Today’s Immigration Headlines – April 29, 2015

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.”

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  1. avatar Gage Hecht says:

    I have recently researched the topic of illegal immigration. Part of the research that I performed included reading Christians at the Border, a book was written by Doctor M. Daniel Carroll R. I also had the opportunity to speak with him on the phone. He made it very clear that the biggest issue currently is the fact that an undocumented immigrant cannot gain legal status. Our current system is in need of an update. I highly recommend reading the book.

  2. Welcome to the Immigration Law Enforcement Asylum in America

    The inmates in the asylum are fed lies by the open border asylum management along with mind numbing drugs [lies] to make the public in the asylum even more “less aware”. We need Mac [i.e., One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest's main character, played by Jack Nicholson in the movie]] to rescue us and get us out of the asylum where we’ll turn normal again.

  3. avatar Leland says:

    So Jeb Bush says “we have the ability because of immigration to be an emerging country again…”? Has this guy been living in a cave? The mass immigration that he and others insist is the cure for what ails us has in fact been our very policy of the last 30 years. By far the highest in our history. And it’s produced even more wealth for the top, like the Bushes, and declining wages for the working class. Just another stuffed shirt pontificating for more immigration while the vast majority of American have gotten the short end of the stick.