Immigration Blog

Would You Buy a North Korean Used Car from This EB-5 Promoter?

By David North, July 6, 2016

There are plenty of bizarre business notions in the EB-5 program, but this one wins the Oscar for creativity.

The idea: Let's use $630,000 of an EB-5 investor's money to buy and ship 100 used cars from North Korea to an about-to-be-formed southern California car dealership. (Given North Korea's poverty, perhaps used cars are cheap there.) Read more...

Study Reveals Education Decline Across Immigrant Generations

By John Wahala, July 6, 2016

Deeply ingrained in American mythology is the notion that succeeding generations of immigrants always do better than their forefathers. This belief is predicated on the success that descendants of last century's great wave of immigration achieved. While researchers have pointed out that that success was often slow and the result of specific historical forces, most importantly a 40-year period of significantly reduced immigration, it has nonetheless become romanticized and held up as a model for all future immigrant trajectories. It worked in the past, say advocates for open-ended immigration, so there is no reason to be concerned. This sort of thinking can quickly turn into ideology that has no use for facts. Read more...

Legislature Does Right Thing on Alien Marriage Issue – WaPo Misses It

By David North, July 5, 2016

The Virginia Legislature took an important step toward reducing green card-producing, abusive marriages of young female citizens — and the Washington Post missed the migration point completely in a July 3 article about the legislation.

Encouraged by a tiny Virginia lobbying group, both parties in the GOP-controlled state legislature set the minimum age for marriage at 18 under most circumstances, and at 16 with a court order. Previously the minimum age was "13 or younger ... if she had parental consent and was pregnant", according to the Post. Read more...

Will New FOIA Amendments Make it "Easier, Faster, Cheaper" to Obtain Immigration Data?

By Dan Cadman, July 5, 2016

Here's a hoot: Barack Obama, the chief executive of our least transparent administration in decades — if not in the history of the country — has just signed into law a revision of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) that he says will make it "easier, faster, and cheaper" to obtain information from the federal government.

Sounds good, but after seven-plus years of this administration, I'm not buying that any more than I would a "good used car from a previous single owner in West Virginia". Read more...

Two Prominent Latinos Take Sharply Different Approaches to Trump

By Jerry Kammer, July 5, 2016

On Sunday, Univision newsman Jorge Ramos pressed his case against Donald Trump during interviews with two prominent Latinos.

First the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, pushed back against Ramos, making it clear that he wanted to have a dialogue with the presumptive Republican nominee. Then Lionel Sosa, the Texas-based marketing executive who helped Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush appeal to Latino voters, echoed Ramos's disgust with Trump. Both men spoke with Ramos for the "Al Punto" program. Read more...

Vermont Quickly Recovers $6 million in EB-5 losses; South Dakota Dawdles

By David North, July 5, 2016

Only weeks after the disclosure of some $25 million (or more) in EB-5 losses, the state of Vermont has already recovered a quarter of that figure. South Dakota, whose EB-5 losses probably exceed $100 million, incurred years ago, has barely started its tiny, seemingly reluctant efforts to recover a mere $1 million or so of its losses.

Both states are (or were) Department of Homeland Security-designated regional centers in the immigrant investor program, which provides a family-sized set of green cards to aliens placing half-million-dollar investments in DHS-approved, but not guaranteed, projects. Both states found that multi-millions of investor funds (and smaller amounts of state funds) had been swindled, wasted, or lost. And the states have the powers of both regional centers and of state governments to begin the process of recovering at least some of those funds. Read more...

Nepotism Reigns in Labor Department Appellate Body

By David North, July 4, 2016

Tired of waiting for those family preferences in the immigration system?

Is your brother willing to work in the kitchen of the family's restaurant business?

If the answers are both yes, just ask the Department of Labor to issue a decision leading to a green card for that relative, and his immigration problems are solved — and another resident of this country is denied a job. Read more...

Front Loading the Phrasing to Obtain Desired Poll Results

By Dan Cadman, July 4, 2016

The Immigration Reading list compiled and e-mailed weekly by the Center often makes for some interesting stuff for those like myself who like to dig down into the weeds on the subject of immigration, legal and otherwise, in all of its multiple facets.

Last week was no exception. It contained no less than four polls on the interrelated subjects of presidential politics, national security, and whether or not Americans agree with halting the flow of refugees from Syria and other parts of the Middle East: Read more...

Kate Steinle Day

By Mark Krikorian, July 1, 2016

One year ago today, Kate Steinle was killed in San Francisco by a previously deported felon protected by that city's sanctuary policies. In the interim, neither Congress nor the administration has done anything to rein in these acts of nullification by states and localities against federal immigration law. Read more...

New Poll: Enforcement Types Aren't all Xenophobes!

By David Seminara, July 1, 2016

In the wake of the UK's Brexit vote and amidst the onslaught of Trump-related immigration stories in the press, I'm ready for a long summer break from the news. I normally listen to NPR for at least an hour per day, read a newspaper or two, and troll Twitter for more time than I care to admit to consume even more news. But this routine has become untenable.

My sons gave me a record player for Father's Day, and I've been using it a lot lately because I cannot stand to hear or read one more story asserting that Americans and Brits who believe in the rule of law and want some form of immigration enforcement are racists, xenophobes, soccer hooligans, Nazis attempting to relive Kristallnacht and so on. Read more...

Sanctuary City Policies Must End

By Jon Feere, July 1, 2016

One year ago today, Kate Steinle was killed in the sanctuary city of San Francisco, allegedly by a five-times deported illegal alien from Mexico with seven felony convictions on his record.

It is well-past time that sanctuary city policies come to an end, yet today there remain over 300 jurisdictions throughout the United States that shield illegal aliens from federal law enforcement. They're listed on my organization's interactive map. Despite public opposition to sanctuary policies, only weeks ago San Francisco largely upheld their dangerous policy to the applause of open-border advocates. Read more...

The Non-Departed: 925,000 Aliens Ordered Removed Are Still Here

By Jessica Vaughan, June 30, 2016

Data obtained by the Senate Judiciary Committee following a hearing on the collapse of immigration enforcement reveals that a very large number of illegal aliens in the country have already had due process and been ordered removed, but are still living here in defiance of that order. As of a year ago, there were more than 925,000 aliens who had been ordered removed, but who had not departed (known as ICE's "Post Final Order Docket"). About 20 percent of the non-departed aliens have at least one criminal conviction. Read more...

Questionable Circumstances, Dubious Reports, and Specious Rewards Surround the San Bernardino Terror Attack

By Dan Cadman, June 30, 2016

In the weeks following the horrific Islamic terror massacre in San Bernardino committed by Syed Farook, a citizen of Pakistani origins, and his Pakistani fiancée, Tashfeen Malik, leaks of investigative information came out in a constant drip.

First came news that Malik had made social media postings of her radical views and allegiance to ISIS before immigrating, which was not known to the government due to a policy by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) precluding officers from looking into such information, allegedly to protect the "privacy" of applicants. It's just one of many such faux privacy-rights policies issued by DHS and its subordinate agencies for foreign individuals who don't, in fact, have any legal basis on which to claim those rights. Read more...

The Sensibility That Ties Open Immigration with 'Marriage Equality'

By Jerry Kammer, June 30, 2016

Those of us who want to limit immigration tend to think of ourselves as pragmatists. We believe that immigration can be a force for good if it is held within prescribed limits. We believe that those who think immigration is a basic human right are espousing a utopian fantasy.

One interesting subset of open borders advocates comprises those who see the fight for unrestricted immigration as part of the fight for equality and freedom that in recent years has been successfully waged by advocates of same-sex marriage, who say they are seeking "marriage equality". Read more...

Brexit Byproducts

By David North, June 30, 2016

Alongside the expected major geo-political and economic consequences of Brexit, which would have caused me to, painfully, cast a "remain" vote were I a British citizen, there are a number of interesting migration by-products.

The obvious one is that the UK government will now be able to limit migration from the European Union, just like almost all the other nations of the world. My colleagues and I at CIS have long warned about the negative consequences of making immigration policy by treaty and now the British public has decided to get out of the European treaties because, among other things, it denies the UK the right to control migration from other EU nations. Read more...

Secret Payments from U.S. EB-5 Regional Centers to Chinese State-Run EB-5 Agents Violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

By CIS, June 28, 2016

Guest post by Dallas EB-5 attorney Shae Armstrong

The 1992 EB-5 Regional Center Program, a subset of the original 1990 EB-5 Immigrant Investment regulations, is set to expire on September 30, 2016. The EB-5 program permits U.S. companies to raise capital from foreign nationals seeking expedited permanent-residency status ("green card") in the United States. Chinese immigrant investors account for over 90 percent of the EB-5 visa category. Read more...

Analyzing Terror and Its Immigration Nexus

By Dan Cadman, June 28, 2016

In February 2016 the Washington Post reported the findings of a study that said "there is no real link between immigration and terror." A look at the study (behind a paywall, but you can find the abstract here and a brief précis and interview here) reveals that it is based on a very sophisticated technique called "spatial temporal regression" that is subject to significant error when misapplied by researchers who commit the sins of over-aggregation and aggregating unlike things. A classic proof of misapplication was established by Benoit Mandelbrot, in which the coastline of Britain is measured using a long yardstick, a medium yardstick, and a short yardstick, yielding different results: "it is inherently nonsensical to discuss certain spatial concepts despite an inherent presumption of the validity of the concept." Read more...

A Plethora of Inside Information Is Available from China on EB-5 Scams

By David North, June 28, 2016

What are the primarily Chinese investors in the EB-5 program being told about the promoters' offers in Mandarin? EB-5 is the government's immigrant investor program that provides sets of green cards to families who make half-million-dollar investments in government-approved, but not guaranteed, business ventures.

To what extent are these investors misinformed, sometimes criminally, and to what extent is DHS paying attention to this aspect of the program? (We know that the EB-5 unit has one or more Mandarin speakers in it, but is that enough?) Read more...

Panama Announces Another Illegal-Alien Amnesty

By Kausha Luna, June 27, 2016

Just four years after an amnesty was decreed by the prior administration, the current Panamanian president has enacted two more amnesties: one for illegal aliens in general and the other specifically for Chinese illegal aliens.

There are approximately 10,000 Chinese illegal aliens in Panama. Read more...

When Is Paul Ryan Suing Obama over DACA?

By Jon Feere, June 27, 2016

Ryan clearly feels that Obama's DAPA program and the extended version of DACA exceed the powers of the presidency and run afoul of the Constitution. Logically, he must feel the same way about the 2012 DACA amnesty.

Is Speaker Ryan being honest about his willingness to sue any president who exceeds his authority? Or was that line limited to actions that could be taken by a President Trump? Or, put another way, is Ryan only interested in suing over actions that might reduce immigration, but not over actions that reward illegal immigration? Read more...

Twenty Immigration Questions Hillary Clinton Should Answer (But Probably Won't Have To)

By David Seminara, June 27, 2016

More than a year into her campaign, the only tough immigration-related questions Hillary Clinton has had to face have come from the left. For the most part, she's been able to get by spinning platitudes about stopping deportations, opposing Trump's wall, and promising to bring "millions of workers out of the shadows" (easily the most hackneyed catchphrase of the 21st Century). She hasn't held a press conference in more than 200 days, and will likely get softballs at the upcoming debates, but here's hoping someone (anyone!) will ask her these questions: Read more...

Staggering Under the Weight of a Broken Removal System

By Dan Cadman, June 26, 2016

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released the report on its inquiry into the release of Haitian national, illegal alien, and criminal Jean Jacques by DHS subordinate agency Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), after which Jacques committed murder. It is simply called "Release of Jean Jacques from ICE Custody".

The OIG inquiry was requested by the two senators and a representative from Connecticut, where the murder took place. It details a series of actions that merit some thought because they suggest not so much incompetence as an agency staggering under the weight of a complex system that renders it nearly impossible to do what should be a straightforward task: deporting a criminal alien who had previously been convicted of attempted murder. Read more...

What Now for U.S. v. Texas?

By John Miano, June 24, 2016

The Supreme Court has decided not to decide anything in United States v. Texas. So what happens next?

Now the case progresses normally though the court system. The first stop is that the case will return to the Southern District of Texas. There, the next likely step is that the judge will work with the parties to create a schedule of events to take place. Read more...

Thoughts on the Supreme Court's "Executive Action" Non-Decision

By Dan Cadman, June 24, 2016

As was expected with the death of conservative jurist Antonin Scalia, the remaining eight justices split on the proper course of action when deciding whether to leave in place or overturn lower court decisions on the injunction holding back some of the president's executive actions on immigration. By rules of the Court, the decision leaves intact the injunction, but sends the case back to a U.S. District Court in Texas. Read more...

Canada to Welcome Mexicans with Open Arms

By Kausha Luna, June 24, 2016

Effective December 1, Canada will lift visa restrictions for Mexican travelers, according to reports.

The Globe and Mail, a Canadian newspaper, reported that the move comes with some conditions. The Canadian government wants assurances from Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto that Canada will not face a flood of Mexicans claiming refugee status. Read more...

SCOTUS Doesn't Abolish Separation of Powers - Yet

By Mark Krikorian, June 23, 2016

The Supreme Court split 4-4 on the 26-state lawsuit against Obama's amnesty decrees; the full text of the ruling is this: "The judgment is affirmed by an equally divided Court." (No tally was released, but obviously the Democrat justices voted with Obama and the Republicans — even Kennedy — voted against him.)

That means the lower court's decision to uphold the injunction remains in place, and the DAPA amnesty program (for illegal alien parents of U.S.-born kids) and the expansion of the DACA amnesty (for illegals who claim to have come here before age 16) remain on hold. Read more...

The Dangers of Chain Migration, Seen Through the Lens of the Orlando Terrorist Attack

By Dan Cadman, June 23, 2016

Those who kept up with the investigation in the aftermath of the San Bernardino terrorist attack by U.S.-born Syed Rizwan Farook, of Pakistani descent, and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, a Pakistani who entered on a fiancée visa to marry Farook, may have pondered — as I did — whether the two had united in a marriage that they arranged for the purpose of carrying out the attack in the first place. Certainly the indicators were there, including incendiary social network posts that long predated not only the attacks, but Malik's entry into the United States.

There can be many reasons to forge the bonds of marriage, and it is not inconceivable that a shared purpose of jihad is one. Consider the number of young Muslim women who have left comfortable homes and middle-class lives, often in Europe, to become the brides of Islamic State fighters in Syria and Iraq (and perhaps now in some of its other global outposts such as Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Afghanistan, etc.). Read more...

Sitting on the House Floor

By Dan Cadman, June 23, 2016

I've been watching with a certain amount of disbelief some of the snippets of the Democrats' take-over of the House floor for their gun-control sit-in, replete with photo montages of victims (some number of whom were victims of terrorist attacks, not of deranged killers with no political motive). Read more...

New White House Report on Labor-Force Dropout Is Strangely Confused About Immigration

By Jason Richwine, June 22, 2016

The White House Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) released a new report this week on the long-term decline of work among men ages 25 to 54. Although it contains some interesting insights, the report's specific treatment of immigration is weak and contradictory. Let's start with the CEA's primary explanation for why men have been dropping out of the labor force:

The prime-age male labor force participation rate has been falling in the United States for more than half a century…. No single factor can fully explain this decline, but analysis suggests that a reduction in the demand for less skilled labor has been a key cause of declining participation rates as well as lower wages for less skilled workers. [Emphasis added.]

Visa Overstays: It's Not Just about the Numbers

By Dan Cadman, June 22, 2016

A few days ago, the Washington Post's "Federal Insider" column carried this article by Joe Davidson: "Visa overstays a security risk when 99% of foreigners leave U.S. on time?".

Davidson was keying off of a recent hearing by the House Homeland Security Committee that was examining the national security risk posed by overstays — foreigners who either enter with visas, or via the visa waiver program (VWP), and then overstay their period of authorized admission to blend into the large and amorphous pool of aliens illegally in the United States. Read more...