Immigration Blog

One-Sided Marriage Fraud: Who Looks Out for the Citizen Victims?

By Dan Cadman, November 6, 2015

My colleague David North recently wrote a thought-provoking blog about American citizens who become victimized by what might fairly be called one-sided marriage frauds — marriages where they wed for love and don't realize that, from the alien spouse's point of view, it's a loveless marriage conceived of for the sole purpose of obtaining a green card.

There is a tendency on the part of the public, when they think about immigration marriages of convenience at all (which is almost never), to think of them in cutesy Hollywood terms, where it's innocent and victimless — think Gérard Depardieu and Andie MacDowell in the comedy "Green Card". As North has pointed out, the reality is often much darker. What's more, marriage fraud is a crime — a federal felony. Read more...

Yet Another EB-5 Promoter Swindles Alien Investors, This Time in Florida

By David North, November 6, 2015

It is getting to be a formula.

Yet another EB-5 promoter has swindled millions from alien investors, presumably her fellow Chinese, and used the money to buy a yacht and a $100,000 Mercedes among other things, and the Securities and Exchange Commission (not DHS) has broken the case. Read more...

IRS Policy Labels Illegal-Alien ID Thieves as "Borrowers"

By Bryan Griffith, November 5, 2015

Bob Segall, investigative reporter for WTHR Indianapolis, has released a new two-part report on illegal immigration and the Internal Revenue Service. View the reports in the embedded video below.

Segall won the Center's Katz Award in 2013 for his 11-part series exposing fraud and mismanagement within the IRS that allowed illegal aliens to receive billions of dollars in improper tax credits and refunds. Read more...

Feds Lose Track of Most Border-Surge Teens After Release

By Jessica Vaughan, November 5, 2015

New information from a variety of sources further demonstrates that the Obama administration's handling of the continuing influx of illegal Central American family and youth border-crossers has been nothing short of a disaster. Government agencies and NGO contractors have lost track of most of the youth who have been released (or escaped) from shelters. Immigration court records show that about half of the "unaccompanied" alien children (UACs) do not appear for immigration court hearings. A recent murder of one UAC in Virginia by three others is a reminder that some of the kids are involved in gangs. And, because we let them, they keep coming; the number of new arrivals spiked again at the end of the summer, with twice as many Central American youth and families arriving in September 2015 as arrived in September 2014. Read more...

Will Released Alien Convicts Be Deported? Can Senate Bill 2123 Be Defeated?

By Dan Cadman, November 5, 2015

It's been about two weeks since the media caught hold of a little-remarked change in U.S. sentencing guidelines that occurred in 2014, making many federal prisoners eligible for earlier-than-expected releases, which began to take effect Halloween weekend when the first of an eventual flood of 40,000-plus drug and "minor" offenders, were released. "Trick or Treat!" (Well, maybe the American public just gets the trick; there's no treat that I can see here.) Estimates are that between 11,500 and 13,200 of those released will be alien convicts. Read more...

Sen. Feinstein Announces She Is Opposed to the EB-5 Program

By David North, November 4, 2015

Those of us opposed to the EB-5 (immigrant investor) program got a piece of good news today: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) announced that she is opposed to its renewal. The heart of it is due to expire on December 11, unless Congress acts before then.

The senator is in a key position to argue against the renewal; she is a senior member of the Senate immigration subcommittee and the second ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which handles immigration legislation. Read more...

It's Hard for Schools to Fix the Problems Caused by Mass Immigration

By CIS, November 4, 2015

Low-skill immigration presents a major challenge to the nation's education system. How much can our schools help first- and second-generation immigrant children who have limited English proficiency and live in poverty because their parents have few years of schooling? The release of the latest scores on the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) reaffirm that as much as we want to reduce social inequalities related to immigration, our schools' capacity to do so is limited. Read more...

Little Dominica as a Laboratory for Immigrant Investor Rules

By David North, November 3, 2015

The American states, as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once said, are laboratories for democracy. One can say that same thing about nations, even small ones, and immigration laws. Read more...

Update on H-1B and OPT Court Cases

By John Miano, November 3, 2015

In May, DHS put in place regulations allowing certain spouses of H-1B workers to work in the United States as well. There is no authorization for the agency to allow such work, but DHS just did it anyway.

Americans who were replaced by H-1B workers at Southern California Edison filed a lawsuit to have the regulations vacated. In court, DHS made the astounding claim that it has the authority to allow any alien to work in the United States unless Congress explicitly prohibits it. Most constitutional scholars say the opposite: that an agency has only the authority that Congress gives it. Read more...

Catholic Bishops ❤ Paul Ryan on Immigration

By Mark Krikorian, November 2, 2015

Last week, the Center for Migration Studies hosted a day-long symposium in New York addressing a wide variety of immigration and refugee issues. (CMS is a Catholic think tank that generally promotes higher levels of immigration and looser enforcement.) The final speaker at the event was Kevin Appleby, the Catholic bishops' longtime point man on immigration policy. His comments to the largely like-minded crowd on Paul Ryan reinforce concerns about the immigration views of the new Speaker of the House. Here are some excerpts (emphasis added): Read more...

The Strange Tale of a Flaky, Failing EB-5 Firm

By David North, November 2, 2015

We have previously reported that Seldon Technologies, Inc., an EB-5-funded firm in Vermont that briefly made water filters for Mexico-based Bebederos, went out of business abruptly, laying off all of its 32 employees.

In June, Seldon had a grand ceremony with Sen. Pat Leahy (D-Vt.) present to announce that it had been awarded a $20 million contract to make the filters for Bebederos. A few months later the contract was cancelled with minimal explanation.

CIS recently has learned more about Seldon, an odd and ill-fated corporation that was able to secure EB-5 funding anyway. Read more...

Out of Many, Many
To fight political tribalism, cut immigration

By John Wahala, November 2, 2015
To fight political tribalism, cut immigration

Democrat pollster Cornell Belcher recently discussed racial division in America as part of his Harvard study group on the fractured electorate:

How do we win the future when we are so segregated and continue to be increasingly segregated in our politics and voting patterns and are becoming more tribal at the level of voting? ... If we don't fix this and our politics continue to be even more segregated and more polarized as the demographics of our country continue to change ... I think you will see our politics, our legislative bodies come to a complete halt, more so than they already have, if we don't solve for this problem, if we can't solve for the tribalism in our politics and be one big tribe and not several separate, smaller tribes.

On House Speakers, Hubris, Deception, and Immigration Reform

By Dan Cadman, November 2, 2015

So, there you have it: The House Freedom Caucus, perhaps regretting its dalliance with rebellion by working mightily to unseat John Boehner (R-Ohio), gave in and Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is now Speaker of the House of Representatives despite weeks of protestations to the effect that if nominated he would not run and if elected he would not serve. Methinks he didst protest too much. Read more...

Obama to Wannabe Illegals: Do as I Say, Not as I Do

By Mark Krikorian, October 30, 2015

In response the surge of Central Americans sneaking into Texas in the summer of 2014, the Obama administration launched an ad campaign in the sending countries earlier this year to stem the flow. The radio and TV spots assert that "there are no permits for the people trying to cross the border without papers" and promise "the immediate deportation of those trying to cross the border without documents."

None of it is true. There are permits for illegal-alien minors and families. Formally known as Notices to Appear but known colloquially in Spanish as permisos, they require the aliens to present themselves to immigration authorities by a certain date, until which they have temporary legal status. That gives them time enough to travel to join their relatives and disappear into the existing illegal population. And disappear they do, since, despite the tough promises, virtually none of them are deported, immediately or otherwise. Read more...

Crooked EB-5 Lawyer Bites Dust West of Dodge City

By David North, October 30, 2015

The little town of Ulysses, Kan., (pop. 6,273) on the plains some 80 miles west of Dodge City hoped that the proposed EB-5-funded ethanol plant would perk up the town's sagging economy, as we reported last year.

The plant was never completed, much less opened. The owner of the plant, and of the regional center handling the transaction, was Justin Moongyu Lee, then a California lawyer. The money was used for something else and Lee, as a result, was disbarred. Read more...

Is ICE Undermining Its Own Sanctuary Jurisdiction List?

By Dan Cadman, October 30, 2015

A great deal of time and effort has been put into creating the interactive sanctuary jurisdictions map on the Center's website. But as Jon Feere just noted in a posting on the subject, the most important thing to recognize is that the government is the basis of the information, not the Center. Read more...

Mexico Responds to New North Carolina Immigration Law

By Kausha Luna, October 30, 2015

On Wednesday, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed into law an anti-sanctuary city bill. However, Mexico seems more concerned with the law's effect on the use of consular documents.

The "Protect North Carolina Workers Act" (HB318) prohibits the adoption of sanctuary city ordinances, requires E-Verify compliance in certain governmental contracts, and states that consular documents are not acceptable for purposes of official identification. That last issue was the focus of a press release from Mexico's Secretary of Foreign Affairs: Read more...

An Emerging Victim Class: Citizens Hurt by Immigration/Marriage Fraud

By David North, October 29, 2015

I am starting to realize that there is class of citizens who have been hurt by immigration-related marriage fraud — a group that, in many cases, has other disadvantages as well.

To put it another way, the citizens who have been bamboozled into marriage by wily and often attractive alien members of the other sex are not always the strongest, sharpest people, or the most marriageable ones. They should be regarded as victims, just like those hurt by financial skullduggery. But there seem to be no helping agencies for this unfortunate group of citizens and, unlike in Canada, no official recognition of their problems. Read more...

The Case of Mozzafar Khazaee Becomes Even More Curious and Troubling

By Dan Cadman, October 29, 2015

In January of last year, I wrote about the "curious and troubling case" of Mozzafar Khazaee, a native of Iran, a naturalized American, and a defense contractor with access to classified materials who got caught passing some of those materials on to organs of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

That blog was one of many I've written that question the gaping holes in our immigration vetting systems — holes largely unexamined by the media, the public, and, most depressingly, our own government, perhaps because to acknowledge them would require a serious look in the dark places where this administration doesn't want to go. (See, for instance, here, here, here, and here.) Read more...

"Undocumented" Author Warns of Demography; Theodore White Saw Him Coming in 1981
Part 4 of 4

By Jerry Kammer, October 29, 2015
Part 4 of 4

Back in 1983, long before New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. established his ideology of all-in-for-inclusiveness, the Times published an editorial that stated this case for limiting immigration:

For reasons of vitality, humanity, and history, America wants and needs immigrants. What it does not need is such an uncontrollable flood of illegal migrants that it tries public patience and foments a backlash against all newcomers. That's the genuine danger.

Dan-el Padilla Peralta's recent memoir, which we have been examining this week, ends on a note of swagger and incitement so gratuitous that it seems intended to provoke such a backlash. As Marcela Valdes said in a book review for the Washington Post, the passage shows his "penchant for ad hominem score settling and his tone of belligerent entitlement." Read more...

Another Example of Bad Immigration Reporting

By Jon Feere, October 28, 2015

The issue of sanctuary cities has become a hot topic across the country, and it may play a role in the upcoming elections. It has also become part of the debate in a local sheriff's race in Louisiana.

One candidate for sheriff of Lafayette Parish, west of Baton Rouge, cited my colleague Jessica Vaughan's new report on the subject which maps all sanctuary cities based on information provided by the Department of Homeland Security. Read more...

TPS Goes Far Beyond Helping Aliens at Risk of Deportation

By David North, October 28, 2015

Newly released USCIS data on Temporary Protected Status for aliens from three West African nations shows that for every alien whose deportation is prevented, about 100 applications for TPS are received. Read more...

Lessons from Liechtenstein: More Referendums Please

By David Seminara, October 28, 2015

Europe is in the midst of a historic immigration crisis. But the richest country in Europe — one that doesn't have an army or border guards — has barely been affected by the crisis.

Liechtenstein is the world's sixth smallest country, with a population of just 37,129. The country, whose name means "bright stone" in German, has the highest gross domestic product per person in the world, when adjusted by purchasing power parity, and an unemployment rate of about 2 percent. While Liechtenstein was once one of the poorer nations in Europe, now some 20,000 Swiss and Austrians commute into Liechtenstein for work each weekday. Many live outside the country because land is scarce in Liechtenstein and prices are high. Others simply cannot get residency permits, let alone citizenship. Read more...

"We Are in the Ascendant. America Is Ours"
Part 3 of 4

By Jerry Kammer, October 28, 2015
Part 3 of 4

In her C-SPAN interview with Dan-el Padilla, author of Undocumented, reporter Liz Robbins of the New York Times reads a provocative passage from the memoir's final page: Read more...

Will of the People? Common Sense? No Thanks, We're Congress

By Dan Cadman, October 27, 2015

Last week, Senate Democrats blocked a bill introduced by Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) and others designed to reverse the trend of certain state and local governments toward creating "sanctuaries" within which criminal aliens are shielded from the reach of immigration enforcement agents by denying police and sheriff's offices the ability to cooperate with the agents.

It was a disappointing defeat because it was a pretty good bill as such things go and, more importantly, it would have contributed to public safety because many of these criminals are recidivists who commit violent crimes, including murder, when released back to the streets by police in lieu of being handed over to the immigration authorities for removal. Read more...

"Undocumented" Book Stirs Intense Ambivalence, but Not for NYT's Liz Robbins
Part 2 of 4

By Jerry Kammer, October 27, 2015
Part 2 of 4

One of the most impressive aspects of Dan-el Padilla Peralta's memoir Undocumented is that it provides a poignant look at the world of the "dreamers". These are illegal immigrants whose problematic status is usually the result of their parents' decision to ignore U.S. immigration law. The dreamers yearn to be fully enfranchised in American society, which, as the Wall Street Journal noted in a profile of Padilla, sends "a cacophony of messages" to those who break immigration law by allowing them to stay and providing a range of benefits while leaving them subject to deportation. Read more...

Guatemala's New President and Immigration

By Kausha Luna, October 26, 2015

The people of Guatemala, tired of a corrupt political class, elected a political outsider as their new president – comedian Jimmy Morales. (The vice president was arrested for corruption in August and the president in September.) Morales has been called the "Donald Trump of Guatemala" and beat the Central American country's former first lady. Emigration to the United States was an issue in his campaign. Read more...

Mexico Reacts to U.S. Sentencing Reform Measures

By Kausha Luna, October 26, 2015

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted last week to move the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 to the floor for a vote. This, together with criminal releases announces as a result of the U.S. Sentencing Commission's 2014 amendment to the sentencing guidelines that retroactively reduced sentences for all drug trafficking crimes, has elicited a response in Mexico.

The new guidelines will would result in the release of 6,000 felons at first, with an eventual total of between 40,000 and 46,000. Many of them will be criminal aliens; my colleague Dan Cadman reports that between one-quarter and one-third are believed to be non-citizens, meaning that eventually "between 11,500 and 13,200 serious alien drug offenders will soon be out of lockdown." Read more...

Sen. Flake's Non-Solution to EB-5 Gerrymandering

By David North, October 26, 2015

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) has introduced S.2115, "The Targeted Employment Areas Improvement Act", which will not help the economic gerrymandering that has dogged the EB-5 immigrant investor program.

In fact, his bill will perpetuate the problem.

The EB-5 program grants alien families who invest $500,000 in a DHS-sanctioned, but not guaranteed, investment a full set of green cards. The program is supposed to channel investment moneys to depressed rural and urban areas, but most of the funds have gone into real estate projects in glitzy locations like New York City, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas. With minor exceptions, EB-5 moneys are supposed to go to areas with unemployment rates at least 150 percent of the national rate. Read more...

C-SPAN Interview with "Undocumented" Author Shows Why the NYT Doesn't Get It on Illegal Immigration
Part 1 of 4

By Jerry Kammer, October 26, 2015
Part 1 of 4

Thanks to C-SPAN, I now have a new Exhibit A for the case that the New York Times is incapable of understanding why many Americans are upset about illegal immigration. C-SPAN performed this public service by inviting Times immigration reporter Liz Robbins to interview Dan-el Padilla Peralta, author of the memoir Undocumented: A Dominican Boy's Odyssey From a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League. Read more...