Immigration Blog

Here's an Arm of USCIS That's Tough on Disputed R-1 (Religious) Visas

By David North, August 14, 2011

We have noted in an earlier blog how secretive USCIS is with its decisions about R-1 (nonimmigrant religious worker) visas.

Recently in an FOIA request that produced data on yes/no decisions on every other classification of petitions for nonimmigrant workers, there was no information on what USCIS did with the R-1 requests. I think that was deliberate, as noted in another blog. Read more...

Yes, Joe Wilson Was Right!

By James R. Edwards Jr., August 13, 2011

President Obama and all those Democrats who jumped all over Rep. Joe Wilson a couple of years ago owe Mr. Wilson an apology. For he was dead on when he challenged the president's bald-faced assertion, trying to sell his government takeover of health care, that illegal aliens wouldn't benefit from his health care scheme. Read more...

Child Labor and Illegal Immigration like Peas in a Pod

By Jon Feere, August 12, 2011

When businesses get away with violating immigration laws in the workplace, there's no telling how many more laws will fall by the wayside. Three years ago I wrote a blog post highlighting this phenomenon, pointing to the fact that the ICE enforcement raids in Postville, Iowa, uncovered not only employment of illegal immigrants but also more than 9,000 violations of child labor laws involving 32 youths.

Yesterday ABC News reported that the U.S. Department of Labor found children between the ages of six and 11 working in strawberry fields in the State of Washington, likely right alongside illegal immigrants. The three companies listed – George Hoffman Farms, Berry Good Farms, and Columbia Fruit, LLC – are not using E-Verify, according to the helpful NumbersUSA database. Read more...

USCIS Tries to Bar DoJ from Looking at Its Records

By David North, August 11, 2011

USCIS got its wrist slapped this week by an arm of the Justice Department, when USCIS tried to hide a quasi-amnesty application from an immigration judge.

An illegal alien from El Salvador, Pablo De Jesus Henriquez Rivera, tried to revive his previously rejected application for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), thus making his presence in the U.S. legal, when he came before an immigration judge. Read more...

Making Illegals the Victims

By James R. Edwards Jr., August 11, 2011

An Associated Press report is designed to tug at Americans' heartstrings and imply a question: Why is the U.S. so mean to those illegal Mexican aliens, making them leave the country? Read more...

ABA Wades into Birthright Citizenship Debate

By Jon Feere, August 11, 2011

The increasingly feckless American Bar Association continued pushing an open-border agenda at its annual meeting this week, which was, oddly, held in Toronto. The organization passed a resolution opposing any change to the way in which the 14th Amendment's Citizenship Clause is enforced. Read more...

Congress Toys With Another Tiny Visa Class – For Exactly 14 Hospitals

By David North, August 9, 2011

The waste of administrative resources devoted to tiny classes of migrants – which we have covered in a previous blog – may get worse in the near future.

Earlier this year I called attention to one such minuscule class, a small cluster of nonimmigrant "investors" in the Northern Mariana Islands who were simultaneously judged by USCIS to be rich enough to be investors, but poor enough to have their fees waived. Read more...

Population Boom in Texas as Mexicans Flee Border Violence

By Jerry Kammer, August 8, 2011

The Texas cities of Mission and El Paso are experiencing a population and business boom, as thousands of Mexicans flee violence in the border states of Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, and Chihuahua, according to a story in yesterday's Mexico City daily Reforma.

The newspaper reports that many of the newcomers arrive with investor visas, which the United States provides to persons who bring job-creating investments with them. My colleague David North has written frequently about the EB-5 investor program; for his blogs postings on it, see here. Read more...

An Answer, Perhaps, to the Haitian TPS Puzzlement – Why So Few Takers?

By David North, August 7, 2011

One of the current immigration mysteries has been: why have so few Haitian illegal aliens in the U.S. accepted the government's offer of Temporary Protected Status, a quasi-amnesty?

After the earthquake of January 2010 the Department of Homeland Security offered TPS to all Haitians who were in the U.S. legally or illegally on the date of the quake. It expected some 100,000 to 150,000 or so to register. Read more...

WA Cancels Illegal Alien Journalist's Driver's License; Will ICE Investigate the Papers That Hired Him?

By Jon Feere, August 4, 2011

The story of illegal alien fraudster and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas continues to unfold and he is finally beginning to feel the repercussions of his unlawful activity. Read more...