Immigration Blog

An Open Letter to CBP Commissioner Kerlikowske

By Dan Cadman, March 7, 2016

A few days ago, reacting to in-depth critiques from knowledgeable Border Patrol agents (BPAs) who happen also to be officials of the union that represents BPAs — see, for example, here and here — Gil Kerlikowske, commissioner of the Border Patrol's parent agency, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) had this to say, according to the Washington Times:

Well if you really don't want to follow the directions of your superiors, including the president of the United States and the commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, then you really do need to look for another job.

Trump Has Clear Record on EB-5; Clinton's Brother Also Profits from EB-5

By David North, March 7, 2016

The EB-5 immigrant investor program is now playing a minor role in the presidential primaries; the two apparent leaders, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, have ties to the program, though the other four do not, at least not yet. Read more...

India Initiates WTO Complaint Against U.S. over Immigration

By Dan Cadman, March 7, 2016

Here's a rich one: India is initiating a dispute with the United States in the World Trade Organization (WTO) alleging that the raising of fees for participation in certain guestworker programs constitutes "discrimination" and puts those foreign temporary workers on a lesser footing than similarly situated American workers.

The basis of the impending action is this: In December, as part of the omnibus spending bill, Congress doubled the fees paid by employers to sponsor guestworkers in the controversial H-1B and L categories, used to bring in more than 200,000 new guest workers each year. The Indians dispute this as inherently discriminatory. Read more...

Cruz Continues Doing the People's Work in the Senate

By Dan Cadman, March 6, 2016

While other major presidential candidates engage in puerile arguments about the size of hands and other body parts, or obfuscate their positions, or do outright flip-flop-flips in their support/opposition/support for foreign worker programs that rob Americans of their jobs, Sen. Ted Cruz is quietly going about the work of the people and continues to submit bills for consideration by the Senate, even as he campaigns nationwide. It's quite impressive.

I analyzed one of them recently on behalf of the Center, S. 2538, the "ICE Agent Support Act of 2016", cosponsored with Sen. Jeff Sessions. The bill has some limitations, but is a good starting place and an admirable show of support for the beleaguered agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Read more...

Responses to Immigration Question Omitted from CPAC Straw Poll Results

By Jon Feere, March 5, 2016

Update: CPAC released the results on immigration on Monday, March 7.


With much fanfare, the Conservative Political Action Conference released the results of its annual straw poll earlier this evening. Attendees were asked to weigh in on a number of subjects and could vote at kiosks and through a CPAC app. But while there's been much discussion of which presidential candidate was most favored by CPAC attendees (Ted Cruz), the media have missed a very curious omission from the results that could indicate which presidential candidate’s position on immigration is most favored.

The question which was not reported with the other results, captured below in a photo I took while attending CPAC, asked the following: Read more...

What About Trump's Comments on Foreign Workers?

By John Miano, March 5, 2016

On Friday I joined my co-author Michelle Malkin at a CPAC book signing for Sold Out: How High-Tech Billionaires & Bipartisan Beltway Crapweasels Are Screwing America's Best & Brightest Workers.

It is great to spend time with Michelle and it would take several pages to list the superlatives to describe her and working with her. You only need fear Michelle if you are a crapweasel! Read more...

A Report on CPAC's Lone Immigration Policy Panel

By Jon Feere, March 5, 2016

The Conservative Political Action Conference held one immigration-related event at this year's gathering. It was held on the main stage and was titled, "Point Counter-Point: Two Takes on Immigration". It was moderated by Becky Norton Dunlop of the Heritage Foundation. The first speaker was Kate Bryan of Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, who provided the high-immigration, pro-amnesty, open-border view of immigration in a cliché-ridden speech. The counterpoint was provided by Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) who argued for better enforcement of our immigration laws and an adherence to the rule of law.

A video of the debate can be viewed on C-SPAN; it starts about 21 minutes in. Read more...

Immigration, the Courts, and Statistics

By David North, March 4, 2016

Most migrants do not wind up in our circuit courts of appeal, but what the judges decide is not only important to the aliens involved, it often sets or refines our immigration policies.

With that in mind, I was looking over a set of circuit court decision statistics the other day and noted the remarkable variation in the outcomes of migrant cases in the different circuits. The Seventh Circuit (which covers Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin) was 10-times as likely to rule in favor of aliens as the Fifth Circuit (Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas) during CY 2015. Read more...

CPAC 2016 Event on Immigration Rhetoric

By Jon Feere, March 3, 2016

The Conservative Political Action Conference is back and, like last year, it has little to offer people in favor of immigration enforcement and reduced immigration. Two immigration-related events are listed on the official schedule — one Wednesday, which I attended and discuss below, and one on Friday. The third potential discussion of immigration may be on the part of presidential candidate Donald Trump, who takes the main stage on Saturday (he was the only main-stage speaker to devote time to immigration at CPAC 2014). Read more...

Duty Is Not Always Grimly Serious for CBP — There's That Ice Bridge

By David North, March 3, 2016

The routine of our border guards is broken every year about this time when they open up a border crossing point that is at the end of a frozen highway.

If the highway is not well frozen, those entering from Canada are going to take a very cold bath.

This is the annual crossing of a small arm of Lake Huron from Canada to a lightly populated part of Michigan, Drummond Island. The island is 50 miles east of the smaller and better-known Mackinac Island and has a population of a little over 1,000. Read more...

Sometimes the Paranoids Are Right

By Mark Krikorian, February 29, 2016

You want to see the roots of Trump’s appeal? Read Sunday's New York Times:

A few weeks after Senator Marco Rubio joined a bipartisan push for an immigration overhaul in 2013, he arrived alongside Senator Chuck Schumer at the executive dining room of News Corporation’s Manhattan headquarters for dinner.

The Dismal Record of All the Candidates on Temporary Foreign Workers

By David North, February 29, 2016

None of the major candidates for president has a commendable record on reducing the use of temporary (indentured) foreign workers.

In my view the worst of this sorry lot are the candidates who personally profited from the foreign worker program. Next are the candidates with flip-flop positions on the issue; these candidates have a proven bad record on the issue with a dab of hypocritical frosting on top. And then there is a candidate who has not made money out of the aliens, and not flip-flopped, but is wrong anyway.

This is how they stack up, as I see it: Read more...

The Administration's New Anti-Sanctuary Assurances: Trust, but Verify

By Dan Cadman, February 28, 2016

The Center's Director of Policy Studies, Jessica Vaughan, has written a couple of posts lately touching on the subject of criminal alien sanctuaries and federal grant funding to state and local law enforcement agencies. The first noted that Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas), the chairman of the House subcommittee controlling Department of Justice (DOJ) appropriations, sent a pointed letter to the attorney general (AG) asking how such sanctuaries could legitimately claim in their grant applications that they were in compliance with all federal laws given their refusal to honor immigration detainers or fully communicate with agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Read more...

The Silently Powerful Reach Out to the Linguistically Handicapped

By David North, February 26, 2016

It was one of those strange situations that pop up so every often in the immigration world, a powerful, but routinely silent, part of the law enforcement establishment reaching out to a linguistically handicapped minority just outside the Hispanic community.

One of the elements I have in mind is the prison-for-hire business that has grown so strong in recent years. Strong, but silent. One rarely hears about their activities and yet these corporations manage, for a price, most of the detention facilities run by the Department of Homeland Security. Read more...

Little to "RESPECT" in DHS's New Repatriation Agreements

By Dan Cadman, February 26, 2016

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a press release this week announcing the signing of a series of repatriation agreements with the government of Mexico. According to the press release, they were created as the result of meetings by the U.S.-Mexico "Repatriation Strategy and Policy Executive Coordination Team (RESPECT)".

The nine local agreements provide for the mechanisms by which the United States can deport, or remove under the less-formal means of voluntary departure, Mexican nationals back to their country. Read more...

Think Trump Will Be Tough On Immigration? Consider His Company's Use of Guestworkers

By David Seminara, February 26, 2016

A huge part of Donald Trump's surge to the top of the polls in the GOP nomination race is the perception that he's going to be tough on immigration. Exit polls from a number of states have shown that he's the favored candidate among voters who believe immigration is one of the most serious issues we face as a nation. But voters who think Trump will take a tough stand on immigration — legal, illegal, visas, and guestworkers — should consider his company's hiring track record. Read more...

Trump ♥ Foreign Workers

By Mark Krikorian, February 26, 2016

Well, I obviously gave Donald Trump too much credit in my posting before Thursday's Republican debate in Houston. I'd assumed it would be difficult for the other candidates to successfully go at Trump over his widespread use of guestworkers because they all want even more guestworkers than we have now (except for Cruz, who recently backpedalled a little). Or, as Fred Bauer put it: "Attacking Trump on ‘H’ Visas Will Be Difficult for Candidates Who Support ‘H’ Visas". Read more...

Aliens and Money: Let's Look at the Big Picture

By David North, February 26, 2016

Suppose there are two stacks of money, which can either be used in our economy or in that of some other nation. In each case there is an alien population tied to the money.

One stack consists of $2-3 billion dollars.

The other stack consists of more than $50 billion and growing.

Which stack of dollars do you think would get the most attention from our policy makers? The big one or the little one?

You might think that the little stack would be ignored, and all the attention would be paid to the big one — the one worth $50 billion-plus.

You would be wrong. Read more...

Justice Department Agrees to End Subsidies for Sanctuaries

By Jessica Vaughan, February 25, 2016

At a House appropriations hearing yesterday, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced that her department has agreed to begin enforcing federal law against sanctuary policies that obstruct communication and cooperation with federal immigration authorities. Lynch's announcement is the result of pressure applied by Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas), who chairs the subcommittee that controls the budget for the Department of Justice. Under his plan, state and local jurisdictions maintaining sanctuary policies that violate federal law now risk losing federal funds — unless they stop protecting criminal aliens. Read more...

How About a Wall in Mexico That We Pay For?

By David North, February 24, 2016

Amidst all the high-decibel and highly generalized discussions of our southern border,

We're going to do a wall ... Mexico's going to pay for the wall. — The Donald

A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. — The Pope

let us make a highly specific, extremely cost-effective, low-decibel (if politically unlikely) proposal about stemming the flow of illegal migrants from Central America. Read more...

Ambassador: U.S. Paying to Support Cuban Illegals in Costa Rica

By Kausha Luna, February 24, 2016

The United States has provided "significant" funds to Costa Rica to provide accommodations for U.S.-bound Cuban illegal aliens waiting to be able to continue northward.

This was revealed by U.S. Ambassador Stafford Fitzgerald Haney in an interview earlier this month with the Costa Rican newspaper La Nacion on the transfer of those Cubans to Mexico. Read more...

Court: DACA Aliens Can't Sue Georgia for In-State Tuition

By David North, February 24, 2016

Those seeking to erase our borders have a number of tools in their kits. One of the more successful ones is the effort to give illegal alien students at state-funded colleges and universities the right to pay tuition at discounted in-state rates, just as if they were here legally. By the most recent count of the National Conference of State Legislatures, 20 states have adopted that policy.

The latest news is that a variant of the effort has been foiled by the courts in the state of Georgia. Read more...

Which Way U.K.? Migration Issues Are Central

By Dan Cadman, February 23, 2016

The United Kingdom (UK) is headed for a June referendum on whether it wishes to secede from the European Union (EU).

In anticipation of the vote, Prime Minister David Cameron of the Conservative Party spent several days last week negotiating with a select group of EU leaders to lay out several paths unique to the UK that would differ significantly from the rules governing the remainder of the EU member states. Cameron has made clear that he wishes Britain to remain in the EU under this "special status" provided the changes are agreed upon by the EU governing bodies.

While things such as trade and banking and commerce regulations play a part in the negotiations and public debate, the most contentious areas surrounding Britain's continued EU membership have to do with migrants and benefits. Read more...

CBP Pressies Would Rather Talk about Hoverboards than Illegal Aliens

By David North, February 22, 2016

As a recovering governmental press secretary (Department of the Interior 1997-99), I often look at the press releases produced by Customs and Border Protection — the DHS agency that includes the Border Patrol and the immigration inspectors at the ports of entry.

Much, if not most, of its day-to-day work involves migration control and the apprehension of illegal aliens — but you would never know it from its press releases. Here are the headlines of the agency's three most recent releases as of this writing: Read more...

Mexican Tourists Working on California Marijuana Farms

By Kausha Luna, February 22, 2016

Mexican professionals and students are coming to the United States on tourist visas to work on marijuana farms and make quick money.

An article printed in the Excelsior, a Mexican newspaper, describes a "new migratory trend towards the United States." This new trend is an unprecedented flow of English-speaking Mexicans, aged 24 to 34, who travel to the United States on a tourist visa to take advantage of the marijuana harvest season in the "Emerald Triangle". The Emerald Triangle is in Northern California, made up of Medocino, Humboldt, and Trinity counties, and is the largest cannabis-producing region in the United States and the world. Read more...

N.C. Deputy Ambushed by Four Gangbangers: Are the Assailants Aliens or Citizens?

By Dan Cadman, February 22, 2016

Police Magazine is carrying the story of an off-duty, plainclothes deputy sheriff from Wake County, N.C., who was at a child's birthday party when he was ambushed by four known gang members: "Gabriel Moreno, 39, of Knightdale; Miguel Angel Moreno, 25, of Wendell; Remi Nambo, 27, of Raleigh; and Delfino Alejo, 27, of Garner". After the deputy, also Hispanic, arrived with the children at the party location a lone male asked if he could speak to him alone; when they stepped outside, three other men joined the first individual, calling the deputy a "pig" and assaulting him with fists, feet, and weapons. They have now been charged with a variety of felonies. Read more...

Schools Undergo Comprehensive Immigration Reform

By John Wahala, February 19, 2016

The Washington Post recently reported on the transition underway in public schools across the country. Struggling to accommodate a growing influx of students from immigrant families, they are devoting significant resources to social services. The effort goes far beyond English-language instruction to include mental health care, workshops on family reunification and housing, and regular counseling sessions where newcomers can share their experiences with peers in similar situations. Read more...

The Divisive, Political Pope

By Marguerite Telford, February 18, 2016

Pope Francis' six-day visit to Mexico ended yesterday with a mass at the U.S.-Mexico border, a symbolic location for those who have entered the United States illegally, those who died making the attempt, and those who plan to cross the border. But the Pope continued to take advantage of an election year in the United States even as he sat on his departing aircraft, weighing in on Donald Trump.

"A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian," said the Pope. Read more...

Pope Francis and Immigration in Mexico

By Kausha Luna, February 18, 2016

Pope Francis made his first trip to Mexico, arriving last Friday and leaving yesterday. Mexico as the most Catholic country in the Americas, as well as a country that receives and sends migrants, was eager for this visit.

The Pope was welcomed to the country by President Enrique Pena Nieto. During his six days in Mexico the Pope spoke on family, poverty, corruption, violence – and migration. Read more...

CUNY Devises H-1B Trick, NYT Cheers, DHS Will Probably Accept It

By David North, February 18, 2016

The City University of New York (CUNY) has created a flim-flam arrangement to expand the admission of H-1B workers (labeled as "entrepreneurs") while playing fast and loose with immigration law.

The New York Times hailed the project this morning with this headline: "CUNY Schools to Lure Foreign Entrepreneurs to Campus with Visa Program". Read more...