Immigration Blog

Oklahoma Shows the Way to Collect Taxes from Illegals — Again

By David North, December 8, 2014

OOOOk-lahoma! not only has the best state song in the nation, it also is the only state that collects taxes from its illegal aliens in a sensible and effective way — as the Oklahoma Tax Commission's annual report for 2014 reveals (p. 11).

It is widely agreed that many illegal aliens work in the underground (cash) economy and do not pay state and federal income taxes as a result. (Some do, of course, but a lot of money is missing). Read more...

Analysis of Obama's Executive Amnesty Scheme: Ending Secure Communities

By Dan Cadman, December 8, 2014

(Note: This is the fourth and final item in a series analyzing enforcement-related portions of the executive action authorized by the president.)

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson testified before the House of Representatives on December 2 that he thinks it's a "bad idea" for Congress to consider a short-term funding bill in lieu of full funding for his department, so that it can implement the stunningly broad sweep of "executive actions" on immigration announced by the president during a nationally televised speech on November 20. He may think so, but it's not at all clear why the House should adopt that view given the executive branch usurpation of authorities granted to the legislature under Article I of the Constitution, and the undermining of an entire system of federal immigration laws. Read more...

Why All the Attention for Fast Food Workers, but Not IT Workers?

By David North, December 8, 2014

We hear all the time about low-paid workers in fast food places protesting their wages and working conditions.

Meanwhile, there is virtual silence in another major sector of the economy: the high tech or IT industry, where American workers are constantly being displaced by H-1B foreign workers and where the latter are often mistreated by greedy employers.

The IT workers are often college grads and are playing important roles in a prosperous part of the economy. Why aren't their protests being heard? Read more...

No Sanctuary for Murderers

By Marguerite Telford, December 5, 2014

Earlier this week, several media outlets (see here and here, for example) reported on the apprehension of two convicted murderers who had illegally re-entered the country after being deported. The articles emphasized the unified effort between U.S. Border Patrol agents and local police that made the apprehension possible. This law enforcement success story shows the need for federal agents to work with local and state law enforcement. But the bigger picture was missed. Read more...

Ten Party Defectors Illuminate House Vote on Obama's Immigration Edict

By David North, December 5, 2014

The House of Representatives voted yesterday 219 to 197 against the president's executive edict legalizing millions of illegal aliens; some critics said that this vote was more symbol than substance, but it did show the division of opinion in that body.

The vote in favor of HR 5759 was almost completely along party lines, with only three Democrats supporting the GOP position and only seven Republicans voting against their own leadership. Read more...

Missing Element in Obama Plan: Encouraging Return Migration

By David North, December 3, 2014

If you want to regularize the status of millions of illegal aliens, one obvious way to do it is to encourage some aliens to go home voluntarily.

Once they have left the country, these individuals cease to be a problem to our society — and if they do so of their free will no one can complain that they were treated badly.

Mitt Romney understood that (and was unfairly beaten up for his use of the term "self-deportation".)

Barack Obama apparently does not. I see nothing in his administration's detailed plans that even hints of such a program.

The advantages are obvious. There is no coercion. Every single departure reduces the size of the illegal alien population in the United States. What's not to like? Read more...

House Hearing on Impact of Executive Amnesty

By Jessica Vaughan, December 3, 2014

A few interesting items from yesterday's House Homeland Security Committee hearing with DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, entitled "Open Borders: The Impact of Presidential Amnesty on Border Security":

  • Johnson acknowledged under questioning from Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) that DHS currently has no metrics to measure or evaluate the security of the border or his agencies' success in stemming illegal immigration. One obvious metric should be the size of the illegal alien population. According to the Pew Hispanic Center, the size of the illegal population peaked in 2007 at 12.2 million, declined to 11.3 million by 2009, and has budged little since then. In light of these trends, it's hard to argue that any progress has been made under the Obama administration.

Analysis of Obama's Executive Amnesty Scheme: ICE Personnel Reform

By Dan Cadman, December 2, 2014

[Note: This is the third in a series analyzing the pieces of executive action authorized by the president.]

Among the series of memoranda that Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson has issued in the wake of the president's announcement of a multiplicity of executive actions on immigration was one entitled "Personnel Reform for Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officers". Read more...

White House Creates Needless Problems Mixing Illegals with the Military

By David North, December 1, 2014

The latest public relations attempt by the White House to link illegal aliens with the military has just hit a major obstacle – the Pentagon has suspended an otherwise useful recruiting program while it tries to sort out how to use DACA beneficiaries in it. Read more...

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...