Joe Guzzardi

Swamp Insider: ‘With Trump, You Never Know’

By Joe Guzzardi
December 8, 2017
When a journalist on the immigration beat sits down to write a column, he never has to wonder if he’ll find fresh material. Rather, the challenge is which of the half dozen developments since he last opined should he write?

Administration Scores Two Big Wins on Refugee Resettlement

By Joe Guzzardi
December 5, 2017
On refugee issues, two recent successes are encouraging, and may lead to a sensible approach to how America should resettle migrants. This week the United States, at President Donald Trump’s insistence and with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s support, withdrew from the United Nations’ Global Compact on Migration (GCM). In his statement, Tillerson said that because the GCM might accelerate migration, it could undermine U.S. sovereignty, and thwart America’s effort to enforce immigration laws, an opinion Attorney General Jeff Sessions and U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley seconded.

‘Help Me, Dad’

By Joe Guzzardi
December 3, 2017
Days after the cruel, unjust not guilty verdict in the Kate Steinle trial, Americans are still raging over the decision. Regardless of people’s opinions about immigration, Jose Ines Garcia Zarate’s acquittal on murder charges is a travesty, and adds to the already immeasurable pain the Steinle family and other families have suffered as a result of crimes committed by illegal aliens. Even the ultra-illegal immigrant advocate San Francisco Chronicle editorialized that the verdict did not serve justice.

Americans Can Bake Hamburger Buns!

By Joe Guzzardi
November 30, 2017
An Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid at Chicago’s Cloverhill Bakery that netted 800 illegal alien employees can be looked at two ways. First, management at the bakery, which makes McDonald’s Corp. hamburger buns and baked goods for other fast-food chains, claims the ICE action put the company in turmoil, “presenting a lot of challenges, as you can imagine,” said Chief Executive Officer Kevin Toland. But, the second and encouraging perspective from unemployed Americans is that ICE has suddenly created 800 job opportunities.

DACA Kabuki Theater Entering Final Act

By Joe Guzzardi
November 28, 2017
The deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) brouhaha is about to hit its peak. Congressional Democrats and some Republicans are perfectly willing – eager, in fact – to shut down the federal government if 750,000 illegal immigrants don’t get an amnesty that will grant them lifetime work authorization, Social Security numbers and other affirmative benefits.

Haitians Leaving U.S., Canada-Bound

By Joe Guzzardi
November 26, 2017
Last week, Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke announced that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians will end. The TPS-protected Haitians will have 18 months to make arrangements to leave the U.S., and presumably return to their home country.

Decades of Border Failures Result in Another Agent’s Murder

By Joe Guzzardi
November 23, 2017
For U.S. Border Patrol agent Rogelio Martinez’s family and friends, Thanksgiving Day was somber. Martinez and his partner were brutally beaten in Texas’ Big Bend sector. A 36-year-old father, Martinez died from head injuries sustained while being battered with rocks; his partner survived, but is reported to be having trouble remembering. Illegal immigrants, possibly trafficking drugs, are suspected in the attack, and are at large.

On Amnesty, Trump Holds the Hammer

By Joe Guzzardi
November 21, 2017
Here’s how the Dream Act/DACA amnesty struggle shapes up as of today. Each side wants something, and has vowed to remain steadfast on demands. But as is always the case with immigration legislation, there are three sides, not two. There are traditional, conservative anti-amnesty Republicans, passionate Republican immigration advocates, and liberal Democrats, united behind amnesty and in opposition to all things President Trump.

Meanwhile, Down on the Southwest Border…

By Joe Guzzardi
November 19, 2017
President Trump returned from a five-nation Asia tour, claiming “tremendous success” and declaring that “America is back.” But while President Trump was nation-hopping, troubling news surfaced on immigration, his signature issue.

Population Growth Affects all 50 States, Predictions Discouraging

By Joe Guzzardi
November 16, 2017
Lately, President Trump has been talking a lot about chain migration, and the importance of ending it. The president promises that he will not sign a deferred action for childhood arrivals amnesty – or, for that matter, any other amnesty – that may reach his desk unless it has a provision to end chain migration.