"Me! Me! Me!" The Voice of the Illegal Alien Is Heard in the Land

This may be blasphemy, but there is an eerie resemblance between the egocentric arguments of illegal aliens and the tweets of our egocentric president.This thought crossed my mind when I read the latest defiant statement of an illegal alien who faces deportation, and deserves it: Jeanette Vizguerra, a multiple law violator whose op-ed piece appeared in the February 25 New York Times. The article was titled "Why I Will Not Leave"; had she or her copy editor been a little more familiar with this country and its traditions she would have written the more compelling "Why I Shall Not Be Moved," as in the Pete Seeger song.

DeVos Urged to Revive ACICS, Accreditor of Crummy Colleges

If the main immigration policy disputes are being fought on the highway of executive orders and deportations, there is an energetic little scrap taking place in a nearby alley — a battle in which the Trump administration is being urged to take an open-borders position, which would conflict with its overall immigration policy. This is the long-running conflict about regulating for-profit schools — including low quality schools for aliens and, within that subset, the out-and-out visa mills.

Governors: Do You Want to Open Jobs for Voters and Save Tax Funds?

Here's a thought for most of the nation's governors, or, more precisely, the 41 in places with state income taxes on wages. Governors, you can, all in one fell swoop:Save large chunks of state tax money,Encourage some illegal aliens in your state to leave without being deported, and Thereby open more jobs for the voters,all by taking a simple action against a specific criminal population, people who are committing fraud by using Social Security numbers that were not issued to them.
Topics: Tax Fraud

Codels Head to H-1B Heartland

Two different congressional delegations (codels, in DC parlance), with a total of 27 members of the House, including Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), are headed for the very part of South India which is the home of 42 percent of the worldwide population of H-1B workers. This is likely to strengthen the hand of those defending the status quo in the H-1B program.Coincidence? Maybe. The Times of India happily reported earlier: "a record number of 27 U.S. congressmen will visit India later this month."

SPOOF: Democrats Thank GOP for Sending EB-5 Money to Blue States

While the letter that follows is imaginary, the facts in it are rock solid.Dear Majority Leader McConnell and Speaker Ryan:I am writing to you on behalf of the Democratic Party to thank you for protecting and prolonging the EB-5 (immigrant investor) program, which has brought disproportionate amounts of urban investment money to the blue states. Your Olympian ability to overlook the fact that twice as much EB-5 money goes to blue, rather than red, states is admirable as you have presided over the continuing resolutions that have kept this extremely controversial program alive.

The EB-5 World: Much Ado About a Lot

While our attention has been drawn to various immigration initiatives by the new White House, and the attacks thereon, a lot of things have been happening rather quietly in the world of the EB-5 (immigrant investor) program. For example:

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), chair of the powerful Judiciary Committee, who has been valiantly trying to reform the program, has decided that it is beyond redemption and has joined Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) in calling for its termination. The Washington Post, in a lead editorial the other day, agreed with the two senators. Joop Bollen, who was in charge of South Dakota's disastrous part of the EB-5 program, has pled guilty in a sweetheart deal with the state that gave him two years probation and a $2,000 fine. Thus he got off nearly unscathed while saving the state's establishment from embarrassments that might have accompanied a trial.

Border Management Is Not Always a Grim Task: Catapults and Ice

Managing the border is not always a matter of grim law enforcement, as two unrelated Customs and Border Protection (CPB) press releases indicated this week. From the southern border we find that some would-drug smugglers used a medieval device, the catapult (pictured below), to toss marijuana into the United States, just as some of their colleagues have used the ancient practice of tunneling under the border to achieve the same purpose.