Immigration Blog

Enlarging the Pyramid: Why Our Family-Based Immigration System No Longer Serves the National Interest

By W.D. Reasoner, April 3, 2013

There is an interesting article by Jeffrey Toobin in the April 1, 2013, edition of The New Yorker magazine. Entitled "Wedding Bells", it is a legal analysis of the two gay rights cases on which the Supreme Court recently held oral argument, and which it will be deciding this term. Read more...

What I Say, Not What I Spend

By John Wahala, April 3, 2013

The Sunlight Foundation reports that $1.5 billion went to immigration lobbying from 2007 through 2012. The money was spent by 678 organizations in 170 sectors on 987 proposed bills.

Analyzing nearly 1,000 bills is no small task, even for those devoted exclusively to the immigration issue. Proposed immigration legislation can get complicated, with attempts to reform the entire system nearing 1,000 pages. Since immigration affects practically every aspect of American life and Congress keeps trying to change the existing law, you can see why the public might want to invest substantial amounts to influence what is being decided. Read more...

AP Drops "illegal immigrant"; SF Chronicle already calling them "Americans"

By Jon Feere, April 2, 2013

In a victory for those who want to further blur the line between legal and illegal, the Associated Press has announced its decision to stop using the term "illegal immigrant" in its articles. Instead, the new "acceptable variations" include "living in or entering a country illegally" or "without legal permission". Journalists make it a rule to be concise and not wordy. But such standards are thrown out the window when it comes to the illegal immigration issue, it seems. Read more...

Nearly 700,000 Guestworker Visas Issued in 2012

By Jessica Vaughan, April 2, 2013

Last year, nearly 700,000 people were issued temporary visas to work in the United States, either for several years or indefinitely. About two-thirds are in categories requiring skills and/or education and one-third were given visas to work in unskilled jobs. Over the weekend, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced that the AFL-CIO and Chamber of Commerce had agreed on a proposal to increase the number of unskilled guestworker visas above and beyond the number already being issued, and despite lingering high unemployment rates for U.S. workers affected by these visa programs.

The table below summarizes temporary visa issuances for 2012. Read more...

Another Perspective on a Major EB-5 Scandal, the One in Chicago

By David North, April 2, 2013

My immediate reaction in a blog about the EB-5 scandal in Chicago, involving investments of $145 million last month was off the mark.

Being all too accustomed to writing about fraudulent practices by promoters of this program, I was a bit blase about the news and emphasized the fact that the Securities and Exchange Commission had taken the lead in breaking this case, not USCIS. The court filings dealt with getting money under false pretenses, not with the multiple violations of the immigration law and regulations that also had occurred.

What I did not realize at the time was that this really was a very big deal, nationally and internationally. Read more...

An Echo, Not a Choice?

By James R. Edwards Jr., April 2, 2013

With the GOP establishment rushing off to embrace amnesty, which Republican leaders fancy will win them party allegiance from Latino voters, they stand in danger of returning their party to a mere echo of the Democratic Party. The big question becomes whether the GOP will go the whole distance on other issues. Read more...

On Don Young, Chuck Todd, and the "W" Word

By Jerry Kammer, April 2, 2013

I've got nothing good to say about Don Young, the Republican congressman from Alaska who last week stumbled into the headlines with his reference to "wetbacks" who picked tomatoes at the Young farm in California many years ago.

Young's comment shows that he is as thoughtless now as he was reckless when he plundered the federal treasury for pork-laden projects known as earmarks. He was responsible for the most infamous earmark of them all: Alaska's Bridge to Nowhere. Read more...

Infants and Youth Hit Harder by ID Theft than Senior Citizens — The Illegal Alien Connection

By Ronald W. Mortensen, April 2, 2013

Americans under age 30 experience higher rates of identity theft than those 60 years old and older according to a recently released report by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that tracks identity theft in the United States. Read more...

More on Fighting Immigration-Related Marriage Fraud

By David North, April 1, 2013

There are two kinds of immigration-related marriage fraud, and one is much more difficult for the authorities to detect than the other.

In one scenario the alien sweet-talks the citizen into a real marriage, keeps the marriage alive for the needed two years after which the green card can be secured, and later breaks off the marriage and seeks a divorce. Let's call these the con cases.

In the other the alien (or his or her agent) simply pays a citizen to go through a sham marriage. These are the cash cases. Read more...

Heritage: Amnesty Would Abuse Rule of Law

By James R. Edwards Jr., April 1, 2013

The Heritage Foundation think tank has issued a thoughtful paper that adds much-needed perspective for the cowering Republicans and giddy Democrats rush to enact a massive immigration package.

"Encouraging Lawful Immigration and Discouraging Unlawful Immigration" comes from Heritage's legal shop, so it gives due consideration to the effects of "comprehensive immigration reform" on what was formed to be a sovereign, self-governing, republican nation, a nation of laws and not of men. Read more...