Immigration Blog

USCIS Struggles in Defining Live-in Partner

By David North, August 28, 2011

I do not mind the policy regarding the temporary legal status of live-in lovers of long-term nonimmigrant aliens, but I get a huge kick out of USCIS' struggles with the English language as it defines its rules. Read more...

New Analysis of Supreme Court E-Verify Case

By James R. Edwards Jr., August 27, 2011

New analysis by the Heritage Foundation reflects on the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on the Arizona immigration law. Bottom line: this court opinion bodes well for other states that have enacted laws to deal with illegal immigration's adverse effects.

From the Heritage report: Read more...

Obama Arrested for Drunk Driving in Massachusetts!

By Mark Krikorian, August 26, 2011

No, not that Obama, silly. Boston talkmeister Michael Graham points to the story of Onyango Obama, a 67-year-old illegal alien from Kenya, arrested Wednesday night in Framingham for drunk driving after he almost crashed into a police car. Read more...

Citizens in 23 Countries View Immigration Unfavorably

By Ronald W. Mortensen, August 26, 2011

Recent polls reveal declining support for illegal immigrants in the United States and for immigration in general around the world. Two Rasmussen polls look at American attitudes towards illegal immigration, while an Ipsos worldwide poll looks at immigration generically without differentiating between legal and illegal immigration. The polls reveal the widening gap between America's political class and the voters who put them in office.

The Rasmussen polls show strong support for enforcing the law and for denying benefits to illegal aliens. Read more...

The Arizona Republic, Wildfires, and John McCain

By Jerry Kammer, August 26, 2011

Probably the most unpleasant part of my job here at CIS is that some people – often well-intentioned, if not well-informed – think ill of us for pointing out the costs of illegal immigration. Many of them believe that immigration, legal or not, should be accepted as an unmixed blessing and supported without question. Some of them respond with disdain to our concerns about illegal immigration's fiscal, labor market, and social effects. They act as if only a racist or a small-minded crank would dare to raise such issues. In their eyes, illegal immigration – and illegal immigrants – must never be subjected to scrutiny or criticism.

That is why it was refreshing to read today's Arizona Republic editorial about the controversy in Arizona over claims that some of the wildfires that have ravaged the state have been caused by illegal immigrants. Read more...

Morning News, 8/26/11

By Bryan Griffith, August 26, 2011

1. Amnesty begins to take effect
2. Sec. Comm. meeting in VA
3. Judge hears AL Law suit
4. AL law will require proof
5. TX deports 11,000 criminals Read more...

Why 'All Men Are Created Equal' Shouldn't Always Apply

By David North, August 26, 2011

"All men are created equal" is an important principle, but it has its limits.

That's the way it should be regarding relationships among human beings within a democracy, but it should not necessarily apply when a democracy is handling a threat scenario.

A good example of the misplaced use of the equality principal could be seen during the early post-9/11 screenings for would-be terrorists on our passenger planes – everyone was equally subject to random special attention, be they 90-year-old nuns or young men from, say, Yemen.

In many ways that sort of mindless egality is applied to somewhat less dramatic situations, such as our migration-screening procedures, including the way we sort out applicants for F-1 (student) visas. Read more...

Morning News, 8/25/11

By Bryan Griffith, August 25, 2011

1. New policy takes effect
2. Judge casts doubt on AL
3. NM DL checks challenged
4. GA profs offer course
5. L.A. Students protest Read more...

Ever Heard of Stratford University? DHS Loves its Foreign Graduates

By David North, August 24, 2011

Have you ever heard of Stratford University? Or the University of Bridgeport?

Well, you should have, because their students are the most numerous and second most numerous in a government subsidy program that is supposed to bring the world's "best and brightest" to our shores. Read more...

Hershey Leaves a Bitter Taste for Foreign Students

By Jerry Kammer, August 23, 2011

The Hershey Company, the iconic candy maker that cultivates an image of all- American goodness and corporate responsibility, has a public-relations problem involving its foreign workforce.

The corporation, which wants to be the world's sweet shop, is being labeled a sweatshop by students from foreign countries who are brought to the U.S. under a State Department program (the J-1 visa) billed as a "cultural exchange". (My colleague Jessica Vaughan has commented on the program here.) Read more...

When in Doubt, Make It Up

By John Miano, August 23, 2011

Advocates for cheap-labor guestworker programs, like H-1B, long ago found a solution to their problem of lacking data to support their position: simply make it up.

The latest example comes in a press release from MonolithIC 3D Inc. That press release states: Read more...

Law Prof on Obama's Administrative Amnesty

By Jon Feere, August 23, 2011

Temple U. law professor (and CIS Fellow) Jan Ting – one of the few in his field to recognize the problems created by Obama's administrative amnesty – has authored a new op-ed in which he writes:

The administration is thus implementing by executive order a policy it could not get Congress to adopt or even consider: amnesty for the millions of foreigners who entered the U.S. illegally or who overstayed their temporary visitor visas in order to work illegally in the U.S.

Case Study: Remembrance of Amnesties Past

By David North, August 23, 2011

It is useful – say, once every six months or so – to be reminded that amnesties of illegal aliens last a long, long time.

Today's case stars one Mohammed Uddin, a Pakistani citizen, who snuck across the border back in 1984, and who last month won an interim decision in the Third Circuit that will keep him from being deported for a while, at least until his next court case is settled.

He has been in the States for more than a quarter of a century, and every so often DHS made an effort to get him removed, but, so far, he has not actually been deported. Read more...

DHS Letter to Congress on Administrative Amnesty

By Jon Feere, August 22, 2011

DHS Secretary Napolitano's letter to congressional Democrats does not confirm whether the administratively-amnestied illegal aliens will receive worker authorization. Nor does it attempt to justify the administration's apparent usurpation of congressional authority.

It does claim that the administrative change will "enhance public safety" by directing ICE to wait until an illegal alien commits a violent crime before considering deportation. Both public safety and logical reasoning have taken a backseat to election politics, it seems. Read more...

Caveat Employer: The Risks of Hiring an H-1B

By David North, August 22, 2011

One of the smaller benefits an employer can obtain from hiring resident workers – i.e., citizens or legal immigrants – as opposed to H-1Bs is that the employer can suffer less when he fires the Americans, rather than the H-1Bs.

We are not writing about the worker's suffering, our usual subject, only the employer's suffering. Read more...

Morning News, 8/22/11

By Bryan Griffith, August 22, 2011

1. Obama woos Hispanics
2. Perry talks in SC
3. Sheriffs seek donations
4. Activists cheer amnesty
5. Bishop targets AL Read more...

DHS Admits: "Non-legislative amnesty" would be "controversial, not to mention expensive."

By Jon Feere, August 22, 2011

The White House and the Department of Homeland Security remain tight-lipped about any details on the Obama administration’s attempt at an administrative amnesty, more than three days after the news story first broke. Read more...

An Unhappy Hershey Experience

By Jessica Vaughan, August 21, 2011

The recent guestworker protests at the Hershey chocolate plant in Palmyra, Penn. provide welcome exposure of the State Department’s cultural exchange visa charade. Billed as a form of public diplomacy to help foreigners better understand America, in fact most of these are cheap guestworker programs, wrapped up in the pretense of a cultural exchange. Read more...

White House Embraces Administrative Amnesty After Failing to Get Congress on Board

By Janice Kephart, August 19, 2011

GWEN IFILL: Cecilia Munoz, of National Council of La Raza, you heard President Fox speak today in Milwaukee. Why is the idea of legalizing illegal immigrants who are already living here making their status legal, why is that a good idea?

Obama Amnesty Gives A Pass to ID Theft, and Other Crimes

By Jon Feere, August 19, 2011

Despite the nonsensical statements coming out of DHS today, all illegal aliens do “pose a threat” to society in one way or another. Just because an illegal alien isn’t violent, it does not follow that their presence is not a threat to the rule of law, taxpayers, and society generally. Most illegal aliens violate a number of federal and state laws, and these violations create real victims. Read more...

Ms. Munoz, the White House, and Straw Men Arguments

By David North, August 19, 2011

Today’s New York Times article on the case-by-case amnesty program of this administration displayed -- without comment -- a remarkable bit of “straw man” argumentation from White House official Cecilia Munoz, someone I met decades ago at the Council of La Raza.

Ms. Munoz was quoted, in defense of the selective removal program, saying that the new system would “suspend deportation in low priority cases that, for example, involve ‘military veterans and the spouses of active-duty military personnel’.” Read more...

Yes, He Did! Yes, He Did!

By Mark Krikorian, August 19, 2011

When the president spoke to La Raza recently and said he couldn’t just go around Congress and enact an amnesty, the assembly started chanting, “Yes, you can! Yes, you can!

Well, he did. Read more...

Surprise! Quasi-Amnesty Extended for Some Liberians

By David North, August 18, 2011

As regular as clockwork, the "temporary" legal status of a small group of Liberian illegal aliens has been extended for another 18 months.

While most such "temporary" statuses are in the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) category, the one for the Liberians has a different set of initials, DED, standing for Deferred Enforced Departure. It means the same thing: a short-term, but always repeated, status as a momentarily legal alien during which time the beneficiaries can work, but cannot use the status to change to green card status. Read more...

Testimony Suggests DHS Is Handling Immigration Badly in the Marianas

By David North, August 17, 2011

Recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) testimony is deeply depressing regarding the transfer of immigration management in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI) from the local authorities to the Mainland government. Read more...

Failed Campaign Slogan #108: 'Affirmative Action for Immigrants!'

By David Seminara, August 17, 2011

Have you ever heard a politician admit that they support affirmative action for immigrants, legal or illegal? Even the most zealous open borders advocates like U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez would rather not talk about this thorny issue. But every once in a while we are reminded of the fact that immigrants can and do benefit from affirmative action programs in areas such as employment, college admissions, and government contracting. Read more...

Half-Measures Don't Work

By Mark Krikorian, August 16, 2011

The Wall Street Journal bemoans the administration's campaign of immigration audits of companies' personnel records as bad for illegal aliens:

The journey from prosperity to the economic margins followed by Alba and Eugenio is an increasingly common path for thousands of undocumented workers pushed out of their jobs by the federal government’s audits of U.S. businesses, according to immigration experts, business owners and unions.

It's That Old Patchwork Quilt Again

By W.D. Reasoner, August 16, 2011

Earlier this month, Director John Morton of Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) publicly announced that the federal government had terminated memoranda of agreement (MOAs) with several state signatories regarding ICE's Secure Communities program.

According to news reports, this is because the MOAs "may have given a false impression that participation was optional." Read more...

Basic, Upgraded, or Premium?

By Mark Krikorian, August 15, 2011

I have an article in National Review laying out three packages of immigration reforms that presidential candidates might consider, starting from the bare-bones reforms that shouldn't even be especially controversial, to a robust and ambitious package that would take us a good way towards sensible immigration policy. Feel free to send your reactions to me at msk@cis.org.

Alabama Lawsuit Highlights Growth of Open-Border Groups

By Jon Feere, August 15, 2011

The open-border crowd is very well-funded and constantly growing, as noted in my blog post about a recent anti-Secure Communities effort pushed by over 200 pro-amnesty groups. A new lawsuit filed by the U.S. Read more...

Morning News, 8/15/11

By Bryan Griffith, August 15, 2011

1. Audits make illegals' lives more difficult
2. BP agents check status on buses, trains
3. Rep. club books AZ sheriff as speaker
4. Microsoft lobbied on immigration issues
5. Illegal alien accused of murder Read more...