Immigration Blog

Common Sense from Across the Northern Border?

By James R. Edwards Jr., September 18, 2011

A recent study from Canada suggests a common-sense solution to at least part of the economic morass: When the country's in a recession or worse, stop importing more and more foreign workers.

As Canada's National Post has reported: Read more...

Violence spurs "Mexodo" to the United States

By Jerry Kammer, September 18, 2011

Friday evening's Univision newscast included a story about the intensifying flight of wealthy Mexicans to Texas. Reporter Brenda Carmona said the migration is often referred to as the "Mexodo" – a play on the Spanish word "exodo," which means "exodus" – the equivalent in English would be "Mexodus". Read more...

DHS Says 'Yes' to Thousands of Illegals Wanting to Leave the U.S. and Return

By David North, September 16, 2011

The immigration law and practices of the U.S. include many quirks, some that simply chew up valuable staff time, and some that are down-right dangerous; here is one of the latter.

Suppose you are a thoroughly documented illegal alien, now in the U.S., and you want to leave the country and come back legally.

Two questions: Is there a way to do that? And if so, what are your chances of success?

You might think that a rational nation would say to such an illegal: Good riddance, we never want to see you again. But that's not the U.S. policy. Read more...

Boycott? Never Mind!

By Mark Krikorian, September 16, 2011

La Raza announced last week that it was lifting its boycott of Arizona, imposed last year in response to the passage of SB 1070, the state's controversial immigration law. I missed the announcement because, you know, what boycott? They put a brave face on the whole thing, saying they'd succeeded in scaring off other states from passing similar measures (except Alabama, Indiana, Georgia, South Carolina, and Utah, of course!). Read more...

Will the Justice Department Sue?

By Mark Krikorian, September 16, 2011

California wants to ensure that illegal aliens keep getting hired:

State poised to restrict use of immigration database

California is poised to nullify immigration enforcement ordinances in about a half dozen Inland Empire cities – and to continue to buck a national trend – by restricting the use of E-Verify, the national online database used to check the immigration status of workers.

USCIS Decides to Burden its Own Appeals Unit with Extra Paper

By David North, September 15, 2011

What does the Obama administration do when a quasi-independent immigration appeals board repeatedly says "no" to alien admission requests?

Well, that presents a problem, because the decision-makers are all civil servants, and perhaps union members, too. The administration really cannot fire them, and it certainly cannot tell them to start ignoring their own opinions and rubberstamp "yes" every time they see an appeal. Read more...

USCIS Devotes Much Staff Time to Abused Alien Step-Parents of Citizens

By David North, September 14, 2011

Here's the (admittedly odd) scenario:

1. An American citizen takes a trip overseas to beat up or otherwise abuse his alien step-parent or step-parents, or maybe his alien biological parent or parents. (Let's call it a totally regrettable and very, very specialized form of tourism.)

2. The abused alien step-parent or parent survives the abuse and then consults a U.S. immigration lawyer, and learns that because of the abuse, or maybe alleged abuse, the abusee, if that is a word, can file for immigration to the United States and receive a quick (but lifelong) green card as an "immediate relative of a U.S. citizen." Read more...

Time to Sanction the Sanctuaries

By Jessica Vaughan, September 13, 2011

Cook County, Illinois (which includes the city of Chicago) passed an ordinance last week instructing the sheriff to disregard requests from ICE to hold suspected removable aliens who are arrested. This irrational directive already is sending violent criminal aliens back to the streets instead of into ICE custody, where a few of them might actually be deported, sparing future victims. ICE director John Morton probably doesn't care if Cook County keeps his agents from doing their job, but if Congress does, there is an easy fix – stop rewarding Cook County with millions of dollars in annual SCAAP payments until they start honoring the ICE detainers. Read more...

Disentangling Fee-Waiver Data from the USCIS Statistical Swamp

By David North, September 13, 2011

In a recent blog I wrote that USCIS had reported losses from fee waivers of $27 million in FY 2009 and a projected $87 million in FY 2011. Fee waivers are granted to low-income applicants who want something from USCIS but who argue successfully that they are too poor to pay the related fees.

The statement above might imply that the two numbers – $27 million and the much larger $87 million – both were published, as such, by the agency. Read more...

Thinking of First Responders

By W.D. Reasoner, September 11, 2011

It's natural that, with the advent of the tenth anniversary of the terror attacks on our nation, one's thoughts would drift to the first responders who go about protecting us throughout the nation on a daily basis. They so often go unnoticed until trauma or tragedy strikes, as it did so quickly and so violently on September 11, 2001. It's a sad truism that only then do we seem to stop, take stock, and come to recognize their dedication and quiet heroism. Read more...