Immigration Blog

Figuring the Damage Done by Detached Elites? Add Youth Unemployment to the List

By Jerry Kammer, July 30, 2013

A story on Monday night's "PBS News Hour" reported on an effort in Boston to confront the crisis of youth unemployment. Despite that effort, said correspondent Paul Solman, there are many fewer jobs available in Boston today than there were in the late 1990s.

Solman described the dimensions of the problem, reporting that 12 million Americans in the 16-19 age cohort are unemployed. One of his interviewees said American employers need to be mobilized to hire young workers for whom job experience is a vital part of preparation for adulthood. Read more...

Rep. Labrador Meets the Press: Round 1

By Stanley Renshon, July 30, 2013

"Meet the Press", hosted by David Gregory, is one of the nation's oldest and most respected Sunday news shows. Each week it invites noteworthy political leaders and opinion makers to deliver their views and discuss them with the host and in turn have them discussed by a panel of political commentators. Read more...

Rep. Raul Labrador and the Courage of Immigration Convictions

By Stanley Renshon, July 30, 2013

Republican Rep. Raul Labrador has represented Idaho's first congressional district since 2010 and was a member of that state's House of Representatives before that. In Congress he has become an important voice on immigration, and for good reason. He was born in Puerto Rico, raised by a single mother, made his way through Brigham Young University, and then the University of Washington Law School. Read more...

Succession Scenarios at Buckingham Palace and at Homeland Security

By David North, July 29, 2013

While, thanks to the arrival of the little Prince of Cambridge, the succession plans for the British monarchy are well established for the next 60 years, the succession for the secretary-ship of Homeland Security is not clear 60 days from now. Read more...

Calling President Obama: A Black Man Seeks Action on Jobs

By Jerry Kammer, July 29, 2013

I have spoken with President Obama once, for about 10 seconds. It was the spring of 2006. He was a senator. I was a reporter. As he walked past my position off the senate floor, I asked his response to those who say illegal immigration has displaced many young black men from the workplace.

Sen. Obama said this as he kept moving: "Well, there are a lot of other issues facing young black men."

Yes, but this is an issue, as a call yesterday from a black man in Georgia to C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" showed. Read more...

Boehner's Failure to Acknowledge Massive Document Fraud and Identity Theft Leads to Bad Policy

By Ronald W. Mortensen, July 29, 2013

During an appearance on "Face the Nation", House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told Bob Schieffer, "We have a problem with 11 million people who are here without documents."

Unfortunately, this means that the Speaker is developing public policy based on an erroneous premise because, as I wrote in 2009: Read more...

Pollsters and Pundits Still Misleading on Back Taxes Provision

By Jon Feere, July 28, 2013

Many journalists, pundits, and pollsters still seem to be under the impression that the Senate's amnesty bill (S.744) requires illegal aliens to pay back taxes. It doesn't. When the bill was first being written, the idea of requiring illegal aliens to pay back taxes for the period they worked off the books was considered, but quickly abandoned. Read more...

SAFE and Sound Legislation: Restoring the Parameters of the Constitution

By W.D. Reasoner, July 28, 2013

In my last blog on the "Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement (SAFE) Act", an immigration bill pending in the House of Representatives as H.R.2278, I discussed the terrorism and national security provisions in Title II of the draft legislation. Read more...

Big EB-5 Project is Bankrupt in South Dakota; Investors May Lose Everything

By David North, July 27, 2013

A large EB-5 project in Aberdeen, S.D., Northern Beef Packers Limited Partnership (NBP), has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, probably leaving some 160 alien investors (mostly Chinese) with little or no financial return for their 160 half-million-dollar investments, according to local reports. Read more...

More Evidence of Enforcement Stagnation

By Jessica Vaughan, July 27, 2013

A new report tracking the number of ICE detainers issued confirms that interior immigration enforcement has declined significantly in recent months. This report corroborates my previous analysis of another set of ICE statistics that revealed a considerable deterioration in interior enforcement since 2011. Read more...

The Mayorkas Controversy Redux

By W.D. Reasoner, July 26, 2013

In a blog on July 23, Center fellow David North wrote of the controversy surrounding Alejandro Mayorkas, presently the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and nominee to be number two in USCIS's mother department, Homeland Security (DHS). Read more...

Former GAO Official Talks Straight on Finding a Balance Between Border Security and Interior Security

By Jerry Kammer, July 26, 2013

My favorite government agency is the Government Accountability Office. Not only are they frequently the smartest people in the room, they have no political agenda. So they don't have an eye on the next election, and they don't give a damn about the exploding heads on cable TV. Read more...

Mayorkas Has Easy Confirmation Hearing — The GOP Boycotts It

By David North, July 26, 2013

Alejandro Mayorkas, the USCIS Director who has been nominated to be Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, had an easy confirmation hearing before the Senate Homeland Security Committee Thursday — but only because the Republican senators boycotted it. Read more...

Further Examination of the Consequences of "Stapling" Provisions

By David North, July 25, 2013

It is time to take a closer look at the impact of the clauses in the currently pending immigration bills that would, in effect, staple a green card to the advanced STEM diploma of all aliens completing those degrees in the United States. Read more...

Keeping the Homeland SAFE and Secure

By W.D. Reasoner, July 24, 2013

In prior blogs, I've been discussing the strengths of the "Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement (SAFE) Act", an immigration bill pending in the House of Representatives as H.R. 2278, including its commitment to legitimate interior enforcement as well as border initiatives, and the framework it establishes for improved federal-state-local cooperation where immigration law and policy are concerned. Read more...

A Clash Between Two DHS Officials Is Likely to Cast Some Light on EB-5

By David North, July 23, 2013

The Associated Press headline and lede are ominous:

Homeland Security Official Probed

President Obama's choice to be the No. 2 official at the Homeland Security Department [Alejandro Mayorkas] is under investigation for his role in helping a company secure an international investor visa for a Chinese executive, The Associated Press has learned.

Let's Pay Some Attention to Mexico's Southern Border and the OTMs

By David North, July 23, 2013

Here's an idea. Instead of adding 20,000 Border Patrol agents at our southern border, let's make that 18,000, and use the money saved for 2,000 of them to fund, say, 4,000 Mexican Border Patrolmen (or better, Mexican Marines) at their southern border. Read more...

The GOP and Immigration: Having the Courage of Your Convictions

By Stanley Renshon, July 23, 2013

Elected political leaders often confuse support with popularity. They think that espousing views that correspond to the least common denominator of public understanding and opinion is the key to political success. And, regrettably it often is, at least in the short term. Read more...

A SAFE Bet

By W.D. Reasoner, July 22, 2013

The "Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement (SAFE) Act", an immigration bill pending in the House of Representatives as H.R. 2278, is a modern marvel of legislative honesty and symmetry: it means what it says, and says what it means. Read more...

Immigration Reform Takes an Anti-American Approach When It Comes to Employment

By Ronald W. Mortensen, July 22, 2013

Based on their public comments and actions, it is clear that the business interests that support comprehensive immigration reform hold American workers in extremely low esteem and that they all too frequently take an anti-American approach when it comes to hiring and retaining workers. Read more...

A "What if..." Scenario about Congress and Immigration

By David North, July 22, 2013

What if Congress decided to give a potential free immigration pass to a group of about 250,000 aliens with limited educations?

And then Congress guessed that most of the resulting migrants would settle in four specific American jurisdictions?

And then agreed to pay for some of the financial impacts of the new migrants, but only in those four jurisdictions?

How would the four jurisdictions handle and measure the impact of the newcomers, and what else would happen? Read more...

The Australia-Papua New Guinea Refugee Resettlement Agreement

By W.D. Reasoner, July 21, 2013

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has just announced a unique agreement with the government of Papua New Guinea (PNG) in which boat people interdicted on the high seas headed for Australia to seek asylum will instead be shunted to processing camps in PNG. If determined to be legitimate refugees, they will be resettled there, instead of Australia. Read more...

Government Defines Video Gamers as Athletes for Immigration Purposes

By David North, July 21, 2013

USCIS has defined alien video gamers as athletes for immigration purposes in response to the pressure from lobbyists.

As humorist Dave Barry would say, "I am not making this up."

The July 16 Time headline is: "Pro Gamers Get U.S. Work Visas, Thanks to Industry Lobbyists". Read more...

The GOP and Immigration: Death by Pandering

By Stanley Renshon, July 20, 2013

Those who advise the GOP to "get right" with Hispanics by supporting the Senate's massive immigration bill never consider the downside of traducing principles in the hope of gaining votes. Perhaps it can be said of "death by pandering", as the Washington Post' Kathleen Parker suggests is the case with "principled martyrs," that, "[P]rincipled or not, you're still dead in the end."

But death by pandering strips you of both your integrity and your honor. Worse, it doesn't give you the opportunity to make your case and try to gain supporters for your perspective.

In essence, it is just giving up. Read more...

Even Safe Cities Need the SAFE Act

By Jessica Vaughan, July 19, 2013

The case of Cesar Benitez, an illegal alien serial rapist with numerous prior offenses, including repeated immigration violations, illustrates the pressing need for the SAFE Act, now under consideration in the U.S. House as a welcome alternative to the Schumer-Rubio bill.

Benitez was arrested in April 2012 for hiding in a women's bathroom at a Target store in Allen, Texas, and peeping at a 13-year old girl in the next stall. They caught him in nearby Plano, where police also sought him for similar offenses, charged him with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, and set bond at $1,500. Read more...

Surprise! Few "Dreamers" Use In-State Tuition Breaks

By David North, July 19, 2013

A recent bit of investigative journalism by Politico showed that few illegal aliens are taking advantage of the in-state tuition breaks offered by many state universities.

This news should, but probably will not, shoot some holes in the endless propaganda about how a whole generation of future leaders are losing their prospects because of a nasty insistence on the enforcement of the immigration law — about all those illegal aliens who are high school valedictorians who want to go to medical school so they can serve the people, etc. Read more...

The GOP and Immigration

By Stanley Renshon, July 19, 2013

Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker writes that if the GOP doesn't die a demographic death, it may just commit suicide by standing for its principles. Republicans, she writes, "seem to be adopting the self-immolation tactics of principled martyrs," and she continues, "Of course, principled or not, you're still dead in the end."

Maybe. But consider that the public has very little detailed information about the actual Senate bill and that when they learn that what they have been told or promised is not actually in it, their support drops. Or to quote a poll headline: "39 Percent Favor Reform Plan That Cuts Future Illegal Immigration by Just 50 Percent." Read more...

Widening Existing Vulnerabilities

By Janice Kephart, July 19, 2013

(Ms. Kephart recently returned from a Special Counsel position with the Senate Judiciary Committee, where she advised and supported Senator Jeff Sessions' (R-Ala.) work during the committee's consideration of immigration legislation.)

Read Part 1

The Senate-passed S.744 has three distinct, mandatory airport exit requirements, only two of which involve seaports. None solve the air carrier problem, only one provides funding, and all conflict with current law. Read more...

Reviewing the Daily Beast's Story on the March for Jobs

By Jerry Kammer, July 18, 2013

Michelle Cottle is a fine writer. A scribe for the Daily Beast, she writes vividly and with fervor, especially when she rips conservatives. Of the Tea Party, for example, she has written that "the movement's anarchic, bottom-up structure may give its gatherings tons of snap, crackle, and pop, but it is lousy for formulating and delivering a coherent message."

So when the Black American Leadership Alliance this week teamed up this with Tea Partiers for a rally demanding that Congress "recognize the devastating effects illegal immigration and amnesty have on low-skilled workers, particularly those in minority communities," maybe it was inevitable that Cottle would ignore the message and slash the cracklers. Read more...

The GOP and Immigration

By Stanley Renshon, July 18, 2013

If you listen to supporters of the Gang of Eight's vast immigration bill, including many establishment Republicans, the GOP faces a dire choice: adapt demographically and support the bill or die.

Those who prefer that their party do neither have now been given an another choice, this time by Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker. They can commit principled suicide. Read more...