Immigration Blog

New Data Show that USCIS Fee Waivers Are Rapidly Increasing

By David North, May 18, 2015

USCIS, unlike most government entities, is largely funded by fees collected from those seeking benefits from that agency.

Recently discovered data reveal that in fiscal years 2010-2012, the grants of fee waivers doubled each year, reaching more than 370,000 in the last-noted year. Since each fee waiver averaged $585 the last time I ran the numbers, that means that in 2012 the agency lost more than $216 million. And as the figure below shows, the trend is ever upward. Read more...

A Scary Idea: Ignore 94 years of Legislative History on Numerical Ceilings

By David North, May 18, 2015

There's a frightening idea out there about the use of executive discretion that I must have missed when it surfaced last year: Let's have the president define the numerical ceilings in the green card programs in such a way as to double the number of workers admitted.

"Pundits have also said that the president could effectively double the number of employment-based green cards by changing the way that employment-based green card[s] are counted," wrote immigration lawyer Chris Musillo in Immigration Daily.

If the president counted only workers, and not count their accompanying dependents, against the 140,000 ceiling, admissions would more than double, as only 45 percent of the 140,000 now admitted each year are workers; the rest are dependents. Read more...

Measuring Prosecutorial Discretion's Effectiveness: Statistics? What Statistics?

By Dan Cadman, May 15, 2015

I have been involved in immigration programs and operations in and around government — mostly in — for almost 40 years. I can say unambiguously that the Obama White House is the least transparent administration, Democratic or Republican, that I have experienced in the whole of those nearly four decades. This is, I believe, a view shared by both sides of the spectrum where immigration controls and enforcement are concerned. Read more...

Silicon Valley to Americans: Drop Dead

By Mark Krikorian, May 13, 2015

Silicon Valley oligarchs come to the immigration debate with considerable advantages. Aside from the obvious giant bags of money, there’s the perception (often correct) that they're wizards responsible for breathtaking innovation and economic growth. So when they say they need ever-greater numbers of indentured code-jockeys from abroad because there aren't not enough Americans available, they're taken seriously (even though the real motivation is simply cheap labor). This gullibility is all the more prevalent in Congress, many of whose members don’t even know how to turn their computers on (let alone send e-mail). Read more...

The Ebola Epidemic Is Over in Liberia, but USCIS Has Not Noticed

By David North, May 13, 2015

One would never know that the Ebola crisis is over in Liberia, and fast shrinking in neighboring Sierra Leone and Guinea, if one paid attention only to USCIS.

Several days ago the World Health Organization issued this report: Read more...

EB-5 Faces Population Problems: Too Many Middlemen, Too Few Visas

By David North, May 13, 2015

It is ironic that the Department of Homeland Security — an outfit that apparently believes that there never can be too many people under any circumstance — finds itself with a highly specialized population problem of its own making. Read more...

Contesting Presidential Immigration Overreach: Friends of the Court, Friends of the Constitution

By Dan Cadman, May 12, 2015

A "friend of the court" brief has just been filed with the federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans in the case filed against the federal government by over half of the states, which are seeking to have ruled illegal and unconstitutional major portions of the administration's "executive action" programs on immigration.

The brief supporting the plaintiff states was filed by the Committee to Defend the Separation of Powers of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ). According to the ACLJ, it was filed on behalf of nearly 220,000 individuals who have expressed their concern over this White House's trampling on the separation of powers established by our constitution. Read more...

The National Defense Authorization Act Is Drawn into the Immigration Battleground

By Dan Cadman, May 11, 2015

FBI Director James Comey has been quoted in the past few days by just about every media outlet of any size as saying there are ISIS supporters in every state of the country.

One supposes this is intended to inoculate the public in advance of the chance of a terrorist attack successfully taking place, unlike the recent failed attack in Garland, Texas — a smart political move, if not necessarily the most comforting given all of the administration's rhetoric about how safe we are both at our borders and in the interior, and oh by the way, let's just let millions of illegal aliens about whom we know very little stay here permanently.

At the same time, defense installations throughout the United States have been ordered to raise their terrorism alert level because social media monitoring shows that ISIS is encouraging its followers and supporters to focus attacks on police and soldiers. Even military families have been warned to beware that they might be targeted. Read more...

Myths about LA County's Successful 287(g) Program

By Jessica Vaughan, May 11, 2015

On Tuesday, May 12, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is set to vote on a proposal to end its longstanding and successful 287(g) partnership with ICE, which is one of the largest in the country. Activists for illegal aliens are pulling out all the stops to pressure the board members to cancel the program and have sent a barrage of emails and phone calls in favor of fewer criminal alien deportations. Read more...

"It Takes a Village" Becomes "We'll Take the Whole Village"

By Dan Cadman, May 11, 2015

Watching as presidential candidates (declared and undeclared) whirl and spin, jerk and jump, trying to mark out and then massage their positions on immigration, especially illegal immigration, is a terrific spectator sport matched only by following tennis volleys at Wimbledon, albeit the political watching holds greater risk of whiplash.

Most recently, candidate Hillary Clinton reversed previously espoused, purportedly deeply held, convictions about the unacceptability of amnesty and declared that, if anything, she'd do more than Barack Obama has done, leading even the New York Times to ask how that could be, and White House Press Secretary Josh Ernest to say he didn't know. Read more...