Immigration Blog

Coded Signals from USCIS, on a Friday afternoon, about H-1B and EB-5?

By David North, March 6, 2017

Perhaps I am wrong, but I think the new leadership of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services sent us coded messages Friday afternoon about the Trump administration's plans for the H-1B (alien worker) and the EB-5 (immigrant investor) programs.

Friday afternoon is the classic timing of government announcements when the government does not want them to secure too much attention. I know, because in a previous life I, too, played that game. Read more...

Unraveling the Immigrant Education Paradox

By John Wahala, March 5, 2017

In her recent Atlantic piece, Emily Deruy reports on new research that challenges the notion of an "immigrant paradox" — the theory that immigrant students outperform their native-born counterparts, in spite of all the obstacles, but that this upperward mobility is slowed across generations, perhaps because of some deficiency in American culture. Read more...

Fox Provides a Case Study of the Polarized State of the Nation's Immigration Debate

By Jerry Kammer, March 3, 2017

Early in the morning I often work out while watching MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program, which provides a daily look at what the Washington political class is thinking about. But today, after it became obvious that the program was obsessively fixated on the Jeff Sessions story, I switched to "Fox and Friends". There, hosts Ainsley Earhardt and Brian Kilmeade promptly illustrated their network's own fixation — on illegal immigration.

The result, aided by some complementary research, was a case study on the fraught and polarized state of the nation's immigration debate. Read more...

Feds Fail Another Long Island Town with Violent El Salvadoran Immigrant Gangs

By Joseph J. Kolb, March 3, 2017

The relentless gang violence on Long Island, N.Y., fueled by the surge of youths and families from El Salvador is reaching a fever pitch that officials are confronting head-on, despite being left in the dark by federal agencies who fail to communicate new arrival trends and details on resettlement activities to local officials. Read more...

A Call for ICE Transparency in a Deeply Disturbing Case

By Dan Cadman, March 3, 2017

The Daily Caller is reporting on a disturbing case that emanated in the Kansas City area in March 2016, when a previously deported criminal alien is alleged to have killed four individuals and, in fleeing from that offense, killed a fifth individual when trying to steal his car keys.

At a recent Senate hearing, the widow of the fifth victim appeared to testify at the request of Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri. According to the Daily Caller, she stated, "Not only has ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) failed us, our borders have failed us." That may be a fair assessment, if the facts are as alleged. Read more...

Mexican Government Prepares Its Illegals in the U.S. for Detention

By Kausha Luna, March 3, 2017

More than a decade after publishing a comic book showing how to sneak into the United States, Mexico's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has created an infographic video to advise Mexican illegal aliens in the United States how to prepare for possible detention by immigration authorities.

Titled "Recommendations in Case of Immigration Detention", the video outlines seven steps to be taken. These recommendations are divided into two sections. Read more...

ICE Must Act Responsibly, But So Must Advocacy Groups

By Dan Cadman, March 2, 2017

My colleague Jerry Kammer has written a blog post appealing for wisdom at the helms of the nation's two primary border enforcement agencies, Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). It's a valuable piece, and merited being said.

I can't say I know the acting heads over at CBP, but I do know the acting chief of ICE; he is an intelligent and sober man who wouldn't willingly lead the troops astray, though of course there is always the possibility of an untoward field incident — a reality in any kind of police work in any agency at any time.

There is another side to the story, too, though. Read more...

Trump's VOICE and Why It's Counterproductive to Demonize Immigrants

By David Seminara, March 2, 2017

If you'd like to see the country adopt a rule-of-law approach to immigration enforcement, there was plenty to like about President Trump's joint address to Congress on Tuesday night. His calls to "restore integrity and the rule of law to our borders", create a merit-based immigration system, and protect American workers by enforcing our laws were music to my ears.

But I'm not sold on his idea to establish VOICE (Victims Of Immigration Crime Engagement), an office within the Department of Homeland Security that will supposedly help Americans who are victims of crimes committed by immigrants in the country illegally. (And publish quarterly reports "studying the effects of the victimization by criminal aliens present in the United States.") Read more...

Syrian Refugees Resettled in the U.S.: Why Them and Not Others?

By Nayla Rush, March 1, 2017

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) recently shared on its website the story of a Syrian refugee family who was resettled from Jordan to Dallas. The 30-year-old mechanic, Firas al Ahmad, his wife Samira and their three children fled to Jordan at the end of 2013 when the fighting intensified near their home. The family struggled there for over three years due to the "lack of legal work opportunities" and welcomed UNHCR's offer to resettle in the United States. Once their application approved, they sold their furniture and moved out from their apartment to stay with Firas' dad in the Jordanian city of Irbid. Read more...

Stranded in Mexico, Cubans Seek Refugee Status

By Kausha Luna, March 1, 2017

Over 50 Cubans, whose original intention was to cross the border into the United States, are now asking the Mexican government to allow them to stay in the country. Read more...

Immigration in Trump's Quasi-SOTU

By Mark Krikorian, March 1, 2017

There were two important points related to immigration in last night's speech. The first is that the media hype about Trump possibly floating an amnesty plan was nonsense. It was driven by comments from the president himself to reporters earlier in the day that he’d be open to a deal that offered a non-citizenship amnesty to non-violent illegal aliens and a regular citizenship amnesty for the DACAs (illegals who came before age 16 whom Obama lawlessly amnestied). I don't think that was planned; he’s seemed to embrace a Jeb-like immigration plan in past off-the-cuff comments, only to back away when speaking formally, and that seems to be what happened. Taking this seriously was wishful thinking by the media and paranoia by immigration hawks (including myself) – though the paranoia, or better, eternal vigilance, is always necessary. Read more...

"Me! Me! Me!" The Voice of the Illegal Alien Is Heard in the Land

By David North, February 28, 2017

This may be blasphemy, but there is an eerie resemblance between the egocentric arguments of illegal aliens and the tweets of our egocentric president.

This thought crossed my mind when I read the latest defiant statement of an illegal alien who faces deportation, and deserves it: Jeanette Vizguerra, a multiple law violator whose op-ed piece appeared in the February 25 New York Times. The article was titled "Why I Will Not Leave"; had she or her copy editor been a little more familiar with this country and its traditions she would have written the more compelling "Why I Shall Not Be Moved," as in the Pete Seeger song. Read more...

CPAC Disappoints on Immigration – Again

By Marguerite Telford, February 28, 2017

Last week's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), like those in the prior two years, had little to offer people in favor of immigration enforcement and reduced immigration. So it shouldn't be surprising that the beginning of this posting is almost the same as the posting on immigration at CPAC 2016, where the key immigration event focused on how to talk to minorities; Mike Madrid claimed the GOP risked becoming "irrelevant" if the party didn't embrace amnesty and high immigration levels. His advice was ignored by candidate Trump. This year the four-day conference, addressed by President Trump, once again made no attempt to have a meaningful immigration conversation. Read more...

An Appeal for Wise Leadership at ICE & CBP

By Jerry Kammer, February 27, 2017

One of the reasons I came to work for the Center for Immigration Studies was that I wanted to make the case for humane but firm enforcement of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA). That legislation presented to the American people a compromise between two values that had come into conflict. IRCA provided the compassion of legalization for illegal immigrants with a pledge that the federal government would check future illegal immigration by cutting off the jobs magnet with penalties for employers who knowingly hire unauthorized workers. Read more...

Politicized Intelligence Reporting and a Complicit Media

By Dan Cadman, February 27, 2017

The Associated Press has issued an "exclusive" article on a leaked "draft intelligence report" from the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Intelligence and Analysis (DHS I&A) that purports to show that individuals from the seven countries named in the much-contested presidential executive order suspending visas and travel don't pose any particular risk. It is likely a politicized "intelligence product" that should never have seen the light of day. Read more...

BBC: Hip Hip Hooray for Sanctuary Cities!

By David Seminara, February 27, 2017

When it comes to inaccurate, hopelessly biased "reporting" on immigration, Americans are spoiled for choice. Advocacy journalism is now more the rule than the exception and so rebutting and correcting the deluge of crooked immigration "reporting" is something of a Sisyphean task. Consuming a steady diet of mainstream media immigration "reporting" is akin to relocating to a toxic waste dump — after a while, you barely even notice the stench. Read more...

DeVos Urged to Revive ACICS, Accreditor of Crummy Colleges

By David North, February 27, 2017

If the main immigration policy disputes are being fought on the highway of executive orders and deportations, there is an energetic little scrap taking place in a nearby alley — a battle in which the Trump administration is being urged to take an open-borders position, which would conflict with its overall immigration policy.

This is the long-running conflict about regulating for-profit schools — including low quality schools for aliens and, within that subset, the out-and-out visa mills. Read more...

Olathe, in Memoriam

By Dan Cadman, February 26, 2017

I have often in the past expressed my dismay when citizens and resident aliens are victimized by alien criminals who kill and maim without remorse, and sometimes without repercussion. It is appropriate, then, that I express my dismay about what happened in Olathe, Kan. I am horrified, and my heart goes out to the victims and the family of the man who died. Read more...

Foolish Symbolism and Hyped Hysteria in the Public Schools

By Dan Cadman, February 26, 2017

The media has been filled with stories in recent days about various school districts declaring themselves "sanctuaries" by issuing orders to the effect that ICE agents will not be allowed to enter schools or property without criminal warrants (see, e.g., here and here). This, I think, is a foolish overreaction Read more...

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...