Topic: Immigration

Article: What Would Christ Do With Desperate Children Seeking Asylum?

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“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” Is this an outdated promise?
, Huffington Post, 7/4/2014

Article: Pope Francis, in Sweeping Encyclical, Calls for Swift Action on Climate Change

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Read excerpts from this 184 page challenge to humanity.
Barack Obama
How many of Obama's campaign promises has he kept?
PolitiFact has compiled more than 500 promises that Barack Obama made during the 2008 and 2012 campaigns and is tracking their progress on our Obameter45 percent were kept and 25 percent were compromised.  Check it out.

Steve Stockman TX
Republican challenger says John Cornyn "voted twice in 2013 to back Obama’s amnesty plan."
Cornyn opposed all amnesty plans. Obama never offered an amnesty plan. The two "aye" votes Stockman cited were procedural, relating to whether floor debate commenced, and not to the legislation's merits.
Eric Cantor House Majority Leader
Senate immigration legislation is the "Obama-Reid plan to give illegal immigrants amnesty."
The popular bill is written and supported by a bipartisan Gang of Eight, not Obama and Reid, and does not a "give" away citizenship as Cantor says. That could take up to 13 years and it’s not free, either.
Progressive Christians
Progressive Christianity seeing stunning resurgence with groups like Nuns on a Bus, Sojourners, Red Letter Christians, The Cana Initiative, Moral Mondays, Faithful America, etc.
With each generation, the popularity of religious conservatism has declined. 47 percent of the Silent Generation (ages 66 to 88) are religious conservatives, compared with 34 percent of Baby Boomers, 23 percent of Gen Xers and 17 percent of Millennials.
David Brat GOP FL
PolitiFact looks back at fact-checks from Eric Cantor's primary loss.
False statements on both sides played a part in the shocking loss by popular GOP House Majority Leader, Eric Cantor.  Of particular concern was efforts to demonize any bipartisan effort toward immigration reform.
Ted Cruz Tx
Says 95 percent of people caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border said in a survey "we are coming because we’ve been promised amnesty."
Amnesty is not even mentioned in the anonymous survey cited by Cruz.  Illegal immigrants said they had a court summons called "Notice to Appear" document, not Amnesty.  Other reasons for coming included crime and violence in home countries.

Rand Paul
Rand Paul says he would support amending the United States Constitution to end the country's policy of guaranteeing citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants.
Kentucky Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul argued that immigration issues should be dealt with on the state level despite the 14th amendment which says that all persons born in the country "are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside."
Ted Cruz Tx
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), blame the surge of Immigrant children on President Barack Obama's DACA program.
Only undocumented minors who arrived prior to June 2012, were eligible for "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, DECA. Central American news media routinely portray Obama as tough on immigration. These children are escaping extreme violence, crime, and poverty.
Jeff Flake Sen AZ GOP
When undocumented children are picked up at the border and "told to appear later in court ... 90 percent do not then show up."
There is no basis for this claim. Historically 20 percent to 40 percent do not show.  In 2012 it was about 30 percent. Children now have to wait an average of 578 days for a hearing and the estimate for no shows is up to about 46 percent.
Henry Cuellar TX sen Dem
Texas congressman says immigrant minors from countries that don't border the U.S. can stay.
A law was passed by Bush to combat human trafficking worldwide.  This law does allow children to stay if they are from countries that do not border the US, and children from Mexico and Canada are routinely deported.  Lawmakers are now contemplating changing the law.
Deirdre Imus Fox commentator
Under President Ronald Reagan, illegal immigrants "were not pouring in like" they are now.
Apprehension records, even allowing for changes in tactics, show an average of over a million border crossing attempts during the Reagan years. For Obama, the average is about 417,000.
Rick Perry Gov Tx
More than 3,000 homicides were committed by "illegal aliens" over the past six years.
For this declaration to hold water, one would have to assume illegal immigrants committed nearly half of the state’s homicides since 2008. His comment is not even supported by the study he says he relied on. These were charges, not convictions over a lifetime.  This claim was repeated by Greg Abbott, TX Attorney General, and gubernatorial candidate.
Lou Dobbs Fox Pundit
Obama’s 2012 policy on younger immigrants "created these children coming across" the border.
The influx of children comes mainly from the most troubled nations in Central America. The claim that Obama’s policy created the influx does not match the timeline and ignores other important factors.
Phil Gingrey, GOP GA
Amid the "crisis at our southern border," there are "reports of illegal migrants carrying deadly diseases such as … Ebola virus."
Ebola has only been found in Africa -- and experts agree that, given how the disease develops, the likelihood of children from Central America bringing it to the U.S. is almost nonexistent.  Gingrey's office could not provide one example.  While migrant children do pose public health risks, this claim is out of the ball park.
Do Unto Others
Border Justice Cause Brings Unlikely Religious Groups Together In Defense Of Migrant Children.
A coalition of both liberal and conservative Evangelical Christians sent a letter to Congress urging measures to protect young migrants.  It was signed by a host of religious leaders who recognize that these are children of God and deserve love and protection.
Rick Perry Gov Tx
The United States is at "historic record highs" of individuals being apprehended on the border from countries with terrorist ties such as "Pakistan or Afghanistan or Syria."
Data does not show and upward trend in apprehensions of individuals from those areas. Even if it did, many apprehensions of people from these areas happen at airports rather than land borders.  Perry's is trying to justify his expensive surge at the border, but needs to use facts and truth.
Rick Perry Gov Tx
Says three Ukrainians recently captured on a West Texas ranch are among "individuals from countries that have strong terrorist ties being apprehended" near the state’s border with Mexico.
These were Ukrainian men.  Perry had location of the ranch and the date wrong. And the Ukraine isn’t considered a country with terrorist ties.  These men are not being considered as terrorists.  Perry is trying to generate support for his expensive border surge, but needs to have his facts right.
Joe Miller Alaska Gop
"If 20 million illegals vote, you can kiss the Second Amendment goodbye."
Scholar agree that it’s ridiculous to think that the Second Amendment could be removed from the Constitution under any circumstances -- let alone because of immigrants. However, it is possible that adding 20 million new voters who lean Democrat could result in stricter gun control laws.
Barack Obama
What has Obama accomplished as president? Which campaign promises were compromised? Which ones has he failed to keep?
PolitiFact has compiled more than 500 promises that Barack Obama made during the 2008 and 2012 campaigns and is tracking their progress on our Obameter.
David Dewhurst
At "least a quarter of those apprehended" at the border "have criminal records."
Texas GOP Attorney General could not produce any data to support his claim.  Less than 5 percent of people apprehended by the Border Patrol from October 2012 through June 2014 had a U.S. criminal conviction or immigration violation.
Emmanuel Jal Rapper Actor Activist
Former child soldier works with Reese Witherspoon on new film, The Good Lie, about children forced to be soldiers in South Sudan.
Rapper, actor, political activist and former Sudanese child soldier Emmanuel Jal, shares how his book, War Child: A Child Soldier's Story, and film, The Good Lie, are bringing voices to those who desperately need to be heard in South Sudan.
Allen West R-fl
West claims President Barack Obama "ordered our military to enlist illegal aliens."
The program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”), was initiated by Bush in 2008, before Obama was president. Also experts say it’s doubtful that many undocumented immigrants would be brought into the military. And Obama made it an option, not an order.
Ted Cruz Rep Tx
Republicans shut down Ted Cruz
Though Cruz insists he does not want a government shutdown, some of his Senate colleagues say that’s where his plan would end up.
Barack Obama
Obama campaign promise fulfilled. Americans granted unrestricted rights to visit family and send money to Cuba.
Obama said, "Cuban American connections to family in Cuba are not only a basic right in humanitarian terms, but also our best tool for helping to foster the beginnings of grassroots democracy on the island."
Jeb Bush Fl
America lags behind most every developed country in terms of being able to move up the economic ladder.
The American dream that hard work could pay off is want made America great, but evidence shows that is no longer true. Bush says that we must fix our education system in order to turn that around. Many would say income inequality is the cause.
Barack Obama
Barack Obama's 2015 State of the Union address: annotated.
PolitiFact reviewed the state of the Union speech line by line.  Click the icon to review each point.
Rush Limbaugh
The children coming across the U.S. border "were never examined after they got here. They were just sent out across the country. Many of them had measles."
Limbaugh provided no evidence that this is true. Probably, because no evidence exists. The children who came in from Central America were examined and vaccinated as part of a standard routine.
John Boehner
'Ask The Senate Democrats When They're Going To Get Off Their Ass.'
The House passed a $30 billion funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security, but added unrelated amendments to limit Obama's executive actions on immigration. Republicans have conceded that the bill can not pass in the Senate, yet they are willing to hold up Security funding in order to thwart immigration reform--then blame Democrats.
Marco Rubio
"There are at least three sectors of the border, one in particular, that are just completely insecure."
Politifact doesn't know how Rubio came up with three sectors, and neither did experts. The Rio Grande in south Texas, is one sector of late with a troubling amount of activity. However, the number of people attempting to cross the border is down considerably everywhere else.
Barack Obama
Five things President Obama wants to discuss with Pope Francis when the pontiff comes to DC.
1. Poor And Marginalized Populations; 2. Environmental Stewardship; 3. Religious Freedom; 4. Economic Opportunity; 5. and Immigration Reform.
"American families work hard to earn $4,250 a month. Obama is spending $18,972 a month on each illegal immigrant child."
The numbers cited by the meme are framed in a misleading way. The sum of money cited has been allotted to a small fraction of all undocumented immigrant children in the United States, and it isn’t going into their pockets as family earnings are.
Borui Wang
Successful immigrant entrepreneurs and innovators testify to congress calling for action on high-skilled immigration reform.
Borui Wang, founder of, says his company is creating American jobs, and it is not in anyone's interest to make him constantly wait for a lottery that might deport him. Watch and share this video to learn more.
Marco Rubio
"I can tell you with certainty (cap and trade) would have a devastating impact on our economy."
Existing cap-and-trade programs have not proven to be "devastating" in their economic impact. While estimates for proposed programs vary, most experts and analysts have found modest potential  impact on the economy; some even show a positive impact.
Ann Coulter
Coulter states "America has already taken in one-fourth of Mexico's entire population."
Coulter, a conservative social and political commentator, based this statement on a study that counted all people of Mexican origin in the US. But Coulter ignored that 65 percent of those were born in America and about a third came from families in which both parents were born in America.  America couldn’t "take them in" because most have been here for generations.
Donald Trump
"Hundreds of thousands of (illegal immigrants are) going to state and federal penitentiaries."
PolitiFact found that in 2013, there were fewer than 100,000 noncitizens -- legal and undocumented -- in federal and state prisons. Though it’s also possible that many of these individuals are held for immigration violations as opposed to other crimes.
Donald Trump
"The Mexican government forces many bad people into our country."
There is no evidence of any Mexican policy that pushes people out of Mexico and into the United States. As it has been the case for decades, a combination of economic and family factors accounts for most of the migration from Mexico to the United States.
"More than half of all drivers' licences issued in California this year have gone to illegal aliens."
By the state’s own tally, that is correct. First, lawmakers made it possible for over a million unauthorized residents to apply for a license, and then the state spent millions of dollars to speed the application process.
Rick Perry
"I deployed the Texas National Guard" to the Texas-Mexico border. "And the policy worked; apprehensions at the border declined 74 percent."
To be specific, Border Patrol apprehensions in the targeted part of the border region declined more than 70 percent through the second half of 2014. Unproven, however, is why that happened--and Perry’s statement crediting the Texas deployment ignored potentially substantive factors such as the Border Patrol staffing up and Mexico cracking down
Donald Trump
The number of illegal immigrants in the United States is "30 million, it could be 34 million."
The Department of Homeland Security says the number of illegal immigrants was about 11.4 million as of January 2012. Other independent groups that research illegal immigration put the number between 11 and 12 million. PolitiFact found no compelling evidence that the number could be as high as Trump said.
Marco Rubio
"Forty percent of people in this country, illegally, are overstaying visas."
This widely cited statistic is an estimate based on research that has roots going back to the 1990s. But because federal agencies haven’t provided new data, there’s little for analysts to use to provide an updated figure.
José Diaz-Balart
Díaz-Balart, host of MSNBC's The Rundown says "The majority of the Hispanic population and the growth (of the population) is U.S.-born."
Census Bureau data support him on both counts showing that of 55 million Hispanics in the United States 73 percent are U.S.-born Hispanics.
Ben Carson Gop Candidate
Ben Carson is open to using military drones on U.S. soil to secure border.
The retired neurosurgeon and GOP candidate has not clarified whether he'd back lethal force from drones on the border, or how drone strikes could be used without sacrificing innocent lives.
Jeb Bush Fl
"The federal government right now does not deport criminals."
Bush points to reports that many criminal illegal immigrants have been released, and there is evidence that it sometimes happens. But it is an exaggeration to say that none are deported. Last year, ICE deported about 86,000 illegal immigrants convicted of previous crimes.
Donald Trump
Says Mexico doesn't have birthright citizenship, and Americans are the "only ones" to have it.
Anyone born on Mexican soil is considered Mexican by nationality, regardless of whether their parents are Mexican. No one in Mexico is considered a "citizen" by the country’s Constitution until he or she turns 18. The United States and Mexico are joined by more than 30 countries around the world, predominantly in the Americas, that offer birthright citizenship.
Donald Trump
Among Syrian refugees, "there aren't that many women, there aren't that many children."
Trump's assessment of the refugee situation is badly mangled and is conflating two different sets of refugees: Those 534,000 reaching Europe by sea, who are mostly men, and the 4 million Syrians in U.N. refugee camps, most of whom are women and children.
Marco Rubio
Rubio says Ted Cruz "is a supporter of legalizing people that are in this country illegally" and "proposed giving them work permits."
PolitiFact found no sign of Cruz proposing to give work permits to immigrants living here without legal permission and no record of Cruz explicitly saying he favored giving such residents legal status.
Donald Trump
Trump says Obama administration is pushing refugees toward states with governors who are "Republicans, not to the Democrats."
The numbers found by PolitiFact show that Democratic-led states recently received almost as many refugees as -- and by some calculations, even more refugees than -- Republican-led states on a per capita basis.
Barack Obama
Obama: "U.S. is largest donor of humanitarian assistance to displaced persons and refugees."
It is true. America gives more humanitarian aid than any other country, and it ranks first in supporting the UN’s lead agency in helping refugees.  Obama said, "It is who we are."
Donald Trump
Trump states President Barack Obama "wants to take in 250,000 (people) from Syria."
The administration has plans to increase refugees admitted from all countries from 70,000 in 2015 to 100,000 in 2017 but it will be nothing close to the 250,000 figure touted by Trump.
Donald Trump
On May 4, 2016, Trump told NBC News that Germany "is crime-riddled right now" because of migration to Europe.
There are more criminal acts in Germany these days because there are more people, thanks to the influx of 1.1 million refugees in 2015 alone. But the data suggest that the refugees tend to be better-behaved than the typical German.
Donald Trump
Trump says that the 2016 federal omnibus spending bill "funds illegal immigrants coming in and through your border, right through Phoenix."
In fact this bill actually funds the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the very agency tasked with keeping undocumented immigrants out.
Donald Trump
A Trump television ad shows Mexicans swarming over "our southern border."
The footage used to support this outrageous point actually shows African migrants streaming over a border fence between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla, more than 5,000 miles away.


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