Black Income Decline in Minnesota Termed “Disgraceful”

Featured image As I noted here, just-released Census Bureau data show that real median household income declined slightly in 2014, while the poverty rate increased slightly. Median incomes for all racial groups except whites were stable, while white median household income declined by 1.7%. I have seen no comment on this fact; certainly no suggestion that the federal government is responsible for the decline or has pursued policies inimical to the interests »

Are Democrats partially responsible for America’s heroin epidemic?

Featured image Hector Garza, president of the Laredo, Texas chapter of the National Border Patrol Council, contends that illegal immigrants crossing the border are bringing heroin into this country as a matter of routine. Every illegal alien who crosses the border between the U.S. and Mexico does so for a fee, and often the price is carrying a backpack full of heroin, Garza says. Department of Homeland Security officials take basically the »

Ben Carson sketches plan for dealing with illegal immigrants

Featured image During an appearance of Face the Nation, Dr. Ben Carson took a stab today at outlining how he would deal with the issue of illegal immigration. After criticizing Donald Trump’s concept of deporting every illegal immigrant (and then readmitting “the good ones”), Carson said this: [L]et’s say we get [the borders] sealed, because certainly in a Carson administration that would be done within the first year. You also turn off »

Why does Germany want so many refugees? Part Two

Featured image In a post last week, I argued that Germany’s main motive for wanting to take in so many Middle Eastern refugees is the desire to cope with short-term labor shortages and long-term population decline. I also pointed out that most European nations face different circumstances and thus don’t share Germany’s motive or enthusiasm. A few days later, the Washington Post struck the same theme in an article called “The refugee »

Should the U.S. Want Syrian Refugees?

Featured image There is talk of the United States doing “its share” by taking in a large number of Syrian refugees (many of whom are migrants, not refugees, and many of whom will prove not to come from Syria). There is of course a humanitarian case for admitting residents of a war zone. The problem is that there are many miserable places on the Earth, and no obvious limiting principle. How much »

Why does Germany want so many refugees?

Featured image German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that Germany will take 800,000 refugees this year and 500,000 annually over the next several years. Merkel no doubt will receive acclaim for humanitarianism, while nations that balk at taking refugees will be denounced. I don’t doubt that there is a humanitarian component to Merkel’s decision, and in some respects her willingness to take in so many refugees is a feel good story. But »

What To Make of the Islamic Migration Into Europe?

Featured image Many thousands of migrants–some refugees, some not–are making their way from Islamic countries in the Middle East and Asia to Turkey, thence to Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Hungary, Austria and finally, for most of them, Germany. The largest number come from Syria, but other Islamic countries are represented from as far away as Afghanistan. It is still not clear to me why this torrent has suddenly broken free. Germany has promised »

More Than Half of Immigrants on Public Assistance

Featured image The Center for Immigration Studies is out with a blockbuster report that finds 51 percent of immigrant households—both legal and illegal—receive some kind of public assistance, versus just 30 percent of native households. Whether immigrants contribute more to total economic activity or public revenues greater than they receive in benefits is not addressed in this report, and remains a subject of fierce controversy. From the executive summary: This study is »

Hillary Doubles Down: Republicans Are Nazis, Too

Featured image So what happens when a politician says, “I am, you know, adamantly against illegal immigrants”? Oh wait, the person who said that was Senator Hillary Clinton, to WABC Radio’s John Gambling in a 2003 interview. Whatever. Today Hillary trumped (heh) her suggestion yesterday that Republicans are the moral equivalent of Islamic terrorists by suggesting the GOP are Nazis too, because “some” on “the other side” want to round up illegal immigrants »

Good for Trump for booting Jorge Ramos

Featured image As Scott notes below, Donald Trump had Jorge Ramos of Univision ejected from his press conference today. Good for Trump. Jorge Ramos is a blight upon journalism. He also embodies the threat that mass immigration by Hispanics poses to conservatism. The more voters who get their news from the likes of Jorge Ramos, the less chance American conservatism as we know it has to survive. But these aren’t the reasons »

NY Times Races to the Bottom on Immigration

Featured image The New York Times editorial board headlines, G.O.P. Candidates Follow Trump to the Bottom on Immigration. It’s a typically unhinged Times screed, and as such not worth deconstructing in detail. But a couple of assertions are so ignorant as to be worth singling out. The Times editorialists write: [Donald Trump] would restrict legal immigration, and impose a national job-verification system so that everyone, citizens too, would need federal permission to »

Trump’s Immigration Folly? A Dissent [and a reply]

Featured image Experience has taught me that it is rarely a good idea to disagree with Paul, but on the merits of Donald Trump’s new set of immigration reforms, I do largely disagree. I wrote here that I think Trump’s new immigration proposals are generally sensible, although they don’t go far enough. More about that last point another time. For now, let’s take Paul’s criticisms in turn. Paul agrees that “birthright” citizenship »

Trump’s immigration folly

Featured image I think it’s fair to describe Power Line as hard-line on immigration. Back when Marco Rubio was plugging amnesty on shows like Fox News talk shows, with little push back and few if any appearances by opponents of amnesty, we were speaking out against the Schumer-Rubio legislation and I was harshly critical of Senator Rubio. But hard-line is one thing; foolish is another. Which brings me to Donald Trump’s immigration »

The Facts On H-1B Visas

Featured image At the Center for Immigration Studies’ web site, John Siano explains what the H-1B visa is really all about: The first step in the H-1B process is for the employer to file a labor condition application (LCA). That is where the employer certifies the prevailing wage, the wage to be paid to the H-1B worker, and to other labor protection provisions. Notice that the employer determines what the prevailing wage »

Donald Trump’s Immigration Proposals: Mainstream and Popular [Updated]

Featured image Immigration has been Donald Trump’s signature issue, but until now his approach to the topic has been confused. He has talked almost exclusively about illegal immigration, without seeming to recognize that our irrational immigration laws are a big part of the problem: thus his calls to build a fence with a “big beautiful door” for legal immigrants. Moreover, in an interview a week or so ago, he appeared to approve »

U.S. Is Home to a Record 42.1 Million Immigrants

Featured image Monthly census data indicate that there are now 42.1 million foreign-born residents of the United States, the highest total in our history. This includes both legal and illegal immigrants. For perspective, the entire population of Canada is 35 million. The census data indicate 12.1 million Mexicans–10% of Mexico’s population–are living here either legally or illegally. Immigrants now represent 13.3% of the population of the U.S., the highest proportion in 105 »

Rapist-murderer of California woman was here illegally and had recently been arrested

Featured image 64-year-old Marilyn Pharis was sleeping in her home in Santa Maria, California on July 24 when 29-year-old Victor Aureliano Martinez Ramirez and 20-year-old Jose Villagomez broke in. The two men sexually assaulted, strangled, and repeatedly struck Pharis in the head with a hammer. She died eight days later. Martinez Ramirez, it turns out, was in the U.S. illegally. Not only that, he had been arrested just two weeks before he »