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Wanted: Terrific, Classy Foreign Workers; Americans Need Not Apply

By Mark Krikorian, September 24, 2015

The CBS affiliate in Miami reports that Donald Trump's Mar-A-Lago estate & resort in Palm Beach has requested hundreds of foreign worker visas for jobs such as cooks, waitresses, and housekeepers. This would appear to conflict with his boast that "I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created," and with the assertion in his immigration policy paper that "we need companies to hire from the domestic pool of unemployed." Read more...

Walker's Strategic Ambiguity on Legal Immigration

By Mark Krikorian, September 22, 2015

On immigration as on other issues, there was a clear sense that Scott Walker personified the Groucho Marx line that "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them ... well, I have others." Likewise, Walker simply doesn't know much of anything about issues beyond his experience in Wisconsin, whether immigration or the Ex-Im Bank. Read more...

Debate Prep on Refugees

By Mark Krikorian, September 16, 2015

A question on the refugee crisis facing Europe is likely to come up at the Republican debate tonight and I have a slim hope that some of the candidates will come up with a coherent answer. Here’s a possible response:

Jake, as the father of (insert number), I found the picture of that dead Syrian child especially heartbreaking. For both humanitarian and foreign policy reasons, we should work with other countries to help Syria's neighbors manage the large numbers of people seeking safety. The goal should be to enable those fleeing war to be able to live in dignity as near as possible to their homes so they can return when the fighting ends. Read more...

Debate Prep on Immigration

By Mark Krikorian, September 16, 2015

Participants in the two Republican debates later today are certain to be asked about their views on illegal immigration and the Middle Eastern refugee crisis. The answers are not difficult, and yet one candidate after another flubs them. Here's a template for answering the first question, with the second to follow. Read more...

Just Say No to Refugee Resettlement

By Mark Krikorian, September 11, 2015

The White House announced that it plans to admit 10,000 Syrians next year through the refugee resettlement program, on top of the 1,500 or so we’ve already admitted. But the number could go much higher, since the president claims the right to "parole" into the United States anyone he wants, in any number he wants, for any reason he wants. As Senator Grassley put it this week after being informed by Secretary of State Kerry of Obama's 2016 refugee edict: Read more...

Mexico's Latest Illegal-Alien Amnesty

By Mark Krikorian, September 4, 2015

In January of this year Mexico launched an amnesty for illegal aliens.

Called the Temporary Program for Immigration Regularization (the Spanish initials are PTRM), the amnesty is run by the Interior Ministry (Gobernación) through the National Immigration Institute (INM).

Illegal aliens who entered before November 9, 2012, can get a four-year temporary residency after paying a fee of a little more than 9,000 pesos (somewhat over $500). The application period ends December 18 of this year. Read more...

Immigration Trump Card

By Mark Krikorian, August 17, 2015

Maybe what is most remarkable about Trump's new immigration paper is that none of the other candidates beat him to it.

I mean no disrespect to his policy people, but anyone could have written it in a few days, a week maybe. The material is easily found online and unlike, say, health care policy, it's really not that complicated.

Which suggests that the campaigns of most of the other leading candidates hoped they could avoid offering an actual plan, finessing the issue instead by mouthing platitudes for the yahoos without specifics that might upset donors. Trump's paper takes direct aim at this strategy when it states "Real immigration reform puts the needs of working people first – not wealthy globetrotting donors." Read more...

More Bromides on Immigration

By Mark Krikorian, August 7, 2015

Thursday night's Republican debate was the most entertaining I've seen, but there was no additional light shed on the candidates' views on immigration.

The issue came up early, but both the questions and the answers were predictable. Everybody's against illegal immigration. Everybody wants better border enforcement. Everybody's against sanctuary cities and pretty young women being killed by illegal-alien felons protected by commies in San Francisco. Read more...

Jeb Bush's Immigration Plan, Brought to You by Chuck Schumer

By Mark Krikorian, August 6, 2015

In preparation for this week's debate in Cleveland, Jeb Bush this week posted his immigration plan: "Securing the Border and Enforcing Our Immigration Laws". It's basically a six-page summary of the Schumer–Rubio bill passed by the Senate in 2013, though without the other 1,194 pages of details. ... (Read the rest at National Review Online.)

Another Immigration-Enforcement Failure – in the First GOP Debate’s Back Yard

By Mark Krikorian, July 29, 2015

As much as they would like to avoid it, events keep conspiring to force the Republican presidential candidates to discuss immigration. First, Kate Steinle’s murder in San Francisco by an illegal alien who’d been released by authorities vindicated the general point (if not the crude delivery) of Donald Trump’s comments on uncontrolled immigration made just a few days earlier. He’s been riding the issue, and a general grassroots disgust with the GOP “leadership,” to a significant lead in the polls. Read more...

All the Illegals Get to Stay

By Mark Krikorian, July 23, 2015

The Migration Policy Institute, CIS's opposite number on the high-immigration side, has released a report estimating that fully 87 percent of the illegal population is exempt from immigration law following President Obama's November amnesty decrees. This is a change from the 2010-2011 decrees, under which only 73 percent of illegals enjoyed de facto amnesty. Read more...

Knowing What We Know Now, Mrs. Clinton, Would You Still Support Sanctuary Cities?

By Mark Krikorian, July 6, 2015

In the wake of the murder of Kate Steinle by a five-times-deported illegal-alien felon, news organizations worthy of the name would be all over the Democratic candidates asking if they regret their past, repeated, emphatic support for sanctuary cities. Read more...

Clinton Cash Flashback, Immigration Edition

By Mark Krikorian, June 30, 2015

I can't let this month expire without noting that it's the 20th anniversary of Barbara Jordan's bipartisan Commission on Immigration Reform recommending a reduction in legal immigration to about 500,000 per year (it's twice that level today). After their release, President Clinton said the recommendations were "consistent with my own views," while White House press secretary Mike McCurry said: "the President indicated to Barbara Jordan today that he will support such reductions."

By March he'd flipped, opposing especially the cuts in family chain migration. Read more...

Would You Put Up with This from a House Guest?

By Mark Krikorian, June 9, 2015

The Washington Times reports that Immigration and Customs Enforcement has flagged Darron Wint for deportation, should he ever be released from prison. That’s unlikely, since he murdered four people, including a 10-year-old boy who was tortured first, in the Washington, D.C., “Mansion Murders.” Read more...

So Illegal Immigration Isn’t Inevitable After All? Who Knew?

By Mark Krikorian, May 29, 2015

[This is the start of a piece by me posted today at National Review.]

Thursday's Washington Post front page featured a story on the decline in illegal immigration. The story itself isn't news (my colleagues did their first report on this phenomenon seven years ago), but the story's dead-tree subhead explains the timing: "Trend alters dynamics of immigration reform, a likely topic for 2016." Read more...

DHS Trumpets Its Own Immigration Failure

By Mark Krikorian, May 22, 2015

A press release from Immigration and Customs Enforcement this week boasts that "ICE removes man wanted by Romanian authorities for attempted murder." Sounds good, right?

Tomescu was apprehended near Douglas, Ariz., in July 2010 when he tried to enter the United States without inspection. U.S. Border Patrol officers served him a notice to appear in immigration court and placed him in custody.

So far, so good. The Board Patrol is on top of things.

He was later released on an order of recognizance.

Wait, what? We let him go?

Zombie Immigration Programs

By Mark Krikorian, May 20, 2015

No, not the immigration of zombies – I mean programs, in this case "temporary" amnesties, that never die.

Today was the last day for illegal aliens and legal visitors from Liberia to register for Temporary Protected Status. Congress created TPS in 1990 to allow the executive to suspend deportations of (and grant work permits to) illegal aliens from countries where there's been a natural disaster or civil strife. I've written frequently about the bogus nature of TPS (here and here, for instance), but always regarding the fact that while the status isn't technically permanent, like a green card, it's nonetheless renewed indefinitely, long after the home-country emergency has passed. An earlier crop of Liberian illegals, for instance, was granted a "temporary" amnesty in 1991 – and they're still here. Read more...

Don't Look Now, but the Amnesty-First Crowd Has Blinked

By Mark Krikorian, May 20, 2015

Prof. Robert George's group, American Principles in Action, has released an "immigration reform" plan calling for enforcement followed by amnesty and increased guestworker admissions. Read more...

Silicon Valley to Americans: Drop Dead

By Mark Krikorian, May 13, 2015

Silicon Valley oligarchs come to the immigration debate with considerable advantages. Aside from the obvious giant bags of money, there’s the perception (often correct) that they're wizards responsible for breathtaking innovation and economic growth. So when they say they need ever-greater numbers of indentured code-jockeys from abroad because there aren't not enough Americans available, they're taken seriously (even though the real motivation is simply cheap labor). This gullibility is all the more prevalent in Congress, many of whose members don’t even know how to turn their computers on (let alone send e-mail). Read more...

Walker vs. Cruz on Immigration: The Debate We Need

By Mark Krikorian, April 30, 2015

There's been a lot of commentary about the politics of Scott Walker's observation that the well-being of American workers must be considered when making immigration policy. John Fonte's fine piece on National Review's home page today puts it in the context of a growing conservative populist movement. Read more...

The Expansionist Right Also Goes After Scott Walker

By Mark Krikorian, April 21, 2015

Rich Lowry over at National Review applauds Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's recent comments on immigration, pointing to attacks on him from liberal sites.

But it's not just the Huffington Post and MSNBC that are attacking the possible presidential candidate for his tentative and wholly commonsensical observations that the well-being of American workers needs to be taken into account when crafting immigration policy. Heck, he didn't even actually call for reductions in future immigration (though he did name-drop Jeff Sessions), but the expansionists on the right have piled on in response to the mere possibility of future cuts. Read more...

We Need Some Yes/No Answers from Rubio on Immigration

By Mark Krikorian, April 20, 2015

Like Patrick Brennan over at National Review, I too am encouraged by Rubio's seeming commitment to Enforcement First. But whether it's the real thing or just a con hinges on one question: Is he proposing to fully implement universal E-Verify and visa-tracking before asking Congress to grant amnesty to today's illegals, or just pass legislation calling for enforcement. Read more...

Why Resettle Any Syrian Refugees at All?

By Mark Krikorian, April 14, 2015

The International Rescue Committee, a refugee advocacy group headed by former U.K. foreign secretary David Miliband, has urged the United States to resettle 65,000 refugees from Syria by the end of next year. The head of the State Department bureau in charge of carrying out the U.N.'s instructions on refugees (the U.N. decides who gets to move to the U.S.) said last week, in the AP's words, "that between 1,000 and 2,000 Syrian refugees will be brought to the U.S. by the end of September and several thousand more in 2016." Miliband welcomed this but said "it certainly needs to improve." Read more...

The Need for Border Controls

By Mark Krikorian, April 8, 2015

The New York Times ran a story this week on Bulgaria's fence on its border with Turkey, designed to keep Middle Eastern illegal aliens from sneaking into the EU (of which Bulgaria is now a member). Mildly interesting but not that unusual in itself, since Greece already has fenced its land border with Turkey.

What makes this barrier notable is that it replaces the one the Bulgarians dismantled in the late 1990s, a remnant of the Iron Curtain designed to keep people in. The story quotes the former government minister who had overseen the dismantling: "The theory then was that it was antidemocratic to have these kind of devices along the border." Read more...

Words vs. Deeds on Amnesty

By Mark Krikorian, April 7, 2015

Democratic amnesty-pushers, and their Republican collaborators, keep telling us how popular "comprehensive immigration reform" is. But the actions of those same politicians suggest they don't believe their own press releases. Read more...

Immigration: Up vs. Down, Not Republican vs. Democrat

By Mark Krikorian, February 19, 2015

CIS Legal Policy Analyst Jon Feere appeared on C-SPAN's Washington Journal this morning opposite Crystal Williams of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and what struck me was the callers.

C-SPAN offers three call-in numbers, for Republicans, Democrats, and Independents, and I'd guess on issues like taxes or guns or abortion that yields a variety of views. But whatever you might think from watching the Senate battle over funding of Obama's lawless amnesty decrees — where every Democrat has been voting for amnesty and against enforcement — out in the real world support for enforcing our immigration laws is not a partisan issue. So whatever phone line people use to call in to C-SPAN, my experience from being on the show has been that most callers are pro-enforcement.

On today's show every caller was pro-enforcement (except one who was off-topic and another who was unintelligible). Some samples: Read more...

The Peasants Are Revolting, So Let's Get New Ones

By Mark Krikorian, February 9, 2015

In the Morning Jolt yesterday (you should subscribe), Brother Geraghty asked whether Jeb is too enthusiastic about immigration. Read more...

Border Bill — Boob Bait for Bubba
An E-Verify mandate, on the other hand, might actually work

By Mark Krikorian, January 28, 2015
An E-Verify mandate, on the other hand, might actually work

A recent poll that found wide opposition to Obama's lawless amnesty decrees and support for defunding efforts also asked a third question: "Would you support or oppose Congress passing new legislation that strengthen the rules making it illegal for businesses in the U.S. to hire illegal immigrants?" Support for this was overwhelming, 71–21, far greater than the other questions (strongly support/oppose was 45 percent to 9 percent). The crosstabs show that every demographic group, without exception, supported making it harder to hire illegal aliens — liberal and conservative; Republican and Democrat; black, white, and Hispanic; Protestant, Catholic, and Jew; rich and poor; blue-collar and white-collar; urban and rural; old and young — everybody. Read more...

The Dog that Didn't Bark

By Mark Krikorian, January 21, 2015

In "Silver Blaze" Sherlock Holmes concluded from the fact that a guard dog didn't bark that the dog was friendly with the intruder.

Last night the Republican leadership didn't bark on immigration, because they're friendly with the intruder. Read more...

Handcuffed Cops Have Low Morale

By Mark Krikorian, December 10, 2014

Guess which agency's employees have the lowest job satisfaction in the government. Here's a hint: It's the one whose employees are prohibited from doing their jobs. Read more...