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By Jessica Vaughan, December 6, 2010

A story in today's Washington Post reveals the lengths to which this administration will go to give people the false impression that they are serious about immigration law enforcement. Remember all that high-fiving and fist-pumping in October when ICE announced that it had broken all the records for removals? Read more...

Amnesty Advocates Trumpet Distinction Without a Difference

By David North, December 3, 2010

The ever-creative advocates of amnesty for illegal aliens are pressing what they regard as a historical argument for the proposed DREAM and AgJobs Acts – that those kinds of specialized programs, not general amnesties, are, in effect, the American Way. That's their position.

As Gertrude Stein would have said, an illegal alien is an illegal alien is an illegal alien. There may be a fine distinction between boutique amnesties and general ones, but there are no differences in their impacts on the broader society, on taxpayers, nor, for that matter, on the aliens themselves. Read more...

GAO Reports Fraud and Abuse in H-2B Program

By David North, December 2, 2010

The H-2B program for unskilled non-agricultural migrant workers is one of the nation's many alien worker programs, and one that, according to a recent Government Accountability Office report, is subject to extensive fraud and abuse. Read more...

Straw Man Arguments and Chutzpah Used to Defend Tuition Break for Illegals

By David North, December 1, 2010

Those supporting tuition breaks for illegal aliens attending college sometimes use both straw man arguments and chutzpah math to advance their cause.

There is, for example, a November 23 article in the Fresno Bee headed "Illegal immigrants are not getting free college education, Calif. official says." Read more...

Foiling Terrorists by Keeping Them Out

By James R. Edwards Jr., November 28, 2010

The Washington Post's Sunday front-page story tells a lot of details about how the FBI kept Portland, Oregonians safe from an immigrant Muslim extremist with homicide bombing on his mind. And, certainly, thank God the G-men were successful in this fascinating and frightful case. Read more...

ICE Finds Huge New Tunnel at Border, But Are Congratulations Really in Order?

By David North, November 28, 2010

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has just issued a press release saying that they had found a major new tunnel under the U.S. /Mexico border south of San Diego.

It was half a mile long, had two entrances on the U.S. side and one in Mexico, and the tunnel was equipped with, the release said, "advanced rail, electrical and ventilation systems." Read more...

USCIS Takes Small Steps Forward on Alien Worker Programs

By David North, November 27, 2010

These blogs are often critical of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), but in this case we want to note some useful (if almost invisible) steps forward.

It involves the foreign worker programs, particularly the H-1B program that currently creates a glut of scientists and engineers in the U.S. labor market and thus deprives citizens and legal residents of high-tech jobs, and results in lowers salaries for all concerned.

While this may sound almost trivial to those outside government, the progress is in the re-design of a government form, the I-129. Read more...

Tories May Have Overreached vis-a-vis Language Requirement for Spouses

By David North, November 24, 2010

The new British government may have outreached itself by planning to require that immigrant spouses of UK citizens must speak the English language.

Lord knows that no American government would make such a demand.

While a Tory-Liberal Democrat coalition runs the government, the Conservatives seem to be the ones setting immigration policy. The two parties, while agreeing to run the nation together, had quite different immigration policies before the recent election. The Liberal Democrats strongly support the open borders position, and the Conservatives do not. Read more...

Fading DREAMs

By James R. Edwards Jr., November 23, 2010

Oh, the cruelty of leading people on and sowing false hopes. But the Democratic leadership in Congress and the Obama White House keep up the charade with the DREAM Act amnesty.

Before the election, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Sen. Robert Menendez put out the word that, yes, they had every intention of moving the DREAM Act. It was about as bald-faced a ploy as one could find – the real intention being to boost Latino turnout in the midterms from abysmal to very low. Read more...

Immigration Lessons from the Chandra Levy Murder Case

By Jon Feere, November 23, 2010

Salvadoran illegal immigrant Ingmar Guandique has been convicted of two counts of first-degree murder for killing intern Chandra Levy while she jogged in Washington, D.C.'s Rock Creek Park in May 2001. Guandique faces a minimum of 30 years to life in prison. Read more...