Immigration Blog

White House Embraces Administrative Amnesty After Failing to Get Congress on Board

By Janice Kephart, August 19, 2011

GWEN IFILL: Cecilia Munoz, of National Council of La Raza, you heard President Fox speak today in Milwaukee. Why is the idea of legalizing illegal immigrants who are already living here making their status legal, why is that a good idea?

Obama Amnesty Gives A Pass to ID Theft, and Other Crimes

By Jon Feere, August 19, 2011

Despite the nonsensical statements coming out of DHS today, all illegal aliens do “pose a threat” to society in one way or another. Just because an illegal alien isn’t violent, it does not follow that their presence is not a threat to the rule of law, taxpayers, and society generally. Most illegal aliens violate a number of federal and state laws, and these violations create real victims. Read more...

Ms. Munoz, the White House, and Straw Men Arguments

By David North, August 19, 2011

Today’s New York Times article on the case-by-case amnesty program of this administration displayed -- without comment -- a remarkable bit of “straw man” argumentation from White House official Cecilia Munoz, someone I met decades ago at the Council of La Raza.

Ms. Munoz was quoted, in defense of the selective removal program, saying that the new system would “suspend deportation in low priority cases that, for example, involve ‘military veterans and the spouses of active-duty military personnel’.” Read more...

Yes, He Did! Yes, He Did!

By Mark Krikorian, August 19, 2011

When the president spoke to La Raza recently and said he couldn’t just go around Congress and enact an amnesty, the assembly started chanting, “Yes, you can! Yes, you can!

Well, he did. Read more...

Surprise! Quasi-Amnesty Extended for Some Liberians

By David North, August 18, 2011

As regular as clockwork, the "temporary" legal status of a small group of Liberian illegal aliens has been extended for another 18 months.

While most such "temporary" statuses are in the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) category, the one for the Liberians has a different set of initials, DED, standing for Deferred Enforced Departure. It means the same thing: a short-term, but always repeated, status as a momentarily legal alien during which time the beneficiaries can work, but cannot use the status to change to green card status. Read more...

Testimony Suggests DHS Is Handling Immigration Badly in the Marianas

By David North, August 17, 2011

Recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) testimony is deeply depressing regarding the transfer of immigration management in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI) from the local authorities to the Mainland government. Read more...

Failed Campaign Slogan #108: 'Affirmative Action for Immigrants!'

By David Seminara, August 17, 2011

Have you ever heard a politician admit that they support affirmative action for immigrants, legal or illegal? Even the most zealous open borders advocates like U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez would rather not talk about this thorny issue. But every once in a while we are reminded of the fact that immigrants can and do benefit from affirmative action programs in areas such as employment, college admissions, and government contracting. Read more...

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.