While all foreign worker programs hurt American workers, some are more harmful than others. Now it is becoming clear that the Trump administration is threatening to close down the least harmful of these programs, while expanding the most harmful.
Before we get into the specifics of what the administration is doing with these programs, let me suggest a way to evaluate them.
It's likely the Seattle police department routinely interacts with the U.S. Marshals Service, the FBI, and DEA at a minimum; probably also sometimes the U.S. Bureau of Prisons and various military police organizations. Certainly some significant portion of these interactions have to do with those agencies taking custody of someone they wish to charge. Is that "federalizing" the Seattle police?
Federal funds for highways, airports, and the like should not only require recipients (and their contractors and subcontractors) to use E-Verify, but also prohibit them from denying access to any federal agency in the pursuit of its mission, as King County, Wash., has done in barring ICE from using its airport.
Even if you're skeptical of Trump, it's amazing that so many reporters and pundits — especially those in the New York-Washington corridor — are cosmopolitan, comfortable, and completely unconcerned about the legitimate worries of millions of Americans about what is happening at the border.
There is currently no federal agency with arrest authority dedicated to investigating and seeking prosecution for violating federal immigration laws. The agency responsible for investigating immigration crimes such as marriage fraud, employment fraud, asylum fraud, and investor visa fraud changed its mission in 2010 and left those "not so sexy" crimes behind.
We at the Center often get interesting mail, usually about someone trying to beat the immigration law, sometimes successfully, sometimes not. Today's stories are about two heterosexuals from Uganda, a woman and a man, both of whom lied about their sexual preferences — proclaiming falsely that they were gay — in order to obtain legal status here.
A couple of days ago, the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) division within ICE tweeted out that it was going to work with border agents to detect fake families formed by alien adults for the sole purpose of using the unrelated minors accompanying them as shields against detention and removal if caught during their illegal border crossings.
The U.S. Department of Homeland security submitted a proposed rule to rescind the H-4 (spouses and minor children of H-1B visa holders) work authorizations to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review back in February. Such a review can take a few months.
I do not expect OMB will approve the regulation because the Deep State that President Trump has allowed to remain at DHS has sabotaged every attempt the administration has made to rescind Obama's unlawful work authorizations. In spite of President Trump's campaign promises, every one of these still remains in place.