Immigration Blog

Expanded Central American 'Refugee' Program: Bring the Whole Family!

By Nayla Rush, August 28, 2016

In a previous report, we highlighted the Obama administration's relentless efforts to welcome children (and adults) from Central America into the United States under the refugee umbrella, despite the lack of solid grounds for granting refugee status, even by United Nations standards.

New measures were announced last month to further the administration's renewed commitment to "address Central American migration challenges" and admit more people from that region. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said "Today, we are expanding these resettlement opportunities to additional vulnerable individuals within the region [Central America]. This will increase the number of individuals to whom we are able to provide humanitarian protection while combating human smuggling operations." (Emphasis added). Read more...

Forged ISIS-Destined Passports and Alien Smuggling Plague Europe

By Dan Cadman, August 26, 2016

Some developments in Europe (see here and here) that should concern Americans:

  1. An uptick in the number of migrant maritime arrivals into Greece since many of the Balkan nations unilaterally closed their borders with fences and patrols to shut off the landward flow of tens of thousands of migrants out of Turkey and into European Union (EU) states;

  2. Uncertainty over post-coup Turkey's ability or willingness to abide by its deal with the EU to accept deported migrants or those rejected for asylum;

DHS Proposes New Rules for Inept Entrepreneurs

By David North, August 26, 2016

The Department of Homeland Security on August 26 issued a new rule making it possible for what might be called "inept entrepreneurs" to secure additional temporary legal status in the United States.

There appears to be no upper limit to this latest stretch and abuse of the government's parole authority and it is designed for a subset of entrepreneurs who have some entrepreneurial credentials, but who are not smart enough, or do not have a lawyer smart enough, to secure admission to the United States under the set of laws, regulations, and administrative flourishes now existing. Read more...

Media Mislead on Pew Poll about Border Wall

By Jon Feere, August 26, 2016

All too often, immigration polls are not designed to get at what Americans really think about immigration, but instead are written to create a certain narrative. Many polls are financed by activist groups who simply want to create the appearance of widespread public support for amnesty. The advocates have two main goals: (1) provide lobbyists with polling data that they can use to browbeat politicians into supporting their cheap-labor, open-border agenda; and (2) encourage the media to write headlines that don't really reflect the findings, but nevertheless advance the notion that Americans love open borders.

The Pew Research Center has done just that with a new poll. The poll contains a few different questions, but the one getting all the press asks Americans about building a border wall. Read more...

Trump's 'Softening' on Immigration: If It Looks Like a Duck and Quacks Like a Duck...

By Dan Cadman, August 25, 2016

Following Donald Trump's town hall appearance on the Fox News Channel's "Hannity" show, in which he "softened" his tone on immigration, The Hill has published an article, "Hardliners shrug off Trump's softer tone on immigration", that quotes a few individuals such as Joe Arpaio, Maricopa County, Ariz., sheriff, and Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, who persevere in their support of the Republican presidential candidate.

During the town hall, Trump said, "Let me go a step further: They'll pay back-taxes, they have to pay taxes. There's no amnesty, as such, there's no amnesty, but we work with them." A number of supporters have tried hard to suggest it isn't a flip-flop, but I lean more toward Mark Krikorian's view on this, as he expressed it in National Review Online. It is a turnabout, and a dramatic and disappointing one. Read more...

Does Hillary Support a Border Wall? Someone Should Ask

By Jon Feere, August 24, 2016

For a recent article, PolitiFact called our office asking whether it was true that Hillary Clinton once wanted a border wall. Specifically, they were analyzing the truthfulness of the following statement made by Donald Trump:

We're gonna have strong borders. We're gonna have a wall — a big, powerful wall. You know that Hillary Clinton wanted a wall, a number of years ago. She wanted a wall." (at 1:00:10)

PolitiFact wasn't interested in the difference between the word "wall" and "fence" and noted in their article that "both block people." They just wanted to know if Trump's statement was accurate. Read more...

More Nonsense About Aliens' Faux "Privacy Rights"

By Dan Cadman, August 23, 2016

Yesterday's Law360 immigration newsletter contained this little snippet:

Groups Raise Alarm Over DHS Bid For Social Media Info

Twenty-eight immigration, civil liberties and other groups released a letter Monday raising concerns over a U.S. Department of Homeland Security proposal to collect social media information from visa waiver program travelers, saying the request would be a privacy intrusion.

The full article is behind a paywall, but you get the point. (The letter and list of signers is here.) Read more...

Felon Seeks to Sell EB-5-Like Benefits for $380,000 — and Maybe Succeeds

By David North, August 22, 2016

This is not exactly EB-5 fraud, but like a knock-off of a Gucci handbag, the scheme plays off the attraction of the original, in this case the EB-5 program.

There is now (or at least was quite until recently) an offer on the Chinese part of the internet made by a convicted American felon that says that a $380,000 investment in Florida real estate (isn't this where we came in 90 years ago?) can produce not only a nice place to live, but, within two-to-six months, a U.S. passport and many other governmental benefits as well. I am told by our translator that the term "EB-5" does not appear in the pitch, but the investment-in-exchange for immigration benefits proposal tracks EB-5 quite closely and is aimed directly at rich and insecure Chinese investors, the principal alien users of this program. Read more...

Transforming America, One Immigration Case at a Time

By Dan Cadman, August 22, 2016

Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) has issued another of its periodic reports on immigration, one that Americans should find disturbing. According to TRAC, immigration judges are ruling in 57 percent of the cases that come before them that the alien should be permitted to stay in the United States. Read more...

Interesting Policy Questions Raised Regarding Defrauded EB-5 Investors

By David North, August 22, 2016

An interesting set of immigration policy question arose last week regarding whether EB-5 investors who have been defrauded by American business interests should get their green cards anyway, despite the failure of the investments — failures only remotely linked to the actions of the aliens.

The questions arose when the court-appointed trustee for the EB-5 disaster in Vermont, Michael Goldberg, said that he was going to use some of the EB-5 funds under his control to hire a lobbyist to seek a change in the immigration law to protect the interests of the 700 or so investors in the ski lodge at Jay Peak and other problematic Vermont properties, as we have reported previously (see here and here). Read more...