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04/23/2018 08:49 AM
BREAKING: Philadelphia ICE Office Arrests Illegal Aliens

What constitutes “news” these days is somewhat surprising: ICE, the agency that is charged with arresting aliens unlawfully present in the United States is reported to be, well, arresting aliens unlawfully present in the United States.

Bryan Griffith April 23, 2018 - 8:49am Andrew R. Arthur
04/23/2018 05:00 AM
Administration Uses Nuances in Two Instances to Restrict Migration

In contrast to the well-publicized and not-yet successful attempts to build a wall (at Mexican expense), or to cut off immigration from several of the smaller Muslim countries (over the bitter opposition of the courts) the administration has moved ahead successfully and quietly to limit immigration in two other quite separate categories.

In both instances the Department of Homeland Security has made micro adjustments in its policies to limit quite specific abuses of the ongoing system without, as far as I can tell, even issuing a press release on the matter.

Mark Krikorian April 23, 2018 - 5:00am David North
04/22/2018 06:00 AM
An ICE Agent Publicly Brings Her Agency into Disrepute, Apparently Without Consequence

On April 13, a woman called into WNYC radio in connection with a discussion of a strike by New York City public defenders to protest Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents attending courtrooms in the city to take custody of alien defendants charged with crimes. The ICE agents do this because the city has enacted stringent sanctuary policies that prohibit its police and corrections officers from cooperating or communicating with ICE over such aliens – or even conducting interviews within their facilities.

Mark Krikorian April 22, 2018 - 6:00am Dan Cadman
04/21/2018 11:31 PM
Expect a Tsunami of Remands after SCOTUS Decision

The recent Supreme Court ruling will allow aliens who have already been ordered removed (including likely a number who have actually been deported) to request reopening and remands of their cases so that those cases can be dismissed.

Mark Krikorian April 21, 2018 - 11:31pm
Deported Criminals Could Also Return
Andrew R. Arthur
04/21/2018 11:30 PM
Oops, Sorry EB-5 Applicants, Credit Cards Work with Only Some Forms   

Two months ago USCIS announced that 41 of its forms could be paid with credit cards.

At that time it had a list of forms that could be paid with credit cards, including the I-829, the form that immigrant investors in the EB-5 program use when they try to convert their temporary legal status to full-fledged green card status.

Mark Krikorian April 21, 2018 - 11:30pm David North
04/20/2018 04:06 PM
Asylum Law Is Not Intended for Domestic Violence

Mechanisms to provide various forms of relief for alien victims of domestic abuse – and to effect the deportation of alien abusers – already exist in the law, and asylum seems to me an inappropriate form of relief for that purpose.

Mark Krikorian April 20, 2018 - 4:06pm Dan Cadman
04/20/2018 11:58 AM
Ninth Circuit Faces Delicious EB-5 Dilemma

The Ninth Circuit faces an interesting decision and either way it goes it will do some damage to the EB-5 immigrant investor program.

Mark Krikorian April 20, 2018 - 11:58am David North
04/20/2018 09:32 AM
SCOTUS Undermines Domestic Violence Ground of Removability

Among the consequences of the recent Supreme Court ruling in Sessions v. Dimaya are that it will be more difficult for ICE to deport aliens who have been convicted of domestic violence.

Mark Krikorian April 20, 2018 - 9:32am Andrew R. Arthur
04/19/2018 05:01 PM
Refugee Resettlement Fallacies

David Miliband, head of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) (and a former British cabinet minister), criticized the Trump administration in a recent op-ed for its "animus" towards the U.S. refugee resettlement program. Like many refugee advocates before him, he makes a number of false assertions as he laments the current drop in refugee admissions into the U.S.

Mark Krikorian April 19, 2018 - 5:01pm Nayla Rush
04/19/2018 03:12 PM
Concrete Company Fined by DOL for Misusing H-2B 'Landscapers'

Law 360 has published a brief article about a concrete company being fined by the Department of Labor (DOL) for underpaying H-2B unskilled cement workers (partially behind a paywall). It cites DOL as having assessed the Metropolitan Concrete Corporation of Michigan $73,647 in back pay to the workers, and $29,161 in damages, for a total of nearly $103,000.

Mark Krikorian April 19, 2018 - 3:12pm Dan Cadman
04/19/2018 01:16 PM
Event: A Conversation with EOIR Director James McHenry
Bryan Griffith April 19, 2018 - 1:16pm
Tackling the Immigration Court Backlog

04/18/2018 03:47 PM
The Dukes of DACA-land, or the Illegal Alien Hierarchy

A recent announcement from Brown University regarding its DACA students reminded me that all illegal aliens are not equal — in fact, they have a complex hierarchy of privileges that resembles the gradation of classes within the British nobility.

Patrick McHugh April 18, 2018 - 3:47pm David North
04/18/2018 03:13 PM
Mother Jones Hit Piece on ICE Director Homan Compromises Itself from the Get-Go

Mother Jones magazine has published an article about Tom Homan, acting ICE director, "ICE Cold: How a Loyal Obama Bureaucrat Became the Face of Trump's Deportation Force". It's a thinly veiled hit-piece masquerading as hipster insight, filled with partisan bias and nasty innuendo.

Mark Krikorian April 18, 2018 - 3:13pm Dan Cadman
04/18/2018 02:24 PM
Strengthening and Reforming America's Immigration Court System
Patrick McHugh April 18, 2018 - 2:24pm
U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Border and Immigration

04/17/2018 11:48 PM
Better Educated, but Not Better Off
Patrick McHugh April 17, 2018 - 11:48pm
A look at the education level and socioeconomic success of recent immigrants, 2007 to 2017

04/17/2018 10:44 PM
SCOTUS Deems "Crime of Violence" Provision Unconstitutionally Vague

Under this ruling, certain burglary, indecent assault and battery, stalking, and manslaughter convictions will no longer render an alien removable.

Mark Krikorian April 17, 2018 - 10:44pm Andrew R. Arthur
04/17/2018 09:58 PM
San Diego County Joins the Rebellion Against California's Sanctuary Laws

The rebellion has now spread to San Diego County, whose supervisors today voted to follow Orange and its municipalities and to endorse the federal lawsuit against the state.

Mark Krikorian April 17, 2018 - 9:58pm Dan Cadman
04/17/2018 12:20 PM
Dozens of Gang Members Released By Sanctuary Policies

According to ICE statistics provided to the Senate Judiciary Committee, over a nine-month period in FY2017, 142 gang members that ICE was seeking to deport were released by the local law enforcement agency instead of transferred to ICE custody.

Patrick McHugh April 17, 2018 - 12:20pm Jessica M. Vaughan and Preston Huennekens
04/17/2018 05:00 AM
OPT Program Provides Laborers to Contractors at 8.25% Discount

Proponents of the OPT program (Optional Practical Training) argue that it will keep the best and brightest foreign students in this country after graduation.

This is the program that provides a tax break of 8.25 percent to employers of recent alien graduates of U.S. universities. It should carry a sign that says "Americans Need Not Apply" because that tax break is not available if employers hires citizens or green card holders.

Patrick McHugh April 17, 2018 - 5:00am David North
04/16/2018 11:32 AM
Survey Shows Hondurans Emigrate for Economic Reasons

Hondurans emigrate primarily for economic reasons, not violence, according to a new survey by a Jesuit-run research and social action center in that country.

Mark Krikorian April 16, 2018 - 11:32am Kausha Luna