An Open Letter to the Southern Poverty Law Center

To the SPLC:I've recently read accounts of your organization's claim that the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) is a "hate" group. Reading these, I was reminded of the infamous remarks of former Obama administration official Ben Rhodes, who bragged about using the media as an "echo chamber" to mold public opinion without regard to truth or accuracy. You seem to have stolen a chapter from Rhodes' playbook. I suppose it's easy enough, when you encounter journalists who are already philosophical soul mates or are too lazy to examine the trustworthiness of the assertions.

Further Considering the Restrained Executive Order

Buckets of printer's ink have been spilled and thousands of megabytes are floating around cyberspace regarding the decisions of the district and circuit courts imposing a "temporary" restraining order (with no end date) that stops the Trump administration from carrying out the visa suspension executive order.

Our Cybersecurity Depends on Somali H-1Bs?

I was browsing the opinion pages of the Daily Caller when I came upon this article: "Congress May Become Judge of Trump's Immigration Order", by Megan Barth, who is described as the founder of ReaganBaby.com, whatever that might be. Reading it, you might readily conclude that she is a flack for Big Tech — Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Apple — since the gist of the opinion piece is that Congress should consider Trump's order in the course of its business (and, by implication, overturn it legislatively) because it's incommodious to those companies' reliance on the H-1B temporary foreign worker program.Ms. Barth makes some preposterous statements in her discourse. Here's a sampling:

Attempting to Rationalize the Irrational: LA's Mayor Explains Why His Cops Shouldn't Cooperate with ICE

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti appeared on MSNBC recently to restate his city's opposition to police cooperation with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials.Garcetti asserted during the interview, "I couldn't have my officers solving robberies, homicides, rapes, burglaries if they suddenly become deputized ... we would stop solving crimes in Los Angeles if we became immigration agents." It is so exasperating and tiresome to constantly read and hear such deliberate mischaracterizations. No one wants LAPD officers actively taking on the work of ICE agents, most especially ICE. But I don't suppose it has occurred to Garcetti that cooperation between the two organizations might radically reduce the number of robberies, homicides, rapes, and burglaries LAPD has to contend with. Let me give an example of how cooperation might work in the real world:

Andrew Puzder Should Withdraw

Whatever one may think of our new president, it seems clear that by his lights he is trying to keep faith with the American people by making good on his campaign promise of putting their safety and prosperity first on his agenda.Jobs and trade, controlled immigration, national security — these are the subjects that carried him to the White House. We can see how those subjects translated into his cabinet picks, with one notable and puzzling exception: Andrew Puzder, his nominee to become secretary of Labor.
Topics: Politics

The RAISE Act: An Immigration Bill for the Average American Joe and Jane

When you deal with the subject of immigration over an extended period of time, as I have, one of the uncomfortable realities you must contend with is the nature of most immigration-related legislation. Strip away the fancy bill names, get down into the guts of the language, and you discover that it is all about catering to special interests: big business, big agriculture, this or that group of aliens. Once in a while, it serves (or purports to serve) sweeping national security purposes. But almost never does it serve the interests of the bedrock of our nation: all of the average Joes and average Janes out there who are working hard, often struggling to get by, both parents in a family unit employed if they can find the work, sometimes at more than one job each because the pay or benefits are inadequate.

Aiming Low in the DHS OIG Inquiry into President Trump's Executive Order

Amid all the other swirling controversies surrounding President Trump's so-called "Muslim ban" (it isn't, on either count), the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) has decided to enter the fray:Today [February 1], the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) announced that it will review DHS' implementation of the recent Executive Order, "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States." The review is being initiated in response to congressional request and whistleblower and hotline complaints.In addition to reviewing the implementation of the Executive Order, the OIG will review DHS' adherence to court orders and allegations of individual misconduct on the part of DHS personnel. If circumstances warrant, the OIG will consider including other issues that may arise during the course of the review.