Immigration Blog

Feds Play Needless Game of Chicken with Public Safety in Utah

By Dan Cadman, July 7, 2015

A few days ago, the Salt Lake Tribune ran a story detailing how the state of Utah enacted legislation requiring background checks to determine immigration status before issuing driver's licenses. The law was to go into effect on July 1st. It didn't. Read more...

Update on Save Jobs USA's H-4 Case

By John Miano, July 7, 2015

Last week there was a little activity in the Save Jobs USA case against DHS over its use of regulation to allow aliens to work on H-4 visas. Judge Chutkan denied DHS's motion to dismiss the case on procedural grounds. That means the case will move to a decision. A win is still a win, but I would not read too much into this decision because, just as with the denial of the preliminary injunction motion, no merit issues were decided. Read more...

Sneaky Immigration Policy Proposals on E-2 Visas and the Age of Children

By David North, July 7, 2015

Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.) has bundled two unattractive proposals (one old and one new) into a single bill (H.R.1834).

He wants to adjust the status of some nonimmigrant business people and their relatives now here on E-2 (temporary) visas to immigrant status; such conversions are a familiar technique in the immigration field, but not a good idea in this case. Read more...

Trumping Trump
According to the ACLU, La Raza, the New York Times, and the SSA, 75% of illegal immigrants commit felonies

By Ronald W. Mortensen, July 7, 2015
According to the ACLU, La Raza, the New York Times, and the SSA, 75% of illegal immigrants commit felonies

Did Donald Trump overstate the level of crime committed by illegal immigrants? Not according to the ACLU, the National Council of La Raza, the New York Times, and the Social Security Administration (SSA).

According to these organizations, as many as 75 percent of illegal immigrants use unlawfully obtained Social Security numbers to pay payroll (Social Security) taxes. That, in turn, means that the vast majority of illegal immigrants are committing multiple federal and state felonies including forgery, Social Security fraud, perjury on I-9 forms, and identity theft. Read more...

Another Life Needlessly Lost to Unacceptable Immigration Policies

By Dan Cadman, July 6, 2015

By all accounts Kate Steinle was a vivacious young woman with a bright future ahead of her — until she met her death at the hands of an illegal alien while strolling on a San Francisco pier with her father, who witnessed the fatal shooting. The alien was quickly apprehended by police and identified as Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, a citizen of Mexico with seven felony convictions and five prior deportations from the United States. Read more...

Knowing What We Know Now, Mrs. Clinton, Would You Still Support Sanctuary Cities?

By Mark Krikorian, July 6, 2015

In the wake of the murder of Kate Steinle by a five-times-deported illegal-alien felon, news organizations worthy of the name would be all over the Democratic candidates asking if they regret their past, repeated, emphatic support for sanctuary cities. Read more...

Sleepy Immigration Agency with a Strange Appeals System

By David North, July 6, 2015

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) is the sleepiest of the immigration-management agencies — and that's saying a lot. Its task is to monitor nearly 9,000 educational entities, which, in turn, are supposed to monitor more than a million foreign students (as well as the foreign graduates who are working in the OPT program). Read more...

New York State and City Misuse Limited Federal Terrorism Grant Funds

By Dan Cadman, July 3, 2015

The Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) has issued a stinging report, "New York's Management of Homeland Security Grant Program Awards for Fiscal Years 2010-2012", on the use and misuse of terrorism grant funds provided to both the state and city of New York. Read more...

When Is a Boat Not a Boat?

By David North, July 2, 2015

Our immigration agencies often use language to obscure the true meaning of something, as my colleague Jon Feere reported recently.

An example of his concern is the use of this oft-repeated line: "DACA is for children brought here through no fault of their own." In reality, as Feere pointed out, "DACA isn't just for 'children' and the program doesn't require that illegal aliens prove they were brought here" as opposed to arriving illegally on their own. Read more...

Designating Foreign Terrorist Organizations and Immigration Enforcement

By Dan Cadman, July 2, 2015

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has just issued a public report on the process used to designate foreign terrorist organizations (FTOs) under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), which assigns lead responsibility to the Secretary of State. It is called "Combating Terrorism: Foreign Terrorist Organization Designation Process and U.S. Agency Enforcement Actions". Read more...