Immigration Law

Recent Posts

Don't Deport the 'Tamale Lady'
Posted on 2 Aug 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Some will insist that Reyes is actually being punished for coming into the United States illegally. But this woman only came to the attention of federal authorities because local law enforcement officers arrested her for an infraction that would... Read More

An immigration policy with no heart
Posted on 4 Jan 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The average American naively thinks in terms of "legal" and "illegal" immigrants, and assumes that one can stay and the other must go. But the federal government thinks in terms of "U.S. citizen" and everyone else... Read More

Ruben Navarrette: My Conversation with Jose Antonio Vargas
Posted on 6 May 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"It may be an occupational hazard, but Vargas never stops asking questions. "People focus so much on the fact that I don't have my papers, and they never ask 'the why' and 'the how.' Why is this happening? How is this... Read More

Opinion: 'Sealing' the Border a 'Fantasy'
Posted on 21 Jun 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Americans can build walls and fences, triple the number of Border Patrol agents, and deploy SEAL Team 6 if they like. Yet, it won't make much difference. Talk to the experts -- the Border Patrol agents -- and they'll tell you: There is no... Read More

Editor's Corner: If 'Unauthorized' is Good Enough for the Supreme Court...
Posted on 8 Jul 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Charles Garcia says the phrase "illegal immigrant" is a slur . Ruben Navarrette disagrees . The Supreme Court and I take a different tack altogether. In Arizona et al. v. United States , the majority opinion consistently uses the term "unauthorized"... Read More

An Old Obsession: More Border Enforcement (Ruben Navarrette)
Posted on 17 Apr 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"[T]here is plenty of money for more fencing. Americans love their fences despite the fact that this tactic has been shown to backfire. Physical barriers don't just keep people out. They also keep them in. Immigrants can't return home during... Read More

It’s More Complicated Than “Legal vs. Illegal”: An Open Letter to Ruben Navarrette
Posted on 11 Jul 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Prerna Lal writes: "I enjoy your writing, probably more than most people. You hold President Obama accountable for his abhorrent immigration policies. You stick it to the Republicans for hating on immigrants because their hate has to do with the... Read More

Navarrette: Morton Memo worthless; Latinos should not be fooled
Posted on 9 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"In the past few months, I've heard from about a dozen immigration attorneys who have likewise tried to use the Morton memo to spring clients and likewise struck out. As illogical as it sounds, ICE field agents whose job it is to apprehend... Read More

Navarrette on Lamar Smith, Braceros, and Ozzie & Harriet
Posted on 9 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Proving that bad ideas never die, Smith wants to bring back the braceros. That was the name given to foreign workers — an estimated 5 million of them — who were brought in from Mexico to fill the vacuum in the fields when America's... Read More

Navarrette: Alabama is the new...Alabama
Posted on 20 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This is how bad it has gotten in Alabama: A Mexican consulate official in Washington who is monitoring the fallout from the state's tough new immigration law told me recently that, as school administrators were initially trying to determine... Read More