Immigration Blog

H-2B Exploiters Beat Obama Administration in Senate Committee Vote

By David North, June 15, 2012

The power of exploitative employers to derail any meaningful improvement in temporary foreign worker programs was shown again yesterday, when the Senate Appropriations Committee voted 19-11 to postpone for a year the Obama administration's mild changes in the H-2B program. Read more...

Meanwhile, at the Border . . .

By Mark Krikorian, June 15, 2012

Obscured by the president's illegal DREAM decree is a report by Steve Dinan in today's Washington Times on a draft memo instructing Border Patrol agents to let certain illegal aliens go: Read more...

Who Will Pay to Process the Dream?

By Mark Krikorian, June 15, 2012

A mole inside the government raises some important questions about the president’s illegal DREAM decree. For instance, how would USCIS process all the applications if it can’t charge any processing fees? This is vital, because USCIS operates almost entirely from fee revenue rather than appropriated funds — if it has no additional fees, then it would need to have adjudicators stop processing citizenship and green-card applications so they could process the illegals. Read more...

Rubio’s Response to Obama's Amnesty

By Mark Krikorian, June 15, 2012

Senator Rubio’s statement:

“There is broad support for the idea that we should figure out a way to help kids who are undocumented through no fault of their own, but there is also broad consensus that it should be done in a way that does not encourage illegal immigration in the future. This is a difficult balance to strike, one that this new policy, imposed by executive order, will make harder to achieve in the long run.

The End Justifies the Means

By Mark Krikorian, June 15, 2012

The White House decision to enact the DREAM Act through executive fiat is a lawless act. This isn’t even about immigration; it’s about the Constitution. Read more...

Lessons for U.S. Southern Border from Interview with Canadian Mountie

By Janice Kephart, June 14, 2012

Barely anyone in the United States bothers to talk about the northern border with Canada because it is basically tranquil. While I blogged about 330 illegal aliens over a 12 mile stretch of Arizona in one night a few weeks ago, Canada's twice-as-long border with the U.S. gets about 1,700 apprehensions a whole year. So we needn't pay attention to the northern border, right?

Wrong. While it may never be possible to 100 percent secure any border, listening to how criminal movement across our borders can successfully be interdicted is essential to anyone who really wants to understand what "border security" can mean. Read more...

DHS Wastes Money on Adult Toys (i.e., Drones), OIG Reports

By David North, June 14, 2012

The Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General (OIG) has found that DHS under-uses its pilot-less drones, and does so without sufficient planning or budgeting.

My sense is that DHS has fallen into the same trap as the Pentagon on a smaller scale and is infatuated with toys for adult males, in this case the drones. The wasteful nature of using (or having and not using) the drones was something I covered in a blog nearly two years ago. Read more...

State Agencies Should Prepare for a War of Attrition on Enforcement Measures

By W.D. Reasoner, June 14, 2012

A recent Associated Press article indicated that, notwithstanding the pending Supreme Court decision in the lawsuit the federal government filed against the state of Arizona to enjoin its co-enforcement of immigration laws — key facets of which are likely to be upheld — many legal analysts believe that various open-borders and immigrant advocacy groups intend to continue filing lawsuits based on the Arizona statute, primarily the portion that authorizes state and local police to question suspects as to their immigration status based on articulable facts. Read more...

California Senate Advances Sanctuary Bill, Ignoring Lessons of Triple Murder Case

By Jessica Vaughan, June 13, 2012

On Monday, a California judge sentenced unapologetic illegal alien and MS-13 gang member Edwin Ramos to spend the rest of his life in prison for the murder of American citizens Tony Bologna and his two sons, whom Ramos had mistaken for rival gang members. For years before the murder, despite several arrests, Ramos had been shielded from deportation by San Francisco's sanctuary policies. Read more...

Summertime, Brought to You by Eastern Europe

By John Wahala, June 13, 2012

The season of outdoor amusement has arrived. Across the country, the young and the young at heart bask in sun-drenched days and long tranquil evenings, enjoying cookouts, concerts, sporting events, and of course trips to the pool and the beach. It is the time of many American traditions. In recent years this has included the arrival of legions of young foreign workers who descend on resorts and recreational areas to keep them running day and night. Read more...