Immigration Blog

Clarification About the Lone ALJ Working on Employer Sanctions Appeals

By David North, June 25, 2014

About a month ago I bemoaned the fact that the administration's enforcement of employer sanctions (i.e., private employers are barred from hiring illegal aliens) is so feeble that a single administrative law judge (ALJ) could handle all the administrative appeals stemming from that enforcement.

One in the whole country. Her name is Ellen K. Thomas.

Well, I understated my case and I want to correct it. It is worse than that. Read more...

Will Taxpayer-Funded Defense of Illegal Aliens in Deportation Become the Norm, Despite the Law?

By Dan Cadman, June 24, 2014

What do you call a leader who, acting through his sundry ministers and counselors, ignores parliament and creates programs out of will and whimsy if the legislature does not enact laws when-and-as he wishes? A leader who, not liking all laws equally, decides which to ignore and which to enforce, and under what circumstances he will do so? In any other country, we would call that man "despot". Here in the United States these days, we call him president.

A few days ago, the New York Times reported that Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder was going to provide $2 million in federal grant funds to aid groups in providing legal representation to aliens caught up in the recent southern border surge of women and minors. Read more...

U.S. Sheepherders Finally Win a Round in Court

By David North, June 24, 2014

Perhaps the worst case of exploitation of foreign workers, and the exclusion of American workers, comes with the job of sheepherding on western ranches, where near-medieval working conditions prevail, as we have noted in the past.

Earlier this month the DC Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the resident herders and did so in ringing tones: Read more...

Questions about the Surge of Unaccompanied Illegal-Alien Minors

By Ronald W. Mortensen, June 24, 2014

Much has been written about the large numbers of unaccompanied minors illegally entering the United States. However there are a myriad of questions that need to be asked and answered about the effect that this will have on the United States. Here are a couple of dozen:

Who Is Paying?

  1. Are American taxpayers covering the $1.4 billion to $2 billion costs to care for children illegally entering the United States while still continuing to provide hundreds of millions of dollars of foreign assistance to the home countries of these children?

CIS Gets an Offer We Will Refuse from a Bangladeshi Organization

By David North, June 21, 2014

We at the Center for Immigration Studies have just received an offer, via e-mail, from a recruiting agency in Bangladesh that we, absolutely, plan to refuse.

The offer appears to be that if we hire someone from that country, selected by that agency, and arrange for a visa, that agency will pay us for our services. Read more...

The Border Crisis and the Question of Who Gets What

By Jerry Kammer, June 21, 2014

They say government is the process of deciding who gets what. For an example of how that is playing out today, consider the interplay among the New York Times editorial position on the crisis at the Texas border, Times readers outraged at what they see as the newspaper's errant liberalism, and a plea from New Mexico Senator Tom Udall (D) regarding unmet needs of Native American children. Read more...

Quick, What's the Annual Level of Legal Immigration?

By David North, June 20, 2014

My colleague, Mark Krikorian, recently made the point that few Americans have any idea of the actual level of immigration to this country — currently about a million a year.

With that in mind I decided to run a tiny test of that notion at what I thought was a collection of bright, well-educated, well-traveled people — we were all attending a cocktail party on Embassy Row. Read more...

Central American Leaders Seek U.S. Reform while Their Own People Seek Security at Home

By Jerry Kammer, June 19, 2014

The president of El Salvador has announced that when he and other Central American leaders meet Friday with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, he will push for U.S.immigration reform to provide legal status for illegal immigrants and allow the children they left behind to join them. Read more...

Let's Press Mexico Regarding Those Young Central Americans

By David North, June 19, 2014

An important skill for political leaders is knowing how to use leverage to get someone else to do one's own dirty work. It's the kind of thing LBJ did all the time.

The Kings of Saudi Arabia have for years saved their people from fighting wars by conning America into doing its fighting, as in the First Gulf War, for example, just as the Brits used to employ Gurkhas for jungle fighting. Australia hires Papua-New Guinea to house its refugees; the list goes on.

Let's do a little of this ourselves, vis-a-vis the surge of young Central Americans now flooding into south Texas after long trips through Mexico. Let's cause Mexico to control its own southern border, to prevent this migration. Read more...