Joe Guzzardi

After White House Shake Up, Deep State on the Run

By Joe Guzzardi
July 30, 2017
Wilder-than-usual Washington, D.C., days started July 21 when White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigned, and Anthony Scaramucci arrived, and ended (we thought) on July 28 with the Department of Homeland Security John F. Kelly’s appointment as President Trump’s Chief of Staff to replace outgoing Reince Priebus. During the wild days, President Trump trash-tweeted Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and the Senate failed again to repeal and replace Obamacare. And then on July 31, the newly arrived Scaramucci departed.

San Antonio Migrant Tragedy: Blame Congress, Mexico

By Joe Guzzardi
July 26, 2017
In the tragic deaths of ten migrants found crammed into a sweltering 18-wheeler outside a San Antonio Walmart, there’s more blame to go around than can be written about in a 600-word opinion column. But let’s start with the most culpable, the Washington, D.C. and Mexican governments.

Trump Voters to Prez: Kiss and Make Up with Sessions

By Joe Guzzardi
July 25, 2017
Succinctly stated, President Trump needs all the friends he can get. When Trump was a 1,000:1 long- shot presidential candidate, then-Senator, now Attorney General Jeff Sessions went to bat for the embattled real estate mogul, a courageous move that estranged him from most of his congressional colleagues.

Illegal Immigrant Lawyer Hires Illegal Immigrant Lawyer to Defend against her Removal in California

By Joe Guzzardi
July 23, 2017

Lizbeth Mateo is an illegal alien who spends her days defending illegal aliens. Mateo describes her goal as “preparing legal strategies to help undocumented immigrants stay in the country.” Or as The New York Times headline describes her: “A Defendant of the Constitution with no Legal Right to Live Here.”

Trump’s Smoke and Mirrors ‘Made in America Week’

By Joe Guzzardi
July 19, 2017
This week, my email inbox included two contradictory messages. The first came from 1600 Daily, President Trump’s public relations bulletin that announced Made in America week during which the White House would host manufacturers from all 50 states.

Trump’s Immigration Solution: Amnesty?

By Joe Guzzardi
July 17, 2017

Recently asked about what his approach to North Korea might be, President Trump replied: “You never know, do you? You never know.” The same hedge describes President Trump’s signature campaign issue, immigration. Candidate Trump promised to build a great wall and to end one of President Obama’s amnesties, deferred action for childhood arrivals, or DACA, as well as to cut or eliminate several American job-killing, employment-based visas, and to get mandatory employment authorization, E-Verify, passed.

Swamp Politics: GOP Sen. Delays Trump Nominee to Curry Favor with Cheap Labor Lobby

By Joe Guzzardi
July 14, 2017

President Trump promised to drain the D.C. swamp, and Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly once compared Capitol Hill’s deep state domestic politics to a cesspool.

Inside ICE: It’s Looking up for Dedicated Agents

By Joe Guzzardi
July 12, 2017
Since his inauguration, President Donald Trump has been plagued by an inability to replace holdovers from former President Obama’s administration with his own handpicked and presumably loyal staffers. Democratic appointees, especially those that work in the sensitive national security department, have routinely leaked to the anti-Trump media information designed to hamper the president. Civil service bureaucrats were near unanimous in their support of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

Explained: Why Less Immigration Helps American Workers

By Joe Guzzardi
July 10, 2017
After more than 50 years of expanded immigration, President Donald Trump is slowly but surely ending the latest great wave. The largest surge of new arrivals in more than a century began after the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act that ended immigration quotas based on nationalities, emphasized family reunification and has admitted predominantly Mexicans, Central Americans, West Indians and Asians.

Trump’s Election Commission: Feigned Outrage from the Perpetually Indignant

By Joe Guzzardi
July 7, 2017

Shortly after his November upset election win, President Trump said that had it not been for what he described as “millions of people who voted illegally,” he and not defeated Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton would have won the popular vote.