France: potential causes behind the terrorist attack tragedies

Tragedy strikes again. Location? The south of France or the north of France: it doesn’t seem to matter. Nowhere in France seems to be immune to these attacks. Sadly, this is no longer a surprise. The city of Paris has been attacked several times. There were riots in 2005 that were race-related over then under-secretary Nicholas Sarkozy’s racially insensitive remarks. The tension in France has been building for far too long and sadly the war on terror only raised the stakes. France has a large population of legal immigrants whose primary language…

United States v. Texas: Immigration at the Supreme Court

Does President Obama have the power to change immigration policy through a deferred action immigration program without going through Congress?  The Supreme Court indicated today that it will likely decide that question soon. The Court granted certiorari in United States v. Texas, a case wherein a federal district court in Texas entered a preliminary injunction stopping Obama’s immigration program before implementation, and a divided 3-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit affirmed that injunction. In other words, the Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments, and decide whether Obama’s executive action immigration…

Want to Fix the Immigration Problem? First Fix Our Outdated Laws [Hub Debate]

While there has rightly been a lot of concern about the plight of tens of thousands of children along the US/Mexico border, the debate seems to come down to how to make the border more secure. That certainly is one important part of the immigration debate, but instead of asking how we can effectively fortify 1,945 miles of inhospitable border, we should be asking why so many people are trying to cross it at all costs instead of immigrating to the United States through the proper channels.

Immigration Sin Rodeos [Hub Debate]

In 1983, R.E.M. opened for The Police at the Capital Centre. Lead singer Michael Stipe said, “We will play eleven songs.” He said no more. The group rocked. Utah Politico Hub posed three questions and asked for five hundred words: 1. Who is to blame for the immigration crisis? 2. What should be done to solve it? 3. Who will it hurt more in the 2014 elections? There are two crises: A. Unaccompanied minors detained at or near the border. B. An outdated immigration system. For crisis A, the blame…

Free Markets, Not Protectionism, Fix Immigration [Hub Debate]

There’s no small hypocrisy that many of the groups and individuals who have strong anti-immigration stances also profess a love for the free market. After all, the immigration problems we have are a direct result of abandoning free market principles. Shockingly, most of the prescribed solutions of stronger enforcement also involve protectionism for US citizens in their job. What we really need is a free market in business and labor to fix these problems. Over the span of many decades, government protectionism has ruined the economy and legal stability of…

Immigration Issues Illustrate Ills in Washington [Hub Debate]

[7-23-2014: Updated to better reflect Hispanic voting] The news channels have picked up the drumbeat. Images of tired, dirty hungry children wandering lost inside the U.S. and Mexico border. Makeshift camps and established shelters filled to capacity with huddled masses. Stories of criminals, cartel members and human traffickers charging the impoverished years’ worth of wages and making false promises to lure many of the hopefuls to a supposed new life in America. People suffering, families broken apart. The angles appealing to our general humanity are nearly endless. While the human…

Immigration reform is a moral issue

As a staunch conservative Republican and former Utah Republican Party Chair, I believe “Freedom,” “Liberty” and “God-given rights” are more than mere words in America. They are the foundational beliefs upon which we have built the greatest nation on Earth. They also are the principles that should guide us on the issue of immigration. In the Declaration of Independence, America’s founders wrote:  “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are…