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FACT CHECK ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION

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Fact Checking The “Fact Checkers" On Illegal Al-
iens-“Outing” Orwellian Fake News

February 15, 2019

On Monday, February 11th I was a guest on a radio


show, “The Americhicks” on radio station KLZ to discuss
a Feb 4, 2019 CBS News article, The facts on immigra-
tion: What you need to know in 2019- CBSN fact-check
on immigration.
The CBS article ostensibly responded to nine questions
about immigration raised by President Trump. I was
asked to weigh in about the honesty and accuracy of the
“Facts” published by CBS to discredit what the President
had said.

I reviewed the article during the weekend that preceded


that show and found that falsehoods permeated this sup-
posed “fact-check on immigration.”

Unfortunately this sort of deceptive “reporting” is all too


common.

By understanding how to unravel the tapestry of lies con-


tained in this article will provide a methodology that can
be brought to bear to critically analyze all supposed
“news” articles.

To begin with, the late criminal defense attorney Johnnie


Cochran remarked at the O.J. trial, “If you can’t trust the
messenger, you cannot trust the message.”

Voltaire wisely said, “You should judge a man’s intelli-


gence by the questions he asked.” The trick is to devise
the incisive questions that provide you with the insight
you need to determine whether the material you are re-
viewing is honest or propaganda.

The CBS News article quoted a number of organizations


that provided the supposed “Facts” that were used to
counter what President Trump said. The first issue is to
find out who these sources (messengers) are. It is par-
ticularly helpful to find the organization’s website online
and review its mission statement. It may be posted un-
der “About” or “About Us” at the top of the website
.
The first source quoted in the CBS article was the Center
For Migration Studies. Here is how its mission statement
(under “About” on its website) begins:

The Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS) is a


think tank and an educational institute devoted to the
study of international migration, to the promotion of un-
derstanding between immigrants and receiving commu-
nities, and to public policies that safeguard the dignity
and rights of migrants, refugees and newcomers.

Simply stated, this organization is not an objective think


tank but a biased advocacy group that seeks to increase
the numbers of aliens admitted into the United States
and is determined to quash any objections about the in-
flux of aliens irrespective of how they enter the United
States.

The CBS article used information provided by CMS to an-


swer the question: How do most unauthorized immi-
grants enter the United States?

The answer provided in the CBS article was described as


a “Fact”

Fact: Two-thirds of the recent unauthorized immigrant


population entered the U.S. on valid visas, then stayed
in the country after that visa expired.

This supposed “Fact” was provided to oppose the con-


struction of the border wall, claiming that since so many
aliens don’t run our borders, we don’t need to build the
wall.

In reality, the actual number of illegal aliens in the


United States is unknown. Therefore it is impossible to
determine what percentage of illegal aliens entered the
U.S. by evading the inspections process at ports of entry
vs the number of aliens who violate their visas.

Recently Harvard and MIT conducted studies that


showed that although it has been estimated by many or-
ganizations that there are about 11 million illegal aliens,
the number, according to the university studies may be
double that number or even higher.

For more information about this issue, check out my re-


cent article: Twice As Many Illegal Aliens In US Accord-
ing To MIT.

Additionally, on February 8, 2019 ABC News re-


ported: Border arrests up 85 percent over same period
last year: US Customs and Border Protection.

In fact, on February 11th I participated in a discussion


on Fox & Friends First about the latest statistics provided
by CBP.

Fox News posted the video under the title, A new report
reveals the problem at the border is only getting
worse: Retired INS agent Michael Cutler weighs in on
the crisis at the southern border.

No matter what the actual statistics are, given the huge


number of illegal aliens present in the United States and
the now routine onslaught of a human tsunami in the
form of an endless succession of “caravans” of illegal al-
iens flowing northward from Central America to the
United States, the percentage of illegal aliens who enter
the U.S. without inspection is certainly great enough to
be considered a true crisis that poses a threat to national
security and public safety that must be effectively dealt
with.
This brings us to the second question in the CBS News
article, the actual number of illegal aliens who are pre-
sent in the United States.

The sources quoted by CBS in response to this question


were the Pew Research Center and the Migration Policy
Institute. Both organizations have historically at-
tempted to downplay the magnitude of the immigration
crisis.

In point of fact, Doris Meissner, the Commissioner of the


INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service) under the
Clinton administration, joined the Migration Policy Insti-
tute about a year after it was formed as a senior fel-
low. Meissner, as INS commissioner, was responsible
for implementing a massive naturalization program
known as CUSA (Citizenship USA) that sought to natu-
ralize as many new citizens as possible and resorted to
shortcuts including approving applications for citizenship
before fingerprint records were consolidated with the im-
migration files. Under CUSA approximately 1.1 million
aliens were naturalized and because of the extreme
shortcuts and threats of extreme discipline against INS
District Directors if quotas were not met, concerned em-
ployees of the INS contacted the Office of the Inspector
General.

The eye-opening OIG report about the allegations of


malfeasance of this program was published and is well
worth reading.

INS Commissioner Meissner had an adversarial relation-


ship with the special agents of the INS and was hostile
towards immigration law enforcement justice.
On May 4, 1999 the House Immigration Subcommittee
conducted a hearing on the Designations Of Temporary
Protected Status And Fraud In Prior Amnesty Programs.

John F. Shaw, the former Assistant Commissioner for In-


vestigations, Immigration and Naturalization Ser-
vice, testified at that hearing. His testimony about his
frustrations with Doris Meissner provides insight into her
hostility to immigration law enforcement.

Here is an excerpt from his testimony:

In its determined efforts to establish control of the bor-


der by tightening security on the perimeter, Congress
has seemingly ignored the critical, complementary roles
and responsibilities of Interior Enforcement . . . and
these fall mainly on the shoulders of Investigations.

I believe that the concept of Interior Enforcement, sup-


ported by a well articulated strategy document, ought to
be as familiar in the nomenclature of immigration en-
forcement as the concept, or term, Border Control. Alt-
hough, I must admit that even in-house at INS, the
Commissioner has said that Interior Enforcement is a
term of usage invented by Investigations and devoid of
meaning.

The CBS article also made much of how the majority of


drugs are seized at ports of entry and therefore more
needs to be done to prevent smuggling through ports of
entry and not be concerned about the amount of drugs
that are smuggled across the border between ports of
entry.

The fact is that we don’t know what we don’t know. Ob-


viously, DEA has no way of knowing the total amount of
narcotics that is successfully smuggled between ports of
entry. There is no shortage of heroin in the United
States and therefore with all of the seizures made by
CBP at ports of entry, huge quantities are still getting
into the U.S. Clearly open borders must be considered
as a serious threat to the integrity of our efforts to inter-
dict smuggled drugs as well as smuggled aliens.

The article additionally asks the absurd question, “Is


asylum a form of illegal immigration?”

The article then provides the assertion:

Fact: No. "If you are eligible for asylum you may be per-
mitted to remain in the United States.” Source: U.S. Cit-
izenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

Of course, while filing for any immigration benefit does


not constitute “illegal immigration”, lying on such appli-
cations and therefore committing fraud is a felony.

The issue of asylum fraud was, in fact, the focus of a


November 21, 2013 Washington Times news re-
port, “Mexican drug cartels exploit asylum system by
claiming ‘credible fear.’”

That article was predicated on two House Judiciary Com-


mittee hearings:

Asylum Abuse: Is it Overwhelming our Bor-


ders? and Asylum Fraud: Abusing America’s Compas-
sion?

The CBS article ignored that the majority of applications


filed by aliens from Central America are denied and that
immigration fraud was a key concern of the 9/11 Com-
mission. That was the predication for my article, Immi-
gration Fraud: Lies That Kill-9/11 Commission identified
immigration fraud as a key embedding tactic of terror-
ists.

The CBS article claimed that the majority of aliens who


applied for asylum attended their hearings. They did
not, however, divulge how many aliens whose applica-
tions were denied subsequently absconded and failed to
depart from the United States.

The CBS article also asked (and answered):

Do illegal immigrants commit more violent crimes than


legal residents?

Fact: Studies say that undocumented immigrants are


less likely to commit violent crimes than American-born
citizens. Source: The Cato Institute and The University
of Wisconsin.

My article, Illegal Immigration And Crime: The stunning


numbers the Left cannot refute includes this excerpt:

President Trump’s Executive Order on Enhancing Public


Safety in the Interior of the United States requires the
Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of
Homeland Security (DHS) to collect relevant data and
provide quarterly reports on data collection efforts. On
Dec. 18, 2017, DOJ and DHS released the FY 2017
4th Quarter Alien Incarceration Report, complying with
this order. The report found that more than one-in-five
of all persons in Bureau of Prisons custody were foreign
born, and that 94 percent of confirmed aliens in custody
were unlawfully present.

Here is an excerpt from the press release that provides


some quick statistics and a paragraph that addresses the
lack of information about aliens in city and state facili-
ties.

A total of 58,766 known or suspected aliens were in DOJ


custody at the end of FY 2017, including 39,455 persons
in BOP custody and 19,311 in USMS custody. Of this to-
tal, 37,557 people had been confirmed by U.S. Immigra-
tion and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to be aliens (i.e.,
non-citizens and non-nationals), while 21,209 foreign-
born people were still under investigation by ICE to de-
termine alienage and/or removability.

Among the 37,557 confirmed aliens, 35,334 people (94


percent) were unlawfully present. These numbers in-
clude a 92 percent unlawful rate among 24,476 con-
firmed aliens in BOP custody and a 97 percent unlawful
rate among 13,081 confirmed aliens in USMS custody

This report does not include data on the foreign-born or


alien populations in state prisons and local jails because
state and local facilities do not routinely provide DHS or
DOJ with comprehensive information about their inmates
and detainees—which account for approximately 90 per-
cent of the total U.S. incarcerated population.

The rest of the material in the CBS News article can be


similarly discredited, proving that, as John Adams fa-
mously observed, “Facts are stubborn things.”