Immigration Blog

State Department's Presentation of Diversity Visa Data Is Misleading

By David North, November 11, 2014

There is a bit of statistical sleight-of-hand present in one of the more bizarre features of our immigration policy — the diversity visa lottery in which about 50,000 visas are distributed annually to some of the millions of aliens who apply for these tickets of admission.

One must be a resident of a nation that does not send us lots of migrants, and one must be a high school graduate. The winner and his or her family members get green cards. Read more...

Federal Judge Strikes Down Arizona Smuggling Law

By Dan Cadman, November 10, 2014

A federal judge has struck down one of the several Arizona statutes intended to get a handle on illegal immigration; this one specifically dealing with the crime of alien smuggling. As usual, the presiding judge, Susan Bolton, held that it was an infringement on the federal government's unique prerogative where immigration laws are concerned.

According to USA Today, "Bolton ruled the state law deprives federal authorities of their exclusive right to prosecute smuggling crimes". That came as quite a surprise to me. Read more...

Note to the DCCC on Obstructionism
A master of the craft is the president's top immigration advisor

By Jerry Kammer, November 10, 2014
A master of the craft is the president's top immigration advisor

Over the weekend, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sent out an email to boost partisan spirits with this explanation of last week's election debacle: "[T]he Republicans broke Washington. Then, they spent millions of dollars of secret money running against a broken Washington."

The email included an observation by Paul Krugman that "the biggest secret of the Republican triumph surely lies in the discovery that obstructionism bordering on sabotage is a winning political strategy." Read more...

DHS' Johnson Underdog to New AG Lynch

By David North, November 10, 2014

The Attorney General and Secretary of Homeland Security each handle different parts of the immigration system and conflict (perhaps restrained) between the two cabinet secretaries is almost inevitable.

The AG, who used to have the old Immigration and Naturalization Service, retains control of the immigration judges, the immigration prosecutors in Washington, and the U.S. attorneysin the field, while most immigration benefit and enforcement decisions are made by DHS officials. In other democracies' more rational systems these activities all report to a single minister of immigration. Read more...

Amnesty Tailored for Parents of U.S. Citizens Is Not a Good Idea

By David North, November 10, 2014

Some of my best friends are U.S. citizens, but designing an executive amnesty around granting legal status to their parents is a particularly bad idea.

I was reminded of this when reading one of the many speculative media musings about the possible shape of a post-election executive amnesty. Read more...

Pundits Spin Election Results to Bolster Amnesty Case

By David Seminara, November 7, 2014

The fun thing about elections is that whether your side wins or loses, you can find ways to spin the results to bolster your worldview. The immigration issue and the mid-term elections are a perfect example of this dynamic. I'm a left-leaning independent, but even I have to laugh while watching the pundits break down what went wrong for the Democrats on Tuesday. Read more...

One Visa Mill Owner Sent to Jail for 16 Years, Another on Trial

By David North, November 7, 2014

One owner of a phony California university, a visa mill for foreign students, has just been sent to jail for 16 years, while the owner of another questionable institution nearby is finally about to go on trial.

The two institutions, both in the San Francisco Bay area are, respectively, Tri-Valley University — which was raided and then closed by ICE in a rare example of enforcement assertiveness — and Herguan University, also raided by ICE, but permitted to re-open, as we have reported in earlier, including here. Read more...

Security Requires Post-Mortems of Immigration Mistakes

By Dan Cadman, November 6, 2014

In October of this year, the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Inspector General (OIG) quietly released a declassified version of a report initially issued in March 2007, on the FBI's use of national security letters. This statement caught my attention:

We found that the use of NSL requests related to "U.S. persons" and "non-U.S. persons" shifted during our 3-year review period. The percentage of requests generated from investigations of U.S. persons increased from about 39 percent of all NSL requests issued in 2003 to about 53 percent of all NSL requests during 2005. (U)

Election Leaves Immigration Subcommittees Virtually Unchanged

By David North, November 6, 2014

Beyond the key change — that the Republicans will now run the Senate Immigration Subcommittee — the elections had virtually no direct impact on the membership of the House and Senate immigration subcommittees. Read more...

Election Results Show Push Back Against Amnesty Votes

By Bryan Griffith, November 5, 2014

Immigration policy played a major role in debates, polls, and news leading up to the 2014 mid-term elections. Below is a run down of immigration-related election results.

Oregon

  • Ballot Measure 88 subjected Senate Bill 833, which gave illegal immigrants access to drivers licenses, to the popular vote and failed by a two-to-one margin, 66.7% to 33.3%.

Arkansas Read more...