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A CIS Weekly and CIS Announce update on publications, blogs, and other information from the Center for Immigration Studies.

New from the Center for Immigration Studies, 5/2/16


What's Happening at the Center
Director of Policy Studies Jessica Vaughan revealed that in 2015, Immigration and Customs Enforcement freed 19,723 criminal aliens, who had a total of 64,197 convictions among them. These included 8,234 violent convictions and 208 homicide convictions. The number of arrests made by ICE has declined quite dramatically so the total number of releases is lower than the past two years. But the rate of releases is approximately the same, meaning that there has been no progress at all in keeping dangerous aliens off the streets.

Recent Activities
Blogs
1. Open Letter to Governors: Don't Go Overseas for EB-5 — It Might Backfire
2. David Brooks, Donald Trump, and a Letter from Mesa, Arizona
3. House Armed Services Committee Approves Defense Funding, Rejects Mini-Amnesties or Transfer of GitmoTerrorists
4. Immigration/Marriage Fraud Indictments and Chain Migration
5. U.S. Silent as Thousands of Cubans Are Delivered to the Border
6. ICE Released 19,723 Criminal Aliens in 2015
7. The Earthquake Lottery for Illegal Aliens, Ecuador Edition
8. Sentencing for Reentry after Deportation
9. Former Abbott Labs Workers Meet in Chicago

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10. Jessica Vaughan Discusses DAPA Supreme Court Case on Fox Business


1.Open Letter to Governors: Don't Go Overseas for EB-5 — It Might Backfire
By David North
CIS Blog, May 1, 2016
http://cis.org/north/open-letter-governors-dont-go-overseas-eb-5-it-might-backfire

Excerpt: To: America's Governors and other Elected Officials

From: David North, Center for Immigration Studies

Re: Warning: Overseas Travel to Promote EB-5 Investments Can Be Risky

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David Brooks, Donald Trump, and a Letter from Mesa, Arizona
By Jerry Kammer
CIS Blog, April 29, 2016
http://cis.org/kammer/david-brooks-donald-trump-and-letter-mesa-ariz

Excerpt: David Brooks of the New York Times is dismayed at the rise of Donald Trump. But in Friday's column, Brooks once again acknowledges that Trump has brought attention to the fact that "people across America have been falling through the cracks." Writes Brooks, "Trump to his credit, made them visible."

Today, as I was looking at notes from a reporting trip to Arizona exactly a decade ago in April 2006 I saw a letter to the editor of the Arizona Republic that was written by one of the Americans Brooks now promises to seek out and report on. It was written by Linda Cropper of Mesa. She began by rejecting the notion that she was racist because she was upset at the influx of illegal immigration. Her letter is worth reading.
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As David Brooks has acknowledged, reporters need to listen to people like the Croppers. Donald Trump has listened. That, in large part, explains why he is doing so well. Trump is a badly flawed presidential candidate. But he knows some things that many reporters do not. His candidacy is a reflection of several problems in our country. Poor reporting on immigration often flawed by class bias, ignorance, and elitist arrogance is one of them.

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House Armed Services Committee Approves Defense Funding, Rejects Mini-Amnesties or Transfer of GitmoTerrorists
By Dan Cadman
CIS Blog, April 29,2016
http://cis.org/cadman/house-armed-services-committee-approves-defense-funding-rejects-mini-amnesties-or-transfer-gt

Excerpt: In what was apparently a sometimes-contentious, marathon 17-hour session, the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) has approved and will soon forward to the full chamber the federal fiscal year 2017 defense spending bill, the "National Defense Authorization Act of 2017".

Among the amendments raised by Democrats and defeated were several measures of interest to those such as myself who advocate a robust and balanced immigration enforcement program; the kind that used to exist before being dismantled by the Obama administration.

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Immigration/Marriage Fraud Indictments and Chain Migration
By David North
CIS Blog, April 29, 2016
http://cis.org/north/immigrationmarriage-fraud-indictments-and-chain-migration

Excerpt: The killings not only exposed the fraudulent Chernykh/Marquez marriage, they also provided a graphic illustration of the extended chain migration that is facilitated, and even encouraged, by U.S. immigration law, with its emphasis on the admission of family members of (usually) previously arrived immigrants.

While the combination of marriage fraud and murder occurs every so often, immigration-related marriage fraud usually happens within a single ethnic group; in this case, the groom has a Spanish name, his fake bride and her sister are Russian, and the others are of Pakistani origin. Among the things that Marquez did for his friend and neighbor, the late Syed Rizwan Farook, was to purchase weapons for him and his wife.

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U.S. Silent as Thousands of Cubans Are Delivered to the Border
By Kausha Luna
CIS Blog, April 28, 2016
http://cis.org/luna/us-silent-thousands-cubans-are-delivered-border

Excerpt: On Tuesday, State Department officials confirmed that the Obama administration has done nothing to prevent the transfer of thousands of Cuban migrants in Central America to the U.S.-Mexico border.

Since Nicaragua closed its southern border and refused to let U.S.-bound islanders pass last year, Costa Rica and Panama have experienced a backlog of Cuban migrants in their territories. As a result, the Central American countries agreed to transfer over 8,000 stranded Cubans to Mexico so they could continue to the United States and take advantage of the Cuban Adjustment Act and the "wet foot, dry foot" policy that grants them immediate legal status and welfare eligibility.

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ICE Released 19,723 Criminal Aliens in 2015
By Jessica Vaughan
CIS Blog, April 27, 2016
http://cis.org/vaughan/ice-releases-19723-criminal-aliens-2015

Excerpt: ICE continued to release deportable criminal aliens from its custody at an alarming rate in 2015, according to figures the agency provided to members of Congress this week in advance of a hearing taking place Thursday, April 28. In 2015, ICE freed 19,723 criminal aliens, who had a total of 64,197 convictions among them. These included 8,234 violent convictions and 208 homicide convictions. While the total number of releases is lower than the past two years, since the number of arrests has declined quite dramatically, the rate of releases is approximately the same meaning that this is no progress at all, and certainly will be no consolation for the victims of these criminal aliens.

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The Earthquake Lottery for Illegal Aliens, Ecuador Edition
By Mark Krikorian
CIS Blog, April 27, 2016
http://cis.org/krikorian/earthquake-lottery-illegal-aliens-ecuador-edition

Excerpt: lmost every natural disaster in the Third World is followed by calls for amnesty for illegal aliens from the afflicted country. Such amnesties are de facto permanent, despite their label: Temporary Protected Status.

TPS is what you might call green card-lite it provides the illegal immigrants (and legal tourists, students, et al. whose visas are expiring) a work permit, Social Security number, driver s license, and access to certain welfare benefits, but not an immediate path to citizenship. Obama s lawless DACA and DAPA amnesties were modeled on TPS.

The TPS amnesty for 200,000 Salvadoran illegals after a 2001 earthquake has been routinely renewed. The TPS amnesty for 60,000 Hondurans and Nicaraguans following Hurricane Mitch in 1998 has also been routinely renewed. Liberians were the first to benefit from TPS after Congress enacted the law in 1990 (to rein in unilateral executive actions) and they re still here. The TPS amnesty because of Ebola in West Africa was just extended despite the fact that the Ebola outbreak is now over. No one has ever been made to leave the country because his TPS amnesty expired.

In other words, there s nothing as permanent as a temporary refugee

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Sentencing for Reentry after Deportation
By Dan Cadman
CIS Blog, April 27, 2016
http://cis.org/cadman/sentencing-reentry-after-deportation

Excerpt: Statistics in recent years have shown that the number of aliens who reenter the United States after having been formally deported has risen. According to those statistics, roughly one out of every four aliens apprehended, both at the border and in the interior, is a reentrant-after-removal. The figure is symptomatic of exactly how porous our border remains, notwithstanding pronouncements to the contrary. But there is more to it than that.

The president and his cabinet would have us believe that they came up with the brilliant notion of prioritizing enforcement efforts on criminals. They have done so in order to justify taking no action against hundreds of thousands of other illegal aliens, and in fact bestowing work permits and documents evidencing "lawful presence" upon them. That is absurd. Finding, arresting, and deporting criminals was, and always has been, a priority of federal immigration authorities, who managed to do it without a) finding the need to accord "lawful status" to other lawbreakers; or b) undermining the effort to identify criminals by pushing spurious sentencing reforms that in fact let thousands of alien felons walk free.

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Former Abbott Labs Workers Meet in Chicago
By John Miano
CIS Blog, April 26, 2016
http://cis.org/OpedsandArticles/Kammer-Barbara-Jordans-immigration-legacy

Excerpt: In case you have been getting your news from the "mainstream media," Abbott Labs fired much of its American IT staff and replaced them with imports from India through H-1B and other guestworker visa programs.

As usual with such stories that create cognitive dissonance with the media's politically correct narrative on immigration ("Immigrants don't take jobs; they create jobs"), the mainstream has chosen to largely ignore the Abbott Labs story.

This is yet another example of why the American media is completely clueless about the rise of Donald Trump.

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Jessica Vaughan Discusses DAPA Supreme Court Case
Fox News Business, April 18, 2015
http://cis.org/TVInterviews/Vaughan-Cavuto-041816

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