Immigration Blog

Evangelical Immigration Table — Purveyor of Principles or Ravenous Wolves in Sheep's Clothing

By Ronald W. Mortensen, January 31, 2014

The Evangelical Immigration Table has developed its own principles for immigration reform that attempt to "honor both the rule of law (Romans 13) and the call to welcome the stranger (Matthew 25)".

However, a problem arises when the evangelical principles are applied to the following, real-life equation:

Illegal Aliens = Child Identity Theft
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EB-5 Program Will Be Slowed by Its Own Success, Chinese Governmental Caution

By David North, January 31, 2014

It was bound to happen.

Shamelessly hyped by the USCIS leadership, and much sought after by nervous Chinese millionaires, the immigrant investor (EB-5) program for the Chinese is about to reach a plateau because of two quite different forces:

  • The automatic operations of our immigration law, and its numerical ceilings; and
  • A conscious decision by Chinese authorities to protect their rich from our program.

Arizona Documentary Shows the State of PBS

By Jerry Kammer, January 31, 2014

One scene in a recent PBS documentary on Arizona's battle over illegal immigration shows a man walking his bike past a street demonstration. "Follow the law!" he yells to the crowd, "Acclimate to the country!"

But that's not what he said according to the subtitle provided by the filmmakers to compensate for the marginal sound quality. In a mistake that somehow made it past the independent moviemakers and the review process at PBS, the subtitle reports that he shouted "Go back to your country!"

It was an honest mistake, I am sure. But it was a sloppy mistake that should have never made it past the first edit, much less the final screening by the people at PBS who decided to make it available to stations across the country. And it was all too fitting as a metaphor of PBS deafness in its reporting on those who are upset by illegal immigration. Read more...

On Risk Management and Risk Mitigation at USCIS

By Dan Cadman, January 31, 2014

Before we drive onto the roadways, most of us almost reflexively check to ensure that the rearview and sideview mirrors give us the best sighting possible of what's behind us. If not, we take a few moments to adjust them to their proper angles and, where the rearview is concerned, also adapt it to low-light conditions if it's night time.

We do this because we know that you sometimes need to look backward to see what's coming. It's so fundamental and obvious a truism that saying so borders on platitude. Read more...

Let Illegal Migrants Choose their Status? An Even Worse Idea

By Stanley Renshon, January 30, 2014

Conn Carroll's idea for reaching an immigration compromise is to let illegal migrants who are eligible for legalization choose whether they wish to be on a "pathway to citizenship" track or not. His suggestion is based on the erroneous view that those being offered legalization would first have to leave the country and then reapply. Read more...

Plucky L-1 Irishman Fired by U.S. firm for Protecting L-1 Indian

By David North, January 29, 2014

The hero of this tale is an Irishman, Ian Spandow, an L-1 worker who had risen to an executive position within Oracle, an American firm with an imperial reach.

Oracle, a software giant, is the villain in the piece, charged with discriminating against one of its workers from India, another L-1, whose the role is that of the victim. Read more...

Immigration: The Dog that Didn’t Bark

By Mark Krikorian, January 29, 2014

In the short story "Silver Blaze" there's the following exchange between Sherlock Holmes and a Scotland Yard detective:

Gregory : "Is there any other point to which you would wish to draw my attention?"

Holmes: "To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time."

Gregory: "The dog did nothing in the night-time."

Holmes: "That was the curious incident."

In other words, the guard dog didn't bark because he was friendly with the culprit.

On immigration, Obama's State of the Union address last night was the dog that didn't bark. He said almost nothing on it; out of nearly 7,000 words, the immigration paragraph contained fewer than 200 and was devoid of substance: "fix our broken immigration system," "fulfill their dreams," "Let's get it done. It's time." What's more, Obama didn't single out for recognition any of the illegal aliens invited by the White House and Democratic congressmen to attend. Read more...

Fraud Fishing in Yemen

By Dan Cadman, January 29, 2014

Aljazeera America has kindly brought us the story of Rayman Hussein, a naturalized U.S. citizen who is stuck in Yemen, the country of his birth, after having his passport seized for fraud by officials at the American embassy in the capital city of Sana'a. Apparently, he is one of several snared. Read more...

The Fake Argument Against Immigration Enforcement First

By Mark Krikorian, January 28, 2014

Greg Sargent writes that you'll know the Republicans are serious about passing an immigration bill if the long-promised "principles" permit the legalization of the illegal population before the achievement of enforcement benchmarks. In other words, Enforcement First is flatly unacceptable, and enforcement triggers may only be related to the potential upgrade of amnesty recipients to full green-card status, not the initial grant of legal status. He quotes Frank Sharry, the Professor Moriarty at the center of the web of open-borders lobbying, on why amnesty must precede enforcement: Read more...