Tag Archives: Immigration

Enumerati

Nearly Two-Thirds of Americans Think Immigrants Strengthen the Country

60 percent

Public opinion surveys have frequently asked the U.S. public whether “immigrants today strengthen our country because of their hard work and talents” or whether “immigrants today are a burden on our country because they take our jobs, housing and health care.” The above figure shows the percent indicating that immigrants “strengthen our country because of their hard work and talents” from every question in the Roper Center’s iPOLL database from 1994 to 2017 (the last time the question was asked). Although views toward immigrants have varied over the years, more than 60 percent of the U.S. public indicated that immigrants strengthen our country in December of 2016 and in March, May, and July of 2017.

Enumerati

Mar-A-Lago Seeks Visas for 40 Immigrants to Work as Waiters

40

President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club “has applied for permission to hire 40 foreign workers to serve as waiters during the winter social season in Palm Beach, Fla.,” the Washington Post reports. “The application filed with the Labor Department signals that — despite Trump’s insistence that immigration is holding down wages and crowding out native-born American workers — his club believes it cannot find any Americans willing and able to hold the waiter jobs.”

Enumerati

Majority Disapproves of Trump Immigration Policies

58%

A new Quinnipiac poll finds that American voters disapprove of the way President Trump is handling immigration, 58% to 39%. But they’re split on whether he’s a racist, 49% to 47%. Also interesting: 50% of voters say the main motive for Trump’s immigration policies is “a sincere interest in controlling our borders,” while 44% say the main motive is “racist beliefs.”

Enumerati

Legal Immigration Down 12 Percent Under Trump

12%

“The number of people receiving visas to move permanently to the United States is on pace to drop 12 percent in President Trump’s first two years in office,” the Washington Post reports. “Among the most affected are the Muslim-majority countries on the president’s travel ban list — Yemen, Syria, Iran, Libya and Somalia — where the number of new arrivals to the United States is heading toward an 81 percent drop by Sept. 30, the end of the second fiscal year under Trump.”

Enumerati

Trump Administration Continues Cruelty Campaign on the Border

300

“Border agents and child welfare workers are running out of space to shelter children who have been separated from their parents at the U.S. border as part of the Trump administration’s new ‘zero tolerance’ policy,” NBC News reports. “As of Sunday, nearly 300 of the 550 children currently in custody at U.S. border stations had spent more than 72 hours there, the time limit for immigrants of any age to be held in the government’s temporary facilities. Almost half of those 300 children are younger than 12.”

Enumerati

Number of Children Held by HHS Surged 21 Percent in a Month

10,773

“The number of migrant children held in U.S. government custody without their parents has surged 21 percent in the past month, according to the latest figures, an increase driven by the Trump administration’s ‘zero tolerance’ crackdown on families who cross the border illegally,” the Washington Post reports. “Although the government has not disclosed how many children have been separated from their parents as a result of the new measures, the Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday that it had 10,773 migrant children in its custody, up from 8,886 on April 29. … Those shelters are at 95 percent capacity, an HHS official said Tuesday, and the agency is preparing to add potentially thousands of new bed spaces in the coming weeks.”

Verbatim

Kelly ‘Fesses Up to Jingoistic, Racist Views

“They’re overwhelmingly rural people. In the countries they come from, fourth-, fifth-, sixth-grade educations are kind of the norm. They don’t speak English; obviously that’s a big thing… They don’t integrate well; they don’t have skills. They’re not bad people. They’re coming here for a reason. And I sympathize with the reason. But the laws are the laws.”

— White House chief of staff John Kelly, in a NPR interview.

Enumerati

Trump Deported Fewer than Obama in His Frst Year in Office

177,000

“Despite President Trump’s tough-on-immigration rhetoric, there have been fewer deportations in his first year as president than there were in any year of Barack Obama’s presidency,” Axios reports. “There were 177,000 fewer deportations this year than in 2009, Obama’s first year in office.”

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Most Say Immigration is Good for the Country

64%

A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds 55% of respondents say they’re comfortable with the United States becoming more diverse and tolerant of different lifestyles, gender roles, languages, cultures and experiences. In addition, 64% believe immigration strengthens the country.

Poetic Justice

From Slave to Immigrants

Ben Carson’s at it again, rewriting black history.
But was this a case of stupidity or sophistry?
He tried to inspire folks at HUD,
But his comments fell flat — with a thud.
And how he transformed slaves into immigrants remains a mystery.