Immigration Blog

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...

Fired Illegals Say Chipotle Was Soft on Immigration

By Jon Feere, April 14, 2011

Reuters has written an expose on the illegal hiring practices at Chipotle, the fast-food burrito chain that continues to be the focus of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement audit. The article is worth reading in full, as it generally avoids the frivolity found in most immigration reporting. Shockingly, the journalists admit: "Chipotle could have found anomalies had it used E-Verify." Here is part of the article: Read more...

Rising Frustrations, Call to the Streets

By Jerry Kammer, April 14, 2011

On today's "Democracy Now!" program, co-host Juan Gonzalez interviewed Rep. Raul Grijalva. Both men expressed frustration with the lack of action on immigration reform by Congress and the Obama administration. Here are the principal exchanges, including a suggestion from Gonzalez that it is "time to shut down Phoenix" in protest. The interview took place the day after advocates of illegal immigrants in Los Angeles announced plans for a major demonstration there on May 1: Read more...

Massachusetts Health Plan Giveaway

By Jessica Vaughan, April 14, 2011

For a preview of how a federally-run health care system might deal with uninsured illegal immigrants, watch Massachusetts. In 2006 the state enacted Romneycare, which many consider to be the precursor to Obamacare. A recent report from the Massachusetts Inspector General has found that state agencies have failed to implement controls to prevent ineligible people – including illegal immigrants – from getting free taxpayer-funded health care. Read more...

Salt Lake Chamber Dupes the Supporters of the Utah Compact

By Ronald W. Mortensen, April 13, 2011

Did the Salt Lake Chamber dupe Utah's religious organizations, social justice groups, and media outlets into helping it pass legislation that guarantees its business members a large pool of low-cost, easily exploited illegal alien labor? It appears that that may have been the case. Read more...

A Worm's-Eye View of IRS Tax Collection Practices vs. Some Aliens

By David North, April 13, 2011

A single Border Patrol agent, dealing with, say, a five-mile stretch of the southern border, may not have a good understanding of the nation's immigration enforcement policy, but he certainly knows how it plays in his own turf.

Similarly, I do not have a good grasp of IRS policies, generally, regarding the collection of taxes from aliens, but I do have a pretty comprehensive knowledge of how they work vis-a-vis foreign graduate students. This is the case because I have been running, for 12 years now, a volunteer program to help graduate students at a major D.C.-area university with their income tax filings. Most of our clients are from overseas. Read more...