An NBC/WSJ poll released Thursday reveals that more Republican voters consider themselves a “supporter of Donald Trump” rather than a “supporter of the Republican Party.”
A whopping 58 percent of respondents indicated they considered themselves Trump supporters, while only 38 percent indicated they considered themselves supporters of the Republican party. 2 percent see themselves as both, while 1 percent said they were neither.
After watching the Republican “majority” being held hostage by the thoroughly loathsome John McCain for the last two months this shouldn’t surprise anyone.
Despite the Republican domination at the federal and state level, the party is a bit adrift. It is nigh impossible to quickly state what the GOP stands for anymore.
Are they the small government party? No, they simply favor a slightly less bloated federal bureaucracy than do the Democrats.
Are they the party of lower taxes? As I mentioned in this video earlier, they are the party that likes to talk about lower taxes. A lot.
If pressed, most Republicans would probably just say that the Republicans are “not the Democrats” when trying to describe their own party. The Democrats are even more adrift after Barack Obama left the party’s cupboard bare, so that is enough for a lot of people.
The people voting Republican all over America these last few years have very little in common with the Republicans in Washington and the latter group is almost completely unaware of that. They better get a grip on that soon.”
Tucker ON FIRE Over Trump Wiretap: ‘We Live In A Country With Deeply Corrupt Institutions’
|| Daily Caller
“Tucker Carlson unloaded on U.S. intelligence and the mainstream media Tuesday on Fox News, alleging that American institutions are “deeply corrupt.”
Carlson mocked critics in a sarcastic voice saying, “Wiretapping? Come on. That’s tin foil hat stuff, it’s nuts!”
The Daily Caller co-founder continued, “Now, in another time with more trustworthy institutions that would have been the end of the story. But we live in a country with deeply corrupt institutions…”
Carlson recapped recent reports, stating, “According to a now report from CNN, Paul Manafort who for a time last year was Trump’s campaign chairman was wiretapped by the federal government both before and after the election.”
“Manafort, it ought to be noted, had an apartment inside Trump Tower during that time so it’s virtually certain that surveillance of him would have included other members of the Trump campaign staff, maybe Trump himself,” he said.
Carlson is referring to a recent report from CNN that shows that Manafort was wiretapped before the election by the federal government.”
U.S. Dreamers on returning to Mexico: ‘What would that look like?’
|| Seattle Times
Dreamers may feel unwanted in the U.S., but Mexico is welcoming them to come back “with open arms.” Some in Washington and elsewhere are cautiously exploring that possibility and wonder: “What would that look like?”
“Stripped of protections offered by a just-ended federal program for young, undocumented immigrants, about a dozen of them sat in the Mexican consulate in downtown Seattle waiting to hear what their country of birth could offer them.
A week before, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, acting at the behest of President Donald Trump, had cast the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program as an impediment to the rule of law. By authorizing immigrants brought here illegally as children to live and work in the U.S., the program had also “denied jobs to hundreds of thousands of Americans,” he said.
Now, Mexican Undersecretary for North America Carlos Sada was in Seattle with a very different message, one he had just delivered in Los Angeles as well. “We receive the DACA people with open arms,” he said in an interview shortly before meeting with young immigrants invited to the consulate Wednesday.
Mexican businesses are interested in hiring them, he elaborated. “They are talented, most of them have university degrees and most of them, they do speak English fluently.”
Just one day after Sessions’ speech, a chamber-of-commerce-like group in Mexico’s western state of Jalisco announced that 89 percent of its 1,500 affiliated companies were hiring and could use Dreamers.
Offer to return
The overtures offer a prospect to approximately 800,000 DACA recipients around the country that some are cautiously exploring: going back to Mexico.
“I want to consider it realistically,” said Faride Cuevas, in the consulate’s upstairs lobby. “What would that look like?”
The 24-year-old legislative assistant to King County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles, who studied business at the University of Washington, wondered whether she might work for an international company with ties to both Mexico and the U.S.
But she and others had questions, lots of them.
“I want to see what the concrete plan is,” said Paúl Quiñonez Figueroa, a legislative assistant to state Rep. Shelley Kloba and an organizer with the Washington Dream Coalition.
“We didn’t migrate by choice,” he said. A lack of economic opportunities had driven his parents to bring him and his brother to the U.S. when he was 7.
“What have they done to the change the country?” he asked. And how will they help reintegrate people like him?
Studying in Mexico last year, he had heard of onetime immigrants to the U.S. who had returned and were having a hard time adjusting.
A news release issued this month by Otros Dreams en Acción, which advocates for returnees, made the point more bleakly. “As undocumented immigrants who have experienced deportation personally or within our families over the last 10 years, we know firsthand that Mexico is not prepared to receive a new wave of young people and their families.”
The release referred to violence and lack of educational opportunities, among other concerns — also detailed in a recent book, “Los Otros Dreamers,” and film project.
When he arrived in the consulate’s lobby, Sada, accompanied by Consul Roberto Dondisch, offered reassurance. In Spanish, he said Mexico, despite abundant criticism, was a rich country. It had transformed.
And it is taking steps to help Dreamers return, Sada said. Their American degrees will be validated automatically. The government is compiling a list of jobs for which they might apply.
A dad of two Dreamers, there along with the younger immigrants, questioned how welcoming most Mexicans would really be. He had gone back for a time and found he was discriminated against by his own people, he told Sada.
Yes, Sada admitted, he has heard of resentment against returnees. “They were the ones who left Mexico,” he said people complain.
Miguel Duncan-Galvez Bravo, who came to the U.S. when he was 2, made a point by speaking up in English — the language, he said, in which he feels most comfortable expressing his thoughts.
Returning to Mexico, he said, “I would be struggling.”
Why doesn’t Mexico create jobs within its own government for DACA recipients? he asked.
Sada, answering in Spanish, sidestepped the question of government jobs, but said the government intended to set up language classes for Dreamers.
“I know they’re trying to help,” Duncan-Galvez Bravo said after the meeting.
Yet the 29-year-old remained skeptical that Mexico was a viable option. He said he has seen job openings aimed at returnees and they were all in the retail and tourist industries, which would make no use of his education and experience.
He has a master’s degree in diplomacy and military studies from California State University, Northridge. Since graduating, he has worked at nonprofits, most recently as a fundraiser and development manager for Entre Hermanos, an organization supporting LGBTQ Latinos.”
WashPo: DACA Illegals Needed Because Blacks, Latinos Can’t Do the Jobs
“There is no evidence that unemployed Africa-American and Hispanic-Americans youths can do the jobs done by “DACA” illegal immigrants, the liberal Washington Post told its readers September 6.
Reporter Tracy Jan headlined her article “The Truth” as she argued that lower-skilled Americans cannot do the jobs filled by DACA illegals.
Here’s the problem: immigrant and native-born workers are imperfect substitutes. There is no evidence that the unemployed Americans, be they black, white or Hispanic, have the skills necessary to hold the same jobs occupied by the young beneficiaries of the five-year-old Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
To decorate her claim, she quoted Douglas Holtz-Eakin. He is the president of the American Action Forum advocacy group, an advisor to the Chamber of Commerce, and the former top policy aide to the GOP’s losing candidate in 2008, immigration-booster Sen. John McCain. She wrote:
“It is one thing to say that there are hundreds of thousands of minorities the same age that are unemployed, and a very different thing for them to have the same education, skills and experience as the employed DACA workers,” said Douglas Holtz-Eakin … “And if they do,” he added, “it begs the question as to why they don’t have those jobs in the first place.”
The dismissive comments by Jan and Holtz-Eakin comment also evoke one of the more damaging dismissals in the 2013 push to pass the doomed “Gang of Eight” amnesty-and-cheap-labor bill:
“There are American workers who, for lack of a better term, can’t cut it,” a [Sen. Marco] Rubio aide told [Ryan Lizza, a New Yorker reporter]. “There shouldn’t be a presumption that every American worker is a star performer. There are people who just can’t get it, can’t do it, don’t want to do it. And so you can’t obviously discuss that publicly.”
A few details about Holtz-Eakin. His American Action Forum was created by GOP donor Fred Malek. In turn, Malek gets his wealth from extensive investments in hotels, which gain greatly from a large scale supply of immigrant workers and immigrant customers. Since 2014, those investments are managed by Malek’s Thayer Investment Group as a subsidiary of Brookfield Asset Management. Malek is also a former president of Marriott Hotels. The Washington Post’s Tracey Jan does not mention this cheap-labor conflict of interest, which could color public deference to Holtz-Eakin’s status as an expert.
The American Action Forum did not return emails from Breitbart News.
The WashPo’s article was written by Jan to debunk the pro-American September 5 statements by President Donald Trump’s press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, amid the announcement of plans to end President Barack Obama’s 2012 “DACA” amnesty. Huckabee Sanders said:
It’s a known fact that there are over 4 million unemployed Americans in the same age group as those that are DACA recipients; that over 950,000 of those are African Americans in the same age group; over 870,000 unemployed Hispanics in the same age group. Those are large groups of people that are unemployed that could possibly have those jobs.
Holtz-Eakin’s response to that statement was his suggestion that African-Americans and Latin-Americans may not have “the same education, skills and experience as the employed DACA workers.” Jan boosted that claim with a similar claim by another AAF employee, Jackie Varas, who said:
“Many DACA recipients are also more skilled than other immigrants because they possess a college education, so they don’t compete with low-skilled Americans,” Varas said.
An August 2017 study by the pro-immigration Migration Policy Institute showed only 5 percent of 832,000 DACA illegals had four-year college qualifications, and that 396,000 DACA beneficiaries claimed to have only a high school credential and were not in higher education. The same report showed that 8 percent of DACA beneficiaries were working as computer experts, managers, media people or healthcare practitioners, while 46 percent were working in normal blue-collar jobs, such as food, industry, construction, transportation, landscaping or farming and fisheries.
So at a minimum, 396,000 High School graduate DACA-approved workers are competing directly for the jobs sought by the 950,000 young African Americans and the 870,000 young Hispanics cited by Huckabee Sanders.
The 2017 MPI survey also showed another 398,000 young illegals could qualify for DACA but avoided the amnesty. Even without high-school credentials, they could have joined the DACA amnesty and gotten work permits just by claiming to be enrolled in education classes. Nationwide, companies are employing roughly 8 million illegals, mostly for blue-collar jobs, and often via fly-by-night sub-contracting firms.
The available population of illegal workers — including the roughly 400,000 young DACA-approved illegals — ensures that American employers can reduce or stop their efforts to recruit, train, educate, hire and pay the 4 million lower-skilled unemployed Americans described by Huckabee Sanders. That logic is especially true for companies — such as the Thayer Lodging Group and its subcontractors — which rely on blue-collar labor.”
Dianne Feinstein’s comments on judge nominee’s faith ‘chilling,’ Notre Dame president says
|| Washington Examiner
“University of Notre Dame president John Jenkins issued a rebuke to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Saturday, stating that the lawmaker’s line of questioning into the religious beliefs of a judicial nominee and Notre Dame professor was “chilling.”
“It is chilling to hear from a United States Senator that this might now disqualify someone from service as a federal judge,” Jenkins wrote in a letter to Feinstein.
At issue were comments Feinstein made during a hearing Wednesday on the nomination for Amy Coney Barrett, a Roman Catholic, for a spot on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Republicans have raised the concern that Barrett was effectively subjected to a religious test.
“When you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you,” Feinstein said. “And that’s of concern when you come to big issues that large numbers of people have fought for for years in this country.”
Feinstein’s office later clarified to National Review that she was referring to abortion rights.
“I am one in whose heart ‘dogma lives loudly’, as it has for centuries in the lives of many Americans, some of whom have given their lives in service to this nation,” Jenkins, a Holy Cross priest, wrote Saturday. “Indeed, it lived loudly in the hearts of those who founded our nation as one where citizens could practice their faith freely and without apology.”
What prompted Feinstein’s comments, in part, was a 1998 article Barrett wrote on the role regarding the responsibilities of Catholic judges with respect to the death penalty. Barrett’s co-author for that article, Catholic University president John Garvey, defended her in an op-ed published by the Washington Examiner Thursday, writing that “our point was that judges should respect the law, even laws they disagree with.”
On Friday, Princeton University president Christopher Eisgruber, a constitutional scholar, wrote to Feinstein to defend Barrett, stating that “the questions directed to Professor Barrett about her faith were not consistent with the principle set forth in the Constitution’s ‘no religious test’ clause.”
Donald Bren & Irvine Company make rare public pitch for Amazon’s 2nd headquarters
|| OC Register
“When the titan of e-commerce said it needed a second headquarters, an Orange County titan of real estate said come on down.
Donald Bren, the owner and chairman of the Irvine Company issued a rare statement Thursday after Amazon said it was on the hunt for another base of operations in North America.
“We are uniquely qualified to meet Amazon’s needs,” Bren said in a statement to the Register.
The Irvine Co. will work with Irvine officials to identify specific plans and locations, company spokesman Scott Starkey said.
Amazon has a few must-haves: A prime location, close to transit, with plenty of space to grow.
Irvine officials believe the city would “appear to be the perfect location.”
The city plans to submit a proposal to Amazon, though they don’t have a timeline yet.
City Manager Sean Joyce became aware of “this intriguing opportunity today,” city spokesman Craig Reem said. Joyce has assigned staff to create a proposal, Reem said, but added “there is a lot of work ahead.”
The city, Reem said, would still have to explore where to build the headquarters.
“Irvine is nimble and innovative and ready to leverage our changing economy,” Councilwoman Melissa Fox said.
Amazon said Thursday it will spend more than $5 billion to build another headquarters in North America to house as many as 50,000 employees. It plans to stay in its sprawling Seattle headquarters and the new space will be “a full equal” of its current home, said founder and CEO Jeff Bezos.
The e-commerce giant has a significant presence in Southern California with warehouses and distributions scattered from Irvine to Moreno Valley. Logistics here also might be favorable with the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and cargo airports in Ontario and at LAX.
Amazon’s announcement highlights how fast the company is expanding and is certain to create a scramble among cities and states vying to make the short list. They have a little more than a month to apply through a special website, and the company said it will make a final decision next year.
It didn’t hint about where it might land, but its requirements could rule out some places: It wants to be near a metropolitan area with more than a million people; be able to attract top technical talent; be within 45 minutes of an international airport; have direct access to mass transit; and wants to be able to expand that headquarters to as much as 8 million square feet in the next decade. That’s about the same size as its current home in Seattle. Co-headquarters, though, often come about as a result of mergers.
Amazon said its search is open to any metropolitan area in North America that meets the parameters — the city itself doesn’t necessarily have to be a million people — but declined to say how open it was to building outside the U.S.
“We want to find a city that is excited to work with us and where our customers, employees, and the community can all benefit,” the company said on its search website, about why it was choosing its second headquarters through a public process.
Bezos has crowdsourced major decisions before – in June, just before Amazon announced its plan to buy organic grocer Whole Foods, the billionaire took to Twitter seeking ideas for a philanthropic strategy to give away some of his fortune. And tech companies have been known to set places in competition with each other: In vying to land Google’s ultra-fast broadband network, many cities used stunts and gimmickry to get the company’s attention. Topeka even informally renamed itself “Google, Kansas.”
In just the last month, Amazon announced plans to build three new warehouses that pack and ship packages in New York, Ohio and Oregon. And it recently paid close to $14 billion for Whole Foods and its more than 465 stores. The company plans to hire 100,000 people by the middle of next year, adding to its current worldwide staff of more than 380,000.
Amazon’s current campus in Seattle takes up 8.1 million square feet, has 33 buildings and 24 restaurants and is home to more than 40,000 employees. At the second headquarters, Amazon said it will hire up to 50,000 new full-time employees over the next 15 years who would have an average pay of more than $100,000 a year.
Amazon’s website about the search lauds the benefits it can bring to a community. And Amazon’s arrival could transform an area: Until 10 years ago, the neighborhood near Seattle’s campus just north of downtown was dotted with auto parts stores and low-rent apartments. Now the area is a booming pocket of high-rise office complexes, sleek apartment buildings and tony restaurants.
Amazon’s rise has not been without local critics, who say the influx of mostly well-heeled tech workers has caused housing prices to skyrocket, clogged the streets with traffic and changed the city for the worse. The Seattle Times reported Thursday that the median price for a house in August in Seattle was $730,000, up almost 17 percent in a year.”
| Question: Where is Irvine’s current congress person Rep. Mimi Walters? Missing in action as usual? And curious the Irvine Co. is not working with Walters to get jobs and expand business in Irvine and South Orange County.
We can either let jobs leave SoCal or fight to get some. Irvine is an amazingly vibrant and major high tech hub. So why is Walters supporting driverless cars as a huge social boon? We don’t make such cars in South Orange County. / CJ
DACA’s end may hurt OC GOP Congress members’ reelection bids
|| OC Register
“President Donald Trump’s termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival policy is expected to spur Latino — and possibly Asian — voter turnout next year, which would make reelection more difficult for Southern California’s six Republican Congress members already targeted by Democrats.
Two of the targeted members — Fullerton’s Ed Royce and Laguna Beach’s Mimi Walters — have spoken favorably of proposed legislation that would allow many of those brought to the country illegally as children to remain after DACA’s scheduled end next March. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, indicated he might also support such legislation.
But even that might not protect those House members from the election repercussions of Trump’s decision.
“It will boost turnout for sure,” said Karthick Ramakrishnan, a UC Riverside political scientist specializing in immigration policy. Latinos, who traditionally lag well behind other ethnicities in mid-term election participation, overwhelmingly favor Democrats when they do vote.
“The question is not how they’ll vote, but whether they’ll vote,” Ramakrishnan said. “I think we’ll see a lot of marches in the year ahead. I think we’ll see higher than usual mid-term turnout not just from Latinos but from all young voters, many of whom have grown up with the Dreamers who will be subject to deportation.”
He noted that one in eight Asian immigrants in this California is here without proper documentation, which has contributed to Asian American voters also being particularly sensitive to the issue.
Trump has called on Congress to address immigration during the six months before DACA expires. Already, there are proposals being discussed that would continue to provide legal protections for DACA recipients. Passage of such a measure could dilute the ballot-box damage to vulnerable Republicans, but Ramakrishnan and other experts doubt such a bill will win approval.
In 2013, a measure that would have provided a path to citizenship for many of those in the country illegally passed the Senate with bipartisan support. But House Republicans balked. While there were enough House Republicans to join with Democrats to pass the measure, Republican House Speaker John Boehner declined to bring the matter to a vote because a majority of Republicans opposed it.
Current House Speaker Paul Ryan, also a Republican, has spoken in favor of passing a measure to protect DACA recipients. But Ramakrishnan and UC Irvine political scientist Louis DeSipio are among those who don’t see Ryan allowing a vote on the measure without the support of a majority of Republicans.
“In the past, (Ryan) indicated he would not do this with immigration legislation,” said DeSipio, who specializes in ethnic politics. “I would say that it would be wise to do so, to put this issue behind Republicans for a while and to protect Republicans in 2018 swing districts. But he would certainly pay a price with his caucus.”
That price, according to Ramakrishnan, could likely be his leadership post.
“A lot of Congress members live in very Republican districts and they are most worried about being challenged in the primary by conservatives who are very strong on the immigration issue, including being opposed to DACA,” Ramakrishnan said.
Where they stand
The six targeted Republican districts are key to Democrats’ drive to capture the 24 seats needed to gain control of the House in next year’s election. In terms of ethnic voters, Royce’s district — which straddles the Orange, Los Angeles and San Bernardino county lines — is particularly vulnerable. Republicans have less than a 2-percentage point advantage in voter registration while 25 percent of registered voters are Latino and 21 percent are Asian.
But Royce was relatively quick to indicate his support for allowing DACA recipients to remain in the country legally.
“We should not deny residence to children who have only known America as their home, positively contributed to this great country and passed a background check,” Royce said in a Monday statement.
Walters, whose Orange County district’s voters are 12-percent Latino and 14-percent Asian, expressed a similar sentiment Tuesday.
“Congress should work to ensure their residency so that they can continue to contribute to our community and strengthen our nation,” she said.
A statement from Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, indicated he may support such a measure as well, calling for “a sense of compassion for those who were brought here in their childhood years ago and wish to stay as productive members of our communities.”
But another targeted Republican, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of Costa Mesa, endorsed Trump’s decision to end DACA, created by then-President Barack Obama via executive order. He also sounded less supportive than Royce and Walters when it comes to passing legislation to legalize DACA recipients.
“Legalizing their status sent a message throughout the world that our doors were open to share all the benefits accorded American citizens,” he said in a statement. “As the president suggested, it is now up to Congress, and we must face the issue squarely and fearlessly.”
The other two targeted Republicans — Rep. Steve Knight of Palmdale and Rep. Duncan Hunter of Lakeside — also supported Trump’s decision and agreed that Congress is the proper place to address the issue. However, statements from their offices did not clearly indicate whether they would support legislation allowing DACA recipients to remain in the country legally.
Hillary Clinton won five of the six targeted Southern California GOP districts last year, with Hunter’s being the exception.
Democrats — including most in Congress and most if not all of the more than three dozen Democratic challengers to the six Republicans — largely oppose Trump’s action and support legislation legalizing DACA recipients.
“Ending DACA is cruel, immoral and incredibly short-sighted,” said UC Irvine law professor Dave Min, the son of Korean immigrants and one of seven Democrats challenging Walters.
Jack Pitney, a political science professor at Claremont McKenna College, noted that there are other factors particular to each district likely to play key roles in next year’s races. While Royce’s district is more competitive on paper than Issa’s, Royce has repeatedly cruised to reelection by more than 10-percentage points. Issa is more controversial because of his reputation as an Obama attack dog and last year won reelection by just 0.6 percentage points.
Hunter is considered vulnerable in large measure because of reports that he is under federal investigation for the misuse of campaign funds. And Rohrabacher has drawn scrutiny because of his meetings with Russians and with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
“It is unlikely that any California Republican will lose because of DACA alone,” said Pitney.
But Pitney agreed the issue could cost Republicans votes. And in terms of issues with the potential to affect all competitive races, DACA is likely to be in the mix, according to Ramakrishnan.
“Health care and immigration — those will be the two big issues in the election,” Pitney said. “Unless there’s a war.”
DACA Illegals Reject Compromise: Demand Amnesty and More Immigration
“Young illegal immigrants interviewed by Breitbart News outside the White House said they did not want Congress to curb future immigration — even in a compromise to win congressional amnesty and citizenship for themselves and their parents.
“Building a wall can’t stop people coming into different countries … it is a better opportunity for their families,” said Jessica A. who was part of a group from Trinity Washington University in Washington D.C. “I can’t say that needs to stop.”
When asked how many legal immigrants should be annually accepted, she responded: “I can’t give you an answer because it is my people.”
Each year, four million young Americans enter the labor market. But the federal government annually provides green cards to 1 million new legal immigrants and provides temporary work-permit and visas to roughly 2 million foreign workers. Democrats and business groups want to further increase the inflow, but in 2014, GOP voters defeated the “Gang of Eight” amnesty bill that would have doubled the immigration numbers and also provided Green Cards to an unlimited number of foreign technology graduates who pay tuition to American universities.
In 2012, former President Barack Obama created a new category of illegal immigrants by granting work permits to illegals who arrived as children. This “DACA” group now include 800,000 beneficiaries, but may grow to 2 million as additional young illegals turn 16.
Multiple youths interviewed by Breitbart News at the White House rejected any suggestion of a political compromise to help create an amnesty for the 800,000. “Why should we make a deal?” asked Nayeli L, from the City University of New York.“We need to be on a path to citizenship … [because] we do the dirty work,” said the university student about the majority of younger illegal immigrants who are not enrolled in college.
The students were part of several groups that arrived at the White House Tuesday afternoon, in an effort coordinated by older organizers from groups such as the union-managed United We Dream organization.
The youths’ sense of entitlement “is being taught [to them] by the media, by the Democratic political establishment. and by some of the Republican establishment,” said Mark Krikorian, director of the Center for Immigration Studies. Some DACA illegals are willing to support compromise deals, Krikorian said, but they are shoved out of the limelight by progressives who use the youths to win their unpopular push for wide-open borders. He continued:
If the goal was to just fix that status of this unique subgroup of illegal immigrants, a special case, then [Democrats] would be willing to deal — say, trade a ‘Dreamer’ amnesty for mandatory use of E-Verify [by employers]. But they’re not considering it because … the advocacy groups pushing it see the [youths] as a stepping stone to a broad amnesty.
While Breitbart News interviewed young illegals outside the White House, others youths chanted “No KKK, no racist USA, no Trump“ and “Help the kids: Deport the racists.”
Some of the students also mobbed a nearby pro-Trump protestor, calling him a racist. Their target, Eugene Delgaudio, who served 16 years on the school board in Loudoun County, Va., was at the White House to protest the Department of Education’s promotion of pro-transgender policies.
“I’m a Trump defender and I had a sign, ‘Defend Trump,’ but they assumed I was there for them,” Delgaudio told Breitbart News, adding:
I asked them if they believed in the First Amendment [but] they wanted to make it so that I can’t speak, so that I don’t have a voice. It is kind of ironic that they are claiming rights … but they have no respect for our constitution. They have no respect for the First Amendment, they have no respect for our way of life, which is to have free speech for everyone.
Ironically, an older Asian immigrant intervened in the fracas, spoke up for free speech, and kept the DACA protestors away from Delgaudio while he completed his videotaped speech.
When Breitbart News asked the illegals if new immigration limits were a fair trade for amnesty, Yoseline R. said: “I think no.” She added that she declined to set limits on immigration because she is concerned for members of her family outside the United States. Yoseline is a student studying for a communications degree.
An amnesty for the younger migrants is “just justice,” said Natalie H., who said she is a Mexican who was brought into the United States at age 3. Americans’ annual immigration limits should grow because foreign people want to “come here for a better life,” she said.
‘The goal here is… a better Dream Act,” not a balanced immigration policy, said Ellie S., whose illegal-immigrant Indian parents brought her into the United States. “We want more than just DACA,” said Brenda M. “We want citizenship, inclusion of our parents.”
Sam M. said legal immigration rates should double to 2 million per year, and all illegals should be eligible for amnesty and citizenship. “Everybody eligible,” she said, adding that she has a “Dreamer” scholarship from her university. Four-year “full ride,” she added.
The demonstrators were young college students, marking them as slightly younger than the average 25-year-old age of people covered by Obama’s DACA amnesty. As college students, they are a small minority of the illegals who were brought into the United States as children, because most of the younger illegals are either HS dropouts and graduates.
Obama’s amnesty provided work-permit and Social Security cards to roughly 800,000 illegals, out of a total population of 2 million people who were smuggled into the United States as children by their illegal-alien parents.
Legislators in Congress are debating whether the 800,000 or more illegals should be given a formal legal amnesty and whether any amnesty should be paired with immigration reforms which help Americans raise their living standards amid the inflow of foreign labor.
Each year, the government also hands out almost 3 million short-term work permits to foreign workers. These permits include roughly 330,000 one-year OPT permits for foreign graduates of U.S. colleges, roughly 200,000 three-year H-1B visas for foreign white-collar professionals, and 400,000 two-year permits to DACA illegals.
The current annual flood of foreign labor into the United States spikes profits and Wall Street values by boosting government spending and by cutting salaries for manual and skilled labor offered by blue-collar and white-collar employees. It also drives up real estate prices, widens wealth-gaps, reduces high-tech investment, increases state and local tax burdens, hurts kids’ schools and college education, and sidelines at least 5 million marginalized Americans and their families.”
Irma wipes out TWO Caribbean islands destroying 95 per cent of Barbuda and St Maartin, killing at least ten
|| Daily Mail UK
“St Maarten’s famous international airport, Princess Juliana, has been destroyed by Hurricane Irma.
The storm ripped through the airport on Wednesday, with 185mph winds blowing over safety fences and battering nearby Maho beach.
Huge rocks smashed into planes, and boarding walkways were slammed to the ground by the downpour of rain and gusts of wind, which also brought mounds of sand on to the runway.
Hurricane Irma howled past Puerto Rico with 185mph winds after reducing the tiny tropical islands of Barbuda and St Martin to rubble and claiming at least ten lives.
The category 5 storm – the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic – left a trail of deadly devastation through the Caribbean when it struck on Wednesday on a potential collision course with south Florida.
Barbuda and St Martin suffered the storm’s full fury with roughly 95 per cent of properties destroyed on both islands. Officials said at least eight people died on the French part of St Martin – a pristine resort known for its vibrant nightlife.
‘It’s an enormous catastrophe. Ninety-five percent of the island is destroyed,’ top local official Daniel Gibbs said. ‘I’m in shock. It’s frightening.’
The island, which is divided between the Netherlands and France, was left without drinking water or electricity and the death toll is expected to rise.
Barbuda, part of the twin island nation of Antigua and Barbuda, also suffered ‘absolute devastation’ and is ‘barely habitable’ with more than 90 per cent of dwellings completely destroyed, a child killed and 60 per cent of the population left homeless.
Meanwhile, residents on the British Overseas Territory of Anguilla said the island was ‘utterly devastated’ and looked as though it had ‘suffered nuclear bomb devastation’.
The core was expected to scrape the northern coast of the Dominican Republic and Haiti on Thursday and track near Turks and Caicos and southeastern Bahamas later. It is likely to be downgraded to a Category 4 storm by the time it makes landfall in Florida, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Thursday.”