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The Lesson of the San Antonio Smuggling Case: The US Needs Immigration Reform

By Aaron Robles On Sunday July 24, 2017, a semi-truck driver stopped in a Walmart parking lot in San Antonio, Texas, to inspect the contents of his trailer. As he lifted the latch to the rear door and opened the container, he found a dreadful scene- scores of immigrants dying of heat exhaustion. Earlier that […]

U.S. Immigration Courts Stretched to Breaking Point, With No Relief in Sight

With a greater number of cases awaiting adjudication than ever before, there is a due process crisis in U.S. immigration courts.  While challenges within the system have been growing for years, recent systemic changes implemented after the arrival of record numbers of Central American children last year have only exacerbated existing problems.  It is unclear […]

Many Families Spending the Holidays Separated because of Broken U.S. Immigration System

As millions of families gather together this Christmas, millions more remain separated as a result of the United States’ broken and byzantine immigration system. Outdated visa quotas, lengthy processing backlogs and wait times—often stretching for years or decades—for visa and permanent residency applications are part of the problem. Meanwhile, a costly enforcement bureaucracy that increasingly […]

Public Voices of the GOP & the Hispanic Vote: An Update

After Republican defeat in the race for the White House not even a year ago, Romney adviser Ron Kaufman said, “We need to make sure that we’re not perceived as intolerant…[t]he bottom line is we were perceived to be intolerant on some issues. And tone-deaf on others” (Associated Press).  I wrote extensively about the importance […]

Migration and NHS Entitlement Reform

by Jake Watson Reforming Entitlements to the NHS On the 25th of March Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, announced Government intentions to reform entitlement to primary health care for overseas nationals. Hunt announced that this would be done through: Changing the criteria for free, unimpeded access to primary NHS services: principally, transitioning from […]

Firmly in Federal Hands: Shifting Immigration Policy and Local Control

The federalist structure of the United States has long complicated immigration policy.  Since Capitol Hill has failed to contemplate, let alone pass, comprehensive immigration reform since the Clinton era, the involvement of states and localities in immigration control has risen.  While the doctrine of federal preemption regarding immigration matters was reaffirmed this past June with […]