Immigration Blog

Illegal Immigration and Identity Theft

By Jon Feere, September 12, 2008

Evidence that the attrition-through-enforcement strategy is working continues to mount. Smithfield Foods, the focus of two ICE workplace enforcement measures last year, has joined the voluntary “ICE Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers” (IMAGE) program which, among other things, requires businesses to enroll in E-Verify. Read more...

Morning News, 9/12/08

By Bryan Griffith, September 12, 2008

1. ICE announces 'hurricane amnesty'
2. Small business lobbies for renewals
3. Bishops demand end to workplace raids
4. Worker woes continue for meatpacker
5. FL city crackdown raises concerns
6. FDA warns use of imported formula
7. TX guardsman dealt two year sentence
8. Man pleads guilty to smuggling

Seven Years After 9/11

By Mark Krikorian, September 11, 2008

As we remember the lives of those lost seven years ago today, it is important to reflect upon our security failures in the context of immigration so that we may prevent future acts of terrorism.

The Center has produced extensive research on the nexus between immigration and terrorism. All of our national security-related publications are available on-line.

Morning News, 9/11/08

By Bryan Griffith, September 11, 2008

1. Fence will not meet deadline
2. Employers able to 'self-police'
3. Obama addresses policies
4. Candidates largely avoid issue
5. Palin fails to garner confidence
6. VA city drops case against billboard
7. Catholic bishops condemn raids
8. Pro-illegal advocates protest
9. BP closes informal crossing

Morning News, 9/10/08

By Bryan Griffith, September 10, 2008

1. Fees deter some from naturalizing
2. OECD reports 4m arrived in past year
3. CO Gov. dubs system 'broken'
4. RI to release cons early for expulsion
5. Indiana legislators eyeball policy
6. TX police reps. lobby Congress
7. Most in VA co. happy with enforcement
8. VA co. arrests find few illegals

Impure Meat, Foul Ethics, Rotten Arguments

By Stephen Steinlight, September 9, 2008

Oceans of ink will spill before AgriProcessors ceases to be red meat for news and commentary. Before the recent ICE raid at the Howard Industries transformer plant in Laurel, MS, that led to the arrest of some 600 illegal aliens – making it the largest workplace immigration enforcement action in US history – the ICE raid at the slaughterhouse in Postville, IA, had the dubious distinction of holding first place. Read more...

Morning News, 9/9/08

By Bryan Griffith, September 9, 2008

1. Law prevents SSN cross checks
2. More security on northern border
3. GOP punts on issue at convention
4. Obama for 'streamlining' H-2Bs
5. Senate race debates in-state tuition
6. Hearing on RI measure delayed
7. PA town's law back in court
8. TX city's law challanged

Morning News, 9/8/08

By Bryan Griffith, September 8, 2008

1. Dems drop child health care debate
2. Report: court measures ineffective
3. Crimes committed after re-entry
4. Dems seek to re-frame debate
5. Illegals less likely to commit crime
6. MA fund provides bond money

Another Court OK’s Border Fence

By Jon Feere, September 5, 2008

U.S. District Judge Frank Montalvo, a G.W. Bush appointee, recently denied a preliminary injunction request aimed at preventing the construction of the Department of Homeland Security’s planned border fence that will stretch approximately 100 miles from Columbus, New Mexico, to Fort Hancock, Texas. Read more...

Morning News, 9/5/08

By Bryan Griffith, September 5, 2008

1. Fed. Reserve official pushes policy
2. McCain stance may win Hispanics
3. San Fran. universal ID program on hold
4. AZ city task force presents recomendations
5. Raids apprehend illegals in CA

Morning News, 9/4/08

By Bryan Griffith, September 4, 2008

1. Fence construction to continue
2. Palin's record largely unknown
3. Republicans likely to avoid issue
4. CIS report on carbon emissions
5. TX city ban challenged in court
6. NJ accused of illegal inquiries

Hollow Populism

By John Wahala, September 3, 2008

Senator John McCain’s choice of Governor Sarah Palin for vice president surprised most of the punditry, who are now chortling with glee over what they perceive as her lack of sophistication. What they actually deride is what the McCain camp is gambling will be her greatest strength—a life deeply rooted in a community far away from the corruption of Washington. Far from a liability, such localism is what has defined America and what most Americans embrace. And Senator McCain is hoping she can embody this sentiment. Read more...

Morning News, 9/3/08

By Bryan Griffith, September 3, 2008

1. Pols avoid topic at nat'l conventions
2. GOP want only legal residents counted
3. McCain struggles to maintain Hispanic support
4. ACLU accuses NJ schools of status checks
5. NV schools see foreign enrollment grow 300%
6. Employment opportunities shrinking
7. Illegals stay put during hurricane
8. Illegal sues USBP after being hit

Immigration Is the Health of the State

By Mark Krikorian, September 2, 2008

In his Washington Post op-ed today on the implications of the Census Bureau's new population projections, the Center's Director of Research, Steve Camarota, briefly touched on an issue that doesn't get enough attention in the right. Read more...

Morning News, 9/2/08

By Bryan Griffith, September 2, 2008

1. Cases reach record high in SoCal.
2. Funding for medical care expires
3. Illegals driven to self deportation
4. RI gov's "gaffe" commended
5. Petition to recall AZ city mayor fails
6. AZ sheriff accused of racial profiling
7. Council can be difficult to obtain

Senator Biden & Co: Not Hegelian on Immigration

By Stephen Steinlight, August 28, 2008

Whatever Joe Biden does or doesn't contribute to the Democratic ticket by way of gravitas on foreign policy or appeal to white working-class Catholic voters, he's no asset when it comes to immigration policy. He's exhibited neither knowledge nor understanding of the issue – not even of the most basic facts – let alone judgment on policy or comprehension about how to work the issue politically. Read more...

Morning News, 8/28/08

By Bryan Griffith, August 28, 2008

1. GOP platform draft opposes amnesty
2. Raid needed despite E-Verify
3. TX county to communicate with ICE
4. Police group asks for action in AZ
5. Issue taken with focus of reporting
6. Illegal's death to be probed

Los Angeles Demands Private Businesses Assist Day Laborers

By Jon Feere, August 27, 2008

The Los Angeles City Council has recently approved an ordinance that requires all new home improvement stores in their jurisdiction to construct day laborer centers on their private property as a prerequisite for a business license. The stores will be required to provide shelter, drinking water, bathrooms, and trash cans for any and all day laborers who happen upon the company’s property. Read more...

Morning News, 8/27/08

By Bryan Griffith, August 27, 2008

1. Raid nabs over 500 illegals
2. Sen. addresses strategy
3. GOP clashs over platform
4. Afghan allies hope for visas

If It’s Fixed, Don’t Break It: Reauthorizing E-Verify

By Janice Kephart, August 26, 2008

I have been using E Verify for over 3 years. It takes away all of the guess work in determining if documents presented are valid or not. Being close to the border you would be surprised at the amount of fake IDs that look real until they are run through the program. For the first time in my 20+ years in HR I am comfortable in knowing that we are hiring only employees who are authorized to work in the United States.
Ginny Priborsky, online comment in response to "E-Verify: Is it about to die?," HR Morning, July 11, 2008

The E-Verify program is well on its way to fixing a 20-year-old problem of determining legal employment eligibility in a manner employers can support. (The quote above is an endorsement from an end-user.) Read more...

Morning News, 8/26/08

By Bryan Griffith, August 26, 2008

1. Candidates to shun immigration debate
2. Fed. raid nabs 350 illegal workers
3. Poll finds western voters divided
4. IN legislative panel to probe policy
5. WA initiative would restrict services
6. IA town worries of possible raid
7. Restrictionist rally fizzles
8. Poultry mogul calls for reform

Jobs Omanis Won't Do

By Mark Krikorian, August 25, 2008

This is what happens when nations distort their economy and society through widespread use of foreign labor.

Stop illegal immigration

By Stephen Steinlight, August 25, 2008

Washington (JTA) -- The immigration raid on the Agriprocessors meatpacking plant in Postville, Iowa, the largest kosher plant in the country, caught most American Jews completely off-guard.

Since the raid in May, which resulted in the arrest of nearly 400 illegal workers, additional serious allegations have emerged against the plant owned by the Brooklyn-based Rubashkin family, including inhumane working conditions, egregious violations of child-labor laws, sexual harassment of female workers and multiple workplace safety infractions. Read more...

Morning News, 8/25/08

By Bryan Griffith, August 25, 2008

1. ICE vows to ramp enforcement
2. New rules sought for attorneys
3. DOJ finds vetted judges more stringent
4. ICE silent on raid strategies
5. Illegals continue to re-patriate
6. Illegal alien remains in church

Morning News, 8/22/08

By Bryan Griffith, August 22, 2008

1. ICE scraps self deport policy
2. Report links immigration, emissions
3. AZ mayor blasts Congress
4. FL illegal to attend college

Morning News, 8/21/08

By Bryan Griffith, August 21, 2008

1. Another San Fran. youth arrested
2. Phoenix mayor lobbies congress
3. CA city, Feds launch gang crackdown
4. AZ county enforcement criticized
5. Immigrant group split on sports

Morning News, 8/20/08

By Bryan Griffith, August 20, 2008

1. TX GOP consults with AG
2. More charges stem from raid
3. Hospital 'deports' immigrant
4. Detention contractor sued
5. Son of illegal wins gold

Morning News, 8/19/08

By Bryan Griffith, August 19, 2008

1. E-verify avioded in New England
2. McCain aid has Mexican ties
3. Obama tackles border policy
4. Study: CA leads immigrant births
5. San Fran. panel defends policy
6. CT capital mayor signs bill
7. NJ county mulls jail checks
8. NC community colleges okay ban
9. Three PA teens to stand trial

Online Debate

By Bryan Griffith, August 19, 2008

Below is a debate, hosted by, between the Center's Mark Krikorian and the Reason Foundation's Shikha Dalmia. Read more...

Morning News, 8/18/08

By Bryan Griffith, August 18, 2008

1. Mexican police in TX hospital
2. Report: Immigration and pollution
3. States seek integration policy
4. Governors seek to expedite entry
5. Federal contractors oppose E-verify
6. Houston developer targets investor
7. Factory struggles to find workers