Our President loves to say, “If you don’t have borders then, you don’t have a country.” What does that mean? Obviously he does not mean that our country does not have defined borders and thus is not a country. With some minor areas of disagreement about our border with Cuba over an overlap in the extension of the continental shelf, and some dispute over Wake Island and Swains Island, America’s borders are settled. If he does mean the absence of…

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Yes, ICE is full of it.

Sunday, July 8th, 2018

A minor debate is underway as to whether or not ICE needs to be disbanded, reformed, or conversely, praised as the defender of America against the barbarian hordes. I once visited a friend in the hospital. In the hallway there was a ruckus as a patient, his face bandaged, was roaming exclaiming, “They cut off my nose. I can’t believe they cut off my nose.” The hospital being in San Diego and not Riyadh, my assumption was that the man…

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On June 21, 2018, the Supreme Court Issued a decision, Pereira v. Sessions. The case held that a putative [supposed] Notice to Appear that fails to designate the specific time or place of the noncitizen’s removal proceedings is not a “notice to appear under 8 U.S.C. §1229(a) [INA § 239(a)],” and so does not trigger the stop-time rule. A whole lot of jargon there. Let’s deconstruct. Notice to Appear Removal proceedings, administrative proceedings conducted by immigration judges employed by the…

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When two stories are in the news with some facially similar issues, people tend to mix them together into one big story that makes little sense because the two stories are hardly related. A good example is Hillary Clinton and emails. There were two email stories. One was about Ms. Clinton’s using a private email server for some government email. The concern was that email that was classified could have been compromised. Then, there was the story that email from…

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