Immigration Blog

Top Ten Immigration Scams

By David Seminara, July 24, 2011

There are anywhere from 11-20 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S. When I worked as a consular officer at American embassies overseas I saw so many examples of visa and immigration fraud that it’s hard for me to understand why so many haven’t figured out how to game the system and legalize their status. This is a light-hearted look at some of the most popular scams, in reverse order of their relative popularity. Please do not email me to ask for details on how you can carry out these schemes. Read more...

Top Ten Immigration Scams

By David Seminara, July 24, 2011

There are anywhere from 11-20 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S. When I worked as a consular officer at American embassies overseas I saw so many examples of visa and immigration fraud that it’s hard for me to understand why so many haven’t figured out how to game the system and legalize their status. This is a light-hearted look at some of the most popular scams, in reverse order of their relative popularity. Please do not email me to ask for details on how you can carry out these schemes. Read more...

Spinning Immigrant Family Values

By James R. Edwards Jr., July 22, 2011

An interesting Washington Post story cited Census Bureau figures about family make-up in Northern Virginia’s D.C. suburbs, based on the area’s immigrant presence. Read more...

Illegal Jewish Aliens: Too Jewish, Too White for Jewish Establishment Advocates?

By Stephen Steinlight, July 22, 2011

The old leftwing weekly The Forward, like every national Jewish paper and virtually every regional or local one, adheres to the Jewish Establishment’s line on immigration, advocating an unspecified incarnation of the radically subjective policy termed “comprehensive immigration reform,” denoted increasingly by the less menacing-sounding, more user-friendly appellation “immigration reform.” Virtually identical robotized editorials appear ad nauseam in the Jewish press demanding the passage of “immigration reform,” arguing on the basis of the worst eisegesis, out-of-context and mistransla Read more...

Anti-Secure Communities Effort a Case Study in Funding

By Jon Feere, July 22, 2011

The open-border crowd is very well-funded and quite large, as illustrated by a recent anti-Secure Communities effort. Though the media and amnesty advocates often portray those of us promoting sane immigration policies as part of some enormous, far-reaching conspiracy, the reality is we make up a very small portion of the interests involved in the immigration debate. The reason we are influential is because our ideas and arguments are sound and backed with good research. Here at the Center for Immigration Studies, we’re elated when we receive an unsolicited check for $20 from an individual who received one of our reports or heard us on the radio. (We are a true non-profit and, if you’re interested, all donations to CIS are tax-deductible.) Read more...

Federal Judge Provides a Bit of Good Immigration News

By David North, July 22, 2011

There’s been a small bit of genuine good news on the alien worker front, thanks to a federal judge.

Tens of thousands of H-2B nonimmigrant workers will get an unexpected pay raise on or near October 1 this year because of an order signed by Judge Louis Pollak. He sits in the federal district court in Eastern Pennsylvania, but the order will have a nationwide impact. There were 56,381 admissions of H-2B workers in FY 2009, the last year that statistics are available. Read more...

USCIS Bunts on Operating Statistics

By David North, July 19, 2011

Suppose major league baseball released batting statistics that consisted of just two variables, at- bats and strikeouts.

Fans would have no idea of the number of hits, runs, walks, or runs-batted-in – just at-bats and strikeouts, but MLB would say that they were publishing comprehensive data.

That is essentially what USCIS is doing in today's output of floods of operating data. Read more...

Asylum Fraud Takes Center Stage

By David Seminara, July 18, 2011

In a bizarre turn of events, the DSK Affair has served to highlight the issue of asylum fraud. Last week, The New York Times published a well-researched front page story, and a "Room For Debate" op-ed forum on how to tackle the problem. And Jesse Ellison at the Daily Beast weighed in with a ludicrous piece which asserted that "dishonesty is common when it comes to refugees – not because they're intentionally trying to scam the system, but because the way such claims are processed and determined puts asylum-seekers in a position where they may feel they have no other choice." Read more...

Case Study: ICE Moves at Glacial Speed to Deport Convict

By David North, July 17, 2011

The Department of Homeland Security argues it should not deport some deportable aliens on the grounds that it wants to use all its resources to remove criminal aliens.

Sometimes the deportations of criminals take a long, long time, as we can see by examining the most recent precedent decision from the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), issued last week.

The alien involved, Juan Ramon Martinez, a native of Honduras, was convicted of a serious crime in a California court, and this is the timeline of his case:

Alabama's Religious Left Sues

By James R. Edwards Jr., July 15, 2011

Even Alabama has a Religious Left, and the ecumenical crowd – typically more concerned with bringing about temporal comfort than heavenly peace – has joined the despicable Southern Poverty Law Center and the ACLU in suing to stop the state's new immigration enforcement law.

Here's what one of the liberal plaintiffs clad in sheep's clothing asserted: Read more...