Immigration Blog

President Will Ignore Democratic Process and Amnesty 5 Million

By Jessica Vaughan, November 13, 2014

The executive actions reportedly planned by President Obama, as outlined by Fox News, are shocking in their scope and disregard for the well-being of Americans, not to mention their contempt for the democratic process and the wishes of the public. It is not an overhaul of immigration policy, or a set of reforms, but a dismemberment of immigration law. Read more...

Nepotism: Wrong in Immigration Court Hiring but Fine for Immigrant Admissions?

By David North, November 12, 2014

A bit of irony has just surfaced, totally unnoticed by the government, regarding the ethics of nepotism.

The Justice Department's Inspector General has just zapped three high-ranking officials in the immigration court system for causing the temporary employment of their relatives by their agency. At the same time, Congress enthusiastically supports the permanent admissions of relatives by the immigration system itself.

The first issue is, of course, important and visible; the second is far more important but virtually invisible. Read more...

Lawsuit by Career ICE Attorney Exposes Obama Anti-Enforcement Campaign

By Jessica Vaughan, November 11, 2014

Last week Patricia Vroom, an attorney with an exemplary 26-year career at ICE filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Arizona that depicts in shocking detail how a tightly-knit band of her superiors apparently bullied her and other career lawyers to force compliance with the Obama administration's immigration enforcement suppression scheme. In addition to describing a hostile work environment spoiled by sexual harassment, threats, insults, and other deplorable behavior of these top managers, Vroom's complaint provides alarming examples of how personnel were told to ignore the law and routinely release and dismiss charges on entire categories of criminal aliens, including certain convicted felons, drunk drivers, DACA applicants, and illegal juveniles from the border surge. Read more...

Journalistic Pablum and Faux Human Interest
Convicted Jamaican cocaine distributor granted derived citizenship via his absentee father

By Dan Cadman, November 11, 2014
Convicted Jamaican cocaine distributor granted derived citizenship via his absentee father

The poor quality of news reporting in an immigration case was recently brought to my attention, and I have to say that, even in a sea of mediocrity, this one sinks right to the bottom.

The article, by Mica Rosenberg of Reuters, is entitled "U.S. man held in detention for more than three years". Shocking, isn't it? Rosenberg goes on to tell us the plight of one Davino Watson, who "languished" in an immigration detention center for years after being convicted of selling cocaine. Watson was born in Jamaica, but claimed derivative citizenship through his father, which claim the article would have us believe was simply ignored by authorities. Of course, Watson is now suing the U.S. government. After all, why would the government not take the word of a convicted cocaine trafficker born in Jamaica that he had derived citizenship? Read more...

State Department's Presentation of Diversity Visa Data Is Misleading

By David North, November 11, 2014

There is a bit of statistical sleight-of-hand present in one of the more bizarre features of our immigration policy — the diversity visa lottery in which about 50,000 visas are distributed annually to some of the millions of aliens who apply for these tickets of admission.

One must be a resident of a nation that does not send us lots of migrants, and one must be a high school graduate. The winner and his or her family members get green cards. Read more...

Federal Judge Strikes Down Arizona Smuggling Law

By Dan Cadman, November 10, 2014

A federal judge has struck down one of the several Arizona statutes intended to get a handle on illegal immigration; this one specifically dealing with the crime of alien smuggling. As usual, the presiding judge, Susan Bolton, held that it was an infringement on the federal government's unique prerogative where immigration laws are concerned.

According to USA Today, "Bolton ruled the state law deprives federal authorities of their exclusive right to prosecute smuggling crimes". That came as quite a surprise to me. Read more...

Note to the DCCC on Obstructionism
A master of the craft is the president's top immigration advisor

By Jerry Kammer, November 10, 2014
A master of the craft is the president's top immigration advisor

Over the weekend, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sent out an email to boost partisan spirits with this explanation of last week's election debacle: "[T]he Republicans broke Washington. Then, they spent millions of dollars of secret money running against a broken Washington."

The email included an observation by Paul Krugman that "the biggest secret of the Republican triumph surely lies in the discovery that obstructionism bordering on sabotage is a winning political strategy." Read more...

DHS' Johnson Underdog to New AG Lynch

By David North, November 10, 2014

The Attorney General and Secretary of Homeland Security each handle different parts of the immigration system and conflict (perhaps restrained) between the two cabinet secretaries is almost inevitable.

The AG, who used to have the old Immigration and Naturalization Service, retains control of the immigration judges, the immigration prosecutors in Washington, and the U.S. attorneysin the field, while most immigration benefit and enforcement decisions are made by DHS officials. In other democracies' more rational systems these activities all report to a single minister of immigration. Read more...

Amnesty Tailored for Parents of U.S. Citizens Is Not a Good Idea

By David North, November 10, 2014

Some of my best friends are U.S. citizens, but designing an executive amnesty around granting legal status to their parents is a particularly bad idea.

I was reminded of this when reading one of the many speculative media musings about the possible shape of a post-election executive amnesty. Read more...

Pundits Spin Election Results to Bolster Amnesty Case

By David Seminara, November 7, 2014

The fun thing about elections is that whether your side wins or loses, you can find ways to spin the results to bolster your worldview. The immigration issue and the mid-term elections are a perfect example of this dynamic. I'm a left-leaning independent, but even I have to laugh while watching the pundits break down what went wrong for the Democrats on Tuesday. Read more...