The southern border of the United States is in chaos. Millions of people from all over the world are flooding here each year, mostly illegally, but still allowed to remain in — and be transported free — throughout the country.
Matters are quickly coming to a head. The crisis has strained our infrastructures, exacerbated our bitter political divisions, and called into question the ability and, indeed, willingness of the federal government to control American borders. At the same time, the system of legal immigration is strained with people waiting to come here lawfully facing complicated bureaucratic processes and long delays.
Why is this happening? What can be done to improve the situation? Can America remain sovereign and treat those coming here illegally for a better life with respect and dignity and still maintain order at the border?
My guest today has answers. Mark Krikorian, a nationally recognized expert on immigration issues, has served as Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) since 1995. His knowledge and expertise in the immigration field are sought by Congress, as well as the mainstream press and new media. He has published articles in numerous outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, and elsewhere. He is a contributor at National Review Online and has appeared on all major cable and broadcast news networks.
Mr. Krikorian is the author of the books The New Case Against Immigration, Both Legal and Illegal and How Obama is Transforming America Through Immigration. His most recent co-authored publication is Open Immigration: Yea & Nay.
Mr. Krikorian holds a master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University. He spent two years at Yerevan State University in then-Soviet Armenia.
- X, (formerly Twitter) at @MarkSKrikorian.
- Center for Immigration Studies (cis.org)
- Op-ed: The Border Catastrophe Shouldn’t Overshadow the Question of Legal Immigration Levels (cis.org)
- How labeling my organization a hate group shuts down public debate at The Washington Post
- Parsing Immigration Policy Podcast
- CIS Welfare study
- The Border Catastrophe Shouldn’t Overshadow the Question of Legal Immigration at National Review