Nation Of Immigrators

Nation Of Immigrators

A public policy blog on America's dysfunctional immigration system

Monthly Archives: August 2009

Ignorance of Immigration Reality

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try { _uacct = “UA-10608603-1″; urchinTracker(); } catch(err) {}My last blog post triggered a florid response. An unknown commenter with the handle “Federale” described the post, “Immigration Indifference – The Adjudicator’s Curse,” as “nothing more than immigration bar propoganda (sic).” Federale’s comment disputed my claim that fear of fraud influences the actions of Center Adjudications … Continue Reading

Immigration Indifference – The Adjudicator’s Curse

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I’ve toured a number of the USCIS regional service centers. In all of them, rows upon rows of immigration file folders, stacked high overhead in warehouse-sized rooms, are shuttled hither and thither, ultimately to be doled out to adjudicators sitting in Dilbert-style cubicles and intently facing their computer screens while reading paper files. The job … Continue Reading

Danger Lurks: The Immigration Singularity

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Raymond Kurzweil, a scientist and futurist, predicts a new epoch he calls the “Singularity.” This is the point along the evolutionary path where the line between human beings and technology is crossed, where quasi-human/quasi-machine beings possess far more brainpower and longevity than mere mortals. As Kurzweil puts it: One can make a strong case that … Continue Reading

Finger’s Crossed: Will Immigration Detention Move in a More Humane Direction?

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It took a scathing study (“A Broken System: CONFIDENTIAL REPORTS REVEAL FAILURES IN U.S. IMMIGRANT DETENTION CENTERS“) by the National Immigration Law Center, the ACLU of Southern California, and the law firm of Holland & Knight, to accelerate disclosure of what may have been already in the works. Today, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) … Continue Reading