Immigration Blog

Pardon Me? Executive Clemency as a Vehicle for Amnesty Isn't a Good Bet

By Dan Cadman, August 14, 2014

I have been pondering the Guy Benson Townhall.com article on the possibility of the president using his pardon power to amnesty the 10 to 12 million aliens illegally in the United States.

I'm not sure who came up with this notion, or how, but it goes without saying that it's a bad idea — and, more to the point, unlikely to gain enough legal traction to be successful. Read more...

Amnesty Would Make Border Crisis Worse

By Jon Feere, August 14, 2014

The start of my op-ed posted today at TheHill.com:

Any legalization of illegal immigrants — either through legislation or executive fiat — would undoubtedly encourage more illegal immigration, making the current crisis look almost insignificant by comparison. This should be well-understood by former La Raza Vice President Cecilia Muñoz, who currently serves in the White House as assistant to President Obama and director of the Domestic Policy Council.

Only four years after the comprehensive amnesty of 1986 was signed into law, Muñoz authored a report for La Raza in which she noted that the amnesty did not stop illegal immigration. ...

Read the rest here.

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High-Tech H-1B Employers Take Two Indirect Hits

By David North, August 13, 2014

The big H-1B employers in Silicon Valley took two unrelated and indirect hits recently.

The biggest damage came last week from a federal judge's decision in which H-1B was not even mentioned, but which cast dark shadows on the software industry's image as an employer.

The lesser blow came from a Department of Homeland Security move earlier that will decrease the number of H-1B slots available for computer programmers. In this action, the computer industry was not mentioned, but it will be hurt in any case. Read more...

Accusations of Caesarism Should Not Be Dismissed Lightly

By Dan Cadman, August 12, 2014

The Economic Policy Institute's Daniel Costa has written a defense, even before it has happened, of the president's ability to expand deferred action to additional as-yet-undefined categories of illegal aliens, beyond the current DACA program for about half million youth and young adults.

The piece, entitled "American Caesar? Not Even Close: The president has the statutory authority he needs to expand deferred action", is well-written, but fails a critical examination of logic. (Its title refers to a New York Times column and subsequent blog post by Ross Douthat.) Here is why it doesn't ring true. Read more...

A Refreshing Aspect of EB-5 – No Bowing to the Alien Rich

By David North, August 12, 2014

If you step back a metaphorical 100 yards and put your mind in neutral, you might notice that the EB-5 (immigrant investor) program is refreshing and different in one strange way: It is the only government program that I know of that routinely treats the rich as powerless riffraff.

It's not that the government puts workers first, or even taxpayers; the tilt is toward another set of "haves", the middlemen who profit from the money invested by the aliens. (There may be some indirect benefits to others, but the middlemen are the most likely to get something out of this program.) Read more...

Guatemalan Police Reportedly Shaking Down Northbound Central Americans

By Jerry Kammer, August 11, 2014

Stories of predatory Mexican police, soldiers, and immigration authorities are common among Central Americans who pass through Mexico on their way to an illegal border crossing into the United States. When I was in the Rio Grande Valley in June, a Salvadoran man told he had been shaken down "maybe 15 times" on his way to the U.S. border and the friendly arms of the Border Patrol. I met him at the bus station in McAllen, where the Border Patrol had just dropped him and his son off with an order to appear in immigration court in Los Angeles, where they hoped to settle. Read more...

Could Obama Amnesty Illegal Aliens via the Pardon Power?

By Jon Feere, August 8, 2014

Townhall.com's Guy Benson has raised some interesting questions about the extent to which President Obama might use his pardon power to initiate a mass amnesty of illegal aliens. The article is worth reading and thinking about as the nation awaits the Obama administration's controversial plans to decree an amnesty despite its failure to get an amnesty by constitutional means.

Benson reasons that Obama might use his presidential pardon power to legalize a sizeable number of illegal aliens, explaining that an "immigration pardon-o-rama could be a particularly devious method of achieving most of what Obama wants on this issue, and doing so with a patina of legality." Read more...

Murder of Agent Points to Importance of Arresting Prior Deports

By Dan Cadman, August 8, 2014

Even as White House operatives such as Cecilia Munoz plan the next steps in dismantling immigration law enforcement – including ways to "de-prioritize" efforts to arrest aliens who reenter the United States after having been previously deported – other plans were being made: funeral plans for murdered Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega, Jr., Read more...

Border Patrol Press Release Has Boat Helping with Desert Rescue

By David North, August 8, 2014

Fond as I am of the Border Patrol, and sympathetic as I am to government press agents (I used to be one myself), I can 't let this go.

It seems that five illegals were "lost in the desert without food or water" and the Patrol sent its search and rescue team in action "along with Air and Marine assets" in an effort to "search the area". (My emphasis; quotes from their press release.) Read more...

At Conference of Latino Officials, Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown Hailed the Rise of Brown Power

By Jerry Kammer, August 7, 2014

Earlier in the week, this blog noted that 2014 is the 20th anniversary of California's Proposition 187, a controversial effort to curtail illegal immigration. That anniversary was cited at the recent conference of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), part of which was shown on C-SPAN Thursday morning.

NALEO President Alex Padilla referred to pro-Proposition 187 television ads that showed illegal immigrants streaming across the Texas border as a narrator sounded the alarm: "They keep coming!" Read more...