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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 FWD.us. 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...

CPAC's Not So Open-Border Immigration Panel

By Jon Feere, March 16, 2015

Last month's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held two immigration panels. The first, titled "Immigration: Can conservatives reach a consensus?", was slanted in favor of high immigration and open borders. As I wrote in a previous blog, the consensus of two of the three panelists was that the United States should allow in more immigration and that sovereignty — i.e., the right of Americans to decide how much immigration should be welcomed — should be abandoned by conservatives because it amounts to nothing more than "Big Government."

The second panel was slanted more in support of America's sovereignty and immigration limits, and is worth examining for what it shows us about the varying views on the right. Titled, "If We Build It, They Won't Come", the panel consisted of Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.); Ed Martin, president of Eagle Forum; David Keene, opinion editor of the Washington Times and former chairman of the American Conservative Union (ACU), which runs CPAC; and Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. Read more...

The 1993 World Trade Center attack proves amnesty doesn't work

By Jon Feere, March 5, 2015

From the start of my op-ed posted today at TheHill.com: Read more...

CPAC's Open-Border, Mass-Immigration Panel

By Jon Feere, February 27, 2015

The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) put on a panel Thursday titled "Immigration: Can conservatives reach a consensus?" The consensus of two of the three panelists was that the United States should allow in more immigration and that sovereignty — i.e., the right of Americans to decide how much immigration should be welcomed — should be abandoned by conservatives because it amounts to nothing more than "Big Government". Read more...

Dems to Decide What's More Important, Amnesty or Funding DHS

By Jon Feere, February 3, 2015

From the start of my op-ed posted today at TheHill.com:

The Senate Democrats and President Obama are very troubled by the decision they may soon have to make. They have two options: (1) Fully fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) by passing a House appropriations bill that prohibits Obama's lawless amnesty, or (2) Declare that amnesty for illegal aliens is more important than national security and block the DHS funding bill from becoming law.

This is a choice that they really do not want to make.

Read the rest here. Read more...

Boston University Professor Has Facts Wrong on Immigration

By Jon Feere, January 22, 2015

On December 15, Boston University law professor Laila Hlass penned an opinion piece in the Boston Globe titled "Five GOP immigration myths", and unfortunately spread many myths of her own. The immigration issue is undoubtedly complex, but a more accurate picture of President Obama's immigration agenda is important if we are to move toward a better immigration policy. Read more...

25 States Sue Obama Over Amnesty, but Some States Are Silent

By Jon Feere, January 16, 2015

From the start of my op-ed posted today at TheHill.com:

Twenty-five states are now part of a lawsuit challenging President Obama's lawless amnesty agenda. The states that have signed on to the lawsuit are arguing that "unilateral suspension of the Nation's immigration laws is unlawful" and that only the judiciary's "immediate intervention can protect the [states] from dramatic and irreparable injuries." . . .

Obama's Amnesty Benefits Lawbreaking Employers

By Jon Feere, December 11, 2014

From my latest op-ed posted today at TheHill.com:

President Obama’s decision to grant work permits and Social Security accounts to millions of illegal aliens guts the central enforcement provision of the 1986 amnesty bill and simultaneously illustrates why he cannot be trusted to carry out comprehensive reform of our immigration laws. Read more...

Obama's Immigration Plan Isn't Worth the Paper It's Printed on

By Jon Feere, November 24, 2014

The start of my recent op-ed at TheHill.com:

Though he didn't discuss the details during his speech, President Obama has issued a series of memos that reveal exactly why unilateral, lawless actions from him aren't worth the paper they're printed on. His planned changes to his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program illustrate exactly why the criteria illegal aliens must meet to obtain his amnesty are utterly meaningless and can change at any time. In making these changes, Obama highlights the deeply problematic nature of his lawless policymaking.

Fox News Interviews CIS's Jon Feere on Driver's Licenses for Illegal Aliens

By Jon Feere, November 19, 2014

Early this morning I was interviewed by Fox News' Elisabeth Hasselbeck on California's plan to grant driver's licenses to illegal aliens. It is part of a state-level attempt at amnesty that many states are engaging in. California wants to blur the line between legal residents and illegal aliens while creating an environment that is very welcoming to foreigners who believe they are above the law. Read more...

Driver's Licenses for Illegal Immigrants an Issue in Three States

By Jon Feere, October 27, 2014

The start of my op-ed posted today at TheHill.com:

In Colorado, Oregon, and California, the granting of driver's licenses to illegal aliens has generated controversy and raised national security concerns that have gone largely unreported. Unfortunately, many activist groups and politicians have concluded that helping illegal aliens hide their lawlessness is more important than preventing another 9/11. Congress should consider tightening up the REAL ID standards. If problems like this continue, it wouldn't be surprising if voters in many states initiated referenda or legislation aimed at stopping the issuance of driver's licenses to people in the country illegally.

TSA: Oregon's Proposed Driver's Licenses Would Allow Illegal Aliens to Board Airplanes

By Jon Feere, October 8, 2014

Voters in Oregon will soon be deciding whether to allow illegal aliens to receive driver's licenses, but a new statement from an official from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is creating confusion about how these cards will be used and raises the question of whether Oregon plans to violate federal law, thereby creating a national security threat to all Americans. Read more...

Obama's Lawless Immigration Plan Is a Gift to the 1%

By Jon Feere, September 22, 2014

The start of my op-ed posted today at TheHill.com:

Unlike most political issues, immigration is not really a right vs. left or Republican vs. Democrat issue. Instead, immigration is better understood as an elite vs. public issue where the elite in our society tends to support higher levels of immigration and where the general public tends to support lower levels of immigration. For politicians of all political stripes, the question on immigration is whether they will side with the elite or the public.

Many No-Shows in Immigration Court; Some Hearings Scheduled for 2020

By Jon Feere, August 22, 2014

The Heritage Foundation's news site The Daily Signal ran a piece Friday on one reporter's observations at an immigration court in Arlington, Va. The docket was made up of juveniles, though not youths affiliated with the recent border influx. I happened to attend a day of the juvenile docket in the same courtroom the day after the reporter and his article is quite accurate and worth reading. There is one thing the reporter did not mention, however, and that is the turnout rate. Read more...

CNN Publishes Error-Filled, Pro-Amnesty "News" Article

By Jon Feere, August 15, 2014

On Monday, CNN.com published an article by CNN's Senior Congressional Producer Deirdre Walsh titled "Republicans ignoring their own advice on immigration". Though it is apparently meant to be a news article, it comes across as an editorial written by a pro-amnesty activist who is upset that the American people were able to stop Congress from passing a bill that would allow millions of foreigners to get away with violating U.S. sovereignty. On top of that, the article contains a number of factual errors, as detailed below. I have sent inquires to both the article's author and CNN.com about the errors, and should they be corrected, this post will be updated.

Here are the obvious factual errors: Read more...

Amnesty Would Make Border Crisis Worse

By Jon Feere, August 14, 2014

The start of my op-ed posted today at TheHill.com:

Any legalization of illegal immigrants — either through legislation or executive fiat — would undoubtedly encourage more illegal immigration, making the current crisis look almost insignificant by comparison. This should be well-understood by former La Raza Vice President Cecilia Muñoz, who currently serves in the White House as assistant to President Obama and director of the Domestic Policy Council.

Only four years after the comprehensive amnesty of 1986 was signed into law, Muñoz authored a report for La Raza in which she noted that the amnesty did not stop illegal immigration. ...

Read the rest here.

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Could Obama Amnesty Illegal Aliens via the Pardon Power?

By Jon Feere, August 8, 2014

Townhall.com's Guy Benson has raised some interesting questions about the extent to which President Obama might use his pardon power to initiate a mass amnesty of illegal aliens. The article is worth reading and thinking about as the nation awaits the Obama administration's controversial plans to decree an amnesty despite its failure to get an amnesty by constitutional means.

Benson reasons that Obama might use his presidential pardon power to legalize a sizeable number of illegal aliens, explaining that an "immigration pardon-o-rama could be a particularly devious method of achieving most of what Obama wants on this issue, and doing so with a patina of legality." Read more...

Trafficking Law Largely Inapplicable to Border Crisis

By Jon Feere, July 24, 2014

The start of my op-ed posted today at TheHill.com:

Despite all the attention it has received, the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 – a law aimed, in part, at "unaccompanied alien children" who are victims of trafficking – appears to have little applicability to the current situation on the border. There are at least three reasons why the Obama administration is wrong when it asserts that the 2008 trafficking law binds their hands and requires them to grant most young illegal immigrants and their families a day in immigration court, lawyers and other benefits. ... Read more...

Unsecured Border: Interview with a National Border Patrol Council Representative

By Jon Feere, July 3, 2014

Read and view our entire Unsecured Border Series

Along the Rio Grande near Mission, Texas, Albert Spratte, the Sergeant-at-Arms of the National Border Patrol Council Local 3307, speaks with the Center for Immigration Studies. Spratte points out a Mexican park across the river which he explains often is the launch point of jet skiers who work as human smugglers. It’s one of the most highly-trafficked areas for people crossing illegally into the United States. In the video, Spratte notes the times of day and types of people who attempt to cross illegally, as jet skiers travel up and down the river, as if on cue. Read more...

Deferred Action Renewals to Benefit Unemployed Dropouts

By Jon Feere, June 10, 2014

When President Obama's lawless Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy came into effect, its supporters argued that it was designed to benefit illegal aliens who were either in high school or already in college. While some illegal aliens applying for DACA are in school, the DACA guidelines never required applicants to actually graduate from their education program. Read more...

DHS Secretary Johnson Not Doing Everything in His Power to Prevent the Release of Criminal Aliens

By Jon Feere, May 30, 2014

At a hearing before the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee on Thursday, members of Congress questioned Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on a number of issues. Many of the questions were focused on the Obama administration's controversial immigration policies.

One issue that came up involved a section of federal law (8 U.S.C. § 1253) that requires the State Department to stop issuing visas to citizens of countries that refuse to take back their citizens when the United States attempts to deport them. The law comes into effect when the DHS secretary consults with the State Department about difficulty deporting someone. Read more...

Washington Post Misleads Readers on DACA

By Jon Feere, May 13, 2014

Some writers at the Washington Post haven't done their homework and are lazily repeating the taking points of amnesty advocates in describing President Obama's lawless Deferred Action policy. Either that, or the writers consider it their job to promote the controversial policy. Read more...

California Threatens Another 9/11 with Lax Driver's License

By Jon Feere, May 8, 2014

Every day TSA screeners at airports around the country are tasked with determining whether people are allowed to board airplanes. One thing TSA agents look for is a valid form of identification, usually a driver's license. After it was determined that the 19 9/11 terrorists had nearly 30 driver's licenses between them, each with varying information, the 9/11 Commission recommended some license standardization amongst the states. Read more...

Getting the Facts Right on Virginia's Grant of In-State Tuition to Illegal Aliens

By Jon Feere, May 4, 2014

The governor and attorney general of Virginia have misled the public and the media on their plan to grant in-state tuition breaks to illegal aliens. Last week Attorney General Mark R. Herring (D) sent a letter to presidents of the state's colleges and universities advising them that Virginia would begin recognizing President Obama's lawless Deferred Action (DACA) policy as justification for granting illegal aliens in-state tuition. Read more...

The Boston Marathon Bombing, Assimilation, and Amnesty

By Jon Feere, April 15, 2014

On the one-year anniversary of the attack on the Boston Marathon, a question that continues to be asked is how two immigrants welcomed into the United States at a relatively young age apparently never assimilated into American culture, and never really accepted the United States as home. On this anniversary, as that question remains unresolved, many members of Congress are working to incorporate illegal aliens into our military. These amnesty advocates have concluded that foreigners who enter the United States by their teenage years are fully American, and consequently not a threat, even though our nation's experience with Boston bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev suggests otherwise. Read more...

CPAC's 2014 Amnesty Panel

By Jon Feere, March 7, 2014

Nearly every speaker at the first day of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) avoided any discussion of immigration or amnesty, a sign that Republican politicians are starting to understand that conservative voters have very little interest in doubling legal immigration and amnestying illegal aliens. Read more...

Utah Likely to Push Back E-Verify Mandate (Again)

By Jon Feere, February 28, 2014

Two facts have been missed by media outlets reporting on Utah's plan to push back the start date of the state's controversial (and unlikely) guestworker program: (1) this is the second time that Utah has delayed the guestworker program's start date, and (2) the state's E-Verify mandate is contingent on the guestworker program coming into effect, and thus will also be delayed. Read more...