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ICE Offers Social Work Services to Foreign Students

By David North, September 27, 2012

You probably think of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as a law enforcement agency — and it is — but recently it started providing social work services to foreign college students. Read more...

Should a U.S. University President Need an Interpreter at a Criminal Trial?

By David North, September 26, 2012

Should the president of a university authorized by the Department of Homeland Security to accept foreign students in the United States be fluent enough in English to appear in a federal criminal court without an interpreter? You would think so.

Most U.S. university presidents are fluent in English.

Most university presidents are not charged with fraud in a federal court.

Most university presidents are high-ranked employees of their universities, not also the owners thereof.

Most university presidents do not run visa mills.

And then there's Jerry Wang, the owner and president of Herguan University in Silicon Valley's Sunnyvale, who does not fit any of those four generalizations. Read more...

The Huddled Masses vs. the Best & the Brightest

By David North, September 25, 2012

You might say that there are two streams of potential migrants to the United States that are often in at least partial conflict with each other for visa slots — the "huddled masses" and the "best and the brightest" — and the more-migration people are always busy trying to blur or hide that conflict.

This contest takes place within a 90-year-old American consensus that says that most immigration should be numerically controlled — so unlimited admissions of both the huddled and of the bright is not the answer, either. Read more...

Marriage Fraud in a "He Did It" or, Maybe, "She Did It" Case

By David North, September 24, 2012

I have suggested previously that everyone involved in immigration-related marriage fraud, both citizens and aliens, are bad actors, but the case last year of Police Sergeant Lynn Benton takes the cake.

You see, Benton:

  1. As a woman in 1992, engaged in marriage fraud with a male Brazilian illegal alien;

  2. As a man, nearly 20 years later, was fired from a suburban Portland police force for the marriage fraud and for watching pornography on the police computer; and

  3. As a man, was accused of murdering Debbie Higbee Denton, his estranged wife.

Could It Happen Here? Probably Not, but It Did in Canada!

By David North, September 20, 2012

Could you imagine Eric Holder announcing that he was depriving a group of 300 Arabs of their naturalization papers because they all gave the same phony residential address, that of "Palestine House"?

With the Arab Street, at about the same time, reacting in almost medieval fury to a clumsy and vicious anti-Muslim home movie created by some obscure bigots from southern California?

I would say "no" but that is exactly what has just happened in Canada. Read more...

USCIS Does Right Thing on EB-5 Issue — and Gets Sued

By David North, September 19, 2012

USCIS has rejected a set of petitions filed by alien investors in the EB-5 program and has, as a result, been sued in federal court by some of the major players in this controversial buy-a-set-of-visas scheme.

Aliens who are otherwise ineligible for green cards can secure them for themselves and their families by investing as little as $500,000 in business programs approved by the government; each investment is supposed to create 10 jobs, directly or indirectly. Read more...

USCIS Annual Fee Waiver Loss Soars to $198 Million

By David North, September 18, 2012

In 2009, when the Obama administration arrived, the losses in USCIS fees due to approved fee waivers were at a modest $27 million a year, then it went to $87 million in FY 2011, and currently it is projected to soar to $198 million a year. Read more...

ICE Does Exactly the Right Thing to a Pair of Third-Rate Hotels

By David North, September 17, 2012

Here's an immigration-enforcement story out of Kansas City that produces two useful insights:

  1. ICE can still do a bang-up enforcement job, if allowed to do so; and

  2. Some businesses kept afloat by low wages paid to illegals should be allowed to sink.

The story involves two hotels owned by the same couple, Munir Ahman Chaudary and Rhonda R. Bridge: a Clarion Hotel in Overland Park, Kan., and a Clarion Hotel at the Kansas City, Mo., airport. Read more...

What Should Be Done with Those Granted DACA Amnesty?

By David North, September 14, 2012

While the preferred end-story for the administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) amnesty program should be its termination and an end of deferred action status for those granted it at the close of their two years, this probably will not happen.

Perhaps we should think about alternative end games. We know what the administration wants: It would grant full green card status to all the DACA beneficiaries and it would continue all the current admissions policies. Read more...

Many Are Called, Few Are Chosen — Or, Early Returns for the DACA Amnesty

By David North, September 14, 2012

USCIS has given us the first numerical count of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, and they follow: Read more...

U.S. Further Softens Its Position on Birth Tourism — But a Remedy Lurks

By David North, September 11, 2012

Apparently, the nation's already soft policy on "birth tourism" has been softened further.

A few weeks ago I wrote about an almost accidental ICE move against a birth tourism promoter in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), a U.S. territory just north of Guam. The criminal was in the business of bringing pregnant Chinese mothers to the CNMI and was charged with harboring an illegal alien, rather than for promoting birth tourism. Read more...

Mixed Reviews as ICE Breaks Up a Mass Marriage Fraud Ring in Florida

By David North, September 10, 2012

If enforcement targeting immigration marriage fraud is sometimes dramatic, as it often is, then perhaps there is a role for a drama critic.

With than in mind here's a mixed review of the latest big ICE marriage fraud bust, as seen in both an ICE press release and in underlying documents in the federal court system. Read more...

Straws in the Wind Suggest Immigrants Marry More than Natives

By David North, September 7, 2012

We have long known that immigrants have higher birth rates than natives of the United States, as my colleague Steve Camarota documented in a CIS Backgrounder a few years ago, but now there are some straws in the wind suggesting that they may also be more likely to marry than natives of the United States. Read more...

Open-Borders Democrats Use Republican Thinking on Family Migration

By David North, September 5, 2012

If the only people who could vote in November were members of the immigration bar and other open-borders enthusiasts, Obama would win in a walk.

Yet when you examine their posture on family immigration (and non-deportation of family members) you will find that the more-migration people are thinking in deeply Republican terms, though they probably do not realize it. Read more...

Computer Literacy, Not English Language, Pushed by Immigration System

By David North, September 4, 2012

It would be politically incorrect for Congress to demand any knowledge of the English language on the part of arriving migrants, but apparently it is perfectly OK for the immigration system to force computer literacy on would-be arrivals.

I am not a zealot on the language issue, but I find the current posture of our government on these subjects to be a peculiar one.

Unlike some other English-speaking nations, there does not appear to be a U.S. demand for English for any applying immigrant group; there are U.S. requirements for some knowledge of English by some, in fact most, candidates for citizenship, and for some nonimmigrants (e.g., some students), but never for legal immigrants.

On the other hand, the government is making it progressively harder for the non-computer literate to seek migration benefits. Read more...

Good News: Government Nibbles Away, a Bit, at Chain Migration

By David North, August 30, 2012

In two totally unrelated actions, the government has limited two different elements of chain migration. One is birth tourism and the other is an attempt to stretch a green card by marriage into two green cards. Read more...

Need Help Cheating on That DACA Application? Check the Web

By David North, August 27, 2012

I suppose I should not have been surprised, but it still was a bit of a jolt when I discovered at least two Internet sites where people were asking how to cheat on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applications, and getting advice on how to do so.

What, asks one (presumably illegal) alien, "should I put for annual income?"

Another writer, probably not an alien, asks a more sophisticated version of the same question: Read more...

Puzzling Press Coverage of Marriage Fraud Case

By David North, August 24, 2012

There is something puzzling about the press coverage of a marriage fraud case that recently ended in a Kansas courtroom. But, first let's look at the case itself.

Usually visa-creating marriage fraud involves:

  • An alien seeking a visa by paying a citizen for a phony marriage; and
  • About as much sex as a dispute between two accountants.

On August 23 a jury in Federal District Court in Wichita convicted a Jamaican woman of marriage fraud in a trial that turned both of those generalizations on their heads. Here's a quick summary of the immigration aspects: Read more...

AAO Records Show that Amnesty Is Forever — or at Least 29 Years

By David North, August 23, 2012

A close look at the records of an obscure immigration-control agency suggest that the current Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) amnesty created (seemingly out of whole cloth) by the White House will be neither relatively brief nor without appeals, as currently promised. Read more...

One Victory, but Two Big Losses in Three Unrelated Federal Court Cases

By David North, August 21, 2012

There were three unrelated federal court cases in the news August 20, with two of the three being losses for the limited-immigration people. Read more...

Californians Need Not Apply — Grim Precedent Set for Grad Students

By David North, August 17, 2012

In-state tuition is designed to help residents of a state get a university education at a reduced cost in a government-supported institution. That's why the open-borders types want illegal aliens to get that break, as they do in many states.

But there's a new twist on in-state tuition coming out of California. One part of the state's higher education system has decided that if you qualify for in-state tuition, and want, for instance, a master's degree in computer science, you will not be admitted. Read more...

Sometimes a Government Agency LIKES to Be Sued

By David North, August 16, 2012

Typically if an outsider sues a government agency, the agency grinds its collective teeth and prepares to defend its actions.

But we learned this week of the settlement of a court case with a different angle. The agency (the Department of Homeland Security) must have been delighted to settle a federal case filed against it in the Central District of California. Read more...

DACA Eligibility Widens Again, Mayorkas Confirms

By David North, August 15, 2012

The definition of just who is eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) amnesty was opened a little more broadly yesterday by USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas during a stakeholders' teleconference.

This is the program of delayed (perhaps forever) deportations for aliens who arrived illegally in the States prior to their 16th birthdays and who meet other criteria. Read more...

DACA Watch: Maybe the Devil Creates Those Details

By David North, August 14, 2012

The concept that "the devil is in the details" sounds passive on examination; it's as if someone sighs and says: "Yes, that is the way of the world."

But I am convinced that in the latest amnesty (aka, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) the devil has created the details. In other words, parts of the program have been deliberately designed to quietly expand the number of eligibles beyond what might be expected otherwise. Read more...

While the Flood Gates Are Opening, a Small Spigot May Be Tightening

By David North, August 14, 2012

While tomorrow (August 15) is the day that the flood gates open for the new DACA amnesty (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), there is a genuine possibility that a small spigot creating a modest flow of illegal aliens is about to be tightened a bit — though it will not be closed completely.

Both deal with the relatively young, but the flood gates are expected to open for a primarily low-income Hispanic population, while the closing spigot will deal with a rather more prosperous, probably more Asian population. (These ethnic distributions are not deliberate, but are predictable given the nature of these flows.) Read more...

No One Will Say "You Don't Look 30" – A DREAM Scheme Note

By David North, August 10, 2012

One of the few potential fraud-curbing provisions of the DREAM Scheme is that you have to be younger than 31 to apply.

This is the program, now called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), that will (or at least can) give temporary legal status to an estimated 1.75 million young illegal aliens. Applicants are supposed to have arrived illegally before the age of 16, and have spent at least five years in the States since they got here.

So, if someone comes in looking to apply for DACA, and looking like they are 40, they get tossed out of the program, right?

Wrong! Read more...

Firms Get a Bonus for Hiring Aliens with Degrees in Undersea Warfare

By David North, August 9, 2012

Suppose your firm needs an analyst with training in combat systems engineering, or in low-observable and stealth technology, or in undersea warfare. Do you think the U.S. government will pay your firm a bonus for hiring an alien, rather than a U.S. citizen, for the job?

How about a job in military applied sciences, strategic intelligence, or military information systems technology? Is there a financial plus for hiring an alien for these jobs?

The answer is yes. Read more...

DREAM Scheme: 25% Bigger and with New Initials!

By David North, August 7, 2012

On August 7 the DREAM Scheme grew larger than previously expected, and secured for itself a new set of "user-friendly" initials: DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).

Announcing the newly expanded size of the program, and the new initials, was not the government, but the administration's consistent immigration ally, the well-funded, Washington-based Migration Policy Institute. Read more...

The Two Big Fig Leaves on the DREAM Scheme Revealed

By David North, August 7, 2012

The education/military "requirement" of the DREAM Scheme has been strongly emphasized by the White House as it seeks to persuade America of the benefits of this amnesty program for some one million illegal aliens.

Yet, when you examine the fine print you will find that: Read more...

DREAM Scheme Now Termed "Childhood Arrivals" — Filing Starts August 15

By David North, August 6, 2012

Some more details on the "deferred action" amnesty, or the DREAM Scheme, were revealed by USCIS on Friday, August 3.

This is the program that will offer deferred action on deportation to aliens who came to the United States illegally before the age of 16, who have been here five years, who are still here, and who have met some educational or military qualifications. About one million applications are expected. Read more...