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President Donald Trump’s Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have issued a final regulatory rule that bans convicted felons, gang members, and domestic abusers from securing asylum to remain in the United States.

The rule, DOJ and DHS officials announced this week, ensures that foreign nationals convicted of certain crimes are not allowed to obtain asylum in the U.S. The rule takes effect in about a month.

“To ensure that criminal aliens cannot obtain this discretionary benefit, the Attorney General and Secretary of Homeland Security have exercised their regulatory authority to limit eligibility for asylum for aliens who have engaged in specified categories of criminal behavior,” federal officials wrote in a news release.

The rule bans asylum for foreign nationals convicted of:

  • A felony under federal or state law
  • Alien smuggling or harboring
  • Illegal reentry
  • Criminal street gang activity
  • Drunk driving
  • Domestic abuse
  • Identity theft or using fraudulent identification
  • Possession or trafficking of drugs or drug paraphernalia

The tightening of asylum rules to close loopholes comes as Trump has implemented the highly effective “Remain in Mexico” policy that has drastically reduced fraud. Most recently, Trump imposed a Center for Disease Control (CDC) order that has allowed federal immigration officials to immediately return migrants arriving at the United States-Mexico to their native countries.

As of late June, about 95 percent of migrants were being instantly returned to their native countries following their arrival at the southern border thanks to the CDC order.

The reforms could all be undone with the election of Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden. The former vice president has suggested reinstating the Catch and Release program for border crossers and his unity platform with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) would free border crossers into the interior of the U.S. while they await asylum hearings.

Author: John Binder

Source: Breitbart: Trump Bans Convicted Felons, Gang Members from Securing Asylum in U.S.

President Trump is further reducing the inflow of refugees to the United States, cutting their resettlement by 80 percent compared to former President Obama’s last year in office.

This week, Trump announced that the fiscal year 2021 inflow of refugees will be capped at 15,000 admissions — a more than 16 percent reduction to this year’s cap and a more than 80 percent reduction compared to Obama-Biden era refugee levels.

The cap is merely a numerical limit and not a goal federal officials are supposed to reach.

Trump’s reduction is the lowest level of refugee resettlement since the program’s inception in 1980 and marks the fifth consecutive year that the president has cut the number.

Vital components of the program are currently making their way through the courts. Last year, Trump issued an executive order that allows states and localities to decide whether they want to resettle refugees in their communities.

The executive order immediately prompted the lawsuit, with three of the nine refugee contractors filing suit. In January, a federal judge blocked the order.

These nine refugee contractors — which have a monopoly over the program — have a vested interest in ensuring as many refugees are resettled across the U.S. as possible because their annual federally-funded budgets are contingent on the number of refugees they resettle.

Those refugee contractors include:

Church World Service (CWS), Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC), Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM), Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), International Rescue Committee (IRC), U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS), U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and World Relief Corporation (WR).

Over the last 19 years, more than 985,000 refugees have been admitted to the country. This is a number more than double that of residents living in Miami, Florida, and would be the equivalent of adding the population of Pensacola, Florida, to the country every year.

Refugee resettlement costs American taxpayers nearly $9 billion every five years, according to the latest research. Over the course of five years, an estimated 16 percent of all refugees admitted will need housing assistance paid for by taxpayers.

Author: John Binder

Source: Breitbart: Trump Further Reduces Obama’s Refugee Inflow to U.S. by 80 Percent

About 95 percent of border crossers apprehended by United States Border Patrol agents are being instantly deported to their native countries thanks to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Title 42 order.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Mark Morgan told lawmakers on Thursday that the CDC order, which gives federal immigration officials broad authority to immediately return border crossers over public health concerns, has been hugely beneficial in reducing illegal immigration. Morgan said:

Early on, after [the CDC] order, we saw those trying to illegally enter our country drop by more than 50 percent from our pre-COVID numbers. Rather than introducing the illegal aliens into our facilities, increasing the exposure risk to our workforce and our country, CBP because of this order is returning approximately 95 percent of those we encounter expeditiously to their country of last transit.

Morgan continued:

Can you imagine what we’d be going through right now if we were going through this pandemic this same time last year when our southwest border facilities were overwhelmed and overcrowded with families and children.

At the peak of illegal immigration levels in the two years, Morgan said the agency had more than 20,000 foreign nationals in their custody. Today, the number of foreign nationals in CBP custody on any given day has been cut down to 150 to 200 — a 900 percent reduction.

Likewise, Morgan said the total number of unaccompanied minors — who can be freed into the U.S. — crossing illegally has been reduced by about 70 percent.

In recent weeks, President Trump has implemented significant reforms to the nation’s immigration system to ensure that the more than 40 million unemployed or underemployed Americans are given priority for blue-collar and white-collar job openings.

Aside from the CDC order, Trump’s reforms have included suspending a series of foreign visa worker programs to reduce labor market competition against Americans, as well as regulatory changes to close outsourcing loopholes in the H-1B visa program and ending work permits for most border crossers claiming asylum.

The reforms are expected to free up nearly 600,000 U.S. jobs for Americans.

Author: John Binder

Source: Breitbart: DHS: 95 Percent of Border Crossers Instantly Deported Thanks to CDC’s Title 42 Order

The majority of voters in ten swing states say they want reductions to overall immigration while about 30 million Americans remain jobless.

A Zogby Analytics poll, commissioned by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), reveals overwhelming support President Trump would have among swing state voters if he expanded his executive order to further reduce the inflow of foreign workers to the U.S. labor market.

In Pennsylvania, 63.6 percent of voters said they strongly or somewhat support “reductions in the admission of new immigrants and foreign guest workers while unemployment rates remain at historic highs.”

Florida voters, by a majority of more than 6-in-10, said they too want to see less immigration, as well as nearly 60 percent of Georgia voters.

In Michigan, a key state for Trump in the 2020 presidential election, more than 59 percent of voters said they support measures to further reduce immigration. Nearly 60 percent of Arizona voters said the same.

Other vital swing states for Trump had similar takes on the issue. In Maine, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, and Wisconsin, a majority of 55.6 percent to 58.3 percent of voters said they want less immigration to the U.S.

“The polling shows clear public support for immigration policy steps that the Trump administration must take in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the resulting economic and unemployment crisis,” FAIR President Dan Stein said in a statement. He went on:

Voters in these key states agree that reductions in the admission of new immigrants and foreign workers are a prudent response to a crisis that has resulted in some 40 million Americans losing their jobs, and there is broad public support for these additional measures to be taken by the White House.

In all ten swing states, majorities from 77 to 85 percent said they support continuing Trump’s policy that has slowed immigration to the U.S. until thorough health screenings can be properly conducted.

Florida voters are especially supportive of limiting foreign travel to the U.S. in the midst of the Chinese coronavirus crisis with about 85 percent support. Voters in North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Arizona also support the policy by 80 to 83 percent.

The poll comes as Trump is rumored to expand his executive order to further reduce foreign competition against unemployed Americans in the labor market — a move supported by more than 30 college student groups, a series of grassroots American worker organizations, and Republican voters.

Longtime opponents of Trump’s “America First” agenda, such as the billionaire Koch network and the Chamber of Commerce, have asked that immigration be expanded despite mass unemployment.

Every year, the U.S. admits about 1.2 million legal immigrants on green cards to permanently resettle in the country. In addition, another 1.4 million foreign workers are admitted every year to take American jobs. Often, Americans are fired and replaced by foreign visa workers. Many are forced to train their foreign replacements.

Author: John Binder

Source: Breitbart: Poll: Swing State Voters Want Less Immigration amid Mass Unemployment

Billionaire Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, scolded a customer in an email for saying “all lives matter” and says he fully supports the Black Lives Matter movement.

In the midst of rioting over the death of George Floyd, Bezos posted to his Instagram account his response to a customer who expressed her opposition to the current banner on Amazon which reads “Black lives matter.”

“ALL LIVES MATTER!” the customer wrote in an email. “… if it wasn’t for all these lives providing their service to [you] and your company, where would Amazon be today?”

(Screenshot via Amazon.com)

In response, Bezos reaffirmed his support for the Black Lives Matter movement:

No, Macy, I have to disagree with you. ‘Black lives matter’ doesn’t mean other lives don’t matter. Black lives matter speaks to racism that Black people face in our law enforcement and justice system. I have a 20-year-old son, and I simply don’t worry that he might be choked to death while being detained one day. It’s not something I worry about. Black parents can’t say the same.

None of this is intended to dismiss or minimize the very real worries you or anyone else might have in their own life, but I want you to know I support this that we see happening all around us, and my stance won’t change.

The Black Lives Matter movement’s latest initiative includes lobbying cities and counties to defund their police and sheriff departments.

Bezos has continuously been accused of poor working conditions and exhaustive hours — especially in recent months during the Chinese coronavirus crisis. A lawsuit filed last week alleges that Amazon’s working New York City warehouse facility put workers in danger.

In April, Amazon fired whistleblower employee Chris Smalls, a black American, for speaking out about the danger he and his colleagues had allegedly been put in to continue fast-paced distribution in the middle of the coronavirus crisis.

Bezos has grown his net wealth by nearly $35 billion since last year.

Author: John Binder

Source: Breitbart: Jeff Bezos Scolds Amazon Customer for Saying ‘All Lives Matter’

On Wednesday, first lady Melania Trump was honored with the 2020 “Woman of Distinction” award from Palm Beach Atlantic University, thanking her parents for their “support and love.”

Mrs. Trump spoke to a crowd in Palm Beach to accept the Woman of Distinction award for her work in fighting opioid abuse and abusive social media behavior by children as part of her “Be Best” initiative.

To receive the award, Mrs. Trump thanked in particular her parents, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, for their commitment to her family.

“As a Palm Beach member of this beautiful community, it is especially meaningful to receive an award from a group that I respect and support,” Mrs. Trump said.

“I’d like to thank two special guests for joining me here today, my mother and father. Thank you both for the support and love throughout my life,” Mrs. Trump continued. “I will always be grateful for all that you have done for our family over the years. Thank you.”

(MICHELE EVE SANDBERG/AFP via Getty Images)
(MICHELE EVE SANDBERG/AFP via Getty Images)

Mrs. Trump also highlighted her work since launching the Be Best initiative, noting the strides she’s made in working with tech corporations to create healthy online environments for children and shedding a light on the opioid crisis.

Mrs. Trump said:

As the first lady of the United States, it is a great honor to serve the people of this incredible country. Two years ago, I launched Be Best, an initiative dedicated to ensuring that we as Americans are doing everything we can to take care of the next generation.

When we teach our children to cherish our values and care for each other, they are better prepared to carry on Americans’ legacy of compassion, service, and patriotism. It is our duty as parents and adults to ensure they have the best opportunities to live fulfilling, healthy, and successful lives.”

Mrs. Trump will join President Trump in India later this week on their first international trip in the new year.

Author: John Binder

Source: Breitbart: Watch: First Lady Melania Trump Receives ‘Woman of Distinction’ Award

Sen. Mitt Romney’s (R-UT) investment firm Bain Capital profited billions between 1992 and 1997 by collecting huge dividends for investors that eventually resulted in layoffs for thousands of American workers.

In 1984, Romney helped co-found Bain Capitol, which made a series of investments in small and medium-sized American companies, only to turn a profit for investors and leave American workers without a job.

Most prominent are five companies that Romney’s Bain Capital invested in, reaping a profit for himself and investors, and then left to bankruptcy, layoffs, and closure. AOL Finance reported in 2012 on the financial devastation that Romney’s Bain Capital put American workers through.

In 1992, Romney’s Bain Capital invested $5 million in American Pad & Paper and walked away with $100 million in dividends. Nearly 400 American workers in Marion, Indiana, were laid off in the process, and in 2000, the small company filed for bankruptcy.

“I really feel he didn’t care about the workers. It was all about profit before people,” a former worker at the plant, Randy Johnson, told People’s World in 2012.

Johnson said of the layoffs which began in the mid-1990s after AMPAD, acquired by Romney’s Bain Capital, bought the paper company:

They quickly fired every single employee. They walked the fired workers out of the building. Handing them applications as they left, telling the workers if they wanted to work for the new company, they were welcome to apply.

Similarly, Romney’s Bain Capital made an investment in Dade Behring, a manufacturing company that provided supplies for the medical diagnostics industry, of about $415 million in 1994. Romney secured $1.78 billion in dividends for investors while the company filed for bankruptcy and laid off 2,000 American workers in Deerfield, Illinois; Glasgow, Delaware; Westwood, Massachusetts; Miami, Florida; and Puerto Rico.

A number of former Dade Behring employees recalled to the New York Times how their lives were upended when their employers were acquired by Dade at the behest of Romney’s Bain Capital:

Cost-cutting became a mantra inside the company. After his employer, DuPont, was bought by Dade, William T. Mowrey, a field engineer, said his generous pension plan was replaced by a 401(k); his salary was cut by $1 an hour, costing him $2,000 a year in income. When he filed for overtime, he said, his new bosses refused to pay it. “They were just trying to milk as much out of us as they could,” he said. [Emphasis added]

Mr. Mowrey, now 54, quit. Many workers, like Mr. Shoemaker, the Dade employee in Westwood, and his wife, a temporary employee at the same plant, did not leave on their own terms. When they lost their jobs in 1997, they had to abandon plans to buy their first home together. “It created a lot of stress,” said Mr. Shoemaker, 59, who had earned more than $80,000 a year. [Emphasis added]

Romney’s Bain Capital also invested $47 million in the DDI Corporation in 1997 and profited nearly $90 million before the company filed for bankruptcy and laid off 2,100 American workers. In another case, Romney’s Bain Capital invested $60 million in GS International in 1993, securing $65 million in profits before the company went bankrupt in 2002 and laid off 750 American workers.

One of Romney’s most destructive investments for American workers came when Bain Capital purchased Stage Stores in the late 1980s with a $5 million investment before taking the company public in 1996.

In 2000, after Romney’s Bain Capital profited at least $184 million, Stage Stores went bankrupt and close to 6,000 American workers were laid off with more than 300 store locations closing. Almost all of Stage Stores closed in Indiana, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and some 50 stores closed across Texas.

Only after new management took over Stage Stores, long after Romney’s Bain Capital’s involvement, did the retail company begin growing again.

Author: John Binder

Source: Breitbart: Romney’s Bain Capital Profited Billions by Bankrupting American Workers

Union bosses, closely tied to the Democrat Party, say American union workers sticking with President Trump in 2020 and his economic nationalist agenda is “a serious problem” for them.

A report by the Wall Street Journal reveals how union bosses and Democrats are looking to peel off Trump’s support from American union workers who back his agenda, where most recently he has demanded multinational corporations move their production in China to the U.S.

The Journal reports:

“It’s a serious problem for us,” said Alan Netland, president of the North East Area Labor Council in Duluth, Minn., which represents 40,000 union members. “People may say, ‘I voted Republican and the world didn’t fall in, so maybe I better keep doing that.’” [Emphasis added]

Union officials, along with Democratic presidential candidates, are now trying to highlight what they see as a yawning gap between the president’s pro-worker rhetoric and his policies. [Emphasis added]

Democratic candidates have put appeals to working-class voters at the front of their campaigns. “I am a union man,” declared former Vice President Joe Biden, who leads in 2020 primary polls, during his campaign kickoff in Pennsylvania in May. [Emphasis added]

Vice President of the United Mine Workers of America in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, Chuck Knissel said based on the current 2020 Democrats running for president, it will be difficult to get union workers to vote for anyone other than Trump.

“It’s going to be tough to get our members to vote for a Democrat,” Knissel told the Journal.

In interviews with the Journal, union workers who supported Trump in 2016 said 2020 Democrats have “gone so far left” with positions such as forcing union workers off their current healthcare plans and onto Medicare, as well as their calls to eliminate the coal industry entirely and provide free taxpayer-funded healthcare to illegal aliens.

Some Democrat candidates, such as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), have been forced to shift their healthcare policy plans after union workers voiced opposition to the Medicare for All plan. Others, such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), have attempted to supplement their 2020 platforms with plans such as cracking down on corporations outsourcing American jobs — the agenda that Trump heralded in 2016.

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

Author: John Binder

Source: Breitbart: Union Bosses Fear Workers Will Stick with Trump: ‘It’s a Serious Problem’

White House senior adviser Stephen Miller says President Trump is currently reviewing “all legal options” to end the country’s birthright citizenship policy which has allowed millions of illegal aliens to secure American citizenship for their U.S.-born children.

Last week, Trump told the media is he “very seriously” looking at signing an executive order that will end birthright citizenship in the U.S., calling the policy “frankly ridiculous.”

During an interview with Fox News’ John Roberts, Miller said the White House is, in fact, reviewing “all legal options” to end birthright citizenship where an average of about 300,000 U.S.-born children of illegal aliens — often referred to as “anchor babies” — are born every year. According to the Fox News interview:

ROBERTS: The president indicated this the other day when he was leaving to get on Marine One. He said that he is looking at birthright citizenship — which is enshrined in the 14th Amendment. What are the plans for that? [Emphasis added]

MILLER: Well, I noticed that you worked in that it is “enshrined into the 14th Amendment.” Many constitutional scholars would wholeheartedly disagree with that. Most Americans think it is crazy that you can come across the border perhaps in your ninth month of pregnancy… [Emphasis added]

ROBERTS: That’s the argument, what do you plan to do about it?

MILLER: Well, we’re looking at all legal options. But I think the key point I want to leave you with today … is that many legal scholars believe that the phrase “subject to the jurisdiction thereof” makes clear it does not apply to people here on a temporary basis or here illegally. And so the point would be then, what can we as a government do to execute the president’s obligation to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” The Constitution, being the supreme law of the land, and so what is the correct interpretation of the 14th Amendment. That’s something we have to look at. [Emphasis added]

ROBERTS: So when do you plan to do this?

MILLER: I don’t have any news to make on that today, but I want to leave you with this: For years, Americans had politicians of both parties come and go and surrender their interests to foreign countries and foreign powers. This president, alone, has stood up and protected Americans’ interests, whether it is on trade, on immigration, or foreign policy. He’s ended decades of debacles to put the interests of U.S. citizens first and we should all celebrate that. [Emphasis added]

Miller’s statement comes nearly a year after Trump first promised that he was readying an executive order to end birthright citizenship, but the issue has been stalled since October 2018. To date, the U.S. Supreme Court has never explicitly ruled that the children of illegal aliens must be granted birthright citizenship, and many legal scholars dispute the idea.

The children of illegal aliens, after being granted birthright citizenship, are able to anchor their illegal alien and non-citizen parents in the U.S. and eventually are allowed to bring an unlimited number of foreign relatives to the country through the legal immigration process known as “chain migration.”

The U.S. is nearly alone in granting birthright citizenship to the children of foreign nationals and, specifically, illegal aliens. For example, the U.S. and Canada are the only two developed nations with birthright citizenship. On the other hand, countries such as France, the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Italy, and Germany all have either outlawed birthright citizenship or never had such a policy.

Today, there are at least 4.5 million anchor babies in the U.S., exceeding the annual roughly four million American babies born every year and costing American taxpayers about $2.4 billion every year to subsidize hospital costs. Every year, about 300,000 anchor babies are born in the country and as of June, there has been an average of about 124,000 anchor babies already born this year.

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

Author: John Binder

Source: Breitbart: Stephen Miller: Trump Exploring ‘All Legal Options’ to End ‘Crazy’ Anchor Baby Policy

After the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency raided multiple Mississippi food processing plants for hiring illegal alien workers, President Trump’s support among Hispanic voters has remained solid and a record total of black Americans now support him.

Last week, ICE agents conducted the largest workplace raid in more than a decade across seven food processing plants in Mississippi, netting the arrests of 680 illegal aliens. That same day, though, ICE officials said they released about 300 of the illegal workers back into the U.S. on “humanitarian grounds.” More than 200 of the illegal workers had prior criminal records.

The latest Zogby Analytics poll, conducted days after the highly-publicized ICE raids, finds that about 49 percent of Hispanic Americans approve of the job Trump is doing as president. Another 51 percent said they disapprove.

Meanwhile, Trump’s support among black Americans has surged. Nearly three-in-ten black Americans now say they support the job Trump is doing as president — the second consecutive poll showing over a quarter of black Americans support Trump. About seven-in-ten black Americans said they disapprove of Trump.

Since the raids, the food processing plants have been forced to hold job fairs in the area, potentially increasing wages and bettering working conditions to attract and compete for American workers rather than relying on an underclass of exploited illegal workers. One potential worker said the processing plant was offering $12 an hour, but he would like to negotiate a salary of $15 an hour.

The country’s importation of 1.5 million illegal and legal immigrants every year is particularly burdensome on working class minorities, newly arrived immigrants, and black Americans.

Every one percent increase in the immigrant composition of American workers’ occupations reduces their weekly wages by about 0.5 percent, researcher Steven Camarotta has found. This means the average native-born American worker today has his weekly wages reduced by perhaps 8.5 percent because of current legal immigration levels — not factoring in the wage depression caused by the roughly 7.5 million illegal aliens currently holding U.S. jobs.

The poll surveyed nearly 900 likely U.S. voters nationwide between August 9 and August 12, with a margin of error of +/- 3.3 percentage points.

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

Author: John Binder

Source: Breitbart: Poll: Half of Hispanic Americans Approve of Trump Following ICE Raids

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