Immigration Blog

Texas's New Anti-Sanctuary Law Draws Predictable Reactions from Open-Borders Advocates

By Dan Cadman, May 10, 2017

On May 7, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law SB (Senate Bill) 4, a statute forbidding agencies of the state or its political subdivisions from acting as illegal alien sanctuaries. The statute, which comes into effect on September 1, goes so far as to criminalize behavior by officials such as police chiefs and sheriffs who refuse to fully cooperate with federal immigration enforcement efforts by providing information and honoring detainers filed against aliens arrested for criminal offenses. It also establishes civil fines of up to $25,000 daily for towns, cities, and counties that violate the anti-sanctuary law. Read more...

Mexico Regrets Texas Sanctuary City Ban

By Kausha Luna, May 10, 2017

On Monday, Mexico's Ministry of Foreign Affairs published a press release lamenting the enactment of Texas Senate Bill 4 (SB 4).

Signed by Governor Greg Abbott, SB 4 bans sanctuary jurisdictions in the state of Texas. Read more...

State-Based Visas: Unwise, Unworkable, and Constitutionally Dubious

By Dan Cadman, May 9, 2017

The libertarian Cato Institute recently hosted an event titled "State Based Visas: A Federalism Approach to the Immigration Impasse", featuring two members of Congress, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) and Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.). The lead-in on the webpage has this to say:

The idea of regional or state-based visas is not a new one. Indeed, Canada and Australia have each implemented successful variations that provide some valuable lessons and hint at the major economic benefits possible for us in the United States. Adoption of a state-based visa program in America would permit our 50 state governments to craft rules for work visa programs that are more adaptable to local economic conditions than the present one-size-fits-all system run from Washington, D.C. While state governors and state and federal lawmakers are warming to the idea, all that stands in the way here is congressional approval.

Sounds grand, doesn't it? What you won't find among the paeans to this "federalist" concept are some of the many issues and problems lurking in the bushes surrounding it. Read more...

Comey: 15% of Terror Cases Came as Refugees

By Mark Krikorian, May 8, 2017

The narrative about refugee resettlement spun by the invite-the-world crowd is that refugees pose no threat to Americans. To pick only the first link to pop up in Google, see this from VOA: "UNHCR: Refugees Pose No Threat to US National Security". This is because they are "rigorously vetted", "the most thoroughly vetted of all people entering our nation".

The problem is that vetting is only as good as the information available. And we simply don’t have access to information that would successfully identify potential bad guys. In my testimony on this a while back I quoted FBI Director Comey: Read more...

Trump Sibling-in-Law Plays Princeling in China

By David North, May 8, 2017

Nicole Meyer (younger sister of President Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner) may have been obtuse about the American optics in Beijing on Saturday, but she was spot-on with the Chinese culture when she pitched a crowd of rich Chinese about her family's latest EB-5 investment in Jersey City, N.J., right across the Hudson from mid-town Manhattan. Read more...

In a Time of Criminal Crisis, Long Island UAC Placements on Track for Four-Year High

By Joseph J. Kolb, May 8, 2017

Despite dwindling numbers of unaccompanied minors (UACs) showing up at the southwest border, the placement of UACs by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) on MS-13 crime-plagued Long Island is on track to top a four-year high. Read more...

The Fifth of May — an American Holiday

By Andrew R. Arthur, May 5, 2017

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

An interesting aspect of my morning news every year on the fifth of May is the festive manner in which the broadcasters note that the day that will be celebrated by revelers at their local Mexican/Tex-Mex restaurant with drink specials and free salsa. On the Baltimore morning news this year, they actually listed some of the half-price taco and $2 Tecate deals that are available to the happy hour crowd.

News reports never remark, however, on the importance of this day to American freedom, and the defeat of the Confederacy in our Civil War. Read more...

Two Sets of Rules in Mobtown
Baltimore's prosecutor announces more lenient treatment for alien criminals

By Andrew R. Arthur, May 5, 2017
Baltimore's prosecutor announces more lenient treatment for alien criminals

In a recent opinion piece I wrote for the Baltimore Sun, I discussed a recent decision by the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office to employ different standards when prosecuting certain criminals: a stricter standard the office will follow when it prosecutes citizens, and a more lenient standard that it will follow when dealing with aliens.

This decision is reflected in a memorandum issued on April 27, 2017 (and disclosed the next day by the Sun), in which Marilyn Mosby’s staff "instructed prosecutors to think twice before charging illegal immigrants with minor, non-violent crimes in response to stepped up immigration enforcement by the Trump administration." Read more...

Long Island Police Arrest Three MS-13 Members, All in the U.S. Illegally

By Joseph J. Kolb, May 5, 2017

Gang investigators for the Nassau County, N.Y., police department on Long Island arrested three MS-13 suspects this week in connection with a recent attempted murder. Two of the suspects are brothers and all three are in the United States illegally.

At a press conference Wednesday, Nassau County Police Chief Kevin Smith said Fidel Hernandez, 23; his older brother, Jose, 26; and Miguel Urias Arguenta, 18, were taken into custody Tuesday and charged with attempted murder.

According to Smith, on Sunday the Hernandez brothers and Arguenta allegedly attacked a man with a machete and gun, but did not kill him. They are charged with attempted murder. The Hernandez brothers are also implicated in a machete attack in January where the victim also survived. Read more...

Births to Unmarried Mothers by Nativity and Education

By Steven A. Camarota, May 5, 2017

Immigrants account for a large share of births in the United States. Almost one in four births (22.6 percent) in 2015 were to foreign-born mothers. As recently as 1990 it was just 7.9 percent. As a share of all births, the figure for 2015 may be the in highest American history. In 1910, the last peak in immigration, immigrants accounted for 21.9 percent of births. The tables below examine births by the education, race, and marital status of mothers based on 2015 data from the National Center for Health Statistics. The data reflect what is shown on certifications as reported by the states to the National Center for Health Statistics. Read more...