Immigration Blog

Gingrich Adopts the Rhetoric of the Left Again, This Time on Immigration

By Stanley Renshon, January 26, 2012

Anyone who has even a passing acquaintance with the career or present presidential campaign of former speaker Newt Gingrich know him to be a man whose rhetoric knows no boundaries, either of accuracy or common decency. He is equally likely to attack his opponents from the left or the right and thinks little of smearing his opponents if he thinks he can profit from it. Read more...

Is the GOP "Anti-Immigrant?" No

By Stanley Renshon, January 26, 2012

Characterizing someone as "anti-immigrant" is an easy way to demonize those whose views you disagree with and to assault the legitimacy of their views. In the world of immigration policy and theory it is the equivalent of tar and feathers. Many who use this meme clearly hope that the term will someday rival "racist!" as an epithet of opprobrium and silencing. Read more...

Public Safety Takes a Back Seat to Illegal Alien Advocacy

By Jon Feere, January 25, 2012

In too many police stations, public safety takes a back seat to illegal alien advocacy. Americans are paying for it with their lives. Read more...

President Obama's State of the Amnesty Remarks

By James R. Edwards Jr., January 25, 2012

Below are President Obama's immigration-related remarks from his 2012 State of the Union address: Read more...

Case Histories: BIA Opens a Loophole in Immigration Enforcement

By David North, January 24, 2012

A potential gaping hole in immigration enforcement, opened earlier by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), has popped up again.

It deals with a subset of mostly long-term illegal alien border crossers now married to, or otherwise related to, U.S. citizens – a substantial population, but only to a portion of them. It probably pertains to very few aliens who are not from Mexico. Read more...

3 More Victims of Weak Immigration Enforcement

By James R. Edwards Jr., January 24, 2012

The politically-correct immigration practices of the administration led to a rather gruesome murder in Florida, as reported by the Miami Herald.

Career criminal Kesler Dufrene, a Haitian, had been caught red-handed committing a burglary in 2006. He was serving a five-year prison term when Dufrene, who had received a deportation order, was handed over to immigration officers. That was September 2010. Read more...

"Border Wars": Good Reading for Those Looking to Widen Their Lens on the Borderlands

By Jerry Kammer, January 23, 2012

I just finished reading Tom Barry's new book, Border Wars, which grew out of his 2010 article in the Boston Review that was a finalist for a National Magazine Award in the public service category.

I recommend it highly, especially for those restrictionists who are willing to consider a view from the other side of the debate if it is informed by the sort of strong reporting and deep perspective on the border that have long characterized Barry's work. See, for example, his Border Lines blog. Read more...

Got Visas?

By W.D. Reasoner, January 22, 2012

As noted by Mark Krikorian and Janice Kephart, President Obama recently toured Disney World in central Florida to announce his determination , via executive fiat in lieu of cooperative action with Congress, to open up America, The Theme Park, to the world's huddled masses by loosening existing restrictions and streamlining issuance of visas. Read more...

President Obama Rolls Out Mickey Mouse Visa Policy

By Janice Kephart, January 22, 2012

Janice Kephart / January 20, 2012

In a speech in the magic Kingdom of Disney World, President Obama this week officially extended his Amnesty by Any Means program to those beyond the traditional boundaries of amnesty discussion – people outside the United States. One key point for immigration control is that visa interviews are being dropped for much of the world. The White House press release focuses on the economics of tourism while the State Department's announcement is scant on details of exactly who will be interviewed, from what countries, and under what process. Read more...

Alabama Punished for not Playing Amnesty Game

By Janice Kephart, January 20, 2012

As part of the Secure Communities strategy, ICE is leveraging a federal biometric information sharing capability to quickly and accurately identify aliens in law enforcement custody. Since this capability was first activated in 2008, biometric information sharing has helped ICE identify and remove more than 114,000 convicted criminals from the United States. As of December 28, 2011, the biometric information sharing capability of Secure Communities is activated in 2,027 jurisdictions in 44 states and territories. By 2013, ICE plans to use this capability nationwide.