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President Trump ends birth tourism

Birth tourism is the practice of traveling to another country for the purpose of giving birth in that country. The main reason for birth tourism is to obtain citizenship for the child in a country with birthright citizenship (jus soli). Such a child is sometimes called an “anchor baby” if their citizenship is intended to help their parents obtain permanent residency in the country. Other reasons for birth tourism include access to public schooling, healthcare, sponsorship for the parents in the future, or circumvention of China’s two-child policy that, in 2015, replaced Beijing’s more draconian one-child per-couple policy. Popular destinations for birth tourism include the United States and Canada.

According to The Washington Times, some pregnant foreign women pay as much as $100,000 to be ferried into the U.S. on a visitor’s visa, arriving just in time to give birth on American soil and instantly make their baby a U.S. citizen.

President Trump is putting an end to birth tourism.

Yesterday, Jan. 23, 2020, the Trump administration announced a policy that takes effect today, under which State Department consular officials will now be able to refuse to grant short-term tourism or business visas to women they believe are attempting to travel solely for the purpose of birth tourism. 

The Trump administration called birth tourism “a threat to the security of the United States” because the very integrity of U.S. citizenship is at stake if people are able to trick their way into obtaining legal status and its benefits for their newborns. White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said: “The birth tourism industry threatens to overburden valuable hospital resources and is rife with criminal activity. Closing this glaring immigration loophole will combat these endemic abuses and ultimately protect the United States from the national security risks created by this practice.”

Carl C. Risch, assistant secretary at the State Department, said:

  • The rules need to take effect immediately, without public hearings or comment, because of the national security implications: “Permitting short-term visitors with no demonstrable ties to the United States to obtain visas to travel to the United States primarily to obtain U.S. citizenship for a child creates a potential long-term vulnerability for national security. Foreign governments or entities, including entities of concern to the United States, may seek to benefit from birth tourism for purposes that would threaten the security of the United States.”
  • Under current law, there is nothing specifically illegal in asking for a visa to come to the U.S. to give birth. In fact, U.S. embassies and consulates report a growing number of people who list giving birth as their stated reason for asking for a visa.
  • Only women believed to be traveling specifically to give birth on tourist visas will be denied. Women seeking visas for other purposes but who are still likely to give birth will continue to be eligible for approval; women coming to the U.S. for specialized medical care for their pregnancies will be able to argue the merits of their cases.

A Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) report last month calculated that about 33,000 women on short-term business or tourism passes, known as B visas, give birth in the U.S. each year. Another 39,000 foreign women on other visas, such as student or work visas, also give birth in the U.S. They would not be subject to the new rule. Neither would the hundreds of thousands of births to illegal immigrant women.

Jessica Vaughan, a former State Department officer and now policy studies director at the Center for Immigration Studies, said the new rule is a first step in fixing a big problem, but border officers should be empowered along with State Department employees. Under the U.S. system, the State Department approved the visas, but it’s Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection officers who have final say on admitting people at ports of entry.

Predictably, immigrant rights activists complain that the new rule may lead to overreach by officers who will strain to figure out who should be barred. Kerri Talbot, director of federal advocacy at the Immigration Hub, said: “It is absurd that the Trump administration is turning embassy employees into reproductive policemen. Women will have to conceal their pregnancies just to get a tourist visa to visit the United States.”

Of course, the most permanent solution to birth tourism is to change the U.S.’s “birthright citizenship” policy where almost anyone born on American soil is automatically deemed a citizen. President Trump has talked about attempting to change the policy through executive action but has not followed through. Legal analysts doubt he has the power to change it. There’s a larger debate over whether Congress could change it or whether it would require amending the Constitution’s 14th Amendment.

China is a major source of birthright tourism.

Last year, 19 people were accused of running birth tourism operations in Southern California, aimed at wealthy Chinese women who paid up to $100,000 each and were coached on how to get visas and how to conceal their pregnancies from consular officials and border officers. After they entered the U.S., the women were kept in apartments for the final months of their pregnancies so they could deliver on U.S. soil and trigger the automatic citizenship policy.

Last September, one of the 19 pleaded guilty. Her operation, You Win USA Vacation Services Corp., was responsible for 500 birth tourists, and she collected $3 million in fees over two years. But the women who gave birth were not sanctioned because coming to the U.S. to give birth was not against the law. Nor can the citizenship of their born-in-the-USA children be revoked.

In addition to China, Russia is another major source of birth tourism. Ironically, according to news outlets, President Trump’s hotel properties are frequent destinations for Russian birth tourists.

~Eowyn

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Illinois registered a possible 545 noncitizen voters

I’ll bet you that number is a LOT higher than reported.

I wonder if the AP (who is the original author of this article) will follow up and report any more facts other than those provided in this THREE paragraph article. Yeah, don’t hold your breath.

From MyFoxChicago: An error in Illinois’ new automatic voter registration system led to a possible 545 non-U.S. citizens being registered to vote, 16 of whom cast ballots, state officials publicly acknowledged this week.

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White’s office, which oversees driver’s licenses, said the data of 574 people who self-identified as non-citizens was erroneously forwarded to elections officials to be registered to vote. Election officials confirmed Tuesday that 545 of them were ultimately registered.

“It was a computer error,” White spokesman Dave Druker said Tuesday. “We moved to correct it and contacted people involved.”

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29 criminal aliens released by Franklin County Sheriff’s Office in recent weeks

Press release from ICE dated 1/16/20:

“COLUMBUS — The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office has released 29 criminal aliens and immigration violators since November 2019, despite written detainer requests filed with them by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

“When dangerous criminal aliens are released into the community, public safety is needlessly put at risk because of the individual’s propensity to re-offend,” said Rebecca Adducci, field office director for ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in Michigan and Ohio. “ICE remains committed to arresting and removing criminal aliens in the interest of public safety and national security, despite local decisions to not honor detainers and jeopardize the safety of its citizens.”

ICE recently apprehended the following criminal alien after his release from the Franklin County Sherriff’s Office with an active detainer in place:

• Hajir Muhammud, a 59-year old national of Somalia, was arrested by local authorities Dec. 27, for failure to register as a Tier 1 sex offender. He is a convicted sex offender for crimes involving children. ICE lodged a detainer following his arrest. He was subsequently released after Franklin County declined to honor the ICE detainer. On Jan. 6, ICE arrested Muhammud, and he is currently in custody pending removal proceedings.

However, several criminal aliens released by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office are currently at-large. Efforts by ICE to apprehend these men are currently underway. They include:

• Edgar Moreno-Soto, a 25-year-old Mexican national, was arrested Nov. 6, for felony firearm charges, drugs, among other charges. ICE lodged a detainer after his arrest. He was subsequently released after Franklin County declined to honor the ICE detainer. His current location is unknown.
• Manuel Vazquez-Sanchez, a 25-year-old Mexican national, was arrested Nov. 8, for domestic violence, assault, falsification and menacing. He has been removed from the U.S. twice since 2018 ICE lodged a detainer after his arrest. He was subsequently released after Franklin County declined to honor the ICE detainer. His current location is unknown.
• Arturo Maya-Sanchez, a 28-year-old Mexican national, was arrested Nov. 9, for domestic violence, DUI and domestic violence. He has been removed from the U.S. twice since 2018. ICE lodged a detainer after his arrest. He was subsequently released after Franklin County declined to honor the ICE detainer. His current location is unknown.
• Marvin Fabricio Herdnandez-Chicas, a 24-year-old Salvadoran national, was arrested Nov. 3, for domestic violence and assault. ICE lodged a detainer after his arrest. He was subsequently released after Franklin County declined to honor the ICE detainer. His current location is unknown.
• Martin Antonio Paredes-Zamorano, aka Wilfred Vega, a 31-year-old Mexican national, was arrested Dec. 15, for DUI and having a loaded firearm in his vehicle. He was previously removed from the U.S. in 2014. ICE lodged a detainer following his arrest. He was subsequently released after Franklin County declined to honor the ICE detainer. His current location is unknown.

If you have any information on the above at-large individuals, please call the ICE tip line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE (866-347-2423).”

Read the whole press release here.

Sheriff Dallas Baldwin

The Sheriff of Franklin County is Dallas Baldwin.

Demorat Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther (center)

The mayor of Columbus is demorat Andrew Ginther, who whole-heartedly respects the rights illegal aliens in order to “promote strong police-community relations.”

You legal, tax-paying demorat voters of Columbus deserve what may come your way.

Just ask New York how that sanctuary status is working for them.

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UK company creates knives with square tips amid record rise in stabbings

From NY Post: A cutlery company in England has designed a new line of kitchen knives with square tips in an effort to reduce the rising knife crime that has plagued the United Kingdom.

The Viners firm, founded in Sheffield in 1908, created the “Assure” range of blunt-tipped knives after knife-related crime reached a record high in England and Wales last year.

In Oct. 2019, the BBC reported new figures had shown a 7 percent rise in knife crime — a record high — in the months from June 2018 to June 2019. The data showed offenses involving a knife or sharp instrument increased from 41,000 to over 44,000 in those 12 months.

“With knife-related crime incidents at a record high and a reported 285 fatalities in the last 12 months alone, the UK Government has taken the decision to reclassify kitchen knives as an offensive weapon with the new Offensive Weapons Act 2019, leading some retailers to remove single knives from sale in retail stores,” the company said in a news release.

The firm said in response to the new legislation, it designed the square-ended knives that are “shaped to reduce and prevent injuries, accidents and fatalities” while still maintaining their functionality.

The knives were “repeatedly tested to ensure the tip does not pierce skin intentionally or otherwise,” Viners told the Independent.

The knives are available to order on Viners’ website with prices ranging between $4.55 and $18.87.

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Texas first state to opt out of federal refugee resettlement program

Syrian refugees (Photo credit: Lynsey Addario/NYT)

On September 26, 2019, President Trump signed Executive Order 13888 requiring federal refugee resettlement agencies to get written consent from state and local officials in any jurisdiction where they want to resettle refugees beyond June 2020. As the Executive Order on Enhancing State and Local Involvement in Refugee Resettlement stipulates:

In resettling refugees into American communities, it is the policy of the United States to cooperate and consult with State and local governments, to take into account the preferences of State governments, and to provide a pathway for refugees to become self-sufficient.

Not only must the Federal Government consult with State and local governments, they must be “be respectful of those communities that may not be able to accommodate refugee resettlement” because State and local governments are best positioned to know the resources and capacities they may or may not have available to devote to sustainable resettlement.

Trump’s executive order also cut the number of refugees allowed into the country for the 2020 fiscal year to a historic low of 18,000. About 30,000 refugees were resettled in the U.S. during the previous fiscal year.

Texas has large refugee populations in several of its cities and has long been a leader in settling refugees, taking in more than any other state during the 2018 governmental fiscal year, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Since the 2002 fiscal year, Texas has resettled an estimated 88,300 refugees, second only to California, according to the Pew Research Center.

Danielle Wallace reports for Fox News that yesterday, Texas became the first state to opt out of the federal refugee resettlement program — a move made possible by Trump’s executive order.

In a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Texas’ Republican Gov. Greg Abbott says Texas “has carried more than its share” in refugee resettlement. Since FY 2010, Texas has taken in more refugees than any other state — about 10% of all refugees resettled in the United States. But in accepting and resettling those refugees, Texas has had no help from the federal government, but “has been left by Congress to deal with disproportionate migration issues resulting from a broken federal immigration system.”

In addition, Abbott pointed out that, according to federal numbers, about 100,000 migrants have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border into Texas since May 2018, who included migrants from China, Iran, Kenya, Russia and Tonga.

Citing “a responsibility to dedicate available resources to those who are already here,” including refugees, migrants, the homeless, and “all Texans,” Abbott says Texas “cannot consent to initial refugee resettlement for FY 2020.” But Texas’ opting out of the initial refugee resettlement program for the 2020 fiscal year does not deny any refugee access to the U.S., nor does it prevent any refugee from later coming to Texas after initially settling in another state.

However, the Democrat mayors of major Texas metropolitan areas, including San Antonio, Dallas and Houston, sent the federal government letters saying they remain willing to welcome refugees despite the state action. As an example, Democrat mayor of Houston Sylvester Turner said in a statement: “Regardless of where someone is from, who they are or what they believe, there is a home for them in Houston. Our welcoming spirit has led to our city becoming the national leader in refugee resettlement.”

Governors in 42 other states have said they will consent to allowing in more refugees, according to the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, which works with local agencies throughout the U.S. to resettle refugees. The governors not yet on the record are all Republicans — from Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, South Carolina and Wyoming.

Abbott’s letter enraged Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Somali immigrant, who earlier in the week had decried a similar move by county-level officials in her home state of Minnesota that was also facilitated by Trump’s executive order. Omar tweeted the Statue of Liberty’s “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,” and vowed “We shall overcome!”.

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Rotten fruit of Europe’s open-door policy: New Year’s Eve riot in EU capital Brussels

For some time now, Fellowship of the Minds hasn’t posted much on Muslim shenanigans in Europe, but that doesn’t mean all is peaceful and quiet.

Here’s a recent whopper of an incident when some 50-60,000 people took part in the New Year celebrations at the Atomium, a landmark building in Brussels, originally constructed for the 1958 Brussels World Expo. Brussels is the capital of Belgium and the de facto capital of the European Union (EU).

Sarah Crew reports for The Bulletin that on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, 2019, “disturbances” in Brussels involved:

  • The throwing of projectiles.
  • A tram that had its windows broken.
  • A damaged bus shelter.
  • 82 bins, 19 cars, two mopeds, and 9 apartments set on fire.
  • A collapse balcony in Schaerbeek while people were standing on it.
  • 165 emergency calls for medical assistance; 50 to homes and 115 to public streets.
  • A 21-year-old man with a serious knife wound.
  • During the firework display at the Atomium, there were 23 responses and 10 ambulance transfers. This was in addition to 60 interventions and five ambulance transfers during the celebrations at Palais 10 and 12 in Heysel.
  • Police made 185 administrative and 26 judicial arrests.
  • By the next (New Year) morning, six people were charged by the Brussels prosecutor — three were accused of theft, the other three were charged with domestic violence.
  • Police had set up a taskforce to identify the perpetrators of the “disturbances” and called on the public, media and local businesses to share any images they have. Spokesperson Denis Goeman said, “The aim is to identify as many rioters as possible and to prosecute them in order to send the message that such acts are unacceptable and will not go unpunished.”

The New Year’s Eve violence was actually better handled and coordinated by the police, after criticism of police handling of New Year’s Eve violence in 2019, which included riots in Molenbeek.

Brussels-Ixelles police spokesperson Olivier Slosse said police coordination worked well, “Fire services were able to work in total security. These are dramatic figures, but police quickly intervened in very different areas. The situations did not have time to gain momentum in the same place. We have the impression that we managed to prevent the situation from escalating to the point of last year.”

@DVATW tweeted this video of the New Year’s Eve “disturbances” in the EU capital:

The tweets in response to the video all say the rioters were Muslim “immigrants”. Below is a sample of the comments:

“When this same Mob were at the gates of Vienna in 1529 & 1683 it was called INVASION. Now it’s call the Diversification of Europe. Wake-Up!!!”

“Invite the 3rd world…….”

“Europe will crumble Europeans will perish Stringent border controls are a necessity in order for any chance of survival.”

“It is a problem all across Europe, and North America unfortunately and people need to reclaim the rights that are being eradicated by Globalist Government Officials by voting them out at each and every opportunity. The next step they will use against us is ‘declaring martial law’.”

“No doubt the MSM will be all over this tomorrow, no? Oh well”

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London’s murder toll soars to its highest level in a decade, more than HALF stabbed to death in knife crime epidemic

Mayor Kahn’s solution to address the rise in violence? Raise taxes, of course.

From Daily Mail: The number of murders in London this year is at its highest level in more than a decade with 147 recorded – more than half of whom were stabbed.

September and June were the joint bloodiest months of the year in the capital with 17 homicides each, followed by July which had 16 and March and December with 15.

The 2019 rate broke last year’s total of 133 by early December – and is the highest level recorded since 2008 when Scotland Yard investigated 154 deaths. The total compiled by MailOnline this year includes murders and manslaughters recorded by the Met, British Transport Police and City of London Police.

The youngest murder victim was Riley Fauvrell, who died aged just five days after being delivered by an emergency C-section in Thornton Heath, South London. Riley’s mother Kelly Mary Fauvrelle, 26, was stabbed to death in June while pregnant with him. Her ex-partner Aaron McKenzie, 25, has since pleaded not guilty to murder.

The oldest victim was Dorothy Woolmer, 89, who was raped and murdered at home in Tottenham in August. Reece Dempster, 23, was charged but has not yet pleaded.

Some 17 of the victims were children – including 12 teenagers and five youngsters aged under two – and the mean average age of all 147 people killed was 32.

The year began with two murders in the first six hours of 2019 on New Years’s Day, with Tudor Simionov, 33, and Charlotte Huggins, 32, killed in Mayfair and Camberwell respectively. January was the second quietest month for murders with only eight – above only October, which saw six. The final month of the year saw 14 homicides.

Read the whole story here.

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Ain’t multiculturalism grand? Grooming ‘epidemic’ as almost 19,000 children identified as sexual exploitation victims in England

The faces of multiculturalism in England…

From The Independent: Almost 19,000 children have been sexually groomed in England in the past year, according to official figures that have prompted warnings of an “epidemic”.

Campaigners say the true figure is far higher and accused the government of failing to tackle child sexual exploitation, despite promises made after high-profile cases in Rotherham and Rochdale.

More than 18,700 suspected victims of child sexual exploitation were identified by local authorities in 2018-19, up from 3,300 five years before.

Sarah Champion, the Labour MP for Rotherham, said the figures show that grooming “remains one of the largest forms of child abuse in the country”.

“Too many times, government has said it will ‘learn lessons’, yet 19,000 children are still at risk of sexual exploitation,” she told The Independent.

The government has singularly failed to tackle this issue head on. Its approach has been piecemeal and underfunded.”

Sajid Javid promised a review into the characteristics of grooming gangs in 2018, saying high-profile cases included a “high proportion of men of Pakistani heritage” and that “cultural reasons” could be at play.

The Independent understands that the Home Office started internal analysis of data from police and other agencies, and will use it to inform policy development and prevention strategies.But the findings may not be published and the Queen’s Speech, which set out Boris Johnson’s legislative agenda, did not include any mention of a public review.

Several grooming gang investigations and prosecutions are ongoing across the country, including in Huddersfield where several abusers have already been jailed in a series of linked trials.

In Rotherham, where revelations over the abuse of an estimated 1,500 victims sparked a national scandal in 2012, the National Crime Agency has identified more than 190 suspects.

Sammy Woodhouse, a Rotherham victim who helped expose the scandal, said she is still receiving reports of current abuse in parts of the country. “You hear this bulls*** line, ‘lessons have been learned’, but they haven’t learned anything,” she told The Independent.

I still hear a lot about the authorities aren’t doing things as they should. It’s not very often I hear something good and for all different reasons – if the police won’t act on reports, people feel they’re not being listened to or supported properly, or information not being shared.”

Read the whole story here.

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New NY law frees hate crime suspects without bail

Buckle up, NY. Your streets are about to get much, much more dangerous.

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TDS: Trump Organization firing illegal aliens is “cruel”

You will never please anyone suffering from TDS.

From Yahoo: The Trump Organization has fired more undocumented employees at properties including the Trump Winery in Virginia just before the end of the year, attorneys advising and representing recently fired staffers told CBS News. The firings come nearly a year after a purge of undocumented staffers at Trump golf clubs.

The firings at Trump Organization properties were first reported by The Washington Post. Trump Organization and Trump Winery did not respond to a request for comment by CBS News.

Civil rights lawyer Anibal Romero, who represents many of the undocumented workers fired by the Trump Organization in the last year, condemned the Trump Organization’s treatment of its undocumented employees in a statement to CBS News.

The Trump brand is built on cruelty. He separates kids from parents at the border, he uses language that incites hatred and violence against immigrants. The company makes a profit on the back of immigrants while building his anti-immigrant politics base at same time,” Romero said.

At least seven Trump Winery employees were fired because of their non-legal immigration status, according to Romero. He said he believed the organization waited to fire undocumented workers until the end of the year so that it could profit from a year’s worth of labor.

Although President Trump has taken a hard line on immigration, several of his properties have employed undocumented workers over the years. In January, the Trump Organization said that it will use the E-Verify electronic system at all of its properties to check employees’ documentation.

In July, a group of undocumented immigrants fired from Trump properties wrote a letter to the president seeking a meeting with him at the White House.

“I’m hopeful that he’ll look at the letter. I believe he has a heart,” said Gabriel Sedano, who worked for 14 years as a handyman at Mr. Trump’s club in Westchester County, New York, before he was fired in January.

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