From Trump, a new attack on immigration

first_imgLike almost any immigration program, the diversity visa lottery is imperfect and susceptible to abuse.The fortunate winners, who represent less than 1 percent of those who have applied annually in recent years, are not uniformly equipped to thrive in this country; many lack an education beyond high school.As Saipov may turn out to prove, even the extensive vetting required of all who immigrate through the program does not provide an ironclad guarantee that it is impervious to applicants who might seek to harm the United States.The lottery program might be improved.Still, the fact that more than 11 million people applied for it in fiscal 2016 reflects the magnetic appeal the United States continues to exert around the world.Satisfying a small fraction of that demand, through the lottery or some other legal means, is a powerful tool of public diplomacy in countries whose citizens might otherwise have no hope of coming here.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Never mind that Schumer’s legislation establishing the program attracted bipartisan support; or that it was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush, a Republican; or even that Schumer himself unsuccessfully bargained to end the program, in 2013, in return for a bill granting legal residence to millions of undocumented immigrants already in the United States.Neither the facts nor the normal political imperative to avoid partisanship in the wake of a terrorist attack appeared to move Trump.His tweet made it appear that his overriding interest in an assault allegedly backed by the Islamic State is to use it to assail immigration – in this instance, a legal program whose beneficiaries represent a speck in the overall number of immigrants.Managed by the State Department since 1995, the program now grants up to 50,000 visas annually, via a random lottery, to citizens of dozens of countries who would otherwise be mostly overlooked in the annual influx of green-card recipients.In recent years, many of the winners have been from Africa and Eastern Europe.Having reaped political advantage as a candidate in vilifying illegal immigrants, Trump has set his sights in office on legal migrants, including refugees, from a handful of mostly Muslim countries, whom he’d like Americans to see as an undifferentiated mass of potentially violent interlopers.Gradually, he is chipping away at what was once a national consensus that immigrants are a critical source of vitality, invention and international appeal. Categories: Editorial, OpinionThe following editorial appeared in The Washington Post:President Donald Trump, ever prone to seek out scapegoats, fastened on a new target in the wake of the terrorist attack in New York: the state’s senior Democratic senator, along with a 27-year-old visa program that offers applicants from dozens of countries a shot at immigrating to the United States.Trump singled out Sen. Charles Schumer, who, in 1990, sponsored the diversity visa program, through which the alleged attacker in New York, Sayfullo Saipov, is reported to have immigrated to the United States from his native UzbekistanIn a tweet, the president derided the program as “a Chuck Schumer beauty.”last_img read more

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Democrats have no clue how to govern

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion When I have trouble sleeping, I like nothing better than to read letters to the editor. I can usually find some hypocrite (Democrat) trying to make a lucid point with his/her heart (Democrats have lots of heart), but failing.David Morgan from Schroon Lak was [Dec. 24 Gazette] trying to get all metaphysical on us by categorically stating Republicans have no soul because they sold out to the devil. I’m no casual observer, and I haven’t the foggiest notion what that man is talking about — unless because Republicans don’t follow Democrat dogma, they must be spawns of Satan?Speaking of souls, where do you put people who fight to prevent convicted murderers and rapists from being executed (figuring they will get out, move to Virginia, and vote Democrat), but have no problem killing fetuses and babies up to their first birthday? (I exaggerate — eight months, 25 days or thereabout). I think those folks will get to see Satan/Hillary before I do.I believe the federal government has no right to be involved in the abortion issue; it should be each states’ business.The “soul” of the Republican Party still stands for small government; minimal government handouts by ensuring people who are able can support themselves; recognition of the Judeo-Christian principles which this country was founded; the rights of the unborn (our future); and love of country (patriotism). Only members of what used to be the Democratic Party are offended by this. To be clear, a handout is money given to people who haven’t earned it; an entitlement is money returned to people who have earned it.There are former Democrats who became Republicans and did quite well — President Reagan and President Trump to name two. There will be more, to be sure.But until such time, the former Democratic Party will still have their lapdog media and Hollywood ignoranti sucking up, will continue digging up victims to fill their ranks, create several new sexes and hopefully hide Sens. Pelosi, Waters and Warren in a place where we don’t have to look at them. While they’re at it, a new campaign song wouldn’t hurt. How about (with apologies to Harburg and Arlen) “If I Only Had a Brain”?Jeff FalaceSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Schenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcylast_img read more

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Rate hikes call for more state oversight

first_imgTo say I’m disappointed in the decision made by New York’s Public Service Commission to approve National Grid’s rate hike proposal is an understatement. Families and businesses here in upstate will end up paying $102 more for the delivery of electricity and $91 more for natural gas each year. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I have strongly opposed National Grid’s rate hike proposal from the start. The company has reported millions of dollars in profits and is now set to receive about $76 million in savings under the new federal tax law. Increasing rates is simply unacceptable.While the Public Service Commission is charged with making decisions on proposals like this, it is not accountable to the residents who ultimately pay for these essential services.This decision shows the need for new legislation I have introduced in the state Assembly that would establish more oversight of the Public Service Commission and provide more protection for the ratepayers here in upstate New York.Angelo SantabarbaraSchenectadyThe writer is an assemblyman representing Albany, Montgomery and Schenectady counties.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcylast_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Feb. 5

first_imgAct now to reduce changes to climate Did you ever worry about nuclear war destroying civilization? Well, that may or may not happen, but global warming is happening right now, and as such, just going about our daily lives as usual is leading to catastrophic warming that will increase temperatures 3.6 degrees F. by 2036, and possibly by 10.8 degrees F. by century’s end. This presents a “clear and present danger to civilization,” according to Naomi Klein in “This Changes Everything.”According to Bill McKibben, there are 2,795 gigatons of carbon in reserves in the ground. In order to keep temperatures under a 3.6-degree F. rise, we can burn only 565 gigatons. The fossil fuel industry wants to use it all, and to this effect, they spend $400,000 per day lobbying (bribing) Congress and our government officials. Again, Naomi Klein in “This Changes Everything.”What do we need to do? We need to elect people who know how grave the danger is to civilization as we know it, and maybe even to our existence at all. In short, we need to get rid of the fossil fuel oligarchy that runs our government and go back to a real democracy. Then, we need to phase out fossil fuels, the faster the better, and replace them with clean electricity.Meanwhile, please conserve like crazy, and give up methane-causing beef. Do it for your children and grandchildren, as they will inherit our mess.Jahnn Swanker-GibsonJohnstown Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionMore taxes make people want to leaveGov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to ban “single use” plastic bags is short on details. It’s ironic in that a suggested deterrence mechanism involves a tax. Charge a fee per bag, thus adding a disincentive to their use. There is within this proposal an admission of understanding of the axiom, “Should you want something to happen less, tax it.”Why isn’t this simple principle applied to the overall tax burden shouldered by the property-owning citizen? Population exodus from New York state is at a crisis level because of the confiscatory tax policies enacted by our elected officials. We are being incentivized to leave, just as we will be incentivized to cease using “single use” plastic bags.John P. SummersSchenectady To stop the wall, play to Trump’s vanityFor years, I have preached that the best you can ever be is the worst you have ever been.Perhaps this gives you an idea of how little I think for our failed president. He’s an inveterate liar, and a poor one at that; a real estate shell game operator; draft dodger; adulterer and I’m pretty sure a tax evader. Let’s not dwell on fraudulent foundations and his university. What drives this portly robber baron-looking child?It’s vanity. It’s here we have the answer to dealing with his much-needed wall.Want to stop his demands? It’s this simple. Approve the funding with the condition his wall cannot now or in perpetuity bear his name.He will lose interest in the project even faster than he would attempt to cheat the contractors out of their payments.Rev. Nikolas KaiserSchenectady However, the court rejected the notion that there is an absolute right to abort. The government, in the court’s opinion, had two different legitimate interests regarding the issue of  abortion. First was the government’s concern for protecting the woman’s health. Second was the government’s interest “in potential life,” that is, the fetus.The Reproductive Health Act, made into law in this state, eradicates all concern for the fetus and focuses solely on the mother. An abortion can occur at any time to protect the life or the health of the mother. This is true whether or not the fetus could live outside the mother. The court in Roe v. Wade made clear that as medical science improved, and the age at which a fetus could survive outside the mother got younger, there was “a compelling interest” on the part of the state to protect the fetus.   In this New York legislation, no one’s charged with considering the life or health of the viable child. We know that Norma McCorvey (Roe in Roe v. Wade) later in life was very sorry she had an abortion. Does the New York law call for professional counseling for women before they abort?The legislation stipulates how safe abortions are for the mother. While this is well and good, what harm are we doing to ourselves, and the fabric of our culture, by legalizing abortion on demand?Richard A. EvansBurnt HillsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists State law expands Roe v. Wade ruling In Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court held that women have a fundamental right to abort their child.last_img read more

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English Partnerships’ West Midlands legacy

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Calling time?

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Out on a limb

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Survey reveals fears that London Mayor will meddle in planning

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PFM moves into eastern Europe

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PREMIUMOmnibus bill provides legal certainty on Indonesia’s sovereign wealth fund

first_imgomnibus-bill sovereign-wealth-fund investment Jokowi-administration special-authority finance-minister SOE-Minister state-assets foreign-investment Topics : LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Linkedin Log in with your social account Google Forgot Password ? The omnibus bill on job creation mandates the establishment of an investment management agency to manage a sovereign wealth fund drawn from tax revenue and foreign investment that is intended to aid Indonesia’s development.Chapter 10 on central government investment and national strategic projects in the draft bill mandates the establishment of a “special authority” agency led by the finance minister, a vehicle that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has described as a sovereign wealth fund.“The finance minister, as the state treasurer, can invest in financial instruments, manage assets for investment, partner with trust funds, determine investment partners, give and accept loans and manage all assets,” Article 146 of the omnibus bill states.The finance minister will lead the board of directors and the state-owned ente… Facebooklast_img read more

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