Immigration Blog

Agents Speak Out Against 'No Apprehension' Policy

By Janice Kephart, April 20, 2011

In a strange confluence of news surrounding the activities of the Border Patrol, the agents are speaking out quite loudly – through the conduit of local law enforcement that has repeatedly challenged Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano's claims that the "border is as secure as it has ever been." Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever and Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu made news that agents in the field are back-channeling complaints to the two sh Read more...

Morning News, 4/20/11

By Bryan Griffith, April 20, 2011

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1. GOP vow to kill any amnesty
2. Feds seeks lawsuit dismissal
3. AZ Gov. snubbed by White House
4. Atlanta asks Gov. to reconsider
5. Advocates purchase attack ads

White House Tries to Calm the Waters

By Jerry Kammer, April 20, 2011

Politico has provided a concise explanation of yesterday's White House confab in favor of "comprehensive" immigration reform, reporting that "The meeting itself has been framed as an effort to show Obama supporters that he is trying to make progress on the issue even if it's doomed to stall in Congress." Read more...

The Regrettable Demise of the Journal 'People and Place'

By David North, April 20, 2011

It is sad to report that People and Place, an Australian academic quarterly, has published its last edition. Read more...

61% of Americans Oppose Birthright Citizenship for Children of Illegal Aliens

By Jon Feere, April 19, 2011

The debate over granting automatic birthright citizenship to children born to illegal aliens has had the effect of shifting public opinion in favor of a more narrow application of the 14th Amendment's Citizenship Clause, according to a new Rasmussen Reports survey. Read more...

Morning News, 4/19/11

By Bryan Griffith, April 19, 2011

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1. Obama to hold meeting
2. Rep. Issa targets H-1Bs
3. Rep. might not back Obama
4. AZ Gov. vetoes bill
5. Group names 10 lawmakers

Immigration Activist Warns of 'Civil War'

By Jerry Kammer, April 19, 2011

Juan Jose Gutierrez, the president of an immigration activist group called Vamos Unidos, predicts that hundreds of thousands of people will march in Los Angeles on May Day, demanding legalization for illegal immigrants. In an appearance Sunday on the Univision program "Al Punto", Gutierrez said that legalization is the only way out of the current policy stalemate. Read more...

BIA Exposes Weakness in Immigration-Through-Marriage Law

By David North, April 19, 2011

You might think that if an alien obtains legal status in the U.S. through a marriage-related visa that the government would want the marriage to last for a while, say, two years. Right?

Well, you would be, sometimes, wrong. Or so the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) has ruled. (The BIA, an arm of the Justice Department, plays the role of U.S. District Courts in cases appealed from Immigration Judge rulings.) Read more...

Framing the Discussion on Univision

By Jerry Kammer, April 18, 2011

The Univision Sunday morning program "Al Punto" yesterday offered a discussion that illustrated how the Spanish-language television network frames as "anti-immigrant" any measures directed against illegal immigration. It also included comments from a Los Angeles activist about President Obama's political calculations regarding immigration reform. Read more...

Morning News, 4/18/11

By Bryan Griffith, April 18, 2011

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1. Politicians call SB1070 a success
2. IN bill awaits final action
3. OH bills allow enforcement
4. CO Senate panel hearing bills
5. OR Senate to hold hearing

Sin 'Salon'

By James R. Edwards Jr., April 16, 2011

The seamy side of immigration often gets glossed over, dismissed, or explained away by open-border apologists calling for unfettered legal immigration and unchecked illegal immigration. But an honest look at immigration shows that human sin nature doesn't stop at the border. Read more...

April in Vekol Valley, Ariz.: Drug Shootings, Again

By Janice Kephart, April 16, 2011

In the same area where I filmed "Hidden Cameras on the Arizona Border 3: Guns, Drugs, and 750 Illegal Aliens", one likely drug runner was shot and another killed yesterday evening in a shoot out between drug smugglers. The exact area of the shooting, Antelope Peak, was about a mile from the first segment of that film which highlights the travel methods of drug cartels. Read more...

DHS Pressies Face a Quandary Regarding Publicizing Some Deportations

By David North, April 16, 2011

As a recovering government press agent (Department of Interior, 1997-1999) I read a recent ICE press release with a specialized pair of eyes.

The lead was, shall we say, arresting:

A fugitive wanted in Mexico for beating a young boy to death with a hammer in 2001 was deported Thursday to Mexico where he faces aggravated homicide charges . . .

House Hearing Lays Down Record for Ending the Visa Lottery

By Janice Kephart, April 15, 2011

On April 5, 2011, I testified before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement on a bill that would eliminate the Diversity Visa lottery (DV) program. The hearing was specifically on H.R.704, the SAFE for America Act, is sponsored by Rep. Goodlatte (R-VA), who has been seeking to do away with the visa lottery for years. Read more...

Fired Illegals Say Chipotle Was Soft on Immigration

By Jon Feere, April 14, 2011

Reuters has written an expose on the illegal hiring practices at Chipotle, the fast-food burrito chain that continues to be the focus of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement audit. The article is worth reading in full, as it generally avoids the frivolity found in most immigration reporting. Shockingly, the journalists admit: "Chipotle could have found anomalies had it used E-Verify." Here is part of the article: Read more...

Rising Frustrations, Call to the Streets

By Jerry Kammer, April 14, 2011

On today's "Democracy Now!" program, co-host Juan Gonzalez interviewed Rep. Raul Grijalva. Both men expressed frustration with the lack of action on immigration reform by Congress and the Obama administration. Here are the principal exchanges, including a suggestion from Gonzalez that it is "time to shut down Phoenix" in protest. The interview took place the day after advocates of illegal immigrants in Los Angeles announced plans for a major demonstration there on May 1: Read more...

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By Bryan Griffith, April 14, 2011

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1. IN Gov. calls for bill's passage
2. GA leg. has day to pass bill
3. Advocates allege systemic abuse
4. Business groups oppose FL bills
5. MI groups seeks policy change

Massachusetts Health Plan Giveaway

By Jessica Vaughan, April 14, 2011

For a preview of how a federally-run health care system might deal with uninsured illegal immigrants, watch Massachusetts. In 2006 the state enacted Romneycare, which many consider to be the precursor to Obamacare. A recent report from the Massachusetts Inspector General has found that state agencies have failed to implement controls to prevent ineligible people – including illegal immigrants – from getting free taxpayer-funded health care. Read more...

Salt Lake Chamber Dupes the Supporters of the Utah Compact

By Ronald W. Mortensen, April 13, 2011

Did the Salt Lake Chamber dupe Utah's religious organizations, social justice groups, and media outlets into helping it pass legislation that guarantees its business members a large pool of low-cost, easily exploited illegal alien labor? It appears that that may have been the case. Read more...

A Worm's-Eye View of IRS Tax Collection Practices vs. Some Aliens

By David North, April 13, 2011

A single Border Patrol agent, dealing with, say, a five-mile stretch of the southern border, may not have a good understanding of the nation's immigration enforcement policy, but he certainly knows how it plays in his own turf.

Similarly, I do not have a good grasp of IRS policies, generally, regarding the collection of taxes from aliens, but I do have a pretty comprehensive knowledge of how they work vis-a-vis foreign graduate students. This is the case because I have been running, for 12 years now, a volunteer program to help graduate students at a major D.C.-area university with their income tax filings. Most of our clients are from overseas. Read more...

Univision Does It Again

By Jerry Kammer, April 13, 2011

The nightly newscast of the Univision network makes little effort to report on legitimate concerns about immigration. Last week, for example, it ignored the CIS report on the high rate at which immigrants make use of federal welfare programs.

But on Tuesday, the newscast came out of a commercial for Kellogg's cereals with this information: Read more...

Morning News, 4/12/11

By Bryan Griffith, April 12, 2011

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1. MD to give tutition break
2. GA Sen. passes bill
3. AZ Sen. gives up on bills
4. Arrest made in 2009 killing
5. BP agent released

61% of Americans Agree: Unregulated Immigration Increases Poverty

By Jon Feere, April 11, 2011

According to a new Rasmussen Reports survey, 61 percent of adults say if immigration laws were enforced, there would be less poverty in America. Only 19 percent disagree with that assessment.

Seventy-seven percent of Republican respondents and 58 percent of adults not affiliated with either of the two political parties feel there would be less poverty if immigration laws were enforced. Forty-eight percent of democrat respondents agreed. Read more...

Morning News, 4/11/11

By Bryan Griffith, April 11, 2011

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1. U.S. stops 350 suspects
2. Court system overburdened
3. Hispanics drawn to suburbs
4. Deported leave children behind
5. AZ cities struggle with laws

BIA Does the Right Thing – Let's Hope America Publicizes It

By David North, April 9, 2011

The Board of Immigration Appeals did the right thing on April 8 – and I hope governmental publicists let the Muslim world know about it.

They probably won't, partially because the Congress may be shutting down the government, and partially because foreign policy writers rarely pay attention to immigration issues, both unfortunate situations. Read more...

Arizona Prop 100 Upheld

By James R. Edwards Jr., April 9, 2011

No thanks to the American Civil Liberties Union, Arizona's law to keep criminal aliens behind bars has won in federal court. At the bull's eye of a failed legal strategem stands the lawman the open-borders crowd loves to hate, Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Read more...

Viewing the H-1B Program from a Different Angle

By David North, April 8, 2011

Usually foreign worker programs are viewed from a distance by observers, as useful or destructive activities, or by employers as good ways to cut wage costs. Sometimes they are seen through the eyes of U.S. workers displaced by the program. Sometimes, when abuses are severe, one sees the program from the point of view of the exploited worker.

In the case of the H-1B program – which I think should be reduced drastically and reformed – I have had an opportunity to see the program through eyes of the willing participants, people who are either in the program or who are headed towards it. Read more...

Birthright Citizenship Report Sparks Debate

By Jessica Vaughan, April 7, 2011

Last week I appeared on a CNN news program to discuss our recent report on the national security implications of the U.S. practice of granting citizenship to the children of foreign temporary visitors. This is related to, but distinct from the issue of citizenship for the children of illegal aliens. Read more...

USCIS Shoots Self in Foot Trying to Streamline an Application Process

By David North, April 7, 2011

As noted here in the past, USCIS desperately wants to "streamline" its application processes.

Even if eligibility rules are not changed a bit, modifying an application process to make it faster, or less expensive, or more convenient to the applicant, inevitably makes that process more attractive, and thus it is used more often, and that creates more migration.

A clumsy process, however, tends to discourage marginal applicants. Read more...

DoL Adds Big D.C.-Area School System to List of H-1B 'Willful Violators'

By David North, April 6, 2011

One of the nation's major educational users of the H-1B program has been cited as a "willful violator" of that program by the U.S. Department of Labor. Read more...