Immigration

Make your voice heard on amnesty

Featured image It’s clear where Power Line stands on the House GOP leadership’s plan to push for amnesty for illegal immigrants, among other benefits. Earlier today, John and Scott expressed their dismay, and I have expressed mine. But the GOP’s rush to sell out the party’s base, not to mention American workers, in order to service the interests of business won’t be halted by advocacy. Activism is required. My sources on the »

On Immigration, What’s the Hurry?

Featured image In his State of the Union speech, President Obama called on Congress to “get immigration reform done this year.” Other proponents of “reform,” on both sides of the aisle, have echoed that refrain, saying that now is the time to address the long-simmering issue of immigration. But why? The Democrats have wanted amnesty and vastly increased low-skill immigration for a long time, but why is now–2014–a good time for Republicans »

Who needs Inspector Clouseau?

Featured image The announcement of the House GOP leadership of immigration principles is guaranteed to warm the hearts of Democrats seeking hope for the immediate future. Things are looking bleak for them, with the unpopularity of Obama and Obamacare, with the difficulty of contesting elections in the sixth year of an incumbent president’s second term, with the number of Senate seats to defend in territory friendly to Republicans, and so on. How »

On Immigration, GOP House Leadership Prepares to Sell Out

Featured image Today the Republican House leadership released a document titled “Standards for Immigration Reform” that evidently is a preamble to legislation the leadership intends to pass this year. The “standards,” which are really just a set of talking points, are reproduced in their entirety below. They closely resemble the talking points that were used to promote the Senate’s Gang of Eight legislation. The most damaging aspect of the Senate legislation is »

Republican bigwigs prepare to sign death warrant of conservatism

Featured image RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, an uninspiring figure who presided over the disastrous Republican outing of 2012, tells us that there’s a “general consensus” in his party that something big needs to happen on overhauling the country’s immigration laws. By “something big” Preibus doesn’t mean enforcing our immigration laws, which would be big indeed but requires no “overhaul.” Instead, he means amnesty at a minimum and, very possibly, amnesty plus a »

Does anybody really know what time it is?

Featured image The New York Times has posted video and text of Obama’s State of the Union address last night here. The Times has also posted excerpts reflecting “Obama’s agenda.” I found the speech mind-numbing and soul-killing. The thought that Obama and a team of speechwriters devoted weeks to the speech…you’ve got to be kidding. The incoherence. The anecdotes. The thrice baked, still phony statistics. The pallid rhetoric. The false bravado. The »

Do you sense it?

Featured image I wrote here about the plan of the House Republican leadership to push for immigration reform that includes amnesty. Subsequently, there have been several strong critiques from conservative opinion-writers such as Bill Kristol, the NRO editors, Peter Kirsanow, and Quin Hillyer. I was most struck, though, by this excerpt from an email that someone wrote to Mark Krikorian: To me, the House immigration effort proceeding is also, somehow, not to »

Time For Republicans to Stand Up For American Workers

Featured image It is almost unbelievable that Republican leaders in the House are seriously considering an immigration “reform” bill that reportedly resembles the disastrous package that was passed by the Senate. With poverty skyrocketing, labor force participation plummeting and wages declining, why on Earth would we want to import tens of millions of new, unskilled laborers to compete with our own fellow citizens, who are already hurting? In order to lower wages »

House Republican leadership to push for formal amnesty

Featured image Politico reports on the House Republican leadership’s approach to immigration reform for this year. As set forth by Paul Ryan, it will consist of four pieces of legislation to be voted on separately. The first bill would provide amnesty but not path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. The second would provide a path to citizenship for illegals who came as teenagers or younger. The third would require the tracking of »

The Somali muddle, once more once

Featured image Today’s Star Tribune features a formulaic story by Randy Furst from the usual heart-tugging angle: “Somali woman living in Willmar can’t get her husband into U.S.” Deep into the story a small dose of reality is permitted to intrude: A State Department spokeswoman said that “most administrative processing is resolved within 60 days of the visa interview, but the timing can vary based on the individual circumstances of each case.” »

Quotations from Co-Chairman Keith

Featured image Keith Ellison represents Minnesota’s Fifth District in Congress. He proudly identifies himself first and foremost as the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. With a little help from Karen Hunter (as he notes in the Acknowledgements), he has now written the memoir cum manifesto My Country ‘Tis of Thee: My Faith, My Family, Our Future. Ellison’s district and the Twin Cities metropolitan area are home to the largest Somali population »

Once Again, Democrats Vote to Cut Veterans’ Benefits in Order to Enable Fraud By Illegal Aliens

Featured image Even if, like me, you are beyond being shocked by anything the Democrats do, this is remarkable. For the second time, Harry Reid and his Senate Democrat cohorts have refused to allow an amendment to revise the Ryan-Murray spending deal to be voted on. The amendment would restore the cuts in veterans’ benefits that are part of the deal, and instead raise the money by closing a loophole that makes »

House Republicans Fight Back on Immigration

Featured image Sixteen House Republicans have written a letter to President Obama, expressing their opposition to “comprehensive immigration reform” of the sort that the president has championed, and that has passed the Senate. They oppose the Senate legislation, or anything like it, for the best of reasons: it will drive down wages and devastate America’s working class. Unless the law of supply and demand has been repealed–maybe Obama thinks he can do »

Federal Court: Obama’s Partnership With Mexican Drug Cartels Goes Far Beyond Guns

Featured image Last Friday, an opinion by Texas federal judge Andrew Hanen opened a window onto the sheer lawlessness of the Obama administration–in particular, the Department of Homeland Security. The case was United States of America v. Mirtha Veronica Nava-Martinez. You can download the opinion here. Judge Hanen is located in the Southern District of Texas, Brownsville Division, and the Nava-Martinez case involved smuggling a child from El Salvador into the United »

Conservatism’s increasingly uneasy relationship with “corporate America”

Featured image I wrote below about yesterday’s meeting at which leaders of the technology industry urged President Obama to alter America’s electronic surveillance policy in order to advance their business interests. The meeting brought to mind Lenin’s alleged statement that “the capitalists will sell us the rope with which to hang them.” The meeting also brought to mind an excellent article by John Fonte about the relationship between big business and the »

Obama Scoffs at the Immigration Laws, But Some Democrats Want More

Featured image The Constitution requires the president to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed,” but Barack Obama believes that the Constitution doesn’t apply to him. He takes the position–unprecedented in our history, to my knowledge–that he need only enforce the laws with which he agrees. Most notably, his administration has refused to enforce major elements of our immigration laws. But for some liberals, Obama’s repudiation of the immigration laws hasn’t »

Murray-Ryan deal heads towards finish line

Featured image The Murray-Ryan budget deal almost surely will pass the Senate, but Republicans are making supporters of the compromise sweat a little: “The struggle is still on in the United States Senate; we will need about eight Republicans to come our way. I feel we’ll have a good, strong showing from the Democratic side. But we need bipartisan support to pass it,” Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) said on CBS’s “Face »