Hillary Clinton Concedes Immigration Leads to Job Displacement but Doubles Down on Amnesty

In a wide-ranging interview with the online publication, Vox, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton discussed immigration policy. In the interview, Clinton acknowledges the legitimate concerns of many Americans that their jobs and wages are at risk from illegal immigration and guest worker programs, although she suggests that these concerns are often overblown. (Both the full 40 minute interview and the five-minute segment dealing with immigration are embedded in the Vox story.)

Clinton seems somewhat sympathetic to skilled U.S. workers who have been displaced by employers who bring in H-1B workers to do their jobs. “The many stories of people training their replacements from some foreign country are heartbreaking, and it is obviously a cost-cutting measure to be able to pay people less than you would pay an American worker,” Clinton said. She specifically mentioned the case of Disney workers who were forced to replace their H-1B replacements. (The plight of the displaced Disney workers has been brought to light by FAIR and the Immigration Reform Law Institute.)

Though she devotes less time discussing the impact on lower skilled American workers, Clinton does acknowledge a hypothetical roofer who is handed his final paycheck and told his services are no longer necessary because a lower wage illegal alien worker is available.

Throughout the discussion about immigration there are moments when the old Hillary – the one who, in 2003, told a New York radio host that she was “adamantly against illegal immigrants” – appears to surface. But, of course, this is 2016 not 2003, and Clinton believes that pandering to the illegal alien lobby will win her votes in November.

Speaking on Thursday to the annual meeting of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Clinton reaffirmed her pledge to take executive action to shield illegal aliens (like those who might have displaced her hypothetical roofer), despite the Supreme Court decision upholding an injunction blocking President Obama’s executive amnesty programs. In the address, she also expressed her support for a sweeping amnesty, and suggested that calls for immigration enforcement and reductions are motivated by animosity toward Latinos. “We have got to say with one voice that Latinos are vital part of the American community,” Clinton said.

Latinos are a vital part of the American community; illegal aliens are not. Americans who work for a living, whether it is repairing roofs or designing software, are also a vital part of the American community, which is really what the immigration debate should be about.

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Ira joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 1986 with experience as a journalist, professor of journalism, special assistant to Gov. Richard Lamm (Colorado), and press secretary of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. His columns have appeared in National Review, LA Times, NY Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, and more. He is an experienced TV and radio commentator.


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    The old Hillary is just like the current version; cynical, corrupt, and totally self-serving. She will say or do anything to claw her way back into the White House.

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    If you were to say that was a copy of the rules that applied on Ellis Island, you would be believable. Infectious diseases, likely to “become a burden”, etc., then back you go. We attracted the strongest and most independent people. Now we attract welfare recipients who work minimum wage while the taxpayer picks up the costs of welfare for 6 kids. All those who spout nonsense about “when your great grandparents came” are the real “know nothings”. They can’t move beyond stale hackneyed cliches which no longer apply.

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    She can charge racism all she wants. Although this site and others mostly address illegal immigration by Latinos, because that is what the majority of illegals are, there is also a consistent message that illegals from places like Ireland deserve no special breaks. Hillary is playing the race card like she always does. One reason I can never vote for her, although I voted for her in the 08 primaries, is that she turned into a shill sucking up to walking garbage like Al Sharpton, one of the biggest racial hucksters in this country’s history. All you need to know about this administration is the fact that Sharpton had an open door at the White House, in spite of his history of being wrong about every situation he barged into, often ruining people’s lives in the process.

    After the Dept. of Justice released it’s report on the shooting of M. Brown in Ferguson in March 2015 several months after the incident, this president, who once again immediately commented before having the facts, had this to say about the report:

    “We may never know exactly what happened.” “The finding that was made by the DOJ was that it was not unreasonable to determine that there was not sufficient evidence to charge officer Wilson.”

    And this is a blatant lie. We “know exactly what happened” because the hundred page DOJ report spelled it out. Not only did it not find “sufficient evidence”, they exonerated Wilson. In the report conclusion, and keeping in mind they would have loved an opportunity to charge Wilson, and after discrediting the most sensational witnesses promoted by the media, in their words:

    “Multiple credible witnesses corroborate virtually EVERY material aspect of Wilson’s account and are CONSISTENT WITH THE PHYSICAL EVIDENCE.” “Wilson was aware that Brown had already assaulted him once and attempted to gain control of his gun.” “Given the evidence in this matter, jurors would likely conclude that Wilson had reason to be concerned that Brown was a threat to him as he continued to advance.”

    Brown turned and charged while Wilson tried to back up. This is exactly what the Missouri grand jury concluded, which caused the president to excuse the rioting that followed that decision, calling their anger “understandable”.
    The fact that politicians and the media continue to present a one sided narrative in this case is inexcusable, considering it was studied to the tiniest detail.

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    A country that does a good job screening who they allow into their country is Japan. The following are some excerpts from Japan’s Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act:

    Section 2 Landing of a Foreign National
    (Denial of Landing)

    Article 5 (1) Any foreign national who falls under any of the following items shall be denied permission to land in Japan.

    (i) A person who is suffering from any of the following categories of infectious diseases, which are provided for by the Act on Prevention of Infectious Diseases and Medical Care for Patients Suffering from Infectious Diseases: Category 1 or Category 2 infectious diseases, new or reemerging influenza strains, or designated infectious diseases…

    (ii) A person who, due to a mental disability, is constantly unable to understand right from wrong or whose capacity for such understanding is significantly lacking, and is not accompanied by those persons provided for by Ordinance of the Ministry of Justice to assist him or her in engaging in activities in Japan.

    (iii) A person who is indigent or without a fixed dwelling place and is likely to become a burden on the Japanese Government or a local public entity because of an inability to make a living.

    (iv) A person who has been convicted of a violation of any law or regulation of Japan, or of any other country, and has been sentenced to imprisonment with or without work for 1 year or more, or to an equivalent penalty.

    (v) A person who has been convicted of a violation of any law or regulation of Japan or of any other country relating to the control of narcotics, marijuana, opium, stimulants or psychotropic substances, and has been sentenced to a penalty.

    (v)-2 A person who has been convicted of a violation of any law or regulation of Japan or of any other country or has been deported from Japan pursuant to the provisions of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act or deported from any other country pursuant to the provisions of any law or regulation of that country for killing, injuring, assaulting or threatening a person, or damaging a building or other object in relation to the process or results of an international competition or a competition of an equivalent scale or an international conference….

    (vi) A person who illegally possesses any narcotics or psychotropic substances as prescribed in the Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances Control Act, marijuana as prescribed in the Marijuana Control Act, or poppy, opium or poppy plants as prescribed in the Opium Control Act, stimulants or raw materials used to make stimulants as prescribed in the Stimulants Control Act, or any apparatus used to smoke or eat opium.

    (vii) A person who has committed trafficking in persons or incited or aided another to commit it.

    (viii) A person who illegally possesses firearms, swords or other such weapons as prescribed in the Act for Controlling the Possession of Firearms or Swords and Other Such Weapons or explosives as provided for by the Explosives Control Act.

    (ix) A person who falls under any of sub-items below where the period set forth in the relevant provision has not yet elapsed:

    (a) A person who has been denied landing for any of the reasons prescribed in the provisions of either item (vi) or the preceding item: 1 year from the date of denial.

    (b) A person who has been deported from Japan for any of the reasons set forth in any of the items under Article 24 and who has not previously been deported from Japan or has not departed from Japan under a departure order pursuant to the provisions of Article 55-3 before the aforesaid date of deportation: 5 years from the date of deportation.

    (c) A person who has previously been deported from Japan for falling under any of the items of Article 24 (except for item (iv), sub-items (l) to (o), and item (iv)-3): 10 years from the date of deportation.

    (ix)-2 A person who has been sentenced to imprisonment with or without work on the charge of a crime provided for in Part II….of the Act on Punishment of Physical Violence and Others, the Act for Prevention and Disposition of Robbery, Theft, and Other Related Matters….during his/her stay in Japan….who subsequently left Japan and whose sentence became final and binding when he or she was outside of Japan, and for whom 5 years have not yet elapsed from the date when the sentence became final and binding.

    (xi) A person who attempts or advocates the overthrow of the Constitution of Japan or the Government formed thereunder by means of force or violence, or who organizes or is a member of a political party or any organization which attempts or advocates the same.

    (xii) A person who organizes, or is a member of, or is closely affiliated with any of the following political parties or organizations…

    (a) A political party or organization which encourages acts of violence or the assault, killing, or injury of officials of the Government or of local public entities for the reason that they are such officials;

    (b) A political party or organization which encourages illegal damage to or destruction of public facilities;

    (c) A political party or organization which encourages acts of dispute such as stopping or preventing the normal maintenance or operation of the security facilities of a factory or other workplace;

    (xiii) A person who attempts to prepare, distribute, or exhibit printed matters, motion pictures, or any other documents or drawings to attain the objectives of any political party or organization prescribed in the preceding item.

    (xiv) In addition to those persons listed in items (i) to (xiii), a person whom the Minister of Justice has reasonable grounds to believe is likely to commit an act which could be detrimental to the interests or public security of Japan.

    (2) Even in cases where a foreign national seeking to land in Japan does not fall under any of the items of the preceding paragraph, if the country of which he or she is a national or citizen denies landing to a Japanese national for any reason other than those set forth in the items of the preceding paragraph, the Minister of Justice may deny his/her landing for the same reason.

    (Application for Landing)

    (2)The foreign national….shall apply for landing with an immigration inspector at the port of entry or departure where he seeks to land and undergo an examination for landing in accordance with the procedures provided for by Ordinance of the Ministry of Justice.

    (3) A foreign national who seeks to apply for landing as set forth in the preceding paragraph shall provide an immigration inspector with personal identification information (fingerprints, photographs or other information as provided for by Ordinance of the Ministry of Justice that serves to identify the individual; the same shall apply hereinafter) in an electromagnetic form (an electronic form, a magnetic form or any other form that cannot be recognized by human perception; the same shall apply hereinafter) for use by a computer as provided for by Ordinance of the Ministry of Justice which is utilized for personal identification of the applicant, pursuant to the provisions of the Ordinance of the Ministry of Justice