Immigration Blog

A Handful of ICE Agents Supervise Vast Numbers of Foreign Students

By David North, November 26, 2014

There's an immigration enforcement agency that is supposed to keep track of more than 1 million temporary foreign residents.

From that particular alien sub-population comes the third largest group of illegal aliens — after only border-jumpers (illegal entrants) and tourists who abuse their visas.

The Border Patrol, the agency that worries about the illegal entrants, has something like 20,000 agents on duty.

How many field agents do you suppose are assigned to watching over the 1 million-plus, most of whom behave themselves, but many of whom self-convert to illegal status?

Would you believe 1,000? Or maybe 500?

You would be wrong. Read more...

A Few Words of Wisdom for Republicans

By Jerry Kammer, November 25, 2014

Leslie Sanchez, a Republican strategist who worked for President George W. Bush, made a critically important statement on yesterday's Diane Rehm Show on NPR. It was so important and so fundamental that it should be written up in boldface capital letters and posted on the office wall of all Republicans who want to participate in the national immigration debate without offending and alienating Latinos.

Said Sanchez: Read more...

Responding to the President's Executive Action

By Dan Cadman, November 25, 2014

The Daily Kos at one point reported to us that the reason the presidential speech wasn't shown on the three venerable broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) is because the White House announced plans for the speech on social networking sites and didn't ask the networks for time for the address. Now it reports to us that Mike Allen, in Politico's Playbook, says that the reason the presidential speech wasn't shown on the three venerable open-air networks (ABC, CBS, NBC) is because they deemed it overtly political in nature, and rejected it. It appears to be a shifting landscape to explain a startling curiosity. I don't know if either is the real reason; they both seem a bit specious to me. Read more...

Chris Wallace Presses for Answers, but Asks the Wrong Questions

By Jerry Kammer, November 24, 2014

Chris Wallace pressed for answers on Fox News Sunday as he probed the practical meaning of President Obama’s executive order of last week. In a tone that suggested a determination to get down to brass tacks, Wallace asked: “Is he sending more agents to border? Is he building more fences? Is he creating more virtual technology to patrol the border? Is he doing any — what specifically is she doing to crack down on illegal border crossings?"

Wallace’s sense of urgency was impressive, but his questions were not. What is most needed is what Congress and presidents have been promising since 1986 but have failed — comprehensively and miserably — to deliver. What is needed is a serious, credible program of worksite enforcement, including strong civil and criminal punishment of employers who hire those who are not authorized to work in the U.S. Read more...

CIS Fellow John Miano Gets Interim Court Victory in Foreign Student Case

By David North, November 24, 2014

John Miano, the New Jersey attorney and CIS Fellow, has just won a round in a federal court battle to prevent foreign college grads from taking jobs from qualified Americans.

The specific issue is the continuing Optional Training Program for recent alien college grads; it is run by the Department of Homeland Security, the defendant in the case. Read more...

Obama's Immigration Plan Isn't Worth the Paper It's Printed on

By Jon Feere, November 24, 2014

The start of my recent op-ed at TheHill.com:

Though he didn't discuss the details during his speech, President Obama has issued a series of memos that reveal exactly why unilateral, lawless actions from him aren't worth the paper they're printed on. His planned changes to his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program illustrate exactly why the criteria illegal aliens must meet to obtain his amnesty are utterly meaningless and can change at any time. In making these changes, Obama highlights the deeply problematic nature of his lawless policymaking.

Obama Edict undercuts Social Security, US College Grads in a single blow

By David North, November 24, 2014

If you read the fine print of the detailed Obama administration's edict on immigration you will find hidden body blows to both the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds, as well as to U.S. college grads looking for their first post-campus employment.

But you have to look hard, and read between the lines, because these twin bits of bad news are almost completely hidden, even in one of those detailed documents that are supposed to flesh out the president's generally vague statements in his speech. Read more...

Analysis of Obama's Executive Amnesty Scheme: Removal Priorities

By Dan Cadman, November 24, 2014

[Note: This is the second item analyzing the pieces of executive action authorized by the president.]

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) secretary issued a series of memoranda outlining the various facets of the programs and policies which would constitute, in total, “executive action” relating to immigration matters, following direction and approval from the president, who announced them in a nationwide speech the evening of November 20.

The memoranda cover ten key areas in which executive action is being taken. Some of the subject areas that are outlined consist of more than one memorandum. In a prior blog, I examined the secretary’s memorandum relating to the first piece of executive action: “Strengthen Border Security.” This blog focuses on the second piece, “Revise Removal Priorities”. Read more...

'Just Because They Didn't Have the Right Papers' and Other Reasons Why Executive Amnesty Is Foolhardy

By David Seminara, November 21, 2014

OK, I admit it. I didn't make it through President Obama's entire immigration address last night. If you blog about immigration, you probably should sit through these things, no matter how painful they are. But after the president said, "I've seen the heartbreak and anxiety of children whose mothers might be taken away from them just because they didn't have the right papers," I turned off the TV, fearing that if I swallowed any more of what he was peddling, I might vomit all over my favorite couch.

I voted for the guy (twice!), despite the fact that I dislike his approach to the immigration issue, and I generally like him as a person. (As a president, not nearly as much.) But there's only so much hogwash any one person can swallow. There are so many things to dislike about the president's speech and his executive action, but here are a few points to consider: Read more...

Unilateral Amnesty Scheme Could Impact the Most Vulnerable Americans

By Steven A. Camarota, November 21, 2014

President Obama's executive amnesty announced this week may well come at the expense of the most vulnerable and poorest American workers. Once given work authorization, illegal immigrants are likely to compete with Americans for better-paying jobs that are now generally off-limits because they require background checks and valid Social Security numbers. Such jobs include: security guards, screeners, janitors, grounds keepers and clerks employed in the public sector, as well as most jobs associated with interstate transport and delivery. Read more...