Immigration Blog

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...

We Have the Facts, But They Have Both the Poetry and the Magazine Covers

By David North, November 26, 2011

Those of us of the not-too-much-immigration persuasion have long had the facts on our side of the debate, but not the poetry.

Our careful analyses of the impact of immigration on the labor market, for example, are routinely overshadowed by their treasured stories of immigrant successes (Irving Berlin and Albert Einstein) and their pictorial images, (the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island).

It has turned out, in the last week or so, that we also do not have the magazine cover artists on our side, nor, significantly, the editors who choose those covers. Read more...

Newt Morphing into Bush and Teddy Kennedy on Amnesty

By James R. Edwards Jr., November 23, 2011

GOP flavor-of-the-week Newt Gingrich advanced the latest version of a pro-amnesty stance at the 11th Republican presidential debate last night. Remember George W. Bush's infamous "family values don't stop at the Rio Grande" debate sound bite? Remember where that sentiment led? The former House Speaker edged mighty close to the same moralizing to rationalize amnesty.

Here's what Gingrich said:

Morning News, 11/23/11

By Bryan Griffith, November 23, 2011

1. DOJ challenges UT law
2. GOP debate takes on issue
3. Illegals suspected in fires
4. AL city drops lawsuit
5. Armed illegals stalked BP

The Gingrich Amnesty

By Mark Krikorian, November 23, 2011

Missed the debate because of wrestling practice, but it's hardly surprising that Newt would support amnesty for illegal aliens. After the Pelosi global-warming ad and Dede Scozzafava and "right-wing social engineering," is it any surprise he'd adopt the left's line on immigration too? He earned a career grade of D from Numbers USA (they calculate back to 1989). Heck, even Barbara Boxer has a career grade of D+. Read more...

Chain Migration, the TPS Way

By David North, November 23, 2011

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) was supposed to be a one-off, helpful gesture on the part of the U.S. toward a stricken nation, one hit by a natural or man-made disaster, a massive flood or a major earthquake.

For a while, all the victim nation's people in the U.S. – legally or illegally – were to be given short-term legal status till the other nation could get on its feet again. Read more...

Stapling Green Cards to Diplomas, and Other Foolish Ideas You Might Have Missed in the GOP Debate

By David Seminara, November 23, 2011

Another debate, and another disappointing night for the Republicans on the immigration front. We've seen a total of 11 GOP debates to date, and I've yet to hear a candidate demonstrate a deep understanding of our immigration problem. The electorate is crying out for serious reform but all of the GOP hopefuls seem to offer little more than clichés and pandering. Read more...

GAO Finds Illegals Are Often Fire Starters

By James R. Edwards Jr., November 22, 2011

The Government Accountability Office has found that a good portion of Arizona's wildfires were started by illegal aliens or their smugglers – 30 out of the 77 fires the watchdog agency examined.

Here are some excerpts from the AP story on the report: Read more...

Morning News, 11/22/11

By Bryan Griffith, November 22, 2011

1. WH policy struggles
2. DHS refutes 'stonewalling'
3. Indian team tracks smugglers
4. Group considers recall
5. NJ cop indicted

Murders Twice Linked to Immigration Marriage Fraud in D.C. Area

By David North, November 22, 2011

Twice this year cases of murder have been linked with cases of immigration marriage fraud in the D.C. area.

Over the last weekend we learned that an innocent 12-year-old child had been butchered in May in suburban Maryland as a by-product of a case of immigration fraud. Read more...

U.S. = Stupid Cupid, U.K. = Scrooge Regarding Immigration and Marriage

By David North, November 21, 2011

When it comes to immigrant marriages, the U.S. government plays the role of Cupid, frankly a stupid Cupid, while the British government plays Scrooge.

This was brought to the surface recently by a casual comment by an American immigration lawyer, a U.K. policy proposal, and an analysis of American immigration statistics. Read more...

Morning News, 11/21/11

By Bryan Griffith, November 21, 2011

1. FL Rep. questions loophole
2. IL Rep. fights SC law
3. Survey: Ethnic divide in CA
4. FL town fights detention center
5. Pakistani immigrant accused

Amnesty by Any Means Extended to DOJ Lawyers

By Janice Kephart, November 18, 2011

According to a story in today's LA Times, amnesty is now officially being rolled out in U.S. immigration courts. Department of Justice (DOJ) immigration attorneys are being directed to work side-by-side with Department of Homeland Security immigration agents to significantly reduce pending deportation cases. Read more...

Morning News, 11/17/11

By Bryan Griffith, November 17, 2011

1. DHS to begin review
2. DHS Sec. backs efforts
3. AL lawmakers weigh changes
4. Uncle makes court appearance
5. Smuggler got immunity