Immigration Blog

It's Beginning to Look Like Watergate in South Dakota EB-5 Case

By David North, December 4, 2013

It is starting to look like Watergate all over again, on a smaller scale, in the South Dakota EB-5 scandal.

The national EB-5 investor-visa program grants green cards to aliens (and their families) who have placed half a million dollars in certain USCIS-approved, but not guaranteed, investments; a lot of EB-5 money has disappeared in South Dakota.

Some of the well-connected lesser functionaries of the party in power in that state were bending if not breaking the law regarding these moneys, the investigative machinery of state government is somewhere between constipated and compromised, and the local press is having a field day. Read more...

Journos Still Don't Understand House Cannot Act on Senate Amnesty Bill

By Jon Feere, December 3, 2013

Journalists should really do their research before writing on the status of the Senate amnesty bill, particularly if they plan on pressuring House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) to pass an amnesty.

Those paying close attention know that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) never sent the Senate's gargantuan amnesty bill (S.744) over to the House of Representatives. Reid has refused to do so because he knows his bill is unconstitutional because the bill raises revenue; the Constitution requires all bills raising revenue to originate in the House, not the Senate. Mr. Reid is well aware that, if he were to send the bill to the House, it would be "blue-slipped" — stopped by a legislative procedure that allows House members to shut down a bill that runs afoul of the Constitution's Origination Clause. Read more...

Comprehensive Immigration Reform: The Part Justifies the Whole

By Mark Krikorian, December 2, 2013

One of the problems with any kind of omnibus bill is that supporters will argue the whole bill must be passed based on the claimed merits of specific pieces. This was the whole purpose of the DREAM Act: Advocates pointed to the most sympathetic group of illegal aliens — those who came here as children and did well in school — as an unrebuttable argument for amnestying all 12 million illegals. Read more...

Sometimes It Pays to Say Something: Speaking One's Immigration Mind

By John Rhodes, December 2, 2013

One day last fall, a thoughtful seventh grader came home from school (in Northern Virginia) with questions about a civics presentation given to the entire seventh grade class. Keep in mind that civics is the study of the theoretical and practical aspects of citizenship, and includes the study of civil law and civil code. Civics thus considers, among other things, the process of lawful entry into the country. The seventh-grade civics teacher had invited a long-standing custodial staff member from the school (for the fifth year in a row) to share the story of her journey from Southeast Asia to the United States, and her subsequent naturalization and integration into American society; a touching, educational exercise it was – or so it seemed. Read more...

Church Arsonist in Vermont Is an Illegal Alien

By David North, December 2, 2013

An earlier blog of mine asked the question: Did an illegal alien try to burn down a church in Sen. Leahy's Vermont?

The damage to the church's steeple was not in question, nor was the identity of the arsonist (Aliaksandr Bychkou); the only question left by media coverage was his legal status. Read more...

Amnesty "Because God Says So"

By John Rhodes, December 2, 2013

The art of spiritual discernment is a difficult but rich endeavour. In the arena of Christian faith, it can be described as an attempt to read between the lines of life, in order to get a sense of God's mind, to get a sense of what God may be prompting, to get a sense of the movement of the Holy Spirit. Read more...

New DHS Inspector General to Face Two Nasty, Immediate Challenges

By David North, November 29, 2013

President Obama has nominated John Roth, a supervising investigator with the Food and Drug Administration, to fill the long-time vacancy as Inspector General at the Department of Homeland Security. The IG's nomination is subject to Senate confirmation.

Roth faces two nasty challenges in his new job. Read more...

The President's Legacy Trap and Speaker Boehner's Immigration Opening

By Stanley Renshon, November 29, 2013

Immigration legislation was passed in the Senate, but that bill was dead on arrival in the House. The House has been working slowly on a series of immigration bills whose number and exact form have not been finalized.

Enormous pressure has been placed on Republican House members and Speaker Boehner to pass immigration legislation, preferably the House Democratic version of the Senate bill, but if not, then something that can be sent to the Senate for conference and reconciliation.

To date, the House and Mr. Boehner have resisted the pressure and the entreaties, which have, ironically, placed them in a very strong position. Read more...

Prediction: Mighty Microsoft Will Triumph over a Lonely DoL Staffer

By David North, November 27, 2013

There's a battle going on between a lone Department of Labor staffer and mighty Microsoft over issuing green cards to the latter's employees, and I predict that an appellate body within DoL will favor Bill Gates over the nameless certifying officer. Read more...

Mr. Boehner: Call the President's Immigration Bluff

By Stanley Renshon, November 27, 2013

The president says he now backs a "piecemeal immigration overhaul". Good. Those in the House trying to develop public interest immigration reform should take him at his stated word, even though he doesn't really mean it.

Unlike his heath care legislation promises, the president has been consistent and transparent about his immigration preferences. He wants, and has insisted, that any legislation contain a mechanism for the legalization and eventual citizenship of the country's 11.7 million illegal aliens.

The president is no doubt hoping the House is foolish enough to send its own immigration bills, should they pass, to the Senate, where they can be essentially smothered by a Senate-dominated conference and rolled into the larger Senate immigration bill. Read more...