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Obama Administration Prepares for Amnesty – on Taxpayers' Wallet

Though health "reform" and energy taxes are ahead of immigration on the legislative agenda, the Obama administration has begun greasing the bureaucracy's skids for when amnesty comes. For anyone who followed the bureaucratic screw-ups following the 1986 IRCA amnesty, this scheme looks strangely loophole-ridden -– like the rubber-stamping and massive fraud and abuse of 20-plus years ago. Rather than an honest effort to improve processing times, Homeland Security appears to have missed some details.

The Immigration Managers - The Department of Homeland Security

The team of five Presidential appointees working on immigration management in the Department of Homeland Security include two people with substantial resumes in the immigration field, two neophytes, and one in-between. All five have law degrees.The five positions on the current Departmental organization chart that play leading roles in immigration matters are the Secretary, the Deputy Secretary, and three agency heads with ranks at about the Assistant Secretary level.

Even Kinder, Gentler Enforcement Is Too Much

The Obama administration has adopted a Clinton-era immigration enforcement tactic that is starting to bear fruit. As the NYT describes today, instead of factory raids, the feds are auditing the personnel records of hundreds of companies and the people with bogus documents are starting to be fired, 1,800 of them at one L.A. garment factory. Since Obama isn't going to allow raids, audits like this are better than nothing — a lot better, in fact.

The Immigration Managers - An Overview

The management (or mismanagement) of the flows of immigrants into the United States is, thanks to Congress, an extremely complicated task assigned to at least eight agencies spread over four cabinet departments. If anything, the second Bush Administration's decision to re-organize the immigration process (and dismantle the old Immigration and Naturalization Service) made matters more complex.

The Case of Hosam Maher Husein Smadi: Déjà Vu All Over Again

Overshadowed in the extensive national coverage of the Najibullah Zazi terror case is the case of Hosam Maher Husein Smadi, a 19-year old Jordanian man arrested on Thursday, September 24, in Dallas. Smadi was taken into custody by FBI agents shortly after throwing the switch on what he believed was a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) in an SUV he had parked in the basement of a 60-story Dallas office tower, in an attempt to kill thousands of people timed to celebrate the end of Ramadan.

Overstaying Their Welcome

I'm all for border fencing and the like; it's an essential tool of national sovereignty.But for too many politicians, and even ordinary folks, support for border security is a cop out, a substitute for thinking about the overall immigration problem, only part of which has anything to do with our border with Mexico.One vital issue that is neglected because of this tunnel-vision on border fences is visa overstays. The Dallas jihadist shows how important this is; I suspected he was an overstayer, and the Dallas Morning News confirmed:

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