Immigration Blog

Why Haven't Erdogan's Thugs Been Charged with Crimes?

By Dan Cadman, May 30, 2017

Shortly before President Trump's recent overseas travels to the Middle East and Europe, he was visited by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is known to be both Islamist and authoritarian in outlook.

During his visit earlier this month, when Erdogan went to the Turkish embassy in Washington, D.C., a brawl occurred between protesters (many of them Kurds, our allies in the war against Islamic State, but in general opponents of his regime) on one hand, and his supporters on the other. (A video of the brawl can be seen here.) Read more...

Manchester Leaks: Bad? Yes. Treason? No.

By Dan Cadman, May 30, 2017

As most readers will be aware, following the Manchester, England, terrorist attack by a suicide bomber, British authorities accused U.S. personnel of inappropriately and prematurely sharing details of the investigation, including the bomber's identity as well as forensic evidence. Those details ended up in the New York Times and, quickly thereafter, other American media outlets, to the dismay of the constabulary, which is in the midst of an ever-widening investigation into the bombing.

The Brits were furious, leading to the home secretary (their rough equivalent of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) secretary) to condemn the leak, and the prime minister to declare that the leak was so offensive and injurious to cooperation that they would suspend sharing of law enforcement information as a result. Read more...

Missing the Point on the "Travel Ban"
A concurrence explains the problems with the Fourth Circuit's analysis of Executive Order 13,780

By Andrew R. Arthur, May 27, 2017
A concurrence explains the problems with the Fourth Circuit's analysis of Executive Order 13,780

On Thursday, May 25, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued its long-awaited decision in International Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump. In that decision, the Fourth Circuit reviewed an injunction from the United States District Court for the District of Maryland barring enforcement of section 2(c) of Executive Order 13,780, "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States" (EO-2). The Fourth Circuit affirmed the district court judge's order in part, holding that "the district court erred in issuing an injunction against the President himself," but otherwise leaving the district court's decision enjoining enforcement of that provision intact. Read more...

Will No One Rid Me of These Turbulent Immigration Restrictionists?

By Mark Krikorian, May 26, 2017

In the under-appreciated film "Bowfinger" one of Eddie Murphy's characters is a paranoid movie-star nitwit who meticulously combs through a proposed script to count the number of times the letter K is used:

Kit: The letter K appears in this script 1,456 times. That's perfectly divisible by 3.

Freddy: So what? So what you saying?

Kit: What am I saying? KKK appears in this script 486 times!

This was my first thought when I read the Southern Poverty Law Center's latest screed attacking my organization, the Center for Immigration Studies. But rather than simply counting the Ks in my name, the SPLC's Inspector Javerts spent what must have been weeks combing through hundreds of weekly CIS roundups of immigration-related commentary from all sides. Then they researched the hundreds of columnists and bloggers whose pieces had been included — investigating their personal lives and statements in other articles — in order to find objectionable material (some of it anti-Semitic), which we are then somehow responsible for. This is proof that we're a "hate group." Read more...

No, Whistlebolower Revelation of MS-13 'Children' Does Not Harm Investigation

By Dan Cadman, May 26, 2017

On May 24, the Washington Times carried this item: "Obama admin knew gang members were part of illegal immigrant surge: Whistleblower".

My colleague Jessica Vaughan has already posted on the matter, but bear with me for a few moments here. Read more...

Shadows and Lies
Why won't politicians help inform immigrant victims?

By Andrew R. Arthur, May 26, 2017
Why won't politicians help inform immigrant victims?

The Wednesday, May 24, Baltimore Sun online edition ran a story that shocked the conscience of even its most jaded readers. Although it was a complicated narrative of obstruction and deceit, it was also amply summed up by its headline: "Baltimore attorney arrested for allegedly offering rape victim $3K to not testify, saying Trump will deport her." Read more...

Overstays Study Suggests Need to Overhaul the Foreign Student Program

By David North, May 25, 2017

Foreign students are more than twice as likely to overstay their visas as nonimmigrants coming to the United States generally.

That's an obvious but unremarked take-away from the "Fiscal Year 2016 Entry/Exit Overstay Report" just issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Using a statistical ratio based on the report, one out of 36 entrants with F, J, or M visas do not go home when their visas expire. Read more...

Pew Research Shows How OPT Undercuts American Workers

By Dan Cadman, May 25, 2017

In March the White House issued a press release, "President Trump Delivers on Jobs for the American People", that cited his progress in making good on his campaign promise to bring jobs to American workers. The release observes, "As a candidate, Mr. Trump promised 'I am going to bring back the jobs that have been stripped away from you and your country.'"

There does seem to be some progress, but what if his administration could free up thousands of jobs practically with the stroke of a pen (no need for a phone, folks), simply by undoing another one of the abysmal programs twisted out of recognition by his predecessors? He can. Read more...

Feds Allowed Known Gang Members to Enter as Unaccompanied Minors; Status Now Unknown

By Jessica Vaughan, May 24, 2017

A number of Central American youths who were positively identified by border agents as MS-13 and Sureno 18 gang members were allowed to enter the country in July 2014 under Obama administration border surge policies, according to documents released today by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.). Johnson is seeking information from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the status of these cases and, most importantly, whether they were released from the HHS facilities to communities in the United States. The youths were initially held by the Border Patrol in Nogales, Ariz., and were later transferred to HHS-run facilities in Virginia, Washington, Texas, New York, and Oklahoma. Read more...

Locking the Revolving Door
Davis-Oliver puts teeth into reinstatements, but more could be done

By Andrew R. Arthur, May 24, 2017
Davis-Oliver puts teeth into reinstatements, but more could be done

The House Judiciary Committee has returned this week to mark-up the "Michael Davis, Jr. and Danny Oliver in Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act" (Davis-Oliver) (H.R. 2431), which was introduced by Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho. (The committee approved the bill today by a vote of 19-13.) Earlier, I discussed how Title V of the bill will provide ICE officers and agents with the needed body armor and weapons that they need to do their jobs, particularly given the restrictions placed on them by sanctuary jurisdictions that endanger their lives and the public at large.

A separate section of that bill, section 604, will prevent aliens who are subject to expedited removal from obtaining review of those decisions by reentering illegally. Read more...

DHS Issues a Disturbing Report on Nonimmigrants Who Overstay Their Visas

By Dan Cadman, May 24, 2017

After a great deal of hemming, hawing, and revisions, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has finally issued its second report (for Fiscal Year 2016) on aliens who overstay their period of authorized admission — whether they entered with visas or through the Visa Waiver Program. Read more...

Reflections on Analyzing Donald Trump's Words and the So-Called "Travel Ban"

By Dan Cadman, May 24, 2017

Not so long ago, my colleague, Andrew Arthur, wrote an excellent blog, "Loaded Questions and False Assumptions", about the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals' treatment of the president's executive order directing a visa time-out for certain countries deemed a high terrorism risk, which was frequently and erroneously referred to as a "Muslim travel ban". Read more...

Many Haitians Choosing to Stay in Mexico

By Kausha Luna, May 23, 2017

As Haitians in the United States receive an extension of their Temporary Protected Status (TPS), those in Mexico have begun to establish themselves in Tijuana and abandon their intentions to cross to the United States.

In 2016, the number of Haitian arrivals at the U.S. southwest border swelled. The majority made their way north from Brazil to take advantage of lax immigration enforcement. However, after the Obama administration reinstated Haitian deportations and President Trump took office, the number of Haitians seeking asylum in the United States dropped dramatically. Read more...

DHS Secretary Kelly Extends Haitian TPS for Six Months

By Dan Cadman, May 23, 2017

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly has announced, after a period of deliberation, that he has decided to issue a six-month extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Haitian nationals in the United States.

The decision was made after a period of very public entreaties by any number of nongovernmental agencies, affected Haitians themselves, and the Haitian government. Read more...

"Temporary" Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Means

By Mark Krikorian, May 22, 2017

DHS Secretary John Kelly announced today that "Temporary Protected Status" for Haitians who were here illegally or on a visitor visa at the time of the 2010 earthquake would be extended yet again, for six months. In his statement he went to great pains to emphasize that this was really, for sure – probably; okay, well, maybe – the final extension:

This six-month extension should allow Haitian TPS recipients living in the United States time to attain travel documents and make other necessary arrangements for their ultimate departure from the United States, and should also provide the Haitian government with the time it needs to prepare for the future repatriation of all current TPS recipients.

No TPS grant to a large group of people has ever been allowed to end, so with high hope for the future, no prediction in regard to this is ventured. Read more...

Leveling the Playing Field
How the Davis-Oliver Act keeps ICE agents from being outgunned

By Andrew R. Arthur, May 22, 2017
How the Davis-Oliver Act keeps ICE agents from being outgunned

On Thursday, May 18, the House Judiciary Committee began the mark-up of the "Michael Davis, Jr. and Danny Oliver in Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act" (Davis-Oliver) (H.R. 2431), which was introduced by Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho. As Rep. Labrador, the Vice Chairman of the Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee, explained it in his press release introducing that bill:

The bill improves the enforcement of immigration laws to enhance public safety, adds tools to crack down on dangerous sanctuary city policies and contains needed changes to protect American communities from unlawful immigrants who commit crimes in the United States.

New Study Reveals 96% Negative Coverage for Trump Immigration Policies

By David Seminara, May 22, 2017

A telling new study from Harvard University's Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy reveals that liberal media bias is more pronounced in immigration coverage than in any other issue. The study found that during the Trump administration's first 100 days the overall tone of coverage at major media news outlets (CNN, NBC, CBS, FOX, NYT, WaPo, BBC, etc) was 80 percent negative. Read more...

"Punishing" Apprehended Illegal Aliens with Alternatives to Detention?

By Dan Cadman, May 22, 2017

Conservative Review has published an article, "Weak border bill threatens to undermine GOP's wall promises". The bill in question is being put together for introduction in both chambers of Congress by Sen. John Cornyn and Rep. Mike McCaul respectively. As one can gather from the title of CR's article, it is not necessarily a bill those who believe in responsible immigration control and enforcement can look toward with any pleasure. Read more...

Another Group of Exploited Alien Workers Is Heard From – the Au Pairs

By David North, May 19, 2017

It's bad enough when foreign workers are exploited in bunches, as they are through farmworker visas and (at a higher wage level) the H-1B program, but think of the exploitation possibilities when a one young person from another country is working as the lone servant in an American household.

She has little contact outside the family that employs her and generally knows little about our (not very strong) worker protection laws, but does know that if she upsets the family, she will be put on the first plane back to the homeland.

Welcome to the State Department's au pair program! Read more...

Draining the Swamp, or Wading in Ever Deeper?

By Dan Cadman, May 18, 2017

Even as border crossings have plummeted and interior arrests have soared since inauguration of the president — due, no doubt, both to his tough campaign talk and his unshackling of federal immigration agents through executive orders — there are warning signs that we may be sliding back toward the Washington business-as-usual mentality of unacknowledged virtually open borders where legal immigration is concerned. Read more...

Return of the ENLIST Act: A Trojan Horse for Amnesty

By Dan Cadman, May 18, 2017

On January 3, 2017, various members of the House of Representatives cosponsored HR 60, the "Encourage New Legalized Immigrants to Start Training (ENLIST) Act".

The reference to "new legalized immigrants" in the title is a red herring. In fact, the bill would allow illegal aliens to enlist in the military, at which point they would be entitled to amnesty through legalization of status, as is evident by the plain language in Section 2 of the bill.

There are a couple of intertwined rumors going around our capital city relating to this bill: First, that the Trump White House may be considering it favorably; and second, that its authors may attempt to insert it into the sprawling Pentagon appropriations bill, the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), even though it is nominally against congressional rules to use appropriations bills to pass substantive legislative proposals — something that regularly gets overlooked as a matter of convenience when legislators so choose. Read more...

Loaded Questions and False Assumptions
The Ninth Circuit reviews the executive order on foreign terrorist entry

By Andrew R. Arthur, May 17, 2017
The Ninth Circuit reviews the executive order on foreign terrorist entry

On Monday, May 15, a three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit heard arguments in the government's appeal of a preliminary injunction issued by a Hawaii federal district court judge of sections 2 and 6 of Executive Order 13,780, "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States". As Fox News reported, the panel was "skeptical" of the government's position. The case shows the dangers that ensue when courts fail to see the whole picture and rely on false assumptions. Read more...

Andrew Sullivan Discusses Social and Political Upheaval in the U.S.

By Jerry Kammer, May 16, 2017

We who work at the Center for Immigration Studies attempt to make the case for reasonable immigration limits. Some of us, motivated by concerns for the labor market prospects of Americans and permanent residents, consider ourselves to be liberal restrictionists. Others, concerned with maintaining social cohesion and the rule of law, identify as conservatives. (There is, of course, some overlap.) Read more...

Man with 15 Previous Deportations Nearly Kills Boy, Mainstream Media Shrugs

By David Seminara, May 15, 2017

If Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had a loyalty rewards program, surely Constantino Banda-Acosta would be a platinum member. Banda-Acosta, a 38-year-old citizen of Mexico, has been deported from the United States at least 15 times according to the San Diego Union Tribune. Last week, while driving drunk, he allegedly blew through a stop sign and smashed into another vehicle, seriously injuring Lennox Lake, a six-year-old boy who was on his way home from a family trip to Disneyland. Banda-Acosta didn't stop or seek help, and the poor little boy had to undergo two surgeries at a Children's Hospital. (Donate to his GoFundMe page here.) Read more...

Unsubstantiated Voting Fraud?
The president establishes a commission on election integrity

By Andrew R. Arthur, May 12, 2017
The president establishes a commission on election integrity

On Thursday, May 11, President Trump announced the establishment of a commission on election integrity. The commission: "[W]ill review claims of improper registrations and voting, fraudulent registrations and voter suppression. ... Members will provide the president with a report in 2018 and may issue recommendations to the states."

Almost instantaneously, the president's critics attacked the commission, and its Vice Chairman, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Read more...

The Nobel Prize Standard

By Andrew R. Arthur, May 12, 2017

The phrase "deeds not words" has long been associated with Alice Paul, suffragette, political activist, and one of the founders of the National Women's Party. The Washington Post, which describes the phrase as Ms. Paul's "battle cry", reports it is "an allusion to Paul's preference for attention-getting protest stunts, such as hurtling rocks at windowpanes, in the name of equal rights." Read more...

Reflecting on Alien Prisoner Drug Offender Sentence Reductions

By Dan Cadman, May 12, 2017

Several times previously I've spoken about "criminal justice reform" as it relates to alien felons and drug offenders, and in less-than-glowing terms (see here, here, and here) because it seemed then, and seems to me now, that where alien criminals are concerned, the "reforms" are just one more way our government proves it isn't serious about border control — because many of the aliens benefiting from such reforms, whether via legislation or amendment of sentencing guidelines to provide for retroactive downward departures, are cross-border violators and drug traffickers who got caught moving their packages of death into our country. Read more...

HSI Returns to the Streets to Target Gangs

By Jessica Vaughan, May 11, 2017

In a press conference today, ICE announced the results of a six-week operation targeting transnational gangs, led by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI, a division of ICE). Some of these gangs have rebounded in recent years, taking advantage of lax border security to grow their ranks, and this operation indicates renewed attention to the problem and, most notably, a welcome return to assertive use of immigration enforcement authorities as an effective weapon against this scourge. Read more...

Here's a Switch: The Dangers Migrants Face Leaving the U.S. for Canada

By David North, May 11, 2017

We have heard for years about aliens seeking to illegally enter the United States from the south dying in the heat of the desert along the southern border.

This past winter we began to hear about the exact opposite — aliens with dubious or no credentials fleeing from the United States to Canada, and risking freezing to death in the process. Read more...

Can A New Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Bill Pass into Law?

By Dan Cadman, May 11, 2017

Several Republican members of Congress are reported to be working with the Trump White House to craft a border security and interior immigration enforcement bill.

According to the story:

The legislation is still in flux, though copies of an early draft have floated around Washington. The focus will be strengthening defenses at the border and enforcement of immigration laws in the interior of the US, and will likely include a mix of upping resources and staffing at the border as well as tweaking some immigration law and authorities to clear the way for more aggressive immigration enforcement, according to sources familiar with the direction.