Immigration Blog

Unsecured Border: Interview with a National Border Patrol Council Representative

By Jon Feere, July 3, 2014

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Along the Rio Grande near Mission, Texas, Albert Spratte, the Sergeant-at-Arms of the National Border Patrol Council Local 3307, speaks with the Center for Immigration Studies. Spratte points out a Mexican park across the river which he explains often is the launch point of jet skiers who work as human smugglers. It’s one of the most highly-trafficked areas for people crossing illegally into the United States. In the video, Spratte notes the times of day and types of people who attempt to cross illegally, as jet skiers travel up and down the river, as if on cue. Read more...

Secrecy Permeates Housing Facility for Alien Youth

By Marguerite Telford, July 2, 2014

Yesterday Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) attempted to visit a Health and Human Services (HHS) housing facility occupied by an estimated 1,200 illegal-alien youths relocated from the Texas border. The congressman was denied entry to this facility, located in Ft. Sill. He was told by the HHS official in charge that he would have to make an appointment, which could be scheduled for him in three weeks if he emailed the appropriate person. His phone call was not returned. Read more...

Americans Say NO to Illegal Aliens Being Housed in Their Communities

By Marguerite Telford, July 2, 2014

Tens of thousands of illegal aliens are being transported across the country to stay at facilities for unspecified periods of time, at the taxpayers' expense. An estimated two-thirds of these aliens are adults with children, and one-third are unaccompanied minors, mostly males between the ages of 14-17. Americans, angered by the government's unwillingness to stop the flow, are losing patience, as seen by the protests in California. Read more...

Unsecured Border: Interview with Brooks Co. Chief Deputy Sheriff

By Jerry Kammer, July 2, 2014

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Brooks County, Texas is mostly a vast semi-desert range-land and sits 65 miles north of the Mexican border. But Chief Deputy Sheriff Benny Martinez says 80-85 percent of his force’s time is spent on problems related to the border, from illegal immigration to drug smuggling. Read more...

N.Y. Legislator, Supporter of State Dream Act, Zapped for Marriage Fraud

By David North, July 1, 2014

Gabriela Rosa, a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly and a supporter of that state's law allowing illegal aliens to pay in-state tuition rates at state colleges, has just been forced to resign from the legislature because of her admission of immigration/marriage and other forms of fraud. Read more...

Unsecured Border: Catholic Charities Helps Weary Border Crossers in South Texas

By Jerry Kammer, July 1, 2014

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Introductory Comment: On several occasions this blog has criticized the Catholic Church's position on immigration, especially its position on illegal immigration. But last week I was proud as a Catholic to see the effort that Catholic Charities has mobilized to meet the basic human needs — for food, clothing, shelter, and compassion — of Central Americans released by the Border Patrol in the Rio Grande Valley. Read more...

Still No Solution to Border Crisis

By CIS, July 1, 2014

The following is by Grace McCrocklin, who is an intern at CIS this summer.

As soon as I tell anyone that I am interning for the Center for Immigration Studies, I'm asked about the influx of unaccompanied minors at our southwest border. A crisis situation exists with illegal aliens flooding into America, knowing that as soon as they turn themselves in to Border Patrol agents, they will likely be processed and eventually discharged to family members already in the United States or to foster families. Read more...

White House Press Secretary Offers Short, Ineffectual Lesson in Government Economics

By Dan Cadman, July 1, 2014

Multiple media sources are reporting that Speaker John Boehner is planning to push a measure in the House of Representatives that will authorize filing a lawsuit against the president for his multiple executive actions in flagrant disregard of congressional legislative authority. Read more...

Avoiding GOP Immigration Reform Self-Sabotage, Pt. 9: The Lure of $$$

By Stanley Renshon, June 30, 2014

If there's one thing that Democrats, Beltway Republicans, and their supporters agree on it is that immigration is good for America's bottom line.

Larry Kudlow makes that case in National Review as follows: "The dynamic idea is that immigration significantly increases the size of the U.S. labor force, and that more workers mean more growth." Read more...

Unsecured Border: Univision Shows Border Absurdity

By Jerry Kammer, June 30, 2014

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The story of Central Americans streaming across the border is, of course, getting big play on Univision. Read more...