Immigration Blog

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...

ICE Offensive on Long Island Against MS-13 Getting Results

By Joseph J. Kolb, June 19, 2017

Operation Matador, a major offensive against gangs, especially MS-13 on Long Island, by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and regional law enforcement task forces, has not only reaped multiple arrests, but has also confirmed what I have been discussing for the past six months — that the unabated and poorly supervised placement of unacc Read more...

The Verify First Act: A Common-Sense Measure to Protect Tax Dollars

By Dan Cadman, June 16, 2017

The House of Representatives passed this week H.R. 2581, the "Verify First Act", sponsored by Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.). The bill would require government agencies, including the Social Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security, to verify the citizenship or lawful alien status of individual claimants before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) would be permitted to issue advance payment for credits allowed under the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

The bill represents common sense: Why pay out credits to fraudulent claimants and illegal aliens without checking first? Sadly, common sense is often in short supply in our capital city, as well as underneath the rotunda of the Capitol itself. Read more...

A Good News Detention Story that Gets Almost No Attention

By Dan Cadman, June 16, 2017

On June 2, the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) issued a report, "Results of Office of Inspector General FY 2016 Spot Inspections of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE] Family Detention Facilities", the results of which have warmed the hearts of ICE officials. Here they are in a nutshell:

During our July 2016 unannounced spot inspections of ICE's three family detention facilities, we observed conditions that generally met ICE's 2007 Family Residential Standards. The facilities were clean, well organized, and efficiently run. Based on our observations, interviews, and document reviews, we concluded that, at all three facilities, ICE was satisfactorily addressing the inherent challenges of providing medical care and language services and ensuring the safety of families in detention. (Emphasis added.)

The Secret Provisions of the U.S.-Australia Refugee Deal Better Be Really Good for America

By Nayla Rush, June 16, 2017

A quick update on the U.S.-Australia refugee resettlement deal I've been writing about (see here, here, and here).

The latest development came with the news Thursday of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull mocking President Trump during the Australian Parliament's annual Midwinter Ball, which is the premier event of the political year in Canberra, similar to the White House Correspondents Dinner. Unlike the U.S. version, Turnbull's speech in front of journalists, advisers, and politicians, was supposed to be off the record. Read more...

Outsourcers Help Tech Firms Keep Up Appearance of High H-1B Salaries

By David North, June 15, 2017

When a baseball player sees a teammate hit a bases-loaded, game-winning home run he experiences two emotions — elation for the team, and a whiff of jealousy that he did not get those four RBIs and all that applause.

Well, South Carolina lawyer Geoffrey Rhodes, someone I had never heard of, has just pulled off a similar feat in the H-1B field, and I am frankly envious.

Using an interesting research method, he has just demolished the fantasy of high H-1B salaries paid by the big players in the IT world. He discovered that Cisco, PayPal, Microsoft, and E-Bay, for example, follow a (misleading) double track as they use the H-1B system. Read more...

Refugees Do Not Pay Their Own Way

By Jason Richwine, June 15, 2017

A working paper released this week by Notre Dame economists William Evans and Daniel Fitzgerald makes the head-scratching claim that refugees, despite below-average incomes and high rates of welfare use, pay $21,000 more in taxes than they receive in benefits during their first 20 years in the United States. Immigration-boosting wonks such as Matt Yglesias and Dylan Matthews immediately trumpeted the findings, and the Washington Post and FiveThirtyEight added favorable write-ups.

They should have been more skeptical. The claim that refugees contribute more in taxes than they receive in benefits is simply implausible. The public sector struggles with budget deficits every year, and it relies on the taxes paid by the highest-earning Americans to stay even close to fiscal balance. If disproportionately low-earning and high-welfare-consuming Americans were somehow net fiscal contributors, then governments at all levels would be deep in the black, and politicians would be sparring over what to do with the massive surpluses. Read more...

EU Begins Legal Action to Force Migrants on Resistant Member States

By Dan Cadman, June 15, 2017

In the time since German Chancellor Angela Merkel unilaterally opened the floodgates of Europe in 2015 by declaring that she would not put a limit on the number of migrants attempting to enter Germany — and therefore, given the European Union (EU) policy of border-free travel in what is known as the Schengen Area, ensuring that virtually all of Europe would be affected — somewhere between two and three million aliens have arrived in the EU illegally. They consist of a diaspora from all over the Middle East, Central Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa. Read more...

Ninth Circuit Takes on the Trump Travel Executive Order

By Andrew R. Arthur, June 14, 2017

In a May 27 blog post, I detailed the affirmance (in part) by the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit of a district court judge's injunction barring enforcement of section 2(c) of Executive Order 13,780, "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States" (EO-2). On Monday, June 12, the Ninth Circuit took its chop at that order, reviewing a decision by the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii, which had entered a temporary restraining order (TRO) prohibiting enforcement of sections 2 and 6 of EO-2 nation-wide. Read more...