Immigration Blog

Americans Say NO to Illegal Aliens Being Housed in Their Communities

By Marguerite Telford, July 2, 2014

Tens of thousands of illegal aliens are being transported across the country to stay at facilities for unspecified periods of time, at the taxpayers' expense. An estimated two-thirds of these aliens are adults with children, and one-third are unaccompanied minors, mostly males between the ages of 14-17. Americans, angered by the government's unwillingness to stop the flow, are losing patience, as seen by the protests in California. Read more...

Unsecured Border: Interview with Brooks Co. Chief Deputy Sheriff

By Jerry Kammer, July 2, 2014

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Brooks County, Texas is mostly a vast semi-desert range-land and sits 65 miles north of the Mexican border. But Chief Deputy Sheriff Benny Martinez says 80-85 percent of his force’s time is spent on problems related to the border, from illegal immigration to drug smuggling. Read more...

N.Y. Legislator, Supporter of State Dream Act, Zapped for Marriage Fraud

By David North, July 1, 2014

Gabriela Rosa, a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly and a supporter of that state's law allowing illegal aliens to pay in-state tuition rates at state colleges, has just been forced to resign from the legislature because of her admission of immigration/marriage and other forms of fraud. Read more...

Unsecured Border: Catholic Charities Helps Weary Border Crossers in South Texas

By Jerry Kammer, July 1, 2014

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Introductory Comment: On several occasions this blog has criticized the Catholic Church's position on immigration, especially its position on illegal immigration. But last week I was proud as a Catholic to see the effort that Catholic Charities has mobilized to meet the basic human needs — for food, clothing, shelter, and compassion — of Central Americans released by the Border Patrol in the Rio Grande Valley. Read more...

Still No Solution to Border Crisis

By CIS, July 1, 2014

The following is by Grace McCrocklin, who is an intern at CIS this summer.

As soon as I tell anyone that I am interning for the Center for Immigration Studies, I'm asked about the influx of unaccompanied minors at our southwest border. A crisis situation exists with illegal aliens flooding into America, knowing that as soon as they turn themselves in to Border Patrol agents, they will likely be processed and eventually discharged to family members already in the United States or to foster families. Read more...

White House Press Secretary Offers Short, Ineffectual Lesson in Government Economics

By Dan Cadman, July 1, 2014

Multiple media sources are reporting that Speaker John Boehner is planning to push a measure in the House of Representatives that will authorize filing a lawsuit against the president for his multiple executive actions in flagrant disregard of congressional legislative authority. Read more...

Avoiding GOP Immigration Reform Self-Sabotage, Pt. 9: The Lure of $$$

By Stanley Renshon, June 30, 2014

If there's one thing that Democrats, Beltway Republicans, and their supporters agree on it is that immigration is good for America's bottom line.

Larry Kudlow makes that case in National Review as follows: "The dynamic idea is that immigration significantly increases the size of the U.S. labor force, and that more workers mean more growth." Read more...

Unsecured Border: Univision Shows Border Absurdity

By Jerry Kammer, June 30, 2014

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The story of Central Americans streaming across the border is, of course, getting big play on Univision. Read more...

Want to Get Legalized Because Your Citizen Kids Abused You? Lots of Luck!

By David North, June 30, 2014

A minority of illegal aliens can get legalized under current laws — it's covered by the term "adjustment of status". There are a number of different ways to do this, but the rarest and most challenging path is to try to convince USCIS that your U.S. citizen children have abused you.

The Violence Against Women Act says that "an alien battered or subjected to extreme cruelty by a United States citizen daughter or son" may apply for a green card. Read more...

Unsecured Border: Central American Parents Describe the Push from Home and the Pull from U.S. Policies

By Jerry Kammer, June 30, 2014

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Cradling a six-month old baby in her arms, a Honduran woman stepped off the Border Patrol bus at the bus station in McAllen, Texas last Tuesday. They would soon be on a Greyhound bus heading for Miami, joining the thousands of illegal immigrants who are being released by the Border Patrol after a few days in custody. They are fanning out across the country, carrying documents that allow them to travel freely but also order them to report to immigration authorities after they reach their destination. Read more...

Records Reveal Few Central Americans Deported

By Jessica Vaughan, June 27, 2014

Government records confirm that very few of the tens of thousands of Central Americans apprehended by the Border Patrol or ICE in recent years have been sent home. These records show that the aspirations of tens of thousands of Central Americans now surging across the border in south Texas have been based on a realistic assessment of their chances to remain in the United States, not on false rumors, as Obama administration officials have asserted. The numbers also show that the number of juveniles deported has declined significantly since 2008. Read more...

Why Did the Senate's Amnesty/Immigration-Surge Bill Fail?

By Mark Krikorian, June 27, 2014

Today is the one-year anniversary of Senate passage of S.744, the Schumer-Rubio bill that would have doubled legal immigration and guest workers, legalized the bulk of the illegal-alien population, and promised better enforcement in the future. Now that even Representative Luis Gutierrez, the loudest cheerleader in the House for "comprehensive immigration reform," has admitted that the push for amnesty and increased immigration is dead — at least for now — it's worth considering why it died. Read more...

Illegal Alien Prospers, Owes $22 Million in Back Taxes

By David North, June 27, 2014

Illegal aliens are typically portrayed as poverty-stricken, and many of them are.

Then there's Lee Ang.

A federal court earlier this year declared he owed about $22 million in back taxes and interest, and that was just for the tax years 1998-2001. Read more...

Unsecured Border: Guatemalan Consul Says Cross-Border Surge Began in 2011

By Jerry Kammer, June 26, 2014

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At his office on Broadway Street in the Texas border town of McAllen, Guatemalan consul Allan Perez said the illegal influx of his countrymen is nothing new, even though the numbers have jumped in recent months.

Indeed, said Perez, the Guatemalan consulate was established here in 2011 because the number of illegal border crossers had already begun to spike, as can be seen in this graph. Read more...

Hospital Uses Medicaid-Funded Bribes to Fuel Illegal-Alien Childbirth Business

By David North, June 26, 2014

The birth of a baby should be a joyous occasion. One would hope it would come to a family that will love the baby and be able to handle the costs.

It should not be a matter of corporate bribes. Yet bribes and profits are exactly the subject of an ongoing lawsuit involving the births of (automatic citizen) babies to illegal alien mothers. Read more...

Unsecured Border: Interview with Linda Vickers, Rancher

By Jerry Kammer, June 26, 2014

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Linda Vickers says most of the people who hike across her ranch about 70 miles north of the Mexican border try to move through quickly, quietly, and inconspicuously. They want only to circumvent the Border Patrol checkpoint nearby on Highway 281 and to rendezvous with a smuggling vehicle, which is often driven by gang members from Houston that have joined the lucrative smuggling trade. Read more...

The Remarkable Creativity of Those Seeking to Violate Immigration Law

By David North, June 26, 2014

If we could only channel the remarkable creativity of those seeking to violate immigration law into other, better, endeavors, there would be shuttle planes flying to and from Mars — right now.

In a recent posting I told how one alien had successfully used a phony divorce to secure a green card, while another had been thwarted in the same maneuver. Not a phony marriage, which is not very creative, but a phony divorce. Read more...

A Mess of the Administration's Making

By James R. Edwards Jr., June 25, 2014

The tidal wave of illegal alien young people that's buffeting our southern border seems to be nothing other than a "crisis" of the Obama administration's own making. What would you expect to happen, given the clear pro-amnesty signals and unilateral disarmament perpetrated by this administration for more than five years? Read more...

Clarification About the Lone ALJ Working on Employer Sanctions Appeals

By David North, June 25, 2014

About a month ago I bemoaned the fact that the administration's enforcement of employer sanctions (i.e., private employers are barred from hiring illegal aliens) is so feeble that a single administrative law judge (ALJ) could handle all the administrative appeals stemming from that enforcement.

One in the whole country. Her name is Ellen K. Thomas.

Well, I understated my case and I want to correct it. It is worse than that. Read more...

Will Taxpayer-Funded Defense of Illegal Aliens in Deportation Become the Norm, Despite the Law?

By Dan Cadman, June 24, 2014

What do you call a leader who, acting through his sundry ministers and counselors, ignores parliament and creates programs out of will and whimsy if the legislature does not enact laws when-and-as he wishes? A leader who, not liking all laws equally, decides which to ignore and which to enforce, and under what circumstances he will do so? In any other country, we would call that man "despot". Here in the United States these days, we call him president.

A few days ago, the New York Times reported that Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder was going to provide $2 million in federal grant funds to aid groups in providing legal representation to aliens caught up in the recent southern border surge of women and minors. Read more...

U.S. Sheepherders Finally Win a Round in Court

By David North, June 24, 2014

Perhaps the worst case of exploitation of foreign workers, and the exclusion of American workers, comes with the job of sheepherding on western ranches, where near-medieval working conditions prevail, as we have noted in the past.

Earlier this month the DC Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the resident herders and did so in ringing tones: Read more...

Questions about the Surge of Unaccompanied Illegal-Alien Minors

By Ronald W. Mortensen, June 24, 2014

Much has been written about the large numbers of unaccompanied minors illegally entering the United States. However there are a myriad of questions that need to be asked and answered about the effect that this will have on the United States. Here are a couple of dozen:

Who Is Paying?

  1. Are American taxpayers covering the $1.4 billion to $2 billion costs to care for children illegally entering the United States while still continuing to provide hundreds of millions of dollars of foreign assistance to the home countries of these children?

CIS Gets an Offer We Will Refuse from a Bangladeshi Organization

By David North, June 21, 2014

We at the Center for Immigration Studies have just received an offer, via e-mail, from a recruiting agency in Bangladesh that we, absolutely, plan to refuse.

The offer appears to be that if we hire someone from that country, selected by that agency, and arrange for a visa, that agency will pay us for our services. Read more...

The Border Crisis and the Question of Who Gets What

By Jerry Kammer, June 21, 2014

They say government is the process of deciding who gets what. For an example of how that is playing out today, consider the interplay among the New York Times editorial position on the crisis at the Texas border, Times readers outraged at what they see as the newspaper's errant liberalism, and a plea from New Mexico Senator Tom Udall (D) regarding unmet needs of Native American children. Read more...

Quick, What's the Annual Level of Legal Immigration?

By David North, June 20, 2014

My colleague, Mark Krikorian, recently made the point that few Americans have any idea of the actual level of immigration to this country — currently about a million a year.

With that in mind I decided to run a tiny test of that notion at what I thought was a collection of bright, well-educated, well-traveled people — we were all attending a cocktail party on Embassy Row. Read more...

Central American Leaders Seek U.S. Reform while Their Own People Seek Security at Home

By Jerry Kammer, June 19, 2014

The president of El Salvador has announced that when he and other Central American leaders meet Friday with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, he will push for U.S.immigration reform to provide legal status for illegal immigrants and allow the children they left behind to join them. Read more...

Let's Press Mexico Regarding Those Young Central Americans

By David North, June 19, 2014

An important skill for political leaders is knowing how to use leverage to get someone else to do one's own dirty work. It's the kind of thing LBJ did all the time.

The Kings of Saudi Arabia have for years saved their people from fighting wars by conning America into doing its fighting, as in the First Gulf War, for example, just as the Brits used to employ Gurkhas for jungle fighting. Australia hires Papua-New Guinea to house its refugees; the list goes on.

Let's do a little of this ourselves, vis-a-vis the surge of young Central Americans now flooding into south Texas after long trips through Mexico. Let's cause Mexico to control its own southern border, to prevent this migration. Read more...

ICE Criminal Alien Releases Continue; Still No Details from DHS

By Jessica Vaughan, June 19, 2014

Last week, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson told the Senate Judiciary committee that, weeks after the revelation that ICE freed 36,000 convicted criminal aliens last year, he is still trying to understand what happened, and declined to provide the senators with further details on who, when, where, and why the criminal aliens were freed.

Meanwhile, the criminal alien releases continue. ICE records reveal that the total number of non-detained convicted criminal aliens has grown by nearly 17,000 since the end of last fiscal year. Read more...

Obama's Policies Are Responsible for the Flood of Children in Texas

By Mike Nicley, June 18, 2014

Before the immigration crisis is over in Texas, hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens, many of them minors, will have entered the U.S. illegally from Mexico this year. A large portion of the illegal aliens are from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. The Obama Administration has blamed the overwhelming influx on gang violence and poverty. Hogwash. The living conditions in the source countries have been stable for years. There is certainly violence and abject poverty in Central America, but there has been no change in living conditions that would prompt an unprecedented exodus of children. Read more...