Opinion Releases

Poof…Temporary Student Visas Magically Become Years-Long Work Permits

By Joe Guzzardi
October 11, 2017

Parents paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in annual university tuition bills or students amassing mountains of debt to earn advanced degrees would be well served to pay close attention to Washington, D.C.’s calculated efforts to suppress young Americans’ careers.

Trump’s ‘Immigration Principles’ Turn off Dems; DACA Deal Likely Dead

By Joe Guzzardi
October 9, 2017

When President Trump punted deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) to Congress, and gave it six months to arrive at a legislative solution, the political neophyte faked out Capitol Hill swamp veterans.

Responding to California, Now a Sanctuary State, ICE Promises Stepped up Removals

By Joe Guzzardi
October 7, 2017
Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the California Values Act, SB 54, which officially made the state a criminal alien sanctuary. Brown’s signature was never doubted. During the many immigration speeches he’s delivered since he’s been in office, the governor has always staunchly defended illegal aliens, and on one occasion invited every Mexican national to come to California. “You are all welcome in California,” Brown told an assembled group. “Permission,” as Brown put it, isn’t a requirement.

Senate Committee Stalemates on DACA Amnesty

By Joe Guzzardi
October 4, 2017
Earlier this week, the Senate Judiciary held a hearing about the deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) program that President Obama unilaterally created in 2012, and that President Trump cancelled last month. I was in the packed house audience, and was not surprised at the deep divide between Republicans and Democrats on what should come next for the 800,000 work-authorized DACA recipients.

Finally! ICE Targets Sanctuary Cities, Nearly 500 Arrested

By Joe Guzzardi
October 2, 2017

Because they harbor criminal aliens, sanctuary cities and the debate that surrounds them confound immigration law enforcement advocates. The dispute often centers on philosophical questions like how to define the term, and whether state and local governments have the authority to establish federal immigration policy. Local and state municipalities don’t have such power, and the Department of Justice can end the debate: order Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents into the offending jurisdictions with instructions to detain and begin removal proceedings against criminal aliens.

Homo Sapiens: We Must Do Better for All Other Living Beings – that includes in Works of Art

By Maria Fotopoulos
September 30, 2017

“The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated,” said Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948), leader of the Indian independence movement against Britain. In the U.S., and nations throughout the world, that’s a measure continuously tested, certainly as our global human population continues climbing. At 7.6 billion people and potentially headed to 11 or 12 billion, the pressure on all other living things is enormous, by way of habitat loss and other threats from Man.

Despite $116 Billion Taxpayer Tab for Illegal Immigration, Congress Plots Four Amnesties

By Joe Guzzardi
September 28, 2017

​Illegal immigration costs American taxpayers $116 billion annually, according to a new report published by the Washington, D.C.-based Federation for American Immigration Reform. Illegal aliens’ presence in the United States has long been debated. Advocates claim that many do jobs Americans won’t and that the services they perform grow the economy.

Refugee Advocates v. Trump; Supreme Court Will Decide

By Joe Guzzardi
September 27, 2017

Because the White House added three mostly non-Muslim countries to the original list of predominantly Muslim nations, the October 10 scheduled Supreme Court arguments on the president’s proposed travel ban have been cancelled. The new restricted countries that join Iran, Syria, Libya, Somalia and Yemen are North Korea, Chad and Venezuela. In Venezuela’s case, the ban is limited to its government officials and their immediate families.

Writing from the Swamp Where Questions are Many, but Answers Few

By Joe Guzzardi
September 25, 2017

Last November, Californians for Population Stabilization joined a federal lawsuit filed by the Washington, D.C.-based Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for their failures to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

‘Hire American’ Stalled, Time for Pen and Phone

By Joe Guzzardi
September 20, 2017

While the headlines scream DACA, DACA, DACA – deferred action for childhood arrivals, as if all reading America doesn’t already know – another work authorization program that stumping candidate Trump criticized rolls on.