Immigration Blog

GAO Exposes Massive Increase in Immigration Court Backlog

By Andrew R. Arthur, June 6, 2017

On Thursday, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued its long-awaited report on the management of the immigration court system by the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR). The results, as they pertained to the immigration court backlog, revealed significant declines in the ability of the immigration courts to complete cases over the past 10 years.

For those not familiar with its work, GAO "is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress. Often called the 'congressional watchdog,' GAO investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars." The impetus for this report was a request from Congress that GAO "review EOIR's management and oversight of the immigration court system, as well as options for improving EOIR's performance, including through restructuring." Read more...

Thousands of Troubled Former Teens Are Using Up Scarce EB-4 Visas

By David North, June 6, 2017

There is an exploding number of young people getting green cards because they have a particular attribute — they are, in the words of the Department of Homeland Security, "juvenile court dependents". That is how they are described in the Yearbook of Immigration Statistics (Table 7).

These aliens do not get anything as minimal as the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) benefits; they obtain full permanent resident alien status; complete with instant legal Social Security numbers, and three to five years later, the opportunity to become naturalized citizens. It also gives them the opportunity to start filing DHS petitions on behalf of their relatives — the term is chain migration. Read more...

Stapling H-1B Visas to Foreign Students' Diplomas Still a Bad Idea

By John Miano, June 6, 2017

A recent policy memo from USCIS has generated some news coverage. It was, as my colleague David North has noted, a small step in the right direction, but many people have missed important implications of the memo.

The memo in question adopts as USCIS formal policy the ruling in Matter of A-T-Inc. In that proceeding the employer sought an H-1B visa for a 2010 graduate of International Technological University (ITU). Read more...

On Trump, Tweets, and Ground Truths

By Dan Cadman, June 5, 2017

The Washington Times is one of several outlets reporting on some of the most recent tweets from President Trump. Some recent messages he sent out on Twitter, in which he condemned the dangers of political correctness when they lead to compromises of public safety, may have been prompted by his observation of the multiple terror attacks in Britain in the last several weeks. Read more...

Mexican City Tells Central American Illegals to Keep Moving

By Kausha Luna, June 5, 2017

A councilwoman in San Juan del Rio, Mexico, recently expressed concern over the growing number of Central American arrivals, particularly those who make their way to and through her municipality.

Aidee Mellado Resendiz, a councilwoman for the Humanist Party, warned that the municipality of San Juan de Rio does not have the capacity to accommodate the growing number Central American migrants who illegally migrate to and through Mexico in search of work. Read more...

Feds Continue Funding Sanctuaries to the Tune of Tens of Millions of Dollars

By Dan Cadman, June 5, 2017

Don Rosenberg is the father of a young man who was killed by an illegal alien initially held on criminal charges by police, who chose to release the alien to the streets rather than into the hands of immigration agents who wanted to initiate proceedings to deport him. It was this failure that led to the son's death. It happened in San Francisco, that model of progressive thinking, which has more than once done this with similarly disastrous results to its innocent citizenry.

Rosenberg is among a distressingly large and diverse group of families who have faced similar tragedies. He is now the face of a public service announcement slamming sanctuary jurisdictions, and asking President Trump to make good on his campaign promise to halt federal funding for these jurisdictions. Read more...

How About E-Verifying Tax Refund Recipients?

By David North, June 5, 2017

The Trump administration is said to be thinking about illegal aliens and Social Security.

Let's hope the focus of the new people is not on Social Security beneficiaries, as benefits are not supposed to be paid to those without legal status, anyway. This part of the system may not be enforced with zest, but the rules are in place. Clearly such systems could, and should, be tightened.

The focus on Social Security and illegal aliens, however, should be on seeing to it that the massive amount of information on the illegals held by the SSA — now rarely shared with other agencies — should be routinely dispatched to other federal outfits that can, and should, do something about it. Read more...

How a Good Little Migration Policy Idea Got Twisted in the Budget Process

By David North, June 2, 2017

Deep down inside this article there is a significant piece of good news, but its birth story is like that of a baby chick having to fight its way out of a particularly thick eggshell.

Let's tell the story in reverse chronological order, because that is the way I encountered it.

In the New York Times corrections section, now buried deep in the first section on p. A21 (scroll down this page for the web version), on Wednesday, May 24 we learned: Read more...

The Ninth Circuit Tees Off on ICE Enforcement

By Andrew R. Arthur, June 2, 2017

There were two items in the past week that reflected the state of political discourse in this country.

The first was a gruesome photograph of comedian Kathy Griffin "holding aloft a bloodied imitation of President Trump's decapitated head", which was apparently published on Tuesday, May 30. The second was a decision from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, issued the same day, in which, as the Washington Post reported, Judge Stephen Reinhardt "wrote that a Trump administration order to deport a Mexican man was 'inhumane' and 'contrary to the values of the country and its legal system.'"

Given the timing, both the photograph and the order were issued in isolation. Both reflect a larger issue that is poisoning political discourse in our society. And, of the two, the Ninth Circuit order is probably worse in the long run. Read more...

Univision Talks "Potential" Amnesty Under the Trump Administration

By Kausha Luna, June 1, 2017

Over Memorial Day weekend, Univision anchor Jorge Ramos interviewed the Reverend Samuel Rodriguez, who said he is working with the Trump administration on a proposal to legalize illegal aliens.

Rodriguez is one of the few Hispanic leaders to respectfully meet with President Trump.

Below is a translated transcript in which Ramos and Rodriguez discuss who would benefit from this proposed amnesty, how the process would function, and the likelihood that the president would approve such measures. Read more...