Immigration Blog

California's Drive to Give Illegal Aliens Driver's Licenses

By Janice Kephart, March 2, 2012

Last week, Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca said that it would be "sensible" to issue California driver's licenses to illegal aliens, endorsing a plan that pits California against the rest of the country and federal law for driver's license issuance. It's ironic that a major law enforcement figure naively endorses a plan that would prevent the U.S. citizens and legal residents he is charged with protecting from using a California license for identity purposes at airline security checkpoints. Read more...

National Sheriffs Association Supports E-Verify Mandate, 287(g), and Full Enforcement

By Jessica Vaughan, March 1, 2012

The nation's sheriffs are united in support of full enforcement of immigration laws and want to be involved. The sheriffs want Congress to provide more resources for enforcement, pay more attention to worksites (including mandatory E-Verify), and expand the 287(g) program according to a position paper developed by the group's Immigration and Border Security Committee and approved by the organization’s national board of directors. Read more...

H-1B Question: What Is the Real Demand for High School Turkish Teachers?

By David North, February 29, 2012

The H-1B program damages America in a number of ways, directly and indirectly, discouraging young American from following high-tech careers and shunting aside skilled U.S. citizens and green-card holders because of their "advanced age", i.e., anything over 35.

This has been widely reported by many, including my CIS colleague John Miano, and Professor Norm Matloff at UC/Davis. Read more...

Sheriff Joe on Sheriff Joe

By Jerry Kammer, February 29, 2012

The biggest divide in Arizona south of the Grand Canyon may be the angry chasm between supporters and opponents of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Supporters are particularly enthusiastic about his enforcement of the state's law against illegal immigration. Opponents claim he is racist and anti-immigrant. Read more...

The Rodney Dangerfield of Professions?

By John Miano, February 28, 2012

Last week the National Academy of Engineering awarded the Charles Stark Draper Prize to George H. Heilmeier, Wolfgang Helfrich, Martin Schadt, and T. Peter Brody for developing the liquid crystal display.

The Draper Prize is the most prestigious award in the world for engineering achievement.

No major mainstream media outlet covered the award.

Two New Takes on "Birth Tourism"

By David North, February 28, 2012

Two different aspects of "birth tourism" have come to light recently.

The birth tourism issue is a subset of the broader birthright citizenship matter; birth tourism involves pregnant alien women visiting a nation briefly to have a child that acquires that nation's citizenship instantly. The mother and the baby then leave, at least for a while. Read more...

Return of the Pharisees

By James R. Edwards Jr., February 28, 2012

Self-proclaimed religious experts on immigration policy browbeat the good, law-abiding, Christian citizens of Alabama again. At a conference last week, modern-day Pharisees took Alabama's civil authorities to task over the state law designed to restore the rule of law against illegal aliens who have overrun the state. Read more...

US-VISIT About to Be Another Obama Casualty

By Janice Kephart, February 27, 2012

As the Obama administration continues to try to convince the American people they are securing the borders, their most recent budget request makes clear that "Amnesty by Any Means" remains the consistent mission. The latest installment is a buried in the president's homeland security budget, which includes provisions dotted throughout that, put together, would result in the dismantling of arguably the best border-related program that exists in federal government, US-VISIT, burying its capabilities in two of the most politicized of all government agencies, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Read more...

"The Hispanic Vote": An Insult Latinos Can Do Without

By Otis Graham, February 26, 2012

Everybody I talk to is in a foul mood about the condition and performance of American politics and government. And my topic in this blog does start out as another of the many discouraging malfunctions that would earn our politics a formal downgrade if political systems had to face the equivalent of a Standard and Poor's review. But read on. I argue in the end for the real possibility of corrective reform from within. Read more...

Two Hidden Themes at the Recent House Immigration Hearing

By David North, February 22, 2012

There were two underlying themes at a recent House Immigration Subcommittee hearing that deserve a little more attention.

The hearing, on February 15, dealt with the explosive report by the Acting Inspector General of DHS, Charles K. Edwards, in which he explored the extent to which USCIS, during the Obama administration, has pushed rank-and-file staff members to approve marginal applications for immigration benefits. Read more...

Bursts of Dubious Creativity in the Immigrant Investor (EB-5) Program

By David North, February 21, 2012

When you dangle prospects of investment money before some capital-starved businessmen, you can be assured that the creativity juices will be stimulated.

This is certainly the case with the USCIS's immigrant investor program, called EB-5, because it deals with the fifth class of employment-based immigrants in the Immigration and Nationality Act. For more on the program generally, see CIS's recently-published Backgrounder on the subject. Read more...

Case History: 32 Years Later and Fernando Arango is Still in Court

By David North, February 21, 2012

Some aliens' battles with the U.S. government go on for 10, 12, even 15 years.

Then there is Fernando Arango.

He started his relations with the government successfully, but on the wrong foot, when he arrived in the U.S. from Columbia in 1980 with a green card obtained through a fraudulent marriage. (It ran in the family. His sister arrived in the same manner.) Read more...

Finding Skilled Workers for U.S. Manufacturing Jobs

By James R. Edwards Jr., February 20, 2012

The good news is American manufacturing jobs appear to be on the rise. After years of offshoring followed by the worst economic disaster since the Great Depression, which contracted employment severely, some corporations are returning to the U.S. Other manufacturing firms are expanding operations. The bad news is those cackle-raising assertions about not being able to find qualified workers are back, too. Read more...

Closing Immigration Loopholes That Benefited Capitol Bomber

By James R. Edwards Jr., February 20, 2012

The case of would-be suicide bomber Amine el-Khalifi, who targeted the U.S. Capitol on Friday, highlights a number of fixes we need to make in order to keep the United States free of immigrant threats. Read more...

Homeland Security Pork

By David North, February 18, 2012

Most people are not aware that the fine print of the Department of Homeland Security's new budget includes a set of grants "to help strengthen the nation against risks associated with potential terrorist attacks and other hazards" . . .

. . . to be awarded to Indian tribes.

A total of $6 million has been set aside for this purpose; it even has its own initials, which are THSGP, for the Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program. It is a small part of a much larger activity. Read more...

Another Terrorist Attempt, Another Illegal Overstay

By Janice Kephart, February 18, 2012

While the Obama administration continues to advance "homegrown terrorism" as the biggest threat to homeland security, another reminder came Friday that we must be vigilant about who it is we let in our country, and whom we let stay. Read more...

Oscar-Nominated Portrayal of an Illegal Immigrant from Mexico

By Jerry Kammer, February 17, 2012

The movie "A Better Life" is the story of an illegal immigrant gardener from Mexico who struggles nobly through a series of indignities as he strives to maintain his dignity and guide his confused son through a gang-sickened landscape in East Los Angeles. Read more...

Case History: Sloppy Government Work Stalls Criminal's Deportation

By David North, February 17, 2012

Sloppy work by both an ICE attorney and an immigration judge (IJ) has led to the delay, and perhaps ultimately the reversal, of the well-deserved deportation of a native of El Salvador who has a substantial criminal record.

This was revealed, if not in the terms I used above, by a recent decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals. Read more...

Four Films Demand Repeal of Alabama Law

By Jerry Kammer, February 16, 2012

As I attended the discussion of Alabama's law against illegal immigration yesterday at the Center for American Progress, it occurred to me that the opposing sides of the national immigration debate have answered President Truman's forlorn yearning for a one-armed economist who would abolish ambiguity.

The discussion introduced a series of four short films that make impassioned statements against the Alabama law and urge its repeal. They can be viewed here. Read more...

House Immigration Subcommittee Has a Lively Hearing

By David North, February 16, 2012

The immigration subcommittee of the House of Representatives had an unusually lively hearing yesterday on the DHS Acting Inspector-General's report about how the USCIS agency staff is pressed to say "yes" to immigration benefit applications and to do so quickly.

The administration's spokesman denied that this was happening.

Is the Mainstream Media Incapable of Getting the Facts Right About H-1B?

By John Miano, February 16, 2012

Abuse in the H-1B program is so routine that it hardly is news. Even using the H-1B program to import teenage sex slaves sparks little outrage. When plain vanilla H-1B abuse takes place, it is really old hat. Read more...

"Civil Rights" Group Endangers Food Stamp Eligibility for Its Own Alien Clients

By David North, February 16, 2012

The Southern Poverty Law Center may be endangering the Food Stamp eligibility of its own clients, probably children of illegal aliens.

SPLC is a vehement advocate of open borders. Its main lawyer complained vigorously that children (probably U.S.-born citizens), perhaps eligible for Food Stamps, had been questioned about the legal status of their parents (probably illegal aliens). Read more...

A Response to Father Tom Joyce and U.S. Catholic

By Jerry Kammer, February 15, 2012

Yesterday's e-mail brought a link to a blog post by Father Tom Joyce, writing at the web site of the magazine U.S. Catholic, which seeks to conduct a "conversation with American Catholics."

I was particularly taken aback by this statement by Father Joyce: Read more...

Dept. of Labor Loses Migration Enforcement Funds to USDA

By David North, February 15, 2012

In keeping with the loss of immigration enforcement funds in the new budget, as shown in my colleague, Jessica Vaughan's blog on the ICE budget and my own posting yesterday on the DHS budget generally, there's been a largely overlooked sleight of hand in the Department of Labor's proposed budget that works in the same (sad) direction. Read more...

DHS Estimates: Long-Time Illegals Do in Fact Self Deport

By Steven A. Camarota, February 14, 2012

Will illegal immigrants, particularly the well-established, ever leave? Some advocates of amnesty say they never will and for this reason we have to legalize them. But DHS estimates tell a different story. They indicate that long-time illegal residents do, in fact, go home. Read more...

DHS Budget: More Tax Funds for Benefits, Less for Enforcement

By David North, February 14, 2012

It should come as no surprise that the president's budget proposal reduces tax funds for immigration law enforcement, given the White House tilt on the subject. But it may surprise some that the same budget calls for more tax moneys for the granting of immigration benefits. Read more...

Obama Administration Proposes to Cut 287(g) Funding

By Jessica Vaughan, February 13, 2012

The Obama administration intends to cut funding for the popular and effective 287(g) program, according to the DHS budget summary document just released today. If approved by Congress, this move would leave more than a dozen local agencies at the altar waiting for training programs promised by ICE. Read more...

Utah: America's Reddest State Has Lost Its Moral Compass on Illegal Immigration

By Ronald W. Mortensen, February 13, 2012

After suffering legislative reverses in 2008 and 2010 when bills passed that mandated the use of E-Verify, Utah's large, pro-illegal alien establishment has reasserted its political power.

Although Utah is considered to be the reddest of the red states because it consistently elects Republicans, that does not mean that it is conservative nor does it mean that its moral compass is working. Read more...

Immigration in Two Presidential Races

By Jerry Kammer, February 12, 2012

Every 12 years the presidential elections in the United States and Mexico coincide. This year it happens again, and illegal immigration will be an issue in both countries' campaigns. Read more...

How the More-Migration People Manipulate Numerical Ceilings

By David North, February 12, 2012

American immigration policy since the 1920s has been based on the concept of numerical limits.

Not even the most blatant open borders types actually argue that there should be no numerical limits at all; to do so would to invite certain defeat.

But the same people are extremely skilled at outmaneuvering numerical limits, as recent events on Capitol Hill have shown. Perhaps it would be helpful to create a little list of these ploys, on how to undermine numerical ceilings on immigration without making a direct attack on the central concept: