Monday, June 03, 2019

Quick Hits: Volume CLXXXIX

- In 2018, the United States had "a five-year high in approvals of citizenship applications." Leftist narratives hardest hit.

Those numbers contradict the criticisms of congressional Democrats who had complained about backlogs building at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Homeland Security branch that handles legal immigration.

The new report also suggests that far from a crackdown, the government is processing more asylum-seeker petitions than any of the last four years. That included a 61 percent increase from 2017 to 2018 in affirmative asylum applications — though refugee interviews are down from more than 1250,000 in 2016, the last year under President Barack Obama, to just 26,400 in fiscal year 2018 under President Trump.

Still, when the whole panoply of humanitarian programs is considered — asylum, refugees, crime victim visas, Temporary Protected Status and screening for credible fear or reasonable fear of persecution — the numbers were 32 percent higher than fiscal year 2017. Credible fear and reasonable fear are first steps on the asylum track.

Whenever leftists chided the political right as being "anti-immigrant," most righties were quick to correct them by emphasizing we're anti illegal immigration. Hence, the vapid proggie retort of "no human is illegal" (accept if they're in the womb of course). It's an attempt to divert from the fact there is a legitimate crisis at the southern border, so obfuscation is the left's go-to tactic.

As a certain wise man once said - "Facts don't care about your feelings."

- I can't emphasize enough that President Trump labeling media outlets "Enemy of the people" is highly inappropriate.

However, when certain media types pull stunts like doxxing (or threatening to dox) private citizens who show even tacit approval of Trump (See here, here and here)? They sure as hell aren't showing themselves as "allies."

- Sentencing has been handed down in a high profile incident which occurred at the Mall of America nearly two months ago.

The man who pleaded guilty to throwing a 5-year-old boy off a third-story balcony at the Mall of America was sentenced to 19 years in prison Monday.

Emmanuel Aranda stood in court listening to victim impact statements being read by a prosecutor, tears welling in his eyes. Of that 19-year sentence, Minnesota law mandates that he serve 12 of them, with 53 days off for time served.

When given the opportunity to make a statement or apologize to the family of his victim, Aranda said nothing.

In mid-May the 24-year-old pleaded guilty to first degree attempted murder in the case, in exchange for an agreed-upon sentence of 19 years.

Amazingly there are some silver linings to this story. First off, it appears the victim (identified only as "Landen") is recovering (albeit slowly) and that upcoming procedures are related to “non-life threatening complications.” And secondly, Landen's mother showed the kind of grace and compassion which should serve as a sterling example to us all.

"I want you to know I forgive you, not because what you did was OK, not because I want to, but because God wants me to," she wrote. "I refuse to be full of anger and hatred. I refuse to let you let you take my joy. My sweet precious baby, my amazing gift from God is going to be OK."

More evidence of how God can take any horrible, ugly situation and make it beautiful. Continued prayers to Landen and his family.


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