Nikki Haley Tells the U.N. to Butt Out

Nikki Haley has the easiest job in the world. Her biggest challenge when she wakes up each morning as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations is deciding which hypocrisy or grotesque distortion of the truth to expose that day.

On Tuesday, Haley took on the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) for its condemnation of the United States for daring to enforce its immigration laws. In the opinion of the UNHCHR, the decision by the United States to stop tolerating mass incursions of illegal aliens across our borders amounts to “criminalizing what should at most be an administrative offense” and “adopt non-custodial alternatives” to detaining adults who enter illegally in the company of children.

Notwithstanding the UNHCHR’s opinion, under 8 U.S. Code § 1325, illegal entry can result in imprisonment for up to six months for a first offense and up to two years for subsequent attempts to enter the United States illegally.

But what really seemed to irk Ambassador Haley when she got out of bed on Tuesday was the U.N.’s “hypocrisy by calling out the United States while it ignores the reprehensible human rights records of several members of its own Human Rights Council.” The HRC is a body that currently includes such bastions of enlightened humanitarianism as Afghanistan, China, Cuba, Ethiopia, Iraq, and Venezuela, to name just a few.

Just in case the UNHCHR harbored any illusions that the United States would accede to its demands that we surrender our sovereign right to enforce immigration laws, Haley made it clear that that is not going to happen. “We will remain a generous country, but we are also a sovereign country, with laws that decide how best to control our borders and protect our people. Neither the United Nations nor anyone else will dictate how the United States upholds its borders,” she informed them.

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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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    From the US State Department:

    Travel Advisory Jan 2018

    China – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

    Exercise increased caution in China due to the arbitrary enforcement of local laws and special restrictions on dual U.S.-Chinese nationals.

    U.S. citizens visiting or residing in China have been arbitrarily interrogated or detained for reasons related to “state security.” Security personnel have detained and/or deported U.S. citizens for sending private electronic messages critical of the Chinese government.

    Entry & Exit:

    Obtain a visa prior to arrival and have a passport with at least six months’ validity remaining. The lack of either will result in a fine and immediate deportation.

    You must have a valid visa to exit China and you must leave China before the expiration of the listed duration of stay.

    Lack of a visa, having an expired visa or overstaying your visa can result in detention and fines.
    The Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), requires special permits for tourist travel, most often obtained through a Chinese travel agent. If you do enter a restricted area without the requisite permit, you could be fined, taken into custody, and deported for illegal entry. To learn more about specific entry requirements for Tibet or other restricted areas, check with the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China.

    During Your Stay:

    Failure to register with the police within 24 hours of arrival in the country could result in fines and deportation. You can register with hotel staff or the local police station.

    Carry your valid U.S. passport and Chinese visa or residence permit at all times.

    Entry and exit requirements are strictly enforced, as are restrictions on activities allowed by any particular visa class.

    Police, school administrators, transportation officials, and hotel staff may check your visa to make sure you have not overstayed. If you overstay your visa’s duration of stay, you may be denied service by hotels, airports and train stations, be charged a RMB 500 fine per day up to a maximum of RMB 10,000, and face possible detention.

    If you encounter problems in Tibet, the U.S. government has limited ability to provide assistance, as the Chinese government does not usually authorize U.S. government personnel to travel there, even to provide consular assistance to U.S. citizens.

    Special Scrutiny of Foreign Citizens: On occasion in recent years, citizens of the United States and other countries visiting or resident in China have been interrogated or detained for reasons said to be related to “state security.” In such circumstances, you could face arrest, detention or an exit ban prohibiting your departure from China for a prolonged period. Dual U.S.-Chinese nationals and U.S. citizens of Chinese heritage may be at a higher risk of facing such special scrutiny.

    Criminal Penalties: You are subject to Chinese laws. If you violate Chinese laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Certain provisions of the PRC Criminal Law – such as “social order” crimes (Article 293) and crimes involving “endangering state security” and “state secrets” (Article 102 to 113) – are ill-defined and can be interpreted by the authorities arbitrarily and situationally. Information that may be common knowledge in other countries could be considered a “state secret” in China, and information can be designated a “state secret” retroactively.

    Immigration violations can lead to arrest, detention, fines, and deportation.

    Surveillance and Monitoring: Security personnel carefully watch foreign visitors and may place you under surveillance. Hotel rooms (including meeting rooms), offices, cars, taxis, telephones, Internet usage, and fax machines may be monitored onsite or remotely, and personal possessions in hotel rooms, including computers, may be searched without your consent or knowledge. Security personnel have been known to detain and deport U.S. citizens sending private electronic messages critical of the Chinese government.

    Political and Religious Activity:

    Participating in unauthorized political or religious activities, including participating in public protests or sending private electronic messages critical of the government, may result in detention and Chinese government imposed restrictions on future travel to China. U.S. citizens have been detained and expelled for distributing religious literature, including Bibles. If you bring religious literature with you, Chinese law dictates that it be a “reasonable amount” for your personal use. If you attempt to bring larger quantities, the literature will likely be confiscated and you may be fined, detained, or deported.

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    There is a point about Russia, China, North Korea, Iran and others being bad actors, willing to spread chaos because they want to rub this country’s nose in it. But Putin made a valid point a couple days ago. He noted that the Hungarian-born George Soros, a naturalized American citizen since 1961, gives billions in dollars to far left political groups all across the world and those groups advocate against the governments in many countries, frequently the Eastern European countries who are refusing to knuckle under to the open borders policies of the rest on the European Union.

    Angela Merkel wants those countries to avoid fences and border guards and instead rely on a European border guard. Yeah, and the check’s in the mail too. And Soros makes it very clear that if you don’t agree with him it’s because you’re not smart enough so he has to lead the way. That is virtually the same attitude as Obama and Hillary, who along with Soros, blasted the Brexit vote, passed by a majority of Britain’s citizens. Hillary, doing the Brit version of her “deplorables” act, portrayed those voters as provincial rubes who refused to acknowledge her enlightened open borders view.

    Of course, she did the same thing in this country a couple months ago, by saying that she “won the coastal states”, essentially arguing that those deplorable irredeemable rednecks in the middle of the country were just too stupid to see things her way. Just like Obama, who met any disagreement with a patient lecture like you were five years old and unable to make a rational choice.

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    VivaLaMigra on

    Too bad we don’t have a DHS secretary who believes in enforcing our laws.

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    As an American, it saddens and hurts me to see Nikki Haley choose to be blind to what is really happening. Because of this, humanity needs the UN to be even more so direct in calling out the US for their inhumane treatment of asylum seekers.
    Leviticus 19:33-34
    “When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.

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      Exodus 20:15 “Thou shalt not steal.”

      These border invaders are no different than bank robbers who steal because they want a better life for themselves and their families.

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      Janice Janes on

      And when there are so many strangers than your school system is useless and there is no more water, do you have some stupid *** bible quote for that too?

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      /give to Ceaser what is due Ceaser, we abide by the laws of the United States, we are generous if you immigrate the ‘correct way’. . .do all in order

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    Patricia Watkins on

    Wow, I love it. Nikki Haley stood up to them for America’s sovereign rights in deciding our own immigration laws and enforcement of those laws. How about the UN get on Mexico for allowing human smuggling of illegal migrants on their soil as these migrants trek to America’s borders? And how is it that more and more illegal migrants are entering Mexico, allowed to cross Mexico, and then end up at America’s border? Last I heard, America gives Mexico taxpayer money to help stop that illegal migrant flow.

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    It’s about time somebody stood up to the UN and instead stood up for the American people.l am tired of paying the way for illegal immigrants. This is our country not theirs

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      Great! send a women to do a man’s job and it gets done. She is amazing , we can thank our wonderful president for her and hope he appoints more like her, He is about the only man walking that knows what to do the right way. I would work for extending the years for him to keep on being our leader. Now, clean out the swamp now. I live in Az. and I see how much it cost for the illegals to live in my country. Keep up the good work , clean up the UN or get us out of it, they too cost more than they are worth. Ina Smith Green valley Az.