Immigration Blog

Surprise! Quasi-Amnesty Extended for Some Liberians

By David North, August 18, 2011

As regular as clockwork, the "temporary" legal status of a small group of Liberian illegal aliens has been extended for another 18 months.

While most such "temporary" statuses are in the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) category, the one for the Liberians has a different set of initials, DED, standing for Deferred Enforced Departure. It means the same thing: a short-term, but always repeated, status as a momentarily legal alien during which time the beneficiaries can work, but cannot use the status to change to green card status. Read more...

Testimony Suggests DHS Is Handling Immigration Badly in the Marianas

By David North, August 17, 2011

Recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) testimony is deeply depressing regarding the transfer of immigration management in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI) from the local authorities to the Mainland government. Read more...

Failed Campaign Slogan #108: 'Affirmative Action for Immigrants!'

By David Seminara, August 17, 2011

Have you ever heard a politician admit that they support affirmative action for immigrants, legal or illegal? Even the most zealous open borders advocates like U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez would rather not talk about this thorny issue. But every once in a while we are reminded of the fact that immigrants can and do benefit from affirmative action programs in areas such as employment, college admissions, and government contracting. Read more...

Half-Measures Don't Work

By Mark Krikorian, August 16, 2011

The Wall Street Journal bemoans the administration's campaign of immigration audits of companies' personnel records as bad for illegal aliens:

The journey from prosperity to the economic margins followed by Alba and Eugenio is an increasingly common path for thousands of undocumented workers pushed out of their jobs by the federal government’s audits of U.S. businesses, according to immigration experts, business owners and unions.

It's That Old Patchwork Quilt Again

By W.D. Reasoner, August 16, 2011

Earlier this month, Director John Morton of Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) publicly announced that the federal government had terminated memoranda of agreement (MOAs) with several state signatories regarding ICE's Secure Communities program.

According to news reports, this is because the MOAs "may have given a false impression that participation was optional." Read more...

Basic, Upgraded, or Premium?

By Mark Krikorian, August 15, 2011

I have an article in National Review laying out three packages of immigration reforms that presidential candidates might consider, starting from the bare-bones reforms that shouldn't even be especially controversial, to a robust and ambitious package that would take us a good way towards sensible immigration policy. Feel free to send your reactions to me at

Alabama Lawsuit Highlights Growth of Open-Border Groups

By Jon Feere, August 15, 2011

The open-border crowd is very well-funded and constantly growing, as noted in my blog post about a recent anti-Secure Communities effort pushed by over 200 pro-amnesty groups. A new lawsuit filed by the U.S. Read more...

Morning News, 8/15/11

By Bryan Griffith, August 15, 2011

1. Audits make illegals' lives more difficult
2. BP agents check status on buses, trains
3. Rep. club books AZ sheriff as speaker
4. Microsoft lobbied on immigration issues
5. Illegal alien accused of murder

Long May She Waive

By David North, August 15, 2011

The Migration Policy Institute, an open-borders think tank in Washington, has had the following helpful piece of information on its website for two months now:

Independence Day in the United States, which is on the fourth of July, is just around the corner, and with it comes the traditional holiday festivities, fireworks, and waiving of American flags . . . [emphasis added]

Thank you, MPI, it is good to know when Independence Day is, but the U.S. does not waive its flag – it annually waives the need for visas for millions of alien tourists. [UPDATE: MPI corrected the spelling error this afternoon.] Read more...

Granted Asylum in U.S., Mexican Reporter Talks of Corruption

By Jerry Kammer, August 15, 2011

The former Juarez crime reporter who received political asylum in the United States after claiming that his life had been threatened says Mexican police, not drug traffickers, are the greatest threat to Mexican reporters.

"The narcos don't care (about reporters)," Jorge Luis Aguirre said on Univision's Sunday Spanish-language news program, Al Punto. "How does a reporter concern them if they control the government and control the police?" Read more...

Here's an Arm of USCIS That's Tough on Disputed R-1 (Religious) Visas

By David North, August 14, 2011

We have noted in an earlier blog how secretive USCIS is with its decisions about R-1 (nonimmigrant religious worker) visas.

Recently in an FOIA request that produced data on yes/no decisions on every other classification of petitions for nonimmigrant workers, there was no information on what USCIS did with the R-1 requests. I think that was deliberate, as noted in another blog. Read more...

Yes, Joe Wilson Was Right!

By James R. Edwards Jr., August 13, 2011

President Obama and all those Democrats who jumped all over Rep. Joe Wilson a couple of years ago owe Mr. Wilson an apology. For he was dead on when he challenged the president's bald-faced assertion, trying to sell his government takeover of health care, that illegal aliens wouldn't benefit from his health care scheme. Read more...

Child Labor and Illegal Immigration like Peas in a Pod

By Jon Feere, August 12, 2011

When businesses get away with violating immigration laws in the workplace, there's no telling how many more laws will fall by the wayside. Three years ago I wrote a blog post highlighting this phenomenon, pointing to the fact that the ICE enforcement raids in Postville, Iowa, uncovered not only employment of illegal immigrants but also more than 9,000 violations of child labor laws involving 32 youths.

Yesterday ABC News reported that the U.S. Department of Labor found children between the ages of six and 11 working in strawberry fields in the State of Washington, likely right alongside illegal immigrants. The three companies listed – George Hoffman Farms, Berry Good Farms, and Columbia Fruit, LLC – are not using E-Verify, according to the helpful NumbersUSA database. Read more...

USCIS Tries to Bar DoJ from Looking at Its Records

By David North, August 11, 2011

USCIS got its wrist slapped this week by an arm of the Justice Department, when USCIS tried to hide a quasi-amnesty application from an immigration judge.

An illegal alien from El Salvador, Pablo De Jesus Henriquez Rivera, tried to revive his previously rejected application for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), thus making his presence in the U.S. legal, when he came before an immigration judge. Read more...

Making Illegals the Victims

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

An Associated Press report is designed to tug at Americans' heartstrings and imply a question: Why is the U.S. so mean to those illegal Mexican aliens, making them leave the country? Read more...

ABA Wades into Birthright Citizenship Debate

By Jon Feere, August 11, 2011

The increasingly feckless American Bar Association continued pushing an open-border agenda at its annual meeting this week, which was, oddly, held in Toronto. The organization passed a resolution opposing any change to the way in which the 14th Amendment's Citizenship Clause is enforced. Read more...

Morning News, 8/11/11

By Bryan Griffith, August 11, 2011

1. ATF program had early signs of failure
2. AZ appeals immigration ruling
3. Feds oppose border agent's parents
4. Iowa Latinos get little attention
5. Hispanic group sees progress

Morning News, 8/10/11

By Bryan Griffith, August 10, 2011

1. Latino firms lack savvy
2. AZ hits appeal deadline
3. Pearce facing recall
4. Protestor wants to meet GA Gov.
5. GOP woos Hispanic voters

Morning News, 8/9/11

By Bryan Griffith, August 9, 2011

1. Restraint urged on Afghan visas
2. Mexico says outflow drops
3. AL defends immigration law
4. Gay couple loses immigration fight
5. Groups criticize Secure Communities change

Congress Toys With Another Tiny Visa Class – For Exactly 14 Hospitals

By David North, August 9, 2011

The waste of administrative resources devoted to tiny classes of migrants – which we have covered in a previous blog – may get worse in the near future.

Earlier this year I called attention to one such minuscule class, a small cluster of nonimmigrant "investors" in the Northern Mariana Islands who were simultaneously judged by USCIS to be rich enough to be investors, but poor enough to have their fees waived. Read more...

Morning News, 8/8/11

By Bryan Griffith, August 8, 2011

1. ICE ends Secure Communities agreements
2. CPS: 500,000 troops could secure borders
3. Va. County Sues Feds over Imm. Data
4. Smuggling boat intercepted off Calif. coast
5. Chinese population up in uptown NYC

Population Boom in Texas as Mexicans Flee Border Violence

By Jerry Kammer, August 8, 2011

The Texas cities of Mission and El Paso are experiencing a population and business boom, as thousands of Mexicans flee violence in the border states of Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, and Chihuahua, according to a story in yesterday's Mexico City daily Reforma.

The newspaper reports that many of the newcomers arrive with investor visas, which the United States provides to persons who bring job-creating investments with them. My colleague David North has written frequently about the EB-5 investor program; for his blogs postings on it, see here. Read more...

An Answer, Perhaps, to the Haitian TPS Puzzlement – Why So Few Takers?

By David North, August 7, 2011

One of the current immigration mysteries has been: why have so few Haitian illegal aliens in the U.S. accepted the government's offer of Temporary Protected Status, a quasi-amnesty?

After the earthquake of January 2010 the Department of Homeland Security offered TPS to all Haitians who were in the U.S. legally or illegally on the date of the quake. It expected some 100,000 to 150,000 or so to register. Read more...

WA Cancels Illegal Alien Journalist's Driver's License; Will ICE Investigate the Papers That Hired Him?

By Jon Feere, August 4, 2011

The story of illegal alien fraudster and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas continues to unfold and he is finally beginning to feel the repercussions of his unlawful activity. Read more...

Morning News, 8/4/11

By Bryan Griffith, August 4, 2011

1. More Latinos insured in MA
2. RAZ Gov. faces deadline for appeal
3. Report says body dragged from Mexico
4. Retailers focus on Latino shoppers
5. Group says Microsoft claim is bogus

Murdoch Henchman Gets H-1B Visa; Loses Job; Flouts Immigration Law

By David North, August 4, 2011

Perhaps the least attractive henchman of imperial publisher Rupert Murdoch (and there is fierce competition for that distinction) got into the U.S. on an H-1B visa, lost the job that got him the visa, and, apparently, has not left the U.S. as he should have done. Read more...

Morning News, 8/3/11

By Bryan Griffith, August 3, 2011

1. Bill targets ultralight smuggling
2. Rep. releases video honoring slain agent
3. Illegal re-entry tops all federal charges
4. Ruling over PA town's immigration law vacated
5. Illegal aliens decline in some CA counties

Case Study: Alien Investor Program Has a Spectacular Failure in S. Dakota

By David North, August 3, 2011

Both images of the EB-5 immigrant investor program emerging from recent DHS documents are misleading.

One, the widely publicized statement yesterday by DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano was that the agency had "outlined a series of policy, operational, and outreach efforts to fuel the nation's economy and stimulate investment [to] . . . create jobs . . ." Read more...

Removal Proceedings Redux

By W.D. Reasoner, August 3, 2011

I just finished reading a snarky little blog a friend forwarded me for review. The blog, "Report Reveals Basic Misunderstanding of Deportation Process," by Ben Winograd, purports to be a critique of my recent backgrounder on removal proceedings. Read more...

Administration Caves to Open-Borders Advocates on Investor Visas

By David North, August 2, 2011

The only thing that irks the administration more than one underused immigration program is having two such programs.

So today the Obama administration took several steps to still further ease the rules in the H-1B program for high-tech nonimmigrant workers, and the EB-5 program for alien investors, as the Wall Street Journal reported under this headline: "U.S. to Assist Immigrant Job Creators". Read more...