Immigration Headlines – Mar 16, 2016

Border Controls Will Determine Europes Future

Stephen Walt says in Foreign Policy that the Eurozone needs effective border controls to remain intact.

“This situation poses a serious long-term challenge for the EU as an institution and for its member states. Despite its recent woes, Europe remains a mostly wealthy continent with high levels of personal security and generous welfare provisions. It will remain, for that reason, an attractive magnet for outsiders. Moreover, Europe’s own population is aging and declining, leading to labor shortages and a growing need for immigration. In theory, therefore, Europe should welcome fresh arrivals from other countries.”

He continues, “But wanting some immigrants is not the same as wanting all of them — or wanting them to arrive in sudden and uncontrolled floods. Given the problems that the current refugee crisis has already exposed, the only solution is for the EU to develop a much more robust capacity to control its own borders and regulate who gets in and who has to stay out. There is a certain irony here, given that Europeans used to chide the Warsaw Pact for erecting walls and fences to keep its own population in, and they are understandably scornful (or bemused) when someone like Donald Trump talks about building walls along the U.S. border with Mexico. But given the explosive potential that uncontrolled migration has on an already fragile political situation, the EU had better take this problem seriously and begin to develop a long-term strategy for dealing with it. Syria is just the tip of the iceberg, and if Europe cannot control access to its own territory, it will not be able to control its political fate either.”

Arizona Primary Will Feature Immigration Debate

“With contests in Ohio and Florida now in the rearview mirror, the presidential campaign moves next to Arizona, a potential swing state that has emerged as the epicenter of the battle over illegal immigration in the U.S.,” the Wall Street Journal says.

Case Backlog Could Hit 1 Million

“The backlog in Houston’s overwhelmed downtown immigration court grew more than 460 percent between 2010 and 2016, swelling from about 6,400 to 36,100 pending cases, according to a new analysis released Tuesday,” the Houston Chronicle reports.

Internal DHS Conflict Prevented Detention of Man Connected to San Bernardino Attack

“Federal immigration officers refused to let an armed team of agents into their office to detain the accused conspirator in December’s San Bernardino terrorist attack, government officials acknowledged Tuesday, exposing an embarrassing lack of communication within the Department of Homeland Security,” the Washington Times reports.

Report: Lack of Automation Undermining Security

“U.S. immigration authorities’ lack of progress in automating their systems is compromising U.S. border security, making it more difficult to process people seeking to get into the country, a report said on Tuesday,” Reuters says.

“‘We may be admitting individuals who wish to do us harm, or who do not meet the requirements for a visa,’ John Roth, the Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security, told a Senate hearing.”

Illegal Aliens in Colo. Can Re-Take Failed Driving Test

“Undocumented residents who fail their first driver’s license test can take that test again from a private vendor under a bill that won preliminary approval in the Colorado House on Monday. That right, which is already afforded to legal residents of the state, would allow people living in the U.S. illegally to get their licenses sooner, preventing them from being on the roadways without a valid license or insurance, said Rep. Dan Pabon, D-Denver, the House sponsor of HB1285,” says.

“Cities and counties would be required to make annual reports to the state proving they are not sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants under legislation passed Tuesday by the House.”

Georgia Bill Would Halt Sanctuary City Policies

“Senate Bill 269 introduced by Sen. Jesse Stone, R-Waynesboro, aims to ensure that Georgia has no “sanctuary cities,” said House sponsor Rep. Jesse Petrea, R-Savannah. Sanctuary cities enact official policy to protect aliens from federal enforcement of immigration laws and grant them government benefits despite federal prohibitions,” reports.

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  1. avatar Leland says:

    There is a huge difference between the Berlin wall and a wall with Mexico, in spite of those who are unable to manage critical thinking. The Berlin wall kept it’s own citizens from leaving to go anywhere and shooting them if they tried. A wall with Mexico prevents other people from entering our country without permission, as we, and every country, has every right to do. Americans are free to go anywhere they want. No comparison at all.