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Illegal Border Crossings Surge


Via the NYT:  Number of Migrants Illegally Crossing Rio Grande Rises Sharply The numbers of migrants crossing the Rio Grande illegally have risen sharply in recent weeks, replaying scenes from the influx of Central American children and families in South Texas last year. […] The new flows here are smaller than the surge in the summer […]

Obama Administration Appeals Fifth Circuit Immigration Ruling To Supreme Court

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The Obama Administration is asking the Supreme Court to review a ruling that kept a hold on last year’s immigration execution action in place.

More Mexicans Are Leaving The U.S. To Return Home Than Arriving In The U.S.


Mexicans are more likely to be returning home than migrating to the United States, a new report finds.

House Passes Bill To Limit Syrian Refugee Program, But Its Fate Remains Uncertain

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With little actual debate and despite Paul Ryan’s promise of a return to ‘regular order,’ the House has passed a hastily drafted bill in response to the largely fear-based response to Syrian refugees in the wake of the Paris attacks.

Syrian Refugees: Separating The Truth And The Facts From Myth, Paranoia, Fear, And Xenophobia

A collection of material that tries to separate the facts of the U.S. Syrian refugee screen process from the fear, myth, paranoia, and xenophobia.

On The Syrian Refugee Issue And The Internment Of Japanese-Americans During World War II

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Remarks by a Democratic politician in Virginia regarding the Administration’s Syrian refugee program have brought up disturbing reminders of a shameful time in American history.

Poll Shows Majority Of Americans Oppose Administration’s Syrian Refugee Policy

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Not surprisingly, a new poll shows that most Americans are at the very least skeptical about the Administration’s plans regarding Syrian refugees.

Paul Ryan Joins Republican Calls For Halt To Accepting Syrian Refugees

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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is the latest Republican to call for a halt to the processing of Syrian refugees who may eventually be brought to the United States: WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul D. Ryan called Tuesday for the suspension of a program to accept Syrian refugees into the United States, and two […]

Jeb Bush Breaks With Most Other Republicans On Refugee Policy


Jeb Bush seems to split with nearly all of the Republican Governors in the United States, and most of his fellow candidates for President, Jeb Bush told Bloomberg’s Mark Halperin that the United States shouldn’t bar Syrian refugees regardless of religion absent any evidence for concern: Jeb Bush said he wouldn’t ban Syrian refugees from entering the […]

War Refugees And Public Opinion: Some Historical Perspective

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In the context of the ongoing discussions about Syrian refugees, a look at some past polling about refugees from a different time and a different conflict are instructive. These tweets come from the Twitter Account Historical Opinion, which curates poll results on issues of interest from the past: US Dec 12 ’38: College students: Should […]

Thanks To Pandering And Fearmongering, Syrian Refugees Are Now Pawns In American Politics

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Syrian refugees have quickly become political footballs in the United States in the wake of the Paris attacks, and it’s become an exceedingly shameful display of pandering and fearmongering by a group of largely Republican politicians.

The 2016 GOP Race And The Battle To Define What ‘Conservative’ Means

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Much more so than in the past, the race for the Republican Presidential race has become a battle to define what it means to be a ‘conservative.’ Especially on issues like immigration and national security, one side seems to be winning the battle.

The Paris Attacks Have Made The Syrian Refugee Crisis Much More Complicated

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The news that at least some of the men who were involved in the terrorist attacks in Paris were among the refugees who have arrived in Europe since the summer is likely to complicate an already complicated situation.

Republican Voters Agree With Trump On Immigration

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A new poll shows that a near majority of Republicans agree with even some of Donald Trump’s most controversial statements on immigration.

Obama Administration’s Immigration Executive Action Suffers Another Court Defeat


President Obama’s executive action on immigration suffered another setback in court late yesterday.

Paul Ryan’s Comments On The Likelihood Of Immigration Reform Simply Reflect Political Realty

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Paul Ryan’s admission that immigration reform will not happen as long as Barack Obama is President simply reflects the reality of immigration politics in Congress.

Ryan’s Disingenuous Dodge on Immigration


Speaker Ryan to MTP on the subject of immigration reform: “I don’t think we can trust the president on this issue,” Ryan told NBC’s Chuck Todd. “The president has proven himself untrustworthy on this issue because he tried to unilaterally rewrite the law himself. Presidents don’t write laws. Congress does.” A couple thoughts immediately spring to […]

U.S. To Increase Number Of Syrian Refugees Accepted Into The Country

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The U.S. is set to ramp up its contribution to dealing with the Syrian refugee crisis, but there’s a lot more we can do.

Donald Trump Gets Less Support From Latino Voters Than Mitt Romney Did


Contrary to his claims, Donald Trump would not win the Latino vote if he were the nominee. In fact, it looks like he’d end up doing much, much worse.

Scott Walker And Chris Christie Pander To Donald Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Base


Scott Walker and Chris Christie apparently think that the key to turning around their dying campaigns is to pander to the people supporting Donald Trump’s anti-immigration platform.

Why Stop There? #BuildtheShield


Via Huffpost Politics:  Scott Walker Open To Building Wall Along Border With Canada The Republican presidential candidate said the idea of building a northern wall was brought up to him during a recent town hall in New Hampshire. "That is a legitimate issue for us to look at," Walker said Sunday on NBC’s "Meet the […]

How Much Will Trumpism Damage The Republican Party?


Even if Donald Trump isn’t the Republican nominee in 2016, he could still end up causing real harm to the party’s chances of winning the White House and holding on to the Senate.

Another Walker Flip-Flop On Immigration Amid Crashing Poll Numbers

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Scott Walker is flip-flopping on immigration again, while his poll numbers sink like a stone.

The “Anchor Baby” Myth


There are no “anchor babies,” there are only Americans.

Comparative Citizenship


If anyone is interested in the question of where the US fits in comparatively on the question of birthright citizenship the answer is:  we are in the distinction minority.  In terms of comparison to other highly developed states only the US and Canada have birthright citizenship.  On a geographical dimension, the practice is common in […]

Walker, Jindal, And Graham Endorse Donald Trump’s Plan To End Birthright Citizenship

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It will never actually happen, of course, but some of Donald Trump’s fellow candidates for President have been eager to endorse his idea to abolish birthright citizenship.

Donald Trump’s Immigration Plan As Bad As You’d Expect


Donald Trump’s immigration plan is would create a police state, violate people’s rights, and hurt America’s economy. And his supporters will most likely love it.

Most Americans Support A Pathway To Citizenship For Illegal Immigrants


Another poll shows that most Americans, and even most Republicans, support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

Mitch McConnell: No Immigration Reform While Obama Is President

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The Senate Majority Leader says there will be no immigration reform while Obama is President. This is unlikely to help the GOP’s already serious problems with Latino voters.

Donald Trump, Immigration, And The Republican Party

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Once again, Donald Trump is succeeding because he is saying things many Republicans agree with.

Texas Is Being Sued For Refusing To Issue Birth Certificates To American Citizens

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Despite the clear language of the 14th Amendment, Texas is apparently refusing to issue birth certificates to some children born in the United States whose parents happen to be in the country illegally.

Donald Trump’s Arguments About Immigrants And Crime Are Based On Lies

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Contrary to what Donald Trump claims, immigrants are less likely to commit crime than others.

The Party of Reagan on Immigration


A 1980 debate between Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush shows a different GOP.

Univision Breaks Ties With Donald Trump Over His Comments About ‘Mexican Rapists’

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Donald Trump’s comments about Mexicans during his announcement speech last week are having financial repercussions: Univision is canceling its telecast of the Miss USA pageant, an event partially owned by Donald Trump, to protest Trump’s offensive remarks about Mexicans. Furthermore, Univision says it is severing all other business ties to Trump. Univision is the biggest […]

New York Court Rules Child Of Illegal Immigrants Can Be Admitted To Practice Law


The highest court in New York state has ruled that an undocumented immigrant brought to the U.S. as a child can be admitted to practice law.

Most Americans, Including Republicans, Support A Path To Citizenship For Illegal Immigrants


Yet another poll shows that most Americans support a path to citizenship, and that a majority of Republican agree with them.

Obama Administration’s Deferred Deportation Plan Suffers Another Legal Setback


The President’s plan to give deportation relief to millions of illegal immigrants has hit another legal snag.

Making A Play For Latino Voters, Clinton Backs Path To Citizenship For Illegal Immigrants

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In a move that is clearly designed to have an impact in the General Election, Hillary Clinton came out in support of broad immigration reform in Nevada yesterday.

More Immigrants To The U.S. Come From China And India Than Mexico


The sources of new immigrants to the United States are changing, but it’s unclear if that will have any impact on the political debate over immigration reform.

Republicans Are Talking About Eliminating Birthright Citizenship Again

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Republicans on Capitol Hill are talking about fundamentally changing what it means to be an American, and it’s a bad idea.

Scott Walker Is Now Apparently Against Legal Immigration Too

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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is now appealing to the worst aspects of economic populism on the right.

161 Days Later, The Senate Still Hasn’t Voted On Loretta Lynch’s Nomination

President Obama Announces Loretta Lynch As His Nominee For Attorney General

The confirmation of a new Attorney General has been held up nearly six months for what amounts to no legitimate reason.

Scott Walker Flip Flops On Immigration Reform

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Just as his political star is rising among conservatives, Scott Walker is walking back his previous support for immigration reform.

Will The GOP Pay A Political Price For The DHS Shutdown Showdown?

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Polling indicates that the American public opposes the GOP position on DHS funding, but that’s unlikely to change many minds on Capitol Hill.

Republicans Ready To Cave On DHS Funding?

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With three days to go, there are signs the GOP is ready to give up on its showdown over DHS funding.

Federal Judge Orders Temporary Halt To President’s Deferred Deportation Program


A Federal Judge has issued a temporary halt to the Obama Administration’s deferred deportation program, but appeals can be expected.

Boehner Says House Republicans Likely To Sue Obama Over Immigration


Get ready for another pointless House lawsuit against the President.

Another Use for Drones


Via the BBC:  Drone carrying drugs crashes near US-Mexico border A drone carrying more than six pounds (2.7kg) of methamphetamine has crashed near Mexico’s border with the US. Mexican police in Tijuana say they were alerted to an unidentified object in a car park of a shopping centre. “The drone had packages taped to it […]

Why The GOP Is Likely To Cave In The Fight Against Obama’s Immigration Law Changes


Even with a House and Senate majority, the GOP is unlikely to get what it wants in its current immigration battle with the President.

Will The Paris Terror Attack Undercut Republican Efforts On DHS Budget?


The terror attack in Paris seems likely to undercut GOP efforts to use the DHS budget to attack the President’s immigration policies.

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