Immigration Blog

Beam Me Up Scotty, Our Work Here Is Done

By W.D. Reasoner, December 14, 2011

Our Division of Smoke-and-Mirrors has just sent us a late-breaking article about a new U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposal to post an unmanned border crossing kiosk in the Big Bend National Park. The park is home to some of the most rugged terrain on our shared border with Mexico and is a notorious drug- and alien-smuggling venue. Read more...

Nibbling Around the Immigration Edges in U.S. vs. Big Ideas in U.K.

By David North, December 13, 2011

Here's an across-the-pond contrast in immigration policy-making.

Over here, the House has passed and the Senate is considering HR 3012, a bill which will not add any visas to those currently authorized, but will give some long-term applicants – those from India and China – quicker green cards, while slowing the issuance of those documents to people from other nations, Korea and Mexico, for instance. The mass migration people seem to think this tinkering would be a triumph for them.

In short, a minor change.

Court: No Green Card from Abuse by Bigamous Spouse

By David North, December 12, 2011

One of the more obscure ways an alien can get a green card is to marry someone who turns out to be an abusive spouse, who is either a permanent resident alien or a USC, and then contend that the spouse abused you.

That's OK generally, the Eleventh Circuit ruled recently in Alhuay v. U.S. Attorney General, but it does not work if you, the alien spouse, had married the abuser bigamously.

The illegal alien woman who tried that argument, and lost, was Maria Gladys Alhuay, who married four different men, one of them twice.

Chronologically, it goes like this:

George Kennan, 2 NYT Alums, and Immigration

By Jerry Kammer, December 12, 2011

On November 28, this blog took note of what I called an "Upper West Side of Manhattan" sensibility about immigration. People with this mindset exhibit views that are both expansive and generous about the value of immigrants, regardless of their numbers and human capital, and narrow and intolerant toward those who want to stop illegal immigration and limit legal immigration.

On Sunday, I had a peculiar encounter with the mindset as I took a long walk while listening to a podcast of Thursday's Diane Rehm show, which originates in Washington D.C.'s public radio station, WAMU. Read more...

Middle Eastern Threats Coming from South of the Border

By James R. Edwards Jr., December 11, 2011

Fresh attention to Islamist terrorism shows why America really should be diligent about controlling immigration.

A report on Univision TV network used investigative journalism techniques to gather the of Iran's pursuit of entrée to the United States via Latin America and plans to carry out attacks. Read more...

Interview with a Filmmaker on the Deportation of a Polish Illegal Immigrant

By David Seminara, December 9, 2011

[Editor's note: The segment with NPR's Michel Martin referenced below was part of a series this week entitled "In Limbo" on the program "Tell Me More". The first four installments were about particular immigrant stories, including one featuring the filmmaker interviewed here by Mr. Seminara, and are available here, here, here, and here. The final installment, broadcast today, was an interview with CIS Executive Director Mark Krikorian, available here.] Read more...

Hiring Foreigners, Not Americans

By James R. Edwards Jr., December 9, 2011

What's the number one issue in America today? It's jobs. But we now have one more indication that U.S. employers are giving Americans desperate for work the shaft. Read more...

Morning News, 12/8/11

By Bryan Griffith, December 8, 2011

1. DOJ presses border agent
2. Dems predict movement
3. Romney, Gingrich differ
4. AL Atty. Gen. questions
5. NC GOP begins push

Social Security Inspector General, with Blinders on, Looks at H-1B Program

By David North, December 7, 2011

The Inspector-General of the Social Security Administration (SSA) has taken a look at one aspect of the H-1B program.

He brought to bear unlimited access to SSA's huge electronic earnings data system, and deployed a staff of four to dig into it. So far, so good. Read more...

Morning News, 12/7/11

By Bryan Griffith, December 7, 2011

1. DHS disputes TRAC report
2. DOJ sends warning letters
3. Gingrich not hurt by amnesty
4. AL forum explains shortage
5. Illegal alien to stay

Morning News, 12/6/11

By Bryan Griffith, December 6, 2011

1. State Dept. reviews visa program
2. Director in ethics investigation
3. Fast and Furious probe expanded
4. AL Gov. reassures foreign industries
5. Debate over skilled visas

Neither Rain Nor Snow Will Stay Amnesty Flacks from Their Appointed Rounds

By Mark Krikorian, December 6, 2011

Mickey Kaus points to a WaPo story from the weekend on how the drop in arrests at the Mexican border is yet another reason to pass on amnesty:

It's always a good time for comprehensive immigration reform, if you listen to its supporters. If it rains it's time for comprehensive immigration reform. If the sun comes out it's time for comprehensive immigration reform.

He demurs:

Another Look at the Grubby Innards of the H-1B Labor Market

By David North, December 6, 2011

We should all be grateful to a U.S. Department of Labor Administrative Law Judge for a peek at what might be called the secondary market or "aftermarket" in H-1 B workers, in this case, physical therapists working in the State of Missouri.

The decision of ALJ Alice M. Craft on why a physical therapy firm owed the workers, all from Philippines, more than one third of a million dollars in back pay was reported in an earlier blog. Read more...

The 1st Immigrant Who Can Qualify for Newt's Amnesty Wins a Free Lecture on American Exceptionalism

By David Seminara, December 5, 2011

Most candidates have an issues tab on their web site. Newt Gingrich has a solutions tab. The very first "solution" on the site features a ten point plan to reform immigration. The first thing I noticed about Newt's 10 point plan is that it actually has 11 points! Most of them are bizarre, misguided, or simply wrong. As someone with experience working in the State Department's visa bureaucracy, I think Newt's plan looks like it was thrown together without any real input from anyone with a detailed understanding of the issue. Some thoughts: Read more...

Employer Proclaims He Profits from H-1B Workers

By David North, December 4, 2011

When employers testify to Congress about why they hire H-1B workers, they routinely say that it is because of a labor shortage in the high-tech fields; they never admit that they like the artificially low wages that are a hallmark of the program. Read more...

Progress on (Somebody's) Border Fence

By James R. Edwards Jr., December 4, 2011

An arid, rough-hewn, desert border area. Open space, easily and often breached by illegal aliens, smugglers, and traffickers of all kinds. Gun-slinging foreign bad guys showing increasing brazenness and cold-bloodedness. A growing threat to national security.

Arizona or Texas? Try Israel.

Obama's Kafkaesque "New Deportation Policy" Erodes Hispanic Support

By Stephen Steinlight, December 4, 2011

There should be a rung in Dante's Inferno for those, like the president, who violate the oaths they've sworn, in his case upholding the rule of law – immigration law not excluded – but whose attempts to subvert it are so maladroit he's failed to placate the electoral demographic for the sake of whose votes he betrayed his pledge. Since the 2008 election where they may have made the difference in several swing states, his Hispanic support has plummeted from 66 to 50 percent. One thing, at least, is fairly certain about his "new deportation policy": it won't staunch the bleeding. Read more...

Amnesty Creep

By Mark Krikorian, December 2, 2011

When Gingrich lobbed the amnesty bomb in last week's debate, he offered very specific criteria for selecting which illegal aliens he would legalize:

... you've been here 25 years and you got three kids and two grandkids, you've been paying taxes and obeying the law, you belong to a local church ...

Morning News, 12/2/11

By Bryan Griffith, December 2, 2011

1. Sen. Grassley blocks bill
2. Gingrich's immigration boards
3. GOP candidates debate
4. AL trains 16,000 cops
5. Dayton welcomes illegals

Report: Open Borders Groups Spend Millions Lobbying

By Jon Feere, December 2, 2011

A new report by First Street, a CQ Press organization, analyzes two pieces of legislation – the DREAM Act and the Legal Workforce Act – and finds that open-border-oriented groups spend much, much more money lobbying than groups seeking a more rational immigration policy. Read more...

Yet Another Border Tunnel under the Otay Mesa

By David North, December 1, 2011

Two weeks ago I wrote:

Once again the ICE press operation is ballyhooing an event that might better be regarded as a failure of our border control authorities.

In its press release of yesterday, ICE tells the world happily that it found another tunnel, this one 400-yards long, near the port of entry on the Otay Mesa south of San Diego.

Today all I have to do is to change "400-yards" to "612 yards." Read more...

Morning News, 11/30/11

By Bryan Griffith, November 30, 2011

1. House votes on visas
2. AL speaker defends law
3. VA co. wants enforcement
4. CA candidate on issue
5. ICE arrests 15 in MI

Morning News, 11/29/11

By Bryan Griffith, November 29, 2011

1. Feds sue over SC enforcement
2. Fed judge strikes more of AL law
3. US deports 250+ Haitians in '11
4. Obama losing Hispanic votes in FL
5. Bachmann on enforcement

Questions for Newt Gingrich about His Immigration Proposal

By Ronald W. Mortensen, November 29, 2011

During the CNN Republican presidential debate on November 22 and in follow-up comments, Newt Gingrich appears to be proposing that illegal aliens who have committed serious job-related felonies for an extended period of time be granted legal status. Those who had committed felonies for only a short period of time would be subject to deportation. Read more...

Tiring of the Huddled Masses

By James R. Edwards Jr., November 29, 2011

The huddled masses of refugees being funneled to Manchester, N.H., have made that city tired and poorer, reports a news article in the New York Times. The mayor and city leaders are seeking a moratorium on refugee resettlement into their area. Read more...

Total Crash of Calif. EB-5 Project Makes USCIS Look Careless

By David North, November 28, 2011

The immigrant investor (EB-5) program has just received another black eye as a project in El Monte, Calif., collapsed amidst a complex, multi-part scandal.

One of the sidelights was the appearance of a minor (but jailed) Watergate figure, Donald Segretti, as the lawyer for the ousted developers. Read more...

A New Yorker View of the Border

By Jerry Kammer, November 28, 2011

The cover of the current New Yorker magazine, depicting Pilgrims in buckled hats and buckled jackets crawling through a hole in a border fence, is a fine example of the sensibility among many affluent, liberal Americans about illegal immigration. (My colleague David North has mentioned the cover as well.) I think of it as a quintessentially Upper West Side of Manhattan sensibility. It is most commonly seen on the New York Times editorial page. Read more...

Morning News, 11/28/11

By Bryan Griffith, November 28, 2011

1. Feds sue UT over immigration law
2. GAO: illegals set AZ fires
3. Gingrich defends amnesty stance
4. Trump defends Gingrinch stance
5. Perry receives endorsement

There's a Steady Flow of New Spouses Among Those Migrating to the U.S.

By David North, November 28, 2011

We noted in a recent blog that the official viewpoint towards visa-creating marriages is considerably more welcoming in the U.S. – probably too much so – than in the U.K. Read more...

GAO Report: Illegal Aliens Start Forest Fires

By Jon Feere, November 26, 2011

Earlier this year, Sen. John McCain stated a fact – namely, that open borders lead to illegal aliens starting forest fires – and the usual suspects responded with the usual indignation. A new GAO report confirms that McCain was indeed correct. Read more...