Immigration Blog

Ten Party Defectors Illuminate House Vote on Obama's Immigration Edict

By David North, December 5, 2014

The House of Representatives voted yesterday 219 to 197 against the president's executive edict legalizing millions of illegal aliens; some critics said that this vote was more symbol than substance, but it did show the division of opinion in that body.

The vote in favor of HR 5759 was almost completely along party lines, with only three Democrats supporting the GOP position and only seven Republicans voting against their own leadership. Read more...

Missing Element in Obama Plan: Encouraging Return Migration

By David North, December 3, 2014

If you want to regularize the status of millions of illegal aliens, one obvious way to do it is to encourage some aliens to go home voluntarily.

Once they have left the country, these individuals cease to be a problem to our society — and if they do so of their free will no one can complain that they were treated badly.

Mitt Romney understood that (and was unfairly beaten up for his use of the term "self-deportation".)

Barack Obama apparently does not. I see nothing in his administration's detailed plans that even hints of such a program.

The advantages are obvious. There is no coercion. Every single departure reduces the size of the illegal alien population in the United States. What's not to like? Read more...

House Hearing on Impact of Executive Amnesty

By Jessica Vaughan, December 3, 2014

A few interesting items from yesterday's House Homeland Security Committee hearing with DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, entitled "Open Borders: The Impact of Presidential Amnesty on Border Security":

  • Johnson acknowledged under questioning from Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) that DHS currently has no metrics to measure or evaluate the security of the border or his agencies' success in stemming illegal immigration. One obvious metric should be the size of the illegal alien population. According to the Pew Hispanic Center, the size of the illegal population peaked in 2007 at 12.2 million, declined to 11.3 million by 2009, and has budged little since then. In light of these trends, it's hard to argue that any progress has been made under the Obama administration.

Analysis of Obama's Executive Amnesty Scheme: ICE Personnel Reform

By Dan Cadman, December 2, 2014

[Note: This is the third in a series analyzing the pieces of executive action authorized by the president.]

Among the series of memoranda that Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson has issued in the wake of the president's announcement of a multiplicity of executive actions on immigration was one entitled "Personnel Reform for Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officers". Read more...

White House Creates Needless Problems Mixing Illegals with the Military

By David North, December 1, 2014

The latest public relations attempt by the White House to link illegal aliens with the military has just hit a major obstacle – the Pentagon has suspended an otherwise useful recruiting program while it tries to sort out how to use DACA beneficiaries in it. Read more...

A Handful of ICE Agents Supervise Vast Numbers of Foreign Students

By David North, November 26, 2014

There's an immigration enforcement agency that is supposed to keep track of more than 1 million temporary foreign residents.

From that particular alien sub-population comes the third largest group of illegal aliens — after only border-jumpers (illegal entrants) and tourists who abuse their visas.

The Border Patrol, the agency that worries about the illegal entrants, has something like 20,000 agents on duty.

How many field agents do you suppose are assigned to watching over the 1 million-plus, most of whom behave themselves, but many of whom self-convert to illegal status?

Would you believe 1,000? Or maybe 500?

You would be wrong. Read more...

A Few Words of Wisdom for Republicans

By Jerry Kammer, November 25, 2014

Leslie Sanchez, a Republican strategist who worked for President George W. Bush, made a critically important statement on yesterday's Diane Rehm Show on NPR. It was so important and so fundamental that it should be written up in boldface capital letters and posted on the office wall of all Republicans who want to participate in the national immigration debate without offending and alienating Latinos.

Said Sanchez: Read more...

Responding to the President's Executive Action

By Dan Cadman, November 25, 2014

The Daily Kos at one point reported to us that the reason the presidential speech wasn't shown on the three venerable broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) is because the White House announced plans for the speech on social networking sites and didn't ask the networks for time for the address. Now it reports to us that Mike Allen, in Politico's Playbook, says that the reason the presidential speech wasn't shown on the three venerable open-air networks (ABC, CBS, NBC) is because they deemed it overtly political in nature, and rejected it. It appears to be a shifting landscape to explain a startling curiosity. I don't know if either is the real reason; they both seem a bit specious to me. Read more...

Chris Wallace Presses for Answers, but Asks the Wrong Questions

By Jerry Kammer, November 24, 2014

Chris Wallace pressed for answers on Fox News Sunday as he probed the practical meaning of President Obama’s executive order of last week. In a tone that suggested a determination to get down to brass tacks, Wallace asked: “Is he sending more agents to border? Is he building more fences? Is he creating more virtual technology to patrol the border? Is he doing any — what specifically is she doing to crack down on illegal border crossings?"

Wallace’s sense of urgency was impressive, but his questions were not. What is most needed is what Congress and presidents have been promising since 1986 but have failed — comprehensively and miserably — to deliver. What is needed is a serious, credible program of worksite enforcement, including strong civil and criminal punishment of employers who hire those who are not authorized to work in the U.S. Read more...

CIS Fellow John Miano Gets Interim Court Victory in Foreign Student Case

By David North, November 24, 2014

John Miano, the New Jersey attorney and CIS Fellow, has just won a round in a federal court battle to prevent foreign college grads from taking jobs from qualified Americans.

The specific issue is the continuing Optional Training Program for recent alien college grads; it is run by the Department of Homeland Security, the defendant in the case. Read more...