Immigration Blog

Illegal Immigration Meets the Wisdom of Juarez

By Jerry Kammer, March 6, 2013

In 2001, when Jorge Castaneda was the foreign minister in the administration of Mexican President Vicente Fox, he developed a plan that he hoped would encourage the United States to provide legal status for his countrymen living illegally in the United States. Read more...

Closing the Gap on REAL ID: 48 of 56 Jurisdictions Have Digitized Vital Records

By Janice Kephart, March 5, 2013

As the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) pursues driver's license security law compliance under the REAL ID Act of 2005 in the coming months it will be imperative that the underlying material requirements are available for all 56 jurisdictions (the 50 states plus D.C. and the five island territories) to incorporate into their driver's license issuance processes. With DHS granting a six-month grace period (until July 2013) to comply with the driver's license security law, according to a December 2012 press release, stakeholders are still rumbling that two key elements of the 36 compliance requirements do not exist. They are both right and wrong. Read more...

Indian Body Shop Indicted for Abuse of H-1B Program

By David North, March 5, 2013

An H-1B placement operation in Texas has been charged with mistreating its workers, misleading the U.S. government, and engaging in both visa fraud and wire fraud.

Earlier this month, Dibon Solutions of Carrollton, Texas, and six of its current or former executives were hauled into federal court in Dallas to face these counts. The principal defendants are Atula and Jiten "Jay" Nanda, two feuding brothers who had at one point owned the company jointly. (They are currently engaged in a separate court battle with each other over the control of the firm.) Read more...

A Mexican Border Patrol? Former U.S. Ambassador Is Skeptical

By Jerry Kammer, March 5, 2013

As we noted last week, former Mexican deputy foreign minister Andres Rozental says the problem of illegal immigration would be solved "if immigration reform functions and we get to the point where it becomes easy to legally cross the border to get a job."

Rozental, whose comment came at a Wilson Center discussion of the report of a binational commission on which he serves, supports "comprehensive immigration reform". CIR would — among other things — provide legal status for illegal immigrants and a guest worker program for future migrant flows. Read more...

Button, Button, Who's Got the Button?

By W.D. Reasoner, March 4, 2013

Remember that child's game, "Button, button, who's got the button"? Kids form in a circle, and one child goes around with a button in hand, pretending to drop it into each child's hand in turn, but secretly only puts it into one. Everybody then guesses who has the button. Even the one who has the button guesses somebody else to deflect the truth. Eventually, though, the one who has it must 'fess up if pointed out, and becomes the next to distribute the button.

Well, we seem to have the farcical bureaucratic equivalent of the game going on and, as usual, it involves the ICE-house gang. ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), as you know, is the agency within Homeland Security that, under Director John Morton's leadership has become the Keystone Kops of the federal set. Read more...

A Washington Narrative Meets Reality

By John Wahala, March 4, 2013

During his visit to El Paso in May 2011, President Obama mocked calls for border security. After declaring that sufficient measures had been taken to stem illegal crossings, he joked that his critics would always demand more, perhaps even calling for alligators in a moat. While the line drew howls from the national media, local residents did not laugh. The quip revealed only ignorance or callousness to the escalating dangers that are part of their daily life. Read more...

Saving the Religious Leaders from Themselves

By James R. Edwards Jr., March 1, 2013

The amnesty march of the evangelical Right's "leaders" continues, with soft-headed figureheads (some likely harboring mixed motives) trying to bring along parishioners to embrace mass legalization and open-borders.

But those occupying the pews don't agree. Their hesitation is highlighted in a recent article in the Deseret News. Read more...

Binational Task Force Offers Common Sense and a Leap of Faith at the Border

By Jerry Kammer, March 1, 2013

There has been a lot of noise and confusion in Congress and in the press about the meaning of "border security". But in today's blog I want to highlight a statement about the connection between border security and immigration reform legislation that was made at the Wilson Center on Thursday.

The statement by MIT professor Chappell Lawson was provocative in two respects. Read more...

DHS Left Billions from Its Budget on the Table While Releasing Detainees

By Jessica Vaughan, March 1, 2013

Congressional inquiries prompted by ICE's recent release of immigration detainees, many of whom have criminal convictions or charges, reveal that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has billions of dollars in unexpended revenues, including resources for detention space. Read more...

Detention and the 1993 WTC Attack

By Jon Feere, March 1, 2013

It is significant that President Obama released an unknown number of illegal aliens from detention on the 20th anniversary of the 1993 World Trade Center attack. Despite claims that those released pose no threat, case studies of two of the WTC bombers indicate that the federal government does not have the capacity to safely determine whether illegal aliens are threats to public safety. For some aliens the public safety analysis is likely based on their U.S. records — which may look clean on account of their having been in the country for a very short period of time. Read more...