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Immigration Policy Decision-Making by Insulated Decision-Makers

By David North, October 2, 2013

The elite establishmentarians who make immigration policy — senators, foundation heads, ranking federal officials, corporate CEOs, and their ilk — are totally out of touch with the mass of Americans who are impacted by those policy decisions. And the former's mas-migration decisions reflect this.

The policymakers' kids and grandkids, of course, do not compete with international migrants for jobs at the bottom of the labor market. Likewise, the policymakers typically do not experience first-hand the impacts of over-population by, say, riding the New York subways. Read more...

An Employer, Known to IRS, has Close to 40k Illegals on Its Payroll
And Nothing Is Being Done About It!

By David North, October 1, 2013
And Nothing Is Being Done About It!

Somewhere in America there is a huge employer who had, on average, about 40,000 workers a year on its payroll, most of whom probably are and were illegal aliens.

The government knows the employer's name (and does not share it) but has apparently taken no steps to correct the situation. Read more...

O Brother, Where Art Thou? The Immigration Case

By David North, September 26, 2013

The answer to the headline's question in a recent immigration case is: "Right here, boss." I will get to the specifics in a minute.

This is another instance of an obscure appeals agency, in keeping with the administration's policy tilt, reversing a sensible staff decision on an immigration matter. Read more...

Using Financial Controls to Limit the Adverse Impact of Illegal Migration

By David North, September 23, 2013

"No — no fences, no drones, no more agents; you do not need them; if you want to limit the impact of unauthorized immigrants make it difficult for them to send money home; we have the technology to do that right now."

The source of this advice was an unexpected one; a Hispanic income tax consultant in a small, rural town on the Delmarva Peninsula; he was not terribly upset by the presence of lots of illegals in the workplace — "we need their labor," he said, but he was concerned about the financial ramifications of the illegals' presence in the country.

"Many of them come to America to send money back home; if you limited their ability to do that, a lot of them would not come. Make it mandatory that they can send money home only with an electronic card of some kind, set a limit on those payments, and punish the wire transfer companies if any individual sends too much," he continued. Read more...

Tiny, Virtually Unknown Agency Dilutes Penalties for I-9 Violations
Including Those Assessed on a Misbehaving Strip Club

By David North, September 16, 2013
Including Those Assessed on a Misbehaving Strip Club

If Immigration policy-making in the United States were a huge mosaic — with large colorful splotches being the White House and Congress, with USCIS and the Border Patrol occupying major, but less prominent positions, OCAHO would be a little grey blur near the edge of the big picture.

If a falling leaf stuck to it, you would not see it at all. Read more...

Tiny Bit of Good News – More Migrants Retiring Overseas, Not Here

By David North, September 12, 2013

The United States is financially better off when people who would probably be eligible for various social benefits — such as Medicaid, Medicare, food stamps, SSI, etc. — leave the country. You might call it the emigration of the elderly, something we rarely discuss.

The good news is that the outward movements of such persons have been increasing, albeit slowly, over the last six years. Most of these are foreign-born.

How do we know this? Read more...

Who's on First at Homeland Security?

By David North, September 11, 2013

The DHS press release headline says it all:

Statement by Deputy Press Secretary Marsha Catron on Acting Secretary Beers' Upcoming Trip to New York and Italy

Not only is there an acting secretary, there's a deputy press secretary presumably acting for the real press secretary.

But that's not all. Rand Beers, whose continuing title is that of one of the under secretaries of DHS, where he is the ranking anti-terrorism person, is the acting deputy secretary, and, it is because of that role that he — now that Janet Napolitano has left town — is also the acting secretary. Read more...

Statistical Trends that Should Slow Immigration, Don't

By David North, September 10, 2013

There are some significant statistical trends that should indicate a slowing of immigration, but it has not worked that way, certainly not yet.

I am thinking about the birth rate in Mexico — the country that supplies us with the most migrants, legal and illegal; the incidence of marriage in the United States, which supplies a huge percentage of our legal immigration; and finally crime, because under the right circumstances crime, like marriages, can create visas.

Speaking broadly, birth rates in Mexico, the marriage rate in the United States, and crime rates here have all been declining for a number of years. All of those trends should lower migration pressures, but they have not. Let's look at these three variables in turn. Read more...

High Likelihood of Amnesty Fraud Discussed at Scholars' Meeting

By David North, September 6, 2013

"Eligibility is not an issue."

The question was the extent to which unqualified illegal aliens were applying for DACA benefits.

The chilling answer came from an immigration researcher who had been studying the reaction of a group of illegal aliens to current and proposed legalization laws.

That person said Wednesday that the attitude in "the community" — an all-encompassing, warm, supportive term often used by immigration academics — was that the benefits were "out there" and there was no down side to applying and losing, but much to be gained if you were found qualified. Hence, the implication was, that everyone was applying — eligible or not. Read more...

DHS Terrorist Grant Goes to Obscure Island in Alaska

By David North, September 5, 2013

Every year the Department of Homeland Security distributes funds to local government entities to help prevent terrorism and every year it makes some outlandish (but politically correct) grants to locations that are unlikely to attract any right-minded terrorist.

Clearly New York, Boston, and Washington have been targets of terrorist attacks and the local defenses need to be shored up, but the grant-makers also have other, and more exotic, ideas. Read more...

L-1 Nonimmigrant Worker Program Gets Some Well Deserved Attention

By David North, September 4, 2013

The L-1 is a massive, often exploitative non-immigrant worker program that is even more lightly regulated than the more prominent H-1B program. But in recent weeks it has secured a little badly needed official attention. Read more...

Pro-Immigration Cato Snubs EB-5 Program in Investment Study

By David North, September 3, 2013

The libertarian Cato Institute is deeply, vehemently for more immigration; it wants some form of amnesty; it wants more legal immigrants; and it particularly wants more non-immigrant workers, as this page shows.

Immigrants will help the economy grow, they say; we will all prosper if there are lots of additional, willing workers. Read more...

Here's a Switch — Australia Hires Other Nations to Take Its Boat People

By David North, August 28, 2013

Woodrow Wilson spoke of the American states as "Laboratories for Democracy".

The general idea was that other entities could watch as one or more American states tried out innovative governmental techniques and programs.

Such experimentation is going on all the time in the immigration field, but it is done by other nations. Some of it is admirable, some of it is scary, and some of it is somewhere in between. Read more...

A (Relatively) New Form of Marriage-Related Immigration Fraud

By David North, August 27, 2013

There are two basic forms of marriage-related immigration fraud: What I call Class C (for cash or crime), in which the alien pays the citizen for the (nominal) marriage, meaning that both are criminals, and what I call Class D (for deception), in which the alien hoodwinks the citizen into marriage.

In both instances the alien wants to secure a green card out of the process. Class C is apparently a much larger group than Class D, according to experts on such things. Class C frauds can, after all, be organized by one or more middlemen on a mass scale; Class D is, and has to be, a one-on-one operation. Read more...

Shameless EB-5 Millionaires Overwhelm DHS Agency for the Needy

By David North, August 26, 2013

Hundreds of millionaires and would-be millionaires, both citizens and aliens, have demanded help for their "problems" from a tiny Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agency designed to help befuddled migrants with the complications of the immigration process.

The entity is the Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman; it had, the last time I looked, 32 employees, and is lodged in the Office of the Deputy Secretary of DHS, not in USCIS itself. Read more...

DHS (Albeit Slowly) and the Courts Move on Immigration Abuse Cases

By David North, August 23, 2013

In recent months federal prosecutors, the courts, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and a state regulatory body in Virginia have moved against immigration abuse on three fronts, with further progress being reported recently in all these cases, two of which involve the controversial EB-5 program for immigrant investors. Read more...

A One-Time $36 Billion Treasury Raid Would Follow a Major Amnesty

By David North, August 22, 2013

There would be a huge raid on the U.S. Treasury if the Senate's comprehensive immigration bill (S.744) were to become law. It would be retroactive in nature and I estimate it would cost the Treasury roughly $36 billion. Read more...

New Twist on Immigration Fraud — Employers Are the Victims!

By David North, August 21, 2013

Immigration fraud comes in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes it is massive, sometimes just one-on-one; sometimes it is crude and direct, and sometimes very complex. But usually employers of aliens are not the victims, and the population of the United States usually is illicitly expanded.

The last two generalizations were not true in a half-million-dollar case brought in federal district court in New Jersey recently. Read more...

A Trifecta of Non-Immigrant Worker Programs

By David North, August 20, 2013

There have been three little-noticed (in the United States) actions recently about the non-immigrant worker programs that have denied so many jobs to American workers.

A U.S. shipbuilding firm in the South has been charged in our courts with "enslaving Indian workers"; a brave American lawyer in the North is trying to use the class action approach to attack the H-1B program; and a major U.S. user of the H-1B program is laying off U.S. workers while seeking to expand the flows of H-1Bs. Read more...

That Handsome Illegal Wanting to Be a Marine - Tell It to the President!

By David North, August 19, 2013

Remember that handsome, and frankly admirable, young illegal who wants to be a Marine? The one in the Mark Zuckerberg TV ad reported on by my colleague Jerry Kammer?

The impression from the ad is that the nation needs to pass the omnibus immigration "reform" bill so that he can enlist.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Read more...

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...