Immigration Blog

Arizona Catches a Break from the Supreme Court

By Janice Kephart, May 26, 2011

Wow. E-Verify. Our hard-working worker authorization program catches a break from the Supreme Court. Let me first be grateful to Supreme Court Justice Kagan; her recusal helped support redemption for Arizona, our national punching bag for the Department of Justice as of late. As Solicitor General, Kagan had authored the (poorly argued) brief stating that the Supreme Court should review the Ninth Circuit decision and questioned whether Arizona's E-Verify law was pre-empted by federal immigration law. Read more...

Creating Facts on the Ground

By Mark Krikorian, May 26, 2011

The Supremes' complete repudiation of the Chamber of Commerce/Obama administration opposition to state E-Verify requirements will likely result in such mandates making more progress in the states' next legislative sessions; Georgia passed a mandate this year, and the Chamber's strategy of scaring lawmakers away from E-Verify with the bogeyman of Arizona's SB1070 won’t work any more. Read more...

The Magnitude of the E-Verify Win

By Mark Krikorian, May 26, 2011

A lawyer friend writes:

By the way, an interesting tidbit – the administration not only supported the Chamber, but had Neal Katyal — the Acting SG [Solicitor General, who represents the federal government before the Supreme Court] — argue the case. The SG normally argues only one, maybe two, cases per sitting, and that's reserved for the cases the gov't sees as the most important/prominent.

Arizona 1, Open-Borders Lobby 0

By James R. Edwards Jr., May 26, 2011

The U.S. Supreme Court has come down on the side of federalism, the constitutional principle that states reserve the rights not delegated by them to the federal government (that is, over the vast majority of matters). It has ruled in favor of Arizona and against apologists for illegal foreign workers and the businesses that steal American jobs. Read more...

Musings on Migration Statistics

By David North, May 25, 2011

Judge Mark H. Metcalf's new CIS Backgrounder, "Built to Fail: Deception and Disorder in America's Immigration Courts", reminds me that the four cabinet departments dealing with international migration have totally different ways of handling migration statistics, two in deplorable ways, and two in a more or less acceptable manner.

Department of Justice: Misleading Read more...

Lamar Smith Acts to 'Keep Our Communities Safe'

By Jessica Vaughan, May 25, 2011

Every year, ICE releases about 4,000 criminal aliens back into U.S. communities because their home countries will not accept them for deportation, and because the Supreme Court has ruled that they cannot be detained indefinitely. This group includes murderers, rapists, cop killers, child predators, and gang members who are then free to continue their life of crime here, and they get a work permit in case their crime doesn't pay enough. Read more...

Dear Mr. President: How About a Border Strategy?

By Janice Kephart, May 24, 2011

On May 11, the White House issued "Statements of Support for President Obama's Commitment to Fix our Broken Immigration System", listing business leaders, elected officials, labor unions, and "immigration reform" advocates. The focus of the comments was on the economics of immigration, and the need to rebuild our businesses and universities with foreign workers and foreign students. Read more...

Romney and Huntsman on Illegal Aliens

By Ronald W. Mortensen, May 23, 2011

Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman have many things in common. They both have Utah roots, are members of the Mormon Church, have been governors, come from a business background, and are potential Republican presidential candidates. But when it comes to illegal immigration they are miles apart.

Romney has vetoed and helped defeat bills that would have given special benefits to illegal aliens whereas Huntsman has signed legislation that provides and protects special benefits for illegal aliens. Read more...

New Wrinkle in H-1B Fraud: Stealing from the Taxpayers, Not the Workers

By David North, May 23, 2011

While the abuse of immigration systems is as old as national borders, there are creative new types of fraud (at least new to me) that pop up from time to time.

One of the typical frauds in foreign worker programs is that the worker is charged for fees that should be paid by the employer. Recently the school board in Prince George's County, Md., adjacent to Washington, D.C., was caught, as we recorded in a blog, doing exactly that to its overseas school teachers brought to this country under the H-1B program. Read more...

9/11's Triumvirate of Terrorist Travel: al Qaeda, Hezbollah, and Iran

By Janice Kephart, May 20, 2011

The 9/11 Commission requested the federal government continue an investigation into the extent of involvement of Iran and its de facto terrorist wing, Hezbollah, in the support of Al Qaeda's attacks on 9/11. On p. 241 of the Final Report, the Commission stated:

After 9/11, Iran and Hezbollah wished to conceal any past evidence of cooperation with Sunni terrorists associated with al Qaeda. A senior Hezbollah official disclaimed any Hezbollah involvement in 9/11.