Immigration Blog

EB-5 Middleman Benda's Death Ruled a Suicide by South Dakota AG

By David North, November 21, 2013

The shooting death of onetime EB-5 middleman, Richard Benda, described in a previous blog, was ruled a suicide Thursday by South Dakota's Attorney General, Marty Jackley.

According to the AG's Office, as reported by the Associated Press, an autopsy showed that the death was by a shotgun blast and Benda's own 12-gauge shotgun was the only weapon found at the death site. Read more...

NPR Story Goes for the "Wow", Neglects the "Why" of Immigrant Detention

By Jerry Kammer, November 21, 2013

On NPR's Morning Edition this week, reporter Ted Robbins had the makings of a good story about a congressional mandate that requires Immigration and Customs Enforcement to hit an expensive target for detention of illegal immigrants.

But the story careened immediately into editorial Never-Never Land with host Steve Inskeep's sophomoric introduction. Then Robbins drove it into the reportorial briar patch with his own editorial slant on a story that should have let the facts speak for themselves. Read more...

DHS Staff Time Wasted as Agency Issues Regulations for Unlikely Alien Situations

By David North, November 21, 2013

This administration bends over backward to stretch the law to cover unlikely situations that might conceivably inconvenience some alien, some day, under some circumstances.

And it spends money hiring regulation writers to provide all the bureaucratic verbiage needed to take care of these obscure situations. Read more...

Immigration Reform: American Bankers Association Chief Calls for Open Borders and Amnesty

By Ronald W. Mortensen, November 21, 2013

Frank Keating, head of the American Bankers Association, has finally come clean about big business' ultimate immigration reform goal — totally open borders with the unrestricted movement of millions of foreign workers into the United States.

In a remarkably candid Op-ed published in the Los Angeles Times, Keating writes:

We cannot support open borders for trade but not for people. ... As Ronald Reagan might have put it, it's time to open the doors.

Much Internal Diversity within the Diversity Visa Program

By David North, November 21, 2013

There turns out to be a great deal of internal diversity of visa outcomes within the Diversity Visa (DV) program that grants green cards to a random assortment of up to 50,000 aliens a year.

This dawned on me as I examined, in an earlier blog, a report of the State Department's Inspector General on the extent of fraud (and detected fraud) within the DV program in Ukraine. Read more...

OECD Meeting Gives Clues on How to Manage (and Limit) Family Migration

By David North, November 20, 2013

Although I am sure it was not designed for this purpose, Monday's Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) conference on family migration showed that many progressive nations use a wide variety of techniques to discourage immigration-related marriage fraud — techniques routinely ignored in the United States. Read more...

Marriage Fraud Inside Diversity Visa Fraud, All Tucked into a Useless Program

By David North, November 19, 2013

It's a little like one of those sets of Russian nesting dolls, each one hiding and enclosing another slightly smaller one.

On the outside is America's useless (but legal) diversity visa program, which distributes 50,000 immigrant visas to aliens who have won a worldwide lottery.

On the inside of that is a well-organized program to steal the genuine visas from the legitimate winners of this silly program, particularly in Ukraine (once part of Russia). Read more...

What Happens When an Amnesty Rollout Fails?

By Mark Krikorian, November 19, 2013

The AP writes:

The first year of the Obama administration's temporary reprieve for youth living in the country illegally has shown that any broader immigration reform effort would require the government to better prepare by streamlining application procedures and by providing more information about what documents are needed to apply to stay in America, experts say.

La Loi, C'est Moi

By Mark Krikorian, November 19, 2013

President Obama's latest act of immigration lawlessness was buried in the Friday news dump. A new DHS memo grants de facto amnesty to all illegal-alien spouses, children, and parents of anyone in the military and of anyone who has ever been in the military. Now, it's obvious that the White House picked this group to amnesty because of the bitter-clingers' support for the military and veterans, and this discretionary authority ("parole in place" is the technical term) can indeed be used appropriately under some circumstances. But like any other bureaucratic grant of discretion, it is appropriate only on a case-by-case basis; the administration, by contrast, has amnestied an entire class of people, just as it did with its illegal DREAM Act amnesty, formally known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Read more...

H1-B Teachers May Be Coming to DC

By David North, November 14, 2013

There is a strong possibility that the controversial Gulen Turkish Charter Schools, together with their emphasis on hiring teachers from Turkey via the H-1B program, will arrive soon in the District of Columbia, the Washington Post reported this week. Read more...