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CPAC Disappoints on Immigration – Again

By Marguerite Telford, February 28, 2017

Last week's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), like those in the prior two years, had little to offer people in favor of immigration enforcement and reduced immigration. So it shouldn't be surprising that the beginning of this posting is almost the same as the posting on immigration at CPAC 2016, where the key immigration event focused on how to talk to minorities; Mike Madrid claimed the GOP risked becoming "irrelevant" if the party didn't embrace amnesty and high immigration levels. His advice was ignored by candidate Trump. This year the four-day conference, addressed by President Trump, once again made no attempt to have a meaningful immigration conversation. Read more...

Questions for Monday's Presidential Debate

By Marguerite Telford, September 25, 2016

The first of three presidential debates will be held on Monday, September 26, moderated by Lester Holt of NBC Nightly News. The topic areas – America's Direction, Achieving Prosperity, and Securing America – are broad, but one issue area that will surely be covered is immigration. Immigration is an issue that impacts both the economy and national security, the top two voter concerns as shown by most polls. Read more...

Obama Adds One More Amnesty to the List

By Marguerite Telford, August 7, 2016

The Obama administration continues to broaden the list of immigration laws which they will not enforce, with the publication of a final rule expanding those eligible for the existing provisional waiver process. Illegal aliens who marry green-card holders or have parents in the U.S. can now escape the penalties for illegal presence in the U.S. as a result of this latest usurping of the legislative role by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Read more...

The Trump and Clinton Immigration Plans

By Marguerite Telford, July 29, 2016

Donald Trump took to Twitter last night to respond to Hillary’s speech. Unsurprisingly, the public responded in largest numbers to his tweets referencing immigration. The most popular tweet, which quickly received close to 13,000 retweets and almost 32,000 likes, mentioned Hillary’s push for a 550% increase in refugees while refusing to mention radical Islam. Runners-ups were tweets saying Hillary was “owned” by Wall Street and her vision of “a borderless world where working people have no power, no jobs, no safety.” Read more...

The Divisive, Political Pope

By Marguerite Telford, February 18, 2016

Pope Francis' six-day visit to Mexico ended yesterday with a mass at the U.S.-Mexico border, a symbolic location for those who have entered the United States illegally, those who died making the attempt, and those who plan to cross the border. But the Pope continued to take advantage of an election year in the United States even as he sat on his departing aircraft, weighing in on Donald Trump.

"A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian," said the Pope. Read more...

Canada's Syrian Refugees Pose a U.S. Security Risk

By Marguerite Telford, December 14, 2015

The significant national security threat presented by the United States' northern border receives minimal media coverage. But as the longest common border in the world, dramatically longer than the border the United States shares with Mexico, the U.S.-Canada border provides ample opportunity for illegal border crossers to enter the United States. After the recent terrorism attack in San Bernardino, Calif., and Canada's pledge to take in a large number of Syrian refugees, Americans need to be aware of the national security threat existing to the north. Read more...

National Park Service Signs on to Obama's Pro-Illegal Immigrant Agenda

By Marguerite Telford, May 28, 2015

The politicizing of our national monuments is well underway, with the National Park Service (NPS) pushing the president's pro-illegal immigrant agenda in a new exhibit at the Ellis Island Museum. The Obama administration and Democrats (helped by more than a few Republicans) have been attempting to normalize illegal immigration for some time, so it is not surprising that they would enlist the NPS, a federal bureau in the Department of the Interior, to rewrite history to turn U.S. law enforcement into the bad guys. Read more...

No Sanctuary for Murderers

By Marguerite Telford, December 5, 2014

Earlier this week, several media outlets (see here and here, for example) reported on the apprehension of two convicted murderers who had illegally re-entered the country after being deported. The articles emphasized the unified effort between U.S. Border Patrol agents and local police that made the apprehension possible. This law enforcement success story shows the need for federal agents to work with local and state law enforcement. But the bigger picture was missed. Read more...

N.H. Sen. Shaheen and AFL-CIO Question Census Bureau Data

By Marguerite Telford, November 3, 2014

The validity of a Center for Immigration Studies study on jobs in New Hampshire was called into question this week by both the President of the New Hampshire AFL-CIO, Mark Mackenzie, and Incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. The comments by both parties reflect the decline in the sitting senator's popularity as election day looms, and a misrepresentation of facts meant to sway an election. Read more...

Protecting Americans from Ebola

By Marguerite Telford, October 20, 2014

The administration's refusal to use immigration policy to keep Americans safe from the Ebola virus is symptomatic of the administration's general immigration philosophy. The administration prefers not to distinguish between legal and illegal immigrants, ignoring the fiscal, labor, and security impact of illegal immigration on U.S. citizens and residents. To blur the distinction, the administration leans toward open-border policies and amnesty for aliens breaking U.S. laws. Read more...

Obama Administration: No 'Unaccompanied Alien Children' at Border

By Marguerite Telford, July 6, 2014

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has banned the use of the term "unaccompanied alien children" (UAC). Those familiar with the administration's manipulation of language to subtly influence or stop a debate will not be surprised.

According to an internal June 4 ICE e-mail message distributed widely to managers in headquarters and field offices, personnel were urged to refrain from using the official acronym UAC, in favor of "unaccompanied child". The e-mail reads: Read more...

Secrecy Permeates Housing Facility for Alien Youth

By Marguerite Telford, July 2, 2014

Yesterday Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) attempted to visit a Health and Human Services (HHS) housing facility occupied by an estimated 1,200 illegal-alien youths relocated from the Texas border. The congressman was denied entry to this facility, located in Ft. Sill. He was told by the HHS official in charge that he would have to make an appointment, which could be scheduled for him in three weeks if he emailed the appropriate person. His phone call was not returned. Read more...

Americans Say NO to Illegal Aliens Being Housed in Their Communities

By Marguerite Telford, July 2, 2014

Tens of thousands of illegal aliens are being transported across the country to stay at facilities for unspecified periods of time, at the taxpayers' expense. An estimated two-thirds of these aliens are adults with children, and one-third are unaccompanied minors, mostly males between the ages of 14-17. Americans, angered by the government's unwillingness to stop the flow, are losing patience, as seen by the protests in California. Read more...

Support of Amnesty Leads to Republican Leader's Defeat

By Marguerite Telford, June 11, 2014

For the first time in history, a House majority Leader has lost in a primary election. Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) was defeated by Dave Brat in a single-issue campaign focused on immigration. An economics professor at a local college, Brat spoke persuasively about the impact of immigration on employment and wages. Read more...

Texas GOP Sends Clear Message on Illegal Immigration

By Marguerite Telford, June 9, 2014

After days of debate on immigration, the Texas Republicans rejected inserting a guest worker or provisional visa program into the party's 2014 official platform. The controversial 2012 "Texas Solution", which called for a national guestworker program, is history. Read more...

A Mere Word Change in Texas

By Marguerite Telford, June 7, 2014

Immigration has been one of the most controversial issues debated at the Texas Republican Party National Convention this week. Today the over 10,000 delegates will finalize the party’s platform. Although it may be non-binding, it will be an important political statement, receiving much attention heading into the November elections. Read more...

Pushing Amnesty: Moral or Immoral?

By Marguerite Telford, April 4, 2014

This week Cardinal O'Malley, the archbishop of Boston, joined by several other members of the U.S. Conference of Bishops, held Mass at the Arizona southern border as part of a lobbying effort for increased immigration and amnesty for illegal immigrants. Pictures of Catholic clergy distributing the Holy Eucharist to hands reaching through a fence were all over the media. Read more...

Worship Politicized, Again

By Marguerite Telford, January 21, 2014

In the early 13th century, Catholics in Europe began celebrating a special mass for the Bench and Bar. The liturgy is referred to as the "Red Mass" in recognition of the celebrant's red vestments symbolizing the Holy Spirit and the red robes worn by the judges of the High Court in England. This month in many larger cities, lawyers, judges, and legislators attend the annual Red Mass to ask for the Holy Spirit's guidance in their work of service to the people. Read more...

If You Have a Party and Most of Your Guests Don't Show . . .

By Marguerite Telford, October 9, 2013

Yesterday the Obama administration opened up the National Mall, closed to the general public due to the government shutdown, making a special exception to allow pro-amnesty groups to hold a rally. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, polite as ever, thanked the president for allowing the protesters to convene there, despite the fact that anyone else who wandered onto the Mall yesterday risked arrest, as it is currently "illegal" to visit the open-air site while it, and hundreds of other monuments and national parks, are officially "shut down". Read more...

The Forgotten Americans

By Marguerite Telford, July 3, 2012

The media immediately responded to the Supreme Court's decision on SB1070 with the expected winner-loser political statements we have all come to expect. Now, not only can the Democrats and Republicans not work together, the states and the feds can't either. Lost in the multitude of news reports and opinion articles is the sad situation that brought about the drafting of Arizona's "Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act" in the first place. Read more...