Asylum delays lead to unintended but not surprising consequences.

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

An opportunity appears and you can bet someone is around to take advantage of it. USCIS acknowledged that the asylum program is hugely backlogged. It posted the filing dates of applications that are currently being processed at the Asylum Offices around the country.  The Los Angeles Asylum Office is now processing asylum cases filed in August 2011. What this means is that a person who filed an asylum interview more than four years ago will just now get his interview….

Why are families with minors streaming to our borders?

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

The news is full of stories about how families with children and unaccompanied minors are flooding into the United States from Latin America. It is bad times in Latin America. Families are coming to America fleeing crime, violence, and the impacts of climate change. News reports indicate that people are operating under the misconception that the laws have changed and they are welcome in the United States. Changes in administrative practice may have helped foster that opinion. Some people attribute …

My latest movie — a discussion of the newly announced prosecutorial discretion policy

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

I present a dramatization of a dialogue I call Some skepticism about the New Immigration Policy regarding the new prosecutorial discretion policy announced by the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano,  and the White House. The new policy is designed to implement a policy memorandum of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director, John Morton, dated June 17, 2011, and concerns concentrating resources on removing criminal aliens and aliens who pose national security threats while treating run of the mill undocumented aliens more…