Immigration Blog

Bringing Terrorists to the U.S. for Training

By Dan Cadman, June 1, 2015

Gulmurod Khalimov, a special police forces commander from Tajikistan who disappeared from his country in April, resurfaced recently in an Islamic State propaganda video. It's unclear what triggered the defection of a man formerly charged with protecting the political leaders and government elites of tightly ruled, autocratic Tajikistan.

News accounts tell us that he was well-trained, courtesy of both the American and Russian militaries. He was in the United States several times for such training; likewise with Russia. Read more...

Obama's 'Rock-Solid' Legal Argument for Granting Work Permits

By John Miano, June 1, 2015

I have yet to see any description of Obama's "rock solid legal argument", as the learned folks at the New York Times editorial page describe DAPA, so I thought I would create one now that I am running into it in other cases.

You may have noticed that the Constitution confers all powers over immigration to the Congress. You might then expect that the way the immigration system is supposed to work is that Congress defines the classes of aliens eligible work in the United States and that DHS has the broad authority to determine the individual aliens within those classes who are authorized to work.

That is not how Obama's DHS sees things.

The Border Patrol Loses One of Its Balloons

By David North, June 1, 2015

It's always sad to see a child cry when he lets go of his helium-filled balloon and it rises to the sky.

Well, the Border Patrol recently had the opposite problem. One of its helium-filled balloons, used as an unmanned observation post in the lower Rio Grande Valley, started leaking gas, and the aerostat (as they are called) fell gently into someone's field. Fortunately this happened on our side of the river, no one was hurt, and there was not much, if any, property damage. The leak was fixed and the balloon is again working as a silent sentinel. Read more...

So Illegal Immigration Isn’t Inevitable After All? Who Knew?

By Mark Krikorian, May 29, 2015

[This is the start of a piece by me posted today at National Review.]

Thursday's Washington Post front page featured a story on the decline in illegal immigration. The story itself isn't news (my colleagues did their first report on this phenomenon seven years ago), but the story's dead-tree subhead explains the timing: "Trend alters dynamics of immigration reform, a likely topic for 2016." Read more...

Australia Moves Toward Stripping Citizenship from Terrorists

By Dan Cadman, May 29, 2015

News reports tell us that the Land Down Under is preparing to amend its laws to enable the government to strip Australian citizenship from "dual nationals" who engage in terrorist acts, or who join terrorist groups such as the Islamic State (ISIS).

This is a step in the right direction, but perhaps two steps short of what needs to be done. The government apparently backed off its initial plan to remove citizenship from others as well, including children born in Australia of immigrant parents, when those children engage in terror or terrorist support. Aussie Prime Minister Abbott, channeling his inner progressive in walking back the original outlines, said "The changes will be consistent with our international legal obligation not to leave a person stateless." Read more...

National Park Service Signs on to Obama's Pro-Illegal Immigrant Agenda

By Marguerite Telford, May 28, 2015

The politicizing of our national monuments is well underway, with the National Park Service (NPS) pushing the president's pro-illegal immigrant agenda in a new exhibit at the Ellis Island Museum. The Obama administration and Democrats (helped by more than a few Republicans) have been attempting to normalize illegal immigration for some time, so it is not surprising that they would enlist the NPS, a federal bureau in the Department of the Interior, to rewrite history to turn U.S. law enforcement into the bad guys. Read more...

Breaking News! Feds Need State and Local Help to Enforce the Law

By Dan Cadman, May 28, 2015

FBI Director James Comey has solicited the help of state and local law enforcement agencies, including the New York City Police Department, in an effort to identify, track, and act against potential terrorists. No one seems to have noted the irony that this request comes at the same time the Obama administration is turning away such help with immigration enforcement. Read more...

The Non-Deported: ICE Still Releasing Criminal Aliens at a Rapid Pace

By Jessica Vaughan, May 28, 2015

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has published an investigative report on violent criminals released by ICE. Aptly titled "Convicted, but free to roam: Giving little notice, federal authorities have released thousands of detained undeportable immigrants — sometimes with grave results", the article tells the story of a rapist and a murderer turned loose by ICE. Such criminal alien releases are continuing at an alarming pace in 2015. Read more...

Memorial Weekend Incidents: Thoughtlessness and Delinquency or Foreshadowing?

By Dan Cadman, May 27, 2015

Over the Memorial Day weekend, there were two distinct kinds of untoward incidents that took place that should make Americans sit up and take notice. While neither may have had terrorist intent, they're just the kind of thing terrorist groups might do to test us. Read more...

Michael Lind's Story of Arthur Sulzberger and Immigration Policy at the New York Times

By Jerry Kammer, May 27, 2015

In 1995, when Michael Lind was a senior editor at the New Republic, he was contacted by an editor at the New York Times who was aware of his contrarian-liberal views of immigration. The editor asked Lind to write about them in an op-ed column for the Times.

Published under the headline "Liberals Duck Immigration Debate", Lind's essay made the case that "ignoring the rising costs of mass immigration, legal as well as illegal, is anything but courageous — or liberal." It went on to argue that, among Democrats, discussion of immigration is "still governed by taboos" and "rests on two articles of faith." Read more...