Immigration Blog

Immigration: The Problem That Must Not Be Named

By CIS, July 16, 2015

It's frustratingly common: The mainstream media discusses a social problem obviously impacted by immigration — overcrowding, low wages, increasing poverty, etc. — but assiduously avoids any mention of immigration. To much of the media, using the word immigration in the context of any social problem has become a taboo, roughly equivalent to saying "Voldemort" in a Hogwarts classroom.

This past Independence Day, the New York Times offered another example. In an article titled, "It's Summer, but Where Are the Teenage Workers?", a Times reporter lamented that teenage summer employment rates have been trending generally downward since the late 1980s. The decrease has been especially sharp since 2000: Read more...

Everything Is Absolutely Perfect in One Aspect of the EB-5 Program

By David North, July 16, 2015

There is little perfection in most people's lives — there may be a few weeds in the lawn, noisy neighbors, a damp basement, a child or grandchild who is not doing very well in school, or some combination of these or other blemishes.

But there is one perfect segment of the controversial EB-5 (immigrant investor) program that is so beloved by the Obama administration. This is the program that essentially sells a family-sized set of immigration visas to aliens who put $500,000 into a DHS-approved, if not guaranteed, project, usually in real estate.

During the months of October-December 2014, USCIS received 810 EB-5-related green card applications and denied none of them — zero, zip, nada. That's a score of 810 to 0. Read more...

Biased Sample Study Shows DACA Is an Economic Boon to Former Illegals

By David North, July 14, 2015

Using a remarkably (if perhaps unconsciously) biased survey sample, a recent study has shown that the DACA program does good things for the economics of its beneficiaries and, indirectly, for those of state governments.

The newspapers, of course, picked up the cheerful news and ignored the bias — which is, I must admit, a bit harder to understand. (DACA is the Obama administration's by-fiat temporary legalization program for relatively young illegal aliens who came to the United States before their 16th birthdays.) Read more...

Aliens, Crime, and Deportation

By David North, July 13, 2015

Here's a thought about the relationship between aliens and crime that was inspired by the appearance of my colleague, Jessica Vaughan, on the PBS "NewsHour" Friday night. (She was, in the lamentable PBS-NPR tradition, outnumbered by being cast opposite two open-borders people.) Read more...

Current Immigration Debate Needs the Concept of "Population-Neutral"

By David North, July 10, 2015

There is a useful concept in tax policy referred to as "revenue-neutral".

This term is often used in legislative packages that call for closing tax loopholes while lowering rates in another part of the tax system so that the rules are changed, but the size of the revenue stream is not. (Frankly, I am in favor of a non-revenue-neutral policy that would raise taxes on the rich — but that's another subject.) Read more...

Rending the Fabric of Truth in the Steinle Case

By Dan Cadman, July 9, 2015

In modern America, all of us are accustomed to elected and appointed political leaders spinning, bending, and manipulating the truth in order to score points or shape public opinion.

But there are limits to the credibly do-able, and with all of the finger-pointing in the wake of Kate Steinle's murder at the hands of an illegal alien, it's clear that the fabric of truth has been stretched so far as to have been rent asunder by San Francisco officials' attempts to evade moral responsibility for the tragedy and direct it at somebody else. Here are some of the whoppers that have been told: Read more...

Here's a Snake Story that the Patrol Should Send to All Media in Mexico

By David North, July 9, 2015

Most people are afraid of snakes in general and particularly those that bite, especially those with a poisonous bite.

I would hope that the Border Patrol is flooding the Mexican media with press releases, filmed interviews with the victim (in Spanish), and above all, photos and video footage of this kind of snake.

All of this relates to a Border Patrol press release issued earlier today that included this buried paragraph: Read more...

Yet Another Chinese Immigrant in California Cheats Countrymen in EB-5 Case

By David North, July 8, 2015

They just keep coming — stories about EB-5 fraud, that is. This is the third blog I have written about this subject in the last 10 days. Each case was new to me and seemed to be more troublesome than the last.

The latest one involves Bingqing Yang, CEO of a Northern California oil and gas company. The Securities and Exchange Commission, according to an industry website, charged her with running a $68 million Ponzi-like scheme that victimized several Chinese EB-5 investors. Read more...

Feds Play Needless Game of Chicken with Public Safety in Utah

By Dan Cadman, July 7, 2015

A few days ago, the Salt Lake Tribune ran a story detailing how the state of Utah enacted legislation requiring background checks to determine immigration status before issuing driver's licenses. The law was to go into effect on July 1st. It didn't. Read more...

Update on Save Jobs USA's H-4 Case

By John Miano, July 7, 2015

Last week there was a little activity in the Save Jobs USA case against DHS over its use of regulation to allow aliens to work on H-4 visas. Judge Chutkan denied DHS's motion to dismiss the case on procedural grounds. That means the case will move to a decision. A win is still a win, but I would not read too much into this decision because, just as with the denial of the preliminary injunction motion, no merit issues were decided. Read more...