Immigration Blog

More Administrative Amnesty, This Time from USCIS

By Jessica Vaughan, November 16, 2011

The Obama Administration has issued yet another "prosecutorial discretion" (read "Let'em go!") memo, this time changing USCIS policy so that certain illegal aliens whose applications for immigration benefits such as green cards, citizenship, or temporary status are denied may nevertheless avoid being forced to leave the country. Read more...

DHS Pressies Have the Week That Was, and Will Be, and Was, and Will be Again

By David North, November 15, 2011

The Department of Homeland Security's press people are planning a busy week, for the four days of November 15-18, Tuesday through Friday.

They plan to have a batch of news events today (Tuesday), to be followed by a busy November 16, and a busy November 17, and a busy November 18, Friday. Read more...

U.S. Senate Takes CIS' Advice and Imposes Fees on the Visa Lottery

By David North, November 14, 2011

The U.S. Senate has established a $30 fee for all aliens entering the annual visa lottery, and the House is expected to follow.

The Center for Immigration Studies suggested just such a step in May 2010 in a Backgrounder entitled "Charging More for Immigration: Closing Financial Loopholes in the U.S. Migration Process". Read more...

November 1986: Comments on 'Comprehensive Immigration Reform'

By Jerry Kammer, November 14, 2011

Twenty-five years ago, the reviews were coming in about the Immigration Reform and Control Act, which President Reagan signed into law on November 7, 1986. IRCA offered amnesty to illegal immigrants who had either lived in the United States since January 1, 1982, or had done at least 90 days of agricultural work within a 12-month period ending May 1, 1986. The amnesty was part of a compromise, the other side of which was sanctions against employers who knowingly hired illegals. Read more...


By W.D. Reasoner, November 13, 2011

This just in from our "Closing the Barn Door After the Horses Have Left" Department.

According to a Friday Chicago Tribune article, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart wants the County Council to amend a "controversial" ordinance prohibiting his office from notifying the Chicago field office of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) bureau when illegal alien arrestees are taken into custody for serious crimes. The ordinance goes so far as to also prohibit the sheriff's agency from honoring detainers placed by ICE officers against these individuals, even if ICE does discover that they have been taken into custody. Read more...

Indian Press Reports on Infosys H1-B Misuse Case in U.S. Court

By David North, November 12, 2011

Sometimes the overseas press is better at covering American immigration news than the media is in this country.

Witness, the recent story in FirstPost, a Mumbai (Bombay) publication regarding the latest setback for Infosys, the huge India-based user – and apparently abuser – of H-1B visas. Read more...

A Big Win for the Open-Borders Crowd?

By Mark Krikorian, November 11, 2011

The pro-amnesty folks are crowing at the defeat of Arizona state senator Russell Pearce, a leading immigration hawk. Soros-funded America's Voice says "The tide is beginning to turn," while the immigration coalition set up by the Alinskyite Center for Community Change writes that "anti-immigrant legislators will now have to think twice before pursuing anti-immigrant policies in our states." Read more...

Hispanic Fury With Obama: The Dilemma That's the Handwriting on the Wall

By Stephen Steinlight, November 11, 2011

The mainstream punditry has long treated as a fait accompli that the Hispanic vote in the 2012 election is safely in Obama's corner and will, as in 2008, likely tip the balance in swing states like Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, perhaps even Florida. But this looks extremely doubtful, even in a presidential election in which immigration will finally emerge as a major issue. In fact, the reason this proposition is so dubious is precisely because immigration will be a major issue. Read more...

DoJ No Longer Bothered by 'Patchwork of Laws'?

By Jon Feere, November 11, 2011

The Obama administration's justification for filing lawsuits against Arizona, Alabama, and South Carolina is that state-level immigration-related initiatives are creating a "patchwork of laws" that are too burdensome for aliens to follow. As Attorney General Eric Holder recently put it, "a patchwork of state laws is not the solution and will only create problems." So much for the laboratories of democracy. Read more...

Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied

By W.D. Reasoner, November 11, 2011

The Arizona Republic recently reported on how the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) bureau in Arizona and other western states has backed off of a program of stipulated removal ("removal" is the legal phrase used these days in lieu of "deportation"), in which a deportable alien who would rather go home than wait long periods of time, quite possibly while in detention, signs an agreement stipulating to the legal charges against him Read more...