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"Naturalized Citizen Terrorist" = "Systemic Immigration Failure"

Adnan al Shukrijumah, a Saudi-born al Qaeda leader, was killed recently by Pakistan's military in a raid conducted in South Waziristan, one of the notoriously restive areas in the mountainous northwest of the country. Shukrijumah was known for his involvement in hatching plots against the West, including one to blow up the New York City subways. At the time of his death, there was a $5 million bounty on his head.

What Do Falling Gas Prices Tell Us About the Impact of Illegal Immigration on Consumer Prices?

Amid mounting evidence that President Obama's executive amnesty will cost American taxpayers a bundle, one persistent myth perpetuated by talking heads and members of the media looking to bolster the case for amnesty is the contention that illegal immigration benefits Americans by keeping consumer prices low. Plunging gas prices give us a textbook example of why illegal labor has little or no positive impact on the price of food or just about anything else made with the help of illegal labor.

Less-Educated Americans Continue to Struggle

Although there has been significant job growth this year, the share of less-educated Americans holding a job continues to be well below what it was in 2007 or 2000. Data from the third quarter of this year still show that less-educated natives are struggling in the labor market. This is particularly true for less-educated minorities. If we look at the share of native-born Americans 18 to 65 with no more than a high school education or those natives with less than a bachelor's degree, the share working remains at or near historic lows.

Amnesty Requires Immigration Cuts

I sincerely hope the next Congress will succeed in stopping Obama's lawless amnesty (though it's far from clear the GOP leadership is fully invested in doing so). Apart from the blatant Caesarism of Obama's decrees, we shouldn't even be considering amnesty until the tools are fully in place to prevent another wave of illegal settlement. Instead, Obama is actually dismantling enforcement.

Oklahoma Shows the Way to Collect Taxes from Illegals — Again

OOOOk-lahoma! not only has the best state song in the nation, it also is the only state that collects taxes from its illegal aliens in a sensible and effective way — as the Oklahoma Tax Commission's annual report for 2014 reveals (p. 11).

It is widely agreed that many illegal aliens work in the underground (cash) economy and do not pay state and federal income taxes as a result. (Some do, of course, but a lot of money is missing).

Why All the Attention for Fast Food Workers, but Not IT Workers?

We hear all the time about low-paid workers in fast food places protesting their wages and working conditions.

Meanwhile, there is virtual silence in another major sector of the economy: the high tech or IT industry, where American workers are constantly being displaced by H-1B foreign workers and where the latter are often mistreated by greedy employers.

The IT workers are often college grads and are playing important roles in a prosperous part of the economy. Why aren't their protests being heard?

No Sanctuary for Murderers

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.

Ten Party Defectors Illuminate House Vote on Obama's Immigration Edict

The House of Representatives voted yesterday 219 to 197 against the president's executive edict legalizing millions of illegal aliens; some critics said that this vote was more symbol than substance, but it did show the division of opinion in that body.

The vote in favor of HR 5759 was almost completely along party lines, with only three Democrats supporting the GOP position and only seven Republicans voting against their own leadership.

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