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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.

You Can’t Say Illegal Alien!

The Washington Times recently reported that the Rutgers University student paper  fired one of its reporters for attempting to use the i-word. Student journalist Aviv Khavich committed the unpardonable sin of referring to aliens illegally present in the United States as “illegal aliens.”  Apparently, the term has become a highly politicized and inflammatory. Khavich’s editors eventually replaced all instances of the offending verbiage with “undocumented immigrant,” prior to publishing his last column. What’s the problem with the substitution? It is a deliberate attempt by open-borders advocates to nullify the impact of immigration laws they don’t like by controlling speech....

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Noncitizen Voting: the Biggest Threat to the 2016 Elections?

Throughout the current presidential campaign, a number of questions have arisen about the about the number of noncitizens voting in U.S. elections and the relative ease with which they seem to be able to register. J. Christian Adams of the Election Law Center has called illegal alien voting “the biggest threat to the 2016 elections.” The problem isn’t limited to illegal aliens, though. At any given time, there are 10-20 million noncitizens lawfully present in the United States with very few safeguards in place to prevent or deter any of them from voting. There is evidence that these foreigners...

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The Fate of Undocumented Tech Workers

“Inc.” an online tech news outlet recently ran a piece entitled “As Election Looms, Undocumented Tech Workers Face Uncertainty Over Their Future.” The article bemoans the plight of aliens with technology backgrounds who are unlawfully present in the United States. It also highlights what’s wrong with most American media coverage of immigration issues. Although it does quote FAIR and Californians for Population Stabilization, the piece is inaccurate and far from balanced or objective. First off, it uses the term “undocumented workers” to refer to immigration law violators. This is a blatant rhetorical device, intended to cast opprobrium on the...

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College Education: The Newest Incentive for Immigration Violators?

When most people think of incentives that induce foreign migrants to violate U.S. immigration law, they think of jobs. There is no doubt that employment is the biggest factor drawing illegal aliens into the United States. But as the recent waves of unaccompanied alien minors flooding the border have shown, a free public education is also a key attractor. And as more and more states begin providing in-state college tuition to illegal aliens, a relatively affordable post-secondary education will also become a significant draw. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 20 states now offer in-state tuition to...

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ACLU Suit: Schools Can’t Ask Illegal Alien Parents for ID

In 1983 the U.S. Department of Education published a report entitled A Nation at Risk, detailing what it described as an epidemic of mediocre performance by American public schools. The report stated, “If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre educational performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war.” The authors of A Nation at Risk could not have known it but the combined effect of Supreme Court’s decision in Plyler v. Doe and the 1986 amnesty would result in a large influx of foreign students in...

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President Trump Must Keep His Immigration Promises

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