Immigration Blog

Give Me Your Tired Arguments, Your Poor Reasoning
Another one-sided piece on immigration from the New York Times

By Steven A. Camarota, March 30, 2015
Another one-sided piece on immigration from the New York Times

From my March 28 article in National Review Online:

In a very one-sided recent article for the New York Times Magazine, Adam Davidson tries to make the case for massive increases in immigration. He starts out by dicussing the racial prejudice of an older relative who always thought that Hispanics "were stealing jobs." Davidson believes this man's story is illustrative of the current debate over immigration.

Constant Activity on the California Border

By John Wahala, March 27, 2015

The Center's fifth annual border tour began in San Diego earlier this month. On our week-long itinerary we saw most of the California border, from both sides of the fence, and made it as far as Yuma, Ariz. In five trips, we have now seen almost the entire 1,993-mile southwest border, from Brownsville to the Pacific. These excursions are mere snapshots of a particular area, but we meet with enough people to get a sense of current trends. Our most recent trip underscored the ever changing nature of cross-border traffic and why managing it requires sustained political will and vigilance. Read more...

New Data Show Immigrant Gang Arrests
Disproportionately associated with the most violent Central American gangs

By Jessica Vaughan, March 27, 2015
Disproportionately associated with the most violent Central American gangs

Violent immigrant and transnational gangs such as MS-13, the Sureños, and 18th Street continue to present a significant public safety threat in many parts of the United States, according to arrest records released by ICE to the Center for Immigration Studies.

In 2013 (the most recent year available), ICE arrested significant numbers of gang members in California, Texas, Chicago, and the New York City and Washington, DC, metropolitan areas. Large concentrations also were arrested by ICE agents in Atlanta, Charlotte, and south Florida. Read more...

House Judiciary Committee Moves Several Immigration Bills Forward

By Dan Cadman, March 27, 2015

In legislative terms, the new Congress's House Judiciary Committee (through its Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security) has been setting speed records in approving immigration measures and moving them to the full House for consideration: Read more...

Latest ICE Chief as Obsequious and Destructive as the Rest

By Dan Cadman, March 26, 2015

By my informal tally, there have been six permanent or acting leaders of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) during the Obama years, counting the careerist who briefly headed the agency during the transition. All but one of the first five have been, to a greater or lesser degree, kowtowing mandarins unquestioningly taking directions, no matter how outrageous, from political operatives inside the White House whose aim is gutting effective immigration enforcement.

This shouldn't be a surprise: Their bosses at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have been equally obsequious and destructive. Read more...

H-1B Incompetence

By John Miano, March 24, 2015

On my last project before law school, we had an H-1B database administrative, Uma. Uma did not know the first thing about databases and struggled to learn through books on the job. Sadly, she had no real computer talent and would never become very good in the field.

So why was Uma on the project?

The company put in place a policy of only allowing contract workers from H-1B bodyshops to save them about $10 an hour. Read more...

The Police Foreign Legion

By Dan Cadman, March 23, 2015

According to a story in USA Today by Alan Gomez, a number of law enforcement departments throughout the United States -- including some in major urban areas, such as Chicago -- are hiring non-citizens as officers. The article tells us that a few don't even demand that the individual be a permanent resident alien; they simply require that the alien have permission to work. Read more...

Rubio Joins Another Gang
Sides with high-tech billionaires in attack on middle-class jobs

By Ronald W. Mortensen, March 23, 2015
Sides with high-tech billionaires in attack on middle-class jobs

Marco Rubio just can't seem to stay away from gangs, or to tell the truth about gang-sponsored legislation. Read more...

Senate Hearing: No Consensus on Protecting American Workers

By John Miano, March 22, 2015

I testified last week before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Reforms Needed to Protect Skilled American Workers. It was a great honor to be invited. However, participating in an event like this highlights the growing isolation between Washington and the rest of America.

At one time there was a consensus that American citizens should come first under our immigration laws. The Supreme Court has repeatedly held that preserving jobs for American workers is a primary purpose of our immigration laws; see, for instance Reno v. Flores, 507 U.S. 292, 334 (1993).

No such consensus exists in today's Washington. Read more...

Quality before Quantity
Changing the H1-B conversation

By CIS, March 19, 2015
Changing the H1-B conversation

By Cody Donald, CIS intern

In the Senate Judiciary committee hearing on March 17, 2015, entitled "Immigration Reforms Needed to Protect Skilled American Workers", much of the conversation about the H1-B visa program revolved around balancing legitimate business needs to fill vacant positions and the effect of the widespread importation of foreign labor on the plight of the American worker. Sen. Dick Durbin (Ill.), a Democratic member of the "Gang of Eight", brought up three concerns about the H1-B program as it currently stands. Read more...

ICE Follies
Are belated, high-profile enforcement actions just for show?

By Dan Cadman, March 17, 2015
Are belated, high-profile enforcement actions just for show?

ICE is the acronym for the agency charged with immigration enforcement in the interior of the United States. Officially it stands for "Immigration and Customs Enforcement", but privately many of its agents say it stands for "I Can't Enforce" — a blunt acknowledgement of the state of affairs in the dispirited agency, which has been eviscerated by several of its toadying leaders and by its parent department, Homeland Security, at the behest of the White House, which clearly believes the only good enforcement action is the one that never happens. Read more...

CPAC's Not So Open-Border Immigration Panel

By Jon Feere, March 16, 2015

Last month's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held two immigration panels. The first, titled "Immigration: Can conservatives reach a consensus?", was slanted in favor of high immigration and open borders. As I wrote in a previous blog, the consensus of two of the three panelists was that the United States should allow in more immigration and that sovereignty — i.e., the right of Americans to decide how much immigration should be welcomed — should be abandoned by conservatives because it amounts to nothing more than "Big Government."

The second panel was slanted more in support of America's sovereignty and immigration limits, and is worth examining for what it shows us about the varying views on the right. Titled, "If We Build It, They Won't Come", the panel consisted of Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.); Ed Martin, president of Eagle Forum; David Keene, opinion editor of the Washington Times and former chairman of the American Conservative Union (ACU), which runs CPAC; and Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. Read more...

USCIS Favors Illegal Alien Applicants over Americans and Legal Immigrants

By Jessica Vaughan, March 12, 2015

A USCIS document provided to the Senate Judiciary Committee details exactly which categories of legal immigrants were disadvantaged by the implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the amnesty for the so-called illegal alien "Dreamers". The document reveals that processing of most applications for legal immigration benefits, including the highest priority family categories, such as spouses of U.S. citizens, were de-emphasized so that the agency could instead focus on approving the DACA applications. Read more...

Playing at the Margins of the Temporary Restraining Order

By Dan Cadman, March 9, 2015

In prior blogs, I've talked about the lawsuit filed by 26 states against the administration alleging that its "executive actions" on immigration are unlawful and unconstitutional. Read more...

Senate Hearing Exposes Billion-Dollar Amnesty Slush Fund and Other USCIS Improprieties

By Jessica Vaughan, March 6, 2015

On Tuesday, March 3, three senior USCIS managers appeared before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, chaired by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), to answer questions about the agency's implementation of the president's executive amnesties, the latest (and largest) of which is now held up by a legal challenge from 26 states. Read more...

Rubio's Gullibility and Misleading Statements Should End His Presidential Hopes

By Ronald W. Mortensen, March 6, 2015

Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is either exceptionally gullible or just plain dishonest. In either case, he has repeatedly demonstrated that he is not qualified to be president of the United States. Read more...

The 1993 World Trade Center attack proves amnesty doesn't work

By Jon Feere, March 5, 2015

From the start of my op-ed posted today at TheHill.com: Read more...

The DHS Funding Fight: Pragmatism, Principle, and Empty Words

By Dan Cadman, March 3, 2015

Abraham Lincoln is without doubt among the best and wisest of our chief executives (many of whom have been mediocre, if truth be told), and almost certainly the greatest Republican president. Read more...

Safe Policing = Knowing Everything You Can About the Subject in Front of You

By Dan Cadman, March 3, 2015

A friend and former colleague has brought to my attention a report recently released by a presidential policing "task force". It is called "Interim Report of the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing". Read more...

CPAC Cancels Educational Session on Immigration History

By Kausha Luna, March 2, 2015

Last week conservatives gathered outside Washington, D.C., for the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). In addition to speakers taking the main stage, the convention also included a plethora of break-out sessions. The subjects of these sessions varied greatly, ranging from media training to the interaction of democracy and Islam. Read more...

Obama's Executive Amnesty Unites Conservative Gathering

By Katherine Telford, March 2, 2015

The Republican Party has taken heat lately for lack of unity surrounding illegal immigration. Last week's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) established there is one thing Republicans can agree on: defunding Obama's executive amnesty. An overwhelming 77 percent of attendees agreed Congress must act to defund the president's actions. Read more...

Courting Contempt: Administration Considers Circumventing TRO Enjoining Executive Action

By Dan Cadman, February 27, 2015

According to an article this week in The Hill, "A top House Democrat said Wednesday that President Obama is eying a partial launch of his new deportation-relief programs, despite a federal court's recent decision to block them. Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) said the administration is weighing whether it has the authority to initiate the executive actions in the states not involved in a lawsuit against them." Read more...

CPAC's Open-Border, Mass-Immigration Panel

By Jon Feere, February 27, 2015

The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) put on a panel Thursday titled "Immigration: Can conservatives reach a consensus?" The consensus of two of the three panelists was that the United States should allow in more immigration and that sovereignty — i.e., the right of Americans to decide how much immigration should be welcomed — should be abandoned by conservatives because it amounts to nothing more than "Big Government". Read more...

Farmers Fear Losing Docile Workforce after Amnesty

By David Seminara, February 26, 2015

My first quarter nomination for a "Don't Let the Facts Get in the Way of a Good Immigration Story" award is this revealing, but also very misleading, piece about farm labor that aired on NPR's "Morning Edition" on February 26. The story focused on farmers in California's Central Valley who fear that they may lose their source of cheap labor once their workers become legal and can get jobs that actually pay them something closer to a living wage. Read more...

Administration Files an Emergency Motion to Lift the Restraining Order on Executive Action
In Wonderland, not enforcing the law equals enhanced public safety and national security

By Dan Cadman, February 25, 2015
In Wonderland, not enforcing the law equals enhanced public safety and national security

Last week a federal district court in Texas issued an injunction enjoining the administration from initiating key portions of the president's "executive actions" on immigration

The U.S. Justice Department has now filed a request with the court on behalf of the administration, seeking an emergency stay of the injunction pending review by the federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and a sad piece of work it is. Read more...

How "Once and for All" Got a Bad Name in the Immigration Debate

By Jerry Kammer, February 24, 2015

I welcome the opportunity to work with anyone who wants to build on the improvements we've put in place, and fix our broken immigration system once and for all.

— President Barack Obama in The Hill, February 24.

President Obama's desire to reform immigration policy "once and for all" has a familiar ring to it. It has reverberated throughout the national debate since Congress invoked it when it passed the ill-named Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Read more...

Huffington Post Pretends Uncomfortable Truths Are "Myths"

By CIS, February 20, 2015

Most economists see immigration policy as a matter of trade-offs. No matter which policy we choose, there will always be winners and losers, and our political values help us decide how to weigh those competing interests. For some advocates of mass immigration, however, there seems to be no recognition of trade-offs at all. They have developed talking points that falsely portray immigration as a win-win for everyone involved. Read more...

NPR Story: Iranian Mother Sees Her Daughter's Future in "The Paradise of the World"

By Jerry Kammer, February 20, 2015

Steve Inskeep, the host of NPR's "Morning Edition" program, has been reporting from Iran for his program and for others on NPR. Yesterday's "Here and Now" program included a brief clip of Inskeep's conversation with an Iranian mother about her hopes for her daughter: Read more...

Washington Legislature Hypocritically Tackles Aliens and Crime with a Sanctuary Bill

By Dan Cadman, February 20, 2015

A sanctuary bill has been introduced into the Washington state legislature. Its sponsors call it the "Washington Family Unit Act", but in fact, what the law does is shield alien criminals from identification and apprehension by federal immigration authorities. Read more...

Immigration: Up vs. Down, Not Republican vs. Democrat

By Mark Krikorian, February 19, 2015

CIS Legal Policy Analyst Jon Feere appeared on C-SPAN's Washington Journal this morning opposite Crystal Williams of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and what struck me was the callers.

C-SPAN offers three call-in numbers, for Republicans, Democrats, and Independents, and I'd guess on issues like taxes or guns or abortion that yields a variety of views. But whatever you might think from watching the Senate battle over funding of Obama's lawless amnesty decrees — where every Democrat has been voting for amnesty and against enforcement — out in the real world support for enforcing our immigration laws is not a partisan issue. So whatever phone line people use to call in to C-SPAN, my experience from being on the show has been that most callers are pro-enforcement.

On today's show every caller was pro-enforcement (except one who was off-topic and another who was unintelligible). Some samples: Read more...