Immigration Blog

Boehner's Failure to Acknowledge Massive Document Fraud and Identity Theft Leads to Bad Policy

By Ronald W. Mortensen, July 29, 2013

During an appearance on "Face the Nation", House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told Bob Schieffer, "We have a problem with 11 million people who are here without documents."

Unfortunately, this means that the Speaker is developing public policy based on an erroneous premise because, as I wrote in 2009: Read more...

Pollsters and Pundits Still Misleading on Back Taxes Provision

By Jon Feere, July 28, 2013

Many journalists, pundits, and pollsters still seem to be under the impression that the Senate's amnesty bill (S.744) requires illegal aliens to pay back taxes. It doesn't. When the bill was first being written, the idea of requiring illegal aliens to pay back taxes for the period they worked off the books was considered, but quickly abandoned. Read more...

SAFE and Sound Legislation: Restoring the Parameters of the Constitution

By W.D. Reasoner, July 28, 2013

In my last blog on the "Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement (SAFE) Act", an immigration bill pending in the House of Representatives as H.R.2278, I discussed the terrorism and national security provisions in Title II of the draft legislation. Read more...

Big EB-5 Project is Bankrupt in South Dakota; Investors May Lose Everything

By David North, July 27, 2013

A large EB-5 project in Aberdeen, S.D., Northern Beef Packers Limited Partnership (NBP), has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, probably leaving some 160 alien investors (mostly Chinese) with little or no financial return for their 160 half-million-dollar investments, according to local reports. Read more...

More Evidence of Enforcement Stagnation

By Jessica Vaughan, July 27, 2013

A new report tracking the number of ICE detainers issued confirms that interior immigration enforcement has declined significantly in recent months. This report corroborates my previous analysis of another set of ICE statistics that revealed a considerable deterioration in interior enforcement since 2011. Read more...

The Mayorkas Controversy Redux

By W.D. Reasoner, July 26, 2013

In a blog on July 23, Center fellow David North wrote of the controversy surrounding Alejandro Mayorkas, presently the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and nominee to be number two in USCIS's mother department, Homeland Security (DHS). Read more...

Former GAO Official Talks Straight on Finding a Balance Between Border Security and Interior Security

By Jerry Kammer, July 26, 2013

My favorite government agency is the Government Accountability Office. Not only are they frequently the smartest people in the room, they have no political agenda. So they don't have an eye on the next election, and they don't give a damn about the exploding heads on cable TV. Read more...

Mayorkas Has Easy Confirmation Hearing — The GOP Boycotts It

By David North, July 26, 2013

Alejandro Mayorkas, the USCIS Director who has been nominated to be Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, had an easy confirmation hearing before the Senate Homeland Security Committee Thursday — but only because the Republican senators boycotted it. Read more...

Further Examination of the Consequences of "Stapling" Provisions

By David North, July 25, 2013

It is time to take a closer look at the impact of the clauses in the currently pending immigration bills that would, in effect, staple a green card to the advanced STEM diploma of all aliens completing those degrees in the United States. Read more...

Keeping the Homeland SAFE and Secure

By W.D. Reasoner, July 24, 2013

In prior blogs, I've been discussing the strengths of the "Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement (SAFE) Act", an immigration bill pending in the House of Representatives as H.R. 2278, including its commitment to legitimate interior enforcement as well as border initiatives, and the framework it establishes for improved federal-state-local cooperation where immigration law and policy are concerned. Read more...

A Clash Between Two DHS Officials Is Likely to Cast Some Light on EB-5

By David North, July 23, 2013

The Associated Press headline and lede are ominous:

Homeland Security Official Probed

President Obama's choice to be the No. 2 official at the Homeland Security Department [Alejandro Mayorkas] is under investigation for his role in helping a company secure an international investor visa for a Chinese executive, The Associated Press has learned.

Let's Pay Some Attention to Mexico's Southern Border and the OTMs

By David North, July 23, 2013

Here's an idea. Instead of adding 20,000 Border Patrol agents at our southern border, let's make that 18,000, and use the money saved for 2,000 of them to fund, say, 4,000 Mexican Border Patrolmen (or better, Mexican Marines) at their southern border. Read more...

The GOP and Immigration: Having the Courage of Your Convictions

By Stanley Renshon, July 23, 2013

Elected political leaders often confuse support with popularity. They think that espousing views that correspond to the least common denominator of public understanding and opinion is the key to political success. And, regrettably it often is, at least in the short term. Read more...

A SAFE Bet

By W.D. Reasoner, July 22, 2013

The "Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement (SAFE) Act", an immigration bill pending in the House of Representatives as H.R. 2278, is a modern marvel of legislative honesty and symmetry: it means what it says, and says what it means. Read more...

Immigration Reform Takes an Anti-American Approach When It Comes to Employment

By Ronald W. Mortensen, July 22, 2013

Based on their public comments and actions, it is clear that the business interests that support comprehensive immigration reform hold American workers in extremely low esteem and that they all too frequently take an anti-American approach when it comes to hiring and retaining workers. Read more...

A "What if..." Scenario about Congress and Immigration

By David North, July 22, 2013

What if Congress decided to give a potential free immigration pass to a group of about 250,000 aliens with limited educations?

And then Congress guessed that most of the resulting migrants would settle in four specific American jurisdictions?

And then agreed to pay for some of the financial impacts of the new migrants, but only in those four jurisdictions?

How would the four jurisdictions handle and measure the impact of the newcomers, and what else would happen? Read more...

The Australia-Papua New Guinea Refugee Resettlement Agreement

By W.D. Reasoner, July 21, 2013

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has just announced a unique agreement with the government of Papua New Guinea (PNG) in which boat people interdicted on the high seas headed for Australia to seek asylum will instead be shunted to processing camps in PNG. If determined to be legitimate refugees, they will be resettled there, instead of Australia. Read more...

Government Defines Video Gamers as Athletes for Immigration Purposes

By David North, July 21, 2013

USCIS has defined alien video gamers as athletes for immigration purposes in response to the pressure from lobbyists.

As humorist Dave Barry would say, "I am not making this up."

The July 16 Time headline is: "Pro Gamers Get U.S. Work Visas, Thanks to Industry Lobbyists". Read more...

The GOP and Immigration: Death by Pandering

By Stanley Renshon, July 20, 2013

Those who advise the GOP to "get right" with Hispanics by supporting the Senate's massive immigration bill never consider the downside of traducing principles in the hope of gaining votes. Perhaps it can be said of "death by pandering", as the Washington Post' Kathleen Parker suggests is the case with "principled martyrs," that, "[P]rincipled or not, you're still dead in the end."

But death by pandering strips you of both your integrity and your honor. Worse, it doesn't give you the opportunity to make your case and try to gain supporters for your perspective.

In essence, it is just giving up. Read more...

Even Safe Cities Need the SAFE Act

By Jessica Vaughan, July 19, 2013

The case of Cesar Benitez, an illegal alien serial rapist with numerous prior offenses, including repeated immigration violations, illustrates the pressing need for the SAFE Act, now under consideration in the U.S. House as a welcome alternative to the Schumer-Rubio bill.

Benitez was arrested in April 2012 for hiding in a women's bathroom at a Target store in Allen, Texas, and peeping at a 13-year old girl in the next stall. They caught him in nearby Plano, where police also sought him for similar offenses, charged him with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, and set bond at $1,500. Read more...

Surprise! Few "Dreamers" Use In-State Tuition Breaks

By David North, July 19, 2013

A recent bit of investigative journalism by Politico showed that few illegal aliens are taking advantage of the in-state tuition breaks offered by many state universities.

This news should, but probably will not, shoot some holes in the endless propaganda about how a whole generation of future leaders are losing their prospects because of a nasty insistence on the enforcement of the immigration law — about all those illegal aliens who are high school valedictorians who want to go to medical school so they can serve the people, etc. Read more...

The GOP and Immigration

By Stanley Renshon, July 19, 2013

Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker writes that if the GOP doesn't die a demographic death, it may just commit suicide by standing for its principles. Republicans, she writes, "seem to be adopting the self-immolation tactics of principled martyrs," and she continues, "Of course, principled or not, you're still dead in the end."

Maybe. But consider that the public has very little detailed information about the actual Senate bill and that when they learn that what they have been told or promised is not actually in it, their support drops. Or to quote a poll headline: "39 Percent Favor Reform Plan That Cuts Future Illegal Immigration by Just 50 Percent." Read more...

Widening Existing Vulnerabilities

By Janice Kephart, July 19, 2013

(Ms. Kephart recently returned from a Special Counsel position with the Senate Judiciary Committee, where she advised and supported Senator Jeff Sessions' (R-Ala.) work during the committee's consideration of immigration legislation.)

Read Part 1

The Senate-passed S.744 has three distinct, mandatory airport exit requirements, only two of which involve seaports. None solve the air carrier problem, only one provides funding, and all conflict with current law. Read more...

Reviewing the Daily Beast's Story on the March for Jobs

By Jerry Kammer, July 18, 2013

Michelle Cottle is a fine writer. A scribe for the Daily Beast, she writes vividly and with fervor, especially when she rips conservatives. Of the Tea Party, for example, she has written that "the movement's anarchic, bottom-up structure may give its gatherings tons of snap, crackle, and pop, but it is lousy for formulating and delivering a coherent message."

So when the Black American Leadership Alliance this week teamed up this with Tea Partiers for a rally demanding that Congress "recognize the devastating effects illegal immigration and amnesty have on low-skilled workers, particularly those in minority communities," maybe it was inevitable that Cottle would ignore the message and slash the cracklers. Read more...

The GOP and Immigration

By Stanley Renshon, July 18, 2013

If you listen to supporters of the Gang of Eight's vast immigration bill, including many establishment Republicans, the GOP faces a dire choice: adapt demographically and support the bill or die.

Those who prefer that their party do neither have now been given an another choice, this time by Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker. They can commit principled suicide. Read more...

Virginia, Not ICE, Closes Suspect University of Northern Virginia

By David North, July 18, 2013

The University of Northern Virginia (UNVA) — a very marginal institution that relied heavily on foreign students, notably those from India, and that was raided two years ago by Immigration and Customs Enforcement — was closed Wednesday, July 17, by the State of Virginia, not by ICE.

As is all too often the case, an institution outside the immigration business has stepped in and done the work that should have been done by the Department of Homeland Security, as the Securities and Exchange Commission did recently in a $145 million immigrant investor (EB-5) fraud case I described in an earlier blog. Read more...

Better SAFE than Sorry

By W.D. Reasoner, July 17, 2013

Note: This is the first of several blogs on the Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement (SAFE) Act, an immigration bill pending in the House of Representatives as H.R.2278. This blog reflects on those aspects of the bill that encourage cooperation among and between the federal, state, and local governments where their interlocking responsibilities are concerned. Read more...

Empty Seats and Lobbyists

By Jon Feere, July 17, 2013

Though the Senate Judiciary Committee's marathon immigration hearing took place some time back, it's worth another look as a reminder of why public opinion of Congress is so low. Many people think that congressional hearings are meant to be an opportunity for open discourse and deliberation where experts are called to testify and inform our leadership about the various impacts of legislation. Unfortunately, hearings are often nothing more than political theater and the experts often nothing more than special interests and props. Read more...

Black Leaders at March for Jobs Invoke Civil Rights Struggle and the 1963 March Led by Martin Luther King, Jr.

By Jerry Kammer, July 16, 2013

One of the least covered stories involving illegal immigration to the United States is its effect on American workers. As the March for Jobs made clear Monday, young blacks have been especially affected by job displacement as employers have hired millions of illegal immigrants. Those who addressed the problem included members of Congress and other immigration activists. But the most poignant and powerful voices were those of black leaders. Here is a look at some of their comments. Read more...

Immigration and the Death of the Republican Party

By Stanley Renshon, July 15, 2013

The conventional immigration narrative, favored by supporters of comprehensive immigration reform, is that the Republican Party is doomed to electoral oblivion if the House doesn't pass a bill that mirrors S.744, the Senate Gang of Eight's 1,200-page bill. Read more...