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...
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...
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.
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.
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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.
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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
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...
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...
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...
April 1, 2009
Over at National Review Online, pro-amnesty activist Richard Nadler finds my numbers about the rapid spread of E-Verify "puzzling." It's not clear why. Read more...