CRS Report: Wages Declined As Immigration Surged Photo of Rachel Stoltzfoos

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Wages and share of income for the bottom 90 percent of American wage-earners declined over the past 40 years, as the foreign-born population increased dramatically, data requested by the Senate Judiciary Committee shows.

Since 1970, the foreign-born population of the U.S. increased 325 percent, the Congressional Research Service found, while wages for the bottom 90 percent of earners decreased by 8 percent and their share of income by 16 percent. (RELATED: Media Ignores Evidence Americans Want To Reduce Legal Immigration)

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker weathered sharp criticism from Democrats and some conservatives this week after saying immigration policy should put American workers first. (RELATED: Liberal Media CAN’T EVEN Over Walker’s Immigration Stance)

“In terms of legal immigration … it is a fundamentally lost issue by many in elected positions today, is what is this doing for American workers looking for jobs, what is this doing to wages,” he told Glenn Beck in an interview, reported by Breitbart News.

The CRS charted the correlation between wages and the number of foreign-born workers in the U.S. between 1945 and 2010. Before 1970, wages rose sharply as the number of foreign-born persons declined. But after 1970, that population increased dramatically as wages stagnated, increased slightly and then dropped.

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From 1945 to 1970 wages for the bottom 90 percent of earners increased by 82.5 percent, and their share of income rose slightly, while the foreign-born population in the U.S. fell by 11.2 percent to 9.7 million.

But between 1970 and 2013, the foreign-born population increased by 324.5 percent to 31.6 million people. At the same time wages fell by 7.9 percent and share of income by 15.5 percent to 53 percent of total income.

The foreign-born population will reach 51 million by 2023, which is the largest share of total population ever recorded in American history, the U.S. Census Bureau recently projected.


Nearly one in five U.S. residents will be an immigrant by 2060, largely because of legal immigration, not illegal immigration, a Center for Immigration Studies analysis of the Census data found. And immigrants will account for 82 percent of population growth in the U.S. from 2010 through 2060.

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Royal Navy’s HMS Bulwark to go after “criminal gangs”

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By Nick Squires, Catania and Barney Henderson

9:37PM BST 22 Apr 2015

European Union leaders meeting in Brussels on Thursday will consider launching a military operation against Libyan migrant traffickers, a draft statement seen by AFP showed on Wednesday night.

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On the eve of the emergency EU summit on migration in Brussels, Matteo Renzi, the Italian prime minister, said the country was “at war” with migrant traffickers, who are responsible for the deaths of as many as 1,000 migrants in the past week alone.

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David Cameron and other EU leaders will consider a commitment to “undertake systematic efforts to identify, capture and destroy vessels before they are used by traffickers,” the draft statement showed.

A diplomatic source told a news agency that the EU’s 28 member states were widely mobilised to approve the statement’s wording, reflecting a growing willingness to launch an operation to fight the traffickers.

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Roberta Pinotti, Italy’s defence minister, earlier said: “We know where the smugglers keep their boats, where they gather. The plans for military intervention are there.”

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Italy was prepared to lead a military intervention as long as it had the approval of the UN, she said.

“We think it’s the moment in which Europe decides, forcefully, to have an international police operation, which will undo this band of criminals,” she said.

Mr Cameron is reportedly considering deploying to the Mediterranean one of the Royal Navy’s biggest warships, HMS Bulwark, in an effort to “go after the criminal gangs”. The Ministry of Defence said that it was “looking at options”.

However, experts pointed out there could be major repercussions of any military intervention.

“They talk about capturing and destroying migrant boats, but presumably they will have people on-board, so they’re not going to just shoot them out of the water,” Matt Carr, the British author of Fortress Europe, a book on migration, told AFP.

“Others say the only way to stop them is to destroy all the boats in Libya, which is obviously nonsensical.” Alain Coldefy, a retired French admiral, said: “This problem is totally unsolvable with military means.”

Mr Renzi likened the human trafficking to the slave trade. “Fighting people trafficking means fighting the slave traders of the 21st century. It is not only a question of security and terrorism – it is about human dignity,” he told the Italian parliament in Rome.

The problem had to be tackled at its origins, with intense diplomatic efforts to solve conflicts in Africa and the Middle East, he added.

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Mapped: Migrant deaths attempting to reach Europe by sea since 2000

Mr Renzi urged the EU and the United Nations to establish migrant reception camps in countries such as Tunisia, Sudan and Niger, where their applications for refugee status would be assessed.

Those granted asylum would then be resettled in countries throughout the EU, including Britain.

Mr Cameron said on Wednesday night he was ready to commit British resources to a strengthened search and rescue operation in the Mediterranean.

“Let’s also go after effectively the modern slave traders,” the Prime Minister said. “Let’s also try and stabilise these countries – not just Libya but also Nigeria, Somalia, Eritrea, Ethiopia. It’s these unstable countries that people are coming from that’s part of the problem.”

It also emerged on Wednesday that the worst migrant boat sinking on record could have been even more deadly.

Survivors of Sunday’s disaster, in which a boat sank with more than 800 migrants locked inside the hold and lower deck, said that traffickers in Libya had initially tried to cram 1,200 people on board, but had to settle for the lower number when they realised the vessel was full to the limit.

“They wanted to put 1,200 people on the boat, they were shouting ‘hurry up’ and beating us to make us get on board. But in the end it was completely full and they stopped at 800 people,” a 16-year-old boy called Said from Somalia told Save the Children.

“It was so full we couldn’t even move. There was no food or water. The people that were put below were locked in.” He was one of just 28 survivors, including Africans and Bangladeshis, who lived to describe the horror of the unprecedented capsizing.

Italy has long argued that while migrants head for its shores because they are closest to North Africa, the issue of illegal immigration is a Europe-wide problem.

“Italy is like the front door in an apartment block – if the door is broken, then it will be a big problem for those on the floors above. Italy’s problem is also a problem for the rest of Europe,” Mauro Casinghini, a senior officer with the Order of Malta, a Catholic charity and humanitarian organisation, told The Telegraph.

“Until now, we have not seen adequate decisions being taken at the international and European level. There are plenty of leaders with good intentions and plans but nobody makes any decisions about how to stop the smuggling.”

In a fresh development it emerged that the EU is expected to ignore pleas to accommodate more migrants who succeed in crossing the Mediterranean, it was reported.

According to the Guardian only 5,000 places will be offered to those who survive the journey.

Nearly everyone who did reach Europe – 150,000 did succeed in making the crossing last year – will be sent back as soon as possible.

A new rapid return programme will be run by Frontex, the EU’s border agency.

In a draft statement the EU said it would more double the funding for the funding for the Triton and Poseidon units which are responsible for surveillance operations.

It will also begin working on a military operation to capture and destroy the ships which are being used to transport thousands of migrants across the Mediterranean.

This will disappoint humanitarian groups who had been calling for a search and rescue operation in the Mediterranean.

However the EU has identified taking on the people smugglers as its main task.

“Our immediate priority is to prevent more people dying at sea. We have therefore decided to strengthen our presence at sea, to fight the traffickers, to prevent illegal migration flows and to reinforce internal solidarity,” the draft statement said.

No place for asylum seekers: EU reportedly plans to kick out 29 of every 30 refugees

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The EU plans to allow only 5,000 refugees for resettlement by asylum seekers in response to the Mediterranean refugee crisis, reports the Guardian. Last year alone 150,000 people arrived in Southern Europe after surviving a trip across the sea.

The measure is part of a package that EU leaders are discussing in Brussels on Thursday. The British newspaper cites a confidential draft conclusion of the summit that outlines the union’s response to the inflow of illegal immigrants from North Africa and the Middle East.

The draft suggests “setting up a first voluntary pilot project on resettlement, offering at least 5,000 places to persons qualifying for protection.” That would be one 30th of the number of immigrants who reached Europe in 2014. This year more than 36,000 of them have arrived in countries like Italy, Malta and Greece, the newspaper notes.

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While allowing the few lucky ones in, the EU plans to aid southern European countries establish a system to fast-track asylum seekers. Emergency teems would be deployed to Italy to help register, fingerprint and process applications – so that the bulk of the refugees could be swiftly sent back to their countries of origin. The program is coordinated by EU’s border agency, Frontex.

Aid would also go to Tunisia, Egypt, Sudan, Mali and Niger to help them better monitor their land borders and intercept would-be refugees before they reach the Mediterranean coast.

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Earlier on Monday EU foreign and interior ministers agreed to double the funding of Operation Triton and Operation Poseidon, the naval border monitoring operations near the Italian coast. They were introduced to replace Italy’s own much more expensive Mare Nostrum operation, which was scrapped last year amid Rome’s complaints that other EU members would not share its burden with Italy.

Unlike Mare Nostrum, EU’s operations are not focused on search and rescue and will not be in the years to come. Instead the EU plans to identify, seize and destroy trafficker ships before they load refugees on board and send them on potentially deadly trips to Europe.

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“Triton cannot be a search-and-rescue operation. I mean, in our operational plan, we cannot have provisions for proactive search-and-rescue action. This is not in Frontex’s mandate, and this is, in my understanding, not in the mandate of the European Union,” the agency’s head Fabrice Leggeri said on the eve of the summit.

Since the change introduced in EU’s response to Mediterranean refugees some 1,500 people are estimated to have drowned in attempts to cross the sea. The bulk of that number comes from last weekend’s wreck of a ship near Libyan coast, which is thought to have been carrying some 900 refugees.

While it was continuing in 2014, the Italian Navy’s Mare Nostrum operation rescued over 166,000 people. Critics argued that rescuing the refugees was a ‘pull factor’ that encouraged more of them to take the perilous journey and ultimately leading to a larger number of deaths.


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Obama continues to fight to push through an executive order to shield illegal immigrants from deportation

Cameras placed along Texas’ 1,200-mile border with Mexico have captured the stream of illegal immigrants sneaking into the country on a daily basis. 

The network of more than 1,000 motion detectors, similar to those used to film wildlife, have been placed strategically in areas that have not been secured – where Mexican citizens can cross and evade capture with ease.

They helped border guards apprehend nearly 30,000 suspects and led to 88,400 pounds of drugs being seized in 2014 as part of Operation Drawbridge.

The system has also had a significant impact on Mexican cartels and their ability to smuggle narcotics, people and stolen vehicles between the two countries.

The startling images have been revealed as President Obama continues to fight to push through an executive order to shield illegal immigrants from deportation. 

Earlier this month a federal judge in Texas refused to lift a temporary block on a White House immigration plan.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the ‘sophisticated’ cameras are stationed on ranches and farms on the border. 

The turn on when movement is detected and are monitored in real-time, around-the-clock by a number of agencies.

If they think suspicious activity is taking place, they alert law enforcement in a bid to get them to cut them off.  

Steven McCraw, the director of the agency, said: ‘Every day, sheriff’s deputies, police officers, Border Patrol agents and state law enforcement officers in the Texas border region risk their lives to protect Texas and the entire nation from Mexican cartels and transnational crime.

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‘This innovative use of technology has proven to be a force multiplier in detecting the smuggling attempts along the border, which is critical to interdicting criminal activity occurring between the ports of entry.

‘Any time law enforcement interdicts a smuggling attempt, we consider it a significant gain in the fight against the cartels and their operatives.

‘The collaborative law enforcement efforts of Operation Drawbridge have bolstered our ability to combat the exploitation of our border by these ruthless criminals.’

In March it was revealed more immigrants are choosing more remote and dangerous crossing points to make it to the United States.

The Border Patrol has responded by expanding its search-and-rescue teams to monitor the area, as a growing number of bodies of suspected illegal immigrants are being found. 

Many of the bodies are being discovered just southwest of Mission, Texas, where the fire department’s dive-and-rescue team has had a busy winter. In January and February alone, it recovered at least six bodies in the murky canals. 

In February, governor Greg Abbot claimed that had 20,000 illegal immigrants had already entered the country since the start of the year. 

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Some carry guns as they try to cross the border, but agencies have been able to seize larger numbers of the weapons following the installation of the cameras 

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They helped border guards apprehend nearly 30,000 suspects and have led to 88,400 pounds of drugs being seized in 2014 as part of Operation Drawbridge. These two suspects were detained after they were found carrying 260lbs of marijuana across the border 

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A man is seen here jumping off the back of a truck with 208lbs of marijuana stashed on the back 

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A group of 17 ‘IAs’ were apprehended after this truck was spotted driving along a dirt road across the border 

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A group of suspected illegal immigrants crawl under a fence as they attempt to make their way into Texas 

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Now Boarding: Empty Immigration Flights Cost US Taxpayers Millions


United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement has wasted tens of millions of dollars deporting illegal immigrants on expensive, but mostly empty, charter flights, according to federal auditors.

ICE has squandered up to $41 million through poor logistical planning for deportation flights, according to a recent review by the Department of Homeland Security inspector general’s office.

A migrant jumps to cross the U.S. Mexico border fence in Tijuana, Mexico, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008.

According to an April 9 report titled “ICE Air Transportation of Detainees Could Be More Effective,” the watchdog agency says that ICE, which falls under Homeland Security, spent $12 million on charter flights that were less than 40% full between October 2010 and March 2014.

All told, auditors found that ICE spent about $116 million on flights that were at least 20% under full capacity. Of the nearly 7,500 flights they reviewed, more than one-third were at least that empty.

ICE “may have been able to transport the same number of detainees with fewer missions at a lower charter air cost,” the report states.

Meanwhile, ICE argues that delaying trips in order to fill more seats could actually prove more costly in the end. The average rate for detaining a single adult is $122 per day, while the cost for a family is more than $300 per day, the agency told the Washington Post by email.

Children are carried by rescue workers as migrants arrive via boat at the Sicilian harbor of Pozzallo

Additionally, a 2001 Supreme Court ruling limits detention of undocumented immigrants to six months, although some exceptions are allowed.

ICE has access to eight charter aircraft, each of which can hold up to 135 detainees. The agency pays about $8,400 per hour for the flights, regardless of how many passengers are aboard. And while some detainees do fly on commercial flights, most detainees are transported on charter flights.

Auditors also found that ICE “does not capture complete and accurate data essential to support operational decisions and ensure effectiveness.”

According to records, ICE picked up or dropped off more than 23,500 detainees at locations where its charter flights had not flown. In one example, the agency claimed to have transported 54 individuals to Nicaragua, but the flight never stopped in Nicaragua

Auditors also called out six cases in which ICE moved detainees multiple times between the same cities without documenting why the redundant trips were necessary. Some detainees missed flights, but ICE never kept information that explained why.

The inspector general recommended that ICE establish reporting standards and create procedures for measuring performance with detainee flights, among other suggestions.

The agency issued its official response in a statement on Monday:

“While ICE agreed with and was already in the process of making a number of improvements suggested by the report, the agency strongly disagrees with the report’s use of empty seats on flights as a measure of efficiency. Chiefly because delaying the removal of individuals in order to fill empty seats causes the agency to incur ancillary costs that may exceed the cost of the seats.”

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