Immigration Blog

Analyzing Terror and Its Immigration Nexus

By Dan Cadman, June 28, 2016

In February 2016 the Washington Post reported the findings of a study that said "there is no real link between immigration and terror." A look at the study (behind a paywall, but you can find the abstract here and a brief précis and interview here) reveals that it is based on a very sophisticated technique called "spatial temporal regression" that is subject to significant error when misapplied by researchers who commit the sins of over-aggregation and aggregating unlike things. A classic proof of misapplication was established by Benoit Mandelbrot, in which the coastline of Britain is measured using a long yardstick, a medium yardstick, and a short yardstick, yielding different results: "it is inherently nonsensical to discuss certain spatial concepts despite an inherent presumption of the validity of the concept." Read more...

A Plethora of Inside Information Is Available from China on EB-5 Scams

By David North, June 28, 2016

What are the primarily Chinese investors in the EB-5 program being told about the promoters' offers in Mandarin? EB-5 is the government's immigrant investor program that provides sets of green cards to families who make half-million-dollar investments in government-approved, but not guaranteed, business ventures.

To what extent are these investors misinformed, sometimes criminally, and to what extent is DHS paying attention to this aspect of the program? (We know that the EB-5 unit has one or more Mandarin speakers in it, but is that enough?) Read more...

Panama Announces Another Illegal-Alien Amnesty

By Kausha Luna, June 27, 2016

Just four years after an amnesty was decreed by the prior administration, the current Panamanian president has enacted two more amnesties: one for illegal aliens in general and the other specifically for Chinese illegal aliens.

There are approximately 10,000 Chinese illegal aliens in Panama. Read more...

When Is Paul Ryan Suing Obama over DACA?

By Jon Feere, June 27, 2016

Ryan clearly feels that Obama's DAPA program and the extended version of DACA exceed the powers of the presidency and run afoul of the Constitution. Logically, he must feel the same way about the 2012 DACA amnesty.

Is Speaker Ryan being honest about his willingness to sue any president who exceeds his authority? Or was that line limited to actions that could be taken by a President Trump? Or, put another way, is Ryan only interested in suing over actions that might reduce immigration, but not over actions that reward illegal immigration? Read more...

Twenty Immigration Questions Hillary Clinton Should Answer (But Probably Won't Have To)

By David Seminara, June 27, 2016

More than a year into her campaign, the only tough immigration-related questions Hillary Clinton has had to face have come from the left. For the most part, she's been able to get by spinning platitudes about stopping deportations, opposing Trump's wall, and promising to bring "millions of workers out of the shadows" (easily the most hackneyed catchphrase of the 21st Century). She hasn't held a press conference in more than 200 days, and will likely get softballs at the upcoming debates, but here's hoping someone (anyone!) will ask her these questions: Read more...

Staggering Under the Weight of a Broken Removal System

By Dan Cadman, June 26, 2016

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released the report on its inquiry into the release of Haitian national, illegal alien, and criminal Jean Jacques by DHS subordinate agency Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), after which Jacques committed murder. It is simply called "Release of Jean Jacques from ICE Custody".

The OIG inquiry was requested by the two senators and a representative from Connecticut, where the murder took place. It details a series of actions that merit some thought because they suggest not so much incompetence as an agency staggering under the weight of a complex system that renders it nearly impossible to do what should be a straightforward task: deporting a criminal alien who had previously been convicted of attempted murder. Read more...

What Now for U.S. v. Texas?

By John Miano, June 24, 2016

The Supreme Court has decided not to decide anything in United States v. Texas. So what happens next?

Now the case progresses normally though the court system. The first stop is that the case will return to the Southern District of Texas. There, the next likely step is that the judge will work with the parties to create a schedule of events to take place. Read more...

Thoughts on the Supreme Court's "Executive Action" Non-Decision

By Dan Cadman, June 24, 2016

As was expected with the death of conservative jurist Antonin Scalia, the remaining eight justices split on the proper course of action when deciding whether to leave in place or overturn lower court decisions on the injunction holding back some of the president's executive actions on immigration. By rules of the Court, the decision leaves intact the injunction, but sends the case back to a U.S. District Court in Texas. Read more...

Canada to Welcome Mexicans with Open Arms

By Kausha Luna, June 24, 2016

Effective December 1, Canada will lift visa restrictions for Mexican travelers, according to reports.

The Globe and Mail, a Canadian newspaper, reported that the move comes with some conditions. The Canadian government wants assurances from Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto that Canada will not face a flood of Mexicans claiming refugee status. Read more...

SCOTUS Doesn't Abolish Separation of Powers - Yet

By Mark Krikorian, June 23, 2016

The Supreme Court split 4-4 on the 26-state lawsuit against Obama's amnesty decrees; the full text of the ruling is this: "The judgment is affirmed by an equally divided Court." (No tally was released, but obviously the Democrat justices voted with Obama and the Republicans — even Kennedy — voted against him.)

That means the lower court's decision to uphold the injunction remains in place, and the DAPA amnesty program (for illegal alien parents of U.S.-born kids) and the expansion of the DACA amnesty (for illegals who claim to have come here before age 16) remain on hold. Read more...

The Dangers of Chain Migration, Seen Through the Lens of the Orlando Terrorist Attack

By Dan Cadman, June 23, 2016

Those who kept up with the investigation in the aftermath of the San Bernardino terrorist attack by U.S.-born Syed Rizwan Farook, of Pakistani descent, and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, a Pakistani who entered on a fiancée visa to marry Farook, may have pondered — as I did — whether the two had united in a marriage that they arranged for the purpose of carrying out the attack in the first place. Certainly the indicators were there, including incendiary social network posts that long predated not only the attacks, but Malik's entry into the United States.

There can be many reasons to forge the bonds of marriage, and it is not inconceivable that a shared purpose of jihad is one. Consider the number of young Muslim women who have left comfortable homes and middle-class lives, often in Europe, to become the brides of Islamic State fighters in Syria and Iraq (and perhaps now in some of its other global outposts such as Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Afghanistan, etc.). Read more...

Sitting on the House Floor

By Dan Cadman, June 23, 2016

I've been watching with a certain amount of disbelief some of the snippets of the Democrats' take-over of the House floor for their gun-control sit-in, replete with photo montages of victims (some number of whom were victims of terrorist attacks, not of deranged killers with no political motive). Read more...

New White House Report on Labor-Force Dropout Is Strangely Confused About Immigration

By Jason Richwine, June 22, 2016

The White House Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) released a new report this week on the long-term decline of work among men ages 25 to 54. Although it contains some interesting insights, the report's specific treatment of immigration is weak and contradictory. Let's start with the CEA's primary explanation for why men have been dropping out of the labor force:

The prime-age male labor force participation rate has been falling in the United States for more than half a century…. No single factor can fully explain this decline, but analysis suggests that a reduction in the demand for less skilled labor has been a key cause of declining participation rates as well as lower wages for less skilled workers. [Emphasis added.]

Visa Overstays: It's Not Just about the Numbers

By Dan Cadman, June 22, 2016

A few days ago, the Washington Post's "Federal Insider" column carried this article by Joe Davidson: "Visa overstays a security risk when 99% of foreigners leave U.S. on time?".

Davidson was keying off of a recent hearing by the House Homeland Security Committee that was examining the national security risk posed by overstays — foreigners who either enter with visas, or via the visa waiver program (VWP), and then overstay their period of authorized admission to blend into the large and amorphous pool of aliens illegally in the United States. Read more...

A Full Page on the Migrant as a Hero – and a Misleading Bit of Journalism

By David North, June 21, 2016

Sunday's Washington Post carried more than a full page of coverage on a woman from Sierra Leone and her retail store — the top half of the Style section's first page was entirely covered by her photo, and there was a substantial amount of text on that page, and then another half page of text and pictures on the second page. Rarely does a previously unknown person get this kind of attention.

It dealt with her store and her adventures with the Department of Homeland Security (which we will get to in a minute), but totally missed what should have been a major element of her story.

The woman, Desiree Venn Frederick, has an extremely rare immigration distinction, which the Post either deliberately ignored or did not know about — though it would be totally visible from the text to the careful reader. Read more...

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:

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:

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...