Immigration Blog

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...

Limbaugh Mistakenly Warns GOP: Don't Be 'Distracted' by Illegal Immigration

By Ronald W. Mortensen, September 8, 2011

During the past week, Rush Limbaugh has repeatedly told his radio audience that Republicans should ignore illegal immigration because the left and its mainstream media allies are using it to distract them from the key issues that will guarantee a Republican victory in November – jobs, stimulus spending, and higher taxes. Read more...

Census Report Shows Enforcement Works

By David North, September 8, 2011

Open-borders advocates often argue that changes in the immigration law, and/or added enforcement, cannot change the size of the legal and illegal alien populations. No mere governmental activity can resist the human tide of would-be migrants, is their view. They say, in effect, "Why try?"

The totally neutral U.S. Census Bureau offers a stunning rebuttal of that position in its latest report on the shrinking population of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). These islands, north of Guam in the western Pacific, are the newest additions to the U.S. territorial family, having been conquered by the U.S. late in World War II. Read more...

Immigration: A Litmus Test for the GOP?

By James R. Edwards Jr., September 8, 2011

Immigration has become a litmus test for Republican voters, the Washington Post has reported. This marks a significant development for the issue and for the GOP electorate, which leans more to the right on issues in general. It also has political ramifications for candidates. (Mark Krikorian commented on the article here.)

From the Post article:

'Illegals Raiding the U.S. Treasury' – The Civics Lesson Therein

By David North, September 7, 2011

My colleague Jim Edwards, in a blog entitled "Illegals Raiding the U.S. Treasury" has called (appropriately) to our attention the way that illegal aliens have, apparently, robbed the U.S. Treasury of $4.2 billion, according to a report from the Treasury Department Inspector General.

They did so by claiming child tax credits to which they were not entitled. The children may or may not have been present, but the department had no right to give cash tax refunds to illegal aliens. Treasury has done nothing about it. Read more...

Luis Rubio on Class in Mexico and the U.S.

By Jerry Kammer, September 6, 2011

Mexican scholar and social critic Luis Rubio is known for his columns in the newspaper Reforma that help explain his country's failure to emerge as a dynamic democracy capable of offering opportunities to its people rather than pushing so many to emigrate. He provided another fascinating example in Sunday’s paper, writing that Mexico is plagued by a "classism" that is powerfully illustrated by a video available on Youtube. Read more...

Illegals Raiding U.S. Treasury

By James R. Edwards Jr., September 5, 2011

A new report by the U.S. Treasury Department's Inspector General has found that illegal aliens collected $4.2 billion in 2010 in a refundable tax credit.

Important findings from the report include:

  • The $4.2 billion that illegals claimed under the child tax credit last year is four times higher than the amount in 2005.