Immigration Blog

DHS Belatedly Launches Mandatory Public Comment Period on DACA Process

By W.D. Reasoner, August 17, 2012

CIS Executive Director Mark Krikorian and others affiliated with the Center (Jessica Vaughan and David North, for instance) have written extensively about President Obama's amnesty-by-fiat. Read more...

GOP Platform: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs — for Illegal Aliens?

By Mark Krikorian, August 17, 2012

The Republican convention platform committee will begin work soon and there’s talk that it might incorporate an amnesty provision that was written into the Texas state GOP platform (see p. 21). It’s called the “Texas Solution” and is the creation of Texans for Sensible Immigration Policy, a project of the state’s construction industry. Read more...

Sometimes a Government Agency LIKES to Be Sued

By David North, August 16, 2012

Typically if an outsider sues a government agency, the agency grinds its collective teeth and prepares to defend its actions.

But we learned this week of the settlement of a court case with a different angle. The agency (the Department of Homeland Security) must have been delighted to settle a federal case filed against it in the Central District of California. Read more...

ABA Expands Its Open-Borders Agenda, Embraces SPLC

By Jon Feere, August 16, 2012

The American Bar Association (ABA) recently held its annual meeting in Chicago and took the opportunity to embrace a more open-borders position than ever before. The ABA angered its membership in 2010 by filing an amicus brief against Arizona's S.B. 1070. Read more...

How to Break the Immigration Policy Impasse (11): Why Immigration Grand Bargains Fail — The Incentive Dimension of Amnesties

By Stanley Renshon, August 16, 2012

In a recent analysis of immigration, Nobel Prize-winning economist Gary S. Becker had this to say about the motivation for immigration: Read more...

Amnesty Kickoff Today

By Mark Krikorian, August 15, 2012

Something I didn't mention in today's piece for National Review Online on the start of Obama's unconstitutional amnesty program for certain illegal aliens claiming to be under 30: If Congress doesn't rouse itself to push back against the president's usurpation of their authority, you can expect a lot more amnesties like this in a second Obama term. Read more...

DACA Eligibility Widens Again, Mayorkas Confirms

By David North, August 15, 2012

The definition of just who is eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) amnesty was opened a little more broadly yesterday by USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas during a stakeholders' teleconference.

This is the program of delayed (perhaps forever) deportations for aliens who arrived illegally in the States prior to their 16th birthdays and who meet other criteria. Read more...

DACA Watch: Maybe the Devil Creates Those Details

By David North, August 14, 2012

The concept that "the devil is in the details" sounds passive on examination; it's as if someone sighs and says: "Yes, that is the way of the world."

But I am convinced that in the latest amnesty (aka, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) the devil has created the details. In other words, parts of the program have been deliberately designed to quietly expand the number of eligibles beyond what might be expected otherwise. Read more...

While the Flood Gates Are Opening, a Small Spigot May Be Tightening

By David North, August 14, 2012

While tomorrow (August 15) is the day that the flood gates open for the new DACA amnesty (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), there is a genuine possibility that a small spigot creating a modest flow of illegal aliens is about to be tightened a bit — though it will not be closed completely.

Both deal with the relatively young, but the flood gates are expected to open for a primarily low-income Hispanic population, while the closing spigot will deal with a rather more prosperous, probably more Asian population. (These ethnic distributions are not deliberate, but are predictable given the nature of these flows.) Read more...

Cleaning Up a Dirty Business

By W.D. Reasoner, August 13, 2012

The Reuters news agency, among other media outlets, reported last week on a decision of the federal Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Zavala et al. v. Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

The circuit court decision, favorable to Wal-Mart, declined to certify a proposed class action lawsuit against the corporation. The lawsuit alleged unfair labor conditions approaching peonage used against janitors, many if not most of them illegal aliens working for subcontractors to Wal-Mart, cleaning stores after hours throughout the nation. The would-be plaintiffs were the janitors themselves. Read more...

No One Will Say "You Don't Look 30" – A DREAM Scheme Note

By David North, August 10, 2012

One of the few potential fraud-curbing provisions of the DREAM Scheme is that you have to be younger than 31 to apply.

This is the program, now called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), that will (or at least can) give temporary legal status to an estimated 1.75 million young illegal aliens. Applicants are supposed to have arrived illegally before the age of 16, and have spent at least five years in the States since they got here.

So, if someone comes in looking to apply for DACA, and looking like they are 40, they get tossed out of the program, right?

Wrong! Read more...

Olympic Visa Overstayers

By David Seminara, August 10, 2012

While many Olympic athletes are apparently busy picking up on members of the opposite sex, others are busy finding ways to overstay their visas.

Foreign Policy and various other news outlets report that at least eight Olympic athletes, all from developing countries, have gone AWOL in London. Seven of the missing athletes are from Cameroon, five of them boxers, and the eighth was the 15-year-old torchbearer for Ethiopia who was there as part of the International Olympic Committee's International Inspiration program, which is supposed to enrich the lives of young people through sport or, in this case, provide them with a nicer country to live in. Read more...

Firms Get a Bonus for Hiring Aliens with Degrees in Undersea Warfare

By David North, August 9, 2012

Suppose your firm needs an analyst with training in combat systems engineering, or in low-observable and stealth technology, or in undersea warfare. Do you think the U.S. government will pay your firm a bonus for hiring an alien, rather than a U.S. citizen, for the job?

How about a job in military applied sciences, strategic intelligence, or military information systems technology? Is there a financial plus for hiring an alien for these jobs?

The answer is yes. Read more...

On Nationwide Tour, Documentary Film Stirs Discussion in a Washington, D.C., Suburb

By Jerry Kammer, August 9, 2012

Dennis Lynch, the director of a provocative documentary about illegal immigration, led a brief but spirited discussion last night in the Washington suburb of Rockville, Md.

First came the 100-minute film, They Come to America, which is decidedly against illegal immigration but also respectful of the issue's complexity and mindful of its swirling human cross currents. Its main characters are Americans upset by illegal immigration and a young Latin American man who works as a day laborer on Long Island, N.Y. Read more...

Rewarding Illegal Alien Identity Thieves, Sacrificing Innocent American Children

By Ronald W. Mortensen, August 8, 2012

How many times have we been told by the business, religious, media, law enforcement, and political elites that illegal aliens are just honest, good, hard-working people?

And haven't we recently been told by President Obama that somewhere in the neighborhood of one million illegal aliens who came illegally to the United States will be granted quasi-legal status as long as they haven't been convicted of any really, really, really serious crimes? Read more...

DREAM Scheme: 25% Bigger and with New Initials!

By David North, August 7, 2012

On August 7 the DREAM Scheme grew larger than previously expected, and secured for itself a new set of "user-friendly" initials: DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).

Announcing the newly expanded size of the program, and the new initials, was not the government, but the administration's consistent immigration ally, the well-funded, Washington-based Migration Policy Institute. Read more...

The Two Big Fig Leaves on the DREAM Scheme Revealed

By David North, August 7, 2012

The education/military "requirement" of the DREAM Scheme has been strongly emphasized by the White House as it seeks to persuade America of the benefits of this amnesty program for some one million illegal aliens.

Yet, when you examine the fine print you will find that: Read more...

"On Point" on the Federal Betrayal of American Workers, Part 2

By Jerry Kammer, August 7, 2012

Last week, we published part one of a synopsis of a recent "On Point" radio program out of public radio station WBUR in Boston. The program concerned federal programs that allow employers access to cheap foreign labor and drive down the wages of American workers.

Today, we bring you the comments of two Americans who called in to the program to tell their stories. Read more...

IBM: "The Cost Difference Is Too Great for the Business Not to Look for" H-1B Workers

By John Miano, August 6, 2012

Read more on IBM and H-1Bs

Workers from around the country send me examples of H-1B abuse that is taking place around them. I organize this data to decipher patterns. There is usually no legal action that can be taken due to the way the law is structured and the circumstances of the information provider. Generally, I just collect. Read more...

GOP Veepstakes and Immigration

By James R. Edwards Jr., August 6, 2012

Congress has finally left Washington for the month of August and the political gaming will gear up between now and the Republican and Democratic national conventions. That's no more evident than in the intensifying speculation of who GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney will pick as his running mate. Read more...

DREAM Scheme Now Termed "Childhood Arrivals" — Filing Starts August 15

By David North, August 6, 2012

Some more details on the "deferred action" amnesty, or the DREAM Scheme, were revealed by USCIS on Friday, August 3.

This is the program that will offer deferred action on deportation to aliens who came to the United States illegally before the age of 16, who have been here five years, who are still here, and who have met some educational or military qualifications. About one million applications are expected. Read more...

Massachusetts Closes Illegal Alien Driving Loophole

By Jessica Vaughan, August 3, 2012

Massachusetts has joined the ranks of states that see the need to compensate for weak federal immigration enforcement by acting at the state level to make life more difficult for illegal aliens. The Bay State legislature has voted overwhelmingly to pass a bill to crack down on unlicensed illegal alien driving by allowing only licensed or legally present individuals to register vehicles. Read more...

"On Point" on the Federal Betrayal of American Workers, Part 1

By Jerry Kammer, August 3, 2012

As a former reporter, I regard the paucity of journalistic attention to the growth of federal programs that bring in foreign workers for temporary employment as an egregious failure of American journalism.

But a recent edition of the "On Point" radio program, which is produced at Boston public radio station WBUR, was a noble effort to fill the information void. In conversation with host Tom Ashbrook, who seemed to grow more incredulous with each example of our government's fecklessness, Ross Eisenbrey of the Economic Policy Institute staked out the story. Then two American contractors called in with details of the ongoing assault on their ability to earn a decent living. Read more...

The Migrant's Prerogative

By John Wahala, August 3, 2012

Peter Sutherland, the UN's Special Representative for Migration and Development, recently argued that "at the most basic level individuals should have a freedom of choice" as to where they wish to live. To this end, he wants the European Union to "do its best to undermine" the sense of homogeneity held by the citizens of its member states so that a global approach will be adopted on immigration. Read more...

Supervisor of H-1Bs Forced Out of Job

By David North, August 2, 2012

One does not often see a headline like the one above, unfortunately.

The boss in question was, in fact, forced from her job, as was reported in the Washington Post the other day, but the thrust of the story was on the official's maladroit use of an automobile, not her organization's abuse of the H-1B program, though the latter was mentioned in passing. Read more...

It's the Immigration, Doctor!

By James R. Edwards Jr., August 2, 2012

Hospitals in areas with lots of illegal aliens fear certain looming cuts in the Obamacare law. The New York Times recently reported on providers' reliance on federal funds for a portion of the care rendered to uninsured illegal aliens. Read more...

Will the DREAM Scheme Bring Millions to J.P. Morgan?

By David North, August 2, 2012

We know that as many as a million young illegal aliens may get amnesty under the President's DREAM Scheme, but how many millions of dollars will J.P. Morgan get out of the deal? Read more...

The Strange Case of the 219 Missing EB-5 Decisions

By David North, August 1, 2012

As I have pointed out earlier, USCIS is not always skilled with numbers. When that trait is mixed with the inherent difficulty of an immigration agency managing an economic development/investment program some peculiar things happen. Read more...

DHS Plans Deep (and Possibly Illegal) Discount on Amnesty Application Fees for DREAMers

By Jessica Vaughan, August 1, 2012

It appears that the Obama administration is planning to offer the DREAM amnesty to many young illegal aliens either deeply discounted or free, charging fees only to those who apply for a work permit, according to an internal DHS memo obtained by the Associated Press. Read more...

New Report: Obama Catch and Release Policies Result in More Crimes, More Victims

By Jessica Vaughan, August 1, 2012

Data provided by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) under subpoena from the House immigration subcommittee show that criminal aliens who were identified through the Secure Communities program, but then released by ICE, went on to be arrested for nearly 58,000 new crimes between October 2008 and July 2011. This report conservatively quantifies the public safety damage inflicted by the Obama administration's catch and release immigration enforcement policies. Read more...