Immigration Blog

DHS Creates TPS Status for Nepalis

By David North, June 24, 2015

The Secretary of Homeland Security has just added Nepal to the list of nations whose citizens can apply for Temporary Protected Status in the United States. This brings the current list of such nations to an even dozen.

The rationale was the recent earthquake in that country. Read more...

More Chaos in EU Migration, This Time at the "Chunnel"

By Dan Cadman, June 24, 2015

British and French media outlets have been reporting on a strike by French workers at the Calais ferry crossing giving access to Britain. The ferry is often used by cargo trucks ("lorries") and other commercial vehicles. Striking workers broke into the secure area surrounding the ferry access points, shutting down the operation in its entirety and causing French authorities to react by sending in riot police. Read more...

Virgin Islands Governor Uses EB-5 as an Excuse for Mainland Trips

By David North, June 24, 2015

The following is taken from the June 19, 2015, Virgin Islands Daily News (The "he" is the VI's governor, Kenneth Mapp):

"The EB-5 program is a specialized program, and any law firm really don't do EB-5 work, and they don't have the relationship with the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security in dealing with the background issues to be able to grant someone EB-5 status," he said.

The Supreme Court Provides a Win to Sovereignty, Security, and Common Sense

By Dan Cadman, June 23, 2015

The Supreme Court recently issued a decision in an immigration-related case Kerry, Secretary of State, et al. v. Din. The decision reaffirms that although people have the right to marry anyone they like, if the spouse is a foreigner, he or she has no intrinsic right to enter the United States when excludable under any of the grounds laid out by law.

To people like myself, it is one of the rare victories these days in an increasingly beleaguered national immigration system under peril from open borders advocates who persistently push the boundaries of sovereignty and common sense. Read more...

Ghosts of Abusers Past Can Give Legal Status to Some Aliens

By David North, June 23, 2015

The abusing spouse (probably the husband) is dead and has been for nearly two years.

The abused spouse is not a legal U.S. resident, but she can claim green card status because of the abuse she suffered at his hands even though it would be impossible, by definition, for the abuse to happen again.

This highly specialized, not totally rational piece of our immigration policy is not, in this case, an invention of the USCIS. Instead, it was produced by Congress. Read more...

Vast Ramifications in Senate Obamatrade Vote Tuesday

By Jessica Vaughan, June 22, 2015

Tomorrow the Senate will have to vote again whether to give President Obama fast-track authority to negotiate trade agreements that will have an enormous impact on the U.S. economy and future job prospects for U.S. workers — and significantly constrain congressional authority over U.S. immigration policy. Read more...

Senators Vote to Allow Visa Waivers for Poland

By Jessica Vaughan, June 22, 2015

On Thursday, a Senate committee voted to add Poland to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) at the request of Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), despite the fact that Poland has too high a visa refusal rate to participate. Expanding this risky program to unqualified countries at a time when immigration laws are not enforced, particularly against visa overstayers, would only invite even more illegal immigration.

The measure was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee as an amendment to the Senate's version of the DHS appropriations bill (the House version has not yet been finalized). Read more...

PEP Rallies Diffuse Responsibility at ICE

By Dan Cadman, June 18, 2015

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Sarah Saldana recently issued an all-hands email broadcast to ICE employees about the new Priority Enforcement Program (PEP). She was perhaps responding to criticism that the program, announced by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson to replace the Secure Communities program he ordered dismantled in November, was amorphous and unexplained, or perhaps she was reacting to the filing of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the government to discover the detailed workings of PEP. Read more...

Disney and Illusion: The Great H-1B Visa Heist

By Jerry Kammer, June 18, 2015

The annals of corporate disregard for the well-being of workers should hold a place for a new, disenchanting story from the Magic Kingdom. A famed American institution, Disney Parks and Resorts has managed not only to lay off American tech workers so it can hire cheaper foreign workers, it has required the departing Americans to train their foreign replacements. Read more...

Obama Is Right: His Father Was Not an "Immigrant"

By Jon Feere, June 18, 2015

President Obama recently recognized the so-called "Immigrant Heritage Month" — a phony creation of cheap labor lobbyists at Facebook's FWD.us. The unofficial designation is simply a facade designed to advance Obama's amnesty agenda and help companies obtain cheap tech workers from abroad.

During his weekly address on the subject, Obama promised to push for more immigration despite high unemployment, but also made an admission that highlights the inaccurate language used all too often in the immigration debate. Without realizing it, Obama supported those of us who prefer use of accurate terminology when discussing immigration.

Obama noted that his "father was not an immigrant". This is true. An "immigrant" as defined by Merriam-Webster, is a person who moves to a country to take up "permanent residence". Read more...