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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)