Immigration Blog

Napolitano Rallies Behind White House "Executive Action" Plans from Her Academic Perch

By Dan Cadman, October 29, 2014

Former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano gave a speech at the University of Georgia Law School this week (see full text here), telling us why the president should go it alone and create another "executive action" program to shelter thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands if not millions, of illegal aliens Read more...

When Ignored, Minor Crimes Can Lead to Major Crimes

By Dan Cadman, October 29, 2014

My colleague Jessica Vaughan has laid out many of the weak points where immigration enforcement meets criminal law enforcement. Those weak points came to the fore with horribly tragic results in the murder of two California sheriff's deputies and the wounding of others by an illegal alien, Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte — twice previously deported, a suspected gang member, and a serial lawbreaker. Read more...

Sugar Beet Truck Driver and H-2B Whistleblower Fired in Minnesota

By David North, October 28, 2014

Last week, we reported on how some truck drivers in the sugar refining business were being adversely impacted by H-2B foreign workers.

We did not mention the name of the whistleblower, or even the state where the problem existed. Unfortunately, we can now. Read more...

Open Borders: A Threat to Public Health

By Ronald W. Mortensen, October 28, 2014

The Obama administration's unrelenting focus on open borders has exposed Americans to deadly diseases and has politicized the public health agencies that are charged with protecting the health of Americans — the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Rather than putting the health of Americans first, these agencies, which once took their roles to protect the public seriously, now go to great lengths to ensure that foreign nationals from countries with serious diseases are allowed to freely enter the United States. And they only act to protect the public when forced to do so by public pressure and by state officials. Read more...

Lax Immigration Policies May Have Shielded Killer of California Deputies

By Jessica Vaughan, October 27, 2014

The man accused in Friday's horrific killing and carjacking spree near Sacramento, Calif., which resulted in the deaths of two sheriff's deputies and the wounding of two others, is a citizen of Mexico who was deported twice previously, but who apparently has been living in the United States for more than a decade. Read more...

Driver's Licenses for Illegal Immigrants an Issue in Three States

By Jon Feere, October 27, 2014

The start of my op-ed posted today at TheHill.com:

In Colorado, Oregon, and California, the granting of driver's licenses to illegal aliens has generated controversy and raised national security concerns that have gone largely unreported. Unfortunately, many activist groups and politicians have concluded that helping illegal aliens hide their lawlessness is more important than preventing another 9/11. Congress should consider tightening up the REAL ID standards. If problems like this continue, it wouldn't be surprising if voters in many states initiated referenda or legislation aimed at stopping the issuance of driver's licenses to people in the country illegally.

Billion-Dollar Firm Pays Illegal Alien Workers $1.21 an Hour

By David North, October 24, 2014

Here are the facts:

  • A large computer peripheral manufacturer, with sales of $727 million last year and a profit of $107 million, paid some of its workers in the United States $1.21 an hour.

  • At least one of the workers was said to have worked 122 hours in a week. That would mean, for seven days straight, starting work at an average of 5:00 in the morning and ending at 10:25 at night, day after day; that's either cruelty or a seriously flawed time sheet.

The EB-5 Program — A Nightmare for Publicists

By David North, October 23, 2014

You have to feel sorry for the people at Department of Homeland Security (DHS) who manage the EB-5 program, especially the publicists, as the immigrant investor program takes multiple blows, day after day, week after week.

My favorite story, not yet in the mainstream media, would have had this headline 40 years ago: "ChiComs Take Over Multi-Million Dollar Capitalist Tool in Brooklyn". Read more...

Former Congressman Misrepresents His Own Statute on Immigration Quotas

By John Miano, October 23, 2014

President Obama has been threatening to take unilateral action on immigration through executive action after the election. One of the threatened actions is to change the method of determining the annual level of legal immigration. In almost all cases, immigrant visas (green cards) are subject to quotas. Rather than count all of the visas granted, such a change would count only the principal applicants against the numerical caps, and not include any dependents (spouses and minor children), thus increasing immigration significantly without authorization from Congress.

Former Rep. Bruce Morrison (D-Conn.), now an immigration lawyer and lobbyist, pushed for this scam in a Wall Street Journal letter to the editor this week. Read more...

Oregon Voters Oppose Driver's Licenses for Illegals

By David Seminara, October 22, 2014

According to a recent survey, voters in Oregon appear poised to roll back legislation that would have given the state's illegal immigrants the opportunity to obtain "driver cards" (a form driver's license permitted by federal law but not acceptable for federal purposes, such as boarding an airplane). Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber (D), signed the bill into law in May 2013, but a group called Oregonians for Immigration Reform of McMinnville (a town in the heart of the Willamette Valley wine country) gathered more than 70,000 signatures in just a few months to freeze the law pending a referendum to be held on Election Day this year. Read more...

BBC Shows the Way with Undercover Program on Foreign Student Cheating

By David North, October 22, 2014

Recently a BBC Panorama program called "Student Visa Scandal", which exposed cheating in the UK's foreign student system, was called to my attention. It has two strong messages for this side of the water:

  1. U.S. broadcasters: Do some investigative reporting on immigration cheating; and
  2. U.S. policymakers: do more to keep foreign "students" from abusing our system!

Another Way Foreign Workers Adversely Impact Domestic Ones

By David North, October 21, 2014

He had a gruff truck driver's voice, with the hint of Scandinavia you sometimes hear in the Upper Midwest, and he had several thoroughly justifiable grievances about how some temporary foreign workers (H-2Bs) were adversely affecting his life.

He also painted a highly nuanced picture of how temporary foreign workers can cause harm in American labor markets, and shed some light on a specific piece of American agriculture that was brand-new to me (though my grandparents were Midwestern farmers.) Read more...

The Public Religion Research Institute Strikes Again: The "Unaccompanied Children" Poll, Pt. 2

By Stanley Renshon, October 21, 2014

The Public Religion Research Institute ought to be more careful with both its polling and its commentary on it. It has already put into the public domain a thoroughly misleading poll on the public's preferred choices on immigration reform. That poll gave respondents two options, only one of which was at all plausible.

Their most recent attempt to report the public's views is a poll devoted to the summer surge of illegal migrants, or "unaccompanied children," as the survey repeatedly refers to them. Read more...

Protecting Americans from Ebola

By Marguerite Telford, October 20, 2014

The administration's refusal to use immigration policy to keep Americans safe from the Ebola virus is symptomatic of the administration's general immigration philosophy. The administration prefers not to distinguish between legal and illegal immigrants, ignoring the fiscal, labor, and security impact of illegal immigration on U.S. citizens and residents. To blur the distinction, the administration leans toward open-border policies and amnesty for aliens breaking U.S. laws. Read more...

The Haitian Parole Decision Was Bad, but It Could Have Been Worse

By David North, October 20, 2014

The Obama administration's latest symbolic, open-the-flood-gates-a-little-bit decision (regarding Haitian family immigration) is, of course, deplorable, but it could have been worse. Let me expand on that.

It is deplorable because it is contrary to our nation's 90-plus-year-old decision that immigration should be numerically limited. There are about a billion people who would migrate to the United States tomorrow if they were allowed to do so, but we have limited resources, too few jobs, and an already-over-stressed infrastructure. We simply cannot absorb all of the earth's poor. Read more...

Very Large Fees Charged by South Dakota's EB-5 Program

By David North, October 17, 2014

There are two reasons why the state of South Dakota lost tens of millions of dollars from its treasury due to its strange handling of the EB-5 (immigrant investor) program:

  1. The surrender of a state-owned money-maker (the EB-5 regional center) to private interests under mysterious circumstances during the Rounds administration, which has been the subject of much controversy in the current U.S. Senate campaign, and

  2. A factor not previously discussed: the extreme fees charged to alien investors by the state's de facto monopoly regional center. If the fees had not been so large, there would be much less missing money to worry about.

Faux Privacy Rights for Illegal Aliens Take a Judicial Hit; Public Right to Know Prevails

By Dan Cadman, October 17, 2014

All too often lately we have seen specious decisions coming out of the federal district and circuit courts where immigration-related decisions are concerned. (For just two examples, see here and here.)

I'm happy to report for once, though, that an important decision was reached by the federal First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston — one that, unusually and ironically, should please both those who are pro-enforcement and those who are pro-open borders. I say should please because, as you will see a little further along, apparently not everyone is enthused. Read more...

The Public Religion Research Institute Strikes Again: The "Unaccompanied Children" Poll, Pt. 1

By Stanley Renshon, October 16, 2014

Faulty questions and untenable options are not the only means by which uninformative immigration poll results can be produced.

Sometimes polls don't have to resort to survey subterfuge; instead, results can be reported in a way that gives an entirely wrong and misleading impression. In doing so, they can then count on others to report what they have announced, confident that most readers will not bother to read, or think through, the actual results. Read more...

Selling Citizenship? Some Countries Do, Putting Others at Risk

By Dan Cadman, October 16, 2014

A few days ago the Center for Immigration Studies published a blog of mine pointing out that the government's removal statistics showed a curious, but disturbing, trend of aliens born in "special interest" countries (primarily Afghans, but others as well) who had obtained citizenship in Mexico or elsewhere and then crossed the U.S. border illegally. The question of whether or not these individuals procured their citizenship through corruption looms large. Read more...

Recent Immigration Polls: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Pt. 2

By Stanley Renshon, October 14, 2014

Bad immigration polls, like the one published by Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) and the Brookings Institution that I analyzed the other day, fail because they ask narrow, "either/or", and loaded questions for a purpose: to get the result they support. Read more...

Federal Reserve Study Shows Foreign Nurses Displace Domestic Ones

By David North, October 14, 2014

A recently released Federal Reserve study shows that "for every foreign-born nurse that migrates to a U.S. city there are between one and two fewer native RNs observed working in the city."

It is a reminder from an unexpected source that immigration can have unanticipated — and negative — long term impacts on jobs and labor markets. Read more...

Carjacking Alien Minors Raise Larger Issues About Immigration

By Dan Cadman, October 13, 2014

Some media outlets have reported the carjacking of a 91-year-old man by two youths who were apprehended after a wild 200-plus mile chase by police. The carjacking took place in a Walmart parking lot in Iowa and the delinquents apparently marked the old man as their victim because of his vulnerability. Read more...

Have Terrorists Crossed Our Southern Border?

By Dan Cadman, October 13, 2014

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) made news recently with his claim that ISIS militants have been caught crossing the southern border into the United States. It was a startling assertion, but not one to be lightly dismissed given the recent evidence in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, and elsewhere, that the border is not nearly as secure as administration officials would like us to believe. Read more...

Oregon's First Lady Admits to Green-Card Marriage Fraud

By David Seminara, October 10, 2014

Cylvia Hayes, Oregon's first lady, made a tearful admission Thursday that she engaged in a green-card marriage from 1997-2002 with an Ethiopian national, then 18, who paid her $5,000 in exchange for her wedding vows. Her disclosure came after Willamette Week, an alternative weekly newspaper in Portland, revealed the sketchy relationship and the fact that she's been married and divorced three times. Hayes is engaged to Governor John Kitzhaber, a Democrat who is seeking a fourth term in November, but the pair have been together for 10 years and he refers to her as the state's first lady. The couple insists that Kitzhaber didn't know about the cash for vows relationship until Thursday. Read more...

Protecting the Visa Security Program

By Dan Cadman, October 10, 2014

A recent report on a program to improve visa security caught my attention; having set up the program's first two offices abroad, I was keen to learn what the auditors found

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued the report, entitled "The DHS Visa Security Program" (the VSP). It lays out the findings of the OIG's audit of the VSP, which operates under the umbrella of the DHS subordinate agency Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Read more...

Government Was Tough in 7-Eleven Illegal Alien Case, but Not So in Roughly Comparable Restaurant Case

By David North, October 10, 2014

The government has lowered the boom on a group of 7-Eleven franchise holders for hiring numerous illegal aliens, cheating them outrageously, stealing the identities of many citizens in the process, and netting millions of dollars from their crimes.

ICE calls it the largest worksite enforcement forfeiture in ICE history in a recent press release.

While the government's posture in the 7-Eleven case is clearly welcome, it is puzzlingly different from a very similar case that we wrote about earlier this year in which multiple-immigration-law violators got away with the slightest of slaps on the wrists and the main conspirator, Mannem Reddy, managed to keep his mansion in Great Falls, Va. Our report on the case included a photo of the $1.7 million property. Read more...

Activist Circuit Court Decides Law Doesn't Mean What It Plainly Says

By Dan Cadman, October 9, 2014

Welcome to the world of immigration law — a down-the-rabbit-hole, through-the-looking-glass kind of place where nothing is as it seems on the surface, and words don't mean what they plainly say; a place one of my colleagues rightly describes as "Bizarro World". Read more...

Colbert Provides a Revealing Look at the Political Divide at the Border

By Jerry Kammer, October 9, 2014

Stephen Colbert, the true-blue Democrat who plays a truly wacky Republican on his Comedy Central faux news show, provided a revealing insight into the political divide Tuesday. It came during his "Better Know a District" interview with U.S. Rep Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.).

Colbert asked for Duckworth's position on border security before providing his own border demands: "Wall, moat filled with flames, fire-proof alligators." Read more...

TSA: Oregon's Proposed Driver's Licenses Would Allow Illegal Aliens to Board Airplanes

By Jon Feere, October 8, 2014

Voters in Oregon will soon be deciding whether to allow illegal aliens to receive driver's licenses, but a new statement from an official from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is creating confusion about how these cards will be used and raises the question of whether Oregon plans to violate federal law, thereby creating a national security threat to all Americans. Read more...

Recent Immigration Polls: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Pt. 1

By Stanley Renshon, October 8, 2014

Divining the views of the public on immigration is an exceedingly difficult task. There are always the technical questions about survey methods that need to be taken into account. Are the samples large enough? Representative enough? Are they Internet-only survey instruments or are they conducted by interviewers or are they mechanical calls?

These "technical" questions influence the reliability of the numbers we read and thus our confidence in the results. But these matters are only the proverbial tip of a very large iceberg whose major consequences are hidden in plain sight. Read more...