Immigration Blog

While the DREAM Act Dominates the Scene, a Bit of Haitian Action Elsewhere

By David North, December 10, 2010

While the DREAM Act has been the focus of the immigration field this week, I continue to keep my eye open for the strange sideshow in the Caribbean, the usually quiet, the dog-does-not-bark, story of illegal immigration from Haiti.

Given the cholera threat, on top of the misery of the sluggish recovery from the earthquake, adding to the pervasive poverty of that nation, and the very sizable Haitian communities in the U.S. – why are we not seeing numerous attempts to enter the U.S. illegally? Read more...

Morning News, 12/10/10

By Bryan Griffith, December 10, 2010

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1. Senate tables DREAM Act
2. Senator defends position
3. Fed law draws scrutiny
4. TN considers enforcement
5. Advocates fight policy

Morning News, 12/9/10

By Bryan Griffith, December 9, 2010

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1. House passes DREAM Act
2. SCOTUS appears divided
3. State officials defend AZ
4. CT considers DREAM Act
5. Students highlight debate

Military DREAM Is a Mirage

By Mark Krikorian, December 8, 2010

The sponsors of the DREAM Act inserted what they clearly considered boob bait for patriotic Americans — a provision that qualifying illegal aliens (came before age 16, here at least five years, have a high school diploma or GED) could convert to permanent status and get a green card if they served two years in the military (as an alternative to two years of college). Read more...

DREAM Online

By Mark Krikorian, December 7, 2010

I debated the DREAM Act with Josh Bernstein of the SEIU at Bloggingheads, an online debate site. The New York Times excerpted the discussion at its site today.

Also, I published an article at National Review Online on the issue.

DREAM in Uniform

By James R. Edwards Jr., December 7, 2010

Perhaps the most disturbing thing about the DREAM Act fight is how the U.S. military's top brass has taken the pro-amnesty side. Once people get posted at the Pentagon in the top echelons, it's like beat cops who become police chiefs: They become politicians. They're often not much more than political chameleons. Read more...

Morning News, 12/7/10

By Bryan Griffith, December 7, 2010

1. Sen. Reid files for cloture
2. GOP promises to be tough
3. Population estimate uncertain
4. CA politicians vague on issue
5. Activists push for TPS

Potemkin ICE

By Jessica Vaughan, December 6, 2010

A story in today's Washington Post reveals the lengths to which this administration will go to give people the false impression that they are serious about immigration law enforcement. Remember all that high-fiving and fist-pumping in October when ICE announced that it had broken all the records for removals? Read more...

Morning News,12/6/10

By Bryan Griffith, December 6, 2010

1. ICE stretched definitions
2. Gov't lobbied for Mexican TPS
3. GOP attacks DREAM Act move
4. Supreme Court to rule on AZ
5. CA GOP split on measure

Amnesty Advocates Trumpet Distinction Without a Difference

By David North, December 3, 2010

The ever-creative advocates of amnesty for illegal aliens are pressing what they regard as a historical argument for the proposed DREAM and AgJobs Acts – that those kinds of specialized programs, not general amnesties, are, in effect, the American Way. That's their position.

As Gertrude Stein would have said, an illegal alien is an illegal alien is an illegal alien. There may be a fine distinction between boutique amnesties and general ones, but there are no differences in their impacts on the broader society, on taxpayers, nor, for that matter, on the aliens themselves. Read more...

GAO Reports Fraud and Abuse in H-2B Program

By David North, December 2, 2010

The H-2B program for unskilled non-agricultural migrant workers is one of the nation's many alien worker programs, and one that, according to a recent Government Accountability Office report, is subject to extensive fraud and abuse. Read more...

Morning News, 12/2/10

By Bryan Griffith, December 2, 2010

1. Dems hope to get DREAM passed
2. Study: $6.2 billion cost for Act
3. DREAM could cost FL $472m
4. FL lawmaker wants support
5. Reactions to UT plan

Straw Man Arguments and Chutzpah Used to Defend Tuition Break for Illegals

By David North, December 1, 2010

Those supporting tuition breaks for illegal aliens attending college sometimes use both straw man arguments and chutzpah math to advance their cause.

There is, for example, a November 23 article in the Fresno Bee headed "Illegal immigrants are not getting free college education, Calif. official says." Read more...

Morning News, 12/1/10

By Bryan Griffith, December 1, 2010

1. Vote Possible by Friday
2. FL considers AZ type bill
3. UT lawmaker introduces bill
4. VA Sheriff touts Sec. Comm.
5. Groups lobby for DREAM Act

Morning News, 11/30/10

By Bryan Griffith, November 30, 2010

1. WA won't join Secure Communities
2. CO policy summit debates cost
3. AZ employer law lacks teeth
4. 15 charged in TX protest
5. Illegal held after DUI crash

Morning News, 11/29/10

By Bryan Griffith, November 29, 2010

1. Rep. pushes for DREAM Act
2. NV sees enforcement proposal
3. SC debates enforcement
4. VA Sheriff talks Sec Comm.
5. Man killed in accident

Foiling Terrorists by Keeping Them Out

By James R. Edwards Jr., November 28, 2010

The Washington Post's Sunday front-page story tells a lot of details about how the FBI kept Portland, Oregonians safe from an immigrant Muslim extremist with homicide bombing on his mind. And, certainly, thank God the G-men were successful in this fascinating and frightful case. Read more...

ICE Finds Huge New Tunnel at Border, But Are Congratulations Really in Order?

By David North, November 28, 2010

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has just issued a press release saying that they had found a major new tunnel under the U.S. /Mexico border south of San Diego.

It was half a mile long, had two entrances on the U.S. side and one in Mexico, and the tunnel was equipped with, the release said, "advanced rail, electrical and ventilation systems." Read more...

USCIS Takes Small Steps Forward on Alien Worker Programs

By David North, November 27, 2010

These blogs are often critical of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), but in this case we want to note some useful (if almost invisible) steps forward.

It involves the foreign worker programs, particularly the H-1B program that currently creates a glut of scientists and engineers in the U.S. labor market and thus deprives citizens and legal residents of high-tech jobs, and results in lowers salaries for all concerned.

While this may sound almost trivial to those outside government, the progress is in the re-design of a government form, the I-129. Read more...

Tories May Have Overreached vis-a-vis Language Requirement for Spouses

By David North, November 24, 2010

The new British government may have outreached itself by planning to require that immigrant spouses of UK citizens must speak the English language.

Lord knows that no American government would make such a demand.

While a Tory-Liberal Democrat coalition runs the government, the Conservatives seem to be the ones setting immigration policy. The two parties, while agreeing to run the nation together, had quite different immigration policies before the recent election. The Liberal Democrats strongly support the open borders position, and the Conservatives do not. Read more...

Morning News, 11/24/10

By Bryan Griffith, November 24, 2010

1. IA Rep. ready to lead
2. Congress considering DREAM Act
3. Unmanned drones help on border
4. CA petition for enforcement
5. CO to discuss enforcement

Fading DREAMs

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

Oh, the cruelty of leading people on and sowing false hopes. But the Democratic leadership in Congress and the Obama White House keep up the charade with the DREAM Act amnesty.

Before the election, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Sen. Robert Menendez put out the word that, yes, they had every intention of moving the DREAM Act. It was about as bald-faced a ploy as one could find – the real intention being to boost Latino turnout in the midterms from abysmal to very low. Read more...

Morning News, 11/23/10

By Bryan Griffith, November 23, 2010

1. Illegals helped to recoup taxes
2. BP agent assaulted in CA
3. Mexican police asylum case
4. IA group seeks enforcement
5. Protesters urge DREAM Act

Immigration Lessons from the Chandra Levy Murder Case

By Jon Feere, November 23, 2010

Salvadoran illegal immigrant Ingmar Guandique has been convicted of two counts of first-degree murder for killing intern Chandra Levy while she jogged in Washington, D.C.'s Rock Creek Park in May 2001. Guandique faces a minimum of 30 years to life in prison. Read more...

ICE to Sanctuaries: Just Say No to Holds

By Jessica Vaughan, November 22, 2010

In what appears to be yet another astounding display of mission apathy, a senior ICE official is now advising sanctuary jurisdictions on how they can opt out of his program. Earlier this month, the top manager of the Secure Communities program, David Venturella, suggested to the San Francisco Sheriff's Department that if the county did not wish to participate, it could simply ignore ICE's requests to take custody of the removable aliens that are discovered in county jails. Read more...

Morning News, 11/22/10

By Bryan Griffith, November 22, 2010

1. Costs of illegal immigration
2. Report: PA contractors fight
3. Few GA co's participate
4. VT AG proposes 'Bias-Free'
5. Act may affect school policy

A Case Study: Violating and Enforcing the Immigration Law

By David North, November 22, 2010

Sometimes it is useful to take a look at case histories of the violations of, and the enforcement of, the immigration law.

It is well known that it often takes the government a long time to wrap up a criminal case involving a violation of the immigration law. Read more...

Where is President Obama's 'Yes, We Can' on the Border?

By Janice Kephart, November 19, 2010

This morning two stories came across my desk simultaneously, both about the southwest border.

In the first, Texas Department of Public Safety went public that they are fighting a war on their border with Mexican cartels. Not just providing some resources and support, but fighting a war.

They fly helicopter missions, deploy tactical strike teams and gather field intelligence, but the battles they fight aren't in the Middle East, they're in America.

Morning News, 11/19/10

By Bryan Griffith, November 19, 2010

1. Tough road for DREAM Act
2. MI state senator targets benefits
3. CT proposal gives tuition breaks
4. NYC police short on interpreters
5. TX tuition bill fails

Rocky Road Ahead for DREAM Act
By Marcus Stern
ProPublica, November 18, 2010

Some Examples of Clumsy Censorship Within USCIS

By David North, November 18, 2010

When it comes to transparency in government activities there are two extremes:

On the one hand, there is the total freedom of information sought by many advocates of democracy, the "open covenants, openly arrived at" concept of Woodrow Wilson.

On the other there is the highly efficient censorship of a dictatorship, such as that of North Korea.

And in the middle there is the not-so-competent, partial censorship of USCIS's review body, the Office of Administrative Appeals, a semi-judicial entity that handles appeals from many USCIS staff decisions. Read more...