Immigration Blog

Morning News, 9/12/11

By Bryan Griffith, September 12, 2011

1. Congress considers bill
2. Anti-Perry immigration ad
3. GA Gov. pressured on board
4. La Raza ends AZ boycott
5. Store owner, ATF sting

Thinking of First Responders

By W.D. Reasoner, September 11, 2011

It's natural that, with the advent of the tenth anniversary of the terror attacks on our nation, one's thoughts would drift to the first responders who go about protecting us throughout the nation on a daily basis. They so often go unnoticed until trauma or tragedy strikes, as it did so quickly and so violently on September 11, 2001. It's a sad truism that only then do we seem to stop, take stock, and come to recognize their dedication and quiet heroism. Read more...

9/11 + 10: Time to Keep Extremists Out

By James R. Edwards Jr., September 11, 2011

Ten years after 9/11, there are still plenty of threats to America's security stemming directly from mass immigration. And there is still plenty of room for better ways for fighting the threat from ideologically dangerous foreigners. Read more...

A Thought About Uncle Omar

By David North, September 10, 2011

Here's a thought about what the Obama administration might do with Uncle Omar, who is America's most prominent illegal alien this month.

As my colleague Jon Feere noted yesterday, the president's half-uncle, Onyango Obama, the illegal alien with the drunk driving citation, has been released from jail, and no official will tell us what the government plans to do with him – despite the outstanding deportation order of some years ago. Read more...

WARNING: Obama's Drunk-Driving Illegal-Alien Uncle Back on the Streets

By Jon Feere, September 9, 2011

In a decision that seems to unnecessarily risk the lives of many people, ICE has released Onyango Obama, President Obama's "Uncle Omar" about two weeks after he was detained following a drunk driving accident. He reportedly had been ordered deported to his native Kenya back in 1989, and lost an appeal in 1992. Read more...

Protest at Hershey Gaining Support

By Jerry Kammer, September 9, 2011

The protest against Hershey Co, the corporate chocolate icon, by foreign students working under a State Department cultural exchange program is not diminishing, even as many of the students prepare to return home at the end of their four-month J-1 visas.

To the contrary, protesting students are gaining new support in their effort to expose what they call sweatshop conditions at Hershey's Eastern Distribution Center. The massive plant, located just east of the Pennsylvania town that bears the company's name, ships candies made at the nearby Hershey factory. Read more...

Financial Losses Due to USCIS Fee Waivers Soar to $87 Million a Year

By David North, September 9, 2011

USCIS has revealed – if one applies some math to an obscure government document – that it is now experiencing fee-waiver-caused losses at the rate of $87 million a year for FY 2011, sharply up from $27 million a year for FY 2009.

A USCIS press officer gave me the $27 million figure a year or so ago.

The government has long had a program allowing certain very low-income persons – mostly aliens – to seek waivers of immigration and naturalization fees; the basic policy is appropriate but what USCIS has done in the last year was to make it much, much easier for applicants to file for fee waivers. Read more...

Milford, Mass., Tells Ecuador (and ICE): Enough Already!

By Jessica Vaughan, September 8, 2011

On August 20, Matt Denice, age 23, was out riding his motorcycle in his home town of Milford, Mass., when, according to police and witnesses, he was struck, dragged, and killed by an Ecuadoran illegal alien drunk driver, Nicolas Guaman. It was a horrific crime that has sparked widespread public outrage and renewed resentment toward Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick's sanctuary policies and ICE's reluctance to implement the Secure Communities program here. What I have found most interesting and refreshing, though, is the reaction of Milford officials, who have wasted no time in taking steps locally to address the conditions that encourage illegal settlement. Read more...

Limbaugh Mistakenly Warns GOP: Don't Be 'Distracted' by Illegal Immigration

By Ronald W. Mortensen, September 8, 2011

During the past week, Rush Limbaugh has repeatedly told his radio audience that Republicans should ignore illegal immigration because the left and its mainstream media allies are using it to distract them from the key issues that will guarantee a Republican victory in November – jobs, stimulus spending, and higher taxes. Read more...

Census Report Shows Enforcement Works

By David North, September 8, 2011

Open-borders advocates often argue that changes in the immigration law, and/or added enforcement, cannot change the size of the legal and illegal alien populations. No mere governmental activity can resist the human tide of would-be migrants, is their view. They say, in effect, "Why try?"

The totally neutral U.S. Census Bureau offers a stunning rebuttal of that position in its latest report on the shrinking population of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). These islands, north of Guam in the western Pacific, are the newest additions to the U.S. territorial family, having been conquered by the U.S. late in World War II. Read more...

Immigration: A Litmus Test for the GOP?

By James R. Edwards Jr., September 8, 2011

Immigration has become a litmus test for Republican voters, the Washington Post has reported. This marks a significant development for the issue and for the GOP electorate, which leans more to the right on issues in general. It also has political ramifications for candidates. (Mark Krikorian commented on the article here.)

From the Post article:

'Illegals Raiding the U.S. Treasury' – The Civics Lesson Therein

By David North, September 7, 2011

My colleague Jim Edwards, in a blog entitled "Illegals Raiding the U.S. Treasury" has called (appropriately) to our attention the way that illegal aliens have, apparently, robbed the U.S. Treasury of $4.2 billion, according to a report from the Treasury Department Inspector General.

They did so by claiming child tax credits to which they were not entitled. The children may or may not have been present, but the department had no right to give cash tax refunds to illegal aliens. Treasury has done nothing about it. Read more...

Luis Rubio on Class in Mexico and the U.S.

By Jerry Kammer, September 6, 2011

Mexican scholar and social critic Luis Rubio is known for his columns in the newspaper Reforma that help explain his country's failure to emerge as a dynamic democracy capable of offering opportunities to its people rather than pushing so many to emigrate. He provided another fascinating example in Sunday’s paper, writing that Mexico is plagued by a "classism" that is powerfully illustrated by a video available on Youtube. Read more...

Illegals Raiding U.S. Treasury

By James R. Edwards Jr., September 5, 2011

A new report by the U.S. Treasury Department's Inspector General has found that illegal aliens collected $4.2 billion in 2010 in a refundable tax credit.

Important findings from the report include:

  • The $4.2 billion that illegals claimed under the child tax credit last year is four times higher than the amount in 2005.

Dissolve the McDonald's Workforce and Elect a New One

By Mark Krikorian, September 5, 2011

The cover story in Sunday's Washington Post magazine was a profile of a McDonald's store just south of the House office buildings in Washington, one of the busiest in the whole metro area, focusing on the manager, Raul Reyes, and his rise from a teenager selling coconuts on buses in Guatemala to running a busy and successful fast-food restaurant. Read more...

Doing the Secure Communities Shuffle

By W.D. Reasoner, September 2, 2011

Credible sources are telling me that ICE has reorganized its Secure Communities program management office (SC PMO), and reassigned many of the personnel who have been a part of the office for quite some time. Read more...

Whose Side Are You On?

By Mark Krikorian, September 2, 2011

A front-page piece in today's Washington Post reports:

Polls may not suggest it, and the candidates may not be catering to it, but immigration is an issue that voters won't let the GOP White House hopefuls escape.

Republican primary voters keep bringing immigration up as the candidates campaign in back yards, opera houses and recreation halls across Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. To a sizable chunk of those who will pick the GOP's presidential nominee, immigration is an urgent issue, even a litmus test.

Morning News, 9/2/11

By Bryan Griffith, September 2, 2011

1. Obama says no special treatment
2. IRS allowed billions in tax credits
3. GOP contenders face questions
4. GOP alleges coverup in agent's death
5. AZ wants private briefings

Even Armed Robbers Shouldn't Be Deported?

By Jon Feere, September 1, 2011

Apparently, it is incorrect to assume that the open-border crowd supports the deportation of even so-called "high priority" illegal aliens.

Amid the debate over which aliens should constitute a high priority for deportation under the Obama amnesty, and which should be permitted to stay and given more opportunities to cause crime before becoming a priority, amnesty advocates have begun to question the deportation even of aliens convicted of violent crimes. Read more...

The Social Isolation of Some Border Patrolmen

By David North, September 1, 2011

As I drove over the hills south from Marfa, Texas, to Presidio, the last words of English left the radio, there was nothing but Spanish conversation and, of course, Mexican music. The hills were stark and dry and there were few signs of human habitation. Read more...

2010 DHS Draft Memo on Admin Amnesty Raises Questions

By Jon Feere, September 1, 2011

Since the Obama administration remains quiet about the details of its non-legislative amnesty, the public's best sources of information are draft memos leaked over the past year as the administration contemplated the best method for "sidestepping" the legislative process. A previous blog post covered a draft memo from DHS which called the measure a "non-legislative amnesty" that is "controversial, not to mention expensive."

A memo from February 26, 2010, is worth reading for those interested in seeing how the administration got to the point it's at today. The memo was first leaked by The American Spectator, and it's available online in PDF format. Read more...

Morning News, 9/1/11

By Bryan Griffith, September 1, 2011

1. Labor Sec. talks rights
2. Guidelines call for deportation
3. Judge blocks NM residency check
4. CA legislature set for DREAM Act
5. Legislation proposed in PA

Morning News, 8/31/11

By Bryan Griffith, August 31, 2011

1. Spin campaign on amnesty
2. Obama's uncle a fugitive
3. Legal group supports GA law
4. Group criticizes AL law
5. Ex-CBP agent took bribes

9/11 Commission Chairmen Highlight Border Recommendations in 10th Anniversary Report Card

By Janice Kephart, August 31, 2011

Among the unspoken tension of the pending ten-year anniversary of 9/11, there is really only one set of voices that rises above all others: that of 9/11 Commission Chairman Tom Kean and Vice-Chairman Lee Hamilton, who together led the bipartisan commission forward politically and substantively in a manner that has changed the way we look at national security, and changed government for the better. Read more...

Will Romney Play the Illegal Immigration Card against Perry?

By Ronald W. Mortensen, August 31, 2011

According to recent polls, Rick Perry has moved ahead of Mitt Romney in the race for the Republican nomination.

Could immigration be the ace in the hole Romney needs to defeat Perry? A look at their records would appear to give Romney a huge edge if he chooses to make illegal immigration a key issue; however, as a Mormon, Romney would have to go against his Church's recently voiced support for illegal aliens. Read more...

How Did Obama's Uncle Omar Get a Social Security Number?

By Mark Krikorian, August 30, 2011

The Boston Herald is reporting that the president's other illegal-alien relative, Uncle Omar Onyango Obama, arrested last week for drunk driving, has had a valid Social Security number for at least 19 years. Read more...

Morning News, 8/30/11

By Bryan Griffith, August 30, 2011

1. Gov't pledges protection
2. Judge halts AL law
3. US Muslims feel targeted
4. Obama's uncle held by ICE
5. Immigrant says US reneged

Members of Congress Object to Administrative Amnesty, Call for Hearings

By Jon Feere, August 30, 2011

Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-Calif.), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement, recently sent a letter to President Obama urging him to stop his controversial decision to advance a non-legislative amnesty, stating that the policy is "undermining the enforcement of our immigration laws" and is a "direct assault on the fourteen million Americans and legal immigrants who are looking for a job to support themselves and their families." The letter is available online in PDF format. Read more...

GAO Report Supports Position that USCIS Wastes Time on Tiny Groups

By David North, August 30, 2011

One should never write "I told you so," so I will not do so, but I will say that this blog's view that USCIS devotes too much executive and staff time to tiny migrant populations was reinforced (if unwittingly) by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) in its recent testimony on the introduction of federal immigration control to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). Read more...

Will Uncle Omar Face Deportation, or Must He First Kill Someone While Driving Drunk?

By Jon Feere, August 29, 2011

President Obama's long-lost Uncle Omar was picked up by law enforcement on August 24 while driving drunk in Massachusetts. His blood alcohol level was reportedly nearly twice the state's legal limit. He was charged with driving under the influence, driving to endanger, and failure to use a turn signal. Read more...