Immigration

To fight amnesty, say no to a long-term budget deal

Featured image According to several reports, President Obama is poised to announce a plan to issue work permits to 4.5 million or more illegal immigrants. This move should throw a major kink into the plan of congressional Republican leaders to pass a long-term budget deal during the lame duck session. The Republican leadership’s desire for a long-term deal is not surprising. No sensible Republican wants another government shutdown. Moreover, other things being »

Obama then and now

Featured image As John points out in the adjacent post, Nancy Pelosi now pretends not to know who the irrepressible Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber is. Exercising her power as Big Sister, Pelosi has sent Gruber down the memory role. In his own way, Barack Obama raises an even more interesting epistemological issue. Obama? Obama? Who’s Obama? That’s the question that Obama’s previous disquisitions on the constitutional limitations on presidential authority raise in »

Responding to the coming amnesty by executive order, Bill Otis’ take

Featured image In response to my post about how congressional Republicans should respond to the coming amnesty by executive order, my friend Bill Otis writes: I think the thing to do is (1) publicly set out the case that the order is bad policy on its merits, an overreach of the President’s power, and a direct slap at the electorate’s choice six days ago. Then (2) announce that if the President follows »

The coming amnesty by executive order — what is to be done?

Featured image President Obama reiterated today that, in the absence of congressional action, he intends to use his pen to bring about immigration reform. I don’t think he’s bluffing. Expect an Executive Order that will authorize the issuance of work permits to millions of illegal immigrants. Conn Carroll says that “if Republicans let Obama get away with this, they are essentially repudiating any mandate they received from their own voters Tuesday.” Yes »

Obama’s Attorney General Nominee, Loretta Lynch

Featured image President Obama has nominated Loretta Lynch, currently U.S. Attorney for a district that includes Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island, to succeed Eric Holder as Attorney General. Based on readily available public information, she seems like a reasonable choice. I don’t see any obvious signs of radicalism or hyper-partisanship in her CV, although that may change as she undergoes more scrutiny. For the moment, the only black mark against her is »

Obama persists

Featured image President Obama is a man who does not respond well to criticism. He can’t even fake it. When Michael Jordan recently observed that Obama is a “shitty golfer,” to take just one small example, Obama responded in a Milwaukee radio interview that he gave to lend his magic touch to Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke the day before the midterm elections: “[T]here is no doubt that Michael is a better »

The Really Special Interest

Featured image Here in Minnesota, you can’t watch a football game without seeing Power Line pick Stewart Mills smeared by the Democrats as a tool of “special interests” and “billionaires.” (The special interests, I guess, are people who believe in the Constitution and want to see the economy grow.) This is typical of the attacks Democrats have made on Republicans throughout this election cycle. And yet there is one issue of paramount »

The case of the mystery virus, cont’d

Featured image Twin Cities internist Chris Foley is a faithful reader whom I know in his professional capacity. In mid-September he wrote us to address the case of the mystery virus. According to ABC News (at the linked story), the cause of the virus was “unidentified.” Dr. Foley commented: It might be worth a short commentary re the connection between the sudden “mystery” virus that is hospitalizing children all over the US »

A World Turned Upside Down

Featured image The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday on President Obama’s plan to selectively revoke the nation’s immigration laws by executive decree. (As the Journal notes, the administration is trying to craft orders that are “legally defensible.”) This latest news drew another blast of righteous indignation from Senator Jeff Sessions, who is Horatius at the bridge when it comes to defending the rights and interests of American workers: The Wall Street Journal »

It’s Time to Stand Up For American Workers

Featured image Today Peter Kirsanow, a Civil Rights Commissioner, wrote President Obama to urge him to abandon the executive amnesty that is planned for after the election. Kirsanow’s letter focuses on the damage an amnesty, and increased legal immigration, will do to American workers, especially African-Americans and STEM workers. First, here is Kirsanow’s letter in its entirety. Then I will excerpt some paragraphs, omitting the extensive footnotes: Executive Amnesty Letter October 2014 »

Obama’s surge

Featured image President Bush gave us the surge that turned the tide in Iraq and secured victory until President Obama threw it away. Obama, however, is making plans for his own surge, this one in the United States and against the law of the land. Jonathan Strong of Breitbart News dug up a GSA request for proposal for Card Consumables that provides a shocking glimpse into the future. Here is how a »

Cultural Differences, Assimilation and Immigration Policy

Featured image Two stories currently in the news are, I think, illuminating. The first comes from Paris: The incident took place when a veiled woman was spotted on the front row of a performance of La Traviata at the Opera Bastille…. France brought in a law in 2011 banning anyone from wearing clothing that conceals the face in a public space, or face a 150 euro ($190) fine. The woman was sitting »

Hamburg Becomes a War Zone

Featured image Hamburg has become the scene of street fighting between Islamic supporters of ISIS and expatriate Kurds: Parts of downtown Hamburg, the second-largest city in Germany, resembled a war zone after hundreds of supporters of the jihadist group Islamic State [IS] engaged in bloody street clashes with ethnic Kurds. … The unrest began on the evening of October 7, when around 400 Kurds gathered outside the Al-Nour mosque near the central »

Minneapolis goes Bosaso

Featured image Jumping on the lefties’ pro-Communist 1980′s wave with perfect timing, Minneapolis named Novosibirsk its sister city in 1988. The Soviet Union promptly disintegrated. Well, forget Novosibirsk. Yesterday the Minneapolis City Council designated the Somali port of Bosaso as its sister city. The Star Tribune reports this awesome development here and the excitement is palpable. Somalia has undergone much adversity over the past 20 years. It is in already in an »

DHS: ISIS not here (updated)

Featured image Yesterday I noted Rep. Duncan Hunter’s statement that 10 ISIS members of some kind had been apprehended at the border crossing into Texas. The New Republic’s Danny Vinik contacted DHS to ask for a comment. Vinik reports: “The suggestion that individuals who have ties to ISIL have been apprehended at the Southwest border is categorically false, and not supported by any credible intelligence or the facts on the ground,” said »

White House Admits It Put Off Amnesty to Frustrate the Will of Voters

Featured image White House spokesman Josh Earnest admitted today that President Obama put off a planned executive amnesty decree for political reasons, contrary to Obama’s earlier claims: The fact is — or I guess, the concern is — that had the president moved forward with his [plan] prior to Election Day, you would have seen Republican candidates do more to make the immigration issue central to their campaign. And in the event »

Is ISIS here?

Featured image Watching Greta Van Susteren’s show on FOX News last night out of the corner of one eye, I just about fell out of my chair when Rep. Duncan Hunter made a point about the imminent threat that ISIS poses to the United States. “At least ten ISIS fighters have been caught coming across the border in Texas,” he said. How does he know that? “Because I’ve asked the border patrol, »