Immigration Blog

Superman Meets His Match: Los Hermanos Ortiz

By Jerry Kammer, April 28, 2011

The blogosphere is abuzz with the news that the latest edition of the Superman comics series has the superhero renouncing his American citizenship, declaring he is "tired of having my actions construed as instruments of U.S. policy." Read more...

Utah's Actions Analyzed at Immigration Policy Conference

By David North, April 27, 2011

While all the talk was, subtly, in favor of mass immigration, there were some conflicting views regarding the recent Utah developments at the 8th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference in Washington on April 26.

The event, at the Georgetown University Law School, was co-sponsored by the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) and the Catholic Legal Immigration Network. It is a continuation of a series of such events that, with somewhat different sponsorships but with an identical policy orientation, have been happening every spring since at least 1969. Read more...

Jason DeParle Has the Last Word, for Now

By Jerry Kammer, April 26, 2011

In yesterday's blog, I noted that New York Times reporter Jason DeParle had responded to questions I had emailed him regarding his April 17 front-page story. I did not quote from the response because I had offered to embargo it for a year. I offered the embargo because I thought he might be more comfortable and candid if he knew that the answers would be printed long after the initial controversy of his story had cooled. Read more...

Bahamas Gets It Right on Investment Levels and Streamlining

By David North, April 26, 2011

Sometimes it is downright embarrassing to find tiny Third World nations handling immigration challenges better than the mighty U.S. does.

For example, The Bahamas has just decided to triple the investment needed if you want to get permanent residence there; the bar used to be $500,000 (often used to buy a house) and now it is $1,500,000. These are Bahamas dollars, but they are worth, depending on the mood of the market, a hair more or a hair less than the U.S. dollar. Read more...

A Message from Jason DeParle, and a Response

By Jerry Kammer, April 25, 2011

In Friday's blog post, which responded critically to the previous Sunday's lengthy New York Times article about John Tanton, I noted that on April 17, DeParle had responded to an email from me in which I had questioned the story. As I noted in the blog, while DeParle's email said he would send me a note the next day, I had not heard from him. Read more...

A Misleading Article on Illegal Aliens and Income Tax Payments

By David North, April 24, 2011

For advocates of the illegal alien population the headline seemed to be a winner. It said:

Study estimates that illegal immigrants paid $11.2 B in taxes last year, unlike GE, which paid zero

The news story was by Albor Ruiz and appeared in the New York Daily News on April 20. Read more...

Insecuring the Border

By James R. Edwards Jr., April 24, 2011

Fox News recently made an exclusive report confirming that Border Patrol and Homeland Security officials are manipulating apprehension figures.

That is, border security agencies are forcing Border Patrol officers not to apprehend aliens attempting to cross the Mexican border illegally. You read that right: Let them go, never touch them. Read more...

Angels Dancing on Pins and the Meaning of Moral Turpitude

By David North, April 23, 2011

Sometimes it is useful to look at a single deportation case to get a sense of how the immigration law is, in fact, enforced.

In the Middle Ages theologians used to debate how many angels could dance on the head of a pin; nowadays, immigration lawyers and judges often argue about the meaning of a "crime of moral turpitude" in deportation cases.

It's not that the alien in the dock is not deportable – that he's deportable is usually conceded by all parties. Nor is there a question of whether or not the alien has committed a crime; again, that is pretty clear. Read more...

GAO Updates Cost of Criminal Aliens

By Jessica Vaughan, April 23, 2011

The incarceration of criminal aliens cost the federal government more than $1.6 billion in 2009, according to a new GAO report. In addition, taxpayers shelled out tens of millions more that year to incarcerate aliens in state prisons and local jails.

Other findings:

Deconstructing the New York Times

By Jerry Kammer, April 22, 2011

When I read last Sunday’s New York Times cover piece on pioneering and polemical immigration restrictionist John Tanton, I thought immediately of John Higham, the eminent historian and author of the classic study of nativism, Strangers in the Land. Read more...