Immigration Blog

Why Passing House Immigration Bills in the Next Congress Matters, Pt. 4

By Stanley Renshon, April 9, 2014

The period between the 2014 congressional election and the 2016 presidential election is an essential period when Republicans should act on real immigration reform. The passage of real reform legislation by the House, or if possible by the House and (Republican) Senate, would establish that Republicans are serious, reform-minded, and in touch with the repeatedly expressed wishes and concerns of the American public. Read more...

If USCIS Can't Count H1Bs, How Is It Going to Run an Amnesty?

By David North, April 8, 2014

In the Third World it takes days, maybe weeks, to count ballots – witness the Afghan elections – something advanced democracies can do in a matter of hours for nationwide contests.

This is not to put down Afghan election officials who, after all, have not had much practice.

But it does remind me that sometimes U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) seems like a Third World institution. Read more...

Tech Firms Consider Cutting a Separate Deal

By John Miano, April 8, 2014

A big problem has suddenly arisen with the "comprehensive immigration reform" bill. Groups representing technology companies are breaking ranks and trying to pass a guestworker-only bill on their own. Read more...

Much is Wrong with DOL Decision on Hiring an Alien to Clean the Stables

By David North, April 7, 2014

There is so much wrong with a recent decision of an obscure Department of Labor appeals body regarding a foreign worker that I do not know where to begin.

It involves a rancher refusing to hire a female U.S. citizen to clean his stables because he wanted to hire an alien — and DOL agreed.

Many thoughts come to mind: Read more...

Despite Media Claims to the Contrary, Illegal Entry Is a Crime

By Mike Nicley, April 7, 2014

The front-page headline in the April 3 Arizona Daily Star correctly announced, "Fed's deportation data deceptive." The byline identified the reporter as Brian Bennett of the Tribune Washington Bureau. Read more...

Morning Joe Discusses Jeb Bush's "Act of Love" Comment

By Jerry Kammer, April 7, 2014

Today’s “Morning Joe” on MSNBC included a clip of a statement yesterday by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on immigration and followed it with a discussion of how it might affect his prospects in the 2016 Republican presidential primary race. Here are excerpts, beginning with one from Bush’s interview: Read more...

Here's a Bizarre Little Corner of Our Immigration Policy

By David North, April 4, 2014

There's a strange little corner of our immigration policy that simultaneously permits the admission of a group of alien graduate students in high-tech fields, while there is another federal policy that all but denies those grad students private-sector jobs in their field. Read more...

Why Passing House Immigration Bills in the Next Congress Matters, Pt. 3

By Stanley Renshon, April 4, 2014

The latest twist in the Democratic attempt to muscle and scare House Republicans into passing a Senate-like version of their immigration bill is to claim that, according to the Washington Post's Greg Sargent, passing a bill after the November election "will be significantly harder than it is now." (Emphasis in original.) Read more...

Pushing Amnesty: Moral or Immoral?

By Marguerite Telford, April 4, 2014

This week Cardinal O'Malley, the archbishop of Boston, joined by several other members of the U.S. Conference of Bishops, held Mass at the Arizona southern border as part of a lobbying effort for increased immigration and amnesty for illegal immigrants. Pictures of Catholic clergy distributing the Holy Eucharist to hands reaching through a fence were all over the media. Read more...

Idealistic Immigrants Provide an Antidote to Wall Street Predators

By Jerry Kammer, April 3, 2014

I didn't enjoy the "The Wolf of Wall Street". I came away from it discouraged by its all-too-vivid presentation of the decadence and rot bred by a financial system that rewards predatory behavior. The real-life, penny-stock-pedaling thugs whose predations are dramatized in the film were not outsiders. They were the soulless brothers of the hustlers at the investment banks whose credit default swaps nearly took the world economy into the abyss. Read more...

Hypocrisy and Moral and Cultural Relativism in the Immigration Context

By Dan Cadman, April 2, 2014

Last week, the Center published a Backgrounder I wrote on the U.S. asylum process and program, which is buckling under the strain of abuse by all three branches of our government — not to mention the many thousands of aliens who are gaming the system solely to buy themselves time, the right to work, and, increasingly, a get-out-of-jail-free card in the form of an approved grant of asylum, even in the face of fraud. Read more...

Why Passing House Immigration Bills in the Next Congress Matters, Pt. 2

By Stanley Renshon, April 2, 2014

The official spokesman for Democratic Party position, Washington Post pundit Greg Sargent, is worried that House Republicans won't, or alternatively will, pass immigration legislation in the next Congress after the November elections. Actually, he is really more worried about the latter.

Mr. Sargent is certain that the "extremely inadequate" Republican immigrant bill or bills that he refers to — enforcement and citizenship for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) applicants — won't "fix the GOP's Latino Problem". Actually he is worried that it will to a substantial degree, and it might. Read more...

Indian Outsourcing Firm Sends CIS Writer a Check

By David North, April 2, 2014

I opened the mail yesterday and found a check from one of those Indian outsourcing companies, you know the massive, Indian-controlled placement organizations that take jobs from American workers and then exploit the H-1Bs that they have imported from India to be programmers.

It was from Satyam Computer Services Ltd. Read more...

Catch and Release: Responding to Critics

By Jessica Vaughan, April 1, 2014

My new report on the state of interior enforcement, "Catch and Release", has been denounced by ICE and pro-amnesty groups. Both critiques were expected, and neither detracts from or changes the fundamental truth that ICE is taking a pass on huge numbers of illegal aliens located by ICE officers, including an alarming number of criminal aliens. Read more...

Why Passing House Immigration Bills in the Next Congress Matters, Pt. 1

By Stanley Renshon, April 1, 2014

The effort to pressure House Republicans to pass a Senate-like immigration bill is heating up. At the Washington Post, liberal blogger Greg Sargent warns, "On immigration, the GOP's window for action is closing fast." He reports that several immigrations activists told him that, "The president made it clear that three months from now, if there is no legislative action, he will do more using executive authority. That was the message that we got in different ways."

Message to Republicans: Pass the Democratic immigration bill by the summer, or else! Read more...

Immigrant Investor (EB-5) Program Debated in S.D. Senate Race

By David North, April 1, 2014

The Immigrant Investor (EB-5) program has become an issue in the U.S. Senate race in South Dakota.

A candidate for the Republican Senate nomination, state Rep. Stace Nelson, has accused the front-runner for the nomination, former GOP Governor Michael Rounds, of being dishonest with the state's voters about corruption in the EB-5 scheme locally. Read more...

Yes, We Can - Make Cesar Chavez’s Birthday National Border Control Day

By Mark Krikorian, March 31, 2014

My piece today at National Review Online calls for every March 31 to be observed as National Border Control Day, in honor of Cesar Chavez's commitment to tight borders (it's his birthday). In it I mentioned the new biopic about him. The movie itself wasn't bad, in a basketball-team-from-the-wrong-side-of-the-tracks-wins-the-big-game kind of way. (Many of the reviews were less generous.) Read more...

The 2014 Congressional Elections and Real Immigration Reform, Pt. 5

By Stanley Renshon, March 30, 2014

There is an old saying in poker and it applies to immigration reform as well: you can't beat something with nothing.

One way or another, win or lose on the votes on immigration legislation in the next Congress to be chosen this November, immigration will be part of the country's 2014-2016 pre-presidential and presidential campaign. And Republicans would be wise to prepare for that fact. Read more...

Why Not Just Get Rid of the Immigration Law Altogether?

By Mark Krikorian, March 28, 2014

The former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, John Sandweg, published an op-ed this week calling, in effect, for the abolition of immigration law.

Sandweg, a criminal defense attorney and Arizona crony of Janet Napolitano, wrote in relation to President Obama's directive that ICE reexamine enforcement policies with an eye toward making them more "humane." To that end, he says ICE "should eliminate 'non-criminal re-entrants and immigration fugitives' as a priority category for deportation." Read more...

Holding Steady in West Texas

By John Wahala, March 28, 2014

Earlier this month, a group of us convened in El Paso for the Center for Immigration Studies' fourth annual border tour. On previous trips we followed the southwest boundary from east of Douglas, Arizona, to the Imperial Valley of California and traveled south along the Rio Grande from Del Rio, Texas, to Brownsville. This year we covered 1,100 miles, heading briefly into New Mexico before traveling through west Texas down the Rio Grande, into Big Bend National Park, and as far south as Terlingua. Read more...

Another Look at Victims and Humane Treatment under the Law

By Dan Cadman, March 27, 2014

Even as the president, bowing to his open-borders supporters, orders his Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials to find "humane" ways to administer the immigration laws (which may mean "ignoring" those laws, including against previously deported aliens whose presence constitutes a federal felony), communities throughout the nation continue to lurch from tragedy to tragedy based on the actions of illegal aliens who violate our laws, large and small, with impunity. Read more...

A Border Patrol Agent Will Soon Face an Unwarranted Media Attack

By Mike Nicley, March 27, 2014

In a post I wrote on March 8, I lamented the media's mischaracterization of Border Patrol Chief Michael Fisher's use of force memorandum to agency personnel. The national media was positively giddy about the compulsory "limitations" and "restrictions" on the use of deadly force against attackers using "only" rocks in their endeavor to kill a Border Patrol Agent. Read more...

DHS Ombudsman Office Takes Up the Case of Another Elite Group of Migrants

By David North, March 27, 2014

There's a small office within the Department of Homeland Security that is supposed to help aliens with problems with the DHS bureaucracy.

You know, "your poor, your huddled masses" and so on.

Who is that office worried about at the moment? Farm workers confused by complex rules? Sewing machine operators having trouble with their visas?

Far from it. This band of problem-solving cavalrymen is charging off to rescue ... Read more...

Tech Lobby: H-1B Workers Cheaper than Hiring Americans

By John Miano, March 26, 2014

An embarrassing thing happened at an industry lobbyist press conference.

Fox News reports that CompeteAmerica has created a jobs clock that clicks away as imaginary jobs are lost due to immigration restrictions. The Hill also chimed in on the topic. Read more...

The 2014 Congressional Elections and Real Immigration Reform, Pt. 4

By Stanley Renshon, March 26, 2014

The immigration clock is ticking. Whatever the outcome of the 2014 congressional elections, the dynamics that surround the passage of the Senate's 2013 immigration bill, or some real reformist alternative, will be in play. If any immigration legislation fails to be enacted in the next session of Congress, immigration issues will permeate the 2015-2016 presidential campaign. If the House passes some immigration legislation, whether it does or does not become law, immigration will still be a part, though not necessarily a major one, in the presidential campaign themes for both candidates.

It would be prudent for those interested in real immigration reform to be prepared for either eventuality. Read more...

Beware of Treaties in Connection with Immigration Matters

By David North, March 25, 2014

I am frequently being reminded of the non-wisdom of using treaties to sort out immigration and immigrant policies. This occurs to me in the course of some springtime volunteer work I do, helping grad students at a Washington-area university with their income tax returns. (By immigration policy I mean decisions about the admission or non-admission of migrants; immigrant policy, in contrast, deals with how governments handle migrants after they have arrived.) Read more...

Public Advocacy, Victims, and Skewed Moral Compasses
U.S. government refuses to give U.S. citizen maimed by illegal alien information requested under FOIA

By Dan Cadman, March 24, 2014
U.S. government refuses to give U.S. citizen maimed by illegal alien information requested under FOIA

The House of Representatives has taken up a bill, the Immigration Compliance Enforcement Act, that would, among other things, once again require de-funding of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency's alien ombudsman position. Read more...

An Open Letter to President Obama on Income Inequality

By David North, March 24, 2014

Dear Mr. President:

You want to decrease income inequality, and I agree.

You want to increase the minimum wage; yes, that would be helpful for those in the lower-paid parts of the American labor market and would not create costs for run-of-the-mill taxpayers.

You are unlikely to get much help from Congress on either issue, and must rely on your executive powers to bring about change.

With all that in mind, let me make a modest suggestion: impose a minimum wage, of sorts, on foreign workers. Read more...

On Chutzpah, American Oligarchs, and Long-Term Joblessness

By Dan Cadman, March 23, 2014

Do they know no shame? In a post titled "Tech flips the script on immigration foes", The Hill newspaper's "Hillicon Valley" blog, which bills itself as Capitol Hill's online technology information resource, reports: Read more...

Errors Mar Bipartisan Policy Center Report on Enforcement

By Jessica Vaughan, March 21, 2014

A new paper by the pro-amnesty Bipartisan Policy Center, which defends Obama administration claims of "record" deportations, is tainted by errors and mistaken assumptions.

I was most interested in the first section, "Removals (Deportations)", which includes this initial statement:

The common claim that the Obama administration deports unauthorized immigrants in record numbers is true.