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 »

Memo to GOP: Curb Immigration or Quit

Featured image That is the title of this great column by Senator Jeff Sessions and Congressman Dave Brat in Roll Call. It begins: America is about to break every known immigration record. And yet you are unlikely to hear a word about it. That’s true. Why? Because the New Class has decided that it wants continued and expanded mass low-skilled immigration, and thinks it would be inconvenient for you to know about »

Politics Comes to Switzerland

Featured image Sometimes I hear people, usually apolitical libertarians, point to Switzerland as a model of a decentralized and de-politicized government. There’s some truth to this, but mostly Switzerland is an anomalous country (Hitler didn’t think it important to conquer), or, as I sometimes describe it, Switzerland is essentially a giant bank with a few well-run public services. That may be changing. From the Telegraph today: Anti-immigration party wins Swiss election in »

Donald Trump’s most offensive Democratic talking point yet

Featured image Donald Trump is fond of using Democratic talking points. This isn’t surprising. Not that long ago, he admitted to being more of a Democrat than a Republican on the issues. Among other Democratic talking points, Trump has erroneously blamed Republicans for the recession of 2008 and criticized Scott Walker for not raising taxes while parroting Democratic claims that Wisconsin has a $2.2 billion deficit. And I’m not even counting Trump’s »

Do Liberals Notice That Their Goals Are Contradictory?

Featured image At National Review, Reihan Salam makes an important point, briefly and eloquently: If I had to identify the two issues that left-of-center American intellectuals care about most, I’d probably choose rising economic inequality in the United States and the threat posed by anthropogenic climate change. But the left–not the Democrats’ rank and file voters, but virtually all Democratic politicians and pundits–also favor major increases in immigration. Does that make any »

Paul Ryan: Luis Gutierrez’s choice for Speaker

Featured image I may be one of the few who is saying publicly that Rep. Paul Ryan is a bad choice for Speaker, but I’m not the only one who believes his selection would benefit liberals, comparatively speaking. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, an extreme left-wing Democrat, told MSNBC that Ryan’s ascent to Speaker “would be good for the country.” Breitbart correctly describes Gutierrez as “perhaps the most extreme open-borders advocate in Congress.” It »

Assimilation? Who Needs to Assimilate?

Featured image Today the Center for Immigration Studies released some shocking data from the Census Bureau’s 2014 American Community Survey (ACS), which came out late last month. CIS headlines: “One in Five U.S. Residents Speaks Foreign Language at Home.” Some highlights: * In 2014, a record 63.2 million U.S. residents (native-born, legal immigrants, and illegal immigrants) spoke a language other than English at home. * Taking a longer view, since 1990 the »

Unprecedented Mass Immigration Will Radically Transform America. Is That What We Want?

Featured image On this site, posts about immigration tend to draw less traffic than posts on most other subjects. I am not sure why that is, but I suspect it is mostly because people (our readers, anyway) say, Yeah, yeah, I already know about that. Well, here is something you probably didn’t know. Jeff Sessions’ Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest analyzed data in the Pew immigration survey that I »

After Seven Recovery Summers…

Featured image The last recession officially ended, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research, in June 2009. By now, September 2015, we should be in the middle, or perhaps the later stages, of an economic boom, having enjoyed years of strong economic growth, job creation and rising private sector incomes. Instead, our economy has never exited the recovery stage, and we have just concluded the seventh “recovery summer” of the Obama »

Syria Shapes Up As Another Immigration Debacle

Featured image Today, the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest conducted an oversight hearing on the administration’s plan to increase the number of refugees admitted to the United States by approximately 200,000 over the next two years, with the increase largely attributable to Syrian refugees. Four administration officials testified. After the hearing, Subcommittee Chairman Jeff Sessions summed up the conclusions that emerged: * We do not have access to any »

Orbán’s nerve

Featured image Viktor Orbán is the Prime Minister of Hungary and the president of the national conservative ruling party Fidesz. During Europe’s current immigration crisis Orbán has been the victim of a negative portrayal in the press as Hungary has sought to protect its borders. This past week Orbán reported on the crisis to the Hungarian Parliament. The video below (about 17 minutes) gives his speech with English subtitles. (You can turn »

Immigration Is Remaking America. Is That What We Want?

Featured image This Pew Report quantifies the explosive impact that immigration, legal and illegal, is having on the United States. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Ted Kennedy-inspired Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. This simple chart shows the consequences of the unprecedented wave of immigration that followed passage of the act: The Pew report notes that the impact of the 1965 act was not widely foreseen: At the time, »

AP U.S. History framwork remains biased, as its treatment of immigration shows

Featured image The College Board’s 2014 framework for teaching AP U.S. History was a thoroughly leftist document. Under fire, the College Board issued a new framework in 2015. Unfortunately, as I argued here, the new version, though better, is not a great improvement. John Fonte and our friend Stanley Kurtz illustrate the problem through a detailed look at how the 2015 framework treats the history of immigration in this country. Few will »

The Camp of the Saints Comes to Europe

Featured image The Daily Mail has a long report from Germany on the influx of migrants there. Who, exactly, are the migrants? The article begins: On the busy shopping street in Giessen, a German university town twinned with Winchester, migrant Atif Zahoor tucks into a chicken dish with his brother and cousin at the curry restaurant Chillie To Go. They have left good jobs back in Karachi, Pakistan, and now want to »

Pope Francis: I Was Told There Would Be No Math! [Updated]

Featured image I had intended to critique Pope Francis’s speech to Congress today, but the speech was so vague and so cautious, with a little something for everyone, that I decided it wasn’t worth the effort. The global warming part, for example, was more or less incomprehensible. I do think this point is worth making, however: the Pope is definitely in favor of taking in migrants. Our world is facing a refugee »

Our Unprecedented Immigration Experiment

Featured image The United States is taking in more immigrants than at any time in our history, while at the same time making little or no effort to assimilate them. No one can know what the consequences of this experiment will be. This chart, created by the Center for Immigration Studies from Census Bureau data, plots the number of immigrants living in the U.S. and their share of the population, from 1900 »

Who Bears the Burden of Immigration?

Featured image Migrants are on the move across the world, especially from the Middle East to Europe and North America, from Africa to Europe and the United States, and from Mexico and other Latin countries to the South to the United States. Immigration celebrationists pretend that mass immigration is an unmixed blessing, but what is happening in Europe, as one country after another shuts its borders to a vast influx of Middle »