The Corner

Stay Paranoid, My Friends

A healthy corrective to my optimism about the likely failure of the corporate/leftist push for amnesty and doubling immigration is Mickey Kaus’s “7 Reasons to Keep On Worrying About Amnesty.” He’s talked about reasons three to seven before, and you should go read them, but the two new ones are worth noting here. The first is that Boehner might just retire, and use a push for amnesty as his ticket to ” a lucrative K St. lobbying practice,” buoyed by “establishment praise for his bipartisan statesmanship.” A rebellion by outraged GOP back-benchers wouldn’t matter much in that case.

Mickey’s second concern comes from Eric Cantor’s Friday memo to Republican House members laying out the agenda for the fall. The immigration graf is brief but disturbing, particularly the part I emphasized:

We know that the current legal immigration system is broken and should be fixed in a deliberate and responsible manner. That is why the Judiciary and Homeland Security committees have produced a number of specific bills which the House may begin considering this fall. Before we consider any other reforms, it is important that we pass legislation securing our borders and providing enforcement mechanisms to our law enforcement officials.

So it’s apparently not important to actually implement enforcement mechanisms, like E-Verify and visa-tracking, and make sure they’re working and survive court challenge, before considering amnesty — just passing legislation to that effect is sufficient. How’s that different from the Gang of Eight approach?

I still think the president will not have an immigration bill on his desk by the end of the year — but no thanks to the GOP House leadership.

Mark Krikorian — Mark Krikorian, a nationally recognized expert on immigration issues, has served as Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) since 1995.

Most Popular

Politics & Policy

Basta La Vista, Baby

Dear Reader (And especially Martha McSally’s dog), As I often note, I increasingly tend to see the political scene as a scripted reality show in which the writers don’t flesh out the dialogue so much as move characters into weird, wacky, confrontational, or embarrassing positions. It’s a lot like The ... Read More
Education

Betsy DeVos Strikes a Blow for the Constitution

The Department of Education has issued its long-awaited proposed regulations reforming sexual-assault adjudications on college campus. Not only will these rules restore basic due process and fairness to college tribunals, but they also — given how basic the changes are — highlight just how ridiculous ... Read More
Politics & Policy

ABC News Makes a Serious Mistake

Today, across Twitter, I began to see a number of people condemning the Trump administration (and Betsy DeVos, specifically) for imposing a new definition of sexual assault on campus so strict that it would force women to prove that they were so harassed that they'd been chased off campus and couldn't return. ... Read More