Ira joined FAIR as media director in 1986 with experience as a journalist, professor of journalism, special assistant to Gov. Richard Lamm (Colorado), and press secretary of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. His columns have appeared in National Review, LA Times, NY Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, and more. He is an experienced TV and radio commentator.
The setting was not quite the flight deck of the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln with a “Mission Accomplished” banner as the backdrop, but it was the next best thing. Speaking at the Center for American Progress (CAP) on Nov. 13, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano declared victory over illegal immigration and announced that the Obama administration is ready to move forward with a mass amnesty for the millions of illegal aliens already living in the United States.
The professional chattering class - the men and women who appear on television and radio and explain how the world works to the rest of us- are fond of castigating politicians who vote on complex legislation without having read the bills. It seems the politicians are not the only ones who refuse to let ignorance get in the way of expressing an opinion.
With the U.S. economy shedding jobs at the rate of half a million a month, President-elect Obama has proposed the most massive public works initiative since Franklin Roosevelt assumed office in the midst of the Great Depression.
Even as the illegal alien advocacy lobby is frantically trying to spin the election of Barack Obama as a mandate for a sweeping amnesty, they have all but conceded that the economic crisis and worsening unemployment have probably doomed their efforts.
Earlier this month Congress and President Bush committed $700 billion of our children’s and grandchildren’s money in a desperate effort to stave off a financial meltdown.
There have been repeated accusations that some of the principal players in the immigration debate have received money from dubious sources, have ties to shady political figures, and deliberately use intemperate language.
Congress adjourned for a month-long recess on Aug. 1, the same day that the Bureau of Labor Statistics released distressing news about unemployment.
People don’t have much faith in government, especially the federal government…and who can blame them?
In one afternoon, the Appropriations Committee approved amnesty for 1.35 million illegal alien agricultural workers, and made available an additional 650,000 skilled and unskilled foreign guest workers over the next three years.
A segment of the political left seeks to transform America through immigration.