Immigration Blog

The RAISE Act: An Immigration Bill for the Average American Joe and Jane

By Dan Cadman, February 8, 2017

When you deal with the subject of immigration over an extended period of time, as I have, one of the uncomfortable realities you must contend with is the nature of most immigration-related legislation. Strip away the fancy bill names, get down into the guts of the language, and you discover that it is all about catering to special interests: big business, big agriculture, this or that group of aliens. Once in a while, it serves (or purports to serve) sweeping national security purposes. But almost never does it serve the interests of the bedrock of our nation: all of the average Joes and average Janes out there who are working hard, often struggling to get by, both parents in a family unit employed if they can find the work, sometimes at more than one job each because the pay or benefits are inadequate. Read more...

The Judiciary Has No Business Second Guessing National Security Issues

By Dan Cadman, February 8, 2017

Yesterday, February 7, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in the government's appeal to overturn a decision by a U.S. District Court judge in Washington State to impose a "temporary" restraining order on the executive order putting a 90-day timeout on visas for aliens from certain designated high-risk nations. Read more...

President Trump's Executive Order puts Americans first; at least 75% of Illegal Aliens Eligible for Deportation

By Ronald W. Mortensen, February 6, 2017

President Trump's Executive Order 13768, "Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior United States", has shocked illegal aliens and their supporters because, unlike the Obama administration, the Trump administration will not "exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement." This means that the vast majority of people unlawfully in the United States are once again subject to deportation. Read more...

Budweiser Brews Fake News to Ice Immigration Concerns

By Jerry Kammer, February 6, 2017

The Washington Post is making me do it.

I wasn't going to write about the Budweiser ad that presents the story of company co-founder Adolphus Busch as the inspirational saga of an immigrant who overcame nativist bigotry to fulfill his dream of brewing a great beer. Read more...

No, Refugees Are Not Already Vigorously Vetted

By Dan Cadman, February 6, 2017

Natasha Hall, a former refugee officer for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has written an op-ed for the Sunday, February 5 edition of the Washington Post, titled "Refugees are already vigorously vetted. I know because I vetted them." Read more...

Aiming Low in the DHS OIG Inquiry into President Trump's Executive Order

By Dan Cadman, February 6, 2017

Amid all the other swirling controversies surrounding President Trump's so-called "Muslim ban" (it isn't, on either count), the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) has decided to enter the fray:

Today [February 1], the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) announced that it will review DHS' implementation of the recent Executive Order, "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States." The review is being initiated in response to congressional request and whistleblower and hotline complaints.

In addition to reviewing the implementation of the Executive Order, the OIG will review DHS' adherence to court orders and allegations of individual misconduct on the part of DHS personnel. If circumstances warrant, the OIG will consider including other issues that may arise during the course of the review.

Stop Immigration Processing as Leverage Against Sanctuaries?

By Kent Lundgren, February 3, 2017

Across the country, local governments are declaring themselves so-called "sanctuaries" for deportable aliens. They refuse to cooperate with immigration enforcement. They refuse to honor detainers placed against dangerous aliens in their jails, releasing them instead back to the community rather than turn them over to federal authorities to be removed from the country. They forbid employees to notify immigration authorities of illegal aliens in our midst, even those drawing public benefits to which they are not, by law, entitled. Their law enforcement officers are not allowed to assist federal officers in enforcement actions against illegal aliens, against whom immigration laws may be used to good effect. In short, those entities resist federal exercise of authority over aliens in this country. Read more...

Draft Order Overlooks Largest Source of Payments to Aliens

By David North, February 1, 2017

A reporter called and asked me about two draft executive orders dealing with immigration that had been located by the Washington Post.

Both orders were dated January 23, and were signed by Andrew Bremberg, the new White House policy director. One was a largely useful, if not always very precise, document dealing with the various ways that American workers should be protected from alien competition, which may be discussed in a later posting. Read more...

Here's a Court Case Where Everybody Should Lose

By David North, February 1, 2017

Here's a civil case (involving migration status) in the California state courts where both sides should lose.

One player is an illegal alien with a short-term DACA partial-legalization card. That relates to the Obama-created Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals near-amnesty program.

The other is Wells Fargo, a very big bank. Read more...

Obscure Universities (One Now Closed) Got Far More OPTs than the Ivies

By David North, January 31, 2017

In a previous posting, we suggested that the new president could open up 180,000 jobs for U.S. resident by closing down the Optional Practical Training program, which gives recently graduated foreign students up to three years of legal working status after they finish their studies.

While most of the 180,000 jobs would be reasonably well paid, there are several thousand exceptions as the loosely-managed OPT program gave legal working status to many graduates of questionable institutions.

In the table below, we show some university-specific data on the award of the longest of the OPT working permits; they had 29-month durations at the time. These valuable permits went to alien alums with STEM degrees, i.e., in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Read more...