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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/

Another Hearing Implicates Top Democrats In EB-5 Visa Corruption

Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe of Virginia makes remarks at the National Governors Association Winter Meeting in Washington in this file photo taken February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Theiler/Files

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.

Why Doesn’t The Left Talk About Immigration’s Impact On Inequality?

5:33 PM 10/02/2014

In the September issue of Harper’s, renowned left-wing economist Joseph Stiglitz dresses down million-selling sensation Thomas Piketty for his false diagnosis of America’s yawning income disparity gap. According to Stiglitz, the problem is not a natural outgrowth of the capitalist system, as Piketty contends, but more a part of our “modern deviant” form of capitalism where big corporations privatize profits at the expense of the little guy, example, the post-crisis bailouts. To rectify this, Stiglitz says, we don’t need a “global wealth tax," which Piketty calls for, but merely a “sensible reform of our domestic tax code.” Tinkering with the tax structure, says Stiglitz, would “improve not just inequality” but “joblessness” as well.