Immigration Blog

The Fine Print: The "Must Pay Their Taxes" Provision in the Obama Amnesty

By David North, January 31, 2013

You might have gotten the impression that the White House is proposing that the newly amnestied millions will have to pay their taxes in order to secure legal status.

You would be wrong. Read more...

As Mexico Improves, Central America Struggles

By Jerry Kammer, January 31, 2013

Mexico's improving economic situation has received a great deal of press recently, raising hopes that fewer Mexicans will feel compelled to cross the U.S. border illegally.

Meanwhile, deteriorating economic and social conditions in much of Central America have received little attention in the English-language press. Read more...

Another Look at the Forces Behind Birth Tourism

By David North, January 30, 2013

Birth tourism — which recently has become a local controversy in Southern California — arises from a confluence of strong factors, illustrated in the diagram below.

Birth tourism is the planned birth of an infant in the United States by a visiting alien mother who seeks at-birth citizenship for the baby; typically she and the baby leave the country after the birth, but the child can return at any time in the future, and years later can set in motion the legal immigration of his or her parents and other family members. Read more...

When Trespassing Apparently Isn't, and When "Sovereign Citizens" Apparently Aren't

By W.D. Reasoner, January 30, 2013

The following is a special update from our Forrest Gump Department, which is always diligently tracking and bringing to you the latest insanities and inanities on the subject of immigration in these here United States. Read more...

Awards for Commentary on Reform Proposal

By Jerry Kammer, January 30, 2013

Most Sweeping Statement. Univision anchorman Jorge Ramos: "It's the most important immigration news since the amnesty 27 years ago." Read more...

Does McCain Really Mean that 75 Percent of Illegal Aliens Will Be Denied Legal Status?

By Ronald W. Mortensen, January 30, 2013

During an appearance on CBS This Morning, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said: "People who have not committed a crime here or done something wrong will have a legal status, but they will not be able to have citizenship until they line up behind those who came here legally to get a green card on a path to citizenship." Read more...

What Was the Point of Obama’s Immigration Speech?

By Mark Krikorian, January 29, 2013

I know the president likes the sound of his own voice, but, really, what was the point of his immigration speech today in Las Vegas? Read more...

Aliens Who Thumb Their Noses at the United States Get Green Cards Anyway

By David North, January 29, 2013

Two small classes of aliens who have, in effect, thumbed their noses at the United States, are now about to get their green cards — despite non-admirable behavior in the application process.

Neither group has done anything criminal, but they have (at least in my eyes) treated Uncle Sam with disdain. Despite this, USCIS has set in motion techniques for them to get admitted to the United States.

These are the careless brides and grooms, on one hand, and the overly casual, overseas relatives of people who have secured refugee or asylee status, on the other. Here are the stories: Read more...

Lies, Damn Lies, and Enforcement Promises

By Mark Krikorian, January 28, 2013

Even amnesty advocates acknowledge that the enforcement provisions of any package deal are bogus. For instance, over at the Plum Line, Greg Sargent writes about the Senate outline's proposal for a commission of southwestern leaders to certify control over the border before the "provisionally" amnestied illegals get green cards: Read more...

We've Seen This Senate Amnesty Movie Before

By James R. Edwards Jr., January 28, 2013

A front-page article in the Washington Post breathily proclaimed that a small, self-appointed group of senators will unveil a broad overhaul of the immigration system and will stage a big announcement setting forth their accomplishment. Read more...