Immigration Blog

Feds Move Against Accrediting Council That OK'd Visa Mills

By David North, June 20, 2016

We reported earlier that an accrediting organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education — one that routinely has given favorable notices to institutions run by visa sharks — has run into trouble and might be put out of business this year. Read more...

The Heroin Dealer as Immigration Activist

By Dan Cadman, June 20, 2016

The United States is experiencing a crisis in heroin addiction at near-epidemic levels. This has been going on for a few years now, with no sign of let-up. The addiction has affected towns large and small, and all strata of society, including the very young, leading lawmakers, physicians, educators, and civic leaders to sound the alarm.

Heroin has become so plentiful that many users who began with prolonged use of prescription drugs obtained, at least originally, legally, find it cheaper to switch to packets of junk sold on the street than to continue trying to find new ways and sources to get their hands on the prescription drugs. The same is true for those who began on prescription drugs obtained through diversion from legitimate outlets into the street market. Read more...

SEC Lays $1 Million Fine on a Major EB-5 Player

By David North, June 16, 2016

Ever the cop on the EB-5 beat, the Securities and Exchange Commission has levied a $1 million fine on one of the biggest and longest-established entities in the EB-5 business — American Life, Inc., and its president, Henry G. Liebman.

Liebman was also fined $240,000, according to the SEC document that is the record of an agreement between the federal agency and American Life and its leader. This is a civil penalty and the civil version of a plea deal. Read more...

U.S. v. Olivar, a Triumph for Denaturalization and for Common Sense

By Dan Cadman, June 15, 2016

Readers of my periodic blog posts will know that I am no big fan of the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, almost certainly the most liberal of the federal appellate circuits, whose jurists are authors of some occasionally mind-bending legal acrobatics that throw common sense and logic to the wind. Read more...

Governments Offer Grants to Employers for Jobs, But H-1Bs Get Them

By David North, June 15, 2016

Here's a story about how H-1B employers rip off state and federal agencies by using grants and other programs designed to create jobs for residents to instead create jobs for H-1B workers.

And the story is not coming to us from big media, but from smaller papers like the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer and the Danville (Va.) Register Bee.

According to the Observer's Deon Roberts: Read more...

The PRC's Perversion of an American Immigration Program

By CIS, June 14, 2016

Guest post by Dallas EB-5 attorney Shae Armstrong

Why does the People's Republic of China (PRC) quietly warrant the exporting of over $3 billion a year into U.S. markets while taking with it China's most wealthy and competent citizens who seek to immigrate to the United States? Read more...

The Migration of the Rich — and Nervous — Chinese

By David North, June 14, 2016

If Emma Lazarus were alive today, and paying attention to the most recent wave of migrants to the United States — wealthy Chinese — she might write:

Give me your rich,
your lawyered masses,
yearning to breathe free.

These movements from China run exactly contrary to one of the fundamental rules of international migration: Routinely the elite do not migrate, since things are going very well at home, thank you. So why — and how — are so many wealthy Chinese trying to migrate to the United States, or in many cases, trying to see to it that their children can do so? Read more...

GAO Issues Its First Visa Waiver Program Report Since the Law Was Amended

By Dan Cadman, June 14, 2016

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report last week about the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), which permits citizens of approved nations to enter the United States as short-term visitors without the need to seek visas from U.S. consular officers. "Visa Waiver Program: DHS Should Take Steps to Ensure Timeliness of Information Needed to Protect U.S. National Security" is the first report on VWP since the law creating the program was amended. Read more...

On Illegal Aliens and Foreign Students

By Dan Cadman, June 13, 2016

Mayte Lara, an illegal alien residing in Texas, caused a minor firestorm when she went to cyberspace on the occasion of her graduation to "out" herself for her lack of status, while at the same time complimenting her own legs and mentioning her valedictory status. That's a veritable grab-bag of things to include in a tweet limited to 140 characters.

That this young lady felt free to announce herself isn't really much of an exercise in boldness given the state of disrepair that exists in immigration enforcement after seven-plus years of the Obama administration. Even so, some people lauded her; and many others were angry that she apparently will be attending the University of Texas tuition-free. This does raise the question of whether her tuition-free status was an appropriate expenditure of taxpayer monies. Read more...

Inevitable: Alleged EB-5 Fraudster Already Has a Third Nation's Citizenship

By David North, June 13, 2016

It had to happen. One of the alleged fraudsters involved in an EB-5 scandal in the United States has also purchased an additional citizenship in another nation.

We reported a few days ago that Charles Liu and his wife, Lisa Wang, were exposed by the Securities and Exchange Commission as diverters of $18 million in EB-5 investments involving a cancer treatment center in Southern California. They sent the money to their own bank accounts and to three companies in China rather than building the medical center. Read more...

What Obama's Immigration Policies Encourage

By Kausha Luna, June 13, 2016

On Wednesday, Telemundo (a Spanish language news network) published an interview with an "unaccompanied minor" abandoned by a coyote.

Ashlyn Bonilla, the Honduran five-year-old, was abandoned in Texas after crossing the border with Mexico. Her mother, Belkis Garcia, paid $4,500 to have her daughter smuggled into the United States. Garcia left her daughter behind in Honduras when Ashlyn was seven months old. Read more...

Emigration Note: The Two-Way Movements of College Students

By David North, June 10, 2016

Those of us who write about migration — from all points of view — tend to focus all our thoughts on immigration. We often tend to forget that migration is a two-way street, with at least some people going in both directions.

To fill that gap there will be, from time to time, these emigration notes on people leaving the country for reasons other than tourism. Today, look at the international movements of college-age people, as they arrive in the United States and as they leave. Read more...

No Stats and No Facts: The Perfect Vacuum for Manipulating Immigration Policies

By Dan Cadman, June 10, 2016

Center for Immigration Studies Executive Director Mark Krikorian has written a piece for National Review Online titled "No Facts, Please — We're Making Immigration Policy" in which he discusses the gaping vacuum that exists where immigration statistics are concerned. His article notes how the lack of verifiable statistics has become one of the tricks by which proponents of various programs, or indeed of large immigration numbers generally, manage to gull the public by making absurd claims that can't be refuted ... because of the absence of those self-same statistics. Read more...

DOL $100 Million Training Grant Plays into H-1B Employers' Bogus Claims

By David North, June 9, 2016

The Department of Labor has announced that it is using $100 million in H-1B fees to train workers so that fewer H-1B workers will be needed (that last verb should be in quotation marks) in the future.

Sounds like good news, right?

Wrong! For two reasons: Read more...

Sheila Jackson Lee's Self-Serving Speculation on Barbara Jordan and Immigration Policy

By Jerry Kammer, June 9, 2016

The Houston Chronicle on Monday published an article about Barbara Jordan, the native of Houston who became a civil rights leader, the first black woman elected to the Texas State Senate, and, in 1972, the first black person elected to Congress from Texas since Reconstruction. At the time of her death in 1996 she was the chairwoman of the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform.

As the Chronicle noted, the commission "proposed sharp cuts in immigration to protect American workers, a plan some immigration restriction groups still promote in Jordan's name." Read more...

Pro-Amnesty GOP House Member Loses with Less Than 25 Percent of the Vote

By David North, June 8, 2016

In an odd primary contest, a Republican member of the House of Representatives, who had cast an odd vote (for a Republican) in favor of amnesty, lost to another sitting GOP member in North Carolina on Tuesday. So far in this election year, she is the first Republican House member to lose a primary. Read more...

If Obama's Immigration Actions Are Upheld, What's Left of Congress?

By Jon Feere, June 8, 2016

Congress may lose much of its authority over immigration this month.

For decades, the Supreme Court has held that authority over immigration is shared between the political branches — the legislative and the executive. But if the court sides with the Obama administration in United States v. Texas, that balance will forever be upset and Congress will find itself with little recourse. Put another way, if the White House wins, the voters will have greater difficultly shaping immigration policy through congressional elections, and petitioning Congress on immigration will serve little purpose. Read more...

On College Admission, Military Recruitment, and Illegal Aliens

By Dan Cadman, June 8, 2016

Bastion of truth and rectitude Politifact recently assessed a statement by Wisconsin state representative Dale Kooyenga: "Today it is more difficult to enlist in the U.S. military than it is to enroll in college."

The Politifactors rated it "half true", apparently because the phrasing was too categorical for their liking, since, in their words, "There isn't definitive evidence to prove the claim given that it mixes apples and oranges: The military and college are different pursuits with different sets of minimum standards for getting in, and among colleges, the entrance requirements vary widely."

And yet, also in their words, "[T]here are credible estimates saying that roughly 75 percent of young adults in America wouldn't be eligible to enlist if they tried, while roughly two out of three high school graduates go on to a two- or four-year college." So Kooyenga pretty much nailed it. Read more...

Latin America Becoming a Transit Route for Africans and Asians

By Kausha Luna, June 6, 2016

On Saturday, Costa Rica's President Luis Guillermo Solis addressed the leaders of the member countries of the Association of Caribbean States, asking for solidarity and awareness on the migration issues in the region.

The member countries of the Association of Caribbean States (AEC) met in Cuba for its seventh summit. Read more...

F-1 to OPT to H-1B to Green Card-by-Marriage to Murder

By David North, June 6, 2016

One of the irritating aspects of the American press is its routine refusal to report in any detail on the immigration status of prominent criminals.

Take the recent case of Mainak Sarkar, an apparently thin-skinned and mentally unbalanced citizen of India who first killed his estranged wife, a U.S. citizen whose marriage to him made him a green card carrier, and then, a week or so ago, shot the university professor who helped him overcome what sounds like a marginal dissertation to secure his PhD. Subsequently Sarkar killed himself, according to the Associated Press. Read more...

"Privacy Rights" of Illegal Aliens Under Judicial Scrutiny

By Dan Cadman, June 6, 2016

A few days ago, I posted a short item on the irony of the Department of Justice (DOJ) asking the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen's order imposing sanctions on DOJ attorneys for repeatedly misleading his court in their briefs. DOJ claims that Judge Hanen's order exceeds the scope of his constitutional authority.

But another portion of the order directed DOJ to turn over to him the names and identifying data of all of the 100,000-plus "Dreamers" who received extensions under another, related executive action program that the DOJ attorneys had promised the judge were not being acted on (the source of the repeated misrepresentations to the judge). Read more...

Switzerland, Free Money, and Migration

By Dan Cadman, June 6, 2016

The Swiss have overwhelmingly rejected a referendum that would have guaranteed a basic minimum income to every adult (approximately $2,500 monthly) and child ($625 monthly) in the nation — whether or not they are employed. Read more...

EB-5 Problems Proliferate – Here are Three New Ones

By David North, June 6, 2016

I was about to write a posting about two new black eyes suffered by the EB-5 program when a third, and much more significant body blow, appeared on the wire. All are California-based.

The latest news item is that the Securities and Exchange Commission has, yet again, sought to heal a nasty situation that the Department of Homeland Security allowed to fester.

This one involves the raising of $27 million for the support of a cancer center in southern California that would, the promoters said, use proton therapy on patients and create 4,500 new jobs. The EB-5 money, however, did not produce even the start of a building. What it did do was add $7 million to the accounts of Charles C. Liu and his wife, the EB-5 promoters, while another $11 million was sent off to three firms in China. Read more...

How 10 Patels and Nine Others Failed to Beat the Immigration Law

By David North, June 3, 2016

This is an immigration fraud story played out in unlikely place, Mississippi, and in which 10 people named Patel and their nine co-conspirators (including six or seven U.S. citizens) failed in their efforts to secure green cards for 11 aliens from India.

In one sense the conspirators, led by Sachin Girishkumar Patel, were creative, as they used two quite different fraudulent approaches to green card status.

But in another way, the conspirators lacked finesse. Read more...

U.S.-bound Africans Stranded in Costa Rica

By Kausha Luna, June 2, 2016

Hundreds of African illegal aliens are collecting at Costa Rica's northern border, hoping to cross into Nicaragua and continue on to the United States.

In November, the government of Nicaragua closed its border and increased its military presence in response to the flows of Cuban illegal aliens crossing from Costa Rica. Read more...

Will The EU's Migrant Crisis Drift Northward?

By Dan Cadman, June 2, 2016

I suppose it was only a matter of time: Migrants moving up through Europe, having successfully negotiated the Mediterranean or Aegean Seas, or the land route through Eastern Europe, arrive at the northern shore of the continent and then set their sights on crossing the next body of water to penetrate the British Isles.

And why not? After all, at its widest, only about 150 miles separate the United Kingdom (UK) from the continent; at its narrowest, it is just a hair wider than 20 miles — thus the French name for the channel: La Manche ("the Sleeve").

In this regard, British newspapers are reporting two things: Read more...

Three Excellent Examples of Investigative Journalism on Migration Topics

By David North, June 2, 2016

There has been all too little investigative reporting regarding immigration matters, but there were two remarkable exceptions to that last month, and a third late last year.

These three long, well researched articles dealt with scandals in a huge California visa mill, multiple problems in the EB-5 program, and in the H-2B program for temporary alien non-agricultural workers, perhaps the most ignored of the migration trouble spots. Read more...

Shoe on Other Foot for DOJ

By Dan Cadman, June 1, 2016

Here's a little factoid that's rich in irony, brought to us courtesy of Law360:

DOJ Slams Sanctions In Immigration Action Case As Excessive

Law360, New York (May 31, 2016, 7:07 PM ET) -- The U.S. Department of Justice [DOJ] asked the Texas federal court on Tuesday to stay an order in the case over Obama's immigration executive actions that could force the agency's attorneys to take a legal ethics course, saying the sanctions go beyond the limits of the court's power. (Emphasis added.)

Man Bites Dog: Turkey Says Do Not Hire Turkish Teachers for U.S. Schools

By David North, May 31, 2016

Usually when a foreign government intervenes in the U.S. labor market it is either to protect the interests of individual foreign workers or to see to it that the United States keeps hiring them in general.

But Turkey, through its lawyer, Robert Amsterdam, has just issued a statement saying that a group of Turkish-run charter schools in the United States has been using an American visa scheme:

that places under-qualified Turkish teachers into key positions in its schools, while simultaneously underpaying its more qualified non-Turkish teachers.

Another Fraud Trick Attempted in the EB-5 Program

By David North, May 31, 2016

As we have noted previously, there are many of different kinds of opportunities for fraud in the EB-5 program.

Earlier this month another shady maneuver emerged, this time caught by the Department of Homeland Security. The EB-5 program is designed to give overseas investors a set of green cards when they put $500,000 of their own money into a project approved by, but not guaranteed by, DHS. That investment, in turn, is supposed to be at risk, and should lead to the creation of 10 U.S. jobs. Read more...