Immigration Blog

Turkish H-1B Abuser Continues Tammany Hall Methods in the U.S.

By David North, January 23, 2014

I seen my opportunities and I took 'em.

The quote is from the late Tammany Hall leader, George Washington Plunkitt, as he wrote about graft early in the last century.

That attitude seems, in three recent disclosures, to be shared by the Gulen movement's charter high schools in the United States. Fethullah Gulen, as we noted in a prior blog is — in Turkey — a major religious and political figure, but in the United States (where he lives) he is the leader of a charter school movement that frequently uses the H-1B system to root out U.S. teachers in favor of those from Turkey. Read more...

On the Use and Misuse of Homeland Security Grant Programs

By Dan Cadman, January 23, 2014

I happened to be watching a CNN program the other day and, in between news items, a commercial came on advertising the pleasures of taking the Pinellas County (Fla.) transit system. It shows a couple of "active seniors" having a grand time at various Pinellas venues that the announcer's voice tells us are all reachable through Pinellas' safe and secure trolley system. Fine and good.

But what caught my attention was the final board that ends the commercial, which contains this legend, "Paid for in part by a grant from the Department of Homeland Security" (DHS). Read more...

Does Strong Border Enforcement Stimulate DACA Applications? I Think So

By David North, January 21, 2014

There has been a remarkable differential by nationality in the percentage of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) eligibles who have come forward.

For example, according to a recent American Immigration Council article, while about 65 percent of eligible Mexican nationals have filed for DACA, only 34 percent of Korean and 17 percent of Filipino eligibles have applied. Read more...

Worship Politicized, Again

By Marguerite Telford, January 21, 2014

In the early 13th century, Catholics in Europe began celebrating a special mass for the Bench and Bar. The liturgy is referred to as the "Red Mass" in recognition of the celebrant's red vestments symbolizing the Holy Spirit and the red robes worn by the judges of the High Court in England. This month in many larger cities, lawyers, judges, and legislators attend the annual Red Mass to ask for the Holy Spirit's guidance in their work of service to the people. Read more...

Wells Fargo Official Links Lending to Immigration Reform

By Ronald W. Mortensen, January 21, 2014

According to a Utah Policy report, during a pre-legislative CEO briefing at the Salt Lake Chamber, Dave Golden, the head of Wells Fargo Bank's western commercial lending division and an influential member of the Salt Lake Chamber, said that bankers won't start lending until they see stability and certainty in tax policy, immigration reform, health care, and debt management.

Including immigration reform among the conditions for banks to start lending is consistent with Wells Fargo's long-standing emphasis on gaining the business of individuals who are unlawfully in the United States and who rely on the Mexican "matricula" card for identification to open bank accounts. Read more...

Immigration Reform in the Public's Interest, Part 2: Purposes and Processes

By Stanley Renshon, January 20, 2014

It seems customary to begin any proposal for immigration reform with a framework that lays out the guiding principles for the proposed reform. The Senate bill began with such a statement that contained many laudable intentions. Regretfully, they were not well implemented in the actual bill.

For example, the principles stated that "We will ensure that this is a successful permanent reform to our immigration system that will not need to be repeated." (p.1) They didn't. Read more...

Amnesty in American Samoa: Register First, Write the Law Later

By David North, January 20, 2014

They are going to have an amnesty for illegal aliens in American Samoa and it will be interesting to watch.

The first thing to know is that this is outside the mainland's immigration law; Washington will have nothing to do with it and it probably will not create any new U.S. citizens (though details are murky in the usual islands way). Read more...

Will Boehner Lose the House by Shifting the Focus from Obamacare to Amnesty for Illegal Aliens?

By Ronald W. Mortensen, January 17, 2014

Many House Republicans put politics ahead of principle when they voted for the budget deal that funds the government through FY2015. They reportedly did this in order to keep the focus on Obamacare, which many Republicans believe is the key to success in the 2014 mid-term elections.

However, Speaker Boehner (R-Ohio) and other key members of the House leadership now appear to be getting ready to switch the focus from Obamacare to immigration reform. Read more...

Postscript to BBC Documentary

By Jerry Kammer, January 17, 2014

This week we have published two items about the provocative new BBC documentary "The Truth About Immigration". Since the documentary reports on the attitudes and sensibilities of people on opposite sides of the immigration debate in Britain, it may be appropriate to cite a work about two historic political thinkers whose world views, as American author Yuval Levin writes, "still describe two broad and fundamental dispositions toward political life and political change in our liberal age." Read more...

Immigration Reform in the Public's Interest, Pt. 1: A Proposal

By Stanley Renshon, January 17, 2014

In spite of the seeming lull in the effort to enact a new immigration bill because the House has not yet publically acted, there is a great deal of movement behind the scenes. Both House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), have said "they want to overhaul the immigration system in 2014." And to further that effort, "The House Speaker, John A. Boehner, and his Republican leadership team are preparing to release their principles for an overhaul of the nation's immigration laws later this month." (What those principles are and how, exactly, they correspond to any legislation the House produces is unclear, though there have been some leaks.) Read more...