Immigration Blog

Some Accused Citizens Are More Equal than Others in Immigration Law

By David North, September 9, 2014

Here are two situations in which an alien is accusing someone — usually a citizen — of unattractive behavior:

In one, the alien says that his lawyer is to blame for his losing a case and that the lawyer is incompetent, lazy, sloppy, or all three.

In the other, the alien says that her (it is usually a woman) husband has abused her physically or mentally. Read more...

Another Case of Immigration Self-Sabotage by "the Smartest Guy Ever to Become President"?

By Stanley Renshon, September 9, 2014

The president's decision to delay his potentially (and most likely) sweeping executive immigration action until after the November elections must seem quite clever, as well as necessary, for the White House. After all, a sweeping immigration executive action would doubtlessly embroil the country in a heated debate about its legitimacy and the president's domestic leadership strategies just before Americans are set to go to the polls with the Democrats' Senate majority in peril.

Why take the chance? Read more...

Changing the Rules to Strip Citizenship from U.S. Citizen Terrorists

By Dan Cadman, September 8, 2014

The terrorist organization ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, alternately known as ISIL, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or just IS, the Islamic State) has captured a significant portion of prime-time news in the past few months, and with good reason.

There has been a steady drip of unsettling information coming out of the administration about ISIS capacities and members; especially its intentions toward the homeland. It's as if the White House is preparing us a little at a time, so as to inoculate itself should the worst come to pass. Read more...

Different Amnesty Designs Would Impact Profile of Beneficiaries

By David North, September 8, 2014

Different designs of amnesty programs would produce different sets of characteristics for the newly amnestied.

While all massive amnesties should be avoided, particularly those done by executive decree with no congressional input, it is useful to remind observers that establishing different sets of qualifications for those who receive some form of legalization would inevitably lead to granting those benefits to different subgroups of the illegal population.

In fact, it is more complicated than that because different program designs will not only consciously qualify different groups of people, they will also make it easier or harder for certain groups to effectively cheat the system.

Let's use the rules of the current (and deplorable) Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to illustrate these points. Read more...

President Obama's Thoroughly Tawdry Executive Action Delay on Immigration

By Stanley Renshon, September 8, 2014

Well, its official.

Cueing up speculation, anticipation, and expectation, the president announced to reporters at the end of his recent NATO summit that he had received recommendations on his immigration executive order from the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice and that, "I suspect that on my flight back, this'll be part of my reading, taking a look at some of the specifics that we've looked at. And I'll be making an announcement soon."

That followed a June 30 Rose Garden appearance in which the president vowed "to issue broad directives to overhaul the immigration system soon after summer's end."

No he won't. Read more...

What Do You Have to Do to Lose U.S. Citizenship?

By Dan Cadman, September 5, 2014

A recent event in North Korea forces us to confront the question of retaining or losing one's citizenship. A CNN reporter interviewed three American citizens being held in captivity there, one for nearly two years now.

Two of the captives don't concern us here, but the case of the third captive, 24-year-old Matthew Miller, does. His case goes beyond curious. Although described by high school colleagues as extremely bright, he comes across as callow and arrogant in his CNN interview. Among other things, he says "This interview is my final chance to push the American government to help me," and "there's been no movement from my government." Read more...

A New Angle in South Dakota's Continuing EB-5 Scandal

By David North, September 5, 2014

There's a new angle to South Dakota's continuing, complex, even bloody immigrant investor (EB-5) scandal that has received little, if any, attention. Read more...

Administration Removes Another Tool to Deter and Prevent Illegal Immigration

By Dan Cadman, September 4, 2014

I recently wrote a blog summarizing why I believe that using the pardon power as a form of amnesty for millions of illegal aliens isn't a good bet. Read more...

U.S. Announces What May Be the World’s Tiniest Re-Amnesty for 20 Aliens

By David North, September 3, 2014

On September 2, USCIS announced what may be the world’s smallest re-amnesty.

A "re-amnesty" is the extension of a previous amnesty, giving the beneficiaries more-or-less legal status in the United States. The technical term is TPS, for Temporary Protected Status.

This program will cover a small number of once-illegal aliens from the new, and troubled, nation of South Sudan, the non-Muslim breakaway section of Sudan which achieved independence in 2011.

And how many lucky beneficiaries will there be?

To quote the ever-lucid prose of USCIS: Read more...

Norm Matloff's Neat Summary of the H-1B Problem

By David North, September 2, 2014

The nation's leading critic of the H-1B program is professor Norm Matloff of UC-Davis — he teaches computer science there.

This gem is taken from a recent posting at his new-ish blog: Read more...