Immigration Blog

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...

"Something Is Rotten in the State of Denmark"

By Dan Cadman, February 18, 2015

With this famous line in Shakespeare's Hamlet, Marcellus speaks to an ill befalling the Danish state. That line came to mind with the recent, tragic terrorist attacks in Copenhagen directed toward a free-speech conference and then a synagogue hosting a bat mitzvah by a hate-spewing Islamist who is purported to have sworn allegiance to ISIS on the Internet. Read more...

Budgetary Rules Stacked Against Proponents of Low Immigration

By CIS, February 18, 2015

When the federal government issues an "unfunded mandate", it imposes costly regulations without providing the money that states or private-sector entities need to comply. Unfunded mandates reflect an irresponsible "pass the buck" mentality and — perhaps not surprisingly — immigration law offers many examples. One of the most prominent is the Supreme Court decision in Plyler v. Doe, which effectively mandated free public schooling for illegal alien children. Read more...

Have a Nice Day, Be on Your Way, and Can You Please Throw your Beer/Joint Away?

By Dan Cadman, February 18, 2015

Thanks to Judicial Watch, light has been shone on another stupid administration policy where immigration enforcement is concerned.

First the background: Folks who know anything about enforcing immigration laws at the border know that within 100 miles of the physical international boundary, Border Patrol agents can conduct roving patrols or even establish temporary checkpoints to determine the citizenship (or right to be in the United States) of drivers on our highways and byways. Read more...

Executive Action Non-Enforcement of the Law Takes a Legal Hit

By Dan Cadman, February 17, 2015

On February 16, a federal judge in Texas enjoined the administration from "enforcing" the myriad executive actions that were announced with much fanfare and a national televised address by the president last November. (The 3-page injunction is here, while his 123-page ruling is here.)

This is no small irony since, in essence, the executive actions involved directed the various immigration agencies of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to not to enforce the law and, instead, to provide a panoply of benefits to upward of five million aliens living and working unlawfully in the United States. Read more...

American Samoa's Government: "Don't Let Our People Be U.S. Citizens"

By David North, February 16, 2015

Though there are strong indications that many alien residents of the Mainland, (legal and illegal) want to become U.S. citizens, there is a small, native-born, legally present population who should be denied that citizenship, according to their own elected leaders.

You read that right. The politicians, in this narrow case, do not want their fellows to become American citizens!

The deniers include the democratically elected territorial government of American Samoa and the brand new congressional delegate from that place, Amata Radewagen. Read more...

In Memoriam

By Dan Cadman, February 16, 2015

More than once before in my blogs for the Center, I have spoken about the great importance of assimilating individuals who come to the United States to reside, whether as refugees, resident aliens, or in any other long-term status. Read more...

Give Me Your Sleek, Your Athletic, Yearning to Jet Ski

By David North, February 12, 2015

It had to happen. The Border Patrol picked up three youthful (and one presumably pretty well-preserved), swim-suited jet-skiers attempting an elegant (if illicit) entry on the glorious beach south of San Diego.

The women were 18, 20, and 40 years old; the guy was 15. Read more...

When Does a Threat to the Homeland Become "Existential"?

By Dan Cadman, February 11, 2015

National Security Advisor Susan Rice gave a speech at the Brookings Institution in Washington last week that was depicted as an unveiling of the federal government's 2015 national security strategy.

Many had been looking to the event to see what the White House policy responses would be to various crises and flashpoints around the globe, including the threat that the Islamic State, Al Qaeda in Yemen, and other radical fundamentalist Muslim terror groups pose to the West generally, and the United States more specifically. Rice had this to say: Read more...

Letting It All Hang Out, DHS Inspector General Style

By David North, February 10, 2015

Inspector general reports often are tediously dull and non-revealing, but the faithful reader is sometimes rewarded with little black-out mysteries and is sort of encouraged to fill in the missing pieces.

This one by the DHS IG deals with charges that some of the Central American illegals detained at the Karnes City, Texas, "rent-a-jail" facility had been sexually abused by the contracting staff — the facility is run by the GEO Group. I quote: Read more...

Correction: Number of Work Permits Was Actually 7.4 Million

By Jessica Vaughan, February 9, 2015

According to government statistics obtained from USCIS through a FOIA request, the total number of work permits issued by USCIS from 2009 to 2014 is 7.4 million. Due to a spreadsheet error, my original report on the encrypted data received from USCIS incorrectly stated that the total number of work permits issued in these years was 5.5 million. We regret the error. Read more...

Vaccination Rates Among Immigrants Are a Legitimate Concern

By CIS, February 9, 2015

The spread of measles in the United States is undoubtedly driven by insufficient vaccination among natives. But this does not mean that the vaccination rate among immigrant groups is unimportant, or that one must be "anti-immigrant" to worry about it. In fact, low vaccination rates in the United States, regrettable as they are, make it all the more important to be vigilant about what diseases may be carried across our borders. Read more...

Southern California Edison Workers Just More H-1B Roadkill

By John Miano, February 9, 2015

Over the years it has become so common for companies to replace Americans with H-1B workers that the practice makes little news now. A few days ago we learned that Disney was H-1B-ing American programmers and it only made the local news in Orlando. That has not been the case at Southern California Edison, where the story got picked up by the Drudge Report.

Immigration lawyers are now in BS reaction mode. The Americans being fired should sue for discrimination or complain to the Department of Labor. Yet immigration lawyers know full well that such actions would be futile for they are the ones who have gone to extreme lengths to ensure that replacing Americans with H-1B workers remains legal. Read more...

The Peasants Are Revolting, So Let's Get New Ones

By Mark Krikorian, February 9, 2015

In the Morning Jolt yesterday (you should subscribe), Brother Geraghty asked whether Jeb is too enthusiastic about immigration. Read more...

IRS Offers Specialized Extra Benefits to some DACA and DAPA Grantees

By David North, February 5, 2015

The Internal Revenue Service has just decided that some illegal aliens, granted short-term amnesty under the president's recent edict, can also retroactively collect tax benefits previously denied to them.

The benefits can be as much as several thousand dollars — and perhaps as much as $10,000 over the years for some illegals, particularly parents. It's a pretty specialized offer wrapped in IRS complexities, but one that will probably bring some serious money to income tax preparers working in areas where there are numerous amnesty beneficiaries. Read more...

How the New York Times Got It Wrong on STEM and the Ambitions of American Students

By Jerry Kammer, February 5, 2015

On December 7, 2013, a New York Times editorial reported on a grave threat to the nation: American students too lazy and dull to cut it in a competitive world. It reported: Read more...

Naturalization Hall of Shame Keeps Growing

By Dan Cadman, February 4, 2015

Once again the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) — the folks who are supposed to keep us safe — have shown that they can't distinguish wheat from chaff. A few days ago, the FBI announced that its newest most-wanted suspect is one Liban Haji Mohamed, a Somali-born naturalized citizen who was brought to the United States as a refugee.

When Mohamed took the required oath of allegiance at the time he was granted citizenship, he used these words: Read more...

ABC News Lowers the Boom on Fraudsters in the EB-5 Program

By David North, February 3, 2015

ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross will lower the boom on fraudsters and other criminals using the immigrant investor (EB-5) program in tonight's broadcast of "World News Tonight" and later on "Nightline". Read more...

Dems to Decide What's More Important, Amnesty or Funding DHS

By Jon Feere, February 3, 2015

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

The Senate Democrats and President Obama are very troubled by the decision they may soon have to make. They have two options: (1) Fully fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) by passing a House appropriations bill that prohibits Obama's lawless amnesty, or (2) Declare that amnesty for illegal aliens is more important than national security and block the DHS funding bill from becoming law.

This is a choice that they really do not want to make.

Read the rest here. Read more...

New Orleans and the EB-5 Program Are Made for Each Other

By David North, February 3, 2015

The graft-ridden immigrant investor (EB-5) program and New Orleans' sloppy governance were destined to come together, and they have done so, according to investigative reporting just published by Al Jazeera America.

A few years ago the (now-jailed) Mayor of New Orleans, Ray Nagin, signed a 30-year exclusive agreement with NobleOutreach NOLA LLC, a USCIS-recognized EB-5 regional center. It was to be the city's sole connection to EB-5 financing, with a cluster of half-million dollar investments from largely Chinese aliens designed to continue the post-Katrina re-building process. Read more...

Jorge Ramos and Immigration Linguistics

By Jerry Kammer, February 3, 2015

The New York Times recently published a profile of Univision anchor Jorge Ramos that highlights the Republican quandary about illegal immigration. The author quotes Ramos telling Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus that the party is so fixated on deportation that "the message is anti-immigrant."

Deportations, of course, mainly target illegal immigrants (plus legal immigrants who commit serious crimes). This is a distinction that Ramos chooses not to make. This descriptive failure has strategic consequences that Ramos appreciates. It invokes on behalf of illegal immigrants the emotional, mythical, and personal connotations of our immigrant backgrounds. Read more...

Police Chiefs and Sheriffs Raise Surrender Flag on Illegal Immigration

By Ronald W. Mortensen, February 2, 2015

Twenty-seven police chiefs and sheriffs from around the country have raised the surrender flag on illegal immigration and filed a friend-of-the-court brief supporting President Obama's executive amnesty for illegal aliens.

Among the most vociferous of these law enforcement officers is Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank. Read more...

Visa Lottery Winners Run Up $1.3 Million in Bad Debts

By David North, February 2, 2015

Usually the Washington Post, like much of the mainstream media, emphasizes the virtues, if not the heroism, of migrants, legal or illegal. If there are problems they are ignored or downplayed.

But last week the Post ran a comprehensive, fact-filled, two-page expose of how one immigrant family with a middle-class income managed to run up more than $1.3 million in various debts that they cannot possibly repay. The family, from Ghana, had secured visa lottery green cards back in 1997. Read more...

One Thousand New Crimes, and How Many More to Come?

By Dan Cadman, February 2, 2015

Anyone who doubts we're living in an American Potemkin village where the subject of immigration is concerned should read, and carefully juxtapose, the following three excerpts, two from the president and a more recent one from the Washington Times.

[W]e're going to keep focusing enforcement resources on actual threats to our security. Felons, not families. Criminals, not children. Gang members, not a mom who's working hard to provide for her kids.

— President Barak Obama, nationally televised speech on immigration executive actions, November 20, 2014

Read more...

Bright Little Betsy Flores, Trapped in an Immigration-Twisted School System

By David North, January 29, 2015

The perverse outcome of this story of good educational intentions gone wrong in Texas reminds me of the rollicking old Henry Wallace Progressive song about "Charlie on the MTA" that dealt with a similar goof in the Massachusetts Transit Authority's Boston subway system: Read more...