Immigration Blog

On Migrants and Assimilation

By Dan Cadman, April 21, 2015

Muslim extremists have been accused of a number of religious-based murders against others, including Yazidis and Christians in Iraq; Christians in Pakistan and Syria, and most recently, the methodical execution of Christians at a Nigerian college, one of a series of attacks by Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram targeting Christians and animists. Read more...

We Need Some Yes/No Answers from Rubio on Immigration

By Mark Krikorian, April 20, 2015

Like Patrick Brennan over at National Review, I too am encouraged by Rubio's seeming commitment to Enforcement First. But whether it's the real thing or just a con hinges on one question: Is he proposing to fully implement universal E-Verify and visa-tracking before asking Congress to grant amnesty to today's illegals, or just pass legislation calling for enforcement. Read more...

The Undoing of an Attorney General Order

By Dan Cadman, April 20, 2015

With the stroke of a pen in what might be one of his last acts as attorney general (AG), Eric Holder earlier this month undid an order developed by one prior attorney general and signed by another.

That the Immigrant Defense Project immediately lauded the move tells you something about which direction Holder's vacated decision ran. And it once again proves the jaded saw cited by many immigration agents: "No case is over until the alien wins." Read more...

Amidst All the Grim Immigration News, Here Are Four Bits of Cheer

By David North, April 17, 2015

Those of us who want to retain immigration, but keep admissions down to a dull roar, see lots of bad news, but here are four bits of good news. In each of four different migration programs, the open-borders types have been thwarted, at least momentarily.

The four instances, moving from an individual case to that of a whole class, can be described as follows. Read more...

Favoritism and the Appearance of Impropriety Lead to Promotion at DHS – if You're Well-Connected

By Dan Cadman, April 17, 2015

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released last month a 99-page report of its investigation into allegations that Alejandro Mayorkas, former director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a DHS component, engaged in influence peddling during his tenure at that agency. Read more...

FactCheck Misleads on Amnesty Costs

By Steven A. Camarota, April 17, 2015

The website criticized a recent ad by Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) for calling attention to the tax refund implications of the president's administrative amnesty. In its response, FactCheck agreed with CAPS that illegal immigrants may collect $1.7 billion in tax refunds from previous years because of the president's decrees. But FactCheck goes beyond fact-checking to argue that 1) the tax refunds should be considered only as part of the overall fiscal impact of amnesty; and 2) this overall impact is positive. Both arguments are problematic. Read more...

Waiting List for Legal Immigrant Visas Keeps Growing

By Jessica Vaughan, April 16, 2015

More than 4.4 million people are on the legal immigrant visa waiting list according to the State Department's annual tally. That is 100,085 more people waiting for legal immigrant visas than at the same time last year. Ninety-eight percent of those waiting have been sponsored by a family member in the United States. Read more...

ICE Director Needs to Be Schooled in the Law

By Dan Cadman, April 15, 2015

Immigration and Customs Enforcement's newest director, Sara Saldana, is a lawyer and former chief prosecutor as a United States attorney in one of Texas' federal judicial districts. Although she has been on the job less than six months, surely she should have been able by now to absorb some of the basics of the immigration laws she's charged with enforcing to come up to speed and lead. Apparently someone thought her credentials were adequate enough — or that she would be a quick enough study. Else why would President Obama nominate, or the Senate confirm, her for the job? Read more...

Nearly 40% of First-Round DACAs Have Not Filed for Renewal

By David North, April 15, 2015

Now there's a cloud coming up out of the sea no bigger than a man's hand.

— 1 Kings 18:44

If DACA grants are so important to individual illegals, and if adding those individuals to America's legal population is such a good thing for the nation (as the administration argues) ...

... then why did nearly 40 percent of eligible first-round DACA beneficiaries not renew?

Always bearing in mind that it is still early days and the hit-or-miss nature of USCIS statistical data, when we compare the first six months of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initial applications to the DACA renewals filings for those in that first cohort we see this: Read more...

Pandering on Immigration Isn't Going to Win the White House for the GOP

By Ronald W. Mortensen, April 14, 2015

Following Mitt Romney's defeat in 2012, the Republican elites and their overpaid, habitual-loser political consultants blamed the loss on Romney's tough stance on illegal immigration. If only Romney would have been more compassionate and accommodating on the illegal immigration issue, he would now be president, according the Republican loser class. But the facts show just the opposite. Read more...

Government Rules Overstate H-1B Demand

By David North, April 14, 2015

Both Congress and USCIS have taken actions that tend to overstate the actual demand for H-1B visas. The first filling date was April 1.

USCIS announced on April 7 that it had accepted 233,000 applications when only 85,000 are available annually; so a lottery will be conducted to allocate the 85,000 slots among the would-be employers. The implication is that there is a huge shortfall of talented workers in the U.S. and the hard-strapped American corporations have to look way beyond the U.S. labor market to run its operations. Read more...

Why Resettle Any Syrian Refugees at All?

By Mark Krikorian, April 14, 2015

The International Rescue Committee, a refugee advocacy group headed by former U.K. foreign secretary David Miliband, has urged the United States to resettle 65,000 refugees from Syria by the end of next year. The head of the State Department bureau in charge of carrying out the U.N.'s instructions on refugees (the U.N. decides who gets to move to the U.S.) said last week, in the AP's words, "that between 1,000 and 2,000 Syrian refugees will be brought to the U.S. by the end of September and several thousand more in 2016." Miliband welcomed this but said "it certainly needs to improve." Read more...

Obscure Immigration Program Hurts U.S. Residents — Both Young and Old

By David North, April 12, 2015

The full negative impact on residents (both citizens and green card holders) of an obscure, almost secret, immigration program was revealed recently as the Department of Homeland Security — slowly — responded to a FOIA request from the Center for Immigration Studies. Read more...

Immigration Prosecutions' Five-Year Trend Downward, Particularly in the Interior

By Dan Cadman, April 10, 2015

Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) recently issued a gem of a report on federal immigration prosecutions. Although it initially deals with the February 2015 numbers (the most recent available), what makes the report valuable — and revealing — is its in-depth analysis of such prosecutions for the last five years. Read more...

The Curious Outrage and "Exoticizing Disdain" of NYT Columnist Timothy Egan

By Jerry Kammer, April 10, 2015

New York Times columnist Timothy Egan last month labeled three prominent Republicans as "traitors to their class", writing that although they have humble beginnings, they have failed to identify with the struggle of workers at the lower end of our economy. Read more...

Just Another Detainer Case, or a Case of Pro Bono Overreach?

By Dan Cadman, April 10, 2015

An interesting case is playing out in a New Mexico federal court, Gutierrez et al. v. San Juan County Board of Commissioners et al.

At first glance, it appears to be "just another" detainer case — the kind where an illegal alien plaintiff, supported on a pro bono basis by an open borders advocacy group (Somos Un Pueblo Unidos), goes after a county government for honoring an immigration detainer with the aim of forcing a shutdown of cooperation between the sheriff's office and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

A second look at the case, based on the actual court filings suggests otherwise. (A copy of the complaint is embedded in this news article.) There are a number of oddities that set it apart. Read more...

H-1B Advocate: Don't Believe Your Lying Eyes

By John Miano, April 9, 2015

In the past few months we have learned that hundreds Americans at Southern California Edison have been replaced by H-1B workers. A few hundred more Americans at Walt Disney World have been replaced by H-1B workers. Ditto at Northeast Utilities (now Eversource).

Such replacements have been going on since at least 1994. But a paper from a new Washington, D.C. libertarian think tank claims they could not have happened. Read more...

The Earned Income Tax Credit: Encouraging Work and Rewarding Illegal Immigration

By Jerry Kammer, April 9, 2015

In his Wednesday appearance on C-SPAN's Washington Journal, Marc Rosenblum of the Migration Policy Institute encountered callers who didn't share his enthusiasm for the idea of providing the Earned Income Tax Credit to millions of persons who are now in the country illegally. President Obama's executive action, which is now under challenge in federal court, would allow them access to Social Security Cards, authorized employment, and for many, a chance to tap the EITC. That's why critics hoot that it would be the "amnesty bonus." Read more...

For One Brief Shining Moment, a Federal Court Shut Down H-2B Recruiting

By David North, April 9, 2015

For one brief Camelot moment last month, the H-2B program (for unskilled foreign workers in non-agricultural jobs) stopped recruiting as a result of a court order — but then the Department of Labor, of all entities, revived it.

The H-2B program is the smallest of the three foreign worker programs handled by DoL; it rarely gets as much attention as the larger H-2A farm worker program or the H-1B program, which displaces college graduates with foreign workers, notably in computer programming. (For more on how this exploitative program works, see my colleague David Seminara's Backgrounder on the H-2B program.) Read more...

C-SPAN Callers Challenge Advocate on Immigration's Effects on Blacks

By Jerry Kammer, April 8, 2015

Among the legions of Washington advocates for "comprehensive immigration reform", I've long regarded Marc Rosenblum as one of the best informed and most intellectually honest. Marc, the deputy director of the Migration Policy Institute's U.S. Immigration Policy Program, is also a first-class gentleman.

But Marc is an advocate with a definite point of view, which he developed as a political science professor, adviser to the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, member of President-elect Obama's transition team, and immigration policy expert at the Congressional Research Service. Read more...

The Need for Border Controls

By Mark Krikorian, April 8, 2015

The New York Times ran a story this week on Bulgaria's fence on its border with Turkey, designed to keep Middle Eastern illegal aliens from sneaking into the EU (of which Bulgaria is now a member). Mildly interesting but not that unusual in itself, since Greece already has fenced its land border with Turkey.

What makes this barrier notable is that it replaces the one the Bulgarians dismantled in the late 1990s, a remnant of the Iron Curtain designed to keep people in. The story quotes the former government minister who had overseen the dismantling: "The theory then was that it was antidemocratic to have these kind of devices along the border." Read more...

Immigration Lawyers Admit H-1B Employers Discriminate Against Americans

By John Miano, April 7, 2015

Sometimes the truth slips out accidentally. The immigration attorney web site has put out a press release about a survey of H-1B employers it conducted. Visanow proclaims in its headline:

U.S. Companies Say H-1B Hires are "Critical" to Success

Words vs. Deeds on Amnesty

By Mark Krikorian, April 7, 2015

Democratic amnesty-pushers, and their Republican collaborators, keep telling us how popular "comprehensive immigration reform" is. But the actions of those same politicians suggest they don't believe their own press releases. Read more...

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program: Slick New Tools or Parlor Tricks?

By Dan Cadman, April 6, 2015

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) is looked down upon by much of the agent corps in ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement), which styles itself as "the largest investigative arm in the Department of Homeland Security". That's because SEVP is an administrative unit, charged with overseeing the approval of schools that accept foreign students, and monitoring those students and foreign exchange visitors for compliance with the conditions of their admission — violators are referred to the investigative arms of ICE for any enforcement action to be taken. Read more...

House Democrats Issuing 'Get Out of Jail' Cards to Illegal Aliens

By Dan Cadman, March 31, 2015

In the everyday vernacular we Americans use, there are a lot of flotsam-and-jetsam phrases we've picked up over the years, including one from the ever-popular game Monopoly. We often refer to someone having a "get out of jail" card, usually in a figurative sense, to describe a situation where that someone is in a position to duck the consequences if in trouble. Read more...

Influx of Central American Teen and Family Arrivals Continues

By Jessica Vaughan, March 31, 2015

More than 2,000 illegal alien juveniles have been apprehended and taken into federal custody in each of the last several months, according to DHS statistics. While Obama administration officials emphasize that these numbers are lower than last year, they are still the second highest level ever for arrests of illegal alien minors, about midway between 2013 and 2014 levels. Most of those apprehended are male teenagers, with the largest number from Guatemala. Read more...

Give Me Your Tired Arguments, Your Poor Reasoning
Another one-sided piece on immigration from the New York Times

By Steven A. Camarota, March 30, 2015
Another one-sided piece on immigration from the New York Times

From my March 28 article in National Review Online:

In a very one-sided recent article for the New York Times Magazine, Adam Davidson tries to make the case for massive increases in immigration. He starts out by dicussing the racial prejudice of an older relative who always thought that Hispanics "were stealing jobs." Davidson believes this man's story is illustrative of the current debate over immigration.

Constant Activity on the California Border

By John Wahala, March 27, 2015

The Center's fifth annual border tour began in San Diego earlier this month. On our week-long itinerary we saw most of the California border, from both sides of the fence, and made it as far as Yuma, Ariz. In five trips, we have now seen almost the entire 1,993-mile southwest border, from Brownsville to the Pacific. These excursions are mere snapshots of a particular area, but we meet with enough people to get a sense of current trends. Our most recent trip underscored the ever changing nature of cross-border traffic and why managing it requires sustained political will and vigilance. Read more...

New Data Show Immigrant Gang Arrests
Disproportionately associated with the most violent Central American gangs

By Jessica Vaughan, March 27, 2015
Disproportionately associated with the most violent Central American gangs

Violent immigrant and transnational gangs such as MS-13, the Sureños, and 18th Street continue to present a significant public safety threat in many parts of the United States, according to arrest records released by ICE to the Center for Immigration Studies.

In 2013 (the most recent year available), ICE arrested significant numbers of gang members in California, Texas, Chicago, and the New York City and Washington, DC, metropolitan areas. Large concentrations also were arrested by ICE agents in Atlanta, Charlotte, and south Florida. Read more...

House Judiciary Committee Moves Several Immigration Bills Forward

By Dan Cadman, March 27, 2015

In legislative terms, the new Congress's House Judiciary Committee (through its Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security) has been setting speed records in approving immigration measures and moving them to the full House for consideration: Read more...