Immigration Blog

Unsecured Border: Central American Parents Describe the Push from Home and the Pull from U.S. Policies

By Jerry Kammer, June 30, 2014

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Cradling a six-month old baby in her arms, a Honduran woman stepped off the Border Patrol bus at the bus station in McAllen, Texas last Tuesday. They would soon be on a Greyhound bus heading for Miami, joining the thousands of illegal immigrants who are being released by the Border Patrol after a few days in custody. They are fanning out across the country, carrying documents that allow them to travel freely but also order them to report to immigration authorities after they reach their destination. Read more...

Records Reveal Few Central Americans Deported

By Jessica Vaughan, June 27, 2014

Government records confirm that very few of the tens of thousands of Central Americans apprehended by the Border Patrol or ICE in recent years have been sent home. These records show that the aspirations of tens of thousands of Central Americans now surging across the border in south Texas have been based on a realistic assessment of their chances to remain in the United States, not on false rumors, as Obama administration officials have asserted. The numbers also show that the number of juveniles deported has declined significantly since 2008. Read more...

Why Did the Senate's Amnesty/Immigration-Surge Bill Fail?

By Mark Krikorian, June 27, 2014

Today is the one-year anniversary of Senate passage of S.744, the Schumer-Rubio bill that would have doubled legal immigration and guest workers, legalized the bulk of the illegal-alien population, and promised better enforcement in the future. Now that even Representative Luis Gutierrez, the loudest cheerleader in the House for "comprehensive immigration reform," has admitted that the push for amnesty and increased immigration is dead — at least for now — it's worth considering why it died. Read more...

Illegal Alien Prospers, Owes $22 Million in Back Taxes

By David North, June 27, 2014

Illegal aliens are typically portrayed as poverty-stricken, and many of them are.

Then there's Lee Ang.

A federal court earlier this year declared he owed about $22 million in back taxes and interest, and that was just for the tax years 1998-2001. Read more...

Unsecured Border: Guatemalan Consul Says Cross-Border Surge Began in 2011

By Jerry Kammer, June 26, 2014

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At his office on Broadway Street in the Texas border town of McAllen, Guatemalan consul Allan Perez said the illegal influx of his countrymen is nothing new, even though the numbers have jumped in recent months.

Indeed, said Perez, the Guatemalan consulate was established here in 2011 because the number of illegal border crossers had already begun to spike, as can be seen in this graph. Read more...

Hospital Uses Medicaid-Funded Bribes to Fuel Illegal-Alien Childbirth Business

By David North, June 26, 2014

The birth of a baby should be a joyous occasion. One would hope it would come to a family that will love the baby and be able to handle the costs.

It should not be a matter of corporate bribes. Yet bribes and profits are exactly the subject of an ongoing lawsuit involving the births of (automatic citizen) babies to illegal alien mothers. Read more...

Unsecured Border: Interview with Linda Vickers, Rancher

By Jerry Kammer, June 26, 2014

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Linda Vickers says most of the people who hike across her ranch about 70 miles north of the Mexican border try to move through quickly, quietly, and inconspicuously. They want only to circumvent the Border Patrol checkpoint nearby on Highway 281 and to rendezvous with a smuggling vehicle, which is often driven by gang members from Houston that have joined the lucrative smuggling trade. Read more...

The Remarkable Creativity of Those Seeking to Violate Immigration Law

By David North, June 26, 2014

If we could only channel the remarkable creativity of those seeking to violate immigration law into other, better, endeavors, there would be shuttle planes flying to and from Mars — right now.

In a recent posting I told how one alien had successfully used a phony divorce to secure a green card, while another had been thwarted in the same maneuver. Not a phony marriage, which is not very creative, but a phony divorce. Read more...

A Mess of the Administration's Making

By James R. Edwards Jr., June 25, 2014

The tidal wave of illegal alien young people that's buffeting our southern border seems to be nothing other than a "crisis" of the Obama administration's own making. What would you expect to happen, given the clear pro-amnesty signals and unilateral disarmament perpetrated by this administration for more than five years? Read more...

Clarification About the Lone ALJ Working on Employer Sanctions Appeals

By David North, June 25, 2014

About a month ago I bemoaned the fact that the administration's enforcement of employer sanctions (i.e., private employers are barred from hiring illegal aliens) is so feeble that a single administrative law judge (ALJ) could handle all the administrative appeals stemming from that enforcement.

One in the whole country. Her name is Ellen K. Thomas.

Well, I understated my case and I want to correct it. It is worse than that. Read more...