Immigration Blog

Welcome Attention Paid to the Usually Ignored Third Flow of Illegal Aliens

By David North, February 3, 2014

The usually neglected third flow of illegal aliens – those who manage to come through ports of entry when they should have been stopped – gathered some attention at an academic conference sponsored by Georgetown University last week. Read more...

Why Allowing Illegal Migrants to Choose Their Own Legalization Status Is a Very Bad Idea

By Stanley Renshon, February 3, 2014

Over at the Cato Institute, Alex Nowrasteh has an idea that he thinks will bridge the gap between those who want to give illegal migrants a "path to citizenship" and those who are skeptical. His idea: "Several paths toward legal status should be created and the unauthorized immigrants should be allowed to choose for themselves." Read more...

The Threatening Congressman Has an Indirect EB-5 Connection

By David North, February 3, 2014

The thuggish congressman who threatened – on camera – to toss a reporter off a balcony, Michael Grimm, (R-NY), has a major, if indirect, connection with the EB-5 (immigrant investor) program. Read more...

On Syrian Refugees, Revisited

By Dan Cadman, January 31, 2014

A few days ago, I blogged about Sen. Dick Durbin's (D-Ill.) belief that the United States has not done enough to accept Syrian refugees into this country. By contrast, I opined that there were good and valid reasons for not doing that where immigration policies and public safety are concerned -- reasons that, for once, the administration was following.

My objection was, and is, that the background checks and vetting procedures in our refugee program are inadequate to protect the country against the possibility of admitting a terrorist, as has happened before. Read more...

Evangelical Immigration Table — Purveyor of Principles or Ravenous Wolves in Sheep's Clothing

By Ronald W. Mortensen, January 31, 2014

The Evangelical Immigration Table has developed its own principles for immigration reform that attempt to "honor both the rule of law (Romans 13) and the call to welcome the stranger (Matthew 25)".

However, a problem arises when the evangelical principles are applied to the following, real-life equation:

Illegal Aliens = Child Identity Theft
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EB-5 Program Will Be Slowed by Its Own Success, Chinese Governmental Caution

By David North, January 31, 2014

It was bound to happen.

Shamelessly hyped by the USCIS leadership, and much sought after by nervous Chinese millionaires, the immigrant investor (EB-5) program for the Chinese is about to reach a plateau because of two quite different forces:

  • The automatic operations of our immigration law, and its numerical ceilings; and
  • A conscious decision by Chinese authorities to protect their rich from our program.

Arizona Documentary Shows the State of PBS

By Jerry Kammer, January 31, 2014

One scene in a recent PBS documentary on Arizona's battle over illegal immigration shows a man walking his bike past a street demonstration. "Follow the law!" he yells to the crowd, "Acclimate to the country!"

But that's not what he said according to the subtitle provided by the filmmakers to compensate for the marginal sound quality. In a mistake that somehow made it past the independent moviemakers and the review process at PBS, the subtitle reports that he shouted "Go back to your country!"

It was an honest mistake, I am sure. But it was a sloppy mistake that should have never made it past the first edit, much less the final screening by the people at PBS who decided to make it available to stations across the country. And it was all too fitting as a metaphor of PBS deafness in its reporting on those who are upset by illegal immigration. Read more...

On Risk Management and Risk Mitigation at USCIS

By Dan Cadman, January 31, 2014

Before we drive onto the roadways, most of us almost reflexively check to ensure that the rearview and sideview mirrors give us the best sighting possible of what's behind us. If not, we take a few moments to adjust them to their proper angles and, where the rearview is concerned, also adapt it to low-light conditions if it's night time.

We do this because we know that you sometimes need to look backward to see what's coming. It's so fundamental and obvious a truism that saying so borders on platitude. Read more...

Let Illegal Migrants Choose their Status? An Even Worse Idea

By Stanley Renshon, January 30, 2014

Conn Carroll's idea for reaching an immigration compromise is to let illegal migrants who are eligible for legalization choose whether they wish to be on a "pathway to citizenship" track or not. His suggestion is based on the erroneous view that those being offered legalization would first have to leave the country and then reapply. Read more...

Plucky L-1 Irishman Fired by U.S. firm for Protecting L-1 Indian

By David North, January 29, 2014

The hero of this tale is an Irishman, Ian Spandow, an L-1 worker who had risen to an executive position within Oracle, an American firm with an imperial reach.

Oracle, a software giant, is the villain in the piece, charged with discriminating against one of its workers from India, another L-1, whose the role is that of the victim. Read more...