Immigration Blog

Infosys Fine Highlights Needed Immigration Reforms

By John Miano, October 31, 2013

Infosys has agreed to pay a record $34 million dollar fine for visa abuse. Infosys was circumventing the H-1B quota by bringing foreign workers in under B visitor visas instead. Such foreign workers have to return home every few months to renew their visas.

This is a very common practice throughout the industry — and it is not just the Indian companies that are doing it. When I worked for the now-defunct American company Digital Equipment, they were doing the exact same thing. Read more...

Indian Outsourcing Firm Fined $34 million for NOT Using H-1Bs

By David North, October 31, 2013

Usually the massive Indian outsourcing firms get in trouble for using too many H-1Bs when they should be hiring American workers.

But this time Infosys, the second largest of them all, had to pay the feds a record-breaking $34 million in fines for not using H-1Bs; the firm used still-cheaper foreign workers on short-term business visas (B-1s) in order to cut costs and to boost its $2.8 billion annual profit. Read more...

Rep. McCaul: Don't Use My Bill as a Vehicle for Amnesty

By Mark Krikorian, October 31, 2013

Congressman Mike McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, came out forcefully yesterday against any effort to use his border-security bill as a Trojan Horse for amnesty. Read more...

Does the Case of an Illegal-Alien Murderer Raise Policy Questions?

By David Seminara, October 31, 2013

On Saturday, a 25-year-old Chinese immigrant named Chen Mingdong reportedly went on a murderous rampage in Brooklyn, stabbing to death his cousin and her four children — ages 1, 5, 7, and 9 — in what NYPD officers have described as one of the most gruesome killing sprees in recent memory. He's been charged with five counts of murder. According to press reports, Mingdong is unemployed and lived with the cousin he killed. Read more...

They Shoot Horses in South Dakota – but EB-5 Promoters, Too?

By David North, October 30, 2013

A major middleman in the EB-5 (immigrant investor) program has been found dead, with a bullet hole in his side, on a farm in South Dakota.

Was his death an accident, or a murder?

And if the latter, did it relate to a whole series of EB-5 investments he had guided going sour, or perhaps to a feud between an in-law of his and the neighboring Sioux (the in-law is on trial for allegedly shooting five of the Indian's horses), or perhaps to something entirely different? Read more...

National Immigration Forum Board Member: Prosecute, Deport Illegals Using US Kids' Social Security Numbers

By Ronald W. Mortensen, October 29, 2013

President Obama and the National Immigration Forum (NIF) are ramping up the pressure on Republicans in the House to legalize millions of illegal aliens and to create a pathway to citizenship for them. NIF is flying in pro-amnesty lobbyists today to push House Republicans to back the Schumer-Rubio bill passed by the Senate in June.

However, according to comments made by an NIF Board member, former Utah Attorney General, Mark Shurtleff, illegal aliens are involved in serious felonies including rampant child identity theft. While serving as Utah Attorney General in 2005, Shurtleff issued a press release and held a press conference where he said: Read more...

With Fusion, Univision Anchor Has a New Platform to Defend Illegal Immigration

By Jerry Kammer, October 29, 2013

With this week's launch of Fusion, the TV joint venture between ABC and Univision, it will be interesting for English-speaking audiences to be exposed to Jorge Ramos's full-throated advocacy for illegal immigrants.

The current issue of Tiempo Latino, the Spanish-language weekly owned by the Washington Post, offers a fresh example. It includes a column by Ramos (a Mexican-born journalist and anchor on Univision) that laments the tragic deaths of illegal immigrants in their attempt to cross the border in remote harsh desert terrain – often led and then abandoned by smugglers called coyotes – and succumb to hyperthermia or dehydration or other gruesome forms of death. Read more...

The Problems of Legislative Bundling when Writing Immigration Legislation

By David North, October 28, 2013

The kind of bundling I am referring to here is not that of the lobbyists-legislators' relationships, another interesting topic, but the placing of disparate groups of would-be immigrants under a single heading, with the heading usually chosen for its curb appeal, not its accuracy.

All too often Congress lumps together quite different groups of would-be immigrants and puts an attractive label on them. There are under the current law "special immigrants," a category that includes both credentialed ministers of religion and juvenile aliens under the thumb of American courts; in immigration speak, both are EB-4 migrants, with the initials standing for Employment-Based. Read more...

New OIG Report Highlights Rampant Diversity Visa Fraud in Ukraine

By David Seminara, October 28, 2013

A new Office of the Inspector General (OIG) report on the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv (Kiev), released on Friday, reveals "indications of widespread fraud" in the Diversity Visa (visa lottery) program in Ukraine. "Organized fraud rings masquerading as travel agencies have taken control of the Diversity Visa program in Ukraine," the report bluntly states. "They buy, steal, or obtain from public sources personal information about Ukrainian citizens, especially those living in western Ukraine. They use this information to enter these citizens' names in the online Diversity Visa program Web site, often without their permission or awareness." Read more...

The Basic Fault: Why the Senate Bill Can't Be Redeemed, Part 4

By Stanley Renshon, October 28, 2013

One of the basic faults of the Senate's bill can be directly traced how the committee that drafted the legislation was put together. Anyone who didn't start with view that all our current illegal aliens should be given a chance for amnestied legalization and citizenship was excluded.

So were any potential members who did not subscribe to the view that the levels of legal immigration to the United States had to be increased substantially, well beyond their current level of about one million legal immigrants per year.

That was the Senate bill's Second Basic Fault. Read more...