Immigration Blog

Administration Damages Yet Another Immigration Enforcement Tool

By David North, July 22, 2015

One of the best tools used to uncover fraud in the H-1B and L-1 nonimmigrant worker programs has just been hurt by yet another effort by the administration to undercut the enforcement of immigrant law.

This tool is an unannounced visit by a DHS official who will (a) make sure that the entity exists as stated on an application, and (b) look at documentation such as pay slips. Read more...

GAO Examines UAC Processing and Housing Procedures, but Misses the Fiscal Mark

By Dan Cadman, July 21, 2015

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report on July 15 called "Unaccompanied Alien Minors: Actions Needed to Ensure Children Receive Required Care in DHS Custody".

I suspect advocacy groups will make a great deal of noise over it because of the "inconsistencies" it reveals in processing by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) inspectors and Border Patrol agents. Read more...

Murder Uncovers Illegal Aliens in the Mushroom Business

By David North, July 21, 2015

Here's a helpful memorandum to those thinking about hiring illegal aliens:

  • If you are going to hire illegal aliens, see to it that they do not murder each other.
  • If the feds catch you with a bunch of illegals on your payroll, don't re-hire them under other names.

A big mushroom farm did not follow those simple rules and now has to forfeit more than $1 million in ill-gotten gains. Read more...

Congress's Proposed Cure for Sanctuary Cities Must Not Be Worse Than the Disease

By Dan Cadman, July 20, 2015

The public all over the nation is expressing uniform and vociferous outrage over the needless recent murder of Kate Steinle in San Francisco due to that city-county's sanctuary policies. The backlash shows growing recognition that the problem is not limited to San Francisco, but is in fact nationwide, as revealed by my colleague Jessica Vaughan.

The most common method of obstructing immigration enforcement is by refusing to honor detainers filed against aliens arrested for criminal offenses whom federal authorities wish to take into custody for deportation when state criminal justice proceedings are over. This refusal to honor detainers, along with other sanctuary obstacles, like rules prohibiting exchanges of information, is a problem that has been festering for years and yet few executive branch officials or legislators have shown much willingness to grapple with it. Read more...

New Zealand Also Has an Immigration Lottery

By David North, July 17, 2015

This is a little awkward for me to write. As one who has spent a lot of time looking at immigration policies in other democracies, as well as the United States, I had long believed that ours was the only nation on Earth crazy enough to have an immigration lottery.

The so-called Diversity Visas are dealt out to aliens winning our lottery at the rate of 50,000 a year. None of the newcomers needs a skill or a tie to the United States -- they simply have to come from a nation that does not send us lots of immigrants, have a high school diploma or the equivalent, and be lucky. It is a policy that is hard to defend.

I have now discovered, through the most obscure of sources, that sensible little New Zealand has a similar policy. This chagrins me because I was not aware of it, despite my having spent a year (decades before the policy was developed) as a Fulbright Scholar in Wellington, the capital of that nation. Read more...

Reflections on "Domestic" Terror in Chattanooga

By Dan Cadman, July 16, 2015

The train wreck that passes for federal immigration and nationality policy has once again collided into reality with bloody consequences.

The fact is that it happens every day, but most of the instances rarely get more than local coverage. Yet in the last few weeks the entire nation has been riveted by two egregious instances of the disastrous and fatal consequences of the government's flawed policies. Read more...

Immigration: The Problem That Must Not Be Named

By CIS, July 16, 2015

It's frustratingly common: The mainstream media discusses a social problem obviously impacted by immigration — overcrowding, low wages, increasing poverty, etc. — but assiduously avoids any mention of immigration. To much of the media, using the word immigration in the context of any social problem has become a taboo, roughly equivalent to saying "Voldemort" in a Hogwarts classroom.

This past Independence Day, the New York Times offered another example. In an article titled, "It's Summer, but Where Are the Teenage Workers?", a Times reporter lamented that teenage summer employment rates have been trending generally downward since the late 1980s. The decrease has been especially sharp since 2000: Read more...

Everything Is Absolutely Perfect in One Aspect of the EB-5 Program

By David North, July 16, 2015

There is little perfection in most people's lives — there may be a few weeds in the lawn, noisy neighbors, a damp basement, a child or grandchild who is not doing very well in school, or some combination of these or other blemishes.

But there is one perfect segment of the controversial EB-5 (immigrant investor) program that is so beloved by the Obama administration. This is the program that essentially sells a family-sized set of immigration visas to aliens who put $500,000 into a DHS-approved, if not guaranteed, project, usually in real estate.

During the months of October-December 2014, USCIS received 810 EB-5-related green card applications and denied none of them — zero, zip, nada. That's a score of 810 to 0. Read more...

Biased Sample Study Shows DACA Is an Economic Boon to Former Illegals

By David North, July 14, 2015

Using a remarkably (if perhaps unconsciously) biased survey sample, a recent study has shown that the DACA program does good things for the economics of its beneficiaries and, indirectly, for those of state governments.

The newspapers, of course, picked up the cheerful news and ignored the bias — which is, I must admit, a bit harder to understand. (DACA is the Obama administration's by-fiat temporary legalization program for relatively young illegal aliens who came to the United States before their 16th birthdays.) Read more...

Aliens, Crime, and Deportation

By David North, July 13, 2015

Here's a thought about the relationship between aliens and crime that was inspired by the appearance of my colleague, Jessica Vaughan, on the PBS "NewsHour" Friday night. (She was, in the lamentable PBS-NPR tradition, outnumbered by being cast opposite two open-borders people.) Read more...

Current Immigration Debate Needs the Concept of "Population-Neutral"

By David North, July 10, 2015

There is a useful concept in tax policy referred to as "revenue-neutral".

This term is often used in legislative packages that call for closing tax loopholes while lowering rates in another part of the tax system so that the rules are changed, but the size of the revenue stream is not. (Frankly, I am in favor of a non-revenue-neutral policy that would raise taxes on the rich — but that's another subject.) Read more...

Rending the Fabric of Truth in the Steinle Case

By Dan Cadman, July 9, 2015

In modern America, all of us are accustomed to elected and appointed political leaders spinning, bending, and manipulating the truth in order to score points or shape public opinion.

But there are limits to the credibly do-able, and with all of the finger-pointing in the wake of Kate Steinle's murder at the hands of an illegal alien, it's clear that the fabric of truth has been stretched so far as to have been rent asunder by San Francisco officials' attempts to evade moral responsibility for the tragedy and direct it at somebody else. Here are some of the whoppers that have been told: Read more...

Here's a Snake Story that the Patrol Should Send to All Media in Mexico

By David North, July 9, 2015

Most people are afraid of snakes in general and particularly those that bite, especially those with a poisonous bite.

I would hope that the Border Patrol is flooding the Mexican media with press releases, filmed interviews with the victim (in Spanish), and above all, photos and video footage of this kind of snake.

All of this relates to a Border Patrol press release issued earlier today that included this buried paragraph: Read more...

Yet Another Chinese Immigrant in California Cheats Countrymen in EB-5 Case

By David North, July 8, 2015

They just keep coming — stories about EB-5 fraud, that is. This is the third blog I have written about this subject in the last 10 days. Each case was new to me and seemed to be more troublesome than the last.

The latest one involves Bingqing Yang, CEO of a Northern California oil and gas company. The Securities and Exchange Commission, according to an industry website, charged her with running a $68 million Ponzi-like scheme that victimized several Chinese EB-5 investors. Read more...

Feds Play Needless Game of Chicken with Public Safety in Utah

By Dan Cadman, July 7, 2015

A few days ago, the Salt Lake Tribune ran a story detailing how the state of Utah enacted legislation requiring background checks to determine immigration status before issuing driver's licenses. The law was to go into effect on July 1st. It didn't. Read more...

Update on Save Jobs USA's H-4 Case

By John Miano, July 7, 2015

Last week there was a little activity in the Save Jobs USA case against DHS over its use of regulation to allow aliens to work on H-4 visas. Judge Chutkan denied DHS's motion to dismiss the case on procedural grounds. That means the case will move to a decision. A win is still a win, but I would not read too much into this decision because, just as with the denial of the preliminary injunction motion, no merit issues were decided. Read more...

Sneaky Immigration Policy Proposals on E-2 Visas and the Age of Children

By David North, July 7, 2015

Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.) has bundled two unattractive proposals (one old and one new) into a single bill (H.R.1834).

He wants to adjust the status of some nonimmigrant business people and their relatives now here on E-2 (temporary) visas to immigrant status; such conversions are a familiar technique in the immigration field, but not a good idea in this case. Read more...

Trumping Trump
According to the ACLU, La Raza, the New York Times, and the SSA, 75% of illegal immigrants commit felonies

By Ronald W. Mortensen, July 7, 2015
According to the ACLU, La Raza, the New York Times, and the SSA, 75% of illegal immigrants commit felonies

Did Donald Trump overstate the level of crime committed by illegal immigrants? Not according to the ACLU, the National Council of La Raza, the New York Times, and the Social Security Administration (SSA).

According to these organizations, as many as 75 percent of illegal immigrants use unlawfully obtained Social Security numbers to pay payroll (Social Security) taxes. That, in turn, means that the vast majority of illegal immigrants are committing multiple federal and state felonies including forgery, Social Security fraud, perjury on I-9 forms, and identity theft. Read more...

Another Life Needlessly Lost to Unacceptable Immigration Policies

By Dan Cadman, July 6, 2015

By all accounts Kate Steinle was a vivacious young woman with a bright future ahead of her — until she met her death at the hands of an illegal alien while strolling on a San Francisco pier with her father, who witnessed the fatal shooting. The alien was quickly apprehended by police and identified as Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, a citizen of Mexico with seven felony convictions and five prior deportations from the United States. Read more...

Knowing What We Know Now, Mrs. Clinton, Would You Still Support Sanctuary Cities?

By Mark Krikorian, July 6, 2015

In the wake of the murder of Kate Steinle by a five-times-deported illegal-alien felon, news organizations worthy of the name would be all over the Democratic candidates asking if they regret their past, repeated, emphatic support for sanctuary cities. Read more...

Sleepy Immigration Agency with a Strange Appeals System

By David North, July 6, 2015

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) is the sleepiest of the immigration-management agencies — and that's saying a lot. Its task is to monitor nearly 9,000 educational entities, which, in turn, are supposed to monitor more than a million foreign students (as well as the foreign graduates who are working in the OPT program). Read more...

New York State and City Misuse Limited Federal Terrorism Grant Funds

By Dan Cadman, July 3, 2015

The Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) has issued a stinging report, "New York's Management of Homeland Security Grant Program Awards for Fiscal Years 2010-2012", on the use and misuse of terrorism grant funds provided to both the state and city of New York. Read more...

When Is a Boat Not a Boat?

By David North, July 2, 2015

Our immigration agencies often use language to obscure the true meaning of something, as my colleague Jon Feere reported recently.

An example of his concern is the use of this oft-repeated line: "DACA is for children brought here through no fault of their own." In reality, as Feere pointed out, "DACA isn't just for 'children' and the program doesn't require that illegal aliens prove they were brought here" as opposed to arriving illegally on their own. Read more...

Designating Foreign Terrorist Organizations and Immigration Enforcement

By Dan Cadman, July 2, 2015

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has just issued a public report on the process used to designate foreign terrorist organizations (FTOs) under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), which assigns lead responsibility to the Secretary of State. It is called "Combating Terrorism: Foreign Terrorist Organization Designation Process and U.S. Agency Enforcement Actions". Read more...

Primer for Reporters Looking Into the H-1B Program

By John Miano, July 1, 2015

American media, I welcome you to the H-1B cesspool. After decades of neglect, I am happily surprised that Southern California Edison and Disney have drawn new attention to the H-1B program.

I do have one nit to pick. Many of you are referring to "loopholes" and "abuse". That is entirely incorrect. Disney and SCE show that the H-1B program is working as it designed to work. You need to start looking deeper. Read more...

Another EB-5 Scandal Emerges in California

By David North, July 1, 2015

Having just written a blog a couple of days ago about how the immigrant investor program seems to attract crooks and wastrels, yesterday I encountered yet another instance of this pattern.

The facts may not all be in, but the charge in a civil lawsuit in California is disturbing. The former chief financial officer of SolarMax Technology in Los Angeles, Michael McCaffrey, has asserted that his former employer fired him for revealing the company's "fraud and financial improprieties" in connection with its raising of some $60 million in EB-5 funds. Read more...

Clinton Cash Flashback, Immigration Edition

By Mark Krikorian, June 30, 2015

I can't let this month expire without noting that it's the 20th anniversary of Barbara Jordan's bipartisan Commission on Immigration Reform recommending a reduction in legal immigration to about 500,000 per year (it's twice that level today). After their release, President Clinton said the recommendations were "consistent with my own views," while White House press secretary Mike McCurry said: "the President indicated to Barbara Jordan today that he will support such reductions."

By March he'd flipped, opposing especially the cuts in family chain migration. Read more...

Enforcement Cooperation Is a One-Way Street

By Dan Cadman, June 30, 2015

The now-concluded manhunt for two convicted killers in upper New York state has had me thinking about immigration enforcement and cooperation. This is because the first killer to be located, Richard Matt, was tracked down and confronted by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Border Patrol agents (BPAs), who were obliged to shoot him when he refused to lay down his weapon in the encounter. Read more...

Is There Something about EB-5 that Attracts Wastrels and Crooks?

By David North, June 29, 2015

It looks like it has become a pattern: An executive gets involved with the EB-5 program and is subsequently charged with a variety of abuses. The latest such story has emerged from within Michigan's state government.

According to the Detroit Free Press, the state's chief internal auditor reported that the state's EB-5 office (part of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority) and a sister agency issued seven contracts that were marked by "a lack of competitive bidding, inflated charges, and invoices that were paid twice."

The director of housing and the EB-5 program, Scott Woosley, was forced out of office last year following other charges of extravagance and waste. For instance, the Lansing News reported the following under the heading "Escargot and a stretch limo; 5 expenses that landed Michigan housing director in hot water": Read more...

Here to Stay
Court statistics reveal Obama policy on surge crossers is a failure

By Jessica Vaughan, June 26, 2015
Court statistics reveal Obama policy on surge crossers is a failure

Most of the illegal border crossers from Central America who arrived in last year's surge have skipped out on their hearings, according to immigration court statistics obtained by Fox News. Only about 1 percent of the total have been awarded legal status or relief from deportation by immigration judges, but a significant number (37 percent) of the unaccompanied juvenile arrivals have had their cases closed or terminated, which indicates that they most likely also will be allowed to avoid deportation. In spite of these facts, yesterday the Obama administration announced that it will release the few illegal crossers who were detained, as well as any new arrivals who "state a claim" for asylum. Read more...