Immigration Blog

ICE Refuses to Detain Illegal Alien Journalist

By Jon Feere, October 18, 2012

Once again, illegal alien and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas has highlighted the fact that U.S. immigration laws are woefully under-enforced. The poster boy for the illegal alien cause was recently arrested in Minnesota after allegedly driving dangerously and presenting his fraudulent and cancelled Washington driver's license to a police officer. His court hearing is today, October 18. Read more...

No Limiting Principle

By Mark Krikorian, October 17, 2012

Well, in what will be four presidential/vice-presidential debates, at least there was one question on immigration. Last night’s question, like almost all the others from this group of “undecided” voters, came from a Democratic perspective, offering yet another new euphemism for “illegal aliens”: “immigrants without their green cards that are currently living here as productive members of society.”

Each candidate gave his usual line, but a few things were interesting: Read more...

USCIS Does Right Thing on EB-5 Issue — and Wins a Round in Court

By David North, October 17, 2012

As we reported in an earlier blog, the staff of USCIS rejected a questionable set of immigrant investor applications, revoking some earlier decisions in the process, and brought down on the agency a court case filed by some of the biggest guns in the EB-5 business. Read more...

Choose You This Day Whom You Will Serve

By James R. Edwards Jr., October 16, 2012

The open-borders group CASA de Maryland, which is pushing the state-level DREAM-lite — in-state tuition for the state's illegals — on the ballot this fall is putting its religious allies between a rock and a hard place.

CASA de Maryland has joined forces with homosexual activists who are mobilizing on the gay marriage issue, which also will appear on Maryland's ballot on November 6.

This political alliance, decided by the groups' radical leadership, puts Hispanic clergy in league with those trying to legitimize sexual conduct the Bible clearly doesn't condone (see Romans 1:24-26 and work your way back to Exodus). Read more...

NYC Immigration Judges Favor Aliens More Frequently

By W.D. Reasoner, October 16, 2012

An interesting item was published in the September 27 edition of Capital (a New York-based online publication), which in my view deserves a great deal more attention that it appears to be getting.

According to the article, "While nearly two-thirds of deportation cases nationwide end in the target's removal from the country, the results in New York City have been starkly different. Here, 74 percent of deportation proceedings this year have ended with the immigrant being allowed to stay in the United States." Read more...

From Disruption to Dismantling: Feds Turn Up the Heat on MS-13

By W.D. Reasoner, October 15, 2012

The U.S. Treasury Department has announced the designation of the gang Mara Salvatrucha (also known as MS-13) as a transnational criminal organization (TCO). This move shows just how far MS-13 has come over the years, from its start as a group of violent illegal alien thugs from El Salvador making extra money selling weapons to other gangs in Los Angeles, to its status as a significant criminal enterprise with international partners and a diversified portfolio of criminal activity, including bulk cash smuggling and sex-, drug-, and weapons-trafficking. Going after the gang's money and other assets makes perfect sense. But we were a little puzzled that the feds have not also moved to more effectively target the other obvious vulnerability for MS-13 and all TCOs — immigration status and the need to move across borders. Read more...

How USCIS Has Tilted DACA Decision-Making

By David North, October 15, 2012

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), the ranking GOP member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, respectively, have uncovered an outrageous, but not entirely surprising, feature of the way in which the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) amnesty program is being carried out. Read more...

DACA Amnesty Stats

By Mark Krikorian, October 12, 2012

USCIS reports today that 179,794 applications for the president's illegal DACA amnesty have been accepted as of October 10, and 4,591 have been approved, up from 29 a month ago. There's no indication that any applications have been turned down.

Grand Old Man of Immigration Bar Weighs In vs. New H-1B Forms

By David North, October 12, 2012

It's the immigration policy version of the Royal Navy steaming out of Portsmouth Harbor on its way to the Falklands War; it means that an establishment is facing a serious challenge.

That's the image I had when I read the front-page, signed article in the September 24 issue of the immigration bar's trade paper Interpreter Releases by the grand old man of the immigration bar, Austin Fragomen, Jr. It is highly critical of a proposed set of procedures and forms for the H-1B program announced by the U.S. Department of Labor (DoL). The article is not available online, and it is one of the rare such treatments of a policy issue by IR. Read more...

The Caption Should Have Read: "EB-5 Investor Ducks Courthouse Camera"

By David North, October 10, 2012

We rarely see news photos of EB-5 investors, legitimate or illegitimate, but we almost did in yesterday's New York Times. EB-5 is the immigrant investor program. Read more...