Published on Mar 20, 2018
Published on Mar 20, 2018
Our politicians must make a decision on the 25,000 illegal immigrants who cross our borders monthly. Illegal immigration costs the American taxpayers $134.9 billion annually according to detailed analysis of federal, state and local programs that includes education, medical care, law enforcement and welfare. Even with the $19 billion illegal immigrants pay in taxes, the net cost to taxpayers is about $116 billion annually. California spends $23 billion annually.
Why should immigrants who are willing to enter legally, follow the laws and stand in line to become Americans be overwhelmed by illegal immigrants who slip across the border? The growing number of illegal immigrants and the billions it costs law abiding taxpayers is not sustainable. Also, the billions for illegal immigrants is often at the expense of American poor and the needs of our country. Can’t politicians show some compassion and caring for their citizens and country’s needs? Enough is enough!
MARCH 19, 2018
The high court refused to take up an appeal of a 9th Circuit Court ruling, allowing the lower court’s decision to stand.
The ACLU launched a lawsuit after Arizona stopped issuing licenses to DACA recipients following President Obama’s mandate protecting so-called Dreamers from deportation.
Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer had argued the ban on illegals obtaining licenses helped prevent social services fraud.
San Francisco’s 9th Circuit Court of Appeals interpreted Arizona’s decision as an attempt to supersede federal immigration law, claiming the state was developing its own definition of legal immigrants, Reuters reports.
Arizona appealed the case to the Supreme Court, claiming the 9th Circuit ruling violated 10th Amendment state’s rights protections.
State attorneys argued the DACA program could not override Arizona laws due to it only being enacted through a DHS memo, instead of through the usual legislative framework.
Despite calls by the Trump administration to rule the Obama-era program unconstitutional, the Supreme Court has refused to weigh in on the 9th Circuit’s previous rulings, thus keeping the program in place.
BY BRENDA MEDINA AND JACQUELINE CHARLES
Jofre, who has lived much of her life in uncertainty, also planned to exchange her old car for a new one, thanks to a better paying job. She even hoped to return to college to become a teacher or a social worker.
But her plans have since drastically changed.
Like many immigrants in South Florida and other parts of the country, Jofre is now taking steps to become untraceable after President Donald Trump ordered stepped up enforcement of immigration laws and arrests of undocumented immigrants.
“What if in a few months I can’t work? What if one day they knock on my door?” said Jofre, who lives in southwestern Miami-Dade. “You get paralyzed, you don’t want to do anything drastic with your life. It is a scary thought.”
Jofre, a Chilean immigrant, is technically not undocumented. At least until January of 2019. She is protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ( DACA), which shields from deportation individuals who came to the United States as children and remained in the country illegally.
In September, Trump ended the program and gave Congress until March 5 to approve a legislative solution that would give legal status to the nearly 700,000 people protected by DACA. But the deadline passed without any legislation or new remedies to the dilemma.
The lack of an immigration solution by Congress has generated uncertainty among those with DACA, also known as “Dreamers,” as well as those with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and those without legal status. As a result, many undocumented immigrants or those who could lose their legal protection, have started to move to other neighborhoods or cities, close bank accounts and register their vehicles, houses and even businesses in the names of others.
Jofre, who is a single mother, is considering leaving Florida, where she has lived for almost 25 years. She plans to move to a sanctuary state, where local authorities are not obligated to cooperate with federal immigration agencies to arrest undocumented immigrants.
Before DACA, Jofre worked as a waitress, getting paid under the table. DACA allowed her to obtain better jobs and plot a better future.
Jofre and other immigrants interviewed by the Miami Herald said they will have few options if they lose their protected status.
“I would go back to living in the shadows, which is how I have lived most of my life in this country,” she said, adding that she has not even considered returning to Chile, a country she barely remembers.
“I would only go if they throw me out, and I would go kicking and screaming and fighting to stay,” Jofre said.
Listening to her mother, Anabell teared up. The first-grader likes her school and said she does not want to live in Chile because she is afraid.
“What are you afraid of?” a reporter asked her.
“Earthquakes,” Anabell answered without hesitation.
Several immigrants, activists and lawyers said the majority of people without papers or who will lose legal protection are not considering leaving the United States as an option. At least not voluntarily.
“For most of these people, this is home. How do you tell someone that they have to leave their home? They have been living here for 20, 30 years. They bought homes, raised families,” Santra Denis of Catalyst Miami said at a recently organized community forum.
“Do you know anyone who is getting ready to leave? Because I don’t,” said Denis, whose organization works with immigrant families.
Now many living in limbo cling to the hope of comprehensive immigration reform, which would not only protect DACA beneficiaries, but possibly include other immigrant groups, such as those with TPS and those without papers. Meanwhile, around the country, desperate families are taking steps to hide and protect their children in case they are deported.
▪ A month ago in Washington, D.C., Cristina bought an inexpensive sofa, lamp, desk and kitchen utensils that she found through the sales listing on Facebook to furnish her new apartment. The Guatemalan, who has lived in the Maryland area for nearly 22 years, recently moved out of her neighborhood where she lived for almost a decade and abandoned everything.
“Things are getting ugly, so we decided to move and left just like that, without saying a word to neighbors,” said Cristina, who did not want to give her last name, as her husband, a construction worker, loaded the sofa on his truck.
Cristina’s daughter was born in the United States, recently turned 21 and is filing a petition to legalize the status of her parents. But Cristina is afraid that immigration authorities will knock on her door before her daughter can help.
“What if the migra grabs me before I have my papers?” asked Cristina, who works as a concierge in a luxury hotel. “I have to take care of myself.”
An undocumented immigrant from Central America who lives in an apartment near Little Havana recently posted a sign on a wall of her house, next to the front door: “Before opening the door: Look out the window, do not open to strangers, don’t answer ANYTHING.”
▪ In an apartment near Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood, an undocumented immigrant from Central America recently posted a sign on a wall of her house, next to the front door: “Before opening the door: Look out the window, do not open to strangers, don’t answer ANYTHING.”
It’s not just a warning for her young daughter, who was born in the United States, but also a warning to everyone in the family in case immigration agents knock.
“ICE does not need a search warrant to come in, so we’ve been advised not to open the door,” said the woman, who asked not to be identified for fear of being arrested.
A few days earlier, she had changed her car at the dealership. She chose another color, a different model and she registered it in the name of her eldest daughter. She is waiting for her lease to expire to move elsewhere. But she does not want to move too far so she doesn’t have to find a new school for her daughter.
“Just think, my daughter, who is a U.S. citizen, has to deal with the consequences of this uncertainty,” she said.
▪ In recent weeks, Lis-Marie Alvarado, an activist with the National Domestic Workers Alliance, said she has received 10 power-of-attorney letters, naming her as the legal guardian of several children. They were given to her by undocumented mothers who work in the fields, babysitting or cleaning houses, and who fear social services authorities will take their American children if they are detained by ICE.
“It is an enormous responsibility and should only be done with someone you trust,” said Alvarado, who coordinates the “We Belong Together” campaign in Miami-Dade. “These people are not giving me custody of their children or anything like that. But they do feel the need to give me this document, so if they are detained or deported, they will know who has their children while they fix their situation.”
In November, immigration authorities announced the end of the humanitarian protection granted to immigrants from countries that are in armed conflicts or have faced devastating natural disasters, such as the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Almost 60,000 Haitians who live and work in Miami and around the United States will be left without legal protection in 2019 and could be deported. The same will happen with hundreds of thousands of immigrants from Nicaragua, El Salvador and Sudan.
Bico, who asked that his full name not be published, came to the United States from Haiti in 2001. He remained undocumented for a time, before applying for TPS. He said he is not willing to leave his children behind when his status expires in July 2019.
“My children are supposed to be with me, finishing their education. I don’t know of any father who wants to leave his children behind … leave them here alone, not knowing what kind of life they will have,” he said. “They could become criminals and this is what I am trying to prevent. Maybe they will join gangs, have problems, and I don’t want that.”
Bico, who works cleaning a local airport in the evenings and early mornings, is overwhelmed thinking about the near future. If he loses protection and authorities knock on his door, does he take his children with him to Haiti, where it would be difficult for him to get work and obtain a good education for them? Or does he stay in the U.S. illegally?
“Since they announced the decision, I have been thinking about what I am going to do,” said Bico, who was a journalist in Haiti before emigrating to the United States. “To be honest, the law is the law, if they want to apply it, there’s nothing I can do. But I would like Congress to legalize those of us who have lived in this country for a long tim
Mexican federal police officers stand guard on the Mexico side of the border on March 13, 2018, in Tijuana. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
By Nicholas Ballasy
The ambassador did not have an estimate of how many Mexican law enforcement officials work along the border with the United States. The embassy’s press office could not be reached for comment.
The U.S. currently has more than 16,000 agents stationed along the 2,000-mile southern border.
“We don’t have a border patrol. We work through two agencies. At the points of entry through the SAT [Mexico’s tax agency, Servicio de Administración Tributaria] which is [an] agency within our treasury that are counterparts for CBP, and then we have a federal police,” Gutiérrez said after a discussion at the National Immigration Forum’s spring reception earlier this month.
“I don’t have a number exactly of how many, but it’s the federal police in Mexico that has joint and coordinated patrolling and many other types of operations along the border with CBP and with ICE,” he added.
Gutiérrez was asked if he thinks a border wall system is needed along the U.S.-Mexico line to prevent illegal crossings and drug smuggling.
“We’re working closely with the United States. There were two strategic high-level dialogues last year with different U.S. agencies, their work on security. And what we both agree is that we need to hit the business operations of transnational organized crime organizations and that we need to center on their income, their production, the distribution of their operations, and that’s what we’re doing together,” he said.
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto reportedly called off a recently planned visit to the White House to meet with President Trump after a phone conversation about border security. Gutiérrez declined to comment on the situation.
“I think there’s plenty that has been said about that topic already,” he said.
During the on-stage discussion, Gutiérrez said that Mexico takes security along the U.S.-Mexico border “seriously” because terrorists could cross illegally into the United States.
“I think that security is a natural concern nowadays; it’s especially been so since 9/11, but, in fact, having legal, safe, migration helps security, not the other way around, for two reasons. First, very simple, it allows you to know who is in, and, secondly, it provides you the opportunity to devote resources to what are really the true threats of security,” Gutiérrez said during the discussion on “cultural, economic and security anxieties driving the immigration debate in the United States and across the globe.”
Gutiérrez also said that there has not been a “case proven” of a terrorist crossing into the U.S. illegally from Mexico but that it “could happen” in the future.
“There has not been a single case proven in the past 15 years or so that anybody has come through Mexico to harm the United States, meaning, from a terrorist organization or something like that. To be sure, could that happen? Yes, by all means, and that’s why we take very seriously our security cooperation with the United States,” he said.
Gutiérrez argued that the border is “far more secure” than people realize.
“The United States and Mexico, in fact, work side by side, CBP [Customs and Border Protection] officials and Mexican officials making the border security,” he said.
By Dan Lyman Wednesday, March 14, 2018
“In the upcoming omnibus budget bill, Congress must fund the border wall and prohibit grants to sanctuary jurisdictions that threaten the security of our country and the people of our country,” Trump said yesterday during his visit to California to inspect border wall prototypes. “We must enforce our laws and protect our people.”
“California sanctuary policies put the entire nation at risk. They’re the best friend of the criminal. That’s what exactly is happening. The criminals take refuge in these sanctuary cities, and it’s very dangerous for our police and enforcement folks.”
The president asserted that he may even veto the spending bill if it provides funding for sanctuary cities – regardless of whether there are also provisions for the wall.
Representative Meadows echoed the president’s sentiments during an appearance on Lou Dobbs Tonight.
“On March 23, we have an omnibus coming up that will fund the entire government, and I believe that we need to put money in for the wall,” Meadows said. “Perhaps one of the pay-fors would be this: let’s take some of that money that is going in to these sanctuary cities and sanctuary states – who refuse to uphold the rule of law and make sure that their communities are safe – perhaps we take that money back and use it on a down payment on the wall.”
While President Trump has repeatedly vowed that Mexico will ultimately cover the cost of building the wall – a goal that can be accomplished myriad different ways, despite Mexico’s protestations – its construction should and can begin as soon as possible, regardless of the initial financing scheme.
Additionally, the wall could quickly pay for itself if it provides even modest results in stemming the tide of illegal aliens crossing the southern US border, as new research published by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) projects.
“The findings of this analysis show that if a border wall stopped a small fraction of the illegal immigrants who are expected to come in the next decade, the fiscal savings from having fewer illegal immigrants in the country would be sufficient to cover the costs of the wall,” explains Steven Camarota, director of research at CIS. “Based on National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine data, illegal border-crossers create an average fiscal burden of approximately $74,722 during their lifetimes, excluding any costs for their U.S.-born children. If a border wall stopped between 160,000 and 200,000 illegal crossers — 9 to 12 percent of those expected to successfully cross in the next decade — the fiscal savings would equal the $12 to $15 billion cost of the wall.”
President Trump tweeted a Fox News report on the CIS study on Tuesday.
The Trump administration scored a key legal victory on Tuesday, as a federal appeals court ruled in favor of the state of Texas in their efforts to crack down on sanctuary cities.