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Latest Edition 4/12/19
The heart of our immigration crisis and how to kill it
There is no mention of immigration in the United States Constitution or in any of its 28 Amendments. However, U.S. Immigration Law has been around in one form or another for more than 100 years. The basis of our current immigration law is the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) of 1952: The McCarran-Walters Act. It deals with all types of immigration matters: legal, illegal, immigrant quotas, and many other issues including the acceptance of refugees and asylum seekers.
Although the INA of 1952 has been amended nine times, it still remains the foundation of how we deal with Immigration. It is contained under Title 8 U.S. Code - IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY. The part of this U.S. code that is most important in understanding how the nation deals with refugees and asylum seekers is Chapter 12, Subchapter II, Part 1, and 8 U.S. Code §1158 covering Asylum.
While our immigration law involving the naturalization process is well defined, its implementation is slow, tedious and expensive. However, naturalization has nowhere near the problems encountered in administering the asylum process.
The difference between refugees and asylum seekers. Many people think the two are the same. Not true. There is an important difference: Refugees are foreigners living outside the U.S. who wish to gain admission through the United Nation’s program of resettling refugees. The UN High Commission on Refugees decides who are bona fide refugees and then negotiates with the United States to offer them lawful admission. In the case of asylum seekers, they are already at our border or have illegally crossed our border, and then have applied for protection from what they say is persecution in their home countries.
Although the flow of refugees is controlled by both ours’ and established international laws, asylum seekers are totally uncontrolled. They show up, unannounced and uninvited, at our borders to plead for asylum or have already invaded our country.
They are aided by unlawful decisions made by activist judges who have been pressured to do so by Democrat enemies of the Trump administration. They are also supported by precedents such as the Flores Settlement, a 20-year old court ruling that limits the amount of time a minor can be detained, and effectively limits the amount of time that a family can be detained together. Right now, that period of time is 20 days, after which parents and minors must be released into the general population of the United States. This effectively reinstates the old “Catch and Release” policy that President Trump has fought against with such vigor.
Consequently, tens of thousands of asylum seekers, whose right to obtain asylum has yet to be decided, have been given bus fare to reach a community where they can find shelter, employment, and all the other essentials of life…and at taxpayer expense.
With this going on, the rights of citizenship have been violated, and at a cost to us of more than $140 billion annually. This is wrong. It is a theft of public funds that is totally immoral and unsustainable. And it should not be permitted to continue.
The most important things 8 U.S. Code §1158 says about the right to asylum: Any alien who arrives at our border or who is present within our country, no matter how they arrived there, has the right to apply for asylum. The operative phrase is a “right to apply;” not a right to automatically obtain asylum status.
Children arriving at or in the United States either unaccompanied or with parents who can document their parenthood, may be admitted to apply for asylum regardless of the following exceptions:
Topping this list of exceptions is that aliens may be denied asylum if they want to enter, or have entered from, a country that is not their home country where they have been persecuted. If they have first crossed into a country that does not persecute them, and where they have been safe, even for a short period of time, they have no right to proceed into the United States. This exception, if implemented under the law, which is has not, would preclude the right of most migrants from the Northern Triangle nations—Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador—from rightfully seeking asylum in the U.S. They must seek asylum in Mexico.
The U.S. has an official agreement with Canada that asylum seekers trying to enter the U.S. from Canada must remain in Canada. Kris Kobach, President Trump’s new Immigration coordinator, notes that a similar formal agreement to prevent Central Americas from reaching the U.S. border can readily be struck with Mexico. Although Mexican authorities have, to some extent, provided this benefit to the U.S., Kobach thinks a written agreement is necessary. And we have the right and the power to pressure a formal agreement with Mexico.
Other exceptions include:
* An alien must be able to prove that an application for asylum has been filed within one year of reaching or arriving in the U.S.
* An application for asylum made by an alien, who has applied previously and been denied status, will automatically be denied again so long as the applicant’s circumstances have not changed.
* Aliens may also be denied asylum if they have been involved in inflicting persecution and/or unlawful punishment on others.
* They can also be denied if they have been convicted or suspected of serious crimes that would deem them to be a danger to the American public.
The burden of proving that an alien’s application for asylum is true rests upon the alien and on any corroborating evidence, if available, when supplied by verifiable witnesses.
Very important: No court shall have jurisdiction to review any determination of the U.S. Attorney General or the Secretary of Homeland Security regarding how they’ve used these exceptions to deny an alien’s application for asylum. Only the Secretary of Homeland Security or the Attorney General may grant asylum to an alien who has applied for it in accordance with the requirements and procedures established for this purpose.
8 U.S. Code §1158 reiterates, and thereby underscores the importance of the exception that says: Aliens may not be admitted for asylum if they were firmly resettled in another, safe country prior to arriving in the United States.
International law’s impact on U.S. asylum laws. Certain international agreements regarding refugees and asylum seekers have been accepted, in principle, by the U.S. One is a 1967 protocol on refugees. The other is a 1984 Convention Against Torture supporting the idea that refugees will not be sent back, against their will, to a country or territory where their life or freedom is in jeopardy.
Although America has abided by these agreements, they are not treaties ratified by Congress and, therefore not U.S. law. We have every right to change or modify our involvement with them, if they become unaffordable or burdensome and disruptive to the security and sovereignty of the nation. They are certainly not legally binding on the U.S., forcing us to maintain open borders allowing millions to come here to overwhelm our resources and obliterate the rights and safety of our citizens.
Three simple ways to end our asylum crises. As reported just days ago by Breitbart News and other conservative news sources, Former Kansas Secretary of State, Kris Kobach, who is now Trump’s immigration policy coordinator, says that the president “doesn’t need Congress to stem the tide of booming levels of illegal immigration at the United States-Mexico border.”
Kobach believes there are three steps DHS and the Trump administration can take immediately to “unilaterally end the expanded policy of Catch and Release — where more than 17,000 illegal border crossers were released into the interior of the U.S. over the last 12 days.”
One. The first step is to finalize a new regulation that DHS proposed back in September that would supersede the Flores Settlement, enabling us to detain, until their hearings, whole families together in appropriate facilities that would reduce the incentive to come here in the first place. Once they know they’re not going to be released after 20 days, and not be free to live anywhere in this country, they’ll know enough to stay home.
Two. The second step is to contain these alien families in the “multiple thousands, of trailers and mobile homes that we use for hurricane disasters,” and that are now being sold off at bargain prices. Using them to house asylum applicants creates comfortable processing centers where families can await their immigration hearings. An essential part of this step would be to deploy dozens more immigration judges to these centers to speed up hearings. Of course, those alien families who don’t want to wait detained in such facilities, can voluntarily opt to return to Mexico to be harbored by the Mexican government, or they can choose to go back to their home countries. Kobach’s plan would have a fleet of commercial aircraft available to carry them home.
Three. Kobach’s third step would be to get the Treasury Department to initiate a policy where asylees are not permitted to send remittances to relatives back in their home countries. Besides affecting people coming here from the Triangle Nations, this policy would deprive the Mexican government of more than $20 billion in new taxable capital sent home by Mexican aliens living here. This might pressure the Mexican government to sign a “safe third country” deal with us.
Asylum seekers or economic opportunists? It’s very clear from past experience in asylum hearings, that nearly 90 percent of petitioners are denied because their applications don’t meet asylum standards. And, in reality, they are merely economic migrants (opportunists) hoping to earn far more in the U.S. while also accepting a broad range of welfare benefits costing taxpayers billions and depressing wages for many American workers.
Kobach claims these three steps “would solve the crisis” … “You would see a dramatic drop in the number of people coming north…and these caravans coming to an end.”
Stopping the unlawful Immigration decisions of activist judges.
Just over a week ago, a Ninth Circuit judge ruled that the Trump administration could not bar immigrants who enter the country illegally from applying for asylum. Only days ago, another Ninth Circuit judge ordered that the president could not force asylum applicants to go to Mexico to await their hearing dates.
These rulings are unlawful for many reasons: Cliff Gilley, a Juris doctor, cum laude, from Seattle University and a spokesperson for Quora Inc., Mountainview, CA, observes: “All courts [circuits] have clearly-defined geographic jurisdictions, which is the maximum breadth of their ability to hear cases and for their opinions to be binding.” Quora Inc.is staffed by “knowledge” experts, many with the mission of helping people understand the “ins and outs” of our judicial system.
Essentially, the jurisdiction of the federal courts has been defined by the Constitution, congressional statutes, and decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court. Citing this broad legal base that defines jurisdiction, Gilley believes that federal circuit court decisions were envisioned to be binding only on the courts structured within each circuit and, consequently, would affect only the population residing within the court’s geographic jurisdiction. It’s very difficult to find anything written that would contradict Cliff Gilley’s contention.
Unconstitutional court rulings. And so, such opinions or decisions of federal courts--according to the Constitution, statutes and the Supreme Court—should not be forced on another federal circuit jurisdiction. Although the Ninth’s rulings can be “persuasive” or influential, they are not mandatory in other jurisdictions.
Since the Ninth Circuit’s decisions may only apply within its geographic jurisdiction, it would appear its rulings, that have been forced on the rest of the country, are unconstitutional.
For example, the Ninth Circuit’s decisions to overturn Trumps’ orders impacting control of immigration across our entire southern border would be “null and void” because its geographic jurisdiction covers only the border states of California and Arizona, but not New Mexico and Texas. These are within the jurisdiction of the 5th and the 10th federal circuit courts.
This abuse of power by the Ninth Circuit must be stopped quickly or else America’s chief executive will have no power to hold the “reins” of government and administer to the nation. This would make the executive branch of the federal government second to, and ranked below, the judicial branch…a situation flagrantly afoul of the Constitution of the United States.
There are 140 fewer employees on White House staff under Trump than under Obama at this point in their respective presidencies.
Thirty-nine fewer staffers are also dedicated to assisting The First Lady of the United States (FLOTUS). Currently, there are only five staffers dedicated to Melania Trump compared to forty-four staffers who served Queen Michelle Obama in 2009.
However, it's what the report said Trump did with this salary that has everyone talking. Instead of taking his salary, Trump donated all $400,000 to the Department of the Interior where it will be used for construction and repair needs at military cemeteries. That’s amazing. It's so great to have a president who loves our brave military men and women so much.
As you might have guessed: the administration’s announcement about employees and their salaries received virtually no attention in the liberal media.
Personal sacrifice needed to stop migrant invasions
It seems that every time President Trump decides to do something unconventional to stop the invasion of hundreds of thousands of migrants across our southern border, the Demon-Rats and their media slaves begin scare campaigns to set the public against the president.
When Trump decided to declare a national emergency to get money to build a wall, the Demon -Rats and their media boot-lickers (lets simply call them all the Deep State) shouted that he was violating Article One of the U.S. Constitution, misusing funds needed somewhere else, and creating a situation where some future Democrat president would use a national emergency to pass the “green new deal” into law. Ridiculous.
Just recently, when he said he’d close the border with Mexico as a last resort for ending Mexico’s support for migrant invaders by assisting them in crossing Mexico to overrun our country, the deep state unleashed a wave of messages telling Americans of all the Mexican fruits and vegetables and other products from that country that would no longer be available in the U.S. And they attempted to terrify business people about all the trade they’d lose with Mexico.
The deep state knows how very spoiled and selfish many Americans are when it comes to product availability and low prices. They want instant gratification that’s dirt cheap. Tell them that strawberries or tomatoes won’t be on store shelves for a time, or will cost a lot more when supplied from somewhere other than Mexico, and you’d think their life depended on these foods or perhaps on some seafood item caught by Mexicans off their coasts.
Rationing toughened America’s “greatest generation.” Few of us remember the stringent rationing of food items and many other products that was necessary to help win World War II. Our parents and grand-parents took that scarcity in stride, knowing it was vital to ensuring their freedom from terrible enemies. And none of them died because they were short of anything.
But today, too many of us are selfish and unwilling to sacrifice anything to protect the land of the free and the home of the brave. We understand that American lives may be lost in fighting for our freedom. But when it comes to some trivial thing we like to put on our dinner table, we won’t give it up without raising a big stink.
And what about American businesses that may suffer losses because they can no longer trade with Mexico? So what about them? Let them help themselves by finding new products to sell and new markets to serve. No one has guaranteed them a right to survive forever. No one ever quaranteed me the right to a job or permanent employment. No one has guaranteed that right to anybody.
So suck it up America! We need border protection whatever the cost. Get creative. Become inventive in solving your problems without the government having to guarantee you anything other than your natural, basic rights to life and liberty. In this day and age, as always, personal sacrifice must be accepted by everyone if America is to continue to exist.
President Trump, close the border for as long as needed. Courageous, selfless Americans will deal with the consequences.
The new Nancy Pelosi
House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, isn’t courageous or clever enough to curb Alexandria Ocasio Cortez’ asinine rants about a “Green New Deal,” and now her support for a radical Muslim congresswoman, Ilhan Omar, who repeatedly attacks Jewish-Americans and our government’s loyalty to Israel.
Pelosi’s so afraid AOC will take over leadership of the leftist, progressive wing of the Democrat party. She hasn’t got the guts to stand up against the growing stupidity and anti-semitism of her party’s socialist-driven freshman members. Legislative leaders like Pelosi, who won’t challenge dumb-ass ideas that threaten to become destructive laws--and their obvious hatred for Jews--are the “gifts that keep on giving” Donald Trump the power to storm into his second term as president.
Meantime, AOC, the “twitty,” former bartender from the Bronx who know far more about drink “mixology” than she knows about economics and good international relationships, has turned the Democrat Party into an evil, sick joke. Long live Alexandria Ocasio Cortez. And don’t you just love her lipstick that appears to be applied with a plasterer’s trowel. OMG…how could Democrats have sunk so low and become so brainless?
White House salaries:
Trump saves tax money;
Obama pissed it away~
It was revealed that, on Friday, February 15th, the Trump administration released their annual report to Congress on White House Office Personnel. It includes the name, status, salary and position title of all 377 White House employees.
The report also said that Trump decided not to take a dime of his salary; instead he donated it to an amazing patriotic cause.
The report also showed that President Trump is far better at saving money than Obama was. The total annual White House salaries under Trump are $35.8 million vs. $60.9 million under Obama, a savings of $25.1 million. Here are some other key...