Immigration Blog

Immigration Anomalies: Legals Who Would Rather Be Illegals

By David North, November 13, 2012

While my colleagues are (appropriately) doing the heavy lifting regarding the immigration policy implications of the recent elections, we might focus on some of the immigration policy anomalies that result from the hugely complicated rules and regulations on the subject. Some of those rules are in the federal sphere, some the states' sphere, and some in both. Read more...

Carlos Gutierrez, Bush-Era Commerce Secretary, Rips the Republican Party

By Jerry Kammer, November 13, 2012

Carlos Gutierrez, Secretary of Commerce during President George W. Bush's administration, made no attempt to hide his frustration with the Republican Party during his appearance on the Univision program "Al Punto". Gutierrez claimed that the party's extremism was the reason for Mitt Romney's resounding defeat last week. Read more...

Amnesty and Electoral Outcomes

By Mark Krikorian, November 9, 2012

A friend sent these excerpts illuminating the link between amnesty and electoral outcomes, from Victor Valle and Rodolfo Torres, "Class and Culture Wars in the New Latino Politics", in Latino/a Thought: Culture, Politics, and Society, pp. 247-48 (emphasis mine): Read more...

Malpractice by Dr. K

By Mark Krikorian, November 9, 2012

I have a lot of respect for Charles Krauthammer — he’s intelligent, measured, and not a party hack. But his column today has an amazingly reductionist and wrong-headed discussion of immigration. Read more...

Amnesty Is the Best Revenge, or the Empire Strikes Back

By Mark Krikorian, November 9, 2012

The Chicken Little amnesty panic is underway among the Republican establishment. Boehner, Hannity, the Wall Street Journal, Jeb Bush, Lindsey Graham, Norquist, Krauthammer, et al. are announcing that in the wake of Romney's loss the GOP can't survive unless it revisits the failed Bush/Kennedy amnesty. Read more...

Shape the Electorate

By Mark Krikorian, November 9, 2012

Former U.S. Attorney Andrew McCarthy’s posting in the National Review posed a choice for the Republican Party's future in electoral politics: Read more...

ICE and DoL Correct Huge H-1B Errors Made by USCIS and DoL

By David North, November 9, 2012

Though the ICE press release does not acknowledge it, federal investigators from that agency and the Department of Labor (DoL) have uncovered and corrected a huge H-1 problem that had been missed by both USCIS and DoL — for a decade. Read more...

New Polls on Immigration

By Mark Krikorian, November 8, 2012

An exit poll conducted by Kellyanne Conway’s firm for FAIR found more support for enforcement than the immigration expansionists would have you believe. The options were described neutrally, with enforcement getting majority support: Read more...

Adding Sex to Immigration/Marriage Fraud Does Not Negate the Crime

By David North, November 8, 2012

This is one of those cases where one has to give the immigration lawyer involved credit for creativity … even though his client lost in the end.

Here is the situation from the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Alabama: Andreas Andreason, Jr., a U.S. citizen, was on trial for immigration-related fraud in connection with his marriage to Katerina Petrasova, a Czech national, who was using the marriage to get a green card. (She was indicted, too.) Read more...

Hispanics Were Democrats Long Before Illegal Immigration Became an Issue

By Ronald W. Mortensen, November 8, 2012

According to the Wall Street Journal, Mitt Romney's hard line on illegal immigration was a major contributing factor to his failure to win the presidency. It goes on to say that "The GOP needs to leave its anti-immigration absolutists behind." Read more...

How the Elections Will Affect the Immigration Subcommittees

By David North, November 7, 2012

The elections — with one major exception — did little to change the composition of the immigration subcommittees in the House and Senate. Each subcommittee has, and probably will continue to have, 11 members. The leadership of each subcommittee will stay with the party that now holds it. Read more...

Fill In the Numbers Later

By Mark Krikorian, November 7, 2012

With Romney’s defeat, the open-borders Left and Right will obviously pounce in an effort to delegitimize any opposition to amnesty and unlimited immigration. But one of the DREAM Act lobbying groups has jumped the gun, just now issuing a press release without any of the numbers plugged in. Here’s the opening graf: Read more...

Vote for Gridlock?

By Mark Krikorian, November 6, 2012

Mickey Kaus has endorsed Obama, but in a characteristically counter-intuitive way, part of his rationale being that Obama would be less likely to succeed in getting an illegal-alien amnesty through Congress. His closing graf: Read more...

Today's First Election Result: Candidate Indirectly Linked to Abramoff Loses

By David North, November 6, 2012

A candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, indirectly linked to disgraced, mass-migration lobbyist Jack Abramoff apparently has lost; it is the first result of the day.

The returns (albeit partial) are available because the election took place on the other side of the International Date Line, in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), just north of Guam in the western Pacific. Read more...

Agent Ivie Death Likely a Result of Confusion Surrounding Drug Smuggling; Another Agent Dead in Texas

By Janice Kephart, November 5, 2012

According to the Arizona Republic, a 39-page report on the October 2 death of Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie has been released by Cochise County, Ariz., Acting Sheriff Rod Rothrock. The report includes interviews with both of the surviving agents involved as well as first responders to the scene. Read more...

Extreme Immigration Positions in the U.S. Island Territories

By David North, November 5, 2012

Count on the American island territories to do things to the extremes, including in immigration matters. Consider, for example:

  • The extreme proposed island constitution in the U.S. Virgin Islands
  • The extreme proposed sentencing for an immigration crime in Guam; and
  • The extreme power of employers and the extreme governor in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), just north of Guam.

You Need a Professor to Write Something This Dumb

By Mark Krikorian, November 3, 2012

Most New Yorkers won't have noticed, concerned as they are with water and electricity, but on Friday the New York Times op-ed page published one of its sillier paeans to mass immigration. In "Innovative Immigrants", Harvard Business School professor Thomas McCraw argues that we should amnesty 12 million illegal aliens because Alexander Hamilton was born in St. Croix. Really. Read more...

The Imperfect Market in Services Facilitating Illegal Immigration

By David North, November 1, 2012

One of the reasons we do not have more illegal immigration than we have already is because it is expensive in terms of money, human time, and skills and sometimes, sadly, human lives. Read more...

Another Potential Government Eye on Our Borders, but Not the Type Americans Need

By Janice Kephart, November 1, 2012

Sequestration threatens to eliminate thousands of homeland security jobs on January 2, 2012, including about 8,700 border-related jobs. But President Obama is not working to break the congressional budgetary logjam, instead issuing an executive order on October 26 authorizing appropriations for a new "Homeland Security Partnership Council". Yes, indeed, the federal government will be coming to your community soon to identify issue areas and partnership nominees for this council. Read more...

Hopeless – Often Pointless – Cases Clog Immigration Courts

By David North, October 31, 2012

We often hear about the vast workloads and long delays in the various immigration court systems, but I have never heard a word about the large numbers of pointless, useless cases brought by the immigration bar that aggravate that problem.

Let me provide one stunning example — a Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) decision — published earlier this year. Read more...

Assimilation Too Scary for Some This Halloween

By David Seminara, October 31, 2012

I was listening to WBEZ, my local NPR affiliate on Monday morning and thought that perhaps my ears were deceiving me after hearing the tail end of a story about a local school district in Skokie, Ill., just a few miles from my home, which has cancelled Halloween celebrations this year. For years, we've become accustomed to hearing stories about Christmas-related controversies, but I had no idea that Halloween is also becoming a political football in some parts of the country. Read more...

Digging for Statistical Nuggets in a Decade's Worth of Immigration Enforcement Data

By W.D. Reasoner, October 29, 2012

In July of this year, the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics published an interesting paper entitled "Immigration Offenders in the Federal Justice System, 2010" by Mark Motivans, PhD.

Despite the reference to "2010" in the title, the paper actually documents federal immigration enforcement statistics for 2000-2010. Although, as might be expected, it is written in the somewhat dry style favored by bureaucracies and academia, the report makes for very interesting reading. Read more...

A Continuing Problem for Restrictionists: The Missing Allies

By David North, October 26, 2012

A continuing political problem for the restrictionist movement is the relative absence of what should be a logical set of allies: African-Americans, Puerto Ricans, Native Americans, union members, the disabled, and perhaps gays.

Members of these groups — all to some extent discriminated against in the job market — benefit from tight labor markets, and perhaps the most important byproduct of restrictionism is the reduction of alien workers in the workplace, which would lead to a tighter labor market. Read more...

Fool Me Twice, Shame on Me

By Mark Krikorian, October 25, 2012

Like Newsweek, the Center for Immigration Studies is going all-digital. That, combined with a recent move, has prompted me to clean out 25 years of news clips and such in our library, and I stumbled across some interesting things. As background, the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act had at its core a grand bargain that provided amnesty for the illegals already here in exchange for "employer sanctions", i.e., a ban on hiring future illegal aliens. Read more...

Eternal Vigilance Is the Price of Border Security

By Mark Krikorian, October 24, 2012

Earlier this year, the lead article on the New York Times op-ed page started this way:

The immigration crisis that has roiled American politics for decades has faded into history. Illegal immigration is shrinking to a trickle, if that, and will likely never return to the peak levels of 2000.

Uh, not so much:

Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis: The Quasi-Student Terrorist

By Jessica Vaughan, October 24, 2012

The unsurprising revelation that foiled terrorist Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, arrested last week for trying to blow up the Federal Reserve building in New York, entered on a student visa has once again provoked demands for reform from lawmakers. But the types of reforms being pushed, while worthy, will not address the most fundamental problem with our student visa program, and would not have interfered with the admission of Nafis. Read more...

Migrant Advocate Cites Increasing Exodus from Central America to el Norte

By Jerry Kammer, October 24, 2012

Among the many immigration stories that are going untold by our steadily shrinking corps of newspaper reporters, one of the most important is the unrelenting exodus of Central Americans heading northward in hopes of crossing illegally into the United States. Univision's reporter in El Salvador had a brief story about the phenomenon on yesterday's evening news. Read more...

You Might Say that Immigration Marriage Fraud Runs in the Family

By David North, October 23, 2012

One might say that immigration marriage fraud runs in the family. Or one might say that here is a new (to me, at least) motivation for a phony marriage. You would be right on both counts in this newly concluded case from Virginia Beach, Va.

Several people are seriously at fault in this case, but the principal villain is neither the U.S. citizen groom in the case nor his (phony) Belorussian spouse.

That distinction belongs to Danil Lyapin who, among many other things, is the son of the bride (Natallia Liapina) and same-sex lover of the groom, Armondo Figueroa, who married the bride to please his male lover (an unusual motivation for marriage fraud). Danil wound up arranging his mother's phony marriage, thus becoming the lover of his own stepfather. Read more...

Rising Concern About Immigrants in Greece

By James R. Edwards Jr., October 22, 2012

Golden Dawn, a stridently nationalist political movement, has taken off in strife-torn Greece, the Washington Post has reported in a front-page news story. This development should serve as a cautionary tale to the Obama administration, whose actions to deprive Americans of their right to self-government could very well spark similar movements here in the United States. Read more...

The Placid Response of DHS to its Enigma Challenge — the Border Tunnels

By David North, October 22, 2012

Here are a couple of problems: in each case a hostile force is using a secret device to advance its nefarious cause. In each case an English-speaking government wants to do something about it.

These are the challenges:

  • During World War II the Germans had (for the time) a high-tech way to mask its military messages; they did so through the Enigma Code.
  • Right now the Mexican drug cartels are using tunnels under the border to mask its delivery of illegal drugs, as well as some illegal aliens, into the United States.

The results of the two governments' efforts: