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By Mark Krikorian, July 7, 2008

Immigration vigilance is vital to national security! Who knew?

In the six-and-a-half years that the U.S. government has been fingerprinting insurgents, detainees and ordinary people in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa, hundreds have turned out to share an unexpected background, FBI and military officials said. They have criminal arrest records in the United States.

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Fish or Cut Bait

By Mark Krikorian, July 2, 2008

As the National Guard deployment on the border comes to an end, an article in Military Review (a journal published by the Army) looks at what the Army's experience along the Mexican border in 1915-1917 (Pancho Villa and all that) might teach us about today. (The pdf is here.) The author, a professor at the Army staff college at Ft. Leavenworth, concludes sensibly that: Read more...

Baiting McCain

By Mark Krikorian, June 30, 2008

Since McCain and Obama have identical views on immigration, I used to think that the issue wouldn't come up much in the general election campaign, just like in 2000 and 2004. But after their respective speeches to NALEO this week (the Sunday Post had a roundup piece) and watching Emanuel and Pawlenty trading barbs Sunday morning on "This Week," I see that I was wrong. It looks like Obama will be bringing the issue up repeatedly, accusing McCain of being insufficiently committed to amnesty, and McCain will take the bait and pledge in increasingly strident terms his commitment to legalizing all the illegal aliens. It's a win-win for Obama: he shows his solidarity with skeptical Hispanic Democrats by pointing to McCain's modified limited hangout on immigration after the collapse of last summer's bill, and McCain continues to inflame his ostensible supporters by constantly reminding them that he's Amnesty John. Read more...

Third Time's the Charm

By Mark Krikorian, June 25, 2008

Pro-amnesty crusader Chris Cannon, Republican congressman from Utah (motto: "We love immigrants in Utah. And we don't make the distinction very often between legal and illegal."), finally got his comeuppance Tuesday by losing a primary to Jason Chaffetz, who ran on, among other things, a hawkish immigration platform. This comes after two primary close calls against other challengers in 2004 and 2006. In this race, Cannon lost despite outraising Chaffetz nearly 7 to 1 and garnering the endorsement of President Bush. (On second thought, maybe that endorsement was part of the problem.) Read more...

Subordinating Immigration to Foreign Policy

By Mark Krikorian, June 17, 2008

DHS announced today that the process leading to visa-free access to the United States has been started for, I kid you not, Bulgaria. Michael Chertoff said "I look forward to the day when we greet the first visa-free travelers from Bulgaria on our soil."

I don't. First of all, we still don't have a fully implemented entry-exit system, so we don't know whether a visitor actually left when he was supposed to — which means we don't know how many visa overstayers there are. A fully functioning exit-tracking system should be a prerequisite to a visa-waiver program, so that you can remove from the program any country whose people aren't leaving on time. And believe me, Bulgarians wouldn't leave; the country has a lower per capita income than Mexico or Turkey. Read more...

This Would Have Been a Big Story, Were It Not for the "Non"

By Mark Krikorian, June 17, 2008

Not your usual discrimination story:

Perdue Farms Inc. will pay more than $800,000 after the U.S. Department of Labor found that its hiring practices systematically discriminated against non-Hispanic job applicants.

Don't expect any 60 Minutes investigations of this.


By Mark Krikorian, June 16, 2008

Who says we need mass immigration because there's no way to automate the service sector? CNN has a piece on a restaurant in Germany where you order and pay at tabletop touch-screens and the food is delivered down spiral rails from the kitchen above. (The BBC's story is here, and the restaurant's home page is here.) From the BBC story: Read more...

Toughest Sheriff in America

By Mark Krikorian, June 16, 2008

Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Phoenix gets attrition through enforcement:

About 16 percent of the 77,000 inmates booked into county jail this year were illegal immigrants. Arpaio believes that by keeping pressure on illegal immigrants, he can drive them from Arizona.

"They're heading south, or they're going to California, but they're sure getting out of Arizona," he said.


By Mark Krikorian, June 12, 2008

D.A. King is a dynamo in Georgia, working tirelessly for tougher immigration enforcement. He's a normal patriot — no Zionist conspiracy hogwash or anything like that — and has been published in the Atlanta paper and elsewhere and been on Fox, CNN, etc. Imagine my surprise, then, when I learned that he's been blacklisted by the Washington Post. And I don't mean that metaphorically. Read more...

Better Get That Wall Built

By Mark Krikorian, June 11, 2008

A sobering short piece (from a May issue of Latin America Advisor) by George Grayson, a professor of government at William & Mary and one of the nation's top authorities on Mexico's politics (as well as a CIS board member):

President Felipe Calderón is whistling past the graveyard as the Mexican state continues to disintegrate to the point that the violence to date will pale in comparison to what lies ahead. The government, which has forfeited control over key sectors of society, is hemorrhaging legitimacy.

Verification Follies

By Mark Krikorian, June 11, 2008

As is often the case with immigration, Republicans and Democrats mixed and matched at a House hearing yesterday on E-Verify, the system that enables businesses to determine whether new hires are illegal aliens. Read more...

About Time

By Mark Krikorian, June 10, 2008

The president has finally ordered that enrollment in the E-Verify system, which screens new hires for legal status, will be a condition of doing business with the federal government. Interestingly, the president didn't issue a new Executive Order, but instead amended one from 1996, one that originally barred from federal contracts any business fined for the knowing employment of illegals. Read more...

The Courts vs. the People

By Mark Krikorian, June 5, 2008

The same day that a federal judge delayed portions of Oklahoma's tough immigration law, Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina signed his state's new immigration law, described by the ACLU as "one of the toughest, if not the toughest" measure of its kind. Well, so much for a McCain/Sanford ticket.

This Is Not Your Father's Immigration

By Mark Krikorian, June 5, 2008

A new report from a high-immigration outfit showing, yet again, that many of each year's new "legal" immigrants are actually illegal aliens using the system to launder their status. Nationwide, 42 percent of new legal permanent residents (green-card recipients) in 2003 were former illegal aliens, and in California, the figure was 52 percent. Among the new immigrants from Latin America and the Caribbean, 62 percent were former illegal aliens. Read more...

Sovereignty Watch

By Mark Krikorian, June 5, 2008

The U.N. is sending its "Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants" to spank Virginia's Prince William County about having the temerity to help enforce immigration laws. It should come as no surprise that the person in question, one Jorge Bustamante, is not only a sociologist but also a lifelong advocate for open borders between the U.S. and Mexico. (He's also the father of Mexico's dual-citizenship law.) He presented a report (Word document) to the U.N. Human Rights Council earlier this year in effect saying the enforcement of U.S. immigration laws was a violation of human rights:

In light of numerous issues described in this report, the Special Rapporteur has come to the conclusion that the United States has failed to adhere to its international obligations to make the human rights of the 37.5 million migrants living in the country (according to Government census data from 2006) a national priority, using a comprehensive and coordinated national policy based on clear international obligations. The primary task of such a national policy should be to recognize that, with the exception of certain rights relating to political participation, migrants enjoy nearly all the same human rights protections as citizens, including an emphasis on meeting the needs of the most vulnerable groups.

But this is tame compared to the language he uses in the Mexican press. In this story and this one from just last month, he compares U.S. immigration enforcement to -- wait for it -- the Nazis. In the second one he says that unless there is an amnesty, "the probabilities are greater each day that xenophobia will triumph in the United States, with the consequent Nazi-style arbitrary detentions and deportations."

The worst part? This interference in our internal affairs only takes place "upon the invitation of the Government" -- our government. Whom do we fire in the State Department for this? Read more...

Bad News for Teenagers This Summer

By Mark Krikorian, June 3, 2008

From recent congressional testimony (pdf):

A variety of demand, supply, and institutional forces have been at work in reducing young employment opportunities. Unprecedented levels of legal, illegal and temporary immigration have been one of the factors underlying this deterioration in youth labor markets. Declines in youth employment have been matched almost one for one with increased employment of new arrivals over the past 7 years. This summer we project that U.S. labor markets will have the lowest rate of teen employment since we have kept data going back to 1948.

Jobs Americans won't do? Hah!

Go to Iowa, Maine, North Dakota, Idaho, and Nebraska where there are relatively few guest workers or immigrants, and you will find much higher rates of teen employment (in the mid to high 50s), as well as teens working in the types of jobs that it is claimed no one wishes to take.

Here's an earlier piece on the same topic.

Enforcement Must Be Working ...

By Mark Krikorian, June 3, 2008

... because the New York Times is going bonkers.

You Don't Say!

By Mark Krikorian, June 2, 2008

"More immigrants choose to leave U.S., go home":

No hard figures exist, but various surveys and anecdotes from immigrants, their advocates and consular officers in Miami suggest that more Latin Americans are voluntarily heading back home, the apparent result of the U.S. economic downturn and anxiety generated by a federal crackdown on illegal immigration.

Immigration Briefs

By Mark Krikorian, May 30, 2008
  • E-Verify -- the government's online system enabling employers to check legal status of workers -- is already handling more than 10 percent of all new hires.
  • Mechanical olive pickers are beginning to spread: "As efficiency of mechanical harvesting increases and cost of hand harvesting increases, mechanical harvesting will become more attractive." (h/t Randall Burns)
  • American livers transplanted to Japanese gangsters: "'If you want to destroy public support for organ donation on the part of Americans, you'd be hard pressed to think of a practice that would be better suited,' said Arthur Caplan, a bioethicist at the University of Pennsylvania." (h/t Michelle)
  • Beware the lifeguard gap! (h/t Chris Kelly)