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What Do Field Marshal el-Sisi and Secretary Johnson Have in Common?

This may be a bit of a stretch, but Egypt's de facto ruler and Homeland Security's leader do have some things in common. They are both, as of May 29, un-elected public officials in their 50s, both formerly high-ranking in their nation's military establishments, and relatively new to their current positions of power. That much is pretty clear. Further, both are in the odd position of offering what appear to be benefits, and finding those benefits rejected (or at least not accepted) by those who might be expected to welcome them.

Hijinks on ICE: Freezing Out TRAC on FOIA Requests

More than once in the past, I've blogged about Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). See, for example, here and here.

It is an entity with which I almost never agree philosophically, but for which I have a measure of respect because of its tenacity in digging for data hidden or denied by this most opaque of presidential administrations; one whose Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and subordinate immigration agencies have done all that they can to either completely withhold statistical information or to disclose it sparingly and only in such fashion as serves their purposes.

The H-1B Program Wins the Triple Crown for Discrimination

California Chrome may or may not win the Triple Crown next month, but that steady, reliable old immigration war horse, the all-too-powerful H-1B program, remains a trifecta winner in the field of discrimination.

You see, the program routinely discriminates against:

American workers; Older workers, i.e., those aged over 35; and Women.

Clearly no American workers get jobs through the H-1B program; it is, by definition, reserved for aliens and leads to wide-spread displacement of citizen workers.

A Roundup of Miscellaneous Migration Memos

Immigration management is a broad field, involving many moving parts. Here are a few thoughts on some recent developments.

SEVP Finally Gets a Field Staff. The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), a segment of ICE in DHS, oversees more than a million foreign students spread over thousands of educational institutions in the United States. You would think that to handle this assignment effectively SEVP would have had an extensive network of field offices in place for generations.

You would have been wrong.

Avoiding GOP Immigration Reform Self-Sabotage, Pt. 5: High-Tech Visas

It is doubtlessly naïve to expect, or get, some degree of basic substantive honesty in the immigration debate from those whose who are wholly taken up with their organization or group's self interest. Still, it would be refreshing if groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce at least acknowledged that their circumstances really are not as dire as their rhetoric.

Radio Talkers Giving Illegal Aliens a Pass on Identity Theft

Conservative talk radio hosts frequently talk about the scourge of identity theft as they do paid commercials designed to get their listeners to sign up for identity theft protection. However they don't tell their listeners that illegal immigration and identity theft go hand-in-hand, since illegal aliens routinely use the Social Security numbers of Americans in order to get jobs, credit, etc.

Least Convincing Immigration Sob Story Ever

Tuesday's New York Times featured "Advocates Seek to Make Courthouses Off Limits for Immigration Officials", a tale of the immigration agent's boot stamping on the immigrant's face forever. Except that the advocates in question apparently couldn't find a suitable protagonist, because the one they offered up to the Times reporter doesn't evoke a lot of sympathy. Here's how it starts:

Avoiding GOP Immigration Reform Self-Sabotage, Pt. 4: The Chamber of Commerce

It's hard to think of a more important member of the Republican establishment than the Chamber of Commerce. The very name conjures up Republican cultural values and economic goals — business, the free enterprise system, industriousness, delay of gratification, risk taking, resilience — even profit and economic mobility.

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