Immigration Blog

Court Case Illustrates Both Chain Migration and Enforcement Problems

By David North, October 21, 2010

We all know the concept of chain migration. In some cases a bold migrant does something unusual. Unlike so many migrants, he or she settles, or is settled, in a place where there are no countrymen. He or she then starts a chain migration going through family and friends.

For instance, some refugee agency settled a Kurd in Nashville some years ago, and that unlikely city is now the informal Kurd capital of America. Read more...

Mayorkas to USCIS Staff: Just Say Yes – Or Else!

By Jessica Vaughan, October 20, 2010

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas and other top Obama administration appointees have been trying to bully career staff into rubber-stamping approvals for green cards and other benefits, and discouraging them from investigating fraud, according to a letter sent last week from Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano. Read more...

Morning News, 10/21/10

By Bryan Griffith, October 20, 2010

1. Whistle-blower transfer probed
2. Reid blasts Angle for comment
3. 15 states announce legislation
4. Hispanic groups debate
5. CA gov. has limited ability

BIA Splits Hairs on Ski Resort Bribery Case

By David North, October 20, 2010

The inevitable first question has to be, how does an alien bribe a federal official regarding a gondola at a ski resort?

But the more significant question is, how could a blatant bribery attempt like this one be so badly handled by the Department of Homeland Security?

It all started long ago, as it often does in immigration cases, back in November 2004. Read more...

ICE's Mission Melt 4: Houston, We Have a Problem

By Janice Kephart, October 20, 2010

This week the Houston Chronicle published an investigative piece showing a recent surge in immigration case dismissals in Houston for those without criminal convictions. Read more...

President Obama's Silent Immigration Amnesty, Part II: The Consequences of Ignoring Broken Windows

By Stanley Renshon, October 19, 2010

[See also "President Obama's Silent Immigration Amnesty, Part I: Ignoring Broken Windows."]

President Obama's silent immigration amnesty undercuts his public promise to respond to Americans' desire to curtail illegal immigration and enforce our country's immigration laws. Dismissing the cases of those already being brought before the courts for violating immigration laws is an awful betrayal of his word to Americans.

But it is worse that that because his silent amnesty, in effect, further shatters immigration policy's already broken windows. Read more...

Rare Occurrence: A Balanced Immigration Panel

By James R. Edwards Jr., October 18, 2010

I recently discussed a Christian view of "Immigration & the Workforce" at a panel sponsored by Nyack College's Washington office. Nyack deserves credit, especially on one count: This panel was actually balanced: two speakers advocated amnesty and two opposed amnesty. Read more...

The Use of Self-Created Ignorance as a USCIS Defense Mechanism

By David North, October 18, 2010

The otherwise useful article in the Sunday New York Times about aliens voting illegally slipped over the USCIS' slippery defense mechanism in the case, but to me it stood out like the proverbial sore thumb. I will get back to that in a minute.

The article, "Immigrants Find Voting Can Come at a Cost," told of the case of an immigrant from the Caribbean island of St. Kitts who voted in New York as a permanent resident alien, and, as a consequence, faces deportation. Read more...

President Obama's Silent Immigration Amnesty, Part I: Ignoring Broken Windows

By Stanley Renshon, October 18, 2010

In the late 1960s Phil Zimbardo, then a young Assistant Professor of Psychology at CUNY's Brooklyn College, parked a car without a license plate and with its hood up in a Bronx neighborhood, had a comparable car parked in Palo Alto, Calif., and photographed the results. As George L. Kelling and James Q. Read more...

For a Really Excellent Immigration Report, Try Australia's Offering

By David North, October 17, 2010

If you want to understand a nation's immigration policy, and its consequences, you should examine – or just leaf through – Australia's annual report, Population Flows: Immigration Aspects 2008-2009 Edition.

The document, which covers the year ending June 30, 2009, is the very model of a modern report on a nation's immigration; the United States produces nothing like it.

Now, the Aussies have several advantages over us.

Wishful Thinking from the Center for American Progress

By Philip Cafaro, October 16, 2010

In the progressive political circles I frequent, I often hear exclamations of amazement regarding climate change deniers. "How can these people reject the mountain of evidence that the world is warming? How can they deny the scientific consensus regarding humanity's leading role in disrupting the climate? How, in good conscience, can they ignore climate change's potentially disastrous impacts on their own children and grandchildren?" Read more...

Good and Bad News on the Investors' Visa Program

By David North, October 16, 2010

The good news about the Investor's Visa Program (which gives everyone in the alien's family a green card for a two-year-long, half-million-dollar investment) is that its use apparently has dropped by about 50 percent in FY 2010.

The bad news is that, with each passing year, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services approves a larger and a larger proportion of the EB-5 applications presented to it. Read more...

Morning News, 10/15/10

By Bryan Griffith, October 15, 2010

1. Rep. out of mayoral race
2. Angle and Sen. Reid debate
3. Immigrants file lawsuit
4. FL candidate drops issue
5. MD candidates debate issue

Morning News, 10/14/10

By Bryan Griffith, October 14, 2010

1. Rep. Grijalva blasted
2. DE candidates debate
3. AZ Gov. responds
4. UT bill has conflicts
5 SC mandates E-Verify

Chinese Illegals Coming to U.S. via Haiti (!) and Belize

By David North, October 13, 2010

If you think American entities sometimes have trouble enforcing the immigration law, you should hear about how some other countries handle the challenge.

This week's prime example features the small Central American nation of Belize, with China, Cuba, and Haiti all playing supporting roles. Read more...

Murdoch and Bloomberg Put Profit Ahead of Principle

By Ronald W. Mortensen, October 13, 2010

The headline on a news story reads, "Rupert Murdoch Calls for Amnesty for 'Law-Abiding' Illegal Immigrants." (Watch the congressional hearing where he said this, which also featured CIS Director of Research Steven Camarota, here.) Read more...

Morning News, 10/12/10

By Bryan Griffith, October 12, 2010

1. DNC Chair targets Latinos
2. Rep. may run for mayor
3. SB1070 case not dismissed
4. Report: U.S. more generous
5. Illegals brace for arrest

Latino vote 'critical' to Democrats in 2010, DNC Chair Tim Kaine says
By Richard Dunham
San Francisco Chronicle, October 12, 2010

Turning out Latino voters on Nov. 2 is vital to Democratic success in the midterm elections, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine said today. Read more...

Why Can't Immigration Statistics Be More Like Baseball Statistics?

By David North, October 12, 2010

As the World Series approaches, let's ask a question: what if the Baseball Commissioner and all the team owners decided to "streamline" the baseball statistics that they had previously provided to the fans.

What if, in order to save money, they fired the score keepers and shut down the scoreboards in the parks, keeping track of only the runs scored, and games won or lost? What if box scores disappeared from the newspapers? Read more...

Another Reverse Nixon: Obama's Heath-Care-Benefits-for-Illegal-Immigrants-Maneuver

By Stanley Renshon, October 11, 2010

Watch we do, not what we say, John Mitchell famously said as the Nixon administration set out to further the cause of African American civil rights in the South and elsewhere with its conservative rhetoric as a cover.

"Don't watch what do, but believe what we say" is the Obama administration's deceptive rhetorical strategy. Case in point: the health care coverage of illegal immigrants. Read more...

The Rest of the Story … JPMorgan Gets $90 Million a Year from USCIS

By David North, October 11, 2010

Here's the rest of the story about JPMorgan, the U.S. government generally, and USCIS, specifically.

As I noted in an August 20 blog posting, JPMorgan received about $94.7 billion in bailout funds, some of which it has repaid. In addition, regarding the international trade in workers, it: Read more...

The Washington Post Publishes an Astounding Immigration Admission

By Stanley Renshon, October 11, 2010

Anyone who spends much time trying to sort through the complex issues and equities associated with immigration policy becomes almost numb to the ceaseless repetition of convention narrative memes. Most illegal-immigrant narratives reflect either exculpation or empathetic explanation: Illegal immigrants are here because they do the jobs that Americans don't want to do. They are here because they only seek a better life, and who can criticize them for wanting that for themselves and their families? Illegal immigrants pay their taxes. And so on. Read more...

They Love Us in Ghana, or the Visa Lottery, Yet Again

By David North, October 9, 2010

They really love us in Ghana, or at least that's the indications from the results of last year's Visa Lottery. (More on Ghana shortly.)

This is the program that brings 50,000 immigrant visas a year to people around the world who are: A) lucky, and B) have no family or financial ties to the U.S., and who are neither refugees nor needed workers. By definition, these are people who would not qualify in any other way to get an immigrant visas. Read more...

The Social Security/Migration Fraud That, Perhaps, Never Was

By David North, October 8, 2010

It was several decades ago, I was doing some research at the southern frontier, and I was chatting with a Border Patrol Supervisor near the Rio Grande. He was relaxed and talkative, apparently between crises.

I had raised the subject of Social Security numbers and illegal aliens.

"You know, one of my buddies and I kicked around an idea about that," he said. Read more...

Blood on the Tracks

By Jerry Kammer, October 8, 2010

In a chilling report on Mexico's brutal drug cartels in the current edition of The New York Review of Books, journalist Alma Guillermoprieto takes note of the criminal activities of the Zetas. That bloody organization started out in the 1990s as the muscle for the Gulf Cartel and recently branched out into extortion, holdups, and the kidnapping of Central American migrants who seek to cross Mexico by rail on their way to the United States. Read more...

Univision Embraces Hispanic Victim Psychology

By Stanley Renshon, October 8, 2010

Univision is an important media and information source for many American Hispanics. It is, in its own words, "is the premier Spanish-language media company in the United States with a powerhouse portfolio of media assets that not only inform and entertain Hispanics, but provide a vital link to their community."And it would seem that there is some truth in the self-promotional material. Read more... Debate on the DREAM Act

By Mark Krikorian, October 8, 2010

Yesterday I participated in a debate with Simone Campbell, Executive Director of NETWORK. We debated the DREAM Act and other general immigration issues. View the video below. Read more...

Morning News, 10/7/10

By Bryan Griffith, October 7, 2010

1. Angle targets Reid on imm.
2. Deportations reach high
3. Poll: Texans want security
4. Poll: Iowans on immigration
5. MA gov. talks Sec. Comm.

The Political Context of Enforcement

By Jerry Kammer, October 7, 2010

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano yesterday announced record numbers deportations of criminal aliens, declaring that the figures demonstrated that the Obama administration is "focused on enforcing our immigration laws in a smart, effective manner that prioritizes public safety and national security." Read more...

What If? Some Unasked Questions about Immigration Reform

By Stanley Renshon, October 7, 2010

What if the government developed and mandated tools for workplace enforcement of our immigration laws? What if we carefully evaluated the results?

Wouldn't serious workplace enforcement of existing immigration laws would cut off one of the chief benefits and economic supports for those who are choosing to violate American immigration laws. What then? Read more...

The Naturalization Process and College Reunions: A Metaphor

By David North, October 7, 2010

The people who have naturalized in the U.S. in the last decade are less well educated, and earn less in constant dollars than those who went through that process 20 years earlier – and there are far more of them.

That's the sobering news that can be seen in a recent publication of the DHS Office of Immigration Statistics; it is entitled "Characteristics of Persons Naturalizing in the United States Between 1980 and 2008" and was written by James Lee. Read more...