Last week, the perpetually offended scored another big win. The venerable Cleveland Indians announced that next year their nickname will be the “Guardians,” a reference to two large landmark stone edifices near Progressive Field. For the woke, the triumph isn’t quite on the scale of tumbling down or defacing statues of America’s founding fathers, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, but the symbolism is identical.

Indians’ management claims that polling found that the Indians name generated deep dissatisfaction among its fan base. Maybe, but skeptics would like to see who was polled, and how the questions were phrased. In all probability…

Border crossers, San Miguel, Ariz.

One of the 21st century’s biggest stories is slowly fading from the headlines.

Effective with President Joe Biden’s inauguration, the U.S. opened its doors to anyone who reaches the Southwest border. The thousands of illegal aliens that teemed over the border since January 20 negate the need for a formal announcement — the proof is on the nightly news as viewers watch hundreds who have illegally entered surrender to Customs and Border Patrol.

In April, near San Miguel, Ariz., 130 migrants turned themselves in to CBP. The alien inflow is such a common, daily occurrence that most media no longer…

Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game (ASG), also known as the mid-summer classic, evolved from an unlikely union between National and American League. Chicago Tribune sports editor Arch Ward came up with his brainstorm in 1933 when the Windy City hosted the Century of Progress Exhibition, later known as the Chicago World’s Fair. Chicago officials asked local sportswriters to submit ideas for a sporting event that would draw out-of-towners to the fair. Ward was convinced that an ASG between the National and American League’s best players, the teams selected by the fans, would be a huge success. …

The United States is apparently on the verge of complete withdrawal from Afghanistan, its longest and costliest foreign war. Nearly 20 years in duration, at a staggering $2.3 trillion cost that mounts daily, the war is an albatross left over from the Bush administration. Brown University’s Costs of War Project calculated that the federal taxpayer has spent about $16,000 per person to keep this futile and seemingly endless conflict raging. The War Project consists of 35 scholars, legal experts, human rights practitioners and physicians who have been studying the Afghan War’s devastation since 2011.

Brown University further estimates that the…

Lieutenant Colonel Jerry Coleman was a New York Yankees second baseman who won the 1949 Rookie of the Year award, and in 1950, the World Series Most Valuable Player award. After his playing career ended in 1957, Coleman broadcast New York Yankees, California Angels and then, for 40 years, San Diego Padres games. Coleman also had a brief, unsuccessful stint as the Padres manager.

Although Ted Williams and Coleman served in World War II and Korea, only Coleman saw active duty in both conflicts. …

On Independence Day 2021, millions of Americans wonder if they’re witnessing first-hand democracy’s end, and our historic, sovereign nation’s slow but steady dissolution. Evidence abounds that the grim possibilities are already well underway. Look no further than South Dakota where the Biden administration, via the National Parks Department, has arbitrarily denied the state a permit to hold its magnificent annual Mt. Rushmore fireworks display. The administration offered the insincere, dishonest excuse that the COVID-19 threat still lurks.

The true reason Mt. Rushmore has been banned from holding its traditional fireworks display is to punish South Dakota and its Republican governor…

In Arizona, residents are increasingly frustrated and often angry at President Biden’s disregard for their safety and well-being as border patrol agents green-light illegal immigrants into the state. Last month, the Tucson Sector border patrol agents apprehended a cluster of 124 migrants, 105 of which were unaccompanied minors. Tucson Sector Chief John Modlin said that during the pre-Biden era, agents normally detained groups of single adults. On duty at the Douglas Station, horse patrol unit agents encountered 32 illegal border crossers from Mexico dressed in camouflage to blend in with the desert shrubs.

Unlike Texas that has plans to build…

The University of Houston’s Borders, Trade, and Immigration Institute (BTI), a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence unit, describes itself as a “a multi-disciplinary team of national and international experts” that works to create “technology-driven solutions, data-informed policies, workforce development opportunities … and trans-disciplinary education.”

In accordance with its mission to secure U.S. borders, facilitate legitimate trade and travel, and ensure immigration integrity, BTI released its report titled, “Economic Motivations of Migrants from the Northern Triangle.” BTI’s findings would have been valuable to Vice President Kamala Harris prior to her failed trip to Guatemala and Mexico to discuss migration’s…

Guatemalans cross the Rio Bravo at the Mexico-U.S. border with the intent of asking for political asylum, Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, Aug. 2018. (Shutterstock)

Down on the Southwest border, business is booming — criminal business, that is.

The federal government steadfastly refuses to protect the border or the interior. Instead, since the Biden administration’s first day, his administration has announced to the world that protections that President Trump put into place would be canceled, and that both Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security would be neutered.

Those ill-advised White House decisions have enabled drug and human traffickers to make small fortunes transporting their cargo to the United States where taxpayers will foot the bill for illegal aliens’ housing, education and eventually a host of other affirmative benefits. …

Two and a half months have passed since President Joe Biden designated Vice President Kamala Harris as his administration’s border czar. Harris, who half-heartedly accepted her daunting new task, has neither been to the Southwest border to personally watch the ongoing illegal immigrant influx nor given a press conference on the subject. But she’ll meet with Alejandro Giammattei and Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the Guatemalan and Mexican presidents, to address what the White House refers to as migration’s “root causes.” Earlier, Harris spoke twice with both remotely.

The Biden administration’s critics, specifically of its border mismanagement, are disappointed that a…

Joe Guzzardi

Nationally syndicated newspaper columnist Joe Guzzardi also is an analyst with Progressives for Immigration Reform.

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