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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
June 5, 2014
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...
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...
June 4, 2014
The new, fully Senate-confirmed inspector general at the Department of Homeland Security has reminded us that his office has a dim view of the administration's favored immigrant investor (EB-5) program.
Earlier IG reports on this program, mostly adverse, were blurred, at least in many minds, by the bureaucratic feud between the then-acting IG, Charles K. Edwards, and the then-USCIS Director (now Deputy DHS Secretary) Alejandro Mayorkas. Mayorkas was, and is, a strong supporter of the EB-5 program. Read more...
May 29, 2014
This may be a bit of a stretch, but Egypt's de facto ruler and Homeland Security's leader do have some things in common.
They are both, as of May 29, un-elected public officials in their 50s, both formerly high-ranking in their nation's military establishments, and relatively new to their current positions of power. That much is pretty clear.
Further, both are in the odd position of offering what appear to be benefits, and finding those benefits rejected (or at least not accepted) by those who might be expected to welcome them. Read more...
May 29, 2014
California Chrome may or may not win the Triple Crown next month, but that steady, reliable old immigration war horse, the all-too-powerful H-1B program, remains a trifecta winner in the field of discrimination.
You see, the program routinely discriminates against:
- American workers;
- Older workers, i.e., those aged over 35; and
May 29, 2014
Immigration management is a broad field, involving many moving parts. Here are a few thoughts on some recent developments.
SEVP Finally Gets a Field Staff. The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), a segment of ICE in DHS, oversees more than a million foreign students spread over thousands of educational institutions in the United States. You would think that to handle this assignment effectively SEVP would have had an extensive network of field offices in place for generations.
You would have been wrong. Read more...
May 28, 2014
The U.S. could likely collect between one and two billion dollars a year in revenues from illegal aliens if it just copies a tax practice Oklahoma adopted a couple of years ago.
Two quite different data sources suggest that this can be done: the World Bank and the Oklahoma tax authorities. Read more...
May 27, 2014
As we noted a few weeks ago, one in six new green cards goes to someone who is a victim of some kind.
These are not people being admitted because we think that they will help the U.S. (which some of them, in fact, will do); they are being admitted because we feel sorry for them. Read more...
May 21, 2014
Remember the story of the heroic little Dutch boy who stuck his finger in a hole in the dike, thus saving his nation from a flood?
Sometimes I think our visa system is a reverse of that metaphor; there are a lot of grown-up, well-dressed, imposing adult males standing around the dike making sure that no one intrudes on the status quo by fixing the existing leaks.
An old friend, a U.S. Senate staffer who is not in the immigration business, called me the other day to say that he had heard that there was a leak in the visa-issuance system that, he said, could easily be fixed by regulation and did not need legislation. Read more...
May 20, 2014
Once upon a time illegal aliens could vote in some local elections in my town, Arlington, Va., across the Potomac from Washington, D.C.
Whether they actually did so is doubtful, but they could have done so, but only every other year.
They can't any more, and the story of why that is true is characteristic of the odd, and not necessarily rational, way public policy sometimes develops. It also reflects the decentralized way American elections are run and a peculiar local political situation of about 25 years ago. Read more...