Ending Birthright Citizenship Would be Costly to America
On March 5, 2012 the National Foundation for American Policy ("NFAP") published a paper authored by Bender's Immigration Bulletin Editorial Board member Margaret D. Stock. Entitled "The Cost to Americans and America of Ending Birthright Citizenship," the paper explains that
changing the Citizenship Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment will cost new parents in the United States approximately $600 in government fees to prove the citizenship status of each baby and likely an additional $600 to $1,000 in legal fees. This represents a 'tax' of $1,200 to $1,600 on each baby born in the United States, while at the same time doing little to deter illegal entry to the United States. Direct fees to the federal government would reach $2.4 billion a year, based on current estimates.
(NFAP press release, Mar. 5, 2012.) Stock, an immigration attorney and expert on citizenship law, is Counsel to the Firm at the Anchorage office of Lane Powell PC, and a retired U.S. Army Reserve officer in the Military Police Corps. She has written and testified extensively on U.S. citizenship, immigration, and national security matters and is a member of the American Bar Association Commission on Immigration. The paper is available at http://www.nfap.com/pdf/NFAPPolicyBrief.BirthrightCitizenship.March2012.pdf.
EOIR Announces New BIA Chairman and CAHO
On March 15, 2012, the Executive Office for Immigration Review announced the appointment of David L. Neal as the new Chairman of the Board of Immigration Appeals. According to the EOIR press release,
Mr. Neal received a bachelor of arts degree in 1981 from Wabash College, a master's degree in 1984 from Harvard Divinity School, and a juris doctorate in 1989 from Columbia Law School. Before joining the BIA as Vice Chairman in 2009, Mr. Neal served as Chief Immigration Judge. From 2005 to 2006, Mr. Neal served as an Assistant Chief Immigration Judge. From 2004 to 2005, he served as an Immigration Judge at the Headquarters Immigration Court. He was also special counsel to the Director of EOIR and an attorney advisor at the BIA. From 2001 to 2003, he served as chief counsel for the Senate Immigration Subcommittee. From 1993 to 1996, he practiced immigration law in Los Angeles. Previously, he was the director of policy analysis for the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Mr. Neal is a member of the District of Columbia and New York State Bars.
(Readers with long memories will also recall that Mr. Neal was the original Editor of Bender's Immigration Bulletin.)
On March 14, 2012 EOIR announced the appointment of Robin M. Stutman as the new Chief Administrative Hearing Officer. According to the EOIR press release, "The Office of the CAHO is responsible for the general supervision and management of Administrative Law Judges who preside at hearings mandated by the employer sanctions, anti-discrimination and document fraud provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986." Ms. Stutman received a bachelor of arts degree in 1978 from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a juris doctorate in 1982 from the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law. From 1987 to August 2009, Ms. Stutman served in the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices, Civil Rights Division, Department of Justice (DOJ), as a special litigation counsel, supervisory attorney, and senior trial attorney. From 1986 to 1987, she was in private practice. From 1982 to 1986, Ms. Stutman worked as a trial attorney in the Federal Programs Branch, Civil Division, DOJ, entering on duty through the Attorney General's Honors Program. From January to May 1981, she served as an intern to the Honorable Joyce Hens Green, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Ms. Stutman is a member of the District of Columbia bar.
[This is an excerpt from the April 1, 2012, issue of Bender's Immigration Bulletin.]
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