Immigration Blog

GAO Report Supports Position that USCIS Wastes Time on Tiny Groups

By David North, August 30, 2011

One should never write "I told you so," so I will not do so, but I will say that this blog's view that USCIS devotes too much executive and staff time to tiny migrant populations was reinforced (if unwittingly) by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) in its recent testimony on the introduction of federal immigration control to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). Read more...

Will Uncle Omar Face Deportation, or Must He First Kill Someone While Driving Drunk?

By Jon Feere, August 29, 2011

President Obama's long-lost Uncle Omar was picked up by law enforcement on August 24 while driving drunk in Massachusetts. His blood alcohol level was reportedly nearly twice the state's legal limit. He was charged with driving under the influence, driving to endanger, and failure to use a turn signal. Read more...

'Low-priority' Illegals? Obama Amnesty and Enforcement Priorities Endanger Public Safety

By Jon Feere, August 29, 2011

The Obama administration's new administrative amnesty apparently directs ICE to wait until an illegal alien commits a serious crime or two before considering deportation. Similarly, according to the administration's latest 287(g) enforcement scheme, Americans must fall victim to "murder, manslaughter, rape, robbery, and/or kidnapping" before the alien perpetrator becomes a high priority for deportation. Read more...

Perry: Pay No Attention to That Amnesty Supporter Behind the Curtain!

By Mark Krikorian, August 29, 2011

Rick Perry's letter earlier this month to DHS Secretary Napolitano demanding $349 million in compensation for having to house illegal-alien criminals is, I'm afraid, a political stunt — basically, shooting a coyote to distract attention from his bad immigration track record. And there's a lot to distract attention from:

USCIS Struggles in Defining Live-in Partner

By David North, August 28, 2011

I do not mind the policy regarding the temporary legal status of live-in lovers of long-term nonimmigrant aliens, but I get a huge kick out of USCIS' struggles with the English language as it defines its rules. Read more...

New Analysis of Supreme Court E-Verify Case

By James R. Edwards Jr., August 27, 2011

New analysis by the Heritage Foundation reflects on the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on the Arizona immigration law. Bottom line: this court opinion bodes well for other states that have enacted laws to deal with illegal immigration's adverse effects.

From the Heritage report: Read more...

Obama Arrested for Drunk Driving in Massachusetts!

By Mark Krikorian, August 26, 2011

No, not that Obama, silly. Boston talkmeister Michael Graham points to the story of Onyango Obama, a 67-year-old illegal alien from Kenya, arrested Wednesday night in Framingham for drunk driving after he almost crashed into a police car. Read more...

Citizens in 23 Countries View Immigration Unfavorably

By Ronald W. Mortensen, August 26, 2011

Recent polls reveal declining support for illegal immigrants in the United States and for immigration in general around the world. Two Rasmussen polls look at American attitudes towards illegal immigration, while an Ipsos worldwide poll looks at immigration generically without differentiating between legal and illegal immigration. The polls reveal the widening gap between America's political class and the voters who put them in office.

The Rasmussen polls show strong support for enforcing the law and for denying benefits to illegal aliens. Read more...

The Arizona Republic, Wildfires, and John McCain

By Jerry Kammer, August 26, 2011

Probably the most unpleasant part of my job here at CIS is that some people – often well-intentioned, if not well-informed – think ill of us for pointing out the costs of illegal immigration. Many of them believe that immigration, legal or not, should be accepted as an unmixed blessing and supported without question. Some of them respond with disdain to our concerns about illegal immigration's fiscal, labor market, and social effects. They act as if only a racist or a small-minded crank would dare to raise such issues. In their eyes, illegal immigration – and illegal immigrants – must never be subjected to scrutiny or criticism.

That is why it was refreshing to read today's Arizona Republic editorial about the controversy in Arizona over claims that some of the wildfires that have ravaged the state have been caused by illegal immigrants. Read more...

Why 'All Men Are Created Equal' Shouldn't Always Apply

By David North, August 26, 2011

"All men are created equal" is an important principle, but it has its limits.

That's the way it should be regarding relationships among human beings within a democracy, but it should not necessarily apply when a democracy is handling a threat scenario.

A good example of the misplaced use of the equality principal could be seen during the early post-9/11 screenings for would-be terrorists on our passenger planes – everyone was equally subject to random special attention, be they 90-year-old nuns or young men from, say, Yemen.

In many ways that sort of mindless egality is applied to somewhat less dramatic situations, such as our migration-screening procedures, including the way we sort out applicants for F-1 (student) visas. Read more...