Immigration Blog

Congress's Proposed Cure for Sanctuary Cities Must Not Be Worse Than the Disease

By Dan Cadman, July 20, 2015

The public all over the nation is expressing uniform and vociferous outrage over the needless recent murder of Kate Steinle in San Francisco due to that city-county's sanctuary policies. The backlash shows growing recognition that the problem is not limited to San Francisco, but is in fact nationwide, as revealed by my colleague Jessica Vaughan.

The most common method of obstructing immigration enforcement is by refusing to honor detainers filed against aliens arrested for criminal offenses whom federal authorities wish to take into custody for deportation when state criminal justice proceedings are over. This refusal to honor detainers, along with other sanctuary obstacles, like rules prohibiting exchanges of information, is a problem that has been festering for years and yet few executive branch officials or legislators have shown much willingness to grapple with it. Read more...

New Zealand Also Has an Immigration Lottery

By David North, July 17, 2015

This is a little awkward for me to write. As one who has spent a lot of time looking at immigration policies in other democracies, as well as the United States, I had long believed that ours was the only nation on Earth crazy enough to have an immigration lottery.

The so-called Diversity Visas are dealt out to aliens winning our lottery at the rate of 50,000 a year. None of the newcomers needs a skill or a tie to the United States -- they simply have to come from a nation that does not send us lots of immigrants, have a high school diploma or the equivalent, and be lucky. It is a policy that is hard to defend.

I have now discovered, through the most obscure of sources, that sensible little New Zealand has a similar policy. This chagrins me because I was not aware of it, despite my having spent a year (decades before the policy was developed) as a Fulbright Scholar in Wellington, the capital of that nation. Read more...

Reflections on "Domestic" Terror in Chattanooga

By Dan Cadman, July 16, 2015

The train wreck that passes for federal immigration and nationality policy has once again collided into reality with bloody consequences.

The fact is that it happens every day, but most of the instances rarely get more than local coverage. Yet in the last few weeks the entire nation has been riveted by two egregious instances of the disastrous and fatal consequences of the government's flawed policies. Read more...

Immigration: The Problem That Must Not Be Named

By CIS, July 16, 2015

It's frustratingly common: The mainstream media discusses a social problem obviously impacted by immigration — overcrowding, low wages, increasing poverty, etc. — but assiduously avoids any mention of immigration. To much of the media, using the word immigration in the context of any social problem has become a taboo, roughly equivalent to saying "Voldemort" in a Hogwarts classroom.

This past Independence Day, the New York Times offered another example. In an article titled, "It's Summer, but Where Are the Teenage Workers?", a Times reporter lamented that teenage summer employment rates have been trending generally downward since the late 1980s. The decrease has been especially sharp since 2000: Read more...

Everything Is Absolutely Perfect in One Aspect of the EB-5 Program

By David North, July 16, 2015

There is little perfection in most people's lives — there may be a few weeds in the lawn, noisy neighbors, a damp basement, a child or grandchild who is not doing very well in school, or some combination of these or other blemishes.

But there is one perfect segment of the controversial EB-5 (immigrant investor) program that is so beloved by the Obama administration. This is the program that essentially sells a family-sized set of immigration visas to aliens who put $500,000 into a DHS-approved, if not guaranteed, project, usually in real estate.

During the months of October-December 2014, USCIS received 810 EB-5-related green card applications and denied none of them — zero, zip, nada. That's a score of 810 to 0. Read more...

Biased Sample Study Shows DACA Is an Economic Boon to Former Illegals

By David North, July 14, 2015

Using a remarkably (if perhaps unconsciously) biased survey sample, a recent study has shown that the DACA program does good things for the economics of its beneficiaries and, indirectly, for those of state governments.

The newspapers, of course, picked up the cheerful news and ignored the bias — which is, I must admit, a bit harder to understand. (DACA is the Obama administration's by-fiat temporary legalization program for relatively young illegal aliens who came to the United States before their 16th birthdays.) Read more...

Aliens, Crime, and Deportation

By David North, July 13, 2015

Here's a thought about the relationship between aliens and crime that was inspired by the appearance of my colleague, Jessica Vaughan, on the PBS "NewsHour" Friday night. (She was, in the lamentable PBS-NPR tradition, outnumbered by being cast opposite two open-borders people.) Read more...

Current Immigration Debate Needs the Concept of "Population-Neutral"

By David North, July 10, 2015

There is a useful concept in tax policy referred to as "revenue-neutral".

This term is often used in legislative packages that call for closing tax loopholes while lowering rates in another part of the tax system so that the rules are changed, but the size of the revenue stream is not. (Frankly, I am in favor of a non-revenue-neutral policy that would raise taxes on the rich — but that's another subject.) Read more...

Rending the Fabric of Truth in the Steinle Case

By Dan Cadman, July 9, 2015

In modern America, all of us are accustomed to elected and appointed political leaders spinning, bending, and manipulating the truth in order to score points or shape public opinion.

But there are limits to the credibly do-able, and with all of the finger-pointing in the wake of Kate Steinle's murder at the hands of an illegal alien, it's clear that the fabric of truth has been stretched so far as to have been rent asunder by San Francisco officials' attempts to evade moral responsibility for the tragedy and direct it at somebody else. Here are some of the whoppers that have been told: Read more...

Here's a Snake Story that the Patrol Should Send to All Media in Mexico

By David North, July 9, 2015

Most people are afraid of snakes in general and particularly those that bite, especially those with a poisonous bite.

I would hope that the Border Patrol is flooding the Mexican media with press releases, filmed interviews with the victim (in Spanish), and above all, photos and video footage of this kind of snake.

All of this relates to a Border Patrol press release issued earlier today that included this buried paragraph: Read more...