Immigration Blog

Congress Toys With Another Tiny Visa Class – For Exactly 14 Hospitals

By David North, August 9, 2011

The waste of administrative resources devoted to tiny classes of migrants – which we have covered in a previous blog – may get worse in the near future.

Earlier this year I called attention to one such minuscule class, a small cluster of nonimmigrant "investors" in the Northern Mariana Islands who were simultaneously judged by USCIS to be rich enough to be investors, but poor enough to have their fees waived. Read more...

Population Boom in Texas as Mexicans Flee Border Violence

By Jerry Kammer, August 8, 2011

The Texas cities of Mission and El Paso are experiencing a population and business boom, as thousands of Mexicans flee violence in the border states of Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, and Chihuahua, according to a story in yesterday's Mexico City daily Reforma.

The newspaper reports that many of the newcomers arrive with investor visas, which the United States provides to persons who bring job-creating investments with them. My colleague David North has written frequently about the EB-5 investor program; for his blogs postings on it, see here. Read more...

An Answer, Perhaps, to the Haitian TPS Puzzlement – Why So Few Takers?

By David North, August 7, 2011

One of the current immigration mysteries has been: why have so few Haitian illegal aliens in the U.S. accepted the government's offer of Temporary Protected Status, a quasi-amnesty?

After the earthquake of January 2010 the Department of Homeland Security offered TPS to all Haitians who were in the U.S. legally or illegally on the date of the quake. It expected some 100,000 to 150,000 or so to register. Read more...

WA Cancels Illegal Alien Journalist's Driver's License; Will ICE Investigate the Papers That Hired Him?

By Jon Feere, August 4, 2011

The story of illegal alien fraudster and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas continues to unfold and he is finally beginning to feel the repercussions of his unlawful activity. Read more...

Murdoch Henchman Gets H-1B Visa; Loses Job; Flouts Immigration Law

By David North, August 4, 2011

Perhaps the least attractive henchman of imperial publisher Rupert Murdoch (and there is fierce competition for that distinction) got into the U.S. on an H-1B visa, lost the job that got him the visa, and, apparently, has not left the U.S. as he should have done. Read more...

Case Study: Alien Investor Program Has a Spectacular Failure in S. Dakota

By David North, August 3, 2011

Both images of the EB-5 immigrant investor program emerging from recent DHS documents are misleading.

One, the widely publicized statement yesterday by DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano was that the agency had "outlined a series of policy, operational, and outreach efforts to fuel the nation's economy and stimulate investment [to] . . . create jobs . . ." Read more...

Removal Proceedings Redux

By W.D. Reasoner, August 3, 2011

I just finished reading a snarky little blog a friend forwarded me for review. The blog, "Report Reveals Basic Misunderstanding of Deportation Process," by Ben Winograd, purports to be a critique of my recent backgrounder on removal proceedings. Read more...

Administration Caves to Open-Borders Advocates on Investor Visas

By David North, August 2, 2011

The only thing that irks the administration more than one underused immigration program is having two such programs.

So today the Obama administration took several steps to still further ease the rules in the H-1B program for high-tech nonimmigrant workers, and the EB-5 program for alien investors, as the Wall Street Journal reported under this headline: "U.S. to Assist Immigrant Job Creators". Read more...

Maryland DREAMers Sue to Stop Democracy

By James R. Edwards Jr., August 2, 2011

It would be nice if, once in a while, open-borders zealots would fight fair. But, once again, they're cynically and willfully out to deprive American citizens of the ability to exercise self-government.

The open-borders activist group Casa of Maryland has filed suit against a petition drive to put the state's DREAM Act on the ballot next year. The state legislature passed the bill, then a grassroots opposition movement arose and followed the next step in the state's procedure: put the question to voters. Read more...

Infosys, Big H-1B User, Loses Case but Wins Secrecy

By David North, August 1, 2011

Infosys, the big Indian body shop and extensive user of the H-1B program, has, in effect, lost an age-discrimination case in federal court, but everything about the case is shrouded in secrecy. Read more...