Immigration Blog

Chinese Americans, Again, Fleece Mainland Chinese in $50M EB-5 Scam

By David North, April 6, 2017

With the main part of the EB-5 (immigrant investor) program about to sunset on April 28, its defenders are facing yet another scam, at the $50 million level, in which Chinese-Americans fleeced Mainland China investors.

Yesterday federal agents raided the offices of the California Investment Immigration Fund in San Gabriel, an EB-5 regional center, according to the Associated Press.

The timing could not have been better for those seeking either the reform of, or (less likely) the termination of the program. Read more...

Selective Constitutionality under the Obama Justice Department

By Dan Cadman, April 6, 2017

The Washington Post is reporting that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered senior Department of Justice (DOJ) officials to review all police reform agreements signed, or initiated and yet pending, between DOJ and some 25 police departments nationwide.

According to the article, Sessions wants to ensure that the agreements — all of them initiated by the Obama administration, and most under the pressure of lawsuits — don't work against the goals of promoting officer safety and morale while fighting violent crime. I have nothing much to say about all of that, other than it sounds reasonable enough, because it's outside the scope of immigration matters. Read more...

Pepsi – and ICE

By Andrew R. Arthur, April 6, 2017

A Pepsi commercial featuring Kendall Jenner is currently trending on Twitter and Facebook. (Pepsi pulled the ad yesterday after an outcry.) Jenner's encounter with a police officer at the climax of the ad reminded me of the arguments of critics in the ongoing debate on immigration enforcement.

The commercial begins with Jenner (a member of the extended Kardashian family) modeling for a photo shoot as a protest march assembles in the street outside. She joins the marchers, who are confronted by stone-faced police officers, some in riot gear. The assembled crowd flashes peace signs at the police, who stand stoically by, all business. Read more...

Kill the Filibuster to Fix Immigration

By Dan Cadman, April 6, 2017

Fred Bauer has written an interesting opinion piece for National Review Online, "The Rule XIX Solution", in which he suggests that there is a way to sidestep "going nuclear" and ending the Senate's filibuster rule so that body can then proceed to a vote on whether or not to confirm Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.

Bauer, pointing to ideas from officials at the Federalist and the Heritage Foundation, suggests that if this obscure rule were invoked, senators would be allowed to filibuster, but not forever: Read more...

Is the H-4 Rule on Its Way Out?

By John Miano, April 6, 2017

An update is in order on the H-4 (spouses and children under 21 years of age of H-1B visa holders) work authorization case: Save Jobs USA v. U.S. Dep't of Homeland Security. While the case got little attention initially, over the past few weeks there has been a surge of coverage, consisting largely of misleading plant pieces and mindless hysteria.

A little bit of history is in order first. Administrative abuse has been a constant problem with the immigration system. Congress authorizes the executive to do certain things and then the president does whatever he wants. One recurring problem has been the executive authorizing alien employment on improper visas. In fact, the H-1B program was created in response to such abuse. Read more...

More Evidence of Charlie Beck's and Eric Garcetti's Disingenuousness

By Dan Cadman, April 5, 2017

A few days ago, I blogged about Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Chief Charlie Beck's specious claim that a short-term drop in domestic violence cases involving Hispanics was proof of the chilling effect of immigration enforcement efforts on local policing.

It was such an obvious case of cherry-picking statistical data that no serious observer of either policing or immigration enforcement could possibly take it seriously; it's clear that Beck's purpose was political, not an expression of interest in effective community policing. And, of course, he achieved that purpose by generating lots of publicity at a time when many Americans are starting to wake up to the dangers of sanctuary city policies in various parts of the country, including Los Angeles. Beck was engaged in a pushback effort to try to stave off the very real possibility that LAPD is going to lose federal funds as a result of its noncooperation policies. Read more...

H-1B Disclosure Data Show Employer's Wage Savings

By John Miano, April 5, 2017

CNBC just posted a story in which the CEO of Vectra Networks promotes the H-1B visa program. He states that the company seeks to hire the "best and brightest" and the H-1B is a "crucial program".

This is where the H-1B disclosure data ought to be the reporter's best friend. Sadly very few in the media do such a check. Read more...

Absurd Responses from Sanctuary Jurisdiction Leaders after DHS Meeting

By Dan Cadman, April 4, 2017

On March 29, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly held a meeting with various mayors, sheriffs, and municipal leaders to discuss the pressing problem of sanctuaries: state and local governments that, in one way or another, forbid or impede their law enforcement agencies from cooperating with immigration agents by refusing to honor detainers filed against alien criminals, by obstructing the flow of information about such aliens, by denying agents access to incarcerated aliens for purposes of interviews, or by declaring "safe zones" in which they will attempt to physically prevent agents from access. Read more...

Tsunami of UACs May Be Nearing an End

By Joseph J. Kolb, April 3, 2017

The crisis of unaccompanied minors (UACs) and family units being apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol is showing signs of going from a tsunami to a steady and more manageable flow, providing cause for cautious optimism and relief for communities inundated by unaccompanied minors and the horrific crimes that have recently occurred.

Recent data released by the Border Patrol shows what may be construed as a last ditch effort by UACs to cross the border and be placed in more than a hundred communities in the United States by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). Read more...

Big Missed Opportunity, but Don't Panic on H-1B - Yet

By John Miano, April 3, 2017

Today is the start of this year's H-1B season. Many groups that supported President Trump have been urging him to replace the purely random visa lottery with one that emphasizes wages and skills. A change in the lottery process could easily have been implemented before this year's H-1B season and it would have demonstrated that the president intends to take action on the H-1B cesspool.

It is not clear that President Trump will do anything about the allocation of H-1B visas this year. This is a great disappointment. This is an issue the president campaigned on. It is an issue he won on. Doing something about the H-1B lottery would have been an easy win for the president. And the press is already mocking the president over this failure.

But I am not panicking — yet. Read more...