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LAPD Boss Charlie Beck: Fearmonger in Chief

By Dan Cadman, March 27, 2017

The Associated Press is reporting that Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck has tied a statistical drop for the first quarter of this year in reports of domestic violence and sexual assault crimes by Latinos to fears of deportation. He's quoted as saying: "Imagine your sister, your mother, not reporting a sexual assault for fear that their family will be torn apart."

There are, of course, any number of reasons why such a drop might have taken place, and we don't know yet whether it's a statistical anomaly — or even whether the anomaly is the result of book-cooking. If the Obama administration cooked the books at the federal level, and it did, is there any reason to think it might not happen at the local level to advance a political agenda? Certainly Beck has repeatedly demonstrated his sensitivity to the pro-sanctuary vibe of his political bosses in city hall. Read more...

Naming and Shaming: The First ICE Weekly Alien Criminal Releases List

By Dan Cadman, March 23, 2017

Following the directives in one of President Trump's immigration-related executive orders (EOs) and the augmenting instructions in a subsequent policy memorandum from Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has issued its first report identifying state and local jurisdictions that have refused to honor immigration detainers filed to hold alien criminals until they can be taken into custody by ICE agents.

The EO directed that ICE prepare the data contained in this report, and make it available in a readily understandable and accessible form for public consumption.

The report comes in four parts, the first three being most informative from the public's point of view: Read more...

Items in the News: Sanctuary, Denaturalization, and Judges

By Dan Cadman, March 23, 2017

Immigration is constantly in the news for one reason or the next these days. It's like the cone of silence imposed by the Obama administration has been shattered. (Well, in fact, it has, hasn't it? Wasn't that what the election was all about?) Here is a trio of news items covering various aspects of that endlessly fascinating (and controversial) subject.

On Sanctuaries and the Power of Coercion Read more...

Replace SCAAP with Funds Tied to Enforcement Cooperation

By Dan Cadman, March 20, 2017

USA Today ran a story on March 16: "Trump budget cuts immigration aid and local police are stunned":

President Trump proposed a massive $4.8 billion increase in spending Thursday to combat illegal immigration, but his plan also includes a cut that stuns local law enforcement officials: a Department of Justice grant that helps pay the cost of jailing undocumented immigrants.

Noblesse Oblige and Leftist Patronizing from the Ninth Circuit

By Dan Cadman, March 20, 2017

Several days ago, I wrote a blog post about the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals after its absurd over-reach to sustain the equally absurd ruling of a district court judge in Washington State, who issued a "temporary" restraining order — although curiously it had no end date — against the first iteration of President Trump's executive order suspending visas and refugee entries from certain countries. Read more...

ProPublica's Faulty Look at the Value of Border Searches

By Dan Cadman, March 14, 2017

ProPublica, which bills itself as "journalism in the public interest", recently published a piece by Patrick Lee, "Can Customs and Border Officials Search Your Phone? These Are Your Rights".

The article goes much farther than just phones, and digs generally into border authorities, including stops and searches. But I found it hard to actually get that far, because I myself was stopped — floored, in fact — by the very first paragraph: Read more...

Judicial Overreach 2.0: Here We Go Again

By Dan Cadman, March 13, 2017

On March 6, President Trump issued his much-awaited revised version of the executive order (EO) "Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States", ("Travel Ban 2.0" as Center for Immigration Studies Executive Director Mark Krikorian has described it).

The first iteration hit a legal wall at the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which upheld a "temporary" restraining order of indefinite duration issued by a U.S. District Court judge in Washington State. Neither the district nor appellate court orders were models of judicial probity. (See the series of four different authors' entries on the Center's home page, bundled under "Ninth Circuit Overreach" for many of the objections to the courts' collective decisions.) Read more...

Prosecuting Immigration Crimes in the Interior

By Dan Cadman, March 10, 2017

My colleague Joseph Kolb has written a valuable blog post on how important it is to use prosecution of immigration crimes as one tool in the arsenal to combat illegal immigration to the United States.

In his post, he discusses the Border Patrol's "consequence delivery system" (CDS) — a mapped-out table of ways to ensure that illegal immigration at the border is met with timely and appropriate consequences, one of which is to promptly prosecute offenders. Read more...

Ben Carson Isn't the Only One to Have Compared Immigrants and Slaves

By Dan Cadman, March 8, 2017

On his first day on the job, newly sworn in Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson made the awful mistake of comparing immigrants and slaves. Read more...

Democracy Dies in Darkness; Objectivity and Truth Die in the Pages of the Washington Post

By Dan Cadman, March 6, 2017

The Washington Post has a new logo embedded in its masthead: "Democracy Dies in Darkness".

It took a few moments for me to wipe the tears of laughter from my eyes before I could move on to pondering the unutterable pomposity of these peacock reporters and editors who think that they are shouldering the weight of democracy on their poor meager shoulders. No; more likely the weight they feel is all of those tail feathers dragging behind them as they make their royal progress through the streets of our capital. Read more...

A Call for ICE Transparency in a Deeply Disturbing Case

By Dan Cadman, March 3, 2017

The Daily Caller is reporting on a disturbing case that emanated in the Kansas City area in March 2016, when a previously deported criminal alien is alleged to have killed four individuals and, in fleeing from that offense, killed a fifth individual when trying to steal his car keys.

At a recent Senate hearing, the widow of the fifth victim appeared to testify at the request of Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri. According to the Daily Caller, she stated, "Not only has ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) failed us, our borders have failed us." That may be a fair assessment, if the facts are as alleged. Read more...

ICE Must Act Responsibly, But So Must Advocacy Groups

By Dan Cadman, March 2, 2017

My colleague Jerry Kammer has written a blog post appealing for wisdom at the helms of the nation's two primary border enforcement agencies, Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). It's a valuable piece, and merited being said.

I can't say I know the acting heads over at CBP, but I do know the acting chief of ICE; he is an intelligent and sober man who wouldn't willingly lead the troops astray, though of course there is always the possibility of an untoward field incident — a reality in any kind of police work in any agency at any time.

There is another side to the story, too, though. Read more...

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. 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. ...