Immigration Blog

The New Yorker Looks at Immigration Through the Lens of Liberal Concerns for Illegal Immigrants

By Jerry Kammer, August 3, 2015

One of the most interesting aspects of the national immigration debate is the remarkable asymmetry in the work of many journalists and academics.

The New Yorker's Jeffrey Toobin provides an excellent example in a piece entitled "American Limbo" in the magazine's July 27 edition. Toobin writes with compassion and eloquence as he makes a humanitarian case for federal action to provide legal status to illegal immigrants. But he does next to nothing to acknowledge that there are substantive reasons for opposing such reform in the absence of a commitment that this time the federal government will uphold the enforcement that is the other half of the potential grand bargain. Read more...

Protocol H-1B

By CIS, August 3, 2015

MEMORANDUM

From: Lord Vader, Development Executive, Walt Disney Co.
To: All staff
Date: August 3, 2015
Subject: Implementing Protocol H-1B

I am here to put you back on schedule. In the search for new ways to motivate you, management has decided to replace American technical staff with cheaper H-1B foreign workers. Read more...

Incompetent Fraud Picked Up By USCIS on EB-5 Application

By David North, August 2, 2015

As we all know, USCIS has a low rate of denials in most of its benefit programs.

Sometimes I wonder how much of the fraud it does detect reflects not so much the vigilance of the agency as it does the obvious incompetence of the fraudster.

Routinely the public never sees the denied applications; the only time we get to peek at parts of them is when the alien in question appeals a benefit denial to the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO), the quasi-judicial review body within USCIS. Read more...

Another Weak GAO Unaccompanied Minors Report

By Dan Cadman, July 31, 2015

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued its second audit report dealing with unaccompanied alien minors in a very short span of time. The first report dealt with domestic processing, detention, and resettlement issues – but overlooked any examination of the fiscal expenditures by resettlement agencies of the billions of dollars provided them by the federal government to help accomplish these tasks. It didn't even name them, referring to them instead as Grantees A through E. Neither did it consider the apparent violation of regulatory requirements imposed on federal agencies to audit any organization receiving over $750,000 yearly. Read more...

The Case of the Redheaded Illegal Alien

By David North, July 31, 2015

In a courtroom full of illegal alien teenagers, he was the only one with red hair.

Further, he was the tallest, the thinnest, had the best English by far, and was the only one appearing without a family member or lawyer. He was also the only non-Central American appearing a couple of days ago before one of the immigration judges in the Arlington (Va.) court.

From a policy point of view he had another distinction: he was the only one willing to leave the country voluntarily (at his own expense) and the judge quickly granted him Voluntary Departure, a legal status meaning that there will be no deportation report on his U.S. immigration record. The judge said something to the effect "It's nice to have someone willing to leave on his own." Read more...

Liberalizing Religious Worker Benefits Erodes National Security

By Dan Cadman, July 30, 2015

As my colleague David North has recently noted, the agency responsible for handling immigration benefits, U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS), has decided to liberalize its policies for granting green cards to religious workers through another series of legally dubious interpretations of statute, that amount to a mini-amnesty. One can see the heavy hand of the administration once again pushing against the heads of the bureaucracy to achieve this result. Read more...

Another Immigration-Enforcement Failure – in the First GOP Debate’s Back Yard

By Mark Krikorian, July 29, 2015

As much as they would like to avoid it, events keep conspiring to force the Republican presidential candidates to discuss immigration. First, Kate Steinle’s murder in San Francisco by an illegal alien who’d been released by authorities vindicated the general point (if not the crude delivery) of Donald Trump’s comments on uncontrolled immigration made just a few days earlier. He’s been riding the issue, and a general grassroots disgust with the GOP “leadership,” to a significant lead in the polls. Read more...

Federal Judge Orders an End to the Administration's Detention Shell Game

By Dan Cadman, July 29, 2015

A federal district court judge in California has finally issued a long-awaited decision on detention of alien families and unaccompanied alien minors, ordering the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to explain to her no later than August 3 why those detained should not be released, having found that the conditions of their detention violated a previous settlement in a court case dating back nearly a decade. Read more...

Immigration Reduction Is the Mainstream Position

By Steven A. Camarota, July 28, 2015

Donald Trump's surge in the polls owes much to his willingness to talk about immigration. By focusing on issues such as border enforcement and immigrant crime, he has tapped into the public's unmet desire for a candidate who is genuinely skeptical about mass immigration.

That desire is reflected in polling data that show Americans generally prefer less immigration over more immigration. Here is a sample of polls that ask about immigration as a broad issue, from the aggregator site PollingReport.com: Read more...

Where Are the Required Federal Audits of Refugee and Immigrant Resettlement Agencies?

By Dan Cadman, July 28, 2015

The Department of Justice Office of Inspector General (DOJ OIG) has issued a report on its audit of two grants funded by DOJ's Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) and Office of Victims of Crime (OVC) to a Georgia entity called Tapestri, Inc., which describes its mission as "end[ing] violence and oppression in refugee and immigrant communities", according to the report.

Though required by law, audits of immigrant and refugee-related grants are rare. Read more...