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Obama voting push: relaxes Green Card wait time for illegal alien family members (Luis Gutierrez) - 01/06/12
From this: Obama administration officials announced on Friday that they will propose a fix to a notorious snag in immigration law that will spare hundreds of thousands of American citizens from prolonged separations from immigrant spouses and children.
USCIS pressured agents to approve immigration visas, even when fraud suspected (Alejandro Mayorkas) - 01/03/12
From this: Higher-ups within U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services are pressuring rank-and-file officers to rubber-stamp immigrants’ visa applications, sometimes against the officers’ will, according to a Homeland Security report and internal documents exclusively obtained by The Daily.
Big Business wants more skilled immigration; Alejandro Mayorkas does their bidding as fast as he can (USCIS, U.S. Chamber, NFAP, AILA, Jacoby, USCCB) - 08/18/11
The National Foundation for American Policy has released a compendium of suggestions to increase skilled immigration . The groups offering suggestions include the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the AILA, and Tamar Jacoby; see  for more.
DHS now using loopholes to allow more skilled immigration, no legislation required (Alejandro Mayorkas, USCIS) - 08/03/11
The Department of Homeland Security's USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) announced yesterday that they're going to be allowing more skilled immigration, even as millions of Americans - including tech workers - are unemployed.
Could Obama declare an immigration amnesty by executive order? - 07/30/10
[See the updates too]
DHS official: DHS not ready for amnesty for "a few years": "Clearly to us the systems could not handle it now" - 03/25/10
From this: The federal government is not equipped to process the flood of applications from a proposed immigration legalization bill and the agency that would oversee that program won't be ready for "a few years," the office of the Homeland Security Department's inspector general told Congress on Tuesday. The warning, from Assistant Inspector General Frank Deffer, could severely complicate President Obama's new push to pass an immigration bill this year. Mr. Deffer said U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), an agency of the Department of Homeland Security, is in the midst of...
Why Andrea Quarantillo of USCIS should be fired (misleads about TPS, remittances; Haiti; 100,000 expected to apply) - 03/12/10
Andrea Quarantillo is the District Director for New York of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and if that agency had serving U.S. interests as its first priority she'd be out of a job. From this: [Quarantillo] expects that about 110,000 Haitians will have applied for TPS by the July deadline. She says that after the earthquake, Haiti could not support any Haitians returning to the country. The reasoning behind the policy, she explains, was to take some of the pressure off Haiti. "It also allows Haitian nationals in the US to work and live legally here and perhaps send...
Up to 200,000 Haitians will apply for TPS, not 30,000 as they said; Mayorkas pulls out all the stops - 01/20/10
While few others were paying attention, the Obama administration has hoodwinked the American public again and is engaging in not just a massive power grab but in a plan that will make the situation in Haiti even worse. From this: Federal immigration officials are expecting up to 200,000 undocumented Haitian immigrants, including nearly 68,000 in South Florida, to apply for a new federal immigration program that would allow the migrants to legally remain and work in the United States for 18 months. The estimated number of potential applicants for Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, is far...
Obama admin preparing USCIS for amnesty (millions of visas, comprehensive immigration reform) - 10/03/09
Per this, the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) is getting ready in case the Obama administration is able to pass comprehensive immigration reform, aka amnesty: Currently, the citizenship agency can handle applications from about six million immigrants a year, (USCIS head Alejandro Mayorkas) said, including the time-consuming collection of fingerprints and other biometric identity information. Under some plans for legalization, the agency might receive that many applications in a few weeks. An example of the planning, Mr. Mayorkas said, is an effort to improve the...
Alejandro Mayorkas lobbied for commutation for drug dealer (Clinton) - 05/01/09
Josh Meyer of the Los Angeles Times looks into the background of Alejandro Mayorkas - recently nominated to head the U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) - here. For an unknown reason, they aren't trying to completely sugarcoat his past, subheding the article "The former U.S. attorney played a role in a 2001 decision by President Clinton to commute a drug dealer's prison sentence": Mayorkas also was one of several prominent Southern California political figures who played a role in a 2001 decision by President Clinton to commute a drug dealer's prison sentence... Mayorkas later...
Alejandro Mayorkas nominated for USCIS director - 04/24/09
Cuban-born trial lawyer Alejandro Mayorkas has been nominated to head the USCIS (Citizenship and Immigration Services). Unlike other Barack Obama nominees, he doesn't appear to have a paper trail of extremist statements and actions, although there might be something out there. From his bio at OMelveny and Myers (omm.com/alejandromayorkas): Alejandro Mayorkas is a litigation partner with extensive jury trial experience, having been before a jury in more than 30 cases in both federal and state courts. He handles complex civil and criminal matters, internal corporate investigations, and serves...
Thomas Perez to head Citizenship and Immigration Services? (close with Casa de Maryland) - 02/20/09
According to this, the new pick for Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is Thomas E. Perez, currently Labor Secretary of Maryland. In April 2007, he "joined students in Annapolis to urge approval of a bill granting in-state tuition rates to undocumented immigrants" (link). And from this: Perez, a former Clinton Administration official and currently Maryland’s Secretary of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation, has had a long association with (CASA de Maryland). Both Montgomery and Prince George’s counties pay CASA millions of dollars each year in social services contracts and have put up...
USCIS Task Force on New Americans releases "Building an Americanization Movement for the Twenty-first Century" - 12/21/08
In 2006, George W Bush tasked the USCIS with creating a Task Force on New Americans to spend a lot of time and effort looking into assimilation of immigrants and related topics. Now, they're released their final report, "Building an Americanization Movement for the Twenty-first Century" (summary link, PDF available in the sidebar at that page). It's 65 pages, so a full treatment won't be offered. However: 1. Page 6 says: The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that America will be a nation of minorities without a dominant racial or ethnic group by 2042. By mid-century, whites, 67 percent of the...
USCIS Director Emilio Gonzalez resigns (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) - 03/13/08
Emilio Gonzalez, the Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has resigned. At that link he compared immigration "reform" to the civil rights movement. He extended Temporary Protected Status.
Bush admin's new massive guest worker program (H-2A overhaul) - 02/06/08
The Bush administration wants a massive "guest" worker program, and if they can't get it through legislation they'll do it by revamping a program that already exists, H-2A.
Erica Vieyra/Olentangy H.S. teaches kids ignoring U.S. immigration laws is OK - 12/15/07
Erica Vieyra is a Spanish teacher at Olentangy Liberty High School in Powell, Ohio (near Columbus and Cleveland), and one of her classes teaches children that ignoring U.S. immigration laws is acceptable behavior. The goal is to help them build "empathy" for "immigrants", but it's actually pro-illegal immigration propaganda that the school district should put an end to. The Office of the Superintendent (Dr. Scott Davis) is here, but I couldn't find an email; perhaps scott_davis *at* olentangy.k12.oh.us.
Secret Bush plan to deal with Bush/Rove "import Democrats" plan? (citizenship backlog) - 11/21/07
Mark Kleiman - someone who is shockingly a UCLA professor - writes : The Bush Administration plans to steal hundreds of thousands of votes, most of them Democratic votes, in the 2008 elections by the simple expedient of sitting on new citizenship applications until after the elections. He links to his site, which mostly just links to the WaPo article "Immigrant Paperwork Backs Up At DHS" (li
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) town hall immigration meeting Sat. Oct 6 2007 - 10/03/07
Rep. Barbara Lee will be holding two immigration meetings this Saturday. Both will include representatives of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, but the other guests appear a bit... "pro-immigration". Details here.
Illegal alien crime victims get U-visas (Mexico-linked Peter Schey, Anna Gorman) - 09/06/07
Anna Gorman of the Los Angeles Times informs us that due to a lawsuit brought by the Mexico-linked Peter Schey of the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law, some illegal aliens who've been victims of violent crimes will get U visas.
welcometousa.gov: the U.S. commodified and reduced to a possible convention location - 06/13/07
Emilio Gonzalez, the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced welcometousa.gov: The administration launched a new Web site to be a central clearinghouse of federal information that may be useful to immigrants.
GOP talking points on their immigration bill capitulation - 05/16/07
[UPDATE: See this for how to block the amnesty.] The Senate Republicans have released a set of talking points on the immigration bill that they're getting close to "compromise" on: link. As a sign of just how bad this is, the person who got the talking points was arch BushBot Hugh Hewitt... and he's refusing to talk them!
Orwell Alert: Temporary Protected Status extended 18 more months - 05/02/07
From our Orwell Alert/'When "Temporary" Means "Permanent"' file comes this: Central Americans who are legally in the U-S because their countries were slammed by natural disasters are getting an 18-month extension. The Department of Homeland Security is allowing the added time for citizens of Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador who have Temporary Protected Status. Salvadorans have had the status since early 2001 after two earthquakes killed 12-hundred people.
Citizenship Promotion Act of 2007 (Barack Obama) - 03/09/07
On Wednesday, Sen. Barack Obama introduced the "Citizenship Promotion Act of 2007". This important story was overshadowed by the most likely unimportant story about his stock holdings . The CPA could be described as a "New Democrats Initiative/Funding Source for Possibly Foreign-Linked Pro-Illegal Immigration Groups" bill, and perhaps some reporters should have asked Obama and his co-horts about that.
Alfonso Aguilar/U.S. Office of Citizenship promotes "guest" workers (LULAC, NALEO connection) - 02/12/07
The "U.S. Office of Citizenship" was created a few years ago and is part of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The first and current head of the Office, Alfonso Aguilar, was appointed by president Bush in 2003. His biography reveals that he's a member of two highly questionable groups. (Go to uscis.gov and search, or enter this: preview.tinyurl.com/2948hx) The first group is LULAC, the League of United Latin American Citizens. If that group has ever opposed illegal immigration, I'm not aware of it. The other group is NALEO, the National Association of Latino Elected and...
USCIS Director compares immigration "reform" to civil rights movement - 02/12/07
On February 9, Emilio Gonzalez, the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service spoke to the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and said: "Immigration, as we all know, is the hot-button domestic issue of the day...
Washington Post gives good argument against a massive illegal alien amnesty - 01/22/07
The Washington Post offers the unsigned editorial "Immigration Stagnation" about the failures of the USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) to handle legal immigration properly. After a human-interest-example, they present their only proposals of the piece: Citizenship and Immigration Services needs to cut its wait times by making a rapid transition to electronic forms and better organizing reform efforts.
Immigration "reform" would completely overwhelm USCIS - 01/04/07
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) would administer any "guest" worker or immigration "reform" (amnesty) scheme. However: But in recent months, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officials have determined that the troubled, $2-billion-a-year agency is unable to effectively manage its existing work, much less a flood of new applications. A report released Dec. 20 by Homeland Security Inspector General Richard L.
Signs of Delusion in New York Times Immigration Editorial - 11/20/06
The New York Times offers the unsigned editorial "Signs of Hope on Immigration". Not only is it wrong, it's in parts so wrong it's funny. It's of the now-standard "Democrats and Bush can work to pass 'comprehensive immigration reform', but they need to tread lightly" variety. While not explicitly engaging in the other now-standard canard that J. D.
Cynthia Tucker/AJC supports illegal immigration - 11/19/06
Cynthia Tucker of the Atlanta Journal Constitution opposes a Hazleton-style ordinance considered for Cherokee County in Georgia in "In bullying illegals, county picks easy fight". First of all, the idea that illegal aliens as a group could be bullied is completely false. They have very powerful allies: corrupt employers, corrupt politicians, the corrupt media, racial power groups, and so forth. Those powerful forces will work overtime to make sure that those they profit from are not "bullied".
Bill Winter on immigration - 10/23/06
Bill Winter is running for Congress against Rep. Tom Tancredo. Like other Democrats, he supports the Senate amnesty, and thus everything said about that horrible bill applies. Moreover, his page on immigration has several questionable or misleading statements: 1. His page twice refers to the "INS", an agency that hasn't existed since March 2003.
"[USCIS] Whistle-blower let go" - 10/03/06
From this: An immigrant application screener who spoke out earlier this year about his agency's security failures has lost his job, despite a recent decision to extend the contracts of hundreds of other employees like him. Sultan Farakhan, an immigrant benefits application adjudicator, was terminated from employment Friday at the National Benefits Center in Lee's Summit, Mo., one of U.S.
"Terrorist screening missed 75% of time" - 08/24/06
From Sara Carter: An estimated 75 percent of applicants for immigrant benefits - green cards, work visas, and a host of other documents - at a major federal processing center were not screened through the U.S. terrorism watch list over the past four years, the Daily Bulletin has learned. The error - on nearly 3 million applications dating to 2002 - was confirmed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers at the National Benefits Center in Lee's Summit, Mo., near Kansas City.
National Restaurant Association wants DHS to finesse 'no-match' letters - 08/17/06
From a press release: The National Restaurant Association this week sent a letter to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
The Senate amnesty: an "Administrative and National Security Nightmare" - 07/28/06
Yesterday the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Claims held a hearing entitled "Whether Attempted Implementation of the Senate Immigration Bill Will Result in an Administrative and National Security Nightmare." Clearly they have an agenda, but they're also right. One of those testifying was Michael Cutler, a former INS agent.
Whistleblower: USCIS broken, infiltrated by operatives of hostile foreign countries - 06/13/06
From this: The U.S. immigration system is so broken that it can't be fixed, a former top security official at the Department of Homeland Security's Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) told NewsMax in an exclusive interview. "Internal corruption at CIS is so pervasive that hostile foreign governments have penetrated the agency," said Michael J.
"Bush Admin Hiring For Guest Workers Program as if Done Deal" - 06/06/06
From this: new hiring and job openings at Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) have suddenly ballooned (here and here). The ONLY reason that would happen is to hire new workers to administer the new Guest Workers program (a/k/a ShAmnesty). Says one Homeland Security federal agent: Take a peek at the job listings at the govt. site. It is at http://www.usajobs.opm.gov (from there prompt to DHS/CIS).
USCIS director: Senate amnesty timeline is not "practical" - 05/22/06
You have to wonder what else in the Senate's illegal alien amnesty scheme isn't practical as well: The director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency that would administer a new guest-worker program and rule on applications from millions of illegal aliens, says the pending Senate bill doesn't give his agency enough time to prepare for that giant task. "Quite frankly, I don't think that's really practical. Ninety days to register 12 million people.
GAO report shows how "guest" worker schemes would fail miserably - 03/17/06
Last week the WashTimes got ahold of a draft of a GAO report that says that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is barely able to deal with fraud and won't have a fraud-management system in place for four years: "Immigration agency falters in handling fraud cases". The USCIS would be the agency in charge of administering any of the "guest" worker schemes.
Is the Pikes Peak Library District breaking federal law? - 02/07/06
The Pikes Peak Library District will be allowing the Mexican consulate to give out Matricula Consular cards and other services at its Sand Creek branch on Saturday Feb 11. Knowing that many of those receiving these cards will be illegal aliens, and they will use those cards to stay in the U.S., is that district violating federal law? Let's turn to 8 U.S.C.