1. Dallas Would-Be Bomber Hosam Smadi: The Case for 287(g) and Exit Tracking

Excerpt: The case of 19-year-old Jordanian would-be terrorist Hosam Smadi points to the value of a viable, robust exit-tracking program that would verify that a foreign national has departed the United States. This was the message of a front-page New York Times story entitled, accurately enough, “U.S. Can’t Trace Foreign Visitors on Expired Visas.”1

However, the Smadi case also dramatically highlights why empowering local law enforcement with immigration data and enforcement powers through the Delegation of Immigration Authority under 287(g) can stop a terrorist when the system has no other derogatory information.

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2. The Elections and Immigration Policy

Excerpt: When you look at the November election returns as they impact immigration policy, the results are not just apples and oranges, they are: one apple, two oranges – and in the distant Western Pacific, a split coconut.

In the four contests of interest only one produced an official who can actually vote on immigration matters – that’s the apple and he‘s Bill Owens, the new Democratic House member from the 23rd district in far up-state New York. He’s likely to follow the Obama line on immigration policy.

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3. Nancy Pelosi Owes Joe Wilson an Apology

Excerpt: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is apparently the one being dishonest now, and she owes Congressman Joe Wilson an apology. The health reform bill she’s bringing to the House floor Saturday, H.R. 3962, rewards illegal aliens with taxpayer-funded health benefits.

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4. More on Other Nations’ Migration Policies

Excerpt: As I suggested in an earlier blog, there is much to be learned from other nations’ attempt to rationalize their immigration policies, and one of the good places to find out about such matters is the Australian scholarly publication People and Place.

Sometimes you can read about how other nations have sought to solve problems common to all nations of immigration, and sometimes you can read about problems that they are having that may well descend on the U.S. in the near future.

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5. Health Care Reform – The Fraudulent-Document Dealers Full Employment Act

Excerpt: Contrary to assurances by the President and key Democrat Congressional leaders that illegal aliens will not be covered by health care reform, we now learn that House and Senate Democrats have been busy building gaping loopholes into their bills so illegal aliens can still obtain coverage.

Rather than requiring a robust check on eligibility, such as the U.S Department of Homeland Security’s Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) system that is used to determine eligibility for Medicaid, Food Stamps, and energy programs, both the House and the Senate have put in watered-down verification procedures that virtually all illegal aliens will be able to beat without even raising a sweat.

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6. A Major Open-Borders Leader Loses a Minor Contest on Election Day

Excerpt: You had to be watching carefully on election night, but deep in the wilds of Brooklyn there was a noticeable defeat for one of the Roman Catholic Church’s leading spokesmen for open borders.

And the pro-open-borders New York Times helped bring about the defeat.

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7. Election Night Blues

Excerpt: Once upon a time long ago in America, when I was young and predisposed to assume the essential integrity of our most basic political practices – voting first and foremost – going to the polls was an exhilarating experience. Even dissatisfaction with the choices between or among candidates didn’t lessen the emotion. It was a solemn, moving occasion. I was an American engaged in a unifying civic ritual that derived its sacredness not only from its unchallenged position as the most exalted as well as indispensable ceremony in the civic life of the nation but because I believed it was – I can scarcely bring myself to say it now – pure, above reproach. Like anyone else familiar with U.S. history of course I knew of notorious exceptions, whether the machinations used to deny African Americans the vote in the pre-Voting Rights Act southern states, the widespread election chicanery that kept the big city political machines in power, or the role played by Mayor Richard Daley in ensuring John Kennedy’s victory over Richard Nixon in the wee hours of 1960. But these exceptions proved the rule. We could lament past abuses, and shower them with contempt in self-congratulation because they were past abuses. We had washed away these excrescences, and our new reality was squeaky clean.

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8. Can States Mandate Use of E-Verify? Putting the Obama Administration on Record

Excerpt: The Supreme Court seems increasingly interested in taking on immigration-related cases. In its last term, the Court took on four cases involving illegal aliens, and in three of them, the illegal alien won. Now the Court is asking the President Obama’s appointee for Solicitor General, Elena Kagan, to produce a brief in the Ninth Circuit case that challenged the legality of Arizona’s mandatory E-Verify law for businesses. The Ninth Circuit agreed with Arizona: federal immigration law does not preempt Arizona mandating use of E-Verify for businesses because there is no express legal requirement that E-Verify be wholly voluntary, as was argued by E-Verify challengers.

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9. A Look at Other Nations’ Migration Policies – In This Case the U.K.

Excerpt: People interested in immigration to the U.S., and the immigration policies of this nation, might find it useful, from time to time, to look at what other democracies do with their immigration policies.

With that in mind I would like to mention People and Place, an academic, peer-reviewed quarterly dealing with immigration and related issues, and published by Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

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10. On Wings of Eagles

Excerpt: The Wall Street Journal reported on a secret U.S. mission that recently extracted most of the remaining Jews from Yemen, where they’re coming under increasing pressure from the local Arabs. This completes the work of Operation Magic Carpet, which brought the bulk of Yemenite Jews to Israel in 1949 and 1950.

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11. Trust, but Verify? Not There Yet on Health Care

Excerpt: House Democratic leaders have unveiled their health reform bill. The new bill, H.R. 3962, represents the latest iteration, and combines three separate House committees’ bills. The combo mega-bill comes in at nearly 2,000 pages. And the legislation includes one eligibility verification provision — proving Joe Wilson was right.

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12. 2007 Revisited in Run-up to 2010

Excerpt: A spokeswoman for the National Council of La Raza says supporters of ‘comprehensive’ immigration reform will need to apply the same kinds of pressure on Congress that reform opponents used in 2007 to defeat the bill in the Senate.

The above is a press release from from Center for Immigration Studies. 1522 K St. NW, Suite 820, Washington, DC 20005, (202) 466-8185 fax: (202) 466-8076. Email: center@cis.org.

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