Immigration Blog

The Muted Conversation about Melania Trump's Early Immigration Status

By David North, August 8, 2016

There has been a muted conversation recently about the question of Melania Trump's immigration status during her first trips to the United States.

Was she working on a visitor's visa (B-1) when she was not allowed to do so?

She subsequently, apparently, secured an H-1B visa (there are – God knows why – special provisions for alien models to secure these visas) and from there she moved to green card and then to citizen status. Read more...

UK Court Precedent Would Bankrupt Our DHS

By David North, August 8, 2016

Were a recent immigration-related ruling by Britain's Law Lords to apply to our Department of Homeland Security, it would bankrupt that agency.

You see, the Brit judges, in a case involving former British colony Antigua and Barbuda, said that if the islands' immigration agency did not make a decision about an alien's application in a period of 12 months, the agency owed monetary damages to the delayed alien. Given the long delays common to DHS, think what that would do to the Department's finances! Read more...

A Practical Step toward Dismantling Unlawful Sanctuary Rules

By Dan Cadman, August 8, 2016

In a recent blog posting, my colleague Jessica Vaughan highlighted a Department of Justice Office of Inspector General (DOJ OIG) report finding that state and local governments with sanctuary rules are in violation of federal law by prohibiting employees from communicating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.

As Vaughan notes, there are over 300 such sanctuary jurisdictions; and when they are states, such as California, they have a spillover effect because of their impact on county and local government practices as well. Read more...

Obama Adds One More Amnesty to the List

By Marguerite Telford, August 7, 2016

The Obama administration continues to broaden the list of immigration laws which they will not enforce, with the publication of a final rule expanding those eligible for the existing provisional waiver process. Illegal aliens who marry green-card holders or have parents in the U.S. can now escape the penalties for illegal presence in the U.S. as a result of this latest usurping of the legislative role by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Read more...

Silicon Valley Insider Tells the Unpleasant Truth about the H-1B Program

By David North, August 7, 2016

In a happy change, a Silicon Valley insider – whose resume includes the ownership of a yacht docked in the San Francisco Bay – describes the H-1B program in this manner:

The American immigrant visa system amounts to indentured servitude, a type of peonage.

This is in a newly-published, much-reviewed, tell-it-all book on the IT industry entitled Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley, by Antonio Garcia Martinez. See articles on the book in the New York Times and the Washington Post. Read more...

Sanctuaries Update: 1 Down, 305 to Go

By Jessica Vaughan, August 5, 2016

One of Sheriff Mark Garber's first acts upon taking office in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana, last month was to rescind the controversial and misguided sanctuary policy that had been implemented by his predecessor. The approximately 300 other jurisdictions around the country that have similar policies obstructing immigration enforcement would be wise to follow suit. Read more...

What to Do When They H-1Boot You

By John Miano, August 5, 2016

You notice that people from India are poking around your work place – and their numbers are growing. It is time to smell the coffee and realize that you are your coworkers are about to be replaced by foreign workers on H1B visas. You're going to get the "H-1Boot."

What should you do now?

Get Organized. Exchange contact information with your coworkers. Exchanges names, home phone numbers, home emails, and addresses of everyone likely to be affected. Do this while you are all together. Once you get fired, this information is hard to gather. Read more...

"On the Media" Shreds the NPR Ethics Handbook

By Jerry Kammer, August 5, 2016

In 2004, Daniel Okrent, the public editor of The New York Times, flatly acknowledged that The Times is a liberal paper. "If you think The Times plays it down the middle" on its coverage of social issues, "you've been reading the paper with your eyes close," he wrote.

Well, if you listen to your NPR station's broadcast of the "On the Media" program and you think its work on immigration reporting lives up to standards for fairness, accuracy, and impartiality that are spelled out in the NPR Ethics Handbook, then you've been listening with your ears closed. Read more...

Another Crack in the Veneer of the Government's Immigration Security Vetting

By Dan Cadman, August 4, 2016

Sometimes the most newsworthy items come out in the most unlikely places. The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), the appellate tribunal of the immigration courts, has published an opinion sustaining an immigration judge's decision to continue the detention of one Hussam Fatahi, allegedly a native of Iraq and citizen of Syria. The facts revealed by the opinion prove, once again, just how vulnerable the nation's immigration security vetting is.

Let me backtrack for a moment though. In October of last year, I wrote a blog post, "Why Syrian Refugee Vetting Will Be Indisputably Fallible". In that blog, I laid out reasons potential security threats could penetrate screening procedures, including: Read more...

Administration Reaches Out to Help the 1% – of Syrians

By David North, August 4, 2016

The U.S. government, which portrays itself as the defender of the little guy, has just reached out to another elite group (within an admittedly severely disadvantaged population).

This time it is to give Temporary Protected Status to a very lucky bunch of Syrians – people who had arrived in the United States on Monday, or earlier, either legally or illegally. Read more...