Immigration Blog

A Continuing Problem for Restrictionists: The Missing Allies

By David North, October 26, 2012

A continuing political problem for the restrictionist movement is the relative absence of what should be a logical set of allies: African-Americans, Puerto Ricans, Native Americans, union members, the disabled, and perhaps gays.

Members of these groups — all to some extent discriminated against in the job market — benefit from tight labor markets, and perhaps the most important byproduct of restrictionism is the reduction of alien workers in the workplace, which would lead to a tighter labor market. Read more...

Fool Me Twice, Shame on Me

By Mark Krikorian, October 25, 2012

Like Newsweek, the Center for Immigration Studies is going all-digital. That, combined with a recent move, has prompted me to clean out 25 years of news clips and such in our library, and I stumbled across some interesting things. As background, the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act had at its core a grand bargain that provided amnesty for the illegals already here in exchange for "employer sanctions", i.e., a ban on hiring future illegal aliens. Read more...

Eternal Vigilance Is the Price of Border Security

By Mark Krikorian, October 24, 2012

Earlier this year, the lead article on the New York Times op-ed page started this way:

The immigration crisis that has roiled American politics for decades has faded into history. Illegal immigration is shrinking to a trickle, if that, and will likely never return to the peak levels of 2000.

Uh, not so much:

Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis: The Quasi-Student Terrorist

By Jessica Vaughan, October 24, 2012

The unsurprising revelation that foiled terrorist Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, arrested last week for trying to blow up the Federal Reserve building in New York, entered on a student visa has once again provoked demands for reform from lawmakers. But the types of reforms being pushed, while worthy, will not address the most fundamental problem with our student visa program, and would not have interfered with the admission of Nafis. Read more...

Migrant Advocate Cites Increasing Exodus from Central America to el Norte

By Jerry Kammer, October 24, 2012

Among the many immigration stories that are going untold by our steadily shrinking corps of newspaper reporters, one of the most important is the unrelenting exodus of Central Americans heading northward in hopes of crossing illegally into the United States. Univision's reporter in El Salvador had a brief story about the phenomenon on yesterday's evening news. Read more...

You Might Say that Immigration Marriage Fraud Runs in the Family

By David North, October 23, 2012

One might say that immigration marriage fraud runs in the family. Or one might say that here is a new (to me, at least) motivation for a phony marriage. You would be right on both counts in this newly concluded case from Virginia Beach, Va.

Several people are seriously at fault in this case, but the principal villain is neither the U.S. citizen groom in the case nor his (phony) Belorussian spouse.

That distinction belongs to Danil Lyapin who, among many other things, is the son of the bride (Natallia Liapina) and same-sex lover of the groom, Armondo Figueroa, who married the bride to please his male lover (an unusual motivation for marriage fraud). Danil wound up arranging his mother's phony marriage, thus becoming the lover of his own stepfather. Read more...

Rising Concern About Immigrants in Greece

By James R. Edwards Jr., October 22, 2012

Golden Dawn, a stridently nationalist political movement, has taken off in strife-torn Greece, the Washington Post has reported in a front-page news story. This development should serve as a cautionary tale to the Obama administration, whose actions to deprive Americans of their right to self-government could very well spark similar movements here in the United States. Read more...

The Placid Response of DHS to its Enigma Challenge — the Border Tunnels

By David North, October 22, 2012

Here are a couple of problems: in each case a hostile force is using a secret device to advance its nefarious cause. In each case an English-speaking government wants to do something about it.

These are the challenges:

  • During World War II the Germans had (for the time) a high-tech way to mask its military messages; they did so through the Enigma Code.
  • Right now the Mexican drug cartels are using tunnels under the border to mask its delivery of illegal drugs, as well as some illegal aliens, into the United States.

The results of the two governments' efforts:

Testing 4

By jminter, October 20, 2012


Testing 3

By jminter, October 20, 2012


My Vote for Weakest Immigration Sob Story of the Year

By David Seminara, October 19, 2012

I'm a devoted National Public Radio listener, but their coverage of the immigration issue generally leans toward textbook advocacy journalism. Their reporters might invite someone that believes in the rule of law to give the appearance of "balance", but those sound bites are usually buried deep in a narrative-driven story about a law-abiding, straight-A student who just happens to be "undocumented" and ran afoul of the cruel immigration system. Read more...

What Cuba's New Exit Rules Mean for the United States

By W.D. Reasoner, October 19, 2012

On October 16, the Cuban government made good on an old, until-now unrealized promise to its own citizens: Effective January 14, 2013, they will scrap the requirement that Cuban citizens obtain exit permits before they are allowed to travel outside the country. Read more...

Another One Bites the Dust

By Jessica Vaughan, October 18, 2012

Criminal aliens, illegal drunk drivers, identity thieves, and gang members are breathing a sigh of relief in Prince William County, Va., as they now have much less chance of being disturbed or uprooted by ICE or local police, thanks to the latest move by the White House to dismantle the successful 287(g) enforcement program.

Last week, county officials were informed by ICE that their program was next on the chopping block, following cancellations in Arizona and North Carolina. Despite having identified about 5,000 removable aliens who had been arrested for other offenses and processing a large share of them for removal at little cost to ICE; enabling ICE agents in Virginia to give better service to other parts of the state; and despite the absence of any findings of abuse or mismanagement, the White House has decided that the program must go. Read more...

ICE Refuses to Detain Illegal Alien Journalist

By Jon Feere, October 18, 2012

Once again, illegal alien and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas has highlighted the fact that U.S. immigration laws are woefully under-enforced. The poster boy for the illegal alien cause was recently arrested in Minnesota after allegedly driving dangerously and presenting his fraudulent and cancelled Washington driver's license to a police officer. His court hearing is today, October 18. Read more...

No Limiting Principle

By Mark Krikorian, October 17, 2012

Well, in what will be four presidential/vice-presidential debates, at least there was one question on immigration. Last night’s question, like almost all the others from this group of “undecided” voters, came from a Democratic perspective, offering yet another new euphemism for “illegal aliens”: “immigrants without their green cards that are currently living here as productive members of society.”

Each candidate gave his usual line, but a few things were interesting: Read more...

USCIS Does Right Thing on EB-5 Issue — and Wins a Round in Court

By David North, October 17, 2012

As we reported in an earlier blog, the staff of USCIS rejected a questionable set of immigrant investor applications, revoking some earlier decisions in the process, and brought down on the agency a court case filed by some of the biggest guns in the EB-5 business. Read more...

Choose You This Day Whom You Will Serve

By James R. Edwards Jr., October 16, 2012

The open-borders group CASA de Maryland, which is pushing the state-level DREAM-lite — in-state tuition for the state's illegals — on the ballot this fall is putting its religious allies between a rock and a hard place.

CASA de Maryland has joined forces with homosexual activists who are mobilizing on the gay marriage issue, which also will appear on Maryland's ballot on November 6.

This political alliance, decided by the groups' radical leadership, puts Hispanic clergy in league with those trying to legitimize sexual conduct the Bible clearly doesn't condone (see Romans 1:24-26 and work your way back to Exodus). Read more...

NYC Immigration Judges Favor Aliens More Frequently

By W.D. Reasoner, October 16, 2012

An interesting item was published in the September 27 edition of Capital (a New York-based online publication), which in my view deserves a great deal more attention that it appears to be getting.

According to the article, "While nearly two-thirds of deportation cases nationwide end in the target's removal from the country, the results in New York City have been starkly different. Here, 74 percent of deportation proceedings this year have ended with the immigrant being allowed to stay in the United States." Read more...

From Disruption to Dismantling: Feds Turn Up the Heat on MS-13

By W.D. Reasoner, October 15, 2012

The U.S. Treasury Department has announced the designation of the gang Mara Salvatrucha (also known as MS-13) as a transnational criminal organization (TCO). This move shows just how far MS-13 has come over the years, from its start as a group of violent illegal alien thugs from El Salvador making extra money selling weapons to other gangs in Los Angeles, to its status as a significant criminal enterprise with international partners and a diversified portfolio of criminal activity, including bulk cash smuggling and sex-, drug-, and weapons-trafficking. Going after the gang's money and other assets makes perfect sense. But we were a little puzzled that the feds have not also moved to more effectively target the other obvious vulnerability for MS-13 and all TCOs — immigration status and the need to move across borders. Read more...

How USCIS Has Tilted DACA Decision-Making

By David North, October 15, 2012

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), the ranking GOP member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, respectively, have uncovered an outrageous, but not entirely surprising, feature of the way in which the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) amnesty program is being carried out. Read more...

DACA Amnesty Stats

By Mark Krikorian, October 12, 2012

USCIS reports today that 179,794 applications for the president's illegal DACA amnesty have been accepted as of October 10, and 4,591 have been approved, up from 29 a month ago. There's no indication that any applications have been turned down.

Grand Old Man of Immigration Bar Weighs In vs. New H-1B Forms

By David North, October 12, 2012

It's the immigration policy version of the Royal Navy steaming out of Portsmouth Harbor on its way to the Falklands War; it means that an establishment is facing a serious challenge.

That's the image I had when I read the front-page, signed article in the September 24 issue of the immigration bar's trade paper Interpreter Releases by the grand old man of the immigration bar, Austin Fragomen, Jr. It is highly critical of a proposed set of procedures and forms for the H-1B program announced by the U.S. Department of Labor (DoL). The article is not available online, and it is one of the rare such treatments of a policy issue by IR. Read more...

The Caption Should Have Read: "EB-5 Investor Ducks Courthouse Camera"

By David North, October 10, 2012

We rarely see news photos of EB-5 investors, legitimate or illegitimate, but we almost did in yesterday's New York Times. EB-5 is the immigrant investor program. Read more...

ICE Declines to Detain Known Illegal Alien Stopped for Driving on a Suspended License

By David Seminara, October 10, 2012

Immigration activist and former Washington Post reporter Jose Antonio Vargas, an illegal immigrant from the Philippines, was arrested on Friday in Minnesota during a traffic stop, but ICE refused to take custody of him. Vargas "came out" as an illegal immigrant in a piece he wrote for the New York Times Magazine last year in which he admitted to committing document fraud to try to conceal his illegal status in the United States. Read more...

We Should Open Our Eyes to a Wider Set of Migration Issues

By David North, October 9, 2012

One of the troubles with those of us who focus on immigration policy in the United States is that we think almost exclusively about migration to this country, and forced migration (deportation) out of it. I must admit to being guilty of those narrow thought processes most of the time.

There are two other subjects, however, that should get more consideration than they get:

  • Voluntary departures from the United States of both citizens and aliens, the subject of today's blog, and
  • Immigration control techniques used by other democracies, to be dealt with later.

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...