Author: Dan Stein

North Carolina Committee Passes Anti-Sanctuary Enforcement Bill

The North Carolina House Judiciary Committee voted 6-5 last week to advance House Bill 63 (HB 63), otherwise known as the “Citizens Protection Act of 2017”, to strengthen the state’s existing anti-sanctuary law. Former Governor Pat McCrory (R) signed the anti-sanctuary law in 2015, which took a stand against sanctuary policies that limit or prohibit law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration authorities and prohibit law enforcement from inquiring into the immigration status of individuals in custody. These policies, which proponents argue are meant to foster “trust” with law enforcement in immigrant communities, are often designed to protect criminal...

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Mexico Would Benefit from a Wall Too

One of the many sideshows overshadowing serious national and international issues is over who will pay for the big beautiful wall along the southern border that President Trump has promised to build. The president says Mexico will. The Mexicans say they won’t. Lost in the barrage of schoolyard taunts are several important matters. First, not only would the United States benefit from secure barriers along the border, but so too would many Mexicans. Second, taxing, or imposing fees on, remittances sent out of the country (not just to Mexico) is not an unreasonable proposition. The lawless border between the...

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It’s March, and Trump is Now in Control of the Nation’s Immigration Agenda

President Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night demonstrated yet again that he is now in complete control of America’s immigration agenda. At about the 24 minute mark, he begins to discuss immigration. It was short, sweet and to the point. The language is being widely celebrated as a shift in tone – more conciliatory and more unifying. On immigration policy, he restated steps to date to control borders and the universal principles that will guide any true immigration reform: “What would you say to the American family that loses their jobs, their income or...

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President Trump Must Keep His Promises On Immigration

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