Immigration Blog

Where is President Obama's 'Yes, We Can' on the Border?

By Janice Kephart, November 19, 2010

This morning two stories came across my desk simultaneously, both about the southwest border.

In the first, Texas Department of Public Safety went public that they are fighting a war on their border with Mexican cartels. Not just providing some resources and support, but fighting a war.

They fly helicopter missions, deploy tactical strike teams and gather field intelligence, but the battles they fight aren't in the Middle East, they're in America.

Some Examples of Clumsy Censorship Within USCIS

By David North, November 18, 2010

When it comes to transparency in government activities there are two extremes:

On the one hand, there is the total freedom of information sought by many advocates of democracy, the "open covenants, openly arrived at" concept of Woodrow Wilson.

On the other there is the highly efficient censorship of a dictatorship, such as that of North Korea.

And in the middle there is the not-so-competent, partial censorship of USCIS's review body, the Office of Administrative Appeals, a semi-judicial entity that handles appeals from many USCIS staff decisions. Read more...

Illinois Officials Choose Sanctuary over Secure Communities

By Jessica Vaughan, November 18, 2010

State police officials in Illinois have insisted on blocking most local law enforcement agencies from participating in ICE's Secure Communities program, even in the wake of embarrassing revelations of how Cook County, the state's largest jurisdiction, routinely releases offenders that ICE is trying to remove. At the same time, they seek millions of dollars of payments from the federal government each year for illegal aliens who end up in their jails. I discussed this issue over the weekend on Fox & Friends (video below). Read more...

Do Foreign Students Contribute Billions to U.S. Economy, or Take from It?

By David North, November 17, 2010

If you read the New York Times article "China Surges Past India as Top Home of Foreign Students" on Monday you might have seen this line: "And, according to the Commerce Department such [i.e., foreign] students contribute nearly $20 billion [a year] to the U.S. economy." Read more...

Attrition Works, Yet Again

By Mark Krikorian, November 17, 2010

From the Washington Post:

Prince William County's controversial immigration policy appears to have had some effect, as the growth of the county’s Hispanic population now lags behind that of other jurisdictions, a report from the University of Virginia states.

Illegal Immigration Is a Crime That Breeds More Crime: A Typology

By David North, November 16, 2010

Illegal immigration is, among other things, a crime that breeds further crime.

This is a grim fact that the open-borders advocates rarely discuss.

Crimes of passion and bank robberies, on the other hand are usually, to use the English phrase, "one-off" actions. Deplorable as they are, they are self-contained events and do not usually lead to other, on-going criminal activities.

I have not seen this typology before, but perhaps some criminologists have been using it for years. Read more...

California Supreme Court Backs Illegal-Alien Tuition Break

By Jon Feere, November 15, 2010

The California Supreme Court has reversed a lower court holding and sided with California Regents and illegal aliens on the issue of in-state tuition breaks. Under the latest ruling, California colleges (California State University, the University of California, and California Community Colleges) have been given the green light to offer tuition breaks to illegal aliens and deny the same benefit to U.S. citizens from other states. The case is available at the California courts website. Read more...

Opaque DHS Border Study Implies Diminishing Returns for BP Staff Increases

By David North, November 12, 2010

I may be completely wrong, but I read into a new and rather opaque DHS research document an implication that increasing spending on Border Patrol staff may be reaching the point of diminishing returns. Read more...

Between Calderon's Rhetoric and Border Reality

By Jerry Kammer, November 12, 2010

A column in today's Reforma newspaper highlights the troubling gap between Mexico's rhetorical commitment to the human rights of migrants and the abuses suffered by Central American migrants within Mexico. The column in the Mexico City daily is authored by Navi Pillay, United Nations high commissioner for human rights.

Pillay cites a recent statement by Mexican President Felipe Calderon that, "We don't want to do to the migrants who come to Mexico, whatever their legal status, that which we don't want to be done to our migrants in the United States." Read more...

Paying Illegal Immigrants to Go Home

By Mark Krikorian, November 11, 2010

Gallup reports that 18 percent of Hispanic immigrants in the United States want to emigrate to another country, a third of them to Mexico and the rest to other Latin American countries or Canada or Europe. They are more likely than other Hispanic immigrants to be poor and not speak English well — i.e., almost certainly disproportionately illegal aliens, though the survey didn't ask about legal status. Read more...