Immigration Blog

One Visa Mill Owner Sent to Jail for 16 Years, Another on Trial

By David North, November 7, 2014

One owner of a phony California university, a visa mill for foreign students, has just been sent to jail for 16 years, while the owner of another questionable institution nearby is finally about to go on trial.

The two institutions, both in the San Francisco Bay area are, respectively, Tri-Valley University — which was raided and then closed by ICE in a rare example of enforcement assertiveness — and Herguan University, also raided by ICE, but permitted to re-open, as we have reported in earlier, including here. Read more...

Security Requires Post-Mortems of Immigration Mistakes

By Dan Cadman, November 6, 2014

In October of this year, the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Inspector General (OIG) quietly released a declassified version of a report initially issued in March 2007, on the FBI's use of national security letters. This statement caught my attention:

We found that the use of NSL requests related to "U.S. persons" and "non-U.S. persons" shifted during our 3-year review period. The percentage of requests generated from investigations of U.S. persons increased from about 39 percent of all NSL requests issued in 2003 to about 53 percent of all NSL requests during 2005. (U)

Election Leaves Immigration Subcommittees Virtually Unchanged

By David North, November 6, 2014

Beyond the key change — that the Republicans will now run the Senate Immigration Subcommittee — the elections had virtually no direct impact on the membership of the House and Senate immigration subcommittees. Read more...

Election Results Show Push Back Against Amnesty Votes

By Bryan Griffith, November 5, 2014

Immigration policy played a major role in debates, polls, and news leading up to the 2014 mid-term elections. Below is a run down of immigration-related election results.

Oregon

  • Ballot Measure 88 subjected Senate Bill 833, which gave illegal immigrants access to drivers licenses, to the popular vote and failed by a two-to-one margin, 66.7% to 33.3%.

Arkansas Read more...

Morning Joe on Immigration

By Jerry Kammer, November 5, 2014

This morning's "Morning Joe" program on MSNBC offered several interesting observations on the future of immigration policy in the aftermath of Tuesday's election. Here are four: Read more...

Party of the (Would-Be) Working American?

By James R. Edwards Jr., November 5, 2014

The 2014 election season has shown that a stance of putting our fellow countrymen first by reducing legal immigration toward traditional levels is a welcome breath of fresh air to the voters. But the future is wide open for either party to take the high moral ground and win the allegiance of hurting Americans who would love to have full-time work. Read more...

National Day of Remembrance for Those Killed by Illegal Aliens

By Jessica Vaughan, November 3, 2014

Yesterday was the fourth annual National Day of Remembrance to honor the lives of thousands of Americans killed by illegal aliens. Events were held around the country, organized with the help of The Remembrance Project, a growing national organization dedicated to supporting the families of the victims and educating the public about the human cost of failing to enforce immigration laws.

I attended the Massachusetts Day of Remembrance event in Milford, which was organized by the Project's state director, Maureen Maloney, whose son Matthew Denice was killed in August 2011, just a short distance from the park where the ceremony was held. Read more...

Questioning Obama on Cynicism, Hope, and Immigration

By Jerry Kammer, November 3, 2014

In today's blog, I want to juxtapose an excerpt from President Obama's comments November 2 in Philadelphia with related thoughts, first from conservative writer Reihan Salam in Slate, and second from liberal law professor Peter Schuck's essay in the 1985 book Clamor at the Gates. I'll try to broaden the discussion in future blogs. Read more...

It's Job Opportunity, Stupid

By James R. Edwards Jr., November 3, 2014

The 2014 congressional election campaigns can teach politicians something about the immigration issue: It's not enough merely to oppose "amnesty" or executive end-runs. And it's abject recklessness to promise special interests vastly more of this or that visa or pander to ethnic voting blocs about increasing legal immigration.

Even Bush's open-borders advisor Karl Rove has flip-flopped on his dogmatic pro-amnesty pipe dream for GOP political sustainability, at least as a campaign tactic, for now. His American Crossroads is using amnesty as a hammer against liberal candidates who favor it. Read more...

Countering Indian-on-Indian H-1B Abuse

By David North, November 3, 2014

Given the extensive abuse of H-1B workers, often Indian nationals being kicked around by others of Indian extraction, as reported in our prior blog, what can be done to minimize this problem when it comes to government contract work? Read more...

N.H. Sen. Shaheen and AFL-CIO Question Census Bureau Data

By Marguerite Telford, November 3, 2014

The validity of a Center for Immigration Studies study on jobs in New Hampshire was called into question this week by both the President of the New Hampshire AFL-CIO, Mark Mackenzie, and Incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. The comments by both parties reflect the decline in the sitting senator's popularity as election day looms, and a misrepresentation of facts meant to sway an election. Read more...

AFL-CIO Gets Facts Wrong on Immigration

By Steven A. Camarota, October 31, 2014

New Hampshire AFL-CIO President Mark S. MacKenzie released a nonsensical statement about Center for Immigration Studies research cited by Senate Candidate Scott Brown in last night's debate: Read more...

Aliens from Some Nations Are More Equal than Others

By David North, October 31, 2014

Speaking generally, our immigration laws and practices are supposed to be blind and unbiased as far as national origin is concerned. If a citizen marries a partner from overseas, we expect that the spouse will be treated the same no matter where the partner was born — Albania or Zambia.

But over the years, through a variety of mechanisms, special arrangements for people from specific countries have crept into our systems, making some aliens, to quote George Orwell, more equal than others. Most of these arrangements favor people from a single nation; a few others benefit small groups of countries, as we spell out in the table below. Read more...

Fences at the White House, Fences at the Border

By Dan Cadman, October 30, 2014

Like most Americans, I followed the media accounts of White House fence jumper Omar Gonzalez with a lot of concern — especially as the revelations continued to seep out about exactly how serious the security breach was, and how far Gonzalez made it into "the people's house". Read more...

Devastating Investigative Report Exposes One Part of the H-1B Problem

By David North, October 30, 2014

There are two major problems with the H-1B program:

  1. It routinely drives down wages for everyone in the high-tech industries and deprives resident workers of good jobs.
  2. It often results in the additional exploitation of workers from India, routinely, but not always, by firms from India.

Napolitano Rallies Behind White House "Executive Action" Plans from Her Academic Perch

By Dan Cadman, October 29, 2014

Former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano gave a speech at the University of Georgia Law School this week (see full text here), telling us why the president should go it alone and create another "executive action" program to shelter thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands if not millions, of illegal aliens Read more...

When Ignored, Minor Crimes Can Lead to Major Crimes

By Dan Cadman, October 29, 2014

My colleague Jessica Vaughan has laid out many of the weak points where immigration enforcement meets criminal law enforcement. Those weak points came to the fore with horribly tragic results in the murder of two California sheriff's deputies and the wounding of others by an illegal alien, Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte — twice previously deported, a suspected gang member, and a serial lawbreaker. Read more...

Sugar Beet Truck Driver and H-2B Whistleblower Fired in Minnesota

By David North, October 28, 2014

Last week, we reported on how some truck drivers in the sugar refining business were being adversely impacted by H-2B foreign workers.

We did not mention the name of the whistleblower, or even the state where the problem existed. Unfortunately, we can now. Read more...

Open Borders: A Threat to Public Health

By Ronald W. Mortensen, October 28, 2014

The Obama administration's unrelenting focus on open borders has exposed Americans to deadly diseases and has politicized the public health agencies that are charged with protecting the health of Americans — the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Rather than putting the health of Americans first, these agencies, which once took their roles to protect the public seriously, now go to great lengths to ensure that foreign nationals from countries with serious diseases are allowed to freely enter the United States. And they only act to protect the public when forced to do so by public pressure and by state officials. Read more...

Lax Immigration Policies May Have Shielded Killer of California Deputies

By Jessica Vaughan, October 27, 2014

The man accused in Friday's horrific killing and carjacking spree near Sacramento, Calif., which resulted in the deaths of two sheriff's deputies and the wounding of two others, is a citizen of Mexico who was deported twice previously, but who apparently has been living in the United States for more than a decade. Read more...

Driver's Licenses for Illegal Immigrants an Issue in Three States

By Jon Feere, October 27, 2014

The start of my op-ed posted today at TheHill.com:

In Colorado, Oregon, and California, the granting of driver's licenses to illegal aliens has generated controversy and raised national security concerns that have gone largely unreported. Unfortunately, many activist groups and politicians have concluded that helping illegal aliens hide their lawlessness is more important than preventing another 9/11. Congress should consider tightening up the REAL ID standards. If problems like this continue, it wouldn't be surprising if voters in many states initiated referenda or legislation aimed at stopping the issuance of driver's licenses to people in the country illegally.

Billion-Dollar Firm Pays Illegal Alien Workers $1.21 an Hour

By David North, October 24, 2014

Here are the facts:

  • A large computer peripheral manufacturer, with sales of $727 million last year and a profit of $107 million, paid some of its workers in the United States $1.21 an hour.

  • At least one of the workers was said to have worked 122 hours in a week. That would mean, for seven days straight, starting work at an average of 5:00 in the morning and ending at 10:25 at night, day after day; that's either cruelty or a seriously flawed time sheet.

The EB-5 Program — A Nightmare for Publicists

By David North, October 23, 2014

You have to feel sorry for the people at Department of Homeland Security (DHS) who manage the EB-5 program, especially the publicists, as the immigrant investor program takes multiple blows, day after day, week after week.

My favorite story, not yet in the mainstream media, would have had this headline 40 years ago: "ChiComs Take Over Multi-Million Dollar Capitalist Tool in Brooklyn". Read more...

Former Congressman Misrepresents His Own Statute on Immigration Quotas

By John Miano, October 23, 2014

President Obama has been threatening to take unilateral action on immigration through executive action after the election. One of the threatened actions is to change the method of determining the annual level of legal immigration. In almost all cases, immigrant visas (green cards) are subject to quotas. Rather than count all of the visas granted, such a change would count only the principal applicants against the numerical caps, and not include any dependents (spouses and minor children), thus increasing immigration significantly without authorization from Congress.

Former Rep. Bruce Morrison (D-Conn.), now an immigration lawyer and lobbyist, pushed for this scam in a Wall Street Journal letter to the editor this week. Read more...

Oregon Voters Oppose Driver's Licenses for Illegals

By David Seminara, October 22, 2014

According to a recent survey, voters in Oregon appear poised to roll back legislation that would have given the state's illegal immigrants the opportunity to obtain "driver cards" (a form driver's license permitted by federal law but not acceptable for federal purposes, such as boarding an airplane). Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber (D), signed the bill into law in May 2013, but a group called Oregonians for Immigration Reform of McMinnville (a town in the heart of the Willamette Valley wine country) gathered more than 70,000 signatures in just a few months to freeze the law pending a referendum to be held on Election Day this year. Read more...

BBC Shows the Way with Undercover Program on Foreign Student Cheating

By David North, October 22, 2014

Recently a BBC Panorama program called "Student Visa Scandal", which exposed cheating in the UK's foreign student system, was called to my attention. It has two strong messages for this side of the water:

  1. U.S. broadcasters: Do some investigative reporting on immigration cheating; and
  2. U.S. policymakers: do more to keep foreign "students" from abusing our system!

Another Way Foreign Workers Adversely Impact Domestic Ones

By David North, October 21, 2014

He had a gruff truck driver's voice, with the hint of Scandinavia you sometimes hear in the Upper Midwest, and he had several thoroughly justifiable grievances about how some temporary foreign workers (H-2Bs) were adversely affecting his life.

He also painted a highly nuanced picture of how temporary foreign workers can cause harm in American labor markets, and shed some light on a specific piece of American agriculture that was brand-new to me (though my grandparents were Midwestern farmers.) Read more...

The Public Religion Research Institute Strikes Again: The "Unaccompanied Children" Poll, Pt. 2

By Stanley Renshon, October 21, 2014

The Public Religion Research Institute ought to be more careful with both its polling and its commentary on it. It has already put into the public domain a thoroughly misleading poll on the public's preferred choices on immigration reform. That poll gave respondents two options, only one of which was at all plausible.

Their most recent attempt to report the public's views is a poll devoted to the summer surge of illegal migrants, or "unaccompanied children," as the survey repeatedly refers to them. Read more...

Protecting Americans from Ebola

By Marguerite Telford, October 20, 2014

The administration's refusal to use immigration policy to keep Americans safe from the Ebola virus is symptomatic of the administration's general immigration philosophy. The administration prefers not to distinguish between legal and illegal immigrants, ignoring the fiscal, labor, and security impact of illegal immigration on U.S. citizens and residents. To blur the distinction, the administration leans toward open-border policies and amnesty for aliens breaking U.S. laws. Read more...

The Haitian Parole Decision Was Bad, but It Could Have Been Worse

By David North, October 20, 2014

The Obama administration's latest symbolic, open-the-flood-gates-a-little-bit decision (regarding Haitian family immigration) is, of course, deplorable, but it could have been worse. Let me expand on that.

It is deplorable because it is contrary to our nation's 90-plus-year-old decision that immigration should be numerically limited. There are about a billion people who would migrate to the United States tomorrow if they were allowed to do so, but we have limited resources, too few jobs, and an already-over-stressed infrastructure. We simply cannot absorb all of the earth's poor. Read more...