Archive for May, 2011

Is ICE entering a new, restrictice phase in paroling asylum seekers?

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

On December 9, 2009, Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced a new policy regarding the custody of aliens coming to the border to seek asylum.  I wrote about the policy change with great excitement when it was announced. The memo states:   Each alien’s eligibility for parole should be considered and analyzed on its own merits and based on the facts of the individual alien’s case. However, when an arriving alien found to have a credible fear establishes to the satisfaction of…

Hunting ‘criminal aliens’ is more semantics than sensical.

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

There’s a tale that Abraham Lincoln was asked, “If you call a horse’s tail a leg, how many legs does a horse have?” His evocative answer was, “Four.” Evocative because we learn so much about Lincoln from the answer. At least this is what I taught in school as a child. No one ever taught me what it taught about Lincoln or even why it was the right answer. I, in my “not going to become President” manner, am partial to…

Immigration bureaus still having trouble coordinating on policy implementation.

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

For years before it actually happened in 2003, many immigration-law pundits advocated for the division of the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) into different components. The idea was that the cultures of benefit granting and enforcement were incompatible. When the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was created in 2003, the immigration functions of the INS were moved from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and given to the new DHS. Within DHS, INS functions were, like a dream come true…

Unequal treatment of students is not fair.

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

A remarkable thing a parent learns from raising children is their innate understanding of fairness. There is no toddler indoctrination camp that teaches fairness. Barney, Teletubbies, and Blues Clues don’t teach it. In the olden days, Sesame Street, Zoom, or the Three Stooges (yes, in the olden days, toddlers watched the Stooges) didn’t. Maybe Mister Rogers and Davey and Goliath did, but not enough to completely indoctrinate kids. Split a sandwich, cut a piece of cake, share a can of…