Immigration Blog

White House Tries to Calm the Waters

By Jerry Kammer, April 20, 2011

Politico has provided a concise explanation of yesterday's White House confab in favor of "comprehensive" immigration reform, reporting that "The meeting itself has been framed as an effort to show Obama supporters that he is trying to make progress on the issue even if it's doomed to stall in Congress." Read more...

The Regrettable Demise of the Journal 'People and Place'

By David North, April 20, 2011

It is sad to report that People and Place, an Australian academic quarterly, has published its last edition. Read more...

61% of Americans Oppose Birthright Citizenship for Children of Illegal Aliens

By Jon Feere, April 19, 2011

The debate over granting automatic birthright citizenship to children born to illegal aliens has had the effect of shifting public opinion in favor of a more narrow application of the 14th Amendment's Citizenship Clause, according to a new Rasmussen Reports survey. Read more...

Immigration Activist Warns of 'Civil War'

By Jerry Kammer, April 19, 2011

Juan Jose Gutierrez, the president of an immigration activist group called Vamos Unidos, predicts that hundreds of thousands of people will march in Los Angeles on May Day, demanding legalization for illegal immigrants. In an appearance Sunday on the Univision program "Al Punto", Gutierrez said that legalization is the only way out of the current policy stalemate. Read more...

BIA Exposes Weakness in Immigration-Through-Marriage Law

By David North, April 19, 2011

You might think that if an alien obtains legal status in the U.S. through a marriage-related visa that the government would want the marriage to last for a while, say, two years. Right?

Well, you would be, sometimes, wrong. Or so the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) has ruled. (The BIA, an arm of the Justice Department, plays the role of U.S. District Courts in cases appealed from Immigration Judge rulings.) Read more...

Framing the Discussion on Univision

By Jerry Kammer, April 18, 2011

The Univision Sunday morning program "Al Punto" yesterday offered a discussion that illustrated how the Spanish-language television network frames as "anti-immigrant" any measures directed against illegal immigration. It also included comments from a Los Angeles activist about President Obama's political calculations regarding immigration reform. Read more...

Sin 'Salon'

By James R. Edwards Jr., April 16, 2011

The seamy side of immigration often gets glossed over, dismissed, or explained away by open-border apologists calling for unfettered legal immigration and unchecked illegal immigration. But an honest look at immigration shows that human sin nature doesn't stop at the border. Read more...

April in Vekol Valley, Ariz.: Drug Shootings, Again

By Janice Kephart, April 16, 2011

In the same area where I filmed "Hidden Cameras on the Arizona Border 3: Guns, Drugs, and 750 Illegal Aliens", one likely drug runner was shot and another killed yesterday evening in a shoot out between drug smugglers. The exact area of the shooting, Antelope Peak, was about a mile from the first segment of that film which highlights the travel methods of drug cartels. Read more...

DHS Pressies Face a Quandary Regarding Publicizing Some Deportations

By David North, April 16, 2011

As a recovering government press agent (Department of Interior, 1997-1999) I read a recent ICE press release with a specialized pair of eyes.

The lead was, shall we say, arresting:

A fugitive wanted in Mexico for beating a young boy to death with a hammer in 2001 was deported Thursday to Mexico where he faces aggravated homicide charges . . .

House Hearing Lays Down Record for Ending the Visa Lottery

By Janice Kephart, April 15, 2011

On April 5, 2011, I testified before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement on a bill that would eliminate the Diversity Visa lottery (DV) program. The hearing was specifically on H.R.704, the SAFE for America Act, is sponsored by Rep. Goodlatte (R-VA), who has been seeking to do away with the visa lottery for years. Read more...