Immigration

What the illegals understand

Featured image What is the reason for the wave of Central American illegals infiltrating the United States through the Rio Grande Valley in the past few years? It’s past time to get a clue, as the wave shows no signs of abating. I think the wave reflects an astute understanding of our immigration law and of the enforcement preferences of the Obama administration (they’d prefer not to). Brian Bennett’s intensely reported Los »

Sessions Warns Of “Threat to the Foundations of Our Constitutional Republic”

Featured image President Obama’s deliberate subversion of the nation’s immigration laws is one of his administration’s gravest failures. Yesterday, Senator Jeff Sessions had this letter hand-delivered to every member of Congress. While Sessions mentions in passing the president’s current request for billions of dollars in funding for the most recent wave of illegal immigrants, his broader point is that Congress must stand up to the administration’s lawlessness: Sen. Sessions Dear Colleague PDF »

Ten days that shook the United States

Featured image I took a look back at the current crisis of illegal Central American minors in the Weekly Standard article “Disorder at the border,” published this past Friday in the new issue of the magazine. In retrospect, I think that the events of the preceding days fixed these issues in the public mind and culminated in President Obama’s notable address following his meeting in Dallas with Governor Perry. Obama had resisted »

Crossing muddy waters

Featured image A link from the Drudge Report seems to have put the indefatigable Jim Hoft out of commission temporarily; Drudge linked to Jim’s Gateway Pundit post highlighting a paragraph buried in Jana Winter’s FOX News report “Endless wave of illegal immigrants floods Rio Grande Valley.” Winter reports that the bodies of infants have been found washing up on the banks of the Rio Grande: The Border Patrol agents loaded and unloaded »

Obama to open-border types: In another life, I’d be on your side

Featured image Two weeks ago, President Obama met with advocates for illegal immigrants to discuss the current border crisis. According to Marshall Fitz, immigration policy director at the Center for American Progress, Obama, the former community organizer, told the group that “in another life, I’d be on the other side of the table.” Once again, we see Obama the opportunistic autobiographer. This is a man who published his autobiography (albeit partly fictitious) »

True “dreamers” flip the immigration debate

Featured image We’ve heard plenty over the past few years about “the dreamers,” young people who were brought into this country illegally by their parents and who, many argue, should be treated as if they were born here. These immigrants have dreams, to be sure, just as most young people in America do. But they also have it pretty good; they have grown up with most of the benefits of living in »

Obama’s America — unreliable for any good purpose

Featured image We have written several times about the logjam on visas for foreign interpreters who served our military during Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The logjam has been particularly egregious for Afghan interpreters. Even Democrats are appalled. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said last year: We have to keep our promise to individuals who risked their lives serving alongside our troops. Failing to act puts lives at further risk and hurts our credibility around »

“Where Can I Get Asylum?”

Featured image That was the anguished question asked by an African-American woman from Baltimore on the Laura Ingraham radio show this morning. It ties in directly with this post from last night. Tony Lee at Breitbart.com writes: On Friday’s Laura Ingraham Show, Elaine, a black woman from Baltimore, expressed her outrage that President Barack Obama is putting the interests of illegal immigrant children above those of American citizens. Though the number of »

Rick Perry’s moment

Featured image The crisis at our southern border, coupled with President Obama’s visit to Texas, has propelled Rick Perry back into the limelight. And Perry has made the most of this unexpected opportunity. Perry would like to be known nationally for more than his embarrassing run for president during the last cycle. In the words of this article from Buzz Feed, the border crisis has enabled him “to be out in front »

Clamp of the ain’ts

Featured image On Monday the Weekly Standard invited me to take a look at our border crisis featuring unaccompanied Central American minors. The new issue of the Standard, out this morning, carries my article “Disorder at the border.” I have to thank editor Bill Kristol for the invitation and assistant managing editor Kelly Jane Torrance for reworking my draft into publishable form. Within a limited space I did my best to trace »

At the Border, Contradictions Are Heightened

Featured image African-Americans have suffered more than anyone else from the Obama administration’s economic policies, and if 30 million more unskilled laborers are imported, as the Democratic Party wants, African-Americans again will bear the brunt of the invasion. Some of them have figured that out. So there have been some interesting confrontations over the current importation of Central American “children” by the Obama administration. The debate below took place at Murietta, California, »

Straw men at the border

Featured image President Obama traveled to Texas today for some big-buck fundraisers with filthy rich supporters. He declined to visit the border that is the source of the flood of unaccompanied Central American minors that he has done absolutely nothing to stanch. Judging by his actions, he wants to keep them coming. Obama was shamed into holding a couple of meetings that included Governor Perry. USA Today’s Rick Jervis reports on the »

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 »