Immigration Blog

Complicated Inner Workings in the Amnesty Program for Crime Victims

By David North, December 19, 2013

In an earlier blog I sketched the main elements of the U visa program for illegal aliens who have become crime victims in the United States and for their relatives. There are both nonimmigrant and green card stages of the program, there are time limits for applying, and there are some numerical ceilings.

This is one of the many specialized amnesty programs that are ongoing. This one brings us far more of the huddled masses than of the best and the brightest. Anyone can be a crime victim, but violent crime happens more often in the slums than on college campuses. In the late Nancy Mitford's terminology, those with U visas are a distinctly non-U population. Read more...

The 11.7 Million-Person Question: What to Do about Illegal Aliens? Pt. 1

By Stanley Renshon, December 19, 2013

In a September 2013 report, the Pew Hispanic Center estimated that as of March 2012 there were 11.7 million illegal migrants in the United States. That number represented a slight uptick from the 11.2 million figure they had used in a June 2013 report.

There are two important basic points to be taken from the juxtaposition of these two reports, using the same methods: Read more...

Crime, Generally, in the U.S. Is Down, But Visa-Creating Crime Soars

By David North, December 18, 2013

Crime in America, generally, declined between 2009 and 2012 by about 10 percent.

But the kind of crime that creates visas (usually for illegal aliens) quadrupled in the same time period. Many Americans are not aware that some crimes create green cards for their victims.

Here are the numbers: Read more...

Pelosi Declares the End of Immigration Law

By Mark Krikorian, December 18, 2013

Nancy Pelosi recently told Telemundo (Spanish broadcast here) that violations of immigration law should no longer have any consequences:

"Our view of the law is that it — if somebody is here without sufficient documentation, that is not reason for deportation."

That Whisking Sound – It's EB-5 Investigations Being Swept Under the Rug

By David North, December 18, 2013

That whisking sound you hear, that's the quiet little noise being made as at least three EB-5 (immigrant investor) investigations are being swept under three different rugs.

Whisk One. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced yesterday that Charles K. Edwards, long the deputy and acting inspector general of the department, had (apparently at his request) taken a different job in the technology section of that giant department. The AP story on the subject is here. Read more...

Deportation Lies Continue

By Jessica Vaughan, December 18, 2013

ICE has finally come up with a public explanation for why deportation numbers are so much lower in 2013, even with the same book-cooking it has done to claim "record levels" in the past, which I reported on earlier this year.

I was told several times by mainstream reporters looking into both the drop in numbers and the administration's statistical manipulations that ICE was still "fumbling around" trying to put together a response to my reporting. That response appeared yesterday in the form of Michael Bender's article at Bloomberg News. Read more...

Randy Grandfathers Abuse Our Immigration and Divorce Laws

By David North, December 17, 2013

An obscure federal government report has just revealed a hitherto largely neglected set of immigration/rule-of-law problems in one of the nation's larger refugee communities, that of the Hmong tribesmen from Laos, who were our allies in the Vietnam War.

The pattern is a grim one, and one not confined to the Hmong: old men get tired of their old wives, dump them, and, in these cases, fly to Laos (or to nearby China or Thailand) to get new, teenaged wives, often apparently in violation of one or more of our marriage, divorce, bigamy, child support, and/or immigration laws. Read more...

Bloomberg's Immigration Pearls

By Dan Cadman, December 16, 2013

A few days ago, outgoing New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg — regular Joe, run of the mill billionaire-next-door, architect of the modern nannypolis, and all around good guy —went on Fusion's "America with Jorge Ramos" talk show to lament that the Gang of Eight omnibus immigration bill has not passed because of House Republicans' intransigence. Read more...

Distinguishing Deserving and Less Deserving Legalization Candidates, Part 3

By Stanley Renshon, December 16, 2013

The answer to the question of what to do while enforcement procedures are implemented and before formal awards of legalization for any group take place will differ for each of three major groups: Read more...

The Reality of Childhood Arrivals: Seamy, not Dreamy

By Dan Cadman, December 16, 2013

News media in the west Texas/New Mexico area carried a story on December 9 that gives us the harsh realities about child smuggling. A Border Patrol agent was dispatched to investigate after a sensor hit in the rugged desert terrain just on the U.S. side of the border in the area straddling New Mexico and Texas.

There, he found a small boy in the company of an adult male who claimed to be the child's uncle — and immediately bolted back across the border, abandoning the boy to his fate. Read more...