Immigration Blog

Students Weren't Innocent Victims at Raided U.S. Visa Mills

By David North, September 23, 2011

When ICE investigators raided two fringe "universities" earlier this year, places with primarily Indian students, the U.S. media tended to regard the students as victims.

You get a different view from India.

The two institutions are Tri-Valley University in California and Northern Virginia University in the Washington, D.C., suburbs. In both instances ICE was concerned about illegal issuances of visa-creating documents, closing down TVU, apparently for good, and suspending some activities at NVU while leaving the "campus" open for classes. Read more...

Morning News, 9/22/11

By Bryan Griffith, September 22, 2011

View the Center's new report concerning Rick Perry's claims on job growth.

1. Few satisfied on immigration
2. Rep. says DOJ undermining probe
3. E-Verify bill clears House panel
4. Conservatives seek Hispanic vote
5. Immigration raid sparks outcry

Government Sometimes Does the Right Thing in Immigration Cases

By David North, September 21, 2011

While this blog is often critical of governmental actions – and inactions – in immigration matters, sometimes the government does exactly the right thing. Here are three recent examples, from three different agencies:

  1. ICE breaks up a wholesale immigration fraud ring of bogus Christians;
  2. USCIS reminds employers not to collect illegal fees from H-class guestworkers; and
  3. State warns against fraud in the diversity lottery program.

Morning News, 9/21/11

By Bryan Griffith, September 21, 2011

1. ICE reviews Haitian's care
2. House E-Verify bill in doubt
3. Report alleges abuse
4. Citizenship of baby questioned
5. Coalition seeks probe in WA

Dubious Casino Investment Linked to Dubious Immigration Program

By David North, September 20, 2011

It's a perfect storm at the nexus of immigration and investment – a proposal to use the EB-5 (buying-green-cards-with-investments) program to start up a huge casino near Washington. Read more...

Taking the Blinders off Social Security's H-1B Audit

By David North, September 20, 2011

To use a rural metaphor regarding the recent Social Security Administration audit of the H-1B program, while blinders are sometimes useful on a riding horse, they are not in a government report. Read more...

State Dept. Seeks to Roll Back Visa Security to 9/10 Standards; DHS Stays Quiet

By Janice Kephart, September 20, 2011

Secretary of State Clinton is now lining up with Secretary of Homeland Security Napolitano in quietly continuing the border security backslide to September 10, 2001, standards. None of what you read below will be in press releases. The secretaries are well aware that their policies continue to add to a profusion of amnesty outlets, and now Secretary Clinton is working in tandem with the White House too, where President Obama is pushing for a pullback on any policy pertaining to border security unless a known terrorist is involved. Read more...

Russian News, the Hershey J-1 Protest, and American Values

By Jerry Kammer, September 19, 2011

The reporting of RT, the Russian government-financed English-language news channel, is often characterized by schadenfreude about the social, economic, and political problems of the United States. That dark pleasure was clearly on display in RT's reporting on the foreign college students' protest against working conditions at the Hershey Co.'s distribution center just outside the Pennsylvania town that bears the company's name. Read more...

New Audit on H-1B Visas

By John Miano, September 18, 2011

Social Security Administration's Office of Inspector General has a new report out, "H-1B Workers' Use of Social Security Numbers". The OIG found that about 18 percent of Social Security numbers issued to H-1B workers were being used to report wages from sources other than the approved employer or were reporting no wages at all.

This follows a 2008 report from USCIS that found a violation rate in the H-1B program of over 20 percent.

The most recent Department of Labor Inspector General report on H-1B is available as well.

All of these audits from government agencies provide a striking contrast to the propaganda view of the H-1B program put forth by lobbyists.


Common Sense from Across the Northern Border?

By James R. Edwards Jr., September 18, 2011

A recent study from Canada suggests a common-sense solution to at least part of the economic morass: When the country's in a recession or worse, stop importing more and more foreign workers.

As Canada's National Post has reported:

Violence spurs "Mexodo" to the United States

By Jerry Kammer, September 18, 2011

Friday evening's Univision newscast included a story about the intensifying flight of wealthy Mexicans to Texas. Reporter Brenda Carmona said the migration is often referred to as the "Mexodo" – a play on the Spanish word "exodo," which means "exodus" – the equivalent in English would be "Mexodus". Read more...

DHS Says 'Yes' to Thousands of Illegals Wanting to Leave the U.S. and Return

By David North, September 16, 2011

The immigration law and practices of the U.S. include many quirks, some that simply chew up valuable staff time, and some that are down-right dangerous; here is one of the latter.

Suppose you are a thoroughly documented illegal alien, now in the U.S., and you want to leave the country and come back legally.

Two questions: Is there a way to do that? And if so, what are your chances of success?

You might think that a rational nation would say to such an illegal: Good riddance, we never want to see you again. But that's not the U.S. policy. Read more...

Boycott? Never Mind!

By Mark Krikorian, September 16, 2011

La Raza announced last week that it was lifting its boycott of Arizona, imposed last year in response to the passage of SB 1070, the state's controversial immigration law. I missed the announcement because, you know, what boycott? They put a brave face on the whole thing, saying they'd succeeded in scaring off other states from passing similar measures (except Alabama, Indiana, Georgia, South Carolina, and Utah, of course!). Read more...

Will the Justice Department Sue?

By Mark Krikorian, September 16, 2011

California wants to ensure that illegal aliens keep getting hired:

State poised to restrict use of immigration database

California is poised to nullify immigration enforcement ordinances in about a half dozen Inland Empire cities – and to continue to buck a national trend – by restricting the use of E-Verify, the national online database used to check the immigration status of workers.

USCIS Decides to Burden its Own Appeals Unit with Extra Paper

By David North, September 15, 2011

What does the Obama administration do when a quasi-independent immigration appeals board repeatedly says "no" to alien admission requests?

Well, that presents a problem, because the decision-makers are all civil servants, and perhaps union members, too. The administration really cannot fire them, and it certainly cannot tell them to start ignoring their own opinions and rubberstamp "yes" every time they see an appeal. Read more...

USCIS Devotes Much Staff Time to Abused Alien Step-Parents of Citizens

By David North, September 14, 2011

Here's the (admittedly odd) scenario:

1. An American citizen takes a trip overseas to beat up or otherwise abuse his alien step-parent or step-parents, or maybe his alien biological parent or parents. (Let's call it a totally regrettable and very, very specialized form of tourism.)

2. The abused alien step-parent or parent survives the abuse and then consults a U.S. immigration lawyer, and learns that because of the abuse, or maybe alleged abuse, the abusee, if that is a word, can file for immigration to the United States and receive a quick (but lifelong) green card as an "immediate relative of a U.S. citizen." Read more...

Morning News, 9/14/11

By Bryan Griffith, September 14, 2011

1. Obama pushes legislature
2. Napolitano denies knowledge
3. Court allows NM DL checks
4. Hearing on UT law delayed
5. AZ court allows recall

Time to Sanction the Sanctuaries

By Jessica Vaughan, September 13, 2011

Cook County, Illinois (which includes the city of Chicago) passed an ordinance last week instructing the sheriff to disregard requests from ICE to hold suspected removable aliens who are arrested. This irrational directive already is sending violent criminal aliens back to the streets instead of into ICE custody, where a few of them might actually be deported, sparing future victims. ICE director John Morton probably doesn't care if Cook County keeps his agents from doing their job, but if Congress does, there is an easy fix – stop rewarding Cook County with millions of dollars in annual SCAAP payments until they start honoring the ICE detainers. Read more...

Morning News, 9/13/11

By Bryan Griffith, September 13, 2011

1. WH cracks down on overstays
2. Perry takes heat on issue
3. Arrests on border drop
4. CA considers Dream Act
5. IL co. ends detainers

Disentangling Fee-Waiver Data from the USCIS Statistical Swamp

By David North, September 13, 2011

In a recent blog I wrote that USCIS had reported losses from fee waivers of $27 million in FY 2009 and a projected $87 million in FY 2011. Fee waivers are granted to low-income applicants who want something from USCIS but who argue successfully that they are too poor to pay the related fees.

The statement above might imply that the two numbers – $27 million and the much larger $87 million – both were published, as such, by the agency. Read more...

Morning News, 9/12/11

By Bryan Griffith, September 12, 2011

1. Congress considers bill
2. Anti-Perry immigration ad
3. GA Gov. pressured on board
4. La Raza ends AZ boycott
5. Store owner, ATF sting

Thinking of First Responders

By W.D. Reasoner, September 11, 2011

It's natural that, with the advent of the tenth anniversary of the terror attacks on our nation, one's thoughts would drift to the first responders who go about protecting us throughout the nation on a daily basis. They so often go unnoticed until trauma or tragedy strikes, as it did so quickly and so violently on September 11, 2001. It's a sad truism that only then do we seem to stop, take stock, and come to recognize their dedication and quiet heroism. Read more...

9/11 + 10: Time to Keep Extremists Out

By James R. Edwards Jr., September 11, 2011

Ten years after 9/11, there are still plenty of threats to America's security stemming directly from mass immigration. And there is still plenty of room for better ways for fighting the threat from ideologically dangerous foreigners. Read more...

A Thought About Uncle Omar

By David North, September 10, 2011

Here's a thought about what the Obama administration might do with Uncle Omar, who is America's most prominent illegal alien this month.

As my colleague Jon Feere noted yesterday, the president's half-uncle, Onyango Obama, the illegal alien with the drunk driving citation, has been released from jail, and no official will tell us what the government plans to do with him – despite the outstanding deportation order of some years ago. Read more...

WARNING: Obama's Drunk-Driving Illegal-Alien Uncle Back on the Streets

By Jon Feere, September 9, 2011

In a decision that seems to unnecessarily risk the lives of many people, ICE has released Onyango Obama, President Obama's "Uncle Omar" about two weeks after he was detained following a drunk driving accident. He reportedly had been ordered deported to his native Kenya back in 1989, and lost an appeal in 1992. Read more...

Protest at Hershey Gaining Support

By Jerry Kammer, September 9, 2011

The protest against Hershey Co, the corporate chocolate icon, by foreign students working under a State Department cultural exchange program is not diminishing, even as many of the students prepare to return home at the end of their four-month J-1 visas.

To the contrary, protesting students are gaining new support in their effort to expose what they call sweatshop conditions at Hershey's Eastern Distribution Center. The massive plant, located just east of the Pennsylvania town that bears the company's name, ships candies made at the nearby Hershey factory. Read more...

Financial Losses Due to USCIS Fee Waivers Soar to $87 Million a Year

By David North, September 9, 2011

USCIS has revealed – if one applies some math to an obscure government document – that it is now experiencing fee-waiver-caused losses at the rate of $87 million a year for FY 2011, sharply up from $27 million a year for FY 2009.

A USCIS press officer gave me the $27 million figure a year or so ago.

The government has long had a program allowing certain very low-income persons – mostly aliens – to seek waivers of immigration and naturalization fees; the basic policy is appropriate but what USCIS has done in the last year was to make it much, much easier for applicants to file for fee waivers. Read more...

Milford, Mass., Tells Ecuador (and ICE): Enough Already!

By Jessica Vaughan, September 8, 2011

On August 20, Matt Denice, age 23, was out riding his motorcycle in his home town of Milford, Mass., when, according to police and witnesses, he was struck, dragged, and killed by an Ecuadoran illegal alien drunk driver, Nicolas Guaman. It was a horrific crime that has sparked widespread public outrage and renewed resentment toward Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick's sanctuary policies and ICE's reluctance to implement the Secure Communities program here. What I have found most interesting and refreshing, though, is the reaction of Milford officials, who have wasted no time in taking steps locally to address the conditions that encourage illegal settlement. Read more...

Limbaugh Mistakenly Warns GOP: Don't Be 'Distracted' by Illegal Immigration

By Ronald W. Mortensen, September 8, 2011

During the past week, Rush Limbaugh has repeatedly told his radio audience that Republicans should ignore illegal immigration because the left and its mainstream media allies are using it to distract them from the key issues that will guarantee a Republican victory in November – jobs, stimulus spending, and higher taxes. Read more...

Census Report Shows Enforcement Works

By David North, September 8, 2011

Open-borders advocates often argue that changes in the immigration law, and/or added enforcement, cannot change the size of the legal and illegal alien populations. No mere governmental activity can resist the human tide of would-be migrants, is their view. They say, in effect, "Why try?"

The totally neutral U.S. Census Bureau offers a stunning rebuttal of that position in its latest report on the shrinking population of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). These islands, north of Guam in the western Pacific, are the newest additions to the U.S. territorial family, having been conquered by the U.S. late in World War II. Read more...