Immigration Blog

Obama Administration Hides Huge Tilt of EB-5 Funds to New York City

By David North, November 21, 2016

Newly analyzed data shows a remarkable concentration of immigrant investor (EB-5) funds in New York City, and particularly in Manhattan (by far the richest of the five boroughs).

In this academic data set — created by two university professors, not by CIS — we find 68 percent of the EB-5 funds noted therein went into New York City, which has 2.7 percent of the nation's population. Read more...

Philippines' Duterte Wants More Refugees

By Dan Cadman, November 21, 2016

Rodrigo Duterte, the irascible leader of the Philippines, has slammed Western nations for their "hypocrisy" when it comes to migrants and said the Philippines will happily take them until it is "filled to the brim." It's an interesting comment, given the generosity of the West by any objective measure, especially compared with the Philippines, which is very much a sending, as opposed to a receiving, nation — but hey, let's not let the facts get in the way of his magnanimity. Read more...

Rep. Brooks Introduces TPS Reform Bill

By Dan Cadman, November 19, 2016

In a recent blog, I commented on the number of good, substantive immigration reform bills that got log-jammed in Congress the past several years without going anywhere. And expressed the hope that this would change, come the swearing-in of the new president.

These bills never got to this president's desk. And even if they had, I'm pretty sure they would have been vetoed because when I say "good, substantive" reform bills, I'm not talking about amnesty or other such things, I'm talking about bills that would restore integrity to our immigration system by obliging enforcement and compliance with the law, and that would also address many of the weak points that have been revealed in existing statute and practice over the past eight years. Read more...

Alleged EB-5 Swindler Used Photos with Trump and the Clintons

By David North, November 18, 2016

Yet another EB-5 scandal has been exposed, this time in Florida's Palm Beach, with the promoter using his photos with Donald Trump and (separately) with Bill and Hillary Clinton in his efforts to gull both Chinese and Iranian aliens into wasteful investments.

Misusing millions of dollars provided by rich Chinese, yearning for U.S. visas, is par for the course, but this instance relates to both Iranian and Chinese investors, and it involves an assertive promoter claiming totally phony links to both the former and the future president, making it a double two-fer on the EB-5 scam scale. Read more...

Immigration Is Surging from Countries with Starkly Different Cultural Values

By Jason Richwine, November 18, 2016

Donald Trump's ascension to the presidency means that he will have a chance to implement the "extreme vetting" of immigrants he proposed during the campaign. In a speech at Youngstown, Ohio, back in August, Trump suggested that immigrants would be evaluated not only for their possible connections to terrorism, but also for their commitment to First World values.

The new policy would be timely. As I noted a couple of months ago, no one will be surprised that social views in traditional societies differ from those in the post-industrial West, but the degree of divergence can be striking. Immigration is surging from countries where that divergence is especially large. Read more...

Replacement of Americans by Foreign Workers Doesn't Fit Media Narrative

By John Miano, November 18, 2016

Throughout the 2016 election, most of the American media exhibited TDS – Trump Derangement Syndrome. After the election was over, the media discovered what most Americans knew already: that they existed in a bubble isolating them from reality.

Immigration is one of the great divides between the media ordinary Americans. For example, if I put forth the proposition “The government should encourage employers to replace Americans with foreign workers," 90 percent or more of Americans would disagree. Read more...

You're Hired!

By Dan Cadman, November 18, 2016

One of the most carefully guarded prerogatives of every incoming presidential administration is the selection of executive branch leaders, from Cabinet-level positions through agency heads and even further below in the hierarchical rungs of the bureaucracy. These are all senior executive positions, and there are over 4,000 of them. Read more...

Appellate Court Nominations May Be More Important for Immigration than SCOTUS

By Dan Cadman, November 18, 2016

Merrick Garland's nomination to the Supreme Court by President Obama is now obviously doomed by Donald Trump's White House win, and the Republican majorities in both chambers of Congress.

I imagine that right about now, Garland probably feels a little like the character Terry Malloy, memorably played by Marlon Brando in "On the Waterfront": "I coulda had some class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody." If only Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had let Garland's nomination move forward through the advice-and-consent process. But he didn't. Read more...

Open Letter to the NY Times on Its Epic Failure in the Presidential Election

By Jerry Kammer, November 17, 2016

Dear New York Times:

I am writing in response to the epic failure of your coverage of the presidential election. I should make it clear at the outset that I am no Trump apologist. I voted, reluctantly, for Hillary Clinton. I write as a former immigration reporter whose respect for the Times has long been diminished by the ideological bias that pervades much of your immigration coverage and commentary. Read more...

Two Senior Democratic Women Tangle over H-1Bs Replacing U.S. Workers

By David North, November 16, 2016

Two senior Democratic politicians, both lawyers, both women, both with Santa Clara (Calif.) University degrees, and both routinely supportive of foreign worker programs, are currently at odds over the layoffs of 80 U.S. resident IT workers so that they can be replaced by less expensive H-1B workers, presumably from Asia. Read more...

Sabotaging Trump's Wall and Mexican Removals: Would It Work?

By Dan Cadman, November 15, 2016

My colleague Jerry Kammer posted yesterday on the opposition of Mexican politician Jorge Castaneda to key immigration initiatives outlined by President-Elect Donald Trump — initiatives that helped him en route to the White House, including his signature "wall" to be built on the U.S.–Mexico border, as well as deportation of Mexicans residing illegally in the United States.

As Kammer notes, Read more...

Confronting the Surge with Enforcement, or Enforcement Theater?

By Dan Cadman, November 15, 2016

The federal government is reassigning approximately 150 Border Patrol agents on temporary duty to assist the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol sector. The agents will help get a handle on the flood of aliens attempting illegal entry into the United States before the Trump administration takes office and, we have been promised, border security will be taken seriously.

The aliens' surge is no surprise. Actually it's been going on for many months, though without much press visibility, quite possibly because our friends in the mainstream media didn't want to air anything that might help tip the election toward Donald Trump. Read more...

Georgia May Get $100 Million More in Revenue; Citizens Wouldn't Pay a Dime

By David North, November 15, 2016

The State of Georgia could raise as much as $100 million in new revenues without costing the state's voters a dime.

It could do this by tapping into money sent abroad by aliens, many of them in illegal status — and money sent abroad by drug dealers, as well, whatever their status. Read more...

Accepting Australia's Rejected 'Refugees'

By Dan Cadman, November 14, 2016

More than once in recent weeks I've suggested that in its waning months the Obama administration would use its lame duck status to slip through as many more "transformational" changes to immigration policy and regulation as it thinks it can get away with.

One was official adoption of a sadly weakened definition of "extreme hardship" that will render it magnitudes easier for removable aliens, including aliens convicted of significant offenses, to sidestep the actual consequence of exclusion or deportation by being granted a waiver based on a finding of extreme hardship to the aliens' family members. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) foisted this change off on an unsuspecting public via "policy" guidance to its adjudicators — almost certainly choosing this mechanism rather than going the regulatory amendment route that would have had to meet the requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act by being announced in tentative form, published for public comment, etc., before being finalized. Read more...

Latest EB-5 Disaster in S.D. Reads Like an Article from the Onion

By David North, November 14, 2016

The latest EB-5 investor-visa fiasco in South Dakota — this time it's a casino in Deadwood, S.D. — is unfolding as if it were a satirical article in the Onion.

Those suing the former director of the state's EB-5 regional center include Big Kenny, apparently a major country and western singer, Double Bar X Ranch, and the Original Deadwood Partners. (Big Kenny signed the complaint as W. Kenneth Alphin.)

These three were among the developers who, to quote the Rapid City Journal, wanted to change "a converted gold-mining slime plant" into a casino and entertainment center. Read more...

Mexico's Castaneda: Take a Hard Line Against Trump

By Jerry Kammer, November 14, 2016

Former Mexican Foreign Minister Jorge Castaneda, a likely candidate for the Mexican presidency in 2018, is calling on his country's government to take a hard line against potential large-scale deportations of Mexicans in the administration of U.S. President-Elect Donald Trump.

"I think Mexico should draw its line," Castaneda writes in a column for El Financiero that is also published on his website. In blunt language he outlines a plan for Mexico to paralyze deportations by declaring that it will accept deportees only if the United States presents documents to prove that they are Mexicans. Read more...

They Still Just Don't Get It

By Dan Cadman, November 13, 2016

The general level of whining and cluelessness emanating from those in the Clinton Circle has been distasteful to watch. Any number of articles have been printed now discussing their angst and attempts to figure out how they "got it so wrong". (See here and here.)

This doesn't seem to me to be a higher math equation; it's more like a 2+2=4 kind of thing. That they still don't get it suggests exactly why they lost the election. Read more...

Election Hands Maricopa Sheriff's Job to Newcomer

By Dan Cadman, November 10, 2016

Most followers of immigration issues know that Arizona has been a flashpoint in the battle between open-borders advocates on one hand, and pro-enforcement types on the other.

Most people also know that Arizonans — or at least significant numbers of them — maintain conservative views. This is, after all, the home of Barry Goldwater and the longtime fiefdom of Republican Senator John McCain, who just won reelection (but who is, however inexplicably, disturbingly liberal on the singular issue of immigration, having been one of the fathers of the abysmal and failed "Gang of Eight" amnesty bill of 2013). In the presidential election on November 8, Donald Trump carried the state, although by a smaller margin than one might think given its conservative "pedigree". Read more...

In the Election Aftermath, Media Observations on the Need for a Civil Discussion of Immigration

By Jerry Kammer, November 10, 2016

I opposed Donald Trump's presidential candidacy, but welcomed his success in making immigration policy a centerpiece of the campaign despite efforts by leaders of both major parties to avoid it. It is good to see that this discussion has been an important theme in the aftermath of an election that may be remembered as the most stunning in American history. Here are some of the comments I have come across. Immigration is not explicitly mentioned in all of them, but I think it is part of the subtext. Read more...

The Coming End of DACA and DAPA

By John Miano, November 10, 2016

Four years ago I pointed out the fundamental problem with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program: Anyone who signed up for DACA would be adding their names to a list of self-identified illegal aliens. Should a future administration decide that it would start enforcing the law, the DACA program would provide list of prime candidates for deportation.

At the time, this was so obvious that I was surprised anyone would be stupid enough to sign up for DACA and DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans). Yet apparently hundreds of thousands of people did so anyway. Read more...

Stability Prevails in the Leadership/Membership of Migration Committees

By David North, November 10, 2016

Tuesday's elections, despite Donald Trump's victory, made virtually no impact on the leadership or the membership of the two congressional immigration committees.

With the Republicans holding their majorities in both houses, the leadership of the Senate and House Judiciary committees and their respective immigration subcommittees will remain in GOP hands. Further, all members of both full committees and the subcommittees who sought re-election secured it or, in the case of 10 of the 15 senators, they were not subject to re-election. Read more...

Looking Ahead

By Dan Cadman, November 9, 2016

Wow. So Donald Trump performed the hat trick successfully despite prognostications from the punditry and sundry dirty tricks from the media, much of which so helpfully aided Clinton toward her ultimate defeat.

But enough of that. Time to look ahead. I'm sure folks everywhere will have advice for the incoming president and his team on all fronts, so I'm going to limit my few remarks to those central to the Center's raison d'etre: American immigration policy and operations.

Mr. Trump campaigned vigorously on a platform of reinstituting respect for the nation's sovereignty, which means above all things that the immigration laws of the United States must be uniformly and routinely enforced. Time to make good on that promise, because it isn't one readily to be forgotten. Read more...

Survey Highlights Popularity of Immigration Enforcement
Majority want legal immigration cut by half or more

By Steven A. Camarota, November 7, 2016
Majority want legal immigration cut by half or more

Using neutral language, a new poll of 1,000 likely voters conducted November 1-3 by Pulse Opinion Research for the Center for Immigration Studies shows that the public wants immigration laws enforced, and the level of legal immigration reduced. Unlike many other polls, which give the public the false choice of mass deportation or a "path to citizenship", this poll asked respondents if they support causing illegal immigrants to leave the country by enforcing the law. A majority of the public supported this approach; and a majority or plurality supported it among almost all demographic groups, including Hispanics. Moreover, a majority of Americans want a level of legal immigration significantly lower than the current level; few want the kinds of increases contained in the Gang of Eight bill from 2013. Read more...

Good News and Bad About an Immigration/Marriage Fraud Case

By David North, November 7, 2016

There's both good news and bad about an alien in the courts for immigration-related marriage fraud.

The good news, and this is unusual, is that he got caught and the Seventh Circuit has overruled his appeal. He is Kiril Hristov Vidinski, and he paid a citizen to marry him for immigration benefits. He has been an illegal alien in the United States for 18 years. Read more...

Revisiting One-Sided Marriage Fraud

By Dan Cadman, November 7, 2016

Since my last blog posting about the disastrous consequences of one-sided marriage frauds, I have received a considerable amount of correspondence from citizen victims of such frauds. I suspect this may also be true for my colleague, David North, who also has written about the evils of marriage fraud.

The range of victims has been notable, spanning a variety of races and ethnicities, and has included at least one naturalized citizen, showing that even those who have been through the legal immigration system can be blind to the possibility of fraud when the heart overrules the head. Read more...

The Administration Creates Many Quasi-Amnesty Classifications

By David North, November 7, 2016

If you think that creativity is a good thing, you have to admire the Obama administration for the innumerable ways it manages to dream up new classes of agency-defined, specialized quasi-amnesties for subsets of illegal aliens, all without any help from Congress. Read more...

Ecuadorian Illegals Denied Temporary Protected Status

By Kausha Luna, November 4, 2016

On Thursday, the government of Ecuador announced that the United States denied a request for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for its illegal aliens there.

The Ecuadorian government made a request for TPS in May, after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador's central coast in April. Read more...

Pope Counsels "Prudence" not Open Borders Regarding Refugees

By Nayla Rush, November 4, 2016

Pope Francis spoke to reporters on his way back from a two-day trip to Sweden this Tuesday. He elaborated on, or rather "corrected his position" on welcoming refugees into Europe. He had previously urged Europe to open its doors to refugees and decried the selfishness of the states that didn't. This week, his message was more nuanced.

The Pope is now recommending that European governments exercise "prudence" and advising them not to accept refugees beyond their hosting capacities. Proper hosting entails providing refugees with "a roof, work, school, language courses" in order for them to "integrate". If not, states will "pay a political price for an imprudent calculation in welcoming more refugees than they can integrate" since non-integrated refugees will then form "ghettos", which is "very dangerous". Read more...

BBC Airs Its Media Bias on "Unaccompanied Minors"

By Dan Cadman, November 4, 2016

On Wednesday, November 2, I was watching BBC World News and a segment came on showing the last of the "unaccompanied minors" being removed from the unlawful migrant squatters camp called "the Jungle" outside of Calais, France. The migrants, from nearly every part of the globe, but especially the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa, have been gathering there over the course of two years after illegally entering France, all hoping to get across the English channel to the United Kingdom by means of the France-UK "Chunnel" that passes underneath. Read more...

Visa Mills Revisited, or a Nightmare Come True

By David North, November 3, 2016

As the Obama administration has appropriately, if belatedly, started to crack down on the sleaziest of the for-profit vocational schools such as Corinthian Colleges and ITT, I worried that one or more of these entities, which had formerly victimized low-income Americans would, once they lost their Pell grants, turn to foreign students.

Neither did. Both filed for bankruptcy. Read more...