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The State of E-Verify

By Mark Krikorian, March 11, 2011

Numbers USA has an informative map of the status of E-Verify mandates in the states: Read more...

Two Governors and Immigration

By Mark Krikorian, February 22, 2011

I'd mentioned last week that Indiana governor Mitch Daniels has tried to avoid weighing in on a tough new immigration bill making its way through his state's legislature, despite freely dispensing his views on a variety of other issues of national importance. The Indianapolis Star had more on the topic Sunday, quoting people on both sides expressing their hope that Daniels will come down on their side: Read more...

No 'Truce' for Daniels on Immigration

By Mark Krikorian, February 16, 2011

From Politico:

A tough, Arizona-style anti-immigration bill in the Indiana state Legislature has put Gov. Mitch Daniels — who is mum on whether he backs it — on a collision course with tea party activists who see it as a big priority and could have national implications for the Indiana governor in a GOP presidential primary.

There He Goes Again

By Mark Krikorian, February 7, 2011

Only one month into the new Congress, and Lindsey Graham has already started scheming with Chuck Schumer on how to pass an illegal-alien amnesty. I'm surprised he waited that long. McCain won't be far behind.

A few excerpts from the story in today's Politico: Read more...

Requiem for a DREAM

By Mark Krikorian, December 19, 2010

As my colleagues have noted below, the DREAM Act has finally been put out of our misery. (Here's how everyone voted, and see analysis of the vote from Roy Beck and Mickey Kaus.) But it's bigger than that. Read more...

DREAMs of Sugar Plums Dance in Their Heads

By Mark Krikorian, December 15, 2010

Immigration Daily is a daily webzine for immigration lawyers. Yesterday's edition offered "three reasons for the bar to support DREAM." The first:

it will pave the way for employment-based immigration bills in the next Congress, since Democratic votes will be necessary on both the House and Senate floors to pass these bills, this Democratic support may not materialize if DREAM dies

I'm not sure why this would be true, but who knows. The second reason is more revealing: Read more...

Military DREAM Is a Mirage

By Mark Krikorian, December 8, 2010

The sponsors of the DREAM Act inserted what they clearly considered boob bait for patriotic Americans — a provision that qualifying illegal aliens (came before age 16, here at least five years, have a high school diploma or GED) could convert to permanent status and get a green card if they served two years in the military (as an alternative to two years of college). Read more...

DREAM Online

By Mark Krikorian, December 7, 2010

I debated the DREAM Act with Josh Bernstein of the SEIU at Bloggingheads, an online debate site. The New York Times excerpted the discussion at its site today.

Also, I published an article at National Review Online on the issue.

Attrition Works, Yet Again

By Mark Krikorian, November 17, 2010

From the Washington Post:

Prince William County's controversial immigration policy appears to have had some effect, as the growth of the county’s Hispanic population now lags behind that of other jurisdictions, a report from the University of Virginia states.

Paying Illegal Immigrants to Go Home

By Mark Krikorian, November 11, 2010

Gallup reports that 18 percent of Hispanic immigrants in the United States want to emigrate to another country, a third of them to Mexico and the rest to other Latin American countries or Canada or Europe. They are more likely than other Hispanic immigrants to be poor and not speak English well — i.e., almost certainly disproportionately illegal aliens, though the survey didn't ask about legal status. Read more...

Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics

By Mark Krikorian, November 4, 2010

The amnesty crowd is hawking a new fable — that a massive margin among Hispanics saved Harry Reid:

Longtime immigration advocate Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) credited Hispanics Wednesday for keeping Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in the Senate.

"Latino citizens responded to Majority Leader Harry Reid's aggressive pursuit of immigration reform by voting for him in overwhelming numbers," he said in a statement. "They were clearly the difference in his victory."

Big Prison — Call Me!

By Mark Krikorian, October 29, 2010

I haven't jumped on the anti-NPR bandwagon following Juan Williams' firing — yes, it was wrong, and yes, there should be no government funding of news operations, but I like NPR and I and CIS have always been treated fairly, both by reporters and talk shows, at both the national level and regional stations. Read more...

New Hispanic Poll on Immigration

By Mark Krikorian, October 28, 2010

The Pew Hispanic Center has a new poll out of Hispanic attitudes related to immigration. Maybe most interesting is this: Read more...

Wonder of Wonders

By Mark Krikorian, October 26, 2010

Tevi Troy wrote in a recent Politico piece on Republican trends among Jewish voters at the state level: "Jewish voters, like other voters, are worried about the economy, the deficit, and health care." Add immigration to that list — an American Jewish Committee survey has found that a majority of American Jews support the Arizona immigration law, 52 to 46. Read more...

Bloggingheads.tv Debate on the DREAM Act

By Mark Krikorian, October 8, 2010

Yesterday I participated in a Bloggingheads.tv debate with Simone Campbell, Executive Director of NETWORK. We debated the DREAM Act and other general immigration issues. View the video below. Read more...

If Pew Says It, It Must Be True!

By Mark Krikorian, September 2, 2010

A slew of news stories today about a new report from the Pew Hispanic Center estimating that as of March 2009, the illegal population had dropped to 11.1 million. Pew, though institutionally inclined toward amnesty and mass immigration, does honest work, and this is no exception. But many of the press reports are treating this as momentous, previously unknown news when, in fact, it's already been reported — twice. Read more...

Price of Victory

By Mark Krikorian, August 27, 2010

Linda Chavez's new column laments John McCain's flip-flopping on immigration:

McCain's capitulation to what he once called, in my presence, "a strong nativist tendency" fooled no one. It simply besmirched his honor and dignity.

I don't believe that he’s changed either, though after nearly 30 sanctimonious, bullying years in Congress I don't think "honor" and "dignity" are relevant descriptions for him any longer. She also writes: Read more...

Let 'Em Loose Bruce, or Line-Flushing in Immigration Court

By Mark Krikorian, August 25, 2010

The latest installment in the Obama administration's gutting of immigration enforcement was reported today in the Houston Chronicle. As reporter Susan Carroll wrote:

The Department of Homeland Security is systematically reviewing thousands of pending immigration cases and moving to dismiss those filed against suspected illegal immigrants who have no serious criminal records, according to several sources familiar with the efforts.

Children of Diplomats

By Mark Krikorian, August 13, 2010

There's a wrinkle of the birthright citizenship debate that I think is telling. One thing that everyone accepts is that "subject to the jurisdiction thereof" excludes kids born here to representatives of foreign governments. Read more...

Looking for a Cheap Date

By Mark Krikorian, August 6, 2010

The Democrats seem to actually think that Senate passage of a bill providing for increased immigration enforcement personnel, two UAVs, and some other stuff is all it takes to convince people that the border is secure. As Politico described it:

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Schumer and McCaskill told reporters in a conference call Friday that the bill paves the way for consideration of a comprehensive reform bill.

Lawsuit Lessons

By Mark Krikorian, July 28, 2010

One broader lesson people need to take away from the legal wrangling over the Arizona law: Any enforcement provisions of "comprehensive immigration reform" that Congress might pass would be tied up in the courts for years. As my colleague Steve Camarota wrote recently: Read more...

Nice Town You Got There, Shame If Anything Happened to It

By Mark Krikorian, July 28, 2010

The other local immigration law that was set to go into effect tomorrow is in the town of Fremont, Nebraska. The ordinance was approved by voters last month and would have prohibited the hiring of, or renting to, illegal aliens.

But the town council there voted last night to suspend the measure because of the prohibitive costs of fighting the ACLU and MALDEF in court: Read more...

In for the Long Haul

By Mark Krikorian, July 28, 2010

It's no surprise that key parts of the Arizona immigration law were just suspended by Judge Bolton, pending the full trial. Assuming the state doesn't give up, which it won't, everyone understood this would take several years and reach the Supreme Court. It’s a stupid way to make policy, but with ACLU lawyers (both those inside and those outside the government) fanatically committed to open borders, there's no alternative.

Is There Any Enforcement They Support?

By Mark Krikorian, July 27, 2010

The Secure Communities program is intended to make systematic and universal the identification of illegal aliens in police custody — not people pulled over for speeding or broken taillights but those actually booked and fingerprinted. The whole point of the program, politically, is to move away from deporting "ordinary" illegal aliens (i.e., those guilty only of tax crimes, identity-fraud crimes, employment crimes, etc.) and focus only on illegals who have committed "real" crimes. Read more...

Attrition Before Enforcement!

By Mark Krikorian, July 27, 2010

The Arizona immigration law is set to go into effect Thursday (unless a judge decides it shouldn't), but it's working already:

The two women are among scores of illegal immigrant families across Phoenix hauling the contents of their homes into the yard this weekend as they rush to sell up and get out before the state law takes effect on Thursday.

Clowns to the Left of Me, Jokers to the Right

By Mark Krikorian, July 22, 2010

I participated a panel on the Arizona law, and immigration more generally, at the libertarian Cato Institute yesterday; the video of the event is now up, assuming you want to watch all 82 minutes of it. Much of the discussion was the usual stuff, but two things stood out.

First, one of the panelists, Cato's Tim Lynch, spoke about how the Arizona law will lead to false arrests and showed an excerpt from this video: Read more...

Immigration Myths

By Mark Krikorian, July 22, 2010

There's too much wrong-headed commentary about immigration to bother with most of it, but the op-ed in today's Washington Post by the last two heads of the INS is worth comment, both because of the venue and the particular myths its authors purvey. Read more...

There's Nothing as Permanent as a Temporary Refugee

By Mark Krikorian, July 13, 2010

Well, imagine that! The "Temporary" Protected Status of certain illegal aliens from El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua was just extended, again, for another 18 months. Read more...

Cutting Immigration Is Pro-Marriage

By Mark Krikorian, July 13, 2010

At least that's the conclusion of one economic historian:

America's settling down: How Better Jobs and Falling Immigration led to a Rise in Marriage, 1880 – 1930
Tomas Cvrcek
NBER Working Paper No. 16161

Immigration and Child Poverty

By Mark Krikorian, July 12, 2010

A few days ago, Reihan Salam at National Review Online questioned whether David Frum was correct that one of the reasons we have a higher rate of child poverty than other developed countries is immigration. As Reihan wrote, "I personally think our immigration policy should change. But I don't think child poverty rates are the reason." Read more...