Immigration Blog

Will No One Rid Me of These Turbulent Immigration Restrictionists?

By Mark Krikorian, May 26, 2017

In the under-appreciated film "Bowfinger" one of Eddie Murphy's characters is a paranoid movie-star nitwit who meticulously combs through a proposed script to count the number of times the letter K is used:

Kit: The letter K appears in this script 1,456 times. That's perfectly divisible by 3.

Freddy: So what? So what you saying?

Kit: What am I saying? KKK appears in this script 486 times!

This was my first thought when I read the Southern Poverty Law Center's latest screed attacking my organization, the Center for Immigration Studies. But rather than simply counting the Ks in my name, the SPLC's Inspector Javerts spent what must have been weeks combing through hundreds of weekly CIS roundups of immigration-related commentary from all sides. Then they researched the hundreds of columnists and bloggers whose pieces had been included — investigating their personal lives and statements in other articles — in order to find objectionable material (some of it anti-Semitic), which we are then somehow responsible for. This is proof that we're a "hate group." Read more...

No, Whistlebolower Revelation of MS-13 'Children' Does Not Harm Investigation

By Dan Cadman, May 26, 2017

On May 24, the Washington Times carried this item: "Obama admin knew gang members were part of illegal immigrant surge: Whistleblower".

My colleague Jessica Vaughan has already posted on the matter, but bear with me for a few moments here.

The Washington Times article reports that a whistleblower from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) provided to the Senate Homeland Security Committee documents establishing that under the Obama administration at least 16 known members of the infamous gang MS-13, all in their late teens, were released into the United States as "unaccompanied alien children" (UACs) rather than being subjected to expedited removal proceedings to quickly eject them. This happened in 2014 during the ongoing surge of UACs and family members who came to our southern border in the tens of thousands and were resettled in lieu of prompt removal hearings, thus perpetuating the surge, which went on for years. Read more...

Shadows and Lies
Why won't politicians help inform immigrant victims?

By Andrew R. Arthur, May 26, 2017
Why won't politicians help inform immigrant victims?

The Wednesday, May 24, Baltimore Sun online edition ran a story that shocked the conscience of even its most jaded readers. Although it was a complicated narrative of obstruction and deceit, it was also amply summed up by its headline: "Baltimore attorney arrested for allegedly offering rape victim $3K to not testify, saying Trump will deport her."

According to the Sun, a Baltimore defense attorney and his interpreter told the husband of an alleged rape victim "about the 'current environment for immigrants in this country' and offered $3,000 cash if she did not show up to court, which would force prosecutors to drop the case."

Referring to "an indictment by the Maryland attorney general's office", the Sun reports that the interpreter told the husband: "You know how things are with Trump's laws now; someone goes to court, and boom, they get taken away." The lawyer also reportedly suggested that the husband of the victim "beat up his client" instead of going to court.

As disturbing as the story itself was, the response from Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh was not much better. Specifically, Frosh told the Sun: "If you're an immigrant, you live in a climate of fear at this point, and these folks were trying to capitalize on that." Read more...

Overstays Study Suggests Need to Overhaul the Foreign Student Program

By David North, May 25, 2017

Foreign students are more than twice as likely to overstay their visas as nonimmigrants coming to the United States generally.

That's an obvious but unremarked take-away from the "Fiscal Year 2016 Entry/Exit Overstay Report" just issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Using a statistical ratio based on the report, one out of 36 entrants with F, J, or M visas do not go home when their visas expire. Read more...

Pew Research Shows How OPT Undercuts American Workers

By Dan Cadman, May 25, 2017

In March the White House issued a press release, "President Trump Delivers on Jobs for the American People", that cited his progress in making good on his campaign promise to bring jobs to American workers. The release observes, "As a candidate, Mr. Trump promised 'I am going to bring back the jobs that have been stripped away from you and your country.'"

There does seem to be some progress, but what if his administration could free up thousands of jobs practically with the stroke of a pen (no need for a phone, folks), simply by undoing another one of the abysmal programs twisted out of recognition by his predecessors? He can. Read more...

Feds Allowed Known Gang Members to Enter as Unaccompanied Minors; Status Now Unknown

By Jessica Vaughan, May 24, 2017

A number of Central American youths who were positively identified by border agents as MS-13 and Sureno 18 gang members were allowed to enter the country in July 2014 under Obama administration border surge policies, according to documents released today by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.). Johnson is seeking information from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the status of these cases and, most importantly, whether they were released from the HHS facilities to communities in the United States. The youths were initially held by the Border Patrol in Nogales, Ariz., and were later transferred to HHS-run facilities in Virginia, Washington, Texas, New York, and Oklahoma. Read more...

Locking the Revolving Door
Davis-Oliver puts teeth into reinstatements, but more could be done

By Andrew R. Arthur, May 24, 2017
Davis-Oliver puts teeth into reinstatements, but more could be done

The House Judiciary Committee has returned this week to mark-up the "Michael Davis, Jr. and Danny Oliver in Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act" (Davis-Oliver) (H.R. 2431), which was introduced by Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho. (The committee approved the bill today by a vote of 19-13.) Earlier, I discussed how Title V of the bill will provide ICE officers and agents with the needed body armor and weapons that they need to do their jobs, particularly given the restrictions placed on them by sanctuary jurisdictions that endanger their lives and the public at large.

A separate section of that bill, section 604, will prevent aliens who are subject to expedited removal from obtaining review of those decisions by reentering illegally. Read more...

DHS Issues a Disturbing Report on Nonimmigrants Who Overstay Their Visas

By Dan Cadman, May 24, 2017

After a great deal of hemming, hawing, and revisions, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has finally issued its second report (for Fiscal Year 2016) on aliens who overstay their period of authorized admission — whether they entered with visas or through the Visa Waiver Program. Read more...

Reflections on Analyzing Donald Trump's Words and the So-Called "Travel Ban"

By Dan Cadman, May 24, 2017

Not so long ago, my colleague, Andrew Arthur, wrote an excellent blog, "Loaded Questions and False Assumptions", about the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals' treatment of the president's executive order directing a visa time-out for certain countries deemed a high terrorism risk, which was frequently and erroneously referred to as a "Muslim travel ban". Read more...

Many Haitians Choosing to Stay in Mexico

By Kausha Luna, May 23, 2017

As Haitians in the United States receive an extension of their Temporary Protected Status (TPS), those in Mexico have begun to establish themselves in Tijuana and abandon their intentions to cross to the United States.

In 2016, the number of Haitian arrivals at the U.S. southwest border swelled. The majority made their way north from Brazil to take advantage of lax immigration enforcement. However, after the Obama administration reinstated Haitian deportations and President Trump took office, the number of Haitians seeking asylum in the United States dropped dramatically. Read more...