Immigration Blog

Is USCIS Ignoring a $100 Million-a-Year-Plus Cash Cow?

By David North, September 15, 2015

One of the federal programs that comes up for renewal — or death — at the end of this month levies an extra $2,000 per H-1B visa charge on companies that use large numbers of H-1B workers.

The government carefully does not publish data on this matter, but my best guess is that it is worth rather more than $100 million annually to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which collects fees for approved H-1B petitions. Read more...

How Can HR 3102 Improve Airport Security if DACA Recipients or Parolees Can Work at Airports?

By Dan Cadman, September 15, 2015

On July 23, the House Subcommittee on Transportation Security approved by voice vote, and moved to the full committee for consideration, H.R. 3102, the Airport Access Control Security Improvement Act of 2015. The bill, which would revise portions of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, was approved with only one technical amendment, introduced by the author of the bill, Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.). Read more...

No Illegal Alien Left Behind, Part II

By Kausha Luna, September 14, 2015

The second group of Mexicans to be let back into the U.S. after having agreed to voluntary return to Mexico "under coercion" are expected to arrive on at the border on Tuesday (pending additional cases to be approved by U.S. government). Esmeralda Flores of the American Civil Liberties Union told Univison the three Mexican nationals will first hold a press conference in Tijuana tomorrow. Read more...

Are 10,000 Syrian Refugees Just the Opening Bid?

By Dan Cadman, September 14, 2015

President Obama no sooner indicated that he will exercise his "executive authorities" to increase established refugee ceilings to permit admission of an additional 10,000 refugees in 2016 — contrary to the expressed concerns of many in Congress over how the federal government can possibly adequately vet such a flow to interdict potential terrorists — and already the drumbeat has begun to substantially increase that number. This is not unexpected. How could it be, given the big-numbers-and-open-borders tenor of this administration over the past several years? Read more...

The Slowly Unraveling H-1B Scandal at Wright State University in Ohio

By David North, September 14, 2015

The provost at Wright State University, near Dayton, Ohio, has lost his job as a result of an internal investigation into the institution's use of the H-1B program; a second official has been demoted and may lose his tenured teaching status; and a third has been fired.

It sounds very much like the university found out about the problems before DHS did, but that's a widespread pattern. An AP story indicates that a federal investigation is ongoing, but did not name the agency doing it. Read more...

Just Say No to Refugee Resettlement

By Mark Krikorian, September 11, 2015

The White House announced that it plans to admit 10,000 Syrians next year through the refugee resettlement program, on top of the 1,500 or so we’ve already admitted. But the number could go much higher, since the president claims the right to "parole" into the United States anyone he wants, in any number he wants, for any reason he wants. As Senator Grassley put it this week after being informed by Secretary of State Kerry of Obama's 2016 refugee edict: Read more...

Reflections on 9/11

By Dan Cadman, September 11, 2015

Fourteen anniversaries, fourteen commemorations of the horrible events of September 11, 2001. Undoubtedly all over the country, there will be moments of silence in remembrance, a continuation of the post-9/11 phrase, "We will never forget" – that event's equivalent of "Boston Strong," the phrase that took currency after the marathon bombing in that city.

But memories do weaken with time, and with the growing-up of youngsters too small to really feel the emotional impact of that day's events, and the birth of children who grow up not having even been alive when 9/11 took place. Perhaps a better tribute to the 9/11 victims than moments of silence would be moments of reflection. These are mine. Read more...

Colbert's Attack on Trump Misses the Immigration Angle

By Jerry Kammer, September 10, 2015

On Tuesday, Stephen Colbert launched his "Late Show" on CBS with a patriotic montage of clips of him and others singing "The Star Spangled Banner" in locations across the country. Then he launched into a mockery of Donald Trump's announcement that he will never again eat Oreos because much of the work at the Chicago plant that makes them is being moved to Mexico. Read more...

When an Immigration Matter Is Handled Well, We Should Say So

By David North, September 10, 2015

Sometimes, despite the odds, something commendable happens within the immigration system and we should take notice.

I ran into two quite separate instances of this lately, one in which the congratulations should be shared by the departments of Justice and Homeland Security, and in the other the kudos go to actors in the EB-5 program. Read more...

Ruling on Arizona's S.B. 1070 Mostly Right, but Wrong on Day Labor Law

By Jon Feere, September 10, 2015

Last week's ruling by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton was on the last of seven challenges to Arizona's S.B. 1070, put into law in 2010. Three provisions in S.B. 1070 were the focus of the decision: (1) the so-called "Show me your papers" provision; (2) a provision allowing Arizona law enforcement to transport aliens to federal custody facilities; and (3) a provision prohibiting day laborers and their employers from operating on city streets.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona upheld the first two provisions, but found for the pro-illegal immigration plaintiffs on the day labor provision. An explanation of the decision follows, along with an explanation of why the court arguably did not get the day labor analysis correct. Read more...