Immigration Blog

Travel Ban 2.0: Presidential Power on Display

By Mark Krikorian, March 7, 2017

The conclusion of my piece at The National Interest site today:

The new executive order doesn’t establish a new framework for immigration security; its main effect is merely to slow some of the flow for a few months to allow the development of such a framework. As such, the melodrama surrounding it may be hard to explain. But when you understand that it’s the president’s very authority to keep foreigners out of the country that’s being opposed, the melodrama makes more sense.

AG Sessions Should Enhance Border Security by Improving Dismal Prosecution Rates

By Joseph J. Kolb, March 7, 2017

President Trump demonstrated his serious intent to address a problem that has been worsening for some years by signing of executive orders that officially authorized construction of a wall between the United States and Mexico, ceased the frustrating "catch and release" policy imposed on the Border Patrol by the Obama administration, and called for hiring more Border Patrol and ICE agents. For Trump's plan to work, his administration — in particular Attorney General Jeff Sessions — also needs to fix the problem of dismal prosecution rates of illegal aliens apprehended by Border Patrol. Read more...

Winning in Court Often Does Little for the Opponents of Immigration Abuse

By David North, March 7, 2017

While it is good that some citizens and corporations are hauled into court for immigration violations, all too often — despite the nature of their actions — the violators get off with slaps on the wrist.

While there are countless cases of this kind, let me touch on just one recent criminal case and one recent civil case, both in the federal courts, and the unfortunate decision pattern of an obscure agency with an interesting name, the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO) in the Department of Justice. Read more...

End of Premium Processing for H-1Bs Portends Major Change at USCIS

By John Miano, March 6, 2017

The recent news that the Trump administration is suspending premium processing for H-1B petitions has hit the mainstream media with force. Even massive replacements of Americans by H-1B workers never get this volume of coverage.

This particular action is not in itself significant. However, it portends major change at USICS. (My colleague David North has been thinking along similar lines.) Read more...

Democracy Dies in Darkness; Objectivity and Truth Die in the Pages of the Washington Post

By Dan Cadman, March 6, 2017

The Washington Post has a new logo embedded in its masthead: "Democracy Dies in Darkness".

It took a few moments for me to wipe the tears of laughter from my eyes before I could move on to pondering the unutterable pomposity of these peacock reporters and editors who think that they are shouldering the weight of democracy on their poor meager shoulders. No; more likely the weight they feel is all of those tail feathers dragging behind them as they make their royal progress through the streets of our capital. Read more...

The Center for American Progress Sets a Low Standard for Immigrants ... and So Do the Media

By Jason Richwine, March 6, 2017

In 2012, native households in poverty consumed an average of $14,400 in welfare benefits, while immigrant households in poverty consumed "only" $13,100 of welfare. Does the $1,300 difference mean poor immigrants benefit American taxpayers? Read more...

Coded Signals from USCIS, on a Friday afternoon, about H-1B and EB-5?

By David North, March 6, 2017

Perhaps I am wrong, but I think the new leadership of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services sent us coded messages Friday afternoon about the Trump administration's plans for the H-1B (alien worker) and the EB-5 (immigrant investor) programs.

Friday afternoon is the classic timing of government announcements when the government does not want them to secure too much attention. I know, because in a previous life I, too, played that game. Read more...

Unraveling the Immigrant Education Paradox

By John Wahala, March 5, 2017

In her recent Atlantic piece, Emily Deruy reports on new research that challenges the notion of an "immigrant paradox" — the theory that immigrant students outperform their native-born counterparts, in spite of all the obstacles, but that this upperward mobility is slowed across generations, perhaps because of some deficiency in American culture. Read more...

Fox Provides a Case Study of the Polarized State of the Nation's Immigration Debate

By Jerry Kammer, March 3, 2017

Early in the morning I often work out while watching MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program, which provides a daily look at what the Washington political class is thinking about. But today, after it became obvious that the program was obsessively fixated on the Jeff Sessions story, I switched to "Fox and Friends". There, hosts Ainsley Earhardt and Brian Kilmeade promptly illustrated their network's own fixation — on illegal immigration.

The result, aided by some complementary research, was a case study on the fraught and polarized state of the nation's immigration debate. Read more...

Feds Fail Another Long Island Town with Violent El Salvadoran Immigrant Gangs

By Joseph J. Kolb, March 3, 2017

The relentless gang violence on Long Island, N.Y., fueled by the surge of youths and families from El Salvador is reaching a fever pitch that officials are confronting head-on, despite being left in the dark by federal agencies who fail to communicate new arrival trends and details on resettlement activities to local officials. Read more...