Immigration Blog

The Hairsplitters Are at It Again, This Time with L-1B Alien Workers

By David North, March 13, 2012

We recently reported that the judicial branch has decided that sleeping with an illegal, and sharing your house with him, is not "harboring" an illegal entrant. In that case, as noted in a recent blog, the more-migration people used a very tight (and I think out-of-date) definition of harboring, which, in turn, may lead to still laxer interior enforcement.

Harboring an illegal alien is against the law, unless you define "harboring" away. Read more...

Ten Reasons to be Skeptical of an Obama Biometric Exit

By Janice Kephart, March 12, 2012

In June 2009, US-VISIT conducted the required Exit pilots at Detroit and Atlanta. One tested TSA checkpoints, the other required CBP to screen departures on the jetway. Both went very well, with no increase in processing time that amounted to missed flights, or even longer flow time or lines. Those processed complied. Overstays and watchlist hits were found. The technology worked. Overall, the Air Exit pilots confirmed the ability to biometrically record the exit of those aliens subject to US-VISIT departing by air.

Exit Coming Soon?

By James R. Edwards Jr., March 12, 2012

Good news finally has come out of the Obama Homeland Security Department. At a recent House hearing, DHS antiterrorism official John Cohen said that within weeks the department will have a biometric exit portion of the entry-exit system ready to go. Read more...

Immigration Marriage Fraud and Murder, a Recurring Combination

By David North, March 12, 2012

I have been collecting news stories that combine immigration marriage fraud and murder.

Too often marriage fraud is treated lightly by the press, which uses soft terms like "marriage of convenience" or "sham marriage" to describe this crime.

When murder is also involved, the press gets a little more serious, but it often still misses the point. Read more...

With Friends Like Boehner. . .

By Mark Krikorian, March 8, 2012

When I wrote about Lamar Smith’s E-Verify bill last summer, I thought the difficult part would be getting through the Senate. Shows you what I know. Instead, it’s Speaker Boehner who’s determined not to allow any immigration measure to come to a floor vote. Read more...

Two New Immigration Bills Illustrate the Slow Growth of Migrants' Power

By David North, March 8, 2012

It's not exactly front-page news, but some powerful members of Congress are seeking special deals for two almost forgotten groups of immigrants, those from Ireland and Israel.

It sounds like the politics of New York City 50-60 years ago. You might call it quaint, like a Broadway revival of Abie's Irish Rose.

But it serves to remind us of the slow growth of the political power of newcomers, which swells decades, even generations, after the maturing of the underlying demographic and cultural trends. Read more...

USCIS Gets an Easy $100 million from TPS Roll-Over for Salvadorans

By David North, March 7, 2012

Suppose you have an absolute and un-regulated monopoly on a product that your customers simply must have — like insulin for diabetics in the old days before other remedies became available.

Isn't that a license to print money?

Bowling Alone and SWT Employers

By Jerry Kammer, March 7, 2012

This morning I received an email that made me think of Bowling Alone, the classic book by Harvard social scientist Robert Putnam about the collapse of community and civic engagement in the United States. Read more...

For Better Service, "Marque el Número Dos"

By David Seminara, March 6, 2012

One of the seldom considered aspects of mass immigration is the impact it has on the toll-free customer service lines we use. These days, one can conduct any business imaginable over the phone in Spanish, and sometimes other languages. Most companies now only offer a choice of two languages, but with our population projected to reach 20 percent foreign-born by 2050, we may soon reach a point where services are offered in Chinese, Russian, Arabic, and other languages. Read more...

Canada Reminds: There Are Two Kinds of Marriage Fraud

By David North, March 6, 2012

A recent article in a Canadian daily reminded me that there are two kinds of immigration marriage fraud.

The most common one is what I call the bilateral model, in which two consenting adults enter a marriage created to give a visa to one partner, and cash to the other, the citizen.

The other, more unusual one might be called the unilateral model, in which the alien cons the unwitting citizen into marriage, with a visa in mind, and then abandons the spouse when the papers arrive. Read more...