Immigration Blog

Obama, Immigration, and 'Electoral Caudillismo'

By Mark Krikorian, February 3, 2016

[This is a short piece by me that appears in today's issue of the Latin America Advisor, published by the Inter-American Dialogue.]

In June, the Supreme Court will drop an immigration bomb into the middle of the presidential campaign.

That's when it is expected to rule on the 26-state lawsuit challenging President Obama's edict granting work permits and Social Security numbers to as many as four million illegal aliens who have U.S.-citizen or legal-resident children. This legalization program proposed by Obama is ostensibly temporary, but is understood by everyone to be de facto permanent; revoking lawful work permits from four people is easy, but from four million is essentially impossible. Read more...

Fighting Human Trafficking Abroad, But Not at Home

By Dan Cadman, February 3, 2016

On February 1, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 400, the "Trafficking Prevention in Foreign Affairs Contracting Act", which will go next to the Senate for consideration.

It is modest in scope, requiring the Department of State (DOS) and Agency for International Development (AID) to report to the Congress within 180 days of enactment on their respective efforts to define contractor recruiting fees, and explain how they will enforce provisions that prohibit the levying of such fees. The fees refer to amounts paid by employees of DOS and AID contractors to obtain their jobs — often through shady middle-man recruiting agencies. Read more...

EB-5 Chief Gets a Gentle Grilling on EB-5 Problems

By David North, February 2, 2016

Nicholas Colucci, the DHS official in charge of the EB-5 program within USCIS, got a sustained, fact-based, but courteous, grilling for two hours earlier today as he sought to defend the administration's handling of the controversial immigrant investor program at a hearing before the full Senate Judiciary Committee.

With the chair of the committee, Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), and the senior Democratic member, Pat Leahy (D-Vt.), both calling for drastic reforms in the program, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) seeking to kill the program completely, Colucci spent much of his time at the witness table skillfully (I must admit) bobbing and weaving as he faced a barrage of tough questions about the fraud-ridden program. Read more...

The Demographic, Economic, and Fiscal Impact of Immigration

By Steven A. Camarota, February 2, 2016

Below is a PowerPoint presentation I used at an event in New York City last week organized by Impact New York. The presentation deals with the demographic, economic, and fiscal impact of immigration. As I get a lot of questions about these topics, I thought this PowerPoint might be a useful overview. Anyone who wishes to do so may download it and distribute it, with attribution. Read more...

It's Tax Refund Time for Illegal Aliens

By David North, February 2, 2016

Some people in the United States have already filed their 2015 income tax returns — not because they are super-law-abiding, but because they want to get a check from Uncle Sam in the mail. Some savvy illegal aliens, since they can get substantial tax breaks, will have filed by now.

The first day that IRS accepted returns was January 19 this year — the deadline is two and a half months away, the usual April 15.

This year there is yet another tax break for illegals in the tax system. Unlike citizen and green card workers who are not participating in Obamacare or another qualifying plan, who will be paying a penalty of up to $695 per adult (with a family limit of $2,085) for not joining the system, illegals without coverage pay no penalties. None at all. These penalties were much smaller last year. Read more...

Visa Overstays: A Lesson in Flexible Facts and Pliable Media

By Dan Cadman, February 2, 2016

On January 20, the New York Times carried this story: "Few Foreign Visitors to U.S. Overstay Visa, Federal Report Says". It states that "A little more than 1 percent of the nearly 45 million foreign visitors to the United States overstayed their work or tourist visas last year, according to a long-awaited report by the Department of Homeland Security."

Great news! Or is it? Let me "do the sums here", as they say. Wait a minute. That's about half a million people added to the illegal alien population in just a year's time. Read more...

Australia Ranks the Risks of Foreign Student Applicants by Nation of Origin

By David North, February 2, 2016

Australia manages its screening of international students in a more systematic way than the United States does, but then it should — since it takes in five to seven times as many overseas students per capita as the United States (a questionable decision).

First the numbers: The most recent data for overseas students in Australia shows a total of 453,000 of them; in contrast, the most recent annual census of foreign students in the United States, conducted by the Institute for International Education, reported a total of 974,000 students. Read more...

House Appropriations Boss Initiates Crackdown on Sanctuaries

By Jessica Vaughan, February 1, 2016

Today the chairman of the House appropriations subcommittee in charge of funding the Department of Justice, John Culberson (R-Texas), put the Obama administration on notice that it must take steps to rein in sanctuary jurisdictions or risk problems getting approval for its own budget requests. In addition, Culberson announced that he will begin requiring local jurisdictions to follow federal law and stop obstructing communication with immigration agencies as a condition for receiving certain federal law enforcement funding. Read more...

An Update on a Small Educational Entity

By David North, January 30, 2016

We published a posting about the American College of Commerce and Technology, Falls Church, Va., in August 2014 saying, among other things, that while the organization was licensed by the Department of Homeland Security to teach foreign students, it was not accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

This week we received the following from ACCT, which we reprint verbatim: Read more...

Raising Human Trafficking Awareness Everywhere Except at DHS and HHS, Where It's Sorely Needed

By Dan Cadman, January 29, 2016

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced its "Blue Campaign", an effort to make the general public and, more importantly, individuals in key positions aware of human trafficking — first responders, law enforcement, educators, even federal acquisition officers (for reasons they explain on their website).

This is a "close the barn door after the horses have left" exercise in embarrassment mitigation. The Washington Post recently ran a story detailing a sordid tale of peonage and human trafficking in unaccompanied alien minors about which my colleague, David North, recently blogged. Read more...