Immigration Blog

Trump's Emphasis on Enforcing the Law on Visa Abusers

By David North, September 8, 2016

In his recent immigration policy speech, delivered a few hours after his visit with the president of Mexico, Donald Trump said that his emphasis for immigration law enforcement would be on criminal aliens and (presumably secondarily) on visa abusers.

Bearing in mind that the candidate switches his positions from time to time, and the strong possibility that the distinction between visa abusers and those entering without inspection (EWIs) may be fuzzy to him, as it is to most Americans, let's look at his focus on visa abusers. Read more...

A Look at the Washington Post's 'Taco Truck' Snark Fest

By Jerry Kammer, September 8, 2016

Last week's media response to the warning that unchecked immigration would bring the United States "a taco truck [on every] corner" was sadly predictable. Reporters piled the mockery onto Marco Gutierrez, who issued the warning on MSNBC. Gutierrez is the founder of Latinos for Trump and himself an immigrant from Mexico. The subtext of the media pile-on was plain: "See how ridiculous this opposition to illegal immigration is? See how laughable? See how morally superior we are for ridiculing this Trump stooge?" Read more...

A Closer Look at Trump's Promise to Triple the ICE Officer Corps

By Dan Cadman, September 7, 2016

In his recent policy speech on immigration, both legal and illegal, Donald Trump said with regard to the latter that, if he were elected president, "We're going to triple the number of ICE deportation officers." The "ICE" to which he was referring is, of course, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that is responsible for interior immigration enforcement.

Trump's commitment stems from a recognition that, while border enforcement is hobbling along on one leg with one hand tied behind its back, interior immigration enforcement has been completely dismembered, notwithstanding which, like the Black Knight in the Monte Python movie, it refuses to give up. Read more...

Green Cards Triple in a Worrisome Category — Abused Spouses of Citizens

By David North, September 7, 2016

New data from the Department of Homeland Security shows a highly worrisome increase in the number of green cards issued to aliens (almost always alien women) who have successfully claimed that their (usually new) U.S. citizen spouses abused them.

Everyone is concerned about abusive spouses, but I find it highly unlikely that the actual incidence of spousal abuse among citizen-alien couples tripled between 2013 and 2014. What is much more likely is that the sleepy people at USCIS have turned a blind eye to a growing trend of fraudulent use of a provision in immigration law that allows an abused spouse to secure a green card largely on her unsupported testimony that her new citizen (or green card) spouse has been abusive to her. Read more...

Darrell Issa's H-1B Bill Does Nothing for U.S. Workers

By John Miano, September 7, 2016

I have analyzed provisions of other H-1B reform bills, But Rep. Darrell Issa's H.R. 5801 is the easiest yet to analyze: Issa's H-1B reform bill does absolutely nothing.

It does take a little effort to explain what is going on in the bill. Read more...

Mexico Encourages the Illegal Immigration of Africans to the U.S.

By Dan Cadman, September 6, 2016

Fox News reports that 425 Africans who penetrated Mexico's southern border illegally and entered the state of Chiapas were initially taken into custody by the National Migration Institute (INM, by its Spanish acronym) after they surrendered themselves.

According to the report, they were unwilling to state their respective nationalities to the Mexican authorities, notwithstanding which they were then released and given transit visas to cross Mexico in order to reach the United States' southern border, there presumably to either cross illegally or present themselves to a port of entry to seek asylum. Read more...

ACLU, NYT, & La Raza All Agree: 75% of Illegal Aliens Are Committing Felonies

By Ronald W. Mortensen, September 5, 2016

On "Fox News Sunday", Chris Wallace asked what Trump would do with all of the law abiding illegal aliens who have not committed any crimes since entering the United States illegally. Wallace's question is based on the myth that most illegal aliens are law abiding, which is simply not the case. The fact is that the vast majority of illegal aliens routinely commit multiple job-related felonies.

"According to who?" you ask. Well, the answer is that the Social Security Administration, ACLU, New York Times, La Raza, LULAC, Democratic pundits Kirsten Powers and Eleanor Clift, the libertarian Reason Foundation, and USA Today. Read more...

Immigration Shenanigans in Trump Tower, But Donald's Barely Involved

By David North, September 2, 2016

This is a story about a questionable, immigration-related sleight of hand within New York's Trump Tower, and about high fashion, but it has very little to do with The Donald (who lives there) and nothing to do with alien fashion models allegedly working for his model agency while in illegal status in the past.

Nor does it deal with the question of Mrs. Trump's immigration status when she first came to New York City as a fashion model, which John Miano and I wrote about in previous blog posts. Read more...

The Elites Are Outraged at the "Taco Trucks" Warning

By Jerry Kammer, September 2, 2016

The New York-to-Washington cognoscenti corridor of media elites is abuzz over the warning from Marcos Gutierrez, the founder of Latinos for Trump, that unless the United States gets serious about stopping illegal immigration, "you're going to have taco trucks [on] every corner."

The reactions run the spectrum from mockery to amusement to outrage. Read more...

A Floor, Not a Ceiling; 65,000 Syrian Refugees in FY 2017?

By Nayla Rush, September 2, 2016

The fact that the U.S. reached its FY 2016 resettlement target of 10,000 Syrian refugees came as no surprise. We predicted this administration to be right "on track" as we could not foresee President Obama presiding over a refugee summit later this month in New York before honoring his part of the bargain first. Read more...

Mexican Columnists Vent Their Anger at Trump Visit

By Jerry Kammer, September 1, 2016

If there is anyone in Mexico today who is less popular than Donald Trump, it may be the man who invited Trump to Mexico City yesterday. That is clear throughout the Mexican press, including the opinion page of today's El Universal, a Mexico City daily and the country's largest newspaper. Here are samples from four of the newspaper's columnists, who were clearly eager to vent their frustration and anger. Read more...

Being Pro-Me Doesn’t Mean I’m Anti-You

By Mark Krikorian, September 1, 2016

Rich Lowry at National Review is right about Trump's Phoenix address that "From an immigration hawk point of view, it is almost certainly the soundest speech ever given by a major-party presidential candidate." It was detailed and substantive and touched on issues that everyone's familiar with (like sanctuary cities) as well as less well-known ones, like the administration's unwillingness to sanction countries that won't take their own citizens back. (The text is here.) I hope this puts an end to the Jeb/Marco/Schumer talk that was so alarming last week, though I fully expect to be disappointed soon enough by the next dumb thing Trump says. Read more...

Using Disaster to 'Transform' Just a Little Bit More of America

By Dan Cadman, August 31, 2016

After the devastating floods in Louisiana (including large areas around the state capital of Baton Rouge), the Obama administration offended Louisianans, rich and poor, of all races, when its favorite political arm, the Department of Justice (DOJ), sent out a message warning them not to exercise racial bias in their clean-up efforts.

The flooding claimed several lives and videos surfaced in the media showing Louisianans helping Louisianans — clearly no bias on display, just courageous neighbors helping one another out of desperate situations. Read more...

Gang of Eight Members McCain and Rubio Win Primaries, as Does Arpaio

By David North, August 31, 2016

Republican Sens. John McCain (Ariz.) and Marco Rubio (Fla.), both members of the Senate's loose-borders Gang of Eight, won primary races yesterday against more conservative opponents, Rubio convincingly and McCain handily.

Rubio, who has a career grade of C- from NumbersUSA, got 72 percent of the primary vote. McCain, with a career grade of D, received 52 percent. Both were running against three opponents. Both senators face Democratic opponents in the fall, both of whom are sitting members of the House. They are Rep. Pat Murphy in Florida (career grade of D-) and the somewhat more formidable Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick in Arizona (career grade of D). Read more...

Coming Your Way: Less Illegal Immigrant Detention, More Releases

By Dan Cadman, August 31, 2016

It was only a matter of time — and not much, at that. On Monday, Jeh Johnson, the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced that he had tasked his advisory council with exploring whether DHS should scrap its reliance on private contract detention facilities for holding illegal immigrants under removal proceedings.

This followed, by less than two weeks, the August 18 announcement by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) that it would be phasing out the use of privatized prisons that has been its primary method of alleviating overcrowding at federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) facilities for nearly 20 years. Read more...

Latin American Countries Call for an End to U.S. Immigration Policies Favoring Cubans

By Kausha Luna, August 30, 2016

On Monday, the Ecuadorian mission in Washington D.C. delivered a letter signed by nine Latin American foreign ministers expressing their concern about the negative effects of U.S. immigration policy across the region.

The letter, addressed to Secretary of State John Kerry, solicited the United States to evaluate the Cuban Adjustment Act and the "wet foot, dry foot" policy, which encourages illegal Cuban migration the United States. Read more...

DHS Proposes New Rules for Inept Entrepreneurs (and Con Artists), Redux

By Dan Cadman, August 30, 2016

My colleague David North has published a blog post titled "DHS Proposes New Rules for Inept Entrepreneurs". The rules in question are the latest installment of the long-running Obama do-it-myself series, "How to Demolish Federal Immigration Integrity and Enforcement in 1,000 Easy Steps While Congress Acquiesces". Read more...

SEC Goes After Rule-Breaking EB-5 Lawyers in Batches

By David North, August 29, 2016

There apparently are so many rule-breaking lawyers in the EB-5 business that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) goes after them in batches.

On August 24, SEC announced that it had penalized three of them, all for failing to secure a legally required license to sell securities, and said that the trio (who apparently operated separately from each other) had agreed to cough up a total of three-quarters of a million dollars. Read more...

Expanded Central American 'Refugee' Program: Bring the Whole Family!

By Nayla Rush, August 28, 2016

In a previous report, we highlighted the Obama administration's relentless efforts to welcome children (and adults) from Central America into the United States under the refugee umbrella, despite the lack of solid grounds for granting refugee status, even by United Nations standards.

New measures were announced last month to further the administration's renewed commitment to "address Central American migration challenges" and admit more people from that region. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said "Today, we are expanding these resettlement opportunities to additional vulnerable individuals within the region [Central America]. This will increase the number of individuals to whom we are able to provide humanitarian protection while combating human smuggling operations." (Emphasis added). Read more...

Forged ISIS-Destined Passports and Alien Smuggling Plague Europe

By Dan Cadman, August 26, 2016

Some developments in Europe (see here and here) that should concern Americans:

  1. An uptick in the number of migrant maritime arrivals into Greece since many of the Balkan nations unilaterally closed their borders with fences and patrols to shut off the landward flow of tens of thousands of migrants out of Turkey and into European Union (EU) states;

  2. Uncertainty over post-coup Turkey's ability or willingness to abide by its deal with the EU to accept deported migrants or those rejected for asylum;

DHS Proposes New Rules for Inept Entrepreneurs

By David North, August 26, 2016

The Department of Homeland Security on August 26 issued a new rule making it possible for what might be called "inept entrepreneurs" to secure additional temporary legal status in the United States.

There appears to be no upper limit to this latest stretch and abuse of the government's parole authority and it is designed for a subset of entrepreneurs who have some entrepreneurial credentials, but who are not smart enough, or do not have a lawyer smart enough, to secure admission to the United States under the set of laws, regulations, and administrative flourishes now existing. Read more...

Media Mislead on Pew Poll about Border Wall

By Jon Feere, August 26, 2016

All too often, immigration polls are not designed to get at what Americans really think about immigration, but instead are written to create a certain narrative. Many polls are financed by activist groups who simply want to create the appearance of widespread public support for amnesty. The advocates have two main goals: (1) provide lobbyists with polling data that they can use to browbeat politicians into supporting their cheap-labor, open-border agenda; and (2) encourage the media to write headlines that don't really reflect the findings, but nevertheless advance the notion that Americans love open borders.

The Pew Research Center has done just that with a new poll. The poll contains a few different questions, but the one getting all the press asks Americans about building a border wall. Read more...

Trump's 'Softening' on Immigration: If It Looks Like a Duck and Quacks Like a Duck...

By Dan Cadman, August 25, 2016

Following Donald Trump's town hall appearance on the Fox News Channel's "Hannity" show, in which he "softened" his tone on immigration, The Hill has published an article, "Hardliners shrug off Trump's softer tone on immigration", that quotes a few individuals such as Joe Arpaio, Maricopa County, Ariz., sheriff, and Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, who persevere in their support of the Republican presidential candidate.

During the town hall, Trump said, "Let me go a step further: They'll pay back-taxes, they have to pay taxes. There's no amnesty, as such, there's no amnesty, but we work with them." A number of supporters have tried hard to suggest it isn't a flip-flop, but I lean more toward Mark Krikorian's view on this, as he expressed it in National Review Online. It is a turnabout, and a dramatic and disappointing one. Read more...

Does Hillary Support a Border Wall? Someone Should Ask

By Jon Feere, August 24, 2016

For a recent article, PolitiFact called our office asking whether it was true that Hillary Clinton once wanted a border wall. Specifically, they were analyzing the truthfulness of the following statement made by Donald Trump:

We're gonna have strong borders. We're gonna have a wall — a big, powerful wall. You know that Hillary Clinton wanted a wall, a number of years ago. She wanted a wall." (at 1:00:10)

PolitiFact wasn't interested in the difference between the word "wall" and "fence" and noted in their article that "both block people." They just wanted to know if Trump's statement was accurate. Read more...

More Nonsense About Aliens' Faux "Privacy Rights"

By Dan Cadman, August 23, 2016

Yesterday's Law360 immigration newsletter contained this little snippet:

Groups Raise Alarm Over DHS Bid For Social Media Info

Twenty-eight immigration, civil liberties and other groups released a letter Monday raising concerns over a U.S. Department of Homeland Security proposal to collect social media information from visa waiver program travelers, saying the request would be a privacy intrusion.

The full article is behind a paywall, but you get the point. (The letter and list of signers is here.) Read more...

Felon Seeks to Sell EB-5-Like Benefits for $380,000 — and Maybe Succeeds

By David North, August 22, 2016

This is not exactly EB-5 fraud, but like a knock-off of a Gucci handbag, the scheme plays off the attraction of the original, in this case the EB-5 program.

There is now (or at least was quite until recently) an offer on the Chinese part of the internet made by a convicted American felon that says that a $380,000 investment in Florida real estate (isn't this where we came in 90 years ago?) can produce not only a nice place to live, but, within two-to-six months, a U.S. passport and many other governmental benefits as well. I am told by our translator that the term "EB-5" does not appear in the pitch, but the investment-in-exchange for immigration benefits proposal tracks EB-5 quite closely and is aimed directly at rich and insecure Chinese investors, the principal alien users of this program. Read more...

Transforming America, One Immigration Case at a Time

By Dan Cadman, August 22, 2016

Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) has issued another of its periodic reports on immigration, one that Americans should find disturbing. According to TRAC, immigration judges are ruling in 57 percent of the cases that come before them that the alien should be permitted to stay in the United States. Read more...

Interesting Policy Questions Raised Regarding Defrauded EB-5 Investors

By David North, August 22, 2016

An interesting set of immigration policy question arose last week regarding whether EB-5 investors who have been defrauded by American business interests should get their green cards anyway, despite the failure of the investments — failures only remotely linked to the actions of the aliens.

The questions arose when the court-appointed trustee for the EB-5 disaster in Vermont, Michael Goldberg, said that he was going to use some of the EB-5 funds under his control to hire a lobbyist to seek a change in the immigration law to protect the interests of the 700 or so investors in the ski lodge at Jay Peak and other problematic Vermont properties, as we have reported previously (see here and here). Read more...

On Sharia, Assimilation, and the Risk of a Descent into Tribalism

By Dan Cadman, August 19, 2016

Donald Trump gave a speech this week urging the equivalent of an ideological litmus test as a prerequisite for Muslims to enter the United States under our immigration laws. Whether or not to administer some kind of test to Muslims, or to require an affirmation from a Muslim that he or she subscribes to constitutional values, shocks many Americans, because we don't like the idea of singling people out based on race, religion, or the like. Read more...

State Legislative Seat and Immigration/Marriage Fraud Linked Again

By David North, August 18, 2016

It should have been a glorious moment for her — she was about to become the first Eritrea-born woman in the United States to be elected to a state legislature — but even as she was winning a hard-fought Democratic primary earlier this month against the longest-serving member of the Minnesota House of Representatives in state history, it turns out that she was charged with immigration-related marriage fraud.

And the odd thing is that just over two years ago this summer, pretty much the same thing happened in Manhattan. This time the person was from the Dominican Republic, the first woman from her country to be elected to a state legislature. She managed to serve for a while in the New York State Assembly before her marriage fraud got her bounced from the chamber. Read more...