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Immigration Pitfalls

An advance press briefing last week teased that at tonight’s State of the Union address the president would move beyond the current border-security wrangling and offer a grand, new vision for moving forward on immigration, involving something Trump has not said before.

Topics: Politics

Know Your Fences

An on-the-ground border perspective

A recent visit to California and Arizona shows that form follows function regarding the specific style of barrier that is being used at different parts of the border.
Topics: Border Wall

On Real Walls, Smart Walls, and 'Normandy Fences'

Only a physical barrier prevents aliens from entering illegally and then taking advantage of our weak credible-fear and asylum laws; those are the loopholes that are crushing the system. Unless a "smart wall" comes with real, substantive asylum law changes, the whole thing is a massive shell game.
Topics: Border Wall

Mexico Ends Fast-Track Asylum Visas

A new humanitarian disaster in the offing?

On January 28, 2019, the Catholic News Service (CNS) reported that the government of Mexico had promised "humanitarian visas" to migrants making their way north through the port of Ciudad Hidalgo, on Mexico's border with Guatemala. The visas were good for one year and "allow them to freely travel through Mexico, work in the country and claim social benefits such as health care and education."

DHS Sets Up Fake Visa Mill as a Sting

And how a failure of mine saved the sting from a premature exposure

The New York Times and other papers reported today on how DHS investigators created a phony visa mill, the "University of Farmington", in Michigan, and how they arrested eight recruiters, all with Indian names, who steered at least 600 phony students to the non-existent university. Everyone concerned knew that the "university" was a hoax designed to secure immigration documents, but until this week no one outside the government knew that it was a sting run by DHS.
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