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  • ‘Extreme Vetting’ Is Extremely Overdue

    08/16/2016 1:30:19 PM PDT · by MaxistheBest · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/15/2016 | MARK KRIKORIAN
    Donald Trump’s speech yesterday on the threat of radical Islam included a section about immigration policy that has the usual suspects in a tizzy. This section focused not on terrorism, but rather on what Andy McCarthy calls the “grand jihad,” the importation of Islamist ideology that rejects our constitutional order and open society. In his trademark manner, Trump departed from the prepared text to Archie Bunker-ize the speech by calling this “extreme vetting,” which is not the phraseology you should use once you’ve won the nomination and are trying to persuade the middle-of-the-road voter in Ohio and Florida. But rather...
  • Another House Immigration Bill, More Boob Bait for Bubba

    01/28/2015 4:10:27 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 4 replies
    NRO Online ^ | Mark Krikorian
    That recent poll that showed 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). (SNIP) So why did the House leadership try to fast-track a border bill (which has been at least temporarily derailed because immigration hawks objected to its phoniness) instead of passing an E-Verify mandate?...
  • Prospects for Immigration Reform

    Mark Krikorian and Frank Sharry talked about the prospects for immigration reform in the Republican-led 114th Congress, which would convene January 6, 2015, and the effect of President Obama’s executive action on the issue.
  • Immigration After Executive Action: A Symposium on Reform (Video)

    12/12/2014 7:25:13 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 1 replies
    As President Obama pursues executive action to reshape America’s immigration system, Hudson Institute will host a symposium of competing views on immigration reform and its compatibility with America’s founding principles, a free market economy, and the evolving needs of modern America.
  • A Shortage of STEM Workers?

    05/23/2014 6:54:09 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 17 replies
    Alex Nowrasteh at the Cato Institute and Philip Wolgin at the Center for American Progress (CAP) each comment on, but don't really try to refute, a new report that I co-authored on the lack of a shortage of STEM workers. The American Immigration Lawyers Association's Paul McDaniel also comments on the report at the association's American Immigration Council website. Like Nowrasteh and Wolgin, McDaniel doesn't really try to refute the report. He cites Cato and CAP and also repeat a number of the points from our report. Let me address Cato's blog first because both Wolgin and McDaniel partly rely...
  • The Anti-Amnesty Pledge: a Promising Sign the Republican Party Is Changing from the Bottom Up

    05/20/2014 6:08:04 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 6 replies
    NRO ^ | Laura Ingraham
    For years people such as Mark Krikorian, Senator Jeff Sessions, and the editors at National Review have argued that Republicans need to do more to reach out to working-class Americans. The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) recently issued a new candidates’ pledge that advances that goal. The pledge binds candidates to oppose any legislation that would grant more work permits or expand the already large number of new immigrants and temporary workers into the U.S. In Georgia, all four top-tier GOP Senate candidates (Representative Paul Broun, Karen Handel, Representative Jack Kingston, and David Perdue) have signed the FAIR pledge.
  • Jeb’s Gibberish: Any limit on immigration is an act of hate

    04/07/2014 3:25:08 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 61 replies
    NRO ^ | Mark Krikorian
    You’d think that someone who put his name on a book about immigration would at least know a little bit about it. I’m afraid that may not be the case, if Jeb Bush’s recent comments on illegal immigration are any indication. His “act of love” comment is what’s gotten everyone’s attention, and I agree with Ramesh’s take on the Corner to the extent that there’s some truth to what Jeb said:
  • McConnell and his challenger Bevin attack each other on immigration reform

    04/07/2014 3:18:25 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 42 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | Neil Munro
    Matt Bevin, Sen. Mitch McConnell’s primary challenger, told a group of Kentucky voters that American workers are less productive than immigrants. “For those who think that all these fifteen to twenty million [illegal immigrant] people are here just to take advantage of us and ride the system, you’re wrong,” he said at a diner in Jessamine, Kentucky, in March. “Most of them are not… but I’ll tell you what, there are more people like that even proportionally that were born here in this country,” he added.
  • Immigration Amnesty: The Path to Poverty (Pigs now have their own airport)

    03/22/2013 2:48:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | March 22, 2013 | David Frum
    In 2008, Mark Krikorian published an important new book arguing against permissive immigration. The book's central idea: what has changed since Ellis Island days is not the immigrants; it's the society they are immigrating to. In 1913, a Sicilian who migrated to New York City to do manual labor would discover a society willing to pay a high wage for his effort. In 2013 … not so. Yesterday's New York Times reports on a new study confirming Krikorian's insight. People of Mexican descent in New York City are far more likely to be living in poor or near-poor households than...
  • #DontStandWithRand (His amnesty speech was a pastiche of clichés)

    03/20/2013 6:31:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/20/2013 | Mark Krikorian
    Rand Paul’s amnesty speech before the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce was a pastiche of establishment cliches. Permit me to select some and respond: Growing up in Texas I never met a Latino who wasn’t working. While this kind of flattery is expected when politicians pander to any kind of group, in this case it’s not true. The latest data show that 65.4 percent of U.S.-born Hispanics over age 16 have a job, and 68.4 percent of Hispanic immigrants (legal and illegal) do, compared with 69.3 percent for the country as a whole. That’s not a difference worth getting...
  • Amnesty Deported from SOTU

    01/31/2010 9:17:29 PM PST · by Bob017 · 9 replies · 409+ views
    National Review - The Corner ^ | 28 Jan 2010 | Mark Krikorian
    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. That's it? I was figuring at least three sentences, or maybe two. As Roy Beck put it:
  • Where does she stand?-Palin and immigration

    09/25/2008 12:28:21 PM PDT · by BGHater · 85 replies · 477+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 25 Sep 2008 | Mark Krikorian
    Gov. Sarah Palin wowed Republicans with her convention speech. In addition to her life story, she expressed strong conservative views on lower taxes, national defense, and energy independence. But what does she think about immigration? She said nothing about it, no doubt at the behest of the McCain campaign. And there doesn't seem to be anything on the record revealing her views — not on border security, not on legal immigration, nothing. The Hill newspaper quotes an immigration expert in Alaska as saying "She's never made any statements. I don't recall really any positions that she's taken." Given Sen. John...
  • Whaddya Know? Enforcement Works!

    07/31/2008 10:32:23 AM PDT · by Uncledave · 61 replies · 180+ views
    NRO ^ | 7/31/2008 | Mark Krikorian
    Whaddya Know? Enforcement Works! Real-life immigration lessons. By Mark Krikorian ‘They’re not going back unless they are rounded up” — Hillary Clinton, 2007 In this quote, Senator Clinton nicely summed up the conventional wisdom on immigration enforcement: the only options before us are either arresting and deporting every single illegal alien or legalizing them. George Will was more colorful with his image of “200,000 buses in a caravan stretching bumper-to-bumper from San Diego to Alaska” as the only way to reduce the illegal population. The Bush administration shared this view and for six and a half years pushed amnesty, which...
  • I'm Lovin' It (Large Fine for McDonald's for Hiring Illegals May Have Big Effect)

    07/17/2008 11:11:43 AM PDT · by SeafoodGumbo · 28 replies · 187+ views
    NRO's The Corner ^ | 7-17-08 | Mark Krikorian
    A McDonald's franchisee in Nevada pled guilty and agreed to may a $1 million fine for its knowing employment of illegal aliens (the two executives involved will be sentenced later). This is indeed "a coup for the government's crackdown on employers of illegal immigrants," as the Wall Street Journal put it, but the fact that it's McDonald's is especially important. McDonald's is believed to be the company with the largest number of no-matches — that is, W-2s filed by the employer that have fake or mismatched Social Security numbers. That's from a 2004 report by the Social Security Administration...
  • Terry Anderson LIVE Thread - July 13, 2008

    07/13/2008 7:50:32 PM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 142 replies · 374+ views
    The Terry Anderson Show ^ | July 13, 2008 | Terry Anderson
    The TERRY ANDERSON SHOW.. Articulating the Popular Rage! Sundays - 12-1 AM EDT, 11-12 PM CDT, 10-11 PM MDT, 9-10 PM PDT KRLA - 870 AM - Los Angeles -- KDWN - 720 - Las Vegas -- KFNX - 1100 - Phoenix "If You Ain't Mad, You Ain't Payin' Attention!" Call-In Number - (866) 870-5752 Don't miss Terry's July 13th show with guest ... MARK KRIKORIAN - author of a new book on immigration, legal and illegal.. Can you guess WHO the most Horriblest Clown of the Week is? Listen to Terry online ...
  • If You Build It, They Won't Come - Cal Thomas

    06/28/2008 12:14:12 PM PDT · by AuntB · 9 replies · 112+ views
    Human Events ^ | Cal Thomas
    On Monday, the Supreme Court refused to take up the appeal lodged by environmental groups that focused on a two-mile stretch of border fence in the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area near Naco, Ariz. The fence, which has been built since the petition was filed, is a vital part of the Bush administration’s drive to secure the border between the United States and Mexico. The Supreme Court’s decision is a welcome and needed victory in the war against illegal immigration and efforts to preserve the unique character that is America. The environmentalists based part of their challenge on claims...
  • John McCain, Multiculturalist - Immigration is just one problem

    05/20/2008 2:23:36 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 80 replies · 862+ views
    National Review ^ | January 24, 2008 | Mark Krikorian
      We all know John McCain is terrible on immigration. For years he held America’s sovereignty and security hostage to amnesty and increased immigration, and his newfound support for “enforcement first” is so insubstantial and transparently insincere that it insults our intelligence. He’s so bad that Americans for Better Immigration ranks his performance in office as the worst of all the presidential candidates — including Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. (See the GOP grid here and the Democratic one here.) And as Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation has pointed out, passage of McCain’s bill “would represent the largest expansion...
  • What Happened to Immigration?

    02/07/2008 9:39:32 AM PST · by Delacon · 77 replies · 134+ views
    National Review Online ^ | February 07, 2008 | Mark Krikorian
    Now that Amnesty John appears to have the Republican nomination sewn up, the pro-McCain commentariat is seeking to rewrite the lessons of last summer’s epic battle over immigration in the Senate. That unprecedented outpouring of popular outrage, which stopped cold the combined force of all of America’s elite institutions, clearly demonstrated the arrival of immigration as a potent political issue. With the recent primary victories of Ted Kennedy’s amnesty co-conspirator, supporters of the McCain approach are crowing that last summer’s humiliating defeat was just a flash in the pan, driven by noisy troublemakers who can now safely be ignored. Jennifer...
  • Mexico First?

    01/28/2008 10:14:21 AM PST · by ECM · 18 replies · 1,202+ views
    National Review ^ | January 28, 2008 12:13 PM | Mark Krikorian
    “I want the third generation, the seventh generation, I want them all to think ‘Mexico first.’ ” These are the words of Juan Hernandez, John McCain’s “Hispanic outreach director,” on Nightline June 7, 2001. *snip* Contrary to some of the more enthusiastic venting on the web, the problem is not that McCain has a Hispanic outreach director; while the government shouldn’t have anything to do with race or ethnicity, it’s perfectly natural for a political campaign to do outreach to any and every kind of voter. In fact, McCain’s “very close” friend, Hillary Clinton, last spring named Raul Yzaguirre to...
  • Surprise on Immigration (Mark Krikorian hearts Huckabee immigration plan)

    12/07/2007 8:17:38 AM PST · by dano1 · 44 replies · 223+ views
    National Review Online - The Corner ^ | 12/6/2007 | Mark Krikorian
    Huckabee has a new immigration plan out, and it's way, way better than anyone would have expected from him. Full disclosure: though I had nothing to do with preparing it, he acknowledges that it's partly modeled on a May 23, 2005 NR cover story I wrote. On illegal immigration, the most important elements are: universal verification of the legal status of new hires and cooperation with Social Security and IRS to prevent the use of fake or stolen identity information; systematic cooperation between local, state, and federal law enforcement authorities; full implementation of the check-in/check-out system (US-VISIT) at the borders;...
  • More being forced out of U.S.

    10/13/2007 8:40:37 AM PDT · by vietvet67 · 24 replies · 34+ views ^ | Oct. 13, 2007 | JAMES PINKERTON
    The federal government says it has steadily increased the number of illegal immigrants it removes from the country annually, but critics say the effort is still shackled by a critical lack of personnel and detention facilities. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement recently released its latest data on the number of illegal immigrants deported. In fiscal year 2007, which ended Sept. 30, ICE deported 221,600 illegal immigrants, including 84,700 who were convicted of criminal offenses. In the previous fiscal year, 204,200 were deported, although a greater number — 89,500 — of immigrants with criminal convictions were deported. Critics say those numbers...
  • Fewer migrants mean more benefits: Jobs open up to less-skilled Americans.

    09/24/2007 1:12:22 PM PDT · by shrinkermd · 31 replies · 115+ views
    LA Times ^ | 24 September 2007 | Mark Krikorian
    ...The first consequence of stepped-up enforcement is attrition of the illegal population -- a steady decrease in the total number of illegal aliens as more people give up and go home. Attrition is the real alternative to amnesty, and we're seeing it work. The Arizona Republic ran a story last month explaining how migrants were leaving the state in anticipation of tough new immigration rules. Public radio station WBUR in Boston reported that "in the midst of the debate about immigrants coming to America, something unusual is happening in Massachusetts: Brazilian immigrants are quietly packing up and leaving." And the...
  • Change of Heart on Immigration? The White House thinks it’s calling America’s bluff.

    08/13/2007 1:34:22 PM PDT · by Delacon · 101 replies · 4,139+ views
    National Review Online ^ | August 13, 2007 | Mark Krikorian
    “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.” This Mencken sentiment appears to be the guiding idea behind the administration’s announcement Friday of stepped-up immigration enforcement. After its relentless six-year campaign for amnesty crashed and burned in June at the hands of the common people, the White House has come up with a new plan: to start enforcing some of the laws they should have been enforcing all along, and so thoroughly scare the public with the consequences that there will be a popular groundswell for amnesty that...
  • Demanding a Refund

    06/27/2007 4:23:29 PM PDT · by Delacon · 4 replies · 170+ views
    The National Review Online ^ | 06/27 10:52 AM | Mark Krikorian
    Demanding a Refund [Mark Krikorian] Michelle Malkin has a great idea — people who've donated (however small the amount) to the GOP campaign committees or to any of the Ted Kennedy Republicans should call and demand a refund. I understand it's party policy to provide refunds to those who ask, though I don't know if that's true. Anyone who has details on this, let me know — also if you've demanded a refund, what happened? Mickey Kaus is skeptical, saying that organizing primary or general election challenges, or recalls, is what will really get a Senator's attention. That's true, but...
  • American Dhimmitude

    03/30/2006 11:36:54 AM PST · by rellimpank · 31 replies · 1,135+ views
    NRO ^ | 30 Mar 06 | Mark Krikorian
    Hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens and their supporters have marched over the past couple of weeks demanding amnesty and opposing stricter immigration enforcement. This isn’t really about immigration, though — it’s about power. What we’re seeing in the streets is a naked assertion of power by outsiders against the American nation. They demand that we comply with their wishes and submit our immigration policies for their approval, and implicitly threaten violence if their demands are not met. Far from being a discussion among Americans about the best way to regulate immigration, the illegal-alien marches have been marked by the...
  • Boycott & Backlash

    05/01/2006 11:05:04 AM PDT · by claudiustg · 62 replies · 2,326+ views
    National Review ^ | May 01, 2006 | Mark Krikorian
    Today’s May Day general strike by illegal aliens and their supporters should help clarify the Senate’s immigration deliberations. The question before senators, as they seek to pass an immigration bill before Memorial Day, no longer concerns the specifics of policy—how much border fencing, the period of work for guestworkers, etc. The question now is whether the government of the United States will give in to the mob. ...snip... The more mainstream pro-amnesty forces understand the potential for an intensified anti-illegal backlash from today’s marches, which is why many did not join in. One amnesty supporter said the May Day offensive...
  • Amnesty, Again (January 26, 2004) (This country should have learned -- apparently, it has not)

    04/24/2006 12:47:17 PM PDT · by Dr. Marten · 36 replies · 505+ views
    CIS ^ | January 26, 2004 | Mark Krikorian
    President Bush has kicked off his reelection year by proposing an amnesty for illegal aliens dressed up as a guestworker program, plus the importation of millions of new guestworkers and a significant increase in immigration. What is the White House thinking?The administration first floated the idea of a guest-worker amnesty in 2001, during President Bush’s honeymoon meeting with Mexico’s President Vicente Fox, but discussions came to a halt because of 9/11 (as well as ferocious opposition from House Republicans). Over the subsequent two years, the administration issued occasional statements expressing the continued desire to reach an immigration deal with Mexico—but...
  • Time’s Up, Clarence

    01/16/2006 1:33:12 PM PST · by IntheHillsGolden · 13 replies · 1,449+ views
    LA Weekly ^ | January 13-19 2006 | MICHAEL KRIKORIAN
    Time’s Up, ClarenceWhy the crowds aren’t shouting to spare an aged death-row inmate by MICHAEL KRIKORIAN via the LA Weekly(excerpted)"While serving a life sentence at Folsom State Prison for a murder for hire in Fresno, he arranged for the killings of the witnesses in his case. His apparent rationale was that he would get a retrial and, boom, voilà, there would be no witnesses because they had all been mysteriously murdered. Not the brightest guy in the joint, this Allen.The tragedy starts in 1974. According to court documents..........
  • Liberal Two-Step: Dems pay lip service only on border control.

    01/03/2006 10:36:54 PM PST · by Checkers · 10 replies · 301+ views
    NRO ^ | August 19, 2005, 8:22 a.m. | Mark Krikorian
    Prominent Democrats have recently taken to striking pro-enforcement poses on immigration. They see the gap between the president's stance and that of the overwhelming majority of the Republican base, and they want to peel off enough of those voters — or just induce them to stay home — to overcome the GOP's narrow majorities in the past few elections. During the third debate of last year's presidential campaign, John Kerry promised to "toughen up our borders" and "crack down on illegal hiring." Hillary Clinton has turned heads with remarks like "I am . . . adamantly against illegal immigrants." And...
  • Getting with the Enforcement Program (Illegal Immigration)

    12/26/2005 9:55:48 PM PST · by ShuShu · 18 replies · 1,053+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 12/21/2005 | Mark Krikorian
    Over the past week, popular sentiment made itself felt in government for the first time in decades. No, I don’t mean the Iraqi elections — I mean immigration policymaking in Congress. The House of Representatives easily approved Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner’s immigration-enforcement bill (H.R. 4437) Friday night, after adding several strengthening amendments and turning back an aggressive attempt to insert a call for a new “temporary” worker program. And the Senate approved the budget reconciliation bill Wednesday, stripped of provisions inserted by Pennsylvania Republican Arlen Specter that would have increased permanent immigration by up to 350,000 per year and added 30,000...
  • L’Intifada en Los Estados Unidos

    11/17/2005 9:03:55 AM PST · by RKV · 109 replies · 1,679+ views
    National Review ^ | 17 November 2005 | Mark Krikorian
    “Their parents’ generation was invited to France as laborers who were expected to return home but didn’t.” — “France Beefs Up Response to Riots,” Washington Post, November 8, 2005 “This program expects temporary workers to return permanently to their home countries after their period of work in the United States has expired.” — President George W. Bush outlining his worker-importation plan, January 7, 2004 As Muslim insurgents burn France’s suburban Occupied Territories, Americans can be forgiven for thinking “Thank God we have Mexicans and not Arabs.” Mexicans are Christian and politically passive, and large numbers of them and their children...
  • Liberal Two-Step

    08/19/2005 8:59:34 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 14 replies · 401+ views
    National Review ^ | 08-19-05 | Mark Krikorian-Commentary
    August 19, 2005, 8:22 a.m. Liberal Two-Step Dems pay lip service only on border control. By Mark Krikorian Prominent Democrats have recently taken to striking pro-enforcement poses on immigration. They see the gap between the president's stance and that of the overwhelming majority of the Republican base, and they want to peel off enough of those voters — or just induce them to stay home — to overcome the GOP's narrow majorities in the past few elections. During the third debate of last year's presidential campaign, John Kerry promised to "toughen up our borders" and "crack down on illegal hiring."...
  • A lump of coal in Denver's stocking (for banning the term "Christmas")

    12/02/2004 4:39:30 AM PST · by mhking · 56 replies · 1,903+ views
    Ramblings' Journal ^ | 12.2.04 | Michael King
    Denver's holiday traditions include a Christmas Parade and the lighting of the City and County Building in downtown Denver.Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper recently announced that the phrase "MERRY CHRISTMAS" on the outside of the building will be changed to "HAPPY HOLIDAYS," in yet another politically correct attack on the institution of Christmas. And while they're at it, the city is stopping a church group from participating in the annual "Parade of Lights", and singing Christmas Carols.Parade organizers claim that Christmas Carols may be offensive to some people....a church group who wants to march in the Parade of Lights and sing...
  • Christmastime event is no-Christian zone ( 'holy homosexuals' OK for parade)

    12/02/2004 1:11:39 AM PST · by ETERNAL WARMING · 43 replies · 1,642+ views
    WND ^ | December 2, 2004 | Joe Kovacs
    HOLIDAY BLUES Christmastime event is no-Christian zone Santa, 'holy homosexuals' OK for parade, but no floats with direct religious themes -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: December 2, 2004 1:00 a.m. Eastern By Joe Kovacs © 2004 In the latest skirmish over Christmas in America, a Christian group is not allowed to participate in Denver's annual Parade of Lights, because church members sought to sing yuletide hymns and proclaim a "Merry Christmas" message on their float. However, the event, now in its 30th year, will include homosexual American Indians, Kung Fu artisans, belly dancers and, of course, Santa Claus. "I think there's an...
  • Splintered Plank - The White House spins and misses on immigration

    08/26/2004 10:18:32 AM PDT · by gubamyster · 57 replies · 939+ views
    NRO ^ | 08/26/04 | Mark Krikorian
    <p> August 26, 2004, 9:05 a.m. By Mark Krikorian Before the draft Republican platform was released yesterday, the immigration plank was being billed as an independent effort, not directed by the White House. The selection of Pennsylvania's Rep. Melissa Hart to head the subcommittee that would address immigration was spun last week as a concession to pro-control conservatives, despite her mediocre voting record on immigration. On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, the platform committee co-chairman, denied that the White House was writing the platform immigration plank, telling the Washington Times that "I have talked to Karl [Rove] about the...
  • Earth to WSJ: Clueless on immigration

    01/28/2004 10:14:20 AM PST · by Map Kernow · 36 replies · 205+ views
    National Review Online ^ | January 28, 2004 | Mark Krikorian
    Now, I like the Wall Street Journal. But its editorials on immigration always have a whiff of the Soviet about them. Like an apparatchik blaming the collapse of the USSR's agriculture on 75 straight years of bad weather, the Journal's writing on immigration has no connection to reality. Tuesday's lead editorial claims that the United States has tried in vain for two decades to enforce the immigration law, and now it's time to try something new (namely, the president's guestworker/amnesty proposal ). The piece is laced with the usual libertarian contempt for conservatives, with such leftist smears as "extreme," "restrictionist...
  • Enforcement Blues

    01/26/2004 9:43:26 AM PST · by Map Kernow · 49 replies · 247+ views
    National Review Online ^ | January 26, 2004 | Mark Krikorian
    Do we want an immigration agency that works, or not? A recent Cato Institute forum revealed the true attitude of many in the White House about immigration-law enforcement. The forum (watch the Real Video filehere) featured, among others, Margaret Spellings, assistant to the president for domestic policy, and point person for the president's immigration proposal. Everyone gave the speech he was expected to, but it was during the Q&A that things got interesting. One of the other panelists, my director of research, Steven Camarota, briefly mentioned the alternative to the president's amnesty plan: using consistent, across-the-board enforcement of the immigration...
  • U.S. workers will lose jobs to immigrants

    01/24/2004 6:51:10 PM PST · by sarcasm · 101 replies · 331+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | January 24, 2004 | MARK KRIKORIAN
    President Bush's plan to grant amnesty to millions of undocumented workers and allow millions more to enter the country is a fundamental disconnect with reality and should be rejected out-of-hand.Though Bush says that many details would be left to Congress to iron out, his outline fails even to address issues that should be basic to any immigration plan and clearly is not intended as a serious effort at all.Rather, it is a sentimental gesture, designed mainly for political benefit and based on clichés about ''huddled masses'' and ``a nation of immigrants.''Among the fundamental issues ignored by his proposal:• Administrative capacity: The...
  • Against Amnesty - Mark Krikorian on a Policy Disaster

    01/21/2004 11:32:34 PM PST · by techie12 · 97 replies · 186+ views
    National Review ^ | January 26, 2004 | Mark Krikorian
    COVER STORYAmnesty AgainThis country should have learned — apparently, it has not MARK KRIKORIAN President Bush has kicked off his reelection year by proposing an amnesty for illegal aliens dressed up as a guest-worker program, plus the importation of millions of new guest workers and a significant increase in immigration. What is the White House thinking?The administration first floated the idea of a guest-worker amnesty in 2001, during President Bush's honeymoon meeting with Mexico's President Vicente Fox, but discussions came to a halt because of 9/11 (as well as ferocious opposition from House Republicans). Over the subsequent two years,...