Immigration Blog

H-1Bs: High-Skilled for Politicians, Low-Skilled on Payday

By John Miano, December 23, 2016

Every day from the election until the day before Thanksgiving, someone in the media called and asked me if the Trump team had contacted me. The answer was and still is "no." I have no idea what is going on in the Trump transition.

On the flip side, I do keep in touch with many technology workers. My sense of their post-election mood is guarded optimism. There is still great hope that President Trump will do right. Read more...

Given Our Own Immigration Dysfunction, Berlin Christmas Market Attack Could Happen Here

By Dan Cadman, December 22, 2016

As no doubt have many others, I've followed media reporting on the horrific truck attack at the Christmas market in Berlin with dismay because, at least from the public perspective, there has been a certain Inspector Clouseau-like quality to the actions of German intelligence and police officials. Read more...

Immigration-Related Provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act of FY 2017, Part 2

By Dan Cadman, December 21, 2016

A few days ago I discussed a few immigration-related provisions contained in the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA 2017), which overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives on December 2.

In that blog post, I said I would separately discuss a much longer immigration-related measure, the "Department of Homeland Security Strategy for International Programs", contained as Title XIX inside of NDAA-2017, which I'll do in a moment. First, though, a couple of prefacing remarks seem to me to be in order. Read more...

We Can Preserve the Flow of EB-5 Funds While Cutting the Number of Visas

By David North, December 20, 2016

Let's consider the amount of money that the EB-5 (immigrant investor) program raises and the number of visas needed to sustain that flow at the current rate of about $2 billion annually. Let's do it within these contexts: A, the U.S. admits fully one million new legal migrants each year and the electorate seems reluctant to increase these numbers, to put it mildly; and B, at the same time there are forces in Congress supporting the investment program.

The key question: assuming that it is appropriate to have an EB-5 program at all (I think it should be killed) can we simultaneously continue the flow of dollars at the current rate but reduce the number of visas?

Absolutely! With a stroke of the proverbial congressional pen. Read more...

Does Our 'Get to Yes' Visa System Let in Kleptocrats?

By Dan Cadman, December 19, 2016

On December 9, the organization Pro Publica, which describes its mission as "journalism in the public interest", published an article entitled "Suspected of Corruption at Home, Powerful Foreigners Find Refuge in the U.S." in collaboration with the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia University. Read more...

Survey of Salvadoran Migration Trends

By Joseph J. Kolb, December 19, 2016

A recently released survey conducted by an El Salvadoran marketing and research firm has revealed trends and attitudes among past and prospective immigrants to the United States. Read more...

A Goulash of Immigration Policy Tidbits

By David North, December 16, 2016

Here’s a collection of immigration-related news items, each of which can be described relatively briefly:

Trump and Tuition at Canadian Colleges. Canadian university officials are contemplating an increase in the tuition to be charged to international students, an informant told me the other day. Read more...

ICE Relies on El Paso Migrant Shelter to Accomodate Flood of Central American Immigrants

By Joseph J. Kolb, December 14, 2016

Annunciation House in El Paso, Texas, has been a respite for immigrants for nearly 40 years, but is currently struggling to service the flood of immigrants from Central America referred to it directly by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Read more...

Are the H-1B-Using Gulen Charter Schools About to Face Hard Times?

By David North, December 14, 2016

Off in a small corner of the immigration policy world there is an intriguing side-show – it is a battle which pits one group of conservatives against another in a fascinating contest that the mainstream media has all but ignored.

In one corner there is a player as reactionary as they come, the Islamic president/dictator of Turkey; in the other is a conservative Islamic religious leader, another Turk, and his allies in the American charter school movement. Read more...

Mild Rapture: A Federal Agency Cracks Down on Crappy Colleges

By David North, December 13, 2016

One of the problems with the current immigration system is that fourth-rate, or even phony, universities can cause the admissions of foreign students who rarely, if ever, visit the classrooms but use their "student" visa status to work in the U.S. I call them visa mills.

The mildly good news is that life for these visa mills will get a little harder, not because the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has done anything useful on this front, but because the U.S. Department of Education has. Read more...

Investigative TV Show Focuses on EB-5 Scandal

By John Miano, December 13, 2016

The latest edition of Michelle Malkin Investigates addresses the EB-5 investor-visa cesspool. It also features my colleague David North, who has written extensively about this immigration scam. Read more...

EB-5, H-2B and the Opaque Civics of the Continuing Resolution

By David North, December 13, 2016

Decisions in a democracy are made in many different ways, and the recent decision to extend the heart of the EB-5 (immigrant investor) program until April of next year was made in one of the least public ways possible, through the text of a "continuing resolution."

My high school civics teacher, Miss Garrity, did not tell us about continuing resolutions – in fact that legislative device may not yet have been invented when I was in high school. Read more...

Somali Refugees in the U.S.
Terrorists have families too.

By Nayla Rush, December 12, 2016
Terrorists have families too.

A lot has been said about the terrorist attack perpetrated by a Somali refugee in Ohio last Month. President-elect Trump visited Ohio State University last week, telling crowds afterwards at a rally in Des Moines that the attack was "a tragic reminder" of the need to take a hard line on immigration. I have a couple of things to add on the subject (including an overview of the Somali refugee community in the U.S at the end of this blog post). Read more...

On Kirk Douglas's 100th Birthday, Remembering His 1990 Visit to the Mexican Border

By Jerry Kammer, December 10, 2016

This is a tribute to Kirk Douglas. It has only a tangential connection to immigration. I'll explain that at the end.

The world knows Douglas for his big-screen rolls as Spartacus, Vincent Van Gogh, and cowboy Jack Burns in "Lonely Are the Brave". He was born 100 years ago Friday, as Issur Danielovitch. Read more...

Trump: 'We Can Work It Out' on DACA

By Dan Cadman, December 8, 2016

Various media sources are reporting that president-elect Donald Trump, in an interview with Time Magazine arranged concurrent with that magazine's naming him person of the year, said in relation to so-called Dreamers who came illegally as minors to the United States:

We're going to work something out. ... They got brought here at a very young age, they've worked here, they've gone to school here. Some were good students. Some have wonderful jobs. And they're in never-never land because they don't know what's going to happen.

General Kelly Will Be the Third General to Oversee Immigration

By David North, December 7, 2016

According to news reports, President-Elect Donald Trump will appoint retired Marine General John Kelly secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. He will thus become the third general to be appointed to a major position by Trump.

He will also be the third general to run our immigration agency in the nation's history. Read more...

EB-5 Extension Likely Until April; Plus, What's It Cost to Create a Job?

By David North, December 7, 2016

It looks like the main part of the EB-5 program, now scheduled to end on Friday (December 9) will get another short-term extension until April 28, 2017.

It appears that the extension will be, to use the D.C. term, "a clean one" — in other words, none of the badly needed reforms to the immigrant investor program will be included. The extension will be a small part of the continuing resolution that will fund the government until next April. Read more...

Let's Stop Paying Illegal Aliens to Stay in the U.S.: Unemployment Insurance

By David North, December 7, 2016

The United States is currently paying up to $1.6 billion a year in unemployment insurance benefits to unemployed illegal alien workers.

Why should we pay these workers to, in effect, stay in the United States even after they have lost their jobs here, jobs that were obtained only through the violation of U.S. laws? Read more...

Further Thoughts on the U.S.-Australia Asylum-Seeker Swap

By Dan Cadman, December 6, 2016

My colleague Nayla Rush posted an item yesterday titled "Australia's Unwanted Asylum Seekers (Mostly Iranians) To Be Resettled in the U.S."

Rush provides details of an "exchange" between the U.S. and Australian governments in which the United States will accept 1,600 or more mostly-Iranian asylum seekers being detained in offshore asylum camps after being interdicted trying to enter Australia illegally. In return, Australia will accept an unspecified number of "Central American 'refugees' from a processing center in Costa Rica", as Rush explains. Read more...

Author Who Asked 'What's Wrong with Kansas?' Shows What's Wrong with Democrats

By Jerry Kammer, December 6, 2016

For those of us who tended to identify with the Democratic Party before being driven away by its capitulation to the post-national, multi-cultural, Martha's Vineyard left, Thomas Frank's latest book, Listen Liberal, is a passionate and even entertaining jeremiad about the party's failure. Published early this year, it is even more relevant after last month's jaw-dropping election. Read more...

Immigration-Related Provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act of FY 2017, Part 1

By Dan Cadman, December 6, 2016

On December 2, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA 2017), the appropriations bill for the entire Defense Department. This is the first of two posts on immigration-related provisions in the bill.

The federal fiscal year the bill addresses actually began on October 1, 2016, so as usual this is a catching-up exercise, neither party having wanted to take on the full substantive bill until after the November elections were over, for fear of adding more controversy into the mix of an already chaotic political season. Read more...

Trump the Relative Closer to H-1B and EB-5 than Trump the Investor

By David North, December 6, 2016

Donald Trump the relative appears to be closer to the controversial H-1B and EB-5 immigration programs than Trump the businessman.

Consider, for example, that he is the only president (or President-Elect) in American history to have married a former H-1B.

That would be his third (and current) wife, Melania, who is generally regarded to have been an H-1B model prior to her marriage. (In keeping with Trump's non-disclosure of his income tax filings, her immigration documents have not been published.) Read more...

A Faux Analysis of Immigration Judge Asylum Cases by GAO

By Dan Cadman, December 5, 2016

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) — the congressional "fraud, waste, and abuse" watchdog — published a report last month entitled "Asylum: Variation Exists in Outcomes of Applications Across Immigration Courts and Judges". The report details the significant difference in approval and denial rates among immigration judges for asylum claims filed before them in immigration court by aliens seeking to avoid removal.

Speaking of waste, it's not clear to me why GAO felt the need to spend taxpayer dollars on the analysis, because this data is collected and reported on regularly by Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). In fact, four days prior to the November 14 release of the GAO report, TRAC had done just that. Read more...

Two Illegals Forced to Kill Chickens the Halal Way in 100-Hour Weeks

By David North, December 5, 2016

One of the attractions of illegal aliens for employers is that the worst working conditions can be forced upon them by the bosses, who can easily threaten the workers with deportation if they complain.

A case filed this week in a New Jersey federal court is a good example. The employers, whose first names were Mohammad and Mohammed, respectively, forced two illegals to work from 70 to 100 hours a week killing chickens at a Perth Amboy slaughterhouse in the halal manner, paid them no overtime, and forced them to pay $40 a week each for living in an apartment that had neither heat nor hot water, but had plenty of bugs. Read more...

Election Integrity: Not Just Recounts, but also Checks for Non-Citizen Voters

By Dan Cadman, December 5, 2016

A little over a week ago, I wrote a blog suggesting that it's time to settle the question of alien voter fraud. I noted that this didn't have to happen within the first, or even second, hundred days of the new Trump administration, but that it ought to come to pass. I also said it should be up to experts to figure out the mix of targeted and randomized checks of voter rolls to be matched against Department of Homeland Security (DHS) alien databases to winnow out aliens who ought not to have voted. Read more...

Damning Report on Illegal-Alien Entries Now Available

By Mark Krikorian, December 1, 2016

In September the media reported that the Obama administration was sitting on a damning Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report that called into question the administration’s claim that as many as 81 percent of people attempting to cross the border illegally are apprehended.

This new report, whose full text the Center for Immigration Studies has now obtained, estimates that nearly half of illegal aliens slip through the southern border undetected. Read more...

EOIR Takes a Small Step in the Right Direction to Cut Backlog

By Dan Cadman, December 1, 2016

In blog postings in the last few months, I've suggested that the Obama administration will do its level best in its waning days in office to issue as many policy directives and rule changes as possible. I've noted a couple of these last-ditch efforts in the immigration arena, including one that waters down what constitutes "extreme hardship" to the level of farce. Read more...

Foreign Shepherds Get a Small Break in the Courts

By David North, November 30, 2016

As befits the season, the most exploited of the foreign workers in the United States, the shepherds, won a round in the D.C. federal courts earlier this month.

As we described in an earlier blog post, these H-2A workers who watch their sheep around the clock, often in mountain pastures, were given a grudging wage increase last year by the U.S. Department of Labor. Their employers went to court to cut off even this minor increase and meanwhile lawyers for the workers, seeing the outline of the wage order to come, sued for a better deal. Read more...

Correcting a Misunderstanding on the Law Concerning Loss of Citizenship for Acts of Treason

By Dan Cadman, November 30, 2016

Jim Geraghty posted an item yesterday at National Review, "Are Anti-Trump Protesters Dumb Enough to Take the Bait?", that touches on president-elect Donald Trump's recent tweets suggesting that flag burners should go to jail or have their citizenship revoked.

I have nothing whatsoever to offer about the issue of flag burning and will leave it to others to weigh in as they think appropriate. But in the course of his remarks, Geraghty had some additional interesting things to say: Read more...

HHS Cutting $167 Million from Other Programs to Pay for Services to UACs for One Month

By Jessica Vaughan, November 29, 2016

An average of 255 illegal alien youths were taken into the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) every day this month, according to the latest figures the agency provided to Congress. This is the largest number of illegal alien children ever in the care of the federal government. To pay for it, the agency says it will need an additional one or two billion dollars for the next year – above and beyond the $1.2 billion spent in 2016 and proposed for 2017 – depending on how many more arrive. Read more...