Immigration Blog

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...

Morning News, 6/15/10

By Bryan Griffith, June 15, 2010

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1. CA education drops with immigration
2. IA rep. eyes Obama's aunt
3. SCOTUS relaxes automatic expulsion
4. Judge denies lawsuit dismissal
5. AZ Gov. seeks to replace AG

Occupational Health Officials Oblivious to Legal/Illegal Distinction

By David North, June 15, 2010

Two federal occupational health officials, discussing the severe job-site health issues of immigrants yesterday, simply ignored the variable of legal or illegal presence.

No one is arguing that a physician should not set the broken leg of an illegal alien, but it would be helpful if records were kept as to the likelihood of broken bones among different kinds of migrants. Read more...

Micro-Amnesty for Some Illegals Pending Before Congress

By David North, June 14, 2010

While it is taboo to talk about a policy that would prohibit the admission of migrants who might not be able to assimilate – such as Muslims who insist that women must wear the burqa – soon it may be possible to use the variable of cultural assimilation to give amnesty to an illegal alien. Read more...

The Democrats' New Immigration Strategy: Euphemism

By Stanley Renshon, June 14, 2010

Noun (from the Greek euphēmismos, from euphēmos auspicious, sounding good.)
1: the substitution of an agreeable or inoffensive expression for one that may offend or suggest something unpleasant.

Politico recently reported that the Democrats have come up with a tough new immigration strategy. It consists of "talking like Republicans"! Read more...

Morning News, 6/14/10

By Bryan Griffith, June 14, 2010

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1. AZ Gov. seeks lawsuit dismissals
2. Issue top concern at for GOP
3. Matricula given out on CA island
4. AZ law may increase foreclosures
5. Texas jail sees fewer detentions

USCIS Does Right Thing with H-1B, Then Gets Sued – Some Speculation

By David North, June 14, 2010

USCIS has just been sued by an employer's group for doing the right thing with a segment of the H-1B nonimmigrant worker program, according to an AP story.

It had not been clear to me earlier this year that the policy memorandum on the use of the H-1B program by the so-called "body shops" (who play the same role as crew leaders in the harvest of farm crops) was very significant, but the court case suggests it was the right move. Read more...

ICE Program Finds 11% of Inmates Screened Are Removable

By Jessica Vaughan, June 11, 2010

Reports released Thursday on ICE's Secure Communities program confirm that removable aliens comprise a significant share of the nation's criminal population. According to these statistics, 11 percent of all inmates booked into participating jails are flagged by the system as removable aliens (in comparison, non-citizens comprise nine percent of the nation's total adult population – see "Immigration and Crime: Assessing a Conflicted Issue"). ICE has removed or ordered the departure of 16 percent of these criminal aliens. Read more...

Morning News, 6/11/10

By Bryan Griffith, June 11, 2010

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1. Deadline for Haitian TPS looms
2. Proposed fee hikes criticized
3. Mexico admonishes shooting
4. TN legislature addresses issue
5. MA bill would tighten restrictions

Spin, Uncontrolled

By James R. Edwards Jr., June 11, 2010

Well, the open-borders crowd is at it again. The "compassion" approach to selling the American people on mass amnesty and even higher legal immigration levels failed to attract a following, so the post-Americans are revamping their public message. In other words, open-borders spin spun out on them, so they're changing the language they use to try to sell amnesty and uncontrolled immigration. Read more...