Instilling fundamental fairness into the self-petitioning system
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is one of those unusual laws that includes a sunset, after which it self-destructs. It has been that way since first enacted. Most recently, VAWA sunsetted at the end of last year and has lain dormant since that time, awaiting re-ratification by passage through Congress and signature by the president.
China balks at taking back its own citizens who have committed crimes in the U.S., forcing their release onto America's streets. Threatening to cut off its access to student visas might well be sufficient to convince the Chinese government to cease its recalcitrance.
If you are prosperous in a peaceful, prosperous place, you're likely to stay there. But if you are prosperous in a nervous-making nation, you will try to find a better place to live, and hence the high scores for India and, particularly, China in these proxy measures of well-to-do migrants.
With the resignation of DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, the biggest question in Washington is: "Who's next?" Washington is a town of rumors, and one of the most interesting names that I have heard as a replacement for Nielsen is that of a man whom I have known for several years: Steve McCraw, the director of the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Slightly increasing the average person's work life would fill many millions of jobs, even if we did nothing to increase the labor-force participation rates of minorities and the disabled, and did nothing to decrease the prison population.
In 1994, AIG became one of the first companies to replace a large number of Americans with H-1Bs. The finance and insurance giant boasted that this change was going to save them tens of millions of dollars a year. But things did not work out as planned.
Really getting serious about immigration and border control, beyond a "Build the Wall" mantra, will require the president or his aides to be willing to get down in the weeds and begin to understand those things that can and should be done outside of the congressional deadlock zone.