Archive for October, 2010

Blowback

Blowback

It turns out that calling for a boycott of your own state in the midst of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression isn’t a boon to your political fortunes, as Congressman Raul Grijalva is discovering this election cycle.   To grasp the full stupidity of Grijalva’s decision to embargo his state you...
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Refugees vs. Illegal Aliens

Refugees vs. Illegal Aliens

The New York Times published a remarkably fair piece this week about Arizona’s hospitality towards recent refugees who have settled in the state. Considering the paper of record’s almost uniformly dreadful coverage of SB 1070’s policy implications, the fact that this story was even written is a pleasant surprise.
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Homeland Security

Homeland Security

Despite the media rounds made by DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano in recent days, touting what she describes as the Obama administration’s get-tough attitude on illegal aliens, it turns out that she and John Morton, the current head of ICE, aren’t being  frank with the American public.
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Cheap Tactics and Misplaced Priorities

Cheap Tactics and Misplaced Priorities

If patriotism was the last refuge of a scoundrel in 18th century Britain, as writer Samuel Johnson seemed to believe, then the modern-day sanctuary-at least, in contemporary America-is open borders advocacy disguised as anti-racism. An emblematic representative of this tawdry defense mechanism can be found in the form of Darlene Kataan, the spokeswoman for...
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Dark Horse

Dark Horse

As those of you who are regular readers of this site will know, I’ve given extensive coverage to one of the more interesting gubernatorial races in this country which is taking place in the state of Colorado. Well, it turns out that the contest that appeared at first blush to be a cakewalk for the...
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Idaho

Idaho

A pitched battle over immigration, as well as one candidate’s potential flip-flopping, is being waged in Idaho’s 1st Congressional District this year. Raul Labrador, the designated Republican nominee, is a member of the Idaho House of Representatives who formerly had a lucrative career as an immigration attorney, something that has come back to haunt...
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Audio From The Brian Lehrer Show (Immigration)

Audio From The Brian Lehrer Show (Immigration)

For those of you not familiar with The Brian Lehrer Show, the popular WNYC program has an election-year segment called 30 Issues In 30 Days, which analyzes an important political issue that concerns voters in the Tri-State Area every day for approximately a month. The subject Brian Lehrer tackled yesterday was the proposition: The...
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Is ICE Stonewalling?

Is ICE Stonewalling?

Today we learned that the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement has denied a request by Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse-a nonprofit, data-gathering and research organization at Syracuse University-for information about detainees currently  within the immigration system.
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Equality Before The Law

Equality Before The Law

Yesterday, the New York Times brought us news of yet another populist revolt against the ineffectual administration of immigration law by the federal government. This time, the campaign to crack down on illegal aliens is occurring in Nebraska, much to the consternation of this reporter.
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Piracy

Piracy

Not in the Molucca Straits, or around the Horn of Africa, but  on our nation’s doorstep, which in this case is the Mexican side of Falcon Lake Reservoir. 
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