Immigration Blog

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.

Alabama Lawsuit Highlights Growth of Open-Border Groups

By Jon Feere, August 15, 2011

The open-border crowd is very well-funded and constantly growing, as noted in my blog post about a recent anti-Secure Communities effort pushed by over 200 pro-amnesty groups. A new lawsuit filed by the U.S. Read more...

Long May She Waive

By David North, August 15, 2011

The Migration Policy Institute, an open-borders think tank in Washington, has had the following helpful piece of information on its website for two months now:

Independence Day in the United States, which is on the fourth of July, is just around the corner, and with it comes the traditional holiday festivities, fireworks, and waiving of American flags . . . [emphasis added]

Thank you, MPI, it is good to know when Independence Day is, but the U.S. does not waive its flag – it annually waives the need for visas for millions of alien tourists. [UPDATE: MPI corrected the spelling error this afternoon.] Read more...

Granted Asylum in U.S., Mexican Reporter Talks of Corruption

By Jerry Kammer, August 15, 2011

The former Juarez crime reporter who received political asylum in the United States after claiming that his life had been threatened says Mexican police, not drug traffickers, are the greatest threat to Mexican reporters.

"The narcos don't care (about reporters)," Jorge Luis Aguirre said on Univision's Sunday Spanish-language news program, Al Punto. "How does a reporter concern them if they control the government and control the police?" Read more...

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...