Immigration Blog

With Fusion, Univision Anchor Has a New Platform to Defend Illegal Immigration

By Jerry Kammer, October 29, 2013

With this week's launch of Fusion, the TV joint venture between ABC and Univision, it will be interesting for English-speaking audiences to be exposed to Jorge Ramos's full-throated advocacy for illegal immigrants.

The current issue of Tiempo Latino, the Spanish-language weekly owned by the Washington Post, offers a fresh example. It includes a column by Ramos (a Mexican-born journalist and anchor on Univision) that laments the tragic deaths of illegal immigrants in their attempt to cross the border in remote harsh desert terrain – often led and then abandoned by smugglers called coyotes – and succumb to hyperthermia or dehydration or other gruesome forms of death. Read more...

The Problems of Legislative Bundling when Writing Immigration Legislation

By David North, October 28, 2013

The kind of bundling I am referring to here is not that of the lobbyists-legislators' relationships, another interesting topic, but the placing of disparate groups of would-be immigrants under a single heading, with the heading usually chosen for its curb appeal, not its accuracy.

All too often Congress lumps together quite different groups of would-be immigrants and puts an attractive label on them. There are under the current law "special immigrants," a category that includes both credentialed ministers of religion and juvenile aliens under the thumb of American courts; in immigration speak, both are EB-4 migrants, with the initials standing for Employment-Based. Read more...

New OIG Report Highlights Rampant Diversity Visa Fraud in Ukraine

By David Seminara, October 28, 2013

A new Office of the Inspector General (OIG) report on the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv (Kiev), released on Friday, reveals "indications of widespread fraud" in the Diversity Visa (visa lottery) program in Ukraine. "Organized fraud rings masquerading as travel agencies have taken control of the Diversity Visa program in Ukraine," the report bluntly states. "They buy, steal, or obtain from public sources personal information about Ukrainian citizens, especially those living in western Ukraine. They use this information to enter these citizens' names in the online Diversity Visa program Web site, often without their permission or awareness." Read more...

The Basic Fault: Why the Senate Bill Can't Be Redeemed, Part 4

By Stanley Renshon, October 28, 2013

One of the basic faults of the Senate's bill can be directly traced how the committee that drafted the legislation was put together. Anyone who didn't start with view that all our current illegal aliens should be given a chance for amnestied legalization and citizenship was excluded.

So were any potential members who did not subscribe to the view that the levels of legal immigration to the United States had to be increased substantially, well beyond their current level of about one million legal immigrants per year.

That was the Senate bill's Second Basic Fault.

"The Top 10 Laws You Didn’t Know ICE Enforces"

By Jessica Vaughan, October 28, 2013

The ICE website currently features this gem: "The top 10 laws you didn't know ICE enforces." I immediately clicked on it, expecting to see the Immigration and Nationality Act listed as Number 1, based on the findings of a new report we're releasing next week, showing immigration enforcement in steep decline. Read more...

Did an Illegal Alien Try to Burn Down a Church in Sen. Leahy’s Vermont?

By David North, October 28, 2013

We have noted in the past how few illegal aliens seem to live in the home state of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and a sturdy supporter of amnesty.

Has one of those rare illegals just tried to burn down a big old Congregational Church in Vermont's largest city, Burlington? This is a church where the late first lady Grace Coolidge worshiped more than 100 years ago. Read more...

The Basic Fault: Why the Senate Bill Can't Be Redeemed, Part 3

By Stanley Renshon, October 25, 2013

Senator Marco Rubio seems puzzled about whether and how the Senate immigration bill can be improved. In an interview with Chris Wallace this past Sunday he said, "Now, is there a way to improve upon what the Senate did? Probably. I'm sure there is."(emphasis mine)

So am I, and we are joined by many millions of other ordinary Americans who would like their concerns taken seriously.

What are these concerns?

Vive la France

By John Rhodes, October 25, 2013

There is an important distinction that is made in schools of realistic philosophy between idea and reality. The distinction is very helpful in every day life: "Does he love you or the idea of you or, better (or worse!), just the idea of being in relationship?" "Do you really like marketing or do you like the idea of being in a marketing firm in a big city?" The applications are many.

The distinction can also be helpful in wading through the multi-faceted issue of immigration. A recent "controversy" in France, reported in the Wall Street Journal, precisely beckons making the distinction, the distinction between the idea of immigration and the reality of immigration. Read more...

Lights, Camera, Arrest!

By Mark Krikorian, October 23, 2013

Manuel Roig-Franzia’s WaPo profile of Representative Luis Gutierrez (D., Amnesty) is worth a look. If nothing else, it’s encouraging to see how much his Democrat colleagues hate him, too. But what I found most striking was how important getting arrested at pro-amnesty protests seems to be to Gutierrez’s self image. He yuks it up with Charlie Rangel about making bail. Read more...

The Basic Fault: Why the Senate Bill Can't Be Redeemed, Part 2

By Stanley Renshon, October 23, 2013

Senator Marco Rubio defended his support of the Senate's massive and complex immigration bill by acknowledging that, "...what I have suggested to those who have problems with some component of the bill is, you know, maybe you have a very valid point. In fact I've heard some valid objections." Read more...