Immigration Blog

AAO Records Show that Amnesty Is Forever — or at Least 29 Years

By David North, August 23, 2012

A close look at the records of an obscure immigration-control agency suggest that the current Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) amnesty created (seemingly out of whole cloth) by the White House will be neither relatively brief nor without appeals, as currently promised. Read more...

Immigration in the GOP Platform

By Mark Krikorian, August 23, 2012

I wrote the other day about an attempt by cheap-labor interests to get a guestworker program inserted into the immigration plank of the Republican platform. The bad news is that a guestworker provision did get added. I don’t have the whole text, but the relevant part says “a Republican administration and Congress . . . Read more...

Deferred Action Could Aid Future Enforcement

By John Miano, August 22, 2012

Keeping on top of the mess that is our guestworker programs keeps me so busy that I do not have enough time to devote to the rest of the immigration system.

The big news there is President Obama's "deferred action" program in which he is granting an amnesty to certain illegal aliens. Through this administrative amnesty, illegal aliens who register can avoid deportation and get a work permit. Read more...

ICE Agents Protest Disciplinary Action for Enforcing Laws

By Jessica Vaughan, August 22, 2012

The National ICE Council, which is the primary union for ICE enforcement agents and officers, is taking the extraordinary step of circulating a petition to draw attention to the threats of punishment some of its members have faced for trying to enforce immigration laws, even when those enforcement actions fall within the Obama administration's stated priorities. Read more...

A Wish List for the State Department's Management of the Summer Work Travel Program

By Jerry Kammer, August 21, 2012

As I walked near Farragut Square on Monday, I could have sworn that the warm breeze from the southwest was the accumulation of all the sighs of relief wafting from the State Department as administrators of the Summer Work Travel program discussed the story that aired on Friday night's PBS "NewsHour".

State — whose years of egregious mismanagement of the program have been chronicled by the GAO, its own inspector general, the Associated Press, the Economic Policy Institute, and by us at the Center for Immigration Studies — got off easy. Read more...

One Victory, but Two Big Losses in Three Unrelated Federal Court Cases

By David North, August 21, 2012

There were three unrelated federal court cases in the news August 20, with two of the three being losses for the limited-immigration people. Read more...

Overstay This Visa!

By Mark Krikorian, August 21, 2012

A friend alerted me to this comment from the Bloomberg/Murdoch “Billionaires for Open Borders” show in Boston last week: Read more...

Maryland May Wake from DREAMing in November

By James R. Edwards Jr., August 21, 2012

Just after the Obama administration has started an illegitimate, de facto amnesty for would-be DREAM Act beneficiaries, the reliably "blue" state of Maryland may reject its state DREAM-type law bestowing in-state college tuition rates on foreign lawbreakers.

Maryland, a state that politically has been reliably in the Democrats' pocket, will likely back Barack Obama's re-election while rejecting this blatant reward for breaking America's immigration laws. Now that's interesting. Read more...

Pro-Amnesty Think Tank Wants Lawbreaking Businesses Protected, ID Fraud Buried

By Jon Feere, August 20, 2012

Amnesties for illegal aliens always end up also being amnesties for unscrupulous business owners who employ illegal aliens. President Obama's controversial use of deferred action for up to two million illegal aliens will result not only in the aliens getting a reprieve from deportation and a pass for past illegal acts, it will also have the effect of rewarding businesses that engaged in illegal hiring practices by legalizing their illegal workforce. Read more...

PBS NewsHour Takes a Look at Summer Work Travel

By Jerry Kammer, August 20, 2012

The PBS NewsHour on Friday covered a lot of ground with its story about the State Department's Summer Work Travel (SWT) program, which over the past decade has brought more than a million foreign college students to the United States for low-wage seasonal jobs.

At the end of his nine-minute piece, economics correspondent Paul Solman said his reporting left him feeling ambivalent about the program, which is intended to engender good will in U.S. relations with foreign countries. Read more...