Immigration Blog

Rep. Labrador Meets the Press: Round 2

By Stanley Renshon, August 1, 2013

"Meet the Press", hosted by David Gregory, is, as noted, a rather conventional news program. Yet, every once in a while, it results in a very clarifying set of exchanges.

One case in point was the following exchange between New York Times columnist David Brooks and Rep. Raul Labrador on the July 7 show: Read more...

Judge: Obama’s DREAM Act Amnesty Is Illegal, but ICE Agents Can’t Sue

By Mark Krikorian, August 1, 2013

Just back from braving the wilds of western New York, and I see that a federal judge in Dallas has dismissed a civil suit by ICE agents challenging the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) amnesty (Obama's administrative version of the DREAM Act). The agents claimed that Obama's illegal amnesty forced them to violate federal law, contrary to their oath to bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution. Read more...

Crooked FSOs Busted for Selling Visas

By David Seminara, August 1, 2013

Two foreign service officers (FSO) in opposite corners of the world recently have been implicated in cash-for-visa scandals that have raised new questions about the State Department's lack of oversight in the visa issuance process. In May, Michael Sestak, an FSO who was serving as the non-immigrant visa (NIV) chief at the U.S. Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, was arrested in California and has been charged with conspiracy to commit visa fraud and bribery. Read more...

No Action on Mayorkas Nomination Until After August Recess

By David North, July 31, 2013

It is now clear that there will be no action on the nomination of Alejandro Mayorkas to be deputy secretary of DHS until after the August Senate recess. He is currently director of USCIS.

More specifically, the Senate resumes work on September 6 and current DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano is scheduled to leave her office on September 7, so it appears that Under Secretary Rand Beers, now acting deputy secretary, will become acting secretary on that date, assuming that Napolitano leaves as scheduled. For more on the succession complications at DHS, see this earlier blog of mine. Read more...

Visa Integrity and Security = A SAFE America

By W.D. Reasoner, July 31, 2013

Informed statisticians inside the government and out calculate that, at a minimum, about 40 percent of those living in our country without permission initially entered legally through land, sea and air ports of entry and then simply overstayed their periods of authorized admission, melting into the interior and working illegally, often by assuming the identities and using the critical data (such as Social Security numbers) of citizens and lawful residents. In other words, nearly half of the illegal-alien population consists of individuals who abused our visa and visa-waiver systems. The phenomenon has risen to a crisis level.

This is why I find it odd — anachronistic in the extreme — that the tipping point for the Senate, in its embarrassing rush to pass an immigration reform bill, any immigration reform bill no matter how flawed, was a last-minute amendment providing for a "surge" of Border Patrol agents on the southern land border. Read more...

Figuring the Damage Done by Detached Elites? Add Youth Unemployment to the List

By Jerry Kammer, July 30, 2013

A story on Monday night's "PBS News Hour" reported on an effort in Boston to confront the crisis of youth unemployment. Despite that effort, said correspondent Paul Solman, there are many fewer jobs available in Boston today than there were in the late 1990s.

Solman described the dimensions of the problem, reporting that 12 million Americans in the 16-19 age cohort are unemployed. One of his interviewees said American employers need to be mobilized to hire young workers for whom job experience is a vital part of preparation for adulthood. Read more...

Rep. Labrador Meets the Press: Round 1

By Stanley Renshon, July 30, 2013

"Meet the Press", hosted by David Gregory, is one of the nation's oldest and most respected Sunday news shows. Each week it invites noteworthy political leaders and opinion makers to deliver their views and discuss them with the host and in turn have them discussed by a panel of political commentators. Read more...

Rep. Raul Labrador and the Courage of Immigration Convictions

By Stanley Renshon, July 30, 2013

Republican Rep. Raul Labrador has represented Idaho's first congressional district since 2010 and was a member of that state's House of Representatives before that. In Congress he has become an important voice on immigration, and for good reason. He was born in Puerto Rico, raised by a single mother, made his way through Brigham Young University, and then the University of Washington Law School. Read more...

Succession Scenarios at Buckingham Palace and at Homeland Security

By David North, July 29, 2013

While, thanks to the arrival of the little Prince of Cambridge, the succession plans for the British monarchy are well established for the next 60 years, the succession for the secretary-ship of Homeland Security is not clear 60 days from now. Read more...

Calling President Obama: A Black Man Seeks Action on Jobs

By Jerry Kammer, July 29, 2013

I have spoken with President Obama once, for about 10 seconds. It was the spring of 2006. He was a senator. I was a reporter. As he walked past my position off the senate floor, I asked his response to those who say illegal immigration has displaced many young black men from the workplace.

Sen. Obama said this as he kept moving: "Well, there are a lot of other issues facing young black men."

Yes, but this is an issue, as a call yesterday from a black man in Georgia to C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" showed. Read more...