Immigration Blog

Murder of Agent Points to Importance of Arresting Prior Deports

By Dan Cadman, August 8, 2014

Even as White House operatives such as Cecilia Munoz plan the next steps in dismantling immigration law enforcement – including ways to "de-prioritize" efforts to arrest aliens who reenter the United States after having been previously deported – other plans were being made: funeral plans for murdered Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega, Jr., Read more...

Border Patrol Press Release Has Boat Helping with Desert Rescue

By David North, August 8, 2014

Fond as I am of the Border Patrol, and sympathetic as I am to government press agents (I used to be one myself), I can 't let this go.

It seems that five illegals were "lost in the desert without food or water" and the Patrol sent its search and rescue team in action "along with Air and Marine assets" in an effort to "search the area". (My emphasis; quotes from their press release.) Read more...

At Conference of Latino Officials, Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown Hailed the Rise of Brown Power

By Jerry Kammer, August 7, 2014

Earlier in the week, this blog noted that 2014 is the 20th anniversary of California's Proposition 187, a controversial effort to curtail illegal immigration. That anniversary was cited at the recent conference of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), part of which was shown on C-SPAN Thursday morning.

NALEO President Alex Padilla referred to pro-Proposition 187 television ads that showed illegal immigrants streaming across the Texas border as a narrator sounded the alarm: "They keep coming!" Read more...

Too Many See Immigration Policy as a Good-vs-Bad Morality Play

By David North, August 7, 2014

Too many Americans (and too many in the media) see the surge of Central Americans as a simplistic morality play, that runs about like this:

  • Arriving Central Americans (although illegals) are good.
  • They are fleeing from violence, and from other Central Americans who are bad.
  • If our immigration system sends them home, that would be bad.

Illegal Migrants: A Silent Invasion No More

By Stanley Renshon, August 7, 2014

According to Gallup, immigration has ranked near the bottom of Americans' concerns for many years. No more.

In 1994, the number of Americans who said immigration was "America's biggest problem" reached a highpoint of 2 percent. In 1996, the highpoint was 6 percent. In 1997, it was 4 percent. In 1998, it was 2 percent. In 1999 it was 1 percent. In 2000 it was 2 percent, and in 2001 it was 3 percent.

Fast forward to now, the summer of 2014 and Gallup reports, "With thousands of undocumented immigrant minors crossing the nation's southern border in recent months, the percentage of Americans citing immigration as the top problem has surged to 17 percent this month, up from 5 percent in June, and the highest seen since 2006." Read more...

Other English-Speaking Nations Move to Reduce International Migration

By David North, August 7, 2014

In the years since 2012, other English-speaking nations have taken a variety of approaches to reducing international migration, and/or to making it more selective, a CIS survey has shown.

The nations taking these steps are Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom and, to a lesser extent, Australia. Read more...

Have a Third-Rate Business Model? Call in the Aliens

By David North, August 6, 2014

If your business model isn't working, the answer is: bring in the aliens.

And since it will help you out of whatever trap you are in, you can label it a matter of national necessity. You can always say "America Needs Aliens" for whatever ails your business. Read more...

Malleable Privacy Policies and Media Manipulation of Minors

By Dan Cadman, August 6, 2014

One of my readers and occasional correspondents is a retired Border Patrol agent. I can't say we are former colleagues; to my knowledge our paths didn't cross while serving in the now-defunct Immigration and Naturalization Service. Still, we share a certain commonality of experience and outlook, so I'm always interested in what he has to say.

Recently, he forwarded me a link to a Time article by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson about his recent trip to the border to take a first-hand look at what's going on with the surge of aliens crossing illegally into the Rio Grande Valley. Read more...

Presumptive Duplicity with Obamacare

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

Have you heard about President Obama's illegal immigration scandal?

Not the one where Central Americans are surging over the border with the administration's tacit approval. The scandal I'm referring to is the wholesale enrollment of illegal aliens in Obamacare. You may recall the president averring before a joint meeting of Congress in 2009 that this would never happen. Read more...

Barbara Jordan Made 1994 a High-Water Mark in the Effort to Stop Illegal Immigration

By Jerry Kammer, August 5, 2014

Read part 1: "20 Years after Fighting Barbara Jordan's Reforms, Cecilia Munoz Writes Script for Obama Executive Action"


In a 1994 speech at the National Press Club to discuss her plans for a worksite identification program pivotal to efforts to stop illegal immigration at the worksite, Barbara Jordan claimed the moral high ground for that effort. "If we are to preserve our immigration tradition and our ability to say yes to so many of those who seek entry, we must also have the strength to say no when we must," she said. Read more...

Should a School with a Financial Statement Like This Be Authorized to Teach Accounting to Foreign Students?

By David North, August 5, 2014

This is one of an occasional series of reports on some of the extremely marginal educational institutions licensed by the Department of Homeland Security to cause the admission of foreign students to the United States.

For an earlier example, regarding Herguan University in California, see here. Both are for-profit institutions.

Regarding the text below, how often does one see, in a document prepared for the public by an educational institution, four different ways of spelling a single word, in this case "interest," in five lines of type? Read more...

20 Years after Fighting Barbara Jordan's Reforms, Cecilia Munoz Writes Script for Obama Executive Action

By Jerry Kammer, August 4, 2014

In her position as director of the Domestic Policy Council at the White House, Cecilia Munoz is a key figure in the planning for President Obama to decree major changes in U.S. immigration policy that could benefit millions of illegal immigrants.

As the Associated Press noted last week, Munoz, along with other top officials in the Obama administration, is "working to chart a plan on executive actions Obama could take, hosting frequent meetings with interest groups." Read more...

Carter-Aderholt: A Better House Border Surge Bill

By Dan Cadman, August 1, 2014

Yesterday, Speaker John Boehner canceled a vote in the House of Representatives on a bill aimed at providing supplemental funding to replenish funds for agencies dealing with the surge of tens of thousands of aliens across the border into Texas; and to amend various substantive provisions of law affecting how those aliens, particularly minors, will be handled. Read more...

Gangs and Migration: The Long Chain of Cause and Effect

By Jerry Kammer, July 31, 2014

Immigration policy isn't rocket science. It's far more complex.

Rocket science, after all, is about precision in the application of mathematic and scientific principles. Immigration policy is about the behavior of millions of human beings and the politics of entire nations. It is shaped by considerations of politics, economics, culture, history, and ethics.

Consider, for example, the relationship between immigration and Central American gangs. Read more...

A Glimpse of Immigration Judges at Work

By David North, July 31, 2014

Several of us from the Center spent a recent morning watching our immigration judges at work: we do not envy them.

We traipsed a couple of miles across the Potomac to the new set of IJ courtrooms in Arlington, Va., to see how the five judges there were coping with a new part of their case load — Central Americans who had just crossed another river, the Rio Grande, some 1,500 miles away. Read more...

Territorial Integrity, the Rule of Law, and Immigration Enforcement

By Stanley Renshon, July 30, 2014

Americans are accustomed to taking the territorial integrity of their country for granted. They do not sit directly astride a former empire that wants to regain its former glory and territory. The United States is not surrounded by countries that wish to destroy us. Nor are our territorial boundaries subject to international dispute, debate, or forceful efforts to change them. Read more...

Schools Experiencing Years-Long Border Surge

By John Wahala, July 30, 2014

The influx of tens of thousands of Central Americans across the southern border has seized the attention of the American people. Gallup recently found immigration to be the top policy concern of those polled. An Economist/YouGov poll reported that 77 percent of the public supported returning the illegal aliens to their home countries.

Cities and towns where the illegal crossers are being resettled are struggling to handle the influx. Judith Flanagan Kennedy, the mayor of Lynn, Mass., recently expressed her frustration: "It's gotten to the point where the school system is overwhelmed, our Health Department is overwhelmed, the city's budget is being sustainably [sic] altered in order to accommodate all of these admissions in the School Department." Read more...

DHS Sends Money to Remote, Frozen Island to Fend Off Terrorists

By David North, July 29, 2014

You may have been worried that last year's DHS anti-terrorism grant to St Paul's island in Alaska, which is about 280 miles from that state's mainland and 500 miles from Russia, was inadequate for the defense of that God-forsaken place (population 491).

I suspect your average, run-of-the-mill terrorist would have trouble finding it on a map, but that's beside the point. Read more...

Three Core Presidential Responsibilities: Territorial, Cultural, and Governing Integrity

By Stanley Renshon, July 29, 2014

The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion.

— United States Constitution, Article 4, Section 4

In the push to respond to the substantial pressures of public expectations and, in some cases, their own enormous ambitions, some presidents have lost sight of three of their core responsibilities: the integrity of the country's established boundaries, the integrity of the cultural premises on which the country was founded and developed, and the responsibility of governing integrity that comes with the grant of public and political power. Read more...

Border Surge Is Great for Central America's Oligarchs

By David North, July 28, 2014

It is rarely if ever discussed, but the current surge out of Central America, and into Southern Texas, is a wonderful development for some very powerful people — Central America's oligarchs.

Think of the alternatives: the understandably unhappy majority of these countries, instead of spending time, money, and emotional energy on the risky emigration of their relatives, might otherwise be using those resources for: Read more...

Responding to George Will's 'Welcome to America' Proposal

By Jerry Kammer, July 28, 2014

In the mid-1990s, when the collapse of the Mexican economy produced a wave of illegal immigration to Arizona, I did volunteer work at a Phoenix school that was struggling to meet the needs of a few hundred Mexican children who spoke only Spanish. Even as I sought to help ease the transition for both sides, I thought it would be better for everyone if the influx subsided.

That explains my contradictory reactions of appreciation for and disagreement with George Will' s open-arms pronouncement on "Fox New Sunday" regarding Central Americans streaming across the Mexican border into Texas. It is burning up the blogosphere, drawing delight from the left and dismay from the right. Read more...

Suggestion to the Border Patrol: Check Out the Gaza Tunnels

By David North, July 28, 2014

Here's an urgent suggestion to the Border Patrol: Send some of your specialists and maybe the Sector Chief at Nogales to Israel immediately to check out the tunnels from Gaza that are, at this writing, controlled by the Israeli military.

Whatever one may think of the latest conflict in the Middle East, it is clear that the Israeli military has in its possession a world-class collection of the latest in terrorist tunneling technology, and the Border Patrol should look at it in detail. Read more...

The President's Dereliction of His Basic Governing Responsibilities

By Stanley Renshon, July 28, 2014

Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation: — "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

— United States Constitution, Article 2, Section 1, Clause 8 Read more...

Hondurans Denounce Their Own Government for Corruption, Indifference

By Jerry Kammer, July 25, 2014

The website of Honduran newspaper La Tribuna received a remarkable series of readers' comments to its June 18 story about demands from the Honduran Human Rights Commissioner that the United States guarantee the rights of Hondurans who were fleeing to the United States to seek asylum there. The readers expressed anger at the Honduran government, accusing them of corruption, incompetence, and indifference to the suffering of the people who decide to leave the country. Here are excerpts. Read more...

Fortune's Peter Elkind Describes Chicago EB-5 Scam in Stunning Detail

By David North, July 24, 2014

The most disastrous EB-5 (immigrant investor) project to date – a sham hotel complex near O'Hare Airport in Chicago – is described in stunning and comprehensive detail in a long article published this morning by Fortune. (It will appear in the August 11 issue of the magazine's paper edition.)

It was written by Peter Elkind, the publication's editor-at-large, well known for his exposé on the Enron scandal, and a colleague, Marty Jones. It carries this headline:

"The dark, disturbing world of the visa-for-sale program". Read more...

Trafficking Law Largely Inapplicable to Border Crisis

By Jon Feere, July 24, 2014

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

Despite all the attention it has received, the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 – a law aimed, in part, at "unaccompanied alien children" who are victims of trafficking – appears to have little applicability to the current situation on the border. There are at least three reasons why the Obama administration is wrong when it asserts that the 2008 trafficking law binds their hands and requires them to grant most young illegal immigrants and their families a day in immigration court, lawyers and other benefits. ... Read more...

News Clips from the 1989 "Other than Mexican" Crisis in the Rio Grande Valley

By Jerry Kammer, July 24, 2014

Twenty-five years ago South Texas experienced a similar, albeit much smaller, surge of illegal immigration from Central America, mainly Nicaraguans fleeing civil war. Here are excerpts from some of the news coverage: Read more...

Border Patrol: Illegal Surge Is Mostly Families, Not Unaccompanied Kids

By Jessica Vaughan, July 24, 2014

Border Patrol statistics found buried on a government website confirm that most of the Central American illegal aliens apprehended in the recent surge are family units. Less than one-fourth (22 percent) of all those apprehended are unaccompanied alien children (UACs) from Central America. The number of illegally arriving families shot up five times faster than UAC arrivals over last year. Read more...

Too Much Due Process/Too Few Judges Throughout the Immigration System

By David North, July 23, 2014

The uproar created by the flood of illegals from Central America at the Texas border perhaps can focus our attention on a long-neglected underlying problem – we have too much due process in the immigration system and too few judges (and supporting staff) to handle it.

I am not for eliminating due process in the immigration business, far from it, but there is too much of it generally, and that is accompanied by an unwillingness by the administration to fund the due process it seems to want. Read more...

Enforcement Program Stifled 2001-02 Illegal Central American Flow

By Jessica Vaughan, July 23, 2014

A new Center video interview with Hipolito Acosta, a retired senior U.S. immigration official, describes a successful program in which nearly 80,000 U.S.-bound migrants from Central America were intercepted in Mexico over 12-months in 2001-02. U.S. immigration agents worked with Mexican and Central American governments to repatriate the migrants and arrest smugglers. As a result, U.S. Border Patrol apprehensions of illegal crossers from Central America were reduced by 76 percent over the period. The program cost $1.6 million – but saved the U.S. government hundreds of millions of dollars in enforcement spending by preventing the illegal crossings from occurring. The Department of Homeland Security should adopt a similar program aimed at prevention and deterrence to address the current surge of illegal families and children. Read more...