OPEN BORDERS... IT'S ALL ABOUT KEEPING WAGES DEPRESSED....“Extensive research by economists like George Borjas and analyst Steven Camarota reveals that the country’s current mass legal immigration system burdens U.S. taxpayers and America’s working and middle class while redistributing about $500 billion in wealth every year to major employers and newly arrived immigrants. Similarly, research has revealed how Americans’ wages are crushed by the country’s high immigration levels.” JOHN BINDER
Hidalgo, Texas (November 19, 2018) – The Center for Immigration Studies reports on the southern border military operation formerly known as Operation Faithful Patriot. President Trump initiated this operation at the end of October by calling for the deployment of 5,200 active-duty troops to the border in advance of the arrival of the migrant caravan.
For three days, Todd Bensman, the Center's senior national security fellow, followed the daily routine of the troops and their work. "Every day, the soldiers in this sector had been adding obstacles for illegal entrants, mainly by stringing razor wire along spots that previously were wide open. I noticed razor wire everywhere along the river bank and above it, in many different places under and surrounding the port, where heavy brush gives way to pavement."
Bensman writes, "Intelligence friends told me the Mexican cartel across the river, CDG, was angered by the U.S. troop deployment because it slowed the pace of drug smuggling and that the blamed the caravan for this. The cartel, I was told, has threatened the migrants to pay steep fees to cross through their territory or go elsewhere, hence the initial moves to Tijuana. No telling whether this is true."
Of particular interest was an area in Weslaco, Texas, which appeared to bear all the hallmarks of a future "tent city", that could be used for the detention of caravanners seeking asylum.
Following are photos and videos of the troops fortifying open areas and refortifying barriers already in place:
19th Engineer Battalion lays wire in Hidalgo, Texas
"Every year the U.S. admits more than 1.5 million foreign nationals, with the vast majority deriving from family-based chain migration. In 2016, the legal and illegal immigrant population reached a record high of 44 million. By 2023, the Center for Immigration Studies estimates that the legal and illegal immigrant population of the U.S. will make up nearly 15 percent of the entire U.S. population."
Mothers Travel to Texas Border to Advocate for Better Security
McALLEN, Texas—Not content with watching from afar, a group of mothers headed to the U.S.–Mexico border to see firsthand the new border security measures being put in place with help from the U.S. military.
The trip to McAllen, Texas, was organized by Moms for America (MFA), a nonprofit founded in 2004 as HomeMakers for America.
“Protecting our borders is something of grave concern to mothers on both sides of the border,” MFA President Kimberly Fletcher said in a statement. “No one is covering the moms’ view in the news. No one is even asking moms what they think about the ‘caravan’ or how it affects the women and children on the other side of the border.”
Currently, several caravans of thousands of migrants are traveling through Mexico with the hope of entering the United States and claiming asylum. At least 75 percent of the caravan members are male; many of them likely will not be eligible for asylum and may try to sneak in illegally.
Mary Ann Mendoza, whose son was killed by an illegal alien in Mesa, Arizona, was invited to McAllen, along with several mothers who live near the border and deal with the effects of illegal immigration every day.
“The thing about the mothers who gathered this weekend—it’s not only about the loss of lives, it’s about the survivors of illegal alien crime and it’s about preventing this from happening to one more American citizen,” Mendoza said on Nov. 5.
Her son, Brandon Mendoza, was a sergeant with the Mesa Police Department when he was killed in a head-on collision by an illegal alien who was drunk, high on meth, and speeding. He was 32.
Raul Silva-Corona, the illegal alien who killed Brandon, had been convicted of crimes in Colorado in 1994, but failed to show up in court and ended up in Arizona.
“That’s kind of what spurred me into this fight,” Mendoza said. “We’ve got to stop this continual invasion; this repeat invasion of known criminals who keep coming back into our country.”
Mendoza said she often has to reply to critics that say her son could have just as easily been killed by a U.S. citizen.
“He could have been, but he wasn’t,” she said. “He was killed by an illegal criminal who was allowed to stay in our country and commit more crimes. The acceptable amount of illegal-alien crime in America is zero. Zero. I don’t care what statistics you throw at me … the only acceptable number of crimes committed by illegals is zero.”
Mendoza has spent some time at the Arizona border, where hundreds of miles of the U.S.–Mexico border is separated by a flimsy barbed-wire fence, but she was shocked to see that a river, the Rio Grande, was the only barrier between the two countries in Texas.
“I mean this small area of razor wire is the first that we’ve seen anything that’s been secured,” she said, pointing to the concertina wire that had been installed by the U.S. military the day before.
Holding up a poster of her next to her son’s headstone, she said: “I just want to let my fellow Americans know, this is what permanent separation looks like. I will never be able to hold my son, I will never be able to tell him ‘I love you’ … I can’t make a phone call to him. I am permanently separated from him, and the cemetery is the only place I have to go to visit him.”
“I do not want one more American family to be affected the way that my family has been or my community.”
‘It’s a Shame’
Lynne Ryan heard about the trip and traveled from western Pennsylvania to find out more. She said she felt well-versed about the situation at the border until she saw it for herself.
“You listen to these mothers who can’t let their kids go outside and play—it’s a shame,” she said. “You go through these neighborhoods, and there’s fences all around the yards. … They’ve got dogs and cameras and security lights.”
Ryan said the group of mothers was touring the border near a school the day before, when two males came over and tried to blend in with the group. After the group discovered that the men were from Central America and had just crossed the border illegally, one of the women called Border Patrol, who came and apprehended the men.
“I’m not saying that everybody that comes into our country has nefarious reasons, but if you come in illegally, my assumption is that you have nefarious reasons, or you would be coming in through the legal ports of entry,” Ryan said.
“I open my arms gladly for people to come here legally. I love the melting pot that makes this country great. It’s what we were founded on. But to allow criminality to just … swim across the river and come illegally. It’s got to stop.
“People have lost their loved ones over this. How many more people have to die before we address this properly?”
Currently, about 2,400 migrants, mostly Hondurans from the first caravan, have gathered in Tijuana, Mexico. Most are camped at a municipal sports complex near the U.S. border. Several residents of Tijuana said on Nov. 16 that the locals are getting fed up with the trash being left in their city and the violence caused by some of the migrants.
Two women and several children crossed through the bars of the fence at Playas de Tijuana on Nov. 16, according to local police.
The group walked over to Border Patrol agents to be processed. The fence along the beach has since had concertina wire installed on it by U.S. Marine Corps engineers to prevent people from walking through and climbing over.
Large, Organized Groups
President Donald Trump has been outspoken about the caravan and the fact that most of its members are men.
“Isn’t it ironic that large Caravans of people are marching to our border wanting U.S.A. asylum because they are fearful of being in their country—yet they are proudly waving … their country’s flag,” he wrote in a series of tweets on Nov. 16. “Can this be possible? Yes, because it is all a BIG CON, and the American taxpayer is paying for it!”
Trump issued a proclamation on Nov. 9, stating that anyone who crosses the border illegally will be ineligible to claim asylum.
Often, people will cross the southwest border illegally, with the intention of evading law enforcement, and if they happen to get caught, they often will claim asylum, despite having no basis for the claim.
However, unaccompanied minors are exempt from the proclamation, and other illegal border-crossers may still claim asylum under a different category that requires a higher burden of proof. Trump is trying to funnel asylum-seekers to ports of entry, rather than tying up border agents with processing them.
“The United States expects the arrival at the [southern] border between the United States and Mexico of a substantial number of aliens primarily from Central America who appear to have no lawful basis for admission into our country,” the presidential proclamation said. “They are traveling in large, organized groups through Mexico and reportedly intend to enter the United States unlawfully or without proper documentation and to seek asylum, despite the fact that, based on past experience, a significant majority will not be eligible for or be granted that benefit.”
Only 9 percent of Central Americans that pass an initial “credible fear” screening at the border are subsequently approved for asylum by an immigration judge.
Democrat Senator Kamala Harris of California, a former prosecutor and attorney general no less, tweeted last year: “An undocumented immigrant is not a criminal.” She is wrong. Any alien who enters or attempts to enter the United States at any time or place other than as designated by immigration officers has committed an illegal act that carries criminal as well as civil penalties. It is no wonder that Senator Harris, who is considering a run for president in 2020, thinks that enforcement of U.S. immigration laws to ensure the security of the American people is somehow racist. Senator Harris displayed her utter contempt for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) during a congressional hearing last week. She used a confirmation hearing for President Trump’s nominee to head ICE, its current acting director Ronald Vitiello, to place ICE on the same level as the Ku Klux Klan.
Senator Harris began her exercise in moral equivalence by asking Mr. Vitiello about a joke he had made three years ago referring to the Democratic Party, with its pro-segregationist past, as “neo-Klan.” Mr. Vitiello said in response that his joke had been inappropriate. When Senator Harris asked Mr. Vitiello to explain why he thought so, Mr. Vitiello replied that the KKK was “a domestic terrorist group” which “tried to use fear and force to change the political environment” based on “race and ethnicity.” However, Senator Harris was not just looking for an apology. In a display of crass sophistry, she tried to create a false comparison. She badgered Mr. Vitiello with questions seeking to equate the legitimate fears and anxieties stirred in minority communities by the KKK, an abhorrent hate group that peddles in racism, with illegal aliens’ fears of being apprehended by a government agency fulfilling its obligation to enforce the nation’s immigration laws. In Senator Harris’s mind, clearly identifiable government officers following the law in stopping and detaining people who are not supposed to be in this country in the first place are as much to be legitimately feared as white-robed Klansmen with a history of lynching and shooting African-Americans, burning crosses, and firebombing African-American churches.
As Fox News Channel’s Jeanine Pirro said in her brilliant “Opening Statement” segment last Saturday night, which she addressed to Senator Harris: “What you are doing is planting seeds of fear, resistance and resentment against ICE among people who have no right to come here, who have already broken our laws to get here. And they’re scared? People should be afraid when they violate our laws. The people though who should be afraid are innocent Americans at risk in sanctuary cities and states where illegals who are also criminals are given safe haven.”
Mr. Vitiello, a prior Border Patrol chief with more than 30 years of experience working in law enforcement and protecting the American people, did not take Senator Harris’s bait:
“HARRIS: [talking over Vitiello] Are you aware that there’s a perception -- are you aware that there’s a perception-
VITIELLO: I see no perception that puts ICE in the same category as the KKK. Is that what you’re asking me?
HARRIS: No, I’m very specific about what I’m asking you. Are you aware of a perception that the way that the discretion-
VITIELLO: [interrupting] I see no parallel.
HARRIS: I’m not finished.
VITIELLO: I see none.
HARRIS: I’m not finished. I’m not finished. Are you aware that there’s a perception that ICE is administering its power in a way that is causing fear and intimidation, particularly among immigrants and specifically among immigrants coming from Mexico and Central America? Are you aware of that perception?
VITIELLO: I do not see a parallel between the power and the authority that ICE has to do its job and the agents and officers who do it professionally and excellently with lots of compassion-
HARRIS: [interrupting] Sir, how can you be the head of an agency and be unaware of how your agency is perceived by certain communities?
VITIELLO: There’s a lot of perceptions in the media and in the public that are incorrect about the agency and what it does-
HARRIS: [interrupting] But the perception exists, would you agree, whether or not it’s correct? And wouldn’t you agree then that if that perception exists, there might need to be some work done to correct the perception?
VITIELLO: I do want to advocate for the workforce that the vital public safety mission that they have to protect the homeland [sic], and I think more people need to know how valuable they are to the society, so I agree with you on that.”
Senator Harris does not agree that ICE’s workforce performs a “vital public safety mission” in protecting the homeland. Quite the opposite. She said last June that, when it comes to ICE, “we need to probably think about starting from scratch." This Democrat senator from the sanctuary state of California declared that California "represents the future." She said she would not second guess the decision of Oakland’s mayor to warn illegal immigrants of an impending ICE raid because she respected mayors’ "estimation of what’s in the best interest of their constituents." Since when are illegal immigrants considered “constituents” of an elected official in the United States? Evidently, that is the direction Senator Harris would like to see for the whole country since she believes that California “represents the future.”
Last week Senator Harris introduced a bill that would weaken ICE’s ability to engage in civil immigration enforcement actions that her bill deemed to be “inappropriate.” Her bill would prohibit ICE from using information obtained from the Department of Health and Human Services regarding suspected illegal aliens who are proposed sponsors or custodians of unaccompanied alien children. The bill would also transfer millions of dollars appropriated for fiscal year 2019 that ICE is to use for enforcement and removal operations to other programs, including $180,000,000 “to the Office of Refugee Resettlement to provide the post-release legal, case management, and child advocate services.” Senator Harris also introduced the Detention Oversight Not Expansion (DONE) Act last May which, among other things, would halt funds for construction or expansion of new detention facilities. She has said that we must be “welcoming” to the migrant caravans, while also supporting the release into U.S. communities of unvetted immigrant families seeking asylum.
Senator Harris has written a book entitled “The Truths We Hold: An American Journey,” which is scheduled to be published in January 2019. She should ponder some simple but fundamental truths as she considers embarking on her own journey she hopes will take her to the White House. The United States is a nation of laws, which includes the nation’s immigration laws enacted by Congress, not ICE. The U.S. government’s duly constituted immigration officers enforce the laws that Congress has passed and kept in force against aliens entering or trying to enter the country illegally. ICE agents also combat human trafficking and the import and distribution of illegal drugs into the United States. ICE agents owe their allegiance to the people lawfully residing in the United States they are supposed to protect, not to illegal aliens who may pose a danger to law-abiding Americans.
Finally, Senator Harris should consider the question of fundamental fairness to those immigrants who have played by the rules. Why should aliens who want to jump the line and enter the United States illegally be welcomed to this country as much as those immigrants who have respected this country’s laws? When Senator Harris reminisces how her parents took her to civil rights marches as a child, she should also remember the example her parents set in emigrating to the United States the right way. She dishonors her parents’ example by giving cover to illegal aliens and hurling disgraceful insults at the brave law enforcement agents of ICE.
THE STAGGERING COST OF THE WELFARE STATE MEXICO AND THE LA RAZA SUPREMACY DEMOCRAT PARTY HAVE BUILT BORDER to OPEN BORDER’
According to the Federation for American Immigration Reform’s 2017 report, illegal immigrants, and their children, cost American taxpayers a net $116 billion annually -- roughly $7,000 per alien annually. While high, this number is not an outlier: a recent study by the Heritage Foundation found that low-skilled immigrants (including those here illegally) cost Americans trillions over the course of their lifetimes, and a study from the National Economics Editorial found that illegal immigration costs America over $140 billion annually. As it stands, illegal immigrants are a massive burden on American taxpayers.
HOMELESS AMERICA’S HOUSING CRISIS as 40 million illegals have climbed U.S. open borders.
Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents continue to find illegal immigrants from Bangladesh who cross the border from Mexico. During a 12-hour period beginning on Saturday evening, six Bangladeshi nationals were apprehended in two separate incidents.
Agents assigned to the Laredo South Border Patrol Station came upon a group of four suspected illegal immigrants while patrolling near Masterson Road in Laredo, Texas, on Saturday. The agents conducted interviews as part of Laredo Sector line watch operations. The questioning revealed the four young men were Bangladeshi nationals, according to Laredo Sector Border Patrol officials.
The following morning, Laredo South Station agents carrying out line watch operations came upon another group of two suspected illegal immigrants walking near Oleander Street in Laredo. An interview with the subjects revealed the young men to also be Bangladeshi who were smuggled into the U.S., officials reported.
In an incident on October 29, Laredo South Station agents patrolling along the Rio Grande River rescued a group of Bangladeshi nationals as they attempted to cross the river, Breitbart News reported. Two of the migrants nearly drowned before agents were able to pull them into their boat.
During the month of October, the first month of the new fiscal year, Laredo Sector agents apprehended at least 75 Bangladeshi nationals. This represents an increase of more than 10 percent over October 2017.
During FY2018, which ended on September 30, Laredo Sector agents apprehended 668 Bangladeshi migrants — up nearly 270 percent over the previous year’s total. The sector led the nation in the apprehension of these migrants who paid up to $27,000 each to be moved into the U.S. by cartel-connected human smugglers.
“In Fiscal Year 2018, Laredo Sector Border Patrol experienced an unprecedented increase in the apprehension of nationals from the country of Bangladesh,” Laredo Sector Chief Patrol Agent Felix Chavez told Breitbart News earlier this month. “The almost 300% increase in arrests of Bangladeshi nationals over the previous fiscal year highlights the hard work and vigilance of the men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol. We will continue to work with our federal and international partners to share information to stop the flow of those who seek to unlawfully circumvent our nation’s immigration policies.”
Hundreds of miles of open river border in South and Central Texas make the area a prime human smuggling corridor for Mexican cartels.
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Every year the U.S. admits more than 1.5 million foreign nationals (the number of illegals never counted is unknown), with the vast majority deriving from family-based chain migration. In 2016, the legal and illegal immigrant population reached a record high of 44 million. By 2023, the Center for Immigration Studies estimates that the legal and illegal immigrant population of the U.S. will make up nearly 15 percent of the entire U.S. population.
ONLY A FOOL WOULD BELIEVE TRUMP TRULY WANTS THE WALL!
Donald Trump Hits a Congressional Wall on Border Wall Funding
GOP senators are nudging President Donald Trump to give up hopes for a $5 billion down-payment on a border wall in 2019.
“My goal is to get the [budget] bills passed” in December, said Sen. Richard Shelby, the GOP chairman of the Senate’s appropriations committee, said Nov. 15 after meeting Trump for a budget discussion. His committee has penciled in $1.6 billion for the wall in 2019, compared to the $5 billion in the draft House bill. Shelby added, according to the Washington Post:
And whatever we can do in a reasonable fashion, to get it done … might personally like a bigger goal. But I use the word doable. You’ve got to figure out what’s doable.
“I said we shouldn’t ever want to shut down the government,” Shelby told reporters when asked about discussion about a possible shutdown.
“I think maybe he agreed, I don’t know,” he said of Trump’s response.
House and Senate GOP leaders show no willingness to lead a public fight for wall funding as the Central American caravan’s economic migrants gather in Tijuana before crossing into California. But several Senate and House GOP leaders are pushing the president to sign a crime bill that will provide an early release to thousands of violent criminals and drug smugglers amid a national drug-disaster which has killed 100,000s of Americans.
Democrats have enough votes and discipline in the Senate to block any budget deal, but they may want to avoid a budget clash and government shutdown so that they may endorse another $1.6 billion budget in 2019. The allocation would push Trump’s border-wall spending up to a total of $4.8 billion from 2017 to 2019.
But Democrats are opposing Trump’s push for $5 billion in wall funding in 2019.
“If it’s ‘Wall or nothing!’ they’re going to get nothing,” the top Democrat on the Senate’s appropriations bill, Sen. Patrick Leahy, said November 12.
Democratic lobbyists predict their party will gain in 2020 from a 2018 impasse. The Hill reported:
“One, it will continue to help with suburban women. Number two, it will mobilize Latino voters,” said Celinda Lake, a Democratic pollster. “The third thing [is], particularly if Democrats lean into it, immigration can be a huge liability [for Republicans].”
Democratic leader Sen. Chuck Schumer is signaling he will approve a status-quo wall-building budget of $1.6 billion for 2019.
But he is also hinting that he may demand a price, such as accelerated green cards for roughly 400,000 Indian and Chinese white-collar visa-workers plus their family members. The green card plan was put in the House’s draft DHS budget for by Kansas Rep. Kevin Yoder, who subsequently lost his reelection campaign.
If Schumer demands a price for the $1.6 billion, he will be pressuring Trump to trade a series of wage-cutting amnesty concessions in exchange for a wall that cannot stop catch-and-release for the migrants who simply ask for asylum.
The GOP’s business-first leaders are offering minimal support to Trump’s wall, just as they have avoided Trump’s pro-American immigration agenda since November 2016. Since 2016, GOP leaders have tacitly conceded to Democratic demands on migration to help ease the passage of business priorities, such as the tax cut and the confirmation of conservative judges.
“I can’t imagine, with all the things that we have to do here to wrap up this Congress, that we would revisit immigration, but who knows?” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said November 7.
Third-ranking GOP leader Sen. John Thune managed to show even less enthusiasm for border wall funding, according to The Hill:
“It would be nice if we get a budget deal that includes wall funding,” he said. “We’ll see what the traffic will bear when we get into the discussion. We have to do a budget to wrap up the year and some other cats.”
In contrast, GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham is enthusiastically pushing for a business-backed, DACA-amnesty-for-small-wall deal during the December lame-duck session. According to the Washington Examiner:
“You have two problems, you have a gap in funding between the House and Senate on the wall,” Graham told the Washington Examiner. “And you might as well go ahead and deal with [Dreamers] at the same time. You’ve got to give something to get something. You’ll get your wall money if you do something on DACA.”
A DACA amnesty would likely put three million younger illegal aliens in the voting booth by 2028 and invite a subsequent chain migration of several million additional migrants.
From 2012 to 2014, Graham organized and pushed the “Gang of Eight” amnesty which intentionally tried to flood the labor market and so shift more of the nation’s annual income from workers to investors. For example, his amnesty bill also allowed an unlimited number of foreign-born college-graduates to get green cards and allowed presidents and border officials to provide asylum to an unlimited number of migrants.
In the House, GOP leader Rep. Tom Cole is also pushing the investor-boosting DACA-for-wall deal — even though the DACA amnesty would add at least three million Latinos to the voting rolls during the next decade.
Some House legislators are also backing a series of expanded visa worker programs that would cut wages for white-collar graduates, blue-collar laborers, and farm workers.
Washington’s economic policy of using migration to boost economic growth shifts wealth from young people towards older people by flooding the market with cheap white-collar and blue-collar foreign labor. That flood of outside labor spikes profits and Wall Street values by cutting salaries for manual and skilled labor offered by blue-collar and white-collar employees.
The policy also drives up real estate prices, widens wealth-gaps, reduces high-tech investment, increases state and local tax burdens, hurts kids’ schools and college education, pushes Americans away from high-tech careers, and sidelines at least five million marginalized Americans and their families, including many who are now struggling with opioid addictions.
Immigration also pulls investment and wealth away from heartland states because coastal investors can more easily hire and supervise the large immigrant populations living in the coastal states.
‘Enough, Enough, Enough’: Australia Ready to Slash Migrant Intake
A major cut in Australia’s migrant intake has been promised by Prime Minister Scott Morrison who says the country’s major cities have buses, trains and schools that “are full.”
Mr. Morrison delivered a speech in Sydney on Monday night pledging he heard voters who are concerned about the human tide flooding the nation’s major capital cities, including Sydney and Melbourne.
“Population growth has played a key role in our economic success. But I also know Australians in our biggest cities are concerned about population,” he said.
“They are saying ‘Enough, enough, enough’. The roads are clogged, the buses and trains are full. The schools are taking no more enrolments. I hear what you are saying. I hear you loud and clear.”
The Sydney Morning Heraldreports Mr. Morrison will now ask state leaders to create their own population plans and will address issue at the next Council of Australian Governments meeting on December 12.
“The old model of a single, national number determined by Canberra is no longer fit for purpose,” Mr Morrison said.
“My approach will be to move away from top-down discussions about population to set our migration intake caps. I anticipate that this will lead to a reduction in our current migration settings.”
The leader of the conservative Liberal coalition government cited the cost/benefit of allowing migrants to move to major cities against the stress that places on existing infrstructure. It is an observation previously made by critics of Australia’s mass immigration programme:
“Here in Sydney migrants accounted for around 70 per cent of population growth last year,” Mr. Morrison said.
“This has created its own pressure points – and pressure points in population always manifest themselves in housing and infrastructure.”
Mr. Morrison’s move to address migrant inflows comes as Australian voter support for a lift in Muslim immigration collapsed in the wake of last week’s Islamic State-inspired terror attack in Melbourne.
According to a Fairfax Media Ipsos poll, support for an increase in Muslim immigration dropped from 23 percent to a bare 14 percent between October and November this year, the Australian Financial Reviewreports.
The latest changes being mooted could lower Australia’s overall annual immigration target from its cap of 190,000 down to less than 150,000.
This would conform with another poll published in June that showed most Australians want an end to mass immigration as the country’s soaring population is set to bounce above the 25 million mark.
Poll: Support for Increase in Muslim Immigration Collapses in Australia
Australian voter support for a lift in immigration of Muslims has collapsed in the wake of last week’s Islamic State-inspired terror attack in Melbourne.
According to a Fairfax Media Ipsos poll, support for an increase in Muslim immigration dropped from 23 percent to a bare 14 percent between October and November, the Australian Financial Reviewreports.
Just 35 percent of those polled believe the intake should stay the same. Another 46 percent believe the intake should be reduced a lot or a little – a position backed by a clear majority of supporters of the governing conservative coalition and one third of Labor voters.
The survey comes after the Bourke Street terror attack by Somali immigrant Hassan Khalif Shire Ali and amid growing calls from some conservative members of Parliament to slash migration from Muslim-majority nations.
Australia is a nation built on immigration and has historically opened its arms to people from around the world looking to start a new life Down Under.
Attitudes have been slowly shifting in the past seven years however, amid terrorist attacks and heightened political debate about migration, according to annual research by the Scanlon Foundation on social cohesion.
While 31.9 per cent of respondents said they had a positive attitude to Muslims in 2010, this slipped to 28.3 per cent in the Scanlon research in 2017. The proportion with a negative attitude rose from 23.5 per cent to 25 per cent, but there was no consistent year-on-year trend up or down over the period.
A little over 12 months ago another survey revealed a majority of Australian voters believe the country is full and almost half support a partial ban on new Muslim arrivals.
As Breitbart Jerusalem reported, the TAPRI poll outlined that 74 percent of respondents thought Australia did not need more people, with big majorities believing that population growth was putting “a lot of pressure” on hospitals, roads, affordable housing and jobs.
Fifty-four per cent wanted a cut to migration, while 55 percent agreed Australia “was in danger of losing its culture and identity”, and 52 percent said the country had changed so much that it sometimes felt foreign.
“Australian voters’ concern about immigration levels and ethnic diversity does not derive from economic adversity,” Betts and Birrell wrote in a report based on the survey.
“Rather, it stems from the increasingly obvious impact of population growth on their quality of life and the rapid change in Australia’s ethnic and religious make-up.”
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Orange County’s Booming Foreign-Born Population Coincides with Democrat Electoral Sweep
Orange County, California — once considered a conservative holdout in the blue state — has been electorally swept by Democrats in the midterm elections, coinciding with the region’s booming foreign-born populations.
Until the midterm elections, four of Orange County’s six congressional districts were held by Republicans, including Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and Rep. Mimi Walters (R-CA).
In the midterms, though, Democrats swept Orange County with wins in all six congressional districts, turning the region blue. At the same time of Democrat dominance in the county, the foreign-born population is booming to record levels with the majority of foreign residents arriving from Latin America and Asia.
California’s 46th District, already a Democrat-held congressional seat, has a foreign-born population that is now reaching 40 percent with four-out-of-ten residents being born outside the United States.
The other Democrat-held congressional seat in Orange County, California’s 47th District, has a foreign-born population of nearly 30 percent.
Three of Orange County’s four Republican districts that have flipped to Democrat have foreign-born populations that make up 25 percent or more of the region. For example, California’s 39th District — where Democrat Gil Cisneros won over Republican Young Kim — has a 34.1 percent foreign-born population.
In the 45th District, where Rep. Mimi Walters (R-CA) has conceded to Democrat Katie Porter, the foreign-born population makes up nearly 30 percent of the district.
Similarly, in the state’s 48th District, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) — the former speechwriter to President Ronald Reagan — lost to Democrat Harley Rouda after serving in the seat since 2013. That district’s foreign-born population is now near 25 percent.
Even in the 49th District, where the foreign-born population remains below 20 percent, Democrat Mike Levin beat out Republican Diane Harkey. The district has anywhere between an 18 to 19 percent foreign-born population with about 55 percent of foreign-born residents arriving from Latin America and nearly 30 percent coming from Asia.
As Breitbart News reported, districts with some of the largest foreign-born populations — like New York’s 14th, Minnesota’s 5th, and Massachusetts’ 7th District — elected some of the most far-left, open borders candidates to Congress.
As Breitbart News reported, Democrats have increasingly gained strongholds in congressional districts due to booming foreign-born populations.
The process known as “chain migration,” for example — whereby newly naturalized citizens can bring an unlimited number of foreign relatives to the U.S. with them — has imported more than nine million foreign nationals since 2005.
As Breitbart News reported, if chain migration is not ended — as President Donald Trump has demanded — the U.S. electorate will forever be changed, with between seven to eight million new foreign-born individuals being eligible to vote because of chain migration, and overall, an additional 15 million new foreign-born voters.
Every year the U.S. admits more than 1.5 million foreign nationals, with the vast majority deriving from family-based chain migration. In 2016, the legal and illegal immigrant population reached a record high of 44 million. By 2023, the Center for Immigration Studies estimates that the legal and illegal immigrant population of the U.S. will make up nearly 15 percent of the entire U.S. population.
John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder.