August 8, 2014
Fond as I am of the Border Patrol, and sympathetic as I am to government press agents (I used to be one myself), I can 't let this go.
It seems that five illegals were "lost in the desert without food or water" and the Patrol sent its search and rescue team in action "along with Air and Marine assets" in an effort to "search the area". (My emphasis; quotes from their press release.) Read more...
August 7, 2014
Too many Americans (and too many in the media) see the surge of Central Americans as a simplistic morality play, that runs about like this:
- Arriving Central Americans (although illegals) are good.
- They are fleeing from violence, and from other Central Americans who are bad.
- If our immigration system sends them home, that would be bad.
August 7, 2014
In the years since 2012, other English-speaking nations have taken a variety of approaches to reducing international migration, and/or to making it more selective, a CIS survey has shown.
The nations taking these steps are Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom and, to a lesser extent, Australia. Read more...
August 6, 2014
If your business model isn't working, the answer is: bring in the aliens.
And since it will help you out of whatever trap you are in, you can label it a matter of national necessity. You can always say "America Needs Aliens" for whatever ails your business. Read more...
August 5, 2014
This is one of an occasional series of reports on some of the extremely marginal educational institutions licensed by the Department of Homeland Security to cause the admission of foreign students to the United States.
For an earlier example, regarding Herguan University in California, see here. Both are for-profit institutions.
Regarding the text below, how often does one see, in a document prepared for the public by an educational institution, four different ways of spelling a single word, in this case "interest," in five lines of type? Read more...
July 31, 2014
Several of us from the Center spent a recent morning watching our immigration judges at work: we do not envy them.
We traipsed a couple of miles across the Potomac to the new set of IJ courtrooms in Arlington, Va., to see how the five judges there were coping with a new part of their case load — Central Americans who had just crossed another river, the Rio Grande, some 1,500 miles away. Read more...
July 29, 2014
You may have been worried that last year's DHS anti-terrorism grant to St Paul's island in Alaska, which is about 280 miles from that state's mainland and 500 miles from Russia, was inadequate for the defense of that God-forsaken place (population 491).
I suspect your average, run-of-the-mill terrorist would have trouble finding it on a map, but that's beside the point. Read more...
July 28, 2014
It is rarely if ever discussed, but the current surge out of Central America, and into Southern Texas, is a wonderful development for some very powerful people — Central America's oligarchs.
Think of the alternatives: the understandably unhappy majority of these countries, instead of spending time, money, and emotional energy on the risky emigration of their relatives, might otherwise be using those resources for: Read more...
July 28, 2014
Here's an urgent suggestion to the Border Patrol: Send some of your specialists and maybe the Sector Chief at Nogales to Israel immediately to check out the tunnels from Gaza that are, at this writing, controlled by the Israeli military.
Whatever one may think of the latest conflict in the Middle East, it is clear that the Israeli military has in its possession a world-class collection of the latest in terrorist tunneling technology, and the Border Patrol should look at it in detail. Read more...
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...
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...
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...
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:
- The Department of Labor occasionally zaps the suspect middlemen in these programs, as it did commendably in this case, and
- 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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...