Tagged Immigration Policy

So, Are the Koch Brothers Still Monumentally Evil?

Those who are on the port side of the partisan and ideological divide in America like to portray the Koch brothers as the source of everything bad that has ever happened to the planet, not to mention everything bad that is about to happen on the planet. This particular piece of overwrought nonsense should have been laughed out of polite company long ago, but in the event that anyone still needs evidence for the proposition that the Koch brothers are more complicated than their detractors like to claim they are, they need only read this piece:

Jeb Bush: A Mature Presidential Candidate

This is the kind of thing that I like hearing from a potential next president of the United States: Jeb Bush previewed the ideas at the heart of his likely presidential campaign, delivering a sweeping address here Friday about the economy, foreign affairs and energy exploration, and challenging the country to question “every aspect of how government works.” In his first major speech since stepping into the 2016 presidential sweepstakes in December, the Republican former Florida governor spoke confidently and in significant detail about the broad range of issues beginning to shape the campaign for the White House. Bush signaled he would…

Immigration Policy Blunders

For those who wonder why it is that I hate, abhor and utterly detest our current immigration policies, be sure to read this. Read it in full. Read it twice. Read it three times. Heck, read it five times; it’s that important. Why is it that important? Because no nation, no matter how great, can continue to be great if it kicks out, rejects and punishes extraordinary talented people with laudable work ethics who want to weave themselves into the fabric of that great nation’s life, and who are willing to contribute to that nation’s continued greatness as long as…

Is Jeb Bush a Supporter of Amnesty?

No. He isn’t: Mr. Bush’s proposal would narrow the definition of family for preference purposes to spouses and minor children and increase work and skills-based visas. He would greatly strengthen border security, linking any legalized status for illegal immigrants to tangible progress on objective border security metrics. A more robust guest-worker program, which unions have blocked, would ease pressure on illegal immigration. Employers would be matched with workers who would receive red cards containing computer chips to monitor entry and exit. The cards would be renewable annually so long as jobs are available. Many guest workers would return regularly to…

The Very Definition of “Scandal”

Wow: The Obama administration overturned a ban preventing a wealthy, politically connected Ecuadorean woman from entering the United States after her family gave tens of thousands of dollars to Democratic campaigns, according to finance records and government officials. The woman, Estefanía Isaías, had been barred from coming to the United States after being caught fraudulently obtaining visas for her maids. But the ban was lifted at the request of the State Department under former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton so that Ms. Isaías could work for an Obama fund-raiser with close ties to the administration. It was one of…

Our Very Wise and Poorly Implemented New Immigration Policy

In reacting to President Obama’s recent speech on immigration, I find myself in the same position as Ilya Shapiro; I commend the president on a truly excellent, much-needed policy change, while deploring the way in which the change is being implemented. Like Shapiro, I cannot get past the fact that previously, the president swore up and down that he did not have the authority to put into effect the changes that he is now putting into effect. To be sure, there are legal justifications for the president’s position–see Ilya Somin on that issue. But let there be absolutely no mistake that…

Quote of the Day

If a child showed up at your doorstep, begging for help, what would you do? Most Americans, I suspect, would offer help, even if that meant simply calling the police, who would, hopefully, ascertain whether the child was really in danger. But a lot of Americans who would respond to such a scenario with compassion also believe that America should simply shut its door to desperate refugees. I would suggest that a moral nation has an obligation to come to the aid of children who are fleeing grave danger. A nation as blessed as America ought to be a force…

Once Again, House Republicans Show that They Are Not MENSA Material

Charles Krauthammer is absolute right, comme d’habitude: Charles Krauthammer is slamming the GOP for what he called a “ridiculous” contradiction after tabling legislation to tackle the border crisis within 24 hours after moving forward with a lawsuit against the president. “It is ridiculous to sue the president on a Wednesday because he oversteps the law, as he has done a dozen times illegally and unconstitutionally, and then on a Thursday say that he should overstep the law, contradict the law that passed in 2008 and deal with this [the border] himself,” Krauthammer said Thursday on Fox News’ “Special Report.” But…

Breaking News: Jeb Bush Thinks that People Brave Dangers to Emigrate to the United States Because They Care for Their Families

There appears to have been a fair amount of talk regarding Jeb Bush’s comment that illegal immigration is, in a sense, “an act of love.” To be sure, it is also against the law, and contra Bush, it is a felony; see 8 U.S.C. § 1325 if you want the legal specifics. But Bush’s larger point is that families sacrifice and take great risks in order to come to the United States–sometimes illegally–in search of a better life for themselves, and more importantly, for the ones they care about. And I have no idea why this larger point should be controversial. However…