Immigration Blog

Bill O'Reilly Needs to Know the Law Before Reforming It

By Jerry Kammer, April 11, 2014

Fox's Bill O'Reilly is positioning himself as a Great Compromiser on immigration policy. But if the influential Papa Bear is going to have credibility in the debate, he needs a better understanding of immigration law than he displayed last night in a conversation with immigration hawk Laura Ingraham.

Said O'Reilly: "You know as well as I do that it's not a criminal offense to overstay your visa or sneak across the border. It's a civil offense." Read more...

Needed: A New Immigration Debate Narrative

By Stanley Renshon, April 11, 2014

House Republicans should step forward immediately after the new Congress is seated to debate and pass real immigration reform. In doing so they not only stand a real chance of having their reforms enacted, especially if the Republicans gain a majority in the Senate, but of also changing the terms of debate.

That new immigration debate is coming, unless Republicans do nothing and allow the old immigration debate to have a new, undeserved lease on life. Read more...

How Many Illegal Aliens Would Jeb Bush Amnesty?

By Ronald W. Mortensen, April 10, 2014

Like Senator Marco Rubio, Governor Chris Christie, Senator Chuck Schumer, and other amnesty advocates, Jeb Bush seems to believe that if you don't acknowledge that the vast majority of illegal aliens commit multiple, job-related felonies then the felonies don't exist.

And like the other amnesty advocates, he appears to believe that if he throws enough gorilla dust in the air that he will be able to put one over on the American people. Read more...

Detention Space: A Legal Mandate, Not a Quota

By Dan Cadman, April 9, 2014

My colleague Jessica Vaughan has written at some length about the importance of maintaining the congressional mandate that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) maintain a filled capacity at any point in time of 34,000 detention beds.

Ms. Vaughan has also pointed out that Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has floated the trial balloon, in recent congressional testimony, that the mandate is more like a suggestion – DHS is required by law to keep paying the bills for the beds, at taxpayer expense, but not necessarily to fill them. Read more...

Why Passing House Immigration Bills in the Next Congress Matters, Pt. 4

By Stanley Renshon, April 9, 2014

The period between the 2014 congressional election and the 2016 presidential election is an essential period when Republicans should act on real immigration reform. The passage of real reform legislation by the House, or if possible by the House and (Republican) Senate, would establish that Republicans are serious, reform-minded, and in touch with the repeatedly expressed wishes and concerns of the American public. Read more...

If USCIS Can't Count H1Bs, How Is It Going to Run an Amnesty?

By David North, April 8, 2014

In the Third World it takes days, maybe weeks, to count ballots – witness the Afghan elections – something advanced democracies can do in a matter of hours for nationwide contests.

This is not to put down Afghan election officials who, after all, have not had much practice.

But it does remind me that sometimes U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) seems like a Third World institution. Read more...

Tech Firms Consider Cutting a Separate Deal

By John Miano, April 8, 2014

A big problem has suddenly arisen with the "comprehensive immigration reform" bill. Groups representing technology companies are breaking ranks and trying to pass a guestworker-only bill on their own. Read more...

Much is Wrong with DOL Decision on Hiring an Alien to Clean the Stables

By David North, April 7, 2014

There is so much wrong with a recent decision of an obscure Department of Labor appeals body regarding a foreign worker that I do not know where to begin.

It involves a rancher refusing to hire a female U.S. citizen to clean his stables because he wanted to hire an alien — and DOL agreed.

Many thoughts come to mind: Read more...

Despite Media Claims to the Contrary, Illegal Entry Is a Crime

By Mike Nicley, April 7, 2014

The front-page headline in the April 3 Arizona Daily Star correctly announced, "Fed's deportation data deceptive." The byline identified the reporter as Brian Bennett of the Tribune Washington Bureau. Read more...

Morning Joe Discusses Jeb Bush's "Act of Love" Comment

By Jerry Kammer, April 7, 2014

Today’s “Morning Joe” on MSNBC included a clip of a statement yesterday by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on immigration and followed it with a discussion of how it might affect his prospects in the 2016 Republican presidential primary race. Here are excerpts, beginning with one from Bush’s interview: Read more...