Immigration Blog

Amnesty Is a Bad Idea

By Jon Feere, February 8, 2013

Two new op-eds critiquing the amnesty proposal have been authored by the Center for Immigration Studies. CIS Board Member Jan Ting's op-ed "Just say no to amnesty redux" appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer, while CIS Fellow David Seminara's op-ed "Legalizing illegal immigrants a bad idea" appeared in the Chicago Tribune.

Both op-eds point out significant problems with large-scale amnesty programs.


American Opportunity Centers

By Mark Krikorian, February 7, 2013

In the most recent episode of the Ricochet Podcast, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus talks about the need to create a permanent party infrastructure in minority communities. I defer to his expertise on the specifically political, but one idea I've had is for the Republican Party to establish a non-profit that would open "American Opportunity Centers" around the country to teach immigrants English and history/civics. Read more...

Nuances on the "Path to Citizenship" Emerge in Protracted House Hearing

By David North, February 6, 2013

To what extent are the pro-amnesty people advocating what the illegal aliens want for themselves, and to what extent are they calling for, instead, what the advocates want to do to the illegal aliens?

That question was implied in yesterday's marathon immigration policy hearing of the House Judiciary Committee. Read more...

A Dilemma for Many Diligent Democratic Members of the Congress

By David North, February 5, 2013

If you are a Democratic member of the Congress, and are paying close attention to public policy issues, you may find yourself in this situation:

You support the massive "path to citizenship" for illegals backed by the president

You support the president's efforts to restrict gun rights (as do I).

You know that illegal aliens currently cannot legally own guns.

Thus, by backing the amnesty, you would be expanding — eventually — the number of people who may lawfully own guns by 11 million or so — and every one of the 11 million would have a record of breaking the law! Read more...

Obama to DACA's: You Can Have Dessert Without Eating Your Spinach

By David North, February 4, 2013

When I was growing up, the rule at the dinner table was that you had to eat your spinach (or worse, boiled Brussels sprouts) before you could have your dessert.

That's a good precedent, but one that the Obama administration has not applied to either the proposed mass amnesty program as I noted in an earlier blog, nor to the rules set forth for those who are currently applying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Read more...

A Feast of Immigration Quirks in the Current Issue of Interpreter Releases

By David North, February 4, 2013

If you need a brief respite the from the gloomy news of a perhaps impending massive legalization program, here are some immigration oddities reaped from the January 14 issue of Interpreter Releases, the sober-sided, irony-free trade paper for immigration lawyers. Read more...

Really Getting Immigration Right

By James R. Edwards Jr., February 4, 2013

Columnist Charles Krauthammer, a physician by training, gets the diagnosis right on the problem of the "compromise" Senate amnesty outline hatched in a back room.

Krauthammer points out how this "comprehensive" framework for mass amnesty, despite all the spin employed to try to sell it, really takes the same shape as the 1986 IRCA amnesty. Read more...

Schumer: Border Security Not a Prerequisite for Amnesty

By Jon Feere, February 4, 2013

At a press conference Thursday, Senator Schumer (D–N.Y.) let it be known that the only purpose of the "comprehensive immigration reform" effort is mass legalization and increases in future legal immigration. Border security is not something the Democratic leadership is taking seriously. Those who believe that there is some agreement among political interests that border security and other measures would be in place before 11 million illegal aliens are legalized are discovering that the high-immigration side of the debate has no intention of actually seeing our laws enforced. Read more...

ICE Agents Have Standing to Sue DHS Over DACA

By Janice Kephart, February 3, 2013

In the midst of a "comprehensive immigration reform" package that could legalize the controversial so-called Morton memo on prosecutorial discretion and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) directive for a DREAM Act-like deferred action amnesty (known as DACA), a legal challenge to both was upheld in a federal appeals court ruling last month. The ruling, issued by Judge Reed O'Connor in Dallas, concluded that 10 ICE agents and officers have standing to challenge both DHS initiatives aimed at limiting ICE agents from upholding immigration law. Read more...

40 Million Illegal Aliens in 2038?

By David North, February 1, 2013

We have all been warned against making predictions about the future. But if the future reflects the past the figure below shows what could happen to the size of the illegal alien population in 2038, 25 years from now, if the current group of 11 million illegals becomes legalized under the Obama plan. Read more...