Immigration Blog

Jesuit Demands Mexico Stop Abuses of Migrants

By Jerry Kammer, August 26, 2010

A Jesuit priest who has long denounced the Mexican government for failing to protect Central American migrants from abuses on their way northward has rejected official statements of outrage at the massacre of 72 migrants in the northern border state of Tamaulipas. Read more...

Paradigm Shift: Updating Immigration Policy's 'Conventional Wisdom'

By Stanley Renshon, August 26, 2010

The philosopher of science Thomas Kuhn revolutionized his field with the 1962 publication of a seminal book, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. In it he argued that science, no less than other forms of human effort, proceeded on the basis of its own received beliefs. These beliefs formed the foundation of what was deemed acceptable scientific practice and provided as well the basic framework for examining science's results. Read more...

Morning News, 8/26/10

By Bryan Griffith, August 26, 2010

1. Feds turn screws on Arpaio
2. Analysis: McCain faces choice
3. TX keeps details undisclosed
4. AZ issue could be decisive
5. FL primary swayed on issue Read more...

Breaking Immigration Policy's Spiral of Silence

By Stanley Renshon, August 25, 2010

Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann, a specialist in German public opinion research, published a book in 1984 with the University of Chicago Press, entitled The Spiral of Silence. In it, she tried to understand why ordinary Germans had not been more vocal in their opposition to the gradual rise and consolidation of Hitler's regime. Read more...

Let 'Em Loose Bruce, or Line-Flushing in Immigration Court

By Mark Krikorian, August 25, 2010

The latest installment in the Obama administration's gutting of immigration enforcement was reported today in the Houston Chronicle. As reporter Susan Carroll wrote:

The Department of Homeland Security is systematically reviewing thousands of pending immigration cases and moving to dismiss those filed against suspected illegal immigrants who have no serious criminal records, according to several sources familiar with the efforts.

Morning News, 8/25/10

By Bryan Griffith, August 25, 2010

1. Admin sabotaging prosecutions
2. DHS reneges on exit program
3. GOP chair drops AZ law
4. McCain reclaims confidence
5. List outs amnesty "roadblocks" Read more...

Immigration Policy and the Real 'Two Americas'

By Stanley Renshon, August 24, 2010

It is easy to get into trouble when you divide this vast, diverse country into two dichotomous parts and claim that distinction explains something enormously significant. Read more...

The U.S. Needs a Vibrant Low-Growth Population Advocacy Organization

By David North, August 24, 2010

America needs a vigorous conversation about the size of our future population, and a vibrant organization making the pro-slow-growth argument.

Such an organization would, among other things, argue for a much lower rate of immigration, but it would do so from a possibly sturdier foundation than the one currently available to the restrictionists. Read more...

A Strategy for Winning the Immigration Battle

By Ronald W. Mortensen, August 24, 2010

Previous blogs have discussed how those of us who oppose illegal immigration have largely failed to win the battle in spite of years of effort. We have allowed ourselves to be defined by the opposition and we have all too often adopted tactics that validate their portrayal of us. But perhaps most importantly, we have generally failed to put a human face on our arguments and we have seldom appealed to the emotions of the public and policy makers. Read more...

Morning News, 8/24/10

By Bryan Griffith, August 24, 2010

1. Feds to restrict financial aid to elderly immigrants
2. Feds admit shortcomings in U.N. report
3. McCain's "tough" new stance riles critics
4. AZ incumbents grapple with issue
5. ME city residents to mull foreign suffrage
6. Border deaths set to reach record high
7. Mexican actress facing trial for fraud (link) Read more...

Ross Douthat's Two Americas

By Stanley Renshon, August 23, 2010

The usually sensible New York Times columnist Ross Douthat careens into a conceptual immigration ditch in trying to divide Americans into those who welcome immigrants as long as they profess allegiance to this country's iconic creedal ideals and those who "often strikes cruder, more xenophobic notes." In two different entries last week – "Islam in Two Americas" and "Assimilation and Nativism" – he made an unfortunate and ill-founded distinction between those for whom "allegiance to the Constitution trumps ethnic differences, language barriers and religious divides" and those who expect "new arrivals to assimilate themselves to these norms, and quickly" and one might add "or else"! Read more...

Grassroots Groups Call Obama Amnesty on Carpet

By James R. Edwards Jr., August 23, 2010

Eighteen grassroots organizations, including NumbersUSA, Eagle Forum, ProEnglish, and Let Freedom Ring, have today released a jointly signed letter opposing an administrative end-run around Congress by the Obama administration. The scheme entails amnesty by bureaucratic means to legalize millions of illegal aliens through what are supposed to be exceptional-case powers. Read more...

Morning News, 8/23/10

By Bryan Griffith, August 23, 2010

1. Feds fret weaknesses in airport security
2. Immigration central in AZ GOP primary
3. MA sheriff nixes ICE deal, asked to reconsider
4. Illegals accessing driver's licenses in LA
5. Auto insurance for illegals a growing sector
6. NY sees surge in Russian immigration Read more...

JPMorgan Sends U.S. Jobs to India, Gets H-1Bs and Millions from USCIS

By David North, August 20, 2010

We all know how nicely the Bush and Obama Administrations treated JPMorgan and the other big Wall Street banks.

But the fact that JPMorgan has a cushy relationship with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services may not be as well known.

In fact, JPMorgan and the international trade in workers might be called a "three-fer": Read more...

Morning News, 8/20/10

By Bryan Griffith, August 20, 2010

1. Kenya irked by ruling
2. TX Gov. wants enforcement
3. Sheriff shuns income
4. SB1070 opponent suing
5. Ex-FBI agent charged Read more...

Morning News, 8/19/10

By Bryan Griffith, August 19, 2010

1. Structures breach border
2. Nat'l Guard focuses on recon
3. Support grows for enforcement
4. UT lawmaker confident
5. AZ sheriff offers solutions Read more...

ICE Chief Morton to Field: See No Illegal Aliens

By Jessica Vaughan, August 19, 2010

ICE's misleadingly-named Office of State and Local Cooperation (OSLC) has announced the next step in the Obama administration's efforts to drastically diminish the scope of immigration law enforcement. According to a draft policy document now being circulated among a limited group of stakeholders, ICE chief John Morton intends to prohibit not only his officers, but also local officers with 287(g) immigration authority, from busting illegal aliens who are discovered as a result of traffic violations. Read more...

Morning News, 8/18/10

By Bryan Griffith, August 18, 2010

1. Admin mulls relaxed Cuban travel
2. DHS wants Sec. Comm. expansion
3. DHS to expand port security
4. AZ declines to change SB1070 Read more...

Book on Arizona Immigration Is a Missed Opportunity

By Jerry Kammer, August 18, 2010

Near the end of her beautifully written new book, Illegal: Life and Death in Arizona's Immigration War Zone, Terry Greene Sterling makes a case for the Dream Act. That is the colloquial name of the legislative proposal that would provide legal status to many young people who were brought illegally to the U.S. by their parents and have shown a commitment to education. Read more...

A Tale of Two Governments: How They Report Illegal Haitian Migration

By David North, August 17, 2010

This is a tale of how two governments, the mighty United States, and the not-so-mighty Bahamas, handle the same story – the apparently increasing illegal migration from Haiti.

If you look at a map, you can see that the quickest way to get from Haiti to the U.S. is through hundreds of miles of Bahamian waters.

On Monday the government of The Bahamas issued a press release saying: Read more...

The Heavy Cost of Abandonment

By Jerry Kammer, August 17, 2010

The call came from a college student. He wanted to know if we at CIS were aware of any studies about women who have been abandoned by husbands who have emigrated to the United States.

I encountered such women when I traveled in Mexico as a reporter. They were often struggling, not only to raise their children, but to come to grips with the crushing reality of abandonment.

There doesn't seem to be a great deal of journalistic work or academic study of the problem. But a 2006 Spanish-language article from the Mexican state of Veracruz, takes account of it quite powerfully. Read more...

Morning News, 8/17/10

By Bryan Griffith, August 17, 2010

1. 14th Amendment debated
2. UT senator blasts bill
3. ID agencies struggle
4. AL hopefuls debate issue
5. AL GOP seeks leverage Read more...

Open Doors Ploy #2: Manipulating Ceilings on Nonimmigrant Flows

By David North, August 16, 2010

Increasingly (and appropriately) Congress, in recent years, has been placing ceilings on some inflows of nonimmigrants. These ceilings apply only to a tiny minority of nonimmigrants, and of nonimmigrant categories.

As might be expected, the mass-migration lobbyists have been busily expanding, where possible, and where they cannot, defining away these numerical limits. Read more...

Losing the Immigration Battle – Failed Strategies

By Ronald W. Mortensen, August 16, 2010

In my previous blog, I argued that despite years of effort, we have failed to make the significant gains that we would have hoped for in the battle over illegal immigration. In fact, the best we can say is that we have held the proponents of illegal immigration in check and fought them to a standstill over amnesty.

This blog looks at the reasons behind our lack of success. Read more...

Frivolous Use of Scarce Immigration Control Funds (Continued)

By David North, August 13, 2010

It is not OK for government employees to play pool or poker during office hours, but it is OK, apparently, for them to play expensive games with scarce taxpayer-supplied, immigration-control funds.

Congress, its semi-autonomous watchdog agency, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have all had their frivolous moments recently. It might have been better for the nation had the people involved spent their work days inside a pool hall. Read more...

Borderlands Rancher Reports Welcome Calm

By Jerry Kammer, August 13, 2010

There's good news from John Ladd, the central figure in the "Gaming the Border" video we posted this week. Illegal traffic through his ranch on the Arizona-Mexico border is way down, Ladd said today by telephone. "Come Sunday, it'll be two weeks since I saw any groups on the ranch," he said. "It has been dramatically slow."

A range of possible explanations for the slowdown seems plausible. Read more...

Morning News, 8/13/10

By Bryan Griffith, August 13, 2010

1. Obama signs border bill
2. DHS grants asylum
3. CA candidate opposes changes
4. VA gov. seeks enforcement
5. La Raza attacks 287(g) Read more...

Children of Diplomats

By Mark Krikorian, August 13, 2010

There's a wrinkle of the birthright citizenship debate that I think is telling. One thing that everyone accepts is that "subject to the jurisdiction thereof" excludes kids born here to representatives of foreign governments. Read more...

ICE's Mission Melt 3: Endangering America

By Janice Kephart, August 12, 2010

On June 30, 2010, five days after Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Director John Morton received the unanimous "No Confidence" letter from the union representing ICE detention and removal officers and immigration enforcement agents, Morton issued a memorandum to “all ICE Employees” entitled "Civil Immigration Enforcement: Priorities for the Apprehension, Detention, and Removal of Aliens." Upon a careful review of both documents – the first from the employees outlining their grievances against Morton for basically rendering them incapable of upholding federal immigration law and the second guidance from the director they are complaining about – what is clear is that ICE employees' complaints were both ignored and proven justified by Morton's directive. Read more...

Deportation Is Only Restitution, Not Punishment

By David North, August 12, 2010

It would be helpful if people realized that deportation is simply restitution, not punishment.

If you rob a bank, and the cops catch you before you spend the loot, the criminal justice system will do two things: it will restore the money to the bank (restitution) and toss you in jail (punishment). Restitution is simply restoring the status quo, making things like they were before the crime happened. Read more...