Immigration Blog

USCIS Seems to Predict 88% Failure Rate in the EB-5 Investor Program

By David North, April 4, 2012

If you compare its numbers in two different governmental publications, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) seems to be predicting that 88 percent of the applicants for EB-5 investor visas will not, in fact, get the green cards that they had been promised for their half-million-dollar investments. Read more...

Reality Check on Operation Cross Check

By Jessica Vaughan, April 4, 2012

On Monday, ICE announced the results of the latest installment of Operation Cross Check, an initiative that locates and apprehends aliens with serious criminal records who are at large. Agents arrested more than 3,100 of these criminal aliens in March. That's helpful. But it also would be helpful if ICE would do what it takes to keep these criminals from being "at-large" so that they don 't need to be staked out and rounded up, but merely held until they can be removed. Read more...

New York State's "Dream Act": Kindly Spare Us the Partisan Hyperbole

By Stanley Renshon, April 4, 2012

The infant-tender years narrative of the Dream Act invites public sympathy and support, and that is its purpose. It succeeds in doing so because it rests on a legitimate moral claim — that some people are being placed in an untenable immigration situation because of the behavior of their parents over which they had no control because they were infants or young children when they arrived in the United States. Read more...

Stopping Illegal Aliens from Stealing Our Children's Identities

By Ronald W. Mortensen, April 3, 2012

My last blog concluded by asking "What can we do to stop illegal alien-driven, employment-related child identity theft that is destroying the futures of millions of innocent American children?"

The answer is simple — require all employers to use an employment verification system that ensures that the names, Social Security numbers, and dates of birth of all current employees and new hires match. After all, an adult may be able to use the name and Social Security number of a child, but he can't use the child's birth date. Read more...

Local Employer Audits Work to Reduce Illegal Hiring

By Jessica Vaughan, April 3, 2012

The Obama administration's half-hearted and spotty record of immigration enforcement at the workplace creates a big vacuum for state and local lawmakers to jump into. E-Verify mandates are a great start. State employer auditing programs are another effective tool, either in lieu of an E-Verify mandate or to enhance compliance with E-Verify and other requirements. Statistics from such initiatives in South Carolina demonstrate the value of employer auditing at the state and local level. Read more...

A Double Whammy: Policy Dump on Administrative Amnesty

By W.D. Reasoner, April 2, 2012

The administration snuck a couple of immigration-related policy actions past the public this weekend. (Weekend news items, the media-wise tell us, are less likely to garner attention, and therefore outrage.) Read more...

USCIS Modifies Key Form — But the PR Department Blurs the Achievement

By David North, April 2, 2012

USCIS has done exactly the right thing to one of its forms — a form frequently misused by aliens — but its press people have totally blurred this fraud-fighting accomplishment.

I know that a discussion of a government form is sure to glaze the eyes, but this time it is significant.

The form is the I-797C — the Notice of Action — which formally confirms that something is happening to an alien's desire for legal status, but does not indicate that anything has happened yet. Some aliens have used it to fool the gullible into believing that the alien has full legal status. Read more...

Never Trust Mainstream Pundits Bearing Gifts

By Stephen Steinlight, April 2, 2012

That just about every pundit for a "newspapers of record" — not to mention virtually all commentators in other mainstream media — are flacks for the Obama administration and uncritical devotees of open-borders immigration and amnesty is among the worst-kept political secrets in America. Throughout the Obama presidency, the chattering class has remained fiercely supportive of both, though its primary allegiance appears to have swung from the man to the issue. Read more...

Here's the Kind of PR Pitch DHS Should Be Pushing All over Mexico

By David North, March 31, 2012

Here's the story: Eight hapless Mexican would-be illegals got hopelessly trapped in the mud on a near-freezing day and needed three fire departments, two units of the Border Patrol, and the El Paso County Sheriff's Office to rescue them. Read more...

Biden on H1B Visas

By John Miano, March 31, 2012

In an interview with a Davenport, Iowa, TV station, this exchange occurred with Vice President Joe Biden:

Q: Are two [sic] many H1B visas given out each year? Are too many highly skilled jobs going to people outside the United States?