"Comprehensive" Immigration Reform - Not a problem, "We’ve got McCain"
Harry Reid in an interview with the Detroit Free Press:Q: With more Democrats in the Senate and the House and a Democrat in the White House, how do you see congressional efforts playing out on such issues as health care and immigration?A: On immigration, there’s been an agreement between (President-elect Barack) Obama and (Arizona Republican Sen. John)
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!
I figured it was about time for these sorts of stories to begin surfacing:Supremacist groups are on the rise as they market themselves to middle America, according to leaders of the groups and organizations that monitor them. They are fueled by the debate over illegal immigration and a struggling economy.Yes, it is white supremacist time in the news cyc
The law of unintended consequencs - Part MCMLXVII
Let’s say you’re an illegal immigrant.You’ve come to this country because you think there is a monetary advantage to being here. Whether your work is legal or illegal, it pays better than the old home country.So what would be the biggest threat to you and your desire to make, relatively speaking, lots of money?Not being allowed to stay here - no? If you’re caught and deported you can’t realize that d
Illegal Immigration Taxes Freedom
Here in Northern Virginia, some of the suburb communities have been trying to tackle their illegal immigrant problems with mixed success. In Manassas area, and Prince William County in general, the local legislators made  
McCain - jobs Americans won’t do
During a campaign stop in NC yesterday:Several audience members questioned McCain about his stance on immigration, though their perspectives ranged from complaining about immigrants returning to the U.S. after being expelled for criminal activity to arguing Americans do not want the jobs immigrants perform."People don’t say
Gates: Outsourcing due, in part, to slow immigration process
And I have to agree. Our legal immigration system is terrible:US high-tech companies are being forced to outsource more jobs overseas because of outdated restrictions on immigration, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates told Congress Wednesday.Gates, echoing a longstanding complaint from the technology sector, told a congressional panel that the US
How divisive is the immigration issue? (update)
Well it has the potential of being extremely divisive, especially in the super-partisan, supercharged political atmosphere today.For example, this is my college roommate and one of my best friends in high school. I’ve known him most of my life. I’ve never, ever, known him to have a bigoted or racist bone in his body, at least not in all the years I was in daily contac
The Immigration System: the DMV on Steroids
Do you want to reduce illegal immigration? Start by fixing the godawful process for legal immigration.About the only point of agreement on immigration in this country is that newcomers who play by the rules — fill out their forms, pay their fees and wait their turn — are welcome. But that great American dogma is being sorely tested by the inability of the federal government’s f
Spitzer reconsidering giving illegals drivers licenses
Well, if true, that at least argues that he’s not completely deaf to the outcry it has caused:Reeling from relentless criticism of his plan to issue New York driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, Gov. Eliot Spitzer indicated on Friday that he had not ruled out shelving the idea.The governor’s aides have grown increasingly concerned th
Democrats: whistling past the immigration graveyard
Kos points to the VA election and says, "Ha, immigration isn’t really a GOP savior":Voters across Virginia chose candidates in state and local elections yesterday not out of anger over illegal immigration but based on party affiliation, a preferenc
Immigration Politics
It’s been a week since Hillary Clinton’s non-answer answer to the debate question about whether she supported NY Gov. Elliot Spitzer’s plan to allow illegal aliens to obtain driver’s licenses. And, one week on, she’s still fumbling with that answer. That is a bit surprising. Not because Hillary Clinton is apparently trying to find a middle ground that is
Clinton "broadly supports" Spitzer License Initiative for Illegals
She’s still all over the place on this but her inability to figure out where to land on the issue is indicative of the internal disarray Democrats face on illegal immigration.When up to 70% of New Yorkers are against the Spitzer solution, but 6 of 7 Democratic presidential candidates say they support it during the l
To emphasize the point about illegal immigration ...
A poll:After years of simmering in the background, illegal immigration has quickly emerged as one of the key issues in Virginia’s Nov. 6 election, particularly in Northern Virginia, where voters say they are seeking candidates who will address it, according to a new Washington Post poll.Three-quarters of likely voters in Virgin
Mark Kirkorian brings us up to date on the DREAM Act, an incremental attempt to pass a measure of amnesty for some illegal immigrants:In anticipation of today’s cloture vote, DREAM Act supporters have been telling people that the measure would give amnesty
Open borders or a Welfare State: Pick one
The New York Times has decided that opposition to illegal immigration has to be based in race hatred. It couldn’t possibly be based in anything else:Think of America’s greatest historical shames. Most have involved the singling out of groups of people for abuse. Name a distinguis
When you build bridges, you do so on both sides of an obstacle
I get tired of this sort of unhelpful rhetoric:Mexican President Felipe Calderon criticized the planned U.S. border fence designed to stem illegal immigration, saying countries should be "building bridges, not fences" in an interview broadcast on Monday.Well Mr. Calderon, if you would take charge of your side of the border and actually take steps to stem the
Border Vigilantes
Last night, I wrote a post pointing to what appeared to be a video of border vigilantes shooting an illegal immigrant. (UPDATE: thankfully, the video was found to be a hoax, perpetrated by a Minuteman group) Two comments to that post deserve to be exposed to sunlight... "Look, America is our home. Our house, if you will.
He was coming right at the United States
I would like to believe this video is fake. I fear it is not. This morning, the Intelligence Report obtained a video that purports to show a vigilante murdering a Mexican immigrant just inside the U.S.-Mexico border.It’s unclear at this point whether the video is authentic. It is strikingly similar to another video, posted on this blog late last week, t
Administration reported to be preparing to crackdown on Illegal Immigrants
Always interesting to read first in the international press that which is going on in your country:Employers across the U.S. are preparing to fire workers with questionable Social Security government identification numbers to avoid getting snagged in a Bush administration crackdown on illegal immigrants.The Department of Ho
Specter trying more voodoo on immigration bill corpse
The aptly-named Senator Arlen Specter has begun floating yet another immigration bill idea to "bring the 12 million out of the shadows". This time, no citizenship. Just define the problem away by making all the illegals legal.Look, Arlen, number one, I’m out of zombie jokes. Number two, just how badly do you want the Republicans to lose next fall? Number three, if those folks don&rsquo
"No Legislation without Explanation"
That’s the Mark Steyn line which hopefully begins to explain why the vast majority of Americans rejected the Senate and administrations latest attempt to ram legislation through without debate. As I mentioned in an earlier post, with the attention the new media can focus on such activities, the days of back-room deals within the nation’s legislatur
Immigration reform: the bottom line (update)
Well you’ve heard all the opinions and excuses as to why the immigration bill didn’t make it through the Senate. There are some pretty entertaining and interesting ones out there. The nativist one. The revenge of the bigots. The xenophobia gambit, etc.But frankly, I think Sen. John Kyl (R-AZ), one of the sponsors of the bill, nails it in one sentence:"The American people don’t have faith in their government’
Well, now you know how well a clay pigeon flies
As Billy has pointed out, the immigration bill died in the Senate today ... again.Now the fun begins. Who is to blame? Who will pay the political price? The spin machines are going to be working overtime today. Was it the Republican’s fault? Bush (ok, that’s a natural)? As far as I’m concerned it was certainly a statement on how much of a lame duck Bush has bec
Immigration Bill zombie can’t find enough brains to eat
After being raised from the dead last week and searching for new brains to devour all week, the immigration bill in the Senate just went down to defeat on cloture. It wasn’t even close. Everyone is swearing that it’s really dead now. Apparently shutting down the Senate’s phone system via overload made an impression on a few wavering Senators, because the vote was expected
Immigration arguments
I concur.Unless you are, like my mother’s family, descended from the White Anglo Saxon Protestants who sailed for this country in 1621, or shortly thereafter, you are the descendant of people who had exactly the same charges leveled against them. [culturally too different]The ancestry of every single one of my readers, those WASPs excepted, was the target of some native American group c
The Senate plans procedural games to "fast track" immigration bill (update)
Or so a Senate source Katherine Jean Lopez cites says.In essence it is planned to unfold like this with the entire bill taking no more than 6-8 days to pass.Step one: avoid committee (aka "backroom deal") as they did last time invoking an obscure Senate rule:We expect Reid, in conjunction with support from McConnell, Lot
Choosing to be obtuse for political reasons (updated)
Not that both sides don’t make that choice at times, but in this case, it is the left involved. The unpardonable sin?Some Hispanic leaders lashed out Friday at California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s advice that immigrants should "turn off the Spanish television set" to better learn how to speak English.Schwarzenegger, who immigrated to the U.S. from Aus
"Of course I’ll respect you in the morning" (with update)
As I suspected, the immigration bill is looking more undead by the day. According to today’s New York Times:Senate Democratic and Republican leaders announced on Thursday that they had agreed on a way to revive a comprehensive immigration bill that was pull
And slowly it dawns on them
Senators Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson of GA, both sponsors of the previous Senate comprehensive immigration bill, seem to have finally figured it out. This apparently came after a few trips back to GA where they heard from constituents (not to mention being booed at the G
Linda Chavez takes a page from Jesse Jackson
In the debate over the immigration bill, one of Bush’s allies that did some serious name-calling on the bill’s opponents was Linda Chavez. Now that it looks like the bill has failed, I guess it’s time to try to mend some fences. So we are treated to this from Linda (fou
Some more reasons to hope the immigration bill is really dead
Following up on McQ’s post earlier today on the immigration bill, here are a few other notes of interest. For those who are not sick of the whole thing, read on.
Why the immigration bill failed
Rasmussen hits the nail on the very simple head:The reality is much simpler and has nothing to do with legislative tactics. The immigration bill failed because a broad cross-section of the American people are opposed to it. Republicans, Democrats, and unaffiliated voters are opposed. Men are opposed. So are women. The young don’t like
Immigration bill is down but not yet out
The second of two votes on limiting debate on the bill failed tonight, just as the first one did earlier today. A play-by-play is available at Captain’s Quarters. This was an attempt by the bill’s backers to prevent a potential swarm of amendments from being debated. Since a couple of amendments had alrea
Senate votes down attempt to limit debate on Immigration bill (update)
I wonder if Lindsey Graham will have another melt-down? According to Reuters:The Senate voted 33-63, falling 27 short of the 60 votes needed in the 100-member chamber to limit debate and advance the major overhaul toward passage. The action followed a series of amendme
Support for Senate Immigration bill continues to erode
Not that John McCain or Ted Kennedy plan on paying attention to that. Mandates are only important when they are politically useful:Public support for the Senate immigration reform bill has slipped a bit over the past week. A Rasmussen Reports poll conducted Monday and Tuesday night found that just 23% of vo
CBO Disputes Immigration Bill numbers (update)
As anyone who has ever followed politics soon learns, never, ever believe the numerical claims politicians make. If the say something will cost X rest assured it will really cost X + (more than you ever imagined). And if they say something will be reduced by Y, you can bank on it really being reduced by Y - (not even close), or not being reduced at all.The Senate’s immigration bill,  
Things are the same the world over
With the heat the immigration debate has generated here over the last few weeks, I found a paragraph in The Independent discussing German migration (in terms of a "brain drain") to be interesting:Switzerland already has a resident German population of 170,000. Its presence has even provoked a xenophobic backlash in the country’s tabloid press. Earlier this ye
The Republican base speaks
And the answer? Fire the phone solicitors:The Republican National Committee, hit by a grass-roots donors’ rebellion over President Bush’s immigration policy, has fired all 65 of its telephone solicitors, Ralph Z. Hallow will report Friday in The Washington Times.Faced with an estimated 40 percent fall-off in small-donor contributions and a
Why Americans are skeptical about immigration reform
Well, he missed on this one:"A lot of Americans are skeptical about immigration reform, primarily because they don’t think the government can fix the problems," Bush said. No. Most Americans are skeptical about "immigration reform" primarily because they don’t think the government will fix the problem.That’s a very big difference.
The right needs to drop the racial component of their immigration argument
One of the more irritating threads running through the immigration debate, specifically on the right, is the one that sees the granting of "amnesty" to 12 to 20 million illegal immigrants as some sort of grand conspiracy to destroy the Republican party or make whites the minority (and thus destroy the Republican party).For a certain kind of cons
Immigration: It’s security stupid!
For such a poll driven institution, I wonder how Congress will interpret this:From what you know about the [comprehensive immigration] agreement, do you favor or oppose the immigration reform proposal agreed to last week? Favor: 26%Oppose: 48%Not Sure: 26%Trust me, even
Immigration Imbroglio
The pending immigration bill is causing all sorts of uproar. And not only on the right, wher eht usual suspects are lining up against it, but on the left, where groups like MALDEF and immigrant groups oppose it. For instance, see here,
Immigration Bill: enforcement is key
So much for "fast tracking" the bill, and in my opinion that’s a good thing:The Senate voted last night to move forward on an overhaul of immigration laws, but even proponents of the delicate compromise proposal conceded that the furor over the deal was surpassing their expectations and endangering the plan.The
Immigration: Slow down, take a deep breath, and then get into the details of this bill
That’s what a lot of people are saying about the Immigration Bill which Congress is endeavoring to fast track and pass. John Fund hits the high points:It’s understandable that the White House and its Senate negotiating partners want to rush through the compromise immigration bill they agreed to Thursday. Supporters acknowledge that the delicately balanced leg
Immigration bill: So the chipping away begins
Why am I not surprised by this:The Bush administration insisted on a little-noticed change in the bipartisan Senate immigration bill that would enable 12 million undocumented residents to avoid paying back taxes or associated fines to the Internal Revenue Service, officials said.
Immigration reform: Promises and band aids (updated)
OK, just got home from a horrendous day on the road (of which I’ll post about later) and have been listening all day to discussion about the supposed bi-partisan deal on "comprehensive immigration reform".First let me say that any bill Ted Kennedy feels is a good bill makes me reflexively reach for my wallet and look over my shoulder. I can’t help it. Every single solitary bill Ted Kennedy has favored has, in the end, cost me a lot of money.
How to solve the illegal immigration problem
I know, I know, I’ve sucked you in and now I’m going to say something that you’re going to claim you already knew:If Mexico will fix its economy, the lure of the US job markets will be lessened considerably and the illegal immigration wave should ebb.Now I’m sure we’re all shaking our head yes in agreement.But let’s examine it a bit more closely. First lets deal with what Steve Hanke cal
VDH on Illegal Immigration
Victor Davis Hanson writes in City Journal about the changes in the illegal immigration debate, and the changes that such unrestricted immigration has brought. The majority of middle-class and poor whites, Asians, African-Americans, and Hispanics wish to close the borders. They see few advantages to cheap service labor, since they are not so likely to need it to m
A good question about insuring illegal immigrants
Deb Saunders asks an excellent question:If it’s wrong for illegal immigrants to have drivers’ licenses, why should the state provide them with health care? That’s the conundrum that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will have to address as, after vetoing bills to allow illegal immigrants to obtain drivers’ licenses, he pushes h
Libertarians and Immigration
Unlike a lot of more doctrinaire libertarians, I don’t count myself as part of the open-borders crowd. I don’t have any particular animus towards legal immigration, but I have quite a lot for the de facto unrestricted immigration we currently allow. Now that the Democrats have taken over the legislative branch, and the president is evidently opposed to almost any efforts to significantly cut down on illegal immigration, a fundamental rethinking
Here’s the problem in a nutshell
Although this happened in Australia, it reflects the same problems Europe now has. First, it is a problem of culture. Speaking of unveiled women, an Imam in Australia said:"If you take out uncovered meat and place it outside on the street, or in the garden, or in the park, or in the backyard wi
Immigration sparks -ahem- spirted debate
I have no doubt this isn’t what Sen. Larry Craig expected when he decided on a series of 8 townhall meetings in Idaho on the issue of immigration:A town hall meeting with Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, dissolved into angry shouts and walkouts when Craig began discussing the controversial issue of immigration.
All 11 Egyptian students caught
Other than being a strange story, I’m still not sure what all of this means, are you?The last two of the 11 Egyptian exchange students who failed to show up at their college program were apprehended Sunday in Richmond, Va., customs officials said.[...]Last Wednesday, one of the Egyptian students was arrested in Minneapolis and two w
Immigration Reform Bill dead for the year
As I’ve saying for weeks now, no immigration bill this year. Yesterday Republicans made it all but official:In a defeat for President Bush, Republican congressional leaders said Tuesday that broad immigration legislation is all but doomed for the year, a victim of election-year concerns in th
Immigration appears to be the issue du jour in Congressional races
Tomorrow, as we discussed on the podcast, the special Congressional election to replace Randy "Duke" Cunningham will take place. On one side we have those who are saying that, in fact, we shouldn’t read too much into this election. It probably doesn’t have any national implications. On the other side, there are those,  
Immigration: Border Governors say yes to National Guard
Although I think it is more symbolic than useful, the governors of all the states which border Mexico directly have signed on to the White House’s plan to deploy National Guard troops near the border:Border governors from California to Texas ramped up efforts Thursday to rein in illegal immigration by bolstering security at the Mexican b
The Cost of Immigration Hysteria
Unsurprisingly, the immigration hysteria and concurrent demands for more government to solve the "problem" are already looking like they may pay off in very anti-liberty directions. First, Michael Bloomberg is calling for a step towards a National ID, advocating "a plan that would establish a DNA or fingerprint database to track and verify all legal U.S. workers." And don’t forget the
Prediction: No immigration legislation this year
The immmigration debate becomes more and more interesting.Mickey Kaus quotes last month’s "Conventional Wisdom" from Fred Barnes in a Weekly Standard article and asks how wrong one could be. From Barnes:THE IMMIGRATION ISSUE HAS FLIPPED in President Bush’s favor.
Immigration Bills: Now to conference committee
People keep saying that an immigration reform law will actually pass this year. I have my doubts. I know, politically, that both sides are interested in passage of something. And that usually leads to very bad legislation. But I can’t help but feel, listening to the rhetoric from members of the House, that there’s very little compromise they are willing to make on certain issues. For instance, House Majority Leader John Boehner says in a press release
Immigration Call with Ed Meese
I participated in today’s blogger conference call with former Attorney General Ed Meese on the subject of immigration reform and his column in today’s New York Times. I was interested in his apparent desire to resolve border security and immigration issues first, rather than addressing the "root causes". I noted that illegal immigration occurs in the first place precisely because of
More Inconvenient Truth
Sebastian Mallaby writes an incisive rebuke to those who seem to have resurrected an environmental Know-Nothing Party...Republican dishonesty reaches its extreme on the issue of global warming. Yes, climate science is complex, and nobody can forecast the earth’s temperature with complete confidence. But the fact that scien
Immigration Quick Hits
You know that "95% of warrants for murder in Los Angeles are for illegal aliens" meme? It, along with a variety of other assertions, appears to be bogus...An outstanding warrant is quite a different beast than a regular warrant, so this "fact" left out the key word. We did some more checking on the outstanding warrants point itself. MacDonald stated this in a 2
More Responses to the Immigration Article
I want to lay out my idea of a better immigration policy soon, but first I’d like to offer a few more brief comments on various responses to my TCS Daily article on immigration. First, John Hawkins at Right Wing News  
Response to the Immigration Article
There have been a few responses to my immigration article at TCSDaily, and I want to discuss them in due time, but one response stands out for its sheer sliminess and deception. Bryan Preston at Hot Air writes...For instance Jon Henke, blogger at QandO, in a co
Border Control is a fantasy
A couple more notes on the immigration issue. First, via Steven Taylor at Poliblogger, I note that Congress is making noise about building a fence (wall, barrier, whatever). But, as Taylor observes, a barrier will "shift the flow, but not dampen it".
Immigration’s Fifteen Minutes: Why Now?
I have an article up at TCS Daily on the immigration issue. As you can probably tell, I disagree with Dale and McQ on the immmigration issue for a variety of reasons. The article covers the economic and cultural arguments, but primarily the security argument. So why this, why now? Why has an
See, we disagree about stuff!
Here’s a perfect example of an issue where the QandO bloggers disagree with each other.As I’ve stated before, my opposition to illegal immigration has nothing whatsoever to do with economic arguments. Indeed, if you could show me that illegal immigration was a positive boon to the United States, I’d still be against it. And comments like the one I addressed  
An Open letter on Immigration
Alex Tabarrok at Marginal Revolution has posted an "open letter on immigration reflecting the consensus opinion of economists on the major issues". It has been signed by a wide variety of economists, left and right, with the goal of ensuring that, whatever your arguments about immigration, one should make informed arguments. This letter represent
Immigration: Mexico threatens law suits
If Mexico were bent on driving the rest of US public opinion against illegal immigrants coming over the southern border, I can’t imagine a better way than with a spate of law suits (a true way to be a "neighbor and friend"):Mexico said Tuesday that it would file lawsuits in U.S. courts if National Guard troops on the border become directly involv
Immigration speech: Smoke and mirrors
Given President Bush’s speech last night, that seems to be the emerging consensus among right bloggers. A "welcome to the fight, but are you really serious?" And of course, as Steve Bainbridge asks: “Why is border security on the front burner only now? Securing both land borders, as
The Immigration Speech
President Bush gave the much-awaited speech this evening on illegal immigration (full text).I guess the good was that the president stressed assimilation and English fluency. The bad was that it was probably too little, too late. What the administration has spent the last couple of years doing is explaining that we need the wogs to do the nasty jobs th
Tonight’s immigration speech: I can’t shake my skepticism
As we agreed on our podcast yesterday, the three of us are unanimous in our skepticism concerning tonight’s speech about immigration and border security by President Bush. All of us are of the opinion that the most likely outcome of tonight’s speech will be a lot of vague promises and short-term activity which will eventually peter out to nothing. Or said another way, political thea
More on Monday’s presidential address
Some more details are emerging concerning the President’s "immigration" address on Monday night:President Bush plans to call for troops and a high-tech "virtual" fence to beef up the border with Mexico when he speaks to the nation on immigration Monday night, sources said yesterday.The get-tough approach will be coupled with a renewed push to give illegal aliens
Immigration: "It’s crunch time"
Monday night, May 15th, President Bush has requested time on the networks to address the nation about immigration."This is crunch time," Tony Snow, the new White House press secretary said Friday at his first off-camera, or informal, briefing. The address will begin at 8 p.m. EDT and is expected to last about 20 minutes.The White House said this is the first time it
Support for a "wall" building
Mickey Kaus points out that those sending bricks to Congress are having an impact. He also notes that a wall is turning into a bipartisan subject as well:Sending bricks in the mail to Congress to indicate support for a border wall—now that seems like potentially a highly eff
Random Thoughts on the May Day protests, illegal immigration and security
I get a sense that in a lot of places, the protests would be deemed "successful" by their organizers. Huge crowds in Chicago, LA and NY. But in Atlanta, in a state full of immigrants, both legal and illegal, not so much. I assme that was the case in other areas as well. As few as 2,500 and as many as 4,500 are reported to have been at the State Capitol rally yesterday. Like I said, fewer than
Atlanta’s day without Immigrants
I understand that there were a number of cities in which there were fairly large pro-immigration demonstrations today, but apparently Atlanta wasn’t one of them:Thousands of immigrants in Georgia were encouraged to stay away from shops, work and school today as part of a national economic protest against crackdowns on illegal immigration. But most in metro Atlanta said they sen
Illegal Immigration: The new civil rights issue, or not?
Which side do you take on this? Interestingly the first quote is from a conservative black organization, Project 21:"The amnesty issue is being distorted. This is not about the rights of people here legally or of equal rights — it is about people who are here illegally wanting everyone to ignore the fact that they broke the law to get into this country," said Project
The War on...
Newt Gingrich writes in National Review that we need to Get Serious about illegal immigration and controlling the border. We’ve been through this before and I’ve registered my official agnosticism on whether the illegal immigration actually constitutes a national "problem", whether we can really "control" the borders and whether this is really a good idea for the US to pursue in light of the almos
The coming May Day immigration protests
I’m sitting here wondering how the upcoming protests scheduled for May 1st and purportedly seeking to demonstrate the power (and contribution) of illegal aliens is going to play.I have to guess that if the previous protests are any indication, they’ll not play very well among Americans at large. That’s not to say there isn’t plenty of sympathy for illegals who only want a better life for themselves and their families and are willi
Howard Dean "1st we need tough border control"
Well, well, well: Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean yesterday called border security his party’s top immigration priority for November. "The first thing we want is tough border control," he said. "We have to do a much better job on our borders than George Bush has done. And then we can go to the policy disagreements about how to get it done."
Hypocrisy, thy name is Mexico
The state of Georgia just saw its governor sign a bill into law that addresses the issue of illegal immigration.The Georgia Security
Illegal Immigration: Promise it and they will come
The Scotsman is reporting that in anticipation of the passage of immigration legislation which would include a guest worker program and tougher border security, traffic in the southwest border areas of the US is up:UNDOCUMENTED migrants are rushing to Mexico’s border with Arizona, encouraged by the prospect of a guest-worker programme in the United Sta
Immigration Common Sense From the Left
Matt Yglesias nails it on the immigration question.Immigration is that rarest thing in politics — a controversial issue that’s not just “controversial” but actually difficult. People who think immigrants are “stealing their jobs” are mistaken, but politicians who say immigrants do jobs “Americans won’t do” are lying. There’s no job Am
Immigration protests: the day of the illegal
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that we had about 50,000 protesters here yesterday protesting pending immigration legislation:The turnout in Atlanta was equally impressive. Tens of thousands of legal and illegal immigrants wearing white shirts, waving U.S. flags and chanting "USA, USA" and "Si, se puede" assembled at the Plaz
Laws? We don’t need no stinkin’ laws!
Sometimes I think San Francisco should just declare itself a separate country (city state?) and secede:Mayor Gavin Newsom said Thursday that The City will not comply with any federal legislation that criminalizes efforts to help illegal immigrants.The mayor also denounced a bipartisan congressional proposal that would
The Senate Republican Compromise Immigration Bill
Below is the gist of the Senate Republican compromise version of their immigration bill:Immediately apparent: No provision for border security/control. I’ll say it again - until the border is secure, we have no business talking about
More Grist II
Jon’s post immediately below moves me to comment that I also note, once again, the usual bait and switch:Heather McDonald discovered that illegal immigrants in 2004 accounted for 95 percent of all outstanding homicide warrants in Los Angeles and two-thirds of unserved felony warrants. [...] On the other hand, the most comprehensive survey to date of national crime data concludes, "In the small number of studies providing empirical evidence, immigra
More Grist for the Immigration Debate
I’ve been the resident skeptic on the illegal immigration and border issue, with Dale and McQ emphasizing, respectively, the sociopolitical and welfare state/security problems with illegal immigration. I want to note, however, that I don’t disagree with them so much as I’m just skeptical that (1) we really understand the nature and degree of the problem, and that (2) we can find a solution that doesn’t create more problems than it solves.  
"Dangerous" Americanism
The Richmond Times-Dispatch somehow got hold of an internal email from the National Council of La Raza, that places the debate over anti-illegal immigration legislation in an interesting context.The e-mail refers to congressional legislation that would, among othe
The futility of anti-illegal immigration programs
While I acknowledge the problems and benefits with which immigration — i.e., illegal immigration — presents us, I’m not terribly panglossian about the prospect of a government policy to "fix" it. That is, I have a lot of trouble envisioning a way to retain the benefits of the influx of immigrants while substantially reducing the concurrent problems. I am even less optimistic that we can do it without very serious infringements on liberty. Sure, we could begin a s
Immigration protests: Is a backlash building?
Victor Davis Hanson discusses the recent pro-immigration (or were they pro-illegal immigration?) rallies in various cities, but particularly in southern California. He then asks:If the demonstrators thought that they were bringing attention to their legitimate grievances—the sheer impossibility of deporting 11 million residents across the border or the
Once the borders are Secure, then reform Immigration
As a continuation to the post below but one I didn’t want to mix with the "border control first message", we can now talk about immigration reform.Most of those pushing reform are talking about some sort of guest worker program. Once we secure the border I think that’s a fine idea, if we’ve put a program in place where we can identify the guest workers, know where t
Immigration reform: First, control the borders
One of the reasons most of us have mixed feelings about the immigration issues is we’re all from immigrant stock. On my father’s side, the first McQuain to arrive in the new world did so as an indentured servant. It turned out ok. He served out his indenture, married the "boss’s" daughter, served with the Virginia militia during the Revolution and ended up with a little piece of land which is still in the extended family. On my mother’s si
What Country Do You Want To Be a Part Of?
Debra Saunders punctures an immigration myth that has gained currency for no readily discernable reason.The Los Angeles Times duly reported, "Some Republicans fear that pushing too hard against illegal immigrants could backfire nationally, as with Proposition 187 (the 1994 ballot measure that sought to deny benefits for illegal immigrants that) helped spur record numbers o
Immigration (My Turn)
I guess it’s my turn to comment on the whole illegal immigration deal. Protests against a crackdown on illegal immigration are continuing, and it’s becoming what I think will be a major issue in the coming years. One of the reasons is that many Americans will have an sharp reaction to waking up like I did this morning, and seeing this on the front page of the local newspaper: Indeed, there’ve
The Immigration Debate
The immigration debate in full swing, and I’m not entirely sure where I come down on it. Generally speaking, I accept that immigration is a net economic positive for us in much the same way that technology is a net positive. Granted, the influx of low-cost labor will tend to depress the wages in the areas in which they work, but so does any addition to the labor pool. That’s how supply and demand works — even in labor markets. And
The Senate’s Immigration Bill
It’s not yet passed the Senate (it was passed out of committee by a 12-6 vote) but its basic provisions are as follows:With Republicans deeply divided, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted on Monday to legalize the nation’s 11 million illegal immigrants and ultimately to grant them citizenship, provided that they hold jobs, pass criminal backgro
Robert Samuelson: Guest workers need not apply
Robert Samuelson’s column today focuses on a number of myths driving the immigration debate. One of the primary ones is the illegals fill a "labor shortage" here in the US.It’s a myth that the U.S. economy ``needs’’ more poor immigrants. The illegal immigrants already here represent only about 4.9 percent of the labor force, reports
Mexican immigration hypocrisy
Remember this lecture from Mexican President Vicente Fox about a week or so ago when speaking about US plans to better control the southern border and stop illegal immigration?"It’s a very bad sign, which does not speak well of a country that is proud of being democratic, prou