Immigration Concerns
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Central Pennsylvania is hundreds of miles from any of our country's borders, but the talk about immigration hits close to home especially in the Centre region. I spoke with a Penn State population researcher who said that the idea for a border wall does not add up. "They are bringing drugs and crime, they are rapist and some I assume are good people." U. S. Representative Glenn Thompson from Centre County said the idea became toxic under President Obama. "When the President did what he did on the southern border with unaccompanied minors from Latin America it created a climate of mistrust on immigration." Penn State Population Research Institute keeps track of the numbers on immigration. During the 80s and 90s the areas with the most people coming into the United States shifted from mostly Europe to Mexico and Latin American countries. He says the number of people coming across the Mexican border has actually dropped off the last several years. "What we are seeing is the same amount of persons are arriving are leaving the United States from Central America and Latin America." It is not just undocumented Mexicans the President is trying to keep out. Mr. Trump sign multiple travel ban executive orders blocking refugees from six Muslim majority countries because, "We are making sure we put the safety of our country first and foremost." The bans were blocked under the establishment clause of the Constitution for bidding the government to favor one religion over another. Saying that he would like a complete shutdown of all Muslims entering the country until representatives can figure out what is going on. "When it comes to Muslims, immigration and terrorism, my own view is it is a myth." Penn State law director says extreme vetting is in place. "It is not easy to be admitted as a refugee into the united states. Refugees are one of the most screen populations to the u. S. In my own view it is the last system that a future terrorist is going to use." State College inserted itself into the immigration issue when they said it is a Federal responsibility. They later clarified they do not consider themselves a sanctuary a city. "Part of the conversation around local police should not be in the business of enforcing Federal immigration law is that they are not trained to know the difference between a student from Pakistan who is here on a visa and a woman from Pakistan who is a U. S. Citizen." Congressman Thompson said he is glad that they walked back the statement and they are hopeful that soon they can come together to write bipartisan reform. "I don't think the rederik on either side helps the debate."