Immigration Blog

A One-Time $36 Billion Treasury Raid Would Follow a Major Amnesty

By David North, August 22, 2013

There would be a huge raid on the U.S. Treasury if the Senate's comprehensive immigration bill (S.744) were to become law. It would be retroactive in nature and I estimate it would cost the Treasury roughly $36 billion. Read more...

ICE Apologetic for "Rounding Up" Immigrants

By David Seminara, August 22, 2013

ICE agents conducted raids on a 16-location car wash franchise called Danny's Family Car Wash in Phoenix last weekend, arresting 14 people and ultimately releasing 179 of the 223 people who were detained for questioning. The New York Times reported that most of the 223 employees who were detained are in the country illegally. An ICE spokesperson, Barbara Gonzalez, told reporters that the arrests were part of a criminal probe targeting the owners of the business for possible identity fraud and other crimes, not an enforcement action directed at the employees. I was struck by the almost apologetic tone of her comments. Read more...

The GOP's Immigration Reform Dilemma: Presidential Enforcement

By Stanley Renshon, August 22, 2013

The president and the House GOP are each caught in a bind. Although the two dilemmas spring from vastly different origins, they share a similarity. They both have to do with trust. Read more...

In Which I Agree with Josh Marshall

By Mark Krikorian, August 21, 2013

Lefty blogger Josh Marshall chastises his fellow amnesty advocates to stop pretending a bill will pass this Congress. While I hope he's right, I think he underestimates the GOP leadership's pathological desire to save Obama's presidency by passing an amnesty.

Nonetheless, his main point is that the mass-immigration crowd should instead start the campaign against Republicans for killing the amnesty/increased immigration bill: Read more...

New Twist on Immigration Fraud — Employers Are the Victims!

By David North, August 21, 2013

Immigration fraud comes in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes it is massive, sometimes just one-on-one; sometimes it is crude and direct, and sometimes very complex. But usually employers of aliens are not the victims, and the population of the United States usually is illicitly expanded.

The last two generalizations were not true in a half-million-dollar case brought in federal district court in New Jersey recently. Read more...

The President's Immigration Villains: Part 2

By Stanley Renshon, August 21, 2013

The president has a long and substantial rhetorical history of harshly singling out and criticizing individuals and groups that disagree with his policy preferences. And no group has been on the receiving end of more of his ire than Republicans.

On the GOP in general, he has said "Their philosophy is simple: We are better off when everybody is left to fend for themselves and play by their own rules." Read more...

Univision Reports Pressure on Obama to Take Direct Action on Immigration

By Jerry Kammer, August 20, 2013

"Under immigration pressure" read the graphic that showed a photograph of President Obama on Univision's evening news Monday. It was the theme of a story that Univision anchor Jorge Ramos introduced by noting that "some activists want the president to do much more for the undocumented." Read more...

A Trifecta of Non-Immigrant Worker Programs

By David North, August 20, 2013

There have been three little-noticed (in the United States) actions recently about the non-immigrant worker programs that have denied so many jobs to American workers.

A U.S. shipbuilding firm in the South has been charged in our courts with "enslaving Indian workers"; a brave American lawyer in the North is trying to use the class action approach to attack the H-1B program; and a major U.S. user of the H-1B program is laying off U.S. workers while seeking to expand the flows of H-1Bs. Read more...

The President's Immigration Villains: Part 1

By Stanley Renshon, August 20, 2013

Like many smart, verbally skilled political leaders, President Obama has a way with words. He is more measured than loquacious, and he is a master of conveying calm, thoughtful deliberation. That leads many people to misidentify him as a moderate or a pragmatist. After all, his calm delivery and measured cadence are the antithesis of how we expect radicals or revolutionaries to speak. Read more...