Immigration Blog

California Threatens Another 9/11 with Lax Driver's License

By Jon Feere, May 8, 2014

Every day TSA screeners at airports around the country are tasked with determining whether people are allowed to board airplanes. One thing TSA agents look for is a valid form of identification, usually a driver's license. After it was determined that the 19 9/11 terrorists had nearly 30 driver's licenses between them, each with varying information, the 9/11 Commission recommended some license standardization amongst the states. Read more...

Is There Really a "Shortage" of High-Tech Workers? Read This Book

By David North, May 7, 2014

Do we really need hundreds of thousands of new high-tech foreign workers like H-1Bs each year as industry and political leaders keep telling us?

Or are these massive inflows of aliens, most with only a bachelor's degree, just another way of reducing wage bills for already prosperous corporations?

If you are interested in serious, well-documented answers to those questions Michael Teitelbaum's new book Falling Behind? Boom, Bust & the Global Race for Scientific Talent is a must read. Read more...

Administration, Bowing to Employers, Adds to Foreign Worker Population

By David North, May 6, 2014

Earlier today, the administration, presumably bowing to employer demands, proposed to give permission to work in the United States to perhaps 100,000 additional foreign workers, none being admitted because of their skills.

The DHS press release was headlined, misleadingly:

DHS Announces Proposal to Attract and Retain Highly Skilled Immigrants

Immigration and Health Care

By Steven A. Camarota, May 6, 2014

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I presented the following PowerPoint yesterday at a panel discussion on immigration and health care sponsored by the Galen Institute and the Heritage Foundation. It provides a brief overview of statistics on immigration and health care. It shows that immigration has enormous implications for the nation's health care system. Read more...

There Is Only One Administrative Judge in Employer Sanctions Enforcement

By David North, May 5, 2014

Here's a different way of judging the energy the United States uses in enforcing employer sanctions: Ellen K. Thomas.

Judge Thomas, a civil servant, is neither the hero nor the villain of this piece. But she is a living measure of the level of seriousness of immigration enforcement in the labor market. ("Employer sanctions" is shorthand for the law that private employers cannot hire illegal alien workers.)

You see, she is the only administrative law judge handling appeals when employers are fined for either having illegal alien workers, or having inadequate records on the civil status of their workers, or both. The only one in the entire country. Read more...

Illegal Aliens and Child ID Theft: "Acts of Hate"?

By Ronald W. Mortensen, May 5, 2014

Why does Jeb Bush hate American dads and their children? That question flows naturally from the fact that the illegal-alien dads, who Jeb has said sneak into the United States as an "act of love" for their families, immediately turn to what can only be described as "acts of hate" against American families.

One of the very first things that Jeb's illegal-alien dads do is to illegally obtain a Social Security number (a felony) in order to get jobs and other benefits reserved for American citizens and legal immigrants. Read more...

Further Reflections on Asylum in the United States
Can the federal government use deception training and technology to separate the wheat from the chaff?

By Dan Cadman, May 5, 2014
Can the federal government use deception training and technology to separate the wheat from the chaff?

In March of this year, the Center for Immigration Studies published a paper I wrote outlining problems plaguing the asylum program as administered in the United States — and, candidly, probably elsewhere as well, although the facts and figures reflecting radical statistical shifts in the American program leap out and demand explanation, reflecting as they do a strong probability of massive amounts of fraud.

At the end of April, the Center sponsored a panel discussion on asylum in which I participated, and I have been reflecting on a number of things raised there since. (The video and transcript of the discussion are here.) Read more...

What If They Had an Amnesty and No One Came?

By David North, May 4, 2014

You have to feel sorry for USCIS and the Obama administration.

They are, yet again, in a situation in which they are offering legal status to some illegal aliens, and the response is apparently well below expectations — probably because of the near-total lack of interior enforcement of immigration law. Why pay fees and fill out papers when there is no real danger of deportation? Read more...

Getting the Facts Right on Virginia's Grant of In-State Tuition to Illegal Aliens

By Jon Feere, May 4, 2014

The governor and attorney general of Virginia have misled the public and the media on their plan to grant in-state tuition breaks to illegal aliens. Last week Attorney General Mark R. Herring (D) sent a letter to presidents of the state's colleges and universities advising them that Virginia would begin recognizing President Obama's lawless Deferred Action (DACA) policy as justification for granting illegal aliens in-state tuition. Read more...

Suggested Response to Virginia AG's Ruling on In-State Tuition: A Yawn

By David North, May 1, 2014

The Attorney General of Virginia, Mark Herring, has issued an opinion that Virginia state colleges and universities may accept one group of illegal-alien resident students in their institutions and let them pay at in-state tuition rates.

The subject of the opinion is the set of aliens who have secured temporary legal status through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the Obama administration's amnesty-by-fiat. DACAs are supposed to have arrived illegally in the States prior to their 16th birthday. Read more...

Immigration Reform in a Republican Controlled Senate, Pt. 8

By Stanley Renshon, May 1, 2014

Perhaps the most basic reason why it is important for a Republican Senate majority to pass their version of an immigration reform bill is contained in the following sentence from an article in the Washington Post describing House Speaker John Boehner's message on immigration: "That the House may one day act independently of the Senate but won't seriously engage on the subject until his colleagues reach a level of trust with Obama, who they say has openly disregarded federal law in an attempt to advance his political agenda."

The key part of that sentence is the reference to "the House acting independently of the Senate". Read more...

American Samoa Amnesty Update

By David North, April 29, 2014

About a month ago, I wrote a blog regarding the ongoing amnesty in American Samoa with the headline "Could we have 13,276,000 Legalization Applicants?"

The big number was based on the not-necessarily-valid assumption that the percentage of illegal aliens in the South Pacific territory and in the United States would be about the same, and that American Samoa's amnesty had enrolled 2,400 applicants in its program by that point. American Samoa, alone of the territories, runs its own immigration system. Read more...

Immigration Reform in a Republican Controlled Senate, Pt. 7

By Stanley Renshon, April 28, 2014

Why would 13 Republican senators who voted for the massive, complex, and largely unread Senate immigration bill in 2013 vote for a much more focused set of immigration bills covering enforcement, followed by selective legalization for those qualified, and recasting the balance between more circumscribed family unification and increased opportunities for higher skilled and educated immigrants? Read more...

Controversial Keystone Pipeline Shows Good Taste: Rejects EB-5 Funding

By David North, April 28, 2014

I am personally not a big supporter of the controversial Keystone Pipeline, which will run from the oil sands of Canada to our southern states, but I must say that the project's operators have excellent taste in one thing: they flatly rejected the prospect of EB-5 funding.

It was going to be funneled to them through the much-investigated South Dakota Regional Center (SDRC), a USCIS-licensed entity. Read more...

Yet Another Visa Class Is Being Misused: E-2 Investors

By David North, April 27, 2014

There is yet another visa class that is being used to mistreat alien workers and to take jobs from Americans — this time it is the Treaty Investors (E-2) category.

How can an alien granted treaty investor status by our diplomats — that sounds pretty prosperous — be exploited in a blue-collar job? We will get to that bit of black magic in a moment. Read more...

Immigration Reform in a Republican-Controlled Senate, Pt. 6

By Stanley Renshon, April 25, 2014

Republican leaders have, understandably, not gone very far in publicly discussing their possible agenda if they win control of both the House and the Senate in the November elections. One thing is clear so far, however, and that is that immigration reform is not at the top of their list.

This is, in some ways, understandable. Tax and entitlement reform are large, important issues for Republican supporters, as is substantial modification or replacement of the president's heath care law. Read more...

An Unsatisfactory Senate Report on an Unsatisfactory DHS Inspector General

By David North, April 25, 2014

A Senate committee has just released a damning, but not very satisfying, bipartisan report on the former Deputy and Acting Inspector-General of the Department of Homeland Security, Charles K. Edwards.

The once-over-lightly Washington Post article on the subject can be seen here and the full text of the report can be seen here. Read more...

What Does CIR Do for Foreign Teachers? Nothing

By John Miano, April 25, 2014

In Texas and Maryland teachers on H-1B visas are getting the bad news: they have to go home.

They were lured to the United States with promises of green cards. They were forced to pay fees and kickbacks to keep their jobs.

After investing years and thousands of dollars, these foreign teachers have nothing. (My colleague David North has written extensively on this issue.) Read more...

Numerous Classes of Victims Secure Admission to the U.S.

By David North, April 24, 2014

Most new immigrants are simply relatives of earlier immigrants.

Many others are admitted because they, under our employer-tilted laws, are considered "needed workers" or are their relatives.

A growing number of migrants, however, fit into neither category; they manage to secure legal status in the United States because they fall into one of the many classes of victims that a generous Uncle Sam says qualifies them to be acceptable migrants to the United States. Read more...

Immigration Reform in a Republican-Controlled Senate, Pt. 5

By Stanley Renshon, April 23, 2014

The best path to real immigration reform in a 2015 Senate narrowly controlled by Republicans -- as many as 13 of whose likely GOP members voted for the Democratic immigration bill in 2013 -- is through the chairman of the Judiciary Committee.

The chairman can set the direction of the committee and frame the specific issues it will address and hold hearings on, but he can do much more. He can choose which immigration bill will be brought before the committee for debate and markup. Read more...

ICE Policy Change on Detainers Fuels Lawsuits to Obstruct Enforcement

By Jessica Vaughan, April 23, 2014

A federal judge in Oregon has ruled that local law enforcement agencies must not comply with ICE detainers, a key tool used by ICE to take custody of criminal aliens for investigation and possible removal. As a result, nine sheriffs in Oregon announced that they would cease honoring detainers and begin releasing any arrested aliens who complete their sentence or bond out of jail before ICE has a chance to charge them. Read more...

Replacing Americans with Cheap Foreign Labor No Longer News

By John Miano, April 23, 2014

The cheap labor industry is now having the same problem with the American media that Americans workers have had for a while: its short attention span.

In past years, the exhaustion of the H-1B quota served as the vehicle for companies to plaster the media with stories about a crisis: A huge mythical shortage of workers coupled with a shortage of H-1B visas.

Those stories have gotten old, so there are not many of them this time around. Read more...

John McCain Gets Some Love on Morning Joe

By Jerry Kammer, April 22, 2014

Writing in the New York Times about the Nevada rancher who has become a media star by refusing to pay the grazing fees he owes for running his cattle on federally owned land, Timothy Egan observed: "Easterners, especially clueless ones in politics and the press, have always had a soft spot for a defiant white dude in a Stetson." Read more...

Immigration Reform in a Republican-Controlled Senate, Pt. 4

By Stanley Renshon, April 21, 2014

Any realistic numbers by which Republicans would gain control of the Senate would still leave the relative weight of the parties rather close to each other. That means that getting Republican legislation passed, including immigration legislation, will not be easy. That includes real immigration reform. Read more...

A Catholic's Dissent from the Bishops' Immigration Policy, Pt. 4

By Jerry Kammer, April 21, 2014

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The most astonishing moral declaration I've ever heard from a member of the Catholic clergy was made at a 2004 conference on immigration at the University of Notre Dame. The speaker was Bishop Thomas Wenski, who was then chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Migration. Said Wenski:

I think we can make a summary of Catholic social teaching in one phrase: No human being can ever be considered as a problem. When we consider a human being as a problem, we depersonalize him, we offend his human dignity. When we allow any class of human beings to be categorized as a problem, then we give ourselves permission to look for solutions. And as the history of the 20th century has proven, sometimes we look for final solutions.

I listened in stunned disbelief. A leader of the Catholic Church, my church, was warning that concerns about immigration were so fraught with peril that they must be rejected lest they produce horrors akin to the extermination campaign with which Hitler pursued his "final solution to the Jewish problem"? Read more...

"Silicon Valley Treats American Workers Like H-1Bs"

By David North, April 21, 2014

That should have been the New York Times headline for today's article about how the major IT employers have been sued "on claims of conspiring to keep their employees down".

Instead, the Times headline predicted the outcome of a class action suit by U.S. workers against Google, Apple, Intel, and Adobe with these words: "In Silicon Valley Thriller, a Settlement May Preclude the Finale". Read more...

Immigration Reform in a Republican-Controlled Senate, Pt. 3

By Stanley Renshon, April 21, 2014

Life and politics rarely proceed in a straight line. And that goes for the possibility of real immigration reform in a Republican-controlled Senate.

The actual numbers of Republican Senators, new and old, who would support real immigration reform, as opposed to a 2015 clone of the Democrats' 2013 effort, is a question mark. Read more...

Hair-splitting Judges Rule in Favor of Northern Border Coyote

By David North, April 18, 2014

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals has recently ruled that an admitted alien smuggler, who worked in upstate New York, should not be deported because he did not actually cross the border with the assisted illegals, thus blowing another hole in the already faltering efforts to enforce the immigration law.

The case also reminds us that illegal aliens don't sneak across the southern border only and that Indian reservations along either border complicate law enforcement there. Read more...

Fewer Deportations, More Repeat Offenders

By Dan Cadman, April 17, 2014

For the second time in a very short span, I am writing about an immigration-related item to be found in the New York Times. Earlier this week, I commented on an article entitled "Hoping for Asylum, Migrants Strain U.S. Border".

Now I find myself looking retrospectively to an article which preceded that one by a matter of days, and feeling obliged to respond to some of the assertions that can be found within it. This article was published by the Times on April 6, with the heading "More Deportations Follow Minor Crimes, Records Show". Read more...