CNBC to the Trump Administration: Stop Deporting Illegal Aliens, You’re Hurting Apparel and Footwear Sales!

Sometimes it appears as though the mainstream media is locked in a competition to see who can produce the dumbest article in the history of American journalism. CNBC recently published a piece that could claim the prize. Titled “US Retailers Hit as Immigration Worries Weigh on Hispanic Spending,” it waxes hysterical about the allegedly negative effects of the Trump administration’s immigration enforcement efforts.

CNBC asserts that, “Many U.S. Hispanics are venturing out only to buy essential goods and are cutting back on discretionary spending, worried about possible harassment by immigration or law enforcement officials since the election of U.S. President Donald Trump….” It then, bizarrely, goes out of its way to note that apparel and footwear sales have been particularly hard hit. (Which is surprising, because well-dressed illegal aliens sporting designer footwear and custom-printed “Undocumented and Unafraid” t-shirts have been all over the news lately, protesting immigration enforcement everywhere from city council meetings to state legislative sessions. They don’t seem all that worried about cutting back on discretionary spending or hiding from ICE.)

And have you ever noticed that the allegedly “inclusive” media always lumps Hispanics into one monolithic bloc? This is intentional. The newsies don’t want to acknowledge that “Hispanic” is a broad term describing ethnic background, not immigration status. If they did, their false narrative that immigration laws are “racist,” and that immigration enforcement is “harassment,” would fall apart. Once the “profiling” fantasy breaks down, enforcing immigration laws is just standard police work.

In fact, the whole argument advanced by CNBC is pretty moronic. No one is publishing any articles kvetching about how cops writing speeding tickets are killing the gasoline industry. And the notion that we should be alarmed because lawbreakers are afraid of getting caught is insane. One of the reasons people obey laws is the deterrent effect achieved by visible law enforcement. State troopers can’t give every speeder a ticket but most of us ease up on the gas because we don’t want to be one of the few they do write-up.

Of course, this is just the typical alarmist invective that has become a standard part of the news organizations’ ongoing temper tantrum about the election of Donald Trump. Walmart isn’t going to fail because we’re enforcing our immigration laws and securing our borders. However, if we deport enough immigration violators, the underground market for cheap illegal alien labor might just fall apart. In that case, wages should rise, and working Americans should have plenty of money to spend on new clothes and shoes. One thing is certain, however, the vast majority of everyday Americans are not buying CNBC’s tired line on immigration enforcement.

About Author


Matthew J. O’Brien joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 2016. Matt is responsible for managing FAIR’s research activities. He also writes content for FAIR’s website and publications. Over the past twenty years he has held a wide variety of positions focusing on immigration issues, both in government and in the private sector. Immediately prior to joining FAIR Matt served as the Chief of the National Security Division (NSD) within the Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (FDNS) at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), where he was responsible for formulating and implementing procedures to protect the legal immigration system from terrorists, foreign intelligence operatives, and other national security threats. He has also held positions as the Chief of the FDNS Policy and Program Development Unit, as the Chief of the FDNS EB-5 Division, as Assistant Chief Counsel with U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement, as a Senior Advisor to the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman, and as a District Adjudications Officer with the legacy Immigration & Naturalization Service. In addition, Matt has extensive experience as a private bar attorney. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in French from the Johns Hopkins University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Maine School of Law.


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    Close the borders today stop daca today start e verify today….. stop the heroin and meth today build the wall put the army corps on it

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    Simpler that that….do you personally have any proof?

    They definitely buy toms of food n clothing n alcohol……

    So it makes sense the places they do that will be impacted….common sense….

    Coming up w an article without any basis us actual ly moronic…..honestly n truthfully…..not you but the article to be exact…

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      Toms=tons…it is best to come up with an article based on facts n data to back it up.

      An example, when I worked in a deli while going to school in the summer I saw the illegals buying food n alcohol. They know how to live m eat well but drink too much. …

      So that is a real fact…now we extrapolate that to a bigger picture . .. but this time we seek data…..which by the way extremely hard to quantify…..but it appears we moved from the world if non-facts to fake news…..

      However if we went to school n got our PhDs….why do we do a deservice to academics n The People n worst to what we live mist our profession s… something is not quite there…..

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        What we love most…our professions……is it a non count it a count noun?

        The point is it is our fault we created this…. nobody ever cared

        You have Senator Cotton…with no brains n life experience…….. Reagan n the 1986 Republicans….yet Obama n Democrats are blamed…….fake news again?

        We all should be fixing this as a country but The People screwed up not even the politicians….n actually the good illegals are a good thing….n the real issue is another too long subject….