Archive for the ‘Immigration’ Category

The More Things Change…

Saturday, June 16th, 2007

…the more they stay the same. Some anti-immigration cartoons from the past.

Via Michael Medved

Competing Studies

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

Ed Morrissey looks at two studies on immigration, both by Heritage Foundation scholars, that come to two radically different conclusions.

Who Said This?

Sunday, May 20th, 2007

Can you guess who said this:

“[B]ecause we allowed ourselves to wait until we woke up one day and found 12 million illegals here, there’s no easy solution. And I think that you have to realize that you’re either going to drive 12 million people underground permanently, which is not a good solution. You’re going to get them all together and get them out of the country, which is not going to happen. Or you’re going to have to, in some way, work out a deal where they can have some aspirations of citizenship, but not make it so easy that it’s unfair to the people waiting in line and abiding by the law.”

Or this:

“We haven’t enforced the law, in terms of employers. … For 20 years, we’ve not enforced the law, and that’s a part of the problem. You can’t enforce it all on the backs of the employers. People falsify information that they give employers and all that. That’s not a solution to the problem.”

And this:

“You know, if you have the right kind of policies, and you’re not encouraging people to come here and encouraging them to stay once they’re here, they’ll go back, many of them, of their own volition, instead of having to, you know, load up moving vans and rounding people up. That’s not going to happen.”

So who made these statements? Ted Kennedy? George Bush? No, it was Fred Thompson who said all of these things, and much more. Not that I’m upset about it; I think he was absolutely right. I’m just wondering why the Malkinites over at Hot Air are so revved up about him, given their near derangement when it comes to anything that doesn’t involve mass deportations.

Reconquista Returns

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

Only not really. When I saw the headline I was hoping for some inflammatory photos and first-class outrage generation from Malkin. Sadly, I was disappointed. I just don’t see anything at all that in these photos that suggests support for insignificant reconquista movement. Heck, the first protester is even carrying an American flag! (As a side note, supporters of building a fence should definitely take note of the last photo. It clearly illustrates how effective a fence along our border with Mexico would be.) Yes, the Che Guevarra shirts are disheartening, but nothing I don’t see white kids sporting everyday even here in the remote mountains of North Carolina.

How Not to Make the Case

Monday, April 30th, 2007

You know, if you’re a group whose critics are already apt to hurl accusations of racism your way, publishing a letter from a South African mourning the fall of the Apartheid regime might not be the best way to make your case. Just a thought.

Lincoln-Douglas It Ain’t

Sunday, April 8th, 2007
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A reasoned and rational debate on the complexities and nuances of illegal immigration from Bill O’Reilly and Geraldo Rivera.

Immigration Nation

Monday, March 19th, 2007

Jeff Jacoby examines the complex issue of immigration, both legal and illegal:

The United States creates more than 400,000 new low-skill jobs each year, a tremendous employment magnet for hundreds of thousands of foreign workers. But because US law authorizes only 5,000 visas annually for low-skilled immigrants, there is no lawful way for most of the workers we need to enter the country. So they enter unlawfully — a wrongful act, perhaps, but hardly an evil one.

Immigration is good for America. So is respect for the law. Nothing forces us to choose between them. As long as there is work for them to do here, immigrants will keep crossing the border. We’d all be better off if we let them cross it legally.

Gates Gets It

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

Bill Gates speaks out on the “technology gap” that will appear if the U.S. doesn’t improve math and science education and doesn’t encourage highly-skilled workers to immigrate to America:

“It makes no sense to tell well-trained, highly skilled individuals, many of whom are educated at our top colleges and universities, that the United States does not welcome or value them,” Gates said. “America will find it infinitely more difficult to maintain its technological leadership if it shuts out the very people who are most able to help us compete.”


Gates also called on lawmakers to give more resources and attention to improving the teaching of math and science — knowledge essential to many of today’s jobs. Another recent federal study found 40 percent of high school seniors failed to perform at the basic level on a national math test. On a national science test, half of 12th-graders didn’t show basic skills.

Southern Assimilation

Sunday, March 4th, 2007

Dr. Greg Weeks links to this story from NPR concerning country music’s newest fan base – Latinos, and how they have helped revive country music radio stations in places like Los Angeles where country was previously declining. Dr. Weeks notes:

At one point, the reporter went to a festival, and approached a family that looked like a typical group of American country music fans–pick-up truck, cowboy hats, and listening to “Sweet Home Alabama.” Turns out they were Salvadoran, spoke no English, and said simply they liked country music because it was “bonita” and “alegre.”

The Mexican Truckers Are Coming!

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

The usual suspects are worked into a lather over the fact that Mexican trucks are going to have access to American highways. Be afraid, be very afraid, we are told. Of course, this whole thing was part of NAFTA, which many of the conservative critics supported. WSJ has a good editorial that debunks most of the demagoguery. Money quote:

It’s nice the U.S. government is finally getting around to meeting its obligations under a trade pact with Mexico ratified a mere 14 years ago. But even that is too fast for some protectionists.

Under the North American Free Trade Agreement, the U.S. was required to lift a ban on Mexican trucks traveling more than 25 miles inside the border. The deadline for doing so was 2000, yet seven years later the ban remains in place. Hence, when Mexican trucks reach the mileage limit, they must off-load and transfer the goods to American trucks, which carry them to their ultimate destination. You can understand why the Teamsters who represent American drivers favor this arrangement, however inefficient, but U.S. consumers pick up the tab.