CAPS Blog - Inger Eberhart

Arizona v. United States: What remains? (Part 1)

As you are aware by now, the Supreme Court decided to uphold parts of the Arizona immigration law while striking other parts.  Justice Kennedy (nominated by President Reagan) issued the majority opinion of the Court in a 5-3 decision.  Those Justices who also hold the majority opinion are Chief Justice Roberts (nominated by President George W. Bush), Justices Ginsberg (nominated by...

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Remember Jennifer Wedel?

You probably don't remember the name but you may remember her troublesome situation.  She joined President Obama on a Google+ hangout in January 2012.  Jennifer relayed to President Obama that her husband, a semiconductor engineer, has been unemployed for 3.5 years despite an arduous job search.  President Obama was unclear why Mr. Wedel was not employed.  Obama was...

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Too bad we can count!

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) along with the Office of Immigration Statistics (OIS) conducted their annual study of unauthorized immigrant populations residing in the US.  In short, the study explores the number of illegal aliens in the US in 2010, where they are from, how long they have been here, etc. According to the report, in as of January 2010, there were 11.6 million...

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Fundamentally unjust & economically short-sighted

The Judiciary Non-Civil Committee of Georgia's General Assembly heard SB458.  This bill seeks to make it illegal for illegal alien students to attend Georgia's public universities and technical schools.  The bill does not apply to private colleges.  During the committee hearing, there were representatives from both sides of the issue that spoke before the committee. As...

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MALDEF's (ig)noble cause

The Mexican American Legal Defense Education Fund (MALDEF) touts their mission as an organization that "strives to implement programs that are structured to bring Latinos into the mainstream of American political and socioeconomic life; providing better educational opportunities; encouraging participation in all aspects of society; and offering a positive vision for the future. Unique to...

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It starts with a baby

Although Section 1 of the 14th Amendment was ratified to ensure recently emancipated slaves were granted American citizenship along with its rights and privileges, over time, the Supreme Court has interpreted the Amendment to mean that most born on American soil receive the American citizenship.  The 14th Amendment does not grant citizenship to a child born of diplomats born in America....

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The ongoing assault on 287(g)

In his persistence to further align himself with illegal immigration advocates, President Obama works to remove one of the most effective tools of immigration enforcement, 287(g). 287(g) According to, "The 287(g) program, one of ICE’s top partnership initiatives, allows a state and local law enforcement entity to enter into a partnership with ICE, under a joint Memorandum of...

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Who advocates for you?

President Obama has appointed Andrew Lorenz-Strait to be a "public advocate charged with listening to immigrants' concerns about it law enforcement policies."  According to and Mr. Strait's own blog posting, he and his staff (means yet another department or agency that the US cannot afford) "will serve as a point of contact for those in immigration...

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They just want a better life

Illegal immigration advocates use the "they want a better life" talking point to justify the illegal alien's violation of the US immigration law.  They just want to mow your lawn, clean your house, take care of their families, etc.  The advocates overlook the myriad of laws broken to come to the US along with the ones they break to remain in the US.  Add to that the...

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MLK & illegal immigration

On Monday, the nation celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a visionary who placed the highest value upon the content of one's character and not the color of one's skin.  Eighty-three years after his birth, almost 43 years after his death and with the election of the first Black President in American history, we have so far to go. With the appointment of Cecilia Muñoz (a ten-year...

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Categories: illegal immigration Tags: La Raza, MALDEF, MLK, NCLR, SPLC