Immigration Blog

Luis Rubio on Class in Mexico and the U.S.

By Jerry Kammer, September 6, 2011

Mexican scholar and social critic Luis Rubio is known for his columns in the newspaper Reforma that help explain his country's failure to emerge as a dynamic democracy capable of offering opportunities to its people rather than pushing so many to emigrate. He provided another fascinating example in Sunday’s paper, writing that Mexico is plagued by a "classism" that is powerfully illustrated by a video available on Youtube. Read more...

Illegals Raiding U.S. Treasury

By James R. Edwards Jr., September 5, 2011

A new report by the U.S. Treasury Department's Inspector General has found that illegal aliens collected $4.2 billion in 2010 in a refundable tax credit.

Important findings from the report include:

  • The $4.2 billion that illegals claimed under the child tax credit last year is four times higher than the amount in 2005.

Dissolve the McDonald's Workforce and Elect a New One

By Mark Krikorian, September 5, 2011

The cover story in Sunday's Washington Post magazine was a profile of a McDonald's store just south of the House office buildings in Washington, one of the busiest in the whole metro area, focusing on the manager, Raul Reyes, and his rise from a teenager selling coconuts on buses in Guatemala to running a busy and successful fast-food restaurant. Read more...

Doing the Secure Communities Shuffle

By W.D. Reasoner, September 2, 2011

Credible sources are telling me that ICE has reorganized its Secure Communities program management office (SC PMO), and reassigned many of the personnel who have been a part of the office for quite some time. Read more...

Whose Side Are You On?

By Mark Krikorian, September 2, 2011

A front-page piece in today's Washington Post reports:

Polls may not suggest it, and the candidates may not be catering to it, but immigration is an issue that voters won't let the GOP White House hopefuls escape.

Republican primary voters keep bringing immigration up as the candidates campaign in back yards, opera houses and recreation halls across Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. To a sizable chunk of those who will pick the GOP's presidential nominee, immigration is an urgent issue, even a litmus test.

Even Armed Robbers Shouldn't Be Deported?

By Jon Feere, September 1, 2011

Apparently, it is incorrect to assume that the open-border crowd supports the deportation of even so-called "high priority" illegal aliens.

Amid the debate over which aliens should constitute a high priority for deportation under the Obama amnesty, and which should be permitted to stay and given more opportunities to cause crime before becoming a priority, amnesty advocates have begun to question the deportation even of aliens convicted of violent crimes. Read more...

The Social Isolation of Some Border Patrolmen

By David North, September 1, 2011

As I drove over the hills south from Marfa, Texas, to Presidio, the last words of English left the radio, there was nothing but Spanish conversation and, of course, Mexican music. The hills were stark and dry and there were few signs of human habitation. Read more...

2010 DHS Draft Memo on Admin Amnesty Raises Questions

By Jon Feere, September 1, 2011

Since the Obama administration remains quiet about the details of its non-legislative amnesty, the public's best sources of information are draft memos leaked over the past year as the administration contemplated the best method for "sidestepping" the legislative process. A previous blog post covered a draft memo from DHS which called the measure a "non-legislative amnesty" that is "controversial, not to mention expensive."

A memo from February 26, 2010, is worth reading for those interested in seeing how the administration got to the point it's at today. The memo was first leaked by The American Spectator, and it's available online in PDF format. Read more...

9/11 Commission Chairmen Highlight Border Recommendations in 10th Anniversary Report Card

By Janice Kephart, August 31, 2011

Among the unspoken tension of the pending ten-year anniversary of 9/11, there is really only one set of voices that rises above all others: that of 9/11 Commission Chairman Tom Kean and Vice-Chairman Lee Hamilton, who together led the bipartisan commission forward politically and substantively in a manner that has changed the way we look at national security, and changed government for the better. Read more...

Will Romney Play the Illegal Immigration Card against Perry?

By Ronald W. Mortensen, August 31, 2011

According to recent polls, Rick Perry has moved ahead of Mitt Romney in the race for the Republican nomination.

Could immigration be the ace in the hole Romney needs to defeat Perry? A look at their records would appear to give Romney a huge edge if he chooses to make illegal immigration a key issue; however, as a Mormon, Romney would have to go against his Church's recently voiced support for illegal aliens. Read more...