the millions we give to Pakistan, the country that harbored Osama Bin Laden. Donald Trump will ask the oil producing countries to chip in for their own defense, something we are paying for in many places.
Donald Trump will renegotiate the trade deals, which were bad to start with. And finally, Donald Trump will not hesitate to take on ISIS, the Obama J. V. team of terrorists.
RUDY PAVLICK, Swatara Township
Saturday, May 7, 2016
U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, spoke at the April 28 Congressional hearing about the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement's inability to detain illegal immigrants who have committed felonies. He dared to fault presidential candidate Donald Trump's “rhetoric” for ICE's problems enforcing the laws of this land.
The heinous murders of American citizens discussed at this hearing happened long before Trump even thought about running for president. One of the reasons Trump is running is because Cummings and those of his ilk refuse to address the murders committed by illegal immigrants. This is why we the people are so angry.
Cummings' political pandering was not just an insult to Trump, but a direct slap in the face to the murder victim's surviving family members in attendance. Does Cummings have no shame? I was embarrassed to be watching the hearing on C-Span.
We the people do not pay Cummings to conduct political bashing while he's attending to this country's serious problems. Cummings needs to do his job and keep his snide comments to himself.
SJ Statesman Journal
PART OF THE USA TODAY NETWORK
We need Trump’s fence at the southern border now
May 6, 2016
The Statesman Journal’s May 2 front page article about 300 people protesting anti-immigrant measures leaves me a little confused. I think that when you sneak across our southern border, you are an illegal alien.
Causa director Andrea Miller says anti-immigrant ballot measures go against Oregon values. I support the measures that require employers to report illegal immigrants. Learn to speak English.
Willamette University student Isa Pena says she is tired of fighting anti-immigrant sentiment. What part of illegal does she not understand?
We need the fence at the southern border now.
Vote for Trump.
Stop enabling illegal immigrants
Friday, May 6, 2016
I am outraged by the Sunday, May 1, article “Undocumented, uninsured” in The News-Times. The article talks about the access to health care is not only a “moral responsibility” but it “affects the health of the entire community.”
Where is the “moral responsibility” of the person that breaks U.S. immigration laws and enters our country illegally? As a citizen of their own countries, do they not have a “moral responsibility” to change the culture and opportunities in their country to strive for the benefits available here in the U.S. ? The short answer is: No!
The U.S. continues to reward illegal immigrants with access to driver’s license, student loans, and health care, and some by chance having access to health insurance and all with the hope to vote in the future (if not already). The illegal immigrant feels enabled to break our laws and enter illegally. What parent would not break our laws to improve the life of their children when such financial/benefits opportunities do not exist in their own country?
Consider the “affect ....on the entire community” already endured to support illegal immigrants through all the social/educational programs available to them. Instead of sending a message to illegal immigrants that rewards are not waiting for you or your family if you break our laws, we pander to their expectations of their “rights” thus making our immigration laws a toothless tiger.
We have immigration laws for a reason. If we are to be a nation of laws we must enforce our laws. If our immigration laws need changing (and they do), then change them legally and ensure we openly welcome all immigrants that come here legally. Unfortunately, many immigrants take for granted it is their “right” to enter the U.S. illegally. They just snicker at our immigration laws.
PART OF THE USA TODAY NETWORK
Adhering to immigration laws must be priority
Steve Worley May 6, 2016
Every country on the planet has geographic borders; almost all of them have laws to protect those borders against undocumented entry by citizens of another country. The United States has such laws; we also have a well-established, workable process for legal immigration. However, there are some people here who. either through a misguided lliberalism, or feathering their own nest, deliberately blur the line between legal and illegal immigration.
I submit there is no higher public safety priority for local and state law enforcement personnel than to help prevent another Boston Marathon/San Bernadino/San Fransisco type of act, committed by illegal entrants.