Immigration Blog

Sanctuaries Update: 1 Down, 305 to Go

By Jessica Vaughan, August 5, 2016

One of Sheriff Mark Garber's first acts upon taking office in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana, last month was to rescind the controversial and misguided sanctuary policy that had been implemented by his predecessor. The approximately 300 other jurisdictions around the country that have similar policies obstructing immigration enforcement would be wise to follow suit. Read more...

What to Do When They H-1Boot You

By John Miano, August 5, 2016

You notice that people from India are poking around your work place – and their numbers are growing. It is time to smell the coffee and realize that you are your coworkers are about to be replaced by foreign workers on H1B visas. You're going to get the "H-1Boot."

What should you do now?

Get Organized. Exchange contact information with your coworkers. Exchanges names, home phone numbers, home emails, and addresses of everyone likely to be affected. Do this while you are all together. Once you get fired, this information is hard to gather. Read more...

"On the Media" Shreds the NPR Ethics Handbook

By Jerry Kammer, August 5, 2016

In 2004, Daniel Okrent, the public editor of The New York Times, flatly acknowledged that The Times is a liberal paper. "If you think The Times plays it down the middle" on its coverage of social issues, "you've been reading the paper with your eyes close," he wrote.

Well, if you listen to your NPR station's broadcast of the "On the Media" program and you think its work on immigration reporting lives up to standards for fairness, accuracy, and impartiality that are spelled out in the NPR Ethics Handbook, then you've been listening with your ears closed. Read more...

Another Crack in the Veneer of the Government's Immigration Security Vetting

By Dan Cadman, August 4, 2016

Sometimes the most newsworthy items come out in the most unlikely places. The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), the appellate tribunal of the immigration courts, has published an opinion sustaining an immigration judge's decision to continue the detention of one Hussam Fatahi, allegedly a native of Iraq and citizen of Syria. The facts revealed by the opinion prove, once again, just how vulnerable the nation's immigration security vetting is.

Let me backtrack for a moment though. In October of last year, I wrote a blog post, "Why Syrian Refugee Vetting Will Be Indisputably Fallible". In that blog, I laid out reasons potential security threats could penetrate screening procedures, including: Read more...

Administration Reaches Out to Help the 1% – of Syrians

By David North, August 4, 2016

The U.S. government, which portrays itself as the defender of the little guy, has just reached out to another elite group (within an admittedly severely disadvantaged population).

This time it is to give Temporary Protected Status to a very lucky bunch of Syrians – people who had arrived in the United States on Monday, or earlier, either legally or illegally. Read more...

Interesting Migration Flows: Those from What Used to be British India

By David North, August 4, 2016

Stimulated by the remarkable level of ethnic discrimination in the hiring practices of the big Indian outsourcing firms – they hire up to 99 percent of their H-1Bs workers from the Republic of India – I decided to take a look at other streams of migration from what the Brits call the Subcontinent. Read more...

Haitians Pretend to Be Africans to Make Their Way to the U.S.

By Kausha Luna, August 4, 2016

Forty-five Haitians claiming to be African arrived in Tijuana last week, to then make their way to the United States.

The 45 Haitians were part of a group of 52 that were given a 30-day transit permit by Mexico's National Institute for Migration (INM). The permits were granted after the migrants were found on the side of the road in Sonora, where their smuggler abandoned them after their bus crashed. Read more...

The Irony of a Sanctuary Sheriff Presiding over a Moment of Silence for Fallen Cops

By Dan Cadman, August 3, 2016

A few days ago at the Democratic National Convention (DNC), Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez rose to the podium, resplendent in her uniform with four gold stars on each collar, to ask for a moment of silence to honor fallen law enforcement officers. The moment was disrupted by delegates on the floor, some of whom shouted “Black lives matter!” Read more...

"On the Media" Goes Off the Cliff

By Jerry Kammer, August 3, 2016

I can think of one positive thing to say about Donald Trump's presidential campaign, which otherwise is becoming a national embarrassment. Trump has forced the national media to consider the plight of working-class Americans who have suffered from mass immigration and free trade. Even David Brooks, writing that "people across America have been falling through the cracks," acknowledges that "Trump, to his credit, made them visible." Read more...

Demeaning Naturalization Through Semantics
The Ninth Circuit Rides Again

By Dan Cadman, August 3, 2016
The Ninth Circuit Rides Again

Once again the Ninth Circuit has managed to thread a camel through the eye of a needle in its ongoing attempt to eliminate reason from the rule of law where immigration matters are concerned. The circuit court accepted the case de novo (as a case of first impression) because the case had been summarily dismissed in favor of the government by a lower court when presented there. Read more...

Open-Borders Foe Huelskamp Loses Kansas Primary

By David North, August 3, 2016

Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), an opponent of "comprehensive immigration reform," lost his primary yesterday to another Republican.

The congressman's loss presumably had less to do with his immigration stand than his vote against farm subsidies, in one of the nation's most agricultural congressional districts – it includes all of western Kansas. Read more...

Remembering When Democrats Turned Their Backs on American Workers

By Jerry Kammer, August 2, 2016

"Democrats are the party of working people. But we haven't done a good enough job showing that we get what you're going through, and that we're going to do something about it."
– Hillary Clinton, accepting the Democratic Party's nomination for president, July 28

Hillary Clinton's claim that Democrats are "the party of working people" brings to mind the Senate hearing where Ted Kennedy made it clear that on immigration policy they had walked away from that historic trust. I was a reporter at that hearing, and I remember it well. Read more...

The Klutz Factor in Migration Management

By David North, August 1, 2016

Five years ago I wrote about the klutz factor associated with some illegal aliens:

I feel sorry for the guy, and am pleased that the Border Patrol rescued him from the flooded Rio Grande, but the news story reminded me of the seldom-remarked-upon klutz factor in illegal immigration.

According to the account he was stranded in a tree while trying to cross the flooded river and had been there for five days. The BP spokesperson said that he was ‘severely dehydrated.'

Putting America First: What It Means to Become an American Citizen

By Nayla Rush, August 1, 2016

At a recent naturalization ceremony in the Washington area, 73 immigrants from different nationalities (Indian, South Korean, Vietnamese, Guatemalan, Chinese, Iranian, Salvadoran, etc.) became American citizens. They all had to take the Oath of Allegiance during an official ceremony. Here are the words of the oath: Read more...

The Trump and Clinton Immigration Plans
Serving Different Constituencies

By Marguerite Telford, July 29, 2016
Serving Different Constituencies

Donald Trump took to Twitter last night to respond to Hillary’s speech. Unsurprisingly, the public responded in largest numbers to his tweets referencing immigration. The most popular tweet, which quickly received close to 13,000 retweets and almost 32,000 likes, mentioned Hillary’s push for a 550% increase in refugees while refusing to mention radical Islam. Runners-ups were tweets saying Hillary was “owned” by Wall Street and her vision of “a borderless world where working people have no power, no jobs, no safety.” Read more...

More Pinocchios for the Post's Immigration Editorial

By Jon Feere, July 29, 2016

The open-border, pro-cheap-foreign-labor editorial board of the Washington Post (a newspaper that once employed an illegal alien in direct violation of federal law, but was never held accountable because the Obama administration is letting employers get away with all sorts of lawlessness) recently argued that the Trump campaign was made of "sneer, not substance." Unfortunately, the paper doesn't seem to have done its research. Linked at the bottom of this blog post are the immigration platforms of both major presidential candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. It seems to me that there’s quite a lot more substance in Trump’s platform than there is in Clinton's. Read more...

Obliging Foreign Nations to Meet Their Repatriation Obligations

By Dan Cadman, July 29, 2016

This is a good-news/bad-news kind of blog. The good news is that after years of relative inattention, members of Congress are focusing on the continuing problem associated with countries refusing to accept their nationals who have been ordered deported from the United States. Read more...

One of the Offstage Problems of EB-5 — It Lets the Sharks Fleece the Naive

By David North, July 28, 2016

Sometimes a financial program can do substantial damage to individual victims without the program's operators doing anything wrong — and EB-5 is a good example.

The mere presence of the program — offering, as it does, green cards to aliens who invest in the United States — can wreak havoc without any direct complicity from politicians or government officials. That's one of the reasons Congress should not interfere with the scheduled sunset of the major part of the program on September 30. Read more...

How about a Few Pinocchios for the Washington Post's Editorial Nonsense about Jobs?

By Jerry Kammer, July 28, 2016

I am no fan of Donald Trump. I think he would be a terrible president. So I have no complaint with most of the Washington Post editorial that declares Trump to be "uniquely unqualified to serve as president, in experience and temperament" and that his campaign is one "of snarl and sneer, not substance." I agree with all that, especially in regard to Trump's vicious categorization of Mexican immigrants as rapists and criminals.

But the Post editorial board, which collectively claims authorship of the paper's editorials, goes off the rails in its declaration that immigrants "take jobs that no one else will." That is not just a comforting cliché for enthusiasts of wide-open immigration; it's also untrue. If the fact-checkers at the Post got on the case, I think they'd award the board a few Pinocchios. Read more...

Tim Kaine on Illegal Alien Minors

By Kausha Luna, July 28, 2016

After Hillary Clinton announced Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate, he sat down to do an all-Spanish interview with Telemundo.

The portion of the interview revolving around illegal alien minors was particularly interesting. Read more...

Analysis of the "H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act of 2015"

By John Miano, July 27, 2016

In our new book Sold Out: How High-Tech Billionaires & Bipartisan Beltway Crapweasels Are Screwing America's Best & Brightest Workers, Michelle Malkin and I explain in detail the provisions of the H-1B program and the H-1B provisions of Marco Rubio and Chuck Schumer's cynically misnamed "Comprehensive Immigration Reform." Read more...

Trump, Trade, Immigration, and Working Class Americans

By Dan Cadman, July 26, 2016

I have visited the laid-off factory workers, and the communities crushed by our horrible and unfair trade deals. These are the forgotten men and women of our country, and they are forgotten, but they will not be forgotten long. These are people who work hard but no longer have a voice. I am your voice. ... I pledge to never sign any trade agreement that hurts our workers, or that diminishes our freedom and independence.

2015 Sentencing Commission Report Documents Downward Trend in Prosecution for Immigration Crimes

By Dan Cadman, July 26, 2016

The United States Sentencing Commission has just issued its annual report, which documents on a yearly basis the upward and downward trends of prosecutions, convictions and sentencing among the range of federal criminal laws. Read more...

Two Clarifications Emerge on Anti-Citizen Food Stamp Discrimination Issue

By David North, July 26, 2016

Two clarifications have emerged recently on the matter of discrimination in favor of certain mixed families, including aliens, in the food stamp eligibility rules. Read more...

Fact Checkers Can't Handle the Truth

By Jessica Vaughan, July 25, 2016

Last Thursday evening, self-described fact-checkers for Politifact, the Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post mobilized as soon as the text of Donald Trump's nomination acceptance speech was leaked to challenge a series of immigration facts cited by the candidate. In their haste, or maybe it was their zeal, to try to de-bunk Trump's statements on immigration, they put out sloppy work and sometimes downright false evaluations. Read more...

Immigration Court Backlogs and the Smuggling of Alien Women and Children

By Dan Cadman, July 22, 2016

Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) has issued a report showing that despite the addition of new immigration judge resources, the backlog of removal docket cases in the national immigration court system administered by the Department of Justice Executive Office for Immigration Review (DOJ EOIR) continues to grow. As of the end of June, TRAC tells us the backlog is at an all-time high of 496,704 — just short of the half million case mark. With the new additions, there are now 273 immigration judges to handle this staggering caseload. Read more...

A Suggestion: Handling Erdogan’s Request for Gulen’s Extradition

By David North, July 21, 2016

Turkey’s autocratic president, Recep Erdogan, wants us to extradite Fethullah Gulen, the Muslim cleric and cult leader now living in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania, for allegedly stirring up the recent coup attempt.

Meanwhile, one of Erdogan’s emissaries, a little earlier, advocated the termination of the practice of bringing Turkish teachers to the United States, on H-1B visas, to replace U.S. teachers in the Gulen charter high schools. Read more...

On Refugee Flows, Radicalized Lone Wolves, Unaccompanied Minors, and Indiscriminate Slaughter

By Dan Cadman, July 21, 2016

European media are reporting on a terrorist attack that took place on a suburban commuter train near the southern German town of Wurzburg. The perpetrator, shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest), attacked travelers including a group of visitors from Hong Kong. Read more...

A Crime in Progress? Immigration/Marriage Fraud and Chain Migration

By David North, July 20, 2016

Chain migration, unfortunately, is not only quite legal in the United States (but less so in other nations), it drives most of our immigration numbers.

Meanwhile, immigration/related marriage fraud (which is the subject of less enforcement here than elsewhere), is totally illegal but a lesser force in immigration numbers.

All too often these forces move together. Read more...

Why Is the U.S. Still Releasing GTMO Detainees?

By Dan Cadman, July 19, 2016

Dozens of the Islamic terrorists taken into custody by military authorities in theaters of war such as Afghanistan and Iraq, and placed into the detention center at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (GTMO, or “Gitmo”) have been released into the custody of various and sundry other nations around the globe upon assurances from those governments that they would undertake to monitor the former detainees to ensure they did not reengage in jihad. The releases have almost all taken place during the Obama administration. Read more...