Immigration Blog

Dear Mr. President: How About a Border Strategy?

By Janice Kephart, May 24, 2011

On May 11, the White House issued "Statements of Support for President Obama's Commitment to Fix our Broken Immigration System", listing business leaders, elected officials, labor unions, and "immigration reform" advocates. The focus of the comments was on the economics of immigration, and the need to rebuild our businesses and universities with foreign workers and foreign students. Read more...

Romney and Huntsman on Illegal Aliens

By Ronald W. Mortensen, May 23, 2011

Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman have many things in common. They both have Utah roots, are members of the Mormon Church, have been governors, come from a business background, and are potential Republican presidential candidates. But when it comes to illegal immigration they are miles apart.

Romney has vetoed and helped defeat bills that would have given special benefits to illegal aliens whereas Huntsman has signed legislation that provides and protects special benefits for illegal aliens. Read more...

New Wrinkle in H-1B Fraud: Stealing from the Taxpayers, Not the Workers

By David North, May 23, 2011

While the abuse of immigration systems is as old as national borders, there are creative new types of fraud (at least new to me) that pop up from time to time.

One of the typical frauds in foreign worker programs is that the worker is charged for fees that should be paid by the employer. Recently the school board in Prince George's County, Md., adjacent to Washington, D.C., was caught, as we recorded in a blog, doing exactly that to its overseas school teachers brought to this country under the H-1B program. Read more...

9/11's Triumvirate of Terrorist Travel: al Qaeda, Hezbollah, and Iran

By Janice Kephart, May 20, 2011

The 9/11 Commission requested the federal government continue an investigation into the extent of involvement of Iran and its de facto terrorist wing, Hezbollah, in the support of Al Qaeda's attacks on 9/11. On p. 241 of the Final Report, the Commission stated:

After 9/11, Iran and Hezbollah wished to conceal any past evidence of cooperation with Sunni terrorists associated with al Qaeda. A senior Hezbollah official disclaimed any Hezbollah involvement in 9/11.

DoJ Zaps Discrimination vs. U.S. Citizens, but Very Rarely

By David North, May 20, 2011

The Good News is that an H-1B employer has been penalized by an obscure Justice Department entity for discriminating against U.S. citizens.

The Bad News is that this small agency, in the last 13 years, has publicized actions of this kind only five times, while issuing press releases on taking action against employers who discriminated against foreign-born workers 25 times. Read more...

Golden Parachutes for Illegal Chipotle Workers?

By David Seminara, May 20, 2011

If you entered a country illegally, secured work with fraudulent identity documents, and were subsequently terminated once your employer detected the fraud, what would you do? I would slink out very quietly, thanking my lucky stars that the boss didn't immediately turn me over to the police for prosecution or immigration authorities for deportation. But I'm clearly out of step with the modern day sensibilities of illegal immigrants in America, or at least those employed by Chipotle in Washington. Read more...

Amnesty for All Haitians in U.S., Save those Arriving in Last Four Months

By David North, May 19, 2011

Amnesty for all Haitians who arrived legally or illegally in the U.S. by January 12 of this year has been offered by the Department of Homeland Security.

Previously this form of amnesty, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), had been available to Haitians who were here on January 12, 2010, at the time of the earthquake in that country. Now the arrival date has been extended by one year. According to DHS about 48,000 had secured this status during the earlier amnesty, a number smaller than the government had expected. Read more...

Security Gaps Still Present in Visa Waiver Program

By Jessica Vaughan, May 19, 2011

A new GAO report discloses a fairly lackluster implementation of security enhancements to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) by the Department of Homeland Security. The report reinforces the reputation that DHS has for putting travel facilitation above security considerations. Proponents of VWP expansion often tout the security enhancements as a justification for extending visa waiver privileges to more countries, but these GAO findings provide no support for this perennial proposal. Read more...

Senate Holds Hearing on Immigration Courts, II

By David North, May 18, 2011

Congressional hearings on the immigration court system usually focus on resources and the length of the backlogs.

This morning's U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing dealt with these subjects but also with some other matters:

  • the utility to the system as a whole – not just to the aliens involved – of having the aliens represented by counsel; and
  • the specific problems with deporting aliens to China and India.

(See my colleague Jon Feere's report on the hearing here.) Read more...

Senate Holds Hearing on Immigration Courts, I

By Jon Feere, May 18, 2011

This morning the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing titled, "Improving Efficiency and Ensuring Justice in the Immigration Court System." (See my colleague David North's report on the hearing here.) The focus of the hearing was the chronic backlogging in the immigration court system, and most of the discussion was about how the court system could be streamlined in order to meet growing demands. Read more...