Immigration Blog

Stupid Is as Stupid Does

By W.D. Reasoner, January 5, 2012

Forrest Gump, quoting one of his momma's homey aphorisms, tells us that life is like a box of chocolates: you never know what you're gonna get. How true. Here's proof:

A Texas television station is reporting that an American teen runaway took on the identity of an illegal alien from Colombia who was wanted on criminal warrants from that country. The teen, Jakadrien Turner, got picked up by the local cops in Houston, who alerted federal officers from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which took her prints but according to the news account did nothing with them. (Huh?) They did, however, put her through deportation proceedings where, anonymous ICE officials tell us, she steadfastly maintained her assumed identity, so they obtained an order of removal and forthwith sent her back to Colombia. If that excuse is supposed to give ICE a pass on this, I'm not buying it. Read more...

Much Easier to Get Naturalized Now Than a Decade Ago

By David North, January 4, 2012

It is much, much easier to get naturalized in recent years than it was 11 years ago, newly released statistics from USCIS have revealed.

In 2000 more than 31 percent of the citizenship applications were denied; by last year the percentage of denials was below 8 percent, as can be seen in the table that follows. Read more...

Libertarians on Citizenship

By Mark Krikorian, January 3, 2012

A few days ago, Ed Crane, president of the Cato Institute, wrote a piece on Ron Paul in the Wall Street Journal containing the following graf: Read more...

Prometheus Unhinged

By W.D. Reasoner, January 3, 2012

The ancient Greeks gave us the story of Prometheus, one of the Titans, who was punished by Zeus for giving the gift of fire to mere mortals.

Residents of Los Angeles County received their own (unwelcome) gift of fire during a long and terrifying extended New Year's weekend when a disgruntled German immigrant named Harry Burkhart allegedly set ablaze a sizeable number of vehicles, many of them in garages attached to, or underneath, densely populated apartments and condos. By a miracle, no one was killed or seriously injured. Read more...

Looking to One's Own Backyard

By W.D. Reasoner, January 2, 2012

Quite recently, Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama took to the Senate floor to chastise Sen. Dick Durban of Illinois, after the latter criticized the state of Alabama for having passed an immigration enforcement statute. Read more...

Three Developments in Nonimmigrant Worker Programs

By David North, December 30, 2011

Three developments, two grim, and one intriguing – and all relating to nonimmigrant worker programs – deserve a few lines of type as the year closes. The first relates to high-skilled workers, and the last two with low-skilled ones. Read more...

Old News About Latino Voters

By James R. Edwards Jr., December 30, 2011

A new Pew Hispanic Center poll relays some old news: Latino voters favor the Democratic presidential candidate by better than 2-to-1. Read more...

Criminals Start Small

By Mark Krikorian, December 29, 2011

I don't know how much national attention it got, but earlier this year there were a spate of attacks in Northern Virginia (where I live) where a man would slash a young woman's buttocks in a department store or mall and then run off. The injuries were superficial but the randomness (not to mention weirdness) of it caused a lot of concern, kind of like a farcical replay of the Beltway Sniper shootings in 2002. Read more...

Bipartisanship in Immigration

By Mark Krikorian, December 29, 2011

The new-ish editor of the Atlanta Journal Constitution has spent the past year telling anyone who would hear that "Our goal is broader discourse" so that in the opinion pages "no single voice dominates the conversation."

Today the paper ran two pieces on Newt Gingrich's amnesty proposal and … well, you can guess what I'm going to say, but I'll go ahead anyway. The two pieces not only fail to broaden the discourse but they say the same thing and are written by members of the same pro-amnesty lobbying group. Read more...

"You Can Fool Some of the People..."

By W.D. Reasoner, December 29, 2011

Every once in a while, some little newsy tidbit comes along that warms the cockles of even my cynical heart.

In this case, it's a realization that perhaps Honest Abe Lincoln (or P.T. Barnum, or whoever actually uttered the words) was right when he said that "you can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time." Read more...