Immigration Blog

Shameless EB-5 Millionaires Overwhelm DHS Agency for the Needy

By David North, August 26, 2013

Hundreds of millionaires and would-be millionaires, both citizens and aliens, have demanded help for their "problems" from a tiny Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agency designed to help befuddled migrants with the complications of the immigration process.

The entity is the Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman; it had, the last time I looked, 32 employees, and is lodged in the Office of the Deputy Secretary of DHS, not in USCIS itself. Read more...

Presidential Discretion in Immigration Policy: Deja Vu?

By Stanley Renshon, August 26, 2013

The dilemma for real immigration reformers in Congress is that that the president and the executive branch do have some degree of constitutionally mandated discretion in enforcing immigration laws.

Exactly how much is a matter of debate.

Jeffrey Anderson writing in the Weekly Standard of the president's decision not to deport young illegal aliens characterized that initiative as "pure lawlessness". Read more...

Katherine Vargas on the State of Play in Immigration Reform

By Jerry Kammer, August 26, 2013

Katherine Vargas, the White House director of Hispanic media, was interviewed yesterday on "Al Punto", Univision's Sunday morning talk show. Here are some excerpts of her responses to questions from host Jorge Ramos (my translations from Spanish): Read more...

Zuckerberg Shares Stage with Admitted Felon; Turns His Back on Innocent American Children

By Ronald W. Mortensen, August 23, 2013

On August 5, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg shared the stage with Jose Antonio Vargas, an illegal alien and self-acknowledged felon, to support amnesty for illegal aliens. At the same time, Zuckerberg turned his back on innocent Americans, including an untold number of children, who are victims of job-related felonies committed by the vast majority of illegal aliens. Read more...

DHS (Albeit Slowly) and the Courts Move on Immigration Abuse Cases

By David North, August 23, 2013

In recent months federal prosecutors, the courts, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and a state regulatory body in Virginia have moved against immigration abuse on three fronts, with further progress being reported recently in all these cases, two of which involve the controversial EB-5 program for immigrant investors. Read more...

Two Forms of Presidential Immigration Misconduct: Executive Action and Administrative Fiat

By Stanley Renshon, August 23, 2013

Immigration reformers in Congress are worried about a possible presidential Plan B that would bypass Congress altogether and simply change existing immigration law by executive action.

Could the president do this? He already has.

Is this a realistic worry? Yes. Read more...

A One-Time $36 Billion Treasury Raid Would Follow a Major Amnesty

By David North, August 22, 2013

There would be a huge raid on the U.S. Treasury if the Senate's comprehensive immigration bill (S.744) were to become law. It would be retroactive in nature and I estimate it would cost the Treasury roughly $36 billion. Read more...

ICE Apologetic for "Rounding Up" Immigrants

By David Seminara, August 22, 2013

ICE agents conducted raids on a 16-location car wash franchise called Danny's Family Car Wash in Phoenix last weekend, arresting 14 people and ultimately releasing 179 of the 223 people who were detained for questioning. The New York Times reported that most of the 223 employees who were detained are in the country illegally. An ICE spokesperson, Barbara Gonzalez, told reporters that the arrests were part of a criminal probe targeting the owners of the business for possible identity fraud and other crimes, not an enforcement action directed at the employees. I was struck by the almost apologetic tone of her comments. Read more...

The GOP's Immigration Reform Dilemma: Presidential Enforcement

By Stanley Renshon, August 22, 2013

The president and the House GOP are each caught in a bind. Although the two dilemmas spring from vastly different origins, they share a similarity. They both have to do with trust. Read more...