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Handcuffed Cops Have Low Morale

By Mark Krikorian, December 10, 2014

Guess which agency's employees have the lowest job satisfaction in the government. Here's a hint: It's the one whose employees are prohibited from doing their jobs. Read more...

Amnesty Requires Immigration Cuts

By Mark Krikorian, December 9, 2014

I sincerely hope the next Congress will succeed in stopping Obama's lawless amnesty (though it's far from clear the GOP leadership is fully invested in doing so). Apart from the blatant Caesarism of Obama's decrees, we shouldn't even be considering amnesty until the tools are fully in place to prevent another wave of illegal settlement. Instead, Obama is actually dismantling enforcement. Read more...

Laws Emanate from the White House Now

By Mark Krikorian, November 21, 2014

Obama's speech announcing his immigration diktat was the usual pabulum: "our immigration system is broken," can't let illegals "remain in the shadows," "commonsense middle-ground approach," blah, blah, blah. If I didn't have to go on TV right afterwards, I would have played a drinking game. Read more...

Bush Precedent for Obama Amnesty? Not Even Close

By Mark Krikorian, November 19, 2014

Thursday night the president will announce more details about his long-promised unilateral immigration decrees. Supporters of the president have been claiming that an executive action by President George H.W. Bush in 1990 is a precedent for Obama's sweeping measures. I argued yesterday at National Review Online , that the 1990 grant of the equivalent of deferred action to spouses and minor children of certain IRCA amnesty beneficiaries was not a precedent because – among other reasons – it was so much smaller. (It was called "voluntary departure" – only in the immigration business can "departure" mean that you get to stay.) Read more...

A Vote for a Long-Term Budget Is a Vote for Amnesty

By Mark Krikorian, November 13, 2014

Fox News reported last night possible details of the president’s lawless immigration plans. The ten-point plan, which could be announced as early as next Friday, includes work permits for up to 4.5 million illegal aliens, an expansion of the earlier lawless DACA amnesty (covering perhaps another 300,000 illegals), and pulling the plug on the Secure Communities program (which runs the fingerprints of arrested suspects through DHS databases at the same time they’re checked by the FBI). These are all demands of Obama’s leftist and ethnic-chauvinist constituencies; what the corporate interests get is a unilateral increase in job-related green cards, by illegally exempting dependents from the numerical caps. The plan would also give a raise to ICE officers to “increase morale,” as though that’s the reason for the despair among law-enforcement officers prohibited by their political superiors from enforcing the law. Read more...

70 Percent of Illegals Released by ICE Don’t Appear for Follow-up Appointments

By Mark Krikorian, September 26, 2014

Immigration and Customs Enforcement released thousands of illegal-alien families from this summer’s border surge – the large majority of those who were apprehended – with instructions to report to the particular ICE office at their final destination. DHS has repeatedly refused to say how many of them actually show up as directed.

Well, the AP secured a recording of "a confidential meeting at its [ICE's] Washington headquarters with immigration advocates" where ICE acknowledged that 70 percent of those released "never showed up weeks later for follow-up appointments." Read more...

Uncle Sam Wants Illegal Aliens for the U.S. Army

By Mark Krikorian, September 26, 2014

The Pentagon announced yesterday that certain illegal aliens would be permitted to join the military. Specifically, people with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) "temporary" amnesty can apply for the MAVNI program (Military Accessions in the National Interest). The program is for legal foreigners who don't have green cards (mainly foreign students or workers) who speak certain rare languages or have specialized medical training. Read more...

How About Just Paying Them More?

By Mark Krikorian, September 17, 2014

Maria Shriver is helping Marriott hotels avoid raising the pay for its housekeepers.

Perhaps fearing that the minimum-wage campaign directed at fast-food restaurants will turn its red and fiery eye toward hotels, Marriott has teamed up with Shriver and her group A Woman's Nation, to launch a campaign dubbed "The Envelope Please." It will "put envelopes in hotel rooms to encourage tipping" at Marriott's various brands, including Courtyard, Residence Inn, J.W. Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, and Renaissance hotels. The hotel chain is even suggesting how much to tip: "Marriott International CEO Arne Sorenson says $1 to $5 per night, depending on room rate, with more for a high-priced suite." Read more...

How Big Is 'Real Big' for Lawless Amnesty?

By Mark Krikorian, September 9, 2014

Harry Reid is urging President Obama to "go real big" when he decrees his lawless amnesty after the election. This echoes a comment made to BuzzFeed over the weekend by Angela Kelley, head of immigration policy at the Center for American Progress: Read more...

What If They WERE Refugees?

By Mark Krikorian, July 22, 2014

The party line of the anti-borders Left regarding the "unaccompanied" minors surging across the border into South Texas is that they're "refugees" fleeing violence and persecution, like Syrians in Turkey or Somalis in Kenya. (This description is extended to the rest of the flow, as well, since the ostensibly unaccompanied make up well under half of the surge.) This is why they describe it as primarily a humanitarian issue not amenable to a law-enforcement response.

While Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador are indeed unsavory places, there's no honest disputing at this point that the flow was generated by Obama's five-year record of gutting immigration law. But let's take the anti-borders crowd at its word and accept for the sake of argument that the Central Americans represent a refugee flow.

They still should be turned away. Read more...

Locked in Immigration Limbo

By Mark Krikorian, July 18, 2014

Fred Bauer has a thoughtful piece at National Review Online that's worth reading. He describes the dangers of today's condition of "bad-faith open borders," where "illegal immigrants are de jure rejected but de facto accepted."

One issue he didn't address was why we're in that situation. The reason for it is the same reason we have so much trouble achieving "sustainable harmony" (as he put it) on immigration: Each side sees the current stalemate as preferable to letting the other side prevail. Read more...

Why Did the Senate's Amnesty/Immigration-Surge Bill Fail?

By Mark Krikorian, June 27, 2014

Today is the one-year anniversary of Senate passage of S.744, the Schumer-Rubio bill that would have doubled legal immigration and guest workers, legalized the bulk of the illegal-alien population, and promised better enforcement in the future. Now that even Representative Luis Gutierrez, the loudest cheerleader in the House for "comprehensive immigration reform," has admitted that the push for amnesty and increased immigration is dead — at least for now — it's worth considering why it died. Read more...

The Wages of Amnesty, Pt. 2

By Mark Krikorian, June 16, 2014

You want to know what would happen if we were to pass something like the Schumer-Rubio amnesty-before-enforcement bill? Take a look at South Texas, where nearly 50,000 unaccompanied juveniles (most of them 15- to 17-year-old boys) have been apprehended by the Border Patrol so far this year, with perhaps 140,000 expected next year. And the number of families with children is even larger. They're coming in response to this administration's various de facto amnesties for illegal aliens and its permissive enforcement practices. Passage of Schumer-Rubio would turn the dial up to eleven. Read more...

The Wages of Amnesty, Pt. 1

By Mark Krikorian, June 16, 2014

Critics of the president's illegal DREAM amnesty (known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA) warned that it would create backlogs for legal immigrants. As the result of administrative fiat in 2012 rather than actual, you know, law, no funds could be appropriated to run it, meaning immigration officers who would otherwise be processing legal immigration paperwork were pulled off that and assigned to amnestying the 500,000-plus illegal aliens who claim to have arrived before their 16th birthday. Read more...

View from the Border

By Mark Krikorian, June 12, 2014

I received the following e-mail from a Texas state official who recently toured the border area where the mass crossings are taking place. This is an excerpt from his note (he asked that his name be withheld): Read more...

Is the Obama Administration Capable of Stopping the DREAM Deluge at the Border?

By Mark Krikorian, June 10, 2014

An editorial today at National Review Online notes that word has passed through the grapevine back to Central America that women and children who infiltrate across the border are let go, and that "The only way to stanch the flow is to change such expectations." But I wonder if this administration is capable of doing what it takes. I don't mean whether the tools exist, but rather whether the decision makers are ideologically or even psychologically up to the task. Read more...

Texans Deliver Another Blow to the Open-Borders Corporate Right

By Mark Krikorian, June 9, 2014

On the heels of last month's primary election defeats for establishment Republicans in Texas, the state party's biennial convention has toughened its platform's immigration plank. Read more...

Cantor: These Are My Immigration Principles. If You Don’t Like Them, I Have Others

By Mark Krikorian, May 30, 2014

House majority leader Eric Cantor's attempt to have it both ways on amnesty is starting to give him a political headache. His little-known and underfunded primary challenger, economics professor Dave Brat, is starting to gain traction for the June 10 election by highlighting the contradictions between Cantor's pro-amnesty record in Washington and his campaign messaging.

Cantor recently sent out this mailer to voters in his district: Read more...

Least Convincing Immigration Sob Story Ever

By Mark Krikorian, May 28, 2014

Tuesday's New York Times featured "Advocates Seek to Make Courthouses Off Limits for Immigration Officials", a tale of the immigration agent's boot stamping on the immigrant's face forever. Except that the advocates in question apparently couldn't find a suitable protagonist, because the one they offered up to the Times reporter doesn't evoke a lot of sympathy. Here's how it starts: Read more...

Laughable Amnesty Polling, Politico Edition

By Mark Krikorian, May 19, 2014

They just keep coming. Politico has a story on its own poll crowing that "GOP voters back immigration reform." They asked "likely voters in competitive U.S. House and Senate races" questions on a variety of issues, including this one: "Do you support or oppose comprehensive immigration reform?" Seventy-one percent said they support it, including 64 percent of Republicans.

I'm sorry, but this is a joke. Read more...

Immigration Enforcement Priorities

By Mark Krikorian, May 8, 2014

I was among a small group of immigration hawks who met with Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson yesterday. (He met separately with family members of Americans killed by illegal aliens, including from The Remembrance Project.) Read more...

Statute of Limitations for Illegal Immigration?

By Mark Krikorian, May 8, 2014

Republicans like Paul Ryan, Jeb Bush, Grover Norquist, et al. who insist that the House GOP pass Chuck Schumer's amnesty bill are saying that Obama can be trusted to enforce whatever new immigration laws we come up with. As if there weren't already abundant evidence of the absurdity of such trust, a Buzzfeed story adds to the pile. Read more...

Yes, We Can - Make Cesar Chavez’s Birthday National Border Control Day

By Mark Krikorian, March 31, 2014

My piece today at National Review Online calls for every March 31 to be observed as National Border Control Day, in honor of Cesar Chavez's commitment to tight borders (it's his birthday). In it I mentioned the new biopic about him. The movie itself wasn't bad, in a basketball-team-from-the-wrong-side-of-the-tracks-wins-the-big-game kind of way. (Many of the reviews were less generous.) Read more...

Why Not Just Get Rid of the Immigration Law Altogether?

By Mark Krikorian, March 28, 2014

The former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, John Sandweg, published an op-ed this week calling, in effect, for the abolition of immigration law.

Sandweg, a criminal defense attorney and Arizona crony of Janet Napolitano, wrote in relation to President Obama's directive that ICE reexamine enforcement policies with an eye toward making them more "humane." To that end, he says ICE "should eliminate 'non-criminal re-entrants and immigration fugitives' as a priority category for deportation." Read more...

Defining Achievement Down, Amnesty Edition

By Mark Krikorian, February 18, 2014

Amnesty-pushers staged some protest theater in front of the White House Monday, arranging with the Secret Service to get arrested to highlight their demands that President Obama unilaterally (and illegally) stop deporting illegal aliens, as well as legal immigrants who've committed crimes. The event itself — sponsored by the National Day Laborer Organizing Network for its Not One More Deportation campaign — was barely worthy of notice, but the news coverage was amusing. Read more...

Legal Immigrants Go to the Back of the Line

By Mark Krikorian, February 10, 2014

When the president announced his administrative DREAM Act amnesty (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA), skeptics warned that the illegal program would results in delays for people with legal immigration applications in the pipeline. Those concerns were ignored by the administration because the initiative was a campaign stunt to boost Hispanic turnout and had to be implemented before the election regardless of the consequences. Read more...

Amnesty's Not Dead Yet. It'll Soon Be Feeling Better.

By Mark Krikorian, February 6, 2014

House Speaker John Boehner's statement seeming to walk back a little from his commitment to push amnesty and increased immigration probably is a sign of resistance in the GOP caucus, but this isn't over. Chuck Schumer's reaction, for instance, suggests it's just a head fake: "I'm not thrown back by it." Read more...

Immigration: The Dog that Didn’t Bark

By Mark Krikorian, January 29, 2014

In the short story "Silver Blaze" there's the following exchange between Sherlock Holmes and a Scotland Yard detective:

Gregory : "Is there any other point to which you would wish to draw my attention?"

Holmes: "To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time."

Gregory: "The dog did nothing in the night-time."

Holmes: "That was the curious incident."

In other words, the guard dog didn't bark because he was friendly with the culprit.

On immigration, Obama's State of the Union address last night was the dog that didn't bark. He said almost nothing on it; out of nearly 7,000 words, the immigration paragraph contained fewer than 200 and was devoid of substance: "fix our broken immigration system," "fulfill their dreams," "Let's get it done. It's time." What's more, Obama didn't single out for recognition any of the illegal aliens invited by the White House and Democratic congressmen to attend. Read more...

The Fake Argument Against Immigration Enforcement First

By Mark Krikorian, January 28, 2014

Greg Sargent writes that you'll know the Republicans are serious about passing an immigration bill if the long-promised "principles" permit the legalization of the illegal population before the achievement of enforcement benchmarks. In other words, Enforcement First is flatly unacceptable, and enforcement triggers may only be related to the potential upgrade of amnesty recipients to full green-card status, not the initial grant of legal status. He quotes Frank Sharry, the Professor Moriarty at the center of the web of open-borders lobbying, on why amnesty must precede enforcement: Read more...

Defining Immigration Deviancy Down

By Mark Krikorian, January 2, 2014

The ruling that an unlawful immigrant can be admitted to the practice of law in California is the kind of thing that will light up talk-show switchboards, and rightly so. But beyond the Bizarro World nature of the decision is a broader issue. Read more...