Immigration Blog

Different Amnesty Designs Would Impact Profile of Beneficiaries

By David North, September 8, 2014

Different designs of amnesty programs would produce different sets of characteristics for the newly amnestied.

While all massive amnesties should be avoided, particularly those done by executive decree with no congressional input, it is useful to remind observers that establishing different sets of qualifications for those who receive some form of legalization would inevitably lead to granting those benefits to different subgroups of the illegal population.

In fact, it is more complicated than that because different program designs will not only consciously qualify different groups of people, they will also make it easier or harder for certain groups to effectively cheat the system.

Let's use the rules of the current (and deplorable) Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to illustrate these points. Read more...

President Obama's Thoroughly Tawdry Executive Action Delay on Immigration

By Stanley Renshon, September 8, 2014

Well, its official.

Cueing up speculation, anticipation, and expectation, the president announced to reporters at the end of his recent NATO summit that he had received recommendations on his immigration executive order from the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice and that, "I suspect that on my flight back, this'll be part of my reading, taking a look at some of the specifics that we've looked at. And I'll be making an announcement soon."

That followed a June 30 Rose Garden appearance in which the president vowed "to issue broad directives to overhaul the immigration system soon after summer's end."

No he won't. Read more...

What Do You Have to Do to Lose U.S. Citizenship?

By Dan Cadman, September 5, 2014

A recent event in North Korea forces us to confront the question of retaining or losing one's citizenship. A CNN reporter interviewed three American citizens being held in captivity there, one for nearly two years now.

Two of the captives don't concern us here, but the case of the third captive, 24-year-old Matthew Miller, does. His case goes beyond curious. Although described by high school colleagues as extremely bright, he comes across as callow and arrogant in his CNN interview. Among other things, he says "This interview is my final chance to push the American government to help me," and "there's been no movement from my government." Read more...

A New Angle in South Dakota's Continuing EB-5 Scandal

By David North, September 5, 2014

There's a new angle to South Dakota's continuing, complex, even bloody immigrant investor (EB-5) scandal that has received little, if any, attention. Read more...

Administration Removes Another Tool to Deter and Prevent Illegal Immigration

By Dan Cadman, September 4, 2014

I recently wrote a blog summarizing why I believe that using the pardon power as a form of amnesty for millions of illegal aliens isn't a good bet. Read more...

U.S. Announces What May Be the World’s Tiniest Re-Amnesty for 20 Aliens

By David North, September 3, 2014

On September 2, USCIS announced what may be the world’s smallest re-amnesty.

A "re-amnesty" is the extension of a previous amnesty, giving the beneficiaries more-or-less legal status in the United States. The technical term is TPS, for Temporary Protected Status.

This program will cover a small number of once-illegal aliens from the new, and troubled, nation of South Sudan, the non-Muslim breakaway section of Sudan which achieved independence in 2011.

And how many lucky beneficiaries will there be?

To quote the ever-lucid prose of USCIS: Read more...

Norm Matloff's Neat Summary of the H-1B Problem

By David North, September 2, 2014

The nation's leading critic of the H-1B program is professor Norm Matloff of UC-Davis — he teaches computer science there.

This gem is taken from a recent posting at his new-ish blog: Read more...

A Gratuitous Insult from the Mexican President

By Stanley Renshon, September 2, 2014

Ordinarily when a foreign leader visits the United States you can expect platitudes, not insults. Yet insults are what Americans got when Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto recently visited California.

The young (48) president, with what one biography touts as "movie-star good looks", was on his first state visit to the United States since being sworn in as president of Mexico two years ago. His first and only stop was described, with no irony intended, as the "immigrant-friendly [state of] California", where he held meetings with the state's Democratic governor, Jerry Brown. Read more...

McCain Rolls Out the Welcome Mat for ISIS on America's Southern Border

By Ronald W. Mortensen, September 2, 2014

Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) dogged support for illegal aliens and open borders has left the United States vulnerable to terrorists. This has not gone unnoticed by ISIS, also known as ISIL and IS, which reportedly is prepared to launch terrorist operations in the United States from across the southern border.

Unlike McCain, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey recognizes our vulnerability: "Because of open borders and immigration issues, it [ISIS] is an immediate threat," Dempsey said at a Department of Defense press conference. In addition, according to Saudi King Abdullah, the threat posed by ISIS to the United States is imminent. Speaking to newly appointed ambassadors to Saudi Arabia, Abdullah warned that if the United States ignores the ISIS threat, it could face terror attacks within two months. Read more...

Two Small Bits of Good News on the Marriage Fraud Front

By David North, September 2, 2014

Two bits of good news — if you look hard enough — have emerged recently regarding marriage-based immigration fraud.

As we noted a year ago, there are fundamentally two kinds of marriage-related immigration fraud. There are what might be called the Class C (for Cash) cases, in which an alien and a citizen conspire for payment to enter a sham marriage so that the alien can become a legal resident of the United States. This is the most common form. Read more...