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Would U.S. Gain Financially if Illegals Joined the Tax System?

By David North, August 15, 2013

Part of the pitch for "comprehensive immigration reform" is that it would bring many illegal aliens into the tax system.

The newly legalized would be forced to pay their back taxes, according to S.744 supporters. Read more...

Good Reason to Say "No" to Amnesty: It Helps South-of-Border Tyrants

By David North, August 14, 2013

Leonel J. Castillo, Jimmy Carter's INS commissioner, and I tangled on a number of issues, but he was absolutely right on one thing — the outflow of illegals from Mexico assured the continuation in power of Mexico's despots.

His notion was that if the poverty-stricken in that country did not have the option of immigration to the United States, legally or illegally, they would form a critical mass that would force change — perhaps violently — on the Mexican government.

Mexico, after all, has an even more lop-sided distribution of income than we do. As long as the migrants were in the United States they would not disturb the Mexican establishment, but they would send back remittances to family members, providing a social safety net to their relatives that the state did not offer. The whole thing was a win-win situation for Mexico's rulers. Read more...

A New Immigration Policy Maker — John Sandweg, Acting Head of ICE

By David North, August 13, 2013

John Sandweg, 38, an Arizona lawyer and Napolitano insider, was recently named acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, following the resignation of John Morton whose extensive use of prosecutorial discretion led to heavy criticism.

Sandweg's record would suggest that he will not seek to turn around the Morton legacy at the unit that handles interior enforcement of the immigration law and the department's detention operations. Read more...

Four Levels of Immorality Within the Illegal Immigration Business

By David North, August 12, 2013

The grim story of some illegal aliens being forced out of a ship onto a booby-trapped desert island reminded me that there are different levels of immoral conduct in the illegal alien business — I will get back to the island later.

Everyone involved in illegal immigration is, of course, playing a harmful role to the host society, but some of the players are even more unattractive than others. And some classes of players are much more numerous than others.

In general terms I see a four-category system, with the very most unattractive at the bottom of the ranking. The list starts here: Read more...

Alleged Murderer Is an Illegal Alien, but Washington Post Won't Say So

By David North, August 9, 2013

As so often is the case, the murder suspect on the front page of today's Washington Post is an illegal alien, but the paper does not report it.

It was a particularly brutal, senseless murder of a good samaritan by an illegal from Guatemala, a now 27-year-old man. Julio Miguel Blanco Garcia was in a suburban Virginia shopping center with his one-year-old daughter; he asked a woman, apparently a stranger to him, to drive him to the hospital. She agreed; she made a wrong turn and this caused Garcia, apparently crazed by drugs, to think she was about to turn him in to the police. He then repeatedly stabbed her with a knife, as he told police investigators. Read more...

Assorted Examples of Overseas Immigration Practices

By David North, August 8, 2013

American policymakers rarely look at the practices of other nations in the field of immigration. That is a shame because much can be learned there.

Today we have two examples, one from Britain and one from Canada, both mixes of useful and non-useful precedents for the United States. Read more...

Investor Visa Program Gets Another Black Eye, This Time from the FBI

By David North, August 7, 2013

The immigrant investor (EB-5) program got another black eye, this time from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to the Associated Press.

A USCIS-licensed regional center in South Texas, used as a conduit for funds in the EB-5 program, was raided by the FBI, which hauled away a Mercedes SUV and a "Texas-sized pick-up truck" belonging to the conspirators, according to a local reporter. Both apparently had been purchased with siphoned-off EB-5 funds, invested by wealthy Mexican nationals wanting to flee that country.

The McAllen Monitor called it a "Ponzi Scheme" because new EB-5 investments were used to pay off other, earlier investors. Read more...

Mayorkas Hearing Testimony Subject of Detailed Analysis by Grassley

By David North, August 6, 2013

How much attention did USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas pay to EB-5 applications filed on behalf of Terry McAuliffe's electric car company, GreenTech?

The question — involving two Democrats seeking promotion (McAuliffe is the candidate for governor of Virginia in the fall election) — may be crucial to their careers, Mayorkas' probably more than McAuliffe's. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) weighed in last week with what one observer called a "devastating" 97-page analysis of Mayorkas' role in the EB-5 (immigrant investor) case. Read more...

Ms. Tian, the Valedictorian, and Immigration Policy

By David North, August 1, 2013

Jiamei Tian, the disturbed woman who sprayed green paint on the Lincoln Memorial and other treasured sites in Washington, is an illegal alien. (She is a Chinese national and a visa-abuser; though the media uses softer terms, such as the fact that she has an expired visa.)

The storied high school valedictorian that we hear so much about, the Mexican teenager who wants to attend medical school so that he can help the poor, is also an illegal alien.

Both narratives are gripping and both are totally beside the point. Read more...

No Action on Mayorkas Nomination Until After August Recess

By David North, July 31, 2013

It is now clear that there will be no action on the nomination of Alejandro Mayorkas to be deputy secretary of DHS until after the August Senate recess. He is currently director of USCIS.

More specifically, the Senate resumes work on September 6 and current DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano is scheduled to leave her office on September 7, so it appears that Under Secretary Rand Beers, now acting deputy secretary, will become acting secretary on that date, assuming that Napolitano leaves as scheduled. For more on the succession complications at DHS, see this earlier blog of mine. Read more...

Succession Scenarios at Buckingham Palace and at Homeland Security

By David North, July 29, 2013

While, thanks to the arrival of the little Prince of Cambridge, the succession plans for the British monarchy are well established for the next 60 years, the succession for the secretary-ship of Homeland Security is not clear 60 days from now. Read more...

Big EB-5 Project is Bankrupt in South Dakota; Investors May Lose Everything

By David North, July 27, 2013

A large EB-5 project in Aberdeen, S.D., Northern Beef Packers Limited Partnership (NBP), has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, probably leaving some 160 alien investors (mostly Chinese) with little or no financial return for their 160 half-million-dollar investments, according to local reports. Read more...

Mayorkas Has Easy Confirmation Hearing — The GOP Boycotts It

By David North, July 26, 2013

Alejandro Mayorkas, the USCIS Director who has been nominated to be Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, had an easy confirmation hearing before the Senate Homeland Security Committee Thursday — but only because the Republican senators boycotted it. Read more...

Further Examination of the Consequences of "Stapling" Provisions

By David North, July 25, 2013

It is time to take a closer look at the impact of the clauses in the currently pending immigration bills that would, in effect, staple a green card to the advanced STEM diploma of all aliens completing those degrees in the United States. Read more...

A Clash Between Two DHS Officials Is Likely to Cast Some Light on EB-5

By David North, July 23, 2013

The Associated Press headline and lede are ominous:

Homeland Security Official Probed

President Obama's choice to be the No. 2 official at the Homeland Security Department [Alejandro Mayorkas] is under investigation for his role in helping a company secure an international investor visa for a Chinese executive, The Associated Press has learned.

Let's Pay Some Attention to Mexico's Southern Border and the OTMs

By David North, July 23, 2013

Here's an idea. Instead of adding 20,000 Border Patrol agents at our southern border, let's make that 18,000, and use the money saved for 2,000 of them to fund, say, 4,000 Mexican Border Patrolmen (or better, Mexican Marines) at their southern border. Read more...

A "What if..." Scenario about Congress and Immigration

By David North, July 22, 2013

What if Congress decided to give a potential free immigration pass to a group of about 250,000 aliens with limited educations?

And then Congress guessed that most of the resulting migrants would settle in four specific American jurisdictions?

And then agreed to pay for some of the financial impacts of the new migrants, but only in those four jurisdictions?

How would the four jurisdictions handle and measure the impact of the newcomers, and what else would happen? Read more...

Government Defines Video Gamers as Athletes for Immigration Purposes

By David North, July 21, 2013

USCIS has defined alien video gamers as athletes for immigration purposes in response to the pressure from lobbyists.

As humorist Dave Barry would say, "I am not making this up."

The July 16 Time headline is: "Pro Gamers Get U.S. Work Visas, Thanks to Industry Lobbyists". Read more...

Surprise! Few "Dreamers" Use In-State Tuition Breaks

By David North, July 19, 2013

A recent bit of investigative journalism by Politico showed that few illegal aliens are taking advantage of the in-state tuition breaks offered by many state universities.

This news should, but probably will not, shoot some holes in the endless propaganda about how a whole generation of future leaders are losing their prospects because of a nasty insistence on the enforcement of the immigration law — about all those illegal aliens who are high school valedictorians who want to go to medical school so they can serve the people, etc. Read more...

Virginia, Not ICE, Closes Suspect University of Northern Virginia

By David North, July 18, 2013

The University of Northern Virginia (UNVA) — a very marginal institution that relied heavily on foreign students, notably those from India, and that was raided two years ago by Immigration and Customs Enforcement — was closed Wednesday, July 17, by the State of Virginia, not by ICE.

As is all too often the case, an institution outside the immigration business has stepped in and done the work that should have been done by the Department of Homeland Security, as the Securities and Exchange Commission did recently in a $145 million immigrant investor (EB-5) fraud case I described in an earlier blog. Read more...

Interior Repatriation in Mexico: Baby Steps in the Right Direction

By David North, July 15, 2013

The Obama administration and the new Mexican regime are taking some useful — if tiny — steps in the right direction regarding sending Mexican illegals back to the middle of that nation.

For decades the pattern has been to ship illegal aliens captured by our government back to our southern border, send them to the other side; then, all too often, the illegals try to cross again, frequently successfully. Read more...

Time for an Illegal Alien Amendment to the Farm Bill

By David North, July 10, 2013

The Farm Bill, which also authorizes the food stamp program, is being re-considered by the House of Representatives after that legislation failed to pass recently. Given the power of the farm lobby, the bill is certain to become law later this year.

While the bill is in limbo, the House should add a modest amendment that would see to it that families including illegal aliens (gently termed "undocumented non-citizens" in Department of Agriculture regulations) are not more eligible for food stamps than all-citizen families, which is now the case in most states. Read more...

Match #3 in Internal H-1B Squabble Goes to the Body Shops: Microsoft et al. Lose

By David North, July 8, 2013

The only joy — and it is a minor one — in the ongoing immigration policy conflict in Congress is to watch two sets of worker-exploiters battle each other over H-1B slots.

The most recent round between the Indian out-placement firms (or body shops) and the IT giants (Microsoft, Intel, IBM, et al.), also called product companies, was won by the former. Had it been a football game, the score would have been:

Placement firms: 35
Product firms: 0

That encounter was played out in the House Judiciary Committee. More on that later. Read more...

Uncle Sam Unwittingly Helps Fund Immigration-Related Marriage Fraud

By David North, July 2, 2013

It's bad enough that USCIS is not as active as it should be in rooting out immigration-related marriage fraud. It is worse when the American military, albeit unwittingly, helps fund it, as a recent article in Military Times indicates.

All too often citizens — both civilians and members of the military — agree to loveless marriages with aliens so that the citizens get some money and the aliens get green cards. If the marriage is a sham, that's a violation of the federal law and if caught all concerned can go to jail and the alien is likely to be deported.

What I realized recently is that frequently it is not the alien who is paying for the lawless marriage, it is Uncle Sam, or more specifically our armed services. Read more...

House Committee Votes to Admit More STEM Workers than the Supply of Them

By David North, July 1, 2013

The House of Representatives Judiciary Committee voted last week to admit more high-tech foreign workers in some categories than the annual supply of them.

In its eagerness to meet the wishes of the high tech industry — and steal jobs from qualified American workers — the Republican majority on the committee, with the single, commendable exception of Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), voted to allow as many as 55,000 green cards to be issued annually to aliens with advanced science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) degrees from American universities. Read more...

NY Times Photographer Grasps What NY Times Text Denies

By David North, June 28, 2013

Shown below is an older, unemployed American engineer (white hair, no jacket, apparently kneeling, perhaps pleading, on the outside of the circle) and a younger Asian, presumably a high-tech executive (dark hair, jacket, sitting at the table, presumably listening) at a Silicon Valley gathering. The photo, from today's New York Times, was taken by Noah Berger, and was used to illustrate an article headlined (in the paper version) "The Idled of Silicon Valley: A Bill Allowing More Foreign Workers Stirs a Tech Debate". It is on the first page of today's business section, page B1. Read more...

Drama vs. Demographics in the S.744 Debate

By David North, June 27, 2013

I have been both fascinated with, and appalled by, the over-emphasis on border security in the current debates about the legalization of some 11 million illegal aliens.

It is as if the minds of Congress have slipped into reverse historical gear, and are dealing with the high drama of the wars between the U.S. Cavalry and the Indians on the western frontier during the 1800s. Read more...

Some Thoughts on the Immigration Side Effects of the DOMA Decision

By David North, June 26, 2013

Setting aside the policy question of recognizing same-sex marriages – it does not bother me but it certainly bothers others – what will the impact of the Supreme Court's Defense of Marriage Act decision be on the extent of legal immigration to the U.S.? Read more...

The IT Industry Should Learn an H-1B Lesson from America's Schools

By David North, June 26, 2013

Amidst all the talk on Capitol Hill about the alleged "need" for more alien workers, here is a bit of contrary news: Read more...

UK to Try Reverse Twist on Our Visa Waiver Program – The Bonded Visa

By David North, June 25, 2013

The United Kingdom is about to experiment with an interesting reverse twist on our visa waiver program – a technique that should be considered by our Congress.

Visa waivers are offered by the United States to would-be visitors from a carefully constructed list of nations that do not produce many visa over-stays, such as Japan and Great Britain. It eases travel for these aliens, pleases the lobbyists from the American travel industry, and does not produce much of a headache for the United States. Read more...