Immigration Blog

Henry Cuellar, Morning Joe, and the President's Katrina Moment

By Jerry Kammer, July 9, 2014

I hope that this doesn't become President Obama's Katrina moment. I'm sure that President Bush thought the same thing, that he could just look at everything from up in the sky, and then he owned it after for a long time. So I hope this doesn't become the Katrina moment for President Obama, saying that he doesn't need to come to the border. He should come down.

Munoz's Folly, White House Fiction

By Jerry Kammer, July 9, 2014

Cecilia Munoz, the former vice-president of the National Council of La Raza who now works in the White House as director of the Domestic Policy Council, is in charge of the Obama administration's response to the mounting crisis on the Texas border. In an attempt to put a positive spin on the chaos, she has become a serial fictionalist. She's engaged in a game of politically expedient make-believe. Read more...

Political Fundraisers and No-Shows at the Border
For once, the president appears tone-deaf and blind to the "optics" and "atmospherics" of a photo-op

By Dan Cadman, July 9, 2014
For once, the president appears tone-deaf and blind to the "optics" and "atmospherics" of a photo-op

Print and television news media report that President Obama will visit Texas to do a little fundraising but has no plans to visit the border area while there, notwithstanding the "humanitarian crisis" he declared after delayed administration acknowledgement of the tsunami of human beings crossing the Rio Grande Valley from Mexico into the United States. Read more...

The Myth of Political Cost-Free Immigration, Pt. 2

By Stanley Renshon, July 9, 2014

America has always placed a large bet on immigration. It is clear that immigrants migrate to the United States for freedom and opportunity and in doing so they pursue their self-interest.

The bet we have placed, largely successfully in the past, is that we could leverage that self-interest into genuine attachment over time. That meant that they would not only work to improve their educational and economic circumstances, but would develop a real emotional attachment and identification with the their new home. In short, the bet was that immigrants would become, over time, Americans. Read more...

The TRACs in the Snow Almost Never Lead to Denaturalization

By Dan Cadman, July 8, 2014

As is its wont, Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) has published another of those short but interesting reports that it produces from time to time.

This one, "Recent Trends in Naturalization Application Lawsuits", provides statistical data relating to lawsuits filed in United States district courts from federal fiscal year (FFY) 2008 through 2014 to date (meaning the first eight months of this FFY). Read more...

NewsHour Asks "Why Are They Coming?"

By Jerry Kammer, July 8, 2014

Last night on the PBS "NewsHour", anchor Judy Woodruff led a discussion about the reasons for the dramatic exodus of tens of thousands of Central Americans to the United States. She heard competing views from the Center for Immigration Studies' Jessica Vaughan and Marshall Fitz of the Center for American Progress.

Fitz took the position that "the real reason people are leaving those countries is because of the violence and the conditions that they're experiencing in their home country." Read more...

Massachusetts' Taxpayers Not Paying the Bill — Yet

By CIS, July 8, 2014

The following is by Malcolm Richards, who is an intern at CIS this summer.

On Monday a federal appeals court ruled that young illegal aliens, “dreamers,” are entitled to driver’s licenses and has ordered Arizona to issue them. This judicial activism circumvents the normal legislative process where state legislatures decide who can and cannot obtain licenses. In late June, lawmakers in Massachusetts voted against advancing a bill to provide illegal aliens with driver’s licenses, making it one of the states where the legislature has listened to state residents. Read more...

The Myth of Political Cost-Free Immigration, Pt. 1

By Stanley Renshon, July 8, 2014

The myth of economic cost-free immigration has its political counterpart.

It is the view that massively increasing immigration by tens of millions of new legal immigrants, as proposed in the Senate bill and by its advocates, is simply and unequivocally positive for the United States, its culture, and democracy. To assume or suggest anything less is to immediately open yourself to the charge that you are "anti-immigrant" or worse. Read more...

Two Scenes from Univision on the Border Crisis

By Jerry Kammer, July 7, 2014

As someone who tries to follow how the story of illegal immigration is presented in Spanish-language media, I found two recent scenes on Univision news programs to be especially interesting.

The first provided a rare and fleeting acknowledgement of the fact that many Latinos, including some illegal immigrants, are astonished at how easy it can be to enter the United States illegally. The other, far more common on Univision, presented a lengthy diatribe by a popular Mexican-American singer who denounced resistance to illegal immigration as anti-Latino racism. Read more...

The Myth of Economic Cost-Free Immigration, Pt. 2

By Stanley Renshon, July 7, 2014

The hope that more and more immigration will solve America's economic problems is doomed to disappoint those who tout it and those who believe that is possible. It may add dollars to our GNP, but it comes with substantial costs, both economic and political.

It is simply untrue that there are enormous numbers of Steve Jobs out there waiting to get their green cards. Jobs was quite unique in many ways. Read more...

Influx of Illegal Immigrants Puts Americans' Health at Risk

By CIS, July 7, 2014

The following is by Hannah Nochera, who is an intern at CIS this summer.

At least two minors from Central America who illegally entered the United States have been diagnosed with the swine flu, also known as the H1N1 virus. This announcement comes after the media informed us of an outbreak of scabies that went undetected until a number of Border Patrol officers were infected. Due to the highly contagious and dangerous nature of H1N1, thousands of vaccinations are being distributed to detainees where the infected minors are based. It is still unclear exactly how many people have been infected with scabies but we do know that the infection is spreading. Read more...

Let's Reverse the Queue at the Border and Hold Hearings in Spanish

By David North, July 7, 2014

Let's reverse the queue at the southern border among the Central American arrivals and push the most recent of them into immediate hearings, which should lead, routinely, to their rapid return to their home countries.

This is one of a clutch of suggestions I have to try to slow, if not stop, the current influx of families and some unaccompanied children — mostly male teenagers — from Central America. Read more...

Obama Administration: No 'Unaccompanied Alien Children' at Border

By Marguerite Telford, July 6, 2014

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has banned the use of the term "unaccompanied alien children" (UAC). Those familiar with the administration's manipulation of language to subtly influence or stop a debate will not be surprised.

According to an internal June 4 ICE e-mail message distributed widely to managers in headquarters and field offices, personnel were urged to refrain from using the official acronym UAC, in favor of "unaccompanied child". The e-mail reads: Read more...

The Myth of Economic Cost-Free Immigration, Pt. 1

By Stanley Renshon, July 4, 2014

A lie is usually defined as a willful misrepresentation made with the intent to deceive. Read more...

A Reason for Speedy Deportations — It Helps Aliens to Readjust Back Home

By David North, July 3, 2014

Bearing in mind published speculation that many Central Americans now flooding into South Texas will be years in deportation hearings, I recently read about a Lebanese national who has been an illegal in the United States for 20 years.

The Sixth Circuit in Abdelghani v. Holder ruled for the alien's removal after 11 years of court proceedings and two decades of illegal presence. I worry about somewhat similar delays with the current group of Central Americans, and pressures from the Left to keep them in this country. Read more...

Unsecured Border: Interview with a National Border Patrol Council Representative

By Jon Feere, July 3, 2014

Read and view our entire Unsecured Border Series

Along the Rio Grande near Mission, Texas, Albert Spratte, the Sergeant-at-Arms of the National Border Patrol Council Local 3307, speaks with the Center for Immigration Studies. Spratte points out a Mexican park across the river which he explains often is the launch point of jet skiers who work as human smugglers. It’s one of the most highly-trafficked areas for people crossing illegally into the United States. In the video, Spratte notes the times of day and types of people who attempt to cross illegally, as jet skiers travel up and down the river, as if on cue. Read more...

Secrecy Permeates Housing Facility for Alien Youth

By Marguerite Telford, July 2, 2014

Yesterday Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) attempted to visit a Health and Human Services (HHS) housing facility occupied by an estimated 1,200 illegal-alien youths relocated from the Texas border. The congressman was denied entry to this facility, located in Ft. Sill. He was told by the HHS official in charge that he would have to make an appointment, which could be scheduled for him in three weeks if he emailed the appropriate person. His phone call was not returned. Read more...

Americans Say NO to Illegal Aliens Being Housed in Their Communities

By Marguerite Telford, July 2, 2014

Tens of thousands of illegal aliens are being transported across the country to stay at facilities for unspecified periods of time, at the taxpayers' expense. An estimated two-thirds of these aliens are adults with children, and one-third are unaccompanied minors, mostly males between the ages of 14-17. Americans, angered by the government's unwillingness to stop the flow, are losing patience, as seen by the protests in California. Read more...

Unsecured Border: Interview with Brooks Co. Chief Deputy Sheriff

By Jerry Kammer, July 2, 2014

Read and view our entire Unsecured Border Series

Brooks County, Texas is mostly a vast semi-desert range-land and sits 65 miles north of the Mexican border. But Chief Deputy Sheriff Benny Martinez says 80-85 percent of his force’s time is spent on problems related to the border, from illegal immigration to drug smuggling. Read more...

N.Y. Legislator, Supporter of State Dream Act, Zapped for Marriage Fraud

By David North, July 1, 2014

Gabriela Rosa, a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly and a supporter of that state's law allowing illegal aliens to pay in-state tuition rates at state colleges, has just been forced to resign from the legislature because of her admission of immigration/marriage and other forms of fraud. Read more...

Unsecured Border: Catholic Charities Helps Weary Border Crossers in South Texas

By Jerry Kammer, July 1, 2014

Read and view our entire Unsecured Border Series

Introductory Comment: On several occasions this blog has criticized the Catholic Church's position on immigration, especially its position on illegal immigration. But last week I was proud as a Catholic to see the effort that Catholic Charities has mobilized to meet the basic human needs — for food, clothing, shelter, and compassion — of Central Americans released by the Border Patrol in the Rio Grande Valley. Read more...

Still No Solution to Border Crisis

By CIS, July 1, 2014

The following is by Grace McCrocklin, who is an intern at CIS this summer.

As soon as I tell anyone that I am interning for the Center for Immigration Studies, I'm asked about the influx of unaccompanied minors at our southwest border. A crisis situation exists with illegal aliens flooding into America, knowing that as soon as they turn themselves in to Border Patrol agents, they will likely be processed and eventually discharged to family members already in the United States or to foster families. Read more...

White House Press Secretary Offers Short, Ineffectual Lesson in Government Economics

By Dan Cadman, July 1, 2014

Multiple media sources are reporting that Speaker John Boehner is planning to push a measure in the House of Representatives that will authorize filing a lawsuit against the president for his multiple executive actions in flagrant disregard of congressional legislative authority. Read more...

Avoiding GOP Immigration Reform Self-Sabotage, Pt. 9: The Lure of $$$

By Stanley Renshon, June 30, 2014

If there's one thing that Democrats, Beltway Republicans, and their supporters agree on it is that immigration is good for America's bottom line.

Larry Kudlow makes that case in National Review as follows: "The dynamic idea is that immigration significantly increases the size of the U.S. labor force, and that more workers mean more growth." Read more...

Unsecured Border: Univision Shows Border Absurdity

By Jerry Kammer, June 30, 2014

Read and view our entire Unsecured Border Series

The story of Central Americans streaming across the border is, of course, getting big play on Univision. Read more...

Want to Get Legalized Because Your Citizen Kids Abused You? Lots of Luck!

By David North, June 30, 2014

A minority of illegal aliens can get legalized under current laws — it's covered by the term "adjustment of status". There are a number of different ways to do this, but the rarest and most challenging path is to try to convince USCIS that your U.S. citizen children have abused you.

The Violence Against Women Act says that "an alien battered or subjected to extreme cruelty by a United States citizen daughter or son" may apply for a green card. Read more...

Unsecured Border: Central American Parents Describe the Push from Home and the Pull from U.S. Policies

By Jerry Kammer, June 30, 2014

Read and view our entire Unsecured Border Series

Cradling a six-month old baby in her arms, a Honduran woman stepped off the Border Patrol bus at the bus station in McAllen, Texas last Tuesday. They would soon be on a Greyhound bus heading for Miami, joining the thousands of illegal immigrants who are being released by the Border Patrol after a few days in custody. They are fanning out across the country, carrying documents that allow them to travel freely but also order them to report to immigration authorities after they reach their destination. Read more...

Records Reveal Few Central Americans Deported

By Jessica Vaughan, June 27, 2014

Government records confirm that very few of the tens of thousands of Central Americans apprehended by the Border Patrol or ICE in recent years have been sent home. These records show that the aspirations of tens of thousands of Central Americans now surging across the border in south Texas have been based on a realistic assessment of their chances to remain in the United States, not on false rumors, as Obama administration officials have asserted. The numbers also show that the number of juveniles deported has declined significantly since 2008. Read more...

Why Did the Senate's Amnesty/Immigration-Surge Bill Fail?

By Mark Krikorian, June 27, 2014

Today is the one-year anniversary of Senate passage of S.744, the Schumer-Rubio bill that would have doubled legal immigration and guest workers, legalized the bulk of the illegal-alien population, and promised better enforcement in the future. Now that even Representative Luis Gutierrez, the loudest cheerleader in the House for "comprehensive immigration reform," has admitted that the push for amnesty and increased immigration is dead — at least for now — it's worth considering why it died. Read more...

Illegal Alien Prospers, Owes $22 Million in Back Taxes

By David North, June 27, 2014

Illegal aliens are typically portrayed as poverty-stricken, and many of them are.

Then there's Lee Ang.

A federal court earlier this year declared he owed about $22 million in back taxes and interest, and that was just for the tax years 1998-2001. Read more...