Immigration Blog

Detained Immigrants and the Right to Counsel

By Jon Feere, April 4, 2013

The Supreme Court has held that deportation is not punishment, but rather an administrative procedure whereby an illegal alien is returned to his homeland. The alien has not been deprived of life, liberty, or property, so many constitutional protections do not apply.

Most important to the discussion is the fact that most detainees facing deportation are dealing with administrative charges in a civil process, rather than criminal. Consequently they do not have a constitutional right to an attorney; such protections only apply to criminal law. Read more...

Pro-Amnesty 'Utah Compact' Rejected by Utah County Republicans

By Ronald W. Mortensen, April 3, 2013

The Utah Compact is the creation of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce and it was designed to push the Chamber's illegal alien amnesty agenda.

The Utah Compact has been embraced by the pro-illegal immigrant Mormon Church, the New York Times, and the Obama administration.

In addition, the Utah Compact was signed by three former Utah governors, a retired U.S. Senator, the state's former Attorney General, and a who's who of Utah business, civic, and religious leaders. Read more...

Enlarging the Pyramid: Why Our Family-Based Immigration System No Longer Serves the National Interest

By W.D. Reasoner, April 3, 2013

There is an interesting article by Jeffrey Toobin in the April 1, 2013, edition of The New Yorker magazine. Entitled "Wedding Bells", it is a legal analysis of the two gay rights cases on which the Supreme Court recently held oral argument, and which it will be deciding this term. Read more...

What I Say, Not What I Spend

By John Wahala, April 3, 2013

The Sunlight Foundation reports that $1.5 billion went to immigration lobbying from 2007 through 2012. The money was spent by 678 organizations in 170 sectors on 987 proposed bills.

Analyzing nearly 1,000 bills is no small task, even for those devoted exclusively to the immigration issue. Proposed immigration legislation can get complicated, with attempts to reform the entire system nearing 1,000 pages. Since immigration affects practically every aspect of American life and Congress keeps trying to change the existing law, you can see why the public might want to invest substantial amounts to influence what is being decided. Read more...

AP Drops "illegal immigrant"; SF Chronicle already calling them "Americans"

By Jon Feere, April 2, 2013

In a victory for those who want to further blur the line between legal and illegal, the Associated Press has announced its decision to stop using the term "illegal immigrant" in its articles. Instead, the new "acceptable variations" include "living in or entering a country illegally" or "without legal permission". Journalists make it a rule to be concise and not wordy. But such standards are thrown out the window when it comes to the illegal immigration issue, it seems. Read more...

Nearly 700,000 Guestworker Visas Issued in 2012

By Jessica Vaughan, April 2, 2013

Last year, nearly 700,000 people were issued temporary visas to work in the United States, either for several years or indefinitely. About two-thirds are in categories requiring skills and/or education and one-third were given visas to work in unskilled jobs. Over the weekend, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced that the AFL-CIO and Chamber of Commerce had agreed on a proposal to increase the number of unskilled guestworker visas above and beyond the number already being issued, and despite lingering high unemployment rates for U.S. workers affected by these visa programs.

The table below summarizes temporary visa issuances for 2012. Read more...

Another Perspective on a Major EB-5 Scandal, the One in Chicago

By David North, April 2, 2013

My immediate reaction in a blog about the EB-5 scandal in Chicago, involving investments of $145 million last month was off the mark.

Being all too accustomed to writing about fraudulent practices by promoters of this program, I was a bit blase about the news and emphasized the fact that the Securities and Exchange Commission had taken the lead in breaking this case, not USCIS. The court filings dealt with getting money under false pretenses, not with the multiple violations of the immigration law and regulations that also had occurred.

What I did not realize at the time was that this really was a very big deal, nationally and internationally. Read more...

An Echo, Not a Choice?

By James R. Edwards Jr., April 2, 2013

With the GOP establishment rushing off to embrace amnesty, which Republican leaders fancy will win them party allegiance from Latino voters, they stand in danger of returning their party to a mere echo of the Democratic Party. The big question becomes whether the GOP will go the whole distance on other issues. Read more...

On Don Young, Chuck Todd, and the "W" Word

By Jerry Kammer, April 2, 2013

I've got nothing good to say about Don Young, the Republican congressman from Alaska who last week stumbled into the headlines with his reference to "wetbacks" who picked tomatoes at the Young farm in California many years ago.

Young's comment shows that he is as thoughtless now as he was reckless when he plundered the federal treasury for pork-laden projects known as earmarks. He was responsible for the most infamous earmark of them all: Alaska's Bridge to Nowhere. Read more...

Infants and Youth Hit Harder by ID Theft than Senior Citizens — The Illegal Alien Connection

By Ronald W. Mortensen, April 2, 2013

Americans under age 30 experience higher rates of identity theft than those 60 years old and older according to a recently released report by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that tracks identity theft in the United States. Read more...

More on Fighting Immigration-Related Marriage Fraud

By David North, April 1, 2013

There are two kinds of immigration-related marriage fraud, and one is much more difficult for the authorities to detect than the other.

In one scenario the alien sweet-talks the citizen into a real marriage, keeps the marriage alive for the needed two years after which the green card can be secured, and later breaks off the marriage and seeks a divorce. Let's call these the con cases.

In the other the alien (or his or her agent) simply pays a citizen to go through a sham marriage. These are the cash cases. Read more...

Heritage: Amnesty Would Abuse Rule of Law

By James R. Edwards Jr., April 1, 2013

The Heritage Foundation think tank has issued a thoughtful paper that adds much-needed perspective for the cowering Republicans and giddy Democrats rush to enact a massive immigration package.

"Encouraging Lawful Immigration and Discouraging Unlawful Immigration" comes from Heritage's legal shop, so it gives due consideration to the effects of "comprehensive immigration reform" on what was formed to be a sovereign, self-governing, republican nation, a nation of laws and not of men. Read more...

NBC's Chuck Todd Serves Up Some Moralistic Mush on U.S. Immigration History

By Jerry Kammer, April 1, 2013

On Sunday's "Meet the Press", NBC's Chuck Todd engaged in the sort of moralistic preening and poorly informed right-mindedness that sometimes makes me want to throw a history book at the television.

With Olympian disdain and pained disbelief, shaking his head sadly and smiling ruefully, Todd declared: "We have the same debate every two generations, with another immigrant group. It was the Chinese in the nineteenth century." Read more...

As Congress Talks Reform, Public Trust at Risk

By Jerry Kammer, March 29, 2013

As I read news reports of congressional efforts to forge agreement on immigration reform, I have the queasy feeling that in their determination to get something done our elected representatives will repeat the mistakes of 1986.

That was the year when Congress passed the poorly named Immigration Reform and Control Act. Now, I fear, they will once again pass a law that will deliver sweeping legalization while failing to deliver credible worksite enforcement. Read more...

Where Have You Gone, Marco Rubio? The GOP Turns Its Lonely Eyes to You

By Mark Krikorian, March 28, 2013

The Democrats seem to be testing Senator Marco Rubio to see how desperate he is to pass an illegal-alien amnesty. Over the past few days, the administration or congressional Democrats have openly rejected all of Rubio's preconditions for an immigration bill, effectively daring him to walk away from the Gang of Eight. Read more...

Let's Get Our Terms Right: The More-Migration People Are Pushers

By David North, March 28, 2013

The terminology of the immigration policy debate is all wrong.

Those wanting to expand migration portray themselves in glowing colors as "reformers", out to fix a "broken system", who want to "liberate" the economy and shed inhibiting practices and laws. Even an "open borders" policy sounds more attractive than a "restrictive" one.

And since, by and large, the writers and editors in the mainstream media are in cahoots with the mas-migration people, these misleading terms are widely used in reporting immigration policy.

I propose a new term for those who want to massively increase migration: pushers. Read more...

On Guest Workers, Slot Systems, and Servitude

By W.D. Reasoner, March 27, 2013

The media this past weekend have been abuzz with news that the so-called "Gang of Eight" — a bipartisan group of senators seeking a way forward on immigration reform — hit a divisive snag over the mechanisms for a guest worker program.

"Over the Hill Gang" would seem to be a more apropos moniker for these folks, given how out of touch both sides appear to be with the needs of ordinary Americans or employers, if the scenarios for the program they're trying to construct are any gauge at all. Read more...

The Real — and Unrealistic — Forces Behind "Immigration Reform"

By David North, March 26, 2013

The great immigration writer John Higham famously wrote long ago that the country-of-origin immigration quota system, adopted during the Harding administration, was the "triumph of bigotry over greed". Corporate greed for low-paid workers was trumped, in his eyes by the forces of nativism.

Things are a little more complex today, but if "comprehensive immigration reform" is enacted in the near future it will be because of the combined forces of: Read more...

Contrived Prayers for Amnesty

By James R. Edwards Jr., March 26, 2013

"But when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men", Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount. "I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full."

Yet, the modern-day Pharisees belonging to the so-called Evangelical Immigration Table (EIT) have planned a public "day of prayer and action" as a political contrivance. In reality, it's merely a day of political activism in religious camouflage. Read more...

Will We Get Another 11 Million Illegals after an Amnesty?

By Mark Krikorian, March 25, 2013

Over the weekend, Michael Barone posited that, contra claims by Steve Sailer and Mickey Kaus, he doesn't think massive Mexican immigration will resume once the economy rebounds and if we pass an amnesty. James Pethokoukis from AEI made the same point, without really any elucidation, during the podcast we did (with Kaus and Trevino) at Ricochet a while back. Read more...

Calling C-Span: A Border Patrol Agent in Texas and a Contractor in Massachusetts

By Jerry Kammer, March 25, 2013

This morning C-SPAN’s "Washington Journal" included a pair of calls, one right after the other, expressing frustration with immigration-law enforcement at opposite ends of the country. The first came from a man who identified himself as Gil, a Border Patrol agent from Hebronville, Texas. The second came from Sam in Boston, who said he is a small contractor. Here is some of what they said. Read more...

Selective Truth-Telling at the New York Times

By David North, March 25, 2013

Here's an example of selective truth-telling, from a story in Saturday's New York Times titled "Finding a Path to a U.S. Visa, Often by Luck":

[S]ome opponents of more lenient [amnesty] policies have contended that the deferred action and other immigration programs might tempt some illegal immigrants to commit fraud in order to qualify. [Emphasis added.]

Napolitano’s Frequent Meetings with Amnesty Activists

By Jon Feere, March 25, 2013

According to public records detailing the daily meetings of DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, she has been quite busy reaching out to amnesty activists over the past few years. While the schedules available online only cover January 2009 to June 2011, and while there is a section missing between August and December 2010, the list is quite revealing. It appears that advocates of high levels of immigration and amnesty have easy access to the White House. Read more...

Selective Truth-Telling in this Morning's Washington Post

By David North, March 22, 2013

Yes, it is true, if you look hard enough there will be a saint or two in the federal prison system. I suspect there will also be a Harvard Law graduate or two. But no news article on the prison population would dream of selecting the imprisoned Harvard grad as the poster child for the population of those jails.

An article in this morning's Washington Post, on the other hand, headlined "Betting the farm — for green cards", picks a highly atypical family that benefits from the immigrant investor (EB-5) program as its poster children. Read more...

Mormon Church Support for Immigration Reform — Naive or Mean-Spirited?

By Ronald W. Mortensen, March 22, 2013

Comments made by Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the LDS (Mormon) Church's First Presidency, coupled with earlier public statements issued by the church on the subject of immigration reform, raise questions about whether Mormon leaders are exceptionally naive or simply mean-spirited and cruel. Read more...

Adventures in Manipulative Polling

By Mark Krikorian, March 22, 2013

Brookings has put out the latest example of bogus immigration polling. Here’s the New York Times lede: Read more...

Gee, the White Horse is Bigger than the Black Horse

By David North, March 22, 2013

There is a long, painful story in the March 22 New York Times, "Officials Still Seek Ways to Assess Border Security", about how to measure the effectiveness of immigration control, with the notion being that there is a political need to have some indication that we have illegal immigration in hand prior to any amnesty. Read more...

Vicente Fox Says Mexico Will Not Act to Stop Illegal Immigration

By Jerry Kammer, March 21, 2013

On March 5 this blog reported that a commission of prominent Americans and Mexicans has suggested that Mexico should establish its own border patrol after the United States adopts "comprehensive immigration reform". Once the reform is in place, they said, "Mexico should actively prevent unauthorized northward migration by ensuring that people who leave the country to enter the United States do so at designated crossing points and with the required documents." Read more...

Does Immigration Contribute to Delayed Family Formation?

By James R. Edwards Jr., March 21, 2013

"'Progressives stress the economics, conservatives stress the culture', said [University of Virginia researcher Bradley] Wilcox. 'We say both matter. They both are undercutting the viability of marriage for young adults today.'" Read more...


By Mark Krikorian, March 20, 2013

Rand Paul’s amnesty speech before the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce was a pastiche of establishment cliches. Permit me to select some and respond:

Growing up in Texas I never met a Latino who wasn’t working.