Immigration Blog

Immigration Misadventures of Political Fundraisers

By David North, December 29, 2014

There have been recent developments in immigration-related news stories related to tainted political fundraisers from both parties.

Perhaps the most thoroughly reported was the latest twist in the story of Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.), who was re-elected in November despite a battery of federal tax and immigration charges against him, and who copped a plea bargain last week that probably will lead to jail time. Read more...

A Snapshot Comparison: Naturalizations in Canada and the United States

By Dan Cadman, December 29, 2014

A record 260,000 people became naturalized Canadians in 2014, double the number from 2013, and more than any other year in Canada's history.

By comparison, according to the most recent available statistics,in the United States in 2013, 779,929 individuals naturalized — almost exactly three times the number of individuals naturalized in Canada.

However, for this comparison to be meaningful, a look at the respective populations of the two countries is in order: On July 1, 2014, Canada's population was estimated at 35,540,400, whereas the U.S. population in 2013 (to keep the year relating to naturalizations consistent) was estimated at 316,497,531. Read more...

Contrary to Administration Claims, Only a Tiny Fraction of 'Surge' Border-Jumpers Deported

By Jessica Vaughan, December 24, 2014

An investigative report by a Houston television station exposed that only a tiny fraction of the families and children who crossed in the border surge of 2012-14 are being returned to their home countries, despite Obama administration claims that the cases are a priority. According to immigration court records obtained by the station, only a few of the illegal family or child arrivals are qualified to stay in the United States, and the vast majority (91 percent) have simply absconded from their proceedings after release and joined the resident illegal population, where they are no longer a priority for enforcement under the new, expanded "prosecutorial discretion" policies. Read more...

Who Will Inspect the Inspector General?
Corruption at DHS watchdog office does serious damage

By Dan Cadman, December 24, 2014
Corruption at DHS watchdog office does serious damage

Even in the best of times, it's not easy being a federal officer who enforces the immigration laws, whether a border patrol agent, an inspector, or an interior enforcement agent. The work is gritty, often dangerous, sometimes heart-rending, and your job plants you right in the middle of the great divide of political and public opinion, as a result of which you constantly hear that you're not doing enough, or that you're doing too much, or that you're focusing on the wrong stuff. That's in the best of times. Read more...

Congressional Non-Action Is OK when the Administration Likes the Result

By David North, December 22, 2014

One of the key arguments advanced by the Obama administration in support of its massive executive amnesty program is that the White House must take action because Congress has failed to do so.

In other words, the lack of congressional action on this front means that there's a big void out there that must be filled by the president's edict, more or less legalizing the immigration status of millions of illegal aliens.

This is what happens when the White House does not like congressional inaction.

But what happens if Congress does not act in a way that is useful to the administration? Suppose the administration likes such inaction?

Well, that's different. That kind of inaction is decisive. Read more...

Another Visa Mill Zapped, but Not by the Feds — Again

By David North, December 19, 2014

It's happened again. Another immigration-related visa mill has been identified, but not by any agency of the Department of Homeland Security.

This time it is the local police and a plaintiffs' lawyer that are taking the lead. That's the Gwinnett County (Ga.) Police Department; the lawyer is Richard Samms. Read more...

Indian Outsourcing Firm Snags Two Sets of Benefits in a Single Deal

By David North, December 18, 2014

Many exploitative companies take advantage of the federal immigration laws to enhance their profits. Others make use of loose state-level (non-immigration-related) policies to get richer. And a few manage to use both systems at the same time.

The media is rarely perceptive enough to notice these "twofer" arrangements, but National Public Radio (of all places) noticed one such deal the other day in North Carolina. Read more...

What Do "Normalized" Diplomatic Relations with Cuba Mean in the Immigration Context?

By Dan Cadman, December 18, 2014

The president has announced that the United States is normalizing relations with the island nation of Cuba, our longtime antagonists. Full diplomatic relations means exchange of ambassadors and staff, and a panoply of discussions on any number of issues, including if-and-how sanctions against Cuba will be eased or lifted.

In the immigration context, it raises three questions: Read more...

DACA and the Next Amnesty Are Missing Big Public Health Opportunities

By David North, December 17, 2014

Suppose your community is taking on millions of new members — wouldn't it be a good idea for their sake, as well as for those of the existing community — if their health were checked on their way through the door? Read more...

Illegal Alien Caught Driving Drunk with a Juvenile Instigates a Judicial Finding of Unconstitutionality

By Dan Cadman, December 17, 2014

Even before the president followed through on executive actions effectively granting amnesty to millions of aliens, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) vowed to file a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of what the administration had already done, vis-à-vis dismantling immigration law enforcement. Of course that lawsuit never materialized — no surprise to those who question Boehner's real commitment to the rule of law, at least where immigration processes are concerned. Read more...