Immigration Blog

Congresswoman: DHS Releases Dangerous Aliens, Flouts Law

By Jon Feere, November 6, 2011

About two months before the 9/11 attacks, the Supreme Court took a more active role in immigration regulation than it ever had before in Zadvydas v. Davis, a case that effectively forced the release of thousands of criminal aliens into the United States. The case illustrated the disastrous consequences of the judicial branch abandoning the plenary power doctrine, which holds that the political branches — the legislative and the executive — have sole power to regulate all aspects of immigration as a basic attribute of sovereignty. Read more...

'May You Live in Interesting Times...'

By W.D. Reasoner, November 5, 2011

Every now and again, a friend or acquaintance will remind me of "the old Chinese curse, 'may you live in interesting times.' " I don't know whether the provenance imputed to the saying is true or not, but the import of the words says much about human history and mankind's collective psyche: that living in interesting times can be as much bane as it is boon. Read more...

'Amnesty by Any Means' Extended to Border Patrol

By Janice Kephart, November 4, 2011

In yet another move aimed to handcuff the effectiveness of Border Patrol agents, orders have been sent out from Border Patrol headquarters in Washington, D.C. to Border Patrol sectors nationwide that checks of transportation hubs and systems located away from the southwest border of the United States will only be conducted if there is intelligence indicating a threat.

DHS, What DHS?

By Jessica Vaughan, November 4, 2011

The White House web site says "President Obama has committed to making his administration the most open and transparent in history", but DHS still hasn't gotten the memo.

A reporter from FederalTimes.com, Andrew Medici, recently became frustrated at how notoriously difficult it is to reach the DHS public affairs personnel. You know, the federal government employees who get paid by us taxpayers to answer inquiries from the public. As reported in his story, "Don't call us, we'll call you", Medici filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to obtain the names, office phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of all the DHS public affairs staff. The response: 58 pages of the names of the many public affairs personnel – with all contact information blacked out. The DHS FOIA officer said that it would be "an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy" to release their office contact information. Read more...

Pandering to the Majority? Michael Gerson's View of Democracy in America

By Stephen Steinlight, November 4, 2011

No other contemporary issue in American social policy has anything remotely approaching the same capacity to unhinge the 4th Estate as immigration policy. The subject transforms ostensibly rational, civil members of the chattering classes into wide-eyed fanatics who regurgitate self-righteous moralistic rants in what has become a form of ritualized tribal behavior especially among the left-liberal post-Americans that form a solid majority in this coterie. Read more...

Health Compact and Illegal Aliens

By James R. Edwards Jr., November 3, 2011

A new health care report highlights what it says is the potential for expanding taxpayer-funded health care to illegal aliens.

The report, "The Health Care Compact: A Trojan Horse that Will Decimate State Budgets," analyzes a new route some states, such as Texas and Georgia, have pursued to get out from under the federal mandates of Obamacare. A movement has arisen, the Health Care Compact Alliance, promoting the adoption of state compacts. The compacts effectively nullify the application of the federal health reform law to compact-joining states. Read more...

Rick Perry Uses More Science-Based Health Standards than DHS

By David North, November 3, 2011

Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX), the GOP candidate for president that we liberals love to hate, has deployed tougher, better public health requirements than has the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Yes, the man who doubts evolution and the human causes of global warming had taken what I regard as a more science-based (and to me totally appropriate) stand on a specific public health issue than those "big government" folks in the Obama administration. Read more...

Families Plead to Stop Parole of Criminal Illegal Alien

By Jon Feere, November 2, 2011

On July 29, 2000, drunk-driving illegal alien Sergio Montelongo-Sanchez killed three young Americans and seriously injured a fourth: Christopher Shackleford, Julieanne Pascoe, Kelli Bourgeois, and Matthew Hunt. Now, the families are mounting a campaign to prevent Montelongo-Sanchez from being paroled decades before his 45-year sentence is up, concerned that he will be deported to his native Mexico only to return to the United States, possibly threatening the lives of more innocent people. Read more...

Other Nations Have 'Value-Added' Immigration Policies – the U.S. Doesn't

By David North, November 1, 2011

Other English-speaking nations have "value-added," "evidence-based" immigration policies, but the U.S., to its detriment, does not.

That is the chilling, central message of Value Added Immigration: Lessons for the United States from Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom, a new book by former U.S. Secretary of Labor Ray Marshall, which was unveiled at a seminar in Washington yesterday, hosted by the Economic Policy Institute, a think tank and the publisher of the book. Read more...

What's New on Cape Cod? Seals from Maine, Summer Workers from Europe

By Stephen Steinlight, November 1, 2011

Spending a part of every summer vacation in South Wellfleet at the far end of Cape Cod was a rite of childhood, one I revived when my daughters were little and then again, many years later, about a decade ago. The Cape is blessedly much the same, though there's more than a touch of the Malling of America on Route 6, the main drag, and Provincetown is more evenly divided nowadays between gays and straight people. Read more...