The Border Crisis Is Obama’s Hurricane Katrina? Don’t Be Ridiculous!

Featured image Some (including some Democrats) are saying that the crisis on the Southwestern border is President Obama’s Hurricane Katrina. But there are at least two fundamental differences between the illegal immigration fiasco and Katrina. First, the response to Hurricane Katrina was actually the largest and the fastest response to any natural disaster in history, as Popular Mechanics, as I recall, later documented. Second, President Bush didn’t cause the hurricane. The current »

Jeff Sessions on the Border Crisis

Featured image For some time now, Senator Jeff Sessions has been the Cassandra of the illegal immigration issue–always right, but rarely heeded. Today he had a brief op-ed in USA Today that is so cogent that it deserves to be reproduced in full: The crisis on our border is the direct and predictable result of President Obama’s sustained effort to undermine America’s immigration laws. As the president’s previous director of Immigration and »

Obama Wonders: Why Is Our Border Inundated With Illegals?

Featured image It’s a puzzle, isn’t it? Why, just now, are tens of thousands of people showing up on our Southern border and illegally entering the U.S.? Sure, Guatemala and Honduras have their faults, but life there is no worse this month than it has been for a long time. So President Obama is perplexed as to what could have attracted these tens, or hundreds, of thousands of migrants. Michael Ramirez offers »

Say it ain’t so, Jeh!

Featured image On Meet the Press this morning, David Gregory did a commendable job of trying to get an answer from Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to this question (my words): will most of the illegal minors stay or be deported? Johnson obscures his answer in a political word cloud that I confidently translate: “Stay.” Analyze this: Gregory asks: “I know there’s a process they have to go through. Will most of »

Faithless execution: Border edition

Featured image At a naturalization ceremony on July 4, President Obama vowed to do “everything I can” to pass amnesty legislation that would give a pathway to citizenship to all of the country’s illegal immigrants. He apparently believes that he hasn’t done enough to get out the word that he does not believe in border security or the enforcement of our current immigration law. With the invasion across our southern border by »

Pelosi: We Are All Americans Now!

Featured image Nancy Pelosi has been on the Southern border, trying to demagogue the tragic influx of tens of thousands of Central American minors, largely unaccompanied. She gave a press conference today. Breitbart reports: Saturday at a press conference from the Rio Grande Valley, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) discussed her tour of a border holding facility and addressed the humanitarian crisis of thousands unaccompanied minors flooding across the U.S.-Mexico border, which she »

CIS Study: All Growth In Employment Since 2000 Has Gone to Immigrants

Featured image The Center for Immigration Studies released a bombshell report today. You can read the whole thing at the link, but here are a few highlights: Government data show that since 2000 all of the net gain in the number of working-age (16 to 65) people holding a job has gone to immigrants (legal and illegal). This is remarkable given that native-born Americans accounted for two-thirds of the growth in the »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Our friend Ammo Grrrll ends the working week with a bang. She takes a look at the invasion occurring on our southern border and declares: “HALLELUJAH, IT’S OBVIOUSLY THE END OF RACISM!!” She writes: Many years ago, Albert Brooks wrote and starred in the wonderful movie Lost in America. Briefly, a highly-paid ad executive and his ditzy wife chuck the high life to go on a quest to discover America »

As the Southern Border Burns, the Democrats Fiddle

Featured image It is hard to overstate the disaster that is taking place across our Southern border. Tens of thousands of Central American migrants, at a minimum, have made their way illegally across the Mexican border, lured by promises of amnesty, and no one thinks that they–the overwhelming majority–are ever going to leave. We have no more border, we have no more sovereignty, and this is exactly how liberals want it. Washington’s »

The fruit of Obama’s leftism arrives en masse at our border

Featured image There is no genuine dispute that President Obama is responsible for the sudden mass influx into the U.S. of adolescent immigrants from Central America. Dreams of sanctuary under the DREAM Act and via Obama’s pen convinced Central American families to hand their children over to coyote networks that would take them across Mexico and the Rio Grande. But Michael Gonzalez of the Heritage Foundation, writing in the National Interest, shows »

Help wanted, Obama style

Featured image Thomas Lifson draws attention to the notice taken here by Sundance of Conservative Treehouse to the peculiar advertisement posted by DHS this past January: On January 29th of this year, the federal government posted an advertisement seeking bids for a vendor contract to handle “Unaccompanied Alien Children.“ Not just any contract mind you, but a very specific contract – for a very specific number of unaccompanied minors: 65,000. • Why »

Meanwhile, Obama’s Immigration Disaster Continues

Featured image In any other administration, the debacle unfolding across our Southern border would be dominating the news. But in the Age of Obama, it jostles for attention with a host of other scandals and catastrophes. Tens of thousands of Central Americans–maybe more–have now traversed Mexico and deposited themselves at our border, where they are being whisked into the United States. The migrants endure privation and danger to get here, lured by »

Camp of the Saints, 2014 style

Featured image Given the crush of news, NRO is overloaded with good stuff today. At NRO our friend Mac Owens has followed up on my “Camp of the Saints revisited” with what NRO calls “Camp of the Saints, 2014 style?” Mac’s column is already far down the NRO home page and hard to find unless you go looking for it. I want to draw it to your attention. As Mac explores the »

Cantor’s defeat — Laura Ingraham’s role, and her take

Featured image There has been plenty of speculation about just why professor Dave Brat defeated Majority Leader Eric Cantor earlier this week. Was it down to immigration issues, disgust with Washington, an incumbent distracted by leadership responsibilities who just wasn’t much of a “retail politician,” or what? I’m persuaded by my friend Joe Asch who says our fellow Dartmouth alum Laura Ingraham played a decisive role. Joe cites the following evidence from »

Three crises

Featured image Islamic extremists are overrunning major cities in Iraq that U.S. forces liberated at the cost of American lives. Children from Central America are pouring illegally into America in numbers that far exceed our capacity to deal with them. Veterans are dying because they can’t get medical treatment. What do these developments have in common? No reasonable American can possibly think they are desirable. trivial, or unrelated to action (or inaction) »

After Cantor

Featured image Some additional observations going forward on the Cantor debacle: I never found Cantor to be a very compelling political personality.  I thought his speeches were too superficial and cliché (even if they were the right clichés), and his delivery flat.  It left me with the impression that the ratio of personal ambition to substance was out of whack.  But there’s more to being House majority leader than being a scintillating »

Notes on Cantormageddon

Featured image Only last week in a local Richmond television interview, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor addressed immigration reform as follows: “I have told the president, there are some things we can work on together. We can work on the border security bill together, we can work on something like the kids.” This while the southwest United States is under invasion by an overwhelming wave of “kids” who have gotten the message. »