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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.

What “Vetting” Actually Means

“Vetting” is a term rarely used in everyday English. Nevertheless, it has appeared regularly in recent coverage of the Syrian refugee crisis and the mass movement of Middle-Eastern migrants into Europe. Media outlets and government officials have repeatedly discussed vetting as if it were some magical process that grants access to otherwise inaccessible information. But what does vetting really mean? Simply put, vetting means conducting a background check on someone. If you have ever applied for a credit card or renewed a drivers’ license, you have been vetted. Vetting may consist of conversations with references, as when applying for...

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The Message We Send

In 2014, the Australian government launched a border control campaign dubbed “Operation Sovereign Borders.”  As part of this campaign, it issued posters, printed in seventeen languages (including Arabic, Dari, Farsi, and Urdu), depicting a ship on storm tossed waters, bearing the legend “No Way: You Will Not Make Australia Home.” Subsidiary text notes, “If you get on a boat without a visa, you will not end up in Australia.” Aimed at Middle-Eastern migrants who cross the Indian Ocean to reach Australia, the posters represent a firm departure from political correctness and an acknowledgement that illegal migration has a direct...

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President Trump Must Keep His Immigration Promises

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