Immigration Blog

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...

FBI Director Comey: U.S. Citizens Fighting with ISIS Entitled to Return

By Dan Cadman, October 8, 2014

A few days ago, FBI Director James Comey was interviewed on the CBS new program "60 Minutes", with many questions posed in relation to terrorism and the terror group ISIS ("Islamic State of Iraq and Syria") in particular.

The interview was so unsettling that I hardly know where to express my dismay. Read more...

H-1B News: Whistleblower Jack Palmer Goes After Infosys Again

By David North, October 7, 2014

Here are two bits of good news on the H-1B front, in which two prominent critics of that program, which steals jobs from Americans, enhance their game:

First, whistleblower Jack (Jay) Palmer sued Infosys, one of the largest of the Indian outsourcing firms and users (and abusers) of nonimmigrant programs, again. He already has one major, multi-million dollar victory against the large H-1B employer in his pocket, as the Wall Street Journal previously reported. Read more...

Bill on Transparency in Foreign Worker Programs Introduced in House

By David North, October 6, 2014

It is a small step in the right direction; it will not go far immediately (if ever), but a highly commendable effort is being made in the House of Representatives to shed some light on our murky nonimmigrant worker programs.

Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.) has introduced H.R. 5197, the "Transparency in Reporting to Protect American Workers and Prevent Human Trafficking Act". Read more...

Revoking Citizenship of Terrorists and Traitors Is Assuredly the Right Thing to Do

By Dan Cadman, October 3, 2014

Andy Semotiuk recently wrote an opinion piece for Forbes magazine ("Immigration Law: Is Revoking the Citizenship of Terror Suspects Right or Wrong?"), arguing against a bill Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) recently attempted to move through the Senate under streamlined procedures.

That bill would have deemed joining the foreign terrorist group ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, also known as the Islamic State of the Levant, or ISIL) as an act of renunciation of citizenship on the part of any American, native-born or naturalized. Cruz's attempt was blocked by Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii). Read more...

Immigration Lame-Duck Fantasies Redux, Pt. 2

By Stanley Renshon, October 3, 2014

The Obama administration is threatening the equivalent of immigration fire and brimstone if Republicans don't make a lame-duck session deal. Yet their idea of a deal seems to be: Give us what we want in an immigration bill or we'll do it ourselves by executive action.

It's a maximalist position that reflects no real interest in accommodation. And at this stage the administration clearly feels there doesn't have to be any. Read more...

Why Does Our Government Seek Charity for Our Ports of Entry?

By David North, October 3, 2014

Does a government ask for donations to maintain its parliamentary buildings? Its Air Force or FBI?

No, a self-respecting nation, particularly a prosperous one like the United States, uses public funds for important public purposes.

But the Obama administration has decided to pull out the begging cup for our somewhat tattered ports of entry, where an endless series of important immigration admission decisions are made all day, every day. The administration treats the ports like poor relatives that should be clothed and fed by recycling society's leftovers. Read more...

Could There Finally Be an Alternative to the Pro-Illegal Alien Facebook?

By Ronald W. Mortensen, October 3, 2014

Mark Zuckerberg is funding his anti-American escapades in Mexico, his attack on the middle-class through demands for more visas for foreign workers, and his pro-illegal alien and employer amnesty campaign with funds generated by exploiting Facebook users.

According to the manifesto of a new social network, Ello, today's social media magnates are buying and selling people through the data that they collect on users and then sell to advertisers. Ello believes that "collecting and selling your personal data, reading your posts to your friends, and mapping your social connections for profit is both creepy and unethical" since, under the guise of offering a "free" service, users pay a high price in intrusive advertising and lack of privacy. Read more...

In South Dakota EB-5 Case, More Thought to the Frills than the Turkey in the Oven

By David North, October 3, 2014

If the long-simmering EB-5 scandal in South Dakota were a Thanksgiving dinner, you would notice lots of activity regarding the table settings, the cranberry sauce, and the gravy, but no one would be paying much attention to the big turkey in the oven.

The kitchen, to continue the metaphor a bit, is heating up, however, as the sometimes sleepy Democratic Party in the state is trying to make a major public issue of the repeated, convoluted, and often clever local misuse of the immigrant investor program. The GOP governor when the multiple EB-5 disasters began was Michael Rounds and he is running this fall for the U.S. Senate, so he is the target for much of the criticism. Read more...

Immigration Lame-Duck Fantasies Redux, Pt. 1

By Stanley Renshon, October 2, 2014

It's lame-duck immigration amnesty fantasy time at the White House again, though this year's version starts with a threat. The threat came from Vice President Joe Biden who, "challenged Republicans to 'see the Lord' or the 'lightning' in regard to immigration reform during a speech he made at a reception for Hispanic Heritage month." Read more...

Dallas Ebola Patient Was Another Visa Mistake

By Jessica Vaughan, October 1, 2014

Look up "likely visa overstay" in the dictionary, and you should find a picture of Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who is the first Ebola case diagnosed within the United States, and who is now being treated in a Dallas hospital.

This looks like another good case for the consular officers training manual of a non-immigrant visa that never should have been issued, but which could have serious public health consequences, not to mention monetary costs. Read more...