Immigration Blog

H-1B Employers Want Quantity, Not Quality

By John Miano, November 25, 2013

In my years working in the computer industry I have encountered many workers on H-1B visas. The most highly skilled among them were of average skill. Nearly all were incompetent. When I hear H-1B workers called "highly skilled" or "the best and brightest" I always chuckle. Read more...

USCIS Announces New E-Verify Security Enhancement

By Jon Feere, November 25, 2013

The free and easy-to-use employment verification program E-Verify has been upgraded with a security feature that will help U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) detect whether a Social Security number (SSN) is being used fraudulently. All too often, American citizens will have their identities compromised by an illegal alien who steals the name and identity of the American in order to acquire a job. If the name and number match up, it can be difficult for E-Verify to detect the fraud. Read more...

Enforcement Metrics Support Case for Detention Bed Mandate

By Jessica Vaughan, November 24, 2013

Anti-enforcement advocates have come up with another manufactured controversy to serve as sob-story bait for mainstream journalists — the detention bed mandate. This is a requirement imposed by congressional appropriators starting in 2009 stipulating that ICE must actually use all of the tax dollars it receives for immigration detention. While it has been portrayed in several recent stories as arbitrary, simplistic, cruel, and wasteful, looking back on the litany of Obama administration executive decrees that have suppressed and undermined enforcement, this mandate now seems downright prophetic. Read more...

EB-5 Middleman Benda's Death Ruled a Suicide by South Dakota AG

By David North, November 21, 2013

The shooting death of onetime EB-5 middleman, Richard Benda, described in a previous blog, was ruled a suicide Thursday by South Dakota's Attorney General, Marty Jackley.

According to the AG's Office, as reported by the Associated Press, an autopsy showed that the death was by a shotgun blast and Benda's own 12-gauge shotgun was the only weapon found at the death site. Read more...

NPR Story Goes for the "Wow", Neglects the "Why" of Immigrant Detention

By Jerry Kammer, November 21, 2013

On NPR's Morning Edition this week, reporter Ted Robbins had the makings of a good story about a congressional mandate that requires Immigration and Customs Enforcement to hit an expensive target for detention of illegal immigrants.

But the story careened immediately into editorial Never-Never Land with host Steve Inskeep's sophomoric introduction. Then Robbins drove it into the reportorial briar patch with his own editorial slant on a story that should have let the facts speak for themselves. Read more...

DHS Staff Time Wasted as Agency Issues Regulations for Unlikely Alien Situations

By David North, November 21, 2013

This administration bends over backward to stretch the law to cover unlikely situations that might conceivably inconvenience some alien, some day, under some circumstances.

And it spends money hiring regulation writers to provide all the bureaucratic verbiage needed to take care of these obscure situations. Read more...

Immigration Reform: American Bankers Association Chief Calls for Open Borders and Amnesty

By Ronald W. Mortensen, November 21, 2013

Frank Keating, head of the American Bankers Association, has finally come clean about big business' ultimate immigration reform goal — totally open borders with the unrestricted movement of millions of foreign workers into the United States.

In a remarkably candid Op-ed published in the Los Angeles Times, Keating writes:

We cannot support open borders for trade but not for people. ... As Ronald Reagan might have put it, it's time to open the doors.

Much Internal Diversity within the Diversity Visa Program

By David North, November 21, 2013

There turns out to be a great deal of internal diversity of visa outcomes within the Diversity Visa (DV) program that grants green cards to a random assortment of up to 50,000 aliens a year.

This dawned on me as I examined, in an earlier blog, a report of the State Department's Inspector General on the extent of fraud (and detected fraud) within the DV program in Ukraine. Read more...

OECD Meeting Gives Clues on How to Manage (and Limit) Family Migration

By David North, November 20, 2013

Although I am sure it was not designed for this purpose, Monday's Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) conference on family migration showed that many progressive nations use a wide variety of techniques to discourage immigration-related marriage fraud — techniques routinely ignored in the United States. Read more...

Marriage Fraud Inside Diversity Visa Fraud, All Tucked into a Useless Program

By David North, November 19, 2013

It's a little like one of those sets of Russian nesting dolls, each one hiding and enclosing another slightly smaller one.

On the outside is America's useless (but legal) diversity visa program, which distributes 50,000 immigrant visas to aliens who have won a worldwide lottery.

On the inside of that is a well-organized program to steal the genuine visas from the legitimate winners of this silly program, particularly in Ukraine (once part of Russia). Read more...

What Happens When an Amnesty Rollout Fails?

By Mark Krikorian, November 19, 2013

The AP writes:

The first year of the Obama administration's temporary reprieve for youth living in the country illegally has shown that any broader immigration reform effort would require the government to better prepare by streamlining application procedures and by providing more information about what documents are needed to apply to stay in America, experts say.

La Loi, C'est Moi

By Mark Krikorian, November 19, 2013

President Obama's latest act of immigration lawlessness was buried in the Friday news dump. A new DHS memo grants de facto amnesty to all illegal-alien spouses, children, and parents of anyone in the military and of anyone who has ever been in the military. Now, it's obvious that the White House picked this group to amnesty because of the bitter-clingers' support for the military and veterans, and this discretionary authority ("parole in place" is the technical term) can indeed be used appropriately under some circumstances. But like any other bureaucratic grant of discretion, it is appropriate only on a case-by-case basis; the administration, by contrast, has amnestied an entire class of people, just as it did with its illegal DREAM Act amnesty, formally known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Read more...

H1-B Teachers May Be Coming to DC

By David North, November 14, 2013

There is a strong possibility that the controversial Gulen Turkish Charter Schools, together with their emphasis on hiring teachers from Turkey via the H-1B program, will arrive soon in the District of Columbia, the Washington Post reported this week. Read more...

A Happy EB-5 Correction in South Dakota

By David North, November 14, 2013

Writers hate to file corrections, as it means that they made a mistake. Witness Sunday's awkward moment on "60 Minutes" when the luminous Lara Logan had to admit that her program had been conned by a mercenary security guard regarding the raid on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. Read more...

E-Verify for Government Contractors? Three Compliance Gaps Emerge

By David North, November 12, 2013

I think most people concerned with the issue assume that the E-Verify program to identify illegal-alien workers covers all firms with federal contracts. I know I did.

But a recent decision by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) in a contract dispute indicates that E-Verify coverage of federal contractors is, in fact, full of holes. Read more...

South Dakota Focuses on EB-5: Investigations Galore

By David North, November 11, 2013

A fairly obscure element of the current immigration law — the EB-5 investor program that lets an alien buy a family-size set of green cards for half a million dollars — is suddenly getting lots of unfriendly attention in South Dakota.

Why are the state's politicians, the media, and at least half a dozen groups of government investigators focusing on this program? Read more...

Gerrymandering the Investor Visa

By David North, November 11, 2013

"How come the EB-5 moneys, that are supposed to be used in depressed areas, all go to the glitziest parts of town?"

The puzzled voice at the other end of the phone was a Los Angeles reporter who was writing on the immigrant investor (EB-5) program, which was being used to fund a luxury hotel project. EB-5 (for employment-based, fifth class) gives alien investors and their families a full set of green cards in exchange for half-million-dollar investments in depressed areas of the United States if the money is used in so-called "targeted employment areas" (TEAs). Read more...

D.C. to Grant Driver's Licenses to Illegal Aliens

By Jon Feere, November 8, 2013

States have a role to play when it comes to the issue of illegal immigration, and the choice is simple: Should states encourage or discourage illegal immigration? The latest move by the District of Columbia is to encourage illegal immigration and illegal hiring practices by providing driver's licenses to illegal aliens. I discussed this topic on American University's WAMU Radio alongside D.C. Councilmember Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), Maryland State Senator Victor Ramirez (D-Prince George's County), and Brad Botwin, Director of Help Save Maryland. The complete interview is available here. A small clip is available in the video below. Read more...

No Contrition at Infosys

By John Miano, November 8, 2013

I reported previously that Infosys has agreed to pay a $34 million fine for violating the law governing visitor visas. Infosys was sneaking workers into the United States using visitor visas rather than getting appropriate work visas. Read more...

Brown Administration Does the Right Thing for Exploited Chinese Workers

By David North, November 7, 2013

While Governor Jerry Brown's administration in California is routinely misguided in its illegal alien policies, it did the right thing late last month regarding the exploitation of some nonimmigrant workers from China.

The state labor department fined BYD, a Chinese electric car company, about $100,000 for exploiting a small group of workers brought in from China to work in its modest LA factory, one that had received $2 million in tax breaks from the City of Los Angeles. Read more...

Do It for the Children — and Their Parents?

By Mark Krikorian, November 5, 2013

House Republicans are putting togther their own version of the Dream Act, called the Kids Act, which would amnesty illegal aliens who came here as, well, kids. But the effort to get some Democrats signed on to the bill has hit a snag; Democrats insist that the amnestied illegals, once they become citizens, be able to sponsor their illegal-alien parents and other relatives for green cards. Read more...

Clean Sweep: None of Top Three at DHS Has Immigration Experience

By David North, November 5, 2013

Yesterday's DHS press release announcing the appointment of Stevan E. Bunnell as the department's general counsel, confirms it.

Not one of the top three positions at the Department of Homeland Security is filled by a person with any substantial immigration experience.

Here's the line-up at the moment: Read more...

Administration Gives Itself a Needless Libya/Immigration Problem

By David North, November 4, 2013

The Obama administration — true to its mission of expanding all flows of immigration at all times — apparently has given itself a totally needless political headache.

It is reportedly opening long-closed doors that have kept a group of would-be Arab pilots out of our flight schools. This time the students would be from Libya. Read more...

NIF Needs to Drop Amnesty Push and Stand Up for American Kids

By Ronald W. Mortensen, November 4, 2013

National Immigration Forum (NIF) board member and former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff has once again acknowledged that illegal aliens commit child identity theft. Read more...

Infosys Fine Highlights Needed Immigration Reforms

By John Miano, October 31, 2013

Infosys has agreed to pay a record $34 million dollar fine for visa abuse. Infosys was circumventing the H-1B quota by bringing foreign workers in under B visitor visas instead. Such foreign workers have to return home every few months to renew their visas.

This is a very common practice throughout the industry — and it is not just the Indian companies that are doing it. When I worked for the now-defunct American company Digital Equipment, they were doing the exact same thing. Read more...

Indian Outsourcing Firm Fined $34 million for NOT Using H-1Bs

By David North, October 31, 2013

Usually the massive Indian outsourcing firms get in trouble for using too many H-1Bs when they should be hiring American workers.

But this time Infosys, the second largest of them all, had to pay the feds a record-breaking $34 million in fines for not using H-1Bs; the firm used still-cheaper foreign workers on short-term business visas (B-1s) in order to cut costs and to boost its $2.8 billion annual profit. Read more...

Rep. McCaul: Don't Use My Bill as a Vehicle for Amnesty

By Mark Krikorian, October 31, 2013

Congressman Mike McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, came out forcefully yesterday against any effort to use his border-security bill as a Trojan Horse for amnesty. Read more...

Does the Case of an Illegal-Alien Murderer Raise Policy Questions?

By David Seminara, October 31, 2013

On Saturday, a 25-year-old Chinese immigrant named Chen Mingdong reportedly went on a murderous rampage in Brooklyn, stabbing to death his cousin and her four children — ages 1, 5, 7, and 9 — in what NYPD officers have described as one of the most gruesome killing sprees in recent memory. He's been charged with five counts of murder. According to press reports, Mingdong is unemployed and lived with the cousin he killed. Read more...

They Shoot Horses in South Dakota – but EB-5 Promoters, Too?

By David North, October 30, 2013

A major middleman in the EB-5 (immigrant investor) program has been found dead, with a bullet hole in his side, on a farm in South Dakota.

Was his death an accident, or a murder?

And if the latter, did it relate to a whole series of EB-5 investments he had guided going sour, or perhaps to a feud between an in-law of his and the neighboring Sioux (the in-law is on trial for allegedly shooting five of the Indian's horses), or perhaps to something entirely different? Read more...

National Immigration Forum Board Member: Prosecute, Deport Illegals Using US Kids' Social Security Numbers

By Ronald W. Mortensen, October 29, 2013

President Obama and the National Immigration Forum (NIF) are ramping up the pressure on Republicans in the House to legalize millions of illegal aliens and to create a pathway to citizenship for them. NIF is flying in pro-amnesty lobbyists today to push House Republicans to back the Schumer-Rubio bill passed by the Senate in June.

However, according to comments made by an NIF Board member, former Utah Attorney General, Mark Shurtleff, illegal aliens are involved in serious felonies including rampant child identity theft. While serving as Utah Attorney General in 2005, Shurtleff issued a press release and held a press conference where he said: Read more...