Immigration Blog

A Happy EB-5 Correction in South Dakota

By David North, November 14, 2013

Writers hate to file corrections, as it means that they made a mistake. Witness Sunday's awkward moment on "60 Minutes" when the luminous Lara Logan had to admit that her program had been conned by a mercenary security guard regarding the raid on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. Read more...

E-Verify for Government Contractors? Three Compliance Gaps Emerge

By David North, November 12, 2013

I think most people concerned with the issue assume that the E-Verify program to identify illegal-alien workers covers all firms with federal contracts. I know I did.

But a recent decision by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) in a contract dispute indicates that E-Verify coverage of federal contractors is, in fact, full of holes. Read more...

South Dakota Focuses on EB-5: Investigations Galore

By David North, November 11, 2013

A fairly obscure element of the current immigration law — the EB-5 investor program that lets an alien buy a family-size set of green cards for half a million dollars — is suddenly getting lots of unfriendly attention in South Dakota.

Why are the state's politicians, the media, and at least half a dozen groups of government investigators focusing on this program? Read more...

Gerrymandering the Investor Visa

By David North, November 11, 2013

"How come the EB-5 moneys, that are supposed to be used in depressed areas, all go to the glitziest parts of town?"

The puzzled voice at the other end of the phone was a Los Angeles reporter who was writing on the immigrant investor (EB-5) program, which was being used to fund a luxury hotel project. EB-5 (for employment-based, fifth class) gives alien investors and their families a full set of green cards in exchange for half-million-dollar investments in depressed areas of the United States if the money is used in so-called "targeted employment areas" (TEAs). Read more...

D.C. to Grant Driver's Licenses to Illegal Aliens

By Jon Feere, November 8, 2013

States have a role to play when it comes to the issue of illegal immigration, and the choice is simple: Should states encourage or discourage illegal immigration? The latest move by the District of Columbia is to encourage illegal immigration and illegal hiring practices by providing driver's licenses to illegal aliens. I discussed this topic on American University's WAMU Radio alongside D.C. Councilmember Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), Maryland State Senator Victor Ramirez (D-Prince George's County), and Brad Botwin, Director of Help Save Maryland. The complete interview is available here. A small clip is available in the video below. Read more...

No Contrition at Infosys

By John Miano, November 8, 2013

I reported previously that Infosys has agreed to pay a $34 million fine for violating the law governing visitor visas. Infosys was sneaking workers into the United States using visitor visas rather than getting appropriate work visas. Read more...

Brown Administration Does the Right Thing for Exploited Chinese Workers

By David North, November 7, 2013

While Governor Jerry Brown's administration in California is routinely misguided in its illegal alien policies, it did the right thing late last month regarding the exploitation of some nonimmigrant workers from China.

The state labor department fined BYD, a Chinese electric car company, about $100,000 for exploiting a small group of workers brought in from China to work in its modest LA factory, one that had received $2 million in tax breaks from the City of Los Angeles. Read more...

Do It for the Children — and Their Parents?

By Mark Krikorian, November 5, 2013

House Republicans are putting togther their own version of the Dream Act, called the Kids Act, which would amnesty illegal aliens who came here as, well, kids. But the effort to get some Democrats signed on to the bill has hit a snag; Democrats insist that the amnestied illegals, once they become citizens, be able to sponsor their illegal-alien parents and other relatives for green cards. Read more...

Clean Sweep: None of Top Three at DHS Has Immigration Experience

By David North, November 5, 2013

Yesterday's DHS press release announcing the appointment of Stevan E. Bunnell as the department's general counsel, confirms it.

Not one of the top three positions at the Department of Homeland Security is filled by a person with any substantial immigration experience.

Here's the line-up at the moment:

Administration Gives Itself a Needless Libya/Immigration Problem

By David North, November 4, 2013

The Obama administration — true to its mission of expanding all flows of immigration at all times — apparently has given itself a totally needless political headache.

It is reportedly opening long-closed doors that have kept a group of would-be Arab pilots out of our flight schools. This time the students would be from Libya. Read more...