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From AEI, something to remember when we're told that the middle class in America is disappearing.  It's disappearing because people are moving upward:

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1 Count on Migrants From the World Over to Exploit U.S. Immigration Laws

Word is spreading worldwide — even as far as sub-Saharan Africa — that the U.S. has an open southern border and an open checkbook. This summer, thousands of Africans from Cameroon, Congo and other violence-plagued countries are forming caravans, preparing to cross our southern border. Border agents from the Del Rio area of Texas…

2 Dems Want to Insure Illegals, Don't Care About Vets and Middle Class

It's official. Democratic Party Chair Tom Perez confirms the Party fully endorses free health care for illegal immigrants. That puts illegals ahead of veterans struggling to qualify for civilian care, middle-class working stiffs priced out of Obamacare and baby boomers facing the likelihood of Medicare cuts. At last Thursday's Democratic presidential…

3 What Now, For Those Who Denied a 'Crisis' At the Border?

Congress is debating emergency humanitarian aid to care for migrants on the U.S.-Mexico border. The need is obvious. With virtually no barrier to stop them, thousands of migrants are crossing illegally into the United States every day. More than a million will come this year. U.S. law prevents border officials from quickly returning them. While they…

4 Rescue Border Towns and Taxpayers With 'Remain in Mexico'

President Donald Trump scored a win on Friday when a federal appeals court gave a temporary green light to the president's "remain in Mexico" program. The idea is to keep asylum seekers south of the border until they get their day in court. It's urgently needed to help border towns such as McAllen, Texas, and Las Cruces, New Mexico, which…

5 How Bad Does Border Have To Be For Democrats To Admit It's An Emergency?

Is there any number of illegal border crossings into the United States that would strike Democrats as an emergency? As they resisted President Trump's efforts to stem the flow of illegal migrants across the U.S.-Mexico border, many Democrats made the point that fewer migrants are coming today than years ago, during the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush…

6 Build the Wall to Save Taxpayers Billions

President Donald Trump launched another battle for border-wall funding on Monday, calling for $8.6 billion additional dollars in his proposed federal budget for next year. Top Democrats came out swinging, bashing a border wall as "expensive and ineffective." The truth is, Dems are not leveling with the public about the billions we're already…

7 Can Moderate Dems Talk Pelosi Out Of Extreme Border Position?

As things stand now, a House and Senate conference committee is the only hope that Democrats and Republicans can reach agreement on border security and avoid another government shutdown. The negotiations — such as they are, for a committee that has met briefly only once in more than a week — are ostensibly between Republicans…

8 In Border Talks, a New Fight for Barrier Deniers

A House-Senate conference committee is beginning work on a package of border security policies that, it is hoped, can win the support of both Democrats and Republicans. The final product is certain to include several measures that already have full, bipartisan approval: more immigration judges, more technology to detect illegal drugs at ports of entry…

9 Democrats Want 'Technological Wall' That Won't Keep Anybody Out

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border would be "immoral." Instead, she favors something she calls a "technological wall." Another top House Democrat, Rep. James Clyburn, calls it a "smart wall." Instead of building an actual physical barrier of steel, concrete or some other material, Pelosi,…

10 The Ironies of Illegal Immigration

Estimates suggest that there are 11 million to 13 million Mexican citizens currently living in the United States illegally. Millions more emigrated previously and are now U.S. citizens. A recent poll revealed that one-third of Mexicans (34 percent) would like to emigrate to the United States. With Mexico having a population of about 130 million, that…

11 Border Wall: Monument for the People, Not Pols

Profligate politicians have never met a multibillion-dollar infrastructure project they didn't like — except when it comes to President Donald Trump's border wall. Think about it. Boston's Big Dig black hole, the nation's most expensive highway project, burned through $25 billion and was plagued by deadly engineering incompetence, endless…

12 When Democrats Embraced the 'Southern Border Fencing Strategy'

In 2006, Congress passed the Secure Fence Act, which mandated the construction of multilayer pedestrian fencing along about 600 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border. It passed with big, bipartisan majorities: 283 votes in the House and 80 in the Senate. Some top Democrats who are still in the Senate today supported the fence: Charles Schumer, Dianne Feinstein…

13 Say His Name: RIP Cpl. Ronil Singh

In the still of the last night of 2018, the silence of California Dems chilled the air and airwaves. Border wall opponent Sen. Kamala Harris tweeted three times between Christmas and New Year's Eve bemoaning the plight of illegal immigrants and their children. But not a peep was heard from Harris about the brutal shooting death of Newman, California…

14 Stonewalling the Wall

Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel is mocking "the very dopey people" contributing to a GoFundMe campaign to support President Donald Trump's southern border wall. All Kimmel's got to lose by insulting supporters of the wall is his ratings. But Democrats are risking a voter backlash by stonewalling Trump's request for border funding and claiming…

15 Trump Border Wall Showdown

Congressional Democrats are butting heads with President Donald Trump over his demand for $5 billion to continue building a wall along the southern border. Rep. Nancy Pelosi vows not one dollar will go for a wall. She calls the idea of a wall "immoral." Not building the wall is what's truly immoral. Allowing destitute, uneducated people…

16 Why Not Build a Border Barrier — It's the Law

The news is filled with images of migrants massing at the U.S-Mexico border in California. Why haven't they been able to enter the United States? Because a physical barrier prevents them from doing so. It is just another example of a barrier — a fence, a wall, whatever — providing real border security. Of course, building a…

17 Trump's Plan to Stop the Caravan

President Donald Trump is putting the economic screws to Mexico to control the flood of Central American migrants storming our southern border. Unlike prior presidents, Trump is driving a hard bargain. Exports are Mexico's economic lifeblood. A staggering 81 percent of those exports go to the United States. That's why Trump's threat to close the border…

18 Trump on Strong Legal Ground to Stop Caravan

Former President Barack Obama is ridiculing President Donald Trump and other Republicans for vowing to stop the caravan of 4,000 Central American migrants heading toward our border. Republicans are "trying to convince everybody to be afraid of a bunch of impoverished, malnourished refugees," Obama says. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi…

19 Yes, Unvetted Illegal Caravans Threaten Public Health

We live in bizarro times. Suddenly, it is controversial to state obvious, neon-bright truths. This week, it has become newsworthy to observe that illegal border-crossers who circumvent required medical screenings are a threat to America's public health and safety. Just look at these hyperventilating headlines and tweets. From Newsweek, which is supposed…

20 The Post-9/11 Cycle of Cynicism

Remember. Forget. Repeat. For 17 years, America has engaged in a collective ritual every Sept. 11: Hang flags, light candles, bow heads and make vows to "Never forget." Then, every Sept. 12, it's back to business as usual: See something, do nothing. Did you remember that five of the 9/11 hijackers — Mohamed Atta, Marwan al-Shehhi…

21 The Asylum Phenomenon on the Southern Border

People hoping to settle in the United States wait years for a green card to be legal residents. They play by the rules. These law-abiding newcomers must feel like idiots, watching what's happening on the southern border. Hundreds of thousands of Central American migrants are walking right in. They're not waiting in line. They're using "asylum…

22 Donald Trump's Mainstream Immigration Policy

Perhaps no Trump policy has provoked more emotional reaction than the practice of separating illegal border crossers from the children they brought with them to the United States. There's no need to recount the number of times critics have called the president a Nazi, or a fascist, or just plain cruel. The administration has now stopped the separation…

23 'Abolish ICE' Zealots Occupy Fantasy Island

"No ban. No wall. No borders at all." That is the radical rallying cry of the Democratic Socialists of America. Waving desecrated U.S. flags, grubby fists and ratty anarchy banners, DSA's professional protesters are targeting Trump administration officials, threatening immigration enforcement agents, and blockading detention facilities and…

24 Nationwide, Dems Attack ICE instead of Crime

New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo is threatening to sue the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency for its ongoing raids to detain illegal immigrants wanted for serious crimes like assault and rape. A staggering 80 percent of those apprehended in recent ICE raids in New York were either convicted criminals or charged with crimes. But Cuomo…

25 Caravans, Churches and Criminal Sanctuaries

Open borders tour guides in Mexico illegally shepherding 1,500 Central Americans to the United States border declared victory this week. Mexican officials reportedly are offering humanitarian visas to avert a showdown. But the parade of immigration lawlessness marches on — with reckless aiding and abetting by churches across the U.S. Pueblo…

26 On Immigration, Trump Goes For It All

Back in 2015, before the presidential primaries began, a voter asked candidate Donald Trump if he believed compromise should be part of politics. "Compromise is not a bad word to me," Trump answered. "But if you are going to compromise, ask for about three times more than you want. You understand? So when you compromise, you get what…

27 Time's Up for 'Temporary' Alien Protection

Se acabó el tiempo. Seventeen years after granting "temporary protected status" to nearly 200,000 Salvadoran citizens who had fled earthquakes in 2001 or who were already here illegally and claimed they were unable to return to their homeland because of civil strife, America is setting a deadline: Get right with the law or go home…

28 With DC Distracted, Immigration Debate Reaches Critical Point

While Washington obsesses over a new book on White House intrigue, the Trump administration is reaching a critical point on the issue of immigration, one of the president's top priorities and the subject of his most often-repeated campaign promises. There are multiple moving parts: The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, a border wall,…

29 Still Dawdling Over Deadly Diversity Visas

Capitol Hill's national security priorities are screwier than a Six Flags roller coaster. Instead of immediately shutting down one of America's stupidest visa programs, which helped bring us yet another murder-minded jihadist this week, bipartisan Beltway politicians are pushing to preserve and expand the illegal immigration pipeline. Republicans…

30 Dumb Sensors, Deadly Consequences

The circumstances of U.S. Border Patrol agent Rogelio Martinez's death this week remain murkier than the Rio Grande River. Agent Martinez succumbed to critical head injuries early Sunday morning. An unnamed partner, who came to Martinez's aid after he radioed for help from a remote area of the Big Bend sector in Texas, also suffered serious wounds…

 
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"With Americans working and with money in their pockets again, with the 2020 election approaching, Democrats are reaching for the race card the way a sick man reaches for the waters of Lourdes. Desperately. Their allies in media followed suit, with Trump called everything from a white supremacist, to a Nazi, and on and on. ...Watching our politics, as some Americans have their individuality stripped…[more]
 
 
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