Immigration-Related Marriage Fraud Hits a New High and a New Low in the UK
Immigration-related marriage fraud, always a criminal, grubby activity, hit both a new, depraved low in Great Britain the other day, as well as a peak in chutzpah.
A 23-year-old male from Pakistan, in illegal status and wanting legal papers, conned a 19-year-old woman of very limited intelligence (an IQ of 49) into an Islamic marriage. Since she had legal status in the UK the marriage would convey the same status on the alien.
Boehner’s Dilemma: Which Comes First, Legalization or Enforcement?
The chicken and egg conundrum of this proposed small grand bargain proposal, or any other, is: Which comes first, legalization or enforcement? In the sequence I’ve described the enforcement bills come first, followed by the legalization bills.
Russian Diplomats Charged with Benefit Fraud
According to the New York Times, and a host of other publications, the U.S. Attorney in Manhattan, Preet Bharara, announced on Thursday that he had charged 49 Russian diplomats, including 11 currently in the country and 38 now serving elsewhere, in a $1.5 million Medicaid fraud case. The Times article notes that insurance fraud schemes have been “dominated by immigrants from the former Soviet Union for years”, but the fact that this incident involves dozens of diplomats posted in New York and the apparent complicity of the Russian government is a huge scandal.
California Activists Demand Amnesty for Felons
A group of amnesty activists in California really had to scrape the bottom of the barrel in their quest to draw public sympathy for illegal aliens who are being deported.
On Monday, November 26, three women, two of whom are illegal aliens and one who is a U.S. citizen, chained themselves by the neck to a fence surrounding the Adelanto Detention Facility in San Bernardino, Calif. Their aim was to provoke arrest and draw attention to their demands for the release of three men being detained at the center. They were part of a larger group of activists demanding a moratorium on all deportations. The three women were arrested, spent the night in a county jail, and now face charges for misdemeanor failure to disperse, trespassing, and a felony charge of vandalism.
Reporter Finally Gets It Right on H-1Bs
I nearly had a seizure reading Liz Peek’s article on H-1B in the Fiscal Times. Ms. Peek had actually done some research and independent thinking; something nearly absent in today’s media.
Elk Horn, Iowa’s Danish-American Community: Assimilation Done Right?
No matter how you feel about immigration, the comprehensive immigration reform debate can be exhausting and stressful. Supporters of legalization are outraged that there’s been no legislative progress on the amnesty front and opponents are fearful that politicians will cave in to the demands of the business lobby. No one is happy. Because we’re in the midst of the holiday season, I thought it might be a good time to recommend a documentary about an immigrant community that just about anyone can feel good about, no matter where they stand on the issues.
What Speaker Boehner Could Achieve: A Focused, Public Interest Immigration Grand Bargain, Part 2
What Speaker Boehner could accomplish, and leave as a positive and lasting legacy to this country, would be a set of immigration reform measures that begin with serious and effective enforcement controls, but also recognize that there are some illegal aliens living and working here who deserve our compassion and help.
Not all do.
What Speaker Boehner Could Achieve: A Focused, Public Interest Immigration Grand Bargain
As is always the case with “if it bleeds, it leads” journalism, a great deal of attention has been paid to orchestrated nationwide efforts, including those by the president, to keep the heat on Republicans in the House to pass immigration bills that could be reconciled with the Senate’s massive legislation. Sit-ins, hunger strikes, blocking traffic, and other efforts to pressure House Republicans have not had their desired effect and House Republicans continue plug along on a series of possible immigration bills.
It’s Beginning to Look Like Watergate in South Dakota EB-5 Case
It is starting to look like Watergate all over again, on a smaller scale, in the South Dakota EB-5 scandal.
The national EB-5 investor-visa program grants green cards to aliens (and their families) who have placed half a million dollars in certain USCIS-approved, but not guaranteed, investments; a lot of EB-5 money has disappeared in South Dakota.
Some of the well-connected lesser functionaries of the party in power in that state were bending if not breaking the law regarding these moneys, the investigative machinery of state government is somewhere between constipated and compromised, and the local press is having a field day.
Journos Still Don’t Understand House Cannot Act on Senate Amnesty Bill
Journalists should really do their research before writing on the status of the Senate amnesty bill, particularly if they plan on pressuring House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) to pass an amnesty.
Those paying close attention know that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) never sent the Senate’s gargantuan amnesty bill (S.744) over to the House of Representatives. Reid has refused to do so because he knows his bill is unconstitutional because the bill raises revenue; the Constitution requires all bills raising revenue to originate in the House, not the Senate. Mr. Reid is well aware that, if he were to send the bill to the House, it would be “blue-slipped" — stopped by a legislative procedure that allows House members to shut down a bill that runs afoul of the Constitution’s Origination Clause.