Responding to the President’s Immigration Fiat, Pt. 5
The president’s forthcoming executive amnesty and enforcement actions are likely to be an immigration Rubicon for the Republican Party — for its supporters, its elected officials, and its 2016 presidential candidates.
Let me start with Republican supporters and their elected officials. A recent Pew poll tells all in its title: "Neither Party Gets Good Marks from Its Base for Handling Illegal Immigration". According to the poll, 56 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaners feel that the Republican Party is not doing a good job on illegal immigration.
Executive Action to Benefit Alien Traffic Offenders
Would You Buy a Used Car from This EB-5 Applicant?
Every so often one part of the immigration system does the right thing, while another does not.
In this case USCIS gets the credit and the State Department gets none.
Our protagonist today is an alien used car dealer; he’s a Mexican millionaire who tried, without the needed qualifications, to convert his E-2 (nonimmigrant investor) visa and his collection of formerly owned vehicles into a green card via the EB-5 (immigrant investor) program.
Responding to the President’s Immigration Fiat, Pt. 4
In taking his immigration executive actions – especially if, as expected, they are expansive – the president will have thrown down a monumental, even radical, challenge to the American tradition of governance as well as to the American public and, not incidentally, to the Republican Party.
He and his allies can be expected justify his actions by all the means at his disposal, and they will be considerable. They are, however, by no means insurmountable.
70 Percent of Illegals Released by ICE Don’t Appear for Follow-up Appointments
Immigration and Customs Enforcement released thousands of illegal-alien families from this summer’s border surge – the large majority of those who were apprehended – with instructions to report to the particular ICE office at their final destination. DHS has repeatedly refused to say how many of them actually show up as directed.
Well, the AP secured a recording of “a confidential meeting at its [ICE’s] Washington headquarters with immigration advocates” where ICE acknowledged that 70 percent of those released “never showed up weeks later for follow-up appointments.”
Responding to the President’s Immigration Fiat, Pt. 3
The Obama administration will field a formidable array of political resources to rationalize and legitimize the president’s forthcoming executive immigration amnesty. Those who oppose his executive order will have nowhere near the president’s resources and thus will begin with a decided disadvantage.
In that sense it will be round two of another immigration “David vs. Goliath” fight, the first one having been won by House Republican Davids who managed to stop the “comprehensive reform” juggernaut that reached its culmination with the passage of the massive 2013 Senate Democratic immigration legislation.
That fight was fought on different grounds than the executive actions fight will be fought. Broadly speaking, the difference will be a fight that was won by doing nothing versus a fight that can only be won by doing something.
Senator Sessions Is Right: No STEM Worker Shortage
Maryland’s Governor, His Eye on a 2016 Presidential Bid, Goes All-In for Immigration
El Tiempo Latino, the Spanish-language weekly owned by the Washington Post, was so impressed by a recent speech by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley that it ran a story about it twice in its September 19 issue.
There it was on the front page, under the banner headline that translates as “Solidarity with children immigrants”. And there it was on page 6, under the headline: “O’Malley asks attorneys to help migrant kids”. For some reason, both times the story itself was published in English.
U.S. Immigrant Population Record 41.3 Million in 2013
Asian, Caribbean, and Middle Eastern immigrant populations grew most since 2010
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Steven A. Camarota is the Director of Research and Karen Zeigler is a demographer at the Center for Immigration Studies.
Immigration, Criminal Creativity, and Some Speculation
A reader of mine, someone I had never met before, knew that I had written about schools that served as “visa mills” for foreign students and wanted to talk with me about a specific one that we both had visited. We set up a lunch date at a bar and grill in the suburbs.
Not knowing the location, I gave myself plenty of time to drive to the place and found myself ultra-early. As I waited at the bar I started reading the September 8 issue of Interpreter Releases, the immigration lawyers’ staid trade paper.