Immigration Blog

EB-5 Regional Center with Chinese Government Tie Is Terminated

By David North, August 11, 2016

Earlier this year we wrote about a Florida-based EB-5 regional center that reported that its office in China was lodged in a Chinese City Hall, suggesting if not Chinese government ownership, then at least very solid ties to the government. Read more...

The Ninth Circuit Strikes (Out) Again

By Dan Cadman, August 11, 2016

I recently wrote a blog on a decision of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that deprived a statute of its logic by means of a tortured reading of the language used in the law. In that case, using linguistic acrobatics worthy of Rio olympians, they determined that a woman convicted of commercial piracy of Microsoft and other software didn't lack the good moral character needed to become a naturalized citizen.

They've done it again, once more delving into the arcane mysteries of the English language in order to arrive at a decision that deprives an immigration detention statute of meaning and common sense. Read more...

Venezuelans Seek Amnesties, "Temporary" or Permanent

By Kausha Luna, August 10, 2016

On Monday, Venezuelan exiles in Florida urged American authorities to grant "migratory relief" to those fleeing Venezuela for "political reasons."

Jose Colina, president of the organization Politically Persecuted Venezuelans in Exile (or Veppex), told the Spanish news agency EFE, "Any measure taken is important because it will resolve the problems of many Venezuelans that are in limbo, in the shadows." Read more...

Birth Tourism + EB-5 Fraud, All in a Single Case

By David North, August 10, 2016

It had to happen, and it finally did.

With so many well-to-do Chinese families manipulating the immigration law through birth/citizenship activities, and so many of the same kind of families being manipulated by Stateside crooks in EB-5 investor-visa schemes, it was inevitable that one such couple would be enmeshed in both processes.

And it happened in the unlikely environment of far Upstate New York, in Dunkirk in the wine country west of Buffalo. Read more...

More Gulen Teachers Coming Our Way?

By David North, August 9, 2016

The reaction (or over-reaction) by the Erdogan government to the attempted coup in Turkey is bad news for America's unemployed school teachers – because there suddenly is a huge supply of newly-fired educators over there who would love to have a chance to work in America. Read more...

When Our Protectors Betray Us

By Dan Cadman, August 9, 2016

A friend sent me the online version of Police Magazine containing an article about Nicholas Young, the District of Columbia Metro Transit police officer recently arrested by the FBI and charged with material support of a terrorist organization (Islamic State). Read more...

Mexico Launches Campaign to Boost Its Image in the U.S.

By Jerry Kammer, August 9, 2016

Mexico's Foreign Secretary is embarking on a campaign to enlist lobbyists and allies in many spheres of American life in order to rehabilitate the nation's reputation in the United States, according to an article in Mexico's largest newspaper. Donald Trump has seriously damaged that image in his campaign for the presidency, El Universal reported on Sunday. Read more...

Melania Trump's Immigration Status: Without Facts, Speculation Is Irresponsible

By John Miano, August 8, 2016

I have received quite a few inquiries about Melania Trump's immigration status. These started after Politico published an article questioning Mrs. Trump's immigration status.

There is not a whole lot to say on Mrs. Trump's immigration history. The Politico article is a shoddy piece of journalism, where the authors have raised theories but have done no research to confirm their theories. Mrs. Trump claims to have received an H-1B visa in 1996. However, she did a photo shoot in the United States in 1995. Therefore, according to Politico, Mrs. Trump could have been working in the United State illegally. Read more...

The Muted Conversation about Melania Trump's Early Immigration Status

By David North, August 8, 2016

There has been a muted conversation recently about the question of Melania Trump's immigration status during her first trips to the United States.

Was she working on a visitor's visa (B-1) when she was not allowed to do so?

She subsequently, apparently, secured an H-1B visa (there are – God knows why – special provisions for alien models to secure these visas) and from there she moved to green card and then to citizen status. Read more...

UK Court Precedent Would Bankrupt Our DHS

By David North, August 8, 2016

Were a recent immigration-related ruling by Britain's Law Lords to apply to our Department of Homeland Security, it would bankrupt that agency.

You see, the Brit judges, in a case involving former British colony Antigua and Barbuda, said that if the islands' immigration agency did not make a decision about an alien's application in a period of 12 months, the agency owed monetary damages to the delayed alien. Given the long delays common to DHS, think what that would do to the Department's finances! Read more...

A Practical Step toward Dismantling Unlawful Sanctuary Rules

By Dan Cadman, August 8, 2016

In a recent blog posting, my colleague Jessica Vaughan highlighted a Department of Justice Office of Inspector General (DOJ OIG) report finding that state and local governments with sanctuary rules are in violation of federal law by prohibiting employees from communicating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.

As Vaughan notes, there are over 300 such sanctuary jurisdictions; and when they are states, such as California, they have a spillover effect because of their impact on county and local government practices as well. Read more...

Obama Adds One More Amnesty to the List

By Marguerite Telford, August 7, 2016

The Obama administration continues to broaden the list of immigration laws which they will not enforce, with the publication of a final rule expanding those eligible for the existing provisional waiver process. Illegal aliens who marry green-card holders or have parents in the U.S. can now escape the penalties for illegal presence in the U.S. as a result of this latest usurping of the legislative role by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Read more...

Silicon Valley Insider Tells the Unpleasant Truth about the H-1B Program

By David North, August 7, 2016

In a happy change, a Silicon Valley insider – whose resume includes the ownership of a yacht docked in the San Francisco Bay – describes the H-1B program in this manner:

The American immigrant visa system amounts to indentured servitude, a type of peonage.

This is in a newly-published, much-reviewed, tell-it-all book on the IT industry entitled Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley, by Antonio Garcia Martinez. See articles on the book in the New York Times and the Washington Post. Read more...

Sanctuaries Update: 1 Down, 305 to Go

By Jessica Vaughan, August 5, 2016

One of Sheriff Mark Garber's first acts upon taking office in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana, last month was to rescind the controversial and misguided sanctuary policy that had been implemented by his predecessor. The approximately 300 other jurisdictions around the country that have similar policies obstructing immigration enforcement would be wise to follow suit. Read more...

What to Do When They H-1Boot You

By John Miano, August 5, 2016

You notice that people from India are poking around your work place – and their numbers are growing. It is time to smell the coffee and realize that you are your coworkers are about to be replaced by foreign workers on H1B visas. You're going to get the "H-1Boot."

What should you do now?

Get Organized. Exchange contact information with your coworkers. Exchanges names, home phone numbers, home emails, and addresses of everyone likely to be affected. Do this while you are all together. Once you get fired, this information is hard to gather. Read more...

"On the Media" Shreds the NPR Ethics Handbook

By Jerry Kammer, August 5, 2016

In 2004, Daniel Okrent, the public editor of The New York Times, flatly acknowledged that The Times is a liberal paper. "If you think The Times plays it down the middle" on its coverage of social issues, "you've been reading the paper with your eyes close," he wrote.

Well, if you listen to your NPR station's broadcast of the "On the Media" program and you think its work on immigration reporting lives up to standards for fairness, accuracy, and impartiality that are spelled out in the NPR Ethics Handbook, then you've been listening with your ears closed. Read more...

Another Crack in the Veneer of the Government's Immigration Security Vetting

By Dan Cadman, August 4, 2016

Sometimes the most newsworthy items come out in the most unlikely places. The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), the appellate tribunal of the immigration courts, has published an opinion sustaining an immigration judge's decision to continue the detention of one Hussam Fatahi, allegedly a native of Iraq and citizen of Syria. The facts revealed by the opinion prove, once again, just how vulnerable the nation's immigration security vetting is.

Let me backtrack for a moment though. In October of last year, I wrote a blog post, "Why Syrian Refugee Vetting Will Be Indisputably Fallible". In that blog, I laid out reasons potential security threats could penetrate screening procedures, including: Read more...

Administration Reaches Out to Help the 1% – of Syrians

By David North, August 4, 2016

The U.S. government, which portrays itself as the defender of the little guy, has just reached out to another elite group (within an admittedly severely disadvantaged population).

This time it is to give Temporary Protected Status to a very lucky bunch of Syrians – people who had arrived in the United States on Monday, or earlier, either legally or illegally. Read more...

Interesting Migration Flows: Those from What Used to be British India

By David North, August 4, 2016

Stimulated by the remarkable level of ethnic discrimination in the hiring practices of the big Indian outsourcing firms – they hire up to 99 percent of their H-1Bs workers from the Republic of India – I decided to take a look at other streams of migration from what the Brits call the Subcontinent. Read more...

Haitians Pretend to Be Africans to Make Their Way to the U.S.

By Kausha Luna, August 4, 2016

Forty-five Haitians claiming to be African arrived in Tijuana last week, to then make their way to the United States.

The 45 Haitians were part of a group of 52 that were given a 30-day transit permit by Mexico's National Institute for Migration (INM). The permits were granted after the migrants were found on the side of the road in Sonora, where their smuggler abandoned them after their bus crashed. Read more...

The Irony of a Sanctuary Sheriff Presiding over a Moment of Silence for Fallen Cops

By Dan Cadman, August 3, 2016

A few days ago at the Democratic National Convention (DNC), Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez rose to the podium, resplendent in her uniform with four gold stars on each collar, to ask for a moment of silence to honor fallen law enforcement officers. The moment was disrupted by delegates on the floor, some of whom shouted “Black lives matter!” Read more...

"On the Media" Goes Off the Cliff

By Jerry Kammer, August 3, 2016

I can think of one positive thing to say about Donald Trump's presidential campaign, which otherwise is becoming a national embarrassment. Trump has forced the national media to consider the plight of working-class Americans who have suffered from mass immigration and free trade. Even David Brooks, writing that "people across America have been falling through the cracks," acknowledges that "Trump, to his credit, made them visible." Read more...

Demeaning Naturalization Through Semantics
The Ninth Circuit Rides Again

By Dan Cadman, August 3, 2016
The Ninth Circuit Rides Again

Once again the Ninth Circuit has managed to thread a camel through the eye of a needle in its ongoing attempt to eliminate reason from the rule of law where immigration matters are concerned. The circuit court accepted the case de novo (as a case of first impression) because the case had been summarily dismissed in favor of the government by a lower court when presented there. Read more...

Open-Borders Foe Huelskamp Loses Kansas Primary

By David North, August 3, 2016

Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), an opponent of "comprehensive immigration reform," lost his primary yesterday to another Republican.

The congressman's loss presumably had less to do with his immigration stand than his vote against farm subsidies, in one of the nation's most agricultural congressional districts – it includes all of western Kansas. Read more...

Remembering When Democrats Turned Their Backs on American Workers

By Jerry Kammer, August 2, 2016

"Democrats are the party of working people. But we haven't done a good enough job showing that we get what you're going through, and that we're going to do something about it."
– Hillary Clinton, accepting the Democratic Party's nomination for president, July 28

Hillary Clinton's claim that Democrats are "the party of working people" brings to mind the Senate hearing where Ted Kennedy made it clear that on immigration policy they had walked away from that historic trust. I was a reporter at that hearing, and I remember it well. Read more...

The Klutz Factor in Migration Management

By David North, August 1, 2016

Five years ago I wrote about the klutz factor associated with some illegal aliens:

I feel sorry for the guy, and am pleased that the Border Patrol rescued him from the flooded Rio Grande, but the news story reminded me of the seldom-remarked-upon klutz factor in illegal immigration.

According to the account he was stranded in a tree while trying to cross the flooded river and had been there for five days. The BP spokesperson said that he was ‘severely dehydrated.'

Putting America First: What It Means to Become an American Citizen

By Nayla Rush, August 1, 2016

At a recent naturalization ceremony in the Washington area, 73 immigrants from different nationalities (Indian, South Korean, Vietnamese, Guatemalan, Chinese, Iranian, Salvadoran, etc.) became American citizens. They all had to take the Oath of Allegiance during an official ceremony. Here are the words of the oath: Read more...

The Trump and Clinton Immigration Plans
Serving Different Constituencies

By Marguerite Telford, July 29, 2016
Serving Different Constituencies

Donald Trump took to Twitter last night to respond to Hillary’s speech. Unsurprisingly, the public responded in largest numbers to his tweets referencing immigration. The most popular tweet, which quickly received close to 13,000 retweets and almost 32,000 likes, mentioned Hillary’s push for a 550% increase in refugees while refusing to mention radical Islam. Runners-ups were tweets saying Hillary was “owned” by Wall Street and her vision of “a borderless world where working people have no power, no jobs, no safety.” Read more...

More Pinocchios for the Post's Immigration Editorial

By Jon Feere, July 29, 2016

The open-border, pro-cheap-foreign-labor editorial board of the Washington Post (a newspaper that once employed an illegal alien in direct violation of federal law, but was never held accountable because the Obama administration is letting employers get away with all sorts of lawlessness) recently argued that the Trump campaign was made of "sneer, not substance." Unfortunately, the paper doesn't seem to have done its research. Linked at the bottom of this blog post are the immigration platforms of both major presidential candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. It seems to me that there’s quite a lot more substance in Trump’s platform than there is in Clinton's. Read more...

Obliging Foreign Nations to Meet Their Repatriation Obligations

By Dan Cadman, July 29, 2016

This is a good-news/bad-news kind of blog. The good news is that after years of relative inattention, members of Congress are focusing on the continuing problem associated with countries refusing to accept their nationals who have been ordered deported from the United States. Read more...