Immigration Blog

Chris Christie Explains His FedEx System for Keeping Track of Immigrants

By Jerry Kammer, September 8, 2015

When New Jersey governor and presidential aspirant Chris Christie recently called for a system to track immigrants the way FedEx tracks packages, there were howls of indignation from predictable sources. One was Raul Reyes, a third-generation Mexican American who sits on the USA Today board of contributors.

Christie made the mistake of failing to provide details right away. That left a vacuum that Reyes filled with a nightmare scenario from his imagination. Read more...

Financial Information Exchange Would Enhance Integrity in the EB-5 Investor Program

By Dan Cadman, September 8, 2015

Last week, my colleague David North wrote a blog post about problems within the EB-5 investor program, including rampant fraud. This particular post discussed, among other things, a member of the private immigration bar's advice to potential investors to always tell the same story about the source of their funding, lest the U.S. government trip them up when comparing EB-5 applications with, for example, nonimmigrant visa applications previously filed and on record with the State Department. Read more...

Washington Post Gets an Immigration Issue Right – End EB-5!

By David North, September 8, 2015

Rarely is the Washington Post right on immigration issues, but its lead editorial on Labor Day was exactly on target — it said that the nation should terminate the EB-5 (immigrant investor) program.

The main part of the program — which grants a full set of green cards to an alien family putting $500,000 into a Department of Homeland Security-approved, but not guaranteed, investment, is due to expire at the end of the month, just 22 days from now. The Post sees it as "corporate welfare". Read more...

Mexico's Latest Illegal-Alien Amnesty

By Mark Krikorian, September 4, 2015

In January of this year Mexico launched an amnesty for illegal aliens.

Called the Temporary Program for Immigration Regularization (the Spanish initials are PTRM), the amnesty is run by the Interior Ministry (Gobernación) through the National Immigration Institute (INM).

Illegal aliens who entered before November 9, 2012, can get a four-year temporary residency after paying a fee of a little more than 9,000 pesos (somewhat over $500). The application period ends December 18 of this year. Read more...

Responding to a Critic of CIS's Welfare Study

By Steven A. Camarota, September 4, 2015

The Center for Immigration Studies released a report this week showing that 51 percent of immigrant-headed households used at least one welfare program in 2012, compared to 30 percent of households headed by the native-born.

The report has garnered significant media attention, and along with that attention have come the inevitable attempts at rebuttals from advocates of high immigration. One of the most frenetic critics has been the Cato Institute's Alex Nowrasteh. We usually don't respond point-by-point when so many of the points are merely distractions or frankly just silly — it grants an undeserved credibility to the distractions — but for people who like bullet points, here are our responses: Read more...

EB-5 Roundup: Visas, Currency Controls, and Rich Kids

By David North, September 4, 2015

If your lawyer tells you not to something, it is a sure clue that some of his clients have, in fact, done that wrong thing.

Maybe that's especially true in the EB-5 (immigrant investor) program that provides a set of green cards to families investing half a million dollars in DHS-approved, but not guaranteed, investments. Read more...

Immigration in Mexican President's State of the Union Address

By Kausha Luna, September 3, 2015

On Wednesday Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto delivered his third state of the union address. (Here is the Spanish transcript and the video. There doesn't appear to be an English translation available.)

Immigration and border issues were not at the forefront, as he has other headaches. But he did touch on them a number of times. Read more...

Rounding Up Criminal Aliens
The easy way and the hard way

By Jessica Vaughan, September 3, 2015
The easy way and the hard way

Last week, ICE officers in California took to the streets for four days to round up 244 criminal aliens in six southern California counties. Billed by ICE as a "fugitive operation", as if these criminal aliens had fled from the law, in fact this was really a mop-up action necessitated by the release of these offenders under California's sanctuary policy. If the number of non-cooperative jurisdictions continues to grow (there are now more than 310), and Congress does not take action, ICE increasingly will be obliged to do its important work in this manner. And that's the way the Obama administration wants immigration enforcement to be: inefficient, expensive, and frightening to immigrants. But it doesn't have to be this way. Read more...

DHS Adds Yemen to the Temporary Protected Status List

By David North, September 3, 2015

The Department of Homeland Security today added Yemen to the list of countries that have Temporary Protected Status for their citizens – legal or illegal – in the United States, bringing that list to a baker's dozen.

The ruling is effective as of midnight tonight, so that Yemenis in Canada and Mexico (if there are any) can rush to the border to participate. As usual, there is no need to be in legal status in the United States to benefit from this program. Read more...

Cato Institute Misses the Point on Immigrant Welfare Use — Again

By Steven A. Camarota, September 3, 2015

The Center for Immigration Studies released a new report yesterday showing that 51 percent of immigrant-headed households used at least one welfare program in 2012, compared to 30 percent of native households.

The welfare use estimates are higher than in previous reports because we used the Census Bureau's Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) rather than the Current Population Survey (CPS). Although it's easier to use than the SIPP, the CPS focuses primarily on the labor market and undercounts household welfare use. Specifically designed to capture welfare use, the SIPP shows higher use — in some cases, dramatically higher use — than the CPS. Read more...