Immigration Blog

So Much for "No Path to Citizenship" for DACA DREAMers

By Jessica Vaughan, August 31, 2012

When President Obama announced on June 15 that he would bypass Congress and offer legal status to the so-called DREAMers, he said: "Now, let's be clear — this is not amnesty, this is not immunity, this is not a path to citizenship." False on all three counts, as it turns out. Read more...

Ted Cruz More Hawkish than Me?

By Mark Krikorian, August 30, 2012

The presumptive next senator from Texas told Telemundo that he thinks a President Romney should revoke the “deferred action” amnesty for whoever manages to get it before Obama and his crowd are booted out. As I wrote a couple weeks ago, our track record with such "temporary" statuses strongly suggests this isn't going to happen. My suggestion would be that Romney pull the plug on the program, so there would be no new grants of amnesty, and then make lemonade out of the lemon: ask Congress to pass a mini-package deal of green cards for those who've already been legalized (presenting it as an effort to clean up one of the many messes left by the prior administration) in exchange for Lamar Smith's Legal Workforce Act and elimination of the Visa Lottery and the chain-migration family categories. It would be a deal well worth taking.


Good News: Government Nibbles Away, a Bit, at Chain Migration

By David North, August 30, 2012

In two totally unrelated actions, the government has limited two different elements of chain migration. One is birth tourism and the other is an attempt to stretch a green card by marriage into two green cards. Read more...

D.C. Council Votes to Impede Immigration Enforcement: In Stunning Rebuff, Federal Government Snubs Itself

By W.D. Reasoner, August 29, 2012

Kind of a funny, ironic headline, no? A bit less funny when you begin to realize that it's basically true. Read more...

California Sheriffs Protest Anti-Secure Communities Bill

By Jon Feere, August 28, 2012

The California legislature has passed a bill designed to shield illegal aliens from law enforcement and it currently sits on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk. The "Trust Act" (AB 1081) would prohibit local law enforcement from complying with federal detention requests except when an illegal alien has been convicted of, or charged with, a "serious" or "violent" felony. The crimes that would be a prerequisite for sending aliens to ICE custody include murder, rape, assault with intent to commit a rape or robbery, kidnapping, carjacking, and a number of other crimes. Read more...

Racing to Expand Entrepreneurial Visas: Sometimes It's Better to Be the Turtle than the Hare

By W.D. Reasoner, August 27, 2012

There's an interesting article by James Surowiecki in the August 27 edition of The New Yorker magazine titled "The Track-Star Economy". Although I disagree with the premises of the article in fundamental ways, it's thought-provoking and well worth a read. Read more...

Need Help Cheating on That DACA Application? Check the Web

By David North, August 27, 2012

I suppose I should not have been surprised, but it still was a bit of a jolt when I discovered at least two Internet sites where people were asking how to cheat on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applications, and getting advice on how to do so.

What, asks one (presumably illegal) alien, "should I put for annual income?"

Another writer, probably not an alien, asks a more sophisticated version of the same question: Read more...

Puzzling Press Coverage of Marriage Fraud Case

By David North, August 24, 2012

There is something puzzling about the press coverage of a marriage fraud case that recently ended in a Kansas courtroom. But, first let's look at the case itself.

Usually visa-creating marriage fraud involves:

  • An alien seeking a visa by paying a citizen for a phony marriage; and
  • About as much sex as a dispute between two accountants.

On August 23 a jury in Federal District Court in Wichita convicted a Jamaican woman of marriage fraud in a trial that turned both of those generalizations on their heads. Here's a quick summary of the immigration aspects: Read more...

Dissing American Kids: Genuine Problem or Employer Cop-Out?

By Jerry Kammer, August 24, 2012

An e-mail about last week's PBS NewsHour story that drew from our work on the State Department's Summer Work Travel (SWT) program posed a big question: "What do you think about the idea that was put forward that U.S. students don't work as hard as their foreign counterparts?" Read more...

Scholarships Just for Illegal Immigrants

By David Seminara, August 24, 2012

Here’s yet another, only-in-America news item: Hampshire College announced the creation of a scholarship fund this week specifically for illegal immigrants. The fund will reportedly provide $25,000 toward Hampshire’s $43,000 annual tuition. At least three states — Texas, California, and New Mexico — provide in-state tuition discounts for illegal immigrants, and UCLA and Cal-Berkeley also have scholarship funds for illegal immigrants.

I have no problem with illegal immigrants who were brought here by their parents as children and have grown up here attending college in the United States, but the idea of creating scholarship funds solely for families that broke the law is absurd. People who have no legal right to live in the country should not be entitled to a special scholarship that others can’t even apply for. How would you even vet the applications? Read more...