Immigration Blog

The Bedrock of Ordinary Americans' Immigration Views: Future Immigration Levels, Pt. 4

By Stanley Renshon, August 29, 2014

Trying to answer the question: What would Americans think about future of levels of immigration if they were given different kinds of information, researchers conducted an experiment. They gave a portion of their larger survey samples (1) no new information — that was the control condition; (2) information about the estimates of current numbers of both legal immigrants and illegal immigrants; and (3) these estimates of legal immigrants and illegal migrants coupled with the information that about 40 percent of both groups living in America were from Spanish-speaking backgrounds. Read more...

BIA Makes Expansive Decision in Asylum Case

By David North, August 28, 2014

Unless it is overturned by a higher authority (or unless I am misreading it completely) the Justice Department's Board of Immigration Appeals has just made a remarkably expansive decision on America's asylum program.

It looks like the BIA has ruled that all abused women, anywhere in the world, are potentially eligible for asylum in the United States provided that they can get into this nation and file a claim. They would have to prove their individual cases, however. Read more...

The "Octopus" Tries to Expand Immigration

By Dan Cadman, August 27, 2014

The August edition of Harper's Magazine has an excellent article by Rebecca Solnit in the "Easy Chair" column of the magazine entitled, "The Octopus and Its Grandchildren".

As Ms. Solnit explains, the "Octopus" of the title originally was the derogatory moniker given to railroads and their robber baron owners, who wrapped their tentacles around everything in sight, squeezing them dry for maximum profit, often at the expense of the public. Later, the phrase came to be used more generically to other equally rapacious organizations, such as Standard Oil, and even recently was applied to Goldman Sachs for its greedy, unethical behavior leading up to the Great Recession. Read more...

If DHS Won't Enforce Immigration Law, Maybe the Competition Will

By David North, August 27, 2014

Given the all-too-relaxed way that the Department of Homeland Security enforces immigration law, maybe we can look to competing, private sector actors to do the department's work.

In these instances, straightforward middlemen expose the shenanigans of their rivals, and while they are doing this for their own purposes, they are, indirectly, providing a public service. A recent example from the federal courts was called to my attention by Joe Whalen, an EB-5 consultant, but first a little background. Read more...

American Immigration Council Floats a Petition to Sway the President on Executive Amnesty

By Dan Cadman, August 26, 2014

Honest disclosure No. 1: Before I began this blog, I promised the lawyer who made me aware of the subject matter that I wouldn't make any of those typical tasteless lawyer jokes that are always making the rounds (often over some of Guinness's finest), though in retrospect I can't imagine why I'd agree to tie one hand behind my back, especially with this subject, which is (or would have been but for my promise) casting for fish in a barrel. Read more...

Allegations of Corruption by a S.C. Sheriff in Overriding ICE Detainers

By Dan Cadman, August 26, 2014

A friend has made me aware of a legal battle playing out in South Carolina. This coming September 3, there is to be a pretrial conference between the federal government and longtime Lexington County Sheriff James Metts, who is being prosecuted by the United States Attorney's Office for bribery, conspiracy, and other charges. Metts is the longest-serving sheriff in South Carolina, having first been elected in 1972. Read more...

Bruised Egos in a Small Part of the Immigrant Selection Process

By David North, August 25, 2014

The individual losers in immigration cases usually face the inconvenience of returning to their home countries, more limited access to the good things of life, and sometimes a fear of how certain forces in the old country may treat them. Further, in many cases, the decision means the loss of legal status in the United States.

All of that is bad enough for the alien, and that person may be angry and disappointed, but the ego is intact.

That is not the case with a small set of near-elite aliens, those who have been denied a for "Aliens of Extraordinary Ability" (part of the first employment-based category, or EB-1). They have been told, in writing, that their talents are really not extraordinary. In effect, they are informed: Read more...

The Bedrock of Ordinary Americans' Immigration Views-Future Immigration Levels, Pt. 3

By Stanley Renshon, August 25, 2014

Trying to ascertain Americans' preferences for future immigration levels when they were given information that might stimulate them to feel threatened or xenophobic, researchers asked three versions on the question future levels question (p.16): Read more...

Many No-Shows in Immigration Court; Some Hearings Scheduled for 2020

By Jon Feere, August 22, 2014

The Heritage Foundation's news site The Daily Signal ran a piece Friday on one reporter's observations at an immigration court in Arlington, Va. The docket was made up of juveniles, though not youths affiliated with the recent border influx. I happened to attend a day of the juvenile docket in the same courtroom the day after the reporter and his article is quite accurate and worth reading. There is one thing the reporter did not mention, however, and that is the turnout rate. Read more...

A Town Near You? ICE Reveals Locations of Convicted Murderers It Freed

By Jessica Vaughan, August 22, 2014

The 169 aliens with homicide-related convictions who were freed by ICE in 2013 were booked out of detention facilities in 24 different states, with the largest number in California, according to information provided to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). ICE records show that these convicted killers were associated with 96 different cities and towns across America. The city with the largest concentration was Miami, with seven convicted murderers freed by ICE, followed by Los Angeles with six. Read more...