Opinion Releases

Immigration Reform Requires Adult Thinking

By Randy Alcorn
July 2007

If, as Winston Churchill remarked, the young think with their hearts while older adults think with their brains, one wonders when some of our elected politicians will ever grow up. The debate and ultimate defeat of a proposed voluminous immigration reform bill in the U.S. Senate clearly exposed the emotional, illogical thinking that afflicts many of the nation’s elected representatives and appointed bureaucrats.

For California, More People Equals More Problems

By Joe Guzzardi, Senior Writing Fellow
July 2007

When I look back on my twenty-year body of columns, I see dozens of articles I wrote about California’s population explosion.

Lord knows I have done my part to raise awareness among the citizens regarding the consequences of unchecked population growth.

The Final Paving of Paradise

Accommodation is not the answer to California’s surging population

By Mark Cromer
July 2007

Californians were recently given something that might have saved many victims of the tsunami that lashed the Indian Ocean: early warning of an approaching tidal wave.

Coming Soon to a Neighborhood Near You

By Randy Alcorn
July 2007

Santa Barbara, California is considered by many people to be one of the half dozen best places on earth in which to live. Lending support to this lofty claim is that thousands of people who have the means to live anywhere in the world choose to live in Santa Barbara. Yet, despite its affluence, sophistication, and beauty, Santa Barbara has not escaped a deadly gang problem that has recently erupted in bloody violence in broad daylight on the city’s main downtown intersection.

See Nothing, Say Nothing

A Sacramento health official loses his job for speaking out against illegal immigration

By Mark Cromer
August 2007

Dr. Gene Rogers had a pretty good idea of what was coming when he saw his supervisor and a county security officer arrive at his office door on Monday morning. His supervisor was holding paperwork; the security guard was holding a box.

Rogers knew what they were there to do and why they were doing it.

Immigration Myopia in the Land of the Free

By Randy Alcorn
August 2007

In the Los Angeles Times lead editorial published 8/11/07, the Bush administration is castigated for measures it has taken to actually enforce the nation’s immigration laws. The Time’s editorial echoes the myopic economic arguments typically made by those special interests that benefit from the continuing invasion of illegal immigrants, and warns that serious enforcement of immigration laws may “prove disastrous for workers, employers and swaths of the economy.”

Ethanol no Panacea for Rising Energy Demands

By Donald F. Anthrop
August 2007

Many politicians at both the federal and state levels are being pushed by environmentalists to embrace the biofuels craze. As with most stories that are built upon myths, this one is going to have an unhappy ending.

The energy bill currently pending in Congress would mandate the production of 36 billion gallons of ethanol per year by the year 2022.

Production of this ethanol would consume 137 percent of the present U.S. corn crop.

Illegal Immigration is Conveyor Belt for Future Recruits, Victims of Mexican Mafia

By Maria Fotopoulos
August 2007

Los Angeles-based writer Tony Rafael recently spoke to a sold out Channel City Club audience telling the audience that the problem of the Mexican Mafia in the United States is “huge, and analogous to fighting a civil insurgency.” And illegal immigration, Rafael says, serves the Mexican Mafia as a “conveyor belt of potential recruits and victims.”

Will We Remember the Real Rosa?

In an era when Paris Hilton is a star, Elvira Arellano can indeed pass for Rosa Parks

By Mark Cromer
August 2007

In the aftermath of Elvira Arellano’s arrest in Los Angeles and subsequent deportation to her native Mexico, Latino activists and illegal immigrant supporters across the nation have declared her to be the new Rosa Parks.

While I couldn’t disagree more, I can’t say I blame them.

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