Immigration Blog

A Dilemma for Many Diligent Democratic Members of the Congress

By David North, February 5, 2013

If you are a Democratic member of the Congress, and are paying close attention to public policy issues, you may find yourself in this situation:

You support the massive "path to citizenship" for illegals backed by the president

You support the president's efforts to restrict gun rights (as do I).

You know that illegal aliens currently cannot legally own guns.

Thus, by backing the amnesty, you would be expanding — eventually — the number of people who may lawfully own guns by 11 million or so — and every one of the 11 million would have a record of breaking the law! Read more...

Obama to DACA's: You Can Have Dessert Without Eating Your Spinach

By David North, February 4, 2013

When I was growing up, the rule at the dinner table was that you had to eat your spinach (or worse, boiled Brussels sprouts) before you could have your dessert.

That's a good precedent, but one that the Obama administration has not applied to either the proposed mass amnesty program as I noted in an earlier blog, nor to the rules set forth for those who are currently applying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Read more...

A Feast of Immigration Quirks in the Current Issue of Interpreter Releases

By David North, February 4, 2013

If you need a brief respite the from the gloomy news of a perhaps impending massive legalization program, here are some immigration oddities reaped from the January 14 issue of Interpreter Releases, the sober-sided, irony-free trade paper for immigration lawyers. Read more...

Really Getting Immigration Right

By James R. Edwards Jr., February 4, 2013

Columnist Charles Krauthammer, a physician by training, gets the diagnosis right on the problem of the "compromise" Senate amnesty outline hatched in a back room.

Krauthammer points out how this "comprehensive" framework for mass amnesty, despite all the spin employed to try to sell it, really takes the same shape as the 1986 IRCA amnesty. Read more...

Schumer: Border Security Not a Prerequisite for Amnesty

By Jon Feere, February 4, 2013

At a press conference Thursday, Senator Schumer (D–N.Y.) let it be known that the only purpose of the "comprehensive immigration reform" effort is mass legalization and increases in future legal immigration. Border security is not something the Democratic leadership is taking seriously. Those who believe that there is some agreement among political interests that border security and other measures would be in place before 11 million illegal aliens are legalized are discovering that the high-immigration side of the debate has no intention of actually seeing our laws enforced. Read more...

ICE Agents Have Standing to Sue DHS Over DACA

By Janice Kephart, February 3, 2013

In the midst of a "comprehensive immigration reform" package that could legalize the controversial so-called Morton memo on prosecutorial discretion and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) directive for a DREAM Act-like deferred action amnesty (known as DACA), a legal challenge to both was upheld in a federal appeals court ruling last month. The ruling, issued by Judge Reed O'Connor in Dallas, concluded that 10 ICE agents and officers have standing to challenge both DHS initiatives aimed at limiting ICE agents from upholding immigration law. Read more...

40 Million Illegal Aliens in 2038?

By David North, February 1, 2013

We have all been warned against making predictions about the future. But if the future reflects the past the figure below shows what could happen to the size of the illegal alien population in 2038, 25 years from now, if the current group of 11 million illegals becomes legalized under the Obama plan. Read more...

Will Rubio Pull Out of the Gang of Eight Now?

By Mark Krikorian, February 1, 2013

Senator Rubio has been making a big deal of the border enforcement "trigger" that would have to be met before the amnestied illegals would be able to move from their immediately-issued green-card-lite status to a full green card. I thinks that's a mistake for a whole variety of reasons, but at least he seems to genuinely believe in the trigger idea. Read more...

Can Amnesty Push Survive an Increase in Illegal Entries?

By Janice Kephart, February 1, 2013

The Washington Times is reporting that amidst the president's assurances that the border is secure enough for the country to pursue amnesty for 11 million or more illegal aliens, the number of border arrests is increasing. Read more...

The Fine Print: The "Must Pay Their Taxes" Provision in the Obama Amnesty

By David North, January 31, 2013

You might have gotten the impression that the White House is proposing that the newly amnestied millions will have to pay their taxes in order to secure legal status.

You would be wrong. Read more...

As Mexico Improves, Central America Struggles

By Jerry Kammer, January 31, 2013

Mexico's improving economic situation has received a great deal of press recently, raising hopes that fewer Mexicans will feel compelled to cross the U.S. border illegally.

Meanwhile, deteriorating economic and social conditions in much of Central America have received little attention in the English-language press. Read more...

Another Look at the Forces Behind Birth Tourism

By David North, January 30, 2013

Birth tourism — which recently has become a local controversy in Southern California — arises from a confluence of strong factors, illustrated in the diagram below.

Birth tourism is the planned birth of an infant in the United States by a visiting alien mother who seeks at-birth citizenship for the baby; typically she and the baby leave the country after the birth, but the child can return at any time in the future, and years later can set in motion the legal immigration of his or her parents and other family members. Read more...

When Trespassing Apparently Isn't, and When "Sovereign Citizens" Apparently Aren't

By W.D. Reasoner, January 30, 2013

The following is a special update from our Forrest Gump Department, which is always diligently tracking and bringing to you the latest insanities and inanities on the subject of immigration in these here United States. Read more...

Awards for Commentary on Reform Proposal

By Jerry Kammer, January 30, 2013

Most Sweeping Statement. Univision anchorman Jorge Ramos: "It's the most important immigration news since the amnesty 27 years ago." Read more...

Does McCain Really Mean that 75 Percent of Illegal Aliens Will Be Denied Legal Status?

By Ronald W. Mortensen, January 30, 2013

During an appearance on CBS This Morning, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said: "People who have not committed a crime here or done something wrong will have a legal status, but they will not be able to have citizenship until they line up behind those who came here legally to get a green card on a path to citizenship." Read more...

What Was the Point of Obama’s Immigration Speech?

By Mark Krikorian, January 29, 2013

I know the president likes the sound of his own voice, but, really, what was the point of his immigration speech today in Las Vegas? Read more...

Aliens Who Thumb Their Noses at the United States Get Green Cards Anyway

By David North, January 29, 2013

Two small classes of aliens who have, in effect, thumbed their noses at the United States, are now about to get their green cards — despite non-admirable behavior in the application process.

Neither group has done anything criminal, but they have (at least in my eyes) treated Uncle Sam with disdain. Despite this, USCIS has set in motion techniques for them to get admitted to the United States.

These are the careless brides and grooms, on one hand, and the overly casual, overseas relatives of people who have secured refugee or asylee status, on the other. Here are the stories: Read more...

Lies, Damn Lies, and Enforcement Promises

By Mark Krikorian, January 28, 2013

Even amnesty advocates acknowledge that the enforcement provisions of any package deal are bogus. For instance, over at the Plum Line, Greg Sargent writes about the Senate outline's proposal for a commission of southwestern leaders to certify control over the border before the "provisionally" amnestied illegals get green cards: Read more...

We've Seen This Senate Amnesty Movie Before

By James R. Edwards Jr., January 28, 2013

A front-page article in the Washington Post breathily proclaimed that a small, self-appointed group of senators will unveil a broad overhaul of the immigration system and will stage a big announcement setting forth their accomplishment. Read more...

Won’t Get Fooled Again

By Mark Krikorian, January 28, 2013

This latest iteration of the decade-old amnesty con contains the same old “back of the line” baloney as its predecessors. In other words, illegal immigrants will supposedly not be able to cut ahead of those who didn’t break the law. But, of course, that’s nonsense, because the only line they might have to wait in is the line for an actual green card. Read more...

Dreamy Enforcement Provisions vs. Genuine Steps Forward: A Checklist

By David North, January 28, 2013

Today's New York Times and Washington Post ran news articles about how a group of eight senators has cobbled together a "comprehensive immigration reform" plan that will introduce a massive amnesty program after some "tougher enforcement" strategies have been put in place.

The proposed enhancements of immigration enforcement are largely symbolic and are designed to sound good, rather than to actually reduce the populations of legal and illegal immigrants.

Here's a little checklist on some of the weakest of these proposals: Read more...

Jeb's Tyranny of Immigration Cliches

By Mark Krikorian, January 25, 2013

Jeb Bush and Clint Bolick's immigration op-ed in today's Wall Street Journal is the usual string of cliches, and thus hardly worth commenting on. But given the authors, the venue and, frankly, my job, I'll give it a go.

Immigration hubris. The piece is a list of subheaded assertions, so I'll follow its format. The authors' introductory point is that immigration changes must be wholesale — "comprehensive", in the current jargon: Read more...

Rubio Refining Immigration Message

By Mark Krikorian, January 25, 2013

Senator Rubio was on Mark Levin’s show Wednesday (view the YouTube video below right to listen), revising and extending his earlier remarks on amnesty to the Journal and the Times. He seems to be walking back some of what he said last week, asserting the need for “triggers” to “certify that, indeed, the workplace security thing is in place, the visa tracking is in place, and there’s some level of significant operational control of the border.” Whatever its superficial appeal, this trigger idea is an old gimmick used to reconcile the “enforcement first” demand with amnesty. Read more...

Irish Overstayer Accused of Murdering Child

By Jessica Vaughan, January 24, 2013

The stories plastered all over the front pages of newspapers in the Boston area reveal that the nanny accused of delivering what the police report called "abusive head trauma" to a one-year-old child, who later died, is an illegal alien. This case is further illustration of the serious deficiencies in our immigration enforcement system, and the tragedy that can result. Read more...

Establishment Republicans Support Amnesty - Is Gun Control Next?

By Ronald W. Mortensen, January 22, 2013

Establishment Republicans like Grover Norquist, Haley Barbour, Charles Krauthammer, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) all panicked following the defeat of Mitt Romney and, like a routed army with no leadership, they are in full retreat. However, in this case they are not just throwing their arms away as they desert the battlefield, they are also jettisoning their principles. Read more...

Harper's Magazine Gives the Free Market a Pass on Immigration

By Jerry Kammer, January 21, 2013

Unlike many of my CIS colleagues, I consider myself a liberal. One reason is that I believe government regulation is necessary to curb abuses of the free market. Another is that I think government should be involved in checking the free market's tendency to devalue the work of those at the bottom and to concentrate too much wealth at the top.

I believe that we need to restrict immigration, especially of the unskilled and poorly educated, in order to protect the social safety net and limit the ability of employers to displace American workers or drive down their wages. Read more...

Enroll'em First, Verify'em Later

By James R. Edwards Jr., January 21, 2013

With Obama's health law continuing to be put into effect, new regulations have been rolled out that relate to enrolling people in Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and for premium subsidies through the exchanges. The regulations squarely address aspects of verification of immigration status. Bottom line, it directs states and others to take someone's word for it that he or she is "lawfully present". Read more...

The Multiple Negatives in Immigration Speak

By David North, January 21, 2013

Two of the characteristics of the lingo of the immigration business are its often-convoluted nature and its double-negatives.

For example, cancellation or suspension of removal is good news for the alien — it means that he will not be deported — but voluntary departure is bad news, it means that he has to leave the country (but not in custody).

But the indoor gold medal in the field of awkward, multiple-negative, complex convolutions in immigration law terminology must go to this wonderful headline in the January 7 issue of Interpreter Releases: Read more...

Man Bites Dog: ICE Arrests Deportable Unlicensed Driver

By Jessica Vaughan, January 17, 2013

Last week ICE arrested Roberto Galo, the unlicensed Honduran who killed a young man named Drew Rosenberg in a traffic crash in November 2010, and is detaining him without bond. Galo's arrest is appropriate but, incredibly, despite the fact that Galo repeatedly violated California driving laws and killed someone, ICE had to make an exception to its policies in order to take him into custody and seek his removal. Read more...