12/8/15, Rupert Murdoch on his twitter account
"There are not enough oversight measures in place to ensure that immigrants are not linked to terrorists....The bill, a copy of which was obtained by the Washington Free Beacon, would express Congress’ sense that “the United States must not bar individuals from entering into the United States based on their religion, as such action would be contrary to the fundamental principles on which this Nation was founded.” The legislation is a direct amendment to current U.S. laws already on the books."..."A nation without borders is not a nation." Donald J. Trump
12/9/15, "Congress to Consider Easing Passage into U.S. for Immigrants," Washington Free Beacon, Adam Kredo, 7:53pm
"Congressional source: 'The amendment is intended to be a response to Trump’s statement' about Muslims'"
"Congress is set to vote on Thursday on what some have called an “unprecedented” right that would allow immigrants easier access to relocate to the United States, according to new legislation offered by a Democratic senator.
The legislation, which is being offered by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D., Vt.) as an amendment to a larger bill governing nuclear safety, would prohibit the U.S. government from barring any individual from entering the country based on their religion.
The bill comes amid a fierce national debate about immigration to America, particularly for individuals coming from Muslim-majority nations. Critics of the Obama administration’s refugee plan, which would permit up to 10,000 Syrians into the country, maintain that there are not enough oversight measures in place to ensure that immigrants are not linked to terrorists or various terror organizations, such as the Islamic State.
The bill, a copy of which was obtained by the Washington Free Beacon, would express Congress’ sense that “the United States must not bar individuals from entering into the United States based on their religion, as such action would be contrary to the fundamental principles on which this Nation was founded.”
The legislation is a direct amendment to current U.S. laws already on the books. Congressional critics of the legislation warn that the amendment would facilitate an unprecedented right to immigration that has never existed under U.S. law.
“The amendment is intended to be a response to Trump’s statement and thus the category of immigration at the heart of it is clearly immigration from the Muslim world,” said a congressional source apprised of the legislation.
“This amendment will establish the progressive goal of creating a right to global migration, their solution to global income inequality,” the source said. “This is not simply a slippery slope. This is ripping open Pandora’s box. If you can establish that we have no right to consider religious beliefs, then you could help establish we have no right to consider a candidate’s age, skill, income, or country of origin.”
If passed, the new rule would burden the U.S. immigration system and prevent authorities from normal background checks meant to ensure individuals are not tied to terrorists or other type of criminal enterprises, the source said....
The legislation essentially extends the U.S. Constitution to inhabitants from other countries, which has never been done before, the source said.
‘The Constitution, by definition, is a document that protects the rights of the American people – to extend it to the citizens of foreign countries living in those foreign countries is to turn the Constitution from a document that protects Americans into one that renders them utterly defenseless,” the source said.
“Congress can decide who to admit, and who not to admit, and on what grounds – our founding documents confer on no alien the right of entry to the United States and to travel down this road is to challenge the very idea that immigration is supposed to serve the American interest and no other.”
While some politicians, including President Barack Obama, have maintained that a “religious test” for immigrants is unconstitutional, this has not legally been the case in American history....
Under U.S. law, the president already has the authority to halt all immigration to the United States for national security reasons.
The Obama administration is slated to grant at least 660,000 green cards to immigrants from Muslim majority nations in the next five years, according to statistics issued by the Department of Homeland Security."
["In the next five years"? I didn't know Obama was still going to be president in 2020. ed.]
Added: Re: Existing Presidential authority, linked above, resides in US Immigration and Nationality Act text, per article below: "“Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate,” the law states."...
12/4/15, "U.S. Granted 680,000 Green Cards to Immigrants From Muslim-Majority Nations in Past Five Years," Washington Free Beacon, Adam Kredo
"Another 660,000 likely to be granted in next five years."
"The increase in immigration from Muslim-majority countries has been in the spotlight since the Obama administration announced its intent to admit 10,000 new refugees from Syria, despite admitted gaps in the ability to vet these individuals for ties to terrorist groups.
The mass shooting in California also has stoked concerns, with new information indicating that the wife of the alleged San Bernardino shooter, Tashfeen Malik, was born in Pakistan and had been living with family in Saudi Arabia before coming to the United States....
While President Obama has expressed his commitment to admitting refugees from countries in which terrorist groups are active, he is able under law to unilaterally suspend this immigration, though it is unlikely he will use this authority.
The Immigration and Nationality Act already provides the president the unilateral ability to suspend the “entry of imposition” of immigrants.
“Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate,” the law states.
Also under the law, the U.S. Attorney General may “suspend the entry of some or all aliens transported to the United States” by any airline if it is detected that the individual did not provide proper documentation upon boarding.
Refugees who are granted green cards “have instant access to federal welfare and entitlements, along with local benefits and education services,” according to a release from Sen. Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.). “These costs are not offset.”
The federal benefits system could find itself burdened as 660,000 migrants from Muslim-majority nations are expected to be granted green cards.
Between 2009 and 2013, the U.S. granted green cards to 83,000 individuals from Pakistan and another 83,000 from Iraq, making them the two leading nations for immigration to the U.S., according to the release from Sessions.
Another 73,000 emigrated from Iran while another 45,000 came from Egypt. Somalia, Uzbekistan, Turkey, and Morocco also top the list.
Data from the U.S. Census Bureau indicate that the foreign-born population in the United States stand at a record 41.3 million.
“One-quarter of the U.S. population is now either foreign-born or has foreign-born parents,” according to the release. “The Census Bureau projects the percentage of the population born outside the country will soon pass the highest percentage ever recorded and continue rising to new all-time records never before witnessed—unless Congress passes a law to reduce green card allotments.”
Barring such changes, the number of immigrants to the U.S. will increase, as well as the annual rate of immigrant admissions and the number of foreign-born in the country."