Immigration Blog

Good Intentions and the Road to Perdition

By W.D. Reasoner, July 11, 2012

The California legislature is inching toward an "anti-Arizona" measure that would permit law enforcement agencies to ignore detainers filed by federal immigration authorities and prohibit police from questioning individuals pulled over during traffic stops, for instance, about their immigration status.

Two slightly different bills have passed each house of the legislative branch; they will have to be reconciled before a final vote. But no matter how you slice it, the bills are misguided and will do nothing but impede public safety, and quite possibly national security. Read more...

Obama Spreads Misinformation at Naturalization Ceremony

By Jon Feere, July 10, 2012

Immigrant (noun): "a person who comes to a country to take up permanent residence"
— Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Work-Load Data Revealed for Secretive USCIS Agency

By David North, July 10, 2012

The in-house appeals agency that reviews many USCIS staff decisions is noted for its penchant for secrecy. Unlike similar entities in other departments, it issues no statistical summaries of its activities (known to me anyway) and, as we have noted before, redacts such basic items from its decisions as the names of the applicants, the lawyers, the employers, and even the adjudicators involved.

That organization, the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO), does, however, publish redacted copies of its orders. Read more...

Congress Pushes for More Foreign STEM Students Despite Surplus

By John Miano, July 9, 2012

The Washington Post ran an interesting article on July 7 that, when examined in context, illustrates just how much dysfunction there is in Congress.

The title sums up the situation well: "U.S. pushes for more scientists, but the jobs aren't there". Read more...

False Prophets of Open Borders

By James R. Edwards Jr., July 9, 2012

"Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves." So warned Christ in the Sermon on the Mount. So came forth such false prophets recently at a press conference held on Capitol Hill. Read more...

Amnesties Are Forever: A New Jersey Case History

By David North, July 9, 2012

It seems like one of those bad, recurring dreams, but it is reality.

The scene shifts from a gritty town next to Newark, N.J., to India, and back again.

The criminal is Naranjan Patel.

His partner in crime is lawyer Jonathan Saint-Preux, of Irvington, N.J., who attended a George W. Bush White House Christmas party in 2006, two months after both were indicted, according to Bloomberg News.

The prosecutor is named Christie.

How to Break the Immigration Policy Impasse (6): The Consequences of Stalemated Wars of Attrition

By Stanley Renshon, July 6, 2012

American immigration policy is essentially stuck. One reflection of this is that an immigration policy war is being fought out at every level of our political system, in every major governmental institution, and in many civic ones as well. So far it has been less a fight to the finish than to a rough draw, though by no means yet to exhaustion. Immigration policy conflict can best be emotionally described as a roiling sub-current of anger, angst, entitlement, and resentment. Read more...

Illegal Alien Youths at Risk, Redux

By W.D. Reasoner, July 6, 2012

A few days after the Obama administration announced its decision to suspend deportation of young illegal aliens, the Center published a blog I had written expressing concern that the policy might, as an unintended consequence, put additional youths at risk by encouraging parents to send them on the Read more...

WTHR Continues Report on Illegal Alien Tax Loophole

By Bryan Griffith, July 6, 2012

The WTHR 13 News in Indiana has continued its investigation revolving around IRS income tax returns from illegal immigrants. I wrote on their investigation previously in a blog that contained the first four reports. Since that time, WTHR investigative reporter Bob Segall has released two more reports on the massive fraud committed by illegal aliens via ITIN tax filings (embedded/linked to below). Read more...

Within DHS, ICE Pressies Ignore USCIS Accomplishment

By David North, July 5, 2012

A couple of months ago, one arm of the Department of Homeland Security did the right thing — it re-designed a form it had been using for decades to make it less useful to fraudsters. This was done by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and was covered in an earlier blog of mine. Read more...

States Can Address the Negative Impacts of Illegal Immigration Using Tools They Already Have

By Ronald W. Mortensen, July 5, 2012

While some see the recent Supreme Court ruling on Arizona's S.B.1070 as "The beginning of the end of the anti-immigrant state law movement", my colleague John Feere, points out that "As a result of rulings from the Supreme Court and lower courts, the message is clear that even though a line must be drawn somewhere, states do have a role to play when it comes to immigration." Read more...

How to Break the Immigration Policy Impasse (5): The Supreme Court Speaks … but in Tongues

By Stanley Renshon, July 5, 2012

Many Americans think of the Supreme Court as the final arbiter of the constitutionality, and therefore political legitimacy, of legislative and executive policy and behavior. That, however, is the 8th grade civics class version of a much more complex reality.

When considering the court's decisions, Americans are used to thinking in broad summary strokes and striking finality. Court strikes down! Court affirms! Read more...

The Forgotten Americans

By Marguerite Telford, July 3, 2012

The media immediately responded to the Supreme Court's decision on SB1070 with the expected winner-loser political statements we have all come to expect. Now, not only can the Democrats and Republicans not work together, the states and the feds can't either. Lost in the multitude of news reports and opinion articles is the sad situation that brought about the drafting of Arizona's "Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act" in the first place. Read more...

USCIS Quietly and Slowly Closed a Small Loophole in the Immigration System

By David North, July 3, 2012

This blog often criticizes USCIS for bending over backward to accommodate tiny to small classes of would-be migrants to the United States, such as the abused step-parents of U.S. citizens and "investors" in the Mariana Islands who were considered both rich enough to be investors, but too poor to pay USCIS fees, as can be seen here and here. Read more...

Here's a Switch – Marriage Fraud in Which the Alien is the Victim

By David North, July 3, 2012

Usually the alien comes out ahead (unless caught) in fraudulent marriage schemes, but an exception appeared in Upstate New York recently.

In the most common type of immigration-related marriage fraud, he (it is usually a male) bribes a citizen or a green card holder to enter into a phony marriage and the alien winds up with a green card for himself. The resulting divorce is mutually accepted. Read more...

How to Break the Immigration Policy Impasse (4): Court of Last Resort?

By Stanley Renshon, July 2, 2012

Those on both sides of the immigration divide have had some legislative success with their initiatives at the state level. Those hoping to further legalization for the country's 10-12 million illegal aliens have been successful in getting several states to allow some of them to gain the benefit of in-state tuition at state colleges. With that successful legislation comes a form of de facto regularization of their immigration status. Read more...

Una Poca de Gracia — A Little Grace — for the Immigration Debate

By Jerry Kammer, June 29, 2012

"La Bamba", a Mexican folk song that in 1958 was turned into a pop hit by Richie Valens, observes that in order to climb to heaven you need "a big ladder, and another smaller one". It adds that to dance "La Bamba" you need "a little grace". This week, I received a message from Cornell law professor Stephen Yale-Loehr that provided a measure of both of those wondrous tools. They will be necessary if there is to be compromise in the national battle over immigration policy.

Let me explain.

Quinnipiac: Public Responds to S.B. 1070 and Dream Decree

By Jon Feere, June 29, 2012

A pollster for the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute explains that the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on Arizona's S.B. 1070 will make immigration a central issue during the presidential election this November. The pollster points to some recent surveys not widely reported by the media: Read more...

How to Break the Immigration Policy Impasse (3): State Wars of Attrition

By Stanley Renshon, June 28, 2012

America's 50 states have famously been called "laboratories of democracy", an idea first formulated in 1932 by Justice Louis Brandeis. He wrote "that a single courageous state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country." Read more...

How to Break the Immigration Policy Impasse (2): Federal Wars of Attrition

By Stanley Renshon, June 27, 2012

When political leaders and activists both have deeply felt views about a policy issue, when the general public has conflicted views about the same issue, and when no consensus exists or can be developed, policy wars of attrition are likely to be the result. That succinctly describes the state of American immigration policy today. Read more...

USCIS Holds Pep Rally in a Glorious Building

By David North, June 27, 2012

Had the session been on a college campus you might call it a combination pep rally/bestowal of an honorary degree/lecture series/question-and-answer period.

But yesterday's event was off-campus, it was the USCIS session at the U.S. Institute of Peace, just off the Mall in Washington, DC, carrying the resounding title of "Partnering for Excellence: USCIS's First National Stakeholder Symposium". Read more...

C-SPAN Callers and Justice Kennedy's Call for "Rational Civic Discourse"

By Jerry Kammer, June 27, 2012

As someone who lived in Arizona for much of my adult life and covered immigration for many years as a reporter, I have closely followed the controversy involving S.B. 1070. Yesterday's "Washington Journal" program on C-SPAN included comments that were striking from two distinct points of view. Read more...

It's STILL the Economy, Stupid

By W.D. Reasoner, June 26, 2012

The first-term president begins to put a wrap on his four years in office and shifts into campaign mode with all the benefits and advantages of incumbency, the trappings of office: travel on Air Force One to ostensibly official events that can be used to amplify his accomplishments; the power of the bully pulpit to command a substantial portion of media attention and send his messages to the American people. Read more...

Supreme Court Gives Some Support to Arizona’s S.B. 1070

By Jon Feere, June 25, 2012

The federal government estimates that Arizona has one of the fastest growing illegal immigrant populations in the country, increasing from 330,000 in 2000 to 560,000 by 2008. In an effort to alleviate some of the problems associated with illegal immigration, Arizona passed S.B. 1070, the “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act,” which is designed to “discourage and deter” illegal immigration. The Obama administration filed suit against Arizona, arguing that the state did not have the authority to enforce the act. Four provisions of S.B. Read more...

Senator Marco Rubio Takes on Jorge Ramos, and Wins

By Jerry Kammer, June 25, 2012

Jorge Ramos, the popular Univision news anchor, makes no pretense of objectivity about illegal immigration. He fills his newscasts with human interest stories about the plight of illegal immigrants, scorning the fundamental journalistic responsibility to report the experiences of those who resent the influx and feel overwhelmed by it. He has declared that those who oppose it are xenophobes. Read more...

BREAKING: Supreme Court Rules on S.B. 1070

By Jon Feere, June 25, 2012

Read about the possible implications of the S.B. 1070 Supreme Court decision.

  • The U.S. Supreme Court has rendered a decision on the four provisions of Arizona's S.B. 1070 questioned in Arizona v. United States.

  • The Ninth Circuit has been reversed in part affirmed in part.

  • Section 2 upheld, which allows local police to question status.

Economists, Lawyers Tussle at USCIS EB-5 Meeting

By David North, June 25, 2012

It was one of those inconclusive, awkward Washington meetings that left everyone feeling frustrated.

To add to the tension, it was also a session in which government economists, with an unpleasant message for their audience, were speaking to a crowd of private-sector lawyers. The lawyers wanted both a more generous immigrant investor (EB-5) program and more precision in the procedures, and they seemed to feel that they got neither. Read more...

4.6 Million Waiting for Green Cards Displaced by Dreamers

By Jessica Vaughan, June 22, 2012

4.6 million individuals world-wide who have been approved to be sponsored for green cards by U.S. citizens, current green card holders, and U.S. employers through the established legal immigration process will now have to step aside for a while in order for USCIS to process the deferred action applications of people hoping to qualify under the Obama administration's Dream Scheme. Read more...

Terrorist Travel Remains a Priority for al Qaeda; Obama Policies Support Easy Entry, Embedding

By Janice Kephart, June 22, 2012

Terrorist travel may not still be at the top of the agenda for politicians on Capitol Hill, but travel remains a top priority for terrorists. The world was given a glimpse of how al Qaeda top leadership conducted reconnaissance in a recent trial in the United Kingdom of a British Airways employee now serving 30 years for his participation in an airline plot with Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born cleric killed by a drone in Yemen last September. Read more...

'The Same Priority as Citizens'?

By Mark Krikorian, June 22, 2012

One item in Romney's immigration platform that I hadn't seen before was this: "Mitt Romney will work with Congress to give legal permanent residents the same priority as citizens when applying to bring husbands, wives, and minor children to the United States." That means they would be admitted without numerical limit. Read more...