Immigration Blog

What Do "Normalized" Diplomatic Relations with Cuba Mean in the Immigration Context?

By Dan Cadman, December 18, 2014

The president has announced that the United States is normalizing relations with the island nation of Cuba, our longtime antagonists. Full diplomatic relations means exchange of ambassadors and staff, and a panoply of discussions on any number of issues, including if-and-how sanctions against Cuba will be eased or lifted.

In the immigration context, it raises three questions: Read more...

DACA and the Next Amnesty Are Missing Big Public Health Opportunities

By David North, December 17, 2014

Suppose your community is taking on millions of new members — wouldn't it be a good idea for their sake, as well as for those of the existing community — if their health were checked on their way through the door? Read more...

Illegal Alien Caught Driving Drunk with a Juvenile Instigates a Judicial Finding of Unconstitutionality

By Dan Cadman, December 17, 2014

Even before the president followed through on executive actions effectively granting amnesty to millions of aliens, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) vowed to file a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of what the administration had already done, vis-à-vis dismantling immigration law enforcement. Of course that lawsuit never materialized — no surprise to those who question Boehner's real commitment to the rule of law, at least where immigration processes are concerned. Read more...

More on Roy Beck and What Was Not Reported in the NYT

By Jerry Kammer, December 16, 2014

Yesterday I expressed dismay at the New York Times story that used the Southern Poverty Law Center's Heidi Beirich to cast a moral shadow on Roy Beck, the head of NunmbersUSA. Now, writing as a former reporter, I need to flesh out the journalistic indictment.

Heidi Beirich is not a credible source on Roy Beck. To understand why, just do a word search here for "Beck" or "Beirich". Much of what she has said about those who want to limit immigration is intellectually bankrupt, morally negligent, and ethically reckless. When it is invoked by an important newspaper like the New York Times, it has a chilling effect on a national discussion that should be civil, well informed, and intellectually vibrant. That discussion should not be strangled by the SPLC's McCarthyite tactics of smear and character assassination. Read more...

Why Is There So Little Interior Immigration Enforcement?

By David North, December 15, 2014

Why is there so little enforcement of the immigration laws, except right at the southern border?

The basic reason, of course, is that except for intercepting those entering without inspection (EWIs), the administration is not very interested in the subject. Read more...

A Few Restrained Comments about the NYT on Roy Beck

By Jerry Kammer, December 15, 2014

It is sadly ironic that New York Times reporter Julie Hirschfeld Davis thought she could illuminate the character of NumbersUSA head Roy Beck by consulting Heidi Beirich of the Southern Poverty Law Center, whose serial efforts to assassinate the character of those who want to limit immigration show the ethics and subtlety of a $100 hit man.

The result was not fit to print, particularly this paragraph, which is fit to be stuffed, mounted, and hung in the newspaper Hall of Shame. Read more...

Income Tax Refunds for Illegals Should Be Sent to Their Homeland Addresses

By David North, December 12, 2014

Let's use the income tax system to encourage the voluntary departure of some of the millions of illegal aliens now in the United States.

Here are the facts: Read more...

Keeping the Homeland Safe

By Dan Cadman, December 12, 2014

Keeping the homeland safe. That's what it's supposed to be all about, in this near-apocalyptic post-9/11 world, isn't it? Isn't that the reason we've spent billions upon billions reengineering the organs of government, created a massive new homeland security department, infringed on the liberties of ordinary Americans in ways unimagined and unimaginable since 2001, invaded nations and sent young men and women to more than a decade's worth of war, and killed and captured hundreds of extremists — including quite a number of them here in the homeland itself — who are hell-bent on doing us harm? Read more...

Republicans Make Out Like Bandits with Obama's EB-5 Program

By David North, December 12, 2014

One of the odd elements of the Obama administration's management of the immigrant investor (EB-5) program is the way Republicans use it to make out like bandits.

The most recent example of this bit of bipartisanship-for-profit is taking place, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, in connection with fixing an old, old infrastructure problem — the lack of a direct connection between the granddaddy of super-highways, the east-west Pennsylvania Turnpike, and the north-south I-95. The two routes cross in Pennsylvania near Trenton, N.J., but it is difficult to get from one to the other.

The EB-5 program is about to be used to help finance a $420 million linkage between the two super-highways, with the apparent blessing of the Obama administration, but to the profit of well-connected Republican operatives in Pennsylvania. Read more...

Obama's amnesty benefits lawbreaking employers

By Jon Feere, December 11, 2014

From the start of my op-ed posted today at TheHill.com:

President Obama's decision to grant work permits and Social Security accounts to millions of illegal aliens guts the central enforcement provision of the 1986 amnesty bill and simultaneously illustrates why he cannot be trusted to carry out comprehensive reform of our immigration laws.
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And now Obama has rewarded these unscrupulous employers by giving work permits to their illegal laborers. It is a slap in the face to business owners who have played by the rules.

Handcuffed Cops Have Low Morale

By Mark Krikorian, December 10, 2014

Guess which agency's employees have the lowest job satisfaction in the government. Here's a hint: It's the one whose employees are prohibited from doing their jobs. Read more...

"Naturalized Citizen Terrorist" = "Systemic Immigration Failure"

By Dan Cadman, December 10, 2014

Adnan al Shukrijumah, a Saudi-born al Qaeda leader, was killed recently by Pakistan's military in a raid conducted in South Waziristan, one of the notoriously restive areas in the mountainous northwest of the country. Shukrijumah was known for his involvement in hatching plots against the West, including one to blow up the New York City subways. At the time of his death, there was a $5 million bounty on his head. Read more...

What Do Falling Gas Prices Tell Us About the Impact of Illegal Immigration on Consumer Prices?

By David Seminara, December 10, 2014

Amid mounting evidence that President Obama's executive amnesty will cost American taxpayers a bundle, one persistent myth perpetuated by talking heads and members of the media looking to bolster the case for amnesty is the contention that illegal immigration benefits Americans by keeping consumer prices low. Plunging gas prices give us a textbook example of why illegal labor has little or no positive impact on the price of food or just about anything else made with the help of illegal labor. Read more...

Less-Educated Americans Continue to Struggle

By Steven A. Camarota, December 9, 2014

Although there has been significant job growth this year, the share of less-educated Americans holding a job continues to be well below what it was in 2007 or 2000. Data from the third quarter of this year still show that less-educated natives are struggling in the labor market. This is particularly true for less-educated minorities. If we look at the share of native-born Americans 18 to 65 with no more than a high school education or those natives with less than a bachelor's degree, the share working remains at or near historic lows. Read more...

Amnesty Requires Immigration Cuts

By Mark Krikorian, December 9, 2014

I sincerely hope the next Congress will succeed in stopping Obama's lawless amnesty (though it's far from clear the GOP leadership is fully invested in doing so). Apart from the blatant Caesarism of Obama's decrees, we shouldn't even be considering amnesty until the tools are fully in place to prevent another wave of illegal settlement. Instead, Obama is actually dismantling enforcement. Read more...

Oklahoma Shows the Way to Collect Taxes from Illegals — Again

By David North, December 8, 2014

OOOOk-lahoma! not only has the best state song in the nation, it also is the only state that collects taxes from its illegal aliens in a sensible and effective way — as the Oklahoma Tax Commission's annual report for 2014 reveals (p. 11).

It is widely agreed that many illegal aliens work in the underground (cash) economy and do not pay state and federal income taxes as a result. (Some do, of course, but a lot of money is missing). Read more...

Analysis of Obama's Executive Amnesty Scheme: Ending Secure Communities

By Dan Cadman, December 8, 2014

(Note: This is the fourth and final item in a series analyzing enforcement-related portions of the executive action authorized by the president.)

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson testified before the House of Representatives on December 2 that he thinks it's a "bad idea" for Congress to consider a short-term funding bill in lieu of full funding for his department, so that it can implement the stunningly broad sweep of "executive actions" on immigration announced by the president during a nationally televised speech on November 20. He may think so, but it's not at all clear why the House should adopt that view given the executive branch usurpation of authorities granted to the legislature under Article I of the Constitution, and the undermining of an entire system of federal immigration laws. Read more...

Why All the Attention for Fast Food Workers, but Not IT Workers?

By David North, December 8, 2014

We hear all the time about low-paid workers in fast food places protesting their wages and working conditions.

Meanwhile, there is virtual silence in another major sector of the economy: the high tech or IT industry, where American workers are constantly being displaced by H-1B foreign workers and where the latter are often mistreated by greedy employers.

The IT workers are often college grads and are playing important roles in a prosperous part of the economy. Why aren't their protests being heard? Read more...

No Sanctuary for Murderers

By Marguerite Telford, December 5, 2014

Earlier this week, several media outlets (see here and here, for example) reported on the apprehension of two convicted murderers who had illegally re-entered the country after being deported. The articles emphasized the unified effort between U.S. Border Patrol agents and local police that made the apprehension possible. This law enforcement success story shows the need for federal agents to work with local and state law enforcement. But the bigger picture was missed. Read more...

Ten Party Defectors Illuminate House Vote on Obama's Immigration Edict

By David North, December 5, 2014

The House of Representatives voted yesterday 219 to 197 against the president's executive edict legalizing millions of illegal aliens; some critics said that this vote was more symbol than substance, but it did show the division of opinion in that body.

The vote in favor of HR 5759 was almost completely along party lines, with only three Democrats supporting the GOP position and only seven Republicans voting against their own leadership. Read more...

Missing Element in Obama Plan: Encouraging Return Migration

By David North, December 3, 2014

If you want to regularize the status of millions of illegal aliens, one obvious way to do it is to encourage some aliens to go home voluntarily.

Once they have left the country, these individuals cease to be a problem to our society — and if they do so of their free will no one can complain that they were treated badly.

Mitt Romney understood that (and was unfairly beaten up for his use of the term "self-deportation".)

Barack Obama apparently does not. I see nothing in his administration's detailed plans that even hints of such a program.

The advantages are obvious. There is no coercion. Every single departure reduces the size of the illegal alien population in the United States. What's not to like? Read more...

House Hearing on Impact of Executive Amnesty

By Jessica Vaughan, December 3, 2014

A few interesting items from yesterday's House Homeland Security Committee hearing with DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, entitled "Open Borders: The Impact of Presidential Amnesty on Border Security":

  • Johnson acknowledged under questioning from Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) that DHS currently has no metrics to measure or evaluate the security of the border or his agencies' success in stemming illegal immigration. One obvious metric should be the size of the illegal alien population. According to the Pew Hispanic Center, the size of the illegal population peaked in 2007 at 12.2 million, declined to 11.3 million by 2009, and has budged little since then. In light of these trends, it's hard to argue that any progress has been made under the Obama administration.

Analysis of Obama's Executive Amnesty Scheme: ICE Personnel Reform

By Dan Cadman, December 2, 2014

[Note: This is the third in a series analyzing the pieces of executive action authorized by the president.]

Among the series of memoranda that Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson has issued in the wake of the president's announcement of a multiplicity of executive actions on immigration was one entitled "Personnel Reform for Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officers". Read more...

White House Creates Needless Problems Mixing Illegals with the Military

By David North, December 1, 2014

The latest public relations attempt by the White House to link illegal aliens with the military has just hit a major obstacle – the Pentagon has suspended an otherwise useful recruiting program while it tries to sort out how to use DACA beneficiaries in it. Read more...

A Handful of ICE Agents Supervise Vast Numbers of Foreign Students

By David North, November 26, 2014

There's an immigration enforcement agency that is supposed to keep track of more than 1 million temporary foreign residents.

From that particular alien sub-population comes the third largest group of illegal aliens — after only border-jumpers (illegal entrants) and tourists who abuse their visas.

The Border Patrol, the agency that worries about the illegal entrants, has something like 20,000 agents on duty.

How many field agents do you suppose are assigned to watching over the 1 million-plus, most of whom behave themselves, but many of whom self-convert to illegal status?

Would you believe 1,000? Or maybe 500?

You would be wrong. Read more...

A Few Words of Wisdom for Republicans

By Jerry Kammer, November 25, 2014

Leslie Sanchez, a Republican strategist who worked for President George W. Bush, made a critically important statement on yesterday's Diane Rehm Show on NPR. It was so important and so fundamental that it should be written up in boldface capital letters and posted on the office wall of all Republicans who want to participate in the national immigration debate without offending and alienating Latinos.

Said Sanchez: Read more...

Responding to the President's Executive Action

By Dan Cadman, November 25, 2014

The Daily Kos at one point reported to us that the reason the presidential speech wasn't shown on the three venerable broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) is because the White House announced plans for the speech on social networking sites and didn't ask the networks for time for the address. Now it reports to us that Mike Allen, in Politico's Playbook, says that the reason the presidential speech wasn't shown on the three venerable open-air networks (ABC, CBS, NBC) is because they deemed it overtly political in nature, and rejected it. It appears to be a shifting landscape to explain a startling curiosity. I don't know if either is the real reason; they both seem a bit specious to me. Read more...

Chris Wallace Presses for Answers, but Asks the Wrong Questions

By Jerry Kammer, November 24, 2014

Chris Wallace pressed for answers on Fox News Sunday as he probed the practical meaning of President Obama’s executive order of last week. In a tone that suggested a determination to get down to brass tacks, Wallace asked: “Is he sending more agents to border? Is he building more fences? Is he creating more virtual technology to patrol the border? Is he doing any — what specifically is she doing to crack down on illegal border crossings?"

Wallace’s sense of urgency was impressive, but his questions were not. What is most needed is what Congress and presidents have been promising since 1986 but have failed — comprehensively and miserably — to deliver. What is needed is a serious, credible program of worksite enforcement, including strong civil and criminal punishment of employers who hire those who are not authorized to work in the U.S. Read more...

CIS Fellow John Miano Gets Interim Court Victory in Foreign Student Case

By David North, November 24, 2014

John Miano, the New Jersey attorney and CIS Fellow, has just won a round in a federal court battle to prevent foreign college grads from taking jobs from qualified Americans.

The specific issue is the continuing Optional Training Program for recent alien college grads; it is run by the Department of Homeland Security, the defendant in the case. Read more...

Obama's Immigration Plan Isn't Worth the Paper It's Printed on

By Jon Feere, November 24, 2014

The start of my recent op-ed at TheHill.com:

Though he didn't discuss the details during his speech, President Obama has issued a series of memos that reveal exactly why unilateral, lawless actions from him aren't worth the paper they're printed on. His planned changes to his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program illustrate exactly why the criteria illegal aliens must meet to obtain his amnesty are utterly meaningless and can change at any time. In making these changes, Obama highlights the deeply problematic nature of his lawless policymaking.