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Mark Levin wimps out on Marco Rubio's amnesty - 01/27/13

... followed by Rubio hinting at the busboys canard and Levin not asking him any significant questions whatsoever. Please compare all the things Levin didn't answer to all of the information presented on the Marco Rubio page. Levin just completely, absolutely folded, not bothering to ask him even setup questions that Rubio has no doubt answered many times before. If you get a chance, please call in...

Paul Ryan is bad on immigration, find out how much (Mitt Romney VP pick) - 08/11/12

... smugglers." See who else has used that busboys canard at the link. Future posts will look at other statements and actions Ryan has made on immigration.

Doris Meissner misleads, downplays border security's role in terrorism, uses bogus talking points - 05/02/10

Doris Meissner - former INS commissioner and now working for the Migration Policy Institute - takes to the pages of the Washington Post to offer "5 Myths about immigration" (link). The title is unintentionally correct: most of them have her spreading myths to varying degrees. The five are listed below in bold, followed by my comments:

Why Michael Gerson can't be trusted on Arizona's immigration law - 04/28/10

... Note that the last part is the busboys canard. See also guest workers. He says: The law forbids the use of race or ethnicity as the "sole" basis for questioning. So what are the other telltale indicators? ...Gov. Jan Brewer, who signed the law, looked flustered when asked during a news conference the obvious question of how illegal immigrants might be identified... Yet Brewer has ordered Arizona...

Helen Krieble's absurd Red Card "Temporary" Workers "Solution" - 06/23/09

Helen Krieble - president of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation, an heir to the Loctite fortune, and an associate of Dick Armey - has been pushing her own guest workers plan for a few years. Now, apparently she wants to give it yet another try and has come out with the "Red Card" scheme, which is similar to the plan offered a few years ago by Mike Pence. In a word, her plan is absurd: it's divorced...

A challenge for Drew Carey/Reason Magazine (and other open borders hacks) - 05/29/08

... terrorism." The last part is just the busboys canard, and there are other things wrong with his statement. But, to make it easier, let's just concentrate on one unanswered question he might consider trying to answer: While individual workers might be "peaceful", as a group they form a political power bloc for foreign governments. In other words, for very little gain (cheap labor is cheap for a...

Barack Obama immigration editorial misleads - 04/15/08

... laborers" is a minor variation of the Busboys Canard as used by Tamar Jacoby, David Brooks, the WSJ, and on down the line. We also have to ensure that employers are hiring only legal workers. That's why I've worked with Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley and Democratic Sen. Max Baucus to make it significantly more difficult -- if not impossible -- for employers to hire workers who are here illegally...

Barack Obama's "honest conversation" about immigration included dishonesty, false choice, support for illegal activity - 04/03/08

On the first of the month, Senator Barack Obama spoke in Scranton, Pennsylvania and was asked about the 12 million (or so) illegal aliens in the U.S.: "We are not going to send [illegal aliens] home... I want us to have an honest conversation about this." ...Mr. Obama said many illegals have "settled," "bought property" and have children who are U.S. citizens. He said the country would have to...

Tamar Jacoby: "Stop chasing that busboy" - 02/20/07

Tamar Jacoby becomes a caricature of herself (again), offering "Stop chasing that busboy" (via this). That's part of an online debate with Mark Krikorian of CIS. For those who haven't been following along, the "busboy canard" is a stock talking point from the massive immigration/pro-illegal immigration crowd. The argument is that our border guards should chasing terrorists and such, and chasing...

Michael Chertoff promotes illegal immigration in Mexico - 02/16/07

... talking point I refer to as the "busboys canard". Tamar Jacoby, Bush, the Wall Street Journal, David Brooks, and John Fund have all said something very similar, and Rudy Guiliani joined in just recently. Chertoff is corrupt and incompetent; if Bush weren't the same, Chertoff would have been replaced long ago.

Wall Street Journal not very Swift in support for illegal immigration - 12/24/06

The WSJ comments on the recent Swift & Co. immigration raids in "Not Very Swift". As could be expected, they oppose the raids. Let's look at a couple of their statements to see where their priorities lie. Immigration restrictionists would have us believe that harassing businesses like Swift, the world's second-largest beef and pork processor, helps make America safer. But so far the Swift...

Arkansas Republican governor Mike Huckabee and the "underground economy" - 08/29/05

Arkansas' "compassionate conservative" governor, Republican Mike Huckabee, paid a visit to New Hampshire over the weekend. The details are in "Arkansas governor talks politics, immigrants at GOP gathering". In the original version, the following two paragraphs have several paragraphs between them. But, when excerpted they are quite striking: "Politics does not matter to a single mother working...