January 21, 2024


— Sen. Tim Scott endorses Donald Trump ahead of New Hampshire primary. Scott’s endorsement is a blow to fellow South Carolinian, Nikki Haley. – Gabriella Abdul-Hakim
— Texas spent over $370K on 2 flights to send migrants to Chicago

— Where are incomes keeping up with inflation in Illinois? – Joey Schneider

— How Chicago migrants, lacking work permits, are finding work so their families can get by. Many of the 34,000-plus migrants who’ve arrived since August 2022 could qualify for work permits, but, with a long wait to get them, some cook, wash windows, sell candy for cash. – Adriana Cardona-Maguigad (COMMENT: Mass/illegal immigration promotes illegal off-the-books and under-the-table income. I worked for GAO on audits of IRS’s efforts to fight that 1986-1988. I worked for IRS’s Collection Division 1971-1980.)
— 4 pro-Palestinian protesters arrested for allegedly trying to walk onto Stevenson Expressway. Husam Marajda, an organizer with the U.S. Palestinian Community Network of Chicago, said local and state police officers blocked a car caravan from driving onto the expressway and so a group of people got out of their cars and started to walk. – Cindy Hernandez

— Roe v. Wade anniversary: Two activist families fight contrasting abortion battles in Illinois, Indiana. -Angie Leventis Lourgos

— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH PICTURE: Will Illinois’ primary give GOP voters a choice? Presidential delegates for Haley, DeSantis stack their candidates against Trump – Marni Pyke
— Who you can see at congressional candidate forum in Naperville – Russell Lissau (COMMENT: I should write a book about the many Republican candidate forums that I conducted as the chairman of TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois 2005-2012. I would focus on those candidates who lost elections and then blamed their loses on me and on my GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletters.)

— Legislators must act to address migrant crisis – State Sen. Andrew Chesney, R-Freeport
(FROM THE ARTICLE: For the last 18 months, Gov. JB Pritzker has issued consecutive 30-day disaster proclamations for the State of Illinois as it relates to the migrant crisis and the hordes of non-citizens making their way to Illinois from the U.S. southern border. These orders grant him massive power to bypass the Legislature, a co-equal branch of government, and move and spend budget dollars how he sees fit. Indeed, Governor Pritzker and I do not agree on much, but we agree that the flood of migrants into Illinois is a crisis. When these people arrive, they need shelter, food, and often healthcare. Children must be enrolled in schools, and because they are primarily non-English-speaking, they require additional resources to help them learn. These things cost money and resources that most communities cannot spare. Every tax dollar that is diverted to fund the needs of migrants is a dollar that is siphoned away from Illinois citizens who are hungry, Illinois veterans who need help, Illinois citizens living with disabilities, and lower-income Illinois citizens who rely on their state government for essential services, like food on their table and a warm house in the winter. Governor Pritzker and the Mayor of Chicago are pointing fingers at border state governors and begging President Biden for financial assistance when they should be taking some responsibility for a crisis that is mainly of their own making. Illinois has rolled out the welcome mat to migrants and illegal immigrants. When you loudly proclaim that Illinois welcomes migrants and illegal immigrants regardless of their status, you shouldn’t be too surprised when they show up. Illinois became a de-facto Sanctuary State when majority party Democrats passed Senate Bill 31 in the 100th General Assembly (2017-2018). This law, named the “Trust Act,” prohibits Illinois law enforcement personnel from coordinating with federal immigration officials to enforce immigration laws. Then, in the 101st General Assembly (2019-2020), Democrats enacted laws that provide free health insurance, first for senior illegal immigrants, then for illegal immigrants aged 55-64, and ultimately for all illegal immigrants aged 52+. During this time, they also extended college tuition grants to illegal immigrants and tweaked court system procedures so that an individual’s immigration status could not be used against them. In the 102nd General Assembly (2021-2022), Medicaid coverage for illegal immigrants was expanded, and they became eligible for certain tax credits and state utility assistance programs. Both migrants and illegal immigrants were also provided with access to public defenders for immigration cases. In the current 103rd General Assembly, Democrats created a process for them to obtain driver’s licenses and housing assistance and provided a pathway for some migrants to become sworn police officers. Is it any wonder that Illinois is a premier destination state for the undocumented? I recently sent a survey to residents of the 45th District. It was sent with no regard to political affiliation. Republicans, Democrats, and Independents all received it. On the issue of support or non-support of free healthcare for illegal immigrants, as of January 1, 2024, a resounding 81.5% of all respondents said they were opposed to the State of Illinois providing free healthcare to those in this country illegally. It is time to unwind the policies that have made this state a destination for the undocumented, beginning with a full repeal of the Trust Act. Illegal immigration is just that — illegal. Law enforcement should be able to work with federal officials to enforce our immigration laws. Secondly, I recommend the elimination of free healthcare for migrants and illegal immigrants. Over 80% of the survey respondents in my district want this, so it is legislation I will be proud to carry. And lastly, we need to roll back the host of other policies mentioned above that have made Illinois a de-facto Sanctuary State and a destination for migrants and illegal immigrants. In my opinion, this is the most important issue facing lawmakers during the 2024 session, and I am willing to work with any legislator who wants to unwind bad policies and place our state back on a better path.)

— Democrats and RINOs ever-increasingly demonize, denigrate, and condemn White evangelicals.

— Haley questions Trump’s mental fitness after he confuses her with Nancy Pelosi – Ebony Davis

— Some worry Illinois spending priorities under pressure by ongoing migrant care. – Greg Bishop
(FROM THE ARTICLE: “How do you look at the citizens of Illinois, the single moms that go to work every single day and have to pay for their health insurance and then you are told that people from other countries are just coming in and they’re getting free health care,” Coffey said. “That’s got to stop so that we can fund the priorities for the citizens of Illinois.”)

— Democrat and RINO leaders ever-increasingly demonize, denigrate, and condemn Republicans, that is, those who support the immigration plank in the Republican Party platform.
— Trump mocks DeSantis after testy Fox interview over Iowa results – Lauren Irwin
— Hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-haters ask “Can Trump be stopped?”


— Rockford Area Legislators React to New Year’s Day Arrival of Plane Full of Migrants from Texas

— Number of White Hispanic individuals arrested grows in Q4

— Suicide by “Migration” – David E. Smith


— DeSantis says Mayorkas ‘should be impeached’ as House panel ends hearings – Alex Miller (COMMENT: Mayorkas is just an operative for Biden.)
— New group uses social media to disrupt immigration compromise – Stephen Dinan

— Some worry Illinois spending priorities under pressure by ongoing migrant care – Lily Larsen

— Group of newly arrived migrants allegedly behind string of burglaries plaguing Chicago suburb – Deirdre Bardolf
— Haley rips Trump for confusing her with Nancy Pelosi, says she had to ‘sit down with him’ over Putin ‘bromance’ – Ryan King and Mary Kay Linge

— Has Biden’s Border Crisis Driven Chicago’s Mayor to the Hospital for Panic Attacks?
— You Won’t Believe How Few States Require US Citizenship to Vote

— CRT/DEI: Addition through division – Earick Ward (COMMENT: I should write a book about the following who have hinted/implied/argued/shouted the most that I have inhibited their success: a) leaders of the Illinois Republican Pary, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, and Milton Township Republican Organization, b) Republican leaders of Illinois, DuPage County, Milton Township, Wheaton, Wheaton Park District, and Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, c) Republican candidates on ballots in my precinct and their political consultants, major donors, fundraisers, pollsters, campaign managers, and campaign volunteers, d) conservative leaders and activists, e) religious leaders and activists, and f) those who I have sued and their attorneys.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Most of us are familiar with the expression “addition through subtraction”: A phrase commonly used by coaches to mean that your team can get better not by adding more talent, but by shedding people or practices that are inhibiting your success.)

— Fetterman strikes again! Speaks out on border crisis, invasion of ‘300,000’ migrants. – Chris Donaldson
— ‘Raises significant security concerns’: Hawley hammers TSA over ‘special privileges to illegal immigrants’ – Kevin Haggerty

— Republican Senators Warn Against Immigration Deal – SEAN MORAN
— 12K Migrants Apprehended in Arizona Border Sector in 7 Days – BOB PRICE
— Biden to Republicans: Stop ‘Weaponizing’ My Open Border – NEIL MUNRO

— Texas State University library display promotes books that push sex and transgenderism on teens and kids. – Virginia King

— Fetterman: Illegal Aliens Pouring Into U.S. Are Threatening ‘The American Dream’

— Massive Influx of Illegal Immigrants Endangers American Dream – Fetterman

— Thousands Attend March For Life Hoping To Make Abortion ‘Unthinkable’ – THOMAS GRIFFIN
— Ballots Cast Without Proof Of Citizenship ‘Exploded’ After Lawfare Crippled Arizona Election Laws – M.D. KITTLE

— Illegal migrants get privileges ‘our own citizens don’t even have’ – Dave Rubin
— Fetterman says American dream is threatened by 300,000 illegal immigrants swarming southern border. ‘I honestly don’t understand why it’s controversial to say we need a secure border,’ the senator told CNN anchor Jake Tapper. – Gabriel Hays

— Majority Of Americans Disapprove Of Biden’s Job As President, Survey Shows
— Biden Takes Swipe At Gun Rights Advocates, Says ‘Need An F-16’ Not AR-15 To Take On Government

— College Essays: The Affirmative Action Workaround – JOHN SEXTON (COMMENT: All my coworkers who my Democrat superiors promoted over me were Democrats who a) had less work experience than I had, b) who had less education than I had, c) who had fewer or no professional certifications, and/or d) who had no professional license. Virtually all of them were female and/or minority. It is called political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, and age discrimination.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: In short, students can still write essays about how race has factored into their lives but it has to be specific and not based on checking a box. Within days the Washington Post had published a story about how colleges were already planning to help educate prospective students about how to get around the new limitations on considering race directly in admissions. . .This of course assumed that students weren’t already well aware that the essays were the best chance they had to make race work for them. The NY Times had already published an account from a college professor who had spent his grad school years making side money by helping students with applications. He said the students already knew how the game worked. . .Students applying for top colleges aren’t dumb. And now that the rules have changed, they are still doing their best to work the system. . .This is exactly the sort of thing that everyone predicted would happen. College essays are now a back door for putting race front and center before admissions officers. The schools haven’t given up on race-conscious admissions, they are just doing their best to find a legal workaround that will allow them to generate the same outcome. Put another way, the same incentives and disincentives are still there depending on your race you just have to be a little more explicit about it to game the system these days.)

— Biden’s folly: Tens of thousands of Chinese illegals detained, released at the southern border – Pat Droney

— University of Wisconsin Law School Forcing Students To Endure Racist DEI Reeducation. “This ‘DEI training’ is a form of indoctrination and demeans law students based on their race.” (COMMENT: My critics/opponents talk and act like they agree with the University of Wisconsin Law School. I should write a book about my critics/opponents. I would focus on those whose parents a) are/were rich, b) bought them cars, c) paid their colleges expenses, d) got them jobs, e) etc.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: In preparation for the session, law students are asked to study a description of “racist” behaviors, including the false claim that non-discrimination is “racist” and a collection of other assertions about “whites” and “people of color” that actually are racist. It would be one thing if the law school proposed an academic debate about such matters. But no one believes for one moment that’s what this session is about. This “DEI training” is a form of indoctrination and demeans law students based on their race. WILL strongly condemns this meeting’s proposed subject matter and demands that any racially discriminatory instruction be removed. By pushing racist ideology on law students, the University is defying federal law, creating a racially hostile environment, and harming individual student dignity. . .The attachments assert a racist view of the world and propagate harmful racial stereotypes. The materials assert the following claims: Only white people can be racist. Advocating for a “colorblind” society is racist and “negates” the “experiences of people of color.” It is racist to attack affirmative action. All white people experience “privilege based on your white skin color. You benefit from this system of oppression and advantage no matter what your intentions are.” White people have a “fear of people of color and what would happen if they gained control.” White people all are infected with “whiteness,” “white guilt,” “denial,” “fear,” and “privilege.” Ridding white people of “racist conditioning” “will never happen.” “There are no exceptional white people” such that all are tainted by skin color. “All white people are the “beneficiaries of racism and white privilege.” White people should never talk about their “own story of hardship” because it “diminishes the experiences of people of color.” All white people “attempt to excuse, defend or cover up racist actions of other white people.”)

— CNN Pushes Gun Control After Justice Department Report on Uvalde Shooting – Brad Wilmouth

— DEI: Distraction, Evasion, and Incompetence at the University of Illinois Springfield – Jared Gould

— Chicago mayor treated at hospital for panic attacks amid illegal immigrant crisis, reporter claims

(FROM THE ARTICLE: College presidents, if they are not members of the Democratic Party, invariably come into office pledging to enlarge the diversity regime, which further cements the party–academic alliance. College faculties are overwhelmingly Democratic and progressive in their affiliations. College campuses are now a “base” of the Democratic Party. Academic administrators, of whom there are now many, are typically hired today to advance one or another aspect of the diversity regime. One will find few conservatives in faculty or administrative posts because they oppose the diversity regime, and so cannot be hired. It is hard to escape the conclusion that the DEI movement, in large part thanks to its alliance with the Democratic Party, has locked up control over America’s leading universities. The enterprise is especially influential not only because DEI is the official doctrine of the university, but also because it leans on powerful external allies in the Democratic Party. For that reason, it was shocking that a few outside critics should have been able to topple Ms. Gay while dishing out an embarrassing lesson to Harvard’s establishment. . .Ours is not the first country in which universities have fallen under control of political parties. The history of these kinds of relationships is far from benign. Nazi leaders in Germany targeted universities for control and used them to implement party policies and spread their malignant ideology. Many of these universities were among the finest in the world before the Nazis took over. Something similar happened in the Soviet Union, though there the universities were captured by Marxism–Leninism and the Communist Party. In neither country were speakers allowed to appear on university campuses to promote ideas in opposition to party dogmas. Authorities under those regimes did not appoint university heads on the basis of scholarly credentials but rather because of their loyalty to the party and its ideology. Everyone knows how those enterprises ended. Is it a good thing that American universities are controlled by the Democratic Party, and circulate its ideological dogmas? Obviously not—and for that reason universities and the diversity agenda will inevitably confront a political reckoning.)

— WH: ‘We Have to Do Something About Illegal Migration’ Then Brags About Taxpayer-Funded Services They Get – Sarah Arnold
— Biden Admits the U.S. Border Is Not Secure, But There’s a Catch – Sarah Arnold
— Texas Authorities Begin Arresting Illegal Immigrants at Southern Border – Madeline Leesman

— Illinois to Mandate Mental Health Screenings for Students (COMMENT: Hate-filled conservative-hating conservative-haters ever-increasingly hint/imply/argue/shout that conservatism is a mental illness.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: This decision by Illinois may appear to be a good decision that can be a benefit for young students. But in a time where the legitimacy and neutrality of psychologists and social workers is in question, it is unclear whether or not this will be a viable solution to the ongoing mental health crisis sweeping our country.)


— DeSantis joins House GOP calls for Mayorkas impeachment – TARA SUTER

— Republican Chip Roy Slams Donald Trump Over Border Failures

— Democrats and RINOs a) use DEI to get rid of Republicans; b) hint/imply/argue/shout that Republicans are White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, bigots, and even worse things; and c) focus on destroying Republicans who are conservative, White, male, older, non-poor, non-veteran, married, Protestant, Italian American, German American, and/or have ancestors who have been in America for a long time.

— When Reagan tried to undo affirmative action, corporations fought back. Now, amid political pushback against DEI initiatives, companies are once again holding onto their diversity practices. – Julian Mark (COMMENT: While I worked for GAO 1980-1997, virtually all my superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates were Democrats. Because they hated Reagan, they hated me.)

— Nikki Haley says America was never racist. Her memoir tells a trickier story. Nikki Haley recalls in her 2012 book how staff at a fruit stand called the police on her turban-wearing father. It is one of several anecdotes that contradicts her GOP primary message on race. – Dan Morrison
— These Republicans want to punish conservative rebels as tensions erupt in the House – Ken Tran (COMMENT: I should write a book past and present leaders of the following who were/are anti-conservative if not conservative-haters: a) Illinois Republican Party, b) DuPage County Republican Central Committee, and c) Milton Township Republican Organization.)

— Trump said millions of migrants are signing up to vote illegally
— Build the wall? Here’s why immigrants will still come to US. – John Skey, Bradenton (COMMENT: What jobs have you taken that your critics/opponents would never have stooped to take? I did yard work 1962-1964, delivered newspapers 1962-1966, washed dishes 1964-1966, cleaned golf shoes, chipped slag, and pumped gasoline in 1966, delivered mail 1966-1969, worked on an automobile assembly line in 1970, sold tires, automotive services, and major appliances 1970-1971, pumped more gasoline 1971-1972, collected delinquent taxes 1971-1980, and audited federal agencies 1980-1997. I should write a book about my critics/opponents. I would focus on those whose parents a) are/were rich, b) bought them cars, c) paid their colleges expenses, d) got them jobs, e) etc.)
(FROM THE LETTER: You can build a wall, you can talk tough about immigrants “poisoning” our blood, but until you start going after American businesses, and their owners, for knowingly hiring millions of workers without documentation, not much will change. I’ve know many immigrants, documented and not, and every single one of them was here to work, and every single one of them found work. Illegal immigration will drop dramatically if E-Verify is required for every employer in the country, no wall needed. The flip side of this is we will then have a massive shortage of labor, as most Americans do not want to do the farm, hotel, restaurant and roofing/construction jobs that these immigrants do so well. Rarely do I hear politicians talk about the root causes of illegal immigration: terrible conditions in the immigrants’ country of origin combined with millions of available jobs here in the United States, happily given to them by American business owners. Any serious discussion of immigration must address these issues, with significant fines and/or jail time for hiring illegally, while simultaneously developing and expanding a robust guest worker visa program to accommodate, legally, the immigrants that will do the jobs Americans simply will not do.)

— Kinzinger ever-increasingly promotes more hatred against Trump.

— Trump’s Legal Woes Splinter GOP Unity. Former president is on a glide path to the nomination, but a criminal conviction would cost him Republican votes in November. – Alex Leary
— What Is Humanitarian Parole? How an Obscure Biden Immigration Policy Became So Controversial. Parole has been extended to Ukrainians, Afghans and migrants at southern border. – Michelle Hackman (COMMENT: Constructively, just about every citizen of every country in the world could claim “humanitarian parole” in America.)

— RINOs want illegals because RINOs want cheap labor.

— 2024 Career And Job Search Trends And How These Will Affect You – Robin Ryan (COMMENT: Under the Democrats and under the RINOs, ever-increasingly, the more of the following that you are, the more difficult/impossible it will be to get a good job: conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, Protestant, German American, and/or have ancestors who have been in America for a long time. It is called political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, religious discrimination, and national origin discrimination.)
— Time To Escape The Vicious Cycle Of Low Pay And Bad Jobs – Roger Trapp (COMMENT: What did you do to qualify yourself for better paying jobs? I earned a job-related bachelor’s degree when I was 21 in 1970. I earned job-related master’s degrees in 1976, 1980, and 1997. I earned job-related professional certifications in 1979, 1981, 1990, 1994, 1996, and 1997. I earned a job-related professional license in 1981)
— The more memberships that my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have in the following marginalized groups, the harder that they work against me: female, minority, younger, LGBTQ, veteran, non-Protestant, non-German American, and/or those whose ancestors have not been in America for a long time.

— What Would Happen in US Election if Trump or Biden Dropped Out?

— Want to fix inequality, Democrats? The answer is wages, not education. Want to reduce inequality, create opportunity and win back working-class voters? There’s an easy solution. – J. PAUL LEIGH (COMMENT: What did you do to qualify yourself for better paying jobs? I earned a job-related bachelor’s degree when I was 21 in 1970. I earned job-related master’s degrees in 1976, 1980, and 1997. I earned job-related professional certifications in 1979, 1981, 1990, 1994, 1996, and 1997. I earned a job-related professional license in 1981)

— As immigration spikes, workers look to unify the working class – ALYSON KENNEDY (COMMENT: I was a member of the working class 1962-1997. My RINO critics/opponents a) want cheap labor and b) look down on, despise, if not hate the working class. I should write a book about my RINO critics/opponents. I would focus on those whose parents a) are/were rich, b) bought them cars, c) paid their colleges expenses, d) got them jobs, e) etc.)

— ‘Humanitarian parole’, the last hurdle in the immigration deal between Biden and Republicans in Congress (COMMENT: Constructively, just about every citizen of every country in the world could claim “humanitarian parole” in America.)

— Working class Americans angry at Democrats saying they’re responsible for illegal migrant invasion, Republicans to win big in 2024? (COMMENT: I was a member of the working class 1962-1997. My RINO critics/opponents a) want cheap labor and b) look down on, despise, if not hate the working class. I should write a book about my RINO critics/opponents. I would focus on those whose parents a) are/were rich, b) bought them cars, c) paid their colleges expenses, d) got them jobs, e) etc.)

Author: David Diersen

The opinions that I express in GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails are based on experience that I have gained doing many things since 1948. I base my opinions on what I learned a) working for the federal government for almost 30 years -- Post Office 1966-1969, IRS 1971-1980, and GAO 1980-1997, serving on the Executive Committee of the Association of Government Accountants Chicago Chapter 1983-1996, and being a union member while I worked for the Post Office and IRS; b) earning an MBA from Loyola in 1976, a masters degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980, and a masters degree in financial markets and trading from IIT in 1997; c) passing the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979 and passing the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt in 1981; c) serving as a Republican Precinct Committeeman since 1999, the GOPUSA Illinois Editor since 2000, the TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois Chairman 2005-2012, a member of the 2008 Illinois Republican Party (IRP) Platform and Resolutions Committee, a Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee member 2003-2011, the Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster 2008-2010 and 2000-2004, an Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member 2003-2007, and an American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board member 2001-2004; d) attending the 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 IRP State Conventions as a delegate; e) being the subject of a nasty 4-page article in the February 1978 issue of Money Magazine; f) pursing litigation including Diersen v. GAO and Diersen v. Chicago Car Exchange; g) being married since 1978; h) living in Crete 1948-1972, in University Park 1972-1976, in Chicago 1976-1978, and in DuPage County, Milton Township, and Wheaton since 1978; and i) being baptized, raised, and confirmed as a Missouri Synod Lutheran.