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Criminal Alien Assistance Funds: Wanting Your Cake and Eating It Too

By Dan Cadman, February 12, 2016

The Washington Post has published an article noting that the budget recently submitted by the president would zero out the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP), which provides funding not only to states, but also to localities for the cost of jailing deportable alien criminals.

The funding has never fully reimbursed states and localities for the costs, given the number of aliens in jails and prisons and the length of their sentences for any number of serious crimes, but it's still a pretty good chunk of change for at least some states, as well as high-volume jurisdictions like the Los Angeles County Jail, New York City Corrections, and Cook County, Ill., among others. Read more...

"We Might as Well Abolish Our Immigration Laws"

By Dan Cadman, February 8, 2016

On February 4, the Washington Examiner carried a story detailing a secret directive ordering Border Patrol agents to immediately release — without processing for deportation — aliens apprehended along the frontier, simply upon their assertion, without verification, that they have been in the United States since prior to January 2014.

The directive was revealed by a Border Patrol union official testifying before Congress on the renewed surge of illegal aliens on our southern border, with numbers that exceed those who came during the 2014 summertime surge. Center for Immigration Studies' Director of Policy Studies Jessica Vaughan also testified. Read more...

DHS OIG Issues a "No Recommendation" Audit Report — Or Does it?

By Dan Cadman, February 8, 2016

You know those pages of Consumer Reports magazine that record the packaging and advertising that companies put out that belie the product they're trying to market?

That's what I thought of when I took a look at an audit report from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG). Although the report is dated January 29, it was just published on the OIG's website. The report is entitled "CBP's Special Operations Group Program Cost and Effectiveness are Unknown". Read more...

On Underground Railroads, Fugitive Slave Laws, and Deportation

By Dan Cadman, February 5, 2016

The deeply disturbing series of events leading to lead contamination of public water sources in Flint, Mich., has been a major source of news in recent weeks. Read more...

Fighting Human Trafficking Abroad, But Not at Home

By Dan Cadman, February 3, 2016

On February 1, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 400, the "Trafficking Prevention in Foreign Affairs Contracting Act", which will go next to the Senate for consideration.

It is modest in scope, requiring the Department of State (DOS) and Agency for International Development (AID) to report to the Congress within 180 days of enactment on their respective efforts to define contractor recruiting fees, and explain how they will enforce provisions that prohibit the levying of such fees. The fees refer to amounts paid by employees of DOS and AID contractors to obtain their jobs — often through shady middle-man recruiting agencies. Read more...

Visa Overstays: A Lesson in Flexible Facts and Pliable Media

By Dan Cadman, February 2, 2016

On January 20, the New York Times carried this story: "Few Foreign Visitors to U.S. Overstay Visa, Federal Report Says". It states that "A little more than 1 percent of the nearly 45 million foreign visitors to the United States overstayed their work or tourist visas last year, according to a long-awaited report by the Department of Homeland Security."

Great news! Or is it? Let me "do the sums here", as they say. Wait a minute. That's about half a million people added to the illegal alien population in just a year's time. Read more...

Raising Human Trafficking Awareness Everywhere Except at DHS and HHS, Where It's Sorely Needed

By Dan Cadman, January 29, 2016

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced its "Blue Campaign", an effort to make the general public and, more importantly, individuals in key positions aware of human trafficking — first responders, law enforcement, educators, even federal acquisition officers (for reasons they explain on their website).

This is a "close the barn door after the horses have left" exercise in embarrassment mitigation. The Washington Post recently ran a story detailing a sordid tale of peonage and human trafficking in unaccompanied alien minors about which my colleague, David North, recently blogged. Read more...

Disney and Racketeering to Deprive Americans of Their Jobs

By Dan Cadman, January 27, 2016

Well, it's finally happened — someone has decided to legally challenge the egregious actions of Disney when it fired American workers and replaced them with foreign H-1B workers whom they had to train before being shoved out the door.

You'll recall that Disney owns ABC, which on its nightly national news program regularly touts the values of keeping the economy vibrant and Americans fully employed by buying American, with its "Made in America" segments. Read more...

Egregious Border Inspection Failures at JFK Airport

By Dan Cadman, January 27, 2016

Over the weekend the New York Daily News reported that, "JFK allowed passengers arriving on international flight to exit without going through Customs".

Reading through the article, one finds that it wasn't just customs that was bypassed, meaning that any contraband articles got through; it was also the immigration checks, meaning not only that excludable aliens got through, but that even legitimate nonimmigrant travelers are now free to roam around the United States without any official limits to their stay — in fact, without any official record that they ever entered. One also discovers that this has happened not once, but twice now at Kennedy airport, both times by American Airlines. (Perhaps they should rename themselves "Citizens of the World Airlines"?) Read more...

Placating Iran, Abandoning National Security

By Dan Cadman, January 25, 2016

Some things have an inevitability about them. For instance, as surely as the night follows the day, if you give this president or his cabinet a legislative inch, they are sure to go a mile or more with it, congressional intent be damned. Not to mention that this Congress never learns its lessons, always giving the president that inch and then expressing dismay and outrage when he abuses it.

Such is the case with the Visa Waiver Program Improvement Act (VWPIA), which was folded into the omnibus budget bill passed last month and signed by the president into law. Other than the VWPIA, there was precious little in that bill to give solace to those of us who would like to see immigration laws enforced fully and fairly. Read more...

Concrete Evidence of the Continuing Plunge in Both Civil and Criminal Immigration Enforcement

By Dan Cadman, January 23, 2016

Two recent reports from Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) reflect the continued erosion of immigration enforcement under the Obama administration.

On January 20, TRAC reported that criminal prosecution for immigration offenses fell 22.3 percent from November 2014 to November 2015, and more than 36 percent over the course of five years, excluding magistrate court (which deals exclusively with petty offenses). Read more...

On Equitable Distribution of Migrants Arriving in Europe

By Dan Cadman, January 21, 2016

Several decades ago, a spat developed between the Border Patrol and the Investigations Division, both of which were part of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). The spat was over whether one of those divisions should be stuck processing, on a routine basis, aliens who were apprehended by the other, thus being forced to expend innumerable productive hours for which they would accrue no statistical credit. I won't say which was the aggrieved party; it's irrelevant to the story. Read more...

Immigration Implications of the U.S.-Iran Prisoner Swap

By Dan Cadman, January 19, 2016

Details of the U.S.-Iran prisoner swap have been finding their way into various media accounts, some of which I have found passing strange (the details that is, not the media, although on sober reflection the latter's probably a truism too). Note, though, that it is probably more accurate to describe this deal as a trade-off, and not a Cold War-style Checkpoint Charlie "swap", for reasons discussed below. Read more...

Feds Should Use "Blackie's Warrants" to Challenge Sanctuary Cities

By Dan Cadman, January 18, 2016

The Center last week published a blog post of mine on enforcing immigration laws in the face of civil disobedience. In it, I argued for reinstituting the use of "Blackie's warrants" as one method of taking into custody aliens who refuse to cooperate with their deportation when they are under final orders of removal. I described in some detail exactly what a Blackie's warrant is: a judicially issued civil search warrant used as authority to detect and take custody of aliens illegally in the United States. But could they have potential for counteracting "sanctuary" rules that impede federal authorities from taking into custody aliens arrested by police for criminal offenses, when they are also deportable — either for those crimes or for other offenses, including especially reentry into the United States after having been previously removed? Read more...

Obama's Goal: Shape Immigration System for Years to Come

By Dan Cadman, January 13, 2016

"The state? I am the state!" — The Sun King, Louis XIV of France

"A traitor is everyone who does not agree with me." — George III of England

"I've got a pen, and I've got a phone." — Barack Obama Read more...

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...