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ICE Wants More Detention Cells in Minnesota

Apparently U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) foresees a demand for considerably more jail cells to house undocumented immigrants taken into custody in Minnesota.  ICE relies on a network of local detention facilities across the country to temporarily house detainees, including  several Minnesota county jails. While it's difficult to imagine Hennepin or Ramsey County stepping forward, at least one metro area county has quietly responded to ICE's request, according to the St. Cloud Times. Sherburne County is proposing to expand its jail to provide space for up to 500 immigration detainees, an increase from the 300 beds it currently provides for U.S....

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Send Illegal Aliens to Sanctuary Cities? Be careful what you wish for.

Given Minnesota’s leadership in the metro and the governor’s mansion, if you are cheering on the idea of punishing sanctuary cities, be careful what you wish for. Minnesota’s already overburdened welfare state would grow if the administration carried out this policy. And imagine, given Minnesota’s free-for-all at the voting booth and loose absentee ballot laws, how voter fraud could change the state forever....

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A Note on Illegal Immigration and Crime

President Trump in his State of the Union last night, once again, spoke about violent crime committed by undocumented immigrants.  And once again, skeptics afterwards were quick to point out, citing Cato Institute data in at least one instance, that they commit violent crimes at lower overall rates than the rest of the population. Let’s assume this is true, and I have no evidence to say it isn’t.  But comparing broad crime rates between undocumented immigrants and other people in the United States is only one way of grasping the issue.  Also true is that the family members of the people...

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Lack of Donations For GoFundMe Shows People Don’t Really Want the Wall

The Wall has become the epicenter of the federal government shut down but judging from the GoFundMe page dedicated to raising money for it, it doesn't seem to be much of a priority for most Americans. If each of the 63 million Trump supporters donated just $80, it would raise more than $5 billion to build the border wall. However, the GoFundMe stands at just $20 million, which is just 0.4 percent of the total cost. Only 337,194 people (0.53 percent of total number of Trump voters) have donated. This suggests that most people really don't care about the wall, or...

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Becoming an American: how our Elite has Cheapened Citizenship

My friend from Egypt came to our country many years ago in hopes of being a citizen. He loves America, loves the West and all it stands for: freedom and prosperity. He thinks our lax approach to immigration betrays a terrible naiveté and a dangerous lack of care for preserving American culture, the culture that attracted him to move here. He did not come all the way from Egypt to live in a chaotic, socialist nation. He could have gone many places around the globe, or just stayed in Egypt, for that. ...

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Think Your Vote Doesn’t Count? Or that Voter Fraud Does Not Matter? Al Franken “Won” By 312 Votes and Provided the 60th Vote for Obamacare

The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) reported this week on voter fraud, reminding us on the eve of the 2018 mid-term why American citizens, and legal immigrants waiting to become citizens, should pay attention to this issue. We must reject the dominant narrative pushed by some elected officials and the "mainstream" media that voter fraud is a "myth" embraced only by crazy right wingers. And we must reject the idea that non-citizens should be able to vote (yes, this is happening openly in America). Preston Huenekens from CIS wrote in “Aliens and Voter Fraud” this week: Every year there are elections that...

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Memo to Congress: Be the Wall, Stop the Invading “Caravan”

These are mostly young, strong and able men. They are not carrying the American Flag yearning to become productive members of our country. They are carrying the flags of Honduras and Guatemala, mocking our country and the pathetic state of the Rule of Law in American today. Are we going to defend ourselves? Yes, troops are going to the border. ...

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Is Diversity Our Strength?  Should There Be Any Limits?

The Left’s mantra and article of faith in the ongoing immigration debate is that “Diversity is our strength.”  Here is a well-written contrary view from California State University political science professor Edward Erler that was recently delivered at a Hillsdale College National Leadership Seminar.  The full adaptation of his remarks is available here. Progressive liberalism no longer views self-preservation as a rational goal of the nation-state. Rather, it insists that self-preservation and national security must be subordinate to openness and diversity. America’s immigration policies, we are told, should demonstrate our commitment to diversity because an important part of the American character...

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Minneapolis ponders new ID Card for Illegal Immigrants and other “Constituencies”

While the City Council and the Mayor may attempt to deflect on this issue, the same residents who can get a Minnesota State ID card would be able to obtain the municipal ID. The only difference with this card is that it would allow illegal immigrants to have a valid form of ID, as well....

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National Education Association Meeting: A Social Justice Summit?

Marxist philosophy, abortion, gun control, open borders and transgender advancement were among the political ideas marketed to educators and their classrooms last weekend at the National Education Association (NEA) annual union meeting, hosted at the Minneapolis Convention Center. As teachers perused booths retailing titles such as “Marxist Education,” “A World to Win, the Life and Works of Karl Marx,” and “How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America,” some attendees questioned the legitimacy of the union as a representative body. As one vendor put it, “do you really think that the average joe, like a normal guy just off the street would come in...

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