Terrorist Infiltration Threat at the Southwest Border

The national security gap in America’s immigration enforcement debate

This report examines the potential terrorist threat posed by the smuggling of special interest aliens (SIAs) – people coming from a country identified as having possible or established links to terrorism.

Event: A Conversation with Francis Cissna

USCIS Director on legal immigration challenges

Francis Cissna, Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), will be featured in an Immigration Newsmaker conversation hosted by the Center for Immigration Studies on Wednesday, August 15, at 9:30 a.m. at the National Press Club. 

Endangered at the Border

Animal trafficking closely tied to drug, human trafficking

Closely tied to the criminal networks involved in illegal immigration and drug smuggling across the U.S. border is illegal wildlife trafficking, a $10 billion industry that harms vulnerable animal populations and brings various endangered species closer to extinction.

Evaluating H-2A Disclosure Data

Unlimited Cheap Farm Labor

The H-2A program in theory should reduce the number of foreigners working illegally in agriculture jobs, but that clearly has not been the case. A closer look at the H-2A program reveals interesting details.

Republicans Vote to Gut Enforcement, Increase Foreign Workers

At this stage the DHS appropriations bill, passed Wednesday on a party-line vote of 29–22, is a snapshot of priorities of this most important committee. And it contains several harmful provisions that would increase illegal immigration and the importation of foreign workers on “temporary” visas — provisions passed with the support of the Republican chairmen of the full committee and its Homeland Security subcommittee.

Terrorist Infiltration Border Threat
Terrorist Infiltration Border Threat
Event: A Conversation with Francis Cissna
Event: A Conversation with Francis Cissna
Animal trafficking closely tied to drug, human trafficking
Animal trafficking closely tied to drug, human trafficking
H-2A Disclosure Data
H-2A Disclosure Data
Republicans Vote to Gut Enforcement
Republicans Vote to Gut Enforcement

The national security gap in America’s immigration enforcement debate

This report examines the potential terrorist threat posed by the smuggling of special interest aliens (SIAs) – people coming from a country identified as having possible or established links to terrorism.

USCIS Director on legal immigration challenges

Francis Cissna, Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), will be featured in an Immigration Newsmaker conversation hosted by the Center for Immigration Studies on Wednesday, August 15, at 9:30 a.m. at the National Press Club. 

Animal trafficking closely tied to drug, human trafficking

Closely tied to the criminal networks involved in illegal immigration and drug smuggling across the U.S. border is illegal wildlife trafficking, a $10 billion industry that harms vulnerable animal populations and brings various endangered species closer to extinction.

Unlimited Cheap Farm Labor

The H-2A program in theory should reduce the number of foreigners working illegally in agriculture jobs, but that clearly has not been the case. A closer look at the H-2A program reveals interesting details.

At this stage the DHS appropriations bill, passed Wednesday on a party-line vote of 29–22, is a snapshot of priorities of this most important committee. And it contains several harmful provisions that would increase illegal immigration and the importation of foreign workers on “temporary” visas — provisions passed with the support of the Republican chairmen of the full committee and its Homeland Security subcommittee.

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Some Suggestions Designed to Strengthen the U (Crime Victim) Visa Program

This U visa program has morphed from a sensible, small-scale activity designed to help law enforcement agencies when working with illegals into a huge, largely hidden, backdoor amnesty program. It is another of the cluster of programs that provide large numbers of green cards to aliens not because there is a national need for their presence, or even because of relatives already here, but just because of luck.

Two Recent Smuggling Cases Provide a Rare Glimpse of a Terrorism Threat at the Southwest Border and What ICE Is Doing About It

Investigating the smugglers and screening their clients are two distinct operations that work in tandem. The screening at the border improves the chances of knowing if a given SIA poses a terrorism problem and, at the same time, can produce intelligence information ICE-HSI can use to go after smugglers. ICE-HSI does these investigations in joint partnership with the Justice Department's Criminal Division under the Extraterritorial Criminal Travel Strike Force program.