Immigration Blog

There Must Be a Blue Moon Shining – DOJ Unit Actually Helps Citizens!

By David North, February 25, 2013

A small bit of the Justice Department — the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) — has, totally out of character, actually moved to discourage employment bias against U.S. citizens!

This entity usually spends its energies beating up on employers who are a little too vigorous in their efforts not to hire illegal aliens, but this time it has issued a press release saying it found a Florida employment agency that had violated the law: Read more...

Univision Discussion Plots a Course for Comprehensive Reform Bill

By Jerry Kammer, February 25, 2013

A discussion on Univision's Spanish-language "Al Punto" program on Sunday showed how advocates of "comprehensive immigration reform" think they can achieve passage of their legislation this year. Read more...

Alaska's Begich Ties Immigration Vote to Access to Cheap Labor for Canneries

By Jerry Kammer, February 22, 2013

Last year the State Department announced its intention to prohibit foreign students who come to the United States with the Summer Work Travel program to be employed in the Alaska seafood-processing industry.

But the powerful industry quickly brought in some heavy political guns, especially Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), who prevailed upon State to postpone the ban for the 2012 season. Read more...

While Nobody Was Reporting, the Border Was Declared Secure

By Jerry Kammer, February 22, 2013

Bloomberg Businessweek has now joined the cheering section for "comprehensive immigration reform". This week it features a story under a headline that proclaims "While Nobody Was Looking, The Border Got Secured".

But this declaration – which is ridiculed as absurd by residents of U.S. side of the Mexican border – is more the fault of the editors who wrote the headline than it is of reporter Elizabeth Dwoskin, who wrote it. Read more...

USDA Promoting Mexican Immigrant Welfare Use

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

America used to discourage dependency on public resources. We used to turn back would-be immigrants who were likely to become public charges. Now, the U.S. government is aggressively encouraging welfare dependency! And that includes immigrant welfare enrollment. Read more...

Judge Tells DHS to Stop Shooting Itself in the Foot

By David North, February 20, 2013

This one is a little convoluted.

The government wants some detained aliens, under some conditions, to be released on bond while their status is being sorted out.

With that in mind, the government has licensed certain bail-bond insurance companies to do this work. Read more...

Birth Certificate Standards: Drafted Eight Years Ago, Still Not Published

By Janice Kephart, February 20, 2013

Buried deep in federal government bureaucracies, tenacious mid-level directors worked arduously eight years ago to prepare minimum standards for issuance of birth certificates, something recommended by the 9/11 Commission and enacted into law by the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (IRTPA). Read more...

Jon Stewart Truth-Squads John McCain on Immigration Reform

By Jerry Kammer, February 19, 2013

On Monday, this blog conducted a truth-squad exercise, citing Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) refutation of Univision anchor Jorge Ramos's assertions about the advanced state of border security. McCain correctly pointed out that despite improvements in the effort to stem illegal immigration "thousands and thousands" of illegal immigrants still make it across the border. Read more...

ICE Admits It Missed Yet Another Tunnel at Nogales

By David North, February 19, 2013

The headline on the ICE press release is more positive, if less telling, than the one above; it reads "Nogales Tunnel Task Force Shuts Down Cross-border Tunnel".

It is another account of how Mexican drug traffickers, using patience and medieval skills, have managed to dig yet another tunnel under the border, a tunnel that our enforcement people noticed only when large bundles of marijuana started showing up on our side of the line. Read more...

Can You Use Saul Alinsky's Radical Tactics and Also Be a Conservative?

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

Left-wing extremist Saul Alinsky may have been evil, but he also was brilliant. And some supposed conservatives have forsaken civility and embraced Alinsky's ugliest, most immoral, repulsive tactics.

Why? Because they aren't really conservatives!

Consider a couple of Alinsky's radical rules: Read more...

Immigration Fraud Case Busted by SEC, Not DHS

By David North, February 18, 2013

You might think if 261 would-be EB-5 immigrant investors – all rich residents of China – were caught up in an immigration fraud case that: 1) the Department of Homeland Security would bring the case, and 2) there would be a demand for criminal convictions.

You would be wrong on both counts. Read more...

McCain to Ramos: "You Don't Get It" on Border Security

By Jerry Kammer, February 18, 2013

After returning from our annual, week-long CIS trip to a portion of the U.S.-Mexico border, I watched an interesting discussion on border security between Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Univision anchor Jorge Ramos. Their interview originally aired on the February 10 "Al Punto" program. Here is an excerpt. It begins as McCain tells Ramos that he has long insisted that the border be secured before the U.S. changes its immigration law: Read more...

Emotional Pleas Overshadow Rational Arguments at Senate Hearing

By David North, February 14, 2013

"What do you want to do with me?" asked confessed illegal alien Jose Antonio Vargas in the most striking (and most egocentric) line at yesterday's immigration hearing of the Senate's Judiciary Committee.

Vargas' testimony, and the hearts-and-flowers reaction of most of the Democratic senators to it, dominated the mood of the pre-Valentine's Day session and all-too-accurately reflected the approach of most of the senators to the complex immigration issues before the committee. Read more...

Speaking Out of Both Sides of Your Mouth

By W.D. Reasoner, February 13, 2013

The February 9-10, 2013, weekend print edition of The Wall Street Journal contained an interesting article entitled, "Iranian-American Speaks for Both Sides". The article laid out the story of two naturalized American citizens originally from Iran: Amir Mohamed Estakri and his brother, Amir Ahmad Estakri. Read more...

Washington Primer: How to Stage-Manage a Congressional Hearing

By David North, February 12, 2013

Wednesday's Senate hearing on immigration policy is a perfect example of how to stage-manage a congressional hearing to secure the maximum advantage for the policies favored by the committee's majority.

The hearing will be before the Senate's full Judiciary Committee and the list of prospective witnesses alone promises it to be a media victory for those advocating a massive amnesty of illegal aliens.

As a sometime witness myself at such hearings, and as a frequent observer of others, let me tick off the ways that a talented committee chair can rig a hearing: Read more...

How Dante Would View Illegals and Income Tax Violators

By David North, February 12, 2013

Even the advocates of a massive amnesty admit that millions of illegal aliens are also income tax violators. They routinely argue that legalizing them would produce millions of additional tax payers in the future.

If we have an amnesty, which I think is a bad idea, I would prefer that only aliens with clean tax-paying (as well as criminal) records should be considered for legalization. Read more...

The Old Spanish Empire Haunts Our Immigration Debates

By David North, February 11, 2013

Our immigration policy debate would be pretty muted if there were not so many Hispanics fleeing to the United States from Hispanic-run societies. Read more...

Amnesty Is a Bad Idea

By Jon Feere, February 8, 2013

Two new op-eds critiquing the amnesty proposal have been authored by the Center for Immigration Studies. CIS Board Member Jan Ting's op-ed "Just say no to amnesty redux" appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer, while CIS Fellow David Seminara's op-ed "Legalizing illegal immigrants a bad idea" appeared in the Chicago Tribune.

Both op-eds point out significant problems with large-scale amnesty programs.


American Opportunity Centers

By Mark Krikorian, February 7, 2013

In the most recent episode of the Ricochet Podcast, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus talks about the need to create a permanent party infrastructure in minority communities. I defer to his expertise on the specifically political, but one idea I've had is for the Republican Party to establish a non-profit that would open "American Opportunity Centers" around the country to teach immigrants English and history/civics. Read more...

Nuances on the "Path to Citizenship" Emerge in Protracted House Hearing

By David North, February 6, 2013

To what extent are the pro-amnesty people advocating what the illegal aliens want for themselves, and to what extent are they calling for, instead, what the advocates want to do to the illegal aliens?

That question was implied in yesterday's marathon immigration policy hearing of the House Judiciary Committee. Read more...

A Dilemma for Many Diligent Democratic Members of the Congress

By David North, February 5, 2013

If you are a Democratic member of the Congress, and are paying close attention to public policy issues, you may find yourself in this situation:

You support the massive "path to citizenship" for illegals backed by the president

You support the president's efforts to restrict gun rights (as do I).

You know that illegal aliens currently cannot legally own guns.

Thus, by backing the amnesty, you would be expanding — eventually — the number of people who may lawfully own guns by 11 million or so — and every one of the 11 million would have a record of breaking the law! Read more...

Obama to DACA's: You Can Have Dessert Without Eating Your Spinach

By David North, February 4, 2013

When I was growing up, the rule at the dinner table was that you had to eat your spinach (or worse, boiled Brussels sprouts) before you could have your dessert.

That's a good precedent, but one that the Obama administration has not applied to either the proposed mass amnesty program as I noted in an earlier blog, nor to the rules set forth for those who are currently applying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Read more...

A Feast of Immigration Quirks in the Current Issue of Interpreter Releases

By David North, February 4, 2013

If you need a brief respite the from the gloomy news of a perhaps impending massive legalization program, here are some immigration oddities reaped from the January 14 issue of Interpreter Releases, the sober-sided, irony-free trade paper for immigration lawyers. Read more...

Really Getting Immigration Right

By James R. Edwards Jr., February 4, 2013

Columnist Charles Krauthammer, a physician by training, gets the diagnosis right on the problem of the "compromise" Senate amnesty outline hatched in a back room.

Krauthammer points out how this "comprehensive" framework for mass amnesty, despite all the spin employed to try to sell it, really takes the same shape as the 1986 IRCA amnesty. Read more...

Schumer: Border Security Not a Prerequisite for Amnesty

By Jon Feere, February 4, 2013

At a press conference Thursday, Senator Schumer (D–N.Y.) let it be known that the only purpose of the "comprehensive immigration reform" effort is mass legalization and increases in future legal immigration. Border security is not something the Democratic leadership is taking seriously. Those who believe that there is some agreement among political interests that border security and other measures would be in place before 11 million illegal aliens are legalized are discovering that the high-immigration side of the debate has no intention of actually seeing our laws enforced. Read more...

ICE Agents Have Standing to Sue DHS Over DACA

By Janice Kephart, February 3, 2013

In the midst of a "comprehensive immigration reform" package that could legalize the controversial so-called Morton memo on prosecutorial discretion and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) directive for a DREAM Act-like deferred action amnesty (known as DACA), a legal challenge to both was upheld in a federal appeals court ruling last month. The ruling, issued by Judge Reed O'Connor in Dallas, concluded that 10 ICE agents and officers have standing to challenge both DHS initiatives aimed at limiting ICE agents from upholding immigration law. Read more...

40 Million Illegal Aliens in 2038?

By David North, February 1, 2013

We have all been warned against making predictions about the future. But if the future reflects the past the figure below shows what could happen to the size of the illegal alien population in 2038, 25 years from now, if the current group of 11 million illegals becomes legalized under the Obama plan. Read more...

Will Rubio Pull Out of the Gang of Eight Now?

By Mark Krikorian, February 1, 2013

Senator Rubio has been making a big deal of the border enforcement "trigger" that would have to be met before the amnestied illegals would be able to move from their immediately-issued green-card-lite status to a full green card. I thinks that's a mistake for a whole variety of reasons, but at least he seems to genuinely believe in the trigger idea. Read more...

Can Amnesty Push Survive an Increase in Illegal Entries?

By Janice Kephart, February 1, 2013

The Washington Times is reporting that amidst the president's assurances that the border is secure enough for the country to pursue amnesty for 11 million or more illegal aliens, the number of border arrests is increasing. Read more...

The Fine Print: The "Must Pay Their Taxes" Provision in the Obama Amnesty

By David North, January 31, 2013

You might have gotten the impression that the White House is proposing that the newly amnestied millions will have to pay their taxes in order to secure legal status.

You would be wrong. Read more...