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  • Heritage Foundation Wrong on Obama Immigration Enforcement

    July 13, 2010
  • National ID Plan Insults Americans

    March 19, 2010
    President Obama recently gave his thumbs-up to an immigration compromise plan formulated by Chucky “Why Am I So Annoying” Schumer (D-NY) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) that includes a national biometric ID card for all Americans.  I already outlined here some of the major objections to any national biometric ID but the government is moving forward with the plan anyway.

    I expected this proposal to be terrifying, but I wasn’t prepared to be personally insulted.  As was reported here:

    “The cards would include biometric information designed to prevent counterfeiting -- but the senators said the information would not be stored in a government database.”

    I don’t believe in conspiracies, but when the government says they are going to set up a national biometric ID card BUT not store all of our information in a database, it smells fishy.  Sure . . . (wink-wink) the national biometric ID won’t...
  • Thursday Immigration Meeting: Will Immigration Reform Be a Boon or Bust?

    March 10, 2010
    When Senators Graham (R-SC) and Chucky "I know nothing about business" Schumer (D-NY) come to a compromise on comprehensive immigration reform, the only things that gets compromised are our freedoms and prosperity. Tomorrow will be no different when they meet with President Obama at the White House to discuss immigration reform.

    Here's what they will likely agree on:

    1. A national biometric identity card. As I discussed here, a biometric ID will dissipate all of the gains from immigration reform. Eventually the ID card, like our Social...
  • National ID Plan Won't Stop Illegal Immigration But Will Kill Liberty

    March 9, 2010
    The Senate is working toward a ghastly compromise on immigration reform that includes a biometric national identification card for all Americans.  The stated purpose of this national ID, which an employee must present before getting a job, is to prevent undocumented workers from being employed.  Back in December I warned that a national ID is the inevitable conclusion of the anti-immigration movement.   The failure of E-Verify to catch 54% of undocumented workers is only accelerating the call for a national ID.

  • E-Verify is a Spectacular Failure and Should be Abandoned

    February 25, 2010
    The Wall Street Journal today reported that the E-Verify system, a Federal database designed to identify undocumented workers and prevent their employment, fails to identify such workers 54% of the time! All Federal contractors and thousands of private firms participate in the program and it is touted by anti-immigration activists as a solution to illegal/undocumented immigration.

    This recent scandal should finally kill the push to make E-Verify a universal system. Anti-immigration activists from the Center for Immigration Studies to the...

  • Lou Dobbs Believes Own B.S.

    January 28, 2010

    For years Lou Dobbs made a living trying to convince Americans that illegal immigrants and their supporters were waging a war on the middle class. He now supports a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants because he wants to run for office and garner the support of Hispanics....

  • Comprehensive Immigration Reform Helps Highly Skilled Immigrants

    December 17, 2009
    Section 320 of the  The Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 H.R. 4321 (CIR ASAP) is fantastic.  It exempts from numerical caps on employment based green cards those aliens who have earned a master's or higher from an accredited university in the U.S., those who received postdoctoral and medical training in the U.S., and those who earned a master's in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.

    Currently, the H-1B visa allows 20,000 such graduates annually to work in the U.S. temporarily.  Many of them seek green cards upon the completion of their short stint on an H-1B visa.  This section of CIR ASAP allows an alternative avenue for these highly skilled and highly paid workers to work in the U.S. after graduation and to stay after the...
  • Summary of Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Good and Bad

    December 15, 2009
    Today Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) introduced the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 (CIR ASAP). I was able to get an advanced outline of the bill. Here are some of its main features:


    1. Prohibits creation of a national identification card (this contradicts mandated E-Verify, see below).
    2. “Recapture” of unused employment based green cards from past years for next fiscal year (would be better if it included 309,500 unused H-1B visas too).
    3. Exempts foreign graduate students from employment based green card caps. This de-facto expands the yearly immigration of highly skilled graduate students and helps employers who are stonewalled by the inadequate H-1B visa program.
    4. Removes backlog of visas by updating system and personnel...
  • 9/11 Outrage

    September 11, 2009
    On September 9th and later tonight, on the anniversary of the terror attacks of 9/11/2001, conspiracy nuts will be showing the “film” Loose Change 911: An American Coup. These conspiracy nuts are renting out the Elizabeth R. Topping room in the E.P Foster Library in Ventura County, California (the county where I grew up) and the screening will take place tonight at 5 and 7:15 p.m.

    What’s maddening is that the citizens of Ventura County, California will be subsidizing this screening. The Elizabeth R. Topping room costs only $25 to rent and has a capacity of 96 people. There is no private venue in Ventura County that costs so little for such a large capacity. Also, the screening is in a PUBLIC LIBRARY, which is largely supported by taxpayer dollars. The county government is subsidizing the viewing of this conspiracy theory.

    I don’t care what kind of stupid beliefs people have...
  • Institutional Immigrant Assimilation

    May 19, 2008

    Ala Don Boudreaux's style at Cafehayek, below is a letter I sent to the Wall Street Journal last week:

    Jason L. Riley's “Keep the Immigrants, Deport the Multiculturalists” (May 15) expertly describes the optimistic reality of immigration while castigating multiculturalists who wish to destroy the American assimilation machine. To aid in assimilation and increase the economic benefits of immigration many millions more should be admitted.

    According to the 2006 census, 43% of the U.S. foreign born population has at least some college education. Generally, the more educated and wealthy an immigrant is, the faster he will assimilate. But the present immigration system severely restricts the entry of educated foreigners through the...


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