Immigration Blog

California Activists Demand Amnesty for Felons

By Jessica Vaughan, December 6, 2013

A group of amnesty activists in California really had to scrape the bottom of the barrel in their quest to draw public sympathy for illegal aliens who are being deported.

On Monday, November 26, three women, two of whom are illegal aliens and one who is a U.S. citizen, chained themselves by the neck to a fence surrounding the Adelanto Detention Facility in San Bernardino, Calif. Their aim was to provoke arrest and draw attention to their demands for the release of three men being detained at the center. They were part of a larger group of activists demanding a moratorium on all deportations. The three women were arrested, spent the night in a county jail, and now face charges for misdemeanor failure to disperse, trespassing, and a felony charge of vandalism. Read more...

Reporter Finally Gets It Right on H-1Bs

By John Miano, December 6, 2013

I nearly had a seizure reading Liz Peek's article on H-1B in the Fiscal Times. Ms. Peek had actually done some research and independent thinking; something nearly absent in today's media. Read more...

Elk Horn, Iowa's Danish-American Community: Assimilation Done Right?

By David Seminara, December 5, 2013

No matter how you feel about immigration, the comprehensive immigration reform debate can be exhausting and stressful. Supporters of legalization are outraged that there's been no legislative progress on the amnesty front and opponents are fearful that politicians will cave in to the demands of the business lobby. No one is happy. Because we're in the midst of the holiday season, I thought it might be a good time to recommend a documentary about an immigrant community that just about anyone can feel good about, no matter where they stand on the issues. Read more...

What Speaker Boehner Could Achieve: A Focused, Public Interest Immigration Grand Bargain, Part 2

By Stanley Renshon, December 5, 2013

What Speaker Boehner could accomplish, and leave as a positive and lasting legacy to this country, would be a set of immigration reform measures that begin with serious and effective enforcement controls, but also recognize that there are some illegal aliens living and working here who deserve our compassion and help.

Not all do.

What Speaker Boehner Could Achieve: A Focused, Public Interest Immigration Grand Bargain

By Stanley Renshon, December 4, 2013

As is always the case with "if it bleeds, it leads" journalism, a great deal of attention has been paid to orchestrated nationwide efforts, including those by the president, to keep the heat on Republicans in the House to pass immigration bills that could be reconciled with the Senate's massive legislation. Sit-ins, hunger strikes, blocking traffic, and other efforts to pressure House Republicans have not had their desired effect and House Republicans continue plug along on a series of possible immigration bills. Read more...

It's Beginning to Look Like Watergate in South Dakota EB-5 Case

By David North, December 4, 2013

It is starting to look like Watergate all over again, on a smaller scale, in the South Dakota EB-5 scandal.

The national EB-5 investor-visa program grants green cards to aliens (and their families) who have placed half a million dollars in certain USCIS-approved, but not guaranteed, investments; a lot of EB-5 money has disappeared in South Dakota.

Some of the well-connected lesser functionaries of the party in power in that state were bending if not breaking the law regarding these moneys, the investigative machinery of state government is somewhere between constipated and compromised, and the local press is having a field day. Read more...

Journos Still Don't Understand House Cannot Act on Senate Amnesty Bill

By Jon Feere, December 3, 2013

Journalists should really do their research before writing on the status of the Senate amnesty bill, particularly if they plan on pressuring House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) to pass an amnesty.

Those paying close attention know that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) never sent the Senate's gargantuan amnesty bill (S.744) over to the House of Representatives. Reid has refused to do so because he knows his bill is unconstitutional because the bill raises revenue; the Constitution requires all bills raising revenue to originate in the House, not the Senate. Mr. Reid is well aware that, if he were to send the bill to the House, it would be "blue-slipped" — stopped by a legislative procedure that allows House members to shut down a bill that runs afoul of the Constitution's Origination Clause. Read more...

Comprehensive Immigration Reform: The Part Justifies the Whole

By Mark Krikorian, December 2, 2013

One of the problems with any kind of omnibus bill is that supporters will argue the whole bill must be passed based on the claimed merits of specific pieces. This was the whole purpose of the DREAM Act: Advocates pointed to the most sympathetic group of illegal aliens — those who came here as children and did well in school — as an unrebuttable argument for amnestying all 12 million illegals. Read more...

Sometimes It Pays to Say Something: Speaking One's Immigration Mind

By John Rhodes, December 2, 2013

One day last fall, a thoughtful seventh grader came home from school (in Northern Virginia) with questions about a civics presentation given to the entire seventh grade class. Keep in mind that civics is the study of the theoretical and practical aspects of citizenship, and includes the study of civil law and civil code. Civics thus considers, among other things, the process of lawful entry into the country. The seventh-grade civics teacher had invited a long-standing custodial staff member from the school (for the fifth year in a row) to share the story of her journey from Southeast Asia to the United States, and her subsequent naturalization and integration into American society; a touching, educational exercise it was – or so it seemed. Read more...

Church Arsonist in Vermont Is an Illegal Alien

By David North, December 2, 2013

An earlier blog of mine asked the question: Did an illegal alien try to burn down a church in Sen. Leahy's Vermont?

The damage to the church's steeple was not in question, nor was the identity of the arsonist (Aliaksandr Bychkou); the only question left by media coverage was his legal status. Read more...