Immigration Blog

'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

Other Nations Have 'Value-Added' Immigration Policies – the U.S. Doesn't

By David North, November 1, 2011

Other English-speaking nations have "value-added," "evidence-based" immigration policies, but the U.S., to its detriment, does not.

That is the chilling, central message of Value Added Immigration: Lessons for the United States from Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom, a new book by former U.S. Secretary of Labor Ray Marshall, which was unveiled at a seminar in Washington yesterday, hosted by the Economic Policy Institute, a think tank and the publisher of the book. Read more...

What's New on Cape Cod? Seals from Maine, Summer Workers from Europe

By Stephen Steinlight, November 1, 2011

Spending a part of every summer vacation in South Wellfleet at the far end of Cape Cod was a rite of childhood, one I revived when my daughters were little and then again, many years later, about a decade ago. The Cape is blessedly much the same, though there's more than a touch of the Malling of America on Route 6, the main drag, and Provincetown is more evenly divided nowadays between gays and straight people. Read more...

Morning News, 11/1/11

By Bryan Griffith, November 1, 2011

1. DOJ sues over SC law
2. Judge asked to block AZ
3. Romney hits Perry in NH
4. AZ Gov. criticizes DHS Sec.
5. Illegal pleads in VA

Two Old – and Commendable – Border Patrol Maneuvers

By David North, October 31, 2011

Sometimes the Department of Homeland Security does the right thing, and when that happens it is only fair to report it. Both of today's stories relate to the Border Patrol.

All too often when BP agents apprehend illegal entrants at the U.S.-Mexico border they simply process them (get their names and fingerprints) and then bus them back to the nearest port of entry, giving them the opportunity of trying again the next night.

Needless to say, this is not much of a set-back to the EWIs (those Entering Without Inspection). Read more...

Sorting Out Part of the Problem

By James R. Edwards Jr., October 31, 2011

The New York Times article about freshman Republicans in Congress being open to certain visa relief glosses over one main underlying problem: chain migration. Read more...

Why the Citizenship Clause Should Be Taken More Seriously: A Response to Margaret Stock

By Jon Feere, October 30, 2011

Immigration attorney Margaret Stock recently responded to my latest Backgrounder in an attempt to marginalize the issues surrounding citizenship as it relates to children born to foreign diplomats. My full report, "Birthright Citizenship for Children of Foreign Diplomats?", is available online. The point of the report is that, although the numbers involved are small, the lack of any mechanism to prevent the U.S.-born children of foreign diplomats – the one group that everyone agrees is ineligible for citizenship – from acquiring all the attributes of citizenship is indicative of our lack of seriousness about the whole subject of who is, and is not, a U.S. citizen. Read more...

Warning: Big Business About to Decry Shortages of H-1B Workers

By David North, October 28, 2011

Warning – Big Business is about to start screaming that there is a shortage of H-1B workers – and the annual ceiling must be lifted or there will be serious problems with the economy.

These alien workers have substantial educational credentials, usually in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields and often work in the electronic and computer sectors. Let's look at the numbers more broadly before we get to the alleged shortage. Read more...

Proposal to Axe Green Cards for Unskilled Workers Considered

By Jessica Vaughan, October 28, 2011

Yesterday the House Judiciary committee declined to allow a proposal to eliminate one of many anachronisms in our legal immigration system – the green card quota for unskilled workers. Though tiny, this category serves no legitimate economic purpose and now is frequently used fraudulently to allow otherwise unqualified people to get around our rules, enriching crooked visa brokers and, possibly, unscrupulous U.S. employers in the process. Read more...

Gerson Fumes and Sputters Again

By Mark Krikorian, October 28, 2011

What is it about the immigration issue that brings out the worst in pundits? Washington Post pundit Michael Gerson proves today that he's given immigration policy no more thought since his last sanctimonious and sneering column on the topic. Read more...

Who's Paid More: Head of DHS or of Immigration Lawyers Association?

By David North, October 28, 2011

Both are lawyers, both are women, both are very pro-immigration, both are heads of public sector organizations.

So who is paid more, Janet Napolitano, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, a former governor of her state and currently a member of the president's cabinet, or Crystal Williams, executive director of the American Immigration Lawyers' Association, a trade organization?

DHS has more than 200,000 employees; AILA has 57. Read more...

Morning News, 10/28/11

By Bryan Griffith, October 28, 2011

1. Bill drops country caps
2. AZ debate continues
3. UT Atty. Gen. criticizes
4. Critics attack AL law
5. FL activists protest

Message: I'm Tough

By Mark Krikorian, October 27, 2011

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith points out in Politico today that the White House boasts on deportations are not what they seem: "Unfortunately for U.S. workers, the Obama administration’s immigration enforcement record is just a magic trick." More on the deportation legerdemain here and here.

Morning News, 10/27/11

By Bryan Griffith, October 27, 2011

1. Feds review SC immigration law
2. Border agents hampered by law
3. Study: increase in Long Island
4. Confusion over AL law
5. Salt Lake City holds summit

USCIS Gives Some Immigrant Investors a 19-Year Grace Period

By David North, October 27, 2011

Suppose you and 30 other individuals in a similar situation had owed IRS a substantial amount of taxes since 1995. Suppose IRS knew all about it at the time.

Do you suppose IRS would give you, and the others, a 19-year-long grace period before doing anything about it?

Well, USCIS (and INS before it) has given a group of 31 would-be alien investors exactly that forgiving treatment.

Here's a (considerably shortened) history:

Sterility of the Border Fence Debate

By Mark Krikorian, October 26, 2011

U.S. News (yes, it's still around, in some form anyway) has an online commentary thing called Debate Club and the most recent question was "Should the United States Build a Fence on Its Southern Border?" There were five responses (including mine), and disregarding the lame "No" response from a representative of a sketchy group with "tea party" in its name (who's also lobbied against E-Verify), the four germane responses were split, two Yes and two No. Read more...

'The Toughest Transparency Rules in the History of Government'? Saga of a FOIA Request

By Janice Kephart, October 26, 2011

I won't stop fighting to open up government … I can tell you we've put together the toughest ethical rules and the toughest transparency rules in the history of government."
-- President Obama, January 22, 2010

In July 2010, President Obama stated he was working to open up government and add transparency so Americans could see just what was going on in federal government, including a record of every single person coming in and out of the White House. Read more...

Morning News, 10/26/11

By Bryan Griffith, October 26, 2011

1. Feds meet with UT officials
2. CA releases criminal immigrants
3. SC law will affect legal residents
4. Second drone to patrol border
5. BP agent jailed for arrest

Feds meet with Utah officials over immigration law
By David Montero
The Salt Lake Tribune, October 25, 2011

Fact Checking the 'Fact Checkers'

By Stanley Renshon, October 26, 2011

As anyone who follows politics knows, the last few years have seen an explosion of web sites that purport to fact-check the claims that are ubiquitous features of American political life. Their standard operating procedure is to take a phrase or a political or policy claim and assess its validity. They all have rating scales of which the following is typical: Read more...

No Schadenfreude for Cassandra

By Stephen Steinlight, October 25, 2011

In 2004, I broke the Jewish Establishment's informal code of silence and went public about the inevitable impact of massive illegal immigration, by far the greatest part Mexican, on the interests of Americans who are Jews, warning over time it would erode if not altogether nullify Jewish political clout. Being a messenger of bad tidings is never enviable: one's metaphorical fate is to be shot. However, the news was long overdue, and someone had to deliver it. I went ahead, though I knew I'd almost undoubtedly play the role of Cassandra: predict the future and not be believed, and worse. Read more...

Morning News, 10/25/11

By Bryan Griffith, October 25, 2011

1. Senators not using E-Verify
2. 'Diversity Visa' applicants
3. Students in TX receive state aid
4. OH city welcomes immigrants
5. UT Immigration conference

U.S. Doing Nothing Visible about Forced Marriages Leading to Visas

By David North, October 24, 2011

The United States seems to be doing nothing about a problem that Great Britain is dealing with: forced marriages leading to fraudulent visas.

As noted in an earlier blog, that nation has been taking steps, perhaps halting ones, for the last three years to combat forced-marriage-creating immigration visas. Read more...