Center for Immigration Studies
Fewer Deportations, More Repeat Offenders

For the second time in a very short span, I am writing about an immigration-related item to be found in the New York Times. Earlier this week, I commented on an article entitled “Hoping for Asylum, Migrants Strain U.S. Border”.

Now I find myself looking retrospectively to an article which preceded that one by a matter of days, and feeling obliged to respond to some of the assertions that can be found within it. This article was published by the Times on April 6, with the heading “More Deportations Follow Minor Crimes, Records Show”.

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A Catholic’s Dissent from the Bishops’ Immigration Policy, Pt. 2

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The package of immigration measures known as “comprehensive immigration reform” would provide a sweeping legalization for illegal immigrants and increase legal immigration to more than 2 million newcomers a year. But Catholic bishops think it should provide more.

Kevin Appleby, the director of migration policy and public affairs at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, made that position clear last month at an immigration conference at Notre Dame.

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Immigration Reform in a Republican-Controlled Senate, Pt. 2

The numbers count of any likely GOP Senate majority in the new Congress suggests that real immigration reform is by no means a forgone conclusion. Indeed, it could be rather iffy.

The ratio of Democrats to Republicans is important, as is control of the Senate. And the actual composition of the crucial Senate committees matters as well, and that certainly includes the Senate Judiciary that has primary (but shared) jurisdiction over immigration legislation.

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Giveaway to H-1B Employers Opens Huge Hole in USCIS Budget

The huge giveaway to H-1B employers previously described does major damage to the budget of USCIS.

Earlier we had reported that the agency was refunding H-1B employers something like one-third of a billion dollars a year in connection with fees previously paid for failed applications for H-1B slots, while not making similar repayments to ordinary naturalization applicants who had failed their citizenship tests.

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A Catholic’s Dissent from the Bishops’ Immigration Policy

Like many Catholics, I have been bitterly disappointed in the church’s negligence in its response to the pedophile priests. And as someone who thinks legal immigration should be reduced and illegal immigration should not be encouraged, I have been disappointed that the policy preferences of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops seem to be reducible to a slogan: “More green cards, less enforcement!”

But after viewing a video of a presentation at an immigration conference last month at the University of Notre Dame, I now have a better understanding of the bishops’ immigration advocacy. But I also have a new criticism.

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The Boston Marathon Bombing, Assimilation, and Amnesty

On the one-year anniversary of the attack on the Boston Marathon, a question that continues to be asked is how two immigrants welcomed into the United States at a relatively young age apparently never assimilated into American culture, and never really accepted the United States as home. On this anniversary, as that question remains unresolved, many members of Congress are working to incorporate illegal aliens into our military. These amnesty advocates have concluded that foreigners who enter the United States by their teenage years are fully American, and consequently not a threat, even though our nation’s experience with Boston bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev suggests otherwise.

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Fat Cat H1-B Employers Get Huge USCIS Refunds – Would-Be Citizens Do Not

A low-income alien, wanting to become a citizen, has to scrape up $680 for his naturalization fees. Then he fails the test, twice.

Meanwhile, at the other end of the economic power spectrum, a major fat-cat user of the controversial H-1B program, in order to increase his profits, has applied for more new H-1Bs (at $4,325 apiece) than he can obtain, because of the ceiling on the program. His efforts have failed, in part, too.

So what happens to the poor man’s $680? The government keeps it.

What happens to the corporation’s fees for those non-approved petitions? The company gets all its money back!

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Immigration Reform in a Republican-Controlled Senate, Pt. 1

Let’s image the GOP does gain the six seats necessary to win control of the Senate, and maybe even the few additional seats that Nate Silver thinks possible. Let’s further imagine that it then sets out to do the right thing for real immigration reform. What then for immigration reform?

Well, there’s good news and bad news.

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Straining the Border, Straining the System, Straining Credibility

The New York Times published an article last week entitled “Hoping for Asylum, Migrants Strain U.S. Border”. It’s worth reading despite its shortcomings.

I don’t agree with the apparently blind acceptance of certain assumptions and premises embedded in the article, and I particularly don’t care for the notion of journalists accompanying aliens on their smuggling ventures across the U.S. southern border, which may very well have been the case here, based on what I’m seeing in the photos and slide show of the online version.

But mostly, I dislike what the article fails to point out. It does an abysmal job of putting together the pieces of the puzzle in revealing the cause-and-effect between what we are shown – a border out of control – and the administration’s policies and practices. I’m wondering why the reporter, Julia Preston, didn’t go back to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson with some pointed questions after researching this article, and insert his responses so that we could make judgments of our own, rather than relying solely on her prose.

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