Immigration Blog

Top Ten Immigration Scams

By David Seminara, July 24, 2011

There are anywhere from 11-20 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S. When I worked as a consular officer at American embassies overseas I saw so many examples of visa and immigration fraud that it’s hard for me to understand why so many haven’t figured out how to game the system and legalize their status. This is a light-hearted look at some of the most popular scams, in reverse order of their relative popularity. Please do not email me to ask for details on how you can carry out these schemes. Read more...

Top Ten Immigration Scams

By David Seminara, July 24, 2011

There are anywhere from 11-20 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S. When I worked as a consular officer at American embassies overseas I saw so many examples of visa and immigration fraud that it’s hard for me to understand why so many haven’t figured out how to game the system and legalize their status. This is a light-hearted look at some of the most popular scams, in reverse order of their relative popularity. Please do not email me to ask for details on how you can carry out these schemes. Read more...

Spinning Immigrant Family Values

By James R. Edwards Jr., July 22, 2011

An interesting Washington Post story cited Census Bureau figures about family make-up in Northern Virginia’s D.C. suburbs, based on the area’s immigrant presence. Read more...

Illegal Jewish Aliens: Too Jewish, Too White for Jewish Establishment Advocates?

By Stephen Steinlight, July 22, 2011

The old leftwing weekly The Forward, like every national Jewish paper and virtually every regional or local one, adheres to the Jewish Establishment’s line on immigration, advocating an unspecified incarnation of the radically subjective policy termed “comprehensive immigration reform,” denoted increasingly by the less menacing-sounding, more user-friendly appellation “immigration reform.” Virtually identical robotized editorials appear ad nauseam in the Jewish press demanding the passage of “immigration reform,” arguing on the basis of the worst eisegesis, out-of-context and mistransla Read more...

Morning News, 7/22/11

By Bryan Griffith, July 22, 2011

1. TX Dems attack HALT Act
2. Deportations reach record
3. WA cancels journalist's DL
4. MD continues tuition fight
5. 14 companies fined Read more...

Anti-Secure Communities Effort a Case Study in Funding

By Jon Feere, July 22, 2011

The open-border crowd is very well-funded and quite large, as illustrated by a recent anti-Secure Communities effort. Though the media and amnesty advocates often portray those of us promoting sane immigration policies as part of some enormous, far-reaching conspiracy, the reality is we make up a very small portion of the interests involved in the immigration debate. The reason we are influential is because our ideas and arguments are sound and backed with good research. Here at the Center for Immigration Studies, we’re elated when we receive an unsolicited check for $20 from an individual who received one of our reports or heard us on the radio. (We are a true non-profit and, if you’re interested, all donations to CIS are tax-deductible.) Read more...

Federal Judge Provides a Bit of Good Immigration News

By David North, July 22, 2011

There’s been a small bit of genuine good news on the alien worker front, thanks to a federal judge.

Tens of thousands of H-2B nonimmigrant workers will get an unexpected pay raise on or near October 1 this year because of an order signed by Judge Louis Pollak. He sits in the federal district court in Eastern Pennsylvania, but the order will have a nationwide impact. There were 56,381 admissions of H-2B workers in FY 2009, the last year that statistics are available. Read more...

Morning News, 7/21/11

By Bryan Griffith, July 21, 2011

1. MA Gov. backs illegal aliens
2. Group asks judge to block AL
3. UT group calls for repeal
4. Ammo meant for cartels
5. Suspect in killing Read more...

Morning News, 7/20/11

By Bryan Griffith, July 20, 2011

1. Tea Party says Perry soft on illegal aliens
2. AZ takes donations for border fence
3. IN won't appeal immigration ruling
4. MA considers tuition break for illegal aliens
5. State officials say E-Verify unworkable Read more...

USCIS Bunts on Operating Statistics

By David North, July 19, 2011

Suppose major league baseball released batting statistics that consisted of just two variables, at- bats and strikeouts.

Fans would have no idea of the number of hits, runs, walks, or runs-batted-in – just at-bats and strikeouts, but MLB would say that they were publishing comprehensive data.

That is essentially what USCIS is doing in today's output of floods of operating data. Read more...

Morning News, 7/19/11

By Bryan Griffith, July 19, 2011

1. Sen. Schumer wants immigration bill
2. Iraqi refugees rechecked for terror ties
3. Mexican parents testify via Internet
4. MI Gov. wants more immigration
5. Religious orgs debate AL law
6. Day workers plan documentary Read more...

Morning News, 7/18/11

By Bryan Griffith, July 18, 2011

1. Indians illegally crossing
2. AL law could strain budgets
3. New GA law targets fake IDs
4. MI Gov. to discuss immigration
5. Family questions gun source Read more...

Asylum Fraud Takes Center Stage

By David Seminara, July 18, 2011

In a bizarre turn of events, the DSK Affair has served to highlight the issue of asylum fraud. Last week, The New York Times published a well-researched front page story, and a "Room For Debate" op-ed forum on how to tackle the problem. And Jesse Ellison at the Daily Beast weighed in with a ludicrous piece which asserted that "dishonesty is common when it comes to refugees – not because they're intentionally trying to scam the system, but because the way such claims are processed and determined puts asylum-seekers in a position where they may feel they have no other choice." Read more...

Case Study: ICE Moves at Glacial Speed to Deport Convict

By David North, July 17, 2011

The Department of Homeland Security argues it should not deport some deportable aliens on the grounds that it wants to use all its resources to remove criminal aliens.

Sometimes the deportations of criminals take a long, long time, as we can see by examining the most recent precedent decision from the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), issued last week.

The alien involved, Juan Ramon Martinez, a native of Honduras, was convicted of a serious crime in a California court, and this is the timeline of his case:

Alabama's Religious Left Sues

By James R. Edwards Jr., July 15, 2011

Even Alabama has a Religious Left, and the ecumenical crowd – typically more concerned with bringing about temporal comfort than heavenly peace – has joined the despicable Southern Poverty Law Center and the ACLU in suing to stop the state's new immigration enforcement law.

Here's what one of the liberal plaintiffs clad in sheep's clothing asserted: Read more...

The Death Penalty for Immigration Marriage Fraud?

By David North, July 15, 2011

Fake marriages to obtain green cards are evil, criminal acts and the government should pursue them more vigorously – but the death penalty?

I am all for jailing, then deporting, the alien or aliens involved and simultaneously jailing the citizen "spouse" if the marriage is a fraud, but a penalty of death? Read more...

Morning News, 7/15/11

By Bryan Griffith, July 15, 2011

1. Rep. Smith says Obama plotting
2. Dems accuse Rep. of hypocrisy
3. Second lottery to be held today
4. Gay couples in legal limbo
5. AL lawmaker defends law Read more...

Not Enough Room for Debate

By Mark Krikorian, July 14, 2011

I like the New York Times "Room for Debate" web feature, which solicits mini-op-eds on the topic of that day from five to ten people, giving you a better sense of the various wrinkles of a given policy discussion. Read more...

Government Departments Offer Dueling Nonimmigrant Worker Programs

By David North, July 14, 2011

Suppose you are a manager in a multi-national corporation and you want to hire a graduate engineer from another nation. The nonimmigrant worker programs in the U.S. are so numerous, and so lightly supervised, that you can choose among as many as four different programs, in three different cabinet agencies, for your migration mechanism.

Suppose you are a principal in a K-12 school somewhere in America, and you want to bring in a teacher from, say, Peru, for two years. You can choose from two or perhaps four different visa programs to arrange for that teacher's temporary admission. Read more...

Morning News, 7/14/11

By Bryan Griffith, July 14, 2011

1. Deportation case tests Obama
2. Businesses deal with audits
3. AL law convinces some to move
4. Mexicans make asylum claims
5. Gay man fights to stay Read more...

Morning News, 7/13/11

By Bryan Griffith, July 13, 2011

1. Republicans seek gun records
2. States' laws slowed by courts
3. Smugglers use sea routes
4. AZ announces recall election
5. Guatemala massacre suspect Read more...

USCIS Hails More Permissive Handling of EB-5 Alien Investor Program

By David North, July 12, 2011

Apparently nothing frustrates USCIS more than an underutilized visa program, such as the one that allows a well-to-do-investor's family to get a collection of green cards by – briefly – investing half a million dollars in the U.S. So, the agency has announced its efforts to expand that program. Read more...

Morning News, 7/12/11

By Bryan Griffith, July 12, 2011

1. ATF to require gun buyer info
2. Mexican repatriation flights
3. Asylum fraud industry thrives
4. Immigrants leaving AL
5. Advocate urges All-Stars Read more...

More Secure Communities Kabuki

By Jessica Vaughan, July 11, 2011

Boston Mayor Tom Menino is the latest addition to the growing chorus of the nation’s liberal politicians who are making a show of wringing their hands over the Secure Communities program, which uses the existing federal fingerprint-sharing system to help ICE find foreign nationals who have been arrested and should be removed. Read more...

The Tale of Two Immigration-Related Freedom of Information Act Requests

By David North, July 11, 2011

Last year the Center for Immigration Studies filed formal requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) with two different federal agencies, and we got answers of vastly differing quality. Both requests related to operations of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Read more...

Morning News, 7/11/11

By Bryan Griffith, July 11, 2011

1. Birthright to children of diplomats
2. Hezbollah and Iran may have presence
3. Schools complain about AL law
4. Boston Mayor threatens to quit program
5. AL churches against law Read more...

Immigration News: Some Good, Some Bad, Some Really New

By David North, July 8, 2011

There has been an abundance of immigration news lately, some good, some bad, and some reflecting genuine new thinking. All related to issues covered in our previous blogs.

Good News. Perhaps the best news was the abject surrender of one of the largest H-1B users in the nation's school systems, that of Prince George's County Md., a Washington, D.C., suburb. Read more...

State Dept. Policy: No Mexican Left Behind

By Jessica Vaughan, July 7, 2011

The recent New York Times article celebrating the supposed end of illegal Mexican migration to the United States offers little to inform a discussion of the illegal immigration problem, but does usefully illustrate the extent to which legal and illegal immigration feed off of one another. Read more...

Napolitano Is Releasing a Border Strategy Tomorrow; Does Anyone Care?

By Janice Kephart, July 6, 2011

Local TV in Arizona has reported that on Thursday, July 7, 2011, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, with Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin and Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske, will be announcing the 2011 Southwest Border Counternarcotics Strategy in Nogales, Ariz. Read more...

As U.S. Gets More Like Mexico, More Mexicans Stay in Mexico

By David North, July 6, 2011

The New York Times' lead story this morning made an interesting case for what it sees as a decline in illegal migration from Mexico to the U.S.

But it played down a central element of the picture: the fact that the U.S., with its widespread poverty and huge wages gaps between the rich and the poor, is rapidly getting to be more like Mexico than in the past, so the Mexican poor no longer have as many reasons to want to come here. Being sensible, they stay home. Read more...