The specious comparison between Syrians and World War II European Jews

Featured image Historian Josh Zeitz has written an article for Politico called “Yes, It’s Fair to Compare the Plight of the Syrians to the Plight of the Jews. Here’s Why.” Zeitz argues that the current debate over admitting Syrians into the U.S. is comparable to the debate over admitting Jews during World War II because “language commonly invoked in opposition to admitting Syrian refugees bears striking similarity to arguments against providing safe »

Report: Refugees are among ISIS plotters recently charged in U.S.

Featured image The Daily Mail reports that in the past 18 months, U.S. law enforcement authorities have charged at least 66 men and women with ISIS-related terror plots on American soil. A handful of those charged are refugees, according to the Daily Mail. More typically, the plotters are American Muslims including some who converted to Islam. The conspirators include a U.S. Air Force veteran, a National Guard soldier who allegedly plotted to »

The House Refugee Bill Is a Fraud

Featured image Polls indicate that most Americans oppose importing thousands of Syrian refugees in particular, and more immigrants in general. So naturally, in his first important act as House Speaker, Paul Ryan is reported to be rushing to the floor, as early as tomorrow, a bill that will insure that President Obama gets his way on the issue. The legislation the House will vote on is called the American SAFE Act. It »

Obama: Federal Law is Un-American!

Featured image On Monday, President Obama denounced Republicans, including Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush, who suggested that the U.S. should admit Christian refugees fleeing persecution in Syria, but not Muslims from the same country. Obama called such a “religious test” “shameful” and “not American.” Today he doubled down, asserting that Republicans who object to resettling tens or hundreds of thousands of Islamic refugees from Syria in the U.S. are helping ISIS. President »

Cruz’s vulnerability

Featured image I wrote here and here about what I take to be Marco Rubio’s greatest vulnerability in the GOP presidential race — his sponsorship of immigration reform legislation that would have granted amnesty and a path to citizenship to illegal immigrants. However, one views the merits of Rubio’s Gang of Eight legislation, I think it’s beyond dispute that this represents a serious problem for his campaign. Not surprisingly, Ted Cruz is »

Obama’s fallacious “religious test” argument

Featured image In response to the idea that the U.S. should limit the flow of Syrian refugees into this country to Christians, President Obama had this to say: That’s not American. That’s not who we are. We don’t have a religious test for our compassion. This sounds good in the abstract. For at least two reasons, however, it is not a persuasive objection to limiting entry to Christians. First, Syrian Christians face »

Refugee Debate May Blow Immigration Issue Sky-High

Featured image The Obama administration wants to admit 100,000 Syrian refugees by 2017. News that one of the Paris terrorists was a Syrian refugee who entered Europe through Greece has led at least 23 governors, mostly Republicans, to move to keep Syrian refugees out of their states. GOP presidential candidates have also weighed in, opposing Obama’s plan. The president got on his high horse today, denouncing as “shameful” and “not American” the »

Al Franken: Don’t worry, just a few bad apples

Featured image Minnesota Senator Al Franken appeared on WCCO’s Sunday Morning with Esme Murphy yesterday to talk about the Paris massacres. WCCO has posted an unembeddable video under the heading “Franken talks on Paris attacks, fight against ISIS.” It also posted here on Facebook with unamused comments. Minnesota has sent more residents to fight with ISIS than any other of the 50 states. When it comes to supplying ISIS with foreign fighters, »

Rubio’s vulnerability, Part Two

Featured image I wrote here about Marco Rubio’s vulnerability on the issue of immigration. Ted Cruz, I contended, is especially well-positioned to exploit Rubio’s vulnerability. The Cruz campaign has, in fact, started to attack Rubio for sponsoring the Gang of Eight amnesty/path to citizenship legislation of 2013. And Rubio has fired back. Figuring that the best defense is a good offense, Rubio told reporters, “I don’t think our positions are dramatically different; »

Rubio’s vulnerability

Featured image The Washington Post finds that Marco Rubio is taking little fire from his Republican rivals even as he moves up in the polls. It claims that “other candidates have not figured out how to deal with what some are calling ‘the Marco moment.’” I disagree with the Post. Rubio has been attacked by both Donald Trump and Jeb Bush. The amount of flak seems commensurate with his standing in the »

Another defeat for Obama’s executive amnesty

Featured image The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit today ruled that President Obama cannot move forward with his plans to overhaul immigration rules by providing up to five million people with work permits and protection from deportation (not that the government is actually going to deport any of these people). This represents the latest blow to Obama’s unlawful effort, in effect, to charge immigration law without the consent »

Not Your Grandfather’s Immigrants

Featured image The mass migration from Islamic countries including Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and others, continues apace. Around three-quarters of a million migrants have entered Europe in the current wave. They generally travel through some combination of Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia and Hungary, but very few migrants come to rest in those countries. Almost all head for the richer nations of northern Europe. So far, Germany and Sweden have been »

Paul Ryan should stay away from entitlement reform next year

Featured image I have heard several Republican presidential candidates, including Ted Cruz, publicly wish that the GOP would fight as hard for conservative principles as President Obama fights for radical leftist ones. It’s a good thought, but I wonder whether those expressing it realize the full implications. One crucial way that Obama fought for his radical leftist principles was to conceal them when running for president. For example, he didn’t support gay »

The Camp of the Saints Is Here

Featured image Three news stories can be excerpted and presented with scarcely any comment. First, from the New York Times: “A Mass Migration Crisis, and It May Yet Get Worse.” There are more displaced people and refugees now than at any other time in recorded history — 60 million in all — and they are on the march in numbers not seen since World War II. They are coming not just from »

Minimum Wage vs. Immigration: The Left’s Contradiction

Featured image An astute reader points out this piece by the ever-clueless Bob Reich in the Huffington Post. Reich, defending a $15 minimum wage, concedes that imposing such a minimum would cause jobs to be lost, but argues that “such jobs [i.e., jobs that can’t command $15] aren’t worth keeping.” Tell that, I guess, to the guy who was all set to go to work for $12 an hour until you made »

Minnesota’s Governor Delivers Race Rant On Immigration [Updated]

Featured image This story is a week old, but it escaped my notice until now for reasons I will explain in due course. On October 13, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton attended a public meeting on racial issues in Central Minnesota hosted by the NAACP. The meeting took place at the public library in St. Cloud, and was attended by around 100 people. St. Cloud, located around 90 miles northwest of Minneapolis, is »

Senate Democrats vote to preserve sanctuary cities

Featured image By a vote of 54-45, the has Senate failed to prevent a “filibuster” of legislation to rein in sanctuary cities that shield illegal-alien criminals from deportation. Republicans thus fell six votes short of the super-majority needed to bring the bill to the Senate floor for debate. Only two Democrats — Manchin and Donnelly — voted to have debate on the bill. One Republican — Kirk — voted not to. Lindsey »