In 2010, Krikorian wrote in the National Review that the only iteration of the DREAM Act he could support would come at the cost of much lower authorized immigration levels. During DACA negotiations Krikorian continued to echo these demands.
- The CIS executive director publishes policy papers, provides research to lawmakers, testifies at Congressional hearings, provides commentary to journalists, and is an active Twitter user, where he advocates for attrition through enforcement or self deportation, for mass roundups of the undocumented, ending birthright citizenship, imposing radical restrictions on refugee entries, religious tests, and massive reductions to legal immigration levels.
- In 2015 the former FAIR employee spoke at The Social Contract Press’ annual Writers’ Workshop event. The Social Contract Press (TSCP) was founded in 1990 by Tanton, who served as editor for the outlet known for featuring white nationalist writers, and most infamously in 1994 republished an English translation of the openly racist novel The Camp of the Saints.
- During the 2016 presidential race, Krikorian praised Trump’s call to ban Muslims from entering the U.S.: “Of course people could, and would, lie, but the very fact that such a question is asked would send a message about what we expect of people hoping to live among us.”
- In an article for the National Review entitled End Birthright Citizenship Now, Kirkorian called the 14th Amendment an “archaic practice.” He argued, “What matters is that automatic citizenship for anyone and everyone born on our soil is a policy that has outlived its usefulness.”
- Krikorian, who often disparages immigrants on social media, has previously referred to immigrants as a “poor, problem-ridden demographic who are addicted to big government.”
- Krikorian benefits from the speed of the news cycle, understanding that many journalists, researchers, and elected officials don’t have time or bandwidth to delve into their background while still needing “balance” or research from an anti-immigrant and anti-immigrant party. For this reason, Krikorian and his staff are quoted nationwide hundreds and hundreds of time yearly.
Attacks on DACA
- In a ‘Giving Tuesday’ blog post Krikorian confirmed that the Trump Administration’s harsh immigration principles were developed with the help of CIS’s report A Pen and a Phone: 79 immigration actions the next president can take: “The White House has also submitted to Congress a wish list of 70 immigration improvements, most of which we have developed and advocated.”
- Since DACA’s rescission Krikorian has driven anti-immigrant calls to the offices of House Republicans willing to find a permanent solution for immigrant youth.
- As a key external ally of Stephen Miller and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Mark Krikorian and CIS have threatened the deportation of 800,000 undocumented youth in hopes of gaining a massive ramp-up in enforcement, mandatory e-verify, workplace raids, wall funding, capping guest worker programs, and huge cuts to legal immigration.
- This strategy has been in the works for years. In 2010, Krikorian wrote in the National Review that the only iteration of the DREAM Act he could support would come at the cost of much lower total legal immigration levels.
- Krikorian’s recent rhetoric around undocumented youth similarly demands trade-offs, including massive reductions in legal immigration levels, and mandatory e-verify: “We’re talking about three-quarters of a million people included in this. There’s got to be a legal immigration offset. The DREAM Act on its own is simply indefensible.”
- In CIS’ A Pen and a Phone: 79 immigration actions the next president can take paper, published in April 2016, Krikorian’s organization laid out proposals which included calls to track down DACA recipients and require DNA samples for immigration applications.