What The American Orwell State Can and Can’t Secure
What a society can and cannot protect speaks volumes about its underlying values. America has increasingly degenerated into a nation that indulgences in over the top, bullying security theatre while proving itself increasingly unable to protect things that are actually important. Congressman Jeff Duncan recently toured an IRS facility and saw agents firing AR-15s. He couldn’t help but wonder what these were for.
“I think Americans raise eyebrows when you tell them that IRS agents are training with a type of weapon that has stand-off capability. It’s not like they’re carrying a sidearm and they knock on someone’s door and say, ‘You’re evading your taxes,’” Duncan said
UVA student Elizabeth Daly will think twice about ever reaching for the cookie dough and bottled water at Harris-Teeter in Charlottesville, VA. It seems the crack para-military agents of the VA Alcoholic Beverage Control Gestapo were concerned that somehow that bottled water was more than just bottled water.
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Restraining the ambitions of the State
“Nobody is talking about preventing the legalization,” Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) assured his audience during an interview with the Spanish-language network Univision a couple of weeks ago. ”The legalization is going to happen. That means the following will happen: First comes the legalization. Then come the measures to secure the border. And then comes the process of permanent residence.” Here we are, on the verge of | Read More »
Congress is currently convulsed in a titanic struggle over immigration reform… a topic that rarely cracks the top-10 list of top concerns for the American people, and never gets into the top 5. Border security polls far higher than anything else in the “comprehensive immigration reform” basket, particularly among those Americans who actually live along the border, but that’s the one thing the ruling class | Read More »
Securing Our Borders With Open Borders
Every sane person in the country aka most people outside of the DC beltway, is asking the million dollar question of the immigration debate: why don’t we just implement the enforcement measures that actually work before risking another wave of illegal immigration by granting amnesty now? The issue would largely dissipate if they would merely begin enforcing the laws on the books. But when you | Read More »
Former Arizona Attorney General Talks Immigration Reform and Border Security
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods to discuss the immigration reform bill in the Senate, problems he faced as a border state AG and why new technology could help us secure the border.
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Protect America First
When Jim DeMint delivered his farewell speech in the Senate, he touched on a salient point that is often lost in the raucous of political discourse. The entrenchment of political interests and allegiances has often made commonsense ideas that transcend political ideology impossible to implement. Nowhere is this more evident than with the push to hold national security hostage for mass amnesty. We have a | Read More »
Gang Plan: Perennial De Facto Amnesty
One of the most common bromides regurgitated by Republicans in defense of ‘amnesty first, enforcement later’ proposals is that we already have de facto amnesty with Obama not enforcing the laws. This was always a dubious argument even before the release of the gang bill. We should not use Obama’s malevolence as a baseline from which to craft public policy. Instead of rewarding Obama for | Read More »
Hey, Charlie Brown, Are You Ready for Some Immigration Football?
As the Gang of 8 introduces their proposal, just remember that all of your concerns are unfounded. Unlike previous amnesties, this one will not grow the welfare state; it will not affect wages; it will not change the composition of the country. Most importantly, it will finally ensure that we enforce the laws before people are granted amnesty. NOT! Although the bill keeps being leaked | Read More »
Border security is national security
A big, and terrible, story has been brewing about a wave of deadly attacks on prosecutors in Texas, coupled with the murder of prison chief Tom Clements in Colorado. (Another violent incident involving a home invader shot by a Colorado prosecutor and her sheriff’s deputy husband is not currently believed to be connected to the rest of the killing spree.) These attacks are widely described | Read More »
Regarding Immigration Proposals, Beware of Your Opponents’ Motivation
The subject of immigration (and evidently, illegal immigration) has proven to be a divisive issue for conservatives. There are divergent opinions as to which policies should be pursued vis-à-vis the 12 million illegal immigrants who reside in the country. However, as conservatives, there are certain fundamental goals and red lines that we should all unite behind as we commence debate on this issue. Any so-called | Read More »
What Arizona Teaches Us About Politics of Illegal Immigration
If you only listened to the media and Republican consultants during the days following the election, you would hear the following erroneous premises about the Hispanic vote and the issue of illegal immigration. 1) Our opposition to the circuitous cycle of amnesty and open borders is the sole reason why we are losing the Hispanic vote. 2) Immediate and unconditional support for illegal immigrants will | Read More »
Green Border Security is as Effective as Green Energy
Energy productivity isn’t the only thing that is hampered by laws governing so-called endangered species. For decades, the Departments of Interior and Agriculture have encumbered border security operations with layers of environmental restrictions and regulations. Additionally, the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has been forced to pay millions in taxpayer dollars, known as mitigation funds, to offset the “environmental effects” of their roads, fences, | Read More »
Attrition Through Enforcement Immigration Policy Works in Alabama
Proponents of illegal immigration and open borders are constantly propagating a straw-man argument for amnesty that offers false policy choices. They contend that “we cannot possibly send back the illegals without physically deporting every one of them, and therefore, we are forced to grant them amnesty, in addition to a ‘pathway to citizenship.’ Those with some sense of sanity have always realized that the source | Read More »
Rick Perry Is Right on In-State Tuition for Immigrants in Texas
A Texas law supported by Republican presidential candidate and Texas Governor Rick Perry to provide in-state tuition for children of illegal immigrants when they attend college has gotten a lot of attention recently. It was the primary focus of several heated exchanges at last night’s debate and was widely criticized on Twitter as well, but Perry’s opponents and the media are giving an inaccurate picture | Read More »
Immigration and Border Security (Part 3 of 3): Rick Perry.
Rick Perry runs for President after serving a long term as the governor of Texas. Texas shares over ½ of the US-Mexican Border with our neighbors to the South. Texas has benefitted from a generally positive historical relationship Mexican migratory workers and has seen some of the best benefits that immigration can offer the United States. Texas also has seen some of the worst. Narcotic | Read More »