Center for Immigration Studies Blogs and Publications


02/16/2019 09:16 AM
The Worst Provision in the Funding Bill

Section 224 of the funding bill makes the U.S. government a co-conspirator in the criminal scheme between the smuggler and the parent/guardian paying to have an "unaccompanied" minor brought illegally to the U.S.

Patrick McHugh February 16, 2019 - 9:16am
Think about the children
Andrew R. Arthur
02/16/2019 08:59 AM
Paying Attention to America's Forgotten Eastern Land Border

We keep hearing about America's southern border, the one with Mexico, and sometimes — by way of contrast — our northern border, the one with Canada.

Patrick McHugh February 16, 2019 - 8:59am David North
02/15/2019 06:55 PM
The Spending Bill Won't Solve the Border Crisis — It Will Make It Worse

This bill follows the pattern of nearly every other congressional "deal" on immigration: protections for illegal migrants first, promises of enforcement to come later, and no immigration relief for Americans.

Patrick McHugh February 15, 2019 - 6:55pm Jessica M. Vaughan
02/15/2019 11:52 AM
Twitter Ads Rejects Tweets for "Hateful Content"
Bryan Griffith February 15, 2019 - 11:52am
02/15/2019 10:59 AM
The Fine Print in the Spending Bill: EB-5 Is Renewed, VAWA Is Not

While most of the focus was on the fate of the Wall (or maybe the Fence), and the lack of another government shutdown, two other immigration programs were impacted by the fine print in the just-passed spending bill.

Patrick McHugh February 15, 2019 - 10:59am David North
02/15/2019 07:23 AM
Fake Family Units at the Border

If we fingerprinted and photographed all minors who were apprehended by the Border Patrol, the U.S. government would be able to quickly identify any child who had been "recycled", and would also be better able to track any child who was discovered to have been trafficked in the United States.

Patrick McHugh February 15, 2019 - 7:23am
Stupid rules and their victims
Andrew R. Arthur
02/14/2019 04:22 PM
Immigration Landmines in the Funding Bill

The text of the funding bill was released last night/this morning, and lawmakers are expected to vote on the 1,169-page measure as early as this evening. The bill is disappointing in many respects, but if it had been as advertised earlier, it might have been tolerable.

Mark Krikorian February 14, 2019 - 4:22pm Mark Krikorian
02/14/2019 04:15 PM
The Spending Bill Potentially Doubles the Number of H-2B Workers
Mark Krikorian February 14, 2019 - 4:15pm Preston Huennekens
02/14/2019 03:17 PM
Government Funding Bill Replaces Detention with Ineffective Alternatives

By expanding ATD programs and slashing detention — which is an actual deterrent for border-crossers — this bill will only encourage far more aliens to show up to cross our border and make bogus credible-fear claims. Perhaps that's the point.

Patrick McHugh February 14, 2019 - 3:17pm Matthew Sussis
02/13/2019 07:39 PM
Border Barriers Stop Drive-Throughs

It is no wonder, now that once a border fence was erected near Yuma, that it is easier for smugglers to go through the port and take their chances with x-ray machines and drug-sniffing dogs.

Patrick McHugh February 13, 2019 - 7:39pm
The most crucial role of infrastructure
Andrew R. Arthur
02/13/2019 07:25 PM
Rubbing Salt into One Set of EB-5 Wounds

Federal judge rules that foreigners can borrow the money to buy an EB-5 visa, and ruling may apply retroactively.

Patrick McHugh February 13, 2019 - 7:25pm David North
02/13/2019 09:51 AM
Steven Camarota Discusses the Impact of Immigration on Public Schools
Originally Aired by FOX News on February 12, 2019
Bryan Griffith February 13, 2019 - 9:51am
02/13/2019 09:34 AM
Notes on a Deal I Haven't Seen

This is the "Abolish ICE" movement seeking the ends that it knows are not popular with the American people through other means: call it "Starve ICE" until the agency is effectively ineffective.

Patrick McHugh February 13, 2019 - 9:34am
The pitfalls of compromise
Andrew R. Arthur
02/13/2019 09:33 AM
DHS Buys Health Devices for Its Canine Employees, but Nothing Comparable for the Human Ones

Don't get me wrong, I love dogs.

I am totally in favor of protecting the service dogs that help the Border Patrol in the field, and sniff luggage in the airports.

But I was bit surprised to see this (somewhat misleading) headline on a Homeland Security press release: "DHS Awards Florida Company $199K to Begin Prototype Test of Canine Wearables".

Patrick McHugh February 13, 2019 - 9:33am David North
02/12/2019 12:58 PM
Mark Krikorian Discusses Immigration Legislation and Policy
Originally Aired by C-Span on February 12, 2019
Bryan Griffith February 12, 2019 - 12:58pm
02/12/2019 06:24 AM
A Terror Case the "Travel Ban" Would Have Prevented

A Somali terrorist case shows why the ongoing legal challenge to the "travel ban" against eight countries is so wrong-headed.

Patrick McHugh February 12, 2019 - 6:24am
A lawsuit challenging the policy advances
Todd Bensman
02/11/2019 11:45 AM
Democrats and Open Borders: The Budget Is the Policy
Patrick McHugh February 11, 2019 - 11:45am
02/11/2019 12:58 AM
The History of the Flores Settlement
Patrick McHugh February 11, 2019 - 12:58am
How a 1997 agreement cracked open our detention laws

02/10/2019 10:12 PM
Border Patrol's Expensive New Mission

A law enforcement agency is now tasked with being caretaker for thousands of members of family units and unaccompanied alien minors.

Patrick McHugh February 10, 2019 - 10:12pm Andrew R. Arthur
02/10/2019 05:17 PM
Panel: Projecting the Impact of Immigration on the U.S. Population
Bryan Griffith February 10, 2019 - 5:17pm