Thursday, March 3, 2016

MITT ROMNEY TRASHES TRUMP: Is Donald Trump a One Man Circus Show and Himself the Circus Freak?

Romney to give 'major speech' trashing Trump

Mitt Romney will give what his camp is calling a "major speech" today, commenting on the GOP nomination fight.  Specifically, Ronney will bash frontrunner Donald Trump for being a "phony" and a "fraud."
Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romneythinks "Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud" and that he's "playing the American public for suckers," according to prepared remarks provided by Romney to CNN.

Romney, the party's nominee in 2012, will urge Americans "to make the right choices" and not support the GOP front runner during a speech he'll give today at 11:30 a.m. ET at the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics Forum.

With Dr. Ben Carson bowing out of tonight's Republican presidential debate, Romney will promote the remaining candidates. According to the former Massachusetts governor, "the only serious policy proposals that deal with the broad range of national challenges we confront have come from Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and John Kasich."
Romney is expected to remark on some what-ifs about Trump becoming president. "His domestic policies would lead to recession. His foreign policies would make America and the world less safe. He has neither the temperament nor the judgment to be president," Romney is expected to say.

Romney will also touch on a "twisted example of evil trumping good: "Trump's claims that he admires Russian President Vladimir Putin while calling "George W. Bush a liar."

It is clear that Romney thinks a Trump nomination istroublesome for both the Republican Party and the country.
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Blog: Krikorian: Trump throws American workers under the bus

Mark Krikorian: Trump throws American workers under the bus

Immigration expert Mark Krikorian dissects Donald Trump's ever changing, always evolving positions on immigration. At first, Trump explained that by using foreign labor, he was only being a smart businessman. But now he says that his hard and fast position taken since running for president that he would eliminate the visa program that brings in foreign workers at the expense of American workers, his position is "softening."
Just what does Donald Trump believe?
Any time Donald Trump has to talk about any aspect of immigration other than his border wall – the one Mexico’s going to pay for, in case you hadn’t heard – he falls back on his donor-class, crony-corporatist instincts. In the October CNBC debate, he essentially embraced Marco Rubio’s support for increased “skilled” worker visas and praised Mark Zuckerberg, both positions diametrically opposed to his published immigration platform.

Then in the debate late last month, he embraced the Chuck Schumer/Marco Rubio position that there are Jobs Americans Won’t Do, specifically low-skilled jobs at his club in Palm Beach, and that foreigners have to be imported to do them.

In Thursday’s debate, he reiterated both anti-American-worker positions, favoring the importation of more high-skilled and low-skilled foreign workers. “I’m changing,” Trump said, regarding his views on skilled visas. “I’m changing it and I’m softening the position because we have to have talented people in this country.” True enough, except that we already have twice as many technical degree holders as there are tech jobs.

What made Trump’s “I’m changing” comment even more shameless than usual for him is that just on Sunday he held a rally featuring former Disney employees who were replaced by the very foreign worker program he’s now praising.

And just as happened in October, his appalled staff quickly fired off a press release this morning essentially saying “Never mind.” It ends, “I will end forever the use of the H-1B as a cheap labor program, and institute an absolute requirement to hire American workers first for every visa and immigration program. No exceptions.” At least until the next time he’s asked about it.

Trump also reiterated his position that he has no choice but to hire foreign workers to make beds and the like at his Florida resorts. His defense is they’re seasonal jobs: “It’s a few months, five months at the most. People don’t want a short-term job.
Trump fails to mention that he has continously applied for extensions of those "seasonable jobs":
The work period for Mar-a-Lago’s guest workers, according to the petitions, is nearly always October 1 to May 31, which is 8 months. On other occasions, his company petitioned for even longer periods. For example, in 2009, the Trump National Golf Club petitioned for guest workers for the period January 26 through November 20.
Is Trump unaware of his own policies or is he lying? Given the statement from his staff repudiating what he had just said about visas in the debates, you have to think The Donald is ignorant of the policies of his own companies. 
Yes...a great businessman.

I guess if Trump is elected president, we'll all have to wait and see what his immigration policies will actually be.

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EXCLUSIVE – Insider at Mitt Romney Speech: ‘This Is Just Act One’

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — The host of Mitt Romney’s speech attacking Republican frontrunner Donald Trump on Thursday at the University of Utah told Breitbart News: “This is just Act One” for Mitt Romney.

Jason Perry, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, told Breitbart News that he expected Romney’s speech would be the first in a series of steps in an attempt to derail Trump’s progress to the GOP nomination.

He predicted that Romney would take other actions leading up to the key winner-take-all primaries on March 15, such as Florida.

“When Mitt Romney does something, he never just does one thing,” said Perry, citing Romney’s reputation for thoroughness and preparation.

He added that while Romney had given him “no indication” that he intends to become a candidate for the presidency himself, “A lot of people in Salt Lake City and Utah are urging [Romney] to get into the race.”

Asked by Breitbart News whether failing to endorse a single alternative to Trump made it easier for Trump to divide the field and win, Perry merely agreed with the observation.

In his speech, Romney explicitly said that he was not announcing his candidacy, but encouraged voters to back whichever alternative to Trump was most popular in their particular state.

Romney excoriates Trump, says he's led nation to 'abyss'

Mitt Romney on Thursday sought to embarrass and humiliate Donald Trump in a blistering speech meant to buttress the growing movement of conservatives desperate to stop the Republican presidential front-runner at any cost.

Speaking at the University of Utah in a much-anticipated address on the state of the 2016 presidential race, Romney tore into Trump on every front.

The 2012 GOP nominee framed Trump as a vain loser – two insults directed at the heart of Trump’s appeal – who would get crushed by Hillary Clinton in the general election if he wins the party’s nomination.

Romney went after one of Trump’s biggest selling points, diminishing his success as businessman by saying the billionaire real estate mogul had been born into privilege and squandered his inheritance through a series of frivolous investments.
“He inherited his business, he didn't create it,” said Romney, himself a wealthy entrepreneur. “And what ever happened to Trump Airlines? How about Trump University? And then there's Trump Magazine and Trump Vodka and Trump Steaks, and Trump Mortgage? A business genius he is not.”
The former Massachusetts governor repeatedly called into question Trump’s temperament, condemning the GOP front-runner for “the greed, the showing off, the misogyny, the absurd third grade theatrics,” and accusing him of creating “scapegoats” out of minority groups.

“The audio and video of the infamous Tapper-Trump exchange on the Ku Klux Klan will play a hundred thousand times on cable and who knows how many million times on social media,” Romney warned.

Romney went after Trump’s economic policies, saying they would cause the nation to “sink into a prolonged recession,” and said his foreign policy would “make America and the world less safe.”

“He calls for the use of torture and for killing the innocent children and family members of terrorists,” Romney said. “He cheers assaults on protesters. He applauds the prospect of twisting the Constitution to limit first amendment freedom of the press.”
And he joined Marco Rubio in describing Trump as a con-man who is fleecing voters by taking advantage of their anger at Washington.

Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud,” Romney declared. “His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University. He's playing the American public for suckers. He gets a free ride to the White House and all we get is a lousy hat.”

Romney sought to paint a bleak picture of the nation’s future with Trump in the White House.

“Mr. Trump is directing our anger for less than noble purposes,” Romney said. “This is the very brand of anger that has led other nations into the abyss.”
Trump knew the attack was coming, and set out on a media blitz before the speech to preempt the attacks.

“Mitt Romney was a failed candidate; should have beaten Barack Obama easily," Trump said on ABC’s Good Morning America.

Tweeting to his 6.6 million followers, Trump ticked through a point-by-point rebuttal, arguing that “Hillary wants no part” of him in a general election, and saying he’s uniting the party and bringing scores of new Republicans into the fold.

At a campaign rally in Portland, Maine, Trump kicked back hard at Romney, calling him a “disaster” as a candidate and a “choke artist.”

Trump said Romney “demeaned 47 percent of the country” with his infamous remarks on poverty.
He said Romney thought about running for president again in 2016, but “chickened out because of me,” and claimed the 2012 nominee “begged” him for an endorsement.

“I could’ve just said, Mitt, drop to your knees, he would’ve dropped to his knees,” Trump said.
Romney has a complicated history with Trump. He sought out and ultimately won Trump’s endorsement in 2012.

At the time, Romney said of Trump's endorsement, "There are some things you just can't imagine happening in your life — this is one of them."

He praised Trump's "extraordinary ability to understand how our economy works to create jobs for the American people." Pointing to Trump, Romney said that while he had spent his life in the private sector, he said he was "not quite as successful as this guy."

He concluded that he appreciated the endorsement of Trump and "people across this country who care about the future of America."

Romney defended his past statements later Thursday, tweeting: "If Trump had said 4 years ago the things he says today about the KKK, Muslims, Mexicans, disabled, I would NOT have accepted his endorsement."

Now, Romney’s vice presidential candidate, Paul Ryan, is Speaker of the House and chairman of the Republican convention.

Ryan this week condemned Trump’s initial refusal to disavow white supremacist David Duke, but he has reached out to Trump’s campaign in an attempt to forge a working relationship with him.

On Thursday, Ryan dodged a series of questions about Romney's attack, saying only that "everything is fair game" until a nominee is chosen.

"I know Mitt feels strongly about this election and he's going to speak his mind," Ryan said on "Fox and Friends," adding that Romney is a party leader who's "worried about the future of the party."
Romney and Ryan attended a fundraiser together in Utah in late February, and ABC News is reporting that the two met privately at Romney’s home over the weekend.

While Romney’s insults were directed at Trump, his speech was meant to light a fire under the growing anti-Trump movement within the party.

Many mainstream Republicans are going public in their efforts to block Trump from the nomination by any means possible and are vowing not to support him if he makes it to the general election.

Dozens of high-profile conservatives, from Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) to conservative media personality Erick Erickson, are using their platforms to make the case against Trump.
And top GOP donors are scrambling to fund super-PACs that produce anti-Trump advertisements nationally and in critical primary states.

Romney’s speech could give direction to a faction of the party that appears panicked and flailing over what to do about Trump.

He has been venerated in conservative circles, as many Republicans believe the 2012 nominee, for all his faults as a candidate, has been proven right on a host of issues he ran on in 2012.

Romney has a has sought to use his influence in the 2016 cycle by refereeing from the sidelines, weighing in to influence the direction of discourse and connecting his network of fundraisers with the candidates they might support.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Trump’s rival for the GOP nomination who has largely steered clear of conflict with the front-runner, tweeted: “Well said.”

And John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee who has previously stated he would support Trump if he wins the nomination, also voiced his support for Romney’s remarks.

“I share the concerns about Donald Trump that my friend and former Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, described in his speech today,” McCain said in a statement.

In July, Trump came under fire for denigrating McCain’s military service.

The Arizona Republican and entrenched establishment figure is up for reelection in 2016 and his rival, Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, has sought to tie him to Trump.

“Voters should ask McCain why he is still planning to support Trump if he truly believes Trump would be a bad president,” she said in a statement on Thursday.

Many Republicans will view Romney’s remarks as a declaration of war by the establishment against grassroots conservatives.

Some believe Romney is merely adding fuel to the Trump movement, which is driven by a fierce anti-establishment streak.

“Mitt Romney with an incredible endorsement for Donald Trump,” Trump adviser Dan Scavino tweeted sarcastically on Thursday.

Some establishment Republicans, led by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Jeff Sessions, are beginning to line up behind Trump, seeking to build on the wave of enthusiasm surrounding his campaign.
They argue that Trump has galvanized grassroots conservatives who are frustrated with Washington and turned out millions to the polls – many of whom are participating for the first time, or formerly identified as Democrats or independents.

"I brought millions of millions people into the Republican Party over the last very short period of time,” Trump said Thursday. “It's the biggest story in politics, how many people are flocking into the Republican Party.”

“They're leaving the Democrats. They're leaving the independents. And they're with me 100 percent. There's great enthusiasm in the Republican Party except in the establishment.”
- Updated at 2:25 p.m.



Think Trump Will be Tough on Immigration? Consider His Company's Use of Guestworkers

By David Seminara

CIS Immigration Blog, February 26, 2016
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I combed through the government databases detailing H-2B petitions and here are some observations regarding the Trump Organization's use of H-2B guest workers:

* In petitioning for workers, employers are supposed to prove that their hiring need is "seasonal" and "temporary", yet Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club has sought to import guest workers year after year, including right now. (Their most recent petition was filed in July 2015 and the workers are on contract at the resort until May 31, 2016.)

* Trump maintained at the debate on Thursday night that the jobs he had filled with guest workers were hard to fill because they were only for 90 or 120 days. But in fact, the duration of the petitions was never just three months. The work period for Mar-a-Lago's guest workers, according to the petitions, is nearly always October 1 to May 31, which is 8 months. On other occasions, his company petitioned for even longer periods. For example, in 2009, the Trump National Golf Club petitioned for guest workers for the period January 26 through November 20.

* I note that even during the height of the recession, this and other Trump properties were petitioning for workers.

* In 2009, again, during the height of the recession, the Trump Organization used an H-2B broker called Más Labor to import workers. Más Labor extols the benefits of Mexican workers on their website, which allows employers to add guest workers to their online shopping carts. "You'll never wonder if your workers are going to show up on Monday morning and make it through a full work week," it reads. "MAS H2 workers are dedicated to their families, their work and their employers. They'll be there, ready to work hard for you. ... The only thing an H2 worker can do legally in the U.S. is work for their specified employer. ... For Mexican workers, seven to nine dollars an hour is about ten times what could be earned in most jobs at home."
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Hillary Clinton's mishandling of classified information by using her private, unsecured server to store sensitive documents makes it look more and more as though a criminal case is being developed against her by the FBI. One by one, her campai...

Mrs. William Jefferson Clinton may be the most pathetic presidential nominee of any major political party in our nation's history.

Just How Bad a Candidate Will Hillary Be?

I asked last March, "Just How Bad a Candidate Would Hillary Be?"  As Hillary locks up the Democrat nomination, the question is "Just How Bad a Candidate Will Hillary Be?"  Mrs. William Jefferson Clinton may be the most p...

I asked last March, "Just How Bad a Candidate Would Hillary Be?"  As Hillary locks up the Democrat
nomination, the question is "Just How Bad a Candidate Will Hillary Be?"   Mrs. William Jefferson Clinton may be the most pathetic presidential nominee of any major political party in our nation's history.

First dispel the myth of her husband as a consummate politician.  Bill was a flop as governor of Arkansas and as president of the United States.  Bill managed to be the only Democrat in Arkansas state history to lose re-election as governor and won two presidential elections with a minority of the popular vote.  He entered the White House with huge Democrat majorities at every level of government and left with Democrats in the minority at every level of government. 

Bill Clinton was impeached, disbarred, and found in contempt of court while president, which was a worse record of determined malfeasance than any president in history.  As an ex-president, Clinton seems frail, dull, and testy – as evidenced most recently by his snapping angrily at a veteran in South Carolina asking about Hillary ending corruption in the  Veterans Administration.

Since my article last March, the women who have been harassed, threatened, and raped by Clinton have served notice that they will not be quiet while his wife, Hillary, ignores and dismisses them.  This is a problem Hillary has never addressed but cannot ignore, as Republican candidates have made clear, in a presidential election. 

The hideous behavior of Hillary towards these women brutalized by her husband is one problem.  A related problem is the limp appeal of "women's issues" in electoral campaigns.  Consider the utter failure in the 2014 election cycle of every candidate who based a campaign on "women's issues."  Further, the failure of Hillary to attract young
women in primaries against an ancient Vermont Socialist shows how little she appeals to female voters.

If there is an issue that motivates Americans across the spectrum, it is trust, because we have been lied to so often and so cavalierly by Washington politicians.  No sane person trusts Hillary.  She not only lies even when the truth would serve as well, but she lies about telling the truth, as in her recent CBS interview.  She lies almost as much as her husband.

Compounding this pathological dishonesty are the natural consequences of aging, obesity, and health problems that strongly suggest a slowing down of her mental processes.  The ravages of immoral life and old age clearly have
reduced her husband into a very dull mind, and it is likely that many of the same abuses of youth harrowing her husband are affecting her, too.

There is another aspect to her lying.  Hillary has a very ordinary brain, artificially inflated by the left because leftists always consider those who agree with them "smart."  In college she followed the familiar path of lackey to leftism.  Hillary failed the District of Columbia Bar Examination; nearly everyone who takes it passes.  Her legal career was
constructed around her husband's political success. 

Hillary has for decades been surrounded by flacks and toadies whose work is making Hillary seem and feel intelligent.  Some of the emails released from her server note that these minions, among themselves, note that she
is often confused.  The numerous unforced errors in her campaign also suggest a rather mean old lady used to bullying rather than reasoning.  This, too, becomes over time a mental limp, a cognitive sloth, an atrophied intellect.

The stench of criminal conspiracy follows Hillary, and that is because Hillary is so utterly conspiratorial in nature, but these crimes are also so frequent that if the FBI and Justice Department does nothing, then the Justice Department itself may face future investigation – indeed, some of us may ask why we even need a department to protect criminals like Hillary. 

Finally, Hillary cannot embrace that "change" Americans want when she has been a Washington insider so long.  How can Hillary campaign for those goals in a general election when the only real selling point she has is
"experience"?  There is nothing Hillary says that is not hopelessly tired and hackneyed rhetoric, and nothing that inspires hope. 

Forget the fact that she is finally dispatching the non-Democrat running against her for the Democrat nomination, and ignore the general polls today, which mean nothing.  Hillary will be swamped this November.   

Romney unloads on Trump: Con man, fake, phony, fraud:

 Mitt Romney warned Thursday that picking Donald Trump as the Republican nominee for the presidency would doom Republicans and greatly reduce the chances of American prosperity in the future. Let me put in very plainly, he said in a much-touted and stinging public speech at the University of Utah. If we Republicans choose Donald Trump as our nominee, the prospects for a safe and prosperous future are greatly diminished. There is plenty of evidence that Mr. Trump is a con man, a fake, he said. Mr. Trump has changed his positions not just over the years, but over the course of the campaign. Romney, speaking for the GOP establishment, tore apart Trump's character, and said voters should watch to see how Trump reacts to his speech as proof. Will he talk about our policy differences, or will he attack me with every imaginable low-road insult? Romney asked as the audience laughed. This may tell you what you need to know about his temperament, his stability, and his suitability to be president.


Think Trump Will be Tough on Immigration? Consider His Company's Use of Guestworkers

By David Seminara

CIS Immigration Blog, February 26, 2016
. . .
I combed through the government databases detailing H-2B petitions and here are some observations regarding the Trump Organization's use of H-2B guest workers:

* In petitioning for workers, employers are supposed to prove that their hiring need is "seasonal" and "temporary", yet Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club has sought to import guest workers year after year, including right now. (Their most recent petition was filed in July 2015 and the workers are on contract at the resort until May 31, 2016.)

* Trump maintained at the debate on Thursday night that the jobs he had filled with guest workers were hard to fill because they were only for 90 or 120 days. But in fact, the duration of the petitions was never just three months. The work period for Mar-a-Lago's guest workers, according to the petitions, is nearly always October 1 to May 31, which is 8 months. On other occasions, his company petitioned for even longer periods. For example, in 2009, the Trump National Golf Club petitioned for guest workers for the period January 26 through November 20.

* I note that even during the height of the recession, this and other Trump properties were petitioning for workers.

* In 2009, again, during the height of the recession, the Trump Organization used an H-2B broker called Más Labor to import workers. Más Labor extols the benefits of Mexican workers on their website, which allows employers to add guest workers to their online shopping carts. "You'll never wonder if your workers are going to show up on Monday morning and make it through a full work week," it reads. "MAS H2 workers are dedicated to their families, their work and their employers. They'll be there, ready to work hard for you. ... The only thing an H2 worker can do legally in the U.S. is work for their specified employer. ... For Mexican workers, seven to nine dollars an hour is about ten times what could be earned in most jobs at home."
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Aliens and Money: Let's Look at the Big Picture

By David North

CIS Immigration Blog, February 26, 2016
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The other stack of money, some $50 billion-plus, is the sum of all the remittances currently flowing out of our country every year. Much of this is untaxed earnings. With some rather minor public policy adjustments, a significant fraction of those funds, say $5-10 billion, could be caused to stay in America.
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Virtually all the attention paid to these two topics is focused on the little EB-5 program — including two congressional hearings in the last few weeks.

Meanwhile, we can be grateful to Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) for calling our attention to the huge outflow of remittances. Most of these person-to-person transfers of money are from migrants, legal or illegal, to relatives in the homeland. There are also transfers of criminal moneys mixed in with these remittance flows. The latter angle is an important public policy subject, but one I leave to others.

I wrote recently about the isthmus in southern Mexico through which virtually all the Central American illegal migrants flow and which offers enforcement opportunities. There is a similarly narrow channel for the outward flow of remittances; it is through controllable bank and wire transfers. The relatively tiny sums that can be carried, or mailed, in cash or jewels or gold can be safely be ignored in a conversation about remittances.

There are two obvious ways to reduce the outflow of tens of billions of dollars from our economy, but the administration has no interest in reducing remittances by shrinking the size of the illegal alien population. The other way to reduce remittances is to use the wire and banking systems to discourage them and to tax them. But before we discuss the mechanics of such a program, let's return to Sen. Vitter's contribution.
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How About a Wall in Mexico That We Pay For?
By David North

CIS Immigration Blog, February 24, 2016
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The suggestion is to construct a fence along an existing railroad, now nearly abandoned, built by dreamers a little more than 100 years ago who thought that they could entice ocean-to-ocean traffic away from the about-to-be built Panama Canal and across the Isthmus of Tehuantepec instead. The dream became a nightmare when it became apparent that using the canal was cheaper and faster than unloading freight at the Gulf of Mexico end of the little railway, shipping it by rail, and then re-loading it on ships at the Pacific end of the line. One website calls it the "UnPanama".

The railway bears the Spanish initials FIT (Ferrocarril del Istmo de Tehuantepec). It runs from sea to sea in a seamless line, though not in a straight line, so it's about 190 miles long. There is a gap in the mountains at this point, which made the rail line easier to build and to maintain. Since the Isthmus is running east and west at this point, the railroad runs roughly north (the Gulf of Mexico) to south (the Pacific).
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The relative ease of the construction of a fence along the FIT railway, as opposed to along the U.S. southern border, is hard to overemphasize. Here is a relatively level land route in which the railway already owns all the real estate needed for the fence. The railway itself gives instant access to the area where the fence is to be built. Construction costs in Mexico are much lower in Mexico than in the States. There would be not be ranches along the border, as there are on some segments of our southern border, where part of the land would be one side of the fence, and part on the other. The railway follows a much straighter line than the Rio Grande, and so forth.

Above all, the total length would be just one-tenth the length of our border with Mexico. This is not to suggest that we abandon efforts to strengthen our own southern border, but the FIT fence would be an extremely valuable tool in the American enforcement arsenal.
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Court: DACA Aliens Can't Sue Georgia for In-State Tuition

By David North

CIS Immigration Blog, February 24, 2016
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According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, several DACA beneficiaries sued the board of regents of Georgia's state university system over this issue. They were turned down by the board, by the trial court, by the appeals court, and ultimately by the state's supreme court.

The supreme court said, unanimously, that the DACA beneficiaries could not sue the sovereign state of Georgia without its own consent, deciding the case on that issue, rather than on the legal status of the aliens.

According to the NCSL this is the current status of in-state tuition for illegals:
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CBP Pressies Would Rather Talk about Hoverboards Than Illegal Aliens

By David North
CIS Immigration Blog, February 22, 2016
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The hoverboard incident was one of many noted in CBP releases, and the news of drug seizures seems to account for a large majority of these press items. If you read the whole set of them you will find that there are many different ways to try to smuggle drugs into the country, such as hiding them in the panels of trucks, putting them in tightly sealed bags within gas tanks or inside spare tires, and tucking them into clothing. If is often the drug-sniffing dogs that get the credit for the seizure.

Sometimes when an illegal alien who has also committed a violent crime is located CBP writes about it, but rarely the significant work it does in apprehending and/or turning back illegal aliens at the border.

From my experience I know that when a government agency releases a news item, it is something that the political leadership wants discussed. So it is clear that the DHS leadership is not interested in the detection of illegal immigration — otherwise its pressies would tell us about it.
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Ambassador: U.S. Paying to Support Cuban Illegals in Costa Rica

By Kausha Luna

CIS Immigration Blog, February 24, 2016
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How much is the monetary contribution being made by the U.S. government for the attention of Cubans who have not yet left Costa Rica?
I would say it is significant.
So, while the Cuban illegal aliens themselves had to pay for their transportation to the Rio Grande, the U.S. government helped pay for their accommodations while in Costa Rica and then looked on as foreign nations worked together to complete their smuggling journey north. Then, once in the U.S., they are given immediate status under the obsolete Cuban Adjustment Act, including full access to welfare benefits.
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Mexican Tourists Working on California Marijuana Farms

By Kausha Luna

CIS Immigration Blog, February 22, 2016

Mexican professionals and students are coming to the United States on tourist visas to work on marijuana farms and make quick money.

An article printed in the Excelsior, a Mexican newspaper, describes a "new migratory trend towards the United States." This new trend is an unprecedented flow of English-speaking Mexicans, aged 24 to 34, who travel to the United States on a tourist visa to take advantage of the marijuana harvest season in the "Emerald Triangle". The Emerald Triangle is in Northern California, made up of Medocino, Humboldt, and Trinity counties, and is the largest cannabis-producing region in the United States and the world.
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The quick money comes with risks, however. Firstly, how much money one earns depends on the demand for labor; if one isn't working then he or she is only spending money. Secondly, migrants searching for jobs on these marijuana farms are compromising their security as they trek into the mountains with people they just met, due to a job offer that may not be real. Thirdly, when it is time to get paid, it is common to be held at gunpoint and thrown off the property, or be threatened with calling the police. Finally, organized crime is starting to get a grip on this area, including Mexican cartels.
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San Francisco Puts Sanctuary Before Funding

By Debra J. Saunders, February 28, 2016
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The Republican Congress is not of like mind. The new chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees the Department of Justice, Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas, is poised to use Congress' power of the purse to withhold federal law enforcement funds from sanctuary cities. He told me, "There will be no more Kate Steinle murders, if I can help it."

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch is on board. Wednesday she told the subcommittee that the Bureau of Prisons will transfer released federal inmates who are undocumented and due for deportation directly to ICE -- not to sanctuary cities, unless the sanctuary agrees only to release the inmate to ICE. Culberson had nothing but praise for Lynch "for doing the right thing."

Center for Immigration Studies Policy Director Jessica Vaughan is less impressed. She sees "a very narrow response to what went wrong in the Steinle case" that doesn't address the real problem: state and local policies of obstruction. "Most criminal aliens are in state and local custody instead of federal prison."
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San Francisco stands to lose about $170,000 from the alien assistance program alone. As a believer in the rights of local governments, Culberson told me, he supports San Francisco's right to abstain from ICE enforcement. But if San Francisco chooses to release "illegal aliens" and turn them loose on the streets, "don't even ask for SCAAP funding."
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That's not to say San Francisco pols don't believe in rules. When undocumented immigrant Pedro Figueroa-Zarceno, 31, announced that San Francisco police had referred him to ICE after he reported his car stolen, the force launched an investigation -- on the police, not Figueroa-Zarceno, who was facing a 2005 deportation order and was convicted of drunken driving in 2012. "It's absurd that the city is investigating the cop who did the right thing," quoth Vaughan, "instead of the illegal alien, who's here in defiance of the law."
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Hillary vs. The Donald

By Patrick Buchanan, February 26, 2016
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On immigration, where are the polls that show Middle Americans enthusiastic about increasing the numbers coming? Where is the majority demanding amnesty or open borders?

The elites of Europe are as out of touch as America's.

Angela Merkel, Time's Person of the Year in 2015, is at risk of being dumped in 2016 if she does not halt the next wave of Middle Eastern refugees who will be arriving on Europe's shores when the seas calm in the spring in the Aegean and the Mediterranean.

If we believe the immigration issue Trump has seized upon is explosive here, look to Europe. In the Balkans and Central Europe, even in Austria, the barriers are going up and the border guards appearing.

Mass migration from the Third World to the First World is not only radicalizing America. It could destroy the European Union. Anger over any more migrants entering the country is among the reasons British patriots now want out of the EU.

America is crossing into a new era. Trump seems to have caught the wave, while Clinton seems to belong to yesterday.

A note of caution: This establishment is not going quietly.
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By Attacking Trump on ‘H’ Visas Will Be Difficult for Candidates Who Support ‘H’ Visas

By Fred Bauer

National Review Online, February 25, 2016
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Still, even if the hypocrisy charge might be a bit muddled, Trump’s rivals could still try to attack him on this issue. However, that task will be harder if these rivals themselves support guest-worker programs in their current state and, especially, if they support expanding them. Many proponents of guest-worker programs argue that such programs do not hurt the American worker and are good for economic growth as a whole. Thus, when attacking Trump for using guest workers, a supporter of guest-worker programs finds himself in an odd position: Mr. Trump, you’re such a hypocrite for hiring guest workers instead of Americans — but no big deal because you actually helped the American economy grow and ended up not displacing any American workers at all.

That argument falls even flatter if someone supports the expansion of guest-worker programs: Mr. Trump, you’re such a hypocrite for hiring guest workers instead of Americans. When I’m president, it will be a top priority to make it even easier for employers to do what you just did.
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Donald Trump Thinks American Workers Aren’t Good Enough for the Trump Organization

By Ian Tuttle

National Review Online, February 25, 2016
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Apparently, the first leg of the project was too important to entrust to American workers. In a lawsuit filed in Manhattan Federal Court, members of House Wreckers Local 95 alleged that, to avoid paying union employees their pension and welfare benefits, Trump (and the contractor he used for the job, Kaszycki & Sons) brought in some 200 undocumented Polish workers to demolish the Bonwit Teller building that then occupied the site of the future Trump Tower.
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Marco Rubio’s Immigration Dilemma

Can he persuade conservatives that his immigration bill is really a reform?

By John Fonte

National Review Online, February 24, 2016
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Chris Crane, the head of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) union, told Breitbart News that Schumer–Rubio was actually “weaker” than current law. There were over 1,000 waivers, which gave the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) the power to bypass enforcement. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Council, which represents 12,000 federal employees, denounced Schumer–Rubio, declaring: “It was deliberately designed to undermine the integrity of our lawful immigration system.”

Further, the ICE Officers Council stated: “The 1,200-page substitute bill before the Senate will provide instant legalization and a path to citizenship to gang members and other dangerous criminal aliens.” Moreover, the Congressional Budget Office declared that S-744 would not stop most illegal immigration. The CBO forecast that Schumer–Rubio would reduce illegal immigration by only one-third to one-half. And the bill would almost double legal (overwhelmingly low-skilled) immigration. This is a much larger increase than under Kennedy–McCain.
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Water Amnesty for Illegal Aliens in Flint, Michigan

Judicial Watch Corruption Chronicle, February 26, 2016
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This one involves the widely reported water situation in Flint, which is located about 66 miles northwest of Detroit. Last year researchers discovered that the city’s drinking water was contaminated with lead from decaying old pipes. The problem arose after a switch in 2014 in the city’s water source to save money. Soon complaints mounted that the water smelled and looked strange and academic researchers discovered that it was toxic. This all occurred after a 7-1 vote by the Flint City Council to stop buying Detroit water and join a new pipeline project, according to a local news report.

Now there’s a state of emergency and the feds have stepped in, supplying the area with free bottled water and special filters to install at home until the local water supply is clean. For weeks immigrant rights groups complained that residents had to show identification to receive their free goods from the government and illegal aliens were being left out. National Spanish-language media outlets blasted the Obama administration for discriminating against illegal aliens. One reported that undocumented immigrants weren’t getting help for fear of being deported, instead opting to drink contaminated water or pay out of pocket to buy some. Another major Spanish-language newspaper wrote that illegal immigrants and their children suffered lead poisoning and couldn’t get clean emergency water because they didn’t have identification cards. “When the National Guard went door to door distributing potable water, many were scared to open because they feared the uniformed persons were immigration agents who would deport them,” the paper wrote.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which claims to combat bigotry and protect civil rights for all, joined the cause expressing “horror” and “indignation” that the government denied undocumented immigrants free water and filters because they couldn’t provide a photo ID or Social Security number. In a Spanish-language statement the group’s Michigan chapter referred to news reports that Flint-area fire department stations distributing water were requiring identification. But even in places that aren’t requiring ID, illegal immigrants are scared to come out and get their potable water out of fear that they will be deported, the ADL stresses in its announcement. “We are calling on the National Guard to order all fire departments and other centers distributing supplies that no one be rejected.”
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Talking Head Twit of the Year Contest

By Ann Coulter

Human Events Online, February 24, 2016
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After Trump’s huge victory in New Hampshire and then in South Carolina, did it occur to TV bookers to call any of the people who got it right?

Alex Marlow, editor in chief of Breitbart News, explained everything that was about to happen in this race back on the Sept. 14 edition of CNN’s Erin Burnett show.

While all the other “strategists” gibbered about Trump losing the Hispanic vote, Marlow said: “Trump is growing the big tent. ... Trump’s policies are appealing to blacks. There are even some polls out there, like a survey USA poll, saying Trump is actually doing fine with Latinos.”

In the Nevada primary on Tuesday, Trump not only won the Hispanic vote; he not only won 17 points more of the Hispanic vote than his next closest rival; but his Latino vote nearly matched that of the two Latino candidates combined.

In one of the few times you might have heard this point expressed on television airwaves, Marlow said that the No. 1 issue for Breitbart News’ 20 million readers, “has consistently been — since last year — immigration.They are looking for someone who is going to seal the border and prioritize border security as No. 1.”

Obviously, Marlow was right about everything. According to Nexis, that was the last time he appeared on TV.
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Mr. Trump: More Specifics About Mexico Paying for the Wall

By Silvio Canto, Jr.

American Thinker, February 24, 2016
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Mr. Trump wants to build a fence on the border. Frankly, I'm OK with that, although it's hard to see how beneficial a border fence would be in the open and desolate areas of Arizona and Mexico. I would rather see a military presence in the open areas, because it is cartels, who use these routes. Also, let's remember that many illegal immigrants are simply flying in and overstaying their tourist visas.

Mr. Trump also wants Mexico to pay for the fence. It is one of his most popular lines. Unfortunately, he has not explained how exactly Mexico will do that.

A Trump supporter told me recently that he plans to tax "remittances," currently about $25 billion. How do you determine whether Jose sending money to his mother is illegal or not? My point is that there are a lot of Mexicans here legally who send money to their families. Is Western Union going to be requiring documents before wiring money? Is 7-11 going to require documents when someone buys a $100 pre-paid Visa? My point is that this is very difficult to do.

Mr. Trump is talking about "Mexico ripping off the U.S.," another popular line. Where is that happening? According to the latest info available, U.S.-Mexico trade is rather substantial:
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Why is Everything Amnesty?

By Silvio Canto, Jr.

American Thinker, February 26, 2016
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Who is pardoning any group or letting people stay here without consequences?

The GOP should be for an immigration solution that enforces the law against employers and protects the border. At the same time, what is wrong with offering some of those here a chance to stay here? It would go like this:

1) The illegal immigrant would be given a chance to apply for a work visa supported by an employer's letter that a job actually exists;

2) He or she would undergo a full criminal background check including fingerprints. We will also check with the home country to verify that the applicant is not married here and back home;

3) The applicant will pay a fine for violating the law and or not filing tax returns;

4) He or she will be under a period of probation where the person could be deported in case of any violation of law;

5) No path to citizenship or green card will be available to this person; and,

6) Employers will be harshly punished, including jail time, for hiring someone without papers.

How is that amnesty? Who is getting off free for violating the law?
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Immigration or an iPhone

We don’t have an encryption problem; we have a Muslim immigration problem.

By Daniel Greenfield, February 25, 2016
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Terrorists adapt to the terrain. They use the native population as protective coloration. They can find a way to transform a shoe, a tube of toothpaste or instant messaging on a game console into a terror tool. Just as the left can 'politicize' everything, Muslim terrorists can 'terrorize' everything. When everything is a potential terrorist tool, then there can be no such thing as privacy or civil rights.

Muslim immigration is forcing us to constantly choose between our lives and our civil liberties. It's a Catch 22 decision with no good choices. Terrorists push governments toward totalitarianism so that their own alternative totalitarian state starts to seem like a less terrible alternative. But the refusal to fight terrorism also makes the totalitarian state of the terrorists more viable.
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Hypocrisy Watch: Trump Hired Hundreds of Foreign Workers For Jobs Americans Wanted

By John Merline

Investors Business Daily, February 25, 2016
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A Reuters report from last summer found Trump’s various companies had “sought to import at least 1,100 foreign workers on temporary visas since 2000.” One of the companies applied for temporary work visas for 250 fashion models.

Trump told the Times that the only reason those Americans didn’t get jobs at the Palm Beach resort was because “they weren’t qualified, for some reason. There are very few qualified people during the high season in the area.”

He went on to say that “Certain areas, in really successful areas, where we can’t get help, many people do that,” meaning they import workers. “That’s a good thing. Otherwise, you hurt your business.”

From a free-market perspective, Trump is absolutely right to say this. Businesses should be free to hire whomever they want to get a job done, at prices they can afford, even if those workers have to be imported

But that’s not what Trump has been telling his audiences on the campaign trail over the past eight months.

Instead, he routinely blasts businesses that import foreign workers for jobs that Americans can do, saying they are guilty of “job theft,” and he promises to punish companies that engage in such behavior.
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Will Trump's Wall Protect or Imprison?

By Alan Keyes, February 25, 2016
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Indeed, Donald Trump’s promised border wall effectively illustrates the prudence of Washington’s admonition. Mr. Trump says the wall will be used to keep illegals out. But a wall once divided Berlin, Germany. It symbolized an imprisoned people. It would be ironic if our failure to stop the elitist interests Trump really represents results in an elitist tyranny that turns the border wall we intend for our security into an instrument of control intended to bar our posterity from escaping it.

Don’t get me wrong. I favor, and worked with others to support, the construction of appropriate obstacles along our borders, including walls, fences and electronic surveillance, as appropriate. I did so while Mr. Trump was decrying people like us as “mean-spirited” and maybe even funding or applauding people who ridiculed and hated us. But where liberty is concerned, our real security is not just in walls and fences. It is in the loyal hearts and decent will of the guardians who police them. If Donald Trump is the man his actual record suggests, we have every reason to beware of any wall he erects – for when it serves the interest of his factional allegiance, his true persona will prevail in the use of it, even though it be against our rights and liberty.
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Trump’s Brilliant 30 Second Indictment of an Open Borders Policy

By Kevin Collins, February 22, 2016
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Trump has been in contact with Jamiel Shaw-the victim’s father-and is helping him tell the story of his son’s death.

The story is so powerful that Trump should use this spot over and over throughout the whole campaign. It is NOT just an appeal to Blacks; it is an appeal to all Americans with a clear message: illegal aliens must be stopped and kicked out.

Trump arranged to have Shaw address the crowd at a recent rally in Los Angeles. This is what he said: “To see somebody, especially a billionaire, come out. I can’t even get a neighborhood politician to come out, that’s why it’s so surreal to me...”

Shaw continued: “People are looking at immigration as just an immigration issue, but people are dying. It’s a fact. What good is the economy, healthcare, going to school, if people are dying? Trump is doing things he doesn’t have to do. He can buy a whole island and get away from crime…. This was the first time I thought everything’s really gonna be all right. To me, he was sent from God.”
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Solving The H-1B Visa Problem

By Tom Giovanetti, February 20, 2016
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How shall we break this impasse and make progress on what should be one of the easiest incremental reforms in the immigration reform debate? A bipartisan commission likely to end in gridlock? Raw political “we won, you lost” power? Further inaction, which just exacerbates the problem?

Here’s a better idea — a market mechanism that would determine once and for all not only who is right, but what the market-clearing price for skilled immigrant labor actually is, thus informing future immigration policy formation.

Right now, H-1B visas are issued on a first come, first served basis, for a flat fee, and the number is arbitrarily capped. Such a system tells us nothing about how much an H-1B visa (and thus a skilled immigrant worker) is actually worth to an employer. And because the number is capped and the fee low, the system actually encourages a lottery or jackpot approach — in other words, employers would apply for as many visas as possible, hoping to get enough. This is an irrational system.

It would make much more sense to allocate H-1B visas via an auction process. If H-1B visas were auctioned to employers each year in a sealed-bid process, with the bids allocated from highest to lowest until the available permits were exhausted, supply and demand would establish the market-clearing price for the right to hire a skilled immigrant worker.
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The Trump Surge: It's All About Security

By Marguerite Creel
American Thinker, February 28, 2016
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By summer 2015, there was no candidate, except Trump, who had even begun to galvanize the base. But even at this late date, GOP leadership and financiers seem reluctant to put their personal economic interests on hold. Moreover, Trump identifies with Americans who recognize the realpolitik black hole that threatens their homeland. Traditional Americans want to vote for a high-energy candidate whose campaign reaffirms the Republican Party as the protector of security and the American way of life.

The political insiders' failure to consolidate behind a solid closed-border candidate led to a vacuum on the pre-eminent issue of illegal immigration. It was in this void that Trump's candidacy evolved. His genius media campaign proved to dovetail nicely with commonsense conservative positions such as middle-class tax relief, veterans' health care and fair trade policies with China.
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Will DOJ Push For Illegal Alien Voting in 2016 Fall Flat in Court? 

By Robert Romano
Conservative Review, February 28, 2016
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But if the injunction is granted by Judge Leon and the new federal voter registration form is removed, then Alabama, Georgia and Kansas would have to begin processing federal applications to the state voter rolls once again even if there is no proof of citizenship.

This therefore is an attempt by the Justice Department to settle this case and invalidate the application of the states’ laws without even a fair hearing of including the state requirements on the federal form.

Fortunately, Judge Leon may be seeing through this façade. Time will tell. But clearly the stakes in the case could not be higher.
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Fighting Illegal Alien Voting

By John Velisek, February 25, 2016
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Advocacy groups made up of academics, law professors, local and federal politicians of the progressive Democrat party and groups that advocate through the socialist La Raza and Soros’ Open Society have filed a lawsuit against the states of Arizona, Georgia and Kansas. These and a number of other states supported a decision by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission allowing only legal citizens to register to vote. The states are requiring a satisfactory form of proof of citizenship to assure only citizens will be voting.

Incredible, though understandable, is the fact that the Obama Justice Department has joined with the advocacy groups rather than defending one of its own agencies. The Justice Department has gone so far as to take away all authority from the EAC, the only federal agency working to protect the states from voting by illegal aliens.
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Good Fences

By Clarice Feldman

American Thinker, February 21, 2016
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Robert Frost wrote in “Mending Walls” that “good fences make good neighbors”, and this week it appears that people in this country and the UK are chock full of citizens who agree. As I explain, the immigration crises both here and in Europe have underscored growing anger at the arrogance and incompetence of unelected bureaucrats and their rules.

The big election kerfuffle of the week was the Pope’s ill-considered attack on those who want to limit illegal immigration from Mexico by building a wall at the border. To many it seemed an attack on Donald Trump whose campaign against illegal immigration struck a receptive chord with voters. Many noted the hypocrisy of such a statement coming from the head of the Vatican state which is itself surrounded by a wall erected in the ninth, fifteenth, and sixteenth centuries to protect against pirates and invaders.
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Conservatism Inc. “Experts” Wrong Again: Exit Polls Show Trump’s Success IS About Immigration

By Washington Watcher, February 26, 2016
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But the fact that the vast majority of voters back the Muslim moratorium, which virtually no public figure other than Trump will support, shows how salient the issue is. Moreover, immigration is a much more specific issue than “the economy” or “national security,” and so it’s not surprising “immigration” is not the top issue. Given that most GOP candidates have the same positions on national security and the budget, immigration can still be the deciding factor for many voters who did not list it as their favorite.

What about Amnesty, i.e. a path to legalization? On its face, the results are a bit disappointing. However, it’s worth noting that the question is phrased in a misleading fashion.

It gives a binary choice between legal status (though not citizenship, which the Gang of 8 proposes) and deportation, without giving increased enforcement as an option. As the Center for Immigration Studies has shown, if you give the option for increased enforcement (rather than massive deportations] vs. Amnesty, Americans will overwhelmingly choose enforcement [Rigged Polls That Bolster the Case for Amnesty, by David Seminara, November 26, 2013].
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Obama Changes Law: Allows Immigrants with Blistering STDs and Leprosy into US

By Jim Hoft

Gateway Pundit, February 23, 2016
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In his first year in office, President Obama lifted an entry ban on foreigners with HIV.

Most U.S. cases of leprosy occur in people who traveled to the United States from areas of the world where the bacterial infection is endemic.

It’s not clear how this new rule benefits Americans.
The Washington Examiner reported:
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By Jeannie DeAngelis

American Thinker Blog, February 27, 2016
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n 2009, the president pulled HIV from the list of diseases that bar immigrants from coming to the U.S. Now, according to a report issued by the non-partisan Center for Immigration Studies, Obama’s Health and Human Services has publicly stated that the cost of handling and treating immigrants with STDs does not impact taxpayers in a significant way.

Moreover, even though, by nature, venereal disease is contagious, the Obama administration has also decreed that specific communicable diseases are no longer “of public health significance.” Unfortunately, that opinion only applies to those who are thankfully not among the victims sexually abused by one of the 2,000 illegals in Texas, who, with or without a sore on their private parts, were deported because of sex crimes.

That “not…in a significant way” guarantee comes from the same government that had a virtual non-response when undocumented workers illegally employed in places like Chipotle passed along pathogens, which sorry to say, were likely transported into customer’s intestines via Crispy Corn Tacos contaminated with human feces.

So, if having an oozing genital sore does not prohibit a person entry into the U.S., how is the Obama administration going to ensure that immigrants, who tend to gravitate toward food service, diligently follow proper hygiene protocol after manhandling their genitalia?

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