Immigration Blog

News on Sanctuaries and Remittances

By Dan Cadman, April 7, 2017

A few recent immigration items caught my attention:

Fairfax County, Va.: Sanctuary or No? The Washington Post ran a brief article about Virginia's Fairfax County, one of those that constitute part of the greater metro area around our nation's capital, titled "Fairfax County stops short of sanctuary policy in new immigration guidelines". The county supervisors allegedly opted out and instead voted for a wishy-washy, neither fish-nor-fowl policy. As the Post put it, "Virginia's largest jurisdiction on Tuesday declared itself a welcoming and accepting place for immigrants but steered clear of the word 'sanctuary,' a term that could spark a backlash from the Trump administration." Read more...

As Enforcement Tightens, Hondurans Find Alternative Destinations

By Kausha Luna, April 6, 2017

As enforcement tightens at the U.S. border and coyotes continue extortion tactics, Honduran migrants are looking to other countries, including Honduras, as final destinations.

Sally Valladares, coordinator of the Honduran Observatory of International Migration (OMIH), notes that many Hondurans may not take the risk of crossing the U.S. border, given the current political climate, and will instead stay in Mexico. However, Hondurans are also struggling to make it across Mexico's southern border. As of March, the Honduran Ministry of Foreign Affairs registered the return of 12,566 Hondurans so far this year. Of those registered, 5,771 were deported from the United States and 6,787 from Mexico. Consequently, Valladares expects that Honduran migration to Costa Rica, Canada, and Spain may increase. Read more...

Chinese Americans, Again, Fleece Mainland Chinese in $50M EB-5 Scam

By David North, April 6, 2017

With the main part of the EB-5 (immigrant investor) program about to sunset on April 28, its defenders are facing yet another scam, at the $50 million level, in which Chinese-Americans fleeced Mainland China investors.

Yesterday federal agents raided the offices of the California Investment Immigration Fund in San Gabriel, an EB-5 regional center, according to the Associated Press.

The timing could not have been better for those seeking either the reform of, or (less likely) the termination of the program. Read more...

Selective Constitutionality under the Obama Justice Department

By Dan Cadman, April 6, 2017

The Washington Post is reporting that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered senior Department of Justice (DOJ) officials to review all police reform agreements signed, or initiated and yet pending, between DOJ and some 25 police departments nationwide.

According to the article, Sessions wants to ensure that the agreements — all of them initiated by the Obama administration, and most under the pressure of lawsuits — don't work against the goals of promoting officer safety and morale while fighting violent crime. I have nothing much to say about all of that, other than it sounds reasonable enough, because it's outside the scope of immigration matters. Read more...

Pepsi – and ICE

By Andrew R. Arthur, April 6, 2017

A Pepsi commercial featuring Kendall Jenner is currently trending on Twitter and Facebook. (Pepsi pulled the ad yesterday after an outcry.) Jenner's encounter with a police officer at the climax of the ad reminded me of the arguments of critics in the ongoing debate on immigration enforcement.

The commercial begins with Jenner (a member of the extended Kardashian family) modeling for a photo shoot as a protest march assembles in the street outside. She joins the marchers, who are confronted by stone-faced police officers, some in riot gear. The assembled crowd flashes peace signs at the police, who stand stoically by, all business. Read more...

Kill the Filibuster to Fix Immigration

By Dan Cadman, April 6, 2017

Fred Bauer has written an interesting opinion piece for National Review Online, "The Rule XIX Solution", in which he suggests that there is a way to sidestep "going nuclear" and ending the Senate's filibuster rule so that body can then proceed to a vote on whether or not to confirm Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.

Bauer, pointing to ideas from officials at the Federalist and the Heritage Foundation, suggests that if this obscure rule were invoked, senators would be allowed to filibuster, but not forever: Read more...

Is the H-4 Rule on Its Way Out?

By John Miano, April 6, 2017

An update is in order on the H-4 (spouses and children under 21 years of age of H-1B visa holders) work authorization case: Save Jobs USA v. U.S. Dep't of Homeland Security. While the case got little attention initially, over the past few weeks there has been a surge of coverage, consisting largely of misleading plant pieces and mindless hysteria.

A little bit of history is in order first. Administrative abuse has been a constant problem with the immigration system. Congress authorizes the executive to do certain things and then the president does whatever he wants. One recurring problem has been the executive authorizing alien employment on improper visas. In fact, the H-1B program was created in response to such abuse. Read more...

More Evidence of Charlie Beck's and Eric Garcetti's Disingenuousness

By Dan Cadman, April 5, 2017

A few days ago, I blogged about Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Chief Charlie Beck's specious claim that a short-term drop in domestic violence cases involving Hispanics was proof of the chilling effect of immigration enforcement efforts on local policing.

It was such an obvious case of cherry-picking statistical data that no serious observer of either policing or immigration enforcement could possibly take it seriously; it's clear that Beck's purpose was political, not an expression of interest in effective community policing. And, of course, he achieved that purpose by generating lots of publicity at a time when many Americans are starting to wake up to the dangers of sanctuary city policies in various parts of the country, including Los Angeles. Beck was engaged in a pushback effort to try to stave off the very real possibility that LAPD is going to lose federal funds as a result of its noncooperation policies. Read more...

H-1B Disclosure Data Show Employer's Wage Savings

By John Miano, April 5, 2017

CNBC just posted a story in which the CEO of Vectra Networks promotes the H-1B visa program. He states that the company seeks to hire the "best and brightest" and the H-1B is a "crucial program".

This is where the H-1B disclosure data ought to be the reporter's best friend. Sadly very few in the media do such a check. Read more...

Absurd Responses from Sanctuary Jurisdiction Leaders after DHS Meeting

By Dan Cadman, April 4, 2017

On March 29, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly held a meeting with various mayors, sheriffs, and municipal leaders to discuss the pressing problem of sanctuaries: state and local governments that, in one way or another, forbid or impede their law enforcement agencies from cooperating with immigration agents by refusing to honor detainers filed against alien criminals, by obstructing the flow of information about such aliens, by denying agents access to incarcerated aliens for purposes of interviews, or by declaring "safe zones" in which they will attempt to physically prevent agents from access. Read more...

Tsunami of UACs May Be Nearing an End

By Joseph J. Kolb, April 3, 2017

The crisis of unaccompanied minors (UACs) and family units being apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol is showing signs of going from a tsunami to a steady and more manageable flow, providing cause for cautious optimism and relief for communities inundated by unaccompanied minors and the horrific crimes that have recently occurred.

Recent data released by the Border Patrol shows what may be construed as a last ditch effort by UACs to cross the border and be placed in more than a hundred communities in the United States by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). Read more...

Big Missed Opportunity, but Don't Panic on H-1B - Yet

By John Miano, April 3, 2017

Today is the start of this year's H-1B season. Many groups that supported President Trump have been urging him to replace the purely random visa lottery with one that emphasizes wages and skills. A change in the lottery process could easily have been implemented before this year's H-1B season and it would have demonstrated that the president intends to take action on the H-1B cesspool.

It is not clear that President Trump will do anything about the allocation of H-1B visas this year. This is a great disappointment. This is an issue the president campaigned on. It is an issue he won on. Doing something about the H-1B lottery would have been an easy win for the president. And the press is already mocking the president over this failure.

But I am not panicking — yet. Read more...

'The Case Against Immigration' in the Journal 'Foreign Affairs'

By Steven A. Camarota, March 31, 2017

From a piece by me posted today at the Foreign Affairs site:

In the United States, there is strong evidence that the national interest has not been well served by the country’s immigration policy over the last five decades. Even as levels of immigration have approached historic highs, debate on the topic has been subdued, and policymakers and opinion leaders in both parties have tended to overstate the benefits and understate or ignore the costs of immigration. It would make a great deal of sense for the country to reform its immigration policies by more vigorously enforcing existing laws, and by moving away from the current system, which primarily admits immigrants based on family relationships, toward one based on the interests of Americans.

Interior Secretaries Say the Darnedest Things

By Dan Cadman, March 30, 2017

Back when I was working for the federal government, I'd occasionally come upon a person I thought exhibited quiet strength and wisdom when I'd see them sitting through various meetings or whatever. Sometimes on getting to know them, and with closer scrutiny, I'd discover to my consternation that they really weren't very smart at all, but the one single piece of wisdom they'd absorbed is that it's better to stay silent and leave your intellect in question than open your mouth and dispel any doubt whatever that you are shallow or a fool.

News media are reporting that Montana Congressman-turned-Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said publicly that since we don't want to spoil our view of the Rio Grande or put the border wall plunk down into the middle of it, we should put it on the Mexican side. Needless to say, opponents of the Trump administration, opponents of the wall, and pundits in general had a field day. Read more...

A Massachusetts Lawmaker Teeters on the Edge of a Felony

By Dan Cadman, March 29, 2017

The Daily Caller has published a story about Democratic Massachusetts State Rep. Michelle DuBois' vigorous efforts to warn a local community of impending ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) raids via her Facebook account. She apparently deleted (or changed privacy settings) on the series of posts to make them inaccessible after receiving a significant amount of adverse feedback, but the Daily Caller saved and has shown pictures of the posts as a part of the article. Read more...

Sometimes the Immigration System Works: For Instance, Anya the EB-1A

By David North, March 29, 2017

My colleagues and I typically write about what is wrong with the immigration system, and what changes are needed. That's perfectly appropriate because much needs to be done.

But sometimes the system works well, and it is appropriate to report that, too.

I was not looking for exemplars of this kind when I met Anya (not her real name). As I do every spring, I was volunteering to help graduate students at a major D.C.-area university with their income tax returns, and she was next in line. Read more...

Better Data on H-1B's Effects Needed

By John Miano, March 28, 2017

A number of people have asked my why I have not commented on the recent Wall Street Journal article about a study that found H-1B drives down computer worker wages. Apparently many people think I should be pointing out that H-1B has driven down IT wages by 2.5 percent.

The reason I have not promoted this study is the same reason I have not promoted similar studies: I do not believe the data supports the result. Read more...

Pro Bono Lawyers Are NOT 'Public Defenders' in Removal Proceedings

By Dan Cadman, March 28, 2017

The Miami Herald recently published an article, "Free 'public defender's office' would represent immigrants in deportation proceedings", that lays out the nascent effort — spearheaded by former federal judge Shira Scheindlin, under the name "American Immigrant Representation Project" (AIRP) — that its participants hope will eventually establish itself sufficiently to become nationwide and well-entrenched enough to provide representation to most if not all aliens in removal courts. Read more...

H-1B Allows Companies to Create Software Disasters for Less

By John Miano, March 28, 2017

I recently wrote about the huge failure rate in software projects. Currently only about a quarter of software projects are successful, another quarter are complete disasters, and the rest fall somewhere in between.

Considering the high rate of failure, lawsuits against vendors that produce such disasters are rare. So it was surprising for me to see that MillerCoors has filed a lawsuit against the Indian H-1B bodyshop HCL. HCL is the company that supplied Disney with H-1B replacements when the "Most Miserable Place on Earth" got rid of its American programmers. MillerCoors seeks $100 million in compensatory damages in its lawsuit. Read more...

The Government's Puzzling Laptop Prohibition

By David North, March 28, 2017

The U.S. government has announced that if you are flying directly to the United States from one of 10 listed international airports in the Middle East and North Africa, you may not carry a laptop into the cabin, for security reasons. All the airports are in Muslim-majority countries.

There is no ban on carrying laptops (and similar items) on U.S.-bound flights from other airports. Read more...

Senate Holds a Rare Hearing on Immigration-Related Marriage Fraud

By David North, March 27, 2017

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held a rare hearing earlier this month on a long-neglected subject, immigration-related married fraud.

Two U.S. citizens came forward to testify that they had been hoodwinked by aliens who subsequently abused the witnesses after securing what they had wanted in the first place — not love and marriage, but a green card. Read more...

While the White House Trolls the Press, the SPLC Pulls a Stunt of Its Own

By Jerry Kammer, March 27, 2017

Introductory Note: Last Monday, this blog drew on a "Fresh Air" podcast to report on the New Yorker playing a supportive role as the Southern Poverty Law Center revives the sinister tradition of the Hollywood black list. Now another podcast leads us to another example of the ideological axis between the hate-mongering mob from Montgomery, Ala,. and the normally respectable New Yorker, the editorial voice of the Manhattan liberal consensus.

For the second time in a month, a writer for the New Yorker has demonstrated the astonishing ability of the "hate group" vigilantes of the SPLC to snooker the cosmopolitan cognoscenti up there in the Big Apple. Read more...

LAPD Boss Charlie Beck: Fearmonger in Chief

By Dan Cadman, March 27, 2017

The Associated Press is reporting that Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck has tied a statistical drop for the first quarter of this year in reports of domestic violence and sexual assault crimes by Latinos to fears of deportation. He's quoted as saying: "Imagine your sister, your mother, not reporting a sexual assault for fear that their family will be torn apart."

There are, of course, any number of reasons why such a drop might have taken place, and we don't know yet whether it's a statistical anomaly — or even whether the anomaly is the result of book-cooking. If the Obama administration cooked the books at the federal level, and it did, is there any reason to think it might not happen at the local level to advance a political agenda? Certainly Beck has repeatedly demonstrated his sensitivity to the pro-sanctuary vibe of his political bosses in city hall. Read more...

Mexico Reforms Education Law to Benefit Deportees

By Kausha Luna, March 27, 2017

Mexico's President Peña Nieto recently put into effect reforms to the General Education Law primarily to benefit Mexicans deported from the United States.

The reforms will make it easier to revalidate education, eliminate bureaucratic barriers, simplify the revalidation of professions, and facilitate the entry of students into the national education system despite a lack of academic or identity documents. Read more...

Why Limit Immigration At All?

By Mark Krikorian, March 24, 2017

[This is the beginning of a long piece by me on the reasons for limiting immigration, that will appear in Saturday's print edition of the Wall Street Journal.]

The immigration debate in the U.S. has been contentious for decades, but Donald Trump’s candidacy and election have taken it to a new level of polarized animosity. Politicians and the public have focused, understandably, on Mr. Trump’s promise to build a “big, beautiful” wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and on what should be done with the millions of illegal immigrants currently in the country.

These are certainly important issues. But they are enforcement issues. They are less fundamental than a question that too often goes unaddressed in our debates: Why limit immigration at all? Almost everyone at least pays lip service to the need for limits of some kind, but we don’t often enough challenge each other to explain what limits we support and why. Read more...

Naming and Shaming: The First ICE Weekly Alien Criminal Releases List

By Dan Cadman, March 23, 2017

Following the directives in one of President Trump's immigration-related executive orders (EOs) and the augmenting instructions in a subsequent policy memorandum from Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has issued its first report identifying state and local jurisdictions that have refused to honor immigration detainers filed to hold alien criminals until they can be taken into custody by ICE agents.

The EO directed that ICE prepare the data contained in this report, and make it available in a readily understandable and accessible form for public consumption.

The report comes in four parts, the first three being most informative from the public's point of view: Read more...

Should Residents of Baltimore and Chicago "Fleeing Violence" be Given Asylum in Canada?

By David Seminara, March 23, 2017

Is it just me or are all Democrats and pro-immigration Republicans reading from the same scripts these days? How many times have you heard variations on this hackneyed sentiment?

We're a nation of immigrants, so we need to bring hard-working, tax paying immigrants who are fleeing violence out of the shadows and give them a path to citizenship.

White House Can Open Up 140,000 Jobs

By David North, March 23, 2017

What follows is a make-believe press release from the White House. But while the release is imaginary, the underlying facts are rock solid.


We are going to open up more than 140,000* good jobs for young American workers a couple of months from now, President Trump announced today. Read more...

Border Patrol Implements Much-Needed Academy Revamping

By Joseph J. Kolb, March 23, 2017

After an 11-year hiatus, a once-mandatory component of the U.S. Border Patrol academy in Artesia, N.M., is making a logical return along with a much-needed expansion of the overall curriculum. Read more...

Items in the News: Sanctuary, Denaturalization, and Judges

By Dan Cadman, March 23, 2017

Immigration is constantly in the news for one reason or the next these days. It's like the cone of silence imposed by the Obama administration has been shattered. (Well, in fact, it has, hasn't it? Wasn't that what the election was all about?) Here is a trio of news items covering various aspects of that endlessly fascinating (and controversial) subject.

On Sanctuaries and the Power of Coercion Read more...