Immigration Blog

Constant Activity on the California Border

By John Wahala, March 27, 2015

The Center's fifth annual border tour began in San Diego earlier this month. On our week-long itinerary we saw most of the California border, from both sides of the fence, and made it as far as Yuma, Ariz. In five trips, we have now seen almost the entire 1,993-mile southwest border, from Brownsville to the Pacific. These excursions are mere snapshots of a particular area, but we meet with enough people to get a sense of current trends. Our most recent trip underscored the ever changing nature of cross-border traffic and why managing it requires sustained political will and vigilance. Read more...

New Data Show Immigrant Gang Arrests
Disproportionately associated with the most violent Central American gangs

By Jessica Vaughan, March 27, 2015
Disproportionately associated with the most violent Central American gangs

Violent immigrant and transnational gangs such as MS-13, the Sureños, and 18th Street continue to present a significant public safety threat in many parts of the United States, according to arrest records released by ICE to the Center for Immigration Studies.

In 2013 (the most recent year available), ICE arrested significant numbers of gang members in California, Texas, Chicago, and the New York City and Washington, DC, metropolitan areas. Large concentrations also were arrested by ICE agents in Atlanta, Charlotte, and south Florida. Read more...

House Judiciary Committee Moves Several Immigration Bills Forward

By Dan Cadman, March 27, 2015

In legislative terms, the new Congress's House Judiciary Committee (through its Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security) has been setting speed records in approving immigration measures and moving them to the full House for consideration: Read more...

Latest ICE Chief as Obsequious and Destructive as the Rest

By Dan Cadman, March 26, 2015

By my informal tally, there have been six permanent or acting leaders of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) during the Obama years, counting the careerist who briefly headed the agency during the transition. All but one of the first five have been, to a greater or lesser degree, kowtowing mandarins unquestioningly taking directions, no matter how outrageous, from political operatives inside the White House whose aim is gutting effective immigration enforcement.

This shouldn't be a surprise: Their bosses at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have been equally obsequious and destructive. Read more...

H-1B Incompetence

By John Miano, March 24, 2015

On my last project before law school, we had an H-1B database administrative, Uma. Uma did not know the first thing about databases and struggled to learn through books on the job. Sadly, she had no real computer talent and would never become very good in the field.

So why was Uma on the project?

The company put in place a policy of only allowing contract workers from H-1B bodyshops to save them about $10 an hour. Read more...

The Police Foreign Legion

By Dan Cadman, March 23, 2015

According to a story in USA Today by Alan Gomez, a number of law enforcement departments throughout the United States -- including some in major urban areas, such as Chicago -- are hiring non-citizens as officers. The article tells us that a few don't even demand that the individual be a permanent resident alien; they simply require that the alien have permission to work. Read more...

Rubio Joins Another Gang
Sides with high-tech billionaires in attack on middle-class jobs

By Ronald W. Mortensen, March 23, 2015
Sides with high-tech billionaires in attack on middle-class jobs

Marco Rubio just can't seem to stay away from gangs, or to tell the truth about gang-sponsored legislation. Read more...

Senate Hearing: No Consensus on Protecting American Workers

By John Miano, March 22, 2015

I testified last week before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Reforms Needed to Protect Skilled American Workers. It was a great honor to be invited. However, participating in an event like this highlights the growing isolation between Washington and the rest of America.

At one time there was a consensus that American citizens should come first under our immigration laws. The Supreme Court has repeatedly held that preserving jobs for American workers is a primary purpose of our immigration laws; see, for instance Reno v. Flores, 507 U.S. 292, 334 (1993).

No such consensus exists in today's Washington.

Quality before Quantity
Changing the H1-B conversation

By CIS, March 19, 2015
Changing the H1-B conversation

By Cody Donald, CIS intern

In the Senate Judiciary committee hearing on March 17, 2015, entitled "Immigration Reforms Needed to Protect Skilled American Workers", much of the conversation about the H1-B visa program revolved around balancing legitimate business needs to fill vacant positions and the effect of the widespread importation of foreign labor on the plight of the American worker. Sen. Dick Durbin (Ill.), a Democratic member of the "Gang of Eight", brought up three concerns about the H1-B program as it currently stands. Read more...

ICE Follies
Are belated, high-profile enforcement actions just for show?

By Dan Cadman, March 17, 2015
Are belated, high-profile enforcement actions just for show?

ICE is the acronym for the agency charged with immigration enforcement in the interior of the United States. Officially it stands for "Immigration and Customs Enforcement", but privately many of its agents say it stands for "I Can't Enforce" — a blunt acknowledgement of the state of affairs in the dispirited agency, which has been eviscerated by several of its toadying leaders and by its parent department, Homeland Security, at the behest of the White House, which clearly believes the only good enforcement action is the one that never happens. Read more...