Immigration

Trump ramps up rhetoric: Dems want 'illegal immigrants' to 'infest our country'

President Donald Trump amplified his heated immigration rhetoric on Tuesday, accusing Democrats of wanting “illegal immigrants … to pour into and infest our country,” language evoking images of pests, not human beings.
Trump ramps up rhetoric: Dems want ‘illegal immigrants’ to 'infest our country’

it’s really hard to believe the “animals” comment was just about MS-13 when he keeps using terms like “infest” and “breed” when talking about immigrants.

The border crisis is a reminder that Trump has no idea what he’s doingSo you get instead what he’s...

The border crisis is a reminder that Trump has no idea what he’s doing

So you get instead what he’s delivered over the past two weeks — aggressive hostage-taking, lying, trolling, chaos, dissembling, and cruelty — none of which is going to advance Trump’s legislative goals or address the underlying issue of the northward flow of asylum seekers. Even the executive order he signed on Wednesday raises more questions than it will probably solve.

via The border crisis is a reminder that Trump has no idea what he’s doing

MS-13 Gang Leader Getting Some Pretty Great Ideas From Watching ICE Work

SAN SALVADOR, EL SALVADOR—Praising U.S. law enforcement officials for the unfettered cruelty they have unleashed along the Mexican border, MS-13 gang leader Edwin Manica Flores admitted Tuesday that observing ICE’s work in recent weeks has provided him with quite a bit of inspiration. “Serious…
MS-13 Gang Leader Getting Some Pretty Great Ideas From Watching ICE Work

“we would have never thought of keeping kids in a cage like that—in fact, that’s kind of off-limits for us—but you can’t deny the genius behind it”

Trump's executive order only protects against family separation for 20 daysThough President...

Trump’s executive order only protects against family separation for 20 days

Though President Trump declared that the executive order he signed Wednesday would “solve” the problem of family separation while parents are prosecuted for illegal border crossing, the order is really only good for 20 days, CBS News’ Paula Reid reports, citing a source familiar with the drafting o

via Trump’s executive order only protects against family separation for 20 days

He’s fishing for the level of cruelty people are willing to look past.

Trump aide Stephen Miller, meet your great-grandfather, who flunked his naturalization testEshman...

Trump aide Stephen Miller, meet your great-grandfather, who flunked his naturalization test

Eshman went on to pose, and then refute, what has become the most familiar objection to these stories, writing: “But it’s different now, you say. Miller’s forebears came here legally…” It is an argument that Megan Smolenyak, a former chief family historian and spokesperson for Ancestry.

via Trump aide Stephen Miller, meet your great-grandfather, who flunked his naturalization test

How Trump Came to Enforce a Practice of Separating Migrant Families

Inside the Trump administration, there is unease about the tactic, but immigration hard-liners like Stephen Miller never gave up on it after the idea was dropped early in Mr. Trump’s term.
How Trump Came to Enforce a Practice of Separating Migrant Families

there is no grand principal here, it’s just sadism. and make no mistake about it, the base supports this. they want the cruelty. they want callous mistreatment.

Manchin becomes final Democrat to back bill preventing separation of immigrant families

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said on Monday that he will back legislation to prevent the separation of immigrant families along the border, solidifying Democratic support for the bill.
Manchin becomes final Democrat to back bill preventing separation of immigrant families

100% of Democrats, 0% of Republicans. This isn’t Trumpism, this is the Republicans.

‘This Is Not America’: Outrage Spreads Over Trump Mural At Migrant Children Facility

Lawmakers, advocates and journalists are outraged at the the mural of President Donald Trump at a holding center for migrant…
‘This Is Not America’: Outrage Spreads Over Trump Mural At Migrant Children Facility

it didn’t take long to go from “liberals are overreacting” to murals of dear leader’s quotes in dentention centers where kids taken from thier families are kept in cages.

Study: overhyped media narratives about America’s fading white majority fuel anxiety


The very same census report projects that as far out as 2060, 68.5 percent of the population will be white. It’s just that a reasonably large share of the white population will be partially descended from Latin American immigrants. A further 6.2 percent of the population will belong to “two or more races,” with a large share of those likely identifying at least in part as white. The difference here is between an exclusive and inclusive definition of whiteness.
via Study: overhyped media narratives about America’s fading white majority fuel anxiety
There was a time when those who were Irish, Italian and Slavic were not considered white. This is in keeping with American traditions in letting people be white over time.

Column: If Trump revokes DACA, it will create a humanitarian crisis

Column: If Trump revokes DACA, it will create a humanitarian crisis:

The parents of these children brought them here to give them better lives. The children didn’t knowingly break any laws. These Dreamers grew up as Americans, believing they were entitled to the same rights and freedoms as their friends were. Yet when they became old enough to work or to go to college, they learned that there are limits on where they can study and what they can do. They had to live as second-class citizens—in the shadows of society.

This isn’t protecting the borders. This is punitive action against immigrants.

Donald Trump says illegal immigration is at a record high. He's wrong

Donald Trump says illegal immigration is at a record high. He's wrong:

According to recent estimates by the Center for Migration Studies, the number of immigrants living in the country without authorization has fallen to the lowest level since 2003, thanks in part to a major buildup of border security started by President George W. Bush and continued by President Obama.

The decrease among Mexicans has been particularly stark, with net migration of Mexicans to the U.S. falling to lows not seen since the 1940s, according to Pew Research Center.

Which all begs a question: Why has Trump focused on illegal immigration now, given that it’s a less significant phenomenon than it was in the past?

It’s possible that he just doesn’t know and it doesn’t occur to him to ask.

One of Trump’s defining features is that he thinks he is right about everything all the time and never considers that he might be wrong. When reality doesn’t line up with his beliefs he attacks the messenger as being politically correct or a lightweight or for the way they talk or look.

Why Do We Admire Mobsters?

even as late as the nineteen-twenties, Italians and Italian-Americans were often considered “other” by much of the rest of the country. In fact, many people subscribed to what criminologists call the alien conspiracy theory of organized crime—the idea, as Finckenauer puts it, that “Southern Italians came to us with evil intent to create criminal enterprise on our shores.” (Today, Donald Trump advances a similar theory about immigrants from south of the border.)

(via Why Do We Admire Mobsters? - The New Yorker)

Worth a read.

George Will Shocks Fox News Panel: Tell Child Refugees 'Welcome To America'

George Will Shocks Fox News Panel: Tell Child Refugees 'Welcome To America':

"We ought to say to these children, ‘Welcome to America, you’re going to go to school, and get a job, and become American,’" Will suggested. "We have 3,141 counties in this country. That would be 20 per county."

Will explained. “We’ve handled what [American poet] Emma Lazarus called the ‘wretched refuse of your teeming shore’ a long time ago, and a lot more people than this.”

I don’t alway agree with him, but he is right here. The idea that there exists some subset of people who can not become American is contrary to all the historical evidence. Those kids will make it.

we have turned good workers into criminals and turned criminals into bad workers

Jose Ranye, 37, bragged he's the best picker in Americus, the largest community near the farm. His whirling hands filled one bucket in 25 seconds. He said he dumped about 200 buckets of cucumbers before lunch, meaning he earned roughly $20 an hour. He expected to double his tickets before the end of the day.

None of the probationers could keep pace. Pay records showed the best filled only 134 buckets a day, and some as little as 20. They lingered at the water cooler behind the truck, sat on overturned red buckets for smoke breaks and stopped working to take cell phone calls.

In short, we have turned good workers into criminals and turned criminals into bad workers, losing on both ends of the deal. Incredible.


From The fruits of immigration


The disaster that is Georgia’s immigration laws. Can we reconsider guest worker visas now?

France's Integrating Muslims

The birthrate of Muslims in France is also converging on the mean. It’s been falling since the early-1980s and now stands at 2.5 versus 2.0 (interestingly the birthrate in the Maghreb is 1.8). In the next few decades France’s Muslim population will grow to be a larger minority, but nevertheless still a small one.

Increasingly Islamic traditions are being frenchified: weddings in mosques where the bride wears white, carries a bouquet and holds hands with the groom. One French academic calls this process formatage: the creation of a new sub-culture, both French and Islamic.

More here France’s Integrating Muslims

As the child of immigrants I find this totally expected.

The Burger King and The Tomato Serfs

In 2005, Florida tomato pickers gained their first significant pay raise since the late 1970s when Taco Bell ended a consumer boycott by agreeing to pay an extra penny per pound for its tomatoes, with the extra cent going directly to the farm workers. Last April, McDonald's agreed to a similar arrangement, increasing the wages of its tomato pickers to about 77 cents per bucket. But Burger King, whose headquarters are in Florida, has adamantly refused to pay the extra penny - and its refusal has encouraged tomato growers to cancel the deals already struck with Taco Bell and McDonald's.
From NYT

When I read this some things popped out at me. Why fight this much for the extra penny, especially if all your major competitors would also pay that penny? And why would Burger King object to its competitors paying more for the same commodity they purchase? The one answer that I kept coming back to was that to pay that extra penny is to legitimize the consumer boycott that forced the buyers to pay that extra penny.

It is interesting to note that the workers didn’t strike. They didn’t sue. They didn’t form a union. They didn’t go begging for public money. They instead went to the market and used market forces to persuade the companies. And it worked. Perhaps too well.

To stretch the metaphor, the Burger King is not going to accept the terms of an economic Magna Carta from the Tomato Serfs without a fight.

Debate on How to Reshape Law Has Divided Republicans

Just as conservatives were declaring White House support for the controversial amendment, Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) stormed to the Senate floor to announce that new White House Chief of Staff Joshua B. Bolten had assured him that the president now opposed the measure in the name of preserving bipartisan backing. The plan was promptly defeated, and the delicate pro-reform coalition held. For now.
From WaPo

I’m guessing that when the GOP goes looking for a wedge issue they usually manage to pick one that doesn’t divide their own base to the extent that the immigration debate has. One other thought, at what point can we just start referring to the guest workers as serfs? Now that the GOP is on track with its plan to rewrite the tax code to establish a defacto hereditary monarchy; it was only a matter of time before they started working toward developing a native peasantry.

Why Does Jesus Have A Mexican First Name?

I was not aware of the Minutemen; initially I thought they were talking about the University of Massachusetts or something. These minutemen didn't have a whole hell of a lot in common with Paul Revere though.
From Stacynet

A funny yet well thought out article on the immigration, the Minute Men and uh…whitey.