Immigration Blog

Monica Lewinsky's Date with a Green Card Marriage Fraudster

By David Seminara, May 15, 2014

OK, I admit it. I picked up Monica Lewinsky's first-person piece, "Shame and Survival", in the June issue of Vanity Fair because I was curious to know what became of her and her infamous stained blue dress. But aside from her disingenuous claim that she's breaking her long silence because she feels like she might become some sort of role model or mentor for youths who have been humiliated, the most interesting thing about the piece, for me, wasn't anything about her relationship with Bill Clinton, but rather a little anecdote about green card marriage fraud that I'm sure most readers might have breezed past. Read more...

Forget the Harvards and Yales, Let's Look at the Other End of the Spectrum

By David North, May 14, 2014

Let's turn our attention away, for the moment, from the Harvards and the Yales, the MITs and the Stanfords, and think about other end of the academic spectrum — four "academic" institutions in the United States that have violated the immigration law repeatedly.

In only one of the four cases did the federal government move swiftly to end the violations. Read more...

El Camino Americano Rally: An Exercise in Double Standards and Hypocrisy

By Dan Cadman, May 14, 2014

Remember the budget impasse last fall that shut the government down at the beginning of the new federal fiscal year in October? You know:

  • The one where the president scored endless points on the backs of Republicans for not having shown enough flexibility to avoid the shutdown?

Passing Immigration Reform: Republican and Democratic Dilemmas, Pt. 1

By Stanley Renshon, May 13, 2014

The president may well be suffering the pangs of a legacy hunger, but Republicans won't be able to help him satisfy it with real immigration reform if they don't act. And, the immigration clock is ticking whether the Republicans act or not. Read more...

ICE Chose to Free Murderers and Other Criminals

By Jessica Vaughan, May 13, 2014

ICE has admitted that 25 percent of the murderers it freed last year were let go at the agency's discretion, not mandated by the courts, in a statement provided to Breitbart News. The statement was a response to my report revealing that in 2013 ICE freed 36,007 convicted criminals to await the outcome of their deportation proceedings, instead of holding them in custody. Read more...

Washington Post Misleads Readers on DACA

By Jon Feere, May 13, 2014

Some writers at the Washington Post haven't done their homework and are lazily repeating the taking points of amnesty advocates in describing President Obama's lawless Deferred Action policy. Either that, or the writers consider it their job to promote the controversial policy. Read more...

DHS Takes Right Step, But It Should NOT Have Publicized It

By David North, May 13, 2014

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) took the right immigration enforcement action recently, but, in my view, it should have done so quietly so as not to alert the bad guys.

I was genuinely pleased at first to learn that DHS had decided to take a long-needed step in enforcing the law regarding the extensions of L-1A visas in one of the nation's many temporary nonimmigrant worker programs. Read more...

The House-Senate Conference Committee Dilemma, Pt. 2

By Stanley Renshon, May 12, 2014

There are no formal rules that outline how House-Senate conference meetings are required to be organized. However, the procedures that have developed over time are quite complex.

What follows here are some general considerations, with their major implications for passing a real immigration reform bill. Read more...

Coming Soon: The First Case of Same-Sex Marriage-Related Immigration Fraud

By David North, May 12, 2014

We all have started hearing about same-sex divorces, so I suspect we will soon hear of a case of same-sex marriage/immigration fraud.

It will involve a citizen and an alien, married to each other in one of the states that currently permits it, followed by an effort to secure a conditional green card for the alien spouse, and then the discovery that the marriage was phony to begin with.

The headline writers will have a field day. Read more...

Demonizing the Border Patrol Is Part of Comprehensive Immigration Reform

By Mike Nicley, May 9, 2014

President Obama has taken extraordinary steps to restrict immigration law enforcement in our nation's interior. Ex-DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano was all too willing to support Obama's anti-enforcement ideology by implementing enforcement policies that effectively gifted amnesty to millions of illegal aliens. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents have had their hands tied to such an extent that an illegal alien who slips past the Border Patrol now faces little risk of being arrested and deported. Read more...

The House-Senate Conference Committee Dilemma, Pt. 1

By Stanley Renshon, May 9, 2014

The chances of a Republican Senate as a result of the 2014 congressional elections are increasing. One respected academic analyst puts the chances at 82 percent! As a result, pundits and commentators are beginning to pay attention to the possible implications of that possible switch, of which there are many. Read more...

Immigration Enforcement Priorities

By Mark Krikorian, May 8, 2014

I was among a small group of immigration hawks who met with Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson yesterday. (He met separately with family members of Americans killed by illegal aliens, including from The Remembrance Project.) Read more...

Statute of Limitations for Illegal Immigration?

By Mark Krikorian, May 8, 2014

Republicans like Paul Ryan, Jeb Bush, Grover Norquist, et al. who insist that the House GOP pass Chuck Schumer's amnesty bill are saying that Obama can be trusted to enforce whatever new immigration laws we come up with. As if there weren't already abundant evidence of the absurdity of such trust, a Buzzfeed story adds to the pile. Read more...

Look, Ma, Hands Off!
On the De-Watchlisting and Admission of Terrorist Supporters

By Dan Cadman, May 8, 2014
On the De-Watchlisting and Admission of Terrorist Supporters

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has written a remarkable letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson. It is remarkable — but welcome — because it demands answers to some pressing terrorism-related questions that arose when internal e-mails leaked showing exchanges between Customs and Border Protection (CBP) employees regarding an apparent "hands off" policy for certain terrorists. Read more...

California Threatens Another 9/11 with Lax Driver's License

By Jon Feere, May 8, 2014

Every day TSA screeners at airports around the country are tasked with determining whether people are allowed to board airplanes. One thing TSA agents look for is a valid form of identification, usually a driver's license. After it was determined that the 19 9/11 terrorists had nearly 30 driver's licenses between them, each with varying information, the 9/11 Commission recommended some license standardization amongst the states. Read more...

Is There Really a "Shortage" of High-Tech Workers? Read This Book

By David North, May 7, 2014

Do we really need hundreds of thousands of new high-tech foreign workers like H-1Bs each year as industry and political leaders keep telling us?

Or are these massive inflows of aliens, most with only a bachelor's degree, just another way of reducing wage bills for already prosperous corporations?

If you are interested in serious, well-documented answers to those questions Michael Teitelbaum's new book Falling Behind? Boom, Bust & the Global Race for Scientific Talent is a must read. Read more...

Administration, Bowing to Employers, Adds to Foreign Worker Population

By David North, May 6, 2014

Earlier today, the administration, presumably bowing to employer demands, proposed to give permission to work in the United States to perhaps 100,000 additional foreign workers, none being admitted because of their skills.

The DHS press release was headlined, misleadingly:

DHS Announces Proposal to Attract and Retain Highly Skilled Immigrants

Immigration and Health Care

By Steven A. Camarota, May 6, 2014

Download a PDF of this PowerPoint presentation.

I presented the following PowerPoint yesterday at a panel discussion on immigration and health care sponsored by the Galen Institute and the Heritage Foundation. It provides a brief overview of statistics on immigration and health care. It shows that immigration has enormous implications for the nation's health care system. Read more...

There Is Only One Administrative Judge in Employer Sanctions Enforcement

By David North, May 5, 2014

Here's a different way of judging the energy the United States uses in enforcing employer sanctions: Ellen K. Thomas.

Judge Thomas, a civil servant, is neither the hero nor the villain of this piece. But she is a living measure of the level of seriousness of immigration enforcement in the labor market. ("Employer sanctions" is shorthand for the law that private employers cannot hire illegal alien workers.)

You see, she is the only administrative law judge handling appeals when employers are fined for either having illegal alien workers, or having inadequate records on the civil status of their workers, or both. The only one in the entire country. Read more...

Illegal Aliens and Child ID Theft: "Acts of Hate"?

By Ronald W. Mortensen, May 5, 2014

Why does Jeb Bush hate American dads and their children? That question flows naturally from the fact that the illegal-alien dads, who Jeb has said sneak into the United States as an "act of love" for their families, immediately turn to what can only be described as "acts of hate" against American families.

One of the very first things that Jeb's illegal-alien dads do is to illegally obtain a Social Security number (a felony) in order to get jobs and other benefits reserved for American citizens and legal immigrants. Read more...

Further Reflections on Asylum in the United States
Can the federal government use deception training and technology to separate the wheat from the chaff?

By Dan Cadman, May 5, 2014
Can the federal government use deception training and technology to separate the wheat from the chaff?

In March of this year, the Center for Immigration Studies published a paper I wrote outlining problems plaguing the asylum program as administered in the United States — and, candidly, probably elsewhere as well, although the facts and figures reflecting radical statistical shifts in the American program leap out and demand explanation, reflecting as they do a strong probability of massive amounts of fraud.

At the end of April, the Center sponsored a panel discussion on asylum in which I participated, and I have been reflecting on a number of things raised there since. (The video and transcript of the discussion are here.) Read more...

What If They Had an Amnesty and No One Came?

By David North, May 4, 2014

You have to feel sorry for USCIS and the Obama administration.

They are, yet again, in a situation in which they are offering legal status to some illegal aliens, and the response is apparently well below expectations — probably because of the near-total lack of interior enforcement of immigration law. Why pay fees and fill out papers when there is no real danger of deportation? Read more...

Getting the Facts Right on Virginia's Grant of In-State Tuition to Illegal Aliens

By Jon Feere, May 4, 2014

The governor and attorney general of Virginia have misled the public and the media on their plan to grant in-state tuition breaks to illegal aliens. Last week Attorney General Mark R. Herring (D) sent a letter to presidents of the state's colleges and universities advising them that Virginia would begin recognizing President Obama's lawless Deferred Action (DACA) policy as justification for granting illegal aliens in-state tuition. Read more...

Suggested Response to Virginia AG's Ruling on In-State Tuition: A Yawn

By David North, May 1, 2014

The Attorney General of Virginia, Mark Herring, has issued an opinion that Virginia state colleges and universities may accept one group of illegal-alien resident students in their institutions and let them pay at in-state tuition rates.

The subject of the opinion is the set of aliens who have secured temporary legal status through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the Obama administration's amnesty-by-fiat. DACAs are supposed to have arrived illegally in the States prior to their 16th birthday. Read more...

Immigration Reform in a Republican Controlled Senate, Pt. 8

By Stanley Renshon, May 1, 2014

Perhaps the most basic reason why it is important for a Republican Senate majority to pass their version of an immigration reform bill is contained in the following sentence from an article in the Washington Post describing House Speaker John Boehner's message on immigration: "That the House may one day act independently of the Senate but won't seriously engage on the subject until his colleagues reach a level of trust with Obama, who they say has openly disregarded federal law in an attempt to advance his political agenda."

The key part of that sentence is the reference to "the House acting independently of the Senate". Read more...

American Samoa Amnesty Update

By David North, April 29, 2014

About a month ago, I wrote a blog regarding the ongoing amnesty in American Samoa with the headline "Could we have 13,276,000 Legalization Applicants?"

The big number was based on the not-necessarily-valid assumption that the percentage of illegal aliens in the South Pacific territory and in the United States would be about the same, and that American Samoa's amnesty had enrolled 2,400 applicants in its program by that point. American Samoa, alone of the territories, runs its own immigration system. Read more...

Immigration Reform in a Republican Controlled Senate, Pt. 7

By Stanley Renshon, April 28, 2014

Why would 13 Republican senators who voted for the massive, complex, and largely unread Senate immigration bill in 2013 vote for a much more focused set of immigration bills covering enforcement, followed by selective legalization for those qualified, and recasting the balance between more circumscribed family unification and increased opportunities for higher skilled and educated immigrants? Read more...

Controversial Keystone Pipeline Shows Good Taste: Rejects EB-5 Funding

By David North, April 28, 2014

I am personally not a big supporter of the controversial Keystone Pipeline, which will run from the oil sands of Canada to our southern states, but I must say that the project's operators have excellent taste in one thing: they flatly rejected the prospect of EB-5 funding.

It was going to be funneled to them through the much-investigated South Dakota Regional Center (SDRC), a USCIS-licensed entity. Read more...

Yet Another Visa Class Is Being Misused: E-2 Investors

By David North, April 27, 2014

There is yet another visa class that is being used to mistreat alien workers and to take jobs from Americans — this time it is the Treaty Investors (E-2) category.

How can an alien granted treaty investor status by our diplomats — that sounds pretty prosperous — be exploited in a blue-collar job? We will get to that bit of black magic in a moment. Read more...

Immigration Reform in a Republican-Controlled Senate, Pt. 6

By Stanley Renshon, April 25, 2014

Republican leaders have, understandably, not gone very far in publicly discussing their possible agenda if they win control of both the House and the Senate in the November elections. One thing is clear so far, however, and that is that immigration reform is not at the top of their list.

This is, in some ways, understandable. Tax and entitlement reform are large, important issues for Republican supporters, as is substantial modification or replacement of the president's heath care law. Read more...