Immigration Blog

"Homegrown" Terror and the Importance of Words

By W.D. Reasoner, December 4, 2012

Last week, The Wall Street Journal broke the story of two brothers, 30-year-old Sheheryar Alam Qazi and 20-year-old Raees Alam Qazi, naturalized United States citizens of Pakistani origin, arrested In Fort Lauderdale by the FBI for plotting to commit terrorist acts involving weapons of mass destruction in the United States. Read more...

Sloppy Reporting, Media Bias Downplay Very High Immigrant Birth Rates

By David North, November 30, 2012

If you are worried about the over-population of America, as I am, you might have been cheered by this headline: "Report: U.S. birth rates hit record lows, largest drop among immigrant Latinas".

And you might have been puzzled by this text:

The numbers tell the picture quite clearly. Between 1990 and 2010, for example, the birth rate among U.S.-born Hispanic women dropped from 82.4 percent to 65.4 percent.

Wow! One hundred of these women used to have 82.4 babies a year, and now, 100 of them have only 65.4 babies a year? Read more...

MALDEF, NILC, ACLU Misrepresent DACA in Lawsuit Against Arizona

By Jon Feere, November 30, 2012

A coalition of high-immigration activist groups has filed a lawsuit against Arizona over the state's decision to not issue driver's licenses to illegal aliens granted deferred action (DACA) by President Obama. In their complaint, the groups misrepresent DACA, inaccurately describing the program's eligibility criteria. Specifically, the attorneys wrote: Read more...

Does the Department of Defense Want the DACAs?

By David North, November 30, 2012

Does our military establishment want to recruit anyone from the new set of amnesty grantees, those granted short-term legal status by Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program?

Apparently not.

Given the White House's glowing description of this population of illegal aliens, those who arrived before the age of 16 and were under 31 on June 15 of this year, one might expect that the Department of Defense would look upon them as a useful addition to the pool of potential military recruits. Read more...

The Canadians Are Having a Healthy, Outspoken Foreign Worker Battle

By David North, November 29, 2012

The Canadians are having a delightful and totally appropriate battle over foreign workers — coal miners from China.

Here's the situation:

Kyl-Hutchison Version of DREAM Act

By Mark Krikorian, November 29, 2012

The Republican answer to the DREAM Act was introduced Tuesday by Senators Kyl and Hutchison, and it's called the ACHIEVE Act. (Why do they insist on making up these names?) It has basically the same outlines as the rumored Rubio alternative (interestingly, Rubio is not on this new bill). I assume they took it on because they're both retiring, meaning they're free of political constraints, but it falls short of what’s needed. Read more...

An Urgently Needed Amendment to Any DREAM Act

By David North, November 27, 2012

If there is any legislative move on a version of the DREAM Act, a possibility Mark Krikorian discussed in a recent blog, we should insist on at least this one minimal requirement: every applicant must be interviewed, in person, by a USCIS officer — not by a consultant or by contract staff.

While the officer's decision might be subject to supervisory review, the original recommendation should carry substantial weight in the overall determination of the case. Read more...

The Shape of a Future Immigration Deal?

By Mark Krikorian, November 26, 2012

Two incremental immigration measures might pass in the next year, and their outlines are clear. Read more...

Worksite Immigration Enforcement is Minimal — CRS Study Confirms

By David North, November 26, 2012

If a report from the Congressional Research Service (CRS) implies that immigration law enforcement on the job site is minimal, you know it must be true. Read more...

After the Election, More Flexibility for Sanctuaries

By Jessica Vaughan, November 26, 2012

The Obama administration has quietly abandoned the pretense that it will try to deter local sanctuary policies that actively obstruct immigration law enforcement, such as an ordinance in Cook County, Ill., that orders the sheriff's officers to ignore holds placed by ICE on criminal aliens. Read more...

Even a Stopped Clock . . .

By Mark Krikorian, November 26, 2012

Amazingly, Paul Krugman made sense in a Sunday blog posting (my emphasis): Read more...

If It Sounds Too Good to Be True . . .

By Mark Krikorian, November 21, 2012

A Politico story on the GOP leadership's attempt to stampede conservatives on amnesty has a sentence that neatly summarizes the high-immigration Right's hallucinogenic approach to the issue:

Now, key Republicans are circling back to this argument: Legalizing undocumented immigrants will make them pay more taxes, earn higher wages and bring an underground demographic of workers into the official American economy.

USCIS Sheds a Little Light on Denial Rates

By David North, November 21, 2012

Denial rates in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) amnesty are still being kept under wraps by USCIS, but some light was shed on related subjects recently; further, the agency earlier released some numbers on non-DACA denial rates.

As many have noticed, USCIS is much more likely to talk about case volume (receipts) or grants (approvals) than it is about denials of applications. This is in keeping with its self-image as a benefit-granting agency. Read more...

Not Your Grandfather's Immigration Rules

By James R. Edwards Jr., November 20, 2012

"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to get on Uncle Sam's dole."

Okay, that's not exactly how Emma Lazarus penned it, but it's effectively where our immigration system is today. Read more...

"Comprehensive Immigration Reform": an Oxymoron in the Making

By W.D. Reasoner, November 20, 2012

Well, the election's over and the drumbeat has begun: "Comprehensive immigration reform now!" "¡Sí, se puede!" Most assuredly by now, virtually everyone understands that "CIR", to use the acronym, is code for amnesty for most of the millions of aliens illegally in the United States. Read more...

USCIS, a Judge, and the NY Times Put the Right Spin on a Ping Pong Case

By David North, November 18, 2012

All too often we hear about the heart-rending story of the individual alien, often illegal, who loses a battle with the immigration-management system. The tale is about the high school valedictorian who wants to become a priest or a physician (for instance) who is about to be deported. But we never hear about how many others would have to be granted legal status if this one case were to become a precedent.

In other words there is a journalistic focus on the attractive individual alien, with no thought of the larger picture. Read more...

Socio-Demographic Variables for U.S.-born Hispanics that May Matter Politically

By Steven A. Camarota, November 16, 2012

There has been a good deal of debate in the media about what Republicans can do to gain a larger share of Hispanic voters, who accounted for 9-10 percent of the electorate in the last presidential election. About three-fourths of Hispanic voters are U.S.-born. If Republicans are going to increase their share of the Hispanic vote, this is the population that they will have to reach. Read more...

Are the DREAMers a Special Case?

By Mark Krikorian, November 16, 2012

Now that the GOP leadership has signaled its eagerness to again support the Democrat drive for amnesty and open borders, a fight has broken out on the other side. This is a revival of the public spitting match between the “comprehensive” amnesty crowd in D.C., who want amnesty for all illegal aliens or nothing, and the DREAMers, illegal aliens who came here as children, who are willing to cut a separate deal for themselves. Read more...

Thou Shalt Not Be Comprehensive

By Mark Krikorian, November 16, 2012

While sailing the Caribbean with the NR cruisers drowning their sorrows in liquor, I was delighted to see that two of the Senate’s most stalwart defenders of conservative principle, Chuck Schumer and Lindsey Graham, are back to work on amnesty “comprehensive immigration reform.” What could go wrong? Read more...

Putting a Hold on the Effort to Derail Federal Immigration Detainers: A Positive Decision by a U.S. District Court Judge

By W.D. Reasoner, November 15, 2012

The Morning Call, an eastern Pennsylvania newspaper covering the Allentown / Lehigh County vicinity, reported on November 12, 2012, that a federal district court judge had dismissed a tort suit filed by a U.S. Read more...

DHS Gives Some Criminals Permanent Protected Status

By Jessica Vaughan, November 14, 2012

In one of the most absurd examples of immigration enforcement malpractice yet, this week ICE is planning to take a pass on removing a criminal alien convicted of vehicular manslaughter. On Friday, November 16, exactly two years after Roberto Galo struck and killed motorcyclist Drew Rosenberg while making an illegal left turn in a car he was unlicensed and uninsured to drive, Galo is scheduled to be released from a California jail. Read more...

Here's a Switch — Preventing Immigration Fraud Before it Happens

By David North, November 14, 2012

All too often we read that immigration fraud has been detected years, even decades, after the event.

But our British colleagues have just reported the prevention of a case of immigration-related marriage fraud before it occurred.

Part of the story apparently relates to a heads-up marriage license clerk, and part to an underlying British immigration policy situation that is different from ours and which I will get to later. Read more...

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...