Immigration Blog

New Bill Would Shed Light on Migrants and Crime

By David North, August 5, 2015

DHS is not very forthcoming with immigration statistics and other basic data. For instance, USCIS even redacts the names of lawyers working on appeals cases, as I reported recently. This general lack of transparency, unfortunately, is contagious, and it extends to how other law enforcement agencies report (or don't report) on aliens and arrests. Read more...

Sen. Schumer's Empathy for Some Victims of Violence, but Not Others

By Dan Cadman, August 5, 2015

Actress Amy Schumer took to the podium a few days ago, in the wake of the theater shooting tragedy in Lafayette, La., to denounce violence and advocate gun control. Her film, Trainwreck, had been showing at the theater when a mentally disturbed man with apparently extremist views opened fire, murdering two and injuring nine. He later killed himself rather than surrender to police. Read more...

What Jeffrey Toobin Ignored in the New Yorker

By Jerry Kammer, August 5, 2015

(Third and final part; see Part One and Part Two.)

In his July 27 article in the New Yorker, Jeffrey Toobin seems to think that what is holding the Flores family in immigration-policy limbo is the hard-hearted stubbornness of congressional Republicans. In the manner described so well by Jonathan Haidt in his landmark book The Righteous Mind, Toobin appears to be blind to much larger realities in our immigration debate, which unfolds against the turbulent background of five decades of mass illegal immigration. Read more...

Update: China City Proposal Drops EB-5 References, Changes Name

By David North, August 4, 2015

In late 2013, we described a proposal to turn a bit of pristine Upstate New York wilderness into a massive, apparently mono-ethnic China City theme park to be funded largely by EB-5 immigrant investors. At the time, we quoted from its then gaudy website (much gold and red and traditional Chinese music) to show the multiple internal contradictions in the proposal and the adverse impacts it would have on the environment. Read more...

The Righteous Mind of the New Yorker's Jeffrey Toobin

By Jerry Kammer, August 4, 2015

(Part two of three; see Part One here.)

Jeffrey Toobin's July 27 article in the New Yorker qualifies him for lifetime membership in what moral psychologist Jonathan Haidt might call the tribal moral society of advocates for illegal immigrants.

Haidt studies how human beings form their moral judgments. He writes that sometimes these judgments lead us to unite around a sacred idea. For liberal advocates of illegal immigration, the sacred idea is that illegal immigrants must be protected and offered the full rights of citizenship. Read more...

Justice Dept.: DACA Amnesty Recipients Not a "Protected Class"

By David North, August 3, 2015

An obscure Justice Department entity, the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO), has just made the citizen/alien/jobs situation a bit more complicated. It has ruled that a former illegal alien who has secured Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status may be discriminated against in the job market because of that status (see details after the chart). This adds yet another layer to the citizenship-alienage-employment hierarchy, as this chart shows: Read more...

The New Yorker Looks at Immigration Through the Lens of Liberal Concerns for Illegal Immigrants

By Jerry Kammer, August 3, 2015

One of the most interesting aspects of the national immigration debate is the remarkable asymmetry in the work of many journalists and academics.

The New Yorker's Jeffrey Toobin provides an excellent example in a piece entitled "American Limbo" in the magazine's July 27 edition. Toobin writes with compassion and eloquence as he makes a humanitarian case for federal action to provide legal status to illegal immigrants. But he does next to nothing to acknowledge that there are substantive reasons for opposing such reform in the absence of a commitment that this time the federal government will uphold the enforcement that is the other half of the potential grand bargain. Read more...

Protocol H-1B

By CIS, August 3, 2015

MEMORANDUM

From: Lord Vader, Development Executive, Walt Disney Co.
To: All staff
Date: August 3, 2015
Subject: Implementing Protocol H-1B

I am here to put you back on schedule. In the search for new ways to motivate you, management has decided to replace American technical staff with cheaper H-1B foreign workers. Read more...

Incompetent Fraud Picked Up By USCIS on EB-5 Application

By David North, August 2, 2015

As we all know, USCIS has a low rate of denials in most of its benefit programs.

Sometimes I wonder how much of the fraud it does detect reflects not so much the vigilance of the agency as it does the obvious incompetence of the fraudster.

Routinely the public never sees the denied applications; the only time we get to peek at parts of them is when the alien in question appeals a benefit denial to the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO), the quasi-judicial review body within USCIS. Read more...

Another Weak GAO Unaccompanied Minors Report

By Dan Cadman, July 31, 2015

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued its second audit report dealing with unaccompanied alien minors in a very short span of time. The first report dealt with domestic processing, detention, and resettlement issues – but overlooked any examination of the fiscal expenditures by resettlement agencies of the billions of dollars provided them by the federal government to help accomplish these tasks. It didn't even name them, referring to them instead as Grantees A through E. Neither did it consider the apparent violation of regulatory requirements imposed on federal agencies to audit any organization receiving over $750,000 yearly. Read more...