Immigration Blog

Let's Press Mexico Regarding Those Young Central Americans

By David North, June 19, 2014

An important skill for political leaders is knowing how to use leverage to get someone else to do one's own dirty work. It's the kind of thing LBJ did all the time.

The Kings of Saudi Arabia have for years saved their people from fighting wars by conning America into doing its fighting, as in the First Gulf War, for example, just as the Brits used to employ Gurkhas for jungle fighting. Australia hires Papua-New Guinea to house its refugees; the list goes on.

Let's do a little of this ourselves, vis-a-vis the surge of young Central Americans now flooding into south Texas after long trips through Mexico. Let's cause Mexico to control its own southern border, to prevent this migration. Read more...

ICE Criminal Alien Releases Continue; Still No Details from DHS

By Jessica Vaughan, June 19, 2014

Last week, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson told the Senate Judiciary committee that, weeks after the revelation that ICE freed 36,000 convicted criminal aliens last year, he is still trying to understand what happened, and declined to provide the senators with further details on who, when, where, and why the criminal aliens were freed.

Meanwhile, the criminal alien releases continue. ICE records reveal that the total number of non-detained convicted criminal aliens has grown by nearly 17,000 since the end of last fiscal year. Read more...

Obama's Policies Are Responsible for the Flood of Children in Texas

By Mike Nicley, June 18, 2014

Before the immigration crisis is over in Texas, hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens, many of them minors, will have entered the U.S. illegally from Mexico this year. A large portion of the illegal aliens are from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. The Obama Administration has blamed the overwhelming influx on gang violence and poverty. Hogwash. The living conditions in the source countries have been stable for years. There is certainly violence and abject poverty in Central America, but there has been no change in living conditions that would prompt an unprecedented exodus of children. Read more...

Central American Migration Surge and Dovish Republicans

By David Seminara, June 18, 2014

Why are women and children from Central America flocking to South Texas to the tune of nearly 50,000 apprehensions on the Southwest frontier so far this year? The Obama administration contends they are fleeing poverty and escalating drug violence in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. Plenty of others, myself included, think the primary driver is, as Center for Immigration Studies Executive Director Mark Krikorian recently put it, the administration's "various de facto amnesties for illegal aliens and its permissive enforcement practices." I'm an independent who leans more to the left on most issues, but my experience as a consular officer at the State Department leads me to believe that the Obama administration's contention is mostly bogus. Read more...

We Know about Sham, Immigration-Related Marriages, but How about Divorces?

By David North, June 18, 2014

Phony marriages designed to create illicit visas are well-known, and we have written about them frequently. How about sham divorces entered into for the same motivations?

That may sound unlikely, but the Sixth Circuit just ruled that the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) was right when it rejected a legalization (adjustment of status) plea from someone who had engaged in a phony divorce for immigration purposes. Read more...

The News from Honduras: Smugglers Cash in by Spreading Word of Amnesty

By Jerry Kammer, June 17, 2014

The mass exodus of Hondurans to the U.S. border is being promoted by smugglers who are spreading the word that the United States is planning an amnesty for illegal immigrants, according to a Honduran government official.

The smugglers "are sweet talking the mothers and families with the idea that, with the immigration reform the [U.S.] government will carry out, the people will have the opportunity to enter the United States and receive a permit to live in the country," Aracelly Calderon of the Honduran Center for the Care of Returned Migrants told the Spanish newspaper El Pais. Read more...

The Best Way to Return the Youngsters to Central America – Via Greyhound

By David North, June 17, 2014

It's not going to happen, but here's the best way for the United States to start returning those illegal alien youngsters to Central America:

By a caravan of big, ominous-looking Greyhound buses – all carrying large signs in Spanish saying something like "the young ones are back." Read more...

The Wages of Amnesty, Pt. 2

By Mark Krikorian, June 16, 2014

You want to know what would happen if we were to pass something like the Schumer-Rubio amnesty-before-enforcement bill? Take a look at South Texas, where nearly 50,000 unaccompanied juveniles (most of them 15- to 17-year-old boys) have been apprehended by the Border Patrol so far this year, with perhaps 140,000 expected next year. And the number of families with children is even larger. They're coming in response to this administration's various de facto amnesties for illegal aliens and its permissive enforcement practices. Passage of Schumer-Rubio would turn the dial up to eleven. Read more...

The Wages of Amnesty, Pt. 1

By Mark Krikorian, June 16, 2014

Critics of the president's illegal DREAM amnesty (known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA) warned that it would create backlogs for legal immigrants. As the result of administrative fiat in 2012 rather than actual, you know, law, no funds could be appropriated to run it, meaning immigration officers who would otherwise be processing legal immigration paperwork were pulled off that and assigned to amnestying the 500,000-plus illegal aliens who claim to have arrived before their 16th birthday. Read more...

Indicted Pharmacists Were Heavy Users of H-1B

By David North, June 16, 2014

This is a story of how a highly prosperous — for a while — retail pharmacist cheated the Medicare and Medicaid programs out of millions with one hand, while chiseling his own H-1B workers with the other.

It is another account of multiple misuses of immigration and other federal programs, all by the same co-conspirators. Read more...

Jorge Ramos Foresees "Explosion of Migrants" as Word of White House Border Policy Spreads in Central America

By Jerry Kammer, June 15, 2014

For several weeks, despite mounting evidence to the contrary, the Obama administration has insisted that its policies have had little influence on the surge of Central American children – alone or with parents – across the Texas border. The White House Domestic Policy Council, under the direction of Cecilia Munoz, has asserted that the swelling influx (and growing humanitarian crisis in South Texas) is actually a response to the violence and poverty in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. Read more...

The Border Crisis in Texas: How the Media Report the Story

By Jerry Kammer, June 13, 2014

(Part one of an occasional series)

In the ongoing battle to frame the story at the Texas border, the Obama administration is winning with much of the media. Many journalists have joined the White House in framing the story only as a humanitarian crisis. They focus their concern on an undeniably poignant human drama that involves many unaccompanied minors fleeing violence and poverty in Central America who cross the border illegally into the U.S. Many seek to rejoin parents who have already completed that perilous journey.

The administration's constricted frame of causation makes no room for the problem of U.S. policies that have become common knowledge throughout Central America. These policies have become a powerful engine, pulling large numbers of adults and children across the Rio Grande. Read more...

Do Amnesty Backers Really Support Future Enforcement? A Thought Experiment

By Dan Cadman, June 13, 2014

The media and blogosphere have been hot with the news of the GOP primary upset of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. There is more spin out there now than on 1,000 knuckleballs.

I imagine that those who want amnesty will downplay the linkage between Cantor's downfall and immigration matters, saying instead that he was out of touch with voters in his district. It is not in their interest to draw any immigration-related conclusions from his defeat. Read more...

Many EB-5 Middlemen – Pledged to Create Jobs for Americans – Hire Aliens

By David North, June 13, 2014

The immigrant investor (EB-5) program is supposed to use aliens' money to create jobs for Americans, but many government-licensed middlemen in the program are on public record as preferring to hire temporary foreign workers in their own shops rather than citizens or green card holders.

This is, strictly speaking, legal, but it certainly runs counter to both public policy and the administration's cheerful characterization of the program. Read more...

View from the Border

By Mark Krikorian, June 12, 2014

I received the following e-mail from a Texas state official who recently toured the border area where the mass crossings are taking place. This is an excerpt from his note (he asked that his name be withheld): Read more...

Illegal Aliens Receive Immediate Medical Care; Veterans Left to Die

By Ronald W. Mortensen, June 12, 2014

In response to an influx of young illegal aliens, the Obama administration has moved rapidly to provide them with a full range of medical and other services. In response to the needs of American veterans, the president has failed to keep campaign promises made seven years ago. Read more...

Immigration Court Evasions
High Numbers and the Deceptive Accounting that Hides Them

By Mark Metcalf, June 12, 2014
High Numbers and the Deceptive Accounting that Hides Them

Since 1996, America's immigration courts, part of the Department of Justice, have hidden high evasion rates through accounting tricks that, if used in private industry, would send a CPA to prison. Clever deception is found throughout the courts' annual reports to Congress. Better known as the Executive Office for Immigration Review Statistical Yearbook, it is a yearly masterpiece that in many instances blurs the reality of a court system not coming to grips with the dynamics of porous borders and feeble government responses to problems years in the making. Read more...

NPR Gets It Right after Helping White House Get It Wrong

By Jerry Kammer, June 12, 2014

NPR reporter John Burnett this morning helped correct a record that has been distorted in many news accounts about the ongoing surge of illegal immigration from Central America.

"The Border Patrol has in recent months been overwhelmed by a wave of poor migrants, some of them unaccompanied children as young as six," Burnett reported.

If you listened to NPR over the past week, you would have thought the influx comprised only children — youngsters as young as six who make the dangerous journey in a heart-wrenching search for parents already in the United States. While NPR wasn't the only news organization to frame the story this way, it was perhaps the most prominent in the distortion, especially in the descriptions provided by its anchors in Washington as they introduced stories and interviewed reporters in the field. Read more...

Senate Hearing Shows Partisan Divide on the Illegal Influx into South Texas

By Jerry Kammer, June 12, 2014

In Wednesday's hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee, senators questioned DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson on the dramatic increase in the flow of illegal immigrants from Central America across the Mexican border into Texas. Here are excerpts from that discussion, in which Johnson and the Democrats focused primarily on the influx of children. There was little effort to clarify that the illegal influx comprises more adults than children (and that many of the children are teenagers). There were sharp differences on what was causing the spike in illegal order crossings. Read more...

An Old Story: Feds Raid Visa Mill, Close It, and Then Let It Open Again

By David North, June 12, 2014

DHS has done it again. It has raided an apparent visa mill, caused multiple federal indictments of the owner and four key executives, shut down classes at the offending school — and then let it open again!

It is beginning to be a pattern. After much investigation and inter-agency cooperation, ICE investigators and other feds raided five operations of a career college in New York and New Jersey on May 29 and, according to the local CBS station, scooped up lots of evidence of "inflating attendance records of foreign students", and then allowed it to re-open for classes 10 days later. Read more...

DNC Chair Wasserman-Schultz Believes in Enforcing Federal Law, Except When She Doesn't

By Dan Cadman, June 11, 2014

Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, who represents a district in South Florida and is also the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), got herself in an unexpected pickle recently when she voted against a measure in the House of Representatives to prohibit federal officials from interfering with state laws governing use of marijuana. Read more...

Support of Amnesty Leads to Republican Leader's Defeat

By Marguerite Telford, June 11, 2014

For the first time in history, a House majority Leader has lost in a primary election. Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) was defeated by Dave Brat in a single-issue campaign focused on immigration. An economics professor at a local college, Brat spoke persuasively about the impact of immigration on employment and wages. Read more...

Avoiding GOP Immigration Reform Self-Sabotage, Pt. 8: The Gateway Issue Redux

By Stanley Renshon, June 10, 2014

There may be some truth to Jeb Bush's view that immigration is a "gateway issue for Hispanics". He is quoted as saying, "If you can get past that, then you have to make a case on a broader set of issues." This point was seconded in a Sunday news show appearance by Matthew Dowd, chief strategist for the Bush-Cheney 2004 presidential campaign, "The problem for Republicans is that immigration reform is a gateway issue and basically says you have to do something about that in order for those voters to listen to you on all those other issues."

The question is: What is that "something" you "have to do"? Read more...

Deferred Action Renewals to Benefit Unemployed Dropouts

By Jon Feere, June 10, 2014

When President Obama's lawless Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy came into effect, its supporters argued that it was designed to benefit illegal aliens who were either in high school or already in college. While some illegal aliens applying for DACA are in school, the DACA guidelines never required applicants to actually graduate from their education program. Read more...

Is the Obama Administration Capable of Stopping the DREAM Deluge at the Border?

By Mark Krikorian, June 10, 2014

An editorial today at National Review Online notes that word has passed through the grapevine back to Central America that women and children who infiltrate across the border are let go, and that "The only way to stanch the flow is to change such expectations." But I wonder if this administration is capable of doing what it takes. I don't mean whether the tools exist, but rather whether the decision makers are ideologically or even psychologically up to the task. Read more...

Internal Memo Reveals High-Level Dissent on Border Surge Policies

By Jessica Vaughan, June 10, 2014

A draft memo from a top Border Patrol official expresses alarm that the administration's handling of the border surge in south Texas is inviting more illegal crossings and overwhelming the DHS agencies. The memo calls for the administration to stop releasing illegal crossers into the United States and instead impose harsher "consequences" on illegal crossers. Read more...

Spinning the Gordian Knot
Tens of thousands surge the border, twisting the administration into the middle of its own spin

By Dan Cadman, June 10, 2014
Tens of thousands surge the border, twisting the administration into the middle of its own spin

Major media outlets have begun to pay attention to the fact that tens of thousands of women and children have illegally crossed our southern border in recent weeks — many immediately turning themselves in to the closest Border Patrol agents, knowing that under this administration's policies, they will be held a short time and then released to other illegal family members already in the country. Read more...

Texans Deliver Another Blow to the Open-Borders Corporate Right

By Mark Krikorian, June 9, 2014

On the heels of last month's primary election defeats for establishment Republicans in Texas, the state party's biennial convention has toughened its platform's immigration plank. Read more...

Texas GOP Sends Clear Message on Illegal Immigration

By Marguerite Telford, June 9, 2014

After days of debate on immigration, the Texas Republicans rejected inserting a guest worker or provisional visa program into the party's 2014 official platform. The controversial 2012 "Texas Solution", which called for a national guestworker program, is history. Read more...

Guatemalan Ambassador: Violence Not the Cause of Children's Exodus

By Jerry Kammer, June 9, 2014

Disputing the notion that violence is a major reason for the recent surge in the exodus of Guatemalan children to the U.S. border, the Guatemalan ambassador to the United States cited three factors that draw them northward: a desire to be with their parents, a lack of opportunities at home, and the aggressive recruitment of smugglers who guarantee parents that they will receive their children. Read more...