Immigration Blog

The Australia-Papua New Guinea Refugee Resettlement Agreement

By W.D. Reasoner, July 21, 2013

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has just announced a unique agreement with the government of Papua New Guinea (PNG) in which boat people interdicted on the high seas headed for Australia to seek asylum will instead be shunted to processing camps in PNG. If determined to be legitimate refugees, they will be resettled there, instead of Australia. Read more...

Government Defines Video Gamers as Athletes for Immigration Purposes

By David North, July 21, 2013

USCIS has defined alien video gamers as athletes for immigration purposes in response to the pressure from lobbyists.

As humorist Dave Barry would say, "I am not making this up."

The July 16 Time headline is: "Pro Gamers Get U.S. Work Visas, Thanks to Industry Lobbyists". Read more...

The GOP and Immigration: Death by Pandering

By Stanley Renshon, July 20, 2013

Those who advise the GOP to "get right" with Hispanics by supporting the Senate's massive immigration bill never consider the downside of traducing principles in the hope of gaining votes. Perhaps it can be said of "death by pandering", as the Washington Post' Kathleen Parker suggests is the case with "principled martyrs," that, "[P]rincipled or not, you're still dead in the end."

But death by pandering strips you of both your integrity and your honor. Worse, it doesn't give you the opportunity to make your case and try to gain supporters for your perspective.

In essence, it is just giving up.

Even Safe Cities Need the SAFE Act

By Jessica Vaughan, July 19, 2013

The case of Cesar Benitez, an illegal alien serial rapist with numerous prior offenses, including repeated immigration violations, illustrates the pressing need for the SAFE Act, now under consideration in the U.S. House as a welcome alternative to the Schumer-Rubio bill.

Benitez was arrested in April 2012 for hiding in a women's bathroom at a Target store in Allen, Texas, and peeping at a 13-year old girl in the next stall. They caught him in nearby Plano, where police also sought him for similar offenses, charged him with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, and set bond at $1,500. Read more...

Surprise! Few "Dreamers" Use In-State Tuition Breaks

By David North, July 19, 2013

A recent bit of investigative journalism by Politico showed that few illegal aliens are taking advantage of the in-state tuition breaks offered by many state universities.

This news should, but probably will not, shoot some holes in the endless propaganda about how a whole generation of future leaders are losing their prospects because of a nasty insistence on the enforcement of the immigration law — about all those illegal aliens who are high school valedictorians who want to go to medical school so they can serve the people, etc. Read more...

The GOP and Immigration

By Stanley Renshon, July 19, 2013

Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker writes that if the GOP doesn't die a demographic death, it may just commit suicide by standing for its principles. Republicans, she writes, "seem to be adopting the self-immolation tactics of principled martyrs," and she continues, "Of course, principled or not, you're still dead in the end."

Maybe. But consider that the public has very little detailed information about the actual Senate bill and that when they learn that what they have been told or promised is not actually in it, their support drops. Or to quote a poll headline: "39 Percent Favor Reform Plan That Cuts Future Illegal Immigration by Just 50 Percent." Read more...

Widening Existing Vulnerabilities

By Janice Kephart, July 19, 2013

(Ms. Kephart recently returned from a Special Counsel position with the Senate Judiciary Committee, where she advised and supported Senator Jeff Sessions' (R-Ala.) work during the committee's consideration of immigration legislation.)

Read Part 1

The Senate-passed S.744 has three distinct, mandatory airport exit requirements, only two of which involve seaports. None solve the air carrier problem, only one provides funding, and all conflict with current law. Read more...

Reviewing the Daily Beast's Story on the March for Jobs

By Jerry Kammer, July 18, 2013

Michelle Cottle is a fine writer. A scribe for the Daily Beast, she writes vividly and with fervor, especially when she rips conservatives. Of the Tea Party, for example, she has written that "the movement's anarchic, bottom-up structure may give its gatherings tons of snap, crackle, and pop, but it is lousy for formulating and delivering a coherent message."

So when the Black American Leadership Alliance this week teamed up this with Tea Partiers for a rally demanding that Congress "recognize the devastating effects illegal immigration and amnesty have on low-skilled workers, particularly those in minority communities," maybe it was inevitable that Cottle would ignore the message and slash the cracklers. Read more...

The GOP and Immigration

By Stanley Renshon, July 18, 2013

If you listen to supporters of the Gang of Eight's vast immigration bill, including many establishment Republicans, the GOP faces a dire choice: adapt demographically and support the bill or die.

Those who prefer that their party do neither have now been given an another choice, this time by Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker. They can commit principled suicide. Read more...

Virginia, Not ICE, Closes Suspect University of Northern Virginia

By David North, July 18, 2013

The University of Northern Virginia (UNVA) — a very marginal institution that relied heavily on foreign students, notably those from India, and that was raided two years ago by Immigration and Customs Enforcement — was closed Wednesday, July 17, by the State of Virginia, not by ICE.

As is all too often the case, an institution outside the immigration business has stepped in and done the work that should have been done by the Department of Homeland Security, as the Securities and Exchange Commission did recently in a $145 million immigrant investor (EB-5) fraud case I described in an earlier blog. Read more...