Immigration Blog

Ever Wonder about the Slant of NPR's Maria Hinojosa?
Here's a look at a major influence

By Jerry Kammer, May 6, 2015
Here's a look at a major influence

Maria Hinojosa is one of the most opinionated journalists on National Public Radio. The NPR biography of the "Latino USA" host reports that she "has helped define the conversation about our times and our society with one of the most authentic voices in broadcast."

An immigrant from Mexico, Hinojosa speaks with compassion for the undocumented and clearly believes they should be fully accepted into American society. That advocacy has been a source of controversy. As Hinojosa herself acknowledged in 2006, many listeners who had tuned in to a discussion of immigration protested that she was too biased to have been the moderator. Read more...

Countering Migrant Smuggling in the Med Will Be Measured by Deeds, Not Words

By Dan Cadman, May 6, 2015

Twice in past weeks I've addressed the migrant smuggling crisis unfolding in Mediterranean waters, with the attendant tragedies that always seem to accompany chaotic and uncontrolled mass illegal migration. (See here and here.)

European Union leaders have been struggling with how to contain the movement of tens of thousands of intended migrants showing up on the northern coast of Africa to attempt their water-borne smuggling passage through the Med. Recently, they've publicized a 10-point plan. Read more...

Stealth Work Force of as Many as 179,600 H-4 Workers Due To Be Authorized

By David North, May 6, 2015

My colleague John Miano reported late last month on the highly suspect legal status of the H-4 workers DHS will authorize to start work in the next few weeks — these are a subset of the dependents of H-1B workers, usually spouses of programmers or other IT workers.

Now, let me tell you about the impact that they will have on the American labor market: It will take away jobs from as many as 179,600 U.S. workers — that's the government estimate — and, indirectly, will swell the coffers of some of America's most prosperous companies. Most of these will be white collar jobs. Read more...

The National Urban League's Immigration Disconnect

By Dan Cadman, May 5, 2015

Like much of the country, I've been tracking events in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray in police custody. A few days ago, April 30, prior to the arrest of several officers for that death, Alisyn Camerota, news anchor for CNN's "New Day" interviewed Marc Morial, former mayor New Orleans, son of another former mayor, and presently head of the National Urban League. Read more...

Free Trade, Not Free Admission of Workers

By Jessica Vaughan, May 5, 2015

Trade agreements, the trade negotiating process, and trade pact approval measures (i.e. "fast track" authority) all must be carefully monitored to ensure that the trade deals do not cause increases in admissions of foreign workers or erode congressional authority over visa rules. The current fast-track proposal (TPA) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would have Congress surrender its authority over guestworker policies to the executive branch and its trade negotiators and ultimately to international trade tribunals. This means that we would be stuck with the dysfunctional guestworker programs that we now have and kept on a one-way street allowing only more access for foreign workers to U.S. jobs, with no means to reverse direction. Read more...

"Truthiness" about the Central American Minors Program

By Dan Cadman, May 4, 2015

The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing late last month entitled "Eroding the Law and Diverting Taxpayer Resources: An Examination of the Administration's Central American Minors Refugee/Parole Program". Read more...

The Blind Will Be Leading the Blind at ICE

By Dan Cadman, May 4, 2015

Twice in recent weeks I've written about Sarah Saldana, the latest in a string of directors at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) during the Obama administration, who took office last December.

Neither piece was particularly flattering, because she has quickly proven herself to be extremely tractable to the political whims of her bosses rather than true to her duties as head of a large enforcement organization with weighty responsibilities, and because even though she is a lawyer and former U.S. attorney, she hasn't taken the time to learn the laws governing immigration law enforcement and deportation. Read more...

"On the Media" Goes to Heaven, Slanting the Story of Europe's Immigration Anxiety

By Jerry Kammer, May 1, 2015

Cable television has understandably been fixated on the riots and unrest in Baltimore and much of the commenting has followed sadly predictable ideological lines. On Fox, Bill O'Reilly points to dysfunction in black communities. On MSNBC, Chris Hayes talks with former Maryland Rep. Kweisi Mfume about police brutality, the globalized economy, and social injustice while saying not a word about the tragic reality that 70 percent of black children nationwide are born out of wedlock.

The problem of ideological fixation made a prominent appearance on last week's "On the Media" program, which is carried on many public radio stations. A 10-minute segment on the horrific crisis of migrants being smuggled from Libya to Italy — many of them drowning as their overloaded boats capsize — became a lament about the rising discontent — in the press and the public — over the immigrant influx into Europe. Read more...

Corruption, Politics, and an Immigration Investor Program Gone Awry

By Dan Cadman, May 1, 2015

My colleague, David North, has written capably and often about the scandal-plagued EB-5 immigration program, which provides alien resident status to individuals who are often mis-described as "entrepreneurs", but who in fact need only dump a half million dollars into an investment managed by a government-approved regional center to obtain that highly desirable commodity, a U.S. green card. (See, for instance, here.) Read more...

Walker vs. Cruz on Immigration: The Debate We Need

By Mark Krikorian, April 30, 2015

There's been a lot of commentary about the politics of Scott Walker's observation that the well-being of American workers must be considered when making immigration policy. John Fonte's fine piece on National Review's home page today puts it in the context of a growing conservative populist movement. Read more...

The Latest on a Visa Mill Owner and the H-2B Truck Drivers in Minnesota

By David North, April 30, 2015

There have been new developments in two migration-related stories we reported in the past. One deals with a student-visa mill in California and the other with H-2B workers who drive trucks to a sugar beet mill in Minnesota. The stories are not finished in either case, but in both the cause is moving ahead, if slowly.

The visa mill is Herguan University in Sunnyvale, Calif., site of an earlier ICE raid and an "educational institution" that, according to court records, seemed at least at one time to be more interested in generating F-1 visas for its students than in educating them. Read more...

Documenting the NPR Slant on Immigration
The collection grows

By Jerry Kammer, April 30, 2015
The collection grows

As a former reporter who generally admires the work of National Public Radio, I have long been struck by what seems to be a reflexive bias of many of its journalists.

Reporter Martin Kaste provided a vivid example two years ago when he opined that the Center for Immigration Studies is "decidedly right wing". It was a careless, off-hand comment. Kaste cited no evidence. He had done none of the rudimentary reporting that would have shown him the staunchly liberal credentials of several of the most important figures at CIS. He had no understanding of the fact that liberals and conservatives can be found on both sides of our national immigration debate. Read more...

Can There Be a Migration Ceiling with Loopholes as Large as the Ceiling?

By David North, April 29, 2015

The answer to the question posed by the headline is "Yes".

The H-2B program is the smallest of the three in which the U.S. Department of Labor has a role; it is for nonimmigrant, non-agricultural, non-skilled workers. It has a nominal cap of 66,000 new admissions a year, half in the first part of the fiscal year, half in the second. The Department of Homeland Security, not DoL, handles the ceilings. Most of the H-2Bs are in landscaping or forestry work. Read more...

Lawsuit Asks Whether the President Can Give Work Authorization to Anyone He Wants

By John Miano, April 29, 2015

It is well known that the utility Southern California Edison recently H-1B'd about 500 American employees. A number of these Americans who were replaced by H-1B workers have fought back by filing a lawsuit challenging the recent regulations to authorize spouses of H-1B workers on H-4 visas to work as well. (I am an attorney representing Save Jobs USA, the organization that filed the lawsuit.) Read more...

How About 12,000 Extra Green Cards for Chinese Millionaires?

By David North, April 28, 2015

No congressman would have the gall to introduce straightforward legislation opening a large hole in the immigration system for a single favored group from a favored country, say Swedish teachers or Turkish farmers. Such legislation would leave all other immigration programs and allocations virtually in place, favoring only the right kinds of Swedes or Turks.

Such biased legislation, if correctly labeled, would never emerge from the subcommittee.

But six congressmen are — with straight faces — seeking similarly loaded, but heavily disguised, legislation in favor of rich Chinese migrants in the immigrant investor (EB-5) program. The authors of the bill may not be biased in favor of China, and there is nothing in the bill that even mentions the word "China", but the beneficiaries would probably be Chinese millionaires and multi-millionaires and their spouses and their kids. Read more...

There Are Possibly 36,000 Birth Tourists Annually

By Steven A. Camarota, April 28, 2015

We cannot say with a great deal of certainty how many people are taking advantage of America's citizenship laws by visiting the country to have their children. One potential source of data on "birth tourism", as it is sometimes called, is birth certificate records. But it must be emphasized that the characteristics of mothers and fathers in these records are based on self-reporting. Parents fill out forms in the hospital shortly after the baby is born and, among other questions, are asked their place of birth and their address. Read more...

More Abuse of Discretion, Coming Right at Ya

By Dan Cadman, April 27, 2015

What do you do when the benefits giveaway part of your big plans for unilateral and unconstitutional immigration "executive actions" are stymied by the courts; when you can't stop a months-long surge at the "more-secure-than-ever border"; and you're caught two years in a row releasing tens of thousands of criminal aliens into communities throughout the United States?

Why, the answer is as plain as the nose on your face! You double down, by off-shoring your benefits program to Central America (where you hope it is safely outside the scrutiny of American courts and the 26 states suing you for operating outside the law) under the phony rubric of "refugee" processing, and by having your chief legal officer order immigration prosecutors ("trial attorneys") to jettison more deportation cases from the immigration court dockets. Read more...

Squabbling Among the Open Borders Types and Other Migration Miscellany

By David North, April 27, 2015

A fierce battle between two open borders groups is among the little-noted bits of recent immigration news covered in this posting.

Now, we are aware that in Iraq (Tikrit, for example) the U.S. is fighting alongside Iran-backed Shia militias, while we and our allies (the Saudis) are bombing and droning other Iran-supported Shia militias in Yemen.

Similarly, in the U.S. immigration field two quite disparate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Roman Catholic Church, routinely work side by side to open our borders and to discourage enforcement of our immigration laws. Recently, however, there's been a falling out. As Fox News reported: Read more...

Three More Candidates for the Naturalization Hall of Shame

By Dan Cadman, April 24, 2015

Over the course of months, I've been blogging about for candidates to the naturalization "hall of shame", consisting of individuals who should never have been granted American citizenship and make it abundantly, painfully, and embarrassingly clear that is the case by perpetrating heinous acts. These acts have consisted of war crimes, murder, terrorism, espionage, and sundry other offenses. Read more...

Mass Migration in the Med: A Clear Case of Cause and Effect

By Dan Cadman, April 23, 2015

Recently I wrote a blog about an alien smuggling incident in the Mediterranean Sea that resulted in the charge of murder being levied against some of the participants after they threw other participants off the boat to drown.

Since then, another massive tragedy unfolded in those waters when a vessel holding hundreds of migrants being smuggled capsized in international waters off Libya while en route to Europe. Only a few survived. The figures of the dead have ranged from 700 to 900; no one is certain how many were aboard to begin with. The Tunisian boat captain and his Syrian mate have been charged with negligent homicide by Italian authorities. Read more...

Employers Outraged at DoL's Demand for Pay of $2/hr for Shepherds

By David North, April 22, 2015

Do you suppose that a group of reasonably well-heeled U.S. employers would object if the government made them pay their foreign workers $2.00 an hour plus room and board (with "room" sometimes being a tent)?

The answer is "Yes." Read more...

The Expansionist Right Also Goes After Scott Walker

By Mark Krikorian, April 21, 2015

Rich Lowry over at National Review applauds Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's recent comments on immigration, pointing to attacks on him from liberal sites.

But it's not just the Huffington Post and MSNBC that are attacking the possible presidential candidate for his tentative and wholly commonsensical observations that the well-being of American workers needs to be taken into account when crafting immigration policy. Heck, he didn't even actually call for reductions in future immigration (though he did name-drop Jeff Sessions), but the expansionists on the right have piled on in response to the mere possibility of future cuts. Read more...

On Migrants and Assimilation

By Dan Cadman, April 21, 2015

Muslim extremists have been accused of a number of religious-based murders against others, including Yazidis and Christians in Iraq; Christians in Pakistan and Syria, and most recently, the methodical execution of Christians at a Nigerian college, one of a series of attacks by Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram targeting Christians and animists. Read more...

We Need Some Yes/No Answers from Rubio on Immigration

By Mark Krikorian, April 20, 2015

Like Patrick Brennan over at National Review, I too am encouraged by Rubio's seeming commitment to Enforcement First. But whether it's the real thing or just a con hinges on one question: Is he proposing to fully implement universal E-Verify and visa-tracking before asking Congress to grant amnesty to today's illegals, or just pass legislation calling for enforcement. Read more...

The Undoing of an Attorney General Order

By Dan Cadman, April 20, 2015

With the stroke of a pen in what might be one of his last acts as attorney general (AG), Eric Holder earlier this month undid an order developed by one prior attorney general and signed by another.

That the Immigrant Defense Project immediately lauded the move tells you something about which direction Holder's vacated decision ran. And it once again proves the jaded saw cited by many immigration agents: "No case is over until the alien wins." Read more...

Amidst All the Grim Immigration News, Here Are Four Bits of Cheer

By David North, April 17, 2015

Those of us who want to retain immigration, but keep admissions down to a dull roar, see lots of bad news, but here are four bits of good news. In each of four different migration programs, the open-borders types have been thwarted, at least momentarily.

The four instances, moving from an individual case to that of a whole class, can be described as follows. Read more...

Favoritism and the Appearance of Impropriety Lead to Promotion at DHS – if You're Well-Connected

By Dan Cadman, April 17, 2015

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released last month a 99-page report of its investigation into allegations that Alejandro Mayorkas, former director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a DHS component, engaged in influence peddling during his tenure at that agency. Read more...

FactCheck Misleads on Amnesty Costs

By Steven A. Camarota, April 17, 2015

The website FactCheck.org criticized a recent ad by Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) for calling attention to the tax refund implications of the president's administrative amnesty. In its response, FactCheck agreed with CAPS that illegal immigrants may collect $1.7 billion in tax refunds from previous years because of the president's decrees. But FactCheck goes beyond fact-checking to argue that 1) the tax refunds should be considered only as part of the overall fiscal impact of amnesty; and 2) this overall impact is positive. Both arguments are problematic. Read more...

Waiting List for Legal Immigrant Visas Keeps Growing

By Jessica Vaughan, April 16, 2015

More than 4.4 million people are on the legal immigrant visa waiting list according to the State Department's annual tally. That is 100,085 more people waiting for legal immigrant visas than at the same time last year. Ninety-eight percent of those waiting have been sponsored by a family member in the United States. Read more...

ICE Director Needs to Be Schooled in the Law

By Dan Cadman, April 15, 2015

Immigration and Customs Enforcement's newest director, Sara Saldana, is a lawyer and former chief prosecutor as a United States attorney in one of Texas' federal judicial districts. Although she has been on the job less than six months, surely she should have been able by now to absorb some of the basics of the immigration laws she's charged with enforcing to come up to speed and lead. Apparently someone thought her credentials were adequate enough — or that she would be a quick enough study. Else why would President Obama nominate, or the Senate confirm, her for the job? Read more...