Border Patrol agents are stopping unauthorized migrants coming from Mexico at record levels. Little wonder more than half of Americans now say an “invasion” is underway at the southern border, according to a recent NPR/Ipsos poll.

At the same time, net immigration in the United States — the number of all foreign arrivals, including illegal ones, minus the number of departures — has been on a downward slope for five years, partly but not only because of the pandemic. As the Economist noted recently, migrants added just 247,000 people to the U.S. population in the year that ended in July 2021, the smallest increase in three decades and an amount equal to less than one-tenth of 1 percent of the country’s population. The Trump administration, having launched an assault on legal as well as illegal immigration, drove down the number of entries through red tape even before COVID-19’s arrival.

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Charles Douglas

Another FAKE NEWS Oganization packing water for the Biden Administration and the WOKE-LEFT!

It is Sick-ny-fying, and Revolting!!!!!! These are the OUT LYINGEST people on the planet! That Black White House News Secretary name Pierre can LIE WITH THE BEST OF THEM!!!

She is the best I have ever observed!!!! She specializes in reading her lies off a pre- prepared scrip!

Joe China lies continuously and then his handlers have to lie to.cover up his his lies! The NEWs MEDIA LIES, BIG TECH LIES! You have my word as a Biden that I am not lying about this!

Carlos Ponce

"First, we set forth principles. We are a nation of immigrants committed to the rule of law. The Commission believes that legal immigration has strengthened the country and that it continues to do so. We as a Commission denounce the hostility that seems to be developing toward all immigrants.

To make sense about the national interest in immigration, it is necessary to make distinctions between those who obey the law, and those who violate it. Therefore, we disagree, also, with those who label our efforts to control illegal immigration as somehow inherently anti-immigrant. Unlawful immigration is unacceptable.

The second part of our strategy is worksite enforcement. You will hear testimony today about visa over-stayers. You will hear that roughly one-half of the nation's illegal alien problem results from visitors who entered legally but who do not leave when their time is up. Let me tell you in three simple words why that is: they get jobs.

We believe that employer sanctions can work, but only with a reliable system for verifying authorization to work. Employers want to obey the law, but they are caught now between a rock and a hard place. The current system is based on documents. An employer must either accept those documents, knowing that they might be forged, and thus live with the vulnerability to employer sanctions for hiring someone presenting false identification. Or, an employer may choose to ask particular workers for more documentation, which is discrimination.

The Commission has recommended a test of what we regard as the most promising option: electronic validation using a computerized registry based on the social security number. This is the only approach to deterring illegal immigration that does not ignore the half of the problem, the visa over stayer problem you are investigating today. We are pleased with the prompt, bipartisan support that this highly visible recommendation has received, and we look forward to real results from pilot projects before our final report in 1997.

Third in our recommendations for a comprehensive strategy is making eligibility for public benefits consistent with our immigration policy. Decisions about eligibility should support our immigration objectives. Accordingly, the Commission recommended against eligibility for illegal aliens except in most unusual circumstances. For legal immigrants, we recommended making abuse of the public charge provision grounds for deportation. The affidavit of support that sponsors sign should be a legally-binding contract. Moral obligations work well enough in church, but the law requires a contract.

But the Commission also recommended that legal permanent residents should continue to be eligible for means-tested programs and against any broad, categorical denial of eligibility for public benefits based on alienage for those who obey our laws. It is important to see a lack of citizenship as something more than "the funding mechanism" for welfare reform. It gets to a fundamental issue for defining the national interest in legal immigration-the relationship between the decision to come here as an immigrant and the decision to naturalize to become a citizen.

Citizenship and naturalization should be more central to the process of immigration.

There are many barriers to naturalizing in law and practice, and they should be removed. But it is a debasement of the concept of citizenship to make it the route to welfare.

We on the Commission believe strongly that it is in the national interest for immigrants to become citizens for the right reasons, not the wrong ones. We want immigrants to be motivated to naturalize in order to vote, to be fully participating members of our polity-to become Americans. We don't want to motivate law abiding aliens to naturalize just so that they can get food stamps, health care, job training, or their homes tested for lead.

Fourth, deportation is crucial. Credibility in immigration policy can be summed up in one sentence: those who should get in, get in; those who should be kept out, are kept out; and those who should not be here will be required to leave. The top priorities for detention and removal, of course, are criminal aliens. But for the system to be credible, people actually have to be deported at the end of the process. The Commission will have additional recommendations on this crucial matter later this year.

Fifth, emergency management. Migration emergencies such as we have seen recently with Haiti and Cuba do recur, and we must be prepared for them. Again, we will have detailed recommendations on migration emergencies.

Sixth, reliable data. The current debate over the economic impact of immigration is marked by shaky statistics, flawed assumptions, and an amazing range of contradictory conclusions from what ought to be commonly-accepted methods. Rather than attempt to choose sides in this discussion, the Commission has contracted with the National

Academy of Sciences to analyze the methods used for evaluating immigration data, to cut through this fog. We will share their interim results with you as we receive them.

Seventh, much as we support enhanced enforcement by this country, we must face the fact that unilateral action on the part of the United States will never be enough to curb illegal immigration. Immigrants come here illegally from source countries where conditions prevail that encourage or even compel them to leave. Attacking the root causes of illegal migration is essential and will require international cooperation.

As a case in point, this Commission is the lead agency for the U.S. government in developing the U.S-Mexico Binational Study to analyze the causes of migration across our border with Mexico. Perhaps we can even come to some agreement, not only on the analysis, but also on the policy prescriptions necessary.

Finally, the Commission recommends better border management. Far more can and should be done to meet the twin goals of border management: deterring illegal crossings while facilitating legal ones. But we have to recognize both goals. The Commission on Immigration Reform endorsed a border crossing fee in principle as a user fee. It should not go into the general treasury. It should be used to avoid the kind of counterproductive backups which happen all the time in border towns. Many people who are authorized to cross the border legally simply tire of waiting in line and cross illegally to save time. This is a waste of resources for the Border Patrol, which frequently apprehends such people. We applaud the efforts of innovative Border Patrol leaders, such as Silvestre Reyes with Operation Hold the Line in El Paso, and we must do our part, as well.

A border crossing fee, properly applied, would benefit the border towns immensely. It would be a kind of NAFTA fund, used along both borders, to ensure that legal crossings are convenient and secure. It is to fund the future prosperity of border towns like El Paso, Laredo, Nogales, and San Diego that depend so much on cross border trade.

So that is our eight-point strategy for dealing with illegal immigration in a comprehensive, systematic way. The Commission made all of these recommendations unanimously, by consensus. We are nine Commissioners, Republicans and Democrats, a diverse group. We might have been expected to simply throw up our hands at the difficulty of the task Congress mandated for us. But we put aside rhetoric. We determined that we would look for answers-and not excuses. And our work is not done.

I must leave here shortly, Mr. Chairman, to return to my colleagues just around the corner here, who are engaged in the second day of consultations on legal immigration reform.

The Commission is well along in its consideration of the national interest in legal immigration, of the qualities that we seek in immigrants, of the limits. Our first report represented a hard-won, bipartisan consensus on emotionally-tough, intellectually-complex issues.

We ask that you give us the chance to try to reach such a bipartisan consensus on legal immigration reform. Bipartisanship ought to be more common. There is a time and a place for partisan battles, to be sure. But immigration, like foreign policy, ought to be a place where the national interest comes first, last, and always.

Immigration is far too important to who we are as a nation to become a wedge issue in Presidential politics. We have seen that kind of thing happen before, and it is not productive. I, for one, wish that we would do away with all the hyphenation and just be Americans, together.

I will be glad to answer any questions you may have."

Testimony of Barbara Jordan, Chair, U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform

Before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary

Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims February 24, 1995

Bailey Jones

There's no doubt that our immigration system needs massive reform. There's also no doubt that immigration is much too valuable to both parties as a political cudgel for any meaningful reform to occur.

We need a system that allows temporary workers to come and go with ease to support those sectors of our economy that rely on them. And we need to address the systemic causes of asylum immigration - drugs, violence, corruption, lawlessness, and climate change, in Central and South America.

George Croix

"As the Economist noted recently, migrants added just 247,000 people to the U.S. population in the year that ended in July 2021, the smallest increase in three decades and an amount equal to less than one-tenth of 1 percent of the country’s population."

247000?

Hmmmm....IF this piece means' LEGAL migrants, then it might be technically right....very, very technically. Evidently, they're conflating census response results with reality? Pulling it out of their ... sky?

If, as usual, the meaning is everybody wading the Rio. then it's some amazing in-our-face lying....

About that many waded in in just ONE of the busiest months...that we know of....and few will ever be heard from again, so can't be official 'added to the population

Reporting on 'immigration' could use some clarification and improvement, too....

Right now, the 'systemic' causes of illegal immigration are an open invite from a corrupt Admin., an open wallet from US taxpayers, and open disregard for the mess they've made of their own countries.

I bet 'climate change', though, is reason number one....

George Croix

“Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis followed through on his promise to drop off illegal immigrants in progressive states, sending two planes full of migrants to Martha’s Vineyard on Wednesday.”

No doubt to be welcomed in this sanctuary with open arms…..

chuckle

DeSantis 2024…..

Now Abbott and DeSantis need to send some loads to the sanctuary’s in San Francisco, the Bronx, and Delaware….

Walk all that sanctuary talk….

Jose' Boix

"As the Economist noted recently, migrants added just 247,000 people to the U.S. population in the year that ended in July 2021, the smallest increase in three decades and an amount equal to less than one-tenth of 1 percent of the country’s population." Just reading the article's quote above tends to give the impression that we have no immigration problems. How is that a believable statement?

Once again repeating another famous quote: “There are three kinds of lies: Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics” — attributed to Mark Twain, who himself attributed it to British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, who might never have said it in the first place. Just my thoughts.

George Croix

I wonder why the WAPO even felt the need to reach deep into the manure pile and fork over this…stuff…

What problem?

The border is secure….

So says none other than the Border Czar VP yesterday.

Evidently she is like The Who, and can see for miles and miles and miles…never having yet gotten closer than 1000 of them to the hottest ‘closed border’ spots.

But, top awards to DHS Sec. Mayorkas, who’s idea of secure is evidently anything less than 10000 Rio waders a day…this guy replaces that Nobel Prize winning ‘economist’ who predicted global recession in 2016 as Top BSer….so, maybe the border WILL be secure 6 years from now, just like that recession prognosticator was right, just a few years late….

Ringling Bros. never had clowns this good…

George Croix

It gets better evryday:

Now, on to San Fran, and then a drop-off by Chuck's house in NY, then over to the, uh, Schiff house....

chuckle

"Two migrant buses from Del Rio, Texas, arrived near Vice President Kamala Harris' residence at the Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C., Thursday morning.

Over 100 people who were picked up in Eagle Pass, Texas, were sent by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. The group includes migrants from Venezuela, Uruguay, Colombia and Mexico. Multiple migrants, asked by Fox News Digital, said they think the border is open, contrary to what Harris said Sunday during an interview."

No...no...the border is CLOSED...

Send a couple loads to Mayorkas', abode, too....

George Croix

Mum's the word:

"Vice President Harris ignores question on migrants arriving outside residence after 'secure' border claim"

Gotta love it....

George Croix

Ah...KJP...Dumb and Dumber....

This is what happens when you are more worried about box checking for jobs filling than competence..

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White House press sec calls Republican govs sending migrants to blue states 'illegal stunt'

"What they are doing is an illegal stunt, is a political stunt. And it's really just disrespectful to humanity. It doesn't afford them any dignity, what they're doing when you are abandoning families and children in a place where they were told they were going to get housing," Jean-Pierre said during a press conference on Thursday. "It is just cruel, and it's not about the process. Actually, It's about a political tool or political stunt that they're moving forward with."

Dumber than a stump, or else maybe her elected Boss and her actual Boss secretly (initially) FLYING them at 3am to Everywhere USA is more 'legal' and 'dignified'....

The FACT is the 'sanctuary' characters are finally, finally, exposed for the collosal BS NIMBY artists they are, and the Admin. now looks even more like the liars they are to more people, as they see the borders are NOT 'secure'....as so many of the mSM talking heads attest while carrying the water buckets...

George Croix

"Gavin Newsom asks DOJ to consider 'kidnapping' charges after GOP governors ship migrants out of state"

Gotta love it.....

Evidently, only a bus can be used for kidnapping, and the kidnappees are so traumatized by their bus trips that they get off them smiling like birthday kids and shaking hands and heading for the free 'sanctuary' shelters and food and etc etc etc

Of course, this doesn't happen on 3am airplane flights.....

George Laiacona

It looks like the Republicans are repeating what they did back in 1942. That is to solve the immigration problems their way is to create human trafficking and force them into railroad cars and buss them off to concentration camps up in the northern states.

Carlos Ponce

Historical revisionism since it was the Democrats who set up internment camps in the 1940s and Democrat policy of today have increased sex trafficking, drug trafficking and child trafficking.

Congress in 1942 had a Democrat majority in the House, a Democrat majority in the Senate and a Democrat President in the White House. So what did Republicans do in 1942 on immigration???? Not much. So Laiacona's contention that "It looks like the Republicans are repeating what they did back in 1942" is false.

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