Immigration Blog

Mexican President-Elect Criticizes Texas Justice System

By David Seminara, September 28, 2012

According to a front page story in Thursday's New York Times, Mexico's president-elect, Enrique Pena Nieto, "contends that there is a widespread perception that Mexican nationals cannot get a fair trial in Texas." The comment appeared in a story about Rosa Jimenez, an illegal Mexican immigrant who was convicted of murder and was sentenced to 99 years in prison for allegedly jamming five paper towels down the throat of a 21-month old child who died in Read more...

DACA Data

By Mark Krikorian, September 28, 2012

USCIS released the first data on President Obama's illegal DACA amnesty for illegal immigrants who came here before age 16. As of September 14, a total of 86,942 applications were accepted (about 4 percent of applications were not accepted because they were incomplete). Of that total, 60 percent were from Mexican citizens, more than double the next 10 countries combined. Read more...

Birth Tourism Baby Calls United States a "Foreign Country"

By Jon Feere, September 28, 2012

Yet another newspaper has reported evidence backing the claim that birth tourism creates U.S. citizens who take advantage of everything the United States has to offer while maintaining allegiance to the country in which they were actually raised. Read more...

USCIS Does the Right Thing and Overrules Its Own Ombudsman

By David North, September 28, 2012

USCIS sometimes does the right thing, and when that happens, this blog, often critical of the agency, should acknowledge such decisions.

In this case, USCIS decided to reject a proposal by the USCIS Ombudsman's Office that USCIS ride to the rescue of incompetent employers seeking quick decisions to hire foreign workers, which was discussed in a prior blog. Read more...

New Poll: Latino Voters Identify as Americans First and Don't Vote on the Immigration Issue

By David Seminara, September 27, 2012

The media often portray Latinos as a monolithic group of single-issue voters who care first and foremost about liberalizing our immigration laws. But a new poll from NBC Latino/Zogby reveals that immigration is a relatively minor concern for most Latinos, with only 5 percent citing it as their top issue. Read more...

Obama Administration Promises to Ignore SSN Fraud, Protect Law-Breaking Businesses

By Jon Feere, September 27, 2012

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the agency tasked with overseeing President Obama's controversial Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program recently updated its "Frequently Asked Questions" webpage to assure applicants that the White House is not concerned with Social Security fraud or illegal hiring practices. Or, as the administration told the New York Times, the White House is "not interested in using this as a way to identify one-off cases where some individual may have violated some federal law in an employment relationship." Read more...

Study Finds Skilled Low-Wage Workers

By James R. Edwards Jr., September 27, 2012

Further evidence that we don't need to keep importing foreign job competitors: A report just out finds that Chicagoland low-wage workers "are better educated, older, and rely more on that income these days to meet basic needs than 10 years ago."

Working-age individuals in the study comprise almost a third of payroll employees earning $12 an hour or less. One-sixth of those in this income category have a college education. Read more...

ICE Offers Social Work Services to Foreign Students

By David North, September 27, 2012

You probably think of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as a law enforcement agency — and it is — but recently it started providing social work services to foreign college students. Read more...

There's Nothing as Permanent as a Temporary Immigration Status

By Mark Krikorian, September 27, 2012

It should come as no surprise that Haitian illegal aliens have been given an 18-month extension on the Temporary Protected Status they received after the earthquake (and which was later extended to illegals who came after the earthquake). Read more...

Non-Citizen Voting Suits Spread to Michigan

By Jessica Vaughan, September 26, 2012

A group of activists in Michigan, including the ACLU, SEIU, and the Detroit-based Latin Americans for Social and Economic Justice, has filed a lawsuit against Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson to stop her from asking voters the question, "Are you a United States citizen?" Read more...