Immigration Blog

USCIS Devotes Much Staff Time to Abused Alien Step-Parents of Citizens

By David North, September 14, 2011

Here's the (admittedly odd) scenario:

1. An American citizen takes a trip overseas to beat up or otherwise abuse his alien step-parent or step-parents, or maybe his alien biological parent or parents. (Let's call it a totally regrettable and very, very specialized form of tourism.)

2. The abused alien step-parent or parent survives the abuse and then consults a U.S. immigration lawyer, and learns that because of the abuse, or maybe alleged abuse, the abusee, if that is a word, can file for immigration to the United States and receive a quick (but lifelong) green card as an "immediate relative of a U.S. citizen." Read more...

Time to Sanction the Sanctuaries

By Jessica Vaughan, September 13, 2011

Cook County, Illinois (which includes the city of Chicago) passed an ordinance last week instructing the sheriff to disregard requests from ICE to hold suspected removable aliens who are arrested. This irrational directive already is sending violent criminal aliens back to the streets instead of into ICE custody, where a few of them might actually be deported, sparing future victims. ICE director John Morton probably doesn't care if Cook County keeps his agents from doing their job, but if Congress does, there is an easy fix – stop rewarding Cook County with millions of dollars in annual SCAAP payments until they start honoring the ICE detainers. Read more...

Disentangling Fee-Waiver Data from the USCIS Statistical Swamp

By David North, September 13, 2011

In a recent blog I wrote that USCIS had reported losses from fee waivers of $27 million in FY 2009 and a projected $87 million in FY 2011. Fee waivers are granted to low-income applicants who want something from USCIS but who argue successfully that they are too poor to pay the related fees.

The statement above might imply that the two numbers – $27 million and the much larger $87 million – both were published, as such, by the agency. Read more...

Thinking of First Responders

By W.D. Reasoner, September 11, 2011

It's natural that, with the advent of the tenth anniversary of the terror attacks on our nation, one's thoughts would drift to the first responders who go about protecting us throughout the nation on a daily basis. They so often go unnoticed until trauma or tragedy strikes, as it did so quickly and so violently on September 11, 2001. It's a sad truism that only then do we seem to stop, take stock, and come to recognize their dedication and quiet heroism. Read more...

9/11 + 10: Time to Keep Extremists Out

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

Ten years after 9/11, there are still plenty of threats to America's security stemming directly from mass immigration. And there is still plenty of room for better ways for fighting the threat from ideologically dangerous foreigners. Read more...

A Thought About Uncle Omar

By David North, September 10, 2011

Here's a thought about what the Obama administration might do with Uncle Omar, who is America's most prominent illegal alien this month.

As my colleague Jon Feere noted yesterday, the president's half-uncle, Onyango Obama, the illegal alien with the drunk driving citation, has been released from jail, and no official will tell us what the government plans to do with him – despite the outstanding deportation order of some years ago. Read more...

WARNING: Obama's Drunk-Driving Illegal-Alien Uncle Back on the Streets

By Jon Feere, September 9, 2011

In a decision that seems to unnecessarily risk the lives of many people, ICE has released Onyango Obama, President Obama's "Uncle Omar" about two weeks after he was detained following a drunk driving accident. He reportedly had been ordered deported to his native Kenya back in 1989, and lost an appeal in 1992. Read more...

Protest at Hershey Gaining Support

By Jerry Kammer, September 9, 2011

The protest against Hershey Co, the corporate chocolate icon, by foreign students working under a State Department cultural exchange program is not diminishing, even as many of the students prepare to return home at the end of their four-month J-1 visas.

To the contrary, protesting students are gaining new support in their effort to expose what they call sweatshop conditions at Hershey's Eastern Distribution Center. The massive plant, located just east of the Pennsylvania town that bears the company's name, ships candies made at the nearby Hershey factory. Read more...

Financial Losses Due to USCIS Fee Waivers Soar to $87 Million a Year

By David North, September 9, 2011

USCIS has revealed – if one applies some math to an obscure government document – that it is now experiencing fee-waiver-caused losses at the rate of $87 million a year for FY 2011, sharply up from $27 million a year for FY 2009.

A USCIS press officer gave me the $27 million figure a year or so ago.

The government has long had a program allowing certain very low-income persons – mostly aliens – to seek waivers of immigration and naturalization fees; the basic policy is appropriate but what USCIS has done in the last year was to make it much, much easier for applicants to file for fee waivers. Read more...

Milford, Mass., Tells Ecuador (and ICE): Enough Already!

By Jessica Vaughan, September 8, 2011

On August 20, Matt Denice, age 23, was out riding his motorcycle in his home town of Milford, Mass., when, according to police and witnesses, he was struck, dragged, and killed by an Ecuadoran illegal alien drunk driver, Nicolas Guaman. It was a horrific crime that has sparked widespread public outrage and renewed resentment toward Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick's sanctuary policies and ICE's reluctance to implement the Secure Communities program here. What I have found most interesting and refreshing, though, is the reaction of Milford officials, who have wasted no time in taking steps locally to address the conditions that encourage illegal settlement. Read more...