Chronicles Magazine Immigration

Remembering the Right

The featured theme of this month’s magazine is focused on a particular task, namely retrieving conservativism and conservative thinkers from the past and explaining their continued relevance to the present. The current conservative movement, as a...

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  • REVIEWS

    Unending Journeys

    Few subjects arouse such atavistic emotions as migration—whether the arrivals come as conquerors or as kin, fleeing ordeals or seeking opportunities. For incomers, migration can represent a dream, a rational choice, an urgent necessity, or a last...

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  • Short Views

    Time for an Immigration Pause

    The postwar American conservative movement had many factions, but most at least feigned to revere British statesman Edmund Burke. Those who read the movement’s books and magazines were told Burke abhorred radical change, and so should we. In...

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  • REVIEWS

    Against the Barbarians

    The 21st century is a return to the Age of Walls. As historian and archeologist David Frye writes in his important new book, Walls: A History of Civilization in Blood and Brick, few have noticed that a new era of wall building is now upon us,...

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  • BETWEEN THE LINES

    Using the N-word

    At a raucous campaign rally in Houston, President Trump laid his ideological cards on the table for all to see. If the Democrats take the House and/or the Senate, he told the crowd, they’ll carry out the agenda of “corrupt, power-hungry globalists.”

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  • VIEWS

    The Angry Summer

    According to the Washington Post, McAllen, Texas is an “all-American city,” albeit one “that speaks Spanish.” So it’s small wonder that “immigration isn’t a problem for this Texas town—it’s a way of life.”

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  • BETWEEN THE LINES

    Schizophrenic Citizens

    The very idea of dual citizenship is downright absurd. It’s a contradiction that cannot be resolved. The concept of citizenship is based on the expectation of loyalty to the country, and this, in turn, means that citizens owe their exclusive...

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  • BETWEEN THE LINES

    Catch, Release, Repeat

    The photo went viral: a little girl crying after she’d been separated from her mother at the U.S.-Mexican border. Time photoshopped it so that the little girl was crying while the Evil Donald Trump looked down at her, looming over her like some...

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  • UNDER THE BLACK FLAG

    Aegean Idyll

    August is the time for cruising. Once upon a time, cruising the Med was fun, especially around the French Riviera. Now the sea is full of garbage, the ports packed with horror megayachts owned by horrid Arabs and eastern oligarch gangsters,...

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  • Correspondence

    The Siege of Sweden

    In an era of political correctness, “safe spaces,” and “trigger warnings” for the constitutionally feeble, there are plenty of things we are not supposed to talk about. Increasingly in recent months, this seems to include crime and immigration...

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  • Society & Culture

    Monumental Stupidity

    There is a scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1959 classic North by Northwest in which the characters look out at a brooding Mount Rushmore from the dining-room terrace of the Sheraton-Johnson Hotel in Rapid City, South Dakota (since renamed the Hotel...

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  • The Countermarch

    Alien Nation

    The idea of a nation (natio) that is rootless—not tied to a particular land (patria)—is an absurdity. It is the flip side of the idea of a “nation of immigrants,” which arose in the late 19th century and took hold on the American imagination...

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  • EDITORIALS

    Our Sanctuary Census

    Paroxysms of liberal outrage gripped denizens of the Swamp when the Commerce Department announced that it plans to find out the citizenship status of U.S. residents by asking them directly via the 2020 Census and the U.S. Mail.

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  • REVIEWS

    The Empire Strikes Back

    This is a brilliant and disturbing book. Its opening sentence is “Europe is doomed.” If you think that this is simply colorful rhetoric, read on. Hasta la Vista Europe is not alarmist; it is alarming, making its case in great detail ranging...

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  • EDITORIALS

    Un Hombre, Un Voto

    Were the authors of the 14th Amendment able to jump forward 150 years, however, they would no doubt be scratching their heads over the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Evenwel v. Abbott, handed down in early April.

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  • VIEWS

    Playing the Trump Card

    Trump is doing a job other Republican presidential candidates won’t do: connecting the dots between the interrelated issues of mass immigration, trade (and America’s deindustrialization), and foreign policy.

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  • VIEWS

    Dining With The Donald

    When Donald Trump started making noise about running for president, I knew next to nothing about him. Since I don’t watch television, I’m not sure whether I could even have identified him in a lineup.

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  • EDITORIALS

    The Future of Europe

    When the king of Poland, Jan Sobieski, defeated the Ottoman army at the Siege of Vienna in 1683, that army of 23,000 soldiers did not have scores or hundreds of thousands of hungry and desperate civilians at its back, hoping to find a new life in...

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  • REVIEWS

    ¡Buena Suerte, Migra!

    Ann Coulter credits Peter Brimelow’s famous essay published in National Review in 1992 with delivering the blinding revelation that opened her eyes to the social and political crisis precipitated by the Establishment’s immigration...

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  • EDITORIALS

    “Home”-Grown

    Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, who shot five American military personnel to death at the Armed Forces Career Center in Chattanooga on July 16 and was subsequently killed in a firefight with the police, became a naturalized American citizen while...

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  • VIEWS

    Communities and Strangers

    According to many Christian theologians, Jesus, the moral Will of God, descended from a state of perfection to take on flesh and blood, with all the pain that goes with living and dying in time.

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  • NEWS

    A Kinder, Gentler Amnesty

    In an August 18 letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and 21 other Democratic senators, Napolitano acknowledged that removing people from the country simply for being illegal immigrants was no longer an “enforcement priority” of the Obama...

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  • Cultural Revolutions

    Our Alien Victims

    If only Roger Barnett had known the courts would lynch him for defending himself. Or maybe he did know and still decided to stand his ground. Either way, the owner of the Cross Rail Ranch in Douglas, Arizona, on the U.S. border with Mexico,...

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  • Cultural Revolutions

    Sauce for el Ganso

    Each year hundreds of thousands (between 200,000 and 300,000, according to Mexican authorities) of people emigrate from Central American countries that are poorer than Mexico, entering Mexico illegally with hopes of entering the United States...

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  • Cultural Revolutions

    Latino Fretting

    Schumacher-Matos is wrong. The GOP can retain control of American politics as long as it gets most of the white vote, and, of course, if it reforms immigration laws and stops the invading reconquistadores from south of the border.

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  • REVIEWS

    Waiting for Charles the Second

    “A state cannot be constituted from any chance body of persons, or in any chance period of time,” wrote Aristotle. “Most of the states which have admitted persons of another stock, either at the time of their foundation or later, have been...

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  • The Rockford Files

    Coming Home

    “The people who go to St. Stan’s aren’t Polish; they’re Polish-American.” Those words, blurted without thinking, have haunted me for almost a decade and a half. Anna Mycek-Wodecki, then art director of Chronicles, was a true Pole.

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  • REVIEWS

    True—or New?

    “It’s not you, it’s me” has become a popular phrase with which to terminate a romantic relationship. It is considered a more polite and, above all, more sensitive way of saying good riddance to an unwanted suitor than rehearsing whatever...

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  • Cultural Revolutions

    Bad Hombre Gets His

    Only one thing would have been more gratifying than watching a filthy scumbag like José Ernesto Medellín wince as he felt the chilling gush of sodium thiopental run into his arm. That would have been watching him wiggle like a Mexican jumping...

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  • VIEWS

    The Loss of American Identity

    I have never been able to get it through my thick skull that one’s identity, culture, and national sovereignty should not stand in the way of making money. For whatever reasons, I have always had a real attachment to my name, my family, my...

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  • VIEWS

    The Real Fight Is Here at Home

    On our refrigerator door, we have posted photos and stories of Marines who have lost their lives in the Iraq war. Among them are Cpl. Jason Dunham and Lance Cpl. Aaron Austin. Dunham was 22 when he dived onto a grenade to protect his buddies in...

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  • Perspective

    Synthesizing Tyranny

    The elementary concept of anarcho-tyranny is simple enough. History knows of many societies that have succumbed to anarchy when the governing authorities proved incapable of controlling criminals, warlords, rebels, and marauding invaders.

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  • VIEWS

    War on the Home Front

    U.S. officialdom calls them “Special Interest Aliens,” as much because they might have a special interest in us as we in them. They are aliens from countries that are considered potential sources of terrorist attacks on the American homeland,...

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  • REVIEWS

    Myths and Mistakes

    In this highly informative book, Chilton Williamson, Jr., walks us through the tortuous history of American immigration policy. Along the way he draws attention to critical milestones, such as the 1924 Naturalization Act and the congressional...

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  • REVIEWS

    Against the Invaders

    Unlike imperialists, immigration advocates cannot appeal effectively to cultural and national pride since, if successful, their own project may culminate in the destruction of a fixed Western (not to mention American) identity.

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  • VITAL SIGNS

    Welfareniks of the World Unite

    Yuri Petrov (not his real name) immigrated to America from the Soviet Union ten years ago. Now Yuri wants his mother to move to America, but there is one problem. His mother doesn't want to leave her life and the rest of her family behind in Russia.

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  • REVIEWS

    Alien Future

    Like Romans in ancient times, Americans are losing their country to immigration, and few seem to know it. One who does know is Peter Brimelow, himself an immigrant and recently naturalized citizen.

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  • Cultural Revolutions

    Proposition 187

    Welfare benefits for illegal aliens must be eliminated, said Californians, and with Proposition 187 they did just this. Voters thus reaffirmed a basic principle of common-sense public policy: foreign lawbreakers should not be entitled to live off...

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  • Principalities & Powers

    De-Americanization

    Not only does mass immigration into the United States promise the continuing de-Americanization of the nation and its eventual physical Balkanization, but there is little prospect of seriously controlling immigration because of the nature of the...

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  • VITAL SIGNS

    Exodus From the East

    Until recently everybody thought that the threat of the Soviet Union lay in its strength; today everybody wisely claims it lies in its weakness. For almost a century the sheer weight and size of the communist monolith made us shudder with fear.

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  • REVIEWS

    Open Doors, Open Questions

    "Many believe that the country is overextended and should reduce its external commitments. But in a world of growing interdependence among nations, this advice is the wrong answer, and U.S. decline is the wrong question."

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  • VITAL SIGNS

    Taking Leave of Our Census

    Illegal aliens will be counted in the 1990 census—that's right, illegal aliens. As a result, one or more states with a disproportionately large number of illegal residents will gain seats in the House of Representatives at the expense of states...

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  • Cultural Revolutions

    High On the List of Priorities

    Illegal aliens rank high on any social reformer's list of priorities. At the very time millions of tax dollars are being spent to patrol our borders and to prosecute the illegals, CUNY—the City University of New York—announced in August that not...

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  • Cultural Revolutions

    A Cause For Concern

    Immigration is increasingly becoming a major subject for concern among Americans. In a recent report released by FAIR, 51 percent of 800 Californians surveyed thought the US was accepting "too many" legal immigrants, while only 35 percent replied...

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  • Cultural Revolutions

    Noah's Ark or a Nation State?

    A Noah's Ark or a nation state? seems to be the question posed by the U.S. immigration policy. "Eviction[s] because of building charcoal fires indoors or slaughtering animals in the bathtub" are only some of the problems facing immigrant Hmong...

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