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Archive for 'Immigration'

Trump and shitholes

Despite multiple reports otherwise, President Trump now denies he referred to Haiti and African countries as “shithole countries” while complaining about immigration from those countries.

The president had grown frustrated with lawmakers Thursday in the Oval Office when they discussed protecting immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as part of a bipartisan deal over [...]

Sounds familiar

From Oliver Wang’s New York Times review of Erika Lee’s book The Making of Asian America:
One of her most fascinating chapters, “Border Crossings and Border Enforcement,” delves into the little-​known but remarkable stories of how tens of thousands of Chinese and Japanese found ways into the United States despite being legally barred from immigrating. During [...]

Anchor babies aweigh

Remember the “terror babies” hysteria of a few years ago?
It was propounded by some on the extreme Republican Right, including the especially loony Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert.
According to this theory, pregnant women were coming to the US as tourists, having babies, and then returning with their newborns to their home countries, where they were raised [...]

Some thoughts on the immigration debate

This is a cross-post from MoreMediaNonsense
Immigration from the EU will be one of the main issues in the next election and interestingly there are signs of movement from the Liberal Left commentariat on the issue see eg John Harris here on CIF:

This year I visited Wisbech – where a third of the 30,000 population is now [...]

Xenophobia, Bolivarian style

Diogenes Andrade, a Chavista member of Venezuela’s National Assembly, vents:
“Even if they call me xenophobic or whatever, enough is enough. I met a lot of Asians who were selling strawberries with cream in the street and now they have big businesses and mock our people. The State has to take control even if they complain [...]

Congressman Steve King cuts through the crap

With Speaker John Boehner and other House Republicans tying themselves in knots over immigration reform, I appreciated the refreshing honesty of hardline anti-reform Congressman Steve King of Iowa when it comes to any plan that would include a pathway to citizenship for immigrants who are in the US illegally.
“It would hurt Republicans, and I don’t [...]

GOP Hispanic outreach watch

As you may recall, the reelection of President Obama last year with more than 70 percent of the Hispanic vote threw some Republicans into a tizzy.
Fox News’s GOP mouthpiece Sean Hannity said he had “evolved” on the issue of immigration reform, and now supported a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants. Others, like House Speaker [...]

Good policy and good politics

President Obama announced Friday that his administration will stop deportations of hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants brought to the country as children.
The action applies to illegal immigrants age 30 or below who:
• came to the United States under the age of sixteen;
• have continuously resided in the United States for at least five [...]

Rick Perry walks back: OK, you’re not heartless after all

Responding to other candidates at last week’s Republican debate who criticized a Texas law giving college tuition breaks to children of illegal immigrants, Governor Rick Perry said (quite sensibly):
“If you say that we should not educate children who have come into our state for no other reason than they’ve been brought there by no fault [...]

GOP presidential nomination watch: foreign policy

After what I’m sure was careful consideration, Michele Bachmann agreed with a questioner at a town hall meeting in Greenville, South Carolina, that US troops should be redeployed from South Korea to south Texas to deal with illegal immigration from Mexico.
“How do you solve it? You build a barrier, a fence, a wall — whatever [...]