Immigration

The Times Goes Know-Nothing on Immigration [Updated]

Featured image The New York Times editorial board is becoming more unhinged with every passing day. Maybe it’s Republican electoral success, maybe it’s the sight of one failed liberal policy after another, but something is driving the Times around the bend. Today it was immigration, as the editorialists went after Jeff Sessions: There was something bracingly honest about an op-ed article in The Washington Post last week by Senator Jeff Sessions, an »

The case against Marco Rubio

Featured image David Harsanyi makes the case for Marco Rubio, who entered the presidential race yesterday. The case is this: “When it comes to natural political talent, it unlikely the GOP can do better” than Rubio. Harsanyi may well be right. We don’t know how Rubio will perform as a candidate over the long haul, but all indications are that he is a gifted politician. But what kind of president would Rubio »

Panel named for initial executive amnesty appeal

Featured image The Fifth Circuit has announced the panel that will hear the Obama administration’s request to lift Judge Hanen’s preliminary injunction of the president’s Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (“DAPA”). The panel consists of Judges Jerry Smith (Reagan appointee), Jennifer Elrod (George W. Bush appointee), and Stephen Higginson (Obama appointee). This is not a good panel for the government. Elrod is a rising star conservative judge. »

Two Good Reasons to Curb Immigration

Featured image I spent a good part of the Laura Ingraham show today talking about immigration. I read portions of Jeff Sessions’ op-ed in the Washington Post titled “America needs to curb immigration flows.” Senator Sessions makes several basic points in a clear and persuasive manner: The first “great wave” of U.S. immigration took place from roughly 1880 to 1930. During this time, according to the Census Bureau, the foreign-born population doubled »

Judge Hanen sticks with it

Featured image Judge Andrew Hanen has filed a memorandum opinion and order denying the Obama administration’s motion to lift his temporary injunction preventing implementation of Obama’s post-election executive amnesty program. The memorandum opinion and order are posted online here. In media reports of Judge Hanen’s order, you won’t see this comment on the administration’s misrepresentations concerning implementation of the amnesty: The Court finds that the Government’s multiple statements on this subject were »

The zeal of the convert

Featured image There’s plenty of buzz today about a New York Times report that Jeb Bush, in his 2009 voter registration form, marked “Hispanic” in the field labeled “race/ethnicity.” According to the Times, a Bush spokeswoman could offer no explanation for this self-identification. I can offer one, albeit tentatively: Bush identifies so strongly with Hispanics that, at some level, he views himself as one. I don’t think that Bush intended to deceive »

A Ballplayer Illuminates Immigration

Featured image We are living in a time of record-shattering immigration, both legal and illegal. This concerns many Americans for several reasons. Contemporary immigration is overwhelmingly unskilled and semi-skilled, which means that incomes of working class Americans, especially African-Americans, have been and will continue to be depressed. Worst of all, perhaps, is the fact that we have lost the will to integrate immigrants into American society. High schools populated by immigrants used »

Fifth Circuit schedules hearing in executive amnesty case

Featured image The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has issued an order that sets oral argument in Texas v. United States for April 17. This is the case in which Texas and other states challenge President Obama’s executive amnesty. In district court proceedings, Judge Hanen temporarily enjoined the government from enforcing Obama’s program to grant lawful status to millions of illegal immigrants. The government has moved for a »

Federal judge asks, “Can I trust what the president says?” DOJ lawyer gives wrong answer

Featured image Judge Andrew Hanen, the federal judge who blocked President immigration executive action, suggested yesterday that he might order sanctions against the Justice Department if he rules that it misled him about when the administration began implementing one of its immigration measures. Judge Hanen is concerned that the Justice Department misled him into believing that a key part of Obama’s amnesty program would not be implemented before he made a ruling »

Senate Democrats Vote to Pay Cash Benefits to Illegal Immigrants

Featured image The Treasury Department Inspector General for Tax Administration has repeatedly warned that illegal immigrants are collecting billion of dollars in refundable tax credits to which they are not legally entitled. This outrageous situation can be corrected rather easily, by requiring tax filers to supply a valid Social Security number in order to claim the Additional Child Tax Credit. Today in the Senate Budget Committee, Jeff Sessions proposed an amendment that »

Additional thoughts on the Kaus case and on Fox News

Featured image I’d like to add a few observations to Scott’s important post about Mickey Kaus’ departure from the Daily Caller. Kaus wrote a column criticizing Fox News for not leading the charge against Obama’s executive amnesty. Tucker Carlson, a Fox News contributor and host, pulled the column. Kaus resigned. I raised basically the same concern as Kaus tried to about Fox News during the debate on the Schumer-Rubio amnesty legislation in »

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 »