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06/23/2018 12:36 AM
Two Census Bureau Memos Dealing with Citizenship on the 2020 Census

Both memos argued against adding a citizenship question, but the costs and risk they outlined are modest, and the information such a question would provide would be valuable.

Patrick McHugh June 23, 2018 - 12:36am Steven A. Camarota
06/23/2018 12:08 AM
Florida Columnist Objects to Local Subsidies for Creation of H-1B Jobs

If local taxpayer money is used to subsidize job creation, the jobs created should go to resident workers, not foreign ones.

Patrick McHugh June 23, 2018 - 12:08am David North
06/22/2018 11:55 PM
Former U.S. Attorneys Disingenuously Weigh in on Separating Parents from Children

It would have been so much more palatable if this body of former officials had used their collective brain power and influence to offer solutions rather than castigation for what has become a national dilemma.

Patrick McHugh June 22, 2018 - 11:55pm Dan Cadman
06/21/2018 10:09 AM
Restaurant Industry's Hypocrisy and Addiction to Cheap Foreign Labor on Display in D.C. Ballot Initiative

Maybe passage of the initiative will act as one more little step on the road to forcing service industries to realize that, sooner or later, they will have to give up reliance on guestworker programs.

Patrick McHugh June 21, 2018 - 10:09am Dan Cadman
06/20/2018 11:55 PM
Trump Issues Family Separation Executive Order

On June 20, 2018, President Trump issued an executive order captioned "Affording Congress an Opportunity to Address Family Separation".

Patrick McHugh June 20, 2018 - 11:55pm Andrew R. Arthur
06/20/2018 09:03 PM
This World Refugee Day, Let's Address Fraudulent Asylum Claims That Are Detrimental to Legitimate Asylum Seekers

June 20 is World Refugee Day, and as we remember the plight of millions of refugees stranded around the world, it is important to call attention to those who abuse the asylum system by falsely claiming persecution simply to get into a country.

Mark Krikorian June 20, 2018 - 9:03pm Nayla Rush
06/20/2018 05:45 PM
House Immigration Bills Would Produce Starkly Different Results in Green Card Numbers

The two competing immigration bills up for a vote in the House on Thursday offer significantly different amnesty provisions, and would have very different effects on future immigration flows.

Patrick McHugh June 20, 2018 - 5:45pm Jessica M. Vaughan
06/20/2018 11:25 AM
Personal Thoughts on the SPLC's $3.375 Million Acknowledgement of Recklessness

The SPLC has taken in hundreds of millions of dollars in contributions from liberals who are well intended but poorly informed. While claiming to expose hate groups, it has become a hate group itself. It is good to see it take a hit in the wallet.

Patrick McHugh June 20, 2018 - 11:25am Jerry Kammer
06/20/2018 11:18 AM
Mexico Calls for the U.S. to End Separation of Migrant Families

The headlines have been consumed by U.S. detention policies as they relate to adults who cross the border with children. On Tuesday, Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray held a press conference to address the topic.

The foreign minister opened his comments with the following:

Patrick McHugh June 20, 2018 - 11:18am Kausha Luna
06/20/2018 10:01 AM
Andrew Arthur Discusses House Immigration Bills
Originally Aired by FOX News on June 20, 2018
Bryan Griffith June 20, 2018 - 10:01am
06/19/2018 08:09 PM
EB-5 Hearing Distracted by Family Separation Issues

While everyone at the hearing knew that USCIS has nothing to do with enforcement of the immigration law at the border, members of the party out of power traditionally use hearings on one subject to bring up more sensational issues dealing with the same department. That tradition was in full flower today.

Patrick McHugh June 19, 2018 - 8:09pm David North
06/19/2018 07:30 PM
A Warning about the Dangers of Immigration Policy 'Disconnect'

In 2007, Nathan Glazer posed a question that now seems prescient, given the Trump administration's effort to stem the flow of Central Americans into Texas and the rising outrage against that policy. "How long can what the majority claims it wants be ignored, and what are the consequences?" he asked.

Patrick McHugh June 19, 2018 - 7:30pm Jerry Kammer
06/19/2018 07:17 PM
USCIS Blurs Good News in Convoluted Prose

There's a lot of detailed good news emerging from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services these days, but some of it is hidden behind awkward, bureaucratic prose.

Patrick McHugh June 19, 2018 - 7:17pm David North
06/19/2018 09:28 AM
Analysis of Paul Ryan’s Amnesty Bill
Bryan Griffith June 19, 2018 - 9:28am
06/18/2018 04:00 PM
'We will not apologize for doing our job'

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has been accused of being somewhat soft on her boss's signature issue, not entirely without justification. But she is standing firm, so far, against the wave of hysteria accompanying family separations accompanying the administration's attempt to enforce the border.

Patrick McHugh June 18, 2018 - 4:00pm Mark Krikorian
06/18/2018 01:32 PM
Ryan's Immigration Bill: An Analysis of Border Security Provisions

The U.S. House of Representatives has moved with haste to put together an immigration bill, which will potentially make its way to the floor this week giving the public very little time to understand the provisions or the impact.

Patrick McHugh June 18, 2018 - 1:32pm Dan Cadman
06/18/2018 01:17 PM
Ryan's Immigration Bill: Border Loophole, Interior Enforcement, and Judicial Review Provisions

Division B, titles III and IV of the bill provide several crucial fixes that are necessary to plug loopholes that have been exploited by families sending unaccompanied alien children (UACs) to enter the United States illegally, and by alien parents arriving illegally in the United States with children. Significantly, it also would prevent parents entering illegally from being separated from their children in immigration detention.

Patrick McHugh June 18, 2018 - 1:17pm Andrew R. Arthur
06/18/2018 12:41 PM
Jessica Vaughan Discusses Border Policy and Legislation
Originally Aired by FOX News on June 15 and 18, 2018
Bryan Griffith June 18, 2018 - 12:41pm
06/15/2018 11:06 PM
Visa Backlogs Heap Billions on American Fat Cats

Visa waiting lists or backlogs, created by the excess demand for admission to the United States, in some instances lavish huge goodies on a tiny minority of already prosperous American corporations.

Patrick McHugh June 15, 2018 - 11:06pm David North
06/15/2018 02:10 PM
Immigration Law Professor Weighs In On U.S. Asylum Eligibility Decision

Temple University law professor and CIS Board Member Jan Ting recently appeared on NPR's "All Things Considered" to discuss Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision to limit who is eligible for asylum, and why he believes that decision balances protecting the people the statute is meant to protect without expanding the definition of refugee so broadly that the system is overwhelmed.

Patrick McHugh June 15, 2018 - 2:10pm Jan Ting