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Ian Smith
Immigration Reform Law Institute
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      Ian Smith

      Ian Smith is an attorney and lapsed Democrat living in Washington, D.C, and a contributing blogger to the Immigration Reform Law Institute. http://irli.org/

Should Illegal Immigrants Count In Drawing Legislative Districts?

Illegal immigration proteste, Los Angeles, July 10, 2015. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)

A potentially ground-breaking voting law case, the most important in 60 years say experts, will be heard by the Supreme Court next term, and it’s sure to raise fundamental questions about the nature of our representative democracy. The case, Evenwel v. Abbott, is asking the court to decide whether state legislative districts with wide disparities in their voting-eligible populations violates the Constitution’s “one-person, one-vote” principle by giving voters in some districts more “weight” than others (See Scotusblog’s just-launched online symposium on the implications of the case here).

Are Illegal Immigrants Diluting The Votes Of American Citizens?

5:46 PM 06/05/2015

Is the House of Representatives the least representative body in the advanced world? Is the constitutional principle of “one person, one vote” truly applicable to our current system? Is excessive immigration diluting our democracy? These are some of the core questions emerging after the Supreme Court agreed to hear Evenwel v. Abbott, a case that could fundamentally alter the congressional redistricting process with the effect that the distribution of electoral power between red and blue states coming out more fair.

Amnesty Advocates Turn On Each Other: The ACLU Versus The U.S. Catholic Bishops

3:27 PM 05/26/2015

Immigration-watchers will have marveled at the recent spectacle of the ACLU attacking the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops over its failure to provide contraception and abortion referrals to its illegal alien and refugee clients. Both organizations are close comrades when it comes to pushing for open borders. The ACLU is one of the biggest legal advocates for “immigrant rights” while the USCCB is one of the biggest federal contractors of illegal alien “family reunification” and refugee resettlement services. For immigration law enforcement advocates, how this fight pans out isn’t important as it’s long, arduous and as mutually destructive as possible.

The Fifth Circuit Should Keep The Freeze On Obama’s Executive Amnesty

5:17 PM 05/15/2015

With the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals soon deciding on whether to keep the freeze on President Obama’s new and expanded amnesty programs, the Immigration Reform Law Institute along with the Remembrance Project, the Federation for American Immigration Reform and the National Sheriffs’ Association have filed a friend-of-the-court brief outlining some of the weakest and most misleading legal arguments of the DOJ. New research shows the programs are in even more conflict with legal precedent and well-outside the president’s constitutional powers.

The White House And Soros-Backed Open Borders Group Strategize About Bribing Immigrants To Naturalize Before 2016

3:42 PM 04/23/2015

Last week, the White House Task Force on New Americans held a briefing at the Soros-funded, pro-open borders Migration Policy Institute to push its new “Strategic Action Plan on Immigrant & Refugee Integration.” The Task Force, which seeks to ramp up naturalization rates among non-citizens, grew out of one of the dozen bombshell memos dropped on the American public after the midterms last year. Although barely discussed, it may be the most important memo released that day, even more so than Obama’s twin amnesty programs and the ‘New Priorities on Deportations’ memo which rewrote the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Amnesty Advocates Enable Social Security, Identity Fraud, Overwhelmingly Hurting Children

11:49 AM 04/14/2015

Judge Andrew Hanen of Texas District Court slapped down the Obama DOJ last week, ruling that his February 16 injunction order would stay in place pending a full hearing on the merits. DOJ’s attempt to convince the judge that the injunction was "disruptive to national security" had indeed been pretty weak. When he questioned the need for the DAPA program to dole out work permits to illegal aliens on top of providing amnesty, he was told it was necessary in order to "incentivize" the aliens to “come out and identify themselves.”

Dems Misuse Supreme Court Precedent In Pro-Amnesty Court Brief

8:17 AM 04/09/2015

Yesterday, 181 of the 188 Democrats in the House filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of the federal government’s attempt to appeal Judge Hanen’s recent amnesty-injunction. The Democrats, identifying themselves in the letter as “representatives of diverse communities," attempt to set out a legal argument as to why Judge Hanen’s carefully reasoned, 123-page opinion should be set aside. The brief follows (and largely mimics) an open letter published last month by four of the most prominent open-borders law professors in the country.

Another Hearing Implicates Top Democrats In EB-5 Visa Corruption

1:20 PM 03/30/2015

Last week it was during a hearing before a federal court in Texas, this week it’s from a report by the Inspector General's Office. The Department of Homeland Security has found itself again in hot water as allegations surface that Citizen and Immigration Services’ head, Ali Mayorkas, gave special treatment to friends and top Democrats with business holdings tied up in the controversial EB-5 “investor visa” program.

Immigration Reform That Doesn’t ‘Turn Off The Magnet’ Is Useless And Needlessly Expensive

6:39 PM 01/28/2015

Although spending taxpayer money isn't usually a big concern for the president, he’s managed to get plenty of mileage out of the “limited resources” argument for cutting deportations and pushing through amnesty. The phrase litters the Office of Legal Counsel’s justification for DAPA and the Justice Department makes it their central argument against Texas and the 25 other states currently challenging that program in court.

Will Jeb Bush’s Self-Audit Mention His Ties To Mexico’s PRI?

5:34 PM 12/18/2014

Leading up to his presidential announcement this week, Jeb Bush reportedly began “conducting opposition research on himself” to identify any potential issues that may arise during his campaign. What his campaign managers should be most concerned of is difficult to say, but two figures from his past, one obvious, the other less so, immediately come to mind: Raul Salinas, drug-trafficker, convicted murderer and a previous associate of Jeb’s; and Fredo Arias-King, a Harvard academic and former foreign affairs aide in Mexico’s National Action Party who Jeb briefly met once.

Open-Borders Republicans And Democrats Agree: Mass Immigration Weakens Democracy, And That’s The Point

1:02 PM 12/09/2014

Republican voters stunned by the House leadership’s apparent reneging on their pre-election promise to defund Obamnesty, must turn to the insights of Mexican national, Fredo Arias-King to understand the true, treasonous nature of our modern political elite. While representing former Mexican president Vincente Fox’s foreign affairs team in the early 2000s, Arias-King met and discussed immigration policy with over 80 members of the U.S. Congress, a level of access your average political scientist could only dream of.

Democrats Can Be A Working-Class Party, Or A Multicultural One, Not Both

4:59 PM 12/05/2014

In the National Journal this week, liberal elections analyst Charlie Cook of the Cook Report penned a rejoinder to his fellow Democrats accusing the party of having a race problem. In his piece, subtitled “Democrats have subordinated their traditional focus on helping the working class.” Cook notes it’s been “increasingly hard” for the party to attract white working class voters in particular. Because inside-the-Beltway types usually take years to notice things us regular outsiders have been seeing for decades, Cook's commentary is refreshing stuff.

Any Amnesty Court Challenge Needs To Look At Last Year’s Near-Win In Texas

1:34 PM 11/28/2014

Congressional leaders and state attorneys general looking to use the courts to block Obama’s latest amnesty decree need to remember that much of the work was already done in April of last year. Although forced to dismiss the case for lack of jurisdiction, Judge O’Connor of the Northern District of Texas found that ICE union chief Chris Crane and 9 other ICE agents were “likely to succeed on the merits of their claim in challenging [deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA)] as contrary to the provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act.”

Is Obama’s Taking A Page From The U.K. Labor Party On Executive Amnesty?

4:03 PM 11/17/2014

President Obama’s willingness to forge ahead with mass amnesty despite its wild unpopularity can only be explained by a longer term electoral strategy of transforming the nation through immigration to further his party's ends. After all, if previous trends in Hispanic voting are anything to go by, two-thirds of the millions he’s planning to amnesty this week will end up voting Democrat.

Obama’s Amnesty Advocates Are Pretty Forthright About Their Plan To Ignore The Law

4:49 PM 11/05/2014

C-SPAN recently aired footage of the 11th annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference held every year at the Georgetown University Law Center just off Capitol Hill. The confab is always a who’s who of the open-borders, anti-sovereignty movement, from the immigration lawyers lobby to Hispanic chauvinist groups, and past keynote speakers have included such border insecurity stalwarts as Chuck Schumer and John McCain.

What’s The Best Way To Preserve The Environment? Reduce Immigration

3:30 PM 10/27/2014

Recently, the City of San Francisco announced a plan to give developers “density bonuses” to encourage the building of denser housing blocks and help curb urban and suburban sprawl. The plan was only approved after a long court-battle but further problems still linger, like the potential need for more legislation, negotiations over the amount of affordable units developers must build, and political backlash from the possible lifting of height restrictions.