Immigration Blog

Ex-Vermont State EB-5 Director Stirs Controversy When Hired by EB-5 Project

By David North, August 27, 2015

There are now three states that play, or have played, a role in the federal EB-5 immigrant investor program, and every single one of them has been mired in controversy. (Most EB-5 regional centers are not affiliated with state governments.)

Late last month, Vermont joined the troubled list, along with the deeply flawed program in South Dakota and the one in Michigan, which had lesser problems. Read more...

French Train Attack Again Raises Questions About Security of the Visa Waiver Program

By Dan Cadman, August 27, 2015

I may be in a minority on this point, but I'm uncomfortable with the visa waiver program. It seems all too easy for something to go horribly wrong and result in the admission of one person, perhaps a group of people, not on anyone's list (despite the proliferation of such lists since 9/11) who could wreak terrible havoc in a very short period of time. Read more...

UN Rep: Mexico May Become the Final Destination for Central Americans

By Kausha Luna, August 26, 2015

Mexico's southern border is an increasing concern for that country's government as more Central Americans enter the country illegally. A UN official has warned Mexico that it may become the new destination for Central American migrants, rather than merely a stop on the way to the United States. Read more...

Birth Tourists Come from Around the Globe

By Jon Feere, August 26, 2015

Presidential candidate Jeb Bush recently got tripped up on use of the phrase "anchor babies" and explained to media the following: "What I was talking about was the specific case of fraud being committed where there's organized efforts — and frankly it's more related to Asian people coming into our country, having children in that organized effort, taking advantage of a noble concept with birthright citizenship." Read more...

Interpreting Logic Out of the 14th Amendment Where Birthright Citizenship Is Concerned

By Dan Cadman, August 26, 2015

Within a span of days, National Review Online has published two interesting pieces on birthright citizenship with diametrically opposing views, though each speaks to the centrality of the 14th Amendment in framing the current debate.

It is the first sentence in Section 1 of the 14th Amendment that is at issue: "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside." Read more...

Another EB-5 Scam: The Dalai Lama's Revenge?

By David North, August 25, 2015

You might call it the Dalai Lama's Revenge; it certainly is yet another one of those EB-5 scandals that pop up every few weeks.

This time the main ingredients are Lobsang Dargey, 41, who calls himself a former Tibetan monk turned real estate tycoon; 252 Chinese nationals who have invested in his EB-5 scams in the state of Washington; and real estate projects bearing the name of Potala — the palace that the Dalai Lama used to live in before being evicted by the Chinese government. Read more...

Sounds Like a Step or Two Backward on E-Filings for USCIS

By David North, August 25, 2015

In the great leap forward to an all-electronic application and decision system, USCIS has just announced that five key applications, currently available for e-filing, must be filed on a paper form starting September 20.

I am not a high-tech person, but this sounds like a retreat to me. Their explanation is: Read more...

Could Trump's Immigration Plan Work?

By Ronald W. Mortensen, August 25, 2015

The consensus of establishment Republicans, the media, political pundits, and other elites appears to be that Trump cannot implement his immigration proposals. If anyone other than Trump were proposing it, they would likely be right. However, a closer look at the Trump plan shows that it could work if Trump uses his warrior personality and deal-making ability to push it forward. Read more...

Activist Judge Tries to Thwart Criminal Alien's Deportation

By Dan Cadman, August 25, 2015

A senior federal judge in the Eastern District of New York (which encompasses New York City) has laid out the basis by which "judicial recommendations against deportation" (JRADs) will be issued. He did so via an opinion and order in a criminal case for which he was presiding judge.

Everything about the order — its context, the crime, the defendant, even its content — is strange, not to say skewed. It's the judicial equivalent of staring at an M.C. Escher print and trying to figure out of which side is up. Read more...

Facebook Blocks Job Reports Related to Immigration

By CIS, August 24, 2015

EDITOR'S NOTE: Facebook has lifted the ban on the Center's job reports pages. The Center has not heard from Facebook directly, but they did make a statement to Breitbart News:

When asked what happened—and for a response to CIS—a Facebook spokesperson told Breitbart News that it was just a simple error in their system, not a malicious attempt by the social media giant to use censorship to push its founder’s political agenda.

“An error in our system that helps block bad links on Facebook incorrectly marked some URLs as malicious,” the Facebook spokesperson said in an email. “We’ve resolved the issue and apologize for the inconvenience this caused.”

Although the Facebook spokesperson states that the pages were banned due to an error marking them as "malicious", the automated response from Facebook while the ban was in place specifically stated that they were blocked for "abuse". Read more...