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In a recent post, Robert Stribley explains Americans have derived various ways to describe those who immigrate illegally to the United States — and the ways different ways reflect our personal biases and beliefs.

Dissatisfied with the limited selection of available terminology, Stribley concludes using “unauthorized” is preferred to using “illegal” or “undocumented,” since it contains “the possibility of reparation and atonement” and allows “for a sensible reaction proportional to the offense.  Accordingly, he opts for “unauthorized immigrant.”

Stribley is correct.  Words matter.

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The Washington Post recently noted that visa overstays get short shrift in border security debate.

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I agree.

First, what is a visa overstay?

In short, this is a person who remains in a country after the period of the permitted visit has expired

According to the Washington Post:

  • 527,127 people who were supposed to leave the country in the 2015 fiscal year overstayed, and this figure includes only those who entered by plane or ship, not on land.
  • An estimated 40 percent of the 11.4 million people in the U.S. illegally overstayed visas.

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Perhaps if immigrant advocates switch tracks, we may still be able to achieve immigration reform in this millennium.

Instead of pushing for a holistic approach to immigration reform, we might ask ourselves, in a sliding scale of political possibilities, “For whom could immigration reform be passed?”

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Sure, this is the back way in.

But if we can pinpoint who is considered “politically safe” on the radars of Congress and the President, maybe we can kick-start immigration reform at that point. (more…)

For several years, the rate of deportations has risen dramatically.

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Photo Credit: Washington Post

Despite the deliberately political manipulation of deportation statistics by both parties, the overall story is simple.

Deportation totals have consistently increased each year of Obama’s tenure in office, with the exception of last year, 2013 – which, in all likelihood, was due to the openly hostile yet civil protests against such government actions.

But removal from the U.S. is not simply a numbers game. (more…)

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Joseph Robert Lopez charged with multiple counts of immigration fraud.

Apparently, immigration fraud is not going away anytime soon.

Small time scammers continue to take up the attention of government officials. Meanwhile, the bigger fish seem to remain off the radar of law enforcement.

For instance, a 76-year old man posing as a lawyer, was recently charged by the San Bernardino District Attorney’s Office with multiple counts of immigration fraud.

According to local news accounts, Joseph Robert Lopez had been duping Spanish-speaking immigrants for several years throughout the Southern California region, including Riverside, Los Angles, Orange, and San Bernardino Counties.

The report did not provide any clues regarding he worked alone or in tandem with others. (more…)