A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

New law adds to Oregon’s sanctuary stand

Written October 12th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

In Oregon we now have a state law intended to let illegal aliens know ahead of time when the government is about to audit the forms they filled out in order to get a job.

Benton ‘sanctuary’ changes nothing

Written December 26th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

For symbolism without substance, few actions will beat the “declaration of sanctuary” by the Benton County Board of Commissioners. Maybe the declaration makes some people feel better, but it changes nothing in the real world.

The emperor has spoken

Written November 20th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Would it hurt Barack Obama to at least try to look and act like the president of a republic instead of an emperor? Just look at what they now call the “optics” of his announcement on illegal immigrants.

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Immigration: Steps to avoid

Written August 29th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

The papers tell us that President Obama “still intends to act on his own to change immigration policy,” though he’s no longer sure just when he’ll do this. In this case his dithering may make some kind of sense. Perhaps he realizes that he might be making a big mistake by going ahead.

Immigration: Phrases don’t help

Written July 29th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

In the immigration debate, it might help if we all started being clear about what we are talking about, and about what can and can’t be done.

Keep our enemies out

Written May 22nd, 2013 by

In the immigration debate in the U.S. Senate, all of the attention is on amnesty for some 11.5  million illegal aliens, and on whether and how this could be conditioned on having secured the southern border. As a writer in the Wall Street Journal pointed out on Saturday, a more important question is how to […]

Immigration reform: Not so fast

Written January 31st, 2013 by

President Obama says now’s the time for immigration reform. Easier said than done, obviously. One question: If we have lived with illegal immigration and its consequences for 40 or 50 years, what makes dealing with it so urgent now? But let’s look at the details. An estimated 11 million illegal immigrants are believed to be […]

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