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August 12, 2019

Richard Lynn and his Bell Curve

2006 estimates by Lynn and political scientist ​Tatu Vanhanen​, it is often referenced by “race realists”.

The following is an Op-Ed written by our intern, Bowie Fritsch. Bowie is a high-school senior from Austin, Tx. 

Richard Lynn is a white supremacist psychologist who is famous in alt-right circles for his studies on IQ and race. He is most known for his book ​IQ and the Wealth of Nations​ which argues that certain countries are poor because they have low IQ populations and that indicators like GDP correlate to the average IQ of that country. Studies like these are used to justify the exploitation of poorer…

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August 9, 2019

How to go on the offensive on immigration

How to go on the offensive on immigration

As this recent article in USA today shows, Republicans are trying to distance themselves from any charge of being anti-immigrant (or racist)–they know that being anti-immigrant is NOT a winning position. The following article is from Lamar Smith, who helped block immigration reform efforts in the House for over a decade.

https://www.knowsomething.us/article/questions-for-lamar-smith-regarding-his-usa-today-editori al-on-immigration/

I ask these questions of Mr. Smith and of Republicans more broadly:

Who are better positioned to determine who possess the needed skills and education, the Department of Labor or the companies seeking to…

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Facts you should know

Fact: Americans (especially Democrats) are more pro-immigration than ever

https://www.knowsomething.us/article/new-polling-data-from-gallup-legal-immigration-more-pop ular-than-ever/

Fact: President Trump keeps running to his base–but at some point (even) he might see the need to triangulate–and immigration is ​the​ issue that matters to possibly move swing voters.

https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-06-19/what-have-donald-trump-s-rallies-acco mplished

Fact: Trump is polling 30 points worse with independent voters than he dd in 2016! The 2018 midterms were a foreshadowing of this–Republicans did 20% worse with independents in that election than 2016 and the President has only hurt prospects with independent voters more since then. ​This…

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Business Costs of Hiring an Immigrant

What are business costs associated with hiring immigrants? H1B Affiliated Costs1

  1. $325 USCIS petition filing fee;
  2. $1,500 ACWIA training fee;
  3. $500 fraud prevention and detection fee;
  4. Optional: The Premium Processing Fee $1,225.

1. In 2001, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) enacted regulations making premium processing available for H-1B applications. An employer is not responsible for the $1,225 filing fee and any other fees associated with premium processing if the employee is the party requesting and benefiting from the premium processing. If the employer chooses to request premium processing for its benefit, then the costs must be borne…

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What you need to know about the Tanton Triumvirate

This is a fantastic dynamic network that shows who is connected with who. 

The most identifiable origins of Immigrant intolerance and hatred stem with three groups that comprise what should be called the “Tanton Triumvirate.” – FAIR, the Center for Immigration Studies, and Numbers USA”.

Wikipedia describes (the recently deceased) Tanton thus:

John H. Tanton (February 23, 1934 – July 16, 2019) was an American ophthalmologist, white nationalist[1][2][3] and anti-immigration activist.[4] He was the founder and first chairman of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), an anti-immigration organization. He was…

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Restrictionist groups try to distance themselves from shooter. No one is buying it

“FAIR, along with two other Washington-based restrictionist groups, the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) and Numbers USA, have avoided linking their positions to race or ethnicity, but they have pushed similar arguments about the burden that immigrants place on the native-born, and the purported difficulties they pose to assimilation in American culture and society.”

No one should buy this rhetoric. These groups must take responsibility for the messages they perpetuate.

Read the Story Here

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August 5, 2019

It’s a sad weekend in America.

The anti-immigrant rhetoric has always been a dangerous violation of human rights, and this weekend’s Texas shooting is another sad addition to the long list of violence against immigration and immigrants. We can and MUST work together to make this country safer for both citizen and non-citizen immigrants.

Read the story here: https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/05/politics/donald-trump-gun-control-immigration-reform-mass-shootings/index.html

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New American Economy’s Important New Report

We want to highlight some of the great work done by our allies. New American Economy has just released a very important report that helps myth-bust some common anti-immigration arguments. Toggle through the interactive design to understand how immigrants contribute to the health and wealth of America by paying taxes, creating jobs, and supporting key industries in the top 100 metro areas.

Check out the map here!

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July 28, 2019

Amy Wax and intellectual dishonesty–“brain drain” argument has been thoroughly debunked

Here’s What Amy Wax Really Said About Immigration

There are many instances of falsehoods, half truths and logical fallacies riddling the recent speech given by University of Pennsylvania law professor Amy Wax at the National Conservative Conference in Washington DC.  In this article, I will focus on just one paragraph of Wax’s speech, but one that reveals an utter lack of intellectual honesty.

A transcript of the entire speech as well as the Q&A session that followed have been posted here.

Wax:

Lately, there has been talk of reforming the law to favor skilled immigrants, as do…

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July 25, 2019

More Immigration Doesn’t Reduce US Wages–fight the “lump of labor” fallacy!

Immigration restrictionists often claim immigrants “steal jobs and decrease wages.”  The reality is different and a bit more nuanced.

Reason Magazine’s Alex Muresienu  provides an excellent summary of what is a consensus view among economists who have studied this issue.

How, you might ask, is that possible? After all, the basic laws of economics suggest that an increase in the supply of labor should lower the price of labor. But increased immigration doesn’t just increase the supply of labor—it also expands the demand for labor. Immigrants aren’t…

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July 24, 2019

Restoring the Rule of Law Through a Fair, Humane, and Workable Immigration System–Center for American Progress

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This is one of the best pieces I have seen on a rational way forward to enact bipartisan immigration reform.  I implore you to read it in its entirety, but I will be quoting excerpts over the next few days.

Introduction and summary

The immigration debate in America today is nearly as broken as the country’s immigration system itself. For too many years, the conversation has been predicated on a false dichotomy that says America can either honor its history and traditions as a nation of immigrants

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Vote on granting Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to 200,000 Venezuelans in the US fails to pass in the House despite the support of Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX 2) and 37 Republicans

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Today the House of Representatives failed to grant TPS to up to 200,000 Venezuelans living in the US who now face the possibility of being deported to the war torn country.
Under the 1951 Convention on Refugees, of which the US is a signee:
The most essential component of refugee status and of asylum is protection against return to a country where a person has reason to fear persecution.
From Wikipedia:  Temporary protected status (also called “TPS“) is a temporary status given to eligible nationals of designated countries who are present…
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July 23, 2019

A blast from the Republican past on immigration–Stephen Moore in 1996

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Still the Pro-Immigration Party?

The immediate fight is over the immigration plank in the Republican platform. There is increasing agitation from Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas and the California delegation to rewrite the platform so it tilts in a more overtly nativist direction—to endorse reductions in the number of immigrants admitted legally. The strategy might greatly appeal to Pat Buchanan’s supporters in the party, but it is almost certain to alienate a huge portion of the pro-growth wing of the party that was critical to the Reagan coalition.

House Majority Leader Dick Armey…

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July 22, 2019

An amazing primer on immigration–past and present

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Flipping Our Scripts about Undocumented Immigration

by Mica Pollock

Script Flip 1: Many ancestors of today’s “white” Americans never really “stood in line.” They—“we”—actually benefited from lax immigration policy.

Script Flip 2: After immigrating freely, many “white” ancestors got citizenship pretty easily—because the government just decided they could.

Script Flip 3: Many earlier generations of European Americans came seeking refuge, just like people today. The government just let them take refuge in America.

Script Flip 4: Once here, today’s undocumented immigrants contribute to and benefit the United…

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July 19, 2019

Trump threatening to cut refugee admissions to zero–why this hurts America

 Balloon is a very intense cat and mouse game based on a true story from East Germany

This would be a disaster for the US in a number of ways.

From Politico:

If the administration shuts down refugee admissions, it would give President Donald Trump a powerful talking point as he makes immigration restrictions a centerpiece of his reelection campaign.

At the same time, it would strand thousands of people already far along in the process and damage the ability of resettlement agencies to process refugees in future years, according to advocates tracking the issue.

“In the long-term, it would mean that the capacity and the ability of the United States to resettle refugees would be…

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John Tanton, white supremacy and anti-immigration leader, dies on the day of the “send her back” chants. How appropriate.

Do we leave it to individuals to decide that they are the intelligent ones who should have more kids? And more troublesome, what about the less intelligent, who logically should have less? Who is going to break the bad news [to less intelligent individuals], and how will it be implemented? - John Tanton

John Tanton, the white nationalist and eugenicist founder of 3 leading anti-immigration groups, died yesterday.

The Washington Post article covered it well.

To gain even more authority, Tanton founded CIS to act as an independent-seeming “think tank” that could produce research with a “greater appearance of objectivity,” in the words of FAIR President Dan Stein. This approach helped the media and policymakers embrace its work.

By establishing FAIR, CIS and other groups, Tanton created an anti-immigration ecosystem that was otherwise absent in Washington and in the media. Newspapers published editorials that reflected FAIR’s thinking about immigration…

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July 9, 2019

Trump’s base is not enough–only issue for possible triangulation is immigration

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Greg Sargent at WaPo makes an argument today that I have been making for months–President Trump’s base is unlikely to be enough for him to win in 2020.  The 2018 midterm results were a harbinger of this reality, along with a changing electorate that is not working in his favor.

It will not surprise you to learn that President Trump just gave a speech that was full of distortions, this time about his record on the environment and climate change.

But it might surprise you to learn why Trump gave this speech: in part because his advisers are trying…

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The Democrats’ Dangerous Immigration Game

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A thoughtful analysis by Bill Scher at RealClear Politics:

When immigration reform was debated during the Obama presidency, such liberal reforms polled well. For example, a 2014 NBC/Wall Street Journal poll found that 74% either “strongly” or “somewhat” favored a pathway to citizenship for the undocumented who paid fines and back taxes. And a 2013 ABC/Washington Post poll showed that 58% of registered voters supported more visas for high-skilled workers, while 52% opposed cutting the number of visas for family members of legal immigrants. Those numbers may not indicate…

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Illegal immigration is an American tradition

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A unique perspective from Daniel Price:

Remember when first Kennedy and then Reagan stood in Berlin and taunted the totalitarian state that was hiding behind a border wall and draconian immigration policies?

Speaking of Berlin, remember the Disney movie Night Crossing about the 1979 illegal immigration of two families from East Berlin to the West in a makeshift Hot Air Balloon? In 1982 we hated a wall. We cheered for the illegal immigrants. We laughed at the Stasi, trying in vain to stand in the way of human triumph.

What happened to our American love of the indomitable law breakers?

Another of…

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