Immigration

Stories related to immigration reform and immigration amnesty

The Problem of Birth Tourism

Doug Bandow, The American Spectator

Compromise will be necessary to pass any immigration legislation, irrespective of who wins in November. The end of unconditional birthright citizenship should be in the mix. After all, it is easier to argue for more expansive economic visas if citizenship remains separate and more restrictive. Not everyone who wishes should be made a citizen, a “decider” empowered to change the basic rules governing society. President Trump is right to address the problem of “birth tourism.” Seen as a minor abuse by some, it has an outsize impact. It is an unfair practice which complicates immigration policy today and hinders reaching a realistic immigration compromise in the future.

Impeach Democrat Judges Who Welcome Jihadis And Welfare Grifters To America

Democrat federal district judges keep overreaching to impose their own “progressive” policy preferences on the President. At some point there must be consequences for this behavior, but don’t look for impeachment to be an option. House Democrats are too busy making up a case against President Trump to look at real impeachable offenses by liberal district court judges.

We need to tighten up loopholes in our asylum laws

Ken Cuccinelli, The Hill

This proposed rule does not change the eligibility criteria for asylum, and any illegal alien denied work authorization while their applications are pending still gains employment authorization if and when they are actually granted asylum. Ultimately, closing asylum loopholes and protecting the integrity of our Nation’s immigration system will benefit both the United States and those who qualify for humanitarian protection. An asylum system bogged down by those who will not likely qualify for asylum jeopardizes the fate of legitimate asylum seekers. USCIS is focused on strengthening America’s immigration system, stemming the crisis at the southern border, and protecting those who qualify for asylum under the law.

What Happened to California Republicans?

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

As taxes climbed, schools eroded, and funds for infrastructure were diverted elsewhere, millions of middle-class Californians fled. The total numbers of this continuing exodus are still in dispute. Many left in despair over climbing gas, sales and income taxes that seemed to worsen rather improve state infrastructure and services. This tripartite demographic revolution proved disastrous for the Republican party. The GOP lost much of its base to other states. Many conservative voters left for small-government, low-tax alternatives. Republican efforts to reduce taxes, limit some abortions, and fund additional roads and dams had little appeal to the new gentry classes on the coast.

Conservatives Confront The Trump Era

The Philadelphia Society, one of the conservative movement’s premiere intellectual gatherings, was founded in 1964 to connect the dots between political philosophy and government policies.  That presents new challenges in the era of President Trump, who has catapulted the nation into a new political era.

Trump's Conservative Policies Launch Boom For Middle America

Stephen Moore’s recent Wall Street Journal column clearly refutes the charge by Democrats that only millionaires and billionaires have benefited from President Trump’s economic policies. But it is also a devastating indictment of the Bush and Obama policies which resulted in nearly two decades of lost economic progress for Middle America.

Another Depressing Chapter Of Atlas Shrugged Comes Alive

There is really only one answer to The Business Roundtable “leaders” who have announced that they are expropriating their shareholders’ assets in the pursuit, not of profit, but to address imaginary social justice goals: Shareholders should go on strike, take their money to Galt’s Gulch and refuse to invest in companies that spend their money on anything other than wealth creation.

Trump Green Card Rule: Three Lefty Lies Debunked

David Catron, The American Spectator

It has long since become commonplace for the Democrats and the media to misrepresent any and all policies proposed by the Trump administration, but the blizzard of balderdash that greeted the so-called “green card rule” has been over the top even by left-wing standards. From the moment acting Citizenship and Immigration Services director Ken Cuccinelli announced it on Monday, the public charge regulation — which merely implements two bipartisan statutes passed in the 1990s — has been mischaracterized as a reversal of the nation’s historical immigration philosophy, a racist conspiracy, and a plot to favor rich immigrants over their poor counterparts.

Cuccinelli: No Public Charge Immigrants

The much-needed rule, supported by key Trump administration immigration hawks, takes effect in mid-October and would reject applicants for temporary or permanent visas for failing to meet income standards or for receiving public assistance such as welfare, food stamps, public housing or Medicaid.

Kamala Harris Is An Anchor Baby, Not A ‘Natural Born Citizen’ Of The United States

From our perspective, the circumstances of Kamal Harris’s birth were a form of birth tourism where the child is born in the geographic confines of the United States for the sole purpose of obtaining American citizenship and then whisked off to another country, only to return when and if being an American is economically advantageous.

End immigration to mend it

Cal Thomas, Washington Times

President Trump has the power to shut off the flow of immigration until those who have entered the country illegally can be accounted for, those without proper documentation can be deported and the ones here legally become U.S. citizens. The president has the authority under 8 USC1182. If Congress continues to fail in its responsibility to protect our borders — Republicans because they and their U.S. Chamber of Commerce supporters want cheap labor and Democrats because they see potential votes — then President Trump should follow the example of two of his predecessors and the law to shut off the human tidal wave until we can deal with those already here.

Count on Migrants from the World Over to Exploit U.S. Immigration Laws

Betsy McCaughey, The American Spectator

The African migration is indicative of how much larger the humanitarian crisis at the southern border could get. Unless Congress acts. The bleeding-heart Democrats running for president are clueless about where the migrants are coming from and what their impact will be on our country. Frontrunner Joe Biden says the remedy is to send “immediately billions of dollars worth of help” to Central America to “address the root causes that push people to flee.” What about the rest of the world, Joe? Nearly all the Democratic candidates also espouse open borders. At the next presidential debate, moderators should ask if these magnanimous candidates will take migrant families into their own homes. How about a show of hands?

Trump Has Already Won the Immigration Debate

David Catron, The American Spectator

A national survey conducted by Rasmussen June 11-12 found that 55 percent of likely voters oppose providing taxpayer-funded health care benefits to illegal immigrants. The Democrats are for open borders, their use of euphemisms like “decriminalization” notwithstanding. But that position is a sure loser. The Democrats remain in denial as to why they lost the 2016 election — Donald Trump’s primary campaign promise was to tackle illegal immigration. This failure to face reality suggests they will be trounced again in 2020. Immigration is the most important issue for a majority of voters, and the Democrats have abandoned the field to President Trump. It will cost them the election.

In debates, Democrats move toward open borders

Byron York, Washington Examiner

The combination of an open border and increased benefits for those in the country illegally could greatly increase the already-high number of border crossers and the inducement for more to come. Beyond Miami, other prominent Democrats were also taking up the decriminalization cause Thursday. All that happened in just a couple of days. There is no indication it will be the end of such proposals in the Democratic race; after all, it is just the first debate in a long race. Julian Castro started something big, and after Wednesday's and Thursday's debates, it might be hard for Democrats to turn back.

Here’s the truth about sanctuary cities

Thomas Homan, Fox News

Law enforcement should always work with other law enforcement to keep our communities safer. That’s the oath we all took. Stop bowing down to the pro-illegal immigrant activists. Let’s do our job to protect our neighborhoods. There should be no sanctuary for those who intentionally violate our laws. Sanctuary policies are bad and protect no one other than those who have disrespected our country and already intentionally violated our laws. I am grateful that we have a president who understands the danger sanctuary cities pose. I am also grateful that we have a Department of Justice that is litigating against these dangerous policies. We need to support President Trump in his drive to protect America and its people.

Why Are the Western Middle Classes So Angry?

Victor Davis Hanson, PJ Media

The middle classes are revolting against Western managerial elites. The latter group includes professional politicians, entrenched bureaucrats, condescending academics, corporate phonies and propagandistic journalists. In the next few years, expect more grassroots demands for the restoration of the value of citizenship. There will be fewer middle-class apologies for patriotism and nationalism. The non-elite will become angrier about illegal immigration, demanding a return to the idea of measured, meritocratic, diverse and legal immigration. The anger directed at the elites will only increase until they give up -- or finally succeed in their grand agenda of a non-democratic, all-powerful Orwellian state.

Trump AG Barr Cracks Down On Phony Asylum Seekers

Attorney General William Barr has ruled that some illegal aliens who are about to be deported must be held without bond as their deportation cases play out. An alien who is transferred from expedited removal proceedings to full removal proceedings is ineligible for release on bond, Barr wrote.

SCOTUS Gives Trump a Big Win on Immigration

David Catron, The American Spectator

It isn’t the Supreme Court’s job to reflect on the “likely intent” of Congress. The justices can determine the intent of that body by reading the words our representatives put in the laws Congress passes. The intent of the Immigration and Nationality Act can be found in its text. This is why every conservative in the nation should be grateful for the outcome of 2016. Donald Trump is the reason Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh are on the Court.

We’re nowhere near a solution to the immigration crisis

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

Failure to stop the flow of illegal aliens guarantees that disputes over what to do about those already in America will divide our nation for another generation at least. The net effect of inaction is that the far-left radicals who believe compassion requires America to have virtually open borders are winning. They demonize all restrictions as racist and xenophobic, and will never be satisfied until all distinctions between legal and illegal immigrants are erased. Nobody should be fooled into thinking we are anywhere near a solution to the immigration crisis.

Why returning ISIS brides are not welcome

Tammy Bruce, Washington Times

If we insist that women are treated like the full and complete human beings we are, we can’t suddenly revert to insisting we shouldn’t be held responsible when having made horrific, murderous decisions. These women are, in fact, illustrating what the Western world insists on all the time: Women are capable of everything men are, from the heroic to evil. My argument throughout the current debate in the Western world about the impact of sexual violence and sexual harassment on women’s lives is that society shouldn’t automatically believe women, but we should take them seriously.