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Johnson Sets Vote on Tax Bill Conservatives Call ‘Trojan Horse to Expand Welfare’ for Illegal Aliens

Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) is rushing through a tax bill unveiled days ago over significant policy objections from both conservative and centrist factions of the Republican Party.

Conservatives have spoken out against provisions in the bill they see as handouts to illegal immigrants, particularly an expansion of the Child Tax Credit without language requiring the parent to have a Social Security number. They argue . . . Read more about Johnson Sets Vote on Tax Bill Conservatives Call ‘Trojan Horse to Expand Welfare’ for Illegal Aliens

By the Numbers: Biden Administration’s Border Crisis Spreading in the Interior

As the record-setting deluge of illegal aliens continues to swamp our borders, enforcement of U.S. immigration laws has all but collapsed under the Biden administration.

According to a new congressional report, at least 3.3 million migrants have been released into the country since Joe Biden took office. Of the nearly 6 million illegal alien encounters at the southern border from Jan. 20, 2021, to Sept. 30, 2023, at least 3,095,577 illegal aliens had no confirmed departure 

 from the United States. The “at least” qualifiers are important as Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials admit that recent release rates are even higher, averaging 5,000 per day. Additionally, the report’s 3.3 million figure does not include the more than 1.7 million known “gotaways” who have eluded Border Patrol under the Biden administration.

Breaking down the dismal data:

  • Of 5.6 million encounters from Jan. 20, 2021, through Aug. 31, 2023, only 6.8 percent of migrants (379,951) were even screened for asylum eligibility, such as credible fear.
  • As of Aug. 31, 2023, DHS removed just 2 percent of illegal aliens who did not show up to their immigration court hearings after establishing credible fear of persecution at the border.
  • As of Dec. 10, 2023, 1,323,264 illegal aliens with final orders of removal still remained in the U.S.

According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 report, a mere 2,540 of the 72,678 non-criminals removed in FY23 were from the interior of the country. To be fair, this isn’t entirely due to lax efforts by ICE; hundreds of uncooperative sanctuary jurisdictions thwart ICE operations every day. These lawless sanctuaries are, of course, emboldened by the administration’s own inaction under DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

While arrests increased from 2022 to 2023, the number of criminal aliens arrested by ICE is still far below what it was in 2018. In FY2018, more than 138,000 aliens with pending charges or convictions were arrested by ICE. In FY2023, fewer than 74,000 aliens with pending charges or convictions were arrested.

Last week, 14 House Democrats signed onto a Republican resolution formally rebuking Biden’s border and immigration policies. The resolution is largely symbolic, but reflects softening support for the administration’s open-borders agenda.

In California, a Democratic bastion, registered voters now tell pollsters that U.S. borders are not secure by a margin of 62 percent to 30 percent. That sentiment is even stronger among likely voters.

The House committee report concluded, “With such a large and seemingly unending influx of illegal aliens into the United States, Americans would be right to conclude that the border crisis is not a side effect, but instead a goal of the Biden administration’s radical open-borders immigration policies.”

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Poll: Biden’s Migration Is Number One Issue in U.S. Politics

President Joe Biden’s easy migration policies are the top issue in U.S. politics, according to a January 17-18 poll for Harvard University. 

The poll also reported that 57 percent of the voters said,”I miss Donald Trump’s policies on the economy, immigration, and crime.”

The news comes as Biden and Democrats pressure Republican Senators to endorse a plan that would help Biden and his media allies to declare the immigration issue as fixed.

“Next week, we’re gonna be able to work out something, at least in the Senate, and I’m hopeful it is going to be the bipartisan package the Senate is going to pass,” he told Democrats at a January 19 meeting in the White House, adding that Republicans “have to choose whether they want . . . Read more about Poll: Biden’s Migration Is Number One Issue in U.S. Politics

Millennials, Gen Z and Mass Immigration

Younger people should have more incentive to oppose uncontrolled immigration than anyone else. Firstly, they are now being forced to compete for jobs with a never ending tidal wave of cheap labor from the developing world. This is true for both high school and college graduates. Second, even as they are forced to work for lower wages (pushed down by mass legal and illegal immigration), their ability to save money, pay off debts, buy a home and start a family is being horribly undermined. This is true for both Millennials (born between 1980 and the late 1990s) and Generation Z . . . Read more about Millennials, Gen Z and Mass Immigration

Border Policy, Housing, Water, and Farms

Given immigration's recent and projected contributions to U.S. population growth, immigration policy is an important factor that drives up housing prices and rents. According to a study published by the Urban Institute's Housing Matters Initiative, immigration causes a significant increase in home prices and rents in the metropolitan areas where migrants settle, and an even bigger increase in surrounding areas.

A surge in illegal immigration is worsening America's existing housing crisis, and is costing state and local governments (i.e., taxpayers) millions. Communities simply do not have enough affordable homes, enough shelter, or enough tax money to help everyone who needs it. Out of desperation, towns and cities have tried everything from paying for hotel rooms to converting school gymnasiums and giant tents into temporary shelters, along with support services. For example, tax-funded hotel stays can include three meals a day, weekly . . . Read more about Border Policy, Housing, Water, and Farms

Liberals Must Choose Between Israel And Immigration

The war between Hamas and Israel forces everyone to recognize an uncomfortable truth: Immigration is a foreign-policy issue.

In Germany, as throngs of Hamas supporters took to the streets, Henry Kissinger told Welt TV, “It was a grave mistake to let in so many people of totally different culture and religion and concepts because it creates a pressure group inside each country that does that.”

Americans have been shocked to see anti-Israel demonstrations in Britain, too — and to find college campuses in our country are deeply polarized by the bloodshed in the Middle East. . . . Read more about Liberals Must Choose Between Israel And Immigration

DHS Extends Temporary Protected Status, Work Authorization to 472,000 Venezuelans

Last Wednesday, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas extended and “re-designated” the country of Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). The announcement will make approximately 472,000 Venezuelans eligible for TPS benefits, including protection from deportation and work permits.

Temporary Protected Status was created in the Immigration Act of 1990.  In general, the federal government may grant TPS to nationals of a foreign state based on: (1) armed conflict; (2) environmental disaster; or (3) extraordinary and temporary conditions in their home countries.  Except for armed conflict, the statute also requires that the conditions in the foreign country be of a temporary nature. But there are even further restrictions. . . .  Read more about DHS Extends Temporary Protected Status, Work Authorization to 472,000 Venezuelans

Nearly a Quarter of a Million Illegal Migrant Encounters in July Shows Illegal Immigration is Not Abating, Says FAIR

“Despite the happy talk coming out of the Biden administration, claiming that their policies have reduced illegal immigration, the July Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data show precisely the opposite. Overall CBP encounters in July were 245,286, up from 238,929 in July 2022. Even Southwest Border encounters between ports of entry – which had been artificially reduced because the administration has been massively abusing its parole authority to allow many inadmissible aliens to enter – rose sharply in July, even as temperatures soared into the triple digits. . . . Read more about Nearly a Quarter of a Million Illegal Migrant Encounters in July Shows Illegal Immigration is Not Abating, Says FAIR

Biden Targets Six Communities to Dump New York City’s Migrants

President Joe Biden’s deputies have targeted six poor communities in New York and New Jersey as locations to resettle the foreign migrants now overflowing government-funded shelters in New York City.

The list of sites was sent to state officials, and promptly leaked to Bloomberg, which reported:

Most of the sites are outside of the city, including Stewart International Airport, a small Hudson Valley facility frequently used by private jet owners. The Atlantic City location is even in another state, New Jersey. . . . Read more about Biden Targets Six Communities to Dump New York City’s Migrants

Illegal border crossings down, but encounters at ports of entry continue to increase

If you've read or seen reports from the media this week, or heard Biden Administration officials talk about the border, you might think that the border crisis is beginning to wind down.

Yes, the number of illegal border crossings has lessened. But the illegal aliens showing up at ports of entry along the Southwest border in June hit its highest level since Pres. Biden took office in 2021. And we don't know yet how many illegal aliens were paroled into the country by the administration at a port of entry NOT along the Southwest border.

First, let's take a closer look at the newest report from the Department of Homeland Security detailing the number of illegal alien encounters along the Southwest border last month. . . .

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