Immigration Blog

ICE Deportations Still Plummeting; Catch and Release Continues

By Jessica Vaughan, September 12, 2014

The Associated Press has published figures from ICE's weekly internal metrics showing that immigration enforcement has continued to decline in 2014. But the reasons offered sound more like spin from the DHS or ICE press office, which for years has peddled the tall tale that the Obama administration is tougher than any other on enforcement.

Writes AP immigration writer Alicia Caldwell: Read more...

President Obama's Self-Imposed Immigration Dilemmas, Pt. 2

By Stanley Renshon, September 11, 2014

The truth of presidential intelligence is that, ultimately, smart is what smart does, not what smart could do but doesn't. Calling attention to your intelligence by using such self-congratulatory terms as "smart diplomacy" to describe your policies does not make them so. Nor does the admonition "don't do stupid stuff" make you immune from doing just that. Read more...

South Dakota Loses $120 Million in EB-5 Funds

By David North, September 10, 2014

The big picture of the EB-5 scandal in South Dakota is beginning to emerge and it is not pretty

It looks like something on the order of $120 million in EB-5 funds that should be in the state's treasury are missing — a sum in that state that is, to paraphrase the late Sen. Everett Dirksen, real money.

Why moneys paid by EB-5 investors should be in the state's coffers, and why they are in some other, unknown location or locations, is an incredibly complex, South Dakota-only story that neither the local reporters nor the local politicians seem to understand very well. And it is all happening because of a huge gap in the regulation of the immigrant investor program by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), a variable no one mentions. Read more...

President Obama's Self-Imposed Immigration Dilemmas, Pt. 1

By Stanley Renshon, September 10, 2014

It is an article of faith and certainty among liberals that the Barack Obama is "the smartest guy ever to become president." Less well know is that this view, "that Obama is one of our smartest presidents," has also found a foothold among some thoughtful informed scholars on the right, like Max Boot.

There is no doubt that the President Obama is smart in the conventional understanding of that term. He is able to engage the factual and conceptual complexities of the issues that the country faces. He is able to grasp the alternative formulations of a problem and their implications. And, he can as well, be an articulate spokesman for the policies he prefers.

Regrettably, while being "smart" is an important and useful attribute for any president, it is not the same as being effective, successful, or having good judgment. Read more...

TPS Lite Offered for West Africa — A Smart Move

By David North, September 9, 2014

All too often when something goes wrong, badly wrong, somewhere in the world, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) creates one of those always-permanent Temporary Protected Status arrangements. Read more...

How Big Is 'Real Big' for Lawless Amnesty?

By Mark Krikorian, September 9, 2014

Harry Reid is urging President Obama to "go real big" when he decrees his lawless amnesty after the election. This echoes a comment made to BuzzFeed over the weekend by Angela Kelley, head of immigration policy at the Center for American Progress: Read more...

Some Accused Citizens Are More Equal than Others in Immigration Law

By David North, September 9, 2014

Here are two situations in which an alien is accusing someone — usually a citizen — of unattractive behavior:

In one, the alien says that his lawyer is to blame for his losing a case and that the lawyer is incompetent, lazy, sloppy, or all three.

In the other, the alien says that her (it is usually a woman) husband has abused her physically or mentally. Read more...

Another Case of Immigration Self-Sabotage by "the Smartest Guy Ever to Become President"?

By Stanley Renshon, September 9, 2014

The president's decision to delay his potentially (and most likely) sweeping executive immigration action until after the November elections must seem quite clever, as well as necessary, for the White House. After all, a sweeping immigration executive action would doubtlessly embroil the country in a heated debate about its legitimacy and the president's domestic leadership strategies just before Americans are set to go to the polls with the Democrats' Senate majority in peril.

Why take the chance? Read more...

Changing the Rules to Strip Citizenship from U.S. Citizen Terrorists

By Dan Cadman, September 8, 2014

The terrorist organization ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, alternately known as ISIL, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or just IS, the Islamic State) has captured a significant portion of prime-time news in the past few months, and with good reason.

There has been a steady drip of unsettling information coming out of the administration about ISIS capacities and members; especially its intentions toward the homeland. It's as if the White House is preparing us a little at a time, so as to inoculate itself should the worst come to pass. Read more...

Different Amnesty Designs Would Impact Profile of Beneficiaries

By David North, September 8, 2014

Different designs of amnesty programs would produce different sets of characteristics for the newly amnestied.

While all massive amnesties should be avoided, particularly those done by executive decree with no congressional input, it is useful to remind observers that establishing different sets of qualifications for those who receive some form of legalization would inevitably lead to granting those benefits to different subgroups of the illegal population.

In fact, it is more complicated than that because different program designs will not only consciously qualify different groups of people, they will also make it easier or harder for certain groups to effectively cheat the system.

Let's use the rules of the current (and deplorable) Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to illustrate these points. Read more...