Immigration Blog

SPLC Revives the Blacklist Tradition, and the Press Again Plays a Supportive Role

By Jerry Kammer, March 20, 2017

Mark Krikorian, the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, spoke for all of us here at CIS in his just-published column for the Washington Post. Krikorian wrote in response to the Southern Poverty Law Center's attempt to smear organizations that dissent from its extreme open-borders multiculturalism as "hate groups." The SPLC, which uses the hate group blacklist as one of its fund-raising scams, recently blacklisted CIS.

It was a typically cynical move by the intolerance experts from Alabama, who might as well acknowledge that the true meaning behind their initials is Smears Pathological but Lucrative and Cunning. They prod the press to come running eagerly to take dictation. And they induce credulous donors to reach reflexively for their checkbooks. We have documented that here. Read more...

Tonight's '60 Minutes' Segment on H-1B: The Fruit of Disastrous 1990 Immigration Act

By John Miano, March 19, 2017

Tonight "60 Minutes" is running a segment on the H-1B visa cesspool. Before that airs, I thought it would be worthwhile to describe how we got to the point where we are.

The paradox of immigration reform is that the people who have to fix what is broken are the same ones that screwed the system up in the first place. Read more...

How to Make Illegal Immigrants Pay for the Wall

By David North, March 18, 2017

One of the frustrations of watching the new administration is its apparent inability to find funds — except from routine tax collections — to build the promised wall.

It's estimated that it will cost $12-15 billion or more; the proposed FY 2018 budget includes $2.6 billion for the start of the process. Read more...

U.S. Funds to International Organizations, Including for Refugees, Could Be Cut

By Nayla Rush, March 18, 2017

President Trump just released his 2018 budget proposal. A quick first reading reveals that, as expected, the budget prioritizes the military and homeland security while reducing foreign assistance and support to environmental programs. Proposed cuts target the Environmental Protection Agency (-31.4 percent) as well as the Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Department of the Treasury's international programs (-28.7 percent).

The budget also addresses U.S. contributions to the United Nations; it "reduces funding to the UN and affiliated agencies, including UN peacekeeping and other international organizations, by setting the expectation that these organizations rein in costs and that the funding burden be shared more fairly among members. The amount the U.S. would contribute to the UN budget would be reduced and the U.S. would not contribute more than 25 percent for UN peacekeeping costs." Read more...

Illegal Alien Crime Deniers: Wall Street Journal

By Ronald W. Mortensen, March 18, 2017

In a March 12 editorial, the Wall Street Journal solidified its place among the nation's top illegal alien crime deniers by taking exception to President Trump's efforts to focus attention on crimes committed by illegal aliens. In fact, according to the Journal, "there's no evidence that immigrants commit more crimes than do native-born citizens and some suggest they commit less."

In addition, the Journal opined that "the federal government doesn't need a new bureaucracy given the facts about immigrant crime." In other words, according to the Wall Street Journal, there is no need for a Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) Office to act as a liaison with "known victims of crimes committed by removable aliens" since illegal alien crime is not a problem and the Americans who are victimized by illegal aliens can get along just fine on their own. Read more...

EB-5 Takes Two (Unpublicized) Body Blows with Bi-Coastal Overtones

By David North, March 17, 2017

The EB-5 (immigrant investor) program took two body blows, neither well publicized, earlier this week, after taking a drubbing in a House Judiciary Committee hearing last week.

This week's reverses both had bi-coastal angles. In the first, yet another EB-5 fraud case emerged in the state of Washington; it was announced (and denounced) by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Read more...

The New Republic? Is That Still Around?

By Mark Krikorian, March 14, 2017

The New Republic, a century-old liberal magazine, basically ceased to exist when most of its staff and writers resigned in 2014 in response to mismanagement by owner Chris Hughes, co-founder of Facebook. He sold the shell of the magazine last year to a lefty activist and publisher from Oregon, and what's now called TNR seems to be just another Salon. Read more...

Shouldn't the Public Know When ICE Releases Criminal Aliens? Georgia Bill Says 'Yes'

By Mark Krikorian, March 14, 2017

John Fonte noted at the National Review site last week that the new DHS office serving victims of criminal aliens (dubbed VOICE) will help challenge the dominant media narrative about immigration. Along with the complementary initiative to systematically provide the public with information on crimes committed by released criminal aliens, Fonte says it represents "the opening round of a long-overdue declaration of (political) war on the sanctuary cities, counties, and states that protect criminal aliens." Read more...

ProPublica's Faulty Look at the Value of Border Searches

By Dan Cadman, March 14, 2017

ProPublica, which bills itself as "journalism in the public interest", recently published a piece by Patrick Lee, "Can Customs and Border Officials Search Your Phone? These Are Your Rights".

The article goes much farther than just phones, and digs generally into border authorities, including stops and searches. But I found it hard to actually get that far, because I myself was stopped — floored, in fact — by the very first paragraph: Read more...

Team USA Faces Hostile "Home" Crowd in Miami at the World Baseball Classic

By David Seminara, March 14, 2017

Team USA played the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic on Saturday night in what was officially considered a "home" game. But the game, won by the Dominican Republic 7-5 was played in Miami, a city that must feel very foreign to American teams facing opponents from Latin American countries. Baseball analyst Ken Rosenthal neatly summarized the overwhelmingly pro-Dominican crowd in Miami in a dispatch with the dateline, "SANTO DOMINGO NORTH". Read more...