James R. Edwards Jr.'s blog

Islam as Ideology – and Its Exclusion

By James R. Edwards Jr., January 10, 2016

Just as in medicine, getting the diagnosis right is half the battle. So is it with immigration policies relating to Muslims. This will enable U.S. officials to prescribe the right cure: ideological exclusion.

Former State Department official John Bolton has recently compared the United States' and the West's conflict with Soviet Communism to the present U.S. and Western conflict with radical Islam. It's a compelling comparison: Read more...

Finally, a Prominent Christian Journal Prints Some Sense on Immigration

By James R. Edwards Jr., December 7, 2015

A thoughtful article in the December 2015 Christian journal First Things, "Two Theories of Immigration" by Mark R. Amstutz, is well worth the read. The political scientist at Wheaton College takes a fair, well-researched, considered look at the two prevailing philosophies informing immigration views today, "cosmopolitanism" and "communitarianism". These align, respectively, with globalism or post-Americanism, on the one hand, and, on the other, with valuing the nation-state as the best way in this world to obtain both individual rights and rule of law. Read more...

Party of the (Would-Be) Working American?

By James R. Edwards Jr., November 5, 2014

The 2014 election season has shown that a stance of putting our fellow countrymen first by reducing legal immigration toward traditional levels is a welcome breath of fresh air to the voters. But the future is wide open for either party to take the high moral ground and win the allegiance of hurting Americans who would love to have full-time work. Read more...

It's Job Opportunity, Stupid

By James R. Edwards Jr., November 3, 2014

The 2014 congressional election campaigns can teach politicians something about the immigration issue: It's not enough merely to oppose "amnesty" or executive end-runs. And it's abject recklessness to promise special interests vastly more of this or that visa or pander to ethnic voting blocs about increasing legal immigration.

Even Bush's open-borders advisor Karl Rove has flip-flopped on his dogmatic pro-amnesty pipe dream for GOP political sustainability, at least as a campaign tactic, for now. His American Crossroads is using amnesty as a hammer against liberal candidates who favor it. Read more...

Presumptive Duplicity with Obamacare

By James R. Edwards Jr., August 5, 2014

Have you heard about President Obama's illegal immigration scandal?

Not the one where Central Americans are surging over the border with the administration's tacit approval. The scandal I'm referring to is the wholesale enrollment of illegal aliens in Obamacare. You may recall the president averring before a joint meeting of Congress in 2009 that this would never happen. Read more...

A Mess of the Administration's Making

By James R. Edwards Jr., June 25, 2014

The tidal wave of illegal alien young people that's buffeting our southern border seems to be nothing other than a "crisis" of the Obama administration's own making. What would you expect to happen, given the clear pro-amnesty signals and unilateral disarmament perpetrated by this administration for more than five years? Read more...

H1-B Visa Leaves Americans on the Sidelines

By James R. Edwards Jr., April 15, 2014

Two notable economists have highlighted what's making it tougher on middle-aged Americans to land jobs. Irwin Stelzer, writing for the Weekly Standard, and Robert Samuelson, columnist for the Washington Post, show how, despite high unemployment levels for Americans in their 40s, 50s, and 60s, corporate elites would rather import cheap foreign labor to systematically displace these available American workers, who bring tremendous experience, insight, and wisdom to the table. Read more...

Unlike Their Leaders, Christian Laity Are Wise as Serpents, Yet Innocent as Doves on Immigration

By James R. Edwards Jr., March 4, 2014

If you've suspected that the elites heading Big Religion, who push so hard for mass amnesty, are out of touch with their parishioners, you're absolutely right. The leadership of many evangelical denominations (plus the Catholic Church) lacks a flock when it comes to immigration issues. More importantly, the leaders seem farther removed from sound scriptural teachings.

The immigration-reduction group NumbersUSA recently released an opinion poll of evangelical Christians. The survey, conducted by Pulse Opinion Research of 1,000 evangelicals who are likely voters, was unveiled at the National Religious Broadcasters convention in Nashville. Read more...

Immigration Reform Principles Worth Considering

By James R. Edwards Jr., January 27, 2014

House Republican leaders seem hell-bent on forcing through amnesty for illegal aliens. They have been huddling with open-borders apologists — big-government liberal ethnic advocates masquerading as conservatives — to come up with "principles" that will supposedly inform their immigration legislative agenda. These principles are expected to be unveiled at the House Republican retreat later this week and begin the marketing campaign to sell their rank and file on going along with mass amnesty. Read more...

Illegal Alien Heads Obamacare Navigator Program in NYC

By James R. Edwards Jr., October 15, 2013

Now that the Obamacare health insurance "exchanges" are live, experiencing technical difficulties, and facing growing scrutiny for risking Americans' privacy, Americans concerned about just where their hard-earned tax dollars are going might want to know more about Obamacare "navigators." Hint: They don't carry maps and compasses, and they aren't carefully vetted government agents, though their groups are collecting millions in taxpayer money. Some of the navigators are illegal aliens themselves. Read more...

Soros-Backed Sojourners Pontificates for Amnesty

By James R. Edwards Jr., August 12, 2013

Jim Wallis, the head of the politically leftist "evangelical" organization Sojourners, has penned an op-ed that the L.A. Times ran. Wallis's op-ed claims biblical "compassion" requires Christian lawmakers to enact amnesty. He liberally employs the term, playing on emotions and sob stories from illegal aliens. He cites a recent Washington fly-in of 300 "evangelical Christians" who met with 110 legislative offices, mostly Republicans. Read more...

Warning: Backing Amnesty Is Bad for Your Political Health

By James R. Edwards Jr., August 5, 2013

A headline from Bloomberg really stretches the story into the spin-and-fiction zone. The "news" item claims "Yes Votes on Immigration Revamp Haven't Hurt Republicans". Believe that and you're a gullible dolt. Believe that as a politician and you may find yourself an ex-politician. Read more...

Front Group Pushing Amnesty Hired Illegal Organizer

By James R. Edwards Jr., August 2, 2013

One of the groups advocating for mass amnesty, including the grotesque Senate-passed S.744, is a labor union front group called the Restaurant Opportunities Center. ROC is pursuing loopholes in Obamacare to give taxpayer-funded health care to illegal aliens.

ROC, it turns out, deserves special opprobrium for not only advocating on behalf of illegal aliens, but for employing a prominent one, apparently knowingly. Making ROC even more detestable, ROC collects federal funds, which essentially frees up its own bucks for its offices in Washington and elsewhere. More on the federal dole later. Read more...

Double Standard in Obamacare Favors Illegals

By James R. Edwards Jr., July 8, 2013

The Obama administration is rushing to get its signature health law implemented — and it treats illegal aliens better than native-born Americans. Starting in 2014, key elements of Obamacare take effect, including the individual mandate to have health insurance or else pay a fine. Read more...

Open-Borders Religious Front Loses Prominent Member

By James R. Edwards Jr., June 25, 2013

Like the scales falling from the Apostle Paul's eyes, a prominent member of the Evangelical Immigration Table has distanced himself from the front group after learning of its funding by liberal atheist billionaire George Soros through the open-borders National Immigration Forum.

Eric Metaxas, who penned stellar biographies of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and William Wilberforce, has cut his ties to the NIF's project that gives the impression Christians broadly support mass amnesty and the Senate amnesty bill in particular. Read more...

Quick Look at Some of the Corker-Hoeven Amendment's Many Flaws

By James R. Edwards Jr., June 24, 2013

A document circulating on the Hill highlights some of the Corker-Hoeven substitute amendment's worst provisions. The amendment leaves in place the basic structure of the Schumer-Rubio amnesty: mass amnesty first, real enforcement never.

The gory details include:

Hoeven-Corker Amendment and the Pelosi Rule

By James R. Edwards Jr., June 23, 2013

It's ba-ack! The ugliest, most monstrous procedure of legislative sausage making is now being employed by senators on both sides of the aisle. They're resurrecting this approach to hurry a vote on a major, humongous amendment to a major, controversial bill.

Then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (R-Calif.) infamously said of the Obamacare legislation that lawmakers needed to rush to "pass the bill so you can find out what's in it". I'm dubbing this the Pelosi Rule — an inadvisable, reckless approach that should never, ever be allowed for justifying the rushed passage of legislation under an arbitrary deadline. Read more...

Soros' Prophets of Baal

By James R. Edwards Jr., June 10, 2013

George Soros' dollars are funding a pep rally for the Senate's obese amnesty bill, S. 744. On Wednesday, while the Senate is expected to be debating the legislation, Soros' pet project, "Bibles, Badges, and Business" (BBB), will gather its modern-day prophets of Baal on Capitol Hill to try to create the impression that Christians, law enforcement, and business owners favor mass amnesty, open borders, and the disadvantaging of American citizens who can't find full-time jobs (rightly known as "the least of these"). Read more...

Senate Neros Fiddling Away

By James R. Edwards Jr., June 7, 2013

Let's state the bottom line about S. 744, the Schumer-Rubio-Obama amnesty bill: This legislation is fundamentally flawed and cannot be amended in any way that makes it acceptable.

The central design of the bill is mass amnesty immediately, enforcement never, gallons of red ink committed to be spent for the rest of the amnesty recipients' and new immigrants' lives, and further opening the floodgates to irresponsible levels of immigration. Read more...

Where Ought Christians Come Down on the Schumer-Rubio-Obama Amnesty?

By James R. Edwards Jr., June 4, 2013

I'm not going to answer the question posed in the headline of this blog. I leave the answer to the consciences of individual Americans who practice the Christian faith, based on how the Holy Spirit guides them according to the Bible's teachings.

What I'm going to do, however, is share four biblical principles I, as a follower of Jesus whose calling has been to the Washington policy arena, have derived for addressing such matters of prudential judgment. I'll apply those criteria to the amnesty issue and the bill presently before the Senate, S.744. Read more...

Whistling Past the Fiscal Graveyard

By James R. Edwards Jr., June 3, 2013

Some amnesty proponents on the right have made the ludicrous suggestion that we somehow can wave a magic wand and reduce the U.S. welfare state. That, they suggest, would reduce the humongous costs of amnesty to our country and American taxpayers. Well, don't hold your breath for this cost liability reduction to happen. Read more...

Here Comes the Judge

By James R. Edwards Jr., May 7, 2013

The federal judge hearing the ICE agents' case against President Obama's de facto amnesty through executive fiat is proceeding at the very same time the U.S. Senate is considering a massive amnesty bill that includes the DREAM amnesty for those who claim to have come to the country as young children.

It's also interesting that so far the judge has ruled in the agents' favor — and against the administration. A final ruling is expected soon. Read more...

Chain Migration's Health Care Drain

By James R. Edwards Jr., April 24, 2013

Too many mass immigration proponents gloss over the real costs and drain on America's public resources that chain migration causes. And you hardly ever hear a peep in lame-stream news media. A rare exception comes from Bloomberg, in an essay by a Princeton researcher. Read more...

An Echo, Not a Choice?

By James R. Edwards Jr., April 2, 2013

With the GOP establishment rushing off to embrace amnesty, which Republican leaders fancy will win them party allegiance from Latino voters, they stand in danger of returning their party to a mere echo of the Democratic Party. The big question becomes whether the GOP will go the whole distance on other issues. Read more...

Heritage: Amnesty Would Abuse Rule of Law

By James R. Edwards Jr., April 1, 2013

The Heritage Foundation think tank has issued a thoughtful paper that adds much-needed perspective for the cowering Republicans and giddy Democrats rush to enact a massive immigration package.

"Encouraging Lawful Immigration and Discouraging Unlawful Immigration" comes from Heritage's legal shop, so it gives due consideration to the effects of "comprehensive immigration reform" on what was formed to be a sovereign, self-governing, republican nation, a nation of laws and not of men. Read more...

Contrived Prayers for Amnesty

By James R. Edwards Jr., March 26, 2013

"But when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men", Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount. "I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full."

Yet, the modern-day Pharisees belonging to the so-called Evangelical Immigration Table (EIT) have planned a public "day of prayer and action" as a political contrivance. In reality, it's merely a day of political activism in religious camouflage. Read more...

Does Immigration Contribute to Delayed Family Formation?

By James R. Edwards Jr., March 21, 2013

"'Progressives stress the economics, conservatives stress the culture', said [University of Virginia researcher Bradley] Wilcox. 'We say both matter. They both are undercutting the viability of marriage for young adults today.'" Read more...

Sliver of a Silver Lining?

By James R. Edwards Jr., March 19, 2013

The Senate Gang of Eight has apparently considered one sliver of rationality in its daily dose of planning America's national assisted suicide. The sliver of sanity is curbing chain migration. Read more...

Natural Conservatives? Really?

By James R. Edwards Jr., March 11, 2013

Ever heard the claim that Latinos are "natural conservatives"? The person repeating the conventional wisdom of the Beltway apparently hasn't examined the evidence.

That's why, for Republicans, to buy that canard spells disaster. The most recent evidence comes from a new Latino Decisions poll. It shows two-thirds of Latinos support "comprehensive immigration reform" that includes special immigration privileges for foreign-born gays and lesbians. Read more...

Bishops Throwing Another $800K Behind Amnesty Fight

By James R. Edwards Jr., March 6, 2013

Apparently, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is rolling in dough. It's giving $800,000 more to propaganda efforts "aimed at mobilizing regular Catholics to push for the bishops' immigration platforms", i.e., mass legalization and open borders.

That comes on top of the $3.5 million the group has already spent to promote mass amnesty. For some wacky reason, this political money gets labeled "antipoverty" activity. That's really bizarre. And it flies in the face of the facts. Read more...