Immigration Blog

Liberalizing Religious Worker Benefits Erodes National Security

By Dan Cadman, July 30, 2015

As my colleague David North has recently noted, the agency responsible for handling immigration benefits, U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS), has decided to liberalize its policies for granting green cards to religious workers through another series of legally dubious interpretations of statute, that amount to a mini-amnesty. One can see the heavy hand of the administration once again pushing against the heads of the bureaucracy to achieve this result. Read more...

Another Immigration-Enforcement Failure – in the First GOP Debate’s Back Yard

By Mark Krikorian, July 29, 2015

As much as they would like to avoid it, events keep conspiring to force the Republican presidential candidates to discuss immigration. First, Kate Steinle’s murder in San Francisco by an illegal alien who’d been released by authorities vindicated the general point (if not the crude delivery) of Donald Trump’s comments on uncontrolled immigration made just a few days earlier. He’s been riding the issue, and a general grassroots disgust with the GOP “leadership,” to a significant lead in the polls. Read more...

Federal Judge Orders an End to the Administration's Detention Shell Game

By Dan Cadman, July 29, 2015

A federal district court judge in California has finally issued a long-awaited decision on detention of alien families and unaccompanied alien minors, ordering the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to explain to her no later than August 3 why those detained should not be released, having found that the conditions of their detention violated a previous settlement in a court case dating back nearly a decade. Read more...

Immigration Reduction Is the Mainstream Position

By Steven A. Camarota, July 28, 2015

Donald Trump's surge in the polls owes much to his willingness to talk about immigration. By focusing on issues such as border enforcement and immigrant crime, he has tapped into the public's unmet desire for a candidate who is genuinely skeptical about mass immigration.

That desire is reflected in polling data that show Americans generally prefer less immigration over more immigration. Here is a sample of polls that ask about immigration as a broad issue, from the aggregator site PollingReport.com: Read more...

Where Are the Required Federal Audits of Refugee and Immigrant Resettlement Agencies?

By Dan Cadman, July 28, 2015

The Department of Justice Office of Inspector General (DOJ OIG) has issued a report on its audit of two grants funded by DOJ's Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) and Office of Victims of Crime (OVC) to a Georgia entity called Tapestri, Inc., which describes its mission as "end[ing] violence and oppression in refugee and immigrant communities", according to the report.

Though required by law, audits of immigrant and refugee-related grants are rare. Read more...

CNN's Amnesty Push Poll Refers To 'Illegal Immigrants Who Have Jobs'

By Jon Feere, July 28, 2015

In yet another flawed poll designed to create the fiction that Americans are super supportive of mass amnesty, CNN has released new findings, as reported by the Washington Post, showing that 56 percent of "Americans support developing a plan to legalize undocumented immigrants over stopping their flow and deporting those already here."

The poll question reads: Read more...

Immigration Prosecutorial Discretion: The Exception that Undoes the Rule of Law

By Dan Cadman, July 27, 2015

Last week, directors Sarah Saldana of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Leon Rodriguez of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) testified before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary in a hearing focused on the shabby state of immigration law enforcement, and most particularly on sanctuaries that refuse to honor ICE detainers, leading to murders throughout the country. The hearing was called "Oversight of the Administration's Misdirected Immigration Enforcement Policies: Examining the Impact on Public Safety and Honoring the Victims". Several surviving family members also testified at the hearing.

Despite the reference in the name of the hearing to honoring victims, Sens. Schumer and Durban did attending family members the dishonor of choosing to absent themselves during their testimony. Such callousness is as shocking as Rep. Luis Gutierrez's reference to the murder of one of the victims (Kathryn Steinle) as "a little thing". Read more...

NYT Readers Respond to "Anti-Immigrant Binge" Editorial

By Jerry Kammer, July 27, 2015

On Friday, the New York Times published an editorial that sounded an alarm. It was headlined "The Anti-Immigrant Binge in Congress".

It didn't take long for the editorial board, the collective author of the piece and the institutional voice of the Times, to contradict its own headline and prove the fraudulence of the alarm. Here is the editorial's first sentence: "Congress is in danger of taking that most cursed of American political disagreements, the debate over illegal immigration, and dragging it farther toward insanity." (Emphasis added.) Read more...

Law-Breaking Clergymen Now Beneficiaries of Obama Amnesty

By David North, July 27, 2015

Although I am not a religious person, I have long felt that the clergy, and other religious workers, were unlikely to break the law.

I still think that way, even though the administration has managed to put the spotlight on a small group of law-breaking clergy in its efforts to expand amnesty as far as it can. As you can imagine, these illegal aliens will be granted green cards, despite their records. Read more...

Will We Admit the Trojan Horse?

By Dan Cadman, July 27, 2015

An interesting case is shaping up in Australia, which, confronting the reality that a wave of its citizens have been recruited by Islamic State (IS) and other Islamist terror organizations, recently toughened its laws dealing with terrorists, particularly those who are Australian citizens. The case is going to test those laws, and the resolve of the Aussie government, to the limit. Read more...