Immigration Blog

The Hispanic Vote

By James R. Edwards Jr., October 9, 2012

Sunday's Washington Post ran its "5 Myths" feature on the topic of Latino voters. It wasn't too biased and is worth a read. Read more...

DREAM Act: Rewarding Illegal Behavior to Build the New American Utopia

By Ronald W. Mortensen, October 9, 2012

Advocates for illegal aliens have discovered the solution to our economic woes — the DREAM Act. If everyone would just stop complaining and praise President Obama for his efforts to stimulate the economy by legalizing illegal aliens, we would take another great leap forward toward utopia. Read more...

Friendly Fire Incident Highlights Border Tensions, Strained Resources

By Janice Kephart, October 8, 2012

News continues to emerge concerning the death of Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie. Current evidence has led Border Patrol Union President George McCubbin to conclude that Ivie was killed after firing on a pair of agents responding to the same tripped sensor. This unusual tragedy highlights just how high tensions are riding on the unsecured Arizona border. Read more...

Law Profs: Obama's Deferred Action Not Supported by Constitution

By Jon Feere, October 8, 2012

A new paper by John Yoo (UC Berkeley School of Law) and Robert J. Delahunty (University of St. Thomas School of Law, Minnesota) raises many questions about President Obama's decision to grant legal status to nearly two million illegal aliens under deferred action and concludes that the president's act "threatens to vest the executive branch with broad domestic policy authority that the Constitution does not grant it." If taken to its logical conclusion, President Obama's lawless action has the power to undermine the entirety of immigration law, while expanding the presidential power in all domestic policy areas. Read more...

New Zealand Offers Bright Idea on Identifying Sham Universities

By David North, October 8, 2012

As three U.S. senators (and several of my blogs) have pointed out repeatedly, the Department of Homeland Security is not very assertive about closing down sham universities that operate as immigration visa mills.

There's another approach, as an article from New Zealand's leading daily, The New Zealand Herald, indicates: Let the rival, for-profit schools run stings on the visa mills, and take the evidence to court. Read more...

Why Give Aid to a Nation that Doesn't Accept Its Own Criminal Deportees?

By David North, October 5, 2012

It is a typical sob-sister report on a deportation matter, but it includes a reference to a rarely discussed law enforcement/diplomatic issue: What do we do about nations that accept hundreds of millions of dollars in grants, but will not take back their citizens as deportees?

The answer, sadly, is very little.

The story was in Thursday's Washington Post and its headline tells the paper's pitch: "After run-in with law, Cambodian immigrant's permanent residency is at risk". Read more...

Department of Preening Editorials (5): Verification is THE Key Element of Immigration Reform

By Stanley Renshon, October 5, 2012

Editor's Note: View a listing of the entire series

Mischaracterizing the effort to ensure that only persons who are legally entitled to work here are able to do so as "punitive", is one method by which legalization advocates, including the Washington Post, try to stack the deck against the "fair, cogent, and economically rational" immigration policies they purportedly support. Read more...

Department of Preening Editorials (4): "Self-Deportation", a Misused and Misunderstood Term

By Stanley Renshon, October 4, 2012

Editor's Note: View a listing of the entire series

The Washington Post's tendentious and inaccurate editorial calls Mitt Romney's immigration views incoherent.

They are not; they are entirely consistent, and what's more, if you think about them clearly and carefully they make very good logical and policy sense. Read more...

Fusion: Reaching for the Unattainable in Energy and, Apparently, Homeland Security

By W.D. Reasoner, October 3, 2012

Controlled fusion — as opposed to fission — of atoms has long been the holy grail of nuclear energy proponents, to date with no success, although physicists have lately made amazing breakthroughs in, for instance, bringing forward evidence of the existence of the elusive Higgs boson.

It would seem that efforts to successfully achieve fusion at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are equally elusive. Read more...

People for the American Way Takes the Low Road with Romney Ad

By Jerry Kammer, October 3, 2012

A new 30-second political spot that People for the American Way has launched on Spanish-language television distorts Mitt Romneys views on Latinos in order to encourage Latino voters not to vote for Romney. The ad is part of a $1 million ad buy in the key election states of Virginia, Ohio, and Wisconsin. I saw it on last night's Univision evening news and during the telenovela "Refugio Para el Amor".

The centerpiece is Romney's infamous comments about the "47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what … . who are dependent upon the government". Read more...

Department of Preening Editorials (3): Romney Does Not Support Amnesty for 11 Million Illegal Aliens

By Stanley Renshon, October 3, 2012

Editor's Note: View a listing of the entire series

The Washington Post's erroneous assertion about Mitt Romney having laid claim to his father's Mexican heritage for political purposes, and his supposed lack of specificity, is simply a warm-up for its real complaint about the GOP presidential nominee. Read more...

Elvis Is Back in the Building! (or Coming to a Border Patrol Station Near You)

By W.D. Reasoner, October 2, 2012

This just in from those sharp-eyed folks in our News of the Weird Department:

Headline News (HLN), a subsidiary of CNN, citing the British Daily Mail newspaper, says that U.S. Customs and Border Protection has contracted with an information technology company to initiate use of a virtual reality Border Patrol Agent named "Elvis" to determine when individuals taken into custody may be lying. Let's call him VBPA Elvis. After all, every government employee has to have some kind of catchy acronym for a job title, right? Read more...

MPI & Catholic Church Put on Dignified Pep Rally for More Migration

By David North, October 2, 2012

Everyone was well-dressed, well-spoken, and quite polite, and there were no cheerleaders or brass bands in sight, but Monday's event at the Georgetown University Law School was clearly a pep rally for the more-migration forces. Read more...

Department of Preening Editorials (2): The Issue of Specificity

By Stanley Renshon, October 2, 2012

Editor's Note: View a listing of the entire series

The Washington Post's editorial department is up in arms that Mitt Romney has not put forward a detailed blueprint "to solve … America's broken immigration system". Read more...

DHS Data Suggest You Are Safer If You Marry a Citizen, Not an Alien

By David North, October 1, 2012

If you are a single alien with no claims to a green card, and you are thinking about marrying a resident of this nation, your best bet is a U.S. citizen, rather than a legal permanent resident (LPR), because you are much less likely to become an abused spouse. Read more...

California Governor Kills Sanctuary Bill

By Jessica Vaughan, October 1, 2012

The bill that was the top priority for illegal alien advocates in California, the TRUST Act, was vetoed yesterday by Gov. Jerry Brown. This is clearly a setback for anti-enforcement activists nationwide, who had made this bill the centerpiece in their campaign against ICE's Secure Communities program, and who had hoped to inspire similar measures in other states. Read more...

Department of Preening Editorials (1): Mitt Romney's "Immigration Incoherence"

By Stanley Renshon, October 1, 2012

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The Washington Post is out with a tendentious and inaccurate editorial decrying Mitt Romney's "immigration incoherence".

The Post's editorial begins with what it believes is a putdown, but which actually turns out to make a point in Mr. Romney's favor that it didn't intend. It brings up Mr. Romney's joke before a group of contributors: "'I say that jokingly,' said the Republican presidential nominee, who plainly wasn’t joking at all, 'but it would be helpful to be Latino.'" Read more...

Mexican President-Elect Criticizes Texas Justice System

By David Seminara, September 28, 2012

According to a front page story in Thursday's New York Times, Mexico's president-elect, Enrique Pena Nieto, "contends that there is a widespread perception that Mexican nationals cannot get a fair trial in Texas." The comment appeared in a story about Rosa Jimenez, an illegal Mexican immigrant who was convicted of murder and was sentenced to 99 years in prison for allegedly jamming five paper towels down the throat of a 21-month old child who died in Read more...

DACA Data

By Mark Krikorian, September 28, 2012

USCIS released the first data on President Obama's illegal DACA amnesty for illegal immigrants who came here before age 16. As of September 14, a total of 86,942 applications were accepted (about 4 percent of applications were not accepted because they were incomplete). Of that total, 60 percent were from Mexican citizens, more than double the next 10 countries combined. Read more...

Birth Tourism Baby Calls United States a "Foreign Country"

By Jon Feere, September 28, 2012

Yet another newspaper has reported evidence backing the claim that birth tourism creates U.S. citizens who take advantage of everything the United States has to offer while maintaining allegiance to the country in which they were actually raised. Read more...

USCIS Does the Right Thing and Overrules Its Own Ombudsman

By David North, September 28, 2012

USCIS sometimes does the right thing, and when that happens, this blog, often critical of the agency, should acknowledge such decisions.

In this case, USCIS decided to reject a proposal by the USCIS Ombudsman's Office that USCIS ride to the rescue of incompetent employers seeking quick decisions to hire foreign workers, which was discussed in a prior blog. Read more...

New Poll: Latino Voters Identify as Americans First and Don't Vote on the Immigration Issue

By David Seminara, September 27, 2012

The media often portray Latinos as a monolithic group of single-issue voters who care first and foremost about liberalizing our immigration laws. But a new poll from NBC Latino/Zogby reveals that immigration is a relatively minor concern for most Latinos, with only 5 percent citing it as their top issue. Read more...

Obama Administration Promises to Ignore SSN Fraud, Protect Law-Breaking Businesses

By Jon Feere, September 27, 2012

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the agency tasked with overseeing President Obama's controversial Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program recently updated its "Frequently Asked Questions" webpage to assure applicants that the White House is not concerned with Social Security fraud or illegal hiring practices. Or, as the administration told the New York Times, the White House is "not interested in using this as a way to identify one-off cases where some individual may have violated some federal law in an employment relationship." Read more...

Study Finds Skilled Low-Wage Workers

By James R. Edwards Jr., September 27, 2012

Further evidence that we don't need to keep importing foreign job competitors: A report just out finds that Chicagoland low-wage workers "are better educated, older, and rely more on that income these days to meet basic needs than 10 years ago."

Working-age individuals in the study comprise almost a third of payroll employees earning $12 an hour or less. One-sixth of those in this income category have a college education. Read more...

ICE Offers Social Work Services to Foreign Students

By David North, September 27, 2012

You probably think of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as a law enforcement agency — and it is — but recently it started providing social work services to foreign college students. Read more...

There's Nothing as Permanent as a Temporary Immigration Status

By Mark Krikorian, September 27, 2012

It should come as no surprise that Haitian illegal aliens have been given an 18-month extension on the Temporary Protected Status they received after the earthquake (and which was later extended to illegals who came after the earthquake). Read more...

Non-Citizen Voting Suits Spread to Michigan

By Jessica Vaughan, September 26, 2012

A group of activists in Michigan, including the ACLU, SEIU, and the Detroit-based Latin Americans for Social and Economic Justice, has filed a lawsuit against Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson to stop her from asking voters the question, "Are you a United States citizen?" Read more...

T.J. Bonner's Unfortunate Circumstance

By Janice Kephart, September 26, 2012

I read with consternation the specific allegations of embezzlement against former Border Patrol Union president T.J. Bonner. I have known Bonner since before 9/11, when I was counsel in the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Technology, Terrorism, and Government Information under the chairmanship of Arizona Senator Jon Kyl. Representing a border state and sitting on both the judiciary and intelligence, it was Sen. Read more...

Should a U.S. University President Need an Interpreter at a Criminal Trial?

By David North, September 26, 2012

Should the president of a university authorized by the Department of Homeland Security to accept foreign students in the United States be fluent enough in English to appear in a federal criminal court without an interpreter? You would think so.

Most U.S. university presidents are fluent in English.

Most university presidents are not charged with fraud in a federal court.

Most university presidents are high-ranked employees of their universities, not also the owners thereof.

Most university presidents do not run visa mills.

And then there's Jerry Wang, the owner and president of Herguan University in Silicon Valley's Sunnyvale, who does not fit any of those four generalizations. Read more...

The Huddled Masses vs. the Best & the Brightest

By David North, September 25, 2012

You might say that there are two streams of potential migrants to the United States that are often in at least partial conflict with each other for visa slots — the "huddled masses" and the "best and the brightest" — and the more-migration people are always busy trying to blur or hide that conflict.

This contest takes place within a 90-year-old American consensus that says that most immigration should be numerically controlled — so unlimited admissions of both the huddled and of the bright is not the answer, either. Read more...