(This is a multi-part commentary covering a variety of issues.)
We are supposed to think that the Trump administration has illegal immigration under control. It does not. The Washington Examiner reports:
Illegal immigration across the Southwest border has surged back to Obama-era levels, according to the latest data released Friday that suggests the gains President Trump made early in his tenure have worn off.
Nearly 40,000 illegal immigrants were nabbed attempting to sneak in at the border in November, which was up about 12 percent compared to October, and more than twice the monthly numbers from March and April, when Mr. Trump touted his early accomplishments.
Perhaps just as worrisome for officials is the rise in families traveling together, which surged 45 percent last month, and unaccompanied minors traveling without parents, which rose 26 percent in November.
… The 39,006 people apprehended in November is still less than the previous two years, but is more than 2012, 2013 or 2014, signaling a return to Obama-era levels of illegal immigration on the border.
OK, folks, it is time to build the border wall, which president Trump has started on. We are spending vast sums of taxpayer money every year on border agents and processing operations to capture, detain and return hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants to Mexico.
If we build the wall we invest once in the wall and the job is done. Period. End of sentence. Nobody comes in. The wall stops them cold and the hordes of people coming to the border will stop coming. Very simple. Border patrol costs also can be shrunk significantly.
Build the wall!
Meanwhile we should never offer DACA amnesty for ‘dreamers’ or for any other illegal immigrants.
To understand why Nikitas3.com takes this zero-tolerance stance we need to look at the case in San Francisco where an illegal immigrant who had re-entered the US illegally five times and had seven felonies on his record fired off a gun, killing Kate Steinle.
A liberal San Francisco jury found the Mexican criminal immigrant guilty only of a firearms charge. This criminal should have been convicted at least of involuntary manslaughter since he shot the gun near a crowd and the bullet bounced off the pavement and killed Steinle.
This case shows finally why we must never give any type of amnesty to any illegal immigrants including these ‘dreamers’ since Democrats already have shown us over and over what they are giving us in return – massive illegal immigration including millions of crimes against Americans by illegal aliens which will never be punished by liberal cops, politicians and juries.
These DACA ‘dreamers’ are the children of illegal immigrants. ‘Dreamers’ were born in the US and are demanding amnesty. But they are never going to be expelled anyway. This call for amnesty is a publicity stunt.
Since they are being allowed to stay in the US, and will continue to be allowed to stay, then that is their greatest gift from America and they should stop demanding amnesty and be happy that they can stay here.
And since they are going to remain here they should adhere to these conditions – they can never vote in the US; must officially register with the government as ‘dreamers’; must live permanently under “green card” status; they cannot send remittance money to Mexico; and must pay US taxes.
If we grant any type of amnesty it will only encourage more illegal immigration. In 1986 we granted amnesty to 3 million illegals under the Simpson-Mazzoli bill. In exchange we were supposed to seal the border.
Democrats, naturally, never sealed the border and now we have up to 20 million illegals who are waiting for another amnesty.
Again, Nikitas3.com says: No DACA amnesty, no general amnesty, build the wall…
Here is what else president Trump said recently about illegal immigration after decades in which the murderous MS-13 gang has infiltrated the US by the thousands:
“To any member of MS-13 listening. I have a message for you: We will find you, we will arrest you, we will jail you, we will throw you the hell out of the country. And somehow I like it better than jail. Jail we have to take care of them. Who the hell wants to take care of them?”
Fantastic. This is all Trump needs to say to secure his re-election in 2020.
Now here is a word about the city of Detroit, Michigan which was considered for decades to be a ‘dead’ city with no future. This is from Yahoo News:
An 800-foot-tall centerpiece is coming to Detroit’s resurgent downtown as the city continues to build momentum about three years after exiting the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.
… But the bad times for downtown appear to be largely over. Bedrock Detroit’s $900 million, two-building project will include a 58-story residential tower and 12-floor building for retail and conference space. Up to 450 residential units can be built in the tower.
It is one of four projects representing a $2.1 billion investment in downtown by the Detroit-based commercial real estate firm. Altogether, the projects are expected to create up to 24,000 jobs in a city that desperately needs them and generate $673 million in new tax revenue.
… A ribbon-cutting was held in August for an $860 million sports complex just north of downtown. The 20,000-seat Little Caesars Arena is the new home of the Detroit Red Wings and Pistons. It will anchor a 50-block neighborhood of offices, apartments, restaurants and shops.
… Software maker Microsoft announced in February that it plans to move its Michigan Microsoft Technology Center next year from the suburbs to downtown. In 2016, Ally Financial opened new offices downtown that the financial services company said eventually would be occupied by more than 1,500 employees and contractors.
Look at all of this great news. This is happening after Michigan elected a tough-guy, conservative Republican governor in November 2010 named Rick Snyder, and re-elected him in 2014. Snyder is a former computer executive and venture capitalist. His net worth is estimated at $200 million.
Snyder began by rooting out Democrat corruption, reforming the Michigan state budget and reducing taxes, welcoming business back to Michigan, and forcing Detroit into bankruptcy which Democrats vehemently opposed just as Obama opposed official bankruptcy for General Motors and Chrysler before bailing them out with federal dollars.
This Detroit bankruptcy compelled the city to confront its problems and to reorganize itself. Now, with a pro-growth agenda under Snyder, Detroit and the entire state of Michigan are bouncing back from the devastation wreaked by the labor unions that drove much of the auto industry out with decades of confrontation, belligerence and outrageous wage demands.
At the time of the GM and Chrysler bailouts in 2009 unionized assembly-line workers with a high school education were earning up to $150,000 a year in wages, pensions and benefits ($170,000 in today’s dollars). Thus it is no surprise that these companies could not make money.
To understand how bad this situation got, consider what happened in 2006, decades after Michigan’s prosperity had fled and its younger, skilled and educated population had too. Under liberal Democrat Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm – a union shill – Toyota had proposed back in 2006 to build a non-union engine manufacturing plant in Michigan that would have provided more than 1,000 high-paid jobs. This could have been the start of a Michigan turnaround.
But Michigan unions opposed a non-union plant and made such a stink that Toyota withdrew its plan. Granholm, a Canadian by birth, stood by and said nothing, just like her unions backers wanted her to do.
Governor Snyder came along in January 2011 and started to offer a brighter image of the state. He turned Michigan into a ‘right to work’ state, which was a major blow to union power in a state that gave birth to the auto workers union. It was in Michigan that Teamsters union chief Jimmy Hoffa disappeared in 1975 from the parking lot of the Machus Red Fox restaurant in Bloomfield Hills and has never been seen again.
Along with other conservative Snyder policies Michigan is rebounding big time. In December 2014 Toyota announced plans to invest $126 million in Michigan. And now look at the renaissance in Detroit. Wonderful.
This is what president Trump is doing on the national level. It always works.
Now here is a word about immigration in Europe. This is from PJ Media:
An explosive report has revealed that close associates of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and officials of his AKP Party are funding and arming criminal gangs in Germany. This information reportedly was leaked by German intelligence to several media outlets, which subsequently published the allegations.
German-language outlet ZDF reported that German intelligence wiretaps revealed AKP Party officials transferring money to leaders of the “Osmanen Germania” (Ottoman Germany) biker gang. The money was for purchasing weapons and directing attacks on critics of Erdogan’s increasingly tyrannical regime in Turkey among Germany’s sizable Turkish population.
This shows that we in the West must halt immigration from muslim countries. On the other hand Christians from muslim nations should be welcomed into the US and Europe to escape muslim brutality.
Muslims are infiltrating the West and seeking to destroy us. Muslim-friendly Sweden now has regular bombings and terror attacks that the global media are refusing to report on.
We all know that this also is happening in Germany, Belgium, France, Spain and Britain, and of course in the US. Democrats are even telling us that we must get accustomed to these terror attacks.
No we don’t. All muslims in the US and Europe who are not citizens should be sent back to their nations of origin where they can practice their religion freely and build up their own countries rather than tearing down ours.
Now here are some final thoughts about the very liberal state of Illinois. Its largest city is Chicago, Obama’s hometown and long considered America’s most corrupt city. The Wall Street Journal reports a big population and wealth outflow from Illinois:
(Illinois) lost a record $4.75 billion in adjusted gross income to other states in the 2015 tax year, according to recently IRS data released. That’s up from $3.4 billion in the prior year. Many of the migrants were retirees who often flock to balmier climes. But millennials accounted for more than a third of the net outflow in tax returns.
While Florida with zero income tax was the top destination for Illinois expatriates, the Illinois Policy Institute notes that Illinois lost income and people on net to all of its neighbors – Wisconsin (6,000 people based on claimed exemptions), Indiana (8,200), Iowa (1,900), Missouri (2,000) and Kentucky (1,100). What’s the matter with Illinois?
Two words: taxes and corruption:
[S]uffice to say that exorbitant property and business taxes have retarded economic growth. Illinois’s corporate tax rate is 9.5%, and pass-through business owners pay 6.45%. Though Illinois’s flat 4.95% income tax rate is relatively low compared to its neighbors, Democrats have found other ways to clobber their citizens.
Property taxes in Cook County and Chicago’s “collar” counties are the highest in the country outside of California and the Northeast. The average homeowner who moves from Lake County, Illinois, across the border to Kenosha County, Wisconsin would receive an annual $3,200 annual property tax cut. Taxes may increase as Democrats scrounge for cash to pay for pensions. Fitch Ratings reported this week that Illinois’s unfunded pension liabilities equalled 22.8% of residents’ personal income last year, compared to a median of 3.1% across all states and 1% in Florida.
We certainly have noticed that the American economy has moved steadily out of high-tax and very liberal states like Vermont, New York, Connecticut, Illinois and California and into low-tax, low-regulation, conservative states. That is for a good reason, i.e., business goes where it can thrive, not where it faces obstruction every day.
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