Immigration Blog

A Cloud No Larger than a Man's Hand at the Southern Border

By David North, March 24, 2011

At the moment the cloud at the southern border is no larger than a man's hand, but it has prospects for seriously complicating the nation's immigration control programs.

Observers have long known that if there were a massive number of asylum applications by Mexican nationals, legal and illegal, the entire immigration apparatus would be seriously challenged, if not totally swamped. Read more...

Morning News, 3/23/11

By Bryan Griffith, March 23, 2011

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1. Obama vows reform on trip
2. OK lawmaker says bill too weak
3. KS considers three bills
4. RI Senate panel hearing
5. Illegal aliens disguised

From the Halls of Montezuma

By Mark Krikorian, March 23, 2011

"13 Illegal Immigrants Arrested in California Wearing U.S. Marine Uniforms". Not only was their illegal entry into the U.S. a crime but impersonating a member of the armed forces is also a crime. But don't hold your breath for them to be prosecuted — U.S. Read more...

Wonderland on the Mississippi

By James R. Edwards Jr., March 23, 2011

A recent panel event in St. Louis can only be described as bizarre and mean-spirited. Alice would have felt more at home in Wonderland than a regular American would when several ethnic ideologues and post-American elites convened to decry Missouri's and St. Louis's decline in the share of their populations comprised of foreigners. Read more...

As Obama Arrives, a Report on El Salvador

By Jerry Kammer, March 22, 2011

The massive headline across the top of the front page of today's Prensa Grafica, published in San Salvador, reads "OBAMA". Just below comes the subhead, "USA President arrives today", followed by a large photo of the president and a caption stating that the visit is expected to produce support both for social programs and for the fight against drug traffickers. Read more...

Morning News, 3/22/11

By Bryan Griffith, March 22, 2011

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1. E-Verify Self Check launched
2. DHS considers credit agencies
3. RI bill would mandate E-Verify
4. CO bill penalizes cities
5. BP agent fatally shoots man

E-Verify Yourself

By Mark Krikorian, March 22, 2011

A new pilot program was launched Monday allowing people to run themselves through E-Verify and make sure the database has the correct information about them. For now, E-Verify Self-Check is available only to people in Arizona, Colorado, D.C., Idaho, Mississippi, and Virginia. If you live in one of those states, it's definitely worth doing (the whole thing, including confirmation of my identity, took me maybe two minutes). Read more...

'You Can't Tell the Players Without a Scorecard!'

By David North, March 21, 2011

That was the repeated call, if I remember correctly, of the guys selling scorecards at the big league ballparks of my youth.

What they offered was the crucial recording system that they said you really needed to understand the game.

Well, that's often my reaction to Immigration Daily, a publication written for immigration lawyers and other more-migration advocates.

Sometimes a governmental announcement does not make any sense – at least not to me – until you hear what the immigration lawyers, writing for ID, have to say about it. Read more...

Sheriff Joe: Job Creator

By James R. Edwards Jr., March 21, 2011

Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona, whom the Obama administration has targeted with intimidation tactics to quash other local law enforcers' resolve, now has effectively become a job creator for Americans. A local TV news report from Phoenix followed up on what happened after the arrests of illegal alien workers that the sheriff made at a string of Pei Wei Asian Diners. Read more...

Morning News, 3/21/11

By Bryan Griffith, March 21, 2011

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1. Crime visa admints 32k
2. UT takes unexpected approach
3. CO bill would change bail
4. AZ sheriffs' controversy
5. AZ proponents look forward

Looking Carefully at the Proposed Immigrant Entrepreneur Bill

By David North, March 21, 2011

While I am fond of Senators John Kerry (D-MA), Richard Lugar (R-IN), and Mark Udall (D-CO), all valuable members of the Senate, there is an air of unreality about the immigrant entrepreneur bill that they have introduced. Read more...

Pushing the Envelope

By James R. Edwards Jr., March 20, 2011

The Obama administration has been pushing the envelope recently in the culture wars. And this is bleeding over into immigration.

Now, the administration will grant the "same-sex domestic partner" of a foreign diplomat a nonimmigrant visa as an accompanying "immediate family member." Not only may the unmarried "domestic partner" of certain straight and gay aliens get a visa, but so may relatives of the domestic partner. My colleague David North has written on this shift in some detail. Read more...

Prof. Matloff Busts 'Best and Brightest' Ballyhoo for H-1B Workers

By David North, March 18, 2011

Professor Norm Matloff (from the University of California at Davis) quietly demolished the industry-cultivated notion that because H-1B workers are the "best and the brightest" more of them should be admitted to work in America's high-tech industries.

He did so this morning a few blocks from Capitol Hill, at the Georgetown University Law School building at a meeting sponsored by the GU Institute for the Study of International Migration. Read more...

The Criminal Alien Constituency

By W.D. Reasoner, March 18, 2011

I've been thinking about alien criminals. Specifically, I've been pondering with dismay a disturbing trend: it seems that they've begun to develop a constituency in this country. When and how did that start?

Although I don't remember falling asleep, I'm concerned that I may have had a Rip Van Winkle moment and awakened to a dystopic version of America in which personal responsibility no longer counts for anything, and the notion of consequences for bad acts doesn't apply. Read more...

Morning News, 3/18/11

By Bryan Griffith, March 18, 2011

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1. Report criticizes detention
2. Survey: CA negative on effect
3. AZ Senate rejects five bills
4. SEIU criticizes Obama
5. Illegal alien charged

Salt Lake Chamber – Enemy of the Taxpayer and Utah Children

By Ronald W. Mortensen, March 18, 2011

In 2006, the Salt Lake Chamber was designated by Americans for Tax Reform as an "Enemy of the Taxpayer".

"This is not a chamber that is looking after the interests of Salt Lake City, Utah and the business community," said Grover Norquist, the ATR's president.

Since that time the chamber has worked hard to maintain the title bestowed upon it. In 2010, when the Utah economy was still struggling, the chamber recommended that the gas tax be increased by ten cents a gallon. Read more...

Ariz. Sheriff Babeu and His (Not Federal) Immigration Task Force

By Janice Kephart, March 17, 2011

Somewhere in the early hours of 2011, when hospitable temperatures conducive to drug and alien smuggling in Arizona had my hidden camera friends calling me and updating me on curious illegal activity going on in the desert, the mayors of three Arizona border towns – one on the western end of the state's border with Mexico, one in the middle, one in the east – decided that they were tired of their county to the north complaining about surging violence attributed to drug and alien smuggling. Read more...

Morning News, 3/17/11

By Bryan Griffith, March 17, 2011

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1. CA Congressmen targets illegals
2. Family of dead migrant sues
3. AZ Senate to consider bills
4. OK Senate passes bill
5. IN Assembly considers bills

Morning News, 3/16/11

By Bryan Griffith, March 16, 2011

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1. GAO: Tech will take a decade
2. UT Gov. signs multiple bills
3. KS lawmaker to push enforcement
4. AZ GOP advances legislation
5. Officer cleared in shooting

Attrition Works, Respected Think Tank Edition

By Mark Krikorian, March 16, 2011

The Public Policy Institute of California is about as respectably mainstream (i.e. liberal) as a think tank can get. Its board of advisors includes people from all the state's commanding heights: the teacher’s union and Disney, SEIU and Sun Microsystems, the Bank of America and the ACLU, Goldman, Sachs and the Natural Resources Defense Council. Its publications are routinely published in Spanish and on immigration its work has generally reflected the bien-pensant consensus that more is better.

Which is why its latest report is so arresting. Read more...

Morning News, 3/15/11

By Bryan Griffith, March 15, 2011

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1. AZ bills receive support
2. MD tuition break moves forward
3. KS House panel drops bill
4. MN firm hit by audit
5. Ruling due in CA shooting

Secure Communities, Please

By Jessica Vaughan, March 14, 2011

There are approximately 2.1 million criminal aliens living in the United States, according to new figures from ICE's Secure Communities office. Of these, about 1.9 million are removable, and the remaining 200,000 are green card holders who committed lesser crimes allowing them to avoid removal. Read more...

Advocates for More Immigration Outline New Strategies

By David North, March 14, 2011

The ever-creative, nicely-funded advocates of more migration have announced a new set of strategies for federal action.

In a nutshell: if congressionally-enacted "comprehensive immigration reform" is off the table for two years, their emphasis will be on narrow administration actions that can be implemented without congressional approval. Each of the actions will be focused on the rights of some groups of aliens – not numbers – and all of them in totality will encourage more migration directly or indirectly, though that is not mentioned. Read more...

ICE's Morton Envisions a 'Culture of Compliance'

By Jerry Kammer, March 14, 2011

John Morton, the director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, appeared on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" this morning. (See the video here.) He offered this general outline for a credible program of worksite enforcement. Morton envisioned a cultural shift that would end the workplace charade that for the past 25 years has made a mockery of the 1986 law that, for the first time, made it illegal to hire illegal immigrants. Said Morton: Read more...

Like Nike, States Just Do It!

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

Though some things may take an act of Congress, as the old saying goes, the states remain the laboratories of democracy. And lately, much of the democracy in action dealing with the adverse consequences of immigration overload has occurred in state legislatures. Read more...

One of the World's Smallest Navies Thwarts Illegal Entries to the U.S.

By David North, March 13, 2011

It is one of the world's tiniest navies, yet it is doing an effective job of preventing illegal entries to the U.S.

And, no, it does not carry the U.S. flag, and it may not even get any U.S. government funds.

The entity is the Royal Bahamas Defense Force (BDF), which is the army, navy, and air force of the Bahamas, all wrapped into a single organization.

If everyone's press releases are to be believed, it is much, much more likely to stop illegal immigrants from Haiti than all of America's migration cops put together. Read more...

The State of E-Verify

By Mark Krikorian, March 11, 2011

Numbers USA has an informative map of the status of E-Verify mandates in the states: Read more...

In Two Weeks, 295 Apprehensions in the Ajo SBInet Sector

By Janice Kephart, March 11, 2011

In the past two weeks, the Ajo Border Patrol sector has publicized its apprehension of three large groups of illegals totaling 295 individuals using video operators and surveillance systems. These catches represent abnormally high numbers of illegals in single groupings crossing the desert before the heat of spring rolls in. Read more...

Columnist Laments Mexico's Double Standard

By Jerry Kammer, March 10, 2011

An opinion column in today's El Universal, the Mexico City daily, criticizes Mexican judicial authorities and Mexican society in general for failing to respond to the rampant kidnapping of migrants passing through on their way to the U.S. border.

Columnist Miguel Carbonell cites a report by the National Human Rights Commission that over a six-month period last year, 11,000 migrants – mostly from Central America – were kidnapped. Read more...

A Slip? Deliberate? USCIS Positions English Document in Second Place

By David North, March 10, 2011

I am not an English language zealot.

I do not mind the occasional translation of a government document that deals with a limited-English population being translated into another tongue. Emergency signs, for example, in two languages are probably useful to both English speakers and speakers of the other language.

But if a U.S. government agency is going to print something in two languages, should not the English version appear first? Above, rather than below; and on the left side of the page, rather than the right? (We read from left to right.) Read more...