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Champion-in-Chief, or Deporter-in-Chief: You Can’t Have it Both Ways

The Obama administration began to execute a large-scale immigration crackdown this past weekend, as federal agents raided the homes and businesses of unauthorized Central American immigrants and their families in Texas, Georgia, and North Carolina.  The raids, which could affect an estimated 12,500 immigrant mothers and their children, is the latest move in a long pattern of playing politics with immigration that has characterized the President’s administration since he took office in 2009.  Despite crafting a public perception as a friend to immigrants, the President has taken a far harsher stance than his predecessor, and is living up to the title given to him in 2014 as our Deporter-in-Chief.

For a president who has conversely styled himself “Champion-in-Chief” on immigration, Barack Obama is either hypocritical or plainly unaware of his own record.  Over the period spanning his first year in office until 2014, President Obama saw to the deportation of nearly 1 million people from the interior of the United States alone – nearly double the number removed during the last six years of the previous administration.  In total, President Obama has deported more people from this country than any other president before him, and has now almost deported more than every president from the 20th century combined.

Read the rest on The Libre Initiative here.

The problem with Ted Cruz’s anti-immigration ad

Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign released a new ad on YouTubeTuesday focusing on immigration. Titled “Invasion,” the ad captures how Cruz seems to view what both legal and illegal immigrants to America represent. As the ad opens, (mostly) white men and women in business attire come running across what is implied to be the border between the United States and Mexico.

“I understand that when the mainstream media covers immigration it doesn’t often see it as an economic issue, but I can tell you it is a very personal economic issue,” says Cruz, who ranks first in theWashington Examiner‘s Republican presidential power rankings.“The politics of it would be very, very different if a bunch of lawyers or bankers were crossing the Rio Grande. Or if a bunch of people with journalism degrees were coming over and driving down the wages in the press, then we would see stories about the economic calamity that is befalling our nation.”

The only problem: There’s a reason most immigrants don’t come to America to be lawyers, bankers or journalists. Native-born Americans already dominate those fields. Immigrants come to work in food service, cleaning and construction jobs because native-born Americans are less likely to work in those fields. Immigrants aren’t taking those jobs from someone else; they’re filling openings native-born Americans can’t or won’t fill.

This isn’t just speculation. Data back it up.

Read the full article at the Washington Examiner.

Central EU border security is necessary evil

The stream of refugees pouring into Europe seems to have finally subsided, with 50 percent fewer refugees entering Greece in November than in October.

Some have given credit to Turkey, others to the onset of winter. But regardless of the causes, it is crucial that Europe’s leader use this time to step up and finally find a proper solution to secure the EU’s borders.

So far, all efforts that have been made to bring the refugee crisis under control have failed.

Attempts to deal with the problem at the EU border have been hampered by Greece and Italy, who have failed to properly protect their borders. Left alone by the other member states, they have decided to let refugees pass through unregistered.

In 2015, only 429,000 out of the 760,000 refugees entering Greece where registered by local authorities, and only 121,000 fingerprinted.

The German-led plan to create an EU-wide solution, by forcing a relocation scheme on all member states also failed. Political capital has been wasted. Hungary and Slovakia have taken the EU to court. So far only 200 out of the planned 160,000 refugees have been resettled by EU member states.

New voluntary schemes are under discussion, with Germany’s Angela Merkel leading a “coalition of the willing” to resolve the crisis, but this is unlikely to succeed.

There were more than 1.3 million illegal border crossings into the EU this year, and the numbers are likely to increase next year if no solution is found.

Europe is able to take in more refugees, but this can only work if the immigration process is properly controlled, immigrants registered, and asylum requests handled through a fast and streamlined approach.

The European Commission has proposed to upgrade Frontex to a powerful, and more independent, border guard. This is a step in the right direction.

Read the full article at the EU Observer.

Trump’s national spokesperson said something unbelievably outrageous

On Tuesday, Trump national campaign spokesperson Katrina Pierson clashed with CNN’s S.E. Cupp in a heated debate over Donald Trump’s controversial new proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States.

Pierson wholeheartedly defended Trump’s plan. She claimed it was “really nothing new” and that the United States has never allowed “insurgents to come across these borders.”

Cupp reminded her that Trump would block “regular Muslims” with no connection to violence. In response, Pierson said one of the most characteristically revealing lines about the Trump camp of this election:

“So what? They’re Muslim!”

Think about that comment for a while. Let it sink in.

Try to grasp what such a blatant admission means.

Read the rest on Rare here.

If we blame the Paris attacks on our Muslim neighbors or Syrian refuges, ISIS wins

The world is still in shock from yesterday’s terrorist attacks in Paris, which killed at least 129 and injured 352. The killing was France’s worst attack since World War II, and the deadliest in the West since the Madrid train bombings of 2004. ISIS has claimed credit for the deaths and the evidence suggests they aren’t bluffing.

Sadly, some are already giving in to the climate of fear and assaulting innocents who had nothing to do with Friday’s tragedy. A migrant camp in Calais, home to over 6,000 migrants from Syria and North Africa, was set ablaze today, presumably in retaliation for the Paris attacks.

Read the rest on Rare here.