Immigration Blog

PBS Corrects the Documentary Record

By Jerry Kammer, February 20, 2014

Hats off to the producers of the PBS documentary film series "Independent Lens" for following through on a promise to correct the error we noted in their documentary about the rancorous Arizona debate over illegal immigration. Titled "The State of Arizona", the documentary was broadcast in late January around the country. Read more...

Parole-in-Place, Meet Military Misconduct Rates

By Dan Cadman, February 20, 2014

In January, the Center published my Backgrounder "An Examination of the USCIS Parole-in-Place Policy", which analyzed a November 2013 policy memorandum issued by the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) directing its adjudicators to grant the immigration benefit of parole to illegal-alien parents, children, and spouses of military, and prior military, members. Read more...

Malleable Leaders; Directionless Agency

By Dan Cadman, February 20, 2014

News reports tell us that John Sandweg, acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), one of the largest law enforcement organizations in the federal government and an integral component of the Department of Homeland Security, is resigning after less than half a year on the job.

This is okay. Sandweg, one of Janet Napolitano's praetorian guard while she ran DHS, lent the agency nothing by his presence, and takes away nothing with his departure. Read more...

Sen. Coburn Asks EB-5 Questions that USCIS Should Be Asking

By David North, February 19, 2014

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) is doing something USCIS should be doing in the EB-5 (immigrant investor) program.

He is asking the routinely secretive middlemen in the EB-5 program, the regional center operators, to tell him how much money they are raising through the program, how much in fees they are charging, and how many jobs are being created, among other things. Read more...

An Autopsy of the Senate Immigration Bill, Pt. 2: What Can We Learn?

By Stanley Renshon, February 19, 2014

Read Part One

The working assumption of too many members of Congress, and this was certainly true for the Gang of Eight, is that when it comes to immigration, they know what's best for the country. And if that runs counter to the real immigration enforcement and lower immigration numbers that Americans continually say they want, well, too bad. Their thinking seems to be "We'll just frame the bill in ways that make it seem to respond to their wishes, when in fact it doesn't. And we'll put in a few high-value symbolic items, like having those gaining amnesty be required to pay back taxes, even though we know those gaining amnesty won't really have to do so." Read more...

Defining Achievement Down, Amnesty Edition

By Mark Krikorian, February 18, 2014

Amnesty-pushers staged some protest theater in front of the White House Monday, arranging with the Secret Service to get arrested to highlight their demands that President Obama unilaterally (and illegally) stop deporting illegal aliens, as well as legal immigrants who've committed crimes. The event itself — sponsored by the National Day Laborer Organizing Network for its Not One More Deportation campaign — was barely worthy of notice, but the news coverage was amusing. Read more...

Adventures of a Visa Mill — Moving From Virginia to South Dakota

By David North, February 18, 2014

The University of Northern Virginia (UNV), a small operation and apparently a visa mill, once shuttered by both the Commonwealth of Virginia and (belatedly) by ICE, has popped up again, this time in South Dakota.

In earlier blogs, we have narrated the adventures of UNV: how it was raided by ICE and suspended by ICE, but later allowed to stay in business until it was closed by (usually pretty passive) Virginia authorities on the grounds that no accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education would accredit it. Read more...

An Autopsy of the Senate Immigration Bill, Pt. 1: What Went Wrong

By Stanley Renshon, February 18, 2014

The massive immigration bill passed by the Senate has now officially been given last rites by the actions of the House Republicans. Their list of principles specifically states that "we will not go to conference with the Senate's immigration bill" and there is every reason to believe that House Republicans are united on this, if not on the specifics of immigration reform.

It has been a roller coaster trip for immigration policy this year, and it is worth thinking about what went wrong with the process. Read more...

USCIS Chief-Designate Appears to Be East Coast Version of Mayorkas

By David North, February 17, 2014

The man destined to replace Alejandro Mayorkas (now deputy secretary of DHS) as head of USCIS might be regarded as an East Coast version of his predecessor.

Leon Rodriguez, currently director of the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights, has been nominated by the president to succeed Mayorkas in the main USCIS job; no date has been set yet for his confirmation hearing. Read more...

On CNN, McCain Prods GOP Leaders on Immigration

By Jerry Kammer, February 17, 2014

On CNN's "State of the Union" program Sunday, Sen. John McCain called on Republican House leaders to reverse their announced decision to avoid consideration of immigration reform legislation this year.

Here is the exchange between McCain and host Candy Crowley Read more...