Immigration Blog

Population Boom in Texas as Mexicans Flee Border Violence

By Jerry Kammer, August 8, 2011

The Texas cities of Mission and El Paso are experiencing a population and business boom, as thousands of Mexicans flee violence in the border states of Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, and Chihuahua, according to a story in yesterday's Mexico City daily Reforma.

The newspaper reports that many of the newcomers arrive with investor visas, which the United States provides to persons who bring job-creating investments with them. My colleague David North has written frequently about the EB-5 investor program; for his blogs postings on it, see here. Read more...

An Answer, Perhaps, to the Haitian TPS Puzzlement – Why So Few Takers?

By David North, August 7, 2011

One of the current immigration mysteries has been: why have so few Haitian illegal aliens in the U.S. accepted the government's offer of Temporary Protected Status, a quasi-amnesty?

After the earthquake of January 2010 the Department of Homeland Security offered TPS to all Haitians who were in the U.S. legally or illegally on the date of the quake. It expected some 100,000 to 150,000 or so to register. Read more...

WA Cancels Illegal Alien Journalist's Driver's License; Will ICE Investigate the Papers That Hired Him?

By Jon Feere, August 4, 2011

The story of illegal alien fraudster and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas continues to unfold and he is finally beginning to feel the repercussions of his unlawful activity. Read more...

Morning News, 8/4/11

By Bryan Griffith, August 4, 2011

1. More Latinos insured in MA
2. RAZ Gov. faces deadline for appeal
3. Report says body dragged from Mexico
4. Retailers focus on Latino shoppers
5. Group says Microsoft claim is bogus

Murdoch Henchman Gets H-1B Visa; Loses Job; Flouts Immigration Law

By David North, August 4, 2011

Perhaps the least attractive henchman of imperial publisher Rupert Murdoch (and there is fierce competition for that distinction) got into the U.S. on an H-1B visa, lost the job that got him the visa, and, apparently, has not left the U.S. as he should have done. Read more...

Morning News, 8/3/11

By Bryan Griffith, August 3, 2011

1. Bill targets ultralight smuggling
2. Rep. releases video honoring slain agent
3. Illegal re-entry tops all federal charges
4. Ruling over PA town's immigration law vacated
5. Illegal aliens decline in some CA counties

Case Study: Alien Investor Program Has a Spectacular Failure in S. Dakota

By David North, August 3, 2011

Both images of the EB-5 immigrant investor program emerging from recent DHS documents are misleading.

One, the widely publicized statement yesterday by DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano was that the agency had "outlined a series of policy, operational, and outreach efforts to fuel the nation's economy and stimulate investment [to] . . . create jobs . . ." Read more...

Removal Proceedings Redux

By W.D. Reasoner, August 3, 2011

I just finished reading a snarky little blog a friend forwarded me for review. The blog, "Report Reveals Basic Misunderstanding of Deportation Process," by Ben Winograd, purports to be a critique of my recent backgrounder on removal proceedings. Read more...

Administration Caves to Open-Borders Advocates on Investor Visas

By David North, August 2, 2011

The only thing that irks the administration more than one underused immigration program is having two such programs.

So today the Obama administration took several steps to still further ease the rules in the H-1B program for high-tech nonimmigrant workers, and the EB-5 program for alien investors, as the Wall Street Journal reported under this headline: "U.S. to Assist Immigrant Job Creators". Read more...

Maryland DREAMers Sue to Stop Democracy

By James R. Edwards Jr., August 2, 2011

It would be nice if, once in a while, open-borders zealots would fight fair. But, once again, they're cynically and willfully out to deprive American citizens of the ability to exercise self-government.

The open-borders activist group Casa of Maryland has filed suit against a petition drive to put the state's DREAM Act on the ballot next year. The state legislature passed the bill, then a grassroots opposition movement arose and followed the next step in the state's procedure: put the question to voters. Read more...

Morning News, 8/2/11

By Bryan Griffith, August 2, 2011

1. DOJ sues AL over law
2. USCIS seeks EB-5 applicants
3. AZ attracts donations
4. AL law won't keep kids out
5. NYC bill hits enforcement

Infosys, Big H-1B User, Loses Case but Wins Secrecy

By David North, August 1, 2011

Infosys, the big Indian body shop and extensive user of the H-1B program, has, in effect, lost an age-discrimination case in federal court, but everything about the case is shrouded in secrecy. Read more...

Jorge Ramos, President Obama, and Credibility

By Jerry Kammer, August 1, 2011

In his syndicated column last week, Univision anchorman Jorge Ramos wrote about the fundamental importance of credibility in journalism. Credibility, he said, is a journalist's job: "If a journalist can't be believed, his work isn't worth anything."

Ramos's concern for professional ethics and truth-telling adds a touch of irony to his claim – made on the air and in another column – that President Obama has broken a promise to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, aka NALEO. Read more...

Morning News, 8/1/11

By Bryan Griffith, August 1, 2011

1. Asylum acceptance rate varies
2. AZ donations may be deductible
3. IL Gov. signs DREAM Act
4. Suit filed against MD petition
5. Farmers oppose GOP bill

The U.S. Needs a Way to “Score” Immigration Bills

By David North, July 29, 2011

This week’s hearing of the Senate Immigration Subcommittee, reported in an earlier blog, suggested to me that the nation needs a neutral system for “scoring” the impact of individual immigration bills on population growth.

In other words, were we to pass a given bill, how many more people would be brought to the nation, over what period of time? Read more...

Morning News, 7/29/11

By Bryan Griffith, July 29, 2011

1. ATF e-mails to White House
2. AL educators upset over law
3. AZ counter-suit in trouble
4. One bid for NJ detention center
5. ICE raids Univ. of N. VA

Morning News, 7/28/11

By Bryan Griffith, July 28, 2011

1. Obama takes heat on immigration
2. $24.4 million for AZ fence
3. Infosys employee testifies
4. Legal immigration increases
5. TX Gov. supported DREAM Act

Three Bright Spots in an Otherwise Dull Senate Hearing

By David North, July 26, 2011

There were three bright spots in an otherwise cut-and-dry immigration policy hearing chaired by Senator Chuck Schumer (D - NY) this morning.

Schumer, chair of the Senate’s Immigration Subcommittee, is an old hand at tilting hearings toward the open borders types, people who argue that more skilled alien workers are needed by corporations, and that refugees are good for the local economy. Predictably, seven of the eight witnesses this morning took one of those approaches. Read more...

Morning News, 7/26/11

By Bryan Griffith, July 26, 2011

1. Embassy not told by ATF
2. CA Gov. signs DREAM Act
3. Schools question law
4. Tancredo to fight recall
5. BP agent killed for device

All College Student (F-1) Visa Fraud Comes in Three Parts

By David North, July 25, 2011

Recent news reports reminded me that all higher education immigration fraud, through the massive F-1 visa program, is divided into three parts:

  1. There are the individual students who drop out of legitimate universities to become illegal aliens on their own;

  2. There are visa mills which are distinctly illegitimate establishments; they recruit would-be illegal aliens, and, in effect, charge them substantial fees for their F-1 visas; or they operate marginal operations more keyed to profits than to education; and

The Grassroot Latino Concern About Immigration

By Jerry Kammer, July 25, 2011

As President Obama addresses the annual conference of the National Council of La Raza today in Washington, he will face renewed pressure to push for “comprehensive immigration reform” legislation that would not only provide legal status to illegal immigrants but expand future immigration from Latin America and other parts of the world. Read more...

Case History: DHS, In Effect, Grants 2.5 Citizenships to One Illegal Alien

By David North, July 25, 2011

The Department of Homeland Security, in effect, has given two and a half citizenships to one illegal alien from Haiti.

One, or at most two, citizenships should be enough for any single human being, but the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) of DHS, a semi-judicial agency, has ruled in a recent case that a Haitian citizen, who is also a Canadian citizen carrying a Canadian passport, can also enjoy Temporary Protected Status in the U.S. Read more...

Morning News, 7/25/11

By Bryan Griffith, July 25, 2011

1. Obama to address NCLR
2. GOP considers skilled
3. Farmers use of H-2A
4. Parts of AL law okay
5. L.A. day labor theater

Top Ten Immigration Scams

By David Seminara, July 24, 2011

There are anywhere from 11-20 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S. When I worked as a consular officer at American embassies overseas I saw so many examples of visa and immigration fraud that it’s hard for me to understand why so many haven’t figured out how to game the system and legalize their status. This is a light-hearted look at some of the most popular scams, in reverse order of their relative popularity. Please do not email me to ask for details on how you can carry out these schemes. Read more...

Top Ten Immigration Scams

By David Seminara, July 24, 2011

There are anywhere from 11-20 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S. When I worked as a consular officer at American embassies overseas I saw so many examples of visa and immigration fraud that it’s hard for me to understand why so many haven’t figured out how to game the system and legalize their status. This is a light-hearted look at some of the most popular scams, in reverse order of their relative popularity. Please do not email me to ask for details on how you can carry out these schemes. Read more...

Spinning Immigrant Family Values

By James R. Edwards Jr., July 22, 2011

An interesting Washington Post story cited Census Bureau figures about family make-up in Northern Virginia’s D.C. suburbs, based on the area’s immigrant presence. Read more...

Illegal Jewish Aliens: Too Jewish, Too White for Jewish Establishment Advocates?

By Stephen Steinlight, July 22, 2011

The old leftwing weekly The Forward, like every national Jewish paper and virtually every regional or local one, adheres to the Jewish Establishment’s line on immigration, advocating an unspecified incarnation of the radically subjective policy termed “comprehensive immigration reform,” denoted increasingly by the less menacing-sounding, more user-friendly appellation “immigration reform.” Virtually identical robotized editorials appear ad nauseam in the Jewish press demanding the passage of “immigration reform,” arguing on the basis of the worst eisegesis, out-of-context and mistransla Read more...

Morning News, 7/22/11

By Bryan Griffith, July 22, 2011

1. TX Dems attack HALT Act
2. Deportations reach record
3. WA cancels journalist's DL
4. MD continues tuition fight
5. 14 companies fined

Anti-Secure Communities Effort a Case Study in Funding

By Jon Feere, July 22, 2011

The open-border crowd is very well-funded and quite large, as illustrated by a recent anti-Secure Communities effort. Though the media and amnesty advocates often portray those of us promoting sane immigration policies as part of some enormous, far-reaching conspiracy, the reality is we make up a very small portion of the interests involved in the immigration debate. The reason we are influential is because our ideas and arguments are sound and backed with good research. Here at the Center for Immigration Studies, we’re elated when we receive an unsolicited check for $20 from an individual who received one of our reports or heard us on the radio. (We are a true non-profit and, if you’re interested, all donations to CIS are tax-deductible.) Read more...

Federal Judge Provides a Bit of Good Immigration News

By David North, July 22, 2011

There’s been a small bit of genuine good news on the alien worker front, thanks to a federal judge.

Tens of thousands of H-2B nonimmigrant workers will get an unexpected pay raise on or near October 1 this year because of an order signed by Judge Louis Pollak. He sits in the federal district court in Eastern Pennsylvania, but the order will have a nationwide impact. There were 56,381 admissions of H-2B workers in FY 2009, the last year that statistics are available. Read more...