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Pelosi Declares the End of Immigration Law

By Mark Krikorian, December 18, 2013

Nancy Pelosi recently told Telemundo (Spanish broadcast here) that violations of immigration law should no longer have any consequences:

"Our view of the law is that it — if somebody is here without sufficient documentation, that is not reason for deportation."

Immigration Coverage: The Biased Leading the Clueless

By Mark Krikorian, December 9, 2013

Politico ran a piece the other day on White House fears that Obama will share the political blame if the current amnesty push fails — i.e., that his attempts to pin all the responsibility on the Republicans won't be successful. It was an interesting look at the tensions between the administration and its outside pro-amnesty supporters, and it's worth a look. But one sentence struck me as shedding light on a broader problem with media coverage of immigration:

The White House is very touchy about any criticism from its allies for Obama's deportation policies, which have sent away more people during his tenure than all other presidents combined.

Comprehensive Immigration Reform: The Part Justifies the Whole

By Mark Krikorian, December 2, 2013

One of the problems with any kind of omnibus bill is that supporters will argue the whole bill must be passed based on the claimed merits of specific pieces. This was the whole purpose of the DREAM Act: Advocates pointed to the most sympathetic group of illegal aliens — those who came here as children and did well in school — as an unrebuttable argument for amnestying all 12 million illegals. Read more...

Holding Foreign Visitors to Their Promises

By Mark Krikorian, November 27, 2013

The heckler at Obama's pro-amnesty speech Monday in San Francisco was Ju Hong, an "approved guest of the White House" (according to Politico) and an illegal alien from South Korea who recently graduated from UC Berkeley. People who still say illegal aliens "live in the shadows" obviously don't know this guy: He's on Twitter and LinkedIn, was a member of student government, has lobbied for taxpayer subsidies for illegal-alien students, and has been the subject of so much fawning news coverage he has his own topic page at the Cal student paper. Read more...

Immigration: Comprehensive or Piecemeal?

By Mark Krikorian, November 25, 2013

Democrats are appearing to accept the House Republicans' sensible insistence on addressing immigration issues in separate, targeted bills, rather than the Senate's comprehensive, Obamacare-style approach. You will not be surprised to learn that this acceptance is insincere. Read more...

What Happens When an Amnesty Rollout Fails?

By Mark Krikorian, November 19, 2013

The AP writes:

The first year of the Obama administration's temporary reprieve for youth living in the country illegally has shown that any broader immigration reform effort would require the government to better prepare by streamlining application procedures and by providing more information about what documents are needed to apply to stay in America, experts say.

La Loi, C'est Moi

By Mark Krikorian, November 19, 2013

President Obama's latest act of immigration lawlessness was buried in the Friday news dump. A new DHS memo grants de facto amnesty to all illegal-alien spouses, children, and parents of anyone in the military and of anyone who has ever been in the military. Now, it's obvious that the White House picked this group to amnesty because of the bitter-clingers' support for the military and veterans, and this discretionary authority ("parole in place" is the technical term) can indeed be used appropriately under some circumstances. But like any other bureaucratic grant of discretion, it is appropriate only on a case-by-case basis; the administration, by contrast, has amnestied an entire class of people, just as it did with its illegal DREAM Act amnesty, formally known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Read more...

Do It for the Children — and Their Parents?

By Mark Krikorian, November 5, 2013

House Republicans are putting togther their own version of the Dream Act, called the Kids Act, which would amnesty illegal aliens who came here as, well, kids. But the effort to get some Democrats signed on to the bill has hit a snag; Democrats insist that the amnestied illegals, once they become citizens, be able to sponsor their illegal-alien parents and other relatives for green cards. Read more...

Rep. McCaul: Don't Use My Bill as a Vehicle for Amnesty

By Mark Krikorian, October 31, 2013

Congressman Mike McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, came out forcefully yesterday against any effort to use his border-security bill as a Trojan Horse for amnesty. Read more...

Lights, Camera, Arrest!

By Mark Krikorian, October 23, 2013

Manuel Roig-Franzia’s WaPo profile of Representative Luis Gutierrez (D., Amnesty) is worth a look. If nothing else, it’s encouraging to see how much his Democrat colleagues hate him, too. But what I found most striking was how important getting arrested at pro-amnesty protests seems to be to Gutierrez’s self image. He yuks it up with Charlie Rangel about making bail. Read more...

Of Course I'll Respect Your Immigration Laws in the Morning

By Mark Krikorian, October 15, 2013

The core obstacle to amnesty is trust. Yes, it would reward lawbreakers. It would be extremely costly. It would create millions of additional Democrat voters. But the stupefying sums of corporate money pushing the Schumer-Rubio amnesty could drown out these concerns if not for one thing: No one, not anyone anywhere, believes a new set of immigration laws would be enforced any more zealously than the old set, meaning we'd just end up with a new illegal-alien population a few years hence that Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio and Reince Priebus would tell us had to be amnestied. Read more...

"Firemen First " in Immigration?

By Mark Krikorian, October 1, 2013

Whenever there's a partial shutdown of the federal government -- or even discussion of cutting government budgets, including at the state and local levels -- politicians often follow the "Fireman First Principle", described by Mickey Kaus this way:

a clever bureaucrat, faced with a budget reduction, will threaten to cut not the least essential services but the most essential (in order to provoke public outrage that results in the budget reduction getting cancelled)

Like Fish in the Sea

By Mark Krikorian, September 27, 2013

In 1937, Mao wrote in On Guerrilla Warfare about “the relationship that should exist between the people and the troops,” noting that “the former may be likened to water, the latter to the fish who inhabit it.”

The image is as relevant to today’s asymmetric warfare against terrorists and drug cartels as it was to Mao’s war against the Japanese. Large, constantly refreshed and poorly assimilated immigrant communities serve as cover and incubators for our enemies, even though — obviously – most of the people in them are not included among the ranks of those enemies. I was reminded of this by two recent news stories. Read more...

What Can We Expect on Immigration in the House?

By Mark Krikorian, September 26, 2013

House Judiciary chairman Bob Goodlatte posted yesterday at National Review Online, objecting to NRO reporter Andrew Stiles's report suggesting that the chairman was boosting the anemic prospects of the Senate's Gang of Eight amnesty bill. He wrote that he has not wavered in his belief that the comprehensive Schumer-Rubio bill passed by the Senate is "fundamentally flawed and unworkable" and that he is pursuing a "step-by-step approach to immigration reform" by considering targeted legislation addressing discrete issues. Read more...

Wisdom from the Pews

By Mark Krikorian, September 9, 2013

My posting this morning on the fading prospects for amnesty mentioned the Roman Catholic hierarchy's lobbying push, which included instructions that Sunday's sermons were to have focused on immigration. No one I've heard from, at parishes around the country, heard a sermon on immigration or even saw a letter from their bishop on it in their church bulletins. Read more...

Amnesty Slipping Through Their Fingers

By Mark Krikorian, September 9, 2013

They must be cursing Assad at the Chamber of Commerce and La Raza. If only he'd held off gassing his enemies (assuming it was, in fact, him) until after the House passed an immigration bill, it wouldn't have been so bad.
As it is, "Immigration Reform Falls to the Back of the Line," notes today's New York Times: Read more...

In Which I Agree with Josh Marshall

By Mark Krikorian, August 21, 2013

Lefty blogger Josh Marshall chastises his fellow amnesty advocates to stop pretending a bill will pass this Congress. While I hope he's right, I think he underestimates the GOP leadership's pathological desire to save Obama's presidency by passing an amnesty.

Nonetheless, his main point is that the mass-immigration crowd should instead start the campaign against Republicans for killing the amnesty/increased immigration bill: Read more...

Asylum Antics

By Mark Krikorian, August 13, 2013

While media grannies are getting their knickers in a twist over the antics of a Missouri rodeo clown, a cascading, Mariel Boatlift-style immigration emergency may be brewing on the Mexican border. Fox reports:

A sudden influx of illegal immigrants from Mexico requesting asylum is overwhelming immigration agents in San Diego, forcing agencies to rent hotel rooms for some undocumented families and release others to cities around the U.S.

Everything Ezra Klein Knows About Immigration Is Wrong

By Mark Krikorian, August 12, 2013

Ezra Klein’s recent column on immigration (Here at Bloomberg, then reprinted in the Washington Post) starts this way: “Everything you know about immigration, particularly unauthorized immigration, is wrong.” He then goes on to retail the pet theory of immigration-expansionist sociology professor Douglas Massey to the effect that border Read more...

Judge: Obama’s DREAM Act Amnesty Is Illegal, but ICE Agents Can’t Sue

By Mark Krikorian, August 1, 2013

Just back from braving the wilds of western New York, and I see that a federal judge in Dallas has dismissed a civil suit by ICE agents challenging the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) amnesty (Obama's administrative version of the DREAM Act). The agents claimed that Obama's illegal amnesty forced them to violate federal law, contrary to their oath to bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution. Read more...

Never Get Involved in a Land War in Asia, Immigration Edition

By Mark Krikorian, July 11, 2013

A liberal-ish reader comments on my article at National Review Online on the political fallout for the GOP of passing an amnesty/mass immigration bill: Read more...

Some Shadows

By Mark Krikorian, June 27, 2013

Illegal aliens are living so deep in the shadows that they were on hand in the Senate galleries for this afternoon's 68-32 vote for the Schumer-Rubio amnesty bill, and they yelled out Obama's campaign chant when the vote was announced.

Lots of bloviation beforehand about how "historic" the vote was. No one mentioned that the Senate passed an amnesty in 2006 that wasn't approved by the House. Was that "historic", too? Read more...

No Americans Need Apply

By Mark Krikorian, June 27, 2013

There were never any “No Irish Need Apply” signs in 19th-century shop windows; it’s what historian Richard Jensen calls “a myth of victimization”. But, incredibly, there are signs now that say, in effect, “No Americans Need Apply”, like this one in the window of an Asian restaurant in my town, seeking kitchen help and a dishwasher: Read more...

"The Border Security Ruse"

By Mark Krikorian, June 20, 2013

For a brief moment, I thought the Wall Street Journal had published an editorial on immigration I agreed with. It's titled "The Border Security Ruse" and I thought it would be about the efforts to add increasingly stringent border enforcement provisions as a way of buying Republican votes for the amnesty, pointing out that they were only included for political purposes and would never actually be implemented. Read more...

CBO: Schumer-Rubio Bill Will Be a Failure

By Mark Krikorian, June 19, 2013

Heritage, CIS, and others will be examining the assumptions behind the Congressional Budget Office projections of the Schumer-Rubio immigration bill's budget impact, but why not start by just assuming, for the sake of argument, that all the CBO assumptions are plausible and their calculations correct? If so, the bill will fail on its own terms. Read more...

Schumer-Rubio: 27X Longer than the Constitution

By Mark Krikorian, June 10, 2013

The Senate is expected to take its first procedural vote this week on the Schumer-Rubio amnesty bill. Aside from its specific provisions, an important characteristic of such "comprehensive" legislation is its size. At 209,000 words in 1,077 pages, the legislation is almost impossible for even the educated layman to comprehend, rendering it inherently undemocratic.

To provide an sense of how long the bill is, here are a few comparisons:

  • 27 times longer than the Constitution (7,600 words)
  • 14 times longer than the Social Security Act of 1935 (15,000 words)

Cornyn's RESULTS Amendment Would Get No Results

By Mark Krikorian, June 5, 2013

Senator Cornyn is floating what he's calling the RESULTS Amendment (I hate these ridiculous acronyms) to tighten up the Schumer-Rubio bill. It's part of the attempt, described by Jonathan Strong over at the Corner, to provide political cover for Republican senators to vote for the amnesty. Read more...

Imaginary Immigration Bills

By Mark Krikorian, May 24, 2013

That Fox News poll from my previous post on security first reminded of the vague and theoretical nature of much of the advocacy for the Schumer-Rubio amnesty bill. The poll's 66 percent support for amnesty is touted by supporters of S. 744 as proof of public backing for the bill. But the question describes an imaginary bill that requires payment of back taxes and the mastery of English, elements which do not exist in S. 744. And, in an example of how advocates compound the falsehood, Ralph Reed's tweet crowing about the poll said people expressed their support for a measure that said "illegals must pay fines, back taxes, learn English, get job, & go to back of line", when neither fines nor jobs nor a line are ever mentioned in the question. Read more...

Security First or Legalization First?

By Mark Krikorian, May 24, 2013

A Fox News poll this week illuminates the core issue in the current immigration debate. On the one hand, 66 percent of registered voters chose the following option over sending all illegals back or enrolling them in a temporary worker program:

Allow illegal immigrants to remain in the country and eventually qualify for U.S. citizenship, but only if they meet certain requirements like paying back taxes, learning English, and passing a background check.

Contra Norquist

By Mark Krikorian, May 13, 2013

Grover Norquist’s piece last week at National Review Online was the usual we-were-mean-to-the-Irish-so-we-need-open-borders stuff, but three points I think are worth making.

First, Norquist misrepresents the central feature of the Schumer-Rubio bill when he writes that: Read more...