Immigration Blog

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...

Taming the Crocodile: Reasons to Doubt U.S. Decision to De-List MEK as a Terrorist Group

By W.D. Reasoner, September 25, 2012

The New York Times, among other news organizations, published a remarkable story over the weekend: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has purportedly sent to Congress a classified letter indicating her intent to remove the Mujaheddin-e-Khalq organization (MEK or MKO) from the list of designated terrorist organizations. Read more...

Obama's de Facto Amnesty Shows He's No Solomon

By James R. Edwards Jr., September 24, 2012

Obama's Homeland Security cronies are proving that there's no King Solomon in this administration. The latest "split the baby" decision connected with the end-run amnesty for DREAMers is leaving the rule of law "baby" dead on the administration's trash heap. Read more...

Marriage Fraud in a "He Did It" or, Maybe, "She Did It" Case

By David North, September 24, 2012

I have suggested previously that everyone involved in immigration-related marriage fraud, both citizens and aliens, are bad actors, but the case last year of Police Sergeant Lynn Benton takes the cake.

You see, Benton:

  1. As a woman in 1992, engaged in marriage fraud with a male Brazilian illegal alien;

  2. As a man, nearly 20 years later, was fired from a suburban Portland police force for the marriage fraud and for watching pornography on the police computer; and

  3. As a man, was accused of murdering Debbie Higbee Benton, his estranged wife.

No Hezbollah in Mexico?

By Janice Kephart, September 21, 2012

Just a month ago, the State Department's Counterterrorism Coordinator, Daniel Benjamin, said Hezbollah is "a very ambitious group with global reach." Benjamin did so at an event that re-designated Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, this time for its support of Assad's regime in Syria. He was asked more than once about Hezbollah's threat here in the United States, and while he tried to say nothing ("I'll just leave it at that"), he did: not only is Hezbollah an ambitious group with global reach, but clearly there is more to the story. "I'll just leave it at that" from the State Department Counterterrorism Coordinator means "I just can't tell you right now." Read more...

GAO Report: State Dept. Has Good Tools but Lacks Coordinated Approach to Address Rampant Visa Fraud

By Jessica Vaughan, September 21, 2012

The good news in a new GAO report on visa fraud is that the State Department has developed a variety of new tools over the years to help detect those trying to lie and cheat their way into the United States. The bad news is that top management at State has not been particularly interested in making sure that consular officers are using these tools, even as temporary admissions are at an all-time high, and as the Obama administration seeks to open the gates wider. Read more...

More Proof that Visa Abuse Is Instinctive at IBM

By John Miano, September 21, 2012

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In my last blog posting I pondered whether people were placing fake IBM job advertisements or whether IBM instinctively engages in visa abuse.

I have learned conclusively that it is the latter.

An intrepid reader has pointed out that the abusive behavior at IBM is even more flagrant than I had imagined. To view this firsthand, I: Read more...

How Many Murders Is Enough? Slain Teen's Father Implores Calif. Gov. to Veto Sanctuary Bill

By Jessica Vaughan, September 20, 2012

Jamiel Shaw, Sr., the father of a young man murdered by an illegal alien gang member in Los Angeles in 2008, speaks directly to California Governor Jerry Brown in a poignant new video (see below). Shaw asks Brown to veto a bill passed by the state legislature that would force California law enforcement agencies to release tens of thousands of criminal aliens each year instead of transferring them over to ICE for possible removal. Read more...

Bad Dreams About "Free" Health Care

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

The New York Times has reported on a curious decision by the Obama administration: Amnesty recipients through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) end-run legalization won't be allowed to collect expensive federal health care.

But Rep. Joe Wilson's (R-S.C.) 2009 "you lie" remark during a joint meeting of Congress challenging President Obama's claim that illegal aliens wouldn't benefit from Obamacare may have been prescient, even though the White House awoke the DREAMers from their hoped-for taxpayer subsidies. Read more...

Could It Happen Here? Probably Not, but It Did in Canada!

By David North, September 20, 2012

Could you imagine Eric Holder announcing that he was depriving a group of 300 Arabs of their naturalization papers because they all gave the same phony residential address, that of "Palestine House"?

With the Arab Street, at about the same time, reacting in almost medieval fury to a clumsy and vicious anti-Muslim home movie created by some obscure bigots from southern California?

I would say "no" but that is exactly what has just happened in Canada. Read more...

On the Notion of Risk Management at DHS

By W.D. Reasoner, September 19, 2012

Since taking office, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano has been extolling the virtues of a risk management strategy. For instance, risk management formed a part of her very first testimony before the House of Representatives' Committee on Homeland Security in February 2009. Read more...

USCIS Does Right Thing on EB-5 Issue — and Gets Sued

By David North, September 19, 2012

USCIS has rejected a set of petitions filed by alien investors in the EB-5 program and has, as a result, been sued in federal court by some of the major players in this controversial buy-a-set-of-visas scheme.

Aliens who are otherwise ineligible for green cards can secure them for themselves and their families by investing as little as $500,000 in business programs approved by the government; each investment is supposed to create 10 jobs, directly or indirectly. Read more...

Is Visa Abuse Instinctive at IBM?

By John Miano, September 19, 2012

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When I think of visa abuse, the first company that comes to mind is IBM. Whenever I am doing research on some aspect of employment-based visa abuse, IBM always seems to pop up. Read more...

Tech Immigration and the Visa Lottery

By Mark Krikorian, September 18, 2012

A fight is brewing over an immigration bill which would give green cards to foreign students receiving graduate degrees in science and engineering fields from U.S. universities. The disagreement between Republicans and Democrats does not seem to be over whether to include master's degree recipients, something business has demanded and which was one of my main concerns. Rep. Read more...

USCIS Annual Fee Waiver Loss Soars to $198 Million

By David North, September 18, 2012

In 2009, when the Obama administration arrived, the losses in USCIS fees due to approved fee waivers were at a modest $27 million a year, then it went to $87 million in FY 2011, and currently it is projected to soar to $198 million a year. Read more...

When You've Lost NPR Listeners. . .

By Mark Krikorian, September 17, 2012

The lefty site Alternet buries the lead in a report on a new survey of attitudes about immigration. The poll, conducted by the left-wing firm Latino Decisions for the National Hispanic Media Coalition, purports to demonstrate that Fox News listeners have the most anti-immigrant views, yadda, yadda, yadda. But I thought this figure from the survey itself was most telling: Read more...

Reaping What We've Sown

By James R. Edwards Jr., September 17, 2012

Another Islamist terrorist has been captured in a sting operation by the FBI. Adel Daoud is an American citizen who lives in Chicago. His immigration link is parents who came here from Egypt. The 18-year-old blipped on the FBI's radar because this Middle Eastern descendent spouted jihadist bile on Islamist Internet sites. Read more...

ICE Does Exactly the Right Thing to a Pair of Third-Rate Hotels

By David North, September 17, 2012

Here's an immigration-enforcement story out of Kansas City that produces two useful insights:

  1. ICE can still do a bang-up enforcement job, if allowed to do so; and

  2. Some businesses kept afloat by low wages paid to illegals should be allowed to sink.

The story involves two hotels owned by the same couple, Munir Ahman Chaudary and Rhonda R. Bridge: a Clarion Hotel in Overland Park, Kan., and a Clarion Hotel at the Kansas City, Mo., airport. Read more...

What Should Be Done with Those Granted DACA Amnesty?

By David North, September 14, 2012

While the preferred end-story for the administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) amnesty program should be its termination and an end of deferred action status for those granted it at the close of their two years, this probably will not happen.

Perhaps we should think about alternative end games. We know what the administration wants: It would grant full green card status to all the DACA beneficiaries and it would continue all the current admissions policies. Read more...

Many Are Called, Few Are Chosen — Or, Early Returns for the DACA Amnesty

By David North, September 14, 2012

USCIS has given us the first numerical count of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, and they follow: Read more...

Report Dings DHS for Data Problems That Undermine Critical US-VISIT Screening Process

By Jessica Vaughan, September 12, 2012

A new investigative report from the DHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) reveals extensive and troubling data integrity problems that interfere with a key border security program's effectiveness in preventing the entry of individuals using aliases. Read more...


By jminter, September 11, 2012

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U.S. Further Softens Its Position on Birth Tourism — But a Remedy Lurks

By David North, September 11, 2012

Apparently, the nation's already soft policy on "birth tourism" has been softened further.

A few weeks ago I wrote about an almost accidental ICE move against a birth tourism promoter in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), a U.S. territory just north of Guam. The criminal was in the business of bringing pregnant Chinese mothers to the CNMI and was charged with harboring an illegal alien, rather than for promoting birth tourism. Read more...

The Cost of Responding to Faux Analysis, Part 2: Ignoring Inconvenient Truths That Detract from Your Hypothesis

By W.D. Reasoner, September 11, 2012

Author's Note: Following is the second of two blogs examining the report entitled "The Cost of Responding to Immigration Detainers in California — Preliminary Findings", issued on August 22, 2012, by the Justice Strategies organization. The first blog examined the hype and reaction surrounding release of the report to the media. This blog takes a look at the report itself and critically examines the analysis. Read more...