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Author: Dan Stein

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Dan is the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s President after joining the organization in 1982. He has testified more than 50 times before Congress, and been cited in the media as "America's best-known immigration reformer." Dan has appeared on virtually every significant TV and radio news/talk program in America and, in addition to being a contributing editor to, has contributed commentaries to a vast number of print media outlets.

Debra Saunders: Obama’s Immigration Policy Designed With Politics in Mind

President Obama’s Univision appearance continues to divide commentators. Also, the legal fight over SB 1070 isn’t over, as Arizona again appeals a hold on one of SB 1070’s provisions, this time regarding violations for harboring and transporting illegal aliens. And Microsoft is still pushing for a STEM-based green card proposal. The measure did receive a majority of votes, but because it was being voted on as a suspension of the rules, it needed a 2/3 majority to pass. Arizona Appeals Hold on Harboring Provision of SB 1070 “Arizona Governor Jan Brewer plans to fight a federal judge’s ruling against a part of Arizona’s tough immigration law that would have made it a crime to harbor illegal immigrants, court papers showed on Thursday. Lawyers for the Republican governor said the state planned to lodge an appeal with the 9th U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco to remove a block placed on the measure by a lower court judge on September 5. A formal appeal has not yet been filed,” the Chicago Tribune says. Navarrette: Obama Should Apologize for Immigration Policies “Instead of going on the defensive and retreating into the fantasy world where he and his administration do no wrong, and where it’s those dastardly Republicans who prevented him from keeping his promise to make immigration reform a top priority, Obama should have offered up a mea culpa,” says...

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The Deportation Numbers Don’t Add Up

Anyone who wondered how the Obama administration could continue to claim record deportations despite taking measures to halt enforcement should read Rep. Lamar Smith’s op-ed today where he talks about the number games played by the DHS to make it seem like they are tough on illegal immigration. 9th Circuit Rules Against “Ageing Out” of Green Card Applications “Children of green card holders who applied for special visas, but who turned 21, waiting for their paperwork to be processed will no longer lose their spot in line. A federal appeals court has ruled that immigration officials must give priority status to thousands of green card applicants who lost their place in line for U.S. residency when they turned 21,” Fox News Latino says. “A narrowly divided 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided Wednesday that the United States Citizen and Immigration Services wrongly determined the applicants were no longer eligible for special visas as children of green card holders after they turned 21.” Lamar Smith: DHS’ Record Numbers Don’t Add Up “Obama administration officials at the Department of Homeland Security claim they are on track to deport a record number of illegal immigrants this year. But on closer examination, the administration’s numbers simply don’t add up,” says Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX). “Internal Homeland Security documents obtained by the House Judiciary Committee reveal that President Obama’s administration has inflated the...

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Still Time to Stop AB 1081 in California

There are still a few days left for California Gov. Brown to veto AB 1081, the sanctuary bill that would keep local police from cooperating with ICE detention requests. Ultimately, this is a state effort to halt immigration enforcement, but don’t look for the Obama administration to unleash the legal hounds if it does, unlike in situations where states try to assist federal law enforcement. 9th Circuit Rules Against Appeal of Injunction by Arpaio “A federal appeals court on Tuesday denied an Arizona sheriff’s request to reverse a lower-court decision barring his deputies from detaining people solely on the suspicion that they’re undocumented immigrants. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco issued a 23-page ruling after considering the narrow question of a preliminary injunction while a Phoenix trial court considers the merits of the entire lawsuit against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio,” Fox News Latino says. America’s Voice Targets Brown-Warren Senate Race “America’s Voice, which is a pro-illegal immigrant organization, is targeting our U.S. Senator Scott Brown for defeat. They are getting behind Harvard Professor Warren. Why? Lizzy supports not only the Dream Act and a path to citizenship but also President Obama’s new non-deportation policy. On the other hand, Brown is opposed to amnesty! I guess he believes that we should be a law abiding nation,” says Holly Robichaud at the Boston Herald. IMAGE Program Provides...

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Tancredo – Time to End the Diversity Lottery

Rep. Tom Tancredo has a good op-ed with a reminder of why small provisions of the immigration law with give-aways are sometimes the hardest to eliminate. Recently, the House failed to pass a measure that would have eliminated the diversity lottery in favor of a program for post-graduate foreign students. High Majority of Ohio Voters Say Immigration Issue Important in Election In a voter survey by the Washington Post, 20 percent of voters in Ohio who were surveyed said immigration was extremely important in the election, and another 31 percent said it was very important. Legal Workers Move to Alabama After Law Takes Effect “Esene Manga, an Eritrean refugee living in Atlanta, hadn’t heard of Albertville, Alabama until a recruiter offered him a job there. Now Manga, 22, earns $10.85 an hour cutting chicken breasts on a poultry-plant night shift, an unexpected beneficiary of a year-old law designed to drive out illegal Hispanic immigrants,” BusinessWeek reports. “This isn’t what the law’s backers said would happen. Republican state Senator Scott Beason, a sponsor, said at a news conference last year that the restrictions on undocumented workers would ‘put thousands of native Alabamians back in the work force’ [. . .] Plants sought refugees because too few local residents were interested or qualified, said Frank Singleton, a spokesman for Wayne Farms, based in Oakwood, Georgia.” Democrats’ Pre-Emptive Excuse for Low Hispanic...

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Today’s Top Immigration Stories in the News

The changing of the seasons is guaranteed every year to bring a bumper crop of stories about crops rotting in the field. Here’s a thought for the cheap labor lobby…. Since you have excluded Americans from employment for so long, why would you expect them to be sympathetic to your situation, or for that matter, to be familiar enough with farm labor (something American youth did in great numbers until recently) to have any opinion except that you are looking for a handout. Illegal Aliens Show New Militancy in Protests Across U.S. “A growing number of undocumented immigrants in Arizona and other states are taking immigration protests to a new extreme, staging acts of civil disobedience by deliberately getting arrested in order to be turned over to federal immigration officials. Often wearing T-shirts declaring themselves “undocumented and unafraid,” the protesters have sat down in streets and blocked traffic, or occupied buildings in several cities including Phoenix and Tucson,” the Arizona Republic says. “Dozens of protesters have been arrested, but in almost every case, federal immigration officers have declined to deport those in the country illegally. Protesters say they are planning more acts of civil disobedience, including possibly in Phoenix.” Another Harvest Season of Sob Stories from the Cheap Labor Farm Lobby “The Broetjes, and an increasing number of farmers across the country, say that a complex web of local...

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President Trump Must Keep His Immigration Promises

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