Julian Castro

Julián Castro Proposes Decriminalizing Illegal Border Crossings

"The next President must start by reversing the cruel policies of the Trump administration."

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Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Julián Castro unveiled his immigration plan on Wednesday, providing a bold foil to President Trump's hardline approach.

"The next President must start by reversing the cruel policies of the Trump administration?—?including the Muslim ban, wasteful spending on a pointless wall, and cuts to the refugee program?—?and ending the vile rhetoric that has scapegoated and vilified immigrants," Castro wrote in a Medium post.

He proposes reclassifying illegal border crossings from a federal crime to a civil infraction, scrapping a law that dates back to 1929, but was seldom enforced until midway through President George W. Bush's administration. Such a move would allow federal courts to focus on prosecuting violent crimes that merit more attention, instead of diverting resources toward criminal trials for undocumented immigrants. In June 2018, 94 percent of prosecutions in the federal districts along the southwest border were for immigration-related crimes—a sure waste of time, considering that crossing the border is a nonviolent offense.

President Trump and his law-and-order administration have defended the crackdown with claims that the undocumented commit crimes at a higher rate than the native-born. To invoke Trump's signature phrase, that's fake news: Reason's Shikha Dalmia notes that U.S. incarceration rates for men aged 18-to-40 are far lower for immigrants than they are for those born in the States, as shown by a 2005 study from the Federal Reserve.

More recently, Alex Nowrasteh of the Cato Institute surveyed the prison population in Texas, the only state to classify convicts by immigration status. He found that, for every 100,000 undocumented immigrants, the overall criminal conviction rate was 50 percent lower than it was for the native-born. Per crime, the conviction rates were 16 percent lower for homicide, 7.9 percent lower for sex crimes, and 77 percent lower for larceny.

Castro proposes a dramatic overhaul of the legal immigration system, "because the most effective way to secure the border is to ensure that our legal immigration policy works for people." He would offer a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million people currently living in the U.S. without permission, and would end the three- and 10-year bans, which bar undocumented immigrants who have overstayed their visas or who crossed the border without inspection from re-entering the country for long stretches of time. Castro's plan also advocates for a more compassionate approach to those seeking asylum, citing the Trump administration's push to limit such claims at ports of entry.

That asylum cap has likely pushed people to seek alternative—and illegal—routes into the U.S. Ironically, Trump has argued that his "zero-tolerance" policy—made notorious by the separation of families at the southern border—will deter potential migrants from making the trek to the States. That hasn't been the case: February 2019 saw the highest number of illegal border crossings in any month in more than a decade.

Castro's plan also mentions a path to citizenship for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients, otherwise known as "Dreamers," who illegally immigrated to the U.S. as young children through no fault of their own. For the most part, that measure has received broad bipartisan support, although Trump has continuously weaponized the precarious legal status of Dreamers for political leverage.

What's more, he suggests shifting money away from detention and toward advanced technology that would more effectively catch human traffickers and drug peddlers—the vast majority of whom come through legal ports of entry.

And while many Democratic leaders have rallied around abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Castro recommends cutting it in half. Similar suggestions have drawn cries of outrage from Republicans, but the idea is hardly radical, considering that the agency has only been in existence for 16 years. During that time, its budget has more than doubled, from $3.3 billion to $7.5 billion.

Castro is certainly correct that a functional legal system is the best deterrent to illegal activity. With arbitrary quotas and a bureaucratic backlog that can take years to navigate, the current system breeds desperation and incentivizes the undocumented to stay undocumented. While Castro's chances of securing the nomination are meek, his plan provides a sensible and stark contrast to the draconian policies currently in place.

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  1. Yawn.

    1. The Reason sollution is as it always is “let everyone in no matter who they are”.

      1. I must have missed the part where the article said that.

        1. “Decriminalizing Illegal Border Crossings” nearly == “Decriminalizing Illegal Drugs”…

          Chaos and badness will KILL us all, in the wake of such things!!!

          Government Almighty Control of ALL Things is in primordial opposition to Chaos and Badness!!!

          (Are ye in favor of Goodness or Badness?!?!)

          1. Are your u capable of honest discussion or only of using logical fallacies and demonization of those who disagree with you? Because I see mostly the latter and rarely anything approaching the former.

            1. OK then you want more substance? I do respect that!

              The walls are not a cost-effective measure at ALL… They are political show-pieces. If we wanted cost-effective, we’d do this:
              http://www.businessinsider.com…..all-2019-2
              A simple technology could secure the US-Mexico border for a fraction of the cost of a wall ? but no one’s talking about it

              But Trump is obsessed about what LOOKS intimidating… Walls (old tech thousands of years old) and barbed wire (dating from the late 1800s). He wants his (and I quote) “Big, beautiful wall”. And the psychology (hate the other tribe or troop) dates back to apes and monkeys. To hell with effective; it is all a political show. And since we are racists, we do NOT bother with the political theater with respect the Cannucks.

              1. Once again, if we’d want effective, we’d go fiber-optic sensors. Leaves the wildlife alone as well…. But NOOOO, Trump and the troglodytes want highly visible political theater!

                https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-19409682 is old border tech, no mention of fiber or fibre?

                PS, in the name of full disclosure and honesty, some previous incarnations of “electronic fences” have been total flops. But they do deserve a fresh chance, with new tech. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-19409682 is old border tech, no mention of fiber or fibre? The new tech is NOT at all the same as the old tech, so it deserves a fresh chance! SAVES YOU MONEY!!!

                1. We don’t trust you and your progressive friends to enforce laws regarding border entry.
                  Any surveillance tech requires good faith enforcement. There is little to no good faith in you and your progressive friends, who expressly disagree with any entry restrictions.

                  So, no, relying solely on active measure security is not an option.
                  Some form of passive defensive structure is necessary.

                  1. So in summary, your thoughts disagree with mine, so I will not consider yours. The some posters wonder why I get all snarky…

                    Then above and beyond that, one of the biggest reasons that I resort to semi-vapid snarkiness at times is…

                    … my serious questions NEVER get answered!!! Such as…

                    WHY do some people believe that those born 5 yards on THAT side of the border, have WAY inferior rights, compared to those born on THIS side of the border, by 5 yards? Do these superior border-determined rights come from God? The Cosmos? Natural rights? Karma? Oooga-Booga? Or “democracy”? Keep in mind that “democracy” has justified deep racism, no votes for women, concentration camps for Japanese-Americans, and on and on and on…

                    NO ONE answers these questions for me!!! Then they wonder why I get snarky…

                    1. And another question that never gets answered…

                      For some unknown reason, the kind of people who get their bowels in an uproar of spewed hatred towards illegal sub-humans, can never find time to address this following argument (Maybe it is too complex for them to “grok”):

                      The collective hive mandated WAY too many licenses, before we’re allowed to earn an honest living… Put too many of us into poverty. To “help” with this poverty problem that The Collective Hive created, The Collective Hive gave us welfare. Welfare then attracts too many illegal sub-humans, sometimes, so to fix THAT problem, The Collective Hive now wants e-verify and giant border walls and giant border armies? And now also property confiscations for wall-building? So I suppose The Collective Hive will next fire up the military draft to fix THAT problem! (Lack of a large enough wall-and-army forces).

                      When will we stop the perpetual cycle of Government Almighty always getting bigger, to fix the LAST batch of problems created by excessive Government Almighty?

                    2. Do you anti-snarky, anti-immigrant folks have ANY time to debate the substance here? Because I have yet another one that never gets an answer…

                      Hey man, let’s bring this down to Earth, shall we?

                      If I hire a young (native-born) physically and-or mentally handicapped person to mow my yard or do other simple tasks for me, and I patiently help teach them some job skills while doing so (and paying them), I am generally “socially admired” by most folks. If some asshole lectures me about how, now, I am going to have to be responsible for all of the education, emergency room costs, etc. (beyond the taxes that I already pay) for such a person, the vast, vast majority of common folks will look at such a lecturing asshole, and call him or her an asshole, inwardly if not verbally.

                      Now suddenly if I do the same, while also teaching an illegal sub-human about speaking English, and American culture, there’s a HUGE number of assholes who want to lecture me about me now having to play nanny to, and assume all costs for, said illegal sub-human! WTF, what justifies this??!

                    3. Do you even read what you write?
                      I deigned to give you a serious reply – we don’t trust technological solutions, rather than a physical barrier, because we don’t trust you and Ds to take active measures to prevent illegal entry… because you oppose preventing illegal entry.
                      Which you go on to confirm:
                      “WHY do some people believe that those born 5 yards on THAT side of the border, have WAY inferior rights, compared to those born on THIS side of the border, by 5 yards? Do these superior border-determined rights come from God? The Cosmos? Natural rights? Karma? Oooga-Booga? Or “democracy”? Keep in mind that “democracy” has justified deep racism, no votes for women, concentration camps for Japanese-Americans, and on and on and on…”

                      So fuck off, you psychotic dimwit.

                    4. Walls can easily be bypassed, and electronic barriers can easily be bypassed, if they aren’t monitored. So you basically just said you prefer one over the other, because the advocates of the cheaper version are icky-poo. Not an answer at all!

                      I notice you didn’t answer any of my other questions, you just resort to insults. Are you bed-buddies with Tulpa?

      2. Isn’t that your mom’s solution as well?

        Badum-tss!

  2. “scrapping a law that dates back to 1929, but was seldom enforced until midway through President George W. Bush’s administration”

    Yeah, that law wasn’t actually supposed to be *enforced* – and darn Trump to heck for making a previous administration start enforcing it.

  3. Julian Alexandria Fidel Castro should just own up to what he desires:

    An intensification of the black and brown third world invasion of America.

    1. Did some black guy steal your girlfriend or something? Where is all this racism coming from? It has to be from some deep, long-held pain.

      1. “Familiarity breeds contempt.”

      2. Do you need a bunch of rootless, confused non-English speaking “women” circulating around in order to have sex? Because it kind of seems like you are really big into desperate underage girls flooding this country.

    2. You will be replaced, Libertymike. Relatively soon. I may commemorate the event by enjoying my first Corona in at least 20 years.

      Carry on, clinger. So long as your betters permit, anyway.

      1. I may commemorate the event by enjoying my first Corona in at least 20 years.

        Before or after MS-13 throws your hicklib ass off a bridge?

      2. Christ you stink. I thought that nothing could be worse than the fucking cat piss stench reek you exude during the cold months – and then you goddamn rise above by stinking like a giant pile of rotten tennis shoes – or maybe spoiled hamburger – as soon as it gets warm. Can’t you just fucking stay in your rat’s nest studio and have your slop delivered? Shit, I forgot – the plasma sales and visits to the libraries’ internet are all you have, aside from all that Aqualung panache and charm.

        Carry on delousing. Watch out for those typhus symptoms, people who sleep in shit with rats, such as yourself, are at risk.

      3. Oh Arty, don’t you understand that you and your proggy friends will all be face down in landfills if you don’t stop your treasonous attempts at turning America into a Marxist state? You and your fellow travelers aren’t caalble of fighting a real war and will be wiped off the map,with brutal efficiency.

        Best you learn to obey.

  4. “path to citizenship already exIIIIIists” he sang

  5. Well, now we can see why Stephanie Slade was pimping this guy in an earlier article.

    1. That and her prediction market bet on Castro is going to zero.

  6. Castro unveiled his immigration plan on Wednesday, providing a bold foil to President Trump’s hardline approach.

    Wait. He’s going to build the wall out of *foil*?!

    1. It will blind any would-be wall crossers. If they somehow still manage to reach the wall, the crinkling sound will be too much to bear.

  7. Juli?n Castro Proposes Decriminalizing Illegal Border Crossings
    “The next President must start by reversing the cruel policies of the Trump administration.”

    Nope

    1. He proposes reclassifying illegal border crossings from a federal crime to a civil infraction

      , with eventual such decriminalization of tax evasion and kidnapping.

  8. Does the smuggling of goods also get a pass? I want to get some Kinder Surprise instead of the lame Kinder Joy.

    1. If you want a Kinder Surprise, just skip the rubber next time.

      1. I thought Kinder surprise was when you and your wife got walked in on.

        1. No, eunuch can only aspire to cuck

          1. If you are gonna do this schtick, at least try to be funny.

            1. It’s not a schtick, it’s an accurate characterization.
              However, if anything I post gets a single laugh, it’ll be more than any of your thousands of witless “jokes” have ever received.
              But don’t let me stop you from constantly begging for approval.

  9. Conspiracy to commit murder is nonviolent, so no need to prosecute such a so-called ‘crime’.

  10. If you want to see the effects of open boarders, study what happened when Then President Carter stated we would open our arms and except any persons fleeing Cuba.
    Even he, the great humanitarian, was forced to put these folks in cages under the overpasses of Miami w/o toilets, water or electricity. Conditions that make Gitmo look like the Waldorf.

  11. Castro, like any dictator worth his salt, used this as an opportunity to force all he didn’t want to “emigrate”.

  12. Trump for 2020.

  13. A sensible and just regime for legal foreign workers and immigrants is impossible without effective border enforcement. Legal foreign workers will never be able to compete with illegals, who will accept poor pay and working conditions because they don’t dare to complain. Those waiting in line for legal immigration will arrive to find their “places” taken in the economy and society by illegal gate-crashers. We need easier and more practical ways for workers and immigrants to come here AND better control over who enters and stays.

    1. The problem with demand for cheap labor, and an artificial ban on the supply is that it will always drive illegal immigration, just as making the supply of drugs, prostitution, etc illegal just drives a black market. What you propose doesn’t address that reality.

      The most effective way to eliminate the black market is to allow the normal market forces to regulate supply and demand, not to continue restricting the supply.

      1. Yes, the fastest and easiest way to eliminate the “black market” for illegal aliens is to throw the gates open and impose no entry or immigration controls. It is the “most effective” way only if you ignore the disastrous consequences of doing that.

        1. As if there are no disastrous consequences from your plan…

          1. No, there’s not.

          2. I kne Pedo Jeffy would pop in to puke up more inanity. He probably needed a break from wacking it to violent kiddie porn.

        2. Way to attack that strawman. I’ve said in multiple threads that I’m perfectly ok with having border security.

          Do you deny my evaluation of the situation from a supply/demand point of view?

          1. Do you deny my evaluation of the situation from a supply/demand point of view?

            Yes. Our economy is far from a “free market”; and we have social welfare institutions that make is unnecessary for unneeded foreign workers to leave. Those factors make it impossible for market forces to limit immigration. If foreigners make it into our country and are not deported, they will eat, be sheltered, and will receive medical and other services whether there is an economic need for them or not. And as I said, there are reasons to not accept all comers that are not economic.

            I’ve said in multiple threads that I’m perfectly ok with having border security.

            And you’ve contradicted that position by saying it’s a violation of human rights to prohibit anyone from entering. Make up your mind.

            1. So because we’re not a perfect free market today, we shouldn’t strive to be a free market?

              I’d like to stick to a single topic at a time if that’s ok. Do you think that illegal immigration is an expected response to demand for labor and an artificial restriction on supply from our government only fuels the current black market situation or not?

              That’s my position, I’m curious on what you think drives illegal immigration. Because if we don’t understand the root cause, then how can we actually solve the problem?

              1. So because we’re not a perfect free market today, we shouldn’t strive to be a free market?

                Not in ways that are suicidal.

                Do you think that illegal immigration is an expected response to demand for labor

                In part. It is also a response to our generosity to foreigners in our country.

                an artificial restriction on supply from our government only fuels the current black market situation

                Legitimate needs for foreign labor could be met with improved procedures for legally importing labor. As I said above, that is only possible if illegal foreign labor is suppressed.

                I’m curious on what you think drives illegal immigration.

                What drives illegal immigration is the fact that we have created a wonderful way of life in the US, while the majority of the human race lives in violent, impoverished shitholes. Most of the world’s population can enjoy a significant improvement in their standard of living simply by getting to the US, whether or not they have gainful employment here.

                1. Legitimate needs for foreign labor could be met with improved procedures for legally importing labor.

                  I certainly don’t disagree with this point. Do you think government planning, ie limiting that number is more effective than just allowing it to naturally happen (ie market forces)?

                  I’d certainly prefer a plan that doesn’t require government imposed limits, because I believe in the efficiency of markets over central planning. In fact, my original point was that the government imposed limits (ie planning) are what has created the limited supply vs demand.

                  1. Well I’m off to bed. I’ll leave you with another thought, and check back on the morning.

                    What drives illegal immigration is the fact that we have created a wonderful way of life in the US

                    If it were true that it was something other than labor demand driving illegal immigration, then I don’t know how to explain the
                    net negative rate of illegal immigration starting in 2008.
                    Certainly welfare benefits didn’t decline during this time, but labor demand certainly did.

                    1. Politifact is… less than reliable.

                      Statements such as:
                      “In 2014, the Border Patrol apprehended more non-Mexicans than Mexicans for the first time in at least 60 years, Pew reported. Mexicans still accounted for about 52% of illegal immigration in 2014, though.”
                      Are farcical.

                      And you’ll note that they didn’t link to the Pew study which claimed a decrease from 2009-2014, so we’re left to speculate on their methodology (unless you can find it elsewhere, I didn’t go looking). Though, unlike the statement I quoted, such a finding has logical basis in the collapsed economy of that period.

                      Illegal immigrants, and I’m speaking from first hand knowledge here, generally come here to exploit our economy, not to become American.

                    2. I don’t know if this is the study that Politifact referred to or not. But it makes a similar claim, 1.5M fewer unauthorized immigrants in 2016 vs 2007.

                      Anecdotally, I think we could all agree that 2018-2019 has seen an increase. So to, the economy is back to or near full employment.

                      Many left wing media outlet claim that Trump has had an effect on immigration because of his constant threats to severely limit or close the border entirely. It seems that they discount the effect of a strong economy in the face of evidence which suggests otherwise, or maybe they just don’t want to admit that the economy is strong?

                    3. The most accepted estimates of the number of illegal aliens in this country is 11.5-12 million. Those sources put the number of illegal alien workers at just over 8 million. That means that around 30% of illegal aliens are not employed. Because of the difficulty of counting illegals, the actual numbers could be much higher. Without our controls on immigration, the numbers would certainly soar.

                  2. Do you think government planning, ie limiting that number is more effective than just allowing it to naturally happen (ie market forces)?
                    I believe I’ve explained over previous posts why a balance between foreign workers and jobs in which they are needed would not “naturally happen” without border security and immigration controls. Yes, I know that you are in favor of border security and immigration controls, except when you’re not because they violate human rights, except when they don’t because someone is a “threat” for reasons you pull out of your ass.

                    If, as I already suggested, we established a foreign worker program under which workers could obtain visas upon receiving a promise of employment, and backed up that program with appropriate enforcement, then there would be a balance between workers needed and workers admitted. No “government planning” would be necessary. And as I’ve said before, we might still choose to restrict overall immigration for reasons other than economics. Foreign workers and immigrants are not the same thing and require different rules.

          2. “I’ve said in multiple threads that I’m perfectly ok with having border security.”

            Then you tend to contradict yourself in the same threads

            1. Only to those who can’t see that rights aren’t absolute. Maybe I speak in generalities; “people have the right to bear arms,” doesn’t mean everyone, everywhere has a right to bear arms all the time in any way they choose. For instance you can’t bear arms if you point it directly at my nose (for no good reason.) You’ve made a credible threat to my life.

              So too with immigration or associative rights. If someone poses a credible threat to our rights as citizens then I agree that such a person has no right to come here. That’s what border security means to me.

              Maybe if you defined what it means to you we could understand each other better?

              1. If someone poses a credible threat to our rights as citizens then I agree that such a person has no right to come here.

                This is one of the ways you fail to make sense. We’re not talking about “a person” who wants to enter our country. One person who comes here, even with poor work skills, no intention of working, or a hostile attitude towards our culture, is of no consequence. A few thousand such people are of no consequence. If ten million come, we need to be concerned about their character and intentions. If 100 million come, they will drastically change our country even with the best of intentions. If 300 million come, they would destroy our country even with the best of intentions. That is why, in our current world full of people who would love to come here, we need policies for working in and emigrating to our country that consider the consequences of increasing the flow of people into our country. Letting everyone in because it’s their “right” unless they meet your standard for personally being an imminent threat is impossible. That would be national suicide.

      2. Which COMPLETELY flies in the face of these same Democrats’ calls for a higher minimum wage. I’ve yet to see anybody explain how they plan on enforcing the new minimum wage without enforcing companies to use legal workers. But no journalist will ever ask this question because every single fucking journalist in this country is a Democrat party stooge who will let Democrats get away with fucking murder.

  14. Borders and passports are a form of colonialism, white privilege and totally racist !!!

    We don’t need stinking passports.

    You can go anywhere you want in the world without anyone’s stinking permission


  15. The next President must start by reversing the cruel policies of the Trump administration???including the Muslim ban, wasteful spending on a pointless wall, and cuts to the refugee program???and ending the vile rhetoric that has scapegoated and vilified immigrants,

    So it isn’t vile rhetoric to call something a Muslim ban that wasn’t, in fact, a Muslim ban?

    1. “because the most effective way to secure the border is to ensure that our legal immigration policy works for people.”

      How does one define ‘works for people’? If he means whomever shows up gets in, he’ll have problems but I’d wager he won’t bother to define that.


      He would offer a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million people currently living in the U.S. without permission, and would end the three- and 10-year bans, which bar undocumented immigrants who have overstayed their visas or who crossed the border without inspection from re-entering the country for long stretches of time. Castro’s plan also advocates for a more compassionate approach to those seeking asylum, citing the Trump administration’s push to limit such claims at ports of entry.

      And the above proves he’s not serious. This is electioneering we’ve already seen from the likes of Obama. If he’s serious, he’s as dumb as a post. Even if you just take him at his word for asylum cases, one might simply wonder why wouldn’t everyone claim asylum if they get a more ‘compassionate’ approach? I mean, they already do that so you’d be a fool to believe this would reduce anything. Y’know, unless your plan is to let everyone in. Then, who would bother to claim asylum?

    2. Well, it’s not really vile rhetoric when you’re talking about the GOP, every member of which – as you well know – are evil bigoted Nazi white supremacist racist sexist homophobic Islamaphobes who love starving widows and orphans to death, denying healthcare to the sick and the poor, shoving grandmas over cliffs in their wheelchairs, and leaving toast crumbs in the butter dish. It’s just speaking truth to power.

  16. I agree with pretty much all of that.

    Which means he doesn’t stand a chance of getting elected.

    1. Progress uber alles

  17. Fine with me, as long as the government spends no more money on them than they do on English speaking citizens.

  18. The new book on Trump’s golf cheating is amusing and informative. Trump apparently has a strong drive, especially for an obese man in his 70s. Some of his cheating is surprisingly egregious. Racing ahead in his golf cart and chucking an opponent’s ball from the green into a sand trap, was one example.

  19. ” cruel policies ”

    FeelzCrime alert!

  20. “providing a bold foil to President Trump’s hardline approach.”

    Needs a Soviet style worker’s poster of the “bold foil” looking courageously and forthrightly toward the sunrise.

    No propaganda to see here.

    Reason is a clown show, and getting clownier everyday.

    1. A note for the intern “Billy”.

      When you mature into an adult your byline will read “William”.
      I suggest you go with your eventual destination and fake adulthood ASAP.

      1. When an adult man goes by “Billy” or “Bobby” or “Jimmy”, it’s usually jut to let you know he’s a bottom.

  21. ” To invoke Trump’s signature phrase, that’s fake news: Reason’s Shikha Dalmia notes that U.S. incarceration rates for men aged 18-to-40 are far lower for immigrants than they are for those born in the States, ”

    Always conflating illegal and legal immigrants. Is somebody going to drop by and kneecap you if you admit that illegal immigrants aren’t interchangeable with legal ones?

  22. “…considering that the agency has only been in existence for 16 years…”

    Considering once again Reason has made this dishonest claim in an effort to manipulate gullible, young minds.

  23. I mean, if we’re not so concerned about borders, wouldn’t it just be simpler to extend our southern border down to a more secure natural feature, like say the Usumacinta River. I mean, 10 percent of Mexico’s population lives in the United States already. I think, in the name of brotherhood, we should work towards making our two countries one, stronger, single country. Think about all that corruption and crime in Mexico that we could fix by simply turning Mexico into 4 or 5 more states in these United States.

  24. Democrats are always either pushing for de facto open borders, or claiming with a straight face that no Democrats want open borders. Usually both at the same time, it seems.

  25. “Wage hikes for America’s blue collar and working class can be readily suppressed and choked by importing more foreign workers for employers, the New York Times admits.
    In a piece titled,”Short of Workers, U.S. Builders and Farmers Crave More Immigrants,” the Times admits that President Trump’s tightened “Hire American” labor market through increased immigration enforcement has delivered historic wage hikes to America’s blue collar and working class.

    Specifically, in the U.S. construction industry, American workers enjoy a $25.34 average hourly wage today ? six percent more in wage earnings when compared to the year before.

    The Times acknowledges the blue collar wage hike as “close to the steepest annual increase since the government started keeping track almost 30 years ago.”

    Despite foreign-born residents accounting for about one-in-four construction workers in the U.S., as the Times noted, employers and business complain that more foreign workers are necessary to ensure that they do not have to compete for American workers by offering higher wages and better working conditions, and to keep their profit margins wide. . .

    Blue collar and middle class wages, overall, have jumped four percent over the last 12 months thanks to Trump’s tightened labor market, Goldman Sachs analysis has revealed.”

  26. I know this is will be called racists, but as a naturalized citizen who immigrated the correct way, I find the pathway to citizenship for any ADULT who chose to enter the US illegally offensive. The best they should hope for is legal residency. A green card.

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