Immigration

Police nab Manhattan-N.J. bombing suspect, a naturalized Afghan

Featured image Authorities have apprehended Ahmad Khan Rahami, who was wanted in connection with the weekend bombings in Manhattan and Seaside Park, New Jersey. It took a shootout to capture Rahami, who shot an officer in the stomach before eventually being gunned down and taken into custody. Fortunately, the officer’s bulletproof vest absorbed Rahami’s shot. Rahami is a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Afghanistan. Authorities do not know whether his »

How to “root out jihad from within”

Featured image Following the terrorist attack in St. Cloud, Minnesota (not France), John wrote about what he called delusional efforts to combat the influence of ISIS on Somali youth in Minnesota. The efforts consisted of “funding a broad array of mental health and education programs” and also the developing “community-led intervention teams” — groups of Somali leaders and educators enlisted to identify and intervene with young people believed at risk for radicalization. »

The atrocity in St. Cloud

Featured image Jeremy Carl is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. NRO’s Corner has posted Jeremy’s “The atrocity in St. Cloud and the continuing Somali immigration madness.” It credits us for our continuing reportage and commentary, but more importantly raises the issues implicit in it. Among other pieces, Jeremy links to my post “Trump touches Minnesota’s untouchables,” which I had already forgotten about. I’m taking the liberty of posting Jeremy’s NRO »

Drawing inferences in St. Cloud

Featured image The mayor of St. Cloud just held a press conference with law enforcement authorities on the stabbing rampage at the Crossroads Center mall last night. Other than crediting the off-duty officer who killed the perpetrator (identified as Jason Falconer) with acting promptly at his own risk to to lives, the press conference was remarkably short on information. As late as noon today the Star Tribune seemed to be holding out »

Clueless in St. Cloud [updated]

Featured image One of the many chilling moments in the terrorism trial in Minneapolis this past May was the presentation of a piece of evidence that passed in a flash without comment. The evidence was a photograph of one of the defendants dressed in the uniform he wore when he worked as a security guard (pretty much whenever he wanted) in the Twin Cities. I think the photograph must have had the »

The Irrelevance of Deportation

Featured image Donald Trump has gone back and forth on the issue of deporting illegal immigrants, and Democrats are accusing him of inconsistency. The Washington Post, for example, headlines: “Trump advisers and allies struggle with deportation specifics.” Several of Donald Trump’s top campaign advisers and allies on Sunday struggled to explain the Republican presidential nominee’s stance on mass deportation — insisting that he will prioritize undocumented criminals for deportation, but falling short »

Clinton losing support among Hispanics

Featured image Will Donald Trump’s pivot on immigration and his trip to Mexico change the way Hispanic voters view him? I don’t know. But quite apart from anything Trump is doing, Hispanics view Hillary Clinton less favorably than they did earlier this year. According to the Washington Post, a new Latino Decisions poll found that 70 percent of registered Hispanic voters say they will definitely vote for Clinton or were leaning towards »

The Washington Post dishonestly denies that Trump has changed on illegal immigration

Featured image There were only two ways the mainstream media would portray Donald Trump’s speech on immigration once he finally delivered it. Either Trump would be the same dreadfully inhumane guy he’s been throughout the campaign or he would be a flip-flopper whose word cannot be trusted on anything. The “meany” option was always the preferred one. Voters seemed to have little problem with Trump flip-flopping to more reasonable ground on immigration. »

Trump’s immigration speech

Featured image Last night, Donald Trump delivered his long awaited speech detailing his approach to immigration. You can read full text of his prepared remarks here. I think it was a very good speech mainly because it gets Trump to where he needs to be substantively on immigration, and because of its tone — conciliatory towards Mexico, more sensitive than he been to the plight of illegal immigrants, but insistent on the »

The eleventh “Minnesota man”

Featured image Late last week the United States Attorney for Minnesota filed a criminal complaint charging former Mohamed Roble with consiracy to support ISIS. He’s both the eleventh “Minnesota man” to be charged in the case and (by my count) the sixth Muhammad to make an appearance. The Star Tribune reports the story here. Roble is another young Somali Muslim who joined in the conspiracy with the nine who have been convicted »

Omar so far

Featured image Ilhan Omar defeated 22-term incumbent Phyllis Kahn for the DFL nomination to represent legislative district 60B in the Minnesota House. It was one of the biggest stories to emerge from our August 9 primary. The Star Tribune reported it in a page-one story under a banndr headline and a huge photo. Omar seemed to have a sense of herself as the party’s new star. That’s certainly how the Star Tribune »

Where Trump needs to get to on immigration

Featured image As John suggests, the immigration issue seems to be tying Donald Trump in knots right now. There’s poetic justice in this. Trump rode to front of the Republican pack in significant part because of the irresponsible and callous stance he took on this subject, bashing his leading opponents for taking positions Trump seemingly now would like to take. But Trump should be able to execute a fairly soft landing on »

Has Trump Blown the Immigration Issue?

Featured image Through the primary season, illegal immigration was Donald Trump’s signature issue. He loudly promised to deport the millions of illegal immigrants in the U.S., and build a high wall that would keep out future unlawful entrants. I don’t think there is much doubt that it was Trump’s seemingly strong position on immigration that propelled him to the front of the Republican race. But recently, Trump has softened his comments on »

Ilhan Omar stonewalls [updated]

Featured image When Ilhan Omar finally got around to issuing a statement on her multiple marriages this past Wednesday evening, she drew on the Democratic scandal management playbook to put the story to bed. Omar characterized the allegations related to her marriages as “absurd and offensive.” Omar counts on cooperative Minnesota media not to follow up with impolite questions. KMSP 9’s Tom Lyden, however, is not in a cooperative mood. Lyden reported »

Where does Trump now stand on illegal immigration?

Featured image Over the weekend, BuzzFeed reported that “in a reversal, Trump indicate[d] to Hispanic leaders [an] openness to legalization for [illegal] immigrants.” Trump allegedly did this during a Saturday meeting with his “Hispanic advisory council,” a body he recently threw together. The Trump campaign promptly disputed BuzzFeed’s account. A campaign spokesman said: Mr. Trump said nothing today that he hasn’t said many times before, including in his convention speech—enforce the laws, »

Germany’s “Guests” Refuse to Work

Featured image This is the kind of news item that has Angela Merkel in political trouble: According to mayor Bernd Pohlers of the eastern town of Saxony Waldenburg, the asylum seekers refused to accept the work that was offered to them after they arrived in the country. The local council spent £600 arranging for the men to have uniforms but were stunned when they were told they would not complete it because »

A few questions for Ilhan Omar

Featured image Ilhan Omar responded to the straightforward questions I raised about her marital situation with a stonewall thrown up by Minneapolis criminal defense attorney Jean Brandl. Brandl provided me the Omar campaign’s classic nonresponse response to my questions with the imputation of bigotry thrown in for good measure. I thought the questions deserved a straightforward answer and was intrigued by the immediate appearance of a criminal defense attorney to respond to »