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Supreme Court OK's Border Fence

The Supreme Court today rejected a plea by environmental groups to prevent Homeland Security from constructing part of the pending U.S.-Mexico border fence. The White House had made use of a statutory provision in the 1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (provided via amendment by 2005’s REAL ID Act) which reads, in part: “[n]otwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall have the authority to waive all legal requirements such Secretary, in such Secretary’s sole discretion, determines necessary to ensure expeditious construction of the barriers and roads.” In other words, Congress gave the White House direct authority to waive various laws, such as environmental protection statutes, when securing our borders.

9th Circuit: Continue Employing Suspected Illegal Aliens

In their quest to continue the unlawful employment of illegal aliens, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) found support from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals this week. At issue was the firing of 33 individuals with mismatched Social Security numbers who had been employed by Aramark, a large professional services company.

Subordinating Immigration to Foreign Policy

DHS announced today that the process leading to visa-free access to the United States has been started for, I kid you not, Bulgaria. Michael Chertoff said "I look forward to the day when we greet the first visa-free travelers from Bulgaria on our soil."

I don't. First of all, we still don't have a fully implemented entry-exit system, so we don't know whether a visitor actually left when he was supposed to — which means we don't know how many visa overstayers there are. A fully functioning exit-tracking system should be a prerequisite to a visa-waiver program, so that you can remove from the program any country whose people aren't leaving on time. And believe me, Bulgarians wouldn't leave; the country has a lower per capita income than Mexico or Turkey.

Robo-Restaurant

Who says we need mass immigration because there's no way to automate the service sector? CNN has a piece on a restaurant in Germany where you order and pay at tabletop touch-screens and the food is delivered down spiral rails from the kitchen above. (The BBC's story is here, and the restaurant's home page is here.) From the BBC story:

Toughest Sheriff in America

Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Phoenix gets attrition through enforcement:

About 16 percent of the 77,000 inmates booked into county jail this year were illegal immigrants. Arpaio believes that by keeping pressure on illegal immigrants, he can drive them from Arizona.

"They're heading south, or they're going to California, but they're sure getting out of Arizona," he said.

Blacklisted

D.A. King is a dynamo in Georgia, working tirelessly for tougher immigration enforcement. He's a normal patriot — no Zionist conspiracy hogwash or anything like that — and has been published in the Atlanta paper and elsewhere and been on Fox, CNN, etc. Imagine my surprise, then, when I learned that he's been blacklisted by the Washington Post. And I don't mean that metaphorically.

Better Get That Wall Built

A sobering short piece (from a May issue of Latin America Advisor) by George Grayson, a professor of government at William & Mary and one of the nation's top authorities on Mexico's politics (as well as a CIS board member):

President Felipe Calderón is whistling past the graveyard as the Mexican state continues to disintegrate to the point that the violence to date will pale in comparison to what lies ahead. The government, which has forfeited control over key sectors of society, is hemorrhaging legitimacy.

Verification Follies

As is often the case with immigration, Republicans and Democrats mixed and matched at a House hearing yesterday on E-Verify, the system that enables businesses to determine whether new hires are illegal aliens.

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