More Criticism of U.S. Means of Addressing Immigration Needs of Afghan Evacuees  

This blog previously discussed the complexity of meeting the U.S. immigration needs of Afghan evacuees, estimated at 65,000 to 199,000 less than two weeks ago.[1] This analysis has been underscored by John T. Medeiros, an experienced U.S. immigration attorney and the Chair of the Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.[2] According to Medeiros, … Continue reading More Criticism of U.S. Means of Addressing Immigration Needs of Afghan Evacuees  

Immigrants Come to America to Work

This is the title of a column by Jason Riley of the Wall Street Journal. He concludes that indeed immigrants do come to work, not to go on the dole. He cites several reasons for this conclusion.[1] First, they do not go to the states with the most generous public benefits like New York and … Continue reading Immigrants Come to America to Work

Reactions to Louise Erdrich’s Novel, “The Night Watchman”

After a rave review of Louise Erdrich’s new novel “The Night Watchman,” from Luis Alberto Urrea,[1] I was interested in learning more about federal efforts in the 1950s to terminate the legal status of Indians and, therefore, bought and started reading the book.[2] Immediately, however, I had difficulty. The Table of Contents has a list … Continue reading Reactions to Louise Erdrich’s Novel, “The Night Watchman”

Latest U.S. Struggle Over Refugees

On November 1, 2019, as discussed in an earlier post, President Trump set 18,000 as the quota for refugee admissions into the U.S. for Fiscal 2020 (October 1, 2019—September 30, 2020). Executive Order for Local Consent Previously, on September 28, President Trump issued an executive order requiring state and local governments to provide written consents … Continue reading Latest U.S. Struggle Over Refugees

Pandemic Journal (# 29): Current Reflections on COVID-19 Pandemic

As of 8:48 CST on September 20, more than 6,790,500 people in the U.S. had been infected with the coronavirus (the most of any country in the world) and at least 199,500 have died. In Minnesota, there have been 88,773 cases and 5,133 deaths. For the world as a whole the numbers are 30,675,000 cases … Continue reading Pandemic Journal (# 29): Current Reflections on COVID-19 Pandemic

List of Posts to dwkcommentaries—Topical: United States (HISTORY)

  # Date Title     William Brown and His  Descendants, c. 1669–1813 256 05/07/12 Rev. Charles Edwin Brown’s Lineage in America 258 05/12/12 Ancestor’s Military Service in King George’s War 288 07/12/12 Ancestors’ Military Service in the French and Indian War 289 07/14/12 Ancestor’s Service as Leader of Leicester, Massachusetts 290 07/16/12 Great Britain’s … Continue reading List of Posts to dwkcommentaries—Topical: United States (HISTORY)

Another Update on States’ Consents to Refugees Resettlement 

President Trump on September 24, 2019, issued Executive Order 13888, entitled “Enhancing State and Local Involvement in Refugee Resettlement” that required state and local governments to submit to the Department of State written consents for resettlement of refugees as a precondition for such resettlements.[1] The deadline for providing those consents, however, has been confusing in … Continue reading Another Update on States’ Consents to Refugees Resettlement 

Tennessee Consents to Refugees Resettlement

On December 18, Tennessee Republican Governor Bill Lee gave his state’s consent to refugees resettlement. His very short letter thanked  Secretary of State Michael Pompeo “for consulting with the states to ensure this process [of resettlement] is successful. We feel strongly that this consultation is appropriate and that the federal government would be overstepping by … Continue reading Tennessee Consents to Refugees Resettlement

Objections to Proposed U.S. Rule Changing Asylum Procedures

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) has proposed a rule that would significantly shorten the time for asylum seekers to file their paperwork for asylum and to amend that paperwork.[1] Given my experience as a pro bono attorney for such individuals, I filed with the EOIR a comment objecting to … Continue reading Objections to Proposed U.S. Rule Changing Asylum Procedures