Tuesday, March 24, 2020


In the next two decades, should the country’s legal immigration policy go unchanged, the U.S. is set to import about 15 million new foreign-born voters. About eight million of these new foreign-born voters will have arrived through the process known as “chain migration,” whereby newly naturalized citizens are allowed to bring an unlimited number of foreign relatives to the country. JOHN BINDER

Washington, D.C. (March 24, 2020) – A new analysis by the Center for Immigration Studies reveals the negative impact of the foreign student program on the United States economy, contradicting the pro-foreign-student lobby, which has argued for years that the presence of such students is a huge (currently they say $45 billion-a-year) boost to the American economy. There may be non-economic reasons for a reasonably sized foreign student program, but economic reasons do not exist.

David North, a Center fellow and author of the analysis, said, “The idea that the foreign student population provides an economic boost for the U.S. is a myth. Foreign students do indeed bring in billions of dollars, but those billions are outbalanced by hidden billions in U.S. tax, endowment, and other funds spent by educational institutions subsidizing those, and other, students.”

Using rough estimations, but no rougher than those of the Institute of International Education (IIE), the source of the $45 billion figure, North found that if the students bring $45 billion or so with them, they then proceed to consume an estimated $119 billion in U.S. assets, for a net expenditure by U.S. institutions of about $74 billion a year.

Given the massive (if hidden) subsidies that foreign students receive while in school, and the even more hidden ones that many of them and their post-degree employers get through the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program, the time has come to cut back on some parts of the foreign student programs.

The report suggests several reforms to the foreign student program:
  1. Stop issuing F-1 visas to those planning to attend the deeply subsidized community colleges.
  2. Similarly, stop issuing F-1 visas for ESL students — one can study English anywhere in the world.
  3. Demand that all schools teaching foreign students need to be accredited. (In lieu of accreditation a university, currently, may show DHS that three other institutions accept transfers from their school, an arrangement subject to some mutual back-scratching.)
  4. Repeal the current provision that a foreign graduate student does not have to wait a year before working legally; currently that rule applies only to undergraduates. Or better, terminate (or at least reduce sharply) the OPT program.
  5. Put the worst of the visa mills out of business.
  6. Demand that incoming foreign students have passed a secure oral test indicating that they have a decent command of the English language. 

Nancy Pelosi’s Coronavirus Plan Gives $300M to Foreign Refugees

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 23: U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) delivers a statement at the hallway of the Speaker’s Balcony at the U.S. Capitol March 23, 2020 in Washington, DC. Speaker Pelosi spoke on the 10th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act and introduced the Take …
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) plan to fight the coronavirus includes giving millions in American taxpayer funding to refugees living overseas.
Pelosi, along with House Democrats, blocked passage of a coronavirus relief package for American workers, citizens, and small businesses in favor of their own plan that increases taxpayer funding to foreign refugees.
Included in Pelosi’s plan is a designation of $300 million in American taxpayer money to foreign refugees:

(Text of House Democrats’ coronavirus plan)
In comparison, for example, Pelosi’s plan only gives about $100 million in additional funds for runaways and homeless youth in the U.S. and only an extra $15 million to the “Veterans Employment and Training” office to help respond to the health crisis.
Taxpayer money for foreign refugees is also about $100 million more than what Pelosi’s plan specifically designates for the emergency food and shelter program under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.
Oppositely, President Trump’s State Department has halted refugee resettlement in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.
John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder

Study: More than 7-in-10 California Immigrant


More than 7-in-10 households headed by immigrants in the state of California are on taxpayer-funded welfare, a new study reveals.

The latest Census Bureau data analyzed by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) finds that about 72 percent of households headed by noncitizens and immigrants use one or more forms of taxpayer-funded welfare programs in California — the number one immigrant-receiving state in the U.S.
Meanwhile, only about 35 percent of households headed by native-born Americans use welfare in California.
All four states with the largest foreign-born populations, including California, have extremely high use of welfare by immigrant households. In Texas, for example, nearly 70 percent of households headed by immigrants use taxpayer-funded welfare. Meanwhile, only about 35 percent of native-born households in Texas are on welfare.
In New York and Florida, a majority of households headed by immigrants and noncitizens are on welfare. Overall, about 63 percent of immigrant households use welfare while only 35 percent of native-born households use welfare.
President Trump’s administration is looking to soon implement a policy that protects American taxpayers’ dollars from funding the mass importation of welfare-dependent foreign nationals by enforcing a “public charge” rule whereby legal immigrants would be less likely to secure a permanent residency in the U.S. if they have used any forms of welfare in the past, including using Obamacare, food stamps, and public housing.
The immigration controls would be a boon for American taxpayers in the form of an annual $57.4 billion tax cut — the amount taxpayers spend every year on paying for the welfare, crime, and schooling costs of the country’s mass importation of 1.5 million new, mostly low-skilled legal immigrants.
As Breitbart News reported, the majority of the more than 1.5 million foreign nationals entering the country every year use about 57 percent more food stamps than the average native-born American household. Overall, immigrant households consume 33 percent more cash welfare than American citizen households and 44 percent more in Medicaid dollars. This straining of public services by a booming 44 million foreign-born population translates to the average immigrant household costing American taxpayers $6,234 in federal welfare.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder. 

PHOTOS: Coronavirus Fears Clear Mexican Border City’s Streets

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MATAMOROS, Tamaulipas – The escalating fears brought on by the rising number of confirmed cases of the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) prompted locals to clear the streets.
Over the weekend, the usually packed streets appeared nearly empty as residents are staying indoors. On Sunday night, the number of confirmed cases jumped to 316, up from 251 on Saturday and 203 on Friday.
On Sunday, Matamoros saw its first case when Tamaulipas health officials confirmed that a 21-year-old woman who traveled to Europe between January 30 and March 12 tested positive, marking the fourth patient for the border state abutting Texas.
The case in Matamoros appears to be linked to four others in Cameron County, Texas, where a group of men and women in their early 20s took part in the same European vacation.
The arrival of the highly contagious virus is prompting locals to avoid unnecessary exposure. The Tamaulipas government ordered all schools and public beaches closed to reduce large gatherings. At the federal level, health officials are issuing recommendations without orders.
Editor’s Note: Breitbart Texas traveled to the Mexican States of Tamaulipas, Coahuila, and Nuevo León to recruit citizen journalists willing to risk their lives and expose the cartels silencing their communities.  The writers would face certain death at the hands of the various cartels that operate in those areas including the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas if a pseudonym were not used. Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles are published in both English and in their original Spanish. This article was written by “J.A. Espinoza” from Tamaulipas. 

Nancy Calls the Shots In California

“Blessed to have her leadership,” Gov. Newsom says of Nancy Pelosi, during coronavirus crackdown.
March 23, 2020 

Lloyd Billingsley

“We believe the virus will impact about 56 percent of California’s population,” California governor Gavin Newsom said in a press conference last Thursday. So the governor was ordering all residents of Californians to stay home, except for essential services, and the order would remain in force until further notice.
“In addition,” Newsom said, “I want to thank Speaker Nancy Pelosi. We had a very long conversation today. Talk about meeting the moment. We are so blessed to have her leadership in California. She’s very familiar to northern Californians, certainly familiar to me as a former mayor of San Francisco.” In reality, Newsom’s relationship with Pelosi goes back a lot farther.
William Newsom, Gavin’s grandfather, helped Pat Brown win the 1943 race for San Francisco district attorney. In 1960, Governor Pat Brown awarded the concession for the Squaw Valley Winter Olympics to William Newsom and John Pelosi. In 1963, John’s son Paul married Nancy D’Alesandro, daughter of congressman and Baltimore mayor Thomas D’Alesandro. In 1969 Paul and Nancy Pelosi moved to San Francisco, where Paul’s brother Ron was a San Francisco supervisor. Ron married William Newsom’s daughter Barbara, and until they divorced Nancy Pelosi was Gavin Newsom’s aunt by marriage.
In 1975, governor Jerry Brown appointed Gavin Newsom’s father to a judgeship in Placer County, and in 1978 to the state Court of Appeal. Newsom admires Jerry Brown but for leadership now looks to Nancy Pelosi, a woman on the far reaches of the left.
In 2001, long after Stalinist thug Harry Bridges was exposed as a Soviet agent, Nancy Pelosi praised Bridges in the Congressional Record as “arguably the most significant labor leader of the twentieth century.” Pelosi was also a big fan of Vincent Hallinan, Bridges’ lawyer and the 1952 candidate for president of the Progressive Party, a Communist front. The progressive Democrat Pelosi is also a vicious partisan and that trend emerges in Gavin Newsom.
In an interview with Politico last year, Newsom said Republicans would go into “the waste bin of history.” He referenced “the experience and temperament of Speaker Pelosi” a woman with “better sense than a lot of folks.” Newsom also announced a commitment to “universal health care,” and to make that happen, the governor is exploiting the coronavirus crisis.
Newsom’s Executive Order N-25-20, issued on March 12, “readies state to commandeer hotels and medical facilities to isolate and treat COVID-19 patients,” and also “readies the state to commandeer property for temporary residences and medical facilities for quarantining, isolating or treating individuals.” As Milton Friedman observed, temporary government measures have a tendency to become permanent.
Newsom’s budget provides nearly $100 million for the health care of foreign nationals illegally present in the United States. Newsom has not announced support for stepping up cooperation with federal border enforcement that would prevent carriers of coronavirus and other contagions from entering the United States. Likewise, it remains unclear whether the state’s sanctuary law would allow carriers to defy quarantine measures.
Like Nancy Pelosi, who invokes the “spark of divinity” in MS-13 gang members, Gavin Newsom has a soft spot for convicted murderers. Last year he reprieved all 737 of them on California’s death row. In similar style, his coronavirus crackdown cuts criminals a huge break.
The state department of corrections, headed by Newsom appointee Ralph Diaz, is barring family members of crime victims from attending parole hearings. The family members, and prosecutors, must appear by phone or video conference but inmates’ attorneys can appear in person. This ban, allegedly based on virus fears, will prevent victims’ families from confronting murderers face to face.
Doris Tate, mother of slain actress Sharon Tate, frequently appeared at parole hearings to keep Charles Manson and his followers in prison. The department did not indicate when family members of crime victims would again be allowed to appear in person at parole hearings.
Meanwhile, according to California health officials, the day before Newsom’s “stay home” edict, there were nearly 699 confirmed cases of coronavirus in California. In a state of 40 million, that amounts to about .0000175 percent of the population. Gov. Newsom, not a scientist, did not explain how he knew 56 percent of the population, more than 22 million people, would eventually come down with the virus.
Newsom did say he had been on the phone with the House Speaker, so if Californians thought Nancy Pelosi was calling the shots it would be hard to blame them. For her part, Speaker Pelosi may have more in mind than, as they discussed, “what will be needed over the course of the next few months.”
As Tad Friend noted in the New Yorker, Newsom is forward looking and like his hero Bobby Kennedy, “Newsom seeks to embody Kennedy’s grainy glamour, to provide moral clarity in a bewildering hour.” The governor wears Ermenegildo Zegna shirts and his hair is “lacquered with Oribe gel,” but Nancy Pelosi may be grooming her boy for a run at the White House in 2024.
In the meantime, as Newsom said Thursday, “We are so blessed to have her leadership in California.”

Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, the twin nutters of Congress, were certain they could beat Trump at his own game, but have made fools of themselves, as usual.  The stand-off is not over but with each passing day, the Democrats reveal more of their anti-American, pro-illegal immigration agenda.  Conservatives have been sounding the alarm for years: Democrats do not care about American citizens!"  PATRICIA McCARTHY

Refugees Are Being Resettled Despite the Coronavirus Outbreak

More than 3,000 resettled since late January, when pandemic task force was created

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By Nayla Rush on March 20, 2020
Following the alarming spread of the Coronavirus or COVID-19 that appeared in China in December 2019, the world is taking extreme measures to try and contain this contagious virus that is mainly transmitted from person to person. Necessary steps undertaken by many countries, including the United States, entail travel restrictions, quarantines, closing of borders, etc.
Despite tough measures undertaken by the Trump administration these past weeks to limit the virus outbreak inside the United States, refugees are still being admitted into American communities. From January 29 (the day the president's Coronavirus Task Force to lead the U.S. government response to the coronavirus was formed) to March 18 (the deadline I used for this report), the United States resettled 3,037 refugees, including 19 Iranians (Iran is one of the countries particularly affected by the coronavirus). Before I sent this piece for publication, I checked again for admissions: On March 19, two Syrian refugees were admitted into the United States. Both were placed in New Jersey, in the city of Highland Park. These could be the last refugees to be resettled into the United States amid the coronavirus pandemic.
But that doesn't answer the following: Why were these thousands of refugees allowed in when, by the admission of both chiefs of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, "refugees may be particularly targeted" by the coronavirus?
Why were 3,037 refugees allowed in after the president's task force was formed, or after January 30, when the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak a public health emergency, or after March 11, when WHO characterized the COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic?
And, more importantly, were they tested for the coronavirus beforehand? I couldn't find any indication they were anywhere. Let's assume they were, and the results came back negative (we are told that even if one is tested negative it doesn't mean one is not carrying the virus), were they quarantined upon arrival? Were there any follow-ups to make sure they were fine? Were governors of the states they were placed in (such as California, Washington, Texas, New York, etc.) made aware of such arrivals and risks? In view of this dramatic health crisis, state and local officials might want to reconsider their relentless commitment to the refugee resettlement program, and finally take advantage of the opportunity given to them by President Trump to have a say in the number of refugees placed into their communities.

Nationalities and Processing Countries

The top-10 countries of origin for the refugees resettled from January 29, 2020 to March 18, 2020 are as follows (figures gathered from the U.S. Refugee Processing Center portal): Democratic Republic of Congo, 1,022; Ukraine, 580; Burma, 249; Afghanistan, 214; Iraq, 154; Russia, 138; Sudan, 91; Colombia, 78; Pakistan, 63; and Syria, 66.
Nineteen nationals from Iran were also resettled during this period, a country particularly affected by COVID-19. (See Table 1 for a full list of nationalities).
On February 29, President Trump expanded on an existing ban on travel from Iran in response to the coronavirus outbreak, stopping any foreign national who has visited that country within the last 14 days from entering the United States. Yet Iranian refugees and others from regions of turmoil and insecurity are still being admitted.
It is true that refugees being resettled are usually processed in their countries of first asylum and not in their home countries, but refugees are known to seek refuge in countries neighboring their own.
The top-10 processing countries of refugees admitted in the United States from October 1, 2019, through February 29, 2020 (the only data available on the Refugee Processing Center portal for that period) were: Ukraine, 1,307 refugees; Malaysia, 606; Turkey, 493; Rwanda, 379; Thailand, 374; Tanzania, 372; Burundi, 331; Moldova, 280; Uganda, 195; and Ethiopia, 168.
Also, it is hard to determine when these refugees were in their home country last or whether or not they came into contact with any of their compatriots who were. As the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees underlined recently: "If ever we needed reminding that we live in an interconnected world, the novel coronavirus has brought that home. ... People on the move, including refugees, may be particularly targeted." (Emphasis added.) Speaking to NBC News on March 19, aid agencies warned of the risks a coronavirus outbreak poses to "refugees around the world who often live in cramped conditions, lack access to clean water and are in countries with failing or stretched medical systems." (Emphasis added.) Humanitarian workers concluded: "[I]n the absence of extensive testing at refugee camps in the Middle East, Africa or Asia, it's unclear whether the fast-moving virus has already reached them." (Emphasis added.)
Yet, refugees who could be "particularly targeted", according to refugee experts, were still being placed in American communities.

State Placement and State and Local Involvement (or Lack Thereof)

The top-10 states where refugees were resettled from January 29, 2020 to March 18, 2020, according to the official U.S. government Refugee Processing Center portal are as follows: California, 341; Washington, 274; Texas, 207; New York, 201; Kentucky, 155; Ohio, 148; Michigan, 118; Illinois, 113; Pennsylvania, 106; and Arizona, 95.
See Table 2 for a detailed placement count by state. It is important, in view of the exceptional health hazards, to know exactly who was resettled where.
This might give state governors and local officials food for thought. Despite President Trump's Executive Order on Enhancing State and Local Involvement in Refugee Resettlement giving state and local governments the possibility to opt out of the refugee resettlement program altogether (which was later blocked by a Maryland judge), a large number of governors (including Republicans) expressed their commitment to resettling refugees in their communities. Only Governor Greg Abbott of Texas announced that his state would not be participating in the refugee resettlement program in FY 2020 (207 refugees were resettled in Texas from January 29 through March 18). State governors encouraged by lower admission numbers (FY 2020 ceiling of 18,000 is down from the FY 2019 ceiling of 30,000) possibly thought it did not really matter. As my colleague Mark Krikorian noted in January, "Because there are so few new refugees being admitted, it's a lot less politically risky to agree to take them." But as we are sadly learning today, it's not about the numbers — one person could suffice for the virus to spread.

Refugee Resettlement Program Suspended too Late?

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and IOM, the International Organization for Migration, announced on March 17, the temporary suspension of resettlement travel for refugees in view of the COVID-19 global health crisis. IOM and UNHCR explained the suspension were to "begin to take effect within the next few days as the two agencies attempt to bring those refugees who have already cleared all formalities to their intended destinations."
The U.S. refugee resettlement program might be finally shutting down — the two Syrian refugees admitted on March 19 might be the last ones resettled for a while. But at what cost?
While the president, state governors, and health care experts are shutting U.S. borders and asking Americans to stay home, restrict their travels, close their businesses, restaurants, bars, and schools, and even refrain from visiting their elderly — all this at enormous emotional and financial cost — refugees from high-risk areas are being admitted into their communities. Why?
The responsible thing to do now is follow up with each and every refugee who was resettled during that period to make sure they, and the communities they were welcomed into, are and remain safe and healthy.
Governors and local officials need to make sure of that.

Table 1. From January 29
through March 18, 2020, the
United States resettled 3,037

Central African Republic30
Dem. Rep. Congo1,022
El Salvador23
Ivory Coast2
Korea, North1
South Sudan, Republic of13
Sri Lanka8

Table 2. From January 29
through March 18, 2020, 3,037
refugees were placed in the
following states:

New Hampshire2
New Jersey33
New Mexico13
New York201
North Carolina90
North Dakota9
Rhode Island12
South Carolina22
South Dakota9

Source: Refugee Processing Center portal.
For resettlement data by city, see here.