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Fortune's Peter Elkind Describes Chicago EB-5 Scam in Stunning Detail

By David North, July 24, 2014

The most disastrous EB-5 (immigrant investor) project to date – a sham hotel complex near O'Hare Airport in Chicago – is described in stunning and comprehensive detail in a long article published this morning by Fortune. (It will appear in the August 11 issue of the magazine's paper edition.)

It was written by Peter Elkind, the publication's editor-at-large, well known for his exposé on the Enron scandal, and a colleague, Marty Jones. It carries this headline:

"The dark, disturbing world of the visa-for-sale program". Read more...

Too Much Due Process/Too Few Judges Throughout the Immigration System

By David North, July 23, 2014

The uproar created by the flood of illegals from Central America at the Texas border perhaps can focus our attention on a long-neglected underlying problem – we have too much due process in the immigration system and too few judges (and supporting staff) to handle it.

I am not for eliminating due process in the immigration business, far from it, but there is too much of it generally, and that is accompanied by an unwillingness by the administration to fund the due process it seems to want. Read more...

A Very Personal Argument for More Interior Immigration Enforcement

By David North, July 22, 2014

Sometimes we get phone calls here at the Center from distressed citizens in conflict with illegal aliens — and they add a strong, personal dimension to the arguments about the lack of interior enforcement of immigration law.

Here's one such story, with all names deleted. Read more...

Mixed Messages on Abusing the H-2A and H-2B Migrant Worker Programs

By David North, July 22, 2014

Mixed messages come to us from rural North Carolina about the abuse of two temporary foreign worker programs: H-2A, for farm workers, and H-2B, for non-skilled, non-farm workers.

The messages are:

  1. The Department of Labor occasionally zaps the suspect middlemen in these programs, as it did commendably in this case, and

  2. These middlemen have numerous opportunities to beat the system, exploit alien workers, and displace resident workers. The numbers and range of illegalities in this case are so great that it took the federal grand jury 57 tightly written pages to list and describe all of the violations.

No More Deportation Orders! Let's Call Them "Going Home Tickets"

By David North, July 21, 2014

Restrictionists have been on the defensive linguistically for decades. Let's turn the tables and start imposing our terms for immigration matters on the rest of society. Read more...

Utah's Pro-Amnesty ex-AG: Some Schadenfreude Is in Order

By David North, July 16, 2014

Mark Shurtleff, former Utah State Attorney-General, and a leading GOP amnesty advocate, was arrested Tuesday and charged with corruption for accepting gifts from rich businessmen, according to a story in the New York Times. Read more...

Pressure on Mexico Is the Easiest Way to Cope with the Border Crisis

By David North, July 15, 2014

One of the easiest ways for the United States to stop the flow of illegal aliens from Central America, kids and adults alike, is to put serious pressure on Mexico to stop letting illegals move through their country.

That is not to say that the U.S. government should not take its own action to stem the surge, but that's a different subject. Read more...

Justice Department Unit Gets a Minor Immigration Issue Right

By David North, July 11, 2014

If you were an employer would you have to think twice in this situation?

You need someone to work with a very small team on a project that will take at least one year to complete.

There is a really able, willing candidate for the job — but there is a problem. Three months from now she will (pick any one of the following) be: Read more...

New York Times Op-Ed All Wrong on EB-5

By David North, July 11, 2014

I was both depressed and intrigued by the sloppy thinking, and writing, that marked today's op-ed piece on immigration in the New York Times signed by Sheldon Adelson, Warren Buffett, and Bill Gates. Read more...

Border Crisis or Not, U.S. Continues to Operate a Rolling Amnesty

By David North, July 10, 2014

What the president never mentions, and may get lost in the understandable focus on the border crisis, is the fact that the United States runs a series of continuing amnesties all the time, year-round, year after year.

About half of the new green cards issued each year do not go to new arrivals, they go to aliens already in the county in either nonimmigrant or illegal status; it is a process called "adjustment of status". There are about half a million of these adjustments a year. Read more...

Let's Reverse the Queue at the Border and Hold Hearings in Spanish

By David North, July 7, 2014

Let's reverse the queue at the southern border among the Central American arrivals and push the most recent of them into immediate hearings, which should lead, routinely, to their rapid return to their home countries.

This is one of a clutch of suggestions I have to try to slow, if not stop, the current influx of families and some unaccompanied children — mostly male teenagers — from Central America. Read more...

A Reason for Speedy Deportations — It Helps Aliens to Readjust Back Home

By David North, July 3, 2014

Bearing in mind published speculation that many Central Americans now flooding into South Texas will be years in deportation hearings, I recently read about a Lebanese national who has been an illegal in the United States for 20 years.

The Sixth Circuit in Abdelghani v. Holder ruled for the alien's removal after 11 years of court proceedings and two decades of illegal presence. I worry about somewhat similar delays with the current group of Central Americans, and pressures from the Left to keep them in this country. Read more...

N.Y. Legislator, Supporter of State Dream Act, Zapped for Marriage Fraud

By David North, July 1, 2014

Gabriela Rosa, a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly and a supporter of that state's law allowing illegal aliens to pay in-state tuition rates at state colleges, has just been forced to resign from the legislature because of her admission of immigration/marriage and other forms of fraud. Read more...

Want to Get Legalized Because Your Citizen Kids Abused You? Lots of Luck!

By David North, June 30, 2014

A minority of illegal aliens can get legalized under current laws — it's covered by the term "adjustment of status". There are a number of different ways to do this, but the rarest and most challenging path is to try to convince USCIS that your U.S. citizen children have abused you.

The Violence Against Women Act says that "an alien battered or subjected to extreme cruelty by a United States citizen daughter or son" may apply for a green card. Read more...

Illegal Alien Prospers, Owes $22 Million in Back Taxes

By David North, June 27, 2014

Illegal aliens are typically portrayed as poverty-stricken, and many of them are.

Then there's Lee Ang.

A federal court earlier this year declared he owed about $22 million in back taxes and interest, and that was just for the tax years 1998-2001. Read more...

Hospital Uses Medicaid-Funded Bribes to Fuel Illegal-Alien Childbirth Business

By David North, June 26, 2014

The birth of a baby should be a joyous occasion. One would hope it would come to a family that will love the baby and be able to handle the costs.

It should not be a matter of corporate bribes. Yet bribes and profits are exactly the subject of an ongoing lawsuit involving the births of (automatic citizen) babies to illegal alien mothers. Read more...

The Remarkable Creativity of Those Seeking to Violate Immigration Law

By David North, June 26, 2014

If we could only channel the remarkable creativity of those seeking to violate immigration law into other, better, endeavors, there would be shuttle planes flying to and from Mars — right now.

In a recent posting I told how one alien had successfully used a phony divorce to secure a green card, while another had been thwarted in the same maneuver. Not a phony marriage, which is not very creative, but a phony divorce. Read more...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

We Know about Sham, Immigration-Related Marriages, but How about Divorces?

By David North, June 18, 2014

Phony marriages designed to create illicit visas are well-known, and we have written about them frequently. How about sham divorces entered into for the same motivations?

That may sound unlikely, but the Sixth Circuit just ruled that the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) was right when it rejected a legalization (adjustment of status) plea from someone who had engaged in a phony divorce for immigration purposes. Read more...

The Best Way to Return the Youngsters to Central America – Via Greyhound

By David North, June 17, 2014

It's not going to happen, but here's the best way for the United States to start returning those illegal alien youngsters to Central America:

By a caravan of big, ominous-looking Greyhound buses – all carrying large signs in Spanish saying something like "the young ones are back." Read more...

Indicted Pharmacists Were Heavy Users of H-1B

By David North, June 16, 2014

This is a story of how a highly prosperous — for a while — retail pharmacist cheated the Medicare and Medicaid programs out of millions with one hand, while chiseling his own H-1B workers with the other.

It is another account of multiple misuses of immigration and other federal programs, all by the same co-conspirators. Read more...

Many EB-5 Middlemen – Pledged to Create Jobs for Americans – Hire Aliens

By David North, June 13, 2014

The immigrant investor (EB-5) program is supposed to use aliens' money to create jobs for Americans, but many government-licensed middlemen in the program are on public record as preferring to hire temporary foreign workers in their own shops rather than citizens or green card holders.

This is, strictly speaking, legal, but it certainly runs counter to both public policy and the administration's cheerful characterization of the program. Read more...

An Old Story: Feds Raid Visa Mill, Close It, and Then Let It Open Again

By David North, June 12, 2014

DHS has done it again. It has raided an apparent visa mill, caused multiple federal indictments of the owner and four key executives, shut down classes at the offending school — and then let it open again!

It is beginning to be a pattern. After much investigation and inter-agency cooperation, ICE investigators and other feds raided five operations of a career college in New York and New Jersey on May 29 and, according to the local CBS station, scooped up lots of evidence of "inflating attendance records of foreign students", and then allowed it to re-open for classes 10 days later. Read more...

DOL Judge Makes the Right Ruling on Sleazy H-2B Carnival Operator

By David North, June 6, 2014

Carnival operators and circus managers are not noted among the best employers in the land, and an administrative law judge in the Department of Labor has just lowered the boom — finally — on one that has been badly misusing the H-2B program.

That is the program that allows U.S. employers to bring unskilled, non-farm workers to the United States temporarily from other nations. Think of landscape and forestry workers, cooks, and, in this case, carnies. Read more...

Is Legal Status in the U.S. Worth $232.50 a Year?
USCIS is about to find out

By David North, June 5, 2014
USCIS is about to find out

Is it worth $232.50 a year and some paperwork for an illegal alien to maintain a legal immigration status in the United States? Or is the near total lack of enforcement of immigration law so pervasive that it is not worth the bother?

Well, USCIS is about to learn the answer to that question, but I doubt if they will share the findings with the rest of us. Read more...

Ex-Governor Rounds Wins in South Dakota Despite EB-5 Scandals

By David North, June 4, 2014

Despite the scandals about the state government's promotion of the controversial EB-5 (immigrant investor) program, former Governor Michael Rounds easily won the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate in South Dakota yesterday.

The Republican nominee is widely expected to carry the day in November, for the seat now held by retiring Senator Tim Johnson (D). President Obama got less than 40 percent of the vote there in 2012, and the Democratic Senate nominee, Rick Weiland, is not regarded as a strong candidate. Read more...