Immigration Blog

Memorial Weekend Incidents: Thoughtlessness and Delinquency or Foreshadowing?

By Dan Cadman, May 27, 2015

Over the Memorial Day weekend, there were two distinct kinds of untoward incidents that took place that should make Americans sit up and take notice. While neither may have had terrorist intent, they're just the kind of thing terrorist groups might do to test us. Read more...

Michael Lind's Story of Arthur Sulzberger and Immigration Policy at the New York Times

By Jerry Kammer, May 27, 2015

In 1995, when Michael Lind was a senior editor at the New Republic, he was contacted by an editor at the New York Times who was aware of his contrarian-liberal views of immigration. The editor asked Lind to write about them in an op-ed column for the Times.

Published under the headline "Liberals Duck Immigration Debate", Lind's essay made the case that "ignoring the rising costs of mass immigration, legal as well as illegal, is anything but courageous — or liberal." It went on to argue that, among Democrats, discussion of immigration is "still governed by taboos" and "rests on two articles of faith." Read more...

Will EB-5 Renewal Be as Dramatic as for the Patriot Act?

By David North, May 27, 2015

The answer to the question in the headline is "probably not", but there are some similarities in the proposed extensions of the EB-5 program and that of the USA Patriot Act.

As this is written it is not clear whether all, or some part, of the Patriot Act will be extended by the June 1 deadline.

Meanwhile, the main part of the EB-5 (immigrant investor) program is also up for renewal on September 30.

In each instance it is a portion of the measure that causes more controversy than the general activity. Read more...

5th Circuit Rules in Favor of Texas, Blocking Obama’s Unilateral Amnesty

By Jon Feere, May 26, 2015

In February, federal judge Andrew Hanen, of the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Texas, issued an injunction temporarily blocking President Obama’s expanded executive amnesty, known as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). The order was in response to a lawsuit filed by 26 states. In response to the ruling, the Obama administration appealed the preliminary injunction and moved for a stay of the injunction, pending resolution of the merits of that appeal.

But today the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals denied the Obama administration’s appeal of the injunction as well as its request to narrow the scope of the injunction to just Texas (in order to let DAPA move forward in other states). The court explained that the government is unlikely to succeed on the merits of its appeal. Read more...

Another Story of Failed Chain Migration with Tragic Consequences

By Dan Cadman, May 26, 2015

My colleagues here at the Center have spoken often of the need to do more than just address the intertwined problems of illegal immigration and crimes committed by aliens. They have also spoken in favor of amending a system that is geared toward chain migration simply on the basis of family — including members of the family after they have left the nest and are (or should presumably be) on their own and establishing their own families. (See, for instance, here, here, and here.)

Chain migration, which is without numerical visa restrictions for some categories of immediate relatives, fuels the huge numbers of individuals coming to our shores legally each year, but without much assurance that they have anything to offer our society. Sometimes, in fact, they detract from what used to be called "the common weal". Read more...

Facing Tougher Mexican Border Controls, Hondurans Seek New Routes to the U.S.

By Jerry Kammer, May 26, 2015

Despite a sharp rise in Mexico's deportations of Hondurans who seek to cross Mexico on their way to the United States, the illegal flow northward is continuing along new routes, according to an article in the Honduran newspaper La Prensa.

The article quotes a Honduran government official who said Mexico has deported 4,900 Hondurans this year, most of them between the ages of 11 and 29. Read more...

Is "Illegals on Board" Sign Needed to Stop a Smuggling Vehicle?

By David North, May 26, 2015

Here are the facts of a criminal case set in the District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana. An ICE agent stopped a vehicle on the highway and found illegal aliens inside, including four alleged to be former deportees, according to court documents.

The question before the judge: Was the stop itself justifiable?

The story, as summarized in the May 4 issue of Interpreter Releases, the immigration lawyers' trade paper, was as follows: Read more...

No Preliminary Injunction in H-4 Visa Case; Main Event Still to Come

By John Miano, May 25, 2015

Unfortunately – and as I predicted from the hearing – the preliminary injunction in the H-4 case was denied, solely on the issue of "irreparable harm". (See background on the lawsuit here – it is a challenge to DHS's unilateral grant of work authorization to holders of H-4 visas, who are the spouses of H-1B foreign workers. This was one of the executive actions President Obama announced in November, and it will go into effect as scheduled on Tuesday.) Read more...

"Decoupling" Police Work from Reality, Including the Effects of Illegal Immigration

By Dan Cadman, May 22, 2015

My colleague Jessica Vaughan has written an excellent piece on the absurdity of the immigration-related recommendations of the president's Task Force on 21st Century Policing. The report included the recommendation that civil immigration violations not be included in the FBI's national crime computer (which is not, and hasn't been, an issue for some time) and that state and local police distance themselves from immigration law enforcement, even though the adverse impact of illegal immigration stares state and local governments, including cops, in the face daily. If that weren't true, 26 states would not be suing the federal government for its amnesty-surrogate giveaway programs. Read more...

DHS Trumpets Its Own Immigration Failure

By Mark Krikorian, May 22, 2015

A press release from Immigration and Customs Enforcement this week boasts that "ICE removes man wanted by Romanian authorities for attempted murder." Sounds good, right?

Tomescu was apprehended near Douglas, Ariz., in July 2010 when he tried to enter the United States without inspection. U.S. Border Patrol officers served him a notice to appear in immigration court and placed him in custody.

So far, so good. The Board Patrol is on top of things.

He was later released on an order of recognizance.

Wait, what? We let him go? Read more...