Why aren't we even discussing it?
I find myself increasingly oppressed by the feeling that our big national policies are not merely mistaken, but deeply irrational. Take the president's recent "jobs summit." Like several other people — Pat Buchanan for example — I was baffled by the absence of any talk about limiting immigration. As Pat points out: Beats me, Pat;... Read More
When, 626 years ago last week, the original peasants with pitchforks marched on London, one of their rallying cries was: "When Adam delved and Eve span, who was then the gentleman?" The word "gentleman" was at that time still close to its etymological meaning of "well born" — same root as "genetics" and "eugenics" —... Read More
Well, all right, the beast is not definitively dead yet. Given the unswerving determination of our president — a quality I have admired, under different circumstances — we may see another effort at "comprehensive immigration reform" before the 110th Congress packs its bags in January '09. Even if the president can't be deterred, though, the... Read More
Did you see those demographic stats in the New York Times last week? (Some of the quotes in what follows are from the NYT story; the others are from the actual U.S. Census Bureau News Release from which the story is abstracted.) It is not news that white Anglo (i.e. white non-Hispanic — I am... Read More
I see that Namibia has offered citizenship to Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt, who was born in that nation on Saturday. Little Shiloh Nouvel is of course the fruit of the union of movie stars Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. Namibia's Environment and Tourism Deputy Minister Leon Jooste announced the infant's citizenship that same day, with the... Read More
The Manhattan Institute is a conservative think tank located in, duh, Manhattan, which publishes deep-research articles by investigative journalists like Heather Mac Donald as well as literate, discursive "think pieces" from the likes of Theodore Dalrymple. They also publish the quarterly City Journal, one of the best policy magazines in the country. They don't have... Read More
Reading Tamar Jacoby's piece "Getting Immigration Right" in the Friday New York Post (but not online), I got to thinking about the Shakers. Ms. Jacoby supports President Bush's January proposal to offer some kind of formal "guest worker" status to the 10-12 million foreigners living illegally in the US. Ms. Jacoby's fundamental argument, in this... Read More
During a period of study in London in the early 1980s I was making daily use of the splendid library at SOAS, the School of Oriental and African Studies. The library is in the main SOAS premises on Malet Place, but the School also has some overflow accommodation in the fine old Georgian houses around... Read More
Reader, I have been vouchsafed a revelation, a sudden flash of understanding, a satori, a glimpse of the inner workings of the universe, of the waters that are under the earth, of the hidden tissues that connect aspects of reality not normally thought of as being related to each other in any way at all.... Read More
Matters of law and law enforcement relating to immigration and citizenship continue to offer the most compelling evidence that the people of the United States, or at any rate their cognitive elites, are bent on collective national suicide. Item: Following the 9/11 attacks on this country, an Aviation and TransportationSecurity Act was passed by the... Read More
Our Sun is one of a hundred billion or so stars making up the Milky Way galaxy. This galaxy, in turn, is one of 30 or so making up what is called "the Local Group" of galaxies; and the Local Group is merely an outlying member of a much bigger conglomeration named the "Virgo Supercluster,"... Read More
I have a little check-list of things to be done now that I am finally a U.S. citizen: apply for a passport; register to vote; buy a flag and flagpole, and so on. Near, if not at, the top of that list is a resolution to thank the many, many readers who ha
My INS interview.
A lot of people want to know how my INS interview went on Thursday. Well, here is my report from the belly of the beast — in this case, the INS offices in Garden City, NY. I'll admit I was apprehensive. Yes, I can speak English; and yes, I've tried to inform myself about U.S.... Read More
Rosanna Valdez has suffered a terrible, heart-breaking misfortune. Her husband of 13 years was killed in the crash of American Airlines Flight 587 last Monday. He was taking a trip to the Dominican Republic, the country of his birth. Ms. Valdez was born there, too. She is an illegal immigrant in the U.S. Now she... Read More
Mrs. D. becomes an American.
After the horrors of this past week, I am glad to have something to write about which is not directly relevant to the attacks, yet which fits, in a very small way, with the national mood. The terrorist attacks on the U.S. came, of course, on Tuesday, September 11th. Nobody is going to forget that... Read More
"And can they speak Chinese?" is the inevitable question when we introduce our children to Chinese acquaintances. The answer is: no, not really, but not for want of trying on the part of their parents. And in that there is a small lesson for America. The children under discussion are Nellie, age 7½, and Ollie,... Read More
Immigrants are a net benefit to the nation and a natural Republican constituency---if the party doesn't blow it
This journal has performed a valuable service by clarifying the immigration debate. Rather than choosing the safe path of attacking only illegal immigration, NR has correctly pointed out that illegal immigration is dwarfed by legal immigration; that legal and illegal immigration share a wide range of important characteristics; and that most of the key arguments... Read More