Entries Tagged as 'immigration'

It’s Time to Debate Birthright Citizenship

January 5th, 2012 at 4:04 pm 53 Comments

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) has introduced a bill to repeal “birthright citizenship.” It’s probably the most significant immigration reform bill introduced in Congress since 1965 when nation quotas on immigration were repealed. That revision in the Immigration and Nationality Act (“INA”) significantly changed the racial and ethnic composition of the country and the number of unskilled immigrants.

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Heed McCain’s Warning on Immigration

January 5th, 2012 at 1:32 pm 31 Comments

Someone should listen to John McCain. Asked by First Read whether he thought Arizona was in play this election cycle, McCain reportedly responded “I think that if not this election cycle, the demographics are that Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, even Texas will all be in play.” The Senator then added, “We have to fix our problems with the Hispanics.”

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Gingrich Knows Illegals Break the Law

December 2nd, 2011 at 2:58 pm 44 Comments

Recent comments by Newt Gingrich to the effect that illegal immigrants who have lived in the U.S. for 25 years, “obey the rules, have children and belong to a church” should be allowed to remain here are deliberately deceptive. His premise is that an illegal immigrant can somehow live and work in this country for a long period without breaking any laws. He should know better and probably does.

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On Immigration: Romney is Right, Gingrich is Wrong

David Frum November 28th, 2011 at 8:53 am 123 Comments

In my column for CNN, I explain why K street lobbyists will like Newt Gingrich’s immigration plan:

Immigration is the only issue where a political candidate can totally do the bidding of the K Street lobbyists and still be hailed as compassionate and humane.

At CNN’s Republican National Security Debate this past Tuesday, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich reconfirmed his longstanding immigration policy:

– A commitment to enhanced border security

– A guest worker program

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Face it Buchanan, America is Changing

November 21st, 2011 at 3:11 pm 143 Comments

In British tradition there is a one-line statement that announces the passing of a monarch:

“The King is dead. Long live the King.”

A political institution with a 1500 year history spanning war, conquest, and in several instances its own apparent extinction, can afford to take a little bad news in stride. The end of one reign is merely the dawn of the next. We, on the other hand, are seldom so stiff-lipped over the passing of an era.

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Res Judicata: Jobs for Americans First

November 14th, 2011 at 1:18 am 24 Comments

Last week’s blog post on restricting legal immigration as a partial solution to persistently high unemployment drew many comments. They made three basic arguments: 1) immigrants create demand for goods and services that results in a net plus for the economy, 2) immigrants do not compete with Americans for jobs, and 3) it is inhumane not to give citizenship to refugees.

I’ll address each in turn.

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To Reduce Unemployment, Slow Immigration

November 7th, 2011 at 12:00 am 55 Comments

The November 4th unemployment report indicated that the economy is not producing sufficient jobs for the 300 million American citizens, and that there is no end in sight to the crisis. This should make us ask why we need more immigrants.

All Republican presidential candidates are rhetorically against illegal immigration. But what are their views on the more significant question of legal immigration?

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Texans for Oligarchy

David Frum November 4th, 2011 at 10:58 am 29 Comments

And speaking of oligarchy, Rick Perry in an interview with Univision endorses the idea of granting illegal aliens the right to work in the United States–but not the right to vote.

If you were seeking to concentrate wealth and power even more tightly than today, you could not do better than this idea. Argentina followed a similar path in the late 19th and early 20th century–encouraging open immigration while accumulating obstacles to naturalization–and just look where it is today.

Immigration Attack Could Backfire on Perry

October 19th, 2011 at 2:28 pm 31 Comments

In the short term at least, it seems hard to deny that yesterday’s debate was good to Rick Perry. The leading un-Romney contender, Herman Cain, sank underneath withering attacks on his 9-9-9 plan; his inability to defend the details of this plan with anything other than assertions that his opponents are wrong reinforced impressions that he still has a lot of policy areas to brush up on.

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Cain’s Immigration Plan is Not Enough

October 19th, 2011 at 1:20 am 30 Comments

Last night’s free-wheeling, barely moderated debate was a joy to watch. We learned that Michele Bachmann thinks Libya is not in Africa. We learned that Herman Cain might have another set of numbers besides 9-9-9: 171-for-1…the number of Gitmo detainees that he might be willing to swap for a single U.S. soldier held abroad by violent Islamists.

And we learned, yet again, that Mitt Romney is the most likely candidate to clean the President’s clock in next autumn’s debates. Lost in all the excitement, it was easy to miss a critical distinction between Mitt Romney and Rick Perry on one hand, and Herman Cain on another. The debate made clear that Mitt Romney and Rick Perry have a better grasp of the problems with illegal immigration.

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