Immigration Blog

The ABA Opposes Arizona and Angers Its Membership

By Jon Feere, July 5, 2010

The American Bar Association is taking some heat from its dues-paying members for filing an amicus brief aimed at stopping Arizona's S.B. 1070.

As explained on its website, the ABA "provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, information about the law, programs to assist lawyers and judges in their work, and initiatives to improve the legal system for the public."

Now, the ABA seemingly advocates on behalf of illegal aliens who violate the rule of law. Read more...

Whose Side Is Obama On?

By James R. Edwards Jr., July 3, 2010

The President's call-for-amnesty speech, given Thursday at American University, should raise one main question in every American’s mind: Whose side is President Obama on? Read more...

Shootout Near Mexico Hometown of Rep. Grijalva's Father

By Jerry Kammer, July 3, 2010

The bloody confrontation Thursday between rival Mexican smuggling gangs just south of the Arizona border is a jolt to the entire region. It has particular resonance for people like U.S. Rep Raul Grijalva of Arizona, whose father emigrated from the area of the shootout, which left 21 dead. Read more...

Lots of Nothing

By Mark Krikorian, July 1, 2010

So, I figured the president’s major address on immigration might reveal something important. I’m at Cub Scout camp out in western Virginia, but I had to go to the laundromat anyway, so I watched the stream of the address using their free wi-fi while the clothes spun and tumbled. And what was the news that came out of it?

Nothing. Bupkes. Zilch.

House Panel Flatlines Immigration, Customs Appropriations

By David North, June 30, 2010

The House Appropriations Subcommittee for Homeland Security reported last week that it had flatlined funds for Border, Immigration and Trade Security functions. Read more...

Morning News, 6/29/10

By Bryan Griffith, June 29, 2010

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1. Obama to urge action on immigration
2. Nat'l Guard deployment inadequate
3. TN inmate check bill signed
4. Refuge laws rarely apply to gangs
5. Informant fights to stay in U.S.

A New Recruit to the Enforcement-First Caucus

By Mark Krikorian, June 29, 2010

Bill McGurn of the Wall Street Journal has come around to enforcement-first perspective; his column can be summed up by its subtitle: "Secure the border and a healthy debate might follow."

McGurn opens his column well enough, but after condemning "those who effectively oppose real enforcement of any immigration law," he resorts to a false equivalence: Read more...

Similarities and Differences as U.K. and U.S. Face Immigration Decisions

By David North, June 29, 2010

Both the British and American governments want to change their nations' immigration policies; both, apparently, are currently engaged in maneuvers that fuzz the issues.

There are both parallels and differences between the two nations' systems, as they face similar questions: Should migration be reduced? And what should be done about the current population of illegal aliens? Read more...

Napolitano Announces Border Initiatives

By CIS, June 28, 2010

Written by intern Russ Doubleday

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano recently announced several new border protection initiatives in a renewed attempt to secure the Southwest border in Arizona. She laid out these strategies at a symposium sponsored by the Center for Strategic and International Studies last Wednesday, June 23.

"No one is happy with the status quo [on immigration and the border]," Napolitano said. "I'm certainly not and neither is the president." Read more...

Morning News, 6/28/10

By Bryan Griffith, June 28, 2010

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1. SCOTUS nomination to address issue
2. ICE appointee criticized
3. CA candidate courts Latinos
4. Denver panel tackles issue
5. Illegals leaving Arizona

Amnesty Advocates Discuss Legislative Strategy

By David North, June 28, 2010

Legalization advocates had what sounded like a pretty frank discussion of their legislative strategy, at the 7th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference in Washington Friday.

The annual summertime gathering of pro-open borders policy wonks and some immigration lawyers took place at the Georgetown University Law School, and was sponsored by the Migration Policy Institute and the Catholic Immigration Network Inc. Read more...

Los Angeles City Council Hypocrisy Shines Through

By Ronald W. Mortensen, June 28, 2010

The Los Angeles City Council was quick to vote to boycott Arizona because of its new immigration law.

The Arizona law will encourage racial profiling, huffed the council's Resolution.

It's like Nazi Germany and the beginning of the Holocaust, puffed Council members. Read more...

A Growing Struggle

By John Wahala, June 24, 2010

The Pew Hispanic Center’s recent analysis of educational attainment data from the Census Bureau's 2008 American Community Survey finds that only one in ten Hispanic high school dropouts has a General Educational Development (GED) credential, the lowest among any major race/ethnic group. Read more...

Amnesty by Fiat?

By Mark Krikorian, June 23, 2010

A group of senators sent a letter to the president this week to warn him against something that's apparently being tossed around inside the administration: granting an amnesty unilaterally, without input from Congress. Apparently, this plan would apply only to visa overstayers and other illegals who've applied for green cards as a delaying tactic knowing they won't qualify — but that would mean maybe 5 million people. Read more...

An Unlikely Third Path: Paying Unwanted Migrants to Go Home

By David North, June 23, 2010

The talk about what to do with America's illegal alien population has been focused on two alternatives: enforcement and legalization.

Stricter enforcement would, it is argued, deport some illegals, cause others to self-deport, and cause potential illegals to stay in their homelands. Read more...

Morning News, 6/23/10

By Bryan Griffith, June 23, 2010

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1. Obama requests $600m for border
2. Senators warn against blanket reprieve
3. AZ Dems urge Obama to nix suit
4. Mexico files suit against AZ
5. AZ AG announces grants

Hip, Hip, Hoorah for Sen. Kyl

By James R. Edwards Jr., June 22, 2010

Arizona's junior senator, Jon Kyl, deserves credit for exposing President Obama's position on immigration legislation: hold enforcement hostage to amnesty. Further, the senator deserves praise for standing his ground against the waves of hot air rolling his direction from the bully pulpit. Read more...

No Amnesty, No Border Security? The Questionable Premises of an Immigration Grand Bargain

By Stanley Renshon, June 22, 2010

Reports this past weekend depict a brutally frank exchange between President Obama and Sen. John Kyl (R-AZ) about border control and amnesty legislation. Kyl reports that in a one-on-one meeting with the president they discussed securing the border in the context of pending legislation to enact "comprehensive immigration reform." Kyl reports the president as saying, "The problem is, . . . Read more...

Morning News, 6/22/10

By Bryan Griffith, June 22, 2010

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1. White House: Sen. Kyl lying
2. Congressional GOP pressured
3. Poll finds CO support
4. NE city okays restrictions
5. "Posterchild" for DREAM Act

Morning News, 6/21/10

By Bryan Griffith, June 21, 2010

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1. Democrats concede amnesty unlikely
2. LAPD seeks exceptions to AZ boycott
3. NE town voting on enforcement measure
4. Detention system separates families
5. Four implicated in WA fraud

Gone to Texas

By Mark Krikorian, June 18, 2010

Fox reports that 17 members of the Afghan military have gone missing over the past two years from Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. While this is an obvious security vulnerability because "Each Afghan was issued a Department of Defense Common Access Card, an identification card used to gain access to secure military installations," I suspect it's more likely that they're washing dishes in the back of a cousin's restaurant in San Francisco or Northern Virginia. Read more...

Plug the Damn Hole

By Mark Krikorian, June 18, 2010

A column in yesterday's Globe and Mail on the "honor-killing" of Aqsa Parvez in Canada by her Pakistani immigrant family gets to the policy point too many want to avoid:

Decades ago, illiterate Italians also immigrated to Canada, bringing with them a harsh, patriarchal culture where religion dominated all. But they didn't marry cousins imported fresh from the old country. And so they began to raise their children differently.

Congress Gets Three Views of America's Immigration Courts

By David North, June 18, 2010

Remember the story about the blind men who examined different parts of an elephant and came up with widely differing views of what it was? The man who felt the tusk was sure it was a big piece of polished wood, the one who touched the trunk said it was a snake, and the one who grasped one of the legs called it a tree.

This is essentially what happened yesterday at a hearing of the immigration subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives regarding the nation's immigration courts. It was hard to tell that the witnesses were describing the same entity. Read more...

Rebranding: New ICE or ICE Zero?

By Jessica Vaughan, June 17, 2010

Citing concern over the agency's image, ICE chief John Morton has announced a makeover and renaming of key bureaus so as to de-emphasize the immigration component of their work. This move is just silly on so many levels, but does illustrate three things: Read more...

Brits and Aussies Speak Out on Immigration, Population, and Ecological Sustainability

By Philip Cafaro, June 17, 2010

By and large, American environmentalists remain too politically correct to address immigration and population issues. Meanwhile, our colleagues in the United Kingdom and Australia have recently been showing more courage. I find this hopeful! If it can happen there, it can happen right here in the United States. Read more...

This Just in!! President Reagan Endorses Enforcement-First Immigration Policy

By Stanley Renshon, June 17, 2010

"What would the Gipper do" is a question that some Republicans ask when they don't understand how, exactly, to apply Ronald Reagan's core character and worldview to the problems that America faces today. The result is a search for one or more "truths" to validate the author's speculations regarding what Reagan would have done relying on a direct extrapolation of America's circumstances in 1986, almost a quarter of a century ago, to those today. Read more...

New Arrivals Ripped Off by Their Countrymen

By David North, June 17, 2010

It is an unattractive old story, but it keeps happening.

Newly-arrived aliens, usually with little or no chance of getting green cards, are cheated by their countrymen who promise – for stiff fees – legal status.

Recently four such schemes have come to light as prosecutors have hauled the immigration schemers into court, in New York and Pennsylvania. Three of them involve Haitian applicants (and con artists with what sound like Haitian names) and will be described later in this blog. Read more...

Oil Spills and Immigration Policy

By Philip Cafaro, June 16, 2010

Is there any connection between American immigration policy and the oil spilling onto Gulf coast beaches from BP's Deepwater Horizon rig?

The answer might seem an obvious "no." Efforts to make such a connection might seem ridiculous: an example of immigration reductionists' absurd creativity in finding links between immigration and any problems facing the United States. What's next, critics might ask. Are you going to blame immigration for the lack of focus in America's space program, or the profound lameness of Lady Gaga's latest CD? Read more...

Morning News, 6/16/10

By Bryan Griffith, June 16, 2010

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1. Feds warn against violence
2. Amnesty to be a challenge
3. AZ lawmakers taking aim
4. GA colleges fret verification
5. 14 arrested during rally

One Man, Six Votes?

By James R. Edwards Jr., June 16, 2010

If you thought the U.S. Department of Justice's job was to ensure electoral fairness and equal justice under law for every legitimate American voter, think again. And what is happening in Port Chester, N.Y., likely foreshadows mass immigration's harmful effects on the land of e pluribus unum. Read more...