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McCaskill Pulling a Gillibrand?

By Mark Krikorian, April 9, 2009

Sen. Claire McCaskill, the rare Democratic immigration hawk, is apparently growing in office — she's said she'll likely vote for the DREAM Act amnesty if it comes up this year. Read more...

More E-Verify

By Mark Krikorian, 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...

Non-Discrimination in Border Enforcement

By Mark Krikorian, April 1, 2009

No, I don't mean avoiding profiling of people at the border. Instead, the Obama administration is avoiding profiling of borders themselves. The kind of camera towers that are part of the "virtual fence" along segments of the Mexican border are now planned for the northern border as well. Read more...

Depression or Not, Immigration Continues Unabated

By Mark Krikorian, March 27, 2009

This just in: 1.1 million people got green cards last year through the federal immigration program. (pdf)

But Let's Make Sure We Keep Those 97 Trucks Out

By Mark Krikorian, March 27, 2009

Hezbollah uses Mexican drug routes into U.S.

Hezbollah is using the same southern narcotics routes that Mexican drug kingpins do to smuggle drugs and people into the United States, reaping money to finance its operations and threatening U.S. national security, current and former U.S. law enforcement, defense and counterterrorism officials say.

As Takoma Park Goes, So Goes Maine

By Mark Krikorian, March 27, 2009

The Maine legislature is considering a bill to allow non-citizens to vote in municipal elections. Stanley Renshon, a CUNY political scientist and CIS Fellow, wrote last year on why this is a bad idea. (Takoma Park is the D.C. area's own little Berkeley/Madison/Cambridge, and allows non-citizen voting, as Renshon discusses.)

Mexico Isn’t a Failed State — Yet.

By Mark Krikorian, March 25, 2009

But we need to protect ourselves now.

Mexico is in trouble. The drug wars there have claimed more than 7,000 lives since President Calderón took office in late 2007. Police are being beheaded, politicians are being assassinated, and pundits are talking of Mexico’s becoming a “failed state.” Read more...

Please Nominate This Woman!

By Mark Krikorian, March 20, 2009

It seems that "Jihad Jeannie" Butterfield will be leaving her longtime position as Executive Director of the American Immigration Lawyers Association at the end of June. No reason was given, and it's too bad, because she was a great punching bag for immigration hawks. Read more...

MALDEF Won't Be Running Civil Rights After All

By Mark Krikorian, March 16, 2009

I'd alluded earlier to reports that Thomas Saenz, MALDEF's former top attorney, had been tapped to head the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department. Read more...

Washington Times Repeats 43’s 44% Myth

By Mark Krikorian, March 5, 2009

David Sands’ piece in Monday’s Washington Times entitled “Hispanics Wary of Future in GOP” has this nut graf:

Leading Hispanic Republican strategists say the natural attraction the party should enjoy with churchgoing, socially conservative Latino voters is being overwhelmed by a single issue: the party’s hard-line stance on illegal immigration.

Contra Nadler 2.0

By Mark Krikorian, February 26, 2009

On immigration, conservatives advocate attrition through enforcement, not mass deportation.

Richard Nadler complains that his critics didn’t address his main premise: that conservatives are advocating “mass deportation,” and that such a position is sure to alienate Hispanic voters. That’s because there are no serious advocates of “mass deportation.” Read more...

No Sanctuary for Sanctuary Cities

By Mark Krikorian, February 25, 2009

A story in today's Washington Times on lawsuits in the works against Denver and San Francisco over those cities' culpability in deaths because of their illegal-alien "sanctuary" policies. Read more...

Immigration Lawyers Need to Eat, Too

By Mark Krikorian, February 23, 2009

Excerpts from an advocacy alert sent by the president of the immigration lawyers' association to his colleagues. I've bolded the key words: Read more...

Can Enforcement Yield Amnesty?

By Mark Krikorian, February 20, 2009

Tom Barry is one of the more prolific, and smarter, writers on the open-borders left. His recent analysis of Napolitano's comments on her immigration agenda makes for encouraging reading (for our side). He writes: Read more...

Contra Nadler

By Mark Krikorian, February 13, 2009

Contra Nadler
Yes, reach out to immigrants—but not by admitting more of them.

By Mark Krikorian
National Review Online, February 13, 2009

Richard Nadler utterly misses the point in his NR piece on immigration. He argues that Republicans should accept amnesty and increased immigration in exchange for promises of future enforcement (“comprehensive immigration reform”). He claims that such a move could win the votes of Hispanics, and that “every hour we postpone a border reform that respects the interests of employers and Hispanics, our entire agenda suffers.” Read more...

Free Speech Is Great, But . . .

By Mark Krikorian, February 11, 2009

Free Speech Is Great, But . . .
The open-borders lobby's attempts to silence its critics.

by Mark Krikorian
National Review Online, February 11, 2009

Nobody Here But Us Chickens

By Mark Krikorian, February 4, 2009

There's a scene in the Life of Brian where members of the People's Front of Judea are hiding from Roman soldiers in obviously ineffective ways — standing upright with a lampshade on their heads, etc. — and the joke is that the soldiers don't notice them and leave. Read more...

Uncommon Knowledge

By Mark Krikorian, February 2, 2009

All this week, I discuss my book, The New Case Against Immigration, Both Legal and Illegal, on the web-based interview show "Uncommon Knowledge." The interview will be posted in five segments, one each day, and then the full interview will be posted here.

Beware of the Times Bearing Gifts

By Mark Krikorian, February 2, 2009

The New York Times editorial Saturday foreshadowing the "growth" in office by New York's junior senator included this precious line: "Ms. Gillibrand's House votes on immigration amounted to a repudiation of New York's special gift to America." In addition to demonstrating yet again the insufferable arrogance of the Times, this hilarious "special gift to America" stuff shows a central problem in immigration policmaking: In the minds of supporters of open borders, it's always 1907. Read more...

Dissolve the Workforce and Elect a New One

By Mark Krikorian, February 2, 2009

Want a small taste of what would have happened if President Bush had gotten his way with his "Any Willing Worker/Any Willing Employer" plan to open every job in the country to unlimited immigration? From the AP:

Major U.S. banks sought government permission to bring thousands of foreign workers into the country for high-paying jobs even as the system was melting down last year and Americans were getting laid off, according to an Associated Press review of visa applications.

Hispanics for Tancredo

By Mark Krikorian, January 29, 2009

No, that's not the name of a new group, though it wouldn't surprise me. A new poll of the 2010 Senate prospects of Colorado's Democrat Gov. Bill Ritter found, among other things, that 35 percent of the state's Hispanic voters prefer immigration hawk Tom Tancredo to Ritter. Given the margins of error, that's the same share of the Hispanic vote in Colorado as McCain last year (reported as 38 percent), and Bush in 2004 (reported as 30 percent). Read more...

Chamber Says 'Jump'; Obama Asks, 'How High?'

By Mark Krikorian, January 29, 2009

Good news and bad news on the E-Verify front. The House version of the "stimulus," monstrous though it is, at least retains the requirement that recipients of its funds be enrolled in E-Verify, so as to screen out illegals. On the other hand, at the request of the open-borders U.S. Read more...

Wanted: Five Smooth Stones and a Sling

By Mark Krikorian, January 14, 2009

It's always been obvious that immigration lobbying has been lopsided, with the bulk of the money and groups on the expansionist side. But someone's now gone and quantified it, using House and Senate lobbying reports, and it's even worse than I thought. Fully 98 percent of the organizations lobbying on immigration are pushing Congress for some combination of amnesty, loose enforcement, and higher numbers. The fact we have any immigration limits or enforcement at all is a testament to the depth and breadth of public opposition to the open-borders agenda. Read more...


By Mark Krikorian, January 9, 2009

From today's LA Times:

Religious and labor leaders called upon Congress and President-elect Obama to pass a comprehensive immigration package this year and said that the U.S. economy could not be restored without legalizing the nation's undocumented immigrants.

Let Them Eat Symbolism

By Mark Krikorian, January 8, 2009

The Dems in the Senate introduced shell legislation yesterday, marked with early bill numbers, to highlight their priorities. Bill number S.1, for instance, is going to be the stimulus package, S.4 health care, S.5 climate change. Read more...

Creating Facts on the Ground

By Mark Krikorian, January 8, 2009

The 100,000th business has signed up for E-Verify, the free program that enables employers to check electronically whether new hires are authorized to work. Read more...

GOP Needs a Rethink on Immigration: Shift the tone.

By Mark Krikorian, January 8, 2009

from National Review Online, January 8, 2009

As the 111th Congress convenes, Republicans need to rethink their immigration policy.

This isn’t because of the supposed lessons of last November’s elections. Despite his herculean efforts at passing Ted Kennedy’s amnesty bill, Sen. McCain’s share of the Hispanic vote was in the usual range for Republicans — though lower than the Republican share in 2004, just like among every other category of voter. He did lose, after all. And if no Hispanics at all had voted, Sen. Obama would still have won. Read more...

Environmental Persecution?

By Mark Krikorian, December 29, 2008

So now severe weather is to be added as a grounds for being declared a refugee? Unbelievable.

Where's the Fence?

By Mark Krikorian, December 22, 2008

A new map (here in pdf) shows progress on the fence along the southern border. You need to blow it up a little to get a better look, but the fence is finished or under construction along almost all the border from the Pacific to El Paso, though in some places it's a vehicle barrier that prevents smuggling vans from crossing but not people from relatively easily hopping over. And I'm not sure if any of the places marked as completed have a "virtual fence" as opposed to an actual one. Read more...

What's That About Jobs Americans Won't Do?

By Mark Krikorian, December 21, 2008

Apologists for mass immigration have been telling us for years that immigrants worked in "segmented labor markets" and "niche occupations" — really just fancy terms for "jobs Americans won't do." Well, so much for that theory; as the Wall Street Journal points out, "U.S. Workers Crowding Out Immigrant Laborers": Read more...