Archive for August, 2010

Ignore the dilettantes in analyzing ICE’s new memos.

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

Immigration dilettantes are having a field day with the issuance of some Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) memos. Memos are policy statements of an agency directing employees how to handle certain situations. Everyone employed by someone else deals with memos. “If it gets to be over 90 degrees make sure to rest your employees 15 minutes every hour. If it gets to be over 100 degrees, send everyone home.” ICE’s memos serve to give direction to a large agency responsible for catching non-citizens who may be subject to removal from the United States. Who are these people: (more…)

YoU SCIS must be kidding me.

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

I remember a long time before I ever got involved in law, never mind immigration law, I heard a critique of the field – all immigration lawyers do is fill out forms and send them in for you. I remember, too, the words of a relative who “kindly” explained to my child that lawyers charge people lots of money to do simple things. Like almost anything that is said, it is sometimes true. In the case of immigration law it is sometime true but very often not. When dealing with immigration law, beyond figuring out what to do and how to do it and whether there is anything to do at all and the probability of success, there is another dimension – the fact that those that administer the laws often do not know what they are doing. While this may seem like an unfair criticism, it is not. (more…)

Birthright citizenship: the least of evils

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

The Fourteenth Amendment, ratified on July 9, 1868, says, among other things, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.” Some people don’t like this and think it should be changed. I like this and don’t think it should be changed.

First, let’s consider some of the reasons people want it to be changed. Number 1, Terror Babies. Some things are too stupid to seriously consider, especially without evidence. The theory is that terrorists are coming here to have babies and then bringing them home to raise as terrorists and then when they are old enough to terrorize they will not have difficulty getting into the United States. Impressive long-term planning. I don’t even know what I am going to have for breakfast this morning. At least we know that those terrorizing us don’t expect to win for at least 20 years.  (more…)

ICE union press release seems divorced from reality

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

 

Remember when the Department of Homeland Security was created in 2002 there was all kinds of concerns because employees of DHS would not be allowed to join unions? Well, this apparently was not so because ICE has a union, National Council 118 of the American Federation of Government Employees. On June 15, 2010, it made a name for itself by publishing a press release voicing a”Vote of No Confidence” in ICE leadership. (more…)