Immigration Blog

Half-Measures Don't Work

By Mark Krikorian, August 16, 2011

The Wall Street Journal bemoans the administration's campaign of immigration audits of companies' personnel records as bad for illegal aliens:

The journey from prosperity to the economic margins followed by Alba and Eugenio is an increasingly common path for thousands of undocumented workers pushed out of their jobs by the federal government’s audits of U.S. businesses, according to immigration experts, business owners and unions.

It's That Old Patchwork Quilt Again

By W.D. Reasoner, August 16, 2011

Earlier this month, Director John Morton of Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) publicly announced that the federal government had terminated memoranda of agreement (MOAs) with several state signatories regarding ICE's Secure Communities program.

According to news reports, this is because the MOAs "may have given a false impression that participation was optional." Read more...

Basic, Upgraded, or Premium?

By Mark Krikorian, August 15, 2011

I have an article in National Review laying out three packages of immigration reforms that presidential candidates might consider, starting from the bare-bones reforms that shouldn't even be especially controversial, to a robust and ambitious package that would take us a good way towards sensible immigration policy. Feel free to send your reactions to me at msk@cis.org.

Alabama Lawsuit Highlights Growth of Open-Border Groups

By Jon Feere, August 15, 2011

The open-border crowd is very well-funded and constantly growing, as noted in my blog post about a recent anti-Secure Communities effort pushed by over 200 pro-amnesty groups. A new lawsuit filed by the U.S. Read more...

Long May She Waive

By David North, August 15, 2011

The Migration Policy Institute, an open-borders think tank in Washington, has had the following helpful piece of information on its website for two months now:

Independence Day in the United States, which is on the fourth of July, is just around the corner, and with it comes the traditional holiday festivities, fireworks, and waiving of American flags . . . [emphasis added]

Thank you, MPI, it is good to know when Independence Day is, but the U.S. does not waive its flag – it annually waives the need for visas for millions of alien tourists. [UPDATE: MPI corrected the spelling error this afternoon.] Read more...

Granted Asylum in U.S., Mexican Reporter Talks of Corruption

By Jerry Kammer, August 15, 2011

The former Juarez crime reporter who received political asylum in the United States after claiming that his life had been threatened says Mexican police, not drug traffickers, are the greatest threat to Mexican reporters.

"The narcos don't care (about reporters)," Jorge Luis Aguirre said on Univision's Sunday Spanish-language news program, Al Punto. "How does a reporter concern them if they control the government and control the police?" Read more...

Here's an Arm of USCIS That's Tough on Disputed R-1 (Religious) Visas

By David North, August 14, 2011

We have noted in an earlier blog how secretive USCIS is with its decisions about R-1 (nonimmigrant religious worker) visas.

Recently in an FOIA request that produced data on yes/no decisions on every other classification of petitions for nonimmigrant workers, there was no information on what USCIS did with the R-1 requests. I think that was deliberate, as noted in another blog. Read more...

Yes, Joe Wilson Was Right!

By James R. Edwards Jr., August 13, 2011

President Obama and all those Democrats who jumped all over Rep. Joe Wilson a couple of years ago owe Mr. Wilson an apology. For he was dead on when he challenged the president's bald-faced assertion, trying to sell his government takeover of health care, that illegal aliens wouldn't benefit from his health care scheme. Read more...

Child Labor and Illegal Immigration like Peas in a Pod

By Jon Feere, August 12, 2011

When businesses get away with violating immigration laws in the workplace, there's no telling how many more laws will fall by the wayside. Three years ago I wrote a blog post highlighting this phenomenon, pointing to the fact that the ICE enforcement raids in Postville, Iowa, uncovered not only employment of illegal immigrants but also more than 9,000 violations of child labor laws involving 32 youths.

Yesterday ABC News reported that the U.S. Department of Labor found children between the ages of six and 11 working in strawberry fields in the State of Washington, likely right alongside illegal immigrants. The three companies listed – George Hoffman Farms, Berry Good Farms, and Columbia Fruit, LLC – are not using E-Verify, according to the helpful NumbersUSA database. Read more...

USCIS Tries to Bar DoJ from Looking at Its Records

By David North, August 11, 2011

USCIS got its wrist slapped this week by an arm of the Justice Department, when USCIS tried to hide a quasi-amnesty application from an immigration judge.

An illegal alien from El Salvador, Pablo De Jesus Henriquez Rivera, tried to revive his previously rejected application for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), thus making his presence in the U.S. legal, when he came before an immigration judge. Read more...