Immigration Blog

Morning News, 11/23/11

By Bryan Griffith, November 23, 2011

1. DOJ challenges UT law
2. GOP debate takes on issue
3. Illegals suspected in fires
4. AL city drops lawsuit
5. Armed illegals stalked BP Read more...

The Gingrich Amnesty

By Mark Krikorian, November 23, 2011

Missed the debate because of wrestling practice, but it's hardly surprising that Newt would support amnesty for illegal aliens. After the Pelosi global-warming ad and Dede Scozzafava and "right-wing social engineering," is it any surprise he'd adopt the left's line on immigration too? He earned a career grade of D from Numbers USA (they calculate back to 1989). Heck, even Barbara Boxer has a career grade of D+. Read more...

Chain Migration, the TPS Way

By David North, November 23, 2011

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) was supposed to be a one-off, helpful gesture on the part of the U.S. toward a stricken nation, one hit by a natural or man-made disaster, a massive flood or a major earthquake.

For a while, all the victim nation's people in the U.S. – legally or illegally – were to be given short-term legal status till the other nation could get on its feet again. Read more...

Stapling Green Cards to Diplomas, and Other Foolish Ideas You Might Have Missed in the GOP Debate

By David Seminara, November 23, 2011

Another debate, and another disappointing night for the Republicans on the immigration front. We've seen a total of 11 GOP debates to date, and I've yet to hear a candidate demonstrate a deep understanding of our immigration problem. The electorate is crying out for serious reform but all of the GOP hopefuls seem to offer little more than clichés and pandering. Read more...

GAO Finds Illegals Are Often Fire Starters

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

The Government Accountability Office has found that a good portion of Arizona's wildfires were started by illegal aliens or their smugglers – 30 out of the 77 fires the watchdog agency examined.

Here are some excerpts from the AP story on the report: Read more...

Morning News, 11/22/11

By Bryan Griffith, November 22, 2011

1. WH policy struggles
2. DHS refutes 'stonewalling'
3. Indian team tracks smugglers
4. Group considers recall
5. NJ cop indicted Read more...

Murders Twice Linked to Immigration Marriage Fraud in D.C. Area

By David North, November 22, 2011

Twice this year cases of murder have been linked with cases of immigration marriage fraud in the D.C. area.

Over the last weekend we learned that an innocent 12-year-old child had been butchered in May in suburban Maryland as a by-product of a case of immigration fraud. Read more...

U.S. = Stupid Cupid, U.K. = Scrooge Regarding Immigration and Marriage

By David North, November 21, 2011

When it comes to immigrant marriages, the U.S. government plays the role of Cupid, frankly a stupid Cupid, while the British government plays Scrooge.

This was brought to the surface recently by a casual comment by an American immigration lawyer, a U.K. policy proposal, and an analysis of American immigration statistics. Read more...

Morning News, 11/21/11

By Bryan Griffith, November 21, 2011

1. FL Rep. questions loophole
2. IL Rep. fights SC law
3. Survey: Ethnic divide in CA
4. FL town fights detention center
5. Pakistani immigrant accused Read more...

Amnesty by Any Means Extended to DOJ Lawyers

By Janice Kephart, November 18, 2011

According to a story in today's LA Times, amnesty is now officially being rolled out in U.S. immigration courts. Department of Justice (DOJ) immigration attorneys are being directed to work side-by-side with Department of Homeland Security immigration agents to significantly reduce pending deportation cases. Read more...

Morning News, 11/17/11

By Bryan Griffith, November 17, 2011

1. DHS to begin review
2. DHS Sec. backs efforts
3. AL lawmakers weigh changes
4. Uncle makes court appearance
5. Smuggler got immunity Read more...

ICE Finds Another Border Tunnel, But Well After Construction Ended

By David North, November 17, 2011

Once again the ICE press operation is ballyhooing an event that might better be regarded as a failure of our border control authorities.

In its press release of yesterday ICE tells the world, happily, that it found another tunnel, this one 400-yards long, near the port of entry on the Otay Mesa south of San Diego. Read more...

Man Bites Dog, or Asylum Lawyer Supports Denial of Asylum

By David North, November 17, 2011

It's not often that a distinguished asylum lawyer defends a decision to deny asylum, but it happened the other day.

The lawyer is Jason Dzubow, a member of the Washington, D.C. bar, who specializes not just in immigration law, but in the subset of asylum law. Read more...

The Jewish Establishment's 'Unity Pledge'; Will Sacrificing Israel to Obama's Re-Election Cause Blowback?

By Stephen Steinlight, November 17, 2011

It's axiomatic something good is happening on every occasion when the Jewish Establishment suffers a sharp, humiliating public rebuke in its effort to impose its political will on Americans who are Jews and care deeply about issues of great moment to Jews, such as the security of Israel. It's proof many in the community have withstood decades of propagandizing by an increasingly leftist and unrepresentative Establishment whose pretense to speak in their name looks ever more hollow. It also demonstrates that they've refused to succumb to ceaseless moral bullying by political leftists in the pulpit. In short, a great many can still think for themselves, are able to discern a cheap political ploy no matter shrouded how it is in high-flown rhetoric, and are getting angrier and angrier about the Establishment's evident preference for its "progressive" domestic policy agenda, including open-borders immigration, over the security of Israel. Read more...

Morning News, 11/16/11

By Bryan Griffith, November 16, 2011

1. Atty. Gen. called to resign
2. DC bill cuts detainment time
3. Union wants to see evidence
4. 13 arrested at AL protest
5. Occupy Oakland arrestee Read more...

Migrant Wage Drain from U.S. Economy Increased a Little in 2010

By David North, November 16, 2011

Sadly, whenever economists write about the transfer of migrant workers' earnings from the United States to other countries – remittances – they always look at it from the point of view of the countries receiving the money, and/or that of the migrants (illegal and legal) sending them. Read more...

More Administrative Amnesty, This Time from USCIS

By Jessica Vaughan, November 16, 2011

The Obama Administration has issued yet another "prosecutorial discretion" (read "Let'em go!") memo, this time changing USCIS policy so that certain illegal aliens whose applications for immigration benefits such as green cards, citizenship, or temporary status are denied may nevertheless avoid being forced to leave the country. Read more...

DHS Pressies Have the Week That Was, and Will Be, and Was, and Will be Again

By David North, November 15, 2011

The Department of Homeland Security's press people are planning a busy week, for the four days of November 15-18, Tuesday through Friday.

They plan to have a batch of news events today (Tuesday), to be followed by a busy November 16, and a busy November 17, and a busy November 18, Friday. Read more...

U.S. Senate Takes CIS' Advice and Imposes Fees on the Visa Lottery

By David North, November 14, 2011

The U.S. Senate has established a $30 fee for all aliens entering the annual visa lottery, and the House is expected to follow.

The Center for Immigration Studies suggested just such a step in May 2010 in a Backgrounder entitled "Charging More for Immigration: Closing Financial Loopholes in the U.S. Migration Process". Read more...

November 1986: Comments on 'Comprehensive Immigration Reform'

By Jerry Kammer, November 14, 2011

Twenty-five years ago, the reviews were coming in about the Immigration Reform and Control Act, which President Reagan signed into law on November 7, 1986. IRCA offered amnesty to illegal immigrants who had either lived in the United States since January 1, 1982, or had done at least 90 days of agricultural work within a 12-month period ending May 1, 1986. The amnesty was part of a compromise, the other side of which was sanctions against employers who knowingly hired illegals. Read more...

Oops!

By W.D. Reasoner, November 13, 2011

This just in from our "Closing the Barn Door After the Horses Have Left" Department.

According to a Friday Chicago Tribune article, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart wants the County Council to amend a "controversial" ordinance prohibiting his office from notifying the Chicago field office of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) bureau when illegal alien arrestees are taken into custody for serious crimes. The ordinance goes so far as to also prohibit the sheriff's agency from honoring detainers placed by ICE officers against these individuals, even if ICE does discover that they have been taken into custody. Read more...

Indian Press Reports on Infosys H1-B Misuse Case in U.S. Court

By David North, November 12, 2011

Sometimes the overseas press is better at covering American immigration news than the media is in this country.

Witness, the recent story in FirstPost, a Mumbai (Bombay) publication regarding the latest setback for Infosys, the huge India-based user – and apparently abuser – of H-1B visas. Read more...

A Big Win for the Open-Borders Crowd?

By Mark Krikorian, November 11, 2011

The pro-amnesty folks are crowing at the defeat of Arizona state senator Russell Pearce, a leading immigration hawk. Soros-funded America's Voice says "The tide is beginning to turn," while the immigration coalition set up by the Alinskyite Center for Community Change writes that "anti-immigrant legislators will now have to think twice before pursuing anti-immigrant policies in our states." Read more...

Hispanic Fury With Obama: The Dilemma That's the Handwriting on the Wall

By Stephen Steinlight, November 11, 2011

The mainstream punditry has long treated as a fait accompli that the Hispanic vote in the 2012 election is safely in Obama's corner and will, as in 2008, likely tip the balance in swing states like Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, perhaps even Florida. But this looks extremely doubtful, even in a presidential election in which immigration will finally emerge as a major issue. In fact, the reason this proposition is so dubious is precisely because immigration will be a major issue. Read more...

DoJ No Longer Bothered by 'Patchwork of Laws'?

By Jon Feere, November 11, 2011

The Obama administration's justification for filing lawsuits against Arizona, Alabama, and South Carolina is that state-level immigration-related initiatives are creating a "patchwork of laws" that are too burdensome for aliens to follow. As Attorney General Eric Holder recently put it, "a patchwork of state laws is not the solution and will only create problems." So much for the laboratories of democracy. Read more...

Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied

By W.D. Reasoner, November 11, 2011

The Arizona Republic recently reported on how the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) bureau in Arizona and other western states has backed off of a program of stipulated removal ("removal" is the legal phrase used these days in lieu of "deportation"), in which a deportable alien who would rather go home than wait long periods of time, quite possibly while in detention, signs an agreement stipulating to the legal charges against him Read more...

Morning News, 11/11/11

By Bryan Griffith, November 11, 2011

1. DOJ asks SCOTUS not to take SB1070 case
2. Emails reveal FBI confusion over Secure Communities
3. Fewer visa lottery applicants
4. Winner of AZ recall soft on immigration
5. AZ defense of SB1070 has cost $2 million Read more...

Open Mic Night at the G-20

By Stephen Steinlight, November 10, 2011

"You're fed up with him, but I have to deal with him every day!"
-- Obama to Sarkozy on Netanyahu

Morning News, 11/10/11

By Bryan Griffith, November 10, 2011

1. Obama says GOP gives him edge
2. Survey: Arizonans favor amnesty
3. Confusion over VT policy
4. Activists target Obama aide
5. Regent U. pres. to speak Read more...

Supporters of the Utah Immigration Compact Disrespect Veterans

By Ronald W. Mortensen, November 9, 2011

Rather than celebrating Veteran's Day and honoring the men and women who have served their nation, advocates for illegal aliens use Veteran's Day to push their amnesty agenda. Read more...