Immigration Blog

Memories: When Illegal Aliens Could Vote in Arlington, Va.

By David North, May 20, 2014

Once upon a time illegal aliens could vote in some local elections in my town, Arlington, Va., across the Potomac from Washington, D.C.

Whether they actually did so is doubtful, but they could have done so, but only every other year.
They can't any more, and the story of why that is true is characteristic of the odd, and not necessarily rational, way public policy sometimes develops. It also reflects the decentralized way American elections are run and a peculiar local political situation of about 25 years ago. Read more...

Avoiding GOP Immigration Reform Self-Sabotage, Pt. 1: The Primaries Trap!

By Stanley Renshon, May 20, 2014

Rushing to pass a Republican immigration bill in the House before August makes no policy or political sense for a number of reasons. There is little time left to reach agreement among Republicans. The congressional elections are only four months away and Republicans will be a much better position to pass real immigration reform should they win majorities in both the House and the Senate. And even if they fail to win the Senate, delaying an immigration bill until after the new House convenes in January 2015 means that the 2013 Senate Democratic bill is essentially dead and is very unlikely to be revived in its present form. Read more...

A New Justification for Not Deporting Illegal Alien Criminals

By Mike Nicley, May 19, 2014

The Obama Administration and open-border advocates have crafted a number of dubious rationales for not deporting illegal aliens as required by law. The bogus notion that deportations are "tearing families apart" is not a new pretext, but it has gained traction with our President of late. It is rare to come across an original justification for not enforcing our immigration laws, but occasionally an imaginative media faction concocts a truly remarkable excuse for malfeasance. Read more...

Laughable Amnesty Polling, Politico Edition

By Mark Krikorian, May 19, 2014

They just keep coming. Politico has a story on its own poll crowing that "GOP voters back immigration reform." They asked "likely voters in competitive U.S. House and Senate races" questions on a variety of issues, including this one: "Do you support or oppose comprehensive immigration reform?" Seventy-one percent said they support it, including 64 percent of Republicans.

I'm sorry, but this is a joke. Read more...

Court Records Show Massive USCIS Neglect in Chinese Asylum Cases

By David North, May 19, 2014

If you were a bank manager and the same masked bandit held up your cashiers, in exactly the same way, in the same place, on hundreds of occasions, you (and the police) would probably do something about it.

The Anaheim (Calif.) USCIS asylum office was not quite as alert or careful, according to court documents that I recently saw.

They show that the office had been granting asylum to many hundreds of Chinese asylum applicants based on mass-produced and totally false applications over a period of more than 10 years. Read more...

A Republican Immigration Reform Bill: The Politics of Timing, Pt. 2

By Stanley Renshon, May 19, 2014

Republicans have three basic choices regarding an immigration reform bill; they can support the Democrat's Senate (and House) bill, do nothing, or forge their own.

The most obvious best choice for Republicans is to write their own bill. But when?

The choices are these: Read more...

When It Comes to English Instruction for Migrants, Erin Go Bragh

By David North, May 19, 2014

Yet another nation reminds us how badly our Department of Homeland Security handles schools that teach English to foreign students. (Such schools produce a high proportion of visa abusers.)

This time the nation is Ireland. Read more...

O Canada, O America

By Dan Cadman, May 19, 2014

We Americans sometimes seem to view Canada as a kind of Legoland version of our own country — one in which we see pretty much our own values, worldview, language, and culture, albeit not with the perfect clarity one might find in, say, a mirror or a well-executed still life painting.

But that, of course, isn't the reality. Although our countries and peoples are both neighbors and friends, and along the shared border intermarriage and extended families comprised of both Canadian and American citizens are common, Americans should make no mistake: Canadians are very much their own people. Read more...

A Republican Immigration Reform Bill: The Politics of Timing, Pt. 1

By Stanley Renshon, May 16, 2014

If Republicans gain control of the Senate, they will have a great many important agenda items to consider, and not much time to do something about them. The 114th Congress, elected in November 2014 will officially be in session from January 3, 2015, to January 3, 2017. Read more...

Obama Responds to Grim Jobs Situation by Bringing in More Workers

By John Miano, May 16, 2014

The nation’s job woes continue: 83 percent of graduating college seniors do not have a job yet. In technology fields, where corporate America prattles that there is a crisis worker shortage, 82 percent of graduates do not have a job. Read more...

Big Outsourcer Infosys Loses Battles, but Unfortunately in India

By David North, May 16, 2014

Infosys, the Indian outsourcing company, one of the worst exploiters in the H-1B program, has lost two big battles – but, I am sorry to say, not over immigration issues.

Two of its former leaders, including its billionaire co-founder, Nandan Nilekani, lost races for seats in the Indian parliament it was announced earlier today. They had allied themselves with the ruling Congress Party (of the Nehru/Gandhi family), which lost heavily to the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party. Read more...

That's a Red Light, Pinellas!
More on the Misuse of Homeland Security Counterterrorism Grant Funds

By Dan Cadman, May 15, 2014
More on the Misuse of Homeland Security Counterterrorism Grant Funds

Earlier this year I published a blog post about the apparent misuse of Department of Homeland Security (DHS)-provided counterterrorism funds by the Pinellas County, Fla., Suncoast Transit Authority — PSTA — which used those funds to pay a consultant to produce a series of ads whose sole purpose seems to be to promote use of their transit system. Read more...

Passing Immigration Reform: Republican and Democratic Dilemmas, Pt. 2

By Stanley Renshon, May 15, 2014

If Republicans in the Senate or the House pass immigration bills, Democrats will be in a tough spot. They could, and many would be tempted, to turn away from a Republican bill because: Read more...

Monica Lewinsky's Date with a Green Card Marriage Fraudster

By David Seminara, May 15, 2014

OK, I admit it. I picked up Monica Lewinsky's first-person piece, "Shame and Survival", in the June issue of Vanity Fair because I was curious to know what became of her and her infamous stained blue dress. But aside from her disingenuous claim that she's breaking her long silence because she feels like she might become some sort of role model or mentor for youths who have been humiliated, the most interesting thing about the piece, for me, wasn't anything about her relationship with Bill Clinton, but rather a little anecdote about green card marriage fraud that I'm sure most readers might have breezed past. Read more...

Forget the Harvards and Yales, Let's Look at the Other End of the Spectrum

By David North, May 14, 2014

Let's turn our attention away, for the moment, from the Harvards and the Yales, the MITs and the Stanfords, and think about other end of the academic spectrum — four "academic" institutions in the United States that have violated the immigration law repeatedly.

In only one of the four cases did the federal government move swiftly to end the violations. Read more...

El Camino Americano Rally: An Exercise in Double Standards and Hypocrisy

By Dan Cadman, May 14, 2014

Remember the budget impasse last fall that shut the government down at the beginning of the new federal fiscal year in October? You know:

  • The one where the president scored endless points on the backs of Republicans for not having shown enough flexibility to avoid the shutdown?

Passing Immigration Reform: Republican and Democratic Dilemmas, Pt. 1

By Stanley Renshon, May 13, 2014

The president may well be suffering the pangs of a legacy hunger, but Republicans won't be able to help him satisfy it with real immigration reform if they don't act. And, the immigration clock is ticking whether the Republicans act or not. Read more...

ICE Chose to Free Murderers and Other Criminals

By Jessica Vaughan, May 13, 2014

ICE has admitted that 25 percent of the murderers it freed last year were let go at the agency's discretion, not mandated by the courts, in a statement provided to Breitbart News. The statement was a response to my report revealing that in 2013 ICE freed 36,007 convicted criminals to await the outcome of their deportation proceedings, instead of holding them in custody. Read more...

Washington Post Misleads Readers on DACA

By Jon Feere, May 13, 2014

Some writers at the Washington Post haven't done their homework and are lazily repeating the taking points of amnesty advocates in describing President Obama's lawless Deferred Action policy. Either that, or the writers consider it their job to promote the controversial policy. Read more...

DHS Takes Right Step, But It Should NOT Have Publicized It

By David North, May 13, 2014

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) took the right immigration enforcement action recently, but, in my view, it should have done so quietly so as not to alert the bad guys.

I was genuinely pleased at first to learn that DHS had decided to take a long-needed step in enforcing the law regarding the extensions of L-1A visas in one of the nation's many temporary nonimmigrant worker programs. Read more...

The House-Senate Conference Committee Dilemma, Pt. 2

By Stanley Renshon, May 12, 2014

There are no formal rules that outline how House-Senate conference meetings are required to be organized. However, the procedures that have developed over time are quite complex.

What follows here are some general considerations, with their major implications for passing a real immigration reform bill. Read more...

Coming Soon: The First Case of Same-Sex Marriage-Related Immigration Fraud

By David North, May 12, 2014

We all have started hearing about same-sex divorces, so I suspect we will soon hear of a case of same-sex marriage/immigration fraud.

It will involve a citizen and an alien, married to each other in one of the states that currently permits it, followed by an effort to secure a conditional green card for the alien spouse, and then the discovery that the marriage was phony to begin with.

The headline writers will have a field day. Read more...

Demonizing the Border Patrol Is Part of Comprehensive Immigration Reform

By Mike Nicley, May 9, 2014

President Obama has taken extraordinary steps to restrict immigration law enforcement in our nation's interior. Ex-DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano was all too willing to support Obama's anti-enforcement ideology by implementing enforcement policies that effectively gifted amnesty to millions of illegal aliens. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents have had their hands tied to such an extent that an illegal alien who slips past the Border Patrol now faces little risk of being arrested and deported. Read more...

The House-Senate Conference Committee Dilemma, Pt. 1

By Stanley Renshon, May 9, 2014

The chances of a Republican Senate as a result of the 2014 congressional elections are increasing. One respected academic analyst puts the chances at 82 percent! As a result, pundits and commentators are beginning to pay attention to the possible implications of that possible switch, of which there are many. Read more...

Immigration Enforcement Priorities

By Mark Krikorian, May 8, 2014

I was among a small group of immigration hawks who met with Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson yesterday. (He met separately with family members of Americans killed by illegal aliens, including from The Remembrance Project.) Read more...

Statute of Limitations for Illegal Immigration?

By Mark Krikorian, May 8, 2014

Republicans like Paul Ryan, Jeb Bush, Grover Norquist, et al. who insist that the House GOP pass Chuck Schumer's amnesty bill are saying that Obama can be trusted to enforce whatever new immigration laws we come up with. As if there weren't already abundant evidence of the absurdity of such trust, a Buzzfeed story adds to the pile. Read more...

Look, Ma, Hands Off!
On the De-Watchlisting and Admission of Terrorist Supporters

By Dan Cadman, May 8, 2014
On the De-Watchlisting and Admission of Terrorist Supporters

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has written a remarkable letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson. It is remarkable — but welcome — because it demands answers to some pressing terrorism-related questions that arose when internal e-mails leaked showing exchanges between Customs and Border Protection (CBP) employees regarding an apparent "hands off" policy for certain terrorists. Read more...

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