Border Insecurities

“Every place a wall has been built, illegal immigration has declined. These caravans are going to keep forming, they’re going to keep coming as long as the Democratic leadership continues to negotiate on the wall and refuses to close the loopholes that cause these people to come to the country in the first place.” – Former ICE Director Thomas Homan on Fox News. The recent Presidential address outlining a “crisis at the border” has the entire country abuzz and divided on what actually constitutes proper border security. Last fall, an…

Trump leverages DACA

The Trump administration has officially announced its plan to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program – which provides a level of amnesty to certain undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children – with a six-month delay for current recipients. As a career Real Estate Developer President Trump understands leverage. In one shrewd move, he has challenged Congress into crafting serious comprehensive immigration reform. While the left loses their collective minds claiming Trump is insensitive, racist, lacks compassion or whatever the talking point du jour requires,…

The Mero Moment: Tancredo’s temper tantrum – August 25, 2016

If Donald Trump was not having enough trouble in Utah, a former Colorado congressman and Trump supporter just added to his woes by taking on the LDS Church. Like many Americans, Tom Tancredo opposes illegal immigration – a big reason why he loves Donald Trump. It’s anybody’s guess why Tancredo thinks he is the guy to take on, or even lecture, the LDS Church about immigration policy. But, for whatever reason, he picked up the gauntlet. In a recent piece he wrote for Trump’s ad agency Brietbart News, Tancredo writes,…

67 things I learned from watching the Fox News #GOPDebate

For the first time this cycle, I skipped the undercard debate. Jim Gilmore is there out of charity, and the crass last-second decision by Huckabee and Santorum to join Trump at his anti-Fox News rally just solidifies that they’re going to bomb on caucus night. So I’ll say Carly Fiorina won the debate by default, right? Doesn’t matter. None of these four should still be in the race this time next week. So on to primetime. What did I learn? 1. Rand Paul gets a loud pop. Libertarians in da…

United States v. Texas: Immigration at the Supreme Court

Does President Obama have the power to change immigration policy through a deferred action immigration program without going through Congress?  The Supreme Court indicated today that it will likely decide that question soon. The Court granted certiorari in United States v. Texas, a case wherein a federal district court in Texas entered a preliminary injunction stopping Obama’s immigration program before implementation, and a divided 3-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit affirmed that injunction. In other words, the Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments, and decide whether Obama’s executive action immigration…

Attorney General Reyes Responds to Order of Temporary Injunction in States’ Lawsuit Challenging President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration [UPH Wire]

Attorney General Sean D. Reyes Responds to Order of Temporary Injunction in States’ Lawsuit Challenging President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration SALT LAKE CITY Feb. 17, 2014 — Today, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas issued an Order of Temporary Injunction in the lawsuit joined by 25 states, including Utah, challenging President Obama’s unilateral executive action regarding immigration policy. Attorney General Sean D. Reyes reminded citizens of Utah that the lawsuit is based on a constitutional challenge to the President bypassing Congress and exceeding his…

Attorney General Reyes Joins Multiple States in Lawsuit Filed in Texas Challenging President Obama’s Unilateral Executive Action

Attorney General Reyes Joins Multiple States in Lawsuit Filed in Texas Challenging President Obama’s Unilateral Executive Action   SALT LAKE CITY Dec. 3, 2014 — Today, Attorney General Sean D. Reyes signed onto a multi-state lawsuit filed in Texas challenging President Obama’s unilateral executive action regarding deportation and illegal immigration. The lawsuit is based on a constitutional challenge to the President bypassing Congress and exceeding his executive authority. Secondarily, to the extent he had any rule making authority, the lawsuit addresses how he failed to comply with statutory requirements. Attorney…

Executive Action: Misguided But Predictable Response to Total Dysfunction [Hub Debate]

President Obama’s about to effect some sort of immigration reform via executive action. The word on the street is that it will involve shielding illegal immigrants without a criminal record from deportation and expanding the Presidentially-effected Dream Act, which — in my opinion — is an improvement on our current immigration situation and something that I would likely support via legislative action. But that’s really neither here nor there (at least for purposes of this debate).  After all, one really gets the sense that the current tempest over immigration seems to be…

Executive Overreach is Nothing New, But Still Concerning [Hub Debate]

Will the President take executive action on immigration or other policies in his remaining two years in office? But more importantly, should he and what will be the effect if he does? Almost since the beginning of the nation, Presidents have been testing what they can and cannot get away with. Jefferson had the Louisiana Purchase. Abraham Lincoln suspended habeas corpus. Franklin D. Roosevelt sent anyone of Japanese ancestry to prison camps without a trial. It would be impossible to list all of the times where Presidents have created new…

Obama to use Immigration as a Power Play [Hub Debate]

Will the President take executive action on immigration or other policies in his remaining two years in office? But more importantly, should he and what will be the effect if he does? A growing number of observers have been prognosticating the deteriorating condition of our legislative branch in Washington. Gridlock is at an all-time high, with little legislation able to make it through the House and Senate cleanly, much less past the President’s desk. The radical left drives the Democrats and the Republicans seem hopelessly fragmented. It is no wonder…