Immigration Blog

U.S. Senate Takes CIS' Advice and Imposes Fees on the Visa Lottery

By David North, November 14, 2011

The U.S. Senate has established a $30 fee for all aliens entering the annual visa lottery, and the House is expected to follow.

The Center for Immigration Studies suggested just such a step in May 2010 in a Backgrounder entitled "Charging More for Immigration: Closing Financial Loopholes in the U.S. Migration Process". Read more...

November 1986: Comments on 'Comprehensive Immigration Reform'

By Jerry Kammer, November 14, 2011

Twenty-five years ago, the reviews were coming in about the Immigration Reform and Control Act, which President Reagan signed into law on November 7, 1986. IRCA offered amnesty to illegal immigrants who had either lived in the United States since January 1, 1982, or had done at least 90 days of agricultural work within a 12-month period ending May 1, 1986. The amnesty was part of a compromise, the other side of which was sanctions against employers who knowingly hired illegals. Read more...


By W.D. Reasoner, November 13, 2011

This just in from our "Closing the Barn Door After the Horses Have Left" Department.

According to a Friday Chicago Tribune article, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart wants the County Council to amend a "controversial" ordinance prohibiting his office from notifying the Chicago field office of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) bureau when illegal alien arrestees are taken into custody for serious crimes. The ordinance goes so far as to also prohibit the sheriff's agency from honoring detainers placed by ICE officers against these individuals, even if ICE does discover that they have been taken into custody. Read more...

Indian Press Reports on Infosys H1-B Misuse Case in U.S. Court

By David North, November 12, 2011

Sometimes the overseas press is better at covering American immigration news than the media is in this country.

Witness, the recent story in FirstPost, a Mumbai (Bombay) publication regarding the latest setback for Infosys, the huge India-based user – and apparently abuser – of H-1B visas. Read more...

A Big Win for the Open-Borders Crowd?

By Mark Krikorian, November 11, 2011

The pro-amnesty folks are crowing at the defeat of Arizona state senator Russell Pearce, a leading immigration hawk. Soros-funded America's Voice says "The tide is beginning to turn," while the immigration coalition set up by the Alinskyite Center for Community Change writes that "anti-immigrant legislators will now have to think twice before pursuing anti-immigrant policies in our states." Read more...

Hispanic Fury With Obama: The Dilemma That's the Handwriting on the Wall

By Stephen Steinlight, November 11, 2011

The mainstream punditry has long treated as a fait accompli that the Hispanic vote in the 2012 election is safely in Obama's corner and will, as in 2008, likely tip the balance in swing states like Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, perhaps even Florida. But this looks extremely doubtful, even in a presidential election in which immigration will finally emerge as a major issue. In fact, the reason this proposition is so dubious is precisely because immigration will be a major issue. Read more...

DoJ No Longer Bothered by 'Patchwork of Laws'?

By Jon Feere, November 11, 2011

The Obama administration's justification for filing lawsuits against Arizona, Alabama, and South Carolina is that state-level immigration-related initiatives are creating a "patchwork of laws" that are too burdensome for aliens to follow. As Attorney General Eric Holder recently put it, "a patchwork of state laws is not the solution and will only create problems." So much for the laboratories of democracy. Read more...

Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied

By W.D. Reasoner, November 11, 2011

The Arizona Republic recently reported on how the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) bureau in Arizona and other western states has backed off of a program of stipulated removal ("removal" is the legal phrase used these days in lieu of "deportation"), in which a deportable alien who would rather go home than wait long periods of time, quite possibly while in detention, signs an agreement stipulating to the legal charges against him Read more...

Morning News, 11/11/11

By Bryan Griffith, November 11, 2011

1. DOJ asks SCOTUS not to take SB1070 case
2. Emails reveal FBI confusion over Secure Communities
3. Fewer visa lottery applicants
4. Winner of AZ recall soft on immigration
5. AZ defense of SB1070 has cost $2 million Read more...

Open Mic Night at the G-20

By Stephen Steinlight, November 10, 2011

"You're fed up with him, but I have to deal with him every day!"
-- Obama to Sarkozy on Netanyahu

Morning News, 11/10/11

By Bryan Griffith, November 10, 2011

1. Obama says GOP gives him edge
2. Survey: Arizonans favor amnesty
3. Confusion over VT policy
4. Activists target Obama aide
5. Regent U. pres. to speak

Supporters of the Utah Immigration Compact Disrespect Veterans

By Ronald W. Mortensen, November 9, 2011

Rather than celebrating Veteran's Day and honoring the men and women who have served their nation, advocates for illegal aliens use Veteran's Day to push their amnesty agenda. Read more...

Morning News, 11/9/11

By Bryan Griffith, November 9, 2011

1. WH limits enforcement
2. Nations ask to join lawsuit
3. Report criticizes searches
4. AZ law author loses recall
5. Orchards question crackdown

No Cartel War Spillover, Nosiree

By Mark Krikorian, November 9, 2011

From The Monitor newspaper in South Texas:

An internal Gulf Cartel struggle may have directly caused at least two recent kidnappings in the Rio Grande Valley, as well as an apparent exodus of lieutenants who are looking for safety on U.S. soil.

USCIS Promotes L-1 Foreign Worker Program with Bundling Techniques

By David North, November 9, 2011

USCIS does not simply permit the wholesale displacement of American workers by exploited foreign ones – it actively promotes such activity.

The latest example of its hucksterism on behalf of one of the least attractive foreign worker programs is its publication of a handy little "how-to" kit on the best ways for corporations to bring L-1 (Intracompany Transferee) visa holders to this country in bunches. The USCIS word is "bundling."

It reminds me of grocery store ads in which cut-rate items are proclaimed to be "Cheaper by the Dozen." Read more...

Making E.J Dionne Even More Culturally Sensitive

By Stephen Steinlight, November 8, 2011

Despite the high seriousness of its title, in "Election 2012's great religious divide" columnist E.J. Dionne produced a piece in yesterday's Washington Post so trifling and muddled the phrase "once-over-lightly" suggests, by comparison, a work of Hegelian weightiness. Read more...

State Dept. Announces Restrictions on J-1 Visas

By Jerry Kammer, November 8, 2011

The U.S. State Department has announced that it is imposing new restrictions on the Summer Work Travel (SWT) program, which over the past decade has brought about one million foreign students to the United States under cultural exchange program that provides them with J-1 visas and allows them to work for three months and then travel for another month.

The program has come into the national spotlight in recent months because of a protest by some students working at a Hershey warehouse near the Pennsylvania headquarters of the candy giant. Read more...

Morning News, 11/8/11

By Bryan Griffith, November 8, 2011

1. Education Sec. praises breaks
2. DOJ wants injunction on SC law
3. GOP candidates seek endorsement
4. GA Gov. calls for changes
5. Group pushes for visas

Canada Shows U.S. How Not to Deal with an Immigration Visa Backlog

By David North, November 7, 2011

To one who generally thinks highly of Canada's rational, evidence-based government, the Toronto Globe and Mail headline sounded promising: "Immigration Minister hits pause on family reunification applications."

The Canadians, I first thought, are doing something useful about limiting family visas, the kind of visas which unfortunately predominate in the U.S., generally bringing us lightly-educated, lightly-skilled, low-income migrants. (The employment-based ones tend to be better educated and more likely to succeed in the U.S.) Read more...

DHS Tinkers with America's Most Dreadful Guestworker Program

By David North, November 6, 2011

The U.S. generally does not handle its guestworker programs well, and an extreme example of this is the continuing small-scale one in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).

Routinely in these programs, nationwide, Americans are shouldered out of jobs by foreign workers, and the foreign workers are, in turn, exploited. Read more...

Congresswoman: DHS Releases Dangerous Aliens, Flouts Law

By Jon Feere, November 6, 2011

About two months before the 9/11 attacks, the Supreme Court took a more active role in immigration regulation than it ever had before in Zadvydas v. Davis, a case that effectively forced the release of thousands of criminal aliens into the United States. The case illustrated the disastrous consequences of the judicial branch abandoning the plenary power doctrine, which holds that the political branches — the legislative and the executive — have sole power to regulate all aspects of immigration as a basic attribute of sovereignty. Read more...

'May You Live in Interesting Times...'

By W.D. Reasoner, November 5, 2011

Every now and again, a friend or acquaintance will remind me of "the old Chinese curse, 'may you live in interesting times.' " I don't know whether the provenance imputed to the saying is true or not, but the import of the words says much about human history and mankind's collective psyche: that living in interesting times can be as much bane as it is boon. Read more...

'Amnesty by Any Means' Extended to Border Patrol

By Janice Kephart, November 4, 2011

In yet another move aimed to handcuff the effectiveness of Border Patrol agents, orders have been sent out from Border Patrol headquarters in Washington, D.C. to Border Patrol sectors nationwide that checks of transportation hubs and systems located away from the southwest border of the United States will only be conducted if there is intelligence indicating a threat.

DHS, What DHS?

By Jessica Vaughan, November 4, 2011

The White House web site says "President Obama has committed to making his administration the most open and transparent in history", but DHS still hasn't gotten the memo.

A reporter from, Andrew Medici, recently became frustrated at how notoriously difficult it is to reach the DHS public affairs personnel. You know, the federal government employees who get paid by us taxpayers to answer inquiries from the public. As reported in his story, "Don't call us, we'll call you", Medici filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to obtain the names, office phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of all the DHS public affairs staff. The response: 58 pages of the names of the many public affairs personnel – with all contact information blacked out. The DHS FOIA officer said that it would be "an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy" to release their office contact information. Read more...

Pandering to the Majority? Michael Gerson's View of Democracy in America

By Stephen Steinlight, November 4, 2011

No other contemporary issue in American social policy has anything remotely approaching the same capacity to unhinge the 4th Estate as immigration policy. The subject transforms ostensibly rational, civil members of the chattering classes into wide-eyed fanatics who regurgitate self-righteous moralistic rants in what has become a form of ritualized tribal behavior especially among the left-liberal post-Americans that form a solid majority in this coterie. Read more...

Health Compact and Illegal Aliens

By James R. Edwards Jr., November 3, 2011

A new health care report highlights what it says is the potential for expanding taxpayer-funded health care to illegal aliens.

The report, "The Health Care Compact: A Trojan Horse that Will Decimate State Budgets," analyzes a new route some states, such as Texas and Georgia, have pursued to get out from under the federal mandates of Obamacare. A movement has arisen, the Health Care Compact Alliance, promoting the adoption of state compacts. The compacts effectively nullify the application of the federal health reform law to compact-joining states. Read more...

Rick Perry Uses More Science-Based Health Standards than DHS

By David North, November 3, 2011

Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX), the GOP candidate for president that we liberals love to hate, has deployed tougher, better public health requirements than has the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Yes, the man who doubts evolution and the human causes of global warming had taken what I regard as a more science-based (and to me totally appropriate) stand on a specific public health issue than those "big government" folks in the Obama administration. Read more...

Morning News, 11/3/11

By Bryan Griffith, November 3, 2011

1. E-Verify bill splits GOP
2. Panel approves subpoena
3. Cong. Dems plan AL protest
4. AL denies DOJ request
5. TX Atty. Gen. on cartels

Families Plead to Stop Parole of Criminal Illegal Alien

By Jon Feere, November 2, 2011

On July 29, 2000, drunk-driving illegal alien Sergio Montelongo-Sanchez killed three young Americans and seriously injured a fourth: Christopher Shackleford, Julieanne Pascoe, Kelli Bourgeois, and Matthew Hunt. Now, the families are mounting a campaign to prevent Montelongo-Sanchez from being paroled decades before his 45-year sentence is up, concerned that he will be deported to his native Mexico only to return to the United States, possibly threatening the lives of more innocent people. Read more...

Morning News, 11/2/11

By Bryan Griffith, November 2, 2011

1. House GOP to subpoena data
2. Feds won't investigate
3. GOP hopefuls discuss SC
4. AZ Sheriff seizes guns
5. Illegals rescued at border