Immigration Blog

Could It Happen Here? Probably Not, but It Did in Canada!

By David North, September 20, 2012

Could you imagine Eric Holder announcing that he was depriving a group of 300 Arabs of their naturalization papers because they all gave the same phony residential address, that of "Palestine House"?

With the Arab Street, at about the same time, reacting in almost medieval fury to a clumsy and vicious anti-Muslim home movie created by some obscure bigots from southern California?

I would say "no" but that is exactly what has just happened in Canada. Read more...

On the Notion of Risk Management at DHS

By W.D. Reasoner, September 19, 2012

Since taking office, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano has been extolling the virtues of a risk management strategy. For instance, risk management formed a part of her very first testimony before the House of Representatives' Committee on Homeland Security in February 2009. Read more...

USCIS Does Right Thing on EB-5 Issue — and Gets Sued

By David North, September 19, 2012

USCIS has rejected a set of petitions filed by alien investors in the EB-5 program and has, as a result, been sued in federal court by some of the major players in this controversial buy-a-set-of-visas scheme.

Aliens who are otherwise ineligible for green cards can secure them for themselves and their families by investing as little as $500,000 in business programs approved by the government; each investment is supposed to create 10 jobs, directly or indirectly. Read more...

Is Visa Abuse Instinctive at IBM?

By John Miano, September 19, 2012

Read more on IBM and H-1Bs

When I think of visa abuse, the first company that comes to mind is IBM. Whenever I am doing research on some aspect of employment-based visa abuse, IBM always seems to pop up. Read more...

Tech Immigration and the Visa Lottery

By Mark Krikorian, September 18, 2012

A fight is brewing over an immigration bill which would give green cards to foreign students receiving graduate degrees in science and engineering fields from U.S. universities. The disagreement between Republicans and Democrats does not seem to be over whether to include master's degree recipients, something business has demanded and which was one of my main concerns. Rep. Read more...

USCIS Annual Fee Waiver Loss Soars to $198 Million

By David North, September 18, 2012

In 2009, when the Obama administration arrived, the losses in USCIS fees due to approved fee waivers were at a modest $27 million a year, then it went to $87 million in FY 2011, and currently it is projected to soar to $198 million a year. Read more...

When You've Lost NPR Listeners. . .

By Mark Krikorian, September 17, 2012

The lefty site Alternet buries the lead in a report on a new survey of attitudes about immigration. The poll, conducted by the left-wing firm Latino Decisions for the National Hispanic Media Coalition, purports to demonstrate that Fox News listeners have the most anti-immigrant views, yadda, yadda, yadda. But I thought this figure from the survey itself was most telling: Read more...

Reaping What We've Sown

By James R. Edwards Jr., September 17, 2012

Another Islamist terrorist has been captured in a sting operation by the FBI. Adel Daoud is an American citizen who lives in Chicago. His immigration link is parents who came here from Egypt. The 18-year-old blipped on the FBI's radar because this Middle Eastern descendent spouted jihadist bile on Islamist Internet sites. Read more...

ICE Does Exactly the Right Thing to a Pair of Third-Rate Hotels

By David North, September 17, 2012

Here's an immigration-enforcement story out of Kansas City that produces two useful insights:

  1. ICE can still do a bang-up enforcement job, if allowed to do so; and

  2. Some businesses kept afloat by low wages paid to illegals should be allowed to sink.

The story involves two hotels owned by the same couple, Munir Ahman Chaudary and Rhonda R. Bridge: a Clarion Hotel in Overland Park, Kan., and a Clarion Hotel at the Kansas City, Mo., airport. Read more...

What Should Be Done with Those Granted DACA Amnesty?

By David North, September 14, 2012

While the preferred end-story for the administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) amnesty program should be its termination and an end of deferred action status for those granted it at the close of their two years, this probably will not happen.

Perhaps we should think about alternative end games. We know what the administration wants: It would grant full green card status to all the DACA beneficiaries and it would continue all the current admissions policies. Read more...