Immigration Blog

Silicon Valley to Americans: Drop Dead

By Mark Krikorian, May 13, 2015

Silicon Valley oligarchs come to the immigration debate with considerable advantages. Aside from the obvious giant bags of money, there’s the perception (often correct) that they're wizards responsible for breathtaking innovation and economic growth. So when they say they need ever-greater numbers of indentured code-jockeys from abroad because there aren't not enough Americans available, they're taken seriously (even though the real motivation is simply cheap labor). This gullibility is all the more prevalent in Congress, many of whose members don’t even know how to turn their computers on (let alone send e-mail). Read more...

The Ebola Epidemic Is Over in Liberia, but USCIS Has Not Noticed

By David North, May 13, 2015

One would never know that the Ebola crisis is over in Liberia, and fast shrinking in neighboring Sierra Leone and Guinea, if one paid attention only to USCIS.

Several days ago the World Health Organization issued this report: Read more...

EB-5 Faces Population Problems: Too Many Middlemen, Too Few Visas

By David North, May 13, 2015

It is ironic that the Department of Homeland Security — an outfit that apparently believes that there never can be too many people under any circumstance — finds itself with a highly specialized population problem of its own making. Read more...

Contesting Presidential Immigration Overreach: Friends of the Court, Friends of the Constitution

By Dan Cadman, May 12, 2015

A "friend of the court" brief has just been filed with the federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans in the case filed against the federal government by over half of the states, which are seeking to have ruled illegal and unconstitutional major portions of the administration's "executive action" programs on immigration.

The brief supporting the plaintiff states was filed by the Committee to Defend the Separation of Powers of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ). According to the ACLJ, it was filed on behalf of nearly 220,000 individuals who have expressed their concern over this White House's trampling on the separation of powers established by our constitution. Read more...

The National Defense Authorization Act Is Drawn into the Immigration Battleground

By Dan Cadman, May 11, 2015

FBI Director James Comey has been quoted in the past few days by just about every media outlet of any size as saying there are ISIS supporters in every state of the country.

One supposes this is intended to inoculate the public in advance of the chance of a terrorist attack successfully taking place, unlike the recent failed attack in Garland, Texas — a smart political move, if not necessarily the most comforting given all of the administration's rhetoric about how safe we are both at our borders and in the interior, and oh by the way, let's just let millions of illegal aliens about whom we know very little stay here permanently.

At the same time, defense installations throughout the United States have been ordered to raise their terrorism alert level because social media monitoring shows that ISIS is encouraging its followers and supporters to focus attacks on police and soldiers. Even military families have been warned to beware that they might be targeted. Read more...

Myths about LA County's Successful 287(g) Program

By Jessica Vaughan, May 11, 2015

On Tuesday, May 12, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is set to vote on a proposal to end its longstanding and successful 287(g) partnership with ICE, which is one of the largest in the country. Activists for illegal aliens are pulling out all the stops to pressure the board members to cancel the program and have sent a barrage of emails and phone calls in favor of fewer criminal alien deportations. Read more...

"It Takes a Village" Becomes "We'll Take the Whole Village"

By Dan Cadman, May 11, 2015

Watching as presidential candidates (declared and undeclared) whirl and spin, jerk and jump, trying to mark out and then massage their positions on immigration, especially illegal immigration, is a terrific spectator sport matched only by following tennis volleys at Wimbledon, albeit the political watching holds greater risk of whiplash.

Most recently, candidate Hillary Clinton reversed previously espoused, purportedly deeply held, convictions about the unacceptability of amnesty and declared that, if anything, she'd do more than Barack Obama has done, leading even the New York Times to ask how that could be, and White House Press Secretary Josh Ernest to say he didn't know. Read more...

The Two Opposing Visions of Life, Including Immigration

By Jerry Kammer, May 8, 2015

We are supposed to have freedom to choose the place where we're going to live. ... In a different world, a world deserving to be what the world wanted to be when it was a different world, a world deserving to be what the world wanted to be when it was not yet born. Any newborn person should be welcomed. Welcomed! Say, "Come in! Come in boy or girl! The entire earth will be your kingdom and your legs will be your passport, forever valid."

The above words of Eduardo Galeano, a giant of Latin American literature and politics who died last month, are a vivid expression of the sensibility of those who favor unrestricted immigration. They hold what conservative American writer Thomas Sowell has called the "unconstrained vision". As Sowell wrote, "In the unconstrained vision, there are no intractable reasons for social evils and therefore no reason why they cannot be solved, with sufficient moral commitment." Read more...

Eduardo Galeano's Passionate Defense of Unrestricted Immigration

By Jerry Kammer, May 7, 2015

Eduardo Galeano, the Latin American novelist and radical journalist who died last month, was a towering cultural figure. According to The Economist, Galeano did more than any writer other than Gabriel Garcia Marquez "to shape the mental image that both locals and outsiders have of Latin America."

As we noted in yesterday's post, one of Galeano's admirers is Maria Hinojosa, the National Public Radio figure who, in her tribute last week to Galeano's life, could not bring herself to acknowledge that he had disavowed his most famous book, a polemical tract titled The Open Veins of Latin America. Read more...

When Is a Multi-Million Dollar Race Horse Stable a "Small Business"?

By David North, May 7, 2015

The answer to the title question is "when the government says so," at least in a recent case involving 99 violations of the employer sanctions law.

If you look up the website of Kenny McPeek's Racing, a race horse training operation, you will find these evidences of prosperity and success: Read more...