Immigration Blog

Big H-1B Employer Infosys Sued Again for Racial Discrimination

By David North, June 23, 2017

Infosys, one of the largest Indian outsourcing companies, has been sued, yet again, for discrimination against non-Indian workers, as the Dallas Morning News reported recently.

The firm, which sought more H-1B workers than any other company in the United States in 2016 — 33,289, according to the Myvisajobs website — was hauled into court by Erin Green, a non-Indian U.S. citizen and a former supervisor at the firm. In his filing, he pointed out that while "less than 5 percent of the U. S. population is of the South Asian race and national origin, roughly 93 percent to 94 percent of Infosys's United States workforce "is of the South Asian national origin, (primarily Indian)." Read more...

Honduras and El Salvador Plead for TPS Extension

By Kausha Luna, June 22, 2017

Last week, the United States and Mexico cohosted the Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America in Miami. While the question of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) was not on the agenda, both Honduras and El Salvador took the opportunity to highlight the issue before U.S. officials.

TPS is set to expire on January 5 and March 9, 2018, for Honduras and El Salvador, respectively. At least 60 days before the expiration of a country's TPS designation or extension, the Secretary of Homeland Security, after consultation with appropriate government agencies, determines whether the conditions for the TPS designation continue to be met. Read more...

IRS Ignores Appeals Court Decision; Continues Paying "Child Tax Credits" to Illegal Aliens

By Jan Ting, June 22, 2017

According to the Inspector General of the U.S. Treasury Department, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) each year pays billions of dollars in "child tax credits" to illegal aliens.1 The child tax credit, provided by section 24 of the Internal Revenue Code, is a credit against a taxpayer's federal income tax liability of $1,000 for each of the taxpayer's children.2 The credit is reduced for taxpayers whose income exceeds a specified amount.3 Read more...

Some Welcome Information on the "Travel Ban" and Sanctuary Lawsuits

By Dan Cadman, June 21, 2017

Most readers know that the "travel ban" and sanctuary lawsuits were filed by various entities, including a few states, against executive orders (EOs) issued by President Trump to pause entry into the United States from nationals of certain countries; and to cease providing federal grants to "sanctuaries that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement efforts. Read more...

Alliance for Prosperity Plan: Hope for Curbing Northern Triangle Emigration?

By Kausha Luna, June 21, 2017

Last week, the United States and Mexico co-hosted the Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America in Miami. Throughout the conference, prosperity and security in the region were recognized as an antidote to illegal immigration. An op-ed jointly authored by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, and the president of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) presents a similar argument by alluding to the potential success of the Alliance for Prosperity Plan. Read more...

Even Pakistan Agrees: Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

By Dan Cadman, June 21, 2017

The saying "Good fences make good neighbors" has been around in one form or another for a very long time.

Of course, a lot of American progressives and liberals disagree with that notion, at least where erection of a wall, fence, or other barrier across our southern border is concerned — even though a significant number of these critics, at least when they are also a part of the privileged elite, live in manses behind high, fortified walls to keep out the riff-raff.

Apparently Pakistan disagrees with that kind of borderless worldview. Read more...

Sanctuary for Illegal Alien Drunk Drivers?

By Andrew R. Arthur, June 20, 2017

It is almost trite and redundant to state that there is a contentious debate in the United States between those who are pushing for the strict enforcement of the immigration laws and those who believe that certain aliens, notwithstanding the fact that they are removable from the United States, should not be subjected to the "harsh punishment" of removal.

An interesting part of this debate is its framing. "Immigration enforcement" is linked to President Donald Trump, notwithstanding the fact that he has not signed a single piece of legislation that has changed the immigration laws of the United States, which are codified at 8 United States Code, commonly known as the "Immigration and Nationality Act", or "INA". The INA is a series of individual provisions, some of which were originally passed in 1952, that have been amended and added to since then. Read more...

Deflating the Immigration Court Backlog Balloon

By Dan Cadman, June 20, 2017

My colleague Andrew Arthur has written a series of blog posts on a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report discussing the sobering state of affairs at the Department of Justice Executive Office for Immigration Review (DOJ EOIR), which is responsible for administering the immigration courts and their appellate tribunal, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). (See here, here, and here.) Read more...

Remembering Robert Leiken

By Jerry Kammer, June 20, 2017

Last week the New York Times published a fine obituary for a remarkable man, Robert Leiken, who died June 7 at the age of 78. I want to make a personal tribute to Bob Leiken. We had a friendship that began about 20 years ago, when he was a scholar at the Nixon Center and I was a reporter in Washington. Read more...

Tackling the Backlogs in Immigration Court

By Andrew R. Arthur, June 19, 2017

On June 1, 2017, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report detailing a significant increase in the immigration courts' case backlog between Fiscal Year (FY) 2006 and FY 2015. In a June 6, 2017 post, I summarized that report, and in a June 9, 2017 post, I offered some explanations for the increase in the backlog over that 10-year period. In this post, I will offer some solutions to ease that backlog. Read more...