Immigration Blog

Governors: Do You Want to Open Jobs for Voters and Save Tax Funds?

By David North, February 24, 2017

Here's a thought for most of the nation's governors, or, more precisely, the 41 in places with state income taxes on wages.

Governors, you can, all in one fell swoop:

  • Save large chunks of state tax money,
  • Encourage some illegal aliens in your state to leave without being deported, and
  • Thereby open more jobs for the voters,

all by taking a simple action against a specific criminal population, people who are committing fraud by using Social Security numbers that were not issued to them. Read more...

On Mexican Reactions to New U.S. Immigration Policies

By Dan Cadman, February 24, 2017

Much is being made of the insistence by Mexico's Foreign Minister, Luis Videgaray Caso, that Mexico will have nothing to do with the recent policy memoranda issued by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly that direct immigration agents to return to Mexico third country nationals who entered the United States illegally via our southern neighbor.

As my colleague Kausha Luna pointed out, the United States already has in place a bilateral agreement with Canada to the same effect. Of course, the impact on Mexico would be much more significant given the dramatic disparity between the volume of illegal crossings at our northern and southern frontiers — but in some ways, that begs the issue. Read more...

An Open Letter to the Southern Poverty Law Center

By Dan Cadman, February 24, 2017

To the SPLC:

I've recently read accounts of your organization's claim that the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) is a "hate" group.

Reading these, I was reminded of the infamous remarks of former Obama administration official Ben Rhodes, who bragged about using the media as an "echo chamber" to mold public opinion without regard to truth or accuracy. You seem to have stolen a chapter from Rhodes' playbook. I suppose it's easy enough, when you encounter journalists who are already philosophical soul mates or are too lazy to examine the trustworthiness of the assertions. Read more...

Codels Head to H-1B Heartland

By David North, February 24, 2017

Two different congressional delegations (codels, in DC parlance), with a total of 27 members of the House, including Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), are headed for the very part of South India which is the home of 42 percent of the worldwide population of H-1B workers. This is likely to strengthen the hand of those defending the status quo in the H-1B program.

Coincidence? Maybe. The Times of India happily reported earlier: "a record number of 27 U.S. congressmen will visit India later this month." Read more...

Tillerson and Kelly Visit Mexico, Discuss Migration

By Kausha Luna, February 23, 2017

After DHS Secretary John Kelly visited Guatemala on Wednesday, he joined Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Mexico. There, the U.S. officials met with their counterparts and with Mexican President Peña Nieto to discuss bilateral relations, including migration issues.

This visit was highly anticipated, in light of Mexico's opposition to President Trump's restoration of immigration enforcement.

After a meeting on Thursday morning, Tillerson and Kelly joined Mexico's Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray and Secretary of the Interior Miguel Angel Osorio Chong for a press briefing. Read more...

Mexico Responds to DHS Memos

By Kausha Luna, February 23, 2017

On Wednesday, Mexico's Minister of Foreign Affairs Luis Videgaray Caso answered a series of questions from the press relating to the implementation memos recently published by the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

One question was of particular interest: "What will Mexico do specifically, in addition to appealing to international organizations, to prevent the United States from deporting non-Mexican citizens to Mexico? What will [the government] do to keep Central Americans from coming on deportation planes, for example?" Read more...

DHS Secretary Kelly Meets with Guatemalan President

By Kausha Luna, February 23, 2017

On Wednesday, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly visited Guatemala to discuss issues of security, migration, and development.

Secretary Kelly was welcomed by President Jimmy Morales. According to a press release by Guatemala's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the two officials "discussed the causes for migration, which in the case of Guatemala are mainly economic reasons." President Morales reiterated the commitment of the Guatemalan government to continue working on generating the economic and social development that the population needs. Read more...

Open Letter to the New Yorker's Jonathan Blitzer, Pt. 2

By Jerry Kammer, February 22, 2017

Dear Mr. Blitzer,

This continues my response to the New Yorker piece in which you cite the Southern Poverty Law Center's attack on the Center for Immigration Studies. Having written yesterday to criticize your recitation of the claim that we are a "hate group," I write today about your assertion that we are also "nativist." Read more...

Chutzpah: Big H-1B Employer Joins Trump Job-Creation Hoopla

By David North, February 22, 2017

According to the headline in Fortune, "Accenture Joins Trump's Job Creation Drive". The article goes on to say that the firm will "open ten new innovation hubs in cities around the U.S., and create 15,000 highly skilled jobs in the process." In an earlier, less-hyped day we would have called them branch offices. Read more...

EU's Failed Maritime Strategy Leaves Migrants in the Med Waiting to Drown

By Dan Cadman, February 21, 2017

European media are reporting that the bodies of nearly 90 drowned would-be migrants have washed ashore near Zawiya, Libya after failing in their seaborne attempt to cross the Mediterranean into Europe.

January was also one of the deadliest on record for drownings: over 200, more than twice as many as the year before. Read more...

Open Letter to the New Yorker's Jonathan Blitzer, Pt. 1

By Jerry Kammer, February 21, 2017

Dear Mr. Blitzer,

I am writing in response to the New Yorker essay of February 17, in which you reported that the Southern Poverty Law Center has designated the Federation for American Immigration Reform and the Center for Immigration Studies as "hate groups." You offered no elaboration, no explanation. You provided no opportunity for response. I write now in defense of the Center for Immigration Studies, where I am a research fellow. I will let FAIR speak for itself.

The hate group smear is a cheap attempt at character assassination. Your reckless recitation of it in a prestigious magazine is journalistically unethical. Before you drew your readers' attention to the smear, it had been ignored in the world of reputable journalism. Reporters and editors must have recognized that printing it would make them complicit in the SPLC's dirty work. You may be proud that you assisted the SPLC's effort to denigrate CIS. I think the SPLC, who excesses are so blindly accepted by so many liberals, has induced you to debase the New Yorker. Read more...

How Employers Game H-1B for Cheap Labor

By John Miano, February 21, 2017

The Dallas Morning News provides a good example of how employers game the H-1B program for cheap foreign labor. The authors wrote:

But critics of the visa program point to examples of how IT consulting firms use the visas to find cheaper labor: Outsourcing firms

The reality is the Dallas Morning News provided a typical example of how companies other than "outsourcing firms" use H-1B for cheap labor but the newspaper missed the significance of what they had. Read more...

Further Considering the Restrained Executive Order

By Dan Cadman, February 21, 2017

Buckets of printer's ink have been spilled and thousands of megabytes are floating around cyberspace regarding the decisions of the district and circuit courts imposing a "temporary" restraining order (with no end date) that stops the Trump administration from carrying out the visa suspension executive order. Read more...

Some Things Trump Can Do on H-1B

By John Miano, February 20, 2017

I previously posted a somewhat tongue-in-cheek statement of what Donald Trump could do on H-1B. That proposal was an Obama-Lite. Where Obama claimed authority that did not exist, my example illustrated what was possible using ambiguities in the statute and Chevron deference.

It is becoming clear that President Trump only intends to do things administratively that are explicitly authorized by Congress. Here is a sample of things President Trump can do administratively to address the H-1B visa cesspool. Read more...

Why I'd Like to "Round Up" Members of the Media for a Good Talking to on Immigration Coverage & Terminology

By David Seminara, February 19, 2017

Am I the only one who is troubled by the fact that a huge percentage of our august press corps habitually uses the term "rounded up," rather than "arrested," "detained," or "apprehended" to describe enforcement actions against migrants suspected of being in the country illegally? For example, take a look at this tweet from the Associated Press on Friday: Read more...

Liberal Judges Meet Section 214b of the INA

By David Seminara, February 17, 2017

In upholding the suspension of Trump's executive order to temporarily ban refugees and travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit isn't simply guilty of judicial overreach. It has also demonstrated a deep ignorance of U.S. immigration law, and how visa screening works at an operational level at embassies and consulates around the world. It appears as though the Trump administration will unveil a new executive order, perhaps as early as next week, but this shouldn't be necessary and I'm afraid that the courts have now established a very dangerous precedent by conferring due process rights for citizens of other nations who have never before had them. Read more...

SPOOF: Democrats Thank GOP for Sending EB-5 Money to Blue States

By David North, February 17, 2017

While the letter that follows is imaginary, the facts in it are rock solid.

Dear Majority Leader McConnell and Speaker Ryan:

I am writing to you on behalf of the Democratic Party to thank you for protecting and prolonging the EB-5 (immigrant investor) program, which has brought disproportionate amounts of urban investment money to the blue states.

Your Olympian ability to overlook the fact that twice as much EB-5 money goes to blue, rather than red, states is admirable as you have presided over the continuing resolutions that have kept this extremely controversial program alive. Read more...

Update on Challenge to H-4 Employment Rule

By John Miano, February 16, 2017

A couple of people have asked about the status of the challenge to the rule giving employment authorization to H-4 spouses of H-1B visa holders. There seems to be a lot of misinformation going around about it.

The brief schedule and oral argument date had been set in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. All that has happened is that the government requested and was granted a delay in the case. The government has been doing the same for a number of immigration-related cases. Read more...

H-1B Opiate Has Thwarted Advancement in Software Engineering

By John Miano, February 16, 2017

Over the weekend I did an interview with blogger Stefan Molyneux. Like myself, Stefan worked in software development. So we got to talk shop.

After that interview, I thought that I might try to explain the why of H-1B. That requires a look at the state of the software industry. Read more...

The EB-5 World: Much Ado About a Lot

By David North, February 16, 2017

While our attention has been drawn to various immigration initiatives by the new White House, and the attacks thereon, a lot of things have been happening rather quietly in the world of the EB-5 (immigrant investor) program. For example:

  • Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), chair of the powerful Judiciary Committee, who has been valiantly trying to reform the program, has decided that it is beyond redemption and has joined Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) in calling for its termination.

  • The Washington Post, in a lead editorial the other day, agreed with the two senators.

  • Joop Bollen, who was in charge of South Dakota's disastrous part of the EB-5 program, has pled guilty in a sweetheart deal with the state that gave him two years probation and a $2,000 fine. Thus he got off nearly unscathed while saving the state's establishment from embarrassments that might have accompanied a trial.

Our Cybersecurity Depends on Somali H-1Bs?

By Dan Cadman, February 15, 2017

I was browsing the opinion pages of the Daily Caller when I came upon this article: "Congress May Become Judge of Trump's Immigration Order", by Megan Barth, who is described as the founder of ReaganBaby.com, whatever that might be.

Reading it, you might readily conclude that she is a flack for Big Tech — Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Apple — since the gist of the opinion piece is that Congress should consider Trump's order in the course of its business (and, by implication, overturn it legislatively) because it's incommodious to those companies' reliance on the H-1B temporary foreign worker program.

Ms. Barth makes some preposterous statements in her discourse. Here's a sampling: Read more...

Border Management Is Not Always a Grim Task: Catapults and Ice

By David North, February 15, 2017

Managing the border is not always a matter of grim law enforcement, as two unrelated Customs and Border Protection (CPB) press releases indicated this week.

From the southern border we find that some would-drug smugglers used a medieval device, the catapult (pictured below), to toss marijuana into the United States, just as some of their colleagues have used the ancient practice of tunneling under the border to achieve the same purpose. Read more...

Illegal Alien Crime Deniers: John Dickerson, CBS News, and Sen. Jeff Flake

By Ronald W. Mortensen, February 15, 2017

On February 12, John Dickerson, host of CBS's "Face the Nation", was careful to stick with the standard "fake news" reporting line that holds that the vast majority of illegal aliens are law-abiding. On two separate occasions, Dickerson, with help from Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), wrongly asserted that, with limited exceptions, illegal aliens do not commit crimes once they are unlawfully in the United States.

Of course, the truth is that the vast majority of illegal aliens do commit a wide range of job-related felonies. Even pro-illegal alien advocates such as the ACLU, the Los Angeles Times, and the president of the California Senate have been forced to acknowledge that up to 75 percent of illegal aliens routinely commit multiple felonies in order to get jobs and that eight million of 11 million illegal aliens could be deported for crimes that they commit. Despite this, the advocates for illegal aliens still push the myth of the otherwise law-abiding illegal alien and the mainstream media perpetuates this through fake news story after fake news story. Read more...

Losing Remittances Is Real Source of Mexico's Angst with Trump's Immigration Policy

By Joseph J. Kolb, February 15, 2017

Last week more than 20,000 demonstrators took to the streets of Mexico City to protest the roll-out of President Donald Trump's immigration enforcement effort. A likely Mexican presidential candidate took to the streets of Los Angeles, home to the largest illegal-immigrant population in the country, advocating for his countrymen's rights to stay in the United States. Even the Mexican government chimed in, vowing to spend millions of dollars to bolster its consulates to intentionally clog the American immigration court system.

This latter act of international intrusion in another country's functioning is Mexico's way of obfuscating that its reaction to Trump's promised immigration enforcement policy, which has already netted more than 600 criminal aliens, is not about altruism or solidarity with their countrymen who made the trek north; it's about the lucrative remittance stream that could dwindle and have a significant impact on the Mexican economy. Read more...

Flynn Footnote: Turkish Cult Using Public School Moneys Wins a Round

By David North, February 14, 2017

There are subdued cheers today coming from a particularly unattractive segment of the open borders community regarding the apparently forced resignation of General Michael Flynn as the president's national security adviser. Read more...

Reflecting on Frozen Proposed Immigration Regulations – Reagan and Trump

By David North, February 14, 2017

The White House has announced that it is freezing a number of proposed regulations put forth in the last couple of months by the departing Obama administration. Not killing them, but postponing them until the new people have a chance to look at and perhaps change them. Read more...

Ninth Circuit Ignores Statutes and Precedent

By John Miano, February 13, 2017

For those of you returning from UFO abductions, President Trump issued an executive order that included a provision that temporarily banned the admission of aliens from seven countries lacking functional governments or, in the case of Iran, is a state sponsor of terrorism. This sparked numerous legal challenges. American law is in such chaos that, if you sue enough times, you can get any outcome. Read more...

Attempting to Rationalize the Irrational: LA's Mayor Explains Why His Cops Shouldn't Cooperate with ICE

By Dan Cadman, February 13, 2017

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti appeared on MSNBC recently to restate his city's opposition to police cooperation with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials.

Garcetti asserted during the interview, "I couldn't have my officers solving robberies, homicides, rapes, burglaries if they suddenly become deputized ... we would stop solving crimes in Los Angeles if we became immigration agents."

It is so exasperating and tiresome to constantly read and hear such deliberate mischaracterizations. No one wants LAPD officers actively taking on the work of ICE agents, most especially ICE. But I don't suppose it has occurred to Garcetti that cooperation between the two organizations might radically reduce the number of robberies, homicides, rapes, and burglaries LAPD has to contend with. Let me give an example of how cooperation might work in the real world: Read more...

Enhanced Rapture: Crackdown on Crappy Colleges Is More Useful than Reported Earlier

By David North, February 13, 2017

Typically a writer hates to report that something he had written needs to be revised, but in this case I am delighted to declare that I understated the impact of a government decision regarding marginal colleges, as I did last month under the heading "Mild Rapture: a Federal Agency Cracks Drown on Crappy Colleges".

I now realize that "Enhanced, if Not Total, Rapture" would be a better description. Read more...

Study Reveals 72 Terrorists Came From Countries Covered by Trump Vetting Order

By Jessica Vaughan, February 11, 2017

A review of information compiled by a Senate committee in 2016 reveals that 72 individuals from the seven countries covered in President Trump's vetting executive order have been convicted in terror cases since the 9/11 attacks. These facts stand in stark contrast to the assertions by the Ninth Circuit judges who have blocked the president's order on the basis that there is no evidence showing a risk to the United States in allowing aliens from these seven terror-associated countries to come in. Read more...