Immigration Blog

C-SPAN Callers and Justice Kennedy's Call for "Rational Civic Discourse"

By Jerry Kammer, June 27, 2012

As someone who lived in Arizona for much of my adult life and covered immigration for many years as a reporter, I have closely followed the controversy involving S.B. 1070. Yesterday's "Washington Journal" program on C-SPAN included comments that were striking from two distinct points of view. Read more...

It's STILL the Economy, Stupid

By W.D. Reasoner, June 26, 2012

The first-term president begins to put a wrap on his four years in office and shifts into campaign mode with all the benefits and advantages of incumbency, the trappings of office: travel on Air Force One to ostensibly official events that can be used to amplify his accomplishments; the power of the bully pulpit to command a substantial portion of media attention and send his messages to the American people. Read more...

Supreme Court Gives Some Support to Arizona’s S.B. 1070

By Jon Feere, June 25, 2012

The federal government estimates that Arizona has one of the fastest growing illegal immigrant populations in the country, increasing from 330,000 in 2000 to 560,000 by 2008. In an effort to alleviate some of the problems associated with illegal immigration, Arizona passed S.B. 1070, the “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act,” which is designed to “discourage and deter” illegal immigration. The Obama administration filed suit against Arizona, arguing that the state did not have the authority to enforce the act. Four provisions of S.B. Read more...

Senator Marco Rubio Takes on Jorge Ramos, and Wins

By Jerry Kammer, June 25, 2012

Jorge Ramos, the popular Univision news anchor, makes no pretense of objectivity about illegal immigration. He fills his newscasts with human interest stories about the plight of illegal immigrants, scorning the fundamental journalistic responsibility to report the experiences of those who resent the influx and feel overwhelmed by it. He has declared that those who oppose it are xenophobes. Read more...

BREAKING: Supreme Court Rules on S.B. 1070

By Jon Feere, June 25, 2012

Read about the possible implications of the S.B. 1070 Supreme Court decision.

  • The U.S. Supreme Court has rendered a decision on the four provisions of Arizona's S.B. 1070 questioned in Arizona v. United States.

  • The Ninth Circuit has been reversed in part affirmed in part.

  • Section 2 upheld, which allows local police to question status.

Economists, Lawyers Tussle at USCIS EB-5 Meeting

By David North, June 25, 2012

It was one of those inconclusive, awkward Washington meetings that left everyone feeling frustrated.

To add to the tension, it was also a session in which government economists, with an unpleasant message for their audience, were speaking to a crowd of private-sector lawyers. The lawyers wanted both a more generous immigrant investor (EB-5) program and more precision in the procedures, and they seemed to feel that they got neither.

And while the host agency was USCIS, and the subject was an aspect of immigration policy, the words "immigrant" and "visa" were never spoken. Read more...

4.6 Million Waiting for Green Cards Displaced by Dreamers

By Jessica Vaughan, June 22, 2012

4.6 million individuals world-wide who have been approved to be sponsored for green cards by U.S. citizens, current green card holders, and U.S. employers through the established legal immigration process will now have to step aside for a while in order for USCIS to process the deferred action applications of people hoping to qualify under the Obama administration's Dream Scheme. Read more...

Terrorist Travel Remains a Priority for al Qaeda; Obama Policies Support Easy Entry, Embedding

By Janice Kephart, June 22, 2012

Terrorist travel may not still be at the top of the agenda for politicians on Capitol Hill, but travel remains a top priority for terrorists. The world was given a glimpse of how al Qaeda top leadership conducted reconnaissance in a recent trial in the United Kingdom of a British Airways employee now serving 30 years for his participation in an airline plot with Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born cleric killed by a drone in Yemen last September. Read more...

'The Same Priority as Citizens'?

By Mark Krikorian, June 22, 2012

One item in Romney's immigration platform that I hadn't seen before was this: "Mitt Romney will work with Congress to give legal permanent residents the same priority as citizens when applying to bring husbands, wives, and minor children to the United States." That means they would be admitted without numerical limit. Read more...

Obama Administration's DREAM Decree – Compassion or Child Abuse?

By Ronald W. Mortensen, June 21, 2012

The Obama administration has taken a large step in doing what many of America's religious, political, and business elite have demanded for years by providing amnesty and work authorizations to over one million adult illegal aliens. At the same time, the administration has callously sacrificed countless numbers of American children who are the victims of illegal alien-driven identity theft and other job-related felonies.

The fact that amnesty was provided by extra-legal means is of no consequence to the elites. After all, they routinely twist and ignore laws as they work to achieve their goals of more church members, more political power, and more economic riches. Read more...