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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 Romney had to say about Obama's unconstitutional DREAM decree was apparently superseded yesterday.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...

Meanwhile, at the Border . . .

By Mark Krikorian, June 15, 2012

Obscured by the president's illegal DREAM decree is a report by Steve Dinan in today's Washington Times on a draft memo instructing Border Patrol agents to let certain illegal aliens go: Read more...

Who Will Pay to Process the Dream?

By Mark Krikorian, June 15, 2012

A mole inside the government raises some important questions about the president’s illegal DREAM decree. For instance, how would USCIS process all the applications if it can’t charge any processing fees? This is vital, because USCIS operates almost entirely from fee revenue rather than appropriated funds — if it has no additional fees, then it would need to have adjudicators stop processing citizenship and green-card applications so they could process the illegals. Read more...

Rubio’s Response to Obama's Amnesty

By Mark Krikorian, June 15, 2012

Senator Rubio’s statement:

“There is broad support for the idea that we should figure out a way to help kids who are undocumented through no fault of their own, but there is also broad consensus that it should be done in a way that does not encourage illegal immigration in the future. This is a difficult balance to strike, one that this new policy, imposed by executive order, will make harder to achieve in the long run.

The End Justifies the Means

By Mark Krikorian, June 15, 2012

The White House decision to enact the DREAM Act through executive fiat is a lawless act. This isn’t even about immigration; it’s about the Constitution. Read more...

Ag Employers Cry Wolf on Immigration

By Mark Krikorian, June 13, 2012

Business owners testified before the Senate against a measure that would "paralyze the country", the passage of which would "stop my machines", leading to a situation where "investors would never receive another dividend".

The bill placed limits on child labor. The year was 1916. Read more...

Time for Another DREAM Act Story

By Mark Krikorian, June 11, 2012

You can almost hear the Washington Post editorial meeting a few weeks back: "Hey, we haven't run a tear-jerker pushing the DREAM Act in a while, so assign it to someone!" Thus today's "Virginia student graduates from high school, braces for deportation". It's the usual stuff, but a few points bear repeating: Read more...

These Aren't the Illegal Aliens You're Looking For

By Mark Krikorian, May 8, 2012

News from the After-my-reelection-I'll-have-more-flexibility department: I was recently on a panel discussion with Frank Sharry, the nation's leading leading open-borders lobbyist, and he said something that perked up my ears. As background, Utah passed a state-specific amnesty bill through which illegal aliens would be given state-generated work cards. Read more...

Let's Play the Guilt by Association Game!

By Mark Krikorian, April 19, 2012

The open-borders folks never tire of trying to tar immigration skeptics with the racist label by inquiring whom they had lunch with or who copied their material off the web. So, merely as an educational exercise for the other side, allow me to demonstrate where such smear tactics can lead. Read more...

"I Absolutely and Entirely Renounce and Abjure ..."

By Mark Krikorian, April 17, 2012

DHS reported recently that 694,193 foreigners became Americans last year — up a little from 2010 but down a little from 2009. The naturalization statistics prompted me to take a look at the civics test that prospective citizens have to take. The test was revised a few years back, and applicants have to get six out of 10 questions correct to pass. The 10 questions are selected from a master list of 100 questions, all online. Here’s one of the questions, followed by the answer: Read more...

With Friends Like Boehner. . .

By Mark Krikorian, March 8, 2012

When I wrote about Lamar Smith’s E-Verify bill last summer, I thought the difficult part would be getting through the Senate. Shows you what I know. Instead, it’s Speaker Boehner who’s determined not to allow any immigration measure to come to a floor vote. Read more...

Wash. Post to the Less-Educated: Drop Dead

By Mark Krikorian, February 7, 2012

The Washington Post's editorial writers ought to read their own newspaper. Monday's lead editorial bemoaned the fact that having illegal aliens go to the "back of the line" is deceptive since there is no "line" for them: Read more...

More Drivel from the Crank

By Mark Krikorian, February 3, 2012

Ron Paul's immigration speech to a Hispanic group in Las Vegas Thursday was a remarkable blend of incoherence and pandering, spiced with a little America hatred. Read more...

The Core of the Argument over Self-Deportation

By Mark Krikorian, January 26, 2012

Gingrich's interview yesterday with Jorge Ramos of Univision (video and transcript) had a telling moment that I think gets at the basic policy disagreement about illegal immigration. Ramos asks what Gingrich would do with the vast majority of illegal aliens who wouldn’t qualify under his phony-baloney draft board scheme: Read more...

Heigh-Ho, Heigh-Ho, It's Off to America We Go

By Mark Krikorian, January 19, 2012

There's a kingdom where outsiders are welcomed warmly and with open arms, but only if they present the proper credentials. Upon presenting themselves for admission, they are thoroughly inspected to check the validity of their travel documents and ensure that they have no contraband. Once in this kingdom, the outside visitors must follow strict rules of decorum and pay for their own support. When the visitors' time is up, their departure is carefully monitored and the kingdom checked to ensure that no one has improperly stayed behind. Read more...

Santorum Gets Better on Immigration

By Mark Krikorian, January 17, 2012

Rick Santorum had never been especially distinctive on immigration. He was pretty good on enforcement issues, but his constant invocation of his immigrant father and grandfather suggested to me that he might be one of those people who needs to compensate for the grievous sin of supporting immigration enforcement by calling for increased legal immigration.

I was wrong.

Libertarians on Citizenship

By Mark Krikorian, January 3, 2012

A few days ago, Ed Crane, president of the Cato Institute, wrote a piece on Ron Paul in the Wall Street Journal containing the following graf: Read more...

Criminals Start Small

By Mark Krikorian, December 29, 2011

I don't know how much national attention it got, but earlier this year there were a spate of attacks in Northern Virginia (where I live) where a man would slash a young woman's buttocks in a department store or mall and then run off. The injuries were superficial but the randomness (not to mention weirdness) of it caused a lot of concern, kind of like a farcical replay of the Beltway Sniper shootings in 2002. Read more...

Bipartisanship in Immigration

By Mark Krikorian, December 29, 2011

The new-ish editor of the Atlanta Journal Constitution has spent the past year telling anyone who would hear that "Our goal is broader discourse" so that in the opinion pages "no single voice dominates the conversation."

Today the paper ran two pieces on Newt Gingrich's amnesty proposal and … well, you can guess what I'm going to say, but I'll go ahead anyway. The two pieces not only fail to broaden the discourse but they say the same thing and are written by members of the same pro-amnesty lobbying group. Read more...

More Gibberish from Newt

By Mark Krikorian, December 19, 2011

On Face the Nation yesterday, Gingrich made clear that he wants to amnesty all illegal aliens, not just church-going grandmothers who wash the feet of the poor and knit socks for our troops in Afghanistan to help them kill the enemies of America. Read more...

Neither Rain Nor Snow Will Stay Amnesty Flacks from Their Appointed Rounds

By Mark Krikorian, December 6, 2011

Mickey Kaus points to a WaPo story from the weekend on how the drop in arrests at the Mexican border is yet another reason to pass on amnesty:

It's always a good time for comprehensive immigration reform, if you listen to its supporters. If it rains it's time for comprehensive immigration reform. If the sun comes out it's time for comprehensive immigration reform.

He demurs:

Amnesty Creep

By Mark Krikorian, December 2, 2011

When Gingrich lobbed the amnesty bomb in last week's debate, he offered very specific criteria for selecting which illegal aliens he would legalize:

... you've been here 25 years and you got three kids and two grandkids, you've been paying taxes and obeying the law, you belong to a local church ...

The Gingrich Amnesty

By Mark Krikorian, November 23, 2011

Missed the debate because of wrestling practice, but it's hardly surprising that Newt would support amnesty for illegal aliens. After the Pelosi global-warming ad and Dede Scozzafava and "right-wing social engineering," is it any surprise he'd adopt the left's line on immigration too? He earned a career grade of D from Numbers USA (they calculate back to 1989). Heck, even Barbara Boxer has a career grade of D+. Read more...

A Big Win for the Open-Borders Crowd?

By Mark Krikorian, November 11, 2011

The pro-amnesty folks are crowing at the defeat of Arizona state senator Russell Pearce, a leading immigration hawk. Soros-funded America's Voice says "The tide is beginning to turn," while the immigration coalition set up by the Alinskyite Center for Community Change writes that "anti-immigrant legislators will now have to think twice before pursuing anti-immigrant policies in our states." Read more...

No Cartel War Spillover, Nosiree

By Mark Krikorian, November 9, 2011

From The Monitor newspaper in South Texas:

An internal Gulf Cartel struggle may have directly caused at least two recent kidnappings in the Rio Grande Valley, as well as an apparent exodus of lieutenants who are looking for safety on U.S. soil.

Gerson Fumes and Sputters Again

By Mark Krikorian, October 28, 2011

What is it about the immigration issue that brings out the worst in pundits? Washington Post pundit Michael Gerson proves today that he's given immigration policy no more thought since his last sanctimonious and sneering column on the topic. Read more...

Message: I'm Tough

By Mark Krikorian, October 27, 2011

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith points out in Politico today that the White House boasts on deportations are not what they seem: "Unfortunately for U.S. workers, the Obama administration’s immigration enforcement record is just a magic trick." More on the deportation legerdemain here and here.