Immigration Blog

Tucson Weekly Wants Answers on Arizona Wildfires

By Jerry Kammer, July 1, 2011

As we have noted here before, at least two Arizona reporters have reported on public skepticism about the refusal of federal officials to speak directly about concerns that smugglers or other illegal border crossers have caused some of the recent, devastating fires in the Arizona borderlands.

Now one of those reporters, Leo Banks of the Tucson Weekly, has come out with the most comprehensive report yet. Read more...

The Road To IRCA, June 1986

By Jerry Kammer, June 29, 2011

Editor's note: This is the first installment of a 25-year anniversary series on the lead up to passage of the Immigration Reform and Control Act, which was signed into law in late 1986.

In November of 1986, President Ronald Reagan signed into law the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), which offered amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants and established sanctions for employers who hired those not authorized to work in the country. Read more...

The Progress of Refugees: How are we doing?

By Don Barnett, June 29, 2011

By all accounts refugees are mostly “self-sufficient” within 8 months.

In fact, Tennessee’s State Refugee Coordinator recently testified before a state legislative committee that 95% of refugees in Tennessee are “self-sufficient” within 8 months. That is a stunning achievement considering that one way to interpret America’s current debt crisis is to say that the average American is not self-sufficient. Read more...

That’s Alright, That’s OK, We’ll E-Verify Anyway

By Jessica Vaughan, June 28, 2011

One of the first acts of newly-elected Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee (who squeaked into office in a three-man race) was to rescind his predecessor Don Carcieri’s popular and court-approved executive order requiring all state agencies, contractors and grantees to use E-Verify. Read more...

Secretive USCIS Agency Rejects H-1B Petitioner over Secrecy Issue

By David North, June 28, 2011

There is an appeals agency within USCIS that takes the privacy of its operations to what many regard as ridiculous lengths.

Although the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) is a semi-judicial agency, it, unlike similar organizations spread throughout the government, issues decisions in which the decider’s name is not mentioned, nor is that of the alien, nor that of the alien’s employer nor sponsor. Nor are the attorneys in the case named, as I mentioned in an earlier blog. Read more...

ICE’s Mission Melt 5: Another No Confidence Vote for Morton

By Janice Kephart, June 28, 2011

On June 23, 2011, a press release was issued by the union representing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) employees stating that ICE “Union leaders around the nation issued a unanimous no confidence vote in ICE Director John Morton on behalf of ICE officers, agents and employees nationwide citing gross mismanagement within the Agency as well as efforts within ICE to create backdoor amnesty through agency policy. Read more...

Soccer as Immigration Litmus Test

By Jerry Kammer, June 27, 2011

I’m a native of Baltimore and a lifelong fan of the Orioles. A few years ago, when the Orioles played a home game against the Red Sox, I had the unpleasant experience of watching and listening as thousands of Red Sox fans proudly, loudly and sometimes obnoxiously cheered for their team. I cracked to a friend, “Now I know what it feels like to live in an occupied country.”

A similar scene unfolded in Pasadena, Calif., on Saturday, where fans of Mexico’s soccer team filled the Rose Bowl with Mexican flags and nationalistic fervor as their team defeated the U.S. by a score of 4-2. Read more...

With Payroll Taxes and Migrants It Is Still -- ‘Ems That Has, Gits

By David North, June 27, 2011

A friend called my attention recently to an article in India’s Economic Times regarding India’s generally well-paid nonimmigrant workers and Social Security and Medicare taxes. (The publication is that booming nation’s rough equivalent to our Wall Street Journal.) Read more...

ICE Agent's Union Blasts Obama Administration, ICE Director

By Jon Feere, June 24, 2011

The union for Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents has issued a sharp press release calling on Americans to take action against what it describes as "gross mismanagement" and an effort to "create backdoor amnesty through agency policy."

On June 11, 2010, ICE Union leaders around the nation issued a unanimous no-confidence vote in ICE Director John Morton. Since then, the union's concerns have grown. Read more...

Getting Serious about Sen. Menendez and a System for Green Cards

By Jerry Kammer, June 24, 2011

Sen. Robert Menendez says the comprehensive immigration reform bill (S.1258) he and some Democratic colleagues introduced this week offers "a complete solution - a real solution - to end undocumented immigration and restore the rule of law." He adds that it "signals to the American people that we are serious about fixing our broken immigration system." Read more...