Immigration Blog

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...

The Quiet Little Struggle Over Extending the EB-5 Program

By David North, September 3, 2015

There's a quiet — but highly significant — struggle on Capitol Hill these days regarding the extension of the EB-5 program for immigrant investors.

On one side are representatives of the EB-5 middlemen and their big-city allies who would rather leave the current rules in place; on the other are those who want to make sure that the program will not be used to secure green cards for agents of foreign countries, and will be used to encourage investment in rural and depressed urban areas. Read more...

Mexican Indians Who Can't Get into U.S. Settle for Mexico City

By Kausha Luna, September 2, 2015

"Indigenous Mexicans" – Indians – are migrating to Mexico's capital due to tighter U.S. immigration controls, according to Rosa Icela Rodriguez, Secretary of Rural Development and Equity for Communities in Mexico's Federal District (like our District of Columbia). Read more...

Ramos and Trump: Distorting the Big Story

By Jerry Kammer, September 2, 2015

There are two competing views of last week's confrontation in Dubuque between Univision anchorman Jorge Ramos and Donald Trump, two charismatic figures at the opposite poles of the immigration debate.

According to the vote-for-Jorge crowd, Ramos was a courageous journalist standing up to a bully who had insulted all Latinos with a rant about criminality among Mexican immigrants. The Donald-for-president team, meanwhile, sees Trump as a gutsy politician not afraid to say the unvarnished truth about illegal immigration and the federal government's failure to control it. Read more...

The Changing Immigration Labor Landscape

By Dan Cadman, September 2, 2015

When provisions were added to the Immigration and Nationality Act in 1986 that forbid the hiring (or referring for a fee) of an alien unauthorized to work in the United States, people thought it would be a game-changer. The prohibitions were accompanied by civil fines and even criminal penalties for repeat offenders.

The "employer sanctions" laws, as they are usually described, also included prohibitions on "use of labor through contract", reflecting legislators' awareness that without them, employers would try to skirt the law forbidding hiring of illegal aliens by claiming they were contract employees, or by conveniently using subcontractors to do a lot of their dirty work — sometimes literally, as in the case of janitors, window washers, etc. Read more...

Birthright Citizenship in Two Countries

By Kausha Luna, September 1, 2015

The United States is not the only country dealing with the issue of birthright citizenship. In 2010 The Dominican Republic adopted a new constitution which ended universal birthright citizenship.

In September 2013 a Constitutional Court applied the new standard retroactively to 1930. The court ruling limited Dominican citizenship to those with at least one Dominican parent. As a result thousands of people of Haitian origin born in the Dominican Republic, unable to prove the legal status of at least one parent, were retroactively stripped of their Dominican citizenship. This decision has received considerable criticism. Read more...

Jorge Ramos Misstates the Facts in Attempt to Counter Trump on Birthright Citizenship

By Ronald W. Mortensen, September 1, 2015

Since being thrown out of Donald Trump's press conference in Iowa last week, Univision anchor Jorge Ramos has undertaken a full-blown propaganda campaign designed to portray Trump's stated intention to end birthright citizenship as creating a situation where "terror would necessarily reign" in "Trumpland". According to Ramos, all current and future children born to aliens in the United States will be stateless with no passports and no home countries. However, what Ramos conveniently ignores is that the home countries of illegal alien children born in the United States, commonly referred to as "anchor babies", recognize them as citizens regardless of where the kids are born. Read more...

Obama Administration Pays $400,000 to Settle ICE Attorney Lawsuit

By Jan Ting, September 1, 2015

Career ICE attorney Patricia Vroom sued the Department of Homeland Security after reportedly being bullied and harassed by officials in Washington when she raised concerns about the application of the Obama administration's prosecutorial discretion policy. She said that Obama administration officials lowered her annual performance rating for moving too cautiously to authorize the release of illegal aliens with criminal records. Read more...

Circuit Court Overextends on Second Amendment

By Dan Cadman, August 31, 2015

In June of this year, a three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in the case of an illegal alien who had appealed his conviction on a federal firearms offense for possessing a bullet. (There is evidence he also had the gun itself in his possession earlier in the evening of his arrest, though it wasn't on him when taken into custody.) As a convicted aggravated felon, he was deported with a lifetime bar on reentry. The panel ruled his appeal of the conviction was not moot because, if overturned, the lifetime bar would no longer apply. Read more... Case Reveals Lack of Enforcement Priorities in ICE's Homeland Security Investigations Division

By Dan Cadman, August 27, 2015

As is my habit from time to time, I was browsing when my eye was caught by a photo of federal agents carrying boxes containing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) seal, so I looked closer and, yep, the logo confirmed that they were evidence boxes used by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. Read more...