Immigration Blog

UN Experts Issue a Dark Report on Terrorist Travel and Recruiting

By Dan Cadman, August 18, 2016

News media are reporting on a recently issued document prepared by expert advisers to the United Nations Security Council concerning extremists affiliated with ISIS, al Qaeda, and other Muslim terrorist organizations (see, for instance, here and here).

According to these experts:

  • As many as 30,000 foreign fighters in Syria, Iraq, and elsewhere are prepared to return to their home countries — or, in the case of the European Union (EU) with its borderless travel rules, anywhere in the visa-free zone — in order to commit attacks.

What If There Was an Amnesty and a Majority of Those Eligible Ignored It?

By David North, August 18, 2016

Suppose the U.S. government offered temporary legal status in a highly publicized, low-cost way, and the majority of the illegal aliens in the eligible age range ignored it.

What would that tell you about the value systems of the people involved? What would it say about enforcement of the immigration law?

Do the majority of these eligibles think highly enough of the community in which they live to want to get right with the law? Apparently not. Read more...

'Extreme Vetting' Is Extremely Overdue

By Mark Krikorian, August 16, 2016

Donald Trump's speech yesterday on the threat of radical Islam included a section about immigration policy that has the usual suspects in a tizzy. This section focused not on terrorism, but rather on what Andy McCarthy calls the "grand jihad," the importation of Islamist ideology that rejects our constitutional order and open society.

In his trademark manner, Trump departed from the prepared text to Archie Bunker-ize the speech by calling this "extreme vetting," which is not the phraseology you should use once you've won the nomination and are trying to persuade the middle-of-the-road voter in Ohio and Florida. But rather than calling for body-cavity searches, as this label might suggest, he was instead calling for ideological/values screening, with the commonsense goal that "we should only admit into this country those who share our values and respect our people." He explained: Read more...

The Cost of Family Detention Centers and Failed American Immigration Policies

By Dan Cadman, August 15, 2016

The Washington Post has published a story titled "Inside the administration's $1 billion deal to detain Central American asylum seekers". Interestingly, it was classified as a business story, one presumes because it discusses details of the government's contractual arrangements for a family detention center with the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), although the narrative goes far beyond mere recitation of fiscal factoids in raising the issue.

The article mentions, for instance, that the four-year $1 billion contract guarantees CCA a full occupancy rate, whether or not the facility is in fact filled to capacity. The gist of the article's bent can be found in a single paragraph, though: Read more...

TPS for Palestinians?

By Nayla Rush, August 15, 2016

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has announced the extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Syrians for another 18 months, through March 31, 2018. This allows visitors and illegal aliens to remain here legally, enabling them to get work permits, Social Security numbers, driver's licenses, etc.

But it's not just for Syrians. The language of the announcement (and of the relevant statute) says TPS is also available to "persons without nationality who last habitually resided in Syria." Being formally stateless, Syria's 560,000 Palestinian refugees would appear to qualify. So how many of them – if any – have benefitted, and will benefit from this form of amnesty? Read more...

Salt Lake City: Help an Illegal Alien Identity Thief and Get a 60% Discount on Parking Fines

By Ronald W. Mortensen, August 15, 2016

Salt Lake City has long been a sanctuary city — in a sanctuary state. So, it is not surprising that the mayor allows people to pay their "extremely" overdue parking fines at a 60 percent discount in exchange for a $10 donation to (among other groups) Comunidades Unidas, an organization whose nine-person board has two members from a law firm that openly touts its expertise in defending illegal alien identity thieves.

According to the Immigrant Defenders Law Group PLLC website, "Illegal immigrants face a completely different set of challenges and consequences for criminal convictions. We have dedicated our firm to protecting these peoples' rights and defending their opportunity to live and work in the U.S." Read more...

As U.S. Rushes to Meet Obama's Refugee Target, France's Program Is on Hold

By Nayla Rush, August 12, 2016

The French Ministry of Interior announced on Wednesday that France admitted only 1,330 of the 30,000 refugees it had pledged to resettle from Greece and Italy by 2017. The commitment was made at the end of summer 2015, when the migrant crisis was at its peak. The French government, hostile at first to quotas recommended by the European Union, finally agreed to be part of the EU's resettlement plan to relieve these two first-entry member state countries.

"The honor of France is to welcome refugees" said French Prime Minister Manuel Valls one year ago on television. Read more...

EB-5 Regional Center with Chinese Government Tie Is Terminated

By David North, August 11, 2016

Earlier this year we wrote about a Florida-based EB-5 regional center that reported that its office in China was lodged in a Chinese City Hall, suggesting if not Chinese government ownership, then at least very solid ties to the government. Read more...

The Ninth Circuit Strikes (Out) Again

By Dan Cadman, August 11, 2016

I recently wrote a blog on a decision of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that deprived a statute of its logic by means of a tortured reading of the language used in the law. In that case, using linguistic acrobatics worthy of Rio olympians, they determined that a woman convicted of commercial piracy of Microsoft and other software didn't lack the good moral character needed to become a naturalized citizen.

They've done it again, once more delving into the arcane mysteries of the English language in order to arrive at a decision that deprives an immigration detention statute of meaning and common sense. Read more...

Venezuelans Seek Amnesties, "Temporary" or Permanent

By Kausha Luna, August 10, 2016

On Monday, Venezuelan exiles in Florida urged American authorities to grant "migratory relief" to those fleeing Venezuela for "political reasons."

Jose Colina, president of the organization Politically Persecuted Venezuelans in Exile (or Veppex), told the Spanish news agency EFE, "Any measure taken is important because it will resolve the problems of many Venezuelans that are in limbo, in the shadows." Read more...