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 Officers (CAOs), asserting that the … 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 of people who adjudicate requests … 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 [the Singularity is] actually … 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) announced that it … Continue Reading