Tag: Illegal Immigration

Cash Remittances to Mexico Set $26B Record in 2017

People sending remittances back to Mexico in 2017 broke an all time record of $26.1 Billion.

Mexico’s Central Bank Banxico showed 2017 to be a record-breaking year for remittances by Mexicans abroad. From January to November 2017, Mexicans sent $26,167,00,000, the highest figure to date.

In 2016, Mexicans set another record in remittances of $24.1 billion. Banxico reports that 97 percent of the funds sent to Mexico came through wire transfers.

Mexico’s second largest source of income was the export of oil for $18.5 billion in the first 10 months of 2017.

The record breaking was shown to be reflected by the weakening of the peso and an alleged threat by the Trump Administration to tax remittances.

The issue with remittances comes at a time when stark debates rage within DC on funding the $21.6 Billion Wall.

Taxing cash remittances and renegotiating the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has led to tension between U.S. and Mexico. As of December, the peso exchange rate fluctuated around $19.6 pesos per $1 USD.

The biggest problem some Americans have is that the remittances sent back to Mexico should be recirculated into the American economy and not sent abroad. Other Americans including the Trump administration believe these remittances should be taxed at the very least.

What are your thoughts?

California officially became first Sanctuary State January 1st

California officially became America’s first “sanctuary state” Monday, as a bill Governor Jerry Brown signed into law took effect.

The law stops police in the nation’s most populous state from asking people about their immigration status or participating in federal immigration enforcement activities in most cases, Fox News reported.

California is home to an estimated 2.3 million illegal immigrants but some experts say way more exist.

“These are uncertain times for undocumented Californians and their families, and this bill strikes a balance that will protect public safety, while bringing a measure of comfort to those families who are now living in fear everyday,” Brown said on the day he signed the bill.

But the measure has drawn a rebuttal from an unidentified source, as signs mocking the law have appeared below the “Welcome to California” signs that greet motorists as they enter from Arizona and Nevada.

“OFFICIAL SANCTUARY STATE,” the signs declare. “Felons, Illegals and MS13 Welcome! Democrats Need The Votes!”

California passed the bill just as President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions we’re pledging to crack down on sanctuary cities that refuse to follow Federal immigration law and cooperate with ICE.

President Trump repeatedly pointed to the case of Kate Steinle, a woman who was fatally shot July 1, 2015, on a San Francisco pier by an illegal immigrant. The defendant went on trial for murder, but was acquitted in November 2017.

“No wonder the people of our Country are so angry with Illegal Immigration,” the president tweeted after the verdict, which he labeled “disgraceful.”

Other members of the Trump administration spoke out against the California proposal.

“The bill risks the safety of good law enforcement officers and the safety of the neighborhoods that need their protection the most,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in September, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Added Thomas Homan, acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement: “By passing this bill, California politicians have chosen to prioritize politics over public safety.

“Disturbingly, the legislation serves to codify a dangerous policy that deliberately obstructs our country’s immigration laws and shelters serious criminal alien offenders,” Homan’s statement continued.

Prior to Brown’s approval, California’s Legislature passed the measure in September.

Gov. Jerry Brown hands out more Pardons to criminal illegals as act of “Mercy”

Gov. Jerry Brown handed out pardons Saturday to two illegal aliens who were on the verge of being deported for committing crimes while in the U.S.

Brown characterized the pardons as acts of mercy, according to an article on Saturday in the Sacramento Bee.

With the pardons, the reason for deportation may be eliminated, lawyer Kevin Lo of Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus, which represented some of the men in a recent class-action lawsuit, said in the Bee. The pardoned aliens will still need to ask immigration courts to reopen their cases, he said.

In all, Brown pardoned 132 people for mostly nonviolent and drug-related crimes, and commuted the sentences of 19 others, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Since returning to office in 2011, he has handed down a modern-era record 1,059 pardons, along with 37 commutations, far more than the 404 pardons and one commutation he made over his first two terms as governor, from 1975 to 1983.

Brown’s pardons involved two Northern California Cambodian men picked up in October in immigration sweeps, Mony Neth of Modesto and Rottanak Kong of Davis.

Kong was convicted on felony joyriding in 2003 in Stanislaus County at age 25 and sentenced to a year in jail. Neth was convicted on a felony weapons charge with a gang enhancement and a misdemeanor charge of receiving stolen property with a value of $400 or less in 1995 in Stanislaus County, The Bee said.

But California gave Neth another gift in 2014 with Proposition 47, the voter-approved ballot initiative that allowed some felony crimes to be reclassified as misdemeanors. Early this month, a court changed Neth’s firearm count to a lesser charge under those guidelines – another step toward restoring his legal status.

Brown last defied the White House in October by signing into law so-called “sanctuary state” legislation, placing limitations on state and local law enforcement’s ability to help federal officials enforce immigration violations.

ICE director says Border Crossings at 45 Year Low because Trump allows them to do their job

The Director of ICE said people coming into the United Stated illegally are at a 45-year low because President Donald Trump has taken border security seriously.

According to numbers from ICE, federal immigration authorities deported fewer illegal immigrants in 2017 than in 2016, even as they arrested far more people suspected of being in the United States illegally.

ICE removed approximately 226,000 people from the country in the 2017 fiscal year, which ended on September 30, down six percent from 2016.

During the same time period, the agency arrested more than 110,000 people, a 42 percent increase over the prior year.

“Under this president, who’s now letting us do our job and taking the handcuffs off the men and women of the Border Patrol and ICE, arrests are up,” Homan said on “America’s Newsroom.” “The overall removals are down because the Border Patrol has reported a 45-year low in illegal border crossings.”

He said that number dropped dramatically because Trump has taken border security seriously.

“That’s why overall deportations are down,” Homan said. “However, if you look at ICE deportations, people that are arrested in the interior and were removed, those numbers are up almost 40 percent.”

Breaking New Study Reveals DACA Amnesty would trigger a tidal wave of Foreign Nationals 

New study reveals that Amnesty for 800,000 illegal aliens protected by an Obama amnesty program would trigger a never ending flood of chain migration starting with at least 1.4 million foreign nationals coming to the United States.

  

In new research from the Center for Immigration Studies the Director of Policy Jessica Vaughan found that hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program would be given amnesty and would bring in at least 1.4 million immigrants to the U.S. through chain migration.

The current U.S. legal immigration system is mostly run off chain migration, where legal immigrants and newly naturalized citizens sponsor foreign family members to bring them to the U.S.

Director Vaughan and researcher Preston Huennekens found that for the past 35 years, family-based chain migration has been the main source of legal immigration to the U.S.

“We found that over this 35-year period chain migration has always been a major share of total immigration, and averages out to about 60 percent of total immigration,” Vaughan stated. “Out of a total of nearly 33 million immigrants admitted between 1981 and 2016, more than 20 million were chain migration immigrants (61 percent).”

Under amnesty of DACA recipients, Vaughan’s research found that the nearly 800,000 illegal aliens would be able to immediately begin bringing in relatives within five years after the amnesty. Once those chain migrants come to the U.S., they too can then begin sponsoring more foreign family members after receiving a Green Card and U.S. citizenship.

Vaughan’s research found that even illegal alien siblings of DACA recipients, under an amnesty, could eventually become U.S. citizens.

“The illegally present siblings of naturalized DACA beneficiaries also could be sponsored for green cards,” Vaughan noted in the memo. “Under the current system, they would face an extended waiting list, likely 20 years or more, depending on their country of citizenship. In addition, they would be subject to the bar on admission after illegal presence, but potentially could find the same ways to get around it as the parents.”

Research on chain migration by Princeton University researchers Stacie Carr and Marta Tienda brings chain migration totals under a DACA amnesty to much higher levels.

Based Princeton research, the 618,342 illegal aliens from Mexico who are covered by DACA would be able to bring more than four million additional relatives and family members to the U.S. in the following years.

If the remaining estimated 180,000 DACA recipients brought in three family members each after being amnestied, it would result in an additional 540,000 immigrants. If the remaining 180,000 DACA recipients bring four family members each to the U.S., it would result in more than 700,000 new immigrants.

But if the remaining roughly 180,000 DACA recipients were to bring the same number of family members as Mexican DACA recipients are expected to bring to the U.S., it would result in nearly 1.2 million more legal family-based immigrants coming to the country.

Vaughan’s breaking research exposed the impact that the RAISE Act would have on chain migration. With the RAISE Act endorsed by President Trump, legal immigration would be cut in half to benefit U.S. workers, while also turning the current legal immigration system into one where only high skilled immigrants who meet specific “merit-based” requirements are able to obtain Green Cards.

“If the RAISE Act becomes law, it would reduce the chain migration impact of a DACA amnesty,” Vaughan concludes. “The siblings of DACA amnesty beneficiaries would no longer qualify for green cards based on their family relationship, but some might qualify under the merit category, particularly any who have attended college here.”

“The admission of the DACA parents would not likely be affected in a significant way,” Vaughan says. “Presumably these parents would be able to qualify for the long-term residency visas as easily as they qualify for green cards under the present system. They will not be able to work legally, but that is unlikely to be a deterrent to their application. Many are working here illegally already and probably would continue doing so. Others are at or approaching retirement age and might drop out of the workforce. However, under the RAISE Act provisions, the sponsored parents would not be able to sponsor additional family members, as they would not have green cards or a path to citizenship, except through the merit category.”

Vaughan recommended that Congress “eliminate entire categories of immigrant visas and green cards that are now reserved for the extended family members of prior immigrants (siblings and adult sons and daughters), and thus facilitate chain migration.” To stop the never ending chain migration that the DACA amnesty would cause. 

These two categories amount to 85,000 legal immigrants entering the U.S. every year, or roughly 8.5 percent of all legal immigration.

Vaughan also recommended eliminating the visa lottery, where 50,000 legal immigrants are allowed to enter the U.S. every year. By eliminating all of these family-based immigration categories, Vaughan concluded that it would cut legal immigration by over 13 percent.

As we go forward, fighting the battle to save and restore the Patriotism of our Great Country. Remember that mass immigration, both legal and illegal, is diluting our American culture with people who, for the most part, have no plans of Americanizing or Assimilating. Giving us what we have here today, a society and culture that is on the brink of destruction. With millions of migrants both legal and illegal pouring in who do not wish to respect our Flag, our Country, our Constitution or our Laws. Passing on the same sentiment to their Children and their children after that. Resulting in an America quite different than that in which our forefathers had envisioned and one in which Millions have died for to protect.
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