Immigration Blog

Bahamas Gets It Right on Investment Levels and Streamlining

By David North, April 26, 2011

Sometimes it is downright embarrassing to find tiny Third World nations handling immigration challenges better than the mighty U.S. does.

For example, The Bahamas has just decided to triple the investment needed if you want to get permanent residence there; the bar used to be $500,000 (often used to buy a house) and now it is $1,500,000. These are Bahamas dollars, but they are worth, depending on the mood of the market, a hair more or a hair less than the U.S. dollar. Read more...

A Message from Jason DeParle, and a Response

By Jerry Kammer, April 25, 2011

In Friday's blog post, which responded critically to the previous Sunday's lengthy New York Times article about John Tanton, I noted that on April 17, DeParle had responded to an email from me in which I had questioned the story. As I noted in the blog, while DeParle's email said he would send me a note the next day, I had not heard from him. Read more...

Morning News, 4/25/11

By Bryan Griffith, April 25, 2011

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1. Noncriminals and Sec. Comm.
2. AK cop an illegal alien
3. Bloomberg touts immigration
4. Women lead protests int SC
5. GA business against law Read more...

A Misleading Article on Illegal Aliens and Income Tax Payments

By David North, April 24, 2011

For advocates of the illegal alien population the headline seemed to be a winner. It said:

Study estimates that illegal immigrants paid $11.2 B in taxes last year, unlike GE, which paid zero

The news story was by Albor Ruiz and appeared in the New York Daily News on April 20. Read more...

Insecuring the Border

By James R. Edwards Jr., April 24, 2011

Fox News recently made an exclusive report confirming that Border Patrol and Homeland Security officials are manipulating apprehension figures.

That is, border security agencies are forcing Border Patrol officers not to apprehend aliens attempting to cross the Mexican border illegally. You read that right: Let them go, never touch them. Read more...

Angels Dancing on Pins and the Meaning of Moral Turpitude

By David North, April 23, 2011

Sometimes it is useful to look at a single deportation case to get a sense of how the immigration law is, in fact, enforced.

In the Middle Ages theologians used to debate how many angels could dance on the head of a pin; nowadays, immigration lawyers and judges often argue about the meaning of a "crime of moral turpitude" in deportation cases.

It's not that the alien in the dock is not deportable – that he's deportable is usually conceded by all parties. Nor is there a question of whether or not the alien has committed a crime; again, that is pretty clear. Read more...

GAO Updates Cost of Criminal Aliens

By Jessica Vaughan, April 23, 2011

The incarceration of criminal aliens cost the federal government more than $1.6 billion in 2009, according to a new GAO report. In addition, taxpayers shelled out tens of millions more that year to incarcerate aliens in state prisons and local jails.

Other findings:

Deconstructing the New York Times

By Jerry Kammer, April 22, 2011

When I read last Sunday’s New York Times cover piece on pioneering and polemical immigration restrictionist John Tanton, I thought immediately of John Higham, the eminent historian and author of the classic study of nativism, Strangers in the Land. Read more...

Firm on CIS 'Taking Names' List Zapped Again for Labor Practices

By David North, April 22, 2011

Global Horizons, a Beverly Hills-based farm labor contractor, listed in a recent CIS publication, "Taking Names", as one of the few misbehaving employers of aliens to be penalized by the government, is now in trouble with a different government agency.

This time it is the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and this time the charge is that it discriminated against the 200 or so Thai nonimmigrant farm workers, brought to this country through the temporary farm worker (H-2A) program. Read more...

Father of Earth Day on Population and Immigration

By Jerry Kammer, April 22, 2011

As we observe Earth Day today, it's fitting to note some of the concerns expressed by its founder, the late Sen. Gaylord Nelson. Here are some excerpts from his 2002 autobiography, Beyond Earth Day: Fulfilling the Promise.

If we accept that forging and maintaining a sustainable society is the critical challenge for this and future generations, we must also accept that stabilizing our population will be key to determining our success or failure.

Failure of Imagination

By Mark Krikorian, April 21, 2011

After I'd finished writing the piece that's at National Review Online today about the anti-climactic denouement of the open-borders smear campaign against immigration skeptics, it occurred to me that the whole sordid affair was the result of the other side's lack of imagination or empathy. Read more...

Montana Adopts Legal-Presence Requirement of REAL ID Act

By Janice Kephart, April 21, 2011

Montana has just passed a law requiring both legal presence for driver's license applicants and expiration of a driver's license on the same day that the holder's federally mandated legal presence expires (in the case of nonimmigrants). Oddly, this is the same REAL ID secure driver license law that Montana's Gov. Read more...

Brookings Holds Spirited Debate on Dream Act Variations

By David North, April 21, 2011

There was a spirited debate on variations of the Dream Act at the venerable Brookings Institution in Washington on April 20.

By Washington standards it was a "fair and balanced" session, with both presenters being mass migration sympathizers, as were two of the four panelists. But one of the two restrictionists present was CIS's Mark Krikorian, who suggested that a Dream Act with four major changes could be acceptable public policy, as outlined later. Read more...

Agents Speak Out Against 'No Apprehension' Policy

By Janice Kephart, April 20, 2011

In a strange confluence of news surrounding the activities of the Border Patrol, the agents are speaking out quite loudly – through the conduit of local law enforcement that has repeatedly challenged Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano's claims that the "border is as secure as it has ever been." Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever and Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu made news that agents in the field are back-channeling complaints to the two sh Read more...

Morning News, 4/20/11

By Bryan Griffith, April 20, 2011

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1. GOP vow to kill any amnesty
2. Feds seeks lawsuit dismissal
3. AZ Gov. snubbed by White House
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White House Tries to Calm the Waters

By Jerry Kammer, April 20, 2011

Politico has provided a concise explanation of yesterday's White House confab in favor of "comprehensive" immigration reform, reporting that "The meeting itself has been framed as an effort to show Obama supporters that he is trying to make progress on the issue even if it's doomed to stall in Congress." Read more...

The Regrettable Demise of the Journal 'People and Place'

By David North, April 20, 2011

It is sad to report that People and Place, an Australian academic quarterly, has published its last edition. Read more...

61% of Americans Oppose Birthright Citizenship for Children of Illegal Aliens

By Jon Feere, April 19, 2011

The debate over granting automatic birthright citizenship to children born to illegal aliens has had the effect of shifting public opinion in favor of a more narrow application of the 14th Amendment's Citizenship Clause, according to a new Rasmussen Reports survey. Read more...

Morning News, 4/19/11

By Bryan Griffith, April 19, 2011

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1. Obama to hold meeting
2. Rep. Issa targets H-1Bs
3. Rep. might not back Obama
4. AZ Gov. vetoes bill
5. Group names 10 lawmakers Read more...

Immigration Activist Warns of 'Civil War'

By Jerry Kammer, April 19, 2011

Juan Jose Gutierrez, the president of an immigration activist group called Vamos Unidos, predicts that hundreds of thousands of people will march in Los Angeles on May Day, demanding legalization for illegal immigrants. In an appearance Sunday on the Univision program "Al Punto", Gutierrez said that legalization is the only way out of the current policy stalemate. Read more...

BIA Exposes Weakness in Immigration-Through-Marriage Law

By David North, April 19, 2011

You might think that if an alien obtains legal status in the U.S. through a marriage-related visa that the government would want the marriage to last for a while, say, two years. Right?

Well, you would be, sometimes, wrong. Or so the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) has ruled. (The BIA, an arm of the Justice Department, plays the role of U.S. District Courts in cases appealed from Immigration Judge rulings.) Read more...

Framing the Discussion on Univision

By Jerry Kammer, April 18, 2011

The Univision Sunday morning program "Al Punto" yesterday offered a discussion that illustrated how the Spanish-language television network frames as "anti-immigrant" any measures directed against illegal immigration. It also included comments from a Los Angeles activist about President Obama's political calculations regarding immigration reform. Read more...

Morning News, 4/18/11

By Bryan Griffith, April 18, 2011

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1. Politicians call SB1070 a success
2. IN bill awaits final action
3. OH bills allow enforcement
4. CO Senate panel hearing bills
5. OR Senate to hold hearing Read more...

Sin 'Salon'

By James R. Edwards Jr., April 16, 2011

The seamy side of immigration often gets glossed over, dismissed, or explained away by open-border apologists calling for unfettered legal immigration and unchecked illegal immigration. But an honest look at immigration shows that human sin nature doesn't stop at the border. Read more...

April in Vekol Valley, Ariz.: Drug Shootings, Again

By Janice Kephart, April 16, 2011

In the same area where I filmed "Hidden Cameras on the Arizona Border 3: Guns, Drugs, and 750 Illegal Aliens", one likely drug runner was shot and another killed yesterday evening in a shoot out between drug smugglers. The exact area of the shooting, Antelope Peak, was about a mile from the first segment of that film which highlights the travel methods of drug cartels. Read more...

DHS Pressies Face a Quandary Regarding Publicizing Some Deportations

By David North, April 16, 2011

As a recovering government press agent (Department of Interior, 1997-1999) I read a recent ICE press release with a specialized pair of eyes.

The lead was, shall we say, arresting:

A fugitive wanted in Mexico for beating a young boy to death with a hammer in 2001 was deported Thursday to Mexico where he faces aggravated homicide charges . . .

House Hearing Lays Down Record for Ending the Visa Lottery

By Janice Kephart, April 15, 2011

On April 5, 2011, I testified before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement on a bill that would eliminate the Diversity Visa lottery (DV) program. The hearing was specifically on H.R.704, the SAFE for America Act, is sponsored by Rep. Goodlatte (R-VA), who has been seeking to do away with the visa lottery for years. Read more...

Fired Illegals Say Chipotle Was Soft on Immigration

By Jon Feere, April 14, 2011

Reuters has written an expose on the illegal hiring practices at Chipotle, the fast-food burrito chain that continues to be the focus of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement audit. The article is worth reading in full, as it generally avoids the frivolity found in most immigration reporting. Shockingly, the journalists admit: "Chipotle could have found anomalies had it used E-Verify." Here is part of the article: Read more...

Rising Frustrations, Call to the Streets

By Jerry Kammer, April 14, 2011

On today's "Democracy Now!" program, co-host Juan Gonzalez interviewed Rep. Raul Grijalva. Both men expressed frustration with the lack of action on immigration reform by Congress and the Obama administration. Here are the principal exchanges, including a suggestion from Gonzalez that it is "time to shut down Phoenix" in protest. The interview took place the day after advocates of illegal immigrants in Los Angeles announced plans for a major demonstration there on May 1: Read more...

Morning News, 4/14/11

By Bryan Griffith, April 14, 2011

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1. IN Gov. calls for bill's passage
2. GA leg. has day to pass bill
3. Advocates allege systemic abuse
4. Business groups oppose FL bills
5. MI groups seeks policy change Read more...