Immigration Blog

Judge: Social Security Cards Not Valid ID

By Jon Feere, July 10, 2008

Federal Judge Harry S. Mattice Jr. (Tennessee Eastern District Court), a former Republican Party chairman and Bush-appointed U.S. Attorney, has called into question the validity of describing a Social Security card as a form of identification. He was presiding over a case resulting from an ICE workplace enforcement operation earlier this year at five different poultry processing plants operated by Pilgrim’s Pride. ICE arrested 311 foreign nationals, 91 of whom were charged with criminal violations. Read more...

Morning News, 7/10/08

By Bryan Griffith, July 10, 2008

1. VA county sees crime drop
2. CT sanctuary ID case decided
3. NE city considers ordinance
4. Post-raid lawsuit dismissed
5. SC employer faces new charges
6. TX employer to be charged

Morning News, 7/9/08

By Bryan Griffith, July 9, 2008

1. ICE boss pledges crackdown
2. USBP targeting buses, trains
3. Feds to use surveillance systems
4. Panel calls for verification
5. Obama promises amnesty

Morning News, 7/8/08

By Bryan Griffith, July 8, 2008

1. Candidates avoid immigration
2. Study finds contributions to OK
3. Experts fret switch in 2010 census
4. MO gov. signs enforcement act
5. MD county declines support for ICE
6. Hispanic group wants more hires
7. Advocates take disputes to court
8. Illegal grads fret over future


By Mark Krikorian, July 7, 2008

Immigration vigilance is vital to national security! Who knew?

In the six-and-a-half years that the U.S. government has been fingerprinting insurgents, detainees and ordinary people in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa, hundreds have turned out to share an unexpected background, FBI and military officials said. They have criminal arrest records in the United States.

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Morning News

By Bryan Griffith, July 7, 2008

1. Federal raids target employers
2. Critics blast E-verify system
3. African immigrants supporting Obama
4. Cons prepare to battle McCain
5. Latino vote may swing on other issues
6. Debate continues on sanctuaries

Morning News

By Bryan Griffith, July 3, 2008

1. Gov't pushed to report deaths
2. AZ ballot fails to garner support
3. San Fran to deport drug dealing youths
4. CA city outraged by sanctuary

Fish or Cut Bait

By Mark Krikorian, July 2, 2008

As the National Guard deployment on the border comes to an end, an article in Military Review (a journal published by the Army) looks at what the Army's experience along the Mexican border in 1915-1917 (Pancho Villa and all that) might teach us about today. (The pdf is here.) The author, a professor at the Army staff college at Ft. Leavenworth, concludes sensibly that: Read more...

Morning News

By Bryan Griffith, July 2, 2008

1. Reports vary on economic impact
2. AZ court okays seizure of money
3. CA santuary city reviews policies
4. VA city mulls fate of billboard
5. VA county pol seeks regulations

Morning News

By Bryan Griffith, July 1, 2008

1. McCain, Obama hide similarities
2. Crowd questions McCain on issue
3. Enforcement in AZ stirs debate
4. VA county to check status
5. Illegal workers detained in MD

Baiting McCain

By Mark Krikorian, June 30, 2008

Since McCain and Obama have identical views on immigration, I used to think that the issue wouldn't come up much in the general election campaign, just like in 2000 and 2004. But after their respective speeches to NALEO this week (the Sunday Post had a roundup piece) and watching Emanuel and Pawlenty trading barbs Sunday morning on "This Week," I see that I was wrong. It looks like Obama will be bringing the issue up repeatedly, accusing McCain of being insufficiently committed to amnesty, and McCain will take the bait and pledge in increasingly strident terms his commitment to legalizing all the illegal aliens. It's a win-win for Obama: he shows his solidarity with skeptical Hispanic Democrats by pointing to McCain's modified limited hangout on immigration after the collapse of last summer's bill, and McCain continues to inflame his ostensible supporters by constantly reminding them that he's Amnesty John. Read more...

Morning News

By Bryan Griffith, June 30, 2008

1. S.F.'s sanctuary law shields criminals
2. ICE to train officers in two counties
3. BP checks upset Washington state locals
4. Illegal workers a "great concern" in HI
5. Candidate says no need for consular ID
6. Judge: Repost Minutemen sign in CA

Morning News

By Bryan Griffith, June 25, 2008

1. Dems press Feds to deport criminals
2. Tancredo nails McCain on imm. stance
3. Citizens sue over wrongful detention
4. Skilled Iraqi refugees languish

Third Time's the Charm

By Mark Krikorian, June 25, 2008

Pro-amnesty crusader Chris Cannon, Republican congressman from Utah (motto: "We love immigrants in Utah. And we don't make the distinction very often between legal and illegal."), finally got his comeuppance Tuesday by losing a primary to Jason Chaffetz, who ran on, among other things, a hawkish immigration platform. This comes after two primary close calls against other challengers in 2004 and 2006. In this race, Cannon lost despite outraising Chaffetz nearly 7 to 1 and garnering the endorsement of President Bush. (On second thought, maybe that endorsement was part of the problem.) Read more...

Supreme Court OK's Border Fence

By Jon Feere, June 23, 2008

The Supreme Court today rejected a plea by environmental groups to prevent Homeland Security from constructing part of the pending U.S.-Mexico border fence. The White House had made use of a statutory provision in the 1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (provided via amendment by 2005’s REAL ID Act) which reads, in part: “[n]otwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall have the authority to waive all legal requirements such Secretary, in such Secretary’s sole discretion, determines necessary to ensure expeditious construction of the barriers and roads.” In other words, Congress gave the White House direct authority to waive various laws, such as environmental protection statutes, when securing our borders. Read more...

Morning News

By Bryan Griffith, June 23, 2008

1. Nat'l Guard to depart border
2. Critics oppose fingerprinting
3. McCain faces uphill battle
4. Immigration prosecutions increase
5. State level to stay as focus
6. L.A. County to expand checks

Morning News

By Bryan Griffith, June 20, 2008

1. Congress mulls visas for models
2. Obama appears to turn Latino voters
3. McCain woos Hispanic leaders
4. Enforcement discouraging re-entry
5. Remittances from U.S. decrease
6. West coast mayors condemn raids

Morning News

By Bryan Griffith, June 19, 2008

1. USBP monitors WA ferry terminal
2. U.S. Senate race focused on issue
3. 30 states employ English-only
4. Most NC initiatives likely to fail

The Center's Policy Analysts Submit Public Comment on E-Verify Proposal

By Jon Feere, June 18, 2008

Excerpt: "This is an essential first step in requiring all businesses to adhere to basic employment and immigration laws. Starting with federal contractors is a way of phasing in the system and institutionalizing E-Verify as a best practice in more and more sectors of the economy."

Read the entire public comment.

The U.S. government encourages public feedback on this proposed rule and others. In order to comment on this rule, enter "FAR Case 2007-013" in the "Comment or Submission" box at

9th Circuit: Continue Employing Suspected Illegal Aliens

By Jon Feere, June 18, 2008

In their quest to continue the unlawful employment of illegal aliens, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) found support from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals this week. At issue was the firing of 33 individuals with mismatched Social Security numbers who had been employed by Aramark, a large professional services company. Read more...

Morning News

By Bryan Griffith, June 18, 2008

1. House comm. mulls C.N.M.I. residency
2. SCOTUS rules on overstay appeals
3. 57% of fed prosecutions imm. related
4. NC senate approves early deportations
5. VA county to check status of all arrests Read more...

Subordinating Immigration to Foreign Policy

By Mark Krikorian, June 17, 2008

DHS announced today that the process leading to visa-free access to the United States has been started for, I kid you not, Bulgaria. Michael Chertoff said "I look forward to the day when we greet the first visa-free travelers from Bulgaria on our soil."

I don't. First of all, we still don't have a fully implemented entry-exit system, so we don't know whether a visitor actually left when he was supposed to — which means we don't know how many visa overstayers there are. A fully functioning exit-tracking system should be a prerequisite to a visa-waiver program, so that you can remove from the program any country whose people aren't leaving on time. And believe me, Bulgarians wouldn't leave; the country has a lower per capita income than Mexico or Turkey. Read more...

This Would Have Been a Big Story, Were It Not for the "Non"

By Mark Krikorian, June 17, 2008

Not your usual discrimination story:

Perdue Farms Inc. will pay more than $800,000 after the U.S. Department of Labor found that its hiring practices systematically discriminated against non-Hispanic job applicants.

Don't expect any 60 Minutes investigations of this.

Morning News

By Bryan Griffith, June 17, 2008

1. Feds expand deportations from GA prisons
2. Court rules against E-verify terminations
3. SCOTUS to consider suit against DOJ
4. ID SC rules on entitlement to medical care
5. Regulation hinders int'l adoption


By Mark Krikorian, June 16, 2008

Who says we need mass immigration because there's no way to automate the service sector? CNN has a piece on a restaurant in Germany where you order and pay at tabletop touch-screens and the food is delivered down spiral rails from the kitchen above. (The BBC's story is here, and the restaurant's home page is here.) From the BBC story: Read more...

Toughest Sheriff in America

By Mark Krikorian, June 16, 2008

Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Phoenix gets attrition through enforcement:

About 16 percent of the 77,000 inmates booked into county jail this year were illegal immigrants. Arpaio believes that by keeping pressure on illegal immigrants, he can drive them from Arizona.

"They're heading south, or they're going to California, but they're sure getting out of Arizona," he said.

Morning News

By Bryan Griffith, June 16, 2008

1. GAO report concludes illegal entry not difficult
2. USCIS backlog disrupting citizens' lives
3. Obama courts latino vote for general election
4. GA enforcement expanding to more employers
5. DC area authorities link crime to illegals


By Mark Krikorian, June 12, 2008

D.A. King is a dynamo in Georgia, working tirelessly for tougher immigration enforcement. He's a normal patriot — no Zionist conspiracy hogwash or anything like that — and has been published in the Atlanta paper and elsewhere and been on Fox, CNN, etc. Imagine my surprise, then, when I learned that he's been blacklisted by the Washington Post. And I don't mean that metaphorically. Read more...

Better Get That Wall Built

By Mark Krikorian, June 11, 2008

A sobering short piece (from a May issue of Latin America Advisor) by George Grayson, a professor of government at William & Mary and one of the nation's top authorities on Mexico's politics (as well as a CIS board member):

President Felipe Calderón is whistling past the graveyard as the Mexican state continues to disintegrate to the point that the violence to date will pale in comparison to what lies ahead. The government, which has forfeited control over key sectors of society, is hemorrhaging legitimacy.

Verification Follies

By Mark Krikorian, June 11, 2008

As is often the case with immigration, Republicans and Democrats mixed and matched at a House hearing yesterday on E-Verify, the system that enables businesses to determine whether new hires are illegal aliens. Read more...