Report Says Immigration Courts Inefficient

The Inspector General report about EOIR (Executive Office for Immigration Review) highlighted that EOIR eliminated completion goals for non-detained cases in January of 2010 so that (at least according to DHS) the courts could better focus on the detained docket. Meanwhile, of course, the Obama Administration is looking for any reason not to detain any alien, so you can see where this is going…

Report Says Immigration Courts Inefficient

“U.S. immigration courts are inefficient and beset by delays, falling behind in processing proposed deportations in recent years despite having more judges hearing the cases, the Justice Department’s inspector general said Thursday,” the Washington Post writes.

“The courts completed 324,000 proceedings in fiscal 2006 but only 287,000 in fiscal 2010, a report from Inspector General Michael Horowitz said. The number of immigration judges grew from 211 to 238 in that period, according to the report.”

Swiss Referendum Seeks to Limit Immigration

“Swiss environmentalists, tapping into unease about population levels in their landlocked nation at the heart of Europe, on Friday presented the government with 120,000 signatures to force a referendum on limiting immigration,” Reuters reports.

“Under the Swiss system of direct democracy, 100,000 signatures need to be collected to put a cause to a national vote. Referenda take place up to four times a year after the government sets dates for the voting.”

Focusing on Reality in the Debate Over High Skilled Immigration

“Let’s start with this fact: there are 17 million college graduates in the United States who are working menial jobs because they can’t find work that requires a college degree,” says A. Jurek at “What does this single fact tell us? From the standpoint of a simple supply and demand analysis, it tells us that the US economy cannot generate enough jobs to absorb all those college graduates because it is not growing fast enough and creating the surplus that would make it possible for companies to hire most college grads rather than only those with narrowly defined skills.”

“Because the jobs they could have had are either outsourced or taken by immigrant geniuses, these workers have entered the menial job world, taking jobs that require no education beyond high school or the GED.”

Supreme Court Hears Deportation Warning Case

“With the future of thousands of immigrants at stake, the Supreme Court on Thursday considered whether to extend a rule that requires lawyers to tell clients who are not citizens that they can be deported if they plead guilty to crimes,” Reuters reports.

“A decision could prove significant to non-citizens who had ineffective counsel before March 2010, when the court, in Padilla v. Kentucky, said immigrants deserve to be told at least some consequences of guilty pleas. Federal appeals courts have since divided on whether the decision should apply retroactively.”

About Author


Dan is the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s President after joining the organization in 1982. He has testified more than 50 times before Congress, and been cited in the media as "America's best-known immigration reformer." Dan has appeared on virtually every significant TV and radio news/talk program in America and, in addition to being a contributing editor to, has contributed commentaries to a vast number of print media outlets.


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    I’m a fervent supporter of the views of FAIR. I absolutely believe we need to tighten border security, end birthright citizenship, use e-verify, etc. I have always been outraged that illegals are included in the count that determines a state’s number of House Reps (which in turn determines the state’s # of electoral votes) and sickened by the huge rolls of illegals who abuse and deplete our social welfare programs. I cried in despair after the elections, truly concerned about the future of this country. That having been said, I have refused to donate to FAIR following my initial “test” at making a small donation to the organization a number of years back. With the donation, I included a note specifying (more like pleading) FAIR not to include my name/information on their mailing lists. FAIR clearly ignored my request. I began to receive heap loads of solitications from what seemed like every conservative organization on the plantet. It was horrible. I spent a great deal of time of effort writing and sending repeat letters to these same organizations demanding that they remove my name from their mailing lists. This went on for so long – months, even years. I remain infuriated with FAIR over this. I so much want to support efforts to end illegal immigration and pandering to illegals or those or support them. But I will not do it through FAIR. Though I feel the organization fights for a tremendously important cause, FAIR’s blatant neglect and ignoring of a simple request by those who truly wanted to support them, is so disrespectful that I find it too sickening. I hope this message is received constructively, because I write it with a heavy heart. And, I know this may come across as an odd request – but given we are all trying to support the same effort – could anyone provide me with the names of other reputable, respectable, and responsible anti-illegal-immigration organizations that wuld merit financial support? (Also, if they would respect a donor’s request not to advertise his/her name)? Thank you.

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      Sir, FAIR appreciates your past support and your comments. Please note that FAIR in no way, shape, or form shares any personal or contact information with anyone. We are not in the business of selling, renting, or sharing lists of supporters (past and present) with anyone, period. If you have continued to receive communications from FAIR after requesting removal of your information, we sincerely apologize. Mistakes are made and sometimes requests do fall through the cracks. I encourage you to contact us via the ‘Contact Us’ function so that we can properly remove you from all databases. Again, we apologize for this and hope that you will consider supporting us again the future.

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    softwarengineer on

    Fraud Waste and Abuse

    Using our taxpayer money for attorney fees to keep IAs in America.