The three-dimensional interface among illegal aliens, the labor market, and government programs contains a number of anomalies, some good public policy and some not.
This just in from our Department of Non Sequiturs and Oxymorons: The Associated Press reports that Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, citing privacy concerns, has canceled a contract that would have given agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) access to a national registry of vehicle license plate data.
In January, the Center published my Backgrounder "An Examination of the USCIS Parole-in-Place Policy", which analyzed a November 2013 policy memorandum issued by the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) directing its adjudicators to grant the immigration benefit of parole to illegal-alien parents, children, and spouses of military, and prior military, members.
The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, the most liberal circuit in the country, has heard argument in two cases having to do with when, and how, government officers must provide aliens facing deportation proceedings advice of their rights, and what the appropriate remedies should be for failure to do so. The cases are Segovia v. Holder, and (ironically, given the name “Miranda warnings” that is applied to advice of rights in the criminal context) Miranda-Fuentes v. Holder.
The usually neglected third flow of illegal aliens – those who manage to come through ports of entry when they should have been stopped – gathered some attention at an academic conference sponsored by Georgetown University last week.
The invitation-only session was part of a highly useful series sponsored by Georgetown’s Institute for the Study of International Migration; it was conducted under the Chatham House Rule; i.e., one can write about what was said, but one cannot attribute anything to a specific speaker.
As it does from time to time, Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) has produced one if its statistical analyses with a prosaic name that belies its capacity to raise the eyebrows of anyone who takes the time to give it even just a bit more than cursory examination.
“Who Are We?" was the title of an important, and in some quarters, controversial book by the late Harvard political scientist Samuel P. Huntington. Part of the answer to the title question is that this country was settled and built by those who came here from elsewhere. That iconic self-description of America as a "nation of immigrants" was and remains true ("true but only partially true," as Huntington writes).
California Supreme Court Okays Admission of Illegal Alien to Bar
The California Supreme Court issued a decision last week authorizing one Sergio Garcia, an alien residing illegally in the United States, to receive his law license and become a member of the California State Bar.
The case is replete with ironies, and with no few of what might be termed illogical syllogisms.
Univision’s Al Punto program on Sunday presented a discussion between two men who have done much to stir the passions of the immigration debate: anchorman Jorge Ramos, who uses immigration as a megaphone to spread his belief that the right to immigrate is a fundamental human right and that racism is the underlying cause for opposition to illegal immigration; and Maricopa County (Arizona) Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who regards public issues as a mirror to reflect his endlessly self-propagated image as “America’s toughest sheriff.”
The ruling that an unlawful immigrant can be admitted to the practice of law in California is the kind of thing that will light up talk-show switchboards, and rightly so. But beyond the Bizarro World nature of the decision is a broader issue.
This is only the latest in a series of measures by some jurisdictions to normalize illegal immigration — giving illegal immigrants driver’s licenses; issuing them ersatz Social Security numbers (called Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers or ITINs) by the IRS to enable them to file tax returns and open bank accounts; barring police departments from cooperating with immigration authorities when they arrest illegal aliens. The question to ask supporters of such measures is this: Will you support prohibiting illegal aliens from being admitted to the bar after an amnesty? Will you be in favor of barring driver’s licenses for illegals after an amnesty? Will you support deporting illegal aliens after an amnesty?