Immigration Blog

View the blogs separated by individual authors.

Failure to Include a Remittance Surcharge in the Tax Bill Was a Lost Opportunity

Mexican President Enrique Pena-Nieto has canceled a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump after an apparently sharp telephone exchange in which Pena-Nieto demanded, and Trump refused, to avoid any public references to a southern border wall — or more specifically, to his oft-repeated campaign pledge that Mexico would pay for the wall — a pledge we haven't heard much about in recent days, even as Congress has dithered over whether or not to provide any funding at all to make the barricade a reality.

New Leader for USCIS Appeals Office Could Mean More Transparency

The headline may not automatically grab the reader's full attention — the agency's very name, Administrative Appeals Office, sounds like a snooze in the making — but the announcement stirs hope for a little more transparency in a part of the government's immigration machinery that currently believes that total privacy, including for lawyers, is much, much more important than the public's right to know.

Looking at the New Estimates of the Illegal Population

Even if correct, the new Center for Migration Studies estimate showing a decline in the total illegal population is not an indication that the problem has been solved. The estimate is almost certainly within the margin of error, the illegal population remains huge, and new illegal immigrants continue to arrive in large numbers.
Topics: Current Numbers

Broken Windows (Immigration) Policing

My colleague Jessica Vaughan has published a look at the resurgence of the hyper-violent MS-13 gang over the past five years or so. It's striking how conventional immigration enforcement is an important tool in battling this kind of threat. Vaughan writes that the Bush administration's Operation Community Shield used immigration law as a key means of disrupting the gang's activities; as she notes,

Subscribe to Center for Immigration Studies Blog