Immigration

What’s next for amnesty?

Featured image The Supreme Court’s 4-4 decision in the executive amnesty case means that the lower court’s ruling invalidating that amnesty is affirmed. Executive amnesty will not be granted while Obama is president. What happens after that? If Donald Trump is elected, presumably there will be no mass amnesty. Trump is unpredictable, but probably not unpredictable enough to do amnesty. In the more likely event that Hillary Clinton is elected, matters will »

Idaho U.S. Attorney: Spreading false information may violate federal law

Featured image Eugene Volokh reports on an alarming statement issued by Wendy J. Olson in her capacity as U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho. Olson stated that “the spread of false information or inflammatory or threatening statements about the perpetrators” of a particular crime or the crime itself “may violate federal law.” Her full statement is here. I’ll discuss the particular crime Olson referred to in a moment. You may have »

International Reaction to Brexit? Clueless

Featured image As Brexit reverberates around the Western world, it is fun to observe the almost universal myopia of liberal commentators. This is from Sweden: “Brexit, a sign of anti-elite revolt: analysts.” So the analysts are starting to catch on. But they still have a ways to go: It was Britain’s poorer and less-educated citizens — angry at not having shared in the economic benefits of a new world order — who »

A Penny for your thoughts

Featured image Here’s the measured response of a British leftist, Laurie Penny, to the Brexit: So, here’s the thing. This was never a referendum on the EU. It was a referendum on the modern world, and yesterday the frightened, parochial lizard-brain of Britain voted out, out, out, and today we’ve all woken up still strapped onto this ghost-train as it hurtles off the tracks. Voting against “the modern world”! Why, that’s almost »

Understatement of the Year

Featured image This Wall Street Journal story this morning about how the Brexit vote unfolded in the Labour Party stronghold of Sunderland wins Power Line’s Understatement of the Year Award. Keep in mind that it was the Labour government under Tony Blair that pushed for expanded immigration to bolster the ranks of Labour voters, just as Democrats in the U.S. want expanded immigration to swell the ranks of Democratic voters: SUNDERLAND, England—Labour politician »

Divided Supreme Court upholds blockage of Obama’s executive amnesty

Featured image By a 4-4 vote, the Supreme Court today let stand a lower court decision blocking President Obama’s executive action that would have made roughly five million illegal immigrants eligible for legal status and work permits. This result kills Obama’s executive amnesty, though because of the split vote, it might successfully be revived in the future. The Court rendered its decision succinctly. It just said: “The judgment is affirmed by an »

Is Europe doomed by migrants?

Featured image Douglas Murray is the author of the excellent NR article “Exit Britain?” and an associate editor of the Spectator (UK). In the NR article on Brexit Murray comments on Europe’s current immigration crisis: A migrant flow had persisted across the Mediterranean for years, but it now became a flood. By the German government’s own private figures, in 2015 alone around 1.5 million migrants, in addition to those visiting workers who »

Border Control vs. Gun Control

Featured image The Pulse night club massacre was the latest in a series of Islamic terrorist attacks on U.S. soil, quite a few of which have succeeded, while others have been foiled. These attacks have used a variety of weapons: box cutters, knives, pistols, pressure cookers and rifles. There is a sharp partisan divide with respect to how such terrorist attacks should be viewed. Republicans say that we should try harder to »

HuffPo Swings at Trump, Whiffs

Featured image Earlier today, the Huffington Post went after Donald Trump for wanting to suspend immigration by Muslims. Reporters Jennifer Bendery and Laura Barron-Lopez think that Trump’s vow is somehow inconsistent with Republicans’ criticisms of President Obama for acting unconstitutionally, at times, via executive order: House Republicans were outraged when President Barack Obama acted without their approval — in fact, despite their explicit opposition — on immigration. Now they have to contend »

Islamic law and the Orlando massacre [UPDATED]

Featured image As information regarding the terrorist who murdered dozens of people at a gay club in Orlando, Florida emerged, the question arose whether the attack was “ISIS inspired.” But Andy McCarthy argues that “the inspiration for Muslims to brutalize and mass murder gay people does not come from ISIS; it is deeply rooted in Islamic law, affirmed by many of Islam’s most renowned scholars.” Before getting to the renowned scholars, it’s »

Across the border

Featured image At the Washington Times Stephen Dinan has a timely scoop that highlights the national security implications of our porous border with Mexico. Dinan reports: A smuggling network has managed to sneak illegal immigrants from Middle Eastern terrorism hotbeds straight to the doorstep of the U.S., including helping one Afghan who authorities say was part of an attack plot in North America. Immigration officials have identified at least a dozen Middle »

Brexit: “An off ramp from the road to serfdom”

Featured image Next month, Great Britain will vote on whether to exit the European Union. One of the main arguments against a “Brexit” seems to be that Germany and company will punish Britain economically if it exits in order to deter other states from following or perhaps just out of spite. For some, though, this reality may be an argument in favor of leaving. Why remain attached, and cede more and more »

Senate Committee Exposes Scofflaw Obama Administration

Featured image Today the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and The National Interest conducted a hearing on declining deportations and increasing releases of criminal aliens by the Obama administration. President Obama’s refusal to enforce the law, in violation of his most fundamental constitutional duty, is a scandal. These are excerpts from Senator Jeff Sessions’ opening statement: [A]s we will examine in today’s hearing, rather than truly prioritizing the removal of certain types of »

Illegal Immigration Booming

Featured image The Hill headlines: “Illegal immigrant numbers skyrocket at Mexican border.” The numbers are simply staggering: The number of families and unaccompanied children apprehended on the southern border has skyrocketed this year, according to new figures from the Obama administration. … Through the first six months of fiscal 2016, which ended on March 31, border officials apprehended 27,754 unaccompanied children, the CBP reported — a 78 percent jump from the 15,616 »

Obama Instructs the Europeans

Featured image Today in Hannover, Germany, President Obama laid out for Europe’s citizens his vision of the world. In a wide-ranging speech, which you can read here, Obama urged Europeans to uphold the European Union–that message was directed largely to the English–to welcome endless numbers of refugees, and much more. Parts of the speech were pretty good. Other parts, one is tempted to dissect line by line. But I will try to »

Counter this

Featured image Yesterday the Star Tribune devoted a long editorial to the threat of terrorism emanating from Minnesota’s Somali Muslim community, only not in those words. Running under the headline “Countering extremism in Minnesota: A beautiful goal, barely begun,” the editorial adopts the Obama approved indirection and approach. The editorial pursues the line that I criticized in the Star Tribune column “Islam and Minnesota: It’s time for some straight talk for a »

Obama: Uncontrolled Migration a “Major National Security Issue”

Featured image In Europe, that is. CNN, covering President Obama’s trip to the U.K., tweeted a little while ago: Obama: "We consider it a major national security issue that you have uncontrolled migration into Europe." — CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) April 22, 2016 Huh. The same principle apparently doesn’t apply here. Maybe someone should tell him about the news story that Scott linked to this morning: One of the American men accused »