We reap what we sow

“Migration from Central America today is primarily the result of U.S. policies that have exacerbated violence, poverty, food insecurity and climate change. Our immigration laws, one-sided trade deals, and decades of military intervention have lt hundreds of thousands of Central Americans with no choice — they must flee their homes to save their lives and the lives of their families.”

Central American migration is primarily the result of US policies that have exacerbated violence, poverty, food insecurity and climate change.

Reforming the immigration courts

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Aside from being given sufficient resources, the immigration courts need to be given independence from the executive branch. They should be attached to the federal courts the way the bankruptcy courts are.

If Biden is to succeed in plotting a new course on immigration enforcement, he must be candid with the American people that leading with detention and deportation in all cases has not worked and that there is a more humane and effective way to enforce immigration laws.

Much needs to be done

No word here on how Biden plans to deal with the immigration court backlog or whether he plans to give the immigration courts independence (e.g., by attaching them to the federal courts just like the bankruptcy courts).

President-elect Joe Biden has promised to undo most, if not all of President Trump's changes to immigration, but when and how will be complicated.

Our immigration services are staffed by Vogons

“This Kafkaesque processing change isn’t merely vindictive. It’s a huge waste of resources, for the people filling out the forms and those processing them. In fact, USCIS is going broke partly because it’s spending so many more person-hours looking for excuses to reject eligible immigrants.

“But hey, cruelty and financial mismanagement? That’s practically the Trump brand.”

There is no bottom

“Refugees are the most thoroughly vetted group to enter the United States. In addition to a screening by the United Nations High Commissioner for refugees, the federal government conducts its own vetting process involving multiple law enforcement, national security and intelligence agencies, including fingerprint and biometric security checks, as well as medical screenings. The entire process can take more than two years. …

“In the 40 years since the program was established, no refugee who has entered the country through the resettlement program has killed anyone in a terrorist attack in the United States. Significantly more refugees have been turned away than admitted every year — even before the historically low caps. …

“Refugee resettlement will not survive another four years under this administration. The loss of this program would have major ramifications for America’s international relationships, not to mention the thousands of people seeking refuge. If the nation’s reckoning with race is a mirror into its ideals on justice and equality, then refugee resettlement is the testing ground for our ideals.”

Get out the popcorn

The only reason a government agency (or anyone else) opens themselves up to documentary filmmakers is that they expect it will make them look good. However, unless they’re whores, the filmmakers’ job is not to make the subject look good but to show them as they are.

A new documentary peers inside the secretive world of immigration enforcement. The filmmakers faced demands to delete scenes and delay broadcast until after the election.