Mark Krikorian's dereliction of duty: he puts personal issues ahead of stopping amnesty (Center for Immigration Studies)

As the head of the Center for Immigration Studies ("CIS"), Mark Krikorian has a responsibility to all CIS supporters to use all possible legal means to stop amnesty. Shockingly, Krikorian has rejected - purely out of personal pique - even considering a specific technique that is guaranteed to stop Obama's amnesty.

I called Krikorian earlier today and asked if he had reviewed the Stop Amnesty Challenge, a technique that's guaranteed to stop Obama's amnesty. Krikorian said he hadn't and wouldn't based on my "conduct" towards him on Twitter. Then, he hung up the phone.

In corporate terms, this would be like a CEO deliberately causing the corporation to post a loss because he refused - purely out of personal pique - to use a technique that would have guaranteed a profit. In military terms, this would be like a commanding officer deliberately losing a battle because he refused - purely out of personal pique - to call for reinforcements.

Mark Krikorian's priorities are a clear dereliction of duty: be puts his dislike of my tweets about him - tweets! - ahead of his job. To Mark Krikorian, the millions of Americans who'll be harmed by Obama's amnesty are much less important than his hurt feelings.

Here are answers to some questions you might have about this post:

Q. What do you want CIS to do?
A. I want CIS to keep on doing what they've been doing, but also put their weight behind the Stop Amnesty Challenge (either publicly or privately). Krikorian could make the challenge happen if he wanted. If he publicly or privately backed the challenge he could get others on board and the Challenge would work.

Q. I like Mark Krikorian, why don't you?
A. This isn't about liking or not liking someone. This is about solving a major public policy problem, and Krikorian isn't doing all he could. There are lots of people I don't like, but if one of them came up with a plan that was guaranteed to stop amnesty I'd help them with the plan. I wouldn't hide my feelings about that person, but I would help with their plan.

Q. Where are the tweets you sent him?
A. Here, in reverse chronological order.

Q. Why don't you just support CIS?
A. As you can see from the 47 other posts on the Mark Krikorian page and the 22 other posts on the Center for Immigration Studies page, I've been linking to and promoting CIS and Krikorian for over a decade. I mostly agree with their policies, but this post isn't about policy. This post is about the techniques that can be used to achieve those policies. This post is about them making happen a campaign that will achieve a certain goal. You can criticize how someone tries to get something, without disagreeing with them on the goal of getting that thing. We both might want steak for dinner, but if your plan to get steak for dinner clearly isn't going to result in steak for dinner then we need a new plan. We aren't disputing what we want, just how to get it.

Q. Aren't CIS and NumbersUSA doing things the right way?
A. Obviously they aren't, because Obama's been able to achieve DACA and his current much larger amnesty. If they were doing things the right way, Obama would not have been able to get both of those amnesties. That doesn't mean that what CIS and NumbersUSA want is wrong, but it does mean that their techniques aren't working. If their techniques were working, Obama wouldn't have gotten his two amnesties. CIS should keep writing OpEds, publishing studies, talking to the media, and so on and what they're doing with those fields is a good thing. But, in order to stop amnesty they need to add on a different technique.

Q. Why didn't you just ask nicely?
A. I and others have asked Krikorian and others nicely, and it didn't work. When asking nicely doesn't work, other tactics are called for. It's not like those like Krikorian and Mickey Kaus don't know who I am; both have linked here once or twice in the past. It's not like the Question Authority plan - the basis of the Stop Amnesty Challenge - is a new thing. I've been trying to encourage discrediting leading amnesty supporters for years. When help doesn't appear from anti-amnesty leaders after several years, it would be foolish to keep waiting for the day when they decide to help.

Q. Wouldn't the Challenge require scarce resources?
A. No. CIS, NumbersUSA, National Review, and so on could make the Challenge happen simply by repeatedly putting out the word. Sending out a tweet or two a day isn't going to strain any organization's resources. The Challenge is released under a Creative Commons license; that means anyone can repost and adapt part or all of the Challenge. That means they could even take the Challenge posts and put them on their own site. All they have to do is give attribution, which is an extremely trivial request. This all boils down to personal pique and hurt feelings. The millions of Americans who'll be harmed by Obama's amnesty are much, much more important.

Q. Is the Stop Amnesty Challenge guaranteed to work?
A. Yes. It will be politically very difficult for leading Democrats to support Obama's amnesty if the Challenge is implemented. Jon Feere - CIS's Legal Policy Analyst - has said the Challenge is worth considering and about a week ago tweeted this in reply to one of my tweets about the Challenge (

@24AheadDotCom_ I did discuss it with some people in the movement. Did you not get any activists on board? The fight isn't over though.