February 12, 2014
The Obama administration is concerned, as am I, about the huge and growing gap between the incomes of the very rich and those of the working classes. Obama wants to attack this problem by increasing the taxes on the rich and lifting the minimum wage — and I, for one, agree to both proposals.
But there is a third policy tool available in this arena: reducing the size of the labor force — notably by enforcing the immigration law — and the administration takes a position on that issue that will simply aggravate existing economic inequities. Read more...
February 11, 2014
As an election junkie I am interested in — but not too surprised by — the fact that a group of voters living in another country may decide a special election in San Diego today.
The election is to replace the disgraced mayor, Robert Filner (D), who resigned under pressure for sexual harassment. Read more...
February 11, 2014
The American immigration system may be broken, but some would-be migrants have a remarkable, clear-eyed picture of how it works.
I found myself in a Northern Virginia Social Security office the other day sitting next to a tall man in his twenties in a setting roughly akin to that of a long-distance train or a (crowded) cruise ship. One talks easily to strangers under these circumstances, so I got him talking about himself.
Given the long waiting periods for both of us in the jam-packed room we had ample time to chat. Read more...
February 7, 2014
We at the Center for Immigration Studies write frequently about the EB-5 (immigrant investor) program, and apparently that's why we recently received this (partially redacted) blast e-mail:
Dear Attorney Group.
[redacted name of Brooklyn wholesale grocer] is willing to sponsor EB5 clients. As such we are looking for passive overseas financial investors for our 19 year old establishment.
I can be contacted at [redacted].
It probably was sent to us in error, but it set us to thinking. Read more...
February 4, 2014
There is a little-discussed arm of ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) which controls the widely used foreign student programs, mostly involving graduate students.
It has just issued another of its quarterly reports which looks like it had been designed for third graders – except there is no box of crayons accompanying it.
This is a shame because the agency, the Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP), plays (or could play) an important role in the control of immigration, handling as it does more than a million aliens at any given time. Read more...
February 3, 2014
The usually neglected third flow of illegal aliens – those who manage to come through ports of entry when they should have been stopped – gathered some attention at an academic conference sponsored by Georgetown University last week. Read more...
January 31, 2014
It was bound to happen.
Shamelessly hyped by the USCIS leadership, and much sought after by nervous Chinese millionaires, the immigrant investor (EB-5) program for the Chinese is about to reach a plateau because of two quite different forces:
- The automatic operations of our immigration law, and its numerical ceilings; and
- A conscious decision by Chinese authorities to protect their rich from our program.
January 29, 2014
The hero of this tale is an Irishman, Ian Spandow, an L-1 worker who had risen to an executive position within Oracle, an American firm with an imperial reach.
Oracle, a software giant, is the villain in the piece, charged with discriminating against one of its workers from India, another L-1, whose the role is that of the victim. Read more...
January 24, 2014
One of the attractions of paying attention to other nations' immigration policies is that there are a huge variety of them to examine; there are something like two hundred different jurisdictions that have their own sets of rules; from the likes of China (though few want to migrate there) to tiny island jurisdictions.
President Woodrow Wilson spoke of the American states as laboratories of democracy; some of the immigration policy labs run by island jurisdictions suggest that a mad scientist may be at work. Occasionally the island policies are worth replication, often not. Here are some examples: Read more...
January 23, 2014
I seen my opportunities and I took 'em.
The quote is from the late Tammany Hall leader, George Washington Plunkitt, as he wrote about graft early in the last century.
That attitude seems, in three recent disclosures, to be shared by the Gulen movement's charter high schools in the United States. Fethullah Gulen, as we noted in a prior blog is — in Turkey — a major religious and political figure, but in the United States (where he lives) he is the leader of a charter school movement that frequently uses the H-1B system to root out U.S. teachers in favor of those from Turkey. Read more...
January 21, 2014
There has been a remarkable differential by nationality in the percentage of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) eligibles who have come forward.
For example, according to a recent American Immigration Council article, while about 65 percent of eligible Mexican nationals have filed for DACA, only 34 percent of Korean and 17 percent of Filipino eligibles have applied. Read more...
January 20, 2014
They are going to have an amnesty for illegal aliens in American Samoa and it will be interesting to watch.
The first thing to know is that this is outside the mainland's immigration law; Washington will have nothing to do with it and it probably will not create any new U.S. citizens (though details are murky in the usual islands way). Read more...
January 16, 2014
This is the text of the cover letter that accompanies decisions of the Administrative Appeals Office of USCIS; it goes to aliens who have been denied immigration benefits, at least twice (once at the staff level and once or more in the AAO review):
Enclosed please find the decision of the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) in your case.
This is a non-precedent decision. The AAO does not announce new constructions of law nor establish agency policy through non-precedent decisions. If you believe that the AAO incorrectly applied current law or policy to your case of if you seek to present new facts for consideration, you may file a motion to reconsider or a motion to re-open, respectively. (Emphasis added.)
January 13, 2014
I am not sure what it means, but there has been an ironic coincidence to be seen in the change of consulting firms handling the troubled Obamacare website.
The new firm is to be Accenture.The firm that is being fired is CGI, according to the Washington Post. Read more...
January 13, 2014
An un-retouched item from Herguan University's website
Herguan University, in Sunnyvale, Calif., was raided by ICE as a suspected visa mill on August 2, 2012. Its president and owner, Mr. Wang, (depicted in the picture below) is out on bail during his trial in federal court for visa fraud as we reported in a previous blog. Read more...
January 10, 2014
If an immigration compliance matter is such an obvious problem that even our lackadaisical Congress does something about it, then it must be pretty serious. But you would not know it from the way a DHS agency acted the other day.
There is such a problem, and it deals with unaccredited schools of English and their ability to cause the issuance of F-1 visas for international students. The Government Accountability Office has determined that such schools are particularly likely to be used as pathways for illegal aliens. Read more...
January 8, 2014
There was a recent oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court on an immigration policy case.
The title of the case is Mayorkas v. Cuellar de Osario; a decision will be handed down this spring or early summer. Read more...
January 7, 2014
We suggested in an earlier blog that the EB-5 (immigrant investor) program keeps attracting a number of interesting and controversial people, because of the lure of apparently easy money.
This is the DHS-run program in which an alien can secure a family-size collection of green cards for placing either half a million dollars, or one million, into a government-approved (but not guaranteed) private-sector investment. Read more...
December 31, 2013
A recent New York Times op-ed piece reminded me that there are three basic streams of arguments against massive and growing migration to the U.S.:
- It is hard on the U.S., its environment, and most of its residents. We restrictionists spend 99 percent of our time, understandably, on such themes.
December 29, 2013
A mid-level abuser of the H-1 B program in the U.S. is also a major political leader in Turkey, an odd combination.
In America, Fethullah Gulen is the head of a movement which creates tax-supported charter schools which have both an emphasis on teaching science and on using the H-1B program to displace U.S. teachers with Turkish ones. Thousands of Turkish teachers – many with no science credentials – have secured visas from these schools as we have reported in earlier blogs. Read more...
December 23, 2013
Friday morning the U.S. Senate, by a party-line vote (54 to 41), confirmed USCIS's Director Alejandro Mayorkas' promotion to the Deputy Secretaryship of the Department of Homeland Security.
This came after protests by Republicans that it was unprecedented to confirm someone to a position while an investigation into that individual was ongoing. Read more...
December 20, 2013
The EB-5 immigrant investor program keeps attracting interesting (and controversial) people.
Over and above alleged secret operatives from foreign powers, Chicago con men, an illegal alien engaged in congressional fund-raising on Staten Island, a suicidal South Dakota EB-5 middleman, and the Iranian who wanted to use hot money to fix the old Watergate Hotel (citations below) we now have a couple of West Coast people who run an EB-5 regional center charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission with managing a Ponzi scheme. Read more...
December 20, 2013
Marriage fraud is always a grubby affair, and our government is often slow to recognize it, but yesterday a doubly grubby bit of sequential marriage fraud, played out in slow-motion, led to an immigration fraud conviction in federal district court in Maine.
The principals are Margaret Mwihaki Kimani, an illegal alien from Kenya and a persistent seeker of legal status, and DH, an unidentified U.S. citizen from Lewiston, Maine. Read more...
December 19, 2013
In an earlier blog I sketched the main elements of the U visa program for illegal aliens who have become crime victims in the United States and for their relatives. There are both nonimmigrant and green card stages of the program, there are time limits for applying, and there are some numerical ceilings.
This is one of the many specialized amnesty programs that are ongoing. This one brings us far more of the huddled masses than of the best and the brightest. Anyone can be a crime victim, but violent crime happens more often in the slums than on college campuses. In the late Nancy Mitford's terminology, those with U visas are a distinctly non-U population. Read more...
December 18, 2013
Crime in America, generally, declined between 2009 and 2012 by about 10 percent.
But the kind of crime that creates visas (usually for illegal aliens) quadrupled in the same time period. Many Americans are not aware that some crimes create green cards for their victims.
Here are the numbers: Read more...
December 18, 2013
That whisking sound you hear, that's the quiet little noise being made as at least three EB-5 (immigrant investor) investigations are being swept under three different rugs.
Whisk One. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced yesterday that Charles K. Edwards, long the deputy and acting inspector general of the department, had (apparently at his request) taken a different job in the technology section of that giant department. The AP story on the subject is here. Read more...
December 17, 2013
An obscure federal government report has just revealed a hitherto largely neglected set of immigration/rule-of-law problems in one of the nation's larger refugee communities, that of the Hmong tribesmen from Laos, who were our allies in the Vietnam War.
The pattern is a grim one, and one not confined to the Hmong: old men get tired of their old wives, dump them, and, in these cases, fly to Laos (or to nearby China or Thailand) to get new, teenaged wives, often apparently in violation of one or more of our marriage, divorce, bigamy, child support, and/or immigration laws. Read more...