Alejandro Mayorkas: A Portrait of the Intended Nominee for DHS Secretary

The man tapped to become DHS secretary, Cuba-born Alejandro "Ali" Mayorkas, would wear many hats running one of the country's largest bureaucracies.

But despite largely laudatory media reviews of a Mayorkas appointment, his public service legacy features serial ethical imbroglios, a pointed de-emphasis on immigration fraud and law enforcement, and strong-arm management tactics to spike acceptances of immigration and asylum applications in disregard of eligibility.

Why Aren't Refugees Being Tested for Covid-19?

President Trump has the authority to add it to the list of 'quarantinable diseases' to mandate testing prior to resettlement

Thousands of refugees from countries with floundering health care systems, delayed government responses, and, more often than not, deep political and economic crises, are being resettled here without prior testing for Covid-19.

Immigrant Population Growth Slows

‘Trump Effect’ likely explains slowdown

Recently released Census data shows the number of immigrants (legal and illegal) grew more slowly from 2017 to 2019 than in prior years.

In the first two years of the Trump administration, growth in the immigrant population averaged only about 200,000 a year, in contrast to 650,000 a year from 2010 to 2017.

Immigration Brief: MS-13 Expands Its Reach into Baltimore

In a new video from the Center for Immigration Studies, Andrew Arthur, the Center’s resident fellow in law and policy, describes recent MS-13 killings in Maryland and the role of sanctuary policies in allowing gang members who are unlawfully in the country to be released to commit further crimes.

“Until local officals wake-up to the fact that they have a MS-13 problem and take steps with the public to go after the gang, killings like this will continue,” predicts Arthur.

Panel: Biometrics in Immigration

Promoting National Security and Community Safety

The Center for Immigration Studies hosted a conversation highlighting the Center's new report on the value of biometrics in immigration enforcement and how that relates to national security and public safety. 

Read report: Biometrics in Immigration

Alejandro Mayorkas: Intended Nominee for DHS Secretary
Alejandro Mayorkas: Intended Nominee for DHS Secretary
Refugees Not Tested for COVID-19
Refugees Not Tested for COVID-19
Immigrant Population Growth Slows
Immigrant Population Growth Slows
MS-13 Expands into Baltimore
MS-13 Expands into Baltimore
Panel: Biometrics in Immigration
Panel: Biometrics in Immigration

The man tapped to become DHS secretary, Cuba-born Alejandro "Ali" Mayorkas, would wear many hats running one of the country's largest bureaucracies.

But despite largely laudatory media reviews of a Mayorkas appointment, his public service legacy features serial ethical imbroglios, a pointed de-emphasis on immigration fraud and law enforcement, and strong-arm management tactics to spike acceptances of immigration and asylum applications in disregard of eligibility.

President Trump has the authority to add it to the list of 'quarantinable diseases' to mandate testing prior to resettlement

Thousands of refugees from countries with floundering health care systems, delayed government responses, and, more often than not, deep political and economic crises, are being resettled here without prior testing for Covid-19.

‘Trump Effect’ likely explains slowdown

Recently released Census data shows the number of immigrants (legal and illegal) grew more slowly from 2017 to 2019 than in prior years.

In the first two years of the Trump administration, growth in the immigrant population averaged only about 200,000 a year, in contrast to 650,000 a year from 2010 to 2017.

In a new video from the Center for Immigration Studies, Andrew Arthur, the Center’s resident fellow in law and policy, describes recent MS-13 killings in Maryland and the role of sanctuary policies in allowing gang members who are unlawfully in the country to be released to commit further crimes.

“Until local officals wake-up to the fact that they have a MS-13 problem and take steps with the public to go after the gang, killings like this will continue,” predicts Arthur.

Promoting National Security and Community Safety

The Center for Immigration Studies hosted a conversation highlighting the Center's new report on the value of biometrics in immigration enforcement and how that relates to national security and public safety. 

Read report: Biometrics in Immigration

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Gov. Newsom Issues Pardons for Aliens Convicted of Drug Crimes

The recipients are still likely removable, and if so, may not be eligible for any relief

The pardons raise some important issues: the Supreme Court's illogical treatment of marijuana trafficking convictions as aggravated felonies, whether the aliens who received pardons are still removable, and whether any or all of the aliens who received pardons are eligible for relief.