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One-Sided Marriage Fraud Redux

By Dan Cadman, January 12, 2016

A couple of months ago, I wrote a blog about one-sided marriage fraud, in which a citizen or resident alien believing it is love is duped into marriage by an alien all about angling for a green card, leaving the duped one with, at best, a broken heart and emotional scars, and at worst physical or mental abuse, and often financial mayhem.

I rhetorically asked who looks out for these victims, and encouraged them to report the alien spouse to, among others, the Ombudsman's Office at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, even though I had doubts that this office much cares about anyone except the aliens seeking benefits. I was contacted by a reader who took my advice. This is the response she got (her name is used with her permission): Read more...

Medicare Scam Exposes Naturalization Fraud

By Dan Cadman, January 12, 2016

A few days ago, the United States Attorney's office in Miami announced the indictment of several individuals on a combination of health care and immigration fraud charges. Read more...

Enforcing Final Orders of Removal in the Face of Civil Disobedience

By Dan Cadman, January 11, 2016

The recent immigration raids, which were leaked in advance for whatever reason (possibly to limit their effectiveness) and that were so much remarked upon, often with hysteria and supercharged rhetoric, have come and gone, at least for the moment, and proved to be as over-hyped as one expected that they might be. Of the thousands of scofflaws with outstanding orders of removal who might have been taken into custody, only about 350 were targeted, of whom only 121 persons were arrested. Read more...

El Salvador: True Friend or Frenemy?

By Dan Cadman, January 8, 2016

Dictionary.com defines "frenemy" as "a person or group that is friendly toward another because the relationship brings benefits, but harbors feelings of resentment or rivalry". The Urban Dictionary goes a step further and defines frenemy as "an enemy disguised as a friend".

This word has been on my mind lately in regard to the United States' erstwhile ally in Central America, El Salvador. The country has been the recipient of massive amounts of American economic, military, and security aid in the past several decades — $3.5 billion just between 1980 and 1990, according to the Government Accountability Office, and tens of millions per year since ($57.2 million in 2012 alone) — not all of it wisely spent, nor well accounted for by a series of governments in which corruption is endemic. Yet the money keeps on flowing. Read more...

On Immigration and Assimilation

By Dan Cadman, January 5, 2016

Audrey Singer has written a piece for Fortune magazine titled "What Everyone Is Missing About the Immigration Debate". It is, on the whole, a paean to unbridled immigration to the country and, at least in my view, doesn't live up to its title. Read more...

Don't Reward Illegal Cuban Arrivals with the Benefit of Adjustment

By Dan Cadman, January 4, 2016

In a series of postings over the past several weeks, my colleague Kausha Luna has outlined the various attempts by Costa Rica to rid itself of about 8,000 Cubans who traveled there on temporary visas. They didn't go for tourism, but with the express intent to travel northward through the other countries of the region, across Mexico, and ultimately to the United States without papers. Once in the United States they hope to avail themselves of that Cold War relic, the Cuban Adjustment Act (CAA), and live long and contentedly despite arriving with no immigration documents, and despite the recent normalization of relations between Cuba and the United States. Read more...

Is Iran Dictating Terms of the New Visa Waiver Restrictions?

By Dan Cadman, December 28, 2015

A bright note, if it can be called that, in the recent passage of the omnibus spending bill was that at the last moment, the "Visa Waiver Program Improvement Act of 2015" (H.R. 158) was folded into the government funding measure, so it too became law and the visa waiver program (VWP) was significantly tightened up. Read more...

Immigration Enforcement as Political Football

By Dan Cadman, December 28, 2015

The Washington Post reported last week on a plan being floated by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials to institute "raids" against aliens who entered the U.S. illegally during the 2014 summer border surge, against whom there are now final orders of removal outstanding.

According to the story, the plan has been kicked around exhaustively in the upper echelons of the administration for some time, with no final decision being made. My own take is that the story was deliberately leaked by administration officials as a trial balloon to gauge public reaction to the proposal. And, although the media suggest that the idea emanated below, either at DHS or its subordinate agency Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which would undertake the raids, that idea is beyond laughable. The leaders at all levels of DHS and its subordinate agencies are minions selected by the White House for their pliability. If this plan emanated anywhere, it arose from politicos at the highest levels who have their eye on the upcoming presidential election. Read more...

Open Borders, Anyone?

By Dan Cadman, December 22, 2015

People who read blogs or publications from the Center for Immigration Studies will likely see the phrase "open borders" on a regular basis. Some may assume it's used hyperbolically. After all, are there really people who advocate open borders? There are. They even have their own websites – visit them if you wish; I'm not going to link to them, but you can find them easily enough. Read more...

A Quick Peek at the House Funding Bill

By Dan Cadman, December 17, 2015

The House of Representatives has weighed in on its 2,000-plus page version of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016, H.R. 2029 – which is an amendment to the Senate's amendment of the House's original version, if you follow that.

From an immigration perspective, it's a cornucopia of disappointment. If establishment politicians are wondering why the presidential campaigns in both parties have tilted toward non-establishment outliers as represented, left and right, by Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump or Ben Carson, then they need only look at their own handiwork to find the answer. Read more...

Forfeiting Citizenship for Acts of Terror

By Dan Cadman, December 10, 2015

I was recently asked by a journalist whether I really thought it was feasible to strip U.S. citizenship from individuals who engage in terrorism, as Australia is intent on doing. I answered "yes, assuming that enabling legislation could be passed."

If I were King of the Forest and had my say as to what such a bill might look like, it would be something along these lines: Read more...

GAO Vets Asylum Vetting and Finds It Lacking

By Dan Cadman, December 9, 2015

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report on its evaluation of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) asylum program, "Asylum: Additional Actions Needed to Assess and Address Fraud Risks".

It makes for difficult reading — not just because it is lengthy, or because it uses the usual understated, dry prose GAO is noted for, but also because it is densely packed with information. I found myself going over certain portions and phrases more than once to be sure I had grasped the import of what was being said. Read more...

The Undeniable Link Between Immigration and Terror

By Dan Cadman, December 7, 2015

Last month I refuted the argument put forward by some observers that women, children, and the aged ("widows and orphans" in the thoroughly disingenuous language of Obamaspeak) would be safe populations to admit as refugees.

On December 2, Tashfeen Malik, jihadi bride of Syed Rizwan Farook, proved conclusively false the notion that these subpopulations represent no threat. Malik did this by participating in a massacre with her husband in San Bernardino, Calif., that left 14 dead and many wounded. Read more...

Preventing Terror Through Deportation, Revisited

By Dan Cadman, December 3, 2015

An item recently posted on Breitbart.com made me aware of an article by Edward Luttwak, a senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, "Doing Counterterrorism Right", which is well worth the read.

It's a timely article, given recent events in France and Belgium. In it, Luttwak makes the surprising, but persuasive, case that Italy is virtually alone among Western European states in currently having an effective counterterrorism program. Here is the gist of his premise: Read more...

On Driver's Licenses for Illegal Aliens, States' Rights, and Discrimination

By Dan Cadman, December 1, 2015

Fox News is reporting that a group of aliens living illegally in the United States, Oregon specifically, is suing to overturn a ballot initiative in that state in which voters resoundingly rebuffed attempts to legislatively permit illegal aliens to obtain Oregon driver's licenses.

The basis? Discrimination. The plaintiffs allege that the ballot initiative, Measure 88, is unconstitutional "because it 'arbitrarily' denies driving privileges based on membership in a 'disfavored minority group.' It [the lawsuit] alleges Oregon voters were motivated by "animus toward persons from Mexico and Central America." Read more...

How to Survive the Audit that Almost Never Takes Place

By Dan Cadman, November 30, 2015

Law360 has recently published a series on how to defend against employer worksite actions by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The four articles are, of course, full of tips and tricks intended to aid lawyers in the defense of employers. But given the rarity of worksite enforcement, the question that immediately leaps to mind is: Why bother with the series at all? It seems a little like parents encouraging their children to believe in the bogeyman under the bed. Read more...

What If They Passed a Law and Nobody Enforced It?

By Dan Cadman, November 30, 2015

I read with some interest a recent posting by my colleague Kausha Luna on the Guatemalan congress's passage of a law with basically two prongs — one dealing with human trafficking, the other with alien smuggling. The difference between the two is, in some ways, one of nuance. Simplified, Read more...

Pending Bills Dealing with Syria and National Security

By Dan Cadman, November 24, 2015

At least three different bills are moving through Congress right now dealing with Syrians and national security. The approach taken by each of the bills is substantially different. Here are overviews and critiques of each. Read more...

Exercising Selectivity in Refugee Admissions

By Dan Cadman, November 19, 2015

In a November 17 broadcast on Fox News, Charles Krauthammer floated the possibility of exercising selectivity in admitting Syrian refugees: "Given the new circumstances, you allow the women and the children and the men over 50," he said as a way of providing Americans some security assurances while still accepting some refugees.

It's a noble sentiment, and superficially attractive, but in the end, I think, unworkable. Here's why. Read more...

On Establishing Migrant Safe Zones

By Dan Cadman, November 18, 2015

For the last several months, we at the Center for Immigration Studies have been examining the issue of Syrian refugee admissions with a skeptical eye, believing that vetting would be inadequate to protect public safety — notwithstanding administration assurances to the contrary (see here, here, and here). Read more...

After the Paris Attacks, What Next for U.S. Refugee Admissions?

By Dan Cadman, November 16, 2015

On November 12, the Center published a blog posting I wrote about airport security in which I said, "My fear is that we will unthinkingly and unnecessarily make many of the same bad choices the French have made, admitting large numbers of people who, once here, will likely rebel heart and soul against the permissive nature of the society that they see around them, sometimes leading to tragic consequences."

The very next day a series of coordinated terrorist attacks took place in Paris, claiming more than 120 lives so far, with many more wounded and in critical condition. The Islamic State (ISIS) has taken responsibility. Some of the attackers and accomplices have already been identified as Frenchmen of Arabic origin. I'm not prescient; I don't prognosticate well; I'm not even particularly good at connecting the dots. It's just that sometimes things take on such a painfully self-evident nature that they can't be ignored. Read more...

On Airports, Refugees, and Security Vetting

By Dan Cadman, November 12, 2015

It sometimes seems to me that political correctness will be the death of us all; if not literally, then certainly as a cohesive society and an identifiable nation.

My colleague David North highlighted that most recently when he blogged about former CIA director James Woolsey publicly observing that poorly vetted Somali refugees were working as baggage handlers at U.S. airports, including Phoenix. Read more...

One-Sided Marriage Fraud: Who Looks Out for the Citizen Victims?

By Dan Cadman, November 6, 2015

My colleague David North recently wrote a thought-provoking blog about American citizens who become victimized by what might fairly be called one-sided marriage frauds — marriages where they wed for love and don't realize that, from the alien spouse's point of view, it's a loveless marriage conceived of for the sole purpose of obtaining a green card.

There is a tendency on the part of the public, when they think about immigration marriages of convenience at all (which is almost never), to think of them in cutesy Hollywood terms, where it's innocent and victimless — think Gérard Depardieu and Andie MacDowell in the comedy "Green Card". As North has pointed out, the reality is often much darker. What's more, marriage fraud is a crime — a federal felony. Read more...

Will Released Alien Convicts Be Deported? Can Senate Bill 2123 Be Defeated?

By Dan Cadman, November 5, 2015

It's been about two weeks since the media caught hold of a little-remarked change in U.S. sentencing guidelines that occurred in 2014, making many federal prisoners eligible for earlier-than-expected releases, which began to take effect Halloween weekend when the first of an eventual flood of 40,000-plus drug and "minor" offenders, were released. "Trick or Treat!" (Well, maybe the American public just gets the trick; there's no treat that I can see here.) Estimates are that between 11,500 and 13,200 of those released will be alien convicts. Read more...

On House Speakers, Hubris, Deception, and Immigration Reform

By Dan Cadman, November 2, 2015

So, there you have it: The House Freedom Caucus, perhaps regretting its dalliance with rebellion by working mightily to unseat John Boehner (R-Ohio), gave in and Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is now Speaker of the House of Representatives despite weeks of protestations to the effect that if nominated he would not run and if elected he would not serve. Methinks he didst protest too much. Read more...

Is ICE Undermining Its Own Sanctuary Jurisdiction List?

By Dan Cadman, October 30, 2015

A great deal of time and effort has been put into creating the interactive sanctuary jurisdictions map on the Center's website. But as Jon Feere just noted in a posting on the subject, the most important thing to recognize is that the government is the basis of the information, not the Center. Read more...

The Case of Mozzafar Khazaee Becomes Even More Curious and Troubling

By Dan Cadman, October 29, 2015

In January of last year, I wrote about the "curious and troubling case" of Mozzafar Khazaee, a native of Iran, a naturalized American, and a defense contractor with access to classified materials who got caught passing some of those materials on to organs of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

That blog was one of many I've written that question the gaping holes in our immigration vetting systems — holes largely unexamined by the media, the public, and, most depressingly, our own government, perhaps because to acknowledge them would require a serious look in the dark places where this administration doesn't want to go. (See, for instance, here, here, here, and here.) Read more...

Will of the People? Common Sense? No Thanks, We're Congress

By Dan Cadman, October 27, 2015

Last week, Senate Democrats blocked a bill introduced by Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) and others designed to reverse the trend of certain state and local governments toward creating "sanctuaries" within which criminal aliens are shielded from the reach of immigration enforcement agents by denying police and sheriff's offices the ability to cooperate with the agents.

It was a disappointing defeat because it was a pretty good bill as such things go and, more importantly, it would have contributed to public safety because many of these criminals are recidivists who commit violent crimes, including murder, when released back to the streets by police in lieu of being handed over to the immigration authorities for removal. Read more...

Thousands of Alien Felons Are Being Released from Prison

By Dan Cadman, October 19, 2015

Thanks to a little-noticed change in federal sentencing rules that occurred in 2014, a flood of 6,000 felons is being released from U.S. penitentiaries all over the country. All were convicted of significant drug offenses, such as trafficking in heroin or cocaine; many of them were subject to mandatory minimum sentences because of the seriousness of the crimes; and many were recidivists, or engaged in other criminal conduct such as using weapons in the course of their drug crimes.

According to the Wall Street Journal, this is the first wave in a flow that may ultimately result in the release of 40,000 convicts. The Journal cites officials who say that about 33 percent of those being released under the new sentence-reducing guidelines are alien offenders. Read more...

Why Syrian Refugee Vetting Will Be Indisputably Fallible

By Dan Cadman, October 16, 2015

My colleague Nayla Rush has written a posting about the recent testimony of government witnesses at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the administration's intent to admit at least 10,000 Syrian refugees fleeing the dissolution of their country. Read more...