April 2, 2013
My immediate reaction in a blog about the EB-5 scandal in Chicago, involving investments of $145 million last month was off the mark.
Being all too accustomed to writing about fraudulent practices by promoters of this program, I was a bit blase about the news and emphasized the fact that the Securities and Exchange Commission had taken the lead in breaking this case, not USCIS. The court filings dealt with getting money under false pretenses, not with the multiple violations of the immigration law and regulations that also had occurred.
What I did not realize at the time was that this really was a very big deal, nationally and internationally. Read more...
April 1, 2013
There are two kinds of immigration-related marriage fraud, and one is much more difficult for the authorities to detect than the other.
In one scenario the alien sweet-talks the citizen into a real marriage, keeps the marriage alive for the needed two years after which the green card can be secured, and later breaks off the marriage and seeks a divorce. Let's call these the con cases.
In the other the alien (or his or her agent) simply pays a citizen to go through a sham marriage. These are the cash cases. Read more...
March 28, 2013
The terminology of the immigration policy debate is all wrong.
Those wanting to expand migration portray themselves in glowing colors as "reformers", out to fix a "broken system", who want to "liberate" the economy and shed inhibiting practices and laws. Even an "open borders" policy sounds more attractive than a "restrictive" one.
And since, by and large, the writers and editors in the mainstream media are in cahoots with the mas-migration people, these misleading terms are widely used in reporting immigration policy.
I propose a new term for those who want to massively increase migration: pushers. Read more...
March 26, 2013
The great immigration writer John Higham famously wrote long ago that the country-of-origin immigration quota system, adopted during the Harding administration, was the "triumph of bigotry over greed". Corporate greed for low-paid workers was trumped, in his eyes by the forces of nativism.
Things are a little more complex today, but if "comprehensive immigration reform" is enacted in the near future it will be because of the combined forces of: Read more...
March 25, 2013
Here's an example of selective truth-telling, from a story in Saturday's New York Times titled "Finding a Path to a U.S. Visa, Often by Luck":
[S]ome opponents of more lenient [amnesty] policies have contended that the deferred action and other immigration programs might tempt some illegal immigrants to commit fraud in order to qualify. [Emphasis added.]
March 22, 2013
Yes, it is true, if you look hard enough there will be a saint or two in the federal prison system. I suspect there will also be a Harvard Law graduate or two. But no news article on the prison population would dream of selecting the imprisoned Harvard grad as the poster child for the population of those jails.
An article in this morning's Washington Post, on the other hand, headlined "Betting the farm — for green cards", picks a highly atypical family that benefits from the immigrant investor (EB-5) program as its poster children. Read more...
March 22, 2013
There is a long, painful story in the March 22 New York Times, "Officials Still Seek Ways to Assess Border Security", about how to measure the effectiveness of immigration control, with the notion being that there is a political need to have some indication that we have illegal immigration in hand prior to any amnesty. Read more...
March 19, 2013
The United States is very much alone in granting immigration visas to siblings of citizens, as this table shows: Read more...
March 15, 2013
There were more births to Chinese tourists in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands last year than there were to the indigenous population, the Marianas Variety is reporting in its March 14 edition. Read more...
March 12, 2013
Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, was recently quoted in an ABC News story about the dangers of nonimmigrant worker schemes:
"Programs like the bracero program or temporary guest-worker programs where individuals were tied to an employer, they got exploited", he said. "They got cheated out of wages [and] they weren't given what was rightfully due to them. They were forced to work under unsafe conditions. They were forced to accept substandard wages. They couldn't say anything, because if they did, [the employer] would jerk their permit and deport them."
March 8, 2013
It is now apparent that an immigrant investor in the EB-5 program can secure at least some immigration benefits without actually investing any money. Read more...
March 8, 2013
Within our immigration system there are three negatives to avoid:
- Bad public policy;
- Fraud against the United States and its citizens; and
- Fraud against individual aliens.
One often encounters a single negative, such as someone seeking to enter the United States with bad documents; he would be in Class B. Read more...
March 7, 2013
When the government decides not to spend the needed amount of tax moneys on immigration enforcement, it can always argue that it is helping to reduce the national debt.
When the same government, presumably only lightly motivated to regulate migration, decides not to charge adequate fees for enforcement activities to immigration-related entities profiting by lax regulation, it has no such defense. There is no public sector savings, all the savings go to the private entities that use the program. Read more...
March 6, 2013
The phone call yesterday afternoon from CBS News puzzled me; the reporter wanted to know the extent to which proxy marriages played a role in immigration-related marriage fraud.
"It is certainly possible, but I have no specifics for you", I told the reporter, and wondered why the question was being asked. Read more...
March 5, 2013
An H-1B placement operation in Texas has been charged with mistreating its workers, misleading the U.S. government, and engaging in both visa fraud and wire fraud.
Earlier this month, Dibon Solutions of Carrollton, Texas, and six of its current or former executives were hauled into federal court in Dallas to face these counts. The principal defendants are Atula and Jiten "Jay" Nanda, two feuding brothers who had at one point owned the company jointly. (They are currently engaged in a separate court battle with each other over the control of the firm.) Read more...
February 28, 2013
Immigration marriage fraud, often taken all too lightly by the press, has yet again been linked with murder.
This is the fifth time we have seen this linkage in the last couple of years, with previous cases noted in an earlier blog. Read more...
February 26, 2013
Earlier today the Associated Press ran an article saying that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had started releasing "several hundred" illegal aliens held in DHS detention facilities because of the impending sequestration of federal funds.
This was an odd move — presumably designed to scare the Congress into resolving the sequestration crisis. Read more...
February 26, 2013
Suppose there's a law-enforcement operation that works 99.92 percent of the time, and when it does not work, it is a short-term inconvenience for criminals.
That's pretty commendable, right?
Unfortunately the Los Angeles Times does not see it that way Read more...
February 26, 2013
People in the immigration field are well aware that visa abusers present an enormous challenge.
The release of "Binational Dialogue on Mexican Migrants" at a briefing on Capitol Hill today reminds me of the problems created by "study abusers" who will surely twist this report to advance the interests of the mas migration forces. Read more...
February 25, 2013
A small bit of the Justice Department — the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) — has, totally out of character, actually moved to discourage employment bias against U.S. citizens!
This entity usually spends its energies beating up on employers who are a little too vigorous in their efforts not to hire illegal aliens, but this time it has issued a press release saying it found a Florida employment agency that had violated the law: Read more...
February 20, 2013
This one is a little convoluted.
The government wants some detained aliens, under some conditions, to be released on bond while their status is being sorted out.
With that in mind, the government has licensed certain bail-bond insurance companies to do this work. Read more...
February 19, 2013
The headline on the ICE press release is more positive, if less telling, than the one above; it reads "Nogales Tunnel Task Force Shuts Down Cross-border Tunnel".
It is another account of how Mexican drug traffickers, using patience and medieval skills, have managed to dig yet another tunnel under the border, a tunnel that our enforcement people noticed only when large bundles of marijuana started showing up on our side of the line. Read more...
February 18, 2013
You might think if 261 would-be EB-5 immigrant investors – all rich residents of China – were caught up in an immigration fraud case that: 1) the Department of Homeland Security would bring the case, and 2) there would be a demand for criminal convictions.
You would be wrong on both counts. Read more...
February 14, 2013
"What do you want to do with me?" asked confessed illegal alien Jose Antonio Vargas in the most striking (and most egocentric) line at yesterday's immigration hearing of the Senate's Judiciary Committee.
Vargas' testimony, and the hearts-and-flowers reaction of most of the Democratic senators to it, dominated the mood of the pre-Valentine's Day session and all-too-accurately reflected the approach of most of the senators to the complex immigration issues before the committee. Read more...
February 12, 2013
Wednesday's Senate hearing on immigration policy is a perfect example of how to stage-manage a congressional hearing to secure the maximum advantage for the policies favored by the committee's majority.
The hearing will be before the Senate's full Judiciary Committee and the list of prospective witnesses alone promises it to be a media victory for those advocating a massive amnesty of illegal aliens.
As a sometime witness myself at such hearings, and as a frequent observer of others, let me tick off the ways that a talented committee chair can rig a hearing: Read more...
February 12, 2013
Even the advocates of a massive amnesty admit that millions of illegal aliens are also income tax violators. They routinely argue that legalizing them would produce millions of additional tax payers in the future.
If we have an amnesty, which I think is a bad idea, I would prefer that only aliens with clean tax-paying (as well as criminal) records should be considered for legalization. Read more...
February 11, 2013
Our immigration policy debate would be pretty muted if there were not so many Hispanics fleeing to the United States from Hispanic-run societies. Read more...
February 6, 2013
To what extent are the pro-amnesty people advocating what the illegal aliens want for themselves, and to what extent are they calling for, instead, what the advocates want to do to the illegal aliens?
That question was implied in yesterday's marathon immigration policy hearing of the House Judiciary Committee. Read more...
February 5, 2013
If you are a Democratic member of the Congress, and are paying close attention to public policy issues, you may find yourself in this situation:
You support the massive "path to citizenship" for illegals backed by the president
You support the president's efforts to restrict gun rights (as do I).
You know that illegal aliens currently cannot legally own guns.
Thus, by backing the amnesty, you would be expanding — eventually — the number of people who may lawfully own guns by 11 million or so — and every one of the 11 million would have a record of breaking the law! Read more...
February 4, 2013
When I was growing up, the rule at the dinner table was that you had to eat your spinach (or worse, boiled Brussels sprouts) before you could have your dessert.
That's a good precedent, but one that the Obama administration has not applied to either the proposed mass amnesty program as I noted in an earlier blog, nor to the rules set forth for those who are currently applying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Read more...