Incentivizing Risk and Trauma

Many advocates of Rep. Jeffrey Denham (R-CA) 34%‘s Encourage Newly Legalized Immigrants to Start Training (ENLIST) Act have clung fiercely to the claim that they are acting in the compassionate interests of unlawful immigrant minors seeking asylum.

Little has been said, however, about the perverse and perilous incentives this policy would create. If the bipartisan congressional coalition is successful in passing a bill to legalize DREAMers by way of military enlistment, the law will inevitably (and has already begun to) encourage families to send young kids into the country by any means necessary, no matter how costly or dangerous the route.

According to the Washington Times, authorities are anticipating more than 90,000 children will be apprehended on the U.S. side of the border this year and more than 140,000 to be caught next year. “That doesn’t include,” the Times went on, “the tens of thousands more who avoid capture.”

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ICE Transports Illegal Immigrants from Texas to Arizona

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is reportedly transporting illegal immigrants from Mexico and central America detained in Texas to Arizona.

Hundreds of undocumented immigrants detained as far away as Texas are being released under supervision in Tucson.  But getting to their next destination leaves them on their own.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, has said that it does not want to put children in detention centers and it does not want to split up families.  ICE releases those families with the condition that they contact ICE for their next court date once they reach their destination in this country.

But last weekend ICE dropped more people at the downtown Greyhound station than there were seats on the buses.

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AZ Sheriff Asks Obama Admin to “Simply Enforce the Laws” on Immigration

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu was on on Fox News’ ‘Your World with Neil Cavuto’ Tuesday where he made a very simple request of the Obama Administration: “simply enforce the laws.”

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Use Dashboard to Keep the Pressure on the House to Put Amnesty on Ice

At last month’s House Republican retreat, GOP Leaders released a document laying out the “standards” for immigration reform. That plan, disguised as immigration reform, laid the groundwork for mass amnesty.

While House GOP leaders appear to be wavering on their plans, thanks to conservatives like you who spoke out against amnesty, political pressure to proceed is still potent as ever. Any proposed legislation will undoubtedly provide a vehicle for conference negotiations between the House and Senate on a larger amnesty package.

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When is the Right Time for Amnesty? Never.

When House Republican leaders released their “Immigration Standards” last week, analysis of the policy almost immediately gave way to a debate over timing: should the amnesty-first proposal be pushed heading into a midterm election or delayed until the presidential primary cycle?  Political strategists are asking the wrong question – bad policy is bad policy – but the decision will have major repercussions.  So, what are the so-called strategists thinking?  

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