Tag Archives: Immigration

On Democratic timidity

Without suggesting that the Democrats run Alexandra Ocasio-Cortezes in every district, Eric Loomis has theories about why party satraps are panicking: They are scared of the grassroots taking over. They are scared of a left version of the Tea Party. … Continue reading

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Acts of gratuitous cruelty

A possibly unconstitutional executive order that helps millions of people, even when these people aren’t citizens, isn’t the sort of conundrum citizens waste time puzzling over outside constitutional law classrooms — unless you oppose the law. Donald J. Trump has … Continue reading

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Muslim Ban II: The Smell of Fear

The Muslim ban? It got cleaned up. According to the fact sheet, the Department of Homeland Security will conduct a country-by-country review of the information the six targeted nations provide to the U.S. for visa and immigration decisions. Those countries … Continue reading

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‘It’s working out very nicely’

Cabinet officials without governmental experience? What could possibly go wrong? It wasn’t until Friday — the day Trump signed the order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days and suspending all refugee admission for 120 days — that … Continue reading

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Redistricting? What redistricting?

Even John Roberts must have soul, or at least must occasionally hint that he’s got one. The plaintiffs’ claims in Harris v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission proved too much for the Supreme Court, which unanimously ruled that Arizona’s redistricting commission … Continue reading

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‘A Good Journalist must pretend they have no opinions…’

This morning’s Washington Post: In thirteen words, we see a classic example of false equivalence, abetted by reporters conscripted by phony both-sides-do-it twaddle. Helen Thomas got the same treatment during the Bush administration. Because her questions didn’t defer to the … Continue reading

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Majority of GOP voters support sending illegal immigrants back to Mexico

I’m shocked, I tell you: By 56-42, Americans support developing a plan to legalize undocumented immigrants over stopping their flow and deporting those already here. Independents agree by 58-39, and moderates by 59-40. But Republicans favor stopping the flow of … Continue reading

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The virtues of doggedness

One of my favorite media appearances by Christopher Hitchens in the five years before his death was on the Hugh Hewitt show, to which I won’t link in accordance with the rule that one doesn’t invite vampires into one’s home. … Continue reading

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The politics of ‘making your own laws’

Charles Pierce on John Boehner’s least visible body part, which the Speaker of the House thinks he’s got because he’s farted about suing the president over making Mexican American lives moderately tolerable: I have lived through the administration of 12 … Continue reading

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‘I can come out of the shadows’

Here we are: Amid the hugs in the packed room of the immigration center, Jose Delgado quietly strode to a corner and searched for his friends. Just as the image of President Obama faded from the wide screen on Thursday … Continue reading

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‘The roots of prosecutorial discretion are extremely deep’

Sam Stein got this answer from a member of the Federalist Society at its Mayflower Hotel mingling, awaiting Alito and Scalia: Before the crowd changed into black tie attire for Alito’s appearance, however, a smaller panel convened under the title, … Continue reading

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‘To split families encourages further violations of the law as they reunite.’

I missed this story in The Hill about the Reagan and Bush I administrations’ push first to create a “path” to legalization and then expand it. “The new law excluded their spouses and children who didn’t qualify,” the article reports: … Continue reading

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