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Tax Cuts Bill Gives Welfare to Illegal Aliens

On the campaign trail, Donald Trump spoke of the "tremendous costs" illegal aliens pose to the country through "abuse our welfare system". Tax reform gave Congress an opportunity to help stop this abuse. Unfortunately, for reasons that are unclear, Republicans changed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in order to continue to permit the IRS to pay billions of dollars every year to illegal aliens through the child tax credit.

A Mix of Migration and Money: Child Tax Credits and EB-5 Matters

There have been a number of recent developments in the arenas where money and migration mix.

Good News. One of the most egregious yet obscure of the Obama era moves was the decision, taken deep down within IRS, to, in effect, pay illegal aliens to stay in this country, with larger payments being made to families with more illegals than those with fewer of them.

On Measuring Competence and Accountability Among Immigration Judges

My colleague Andrew Arthur has written a blog post worth some time and contemplation, having to do with competence among immigration attorneys: "How Bad Is the Immigration Bar?". He was reacting to a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed by Benjamin Edwards arguing that much of the private immigration bar is either incompetent or only marginally competent.

Capitol Hill Heats Up on Schedule

Slouching toward adjournment

In most parts of the United States, the period of time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is known as "the holiday season", a time for shopping, decorating, and getting together with family, friends, and coworkers. On Capitol Hill, on the other hand, it is a time for deal-making, when last-minute bills are thrown together so that members and staff can get to "adjournment", the break between sessions (we are in the first session) or congresses (this is the 115th).
Topics: Politics

A Tribute to Otis Graham

Otis L. Graham, Jr., founding chairman of the Center for Immigration Studies Board, died recently at his home in California. I would like to write a few words of tribute for this remarkable man, for whom I will always feel respect, admiration, and affection.

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