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Media Mislead on Pew Poll about Border Wall

By Jon Feere, August 26, 2016

All too often, immigration polls are not designed to get at what Americans really think about immigration, but instead are written to create a certain narrative. Many polls are financed by activist groups who simply want to create the appearance of widespread public support for amnesty. The advocates have two main goals: (1) provide lobbyists with polling data that they can use to browbeat politicians into supporting their cheap-labor, open-border agenda; and (2) encourage the media to write headlines that don't really reflect the findings, but nevertheless advance the notion that Americans love open borders.

The Pew Research Center has done just that with a new poll. The poll contains a few different questions, but the one getting all the press asks Americans about building a border wall. Read more...

Does Hillary Support a Border Wall? Someone Should Ask

By Jon Feere, August 24, 2016

For a recent article, PolitiFact called our office asking whether it was true that Hillary Clinton once wanted a border wall. Specifically, they were analyzing the truthfulness of the following statement made by Donald Trump:

We're gonna have strong borders. We're gonna have a wall — a big, powerful wall. You know that Hillary Clinton wanted a wall, a number of years ago. She wanted a wall." (at 1:00:10)

PolitiFact wasn't interested in the difference between the word "wall" and "fence" and noted in their article that "both block people." They just wanted to know if Trump's statement was accurate. Read more...

More Pinocchios for the Post's Immigration Editorial

By Jon Feere, July 29, 2016

The open-border, pro-cheap-foreign-labor editorial board of the Washington Post (a newspaper that once employed an illegal alien in direct violation of federal law, but was never held accountable because the Obama administration is letting employers get away with all sorts of lawlessness) recently argued that the Trump campaign was made of "sneer, not substance." Unfortunately, the paper doesn't seem to have done its research. Linked at the bottom of this blog post are the immigration platforms of both major presidential candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. It seems to me that there’s quite a lot more substance in Trump’s platform than there is in Clinton's. Read more...

Sanctuary City Policies Must End

By Jon Feere, July 1, 2016

One year ago today, Kate Steinle was killed in the sanctuary city of San Francisco, allegedly by a five-times deported illegal alien from Mexico with seven felony convictions on his record.

It is well-past time that sanctuary city policies come to an end, yet today there remain over 300 jurisdictions throughout the United States that shield illegal aliens from federal law enforcement. They're listed on my organization's interactive map. Despite public opposition to sanctuary policies, only weeks ago San Francisco largely upheld their dangerous policy to the applause of open-border advocates. Read more...

When Is Paul Ryan Suing Obama over DACA?

By Jon Feere, June 27, 2016

Ryan clearly feels that Obama's DAPA program and the extended version of DACA exceed the powers of the presidency and run afoul of the Constitution. Logically, he must feel the same way about the 2012 DACA amnesty.

Is Speaker Ryan being honest about his willingness to sue any president who exceeds his authority? Or was that line limited to actions that could be taken by a President Trump? Or, put another way, is Ryan only interested in suing over actions that might reduce immigration, but not over actions that reward illegal immigration? Read more...

If Obama's Immigration Actions Are Upheld, What's Left of Congress?

By Jon Feere, June 8, 2016

Congress may lose much of its authority over immigration this month.

For decades, the Supreme Court has held that authority over immigration is shared between the political branches — the legislative and the executive. But if the court sides with the Obama administration in United States v. Texas, that balance will forever be upset and Congress will find itself with little recourse. Put another way, if the White House wins, the voters will have greater difficultly shaping immigration policy through congressional elections, and petitioning Congress on immigration will serve little purpose. Read more...

Opposition To "Illegal Aliens" Is Opposition To Borders

By Jon Feere, May 24, 2016

Those who are driving the effort to control and contort language in the immigration debate are not truly motivated by the notion that the term "illegal alien" is a pejorative. This is a distraction. The real goal of those demanding that media outlets, courts, and now the Library of Congress supplant accurate legal terminology with activist-created terms is to eradicate the distinction between citizen and non-citizen, between legal activity and illegal activity, between "us" and "them" so that the concept of borders and the nation state slowly slip away. Any official heading an organization or governmental agency who thinks they are being sensitive by bowing to demands to alter their use of language is being played by the open-border crowd. Read more...

Federal Judge Issues Stinging Order on Obama Administration's Conduct in DACA Litigation

By Jon Feere, May 23, 2016

Judge Andrew S. Hanen of Federal District Court in Brownsville, Texas, the court that ordered an injunction on President Obama's controversial illegal alien amnesties, issued a scathing order directed at the Obama administration's Department of Justice (DOJ) about their conduct during court proceedings last year. The underlying case, United States v. Texas, is currently before the Supreme Court. But Judge Hanen's focus in this order is on DOJ attorneys making "statements that clearly did not match the facts" about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the fact that the "attorneys effectively misled" the 26 plaintiff states involved in the litigation while violating "virtually every interpretation of candor" expected by a court. Read more...

Supreme Court Leaves Door Open to States Not Counting Aliens when Drawing Electoral Districts

By Jon Feere, April 6, 2016

In a unanimous ruling, the Supreme Court held in Evenwel v. Abbott that Texas's current methodology for drawing electoral districts based on total population is constitutionally sound. The Court did not rule on the question of whether states are required to include illegal aliens or other non-citizens when drawing districts. In fact, the Court noted that some states "have relied on the registered-voter or voter-eligible populations" for drawing districts and that 10 states already exclude some non-permanent residents. Read more...

Facebook and Other Companies Petition Supreme Court on Deferred Action

By Jon Feere, March 23, 2016

Companies seeking more cheap labor from abroad have filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the Obama administration, which is seeking to overturn an injunction on President Obama's controversial Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) amnesty and an expanded version of his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) amnesty. Read more...

Illegal Immigrants Should Not Receive Taxpayer-Subsidized Attorneys

By Jon Feere, March 15, 2016

Once again, Democrats are trying to force taxpayers to foot the bill for illegal aliens. This time, it's about providing them "free" attorneys at immigration hearings. Though the legislation is being marketed as being for minors, the misleadingly titled "Fair Day In Court for Kids Act" would benefit any illegal alien "whose circumstances are such that the appointment of counsel is necessary to help ensure fair resolution and efficient adjudication of the proceedings." Make no mistake: the goal is to put taxpayers on the hook for lawyers for all illegal aliens facing deportation.

Because it is a civil proceeding, there is no constitutional right to an attorney in immigration court; the Sixth Amendment only guarantees the right to counsel to individuals in a criminal trial. This means that Americans must pay for their own attorney, should they want one, during a child custody battle, a divorce proceeding, or a landlord-tenant dispute, for example. Since immigration cases are not criminal, illegal aliens must similarly pay for an attorney. Read more...

CPAC Straw Poll: 52% Believe Illegal Aliens Should Return Home

By Jon Feere, March 7, 2016

When the straw poll results were revealed at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) late Saturday afternoon, many people did not realize that those were only partial results. A handful of additional results were finally released late Monday by the polling company McLaughlin & Associates, including the question on illegal immigration. Read more...

Responses to Immigration Question Omitted from CPAC Straw Poll Results

By Jon Feere, March 5, 2016

Update: CPAC released the results on immigration on Monday, March 7.

With much fanfare, the Conservative Political Action Conference released the results of its annual straw poll earlier this evening. Attendees were asked to weigh in on a number of subjects and could vote at kiosks and through a CPAC app. But while there's been much discussion of which presidential candidate was most favored by CPAC attendees (Ted Cruz), the media have missed a very curious omission from the results that could indicate which presidential candidate’s position on immigration is most favored.

The question which was not reported with the other results, captured below in a photo I took while attending CPAC, asked the following: Read more...

A Report on CPAC's Lone Immigration Policy Panel

By Jon Feere, March 5, 2016

The Conservative Political Action Conference held one immigration-related event at this year's gathering. It was held on the main stage and was titled, "Point Counter-Point: Two Takes on Immigration". It was moderated by Becky Norton Dunlop of the Heritage Foundation. The first speaker was Kate Bryan of Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, who provided the high-immigration, pro-amnesty, open-border view of immigration in a cliché-ridden speech. The counterpoint was provided by Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) who argued for better enforcement of our immigration laws and an adherence to the rule of law.

A video of the debate can be viewed on C-SPAN; it starts about 21 minutes in. Read more...

CPAC 2016 Event on Immigration Rhetoric

By Jon Feere, March 3, 2016

The Conservative Political Action Conference is back and, like last year, it has little to offer people in favor of immigration enforcement and reduced immigration. Two immigration-related events are listed on the official schedule — one Wednesday, which I attended and discuss below, and one on Friday. The third potential discussion of immigration may be on the part of presidential candidate Donald Trump, who takes the main stage on Saturday (he was the only main-stage speaker to devote time to immigration at CPAC 2014). Read more...

Where Does United States v. Texas Stand after Scalia's Death?

By Jon Feere, February 14, 2016

The immigration case before the Supreme Court – United States v. Texas – will undoubtedly be affected by the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Recall that the Obama administration wanted this case on the president's controversial amnesty program – Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) – heard by the Court sooner rather than later, petitioning the Court to not wait for a full hearing on the merits to be conducted by lower courts. It is now a possibility that this desire to have this case heard quickly may backfire on the administration. Read more...

Rubio and his 'non-criminal' illegal aliens

By Jon Feere, January 28, 2016

On the January 17 edition of "Meet the Press", presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) was quizzed about his immigration proposal. He explained: "If you're a criminal alien, no, you can't stay. If you're someone that hasn't been here for a very long time, you can't stay."

The way Rubio approaches immigration and amnesty is not all that different from President Obama, who has made it policy to largely focus on only the worst of the worst when it comes to deportation. Read more...

Supreme Court to Hear Administrative Amnesty Case

By Jon Feere, January 19, 2016

The Supreme Court has announced that it will hear the 26-state challenge to Obama's DAPA amnesty for illegal aliens who have U.S.-citizen or permanent-resident children. It is anticipated that arguments in United States v. Texas will likely take place in April, with a ruling likely in June. This timeline assures that immigration will remain a key issue in the presidential campaign. Read more...

Three Immigration Issues Unresolved in 2015

By Jon Feere, January 6, 2016

Though there are many immigration issues that came into greater focus in 2015 — from the highly controversial H-1B cheap labor agenda, to the H-2B controversies — the following still-unresolved issues were on the forefront of everyone's mind and must be addressed in 2016: (1) Kate Steinle’s death in sanctuary city San Francisco, (2) America’s inability to vet refugees, deter terrorists, and (3) the Central American border rush. Read more...

5th Circuit Upholds Injunction on Obama's Amnesty

By Jon Feere, November 10, 2015

President Obama's controversial and lawless amnesty agenda was dealt another setback as the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals refused to remove an injunction put in place by a district court earlier this year. Texas and 25 other states sued to block the Obama administration's plan to extend Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to more illegal aliens and to grant similar benefits to illegal aliens who have a U.S. citizen or legal resident child through a program called Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA). The full decision is available online. Read more...

Another Example of Bad Immigration Reporting

By Jon Feere, October 28, 2015

The issue of sanctuary cities has become a hot topic across the country, and it may play a role in the upcoming elections. It has also become part of the debate in a local sheriff's race in Louisiana.

One candidate for sheriff of Lafayette Parish, west of Baton Rouge, cited my colleague Jessica Vaughan's new report on the subject which maps all sanctuary cities based on information provided by the Department of Homeland Security. Read more...

Immigration Questions for the Democratic Debate, Part 1

By Jon Feere, October 12, 2015

From the start of my op-ed posted today at

Democratic Party candidates for the 2016 presidential election will hold their first debate this week on CNN. It will be moderated by Anderson Cooper and additional questions will be posed by Dana Bash, Don Lemon and Juan Carlos Lopez. This two-part op-ed offers 10 questions on immigration in total that will help make for an informative debate. The questions are designed to get the candidates' thoughts on the impact of immigration policy and to also drill down into the philosophical arguments behind their positions on key issues like sanctuary cities, refugee resettlement and executive action.

Ruling on Arizona's S.B. 1070 Mostly Right, but Wrong on Day Labor Law

By Jon Feere, September 10, 2015

Last week's ruling by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton was on the last of seven challenges to Arizona's S.B. 1070, put into law in 2010. Three provisions in S.B. 1070 were the focus of the decision: (1) the so-called "Show me your papers" provision; (2) a provision allowing Arizona law enforcement to transport aliens to federal custody facilities; and (3) a provision prohibiting day laborers and their employers from operating on city streets.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona upheld the first two provisions, but found for the pro-illegal immigration plaintiffs on the day labor provision. An explanation of the decision follows, along with an explanation of why the court arguably did not get the day labor analysis correct. Read more...

Birth Tourists Come from Around the Globe

By Jon Feere, August 26, 2015

Presidential candidate Jeb Bush recently got tripped up on use of the phrase "anchor babies" and explained to media the following: "What I was talking about was the specific case of fraud being committed where there's organized efforts — and frankly it's more related to Asian people coming into our country, having children in that organized effort, taking advantage of a noble concept with birthright citizenship." Read more...

How Trump could change birthright citizenship

By Jon Feere, August 21, 2015

From the start of my op-ed posted today at

One of the proposals listed in Donald Trump's immigration policy outline includes ending birthright citizenship for children of illegal immigrants, and presumably children of birth tourists who game the system in order to add a U.S. passport holder to their families. We estimate there are up to 400,000 children born to illegal immigrants every year and perhaps as many as 36,000 birth tourists annually. ...

There are two ways a president could attempt to narrow the scope of the Citizenship Clause: Get Congress to write legislation or take executive action.

Read the rest here.


CNN's Amnesty Push Poll Refers To 'Illegal Immigrants Who Have Jobs'

By Jon Feere, July 28, 2015

In yet another flawed poll designed to create the fiction that Americans are super supportive of mass amnesty, CNN has released new findings, as reported by the Washington Post, showing that 56 percent of "Americans support developing a plan to legalize undocumented immigrants over stopping their flow and deporting those already here."

The poll question reads:

Obama Is Right: His Father Was Not an "Immigrant"

By Jon Feere, June 18, 2015

President Obama recently recognized the so-called "Immigrant Heritage Month" — a phony creation of cheap labor lobbyists at Facebook's The unofficial designation is simply a facade designed to advance Obama's amnesty agenda and help companies obtain cheap tech workers from abroad.

During his weekly address on the subject, Obama promised to push for more immigration despite high unemployment, but also made an admission that highlights the inaccurate language used all too often in the immigration debate. Without realizing it, Obama supported those of us who prefer use of accurate terminology when discussing immigration.

Obama noted that his "father was not an immigrant". This is true. An "immigrant" as defined by Merriam-Webster, is a person who moves to a country to take up "permanent residence". Read more...

Media Still Claiming DACA's Just for People "Brought" Here

By Jon Feere, June 8, 2015

There is much to critique about President Obama's controversial "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" (DACA) program, and the Center for Immigration Studies has quite a bit of that, but I've spent a significant amount of time simply trying to get the media to accurately report how the program operates. All too often, either out of ignorance or an intentional effort to mislead readers, journalists simply don't get the facts right when describing DACA. Read more...

Barbara Jordan Award Presented to — Hillary Clinton?

By Jon Feere, June 5, 2015

The memory of civil rights leader Rep. Barbara Jordan was sullied yesterday as Texas Southern University presented cheap-labor enthusiast Hillary Clinton the first-ever "Barbara Jordan Public-Private Leadership Award". In the mid-1990s President Bill Clinton appointed former Texas congresswoman Barbara Jordan to chair the bipartisan U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform, which called for a reduction in immigration to protect the interests of American workers. The Center for Immigration Studies has produced a number of reports and blogs about the commission and Jordan's work, some of which can be found here and here. A helpful outline of the Commission's conclusions is available from NumbersUSA, while the commission's reports are at the University of Texas. Read more...

5th Circuit Rules in Favor of Texas, Blocking Obama’s Unilateral Amnesty

By Jon Feere, May 26, 2015

In February, federal judge Andrew Hanen, of the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Texas, issued an injunction temporarily blocking President Obama’s expanded executive amnesty, known as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). The order was in response to a lawsuit filed by 26 states. In response to the ruling, the Obama administration appealed the preliminary injunction and moved for a stay of the injunction, pending resolution of the merits of that appeal.

But today the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals denied the Obama administration’s appeal of the injunction as well as its request to narrow the scope of the injunction to just Texas (in order to let DAPA move forward in other states). The court explained that the government is unlikely to succeed on the merits of its appeal. Read more...