Immigration Blog

On License Plates and Metadata

By Dan Cadman, February 24, 2014

This just in from our Department of Non Sequiturs and Oxymorons: The Associated Press reports that Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, citing privacy concerns, has canceled a contract that would have given agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) access to a national registry of vehicle license plate data. Read more...

An Autopsy of the Senate Immigration Bill, Pt. 3: The Question of Limits

By Stanley Renshon, February 24, 2014

Read Part Two

Most immigration discussions totally avoid the subject of immigration limits or assume there are no limits to the number of immigrants the United States can or should take in every year.

A recent Washington Post editorial, for example, complained about what it called an "absurdly long backlog" that exists "because of annual limits that are out of sync with demand."

Well, yes, almost any limits of immigration to the United States will be out of sync with demand. Read more...

Taking TRAC to Task — Again

By Dan Cadman, February 21, 2014

About a month ago, I wrote a blog about Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC).

In it, I expressed my admiration for the clearinghouse and its daily teeth-pulling work with the administration to obtain data that is being obscured (or downright hidden) from the public by various federal agencies — most especially those in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) involved with immigration matters. Read more...

Worried about Forced Marriages? Political Correctness vs. Realism

By David North, February 21, 2014

Forced marriages are deplorable under all circumstances, but many of them involve immigration-related marriage fraud, making them that much more so.

The pattern, in the latter cases, is usually that of fairly recently immigrated parents of a young citizen woman forcing her to marry someone from the old country against her will. The groom is typically older, typically a little better off financially than the bride's family, typically from the ancestral village, and often wanting a green card. Read more...

PBS Corrects the Documentary Record

By Jerry Kammer, February 20, 2014

Hats off to the producers of the PBS documentary film series "Independent Lens" for following through on a promise to correct the error we noted in their documentary about the rancorous Arizona debate over illegal immigration. Titled "The State of Arizona", the documentary was broadcast in late January around the country. Read more...

Parole-in-Place, Meet Military Misconduct Rates

By Dan Cadman, February 20, 2014

In January, the Center published my Backgrounder "An Examination of the USCIS Parole-in-Place Policy", which analyzed a November 2013 policy memorandum issued by the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) directing its adjudicators to grant the immigration benefit of parole to illegal-alien parents, children, and spouses of military, and prior military, members. Read more...

Malleable Leaders; Directionless Agency

By Dan Cadman, February 20, 2014

News reports tell us that John Sandweg, acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), one of the largest law enforcement organizations in the federal government and an integral component of the Department of Homeland Security, is resigning after less than half a year on the job.

This is okay. Sandweg, one of Janet Napolitano's praetorian guard while she ran DHS, lent the agency nothing by his presence, and takes away nothing with his departure. Read more...

Sen. Coburn Asks EB-5 Questions that USCIS Should Be Asking

By David North, February 19, 2014

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) is doing something USCIS should be doing in the EB-5 (immigrant investor) program.

He is asking the routinely secretive middlemen in the EB-5 program, the regional center operators, to tell him how much money they are raising through the program, how much in fees they are charging, and how many jobs are being created, among other things. Read more...

An Autopsy of the Senate Immigration Bill, Pt. 2: What Can We Learn?

By Stanley Renshon, February 19, 2014

Read Part One

The working assumption of too many members of Congress, and this was certainly true for the Gang of Eight, is that when it comes to immigration, they know what's best for the country. And if that runs counter to the real immigration enforcement and lower immigration numbers that Americans continually say they want, well, too bad. Their thinking seems to be "We'll just frame the bill in ways that make it seem to respond to their wishes, when in fact it doesn't. And we'll put in a few high-value symbolic items, like having those gaining amnesty be required to pay back taxes, even though we know those gaining amnesty won't really have to do so." Read more...

Defining Achievement Down, Amnesty Edition

By Mark Krikorian, February 18, 2014

Amnesty-pushers staged some protest theater in front of the White House Monday, arranging with the Secret Service to get arrested to highlight their demands that President Obama unilaterally (and illegally) stop deporting illegal aliens, as well as legal immigrants who've committed crimes. The event itself — sponsored by the National Day Laborer Organizing Network for its Not One More Deportation campaign — was barely worthy of notice, but the news coverage was amusing. Read more...