U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is apparently having trouble determining which non-citizens convicted of criminal offenses on U.S. soil should face deportation. Here's a tip to help speed things up: Deport all of them. That's an inherent part of the deal. The assumed risk that one takes when entering a country illegally is that you play the game knowing full well that that one day you might get pulled over by a traffic cop who runs your ID and ends your streak of good luck.
As a legal immigrant, I've always been conscious of the possibility that merely running afoul of the host country's bureaucracy might result in visa-renewal problems -- let alone committing any sort of crime. A non-naturalized immigrant's basic right is refugee status, assuming it's warranted -- period. Anything more is a privilege.
One Obama proposal recommends raising the family-sponsored immigration cap from 7 percent to 15 percent. The last thing that America needs is more nepotism -- this time, enshrined as official policy.
The president wants to introduce, according to a White House press release, "a new visa category for a limited number of highly-skilled and specialized immigrants to work in federal science and technology laboratories on critical national security needs." No. Just no. Can you imagine Russia doing this? Or China? Who cares how "rigorous" the national security and background checks are. Bureaucrats are still conducting them, and we know how well that worked on the guys who managed to get into America on visas to ultimately fly planes into buildings on September 11, 2001.
Yet another proposal "streamlines immigration law to better protect vulnerable immigrants, including those who are victims of crime and domestic violence." Presumably, because some non-citizens have chosen to jump the queue and do things illegally, they're now afraid to call the police for fear of deportation. Sounds to me like one of the few incentives that still exists to go to the trouble of immigrating legally.
The administration wants to "expand the pool of individuals who can travel without a visa, and get people into trusted traveler programs so they don't have to wait in line when they arrive." By all means, let's get people "trusted" and let them bypass as much bureaucracy as possible, because that won't be open to exploitation by terrorist groups or anything.
Forget all this counterproductive nonsense. The immigration reform that America needs is simple: Make legal immigration more cost-effective and less cumbersome for those who have earned it.