Immigration Blog

ICE's Morton Envisions a 'Culture of Compliance'

By Jerry Kammer, March 14, 2011

John Morton, the director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, appeared on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" this morning. (See the video here.) He offered this general outline for a credible program of worksite enforcement. Morton envisioned a cultural shift that would end the workplace charade that for the past 25 years has made a mockery of the 1986 law that, for the first time, made it illegal to hire illegal immigrants. Said Morton: Read more...

Like Nike, States Just Do It!

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

Though some things may take an act of Congress, as the old saying goes, the states remain the laboratories of democracy. And lately, much of the democracy in action dealing with the adverse consequences of immigration overload has occurred in state legislatures. Read more...

One of the World's Smallest Navies Thwarts Illegal Entries to the U.S.

By David North, March 13, 2011

It is one of the world's tiniest navies, yet it is doing an effective job of preventing illegal entries to the U.S.

And, no, it does not carry the U.S. flag, and it may not even get any U.S. government funds.

The entity is the Royal Bahamas Defense Force (BDF), which is the army, navy, and air force of the Bahamas, all wrapped into a single organization.

If everyone's press releases are to be believed, it is much, much more likely to stop illegal immigrants from Haiti than all of America's migration cops put together. Read more...

The State of E-Verify

By Mark Krikorian, March 11, 2011

Numbers USA has an informative map of the status of E-Verify mandates in the states: Read more...

In Two Weeks, 295 Apprehensions in the Ajo SBInet Sector

By Janice Kephart, March 11, 2011

In the past two weeks, the Ajo Border Patrol sector has publicized its apprehension of three large groups of illegals totaling 295 individuals using video operators and surveillance systems. These catches represent abnormally high numbers of illegals in single groupings crossing the desert before the heat of spring rolls in. Read more...

Columnist Laments Mexico's Double Standard

By Jerry Kammer, March 10, 2011

An opinion column in today's El Universal, the Mexico City daily, criticizes Mexican judicial authorities and Mexican society in general for failing to respond to the rampant kidnapping of migrants passing through on their way to the U.S. border.

Columnist Miguel Carbonell cites a report by the National Human Rights Commission that over a six-month period last year, 11,000 migrants – mostly from Central America – were kidnapped. Read more...

A Slip? Deliberate? USCIS Positions English Document in Second Place

By David North, March 10, 2011

I am not an English language zealot.

I do not mind the occasional translation of a government document that deals with a limited-English population being translated into another tongue. Emergency signs, for example, in two languages are probably useful to both English speakers and speakers of the other language.

But if a U.S. government agency is going to print something in two languages, should not the English version appear first? Above, rather than below; and on the left side of the page, rather than the right? (We read from left to right.) Read more...

Why Do Black Congressmen Vote Against Limiting Immigration?

By David North, March 9, 2011

This is a question that has puzzled me for decades.

It is generally agreed that the people hurt most, economically, by both illegal immigration and massive legal immigration are those at the bottom of the labor market; and many in that part of the labor market are blacks. Read more...

And the Oscar for Uninformed Immigration Commentary Goes to ... the Dairy Farmer from Utah

By David Seminara, March 9, 2011

Bill Wright, a dairy farmer turned state representative from Utah who is the architect of Utah's half-baked plan to create a guest worker program for illegal immigrants, is my nominee for this year's least-informed immigration policymaker. Read more...

Secure Border Initiative Proves Itself Again

By Janice Kephart, March 8, 2011

Two weeks ago the Border Patrol caught an unusually large group of more than 100 illegals trying to cross the desert under the eyes of the now-canceled Secure Border Initiative (SBInet) located on federal lands in the national park known as Organ Pipe National Monument. I discussed that apprehension, and provided a previously unpublished map showing this sector of SBInet known as "Ajo-1", in my blog "Large Group Nabbed Where SBInet Operational". Read more...

State OKs Migration of Same-Sex Partners, But for Diplomats Only

By David North, March 8, 2011

The U.S. State Department has quietly made it legal for some Americans to migrate their alien same-sex partners to the U.S. – but it has done so only for diplomats.

Run-of-the-mill citizens can get visas for alien spouses only in male-female marriages, but the ever-creative State Department has figured a way around that law, but only for its own diplomats. Earlier it made roughly comparable arrangements for diplomats from other nations. Read more...

Utah Legislative Leaders & Special Interests Force Through Amnesty/Guestworker Program

By Ronald W. Mortensen, March 8, 2011

Illegal immigration has been a central focus of the current Utah legislative session.

Immediately after the Arizona enforcement bill was signed into law, state Rep. Stephen Sandstrom indicated that he would introduce enforcement legislation in the 2011 legislature and the proposal drew overwhelming public support. Read more...

The Very Model of a Modern Illegal Alien?

By James R. Edwards Jr., March 7, 2011

Immigration and Customs Enforcement shares responsibility for the death of a nun and two others' injury in Prince William County, Va., last year. The internal ICE report on the matter, which it took a Freedom of Information Act demand to make public, points the finger squarely at ICE for the release of illegal alien Carlos Martinelly Montano, who stands accused of manslaughter while driving under the influence. Read more...

Mojitos vs. Mogen David: Mi Primer Pensamientos de Hispanic Jews and Patriotic Assimilation

By Stephen Steinlight, March 4, 2011

From my earliest days at CIS, a principal target for my speaking engagements has been Florida's slowly northward migrating Jewish heartland, and I've addressed every sort of Jewish audience prepared to listen, excepting those already stone-deaf or on life-support, though truth to tell, on occasion I've spoken to groups bordering on both. In sundry settings I've made our case to thousands in the aggregate. Read more...

Morning News, 3/4/11

By Bryan Griffith, March 4, 2011

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1. Many states eye enforcement
2. GA House passes bill
3. UT introduces new bill
4. Los Angeles drops charges
5. Immigrant convicted Read more...

My Great-Grandfather, President Obama, and Preserving Our Federal Lands

By Janice Kephart, March 3, 2011

Two years ago hidden camera sources in Arizona started sending me e-mails containing footage of illegal aliens unabashedly violating our federal lands with illegally-cut trails and trash by the hundreds of tons. Since then, I have produced three mini-documentaries on the subject. So far, these films have received a combined total of nearly 700,000 views. Since then, I have sought answers as to why Arizona is such a massive gateway for illegal activity. Read more...

Morning News, 3/3/11

By Bryan Griffith, March 3, 2011

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1. Obama, Calderon to meet
2. GA House set to vote
3. SC Senate begins debate
4. TX considers enforcement
5. UT introduces bill Read more...

USCIS Involves White House as It Streamlines H-1B Process

By David North, March 2, 2011

The USCIS involved the White House in its announcement at five this afternoon of a proposed rule that would save H-1B-using corporations millions of dollars a year.

The proposed rule, which would not go into effect for 12 months, will not affect the basic rules of the program nor the various ceilings set by Congress, but it would potentially cut costs for employers, presumably making it even more attractive to corporations than it is now. Read more...

House Panel Has Lively Session on Illegals' Impact on Black Workers

By David North, March 2, 2011

The House of Representatives Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement held a lively but largely good-tempered discussion yesterday morning about the extent of the impact of illegal alien workers on the labor market experiences of blacks, particularly black men.

For the hearing announcement and links to witness statements see here. Read more...

Should Employer Fines Be Cut Because of the Recession?

By David North, March 1, 2011

When jobs for American residents are scarce, should an employer pay smaller fines for ignoring the rules on hiring illegal aliens because there's a recession?

That's the odd position taken by an administrative law judge (ALJ) who works for the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR), an arm of the U.S. Justice Department. Read more...

Morning News, 3/1/11

By Bryan Griffith, March 1, 2011

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1. Gingrich's immigration stance
2. Study: US good at integration
3. OK House panel okays bill
4. UT lawmakers work on enforcement
5. Embezzlement charge at ICE Read more...

Hatch Bill Targets Several Loopholes

By James R. Edwards Jr., February 28, 2011

My colleague Janice Kephart recently highlighted the tremendous risks of the visa lottery program in a recent blog here. Indeed, the visa lottery needlessly clogs the system with millions of applications (a portion of them multiple applications by the same applicant). More than 12 million people filed for this year's lottery – 55,000 visas – and almost 15 million applied for next year's lottery. Read more...

Multi-Tasking Coast Guard Does a Lot Besides Stopping Illegal Entries

By David North, February 28, 2011

Since I am curious about the apparent current and strange lack of illegal entry attempts from Haiti in recent months, I have been following the flow of press releases out of Coast Guard's Seventh District headquarters in Miami.

The image I get is an entity as busy as a one-armed paperhanger, who is also charged with cooking the meals, watching the dog, changing the baby . . . and catching illegal immigrants. Read more...

Morning News, 2/28/11

By Bryan Griffith, February 28, 2011

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1. Rep. Pelosi defends Obama
2. DC chief shaky on Sec. Comm.
3. TX homes stranded by fence
4. Mexico arrests drug boss
5. Illegals convicted, set free Read more...

Large Group Nabbed Right Where SBInet Is Operational

By Janice Kephart, February 25, 2011

On February 18, 2010, the Border Patrol arrested an abnormally large group of illegal immigrants – 128 of them, to be exact – crossing right through the middle of one of the "virtual fence" surveillance areas. Most of them have already been returned to Mexico. Read more...

Texas-Sized Jihadi Plot Foiled

By James R. Edwards Jr., February 25, 2011

A 20-year-old Saudi Arabian has been arrested and charged with planning an Islamist bomb plot. The scary thing is that Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, a student visa holder studying business at South Plains College in Texas, was in the country perfectly legally. Originally, he enrolled at Texas Tech to study chemical engineering. Read more...

Too Much Immigration Staff Time Is Spent on Low-Priority Matters

By David North, February 24, 2011

I suggested in a previous blog that the Department of Homeland Security should spend more staff time making high-priority immigration decisions, and less time on lower-priority ones.

The general notion being that the removal of aliens and decisions about migrants admitted outside of numerical limits should get more attention than admission decisions within numerically-limited classes, as the last-named set of judgments have no bearing on the size of the U.S. population, while the former two are crucial to that metric. Similarly, I noted that there is often an enormous amount of bureaucratic energy spent on very small, innocuous populations. Read more...

Indicting Hezbollah in Mexico

By Janice Kephart, February 23, 2011

A few months, the United States issued an extraterritorial indictment against Jamal Yousef, a senior agent of Hezbollah, an Iranian-sponsored and U.S.-designated terrorist organization. The agent was conducting a business deal to provide thousands of new U.S. arms stolen from American forces in Iraq that had been shipped and stored in Mexico and were to be sold to the Colombian FARC (another designated terrorist organization) in exchange for drugs that were to be couriered into the U.S. by Mexican cartels. The stolen U.S. Read more...

John Lennon, a Marine General, and the Twisted Language of Immigration

By David North, February 23, 2011

This is a story about how a rich and famous alien made a major impact on America's deportation policies, and how a prominent Marine general sought to unwrinkle part of the very wrinkled verbiage used in the immigration business.

The alien was John Lennon, the Beatle and British political activist; the Nixon administration tried to deport him for stirring up opposition to the war in Vietnam. Read more...

'The Beast' and the Mexican Justice System

By Jerry Kammer, February 23, 2011

In recent months, the Mexican press has been drawing attention to the violence and abuses inflicted upon illegal immigrants from Central America as they head toward the U.S. border. Particularly scandalous is the inability of Mexican authorities to stop the predators who work the confined – and therefore controllable – space of the rail line that runs from the border state of Chiapas through Veracruz and on to Mexico City. The train that travels that route is known both as "The Beast" and "The Train of Death." Read more...