Immigration Blog

New York State and City Misuse Limited Federal Terrorism Grant Funds

By Dan Cadman, July 3, 2015

The Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) has issued a stinging report, "New York's Management of Homeland Security Grant Program Awards for Fiscal Years 2010-2012", on the use and misuse of terrorism grant funds provided to both the state and city of New York. Read more...

When Is a Boat Not a Boat?

By David North, July 2, 2015

Our immigration agencies often use language to obscure the true meaning of something, as my colleague Jon Feere reported recently.

An example of his concern is the use of this oft-repeated line: "DACA is for children brought here through no fault of their own." In reality, as Feere pointed out, "DACA isn't just for 'children' and the program doesn't require that illegal aliens prove they were brought here" as opposed to arriving illegally on their own. Read more...

Designating Foreign Terrorist Organizations and Immigration Enforcement

By Dan Cadman, July 2, 2015

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has just issued a public report on the process used to designate foreign terrorist organizations (FTOs) under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), which assigns lead responsibility to the Secretary of State. It is called "Combating Terrorism: Foreign Terrorist Organization Designation Process and U.S. Agency Enforcement Actions". Read more...

Primer for Reporters Looking Into the H-1B Program

By John Miano, July 1, 2015

American media, I welcome you to the H-1B cesspool. After decades of neglect, I am happily surprised that Southern California Edison and Disney have drawn new attention to the H-1B program.

I do have one nit to pick. Many of you are referring to "loopholes" and "abuse". That is entirely incorrect. Disney and SCE show that the H-1B program is working as it designed to work. You need to start looking deeper. Read more...

Another EB-5 Scandal Emerges in California

By David North, July 1, 2015

Having just written a blog a couple of days ago about how the immigrant investor program seems to attract crooks and wastrels, yesterday I encountered yet another instance of this pattern.

The facts may not all be in, but the charge in a civil lawsuit in California is disturbing. The former chief financial officer of SolarMax Technology in Los Angeles, Michael McCaffrey, has asserted that his former employer fired him for revealing the company's "fraud and financial improprieties" in connection with its raising of some $60 million in EB-5 funds. Read more...

Clinton Cash Flashback, Immigration Edition

By Mark Krikorian, June 30, 2015

I can't let this month expire without noting that it's the 20th anniversary of Barbara Jordan's bipartisan Commission on Immigration Reform recommending a reduction in legal immigration to about 500,000 per year (it's twice that level today). After their release, President Clinton said the recommendations were "consistent with my own views," while White House press secretary Mike McCurry said: "the President indicated to Barbara Jordan today that he will support such reductions."

By March he'd flipped, opposing especially the cuts in family chain migration. Read more...

Enforcement Cooperation Is a One-Way Street

By Dan Cadman, June 30, 2015

The now-concluded manhunt for two convicted killers in upper New York state has had me thinking about immigration enforcement and cooperation. This is because the first killer to be located, Richard Matt, was tracked down and confronted by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Border Patrol agents (BPAs), who were obliged to shoot him when he refused to lay down his weapon in the encounter. Read more...

Is There Something about EB-5 that Attracts Wastrels and Crooks?

By David North, June 29, 2015

It looks like it has become a pattern: An executive gets involved with the EB-5 program and is subsequently charged with a variety of abuses. The latest such story has emerged from within Michigan's state government.

According to the Detroit Free Press, the state's chief internal auditor reported that the state's EB-5 office (part of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority) and a sister agency issued seven contracts that were marked by "a lack of competitive bidding, inflated charges, and invoices that were paid twice."

The director of housing and the EB-5 program, Scott Woosley, was forced out of office last year following other charges of extravagance and waste. For instance, the Lansing News reported the following under the heading "Escargot and a stretch limo; 5 expenses that landed Michigan housing director in hot water": Read more...

Here to Stay
Court statistics reveal Obama policy on surge crossers is a failure

By Jessica Vaughan, June 26, 2015
Court statistics reveal Obama policy on surge crossers is a failure

Most of the illegal border crossers from Central America who arrived in last year's surge have skipped out on their hearings, according to immigration court statistics obtained by Fox News. Only about 1 percent of the total have been awarded legal status or relief from deportation by immigration judges, but a significant number (37 percent) of the unaccompanied juvenile arrivals have had their cases closed or terminated, which indicates that they most likely also will be allowed to avoid deportation. In spite of these facts, yesterday the Obama administration announced that it will release the few illegal crossers who were detained, as well as any new arrivals who "state a claim" for asylum. Read more...

Bad News from the Badlands – FBI Probe of EB-5 Ends with No Indictments

By David North, June 26, 2015

The acting U.S. attorney in South Dakota, Randy Seiler, has decided that there are no grounds to indict anyone for the various EB-5 scandals in that state, a subject I have written about frequently in the past.

The decision came from Seiler after he reviewed an FBI report on the subject. That report was not made public, according to the state's largest newspaper, the Argus Leader.

This is bad news because these scandals, complex as they may be, are outrageous and bipartisan in origin and whitewash has been applied liberally by both parties. EB-5 rewards an alien who chips in half a million dollars to a Department of Homeland Security-sanctioned (but not assured) investment in the States in exchange for a family-sized collection of green cards. Read more...