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He is more cynical than I am! Cynicism is a feature not a bug. Border Dilemmas Are the Same for Trump or Obama Two global news agencies withdraw a story when they realize it scandalized the wrong president. Don’t doubt the special iniquity of the current U.S. administration when it comes to the problem of illegal […]

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I’ve had some conversations on Ricochet where setting clear and measurable assimilation standards for migrants (specifically migrants from MENA to Europe, as refugees or not) has been raised. (@GrannyDude – see, I was listening.) There is a jurisdiction in the West that has done just that for migrants (and has recently kicked it up a […]

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Have I ever done that? Have I and the former President of Bolivia ever done it in the same place? I don’t think so, at least in the places he is currently reputed to be. His exact whereabouts remain undisclosed. But it’s a safe guess he’s not in, oh, Guaymas, or Chetumal, or Tapachula, or […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The DACA Dilemma

 

Activists protest President Donald Trump’s decision to end DACA, Portland, OR, Sept. 5, 2017. (Shutterstock.com)
A vexed Supreme Court is now considering the legal status of the highly popular program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, better known as DACA. DACA’s survival is now up for grabs in three related cases before the Court, which are being consolidated under the name Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California. The Court displayed its angst about the legality of DACA during last week’s oral argument for the case.

In June 2012, President Barack Obama initiated the program whereby children who were brought into the United States illegally became eligible to remain for two-year renewable periods so long as they did not commit any felonies or misdemeanors. As designed, the program does not offer these “Dreamers” a path toward citizenship, but it does authorize them to get jobs, obtain driver’s licenses, social security, and a host of other privileges. There are now close to 700,000 Dreamers in the United States, and they have often excelled, as students, military personnel, and workers. Most emphatically, they are not “far from angels,” let alone “hardened criminals,” as President Trump scandalously tweeted on the day of oral argument.

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Back to our usual format with three big stories today! Jim and Greg applaud the Senate for passing legislation designed to sanction anyone found targeting the human rights of people in Hong Kong, but they still wish the demonstrators could get some public support from President Trump. They also react to U.S. Ambassador to the […]

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In silent homage to my father, I leaf through the prospectuses I get from the mutual funds I have invested in. I fear however that it is also stupid homage: unlike Dad, I don’t even pretend I understand what I’m seeing. I appreciate the openness of the funds’ stewards, but I am willing to presume […]

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Rob Long takes over Jim’s stool for the day to discuss a big day in political announcements. First, they size of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions running for his old U.S. Senate seat and starting his campaign by praising the president who fired him, a move Rob describes as brilliant. They also watch Virginia Democrats […]

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Another day with two good martinis! Join Jim and Greg as they celebrate U.S. forces killing another top ISIS official who may have been the successor to al-Baghdadi. They’re also pleasantly surprised to see Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema frustrating party leaders for taking a moderate approach on several issues and opposing an end to […]

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The Trump Administration has released* a new statement about illegal immigration. It clearly explains President Trump’s position, and I think that it is worthy of bipartisan support. Here it is: Republicans remember that we are a nation of immigrants. We recognize the extraordinary contribution of immigrants to America throughout our history. We welcome legal immigrants […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Pack Light, Leave Your Progressive Politics Behind

 

Will the last person to leave San Francisco please turn out the lights? The exodus of the middle class from San Francisco is underway. USA Today tells the story of one couple that left more than their hearts in San Francisco.

Social media influencer Sarah Tripp and her husband, Robbie Tripp, moved to San Francisco in 2016 brimming with optimism.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. ‘Open Borders, Inc.’ a Must-Read

 

A year ago, frustrated with the media’s pathetic coverage of the burgeoning, 7,000-member migrant caravan from Central America to the United States, I posted an intemperate tweet. Long deleted, I asserted that the Open Society Foundations – funded by currency trader, billionaire, and left-wing “philanthropist” George Soros – was behind the caravan.

The left-wing Twitter Mob’s response was quick and ferocious. Reporters, including the New York Times’ Ken Vogel and others from Bloomberg, CNN, and the Washington Post reached out to me. Despite the fact my Twitter account (with a whopping 2,200 followers at the time) was always personal and never affiliated with my employer, it didn’t take much for The Mob to inundate my employer’s senior executives with scores of emails and demands for my head, never mind the fact that I was already halfway out the door as part of a planned retirement.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Rich McFadden of Radio America tackle two good martinis and one crazy as Rich sits in for Greg Corombos. First, they marvel at President Trump’s $125 million fundraising haul in the third quarter of 2019. They also notice brewing tensions on the far left as Bernie Sanders starts criticizing […]

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Barr Omar and EllisonIt is likely that Congresswoman Ilhan Omar got to this country at age 12 as a matter of immigration fraud by her father, got her citizenship at age 17 as a result of her father’s further immigration fraud, and committed immigration fraud herself in a sham marriage to a biological brother who wanted status in this country. AND. None of this, because of the way the laws are written, will likely result in her being stripped of her citizenship or facing any federal charges. What we can and should expect is a high profile public briefing by Attorney General Barr, laying out the facts and the law and, very importantly, tying the facts of this case to the massive fraud perpetrated on American citizens by Somali “refugees.” Attorney General Barr should then tie the massive fraud to our government agencies and to supposedly do-gooder non-governmental organizations, several with Christian churches in their names. In so doing, Barr should also address the way this past fraud has been revived and multiplied at our southern border.

Ilhan Omar likely got to this country at age 12 as a matter of immigration fraud by her father.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America cheer Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for utterly rejecting the suggestion from NBC’s Savannah Guthrie that Russian meddling may have tipped the 2016 election to President Trump – and explaining what really did happen. They also welcome the U.S. Supreme Court siding with […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Omar Glad to be an American?

 

Representative Ilhan Omar might finally realize she ought to be glad she’s now an American citizen.

The mere accusation of marital infidelity could have resulted in her being stoned to death in her old country, and news reports have raised the strong possibility the Representative is engaged in an affair with a colleague.

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It seemed to me, while recently traveling in the northeastern U.S., that certain alien peoples crowded in certain unprestigious occupations. It seemed that most shuttle-busdrivers were west African, and most caregivers were either South American or ex-Soviet. Like most motel operators being dot-Indian. I got the idea that immigrants don’t mix. They form enclaves, maybe […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review unleashes an epic rant about the re-emergence of Anthony Scaramucci – this time as an anti-Trump figure suddenly loved and respected by the press – and the Trump culture that created the Mooch. But first, he and Greg Corombos of Radio America celebrate Planned Parenthood withdrawing as an applicant for […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America wade through a very somber day on the Three Martini Lunch. They recoil at two horrific weekend mass shootings – one in Texas and another in Ohio – and where we stand as nation. They also evaluate how President Trump is responding and not […]

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“Avoid dynamic rollover.” But also “Few Turks speak English.” Well, that’s just an observation; within it there is no imperative; I said it only because someone who knows someone who is going to Turkey was asking on the latter’s behalf whether English would be of much use in that country. No. But I felt the […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and guest host Greg Knapp react to Wednesday night’s debate and Tulsi Gabbard’s blistering attack on Kamala Harris. They discuss Cory Booker’s “Kool-Aid” response to Joe Biden’s criticism of his mayoral tenure. And they weigh in on Kirsten Gillibrand bringing up an op-ed from 1981 to attack Joe Biden. (Gregory […]

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