Judicial Overreach 2.0: Here We Go Again

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.)

Prosecuting Immigration Crimes in the Interior

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.
Topics: Criminal Aliens

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

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.

A Call for ICE Transparency in a Deeply Disturbing Case

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.
Topics: Criminal Aliens

ICE Must Act Responsibly, But So Must Advocacy Groups

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.

Politicized Intelligence Reporting and a Complicit Media

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.

Olathe, in Memoriam

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.

On Mexican Reactions to New U.S. Immigration Policies

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.