Immigration Blog

Adventures in Manipulative Polling

By Mark Krikorian, March 22, 2013

Brookings has put out the latest example of bogus immigration polling. Here’s the New York Times lede: Read more...

Gee, the White Horse is Bigger than the Black Horse

By David North, March 22, 2013

There is a long, painful story in the March 22 New York Times, "Officials Still Seek Ways to Assess Border Security", about how to measure the effectiveness of immigration control, with the notion being that there is a political need to have some indication that we have illegal immigration in hand prior to any amnesty. Read more...

Vicente Fox Says Mexico Will Not Act to Stop Illegal Immigration

By Jerry Kammer, March 21, 2013

On March 5 this blog reported that a commission of prominent Americans and Mexicans has suggested that Mexico should establish its own border patrol after the United States adopts "comprehensive immigration reform". Once the reform is in place, they said, "Mexico should actively prevent unauthorized northward migration by ensuring that people who leave the country to enter the United States do so at designated crossing points and with the required documents." Read more...

Does Immigration Contribute to Delayed Family Formation?

By James R. Edwards Jr., March 21, 2013

"'Progressives stress the economics, conservatives stress the culture', said [University of Virginia researcher Bradley] Wilcox. 'We say both matter. They both are undercutting the viability of marriage for young adults today.'" Read more...


By Mark Krikorian, March 20, 2013

Rand Paul’s amnesty speech before the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce was a pastiche of establishment cliches. Permit me to select some and respond:

Growing up in Texas I never met a Latino who wasn’t working.

Powerful Response to a Harper's Article

By Jerry Kammer, March 20, 2013

In January this blog expressed surprise that a Harper's magazine article hostile to Nebraskans who mobilized against illegal immigration had little to say about the ruthless, wage-slashing strategy of Hormel that had driven Americans from the local meat-processing plant in the town of Fremont. The plant, like many others in recent decades, hired a workforce that drew heavily from illegal immigrants. Read more...

The GOP Report: "Growth and Opportunity Plan", or Good Old Pandering?

By W.D. Reasoner, March 19, 2013

I've been looking at the Republican National Committee's "Growth and Opportunity Project", released with a certain amount of understatement a couple of days ago. It has been alternatively described as a look forward and as a post-mortem of why the Republicans lost the election. Read more...

Provisions for Sibling Immigrants in English-Speaking Nations

By David North, March 19, 2013

The United States is very much alone in granting immigration visas to siblings of citizens, as this table shows: Read more...

Sliver of a Silver Lining?

By James R. Edwards Jr., March 19, 2013

The Senate Gang of Eight has apparently considered one sliver of rationality in its daily dose of planning America's national assisted suicide. The sliver of sanity is curbing chain migration. Read more...

More Birth-Tourism Births Than Indigenous Births in CNMI

By David North, March 15, 2013

There were more births to Chinese tourists in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands last year than there were to the indigenous population, the Marianas Variety is reporting in its March 14 edition. Read more...

We Should Remember the Bracero Program ... and Shudder

By David North, March 12, 2013

Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, was recently quoted in an ABC News story about the dangers of nonimmigrant worker schemes:

"Programs like the bracero program or temporary guest-worker programs where individuals were tied to an employer, they got exploited", he said. "They got cheated out of wages [and] they weren't given what was rightfully due to them. They were forced to work under unsafe conditions. They were forced to accept substandard wages. They couldn't say anything, because if they did, [the employer] would jerk their permit and deport them."

Natural Conservatives? Really?

By James R. Edwards Jr., March 11, 2013

Ever heard the claim that Latinos are "natural conservatives"? The person repeating the conventional wisdom of the Beltway apparently hasn't examined the evidence.

That's why, for Republicans, to buy that canard spells disaster. The most recent evidence comes from a new Latino Decisions poll. It shows two-thirds of Latinos support "comprehensive immigration reform" that includes special immigration privileges for foreign-born gays and lesbians. Read more...

EB-5 Investors Can Use IOU to Gain Residency

By David North, March 8, 2013

It is now apparent that an immigrant investor in the EB-5 program can secure at least some immigration benefits without actually investing any money. Read more...

9th Circuit Analysis of Arizona's Day Labor Law Lacking

By Jon Feere, March 8, 2013

Day laborers – individuals who line the streets across the country on a daily basis looking for work in low-paying, low-skill professions – are becoming increasingly visible throughout the United States and are perhaps the most vivid example of our government's failure to adequately enforce immigration laws. The Los Angeles metropolitan area alone has more than 27,000 day laborers on about 125 street corners on any given day. Read more...

Five More States Submit REAL ID Compliance Packages

By Janice Kephart, March 8, 2013

With states facing a new REAL ID compliance deadline of July 15, 2013, and DHS enforcement action tentatively set to begin as early as autumn 2013 (DHS hopes), DHS tells me that five more states have submitted compliance packages to the DHS REAL ID Office that DHS says meet the law's certification requirements. These five all have submitted the compliance packages since the December 21, 2012, DHS press release setting forth its compliance and enforcement policy. Read more...

The Negative Hat Tricks of the Immigration Business

By David North, March 8, 2013

Within our immigration system there are three negatives to avoid:

  1. Bad public policy;
  2. Fraud against the United States and its citizens; and
  3. Fraud against individual aliens.

One often encounters a single negative, such as someone seeking to enter the United States with bad documents; he would be in Class B. Read more...

Fighting Words for Republicans from Notre Dame Sociology Professor

By Jerry Kammer, March 7, 2013

As the Republican Party looks to improve its image among Hispanics, it probably shouldn't consult Notre Dame sociology professor and immigration expert Jorge Bustamante.

In a column last month for La Reforma, one of Mexico's most prominent newspapers, Bustamante said those who hope Congress will approve legislation to legalize illegal immigrants are in for a disappointment when the debate reaches the Republican-dominated House of Representatives. Read more...

State Dept. Takes Small Step in the Right Direction on J-1 Sponsor Fees

By David North, March 7, 2013

When the government decides not to spend the needed amount of tax moneys on immigration enforcement, it can always argue that it is helping to reduce the national debt.

When the same government, presumably only lightly motivated to regulate migration, decides not to charge adequate fees for enforcement activities to immigration-related entities profiting by lax regulation, it has no such defense. There is no public sector savings, all the savings go to the private entities that use the program. Read more...

Bishops Throwing Another $800K Behind Amnesty Fight

By James R. Edwards Jr., March 6, 2013

Apparently, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is rolling in dough. It's giving $800,000 more to propaganda efforts "aimed at mobilizing regular Catholics to push for the bishops' immigration platforms", i.e., mass legalization and open borders.

That comes on top of the $3.5 million the group has already spent to promote mass amnesty. For some wacky reason, this political money gets labeled "antipoverty" activity. That's really bizarre. And it flies in the face of the facts. Read more...

'Tis Ever Thus: Creative Criminals and Catch-Up Cops, Now in Marriage Fraud

By David North, March 6, 2013

The phone call yesterday afternoon from CBS News puzzled me; the reporter wanted to know the extent to which proxy marriages played a role in immigration-related marriage fraud.

"It is certainly possible, but I have no specifics for you", I told the reporter, and wondered why the question was being asked. Read more...

"Minor" Unlicensed Traffic Offender Kills Brooklyn Family

By W.D. Reasoner, March 6, 2013

In a recent blog I complained of Syracuse University's TRAC analysis "that all too often the most serious Level 1 offenders have only been convicted of traffic violations." Objecting to this depiction and the mindset behind it, I said, "First, we should not assume that traffic offenses are always 'minor'. Vehicular manslaughter, negligent homicide, and driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics all strike me as serious offenses." Read more...

Illegal Immigration Meets the Wisdom of Juarez

By Jerry Kammer, March 6, 2013

In 2001, when Jorge Castaneda was the foreign minister in the administration of Mexican President Vicente Fox, he developed a plan that he hoped would encourage the United States to provide legal status for his countrymen living illegally in the United States. Read more...

Closing the Gap on REAL ID: 48 of 56 Jurisdictions Have Digitized Vital Records

By Janice Kephart, March 5, 2013

As the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) pursues driver's license security law compliance under the REAL ID Act of 2005 in the coming months it will be imperative that the underlying material requirements are available for all 56 jurisdictions (the 50 states plus D.C. and the five island territories) to incorporate into their driver's license issuance processes. With DHS granting a six-month grace period (until July 2013) to comply with the driver's license security law, according to a December 2012 press release, stakeholders are still rumbling that two key elements of the 36 compliance requirements do not exist. They are both right and wrong. Read more...

Indian Body Shop Indicted for Abuse of H-1B Program

By David North, March 5, 2013

An H-1B placement operation in Texas has been charged with mistreating its workers, misleading the U.S. government, and engaging in both visa fraud and wire fraud.

Earlier this month, Dibon Solutions of Carrollton, Texas, and six of its current or former executives were hauled into federal court in Dallas to face these counts. The principal defendants are Atula and Jiten "Jay" Nanda, two feuding brothers who had at one point owned the company jointly. (They are currently engaged in a separate court battle with each other over the control of the firm.) Read more...

A Mexican Border Patrol? Former U.S. Ambassador Is Skeptical

By Jerry Kammer, March 5, 2013

As we noted last week, former Mexican deputy foreign minister Andres Rozental says the problem of illegal immigration would be solved "if immigration reform functions and we get to the point where it becomes easy to legally cross the border to get a job."

Rozental, whose comment came at a Wilson Center discussion of the report of a binational commission on which he serves, supports "comprehensive immigration reform". CIR would — among other things — provide legal status for illegal immigrants and a guest worker program for future migrant flows. Read more...

Button, Button, Who's Got the Button?

By W.D. Reasoner, March 4, 2013

Remember that child's game, "Button, button, who's got the button"? Kids form in a circle, and one child goes around with a button in hand, pretending to drop it into each child's hand in turn, but secretly only puts it into one. Everybody then guesses who has the button. Even the one who has the button guesses somebody else to deflect the truth. Eventually, though, the one who has it must 'fess up if pointed out, and becomes the next to distribute the button.

Well, we seem to have the farcical bureaucratic equivalent of the game going on and, as usual, it involves the ICE-house gang. ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), as you know, is the agency within Homeland Security that, under Director John Morton's leadership has become the Keystone Kops of the federal set. Read more...

A Washington Narrative Meets Reality

By John Wahala, March 4, 2013

During his visit to El Paso in May 2011, President Obama mocked calls for border security. After declaring that sufficient measures had been taken to stem illegal crossings, he joked that his critics would always demand more, perhaps even calling for alligators in a moat. While the line drew howls from the national media, local residents did not laugh. The quip revealed only ignorance or callousness to the escalating dangers that are part of their daily life. Read more...

Saving the Religious Leaders from Themselves

By James R. Edwards Jr., March 1, 2013

The amnesty march of the evangelical Right's "leaders" continues, with soft-headed figureheads (some likely harboring mixed motives) trying to bring along parishioners to embrace mass legalization and open-borders.

But those occupying the pews don't agree. Their hesitation is highlighted in a recent article in the Deseret News. Read more...

Binational Task Force Offers Common Sense and a Leap of Faith at the Border

By Jerry Kammer, March 1, 2013

There has been a lot of noise and confusion in Congress and in the press about the meaning of "border security". But in today's blog I want to highlight a statement about the connection between border security and immigration reform legislation that was made at the Wilson Center on Thursday.

The statement by MIT professor Chappell Lawson was provocative in two respects. Read more...

DHS Left Billions from Its Budget on the Table While Releasing Detainees

By Jessica Vaughan, March 1, 2013

Congressional inquiries prompted by ICE's recent release of immigration detainees, many of whom have criminal convictions or charges, reveal that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has billions of dollars in unexpended revenues, including resources for detention space. Read more...