Center for Immigration Studies Blogs and Publications


08/15/2018 02:28 PM
Criminal Penalties for Aliens' Failure to File a Change of Address

Ensuring compliance with the immigration laws requires the executive branch to use all of the tools at its disposal to induce aliens to follow the law. Enforcement of the criminal penalties in section 266 of the INA should be the first step in that effort.

Patrick McHugh August 15, 2018 - 2:28pm
Another forgotten immigration crime
Andrew R. Arthur
08/15/2018 01:13 PM
Does the First Amendment Provide 'Sanctuary' from Removal for Immigration Law Violations?

If the Second Circuit makes the cardinal error of granting Ragbir relief from the immigration laws based on this curious (dare I say spurious?) argument, virtually every deportable alien possessed of his letters will overnight become an activist pundit, sending op-eds and screeds to any written or online publication willing to entertain them, simply so as to shoehorn himself, too, into protection from the consequences of his immigration law violations.

Patrick McHugh August 15, 2018 - 1:13pm Dan Cadman
08/15/2018 12:41 PM
DC District Judge Orders DACA Restoration

If the status of DACA is complicated now for the federal government (and in particular U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services), one can only imagine how much more complicated conflicting district court orders will make it. And Judge Hanen's order can come at any time, meaning that a Supreme Court with only eight justices may have to quickly rule on the legality of the program, as Noah Feldman explained recently in Bloomberg Opinion. When it comes to DACA, uncertainty abounds.

Patrick McHugh August 15, 2018 - 12:41pm Andrew R. Arthur
08/14/2018 12:46 PM
The First Step Act, Revisited

I am left with the observation that drafting a good prison or sentencing reform bill is much akin to threading a needle: Aim wide, and you are sure to fail. With carefully re-crafted language, this bill could have been excised of those provisions that potentially will permit thousands of alien felon prisoners to sidestep the reach of federal immigration officials attempting to take them into custody from the Bureau of Prisons in order to deport them. And such amendments would have done no harm whatsoever to the aim of prison and sentencing reform for deserving American prisoners.

Patrick McHugh August 14, 2018 - 12:46pm Dan Cadman
08/14/2018 12:12 PM
Chain Migration Gone Wild in Third Circuit

Sometimes a citizen child can save his or her illegal alien parent from deportation, on the grounds that the deportation of the parent would create an undue hardship on the child. For example, if the illegal alien parent is the sole source of the family's income or the child has a medical condition that is unlikely to be treated in the parent's home country.

Patrick McHugh August 14, 2018 - 12:12pm David North
08/14/2018 10:31 AM
A Brief Chronology of the Sierra Club's Retreat from the Immigration-Population Connection (Updated)

How did we get here? How did one of America's oldest and most highly respected environmental organizations stray so far from their original outlook? It involves activists, changes in leadership, and big money. Here is a brief chronology of how the Sierra Club retreated from its views on population stabilization and immigration.

Patrick McHugh August 14, 2018 - 10:31am Matthew Sussis
08/14/2018 08:55 AM
Some Suggestions Designed to Strengthen the U (Crime Victim) Visa Program

This U visa program has morphed from a sensible, small-scale activity designed to help law enforcement agencies when working with illegals into a huge, largely hidden, backdoor amnesty program. It is another of the cluster of programs that provide large numbers of green cards to aliens not because there is a national need for their presence, or even because of relatives already here, but just because of luck.

Patrick McHugh August 14, 2018 - 8:55am David North
08/13/2018 08:58 AM
Two Recent Smuggling Cases Provide a Rare Glimpse of a Terrorism Threat at the Southwest Border and What ICE Is Doing About It

Investigating the smugglers and screening their clients are two distinct operations that work in tandem. The screening at the border improves the chances of knowing if a given SIA poses a terrorism problem and, at the same time, can produce intelligence information ICE-HSI can use to go after smugglers. ICE-HSI does these investigations in joint partnership with the Justice Department's Criminal Division under the Extraterritorial Criminal Travel Strike Force program.

Patrick McHugh August 13, 2018 - 8:58am Todd Bensman
08/13/2018 08:57 AM
DHS Can Help with the Current U.S.-Turkey Dispute: A Long-Shot Notion

The Department of Homeland Security — if it is assertive and imaginative enough — can help the White House with its current series of disputes with Turkey.

Patrick McHugh August 13, 2018 - 8:57am David North
08/13/2018 07:00 AM
A Lower Refugee Ceiling Is Better for Most Refugees, the Host Countries, and America

The president is finding that changing immigration policy is more like trench warfare than shock-and-awe.

Getting anything through Congress has so far proven impossible, due to combination of the filibuster rule, a rump group of loose-border Republicans, and the White House's own poorly run legislative operation.

Patrick McHugh August 13, 2018 - 7:00am Mark Krikorian
08/13/2018 12:00 AM
Terrorist Infiltration Threat at the Southwest Border
Patrick McHugh August 13, 2018 - 12:00am
The national security gap in America’s immigration enforcement debate

08/10/2018 08:44 PM
'Private' Refugee Resettlement Agencies Mostly Funded by the Government

Nine State Department-approved "voluntary organizations" or volags are paid by the head to resettle refugees in the U.S. The bulk of their annual revenues come not from charitable contributions, but government grants, ranging from 58 percent to 97 percent of their total budgets. The total annual compensation for the heads of these charities ranges from $132,000 to $671,000.

Mark Krikorian August 10, 2018 - 8:44pm Nayla Rush
08/10/2018 03:37 PM
Endangered at the Border
Patrick McHugh August 10, 2018 - 3:37pm
Animal trafficking closely tied to drug, human trafficking

08/10/2018 02:52 PM
Venezuelan Migration Continues to Grow

As the flow of Venezuelans fleeing the socialist rule of President Nicolás Maduro continues, regional host countries are facing both increasing difficulties meeting the needs of migrants and domestic pressure to limit Venezuelan immigration.

Patrick McHugh August 10, 2018 - 2:52pm Kausha Luna
08/10/2018 09:00 AM
Refugee Resettlement Is Costly

The U.S. accepts refugees primarily for humanitarian reasons, not for economic ones. The fact that refugees are a fiscal drain should not by itself determine refugee policy. However, we should be careful not to fall for starry-eyed promises that everyone is better off when refugee numbers increase.

Patrick McHugh August 10, 2018 - 9:00am Jason Richwine
08/09/2018 05:13 PM
An EB-5 Dispute, with Something Old and Something New

The lawsuit, intended to rescue a misled Chinese investor's money, is also a searing indictment of the entire EB-5 visa-selling program.

Patrick McHugh August 9, 2018 - 5:13pm David North
08/09/2018 10:17 AM
Andrew Arthur Discusses Court Ruling on Constitutional Protections
Originally Aired by FOX News on August 9, 2018
Bryan Griffith August 9, 2018 - 10:17am
08/08/2018 03:24 PM
DHS Is Increasing Foreign Student Fees — But Not by Enough

We learned this week that foreign students are more than three times as likely to stay illegally in the country as nonimmigrants as a whole, and we heard several weeks ago that DHS was — after a gap of 14 years — finally thinking about raising the DHS fees for foreign students. The two announcements were not, as they might have been, linked by the government.

Patrick McHugh August 8, 2018 - 3:24pm David North
08/08/2018 02:02 PM
Lawsuit Seeks to Require Federal Contractor to Break Immigration Laws

Superficially, this suit doesn't have anything to do with immigration, it has to do with labor laws. But strip away the thin veneer and it's easy to see that it is just one more effort using "lawfare" to dismantle effective immigration enforcement.

Patrick McHugh August 8, 2018 - 2:02pm Dan Cadman
08/08/2018 01:50 PM
2018 New Green Card Data Shows Slight Quarter-to-Quarter Decline

DHS recently released the "Legal Immigration and Adjustment of Status Report" for the first quarter of FY 2018. This dataset contains information on the number of individuals attaining lawful permanent resident status per quarter.

Patrick McHugh August 8, 2018 - 1:50pm Preston Huennekens