Immigration Blog

Alliance for Prosperity Plan: Hope for Curbing Northern Triangle Emigration?

By Kausha Luna, June 21, 2017

Last week, the United States and Mexico co-hosted the Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America in Miami. Throughout the conference, prosperity and security in the region were recognized as an antidote to illegal immigration. An op-ed jointly authored by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, and the president of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) presents a similar argument by alluding to the potential success of the Alliance for Prosperity Plan. Read more...

Even Pakistan Agrees: Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

By Dan Cadman, June 21, 2017

The saying "Good fences make good neighbors" has been around in one form or another for a very long time.

Of course, a lot of American progressives and liberals disagree with that notion, at least where erection of a wall, fence, or other barrier across our southern border is concerned — even though a significant number of these critics, at least when they are also a part of the privileged elite, live in manses behind high, fortified walls to keep out the riff-raff.

Apparently Pakistan disagrees with that kind of borderless worldview. Read more...

Sanctuary for Illegal Alien Drunk Drivers?

By Andrew R. Arthur, June 20, 2017

It is almost trite and redundant to state that there is a contentious debate in the United States between those who are pushing for the strict enforcement of the immigration laws and those who believe that certain aliens, notwithstanding the fact that they are removable from the United States, should not be subjected to the "harsh punishment" of removal.

An interesting part of this debate is its framing. "Immigration enforcement" is linked to President Donald Trump, notwithstanding the fact that he has not signed a single piece of legislation that has changed the immigration laws of the United States, which are codified at 8 United States Code, commonly known as the "Immigration and Nationality Act", or "INA". The INA is a series of individual provisions, some of which were originally passed in 1952, that have been amended and added to since then. Read more...

Deflating the Immigration Court Backlog Balloon

By Dan Cadman, June 20, 2017

My colleague Andrew Arthur has written a series of blog posts on a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report discussing the sobering state of affairs at the Department of Justice Executive Office for Immigration Review (DOJ EOIR), which is responsible for administering the immigration courts and their appellate tribunal, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). (See here, here, and here.) Read more...

Remembering Robert Leiken

By Jerry Kammer, June 20, 2017

Last week the New York Times published a fine obituary for a remarkable man, Robert Leiken, who died June 7 at the age of 78. I want to make a personal tribute to Bob Leiken. We had a friendship that began about 20 years ago, when he was a scholar at the Nixon Center and I was a reporter in Washington. Read more...

Tackling the Backlogs in Immigration Court

By Andrew R. Arthur, June 19, 2017

On June 1, 2017, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report detailing a significant increase in the immigration courts' case backlog between Fiscal Year (FY) 2006 and FY 2015. In a June 6, 2017 post, I summarized that report, and in a June 9, 2017 post, I offered some explanations for the increase in the backlog over that 10-year period. In this post, I will offer some solutions to ease that backlog. Read more...

ICE Offensive on Long Island Against MS-13 Getting Results

By Joseph J. Kolb, June 19, 2017

Operation Matador, a major offensive against gangs, especially MS-13 on Long Island, by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and regional law enforcement task forces, has not only reaped multiple arrests, but has also confirmed what I have been discussing for the past six months — that the unabated and poorly supervised placement of unacc Read more...

The Verify First Act: A Common-Sense Measure to Protect Tax Dollars

By Dan Cadman, June 16, 2017

The House of Representatives passed this week H.R. 2581, the "Verify First Act", sponsored by Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.). The bill would require government agencies, including the Social Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security, to verify the citizenship or lawful alien status of individual claimants before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) would be permitted to issue advance payment for credits allowed under the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

The bill represents common sense: Why pay out credits to fraudulent claimants and illegal aliens without checking first? Sadly, common sense is often in short supply in our capital city, as well as underneath the rotunda of the Capitol itself. Read more...

A Good News Detention Story that Gets Almost No Attention

By Dan Cadman, June 16, 2017

On June 2, the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) issued a report, "Results of Office of Inspector General FY 2016 Spot Inspections of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE] Family Detention Facilities", the results of which have warmed the hearts of ICE officials. Here they are in a nutshell:

During our July 2016 unannounced spot inspections of ICE's three family detention facilities, we observed conditions that generally met ICE's 2007 Family Residential Standards. The facilities were clean, well organized, and efficiently run. Based on our observations, interviews, and document reviews, we concluded that, at all three facilities, ICE was satisfactorily addressing the inherent challenges of providing medical care and language services and ensuring the safety of families in detention. (Emphasis added.)

The Secret Provisions of the U.S.-Australia Refugee Deal Better Be Really Good for America

By Nayla Rush, June 16, 2017

A quick update on the U.S.-Australia refugee resettlement deal I've been writing about (see here, here, and here).

The latest development came with the news Thursday of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull mocking President Trump during the Australian Parliament's annual Midwinter Ball, which is the premier event of the political year in Canberra, similar to the White House Correspondents Dinner. Unlike the U.S. version, Turnbull's speech in front of journalists, advisers, and politicians, was supposed to be off the record. Read more...