Immigration Blog

Bill on Transparency in Foreign Worker Programs Introduced in House

By David North, October 6, 2014

It is a small step in the right direction; it will not go far immediately (if ever), but a highly commendable effort is being made in the House of Representatives to shed some light on our murky nonimmigrant worker programs.

Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.) has introduced H.R. 5197, the "Transparency in Reporting to Protect American Workers and Prevent Human Trafficking Act". Read more...

Revoking Citizenship of Terrorists and Traitors Is Assuredly the Right Thing to Do

By Dan Cadman, October 3, 2014

Andy Semotiuk recently wrote an opinion piece for Forbes magazine ("Immigration Law: Is Revoking the Citizenship of Terror Suspects Right or Wrong?"), arguing against a bill Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) recently attempted to move through the Senate under streamlined procedures.

That bill would have deemed joining the foreign terrorist group ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, also known as the Islamic State of the Levant, or ISIL) as an act of renunciation of citizenship on the part of any American, native-born or naturalized. Cruz's attempt was blocked by Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii). Read more...

Immigration Lame-Duck Fantasies Redux, Pt. 2

By Stanley Renshon, October 3, 2014

The Obama administration is threatening the equivalent of immigration fire and brimstone if Republicans don't make a lame-duck session deal. Yet their idea of a deal seems to be: Give us what we want in an immigration bill or we'll do it ourselves by executive action.

It's a maximalist position that reflects no real interest in accommodation. And at this stage the administration clearly feels there doesn't have to be any. Read more...

Why Does Our Government Seek Charity for Our Ports of Entry?

By David North, October 3, 2014

Does a government ask for donations to maintain its parliamentary buildings? Its Air Force or FBI?

No, a self-respecting nation, particularly a prosperous one like the United States, uses public funds for important public purposes.

But the Obama administration has decided to pull out the begging cup for our somewhat tattered ports of entry, where an endless series of important immigration admission decisions are made all day, every day. The administration treats the ports like poor relatives that should be clothed and fed by recycling society's leftovers. Read more...

Could There Finally Be an Alternative to the Pro-Illegal Alien Facebook?

By Ronald W. Mortensen, October 3, 2014

Mark Zuckerberg is funding his anti-American escapades in Mexico, his attack on the middle-class through demands for more visas for foreign workers, and his pro-illegal alien and employer amnesty campaign with funds generated by exploiting Facebook users.

According to the manifesto of a new social network, Ello, today's social media magnates are buying and selling people through the data that they collect on users and then sell to advertisers. Ello believes that "collecting and selling your personal data, reading your posts to your friends, and mapping your social connections for profit is both creepy and unethical" since, under the guise of offering a "free" service, users pay a high price in intrusive advertising and lack of privacy. Read more...

In South Dakota EB-5 Case, More Thought to the Frills than the Turkey in the Oven

By David North, October 3, 2014

If the long-simmering EB-5 scandal in South Dakota were a Thanksgiving dinner, you would notice lots of activity regarding the table settings, the cranberry sauce, and the gravy, but no one would be paying much attention to the big turkey in the oven.

The kitchen, to continue the metaphor a bit, is heating up, however, as the sometimes sleepy Democratic Party in the state is trying to make a major public issue of the repeated, convoluted, and often clever local misuse of the immigrant investor program. The GOP governor when the multiple EB-5 disasters began was Michael Rounds and he is running this fall for the U.S. Senate, so he is the target for much of the criticism. Read more...

Immigration Lame-Duck Fantasies Redux, Pt. 1

By Stanley Renshon, October 2, 2014

It's lame-duck immigration amnesty fantasy time at the White House again, though this year's version starts with a threat. The threat came from Vice President Joe Biden who, "challenged Republicans to 'see the Lord' or the 'lightning' in regard to immigration reform during a speech he made at a reception for Hispanic Heritage month." Read more...

Dallas Ebola Patient Was Another Visa Mistake

By Jessica Vaughan, October 1, 2014

Look up "likely visa overstay" in the dictionary, and you should find a picture of Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who is the first Ebola case diagnosed within the United States, and who is now being treated in a Dallas hospital.

This looks like another good case for the consular officers training manual of a non-immigrant visa that never should have been issued, but which could have serious public health consequences, not to mention monetary costs. Read more...

Responding to the President's Immigration Fiat, Pt. 5

By Stanley Renshon, September 30, 2014

The president's forthcoming executive amnesty and enforcement actions are likely to be an immigration Rubicon for the Republican Party — for its supporters, its elected officials, and its 2016 presidential candidates.

Let me start with Republican supporters and their elected officials. A recent Pew poll tells all in its title: "Neither Party Gets Good Marks from Its Base for Handling Illegal Immigration". According to the poll, 56 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaners feel that the Republican Party is not doing a good job on illegal immigration. Read more...

Would You Buy a Used Car from This EB-5 Applicant?

By David North, September 29, 2014

Every so often one part of the immigration system does the right thing, while another does not.

In this case USCIS gets the credit and the State Department gets none.

Our protagonist today is an alien used car dealer; he's a Mexican millionaire who tried, without the needed qualifications, to convert his E-2 (nonimmigrant investor) visa and his collection of formerly owned vehicles into a green card via the EB-5 (immigrant investor) program. Read more...