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Even a Stopped Clock . . .

By Mark Krikorian, November 26, 2012

Amazingly, Paul Krugman made sense in a Sunday blog posting (my emphasis): Read more...

If It Sounds Too Good to Be True . . .

By Mark Krikorian, November 21, 2012

A Politico story on the GOP leadership's attempt to stampede conservatives on amnesty has a sentence that neatly summarizes the high-immigration Right's hallucinogenic approach to the issue:

Now, key Republicans are circling back to this argument: Legalizing undocumented immigrants will make them pay more taxes, earn higher wages and bring an underground demographic of workers into the official American economy.

Are the DREAMers a Special Case?

By Mark Krikorian, November 16, 2012

Now that the GOP leadership has signaled its eagerness to again support the Democrat drive for amnesty and open borders, a fight has broken out on the other side. This is a revival of the public spitting match between the “comprehensive” amnesty crowd in D.C., who want amnesty for all illegal aliens or nothing, and the DREAMers, illegal aliens who came here as children, who are willing to cut a separate deal for themselves. Read more...

Thou Shalt Not Be Comprehensive

By Mark Krikorian, November 16, 2012

While sailing the Caribbean with the NR cruisers drowning their sorrows in liquor, I was delighted to see that two of the Senate’s most stalwart defenders of conservative principle, Chuck Schumer and Lindsey Graham, are back to work on amnesty “comprehensive immigration reform.” What could go wrong? Read more...

Amnesty and Electoral Outcomes

By Mark Krikorian, November 9, 2012

A friend sent these excerpts illuminating the link between amnesty and electoral outcomes, from Victor Valle and Rodolfo Torres, "Class and Culture Wars in the New Latino Politics", in Latino/a Thought: Culture, Politics, and Society, pp. 247-48 (emphasis mine): Read more...

Malpractice by Dr. K

By Mark Krikorian, November 9, 2012

I have a lot of respect for Charles Krauthammer — he’s intelligent, measured, and not a party hack. But his column today has an amazingly reductionist and wrong-headed discussion of immigration. Read more...

Amnesty Is the Best Revenge, or the Empire Strikes Back

By Mark Krikorian, November 9, 2012

The Chicken Little amnesty panic is underway among the Republican establishment. Boehner, Hannity, the Wall Street Journal, Jeb Bush, Lindsey Graham, Norquist, Krauthammer, et al. are announcing that in the wake of Romney's loss the GOP can't survive unless it revisits the failed Bush/Kennedy amnesty. Read more...

Shape the Electorate

By Mark Krikorian, November 9, 2012

Former U.S. Attorney Andrew McCarthy’s posting in the National Review posed a choice for the Republican Party's future in electoral politics: Read more...

New Polls on Immigration

By Mark Krikorian, November 8, 2012

An exit poll conducted by Kellyanne Conway’s firm for FAIR found more support for enforcement than the immigration expansionists would have you believe. The options were described neutrally, with enforcement getting majority support: Read more...

Fill In the Numbers Later

By Mark Krikorian, November 7, 2012

With Romney’s defeat, the open-borders Left and Right will obviously pounce in an effort to delegitimize any opposition to amnesty and unlimited immigration. But one of the DREAM Act lobbying groups has jumped the gun, just now issuing a press release without any of the numbers plugged in. Here’s the opening graf: Read more...

Vote for Gridlock?

By Mark Krikorian, November 6, 2012

Mickey Kaus has endorsed Obama, but in a characteristically counter-intuitive way, part of his rationale being that Obama would be less likely to succeed in getting an illegal-alien amnesty through Congress. His closing graf: Read more...

You Need a Professor to Write Something This Dumb

By Mark Krikorian, November 3, 2012

Most New Yorkers won't have noticed, concerned as they are with water and electricity, but on Friday the New York Times op-ed page published one of its sillier paeans to mass immigration. In "Innovative Immigrants", Harvard Business School professor Thomas McCraw argues that we should amnesty 12 million illegal aliens because Alexander Hamilton was born in St. Croix. Really. Read more...

Fool Me Twice, Shame on Me

By Mark Krikorian, October 25, 2012

Like Newsweek, the Center for Immigration Studies is going all-digital. That, combined with a recent move, has prompted me to clean out 25 years of news clips and such in our library, and I stumbled across some interesting things. As background, the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act had at its core a grand bargain that provided amnesty for the illegals already here in exchange for "employer sanctions", i.e., a ban on hiring future illegal aliens. Read more...

Eternal Vigilance Is the Price of Border Security

By Mark Krikorian, October 24, 2012

Earlier this year, the lead article on the New York Times op-ed page started this way:

The immigration crisis that has roiled American politics for decades has faded into history. Illegal immigration is shrinking to a trickle, if that, and will likely never return to the peak levels of 2000.

Uh, not so much: Read more...

No Limiting Principle

By Mark Krikorian, October 17, 2012

Well, in what will be four presidential/vice-presidential debates, at least there was one question on immigration. Last night’s question, like almost all the others from this group of “undecided” voters, came from a Democratic perspective, offering yet another new euphemism for “illegal aliens”: “immigrants without their green cards that are currently living here as productive members of society.”

Each candidate gave his usual line, but a few things were interesting: Read more...

DACA Amnesty Stats

By Mark Krikorian, October 12, 2012

USCIS reports today that 179,794 applications for the president's illegal DACA amnesty have been accepted as of October 10, and 4,591 have been approved, up from 29 a month ago. There's no indication that any applications have been turned down.

DACA Data

By Mark Krikorian, September 28, 2012

USCIS released the first data on President Obama's illegal DACA amnesty for illegal immigrants who came here before age 16. As of September 14, a total of 86,942 applications were accepted (about 4 percent of applications were not accepted because they were incomplete). Of that total, 60 percent were from Mexican citizens, more than double the next 10 countries combined. Read more...

There's Nothing as Permanent as a Temporary Immigration Status

By Mark Krikorian, September 27, 2012

It should come as no surprise that Haitian illegal aliens have been given an 18-month extension on the Temporary Protected Status they received after the earthquake (and which was later extended to illegals who came after the earthquake). Read more...

Tech Immigration and the Visa Lottery

By Mark Krikorian, September 18, 2012

A fight is brewing over an immigration bill which would give green cards to foreign students receiving graduate degrees in science and engineering fields from U.S. universities. The disagreement between Republicans and Democrats does not seem to be over whether to include master's degree recipients, something business has demanded and which was one of my main concerns. Rep. Read more...

When You've Lost NPR Listeners. . .

By Mark Krikorian, September 17, 2012

The lefty site Alternet buries the lead in a report on a new survey of attitudes about immigration. The poll, conducted by the left-wing firm Latino Decisions for the National Hispanic Media Coalition, purports to demonstrate that Fox News listeners have the most anti-immigrant views, yadda, yadda, yadda. But I thought this figure from the survey itself was most telling: Read more...

It Depends on What the Meaning of 'Deportations' Is

By Mark Krikorian, September 6, 2012

Amid the geyser of lies this campaign season is one that gets little attention. Read more...

Ted Cruz More Hawkish than Me?

By Mark Krikorian, August 30, 2012

The presumptive next senator from Texas told Telemundo that he thinks a President Romney should revoke the “deferred action” amnesty for whoever manages to get it before Obama and his crowd are booted out. As I wrote a couple weeks ago, our track record with such "temporary" statuses strongly suggests this isn't going to happen. My suggestion would be that Romney pull the plug on the program, so there would be no new grants of amnesty, and then make lemonade out of the lemon: ask Congress to pass a mini-package deal of green cards for those who've already been legalized (presenting it as an effort to clean up one of the many messes left by the prior administration) in exchange for Lamar Smith's Legal Workforce Act and elimination of the Visa Lottery and the chain-migration family categories. It would be a deal well worth taking.

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Suing to Stop the Obama Amnesty

By Mark Krikorian, August 23, 2012

Ten immigration agents have just filed suit in federal court in Dallas to challenge the illegal DREAM Scheme amnesty that's now underway. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents include Chris Crane, president of their union. The first paragraph of the complaint sums up their claim: Read more...

Immigration in the GOP Platform

By Mark Krikorian, August 23, 2012

I wrote the other day about an attempt by cheap-labor interests to get a guestworker program inserted into the immigration plank of the Republican platform. The bad news is that a guestworker provision did get added. I don’t have the whole text, but the relevant part says “a Republican administration and Congress . . . Read more...

Overstay This Visa!

By Mark Krikorian, August 21, 2012

A friend alerted me to this comment from the Bloomberg/Murdoch “Billionaires for Open Borders” show in Boston last week: Read more...

GOP Platform: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs — for Illegal Aliens?

By Mark Krikorian, August 17, 2012

The Republican convention platform committee will begin work soon and there’s talk that it might incorporate an amnesty provision that was written into the Texas state GOP platform (see p. 21). It’s called the “Texas Solution” and is the creation of Texans for Sensible Immigration Policy, a project of the state’s construction industry. Read more...

Amnesty Kickoff Today

By Mark Krikorian, August 15, 2012

Something I didn't mention in today's piece for National Review Online on the start of Obama's unconstitutional amnesty program for certain illegal aliens claiming to be under 30: If Congress doesn't rouse itself to push back against the president's usurpation of their authority, you can expect a lot more amnesties like this in a second Obama term. Read more...

'The Same Priority as Citizens'?

By Mark Krikorian, June 22, 2012

One item in Romney's immigration platform that I hadn't seen before was this: "Mitt Romney will work with Congress to give legal permanent residents the same priority as citizens when applying to bring husbands, wives, and minor children to the United States." That means they would be admitted without numerical limit. Read more...

The Permanence of a 'Temporary' Amnesty

By Mark Krikorian, June 21, 2012

In my piece at National Review Online today, I discuss what other amnesties the White House might try to enact administratively if it gets away with this one, and I make the point in passing that there’s nothing temporary about the "temporary" status the DREAM beneficiaries will receive. The administration and its supporters have constantly emphasized how provisional the new status will be, that it can be revoked in the future, etc. Bunk. Read more...

Some Senators Grow a Spine on DREAM Decree

By Mark Krikorian, June 20, 2012

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's Tuesday comment to reporters that the Senate GOP would wait to see what Gov. Romney had to say about Obama's unconstitutional DREAM decree was apparently superseded yesterday. Sen. Chuck Grassley and 19 other Republican senators, including McConnell, sent a strongly worded letter to the president Wednesday belatedly making the points that need to be made. Some excerpts: Read more...