Assimilation, Minnesota style

Featured image Our local Fox affiliate has exposed or publicized what appears to be rampant fraud in the state daycare program for low income families. The story prominently features Somali daycare providers; they seem to have discovered how easy it is to rip off this particular welfare program among the panoply of such Minnesota welfare programs. Jeff Baillon’s original story (video and text) is posted here. It’s a hot story. Over the »

Data: Low-Skilled Immigration Boosts Republicans

Featured image The conclusion of this paper by Anna Maria Mayda, Giovanni Peri and Walter Steingress for the National Bureau of Economic Research is counter-intuitive, but the authors are serious people and the data, as presented, are impressive. The paper’s title is “The Political Impact of Immigration: Evidence From the United States.” Here are the key findings: Our strongest and most significant finding is that an increase in high-skilled immigrants as a »

Supreme Court sports gambling decision is victory for federalism. What about sanctuary cities?

Featured image Today the Supreme Court ruled that a federal law barring states from legalizing sports betting violates the “anti-commandeering doctrine.” That doctrine is part of the Supreme Court’s federalism jurisprudence. It holds that the federal government cannot “commandeer” the states to enforce federal laws or policies. The decision was 7-2 on the core constitutional question of whether the federal law in question — the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) »

A Scandal Trifecta: Immigration, Welfare Fraud and Terrorism

Featured image In the Twin Cities, a local television station uncovers a far-reaching scandal: last year, more than $100 million in cash left the Twin Cities airport in carry-on luggage, bound for the Middle East and Africa: This story begins at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, where mysterious suitcases filled with cash have become a common carry-on. On the morning of March 15, Fox 9 chased a tip about a man who was »

The left can’t handle the truth on illegal immigration

Featured image During an interview with John Burnett of NPR, White House chief of staff John Kelly said the following about illegal immigrants: The vast majority of the people that move illegally into the United States are not bad people. They’re not criminals. They’re not MS-13. Some of them are not. But they’re also not people that would easily assimilate into the United States into our modern society. They’re overwhelmingly rural people »

Gee—I Wonder If It Might Be Immigration?

Featured image I got a tip to look at a brand new YouGov poll taken in Europe about what people regard as  the most important issue facing the European Union. Guess which issue came in first? Here is their shocker chart displaying the results that I’ll bet won’t get much mentioned in the American media: Incidentally, John and I taped a fabulous podcast this morning with Michael Anton at the AEI/Ricochet Podcast »

Supreme Court skeptical of attack on Trump travel ban

Featured image The Supreme Court heard oral argument today on President Trump’s proposed ban on travel to the United States from a handful of countries nearly all of which happen to be predominantly Muslim. Things went considerably better for the attorney defending the travel ban (Solicitor General Noel Francisco) than for the attorney challenging it (Neal Katyal). The New York Times’ account is here. This is the report of ScotusBlog’s Amy Howe. »

Our robed master Bates speaks

Featured image Paul Mirengoff frequently refers to “our robed masters” in the federal judiciary. Yesterday our robed master Bates of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia administered the latest in a series of legal defeats to the Trump administration’s effort to rescind the Obama administration’s unconstitutional program to regularize illegal immigrants by executive decree. The New York Times’s Miriam Jordan gives an account of the ruling in “U.S. »

Swedes Sour On Immigration

Featured image Despite the relentless efforts by Sweden’s establishment to put a happy face on what has obviously been a troubled refugee policy, most Swedes aren’t buying it. A recent poll finds that 60% want to take in fewer refugees: 41 percent said that they would prefer significantly fewer refugees to be accepted, while 19 percent said they would take a slightly lower number. 12 percent answered that they think Sweden should »

Supreme Court conservatives divide in deportation case

Featured image There was an interesting clash yesterday between Justice Neil Gorsuch and the other conservative Supreme Court Justices. In the case of Sessions v. Dimaya, the Court held that the government could not deport a legal resident who was twice convicted of first-degree burglary. The majority consisted of the four liberal Justices plus Justice Gorsuch, who wrote a separate concurrence. Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Thomas wrote separate dissents. The Immigration »

Trump faces down caravan

Featured image John considered the metaphysical question taken up by the media deep thinkers this week in “Caravan? What caravan?” The “caravan,” of course, is the all too real trainload of would-be illegal immigrants seeking to invade the United States through its southern border. The New York Times continues to pursue the metaphysical question in its own peculiar way. Today’s good news is that President Trump has faced down the caravan. AFP »

Caravan? What Caravan?

Featured image As everyone knows, a “caravan” of more than 1,000 Hondurans is making its way North through Mexico toward the United States. This caravan had sought, and drawn, a great deal of publicity before President Trump began talking about it. He tweeted: Honduras, Mexico and many other countries that the U.S. is very generous to, sends many of their people to our country through our WEAK IMMIGRATION POLICIES. Caravans are heading »

Trump takes on the caravan

Featured image In 2014 President Obama welcomed the influx of unaccompanied minors crossing our southwestern border daily. I wrote about it for the Weekly Standard in “Disorder at the border.” I thought the scenario derived from “the fevered dreams of a dystopian novel.” I was referring, of course, to Jean Raspail’s Camp of the Saints (1973). Mac Owens extended my thoughts in his NR column “Camp of the Saints, 2014 Style?” In »

A census that counts citizens will help African Americans

Featured image I’ve written several posts about the decision to ask about citizenship in the 2020 census. Here’s an angle I hadn’t considered: asking about citizenship will help African Americans. Christian Adams explains why: Blacks have been losing political power in immigrant-heavy urban cores because non-citizens are not identified by the Census and are counted for redistricting. . . . Los Angeles provides a particularly stark example. For over a decade, African-American »

Citizenship question in census brings U.S. into line with worldwide practice

Featured image Yesterday, writing about the Commerce Department’s decision to ask about people’s citizenship in the 2020 census, I wrote: “Any country, especially one in which immigration is hotly debated, ought to have a good idea of how many citizens and how many non-citizens make up its population.” But do other countries ask about citizenship when they take a census? The answer, apparently, is: yes. Hans von Spakovsky writes: [E]ven the United »

Will adding a citizenship question reduce census response rates?

Featured image I wrote this morning about the Department of Commerce’s decision to ask about people’s citizenship when it takes the 2020 census. One of the main arguments against doing so is the claim that it will cause non-citizens not to participate in the census. In my view, even if this is true, it’s an insufficient reason to abstain from finding out how many citizens live in the U.S. But will asking »

2020 census will ask about citizenship

Featured image The Commerce Department has announced that the 2020 census will ask about people’s citizenship status. The Justice Department had requested the reinstatement of this question. The question obviously should be asked. Any country, especially one in which immigration is hotly debated, ought to have a good idea of how many citizens and how many non-citizens make up its population. The census should be used to get at this question. It’s »