Immigration Blog

Senators Vote to Allow Visa Waivers for Poland

By Jessica Vaughan, June 22, 2015

On Thursday, a Senate committee voted to add Poland to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) at the request of Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), despite the fact that Poland has too high a visa refusal rate to participate. Expanding this risky program to unqualified countries at a time when immigration laws are not enforced, particularly against visa overstayers, would only invite even more illegal immigration.

The measure was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee as an amendment to the Senate's version of the DHS appropriations bill (the House version has not yet been finalized). Read more...

PEP Rallies Diffuse Responsibility at ICE

By Dan Cadman, June 18, 2015

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Sarah Saldana recently issued an all-hands email broadcast to ICE employees about the new Priority Enforcement Program (PEP). She was perhaps responding to criticism that the program, announced by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson to replace the Secure Communities program he ordered dismantled in November, was amorphous and unexplained, or perhaps she was reacting to the filing of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the government to discover the detailed workings of PEP. Read more...

Disney and Illusion: The Great H-1B Visa Heist

By Jerry Kammer, June 18, 2015

The annals of corporate disregard for the well-being of workers should hold a place for a new, disenchanting story from the Magic Kingdom. A famed American institution, Disney Parks and Resorts has managed not only to lay off American tech workers so it can hire cheaper foreign workers, it has required the departing Americans to train their foreign replacements. Read more...

Obama Is Right: His Father Was Not an "Immigrant"

By Jon Feere, June 18, 2015

President Obama recently recognized the so-called "Immigrant Heritage Month" — a phony creation of cheap labor lobbyists at Facebook's FWD.us. The unofficial designation is simply a facade designed to advance Obama's amnesty agenda and help companies obtain cheap tech workers from abroad.

During his weekly address on the subject, Obama promised to push for more immigration despite high unemployment, but also made an admission that highlights the inaccurate language used all too often in the immigration debate. Without realizing it, Obama supported those of us who prefer use of accurate terminology when discussing immigration.

Obama noted that his "father was not an immigrant". This is true. An "immigrant" as defined by Merriam-Webster, is a person who moves to a country to take up "permanent residence". Read more...

New York Times Almost Gets It Right on H-1Bs

By John Miano, June 17, 2015

We now even have the New York Times editorial board calling for reform of the H-1B program. While I am glad to have them on board, the editorial does make a couple of serious factual mistakes.

First, the Times states that employers are using "loopholes" to replace Americans. These are not loopholes. In 1998, Congress explicitly made it legal to replace Americans with H-1B workers in nearly all circumstances. In 2004, Congress explicitly gave employers the ability to pay H-1B workers extremely low wages. Read more...

Government Rhetoric Doesn't Meet Reality for Alien Smuggling or Other Immigration Prosecutions

By Dan Cadman, June 17, 2015

When the president gave his prime-time national television address last November to announce the series of executive actions his administration was pursuing (many of which are now barred by a federal court restraining order pending appellate hearing), he made a point of suggesting that he would be balancing the grant of deferred action and work permits to millions of illegal aliens on the one hand, with strong steps to curb the most egregious aspects of illegal immigration. He spoke of focusing on "felons, not families" and putting an emphasis on interdicting criminals and gangs — exactly the kind of individuals who make up the alien smuggling organizations that are getting rich trafficking in human misery across our southern frontier.

Many people, myself included, have questioned the administration's sincere commitment to any kind of serious immigration enforcement goals, including the kind outlined in the president's remarks, and with good reason. Read more...

Another High-Profile Advocate for Illegal Aliens Bites the Dust in Utah

By Ronald W. Mortensen, June 15, 2015

Illegal aliens in Utah, along with the Obama administration and amnesty advocacy groups, are mourning the forced resignation of Utah's pro-amnesty Salt Lake City police chief, Chris Burbank, who abruptly surrendered his gun and badge following his mishandling of a sexual harassment case.

Burbank's resignation comes after former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, another darling of illegal aliens, pro-amnesty groups, and the Obama administration, was charged with nine felonies, including bribery, illegally accepting gifts, and obstruction of justice. Read more...

Is Australia Paying Smugglers to Stay Away?

By Dan Cadman, June 15, 2015

Recently I had occasion to blog about Australia, which is poised to pass a law that will aid in denaturalizing foreign-born terrorists and terrorist supporters who immigrated to the country and then took the oath of citizenship.

I approve of the law, said so in the blog, and observed pointedly that our own country has failed in such attempts. But I also poked some gentle fun at Aussie Prime Minister Tony Abbott for walking back the original parameters of the legislation (which would have included Australian first-generation children born of immigrants) because of misplaced concerns over leaving terrorists stripped of citizenship "stateless". Read more...

Establishing Accountability at DHS

By Dan Cadman, June 12, 2015

A short while back, a particularly sharp congressional staffer observed to my colleague, CIS Director of Policy Studies Jessica Vaughan, that federal law provides for disciplinary sanctions against Department of State consular officers ("conoffs") who screw up in particular ways during the visa vetting and issuing process. The staffer wondered why there were no similar provisions for Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officers and agents working the spectrum of immigration benefits-granting and enforcement. Read more...

Obama Wants to Expand OPT for Alien Graduates, Grassley to Rein It In

By David North, June 12, 2015

The president wants to expand and extend the Optional Practical Training Program for recent alien college graduates, and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Senate's Judiciary Committee wants to rein it in.

OPT is one of the multitude of foreign worker programs that usually operate under the radar, with few paying attention to them. While DHS describes these workers as "students", OPT has nothing to do with either students or studying. Instead it allows some foreign graduates of U.S. universities to work after they have graduated for up to 29 months, while simultaneously giving the employers of the OPT aliens bonuses for hiring them rather than resident workers, as we have pointed out earlier. Read more...