Immigration Blog

Morning News, 10/28/11

By Bryan Griffith, October 28, 2011

1. Bill drops country caps
2. AZ debate continues
3. UT Atty. Gen. criticizes
4. Critics attack AL law
5. FL activists protest

Message: I'm Tough

By Mark Krikorian, October 27, 2011

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith points out in Politico today that the White House boasts on deportations are not what they seem: "Unfortunately for U.S. workers, the Obama administration’s immigration enforcement record is just a magic trick." More on the deportation legerdemain here and here.

Morning News, 10/27/11

By Bryan Griffith, October 27, 2011

1. Feds review SC immigration law
2. Border agents hampered by law
3. Study: increase in Long Island
4. Confusion over AL law
5. Salt Lake City holds summit

USCIS Gives Some Immigrant Investors a 19-Year Grace Period

By David North, October 27, 2011

Suppose you and 30 other individuals in a similar situation had owed IRS a substantial amount of taxes since 1995. Suppose IRS knew all about it at the time.

Do you suppose IRS would give you, and the others, a 19-year-long grace period before doing anything about it?

Well, USCIS (and INS before it) has given a group of 31 would-be alien investors exactly that forgiving treatment.

Here's a (considerably shortened) history:

Sterility of the Border Fence Debate

By Mark Krikorian, October 26, 2011

U.S. News (yes, it's still around, in some form anyway) has an online commentary thing called Debate Club and the most recent question was "Should the United States Build a Fence on Its Southern Border?" There were five responses (including mine), and disregarding the lame "No" response from a representative of a sketchy group with "tea party" in its name (who's also lobbied against E-Verify), the four germane responses were split, two Yes and two No. Read more...

'The Toughest Transparency Rules in the History of Government'? Saga of a FOIA Request

By Janice Kephart, October 26, 2011

I won't stop fighting to open up government … I can tell you we've put together the toughest ethical rules and the toughest transparency rules in the history of government."
-- President Obama, January 22, 2010

In July 2010, President Obama stated he was working to open up government and add transparency so Americans could see just what was going on in federal government, including a record of every single person coming in and out of the White House. Read more...

Morning News, 10/26/11

By Bryan Griffith, October 26, 2011

1. Feds meet with UT officials
2. CA releases criminal immigrants
3. SC law will affect legal residents
4. Second drone to patrol border
5. BP agent jailed for arrest

Feds meet with Utah officials over immigration law
By David Montero
The Salt Lake Tribune, October 25, 2011

Fact Checking the 'Fact Checkers'

By Stanley Renshon, October 26, 2011

As anyone who follows politics knows, the last few years have seen an explosion of web sites that purport to fact-check the claims that are ubiquitous features of American political life. Their standard operating procedure is to take a phrase or a political or policy claim and assess its validity. They all have rating scales of which the following is typical: Read more...

No Schadenfreude for Cassandra

By Stephen Steinlight, October 25, 2011

In 2004, I broke the Jewish Establishment's informal code of silence and went public about the inevitable impact of massive illegal immigration, by far the greatest part Mexican, on the interests of Americans who are Jews, warning over time it would erode if not altogether nullify Jewish political clout. Being a messenger of bad tidings is never enviable: one's metaphorical fate is to be shot. However, the news was long overdue, and someone had to deliver it. I went ahead, though I knew I'd almost undoubtedly play the role of Cassandra: predict the future and not be believed, and worse. Read more...

Morning News, 10/25/11

By Bryan Griffith, October 25, 2011

1. Senators not using E-Verify
2. 'Diversity Visa' applicants
3. Students in TX receive state aid
4. OH city welcomes immigrants
5. UT Immigration conference

U.S. Doing Nothing Visible about Forced Marriages Leading to Visas

By David North, October 24, 2011

The United States seems to be doing nothing about a problem that Great Britain is dealing with: forced marriages leading to fraudulent visas.

As noted in an earlier blog, that nation has been taking steps, perhaps halting ones, for the last three years to combat forced-marriage-creating immigration visas. Read more...

Morning News, 10/24/11

By Bryan Griffith, October 24, 2011

1. ICE searches for war criminals
2. Court dismisses AZ countersuit
3. Issue heats up in 2012 race
4. RomneyCare aids illegals
5. AL farmers worry about labor

Another Local E-Verify Ordinance

By Ronald W. Mortensen, October 23, 2011

On October 18, 2011, the Washington County (Utah) Commission passed an ordinance that requires "businesses that receive a business license from the county to use E-Verify…."

The ordinance was crafted based on a recent Supreme Court decision, Chamber of Commerce v. Whiting, 131 S. Ct. 1968 (2011). In that case, the Court declared that states may require businesses to use E-Verify and that the states can use their licensing authority to enforce employment verification requirements. Read more...

Sin of Omission

By James R. Edwards Jr., October 23, 2011

Mass immigration enthusiasts Roberto Suro and Marcelo Suarez-Orozco give Washington Post readers their take on how to deal with immigration today. Their recommendation: Break out of the intransigent positions that are based on unreal story lines about America's immigration, past and present.

Not to say these writers don't make any good points. They rightfully criticize the "false choices" politicians and the press often present, for instance. But they do tend to sin by omission. Read more...

What Cole Porter Didn't Know about International Marriages

By David North, October 21, 2011

Lithuanians and Letts do it
Let's do it, let's fall in love
– Cole Porter

While those wonderful old lyrics suggest the possibility of dreamy international marriages, some of the realities of such arrangements are less than attractive, as the current British discussion of forced marriages reminds us. Read more...

Three Latinos on the American Dream: a Brain Surgeon, a Migrant atop a Train, and a College President

By Jerry Kammer, October 21, 2011

Some late-night time with Tivo this week provided three compelling Latino perspectives on the state of the American dream. The first came from a former illegal immigrant from Mexico who is now a brain surgeon; the second from an unidentified Central American migrant riding atop a train rumbling toward the U.S. border; the third from a former Cuban refugee who is now president of Miami-Dade College. Read more...

Morning News, 10/21/11

By Bryan Griffith, October 21, 2011

1. Perry attacks on Romney
2. AZ Gov. defends law
3. MA Gov. launches effort
4. KS touts local police
5. ACLU alleges assaults

Morning News, 10/20/11

By Bryan Griffith, October 20, 2011

1. Deportation record questioned
2. Romney cites CIS in GOP debate
3. GOP immigration debate heats up
4. Comments may alienate some
5. AZ Gov. defends AL law

Good News: 15 B-1 Russian Engineers Aiming for Boeing, Stopped by CBP

By David North, October 20, 2011

Here's a rare bit of genuine good news on the nonimmigrant worker front: the immigration inspectors at the Seattle-Tacoma Airport turned back 15 Russian engineers that Boeing had wanted to work full time on a visa (B-1) that prohibits such behavior.

With the exploitative H-1B program not as generous as some employers want, several have turned to the B-1 visa for business visitors as a substitute. B-1 visa holders can attend training sessions, go to conferences, and sell stuff but are not supposed to take full-time jobs in the American economy. Read more...

Obama: Deportation Numbers 'Actually a Little Deceptive'

By Jessica Vaughan, October 19, 2011

According to President Obama, the allegedly record-breaking deportation numbers released this week by ICE Director John Morton are "a little deceptive." I agree. They give the impression that this administration is enforcing the law more than, say, the previous administration. But other ICE numbers suggest that immigration enforcement is declining, not increasing. Read more...

Morning News, 10/19/11

By Bryan Griffith, October 19, 2011

1. Obama makes voter push
2. Rep. Labrador pitches bill
3. Candidates spar over issue
4. ACLU challenges TN raids
5. Witness may have fled US

ICE Press Release: Portrait of a Triumph or a Confession?

By David North, October 19, 2011

The press release from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) caught my eye for two reasons: 1) because the bad guys had fraudulently filed an eye-popping 25,000 phony immigration documents, and because 2) Earl Seth David had such a memorable last name.

On deeper examination, however, this ICE- told tale "Head of New York law firm charged with immigration fraud" had some deeper and, for me, disturbing meanings. Read more...

Little Pieces of Paper

By W.D. Reasoner, October 19, 2011

As I imagine many did who are interested in the subject of immigration, I watched the show "Lost in Detention," even knowing in advance that it would not likely advocate a pro-immigration enforcement point of view (I was not wrong). The show aired last night as a part of the PBS Frontline series, and for at least some period of time, it can still be viewed on the internet. Read more...

CIS Study in the GOP Debate

By Mark Krikorian, October 19, 2011

We're still looking for the video, but last night's Republican presidential debate included reference to the Center's analysis of job growth in Texas, which found that about 40 percent of job growth there from 2007 to 2010 went to illegal aliens, with another 40 percent going to legal immigrants. Here's the exchange between Romney and Perry from CNN's transcript: Read more...

Hollow Deportation Boast

By Mark Krikorian, October 19, 2011

The administration released the preliminary FY 2011 statistics for "removals" (the largest part of which is deportations), described as "the largest number in the agency's history." But when you look at history, the "largest number" is only about 1,700 more than two years ago; in fact, once the final numbers came out last year, the total had actually dropped slightly from the previous year, even though the agency had also touted those preliminary numbers as the "largest ever" and had Read more...

But How Much Legal Immigration?

By Mark Krikorian, October 19, 2011

In last night's debate, Romney was right when he said:

I think it's important for us as Republicans on this stage to say something that hasn't been said, and that's that every person here loves legal immigration. We respect people who come here legally.

Both true and necessary to say amidst the back and forth about illegal immigration. Americans are uniquely accepting of newcomers whom we've admitted to join our city on a hill; as Teddy Roosevelt put it: Read more...

The Alternative to Immigration Detention: Fugitives

By Jessica Vaughan, October 18, 2011

ICE's "smart and effective" immigration enforcement policies again have proven to be neither. It was reported this week that ICE's New England office lost track of a key witness in a high-profile illegal alien drunk driving fatality case because ICE officials decided to release the witness, Luis Acosta, an Ecuadoran illegal alien who had fled twice before and also faced state charges, on an electronic monitoring bracelet rather than detain him. Read more...

Electrocute Illegal Border Crossers? Just Joking!

By Stanley Renshon, October 18, 2011

The New York Times reports that Herman Cain was just joking, seriously, about electrocuting illegal border crossers.

Moreover, he chastised Americans for not getting the joke. "America needs to get a sense of humor," he said. Really.

The complete exchange from Meet the Press:

Morning News, 10/18/11

By Bryan Griffith, October 18, 2011

1. Perry moves to stem backlash
2. Fence returns to debate
3. Most deported were criminals
4. AL Gov. reacts to ruling
5. Hispanics to protest

There's an Odd Balance-of-Payments Situation that Benefits U.S. Citizens

By David North, October 18, 2011

We at CIS often write about immigration-related situations in which aliens benefit and citizens lose, such as in the nonimmigrant worker programs (H, J, L, etc.), where foreign workers often shoulder aside American ones.

Here's a switch, though a not very attractive one. Read more...