Immigration Blog

Pro-Amnesty GOP House Member Loses with Less Than 25 Percent of the Vote

By David North, June 8, 2016

In an odd primary contest, a Republican member of the House of Representatives, who had cast an odd vote (for a Republican) in favor of amnesty, lost to another sitting GOP member in North Carolina on Tuesday. So far in this election year, she is the first Republican House member to lose a primary. Read more...

If Obama's Immigration Actions Are Upheld, What's Left of Congress?

By Jon Feere, June 8, 2016

Congress may lose much of its authority over immigration this month.

For decades, the Supreme Court has held that authority over immigration is shared between the political branches — the legislative and the executive. But if the court sides with the Obama administration in United States v. Texas, that balance will forever be upset and Congress will find itself with little recourse. Put another way, if the White House wins, the voters will have greater difficultly shaping immigration policy through congressional elections, and petitioning Congress on immigration will serve little purpose. Read more...

On College Admission, Military Recruitment, and Illegal Aliens

By Dan Cadman, June 8, 2016

Bastion of truth and rectitude Politifact recently assessed a statement by Wisconsin state representative Dale Kooyenga: "Today it is more difficult to enlist in the U.S. military than it is to enroll in college."

The Politifactors rated it "half true", apparently because the phrasing was too categorical for their liking, since, in their words, "There isn't definitive evidence to prove the claim given that it mixes apples and oranges: The military and college are different pursuits with different sets of minimum standards for getting in, and among colleges, the entrance requirements vary widely."

And yet, also in their words, "[T]here are credible estimates saying that roughly 75 percent of young adults in America wouldn't be eligible to enlist if they tried, while roughly two out of three high school graduates go on to a two- or four-year college." So Kooyenga pretty much nailed it. Read more...

Latin America Becoming a Transit Route for Africans and Asians

By Kausha Luna, June 6, 2016

On Saturday, Costa Rica's President Luis Guillermo Solis addressed the leaders of the member countries of the Association of Caribbean States, asking for solidarity and awareness on the migration issues in the region.

The member countries of the Association of Caribbean States (AEC) met in Cuba for its seventh summit. Read more...

F-1 to OPT to H-1B to Green Card-by-Marriage to Murder

By David North, June 6, 2016

One of the irritating aspects of the American press is its routine refusal to report in any detail on the immigration status of prominent criminals.

Take the recent case of Mainak Sarkar, an apparently thin-skinned and mentally unbalanced citizen of India who first killed his estranged wife, a U.S. citizen whose marriage to him made him a green card carrier, and then, a week or so ago, shot the university professor who helped him overcome what sounds like a marginal dissertation to secure his PhD. Subsequently Sarkar killed himself, according to the Associated Press. Read more...

"Privacy Rights" of Illegal Aliens Under Judicial Scrutiny

By Dan Cadman, June 6, 2016

A few days ago, I posted a short item on the irony of the Department of Justice (DOJ) asking the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen's order imposing sanctions on DOJ attorneys for repeatedly misleading his court in their briefs. DOJ claims that Judge Hanen's order exceeds the scope of his constitutional authority.

But another portion of the order directed DOJ to turn over to him the names and identifying data of all of the 100,000-plus "Dreamers" who received extensions under another, related executive action program that the DOJ attorneys had promised the judge were not being acted on (the source of the repeated misrepresentations to the judge). Read more...

Switzerland, Free Money, and Migration

By Dan Cadman, June 6, 2016

The Swiss have overwhelmingly rejected a referendum that would have guaranteed a basic minimum income to every adult (approximately $2,500 monthly) and child ($625 monthly) in the nation — whether or not they are employed. Read more...

EB-5 Problems Proliferate – Here are Three New Ones

By David North, June 6, 2016

I was about to write a posting about two new black eyes suffered by the EB-5 program when a third, and much more significant body blow, appeared on the wire. All are California-based.

The latest news item is that the Securities and Exchange Commission has, yet again, sought to heal a nasty situation that the Department of Homeland Security allowed to fester.

This one involves the raising of $27 million for the support of a cancer center in southern California that would, the promoters said, use proton therapy on patients and create 4,500 new jobs. The EB-5 money, however, did not produce even the start of a building. What it did do was add $7 million to the accounts of Charles C. Liu and his wife, the EB-5 promoters, while another $11 million was sent off to three firms in China. Read more...

How 10 Patels and Nine Others Failed to Beat the Immigration Law

By David North, June 3, 2016

This is an immigration fraud story played out in unlikely place, Mississippi, and in which 10 people named Patel and their nine co-conspirators (including six or seven U.S. citizens) failed in their efforts to secure green cards for 11 aliens from India.

In one sense the conspirators, led by Sachin Girishkumar Patel, were creative, as they used two quite different fraudulent approaches to green card status.

But in another way, the conspirators lacked finesse.

U.S.-bound Africans Stranded in Costa Rica

By Kausha Luna, June 2, 2016

Hundreds of African illegal aliens are collecting at Costa Rica's northern border, hoping to cross into Nicaragua and continue on to the United States.

In November, the government of Nicaragua closed its border and increased its military presence in response to the flows of Cuban illegal aliens crossing from Costa Rica. Read more...

Will The EU's Migrant Crisis Drift Northward?

By Dan Cadman, June 2, 2016

I suppose it was only a matter of time: Migrants moving up through Europe, having successfully negotiated the Mediterranean or Aegean Seas, or the land route through Eastern Europe, arrive at the northern shore of the continent and then set their sights on crossing the next body of water to penetrate the British Isles.

And why not? After all, at its widest, only about 150 miles separate the United Kingdom (UK) from the continent; at its narrowest, it is just a hair wider than 20 miles — thus the French name for the channel: La Manche ("the Sleeve").

In this regard, British newspapers are reporting two things: Read more...

Three Excellent Examples of Investigative Journalism on Migration Topics

By David North, June 2, 2016

There has been all too little investigative reporting regarding immigration matters, but there were two remarkable exceptions to that last month, and a third late last year.

These three long, well researched articles dealt with scandals in a huge California visa mill, multiple problems in the EB-5 program, and in the H-2B program for temporary alien non-agricultural workers, perhaps the most ignored of the migration trouble spots. Read more...

Shoe on Other Foot for DOJ

By Dan Cadman, June 1, 2016

Here's a little factoid that's rich in irony, brought to us courtesy of Law360:

DOJ Slams Sanctions In Immigration Action Case As Excessive

Law360, New York (May 31, 2016, 7:07 PM ET) -- The U.S. Department of Justice [DOJ] asked the Texas federal court on Tuesday to stay an order in the case over Obama's immigration executive actions that could force the agency's attorneys to take a legal ethics course, saying the sanctions go beyond the limits of the court's power. (Emphasis added.)

Man Bites Dog: Turkey Says Do Not Hire Turkish Teachers for U.S. Schools

By David North, May 31, 2016

Usually when a foreign government intervenes in the U.S. labor market it is either to protect the interests of individual foreign workers or to see to it that the United States keeps hiring them in general.

But Turkey, through its lawyer, Robert Amsterdam, has just issued a statement saying that a group of Turkish-run charter schools in the United States has been using an American visa scheme:

that places under-qualified Turkish teachers into key positions in its schools, while simultaneously underpaying its more qualified non-Turkish teachers.

Another Fraud Trick Attempted in the EB-5 Program
But the DHS appeals body hides the names of those involved

By David North, May 31, 2016
But the DHS appeals body hides the names of those involved

As we have noted previously, there are many of different kinds of opportunities for fraud in the EB-5 program.

Earlier this month another shady maneuver emerged, this time caught by the Department of Homeland Security. The EB-5 program is designed to give overseas investors a set of green cards when they put $500,000 of their own money into a project approved by, but not guaranteed by, DHS. That investment, in turn, is supposed to be at risk, and should lead to the creation of 10 U.S. jobs. Read more...

As Panama Closes Its Border, U.S.-Bound Cubans Now Stuck in Colombia

By Kausha Luna, May 30, 2016

As Panama concluded its final round of airlifts, approximately 100 Cuban migrants are now stranded in Turbo, Colombia.

Panama closed its southern border with Colombia on May 9, 2016.

According to Colombia's General Director of Immigration, these migrants are waiting for the Colombian government to offer them a direct flight to Mexico, as was done in Panama and Costa Rica. (See here and here.) Read more...

An Open Letter to Candidate Clinton

By Dan Cadman, May 30, 2016

The latest campaign move by presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is to warn admirers at her events against Donald Trump's "deportation force" of police, as she did at a recent rally in Las Vegas.

I've been thinking about that and felt I should offer a friendly word of my own before she continues down that dead-end road and gets called on it, too:

Dear Mrs. Clinton,

Re: Your dire warnings against a deportation force

Alas, too late!

Palestinians and Syrians Buy Honduran Identities to Make Their Way to the U.S.

By Kausha Luna, May 27, 2016

Honduras' National Registry of Persons (RNP) confirmed that hundreds of Palestinian, Syrian, and citizens of other Arab nations were fraudulently registered as Honduran citizens. As a result, these foreigners can then acquire Honduran passports, which can be used to apply for visas to enter to the United States.

On Sunday, La Prensa, a Honduran newspaper, revealed the illicit sales of Honduran identity documents to Palestinian and Syrian citizens. La Prensa's investigation was anchored on the case of a Palestinian, Kareen Samer Abdulhadi. Read more...

The EU Invites Us to Contribute Generously to their Migrant Crisis

By Dan Cadman, May 27, 2016

Donald Tusk, president of the European Union (EU) Council, made a cameo appearance at the G-7 summit going on in Ise Shima, Japan, to offer some remarks about the migrant crisis confronting the EU. (The Group of Seven, or G-7, is a bloc of some of the world's most industrialized nations).

Here is a key portion of his remarks:

Univision Hits a New Low in Its Report on South Carolina-Based "Americans Have Had Enough"

By Jerry Kammer, May 26, 2016

Univision makes no effort to conceal its conviction that illegal immigrants should be treated no differently from those who follow immigration law. Its news anchors routinely refer to opponents of illegal immigration as "anti-immigrant".

But on last Friday's evening news, the Spanish-language network reached a new low in its bias. Its offense came in its treatment of the South Carolina group called Americans Have Had Enough. Read more...

Reflections on "New Americans"

By Dan Cadman, May 26, 2016

Brittany Hughes has written a rather stinging item on titled "FBI: Illegal Alien Gang Members Murdered Victims 30 Minutes From U.S. Immigration Headquarters".

The article, using FBI and Justice Department sources and materials, lays out the racketeering convictions of several Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang members for murder and other crimes in the national capitol region. Read more...

What’s Wrong with EB-5? A Picture Is Worth 1,000 Words

By David North, May 26, 2016

The photo highlighted in a recent article in The RealDeal, a New York-based real estate trade paper, speaks louder than words.

The EB-5 program is supposed to channel investment to depressed urban or rural areas. But Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Pat Leahy (D-Vt.), chairman and ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee and EB-5 reformers, say it provides too much capital to glitzy, downtown urban areas.

The news item, which would involve about 10 percent of a year's supply of EB-5 visas, neatly supports their position: Read more...

The Trump Ticket

By Dan Cadman, May 25, 2016

The media has been reporting on a recent meeting between presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump and Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) as evidence of Corker being screened for the job of vice president on Trump's ticket. Certainly a number of other Republican lawmakers jumped on the possibility with some enthusiasm, although Sen. Corker himself was typically politician-coy about the subject of the meeting afterward. Read more...

Soccer Camp Ignores Millions of Americans to Exploit H-1B Soccer Coaches

By David North, May 25, 2016

While Mitt Romney has suggested that marrying Donald Trump is a job Americans won't do (66.67 percent of his wives, to date, have been foreign-born), playing soccer does not fall into that category.

Wikipedia says that 24 million Americans were playing soccer in 2006, while another source, Statista, puts the number at 14.74 million in 2015. In short, millions and millions.

Let's assume that no more than one out of 500 of the players (0.2 percent) is good enough to coach others; using the Wikipedia numbers, we would still have 48,000 potential coaches. Using the other source there would be 29,480 potential soccer workers. If we assumed that 1 percent of the players were good enough to be coaches, there would be a work force of close to a quarter of a million to choose from. Read more...

What Is an "Appropriate" Surety Company for Immigration Bond Purposes?

By Dan Cadman, May 24, 2016

A friend sent me a curious article from the News Leader newspaper in Virginia detailing a lawsuit filed by Nexus Services, Inc., a company that provides immigration bond and alternative-to-detention (ATD) services for aliens charged in removal proceedings.

The company is alleging conspiracy by Staunton County, Va., officials with a competing bond company owner to dispossess them of their recent attempts to move into the business of providing criminal bail bonds as well. Read more...

Opposition To "Illegal Aliens" Is Opposition To Borders

By Jon Feere, May 24, 2016

Those who are driving the effort to control and contort language in the immigration debate are not truly motivated by the notion that the term "illegal alien" is a pejorative. This is a distraction. The real goal of those demanding that media outlets, courts, and now the Library of Congress supplant accurate legal terminology with activist-created terms is to eradicate the distinction between citizen and non-citizen, between legal activity and illegal activity, between "us" and "them" so that the concept of borders and the nation state slowly slip away. Any official heading an organization or governmental agency who thinks they are being sensitive by bowing to demands to alter their use of language is being played by the open-border crowd. Read more...

Elon Musk's Name Is Mud in the Foreign Worker Field

By David North, May 23, 2016

Silicon Valley's highly regarded innovator Elon Musk — he of Tesla fame — turns out to be just another exploitative user of what I regard as illegal alien workers, according to a detailed expose by the San Jose Mercury News.

In this case, the workers are from Eastern Europe and they have been allowed by our lackadaisical State Department to use B-1 (business) visas to enter the United States to do manual labor building Tesla's factory to make electric cars. Such visas may be used for commercial activities such as signing agreements and training people in the use of foreign-produced machinery, but not for day-to-day construction work. Read more...

Reflections on the EU's "Operation Sophia"

By Dan Cadman, May 23, 2016

Not quite two weeks ago, the British House of Lords issued a report based on their examination of "Operation Sophia" and declared it to be a failure. Operation Sophia is the European Union's attempt to end the maritime smuggling of people from the shores of North Africa, primarily Libya, into the EU via Italy. Read more...

Federal Judge Issues Stinging Order on Obama Administration's Conduct in DACA Litigation

By Jon Feere, May 23, 2016

Judge Andrew S. Hanen of Federal District Court in Brownsville, Texas, the court that ordered an injunction on President Obama's controversial illegal alien amnesties, issued a scathing order directed at the Obama administration's Department of Justice (DOJ) about their conduct during court proceedings last year. The underlying case, United States v. Texas, is currently before the Supreme Court. But Judge Hanen's focus in this order is on DOJ attorneys making "statements that clearly did not match the facts" about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the fact that the "attorneys effectively misled" the 26 plaintiff states involved in the litigation while violating "virtually every interpretation of candor" expected by a court. Read more...

Univision Has a Go-To Guy for Outrage Against Deportation

By Jerry Kammer, May 20, 2016

Jorge Mario Cabrera is the spokesman for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles. He is also Univision's go-to guy for denunciations of efforts to enforce immigration law.

Last night, Univision's newscast went to Cabrera again. This time he directed his fury at the arrest of 18-year-old Henry Sanchez of Guatemala by ICE agents. Sanchez came illegally to the United States about a year ago to be with his parents, who came — apparently illegally — more than 10 years ago. Those circumstances made Sanchez a high priority for arrest according to standards adopted by the Obama administration. Those standards made his parents a low priority. Read more...