Immigration Blog

Damning Report on Illegal-Alien Entries Now Available

By Mark Krikorian, December 1, 2016

In September the media reported that the Obama administration was sitting on a damning Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report that called into question the administration’s claim that as many as 81 percent of people attempting to cross the border illegally are apprehended.

This new report, whose full text the Center for Immigration Studies has now obtained, estimates that nearly half of illegal aliens slip through the southern border undetected. Read more...

EOIR Takes a Small Step in the Right Direction to Cut Backlog

By Dan Cadman, December 1, 2016

In blog postings in the last few months, I've suggested that the Obama administration will do its level best in its waning days in office to issue as many policy directives and rule changes as possible. I've noted a couple of these last-ditch efforts in the immigration arena, including one that waters down what constitutes "extreme hardship" to the level of farce. Read more...

Foreign Shepherds Get a Small Break in the Courts

By David North, November 30, 2016

As befits the season, the most exploited of the foreign workers in the United States, the shepherds, won a round in the D.C. federal courts earlier this month.

As we described in an earlier blog post, these H-2A workers who watch their sheep around the clock, often in mountain pastures, were given a grudging wage increase last year by the U.S. Department of Labor. Their employers went to court to cut off even this minor increase and meanwhile lawyers for the workers, seeing the outline of the wage order to come, sued for a better deal. Read more...

Correcting a Misunderstanding on the Law Concerning Loss of Citizenship for Acts of Treason

By Dan Cadman, November 30, 2016

Jim Geraghty posted an item yesterday at National Review, "Are Anti-Trump Protesters Dumb Enough to Take the Bait?", that touches on president-elect Donald Trump's recent tweets suggesting that flag burners should go to jail or have their citizenship revoked.

I have nothing whatsoever to offer about the issue of flag burning and will leave it to others to weigh in as they think appropriate. But in the course of his remarks, Geraghty had some additional interesting things to say: Read more...

HHS Cutting $167 Million from Other Programs to Pay for Services to UACs for One Month

By Jessica Vaughan, November 29, 2016

An average of 255 illegal alien youths were taken into the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) every day this month, according to the latest figures the agency provided to Congress. This is the largest number of illegal alien children ever in the care of the federal government. To pay for it, the agency says it will need an additional one or two billion dollars for the next year – above and beyond the $1.2 billion spent in 2016 and proposed for 2017 – depending on how many more arrive. Read more...

Remember CIS on This #GivingTuesday

By Mark Krikorian, November 29, 2016

Today is "Giving Tuesday" – the well-meaning but contrived attempt to counter the rampant commercialization of the Christmas season. (Maybe next year, I'll invent Wonky Wednesday to promote donations specifically to think tanks!) Contrived or not, everybody's doing it, so here's why you should direct some of your giving this Tuesday to the Center for Immigration Studies. Read more...

President Trump's H-1B Nuclear Bomb

By John Miano, November 29, 2016

Massive replacements of American workers by foreign workers using the H-1B and other guestworker programs have been going on since at least 1994. Congress's response to these outrages over the decades has been to hold hearings on the subject and then do nothing. In a February 2016 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing I made the prediction that the only thing that would fix this problem is executive action by a President Trump. Read more...

More Data Shows Continuing Tilt of EB-5 Funds Toward Manhattan

By David North, November 29, 2016

An additional flood of data on where EB-5 funds are spent shows a continuing tilt in the direction of New York City, generally, and toward Manhattan in particular.

I wrote on this trend a few days ago; now we have about twice as much data — all collected by the same academic source — that shows these trends running in the same direction. Read more...

Ohio State University: Another Near Tragedy, Another Lucky Break

By Dan Cadman, November 29, 2016

The media has been filled with stories of the attack at Ohio State University on Monday by a Somali resident alien who came to the United States as a refugee — apparently from a camp in Pakistan. The question of why we should at that point have accepted him and his family, rather than leaving them in Pakistan (another Muslim country) looms large, at least in my mind. Interestingly, Pakistan is not a signatory to the international convention on refugees, which raises more questions about that country's values, but which in no way obliges us to fill that void.

The individual in question was one Abdul Razak Ali Artan, 18 years old and a student on the campus who had recently been featured in the university newspaper where he decried being "afraid" and unable to find a place on campus to pray. Read more...

Ever-Alert ICE Deports a Mummy's Hand to Egypt

By David North, November 28, 2016

As a recovering government publicist (Department of the Interior two decades ago), I know that what gets publicized by an agency is what's important to its leadership.

With that bit of lingering wisdom, I read today that the ever-vigilant Immigration and Customs Enforcement has plans to deport an ancient Egyptian mummy's hand back to the homeland. By removing this no longer operative hand, perhaps ICE is finally doing something — if only symbolically — to restore the balance in the nation's labor markets. Read more...

What We Can Learn from the Immigration Policies of a Tiny, Tropical Entity

By David North, November 27, 2016

Let's for a moment turn our eyes away from the messy, convoluted, and massive questions of immigration policy that face the new administration by thinking about how some of these policies are handled in a tiny, quasi-nation in the South Pacific. No matter how large or small, all jurisdictions must have an immigration policy.

The place I have in mind is one that not many people can find on a map: It is the Cook Islands, a scattering of islands about halfway between American Samoa and Tahiti in the South Pacific, named for the explorer, Captain Cook. Read more...

Stop Paying Illegals to Stay in the U.S.

By David North, November 23, 2016

The new administration's immigration policy should include a mix of bluster and nuance; there should be both very obvious outdoor activities (more fences, more factory raids, more deportations) and a structured series of quieter, indoor efforts to reduce the income of resident illegals, thus encouraging them to leave on their own.

At the same time, every effort should be used to show that careful enforcement of the immigration law can and will save taxpayer dollars. Our critics are all too busy erecting straw arguments that building a big wall and deporting people will be terribly expensive. Read more...

Mexico & Central America Prepare for Trump Administration

By Kausha Luna, November 23, 2016

Earlier this week, the foreign ministers of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador gathered to coordinate actions on behalf of their citizens in the United States.

During a meeting hosted by Guatemala, the four countries agreed that their priority is to send a message of confidence and calm to their citizens in the United States. (It should be understood that the message is intended for deportable aliens.) The foreign ministers noted, given that the United States' immigration policy has not changed, the work of their respective embassies should be reinforced so they can "lobby with future authorities" in the United States. Read more...

Border Apprehensions of Unaccompanied Alien Children Skyrocketed Ahead of Election

By Joseph J. Kolb, November 23, 2016

In the three months leading up to the presidential election, U.S. Customs and Border Protection experienced a spike in apprehensions not seen in years.

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) statistics there were 46,195 apprehensions along the Southwest Border in October, the first month of FY 17. CBP hasn't seen such a spike in apprehensions since June of FY 14 when there were 57,862 apprehensions. In the three months leading up to the presidential election there were 122,744 apprehensions along the Southwest border, compared to 86,975 and 92,525 for same period in 2015 and 2014, respectively. Read more...

Fix Enforcement Before Considering Changes to "High-Skilled' Immigration

By Dan Cadman, November 23, 2016

Michael Barone recently wrote an article for National Review Online entitled "The New Key to Immigration Reform: More High-Skilled Immigrants". In it, Mr. Barone suggests that: Read more...

Why the Cato Institute Opposes E-Verify

By Ronald W. Mortensen, November 23, 2016

Why does the Cato Institute hate E-Verify? The short answer is because E-Verify threatens Cato's goal of open borders whereby anyone from anywhere in the world can freely enter the United States and take a job at whatever wage and for whatever benefits they are willing to work for.

When it comes to both legal and illegal immigration, Cato never puts America or American citizens first. Rather, Cato argues that immigration is nothing more than an "economic issue". Read more...

It's Time to Settle the Question of Alien Voter Fraud

By Dan Cadman, November 22, 2016

In the months leading up to the presidential election, a number of observers expressed concern that lax voter identification laws or procedures were resulting in aliens enrolled on state voter registration lists, thus enabling them to vote illegally. At least one survey of voter rolls in Virginia seemed to bear this out. Read more...

How Sen. Sessions Helped Close an Absurd Loophole in Border Enforcement

By Jerry Kammer, November 21, 2016

I don't know anything about the accuracy of claims that in the 1980s Jeff Sessions, then a U.S. attorney in Alabama, "demonstrated gross racial insensitivity". But I can report on the time in 2005 when Sessions' rapid response to a newspaper story demonstrated that he was one of a handful of U.S. senators who were determined to correct flaws in the federal government's enforcement of immigration laws.

The story, which appeared in the San Diego Union Tribune, described an absurd situation that was playing out in the Rio Grande Valley. Here is the top of the story, which was published under the headline "Loophole to America: Migrants exploiting border law for non-Mexicans". It had a McAllen, Texas, dateline. It also had my byline: Read more...

Obama Administration Hides Huge Tilt of EB-5 Funds to New York City

By David North, November 21, 2016

Newly analyzed data shows a remarkable concentration of immigrant investor (EB-5) funds in New York City, and particularly in Manhattan (by far the richest of the five boroughs).

In this academic data set — created by two university professors, not by CIS — we find 68 percent of the EB-5 funds noted therein went into New York City, which has 2.7 percent of the nation's population. Read more...

Philippines' Duterte Wants More Refugees

By Dan Cadman, November 21, 2016

Rodrigo Duterte, the irascible leader of the Philippines, has slammed Western nations for their "hypocrisy" when it comes to migrants and said the Philippines will happily take them until it is "filled to the brim." It's an interesting comment, given the generosity of the West by any objective measure, especially compared with the Philippines, which is very much a sending, as opposed to a receiving, nation — but hey, let's not let the facts get in the way of his magnanimity. Read more...

Rep. Brooks Introduces TPS Reform Bill

By Dan Cadman, November 19, 2016

In a recent blog, I commented on the number of good, substantive immigration reform bills that got log-jammed in Congress the past several years without going anywhere. And expressed the hope that this would change, come the swearing-in of the new president.

These bills never got to this president's desk. And even if they had, I'm pretty sure they would have been vetoed because when I say "good, substantive" reform bills, I'm not talking about amnesty or other such things, I'm talking about bills that would restore integrity to our immigration system by obliging enforcement and compliance with the law, and that would also address many of the weak points that have been revealed in existing statute and practice over the past eight years. Read more...

Alleged EB-5 Swindler Used Photos with Trump and the Clintons

By David North, November 18, 2016

Yet another EB-5 scandal has been exposed, this time in Florida's Palm Beach, with the promoter using his photos with Donald Trump and (separately) with Bill and Hillary Clinton in his efforts to gull both Chinese and Iranian aliens into wasteful investments.

Misusing millions of dollars provided by rich Chinese, yearning for U.S. visas, is par for the course, but this instance relates to both Iranian and Chinese investors, and it involves an assertive promoter claiming totally phony links to both the former and the future president, making it a double two-fer on the EB-5 scam scale. Read more...

Immigration Is Surging from Countries with Starkly Different Cultural Values

By Jason Richwine, November 18, 2016

Donald Trump's ascension to the presidency means that he will have a chance to implement the "extreme vetting" of immigrants he proposed during the campaign. In a speech at Youngstown, Ohio, back in August, Trump suggested that immigrants would be evaluated not only for their possible connections to terrorism, but also for their commitment to First World values.

The new policy would be timely. As I noted a couple of months ago, no one will be surprised that social views in traditional societies differ from those in the post-industrial West, but the degree of divergence can be striking. Immigration is surging from countries where that divergence is especially large. Read more...

Replacement of Americans by Foreign Workers Doesn't Fit Media Narrative

By John Miano, November 18, 2016

Throughout the 2016 election, most of the American media exhibited TDS – Trump Derangement Syndrome. After the election was over, the media discovered what most Americans knew already: that they existed in a bubble isolating them from reality.

Immigration is one of the great divides between the media ordinary Americans. For example, if I put forth the proposition “The government should encourage employers to replace Americans with foreign workers," 90 percent or more of Americans would disagree. Read more...

You're Hired!

By Dan Cadman, November 18, 2016

One of the most carefully guarded prerogatives of every incoming presidential administration is the selection of executive branch leaders, from Cabinet-level positions through agency heads and even further below in the hierarchical rungs of the bureaucracy. These are all senior executive positions, and there are over 4,000 of them. Read more...

Appellate Court Nominations May Be More Important for Immigration than SCOTUS

By Dan Cadman, November 18, 2016

Merrick Garland's nomination to the Supreme Court by President Obama is now obviously doomed by Donald Trump's White House win, and the Republican majorities in both chambers of Congress.

I imagine that right about now, Garland probably feels a little like the character Terry Malloy, memorably played by Marlon Brando in "On the Waterfront": "I coulda had some class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody." If only Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had let Garland's nomination move forward through the advice-and-consent process. But he didn't. Read more...

Open Letter to the NY Times on Its Epic Failure in the Presidential Election

By Jerry Kammer, November 17, 2016

Dear New York Times:

I am writing in response to the epic failure of your coverage of the presidential election. I should make it clear at the outset that I am no Trump apologist. I voted, reluctantly, for Hillary Clinton. I write as a former immigration reporter whose respect for the Times has long been diminished by the ideological bias that pervades much of your immigration coverage and commentary. Read more...

Two Senior Democratic Women Tangle over H-1Bs Replacing U.S. Workers

By David North, November 16, 2016

Two senior Democratic politicians, both lawyers, both women, both with Santa Clara (Calif.) University degrees, and both routinely supportive of foreign worker programs, are currently at odds over the layoffs of 80 U.S. resident IT workers so that they can be replaced by less expensive H-1B workers, presumably from Asia. Read more...

Sabotaging Trump's Wall and Mexican Removals: Would It Work?

By Dan Cadman, November 15, 2016

My colleague Jerry Kammer posted yesterday on the opposition of Mexican politician Jorge Castaneda to key immigration initiatives outlined by President-Elect Donald Trump — initiatives that helped him en route to the White House, including his signature "wall" to be built on the U.S.–Mexico border, as well as deportation of Mexicans residing illegally in the United States.

As Kammer notes, Read more...

Confronting the Surge with Enforcement, or Enforcement Theater?

By Dan Cadman, November 15, 2016

The federal government is reassigning approximately 150 Border Patrol agents on temporary duty to assist the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol sector. The agents will help get a handle on the flood of aliens attempting illegal entry into the United States before the Trump administration takes office and, we have been promised, border security will be taken seriously.

The aliens' surge is no surprise. Actually it's been going on for many months, though without much press visibility, quite possibly because our friends in the mainstream media didn't want to air anything that might help tip the election toward Donald Trump. Read more...