Immigration Enforcement Hangs in the Balance

Date: March 20, 2024
Host: Jim Schneider
​Guest: Mark Krikorian
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The State of Texas has been overrun by those attempting to enter illegally.  The safety of residents has been put in jeopardy, crime has increased, public services have been stretched, the healthcare system has suffered, disease has been brought in and more.  The state is saying, “enough is enough” because the federal government has refused to follow the law so the state legislature and governor have stepped up to deal with the issue.  The problem is that at every turn, they’ve been opposed and taken to court by the Biden administration.

With more on this issue, Crosstalk welcomed back Mark Krikorian.  Mark is a nationally recognized expert on immigration issues serving as the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies.  They are an independent, non-partisan research organization examining and critiquing the impact of immigration on the United States.  He’s testified numerous times before Congress and has published articles in many outlets.

Earlier this year, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said that the federal government has broken the compact between the U.S. and the states and that the executive branch of the U.S. has a constitutional duty to enforce federal laws protecting the states, including immigration laws.

Mark responded by noting that what states are now experiencing from this lack of protection by the federal government should be considered an invasion under the Constitution.  This argument hasn’t been fully litigated but the contention is that since the states are being invaded, they can’t be expected to simply stand by when the federal government refuses to do its job.  Mark indicated that politically speaking this is true.  However, does that come under the definition of an invasion in the Constitution?  That’s what needs to be answered while ultimately, the federal government needs to change its policies.

According to Mark, the flow seems to be moving away from Texas with the focus now on places such as Arizona, California and New Mexico.

As this program progressed it dealt with other immigration related points such as:

  • Was the Biden administration flying illegals into the U.S.?
  • What was the immigration fallout from Biden’s State of the Union address?
  • What’s the threat to America from the current situation in Haiti?

Hear more, including what listeners had to say, when you review this edition of Crosstalk.

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