Immigration Blog

Idealistic Immigrants Provide an Antidote to Wall Street Predators

By Jerry Kammer, April 3, 2014

I didn't enjoy the "The Wolf of Wall Street". I came away from it discouraged by its all-too-vivid presentation of the decadence and rot bred by a financial system that rewards predatory behavior. The real-life, penny-stock-pedaling thugs whose predations are dramatized in the film were not outsiders. They were the soulless brothers of the hustlers at the investment banks whose credit default swaps nearly took the world economy into the abyss. Read more...

Hypocrisy and Moral and Cultural Relativism in the Immigration Context

By Dan Cadman, April 2, 2014

Last week, the Center published a Backgrounder I wrote on the U.S. asylum process and program, which is buckling under the strain of abuse by all three branches of our government — not to mention the many thousands of aliens who are gaming the system solely to buy themselves time, the right to work, and, increasingly, a get-out-of-jail-free card in the form of an approved grant of asylum, even in the face of fraud. Read more...

Why Passing House Immigration Bills in the Next Congress Matters, Pt. 2

By Stanley Renshon, April 2, 2014

The official spokesman for Democratic Party position, Washington Post pundit Greg Sargent, is worried that House Republicans won't, or alternatively will, pass immigration legislation in the next Congress after the November elections. Actually, he is really more worried about the latter.

Mr. Sargent is certain that the "extremely inadequate" Republican immigrant bill or bills that he refers to — enforcement and citizenship for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) applicants — won't "fix the GOP's Latino Problem". Actually he is worried that it will to a substantial degree, and it might. Read more...

Indian Outsourcing Firm Sends CIS Writer a Check

By David North, April 2, 2014

I opened the mail yesterday and found a check from one of those Indian outsourcing companies, you know the massive, Indian-controlled placement organizations that take jobs from American workers and then exploit the H-1Bs that they have imported from India to be programmers.

It was from Satyam Computer Services Ltd. Read more...

Catch and Release: Responding to Critics

By Jessica Vaughan, April 1, 2014

My new report on the state of interior enforcement, "Catch and Release", has been denounced by ICE and pro-amnesty groups. Both critiques were expected, and neither detracts from or changes the fundamental truth that ICE is taking a pass on huge numbers of illegal aliens located by ICE officers, including an alarming number of criminal aliens. Read more...

Why Passing House Immigration Bills in the Next Congress Matters, Pt. 1

By Stanley Renshon, April 1, 2014

The effort to pressure House Republicans to pass a Senate-like immigration bill is heating up. At the Washington Post, liberal blogger Greg Sargent warns, "On immigration, the GOP's window for action is closing fast." He reports that several immigrations activists told him that, "The president made it clear that three months from now, if there is no legislative action, he will do more using executive authority. That was the message that we got in different ways."

Message to Republicans: Pass the Democratic immigration bill by the summer, or else! Read more...

Immigrant Investor (EB-5) Program Debated in S.D. Senate Race

By David North, April 1, 2014

The Immigrant Investor (EB-5) program has become an issue in the U.S. Senate race in South Dakota.

A candidate for the Republican Senate nomination, state Rep. Stace Nelson, has accused the front-runner for the nomination, former GOP Governor Michael Rounds, of being dishonest with the state's voters about corruption in the EB-5 scheme locally. Read more...

Yes, We Can - Make Cesar Chavez’s Birthday National Border Control Day

By Mark Krikorian, March 31, 2014

My piece today at National Review Online calls for every March 31 to be observed as National Border Control Day, in honor of Cesar Chavez's commitment to tight borders (it's his birthday). In it I mentioned the new biopic about him. The movie itself wasn't bad, in a basketball-team-from-the-wrong-side-of-the-tracks-wins-the-big-game kind of way. (Many of the reviews were less generous.) Read more...

The 2014 Congressional Elections and Real Immigration Reform, Pt. 5

By Stanley Renshon, March 30, 2014

There is an old saying in poker and it applies to immigration reform as well: you can't beat something with nothing.

One way or another, win or lose on the votes on immigration legislation in the next Congress to be chosen this November, immigration will be part of the country's 2014-2016 pre-presidential and presidential campaign. And Republicans would be wise to prepare for that fact. Read more...

Why Not Just Get Rid of the Immigration Law Altogether?

By Mark Krikorian, March 28, 2014

The former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, John Sandweg, published an op-ed this week calling, in effect, for the abolition of immigration law.

Sandweg, a criminal defense attorney and Arizona crony of Janet Napolitano, wrote in relation to President Obama's directive that ICE reexamine enforcement policies with an eye toward making them more "humane." To that end, he says ICE "should eliminate 'non-criminal re-entrants and immigration fugitives' as a priority category for deportation." Read more...

Holding Steady in West Texas

By John Wahala, March 28, 2014

Earlier this month, a group of us convened in El Paso for the Center for Immigration Studies' fourth annual border tour. On previous trips we followed the southwest boundary from east of Douglas, Arizona, to the Imperial Valley of California and traveled south along the Rio Grande from Del Rio, Texas, to Brownsville. This year we covered 1,100 miles, heading briefly into New Mexico before traveling through west Texas down the Rio Grande, into Big Bend National Park, and as far south as Terlingua. Read more...

Another Look at Victims and Humane Treatment under the Law

By Dan Cadman, March 27, 2014

Even as the president, bowing to his open-borders supporters, orders his Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials to find "humane" ways to administer the immigration laws (which may mean "ignoring" those laws, including against previously deported aliens whose presence constitutes a federal felony), communities throughout the nation continue to lurch from tragedy to tragedy based on the actions of illegal aliens who violate our laws, large and small, with impunity. Read more...

A Border Patrol Agent Will Soon Face an Unwarranted Media Attack

By Mike Nicley, March 27, 2014

In a post I wrote on March 8, I lamented the media's mischaracterization of Border Patrol Chief Michael Fisher's use of force memorandum to agency personnel. The national media was positively giddy about the compulsory "limitations" and "restrictions" on the use of deadly force against attackers using "only" rocks in their endeavor to kill a Border Patrol Agent. Read more...

DHS Ombudsman Office Takes Up the Case of Another Elite Group of Migrants

By David North, March 27, 2014

There's a small office within the Department of Homeland Security that is supposed to help aliens with problems with the DHS bureaucracy.

You know, "your poor, your huddled masses" and so on.

Who is that office worried about at the moment? Farm workers confused by complex rules? Sewing machine operators having trouble with their visas?

Far from it. This band of problem-solving cavalrymen is charging off to rescue ... Read more...

Tech Lobby: H-1B Workers Cheaper than Hiring Americans

By John Miano, March 26, 2014

An embarrassing thing happened at an industry lobbyist press conference.

Fox News reports that CompeteAmerica has created a jobs clock that clicks away as imaginary jobs are lost due to immigration restrictions. The Hill also chimed in on the topic. Read more...

The 2014 Congressional Elections and Real Immigration Reform, Pt. 4

By Stanley Renshon, March 26, 2014

The immigration clock is ticking. Whatever the outcome of the 2014 congressional elections, the dynamics that surround the passage of the Senate's 2013 immigration bill, or some real reformist alternative, will be in play. If any immigration legislation fails to be enacted in the next session of Congress, immigration issues will permeate the 2015-2016 presidential campaign. If the House passes some immigration legislation, whether it does or does not become law, immigration will still be a part, though not necessarily a major one, in the presidential campaign themes for both candidates.

It would be prudent for those interested in real immigration reform to be prepared for either eventuality. Read more...

Beware of Treaties in Connection with Immigration Matters

By David North, March 25, 2014

I am frequently being reminded of the non-wisdom of using treaties to sort out immigration and immigrant policies. This occurs to me in the course of some springtime volunteer work I do, helping grad students at a Washington-area university with their income tax returns. (By immigration policy I mean decisions about the admission or non-admission of migrants; immigrant policy, in contrast, deals with how governments handle migrants after they have arrived.) Read more...

Public Advocacy, Victims, and Skewed Moral Compasses
U.S. government refuses to give U.S. citizen maimed by illegal alien information requested under FOIA

By Dan Cadman, March 24, 2014
U.S. government refuses to give U.S. citizen maimed by illegal alien information requested under FOIA

The House of Representatives has taken up a bill, the Immigration Compliance Enforcement Act, that would, among other things, once again require de-funding of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency's alien ombudsman position. Read more...

An Open Letter to President Obama on Income Inequality

By David North, March 24, 2014

Dear Mr. President:

You want to decrease income inequality, and I agree.

You want to increase the minimum wage; yes, that would be helpful for those in the lower-paid parts of the American labor market and would not create costs for run-of-the-mill taxpayers.

You are unlikely to get much help from Congress on either issue, and must rely on your executive powers to bring about change.

With all that in mind, let me make a modest suggestion: impose a minimum wage, of sorts, on foreign workers. Read more...

On Chutzpah, American Oligarchs, and Long-Term Joblessness

By Dan Cadman, March 23, 2014

Do they know no shame? In a post titled "Tech flips the script on immigration foes", The Hill newspaper's "Hillicon Valley" blog, which bills itself as Capitol Hill's online technology information resource, reports: Read more...

Errors Mar Bipartisan Policy Center Report on Enforcement

By Jessica Vaughan, March 21, 2014

A new paper by the pro-amnesty Bipartisan Policy Center, which defends Obama administration claims of "record" deportations, is tainted by errors and mistaken assumptions.

I was most interested in the first section, "Removals (Deportations)", which includes this initial statement:

The common claim that the Obama administration deports unauthorized immigrants in record numbers is true.

The 2014 Congressional Elections and Real Immigration Reform, Pt. 3

By Stanley Renshon, March 21, 2014

If Republicans gain control of the Senate, the chances for real immigration reform will dramatically increase. As Bill Kristol and Richard Lowry understatedly put it, "If Republicans take the Senate and hold the House in 2014, they will be in a much better position to pass a sensible immigration bill."

Kristol and Lowry are even more correct than perhaps they realize. Read more...

Could We Have 13,276,000 Legalization Applicants?

By David North, March 21, 2014

Is there a U.S.-based set of statistics that predicts that more than 13 million illegal aliens might sign up for legalization, were it to be enacted? This would not be a measure of those eligible; it would be a count of those signing up.

Is there such a projection based on official government records?

The answer to both questions is "yes", although the database is an obscure one. Read more...

The Little Agency that Won't (SEVP) Needs a Literate, Honest Budget Writer

By David North, March 20, 2014

I am not sure that I am a fan of deconstructionism, a school of literary criticism that I frankly do not understand very well, but if it means very careful scrutiny of a piece of writing, well, that is exactly what the proposed budget for the Student and Exchange Visitor Program needs, and needs badly.

SEVP is the sleepy government agency that is supposed to manage a million or so foreign students in the nation. Some of these students will become leaders of their nations several decades hence; many will return to their home countries after (one hopes) a good experience in America. Still others will stay on as immigrants, some will become illegal immigrants and the odd one or two have been known to fly airplanes into our tallest buildings. It is quite a mix. Read more...

On Reentry after Deportation, and Faithfully Executing the Laws

By Dan Cadman, March 20, 2014

The Hispanic Trends Project of the Pew Research Center has recently issued a report: "The Rise of Federal Immigration Crimes: Unlawful Reentry Drives Growth".

As the introduction to the report details: Read more...

The 2014 Congressional Elections and Real Immigration Reform, Pt. 2

By Stanley Renshon, March 19, 2014

Republicans are not the only ones involved in a game of "Beat the Clock".

Democrats and Senate immigration bill advocates have their own version, namely: Read more...

Obama Preparing to Stop ICE From Targeting Immigration Offenders

By Jessica Vaughan, March 18, 2014

On Friday, a DHS official leaked to the Los Angeles Times hints of two policy changes in the works to further reduce deportations. If implemented, we can expect deportations to drop by tens of thousands per year, and the communities where they are released can expect them to renew the criminal activity that caused them to be referred to ICE in the first place. Read more...

"A Train Wreck of Emotion on Deportations"

By John Rhodes, March 18, 2014

These are the words of an attendee at a recent workshop on immigration, part of a social ministry fair co-hosted by Catholic Charities and the Archdiocese of Baltimore. The event took place at Seton Keough High School in Baltimore on March 8. The title of the workshop was "Welcoming the Stranger in Frederick County". Read more...

A Postscript on Parole-in-Place

By Dan Cadman, March 18, 2014

In November of last year, then-Director of U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) Alejandro Mayorkas issued a policy memorandum directing examiners to approve all requests for parole on behalf of illegal aliens in the United States who are family of present or former members of the military, including reservists.

Many observers, myself included, objected to the memorandum on both procedural and substantive grounds, and said as much in our various writings. See here, here, and here. Read more...

Foreign Teachers Displacing American Ones Play the Victims

By David North, March 18, 2014

Foreign teachers in the Garland, Texas, schools yelled "foul" when they could not turn a temporary economic benefit (a short-term job in the United States) into a permanent economic bonanza, i.e., a green card.

The Garland Independent School District, like many K-12 institutions in Texas, had decided it would rather hire foreign school teachers through the H-1B program than hire from the huge collection of unemployed American teachers. That general practice was the subject of an earlier CIS report. Read more...