Immigration Blog

Immigration Facets in the President's State of the Union Speech

By Dan Cadman, January 21, 2015

To the uninitiated, it's hard to tell a real diamond from some of the new synthetic stones: the best of the fakes can even scratch glass as a real diamond would and both shine with rainbow brilliance from all of their facets.

I was reminded of this on Tuesday when the president gave his annual State of the Union address.

There were two things in his speech that caught my attention from an immigration-related perspective, one of them directly and one of them more peripherally, which I'll address first. Read more...

House Border Security Bill Is an Empty Green Suit

By Jessica Vaughan, January 20, 2015

On Wednesday, January 21, the House Homeland Security Committee will take up H.R.399, the Secure Our Border First Act of 2015, introduced by the committee's chairman, Michael McCaul (R-Texas). While this bill is an improvement over the border security bill approved by this committee in the previous Congress and, if implemented, would greatly improve our understanding of what actually goes on at the border and ports of entry, it falls far short of what is needed to slow the flow of illegal immigration and prevent the entry of terrorists and criminals. It proposes to spend $10 billion of taxpayer money without ensuring that a single illegal alien will be sent home. Read more...

Great Story, Big Questions on Diane Rehm Show

By Jerry Kammer, January 19, 2015

Four high school students from a troubled neighborhood in West Phoenix who won a 2004 robotics competition are the subject of an inspirational new movie titled "Spare Parts", and a recent book by the same title. They triumphed because of their intelligence, skill, and resourcefulness. What adds dramatic poignancy and political heft to their story is that three of the four were in the U.S. illegally, having been brought here years earlier from Mexico by their parents. Read more...

Man Bites Dog: DOJ Zaps Pa. for Paying Illegals Welfare Benefits

By David North, January 19, 2015

Its sounds implausible, but President Obama's Justice Department has won a $48.8 million court settlement against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania because that state was paying welfare benefits to illegal aliens.

It was in one of those press releases sent out on a Friday afternoon leading up to a three-day holiday with the Department's Civil Division making the announcement on Friday, January 16.

Thematically, it seems out of place (which perhaps explains the timing of the announcement), with the administration otherwise going all out to extend a wide variety of benefits to illegal aliens even though Congress has not given it the authority to do so. Read more...

25 States Sue Obama Over Amnesty, but Some States Are Silent

By Jon Feere, January 16, 2015

From the start of my op-ed posted today at TheHill.com:

Twenty-five states are now part of a lawsuit challenging President Obama's lawless amnesty agenda. The states that have signed on to the lawsuit are arguing that "unilateral suspension of the Nation's immigration laws is unlawful" and that only the judiciary's "immediate intervention can protect the [states] from dramatic and irreparable injuries." . . .

Illegal Aliens Must Confess Lawless Status to Get Tax Refunds in 2015

By David North, January 15, 2015

Here's some great news about illegal aliens from a totally unexpected source — Obamacare.

Illegal aliens wanting income tax refunds, and there are a lot of them, face a tough choice this income tax filing season:

  • They can admit, in writing, that they and their family members are illegal aliens in order to seek to collect income tax refunds; OR
  • They can be silent about it, in a couple of different ways, and forego (collectively) billions of dollars worth of these refunds, some legit, and some not.

And who created this delicious dilemma? Why, the Obama administration itself, though I suspect that very few, if any, of its executives know that this is the case. Read more...

Yesterday's House Floor Vote Revealed Solid and Not-So-Solid Allies

By David North, January 15, 2015

Yesterday's Floor vote in the House on defunding the Obama amnesty was a victory for common sense — but it also revealed the names of about a score of not-so-solid allies of immigration skeptics.

Among the amendments to the DHS appropriations bill, there was the Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.) Amendment cutting off funds for the planned Obama amnesty, and the Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) Amendment taking back the benefits given by the two-year-old DACA program. Read more...

ICE Begins Releasing Deportable Aliens to Work in the U.S.

By Jessica Vaughan, January 14, 2015

Most of the attention directed toward the president's executive actions on immigration has been focused on the plan to issue work permits to potentially five million illegal aliens who are the parents of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents (LPRs). But these are not the only illegal aliens who are getting work permits as part of the executive amnesty. Read more...

Agribusiness Lobbyists Have Second Thoughts about Executive Amnesty

By Ronald W. Mortensen, January 13, 2015

The old adage warns "Be careful what you wish for", and a Garth Brooks song thanks God for unanswered prayers. So it is interesting to watch those in the agriculture sector squirm now that their wishes and prayers have been answered.

Flash back to 2005 and the Agricultural Coalition for Immigration Reform (ACIR) was telling people that amnesty for illegal aliens will allow them to meet the shortage of legal agricultural workers: Read more...

Immigration in the 2015 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill

By Dan Cadman, January 13, 2015

(This is the second item analyzing the 2105 Homeland Security funding bill; the first item examined the proposed amendments.)

The new Congress, with a Republican majority in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, is wasting no time in tackling that still-hanging issue left over from the prior Congress: funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in 2015. Although the rest of the federal government received its funding through the end of the fiscal year via appropriations in the last Congress, DHS was left in limbo with only a continuing resolution to keep it solvent through February because of the president's multiple unconstitutional intrusions into the legislative arena through his "executive actions" granting the effective equivalent of amnesty to millions of illegal aliens. This is a brief look at some of the highlights of those portions of the DHS appropriations bill, H.R. 240, pending in the House that relate to the immigration benefits and enforcement functions of the Department. Read more...