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12/14/2018 05:38 PM
Global Compact for Migration Adopted This Week as Expected

Despite growing skepticism about the "Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration", the UN agreement was adopted this week at a conference in Morocco (despite the fact that 33 states did not participate). On Monday, the UN General Assembly will vote on a related but separate agreement, the "Global Compact for Refugees". Will those countries that chose not to commit to the migration compact do the same with the refugee one?

Mark Krikorian December 14, 2018 - 5:38pm
The Compact for Refugees is next
Nayla Rush
12/14/2018 04:12 PM
More Careless Immigration Journalism

How can you be a legal resident seeking to become a legal resident?

Patrick McHugh December 14, 2018 - 4:12pm Dan Cadman
12/14/2018 11:22 AM
House Freedom Caucus Looks to Plug Loopholes

The amendment to the year-end spending bill would end "catch and release" and provide $5 billion for unrestricted border-wall funding,

Patrick McHugh December 14, 2018 - 11:22am
A lame-duck Hail Mary?
Andrew R. Arthur
12/14/2018 10:10 AM
Border Patrol Press Release Masks Aliens' Desperation — and Cluelessness

An A+ for all the agents in the field, and a D- for the one at the computer writing the press release.

Patrick McHugh December 14, 2018 - 10:10am David North
12/13/2018 05:54 PM
Four U.S.-Bound Iranian Migrants Underline National Security Concerns about Migration from Special Interest Countries

The Panamanians catch "special interest aliens" and after a week or two have them bused straight to the Costa Rica border, where the government processes them and facilitates their travel by bus to Nicaragua and eventually the American border.

Patrick McHugh December 13, 2018 - 5:54pm Todd Bensman
12/12/2018 03:02 PM
CIS in Panama and Costa Rica: How America Filters Potential Terrorists in Distant Lands

PASO CANOAS, Costa Rica – At least every other day, the long arm of America's counterterrorism effort reaches out and touches this essentially lawless, smuggler-ridden town on the Panama-Costa Rica border.

Patrick McHugh December 12, 2018 - 3:02pm Todd Bensman
12/12/2018 12:54 PM
CBP's $297 Million Debacle

The DHS inspector general published a report last week detailing consulting firm Accenture's incompetence in assisting CBP in increasing the number of Border Patrol agents. To say that it is damning would be a gross understatement.

Patrick McHugh December 12, 2018 - 12:54pm
Hiring one Border Patrol agent for the price of two
Preston Huennekens
12/12/2018 11:10 AM
The One Document that Explains the Border Crisis

Simply appearing at a port of entry, even without documents, is enough for an alien to gain access to the credible-fear process, and therefore to the United States. The current expedited-removal and credible-fear processes are badly in need of reform.

Patrick McHugh December 12, 2018 - 11:10am Andrew R. Arthur
12/11/2018 03:42 PM
USCIS Wins Big EB-5 Court Case

Had the agency lost, the decision would have more than doubled the size of the program, by not counting dependents against the numerical cap.

Patrick McHugh December 11, 2018 - 3:42pm David North
12/11/2018 03:29 PM
The Once (and Future?) AG William Barr on Immigration

Barr's detractors are already marshaling their forces to oppose his confirmation as Attorney General (again). If immigration is the fight that they want to pick, the president should take them up on it.

Patrick McHugh December 11, 2018 - 3:29pm
The ACLU perspective
Andrew R. Arthur
12/11/2018 06:00 AM
Francis Fukuyama Takes a Look at the Failure of Immigration Enforcement

Fukuyama's new book is a brilliant examination of the roots of our political polarization and deadlock, but his discussion of the politics of immigration oversimplifies the reasons for our government's failure to enforce the limits laid down by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

Patrick McHugh December 11, 2018 - 6:00am Jerry Kammer
12/11/2018 05:00 AM
Judge: Aliens Can Borrow Funds to Buy EB-5 Visas

Buying visas with your own money is controversial enough, but buying a bunch of them with someone else's money? That should be out of the question.

Patrick McHugh December 11, 2018 - 5:00am David North
12/11/2018 04:00 AM
Visualizing the New FY 2018 DACA Data

Every quarter, USCIS releases information on the number of individuals who petitioned to receive or renew DACA. The most recent evaluation (August 2018) estimates that there are 699,350 active recipients.

Patrick McHugh December 11, 2018 - 4:00am Preston Huennekens
12/10/2018 01:30 PM
Mexican Public Opinion on Immigration Tells Us Something About Our Own

The convergence of public opinion in Mexico, the United States, and many European nations is a measure of the democratically unsustainable foolishness of ideologies that deny the legitimacy of limits.

Patrick McHugh December 10, 2018 - 1:30pm Jerry Kammer
12/10/2018 11:00 AM
Please Lead by Example on Immigration, Mr. President

If you were to speak publicly as president about what you wish the Trump Organization to do regarding foreign labor, I'm sure it would carry weight. May I be so bold as to offer a couple of suggestions?

Patrick McHugh December 10, 2018 - 11:00am
An open letter on the Trump Organization's use of foreign workers
Dan Cadman
12/10/2018 10:43 AM
Acting AG Takes on Family-Based Asylum Claims

Certification is a powerful tool for setting immigration policy, but one that has been largely ignored in recent administrations until AG Sessions revitalized it. Last week, the acting AG utilized that authority again, this time in a case involving family-based asylum claims.

Patrick McHugh December 10, 2018 - 10:43am
Greater use of certification authority
Andrew R. Arthur
12/10/2018 12:10 AM
Trump Should Accept Government Shutdown If Necessary to ‘Build that Wall’
Patrick McHugh December 10, 2018 - 12:10am
12/09/2018 10:48 PM
Growing Skepticism as Final Vote Nears on UN's Global Compact for Migration

The United Nations "Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration" is to be officially endorsed in a couple of days in Morocco. The closer we are to the date, the less attractive the idea of global governance of migration sounds. The list of countries opposing the compact is growing. Since the United States' withdrawal last year, nine other countries (so far) have followed suit: the Dominican Republic, Australia, Israel, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Poland, and Austria.

Mark Krikorian December 9, 2018 - 10:48pm
Why not on the Global Compact on Refugees as well?
Nayla Rush
12/09/2018 07:47 AM
Immigration Newsmaker: A Conversation with Chairman Bob Goodlatte
Bryan Griffith December 9, 2018 - 7:47am
Transcript: Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Talks Immigration

12/09/2018 07:47 AM
Immigration Newsmaker: A Conversation with Chairman Bob Goodlatte
Bryan Griffith December 9, 2018 - 7:47am
Video: Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Talks Immigration