Immigration Blog

On House Speakers, Hubris, Deception, and Immigration Reform

By Dan Cadman, November 2, 2015

So, there you have it: The House Freedom Caucus, perhaps regretting its dalliance with rebellion by working mightily to unseat John Boehner (R-Ohio), gave in and Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is now Speaker of the House of Representatives despite weeks of protestations to the effect that if nominated he would not run and if elected he would not serve. Methinks he didst protest too much. Read more...

Obama to Wannabe Illegals: Do as I Say, Not as I Do

By Mark Krikorian, October 30, 2015

In response the surge of Central Americans sneaking into Texas in the summer of 2014, the Obama administration launched an ad campaign in the sending countries earlier this year to stem the flow. The radio and TV spots assert that "there are no permits for the people trying to cross the border without papers" and promise "the immediate deportation of those trying to cross the border without documents."

None of it is true. There are permits for illegal-alien minors and families. Formally known as Notices to Appear but known colloquially in Spanish as permisos, they require the aliens to present themselves to immigration authorities by a certain date, until which they have temporary legal status. That gives them time enough to travel to join their relatives and disappear into the existing illegal population. And disappear they do, since, despite the tough promises, virtually none of them are deported, immediately or otherwise. Read more...

Crooked EB-5 Lawyer Bites Dust West of Dodge City

By David North, October 30, 2015

The little town of Ulysses, Kan., (pop. 6,273) on the plains some 80 miles west of Dodge City hoped that the proposed EB-5-funded ethanol plant would perk up the town's sagging economy, as we reported last year.

The plant was never completed, much less opened. The owner of the plant, and of the regional center handling the transaction, was Justin Moongyu Lee, then a California lawyer. The money was used for something else and Lee, as a result, was disbarred. Read more...

Is ICE Undermining Its Own Sanctuary Jurisdiction List?

By Dan Cadman, October 30, 2015

A great deal of time and effort has been put into creating the interactive sanctuary jurisdictions map on the Center's website. But as Jon Feere just noted in a posting on the subject, the most important thing to recognize is that the government is the basis of the information, not the Center. Read more...

Mexico Responds to New North Carolina Immigration Law

By Kausha Luna, October 30, 2015

On Wednesday, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed into law an anti-sanctuary city bill. However, Mexico seems more concerned with the law's effect on the use of consular documents.

The "Protect North Carolina Workers Act" (HB318) prohibits the adoption of sanctuary city ordinances, requires E-Verify compliance in certain governmental contracts, and states that consular documents are not acceptable for purposes of official identification. That last issue was the focus of a press release from Mexico's Secretary of Foreign Affairs: Read more...

An Emerging Victim Class: Citizens Hurt by Immigration/Marriage Fraud

By David North, October 29, 2015

I am starting to realize that there is class of citizens who have been hurt by immigration-related marriage fraud — a group that, in many cases, has other disadvantages as well.

To put it another way, the citizens who have been bamboozled into marriage by wily and often attractive alien members of the other sex are not always the strongest, sharpest people, or the most marriageable ones. They should be regarded as victims, just like those hurt by financial skullduggery. But there seem to be no helping agencies for this unfortunate group of citizens and, unlike in Canada, no official recognition of their problems. Read more...

The Case of Mozzafar Khazaee Becomes Even More Curious and Troubling

By Dan Cadman, October 29, 2015

In January of last year, I wrote about the "curious and troubling case" of Mozzafar Khazaee, a native of Iran, a naturalized American, and a defense contractor with access to classified materials who got caught passing some of those materials on to organs of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

That blog was one of many I've written that question the gaping holes in our immigration vetting systems — holes largely unexamined by the media, the public, and, most depressingly, our own government, perhaps because to acknowledge them would require a serious look in the dark places where this administration doesn't want to go. (See, for instance, here, here, here, and here.) Read more...

"Undocumented" Author Warns of Demography; Theodore White Saw Him Coming in 1981

By Jerry Kammer, October 29, 2015

Back in 1983, long before New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. established his ideology of all-in-for-inclusiveness, the Times published an editorial that stated this case for limiting immigration:

For reasons of vitality, humanity, and history, America wants and needs immigrants. What it does not need is such an uncontrollable flood of illegal migrants that it tries public patience and foments a backlash against all newcomers. That's the genuine danger.

Dan-el Padilla Peralta's recent memoir, which we have been examining this week, ends on a note of swagger and incitement so gratuitous that it seems intended to provoke such a backlash. As Marcela Valdes said in a book review for the Washington Post, the passage shows his "penchant for ad hominem score settling and his tone of belligerent entitlement." Read more...

Another Example of Bad Immigration Reporting

By Jon Feere, October 28, 2015

The issue of sanctuary cities has become a hot topic across the country, and it may play a role in the upcoming elections. It has also become part of the debate in a local sheriff's race in Louisiana.

One candidate for sheriff of Lafayette Parish, west of Baton Rouge, cited my colleague Jessica Vaughan's new report on the subject which maps all sanctuary cities based on information provided by the Department of Homeland Security. Read more...

TPS Goes Far Beyond Helping Aliens at Risk of Deportation

By David North, October 28, 2015

Newly released USCIS data on Temporary Protected Status for aliens from three West African nations shows that for every alien whose deportation is prevented, about 100 applications for TPS are received. Read more...

Lessons from Liechtenstein: More Referendums Please

By David Seminara, October 28, 2015

Europe is in the midst of a historic immigration crisis. But the richest country in Europe — one that doesn't have an army or border guards — has barely been affected by the crisis.

Liechtenstein is the world's sixth smallest country, with a population of just 37,129. The country, whose name means "bright stone" in German, has the highest gross domestic product per person in the world, when adjusted by purchasing power parity, and an unemployment rate of about 2 percent. While Liechtenstein was once one of the poorer nations in Europe, now some 20,000 Swiss and Austrians commute into Liechtenstein for work each weekday. Many live outside the country because land is scarce in Liechtenstein and prices are high. Others simply cannot get residency permits, let alone citizenship. Read more...

"We Are in the Ascendant. America Is Ours"

By Jerry Kammer, October 28, 2015

In her C-SPAN interview with Dan-el Padilla, author of Undocumented, reporter Liz Robbins of the New York Times reads a provocative passage from the memoir's final page: Read more...

Will of the People? Common Sense? No Thanks, We're Congress

By Dan Cadman, October 27, 2015

Last week, Senate Democrats blocked a bill introduced by Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) and others designed to reverse the trend of certain state and local governments toward creating "sanctuaries" within which criminal aliens are shielded from the reach of immigration enforcement agents by denying police and sheriff's offices the ability to cooperate with the agents.

It was a disappointing defeat because it was a pretty good bill as such things go and, more importantly, it would have contributed to public safety because many of these criminals are recidivists who commit violent crimes, including murder, when released back to the streets by police in lieu of being handed over to the immigration authorities for removal. Read more...

"Undocumented" Book Stirs Intense Ambivalence, but Not for NYT's Liz Robbins

By Jerry Kammer, October 27, 2015

One of the most impressive aspects of Dan-el Padilla Peralta's memoir Undocumented is that it provides a poignant look at the world of the "dreamers". These are illegal immigrants whose problematic status is usually the result of their parents' decision to ignore U.S. immigration law. The dreamers yearn to be fully enfranchised in American society, which, as the Wall Street Journal noted in a profile of Padilla, sends "a cacophony of messages" to those who break immigration law by allowing them to stay and providing a range of benefits while leaving them subject to deportation. Read more...

Guatemala's New President and Immigration

By Kausha Luna, October 26, 2015

The people of Guatemala, tired of a corrupt political class, elected a political outsider as their new president – comedian Jimmy Morales. (The vice president was arrested for corruption in August and the president in September.) Morales has been called the "Donald Trump of Guatemala" and beat the Central American country's former first lady. Emigration to the United States was an issue in his campaign. Read more...

Mexico Reacts to U.S. Sentencing Reform Measures

By Kausha Luna, October 26, 2015

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted last week to move the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 to the floor for a vote. This, together with criminal releases announces as a result of the U.S. Sentencing Commission's 2014 amendment to the sentencing guidelines that retroactively reduced sentences for all drug trafficking crimes, has elicited a response in Mexico.

The new guidelines will would result in the release of 6,000 felons at first, with an eventual total of between 40,000 and 46,000. Many of them will be criminal aliens; my colleague Dan Cadman reports that between one-quarter and one-third are believed to be non-citizens, meaning that eventually "between 11,500 and 13,200 serious alien drug offenders will soon be out of lockdown." Read more...

Sen. Flake's Non-Solution to EB-5 Gerrymandering

By David North, October 26, 2015

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) has introduced S.2115, "The Targeted Employment Areas Improvement Act", which will not help the economic gerrymandering that has dogged the EB-5 immigrant investor program.

In fact, his bill will perpetuate the problem.

The EB-5 program grants alien families who invest $500,000 in a DHS-sanctioned, but not guaranteed, investment a full set of green cards. The program is supposed to channel investment moneys to depressed rural and urban areas, but most of the funds have gone into real estate projects in glitzy locations like New York City, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas. With minor exceptions, EB-5 moneys are supposed to go to areas with unemployment rates at least 150 percent of the national rate. Read more...

C-SPAN Interview with "Undocumented" Author Shows Why the NYT Doesn't Get It on Illegal Immigration

By Jerry Kammer, October 26, 2015

Thanks to C-SPAN, I now have a new Exhibit A for the case that the New York Times is incapable of understanding why many Americans are upset about illegal immigration. C-SPAN performed this public service by inviting Times immigration reporter Liz Robbins to interview Dan-el Padilla Peralta, author of the memoir Undocumented: A Dominican Boy's Odyssey From a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League. Read more...

Update on EB-5 Scandals in South Dakota

By David North, October 26, 2015

In an earlier blog on the extremely serious, but confusing, EB-5 scandals in South Dakota, I managed to conflate two of the controversial activities. I said that the payments from the EB-5-financed, bankrupt cattle slaughterhouse in Aberdeen, S.D., to the Cyprus entity owned by a Russian railways oligarch, Ultracare Holdings, were made through a British Virgin Islands company that had been chartered in the Cayman Islands. Not so. Read more...

DHS Bends Over Backward to Accommodate Marianas Employers

By David North, October 25, 2015

Employers love, and workers despair of, loose labor markets. When there are a lot more workers than jobs employers can pick and choose, and pay lower wages.

Given this truth, the Department of Homeland Security under the Obama administration is going out of its way to be super nice to employers in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands (Saipan); this is a U.S. territory lying north of Guam in the Western Pacific.

DHS has announced in the Federal Register that it has reduced the ceiling on the number of temporary alien workers in these islands by 1,000, down to 12,999. Sounds like a movement toward a tight labor market, right? Wrong! Read more...

Mass Layoffs in Honduras Likely to Cause Increased Emigration

By Kausha Luna, October 23, 2015

Pastoral Care of Migrants (PMH are the Spanish initials), a Catholic non-governmental organization in Honduras, anticipates a spike in emigration from that country due to widespread layoffs.

Over recent weeks Honduras has experienced mass firings in both the public and the private sectors. This process started at the end of 2014 when the Honduran government announced it would lay off 7,000 civil servants starting in 2015, with the goal of reducing the government workforce by up to 30 percent. Honduras, faced with a fiscal deficit, explained the mass layoffs were about making the country more efficient. Employees of the state-owned telephone company, Hondutel, and ENEE (the power company), as well as employees of Honduran Institute for Children and Family are on the list for the government's downsizing project. Read more...

Obama (Now) and Jeb Bush (Then) Spur Naturalization for Political Gain

By David North, October 22, 2015

From the early days of Tammany Hall to the present day, American political parties have sought to expand their power by making sure that aliens favorable to the party in question are encouraged and helped to become citizens and voters.

In fact, both Barrack Obama (currently) and Jeb Bush (some 30 years ago) have followed this hallowed pattern. Read more...

This Is Not What the Future Was Supposed to Look Like

By CIS, October 21, 2015

Today is Back to the Future Day, the date when Doc Brown and Marty McFly appear in their time-traveling DeLorean in the movie Back to the Future Part II. Their starting date was 1985, the year before the IRCA amnesty was passed that was supposed to solve the illegal immigration problem once and for all.

In the strip below, Marty sees how the future really turned out in the sanctuary city of Hill Valley: Read more...

Central American "Refugee" Program Admits Few Actual Refugees

By Jessica Vaughan, October 21, 2015

Most of the youths being approved under the Obama administration's new Central American Minors Refugee/Parole (CAM) Program do not qualify as refugees, but are being admitted as parolees, according to new data released in a stakeholders' teleconference last week, confirming earlier reports. Read more...

Univision Newscast Condemns Wrong TV Ad

By Jerry Kammer, October 20, 2015

Last Thursday, Enrique Acevedo, the anchor of Univision's late-night "Edicion Nocturna" newscast, briefly appeared on the network's evening news to promote his upcoming program. He said viewers would see a story about an ad that ran during the Democratic presidential debate earlier in the week. He claimed the ad, from a group that seeks to reduce immigration, especially to California, "blames immigrants for all the problems that the state is suffering".

There were two problems with the story that was broadcast that night. First, the ad reported on was not the ad that had been broadcast during the debate. Instead, what Univision viewers saw were clips from an ad that had been broadcast back in June and claimed that virtually all of California's population growth was the result of immigration. Read more...

Finally — USCIS Zaps South Dakota's EB-5 Regional Center

By David North, October 20, 2015

USCIS has, finally, done the right thing regarding the blizzard of scandals that marred the EB-5 program in South Dakota, from sloppy accounting (at least $5 million is missing), to a huge bankruptcy (for the state) of a large, EB-5-supported beef slaughterhouse, to the alleged suicide of a prominent GOP politician and major EB-5 figure who was ruled to have shot himself in the stomach with a shotgun.

According to a detailed account by reporter Bob Mercer of the Mitchell (S.D.) Daily Republic, who has been relentless in his pursuit of the complex story, USCIS has listed a long series of questionable actions by the state and proposes to terminate South Dakota as the operator of the DHS-licensed middleman agency for the program, the regional center. Read more...

Immigration Is Key to Mexico's interest in Canada's Election

By Kausha Luna, October 19, 2015

In 2009 Canada, under the Conservative Party, imposed a tourist visa requirement for Mexicans and thus "damaged" its relationship with Mexico. Canada's national elections today could be a turning point in that relationship. Read more...

Thousands of Alien Felons Are Being Released from Prison

By Dan Cadman, October 19, 2015

Thanks to a little-noticed change in federal sentencing rules that occurred in 2014, a flood of 6,000 felons is being released from U.S. penitentiaries all over the country. All were convicted of significant drug offenses, such as trafficking in heroin or cocaine; many of them were subject to mandatory minimum sentences because of the seriousness of the crimes; and many were recidivists, or engaged in other criminal conduct such as using weapons in the course of their drug crimes.

According to the Wall Street Journal, this is the first wave in a flow that may ultimately result in the release of 40,000 convicts. The Journal cites officials who say that about 33 percent of those being released under the new sentence-reducing guidelines are alien offenders. Read more...

Univision Reports and Comments on Scuffle at Trump Rally in Richmond

By Jerry Kammer, October 19, 2015

On Thursday evening's Univision newscast, anchorman Jorge Ramos described the scuffle that broke out between Donald Trump supporters and advocates for illegal immigrants at a Trump rally on Wednesday as "an example of the tension created by the campaign and the polarization in the country."

The scuffle began when a small group of protesters, unfurling a banner that read "No Human Life is Illegal", sought to disrupt Trump's speech. There was pushing, shoving, and shouting for a few minutes until police intervened. The incident received little national attention. But for Univision, where immigration reporting is the top priority, it was a major story. Read more...

Don't Look for Truth in Headlines when Reading DHS Press Releases

By David North, October 19, 2015

The Department of Homeland Security press release that went out Friday afternoon — the time a skilled pressie knows that readership will be low — carried this headline: "DHS proposes changes related to on-the-job training program for STEM students".

The word "change" is correct, but there is no training in this program. It is just one more foreign worker program and it has nothing to do with students; it is for recent alien college graduates. Read more...