Immigration Blog

Four Nuggets from the Senate Homeland Security Committee Hearing

By Jerry Kammer, May 7, 2013

The U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held a hearing today to examine the Gang of Eight's immigration reform bill, which is titled "The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act". It featured several interesting exchanges between individual senators and DHS witnesses, including Border Patrol chief Michael Fisher and Anne Richards, an auditor in the DHS Inspector General's office. Read more...

Here Comes the Judge

By James R. Edwards Jr., May 7, 2013

The federal judge hearing the ICE agents' case against President Obama's de facto amnesty through executive fiat is proceeding at the very same time the U.S. Senate is considering a massive amnesty bill that includes the DREAM amnesty for those who claim to have come to the country as young children.

It's also interesting that so far the judge has ruled in the agents' favor — and against the administration. A final ruling is expected soon. Read more...

Fact-Checking the Zuckerberg-Rubio Ad

By Jerry Kammer, May 7, 2013

Maybe you've seen the television spot called "Marco Rubio on Conservative Immigration Reform".

It begins with the Florida Republican saying, "Anyone who thinks that what we have now in immigration is not a problem is fooling themselves. What we have in place today is de facto amnesty." Then comes the on-screen message: "A Conservative Plan", as a narrator reads statements from articles or commentary about the Gang of Eight bill that have been published or aired by various media outlets. Read more...

Schumer-Rubio Bill: Employer Strategies and the National Interest

By Ronald W. Mortensen, May 7, 2013

While most of the focus has been on the multiple amnesties and other benefits that S. 744 bestows on illegal aliens, only scant attention has been paid to the strategy and tactics that powerful business interests will use to get a business-friendly amnesty bill passed that is not necessarily in the interest of the citizens or the nation.

S.744 is very similar in many respects to Utah's amnesty bill (HB116), which was passed in 2011 and has been touted as a model for the nation. Read more...

White House Immigration Czarina

By Mark Krikorian, May 6, 2013

The Times ran a piece over the weekend profiling Cecilia Munoz, who is technically director of the White House Domestic Policy Council but in effect is chief of the administration's immigration-policy operation. A former top lobbyist for La Raza (for which activity she won a MacArthur genius grant), she's been gamely telling her former colleagues in the open-borders pressure groups that maintaining the appearance of immigration enforcement is necessary to get an amnesty through Congress. Specifically, she’s had to defend the administration decision to keep deportations at the congressionally mandated level of 400,000 per year (though they've cooked the books to reach that number). The point of that strategy (other than, you know, complying with the law) was to be able to point to "record levels" of deportations as proof that the enforcement-first demand has already been satisfied and that any further objections to amnesty were in bad faith. Read more...

NBC Story Shows Border Reality

By Jerry Kammer, May 6, 2013

Thursday night's NBC Nightly News featured a strong story by Mark Potter that came straight from the just-the-facts-ma'am school of reporting. In less than three minutes Potter presented the familiar border-security assurances of the Border Patrol and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, then showed graphic footage from Arizona and Texas — some of it recorded by hidden cameras — that contradicted those assurances. San Juan, Texas, Police Chief Juan Gonzalez told Potter the influx of illegal immigrants into his community on the Rio Grande is happening "every single day." You can see Potter's story here And you can see the 2010 CIS video from the same Arizona border region here. Read more...

Excerpts from "The Righteous Mind", Part 1

By Jerry Kammer, May 6, 2013

This blog reported the other day that a recent Senate hearing on immigration provided a demonstration of the liberal/conservative divide that is explored in Jonathan Haidt's book The Righteous Mind. Today we present the first of two sets of excerpts from the book, which The Guardian called "a compelling study of the morality of those on the left and right [that] reaches some surprising conclusions." Haidt, by the way, describes himself as a life-long liberal whose research has led him to respect the values of social conservatives. Read more...

Should Restrictionists Use the Old Powell Amendment Ploy vs. CIR?

By David North, May 4, 2013

It strikes me that a highly successful congressional maneuver of the 1950s might be revived in effort to sink the proposed "comprehensive immigration reform" bill (S.744).

It was then called the Powell Amendment, and it was named for the flamboyant and controversial congressman from Harlem, Adam Clayton Powell (D-N.Y.). Read more...

Gang of Eight's Bill Gives the EB-5 Deal Some Competition

By David North, May 3, 2013

It's amusing, as I have noted in connection with the rivalry among H-1B users, when there is internal competition among those using the immigration law both to expand migration and line their own pockets. Read more...

Schumer-Rubio's $1,000 "Penalty" Is a Bargain

By Ronald W. Mortensen, May 3, 2013

The Schumer-Rubio led Gang of Eight continues to argue that "comprehensive immigration reform" is not amnesty because illegal aliens applying for Registered Provisional Immigrant (RPI) status have to pay a stiff penalty — $1,000 (pp. 83-84 of S. 744). A second $1,000 penalty comes into effect when the illegal aliens eventually apply for permanent resident status. (pp. 107-108) Read more...