Center for Immigration Studies Blog


07/24/2017 12:27 PM
Aliens Die in Smuggling Operation

On Sunday it was revealed that nine aliens died, and several more were in "dire condition", after they were discovered in the back of a "sweltering tractor-trailer" in a Walmart parking lot in San Antonio, Texas. Seventeen of the 39 aliens rescued were reported to be in "critical condition".

Patrick McHugh July 24, 2017 - 12:27pm Andrew R. Arthur
07/24/2017 09:38 AM
When the UN & Locals Disagree on Potential Refugees' ISIS Ties

Earlier today on BBC World News, which has been showcasing the recent recapture of the Iraqi city of Mosul from ISIS fighters, the presenter spoke of the difficulties that will continue to face the devastated city for many months to come, not least of which is reconciliation between the mostly Shiite central government in Baghdad and the Sunni populace in places like Mosul and Fallujah.

Patrick McHugh July 24, 2017 - 9:38am Dan Cadman
07/21/2017 12:52 PM
Expect Australia's Unwanted Refugees in October

The latest development in the Australia-U.S. refugee deal is the unexpected departure of DHS interviewers from Nauru on July 14, two weeks ahead of their scheduled departure.

Mark Krikorian July 21, 2017 - 12:52pm Nayla Rush
07/20/2017 03:30 PM
Pressing Sanctuaries to Change Their Ways

Tom Homan, director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), has promised to get tough on sanctuary jurisdictions that harbor illegal alien criminals and refuse to cooperate with ICE agents by either holding the criminal aliens on ICE detainers after arrest or by notifying the agents of the criminal aliens' release dates from jail, so that they can be taken into custody for removal proceedings.

Patrick McHugh July 20, 2017 - 3:30pm Dan Cadman
07/20/2017 02:02 PM
Failing Accreditation Agency to Visa Mills Gets New President

It looks like the days are numbered for the accreditation entity that has facilitated the existence of many student-visa mills.

Patrick McHugh July 20, 2017 - 2:02pm David North
07/19/2017 07:10 PM
Trump Travel Ban Wins and Loses at SCOTUS

The Supreme Court today delivered one provisional win and one provisional loss for the Trump administration.

Patrick McHugh July 19, 2017 - 7:10pm Andrew R. Arthur
07/19/2017 11:37 AM
Illegal Aliens Practicing Law

Sapna Rampersaud has written an article for National Review Online's The Corner titled "Illegal Immigrants Can Now Defend the Laws They Break", detailing how the states of New York and California have moved to permit illegal aliens to practice law. This is the kind of thing one might expect to see as a headline on the satirical website The Onion, but, sadly, it's true.

Patrick McHugh July 19, 2017 - 11:37am Dan Cadman
07/19/2017 08:20 AM
Trump's Pick for No. 2 at Labor Department Is an Old Ally of Jack Abramoff

"I was not one of Abramoff's colleagues who was convicted."

That was a modest (if bizarre) statement made by Patrick Pizzella, the president's nominee for deputy secretary of labor, as a U.S. Senate committee considered his suitability for the job in question, according to a recent article in the Washington Examiner.

Patrick McHugh July 19, 2017 - 8:20am David North
07/18/2017 01:57 PM
Curious Findings in 2016 H-2B Data

The H-2B worker program was designed to fill gaps in the labor force. In theory, as companies with a need for seasonal work grew, there would not be enough American citizens to fill the gaps. Businesses apply for "certified positions", or job vacancies approved by the Department of Labor that an immigrant holding an H-2B visa can fill. These businesses must show that "there are not enough U.S. workers who are able, willing, qualified, and available to do the temporary work" and that "employing H-2B workers will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of similarly employed U.S. workers."

Patrick McHugh July 18, 2017 - 1:57pm Preston Huennekens
07/18/2017 12:00 PM
The Time Has Come to Expand the Reach of Expedited Removal to Its Full Statutory Potential

A few days ago, the Washington Post published an article titled "In memo, Trump administration weighs expanding the expedited deportation powers of DHS", an account apparently based on one of those pesky leaks that have plagued the administration from it

Patrick McHugh July 18, 2017 - 12:00pm Dan Cadman