Center for Immigration Studies Blog

02/23/2018 05:25 PM
USCIS Changes Its Mission Statement

The press has been breathlessly reporting that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has changed its mission statement. This "news" is much ado about nothing.

Patrick McHugh February 23, 2018 - 5:25pm
Much ado about nothing
Andrew R. Arthur
02/23/2018 04:54 PM
Latest Development in Decade-Long OPT Litigation

Quotes from the bench included, "weird charade", "This program clearly goes beyond students", and "the height of chutzpah".

Patrick McHugh February 23, 2018 - 4:54pm John Miano
02/23/2018 04:27 PM
ICE Arrests 357 in Sanctuary Operations

Acting Director of ICE Thomas Homan has vowed to crack down on sanctuary cities. True to his word, ICE conducted two major operations in the month of February that resulted in the arrests of 357 illegal aliens.

Patrick McHugh February 23, 2018 - 4:27pm Preston Huennekens
02/23/2018 12:58 PM
Looking at the New Estimates of the Illegal Population

Even if correct, the new Center for Migration Studies estimate showing a decline in the total illegal population is not an indication that the problem has been solved. The estimate is almost certainly within the margin of error, the illegal population remains huge, and new illegal immigrants continue to arrive in large numbers.

Patrick McHugh February 23, 2018 - 12:58pm Steven A. Camarota
02/23/2018 12:26 PM
Marriage Fraud, and an Awkward Public Policy Question

In addition to investigating marriage fraud that involves bribery, USCIS would do well to also go after marriage fraud involving false charges of abuse.

Patrick McHugh February 23, 2018 - 12:26pm David North
02/22/2018 07:58 AM
Broken Windows (Immigration) Policing

My colleague Jessica Vaughan has published a look at the resurgence of the hyper-violent MS-13 gang over the past five years or so. It's striking how conventional immigration enforcement is an important tool in battling this kind of threat. Vaughan writes that the Bush administration's Operation Community Shield used immigration law as a key means of disrupting the gang's activities; as she notes,

Patrick McHugh February 22, 2018 - 7:58am Mark Krikorian
02/22/2018 05:00 AM
MS-13 and Sex Trafficking

This is the same gang activity that, as the foregoing demonstrates, funds the violence those aliens are fleeing. Thus, sanctuary policies are part of a vicious circle of crime, exploitation, and violence that creates the very victims they purportedly protect.

Patrick McHugh February 22, 2018 - 5:00am Andrew R. Arthur
02/21/2018 05:24 PM
Here's a Case of Both Chain Migration and Fierce Labor Exploitation

We often write of labor exploitation facilitated by our immigration process, and of instances of endless chain migration, created through the same process.

A case has arisen in Colorado that embraces both of those problems at once.

Patrick McHugh February 21, 2018 - 5:24pm David North
02/21/2018 12:04 PM
An MS-13 Horror Story that the Press Has Largely Ignored

A 15-year-old sex trafficking victim was savagely beaten with a bat by a pimp (who is a member of a transnational criminal organization) in an upscale neighborhood near an honors high school close to the nation's capital. This would normally be headline news. Interestingly, however, I could find only a handful of outlets that reported on this crime at all.

Patrick McHugh February 21, 2018 - 12:04pm Andrew R. Arthur
02/20/2018 03:13 PM
Second-Class Citizenship Is Always a Bad Idea

Media outlets are reporting that conservative talk radio host and pundit Rush Limbaugh has stated his support for granting "Dreamers" citizenship through amnesty, provided that they will not be allowed to vote for 15 to 25 years.

That is a singularly bad idea.

Patrick McHugh February 20, 2018 - 3:13pm Dan Cadman