Category: Immigration

Busting the Myth of Immigrant Crime

President Donald Trump’s core supporters consist of 60 million to 80 million American adults, 90 percent of them White and four-fifths age 40 and older. They score high on unofficial measures of “racial resentment,” anger at perceived “loss of status” and victimization of White Christians, fearfulness, and support for authoritarianism. Are these psychological tendencies the cause or consequence of alarming social trends that are only just now getting attention?

Trump and right-wing pundits accuse immigrants, urban gangs, and their liberal “abettors” of inflicting epidemics of violence, drugs, violent killings, and “crime, crime, crime” on Americans. Reality is the opposite. It’s Trump’s own mostly-older, White constituencies who are suffering and perpetrating surging crises of lethal self-destruction, crime, and violence.

via Busting the Myth of Immigrant Crime

 

25 million reasons to smile – and plan well

It has, however, been recklessly neglected by successive governments. Serial failure to have a long-term planning and development strategy has fuelled the ‘‘growing pains’’ that have become central to Australian politics in the past few years, particularly traffic congestion and a lack of housing options – in terms of supply and design – in capital cities.

25 million reasons to smile – and plan well

A growing population isn’t a problem: poor planning is

Listening to the growing hysteria surrounding predicted population increase in Australia, you would think our country is heading for disaster. Yes, urbanisation is happening rapidly across the world and in Australia.

The United Nations predicts that more than 68 per cent of the world’s population will live within an urban area by 2050 with 43 megacities of more than 10 million inhabitants.

via A growing population isn’t a problem: poor planning is

Defense Contractor’s Use of Vacant Office Building to House Children Underscores ‘Perverse Secrecy’ of Trump Immigration Policy

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An investigation sparked by reports from concerned neighbors who suspected that immigrant children were being housed in a vacant office building in Phoenix, illustrated the secrecy surrounding the care of children by the U.S. government and defense contractors that have been hired to help enforce the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy.

via Defense Contractor’s Use of Vacant Office Building to House Children Underscores ‘Perverse Secrecy’ of Trump Immigration Policy

The Seventh Exclusion: Great Moments in American Racist Immigration History

The only way to undo Trump’s Muslim ban, and to begin to undo the untold damage he’s done to the country, is to organize and canvass and publish and elect the opposition in 2018 and 2020. The courts are not going to save us from Trumpism. The GOP Congress is not going to save us from Trumpism. Civility is not going to save us from Trumpism. We’re on our own, friends. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has shown the way.

Ironically, the court decision came back the same days as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s upset win in the 114th Congressional district in New York. The 19th-century Protestant Know-Nothing conspiracy would have tried to exclude her from the US for being of Catholic heritage.

via The Seventh Exclusion: Great Moments in American Racist Immigration History

The lies unmasked by Trump’s latest rage-filled tirade

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Indeed, it has become undeniable that Trump’s overriding goal on immigration is to reduce the number of immigrants in the US to the greatest degree possible.

As Eric Levitz notes on nymag.com, Trump moved to end Temporary Protected Status for various groups with no credible rationale for doing so and even though US diplomats have warned that it is dangerously bad policy. And as Trump’s “shithole countries” comment confirmed, his main driving impulse on immigration is white nationalism – rolling back the current racial and ethnic mix of the country at all costs – and that this is shaping policy.

via The lies unmasked by Trump’s latest rage-filled tirade

International students are flocking to Australia, but the country’s infrastructure is not ready – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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Australia has taken in 525,000 international students this year, a 12 per cent increase compared to last year, itself a record.

Glen Searle, honorary associate professor in planning at Sydney University, said the Federal Government’s response to immigration so far has been “totally inadequate” and it now has a “moral responsibility” to deliver investment required by Australia’s immigration program.

“I would be strongly urging people to be considered when they look at these figures,” she said, “and not blame migrants, but rather hold politicians to account”.

Annual education exports in 2016-17 were valued at $28 billion by the ABS.

This equates to a profit where as ultra conservatives like Dutton, Abbott and right-wing  media men like Andrew Bolt call this an Immigration problem and expense and not an asset.

1) It’s a cover up of decades political inactivity, the failure largely of the LNP to invest in infrastucture. 2) It’s an opportunist conservative tactic to turn Immigration into a political strategy because the congestion is obvious immediate and easily felt while it’s cause needs time and not just sound bytes to be explained and that takes reasoned analysis that can easily be countered with News Corp support and anti- Immigration sloganeering and blame. (ODT)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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via International students are flocking to Australia, but the country’s infrastructure is not ready – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Peter Dutton’s department blocked white South African farmer’s asylum bid | Australia news | The Guardian

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Peter Dutton’s department blocked a white South African farmer’s asylum bid because its evidence showed “the vast majority of crimes against whites are not racially motivated”.

A delegate for Dutton also shut down a second, separate asylum bid by a white South African woman who feared racially motivated persecution, arguing there was no evidence she “had been targeted because of her race or gender or that she would be targeted for this reason upon her return”.

To be granted refugee status, an asylum seeker must have a well-founded fear of persecution for one or more of a number of legislated reasons: race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion.

The two decisions, both made by immigration authorities in 2015, appear to be at odds with Dutton’s recent stance in support of protecting white South African farmers.

via Peter Dutton’s department blocked white South African farmer’s asylum bid | Australia news | The Guardian

BBC ‘normalising racism’ by broadcasting Rivers of Blood speech

Australia’s Conservatives will love this

Public figures including a Labour peer have called for the BBC to cancel the programme, saying rebroadcasting the speech would work to normalise racism.

The original speech was delivered by then Conservative MP Powell to a Conservative Association meeting in Birmingham.

via BBC ‘normalising racism’ by broadcasting Rivers of Blood speech

There’s a case for immigration, and it’s not about us

They examined 40 different skill groups and found “no evidence” that immigration damaged the labour market outcomes of pre-existing Australians.

“If anything, there is some evidence for small positive associations,” they wrote.

It shouldn’t be surprising. Migrants bring with them, or make, money, which they use to buy houses, start businesses and educate their children. They employ people.

What if we don’t want all that activity? What if we want a more peaceful life with fewer traffic jams and shorter commutes?

via There’s a case for immigration, and it’s not about us

You decide Australia’s population, we’ll show you how it looks – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Immigrants boost economic growth by increasing the percentage of people in the workforce. They also tend to be younger, better educated and more motivated than the average resident “owing to their decision to move to Australia”, according to the 2015 Intergenerational Report.

This is especially true in Australia, which has emphasised skilled migration since the mid-1990s.

“If we didn’t have as much migration not only would Australia be much smaller, it would be much older because migrants are traditionally younger than the average resident,” Mr Howe said.

via You decide Australia’s population, we’ll show you how it looks – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

When Deportation is a Death Sentence: The Fatal Consequences of U.S. Immigration Policy | Democracy Now!

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Despite living her whole adult life in Texas, she was deported to Mexico after a traffic stop. She warned a U.S. Border Patrol agent, “When I am found dead, it will be on your conscience.” Within a week of her deportation, she was murdered by her ex-husband.

via When Deportation is a Death Sentence: The Fatal Consequences of U.S. Immigration Policy | Democracy Now!

The US Role in Turning Countries into Shitholes and provoking Immigration | Informed Comment

The US Role in Turning Countries into Shitholes and provoking Immigration

The alternative to taking in immigrants is to shrink demographically, as Japan is doing and as Germany was doing before the recent change in immigration policy. Urban educated people don’t want a house full of children usually, and so the Japanese are not replacing themselves, and nor would Americans without immigration. A big shrinkage of the population of the sort in which Japan is engaged is an unprecedented social experiment. Who will support the growing ranks of the elderly and retired? Who will build new buildings? What will happen to property prices as houses and schools empty out? Who will serve in the military? Who will invent new technology? Wouldn’t the country become weak economically and militarily and perhaps prey for a younger, more dynamic neighbor? And, no, Trump, Norway is not going to save you from all that. Salvadoran Americans might, if you let them.

Andrew Bolt ran the argument that we are “full” that we can’t afford immigrants from “shithole” countries as well.

via The US Role in Turning Countries into Shitholes and provoking Immigration | Informed Comment

Bannon & Trump lost Long ago: White Christians not a Majority in US| The Australian Right want Eugenics as the basis of an enlightened Immigration Program (old dog)

Moreover, the white Protestant majority of 1976 had been connived at by the Nazi-style 1924 immigration act, which awarded countries quotas, essentially racial quotas, based on the composition of the US population in 1880 before the big wave of 20 million southern and eastern Europeans and Lebanese came in, 1880-1924. The 1924 act and other legislation excluded all Asians and tried as hard as possible to get blond-haired Germans and Norwegians to come, what with them being the superior race and all.So the composition of the US public in 1976 was the result of what was more or less a eugenics program. It was not “natural” nor had it been typical of North America over its whole sweep.

Source: Bannon & Trump lost Long ago: White Christians not a Majority in US

People who oppose UK immigration are less happy than those who support it, research shows | The Independent

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British people who oppose further immigration to the UK are less happy than those who welcome it, and politicians are part of the reason for this, research shows.

Source: People who oppose UK immigration are less happy than those who support it, research shows | The Independent

All six of America’s 2016 Nobel Prize winners are immigrants | The Independent

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Things may just have got a little awkward for politicians engaging in anti-immigrant rhetoric on both sides of the Atlantic: all six of America’s 2016 Nobel Prize winners are

Source: All six of America’s 2016 Nobel Prize winners are immigrants | The Independent

Politicians’ anti-immigrant rhetoric fuelled post-Brexit hate crime spike, United Nations says | UK Politics | News | The Independent

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British politicians’ “divisive, anti-immigrant and xenophobic rhetoric” during the EU referendum campaign fuelled a surge in hate crimes immediately following the vote, a United Nations body has said. BBC News reports that the UN’s Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination said it was “seriously concerned” that British politicians whipped up hatred and then “failed to condemn” racist abuse during the campaign.

Source: Politicians’ anti-immigrant rhetoric fuelled post-Brexit hate crime spike, United Nations says | UK Politics | News | The Independent

Aussie artist faced ‘Kafkaesque’ deportation from the UK

An Australian artist who was deported from the UK has been told that living with a friend in Yorkshire look after her dog, does not represent “the actions of a genuine visitor to the United Kingdom”.

Source: Aussie artist faced ‘Kafkaesque’ deportation from the UK

Migrants bring economic growth and diversity to West Australian town | SBS News

Australian governments need to greater appreciate the work ethic and culture of migrants. That’s the message from 32-year-old Mohammad Sinn. The employment consultant, born and bred in Katanning, a country town three hours south of Perth, said he rarely had difficulty finding work for migrants. “They are reliable, most of them are physically fit and they just get along with the locals here so I think that’s one of the good things of getting more migrants into a small town like Katanning because most of them go into labour work such as the abattoir here,” he said.

Source: Migrants bring economic growth and diversity to West Australian town | SBS News

Border Force officials plan Easter airport shut-down: Abbott’s Pride

Hundreds of thousands of air passengers face potential disruption to their Easter Holiday plans as ABF and other Immigration Department officials threaten to walk off the job at airports and freight terminals around the country on Easter Thursday.

Source: Border Force officials plan Easter airport shut-down

Footscray: melting pot turned hipster hotspot – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Long known for its gritty reputation, this slowly-gentrifying Melbourne suburb of Footscray has become a target for large-scale development.

Source: Footscray: melting pot turned hipster hotspot – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

New Research Highlights Prevalence Of Hanging Incidents In Immigration Detention – New Matilda

The study is the first to attempt a broad analysis of the types of incidents that have taken place in detention as well as the events triggering them. Max Chalmers reports. Reader note: story contains discussion of self-harm. New analysis has revealed the prevalence of attempted hangings among people held in Australian immigration detention centres, andMore

Source: New Research Highlights Prevalence Of Hanging Incidents In Immigration Detention – New Matilda

Guarding against the Monster – » The Australian Independent Media Network

By Anthony Element OAM In 1965, James Baldwin wrote a short story called ‘Going to Meet the Man’. It’s about Jesse, a small town sheriff who recalls when, as a boy, he watched as townspeople tortured and then murdered an African American they believed to be a runaway. They were led by Jesse’s father, the…

Source: Guarding against the Monster – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Syrian-born British woman Zahra Ramadani ‘denied entry to Australia without explanation’ – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A Syrian-born British woman says she has been denied entry to Australia without explanation.

Source: Syrian-born British woman Zahra Ramadani ‘denied entry to Australia without explanation’ – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Migrants left penniless and suicidal over alleged visa scam – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A man accused of duping dozens of migrants into paying for non-existent working visas is arrested by the Australian Federal Police.

Source: Migrants left penniless and suicidal over alleged visa scam – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The top 5 signs that your country’s Refugee Policy is a disaster – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Australia’s Minister for Saying-We’ve-Stopped-the-Boats – one Mr Peter ‘PDuddy’ Dutton – was out and about this morning defending what he and his government believe is the best and most successful immigration policy EVER. I decided to check out PDuddy’s claim against the following officialesque list… The Top 5 signs your Refugee Policy is a disaster…

Source: The top 5 signs that your country’s Refugee Policy is a disaster – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Ditch between Australia and New Zealand widens as deportations climb – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Dylan Fraser has lived in Australia for 17 years but after spending two years in prison, was deported to New Zealand, away from his family and friends.

Source: The Ditch between Australia and New Zealand widens as deportations climb – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Refugee crisis: Brought to you by Western imperialism — RT Op-Edge

While Europe is erecting fences, deploying armies and expressing its “concern” about how to deal with the annual influx of some 300,000 asylum seekers, vast areas of the world – namely the Middle East and Africa – are essentially ceasing to exist.

Source: Refugee crisis: Brought to you by Western imperialism — RT Op-Edge

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton orders deportation of Sydney bikie boss Sam Ibrahim – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton signs papers ordering the deportation of Sydney bikie boss Sam Ibrahim.

Source: Immigration Minister Peter Dutton orders deportation of Sydney bikie boss Sam Ibrahim – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Stopped on the street by border force? Six things you need to know | Australia news | The Guardian

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Following Australian border force’s announcement about conducting visa checks in Melbourne, here are six crucial facts about police and immigration officer powers

Source: Stopped on the street by border force? Six things you need to know | Australia news | The Guardian

Controversial Australian Border Force visa checks, Operation Fortitude cancelled – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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Operation Fortitude will not go ahead in Melbourne’s CBD this weekend, Victoria Police confirms.

Source: Controversial Australian Border Force visa checks, Operation Fortitude cancelled – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A voice as angelic as Sam Smith’s is rare, but his wedding happening in this place is even rarer. This powerful footage of over 100 clergy arm-in-arm through Baltimore shows the power of community. A black trans woman explains changing gender vs. changing race. It sounds crazy, but he asks it anyway: What if we got rid of immigration laws? Phoebe Gavin Curator: Phoebe Gavin

Of course, the devil is in the details. But let’s look at the broad strokes.

When countries can trade goods and services freely, they become more prosperous.

That’s because, as professor Ben Powell explains in the video, more people have more opportunities to spend and invest their money. Companies make more money from the increased sales, and they’re able to reinvest those profits into growing their business (like hiring new employees).

When workers can trade their labor freely, they also become more prosperous.

A person who sells fruit in a rich country will make much more money than a person who sells fruit in a poor country. Then that person can use those additional wages in ways to do things like pay rent, buy groceries, or see a movie, thereby boosting their local economy.

That person may even send money to family in their home country, enabling that family to boost their local economy in the same way.

Add them both together, and you have an economy that’s buzz-buzz-buzzing.

If workers can provide their labor to the highest bidder without complex application processes and long waiting lists, everyone could contribute to amplifying their local, national, and global economy.

But we’re not just talking about low-skill workers in the poorest of poor countries. Why shouldn’t a teacher in the U.S. be able to try teaching in Luxembourg? That’s a near doubling of their salary!

But what about native-born workers?

Powell, who teaches at Texas Tech University, says this:

“Some worry that increased immigration would harm native-born workers. However most studies show that on the whole, these harms are non-existent or minor, temporary, and clustered on only a small portion of the population.”

But those are real people! And those harms mean something to them and their families. No wonder there’s so much resistance to changes to immigration laws. Still it’s obvious that we’d miss out on a lot of economic activity if we keep things the way they are.

We need to craft immigration laws that balance helping our economies grow, providing economic opportunities to those who need them most, and helping those who might be negatively affected by the changes (no matter how “minor, temporary, or clustered”).

Scott Morrison is vying to become leader of a new party. Christains without Compassion and Empathy

Republicans Propose Radically Different Immigration Reform Plan

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (CT&P) – Outraged by President Obama’s executive orders on immigration, Republican lawmakers, with the full support of their right-wing Christian base, have proposed a different plan to deal with the almost five million undocumented immigrants currently residing in the United States.

The plan calls for a significant percentage of the “illegals” to be executed immediately as a terrifying example to all those wishing to enter this country in search of a better life. The remainder of the “shiftless job-stealing cretins” would be rounded up and forced back across the border at gunpoint.

Possibly the most ambitious part of the proposal calls for a 20 foot high wall adorned with pikes to be built along our southern border. The severed heads of those trying to cross the border illegally would be placed on the decorative pikes as a reminder to those who would try to enter in the future.

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Nan Hypocritus, president and managing director of Christians Against Compassion and Empathy, an anti-immigrant group, told Reuters that her group was incredulous that President Obama would take such drastic unilateral action so close to the holidays.

“Thanksgiving is just next week, and Christmas is just around the corner!” said Hypocritus. “How dare he throw a wrench into the sacred holiday season by showing love and compassion to a group of brown people? We Christians have better things to do than worry about protecting immigrants from being torn away from their families and deported to God knows where! We have shopping to do and we are just getting geared up to act like a persecuted minority over the whole ‘War On Christmas’ fantasy! This is just outrageous!”

Although similar executive actions regarding immigration were taken by Republican presidents in the past, G.O.P. leaders are beside themselves over Obama’s orders and vow to make the new proposal law in the near future.

Speaker of the House John Boehner has lumped the new “Final Solution” Immigration Reform Bill in with an omnibus spending package that also features the repeal of Obamacare, mandatory fracking in national parks, the elimination of the EPA and the Department of Education, and the death penalty for Hillary Clinton for her role in the Benghazi conspiracy.

Critics are already calling it the anti-tourist campaign of the century…….Irish Central Commentary

Australian government’s anti-immigrant poster shocks planet (VIDEO)

It’s certainly a marked change of tone from the old days. Back in 1928 Australia was advertising itself as a land of opportunity – but the people it was advertising to lived in the UK and northern Europe.

After the Second World War the country even offered British immigrants a subsidized boat trip for just ten pounds to their new land of opportunity.

Now critics say that it’s ironic that a country founded by Europeans (at the documented expense of the indigenous peoples who lived there) now has the gall to declare itself off limits to foreigners.

Threatening asylum seekers sailing to flee oppression and violence in their own countries has struck most commentators as needlessly cruel.

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