Opinion Releases

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.

A California Native Hangs His Head: State Goes Sanctuary

By Joe Guzzardi
September 18, 2017
Take it from this California-born and reared native, the Golden State was once the greatest place in the world. “Once,” that’s the key word. The California I grew up in didn’t have today’s rampant urban sprawl, paralyzing traffic jams, killer criminal gangs, or widespread crushing poverty, the by-product of one of the nation’s highest income inequality gaps where the top one percent earns nearly 30 times more than the lower 99 percent.

Visa Fraud: Unscrupulous Employers Subvert U.S. Workers, Fake Out White House

By Joe Guzzardi
September 15, 2017

For months now, Americans have listened to President Donald Trump’s self-congratulatory bravado about how swimmingly his “Buy American, Hire American” executive order is doing. If only the swamp didn’t keep getting in President Trump’s way.

Irma’s Devastation Great, but Growth Guarantees More Profound Tragedies Await

By Joe Guzzardi
September 11, 2017

Hurricane Irma, the monster storm that barreled up the Florida coast, sent millions fleeing its destruction and left millions of others without power. Before it diminishes, it could wreak more havoc. Officials estimate that at least six million have been ordered evacuated from Florida and parts of Georgia. Atlanta is, for the first time in its history, under a tropical storm warning.

Citizenship Abuses Perpetrated at Trump Properties, No White House Action

By Joe Guzzardi
September 9, 2017

For many Russian tourists headed to Miami, the lure isn’t to bask on the sunny beaches or to shop at the luxury malls, but rather to give birth to an American citizen child. The practice of foreign nationals coming to the U.S. for the express purpose of delivering a citizen baby on American soil, jus soli, has skyrocketed in popularity in recent years, and is disparagingly referred to as the birth tourism industry.

Trump’s Divisive DACA Dalliance Could Haunt Him

By Joe Guzzardi
September 5, 2017

If President Trump had done what candidate Trump promised repeatedly to do about deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA), then the current commotion would never have had a chance to develop. Had President Trump, as he vowed to do, ended DACA “on day one,” then immigration advocates wouldn’t have had time to organize, lobby and generate a sympathetic media blitz. With a one-sentence memo to U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services, President Trump could have scotched DACA forever. In 2012, President Obama’s memorandum to USCIS gave birth to DACA, and President Trump could have killed it the same way, a memo – over and done; let’s move on.

Sprawl Kills – Literally

By Joe Guzzardi
September 4, 2017

Los Angeles County, the nation’s most populated with more than 10 million residents, is in an emergency state, per Governor Jerry Brown’s declaration. The largest inferno in Los Angeles’ history has forced hundreds from their homes.

A Labor Day Wish – More Jobs for Americans

By Joe Guzzardi
August 31, 2017

Don’t be deceived by media reporting about the jobs market. Economists like to say that the monthly data is encouraging or shows improvement. A lot of smoke is thrown out at the unsuspecting about seasonal adjustments, monthly revisions or weather-related declines that, when the jobs numbers are too miserable to overlook, is intended to distract.