Immigration Blog

Administration's Chaotic Immigration Policies Bring Trouble on Two Horizons

By Dan Cadman, August 13, 2015

The Obama White House is finally beginning to feel the consequences of cause and effect where its immigration policies are concerned. Like a paralysis-inducing spider wasp laying its eggs into its prey, it has pretty much cowed our congressional leaders into crippling inactivity in the face of its onslaught of legally dubious "executive actions". But the third branch of our tripartite federal system, the judiciary, has taken action in two different directions and begun to clamp down on the administration's policies. Read more...

Quality of DACA Applications Apparently Falls: Now One in Six Is Denied

By David North, August 13, 2015

According to the latest statistics from USCIS, the denial rate in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has risen.

Compared to the early months of the program, when disapproved cases were shown as zero, now about one out of six decided cases results in a denial.

Here are the numbers for approved cases, denials, the totals for both categories combined, and the percentage of denials to the total. Data are for initial fillings, excluding renewals. Read more...

Guatemala's New Migrant Campaign: Don't Do It, But if You Do, Here's a 'How-To'

By Kausha Luna, August 12, 2015

Yesterday, a U.S. Border Patrol delegation from Arizona visited Guatemala to discuss the dangers of illegal immigration and measures to protect migrants. During this visit, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), presented a new campaign titled "¿Qué pasa, Qué hago?" or "What Happens? What do I do?" The campaign, also supported by the local Catholic bishops' conference, is an initiative to "inform child migrants and their families on the steps to be taken if they are detained at the U.S. border." The campaign consists of comics, videos, and other materials to be distributed in schools, and via radios social media, and national consulates. Read more...

Recommended Immigration Reading on H-2Bs, H-1Bs, and Border Tunnels

By David North, August 12, 2015

I see a lot of writing on immigration subjects every day, and while much of it is repetitive or grossly misleading (e.g., "there is a shortage of skilled workers in the United States so we need more foreign workers"), there is the occasional gem. Here are three examples. Read more...

Jeffrey Toobin's Declaration of Allegiance

By Jerry Kammer, August 12, 2015

When I was a young reporter, I learned that journalists have a responsibility to two groups of people. The first group is the subjects of our stories. The second group is the readers.

That came to mind as I was thinking about Jeffrey Toobin's essay in the New Yorker, which he wrote in response to readers who disliked his decision in an earlier story to describe his central characters as "illegal immigrants". Read more...

CBP Warns Central Americans Against Immigrating Illegally
'Immediate deportation of those trying to cross the border without documents'

By Kausha Luna, August 11, 2015
'Immediate deportation of those trying to cross the border without documents'

On Monday U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) launched a media campaign in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. The 30-second radio and TV public service announcements are titled "Conozca los hechos" or "Know the Facts". The commercials address the dangers faced by prospective illegal immigrants intending to cross the border into the United States. Watch the Spanish-language ads here. Read more...

Kin of Crooked Korean Kingpin Caught Up in EB-5 Case

By David North, August 11, 2015

Drip, drip, drip, drip.

They keep emerging: additional indications that the EB-5 (immigrant investor) program is a honey-pot attracting fraud of various kinds, as I reported recently.

While many of these immigrant investor cases relate to citizen and alien middlemen conning rich aliens, this item, which is both investor-centric and one I have not discussed before, is different because it involves the son and daughter-in-law of a corrupt Korean politician and their use (or attempted use) of daddy's funds in the EB-5 program. Read more...

Several More Victims of Alien Criminals and Nothing Has Been Done

By Dan Cadman, August 10, 2015

The July 5 San Francisco murder of Kate Steinle at the hands of a multiply deported alien felon brought cries of outrage from the public, followed shortly thereafter by the predictable cacophony of a hopelessly divided country.

Some members of Congress vowed to put a spotlight on the problem and to end illegal alien sanctuaries, while others committed unpardonable gaffes by referring to the murder as "a little thing" or disrespecting the family members of citizens who died at the hands of alien criminals by leaving during their testimony at hearings held by Senate committees on which they sit. Read more...

Jeffrey Toobin Swears Off "Illegal Immigrant"

By Jerry Kammer, August 10, 2015

Jeffrey Toobin last month wrote an article in the New Yorker that called attention to the plight of illegal immigrants who anxiously await action from Washington that would pass judicial review and grant them legal status. "The point of my article was to show the human cost of the lengthy political standoff over immigration policy," he writes in a new essay, which was prompted by objections from readers that he shouldn't have used the term "illegal immigrant". Read more...

USCIS to Issue Guidance to Employers of DACAs Stripped of Their Documents by Injunction

By Dan Cadman, August 10, 2015

When the administration initiated its extra-statutory "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals", which includes anyone who arrived prior to the age of 18, and many of whom are now well into their 30s, it also began a regimen of issuing employment authorization documents (EADs) as well as documents to establish that the recipients are — at least for the duration of the program — lawfully present in the United States. Each EAD's period of authorization was designed to mirror the program benefits: three years at a time, renewable thereafter. Read more...