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[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through]

Wednesday last week was a milestone down the dark road we’re traveling on immigration.

President Trump last year put freezes on both immigrant and nonimmigrant admissions where they would impact American workers.

Just to remind you, the word “immigrant,” properly used, refers to people entering the U.S.A. for permanent settlement, with the right to apply for full citizenship after five years. “Nonimmigrant” is all other legal entrants: tourists, students, business exchanges, and guest workers like the H-1B. (Pictured right: my own H-1B visa from the 90s. )

Joe Biden killed the freeze on immigrants proper with one of his early executive actions, but the freeze on nonimmigrants like the H-1Bs was left in place. Just last December Trump had extended that to March 31st—this Wednesday. For the freeze to continue, Joe Biden would have had to extend it. He didn’t, of course. [Biden lets Trump era H-1B visa bans expire; Indian IT professionals to benefit, Economic Times (India), April 1, 2021]

This is a slap in the face to the 19 million Americans out of work and college students about to graduate into the job market. As Robert Law over at CIS says:

President Biden’s decision to reopen the pipeline of cheap foreign labor is a win to his tech industry donors who value profits over fair market wages. This move will jeopardize the economic recovery and further diminish the ability for many qualified and willing American workers to secure decent jobs.

[Biden Reopens Cheap Foreign Labor Pipeline,, April 1, 2021]

Meanwhile we have learned that Vice President Kamala Harris will not, after all, be heading down to the border to deal with the crisis there, as President Biden had told us. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki says that there’d been a misunderstanding. The Vice President is only going to address the “root causes” of the invasion [ Psaki says VP Harris isn’t in charge of border crisis, just ‘root causes’, by Steven Nelson and Emily Jacobs, New York Post, March 29, 2021]

How Leftists love those “root causes”! No need to bother with actual human beings engaged in actual illegality. There are reasons for what they are doing! And the reasons have root causes! Fix the root causes with a spot of social engineering, the reasons disappear and the people will be law-abiding.


What are these “root causes” for tens of thousands of people from s**-hole countries pouring in across our southern border?

My guess would be, that they can earn far more for a day’s labor in the U.S.A. than they can back home, with free medical care and schooling for the kids, too. Plus, any new kids get Birthright Citizenship!

That’s just my naivety talking, though. The true “root causes,” says the administration, are “violence, corruption, poverty and climate change” in the home countries.

Vice President Harris is going to fix all that, in all those home countries; which is to say, according to our Department of Homeland Security, not only the nations of Central and South America but also Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Haiti, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Iran, Tunisia, Turkey, Nepal, Burkina Faso, Ghana, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and no doubt others [PERSPECTIVE: ‘Extra-Continental’ Migrants Throughout Americas on Their Way Toward Southern Border, by Todd Bensman, Homeland Security Today, March 10, 2021]

That’s quite a burden—a challenge—the Vice President has taken on there: violence, corruption, poverty and climate change all over the world.

Can she meet the challenge? Let’s see.

There are, I should say, some faint glimmers of light in the immigration darkness. On April 1 we heard that Congressman Mo Brooks of Alabama has introduced a House bill to permanently reauthorize the E-Verify program and make its use mandatory [Congressman Mo Brooks Introduces Mandatory E-Verify Bill to Eliminate Illegal Alien Jobs Magnet,, April 1, 202]. That would of course make it much harder for illegal aliens to get work. I hope, although I haven’t yet read the bill, it would include stiff penalties against employers who break the law.

Co-sponsors of the bill: Matt Gaetz and Bill Posey of Florida, Lance Gooden and Brian Babin of Texas, Scott DesJarlais of Tennessee, Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, Paul Gosar of Arizona, Jeff Duncan and Ralph Norman of South Carolina, Matt Rosendale of Montana, Jody Hice of Georgia, and Bob Good of Virginia. God bless them all!

There is of course not the slightest chance this bill will pass this House. I doubt it could even get a majority of GOP representatives, with the Chamber of Commerce breathing down their necks. In fact, come to think of it, given that the signatories all know the bill has no chance, I wouldn’t rule out the possibility that some of them signed up in a spirit of cost-free virtue signaling to the GOP’s nationalist base.

Whatever: God bless them, anyway.

And here’s Senator Joe Manchin, Democrat of West Virginia, floating the idea of a moratorium on immigration.

Don’t get too excited, though; this is only a 90-day moratorium, and Manchin jumbled it all together with Gang of Eight-style talk about “immigration reform” and a “path to citizenship.”

My impression here, as always when Joe Manchin turns up in the news, is that he’s not too smart. Am I being unfair? Whatever again. I’ll take what I can get, and be grateful.

Manchin looks like the only Democrat senator who might take a stand against the lunacies his 49 colleagues are planning. So I’ll forgive him not having much of a clue on immigration.

Just having given the immigration moratorium idea a bit of airtime is worth a round of applause.

John Derbyshire [email him] writes an incredible amount on all sorts of subjects for all kinds of outlets. (This no longer includes National Review, whose editors had some kind of tantrum and fired him.) He is the author of We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism and several other books. He has had two books published by com: FROM THE DISSIDENT RIGHT (also available in Kindle) and FROM THE DISSIDENT RIGHT II: ESSAYS 2013.

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• Category: Ideology • Tags: Immigration, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris 
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  1. unwoke says:

    “Kamala Harris got her start in Big-League politics by taking up several different positions under Willie Brown, Speaker of the California Assembly. ”

    yes, they probably tried many positions: missionary position, doggy-style, 69, side-saddle, standing, squatting, backdoor, etc.; & now that fat, barren cow Kamala is about to do to a few “root cause” countries – including this one – what Willie Brown can no longer do to her. Bad start, worse finish.

  2. A round of applause?Boy,is that generous.
    I say,give them a round of high powered ammunition.
    This socialism/communism thing is big.This is not
    just the good ‘ol U.S.ofA. It’s worldwide… and not
    entertaining of God given rights,democratic principals
    or personal freedoms.Only conditioned,stupid people/slaves
    vote for servitude,and unfortunately(because of our
    altruism)their numbers are growing by the day.WE BROKE IT.
    WE MUST FIX IT.Where is OSHA when you need them?

  3. Exile says:

    Joe Manchin is the designated foil for the one-party kosher state to hijack and monkey-wrench any attempt to implement populist policies on either Left or Right – basically this cycle’s John McCain.

    He’s perfectly positioned as a Senator from the ebil White state of West Virginia to dash Progressive hopes on things like healthcare, student loans and the minimum wage. And he can throw the GOP the occasional bone to keep his heel status in the kayfabe alive while giving deluded Republican voters hope for 2022, the next most important/last election in America so vote GOP b/c Demonrats despite 2 more years of nothing for the base.

    It’s all tiresome and utterly fake.

  4. KenH says:

    It was rumored that Kamoolie Harris told Biden she was not getting involved in border issues and illegitimate Joe backed down. It’s obvious who wears the pants in this administration and if old Joe pushes Kamoolie too hard the Obama loyalists that comprise almost his entire administration will turn on him.

    The “root cause” of masses of brown people from Central America flooding north into America is of course not the green light that was given to them by brainless Joe Biden’s “come one, come all” rhetoric or the promise of free everything but white supremacy which reaches all the way down to Central America.

    Diaspora Jewry is using mass third world immigration to overthrow white people and Western Civilization. There are few bright spots and even Trump was a partial sellout who desired immigration to America “in the largest numbers ever”. I also expect Desantis, should be become the Republican front runner, to start cucking about how he’s ok with the entire third world coming in as long as they do so “legally”.

    • Agree: Joseph Doaks
  5. anon[642] • Disclaimer says:

    call up kuna kinte/levar burton, he know all about de roots

  6. SafeNow says:

    Peggy Noonan, in her WSJ op-ed yesterday, basically said it’s a matter of sterner “the border is closed”messaging by Biden. I can understand Peggy’s gravitating to magical wording — she was, after all, a speechwriter. But Joe Manchin’s invoking “moratorium” seems to be more of the same, and he should know better — a specific plan of procedure must be promulgated. The problem is, any plan of effective procedure would run smack into Trump Derangement Syndrome.

  7. Svevlad says:

    I suggest y’all institute “the instant someone thinks of the US they get citizenship” system already and be done with it.

  8. Franz says:

    This is a slap in the face to the 19 million Americans out of work and college students about to graduate into the job market.

    Nothing new there.

    Didn’t Canadian law at one point exclude any migrants at all if the unemployment level reached a certain level? Why don’t the US imitate that? If more than 2-3 million native born Americans are out of work or (worse) underemployed, slam the door shut like Canada.

    This seems reasonable to me. I’d be willing to throw a plebiscite to see how really few the pro-immigrant sector really is. Nobody I’ve met in real life, ever, was for “enrichers” so I’m fairly certain how it would turn out. This issue is worth a petition.

  9. anon[126] • Disclaimer says:

    Peggy Noonan, in her WSJ op-ed yesterday


    Might as well read a piece by David French. Equally chin-stroking and without meaning. This is the kind of genius opposition that put up Evan McMullin for President…because their first choice didn’t make it.

  10. Secession of Red States from blue sh*tholes and the federal mafia is logical and desirable.

    No need to elaborate: Clownworld makes the case every day.

    • Troll: Supply and Demand
  11. @SafeNow

    Biden Derangement Syndrome is questioning the Yeoman’s work he’s doing at the border.

    • LOL: HammerJack
  12. not only the nations of Central and South America but also Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Haiti, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Iran, Tunisia, Turkey, Nepal, Burkina Faso, Ghana, the Democratic Republic of the Congo

    Don’t forget The Gambia.

    The US after The Gambia Annexes the Mississippi River:

  13. Ragno says:

    The true “root causes,” says the administration, are “violence, corruption, poverty and climate change” in the home countries.

    Vice President Harris is going to fix all that

    “What y’all need to do is find you a rich old man, and suck his dick. But suck it real good, see? Shoot – worked for me!”

    Cue the demon cackle that convinced 80 million sentient adults to reward her with Ultimate Power.

  14. bayviking says:

    Most people prefer to stay in their birthplace. To curb immigration quit overthrowing democratically elected Governments South of our border, stop the drug war, stop training Latin police and military personnel how to kill and torture those who do not like to live under military dictatorships, stop killing union organizers.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  15. SafeNow says:

    El Salvador’s President won’t meet with Zuniga (Biden’s special envoy ti Central America) because the Prez finds Zuniga too caustic. Zuniga’s reputation is that he’s an affable guy. If Zuniga is not diplomatic enough, get ready for cacklin Kamala.

    O/T. Tucker just did a terrifying segment regarding a guy who received a visit from the police because on Twitter this guy criticized AOC’s interview performance as “underwhelming.” The Capitol police sent the local police. The accusation was that using the “underwhelming” adjective was tantamount to a threat to kill her. The police knew who he was, and where he lived. As I’ve posted before, Korematsu (group internment) is still the law of the land after Trump vs. Hawaii, thanks to Justice Roberts.

  16. @SafeNow

    I agree with replier Anon-#126. Peggy Noonan has been a worthless vapid waste of column space since at least when I used to read the Wall Street Journal 20 years ago. WTH was old Ronnie thinking when he had her as his speechwriter? Reagan could have done it himself.*

    The WSJ wants open borders. They were like that 20 years ago, causing me to quit reading cold turkey at that time, though it was a quarter or fifty-cent increase in the news stand price that gave me the push I needed.


    * I’ve read a whole book with his speeches, self-written radio talks, etc. It was very good stuff.

  17. @bayviking

    Dude, the 1980s called. They have a story about the shooting of a Pope, a President, and an ex-Beatle that you may want to use too.

    Most of the people coming are NOT refugees from wars in Latin America, especially anything involving the US. If you had said the Middle East, yes, we need to GTFO, but it’s still the same story. It’s not the cause of immigration. It’s a great excuse, though, to execute the 2nd half of the Invade-the-World/Invite-the-World policy (TM – Steve Sailer).

    You wrote: Most people prefer to stay in their birthplace. I’d say you are right in using “most”, but that just means more than 1/2. It’s still easily a third of people in the world who would come here if they could. Let’s see, another 2.5 billion. That’s no good.

    Yes, stop the drug war, but that doesn’t have much to do with immigration. Pass a moratorium, send all non-tourist visa holders and even green-card holders home, and control the southern border. Then we’d still need 100 years for assimilation, maybe more … we’re in a bad spot…

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