Immigration News

From CIS.org:

1. Denying License Plates to Illegals, Too (Memorandum)
2. Police must share information on criminal immigrants (Op-ed)
3. Why Can’t Immigration Statistics Be More Like Baseball Statistics? (Blog)
4. Another Reverse Nixon: Obama’s Heath-Care-Benefits-for-Illegal-Immigrants-Maneuver (Blog)
5. The Rest of the Story … JPMorgan Gets $90 Million a Year from USCIS (Blog)
6. The Washington Post Publishes an Astounding Immigration Admission (Blog)
7. They Love Us in Ghana, or the Visa Lottery, Yet Again (Blog)
8. The Social Security/Migration Fraud That, Perhaps, Never Was (Blog)
9. Blood on the Tracks (Blog)
10. Univision Embraces Hispanic Victim Psychology (Blog)
11. Bloggingheads.tv Debate on the DREAM Act (Blog)
12. The Political Context of Enforcement (Blog)
13. What If? Some Unasked Questions about Immigration Reform (Blog)
14. The Naturalization Process and College Reunions: A Metaphor (Blog)
15. Obama’s Immigration Dilemma (Blog)
16. Immigration Audits and the Politics of Appearance (Blog)
17. But We Like Our Criminals! Or, It Depends What the Meaning of ‘Patchwork’ Is (Blog)
18. ICE Denies Data to University Clearinghouse (Blog)
19. Department of Unhelpful Immigration Metaphors (4): ‘Pathway to Citizenship’ (Blog)
20. Restrictionists Meet with Population and Environmental Activists in D.C. (Blog)
21. Author Cites Migrant Abuse as Symptom of a Failing State (Blog)

— Mark Krikorian]

1.
Denying License Plates to Illegals, Too
By David North
CIS Memorandum, October 6,2010
http://www.cis.org/LicensePlates-IllegalImmigrants

Excerpt: The central problem is that literally millions of illegal aliens live in states where they can get license plates on their cars without having to produce a driver’s license; Texas and Massachusetts are perfect examples. Now that reformers in the various states have made serious progress on the issue of driver’s licenses, it is time for them to focus on plates as well.

2.
Police must share information on criminal immigrants
By Jessica Vaughan
MetroWest Daily News (Mass.), October 7,2010
http://www.cis.org/node/2317

Excerpt: Last year, a persistent detective in Weymouth finally put a stop to illegal alien drug dealer Pascual Bernabel-Soto’s latest four-year crime spree in the Boston area. To do so, the detective had to sort through Bernabel’s nine aliases, four Social Security numbers and four dates of birth. His investigation also turned up a prior conviction for attempted murder in Puerto Rico, and the fact that Bernabel had been deported from the country twice before. The detective could then alert ICE, the federal immigration law enforcement agency, which promptly deported Bernabel back to the Dominican Republic earlier this year, after he served his sentence.

It shouldn’t be so hard for Massachusetts law enforcement officers to figure out when a criminal they have in custody is also a foreign national who is subject to removal from the country. Similarly, ICE shouldn’t have to station agents in every jail to interview everyone arrested to see if they might be illegal aliens.

3.
Why Can’t Immigration Statistics Be More Like Baseball Statistics?
By David North
CIS Blog, October 12, 2010
http://www.cis.org/north/baseball-vs-immigration-statistics

Excerpt: As the World Series approaches, let’s ask a question: what if the Baseball Commissioner and all the team owners decided to ‘streamline’ the baseball statistics that they had previously provided to the fans.

What if, in order to save money, they fired the score keepers and shut down the scoreboards in the parks, keeping track of only the runs scored, and games won or lost? What if box scores disappeared from the newspapers?

4.
Another Reverse Nixon: Obama’s Heath-Care-Benefits-for-Illegal-Immigrants-Maneuver
By Stanley Renshon
CIS Blog, October 11, 2010
http://www.cis.org/renshon/another-reverse-nixon

Excerpt: Watch we do, not what we say, John Mitchell famously said as the Nixon administration set out to further the cause of African American civil rights in the South and elsewhere with its conservative rhetoric as a cover.

‘Don’t watch what do, but believe what we say’ is the Obama administration’s deceptive rhetorical strategy. Case in point: the health care coverage of illegal immigrants.

5.
The Rest of the Story . . . JPMorgan Gets $90 Million a Year from USCIS
By David North
CIS Blog, October 11, 2010
http://www.cis.org/north/jpmorgan-rest-of-the-story

Excerpt: Here’s the rest of the story about JPMorgan, the U.S. government generally, and USCIS, specifically.

As I noted in an August 20 blog posting, JPMorgan received about $94.7 billion in bailout funds, some of which it has repaid. In addition, regarding the international trade in workers, it:

6.
The Washington Post Publishes an Astounding Immigration Admission
By Stanley Renshon
CIS Blog, October 11, 2010
http://www.cis.org/renshon/astounding-admission

Excerpt: Anyone who spends much time trying to sort through the complex issues and equities associated with immigration policy becomes almost numb to the ceaseless repetition of convention narrative memes. Most illegal-immigrant narratives reflect either exculpation or empathetic explanation: Illegal immigrants are here because they do the jobs that Americans don’t want to do. They are here because they only seek a better life, and who can criticize them for wanting that for themselves and their families? Illegal immigrants pay their taxes. And so on.

7.
They Love Us in Ghana, or the Visa Lottery, Yet Again
By David North
CIS Blog, October 9, 2010
http://www.cis.org/north/visa-lottery-ghana

Excerpt: They really love us in Ghana, or at least that’s the indications from the results of last year’s Visa Lottery. (More on Ghana shortly.)

This is the program that brings 50,000 immigrant visas a year to people around the world who are: A) lucky, and B) have no family or financial ties to the U.S., and who are neither refugees nor needed workers. By definition, these are people who would not qualify in any other way to get an immigrant visas.

8.
The Social Security/Migration Fraud That, Perhaps, Never Was
By David North
CIS Blog, October 8, 2010
http://www.cis.org/north/social-security-fraud

Excerpt: It was several decades ago, I was doing some research at the southern frontier, and I was chatting with a Border Patrol Supervisor near the Rio Grande. He was relaxed and talkative, apparently between crises.

I had raised the subject of Social Security numbers and illegal aliens.

9.
Blood on the Tracks
By Jerry Kammer
CIS Blog, October 8, 2010
http://www.cis.org/kammer/blood-on-the-tracks

Excerpt: In a chilling report on Mexico’s brutal drug cartels in the current edition of The New York Review of Books, journalist Alma Guillermoprieto takes note of the criminal activities of the Zetas. That bloody organization started out in the 1990s as the muscle for the Gulf Cartel and recently branched out into extortion, holdups, and the kidnapping of Central American migrants who seek to cross Mexico by rail on their way to the United States.

10.
Univision Embraces Hispanic Victim Psychology
By Stanley Renshon
CIS Blog, October 8, 2010
http://www.cis.org/renshon/univision-victim-psychology

Excerpt: Univision is an important media and information source for many American Hispanics. It is, in its own words, ‘is the premier Spanish-language media company in the United States with a powerhouse portfolio of media assets that not only inform and entertain Hispanics, but provide a vital link to their community.’And it would seem that there is some truth in the self-promotional material.

11.
Bloggingheads.tv Debate on the DREAM Act
By Mark Krikorian
CIS Blog, October 8, 2010
http://www.cis.org/Krikorian/BloggingheadsTV-DREAMAct

Excerpt: Yesterday I participated in a Bloggingheads.tv debate with Simone Campbell, Executive Director of NETWORK. We debated the DREAM Act and other general immigration issues. View the video below.

12.
The Political Context of Enforcement
By Jerry Kammer
CIS Blog, October 7, 2010
http://www.cis.org/kammer/political-context-of-enforcement

Excerpt: Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano yesterday announced record numbers deportations of criminal aliens, declaring that the figures demonstrated that the Obama administration is ‘focused on enforcing our immigration laws in a smart, effective manner that prioritizes public safety and national security.’

13.
What If? Some Unasked Questions about Immigration Reform
By Stanley Renshon
CIS Blog, October 7, 2010
http://www.cis.org/renshon/what-if

Excerpt: What if the government developed and mandated tools for workplace enforcement of our immigration laws? What if we carefully evaluated the results?

Wouldn’t serious workplace enforcement of existing immigration laws would cut off one of the chief benefits and economic supports for those who are choosing to violate American immigration laws. What then?

14.
The Naturalization Process and College Reunions: A Metaphor
By David North
CIS Blog, October 7, 2010
http://www.cis.org/north/naturalizations-and-reunions

Excerpt: The people who have naturalized in the U.S. in the last decade are less well educated, and earn less in constant dollars than those who went through that process 20 years earlier – and there are far more of them.

That’s the sobering news that can be seen in a recent publication of the DHS Office of Immigration Statistics; it is entitled ‘Characteristics of Persons Naturalizing in the United States Between 1980 and 2008’ and was written by James Lee.

15.
Obama’s Immigration Dilemma
By Stanley Renshon
CIS Blog, October 7, 2010
http://www.cis.org/renshon/obamas-immigration-dilemma

Excerpt: President Obama is caught in an immigration dilemma. He has long favored a ‘pathway to citizenship’ and legalization of the 11-12 million undocumented immigrants now living in the United States. However, the public is ambivalent about legalizations programs and has made it very clear that they want the flow of illegal immigrants into the United States dramatically reduced, if not substantially eliminated.

16.
Immigration Audits and the Politics of Appearance
By Stanley Renshon
CIS Blog, October 6, 2010
http://www.cis.org/renshon/audits

Excerpt: When Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano spoke on administration immigration policy before the liberal think tank Center for American Progress on November 13, 2009, she touted the administration’s commitment to ‘serious and effective enforcement.’

17.
But We Like Our Criminals! Or, It Depends What the Meaning of ‘Patchwork’ Is
By Jessica Vaughan
CIS Blog, October 6, 2010
http://www.cis.org/vaughan/secure-communities-opt-out

Excerpt: The most accurate indication of how well an immigration law enforcement program works is not ICE statistics, nor management school-inspired metrics, but the volume and tone of the ethnic and civil liberties advocacy groups’ opposition to the program.

18.
ICE Denies Data to University Clearinghouse
By David North
CIS Blog, October 6, 2010
http://www.cis.org/north/trac-denied-data

Excerpt: ICE has denied a range of data on immigration enforcement – data previously available – to a Syracuse University online clearinghouse.

According to a statement from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), ICE has refused to release anonymous statistical data on arrest location, the nature of the criminal charge, and the detention facility where the alien is being sent.

19.
Department of Unhelpful Immigration Metaphors (4): ‘Pathway to Citizenship’
By Stanley Renshon
CIS Blog, October 5, 2010
http://www.cis.org/renshon/unhelpful-metaphors-4

Excerpt: Among the hardiest of metaphorical clichés in immigration debates is the need to create a ‘pathway to citizenship.’ This concept is almost exclusively used in connection with efforts to legalize the status of some 11-12 million documented immigrants.

Along with being among the hardiest, it is also the most anemic and least evocative of unhelpful immigration metaphors. That is one reason why it is almost always found in the company of qualifying adjectives.

20.
Restrictionists Meet with Population and Environmental Activists in D.C.
By David North
CIS Blog, October 5, 2010
http://www.cis.org/north/population-environment-meeting

Excerpt: Can restrictionists look to the population movement to help hold down immigration? How about to environmentalists?

I spent yesterday at a stimulating conference in Washington of migration, population, and environmental activists sponsored by the Population Media Center. My impression was that many of the population people were sympathetic to immigration limits, and the environmentalists were rather less so.

21.
Author Cites Migrant Abuse as Symptom of a Failing State
By Jerry Kammer
CIS Blog, October 5, 2010
http://www.cis.org/kammer/failed-state-ortega-sanchez

Excerpt: The author of a new book that warns of threats to Mexico’s governability says the deterioration of state power reflects the growing influence of long-established criminal organizations that are widening their activities.

‘It seems to me that we have arrived at this point, first because of the corruption that has existed for many years, and the tolerance for these criminal organizations to initially traffic in drugs and then to begin with other criminal ventures, such as extortion, kidnapping, piracy, human trafficking, prostitution, etc.,’ Jose Antonio Ortega Sanchez said in an interview with the Mexican newspaper Reforma.

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