Immigration Blog

Sometimes a Government Agency LIKES to Be Sued

By David North, August 16, 2012

Typically if an outsider sues a government agency, the agency grinds its collective teeth and prepares to defend its actions.

But we learned this week of the settlement of a court case with a different angle. The agency (the Department of Homeland Security) must have been delighted to settle a federal case filed against it in the Central District of California. Read more...

ABA Expands Its Open-Borders Agenda, Embraces SPLC

By Jon Feere, August 16, 2012

The American Bar Association (ABA) recently held its annual meeting in Chicago and took the opportunity to embrace a more open-borders position than ever before. The ABA angered its membership in 2010 by filing an amicus brief against Arizona's S.B. 1070. Read more...

How to Break the Immigration Policy Impasse (11): Why Immigration Grand Bargains Fail — The Incentive Dimension of Amnesties

By Stanley Renshon, August 16, 2012

In a recent analysis of immigration, Nobel Prize-winning economist Gary S. Becker had this to say about the motivation for immigration: Read more...

Amnesty Kickoff Today

By Mark Krikorian, August 15, 2012

Something I didn't mention in today's piece for National Review Online on the start of Obama's unconstitutional amnesty program for certain illegal aliens claiming to be under 30: If Congress doesn't rouse itself to push back against the president's usurpation of their authority, you can expect a lot more amnesties like this in a second Obama term. Read more...

DACA Eligibility Widens Again, Mayorkas Confirms

By David North, August 15, 2012

The definition of just who is eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) amnesty was opened a little more broadly yesterday by USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas during a stakeholders' teleconference.

This is the program of delayed (perhaps forever) deportations for aliens who arrived illegally in the States prior to their 16th birthdays and who meet other criteria. Read more...

DACA Watch: Maybe the Devil Creates Those Details

By David North, August 14, 2012

The concept that "the devil is in the details" sounds passive on examination; it's as if someone sighs and says: "Yes, that is the way of the world."

But I am convinced that in the latest amnesty (aka, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) the devil has created the details. In other words, parts of the program have been deliberately designed to quietly expand the number of eligibles beyond what might be expected otherwise. Read more...

While the Flood Gates Are Opening, a Small Spigot May Be Tightening

By David North, August 14, 2012

While tomorrow (August 15) is the day that the flood gates open for the new DACA amnesty (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), there is a genuine possibility that a small spigot creating a modest flow of illegal aliens is about to be tightened a bit — though it will not be closed completely.

Both deal with the relatively young, but the flood gates are expected to open for a primarily low-income Hispanic population, while the closing spigot will deal with a rather more prosperous, probably more Asian population. (These ethnic distributions are not deliberate, but are predictable given the nature of these flows.) Read more...

Cleaning Up a Dirty Business

By W.D. Reasoner, August 13, 2012

The Reuters news agency, among other media outlets, reported last week on a decision of the federal Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Zavala et al. v. Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

The circuit court decision, favorable to Wal-Mart, declined to certify a proposed class action lawsuit against the corporation. The lawsuit alleged unfair labor conditions approaching peonage used against janitors, many if not most of them illegal aliens working for subcontractors to Wal-Mart, cleaning stores after hours throughout the nation. The would-be plaintiffs were the janitors themselves. Read more...

No One Will Say "You Don't Look 30" – A DREAM Scheme Note

By David North, August 10, 2012

One of the few potential fraud-curbing provisions of the DREAM Scheme is that you have to be younger than 31 to apply.

This is the program, now called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), that will (or at least can) give temporary legal status to an estimated 1.75 million young illegal aliens. Applicants are supposed to have arrived illegally before the age of 16, and have spent at least five years in the States since they got here.

So, if someone comes in looking to apply for DACA, and looking like they are 40, they get tossed out of the program, right?

Wrong! Read more...

Olympic Visa Overstayers

By David Seminara, August 10, 2012

While many Olympic athletes are apparently busy picking up on members of the opposite sex, others are busy finding ways to overstay their visas.

Foreign Policy and various other news outlets report that at least eight Olympic athletes, all from developing countries, have gone AWOL in London. Seven of the missing athletes are from Cameroon, five of them boxers, and the eighth was the 15-year-old torchbearer for Ethiopia who was there as part of the International Olympic Committee's International Inspiration program, which is supposed to enrich the lives of young people through sport or, in this case, provide them with a nicer country to live in. Read more...