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Author: Matt O'Brien

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Matthew J. O’Brien joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 2016. Matt is responsible for managing FAIR’s research activities. He also writes content for FAIR’s website and publications. Over the past twenty years he has held a wide variety of positions focusing on immigration issues, both in government and in the private sector. Immediately prior to joining FAIR Matt served as the Chief of the National Security Division (NSD) within the Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (FDNS) at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), where he was responsible for formulating and implementing procedures to protect the legal immigration system from terrorists, foreign intelligence operatives, and other national security threats. He has also held positions as the Chief of the FDNS Policy and Program Development Unit, as the Chief of the FDNS EB-5 Division, as Assistant Chief Counsel with U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement, as a Senior Advisor to the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman, and as a District Adjudications Officer with the legacy Immigration & Naturalization Service. In addition, Matt has extensive experience as a private bar attorney. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in French from the Johns Hopkins University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Maine School of Law.

Punishing the Police for Following the Law

According to multiple media outlets, a Washington State Patrol (WSP) Trooper has been placed under administrative review after he called U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to report Armando Chavez Corona, a previously deported felon, he encountered when responding to a traffic accident.  Allegedly the WSP is attempting to determine whether the trooper violated an internal policy barring cooperation with ICE.  In reality, a conscientious police officer is being punished for attempting to enforce the law. Sanctuary zealots, the state of Washington chief among them, maintain that state and local jurisdictions are barred by federal law (see Arizona v. U.S.)...

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The Height of Hypocrisy – Newton, MA Protecting the Illegal Aliens It Hopes Never Move There

The City Council of Newton, Massachusetts is considering a sanctuary city ordinance this month. Newton’s city paper The Heights characterized the move as a protest against the election of President Donald Trump and said, “Through these proclamations, the cities cement their commitment to protecting their undocumented immigrant populations, promising that immigrants in violation of federal immigration laws will not only avoid prosecution in the city, but also have continued access to city amenities regardless of their status.” That may sound very generous, but it’s actually the height of hypocrisy. Newton has virtually no illegal alien population. It is a...

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FAIR Guest Opinion: Ninth Circuit Defies a Century of Legal Precedent in Ruling

Last night, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decided to continue blocking President Trump’s recent executive orders on immigration. This is a deliberate attempt to shift control over immigration from the political branches to the judicial branch in order to grant foreigners a constitutionally protected “right” to enter the U.S. And the 9th Circuit’s decision is way off base. Here’s why: The Supreme Court has previously held that federal courts are prohibited from hearing cases asking them to declare illegal the exercise of a power that the Constitution assigns exclusively to the other branches of government. This rule is...

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Has the Media Gone Off the Deep End When it Comes to Immigration?

CNN’s Ray Sanchez recently published a piece entitled “Immigration Ban? We Were There Exactly 100 Years Ago Today,” claiming that the Trump administration’s Executive Orders (EO) on immigration are “eerily similar” to the Immigration Act of 1917. It also maintains that they target “some of the same people,” implying that the1917 legislation was simply a jingoistic error. But is he correct? Not really. First, he mischaracterizes the nature of the restrictions in the 1917 act. Those allegedly “targeted” were, among others, prostitutes and their traffickers, those who advocate the overthrow of the U.S. government by force or violence and...

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The Open Borders Cabal’s Obsession with the “Definition” of Criminal

The New York Times recently published a scare piece claiming that President Trump’s Executive Order on interior immigration enforcement expanded the definition of “criminal.”  It claims the order gives “immigration officers the broad authority they have been pressing for, and no longer requires them to receive a review from a supervisor before targeting individuals.” The Times claim is utter nonsense. Pursuant to the terms of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), immigration officers have always had the authority to arrest immigration violators. The approval of a supervisor is not required. Only Congress can change this statute. In fact, the...

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President Trump Must Keep His Immigration Promises

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