Immigration Blog

The Reality of Childhood Arrivals: Seamy, not Dreamy

By Dan Cadman, December 16, 2013

News media in the west Texas/New Mexico area carried a story on December 9 that gives us the harsh realities about child smuggling. A Border Patrol agent was dispatched to investigate after a sensor hit in the rugged desert terrain just on the U.S. side of the border in the area straddling New Mexico and Texas.

There, he found a small boy in the company of an adult male who claimed to be the child's uncle — and immediately bolted back across the border, abandoning the boy to his fate. Read more...

Negative ICE Memo on EB-5 Surfaces; Iranian Operatives in the Program?

By David North, December 13, 2013

The latest news on the embattled immigrant investor (EB-5) program reveals that an arm of the Department of Homeland Security worries that Iranian operatives may have infiltrated the program.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), renewing a detailed attack on the program begun by Sen. Thomas Coburn (R-Okla.) and reported here earlier, dropped a bombshell on the controversial sale-of-visas program by releasing a hitherto secret memorandum on EB-5 written by the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) unit of DHS. For the text of both the senator's letter to the department and the leaked memo, see here. Read more...

A Muted Welcome, Please, for the Newest Nonimmigrant Visa (T-6)

By David North, December 13, 2013

What the world needs now is not another immigration-expanding, nonimmigrant visa class, but that's what we have in the brand-new T-6 visa.

It's another one of those government-created, chain-migration systems in which an illegal alien with a plausible story ultimately can provide legal status for his or her alien nieces and nephews; grandparents and grandchildren; not to mention children, spouses, parents, and the like — whether or not he or she has actually seen them face-to-face. Read more...

Politics through Distraction; Governance through Fiat

By Dan Cadman, December 13, 2013

A couple of weeks ago, President Obama decided to go to San Francisco — a stalwart sanctuary city if ever there was one and a metropolitan area generally in tune with his weltanschauung — to talk about immigration. Apparently tired of the constant drumbeat of negative publicity about the failed health care website and concern over a number of other major policy issues, such as spying on American citizens' telephone and Internet metadata, that have adversely reflected on the administration and caused Obama's favorable standings to plummet in the polls, he went to his base for support. Read more...

Distinguishing Deserving and Less Deserving Legalization Candidates, Part 2

By Stanley Renshon, December 13, 2013

The question of how to implement a small grand bargain that couples legalization for some groups of illegal aliens with the introduction of serious and effective enforcement mechanisms starts with the question of which comes first.

Putting enforcement measures into place first makes sense in order to avoid past mistakes. Yet it also has the effect of helping to increase the level of support for Americans who would like immigration reform, but do not have confidence that their government has the will or ability to keep the problem of illegal migration from becoming an issue again, soon. Read more...

Much EB-5 Action: Mayorkas Advances, Casino Deal Exposed, Lawyer Zapped

By David North, December 11, 2013

There was much activity today related to the EB-5 immigrant investor visa: EB-5 booster Alejandro Mayorkas's nomination moved forward in the Senate, an EB-5 deal in Las Vegas with political ramifications was exposed, and (to quote the Florida press) "one of the nation's biggest EB-5 lawyers" being barred from practicing immigration law. Read more...

Distinguishing Deserving and Less Deserving Legalization Candidates

By Stanley Renshon, December 11, 2013

Deciding to go ahead with a small grand bargain in which legalization for some illegal aliens is coupled with real and effective enforcement is one part of a large three-piece puzzle.

The second part of that puzzle requires answering the question: Which, if either, of the two should come first? The three options are legalization in practice if not in final, official status first; real and effective enforcement first, or both together. Read more...

Kinder, Gentler, and Foolish

By Dan Cadman, December 10, 2013

There is a somewhat bizarre article in the November-December issue of Foreign Affairs magazine, entitled "A Kinder, Gentler Immigration Policy: Forget Comprehensive Reform — Let the States Compete". While you will need to register to see the entire article, registration is free.

The piece was written by a couple of economics professors, one of whom is also a professor of law and a senior fellow at the Council of Foreign Relations — presumably why the article ended up in print, because in my view it doesn't otherwise meet the standard one usually finds in that journal. Read more...

Obama's New Military-related Amnesty Raises Questions

By Jon Feere, December 9, 2013

Late on a Friday afternoon, the Obama administration quietly announced its decision to exempt a new category of illegal aliens from immigration enforcement. Unlike President Obama's lawless Deferred Action program which grants legal status, work permits, and Social Security accounts to nearly any illegal alien up to age 31, the new policy is aimed specifically at the illegal alien children, spouses, and parents of people who are currently serving or who have previously served in the U.S. military. At first blush, such a policy seems at least somewhat reasonable considering the sacrifice our service members are making for the country.

But new information from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) indicates that the Obama administration's arguments for crafting the policy have little to do with the actual implementation of the policy. Read more...

Immigration Coverage: The Biased Leading the Clueless

By Mark Krikorian, December 9, 2013

Politico ran a piece the other day on White House fears that Obama will share the political blame if the current amnesty push fails — i.e., that his attempts to pin all the responsibility on the Republicans won't be successful. It was an interesting look at the tensions between the administration and its outside pro-amnesty supporters, and it's worth a look. But one sentence struck me as shedding light on a broader problem with media coverage of immigration:

The White House is very touchy about any criticism from its allies for Obama's deportation policies, which have sent away more people during his tenure than all other presidents combined.