April 18, 2006 |
President Bush blames Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.), and Reid blames Majority Leader Bill Frist (R., Tenn.), for the collapse of the hastily arranged immigration compromise bill. Hopefully, the two-week Senate recess provided a cooling-off period. Months of posturing and pandering have not produced what America needs: a workable solution to the illegal-immigration crisis that is both just and fair. The two opposing sides - those who would prefer a bill consisting primarily of border-security measures and those who would prefer something that resembles amnesty - must now put the best interests of the nation above their self- interests as sparring politicians.
February 19, 2012 |
BROWNSVILLE, Texas - Max Pons is already anticipating the anxiety he'll feel when the heavy steel gate shuts behind him, leaving his home isolated on a strip of land between America's border fence and the violence raging across the Rio Grande in Mexico. For the last year, the manager of a sprawling preserve on the southern tip of Texas has been comforted by a gap in the rust-colored fence that gave him a quick escape route north in case of emergency. Now the U.S. government is installing the first gates to fill in this part of the fence along the Southwest border, and Pons admits he's pondering drastic scenarios.
December 4, 2005 |
Tonight, more than four years after 9/11, thousands of foreigners will covertly enter the United States. This will happen again tomorrow night, and the night after, and every night of the year, until we take the simple step of erecting an effective border fence. U.S. Border Patrol apprehensions increased significantly in 2004 and 2005, though only a small fraction of foreigners attempting illegal entry are ever caught. Most enter without detection, at least 1 million every year.
March 14, 2007 |
American infantry troopers press fight outside Baghdad BAQOUBA, Iraq - About 700 American soldiers rolled into Baqouba yesterday, shifted out of Baghdad to help carry the security campaign against sectarian violence to a nearby volatile province where Sunni Arab insurgents fled ahead of the crackdown in the capital. The fresh troops from the Army's 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment - equipped with Stryker armored vehicles - joined 3,500 U.S. and 20,000 Iraqi soldiers already in Diyala province, where insurgents have stepped up attacks as violence appears to be ebbing in Baghdad.
August 24, 1990 |
Some 30,000 Lithuanians, carrying national flags and singing patriotic songs, massed at the border with Poland yesterday to denounce control of the frontier by the KGB. The protesters, calling for control to be assumed by Lithuania's separatist government, crowded in pouring rain against a border fence set in a birch and pine forest. Troops backed by armored cars formed a barrier about 50 yards along the tarmac border strip to guard against any attempts to break through. Organizers had planned to stage a mass border crossing to mark the 51st anniversary of the Nazi-Soviet pact which led to the incorporation of all three independent Baltic republics into the Soviet Union.
May 3, 2010 |
If President Obama puts immigration reform at the top of his priority list, Congress should muster the courage to stop him. Obama risks slicing the number of Americans who trust the federal government from the already dismal 22 percent - as determined by a Pew Research poll - to something approaching negative numbers. And for good reason, because our federal immigration policy is not only broken; it's hypocritical. The president's idea of immigration reform is legalizing the immigration status of those who entered the United States illegally - after they pay a fine and endure other inconveniences - while lessening border enforcement.
September 6, 2016 |
The one great service of Donald Trump's extended peregrinations on immigration policy is to have demonstrated how, in the end, there's only one place to go. You can rail for a year about the squishy soft, weak-kneed, and stupid politicians who have opened our borders to the wretched refuse of Mexico. You can promise to round them up - the refuse, that is, not the politicians (they're next) - and deport them. And that may win you a plurality of Republican primary votes. But eventually you have to let it go. For all his incendiary language and clanging contradictions, Trump did exactly that in Phoenix on Wednesday.
January 26, 1989 |
A national immigration control group is calling for 55 miles of hard-to- climb fences, 12-foot walls and concrete barriers along the Mexican border as part of a larger plan to hold off illegal aliens. "A border fence is not a Berlin Wall," the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) said in a report scheduled for release today. "The Berlin Wall is designed to keep East German citizens in who desperately want to get out. Locking uninvited gate crashers out, however, is just good common sense.
June 19, 2011 |
BOYNUYOGUN REFUGEE CAMP, Turkey - Syrian troops backed by tanks and firing heavy machine guns swept into a village near the Turkish border Saturday, forcing more people displaced by the crackdown on antigovernment protesters to flee across the frontier. The Local Coordination Committees, a group that documents protests, said troops backed by six tanks and several armored personnel carriers entered Bdama in the morning. The village, about 12 miles from the Turkish border, had a bakery that was the sole source of bread for nearly 2,000 displaced people crowded near the border who had hoped not to have to flee to the Turkish tent-city sanctuary.
August 27, 2012
U.S. Taliban headed to court INDIANAPOLIS - An American-born Taliban fighter imprisoned in Indiana will try to convince a federal judge that his religious freedom trumps security concerns in a closely watched trial that will examine how far prisons can go to ensure security in the age of terrorism. John Walker Lindh was expected to testify Monday in Indianapolis during the first day of the trial over prayer policies in a tightly restricted prison unit where he and other high-risk inmates have severely limited contact with the outside world.