Immigration Articles

Trump's Pre-Caucus Assault: Web Ads

Give the people what they want: The Donald.
1:48 PM, Jan 26, 2016
In the days leading up to the Iowa Caucus, Trump has taken his message to the Internet for a last-minute blitz with a series of web videos. How do they stack up? Read more

New Trump Ad: Ted Cruz Is 'Pro-Amnesty'

7:07 AM, Jan 22, 2016

The latest ad from the leading presidential candidate, Donald Trump, accuses the next best candidate, Ted Cruz, of being "pro-amnesty." Cruz is also labeled "Pro Immigration" in the ad.

"Clear Difference" is the name of the ad.

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The 60-second is meant to highlight "Trump Vs Cruz on Immigration," as screen text indicates.

"Trump Will End Illegal Immigration, Trump Will Secure Our Borders," the Trump ad claims.

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Sessions: Visa Overstays 'Tantamount to an Open Border'

2:42 PM, Jan 20, 2016

Senator Jeff Session of Alabama blasted the findings of a new DHS report on visa overstays.

“This long-awaited report from the Department of Homeland Security demonstrates that we are in the midst of a national immigration crisis. The report examined only temporary visitors travelling as tourists or business workers, and only those entering at sea and air ports, and yet found that a shocking 527,127 individuals illegally overstayed past their mandatory date of departure. That's more than half a million overstays in one year for this one category of aliens. These figures do not include any foreign students or any other foreign worker programs such as the H-1B, the L-1, the H-2B and many, many more.

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Sessions: Ted Cruz Critical to Blocking Amnesty

3:58 PM, Dec 20, 2015

Senator Jeff Sessions, a Republican from Alabama, defended presidential candidate Ted Cruz at a rally last night in Alabama:

"Let me tell you, I was there every step of the way," Sessions says of the 2013 immigration bill. "Ted Cruz was on my side, fought this legislation all the way through."

Sessions went on to say that this election will decide the immigration laws (and whether they are even enforced) going forward.

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High-Tech Chutzpah

Silicon Valley seeks to suppress wages.
Oct 27, 2014

At minimum it is unseemly, at maximum an example of chutzpah as practiced in Silicon Valley. Having shot themselves in the foot, some prominent tech billionaires want the president to bypass Congress and minister to their wound. They have poured cash into his campaign coffers, and now is payback time. They want him to increase the number of H-1B visas that allow them to hire high-skilled foreign tech workers. Which he has promised to do, never mind that Microsoft has just laid off thousands of workers.

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On Immigration Debate, Who's Being More Honest: Cruz or Rubio?

12:51 AM, Dec 16, 2015
If there was one moment of Tuesday's GOP debate that has the most potential to alter the race, it had to be the heated exchange between Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz over immigration. Read more

Huma Abedin Attacks Trump: 'I'm a Proud Muslim'

'Trump wants to literally write racism into our law books.'
6:36 AM, Dec 08, 2015

A top aide to Hillary Clinton is attacking Donald Trump for his proposal for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States."

Huma Abedin, formerly Clinton's bodywoman and currently her campaign's vice chair, sent an email to supporters pushing back at Trump. "I'm a proud Muslim," the subject line of the email stated.

"Donald Trump is leading in every national poll to be the Republican nominee for president. And earlier today, he released his latest policy proposal: to ban all Muslims from entering our country," Abedin continued.

I'm a proud Muslim -- but you don't have to share my faith to share my disgust.

Trump wants to literally write racism into our law books.

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz Compares Syrian Refugees to 1939 European Jews

7:06 AM, Dec 04, 2015

The head of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, believes the Syrian refugees of today are like the European Jews of 1939. Wasserman Schultz made the claim in a conference call to explain how "out-of-touch" Republicans are with the Jewish community.

The DNC chair also called the war the U.S. is currently engaged in "the war on terror."

Here's an excerpt of Wasserman Schultz's remarks, as released by the DNC:

"For some, their version of Middle East foreign policy is pandering to our community about supporting Israel, without fully grasping the deep values and history that drive our relationship. But – if you can believe it – this new crowd is even worse than President Bush.

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European Insecurity

The bloody crossroads where migration and terrorism meet
Nov 30, 2015

If Europe doesn’t get serious about protecting its borders, it’s going to head back to the days of barbed wire and concrete walls. That’s what President François Hollande warned when he went before a rare joint sitting of France’s National Assembly and Senate to argue for an extended three-month state of emergency. His warning came in the wake of the half-dozen simultaneous bomb and machine-gun attacks in Paris on November 13, claimed by the Islamic State (ISIS), that left at least 130 dead.

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Hillary: We Need a Wall

3:49 PM, Nov 24, 2015

While campaigning in New Hampshire recently, Hillary Clinton sounded a Donald Trumpian note on immigration.

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An Economist's View of the Syrian Refugees

2:04 PM, Nov 21, 2015

It is not for an economist to adjudicate between the president of the United States, who feels he is appealing to our better angels by asking our blessing for his plan to grant 10,000 refugees from the Syrian wars entry into our country, and his critics who fear that the wave might include immigrants coming not for refuge but to do us harm, not here to assimilate but to retain the customs and laws that have brought their homelands chaos and penury. The dispute, in short, is between Barack Obama who contends he is following a long-standing, humane American tradition of accepting the world’s tired, poor, huddled masses, and equally well-intentioned congressmen and governors who respond that he is ignoring his first obligation – to keep America and its citizens safe from harm. They add that it is inappropriate to argue that America must not repeat the moral error of turning away Jews who sought to escape Hitler’s death camps by turning away Syrians, among them some pledged to destroy the values fleeing Jews were attempting to come here to enjoy.

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Was the Fight for Soviet Jewry Illegitimate?

9:28 AM, Nov 19, 2015

“It would send a demoralizing and dangerous message to the world that the United States makes judgments about people based on the country they come from and their religion.” 

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'President Obama's Cynical Refugee Ploy'

6:38 AM, Nov 19, 2015

Walter Russell Mead has a terrific piece in the American Interest on "President Obama's Cynical Refugee Ploy."


To see the full cynicism of the Obama approach to the refugee issue, one has only to ask President Obama’s least favorite question: Why is there a Syrian refugee crisis in the first place?

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Obama's 'Shameful' Policy Toward Middle Eastern Christians

8:01 AM, Nov 17, 2015

In his press conference in Turkey on Monday, President Obama called “shameful” the proposals to give special treatment to Christian refugees from the Middle East.  Here’s some of what he said:

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Arkansas Governor: Syrian Refugees Can't Come Here

11:18 AM, Nov 16, 2015

The governor of Arkansas joined the governor of Alabama and others in saying that Syrian refugees can't come to his state. Governor Asa Hutchinson made the announcement this morning on Twitter.

"As Governor I will oppose Syrian refugees being relocated to Arkansas," said Hutchinson.


As Governor I will oppose Syrian refugees being relocated to Arkansas.

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Alabama Governor: Syrian Refugees Can't Come to Alabama

7:23 AM, Nov 16, 2015

Alabama governor Robert Bentley is refusing to allow Syrian refugees to relocate to Alabama. 

“After full consideration of this weekend’s attacks of terror on innocent citizens in Paris, I will oppose any attempt to relocate Syrian refugees to Alabama through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. As your Governor, I will not stand complicit to a policy that places the citizens of Alabama in harm’s way,” Governor Bentley says in a statement released by his office.

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Hillary Still Wants to Bring in 65,000 Syrian Refugees

10:07 PM, Nov 14, 2015

During Saturday night's Democratic debate, Hillary Clinton was asked about bringing in Syrian refugees.

"I think that is the number one requirement. I also said that we should take increased numbers of refugees. The [Obama] administration originally said 10 [thousand]. I said we should go to 65 [thousand], but only if we have as careful a screening and vetting process as we can imagine, whatever resources it takes. I do not want us to in any way inadvertently allow people who wish us harm to come into our country."

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It's Not Clear What Cruz Believes on Immigration

6:32 AM, Nov 13, 2015

Why is it so hard to figure out what Ted Cruz actually believes should be done about illegal immigration? When the Texas senator, through the help of radio host Laura Ingraham, zeroed in on Marco Rubio's involvement drafting and supporting the Gang of 8's comprehensive immigration reform plan in the Senate, he brought up for discussion his rival's single biggest weakness in the Republican presidential primary.

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Ted Cruz’s Important Immigration Answer

3:48 PM, Nov 11, 2015

Pop quiz: Was the percentage of the U.S. population that is foreign-born higher in 1860, 1880, 1920, or on July 1, 2015?  If you answered “2015,” you’re right. The portion of the U.S. population that is foreign-born is now 13.5 percent, surpassing even the tallies for 1860 (13.2 percent), 1880 (13.3 percent), and 1920 (13.2 percent), and fast approaching the all-time record set in 1890 (14.8 percent), according to the U.S. Census Bureau (see here and table 2).

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Hillary: I Voted for Border Fence to Keep Out Illegal Immigrants

7:36 AM, Nov 10, 2015

At a campaign event last night, Hillary Clinton bragged about something she does not usually mention: her votes for a border fence to keep illegal immigrants out of America.

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"Hi Secretary Clinton, I was wondering what you think about my securing the Mexican border with some of the illegal immigrants that come in -- just wondering," asked a questioner at a town hall.

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Christie Goes After Rubio on Immigration

4:42 PM, Nov 03, 2015

New Jersey governor Chris Christie came out swinging against his rival for the GOP presidential nomination Marco Rubio Tuesday. In a Tuesday interview with radio host Laura Ingraham, Christie responded to Rubio's claim that the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program could not be rolled back "immediately."

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Telling the Truth in Tumblrland

Meet Sweden's 'Angry Foreigner.'
3:26 PM, Nov 03, 2015

A common conservative joke online is that if Tumblr were a country, it would look a lot like Sweden.

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Jewish Immigration Group Fights to Bring Syrian Refugees to America

7:08 AM, Oct 27, 2015

A top Jewish immigration group -- an organization "Founded in 1881 originally to assist Jews fleeing pogroms in Russia and Eastern Europe" -- is fighting to bring Syrian refugees to America. The group is called HIAS, which once meant Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society.

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The Rising Migrant Tide

What Merkel wrought
Oct 26, 2015


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Huddled Masses, Then and Now

Immigrants are not all alike.
Oct 12, 2015

It is understandable that Donald Trump’s vulgar attack on immigrants has nicer people up in arms, and that pundits are leaping to their computers to chastise Ben Carson for saying he might not want a Muslim to be president of the United States. But it wouldn’t be a bad thing if these comments opened the question of American immigration policy to review.

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Slowdown on Deportations

10:11 AM, Oct 06, 2015

The AP reports that:

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Hillary Hits Obama for Being Too Strict on Illegal Immigrants

7:49 PM, Oct 05, 2015

Hillary Clinton took a swing at President Barack Obama for being too strict on illegal immigrants. Clinton said, in an interview with Telemundo, that she would be less strict if she becomes president of the United States.

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Of Baguettes, Taxis, and Refugees

3:01 PM, Sep 22, 2015

Moody’s must have it in for France. Sure, its economy is moribund. Sure, its trade unions are among the most intransigent in the world. But surely the socialist government deserves some credit for one of the most significant reforms in 200 years.

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Crisis? Which Crisis?

European disunion.
Sep 21, 2015

Europe’s migrant crisis, the continent’s greatest humanitarian disaster since the aftermath of World War II, continues to worsen. The summer began with mass drownings in the Mediterranean and bickering between the European Union and the governments of its member states over who should foot the bill for search and rescue patrols of Europe’s southern coasts. The summer is ending with a series of appalling images that have galvanized public opinion, especially in the northern European states, and forced both national and supranational authorities to act.

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In Amending the EB-5 Program, First Do No Harm

8:42 AM, Sep 10, 2015

The EB-5 program allows people from foreign countries who want to invest in U.S. businesses, and who can do so in a way that will create jobs in the United States, to receive a visa to work in the country. It is a small program: The legislation that created it can allocate no more than 10,000 visas per year, a limit that is rarely even reached.

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