Good and Bad Faith in Discussing Immigration
“My fellow Bloomberg View contributor Noah Smith thinks Scott Walker ‘may have accidentally given away the game.’ Many people say they are just against illegal immigration, which they oppose because of their concerns about the rule of law . . . Here’s an alternative hypothesis [to Smith's] Some people oppose illegal immigration because of their concerns about the rule of law but favor higher legal immigration. Some other people oppose illegal immigration and also favor reductions in legal immigration, and they take these views for a mix of reasons,” says Ramesh Ponnuru.
Time to Reform EOIR
“Discussions of immigration reform invariably focus on border security, guest worker programs, deportation or legalization. Rarely, if ever, are the letters “EOIR” – Executive Office for Immigration Review – uttered in this debate. However, the Department of Justice’s EOIR manages the country’s immigration court system and thereby plays a pivotal role in assuring the timely processing of foreign nationals and the security of our nation and its borders,” says an op-ed in The Hill.
“For each case, EOIR judges interpret immigration laws and regulations, determining if foreign nationals are subject to removal from the United States or if relief is warranted. Without addressing shortfalls related to the EOIR structure and process, achieving comprehensive immigration reform will likely encounter great difficulties and perhaps even severely disadvantage the effort from the start.”
Deportations Drop to Lowest Level in Almost 10 Years
“The Obama administration is on pace to deport the fewest number of immigrants in nearly a decade, according to internal government data obtained by The Associated Press. As of April 20, federal immigration officials sent home 127,378 people in the United States illegally. That puts immigrant removals on track to be among the lowest since the middle of President George W. Bush’s second term,” the Christian Science Monitor writes.
Bush Speaks About “Comprehensive” Reform
“Former Florida governor Jeb Bush forcefully advocated for an immigration reform plan that includes a path to legal status for undocumented immigrants during a speech Wednesday to a Hispanic faith-based group in Houston. And he showed off his Spanish speaking skills while he was at it,” the Washington Post writes.
“‘We have the ability because of immigration to be an emerging country again, to be full of optimism, to believe that our future is brighter than our present. But we have to fix a broken immigration system and do it in short order,’ he said at the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference.”