Immigration Blog

Transforming America, One Immigration Case at a Time

By Dan Cadman, August 22, 2016

Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) has issued another of its periodic reports on immigration, one that Americans should find disturbing. According to TRAC, immigration judges are ruling in 57 percent of the cases that come before them that the alien should be permitted to stay in the United States. Read more...

Interesting Policy Questions Raised Regarding Defrauded EB-5 Investors

By David North, August 22, 2016

An interesting set of immigration policy question arose last week regarding whether EB-5 investors who have been defrauded by American business interests should get their green cards anyway, despite the failure of the investments — failures only remotely linked to the actions of the aliens.

The questions arose when the court-appointed trustee for the EB-5 disaster in Vermont, Michael Goldberg, said that he was going to use some of the EB-5 funds under his control to hire a lobbyist to seek a change in the immigration law to protect the interests of the 700 or so investors in the ski lodge at Jay Peak and other problematic Vermont properties, as we have reported previously (see here and here). Read more...

On Sharia, Assimilation, and the Risk of a Descent into Tribalism

By Dan Cadman, August 19, 2016

Donald Trump gave a speech this week urging the equivalent of an ideological litmus test as a prerequisite for Muslims to enter the United States under our immigration laws. Whether or not to administer some kind of test to Muslims, or to require an affirmation from a Muslim that he or she subscribes to constitutional values, shocks many Americans, because we don't like the idea of singling people out based on race, religion, or the like. Read more...

State Legislative Seat and Immigration/Marriage Fraud Linked Again

By David North, August 18, 2016

It should have been a glorious moment for her — she was about to become the first Eritrea-born woman in the United States to be elected to a state legislature — but even as she was winning a hard-fought Democratic primary earlier this month against the longest-serving member of the Minnesota House of Representatives in state history, it turns out that she was charged with immigration-related marriage fraud.

And the odd thing is that just over two years ago this summer, pretty much the same thing happened in Manhattan. This time the person was from the Dominican Republic, the first woman from her country to be elected to a state legislature. She managed to serve for a while in the New York State Assembly before her marriage fraud got her bounced from the chamber. Read more...

UN Experts Issue a Dark Report on Terrorist Travel and Recruiting

By Dan Cadman, August 18, 2016

News media are reporting on a recently issued document prepared by expert advisers to the United Nations Security Council concerning extremists affiliated with ISIS, al Qaeda, and other Muslim terrorist organizations (see, for instance, here and here).

According to these experts:

  • As many as 30,000 foreign fighters in Syria, Iraq, and elsewhere are prepared to return to their home countries — or, in the case of the European Union (EU) with its borderless travel rules, anywhere in the visa-free zone — in order to commit attacks.

What If There Was an Amnesty and a Majority of Those Eligible Ignored It?

By David North, August 18, 2016

Suppose the U.S. government offered temporary legal status in a highly publicized, low-cost way, and the majority of the illegal aliens in the eligible age range ignored it.

What would that tell you about the value systems of the people involved? What would it say about enforcement of the immigration law?

Do the majority of these eligibles think highly enough of the community in which they live to want to get right with the law? Apparently not. Read more...

'Extreme Vetting' Is Extremely Overdue

By Mark Krikorian, August 16, 2016

Donald Trump's speech yesterday on the threat of radical Islam included a section about immigration policy that has the usual suspects in a tizzy. This section focused not on terrorism, but rather on what Andy McCarthy calls the "grand jihad," the importation of Islamist ideology that rejects our constitutional order and open society.

In his trademark manner, Trump departed from the prepared text to Archie Bunker-ize the speech by calling this "extreme vetting," which is not the phraseology you should use once you've won the nomination and are trying to persuade the middle-of-the-road voter in Ohio and Florida. But rather than calling for body-cavity searches, as this label might suggest, he was instead calling for ideological/values screening, with the commonsense goal that "we should only admit into this country those who share our values and respect our people." He explained: Read more...

The Cost of Family Detention Centers and Failed American Immigration Policies

By Dan Cadman, August 15, 2016

The Washington Post has published a story titled "Inside the administration's $1 billion deal to detain Central American asylum seekers". Interestingly, it was classified as a business story, one presumes because it discusses details of the government's contractual arrangements for a family detention center with the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), although the narrative goes far beyond mere recitation of fiscal factoids in raising the issue.

The article mentions, for instance, that the four-year $1 billion contract guarantees CCA a full occupancy rate, whether or not the facility is in fact filled to capacity. The gist of the article's bent can be found in a single paragraph, though: Read more...

TPS for Palestinians?

By Nayla Rush, August 15, 2016

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has announced the extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Syrians for another 18 months, through March 31, 2018. This allows visitors and illegal aliens to remain here legally, enabling them to get work permits, Social Security numbers, driver's licenses, etc.

But it's not just for Syrians. The language of the announcement (and of the relevant statute) says TPS is also available to "persons without nationality who last habitually resided in Syria." Being formally stateless, Syria's 560,000 Palestinian refugees would appear to qualify. So how many of them – if any – have benefitted, and will benefit from this form of amnesty? Read more...

Salt Lake City: Help an Illegal Alien Identity Thief and Get a 60% Discount on Parking Fines

By Ronald W. Mortensen, August 15, 2016

Salt Lake City has long been a sanctuary city — in a sanctuary state. So, it is not surprising that the mayor allows people to pay their "extremely" overdue parking fines at a 60 percent discount in exchange for a $10 donation to (among other groups) Comunidades Unidas, an organization whose nine-person board has two members from a law firm that openly touts its expertise in defending illegal alien identity thieves.

According to the Immigrant Defenders Law Group PLLC website, "Illegal immigrants face a completely different set of challenges and consequences for criminal convictions. We have dedicated our firm to protecting these peoples' rights and defending their opportunity to live and work in the U.S." Read more...