Bloomberg Lowers the Boom

Featured image Michael Bloomberg is out in the New York Times yesterday with a bracing article about the  catastrophe that is our immigration asylum system. Despite his best attempt to blame Trump and claim this is a bipartisan failure, it is on the whole a blistering attack on the Biden Administration: The Biden administration has failed to address the steep price many cities are paying for a system they didn’t create and »

Gov Abbott Reacts to Biden’s ‘Remain in Texas’ Proposal

Featured image After preliminary data showed the number of migrants entering the U.S. illegally had hit an all-time high last month, three U.S. officials told the Los Angeles Times the Biden administration is considering a plan to force some illegal migrants to remain in Texas “while awaiting asylum screening, effectively limiting their ability to travel within the U.S.” According to the Times, “Supporters of the remain-in-Texas idea, which has yet to be »

Panic Over the Border at the White House?

Featured image Never mind the latest polls showing Trump running even or ahead of Biden in a head-to-head matchup which are causing political panic among Democrats. More immediate is the rebellion of blue states and blue cities against Biden’s open borders policy, as related yesterday. This is shaping up as a political disaster for Democrats. So what is Biden going to do about it? Close the border! Finally! Oh, wait—he’s going to »

NYC Mayor Adams: Trump Was Right About the Border

Featured image The headline isn’t strictly accurate, but remember when Trump or some Trumpster supposedly said uncontrolled immigration would lead to a taco truck on every corner? Well, New York’s hapless Mayor Adams, who presides over a virtuous “sanctuary city,” now says that continued uncontrolled arrival of migrants will “destroy New York City” and its surrounding suburbs, which is implicit confirmation of Trump’s immigration stand in 2016. He and other Democrats whose »

Right-Wing Surge In EU Elections?

Featured image Breitbart reviews polling on next year’s EU parliamentary elections, which suggests significant conservative gains across the continent: Polling has projected populist and conservative-leaning blocs to make significant gains in the next European Union parliamentary elections, as support for centrist parties wanes in the wake of growing discontent over failures on immigration and the green agenda. Those are the two issues that dominate European politics: both wide-open immigration and “green” energy »

What’s the Matter With Sweden?

Featured image The following story was related to me by a former Governor of Minnesota, who was of Norwegian descent. A number of years ago, a Norwegian dignitary (the Prime Minister, I think) visited Minnesota. Talking to our governor, the Prime Minister tut-tutted about Minnesota’s crime rate, saying that there was much less crime in Norway. Minnesota’s governor replied, “We don’t have a crime problem with our Norwegians, either.” That anecdote came »

The Immigration Disaster, New York Edition

Featured image Of all the Biden administration’s failures, its abandonment of the Southern border ranks near the top. No one knows exactly how many people from around the world have entered the country illegally since Biden took office, but the number is in the millions. The burden has now spread outward from the border states to places like New York City, now home to around 60,000 “refugees.” The Daily Mail has an »

The Judiciary vs. The People

Featured image We’ve noted here how court decisions have curtailed the ability of local governments to control homelessness (by voiding local no-camping-on-the-streets ordinances) and other measures, and likewise the judiciary has limited what the federal and state governments can do to limit illegal immigration. Today a federal district court judge in Oakland, CA, struck down the Biden Administration’s already weak enforcement of asylum rules that required someone seeking asylum to apply first »

Reflections on the riots in France (2)

Featured image Last week I quoted from Christopher Caldwell’s Reflections on the Revolution in Europe and its discussion of the 2005 riots to provide what I thought was useful background on the current riots. Caldwell also has an excellent essay on the current state of French politics in the current issue of the Claremont Review of Books. I would guess this must have been written three or more months ago, but it »

The Immigration Farce Beyond the Border

Featured image Everyone knows we have no border security or meaningful screening at the southern border. But it’s worse than you think. Suppose you are a jihadi in Afghanistan wanting to come to the United States for some kind of nefarious purpose, but you can’t get yourself to our southern border for some reason. Instead you decide to apply for a visa of some kind. In that case you’ll need to fill »

Miss Iraq Runs for Office

Featured image We last saw Sarah Idan when she was Miss Iraq in the 2017 Miss Universe pageant. She made international news when Miss Israel posted a photo of the two of them on Instagram, with kind words about Ms. Idan. That caused predictable blowback in the Arab world, causing Idan to issue an apology in Arabic. It wasn’t enough; her Iraqi citizenship was revoked and her family fled to another country. »

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 »

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 »

Roberts rules

Featured image Can the left amp up the hysteria past 11 to 12 or 13? The Supreme Court ruled against the EPA this morning in a 6-3 decision written by Chief Justice Roberts. The case is West Virginia v. EPA. Politico offers this brief summary: The Supreme Court dealt a major blow to President Joe Biden’s climate strategy, ruling that the Environmental Protection Agency has only limited authority to regulate carbon dioxide »

Redistribution, illegal alien edition

Featured image The Biden administration has worked a new twist in the Democrats’ mania for redistribution. However, this scheme is to be conducted in private. Attention is not to be paid. It is a big secret. The New York Post’s Miranda Devine has been on the case for a while. In her New York Post column today she adds a dose of media criticism. A subhead in the column aptly describes the »

Progressivism As Criminal Enterprise

Featured image This essay by David Horowitz is a follow-up to Understanding the Progressive Mind. In a previous article, I explained that “progressivism is a criminal mentality.” By progressivism, I mean every political philosophy that regards itself as “revolutionary,” or “transformative,” that describes itself as socialist, communist, fascist or jihadist – or that believes “the moral arc of the universe bends towards justice.” The belief that history is marching towards justice is »

Two borders that have nothing to do with each other

Featured image Some of the rhetoric in the debate over Ukraine policy seems wildly disproportionate to actual disagreement on the subject. I don’t know of any Ukraine “hawk” who advocates sending U.S. forces into battle against Russia, if it invades. I don’t know any who advocates admitting Ukraine to NATO in the near future. The “hawks” want severe sanctions if Russia invades. In addition, they support moving a relatively small number of »