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Politicized Intelligence Reporting and a Complicit Media

By Dan Cadman, February 27, 2017

The Associated Press has issued an "exclusive" article on a leaked "draft intelligence report" from the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Intelligence and Analysis (DHS I&A) that purports to show that individuals from the seven countries named in the much-contested presidential executive order suspending visas and travel don't pose any particular risk. It is likely a politicized "intelligence product" that should never have seen the light of day.

The document is undated, unsigned, not on official letterhead, extends only as far as 2015, and appears incomplete. What is more, the definition of "terrorist" that it hews to is so narrow as to be downright bizarre: "[a] U.S. based individual who died in the pursuit of or was convicted of any terror related federal offense inspired by a foreign terror organization". Read more...

Olathe, in Memoriam

By Dan Cadman, February 26, 2017

I have often in the past expressed my dismay when citizens and resident aliens are victimized by alien criminals who kill and maim without remorse, and sometimes without repercussion. It is appropriate, then, that I express my dismay about what happened in Olathe, Kan. I am horrified, and my heart goes out to the victims and the family of the man who died. Read more...

Foolish Symbolism and Hyped Hysteria in the Public Schools

By Dan Cadman, February 26, 2017

The media has been filled with stories in recent days about various school districts declaring themselves "sanctuaries" by issuing orders to the effect that ICE agents will not be allowed to enter schools or property without criminal warrants (see, e.g., here and here). This, I think, is a foolish overreaction Read more...

On Mexican Reactions to New U.S. Immigration Policies

By Dan Cadman, February 24, 2017

Much is being made of the insistence by Mexico's Foreign Minister, Luis Videgaray Caso, that Mexico will have nothing to do with the recent policy memoranda issued by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly that direct immigration agents to return to Mexico third country nationals who entered the United States illegally via our southern neighbor.

As my colleague Kausha Luna pointed out, the United States already has in place a bilateral agreement with Canada to the same effect. Of course, the impact on Mexico would be much more significant given the dramatic disparity between the volume of illegal crossings at our northern and southern frontiers — but in some ways, that begs the issue. Read more...

An Open Letter to the Southern Poverty Law Center

By Dan Cadman, February 24, 2017

To the SPLC:

I've recently read accounts of your organization's claim that the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) is a "hate" group.

Reading these, I was reminded of the infamous remarks of former Obama administration official Ben Rhodes, who bragged about using the media as an "echo chamber" to mold public opinion without regard to truth or accuracy. You seem to have stolen a chapter from Rhodes' playbook. I suppose it's easy enough, when you encounter journalists who are already philosophical soul mates or are too lazy to examine the trustworthiness of the assertions. Read more...

EU's Failed Maritime Strategy Leaves Migrants in the Med Waiting to Drown

By Dan Cadman, February 21, 2017

European media are reporting that the bodies of nearly 90 drowned would-be migrants have washed ashore near Zawiya, Libya after failing in their seaborne attempt to cross the Mediterranean into Europe.

January was also one of the deadliest on record for drownings: over 200, more than twice as many as the year before. Read more...

Further Considering the Restrained Executive Order

By Dan Cadman, February 21, 2017

Buckets of printer's ink have been spilled and thousands of megabytes are floating around cyberspace regarding the decisions of the district and circuit courts imposing a "temporary" restraining order (with no end date) that stops the Trump administration from carrying out the visa suspension executive order. Read more...

Our Cybersecurity Depends on Somali H-1Bs?

By Dan Cadman, February 15, 2017

I was browsing the opinion pages of the Daily Caller when I came upon this article: "Congress May Become Judge of Trump's Immigration Order", by Megan Barth, who is described as the founder of ReaganBaby.com, whatever that might be.

Reading it, you might readily conclude that she is a flack for Big Tech — Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Apple — since the gist of the opinion piece is that Congress should consider Trump's order in the course of its business (and, by implication, overturn it legislatively) because it's incommodious to those companies' reliance on the H-1B temporary foreign worker program.

Ms. Barth makes some preposterous statements in her discourse. Here's a sampling: Read more...

Attempting to Rationalize the Irrational: LA's Mayor Explains Why His Cops Shouldn't Cooperate with ICE

By Dan Cadman, February 13, 2017

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti appeared on MSNBC recently to restate his city's opposition to police cooperation with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials.

Garcetti asserted during the interview, "I couldn't have my officers solving robberies, homicides, rapes, burglaries if they suddenly become deputized ... we would stop solving crimes in Los Angeles if we became immigration agents."

It is so exasperating and tiresome to constantly read and hear such deliberate mischaracterizations. No one wants LAPD officers actively taking on the work of ICE agents, most especially ICE. But I don't suppose it has occurred to Garcetti that cooperation between the two organizations might radically reduce the number of robberies, homicides, rapes, and burglaries LAPD has to contend with. Let me give an example of how cooperation might work in the real world: Read more...

Andrew Puzder Should Withdraw

By Dan Cadman, February 10, 2017

Whatever one may think of our new president, it seems clear that by his lights he is trying to keep faith with the American people by making good on his campaign promise of putting their safety and prosperity first on his agenda.

Jobs and trade, controlled immigration, national security — these are the subjects that carried him to the White House. We can see how those subjects translated into his cabinet picks, with one notable and puzzling exception: Andrew Puzder, his nominee to become secretary of Labor. Read more...

The RAISE Act: An Immigration Bill for the Average American Joe and Jane

By Dan Cadman, February 8, 2017

When you deal with the subject of immigration over an extended period of time, as I have, one of the uncomfortable realities you must contend with is the nature of most immigration-related legislation. Strip away the fancy bill names, get down into the guts of the language, and you discover that it is all about catering to special interests: big business, big agriculture, this or that group of aliens. Once in a while, it serves (or purports to serve) sweeping national security purposes. But almost never does it serve the interests of the bedrock of our nation: all of the average Joes and average Janes out there who are working hard, often struggling to get by, both parents in a family unit employed if they can find the work, sometimes at more than one job each because the pay or benefits are inadequate. Read more...

The Judiciary Has No Business Second Guessing National Security Issues

By Dan Cadman, February 8, 2017

Yesterday, February 7, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in the government's appeal to overturn a decision by a U.S. District Court judge in Washington State to impose a "temporary" restraining order on the executive order putting a 90-day timeout on visas for aliens from certain designated high-risk nations. Read more...

No, Refugees Are Not Already Vigorously Vetted

By Dan Cadman, February 6, 2017

Natasha Hall, a former refugee officer for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has written an op-ed for the Sunday, February 5 edition of the Washington Post, titled "Refugees are already vigorously vetted. I know because I vetted them." Read more...

Aiming Low in the DHS OIG Inquiry into President Trump's Executive Order

By Dan Cadman, February 6, 2017

Amid all the other swirling controversies surrounding President Trump's so-called "Muslim ban" (it isn't, on either count), the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) has decided to enter the fray:

Today [February 1], the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) announced that it will review DHS' implementation of the recent Executive Order, "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States." The review is being initiated in response to congressional request and whistleblower and hotline complaints.

In addition to reviewing the implementation of the Executive Order, the OIG will review DHS' adherence to court orders and allegations of individual misconduct on the part of DHS personnel. If circumstances warrant, the OIG will consider including other issues that may arise during the course of the review.

Journalists Are Like a Box of Chocolates

By Dan Cadman, January 31, 2017

One of the great observations uttered by Forrest Gump in the movie of the same name is that "Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get."

In my years of dealing with the media, I've come to realize that journalists are like life and that box of chocolates: you just don't know what you'll get. Some are hardworking, some are lazy; some go out of their way to try to be balanced, others skew whatever you say; some are open-minded, and others are hostile before you've ever even opened your mouth. Read more...

Mexico to Apportion Millions to Fight Deportations from the U.S.

By Dan Cadman, January 31, 2017

The government of Mexico will establish a $50 million fund to provide attorneys to aliens fighting deportation in the immigration courts of the United States.

Interesting.

By happenstance, Section 9 of President Trump's executive order on border security directs all cabinet secretaries to put together a list (to be consolidated by the secretary of state) of all direct and indirect foreign aid given to Mexico in the past five years. The consolidated list is to be provided to the president 60 days after the date the executive order was signed (January 25). Read more...

Sanctuary Mayors: Banty Roosters Crowing as a New Day Dawns

By Dan Cadman, January 27, 2017

The Washington Post published an article on January 26 titled "Trump's intervention into policing, voting and immigration sets up showdown with America's largest cities". Several mayors throughout the country are quoted reacting to recent statements by our newly inaugurated president about policing and immigration. Read more...

"Truthiness" from the Former President on Voter Identification Practices Worldwide

By Dan Cadman, January 26, 2017

A few days ago, John Fund wrote an article for National Review online: Obama's Final Whopper as President".

The gist of the article is this:

He claimed that other countries don't have voter-ID laws, though many do. ...

Needlessly Risking Naturalization Integrity with Failed Systems

By Dan Cadman, January 24, 2017

The Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) has issued a strongly worded report (as such oversight reports go), touching on a potentially perilous and unresolved naturalization issue at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the immigration benefits adjudicating agency. It is called "Management Alert - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' Use of the Electronic Immigration System for Naturalization Benefits Processing", dated January 19. Despite the typically dry bureaucratically title, the report raises significant problems. Read more...

The Security Risks when Cities Provide Funds to Fight Deportation

By Dan Cadman, January 24, 2017

Britain, which is attempting to deport radical Islamist preacher Hani al-Sibai, has reportedly over the course of several years provided him with £123,000 in legal aid to fight the effort.

It seems topsy-turvy, in fact downright crazy, doesn't it, that a government would give an alien the funds to fight that same government's effort to remove him? Especially when the alien is a hate-filled zealot who sits like poison in the heart of a western democracy with the avowed intent to subvert it at every turn?

Here in the United States, we can rest secure in the assurance this would not happen, because the law is clear that aliens fighting deportation have the right to an attorney — but only at their own expense. (See Sec. 292 of the Immigration and Nationality Act.) Or can we? Read more...

Obama Administration Tackled Tricky Issue of Transgender Immigration at the 11th Hour

By Dan Cadman, January 24, 2017

Just one day before the inauguration of Donald Trump as president, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agency charged with adjudication and administration of immigration benefits, issued a policy memorandum: "Revision of Adjudicator's Field Manual Subchapter 10.22 - Change of Gender Designation on Documents Issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services". Read more...

Remittance Tax to Fund the Wall?

By Dan Cadman, January 23, 2017

The recent news tidbit that President Trump's transition team had asked what money and infrastructure capabilities might be available to begin the promised border wall (or, more probably, high-tech fencing) promptly fed speculation that he would back off the assertion that "Mexico will pay for it." I'm betting my money on the likelihood that the source will be taxes or penalty fees levied on remittances: funds being sent out of our country by aliens, often illegal aliens who send a portion of the wages from their unauthorized employment back to their home countries, usually to support family. Read more...

Will the "Criminal Alien Deportation Enforcement Act" Stall in the Senate?

By Dan Cadman, January 23, 2017

Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas) has introduced a bill into the House, the "Criminal Alien Deportation Enforcement Act of 2017", that would cut off foreign aid to any country that "den[ies] or unreasonably delay[s] the acceptance of nationals who have been ordered removed from the United States."

One would think it common sense that the United States should not reward other nations when they deliberately throw monkey wrenches into the lawful workings of our deportation processes — but common sense is often in sadly short supply in the nation's capitol. Read more...

Insecure IDs Compromise Security at Military Bases

By Dan Cadman, January 19, 2017

Earlier this month military.com published this article: "More State IDs No Longer Accepted at Bases".

The gist of the article is that U.S. military posts have begun to tighten up on the identity documents required before they will permit entry onto their compounds. It is a commonsense security measure given today's unsettled world, and particularly noteworthy in light of efforts by so many terrorist groups to single out serving members of our armed forces and police. For instance, in 2015 ISIS released a list of 100 U.S. armed forces members' names, addresses, and other data, obviously with the hope that would-be jihadists would follow up with attacks against them here in the homeland. Read more...

When Is an Alien Admitted?

By Dan Cadman, January 18, 2017

My colleague David North penned a blog post on Monday entitled "Interesting Migrant Screening Suggestion from an Unlikely Source", in which he picked up the idea from a Northern Mariana Islands legislator that one way to figure out if an alien seeking admission is truly a tourist is by gauging the amount of luggage he (or she) is bringing — the larger the amount, the less likely the intent to depart as promised. Read more...

If Voting Machines Are 'Critical Infrastructure,' Why Not the Voter Rolls as Well?

By Dan Cadman, January 12, 2017

On January 6, the outgoing secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Jeh Johnson, designated elections infrastructure as "critical". This follows the ongoing political war over whether or nor Russia "hacked" U.S. elections.

Johnson's designation permits the federal government to take a more active hand in the electoral process via Presidential Policy Directive 21 (PPD-21), "Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience". Read more...

Making Sanctuaries "Cheaper" or Just Sticking Local Taxpayers?

By Dan Cadman, January 11, 2017

So much has been in the news lately about "fake news" — kind of an oxymoron, really, when you think about the questionable quality of media today and the partisan divide that cleaves even our mavens of the Fourth Estate.

It seems to me that one of the problems is the blurring of lines between hard news and opinions, and the sway of editorial boards over their journalists in ensuring that a particular line is hewed to, sometimes painfully obviously and sometimes with great subtlety. Read more...

Immigration Policy Integral to Intelligence and National Security

By Dan Cadman, January 9, 2017

Kevin Williamson has written an excellent article for National Review online, "Agents and Agencies: Donald Trump should push for intelligence reform". I strongly encourage readers to take a look.

In it, Williamson says, "The Wall Street Journal reports that Donald Trump's recent public criticism of U.S. intelligence agencies presages an effort to reorganize the nation's sundry spy bureaucracies. Trump's press secretary, Sean Spicer, denies that the president has any such plan in mind. If he doesn't, he damn well should." Read more...

California's Picky-Choosey Attitude to Complying with Federal Immigration Laws

By Dan Cadman, January 9, 2017

California, the would-be renegade state that has declared itself a statewide sanctuary for illegal aliens, has hired former Attorney General Eric Holder to "defend" it against expected actions from the incoming Trump administration (such as, presumably, withholding federal funds for its sanctuary status); and has a referendum petition circulating that would direct it to secede from the Union. Yet the state finally has found an immigration-related law that it can love. Read more...

Stuffing the Bureaucracy at the 11th Hour

By Dan Cadman, January 5, 2017

On December 31, the Washington Post published this story: "Federal agencies rush to fill job openings before Trump takes office Jan. 20".

The Post quotes Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary for the incoming Trump administration, as saying this violates an agreement reached between the incoming and outgoing administrations on November 20. It also quotes anonymous sources as confirming that the outgoing administration agreed especially to halt last-minute Senior Executive Service (SES) appointments, but did not necessarily agree to provide a list to the incomers that would make it easier to spot violations of the agreement. Read more...