Immigration Blog

Keeping the Homeland Safe

By Dan Cadman, December 12, 2014

Keeping the homeland safe. That's what it's supposed to be all about, in this near-apocalyptic post-9/11 world, isn't it? Isn't that the reason we've spent billions upon billions reengineering the organs of government, created a massive new homeland security department, infringed on the liberties of ordinary Americans in ways unimagined and unimaginable since 2001, invaded nations and sent young men and women to more than a decade's worth of war, and killed and captured hundreds of extremists — including quite a number of them here in the homeland itself — who are hell-bent on doing us harm? Read more...

Republicans Make Out Like Bandits with Obama's EB-5 Program

By David North, December 12, 2014

One of the odd elements of the Obama administration's management of the immigrant investor (EB-5) program is the way Republicans use it to make out like bandits.

The most recent example of this bit of bipartisanship-for-profit is taking place, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, in connection with fixing an old, old infrastructure problem — the lack of a direct connection between the granddaddy of super-highways, the east-west Pennsylvania Turnpike, and the north-south I-95. The two routes cross in Pennsylvania near Trenton, N.J., but it is difficult to get from one to the other.

The EB-5 program is about to be used to help finance a $420 million linkage between the two super-highways, with the apparent blessing of the Obama administration, but to the profit of well-connected Republican operatives in Pennsylvania. Read more...

Obama's amnesty benefits lawbreaking employers

By Jon Feere, December 11, 2014

From the start of my op-ed posted today at TheHill.com:

President Obama's decision to grant work permits and Social Security accounts to millions of illegal aliens guts the central enforcement provision of the 1986 amnesty bill and simultaneously illustrates why he cannot be trusted to carry out comprehensive reform of our immigration laws.
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And now Obama has rewarded these unscrupulous employers by giving work permits to their illegal laborers. It is a slap in the face to business owners who have played by the rules.

Handcuffed Cops Have Low Morale

By Mark Krikorian, December 10, 2014

Guess which agency's employees have the lowest job satisfaction in the government. Here's a hint: It's the one whose employees are prohibited from doing their jobs. Read more...

"Naturalized Citizen Terrorist" = "Systemic Immigration Failure"

By Dan Cadman, December 10, 2014

Adnan al Shukrijumah, a Saudi-born al Qaeda leader, was killed recently by Pakistan's military in a raid conducted in South Waziristan, one of the notoriously restive areas in the mountainous northwest of the country. Shukrijumah was known for his involvement in hatching plots against the West, including one to blow up the New York City subways. At the time of his death, there was a $5 million bounty on his head. Read more...

What Do Falling Gas Prices Tell Us About the Impact of Illegal Immigration on Consumer Prices?

By David Seminara, December 10, 2014

Amid mounting evidence that President Obama's executive amnesty will cost American taxpayers a bundle, one persistent myth perpetuated by talking heads and members of the media looking to bolster the case for amnesty is the contention that illegal immigration benefits Americans by keeping consumer prices low. Plunging gas prices give us a textbook example of why illegal labor has little or no positive impact on the price of food or just about anything else made with the help of illegal labor. Read more...

Less-Educated Americans Continue to Struggle

By Steven A. Camarota, December 9, 2014

Although there has been significant job growth this year, the share of less-educated Americans holding a job continues to be well below what it was in 2007 or 2000. Data from the third quarter of this year still show that less-educated natives are struggling in the labor market. This is particularly true for less-educated minorities. If we look at the share of native-born Americans 18 to 65 with no more than a high school education or those natives with less than a bachelor's degree, the share working remains at or near historic lows. Read more...

Amnesty Requires Immigration Cuts

By Mark Krikorian, December 9, 2014

I sincerely hope the next Congress will succeed in stopping Obama's lawless amnesty (though it's far from clear the GOP leadership is fully invested in doing so). Apart from the blatant Caesarism of Obama's decrees, we shouldn't even be considering amnesty until the tools are fully in place to prevent another wave of illegal settlement. Instead, Obama is actually dismantling enforcement. Read more...

Oklahoma Shows the Way to Collect Taxes from Illegals — Again

By David North, December 8, 2014

OOOOk-lahoma! not only has the best state song in the nation, it also is the only state that collects taxes from its illegal aliens in a sensible and effective way — as the Oklahoma Tax Commission's annual report for 2014 reveals (p. 11).

It is widely agreed that many illegal aliens work in the underground (cash) economy and do not pay state and federal income taxes as a result. (Some do, of course, but a lot of money is missing). Read more...

Analysis of Obama's Executive Amnesty Scheme: Ending Secure Communities

By Dan Cadman, December 8, 2014

(Note: This is the fourth and final item in a series analyzing enforcement-related portions of the executive action authorized by the president.)

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson testified before the House of Representatives on December 2 that he thinks it's a "bad idea" for Congress to consider a short-term funding bill in lieu of full funding for his department, so that it can implement the stunningly broad sweep of "executive actions" on immigration announced by the president during a nationally televised speech on November 20. He may think so, but it's not at all clear why the House should adopt that view given the executive branch usurpation of authorities granted to the legislature under Article I of the Constitution, and the undermining of an entire system of federal immigration laws. Read more...