Nation Of Immigrators

Nation Of Immigrators

A public policy blog on America's dysfunctional immigration system

Monthly Archives: March 2009

Immigration Detention and Deportation: The Uncivil Charades

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As the New York Times reports, recessions have a way of changing attitudes about incarceration, even among the ardent yet newly frugal law-and-order types. The states are finding that imprisoning convicts can bust already strapped state budgets. Alternatives to incarceration, such as diversion for treatment or early release, are therefore increasingly the norm. And as Lindsay Lohan shows, ankle … Continue Reading

Diaphanous Immigration Practices at USCIS

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Transparency in government is the new mantra. The President commands it. The Attorney General (AG) implements it, through a new policy requiring government agencies to provide easy access to information and documents under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). At U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), however, the practice is more diaphanous than transparent. Diaphanous is one of those tricky … Continue Reading

Immigration Unavailability at Any Time Cannot Be Ruled Out

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In times of economic stress, people turn to rituals. Some finger rosaries or worry beads. Other folks, as the Wall St. Journal’s Sue Shellenbarger reminds us (“Life Stories: Children Find Meaning in Old Family Tales” [3/12/09, p. D1]), revert to an age-old tradition, the passing on to the next generation of family stories about earlier ancestors suffering and (sometimes) transcending … Continue Reading

Immigration Reform with the Stroke of a Pen

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The Obama Administration faces a serious problem with a critical constituency — voters who supported the President last November, in large part, because of his promise of enlightened and compassionate immigration law reform. The administration is also under close scrutiny by the peoples and nations of the world to see whether his solutions to the global economic dysphoria will include … Continue Reading