• Illegal Immigration,  Polling

    Poll Watch: 61% Oppose U.S. Citizenship for Children Born to Illegal Immigrants

    According to the latest Rasmussen Poll.

    Several Republican senators are seeking to amend the law that grants full U.S. citizenship to children born to illegal immigrants in this country, and voters strongly support such an effort.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 61% of Likely U.S. Voters believe that a child born in the United States to a woman who is here illegally should not automatically become a U.S. citizen. That’s up slightly from last August but is the highest level of support for a change in the existing law found in five years of Rasmussen Reports surveying.

    Twenty-eight percent (28%) disagree and feel that children born to illegal immigrants in this country should automatically become American citizens as is currently the practice. That’s down six points from August. Another 11% are undecided.

    Easier proposed than the reality of the situation. Changing this policy now WOULD require a U.S. Constitutional Amendment which is very difficult to realize. So, this is really HOT AIR and not an attainable goal, despite the news that foreign nationals are sponsoring American birth tourism for pregnant women.

    For months, officials say, the house was home to “maternity tourists,” in this case, women from China who had paid tens of thousands of dollars to deliver their babies in the United States, making the infants automatic American citizens. Officials shut down the home, sending the 10 mothers who had been living there with their babies to nearby motels.

    “These were not women living in squalor — it was a well taken care of place and clean, but there were a lot of women and babies,” said Clayton Anderson, a city inspector who shut down the house on March 9. “I have never seen anything like this before. We really couldn’t determine the exact number of people living there.”

    For the last year, the debate over birthright citizenship has raged across the country, with some political leaders calling for an end to the 14th Amendment, which gives automatic citizenship to any baby born in the United States. Much of the debate has focused on immigrants entering illegally from poor countries in Latin America. But in this case the women were not only relatively wealthy, but also here legally on tourist visas. Most of them, officials say, have already returned to China with their American babies.

    Immigration experts say it is impossible to know precisely how widespread “maternity tourism” is. Businesses in China, Mexico and South Korea advertise packages that arrange for doctors, insurance and postpartum care. And the Marmara, a Turkish-owned hotel on the Upper East Side in New York City, has advertised monthlong “baby stays” that come with a stroller.

    There are three better ways to fight illegal immigration and you can do these immediately (or as soon as Congress or state legislatures) act:

    1. E-Verify for employment, hold employers accountable with jail terms for executives who allow/promote illegal employment

    2. Tighten up the Southern U.S. border with Mexico and require Visas from countries in Central and South America.

    3. Welfare Reform, especially in California.

    Trying to change the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to outlaw natural birth citizenship to children of illegal immigrants is tilting at windmills. There are easier and quicker remedies.

  • Illegal Immigration,  Meg Whitman

    Meg Whitman: GOP Must Change its Approach on Immigration

    Meg Whitman, former President and CEO, eBay, Inc., makes closing remarks on the first day of the The 4% Project, Driving Economic Growth conference at SMU Tuesday, April 12, 2011, in Dallas


    Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman said Tuesday that her party must change its approach on immigration if it wants to be successful in California.

    “My view is that the immigration discussion, the rhetoric the Republican Party uses, is not helpful; it’s not helpful in a state with the Latino population we have,” Whitman said during a brief interview following a speech at a George W. Bush Institute conference on the economy. “We as a party are going to have to make some changes, how we think about immigration, and how we talk about immigration.”

    In her remarks, among the first made by the former EBay chief since she spent $144 million of her fortune on her campaign loss to Democrat Jerry Brown, Whitman did not offer specific prescriptions.

    Oh I get it – pander to the Hispanic vote so YOU can win an election. This will NEVER happen.

    How about supporting sound government, including immigration policies, soliciting input of the Hispanic/Latino communities and communicate your ideas better?

    And, most importantly, treating your Hispanic housekeeper like a true member of your family instead of kicking them out of their job and saying you don’t know me and I don’t know you.

  • Illegal Immigration,  Welfare

    Study: Welfare Use by Immigrant Households with Children

    Read this new study and now you know where many of your taxpayer dollars are going and why illegla immigrants continue to flood the United States.

    Thirteen years after welfare reform, the share of immigrant-headed households (legal and illegal) with a child (under age 18) using at least one welfare program continues to be very high. This is partly due to the large share of immigrants with low levels of education and their resulting low incomes — not their legal status or an unwillingness to work. The major welfare programs examined in this report include cash assistance, food assistance, Medicaid, and public and subsidized housing.

    Among the findings:

    • In 2009 (based on data collected in 2010), 57 percent of households headed by an immigrant (legal and illegal) with children (under 18) used at least one welfare program, compared to 39 percent for native households with children.
    • Immigrant households’ use of welfare tends to be much higher than natives for food assistance programs and Medicaid. Their use of cash and housing programs tends to be similar to native households.
    • A large share of the welfare used by immigrant households with children is received on behalf of their U.S.-born children, who are American citizens. But even households with children comprised entirely of immigrants (no U.S.-born children) still had a welfare use rate of 56 percent in 2009.
    • Immigrant households with children used welfare programs at consistently higher rates than natives, even before the current recession. In 2001, 50 percent of all immigrant households with children used at least one welfare program, compared to 32 percent for natives.
    • Households with children with the highest welfare use rates are those headed by immigrants from the Dominican Republic (82 percent), Mexico and Guatemala (75 percent), and Ecuador (70 percent). Those with the lowest use rates are from the United Kingdom (7 percent), India (19 percent), Canada (23 percent), and Korea (25 percent).
    • The states where immigrant households with children have the highest welfare use rates are Arizona (62 percent); Texas, California, and New York (61 percent); Pennsylvania (59 percent); Minnesota and Oregon (56 percent); and Colorado (55 percent).
    • We estimate that 52 percent of households with children headed by legal immigrants used at least one welfare program in 2009, compared to 71 percent for illegal immigrant households with children. Illegal immigrants generally receive benefits on behalf of their U.S.-born children.
    • Illegal immigrant households with children primarily use food assistance and Medicaid, making almost no use of cash or housing assistance. In contrast, legal immigrant households tend to have relatively high use rates for every type of program.
    • High welfare use by immigrant-headed households with children is partly explained by the low education level of many immigrants. Of households headed by an immigrant who has not graduated high school, 80 percent access the welfare system, compared to 25 percent for those headed by an immigrant who has at least a bachelor’s degree.
    • An unwillingness to work is not the reason immigrant welfare use is high. The vast majority (95 percent) of immigrant households with children had at least one worker in 2009. But their low education levels mean that more than half of these working immigrant households with children still accessed the welfare system during 2009.
    • If we exclude the primary refugee-sending countries, the share of immigrant households with children using at least one welfare program is still 57 percent.
    • Welfare use tends to be high for both new arrivals and established residents. In 2009, 60 percent of households with children headed by an immigrant who arrived in 2000 or later used at least one welfare program; for households headed by immigrants who arrived before 2000 it was 55 percent.
    • For all households (those with and without children), the use rates were 37 percent for households headed by immigrants and 22 percent for those headed by natives.
    • Although most new legal immigrants are barred from using some welfare for the first five years, this provision has only a modest impact on household use rates because most immigrants have been in the United States for longer than five years; the ban only applies to some programs; some states provide welfare to new immigrants with their own money; by becoming citizens immigrants become eligible for all welfare programs; and perhaps most importantly, the U.S.-born children of immigrants (including those born to illegal immigrants) are automatically awarded American citizenship and are therefore eligible for all welfare programs at birth.
    • The eight major welfare programs examined in this report are SSI (Supplemental Security Income for low income elderly and disabled), TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families), WIC (Women, Infants, and Children food program), free/reduced school lunch, food stamps (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), Medicaid (health insurance for those with low incomes), public housing, and rent subsidies.

    None of this is surprising, since I live in California and go into the stores in Los Angeles County and see the Food Stamps, WIC and whatever being used routinely. And, the California POLS wonder why there are massive state and federal budget deficits?

    California is broken and the first start of a solution is to secure the Mexican border, adopt E-Verify for employment and modify the welfare rules ala the Bill Clinton reforms in the 90’s – like in many states.

  • Elton Gallegly,  Illegal Immigration

    Shocker: Over a Million Immigrants Land American Jobs from 2008-2010

    A group of immigrant day laborers stand near a street corner waiting for work in the Staten Island borough of New York August 3, 2010

    And, most of the immigrants were illegal aliens to boot.

    Over the past two years, as U.S. unemployment remained near double-digit levels and the economy shed jobs in the wake of the financial crisis, over a million foreign-born arrivals to America found work, many illegally.

    Those are among the findings of a review of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Census Bureau data conducted exclusively for Reuters by researchers at the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University in Boston.

    Often young and unskilled or semi-skilled, immigrants have taken jobs Americans could do in areas like construction, willing to work for less wages. Others land jobs that unemployed Americans turn up their noses at or lack the skills to do.

    With a national unemployment rate of 9.4 percent, domestic job creation is at the top of President Barack Obama’s agenda and such findings could add to calls to tighten up on illegal immigration. But much of it is Hispanic and the growing Latino vote is a key base for Obama’s Democratic Party.

    Many of the new arrivals, according to employers, brought with them skills required of the building trade and found work in sectors such as construction, where jobless rates are high.

    “Employers have chosen to use new immigrants over native-born workers and have continued to displace large numbers of blue-collar workers and young adults without college degrees,” said Andrew Sum, the director of the Center for Labor Market Studies.

    “One of the advantages of hiring, particularly young, undocumented immigrants, is the fact that employers do not have to pay health benefits or basic payroll taxes,” said Sum.

    From 2008 to 2010, 1.1 million new migrants who have entered America since 2008 landed jobs, even as U.S. household employment declined by 6.26 million over that same period.

    These facts are something that will need to be addressed by my Congressman Elton Gallegly as he takes over the House Immigration Subcommittee.

    Americans are out of work, illegal immigrations are displacing them in the work force because they work cheaper, and the immigration laws are not enforced while thousands of folks continue to come across the boader from Mexico.

    Immigration will be a Congressional issue in 2011 and in the Presidential campaign in 2012.

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger,  California Budget,  Illegal Immigration

    California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger “HAPPY” Illegal Immigrants Obtain State Services

    California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein

    Well, Arnold removes all doubt.

    He is a MORON.

    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says he’s “happy” illegal immigrants get state services and says they’re not to blame for California’s $24.3 billion budget gap.

    Schwarzenegger, an immigrant himself, says the estimated $4 billion to $5 billion the state spends on illegal immigrants annually is a “small percentage” of the deficit.

    The Republican governor told The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board on Friday that it’s easy to “scapegoat” illegal immigrants. But he says the state’s budget has a much deeper spending imbalance.

    He noted the federal government requires California to provide emergency health care and education to illegal immigrants. And he says illegal immigrants often help pick the state’s crops and construct its buildings.

    NOte: California unemployment is the second highest in the United States and the state budget is bleeding red ink with no prospects of balancing it.

    California is essentially insolvent and teetering on bankruptcy.

    If Arnold did not have a short time remaining in office, he would surely be recalled.

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  • Illegal Immigration,  Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE),  Nancy Pelosi

    House Speaker Nanncy Pelosi Says Enforcing American Immigration Law is “UNAMERICAN”

    News clip of Nancy Pelosi speaking with illegal immigrants and their familieis

    I understand that Democrat Nancy Pelosi wants to pander to the Latino community for votes. But, Speaker if you do not like the laws of the United States – CHANGE THEM.

    But, then again, Pelosi and the Democrats are good at symbolism over substance.

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  • Day By Day,  Illegal Immigration

    Barack Obama Watch: Let Illegal Aliens Get Community College Benefits

    illegal aliens crossing

    Men, stripped down to their underwear, walk back into Mexico across the Rio Grande river separating the U.S. and Mexico in Laredo, Texas. Carrying their clothes in plastic bags the men were trying to swim into the U.S. when they spotted the U.S. Border Patrol watching them and then turned back. Hundreds of illegal aliens cross the river each day trying to sneak into the U.S.

    Take a look at the Obama Presidency with illegal aliens obtaining more benefits than Americans who decide to move to another state.

    Obama also favors state drivers’ licenses for illegal aliens.

    Change WE can believe in?

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  • Day By Day,  Illegal Immigration,  John McCain

    Day By Day by Chris Muir June 29, 2008


    Day By Day by Chris Muir

    John McCain supported “comprehensive” illegal immigration reform and spear-headed the compromise bill with Teddy Kennedy.

    What you see is what you get?

    McCain is “SOFT” on illegal aliens and the GOP will have to live with it.

    Flap bets that Obama would be tougher than McCain on employer sanctons.


    In blogging matters, Flap will be leaving Denver today and flying to Indianapolis for a week of 4th of July festivities.

    Regular blogging will resume from Indiana on Monday.


    The Day By Day Archive

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