Center for Immigration Studies Blogs and Publications


10/22/2018 05:00 AM
BIA Should Vacate Matter of X-K-

This is a particularly salient point given the caravan of migrants from Central America. If they knew that they would not be released upon arrival in this country and passing credible fear, they would be less likely to come.

Patrick McHugh October 22, 2018 - 5:00am
Especially important in light of the migrant caravan
Andrew R. Arthur
10/22/2018 04:00 AM
Is U.S. Accession to the Mexico-UNHCR 'Caravan' Plan a Long-Term Mistake?

Apparently a part of the "plan" for resolving this caravan crisis via UNHCR decision-making is to distribute those who get a thumbs-up among and between various countries, including the United States.

Patrick McHugh October 22, 2018 - 4:00am Dan Cadman
10/19/2018 01:52 PM
Caravan Issue Heats Up

The closer the caravan gets to the southern border of the United States, the more likely it is to influence the midterm elections.

Patrick McHugh October 19, 2018 - 1:52pm
Proximity could make it a potent issue in the midterm elections
Andrew R. Arthur
10/19/2018 01:42 PM
Somalia-Born Candidate for Congress Accused of Immigration/Marriage Fraud

The Democratic candidate for a safe seat in the U.S. House of Representatives stands accused of immigration/marriage fraud and bigamy. The district is in Minnesota. More precisely, Somalia-born, now-naturalized Ilhan Omar is accused of marrying her own brother while being married to another, as well as misuse of campaign funds, two probably unrelated maters.

Patrick McHugh October 19, 2018 - 1:42pm David North
10/18/2018 04:57 PM
AG Still Reviewing Bond Eligibility for Border Aliens

There is no reason to believe that the number of aliens entering illegally who are seeking credible fear will slow anytime soon. If they were subject to mandatory detention upon arrival in the United States, however, that will likely change, quickly.

Patrick McHugh October 18, 2018 - 4:57pm
Tens of thousands of aliens could be detained without bond
Andrew R. Arthur
10/18/2018 12:26 PM
Looking for Push Factors in Central America

The Wall Street Journal reported this week on the trip that CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan made last month to the so-called "Northern Triangle" countries of Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. The commissioner went to those countries in an attempt to assess the "push" factors that lead nationals of those countries to try to enter the United States illegally. The "pull" factors are likely stronger, but it is often difficult to separate one from the other.

Patrick McHugh October 18, 2018 - 12:26pm
The pull factors are likely stronger, but at least CBP is trying
Andrew R. Arthur
10/18/2018 05:00 AM
Environmental Groups' Opposition to the Border Wall is Disappointing, but Not Surprising

Officials announced last week that they are waiving approximately 30 environmental laws in Texas in order to expedite wall construction, citing homeland security concerns. Predictably, environmental groups are not happy, and some plan on suing the Trump administration to block the move.

Patrick McHugh October 18, 2018 - 5:00am Matthew Sussis
10/18/2018 04:00 AM
Reihan Salam's Powerful Case Against Open Borders

Salam persuasively argues that "a more selective, skills-based immigration system would yield a more egalitarian economy ... and a more egalitarian economy would help heal our country's ethnic divides."

Patrick McHugh October 18, 2018 - 4:00am Jerry Kammer
10/17/2018 02:45 PM
Faux Identity Documents for Illegal Immigrants from the Archdiocese of Baltimore

The more accepted and acceptable such ersatz documents become for various purposes within the city, county, or state, the more they will be used as breeder documents to get real, official identification documents to create completely false identities for aliens, at least some of whom will be exactly the type of individuals the city claims that it wants to safeguard immigrant communities against: the criminals.

Patrick McHugh October 17, 2018 - 2:45pm Dan Cadman
10/17/2018 02:03 PM
Caravan Update: Trump Threatens Funding, Countries React

The president has now threatened to cut off aid to not just Honduras, but also Guatemala and El Salvador, "if they allow their citizens, or others, to journey through their borders and up to the United States, with the intention of entering our country illegally." Those threats seem to be having an effect.

Patrick McHugh October 17, 2018 - 2:03pm Andrew R. Arthur
10/17/2018 01:28 PM
McCarthy's Fund-the-Wall Bill: Is it Real, a Chimera, or a Sell-Out in the Making?

In a Backgrounder analyzing a recently introduced House bill I noted that even as that bill was being considered, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy was announcing, with great fanfare, a revitalized effort to push through "a new get-tough immigration bill that would build the rest of President Trump's border wall, punish sanctuary cities and stiffen penalties on repeat-illegal immigrants."

Patrick McHugh October 17, 2018 - 1:28pm Dan Cadman
10/17/2018 11:36 AM
Mark Krikorian Discusses the Illegal Alien Caravan
Originally Aired by FOX News on October 16, 2018
Bryan Griffith October 17, 2018 - 11:36am
10/17/2018 11:35 AM
Jessica Vaughan Explains MS-13 Threat
Originally Aired by FOX News on October 17, 2018
Bryan Griffith October 17, 2018 - 11:35am
10/17/2018 06:26 AM
The Curious Usage of "Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III"

In reviewing decisions recently, I came across an interesting phenomenon. The name of the attorney general of the United States is used in a curiously formal manner in some rather significant cases.

Patrick McHugh October 17, 2018 - 6:26am
What's in a case name?
Andrew R. Arthur
10/16/2018 07:07 PM
A Brief Overview of H.R. 6657, the 'Fund and Complete the Border Wall Act'
Patrick McHugh October 16, 2018 - 7:07pm
10/16/2018 07:04 PM
Minneapolis Mayor Virtue-Signals about Alien Rights and Stirs Up the Police Union

Jacob Frey, the mayor of Minneapolis, has gotten himself into a vigorous public dispute with the city's police force. It happened after the mayor issued an order that all police cruisers post a "Know-Your-ICE-Rights" placard (in English and Spanish) prominently in the cage where they can be seen by arrestees placed into the vehicles.

Patrick McHugh October 16, 2018 - 7:04pm Dan Cadman
10/16/2018 06:11 PM
Latest Caravan Crosses Guatemalan Border

There is no better time for Guatemala to improve the "identification and referral mechanisms for potential asylum seekers" than the present. The U.S. government, and UNHCR, should provide them with every resource needed to do so.

Patrick McHugh October 16, 2018 - 6:11pm Andrew R. Arthur
10/16/2018 05:56 PM
A Remarkable Unverified Claim by the President of Guatemala: 100 Migrants Linked to Terrorism Arrested in That Country

At a public conference attended by reporters and Vice President Mike Pence last week, Guatemala President Jimmy Morales made a striking claim based on what he said was classified intelligence.

Patrick McHugh October 16, 2018 - 5:56pm
Congressional homeland security committees and DHS need to get to the bottom of this claim
Todd Bensman
10/15/2018 04:02 PM
New Central American Migrant Caravan to Test Trump Administration

In a March 30, 2018, post, my colleague Kausha Luna reported that a caravan of Central Americans was headed to the United States, hoping to make asylum claims. It appears that history is repeating itself, at a critical time in our nation's political life.

Patrick McHugh October 15, 2018 - 4:02pm
Timing is Interesting Weeks Before the Midterm Elections
Andrew R. Arthur
10/15/2018 03:13 PM
What the New White House 'National Strategy for Counterterrorism' Says about U.S. Border Security

A key difference between this month's new counterterrorism strategy and the last one, from 2011, is an emphatic acknowledgement that U.S. land borders are vulnerable to infiltration by Islamist terrorists and should be made less so.

Patrick McHugh October 15, 2018 - 3:13pm Todd Bensman