Your stance seems pre-loaded with the idea that immigrants today do not want to work, do not want to assimilate, do not want to get a job, etc. That because a relative tiny handful 'broke down the gates' that that makes them all "violent lawbreakers".
Yet many disregard our laws in coming here as they do. We have a legal process yet they feel they are above the laws. This does not imply violence of course, but it does imply sovereign citizen attitude that the laws do not apply to them.
As for the assimilation, there is a reason that Spanish is one more items like ATMs, posters and grocery check outs and that is that people are not learning English and assimilating like they did in the past. To pretend otherwise, is folly. We don't have a national language yet we require those seeking citizens to show proficiency but these folks get a free pass.
it's not sufficient reason to justify prejudicially treating _legal_ asylum-seekers as criminals and enemy combatants, robbing them of due process.
Some information that conflicts with what you say, your naivety is shocking.
Most asylum claims nowadays, whether in Europe or the United States, are not genuine. Migrants are more and more using the asylum ticket to gain entry into a country and stay.https://cis.org/Rush/World-Refugee-Day-Lets-Address-Fraudulent-Asylum-Claims-Are-Detrimental-Legitimate-Asylum
Since 2014, more than 300,000 family units or unaccompanied minors have arrived illegally into the United States from Central America and applied for asylum claiming fear of gang members or violent husbands, etc. Most do not meet the refugee status requirements.
According to the Migration Policy Institute, "being forced to join a gang or experiencing violence do not generally qualify as a basis for refugee status or fall readily into one of the refugee definition categories."
In an Immigration Newsmaker conversation organized by the Center for Immigration Studies, Thomas D. Homan, Deputy Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the agency's acting director, explained how most Central American families (80 percent) submit fraudulent asylum claims to then disappear into the American society:
[A] vast majority of these families [from Central America] don't show up in immigration court and they get an order in absentia, because they – not only did they enter the country illegally and go into hiding, they won't appear in front of an immigration judge... [L]ook at the facts of what's going on, look at how many families do not get a final fear finding from a judge – because most don't; like 80 percent of them do not ... So there's a lot of fraud going on. And they know it, and they're certainly not going to show up to a judge and, you know, present a fraudulent case. And 80 percent don't get a fear finding. So ... I think a majority of them are taking advantage of a low threshold, and there's a lot of asylum fraud going on, and they're hiding ... They figured out the loopholes. They figured that, as I just said, they can come and have due process at great taxpayer expense and just disappear into society.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in a Fox News interview that about 80 percent of people seeking asylum in immigration court do not receive it.
About 80 percent of asylum cases in immigration court are denied or otherwise closed. That figure does not include thousands of people granted asylum outside of court.
Nielsen mentioned the large portion of asylum-seekers who are not granted asylum after the Trump administration announced a “zero tolerance” policy toward illegal immigration on the southern border.
“About 80 percent pass that initial interview, but only 20 percent are granted asylum by a judge, which tells us that 80 percent of that is either just a flat-out fraud or somebody who thinks they can come here because they want a job here,” she said in a Fox News interview in May.
Rep. Jim Jordan, a Republican from Ohio, also mentioned the figure on “Face the Nation” Sunday. “When [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] was in our office just a week-and-a-half ago, they told me 80 percent of the folks seeking asylum wind up not getting it, they are not actually eligible for it,” he said. “So they’re telling me the number; 80 percent aren’t actually legitimate asylum seekers. We need to sort that out.”
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Jordan’s office pointed The Daily Caller News Foundation to statistics on the number of asylum grants from the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR). Immigration courts granted asylum in 20 percent of cases in Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 and 17 percent of cases in FY 2016.
Immigration courts did not explicitly deny asylum in all of the other 80 percent to 83 percent of cases. They denied 34 percent in FY 2017 and 23 percent in FY 2016, but closed the rest of the cases because, among other reasons, the asylum-seeker never showed up or the applicant withdrew the claim. Some of the individuals in the closed cases could have gotten other forms of humanitarian relief or deportation deferrals.
EIOR calculates an asylum “grant rate” by comparing only explicit grants and denials, excluding cases closed for other reasons. By that calculation, with 8,726 grants and 11,643 denials, EOIR’s asylum grant rate was 43 percent in FY 2016 (or a denial rate of 57 percent).
The asylum denial rate is closer to the 80 percent figure when looking at decisions for people seeking asylum from Central America and Mexico rather than all countries. A significant portion of asylum-seekers and recipients are from China, for instance, and not as relevant to the debate about the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy on the southern border.
Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) also calculates immigration court asylum denial rates by comparing only grants and denials. Its data on EOIR asylum decisions shows that from FY 2012 to FY 2017, the asylum denial rate was 79 percent for people from El Salvador, 88 percent for people from Mexico, 78 percent for people from Honduras and 75 percent for people from Guatemala.
I think both sides support lawful immigration, I know I do. You better not hope that Dems do not make this a central issue during the elections because it is a losing issue for them.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 67% of all Likely U.S. Voters think illegal immigration is a serious problem in America today, with 47% who say it’s a Very Serious one. Thirty-two percent (32%) say it’s not a serious problem, but that includes only eight percent (8%) who rate it as Not At All Serious. (To see survey question wording, click here.) http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/questions/pt_survey_questions/april_2019/questions_illegal_immigration_april_2_3_2019
So keep harping on this it is a losing issue and your just going to streamline Pres. Trump's re-election. For me this isn't about brown or white but rather our laws and it it mind numbing to me, that people can still kick the can down the road when it is so obvious that we need comprehensive immigration reform. You harp on due rights, but what about the blatant disregard for standing laws? That that truly bode well for blending with the country as so many have done in the past?
To me it seems the left is more concerned about the concerns of non-citizens than citizens. But yet they do lip service and do nothing and are playing these people, they do not care any more than the GOP at the end of the day. The protests about housing individuals in the Sanctuary Cities show that the concern is not genuine and that they are ok here, just not in our towns. The GOP is just as guilty as they should have passed immigration reform when they held power and lacked the morale courage to do so.