April 15, 2004

A few months ago the story of a few Mexican nationals (read: illegal immigrants) was all over the local news. Apparently there had been a report of some shoplifting at a local J.C. Penney store and, depending on who you believe, either J.C. Penney employees, or a cop on his own, stopped and talked to […]

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August 14, 2003
Question answered

Nearly two weeks ago I pointed out a story in the San Diego Union-Tribune about the Mexican consulate in full-outrage mode because some illegal aliens had been arrested within a block of the consulate. My question a the time was: "Just how large is the radius around the consulate within which Border Patrol agents are […]

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August 2, 2003
There are places you can enforce the laws, and places you can't

At least, that's what the Mexican consulate here in San Diego seems to be saying. Mexican officials filed a formal complaint with the Border Patrol yesterday after agents arrested a Mexican family on their way to the Mexican consulate in San Diego. According to the consulate, the five family members were within a block of […]

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July 25, 2003
Inept immigrations officers

The San Diego Union-Tribune has an excellent piece of reporting in today's paper on the bungling Border Patrol that led to the death of Oceanside Police officer Tony Zeppetella. For almost seven years, U.S. immigration officers struggled to keep Adrian Camacho out of the country. Four times they ordered him deported to Mexico because of […]

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July 19, 2003
OK, I'll make a trade

CNN highlights this AP story about Americans who are leaving for Canada because America "is growing too conservative and believe Canada offers a more inclusive, less selfish society." This is news because the AP found less than a dozen people who want to leave and there are millions who'd like to come. Anyway, it sounds […]

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June 10, 2003
When violating immigration laws isn't a crime

The Washington Post's Richard Cohen takes the Bush administration and, specifically, Attorney General John Ashcroft to task for locking up 762 illegal immigrants post 9/11 who turned out to have no ties to terrorism. Let's have it in Cohen's words. The AG was asked about a report from his own inspector general criticizing the way […]

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February 25, 2003
Krugman's credibility

The more things change, the more they stay the same. I'm not going to do a complete deconstruction of New York Times columnist Paul Krugman's latest column -- because there's nothing really new in it. When I finally get a syndicated column, I hope that I'll be able to get paid recycling the same thing […]

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July 26, 2002
Visas revisited

I neglected to address the issue of refugees when I talked about my inclination to bar people from Arab nations from coming to the United States on student or tourist visas. I think that we should be increasing the number of people we allow into the United States as refugees from those countries. People genuinely […]

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July 24, 2002
Am I a racist?

I would have to say no. But then again, I could be wrong. My good, old (we're both "old" now aren't we?) friend Tom Davis criticized my post suggesting that we prohibit the issuance of visas to "any male between the ages of 18-50 from any Arab nation during wartime." Tom said that my suggestion […]

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July 18, 2002
Washington, we have a problem

National Review Online has posted a letter from Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage to Deputy Attorney General Larry D. Thompson. The important part: Unfortunately, the information we have received from FTTTF (Foreign Terrorist Tracking Task Force) so far has been insufficient to permit a consular officer to deny a visa. The information we have […]

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