Immigration

Populism On Immigration Is the Winning Message

Featured image Today the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest held a hearing on the displacement of American workers through the H-1B and related guest worker programs. Among the witnesses was Prof. Hal Salzman of Rutgers. This exchange pretty much says it all, with regard to the fictitious “STEM shortage.” Q. Prof. Salzman, in an article that appeared in U.S. News and World Report, you wrote, “guest workers »

Beyond the phony war on amnesty

Featured image if the Republican Senators want to put up a fight on Obama’s lawless executie amnesty — a big if — Curt Levey proposes a realistic and obvious plan in today’s Wall Street Journal: “Immigration push back: Don’t confirm his judges” (accessible via Google here). Levey writes; Congress’s approval of unconditional funding for the Department of Homeland Security was an embarrassing setback in Republicans’ struggle to respond to President Obama’s unilateral »

The Obama Administration’s Attack on the Constitution: Part 1, Immigration

Featured image When the history of Barack Obama’s presidency is written, his unrelenting attack on the Constitution will perhaps be the blackest mark against it. Our constitutional system is, in the end, fragile. It can scarcely withstand the repeated assaults, over a period of eight years, of an executive determined to ignore the law. Immigration is one of a number of areas where Barack Obama has trampled the Constitution without even the »

Do We Need More Immigration to Fill STEM Jobs?

Featured image One of the great immigration myths is the “STEM” shortage. One of Senator Jeff Sessions’ staffers emails a reminder of an upcoming committee hearing: Just a reminder on Tuesday’s Judiciary Committee oversight hearing investigating the endemic abuse of the H-1B, L-1 and B-1 visas. Southern California Edison recently laid off approximately 500 American workers and forced them to train their H-1B replacements; this practice is widespread – whether it’s the »

Obama Administration Asks 5th Circuit to Stay Immigration Order

Featured image We wrote here about the preliminary injunction issued by a federal court in Texas that barred the Obama administration from implementing the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (“DAPA”) program that was announced by DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson. The DAPA program would, in effect, legalize several million immigrants who are illegal under federal law, and would issue work permits to them, also contrary to federal law. »

Selma and Illegal Immigration

Featured image There is much that could be said about Selma and about today’s commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the march, but for the moment I want to focus on the purported connection between the civil rights movement and illegal immigration. Amnesty advocates have tried to piggy-back on the Selma anniversary, an effort that was supported yesterday by President Obama: Deporting illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children »

Did the Obama Administration Lie to the Federal Court About Implementation of Executive Amnesty?

Featured image We wrote here about State of Texas et al. v. United States, in which 26 states sued to enjoin the Obama administration from implementing its illegal executive amnesty program. On February 16, Judge Andrew Hanen granted the states’ motion for a preliminary injunction, barring the administration from taking any steps to effectuate the changes to the nation’s immigration laws that had been announced by the administration: [T]his temporary injunction enjoins »

Dem Filibuster Succeeds, House Gives Up On Defunding Executive Amnesty

Featured image The news was so heavy yesterday that I held off on commenting on the House vote to fund the Department of Homeland Security through the end of the fiscal year, with no exclusion of the administration’s executive amnesty. Some observations on the vote: 1) The roll call was 257 to 167, with all Democrats voting “yes,” but only 75 Republicans. This has prompted speculation about Boehner’s standing with his caucus. »

Murdered By a Dreamer: Do Black Lives Matter?

Featured image Jamiel Shaw, Jr. was murdered by an illegal alien–a “dreamer”–the day after the dreamer was released from jail after a trivially short sentence for assault with a deadly weapon, and left to roam the streets rather than being deported. There have been many such stories; Jamiel Shaw’s story only came to light because his father, Jamiel Shaw, Sr., was called to testify before an Oversight Subcommittee hearing. His heartbreaking testimony »

Jeff Sessions Stands Up For the Constitution and American Workers

Featured image I don’t think we have great debates in the Senate any more, but occasionally we have great speeches. A great speech requires a momentous occasion, and the effort to block President Obama’s unconstitutional usurpation of power, while defending American workers, is such an occasion. I am not sure what machinations are unfolding in Washington. Some reports suggest that Mitch McConnell and the Senate Republican leadership are in the process of »

Obama Administration Has Already Handed Out Millions of Illegal Work Permits

Featured image A federal court has ruled that the Obama administration’s plan to issue work permits to illegal immigrants is–this is not exactly a surprise–illegal. But the Democrats are undeterred. Today, for the fourth time, they filibustered funding for the Department of Homeland Security, insisting that if Obama’s illegal program isn’t funded, the entire DHS must be shut down. In the meantime, it has come to light that the Obama administration has »

Obama administration will seek a stay of adverse immigration ruling

Featured image There has been plenty of speculation about how the President Obama would respond to Judge Hanen’s order that blocks him from granting, via executive fiat, lawful status to millions illegal immigrants. Would the administration seek an expedited appeal or would it seek a stay of Hanen’s order? Might it do both? Or would Obama reverse his initial decision and simply defy the court order? This afternoon the Justice Department announced »

Will Obama’s immigration defeat be sustained — Part Two

Featured image In my post last night about the district court decision blocking President Obama’s executive order granting lawful status to as many as five million illegal immigrants, I did not discuss the important threshold issue in the case — whether the plaintiff states have standing to challenge the order. Judge Hanen found that they do. I believe this finding is well-reasoned and correct. Texas argued, and Judge Hanen agreed, that Obama’s »

A timely warning from Rep. Gutierrez

Featured image Rep. Luis Gutierrez warns of “unprecedented militancy” from the immigrant community in response to the injunction issued by Judge Andrew Hanen against President Obama’s executive order on immigration. The militancy, he explains, will be directed at Republicans: The Republican party is making a critical mistake. The militancy that will be activated throughout the immigrant community — in terms of voter registration, voter participation, voter anger at the Republican party as »

Will Obama’s defeat on his immigration order be sustained?

Featured image When I first heard that Judge Andrew Hanen had blocked President Obama’s executive order granting lawful status to as many as five million illegal immigrants, I was inclined to downplay the ruling’s significance. Judge Hanen is an able jurist, but a conservative one, and only a district court judge. The opinions that truly matter will be rendered by less conservative judges further up the ladder. That’s still, perhaps, the best »

Executive Amnesty Was Illegal Until Recently

Featured image Michael Ramirez sums up Barack Obama’s position on executive amnesty decrees. I haven’t tried to add them up, but my guess is there is an Obama statement to the effect that he can’t change the immigration laws for each “It’s illegal.” Click to enlarge: There is no serious debate about the fact that Obama’s recent amnesty/work permit decrees were illegal, but the Democrats just don’t care. Hence the current outrage, »

Federal Judge Enjoins Implementation of Obama’s Executive Amnesty

Featured image Yesterday, Judge Andrew Hanen, a federal district court judge in Texas, granted a motion by Texas and 25 other states for a preliminary injunction barring the Obama administration from implementing the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (“DAPA”) program that was announced by DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson. The opinion is 123 pages long, and is, in my view, well-reasoned and persuasive. Several points should be made »