Immigration

Hispanics are less sold on Obama, but why?

Featured image Hispanic support for President Obama declined considerably during the past year. In December 2012, his approval rating with Hispanics stood at 75 percent. Now, it is down to 52 percent. Proponents of amnesty-style immigration reform are have seized on this degree of buyers’ remorse as a reason for Republicans to support their agenda. They say the poll numbers show that Republicans can make inroads with Hispanic voters, but only if »

Obama looks to “the stupid party” to bail him out

Featured image According to the Washington Post, the Obama administration is hopeful that the recent budget deal will change the tone in Congress and pave the way for the President’s agenda to move forward. The key element of that agenda is amnesty-based immigration reform. Other elements include raising the minimum wage, spending money on “infrastructure,” and funding early childhood education. Is the administration’s hopefulness delusional? It should be. The budget deal sailed »

CRB: Immigration reconsidered

Featured image We conclude our preview of the new issue of the Claremont Review of Books (subscribe here) with its symposium on immigration just as last rites are being said over the Senate Gang of Eight’s immigration bill in the House. Bad timing – or is the fight just getting started? At a recent talk in New York, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush suggested that while reform efforts are done for this »

What Hispanics Think About Obamacare

Featured image Those who argue that Republicans should embrace immigration reform are fond of telling us that Hispanics are natural conservatives. That is, I think, a dubious proposition even when applied to the social issues. But how does it hold up across the rest of the political issue spectrum? Obamacare is an excellent test case; if most Hispanics are natural conservatives, they should be instinctively suspicious of a big government power grab. »

Law Enforcement to Congress: Listen To Us, Not the Lobbyists!

Featured image As you probably know, a number of CEOs have descended on Washington to lobby for immigration “reform,” i.e., legalizing and importing tens of millions of low-skilled workers so as to drive down wages. This is not exactly a noble enterprise, especially since, as Jeff Sessions has documented, many of these same CEOs have been busily laying off American citizens. Nevertheless, the lobbying effort has generally been applauded by the Democratic »

Marco Rubio’s immigration flip-flop-flip-flop

Featured image Sen. Marco Rubio opposes the passage by the House of the very immigration reform legislation that he sponsored in the Senate. Rubio’s spokesman says that the Senator favors House passage of a series of individual bills, rather than comprehensive legislation such as that which he helped push through the Senate. Why, though, would a Senator not want the House to pass his own legislation? One possibility is the desire to »

They can’t even stand to deal with him

Featured image Dick Durbin lied when he claimed that a Republican House leader told President Obama, “I can’t even stand to look at you.” Indeed, there’s no reason to believe that any Republican House leader even feels that way. But it’s probably true that many members of the House can’t stand to deal with either Obama or such slimy Senate operators as Harry Reid and the aforementioned Durbin. And this sentiment may »

On Immigration, Jeff Sessions Schools Barack Obama

Featured image With regard to the Senate’s immigration bill, Barack Obama said this morning: If there’s a good reason not to pass this common-sense reform, I haven’t heard it. So anyone still standing in the way of this bipartisan reform should at least have to explain why. This is classic Obama: it is possible that he is so lazy and so disengaged from reality that he literally has not paid attention to »

Education, immigration, and diversity

Featured image According to a just-released study, eighth-grade students in more than half of the U.S. states performed better than the international average on a test in science. In math, eighth-graders in 36 states outperformed the international average. On the other hand, even students in top performing states were significantly outperformed by their counterparts in South Korea, Singapore, and Thailand. I imagine that the results of this study will provide fuel for »

Next Up, Immigration?

Featured image Just when you thought the news from Washington couldn’t get any worse, a reader who is well connected on the Hill writes: We have it on good authority that Congressmen Cantor and Ryan are determined to pivot to immigration just as soon as a budget agreement is reached. It will be a short-term budget agreement, so if Republicans and conservatives are smart, they can achieve a double-whammy by avoiding default »

Open defiance pays off for deported “Dreamers”

Featured image In its early years, the Obama administration was fairly active in deporting illegal immigrants. But in the summer of 2012, with the election looming, Obama granted unilateral administrative immunity to a large class of illegal aliens who came to this country at a young age. Most observers expected, I think that many deported aliens who would not have been removed under current Obama administration policy would attempt to sneak back »

Rep. Goodlatte keeps hope alive for comprehensive immigration reform [UPDATED]

Featured image Rep. Bob Goodlatte is chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. He has come under fire from conservatives who oppose amnesty-style immigration reform for signaling his desire to bring a series of immigration bills to the House floor as early as next month. One such bill reportedly could make it possible for illegal immigrants to obtain legal status and to apply for citizenship through existing channels, as opposed to providing a »

The Racial Solidarity Case for Immigration “Reform”

Featured image Immigration “reform” has something to do with amnesty for the 11 million or so who are now here illegally, but it has a great deal more to do with drastically increasing the future flow of legal immigrants. The Senate’s bill would authorize tens of millions of new immigrants over and above present levels, almost all of them–contrary to breathless news accounts of Mark Zuckerberg’s lobbying–low-skill. Why would anyone consider this »

A Minnesota connection to the Nairobi attack?

Featured image Minnesota is home to the largest Somali community in the United States, numbering at least 32,000. If it takes a village, we have a couple. Yet we know amazingly little about the Somali community, probably because we are afraid to ask the relevant questions. We know they are mostly Muslim — we can see the hijabs, we are familiar with the many local controversies to which their faith has given »

Immigration “Reform” Looks Dead In the House [with comment by Paul]

Featured image The Obama administration has been attacking us on so many fronts that it is hard to keep up. One of the most threatening is immigration “reform,” which, as enacted by the Senate, would authorize tens of millions of new, low-skill immigrants, devastate America’s working class, and remake the electorate in a manner that would ensure Democratic Party dominance for decades to come. One might think that such destructive legislation has »

If the Lights of L.A. County Were Diamonds In the Sky…

Featured image …they still wouldn’t be enough to pay the tab for the county’s illegal immigrants. County Supervisor Michael Antonovich announced the latest figures yesterday: A projected $650 million in welfare benefits will be distributed to illegal alien parents in 2013, county officials said Monday. Approximately $54 million in welfare payments are issued each month, consisting of nearly $20 million in CalWORKs and $34 million in food stamp issuances, according to the »

Companies Lay Off Thousands, Then Demand Immigration “Reform”

Featured image Byron York makes an excellent point: the very companies that are aggressively lobbying for immigration “reform,” which means importing tens of millions of new immigrants, overwhelmingly low-skilled, having been laying off many thousands of already-existing Americans: On Tuesday, the chief human resources officers of more than 100 large corporations sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urging quick passage of a comprehensive immigration reform »