Immigration Blog

USCIS Bunts on Operating Statistics

By David North, July 19, 2011

Suppose major league baseball released batting statistics that consisted of just two variables, at- bats and strikeouts.

Fans would have no idea of the number of hits, runs, walks, or runs-batted-in – just at-bats and strikeouts, but MLB would say that they were publishing comprehensive data.

That is essentially what USCIS is doing in today's output of floods of operating data. Read more...

Asylum Fraud Takes Center Stage

By David Seminara, July 18, 2011

In a bizarre turn of events, the DSK Affair has served to highlight the issue of asylum fraud. Last week, The New York Times published a well-researched front page story, and a "Room For Debate" op-ed forum on how to tackle the problem. And Jesse Ellison at the Daily Beast weighed in with a ludicrous piece which asserted that "dishonesty is common when it comes to refugees – not because they're intentionally trying to scam the system, but because the way such claims are processed and determined puts asylum-seekers in a position where they may feel they have no other choice." Read more...

Case Study: ICE Moves at Glacial Speed to Deport Convict

By David North, July 17, 2011

The Department of Homeland Security argues it should not deport some deportable aliens on the grounds that it wants to use all its resources to remove criminal aliens.

Sometimes the deportations of criminals take a long, long time, as we can see by examining the most recent precedent decision from the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), issued last week.

The alien involved, Juan Ramon Martinez, a native of Honduras, was convicted of a serious crime in a California court, and this is the timeline of his case:

Alabama's Religious Left Sues

By James R. Edwards Jr., July 15, 2011

Even Alabama has a Religious Left, and the ecumenical crowd – typically more concerned with bringing about temporal comfort than heavenly peace – has joined the despicable Southern Poverty Law Center and the ACLU in suing to stop the state's new immigration enforcement law.

Here's what one of the liberal plaintiffs clad in sheep's clothing asserted: Read more...

The Death Penalty for Immigration Marriage Fraud?

By David North, July 15, 2011

Fake marriages to obtain green cards are evil, criminal acts and the government should pursue them more vigorously – but the death penalty?

I am all for jailing, then deporting, the alien or aliens involved and simultaneously jailing the citizen "spouse" if the marriage is a fraud, but a penalty of death? Read more...

Not Enough Room for Debate

By Mark Krikorian, July 14, 2011

I like the New York Times "Room for Debate" web feature, which solicits mini-op-eds on the topic of that day from five to ten people, giving you a better sense of the various wrinkles of a given policy discussion. Read more...

Government Departments Offer Dueling Nonimmigrant Worker Programs

By David North, July 14, 2011

Suppose you are a manager in a multi-national corporation and you want to hire a graduate engineer from another nation. The nonimmigrant worker programs in the U.S. are so numerous, and so lightly supervised, that you can choose among as many as four different programs, in three different cabinet agencies, for your migration mechanism.

Suppose you are a principal in a K-12 school somewhere in America, and you want to bring in a teacher from, say, Peru, for two years. You can choose from two or perhaps four different visa programs to arrange for that teacher's temporary admission. Read more...

USCIS Hails More Permissive Handling of EB-5 Alien Investor Program

By David North, July 12, 2011

Apparently nothing frustrates USCIS more than an underutilized visa program, such as the one that allows a well-to-do-investor's family to get a collection of green cards by – briefly – investing half a million dollars in the U.S. So, the agency has announced its efforts to expand that program. Read more...

More Secure Communities Kabuki

By Jessica Vaughan, July 11, 2011

Boston Mayor Tom Menino is the latest addition to the growing chorus of the nation’s liberal politicians who are making a show of wringing their hands over the Secure Communities program, which uses the existing federal fingerprint-sharing system to help ICE find foreign nationals who have been arrested and should be removed. Read more...

The Tale of Two Immigration-Related Freedom of Information Act Requests

By David North, July 11, 2011

Last year the Center for Immigration Studies filed formal requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) with two different federal agencies, and we got answers of vastly differing quality. Both requests related to operations of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Read more...