Immigration

The sanctuary cities ruling turns out to be nothing much

Featured image There is considerably less to Judge Orrick’s ruling on “defunding” sanctuary cities than initially seemed to be the case. Andy McCarthy explains that the ruling is basically an “advisory opinion” (which courts aren’t supposed to issue). The ruling is advisory because neither San Francisco nor Santa Clara, the municipal plaintiffs before Judge Orrick, faced any sort of enforcement action pursuant to the executive order they challenged. Indeed, no entity anywhere »

Judge blocks Trump’s order on sanctuary cities

Featured image Judge William Orrick, III, appointed by President Obama after he raised at least $200,000 for his fellow left-liberal, has issued an order blocking President Trump from withholding funds to communities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities. Judge Orrick ruled that the president has no authority to attach new conditions to federal spending. The ruling sounds high-minded and principled. However, as someone said in an email, if a city wanted »

Quick Hits

Featured image At CNN, liberal Chris Cillizza writes about Sean Spicer’s Hitler/chemical warfare gaffe: White House press secretary Sean Spicer forgot the first rule of politics during a press briefing on Tuesday: Never, ever compare anyone or anything to Adolf Hitler. Has Cillizza just returned from a 20-year exile in Albania? Did he miss #bushitler? Is he really unaware that most of his fellow Democrats can’t utter a sentence about President Trump »

“The Trump era” begins; NPR attacks [UPDATED]

Featured image Yesterday, Attorney General Sessions signaled the Trump administration’s determination to crack down on illegal immigration. In a speech delivered in the border town of Nogales, Arizona, Sessions declared this “the Trump era” and warned that those who cross the border illegally risk prosecution under the full force of the law. NPR News responded by reporting on the lives of several Mexicans deported under President Trump. Having lived in the U.S. »

Illegal Immigration Down Sharply

Featured image Democrats are hysterically trying to prevent President Trump from implementing the immigration policies that voters indicated they want, but potential illegal immigrants seem to have gotten the message: Arrests of people caught trying to sneak into the United States across the Mexican border plummeted in March to the lowest monthly figure in more than 17 years, the head of the Department of Homeland Security reported. That’s a likely sign that »

On Immigration, Swedish Press Circles the Wagons

Featured image Sweden’s establishment is sticking to its story: there are no issues with immigration. The country’s refugee policy is going swimmingly. When President Trump referred to Sweden’s problems with refugees in a speech, that country’s politicians and reporters closed ranks, pretending, absurdly, not to know what he was talking about. So to learn what is going on in Sweden, you have to read between the lines. This story from The Local »

A comedy of the welfare state

Featured image I’m not sure that Fozia Dualeh of the Twin Cities suburb Fridley is an immigrant or refugee, but I think it’s a pretty good bet. She has been charged with bilking taxpayers out of fraudulently procured welfare benefits in the amount of $118,000 over a one-and-one-half year period. That is an impressive accomplishment, but Ms. Dualeh seems to have had the invaluable assistance of her husband, Abdikhadar Y. Ismail. For »

Judge Chuang : social justice warrior and servant of the Democrats

Featured image The first adverse ruling on President Trump’s second immigration/travel order came from a district court in Hawaii. That state is considered by many to be most liberal in the U.S. However, I doubt it’s more liberal than my home town, Bethesda, Maryland. Bethesda is the suburb of choice for young leftists with families who come to the Washington, D.C. area in the hope of promoting “social justice,” or at least »

Judge Chuang’s case

Featured image Theodore Chuang is the United States District Judge for Maryland who has enjoined President Trump’s second executive order temporarily halting travel into the United States from a few designated countries including Somalia and Iran. He was appointed to the bench by President Obama. The Baltimore Sun briefly profiles Judge Chuang. The site Heavy has posted “5 fast facts” on Judge Chuang that do not surprise. I take it that he »

Will Trump adopt a Jacksonian approach to the judiciary?

Featured image President Trump admires Andrew Jackson. He sees himself as Jacksonian. Accordingly, it might instructive to recall how President Jackson is said to have responded when the Supreme Court ruled, in Worcester v. Georgia, that Georgia laws calling for the seizure of Cherokee lands violated federal treaties. Here is the statement Jackson may have made: John Marshall has made his decision, now let him enforce it. Jackson may never have uttered »

Hawaii judge’s ruling could lead to constitutional crisis

Featured image When a Ninth Circuit panel issued a decision striking down President Trump’s original travel ban, I described its opinion as “limited in impact, but full of mischief.” The biggest piece of mischief, I thought, was the panel’s suggestion the administration’s order violates the Establishment and Equal Protection Clauses because it was intended to disfavor Muslims. Citing statements made by Trump when he ran for president, the panel found that this »

A government shutdown over the Mexico wall?

Featured image Senate Democrats are threatening a government shutdown over funding for President Trump’s wall on the Mexican border. The New York Times’s Alan Rappeport notices their hypocrisy: Democrats pilloried Republicans for irresponsibly shutting down the government when Barack Obama was president, but as a minority party struggling to show resistance in the era of President Trump, they are now ready to let the lights of government go dark. A group of »

To license or not to license

Featured image For citizens to use driver’s licenses and non-driver identification cards for official purposes, the license must comply with the requirements of the REAL ID Act. Minnesota is one of very few states that has yet to fall into line with the requirements of the act. The requirement for compliant licenses becomes effective on January 22, 2018. As of that date, Minnesota citizens without compliant licenses will be required to use »

Costs of the Somali community

Featured image Minnesota’s large and ever increasing Somali population is the ultimate protected minority in our left-wing utopia. The Somalis are black. The Somalis are Muslim. The Somalis vote Democratic. As I never tire of noting, in October 2015 Governor Mark Dayton instructed “white, B-plus, Minnesota-born citizens” to suppress their qualms about immigrant resettlement in Minnesota. If they can’t, they should “find another state,” he advised. We are directed to adjust and »

Iraq omitted from new travel order. Why?

Featured image John discussed the Trump administration’s revised travel order in a post below. He says it looks bullet proof, and so it does. However, I can’t help but suspect that if the same judges who reviewed the original order rule on its successor, the outcome might well be the same, with new concerns providing the basis for an anti-administration ruling. This time around, though, I’m confident the administration is prepared to »

Trump’s New Travel Order Looks Bulletproof

Featured image President Trump rescinded his original travel order today, and replaced it it with a new one that is tailored to meet the legal objections that the first order encountered. The order is at the bottom of this post in its entirety, so you can read it for yourself. The order is generally similar to the first one, but Iraq is now treated differently from the other six countries of concern. »

On Immigration, the Art of the Deal

Featured image Drudge’s headlines scream: “DREAMERS MAY GET THEIR DREAM / TRUMP DEALING ON IMMIGRATION.” CNN, the president’s most reviled network, says: “Trump envisions bill allowing many immigrants to stay in US.” President Donald Trump wants to pass an immigration reform bill that could grant legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants living in the US. “The time is right for an immigration bill as long as there is compromise on both »