1. Memorandum: The Complete Immigration Story of 9/11 Hijacker Satam al Suqami
2. Transcript and Video: Can Conservatism Survive Mass Immigration?
3. Video: FOX News coverage of ‘Gaming the Border’
4. Blog: ‘Going Home,’ or How Restrictionists Can Win the Linguistic Battle
5. Blog: The Pew Study on Illegal Immigration, Part VI: Why Did the Number of Illegal Immigrants Decline?
6. Blog: H-1B Commentary Removed from Reality
7. Blog: Winning the Battle on Illegal Immigration – Implementing a New Strategy
8. Blog: The Pew Study on Illegal Immigration, Part V: Beyond the Headlines
9. Blog: DHS Opening Various Migration Doors to Princes and Paupers
10. Blog: Behind the Pew Study on Illegal Immigration, Part IV: The Mystery of the Missing 900,000 Illegal Immigrants
11. Blog: Behind the Pew Study on Illegal Immigration, Part III: Estimating Illegal Immigration – The Basic Model and Its Limitations
— Mark Krikorian]
Excerpt: The past year and a half has provided a litany of examples, some tragic, that America is not safe from terrorist conspiracies and acts. Our processing and informational analysis has improved greatly since September 11 at our air and land ports of entry, but our southwest border is suffering from a near national security crisis due to Mexican narco-insurgency. Meanwhile, aviation security remains subject to incomplete vetting procedures and issues of international cooperation. What is becoming increasingly clear is that despite some real gains in border and aviation security, we are not safe. Thus, the value of continuing to learn from the terrorist travel story of September 11 remains relevant today as we continue to rummage through panoplies of choices about immigration and border security. If any immigration issue should rise above the fray and remain a standalone, it should be border security. This Memorandum is an attempt to help inform that debate more full! y, by providing never-before seen digital images that back up previously published material in the September 11 border team’s monograph, 9/11 and Terrorist Travel.
CIS Event: Can Conservatism Survive Mass Immigration?
Panelists: James G. Gimpel, Ramesh Ponnuru, David Frum, and Mark Krikorian
National Press Club, September 4, 2010
Excerpt: ‘Going home’ has a pleasant overtone. ‘Being deported’ does not.
Unfortunately the open borders people have totally outmaneuvered the restrictionists linguistically. They have caused the media to use soft words to describe the lawbreakers, like ‘unauthorized immigrants’ and ‘undocumented workers,’ while using harsh words like ‘arrest’ and ‘deportation’ for normal enforcement actions.
Excerpt: The Pew report doesn’t exactly say. Instead it simply notes that ‘the analysis does not explain why these changes occurred. During the period covered by the analysis, there have been major shifts in the level of immigration enforcement and in enforcement strategies, as well as large swings in the U.S. economy….But the data in this report do not allow quantification of these factors and are not designed to explain why flows and populations totals declined.’ (p. iii) Still one of the report’s two chief authors, Jeffrey Passel, did say in an interview that, ‘At this point both of those broad factors seem to be working in the same direction.’
Excerpt: Political correctness is the guiding force in most of the mainstream media’s coverage of immigration issues. Very often the media’s hunger for political correctness goes from out of touch with reality into the truly bizarre.
Excerpt: My three previous blogs have explored the reasons behind our general lack of success in the battle over illegal immigration and argued that we need a new strategy if we are to eventually win the battle.
The strategy that follows, based in part on my own experience with the Utah legislature, takes a holistic approach to ending illegal immigration and integrates all of our diverse efforts into a single, comprehensive program. It has three main components:
Excerpt: At the heart of the Pew report is the claim that, to the extent the statistical estimates and weighting are correct, the overall estimated numbers of illegal immigrants in the United States has declined. At least, that is what the Pew report’s title suggests is its most noteworthy finding. And it is point that almost all news accounts emphasize.
However there is much more to the report than what has been reported. In this entry, I would like to ‘stipulate’ the general accuracy of the report’s numbers for the purpose of further inquiring into what the report says that has been largely overlooked.
Excerpt: DHS is, at least, consistent.
Whether a would-be alien worker is rich or poor, a chum of the ambassador or a friendless waif, a distinguished artist or a minor-league criminal, some arm of the Department of Homeland Security is busily making it easier for that alien to come to, or stay legally in, America.
Behind the Pew Study on Illegal Immigration, Part IV: The Mystery of the Missing 900,000 Illegal Immigrants
By Stanley Renshon
CIS Blog, September 8, 2010
Excerpt: At the heart of the Pew report is the finding that the overall estimated numbers of illegal immigrants in the United States have declined from a peak of 12 million to 11.1 million, a net decline of 900,000 illegal immigrants. At least, this is what the report’s title suggests that Pew believes is its most noteworthy finding. The decline is also the point that almost all accounts of the Pew report emphasize.
Behind the Pew Study on Illegal Immigration, Part III: Estimating Illegal Immigration – The Basic Model and Its Limitations
By Stanley Renshon
CIS Blog, September 7, 2010
Excerpt: The basic approach of both the recent Pew report and those of the Department of Homeland Security in estimating the number of illegal immigrants currently in the United States is based on the ‘residual method’ and seems, on first glance to be quite straightforward.