Immigration

Mike McCaul: the wrong man to run Dept. of Homeland Security

Featured image Like nearly all conservatives I know, I’ve been impressed by most of Donald Trump’s selections for key posts in his administration. Jeff Sessions, Mike Pompeo, Tom Price, Gen. James Mattis, and Nikki Haley all seem like excellent choices. Trump hasn’t yet selected a head for the Department of Homeland Security. Under current conditions, this job is as important as any in the administration. One of the frontrunners is said to »

Illegal voting and what to do about it [UPDATED]

Featured image Donald Trump says that illegal voting may have put Hillary Clinton ahead of him in the popular vote. Clinton leads Trump by around 2.5 million votes, so the president-elect’s claim seems far-fetched. However, as Hans von Spakovsky and John Fund explain in the Wall Street Journal, we simply don’t know the extent of illegal voting in American elections. Moreover, the Obama administration has done everything it can to keep it »

Politico: What If Trump Enforces the Law?!

Featured image I have been saying for a long time that, while our current legal immigration system poses intractable problems, illegal immigration is relatively easy to solve: we only need to enforce our existing laws. Donald Trump’s appointment of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General signals that he intends to do just that. Politico belatedly tumbles, apparently, to what is going on: “Immigration-hardliner Sessions could execute crackdown as AG.” If confirmed as Trump’s »

Attack by Somali immigrant puts 10 in hospital

Featured image This morning, Abdul Razak Ali Artan drove his car into a group of students at Ohio State University and then jumped out of the vehicle to slash others with a butcher’s knife. Ten people were hospitalized as a result. A campus police officer finally put an end to the attack by shooting Artan dead. Artan was a student at OSU and a resident of Franklin Township, Ohio. According to neighbors, »

CRB: Immigration’s hidden costs

Featured image We continue with our preview of the new (Fall) issue of the Claremont Review of Books. If you are a subscriber, it should arrive in the mail just in time to aid your Christmas shopping. If you aren’t a subscriber, you can subscribe for $19.95 by clicking on Subscription Services and get immediate online access thrown in for free. In Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam and the »

Sentencing the “Minnesota men” (4)

Featured image This post continues “Sentencing the ‘Minnesota men'” (3). In these two posts I offer my observations and impressions of the nine sentencing hearings in the case of the Somali Minnesotans who have pleaded guilty to, or have been convicted of, conspiracy to support ISIS among other related charges. The nine men sought to leave Minnesota to wage jihad with ISIS in Syria. The Weekly Standard has just published my condensed »

Freakout — “reach out and touch someone” edition

Featured image The freakout continues on the Washington Post’s op-ed page. Today, Michael Gerson weighs in. Sounding very much like the college presidents and diversity administrators we’ve been ridiculing, Gerson writes: The most immediate concern should be to reassure men, women, and children — particularly Muslim Americans and migrants — who feel uncertain of their place in the new order. . . [A]ll of us should go out of our way in »

Ilhan Omar prevails

Featured image In a sidebar to the election of Donald Trump and the Republican takeover of Minnesota’s house and senate, Ilhan Omar was elected the first Somali American legislator in the Minneapolis district that includes the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood known as Little Mogadishu. Following Omar’s defeat of 22-term incumbent Phyllis Kahn in the DFL primary this past summer, I raised the question whether Omar had married her brother for dishonest purposes. On August »

Dems hold Harry Reid’s seat

Featured image It isn’t going to swing control of the Senate to the Democrats, but Catherine Cortez Masto has defeated Republican Joe Heck in Nevada. This, of course, is the seat currently held by Harry Reid. The Dems will keep it. The Latino vote probably was decisive in Nevada. I assume it also boosted Hillary Clinton in Colorado. It doesn’t seem to have tipped Arizona to the Democrats, though Hillary is making »

Analyze this

Featured image Democrats have abandoned the rule of law insofar as it deters their political advancement. In the video below, President Obama assures an aspiring illegal voter that she need not fear negative repercussions. “The sanctity of the vote is strictly confidential,” he tells her. Sanctity, however, has its limits. Your vote is not so sacred that Obama would not like it to be cancelled by illegal misconduct. On the contrary, he »

The post-Trump GOP

Featured image Unlike Steve, I’m convinced that, unfortunately, Hillary Clinton will win this election. Assuming she does, and that the race isn’t very close, what will happen to Trumpism? To answer this question we must identify Trumpism’s main characteristics. In my view, there are five: (1) the unbridled egotism of its leader and his whiff of authoritarianism; (2) gratuitous nastiness; (3) a strong stance against illegal immigration; (4) intense skepticism about the »

Clues to a Mystery [Updated With a Third]

Featured image Europe is being roiled by a populist uprising against a gigantic wave of immigration from the Middle East. More than a million “refugees,” the vast majority of them young men, have swarmed into Europe from Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and other Islamic countries. In days gone by, if large numbers of young men wanted to move into a foreign country, they had to be armed. No longer. Most Europeans are unhappy »

Tuberculosis comes to Minnesota

Featured image Whatever happened to tuberculosis? I remember being tested for it in grade school in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. I remember reading about it in The Magic Mountain in college. It’s been a long time since I worried about it. The CDC reviews trends in tuberculosis in this fact sheet. Doing the work that the Star Tribune won’t do, Michael Patrick Leahy reviews the Minnesota Department of Health study »

Will she have to talk?

Featured image Anthony Trollope titled the first of his series of Palliser novels Can You Forgive Her? In Minneapolis “The curious case of Ilhan Omar” raises a similar question. Will she have to talk? Early voting in Minnesota has been underway since September 23. Yet our local media have done roughly nothing to answer the question whether the young lady about to be elected the first state representative from Minnesota’s Somali community »

Guests Who Never Leave

Featured image The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that some West Africans in Minnesota are facing the prospect of returning home. The subject is the federal Temporary Protected Status program. The news has roiled the Twin Cities’ West African community: A program that allowed natives of the countries hardest hit by the 2014 Ebola epidemic to stay and work here is ending next spring. The idea was that a limited number of West »

What about Burhan Mohumed?

Featured image When the New York Times comes through town to check in with Minnesota’s Somali community, a variation of the genre World ends: Women and minorities hardest hit is at hand. Times reporter Jack Healy, for example, arrived this past June just in time for the verdicts in the terrorism case involving Minnesota’s ISIS wannabes. Healy’s article on the verdicts (written with freelancer Matt Furber) sought to convey the impression that »

Hillary: The Third World Has a “Right” to Move to the United States

Featured image On Monday, Donald Trump gave a speech on terrorism and immigration in which he said: We want people to come into our country, but they have to come in legally, through a process…. No one has a right to immigrate to this country. That should be a truism. But, as Byron York points out, Hillary Clinton responded in a retweet that she disagrees: "No one has the right to immigrate »