Immigration Blog

National ICE Council Freezes the Obama Blitz

By Stephen Steinlight, January 11, 2012

His eyes fixed on November 6, President Obama is desperately trying to stop hemorrhaging political support in a Hispanic community outraged by the success of his administration's data-based deportation policy and whose vote is potentially critical in several swing states he won by a razor's edge in 2008. It has sent some 400,000 illegal aliens home a year for a total of about a million during his time in office. A frenetic effort is now on to shift gears and show results well before the election. Read more...

DHS Inspector-General Writes a Stunning Report on USCIS

By David North, January 11, 2012

In rare act of political courage, the Acting Inspector General of DHS – Charles K. Edwards – has filed a scathing report on the inner workings of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

The report, released in full on Monday and previewed in a recent blog of mine, discusses how the new leadership of that agency has pressured staff decision-makers to say "yes" to various immigration petitions, sometimes of a questionable nature. Read more...

Those Private Sector Immigration Lawyers: Part I

By David North, January 10, 2012

It is often said that the immigration system is broken.

The open-borders advocates use that phrase to mean that people who should be allowed to enter, cannot do so.

We restrictionists, on the other hand, use it to mean that people who should be kept out of the country are allowed to enter and to stay, when that should not happen.

These are both pretty straightforward policy observations about the utility of the immigration system.

But what about elements of the system that are broken in favor of one side or the other? Read more...

Caution: Watch for Farmers' Fibs on "Labor Shortages"

By David North, January 9, 2012

I was reminded by an article in a recent Immigration Daily about the claims that farmers make when the wages they offer do not attract the workers they say they need.

The item was headed "Bringing In the Peaches" and it related to an earlier news article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in which farmers complained about Georgia's new state immigration law, and how it had apparently impacted its labor force. Read more...

Cook County Pressured to Reverse Sanctuary Policy

By Jessica Vaughan, January 6, 2012

Commissioners in Cook County, Ill., (which includes Chicago) are starting to feel some heat over an ill-conceived ordinance they enacted in September, requiring the county sheriff to ignore ICE requests to hold criminal aliens to enable the agency to initiate removal proceedings (detainers). Read more...

USCIS Staff Pushed to OK Questionable Cases – Unpublished IG Report

By David North, January 6, 2012

An unpublished report of the DHS inspector general, according to an internet-only publication, says that many USCIS officers felt pressured to approve questionable immigration cases:

. . . high-ranking USCIS officials said the pressure has heightened after the Obama Administration appointed Alejandro Mayorkas as director in August 2009 . . . bringing with him a mantra of "get to yes".

ICE Gets One Right, Admittedly on a Tiny Issue

By David North, January 6, 2012

Usually when there is an alien population with special temporary immigration benefits, such as Temporary Protected Status, the government renews that status year after year, long after the temporary problem – such as a hurricane or earthquake – is over. Hundreds of thousands of Central Americans are in the U.S. legally because of such decisions; without them they would be illegals.

With that in mind I decided to see what would happen to the special rules for F-1 students from Libya that were created last year. Read more...

Stupid Is as Stupid Does

By W.D. Reasoner, January 5, 2012

Forrest Gump, quoting one of his momma's homey aphorisms, tells us that life is like a box of chocolates: you never know what you're gonna get. How true. Here's proof:

A Texas television station is reporting that an American teen runaway took on the identity of an illegal alien from Colombia who was wanted on criminal warrants from that country. The teen, Jakadrien Turner, got picked up by the local cops in Houston, who alerted federal officers from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which took her prints but according to the news account did nothing with them. (Huh?) They did, however, put her through deportation proceedings where, anonymous ICE officials tell us, she steadfastly maintained her assumed identity, so they obtained an order of removal and forthwith sent her back to Colombia. If that excuse is supposed to give ICE a pass on this, I'm not buying it. Read more...

Much Easier to Get Naturalized Now Than a Decade Ago

By David North, January 4, 2012

It is much, much easier to get naturalized in recent years than it was 11 years ago, newly released statistics from USCIS have revealed.

In 2000 more than 31 percent of the citizenship applications were denied; by last year the percentage of denials was below 8 percent, as can be seen in the table that follows. Read more...

Libertarians on Citizenship

By Mark Krikorian, January 3, 2012

A few days ago, Ed Crane, president of the Cato Institute, wrote a piece on Ron Paul in the Wall Street Journal containing the following graf: Read more...