Illegal immigration

Losing my shoes

Featured image My maternal grandparents were immigrants from Russia. Yiddish was their native language. They reverted to it whenever they didn’t want me to know what they were saying. It made me feel a little unwelcome. My grandfather was welcomed to the United States with a call-up to serve in the Army when the United States entered World War I. He saw battle in France and was proud of his service for »

Our border is gone

Featured image Watching the influx of illegal aliens crossing our southern border daily, a reasonable man might conclude that we are living out the fevered dreams of a dystopian novel. The United States has lost a basic aspect of sovereignty. Control over its borders is a relic of the past. In theory, the president of the United States is legally obligated to see that the laws are faithfully executed. In practice, however, »

Abbott Calls Out the Guard [Updated]

Featured image This could be huge news: Texas Governor Greg Abbott has summoned the National Guard and the Texas Department of Public Safety to repel the invasion of Texas from its southern border. Abbott invokes the Invasion Clauses of the U.S. and Texas Constitutions: I invoked the Invasion Clauses of the U.S. & Texas Constitutions to fully authorize Texas to take unprecedented measures to defend our state against an invasion. I'm using »

Whip this

Featured image David Marcus’s New York Post column reminds me. I meant to note the exposure of the Biden administration’s big lie about the whipping of illegal immigrants by outnumbered border agents last year. The Post runs Marcus’s column with a blow-up of the email exposing the lie and a photograph documenting the underlying incident. It runs a companion news story here. Marcus calls for the departure of DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. »

What’s Happening at the Northern Border?

Featured image Millions of illegal immigrants have streamed across our Southern border over the last year and a half, coming from places like Mexico, Honduras, Venezuela, and various countries in the Middle East. But our northern border–the longest unguarded border in the world, as I learned in elementary school–has never seen many illegal crossings. So this story, which appeared originally on Patch and was picked up by my colleague Bill Glahn, is »

Border disaster by the numbers

Featured image In the New York Post Deroy Murdock compiles “The chilling numbers that reveal the scale of Joe Biden’s border disaster.” He observes that “Democrats are napping peacefully through the US-Mexico ‘border’ crisis they engineered.” He seeks to snap them out of it with the data: The US Department of Homeland Security reports that the Mexican cartels’ income from smuggling illegal migrants into America has soared from $500 million in 2018 »

Mr. Melugin goes to Washington

Featured image “Abolish ICE” became a theme of the fringe left during the Trump administration. I first heard it advocated as public policy by Ilhan Omar in June 2018 as she sought the endorsement of the DFL to succeed Keith Ellison in Congress. President Biden has delivered the functional equivalent of the abolition of ICE. We have opened our southern border. If you watch Fox News, you watch the invasion in real »

“A Doocy on the border”

Featured image Politico’s West Wing Playbook dubs Fox News reporter Bill Melugin “a [Peter] Doocy on the border.” Both Melugin and Doocy defy the White House yen for the love slathered on it approximately everywhere else in the media. I thought readers who haven’t seen this might find it of interest in a variety of respects. Yesterday the Playbook reporters added a footnote via a Democratic source who complained that they had »

Bordering on incoherence

Featured image Why has President Biden opened our southern border? That wasn’t quite the question that he took on his way out the door of his remarks on the DISCLOSE Act yesterday (transcript here), but it was close. He was asked: “On the border, why is the border more overwhelmed under your watch, Mr. President?” Everyone knows that Biden has invited illegal aliens in. That is the answer. Biden, however, regurgitated what »

A record fairly earned

Featured image President Biden and his administration have won bragging rights in opening our southern border to the whole wide world. They have achieved their objective. Indeed, the statistics — which are themselves incomplete and understated — make for a new record. The New York Times puts it this way: “Arrests at Southwestern Border Exceed 2 Million in a Year for the First Time.” The subhead includes the mandatory euphemism: “The historic »

Annals of Liberal Cluelessness, Martha’s Vineyard Edition

Featured image To paraphrase Will Rogers, it’s no trouble being a humorist when you have woke liberals working full time for you for free. Today was one of those days when the staff of the Babylon Bee could sleep in and skip coming to the office, as this CNN story sounds like a Bee parody: ‘They enriched us.’ Migrants’ 44-hour visit leaves indelible mark on Martha’s Vineyard Edgartown, Massachusetts (CNN)After sharing hugs »

An Honest Man Tells It Like It Is

Featured image I have been surprised at how Democrats have responded to Ron DeSantis’s master stroke of sharing a handful of illegal aliens with the rich liberals on Martha’s Vineyard. “All are welcome here”? Not exactly, and the Vineyard turned out not to be much of a sanctuary, either. Yet Dems like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (“crimes against humanity”), Elizabeth Warren (“repulsive and cruel”) and, of course, Joe Biden (“unAmerican”) have doubled down. Is »

When the axis tilts

Featured image The Martha’s Vineyard’s meltdown illustrates the efficacy of a few of Saul Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals. Governors Abbott and DeSantis have put several of Alinsky’s rules in play Among them: • Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules. • Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. • A good tactic is one your people enjoy. • Keep the pressure on. • The price of a successful attack »

When is a protest a stunt?

Featured image Drawing on the White House party line, Politico Playbook PM headlined last night’s edition “GOP govs’ migrant stunts return to center stage.” The reference was of course to the flight of illegal aliens from Florida to Martha’s Vineyard (thanks, Governor DeSantis) and the busing of illegal aliens from Texas to the Vice President’s DC residence at the Naval Observatory (thanks, Governor Abbott). The governors seek to draw attention to the »

Migrants In the Vineyard [Updated]

Featured image The strategy of Greg Abbott and others to send illegal aliens to sanctuary cities around the country was a stroke of genius. Not that it was original: for at least the last five or six years, a friend has been emailing me to the effect that illegals should be sent to Marin County, Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco mansion, and, above all, Martha’s Vineyard. That, he said, would bring the open »

The GOP Learning How to Fight (Updated)

Featured image When I first saw a NY Times headline yesterday that read “This Jellyfish Can Live Forever,” I thought it was about Republican office holders. But no, it refers to the real ocean-going invertebrates passively borne along by the currents, though it is easy to see how one might be misled, since this oceanographic description applies fully to Beltway Republicans so much of the time. And when I saw the headline that »

Abbott refutes Harris

Featured image FOX News reports: “2 migrant buses arrive outside Vice President Kamala Harris’ Naval Observatory residence in DC.” Subhead: “Between 75 and 100 migrants who were picked up in Eagle Pass, Texas, were sent by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.” Video is posted with the story. In her Meet the Press interview this past Sunday, Harris asserted twice that “the border is secure.” Governor Abbott has thus refuted Harris. Readers of The »