Joe Guzzardi

For California Pols Pondering White House Bid: Mission Impossible

By Joe Guzzardi
May 19, 2017

For political reporters, writing hypothetical stories about which prospective candidate might run for what office is a break from more challenging hard news assignments. And the biggest speculative story is which Democrat will emerge from the pack to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020. On the list are three Californians – U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom.

On Memorial Day, Remembering the Values American Soldiers Died For

By Joe Guzzardi
May 17, 2017
During my lifetime, the United States has been involved in 18 foreign wars, excursions and interventions. Beginning with World War II, and continuing in a nearly unbroken streak that leads up to today’s Afghanistan Operation Enduring Freedom, blood has been shed. Except for the triumphant World War II, the conflicts have produced few positive consequences.

Trump’s Swamp Clogged with Recalcitrant Republicans

By Joe Guzzardi
May 15. 2017
When candidate Donald Trump promised to drain the swamp, he had little idea how clogged it is with wayward Republicans. First, House Speaker Paul Ryan torpedoed President Trump on the Omnibus budget – no wall, no defunded sanctuary cities, and business as usual on refugee resettlement.

‘President’ Kushner’s Company Cozies up to Chinese Investors, Touts Visa Scam

By Joe Guzzardi
May 15, 2017
At a glitzy Beijing Ritz-Carlton event earlier this month, Jared Kushner’s sister, Nicole Kushner Meyer, urged potential investors to secure their EB-5 visa promptly before its loosey-goosey requirements and generous benefits get tightened. Known among immigration skeptics as the citizenship-for-sale visa, the EB-5 has a long, ugly and fraud-ridden history.

Trump Abandons Immigration Campaign Promises – Wants More, More, More

By Joe Guzzardi
May 12, 2017
When the average American is asked about immigration, his default reply is that the illegal kind must be immediately ended, but the legal type is fine. Not only is legal immigration acceptable to most Americans, some refer to it as essential to the nation’s vitality.

Trump’s Base to President: ‘It’s Getting Late Early’

By Joe Guzzardi
May 10, 2017
The 2017 $1.1 trillion Omnibus budget deal left President Donald Trump’s supporters empty-handed and wondering when the winning will start. From all appearances, villainous Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and not the White House, calls the shots.

Calamitous Omnibus Budget Rejects Americans’ Plea to Slow Refugee Resettlement

By Joe Guzzardi
May 8, 2017
Reviewing the rubble the $1.1 trillion Omnibus bill left in its wake, one item stands out as particularly egregious – the commitment to continue funding refugee resettlement. While the federal court stymied President Trump’s executive order to impose a pause on refugee intake from certain terrorist-sponsoring nations, the budget could have provided the format to fulfill an oft-made campaign promise. Instead, refugee resettlement will go on as if President Obama were still in the White House. And President Trump’s 62 million-strong base is left to wonder what the next broken promise might be.

On May Day, Sanctuary Restaurants Close; Americans Yawn

By Joe Guzzardi
May 3, 2017

Every May Day, just as surely as the sun sets in the west, protestors – anarchists, really – take to the streets. Under the guise of defending workers, they rail against what they perceive as unjust immigration laws.

And they’re off….Horse Breeders Race for More Cheap Labor

By Joe Guzzardi
April 28, 2017

In their oft told fairy tale, horse breeders and trainers constantly fear that get-tough immigration policies will leave them without enough laborers to get their steeds prepared for the big races like the upcoming Kentucky Derby.

Trump’s Bad Day

By Joe Guzzardi
April 26, 2017
With his 100th day in office fast approaching, President Donald Trump recently suffered two major, but non-fatal, reversals on signature campaign promises. On April 25, during the morning hours, President Trump wisely waved the white flag on his insistence that $5 billion in funding for his “big beautiful” Southwest border wall be included in the proposed continuing resolution to keep the government open. Democrats, who oppose the wall, threatened to shut down the government, and would blame the interruption on the president.