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More Slaves, Please

By Mark Krikorian, July 22, 2009

An op-ed in yesterday's Post is titled "Immigration Pitfall: Why 'Legalization Only' Won't Fly" and I thought to myself it'd be worth a look to see what pro-enforcement arguments might have made it into the paper. Then I saw the authors and figured out what was up. Read more...

Court Crusader Against Illegal Immigration

By Mark Krikorian, July 21, 2009

There's a fair, even-handed profile in the Times today of Kris Kobach, the law professor who's taken the lead role in legal advocacy for local communities seeking to implement their own immigration-related ordinances. (See his CIS report). Read more...

On a Roll

By Mark Krikorian, July 10, 2009

Wednesday and Thursday saw Senate approval of four good immigration amendments to the Homeland Security appropriations bill — not silver bullets that will solve everything, but real steps in the right direction nonetheless. A measure sponsored by Sen. Jeff Sessions would permanently reauthorize E-Verify and require federal contractors to use it (the similar contractor rule hyped by the administration is much narrower and riddled with loopholes). This amendment had failed in March by a vote of 47–50, but passed this week 53–44, with eight Democrats switching from no to yes votes (and two switching the other way). Every single Republican voted for it. A measure to require completion of the border fencing passed 54–44, and two other amnedments passed by voice vote — i.e., unanimously: one requires implementation of the Social Security No-Match Rule (overturning the administration announcement Wednesday to rescind the rule), while the other would permit employers to screen their existing workforce with the E-Verify system, which now may be used only for new hires. Read more...

One Step Forward, Three Steps Back

By Mark Krikorian, July 9, 2009

The administration has announced that it's abandoning an important immigration initative that would have identified large numbers of illegal immigrants in the workforce. To camouflage this capitulation, the same press release reiterates a promise to finally implement a different, much smaller initative. Read more...

Saddam's BFFs Coming to a Town Near You

By Mark Krikorian, July 8, 2009

From the Christian Science Monitor:

The State Department confirmed today that as many as 1,350 Iraqi Palestinians – once the well-treated guests of Saddam Hussein and now at outs with much of Iraqi society – will be resettled in the US, mostly in southern California, starting this fall.

Another Bad Sign for the Amnesty Crowd

By Mark Krikorian, July 7, 2009

From Politico: "Labor declares war on Chamber", as in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. This story doesn't touch on immigration, but the two big union federations already gave business the finger in agreeing to oppose any guest-worker plan as part of an amnesty bill. And amnesty just isn't making it through Congress unless business and labor are swapping spit in the shower.

Bad Poetry Makes for Bad Policy

By Mark Krikorian, July 6, 2009

Roberto Suro, a former WaPo reporter turned professor at USC, is no restrictionist but he is a contrarian on immigration. His 1998 book Strangers Among Us is anathema to the open-borders crowd, with its assertion that stopping illegal immigration is necessary to improve the lives of low-skilled immigrants already here and its confidence that enforcement is actually feasible. Read more...

What's the Rush?

By Mark Krikorian, June 26, 2009

Yesterday's twice-delayed White House pep rally for amnesty offered no surprises, other than the exclusion of Steve King, who's just, you know, the ranking Republican on the House immigration subcommittee. In fact, despite the meeting's billing as broadly inclusive, only three of the 30 members of Congress there were opposed to amnesty: Sen. Jeff Sessions and Reps. Lamar Smith and Heath Shuler.

But a couple things were notable: Read more...

Touchback Redux?

By Mark Krikorian, June 19, 2009

The president this morning spoke at a Hispanic prayer breakfast and reiterated his support for amnesty, but again offered no timeline. One interesting twist is that he endorsed the bogus "touchback" gimmick that was floated during the last round of the amnesty debate, wherein illegal aliens would go home to apply for amnesty, have lunch, then come back legally, thus "rebooting" their status. As the L.A. Times writes: Read more...

A Whole New Meaning to 'Cheap Labor'

By Mark Krikorian, June 17, 2009

From a Washington Post story on foreign workers in Iraq:

Jasim al-Dulaimy, another tribal leader in Anbar who brought in Bangladeshis, said the workers had adapted well to desert life, adding that he had made them adopt the long, loose dishdashas traditionally worn in the province.

First Virtual Fencing, Now a Virtual Raid

By Mark Krikorian, June 12, 2009

From the LA Times:

No immigration agents descended on Overhill Farms, a major food-processing plant in Vernon. No one was arrested or deported. There were no frantic scenes of desperate workers fleeing la migra through the gritty streets of the industrial suburb southeast of downtown Los Angeles.

Welcome to America!

By Mark Krikorian, June 10, 2009

Address by Mark Krikorian to 972 new citizens on Wednesday, June 3, 2009, at the Paramount Theater in Oakland, Calif.

Welcome to America!

That may sound a little funny, since you all have lived here for many years already; you can't become a citizen until living here for at least five years, and for most of you, it’s probably been longer than that.

But until two minutes ago, you were in America, but not of America – that's what changed with the oath you've just taken. Read more...

An End to Immigration?

By Mark Krikorian, June 9, 2009

Michael Barone has a posting at the Examiner site mulling over the implications of the drop in immigration from Mexico:

Both advocates and opponents of comprehensive bills have based their arguments on the assumption that large-scale immigration from Latin America and parts of Asia will continue indefinitely. But what if that assumption is false? Yes, our current recession is presumably temporary. But there is at least one other reason to assume that immigration from Latin America may not resume at previous levels: birth rates in Mexico and other Latin countries fell sharply around 1990.

Can We Retire 'Jobs Americans Won't Do?'

By Mark Krikorian, June 9, 2009

You mean Americans will do farm work?:

Colorado farmers have applied for 13 percent fewer foreign worker visas this year and state labor officials believe the cause is the lagging U.S. economy and the thousands of Coloradans looking for work.

The Sea Within Which the Fish Swim

By Mark Krikorian, June 8, 2009

One of the reasons ongoing mass immigration is a security problem for a modern society is that it creates and constantly refreshes unassimilated immigrant communities that serve as cover for bad guys, whether transnational terrorists or transnational criminals, whose access to modern technologies of communications, transportation, and weaponry makes the threat different in kind from anything we faced in earlier eras.

An illustration from Sunday's Washington Times: Read more...

Know-Nothings vs. Restrictionists

By Mark Krikorian, June 4, 2009

I was the keynote speaker at a big naturalization ceremony yesterday at the Paramount Theater in Oakland, Calif. (a really cool art-deco building, at least on the inside; maybe there is some there there after all). I gave a version of my naturalization speech to the nearly 1,000 new citizens, plus maybe 1,500 friends and family, who greeted it with pretty boisterous applause, much more so than at the more sedate ceremonies I've addressed in D.C. and Baltimore. Read more...

We Promise to Keep Enforcing the Law, Honest!

By Mark Krikorian, May 21, 2009

Chuck Schumer is making a big show of (the Bush administration's!) immigration enforcement successes, arguing, in the words of the Washington Times story, that "lawmakers have proved to the nation that they are serious about security. Now, he said, voters should be ready to accept a law that legalizes illegal immigrants and rewrites immigration rules."

Uh, not yet. First of all, this is a man who tried to filibuster the Secure Fence Act, so the only thing he's serious about is making a political feint to dupe enough of his fellow congressmen into voting for amnesty. Read more...

Screening for Illegals

By Mark Krikorian, May 19, 2009

I agree with Heather Mac Donald that the administration's decision to expand immigration checks to all jails is a positive development that needs watching. But I have two concerns that Heather didn't touch on. Read more...

Sauce for the Goose

By Mark Krikorian, May 13, 2009

"India Sends the Foreign Pilots Back Home" — but at the same time their government has temerity to insist that we keep taking more of their entry-level computer programmers? I'm not even arguing the merits of the case (for more on that, see here and here) — but the hypocrisy is interesting. Read more...

Amnesty Without Congress

By Mark Krikorian, May 1, 2009

I've mentioned before (most recently here) the use of Temporary Protected Status as a way for the president to unilaterally give what amounts to permanent amnesty to illegal aliens, granting them work authorization and Social Security numbers. Read more...

Man-Averted Disaster

By Mark Krikorian, April 29, 2009

The five Muslim immigrants who'd plotted to kill American soldiers at Ft. Dix in New Jersey have been sentenced, four to life and one to 33 years. I wrote a while back on how the many weaknesses in our immigration system contributed to this conspiracy. Read more...

I Wonder Why This Didn't Get Any Press?

By Mark Krikorian, April 28, 2009

From earlier this month, here's some real extremism in the immigration debate:

A bomb threat demanding the release of immigrants being held for deportation was received by the Weld County [Colorado] Sheriff 's Office on Thursday.

The threat was a handwritten letter in Spanish threatening judicial and law enforcement officers with the bombs with the "intent to kill the most number of Americans," according to a press release.

It's Always a Great Time to Have an Amnesty!

By Mark Krikorian, April 28, 2009

You know how realtors always say it's a great time to buy a house? — good times or bad, summer or winter, old or young, none of it matters. (Here are some links to realtor ads like this over the past several years). I can't imagine anyone pays any attention to the spin, because everyone understands they're just salesmen making a pitch for their 6 percent commission.

Well, that's what I thought of when I read the recent Wall Street Journal column, "We Need an Immigration Stimulus" Read more...

I Think They Hope We'll Just Forget About It

By Mark Krikorian, April 17, 2009

The administration has delayed, yet again, the implementation of the rule that would require most federal contractors to use the E-Verify system when hiring to screen out illegal aliens. Here's the announcement:

Applicability Date for E-Verify Federal Contractor Rule Extended

David vs. Goliath

By Mark Krikorian, April 14, 2009

It's hilarious when the open-borders side complains about "deep-pocketed restrictionists" (see this example -- from the Wall Street Journal, no less!) given the almost unbelievable disparity in funding between the two sides. Read more...

Labor Sells Out American Workers, Yet Again

By Mark Krikorian, April 14, 2009

In the NYT's latest front-page story pushing amnesty, it reports that the AFL-CIO and the breakaway Change to Win coaltion (basically the Service Employees International Union and the Teamsters) have agreed on a common approach to amnesty. Read more...

Look to Zion

By Mark Krikorian, April 14, 2009

Steinitz: Deport 100,000 illegal workers

New finance minister teams up with Immigration Authority to deal with problem 'threatening Israeli workers'; comprehensive plan includes increased fines and indictments against employers

No Surprise Here

By Mark Krikorian, April 11, 2009

So, the Atlanta paper has selected its new conservative editorial columnist, the result of a contest to fill the affirmative-action position. I'm sure Kyle Wingfield is a prince of a man and an engaging writer — but it's no accident that he supports open borders: "I have seen the segregation and inhumanity that result from being unable to stop immigrants from coming to your country, but managing to stop them from working in your country and integrating into your society." (And yes, he does write editorials for the Wall Street Journal, thanks for asking.) From his brief intro piece (his column won't start til next month), he seems to be against cap and trade, Card Check, and the nanny state in general — all sound views the liberals at the AJC editorial page would recoil from. But he can get away with all that because, like I always say, open borders is the immutable value of the Left. Read more...

"Undocumented Americans"?

By Mark Krikorian, April 9, 2009

Here's an e-mail alert about the upcoming May Day amnesty parades (no word on whether the Politburo will be in the viewing stands):

This May 1st, millions of immigrants and their allies will march in the streets of small towns and big cities across America to call for justice. Every day, immigrants work side-by-side with citizens to strengthen our economy and rebuild our communities. It's time we join the fight for comprehensive immigration reform and help create a path to citizenship for undocumented Americans.

[emphasis in the original] Read more...

No "Progress by Pesach"

By Mark Krikorian, April 9, 2009

Now that Passover (Pesach) has started, it's worth looking at the results of Jewish pro-amnesty groups' campaign called Progress by Pesach, to light a fire under Congress and the White House to get moving on "comprehensive immigration reform." This is of more than parochial interest because the effort was led by HIAS, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, whose president, Gideon Aronoff, is now chairman of the National Immi Read more...