Immigration Blog

TPS For West African Nations Is a Needlessly Broad Amnesty

By David North, November 20, 2014

Don’t get me wrong – I am not for deporting anyone to Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone in the next few months.

That would put a couple dozen Africans at some avoidable risk, and would give the deportation program – generally – a black eye. (That's an angle few discuss.)

But that does not excuse what the Obama administration has announced – at a sneaky time – regarding the creation of Temporary Protected Status for all nationals of those three countries. It is much more sweeping than it needs to be. If a kid in costume comes to the door on Halloween you give him a candy bar, you do not empty a bushel basket full of bonbons over his head.

Let me elaborate. Read more...

Blue Light Special on Naturalization to Help Fund Obama's Amnesty

By Jessica Vaughan, November 20, 2014

11/21/14 Update: In one of a series of memos released Thursday night providing the details on the president's executive amnesty plan, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson stated that the plan to offer discounted naturalization to low-income applicants would not be implemented at this time, apparently because USCIS leaders said that the agency couldn't afford it. The memo is available here. Read more...

Fox News Interviews CIS's Jon Feere on Driver's Licenses for Illegal Aliens

By Jon Feere, November 19, 2014

Early this morning I was interviewed by Fox News' Elisabeth Hasselbeck on California's plan to grant driver's licenses to illegal aliens. It is part of a state-level attempt at amnesty that many states are engaging in. California wants to blur the line between legal residents and illegal aliens while creating an environment that is very welcoming to foreigners who believe they are above the law. Read more...

Bush Precedent for Obama Amnesty? Not Even Close

By Mark Krikorian, November 19, 2014

Thursday night the president will announce more details about his long-promised unilateral immigration decrees. Supporters of the president have been claiming that an executive action by President George H.W. Bush in 1990 is a precedent for Obama's sweeping measures. I argued yesterday at National Review Online , that the 1990 grant of the equivalent of deferred action to spouses and minor children of certain IRCA amnesty beneficiaries was not a precedent because – among other reasons – it was so much smaller. (It was called "voluntary departure" – only in the immigration business can "departure" mean that you get to stay.) Read more...

Jonathan Gruber, Voter 'Stupidity', and Immigration

By John Miano, November 17, 2014

The story of Jonathan Gruber's videotaped commentary on Obamacare sheds light on the immigration debate.

Gruber is an MIT professor of economics who collected $400,000 of taxpayer dollars to come up with the plan for Obamacare. Gruber later appeared in a video in which he described the deception used to mislead the American people on the legislation. Gruber describes the how the bill was intentionally written in a tortured way to mislead the public, how "a lack of transparency is a huge political advantage", and refers to the "stupidity of the American voter". Read more...

Bits of News About DHS Checkpoints at the Edges of America

By David North, November 17, 2014

One of the useful things that the Department of Homeland Security does is to operate checkpoints at the edges of the nation.

By definition, these locations monitor traffic within the United States, but near our borders. Their main purpose is to intercept illegals and wanted people who have managed to get over our borders and who now want access to the middle of the country. Read more...

Jorge Ramos and Brooke Gladstone Need to Look at Oregon Driver's License Vote

By Jerry Kammer, November 17, 2014

My weekend reading brought up two very different statements about illegal immigration that I think say a great deal about the dimensions of the national debate. I found the first in the transcript of a recent NPR interview with Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, a passionate advocate of illegal immigrants. The second was the resounding vote in Oregon that rejected legislation to issue driver's licenses to people not authorized to be in the United States. Read more...

Who Might Benefit from Executive Amnesty?

By Jessica Vaughan, November 17, 2014

The marquee item in the president's planned executive amnesty reportedly will be legalization and work permits for several million illegal aliens who are the parents of U.S. citizen or legally resident children. Pro-amnesty advocates obviously are calculating that the public will find this group sympathetic and appropriate beneficiaries who should not be a target for deportation – but are they really?

Let's take a look at some cases of illegal aliens who would qualify. Read more...

Growing "Hall of Shame" of Resident Aliens and Naturalized Citizens Involved in Terrorism

By Dan Cadman, November 14, 2014

This is a good news/bad news kind of blog. We'll get to both in a moment, but first the news, and just the news. Two recent, but completely separate, stories reported on terrorists who have gamed the immigration system in order to reside in the United States. Read more...

A Vote for a Long-Term Budget Is a Vote for Amnesty

By Mark Krikorian, November 13, 2014

Fox News reported last night possible details of the president’s lawless immigration plans. The ten-point plan, which could be announced as early as next Friday, includes work permits for up to 4.5 million illegal aliens, an expansion of the earlier lawless DACA amnesty (covering perhaps another 300,000 illegals), and pulling the plug on the Secure Communities program (which runs the fingerprints of arrested suspects through DHS databases at the same time they’re checked by the FBI). These are all demands of Obama’s leftist and ethnic-chauvinist constituencies; what the corporate interests get is a unilateral increase in job-related green cards, by illegally exempting dependents from the numerical caps. The plan would also give a raise to ICE officers to “increase morale,” as though that’s the reason for the despair among law-enforcement officers prohibited by their political superiors from enforcing the law. Read more...

President Will Ignore Democratic Process and Amnesty 5 Million

By Jessica Vaughan, November 13, 2014

The executive actions reportedly planned by President Obama, as outlined by Fox News, are shocking in their scope and disregard for the well-being of Americans, not to mention their contempt for the democratic process and the wishes of the public. It is not an overhaul of immigration policy, or a set of reforms, but a dismemberment of immigration law. Read more...

Nepotism: Wrong in Immigration Court Hiring but Fine for Immigrant Admissions?

By David North, November 12, 2014

A bit of irony has just surfaced, totally unnoticed by the government, regarding the ethics of nepotism.

The Justice Department's Inspector General has just zapped three high-ranking officials in the immigration court system for causing the temporary employment of their relatives by their agency. At the same time, Congress enthusiastically supports the permanent admissions of relatives by the immigration system itself.

The first issue is, of course, important and visible; the second is far more important but virtually invisible. Read more...

Lawsuit by Career ICE Attorney Exposes Obama Anti-Enforcement Campaign

By Jessica Vaughan, November 11, 2014

Last week Patricia Vroom, an attorney with an exemplary 26-year career at ICE filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Arizona that depicts in shocking detail how a tightly-knit band of her superiors apparently bullied her and other career lawyers to force compliance with the Obama administration's immigration enforcement suppression scheme. In addition to describing a hostile work environment spoiled by sexual harassment, threats, insults, and other deplorable behavior of these top managers, Vroom's complaint provides alarming examples of how personnel were told to ignore the law and routinely release and dismiss charges on entire categories of criminal aliens, including certain convicted felons, drunk drivers, DACA applicants, and illegal juveniles from the border surge. Read more...

Journalistic Pablum and Faux Human Interest
Convicted Jamaican cocaine distributor granted derived citizenship via his absentee father

By Dan Cadman, November 11, 2014
Convicted Jamaican cocaine distributor granted derived citizenship via his absentee father

The poor quality of news reporting in an immigration case was recently brought to my attention, and I have to say that, even in a sea of mediocrity, this one sinks right to the bottom.

The article, by Mica Rosenberg of Reuters, is entitled "U.S. man held in detention for more than three years". Shocking, isn't it? Rosenberg goes on to tell us the plight of one Davino Watson, who "languished" in an immigration detention center for years after being convicted of selling cocaine. Watson was born in Jamaica, but claimed derivative citizenship through his father, which claim the article would have us believe was simply ignored by authorities. Of course, Watson is now suing the U.S. government. After all, why would the government not take the word of a convicted cocaine trafficker born in Jamaica that he had derived citizenship? Read more...

State Department's Presentation of Diversity Visa Data Is Misleading

By David North, November 11, 2014

There is a bit of statistical sleight-of-hand present in one of the more bizarre features of our immigration policy — the diversity visa lottery in which about 50,000 visas are distributed annually to some of the millions of aliens who apply for these tickets of admission.

One must be a resident of a nation that does not send us lots of migrants, and one must be a high school graduate. The winner and his or her family members get green cards. Read more...

Federal Judge Strikes Down Arizona Smuggling Law

By Dan Cadman, November 10, 2014

A federal judge has struck down one of the several Arizona statutes intended to get a handle on illegal immigration; this one specifically dealing with the crime of alien smuggling. As usual, the presiding judge, Susan Bolton, held that it was an infringement on the federal government's unique prerogative where immigration laws are concerned.

According to USA Today, "Bolton ruled the state law deprives federal authorities of their exclusive right to prosecute smuggling crimes". That came as quite a surprise to me. Read more...

Note to the DCCC on Obstructionism
A master of the craft is the president's top immigration advisor

By Jerry Kammer, November 10, 2014
A master of the craft is the president's top immigration advisor

Over the weekend, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sent out an email to boost partisan spirits with this explanation of last week's election debacle: "[T]he Republicans broke Washington. Then, they spent millions of dollars of secret money running against a broken Washington."

The email included an observation by Paul Krugman that "the biggest secret of the Republican triumph surely lies in the discovery that obstructionism bordering on sabotage is a winning political strategy." Read more...

DHS' Johnson Underdog to New AG Lynch

By David North, November 10, 2014

The Attorney General and Secretary of Homeland Security each handle different parts of the immigration system and conflict (perhaps restrained) between the two cabinet secretaries is almost inevitable.

The AG, who used to have the old Immigration and Naturalization Service, retains control of the immigration judges, the immigration prosecutors in Washington, and the U.S. attorneysin the field, while most immigration benefit and enforcement decisions are made by DHS officials. In other democracies' more rational systems these activities all report to a single minister of immigration. Read more...

Amnesty Tailored for Parents of U.S. Citizens Is Not a Good Idea

By David North, November 10, 2014

Some of my best friends are U.S. citizens, but designing an executive amnesty around granting legal status to their parents is a particularly bad idea.

I was reminded of this when reading one of the many speculative media musings about the possible shape of a post-election executive amnesty. Read more...

Pundits Spin Election Results to Bolster Amnesty Case

By David Seminara, November 7, 2014

The fun thing about elections is that whether your side wins or loses, you can find ways to spin the results to bolster your worldview. The immigration issue and the mid-term elections are a perfect example of this dynamic. I'm a left-leaning independent, but even I have to laugh while watching the pundits break down what went wrong for the Democrats on Tuesday. Read more...

One Visa Mill Owner Sent to Jail for 16 Years, Another on Trial

By David North, November 7, 2014

One owner of a phony California university, a visa mill for foreign students, has just been sent to jail for 16 years, while the owner of another questionable institution nearby is finally about to go on trial.

The two institutions, both in the San Francisco Bay area are, respectively, Tri-Valley University — which was raided and then closed by ICE in a rare example of enforcement assertiveness — and Herguan University, also raided by ICE, but permitted to re-open, as we have reported in earlier, including here. Read more...

Security Requires Post-Mortems of Immigration Mistakes

By Dan Cadman, November 6, 2014

In October of this year, the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Inspector General (OIG) quietly released a declassified version of a report initially issued in March 2007, on the FBI's use of national security letters. This statement caught my attention:

We found that the use of NSL requests related to "U.S. persons" and "non-U.S. persons" shifted during our 3-year review period. The percentage of requests generated from investigations of U.S. persons increased from about 39 percent of all NSL requests issued in 2003 to about 53 percent of all NSL requests during 2005. (U)

Election Leaves Immigration Subcommittees Virtually Unchanged

By David North, November 6, 2014

Beyond the key change — that the Republicans will now run the Senate Immigration Subcommittee — the elections had virtually no direct impact on the membership of the House and Senate immigration subcommittees. Read more...

Election Results Show Push Back Against Amnesty Votes

By Bryan Griffith, November 5, 2014

Immigration policy played a major role in debates, polls, and news leading up to the 2014 mid-term elections. Below is a run down of immigration-related election results.

Oregon

  • Ballot Measure 88 subjected Senate Bill 833, which gave illegal immigrants access to drivers licenses, to the popular vote and failed by a two-to-one margin, 66.7% to 33.3%.

Arkansas Read more...

Morning Joe on Immigration

By Jerry Kammer, November 5, 2014

This morning's "Morning Joe" program on MSNBC offered several interesting observations on the future of immigration policy in the aftermath of Tuesday's election. Here are four: Read more...

Party of the (Would-Be) Working American?

By James R. Edwards Jr., November 5, 2014

The 2014 election season has shown that a stance of putting our fellow countrymen first by reducing legal immigration toward traditional levels is a welcome breath of fresh air to the voters. But the future is wide open for either party to take the high moral ground and win the allegiance of hurting Americans who would love to have full-time work. Read more...

National Day of Remembrance for Those Killed by Illegal Aliens

By Jessica Vaughan, November 3, 2014

Yesterday was the fourth annual National Day of Remembrance to honor the lives of thousands of Americans killed by illegal aliens. Events were held around the country, organized with the help of The Remembrance Project, a growing national organization dedicated to supporting the families of the victims and educating the public about the human cost of failing to enforce immigration laws.

I attended the Massachusetts Day of Remembrance event in Milford, which was organized by the Project's state director, Maureen Maloney, whose son Matthew Denice was killed in August 2011, just a short distance from the park where the ceremony was held. Read more...

Questioning Obama on Cynicism, Hope, and Immigration

By Jerry Kammer, November 3, 2014

In today's blog, I want to juxtapose an excerpt from President Obama's comments November 2 in Philadelphia with related thoughts, first from conservative writer Reihan Salam in Slate, and second from liberal law professor Peter Schuck's essay in the 1985 book Clamor at the Gates. I'll try to broaden the discussion in future blogs. Read more...

It's Job Opportunity, Stupid

By James R. Edwards Jr., November 3, 2014

The 2014 congressional election campaigns can teach politicians something about the immigration issue: It's not enough merely to oppose "amnesty" or executive end-runs. And it's abject recklessness to promise special interests vastly more of this or that visa or pander to ethnic voting blocs about increasing legal immigration.

Even Bush's open-borders advisor Karl Rove has flip-flopped on his dogmatic pro-amnesty pipe dream for GOP political sustainability, at least as a campaign tactic, for now. His American Crossroads is using amnesty as a hammer against liberal candidates who favor it. Read more...

Countering Indian-on-Indian H-1B Abuse

By David North, November 3, 2014

Given the extensive abuse of H-1B workers, often Indian nationals being kicked around by others of Indian extraction, as reported in our prior blog, what can be done to minimize this problem when it comes to government contract work? Read more...