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Immigration Issue Playing in Big Blue State

By James R. Edwards Jr., April 10, 2012

When you think of Massachusetts, you probably think of liberal lions like the Kennedys, Tip O'Neill, Barney Frank, and Michael Dukakis. So when Bay State Republicans start running an ad against Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate, for being soft on immigration, it might just get your attention.

Well, that's what's happening! Read more...

Exit Coming Soon?

By James R. Edwards Jr., March 12, 2012

Good news finally has come out of the Obama Homeland Security Department. At a recent House hearing, DHS antiterrorism official John Cohen said that within weeks the department will have a biometric exit portion of the entry-exit system ready to go. Read more...

Return of the Pharisees

By James R. Edwards Jr., February 28, 2012

Self-proclaimed religious experts on immigration policy browbeat the good, law-abiding, Christian citizens of Alabama again. At a conference last week, modern-day Pharisees took Alabama's civil authorities to task over the state law designed to restore the rule of law against illegal aliens who have overrun the state. Read more...

Finding Skilled Workers for U.S. Manufacturing Jobs

By James R. Edwards Jr., February 20, 2012

The good news is American manufacturing jobs appear to be on the rise. After years of offshoring followed by the worst economic disaster since the Great Depression, which contracted employment severely, some corporations are returning to the U.S. Other manufacturing firms are expanding operations. The bad news is those cackle-raising assertions about not being able to find qualified workers are back, too. Read more...

Closing Immigration Loopholes That Benefited Capitol Bomber

By James R. Edwards Jr., February 20, 2012

The case of would-be suicide bomber Amine el-Khalifi, who targeted the U.S. Capitol on Friday, highlights a number of fixes we need to make in order to keep the United States free of immigrant threats. Read more...

The Kansas Amnesty Plan

By James R. Edwards Jr., February 5, 2012

Following Utah's misguided lead, a group of illegal-alien-dependent Kansas business types has hatched the latest whacko state-level amnesty plan, the Associated Press reports.

Kansas dairies, feedlots, construction, landscaping, and roofing companies supposedly can't find enough workers. They also want to keep their current illegal foreign workers around, depress pay levels, and get a pass for legally questionable conduct. Read more...

President Obama's State of the Amnesty Remarks

By James R. Edwards Jr., January 25, 2012

Below are President Obama's immigration-related remarks from his 2012 State of the Union address: Read more...

3 More Victims of Weak Immigration Enforcement

By James R. Edwards Jr., January 24, 2012

The politically-correct immigration practices of the administration led to a rather gruesome murder in Florida, as reported by the Miami Herald.

Career criminal Kesler Dufrene, a Haitian, had been caught red-handed committing a burglary in 2006. He was serving a five-year prison term when Dufrene, who had received a deportation order, was handed over to immigration officers. That was September 2010. Read more...

European Allies Get It on Immigration, Why Not America?

By James R. Edwards Jr., January 16, 2012

A couple of interesting news items recently show that the United Kingdom and France "get it" that importing foreign workers hurts their citizens' economic prospects. Read more...

Old News About Latino Voters

By James R. Edwards Jr., December 30, 2011

A new Pew Hispanic Center poll relays some old news: Latino voters favor the Democratic presidential candidate by better than 2-to-1. Read more...

Propaganda Against GOP Immigration Control

By James R. Edwards Jr., December 19, 2011

The tell-tale signs of a propaganda campaign are popping up, with pro-amnesty hacks browbeating and trying to intimidate Republican candidates. Saturday's Washington Post front-page story slammed Mitt Romney for his opposition to amnesty. He's a top-tier candidate and consistently taking a principled, control-oriented position on immigration. And Friday's National Journal Daily pursued the same general theme, but without singling out Romney from the GOP field. Read more...

Middle Eastern Threats Coming from South of the Border

By James R. Edwards Jr., December 11, 2011

Fresh attention to Islamist terrorism shows why America really should be diligent about controlling immigration.

A report on Univision TV network used investigative journalism techniques to gather the of Iran's pursuit of entrée to the United States via Latin America and plans to carry out attacks. Read more...

Hiring Foreigners, Not Americans

By James R. Edwards Jr., December 9, 2011

What's the number one issue in America today? It's jobs. But we now have one more indication that U.S. employers are giving Americans desperate for work the shaft. Read more...

Progress on (Somebody's) Border Fence

By James R. Edwards Jr., December 4, 2011

An arid, rough-hewn, desert border area. Open space, easily and often breached by illegal aliens, smugglers, and traffickers of all kinds. Gun-slinging foreign bad guys showing increasing brazenness and cold-bloodedness. A growing threat to national security.

Arizona or Texas? Try Israel. Read more...

Tiring of the Huddled Masses

By James R. Edwards Jr., November 29, 2011

The huddled masses of refugees being funneled to Manchester, N.H., have made that city tired and poorer, reports a news article in the New York Times. The mayor and city leaders are seeking a moratorium on refugee resettlement into their area. Read more...

Newt Morphing into Bush and Teddy Kennedy on Amnesty

By James R. Edwards Jr., November 23, 2011

GOP flavor-of-the-week Newt Gingrich advanced the latest version of a pro-amnesty stance at the 11th Republican presidential debate last night. Remember George W. Bush's infamous "family values don't stop at the Rio Grande" debate sound bite? Remember where that sentiment led? The former House Speaker edged mighty close to the same moralizing to rationalize amnesty.

Here's what Gingrich said: Read more...

GAO Finds Illegals Are Often Fire Starters

By James R. Edwards Jr., November 22, 2011

The Government Accountability Office has found that a good portion of Arizona's wildfires were started by illegal aliens or their smugglers – 30 out of the 77 fires the watchdog agency examined.

Here are some excerpts from the AP story on the report: Read more...

Health Compact and Illegal Aliens

By James R. Edwards Jr., November 3, 2011

A new health care report highlights what it says is the potential for expanding taxpayer-funded health care to illegal aliens.

The report, "The Health Care Compact: A Trojan Horse that Will Decimate State Budgets," analyzes a new route some states, such as Texas and Georgia, have pursued to get out from under the federal mandates of Obamacare. A movement has arisen, the Health Care Compact Alliance, promoting the adoption of state compacts. The compacts effectively nullify the application of the federal health reform law to compact-joining states. Read more...

Sorting Out Part of the Problem

By James R. Edwards Jr., October 31, 2011

The New York Times article about freshman Republicans in Congress being open to certain visa relief glosses over one main underlying problem: chain migration. Read more...

Sin of Omission

By James R. Edwards Jr., October 23, 2011

Mass immigration enthusiasts Roberto Suro and Marcelo Suarez-Orozco give Washington Post readers their take on how to deal with immigration today. Their recommendation: Break out of the intransigent positions that are based on unreal story lines about America's immigration, past and present.

Not to say these writers don't make any good points. They rightfully criticize the "false choices" politicians and the press often present, for instance. But they do tend to sin by omission. Read more...

N.C. Sheriff Is Target of DOJ's Harassment Tactics

By James R. Edwards Jr., October 13, 2011

The Obama Justice Department may be abusing its power and harassing America's local law enforcers. The Obama administration appears to be trying to intimidate state and local police out of immigration enforcement. Read more...

Obama vs. States and Federalism

By James R. Edwards Jr., October 10, 2011

The Obama administration is considering ramping up its lawsuits against states' immigration-related laws. This indicates a profound misunderstanding of, or a disregard for, the principle of federalism. Read more...

Importing the Uninsured

By James R. Edwards Jr., September 30, 2011

A new report documents that America's "crisis" of the uninsured is to a great extent self-imposed. By reducing immigration, both legal and illegal, to traditional levels, we would derive the benefit of reducing the rising share of the population without health insurance.

The Employee Benefit Research Institute has produced a new study on the uninsured that bears this out. Using Census data for 2010, EBRI presents the facts:

Alabama Law Largely Upheld

By James R. Edwards Jr., September 29, 2011

A federal judge's ruling that much of Alabama's immigration-related law may stand marks progress in a number of ways. Here's a brief, first-cut take on the victory for Alabama's citizens and defeat for open-borders zealots. Read more...

GOP Politics of In-State Tuition

By James R. Edwards Jr., September 25, 2011

The heated exchange between Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Perry, over the issue of in-state college tuition for illegal aliens, illustrates the way different policymakers might approach a problem for which there's no easy answer.

Where someone comes down on this issue shows whether a candidate is able to make tough but right decisions that best serve the citizens of this nation. Perry has been defending Texas's DREAM Act Lite. Read more...

Common Sense from Across the Northern Border?

By James R. Edwards Jr., September 18, 2011

A recent study from Canada suggests a common-sense solution to at least part of the economic morass: When the country's in a recession or worse, stop importing more and more foreign workers.

As Canada's National Post has reported: Read more...

9/11 + 10: Time to Keep Extremists Out

By James R. Edwards Jr., September 11, 2011

Ten years after 9/11, there are still plenty of threats to America's security stemming directly from mass immigration. And there is still plenty of room for better ways for fighting the threat from ideologically dangerous foreigners. Read more...

Immigration: A Litmus Test for the GOP?

By James R. Edwards Jr., September 8, 2011

Immigration has become a litmus test for Republican voters, the Washington Post has reported. This marks a significant development for the issue and for the GOP electorate, which leans more to the right on issues in general. It also has political ramifications for candidates. (Mark Krikorian commented on the article here.)

From the Post article: Read more...

Illegals Raiding U.S. Treasury

By James R. Edwards Jr., September 5, 2011

A new report by the U.S. Treasury Department's Inspector General has found that illegal aliens collected $4.2 billion in 2010 in a refundable tax credit.

Important findings from the report include:

  • The $4.2 billion that illegals claimed under the child tax credit last year is four times higher than the amount in 2005.

New Analysis of Supreme Court E-Verify Case

By James R. Edwards Jr., August 27, 2011

New analysis by the Heritage Foundation reflects on the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on the Arizona immigration law. Bottom line: this court opinion bodes well for other states that have enacted laws to deal with illegal immigration's adverse effects.

From the Heritage report: Read more...