Levin ‘gets it’ on immigration according to reviewer Paul Nachman at VDARE yesterday. The review begins:
I’ve just read Mark Levin’s current book Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto, whose publication fortuitously coincided with the advent of Wonderboy’s reign. Levin, a lawyer who worked in the rarefied heights of the Reagan administration, hosts a syndicated, weeknight radio talk show based in New York and, until recently, wrote for National Review Online.
It’s a solid book, a call for a return to the principles, now called “conservative,” of the American Founding. And it’s a sustained argument against the internal enemies of the nation’s future, those who call themselves “Progressives” — an appellation that’s always stuck in my craw — and whom Levin refers to as “Statists” throughout.
Although Nachman praises Levin throughout (except for the chapter on the environment), it’s on chapter 9, the immigration chapter, that Nachman offers his greatest praise for Levin and calls it a “superb job.” Please read the whole review.
Then here is the part that really jumped out at me. Discussing enactment of the Hart-Celler Act, Nachman quotes Levin:
The historical basis for making immigration decisions was radically altered. The emphasis would no longer be on the preservation of American society and the consent of the governed; now aliens themselves would decide who comes to the United States through family reunification.
Are we missing an opportunity?
Oh my gosh! Faithful readers know that “family reunification” in the refugee program is presently under suspension by the US State Department following the discovery of widespread fraud in the program (revealed by random DNA testing in Africa.) See this early story on the suspension at the Wall Street Journal, and my post here.
The State Department is getting ready to re-open the program and with its re-opening will be lost an incredible opportunity for immigration reformers to get in there and fight for changes to the largest portion of legal immigration—the P-3 family reunification program!
This past Friday I made a presentation to a luncheon hosted by the Center for Security Policy and recommended a GAO investigation of the program before it reopens. That is the only thing I could think of, but surely there could be legislation introduced or other types of pressure put on the State Department to make sure this is done right, or if not, halted indefinitely!