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Using emojis to interpret latest CIS report

Anu Joshi • Aug 13, 2015

Today, the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) released a new report cautioning that the U.S. immigrant population has reached a record 42.1 million, an increase of 1.7 million in the last year. The report concludes by lamenting that three-quarters of the immigrant population are here legally!

Here are a few excerpts (emojis added for ease of reading):

“The number of immigrants in the United States is now enormous, but it must be recognized that most immigrants, including those from Latin America, are in the country legally.” (emphasis added)

How nice of CIS to acknowledge that even immigrants from Latin American are here legally! But, in case you hadn’t grasped quite how “enormous” the number of immigrants was they provided another useful stat:

“The nation’s immigrant (foreign-born) population, which includes legal and illegal immigrants, grew by 4.1 million from the second quarter of 2011 to the second quarter of 2015. Immigrants are 13.3 percent of the nation’s total population — the largest share in 105 years.”

They also go out of their way to make sure their readers know exactly who these immigrants are (and aren’t):

“The total Mexican immigrant population (legal and illegal) reached 12.1 million in the second quarter of 2015 — the highest quarterly total ever. In addition to Mexico, growth in the immigrant population was led by a 449,000 increase in the last year from countries in Latin America other than Mexico.”

Don’t worry though, they offer a totally rational and calm solution—reduce legal immigration:

“Absent a change in legal immigration policy, the immigrant population will continue to increase…While confused-facethe impact of illegal immigration is often the subject of intense national debate, the much larger flow of legal immigrants has seen almost no discussion, even though its impact on American society is much larger.”

CIS has long advocated for limiting legal immigration—ostensibly to preserve the European-American majority their founder (and white nationalist) John Tanton staked out as his ultimate goal—but only recently has it actually gained traction in the national debate on immigration.

And that’s thanks to two current presidential candidates who have come out in support of limiting legal immigration, Scott Walker and Rick Santorum. Not coincidentally, Walker and Santorum also have the highest grades in the anti-immigrant NumbersUSA report card, an A and B- respectively (for context, Trump only managed a C+). And while Santorum is hovering around 1.5 percent support in the polls, Walker is currently in third place with 9.3 percent support in the latest polls of Republican voters.

“So when people tell me the problem is just illegal immigration, they’re wrong. They’re wrong…Part of the reason is that we’re bringing floods of legal, not illegal, legal immigrants into the country.” -Former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) (1/19/15)

cat scared emojiWhile CIS is busy being scared of immigrants, we’re busy being scared of their extremist positions on immigration—and their influence on presidential candidates.

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