Immigration Blog

FactCheck Misleads on Amnesty Costs

By Steven A. Camarota, April 17, 2015

The website criticized a recent ad by Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) for calling attention to the tax refund implications of the president's administrative amnesty. In its response, FactCheck agreed with CAPS that illegal immigrants may collect $1.7 billion in tax refunds from previous years because of the president's decrees. But FactCheck goes beyond fact-checking to argue that 1) the tax refunds should be considered only as part of the overall fiscal impact of amnesty; and 2) this overall impact is positive. Both arguments are problematic. Read more...

Waiting List for Legal Immigrant Visas Keeps Growing

By Jessica Vaughan, April 16, 2015

More than 4.4 million people are on the legal immigrant visa waiting list according to the State Department's annual tally. That is 100,085 more people waiting for legal immigrant visas than at the same time last year. Ninety-eight percent of those waiting have been sponsored by a family member in the United States. Read more...

ICE Director Needs to Be Schooled in the Law

By Dan Cadman, April 15, 2015

Immigration and Customs Enforcement's newest director, Sara Saldana, is a lawyer and former chief prosecutor as a United States attorney in one of Texas' federal judicial districts. Although she has been on the job less than six months, surely she should have been able by now to absorb some of the basics of the immigration laws she's charged with enforcing to come up to speed and lead. Apparently someone thought her credentials were adequate enough — or that she would be a quick enough study. Else why would President Obama nominate, or the Senate confirm, her for the job? Read more...

Nearly 40% of First-Round DACAs Have Not Filed for Renewal

By David North, April 15, 2015

Now there's a cloud coming up out of the sea no bigger than a man's hand.

— 1 Kings 18:44

If DACA grants are so important to individual illegals, and if adding those individuals to America's legal population is such a good thing for the nation (as the administration argues) ...

... then why did nearly 40 percent of eligible first-round DACA beneficiaries not renew?

Always bearing in mind that it is still early days and the hit-or-miss nature of USCIS statistical data, when we compare the first six months of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initial applications to the DACA renewals filings for those in that first cohort we see this: Read more...

Pandering on Immigration Isn't Going to Win the White House for the GOP

By Ronald W. Mortensen, April 14, 2015

Following Mitt Romney's defeat in 2012, the Republican elites and their overpaid, habitual-loser political consultants blamed the loss on Romney's tough stance on illegal immigration. If only Romney would have been more compassionate and accommodating on the illegal immigration issue, he would now be president, according the Republican loser class. But the facts show just the opposite. Read more...

Government Rules Overstate H-1B Demand

By David North, April 14, 2015

Both Congress and USCIS have taken actions that tend to overstate the actual demand for H-1B visas. The first filling date was April 1.

USCIS announced on April 7 that it had accepted 233,000 applications when only 85,000 are available annually; so a lottery will be conducted to allocate the 85,000 slots among the would-be employers. The implication is that there is a huge shortfall of talented workers in the U.S. and the hard-strapped American corporations have to look way beyond the U.S. labor market to run its operations. Read more...

Why Resettle Any Syrian Refugees at All?

By Mark Krikorian, April 14, 2015

The International Rescue Committee, a refugee advocacy group headed by former U.K. foreign secretary David Miliband, has urged the United States to resettle 65,000 refugees from Syria by the end of next year. The head of the State Department bureau in charge of carrying out the U.N.'s instructions on refugees (the U.N. decides who gets to move to the U.S.) said last week, in the AP's words, "that between 1,000 and 2,000 Syrian refugees will be brought to the U.S. by the end of September and several thousand more in 2016." Miliband welcomed this but said "it certainly needs to improve." Read more...

Immigration Prosecutions' Five-Year Trend Downward, Particularly in the Interior

By Dan Cadman, April 10, 2015

Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) recently issued a gem of a report on federal immigration prosecutions. Although it initially deals with the February 2015 numbers (the most recent available), what makes the report valuable — and revealing — is its in-depth analysis of such prosecutions for the last five years. Read more...

The Curious Outrage and "Exoticizing Disdain" of NYT Columnist Timothy Egan

By Jerry Kammer, April 10, 2015

New York Times columnist Timothy Egan last month labeled three prominent Republicans as "traitors to their class", writing that although they have humble beginnings, they have failed to identify with the struggle of workers at the lower end of our economy. Read more...

Just Another Detainer Case, or a Case of Pro Bono Overreach?

By Dan Cadman, April 10, 2015

An interesting case is playing out in a New Mexico federal court, Gutierrez et al. v. San Juan County Board of Commissioners et al.

At first glance, it appears to be "just another" detainer case — the kind where an illegal alien plaintiff, supported on a pro bono basis by an open borders advocacy group (Somos Un Pueblo Unidos), goes after a county government for honoring an immigration detainer with the aim of forcing a shutdown of cooperation between the sheriff's office and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

A second look at the case, based on the actual court filings suggests otherwise. (A copy of the complaint is embedded in this news article.) There are a number of oddities that set it apart. Read more...