Immigration Blog

Morning News, 12/1/10

By Bryan Griffith, December 1, 2010

1. Vote Possible by Friday
2. FL considers AZ type bill
3. UT lawmaker introduces bill
4. VA Sheriff touts Sec. Comm.
5. Groups lobby for DREAM Act

Morning News, 11/30/10

By Bryan Griffith, November 30, 2010

1. WA won't join Secure Communities
2. CO policy summit debates cost
3. AZ employer law lacks teeth
4. 15 charged in TX protest
5. Illegal held after DUI crash

Morning News, 11/29/10

By Bryan Griffith, November 29, 2010

1. Rep. pushes for DREAM Act
2. NV sees enforcement proposal
3. SC debates enforcement
4. VA Sheriff talks Sec Comm.
5. Man killed in accident

Foiling Terrorists by Keeping Them Out

By James R. Edwards Jr., November 28, 2010

The Washington Post's Sunday front-page story tells a lot of details about how the FBI kept Portland, Oregonians safe from an immigrant Muslim extremist with homicide bombing on his mind. And, certainly, thank God the G-men were successful in this fascinating and frightful case. Read more...

ICE Finds Huge New Tunnel at Border, But Are Congratulations Really in Order?

By David North, November 28, 2010

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has just issued a press release saying that they had found a major new tunnel under the U.S. /Mexico border south of San Diego.

It was half a mile long, had two entrances on the U.S. side and one in Mexico, and the tunnel was equipped with, the release said, "advanced rail, electrical and ventilation systems." Read more...

USCIS Takes Small Steps Forward on Alien Worker Programs

By David North, November 27, 2010

These blogs are often critical of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), but in this case we want to note some useful (if almost invisible) steps forward.

It involves the foreign worker programs, particularly the H-1B program that currently creates a glut of scientists and engineers in the U.S. labor market and thus deprives citizens and legal residents of high-tech jobs, and results in lowers salaries for all concerned.

While this may sound almost trivial to those outside government, the progress is in the re-design of a government form, the I-129. Read more...

Tories May Have Overreached vis-a-vis Language Requirement for Spouses

By David North, November 24, 2010

The new British government may have outreached itself by planning to require that immigrant spouses of UK citizens must speak the English language.

Lord knows that no American government would make such a demand.

While a Tory-Liberal Democrat coalition runs the government, the Conservatives seem to be the ones setting immigration policy. The two parties, while agreeing to run the nation together, had quite different immigration policies before the recent election. The Liberal Democrats strongly support the open borders position, and the Conservatives do not. Read more...

Morning News, 11/24/10

By Bryan Griffith, November 24, 2010

1. IA Rep. ready to lead
2. Congress considering DREAM Act
3. Unmanned drones help on border
4. CA petition for enforcement
5. CO to discuss enforcement

Fading DREAMs

By James R. Edwards Jr., November 23, 2010

Oh, the cruelty of leading people on and sowing false hopes. But the Democratic leadership in Congress and the Obama White House keep up the charade with the DREAM Act amnesty.

Before the election, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Sen. Robert Menendez put out the word that, yes, they had every intention of moving the DREAM Act. It was about as bald-faced a ploy as one could find – the real intention being to boost Latino turnout in the midterms from abysmal to very low. Read more...

Morning News, 11/23/10

By Bryan Griffith, November 23, 2010

1. Illegals helped to recoup taxes
2. BP agent assaulted in CA
3. Mexican police asylum case
4. IA group seeks enforcement
5. Protesters urge DREAM Act

Immigration Lessons from the Chandra Levy Murder Case

By Jon Feere, November 23, 2010

Salvadoran illegal immigrant Ingmar Guandique has been convicted of two counts of first-degree murder for killing intern Chandra Levy while she jogged in Washington, D.C.'s Rock Creek Park in May 2001. Guandique faces a minimum of 30 years to life in prison. Read more...

ICE to Sanctuaries: Just Say No to Holds

By Jessica Vaughan, November 22, 2010

In what appears to be yet another astounding display of mission apathy, a senior ICE official is now advising sanctuary jurisdictions on how they can opt out of his program. Earlier this month, the top manager of the Secure Communities program, David Venturella, suggested to the San Francisco Sheriff's Department that if the county did not wish to participate, it could simply ignore ICE's requests to take custody of the removable aliens that are discovered in county jails. Read more...

Morning News, 11/22/10

By Bryan Griffith, November 22, 2010

1. Costs of illegal immigration
2. Report: PA contractors fight
3. Few GA co's participate
4. VT AG proposes 'Bias-Free'
5. Act may affect school policy

A Case Study: Violating and Enforcing the Immigration Law

By David North, November 22, 2010

Sometimes it is useful to take a look at case histories of the violations of, and the enforcement of, the immigration law.

It is well known that it often takes the government a long time to wrap up a criminal case involving a violation of the immigration law. Read more...

Where is President Obama's 'Yes, We Can' on the Border?

By Janice Kephart, November 19, 2010

This morning two stories came across my desk simultaneously, both about the southwest border.

In the first, Texas Department of Public Safety went public that they are fighting a war on their border with Mexican cartels. Not just providing some resources and support, but fighting a war.

They fly helicopter missions, deploy tactical strike teams and gather field intelligence, but the battles they fight aren't in the Middle East, they're in America.

Morning News, 11/19/10

By Bryan Griffith, November 19, 2010

1. Tough road for DREAM Act
2. MI state senator targets benefits
3. CT proposal gives tuition breaks
4. NYC police short on interpreters
5. TX tuition bill fails

Rocky Road Ahead for DREAM Act
By Marcus Stern
ProPublica, November 18, 2010

Some Examples of Clumsy Censorship Within USCIS

By David North, November 18, 2010

When it comes to transparency in government activities there are two extremes:

On the one hand, there is the total freedom of information sought by many advocates of democracy, the "open covenants, openly arrived at" concept of Woodrow Wilson.

On the other there is the highly efficient censorship of a dictatorship, such as that of North Korea.

And in the middle there is the not-so-competent, partial censorship of USCIS's review body, the Office of Administrative Appeals, a semi-judicial entity that handles appeals from many USCIS staff decisions. Read more...

Illinois Officials Choose Sanctuary over Secure Communities

By Jessica Vaughan, November 18, 2010

State police officials in Illinois have insisted on blocking most local law enforcement agencies from participating in ICE's Secure Communities program, even in the wake of embarrassing revelations of how Cook County, the state's largest jurisdiction, routinely releases offenders that ICE is trying to remove. At the same time, they seek millions of dollars of payments from the federal government each year for illegal aliens who end up in their jails. I discussed this issue over the weekend on Fox & Friends (video below). Read more...

Morning News, 11/18/10

By Bryan Griffith, November 18, 2010

1. Sen. Reid to try again
2. Jobs and illegal aliens
3. Interviewees debate H-1B
4. 287 (g) in GA town
5. CA student leader illegal

Do Foreign Students Contribute Billions to U.S. Economy, or Take from It?

By David North, November 17, 2010

If you read the New York Times article "China Surges Past India as Top Home of Foreign Students" on Monday you might have seen this line: "And, according to the Commerce Department such [i.e., foreign] students contribute nearly $20 billion [a year] to the U.S. economy." Read more...

Attrition Works, Yet Again

By Mark Krikorian, November 17, 2010

From the Washington Post:

Prince William County's controversial immigration policy appears to have had some effect, as the growth of the county’s Hispanic population now lags behind that of other jurisdictions, a report from the University of Virginia states.

Illegal Immigration Is a Crime That Breeds More Crime: A Typology

By David North, November 16, 2010

Illegal immigration is, among other things, a crime that breeds further crime.

This is a grim fact that the open-borders advocates rarely discuss.

Crimes of passion and bank robberies, on the other hand are usually, to use the English phrase, "one-off" actions. Deplorable as they are, they are self-contained events and do not usually lead to other, on-going criminal activities.

I have not seen this typology before, but perhaps some criminologists have been using it for years. Read more...

California Supreme Court Backs Illegal-Alien Tuition Break

By Jon Feere, November 15, 2010

The California Supreme Court has reversed a lower court holding and sided with California Regents and illegal aliens on the issue of in-state tuition breaks. Under the latest ruling, California colleges (California State University, the University of California, and California Community Colleges) have been given the green light to offer tuition breaks to illegal aliens and deny the same benefit to U.S. citizens from other states. The case is available at the California courts website. Read more...

Morning News, 11/15/10

By Bryan Griffith, November 15, 2010

1. DHS expected to end SBI Net
2. E-Verify now has photos
3. Sen. to block deportation
4. Farm labor relies on fake IDs
5. Few using E-Verify checks

Morning News, 11/12/10

By Bryan Griffith, November 12, 2010

1. 100k Hispanics left AZ
2. $1.7 million verdict
3. Latino Leaders push amnesty
4. Immigrant groups worried
5. Vice sting criticized

Opaque DHS Border Study Implies Diminishing Returns for BP Staff Increases

By David North, November 12, 2010

I may be completely wrong, but I read into a new and rather opaque DHS research document an implication that increasing spending on Border Patrol staff may be reaching the point of diminishing returns. Read more...

Between Calderon's Rhetoric and Border Reality

By Jerry Kammer, November 12, 2010

A column in today's Reforma newspaper highlights the troubling gap between Mexico's rhetorical commitment to the human rights of migrants and the abuses suffered by Central American migrants within Mexico. The column in the Mexico City daily is authored by Navi Pillay, United Nations high commissioner for human rights.

Pillay cites a recent statement by Mexican President Felipe Calderon that, "We don't want to do to the migrants who come to Mexico, whatever their legal status, that which we don't want to be done to our migrants in the United States." Read more...

Paying Illegal Immigrants to Go Home

By Mark Krikorian, November 11, 2010

Gallup reports that 18 percent of Hispanic immigrants in the United States want to emigrate to another country, a third of them to Mexico and the rest to other Latin American countries or Canada or Europe. They are more likely than other Hispanic immigrants to be poor and not speak English well — i.e., almost certainly disproportionately illegal aliens, though the survey didn't ask about legal status. Read more...

Dean Baker on Immigration's 'Mixed Bag'

By Jerry Kammer, November 11, 2010

Some straightforward comments on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" program this morning from Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. Said Baker: Read more...

About That Recent Decline of Illegal Immigrants... Part II: Illegal Tide Rising Again?

By Stanley Renshon, November 11, 2010

So, do the new Pew numbers mean that even with only a small uptick in the American economy, the number of illegal immigrants is beginning to rise again? If this were the case, it would undercut administration claims that it was its tough enforcement policies that were responsible for decline in illegal immigration that Pew had found in an earlier study. Read more...