Ideological Smears Masquerading as Journalism at The Hill

The Hill published an article last week, "DHS hires incense immigration supporters". The piece focuses on the displeasure of various migrant advocacy and open-borders groups that two persons, Jon Feere and Julie Kirchner were given jobs in Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agencies. Feere was brought into Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as an advisor to its acting director; and Kirchner is now serving as an advisor to the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) commissioner.

GAO's Take on Countering Violent Extremism

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) last week published a report that is neither very useful nor credible — "Countering Violent Extremism: Actions Needed to Define Strategy and Assess Progress of Federal Efforts". It mostly reads like bits of progressive shibboleths left over from the Obama administration.The report represents the kind of abstract thinking we sometimes see from wonks and analysts who are outside the circle of responsibility for ending (or at least minimizing) extreme violence, and therefore talk in terms of metrics, etc.

Sanctuaries and the "Minor" Crime of Domestic Violence

A terrible incident occurred at an elementary school in San Bernardino recently, when an estranged husband entered the premises, shot his wife (a teacher) dead and then turned the gun on himself. Children were also wounded in the attack. To the best of my knowledge, this most recent tragic incident has nothing directly to do with immigration at all. So why blog about it here? Because it raises the ugly specter of domestic violence, which does have a nexus to immigration. Domestic violence is a sadly recurring event in American life — some estimate that as many as one in every four women will experience some form of domestic abuse in their lives.

Courthouses as Sanctuaries?

There are over 300 jurisdictions today that obstruct cooperation with federal immigration efforts, by enacting laws or policies prohibiting police agencies from honoring immigration detainers or providing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents with the information needed to identify and apprehend alien criminals. One of those sanctuaries is Multnomah County, Ore., in which an activist open-borders mentality apparently percolates through all three branches of government.

Sweden Bears Costs of Denial

There is a tendency toward schadenfreude in all of us, and it takes a strong person to swallow those tendencies, particularly when the would-be recipient is a smug, deserving prig.Back in late February, President Donald Trump made a public comment in reference to the risks inherent in taking on large numbers of unassimilated migrants and would-be refugees by referring to the example of Sweden. ("Look what happened last night in Sweden.")

Politicizing Use of the Word "Police" in the Cause of Open Borders

There are a million kinds of stupid, and sometimes I think that our political leaders, one by one, are bound and determined to show the American people each and every one of them. The latest example comes to us courtesy of Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.).CNN tells us that "A bill introduced Thursday [by Velazquez] aims to thwart Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers from wearing clothing labeled with the words 'police,' arguing the practice is deceiving." Velazquez's bill comes on the heels of whining by certain open borders and pro-sanctuary groups about federal agents wearing protective vests and other clothing identifying them as both "ICE" (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and "POLICE". Some allege to be worried that it may lead to confusion.

News on Sanctuaries and Remittances

A few recent immigration items caught my attention:Fairfax County, Va.: Sanctuary or No? The Washington Post ran a brief article about Virginia's Fairfax County, one of those that constitute part of the greater metro area around our nation's capital, titled "Fairfax County stops short of sanctuary policy in new immigration guidelines". The county supervisors allegedly opted out and instead voted for a wishy-washy, neither fish-nor-fowl policy. As the Post put it, "Virginia's largest jurisdiction on Tuesday declared itself a welcoming and accepting place for immigrants but steered clear of the word 'sanctuary,' a term that could spark a backlash from the Trump administration."

Selective Constitutionality under the Obama Justice Department

The Washington Post is reporting that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered senior Department of Justice (DOJ) officials to review all police reform agreements signed, or initiated and yet pending, between DOJ and some 25 police departments nationwide. According to the article, Sessions wants to ensure that the agreements — all of them initiated by the Obama administration, and most under the pressure of lawsuits — don't work against the goals of promoting officer safety and morale while fighting violent crime. I have nothing much to say about all of that, other than it sounds reasonable enough, because it's outside the scope of immigration matters.

Kill the Filibuster to Fix Immigration

Fred Bauer has written an interesting opinion piece for National Review Online, "The Rule XIX Solution", in which he suggests that there is a way to sidestep "going nuclear" and ending the Senate's filibuster rule so that body can then proceed to a vote on whether or not to confirm Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. Bauer, pointing to ideas from officials at the Federalist and the Heritage Foundation, suggests that if this obscure rule were invoked, senators would be allowed to filibuster, but not forever:
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More Evidence of Charlie Beck's and Eric Garcetti's Disingenuousness

A few days ago, I blogged about Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Chief Charlie Beck's specious claim that a short-term drop in domestic violence cases involving Hispanics was proof of the chilling effect of immigration enforcement efforts on local policing. It was such an obvious case of cherry-picking statistical data that no serious observer of either policing or immigration enforcement could possibly take it seriously; it's clear that Beck's purpose was political, not an expression of interest in effective community policing. And, of course, he achieved that purpose by generating lots of publicity at a time when many Americans are starting to wake up to the dangers of sanctuary city policies in various parts of the country, including Los Angeles. Beck was engaged in a pushback effort to try to stave off the very real possibility that LAPD is going to lose federal funds as a result of its noncooperation policies.