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Hypocrisy Thrives in Darkness

The Washington Post's one-sided coverage of "a nation of immigrants"

One of the first things that you find out as a fellow in a think tank is that not everything that you write gets printed. That said, if a media institution is going to hold itself out as an unbiased guardian of democracy, it owes a duty to its readers to print more than one side of an issue of public interest.

Double-Dealing EB-5 Lawyer Sued by SEC

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has sued an EB-5 lawyer in California for charging his clients fees on EB-5 transactions and then also collecting fees from regional centers for placing the half-million dollar investments with the centers, without disclosing this to the clients. I have heard of this kind of double-dipping, but do not recall seeing a court case on this practice.

Harboring and Shielding Aliens and Other Federal Felony Offenses: A Thought Experiment

A few days ago I blogged about the most recent outrageous conduct of Oakland, Calif., Mayor Libby Schaaf, who took it upon herself to publicly expose an impending enforcement action by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents targeting aliens, including criminal aliens, who were either fugitives from immigration removal proceedings, or who were believed to have reentered the United States illegally after having been previously removed.

Attorney General Moves to Streamline Immigration Adjudications

Yesterday, in Matter of E-F-H-L-, the attorney general utilized his referral authority to vacate an earlier precedential decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals. The attorney general's order will streamline the adjudication of immigration applications, give immigration judges the authority to summarily dismiss deficient asylum applications, and cut down on the filing of frivolous applications to delay removal.

An Unusual Amicus Argument

Asking the attorney general to recuse himself from his own decision

Attorney General Sessions directed the BIA to refer Matter of Castro-Tum to him, to review, among other things, whether immigration courts and the BIA have the authority to close cases administratively and, if not, whether he should grant them that authority. The American Immigration Council (AIC) and other groups filed an amicus brief that shows a significant misunderstanding of the certification procedure, one that is premised on a facile iteration of the attorney general's legislative efforts and statements with respect to immigration.

Mexican Presidential Candidate Visits Los Angeles

Over the weekend, Mexican presidential candidate Ricardo Anaya Cortes met with Mexican migrants in Los Angeles. After listening to the concerns of the Mexican community in the United States, Anaya reiterated that Mexico would not pay for President Trump's border wall and would stand with the migrant community.

Topics: Mexico
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