Federal Policy

Articles in this category discuss federal executive branch policies concerning immigration, such as DACA, the U.S. Census, relations with other countries, deportation procedures, and who should be eligible for consideration as an immigrant.

Opponents of private detention centers want amnesty for illegal immigrants
November 11, 2019

Opponents of private immigration detention centers operated on behalf of ICE are ultimately striving to achieve amnesty for illegal immigrants. This is demonstrated by the situation in California, where legislation will likely cause a reduction in total ICE detention capacity.

Limits to the authoritativeness of a single Supreme Court decision, as described by Abraham Lincoln
November 9, 2019

In his June 26, 1857 Speech at Springfield, Abraham Lincoln set out to justify the refusal of Northern opponents of slavery to accept the authoritativeness of the Supreme Court ruling on the case of Dred Scott v. Sandford.

Senatorial Nightmares: The Letter of Edward J. Markey and Colleagues
November 2, 2019

Senator Edward J. Markey and ten colleagues, all from the Democratic Party, have sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr and Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan, protesting a proposal that DNA samples be collected from detained aliens.

Public Charges, the Statue of Liberty and the Welfare State
August 14, 2019

This was written in response to accusations that the updating and strengthening of standards preventing the immigration of individuals likely to become "public charges" is somehow un-American. Immigration law dating from 1882 is brought as refutation

Side-benefits anticipated from Trump's "Expedited Removal" executive order
July 27, 2019

Effective July 2019, the Department of Homeland Security will apply expedited removal procedures of aliens in the United States illegally to the full limit of by the powers set forth in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996.

Mexico has reduced illegal immigration to the U.S. by 36%
July 23, 2019

The Mexican Foreign Affairs Secretary says that Mexico has reduced illegal immigration to the U.S. by 36%. By implementing this policy, Mexico has avoided having to accept “safe third country” status for illegal migrants from Central America.

Border Patrol chief Carla Provost, on sending troops to the border
July 6, 2019

On June 20, 2019, U.S. Border Patrol chief Carla Provost testified before the House Committee on Homeland Security on the importance of assistance provided to U.S. Border Patrol by deployments from the Department of Defense to the southern border.

Why the Trump administration abandoned its case on the 2020 Census
July 3, 2019

Why the Trump administration has abandoned its Supreme Court case to add to the 2020 Census a question on citizenship, despite the tremendous disappointment in this decision felt by Trump supporters.

DACA is likely to be a hot topic during the 2020 election contests
June 29, 2019

A Supreme Court decision to hear Trump administration appeals of lower court rulings on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will likely result in a ruling on this highly controversial topic right in the midst of the 2020 presidential campaign.