Immigration Blog

Man with 15 Previous Deportations Nearly Kills Boy, Mainstream Media Shrugs

By David Seminara, May 15, 2017

If Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had a loyalty rewards program, surely Constantino Banda-Acosta would be a platinum member. Banda-Acosta, a 38-year-old citizen of Mexico, has been deported from the United States at least 15 times according to the San Diego Union Tribune. Last week, while driving drunk, he allegedly blew through a stop sign and smashed into another vehicle, seriously injuring Lennox Lake, a six-year-old boy who was on his way home from a family trip to Disneyland. Banda-Acosta didn't stop or seek help, and the poor little boy had to undergo two surgeries at a Children's Hospital. (Donate to his GoFundMe page here.) Read more...

Unsubstantiated Voting Fraud?
The president establishes a commission on election integrity

By Andrew R. Arthur, May 12, 2017
The president establishes a commission on election integrity

On Thursday, May 11, President Trump announced the establishment of a commission on election integrity. The commission: "[W]ill review claims of improper registrations and voting, fraudulent registrations and voter suppression. ... Members will provide the president with a report in 2018 and may issue recommendations to the states."

Almost instantaneously, the president's critics attacked the commission, and its Vice Chairman, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Read more...

The Nobel Prize Standard

By Andrew R. Arthur, May 12, 2017

The phrase "deeds not words" has long been associated with Alice Paul, suffragette, political activist, and one of the founders of the National Women's Party. The Washington Post, which describes the phrase as Ms. Paul's "battle cry", reports it is "an allusion to Paul's preference for attention-getting protest stunts, such as hurtling rocks at windowpanes, in the name of equal rights." Read more...

Reflecting on Alien Prisoner Drug Offender Sentence Reductions

By Dan Cadman, May 12, 2017

Several times previously I've spoken about "criminal justice reform" as it relates to alien felons and drug offenders, and in less-than-glowing terms (see here, here, and here) because it seemed then, and seems to me now, that where alien criminals are concerned, the "reforms" are just one more way our government proves it isn't serious about border control — because many of the aliens benefiting from such reforms, whether via legislation or amendment of sentencing guidelines to provide for retroactive downward departures, are cross-border violators and drug traffickers who got caught moving their packages of death into our country. Read more...

HSI Returns to the Streets to Target Gangs

By Jessica Vaughan, May 11, 2017

In a press conference today, ICE announced the results of a six-week operation targeting transnational gangs, led by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI, a division of ICE). Some of these gangs have rebounded in recent years, taking advantage of lax border security to grow their ranks, and this operation indicates renewed attention to the problem and, most notably, a welcome return to assertive use of immigration enforcement authorities as an effective weapon against this scourge. Read more...

Here's a Switch: The Dangers Migrants Face Leaving the U.S. for Canada

By David North, May 11, 2017

We have heard for years about aliens seeking to illegally enter the United States from the south dying in the heat of the desert along the southern border.

This past winter we began to hear about the exact opposite — aliens with dubious or no credentials fleeing from the United States to Canada, and risking freezing to death in the process. Read more...

Can A New Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Bill Pass into Law?

By Dan Cadman, May 11, 2017

Several Republican members of Congress are reported to be working with the Trump White House to craft a border security and interior immigration enforcement bill.

According to the story:

The legislation is still in flux, though copies of an early draft have floated around Washington. The focus will be strengthening defenses at the border and enforcement of immigration laws in the interior of the US, and will likely include a mix of upping resources and staffing at the border as well as tweaking some immigration law and authorities to clear the way for more aggressive immigration enforcement, according to sources familiar with the direction.

Donald Trump, Immigration Booster

By Mark Krikorian, May 11, 2017

Whoever conducted the recent Economist interview with the president seems to be the first reporter ever to ask him whether he wants to reduce legal immigration. The answer is no:

Do you want to curb legal immigration?
Oh sure, you know, I want to stop illegal immigration.

And what about legal immigration? Do you want to cut the number of immigrants?
Oh legal, no, no, no. I want people to come into the country legally. No, legally? No. I want people to come in legally. But I want people to come in on merit. I want to go to a merit-based system. Actually two countries that have very strong systems are Australia and Canada. And I like those systems very much, they’re very strong, they're very good, I like them very much. We’re going to a much more merit-based system. But I absolutely want talented people coming in, I want people that are going to love our country coming in, I want people that are going to contribute to our country coming in. We want a provision at the right time, we want people that are coming in and will commit to not getting ... not receiving any form of subsidy to live in our country for at least a five-year period.

DHS Officials Testify on "Preventing Terrorists from Acquiring U.S. Visas"

By Dan Cadman, May 10, 2017

Three senior officials within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently presented unified testimony for a House of Representatives hearing titled "Preventing Terrorists from Acquiring U.S. Visas". Read more...

A Platform for Change?
Connecting the unemployed with jobs through Facebook

By Andrew R. Arthur, May 10, 2017
Connecting the unemployed with jobs through Facebook

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has long been active in the "immigration reform" movement. Four years ago, he helped found FWD.us, an organization whose mission "is to mobilize the tech community to support policies that keep the American Dream achievable in the 21st century." As the group's website explains: "FWD.us has focused on immigration reform first because America's broken system prevents far too many talented immigrants from fully contributing to our communities and our economy." Read more...