Immigration Blog

The Multiple Negatives in Immigration Speak

By David North, January 21, 2013

Two of the characteristics of the lingo of the immigration business are its often-convoluted nature and its double-negatives.

For example, cancellation or suspension of removal is good news for the alien — it means that he will not be deported — but voluntary departure is bad news, it means that he has to leave the country (but not in custody).

But the indoor gold medal in the field of awkward, multiple-negative, complex convolutions in immigration law terminology must go to this wonderful headline in the January 7 issue of Interpreter Releases: Read more...

Man Bites Dog: ICE Arrests Deportable Unlicensed Driver

By Jessica Vaughan, January 17, 2013

Last week ICE arrested Roberto Galo, the unlicensed Honduran who killed a young man named Drew Rosenberg in a traffic crash in November 2010, and is detaining him without bond. Galo's arrest is appropriate but, incredibly, despite the fact that Galo repeatedly violated California driving laws and killed someone, ICE had to make an exception to its policies in order to take him into custody and seek his removal. Read more...

Do Rubio, Ryan Really Trust Obama to Enforce the Law?

By Mark Krikorian, January 16, 2013

Sen. Marco Rubio has effectively endorsed President Obama's approach to immigration, and that endorsement was in turn endorsed by Rep. Paul Ryan. Or, as Julia Preston put it in the New York Times yesterday, "Strikingly, Mr. Rubio's principles did not sound that different from proposals for an immigration overhaul by Mr. Obama, Democratic leaders and a handful of other Republicans."

So, in considering what can now accurately be referred to as the Obama-Rubio-Ryan amnesty plan of 2013, there's one central question that Rubio and Ryan need to be asked: Do they trust President Obama to enforce the immigration laws in the future, after today's illegals have been legalized? Read more...

Here's a Puzzler — Drenched in Irony — about Amnesties

By David North, January 16, 2013

Here's a puzzling, immigration-related, political and philosophical question, one that may call for the diagramming of the sentence below:

If we are going to have an amnesty for illegal aliens, which is not a good idea, should it be designed to make it relatively harder for more-useful potential residents of the United States to cheat the system than for less-useful potential residents to do so? Read more...

REAL ID Compliance and the Effect of Deferred Action

By Janice Kephart, January 15, 2013

Facing a final compliance deadline of today, January 15, 2013, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) last month issued a press release providing a six-month grace period for states to become fully compliant with the federal driver's license law known as the REAL ID Act of 2005. DHS states that enforcement would then begin at the earliest in the autumn of 2013. Read more...

The Rest of the Story on Partial Federal Court Secrecy in Immigration Cases

By David North, January 15, 2013

Last month I reported on a case of puzzling, partial judicial secrecy about an immigration case in a blog entitled "It's a Sealed Court Document, But if You Cross My Palm with Silver ...". Read more...

Biblical Limits of Hospitality

By James R. Edwards Jr., January 15, 2013

As evangelicals get pushed into liberal immigration policies, too few Christian commentators have voiced much reason. They're typically long on emotionalism and anecdote and short on analytical rigor.

But one recent voice did reflect a degree of thought, balance, and use of the sense God gave him. Read more...

Groundhog Day for Immigration

By Mark Krikorian, January 14, 2013

The Wall Street Journal article on Senator Marco Rubio's amnesty plan makes me want to take piano lessons or learn ice sculpture — because it's Groundhog Day for immigration policy, and it's like yesterday never happened. Read more...

Pravda and the Rise of a Toothless Tiger

By W.D. Reasoner, January 11, 2013

On January 7, the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) — which bills itself as "an independent, nonpartisan think tank dedicated to the study of the movement of people worldwide" — held a symposium entitled "Immigration Enforcement in the United States: The Rise of a Formidable Machinery".

Alright, I admit it was rude, but I laughed out loud when I read the MPI lead-in announcing the event. "Formidable"? Hardly. This administration has done more to dismantle the effective enforcement of immigration laws — and to use presidential orders to circumvent the proper role of Congress in establishing immigration policy — than any other administration in recent history, perhaps in all of American history. It is the executive branch equivalent of "judicial activism" and, sadly, our legislative leaders appear unable or unwilling to push back and stop the assault on their constitutionally mandated role. Read more...

Doubling Down on an Immigration Factoid

By Mark Krikorian, January 11, 2013

I'm delighted Doris Meissner has responded to my critique of the report she co-authored for the immigration-expansionist Migration Policy Institute, which falsely claims that we spend more money on immigration enforcement than on all other federal law enforcement combined. Read more...

Immigration Vox Populi on C-SPAN, Part Two

By Jerry Kammer, January 11, 2013

Read "Immigration Vox Populi on C-SPAN, Part One"

More comments from callers to Thursday's Washington Journal: Read more...

Brilliant at Everything but Managing the Immigration Rules

By David North, January 11, 2013

It is a strange combination, but it keeps appearing.

Some alien, or sometimes a group of them, is absolutely brilliant at some kind of activity, but a total klutz at managing immigration regulation.

Sometimes this odd mix is used as an argument that we really should loosen our immigration laws on behalf of some partially-brilliant group, or an individual. Here are three examples of this mix of talent and ineptitude. Read more...

Welshing on the Deal Before It's Even Reached

By Mark Krikorian, January 10, 2013

The basic shape of "comprehensive immigration reform" has long been amnesty and huge increases in future immigration in exchange for tougher enforcement. This is the same package we got a generation ago, though the increases in immigration (which worked out to a one-third jump in the number of arrivals) was passed in 1990, a few years after the 1986 passage of the amnesty/enforcement part of the deal. Read more...

Immigration Vox Populi on C-SPAN, Part One

By Jerry Kammer, January 10, 2013

When I was an immigration reporter, I learned that C-SPAN's Washington Journal frequently provides a valuable national cross-section of public reaction to immigration. Today and tomorrow, I want to reproduce excerpts from callers to Thursday's program. (You can watch the whole program here.) I am not including comments from the studio guests, which included our own Mark Krikorian, as well as Clarissa Martinez of the National Council of La Raza, Dan Stein of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, Ali Noorani of the National Immigration Forum, and National Journal reporter Fawn Johnson. Read more...

ICE Press Operation Concentrates on Everything but Immigration

By David North, January 9, 2013

A good – and very public – test of an agency's priorities is what its press people write about.

If you apply that test to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) you will see that while immigration is the agency's first name, its staff of publicists seem to prefer writing about just about everything else. Read more...

A Little Good Immigration Policy News from. . .Oklahoma

By David North, January 7, 2013

A small bit of immigration policy good news floated out of Oklahoma recently, one involving a highly useful tax idea that should be spread nationwide.

Though the foreign-born population there is a mere 5.1 percent, according to the U.S. Census, compared to 12.5 percent nationally (in 2009), Oklahoma has a state legislature that is interested in combating illegal immigration, and it is quietly showing the way for the rest of us. Read more...

New Waiver Shields Sponsored Illegal Aliens From Penalties

By Jessica Vaughan, January 7, 2013

In the latest installment of the Obama administration's "amnesty by executive decree" scheme, DHS has announced the creation of a new waiver that will enable an unknown number of illegal aliens who have married U.S. citizens or who have moved here illegally to join naturalized family members to avoid penalties enacted by Congress in the mid-1990s. Read more...

Grover Norquist and Reporters Without Questions

By Jerry Kammer, January 4, 2013

I've decided to bring an occasional feature to this blog: a look at the job my former colleagues in the press do covering immigration. I'm sure there will be plenty of opportunities in the coming months. But my first look will be back in time—to a story that ABC posted on its website last October. I came across it recently. Read more...

Here’s a Sound, if Obscure, Congressional Precedent about Amnesties

By David North, January 4, 2013

One of the obvious troubles with amnesties is that they usually set in motion additional chain migrations – still more immigrant arrivals that would not have happened had the original amnesty not taken place.

Congress has recently acted in the case of one notable alien from Nigeria, to let him become a legal permanent resident, but, at the same time, to make sure that he does not start any unlimited chain migration. It makes an interesting precedent should the next Congress – despite the advice of the Center for Immigration Studies – contemplate an amnesty of any kind. Read more...

'Immigration Reform' – Coming Soon to a Congress Near You!

By W.D. Reasoner, January 4, 2013

Those bright, sunny days immediately following reelection of the president seem to be facing the possibility of scattered showers, possibly thunderstorms, where "comprehensive immigration reform" (CIR) is concerned – so, at least, hints the Los Angeles Times in an article published last weekend. Read more...

Foreign Students Can Still Attend Flight Schools Not Authorized by FAA

By David North, January 3, 2013

It is hard to believe, but foreign students are still being allowed to attend flight schools that are not authorized by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA). They have up to February 11 to sign up to get their student visas. Read more...

DREAMers, Conservative Allies Demand Full Amnesty for All Illegal Aliens

By Ronald W. Mortensen, January 3, 2013

Bolstered by the re-election of President Obama, the foreign-born children of illegal aliens (DREAMers) are now demanding that all illegal aliens be granted amnesty from both the violation of federal immigration laws as well as from the multiple job-related felonies that they have committed. Read more...

Cold Water on Globalization

By James R. Edwards Jr., January 2, 2013

The globalization pendulum may be swinging back toward a healthier position, columnist Robert Samuelson observes. Several decades in the making, the globalization trend might be subsiding a bit. This has ramifications for immigration, as well. Read more...

Many EB-5 Investments are Marginal – Like that Hockey Team in Phoenix

By David North, December 31, 2012

We have suggested in this blog that many proposed EB-5 investments (for would-be immigrant investors) are pretty marginal, but here's one that is so bad that its marginality merits extensive coverage in a Canadian newspaper, Toronto's Globe and Mail.

An American businessman, Greg Jamison, tried and failed to get the financing he needed from rich aliens so that he could gain control of the Phoenix Coyotes, a professional hockey team in the middle of the desert, according to the paper. Read more...

ICE Cancels Enforcement Agreements with 32 Local Partners

By Jessica Vaughan, December 31, 2012

Last week, ICE quietly announced that it was terminating 32 local enforcement task force partnerships, known as 287(g) agreements, some of which have been operating successfully for as long as ten years. This follows the revocation earlier this year of seven other task force agreements in Arizona. ICE has offered no specific reasons for the cancellation of these agreements, other than that it thinks it can do a better job without its local partners. Read more...

An Unfortunate Leap

By James R. Edwards Jr., December 28, 2012

One of my favorite newspaper columnists, George Will, has gone a bit off track in his recent column about the Homestead Act of 1862. Will cites a National Park Service official's characterizing this act as "the first comprehensive immigration law." As much as I like George Will, I'm afraid he misapprehends important points in his otherwise interesting column about a 19th-century law intended to draw population to America's wide open spaces out west. Read more...

"It's an Ill Wind . . . " Hurricane Sandy and TPS for Haitians

By David North, December 28, 2012

The administration continues to go out of its way to be nice to illegal aliens, and others from Haiti, who are now in the U.S. with Temporary Protected Status (TPS). TPS was granted to Haitians in the U.S. originally because of the earthquake of January 12, 2010. Read more...

Pandering on Illegal Immigration Leads to Defeat

By Ronald W. Mortensen, December 27, 2012

Last month's elections in Utah should raise concerns for moderate non-Hispanics in both major political parties who think that they are going to be rewarded by Hispanic activists if they support legislation that benefits illegal aliens. Read more...

Mexico's El Universal Says Latinos in U.S. Have No Civil Rights

By Jerry Kammer, December 26, 2012

An article last week in Mexico´s largest newspaper passed a remarkable judgment on the civil rights of Latino immigrants in the United States. It said they don´t exist.

"For more than half a century, the civil rights of the immigrants of Latino origin have been non-existent, which has made them the slaves of the modern era," reported El Universal, in an analysis that was also published elsewhere in Latin America. Read more...

As We Face a "Fiscal Cliff" Let's Close Immigration-Related Tax Loopholes

By David North, December 24, 2012

Memorandum to: President Obama and Speaker Boehner
From: David North, CIS
Re: There's $100 billion available from immigration sources to avoid the "Fiscal Cliff" Read more...