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Sanctuary City DA Pleads Guilty to Bribery by Alien

The storyline behind the bribery conviction is what captured my interest. Among other things, Williams was accused of helping an alien, Mohammad N. Ali (who also pleaded guilty to bribing Williams), skirt problems with federal immigration officials during his entries into the United States after travel abroad. Apparently, in order to ensure that this scheme worked, Williams went so far as to enlist police officials to assist in the process.

Peeling Back Executive Overreach, One Layer at a Time

It may sound oxymoronic, perhaps contrarian, but I have come to appreciate in a new light — through schadenfreude — the executive overreach that took place during Barack Obama's eight years of office.

The reason is because even though the current president has had much of his get-tough immigration agenda at least temporarily blocked through a bevy of litigation and decisions by activist courts nationwide, it's been a somewhat different story on the executive action front: What one president has done, another can pretty much undo, given the will and desire.

Warning for Prospective Foreign Graduate Students in the U.S.

Foreign students seeking a master's degree in the U.S. should beware of inferior colleges. Students risk wasting substantial amounts of money if they sign up with universities that can provide only second-rate or third-rate access to the U.S. labor market. Different kinds of master's degrees, from different colleges, provide the alien graduate varying leverage in the U.S. job market, a distinction that the lesser colleges never discuss.

Reintroducing a Bill to Tighten Up the Refugee Admission and Adjustment Processes

On June 8, Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho), who was recently selected as chairman of the House Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, introduced H.R. 2826, the "Refugee Program Integrity Restoration Act of 2017", along with co-sponsors Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Lamar Smith (R-Texas). The bill has not yet been favorably reported out, although it has been considered by the Committee on the Judiciary at least twice — most recently on June 28.

The Trump Travel Ban: Let's Define "Bona Fide" Students Carefully

Now that the Supreme Court has ruled on President Trump's proposed travel ban from six nations in the Middle East and Africa, as my colleague Andrew Arthur has reported, let me suggest a careful definition of one of the populations excluded from the ban.

The Court allowed part of the ban to go forward, but accepted the future entry of several groups of persons who have a "bona fide" relationship with someone, or some institution, in the United States.

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