Immigration Blog

Activist Judge Tries to Thwart Criminal Alien's Deportation

By Dan Cadman, August 25, 2015

A senior federal judge in the Eastern District of New York (which encompasses New York City) has laid out the basis by which "judicial recommendations against deportation" (JRADs) will be issued. He did so via an opinion and order in a criminal case for which he was presiding judge.

Everything about the order — its context, the crime, the defendant, even its content — is strange, not to say skewed. It's the judicial equivalent of staring at an M.C. Escher print and trying to figure out of which side is up. Read more...

Facebook Blocks Job Reports Related to Immigration

By CIS, August 24, 2015

EDITOR'S NOTE: Facebook has lifted the ban on the Center's job reports pages. The Center has not heard from Facebook directly, but they did make a statement to Breitbart News:

When asked what happened—and for a response to CIS—a Facebook spokesperson told Breitbart News that it was just a simple error in their system, not a malicious attempt by the social media giant to use censorship to push its founder’s political agenda.

“An error in our system that helps block bad links on Facebook incorrectly marked some URLs as malicious,” the Facebook spokesperson said in an email. “We’ve resolved the issue and apologize for the inconvenience this caused.”

Although the Facebook spokesperson states that the pages were banned due to an error marking them as "malicious", the automated response from Facebook while the ban was in place specifically stated that they were blocked for "abuse". Read more...

Two Threads of the Immigration Debate Come Together on C-SPAN

By Jerry Kammer, August 24, 2015

Two threads of the national immigration debate came together Saturday morning on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" program. Read more...

An Audacious Would-Be Immigration Double Play

By David North, August 24, 2015

There's a would-be restaurateur out there who has dreamed up an immigration double play that would cause the senior partners at the Tinker, Evers, and Chance law firm to be green with envy.

I won't use his location, but he has placed the following ad on Craigslist:

Seeking an EB-5 Foreign Investor/Partner

Looking to open a large restaurant concept. ... Need a foreign investor with $5M in funds and ability to bring in labor with him for visas.

Latin American Reaction to Trump's Immigration Proposals

By Kausha Luna, August 23, 2015

Donald Trump's position paper on immigration released last week, as well as his spoken comments about immigration (the two are not necessarily the same), sparked much commentary in Latin American media. Read more...

Is It Really "an Invasion"?

By Jerry Kammer, August 21, 2015

Part four of four.
Read Part 1: The Immigration Language Wars.
Read Part 2: A Linguistic Bridge over Troubled Waters.
Read Part 3: The Backstory of the Vocabulary War.


In this final installment, we'll look at the use of "invasion" to describe the illegal influx across the southern border. Read more...

Chutzpah Squared in the Immigration Courts

By David North, August 21, 2015

The classic example of chutzpah is that of the killer of his parents throwing himself on the mercy of the court because he's an orphan.

I don't know if that ever actually happened, but an almost comparable case can be found in recent federal court records.

In this case it is an illegal alien whose marriage (or maybe "marriage") to a citizen was ruled by USCIS to be fraudulent later claiming that he should be given legal status because he had been abused by his wife. Read more...

How Trump could change birthright citizenship

By Jon Feere, August 21, 2015

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

One of the proposals listed in Donald Trump's immigration policy outline includes ending birthright citizenship for children of illegal immigrants, and presumably children of birth tourists who game the system in order to add a U.S. passport holder to their families. We estimate there are up to 400,000 children born to illegal immigrants every year and perhaps as many as 36,000 birth tourists annually. ...

There are two ways a president could attempt to narrow the scope of the Citizenship Clause: Get Congress to write legislation or take executive action.

Read the rest here.

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Should We Be Importing More Farm Workers?

By Steven A. Camarota, August 21, 2015

As happens every few years, there is a renewed push to bring more farm workers to the United States. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal reads like a press release from the agriculture lobby. But real wages for farm workers show very modest increases in recent years — even open borders advocates agree it's less than 1 percent a year adjusted for inflation — and this is strong evidence there is no shortage. Plus, even if there is a shortage one can reasonably ask why that would be bad. A tight labor market would exert upward pressure on wages for what is very difficult, low-paying work done in the hot sun. Read more...

Hondurans, Listen to the Children!

By Kausha Luna, August 20, 2015

The surge of Central American minors and families immigrating to the United States continues. Nevertheless, this influx is accompanied by a hopeful protest. The Honduran youth has spoken – they do not want to migrate to the United States.

Or, at least, that's the message the government is trying to send.

As part of Honduras's "No Migrant Month", an initiative by the Ministry of Education and the Office of the First Lady, a series of interscholastic debates were held in the cities of San Pedro Sula and Santa Rosa de Copan to discuss the topic of migration. Read more...