Immigration Blog

Law Prof on Obama's Administrative Amnesty

By Jon Feere, August 23, 2011

Temple U. law professor (and CIS Fellow) Jan Ting – one of the few in his field to recognize the problems created by Obama's administrative amnesty – has authored a new op-ed in which he writes:

The administration is thus implementing by executive order a policy it could not get Congress to adopt or even consider: amnesty for the millions of foreigners who entered the U.S. illegally or who overstayed their temporary visitor visas in order to work illegally in the U.S.

Case Study: Remembrance of Amnesties Past

By David North, August 23, 2011

It is useful – say, once every six months or so – to be reminded that amnesties of illegal aliens last a long, long time.

Today's case stars one Mohammed Uddin, a Pakistani citizen, who snuck across the border back in 1984, and who last month won an interim decision in the Third Circuit that will keep him from being deported for a while, at least until his next court case is settled.

He has been in the States for more than a quarter of a century, and every so often DHS made an effort to get him removed, but, so far, he has not actually been deported. Read more...

DHS Letter to Congress on Administrative Amnesty

By Jon Feere, August 22, 2011

DHS Secretary Napolitano's letter to congressional Democrats does not confirm whether the administratively-amnestied illegal aliens will receive worker authorization. Nor does it attempt to justify the administration's apparent usurpation of congressional authority.

It does claim that the administrative change will "enhance public safety" by directing ICE to wait until an illegal alien commits a violent crime before considering deportation. Both public safety and logical reasoning have taken a backseat to election politics, it seems. Read more...

Caveat Employer: The Risks of Hiring an H-1B

By David North, August 22, 2011

One of the smaller benefits an employer can obtain from hiring resident workers – i.e., citizens or legal immigrants – as opposed to H-1Bs is that the employer can suffer less when he fires the Americans, rather than the H-1Bs.

We are not writing about the worker's suffering, our usual subject, only the employer's suffering. Read more...

Morning News, 8/22/11

By Bryan Griffith, August 22, 2011

1. Obama woos Hispanics
2. Perry talks in SC
3. Sheriffs seek donations
4. Activists cheer amnesty
5. Bishop targets AL

DHS Admits: "Non-legislative amnesty" would be "controversial, not to mention expensive."

By Jon Feere, August 22, 2011

The White House and the Department of Homeland Security remain tight-lipped about any details on the Obama administration’s attempt at an administrative amnesty, more than three days after the news story first broke. Read more...

An Unhappy Hershey Experience

By Jessica Vaughan, August 21, 2011

The recent guestworker protests at the Hershey chocolate plant in Palmyra, Penn. provide welcome exposure of the State Department’s cultural exchange visa charade. Billed as a form of public diplomacy to help foreigners better understand America, in fact most of these are cheap guestworker programs, wrapped up in the pretense of a cultural exchange. Read more...

White House Embraces Administrative Amnesty After Failing to Get Congress on Board

By Janice Kephart, August 19, 2011

GWEN IFILL: Cecilia Munoz, of National Council of La Raza, you heard President Fox speak today in Milwaukee. Why is the idea of legalizing illegal immigrants who are already living here making their status legal, why is that a good idea?

Obama Amnesty Gives A Pass to ID Theft, and Other Crimes

By Jon Feere, August 19, 2011

Despite the nonsensical statements coming out of DHS today, all illegal aliens do “pose a threat” to society in one way or another. Just because an illegal alien isn’t violent, it does not follow that their presence is not a threat to the rule of law, taxpayers, and society generally. Most illegal aliens violate a number of federal and state laws, and these violations create real victims. Read more...

Ms. Munoz, the White House, and Straw Men Arguments

By David North, August 19, 2011

Today’s New York Times article on the case-by-case amnesty program of this administration displayed -- without comment -- a remarkable bit of “straw man” argumentation from White House official Cecilia Munoz, someone I met decades ago at the Council of La Raza.

Ms. Munoz was quoted, in defense of the selective removal program, saying that the new system would “suspend deportation in low priority cases that, for example, involve ‘military veterans and the spouses of active-duty military personnel’.” Read more...

Yes, He Did! Yes, He Did!

By Mark Krikorian, August 19, 2011

When the president spoke to La Raza recently and said he couldn’t just go around Congress and enact an amnesty, the assembly started chanting, “Yes, you can! Yes, you can!

Well, he did.

Surprise! Quasi-Amnesty Extended for Some Liberians

By David North, August 18, 2011

As regular as clockwork, the "temporary" legal status of a small group of Liberian illegal aliens has been extended for another 18 months.

While most such "temporary" statuses are in the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) category, the one for the Liberians has a different set of initials, DED, standing for Deferred Enforced Departure. It means the same thing: a short-term, but always repeated, status as a momentarily legal alien during which time the beneficiaries can work, but cannot use the status to change to green card status. Read more...

Testimony Suggests DHS Is Handling Immigration Badly in the Marianas

By David North, August 17, 2011

Recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) testimony is deeply depressing regarding the transfer of immigration management in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI) from the local authorities to the Mainland government. Read more...

Failed Campaign Slogan #108: 'Affirmative Action for Immigrants!'

By David Seminara, August 17, 2011

Have you ever heard a politician admit that they support affirmative action for immigrants, legal or illegal? Even the most zealous open borders advocates like U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez would rather not talk about this thorny issue. But every once in a while we are reminded of the fact that immigrants can and do benefit from affirmative action programs in areas such as employment, college admissions, and government contracting. Read more...

Half-Measures Don't Work

By Mark Krikorian, August 16, 2011

The Wall Street Journal bemoans the administration's campaign of immigration audits of companies' personnel records as bad for illegal aliens:

The journey from prosperity to the economic margins followed by Alba and Eugenio is an increasingly common path for thousands of undocumented workers pushed out of their jobs by the federal government’s audits of U.S. businesses, according to immigration experts, business owners and unions.

It's That Old Patchwork Quilt Again

By W.D. Reasoner, August 16, 2011

Earlier this month, Director John Morton of Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) publicly announced that the federal government had terminated memoranda of agreement (MOAs) with several state signatories regarding ICE's Secure Communities program.

According to news reports, this is because the MOAs "may have given a false impression that participation was optional." Read more...

Basic, Upgraded, or Premium?

By Mark Krikorian, August 15, 2011

I have an article in National Review laying out three packages of immigration reforms that presidential candidates might consider, starting from the bare-bones reforms that shouldn't even be especially controversial, to a robust and ambitious package that would take us a good way towards sensible immigration policy. Feel free to send your reactions to me at

Alabama Lawsuit Highlights Growth of Open-Border Groups

By Jon Feere, August 15, 2011

The open-border crowd is very well-funded and constantly growing, as noted in my blog post about a recent anti-Secure Communities effort pushed by over 200 pro-amnesty groups. A new lawsuit filed by the U.S. Read more...

Morning News, 8/15/11

By Bryan Griffith, August 15, 2011

1. Audits make illegals' lives more difficult
2. BP agents check status on buses, trains
3. Rep. club books AZ sheriff as speaker
4. Microsoft lobbied on immigration issues
5. Illegal alien accused of murder

Long May She Waive

By David North, August 15, 2011

The Migration Policy Institute, an open-borders think tank in Washington, has had the following helpful piece of information on its website for two months now:

Independence Day in the United States, which is on the fourth of July, is just around the corner, and with it comes the traditional holiday festivities, fireworks, and waiving of American flags . . . [emphasis added]

Thank you, MPI, it is good to know when Independence Day is, but the U.S. does not waive its flag – it annually waives the need for visas for millions of alien tourists. [UPDATE: MPI corrected the spelling error this afternoon.] Read more...

Granted Asylum in U.S., Mexican Reporter Talks of Corruption

By Jerry Kammer, August 15, 2011

The former Juarez crime reporter who received political asylum in the United States after claiming that his life had been threatened says Mexican police, not drug traffickers, are the greatest threat to Mexican reporters.

"The narcos don't care (about reporters)," Jorge Luis Aguirre said on Univision's Sunday Spanish-language news program, Al Punto. "How does a reporter concern them if they control the government and control the police?" Read more...

Here's an Arm of USCIS That's Tough on Disputed R-1 (Religious) Visas

By David North, August 14, 2011

We have noted in an earlier blog how secretive USCIS is with its decisions about R-1 (nonimmigrant religious worker) visas.

Recently in an FOIA request that produced data on yes/no decisions on every other classification of petitions for nonimmigrant workers, there was no information on what USCIS did with the R-1 requests. I think that was deliberate, as noted in another blog. Read more...

Yes, Joe Wilson Was Right!

By James R. Edwards Jr., August 13, 2011

President Obama and all those Democrats who jumped all over Rep. Joe Wilson a couple of years ago owe Mr. Wilson an apology. For he was dead on when he challenged the president's bald-faced assertion, trying to sell his government takeover of health care, that illegal aliens wouldn't benefit from his health care scheme. Read more...

Child Labor and Illegal Immigration like Peas in a Pod

By Jon Feere, August 12, 2011

When businesses get away with violating immigration laws in the workplace, there's no telling how many more laws will fall by the wayside. Three years ago I wrote a blog post highlighting this phenomenon, pointing to the fact that the ICE enforcement raids in Postville, Iowa, uncovered not only employment of illegal immigrants but also more than 9,000 violations of child labor laws involving 32 youths.

Yesterday ABC News reported that the U.S. Department of Labor found children between the ages of six and 11 working in strawberry fields in the State of Washington, likely right alongside illegal immigrants. The three companies listed – George Hoffman Farms, Berry Good Farms, and Columbia Fruit, LLC – are not using E-Verify, according to the helpful NumbersUSA database. Read more...

USCIS Tries to Bar DoJ from Looking at Its Records

By David North, August 11, 2011

USCIS got its wrist slapped this week by an arm of the Justice Department, when USCIS tried to hide a quasi-amnesty application from an immigration judge.

An illegal alien from El Salvador, Pablo De Jesus Henriquez Rivera, tried to revive his previously rejected application for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), thus making his presence in the U.S. legal, when he came before an immigration judge. Read more...

Making Illegals the Victims

By James R. Edwards Jr., August 11, 2011

An Associated Press report is designed to tug at Americans' heartstrings and imply a question: Why is the U.S. so mean to those illegal Mexican aliens, making them leave the country? Read more...

ABA Wades into Birthright Citizenship Debate

By Jon Feere, August 11, 2011

The increasingly feckless American Bar Association continued pushing an open-border agenda at its annual meeting this week, which was, oddly, held in Toronto. The organization passed a resolution opposing any change to the way in which the 14th Amendment's Citizenship Clause is enforced. Read more...

Morning News, 8/11/11

By Bryan Griffith, August 11, 2011

1. ATF program had early signs of failure
2. AZ appeals immigration ruling
3. Feds oppose border agent's parents
4. Iowa Latinos get little attention
5. Hispanic group sees progress

Morning News, 8/10/11

By Bryan Griffith, August 10, 2011

1. Latino firms lack savvy
2. AZ hits appeal deadline
3. Pearce facing recall
4. Protestor wants to meet GA Gov.
5. GOP woos Hispanic voters

Morning News, 8/9/11

By Bryan Griffith, August 9, 2011

1. Restraint urged on Afghan visas
2. Mexico says outflow drops
3. AL defends immigration law
4. Gay couple loses immigration fight
5. Groups criticize Secure Communities change