1. Backgrounder: “The Appearance of Security”
2. Blog: “No Surprise Here”
3. Blog: “‘Undocumented Americans’?”
4. Blog: “No ‘Progress by Pesach’”
5. Blog: “McCaskill Pulling a Gillibrand?”
6. Blog: “Judge: ACLU Wrong on E-Verify”
7. Blog: “That’s Enough Culture for Now”
— Mark Krikorian]
EXCERPT: The move toward more secure issuance of state identification documents may be in jeopardy. The most recent iteration of the National Governors Association secure ID bill circulating the Senate for signatures for possible introduction, the “Providing for Additional Security in States’ Identification Act of 2009” or PASS ID Act, gives the appearance of security for drivers licenses and non-driver IDs (DL/ID) when, in fact, security does not exist. The PASS ID Act would provide for insecure issuance practices by the states that, for the most part, were in place prior to 9/11. In many ways, the PASS ID Act is a step backward for most states, or at least an endorsement of the status quo, because nearly all states are implementing elements of the REAL ID Act1 — the 2005 measure designed to raise state ID standards in response to the 9/11 attacks — even in states that have passed legislation that precludes REAL ID implementation. However the new bill’s mandate to verify an ID applicant’s legal presence in the United States by 2013 is voluntary, as any state can opt out of PASS ID Act requirements.
So, the Atlanta paper has selected its new conservative editorial columnist, the result of a contest to fill the affirmative-action position. I’m sure Kyle Wingfield is a prince of a man and an engaging writer — but it’s no accident that he supports open borders: ‘I have seen the segregation and inhumanity that result from being unable to stop immigrants from coming to your country, but managing to stop them from working in your country and integrating into your society.’ (And yes, he does write editorials for the Wall Street Journal, thanks for asking.) From his brief intro piece (his column won’t start ‘til next month), he seems to be against cap and trade, Card Check, and the nanny state in general — all sound views the liberals at the AJC editorial page would recoil from. But he can get away with all that because, like I always say, open borders is the immutable value of the Left.
EXCERPT: Here’s an e-mail alert about the upcoming May Day amnesty parades (no word on whether the Politburo will be in the viewing stands):
No ‘Progress by Pesach’
By Mark Krikorian
CIS Blog, April 9, 2009
EXCERPT: Now that Passover (Pesach) has started, it’s worth looking at the results of Jewish pro-amnesty groups’ campaign called Progress by Pesach, to light a fire under Congress and the White House to get moving on ‘comprehensive immigration reform.’ This is of more than parochial interest because the effort was led by HIAS, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, whose president, Gideon Aronoff, is now chairman of the National Immigration Forum (the national umbrella group for open-borders advocacy) and as such the paramount chief of the amnesty movement. (This is the same guy Derb debated a couple years back.) It was supported by all the big national Jewish organizations, and there was a concerted effort to blacklist one of the few dissenters, the Center’s Stephen Steinlight.
EXCERPT: Sen. Claire McCaskill, the rare Democratic immigration hawk, is apparently growing in office — she’s said she’ll likely vote for the DREAM Act amnesty if it comes up this year.
EXCERPT: Rhode Island’s Superior Court has dismissed an ACLU lawsuit aimed at stopping the use of E-Verify. It is a significant loss for the ACLU and a big win for state government.
That’s Enough Culture for Now
By Jessica Vaughan
CIS Blog, April 6, 2009
EXCERPT: Kudos to the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Exchanges for taking steps to curb use of certain temporary work visas as unemployment rates continue to rise in the United States. Deputy Asst. Secretary Stanley Colvin, who heads the bureau, recently sent a letter to organizations that sponsor summer work exchange programs asking them to voluntarily cut back on the number of visiting workers, noting that it could be very hard to place them in jobs this year. The Summer Work Travel Program is one of 15 “J visa” exchange programs run by the State Department that bring in 400,000 foreign workers, students, and exchange visitors each year. The summer workers typically work as lifeguards, ice cream scoopers, camp counselors, and produce stand clerks – the kind of jobs that would otherwise be held by American teenagers.