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The E-Verify Glass Is Half Full

By Mark Krikorian, February 25, 2010

An evaluation of the E-Verify program conducted about two years ago has just been released. (The 338-page pdf is here.) It estimates, among other things, that about half of illegal aliens who were screened between April and June 2008 managed to foil the system and get approved for employment, and opponents of immigration enforcement are tickled pink. Read more...

Book Burning

By Mark Krikorian, February 12, 2010

Linda Chavez and I have had our disagreements, so take this for what it's worth, but a paragraph in her column today was deeply disturbing, all the more so for its casualness. In listing lessons she learned from weathering the snow storms, she wrote: Read more...

'Temporary' Status Means Never Having to Say Goodbye

By Mark Krikorian, February 4, 2010

If you think the Haitian illegal aliens and legal visitors to whom the administration has granted "Temporary" Protected Status (TPS) are ever going back, look at the experience of the Liberians.

About 3,000 or so of them were granted this status (which allows them to live and work here legally) in 1991 because civil strife back in Liberia supposedly made the normal enforcement of our immigration laws impossible. The civil war there ended in 2003. After repeated renewals, their TPS was finally allowed to expire in 2007. Read more...

Amnesty Deported from SOTU

By Mark Krikorian, January 28, 2010

Since I knew His Majesty wouldn't say much of anything about immigration, and I can no longer stand the sound of his voice, I just went to bed. But he said even less than I expected:

We should continue to work at fixing our broken immigration system to secure our borders and enforce our laws and ensure that everyone who plays by rules can contribute to our economy and enrich our nation.

The Answer to the World's Problems — Immigration to America

By Mark Krikorian, January 24, 2010

For the second time to three days, the Washington Post has an op-ed calling on us to help Haiti by reducing the number of Haitians living there. Elliott Abrams' piece, which I critiqued here on Friday, was wrongheaded in calling for substantial increases in Haitian immigration but at least it didn't reject American sovereignty. Read more...

Help Haitians — in Haiti

By Mark Krikorian, January 22, 2010

Elliott Abrams has a piece in today's Washington Post calling on the United States to substantially increase Haitian immigration, so as to reduce the population of Haiti and increase the amount of remittances sent there from abroad. It's so wrong-headed I'm not sure where to start. Read more...

'Temporary' Status for Haitians

By Mark Krikorian, January 13, 2010

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) was invented precisely for cases like Haiti today — when a natural disaster is so devastating that illegal immigrants from that country temporarily can't be deported. And there are already several members of Congress calling on the administration to grant TPS, and rightly so. Read more...

When in Doubt, Keep Them Out

By Mark Krikorian, January 12, 2010

Monday's Washington Times included a piece echoing Elliott Abrams's NRO article from a couple weeks ago: The State Department needs to get out of the visa business. It managed to hold onto to the visa process after 9/11 only with oversight from DHS, but State has continually fought DHS efforts to tighten up the process and "again and again has sided with foreigners seeking access to the United States." This is why, as my Center for Immigration Studies colleague Jessica Vaughan points out, State didn't even check whether the panty-bomber had a visa after his father's warning, let alone revoke it. Read more...

Alien Criminals: Jail or Deport?

By Mark Krikorian, January 6, 2010

An illegal-alien cop-killer was arrested this morning in Utah. He faces the death penalty, and I'm all for that. But this part of the story raises a question for policymakers:

Roman, apparent in the country illegally, has a significant criminal history, beginning in 1992 with a misdemeanor drug distribution charge to which he pleaded guilty in Fillmore.

Adventures in Myth-Busting

By Mark Krikorian, January 6, 2010

The Washington Post's Outlook section has a regular "5 Myths about . . . " feature, this week about "keeping America safe from terrorism." The author was Stephen Flynn, who has long been scathing in his opposition to any use of immigration-control measures to protect the nation against terrorists. Predictably, myth number three was "Getting better control over America's borders is essential to making us safer," which was itself full of myths. Read more...

Insane Asylum

By Mark Krikorian, December 18, 2009

Another thing the Democrats' amnesty bill would do is eliminate the requirement that asylum applications be filed within one year after the person's last entry into the United States. The deadline rule was passed by Congress in 1996 to incorporate into U.S. Read more...

Taqiyya in Immigration

By Mark Krikorian, December 17, 2009

The Democratic amnesty bill is almost like something I'd write as a parody. Read more...

Every City a Sanctuary City

By Mark Krikorian, December 16, 2009

The Democratic amnesty bill (HR 4321) is relatively modest in size, compared to other recent efforts, at a "mere" 644 pages. But those pages are packed with juicy bits of open-borders goodness. I mentioned some of the highlights yesterday, here and here, but there's plenty more. Read more...

Dead on Arrival

By Mark Krikorian, December 15, 2009

Not all change is reform. Sometimes the status quo is better than proposed changes, and the new Democratic amnesty bill is a case in point. Read more...

Man Bites Dog ...

By Mark Krikorian, December 7, 2009

... and the MSM reports honestly on immigration. Nurit Aizenman has a good piece on the front page of today's Washington Post on the "Struggles of the second generation," combining one man's story with actual data: Read more...

Immigration Enforcement — A Jobs Program

By Mark Krikorian, December 3, 2009

Over at The Corner, I linked to a USA Today story the other day about Americans elbowing illegals out of the way for day-labor jobs, under my headline of "And Yet, We Still Haven't Suspended Immigration." In response, one reader wrote, sarcastically, "Yah, because protectionism is clearly the answer for our economic woes." This betrayed a widespread misconception about immigration and trade, one that's important to keep in mind as the president unveils the political theater production called his Read more...

'Growing' in Office, Before You Take Office

By Mark Krikorian, November 25, 2009

Rich Lowry of National Review tells a great story about the brief period years ago when he toyed with the idea of running for mayor of New York: Read more...

Audit or Arrest?

By Mark Krikorian, November 20, 2009

Rep. Lamar Smith, ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee and immigration-enforcement stalwart, wheedled updated statistics out of DHS and found that, in the words of the Washington Times story:

Criminal arrests, administrative arrests, indictments and convictions of illegal immigrants at work sites all fell by more than 50 percent from fiscal 2008 to fiscal 2009.

Blue Helmets on the Border?

By Mark Krikorian, November 13, 2009

As reader Paul G. suggests, the debate over militarizing the border is now over. From the AP:

MEXICO CITY – Business groups in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez said Wednesday they are calling for United Nations peacekeepers to quell the drug-related violence that has given their city one of the highest homicide rates in the world.

Whining from Goliaths

By Mark Krikorian, November 13, 2009

The immigration lawyers' association (among many others) claims credit for its presumed role in ushering Lou Dobbs off CNN. (I write about the broader campaign to silence amnesty critics over at National Review Online.) But what I found interesting about this particular posting (besides its comparison of Dobbs to Father Coughlin) was this:

He will clearly find another "Bully Pulpit," whether it is another media outlet willing to air his rants or a run for public office, perhaps financed by those who pour their money into FAIR and the Center for Immigration Studies.

Anyone who wants to pour money into CIS, click here! Read more...

On Wings of Eagles

By Mark Krikorian, November 2, 2009

The Wall Street Journal reported on a secret U.S. mission that recently extracted most of the remaining Jews from Yemen, where they're coming under increasing pressure from the local Arabs. This completes the work of Operation Magic Carpet, which brought the bulk of Yemenite Jews to Israel in 1949 and 1950. Read more...

Here's Some Real Hate Speech for You

By Mark Krikorian, October 29, 2009

After the 2007 amnesty failed in the Senate, the open borders crowd decided to forego policy debates and turn up to 11 their efforts to demonize their opponents. As part of that strategy, the Southern Poverty Law Center was assigned to designate FAIR a "hate group," La Raza started a "We Can Stop the Hate" campaign, and the new radical-left group America's Voice posted an online election for the "Top Anti-Immigrant Wolf" (vote for me!). Read more...

Hate, Hate Everywhere

By Mark Krikorian, October 28, 2009

I feel like taking a shower after writing about the Southern Poverty Law Center, but for some reason it's taken seriously by the media and even government agencies, so I can't avoid it. A couple examples this week of how ludicrous the SPLC's charges of "hate" are. Read more...

Cesar Chavez vs. La Raza

By Mark Krikorian, October 16, 2009

When I wrote a few months ago about the origins of "la raza" as a racial-surpremacist concept (developed in the '20s and '30s on the idea of the biological superiority of mestizos), Janet Murguia, head of the National Council of La Raza, pointed and sputtered over at the Huffington Post. Read more...

Even Kinder, Gentler Enforcement Is Too Much

By Mark Krikorian, September 30, 2009

The Obama administration has adopted a Clinton-era immigration enforcement tactic that is starting to bear fruit. As the NYT describes today, instead of factory raids, the feds are auditing the personnel records of hundreds of companies and the people with bogus documents are starting to be fired, 1,800 of them at one L.A. garment factory. Since Obama isn't going to allow raids, audits like this are better than nothing — a lot better, in fact. Read more...

Overstaying Their Welcome

By Mark Krikorian, September 28, 2009

I'm all for border fencing and the like; it's an essential tool of national sovereignty.

But for too many politicians, and even ordinary folks, support for border security is a cop out, a substitute for thinking about the overall immigration problem, only part of which has anything to do with our border with Mexico.

One vital issue that is neglected because of this tunnel-vision on border fences is visa overstays. The Dallas jihadist shows how important this is; I suspected he was an overstayer, and the Dallas Morning News confirmed: Read more...

Citizen? What's That?

By Mark Krikorian, September 25, 2009

The head of the Census Bureau said this week that trying to identify the illegal aliens in the upcoming census would not be practical. And he's right — it's not just that the forms have already been printed, but who's going to honestly answer that they're illegal? Read more...

Another Warning on Amnesty

By Mark Krikorian, September 25, 2009

There was an important vote on a minor procedural matter Wednesday on the floor of the House. Arizona's Rep. Raul Grijalva, a leftist open-borders guy (and I don't mean liberal — MEChA member, 100% rating from the ACLU, etc.) sponsored a bill to create new national-park area along the border. Read more...

Not Much of a Debate

By Mark Krikorian, September 9, 2009

The Economist's website is hosting a "debate" on the following proposition: "This house believes there is too much international migration." Arguing against the proposition is one Dr. Danny Sriskandarajah, Director of the Royal Commonwealth Society, saying all the usual tranzi stuff. Read more...

We're Taking Refugees from Where?

By Mark Krikorian, September 9, 2009

Ann Corcoran over at Refugee Resettlement Watch points out that Refugees from Bhutan are the third-largest group of refugees resettled so far this year in the U.S. The perversity of this policy is clear when you learn that they're ethnic Nepalese kicked out by the Bhutanese government and living in refugee camps in — Nepal! Read more...