Fisking “If Undocumented Immigrants are Freeloaders…”

First, let’s start with the conditional clause. No, ICE doesn’t “always” raid workplaces. That may be all the “meme” creator hears about (and somehow I doubt even that–the truth is generally not in them) but that’s not all they do. they raid flophouses. They pick up individuals who are reported to them. They sometimes even get involved when an illegal alien (let’s use the correct term rather than the soft-pedaled politically correct nonsense) is arrested for some other crime. (“Other” because violation of our immigration laws is a crime. Thus “immigration law.”)

So, no, they don’t “always raid workplaces.” Even when they do, that does not prevent the folk being taken into custody from being some form of freeloader.

Illegal aliens do not have authorization to work in the US. They do not, indeed can not, have valid social security numbers–required for any job in the US. Thus, they are often paid “under the table.” This means”

• They are not paying taxes, not income taxes, not social security taxes, not medicare taxes.

• Their employer isn’t paying “employer contribution” to things like Social Security, Workman’s Comp, Unemployment insurance, etc.

But wait, there’s more. Since they don’t have any officially identifiable income, it’s not uncommon (not universal perhaps; I wouldn’t try to claim that) for them to also collect government benefits, “double dipping”, as it were.

They send their kids to public schools. Now, public schools are largely paid for by property taxes, rather than income taxes and the owners of whatever property where they lay their heads at night do pay those taxes and it becomes part of whatever rent they pay so I’ll give them that. However, since they have no “official” income (see “under the table” above), the kids qualify for free school lunch programs, which is largely paid for by those of us who do pay income taxes etc.

Many do not have health insurance, so what do they do? They use Emergency Rooms as their primary care provider…and don’t pay. Want to know why medical care, and hospital care in particular, is so expensive? That’s a big part of it right there.

The make use of our infrastructure, paid for by tax dollars you and I pay but they do not.

Biden And 500 Kids: Truth Over Fact

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I’m sure you recall, gentle readers, the final presidential debate.  May I call your attention particularly to the portion of that event where Kristen Welker brought up immigration, but in a way that gave Joe Biden a perfect and obviously previously prepared—I’ve little doubt Biden was given the questions in advance–avenue of attack on President Trump. From the debate transcript:

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Fake religion from Timothy Cardinal Dolan

(Scott Johnson) Even more surprising than fake religion from Pete Buttigieg is fake religion from the formidable Timothy Cardinal Dolan. In his Christmas Eve New York Post column “A Christmas lesson on housing the poor,” Cardinal Dolan writes: “The Son of God was homeless; his earthly parents were immigrants and refugees.” I’m not Christian and mean no disrespect. For the reasons set forth in Paul’s post, however, I doubt Cardinal Dolan has this right and Cardinal Dolan doesn’t set forth an argument on these points.

Cardinal Dolan himself twists Jewish tradition to suit his purposes a bit further along in the column. After discussing Abraham’s hospitality to strangers, Cardinal Dolan writes: “No wonder, as I’m told, Jewish families still set a place at the ­table for an unexpected guest who might show up for a meal on one of their holy days.”

Here is a good discussion of Jewish hospitality. Consider this related teaching: “Traditional mandates extend to the guest as well. Guests should avoid causing hosts extra work. They should accede to their host’s or hostess’s requests. A guest should not bring along another, uninvited guest. If guest and host are entering the home together, the guest should defer to the host. Leaving together, a guest should exit before the host.”

Source: Fake religion from Timothy Cardinal Dolan

Social Justice Justice Reality

Trump is tearing children from loving parent’s arms! He’s putting them in cages!  He’s a child abuser!  AOC cries at an empty parking lot!

Not so much–except for the AOC faux waterworks; she did that.  He’s merely obeying the law and honoring his oath to uphold and defend the Constitution and faithfully execute the law.  It happens every day throughout the country; when parents are arrested, children can’t be jailed with them.  They’re innocent; they’ve committed no crime.  It’s the law and the right, moral thing not to do.  When we’re dealing with illegal immigrants, things are a bit different. The kids usually have no relatives, no solid adult with which to place them.  We don’t blame children brought into the country by their parents—generally—but we’re also obligated by law, and simple morality, to care for them, which we do.  Oh, and the photos of children in cages were from the Obama era.  Oooopsie.

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“The children! The children! Awwwwww…

Trump is tearing children from loving parent’s arms! He’s putting them in cages!  He’s a child abuser!  AOC cries at an empty parking lot!

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Highlights of the News

Good news. Hillary is not your president.

ITEM 3: The Bureau of Justice Statistics reported:

  • In 1998, 63% of all federal arrests were of U.S. citizens; in 2018, 64% of all federal arrests were of non-U.S. citizens.
  • Non-U.S. citizens, who make up 7% of the U.S. population (per the U.S. Census Bureau for 2017), accounted for 15% of all federal arrests and 15% of prosecutions in U.S. district court for non-immigration crimes in 2018.
  • The portion of total federal arrests that took place in the five judicial districts along the U.S.-Mexico border almost doubled from 1998 (33%) to 2018 (65%).
  • Ninety-five percent of the increase in federal arrests across 20 years was due to immigration offenses.
  • In 2018, 90% of suspects arrested for federal immigration crimes were male; 10% were female.

So much for the urban legend that immigrants are less criminal than natives.

Source: Highlights of the News


A lot of people are up in arms privatizing prisons. Here’s an example where the private facilities just seem to work better.

I think some of it may be that private prisons and detention centers can be sued, while government equivalents can hide behind one form or another of sovereign immunity.

SOME OF THE BEST-RUN MEDIUM-TERM IMMIGRATION DETENTION FACILITIES ARE PRIVATE: I’ve toured both a public and a privately-run medium-term* facility ( and reported on them here ). The private one was significantly nicer. I’ve also spoken to a federal official whose job it was to inspect both types.


Charity That Kills

It never fails. If I write something about immigration or charity or anything related to helping someone else and dissent from the general leftists chorus of “We must have more government help”and “government must distribute the wealth” I’m held to be mean, evil, selfish, and just about the worst person in the world.

Source: Charity That Kills

And there are those who will eagerly take up the White Man’s Burden, and have to be blasted loose from it with dynamite.

Rapid DNA testing reveals a THIRD of migrants faked family relationship with children to claim asylum during ICE pilot of the procedure in Texas

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement pilot of new rapid DNA testing at the border has found that nearly a third of those tested were not biologically related to the children in their custody.

ICE conducted the pilot for a few days earlier this month in El Paso and McAllen, Texas, finding about 30 per cent of those tested were not related to the children they claimed were their own, an official told the Washington Examiner

The official said that these were not cases of step-fathers or adoptive parents.

‘Those were not the case. In these cases, they are misrepresented as family members,’ the official said.

Daily Mail