Immigration Blog

New Pew Report Confirms Visa Overstays Are Driving Increased Illegal Immigration

By David Seminara, September 24, 2013

A new report from Pew Research's Hispanic Trends Project confirms what many of us have long suspected: Illegal immigration appears to be on the rise again, after a brief decline during the recession. The report estimates that the population of unauthorized immigrants was approximately 11.7 million in 2012, up from 11.5 million in 2011, but down from a peak of 12.2 million in 2007. Read more...

Declining Enforcement a Likely Contributor to Growing Illegal Population

By Jessica Vaughan, September 24, 2013

Amnesty proponents will bravely spin the new Pew Hispanic Center report showing increasing illegal immigration as evidence that enforcement doesn’t work, as if the Obama administration has actually made an effort to enforce immigration laws. Unfortunately, internal ICE statistics show otherwise. The upward trend in the size of the illegal population is more likely at least partially the result of a significant decline in enforcement, especially in the interior, where we notice it the most. Internal ICE statistics show that the number of aliens expelled from the interior of the country declined by 20 percent from 2010 to 2012. Removals and returns are on track to decline another 20 percent in 2013. Read more...

The President's Dual Enforcement Strategy: Deportation for "Serious" Criminals, Amnesty for Everyone Else

By Stanley Renshon, September 23, 2013

The president was in a bind.

He wanted a "comprehensive" immigration bill to add to his list of accomplishments for many reasons. If he succeeded, he would do so where his predecessor had not. If he were successful, he would also establish himself, and the Democratic Party, as having delivered a legislative victory on a policy about which many Spanish-speaking immigrants care. Electoral gratitude would follow. Read more...

Using Financial Controls to Limit the Adverse Impact of Illegal Migration

By David North, September 23, 2013

"No — no fences, no drones, no more agents; you do not need them; if you want to limit the impact of unauthorized immigrants make it difficult for them to send money home; we have the technology to do that right now."

The source of this advice was an unexpected one; a Hispanic income tax consultant in a small, rural town on the Delmarva Peninsula; he was not terribly upset by the presence of lots of illegals in the workplace — "we need their labor," he said, but he was concerned about the financial ramifications of the illegals' presence in the country.

"Many of them come to America to send money back home; if you limited their ability to do that, a lot of them would not come. Make it mandatory that they can send money home only with an electronic card of some kind, set a limit on those payments, and punish the wire transfer companies if any individual sends too much," he continued. Read more...

Expanding the "Lower Class" Through Immigration Reform

By Ronald W. Mortensen, September 19, 2013

The headline in the Christian Science Monitor reads: "US poverty rate steady at 15 percent, but 'lower class' is booming". According to the Monitor: Read more...

Stagnant Wages and the Connection to Immigration

By David Seminara, September 19, 2013

New data from the Census Bureau released this week confirm that while the economy is improving, incomes remain stagnant for all but the wealthiest Americans. Read more...

Thoughts about American Identity During Hispanic Heritage Month

By Jerry Kammer, September 18, 2013

As part of its coverage of Hispanic Heritage Month, Tiempo Latino, a Spanish-language weekly newspaper, has published a front-page essay that made me realize how different our current wave of immigration is from past waves. It was written by Milagros Melendez-Vela, a member of the editorial staff at the paper, which is owned by the Washington Post.

The essay appears under the headline "A family voyage to identity". Read more...

Defining Immigration Violations Away: The White House Contribution

By Stanley Renshon, September 17, 2013

At first glance the title of this entry may be puzzling, and supporters of the president would strong disagree with it. After all, hasn't the Obama administration deported "record" numbers of illegal aliens during his first term of office?

Yes, it has. The administration reports that about 1.5 million illegal aliens were deported during the president's first term. That averages out to about 375,000 per year. Read more...

Necessity Is the Mother of Invention - and Realism: Canada's Wake-Up Call

By John Rhodes, September 17, 2013

"Necessity is the mother of invention." Aesop's insight continues to be true in the various facets of life — both personal and societal. For immigration and immigration policy, too, necessity is the mother of invention. Actually, it is perhaps more accurate to say, in the case of immigration, that "necessity is the mother of realism". Necessity can be a reality check — much as we see in the Biblical story of the prodigal son, whose hunger (necessity) prompts his "coming to his senses" (Luke 15:17).

Our neighbors to the north, known for their peaceful juxtaposition and quiet reserve, and also known as a nation that proactively promotes multiculturalism, because of necessity are re-evaluating their approach to and standards for immigration. An interesting recent Wall Street Journal article highlights this. Read more...

Tiny, Virtually Unknown Agency Dilutes Penalties for I-9 Violations

By David North, September 16, 2013

If Immigration policy-making in the United States were a huge mosaic — with large colorful splotches being the White House and Congress, with USCIS and the Border Patrol occupying major, but less prominent positions, OCAHO would be a little grey blur near the edge of the big picture.

If a falling leaf stuck to it, you would not see it at all. Read more...