Immigration Blog

"Undocumented" Book Stirs Intense Ambivalence, but Not for NYT's Liz Robbins
Part 2 of 4

By Jerry Kammer, October 27, 2015
Part 2 of 4

One of the most impressive aspects of Dan-el Padilla Peralta's memoir Undocumented is that it provides a poignant look at the world of the "dreamers". These are illegal immigrants whose problematic status is usually the result of their parents' decision to ignore U.S. immigration law. The dreamers yearn to be fully enfranchised in American society, which, as the Wall Street Journal noted in a profile of Padilla, sends "a cacophony of messages" to those who break immigration law by allowing them to stay and providing a range of benefits while leaving them subject to deportation. Read more...

Guatemala's New President and Immigration

By Kausha Luna, October 26, 2015

The people of Guatemala, tired of a corrupt political class, elected a political outsider as their new president – comedian Jimmy Morales. (The vice president was arrested for corruption in August and the president in September.) Morales has been called the "Donald Trump of Guatemala" and beat the Central American country's former first lady. Emigration to the United States was an issue in his campaign. Read more...

Mexico Reacts to U.S. Sentencing Reform Measures

By Kausha Luna, October 26, 2015

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted last week to move the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 to the floor for a vote. This, together with criminal releases announces as a result of the U.S. Sentencing Commission's 2014 amendment to the sentencing guidelines that retroactively reduced sentences for all drug trafficking crimes, has elicited a response in Mexico.

The new guidelines will would result in the release of 6,000 felons at first, with an eventual total of between 40,000 and 46,000. Many of them will be criminal aliens; my colleague Dan Cadman reports that between one-quarter and one-third are believed to be non-citizens, meaning that eventually "between 11,500 and 13,200 serious alien drug offenders will soon be out of lockdown." Read more...

Sen. Flake's Non-Solution to EB-5 Gerrymandering

By David North, October 26, 2015

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) has introduced S.2115, "The Targeted Employment Areas Improvement Act", which will not help the economic gerrymandering that has dogged the EB-5 immigrant investor program.

In fact, his bill will perpetuate the problem.

The EB-5 program grants alien families who invest $500,000 in a DHS-sanctioned, but not guaranteed, investment a full set of green cards. The program is supposed to channel investment moneys to depressed rural and urban areas, but most of the funds have gone into real estate projects in glitzy locations like New York City, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas. With minor exceptions, EB-5 moneys are supposed to go to areas with unemployment rates at least 150 percent of the national rate. Read more...

C-SPAN Interview with "Undocumented" Author Shows Why the NYT Doesn't Get It on Illegal Immigration
Part 1 of 4

By Jerry Kammer, October 26, 2015
Part 1 of 4

Thanks to C-SPAN, I now have a new Exhibit A for the case that the New York Times is incapable of understanding why many Americans are upset about illegal immigration. C-SPAN performed this public service by inviting Times immigration reporter Liz Robbins to interview Dan-el Padilla Peralta, author of the memoir Undocumented: A Dominican Boy's Odyssey From a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League. Read more...

Update on EB-5 Scandals in South Dakota

By David North, October 26, 2015

In an earlier blog on the extremely serious, but confusing, EB-5 scandals in South Dakota, I managed to conflate two of the controversial activities. I said that the payments from the EB-5-financed, bankrupt cattle slaughterhouse in Aberdeen, S.D., to the Cyprus entity owned by a Russian railways oligarch, Ultracare Holdings, were made through a British Virgin Islands company that had been chartered in the Cayman Islands. Not so. Read more...

DHS Bends Over Backward to Accommodate Marianas Employers

By David North, October 25, 2015

Employers love, and workers despair of, loose labor markets. When there are a lot more workers than jobs employers can pick and choose, and pay lower wages.

Given this truth, the Department of Homeland Security under the Obama administration is going out of its way to be super nice to employers in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands (Saipan); this is a U.S. territory lying north of Guam in the Western Pacific.

DHS has announced in the Federal Register that it has reduced the ceiling on the number of temporary alien workers in these islands by 1,000, down to 12,999. Sounds like a movement toward a tight labor market, right? Wrong! Read more...

Mass Layoffs in Honduras Likely to Cause Increased Emigration

By Kausha Luna, October 23, 2015

Pastoral Care of Migrants (PMH are the Spanish initials), a Catholic non-governmental organization in Honduras, anticipates a spike in emigration from that country due to widespread layoffs.

Over recent weeks Honduras has experienced mass firings in both the public and the private sectors. This process started at the end of 2014 when the Honduran government announced it would lay off 7,000 civil servants starting in 2015, with the goal of reducing the government workforce by up to 30 percent. Honduras, faced with a fiscal deficit, explained the mass layoffs were about making the country more efficient. Employees of the state-owned telephone company, Hondutel, and ENEE (the power company), as well as employees of Honduran Institute for Children and Family are on the list for the government's downsizing project. Read more...

Obama (Now) and Jeb Bush (Then) Spur Naturalization for Political Gain

By David North, October 22, 2015

From the early days of Tammany Hall to the present day, American political parties have sought to expand their power by making sure that aliens favorable to the party in question are encouraged and helped to become citizens and voters.

In fact, both Barrack Obama (currently) and Jeb Bush (some 30 years ago) have followed this hallowed pattern. Read more...

This Is Not What the Future Was Supposed to Look Like

By CIS, October 21, 2015

Today is Back to the Future Day, the date when Doc Brown and Marty McFly appear in their time-traveling DeLorean in the movie Back to the Future Part II. Their starting date was 1985, the year before the IRCA amnesty was passed that was supposed to solve the illegal immigration problem once and for all.

In the strip below, Marty sees how the future really turned out in the sanctuary city of Hill Valley: Read more...