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Author: Jack Martin

Snail’s Pace Towards Controlling Against Visa Scofflaws

Most Americans are aghast when they hear that the government does not know how many foreigners or who is staying illegally in the country after entering with a visa. The government knows who is entering – that’s what those lines at the airport’s passport control are doing. But there is no similar collection of reliable data on departing travelers that allows the exit data to be compared with the entry data to identify those staying beyond their authorized stay. Although this fact is not generally known to the public, it is known to Congress. When Congress enacted a package...

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What’s the Fuss?

The media are in a tizzy over the new policy memos from Homeland Security Secretary Kelly. They are conjuring images of massive roundups and deportations of illegal aliens at a level that will ruin the economy – in some versions – or at least tear apart millions of peaceful immigrant families. It is as if the Trump administration had just managed to get a new broad enforcement mandate and powers and funding from Congress. But, in fact, all that was indicated in the new memos released on February 22 was that the shackles on enforcement of the immigration law...

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Why Support Immigration Reduction? Ask Bill Clinton

Newly introduced legislation by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) would reduce legal immigration by nearly half. This proposal is likely to be portrayed by open border supporters and business interests as draconian and anti-immigrant. But, you don’t have to search far to find support for these reforms from national figures with liberal credentials. Foremost among those figures was former U.S. Representative (D-Texas) Barbara Jordan. She was a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient and two-time keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention as well as chair of the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform (USCIR). Her role...

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Special Treatments of Cubans Ended?

The Obama administration announced the end of the ‘wet-foot-dry-foot’ policy for Cubans on January 12. This executive action repealed the executive action of President Clinton that provided refugee treatment for any Cuban making it onto U.S. soil – including at a legal port of entry. This was a much needed change in policy for a variety of reasons, but it was too late in coming, and it did not go far enough to remove special immigration treatment of Cubans. The announcement was too late because it allowed additional tens of thousands of Cubans to take advantage of the refugee...

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President Trump Must Keep His Promises On Immigration

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