Immigration Blog

Pending Bills Dealing with Syria and National Security

By Dan Cadman, November 24, 2015

At least three different bills are moving through Congress right now dealing with Syrians and national security. The approach taken by each of the bills is substantially different. Here are overviews and critiques of each. Read more...

How the Grassley-Durbin Bill Allocates the 65,000 H-1B Visas
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By David North, November 24, 2015
Part 2 of 3

One of the most interesting elements of S. 2266, the bill proposed by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) regarding the H-1B and L-1 nonimmigrant worker programs, is the proposed distribution of H-1B petitions should there be, as there has been recently, more petitions than the 65,000 slots permitted. Read more...

Syrian Refugees and the Wisdom of Michael Oakeshott

By Jerry Kammer, November 23, 2015

Those of us who push back against the effort to label all concerns about immigration as a mask for bigotry and irrationality can be grateful for the widespread criticism of those trying to apply a similar smear to those who oppose President Obama's plan to welcome tens of thousands of Syrian refugees.

Even Kevin Drum, a writer at Mother Jones magazine, which has a claim to being the mother of all liberal magazines, has pushed back. While disputing worries about possible terrorist infiltration of the refugee stream, Drum advised that the concern seems so common-sensical to many Americans that, "Mocking it is the worst thing we could do. It validates all the worst stereotypes about liberals that we put political correctness ahead of national security." Read more...

Sens. Grassley and Durbin Propose H-1B and L-1 Program Reforms
Part 1 of 3

By David North, November 23, 2015
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Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) have introduced S. 2266, a comprehensive reform bill for the H-1B and L-1 nonimmigrant worker programs. It would, if enacted as now written, eliminate or narrow the abuses of these programs and probably open up some jobs for U.S. workers.

The bill, however, neither terminates the programs nor reduces the numerical ceilings, as one might wish.

Perhaps the most useful role of the bill is to put employers into a defensive posture so that the conversation is less about expanding the number of H-1B visas and more about the continuing abuses in the two foreign worker programs. Read more...

Their Eye Is on the Sparrow — USCIS Wastes More Time on Tiny Populations

By David North, November 23, 2015

Maybe it's the institutional version of an uncontrollable nervous tick, but USCIS seems hell-bent on wasting time on tiny populations.

We have seen the care that it lavishes on the abused step-parents of citizens (they get green cards) and the investors in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands who are rich enough to be regarded as investors, but too poor to pay modest agency fees (they get a free ride).

Today's tiny population is aliens who have been in the United States for two years and who have filed Form N-300 declaring their intent to file for naturalization later. Read more...

Pew Report Shows Attrition of the Illegal Population Is Possible

By Mark Krikorian, November 20, 2015

Is the era of mass migration from Mexico really "at an end"?

That's the claim of a new report from the Pew Research Center titled "More Mexicans Leaving Than Coming to the U.S." It finds a net decline of the Mexican population of 140,000 from 2009 to 2014. Herewith a few thoughts. Read more...

Refugee Theater

By Mark Krikorian, November 20, 2015

One of my staff accompanied me to yesterday's House immigration subcommittee hearing on Syrian refugee resettlement and she said afterwards, "We didn't learn anything." Never having attended a congressional hearing, she was surprised by this.

The Democrats followed the president's lead in dismissing concerns about security. I think one or another of them (Lofgren, Gutierrez, and Conyers, plus their witness, the head of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) ended up ticking off every cliché I'd expected: the "wrong side of history," the Holocaust, the SS St. Louis, and the internment of the Japanese. (I don't think slavery came up.) Read more...

Exercising Selectivity in Refugee Admissions

By Dan Cadman, November 19, 2015

In a November 17 broadcast on Fox News, Charles Krauthammer floated the possibility of exercising selectivity in admitting Syrian refugees: "Given the new circumstances, you allow the women and the children and the men over 50," he said as a way of providing Americans some security assurances while still accepting some refugees.

It's a noble sentiment, and superficially attractive, but in the end, I think, unworkable. Here's why. Read more...

Cuba blames U.S. Immigration Policy for "Migration Crisis" in Central America

By Kausha Luna, November 19, 2015

A flood of Cuban illegal aliens are causing turmoil in Central America, causing Nicaragua to close its southern border with Costa Rica to the U.S.-bound Cubans. The Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs blames the "migration crisis" on United States immigration policy. Read more...

House Hearing on Refugee Resettlement

By Mark Krikorian, November 19, 2015

From my witness statement for today's hearing on Syrian refugee resettlement before the immigration subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee: Read more...