A Massachusetts Lawmaker Teeters on the Edge of a Felony
The Daily Caller has published a story about Democratic Massachusetts State Rep. Michelle DuBois' vigorous efforts to warn a local community of impending ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) raids via her Facebook account. She apparently deleted (or changed privacy settings) on the series of posts to make them inaccessible after receiving a significant amount of adverse feedback, but the Daily Caller saved and has shown pictures of the posts as a part of the article.
After being criticized by a Massachusetts sheriff for "completely undermin[ing] law enforcement", DuBois attempted to justify what she had done by absurdly suggesting that she was doing ICE a favor:
Sometimes the Immigration System Works: For Instance, Anya the EB-1A
My colleagues and I typically write about what is wrong with the immigration system, and what changes are needed. That's perfectly appropriate because much needs to be done.
But sometimes the system works well, and it is appropriate to report that, too.
I was not looking for exemplars of this kind when I met Anya (not her real name). As I do every spring, I was volunteering to help graduate students at a major D.C.-area university with their income tax returns, and she was next in line.
Better Data on H-1B's Effects Needed
A number of people have asked my why I have not commented on the recent Wall Street Journal article about a study that found H-1B drives down computer worker wages . Apparently many people think I should be pointing out that H-1B has driven down IT wages by 2.5 percent.
The reason I have not promoted this study is the same reason I have not promoted similar studies: I do not believe the data supports the result.
Obviously, under the law of supply of and demand, more foreign computer workers means lower wages for domestic workers. But how much lower?
Pro Bono Lawyers Are NOT 'Public Defenders' in Removal Proceedings
The Miami Herald recently published an article, "Free 'public defender's office' would represent immigrants in deportation proceedings", that lays out the nascent effort spearheaded by former federal judge Shira Scheindlin, under the name "American Immigrant Representation Project" (AIRP) that its participants hope will eventually establish itself sufficiently to become nationwide and well-entrenched enough to provide representation to most if not all aliens in removal courts.
H-1B Allows Companies to Create Software Disasters for Less
I recently wrote about the huge failure rate in software projects . Currently only about a quarter of software projects are successful, another quarter are complete disasters, and the rest fall somewhere in between.
Considering the high rate of failure, lawsuits against vendors that produce such disasters are rare. So it was surprising for me to see that MillerCoors has filed a lawsuit against the Indian H-1B bodyshop HCL . HCL is the company that supplied Disney with H-1B replacements when the "Most Miserable Place on Earth" got rid of its American programmers. MillerCoors seeks $100 million in compensatory damages in its lawsuit.
The Government's Puzzling Laptop Prohibition
The U.S. government has announced that if you are flying directly to the United States from one of 10 listed international airports in the Middle East and North Africa, you may not carry a laptop into the cabin , for security reasons. All the airports are in Muslim-majority countries.
There is no ban on carrying laptops (and similar items) on U.S.-bound flights from other airports.
Senate Holds a Rare Hearing on Immigration-Related Marriage Fraud
The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held a rare hearing earlier this month on a long-neglected subject, immigration-related married fraud .
Two U.S. citizens came forward to testify that they had been hoodwinked by aliens who subsequently abused the witnesses after securing what they had wanted in the first place not love and marriage, but a green card.
While the White House Trolls the Press, the SPLC Pulls a Stunt of Its Own
Introductory Note: Last Monday, this blog drew on a "Fresh Air" podcast to report on the New Yorker playing a supportive role as the Southern Poverty Law Center revives the sinister tradition of the Hollywood black list . Now another podcast leads us to another example of the ideological axis between the hate-mongering mob from Montgomery, Ala,. and the normally respectable New Yorker, the editorial voice of the Manhattan liberal consensus.
For the second time in a month, a writer for the New Yorker has demonstrated the astonishing ability of the "hate group" vigilantes of the SPLC to snooker the cosmopolitan cognoscenti up there in the Big Apple.
LAPD Boss Charlie Beck: Fearmonger in Chief
The Associated Press is reporting that Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck has tied a statistical drop for the first quarter of this year in reports of domestic violence and sexual assault crimes by Latinos to fears of deportation. He's quoted as saying: "Imagine your sister, your mother, not reporting a sexual assault for fear that their family will be torn apart."
There are, of course, any number of reasons why such a drop might have taken place, and we don't know yet whether it's a statistical anomaly or even whether the anomaly is the result of book-cooking. If the Obama administration cooked the books at the federal level, and it did, is there any reason to think it might not happen at the local level to advance a political agenda? Certainly Beck has repeatedly demonstrated his sensitivity to the pro-sanctuary vibe of his political bosses in city hall.
Mexico Reforms Education Law to Benefit Deportees
Mexico's President Pe√±a Nieto recently put into effect reforms to the General Education Law primarily to benefit Mexicans deported from the United States.
The reforms will make it easier to revalidate education, eliminate bureaucratic barriers, simplify the revalidation of professions, and facilitate the entry of students into the national education system despite a lack of academic or identity documents.