Immigration Blog

Budgetary Rules Stacked Against Proponents of Low Immigration

By CIS, February 18, 2015

When the federal government issues an "unfunded mandate", it imposes costly regulations without providing the money that states or private-sector entities need to comply. Unfunded mandates reflect an irresponsible "pass the buck" mentality and — perhaps not surprisingly — immigration law offers many examples. One of the most prominent is the Supreme Court decision in Plyler v. Doe, which effectively mandated free public schooling for illegal alien children. Read more...

Have a Nice Day, Be on Your Way, and Can You Please Throw your Beer/Joint Away?

By Dan Cadman, February 18, 2015

Thanks to Judicial Watch, light has been shone on another stupid administration policy where immigration enforcement is concerned.

First the background: Folks who know anything about enforcing immigration laws at the border know that within 100 miles of the physical international boundary, Border Patrol agents can conduct roving patrols or even establish temporary checkpoints to determine the citizenship (or right to be in the United States) of drivers on our highways and byways. Read more...

Executive Action Non-Enforcement of the Law Takes a Legal Hit

By Dan Cadman, February 17, 2015

On February 16, a federal judge in Texas enjoined the administration from "enforcing" the myriad executive actions that were announced with much fanfare and a national televised address by the president last November. (The 3-page injunction is here, while his 123-page ruling is here.)

This is no small irony since, in essence, the executive actions involved directed the various immigration agencies of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to not to enforce the law and, instead, to provide a panoply of benefits to upward of five million aliens living and working unlawfully in the United States. Read more...

American Samoa's Government: "Don't Let Our People Be U.S. Citizens"

By David North, February 16, 2015

Though there are strong indications that many alien residents of the Mainland, (legal and illegal) want to become U.S. citizens, there is a small, native-born, legally present population who should be denied that citizenship, according to their own elected leaders.

You read that right. The politicians, in this narrow case, do not want their fellows to become American citizens!

The deniers include the democratically elected territorial government of American Samoa and the brand new congressional delegate from that place, Amata Radewagen. Read more...

In Memoriam

By Dan Cadman, February 16, 2015

More than once before in my blogs for the Center, I have spoken about the great importance of assimilating individuals who come to the United States to reside, whether as refugees, resident aliens, or in any other long-term status. Read more...

Give Me Your Sleek, Your Athletic, Yearning to Jet Ski

By David North, February 12, 2015

It had to happen. The Border Patrol picked up three youthful (and one presumably pretty well-preserved), swim-suited jet-skiers attempting an elegant (if illicit) entry on the glorious beach south of San Diego.

The women were 18, 20, and 40 years old; the guy was 15. Read more...

When Does a Threat to the Homeland Become "Existential"?

By Dan Cadman, February 11, 2015

National Security Advisor Susan Rice gave a speech at the Brookings Institution in Washington last week that was depicted as an unveiling of the federal government's 2015 national security strategy.

Many had been looking to the event to see what the White House policy responses would be to various crises and flashpoints around the globe, including the threat that the Islamic State, Al Qaeda in Yemen, and other radical fundamentalist Muslim terror groups pose to the West generally, and the United States more specifically. Rice had this to say: Read more...

Letting It All Hang Out, DHS Inspector General Style

By David North, February 10, 2015

Inspector general reports often are tediously dull and non-revealing, but the faithful reader is sometimes rewarded with little black-out mysteries and is sort of encouraged to fill in the missing pieces.

This one by the DHS IG deals with charges that some of the Central American illegals detained at the Karnes City, Texas, "rent-a-jail" facility had been sexually abused by the contracting staff — the facility is run by the GEO Group. I quote: Read more...

Correction: Number of Work Permits Was Actually 7.4 Million

By Jessica Vaughan, February 9, 2015

According to government statistics obtained from USCIS through a FOIA request, the total number of work permits issued by USCIS from 2009 to 2014 is 7.4 million. Due to a spreadsheet error, my original report on the encrypted data received from USCIS incorrectly stated that the total number of work permits issued in these years was 5.5 million. We regret the error. Read more...

Vaccination Rates Among Immigrants Are a Legitimate Concern

By CIS, February 9, 2015

The spread of measles in the United States is undoubtedly driven by insufficient vaccination among natives. But this does not mean that the vaccination rate among immigrant groups is unimportant, or that one must be "anti-immigrant" to worry about it. In fact, low vaccination rates in the United States, regrettable as they are, make it all the more important to be vigilant about what diseases may be carried across our borders. Read more...

Southern California Edison Workers Just More H-1B Roadkill

By John Miano, February 9, 2015

Over the years it has become so common for companies to replace Americans with H-1B workers that the practice makes little news now. A few days ago we learned that Disney was H-1B-ing American programmers and it only made the local news in Orlando. That has not been the case at Southern California Edison, where the story got picked up by the Drudge Report.

Immigration lawyers are now in BS reaction mode. The Americans being fired should sue for discrimination or complain to the Department of Labor. Yet immigration lawyers know full well that such actions would be futile for they are the ones who have gone to extreme lengths to ensure that replacing Americans with H-1B workers remains legal. Read more...

The Peasants Are Revolting, So Let's Get New Ones

By Mark Krikorian, February 9, 2015

In the Morning Jolt yesterday (you should subscribe), Brother Geraghty asked whether Jeb is too enthusiastic about immigration. Read more...

IRS Offers Specialized Extra Benefits to some DACA and DAPA Grantees

By David North, February 5, 2015

The Internal Revenue Service has just decided that some illegal aliens, granted short-term amnesty under the president's recent edict, can also retroactively collect tax benefits previously denied to them.

The benefits can be as much as several thousand dollars — and perhaps as much as $10,000 over the years for some illegals, particularly parents. It's a pretty specialized offer wrapped in IRS complexities, but one that will probably bring some serious money to income tax preparers working in areas where there are numerous amnesty beneficiaries. Read more...

How the New York Times Got It Wrong on STEM and the Ambitions of American Students

By Jerry Kammer, February 5, 2015

On December 7, 2013, a New York Times editorial reported on a grave threat to the nation: American students too lazy and dull to cut it in a competitive world. It reported: Read more...

Naturalization Hall of Shame Keeps Growing

By Dan Cadman, February 4, 2015

Once again the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) — the folks who are supposed to keep us safe — have shown that they can't distinguish wheat from chaff. A few days ago, the FBI announced that its newest most-wanted suspect is one Liban Haji Mohamed, a Somali-born naturalized citizen who was brought to the United States as a refugee.

When Mohamed took the required oath of allegiance at the time he was granted citizenship, he used these words: Read more...

ABC News Lowers the Boom on Fraudsters in the EB-5 Program

By David North, February 3, 2015

ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross will lower the boom on fraudsters and other criminals using the immigrant investor (EB-5) program in tonight's broadcast of "World News Tonight" and later on "Nightline". Read more...

Dems to Decide What's More Important, Amnesty or Funding DHS

By Jon Feere, February 3, 2015

From the start of my op-ed posted today at TheHill.com:

The Senate Democrats and President Obama are very troubled by the decision they may soon have to make. They have two options: (1) Fully fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) by passing a House appropriations bill that prohibits Obama's lawless amnesty, or (2) Declare that amnesty for illegal aliens is more important than national security and block the DHS funding bill from becoming law.

This is a choice that they really do not want to make.

Read the rest here. Read more...

New Orleans and the EB-5 Program Are Made for Each Other

By David North, February 3, 2015

The graft-ridden immigrant investor (EB-5) program and New Orleans' sloppy governance were destined to come together, and they have done so, according to investigative reporting just published by Al Jazeera America.

A few years ago the (now-jailed) Mayor of New Orleans, Ray Nagin, signed a 30-year exclusive agreement with NobleOutreach NOLA LLC, a USCIS-recognized EB-5 regional center. It was to be the city's sole connection to EB-5 financing, with a cluster of half-million dollar investments from largely Chinese aliens designed to continue the post-Katrina re-building process. Read more...

Jorge Ramos and Immigration Linguistics

By Jerry Kammer, February 3, 2015

The New York Times recently published a profile of Univision anchor Jorge Ramos that highlights the Republican quandary about illegal immigration. The author quotes Ramos telling Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus that the party is so fixated on deportation that "the message is anti-immigrant."

Deportations, of course, mainly target illegal immigrants (plus legal immigrants who commit serious crimes). This is a distinction that Ramos chooses not to make. This descriptive failure has strategic consequences that Ramos appreciates. It invokes on behalf of illegal immigrants the emotional, mythical, and personal connotations of our immigrant backgrounds. Read more...

Police Chiefs and Sheriffs Raise Surrender Flag on Illegal Immigration

By Ronald W. Mortensen, February 2, 2015

Twenty-seven police chiefs and sheriffs from around the country have raised the surrender flag on illegal immigration and filed a friend-of-the-court brief supporting President Obama's executive amnesty for illegal aliens.

Among the most vociferous of these law enforcement officers is Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank. Read more...

Visa Lottery Winners Run Up $1.3 Million in Bad Debts

By David North, February 2, 2015

Usually the Washington Post, like much of the mainstream media, emphasizes the virtues, if not the heroism, of migrants, legal or illegal. If there are problems they are ignored or downplayed.

But last week the Post ran a comprehensive, fact-filled, two-page expose of how one immigrant family with a middle-class income managed to run up more than $1.3 million in various debts that they cannot possibly repay. The family, from Ghana, had secured visa lottery green cards back in 1997. Read more...

One Thousand New Crimes, and How Many More to Come?

By Dan Cadman, February 2, 2015

Anyone who doubts we're living in an American Potemkin village where the subject of immigration is concerned should read, and carefully juxtapose, the following three excerpts, two from the president and a more recent one from the Washington Times.

[W]e're going to keep focusing enforcement resources on actual threats to our security. Felons, not families. Criminals, not children. Gang members, not a mom who's working hard to provide for her kids.

— President Barak Obama, nationally televised speech on immigration executive actions, November 20, 2014

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Bright Little Betsy Flores, Trapped in an Immigration-Twisted School System

By David North, January 29, 2015

The perverse outcome of this story of good educational intentions gone wrong in Texas reminds me of the rollicking old Henry Wallace Progressive song about "Charlie on the MTA" that dealt with a similar goof in the Massachusetts Transit Authority's Boston subway system: Read more...

Washington Post Reporter Fails Her Own "Pinocchio Test"

By Steven A. Camarota, January 28, 2015

Presidential candidate Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) recently cited a study published by CIS in June while discussing jobs and immigration. Michelle Ye Hee Lee did a "fact check" of his comments for the Washington Post and gave him three out of four Pinocchios. Her article seems designed to nitpick what Santorum said rather than to judge its truthfulness. According to Lee, Santorum stated the following at the Iowa Freedom Summit: "There are fewer Americans working today who were born in this country than there were in the year 2000." Lee's main point is that Santorum is drawing from our study and that his statement only relates to the 16- to 65-year-old population. (Those over 65 have made some gains, as we reported in our study.) So one can assume that Lee would have had no problem with Santorum's statement if he had just inserted "working age" right before the word "Americans". Or perhaps if he had just added "ages 16 to 65" right after "Americans". Read more...

Border Bill — Boob Bait for Bubba
An E-Verify mandate, on the other hand, might actually work

By Mark Krikorian, January 28, 2015
An E-Verify mandate, on the other hand, might actually work

A recent poll that found wide opposition to Obama's lawless amnesty decrees and support for defunding efforts also asked a third question: "Would you support or oppose Congress passing new legislation that strengthen the rules making it illegal for businesses in the U.S. to hire illegal immigrants?" Support for this was overwhelming, 71–21, far greater than the other questions (strongly support/oppose was 45 percent to 9 percent). The crosstabs show that every demographic group, without exception, supported making it harder to hire illegal aliens — liberal and conservative; Republican and Democrat; black, white, and Hispanic; Protestant, Catholic, and Jew; rich and poor; blue-collar and white-collar; urban and rural; old and young — everybody. Read more...

The Human Cost of "Prosecutorial Discretion"

By Jessica Vaughan, January 28, 2015

An illegal alien now under arrest for murdering a 21-year-old convenience store clerk in Mesa, Ariz., on January 22, 2015, was previously in ICE custody in 2013 after a drug- and gang-related felony burglary conviction, but was released on bond after just a few days. This incident tragically illustrates the human cost of the Obama administration's "prosecutorial discretion" policies, otherwise known as "catch and release".

ICE says in a statement that it offered the man, Apolinar Altamirano, release on bond pending a deportation hearing (that still has not taken place two years later), because he had "only" the one felony burglary conviction. It seems that not even all felons are considered to be eligible for enforcement, despite ICE's insistence that it is focused like a laser on removing aliens with criminal convictions, with even "non-violent" felons supposedly ranked as a high priority for deportation, and the president's insistence that the focus is on "Felons, not families. Criminals, not children. Gang members, not a mom who's working hard to provide for her kids." (Emphasis added.) As my colleague Jon Feere has said, it appears that bloodshed is a prerequisite for immigration enforcement these days. Read more...

Three Helpful Signs Emerging in the Senate and DHS's OIG

By David North, January 26, 2015

Amidst the gloom and doom of the House Republican leadership's refusal to move effectively against the Obama administration's massive amnesty-by-edict program, three positive — if lesser — straws in the Washington wind have become visible recently. Read more...

Congress Pushes Dubious Drone Program the DHS OIG Pans

By Dan Cadman, January 26, 2015

On January 6, the DHS Office of Inspector General issued a report panning use of unmanned aerial aircraft ("drones" in the vernacular). In a press release accompanying the report ("CBP Drones are Dubious Achievers") the OIG states, "After spending eight years and hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has yet to prove the value of its Unmanned Aircraft System (drone) program while drastically understating the costs." Then, to put a fine point on the findings of his office, DHS Inspector General John Roth appeared on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" television show shortly after the report's issuance. Roth said that CBP has already spent $360 million on the drone program over the past eight years, breaking down to about $12,000 per hour — and yet has proven ineffectual for the 150 miles of border being surveilled with the aircraft. Read more...

Immigration Laws Can Help Fight Terror

By Dan Cadman, January 26, 2015

How should America handle radical alien Islamists of a jihadi mindset without having to wait until they commit acts of violence, whether as part of a terror cell or as lone jackals? (I refuse to defame wolves.) This question looms large after events in Europe over the past few weeks.

At least a part of the answer for non-citizen extremists lies in an unwavering willingness to use, in creative ways, the immigration laws that already exist to expel them. Four provisions come immediately to mind: the exclusion prohibitions against membership in designated terrorist organizations and membership in totalitarian organizations; the deportation provision holding that an alien excludable at entry (for the reasons just stated) is also deportable; and the deportation provision prohibiting "any activity a purpose of which is the opposition to, or the control or overthrow of, the Government of the United States by force, violence, or other unlawful means." Read more...

House Border Bill Advances Without Improvement
Scraps Border Fencing, Delays Biometric, Preserves Catch-and-Release, Allows Work Permits for Border-Crossers

By Jessica Vaughan, January 24, 2015
Scraps Border Fencing, Delays Biometric, Preserves Catch-and-Release, Allows Work Permits for Border-Crossers

On Wednesday, the House Homeland Security committee rubber-stamped Rep. Michael McCaul's flawed border security bill (HR399) without meaningful improvements. The barely-tweaked bill reportedly is scheduled to be considered by the full House next Wednesday, January 28. Read more...