Immigration Blog

Departing Obama Administration Makes Two Excellent Immigration Decisions

By David North, January 13, 2017

It is probably a coincidence, but the dying Obama administration announced two excellent immigration decisions yesterday (January 12).

  1. The president announced that the long-standing policy on illegal immigrants from Cuba — automatic legalization if they can reach dry land in America — would be terminated immediately; and

Did the Mariel Boatlift Benefit 'Low-Skill' Miamians?

By Jason Richwine, January 12, 2017

The Cato Institute's Alex Nowrasteh published a new analysis last week of the famous Mariel boatlift. The boatlift was a massive inflow of Cuban refugees to Miami over the course of a single summer in 1980. To make a long story short, the recent work of economist George Borjas indicates that the boatlift probably caused a decline in wages for Miami workers who did not have a high school degree.

In contrast, Nowrasteh says that Borjas's own methods indicate that the boatlift "raised the wages of low-skill Miamians." The reason is that "low-skill" for Nowrasteh means both high school dropouts and people with only a high school degree (hereafter "HS-and-below") – a definition that covers more than half the workers in Miami at the time. Nowrasteh combines the wage decline for dropouts and the wage increase for high school graduates and argues that Mariel's overall effect on "low-skill" natives is positive. Read more...

If Voting Machines Are 'Critical Infrastructure,' Why Not the Voter Rolls as Well?

By Dan Cadman, January 12, 2017

On January 6, the outgoing secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Jeh Johnson, designated elections infrastructure as "critical". This follows the ongoing political war over whether or nor Russia "hacked" U.S. elections.

Johnson's designation permits the federal government to take a more active hand in the electoral process via Presidential Policy Directive 21 (PPD-21), "Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience". Read more...

Making Sanctuaries "Cheaper" or Just Sticking Local Taxpayers?

By Dan Cadman, January 11, 2017

So much has been in the news lately about "fake news" — kind of an oxymoron, really, when you think about the questionable quality of media today and the partisan divide that cleaves even our mavens of the Fourth Estate.

It seems to me that one of the problems is the blurring of lines between hard news and opinions, and the sway of editorial boards over their journalists in ensuring that a particular line is hewed to, sometimes painfully obviously and sometimes with great subtlety. Read more...

DHS Finally Takes Action Against Calif. Visa Mill

By David North, January 9, 2017

It has taken years, but finally the Department of Homeland Security has taken action against Herguan University, the Sunnyvale, Calif., visa mill that extended numerous F-1 visas to "students" who really did not want to study; they wanted admission to the United States and a chance to work here.

It was an institution designed to facilitate breaking immigration law. Read more...

Immigration Policy Integral to Intelligence and National Security

By Dan Cadman, January 9, 2017

Kevin Williamson has written an excellent article for National Review online, "Agents and Agencies: Donald Trump should push for intelligence reform". I strongly encourage readers to take a look.

In it, Williamson says, "The Wall Street Journal reports that Donald Trump's recent public criticism of U.S. intelligence agencies presages an effort to reorganize the nation's sundry spy bureaucracies. Trump's press secretary, Sean Spicer, denies that the president has any such plan in mind. If he doesn't, he damn well should." Read more...

California's Picky-Choosey Attitude to Complying with Federal Immigration Laws

By Dan Cadman, January 9, 2017

California, the would-be renegade state that has declared itself a statewide sanctuary for illegal aliens, has hired former Attorney General Eric Holder to "defend" it against expected actions from the incoming Trump administration (such as, presumably, withholding federal funds for its sanctuary status); and has a referendum petition circulating that would direct it to secede from the Union. Yet the state finally has found an immigration-related law that it can love. Read more...

SEC's Christmas Present to EB-5 Skeptics & a Due Diligence Experiment

By David North, January 5, 2017

Although the delivery was delayed (it came on December 27), the ever-reliable Securities and Exchange Commission came through with an attractive Christmas present for those of us in the EB-5 doubters community.

In one sense, it was another nice tie for Dad and an attractive sweater for Mom — the case involved the misuse of $72 million in EB-funds in various California projects, including the apparent theft of $9.5 million of the total. Presumably about 144 or so alien investors, probably mostly Chinese, were duped. Read more...

Stuffing the Bureaucracy at the 11th Hour

By Dan Cadman, January 5, 2017

On December 31, the Washington Post published this story: "Federal agencies rush to fill job openings before Trump takes office Jan. 20".

The Post quotes Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary for the incoming Trump administration, as saying this violates an agreement reached between the incoming and outgoing administrations on November 20. It also quotes anonymous sources as confirming that the outgoing administration agreed especially to halt last-minute Senior Executive Service (SES) appointments, but did not necessarily agree to provide a list to the incomers that would make it easier to spot violations of the agreement. Read more...

How Can You Swear to Have Been in the U.S. Continuously since March 4, 2017, when It Is January 2017?

By David North, January 4, 2017

The Department of Homeland Security is grinding out new Temporary Protected Status schemes so rapidly that it is not stopping to proofread them.

DHS published in today's Federal Register another one of the extensions of TPS status (legalizing people from Yemen who are currently in illegal status) but it seems, in the last sentence below, to be making an impossible demand: Read more...